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
our Facebook page here.
GERE'S HUSBAND HAS PASSED AWAY
am sad to report that Christine Gere's
husband, Rob Ernsberger, passed
away last evening, Saturday, March 14,
from lung cancer. Rob requested that there
be no services, but you can contact
Christine by email here.
March 9, some of the UA69 gals met at
The Old Bag of Nails for dinner.
left to right, are: Ellen Isaly Clark,
Julie May Jones, Carole DiPietro Ott,
Sue Jones Patterson, Lyn Skillman-Mitchell,
Patty Furney, Karen Ludwig Kennedy, Lesley
Beeson Tate, Ginger Richards Killinder,
Valerie Lancia Speer, Sheryl Stafford
Kibbey, Denise Kontras, and Kristy Kable
REYNOLDS: 1951 - 2019
Stafford Kibbey alerted us that she
found an obituary for our UA69 classmate,
passed away on Christmas Day, December
25, 2019 after a long illness.
was a corporate attorney during her career,
and was active in her church, Peebles
United Methodist Chruch, in Peebles, Ohio.
went to a funeral for an 8th grade friend
a few years back. My first kiss, Dee
Dee Monaco, who I had not seen in
55 years, was also there. She has been
associated with the Music Industry all
had balance issues following Detached
Retina surgery and did nothing besides
sit, gain weight and watch Perry Mason
(still holds up, BTW!) Depression was
setting in and I fought back and wrote
songs and books.
shared with Dee Dee, and she pushed to
get my Christmas ditty into a recording
studio for this holiday season.
formed OdeeO, LLC and secured trademarks
and copyrights. Dee Dee put the recording
team together, and here we are.
its debut on Monday, November 11, Christmas,
Please Linger has been well
(owner of YouTube) will promote our song
once we achieve one of two thresholds:
either 1,000 YouTube subscribers, or 10,000
YouTube views. We're already working on
our next release.
view the video. We hope you enjoy the
song, and if you do, please send the link
to your friends and family, and subscribe
to our channel. Thank you!
YOU so much to everyone from the UAHS
Class of 1969 who worked so hard on our
various reunion committees, making our 50-year
reunion spectacular! The committee (minus
a few who were unable to come - and we missed
them!) gathered together on Sunday, August
25 to celebrate the reunion's success. Click
the photo to enlarge it and see the names.
YOU to everyone who sent in pictures from
the reunion events!
photos from the various reunion events
have been organized into 9 Shutterfly
albums online. To view them:
Click the link to the album you wish to
Click the first picture to bring
up the entire album. There are forward
and backward arrows above each image.
Click the arrows to navigate through
the albums, or if you want them to advance
automatically, click "Slideshow",
on the left above the pictures. This feature
does make the photos larger.
You'll find the names of people in each
picture in the bottom left corner
of each image.
If you want to purchase any of the pictures,
you can do so by clicking "Review
and order" in the upper right corner,
above the image.
OR - If you want to save a copy
of a picture to your hard drive, I suggest
doing a screenshot. Shutterfly prefers
that you to order and pay for them, and
that is the only way to get the full size
and resolution of the original photos..
you to our professional photographer,
Donna Federspiel Payne, who took
photos at the Moretti's party and at Scioto
extend a special THANK YOU to Walt
Dennis, who donated the fees for Donna's
work both evenings.
the icons below for each party to go to
Donna's website to see her professional
on the first photo in each collection
and use the arrows on the far right anfd
far left to advance or go back. Because
these are on Donna's website, we do not
have the ability to add captions/labels
for the pictures, but you can read many
people's name tags.
Ann Salimbene, Julie May Jones, Lyn
Skillman Mitchell, Mrs. Elizabeth
Richmond, Carole DiPietro Ott, and
Kristy Kable Smith
Mrs. Elizabeth Richmond was unable
to attend our 50-year Class Reunion, several
of us decided to meet her for lunch at
the end of July. What a rare opportunity
it was to be able to share with this amazing
lady the impact she has had on our lives!
She was thrilled that she had inspired
several of us to become English teachers
or seek careers in journalism.
having already taught for six years, Mrs.
Richmond retired from Arlington after
twenty-four years. Then she taught at
Wellington for another ten years in what
was supposed to be a "part time"
being involved in many activities in her
retirement, Mrs. Richmond travels yearly
to the United Kingdom.
above are Ann Salimbene, Julie May Jones,
Lyn Skillman-Mitchell, Mrs. Elizabeth
Richmond, Carole DiPietro Ott, and Kristy
PHOTO OF THE 1969 "IN THE KNOW"
McMahon contributed this 1969 photo of
our Upper Arlington High School In
the Know Team.
Steve, Jeff and Fritz ended up winning
the entire tournament, and UAHS was crowned
as the Championship Team for 1968 -
1969. We beat Watterson in the final
match - just as we did in football!
left to right, are: Colleen McMahon,
Steve Goldsmith, Jeff Putnam, Fritz Zeigler,
and Advisor Katie Fulton.
LONG REFLECTS ON OUR REUNION IN FCC PUBLICATION
Jim Long shared his reflections on
our 50-year reunion his column in FirstNews,
which is the monthly news publication
of First Community Church, where Jim is
Minister of Pastoral Care.
read the article more easily, please click
here to go to the FCC website. Then
use the arrows on the right side to advance
to the third page, where you'll see Jim's
article. You can then click the icon in
the center of the publication to enlarge
it to fullscreen.
