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LSHS Class of 1957
Vol X # 7 July 2012
Ed Heinlein, E IC Emeritus
Hope everyone had a safe 4th of July and LOTS of fun! In celebration of Mr. Brockman’s 96th birthday month (July 13th), I thought it would be appropriate to print the following page from our 1957 Reflector showing the 3 men most responsible for our wonderful years at LSHS … the beginning of a great era, which continues into modern day Lee’s Summit High School. In spite of the fact that there are now three high schools within the L.S. city limits, ours is still “the one, the only, the original” Lee’s Summit High School. GO TIGERS!
Photo(s) of the Month
affecting our Classmates . . .
COLORADO WILDFIRES, a scary sight from Colorado Springs
I read one article where a resident interviewed said “it’s like living thru a horror movie!” After getting the phone call from Garry Garrison saying they had been evacuated from their home in Cascade, Co, and were in a motel in Colorado Springs, I spent the rest of the week keeping up on the news through “Southern Colorado’s #1 TV Web Channel” kktv.com and waiting for another call from Garry … hopefully with GOOD news. Here’s the map I got from www.geomac.gov indicating the fires were entirely too close to Cascade! I was so relieved to get the call on Monday, a week later, saying they were back in their house and found no apparent damage done; not even the smell of smoke inside! All our prayers were answered Here’s a short report from Garry:
GOOD TO BE HOME. SAT AFTERNOON, JUN 23rd, WE WON'T FORGET FOR A WHILE. THE WALDO CANYON FIRE STARTED NO MORE THAN 2 RIDGE LINES FROM OUR HOUSE AND THE SMOKE WAS TREMENDOUS. WE STARTED GATHERING OUR BELONGINGS AND I TOTED THEM DOWN TO OUR WALK OUT BASEMENT. I LOADED THE PICKUP AND BUICK WHILE PEGGY WAS STUFFING OUR IMPORTANT PAPERS IN A FIRE PROOF SAFE. OUR FINAL ACT WAS TO TAPE A NOTE ON OUR FRONT DOOR, " GONE --- 3:45 ". WE DECIDED TO SPEND THE NIGHT IN MANITOU SPRINGS, ABOUT 6 MILES DOWN THE PASS. AT 3 AM THERE WAS A KNOCK ON OUR MOTEL ROOM DOOR, "MANDATORY EVACUATION". THIS REALLY GOT OUR ATTENTION. SO WE HASTILY REPACKED OUR STUFF AND HEADED EAST ANOTHER 6 MILES AND SPENT THE NEXT 8 NIGHTS IN A MOTEL. TUE EVENING AS WE WERE WATCHING THE FIRE BRIEFING, THE FIRESTORM HIT THE WEST SIDE OF COLO SPGS. IT WAS TERRIBLE. 345 HOMES LOST AND 2 PEOPLE DIED. BY WED WE WERE FAIRLY SURE OUR HOUSE HAD BEEN SPARED. SUN MORN THEY OPENED THE HIGHWAY UP THE PASS FOR THE RESIDENTS. SHORTLY AFTER NOON WE DROVE INTO OUR DRIVEWAY. NOTHING WAS DAMAGED, NOTHING. WENT INSIDE, SMELLED NO HINT OF SMOKE, CHECKED THE FRIDG AND FREEZER, STILL COLD. (WE NEVER LOST POWER). OH THANK YOU, FIREFIGHTERS!! OH THANK YOU, LORD!!!!!
