VISIT AND "LIKE" THE UA69 FACEBOOK PAGE
We hope that ALL our classmates will join us on the UA69 Facebook page. If you already have a Facebook account, please visit this page, like it, and recommend it to all your UA69 friends! We hope to be able to use this Facebook tool as a way to send out periodic quickie messages about upcoming events or news. See our Facebook page here.

   

MICHELLE CLOSE'S MOTHER, DELANA CLOSE, AGE 95, AN INSPIRATION TO ALL

Delana Jensen Close, Michelle Close's 95-year-old mother, just published a book that she's been writing since 1955. "The Rock House" won an award for best historical fiction from the 2019 Independent Book Awards. Close isn't finished yet, though: she is currently working on two other books!

Note from Ellen Isaly Clark: "I worked for Mrs. Close and her late husband, Dean Close, while I was attending OSU. At that time, they owned Fifth Avenue Galleries, and I worked as a picture framer. Mrs. Close was in the store a great deal of the time, and I developed great respect and affection for her. Michelle's father, Dean Close, was a local restaurateur (The Grandview Cafe), gallery owner, and an accomplished artist. My two years of employment at the gallery were educational and inspirational because of the Close Family."

Read about Mrs. Close's many accomplishments and watch the video showing her embracing a 95-year life still full of hope, achievement, and learning.

You can purchase Mrs. Close's book, The Rock House, here.

   
NANCY BONIFIELD CONE'S DAUGHTER, JENNIFER BALL
Jennifer Ball and nancy Bonifield Cone
On February 11, classmates received a short note about Nancy Bonifield Cone's daughter, Jennifer Ball, who has recently discovered that she has a rare form of Medulloblastoma brain cancer. At that time, Nancy was appealing to our classmates for thoughts and prayers.

Since then, a GoFundMe page has been established to help Jennifer contend with the continually-mounting expenses of her treatment. We wanted to pass along this link, in the event that you are inclined to assist with a donation of any size.

Visit Jennifer's GoFundMe page here.

Jennifer has begun her radiation treatments, and although it is rigorous, she is doing quite well so far. Nancy has said that she is grateful to our classmates who have written to her with support, and she appreciates every prayer and good thought.

You can email Nancy at nlbcone@aol.com.

   
2019 UA ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTS DENNY DICKE

On January 5, our own Denny Dicke was inducted into the Upper Arlington High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Denny was recognized for his outstanding achievements in multiple sports while he was a student at UAHS. Denny continued his athletic pursuits during his college years at Rice University.

Denny received his award and showed his gratitude in a speech that you can read here.

The UA Athletic Hall of Fame started three years ago and there are now 17 individual inductees. Denny made it in this year (2019) and last year Coach Marv Moorehead was inducted, along with the entire State Championship football teams from 1967, 1968 and 1969. Congratulations to all of the coaches and players on those teams.

Several UA69ers and other friends of Denny Dicke gathered at the high school to celebrate this milestone in a most important year for our class: the 50-year anniversary of our graduation.

Click the image on the right to see the letter that Denny received from the Ohio Senate, congratulating him on this accomplishment.

Congratulations, Denny, on your many accomplishments!
  

John Lucas, Mike Miely, Geoff Schmidt,
Denny Dicke, Jim Merrell
Andrew Theado (UAHS Principal),
Denny Dicke, Tony Pusateri (UAHS AD)
Geoff Schmidt, Brett Moorehead,
Coach Pete Corey, Denny Dicke
Denny's Hall of Fame Trophy
Hall of Famer Denny Dicke
Denny accepts his honor
Read his speech
DONNA SELL KOHLHEPP SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS

Donna Sell Kohlhepp and her husband, Dan, have established two endowment funds to encourage education and enable others to achieve their goals in this field.

1. The Donna Sell Kohlhepp Endowed Scholarship Fund in Advance Practice Nursing:
Fund Number: 603791 (The Ohio State University)

Established April 2, 1993, by Donna and Dan Kohlhepp. Distribution supports merit and need-based graduate scholarships which can be used for recruiting purposes.

You can make a gift to Donna's fund here.

2. The Sell-Kohlhepp Open Doors Scholarship established at Penn State DuBois

Dan and Donna Kohlhepp have made a $60,000 gift to establish the Sell-Kohlhepp Open Doors Scholarship, honoring both the Kohlhepp family, as well as Donna's family, the Sells.

The Open Doors Scholarship Program has generated nearly $2 million for student scholarships at Penn State DuBois so far. This unprecedented giving opportunity runs in its current form through June 30, offering the 2:1 match to donors who make a minimum $30,000 pledge, payable over five years, to establish a scholarship. Donors can also choose to donate any amount above $30,000, which the University will also match at 2:1. After June 30, the University will provide a 1:1 match to gifts of $50,000 or more to create Open Doors Scholarships.

