LSHS Class of 1957
Vol X # 11 November 2012
Ed Heinlein, E IC Emeritus & our “Fearless Leader”

November … the month of giving thanks … and we all have a lot to be thankful for. Our Class of ’57 is so thankful for having a classmate like Ed Heinlein, who is responsible for bringing us all back together after spreading ourselves around the country the past 55 years. The past 10 years have been so much fun to those of us that have attended our Class gtg’s (get-togethers, for you new subscribers). These gtg’s, as well as our Hi-Life II newsletter, are all due to the efforts of Ed and his organizational skills. Some of you may not know it, but the Class of ’57 has become the envy of LSHS alumni. We are the most active “antique” class and have earned quite a reputation … one to be proud of! I’ve heard it said by many and I know the rest of the Class joins us in saying “THANK YOU, ED … IT’S BEEN A HOOT!”

Photo of the Month

Sharon (Barker) Melich, Marilyn (Prewitt) Williams, Vicki (Hurlock) Rittman, Marilyn (Mitchell) Pruyn, Margaret (Davis) Offen

Kickin’ up our heels at our 50th Class Reunion back in Sept., 2007
. . . And looking forward to the next one!

Speaking of Reunions, the Class of ’57 had a really fun weekend with Ed & Vivian Heinlein’s visit in Lee’s Summit. On Friday, 10/26, six of our Committee members met at the High School and then had lunch at Neighbor’s Café (see Committee report on next page) . . .
Starting with Ed (with the phone to his ear!) and continuing clockwise: Ed, Marilyn Pruyn, Margaret Offen, Harold Shewmaker, Sue & Terry Reynolds, and Terry’s Mom who joined us .. celebrating her 96th birthday! I was there, in my usual position behind the camera; my favorite place because then I’m not seen in the pictures. The guy standing in red jacket was a LSHS alum from ’75 who shared his table with us, as the Café was filled to it’s limits. FYI, this is a great place to meet and visit with old friends if you are in town.

Then on Saturday evening, Roy Hatfield set us up once more at the Lakewood Golf Club for dinner. We were sorry Roy was unable to be with us … he had a family commitment out of town … but we want to thank him for a wonderful evening. We missed you, Roy!

And what a coincidence . . . Our two waitresses were the daughters of Jolene Abell ’58 !

Margaret Offen, Carolyn & Harold Shewmaker, welcoming Ed & Vivian

Marilyn Pruyn, Carolyn & Harold Shewmaker, George Luther, Kenny McCarty, Tom & Margaret Offen, Doris Sellards and her friend John, Dean Pruyn, Terry & Sue Reynolds, Carl Williams, Vivian & Ed Heinlein, Ardyce & Jim Brown (Jim was hiding from the picture, as usual ♥) and Marilyn Williams (photographer)

SPECIAL REPORT . . . PLEASE READ CAREFULLY On Friday, 10/26, we held a Committee meeting at LSHS to discuss our Scholarship and its future administration. Attending were Marilyn Pruyn, Margaret Offen, Ed Heinlein, Harold Shewmaker, Terry Reynolds and Marilyn Williams. Ed gave us a financial report on the Fund, which continues to grow. A couple of specific subjects were discussed, the first being the Scholarship growth. One means of growth is the naming of the Fund in your obituary as a memorial opportunity “in lieu of flowers,” as did Mr. Brockman. Our Class should feel so very special because of his thoughtfulness and generosity. Mr. B took his Honorary Membership in the Class of ’57 very seriously. But even if the Fund is not mentioned in the obituary of the classmate, it is a perfect opportunity to say “goodbye; you will be missed” as Ed has mentioned frequently. Several of us have already been sending a small contribution in memory of each classmate as they leave us. Keep in mind IT’S NOT THE SIZE OF THE GIFT THAT IS IMPORTANT … no gift is considered too small or too large. We just would like to have everyone in the Class feel as if they are a major part of this project. And the second subject discussed was “who is going to administer our Fund in the distant future?” Not the collection and investment duties, which will always be the responsibility of the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation, but in making the decisions and doing the work that our Class Committee performs right now. We hate to admit it, but eventually ALL of us are going to have the opportunity to be memorialized by the Scholarship. We decided it would be nice to be able to count on our Scholarship recipients to see that what we have started continues on in perpetuity after we are all gone. We plan to contact our first few recipients and see if we can get them involved while we are still available to help them learn of our purpose in establishing the Fund and let them know we would appreciate their carrying on for us. Hopefully, if we can pull off the above plan of action, the Class of 1957 will remain active at LSHS for many years to come.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 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______________________ Comments:________________________________ In Honor Of _______________________ Comments:________________________________ [ ] 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

