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Pioneer newsletter-May 2006
Editor: Jim Morgan (Class of 1958)
320 East Vine #4
Murray, Utah 84107
(801) 261-1906

The Undeath of Mrs. Nell Sloan: I'm happy to report that Mrs. Nell Sloan
who taught math at North Miami High School from the 1950's to the 1960's
is still with us. A few years ago I was given information that she had
passed on. Thanks to Robin McGary (Class of 1966) I have her e-mail

Mrs. Nell Sloan (Teacher-NMHS): Thank you for your speedy response. I
enjoyed looking over the list of teachers. I was at North Miami 1956 to
1970; Mrs. Nell Sloan and taught Algebra I & 2, Geometry, Trigonometry,
and Solid Geometry. In 1966 I went into Counseling after getting my MA
from Barry College. I would love to receive a copy of the news letter
every month. Happened to have noticed the teachers named below were
omitted. I know nothing about them: Mitzi Crews - Honors English, Mimi
Nordman - Guidance, Alene Temple - Math, Sam Viviana - Biology, Again
thanks so much for responding so quickly. Nell Sloan 2nt e-mail: Mrs.
Nell Sloan (North Miami High School Teacher): Dear Jim: Life was great at
NMHS and I loved being there in Math and in Guidance until 1970 when my
husbands' business took us to Ormond Beach - this town is a great place
to be and I was I nthe school system until 1986 when I retired. Teachers
were of a different caliber from those in NMHS. Since then I've played
golf, tennis, etc. and we're only two blocks from "The Most Famous Beach"
and the ocean and it's great. Our address is 425 Idlewood Drive, Ormond
Beach, Florida 32176. My two sons graduated from NMHS : Jim Sloan, Jr.
1966 who is a Captain with American Air Lines and lives in Highland
Village, Texas (Dallas suberb) and has three teenage sons. Bill Sloan
1968 who has a thriving building construction in Orlando - has two
teenage children. Enough for now but loved being in touch with Klaus N.
(Mr. Nordmeyer) and Mary C. (Miss Calley). Regards, Nell Sloan. (Note:
I've only included the teachers from 1955 to 1959).

Death of Ronald Leo Meggison (Class of 1955): Ronald Leo Meggison, 69 of
Delray Beach passed away Saturday, April 15, 2006. He was born in Miami
on February 5, 1937. He retired after 35 years with IBM, served in the US
Marine Corps and was a Boy Scout leader in New York. He is survived by
his spouse, Adele Meggison; five children, Richard Meggison, Ron
Meggison, Jr., Kathy Pippin, Andrew Meggison and Samantha Meggison; nine
grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Friends will be received Tuesday,
April 18, 2006 from 3:00 PM until service time at 4:00 PM at
Scobee-Combs- Bowden Funeral Home, corner of US Hwy #1 and N.E. 15th
Avenue, Boynton Beach. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be
made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 405, Palm Beach, Florida
33480 or Bethesda Hospital Oncology Dept., 2815 S. Seacrest Blvd.,
Boynton Beach, Florida 33435 in Mr. Meggison's memory. Scobee-Combs-
Bowden Funeral Home, Boynton Beach, Florida. Family Owned & Operated. To
express condolences and/or make donations. Visit Published in The Palm Beach Post on
4/18/2006.  (Note: I received this from Carol Albrecht (Class of 1956)
who lives in the Palm Beach area-A bit of sad news today.  Ronnie
Meggison passed away on April 15. I believe he was in the Class of 1955,
he and his sister Jackie were active in the Biscayne Gardens group of
Pioneers and they were a fantastic dance team). Update: Hello, A website
in memory of Ronald Meggison was created by Samantha Meggison. You can
visit the site by going to On this
site, you can read about Ronald, light a candle in his memory, pay
tribute, offer your condolences, view a photo album and more. If you have
any photographs that you would like to add to Ronald Meggison's website,
you can upload them directly to the website by clicking here. If you have
other material or ideas about content that can be added to Ronald
Meggison's website, please send them to Samantha Meggison by clicking
here. Please forward this message to all of Ronald's family members and
friends. To send flowers or for other ideas for remembrance gifts please
click here. Sincerely, Staff. is part of the Library of Life,

Death of Murray E. Nelson (Possible NMHS Pioneers): Murray E Nelson
passed away the morning of April 17th at the age of 67. He was a grad of
NMSH but not sure of what year. He was a county commissioner here in
Monroe County. Here is a part of an article in the local newspaper on
Murray: "He died after a long struggle with cancer. He was a well
respected county commissioner. Ground will be broken on the Murray E.
Nelson Government and Community Center at 11 a.m. Friday. This came about
prior to his death because of his great service to the county. The Monroe
County commissioner and his wife, Mary, have lived full-time in Key Largo
since October 1992, and were part-time residents since 1978. Nelson was
born in Minneapolis on Oct. 29, 1938, but his family moved to Miami when
he was very young, due to the health of a sibling. He grew up in Miami
and served in the U.S. Army, and is a veteran of Korea. Following the
war, he returned to his home and became a licensed electrical contractor.
He owned his own business there, Murray Electric Inc." (Note: I can't
fine any documentation that he graduated from NMHS but he was a North
Miami resident as a child-Thanks to Jerry Cooper of the 1959 class for
reporting the death to me).

Death of Coach Pete Stamos (Swim Coach-North Miami High School in
mid-1950's): We were saddened to chance upon an obit in today's (Palm
Coast) News Journal concerning the May 8, 2006 passing of former North
Miami High School teacher and coach, Peter Stamos. According to the
notice, he was 83 and resided at the Good Shepherd assisted care living
facility in DeLand, Florida.  Memorial services with be conducted at the
Allen-Summerhill Funeral Home Chapel at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 13.
Coach Stamos is survived by his wife of 49 years, two sons, two daughters
and three grandchildren. Memorial donations can be made to the Hospice of
Volusia/Flagler, 1250 S. Spring Garden Ave., Suite 5, DeLand, Florida
32720. (Note: Thanks to Mike Schukert Class of 1957 for the information.
He has been on my questionable list for a few years).

Obituary of Coach Pete Stamos: Memorial service for Peter Stamos, 83,
Leaf Circle, DeLand, Florida who died May 8, 2006, at the Good Shepherd
Assisted Care Living Facility, DeLand, will be Saturday, May 13, at 11
a.m. at the Allen-Summerhill Memorial Chapel, DeLand, with the Rev. Owen
Stricklin officiating. Mr. Stamos was born in Aliquippa, Pa., April 16,
1923, and moved to Florida in 1952 after playing professional baseball in
the minor leagues for several years. He was an Army veteran of World War
II and a former high school biology teacher at South West High School in
Dade County for 38 years, retiring in 1990. He was a member of the First
United Methodist Church, DeLand, and the Order of the Ahepa and the FEA.
He spent his time playing with the Southwest Volusia Senior League
Softball League and working for Habitat for Humanity. Survivors include
his wife of 49 years, Carol Stamos, DeLand; sons, Michael J. Stamos,
M.D., Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., and Peter D. Stamos, Sacramento,
Calif.; daughters, Patricia Lapinsky, DeLand, and Maria Setzer, Hopewell,
N.J.; brother, Lou Stamos, San Remo, Calif.; and three grandchildren,
Alissa Lapinsky, Erica Lapinsky and Ilias Stamos. Memorial donations may
be made to the Society for Progressive Supernuclear Palsy, Executive
Plaza III, 11350 McCormick Rd., Suite 906, Hunt Valley, MD 21031 or
Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, 1250 S. Spring Garden Ave., Suite 5, DeLand,
FL 32720. Allen-Summerhill Funeral Home, DeLand, is in charge of
arrangements. (Note: From Dayona Beach News-Journay Online. Has a photo
of Coach Stamos included. It still looks like him.

