Memories: I remember growing up in a
"Happy Day's" atmosphere (as in the TV show.) Families
ate together every evening, we all walked to school and attended school
with no fear of gun shots being fired. I remember sitting on the
porch in the Spring and Summer with friends or talking to the
neighbors. I remember PJ parties, long phone conversations with
girlfriends after we had just left their company, sock hops, Elvis, and
of course, rock and roll. I remember when girls fast danced
together, school dances, teen get-togethers and good times and good
friends. I remember thinking I could set the world on fire and the
innocence of youth. I remember all of the friends that (because I
moved from Cleveland in 1964) I thought I had lost touch with
forever--and am now getting reacquainted with through email, snail mail,
and now this site. (I made this image from a photo of my husband's
and grandson's hands.)
Memories: Almira School was the huge kdg.
room with a fireplace - wonderful teachers, especially Mrs. Heil and
Mrs. Erickson-being a crossing guard - long bus trips to see
performances by the Cleve. Orchestra - the 6A class play - summer fun at
the playground - The Show Wagon and the Traveling Zoo - the dark passage
way (by the unfinished swimming pool) that connected the two basement
gyms - WWJH was lots of homework - favorite teacher, Herr Messer
(German) - lunchtime movies - Friday night dances - morning broadcasts
during homeroom over the PA system ("Good morning Wilbur Wrighters,
this is your school station WWJH, your student announcer Lois Gollwitzer")
- WTH was C.C.Tuck - classes & study halls - making new friends and
keeping the old - favorite teacher, Larry Chernauskas (algebra) - the
best sticky buns ever in the cafeteria - football games, basketball
games - the 1957 state champion cross country team - Techettes - school
dances - the Senior Prom - graduation - Warriors forever!
Memories: There are many good memories
associated with Almira school because it was literally a block away and
the neighborhood kids played there all summer. I love Mrs.
Poltaric and Mrs. Heil. I missed all my friends when I transferred
to Willard, but enjoyed my new teacher, Miss Rosenburg. Played
Tweedledee to Diana Johnson's Tweedledum in the 6th grad French
play. Made new friends like D.J., Ginny Crouse, Louise Smith,
Jackie O'Neil, Jan Krava and was reunited with old friends at Wilbur
Wright in the 7th grade. Had Mr. Dee as a homeroom teacher and
considered him very intuitive when he wrote "still waters run
deep" in my autograph book. Remember "slam books"
with fondness and wish someone had one tucked away in an attic
somewhere. Developed a love of all sports and became a huge (and
ultimately lifelong) Indians fan at a young age. Recall Ladies'
Day trips to the stadium with Lois)$.35 admission). Cried all the
way home from my final day at WW because the thought of being a WT
"flat" terrified me, as did the stories of C. C. Tuck and his
track team (my dad was a member!) Now I look back on all three
years at WT with tremendous affection - what a great time in our
lives! Wearing the school colors, going to football and basketball
games - home and away if we could find a ride - Peppi's Pizza afterward,
cherry cokes at Michaud's, lunchtime movies, being a Techette.
Goldie Thow and her compatriots managed to teach me enough to land a
job, and Mr. Dinda (not a typical favorite, I know) fueled my desire to
be a high school history teacher, a dream I held onto for many years,
until fate took me in another direction.
Memories: A span of years 1922-1935 cover my
own school years at Almira, Wilbur Wright, and West Tech. In the
20's, Almira teachers and principal, Miss Wilcox, were all unmarried
women. They were dedicated teachers and commanded our
respect. Explaining my connection with this website, as the mother
of Kay and Karen--who also attended these three schools, I became
actively involved in Almira P.T.A. Also during this period I
became Leader of Intermediate Girl Scout Troop 558. Many of these
scouts are now on this website. As a 7B, I attended WTH for Wilbur
Wright was not yet open. Passing classes with older students
(there through 12th grade) was a scary experience. Some delighted
in harrassing the younger kids. Wilbur Wright opened for 7th and
8th grades in Sept., 1929 and 9th grade was added a year later.
How proud we were of our brand new school! The student body voted
on school colors (gold and black). Felt aviator helmets and berets
(gold and black, of course!) could be bought at school--not that we wore
them. Student government elections had two parties: Aces and
Pilots. "Contact" was name of the school magazine.
Notice the aviation influence? Mr. Marshall was the
principal. Our boys' touch football and basketball teams had a lot
of support from the students. Thomas Jefferson Jr. High was our
biggest rival. For 10th through 12th grades, we attended West Tech
(or West High). C.C. Tuck was our principal. Many enforced
rules, but WTH had high scholastic records and a good reputation.
Our student government "G.O.", "Tatler" school
newspaper, and many clubs. With school band, orchestra, choir,
athletic teams--all provided more activites. And Senior
Prom! Do you remember yours? Now we ventured out into
another phase of our lives. It's great to learn about our
classmates. Lots of memories--but you have your own!
and Tom's Memories:
Memories: One of my memories has come back to
haunt me 40 years later. I was at a harbor inn dance in the 11th
grade. My friend, Jenny Baker, pointed out a boy that she had a
crush on. She was too nervous to ask him to dance during
"ladies choice", so I asked him. I danced with him and
that was the only contact I had with him until.....April 2000 when I
received an email from him. I recognized his name immediately, Jim
Birney. He had found my name on classmates.com, and he also lives in
Houston. He was very surprised to find out that I remembered him,
because we hadn't know each other. What an amazing
coincidence. Most of all I remember Mrs. Bradshaw, choir director
during 10th and 11th grades. Singing in the choir and being with
Mrs. Bradshaw were some of my happiest times in high school.
She always told me that I had the talent to be a teacher. At that
time, teaching was the furthest thing from my mind. But her
intuition came to fruition. I taught English as a Second Language to
college students for 15 years. I also liked Miss Lyons. Had
her for Personal Regimen. Because of her I eat the parsley that is
served with food in restaurants. She told us that the parsley was
the most nutritious item on the plate. The movies at lunchtime rank
high on my list. I felt safe in high school. I thought that
the teachers would protect us from danger. Going to the cafeteria
before school started was a GREAT way to start the day. The girls
would come to school with their hair in pin curls and then take them down
and comb their hair right on cafeteria tables before school!!! I
have been to every class reunion, and these reunions have ignited old
friendships once again--Carol Cowin, Gloria Klima, Pat Bragiel, Photia
Demas, Cindy Daley, Darlene Miano, Barbara Turos, Ors Banhidy, JacK Gedeon,
Diana Johnson, Tim Harkness, Warren Lucas, Bob Arcuri. I was able to
spend some time talking to Karen Krach at the 35th reunion in '95.
We talked at length about her upcoming back operation. I was glad I
had the chance to talk to her before she died a few months later.
Memories: What I remember most from the good
old days is tormenting my sister's girlfriends---whenever there was a
get together, it seemed that Sandy was the most picked on. I
remember all the good times we had in Berea swimming and picnics.
I also remember going to the Prom with Jean Becker, even though I didn't