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Pioneer Newsletter February 2005
Editor: Jim Morgan (Class of 1958)
320 East Vine Street #4
Murray, Utah 84107
(801) 261-1906


This was meant to be the March/April issue of the Pioneer newsletter.
When this current issue got to 15 pages I decided I needed to send out an
extra issue for February. I’ll be sending out another issue sometime in
late March. If you have anything that you would like included please
e-mail me at: and I’ll be glad to include your

Telephone Calls: Unfortunately, I don’t return long distance telephone
calls anymore after my telephone bill was running over $100.00 a month,
even on a package program. One month it hit $200.00 and my wife said I
needed to cool it. All of my family members live back east and I’m on
with my only living sister almost every week since she had a stroke a few
years ago. I have a daughter who lives in San Diego, California whom we
talk to often. Being retired, I could be on the telephone every day with
friends. I do 99% of my communication by e-mails now.

Looking for NMHS Pioneers:

Classmates are looking for the following Pioneer friends. If you know
anything about them would you please e-mail me with what you know.
Sometimes a small clue is all that is needed to track them down.

Wayne Adams (Class of 1958)
John Beicki (NMHS or Edison-Class of 1957)
Randy Carmichael (Class of 1959)
Jean Johnson (Class of 1958)
Bob Krider (Class of 1957)
Carol Joyce King (Class of 1958)
Billy Mango (Class of 1958) I have his mother’s address
Irwin Schendowich (Class of 195?)
Monte Steele (Class of 1957)

Sebring Mini Reunion Update: I e-mailed a few people and asked about the
Sebring mini-reunion that was held last weekend. Below are a few comments
from those who attended:
Mike Schukert (Class of 1957): Well, thanks to the unflagging efforts of
Jan (Drybread) Grove and her able assistants, the NMHS Classes of 55-57
"Potluck" gathering went off swimmingly. The camaraderie was uplifting,
the food was both delicious and plentiful, and the weather couldn't have
been more cooperative. I'd estimate that there were over 75 attendees
including spouses, predominantly from the Classes of 1955 and 1956--and
too many to mention by name. The Class of 1957 was represented by Emile
and Martha (Veal) Greenway, Leon Migdalski, Woody Walker and myself. 1958
graduates and alumni from other classes included: Mollie (Williams)
Adams, Karen (Cross) Diamond, Don and Julie (Reese) Drybread, Carl
Hounshell, Betty (Dupree) Migdalski, Barbara Rennie (I forget her married
name), and Denisha (Morris) Schukert.  This is an admittedly incomplete
attendance accounting. All I can do is to chalk it up to an
age-challenged memory and apologize in advance for the omission of the
names of other esteemed classmates. This event is scheduled on the first
Saturday in February each year at Highlands Hammock State Park.  All
Pioneers (regardless of their graduation dates) and NMHS friends are
encouraged to attend the 2006 gathering.  For additional information
(e.g., driving directions, camping and lodging in the area, what to
bring, etc.) please contact Jan Grove at: P.O. Box 1758, Lake Placid,
Florida 33862. Rocky (Carl) Hounshell (Class of 1958): Mike Schukert,
Denisha, Barbara Rennie, Don Drybread and his new wife, Julie Reese.
Woody and his wife, Ken Chandler and his wife, Janice "Drybread" Grove,
and many, many more. The food was outstanding, so was the company. We are
however, aging. Some of us appeared to be in our twilight years. Many of
us looked as good as ever. As a group, a lot of smart people. We must
have had a lot of good teachers, NOT EDUCATORS, at North Miami. Mike
Schukert probably has some digital photos that he could send you.
Fraternally, Rocky

Pioneer Pride (Scott Gavlin Class of 1986): Hello, Fellow Pioneers!
Thanks to your generous donations, I'm proud to announce that the Pioneer
Pride Fund made the following donations to North Miami High programs in
late 2004.  A separate private donation was made directly for the Debate
Club.  If you would like to donate for other needs at the school, please
let me know so that I can send you information.
1.  Senior Class of 2005 ($400) - To help pay for activities such as the
Senior picnic and prom.
2.  Student Athletic Trainers ($250) - For various club activities like
attending the annual UM Athletic Trainers Workshop and other national
3.  North Miami High "Readers are Leaders" Program ($550) - To create a
program designed to improve reading skills of 9th and 10th graders.
4.  Cheerleaders' Team ($500) - For new uniforms.
5.  Athletic Department/Basketball Team ($900) - For new uniforms.
Also, we thank Mrs. Dee Basnett, wife of the late Fred Basnett, for her
recent donation of 17 Conestoga yearbooks to the North Miami Historical
Society.  The collection includes issues back into the 1960s! Go,
Pioneers! Scott Galvin, Class of 1986 and Pioneer Pride Fund Founder I picked up the yearbooks from Dee Basnett last
night. She gave me 17 from a scattering of years. Attached is a list. She
was very gracious and happy the books were finding a good home).
Conestoga Yearbooks Donated by Dee Basnett, widow of Fred Basnett
February 7, 2005, 1966 – Conestoga, 1968 – Conestoga, 1969 – Conestoga,
1970 – Conestoga, 1971 – Conestoga, 1972 – 20th Anniversary, 1974 –
Conestoga, 1975 – Our Time, 1977 – Silver Anniversary, 1982 – 30th
Anniversary, 1987 – Now Look Who’s 35, 1988 – We’re All in This Together,
1989 – Summing Up, 1990 – Check Us Out, 1991 – Where Do We Draw the
Line?, 1992 – You’ll Be Impressed, 1993 – We’ve Got It Under Control

Time Capsules: I’m been told that there are a few time capsules buried on
North Miami High School property but no one has identified any locations.
If anyone has any information would you please e-mail me, Jim Morgan, and
I’ll pass it on. We are trying to get them saved before they tear down
the school and build a new one in the next few years. I know for sure
that the Class of 1959 buried one, supposedly in a fifty five gallon drum
but not sure of the location where it was buried.