Obituary of Chery McGary (North Miami High School): Sgt. Cheryl Elaine
McGary Faucette, retired Alachua sheriff deputy, died Sunday May 7 at
Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida due to complications from a
massive heart attack three years ago. She was 61 years of age. Born in
Dayton, Ohio, June 16, 1944 to Charles and Elaine McGary. She moved to
North Miami, Florida in May of 1949. She attended Holy Cross Lutheran
School and North Miami Junior and Senior High graduating in 1962. She
also attended Miami Dade Junior College. She joined the Miami Dade
Sheriff department in 1962 where she worked in communications. Cheryl
married Henry "Hank" Faucette in 1963. Hank and Cheryl moved to the Ocala
area where they both continued to work for the sheriff department. In
1973 Cheryl joined the Alachua County Sheriff Department, as a secretary
in the Criminal Investigation Division and then completed the police
academy in 1974 while still working full time as the CID secretary. She
was a reserve deputy until she was hired for the road patrol in 1975,
becoming the first female hired for road patrol at the Sheriff's office.
Cheryl was the first "Officer Friendly" in Alachua County schools and is
still recognized as such. She worked with children in the local schools
and taught them drug prevention and safety from strangers. For several
years she traveled with an estimated 1500 kids to Washington D.C. during
their summer vacation. She was promoted to sergeant in 1989. She was
named Deputy of the Year by the Gainesville Woman's Club. Cheryl worked
for the Alachua County Sheriff Department for over 30 years and was
awarded multiple awards. During that time she started the Crime
Prevention program in Gainesville and Alachua County.  Her life was spent
serving her community and others. Cheryl was extremely giving and active
in the community, but it didn't end there. She also took care of her
parents while they were alive as well as, a multitude of stray,
mistreated, malnourished and/or homeless animals. Cheryl always opened
her heart and her home to them. More often than not, she would even go as
far as paying people that would beat their animals so that she could
rescue them and provide for them. Cheryl had a big heart and never asked
for anything in return.  She loved the Lord, her family and her friends.
Cheryl is survived by her dog Purdy and three younger siblings. Sister,
Patricia Orlaska and husband Kenneth of Houston, Texas. Brother, Charles
McGary and wife Ann of Daytona, Florida. Sister, Robin Gerzina and
husband David of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. Cheryl is also survived by her
ten nieces and nephews;  Kenneth Orlaska, Christopher Orlaska, Patrick
Orlaska, Daniel Orlaska, Tammy McGary Evans, Charlee  McGary Knowles,
Jennifer McGary, Ashley Gerzina, David Gerzina and Allison Gerzina.
Cheryl was preceded in death by her parents; Charles and Elaine McGary of
Alachua, Florida; ex husband Henry Faucette of Florida; many beloved
animals and her much loved dog Dewey. Memorials can be made in Cheryl's
name to Bed N Biscuit Inn Inc - 10723 NW State Road 45, High Springs,
32643 - (386) 454-0676. A public memorial service will be held at 11:00
a.m. on Monday, May 15, 2006, at William Thomas Funeral Home, 404 N.
Main, Gainesville, FL (352) 376-7556. (Note: Her sister Robin has been a
great help in assisting me in finding "lost NMHS Pioneers".

Death of Richard Brigham (Class of 1961): Sad to report another fallen
classmate Richard (Dick) Brigham (Class of 1961) passed away last month.

Update on Cora Jane Willingham (Class of 1955): I brought mom home Monday
night 4/17/2006, she is doing great. She was diagnosed with pulmonary
hemorrhage syndrome and Vacuities, which is both bleeding in the lungs.
We will never know how this happened. We do know that 85% of the people
that get this do NOT make it. Mom is very, very lucky and happy to still
be with us. We thank everyone for there cards, calls, thoughts, visits,
flowers, plants, and prayers. Mom loves all of you.  Feel free to call
her, (if you can get through, she is burning up the dang phone lines)
608.253.9973. This keeps her going.  We will be going to California in
about a month, permitting the doctor allows us to (keep your fingers
crossed).  I have gotta take her for a car ride today cause she is just
stir crazy already and its the 3rd day home. Talk soon.....Lea. (Note:
her home address is: Cora-Jane Willingham Reichert, 916 Vine Street,
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 53965-1223 H: 608-253-9973)

Scott Galvin (North Miami City Councilman) Hi, Jim, This comes from North
Miami Historical Society member Blair Conner. It's in relation to an
article in your last Pioneer newsletter. I'll also forward you another
e-mail that references the specific article. Hope all is well! Scott
(From Blair Conner): Red Levy and his 1957 Chevy (actual spelling is
Leavy). He is still racing and is big time at Moroso. Probably in the top
5. Forward this to Morgan..Red's e-mail is Jim said it
was OK to use in newsletter but I think we should verify that with Jim,
with a confirmation e-mail. I have another photo in grad robes of Bill
Empke recently deceased, Red Leavy, George Klammer, and Marvin Mathis.
These 2 photos are now in the archive file. Jim Morgan may want to run
the below photo in the next newsletter. Leavy is quite famous at the
track. (Note: Editor-I'll be glad to send either of the photos to anyone

Found Pioneers:

Within a twenty four hour period I received information on the following
"lost Pioneers". Thanks to the great help of Robin Gerzina (Class of
1966). She is a whiz at finding the "living lost" while I do much better
with the "deceased lost".

Class of 1956: Joan Bush

Class of 1957: Russell Handy (confirmed)

Class of 1958: Mary Bush, Paul Colletti (updated information), Donald
Davies, John Donovan, James Elam, Stuart Greenburg, Donald Horn, Jean

Lost Pioneers:

I need help finding the following "lost" Pioneers. If anyone can assist
with any clues as to where they may be it would be greatly appreciated.
Best of all you would make another Pioneer very happy.

Cravey, Elaine (Class of 1959)
Davis, Ilene (Class of 1959)
Duberly (Class unknown)
Rinck, Paul aka Tex (Class of 1957)
Stewart, Marilyn (Class of 1959)
Wagner, Larry R. (Class of 1961)
Weitzacker, Marsha (Class unknown)

The Williams Sisters (four of them): One group of sisters that I have a
strong desire to find is the Williams sisters. Can any of you fill with
any detail on the Williams sisters? They lived at: 13745 N. E. 10th
Avenue. There were four sisters; no brothers. I believe they were as
follows: Gloria (the oldest), Dottie, Betty (I believe Class of 1959 or
1960), Joann (Class of 1960-1962). I can only find Betty in the Student
Directory. I understand that they transferred to NMHS but don't know
when. It's very possible that the two oldest never attended NMHS. Any
help would be greatly appreciated. I'm trying to find them for a Pioneer
who is extremely ill at the request of her sister (the ill Pioneer had
heart surgery and part of her heart was removed two years ago and is
still in bad shape). They were neighbors (Joann was one of her sister's
best friends). Any help of clues would be greatly appreciated. Jim