You can make a gift to this fund here.

Donna earned her doctorate in public health at the University of Oklahoma where she also earned her master of science in nursing. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing at the Ohio State University where she met Dan. Donna taught nursing at Pennsylvania State University as an assistant professor. As a health care consultant, she has published, researched and directed numerous seminars and workshops on health and wellness. Her book, "Women and the Midlife Experience: When the Glass Slipper No Longer Fits," presents an optimist view of midlife with holistic approaches for dealing with the emotional and physical challenges it presents.

Donna is a health consultant to the Mint Culinary Studio in DuBois and her private practice, HER: Health Education Resources, provides individual health counseling particularly in the areas of menopause and thyroid disorders. She has also been active in the local community serving on various boards. The Kohlhepps have three daughters: Kaydee Gunter, Joanne Bish and Kimberly Kohlhepp, and grandson Henry Bish.

Read about Dan Kohlhepp here.

  
STEVE BASFORD DOES PLAY-BY-PLAY FOR OHIO WESLEYAN U.

From Steve Basford:

Again this basketball season, I am the play-by-play broadcaster for the Ohio Wesleyan men's and women's games. We have live video on stream.owu.edu.

Game dates and times vary, but they generally are on Wednesdays at 7:00 or 7:30 and Saturdays at 1:00 or 3:00.

      
       
PASSING: REMEMBERING RICHARD HOLLINGSWORTH

We sadly report the passing of our friend and UA69 classmate, Richard Hollingsworth, who died on December 24, Christmas Eve, 2018. Richard is survived by his wife, Elsie Sanchez, and many other relatives.

After graduation from UAHS, Richard earned his BA from OSU and his JD from Capital Law School.

Even back when we were attending The Ohio State University as undergraduates, Richard was involved in the Department of Student Affairs. As you can read in his obituary, he continued his involvement with OSU for many years.

His focus was on building the next generation of leaders, through workshops, teaching courses in leadership, and coaching and engaging students and staff every day. Rich helped build constituency-based programs and services now housed in the Student Life Multicultural Center. Rich was a longtime advisor to Undergraduate Student Government, OSU NAACP, Mortar Board Senior Class Honor Society, and Ohio Staters, Inc. service organization. He remained a mentor and friend to many students and young colleagues long after they left Ohio State. Thousands of students remember Rich speaking at Convocation where he put on many different hats to explain what awaited them in college.

JOHN QUINT TREBONI FUNERAL HOME is handling the arrangements. The family will receive friends Thursday, January 3 from 3-7 p.m. at the funeral home, 1177 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus where the funeral will be held Friday, January 4 at 11:00 a.m., with burial to follow at Union Cemetery, 3349 Olentangy River Road.

The Richard A. Hollingsworth Student Leadership Fund at The Ohio State University Foundation supports programs and activities within the Keith B. Key Center for Student Leadership and Service. You can learn more and make a gift at go.osu.edu/Hollingsworth.

Read Richard Hollingsworth's obituary.

   
PASSING: REMEMBERING JILL HARRIS

We are sorry to report the passing of our UA69 classmate, Jill Harris.

Jill attended Barrington and Jones, and after graduation from UAHS, she earned her undergraduate degree from Otterbein, where she majored in history and library science. Following college, she continued her education at Case Western Reserve University, earning a Master of Arts degree in Library Science and a Master of Arts in History, with an emphasis on Archives. Jill then enjoyed an interesting career in that field, including working with letters and papers of Abraham Lincoln.

Read Jill's obituary.

Jill's photo has been added to the In Memoriam page, and she will be remember and honored during our Memorial Celebration during Reunion Weekend.

      
1968 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM FOOTBALL REUNION: SEPTEMBER, 2018

Please visit the FOOTBALL page of UA69.com to see a full report on the 1968 State Championship Golden Bear Football Team's 50-Year Reunion that was held in September, 2018.

You'll see a full-length documentary created by Brad Frick, Class of 1965, as well as more than 200 photos of the events of that weekend.

Also, there is a link to Clay Hall's TV report about the team and their reunion, and finally, a video slideshow of photos taken during the reunion weekend.

SEE EVERYTHING ABOUT THE FOOTBALL REUNION HERE.

   
GINGER RICHARDS' DAUGHTER OPENS NEW COLUMBUS RESTAURANT
Matthew Heaggans and Catie Randazzo (Ginger Richards' daughter) at Ambrose and Eve
Photo by Tim Johnson

Here's some exciting news from Ginger Richards!

Ginger's daughter, Catie Randazzo, and her business partner, Matthew Heaggans, have opened a new restaurant in the Columbus Brewery District!

Ambrose and Eve, located at 716 S. High Street, takes its name from Catie's grandparents. Catie is no stranger to the world of food; she owned and operated the Challah food truck prior to the opening of Ambrose and Eve.