An update from our “fearless leader” Ed Heinlein Friends, Thank God Garry and Peggy are safe! I look forward to his report. As I have been essentially house bound for most of the past couple of months, it probably wouldn’t surprise you if I have nothing to report this month. Then again, it also probably wouldn’t surprise you that having nothing to say won’t stop me from saying it! The major loss over this time period was my inability to go to LS this year. Not only did I want to be at the Class functions so I could get some well-needed hugs and long conversations, but also, I missed the Golden. We did get out for a quick five day four night trip to our “happy place,” (remember the old Uncle Remus stories by Joel Chandler?), Yosemite National Park. Bob and Marlese Gourley came out and accompanied us on one of the best short vacations of all time. Although I was pretty much sedentary (Bob even drove every mile of the trip), I was still able to get around to see my favorite places in the world. Great weather, great scenery (the Falls, while not completely full, were breathtakingly beautiful) ,excellent food and wine. The last night, spent at the Ahwahnee Hotel , our two rooms shared a 1500 square foot balcony which had a marvelous view of the Upper Falls. We had cocktails there in the evening and a large breakfast served there before leaving for the Bay Area. The wildest thing happened 45 minutes after we got home. Vivian and I were in the backyard and we heard a pistol shot from the direction of the front yard; we raced (think of Jabba the Hut from Star Wars rumbling through the garage) to the front. When we got there, there was no shooter, no gun, no shell casings. Rather, the “gunshot” was a blowout of the right front tire; a three sided flap had blown out of the right side wall. This, after Marlese had kept wondering why there were no guard rails on the mountainous highways in Yosemite. Were we lucky?! The Gourleys were the most recent of six couples Vivian and I have “introduced” to Yosemite. Friends from Texas (if I can make it) will be the seventh; all have loved this special place. So, come on out. We’d like for you to be the eighth…and the ninth…and the tenth! I have had some time to do a little research while laid low. I was fascinated to learn of the almost reverence in which the folks at the Peace Corps hold our Classmate, Paul Coverdell. I will report on the research next time, together with an update of our plans to make the Best of Class (1957, of course) sponsor the Best of Scholarships. By the way, our now 21 year old Elly will be married in late August! Gad, how old can we get? And they will spend part of their honeymoon at, you guessed it, the Wawona!
From Sharon’s Kitchen . . .
Joyce (Johnson) Bailey gave me a bite of these bars and I swore off of those dry cardboardy packaged bars for ever. These bars are a great breakfast bar or a nutritious afternoon pickme-up. Also try Marilyn’s Pina Colada Slush for a refreshing summer treat. Sharon
CHEWY GRANOLA BARS 2 cups quick-cooking oats, divided 1/3 to ½ cup unrefined cane or reg sugar 1 cup raw pecan halves ½ cup unsweetened coconut chips ½ cup semi or bittersweet choc chips ¼ cup dried cherries ½ tsp. salt 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (optional) 1/3 cup peanut butter 1 tsp vanilla extract 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted 6 Tbsp honey 1 Tbsp water
Preheat oven to 350. Lightly butter or spray with cooking spray an 8” square baking pan. Cut a rectangle of parchment paper to line bottom and 2 sides of pan, leaving a little overhang. Press parchment into the dish and lightly grease the paper. Put 1/3 cup of the oats in bowl of food processor and process until finely ground. In a large bowl, stir remaining 1-2/3 cups oats, the ground oats, sugar, pecans, coconut chips, chocolate chips, dried cherries, salt, and, if using, cinnamon. In medium bowl, whisk together: peanut butter, vanilla extract, melted butter, honey and water. Pour wet ingredients over dry ones and stir well until mixture is evenly moistened Transfer to prepped pan, pressing mixture firmly to shape of pan (a piece of plastic wrap helps the pressing—much less stickiness). Remove the plastic wrap after pressing down. Bake for about 30 mins (check at 25) until brown around the edges and the tops have a hint of color. Mixture will still seem soft and almost under-baked but will set as it cools. Transfer the pan to a rack and allow the bars to cool completely in the pan. If the bars seem crumbly, refrigerate in the pan for 30 minutes to further set them. Run a knife around the edges then pull up on the parchment paper to lift the sheet of bars out of the pan. Cut into bars. Wrap in plastic wrap or in an airtight container (layering between wax paper so they don’t stick to one another. In hot weather—refrigerate them.