Still Lost Class of 1957 Pioneers: Edward John Abrams, Mary Margaret Axt,
Ellen Leilani Bruce, Brenda Caprio, Cornelius Anthony Crowe, Delores Del
Carter, Diane April Delman (spouse Jim Murphy), Wanda Eckler (spouse
George Milligan), Mary Ann English, Elyse Gardner (married surname
DeLoach), Nancy George (married surname Phelps), Mary Hand (spouse James
Stephenson Class of 1957), Seena Jacqueline Hardie, Carol Jung (spouse
Richard Harper), Mike Kelley, Frank Larosa, Kay Leehr (married surname
Fink), Alice Faye Lenhart, Suzanne Mayer, Maxine McCaffery, Richard Lewis
McGraw, Mary Louise McQuade (spouse Arthur Clark),  Rodney Wayne Miller,
Robert Donald Mills, Mary Anne Milmore, Arlene June Moss (spouse Robert
Berge), Geneve Morgan, Claudette Orgena (married surname Columbo), Sandra
Kay Pelsman, Andre Premanzon, Albert B. Pollock, Lillian Evelyn Ranger,
Charles Sheppard Rapp, Stephen Mark Reader, Louis Morton Reidenberg,
Martha Annette Renfroe, Celia Rogers (married surname Bishop), Charles
Hadley Sapp, Harriet Ann "Nancy" Schultz, Sandra Schwartz, Barbara Ann
Selig, Joan Carole Senk, Thomas Edward Shea, Monty Clay Steele, Jere Ann
Stegall, Adrienne Elaine Tesser, Ginger Valeri (spouse William Laughton)
Mary Ann Vernol, Elaine Weasner (spouse Roddy Smith), Maureen Weber.
(Note: Hopefully I'll have an undated list of those that the Class of
1957 is still seeking for the next Pioneer newsletter).

Missing Class of 1958 Pioneers-Part 2: Below is a list of those from the
Class of 1958 who are on our "missing list". If you have any clue on any
of them would you please e-mail me at with what you
know? Nancy Jean Abrams, Barbara Anne Aubin, Carol Irene Chase (spouse
George Robert-Class of 1958), Wenda Dee Cluett (married surname Lee),
Sonia Lee Cummins (spouse Donald T. Dunlap Jr.), David Scott Currier,
Marjorie Penelope Davidson, Mary Ann Dixon, Bonnie Jean Evans, Barbara
Ann Gondeck (spouse-Lonney Rodgers), Judy Gschwind, Melanie Rae Hausman
(spouse-William Stiloff), Charles Frederick Huber, Sharon Kay Jackson
(spouse-Andrew Kilora), Roxie Anne Kalkreuth (spouse-Robert Lewis),
Elaine Joan Kansas, Grant Mallory (spouse-Camerone June Reese-Class of
1958), Elizabeth Jane Maxson (spouse-James Hamrick), Camille Messana,
Irene Migliorato (spouse-Frank Brooks), Carleen Marie Pompeo (married
surname-Claes), Germaine A. aka Gerri Ranch (divorced-Peter Desjardins),
Camerone June Reese (spouse Michael Mallory-Class of 1958), Nancilee Ryan
(spouse-L. J. Suggs), Viivi Saarna (married surname Chambers), Efrain
Diaz Serrano, Lorraine Shapiro (spouse Michael Kaiser), James Joseph
Sloan, Darlene Stahl (spouse John Angelico), Bette Stopp, Arthur Howard
Tesser, Norma Lee Webb (spouse-James McNair), Renata Katharina Williams,
Michael Edward Wolz

We've Come a Long Way by Paul Duncan, Assistant Principal for Curriculum
North Miami Senior High 1951-1983 (From the 30th anniversary section of
the Conestoga 1982 yearbook, p.69)

It all began more than a quarter century and almost three decades ago.
People called this school Edward L. Constance Junior-Senior High School
then. There was no bridge at (NE) 135th Street when I first arrived at
this school using the bridge at (NE) 125th Street. This school was quite
different for the western end of the building met the end of the 300 wing
at the physical education field. The 400 and 500 wings hadn't been built
yet. The teachers' lounge then is the Language Arts office now. Can you
imagine? There was no gymnasium and instead of an auditorium, six
portable classrooms stood in the sand dunes. Pioneersville has come a
long way since the early fifties. The school opened without window panes
and students had to walk on wooden planks in rain flooded halls. In those
days, when you said the school was located at 800 NE 137th Street, people
wondered if that address was out in the country or somewhere near Broward
County. Schools like Hialeah and Miami-Norland (Senior) High were not yet
built; so students from those areas faced a long bus ride each morning
and afternoon to attend our school. Our school remained overcrowded until
Hialeah and Norland were built. This over population necessitated the
three-shift experiment, which had seniors arriving at 7:20 am, juniors at
8:20 and sophomores at 9:20. Large auditorium "TV" classes of 500
students a period helped relieve the bulge at the peak hours of the
school day. In 1964, desegregation began at North Miami High and soon the
boundaries of our school population changed. Younger members of Pioneer
families residing on the "west side" (of the old North Miami attendance
area) began attending Miami Central (Senior High School). Enrollment here
began to reduce from a peak of 3850 to that of 2100 today (1982). Last
fall, hundreds of "old time" graduates attended reunions from the classes
of '56, '61 and '71. Thousands of Pioneer graduates have passed through
these portals in the last thirty years. Many of our grads went on to
higher institutions of learning to become doctors, lawyers, engineers,
teachers and what-have-you in professional fields. Others served our
country in the armed forces while many became successful business owners
and productive members of society. The main goal of the North Miami
Senior High School faculty was, and still is, to produce better
Americans. Unquestionable evidence shows this goal has been achieved!

From the Pioneer Newspaper (May 24, 1957): Social Studies Trip:
Twenty-eight students from the Social Studies classes at N. M. H. left
May 8 to visit the State Legislature, Supreme Court and the Florida State
University campus in Tallahassee. Mr. Stratton and Mrs. Matheson
chaperoned the three-day trip. Entertainment, planned and provided by the
University, included a snack bar, dancing, volley ball, movies and table
tennis. The classes spent two nights at the "Reservation", a hotel five
miles from the campus and returned by Greyhound bus to Miami on May 10.
The Social Studies classes will attend the next State Legislature in
1959, when it is in session again.

From the Pioneer Newspaper Coming Events (May 24, 1957):
Friday-May 17, 1957-Choral Concert, Award Assembly 11th and 12th
Saturday-May 18, 1957: Senior Banquet at Balmoral Hotel
Monday-May 20, 1957: Bake Sale, Honor Garde, Spring Sports Banquet
Wednesday-May, 22, 1957: Conestoga Party
Thursday-May 23, 1957: Pepsi Cola Sale-9th Grade
Friday-May 24, 1957: Senior Prom, Miami Beach Auditorium
Thursday-May 30, 1957: Fellowship Day, No School!
Friday-May 31, 1957: Senior Band Concert

From the 1956 Edition of the Conestoga Yearbook:

(The Friendliest School in the World Where Life Long Friendships Grow)

Dedication to Dean Henley: Parents admire him, Students love him, Boys
respect him.
For many years there has been one who has watched, worked and hoped for
North Miami High. Often behind the scenes, yet always there to give a
helping hand and sincere advice, he has indeed merited the recognition we
sometimes forget to give in our hectic school life. Though words will
never aptly express our gratitude we dedicate this, the 1957 CONESTOGA,
to one who has long past earned our admiration and gratitude, Dean
Richard J. Henley.

Clubs & Organizations in 1956: Allied Youth, Art Club, Beta Honor
Society, Bible Study Club, Boys Glee Club, Cafeteria Control,
Cheerleaders (Varsity & Junior Varsity), Conestoga Yearbook, Distributive
and Cooperative Education, Drama Club, Drivers Ed Club, Future Business
Leaders of America, Future Homemakers of America, Future Nurses of
America, Future Teachers of America, Honor Garde, Honoria, Junior
Optimist, Junior Red Cross, Key Club, Library Service Club, Marching
Band, Motor Club, National Honor Society, Pionettes, Senior Choir, Senior
Student Council, Sorrota, Student Council, Student Guidance Aides,
Sub-Debs, Tempo, The Pioneer Newspaper, Traffic Patrol, Treble Clef Club,
Wheel Club, Y-Teen.