Catie's restaurant opening made the cover of "Columbus Alive" Magazine the first week of December.

Read all about Catie and her new restaurant here:

      
PASSING: REMEMBERING JIM MILLIKAN

Jack Cochran passed along sad news about Jim Millikan, who passed away on November 16.

From Jim's obituary:

Following graduation from Upper Arlington High School in 1969, Jim attended The Ohio State University earning a B.S. in Risk Management. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity, serving as chapter president during his senior year. Jim spent his career in the financial planning and insurance industry. He served as a Vice President at Minnesota Life and later moved to Voya Financial, where he served as SVP of Strategic Distribution. Most recently, he built his own financial services firm and served as President and CEO.

Jim spread joy to all through his positive attitude and spirit. He loved his family, the peace of the wilderness, and the Delts. Go Buckeyes!

He is survived by partner, Ann Romberg; daughter, Taylor Millikan of St. Paul; daughter, Emily Meyers (Matt) of Minneapolis; mother, Dorothy Millikan of Apple Valley; sister, Susan Millikan of Orlando, FL; nieces, Sara Fisher (Bo) and Lauren Wilkinson, Orlando; Maleka Mau, Fremont, CA; grandnephews, Tripp and Henry Fisher, Orlando. Jim was preceded in death by his sister, Nahara Janice Mau, Fremont and his father, Richard G. Millikan, Peoria, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to:
Delta Tau Delta Education Foundation
c/o Beta Phi Chapter
10000 Allisonville Road
Fishers, IN 46038

A Celebration of Life will he behld for Jim Millikan on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 5:00 pm at the Town and Country Club, 300 North Mississippi River Boulevard, St. Paul MN 55104.

Read Jim's obituary here.

    
STEVE SIMS FEATURED IN NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ARTICLE

Steve Sims recently sent in an update for the UA69er Bios: Classmates Then and Now page, and included an interesting photograph from the April, 1991 issue of National Geographic. In the photo, which is located on the title page of the magazine, Steve is pictured climbing a rope in the Lechuguilla Cave in Carlsbad Caverns, NM.

Steve has been involved in exploring and mapping many caves. He has also been featured in several caving video productions that have been nationally televised. In 1993 (at age 44), Steve rappeled the deepest open-air pit in the world (Golandrinas, in Central Mexico; 1200' deep).

Please be sure to update your bio on the Classmates Then and Now page.

    
SCOTT ROBERTS' HOOTENANNY MINISTRY

THE VILLAGES — Many people walk the halls of The Villages Regional Hospital, but not many carry a guitar.

Musician Scott Roberts is one of the small but growing number of volunteers recruited to help improve a patient’s hospital stay and aid their healing process.

Through new programs, such as “Who Needs A Boost?” and Peer Connections, a musician lightens the mood in patient rooms and support group members offer advice to people recovering from life-changing procedures.

When TVRH Rehab Hospital began treating patients in July, hospital administration considered creating an in-house support group, but instead chose to tap into the multiple groups that already exist in the community.

The decision has been received well by patients and staff.

Read the entire article

   
VICKIE MURPHY'S DAUGHTER MARRIES GARY BAIRD'S SON!
We have another "Kids of UA69ers" second-generation UA69 classmates wedding (that might not be the right terminology, but you'll see what I mean in a minute).

On June 23, 2018 Vicki Murphy's daughter, Tabitha Kidwell, married Gary Baird's son, Jim Baird, at First Community Church.

In an extra "UA69," Rev. Jim Long officiated at the ceremony.

Tabitha and Jim met in 2015 through friends and bonded over Ohio State football. Jim is the director of communications for the Stimson Center, a non-partisan think tank focused on security issues. He is also a freelance sports writer for the Sporting News.

Tabitha is a doctoral candidate in Applied Linguistics and Language Education at the University of Maryland. She recently studied in Indonesia, completing her dissertation on English teachers' early career challenges.

Stella Brown Economy snapped this photo, showing Groom Jim Baird high-fiving Gary during the recessional.

Congratulations to Tabitha and Jim, and best wishes to the new Murphy/Kidwell and Baird families!!

  
PATTY STONE PATTERSON'S SON'S WEDDING

'Tis the season for weddings! Pat Stone Patterson's son, Jay Patterson, married Chelsea Powell on Saturday, June 23 - the same day as Vickie Murphy's daughter and Gary Baird's son tied the knot. A big wedding day for UA69ers!

Jay is also a UAHS alum, and Pat reports that the wedding was scheduled to take place at her niece's home, but because of the change of weather, they moved the event to LaScala, where they celebrated with lots of dancing. Thanks to Taryl Mason McGinnis for the photos of the happy family. (Click photos to enlarge them.)