PINA COLADA SLUSH
large can Dole pineapple juice 1- 15 oz can Cream of Coconut 2 – 12oz cans frozen pink lemonade 7 UP
Mix all ingredients in large mixing bowl and freeze solid. Fill glasses ½ full of slush and add 7-Up.
I was talking to Ed about getting more involvement from Classmates in the publication of our newsletter. We both think it would be interesting to hear short stories about fun and/or interesting happenings in everyone’s working lives. Let us get to know better what you’ve been doing between 1957 and now. We did put together our Class bio booklet, but that only outlines where you lived, worked, family, etc. We want to hear more; stories like Bill Turner has shared with us. So I’m inserting a new page in our Hi-Life II . . . I’ll start it off, but you guys and gals need to play follow the leader! (Remember how we did that?)
“Stories from the road of life”
As you can imagine, being married to Carl Williams for 53+ years and with his varied resume, I do have a lot of stories to tell. It’s been interesting and adventuresome to say the least. But the story that seems to be most suitable here is the fact that our Hi-Life II is not my first newsletter to publish. At one point of time, Carl spent several years as Corporate Director of Safety, Training and Compliance for a hazardous waste disposal company (Patchem Inc, later called Cemtech) based out of New Jersey, with several plants scattered from the Midwest to the East Coast. They set up in cement plants to burn (dispose of) hazardous waste liquids in cement kilns, replacing coal. Carl’s job was to train the employees in safe handling, see the plants ran according to OSHA regulations, etc. His office was at home, since he spent most of his time traveling. After one trip he came home saying he wanted to put together a Company Safety Newsletter to put out to the employees of all the plants. This meant he’d get ME information so I could put it together! As we worked on our first issue, we decided we needed a “spokesman” figure … as Carl said “like Redi-kilowatt.” We were living in Rolla, MO at the time and found a local artist looking for work. Carl described to him what we were looking for and he brought us several versions to choose from. Then we needed a name for this fella. An afternoon was spent throwing out names. At the same time in our lives, Carl was studying with a gentleman in Masonic work by the name of Wilburn Sanders. With his name in our minds, we came up with “Wilburn Safely” (will burn safely!) Wilburn was a BIG hit!! Besides being the spokesman in the Newsletter, he was also used within the Company’s Safety Manual (also written by Carl and produced by guess who) and on employee Birthday and Christmas cards.
The following page from one of our editions of the Cemtech Safety Newsletter may be of interest to you . . .
Sorry, the scanner cut the bottom off … I just couldn’t get it to work with me here! But you got the most of it And remember, follow the leader … waiting to hear from YOU!
Karen Atkins has been keeping us updated on Ted’s health: 6/25 . . .
Hi All, I want to give you a heads up on Ted. He is in the ICU fighting a blood infection. The Drs determined that there is a backup in his bile duct which is causing the infection. The cure all for this is to insert a stent to open the duct but to operate is not an option due to his previous surgeries. They were going to perform a procedure today that would entail inserting an endoscopy tube to the duct and doing the stent w/o an incision. But, since he had a perforation in the stomach last year, the odds of a 2nd perforation now proved to be too risky, so it was canceled. We were offered 2 more options, which we will discuss in depth with 2 teams of Drs tomorrow. Ted is in great spirits (as always). We are asking for your thoughts and prayers. Thanks, Karen
6/27 . . .
It has been a very difficult 24 hrs, but Ted came thru with flying colors. None of the options given to us were good but to do nothing would have been lethal, so we went for the only procedure the Drs would attempt with a 50/50 chance that he would get thru this. The 45 min procedure took 2 hrs, but went fairly well. He had to have a transfusion (which we were not expecting) and a few other small complications (also not expected) but the prognosis is VERY good. He is still in the ICU, but hopefully he will be coming home in a few days. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. Karen
7/1 from Ted himself . . .