Homecoming: The Homecoming King in 1956 was Joe Rojas and the Queen was
Sandy Shotwell. The Wheel Club float with Andee DeNote as Sweetheart,
took first place in the Homecoming Parade.

Sports Team in 1956: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Girls Sports,
Swimming, Tennis, Track.

Senior Student Council: The purposes of the Student Council are to
appropriately represent the entire student body and to be the arbitrary
voice between the students and administration and the students and clubs.
The scope of the council's interest and activities encompasses everything
from support of the athletic events and the fostering of school spirit to
the administrative duties connected with such a large body as we have.

Those on the Senior Student Council Were: Bob Abney, Audrey Axelson, Judy
Coleman, Jeanne Coulter, Bob Damiano, Ethel Ray Davidson, Andee DeNote,
Wanda Eckler, Barbara Fallon, Pam Groenberg, Geraldine Hancock, Pat
Hazelrigg, John Holt, Emily Jones, Marcia Kasselman, Mike Kelly, Lorna
Kindhart, Margo Longman, Rose Lombardo, Dave Loper, Mary Marquet, Dee
McGovern, Barbara McMillan, Barbara Moore, Patty Murell, Jackie O'Hare,
Dolores Padovan, Betty Palumbo, Vennie Pent, Beverly Peterson, Rose Mary
Plunkett, Elaine Pritchett, Pat Ragnitt, Sandi Rubenstein, Johanna
Seeburg, Steve Shelby, Ken Shotwell, Judy Snyder, Sue Stafford, Arlynn
Sykora, Dick Thompson, Jackie Veal, Jolene Welch, Pat Welch, Linda Whily,
Ellona Zwolinski.The sponsor was Mr. Montgomery.

Freshman Class Officers: President Richard Curry, Vice-President Bonnie
Carter, Secretary Barbara Moore, Treasurer Bill Baxley.

Sophomore Class Officers: President Ken Shotwell, Vice-President June
Moore, Secretary JoAnn West, Treasurer, Pat Delman.

Junior Class Officers: President Audrey Axelson, Vice President Jackie
Veal ,Secretary Wanda Eckler, Treasurer Tony Ronzo.

Senior Class Officers: President Robert Posnak, Vice-President George
Hunter, Secretary Shirley Parzow, Treasurer Sandy Shotwell.

Pioneer Notes:

Lynnia Abrams (Class of 1959): Really enjor the Pioneer newsletter. I
relay information to my sisters who both graduated from North Miami High
School, Sheryl (Class of 1961) and Rhea Abrams (Class of 1964). Thank
you, Lynnia aka Lynne

Bill Armstrong (Class of 1955): To all our Friends, Family, Classmates
and corresponders; Effective May 2, 2006, Tuesday, Willbarba will no
longer be on line. We have planned an extensive travel itinerary that
will take us to the Northwest and lots of places in between and we will
not return to Florida until late November. If and when we decide to go
back on line, we will let all of you know our new cyber space address.
Thanks for all the e-mail received and may all of you have an enjoyable
summer. Bill & Barb

Barbara Biber (Class of 1958): Dear Jim, Your news letters are wonderful
and I always enjoy receiving them. Thank you so much for all your good
work and letting us remember our classmates from the past.  My memory is
limited on those good high school years but it helps to remember the
memories again. If God wills it I would love to be there for the 50th
reunion of the Pioneers of the graduating Class of 1958. Please keep me
on that list of contacts. My husband and I attended the 25th reunion in
Bal Harbor but have not been to any since then. Looking forward to it in
2008. Blessings and prayers to you and your family and all of the
'family' of Pioneers from North Miami High School. Barbara

Ray Biber (Class of 1961) - Jim, It sure would be nice if each graduating
class had a webmaster to set up web sites to link to yours...see what you
started!!!!! If anyone needs to contact me, just email me at
"" I was active in Civil Air Patrol during high
school. Any old CAP cadets still around?  I graduated from FAU during the
early days at the Miami Beach campus (believe it or not) with a degree in
Business and worked in Aircraft Maintenance management at none other than
Eastern Air Lines for 25 years. I also had a retail Art business with my
lovely wife Alice for 18 years and we are now retired in Pompano Beach,
Florida and Murphy, North Carolina. Alice & I are celebrating 25 years
together and plan an RV vacation in Alaska. Hi, Phyllis Fox. Saw your
note in the list!!  Anyone know if there is a 45th Reunion planned for
our class?

Miss Mary Calley (Teacher & Counselor-North Miami High School): Update.
In an earlier Pioneer newsletter I had mentioned that Miss Calley was
planning on moving to another unit. She has decided that she will "stay
put" so here address, etc. is still good. Her e-mail address is: I know that she would love to hear from
former Pioneers.

Jan Clapper (Class of 1958): Hello! I have changed my Internet service
provider to PeoplePC Online and have a new e-mail address. My new e-mail
address is: Please use this e-mail address from
now on.  I'm getting great Internet access for a great price.  If you're
interested in doing the same, you should visit

Pete Cook (Class of 1955): Hi Jim, In answer to Ellen Kimball about Pete
Cook, I headed up the big 50 for the Class of 1955. I did a lot of
research on and couldn't come up with anything for Pete.
He was in the Class of 1955. Keep up the great work on our newsletter.
You KNOW we ALL appreciate it. Rose Marie (Knapp) Vasil

Pete Cross (Class of 1959): We of the Class of '59 are all returning home
from another great 'mini' reunion.  I know most of you guys that were not
lucky enough to be in our class have thought time and time again, about
how several of us from the class of '59 get together, usually twice a
year.  This practice started six years ago after our 40th reunion.  We
move the mini's around so members of the class do not have to travel
quite so far.  If you cannot attend this one, the next one may be closer
to your home, therefore being more convenient for you to attend.  This
event is almost always casual.  The week-end is usually planned by the
host, including finding the most efficient motel, to planning a party
Friday night, and a very nice (casual) dinner on Saturday night. We have
been to Jekyll Island, St. Augustine, Key Largo, Punta Gorda, and Pike
County, Georgia just to name a few locations.  The past week-end was in
Ft. Myers, Florida, and what a ball!  Mary Beth and John Shirey were the
perfect hosts, and had our week-end planned to the max.  Great cook-out,
terrific dinner cruise, and perfect farewell breakfast.  The next mini is
already planned in October and will be hosted by Bill and Dr. Bonnie
Gardner in Pike County, GA. Class of 1959 rocks! Usually there are about
fifty of us attending, and this 'mini' was no exception. What a great way
to keep up with old friends. In regards to history from North Miami.
Jim, will you please have Scott email me, he may be able to help me
contact John Todero's widow.  Along with Skippy's, Billy's and Haulover
Beach at night, Johnny's Barbershop was a regular stop for Pete, Howard,
Aime, and Joey, just to name a few. GO PIONEERS! Pete Cross (Last Class
of the 50's-Class of 1959) 

Linda Falk (Class of 1959): As usual, Jim, a great read! Do you know
whatever happened to Al Kolowicz (Class of 1955)? He was a heavenly
dancer and I remember dancing with him to "Moonglow/Theme from Picnic" by
the McGuire Sisters at the Wednesday night Biscayne Gardens dance. (Wow!
I can remember that stuff, but forgot where I put my office keys this
morning!) Your newsletter sends me to back to those halcyon days of the
1950's, when my biggest concern was what I was going to wear to school
the next day! What fun!! (Note: Sent Linda current info on Al)