North Miami High School Update: The following is correspondence between
Mike Schukert (Class of 1957) and Scott Gavlin (North Miami City
Councilman): Dear Scott: This is coming to you from two fellow Pioneers.
My wife and I learned of your much-appreciated efforts on behalf of NMHS
students, faculty and alumni in Jim Morgan's wonderful Pioneer
Newsletter. Our writing is prompted by the reported plans to build a new
high school. Although we 50s-era Pioneers are sorry to learn that the
school many of us remember as brand new has deteriorated to the point
that a replacement is in the works, we can appreciate the necessity of
doing so. Personally, however, we are troubled by the thought that the
entire physical plant will be razed. With this distressing possibility in
mind, we would like to make a suggestion, i.e., that serious
consideration be given to the preservation and utilization (as an
administrative annex, etc.) of the two-story portion of the building.
This hallowed edifice with its bold siren-topped tower is the image that
first comes to mind for many of us when reflecting back on our incredible
high school years. It is what the Class of 1957 sees nobly emblazoned on
the cover of their cherished yearbook, the Conestoga. It is the
structural element that would be most sorely missed when driving by. The
academic wings, etc. can be eliminated, but the school's two-story
building should be proudly preserved for posterity! Again, we thank you
for your interest in and support of North Miami High School's past,
present and future. Keep up the good work! Go Pioneers! Denisha (Morris)
& Mike Schukert (Classes of 1958 & 1957 respectively). Hello again Scott:
Thanks for the quick reply. We were sorry, however, to hear that you
don't hold out much hope for the suggested preservation of the 2-story
portion of the high school. Although we're sure that it's of little
consequence to the ultimate decision makers, once the building is
completely razed, we and untold legions of NMHS alumni and expatriate
North Miamians will have little motivation to return to the place of our
youth! Alas, if the demolition proceeds as envisioned, many of us are apt
to be singing, "O'er the fair Atlantic shore...our old school remains no
more!" But, before we start hanging black crepe, let's hope that there's
truth to adage that "that which the mind of man can conceive and believe,
can be achieved." Yea, hope springs eternal! In the meantime, please keep
us apprised of developments. Denisha & Mike. P.S. Since you're a reader
of Morgan's Pioneer Newsletter, you're no doubt aware of the upcoming
gathering of the NMHS Classes of 1955-1957 (and others) at Highland
Hammock State Park in Sebring next Saturday. It'd be wonderful if you
could drive up and partake of the fun and good eats. A lot of us would
really like to meet you. Reply from Scott: Just a quick note...I had a
chance today to talk to the designers of the new North Miami High. They
still don't have anything committed to paper, but were very open to the
idea of preserving some part of structure from the existing school. In
the not-distant future, we will take a walk thru of the school to see
what might possibly be preserved, with an eye on the tower and/or the
tile inlay in the main hallway, for starters. I'll keep you informed!
Scott. Note: I’d recommend that any Pioneer who has an interest in our
old high school and its future contact Scott at and let
him know your feelings. I realize that Scott doesn’t have a lot to do
with the decision on the new school but he does have the “ears” of the
Miami-Dade School Board and can pass along your comments.

Marcella’s Photograph: Thanks to Sonny Migdalski (Class of 1957) and
Mollie Williams Adams (Class of 1958) I have two photographs of Marcella.
One was an early colored one of Marcella when she was young that was on
her menu (how those of us in the 1950's remember her). The other is from
the Miami Herald files, showing her with a pan of her famous garlic rolls
(most likely taken in the 1980's era). If anyone would like a copy just
e-mail me and I’ll be glad to either or both of send them off (they are
in a separate file right now).

Johnny Bobbitt’s Book (A New Flash): Hi Jim, I just read your great
review of Johnny's book. Thanks. I'm the co-author. As an FYI, however,
the book is now sold out, so phone calls to the publisher, Sports
Publishing, or trips to the bookstores will not produce books. There are
books available which can be ordered through and we also have
some first edition books left -- and people who would like signed,
inscribed copies can contact me via Johnny's web site - - or by e-mail at, or
202-687-5420. A special discount for all NMHS Pioneers. Thank you for
your consideration, Steve Moore

Pioneer Notes:

Annette Ashley (Class of 1960): Jim - thank you so much for the Pioneer
Newsletter. I enjoy reading the news of the "early pioneers". Wasn't our
class of 1960 the first Senior graduating Class. We all went to EL
Constance, as it moved up each year to finally become NMSH. I have lived
in Richmond for the last 30 years but interestingly enough my eldest
daughter went to Emory where she met and married a Coral Gables fellow --
needless to say I am in Miami often visiting with the joy of my life / my
grandson. (Life is a circle) I particularly enjoyed seeing the email from
"Fritz" Feickert! Fritz and I were the 8th grade Prom King and Queen and
I still have the photos! Hope you are fully recovered Fritz. I travel
extensively with my consulting company and it is not unusual to run into
people all over the country that know North Miami and Miami "from the
early days" Does anyone else remember when there was just a sign on 163rd
that said Shopping Center to be erected".  Marcia Moss and I used to walk
thru the "weeds/ no shoes on" to meet in the middle on NE 100 and
something Avenue --No more empty lots there -- it was another lifetime.
Best regards to everyone, Annette Ashley Linder /Class of 1960

Fred Bimbler (Class of 1958): Hi Jim, I read about Lee Clark in the
newsletter and got chills. I believe I first met Lee at William Jennings
Bryan Elementary on 125th Street. We were friends throughout high school.
When I was stationed in D. C. studying Burmese for the USAFSS, I took the
train to New York City, my first time to see that city. I then took a
train down to Asbury Park, New Jersey, to see my father's work. He was a
builder/developer there before moving to North Miami in 1938. The train
stopped at either Monmouth or Long Branch along the way. I looked out the
window and who should my eye fall on? Lee Clark! He was apparently wait
for someone on the train. I said, "Hi Lee!" We were both shocked to see
each other. He told me he was studying at Monmouth College. We reminisced
about our school days through the window until the train left. That was
the last time I ever saw Lee. Now I guess we have to wait a while longer
before we can catch up on things again. Sincerely, Fred Bimbler, Class of

Sue Burgess (Class of 1960): Jim, thanks ever so much for giving Brian
Evers my address...It's great to know that "The Terrible Trio" is still
out there somewhere. My Mom called them that...laughingly, of course. She
was well aware of the nocturnal visits to show off their
'ill-gotten-gain.'  I'm pretty sure 'gator tail was off limits even back
in 1958, lol... Russ and Dickie practically grew up in the glades, they
were Florida born boys. Brian, on the other hand, was from Massachusetts,
if memory serves me....  That Yankee boy got educated...uh huh!  Sue

Lamar Burrage (Class of 1958): Sorry to say that he died in November
1984. He graduated with us from the 9th grade on June 8, 1955. I found
him on the graduation program. The problem earlier was his surname. On
the 9th grade graduation his name was Earl Lamar Burrage, not Burgess. He
was born on October 4, 1939, social security number was 264-58-7602. Mine
is also 264-58-..... so his was issued in the North Miami (Dade County)
area. I received mine as soon as I turned 16 (my birth date was 23
October 1939). Lamar was still living in Florida when he died. His death
is listed under the name of Earl Burrage. He quit NMHS before the
graduation of the Class of 1958.
Sharon Craig (Class of 1958): Dear Jim, I don't have any idea what I did
but I wrote one reply to you and then ck it out and lost the e-mail.
Yes, I would like Wayne Adams e-mail address. By any chance do you have
Irwin Schendowich e mail address. He also was a friend of mine and
Wayne's. In fact Irwin came to Connecticut on my 18 birthday and took me
out to dinner. It was such a great time. He was a very nice friend to
have. By the way Jim, did you ever get my brother's Jerry's e-mail
address. Thanks , waiting to here from you again, I really enjoy the news
letter that you send out, GO PIONEERS, Sharon

