-The Online Newsletter for Robert E. Peary High School Alumni-
MSO WEB SITE - http://www.pearyhs.org
Volume 2, Number 1, August 1997
This introductory note is rather lengthy because the Peary website and Midnight Sun Online have grown beyond anything anybody would have ever expected. Subsequently, as we're more in contact with old and new friends who share our common experience at Peary, there are more activities and things to let you know about. So thanks in advance for reading through it all before we finally get to all of the news items... YOUR news items!
ANNIVERSARY: This is the one-year anniversary issue of the Midnight Sun Online (MSO)that had its humble beginnings as a seven-article newsletter August 1996 and was distributed to about 15 people, and has grown to this issue... the largest issue ever distributed to-date, to over 820 online alumni from Peary (1963-1986). The newsletters, updates, activities, website... its growth and popularity has been due to you, those who still remember those great (and sometimes not!) times many years agoplus this interesting and fun phenomenon of finding old friends you thought you'd never see again or had forgotten. I know it's a nice surprise (shock?) to get a note from someone you had no idea what happened toand all of you have gotten them, and/or simply been surprised to type "Peary" into a search engine and have some Huskies display on your screen! Congratulations everyone. You found us. Peary folks always seem to know where to find a party... and we continue having classmates "find us" dailyliterally. Thank you for continuing to spread the word that our alma mater still "exists!"
REUNIONS: The classes of 1967 and 1977 held their reunion activities the weekend of August 8th and they proved to be a fun time for everyonewith alums coming in from all over and even other classes joining in on the fun at the Silo Inn for happy hour. Earlier in the summer, the classes of 1971 and 1972 held their reunions. The Class of 1982 reunion will be held this coming October. Check the Class of 1982 section of the website for updates from Karen Kushner. As summer nears its end, plans are already being made for the Class of 1973 and 1978 reunions, plus the 1966 50th Birthday Bash (June 13), next year. Further information on those plans and plans for other classes scheduled for activities in 1998 will be posted as it is obtained. Photos of events are posted as we receive them.... so keep browsing the site.
ONLINE CLASS COORDINATORS: As you may have noticed, class-specific sections have been created on the website. Your online class contacts/ coordinators are: Sari Hines McKay (1963), Carol Cotton Hendrix (1964), Mary Hight, aka Kerry Daniel (1965), Gale Senseman Privette (1966), Audrey Gunnel Lohr (1967), Barbara Dentz Riley (1971), Jacquie Padgett (1972), Laura Vandevender Collins (1973), Lynne Keady Galletti (1978), Janet Peters (1980), Karen Kushner (1982), and Becky Sowers Stalnaker (1985). There are now class-specific forms on the website for collecting contact information. If you haven't completed the form for your graduating year yet, you're encouraged to do it so we'll have your latest information. You may use these forms in the future too, to make any changes to your contact info that may occur, and to simply update your e-mail addresses if they change.
Many thanks to our online class reps for volunteering their time to collect the alumni information for their class. This information will be used to contact you for reunions and other class activities. Additionally, several of the coordinators are web designers, so some of the individual sections will eventually have a unique look to them too. We're still seeking coordinators for the remaining years: 1968-70, 75, 77, 79, 81, 83-4, and 86. If you'd like to help out as the online representative for your class, drop me, Bob Lau a note for more details.
HAPPY HOURS: Neal Pizzano firstname.lastname@example.org has announced the tentative schedule for our weekly alumni happy hours for the remainder of 1997. See the "Events" section for dates and locations. Some of these nights are scheduled to coincide with the performances of area bands that have Peary alumni band members, or he has secured their schedules... "(Jack) Diamond and Steed," "Blue Steel," "Boogie Express," and "Redline." In addition, Neal has coordinated with the owners of The Silo Inn in Olney and The Outta the Way Cafe in Derwood to declare some nights as official "Peary Alumni Nights"so we hope some of you who've never been to one will join the "regulars" for evenings of fun and great company. If you'd like weekly reminders sent to you about the Friday Night Gatherings (FNGs) drop Neal a note and he'll add you to the happy hour list. There's absolutely no obligation to attend, but we'd like to see you there!
HOLIDAY GATHERING: If any of you are interested in a multiclass Holiday Dinner/Social at the Golden Bull in Gaithersburg this holiday season, contact Maureen DiFulgo Bladen email@example.com and let her know of your interest. More info as it becomes available. Maureen, who recently underwent surgery, is doing well and beginning to get back to a normal routine again. You may have also seen the story on the news about Maureen's car being totaled from an exploding aerosol can of "tire inflator." It only can get better from here, Maureen!
GET-WELL WISHES: Speedy recovery wishes go to MIKE CISSEL (1966) who recently underwent bypass surgery, and to DIANE ARENA WILSON (1976) who required emergency spinal surgery. Your Peary friends and alums are hoping to see you up and about very soon.
MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Interested in serving on a Peary Alumni Activities and Events (A&E) Committee or meeting with others to discuss the possibility of forming an Alumni Association? If so, please contact Neal Pizzano firstname.lastname@example.org or Barbara Dentz Riley email@example.com with your interest.
MORE THANKS: A special Thank-You to Eric Mehl (1970) and his induction to our "Honor Roll" for his recent generous donation to the MSO for support of our website operations. Thank you Eric! The Peary website would not be possible without the donations we receive from alums which are much needed and very appreciated.
Thank-yous are also in order for Laura Vandevender Collins (1973) who, as a web designer, helps me with a tremendous amount of HTML coding work for the Peary/MSO website. In addition to representing the Class of 1973 online, she codes the online versions of the MSO newsletters, and has recently volunteered to take on our "Birthday Club" that will be implemented shortly (see below). And thanks to David Thompson (1986) of Clark Internet Services, Peary/MSO's Internet Service Provider, who lends assistance to our website at the server-end of the operation when the host computer acquires a mind of its own (or when I don't know what I'm doing).
Special kudos to Neal Pizzano who is also spearheading the effort to form a 501(c)3 Peary Alumni Association.
STARBUCKS: As you know, 18-year old Aaron Goodrich, a victim of the murders at Starbucks in Georgetown this past July, was the son and nephew of Peary alums. Information regarding contributions to the memorial fund can be found at the website under the "People" section of the website.
SUMMER TRAVELS: Check into http://users.aol.com/carrtrek.index.htm occasionally to follow the Jim (1984) and Marci Anderson Carr (1986) One-year Cross Country Trek with their dog, Buck. Now over two months on the road from Maryland in their camper, they were last known to be around Niagara Falls and headed to the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton. Jim updates the Carrs' progress on the site about every one to two weeks.
BIRTHDAY CLUB: There is an online form for submitting your birthday information in preparation of posting alums' birthdays online so the rest of us can help you celebrate the day. The information is being sent to Laura Vandevender Collins (1973), who will keep track of them and post the dates (month and day only) online according to month. The Birthday Club idea was candlelit by Neal Pizzano (1976).
TEACHER/STAFF PHOTOS: Still working on it. I have 24-years worth of photos to archive! Thanks for your patience.
The deadline for the August issue of the MSO is Saturday September 20. We hope you'll share your news with everyone next month!
Happy reading all.....
Bob Lau, Editor/Webmaster The Midnight Sun Online
From: Neal Lee Pizzano firstname.lastname@example.org(1976) Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 Subject: Peary High School
I met with Stanley Siegel, Director of Development for the Hebrew Academy of Greater Washington, on Thursday afternoon, July 24, 1997. Kim Havens from Montgomery Meeting and Events was also present. The meeting went quite well as we discussed the future of the site and what involvement Peary Alumni might take.
First, the site plans have not yet gone through their final approval stage. That has to be approved before any construction can take place. Second, they have raised a little more than one third of the required funding, and are working hard to secure the rest. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
That is where I stepped in. I proposed, verbally, that the Peary Alumni could ban together and raise some money for the site. In exchange we could receive a plaque of recognition, dedicating the area we secure for funding.
Since we do not officially have an alumni association, I represented myself as a member of the non-profit group called Human Opportunities through Physical Education, Inc. (HOPE). This organization was created by three Peary Grads from the class of 1980. Bill Pizzano (my brother), Kevin Sweeney, and Terry Kernan. They asked me, Sue Kenison Wilson (76), Lisa Caroglanian Dorazio (77), and Karen Kushner (82) to assist. Sue, Lisa, and I became board members while working with the organization, along with Bill, Kevin, and Terry. The goal was to use Peary as the facility to house our programs designed to help those with physical and developmental disabilities. We wanted to create opportunities for the achievement of human potential. (We believed there was HOPE for Peary.)
HOPE has some wonderful ideas and programs for the community, and since it is already an established 501 (c)3 organization in Maryland, I felt more comfortable moving forward with my ideas. I feel you would support them too. (Contact me for more information about H.O.P.E., Inc.)