     
FIRST 2019 REUNION COMMITTEE MEETING: January 30, 2018    

Please click photo to enlarge it.

L-R: Scott Williams, Ellen Isaly Clark, Susan Kayes Wilson, Julie Howell Flay, Birti Hardie, Wil Verhoff, Julie May Jones, Lyn Skillman Mitchell, Deb Deam Brower, Carole DiPietro Ott, Diane Adair Himes, Gay Leeka Schueller, Kristy Kable Smith, Dean Grinch, Patty Furney, Bill Clark.

UA69ers who had planned to attend but had to cancel: Sue Jones Patterson, Gordon Mitchell

On January 30, 2018, sixteen UA69ers gathered to prepare postcards to be sent out to our classmates, asking you to update your contact information on this web site. Thank you to these wonderful UA69ers who worked so hard on this project!

We also greatly appreciate the UA69 classmates whose financial donations made this project possible without going into our treasury. These donors include: Anita Evans, Craig Anderson, Colleen McMahon, Scott Denis, Jane Cunningham, David Bruck, Sue Jones Patterson, Geoff Schmidt, John Livingston, and Sally Whipple Rudy. Thank you all so much!

If you would like to volunteer to be on a reunion committee for our 50-year reunion in 2019, please email Ellen and we'll make a list!

MANY THANKS to all these UA69ers who made the postcard project a success! Now for everyone else - PLEASE UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION!
  

   
FOOTBALL ALUMNI NIGHT CELEBRATES 1967 CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM

From Dave Harding:

Had a great time with the 1967 Golden Bears at the 50th reunion of the first football State Championship team at Upper Arlington HIgh School on Friday, October 6, 2017.

Pictured below are the UA69 classmates from that team who attended.
  

From the left: Geoff Schmidt, Denny Dicke, Dave Gordon, Dave Harding, Doug Crim, John Livingston, Michael Miely, Bruce Johnson, John C Lucas Sr, Bill Gilbert, Fritz Reitter, Jimmy Long, Wil Verhoff, Jim Kell (James E Merrell also attended, but why he is not in this picture remains a mystery)
       
JIM MILLIKAN SENDS PHOTOS
Safety Patrol with Mr. Hill
Tremont Elementary
Mrs. Rex - 5th Grade
Tremont Elementary
  
HOLLY, DIANNE AND ROBIN REUNITE!
Left to right: Robin Morris, Holly Graf Fries, Dianne Detwiler Elzey
   

From Holly Graf Fries:

Arlington friendships are truly golden.

Dianne Detwiler Elzey and I have been friends since 3rd grade at Barrington Road Elementary; Robin Morris, Dianne and I since 7th grade at Jones Junior High.

The three of us vowed to meet in celebration of our 60th birthdays. Well, it took a few years to make it happen, but we recently met in Lander, Wyoming to hike, laugh, share treasured memories and experience the beautiful West.

Dianne (from Toledo, Ohio) flew to Denver where I (Boulder, Colorado) picked her up for a road trip to Lander. There we met Robin (Bozeman, Montana), with Lander serving as a good midway point. A new chapter has now been added to our history as a threesome. We raised a few glasses to the Class of 69!

     
DAVE COOPER PLANNING MOTORCYCLE RIDE FOR 2019 - YOU'RE INVITED!

From Dave Cooper:

Hello UA Bikers from sunny south Florida. If you are looking for a summer vacation in 2019, you're invited. Think about this one.

Since I have to come north for the 50 year reunion, I thought I would cross Laconia, New Hampshire off my bucket list on the way.

Laconia Bike Week in 2019 is June 8-16. Time to start planning for a road trip!

We just need to be back to UA in time for the 50 year Class of 1969 Reunion the week of July 1st, 2019.

See the flyer I have made, outlining some of the details.

       
UA69er BILL WILLER HAS PASSED AWAY

From Dick Dunkel on June 8, 2017:

It is with deep sadness, but loving acceptance that I announce the passing of my lifetime friend of more than 50 years, Bill Willer.

Bill and I shared the best of times through Jr. High and High School, somehow survived the 70's, raised families in the 80's and 90's, and in recent years were travel companions from skiing the Colorado Rockies to lounging on the beaches of the Dominican Republic.

My life was immeasurably enriched by his outgoing spirit and loyal friendship. He taught me to water ski, guided me to my wife of 39 years, and got me to the slopes of Vail for the first time. I can only hope that he felt and treasured the love and gratitude of our unending friendship as much as I did. He now can realize the light, love, and peace that the last months of his life did not afford him.

A memorial service is planned for Wednesday, June 14 at 11:00 am at the Lebold-Smith Funeral Home in Bolivar, Ohio. An obituary may be viewed at smithfuneral.com.
   

