Waco Town Crier – January 2019

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on January 2, 2019.

Memories of Gene Carson

June 20, 1960 – On their first day as Marines, these boys were getting ready to board a bus to the Marine Corp recruiting office in Dallas, Texas.

Pictured are: (l-r) probably the bus driver, Rodney Cross, Edward Hernandez, Gene Carson, Vince Tusa, and Jack Miles.(Gene said Edward Hernandez was a year younger than the rest of them) Gene got out of the Marines four years later on June 19, 1964.

 

(Below)Some pictures of Gene through the years enjoying time with our graduates. Gene was always there, whenever possible.

Updates

Please remember the following graduates who are facing health issues. Forgive me if I have overlooked you so please let me know if you need to be included in the list. Scott Horne, David Peeples, Linda Shelby Lyons, Bob Easter, Betty Vaughan Willis

January Birthdays


4- Malissa Starnes Baugh
5- Dick Tooker
8- Beth Freeman Holiday
10- Betty Luedeker Gatlin
12- Nanci Stiteler Felice
16- Vince Tusa
17- Ken Lipscombe
25- Bernie Regian, Pat Gabler Kemper
26- Don Clyde Blackburn

 

 

 

This month features David Dibb, who says he enjoys writing. For the past 5 years David has written a monthly column for a local Seniors’ newspaper, Golden Life, in Florence, SC. The first 3 years the columns were of a Biblical perspective on seasonal themes or events of current interest. David said after saying all he could think of after four December columns, the columns are now often about what strikes his fancy or in his reading. His column is still called “In Due Season”. (see Proverbs 15:23) For the last 3 years, David has also been writing a front-page article which highlights a local senior in his area.

After our recent WHS reunion in October, David decided to share a bit of Waco’s history with his readers. He sent me a copy of the newspaper with the article. I thought all of you might also be interested in reading about Waco’s past, and I asked David if I could feature him for our SHOW and TELL this month. David was gracious enough to agree and also agreed to share a little of his bio with us. David and his wife, Anita, like to travel and have been doing so for quite some time. At the end of his article, I have included a few of the photos of them on some of their trips. Thanks for sharing with us, David. I guess you can fill in for me when I need help.

Brief Bio on David
After graduating from WHS in 1960, David attended Texas Tech where he earned a B.S. in Textile Technology. While working on that degree, he had a summer job in Pensacola, FL at a Monsanto nylon plant. While living in Pensacola, he attended a small Baptist church where he discovered his need for a Savior ….and also “discovered” Anita. They were married in that very church in 1966 and then both of them returned to Lubbock where he obtained his M.B.A. from Tech. Upon completion of his Masters, David said he then got a “real” job with Monsanto back in Pensacola and for the next 35 years (except for a 4 year stint in the USAF), worked as a process engineer in nylon and polyester fiber manufacturing. He never left Monsanto to work for another company; however, because the textile business underwent a lot of mergers and changes in ownership as it struggled against the economics of overseas competition, he worked for Monsanto, Celanese, Hoechst, and Fiber Industries, in Florida and North Carolina, and finally, Wellman, Inc. in Florence, SC. David retired in 2002.

David and Anita have 3 children. Their daughter, Whitney, is a free-lance management trainer in Germany; their oldest son, Kevin, is an IT specialist with home office in Fayetteville; and their youngest son Brian, after 12 years in the USMC, now works as a project engineer on oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico but calls home to Shenandoah, VA. David and Anita are blessed with 8 grandchildren.

David and Anita have always liked to travel. They have spent time in Germany, Belgium, Amsterdam with their daughter. They have been on mission trips to Costa Rica and Mexico. They have time-shared in England and Scotland. Recently, David was brave enough to drive a right-hand Fiat around Ireland after a bus tour of the Scottish Highlands. They have driven up the West Coast of the USA, through New England to Prince Edward Island and Halifax, Nova Scotia. This year they joined some friends for a tour of China, where they climbed the Great Wall, entered the tomb of the Terra-Cotta soldiers, visited the Panda breeding center, and cruised the Yangtze River. They often visit the Smoky Mountains National Park (especially in the fall) since it is so near their home in Florence, SC.

For about 35 years, David has been a Bible teacher. Both he and Anita work in several areas of their church but David said that teaching and ministering to a class of about 20 couples is a rewarding use of his time that is provided by retirement.


In Italy

Great Wall of China

Bar Harbor, Maine

In Due Season – December 2018

This is the article that David Dibbs wrote about Waco.
What do outsiders know about your hometown? Around here, Blenheim is known for its ginger ale, and Florence was known for its railroad history and dental services. A few weeks back, I returned to Waco, Texas, for my 58th high school reunion. Having lived at least 1000 miles from Waco for the last 58 years, this was only my second reunion. The dramatic changes in the city since my last visit (our 50th, just 8 years ago) caused me to reflect on what gives a city its personality and reputation.
Waco’s early history is rich with Texas Longhorn cattle drives, Texas Ranger law enforcement, and Indian lore. On an 1850’s map of Mexico to Kansas, the state of Texas is covered with cattle trails that converge on Texas’ northern border at the Chisholm Trail, just below Indian Territory (sometimes called Oklahoma). The objective of the cattle drive was to get the cattle from Texas (or even Mexico), where they were worth about $4 a head, to Kansas, then by rail, back East, where they were worth about $40 a head.
Waco was established in 1849 near a Texas Ranger fort, shortly after the Republic of Texas became our 28th state. It was named for the Hueco Indians, who had a nearby village. One of the main trails on the Chisholm route paralleled the Brazos River until it reached a spot at Waco where the river was shallow enough to drive cattle across. In 1870, a suspension bridge was built across the Brazos, channeling even more traffic, business, and cattle through Waco. Designed by Thomas Griffith, who had completed the first bridge across the Mississippi, and built with materials from the same company that helped construct the Brooklyn Bridge, the Waco Suspension Bridge was so successful that the tolls (5 cents per head of cattle, plus tolls on other traffic) quickly paid off the $141,000 construction cost.
In the 1880’s, Baylor University moved to Waco, and a local pharmacist developed the formulation for Dr. Pepper, capitalizing on the artesian water recently discovered under the city. The next time Waco made national news was May 1953, when one of the deadliest tornadoes in US history hit the area. Cutting a path 1/3 of a mile wide, and with winds of 260mph, the tornado that struck Waco killed 114 people and demolished 1600 homes and other structures.
But in 1993, there was a surreal event that re-defined Waco to many Americans. A religious cult calling themselves the “Branch Davidians” who had been living in a compound outside Waco since 1962, came under FBI scrutiny due to their reported weapons collection and the number of women and children possibly held against their will. Their leader, David Koresh, who claimed to be a Messianic prophet, refused to allow the FBI to enter the compound, and several weeks of “negotiation” ensued. Then the well-armed ATF Hostage Rescue Team got involved, and on April 19, impatient and embarrassed by the drawn-out lack of results, they attacked the compound with tanks and tear gas. Fires and gunshots broke out inside the compound, all captured on national TV, and in the end at least 80 died, including 25 children and 4 ATF agents. From that moment, many Americans pronounced Waco, “Wack-o”.
Then in 2013, the national TV exposure that had helped bring Waco’s image down became instrumental in building it back up. Chip and Joanna Gaines launched their Fixer-Upper series on HGTV in May 2013, and America (and the world) fell in love with this quirky, talented, loving, and driven couple. Over 5 years, their 79 episodes have not only changed solid old houses into beautiful new homes, it has shown off the down-to-earth honesty, unselfish family values, and productive work ethic that I know to be typical in Texas. Their retail complex in the Waco historical district, near the old suspension bridge and the Dr. Pepper Museum, includes The Silos, which sells clothing and Joanna-style home décor, a restaurant, and a bakery. And like the bridge 145 years ago, it’s bringing more commerce and travelers to this popular crossroads on the Brazos River.
In her book, The Magnolia Story, Joanna says she has listened to God’s guidance for many of her life-changing and business-changing decisions. Their “all in” approach to any project reminds me of this Biblical admonition: “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men” Col 3:23

Pictures of Graduates

Betty Barkley Flowers and Tom Flowers
at Sweet Sounds, benefiting Meals on Wheels
Photo by Joy Pruitt


Glenn Hurta and Janet Hurta at Waco Symphony Concert with Chris Botti
Photo by Michael Bancale

Waco Town Crier – December 2018

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on November 30, 2018.