An update from our “fearless leader” Ed Heinlein
Vivian and my October-ending trip to Oklahoma and Missouri was everything we could hope for, and more. We started in Edmond, Oklahoma, in which my brother’s children reside. While there, we visited the best grocery store we have ever visited. It seems strange to start off a report of a vacation with tales of a super grocery store, but “Uptown Market” is a very special place. A cross between the high quality foods of Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s prices make this a “must see” if it comes to Missouri or you see one on vacation in Oklahoma. The reason for the timing of our trip was the presentation to my grand-nephew of his Eagle Scout medal. Talk about a traditionalist! Chandler arranged for his ceremony to be held on the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts. Approximately 65 -70 were in attendance. One of the guests was the Chief Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court, who was counselor for one of Chandler’s 64 merit badges. When the “special guests” were introduced, the Chief was announced first, followed by “Uncle Ed and Aunt Vivian, from California.” After the ceremony, I went up to the Chief and said that “there is no shame for a recovering (for eleven years) California lawyer to take second billing to the Chief of the State Supreme Court Justice. He kind of grinned and said “I agree.” The ceremony, including Chandler’s acceptance speech, was touching. After we arrived MCI, it took us only 2-1/2 hours, including 23-1/4 wrong turns ( not so bad an outcome for a couple of little ole folks who shouldn’t be driving at night anyway!) to reach L.S. We did a little bit of business, but primarily just “hung out” with our Lee’s Summit friends. At a short meeting, we decided to establish immediately the 3rd interim goal for the scholarship of $50,000 by our next GTG. We also discussed the amount of our award (more on this, later). It was delightful to spend Saturday night at dinner with Dean and Marilyn Pruyn, Harold and Carolyn Shewmaker, George Luther, Kenny McCarty, Doris Sellards and her friend John, as well as Margaret and Tom Offen, Marilyn and Carl Williams, Terry and Sue Reynolds, and Ardyce and Jim Brown. We had a wonderful time eating and “telling lies,” although we sorely missed Roy Hatfield, who was out of town with an ailing relative. I also had the pleasure of having lunch at Neighbors - believe it or not, the very first time I have ever visited this eatery icon - with several of us who attended our short meeting on Friday...and Terry’s mom who was celebrating her 96th birthday! One of the best parts of the trip was my visits with Robert Ray Dunning and Cecil Robbins in their homes. We left Lee’s Summit, as always, glad to have been able to spend a little time with our friends and determined to return as soon as possible.

From Sharon’s Kitchen . . .
by Sharon (Barker ’57) Melich

Here are some nice dishes for your Thanksgiving Table. Happy Thanksgiving! APRICOT SWEET POTATO BAKE 2 cans (15oz ea) cut sweet potatoes 1 can (15 ¼ oz) apricot halves 3 tbls brown sugar 1 tbls cornstarch ¼ teas salt 1/8 teas ground cinnamon 3 tbls dry sherry or chicken broth 1/3 cup raisins 1/8 teas grated orange peel

• Drain sweet potatoes and apricots—reserving ½ cup juice from each; set aside. Cut apricots in half and place sweet potatoes and apricots in a shallow greased 1 qt. baking dish; set aside • In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, cornstarch, salt and cinnamon; stir in reserved juices until smooth. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in the sherry (or broth), raisins, and orange peel. • Pour over sweet potato mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 12-15 minutes or until bubbly. Yield: 6 servings. PICKLED BEETS (using canned beets) 2 cans beets (sliced or whole) Keep 2 tbls beet juice ½ cup apple cider vinegar 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 1 tbls pickling spice

• Drain all except 2 tablespoons of juice from beets. Mix beet juice, vinegar, sugar, water and spice and boil for 5 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes or longer. • Strain and throw away the spices. Heat vinegar mixture again to boiling. Pack beets in jars and pour vinegar mix over to cover the beets. • Cool, put lids on jars and refrigerate. Prepare a day or two before using. Beets will keep a week or more in the refrigerator BUT THIS IS NOT A COMPLETE CANNING PROCESS. SPECIAL CRANBERRY SAUCE (Make a day ahead) Follow the directions on the back of a bag of cranberries EXCEPT use orange juice instead of water. When done, stir in a can of mandarin oranges. Cool and refrigerate.