Hope Davis (Class of 1957): Thanks for writing and for your kind words. I
do remember Ellen Bruce, but have no idea what happened to her after
graduation. She was a great gal, and I can certainly see her in the
entertainment field, so bubbly and vivacious. How interesting that you
have a new neighbor from Russia now. What a changing world we live in
these days. I would love to visit with her as I really have liked the
Russian people I have met. My friend from Moscow has also retired from
her work with the Russian Space Agency and has a daughter and son-in-law
who are going to graduate school at the University of Texas in Austin.
Although I may not travel to Russia again, I hope she will make more
trips to the U.S. to visit. It's interesting that you say you were the
shy one, Jim, when now you are the thread that holds us all together.
What a wonderful memory you have, and how great that you like to keep in
touch. I have shared your wonderful newsletters with one of my best
friends Arlene Stevens Flaherty by "snail" mail, since she and her
husband, Jack, refuse to become computer literate. Jack was a former
policeman in the Miami/Dade area and he probably knows more of our
classmates that Arlene...... lol Just kidding, he just likes to read
about everybody and he does know some people from the previous reunions.
My husband, Don, is retiring this month from Lockheed Martin - January
31st is his last day and hopefully we will be traveling some. But, we
would love for you or anyone to drop by and see us if you are in the
Houston area before we move. Gosh, I really want to get back to the
mountains and cold weather, so can't really see myself staying in Texas
FOREVER..... I would love to meet you again, Jim. If we get up Utah way,
maybe we could meet for lunch or dinner and talk about the "good, old
times". Send us your address and telephone number, OK? Thanks again for
the personal note - enjoyed hearing from you, Jim. Hope & Don Kilpatrick

Don Drybread (Class of 1958): Don doesn’t use the computer that much so
he likes to call me (Jim Morgan) instead. A few weeks ago he called and
we spoke for over 90 minutes about old times at NMHS. Don is a wealth of
information about many of the members of the Class of 1958. I haven’t
heard from him since the Sebring mini-reunion but when I do I’ll include
his comments.

Bob Egan (Class of 1960): Hi Jim, my name is Bob Egan, Class of 1960. My
cousin Kathy Patterson forwarded me you newsletter and it was really
great to read. I would love to get on your mailing list if possible. My
main memory of North Miami is Concert Choir and Mr. Dutton. I was in
Concert Choir, vocal Ensemble, Boys Chorus, a madrigal croup, a quartet
in my junior year with Rick Carpenteir, Gary Horton (can't remember the
other name) and a trio in my senior year with Steve Greenberg and Don
Appleton, both juniors. I got to North Miami High from Miami Shores
Elementary and Edward L. Constance Jr. High. I have some pictures of
those years. We are in major construction here and everything is in
disarray, but when I get organized I can e-mail you some pictures with a
resolution you can print.

Larry Epstein (Class of 1958): Hi Jim - Thank you for finding me and
keeping me in touch with the doings and memories of our NMHS class of
1958. I look forward to your newsletter and open it before any other
e-mail. What a huge commitment you have made to all of us. Because of
you, I reconnected with my cousin Sheila Silverberg (nee Epstein) after
40 years. I had forgotten her married name. What a wonderful time we are
having filling in that gap for each other. My oldest pal, the author and
retired homicide captain, Marshall Frank, gave Sheila my e-mail address.
Not to be morbid, but I found a list of those who have died in the
Classes of 1959 & 1960. I knew a few of them quite well. As Ebenezer
Scrooge says to the Ghost of Christmas Past, "We were boys together."  I
wonder (and dread) if there is a similar list for our class of 1958. I
know that Bill Adams, who was in Mrs. Johnson's 7th grade class with Jean
Stager, me and many more, has died. Let me finish in a happier spirit.
Warmest regards, Larry Epstein Note: In a very near future issue I’ll be
including a list of 70 known Class of 1958 Pioneers who have passed on.

Brian Evers (Class of 1958): Jim, Is there a chance in getting Sue
Burgess e-mail address, I would like to send her a picture of Russ, Dick
and myself. Brian Evers. We still keep in close contact with each other.

Linda Falk (Class of 1959): Hi Jim: Really enjoy the newsletter. High
school was so much fun! That's probably why I am college now. Anyway,
re: Jean Kolwicz. I remember her in 9th grade. She was in the Class of
1959. I had a terrific crush on her older brother Albin (went by Al) who
graduated in 1955. He took me to a Biscayne Gardens dance on a Wednesday
night. He was a great dancer! Do you remember those dances? Seven to 10
PM, fifteen cents to get in! What a hoot! The name is spelled with a "cz"
not "tz."  Hope this helps. I am going to go through some old photos and
see what I have from the '50's of NM. Thanks again for all your hard
work. Linda Note: Al was a member of the Key Club and its president in
1955. Al was also a member of the track team and on the student council.

Mike Farris (Class of 1958): Mike called me a few weeks ago but I wasn’t
home. He didn’t leave much of a message. Since his wife of 24 years died
late last year Mike has been lost. He is still in Kansas City but has
been thinking of moving to Utah where he worked in the banking industry
years ago. If anyone would like to call him his number is: (816)
966-4649. If you talk to him please get his current address. The last
address I had was: 5411 East 87th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64130.

Judy Fields (Class of 1960): Let me begin by saying that I don't believe
in ghosts, fairies, ESP or
reincarnation. However, incidents like the one below have happened to me
more than a few times. One of my pals at NMHS was Elaine Lehman. She was
also in the Class of 1960. After graduation, she got married (and still
is) and I moved away from south Florida. I never saw her again, although
occasionally in the first years after I left Florida I did think of her
from time to time. A few years ago (and many years after I last thought
of Elaine), my husband and I planned a trip to Spain. Shortly before we
left, Elaine's name popped vividly into my head. A few weeks later we
left on our trip. Part of the trip was a ferry ride between Spain and
Tangiers. The ferry was packed with lots of foreigners from everywhere,
including a group of American women. When we got off the ferry, we joined
a tour group that led us through the alleys of Tangiers to a "genuine
Moroccan restaurant." As we sat at our table and the belly dancer plied
her trade, a woman was given the last seat in the restaurant, which
turned out to be at our table. We started chatting and I found out that
she was also a member of the Class of 1960 and Elaine Lehman's best
friend, Judy LaRosa. She also remembered that we were all in the same
Home Economics class. Elaine, Judy and I made plans to meet up at the
40th year reunion in Miami Beach. Now we keep in touch through email.
When I think of the permutations that went into meeting Judy in Tangiers,
I wonder how many other people from my past I have missed. The path less
taken? Zig instead of Zag?  Whatever? Wishing you all a safe and Happy
New Year.

