Memorial

  

Woodward High School Class of 1960
Cincinnati, Ohio

Up dated: 1 Feb 2017

In Memory

 

Altherr, Mike (Steed)
Baden, Bob
Baker, Sylvia
Bedwell, Fred
Beel, Caroline (Cookie)
Bielski, Jeff

Showcase night we owned the town
The year our team won the crown
We still have these moments to remember

 

Brenner, Carole
Brown, Roy
Burress, Gerald Ray (Jerry)
Butz, Jerry
Clark, Jack

Twin drive-in where we'd go
And somehow never watched the show
Bonded friendships in those memoried halls
The sock hops and fraternity balls
We still have our Woodward to remember

Clayton, Nancy
Cohen, Michael
Corn, Linda Ann
Dehart, Barbara (Barbee)

Nights now past and other days
Have found us gone our separate ways
We still have our Woodward to remember

Earlywine, Richard
Farkas, Joe
Fowler, Austin
Fox, Bob

Now in the autumn of our years
And ranks thinning on shedding tears
We still have these classmates to remember...
(From: The Four Lads, Moments to Remember)

Glossner, Leanna  Jane "Le"
Goldsmith, Charles
Green, Frank
Greenberg, Gail
Gumenick, Shirley Ann

Strolling through our auditorium just before they put the wrecker ball to our building,
I noticed, maybe for the first time - The beauty of the flowing,
art deco tile stairs and blond wood trim that forced remembrances
of Showcase, drama club and getting out of class for awards ceremonies.


Hall, Graham
Haitz, Mary Ann
Hesse, Mike
Houchens, Carol
Ishikawa, Terry

Afterward, and for the first time in 40 years,I strolled between those
memory flooded, lockered walls. To keep the tears away I
closed my eyes...but I could feel the jostling,
hear the shouts, laughs and bantering.


Jesse, James
Jones, Fred
Julian, Weldon
Kammann, Pat
Katz, Barbara

Recollections, some forever melded to the sentimental portion of my mind,
forged visions of frat jackets, flattops, ankle length skirts and
...classmates.


Kaufman, Ivan
Kelly, Jack
Leeds, Peter
Lewetch, Stephen
Longini, Charles

THERE! In the entry hall, next to the bulletin board
I was sure I saw Phi Beta brothers, Joe Farkas and Lee Fowler,
kidding with Phi Rho's Bobby Baden and Ricky Rose.


Matthews, John
Manas, Carolyn
Marshall, Jim
Mayer, Liz
McAninch, Conrad

And, just for an instant, I know it was Terry Ishikawa,
a great grin to match his oversized shoe, as he hustled past Barb Katz,
in one of those soft angora sweaters.
I, and most other guys, I'm sure, always had a crush on her..


McArthur, Bob
McNeal, Mary Ann
Mercer, Jim
Mercer, Owen
Metzcar, Bob

I watched Lizzie Mayer, sweater tied around her shoulders
and packing an arm load of books, talking to everyone and anyone.


Monday, James
Morgan, Marilyn
Multner, Bill
Murphy, Lanny
Niehaus, Ralph

I saw "carrot top" Mike Rand too. Only he was far removed,
fighting for control of a small plane. Roger Sherman, always
with the entertaining antics, slapped me on the back.


Ochs, Linda
Parett, Denny
Parrett, Sherman
Porter, Lois
Quan, Ken
Rand, Mike

And nobody will forget Jack Kelly's infamous
over-the-parked-cars-bloody-knuckles-fist-fight at Swifton.
And there was Charlie Goldsmith making a flip turn on his way
to helping bring "New" Woodward's first city championship.


Ries, William
Rose, Ricky
Rosenstein, Stuart
Samuels, Jerry
Sanders, Fay
Sands, Carol

Close your eyes and see Mike "Moto" Cohen, the gentle giant,
suited up for a game at Trechter Stadium.

Schultz, Fred
Scott, Mary
Shallot, Fran
Sharfman, Jules
Sharp, Bruce

I miss each one, but I'm sure we'll all be together again...
at the final reunion.


Shaw, Linda
Sherman, Roger
Simpson, Steve
Smith, John
Smith, Judy
Spatta, Richard (Dick)
Tash, Suzan
Tilford, Arnold
Tessel, Gail
Toner, Mary Jo (Bratburd)
Wacksman, Bonnie
Walker, Donald
Weiss, Perry (Pete)
Wiehe, Tom
Williams, Judy (Murray)
Williamson, Jerry
Wilson, Chuck
Winchell, Dave
Wolpa, Lou
Zeff, David M.

 

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SAYING GOOD-BYE

Recently, I attended a eulogy for a lost friend.
Somehow, the older I get the more of these there seem to be.
Oft-times a person is eulogized because of their tangible
accomplishments such as rising to high positions, earning peer
recognition, or accumulating money.

This brings up the question:
Is it better to be a good person or a person that does good things?
Maybe it’s all in the words of the eulogizer. . . or the definition of good?


So, who or what is a nice guy or gal? Maybe the description or meaning
akin to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart’s definition of obscenity.
In deciding the Jacobellis v. Ohio (1964) case, the judge indicated he couldn’t define it,
but, he said, “I know it when I see it.” That’s the way it is with a truly pleasant
and heartwarming soul. Words can’t describe them, but you know it when they have touched your life.

 
There is no question in my mind that all of these Memorial honorees were - to some - nice guys or gals.
As I scanned the room of long-time friends and classmates, I couldn’t help thinking
what would I say about any of them – or they about me?