DECADES OF FRIENDSHIP SHARED BY BILL WILLER AND DICK DUNKEL
Lake Cumberland - 1977
Lancaster - 2015
New Year's Eve - 2011
Vail - 2007
   
STEVE POLK RECOGNIZED FOR PHILANTHROPY
PLEASE NOTE: As is the case with all announcements submitted to UA69.com by our classmates, the following is for informational purposes only, and does not represent a personal endorsement by any individual or organization not specifically named in the announcement.
    
Stephen M. Polk of Polk Foundation in Upper Arlington, Ohio has been recognized for his Lifetime philanthropic excellence at the 10th Annual Invest in Others Community Leadership Awards Gala in New York City. Financial advisors are nominated by their peers for actively giving to improve their communities and make a difference in the lives of others.

Invest in Others is the premier financial services 501(c)(3)non-profit dedicated to recognizing, encouraging, and supporting the charitable works of financial advisors and the advisory industry throughout the United States and around the World.

In addition to our daily after school programs at the Run the Race Recreation Center, in the gym, art room, library, music, game room and providing meals and transportation for 50+ children each day, we have special events for them and their families throughout the year which we need your financial support.

Our back to school carnival had games, prizes, food and desserts while providing more than 250 backpacks with school supplies for children of all ages and grades. Our Halloween party was a similar affair and we gave the elementary school children their own costumes which they could keep and use for Halloween and pass along to their younger siblings. We give away hundreds of coats, gloves, and hats for the upcoming colder weather, and provide complete Thanksgiving meals with Turkeys and all the fixings for more than 250 families, over 1000 children. We give complete Christmas meals for the families as well as providing gifts for the children and parents. If the households need furniture or appliances we find and deliver when we can.

We work with low income children and families in Columbus who would not have any of these things without your support.

Thank you for considering a tax deductible gift to help us help these needy families and move them from a life of survival to a life full of possibilities.

Please send your donation to:

Stephen M. Polk, President (Class of 1969)
Polk Foundation- A 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization
P.O. Box 12099
Columbus, Ohio 43212

Print this letter and Donation Form
  
PATRICK DYNES VISITS CLASSMATES AROUND THE COUNTRY

On his continuing journey around the USA this summer, Patrick Dynes visited classmates along the way. In Columbus, he stayed with Bill and Ellen (Isaly) Clark and went to see Fritz Reitter, president of Reitter Stucco.

Patrick is taking architecture and construction classes in preparation for building his own home in the near future, and he is still undecided about exterior finishes.

Patrick and Ellen Isaly Clark toured the Reitter Stucco showroom for a small-class session in stucco, stone, and fabricated materials for home exteriors.

Duiring his journey out west, Patrick Dynes visited with Jane Cunningham and David Bruck for a week in Seattle.

Pat has been visiting national parks, as well as family and friends, throughout the west this summer.

In Olympia WA, Pat visited UA69er Steve Myers and his wife, Linda.

       
DAVE COOPER VISITS FROM FLORIDA; MEETS UP WITH KEN PFEIFER

While Dave Cooper was in Columbus visiting, he and Ken Pfeifer got together for some catching up.

Dave and Ken share an interest in motorcycles and each owns one. Ken recently had an unfortunate motorcycle accident and has been recovering from surgery. Thankfully, he is doing fine.

You can email Dave and email Ken to tell them how young and great they look in this photo!

 

     
GEORGE FRECKER INVENTS COMMERCIAL CAN CRUSHER

Rock Fest Committee Member and Guest Musician George Frecker '69 has offered his latest invention, a patented commercial can crusher, to UAAA for our Rock Fest event. Please watch this video of George's COOL and earth-friendly product!

You can see his Can Crusher in action at the Golden Bear Rock Fest on Saturday, April 23 from 7 - 11 at St Agatha!

   
GEORGE FRECKER '69 FLIES MIG FIGHTER JET

From George Frecker '69:

I had the fantastic opportunity to fly in a MIG fighter jet. This is the same type of jet flown by the Russians in Top Gun. The owner, Rick Boone, is a client of mine from Wichita Falls, Texas. The total time of the flight was 50 minutes. Rick is seated in the front of this clip and took control of the first and last ten minutes of the flight. I did the aerobatics and sat in the back with the GoPro. The first one was an aileron roll and the second was a barrel roll. These were accomplished at 17,000 feet and 350 knots. I did edit out the barrel roll that overly rolled over - commonly known as "falling out". The whole experience was very surreal.

I got my flying bug because of my dad who was in the Army Air Corps and trained heavy bomber flight instructors in WWII. Although I do have some power experience, my main aviation passion is with sailplanes in which I have over 2,000 flights. Sailplanes are powerless and capable of staying aloft for hours. It is a serene experience being up in the sky silently soaring with Red Tail Hawks and turkey buzzards (and occasionally a helium balloon).