Madeline Fusco (Class of 1955): I (Jim Morgan) just received a nice note
from Madeline Fusco. Her husband is Lawrence Molnar. She had called and
left a telephone message earlier. They do not have e-mail but were told
about the Pioneer newsletter by another unknown NMHS Pioneer. Madeline
wrote: Please contact Rosemany Knapp and Ms. Mary Calley and have them
contact me. I called and left a message but not sure if you received it.
Doing well. Married 39 years to Lawrence (a retired electrician), 2
children John (fireman paramedic) and Jennifer (registered nurse). All of
1955 welcome to call. See you at the 50th. Madeline Fusco Molnar. Note:
Her address is: 10840 N. W. 17th Court, Pembroke Pines, Florida 33026.
Her telephone number is (954) 431-0281.

Red Garcia aka Mike Cristicello (Class of 1955): Information from Vennie
Pent (Class of 1956): Red Garcia went to Edison in his first 2 years then
transferred to NMHS. He was voted Most Wittiest. I guess his parents were
divorced. He's retired in Gainesville, Florida. His email address is He married a gal from Miami Jackson who passed on
several years ago. In college, he roomed with Bob Geissinger several
years. He and I (Vennie Pent) were both Delta Tau Pledges at Florida. I
think we both got blackballed. I then pledged Sigma Chi.

Betty Glover (Class of 1957): Two e-mails from Betty: I only attended
NMHS for my senior year, so I did not know very many people. I can't
remember my homeroom teacher's name (old age) HA. I am currently living
in the Northern Virginia area, about 25 miles south of DC. I am a loan
officer for a mortgage company, but am planning to retire about the end
of April and am having a home built in New Port Richie, Florida (15 mi
North of Tampa). I have 3 children (one son who has 2 daughters, and two
daughters. One daughter, husband & 2 boys live in New Port Richie, hence
that is why I am moving there. The other unmarried daughter lives in
Alabama. I have been widowed for almost ten years. Love to travel abroad
and stateside. Planning a trip to Italy in June. Into dancing, both
ballroom and Shag (which is a Carolina thing - not Michael Myers). I do
remember Ken Hubbell and Linda Thomas. I recognize several others, but
not sure I actually knew them. I'm not sure I got a year book since I was
there only one year. Please keep me in your loop. My email address is  My last name was Glover. Second e-mail: Thanks for the
response. I moved to North Miami from North Carolina, I lived there a
year. Previously I had lived in Norfolk, Virginia for most of my life.
After graduation I went to college in Richmond Virginia. A year after I
graduated from high school, my parents moved back to Norfolk, hence I
have virtually no ties with North Miami. I kept in touch with a girl
friend, Nancy Gray, but soon lost contact. I also was going steady with a
boy from Fort Lauderdale, so not much school participation. I remember
Audrey's name, but did not know her. If a reunion is planned, I would
love to attend since I will be in the Tampa area soon. I look forward to
reading the newsletters. Thank you

Brenda Gutkin & Husband Earle Lillard (Class of 1958): It's Brenda
(Gutkin) Lillard.....Received your newsletter this week and really
appreciate the time and work you are putting into it. It has brought back
many memories and has inspired me to see if I could contact old friends.
I didn't know Barbara (Hawa) Perdue, Class of 1958, while we were
attending school. We met a month after graduation. We both went to work
for the same company. We became close friends, Earle & I married, then
she married Doug Perdue a year later and moved to California. We lost
touch. I did an internet search and found a listing for Barbara & Doug
Perdue in Anderson, California. Last Sunday, I called the telephone
number and success, Doug answered the phone. I was elated until he told
me that Barbara had passed away March 2004 of lung cancer. Barbara & Doug
had a successful Nursery & Florist business and raised 3 children.
Unfortunately they lost their son at the age of 17 of a brain tumor.
Barbara then became very active in fund raising for St. Jude’s Hospital
for many years. Again, we appreciate your efforts with the newsletters.
Thank you.

Ken Hubbell (Class of 1957):  Jim, thanks for forwarding my email address
to Judi Spence.  Also, thanks two million for the time and effort you
spend putting together the Pioneer News Letter. God Bless, Ken Hubbell,
Class of 1957

Gerry Katz (Class of 1958): Gerry Katz entered the insurance profession
in 1965. He has helped develop disability insurance portfolios and
training programs for the past 37 years. Gerry is a graduate of the
University of Florida School of Journalism & Communications. He has
served as a contributing writer to Physician's Management, Dental
Economics, Dental Management, Case & Comment, The Practical Lawyer, The
D.O., The Southern Journal of Optometry, The Florida Architect,
Veterinary Economics, International Association of Financial Planning
Journal, Life Association News, Life Insurance Selling, the National
Health Insurance Underwriter, FAHU Voice and Broker World. In addition,
he has spoken at NAHU, DITC and Health & Life Underwriter meetings,
conventions and continuing education seminars in California, Florida,
Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska,
Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma,
Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas. He has served the National Association
of Health Underwriters as a Regional Vice President, NAHU 2nd Vice
President, is a Past-President of NAHU's Leading Producers Round Table
(LPRT), Past-President of the Disability Insurance Training Council
(DITC) and served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Association
and Dade Association of Health Underwriters.  He is a Past-President and
Co-Founder of the Gold Coast Association of Health Underwriters and
served on the RHU/REBC Commission, as the Region III Commissioner. For
several years, Gerry was a moderator for the LUTC Disability Income
Insurance Course. Since 1986, he has conducted 60 Continuing Education
courses in the State of Florida. He is a Registered Health Underwriter
(RHU), a member of the International Association of Financial Planners,
and in 1995 received his Associate Life Health Claims designation (ALHC)
with distinction. Gerry was awarded status as a Diplomat of  the American
College of Forensic Examiners (DABFE) in 1997. He is an Associate Member
of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. In June 1997, Gerry
received the Harold R. Gordon Memorial Award for the “Health Insurance
Industry Person of the Year”, recognized as the most meaningful and
significant individual honor accorded by the health insurance industry,
presented by the National Association of Health Underwriters. In June
2002, the National Association of Health Underwriters presented Gerry
with the William G. Wetzel Excellence in Speaking Award in recognition of
his continuing education and public presentation work throughout the