Mrs. Kevin Curran
Kansas City Star Oct. 17, 2012

Mary Lewis Elliott Curran, 74, Leawood, KS, passed away Monday, Oct. 15, 2012 surrounded by her family. Mary was born March 25, 1938, in Hannibal, MO. A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. at Cure of Ars, 9401 Mission Road, Leawood, KS. A visitation will be held following Mass. Mary grew up in Monroe City, MO, and was married to Kevin Edward Curran. After raising her four children Mary worked as a med tech for over 20 years at PRL and LabCorp. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Eileen Elliott, and sister Jane Quinn of Columbus, OH. Mary is survived by her husband of 47 years, Kevin, four children Mike (Laura) Curran of O.P. KS, Shannon (Traci Liegh) Curran of Atlanta, GA, Elliott (Christy) Curran of KC MO, Megan (Ian) Murphy of Spring Hill, KS, and fourteen grandchildren. Mary is also survived by siblings Martha (Tom) Wujek of Joliet, IL, Kathryn Sue 'Totty' (Jerry) Burditt of Monroe City, MO, Tuley (Tara) Elliott of Monroe City, MO, and Millie (Stan) Erdel of Mexico, MO. She will be missed by all who knew her. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Mary's memory to Cure of Ars Catholic Church. Sympathies can be sent to Kevin at 9713 Mohawk Lane, Leawood, KS 66206 (913) 381-2888

Joyce (Johnson) Bailey’s mother (96 yrs-old) died Oct. 24th and her funeral was held at Langsford’s on Saturday, Oct. 27th. We missed Joyce & Gene at dinner Sat. night, but certainly understood why they weren’t there. Condolences from all of us, Joyce.

Health Updates
A health update on her hubby, Loren, from Pat (Damsgard) Hoglund . . .
On Friday the 19th, Loren had umbilical hernia surgery. Came thru it fine and slept most of the rest of Friday. I was totally shot! Glad it's over and he's doing so well. Wow, what a difference a day (or two) makes! Loren's feeling up to his old self again and doing light stuff with no problems. Off the pain pills entirely and just taking the antibiotics. Whew. We go back in a week to the doctor to see how long he has to be off work. 73 degrees and sunny. A perfect Fall day! You all take care and stay well!!! Luv, Loren & Pat

I received this “health update” from Marcia (Fields) Russell
The cotton-pickin' leukemia has raised it's ugly head again. Almost made it 5 years. Now we have to start over. Don't have to spend a month in the hospital this time (at least not now), but still have to be very careful who I'm around. No kids or anyone who's been around them or anyone who has a cold, flu etc. Kinda hard to avoid this time of year. But, I have a wonderful doctor and beat it once so I'll beat again. Marcia 6

And from the mailbox . . .
So good to hear from Patty (Patterson ’56) Iseman . . .
As always – fantastic job. I, so do, remember Margaret Ann Rolls. When I was about five or six I lived next door to her, and yes her dad was the Manor Man. He always kept out-dated goodies in his garage and we on occasion would sneak in there and eat away. She and I remained friends all through high school, although she was a year ahead of me. When I go to, or think about, Lee’s Summit my thoughts are always the same. Why did it have to change? I guess all people feel the same about the town where they grew up, but I always think Lee’s Summit was special. Oh yeah, on Halloween, I remember the out house at the stop light and I also remember going to some orchard and stealing apples (not many). Why? I am not real sure. I guess it was the challenge of getting away with it. I am living in an independent living complex called Park Meadows in Overland Park KS, where I am in charge of a little convenience store. I do the bookkeeping, shopping, shelving, pricing etc. and I love it. I also do computer work part-time for my son-in-law so I am keeping busy and out of trouble. Marilyn – keep up the great work. You are keeping us all informed as to who and what is going on in our era. I think we were all blessed to have graduated from “Good old LS High”. Patty

Found this picture and message on the Facebook page of Claude Holmes ’55:
“Barb gave me my 75th B-Day present with a trip to see my old pal Mel Tillis. We were talking about being stationed on Okinawa back in the mid 50's “

What a wonderful birthday present … spent with one of my favorite singers! Happy belated birthday, “Babe!”