Through the auspices of H.O.P.E., I can forge ahead with a couple of ideas. First, begin working on a 5K race to be held annually at the facility and call it the "Robert E. Peary 5K Race." The race will be held in the spring. Second, begin to form a REAL alumni association. Third, begin raising monies for a construction project. (My idea would be for the track, but there may already be a sponsor for that, so we will have to choose a portion of the facility to raise money for.)
I will need volunteers to assist me with this major undertaking. Let me know if you want to help out, and possibly in what area(s). We can start with a banquet tentatively planned for October 20th at Silo Inn, to raise seed money to begin funding the race and other projects.
The Hebrew Academy is very receptive, at this point, to our involvement. I feel we can form a great and lasting bond with them. They may even consider the idea I gave them to allow us to have an annual "Homecoming Dance" if our partnership can be strong enough. (I think it will!)
The school will be named after Melvin J. Berman, a man of great stature within the Washington Jewish community. The auditorium will be named after Rockville resident Sylvia S. Ely-Jacobs, and called the SYLVIA S. ELY AUDITORIUM. Mrs. Ely-Jacobs was a talented actress, appearing in Broadway shows as a member of the Orson Wells Mercury Players. She is a talented pianist and composer, as well as an author of children's stories. Her commitment is to the educational goals of the academy and to the future of its performing arts curriculum. To date, they have raised over $4.5 million.
Let's show the community and the Hebrew Academy what the Peary Alumni are all about. Let's form the partnership that is needed to see our former school become alive again, and be something other kids can then be proud of.
Contact me NOW for more details, and to "sign up" to help form the strong alliance that will benefit all of us!
From: John Alvey JLAlvey@compuserve.com (1979) Date: Sat, 26 Jul 1997 Subject: The Alvey (John) Update
Not much to tell, really. Been through, or should I say "flown through, over, under, landed on, landed in, crashed in, escaped from" 31 countries, hunting down persons that threaten our national security and other persons that just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Have had much fun and adventure traveling the world over since my graduation from R.E. Peary in 1979.
Currently serving as the First Sergeant for a BlackHawk Helicopter unit based out of Ansbach, Germany. This is my eleventh year overseas, flying and supervising helicopters for the military. The pay is very good, particularly for those of us that fly. All pay is tax-free when you fly in places like Bosnia, Saudi, Kuwait and many other "hotspots." Imagine making $6K a month and owing no taxes at the end of the year. The IRS hates me, but I ALWAYS pay my Maryland taxes! The flying lends itself to fine-tuning my other hobby, mountain climbing. We fly over alpine peaks and have a bird's-eye view of the route needed to climb before we hit the trails! (Germans wave at helicopters, Austrians ignore them, Italians beg them to land, The Swiss shoot at them!) I encourage anyone that has yet to travel to Europe and the Alps to please do so before they are too old. Once you find yourself on a peak miles from anyone else you may just find true solitude. You may also decide never to go home, as many Americans and Canadians that I have met in the Alps have done. It's definitely "Different." Not to mention the fact that there's only one "Matterhorn" and only one "Mount Blanc." My saying is that "you can always go home," I just haven't reached that point yet. I will retire at the ripe age of 40, maybe then!
As many of you know my older brother Jim (76) spends his days making more money than me and his nights touring the east coast with his band "Blue Steel." I can't figure this out, he's at the club everynight AND gets paid for it while I'm flying at night in pitch dark with night-vision goggles on 15 feet off the ground at 175 MPH just asking for a cold, brutal and fire-comsuming death! Go figure. Who's having more fun?
I can also claim eye-witness to your hard earned tax-dollars at work. Just finished an eight month trip to Bosnia and the former Yugoslavia where I saw, amongst other less family-oriented things, millions and millions of U.S. dollars spent to keep U.N. soldiers (i.e. other countries that you may not even know existed) happy and comfy while we flew everything from war criminals to the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. I didn't enjoy a minute of either flight, seriously(!), at least not in retrospect. Well, the cheerleaders were okay, two were actually from the D.C. area. My boys flew over 3,000 hours and 450 missions without an accident. Anyways, if you don't like what the Defense Department is spending money on then let your Congressperson or Senator know it! Heck, you live right down the street from Congress, right?
Would like to say hello to my high school buds and former Rockville neighbors (79) Ken Boyd, Paul Lucas, Paul Dumars, Greg Eubanks, Glen Folkes, Mary Mable, Kathy Turner, Nancy Murtaugh, Lynn Jones, Melissa Hambright (80), none of whom are mentioned at the Peary website. Where the heck are they? I've been online BBSing since 1986, if you all need a computer and modem please email me, I have a basement full.
Take care, and when you see a military helicopter fly overhead take a minute and think about whoever it might be for putting aside the 9-to-5 life and serving their country instead.
From: Daniel M. Bowen email@example.com (1983) Date: Sat, 30 Jul 1977 Subject: Update
My brother William H. Bowen II Graduated 1978, sister Laura Joan (Bowen) Wise Graduated 1979, and sister Mary Beth (Bowen) Reisinger Graduated 1980.
My brother now lives in Pheonix. One of my sisters, Mary Beth, moved to Phoenix at the same time where she met her husband, Steve. She now has a 2-1/2 year old son named Zachery. My other sister lives in Kansas, now, before that she lived in Anchorage, Alaska for four years. Her husband, Herald "Mickey" Wise, is a Sgt. Major in the US Army, they are currently stationed at Ft. Reiley.
I live in Columbia, MD and still go down to the old stompin' grounds every once in a while. I'll tell you one thing, the pictures on this page don't lie. The old place, Peary, looks pretty bad.
I have a seven year old daughter, Megan, and an eighteen year old stepson, Stephen. I've been married to the same woman for 9 years and I'm lovin it.
From: Elizabeth "Eileen" Brown Carter firstname.lastname@example.org (1965) Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997 Subject: Peary High School
Have been using the Peary track for exercise and am unhappy to report that it is in sad shapemaybe when the new owners take possession they will fix. On a brighter note a lot of people use the track and the field mostly for soccer. Have been out of school for 32 years and in that time I have had one daughter Kristl Leigh Naples-Widner (25). She has given me four grandchildren, Theron R. Naples, Christine and Melonie Saah, and Montana Widner. I still live in the same house on the corner of Aspen Hill and Frankfurt Drive with my parents.
My sister Donna who graduated in 1966 has four children Patricia (83) Rebecca (83), Jeannie (Wheaton 85), and Russ (he never made it to Peary he went to Wheaton) and 13 grandchildren she is married to an 18 wheel driver and has 13 grandchildren. Some of you might remember my Uncle Francis who sat in the front yard with a cooler and beer. He passed away approximately 10 years ago, he worked at Wheaton, Belt, and Peary but he worked at Peary after we (1965) graduated.
I was go glad to find this site and hope it can continue. I have mailed a little donation to help, but secretaries dont make much money. Only one from Peary I have run into is Kathy Finley and I do not see her much. Worked for Western Union for about 22 years but the company and I had to divorce ourselves from each other so have now started a new career as a secretary for Vitro Corporation which is now Tracor Corporation have been with this company almost eight years.
Well sure would like to receive eMail from classmates and someone who is more organized than I am to set up a reunion for our class for our 35th maybe. Please eMail me at email@example.com.
Update from Eileen: Thu, 21 Aug 1997
I found out about the Peary/MSO from a 1966 graduate, Gale Senseman Privette.
Memorable Incident: Graduating and finally realizing there is a big world out there because at 18 one never knew
Since High School: I have been married twice divorced twice and working for 20 years with Western Union and parting company with them moving on to a new career as a secretary with Vitro and raising my daughter as a single parent
Future Plans: Keep on living and keep spoiling my grandkids
Favorite Teacher: Mr. Zamponga who he was just real nifty and a good teacher
Missing People? Can't help here... have only run into one classmate and that was Kathy Finley and she just recently got married and I don't know her new name.
From: Anonymous 1976 grad from Osicom/Cray Comms, Annapolis Date: Fri, 1 Aug 1997 Subject: Tracking down old classmates
I was wondering if anybody knows where Jim Chuppela, class of 76 is. Last time I saw him he was working at a hotel in VA. Or Craig Entwistle, class of 77; or Harry Walker, class of 76.
[Jim Chupella, at last update, is living in Washington, DC. Harry Walker, Jr. has, unfortunately, passed on.]
From: Diana K. Sugg firstname.lastname@example.org (1983) Date: Sun, 3 Aug 1997 Subject: I will find a way or make one
My sister just told me about the Peary High on-line newsletter, and congrats! I graduated in 1983, the year before the school closed. The atmosphere was pretty melancholy, and it was hard to get students to participate in stuff. I was the yearbook editor, and "I will find a way or make one," was the book's theme. I'm a reporter for the Baltimore Sun, but have been working for A.P. and other papers around the country until 1995, when I moved back to the area.
Please put me on the e-mail list. I also have the e-mail address of another 1983 grad, Sandra Guardado. Her e-mail is email@example.com.