I have my own sailplane and am a flight instructor. One of my real pleasures is doing aerobatics (it takes amusement park rides to a whole new level). I started flying sailplanes in 1979 at Central Ohio Soaring Association out of Marion, Ohio and I am still involved there. If anyone is interested in more information, please call me (614-451-2588). MarionAirport.com/COSA/
   

   
JIM FERGUS SHARES VINTAGE PHOTOS FROM 1969 UA TRACK TEAM

From Jim Fergus:

I've been going through some old pictures and found these from the 1969 Ohio State Track meet. It includes Earl Hill, Denny Dicke, Bill Riesenberger and me from the class of 1969. Also pictured are: Marv Crosten, John Kingsboro, Jeff Sorensen and one I didn't identify.

 
Denny Dicke
Coach Marv Crosten with Earl Hill and Denny
 
 
Front: Bill Riesenberger, John Kingsboro
Back: ___, , Coach Crosten, Earl Hil
Scott Soronen , Coach Crosten, ___. Jim Fergus
 
   
NOTE FROM KAREN SHAFER ABOUT TRI-VILLAGE LIONS CLUB

From Karen Shafer

I am a member of Tri-Village Lion club; We support the Eye Bank. Pilot Dogs, and the Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band, to name a few. We also do a Give a Book Get a Book campaign where children get to pick two books:one for themselves and on for another in more poverty stricken areas. We want to encourage reading

Now it is time for the Give Your Write Arm to a solider on active duty. We need letters from you that offer support for are troops.It would be great if you can write a letter or have yoru grandchildren draw a picture.

We will be at MCL on Veterans Day to collect letters. So please take five minutes and write a letter as the soldiers who protect us. They really love it . Thanks in advance. No money asked ... just a few minutes of your time.

Karen Shafer

PS: If you have any books for kids or adults, please give me a call at 614-565-1035 and we will pick them up

  
PHOTOS AND VIDEO
JULY 2 - 6, 2014
Please note that the pictures vary in size and quality because they came from
various classmates' cameras and phones.
     
PHOTO SLIDESHOWS
         
         
VIDEO CLIPS
Thank you to Joe Bratton for the Brent Hawley video clip.   
       
  
   

Several classmates have replied with memories or highlights from the 2014 45-year reunion.

Read other people's highlights and then submit your own!
   

  
CLASSMATES SEND GREETINGS
Not everyone was able to attend the 45-year reunoin, but they were with us in spirit. On the left, Phil Cardi and Jay Moffitt say "Hi" from the golf course at Jackson Hole. On the right, Jack Cochran sends greetings from Georgia, where he and his wife, Mary, were visiting family.
Phil Cardi and Jay Moffitt
Jack Cochran and his wife, Mary
   
STEVENSON / LESHY REUNION IN ENGLAND!

From Jeff Stevenson:

I had a different kind of class reunion though. I met up with John Leshy at Manson's guitar shop in Exeter, England on July 8 (selfie attached). The last time John and I had seen each other was at the class reunion in 1984! John is doing great, and he is still playing guitar - VERY WELL!!!

He brought some old photos with him. They were pics of The Squires back in 1965. Clearly visible are John (his mom took the pics), George Frecker, Mike Doyle and me. One was during a gig we played in the Tremont Elementary School gym, one was at one of our Ohio State Fair gigs and the other two were of the band practicing in John's basement. What a blast from the past!

It was really great to see John again after all these years. We did our best to catch up, but you can't cover 30 years in an afternoon. It was all good though.

 
VICKI DOWNS' FISHINGER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PHOTOS
Vicki Downs McCulloch brought these two elementary school photos to the reunion, and she has provided the names of amost everyone in the pictures. If you know the name of anyone who is represented by a question mark, please let me know. Thank you, Vicki!

MRS. BLEIMAS' 4TH GRADE: FISHINGER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Row 1: Tim Souders, Paul Stone, Dick Bluff, Mike Doyle, Rhonda Lace, Trisha Moore, Vicki Downs. Row 2: Laurie McLaughlin, Kathy Sheifer, Vicci Hiltabiddle, Linda Brigman, Louise Tragard, Peggy Roussey, Randy Neidenthal, Mrs. Bleimas. Row 3: Herb Johnson, Janice Rowland, Elsie Salzgaber, Patty Stone, Susan Perry, Karen Ludwig, Kitsy Shearer. Row 4: Jackie Cooper, Pam Shuey, Christina Nowell, Garry Hall, Glenn Dunnington, Pat Born, Bill Clark
MRS. MCGUIRE'S SIXTH GRADE: FISHINGER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Row 1: Vicki Downs, Jack Griffith, Bruce Fahlander, Mike Doyle, Lance Voss, Fred Wheeler, Colleen McGucken. Row 2: ?, Candy Taylor, Shirley Parsley, Elsie Salzgaber, Libbie Pfefferle, Debbie Cato, ?, Mrs. McGuire. Row 3: Tim Souders, Pam Shuey, Donna Sell, Teri Scott, Debbie Deam, Kitsy Shearer, Gwen Patterson, Jane Joost. Row 4: Ken Ross, David Edwards, Pat Born, Dean Grinch, Dennis Driggs, Neil Rouse, Randy Juilliard, Roger Doering
   
STEVE HOLLOWAY AND WIFE

The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo is a week-long event held every year in Nova Scotia.