Thanks for all your prayers and good wishes. I was released from Shadyside Hospital late Friday and let me tell you...home is a whole lot better. I know it's a real burden for Karen since she has to change bandages twice daily and lay out my pitt regimen which is extensive. Once again, prescription copays will be killing us. I am also very weak and K has to help me up/down the stairs so I have to choose my times. She'll be back on the road as doctors and the holiday permit. Says she feels guilty leaving me alone but that's ridiculous. Only problem is that the cats can't boost me up the steps. I now have more pain than before but I hope that will pass. Appetite fairly good but lovin' pie and ice cream. I retained enough body water over the five days that I put on 25 pounds and still have arm and leg swelling. Call me the Pillsbury Dough Boy. I'll keep all of you in the loop. Have a GREAT 4th of July week. Lotsa heat here. Luv ya, Ted
I had a phone call from Carol Ann (Downing ’58) Robbins the other day. Cecil is back in Hospice. She said he looks okay; all of his problems are on the inside of his body. As I told you before, he really loves to have visits from old friends … and had a wonderful surprise on Sunday of the Reunion weekend. After leaving the school, Mary Ann (Whiting) Morie, her brother Phil (’59), Bill Broaddus (’59), and spouses went all went by to visit with Cecil. Carol says he was absolutely thrilled! Carol wants to thank them all once more, and thank everyone for all their prayers sent his way. Cecil is a strong and stubborn guy that isn’t going to give up easily. He and Carol have a wonderfully close family with great moral support and many, many friends that care about them.
And from the mailbox . . .
I received a nice email from Judy (Barrett) Damgaard after she received the June NL … Thanks for
all your hard work, Marilyn. We are in Denmark for most of the summer. I sure appreciate hearing about the kids of 1957 class. Judy Barrett Damgaard
We missed you, Judy, as well as many others from our Class that didn’t make the Reunion. Maybe next time? Put the weekend of Sunday, June 8, 2014 on your calendars NOW! The following message from Louise (Bernard ’59) Hobbs . . . Enjoyed seeing all my classmates (all
classes) - we really did have the best of the best back then....wish others could have what we had. Thanks for all the work that went into the reunion on Sunday and CONGRATS to the 55th Reunion alumni....LSHS has to be the greatest - have a great week everyone! Louise (Bernard) Hobbs ('59)
HI MARILYN, LILA HERE WANTING TO THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT NEWSLETTER AND THE PICTURES. I WAS UNDER THE WEATHER SO COULD NOT ATTEND SUNDAY'S REUNION. HAVING COPD IS NOT FUN, DUHHHH. MUCH BETTER NOW SO WILL GET CAUGHT UP AT FACEBOOK- LOVE ALL THE PEEPS ON THERE FROM LSHS AND MY FAMILY. HAVING EVELYN (GRANDDAUGHTER) IN YOUR EASTER NEWSLETTER WAS SPECIAL. HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO VISIT WITH CECIL/CAROL FOR A WHILE SO WILL BE HAPPY TO GET OVER THERE AND HEAR SOME MORE GREAT STORIES. I WILL NEVER FORGET THE GREAT TIMES WE GIRLS HAD AT ALL THE SLUMBER PARTIES. WE WERE ALWAYS GOOD GIRLS JUST HAVING FUN AND TRYING TO BE A LITTLE ORNERY. GIRLS JUST HAVING FUN, THE GUYS HAD NOTHING ON US, LOL. THE PICTURE I'M SENDING IS A SLUMBER PARTY AT JUDY SMITH'S. OH MY, HOW YOUNG WE ARE! WOULD LIKE TO SHOUT OUT TO ALL THE LSHS ALUMS WISHING THEM HEALTH AND HAPPINESS AND TO YOUR AWESOME NEWSLETTER, GREAT JOB. LILA WARREN (’58) ROASA
Front row L to R: Judy Smith Betty Smith Karen Winterowd Geraldine Wahl
Back row L to R: Beverly Pease Beverly Brown Carol Ann Downing Marilyn Prewitt Sally Todd