Marshall Strauss Frank (Class of 1957): Marshall has another great
article. If you are interested in reading it just go to Google and type: and click on "Opinions". Marshall

Robin Gerzina (Class of 1966): Hey there everyone... Thought it was time
to write and let you all know what is happening....For the last year (or
so) I have been working on my High school, North Miami Senior High, 40th
Class Reunion 24/7. This is why I have not been writing my normal
letters. I am now on the way to the reunion which is June 23, 24, and 25
at the Bahia Mar Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. I flew into Jacksonville,
Florida on Wednesday, and spent a few days in Jacksonville with my
daughter Ashley and Jerry. Ashley and I with two of my four grand dogs
drove yesterday to Houston, where the family is gathering for my daughter
Allison's swearing in for becoming a lawyer. I also met my fifth grand
dog for the first time. Yes, she passed the Bar! Praise be to God...She
walks with her class this Friday night.  Then the plan was to return to
Jacksonville the following week. Visit with my sister Cheryl in
Gainesville, spend time with classmates in Jacksonville, Mary Ann, my
sister in law and her family in Silver Springs and get down to Fort
Lauderdale in time for the reunion. But as of this morning my plans have
changed.  At this time I do not know when or where I will be. My sister
Cheryl, after a very long battle on the road to recovery, died this
morning. Cheryl was 61 years old and  a retired sheriff deputy for the
Alachua Sheriff dept in Gainesville, Florida.  Three years ago she had a
massive heart attack and lost 1/3 of her heart.  She lived in the
hospital for two years in another world.  One day she just sat up, and
said "Where am I"  Another six months in rehab she came home, but not
without pain. This January she went into the hospital, got better, then
worse on a daily basis.  There was always hope for Cheryl because she was
a strong person.  But God finally said enough is enough and called her
home to be with him this morning.  At this time I do not know when the
funeral will be. But I do know that the funeral will be with full
military honor in Gainesville, Florida. If you wish to get in touch with
me my phone is 208-640-6217. If you wish to connect up with me while I am
on my trip please call me. Robin (Note: Obituary is listed above).

Paul Gleason (Class of 1957/1958): Hi Jim, Yes Tex was on the baseball
team in 1956 and 1957. In fact, he is in the group photo of the baseball
team in the 1956 yearbook. He was a very friendly guy. Actually his name
was spelled Rinck- not Rinch. Enjoy your news letters, its fun and sad to
hear the latest news. All the best, Paul.

Mary Graves (Class of 1957): Dear Jim, Well there I was just about to
begin a candlelit dinner with my very significant other, when the phone
rang--which I compulsively answer 'cause you just never know what may be
happening with two daughters and four "grands", that requires critical
awareness. Anyway, it was a truly amazing connection, a totally
unexpected call: my tenth grade date for the prom: Joe Ort. (OK---his
prom!!) He had happened, it seems, upon an old photo taken at the prom,
and, being a professional at people-finding, managed to locate my number.
We chatted for quite a while, catching up on his life happenings and a
few of mine also. ("Significant" didn't bat an eyelash, just enjoyed his
dinner and the after-phone relating of my conversation.)  Joe didn't
realize at the time, I'm sure, that he was the ONLY NMHS fellow student
that I had dated during high school! Very nice fellow, and I appreciated
the copy of our long-ago prom picture which he sent. Don't know if I will
manage to attend the upcoming reunion he spoke of, but I would certainly
enjoy seeing him again and meeting that lovely wife he mentioned.  If you
read this, Joe, thanks so much for the reminder of that special evening
so long ago. Mary

Jackie Gregory (Class of 1958): Hi Jim, I continue to enjoy the Pioneer
Newsletter. Your dedication to maintaining connections over the years and
miles is remarkable and much appreciated. I write to ask you to add me to
your genealogical newsletter list. I am a newbie and am hopeful that as I
cut back on my workload (notice I'm not yet saying "when I retire") I'll
be able to look up ancestors on my father's side (the Gregorys
(Scotch-Irish?) and on my mother's side, (the Gentners, German). I know a
little but would love to learn more. I'm sure your tips would be
invaluable. Thanks again for all you do. Best regards, Jackie (Note:
Jackie is just a sample of the e-mails that I've received from Pioneers
(over 50 classmates) requesting to be put on the Genealogical newsletter
list. If anyone else would like to be added just e-mail me at the Juno
site at the top of this newsletter).

Ellen Grossman (Class of 1959): Hi Jim, I am looking for two people Class
of 1959. Ilene Davis and Marilyn Stewart. I look forward to your
newsletter. Thank you for sending it to me each month. Ellen

Jan Irwin (Class of 1970): Hi Jim, How about some of us "younger"
pioneers? I am from the Class of 1970 and would love a newsletter and
maybe find folks who graduated with me or in 1969. Thanks, Jan Irwin
Klein. (Note: I'll mention this but I will not be putting much in the
Pioneer newsletter about classes that are so late. If anyone would like
to contact Jan her e-mail address is:

Duke Jack (Class of 1958): Jim, Tex did play on the baseball team. He
played 1st base.  Was a good ballplayer and I'm pretty sure he graduated
in 1957. I don't know what happened to him after high school. I think his
last name was spelled Rink. Not sure though. I'll ask around and see if
anyone knows anything more. Incidentally Connie & I just got home and I
found my mailbox full and your message dated today wasn't saved.  Would
you mind resending it? Thanks Jim. Meantime I'll see if I can get anymore
info on Tex. Second e-mail: Hi Jim, Just spoke with Tom Maxcy. Had a
great conversation and found he and his wife have a second home in North
Carolina, not far from where Connie and I spend time riding in the
Mountains. Can't tell you how much I appreciate your putting us in
contact with each other. Well done, my friend. Duke

Jerry Johnston (Class of 1955): Dear Jim: Have been getting your
newsletter for quite some time and its amazing how it is growing and all
of the neat information you come across. I am looking for a few people.
Ray Sherry, Joan Kolwicz, Marsha Weitzsacker, and the Duberly sisters. I
was not involved in many activities, my Dad was the circulation director
for the Miami Daily News and I had a special paper route driving 100
miles a day all over the western part of Dade County, Hialeah, Miami
Springs and way out Okeechobee Rd. to the Graham farm house and all
through the pastures of the many dairy farms.  I drove a red Dodge
convertible which I parked behind the band room because I got out of
school at 2:00 to pick my papers up from the news tower on Biscayne Blvd.
My Dad arranged it with Dean Henley, (a Prince of a person). I then got a
brand new 1955 Chevy during the last year at N. Miami. Skippys was my
second home. What memories. I have lived in Asheville, NC for the past 15
years and love it up here. Thanks and keep up the good work with the
info. My email address is, would like to hear from anybody
from the original class, when the brick barricades were across the halls
to keep water out and being involved in choosing the colors, name
(Pioneers) and many other first's. Thanks, Jerry