Eve Hoygaard sends us an update from Colorado …
Having experienced what seems to have been the hottest recorded summer in our area of Colorado, we confidently said "after this heat, I won't be complaining about cold weather this winter" . .. well, we have already had almost enough cold this fall. However, I prefer cold weather to the 90+ days we experienced for much of the summer. We did drive to WY-MT-ID in August. Had a great time visiting family, seeing Yellowstone National Park, etc. Bill's back problems have resulted in making some travel adjustments. We just stop more often on the driving trips. I remain active with multiple professional organizations including writing a column for the Colorado Nurses Association's quarterly publication, serving on three boards and yet still missing being in active practice. This is a busy time of the year as plans need to be finalized for the coming year, etc. Hope that our Colorado Group will be getting together before the year ends. Always seem to have a nice time when we do. I am glad that the elections are now over. I will not miss the phone calls, written materials and the sometimes very unpleasant comments on Facebook. In my opinion, we need to come together and agree to disagree as we work toward the common cause of helping to move our country forward. Best wishes to all for a Happy Thanksgiving! Eve


LuAnn (Mrs. Jack ’58) Smith is still having great fun with her sewing. Look what she’s done now . . .

Hi Marilyn, I've been occupied with my sewing for a Craft Fair at my church next week. Not only have I been making bears, baby blankets and quilts, etc. I've been making doll clothes. They fit the 18 inch American Girl Doll. Yes, I even made the little bear! So sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Brockman. He was a terrific influence on many people and I know he will be missed. Hello to all the 1958 grads. Please contact Marilyn with more of your news for her Newsletter! I enjoy hearing about you. Thanks, Marilyn, for keeping me in the loop! LuAnn

George Luther reports on his recent Alaskan cruise . . .

We took a thrilling cruise to Alaska with our family. Our 3 children, their spouses and one grandson all went with Donna and I. The ship had ports of call stops at Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Glacier Bay and Victoria, BC. We took excursion tours at the various stops, all of which were very enjoyable. Our cabin was special … it had a living room, bedroom, oversized bathroom and an outside deck. We had many eating pleasures at the many shipboard restaurants and attended many social activities. The Alaskan cruise was a trip of a lifetime and would recommend it to any of you. George Luther

Kenny McCarty showed up to our Saturday night gtg driving his 1957 Chevy pickup … isn’t it beautiful? After dinner, as we all were leaving, Kenny gave Ed a ride around the parking lot! Also, Kenny has now joined us in the 21st Century, bought a computer, and gave me his email address to get out to everyone: kenmccarty57@yahoo.com Put it in your address book and let him hear from you so he knows I followed thru please  From Lila (Warren ’58) Roasa . . .
Hi Marilyn, Chris Robbins wanted me to send you a picture of his mother, Carol and her sister Marilyn, to put in the newsletter to surprise her. This was Marilyn's 75th Birthday party. Carol Ann talks with her sisters every day and this picture has to be the perfect sisterly love picture ever. As my mother ,Evelyn, would say Carol Ann is an "Angel on Earth". My favorite 50's song-"Earth Angel", remembering the Good Ole Days- the Best. ..........lol Lila

Carol Ann (Downing ’58) and Marilyn (Downing ’55) Necessary

Lila also sends word that her grandson … “DANE BELL IS GOING WITH THE PEACE CORP TO

Everyone is invited to send their Christmas & New Year’s greetings out to their LSHS alumni friends thru the December 15th issue of the Hi-Life II. Just send your messages to me (address on final page) by December 10th so I have time to fit them all in. We did this last year and it worked great! Always good to hear from everyone, especially at this “greeting” time of year.


Here’s an update for those of you that played in Keith House’s marching band … and what’s a football game without ‘em?

Lee’s Summit High School Band: The Final Frontier
October 13, 2012 Lee’s Summit Tribune

Lee's Summit High School Marching Band Tribune Photo/Ron Wight By Wendy Hayworth Intern Reporter for the Tribune intern@lstribune.net

During the halftime show, 125 students take to the field. They fall into position, instruments ready. Hours and hours of practice and drills have led to this moment. This is Lee’ Summit High School’s Marching Band. “Students have to remember exactly where they go to create different shapes on the field, while marching in a specific way to get there, all while playing beautiful music,” Lee’s Summit High School band instructor Brady Finch said. The marching band season consists of preparing for three competitions. The first of which was on October 6th at Park Hill High School. Next, Lee’s Summit will be competing at the Lee’s Summit North Marching Festival on October 13th. Their final show is the UCM Festival of Champions on October 20th. “I expect my students to do their best to perform with the band. Each student is unique and has different abilities,” Finch said. Each year, the band chooses a theme. This theme will decide the t-shirt design and songs they perform. “Our show this year is called The Final Frontier and features music from the 2009 Star Trek film and earlier films,” Finch said. Marching band isn’t the only opportunity given to Lee’s Summit’s band students. “Following the marching band season, students are split up into three concert performing groups: concert band, percussion ensemble, and symphonic band,” Finch said. Lee’s Summit also offers a Jazz Band program which meets twice a week before school. This audition group performs in concerts and contests throughout the year. Throughout the year, band students are expected to give everything they have on and off the field. “I expect my students to be good role models to others and have fun. Fortunately, we’ve got great kids at LSHS so my job is much easier than it could be,” Finch said.