TEENS" - A BLAST FROM THE PAST
our 50-year reunion, Mark Frey shared
the July, 1968 original newspaper article
from Denise Kontras' "Twixt Teen"
column in the UA News. Both Mark
and Fred were featured in Denise's column
left to right, are: Mike Stoyak, Denise
Kontras, Fred, and Mark Frey.
ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS 1960S GOLDEN BEARS
the July 29, 2019 Dispatch: An
out-of-the-blue Twitter message request
from an area football coach recently sent
me on a summer road trip through what some
of us in The Dispatch Sports department
call Big Blue.
thick, blue binder maintained through
the years by former Dispatch high school
sports historians Jim Wharton and Rick
Thomas and now by yours truly contains
a page for each current area high school,
grouped by their current conference affiliation.
page lists the schools coach and
year-by-year record in football and boys
basketball, going back to the early 1900s
in some cases (East, West, Lancaster,
many team records are incomplete before
the 1960s, when standings with overall
as well as league marks were published
the current coach of a successful central
Ohio program expressed curiosity as to
how his teams record stacked up
not only against others this decade but
also powers in past decades, we knew Big
Blue was the place for answers.
what a lazy Saturday afternoon of research
produced. Enjoy as you await the start
of practice Thursday.
the article below to see how the Upper
Arlington Golden Bears did in the 1960s!
in this scan of the Hastings 9th grade class
photo, and on the back, he had labeled most
of the students' names! Click each
image to enlarge it.
you can come up with anyone's name, please
indicate which row that person is in, and
then indicate the names of the students
on either side of the person in question.
Eventually, we'll have the entire back of
the photo filled out with everyone's names.
Thank you for your help! And THANK YOU
TO JEFF SNYDER for sending in this picture!
Jeff if you can supply any additional
names. Thank you!
FISHER CLARK AND BERTA BENALCAZAR: "NICE
TO MEET YOU!"
Benalcazar Howard (right) is a
dentist. She and I both served on the
Ohio State Dental Board, although at different
a member or previous member we are entitled
membership in the Commission on Dental
Competency Assessments. That is an agency
that administers clinical licensing examination
for licensure to become a dentist or dental
did not know each other in high school.
Last year at a dental hygiene exam in
Indiana we were both serving as examiners.
We started talking and soon realized we
graduated not only from the same high
but the same class 1969. So unexpected
but true joy of connecting.
COOPER PLANNING MOTORCYCLE RIDE FOR 2019
- YOU'RE INVITED!
CLOSE'S MOTHER, DELANA CLOSE, AGE 95, AN
INSPIRATION TO ALL
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!
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."
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
The Sell-Kohlhepp Open Doors Scholarship
established at Penn State DuBois
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
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.
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.
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.
RICHARDS' DAUGHTER OPENS NEW COLUMBUS RESTAURANT
Heaggans and Catie Randazzo (Ginger Richards'
daughter) at Ambrose and Eve
Photo by Tim Johnson
some exciting news from Ginger Richards!
daughter, Catie Randazzo, and her
business partner, Matthew Heaggans,
have opened a new restaurant in the Columbus
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
SIMS FEATURED IN NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ARTICLE
Sims recently sent in an update for
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,
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).
VILLAGES Many people walk the halls
of The Villages Regional Hospital, but
not many carry a guitar.
Scott Roberts is one of the small
but growing number of volunteers recruited
to help improve a patients hospital
stay and aid their healing process.
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
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.
decision has been received well by patients
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.
below are the UA69 classmates from that
team who attended.
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)
MILLIKAN SENDS PHOTOS
Patrol with Mr. Hill
Rex - 5th Grade
DIANNE AND ROBIN REUNITE!
to right: Robin Morris, Holly Graf Fries,
Dianne Detwiler Elzey
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.
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.
(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!
is with deep sadness, but loving acceptance
that I announce the passing of my lifetime
friend of more than 50 years, 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
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.
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.
OF FRIENDSHIP SHARED BY BILL WILLER
AND DICK DUNKEL
Cumberland - 1977
Year's Eve - 2011
FERGUS SHARES VINTAGE PHOTOS FROM 1969 UA
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.
Marv Crosten with Earl Hill and
Bill Riesenberger, John Kingsboro
Back: ___, , Coach Crosten, Earl
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
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.
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.
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
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!!!
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!
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.
DOWNS' FISHINGER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PHOTOS
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
let me know. Thank you, Vicki!
BLEIMAS' 4TH GRADE: FISHINGER
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
MCGUIRE'S SIXTH GRADE: FISHINGER
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, Melinda Fritz, 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,
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.
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. Theres
bagpipes, highland dancers, la culture
de lacadie and military traditions.
ROBINSON UNEARTHS RARE FIND!
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 ... "
you, Craig, for bringing back a lot
of fun memories from 45 years ago!
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!
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."
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!
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.
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.
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.
FOR NOSTALGIC FUN!
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!
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!
EZELL AND MIDLIFE CHRYSLERS
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
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:
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.
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
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.
HOLLOWAY PUBLISHES HIS SECOND BOOK
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.
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
or on this