Barbara Kemp (Class of 1959): Dear Jim, Thanks for all you do. It's been
so much fun every time I get to read your letters and go back and think o
those 50's. My Mom and Dad owned the Bar-B-Q- Barns when I was at NMHS,
sold them when I went to UF and then went to  Key Largo and owned a motel
and restaurant there. I don't get back much but would like to know if the
Barn is still open. I was also on the Burdines Teen Board  in 1959 with
Jay Smith (what a crush I had on him) Anyone know what happened to him???
 A story about Tom Davis. After graduation from the AF Academy, Tom came
to Gainesville where I was working and living with Justine Kibbe (Edison
1959) Teenie was the love of  his life and never got over his death. I
truly believe they would have married after he came back from South
America...He spent a week with us and we had the most wonderful time
together. She died in 1996 of cancer but I remember when I went to see
her and spent Thanksgiving at her house in 1995, there was a picture of
her and Tom taken during that week on the bookcase. Tom was a very
special person....such a leader. Barbara

Sandy Kline (Class of 1958): I must admit that I feel very fortunate to
have the ability to get around this beautiful countryside and visit with
those that were not only a part of my life so many years ago, but are
still friends today. In March I vacationed in Florida and spent the day
at the Villages (where they reside) with Suzie Cox Marino and her
husband, Joe. They are both looken' good and enjoying the benefits of
retirement life.  Suzie still has that infectious laugh and is ready to
tackle any new adventure that comes along. Our goal is to get together
this year with several fellow classmates who live states away from each
other. As I headed toward West Palm Beach, I also stopped off in Port St.
Lucie to see Karen Cross Diamond and her husband, Dick. Unfortunately,
our visit was rather short but, we had a chance to visit and also share
the time that Karen spent visiting with Coach Swettman. We shared stories
and photos of our Honor Garde times together. Karen and Dick are doing
well, but like so many others, are not looking forward to the upcoming
hurricane season. Their past year damages were minimal compared too many,
but are grateful that it wasn't worse. Hope to see several other
classmates this year and will give you an update at that time. Again,
thanks so much for the time and effort you give to providing us all with
the information on soooooooooooo many of our former classmates and
friends. Sandy

Sue Lanham (Class of 1956): Looking for Paul Rinck aka Tex (Class of
1957): I am not sure I spelled his name correctly in the subject line but
Tex was on the baseball team at North Miami and went to church where I
did. He was my date to our Senior Banquet since I had just broken up with
my high school sweetheart. I am not sure what class he was in but know it
was behind mine. Just wondered if you have any information on him. Sue.
Here are the replies:  Vennie Pent (Class of 1956) Jim, I do remember Tex
Rinck. Just the name. Sonny Messena (Class of 19??). I  remember the guy
but don't have any information on him He may have been on the team but I
don't remember that. Sorry I couldn't be of any help.

Lanny Limoges (Class of 1958): Hi Jim, I just returned to Okinawa from
Tokyo and discovered the April Newsletter waiting for me, on my computer.
I really enjoyed reading through it. You are doing such a wonderful job
keeping our '58 family together. Often, when I read the newsletter it
takes me back in time and it seems as if I am living in that moment once
again. Thanks for so much enjoyment. On a lighter note, I will be
traveling in the U.S. for a couple of weeks this summer, during August.
The University of Maryland has awarded to me a spot in its Summer
Institute for educational assessments. I have been very busy the past few
years developing, assessing and refining applications of science
technology to distance education classes. I will have about 2 weeks to
travel and visit. It sure would be great to find a "reunion" around that
time or just meet up with a few "ole" friends. And, while I am on the
topic of "ole" friends I was wondering if you had any information on a
couple of 1958 grads that I never see mentioned. They are Marylyn Miller
and Rita Norton. Also, does anyone know the whereabouts of Elaine Cravy
or "Cravey", Class of '59 or '60? As always I will be looking forward to
the next newsletter. Thanks again, Lance "Lanny" Limoges

Sylvia Maige (Class of 1959): Hi Jim, Thanks for all the hard work and
time put into this email letter. I appreaciate it and I know alot of
other pioneers feel the same way.  The Class of 1959 is a very aggressive
class. We have great reunions full of entertainment. We are having a mini
reunion this week and we keep in touch...Its been great friendship all
these years. Out last reunion was named  You're too good to be
true....and we are. Paul Murch and myself put together monolouge around
the song with funny things that happen to all of us as the years go
by...You should come to our next one next year.  We are meeting every 2
years instead of 5.  people pass away and and time is too short not to
get together  and have fun.  Thats why your letter is sooooooo great.
Thank you , thank you so much.  I was in the choir and i feel sad that Mr
Dutton passed away. I was also in all the plays. Is Miss Pomroy still
alive? Thanks again...keep on keeping on ...Sylvia (Note: Miss Pomeroy
died about 10 years ago.)

Judy MacFarlane (Class of 1958): I just received a current snail mail
address and e-mail address on Judy. She was a transfer student to NMHS.
If anyone would like it please e-mail me at

Tom Maxcy (Class of 1958): Jim and Duke, Good to hear from you. My
address is: 28103 Deedra Drive, Wesley Chapel, Florida 33544 Phone:
813-973-4258.  After June 1, I will be in Hayesville, North Carolina for
2 or 3 months. That phone number is 828-389-0883. Tom

Joey Messana Class of 1957): I have an update on Joey and will be glad to
send it to those who have requested it in the Past. He does not have an
e-mail address but I do have his telephone number.

Sally Parslow (Class of 1962): Have you heard anything from the Class of
1962?  I'm trying to find some Honor Garde girls from that class. I want
to know if any of them have motion picture films of the Garde's
performances. My name is Sally Parslow and by e-mail is
Thanks, Sally (Note: If anyone has any films or photographs it would be
great to get a copy for Coach Swettman from any year).

Valeri Paulson (Class of 1967): Hi Jim, I would love to receive your
Newsletters. School address: 510 N.W. 116th Terrace, Miami, Florida 33168
(where my parents lived until their death). A fellow Pioneer turned me on
to your Newsletters and I sit and read and read and read with a big smile
on my face. It gives me a burst of being young again (not that we are old
now). They have so many memories for the people in the neighborhood and a
great school that lives in the hearts of everyone who attended. Your work
is greatly appreciated!

Rosemary Plunket (Class of 1958); Dear Jim, Congratulations again for
another fun, informative, and (sometimes) poignant newsletter. It is a
daunting amount of work, but you make it seem like leisure as you gather,
sort, and categorize all the various items that come in. The information
about genealogy is a real bonus too. The placement of the piece on Paul
Gleason being in the 1957/58 graduating classes put it smack at the end
of death notices so I had to read it twice to confirm he is still his
lively self. He and I are pictured doing the stroll in the 1958
Conestoga. . . 'twould be a pity to lose a dancing partner! It is great
fun to hear about NORMIHI classmates - - wherever they may be - - as we
stay active and connected in our various locales. Jack and I have lived
in Baltimore for nearly 30 years and consider it home. In spite of what
the news from here suggests, it is possible to have a high quality of
life with scores of choices for fun, wonderful dining, and cultural
activities. Jim, you're aware of my new e-mail address
(, but Gwen Johnson must have tried the old one. I'm
asking you to please pass it along to her because her address was not in
the paragraph she sent in. I'd rather it not appear on-line but feel free
to share my address with anyone who asks. Can you furnish addresses for
Rosie Donato, Margo Longman, Jayne Gaskill and Sally Sheridan please?  If
I had them once, they have now been lost. Thank you for all your devotion
and hard work! Rosemary (Note: Sent her all of the requested e-mail

Jack Rosenberg (Class of 1958): Hi Jim, I just returned from Florida. I
had a chance to meet up with Frank Talbert and also spent time with
Denisha and Mike. We were staying in a house on the same block..not
planned but great to see them again. I am in need of Joe Grisillo's
e-mail address. Best regards, Jack.