Important Information on the California Fire known as ‘Camp Fire’

As of 11-25-2018: The rains have come…the fire is contained….but the current numbers of deaths and missing:
85 dead, 475 still missing and more than 13,000 homes destroyed

From Dick Tooker who lives in Chico, CA near the ‘Camp Fire’ (as of November 11th):
SHORT VERSION: We’re OK. Fire never got into Chico Proper where we live, and other than the God-awful smoke and long gas lines, no effect on us.

THE LONG VERSION: Somewhat more complicated.

When we moved here 13 years ago, we bought a house in the Sierra foothills, about ten miles from, and 1,500 feet higher than Chico. It was the place in the country I always wanted. Five acres, a great home, and a spectacular view that looked over a huge vineyard, then the lights of Chico at night, and forty miles further, the snow-capped coastal mountain range that separates the northern California valley from the Pacific ocean. Two years ago, we decided to leave my dream home and move into town, mostly because I simply couldn’t keep up with five partially-landscaped acres any more, and we needed to be nearer healthcare resources. Sad, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

Well, that turned out to be a really good idea. The Camp Fire (way too benignly-named for such a Hell-on-earth phenomenon) turned that house into a smoldering pile of rubble, along with the homes of many of our old neighbors who are still friends. Our previous next door neighbors, who are still our best friends in California, lost their home as well. They’re on vacation in Australia. We’re keeping their dog, and Victoria is now busy clearing out a couple of rooms for them when they get back next weekend. They have no place to stay in Chico.

I should note that our new neighborhood is filling up with refugees from Paradise, CA. The folks directly across the street have taken in 4 people who are suddenly homeless. There are RVs parked everywhere. I can’t describe how bad I feel for all those folks.

It is the worst fire in California history. If you’ve been watching it on television, it’s way worse than it looks from a distance. Paradise, a great little town of 30,000 people, is about 25 miles from here as the crow flies. Fully 90% of the homes in that town have been completely destroyed, and many of the few that are left are badly damaged. 120 businesses burned to the ground, along with both hospitals and all the schools. Some of the dead were trapped and burned alive in their cars trying to escape. For all practical purposes, the town has been wiped off the map. I don’t see how it will be possible for all those people to rebuild.

Pray for California.
Richard N. Tooker

Aubrey Stringer was featured on the front page of the local section of Waco’s newspaper on  November 18, 2018, regarding his sawmill in Valley Mills, Texas. As you know, Chip and JoAnna Gaines of “Fixer Upper” have made Aubrey a familiar name all over the USA.  So….all credits of this month’s Show and Tell go to the Waco Tribune Herald article by Mike Copeland.  Read the article.

December Birthdays

9 & 10-  Sondi Nelson Pace
13-  Jerry Causey
14-  Peggy Wake Thyfault
16-  Chinky Johnson
24-  Howell Johnson
26-  Howard Dudgeon & Joan Beaty Settle
28-  Gayla Miller Webb
31-  Elizabeth Bentley & Gwen Ewing Hodges

Pictures

Tommye Ruth (Blair) Toler recently returned from a trip to Taos, NM.Here are some of the changing colors in that area.

Blast From The Past

Finally …

Here’s wishing everyone peace, good health and contentment in this Christmas Season.  Enjoy the holidays to the fullest w with your loved ones. Stay safe and healthy, and make some happy memories.

SPECIAL EDITION – 58th Class Reunion

We certainly had a good time celebrating our 58th class reunion.  We missed all of you who were not able to make it.

A big, big thanks to Tim Lasseter Latta (our fearless leader), Malissa Starnes Baugh (our co-leader and one who continues to bless us with her organizational skills- name tags, keeping up with registration, all the money and our head-count, paying all the bills, ordering the cakes, napkins, etc.),  Howard Dudgeon (furnishing us with the Memorial Books of our dearly departed graduates) and Janet Hurta (our adopted graduate and wife of Glen Hurta who has kept our directory for more years than I can remember).  Special Thanks goes to Gayla Miller Webb and Linda Phelps McKee (who both have been responsible for our decorations for what must be every single reunion we have ever had and to David McPhail, Karen Shinault and all those who were on the telephone committee:  you did an awesome job!!  Without each of these folks, our reunion would not be what I have heard some folks say:  the “best reunion we have ever had”.  It takes a village….and unless you have ever worked on the reunion, you have no idea just how demanding it is.

A cold front came through Waco with rain….a lot or rain…. so much rain that golf was rained out.  Although the weather was cold and damp outside, inside the Phoenix room our graduates were wrapped in the warmth of love and friendship, reliving times when all of us were young and carefree.   Folks came as far away as from Buffalo NY,  Florence SC, Paris TN, New Mexico (5 different graduates from NM), Louisiana, and Indiana.

The food was wonderful, Ralph Sparks (class of WHS 59) entertained us with oldies on his keyboard, and the camaraderie of all was unsurpassed.  I could not believe that so many 76 year-olds could get out on the dancefloor and “cut a rug” as they did.  Ralph was supposed to play for about 15 minutes or so….but popular demand turned that into one hour.  In our hearts it was like we were once again enjoying our teen-aged classmates at a sock hop.  Sweet memories.

There are several who want a 60th reunion—especially since we are the class of ’60.  However, there is no leader so if you want a final reunion, someone is going to have to step up to the plate and organize it.  Otherwise, the 58th was our final hoorah.

Again, so glad to have seen everyone and so sorry we missed you if you were unable to make it.  Robert “Little Red” Wilson, has his take on the reunion which is in the comments sections.  Robert has always been so great to bless us and our food each and every time we meet.  It is only fitting for him to close this special edition with his AMEN.

Waco Town Crier – November 2018

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on October 30, 2018.

From Our Fearless Leader

What a fabulous time we all had at the 58th Reunion, even spouses who may have been pressured to attend. We had approximately 120 in attendance with some cancelling due to illness and some didn’t want to brave the less than perfect driving conditions.

The first night we met at The Phoenix Ballroom for delicious hors d’oeuvres and wonderful cookies collected by our resident cookie lady, Linda Phelps McKee. The table centerpieces were models of classic cars from our high school days filled with bright papers and candy. Malissa Starnes Baugh made sure there were WHS napkins and Spirit of Waco song sheets at every place. Pat Malone led us in our school song and Robert “Little Red” Wilson blessed us and our dinner. He gave thanks for us being there and prayed for our ill classmates. One of them, Aubrey Stringer, who had never missed a reunion, was in the hospital having surgery. Thankfully, the outcome is good.

The caterer, Danny at TCP catering, prepared some delicious food including shrimp and outstanding pork loin sandwiches. Lots of visiting, catching up and picture taking going on. Thanks very much to all the people who acted as greeters and registrars. We had a better reunion because of you.

Golf the next day was cancelled as Cottonwood Creek Golf Course was under water. Not really, but close.
Brunch was fun and delicious. More visiting and more picture taking. A couple of people came for the brunch only, Karon Shinault being one of them. Karon was a part of David McPhail‘s calling team, a huge part. She went above and beyond with her calling duties, and we are all grateful to her. The calling team, led by David, was directly responsible for the attendance we enjoyed. He took up the challenge started by Bob Easter and ran with it. David was a wonderful and hardworking phone chairman. We owe David and his callers a debt of gratitude for their hours on the phone.

Wednesday evening brought some new faces to the reunion. Our caterer, Danny of TCP Catering, came through for us again. The buffet dinner was delicious, and the cakes that Malissa Starnes Baugh designed for us were scrumptious. A part of the program had Howard Dudgeon reading the names of classmates we miss because they have passed on. Howard is so faithful to keep albums of our deceased classmates, many of whom left us way too soon. Tim Lasseter Latta who headed up the reunion thanked several people, the most important of whom was Malissa Starnes Baugh, the CEO, without whom the reunion would have been so lame. We thank her over and over. Gayla Miller and Linda McKee did a stellar job on the decorations, including changing them between Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. We thank them so much. Linda McKee was the Cookie Lady again this year. Yum!! Robert “Little Red” Wilson led the prayers on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Billy Markham was kind enough to bless the brunch, and Pat Malone with the beautiful voice led us in Spirit of Waco at all three gatherings. Everyone sang!