My sister told me about the happy hours, and I will definitely try to make one. Again, thank you so much for reviving Peary. It was a great school, and I hate to see it rotting there on Arctic. It's wonderful to know Peary's spirit is alive.
Take care, and again, thank you so much, Diana K. Sugg
From: Janet Peters JPeters600@aol.com (1980) Date: Tue, 5 Aug 1997 Subject: Hello Peary Alumni!
Dear Friends and Classmates:
I finally caught up on reading past issues of the MSO. It is so great to hear what old acquaintances are doing with their lives. I thought I'd share a little about mine...
Living out in Colorado since 1994, I thought I'd left so much behind me... Believe it or not...everywhere I turn, I meet someone who graduated from or knows someone who graduated from Peary High School. One day, my boss called me into his office to introduce me to a new employee in my group - Laura Kelly (Class of 1977). A few months later, I went to a baby shower for a friend. The hostess of the baby shower - Cheryl Lera Whitzman (Class of 1979). I go to the grocery store and run into Natalie Bell (Class of 1980).
Peary alumni...they're everywhere. Taking Colorado by storm!
Last summer while on business in Richardson, Texas, I worked on a project with the daughter-in-law of Sari Hines McKay (Class of 1963, and author of our Alma Mater). Sari also happens to work with my mom at Vitro/Tracor in Silver Spring.
Although my new home is nowhere near my old Maryland "stompin' ground," it's amazing just how many folks have chosen to settle in Colorado. Among others: Ron Bostwick (Steamboat Springs, Class of 77), Andy Torri (Boulder, Class of 81), Nancy Ashworth Callahan (Broomfield, Class of 80) and a few more that I've yet to run into in line at the DMV. I'm thinking we need to find a central location and conduct our own alumni happy hour (or ski trip - we can all crash at Ron's!).
To let you know a little about my life...I'm currently working as a Systems Analyst for MCI Telecommunications in Colorado Springs. I love it here. It's a beautiful place to live and a great place to raise children. We built a new home here in 1994. I have a gorgeous view of Pikes Peak from my kitchen window. We have "company" all the time. We love playing tour guide to all of our friends and relatives from out of town. I've gone from an hour-plus commute to Pentagon City to a 15 minute leisurely drive into the office.
I'm a single mom these days. I have one child, David, 8 years old. He's a GREAT kid! He keeps me on my toes. Together, we are very involved in cub scouts, baseball, PTA and other school activities. We have traveled all over Colorado, to California, and recently to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
My older sister Trish (Class of 1977), is married and living in Poolesville, MD with her husband and three daughters, Katie, Kelly, and Jenny. Trish is a full time nurse, busy mom, basketball coach, and CCD teacher. Her husband Les is a medic with the Montgomery County Fire Dept.
My younger sister, Sue, or "Suzi" (Class of 1982) as she is called by her peers, is married to Atam Ozkayan (also a PHS graduate). They have settled in Rockville, close to home. Sue works for GEICO Federal Credit Union and is a "new" mom. Nicholas (11 months), is her pride and joy! Sue's husband Atam, is employed by BMW.
Does anyone have addresses for the following Class of 80 people: Sandra Washington, Lynn Draize, Ellen Wolf, June Steele, Faye Stedman? If so, please pass them on to me at:
Would also love to hear from any of my old Aspen Hill Theatre employee / Peary friends: Mark Wolf, Steve Filler, Susan Filler, Bruce Dickstein and Murph! ("I'm goin' down to da corna" - inside joke). I'm sure I left out a few names.
Thanks for keeping this website up and running. It's been great reading about and hearing from old friends.
Health and Happiness to All!
Janet Peters Class of 1980
From: Lisa Talmud, aka Allie Raye firstname.lastname@example.org (1981) Date: Tue, 5 Aug 1997 Subject: ALLIE RAYE'S COMMERCIAL
HELLO THERE EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Here is an update of what is looking like to be a wonderful start of the show business season.....
I booked an international commercial...It is with Michael Richards who plays Kramer on Seinfeld.....The product is Voda Cellular Phone and will only show in Australia. We begin shooting tomorrow.
My role, (which may be hard to believe ..heeheh) is a trashy Australian Bar Maid. I show alot of cleavage and have messed up hair with blacked out teeth. It's hilarious. I went to wardrobe today and it looks like a pretty big production. I am very excited. Also, I am now a full-fledged member of SAG (screen actors guild) Ha! NO MORE FREEBIESSSSSSSSS!!! WAHOO....
I want to thank you all for your letters of support and asking me about my career. I shall keep you all posted as what is happening as it happens. My agent and I are very positive this is going to be a wonderful experience.
Stay in touch and if you want a copy of the commercial just let me know and we can email back and forth. Pictures from the shoot will be put up on my web page within a couple weeks so keep checking back from time to time on the fan news page.
Till Then.....thanks for the support and don't forget me when I make it big!! heehehhe
Love and peace,
[Allies's new headshot can be seen on the website under People News]
From: Laurie Heflin Basham CnLBasham5@aol.com (1980) Date: Thu, 7 Aug 1997 Subject: Koi Festival of the Arts
I just found the Midnight sun and I think it is a great way to find out what alumni are up to these days. I live in New Market MD, with my husband Charlie and children, all boys, 11, 8, and 6. I have been teaching art in Howard Co. for 13 years and I'm also woking as a professional artist. I will be participating in the Koi Arts Festival at the Lillipons in Buckeystown on Labor Day weekend. Hope to see some Peary people there!
From: Jim Hardman email@example.com (1976) Date: Fri, 08 Aug 1997 Subject: Update
Bob Lau has been after me for about a year to write a piece and to let folks know what I've been up since I graduated from Peary.
I could make up a really pretty story but unfortunately for me I don't lie all that well. Or maybe I do - I write a lot. I have yet to get paid for any of it, but I do write - in an era where functional illiteracy seems to be a norm, this certainly makes me an oddball.
And that brings us to the subject of what I've been doing for 20-odd years... I've been being an oddball. Those who might remember me from Peary probably remember me hanging out at the smoking court or at the Black Path. To anyone who knew me well at all, it was obvious I was not going for the college career path. I graduated, and got a chance to visit my sister out in Texas, and this young man went west, to Houston. I didn't come back for three years. I had a great time, mostly, with my first steady job being an armed security guard, which lasted a year and a half. Yup, me. An armed guard and amazingly enough, nothing ever was stolen from any of the car dealerships I guarded. After that, I wound up in a series of restaurant jobs, eventually working for a year at one of the very first Chili's. It was a fun place with great people, and I became quite the Bohemian.
That one word probably can sum up my career, if you'd care to call it that. Bohemianism. Any work I ever did was only for the weekend, for the nights out, for the good times. And sooner or later, as any of the old folks could and did tell you, the good times will catch up with you. I'm sort of a poster-boy that neighbors can point out to their kids and say "don't let this happen to you."
I did go to college for a while, making the Dean's List and Honor Roll for three straight part-time semesters at Montgomery College, while working at Vitro Labs doing very primitive computer-assisted design. When I transferred to the University of Maryland later, a paper I researched and wrote for my English 100 class (concerning magnetohydrodynamics and applications thereof to flight, and some political position papers on population growth) got me out of any required English classes up to the 391 courses, Technical Writing, to which field my English professor practically begged me to devote myself. Well, I still write science fiction.
U of M didn't suit me well. I've always been painfully shy and on that campus of 70,000 - well, you know how there's always a few kids in class who just can't hack it and won't admit it and basically go nuts? That's me. Lots of problems outside of school, bad relationships, bad friendships, money problems, you name it - it all added up to bailing out of college. Nothing to be proud of but hey. "Stuff happens."
I wound up working for the Federal Communications Commission, where I put in my three years required for Career status, now a meaningless distinction. I and three other people hired as temps wiped out a three year backlog of pager-facility and cellular-tower applications in about a year and a half, and I personally sent all of one floor's antiquated files to be microfilmed and archived. Much fun was not had by all.
I made the mistake of leaving for a better-paying job right as a recession started due to the Gulf War, and my new job folded. I wound up in the temporary-clerk market, and ended up heading out west again. I have done temp work in New Mexico, Denver (icky), and Austin - but temporary work is not something that is restful for someone who is almost pathologically shy. All of those good times from my early twenties combined with bad chemistry and too many new faces in too many new places, no constancy nor consistency and no anchoring place. In the middle of the mid-90s recession, I wound up homeless in Austin Texas. I have one thing to say about that, and that is this: there are a lot of good kind Texans and God bless 'em. Also I must express thanks to the Social Security Administration, which now pays my rent.