And from Margaret (Davis) Offen . . .How are you keeping cool these days? It is pretty nice today but my how it has been so awfully hot the last few weeks. Nothing really much to write for the NL but did want to say again how much I enjoyed the gtg in July and how great it was to see everyone that was there. You might put in the NL that if anyone is looking for fence work my son is in the fence business. He is reasonable and does a great job. I was concerned about Garry and Peggy and called a few days ago and guess they are okay now. they had to be evacuated for several days but luckily their place is okay and they are back home now. I had to make a flying trip to Springfield a week ago for overnight. My cousin (who was like a brother to me) passed away and he had a military funeral at the VA Cemetry in Springfield and I was so awe struck by it. Made goose bumps run up and down my arm when they played taps. He was cremated and they have a wall where they put the ashes of each veteran. It was very touching. Hope you all are doing okay. Luv ya, Margaret
My sister-in-law, Lois Jean (Williams ’55) Havens, got me thinking awhile back . . . I have been in many places, but I've never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone. I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there. I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family and work. I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not too much on physical activity anymore. I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there too often. I've been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm. Sometimes I'm in Capable, and I go there more often as I'm getting older. One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!
MY, HOW TIME FLIES WHEN YOU’RE HAVING FUN! MY, HOW TIME FLIES WHEN YOU’RE HAVING FUN! MY, HOW TIME FLIES WHEN YOU’RE HAVING FUN!
YOUR AGE BY CHOCOLATE MATH
This is pretty neat. It takes less than a minute. Work this out as you read. Be sure you don't read the bottom until you've worked it out! This is not one of those waste of time things, it's fun. 1. First of all, pick the number of times a week that you would like to have chocolate (more than once but less than 10) 2. Multiply this number by 2 (just to be bold) 3. Add 5 4. Multiply it by 50 -- I'll wait while you get the calculator 5. If you have already had your birthday this year add 1762 .. If you haven't, add 1761.. 6. Now subtract the four digit year that you were born. You should have a three digit number. The first digit of this was your original number (i.e., how many times you want to have chocolate each week). The next two numbers are YOUR AGE! (Oh YES, it is!!!!!) THIS IS THE ONLY YEAR (2012) IT WILL EVER WORK, SO SPREAD IT AROUND WHILE IT LASTS.
Classmates birthdays coming in August . . .
Aug. 10 – Katherine (Ford) Weinrich Aug. 16 – Betty (Brown) Bolton Aug. 23 – Joyce (Johnson) Bailey Ted Atkins Aug. 27 – Roy Hatfield Aug. 28 – George Luther Aug. 29 – Jerry Weber (deceased) Aug. 31 – Kay (Qualls) Caldwell Charles Gaston
(notice we have a CHOCOLATE cake!)
THANK YOU everyone that participated in the Tupperware fundraiser for our Scholarship Fund. Remember, every little bit helps … and adds up to big bits!
Submit your news to . . .
Marilyn (Prewitt) Williams 4248 N Drury Ave Kansas City, MO 64117 (816)437-9422; cell (620)224-6623 firstname.lastname@example.org PLEASE NOTE NEW EMAIL ADDRESS * * * * * * * * *
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - PAUL D. COVERDELL CLASS OF 1957 MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND DONATION Donor Information Name ___________________________________ Class Year _______ Street___________________________________________________ City/State/Zip ____________________________________________ Phone ______________ Email Address __________________________ Please make your tax-deductible check payable to: Coverdell Scholarship Fund In Memory Of______________________ In Honor Of:_____________________________ [ ] Check is enclosed [ ] Payment by Credit Card: Amount $__________________
Card #________________ Card Type__________________ Exp.Date___________ Signature ____________________________________________________________ Mail to: LS Educational Fdn, 301 NE Tudor Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086-5702 or donate online at www.lsedfoundation.com
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