And now comes Janet Hurta, wife of Glenn, not even an actual member of our class, who year after year, kept up with us all and provided the information for the directory. She is certainly an honorary member, and we thank her for all of her great work over the years. Ralph Sparks, Class of ’59, husband of our own Kay Phillips Sparks, set up his keyboard and played oldies for our dancing pleasure, and dance we did. David and Janie McPhail are still in great form, Ken and Scoot Baker floated across the floor along with many more people dancing than we expected. Bob and Carolyn Easter and Little Red along with quite a few others, could not resist Ralph’s dulcet tones and nimble fingers on the keyboard.

Mostly, we want to thank everyone who attended, many from over a thousand miles away. It was so good to see Vince Tulsa and his wife from Paris, Tennessee; James Coone and his wife from Williamsville, NY; David Dibb and his wife from Florence, SC; Beverly Murphy Wells from Camby, IN; Rod Sommer and wife from Covington, LA; and from New Mexico: Steve Brown (Alto), Susan Harkness Hill (Edgewood), Jim Maxwell (Santa Fe), Babz Wester Muster (Ruidoso), and Sandra Wooten Overholser (Albuquerque.).

What a wonderful group of people we have in our class. For those of you who could not come, you were sorely missed. Here’s hoping we have a 60th.

Show and Tell – Janice (Player) Howell

This month features Janice (Player) Howell, another great! As you know, Janice is one of the “Player twins” (Janice and Joyce). Janice has had exhibits in Santa Fe, Dallas, Plano, Richardson, Albuquerque, and Denison. She has done many commissions, plus she teaches art in Colorado in the summer. Janice said that she has been painting for about 20 years. When she wanted to renew her creative side, the yen first began as a hobby after taking a college class course at night while she was still a State Farm agent during the day. Several classes later, Janice started hanging her paintings in her office and clients would ask if she sold them. Well, she decided to do so … and an artist was born.  She commenced to take many other painting classes in interesting places such as Spain, France, Italy and Mexico. She painted what she “felt” about the places she visited.

One of Janice’s teachers encouraged her to enter her works in competitions. Janice said it was only then that she discovered she had talent as she received over 20 awards in these competitions. Janice had a friend take her portfolio to Santa Fe, NM and the gallery owner there was so impressed with her work that she called Janice the next day. This became the beginning of what evolved into “one person shows” for the next 12 years at the Santa Fe gallery. She has been published in many magazines: Southwest Art, Watercolor Magic, Inside Santa Fe, Focus Santa Fe, and she made the cover of the DFW Art magazine. Janice said she chooses her subjects from things that give her joy…–travel, flowers, music,– in other words, the beauty of her surroundings and whatever her artistic eye sees. Her paintings are abstract impression in style. Janice’s summation of her talent: “It has been a fun exciting journey that I was fortunate to have.”

The photos below are some examples of Janice’s work. The first two pictures hang in her twin sister’s house. The other pictures are of Janice’s cityscapes, a musician, flowers, Aspen trees, and an elk. Also new is a photo of a ceramic angel she did.

November Birthdays


3- Jim Monnig,
Sissie (Blair) Shandalow
6- Barbara (Brunett) Hunt
Gary Roberts
7- Gene Carson
12- Carolyn (Wolf) Lloyd
18- Bob Easter
27- Nena (Hunt) Wallace

Pictures

Bev (Murphy) Wells has just returned from a trip of a lifetime! For her 76th birthday, her son merely told her to “pack a bag”. He made all the arrangements for this trip to Paris, Belgium, Amsterdam, Cologne Germany, Prague Czech, Vienna Austria and Munich Germany (for Octoberfest). She only returned home to Indiana on October 9th and then turned right around and headed to Waco for the reunion.
In the two pictures below, she reports: “Bonjour” and “Goede Dag.”

Paris, France Belgium

Steve Martin and Marty Short recently performed at WinStar Casino in Oklahoma. If you remember, Jack Martin was a first cousin to Steve. When Jack was alive, he and I had gotten tickets to attend.  Jack was with us ‘in spirit’, but after the show the first cousins and I got to visit with Steve backstage. It was a wonderful show and I encourage you to see it should you get the chance. I still miss watching Steve on Saturday Night Live playing the “wild and crazy guy.”

Steve Martin and Jeanne Harman The first cousins – Brenda Martin Jantz, Steve Martin, John Martin (Class of WHS 1962 and brother to Jack Martin)

If you were wondering why Russell Keeling was not at the reunion, here is the reason: Russ and his wife, Lloy, decided to celebrate their anniversary with an Alaskan cruise. Russ said he missed seeing all the graduates but this trip was one they did not want to pass up.

Eating crab in Ketchikan Glacier Bay (brrr) Formal Night

Waco Town Crier – October 2018

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on September 26, 2018.

From Our Fearless Leader

“Greetings to all of our WHS Class of 60 classmates. The countdown has begun. In less than a month, we will gather at the mothership (aka The Phoenix Ballroom) for our 58th class reunion. The excitement is building and the plans are final. There is still time to register, but it’s running out. If you still need a registration form, please let me know by phone or text (817-600-4734) and you do text, don’t you? Email Malissa Starnes Baugh or call (254-217-2918).

Malissa has been working so hard on name badges so that we will be able to identify each other! This is a huge group endeavor. Please join us for fun, news of friends and a stroll down memory lane.

Looking so forward to seeing each and every one of you.”
Tim Lasseter Latta

From Our Graduates

“It was wonderful to hear from Asa. She’s had a full and rewarding life. I admire all that she’s done.

It was great to hear from some of our classmates. Sondi, you are very talented. Thanks for sharing about your talent with us. Maybe you could share more with us if you sent a video or recording. How about it? I’d love to hear you play.

I’m looking forward to our 58th reunion. It may just be the last time we are all together at our ages and with our disabilities. I am blessed to be in surprisingly good shape for an old woman! 😊 I pray for all of you who are struggling with hardships. May you each find healing, peace, comfort, and strength.”
Tommye Blair Toler

“Our daughter, Lana, could use some prayers. She was in a car wreck, not her fault, and broke her arm above the wrist and the air bag seems to have caused her hearing to sound like a tunnel. This could be temp or permanent. Please pray for healing and return her hearing. Her arm is healing after surgery. She will be off work 3 to 4 months.”
Sandra Wooten Overholser

“Mickey (Lade) Perkins is in HEB HOSPITAL Room 203 due to pain under rib cage since Thursday night. (Sept 20). They have not been told from what source or when she will be released to return home. She does need our prayers.”
Phyllis Brook

“I will not be attending this year due to some pre-scheduled tests and doctor appointments and am sorry I cannot come to visit everyone.. Hopefully will be able to attend for the next one.”
Jeannie Dickerson

Regarding Hurricane Florence

“We were stationed in Raleigh NC, and we never had anything like that while we were there. We visited most of those coastal areas while there—and they were beautiful, with amazing beaches.”
Clara Sue (Griffis) Arnsdorff

Update on Massey Foundation

Formed by Jan Massey’s family, in accordance with her wishes

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Show and Tell

It is my distinct honor to recognize Jim Woodson this month. I cannot begin to tell you the talent that this man possesses; therefore, I am going to let his website do the job for me.

After graduating from Waco High, Jim obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, 1965 with a major in painting. In 1967, earned a Master of Fine Arts degree, major in painting, from The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas. Currently, Jim is Professor Emeritus of Art, Texas Christian University after having taught there for 39 years. Jim spends a lot of his time in New Mexico where he gets a lot of his inspirations.

Jim’s resume is absolutely mind-boggling! Give yourself plenty of time to check out his website. One of the most interesting things I learned in doing my research on Jim was the fact that he was one of the three private instructors for President George Bush when the President decided to try his hand at painting. The whole interview with all three instructors is at this link. It is an hour-long interview but I found it to be most interesting and it explains the part that Jim played in Bush’s artistic growth.

