TLC #6: March 12, 2001
Greetings from Lexington!
Pour yourself a cup of coffee and settle in for a good long read. Things
keep occurring which need to be related, and questions keep being asked which
need to be answered. Now, if only I can fit my answers to the questions.
Weather report: sunny and warmer today, snow predicted for Thursday! Does
that make you out-of-towners homesick?
And for those of you who requested Sports News: Others are far more
informed than I, and maybe we should have a guest reporter soon. However, I will
tell you that it's not the way it was when we were in school. I believe LHS lost
every football game this fall.
And now an anecdote from the Homecoming night reunion of LHS classes of
1953-1957. Through sheer force of will I managed to get those alums attending
the game to lead the crowd in the school song. Remember? "You may talk to
us for hours of the beauty of the west...." etc. etc. Well, though most
protested, we did actually sing. However, when we reached "to the good old
red and blue," everyone started to clap. We were all ready with "Then
here's to the two, to the red and to the blue," but can you believe the
present-day students not only did not know the song to sing it themselves, they
didn't even know they missed a whole section of it. We were in good voice, too!
Ah, I miss the good old days.
Here's some Lex trivia for you K.C. people. Three prominent local
newscasters have strong Lex connections. Maria Antonio, Channel 9, owns at least
two houses here and makes regular visits. Jeremy Hubbard, also Channel 9, is the
nephew of our Methodist preacher Ron Page. Jeremy visits often also. The
Methodists have a corner on the market: Merilyn McKean (Channel 4) is the
sister of Mary Kate Alkire (who teaches drama at LHS). If there are others, I
trust some one of you will let me know.
I had decided, in the interest of brevity, to eliminate the "to"s
at the beginning of each issue. However, both Mary Kay Skelton Smith '56 and
Jane Ann Whitney Hunt '56 mentioned they enjoyed reading who was in touch - and
I know some of you have found each other's email addresses through this. Next
up: personal ads!!!
On with the news: a lady who lives on Oneida had an adventure one recent
morning. She stepped out her back door and fell into a huge sinkhole and had to
be rescued. That made the front page of the newspaper, but I know not all of you
get the newspaper.
A simiar incident happened within days. Site preparation began in the
"Franklin Hole" (presumably for our new movie theatre) and with lots
of equipment and lots of activity (and lots of onlookers), one of the heavy
machines - a trac-hoe - fell into another big hole when the ground caved in over
an arched brick ceiling of a cellar where the old brewery had been. No one
So far as I know Bobby Warner has not fallen into a hole, but his big news
today was a trip to Sam's. That's it. This is Lexington, after
Some of you have been kind enough to send real news, but I have
gone on long enough this time. To whet your appetites for the next issue, I will
name a few out-of-towners who have sent notes (and please forgive me if
I overlook yours, too many things in too small a brain right now):
John Boone Skelton '57, Barbara Tabb Jarman '55, Carol Murry Slusher '54,
Bobbi Ingle Rice '49, Beverly Hulver Moss '52, Janice Jiovenale Tubiolo '57,
Barbara Lee Fay '57, Liz Anne White Kramer '57, Arch Skelton '49, John David
Kleindienst '56, Eileen Mischon Carpenter '50, John R. Edwards '50, plus people
in town and those I have already mentioned, and maybe quoted, before. (Also
forgive me if I have your year wrong. Next issue I'll have a Corrections
corner.) Jan Rider McCoy confesses she had to get out her annuals to look some
of us up. I can't even find mine!
One more bit of housekeeping: if you have missed an issue and would like to
have one sent, just let me know: email@example.com
Also, on a sad note: we lost another longtime Lexingtonian this week. Steve
Heghin, father of Carolyn Heghin '49 Fetrow, died in Richmond, VA. He was 94, I
think. Shirley Briggle said he taught chemistry at Wentworth
"forever," he was a long-time staple at the Hardee's early morning
breakfast club, and an active member of Wednesday Choir Practice, a group of
retired Wentworth men who played poker. Steve and his wife "Sam" lived
next door to the Briggles on 17th St.
Incidentally, Shirley reminded me that the block which now holds the grand
B&L Bank building (scheduled to open next week or so) was formerly occupied
by filling stations owned by Ernie (father of Eileen '52 and Jerry '56) Mischon,
and by Pealy (circa '47) Olds.
Well, keep those cards and letters - and emails - coming. I promise to
relay messages. So until next time, I remain
Your faithful scribe,
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