Jim Selig (Class of 1958): Hi, I got a copy of the first 4 pages of your
April 2006 Pioneer newsletter from my sister Nancy Deso and found it
quite interesting. Can you email the full newsletter to me as well as
some from the past few months? I was sad to hear about Emmet Zarzour but
I imagine that there are probably quite a few others that have died and
that are in your past newsletters that I don't know about as well. I live
in Belwood, Ontario, in Canada, and do not get back to Florida very much
anymore. Since high school and college graduation and marriage, I have
been a computer programmer and worked in St. Louis, Patrick AFB,
Maryland, Canada, Australia, Atlanta, San Francisco, and Frankfurt,
Germany, before retiring a few years ago. One of our 5 sons lives in
Santa Clarita, California, so I visit there now more often than Florida.
About 5 years or so, I ran across Jim Summey at a COSTCO in North Miami
and I phoned Wayne Allen, who lives in Melbourne Beach, Florida, around
the same time. Other than that I sometimes get some news from my two
sisters who still live in Florida but I am pretty much out of touch. Jim

Joni Sharp (Class of 1958): Dear Jim, As usual a great job. I am looking
for my friend Jean Johnson. She was in the Class of 1958. I think she
married a military man with the last name La France. That is all I know
about her. I don't know anything else about her if you can help. Thanks,
Joni. (Note: I received information on Jean the night before Joni
e-mailed me. She must be psychic. Jean now lives in Virginia.)

Pat Spugin (Class of 1956) & Joe Sheaks (Class of 1955): Hi Jim...Joe and
I have been off line for about a month and so sorry to hear of Ron's
death and CJ"s health..Thanks for keeping us informed...we love you Jim
for all the effort and hard work which we have all benefited from...I
have tons or memrobilia..from as far back as 1951...Pioneer...and many
other items...If I can ever take time to copy and send...also I don't
know if it was ever mentioned...but my Joey was the first Pioneer to have
been signed with a professional baseball team...Philadelphia Phillies in
1955...Coach Clark...always said that boy can give that ball a long
ride.....I have an article if anyone  is interested... ..Pat Sheaks.
(Note: Yes, I'd like a copy so I can include it in the next Pioneer
newsletter for everyone to read).

Nancy Smith (Class of 1969): Hello Jim: I would so appreciate receiving
your future newsletters. I found a few of your older newsletters on the
Greater North Miami Historical Society website. I printed all that were
there, sat down on a rainy day and devoured them until I was done. I
don't know many from the '50's classes, but I felt like I was
eavesdropping on an older brother or sister and getting a big kick out of
it. I do know all of the old haunts, streets, etc. Because of what I've
read, I have taken so many imaginary walks through so many neighborhoods.
I am right back there like it was yesterday. Thank you so much for
affording so many fellow pioneers a trip down memory lane. It has been so
wonderful to be a teenager again. You just can't imagine the way my
dreams have taken on a "twilight zone". The people that I'm eating with
in Marcella's -- well, it's just not possible -- but they're loving those
garlic rolls. Keep up the good, good work!!! I look forward to the
newsletters and the recipe. Isn't it amazing how one woman's garlic rolls
affected so many people. I look at the Classmates website for a lot of
different schools (Norland, Central, NMB) and all the students talk about
the memory of Marcella's and her "rolls". Thanks again, Nancy. (Note:
Nancy's school address was 450 N. W. 117th Street just one block from
Biscayne Dog Track)

Gleason Snow (Class of 1958): Hi, Jim. I'm relatively sure the Tex Rinch
you're looking for is Paul Rinck, Class of 1957, and is in both 1956 and
1957 Conestoga's. His senior picture, page 43 of 1957 Conestoga,
incorrectly shows "Tex" Paul's picture as Sandra Riddell. Tex made the
correction in my copy of 1957 Conestoga.  The 1957 Conestoga senior
directory lists:  volleyball 1, 2, 3, 4; awards 2, 3; wildlife club 1;
intramurals award 1; baseball 2, 3; football 2; sportsman's club 3. I
don't know what happened to him after NMHS; Vennie Pent might know since
he is closer in age. Thanks for keeping up with all the NMHS folks. Your
time and effort are appreciated! Gleason

Frank Tarbert (Class of 1957): I was fortunate enough to attend the
mini-reunion in Sebring this year, Super Bowl weekend. It was great and
Jan Drybread Grove does a great job of pulling it together. She has a
wonderful helper in her neighbor, and we should adopt her as a Pioneer.
Of interest was the addition of some of the "younger classes" who showed
up in larger numbers than in the past. It is great to see the addition on
more Pioneers and I hope more and more will participate. The Class of
1960 was wearing their reunion shirts which had the school logo and other
interesting printing. They sold a few leftovers, which was great. Missed
Mike Shukert this year, hope he wasn't ill or anything. Woody Walker
looded great after what he went through with surgery. Kenny Chandler
brought a special cake, who would ever think he would "bake in the
kitchen", but he sure could shake and bake on the track. Also there was
Don and Jodi Alphin, Jack Alphin, Harold Wright and his wife, both looked
good. Someone (can'r recall his name-CRS problem) had some Pioneer
newspapers from 1952 and 1953. I mentioned that you sent the copies I
donated to the historical collection, so maybe you will get more. Just 2
weeks ago I received a call from Jack Rosenberg (Class of 1958) who was
returning home from Naples. He stopped by and we had a very nice talk.
Jack looks great and has a very nice attractive wife. It was wonderful of
him to come out of his way to visit. Will end the rambling and go cut the
lawn. That's what we do in Florida in the summer. Keep the newsletter
coming, its interesting, appreciated and you were the hot topic at the
mini-reunion. You now have celebrity status. Thanks, Frank. (Note: The
Pioneer newsletter is a labor of love. I'm glad to share with everyone.
Just remember it is your Pioneer newsletter. Each of you make it come
alive so keep you thoughts and memories of North Miami High School

Karol Timblin (Class of 1958): Hi Jim, some time ago you wrote to ask how
I was. Thank you for the interest in my well being. I have always been an
alone person, no close family nearby, no social friends, just children at
school, etc. I forget to communicate to old friends sometimes because of
this. I am as healthy as can be expected at this age, I am luckier than
most I think, because I have a doctor who keeps me patched up. Hope the
health issues in your family have improved. God has given you what you
asked for, a good family and many friends, and I am glad. I asked for
contentment and that is what I got. Keep up the good work. Karol 

William Weaver (Class of 1958): Jim, No problem, I've been gone since I
last wrote you. I left my RV here and drove back to Sugar Land, rented a
Budget truck and hauled all my stuff in storage up here. One of Ronda's
sons babysat my pets. We are building a house in Lehi, and it seems to be
a slow process here. I guess we are looking at 6-7 months for completion.
Until then, after we get married we will be living in the RV.  Right now
I'm on State Street, but May 7th I'm moving to the rv park in Draper. As
for Ronda, she has lived here in Sandy for about eight years. I met her
on Yes it works. I need a few days to get settled down. I
just got back last night, and my body is still shaking from the ride in
the rental truck. My new cell phone number is 801-520 8760.  Glad to hear
from you and will talk to you later, Will. (Note: He lives within 20
miles of my place (south) in Murray while Patrick Lee (Class of 1958)
lives 40 miles south of me).

Howard Weinberg (Class of 1958): Any North Miami High School Pioneers
around Myrtle Beach, South Carolina enjoying paradise down here like me?
(Note: Howard's e-mail address is: (Note: Howard just
retired after many years working for Saturday Night Live).