I tend to spend my endless time educating myself (I've become fairly expert in the Linux variant of UNIX), annoying people in UseNet by engaging in endless debates, generally on topics regarding probable sociological impacts of technical innovations such as the Internet, or Welfare reform, or the fate of the District of Columbia and the Washington Metro Region - in fact, if you'll disregard some of the more shameful indications of my illness you can find some fairly worthy rhetoric under my byline in dc.general on UseNet. I also write some science fiction now and then, trying to deal with issues that can be reasonably expected to occur in the near-future, about five to ten years from now.
I also spend a lot of time (and scarce income resources) building up my computer, which I have totally rebuilt at least four times, which now serves the Internet as the Linux host 'earthops.org', with about 48meg of RAM and 4 gigs of harddrive. My Rohypnol Alert Pages have been cited from the homepages of Congressmen and CNN, as well as by many collegiate daterape resource pages. Maintaining 'earthops.org', keeping up with correspondence and authoring web-pages (I have about 230) provides occupational therapy. Between my two web-sites, I serve about 100 to 150 megabytes to the net, per week, on average. One of my stories, http://www.clark.net/pub/klaatu/interlude.html has been downloaded 75,000 times. I only wish I was getting paid for this.
I occasionally regret that I never did acquire the usual trappings of a successful life, never married, never had kids, that all I ever did was to go and acquire a lot of interesting memories of a lot of different places and a lot of different people - some of which, modified of course so as to not offend, will someday appear in the stories that form in my mind whenever I look at people, and places, and watch them interact... and I ask myself (all unawares of the particulars) - "what if"...
On sunny days I can occasionally be observed doing yardwork at the family house, wondering where twenty and more years have gone, no doubt quite frequently watching my Peary classmates' children drive by on hot dates, and ponder how much of my neighborhood has so greatly changed - and how much of it still remains the same.
At any rate, for what it's worth, I'm still here...
Jim Hardman, Class of '76 http://earthops.org http://www.clark.net/pub/klaatu/
From: Daniel Cannon firstname.lastname@example.org (1973) Date: Fri, 08 Aug 1997 Subject: up-date
Hello Everyone, It's difficult to know where to begin after being away from the Rockville area for 24 years. I just went on line about two weeks ago and Steven told me about this web page. What a great idea. Bob and the rest of the gang who put this together are owed a debt that is not easily repaid. I'm in the process of retiring from the Marine Corps after 23 years and staying in the Charlotte area. I have two daughters Maiko who is 19 and Ayako who is 16 (going on 27, I think she gets it from her Japanese side). Maiko is out on her own and Ayako is going into her Jr year of High School. Noriko and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary last December and she is looking forward to my retirement and settling down as much as I am. I only have one regret from my time in the Corps and that was my girls missed the chance I had in growing up with the same kids all the way from elementary school to high school. Some of you met them at the 20th reunion (class of 73) and on the way back to Daytona Beach they both said it was cool being able to talk to people you knew your whole life. With our girls growing up and moving on we bought two dogs into our family. Gunny we've had for 4 years and he's a mixed bull dog, Hanako is 5 months and she is a pug. They are good friends and they travel with us everywhere. It's a rule in the car that Gunny has the front passenger seat to keep me company while I'm driving. Noriko and Hanako sit in the back and when we switch drivers the dogs also move. Neal, I hope you weren't serious about providing all the information on any family we had from Peary, I don't think I have enough room. It's nice to be back in-touch again. SEMPER FI
From: Steven Cummings email@example.com (1981) Date: Sat, 09 Aug 1997 Subject: Andrea Leontsinis, Class of '81
Mr. Andrea Leontsinis, Class of 1981, lost his brother Theo on Thursday, August 7, 1997.
Theo was a member of Sherwood's class of '84 (I think). Theo joined his brother Andrea in Miami approximatley three years ago to begin a new career in Restaurant Management. Preliminary cause of death is a heart attack.
I hope to have Andrea's e-mail address soon. Once I receive this information, I will pass it along.
From: Rolfe Ashworth firstname.lastname@example.org (1979) Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997 Subject: Update
AWESOME!! Just a quick note. I'm Rolfe Ashworth by the way. You might know my older sisters Melissa and Laura. I see you already have Nancy's address. A reader's digest version of my life since graduating in 1979.
1. Went to WVU right after high school. Dropped out after 3 semesters 2. Joined the Navy to see the world. They sent me to Bethesda Naval hospital. I was an OR tech there. 3. Got out of the Navy in 87 and went to Penn State and got a degree in Architectural Engineering in 92. 3. Got married the next week. 4. Went back in the Navy as a Civil Engineer Corps Officer. 5. Have been in Beaufort, SC since 93. First job I administered construction contracts. Second job I was, and still am, the Public Works Officer at the Naval Hospital in Beaufort. 6. At the end of the month, we (Michele and Elisabeth- we had a baby in 94) move to Gulfport, MS where I will be attached to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74. I will be deploying to Okinawa in November for 7 months. Hope to get on-line over there.
Isn't it amazing how time flies when you are having fun?
I will pass this on to Laura Ashworth (now Laura McCloughan - yes she married Mike McCloughan class of 75) as they are on-line and in Norfolk, VA. Mike's a Commander in the Coast Guard. They have two great kids.
Thanks for tracking us down. Look forward to reading the web page.
Rolfe Ashworth GO NAVY!! GO SEABEES!!
From: Gary Gaskins RedVett65@aol.com Date: Thu, 14 Aug 1997 Subject: Midnight Sun
Thanks to all for the great time I had, and I am truly sorry for those I did not remember. And I also thank those who remembered me. Of course I look much better now than I did in high school. Just funning! I had a blast!!!!
I think we should do it again next year. I am also sorry to not see the ones who didn't show up or the ones I did not get to see. Next time. But hey you probably wouldn't have remembered me anyway. You all are great!!!
It was such a high 20 years later. And to those who missed it, Your loss! Love you all!! These many years later!
From: Carol Cotton Hendrix email@example.com (1964) Date: Fri, 15 Aug 1997 09:00:54 -0400 Subject: 1964 Update
Most Memorable Incident: Hearing that President Kennedy had been shot. I was in Chorus class (Carol Bauer's class). Someone in the office turned on the public address system and they were broadcasting news off the radio. Miss Bauer got annoyed because it just sounded like noise and it was interferring with our rehearsal. Then one by one, as people started hearing what was being announced, they stopped singing and just sat there in shock. Miss Bauer started yelling at us (she was so intent in the rehearsal that she hadn't been listening to the radio and didn't yet know what had happened.) Eventually someone told her what had happened and that was the end of class. Some people were crying, but most were just struck dumb with shock and disbelief. When the bell rang and we left the room, it was also strange because for once the halls were quiet. No one could believe it. That's hard to understand today, since there have been many political assassinations since then, but nothing like this had happened in our lifetime or even our parents' lifetimes and we just couldn't believe it could happen.
Since Peary: Went to college (spent time abroad in England) and graduated in 1968. Married in 1970. Bought a house and had 2 kids and assorted cats. Have been a paralegal in a law firm for the past 9 years.
Future Plans: Lots of travel. Retirement in about 10 years.
Favorite Teacher: I just can't limit it to one. Mrs. Blazek - all time best English teacher. Mr. Gibbs and all the shows he directed and for introducing me to D.W. Griffith's films in his drama class. Mr. Thomas, who inspired me to go into political science. Miss Bauer for instilling a love for music (I still sing in choirs).
My son graduated from Lehigh University on June 1, 1997 and he got a special award which is given to Environmental Science majors. He started work on June 30 as an environmental scientist with an engineering firm (had a job offer before he even started final exams). I'm very proud of him. Daughter Katie is still in college and plans to teach in some area of special education. Nothing much new to report since my last submission. We've traveled to Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard. We'll be going to Maine in September. Plan to travel to Great Britain next summer (been there many times). This time we are going to York, the Lake District and Scotland. This new on-line reporting system is great. Now if we could only locate a few more people from my class. It would be great to have a 35th reunion in 1999. If anyone out there knows anyone from the class of 1964, please spread the word.
From: Patricia Toler c/o firstname.lastname@example.org (1983) Date: Fri, 15 Aug 1997 Subject: Dealing with the system
I have been involved with the legal system as well as protective services. Let me tell you, it is not fun. You are scrutinized for everything that you do and say. You have to watch what you do, where you go and who you associate with. I found out the hard way, that by trusting the wrong person, the courts and protective services will take a child away from you; even though you are not being charged with anything, they will still take the child away until you prove to them that you are not the person they think you are. I have been dealing with the system for four months now and I am still trying to prove to everyone that I am a capable and responsible adult. I also found out that unless you have money, the courts don't give two squats about whether you are a good person or not. If involved in a custody case, the judge will go by who is represented by the more expensive lawyer. This, I think, was the case in my situation. I am still trying to get adequate legal council so that I may get my daughter back. Right now she is living in another county with a relative of her father's. He didn't really want the responsibility of raising her, he just wanted to take her from me to get back at me for having his mother arrested for trespassing and battery.