Sandy Kline (Class of 1958): Thanks a lot Jim! As a little added piece -
Completed my first "mini" Triathlon in July in Denver, Colorado on behalf
of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation - sponsored by Danskin. There
were over 3,000 women who took part. Although I go at a turtle pace,
there were still about 500 women behind me when I finished... so at least
I wasn't last! Ha! Just completed my third "Icy Plunge" for the Cure
(Breast Cancer) in January 2005 off the shores of New Haven, Connecticut.
The outside temperatures were about 2 degrees and the water temps were
about 30 degrees.  Needless to say I didn't stay in the water very long.
The event takes place in the morning, so if you are not awake when you
start, you can be sure you're awake when you finish!! Have a good
weekend! Sandy
Rose Marie Knapp (Class of1955): Thank you for the note, Jim. I will call
Madelene tomorrow.  I can't believe she still lives in the same place.
Not sure if you're aware of Pembroke Pines but she was a "Pioneer" there,
too! Keep all the great info coming. Rose Marie Knapp (Vasil) p.s.  I
went to the mini-reunion in Sebring this past weekend and had a great
time! Her 2nd e-mail: Hi Jim, Just got off the phone with Madeline Fusco
and I thank you, again, for sending me the information on her. She
doesn't have an email address but I can keep in touch with her by phone.
Also, she has information about Georgiann Artmann and Deanna Keith, also
Class of 1955. I've really been busy yakking today because I spoke to
Edgar Smith (1955) and he would love to get your newsletter and asked if
you would include his email address in your letter. His email is Hope to hear from you soon. Rose Marie Vasil (Knapp)

Jack Kreitzburg (Class of 1955): My name is Jack Kreitzburg and had I
stayed in North Miami High School I would have been from the first
graduating class, but instead went to Edison High. In the early days went
to school at William Jennings Bryant went to school with Donnie Lewis,
Robert Gardner, Maridee Mc Adams, the Hardy's who's parents had a store
in North Miami. North Miami High school use to be called Edward L
Constance in honor of the founder of the school if I am not mistaken. I
lived at 645 NE 127 St., located across from the North Miami theater. I
knew Bill Conti Jr. as his dad and mine were close friends. Bill Jr.
lived in Hollywood, Florida and we spent a lot of time there as well as
visiting at our house. His dad gave my dad lessons on the organ. Bill
after graduating went to LSU university for music. I played the drums and
had a wedding gig with Bill Jr. at a house on the Beach. When we were
growing up there was a ot of activities to keep us out of trouble. North
Miami JR. Police Office Carl Engle use to be in charge of activities:
swimming, boxing, day trips to swim etc. Also we had dances at the
community center in North Miami which was supervised by Jack Stone. My
dad owned and operated North Miami Electric Motor Shop. His business was
next to the house. If any body remembers me send me an e-mail: I use to go to the riding academy on 6th Avenue.

Peggy Kuck (Class of 1959): Dear Jim, I'm not on the list of people
you're looking for and I don't even know you. But I was thrilled to get
this newsletter from a friend who still lives in South Florida. It's a
great effort on your part and much appreciated. You do a wonderful job. I
wish I'd gotten on the distribution list sooner but I didn't know about
it. I moved my elderly parents in with me in the summer of 1998 an I am
not always able to do some of the things I'd like to do, or follow up on
things I should. But here's the scoop on me. I graduated from NMHS in
1959 and my name was Peggy Kuck, now Norman. I lived at 1520 NE 128th
Street at that time. My brother, Richard Kuck, and a couple of my
brother's-in-law are also NMHS graduates; Richard, a member of the
Marching Band graduated in 1956 and now lives in San Jose, California. My
brother's-in-law, Charles (now in Pompano) and Johnny (near me in Eustis,
Florida) graduated in 1956 and 1958 respectively. My husband (passed away
in1982) was Jim Norman. He quit NMHS but got his GED later on. (I miss
him still and always see him in my 2 sons, Paul and Jim.) I was in
concert choir from the 8th grade through high school under our beloved
Mr. T. Watson Dutton. We performed Handel's Messiah every year in
collaboration with an adult group, the North Dade Civic Choral Society.
The music department established, during "tenure" of the Class of 1959,
the very first Solo Ensemble class. There were 12 of us. My ancient
memory isn't too good, but at this moment I remember Richard Carpentier,
Eleanor Kuhlman and Jean Young were in it. My Mom says Randy Carmichael
was in it too. I'll probably remember more later. While solos were done,
we also entertained with trios, quartets and quintets at local luncheons
of the Masons, Kiwanis, Lions, and Rotary etc. Bill Conti was our choir
pianist. I thought I'd kept up with his work but your newsletter was
really enlightening. I am SOOOOO proud of him. I was also friends with
Randy Carmichael. My Mom loved Hogie's work and Randy used to come to our
house and play piano for my parents. Randy was madly in love with my then
and now best friend (who sent this newsletter to me), Carol DeLuise.
(Remember that, Carol?)  Randy used to cry on my shoulder that the
relationship between Carol and he didn't seem to be going anywhere. Since
he moved away, I haven't heard anything much about him. An article in
National Geographic years ago told of one of Hogie Carmichael's sons
carving beautiful, elaborate custom fishing poles on Malibu Beach. I
always wondered if that was Randy. I couldn't tell for sure by the name
given in the article. I was also compelled to answer this due to the high
school/middle school mentoring program mentioned in the newsletter. It's
so good to hear about people working on behalf of today's children. I
work for Lake County Children's Services, a "dependent" council relying
on county tax dollars. We are the staff to a 15 member Board of County
Commission appointed committee called "the Citizens' Commission for
Children." Lake's Children's Services is not to be mistaken for DCF,
they're a state, and totally different entity but everyone thinks that's
who we are. I'm forever grateful that we moved here when our children
were middle school age. There are disadvantages here, but the small town
atmosphere was great for raising kids. I live in the lovely little city
of Mount Dora, same house for 32 1/2 years. Both my sons graduated from
Mount Dora High. My oldest is retired after 20 years in the Navy and was
a submarine Nuke. After leaving the Navy he taught at Pensacola Naval Air
Base as a civilian; his degree is in adult education. My youngest son
left the Navy on a Friday after a 6 year program and started the
following Monday at Lockheed Martin where he has been for almost 20
years. His degree is in some computer area, networks, technology, can't
exactly remember. He's currently about to finish his Masters in Business
Administration.  He is Lockheed's Property Manager for all of Martin's
Missile and Fire Control equipment wherever it may be located. Note:
Edited due to length. Note: Peggy, please e-mail me the contact
information on your brother and two brother-in-laws and I’ll included
them on the Pioneer newsletter list.