Jim sent me a picture of a portrait which he painted from a photograph of President Bush. I have included it with a few examples of Jim’s work. Jim explains that he is not a portrait painter (landscapes are his forte) but just how many times have you seen that little grin on the face of George Bush? I think Jim nailed it, don’t you? Jim told me that President George Bush included this portrait in an exhibition that was held to introduce Bush’s portraits of wounded warriors.

A TCU magazine in 2013 had a very good article about Jim. It mentioned that Laura Bush owns a Jim Woodson painting. The article also mentioned some of Jim’s life in Waco and beyond. You can read the whole TCU article at this link.

In the Ft. Worth, Texas Magazine in 2016, an article on Jim states that he was appointed Texas State Artist of the Year (2D) by the Texas State Legislature and the Texas Commission on the Arts. This designation is the state’s highest recognition for excellence in the arts. That article can be read here.

Jim’s life has surely been diversified, rewarding, and interesting. Jim says that “his health has been pretty good and his life has also been good.” Just like all of us, Jim wonders, “where has the time gone?” Now, go grab yourself a cup of coffee or a coke, sit back for a bit or a long time, and absorb yourself in the talent of our very own WHS 1960 graduate.

6- Randy Farrar
7- Gregory Howell
9- Marvin Schutza
15- Betty Barkley Flowers
16- Charles Edward Wilson
17- LuAnn Hanna Lund
Beverly Summey Gritter
18- John Ferguson
David Walsworth
21- Ken Baker
26- Anitra Harrell Henrion
29- Tim Lasseter Latta

Pictures


A “blast from the past” photograph. Tommye Ruth Blair Toler, on the right, recently found this picture taken in 1962 when she was a student nurse. You will recall she retired from nursing in 2005.

 

 

 

John and Tim Lasseter Latta have recently returned from vacationing in Big Bend. They visited the McDonald Observatory, hiked and were awed by the Chisos Mountains. Tim said they saw three bears up close (yikes!). They are already anxious to return. When they lived in California one of their favorite haunts was Yellowstone so I imagine they will become more and more familiar with Big Bend, but hopefully, not with the bears.

Waco Town Crier – September 2018

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on September 1, 2018.

FELLOW GRADUATES– COULD THIS BE OUR LAST REUNION ?????

In trying to locate different graduates for the reunion, the callers have learned that several in our class have health issues. Some are in nursing homes while others remain at home with somewhat disabling health issues. Also, the callers are finding out that many of our graduates’ spouses are ill with issues that hinder or make it impossible for them to attend the reunion. As I have said before: If you are able to get up each morning without too much pain, can dress yourself and tend to your daily needs, you possess the greatest of wealth- HEALTH. Count your blessings if you are one of the fortunate ones and remember those who are not so lucky.

If you are one of the fortunate ones…..please make your plans to attend our 58th reunion, October 16, 17th. It very well could be our last. Hopefully, we the class of 1960, will have a 60th reunion, but due to all the health issues mentioned in the first paragraph, this 58th reunion might be the end of the road for our class reunions. Therefore, make plans to come to Waco and help ‘turn the lights on’ with us and celebrate our long-ago friendships. There may be some in attendance with whom you did not know or did not know well in high school. If that is the case (because our class was large), remember that it is never too late to make new friendships! Our class has always remained especially close with one another and we always seem to astonish others with our closely-knit ties to each other. Do not let the class of WHS 1960 ‘turn the lights off’ without you! Click on the attached registration form and mail to Malissa. SEE YOU THERE!

It is important to be familiar with our Website: www.whs60.org Our directory is on the website so anytime you need an address for a graduate, you are able to go there for the information. Elizabeth Bentley is doing a fantastic job of keeping our site current. A big THANKS goes to Pat Payne for his financial support of the site and another big THANKS to Janet Hurta who keeps our directory current. We have the opportunity to contact a graduate from our on-line directory because of the information Janet maintains. Please read the following correspondence below to see just how far away our website is enjoyed—about 4,984 miles away!!!

From Our Graduates

From Åsa (Söderberg) Holmstrand:
“Hi, ya’ll,
This is an update from Sweden. I’ve followed this homepage for many years and am sad to find that so many of my friends from miss Mattie Bess Coffield’s debate class are gone. Jan Herring and Carlton Harrell, Mignon Furqueron Rodrigues, Hariadne Johnson. We had so much fun in class and on debate tournaments. Glad to see that others are still here like my team mate Betty Barkley. Also a special ‘hi’ to David Pettus, my prom date.
I am a graduate (history and English) of Uppsala university (founded 1477), Been married and have a son who also has been an exchange student in the US. Switched career after divorce and got a degree in physiotherapy. Miss Coffield’s Speech class contributed to that I became President of the Swedish Association of PTs and a member of the board of World Confederation for Physical therapy. I still consider the year I spent at WHS as the most influential in my life though I have worked or studied in France, Germany, Israel, Austria and Spain when I was young. I retired in 2004 but have remained an eternal student which is easy when living in a university town. All higher studies are free in Sweden.
I have been to the US on business (DC) but never made it back to Texas. Will see in 2020. Hope to see you then!
Åsa Holmstrand née Söderberg
PS Directory correction, please. Souad Khoury was not an exchange student from Sweden. She was from Syria and lived with her aunt in Waco. I hope she stayed in the US knowing the fate of her native country.”

From Rik Spencer on a recent tumble:
“I stumbled over the curb while on the way to get the morning papers, couldn’t keep my balance & took a header. Landed on my face & left side. Ended up with a concussion & bruised (subcapsular hematoma) kidney. Trauma surgeon told me I couldn’t do anything involving bending, twisting or lifting for 6 weeks, & now all I think about is playing golf! He thought my body would dissolve the clot over time. Still am weak, but at least Judy is letting me go to the mail box on my own again & get the papers & mail. Recovering slowly. Getting a little better & stronger every day, but don’t think we’ll be up for a long October drive. Will plan for ’20. Thanks for caring & God Bless!”
Rik

From David Pettus regarding the rains from Hurricane Lane on the big island of Hawaii:
“We are okay. Thanks for asking. Hurricane Lane is still hanging around our part of the Pacific; but the winds have never gotten too strong in our neck of the woods, although we have received a tremendous amount of rain. Fortunately, our house sits on a hilltop, so we are ‘high and dry.’ It has been an extremely wet year in our district, in fact. We have had more rainy days then sunny ones in 2018 so far. However, the island has so many different microclimates that it takes only a little while to drive to a sunny spot if we want to enjoy some blue skies and sunshine. So far, so good…
We send greetings to all the classmates. Might see you in 2020…”
In gratefulness,
Dave

From Dick Tooker regarding the fires in California:
“There were a few small (one-day) fires fairly close to where we live in Chico, CA, but the big ones were elsewhere. The nearest one was the Carr fire in Redding, 70 miles north of us. When we first moved here, we lived in the country outside of town, but we moved into town a couple of years ago. One of the reasons we moved was the fear of fire potential (another reason was rattlesnakes). Where we live now, the nearest tree line that could create a fire danger like they saw in Redding this year is a good 2-3 miles away. We’ve had smoke- lots and lots of smoke. There’s no fire here, but you can surely tell that northern California has been ablaze. Most days the sun looks blood red until it gets high in the sky.
So we’ll be OK. We’re out of the fire zone, and there are no earthquakes or mudslides in this part of California. Plus, we’re way too far inland to worry about hurricanes. We leave the tornados to Texas and Oklahoma – none of those here.
But of course, Mt. Lassen, a semi-dormant volcano only 60 miles away that historically explodes violently every 1,500 years, last blew up 1,600 years ago…..”
Richard N. Tooker

From Bob Easter who shared a dream with Malissa, David McPhail, Tim, and me:
“I had the most wonderful dream last night (8-27-2018) about our upcoming reunion and wanted to share it with you. It was a long, beautiful dream full of laughter, hugs, and fun. I was surprised at how large it was in attendance. Some of the conversations in the dream were memory making and I just wanted to hold on to the scenes this morning. We all have dreams we do not want to end while we are sleeping. This one stirred such great emotions and had me remembering treasures of memories from so long ago. I truly love to see and visit with classmates at reunions and this dream helped me once again realize how far we have traveled together. Sure, we are old, our health is defining, but our smiles, laughter, and memories are precious to each of us. I could care less about our shapes, walks, and looks today. It is the sound of voices, smiles and touches from an old friend that I want to take into any future tomorrows. I want to be with each person to let them know how they helped shaped me as a person by their words, deeds, and time and to let them know they are so important. Reunions are more, much more than remembering WHS days. Leaving a reunion is bitter sweet. We all know we may never see our friends again, but we know we get to carry home more treasured memories.”
May you be blessed today.
Bob

From Mickey Lavy:
This Month’s Riddle: TAFKAP What does this stand for?
Mickey said you can respond to him by email. Answer will be posted next month.