Other than that, my life has pretty much been uneventful. My sister, Rebecca Toler, got married June 28, 1997, and from what I hear, it was a very interesting ceremony. This is her second marriage. She has two children, a boy and a girl, and she just now inherited a step-son. I am engaged to be married to a gentleman, with whom I have been living with for a year now. We haven't set a date yet. We are still trying to come up with inexpensive ideas for the wedding. If anyone has any suggestions, please e-mail me at email@example.com. This is my aunt's e-mail address (until I get one of my own), and she will relay any responses to me.
Patricia Toler c/o Eileen Brown Carter firstname.lastname@example.org (1983) Date: Fri, 15 Aug 1997 Subject: Reunion for the 1983 Class
I wanted to know when the reunion for the class of 1983 is going to be. Also I would like to know if it is already being handled or if the committee is in need of any type of assistance or ideas. I can be reached at the following:
E-mail me c/o email@example.com Patricia Toler
From: Janet Mischou Dosik Sugar@aol.com (1976) Date: Sat, 15 Aug 1997 Subject: Update
Children: Jenna Kaye 12 yrs. and Daniel Lawrence 9 yrs.
Memorable Incident: Probably something that Suzanne and I did!
Since High School: Falling in love...getting married..raising two beautiful children trying to live life to the fullest...enjoying my family:)
My Future Plans: Hopefully a lot more of the same...Making my life, as well as other's around me as pleasant as possible...My husband and I also enjoy traveling:)
Favorite Teacher: Ms. Luck!!! just cuzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm sure I can be of some help locating some people. I'd like to help any way that I can. Bye for now :}
From: Bruce Alan Kibler firstname.lastname@example.org (1974) Date: Sun, 17 Aug 1997 Subject 1974 Alum Update
Children: I'll let you know in March!!
Memorable Incident: For me, the fact that I graduated a year early and in the same class as my older brother Robert, who now lives in Minneapolis and is on the brink of his PhD. in English Literature and a job as a professor.
Since High School: Oh my god! I went on for my bachellors at the U of Md in Political Science, then a Masters in German Language and Literature also at U of Md and the worked at COMSAT (Communications Satellite Corp) while getting a Masters in Business and Information Technology from Johns Hopkins. At this time I already had my first marriage behind me and had met my current wife, a German citizen. We did a long distance relationship for about a year and a half and then decided we had to make a decision. She moved to the US and we married. After I finished the Masters at Johns Hopkins we decided to move to Germany and try our luck - I got a job inside of a week!!!!!, and began enhancing my career through the international experience in Germany. I have just enrolled in a PhD program at the University of South Africa and just found out a few weeks ago that we are going to have a child sometime in the March timeframe. The short version!
Future Plans: PhD, fatherhood, and probably either professorship somewhere or opening a small business somewhere, this corporate world stuff is for the dogs - but, gotta make a livin' as they say. All in all I'm very open for future challenges. Most likely I will be sent to another country by my company to help build a new company while raising a new child and hopefully two new children while working on a PhD and collecting money for a better life by the age of fifty!
Favorite Teachers: Mr. Hill, the math teacher and Mr. Hassler, another math teacher with physical education duties. Mr. Hill because he was the most enlightened teacher in the school who still had vision and the desire to give students the freedom to discover thier potential. Mr. Hassler because there is a town in the region where I live in Germany with his name!
People? Robert Kibler, my brother Minneapolis, Minnesota University of Minnesota English Department
From: Ruth-Ann "Missie" Ridgway Rubin LARMIS@worldnet.att.net (1968) Date: Sun, 17 Aug 1997 12:47:08 -0400 Subject: Update
Hi everyone! I am Ruth-Ann (Ridgway) aka Missie Rubin class of 1968. I just learned of this web site from Gale Privette (class of '66) Thank you, thank you Gale! I will try to keep this brief as sometimes, when I get started at the keyboard, my fingers just keep typing and typing, etc.
The day after graduation, my dad transferred to up-state New York. Although I had been accepted at Montgomery College, my parents did not wish to "leave me behind" so the day classes started at the local community college, I registered and started school. Needless to say, I was not excited about the move, leaving my friends and especially my high school sweetheart, Larry Rubin (class of '66). After one year in this snowy, cold area, Larry and I were married on July 12th, 1969. Yes, we are still together and best of friends having just celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary.
Larry was in the Navy when we married. We moved from Maryland to Charleston, S.C. for a while, then back to Silver Spring, Columbia, etc. In 1980, Larry was offered a wonderful position in Miami so we moved south. Wow, this is a great place!
We have two children, a son Art, 26 who will be married on October 19th this year and a daughter, Patti, 23 who is married and has two beautiful sons. We are grandparents! Both of the kids live close by which is wonderful. Larry and I thoroughly enjoy our roles as Granny and Gramps.
After both of the children had moved on, we bought an older home on deep water in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. We have a 35' Bertram cabin cruiser at our dock out back. We call this our "floating condo". Most weekends we are out scuba diving and/or heading to locations to just anchor out. Truly this provides for a wonderful, relaxing escape.
I worked for many years as a Licensed Mortgage Broker (even after all of my struggles with math, thank you Mr. Hill for all of your help!). In 1986 I retired from my job as a Vice President of the Bank handling mortgages. Unfortunately, my health had not been kind to me as in 1983 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Between the job, kids, house, life, etc., etc. working just had to go the wayside. Today, although at times I have my moments I am doing well, thank God.
Larry and I belong to a Boat Club in which I have been the editor for the last six years. I have enjoyed the position as it has helped me to overcome some of my fears in this computer age. My newsletter began as a simple one or two page letter and now has increased due to scanning capabilities and graphics.
After reading about the web site, Larry and I read every topic. I then got on the phone and called my brother, Art Ridgway and told him. Art lives in Pennsylvania. Although he does not have e-mail or internet access, I shared with him as much as "Ma Bell" would allow. Art has two sons. My sister Lynn (she attend Peary until our move in '68 and would have been class of '70) lives in Williamsburg, Virginia with her three children. For those who remember my sister Rachel, unfortunately she passed away in February 1980. Dad passed away in July, 1990 and mother is struggling with a terrible illness. Mother lives nearby me so I tend to her care as much as possible.
I have rattled on long enough I am sure. Hey, where is the rest of the class of '68? I would love to hear from you. If you come to Florida i.e. Ft. Lauderdale, call me.
From: Anne E. Hardman HardmanA@exmur.nia.nih..gov (1965) Date: Mon, 18 Aug 1997 11:01:02 -0400 Subject: Update
Memorable Incident: I remember painting part of the set for "My Fair Lady". Tommy Reilley was the stage manager, and came up to talk to me while I was painting. "Hey, Anne...", "Yes, Tommy??"I answered, and painted a black stripe down his face...well I guess you had to be there!
Since High School: After graduating with a BS in zoology from the University of Maryland, I went to work for the National Institutes of Health, first in a lab studying animal behavior, then for a computer information group tracking research grants. I now work in the planning office of the National Institute on Aging, where I am everybody's favorite basic science and computer nerd.
In the off hours I learned to canoe, ski and sail, bought a house in Silver Spring, developed a passion for gardening, and went through any number of boyfriends.
Future Plans: To take each day as it comes, and sail a lot!
Teachers: Pearl Richardson (I know it was Pearl at least) who taught advanced biology. She really focussed my interest (if not talent) in biological sciences.
I've been in e-mail contact with Susan Baker Tarpley and Jill Gonski Berokwitz! Jill is a Psychiatrist in Baltimore, Susan has been a stay at home mom and volunteer.
From: Robert E. Kibler email@example.com (1974) Date: Mon, 18 Aug 1997 Subject: Update via Classmate Update
Since High School: went to St. Mary's College, Md - Married, reproduced, divorced - U.S. Special Operations, 4 years - MA English Lit Univ Md, Been teaching various lit courses, Taught "History, Literature, Art of the West from 8th B.C. to 1453 A.D. for the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing - PhD University Minnesota, Influence of Chinese Language Theory on The Development of Ezra Pound's Paradiso Terrestre - A few articles, a few speaking engagements, editing an anthology of the Egoist, a turn of the century British periodical - Married again, divorced again.
Future Plans: Get vested in the academy and turn to writing fiction. Marry again, maybe reproduce again. Maybe Vietnam, definitely a trip down the Nile.
Memorable Teachers: Miss Iris Knight from English Manor Elementary, for playing her violin in class, and reading poetry to us in the year that she died. Miss Fox from Parkland Junior high School. Good looking, and she cared about her marginal students.
Comments: Web page is fancy, but a little slow. Great idea.