Ray Menze (Class of 1958): Ray doesn’t use the computer very much so he
wrote a letter. He asked that I say hello to all Pioneers in the
newsletter. His e-mail address is:  His home address is:
P. O. Box 1924 in Cullowhee, North Carolina 28723. After NMHS Ray
attended the University of Florida and earned his degree in design. Then
Ray spent two years in the Army. When he got out of the Army he attended
the University of Kentucky, earning a Masters of Education degree in
1968, then his PhD at Florida State University in Art Education in 1978.
Ray had taught art on both the high school and college level since 1968.
Note: Ray now lives about 35 miles from another Class of 1958 Pioneer,
Gleason “Sandy” Snow. Sandy lives in Etowah, North Carolina.

David Middendorf (Class of 1959): Hi, Jim! Thanks for your time and
effort on the newsletter. I got a copy from Jim Vincent (Class of 1957)
and his wife Brenda Ward (Class of 1959) Vincent. Please add me to your
email list. Note of Interest: Brenda and I are among the few who attended
the campus for a full six years. When we started out in the 7th grade,
the school was named Edward L. Constance. As we advanced each year, our
previous grade was no longer offered. Maybe you are a member of our
group!? Thanks again, David.

June Moore (Class of 1958): I received a wonderful short note from June
Moore by snail mail as she does not use the home computer. Here is here
edited message: Dear Jim-Somehow I misplaced your letter and recently
found it. I wanted you to know that you did reach the right June Moore.
The last contact I had with North Miami High was probably 20 years ago. I
have 4 children (1 married) and 2 grand boys. I don’t see my children as
often as I would like as they live in different cities. I’m still married
to Dave Parrish and he recently retired from his veterinary practice.
Life is good and it was great hearing from you. I don’t use the computer
but my husband does (she gave me his e-mail address and I have her
current home address). June. Note: I will give out information on June to
her close friends on a one-to-one basis. June was one of the nicest girls
at North Miami High. She was the president of my ninth grade when we
graduated in June 1955. I was only at North Miami High for a few days
when June came up and spoke to me and welcomed me to NMHS. That really
impressed me.

Patricia O'Brien (Class of 1960). Have been enjoying your interesting
news letters. It certainly brings back memories. Noticed Mary Kay
Chambliss's note in your most recent posting. Would like to get in touch
with her. Billy Mango (Class of 1958) lived in between Mary Kay and me on
131st Street. My e-mail address is Thanks for sending me
Judy Levine's e-mail address. I will write to her shortly. Also, another
favor, could you send me Nancy's e-mail address. I had it but lost it
when my computer crashed. Nancy lived in back of me in North Miami when
we were growing up and we do keep in touch at Christmas. Note: Pat sent
me Bill Mango’s mother’s address and I’ve just written her.

Jerry Olive (Class of 1957): Jim, really enjoy your newsletter. It’s
really great to hear names you
haven't heard from or seen in years and find how they are doing.  After
one of your earlier newsletters I had to go dig out my old year books
from 1955,1956, and 1957. You mentioned too many names I had forgotten
with my travels and moves. I will be in Florida for the first time in
over 40 years in March for five days of shooting. No not with a gun, with
a camera. I am a professional wildlife, scenic photographer. I will be
working at Ding Darling NWF, Corkscrew swamp, Venice Rookery and DeSoto
PK.  It’s up at 0:400 am, shoot till dark then go back to the motel, edit
and burn disks for the days work. I am coming in from Lafayette,
Louisiana. Where we are shooting Spoonbills and other birds. I'm still
living in the Seattle area and work out of Seattle. My wife of 40+ years
is an RN and we have 2 kids and three grandkids. Keep the newsletter
coming I really enjoy it. My e-mail is  I
would love to hear from any of my classmates from the Class of 1957.

Ken Parslow (Class of 1958): Hi Jim, my name is Ken Parslow, Class of
1959. I played baseball with a guy named Bob Krider. He was in the Class
of 1957. I am also looking for John Beicki. John lived on the west side.
He may have gone to Edison but a lot of guys knew him and I was hoping
someone would know where he is. He probably was a 1957 grad. I've tried
the Internet etc. I would appreciate any help you could give. We played
for Holy Family in little league against Tom Rocky, Greg Zender, Duke
Jack, Joe Shaffer and a lot of other great guys. I coached little league
from 1977-1982 with my son and had a ball. My son played high school with
Chipper Jones and I just watched. I am now coaching my grandson in little
league in Deland, Florida. The little league state tournament was held
here last year with the best 8 teams in Florida going for state title.
Thanks for any help. Ken

Vennie Pent (Class of 1956): Sal Licata lived down the street from me
when I lived in Los Angeles. Sal was retired early by several record
companies. Each time they let him go, he got a big check or a car. I
think it was Chrysalus who let him go and gave him a Rolls Royce. Sal and
Carolee lived on a hill in a nice house and a pool. One day, I asked him
to drive to my house which was about a half mile away. I bought him a
cheap chauffeurs hat and sat in the back seat while Sal drive me around.
Did you know Sal's nickname at NMHS was "sickly Sal"? Larry Brown went to
Rutgers on a football scholarship after NMHS. He and Anne Frommel live in
South Carolina. Gene Cochran is tight with him. Carolyn King's son went
to Rutgers. She married Richard Lewis, Don's older brother. Paul Gleason
got the nickname "Bags" when he came up to Gainesville maybe in the year
after his senior year at NMHS. He stayed in the dorms for several weeks.
Johnny Bobbit's wife has a brother named John Beck. He started a bank in
North Miami named Second National Bank. I was working for Diebold at the
time and got the order for the equipment. John was partners with a Al
Slobusky at the time in Coral Gables. As it relates to guys from 1957, I
don't remember Bob Krider. I also don't remember a John Beicki. I went to
Holy Family as did Coach DelBello. In Little League, I played for
Opa-Locka. There was Opa-Locka, North Miami, Little River, and Miami
Shores. I made an All Star team and practiced at Little River for about 6
weeks before a tournament. Many of those kids went to Edison. Kids like
Frank Davis later pitcher for FSU. Marc Hoy played football at Miami.
Paul Renuart's dad owned a lumber company in Miami Shores. Bobby Balch,
who was a year younger than me, was All State at Miami High and then went
to Loyola of New Orleans where he played basketball. I met Balch on a
street in Coral Gables where he was a dentist.