Aubrey Stringer
As you are aware, Aubrey does a lot of work for Chip and Joanna Gaines. An interesting article about Aubrey is featured in the Fall 2018 of Magnolia Journal which is on display until November 13th.

 

 

 

 

Reminder

Our Quarterly Luncheon will be at 11:30 am on Thursday, September 13th at Casa de Castillo. Contact Sissy Blair.

 

 

 

Feedback on Sondi (Nelson) Pace’s Talent

“I enjoyed the newsletter so much—especially the piece on Sondi…..what a joy to know that her gift has been shared all these years. I wish I had continued my piano after my grandmother was unable to teach me….but, as with most kids, I didn’t want the bother of practice. Now I sit at the piano and can still play a bit—but just envy those who continue to study and learn music.”
Clara Sue (Griffis) Arnsdorff

“I never knew Sondi played the violin!”
Betty (Luedeker) Gatlin

“I wish we could hear Sondi play her violin. She looks great. Tell her to send us something to listen to.”
Linda (Shelby) Lyons

September Birthdays

3- George Compton
6- Shirley ‘Joy’ (Rogers) Keele
9- Mary Beth (Cash) McMahon,
Jenny (Easter) Miles
12- Linda (Shelby) Lyons
15- Bev (Murphy) Wells
26- Dana (Sauer) Keifer

Show and Tell – Tommye Ruth (Blair) Toler

This month features Tommye Ruth (Blair) Toler. Tommye said she does not know if her “hobby” can be called a talent but for the last few years she has been painting clay pots and cement figures.

Tommye’s profession was that of a Registered Nurse. It was a most enjoyable and rewarding profession. Tommye explained that her desire to become a nurse was instilled in her back during West Junior High School days when she signed up for a Future Nurses Club at Providence Hospital. Members met every Saturday morning and were taught a few basic procedures and terminology before they started doing volunteer work after school– 2 or 3 afternoons a week. These members primarily ran errands and visited with patients. Tommye was assigned to Crippled Children’s Hospital which was a part of Providence Hospital at that time.

During Tommye’s years at Waco High School, she worked as a nurse’s aide at Hillcrest Hospital. She applied and was accepted to Providence Hospital School of Nursing; however, just after high school graduation, this school was closed. Tommye then visited Temple Scott and White Hospital nursing school and knew this was where she wanted to attend. Prior to her enrollment there she was required to take college courses in English, Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, and Sociology. After completing these requirements at Baylor University, she enrolled at Scott and White Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and graduated in February 1963.

After graduation Tommye worked in several different areas of nursing until 1968 when she went to work at Providence Hospital in their operating room. Tommye said the OR room had always been her favorite while in nursing school. She was working at Providence in Waco when the first heart program began and when the first open-heart surgery was performed. She also helped with joint replacement surgery. All of this was an exciting time for Tommye. In 1982, she felt she needed a change, so she went to work for Neurosurgical Associates, the office of three neurosurgeons. She stayed there until 1995. Her next ten years were spent at Hillcrest Hospital in their day surgery unit, the Surgicenter. She retired in 2005.

In retirement Tommye still wanted to stay busy so she and her dog, Freckles, (an Australian Shepherd) went to Lake Waco/Lake Air Montessori regularly and visited with the special needs students. Tommye and Freckles also visited nursing/retirement facilities. Freckles died in 2014. Tommye volunteered at Caritas for a short time and did a lot of work for her church, Lake Shore United Methodist. Tommye has a daughter, Robin Shaw, who is a realtor in Waco. Robin and her husband live in Woodway. Tommye does not have any grandchildren but does have a grand dog. Tommye likes to travel and has visited four of the Hawaiian Islands, Alaska, and lots of places in the continental USA.

A few years ago Tommye had a friend who planned to give away some clay pots that were not looking too good. Because of Tommye’s interest in painting, she asked if she could paint them in hopes to refurbish them. That was the beginning of a new hobby. Since that time, Tommye has painted lots of clay pots and cement animals for her yard and for friends. Tommy said that clay, if not glazed, absorbs the acrylic paint well and also holds the color. I think you can see that Tommye lets no grass grow under her feet. I also believe that her “hobby”
shows a definite talent. See what you think. And Tommye….thanks for your dedication to your patients and your profession. We, as seniors, are finding out first-hand the importance of a great nurse!

List of Reunion Attendees

Ken and Scoot Baker
Lynette (Muchow) and Jarod Baugh
Malissa (Starnes) and Rex Baugh
Louann Hilton Brady
Jeanell (Buida) and Alexandra (daughter) Bolton
Crozier Brown
Rita (Coates) and Ed Burnett
Gene and JoAnn Carson
*Tom and Thylis Chambless (Tuesday evening only)
*George Compton (Tuesday evening only)
James and Gia Coone
David and Anita Dibb
Howard Dudgeon and guest
Bob and Carolyn Easter
*Janice Massengale Foster (Tuesday and Wednesday evenings)
Betty Luedeker Gatlin
Jeanne Holland Harman
*Anitra Harrell Henrion (Tuesday evening and Brunch only)
Kay Albright Hofer
*Sue (Welborn) and Bobby Hopper (Wednesday Brunch and evening)
*Karon Shinault Jackson (Brunch only)
*Hal Johnson (Tuesday evening and Wednesday Brunch)
George and Glenda Karahal
Charlotte Suttle Kleibrink
*Cathey White Land (Tuesday evening and Brunch only)
Tim Lasseter Latta
*Mickey and Melody Lavy (Wednesday Brunch and evening only)
Pat and Carol Malone
Bill and Jeanette Markum
Dorothy Bryan McCook
Linda (Phelps) and James McKee
Mary Beth (Cash) and Don McMahon
David and Janie McPhail
*Jim Monnig (Wednesday Brunch and evening only)
John (Moon) Mullen and Guest
Judith Hamff Murphy

*Frank Neel (Wednesday night and maybe Brunch)
Sandra (Wooten) and Don Overholser
David Peeples
Mickey (Lade) and John Perkins
*Terrell Reagan (Wednesday evening only)
*Joe Riley (Tuesday evening and Brunch only)
*Gary and Donna Roberts (Donna-Brunch only)
*David and Lesley Rosen (Tuesday evening only)
Christian Ruebeck
Carol Adams Scarborough
Suzann Bettencourt Scott (cousin of Carolyn Taylor, Class of ’61)
Rod and Cheri Sommer
Norma (Cissell) and Wayne Smith
Kay (Phillips) and Ralph Sparks
Carolyn Taylor (Rayburn)
Tommie Ruth (Blair) Toler
Vince and Betty Tusa
Nena (Hunt) and Bob Wallace
*Mary Ann (Shilling) Watt (Brunch only)
Bev Murphy Wells
*Charles and Apala Wilson (Wednesday evening only)
Robert (Little Red) Wilson
*SuEllen (Golden) and John Wilson (Wednesday evening only)

Waco Town Crier – August 2018

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on August 1, 2018.

Upcoming Reunion

I sincerely hope you will plan to come to the reunion. We are getting older every day and cannot be sure we will have the chance to visit with graduates again. The event is only about 2 months away. Get on board and register. Here’s the registration form. Malissa awaits!