From: Edna J. Leung Milbank firstname.lastname@example.org (1974) Date: Tue, 19 Aug 1997 21:14:43 -0400 Subject: Update via Classmate Update
Since High School: After obtaining my undergrad degree at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, I attended medical school at Geo. Wash. U. back here in D.C. After that I did my pediatric residency in Cleveland, OHthe "Mistake on the Lake." Actually Cleveland is a great city with culture, great cultural diversity, friendly people, and great barbecue. I did my training at Rainbow Babies and Childrens Hospital and then headed to the beautiful Pacific NW to do training in Developmental Pediatrics at the U of WA. I lived in Seattle for 2 years. I met my husband there and got to climb part-way up Mt. Rainier. Following that, we moved to Eugene, OR, where I worked for the state for just over a year. At that point, we made a decision to move back to the heat and humidity that I missed so much. We've been back here now for nine years. It's been fun re-establishing contacts with old friends and acquaintances.
Future Plans: Spend more time in the Pacific NW.
Teachers: I will always have the utmost respect for Mr. Warwick Hill. Not only was he a good math teacher but I felt that with his patient, persisitent manner he taught his students to be responsible, expect better of themselves, and strive for their full potential.
From: Paul Shultzaberger not listed online (1971) Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 Subject: Desert Cave Dogs performance...
Paul Shultzaberger's band the Desert Cave Dogs will be playing at the Grand Marquis Cafe on Saturday, August 30, 1997. The Cafe is located in Olney at 18320 Village Mart Drive. Info/Reservation 301-924-3544.
From: Seth Jason email@example.com (1979) Date: Mon, 18 Aug 1997 Subject: RSVP to your email...
First..this is s great site...Its great to see what people are up to since we can't go back to Arctic Ave.....
I graduated in 79' and studied technical theater at Montgomery College, then carried on my studies to the North Carolina School of the Arts. I graduated in 1986 with my diplomia in Technicial Production with a emphasis in electrics and special effects. I worked at Kings Dominion and in Maine during the summer months of school. I landed a job with a lighting rental house in Washington DC, and then moved to Baltimore to work with another lighting company. Over the past 7 years my carreer has moved from theater to televison, though I freelance with the stagehands union in Washington DC.
I have worked on several shows including; "In Performance at the White House with Gladys Night" (airing sept 23 or 24th on WETA), the 1996 Summer Olympics, the 1996 Republician Convention from San Diego just to name a few.
I moved back to Carolina to teach a year or so ago, and then moved back here this past March.
I have kept in touch with John Horvat and Charlie Coffman and just ran into Stu Hanson.
I have plans for a November Wedding.
again..this site is great, and let me know what I can so to support and expand this site and our alumni.
Seth Jason 79'
From: Ken Harringer firstname.lastname@example.org (1980) Date: Mon, 18 Aug 1997 13:51:03 -0400 Subject: MSO Article
This is my first posting to the MSO. Over the past few months, MSO has proven to be a cool way to get in touch with folks that, otherwise, I probably would have never gotten in touch with! Many thanks to those who have put so much effort into organizing MSO!
So, what's up with Ken Harringer ('80)? After PHS, I went to Univ of MD, and got a BSEE in '85. Got a job at the Naval Research Lab, where I currently work. I design / develop ground systems for Navy communications satellite needs. I have moved from the bench to Lead Systems Engineer, and direct projects in the 15-35 employee range. I received my Masters of Engineering Management from GW in '95.
In '87, Betsy Green ('80) and I were married. We started dating around '82 or so. We now live in Hillandale, an older community adjacent to New Hampshire Ave and the beltway. She teaches 4th grade at Cloverly Elementary School. She's been working for Montgomery County Public Schools a little over ten years now.
Our hobbies include camping/backpacking, keeping our dog active, and working on (or around) the house. Betsy has some serious gardening efforts going on (both decorative and vegetable). I have gotten into cycling in a major way. Brother-in-law John Green ('76, email@example.com) has gotten me interested in the Washington DC AIDS Ride, a major annual cycling fundraiser. We rode 350+ miles over four days, from Raliegh, NC, to the mall downtown! I raised over $3,700 to help Washington area residents living with AIDS.
See my website on http://go.pcorner.com/ken for pictures and more! Check out the "Photo Album." Email me with your news!
Hope to hear from you soon,
From: Shari Darr Benson firstname.lastname@example.org (1978) Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 Subject: Update via Classmate Update
Children: Christina 18 and Jim 14 Since High School: working & raising a family
My graduating class should of been in 1979. But I graduated in 1978 one year early.
From: Carla Wardlow Hembrey Hembrey@prodigy.net (1986) Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 Subject: Update via Classmate Update
A friend mentioned that her high school had a website so I thought I'd check it out. I found the Peary site through Yahoo!
Since High School: Went to college at the University of Kansas where I met my husband. I graduated in 1992 with a BA in Anthropology. We now live in a suburb of Kansas City and have a beautiful daughter - Elizabeth.
Memorable Teacher: Mr. GibbsEveryone had all these nightmare stories of how hard he was, and I was so disappointed to learn that he was going to be my Junior English teacher (that was at Wheaton, but I know he came from Peary). I did not do well in his class (I think I got a "C"), but he gave me a real appreciation for literature. I still think of him often.
Missing People: I don't know who's "missing." If you have a list, I'd be happy to review it to see if I can help.
From: Susan "Sue" Baker Tarpley email@example.com (1965) Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 Subject: Update
Memorable Incident: Production of My Fair Lady
Since High School: Some teaching, raising 3 children, a lot of volunteer work
Future Plans: Finish educating our children, travel, hopefully playing with grandchildren one day
Teachers: Mr. Gibbs because he put so much of himself into his teaching. He gave of himself and influenced me a lot.
From: Juliet Pfaehler Retorick JPR-WMR@Juno.com (1978) Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 Subject: Update
Children: David William Retorick 3 - (4 in January) 3 cats - Madam, Hobbes & Oscar
Memorable Incident: During a particular assembly, Mrs. Canter decided to give me an award for something I don't remember. I was sitting way in the back signing a yearbook. I wasn't even listening and her voice came over the loudspeaker - Juliet I know you're out there come on up! I guess the one of the best was being in the play - The Man Who Came To Dinner! They had to first spray my blonde hair black & then dot it grey - 'Calves Foot Jelly"!!!
Since High School: I went to college out west and graduated in Public Relations/Advertising. I then went into Travel and was in the travel industry for a long time. I met my husband in Annapolis in 83 & we were married in 86. We just adopted our son David William Retorick - who is a wonderful little angel! He is a sweet blessing to our family. My husband & I are currently involved in a few of our own business one being an international marketing business, and another a play by mail gaming company. Currently he is over in Croatia with the National Guard for 9 months. We miss him terribly. I am writing this late at night! We have 3 cats - Madam, Hobbes & Oscar. We just bought our first real home last year and are doing well. I am in management & my husband is in sales!
Future Plans: We plan to devote enough time & effort to retire from our 9-5 jobs and travel all around the world! We want to see our son grow up and not just spend a few hours a day letting someone else raise him!
Favorite Teachers: Mr. Gibbs, Mrs. Canter, the Horticulture teacher - Mr ?
Comments: The 10 year reunion... I was dissapointed. I sent in an update and wanted the reunion book. We weren't able to attend. I did get the book but my update was not there - My check was cashed long before the cutoff date!
From: Janice Holliday McCort JanMc3@aol.com (1977) Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 Subject: Update
I found out about the Peary/MSO site from my brothers Frank (class of '80) and Don (class of '76)
Children: Molly Catherine, age 5 (10/25/91); Kate Austin, age 13 mo. (7/6/96); Erin Marie, age 17 (stepdaughter)
Memorable Time: Spring Break 1977; Daytona Beach.
Since High School I was married to Tom Kozlowski (class of '75) for 3 years. I've worked for May Department Stores dba. Hechts, O'neills (Akron), May Co. (Cleveland), May Co. (Los Angeles), Robinsons - May (Los Angeles) since 1977. I celebrate my 20 years with the company this year. I currently am the only part time Executive in my company which is the company's attempt to be family friendly. It is an interesting change. As most moms I am busy with Dance classes, soccer practices, running between birthday parties and babysitters, and loving almost every minute of it. I've been in California long enough to experience the riots and the Northridge quake and had the fortunate experience to run an Emergency Command Ctr. for both. During which time I had my first helecopter ride, put out a lot of fires (literally), pulled Sr. Execs out from underneath tables, and then as a reward handled a $150 million insurance claim. When we aren't having as much fun we have been fortunate to be able to travel to such local favorites as Yosemite, San Francisco, Catalina, Mexico, San Diego, San Luis Obispo (Hearst Castle), Las Vegas, and Arizona to name the favorites. I had hoped to make it to the 20 year reunion but had plans to go to Ireland which now is postponed until October. After all of this we're looking forward to eventually coming home.
Future Plans: Retire/own and operate a Bed and Breakfast in St. Michaels, MD
Teachers: Ms. Luck; she caught me smoking in the bathroom and made me clean the whole bathroom as punishment.