Nancy Ricciardelli (Class of 1963): I would like to receive your
newsletter. My name is Nancy Ricciardelli Corbin, Class of 1963. I am
living in South Carolina and recently retired after 36 years working for
the Air Force as a civilian employee. I was sad to hear that the school
was being torn down, but rode by two years ago and it looked like a
prison. Has any one thought of selling pieces of it as a fund raiser? It
makes a nice memento. Nancy

Wayne aka Dusty Rhoads (Class of 1958): Jim, I was so sorry to hear as to
Lee Clark’s death. I remember Lee well and the times we played together
in football at NMHS.  My prayers and thoughts will be with him tonight.
Wayne Rhoads   

Paul Savage (Class of 1970): Hi Jim, Thank you so much for the pictures
of Marcella. We lived right up the street on 142nd and Dixie. We moved
there from Miami (Wynwood area) in 1969 and went to NMSH in 1969 and
graduated in 1970. Although we went to Marcella’s maybe 5 or 6 times I
remember her well and of course her garlic rolls. Did anyone ever get the
real recipes for them? Also thanks for putting us on your Pioneers list.
Its good to hear of all of the happenings with our alumni. I had very
fond memories on our time in North Miami. We live in Gainesville, where
are you located? Best regards, Paul

Mike Schucket (Class of 1957 & wife Denisha Morris (Class of 1958): Hi
Jim: Denisha and I just finished reading your latest Pioneer newsletter.
As usual, we enjoyed the heck out of it! Noted therein that you were
seeking information on Lamar Burgess. I last saw Lamar in the summer of
1958 when he and I were sheet metal workers at the Shelly Manufacturing
Company. The company was located on NW 38th St. and a couple of blocks
north of 36th St. (remember all the used car lots there and the nearby
Rustic Roller Rink?). Lamar also held down a part-time job at an Atlantic
service station on NW 7th Ave. a couple of blocks north of Johnny's
Barber Shop. He was the archetypical hard-working/-playing "good old
boy," and drove a customized 40 Ford convertible that I'd have killed
for! Had Lamar stayed in school, I think he would have graduated with the
Class of 1958. I recall that Lamar's family hailed from Philadelphia,
Mississippi and lived a block or two south of NW 119th Street and east of
17th Ave. He and a lot of other NMHS alumni (Denisha and me included),
attended Benjamin Franklin Elementary School. I bid Lamar adieu for the
last time at the end of the summer when I returned to college. I heard
somewhere that he has since passed away, but I'd like to think that this
is more rumor than fact. We hope that your year is getting off to a good
start. Stay well and keep up the great work you are doing on behalf of
all of us Pioneers! Note: After checking I found that his name was
spelled wrong. It is Lamar Burrage (Class of 1958). See Lamar Burrage
information above.

Gloria Sgro (Class of 1955): Here’s a name from the past. I loved the
latest newsletter. I called my local book store about Johnny Holiday’s
book and they seem to know nothing about it. I need a copy and I want
Johnny to sign the book. How can I reach his “Royalty’? Thanks, Gloria
Sgro Disanto.

Joan Sharp (Class of 1958): Jim, Such a good job. I forget about old
times until I read your newsletter. Thanks!!!! I am looking for Jean
Johnson (Class of 1958) she married a service man named LaFrance. She had
one child when I knew her named Paige. Help me if you can. Thanks, Joni
Sharp Martin

Kathy Shellahamer (Class of 1958): Hi, just a quick announcement, I will
be moving on March 29th. I will probably have a new e-mail address but
now sure yet. I will let you know as soon as I know. I really do enjoy
all your hard work and news. Have you ever heard from Carol Joyce King
yet? She was my friend and brides maid. Then she joined the Army and we
lost contact.
Take care, Kathy Shellahamer. Note: Does anyone know it Carol King ever
married? I’ve found a Carol King who died on April 11, 1999. Born: on
December 23, 1940. The social security number is a Florida one, but not
Miami (261-90-7120). If our Carol married than this is not the correct

Maryjane Skadding (Class of 1958): Jim, I've been in touch with Pat
Arnao, Pat Welch, since we graduated from North Miami. We were roommates
at Florida State. Pat had decided to move to Hilton Head after
retirement. She decided she really didn't like it there. She settled in
Sun City, South Carolina. Her address is Bluffton, South Carolina. She
loves where she is, and has become active in her church and elsewhere.
Pat has been much better at corresponding than I. She has always used
snail mail. She finally has a computer, but cannot receive long messages.
I copied the newsletter we just received.  Maybe this will interest her
into getting real email.  Jolene was living in Ga.  She is now in Sun
City living with and helping an elderly man. I was having long email
conversations with her until her recent move. Pat did not come to
reunions because she wouldn't fly. Now that she lives closer, maybe she
will drive to one. I will email Pat, oh I forgot she is Patricia now that
she lives in the south, and tell her what she is missing. Maryjane
Skadding Cash

Judi Spence (Class of 1957): Hi Jim. Thank you for the update on
everyone. I would love to contact Gary Minium, Ken Hubbell, Miss Calley.
I did not finish high school, left in 1954. I do remember so many of the
people you mentioned. I lived at 10th and 131st, on the corner. My dad
was a swim coach, Wally Spence. I now live in Weston, Florida and I am a
widow. I have three children. I work for Flanigans for 37 years, I fear
change, can you tell. I work only part time now. I thank you again for
your time and effort. It would be great to hear from some of my
classmates. I was trying to find Pat Spungen and Joe Sheaks. Any one know
there whereabouts? Thanks, Judi Spence. Note: I e-mailed Judi again at and when I get her e-mail address I’ll send her the
information that she requested. Next e-mail: Hi Jim, this is my e-mail Thank you for taking the time to send this to me. I
also thought of my friend Gloria Sgro. If you know Gloria’s where abouts,
please let me know. Last e-mail: Jim, received the newsletter and what a
trip I took and didn't even have to pack a suitcase. Thank you. I would
have graduated in 1957. How wonderful to read those e-mails. Please keep
in touch. Go Pioneers! Judith

Warren Thomas & Carol Horn (Class of 1958): I received the following from
Brian Evers (Class of 1958): Jim, I spoke to Warren Thomas (Class of 58)
tonight and forwarded the Jan/Feb newsletter to him, thought you might
want his e-mail address. I'm sure he would enjoy getting the newsletter
also as much as everyone else does. Keep up the good work, we appreciate
the time and effort that you are putting into keeping us all inform of
each other. Thanks again. Brian Note: I haven't included their e-mail
address here until I get permission from them.