Please help if you have any information on these graduates:
Contact: Bob Easter or Malissa (Starnes) Baugh

Grover & Sandra Rogers
Linda Ann Bailey Embry
Marian Lee Barnes Carson
Donald Allen Cook
Linda Marie Davis Rachui
Carole Fisher Clingman
M. Louann Hanna Lund
Bobby Hurst
Malachi J. Kelley
Anna Louise Logan
C. Tom Lowrey
Gerry Anne Parke Markham
Maxcine Reppold Moss
Mary Ann Scott Honea
Doris Virginia Thrasher Gamboa
Douglas Harris
Leland Howard
Mary Pact Hogan
Ellen Conway Buckner
Guy Mitchell Collins, Jr
David Haferkamp-
Linda Lord Gentry
Linda Davis Rachui
Zeda Cosper Hopkins
Eugene Gaisser
John Danzeiser

Early Birds who have already registered:

Ken and Scoot Baker
Lynette (Muchow) and Jarod Baugh
Malissa (Starnes) and Rex Baugh
Louann Hilton Brady
Rita (Coates) and Ed Burnett
Gene and JoAnn Carson
James and Gia Coone
Howard Dudgeon
Bob and Carolyn Easter
Janice Massengale Foster
(Tuesday and Wednesday evenings)
Betty Luedeker Gatlin
Jeanne Holland Harman
Anitra Harrell Henrion
(Tuesday evening and Brunch only)
Kay Albright Hofer
Karon Shinault Jackson
(Brunch only)
George and Glenda Karahal
Charlotte Suttle Kleibrink
Cathey White Land
(Tuesday evening and Brunch only)
Tim Lasseter Latta
Mickey and Melody Lavy
(Wednesday Brunch and evening only)
Pat and Carol Malone
Bill and Jeanette Markum
Dorothy Bryan McCook
Linda (Phelps) and James McKee
Mary Beth (Cash) and Don McMahon
David and Janie McPhail
Jim Monnig
(Wednesday Brunch and evening only)
John (Moon) Mullen and Guest
Judith Hamff Murphy
Sandra (Wooten) and Don Overholser
David Peeples
Gary and Donna Roberts
(Donna Brunch only)
Terrell Reagan
(Wednesday evening only)
David and Lesley Rosen
(Tuesday evening only)
Christian Ruebeck
Norma (Cissell) and Wayne Smith
Rod and Cheri Sommer
Kay (Phillips) and Ralph Sparks
Carolyn Taylor (Rayburn)
Tommie Ruth (Blair) Toler
Vince and Betty Tusa
Nena (Hunt) and Bob Wallace
Mary Ann (Shilling) Watt
(Brunch only)
Bev Murphy Wells
Robert (Little Red) Wilson
SuEllen (Golden) and John Wilson
(Wednesday evening only)

From Our Graduates

Last month, Mickey Lavy asked: “Why is there air?”
Answer: In 1965 Bill Cosby (not yet on TV) proclaimed that, There’s air to blow up volley balls, there’s air to blow up basketballs.”

**Side note from the editor: “Hmmm- my guess would have been: So the politicians could speak– since they all seem to be full of nothing but hot air.”

Updates

Bob Easter fell on Thursday afternoon July 12th, hit his head, had a concussion, and eventually had to get a pacemaker. Here is his account of the incident:
“After falling and not having any knowledge of the fall, I stayed in ER for 18 hours, lots of tests for bleeding brain and then decision to install pacemaker to prevent future falls. Saturday morning, July 14, Dr. David Kessler installed a pacemaker. Went home Saturday afternoon. Felt drained emotionally and physically. Not ready to go dancing if you know what I mean. The only issue is my head where I fell. It is still tender and has a raised area. That will go down soon. Carolyn is telling everyone ‘See I told you he was hardheaded.’

“I am taking it easy and plan to watch the recovery time carefully. I also know the emotional part of the head injury will resolve, as little things seem to bother me.

“Now, go tell someone you love them, not at a glance but look them in the eyes and say it slowly. We all need tender loving care. Thank you for your love and concern.”

August Birthdays


3- Angie (Plemons) Lehman
4- LouAnn (Hilton) Brady
9- Mary Frances Rodriquez
19- Dill Bailey
21- Charlotte (Suttle) Kleibrink
22- Pat (McGlaughn) Dooley
27- Bonnie (Burson) Chapman
29- Aubrey Stringer

Show and Tell – Sondi (Nelson) Pace

I began playing the violin in 1950 when we still lived in Kansas. Upon moving to Waco in 1952, I continued lessons and training, and was fortunate to play regularly at Austin Avenue Methodist Church and 2nd chair with the Waco Symphony during my teenage years. After taking a bit of time off during college and child-bearing years, I began playing again with our church orchestra, First Baptist of Richardson, and continued for 30 years. We were blessed with the opportunity to present The Easter Story to the community for all this time, to play at the Myers Concert Hall in Dallas, and to tour Germany, Austria and Switzerland in 1990 playing concerts.

When we moved to Fairview (near McKinney), I was privileged to play with their church orchestra for many years. Following that, I played with the Dallas Praise Orchestra all around the Metroplex area. My involvement now is mainly “fiddling” with the tiny country church near our lake cabin in Oklahoma.

Other highlights of my life have been the opportunity of working with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for 24 years, serving in the Dallas, Regional and State offices, doing event planning for hundreds of athletes, supporters and staff, and serving on their National Board of Directors. I was also wedding coordinator for our church for several years, was involved in Camp Fire for over 50 years, working with kids and including service on the Local and National Boards of Directors.

We are the proud parents of two lovely daughters and four grandchildren … the oldest two grandsons are married and living in Nashville and NW Arkansas. Our granddaughter is married to an Irving police officer and teaching 4th grade in Mansfield. Youngest grandson is attending SFA in Nacogdoches and playing baseball.

Ray (class of ’59) and I have been blessed beyond belief … have travelled extensively and, on August 18, will celebrate 56 years of adventure! (58 years if you count the two years we dated and were engaged.)

Would love to list all of the Waco friends from the classes of ’59, ’60 and ’61 who meant so much to us, but am sure I would leave someone out. So to all of you: thanks for the memories and God bless!

Pictures

What a difference 70 years makes. Below is a picture of 1st grade – Ms. Bailey’s room- at Dean-Highland Elementary. Aubrey Stringer and Linda Shelby started first grade together in 1948. Aubrey is 4th from the left on the top row. Linda is 3rd from the left on the middle row.


(Can you recognize any of the others? Hint: Marvin Schutza, Vic Anderson, Rayburn Taylor, Poppy Early, Susan Stringer, Melissa Snell, Bobby Willingham, Malissa Starnes, Sharon McCarthy, Crozier Brown)

This new picture was taken a few days ago on July 29, 2018 — some 70 years later. Aubrey and Linda have not changed very much in all those years, have they?

“Make new friends but keep the old…
One is silver, the other is gold.”

Waco Town Crier – June 2018

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on May 1, 2018.

58th REUNION

The Waco High Class of 1960 58th Reunion Registration Form is attached. Do not be the last one to respond….Malissa is wanting to hear from you!

FROM OUR GRADUATES

From Judith (Hamff) Murphy:
“Here’s some feedback for my fellow traveling classmates. I made a reservation on-line for the Indigo Hotel. A couple of weeks later I decided I’d check-in with the hotel by phone so that I’m included with the WHS 60 group. There’s a savings of about $75 for the two nights with the group discount.
Thanks to the organizing committee for negotiating this discount! Looking forward to seeing you and the rest of our classmates in October.”

Regarding the safety of David Pettus with the Hawaiian volcanic issues:

“Glad to hear this. Was thinking of him.”
Janell (Buida) Bolton

“Glad all is well with them.”
Tommye Ruth (Blair) Toler

“That’s good news! It looks really bad on television. Thanks for keeping us posted on our classmates’ status. Blessings,”
Kay (Albright) Hofer

Latest word from David Pettus regarding the volcano (May 15, 2018):
“Aloha Jeanne,

“Mahalo for you interest, and aloha to all the classmates!

“Below you will see this morning’s update from the Volcano Observatory. It includes links to sources of information and video footage, and there is even a link to subscribe to these updates if anyone would like to stay current. Fortunately, we can still report that everything is calm in our neck of the woods. We live about 5 miles from Honoka`a, in the Hamakua District, on the oldest and most geologically “settled – down” part of the Big Island, so our location is very fortunate. In addition, the prevailing winds (which come from the East and are called “Tradewinds” because they brought trade from the mainland) are blowing the smoke away from our direction. We have still not seen any smoke or lava except on television. Keeping our fingers crossed, with concern for the many people who have lost their homes about 75 miles south of us. Some geologists say there could be a significantly larger event in the near future, and this could be of concern to us; however, for now we are just counting our blessings.