Mike Wilson (Class of 1958): Just a note to say keep the follow up visits
with your doctor when he tells you to!!! After many c-scans and MRI's
over the last 5 years-the growth in my kidney took off-the new high tech
world of meds caught a bad thing in time!!!! It changed a lot in one
year!! Quote "In the right renal pelvis there is ca filling defect that
is demonstrated on a delayed pyelogram images through the urinary system
which is worrisome for a transitional type carcinomas". The short
version-99.9% sure my right kidney will be donated to the trash can after
the students slice and dice it a bit-I go in Monday the 15th of May for
the surgery. I will be in Shands in Gainesville, Florida for at least a
week. Say a prayer for me that it will not mess with the fishing time to
long this summer!!!! But I still feel so good right now I am heading out
for the houseboat and a fishing trip with my daughter Cheryl for a few
days this week. Love to all, Mike and Annie. (Note: Mike has his
priorities straight. He knows how to relax. I'll be praying for his
speedy recovery and will keep everyone posted on his recovery. Mike's
e-mail address is: I'm sure he would love to
hear from former Pioneer friends).

Pioneer This & That:

Thursday 20 April: I was watching a rerun of the old Dick Van Dyke Show
today on TV Land and was very pleased to see that it was the one that
Jerry Lanning (the brother of Don Lanning-Class of 1958) was the guest
star. Jerry did not graduate from NMHS because his family had moved to
Los Angles where he completed school .Both Jerry, Don and their mother
Roberta Sherwood are well known by many of us Pioneers!

Do You Remember Marcella's Italian Restaurant? On there
are close to 200 e-mails about Marcella's restaurant and her delicious
garlic rolls. Here is a sample: The SMELL of freshly baked garlic rolls,
DRIPPING with luscious melted garlic butter pooling in the bottom of the
basket to dip your final bites in...SPRINKLED on the top with a DUSTING
of minced garlic and a PINCH of parsley...M-M-M...GOOD!!! What a
recipe...wish I could get it, too! I wish there was SMELL-O-VISION...I
can practically smell and taste them now! That was a guarded, family
SECRET though. To tell you the truth, EVERTHING tasted GREAT there. What
about her PIZZA...forget PAPA JOHN'S and DOMINO'S, her's BEAT out all the
competition! Boy, is you all track down the RECIPE...share it with ALL of
us. Those rolls would bring back SWEET MEMORIES for all of the
PIONEERS!!! (Note: I included her recipe in an earlier Pioneer newsletter
and would be glad to send it out on request at

Never Too Late to Give Thanks by Marshall Frank: This article appeared in
The Enterprise Mountaineer on April 12, 2006.  Thought you might find it
of interest. 

You never know. Small gestures of the past may strangely resurface one
day and bring joy and gratitude when you least expect it. Library
booktalks are - as they say in show biz - my schtick. I like meeting
people who read and who enjoy interaction with a struggling author who
didn't quite make it to the big time. It's a gig that has paid off in
more ways than one. Such appearances have brought me through five states,
from Knoxville, Tennessee to Key West, Florida, and over two hundred
meeting rooms and auditoriums. Now I can relate to my late father's
plight on the vaudeville circuit of the '20's and '30's, traveling city
to city, dancing, singing, repeating the same jokes over and over again,
making folks laugh and sometimes, making a fool of himself, all in the
interest of entertainment. It's not much different. While the rewards for
an author are not always lucrative, greater rewards evolve which I hadn't
planned on. On some occasions, after my appearance has been advertised in
a community, I will spot a face in the crowd from an early era of my
life, an old police crony, a high school chum, an old girl friend, a
former adversary, or some obscure soul upon whom I made a mark, and never
knew it.  This year, a long lost relative showed up at an Asheville
library, one who I had never met. Clearwater, Florida. October, 2005. The
crowd was disappointingly small, perhaps a dozen people, plus the library
staff.  As folks ambled in, they were surprised to see a curly-haired
fellow playing gypsy songs on a violin as he wandered around the room.
"Are we in the wrong place?" a woman asked of the librarian. "Oh, no.
That's the author. Have a seat." The audience was lively, interested,
funny and responsive. One fellow sitting in the front row remained
strangely taciturn, intense.  It seemed he never took his eyes off me.
Younger than the others, in his forties, he reminded me of movie actor,
John Malkovich, balding, eyebrows arched, lips pursed. Toward the
conclusion, he finally raised his hand. "My father was Lee Paris. Do you
remember him, Mr. Frank?" My thoughts scrambled in high gear.  Who is
this guy?  Did I put his father in jail?  Was this a set-up, or some
angry hate monger here to exact revenge, to humiliate, to drudge up a
nasty event from the past?  Lee Paris?  Lee Paris?  The name was
familiar, but I couldn't place the face in my brain. Assuming he might
have been a cop, I lied, "Yeah.  Sure." "Can I speak with you after the
talk?" he asked. "Yeah.  Sure." What does this guy want? When the book
signings were over, the fellow approached me with an extended hand. That
was a relief in itself.  Then came a startling comment. "You changed my
life," he said. "Don't you remember?  My father owned a bar on Collins
Avenue, some 30 or 40 years ago." Then it hit me. Of course, Lee Paris, a
small, stocky, gentle man who shot a wicked game of billiards. Always
struggling, complaining about bad business, wishing for legalized
gambling in the state which would never come. A good man. The fellow
could see the confusion in my eyes. "I changed your life?" I asked. His
eyes were deep and sincere. "When I was seventeen, I was going nowhere.
My life was drugs, getting into trouble, no direction.  My dad called
you, asking if you would come and talk to me." "I don't remember that," I
replied. "Yes. You came. I'll never forget it. You scared the heck out of
me and left an impression I'll never forget. You let me know where I was
heading unless I changed my ways, and that I better do something, even if
meant joining the service.  Being a cop and all, you knew what you were
talking about.  So I joined the navy, and it straightened my life from
certain disaster."  "Wow. I do remember your mom and dad, but I don't
remember that." "Doesn't matter, "he said, eyes welling. "Your appearance
here was advertised and I just wanted to come and thank you." With that
came a gentle bear hug which transferred the warmth of his feelings to
me.  I turned my head as tears started to flow from my own eyes. "Thank
you," I said. "I wish I could remember." Off duty or on, police officers
are often called upon in the troubled lives of friends, neighbors and
acquaintances, to intervene, or offer advice, consolation, or counsel a
troubled kid.  It is the unofficial part of the job. Most cops don't give
it a second thought. As I drove home across Interstate 4 that afternoon,
I pondered Mr. Paris and his words of appreciation, then reflected on
other occasions when small gestures had rendered unexpected outcomes.
Like the surprise e-mail I received two years ago from a retired police
officer, a black woman who I helped promote into Homicide back in 1980
even though her presence was resisted by other detectives.  "You made a
difference in my life, Captain Frank." she wrote. "You stood up for me
when the times were tough.  I never had the chance to thank you before."
Later, my mind swarmed in reverse, wondering about the many others who
had made a difference in my life, yet I never took the time to give
thanks and attribution. During the first week of December, I made a
special journey to Miami to have lunch with an old retired police
sergeant who had helped me through some troubled times in 1964. Having
not seen each other in over 30 years, he asked why I arranged the
rendezvous. I told him about my encounter with Lee Paris' son. Then, "I
learned that there are some people in this world I owe a debt of
gratitude, and never gave thanks.  And you're one of them."  The old
sarge welled up with tears, and I felt good. He felt good. We hugged. We
smiled. Good deeds, however small, will come back around when they are
least expected. But it's also a reminder that time runs short, and we
need to thank all those who cared, loved, sacrificed and stood up when
they were needed the most. You just never know.

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Trip Down Memory Lane (Margo Longman-Class of 1958):
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