This year Steve Holloway and his wif, Donna, were invited to perform at the event; this is why he missed the reunion. The show was a great success, playing to audiences averaging 5,000 each evening. Pictured is Steve and Donna, in costume.

The two-and-a-half hour family show is fast-paced – every scene only lasts about 3-6 minutes, so there is always something new to see and experience. There’s bagpipes, highland dancers, la culture de l’acadie and military traditions.

        
WIL VERHOFF ORDAINED AS ANGLICAN PRIEST

Wil Verhoff has fulfilled a lifelong dream.

On Saturday, May 17, Wil was ordained as a priest in the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes, in the Akron area.

Wil began his seminary work at the Methodist Theological School in 2004. He is currently a pastor at Messiah Anglican Church in Stanford, Kentucky.

Classmates and lifelong friends Geoff Schmidt and Jim Merrell traveled to witness the ordination and to share in the joy of Wil's special day.

A Note from Wil:

"I have a church organization, Messiah Anglican Church; all I need is people to be a part of it. In the past two years I've concentrated on getting established in this rural Kentucky community which the average person does not know what Anglican is, which is Biblical like any other Protestant denomination.

I have been a volunteer chaplain at the local hospital, Adult Daycare, and two nursing homes. I remarried in 2009 to Barbara (Britt) Verhoff who is multi-talented and a remarkable nurse anesthetist at the local hospital. I have four children, all happily married, and two grandchildren, and two on the way."

Congratulations to Wil Verhoff on this great achievement!

      
CRAIG ROBINSON UNEARTHS RARE FIND!

Craig Robinson sent in a couple of pages from the 1969 school newspaper, The Arlingtonian. One page shows our traditional Senior Awards (congratulations again to the winners!!) and the other contains "Graduation Brings Memories," our Class Bequeaths to our Teachers, and "Seniors Speculate: What If ... "

Thank you, Craig, for bringing back a lot of fun memories from 45 years ago!

See the Arlingtonian articles. (Be sure to view both pages!)

 
WHAT A GREAT FIND! THANK YOU, SUSI WISEMAN THOMAS!

Susi Wiseman Thomas is sharing her Pen Points magazines from 1964, when we were in 7th grade, and from 1966, when we were in 9th grade at Jones Junior High School. Craig Robinson has submitted his 1965 Pen Points magazine for your reading pleasure!

Pen Points was a magazine that was (from the magazine's Foreword) "designed to represent the many students who have felt the desire to express themselves and who have been able to do so effectively through form and word. It is dedicated to every student reader, with the hope that he or she will also attempt to reproduce thoughts and emotions for the many persons who are searching for truths."

Some of the writing and artwork is really thoughtful and insightful! Even if you didn't attend Jones, you'll see the works of many of your UAHS friends in here!

Click on either image of the Pen Points covers to see the magazine in its entirety as a PDF. You'll see poems, stories and artwork from dozens of our classmates. Clearly they highlighted the work of the 9th graders, so the 1966 (yellow and orange) issue has more featured stories and illustrations by our UA69ers.

The teachers/editors included: Mrs. Marian Smith; Mrs. Betty Hennessey; Mrs. Joyce Guckert; Mrs. Frances Bretz; Miss Judy Hudnall; Mrs. Ruth Armstrong;Mrs. Martha Yutsey; Mrs. Gloria Bohen; Mrs. Mary Jane Spahr, and Mrs. Ellen Buesling. The Art Editors were Mrs. Anne Smith and Mr. Jerry Tollifson, and the Typist was Mrs. Ruth Griffith. The English Coordinator at the time was Mr. Stephen Nesha.

In 1964 and 1966, our superintendent was Mr. Walter Heischman. The Jones Principal was Mr.Samuel Henderson (1964) and then Mr. David Jones (1966), and the Assistants to the Principal were Mr. Bernie Cellar, Mr. Marvin Baker, and Mr. Walter Niceswanger.

  
JUST FOR NOSTALGIC FUN!

Terry Looker sernt this link to an online jukebox! YOu just select one of the dates and you can hear the songs that were popular in that year!

Listen to the jukebox here.

   
STEVE MORLEY SINGS "SWEET CAROLINE"!
At the Kiki Street / Greg Kullman wedding, our own Steve Morley pur Neil Diamond to shame with his rendition of "Sweet Caroline! Watch the YouTube video below!
   