“In Gratefulness,”
Sherry and Dave Pettus
Honokaa, HI

HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY STATUS REPORT
U.S. Geological Survey
Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 9:41 AM HST (Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 19:41 UTC)

KILAUEA VOLCANO (VNUM #332010)
19°25’16” N 155°17’13” W, Summit Elevation 4091 ft (1247 m)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

Kīlauea Volcano Summit

Ash emission from the Overlook crater within Halemaumau has generally increased this morning compared to previous days. Although varying in intensity, at times the plume contains enough ash to be gray in color. The cloud is rising an estimated 3 to 4,000 feet above the ground, but altitudes are varying with pulses of emission. The ash cloud is drifting generally west and southwest from the Kilauea summit and ashfall is occurring in the Ka’u Desert. Communities downwind are likely to receive ashfall today and should take necessary precautions.

The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement regarding ashfall, please see: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/

For information on the hazards of volcanic ash and how to prepare your home or business, please see: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanic_ash/

Earthquake activity in the summit remains elevated with several strongly felt events at HVO today. Most of these earthquakes are related to the ongoing subsidence of the summit area and earthquakes beneath the south flank of the volcano.

For information on volcanic ash, please see: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanic_ash/

MORE INFORMATION

Activity Summary also available by phone: (808) 967-8862

Subscribe to these messages: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/vns2/

Webcam images: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/multimedia_webcams.html

Photos/Video: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/multimedia_chronology.html

Lava Flow Maps: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/multimedia_maps.html

Definitions of terms used in update: https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/extra/definitions.pdf

Overview of Kīlauea summit (Halemaʻumaʻu) and East Rift Zone (Puʻu ʻŌʻō ) eruptions:
https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/extra/background.pdf

Summary of volcanic hazards from Kīlauea eruptions:
https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/kilauea/extra/hazards.pdf

Recent Earthquakes in Hawai’i (map and list):
https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo/earthquakes/

Explanation of Volcano Alert Levels and Aviation Color Codes:
https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/activity/alertsystem/index.php
https://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2006/3139/

Sondi (Nelson) Pace reports important news about the Massey Foundation that is being formed from the estate funds of our graduate, Jan Massey.

Please know that there is no request for any money! The foundation is to keep alive the dreams and purposes that Jan would want to carry on! There is a hall (Springfield Hall) being built in Limestone County right now with her foundation funds that will open next fall. It will serve the local community for cultural, inspirational, artistic, political, environmental, etc. events that Jan’s dreams would support. It will have a rustic hill county theme and be for the local people to use for art shows, craft shows, speakers, music, and local events. It will have a large main room, kitchen, covered patio, bathrooms, and be on several beautiful acres!

Jan Massey’s niece (and namesake) Jana Raymond has formed this in Jan’s honor with her inheritance and instructions. There is a newsletter of which you can subscribe to on the Foundation’s web page. If you sign up for the newsletter, you will get updates via email on its progress and plans! Check it out.
www.masseyfoundationtx.com

UPDATES

Allan Myers has sold his home in Ohio and has moved to assisted living. He said he absolutely loves it. He gets meals delivered to his room if he wants, he can go to the dining room, and there are all kinds of activities, outings, movie theater and more.

Aren’t these golden years great? I recently landed in the hospital with heart and respiratory failure. The congestive heart failure is progressing and continues to be a little worse and more difficult to return from each hospitalization. I had sinus and ear surgery two weeks ago, and the cardiologist thinks that precipitated the heart and respiratory failure. It doesn’t look like any further surgeries will be possible. I’m too high risk. This time it was a little over a year between hospitalizations.
Kay (Albright) Hofer

After three months of chemo, Jack Martin‘s CT scan revealed several areas of metastasis. The doctors are changing up his drug regimen and will recheck in another 3 months. Please keep Jack in your prayers.

Bob Easter is recovering from gall bladder surgery. I am told he is behaving himself by limiting his activities. To my knowledge he has not been out to the garden to work but I feel certain that is on his list before too long.

Others who need special prayers: Norma (Cissell) Smith, Lynette (Muchow) Baugh, David Peeples, Darrell Gill

JUNE BIRTHDAYS

6 – Erik Spencer
11 – Dorothy (Bryan) McCook
28 – Allan Myers

SHOW AND TELL

Our website guru, Elizabeth Bentley, likes to “play in the mud.” Translated: She is a potter.

Elizabeth has had pieces displayed at the State Fair of Texas (she has a drawerful of ribbons) and also pieces accepted into the juried show sponsored by the Creative Arts Center at the Mary Tomas gallery.

This year, one of Elizabeth’s pieces, “Uncommon Stones” was accepted into ART214, which was a citywide juried exhibition to celebrate art month in April. This was the first year that Dallas hosted this exhibition and there were over 700 entries. Only 192 were chosen for exhibition and displayed at 4 different venues in Dallas: the Bath House Cultural Center, the South Dallas Cultural Center, the Latino Cultural Center, and the Oak Cliff Cultural Center.

Elizabeth’s piece was on display at the Latino Cultural Center from April 12 – May 25. Pictured are her “Uncommon Stones”. Actually, these are not stones at all. They resemble geodes but instead are made of clay, glaze, stains and glass. “Uncommon Stones” is a perfect description for this work of art. Doesn’t it look like the real thing??? Congratulations, Elizabeth!!

To see what else Elizabeth does with the mud, check out her website: http://www.designwiz.com/

Waco Town Crier – May 2018

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on May 1, 2018.

58th Reunion

Attached is the updated registration form for our 58th reunion. Open the attachment, print the form, and mail to Malissa. Only 5 months away–October will be here before you know it. Be sure to let Malissa know how many people will be in attendance for each function.

For Hotel Reservations
HILTON WACO: 254-754-8484 The Hilton wants ‘explicit’ information so all of this must be given in order to receive the special rates:
Use the local Waco Hilton phone number (254 754-848) and not the 855 reservation number.
Tell the reservation people you want a room under Martha Tim Latta, WHS Class of 60, confirmation number #3429451071
Be sure to modify payment to your very own credit card number, making certain it reflects the credit card number of the individual using the room.
Group Rate cutoff date: September 24

HOTEL INDIGO WACO-BAYLOR: 254-754-7000 Click Here to make reservations for WHS Class of 60
or call the Indigo (254-754-7000)and give this information
code: WHS Class of 60.
Per: Wendy (Sales)
Group Rate cutoff date: September 18

Schedule for the Reunion

Tuesday Evening: The Phoenix Ballroom, 5:30 to 11:00 PM
6 PM to 8 PM heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts, tea and coffee, cash bar

Wednesday morning: The Phoenix Ballroom, 9 to 11 AM
9 AM Coffee/tea, 9:30 to 11: AM Hot Breakfast/Brunch Buffet

Wednesday all afternoon in the Phoenix Ballroom: – visit with friends, renew acquaintances and “hang out” -coffee and tea available

Wednesday Evening: The Phoenix Ballroom, 5:30 to 11:00 PM
6 to 8 PM Dinner Buffet, tea and coffee, cash bar– then afterwards stay and visit until time to say “So Long” until we meet again.

From Our Graduates

“Speaking of Chip and Joanna Gaines, my Grandparents’ home premiered on March 20 “Pakistan Comes to Waco“– you can watch it on HGTV Fixer Upper. The farm and original house was built by the McLennan Family in 1880. It was enlarged and the farm was featured in a farm and home magazine after my grandfather bought it. It was the first to have electricity and my grandfather owned the first car dealership in McGregor. The house was in our family for 100 years and our family is so excited it has a chance to be loved as we loved it for the next hundred years. I have been invited for a tour with some of my cousins soon. My Dad was born in this house in 1916 and I lived in it on 2 different periods in my early childhood.”
– Gwen (Ewing) Hodges

“I enjoyed hearing about Malissa’s (Starnes) Baugh granddaughter, Marlie. I watched a couple of videos about her on youtube.com. Also found a special video on Malissa and hubby. Very nice.”
Tommie Ruth (Blair) Toler

“Nothing new here in Nebraska—we are hoping Spring arrives soon, but since snow is forecast for Easter Sunday, I’m not sure when that happens. I continue to search out antiques and collectibles for my ever-so-small antique business, and love the hunt. My main focus centers on antique dolls, but I love other antiques/collectible/vintage items also. Wishing all a blessed Easter.”
Clara Sue (Griffis) Arnsdorff

Updates

Bob Easter recently had gallbladder surgery after a week of some pretty rough attacks. He is currently at home recuperating. For those of you who have had gallbladder attacks, you know how painful it can be. Get well soon, Bob, but do not go back to work in the garden too quickly. Remember, our bodies do not mend as quickly as when we were younger.