Missing People? Liz Torres Holliday, Naples, Florida
From: Beverly Virginia Hill Theile BeverlyVT@aol.com (1965) Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 Subject: Update
Since High School: [See MSO June 1997]
Future Plans: Keep working in child advocacy, travel with Ken, pray for grand-children (which hopefully will come after daughter-in-laws).
Memorable Teachers: Carrie Luck for the bravery to be the first black educator in a school in the suburbs where this was not just rare, it was unheard of. Ilona Marton for an example of triumph of the spirit over incredible odds. Do you remember that she and her husband had an underground newspaper in Hungary and had to flee during the Hungarian Revolution?
From: Catherine Wilson Catherine_Wilson@fc.mcps.k12.md.us (1970) Date: Fri, 22 Aug 1997 Subject: Update
Children: Mindy Allen (stepdaughter), Jennie O'Leary (stepdaughter), Allison Barrons (stepdaughter)
Grandchildren: Katie O'Leary (6), Nikki O'Leary (4)
Memorable Incident: It seems that all the good memories center on extra-curricular activities. I'm sure I went to classes, but I can't seem to remember anything about them.
Since High School: Married Marc Gottlieb in '74 - divorced in '90. Married George Barrons and lived happily ever after until he died from cancer in April 1997. Earned Ph.D. in counseling. Worked as high school counselor until '97, now working as High School Counselor Specialist in MCPS. Teach graduate courses in counseling at Johns Hopkins. Crazy about gardening, travel, skiing, inline skating, and working on our 84 year old house.
Future Plans: Finish repairing and repainting all my windows.
Teachers: Mabel Thomas and her ruler to measure skirt lengths.
From: Anita Blevins firstname.lastname@example.org (1983) Date: Fri, 22 Aug 1997 17:01:11 -0400 Subject: Update
Memorable Incident: I think our class can brag about many things such as winning the best Homecoming Hall as Juniors, all of our excellent wrestlers who competed at the Regional and State levels, and last but not least having the best cheerleading squad that Peary ever had!
Since High School: I went to college at the University of Virginia, studying Foreign Affairs, and have been working in downtown DC for the past 10 years in the field of international development & training. Along the way I picked up a Masters degree from American University in International Education. I live with my boyfriend of 7 years in Chevy Chase. Our favorite hobby is definitely traveling! I travel overseas from time to time for my job and also try to fit in as many trips, both domestic and international, as I can each year.
Future Plans: I'll either be in the DC area or overseas pursuing my career.
Teachers: I remember Mr. Clarke's European History class fondly, and a lot of what I learned I was able to apply in college when I concentrated in Western Europe and later in my current job working with Central and Eastern Europe. He gave us a great foundation for the study of history in general and taught excellent note-taking skills that came in very handy in my later studies!
From: Daniel Judge email@example.com (1974) Date: Fri, 22 Aug 1997 Subject: Update
Found out about the Peary site from my brother Brian Judge (1966).
Children: Thomas 12, Christopher 10, Katherine 5, Samuel 2
Since High School: Moved to Ohio in the Fall of 74 to attend schoolended up getting into construcion work and studing civil engineering at the University of Akroncurrently working as Union Ironworker for machinery moving conpany in Canton, Oh.
Future Plans: Continue to live in Massillon Oh. and raise family
From: George A. Depp firstname.lastname@example.org (1979) Date: Sat, 23 Aug 1997 Subject: Update
I found out about the Peary MSO website from my brother David (1975).
Children: Timothy 16, Jason 14, Rebekah 10
Memorable Times: Mrs. Glass' art class just because it was a fun class. Mrs. Luck's algebra class. You would never forget her class with all of the John Brownetts and sponging.
Since High School: The usual.... growing up, finishing school, working, marriage and raising a family.
Future Plans: Someday, I hope to get into computer video editing.
From: Lynne Keady Galletti email@example.com (1978) Date: Sat, 23 Aug 1997 Subject: Update
I found out about the Peary website from Marianne Naples Vann, Class of '78.
Children: Michael William 4; Anthony Nathan 3
Memorable Incidents: Graduation, Beach trips with Pat Bryan and Patti Shannon
Since High School: Went to college, got my degree in Accounting, worked for the IRS as a Revenue Agent, got married, had two children and quit my job to stay at home. I'm currently working out of the home as an Enrolled Agent (represent people in front of the IRS) and involved in an up and coming radio show!
Future Plans: To continue enjoying life!
Teacher: Mrs. Zimmerman, she was one of the nicest!
From: Diane Hughes Ivan Bsktwife@aol.com (1966) Date: Sun, 24 Aug 1997 Subject: Update
Heard about the Peary website from the Washington Post article.
Memorable Incident: Having Mrs. Richardson sending me home for having on a scooter skirt that was too short. Getting my twin,Darla, in trouble in the cafeteria- made her laugh after Mrs. Richardson told all of us at the table to quite down. To think that I was so quite back then. Now no one believes me!!
Since High School: Mostly having fun and enjoying life. Mike and I lived in Berlin, Germany for 2 years in the early 70s. I shocked everyone and went back to UM to finish my undergraduate degree in Education. Since 75 I have been teaching in MCPS and loving it. There is NEVER a dull moment or day with elementary students. They really keep me feeling young!
Future Plans: Well, I'll continue to teach until 2005. Yikes- that sounds like a Sci-Fi movie date. Then I'd like to travel, learn American Sign Language and who knows what else.
Teachers: Mr. McKay made Chemistry enjoyable- mixing all those chemicals and having a great lab time with Art R. and Richard Brandenburg. It's a wonder we didn't create some explosionsl Mrs. Sykes was terrific with Algebra I and II. She just had a way of explaining things so that they made sense. Remember using the Slide Rule??? I didn't think I'd ever master it but with her help I did. Also, I'll never forget the day President Kennedy died- I was in Algebra. Wow
From: Neal Lee Pizzano firstname.lastname@example.org (1976) Date: Sat, 23 Aug 1997 Subject: Thanks
I hope you've enjoyed reading the Midnight Sun Online this past year. It is because we all have a sense of loss, that we reach out to the past and find a way to fill that void.
Bob and I started working on this project one year ago. I have enjoyed the enthusiasm and spirit that has exploded upon us as time has progressed. I am glad to have helped bring so many of you back together. But this project could not have really been made possible without the efforts of Bob Lau and his computer knowledge.
I wanted to find a way to keep people in touch with each other. Build a network of addresses that would link Peary Alumni. Bob took that idea a step further and created a visual means of linking us all together. He created the web page.
Once created, but not ready for display, the idea had to get a name. He solicited some suggestions, and the one he liked best was calling it the Midnight Sun. It was modified to today's technology and deemed "The Midnight Sun Online."
Many of you have thanked Bob and I for all the work we've done on this project, but I must really say 'thank you' to all of you first. Without your input and spirit, this project would have died off quickly. Next, any acceptance I make for your thanks is made on behalf of Bob and I, both. This has been a "joint" effort between the two of us. We are constantly bouncing ideas off of each other, and coordinating names, years, events, and other projects that are displayed on the site. But, Bob does all the work on creating and updating the pages, so, Bob deserves the credit for all that work you see displayed.
The spirit of our school will live on because of something that is inside of us all. Because of that, the Midnight Sun Online will be around for a long time to come. Thank you.
[Editor's Notes (as he blushes): Credit for the name "Midnight Sun Online" goes to Diane Arena Wilson, Class of 1976. The Peary/MSO effort is also now supported by a 17-member volunteer team.]
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Diane Hirsch - Class of 1977 email@example.com Living on Kibbutz Ketura in the southernmost part of Israel, married since 1989 to Dan Goldstein, formerly of Ithaca, NY, and the mother of two boys, Yoel, 6 1/2 and Ilan, 21 months. I wish I could be at the reunion next month!
Susan Baker Tarpley - Class of 1965 firstname.lastname@example.org Former elem. school teacher, married to chemist with Eastman Chemical Co., 3 children Treva (1974), Beth (1978), Andy (1982)
Donna Brown Retallick-Glass - Class of 1966 email@example.com (c/o Elizabeth Brown Carter) I have been married for five years to a 18 wheel driver and have four natural children and one from my husband's first marriage. I have 13 grandchildren.
Larry Dickstein - Class of 1976 firstname.lastname@example.org My wife's name is Tobi and I have a 4 year old daughter named Sarah. I stay in touch with Barry Grundy, Class of '76.
Lee Derby - Class of 1982 email@example.com..md.us My brother, Chris, graduated in 1975, and my sister, Julie, graduated in 1978. I taught last year with Traci Boyd Walton (75), and just found out I live across the street from Maureen Difulgo Bladen (76). I'm a fourth grade teacher at Flower Hill ES in Gaithersburg. I'm married and have two daughters, Lindsay (6) and Lauren (2).
Mary Sugg Chahalis - Class of 1980 firstname.lastname@example.org Been living in South Carolina for 10 years, just moved back to the area to be closer to family and a larger metropolitan area! Divorced for 7 years, have a wonderful 8 year old son who loves basketball, fishing, dinosaurs, and camping.