Pat Tranfa (Class of 1957): Hi Jim, Thank you again for the GREAT new
letter. If anyone knows what happened to Monte Steele that graduated in
1957 I would like to know, he and his family seem to have disappeared.
Thank you, Pat

Patricia Welch (Class of 1958): Hello Jim...I really don't remember you
from NMHS, but here goes my update. Moved to Sun City in December 2003
and love every minute here!  Am active in our community theater, a travel
club, a writing group, Bible Study, and even play a bit of golf.  Love to
walk around the lagoons or bicycle on warmer days. Try to work out at our
fitness center as well. Have met MANY new friends and just enjoy the
uniqueness of the "low country" as it's called. Have been sorry to have
missed all of the NMHS reunions, being up in New Jersey didn't help. If
they would plan one somewhere in mid Florida maybe I could get there!!!
Don't like to fly!!! I'd like the newsletter also...can you mail one to
me? Thanks. Now tell me a little about yourself. Note: Pat sent me her
sister Jolene’s e-mail address. I’ll give the e-mail addresses out upon
request. Another Note: Sandy Kline filled me in on home addresses, etc.
and was a great help in contacting both Patricia and Jolene. Since Pat
moved south and became a “Southern gal” she now goes by Patricia.

Angie Vaccaro (Class of 1957): Dear Jim: Angela Vaccaro Fiore, Class of
1957 (Pembroke Pines, Florida.) Just received my first Pioneer Newsletter
forwarded to me by Carol Cherry. What a pleasant surprise. I was truly
amazed at all the information you have gathered and reading about the
teachers and students was a wonderful trip down memory lane. I have lived
in Florida since 1953, married soon after graduation and have four
children, three sons and one daughter. One son lives in Deerfield Beach,
one in Fort Lauderdale and one in South Beach. My daughter moved to New
York after graduation and now lives in West New York, New Jersey. Thank
you for all the time you have spent on the newsletters. Please add my
name to your mailing list. Jim, thanks for sending the newsletters. I
enjoyed reading about all my classmates. After reading the newsletters, I
took out my Conestoga and enjoyed reminiscing about the good old days.
Found some snapshots in my Honor Garde uniform, remembering our trip to
Key West and marching in the Orange Bowl Parade. We certainly did have a
good time. My senior picture was not included but there is a picture of
me in the 1957 yearbook with the Honor Garde and also one with the Sub
Debs. Again, thanks for the trip down memory lane. Please continue to
send the Pioneer Newsletters. Angie

Worthy News Alert:

The following information should be read by everyone over the age of 40.
It could save our life or the life of are loved ones.

Health Alert: Is It a Stroke? Is It a Heart Attack? This might be a
lifesaver if we can remember the three questions!
Is It a Stroke? Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify.
Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster for the stroke
victim. A stroke victim may suffer brain damage when people nearby fail
to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say any bystander can
recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
* Ask the individual to smile.
* Ask him or her to raise both arms.
* Ask the person to speak a simple sentence.
* If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 9-1-1
immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
After discovering that a group of non-medical volunteers could identify
facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems, researchers urged the
general public to learn the three questions. They presented their
conclusions at the American Stroke Association's annual meeting last
February. Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis
and treatment of the stroke and prevent brain damage.
Is it a Heart Attack: A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this
e-mail sends it to 10 people, you can bet that at least one life will be
saved. Read this... It could save your life!! Let's say it's 6.15 P.M.
and you're driving home (alone of course), after an unusually hard day on
the job. You're really tired, upset, and frustrated. Suddenly you start
experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to radiate out into
your arm and up into your jaw. You are only about five miles from the
hospital nearest your home. Unfortunately you don't know if you'll be
able to make it that far. You have been trained in CPR, but the guy that
taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.
How To Survive a Heart Attack When Alone: Since many people are alone
when they suffer a heart attack, without help, the person whose heart is
beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10
seconds left before losing consciousness. However, these victims can help
themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath
should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and
prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest. A breath
and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until
help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.
Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the
heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart
also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can
get to a hospital. Tell as many people as possible about this. It could
save their lives!!

On the Lighter Side:

TO THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 40's, 50's, 60's: First, we survived being
born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us. They took
aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing and didn't get tested for diabetes.
Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored
lead-based paints. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors
or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to
mention, the risks we took hitchhiking. As children, we would ride in
cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pick up on a
warm day was always a special treat. We drank water from the garden hose
and NOT from a bottle. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from
one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this. We ate cupcakes, bread and
butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight
because WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING! We would leave home in the
morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights
came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K. We would
spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the
hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the
bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem. We did not have
Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels
on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no
personal computers, no internet or internet chat rooms..........WE HAD
FRIENDS and we went outside and found them! We fell out of trees, got
cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these
accidents. We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms
and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many
eyes, nor did the worms live in us forever. We rode bikes or walked to a
friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked
in and talked to them! Little league had tryouts and not everyone made
the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.
Imagine that!! The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law
was unheard of. They actually sided with the law! This generation has
produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors
ever! The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new
ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we
learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL! And YOU are one of them!

Assorted Quotes from Ron Adamson
When I die, I want to die like my grandfather-who died peacefully in his
sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in his car." Author Unknown
Advice for the day: If you have a lot of tension and you get a headache,
do what it says on the aspirin bottle: "Take two aspirin" and "Keep away
from children." Author Unknown
"The problem with the designated driver program, it's not a desirable
job, but if you ever get sucked into doing it, have fun with it. At the
end of the night, drop them off at the wrong house." Jeff Foxworthy
"My Mom said she learned how to swim when someone took her out in the
lake and threw her off the boat. I said, 'Mom, they weren't trying to
teach you how to swim.'" Paula Poundstone
"Why does Sea World have a seafood restaurant?? I'm halfway through my
fish burger and I realize, Oh my God....I could be eating a slow
learner." Lynda Montgomery
"If life were fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would
be dead." Johnny Carson
"Sometimes I think war is God's way of teaching us geography." Paul
"Remember in elementary school, you were told that in case of fire you
have to line up quietly in a single file line from smallest to tallest.
What is the logic in that? What, do tall people burn slower?" Warren

A Heart Warming Seniors Story: This will warm your heart........Just when
you have lost faith in human kindness. Someone who teaches at a Middle
School in Safety Harbor, Florida forwarded the following letter. The
letter was sent to the principal's office after the school had sponsored
a luncheon for the elderly. An old lady received a new radio at the lunch
as a door prize and was writing to say thank you. This story is a credit
to all human kind. Forward to anyone you know who might need a lift
today! Dear Safety Harbor Middle School: God bless you for the beautiful
radio won at your recent senior citizens luncheon. I am 84 years old and
live at the Safety Harbor Assisted Home for the Aged. All of my family
has passed away. I am all alone now and it's nice to know that someone is
thinking of me. God bless you for your kindness to an old forgotten lady.
My roommate is 95 and always had her own radio, but before I received
one, she would never let me listen to hers, even when she was napping.
The other day her radio fell off the night stand and broke into a lot of
pieces. It was awful and she was in tears. She asked if she could listen
to mine, and I told her to kiss my ---. Thank you for that opportunity.
Sincerely, Edna Walters (Gotcha!!!)