May Birthdays

2- Terrell Reagan
5- Carol Leskin Allen
11- Carol Adams Scarborough
13- Tom Kittlitz
14- Tom Chambless
15- Darrell Gill
23- Janene Loftis Jett
26- Kay Albright Hofer

Show and Tell

Tim (Lasseter) Latta’s talent is that of Designer.

Tim said fwhen she was about 10 years old, she started drawing house plans and decided at an early age that she wanted to be an architect. Because of that, when she was in WHS she signed up for mechanical drawing and was the only girl in the class. She said she did not have the math aptitude for architecture so at the guidance of her father, she received a BBA in Human Resources.

In the beginning, Tim had several career changes but while living in Dallas, she and her hubby had the opportunity to purchase several rental properties. She took on the task of remodeling these properties. That just whet her appetite and after several years of much extra education in the field of design, she qualified for membership in the American Society of Interior Designers.

Tim has been perfecting her talent and been in business since 1988. She said she has clients who became friends and friends who became clients. Most of her expertise is in residential (specializing in kitchen and bathroom designs as well as the maximization of small spaces); however, she is currently designing a restaurant in Denton, Texas. Tim has won different awards, has been published in magazines, and always seeks the best in contractors, workroom, and vendors for her clients. She said one of these days she might retire but because of her love and enjoyment of what she does, retirement is not yet on her drawing board.
Take a look at her website: www.tldesigngroup.com Very pretty indeed!

I could surely use some work and remodeling in my home….I wonder if she gives a special rate to her friends? Haha.

Here are some examples of Tim’s talents:

Pictures

In the January issue of the Town Crier, a picture was posted of several of us at a dance—Fishpond or someplace where we used to dance. There was a fellow standing over to the right of the picture looking at the dancers on the dance floor. That fellow was Chris Ruebeck Wonder if he was thinking about “cutting in” on someone? Remember those days of cutting in? He does look as though he is in thought as to whether or not he should make the move. Okay, Chris…..what were you thinking? That was only about 60 years ago—surely you can remember! Haha.

Also Identified: This girl has been identified as Ellen Conaway. She was in the class picture at North Junior High School (featured in January issue of Crier)

Tommye Ruth (Blair) Toler ran across her WHS class ring and had it repaired. How many of you are still in possession of your class ring?
Pat Payne is at it again! As you know, Pat and Patty (his wife) live in Naples, Florida at Wyndemere, a golfing community. Naples happens to be the Pickleball Capital of America and recently hosted the 2018 US Open Pickleball Championships. Over 2,000 competitors from 47 states and 17 countries flocked to Naples to vie for titles. Pat Payne and his partner, Chip Bachman also from Wyndemere, won first place (Gold Medal) in the 75+ (3.0 skill level) age bracket and the Silver Medal in the 75+ age open. Two others from the Wyndemere community won the gold in the 65+ (3.5 skill level) age bracket.

What is Pickleball? Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Two, three, or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net.

Pictured left are the Wyndemere winners—L-r Chip Bachman (whose grandfather was head football coach for A&M in 1904), Pat Payne, Scoot Dimon and Jerry Sloan. You just don’t find Pat too far away from A&M connections! This is what I call “enjoying retirement”—and Congratulations!

Waco Town Crier – April 2018

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on April 1, 2018.

Hot Off the Press

Stan Lennard’s book, Nerve Endings of the Soul: Interaction Between the Mind of God and the Mind of Man through Neural Synaptic Networks, has now been published by Westbow Press.

It is now listed on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. More information is available on Stan’s website.

(A few comments from Stan regarding his book):
“I caution the reader that I address how quantum mechanics, quantum wave theory and information theory apply to the topic I consider, especially in the last couple of chapters. It shows how properly interpreted Scripture and scientific data are in concordance with a consistent relationship and presents a cumulative case for the reality of bidirectional interaction between the Holy Spirit, the living Jesus Christ, and the human mind/soul through a repentant human spirit.”

Nerve Endings of the Soul | E. Stan Lennard, M.D., Sc.D.
Nerve Endings of the Soul confirms that the Holy Spirit communicates with the mind of Man by dualist interaction fulfilling the promise in John 14:15-21.

From Our Graduates

From Linda (Shelby) Lyons, regarding Karon (Shinault) Jackson’s quilts:
“Karon, you are so talented! The quilts are beautiful. I would never try something so difficult, as I know I would never finish it. Whomever you give them to are truly fortunate.”

From Mary Ann (Shilling) Watt: !!!!!
“I had the wires of my brand new Toyota chewed up and cost $1000 to fix. Talking to folks at the luncheon I found others had similar problems. A friend of mine sent me this article and I would like you to forward it in case it would help others.”

Updates

Annita (Incardona) Henson was recently in the hospital with a severe case of diverticulitis. At first she thought it was a stomach bug because so much illness/flu had been going around New York. However, when things worsened, she went to her GI doctor who sent her directly to the hospital. She was on a constant IV drip and saline solution for the duration of the hospital stay. She reports that she was glad to get home and is now feeling better. She mentioned it on Facebook, heard from many graduates, and wants to thank all who wrote to wish her well. It always does our hearts good to know that others care and are thinking of us when we get down with illness or heartache.

Malissa (Starnes) Baugh’s granddaughter, Marlie Ruth, won the Mutton Buster at the Houston Rodeo this year. Click here to  read Marlie Ruth’s interview. I understand it has gone viral. This is the same little granddaughter who had the brain tumor and the one who we all prayed for so earnestly when she was first born. Marlie grew up…..is cancer free so far….and is making quite a name for herself. Marlie Ruth said in order to win the mutton buster, she just “hung on really tight.” Maybe that is what we all need to do as we get older and have different issues….”just hang on really tight”.

April Birthdays

1 – Ed Gatlin
6 – Nancy (Guggolz) Rogers and Pam (Wilson) McCamish
21 – Barton Zachary

Show and Tell

Featured this month is Janell (Buida) Bolton. Jeanell is an author who has published two books with the third one coming out sometime this year.
Janelle reports:
“I’m doing the same things I’ve always done–art, languages, and writing, writing, writing. Both of these books have central Texas settings, and readers will notice a good bit of Waco in them, although it’s intermixed with Georgetown, Temple, and every other small Texas town I’ve ever taught in or driven through. I write romances, which means my main characters have happy endings, but first, they have to walk through the fire. My stories are steamy, but I can assure you that, despite the covers (which my NY editor chose), none of my Texas characters ever fool around on the ground. (Yankees don’t understand about chiggers.)
“My third book should be coming out this year, and I have a couple more manuscripts languishing in my files that I want to bring up to date (translation: add in technology) and self-publish over the next couple of years. Then there are the short stories and poems I’ve always meant to do something with. My father had the idea that at a certain age, one should ‘sit back and smell the roses,’ but that just doesn’t seem to be my nature.”

(Steamy romance and dark secrets) – Preacher’s daughter Laurel Harlow doesn’t want the bad boy who made god to know that she, who used to be Bosque Bend’s favorite daughter, is now the town pariah–and why.
Published: September 2014
Moira Farrar has survived the worst that Hollywood to had to offer. And now she’s come to Bosque Bend to make a fresh start as the director of the Texas towns civic theater. She knows that rancher Rafe McAllister, the Chairman of the Board, has a more personal interest in her, but would he feel the same way if he knew what she had left behind?
Published: November 2015

Pictures

I was looking through some old pictures and ran across this one. It is of a graduate of ours taken about 20 years ago on the grounds of the Biltmore in North Carolina.

Anyone recognize this young chickie-pooh? It is our very own Kay (Phillips) Sparks.