Laura Ashworth McCloughan - Class of 1978 LEAM60@aol.com I have three siblings who also graduated from Peary: 1) Melissa Ashworth Buchanan '76 2) Rolfe Ashworth '79 email@example.com 3) Nancy Ashworth Callahan '80 firstname.lastname@example.org
George E. Klumph "Ed" - Class of 1975 GEKlumph@worldnet.att.net I have a sibling, graduated 1979, Caroline E. Klumph Peters not on net/email.
Daniel P. Cannon - Class of 1973 email@example.com Siblings: Jean, Mary-Jo, Mike, Kevin, David, Brian, Steven, Matthew, Laura, Terry and Patrick Cannon
Eileen McLucas - Class of 1976 firstname.lastname@example.org I graduated from University of Maryland in 1981. I work for U.S. Customs Service.
Stuart Podell - Class of 1983 Stuart.Podell@mci.com I'm currently in Tokyo, Japan on short-term assignment for my company, MCI. I'm here with my wife, Edna, and ten month daughter, Jenna.
Michelle LaBrec Stipp - Class of 1983 email@example.com All my siblings are Peary alumni and I keep in contact with them very often. They are John LaBrec (1974), Jeff LaBrec (1972), and Denice (LaBrec) Kepler (1973).
I was married last year to Tom Stipp. He is originally from Illinois; however, we are loving this Colorado living!!! We do not have any children yet, but we do have two dogs (a mutt and a huskey)! Imagine that! We both work for State Farm Insurance as trainers in the Auto Claim aspect of the company. We both enjoy our jobs very much. Please no insurance questions!!!
I would love to hear about upcoming functions, just in case I may be in town!! thanks for starting the "site"!!!!
Karyl Muirhead Riley - Class of 1982 firstname.lastname@example.org I have 2 sons, Carlin Patrick and Charles Robert (Charlie), who is 6 months old. I have been married to Jim Riley (Class of 84) for 3 1/2 years. He is a submariner in the U.S. Navy. I am a Sales Rep for MBF Corporation in Monroe, Louisiana. We sell custom continuous business forms for laser and tractor feed printers as well as various computer suppllies...
Deborah Ann Carey Brogan - Class of 1966 email@example.com Married 24 years, two children, son Dennis - leaving for college this Sept. and daughter Devon - entering senior year at Gettysburg HS. Husband Bob Brogan, retired from Vitro Labortories. I work as a Data Entry Clerk - moved into the world of computers. Love living in Gettysburg, studying civil war history, genealogy, & other misc. activities. Moving to smaller home in Sept. but staying in the area. I'll update my address when available. Hello to all my classmates and look forward to seeing you at the 50th Birthday bash or next reunion!! Love Debby
Daniel Judge - Class of 1974 DJudge5641@aol.com What a Long Strange Trip It's BeenIt's good to see so many old familiar namesit brings back so many memories! I left for Ohio right after Graduation to go to school and have basically remained here ever since. I'd love to hear from whoever would care to take the time to write meafter 23 yearsI'm sure that we've got quite a bit of catching up to do.
Sharon Parker Cruver - Class of 1967 firstname.lastname@example.org News...hmmmm. I started an on-line network for kids about four years ago with my (then) 11 year old son, Wes. He was into computers and I wanted to keep him busy. Since then, we've opened a training center in Tysons Corner where our "kid volunteers" teach inner-city kids computer skills. Wes's twin sister, Lindsay, writes software reviews for the network and we occasionally pull in the help of my husband, Phil. Got any computer savvy kids you want to keep busy? We're always looking for volunteers! Check out our web site at www.kidzonline.org
Rick Green - Class of 1966 email@example.com I would like to find a Peary graduate from the Class of 1965. Tom Riley was a very good friend. His daughter, Heather, who would be 30-years old, now, is my Goddaughter. I have not seen her for about 13-years. I would really like to find him to renew our friendship and find out how his daughter is doing. Any help you can provide is appreciated.
Brian Judge - Class of 1966 BrianJudge@aol.com Occupation - Project Manager at the Museum of American Art in Washington. Also, an antique dealer dealing in early American art pottery. Share my life with my partner of 13 years, Randy, an art teacher. Besides the apartment in Georgetown, we also have an 110 acre, historic "gentleman's farm" circa. 1800 outside of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, to which we retreat weekends, vacations, and summers.
Greg Prothero - Class of 1977 GregHands@aol Livin' and Lovin' Life!!!!!!
Terry Brooks - Class of 1969 firstname.lastname@example.org Spouse- Jennifer 10 yrs, Son- Logan 3yrsStill waiting to hear from Gail Phillips '71
Jim Eagen - Class of 1982 email@example.com Wife is Maria Evans, Daughter is Katelin, born 7/9/96. Work in Boulder Colorado at Ball Aerospace. I stay in touch with Paul Nisson '82.
Eric Lawrence Stone - Class of 1979 firstname.lastname@example.org..net Occupation: Plant Manager, Entrepenuer, Building Manager - Married to Jennifer Stone. I have 2 boys, Eric and Stephen. Eric is 9, Stephen is 7.
William Thomas "Tom" Green - Class of 1974 email@example.com Married to Robin Rohr Green, class of 1978; one son, Robbie, 8-years-old.
Robin Rohr Green - Class of 1978 firstname.lastname@example.org Husband is Tom Green, class of 1974; one son, Robbie
Lisa Snover Cannon - Class of 1977 email@example.com Married in 1982, two children, Brittany (9), Chris "Boomer" (8)
Patricia Toler - 1983 - c/o Eileen Brown Carter firstname.lastname@example.org Caitlin B. Jump-daughter, Jerome K. Anceleitz-fiancee. Occupation: Administrative Assistant/Secretary
Donna Brown Retallick-Glass - Class of 1966 c/o email@example.com Children: Rebecca M. Toler Clements-Age: 32, Patricia L. Toler-Age: 32, Jeannie E. Brown Jacobs-Age: 28, Russ R. Retallick-Age: 22 Grandchildren: Stephanie Clements-11 yrs, William Clements-9 yrs, T.C. Donnelly-5 yrs, Caitlin B. Jump-7 yrs, Larry Jacobs, Jr.-12 yrs, Timmy Jacobs-10 yrs, Ashley Rhoades-7 1/2 yrs, Zack Dort-6 yrs, Anastia Retallick-4 yrs, Alexis Retallick-1 1/2 yrs, and Ranelle Retallick-1 yr Since High School: Waitressing and full time mother Future Plans: No future plans right now
Paul Chaiken - Class of 1967 firstname.lastname@example.org My wife, Debbie and I have 2 children, Alex (13) and Emma (9); I've been practicing law in Maine since 1975. Primarily engaged in trial work.
"Missie" Ridgway Rubin - Class of 1968 LARMIS@worldnet.att.net In 1969 I married my high school sweetheart, Larry Rubin, Peary class of 1966. We are still happily married, have two children and two grandchildren. We live on deep water downtown Ft. Lauderdale and enjoy our boat, a 35' Bertram cabin cruiser which is docked in our back yard. My brother, Art Ridgway is also a Peary class of '66 graduate lives in PA.
Laurence A. Rubin - Class of 1966 LARMIS@worldnet.att.net We live on deep water in beautiful downtown Ft. Lauderdale and enjoy our boat, a 35' Bertram cabin cruiser which is docked in our back yard. Missie (Ridgway Peary '68) and I both scuba dive so our weekends are great escapes.
Stan Morehouse - Class of 1986 stanley.morehouse@nist..gov I am currently working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology as an engineering technician.
Ronald Frank Greenbaum - Class of 1971 email@example.com Occupation: Dry Cleaner; the name of our business is Milestone Cleaners - two locations - Travilah Square in Rockville and Goshen Plaza in Gaithersburg. My wife's name is Gale and we have 3 daughter ages 14, 11, and 6 1/2. We just had our 25th plus 1 class reunion at the end of June. The reunion was a huge success. This was our 5th reunion party and we look forward to having our 30th. The individuals who participated in the planning of the reunion weekend event were so dedicated and hard working. It was a pleasure to work with such talented people. Thanks again.
Scott Fitzgerald - Class of 1976 Scott.Fitzgerald@marriott.com Computer Systems Manager - Children: Tyler John Fitzgerald 9yrs, Casey Scott Fitzgerald 5yrs
Susan Stone Jenkins - Class of 1965 Suejenkins@aol.com Children: Karen Young - 31, Christine Scott - 28, Jim Jenkins (step) 26, Bob Jenkins (step) 22 Grandchildren: Trenton Scott - 8, Makayla Jenkins - 4, Devon Young - 1, Isabella Jenkins - 9 months Teachers: Mr. Gibbs - he challenged us to go beyond the norm constantly!
Articles for the September issue are due September 20, 1997. Send your news to the MSO: PearyHS@iicsdc.clark.net
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