Coming on November 11th is Veteran’s Day. We must never forget who gets the credit for the freedoms we have, of which we should be eternally grateful… I watched the flag pass by one day, It fluttered in the breeze. A young Marine saluted it, And then he stood at ease. I looked at him in uniform So young, so tall, so proud, With hair cut square and eyes alert He'd stand out in any crowd. I thought how many men like him Had fallen through the years. How many died on foreign soil How many mothers' tears? How many pilots' planes shot down? How many died at sea? How many foxholes were soldiers' graves ? No, freedom isn't free. I heard the sound of Taps one night, When everything was still, I listened to the bugler play And felt a sudden chill. I wondered just how many times That Taps had meant 'Amen,' When a flag had draped a Coffin. Of a brother or a friend. I thought of all the children, Of the mothers and the wives, Of fathers, sons and husbands With interrupted lives. I thought about a graveyard At the bottom of the sea Of unmarked graves in Arlington .. No, freedom isn't free. Sending out a big THANK YOU to all our ’57 Classmates and spouses and fellow-Tigers from other classes that served their time in the military to keep us safe and protect our freedom! Thanks for writing that “blank check” !!

Some of us often forget that older people had a career before they retired. You have to appreciate this story from Joyce Bailey. . .

Charley, a new retiree-greeter at Wal-Mart, just couldn't seem to get to work on time. Every day he was 5, 10, 15 minutes late. But he was a good worker, really tidy, cleanshaven, sharp-minded and a real credit to the company and obviously demonstrating their "Older Person Friendly" policies. One day the boss called him into the office for a talk. "Charley, I have to tell you, I like your work ethic, you do a bang-up job when you finally get here; but your being late so often is quite bothersome." "Yes, I know boss, and I am working on it." "Well good, you are a team player. That's what I like to hear.” “Yes sir, I understand your concern and I will try harder.” Seeming puzzled, the manager went on to comment, “I know you're retired from the Armed Forces. What did they say to you there if you showed up in the morning late so often?" The old man looked down at the floor, then smiled. He chuckled quietly, then said

"They usually saluted and said, Good morning, Admiral, can I get you coffee, sir?”
One of the best 'stories', ever? You bet!!


Safety Patrol …
9-Volt Battery Fire Hazard

Each week I get a newsletter from our local town government. This part of the newsletter I thought was very fitting to share with you: In July, a fire broke out in a kitchen "junk" drawer which the resident stated she had just cleaned and organized. The fire produced smoke throughout the first floor of the home. In the drawer were spare keys, a cigarette lighter, paper clips, eyeglass cleaner, and some batteries in a baggie along with everything else that you find in a "junk" drawer. The local fire department determined the cause of the fire to be from a 9-volt battery stored in the same baggie with other batteries. The 9-volt battery rubbed against another battery and ignited the fire. In the homeowner's words, "We were fortunate not to have been away for the weekend!" A 9-volt battery is a fire hazard because the positive and negative posts are on top, right next to one another. If the ends come in contact with anything metal such as aluminum foil, steel wool, paperclip, other batteries, etc., this will cause the battery to heat up and ignite a fire. To store, keep in original packaging or keep ends covered. For disposal, make sure the positive and negative posts are safely wrapped in electrical tape.

Classmates birthdays coming in December . . .
Dec. 2 – Judy (Barrett) Damgaard Dec. 3 – Pat (Nesbit) Stevens Dec. 7 – Jim Doran (deceased) Dec. 10 – Janice (Holmes) Mansfield, Ed Heinlein Dec. 19 – Roy Drake Dec. 21 – Mary Lee (Pinnell) Hatfield (deceased) Tom Bickham Dec. 24 – Karen Winterowd Dec. 27 – Joyce (Slagle) Hitchcock, Don Rittman Dec. 30 – Betty Smith (deceased) Dec. 31 – Paula (Irwin) Rhodes Marilyn (Prewitt) Williams

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4248 N Drury Ave Kansas City, MO 64117 (816)437-9422; cell (620)224-6623 marilynwms@att.net


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