DOUG EZELL AND MIDLIFE CHRYSLERS

Doug Ezell contacted me to report that his band, The Midlife Chryslers (and you gotta love the name!) was the subject of a video interview on KTVQ-TV in Billings MT. The band, who has been at it for more than a decade, has several iteresting engagements coming up, including a Las Vegas convention during which they will entertain 20,000 audience members!

Watch the video interview featuring our own Doug Ezell
Visit MidlifeChryslers.com
Like the Midlife Chryslers on Facebook!
  
BARRINGTON MEMORIES
In response to my note asking for former Barrington students to share their memories of our days at the first elementary school in Upper Arlington, these classmates offered their thoughts, which will be shared in an interview to be videotaped and shown at a dedication ceremony for the new gymnasium and other improvements recently made to the Barrington building. Click each classmate's name to see these memories:
Gary Bassett John Livingston John Williams
Linda Steffens Nikki Spretnak Sherry Sopp
Ellen Isaly Garry Hall Rob Boehm
Laurel Kern    
John Williams added a PS to his list of Barrington memories: the FLUTAPHONE! Do you still have yours? Remember how we all played the flutaphone in Mrs. Glass' music class?
  
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION WEB SITE: BEARALUMS.COM   

Please visit Bearalums.com, the official Web site of the Upper Arlington Alumni Association. Please make sure you're a member of UAAA, and also please check that your name and email address are listed there and are current and correct.

The Alumni Association keeps a database of thousands of graduates of our high school and helps reunion chairmen send mailings to their classmates. UAAA publishes a newsletter, Traditions, for all members, full of information and news about UAHS alumni.

Our class is amazing! Joanie Igel Dugger, Assistant Director of the UA Alumni Association, sent me this list of classmates from 1969 who have joined the Alumni Association at the two top levels: Life Member, and Golden Bear Member. Please show your support of this great school system by joining. You can do it by clicking right here. Thank you!

Life Members: William A. Clark, David R. Cooper, Bob Crunelle, Annette T. Daniel, Judy Winters Dennis (D), Walter E. Dennis, Jr., David A. Edwards, Jr., Anita K. Evans, Curtis Eyre, Thomas R. Grehl, Brian Hazelbaker, Lorna Lee Heydinger, Julie May Jones, Debbie Leggett Carnes, James M. Long, Elizabeth Postle Henry, Janet Richter Boyer, Donna Sell Kohlhepp, Lyn Skillman Mitchell, Christine Wheeler McKinney (D).
Golden Bear Members: Craig W. Anderson, Jeff Browning, Beverly D'Angelo, Walt Dennis, Patti Elam, Frank A. Guglielmi, Ellen Isaly Clark, Cyndy McLane Street, Barbara Minton Miller-McGlinn, Jay Moffitt, Thomas F. O'Shaughnessy, Beth Postle Henry, Pam Shuey Snyder, Scott Street, and John Williams..
See the complete list of UA69 Golden Bear Members here.
See the complete list of UA69 Life Members here.
Please join UAAA here.
Every single membership is greatly appreciated! If you are not sure of your membership status, please email me and I will let you know! THANK YOU!
   
JOHN NEALE COMPLETES TRIATHLON

In his bio on the Classmates Then and Now page, John Neale talks about his interest in competing in triathlons. He wrote: " In my free time, I have become a runner (I did the Columbus Marathon in 1987), bicyclist, and triathlete. In 1998, I was the Rocky Mountain Regional Masters Champion at the Olympic distance triathlon for USA Triathlon, the national sanctioning body. Last year (2008), I succeeded in crossing the #1 item off my bucket list by competing in and finishing an Ironman triathlon in Tempe, Arizona (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run)."

See the video of the Ironman Triathlon here.
Read John's bio and other classmates' bios here.

   
STEVE HOLLOWAY PUBLISHES HIS SECOND BOOK

Steve Holloway has published his second book, Canadian Foreign Policy: Defining the National Interest. Though designed for college courses on foreign policy, the book serves as a good general introduction to Canada, its role in the world and its relations with the US.

Steve is currently chair of the Political Science Department at St. Francis Xavier University, in beautiful Nova Scotia. StFXU is a small liberal arts college (about 4000 students) which has frequently been ranked as the best small university in Canada. More information about the book and ordering can be found on Amazon.com or on this link.

See Steve Holloway's amazing (and huge!) collection of photos and scans of school programs from Hastings and UAHS.

   
PLEASE UPDATE YOUR INFORMATION!
Please check your name, address and telephone number on the Directory pages and let me know if any of your information has changed. If you spot goofs in other people's addresses or phone number, will you please tell me? I'd like this list to be complete. Thanks!
   
  

 

 

 

  

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