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Warrior Newsletter Vol 1. 1997

Getting Ready for the Reunion

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by Olga Tupitza Pakela

I read with interest in the last newsletter, what we gals are supposed to do to get ready for the big event.

Hey—Get my day!

 

Came home from vacation at 2:30 p.m. Jumped into the shower, blow dried my hair. I do as good as my beautician. A quick swipe with eye brow pencil, a little moisturizer and blush. Finish with lipstick. Ok! The top part of me is now finished.

Looked in the closet. Everything fits me cause my husband drags me to the Nautilus every morning at 8:00 am. I chose a black dress, put on black under pinning and after a quick look in the mirror—

No, no...Too over kill.

Off with all of the above.

Picked out the knit flowery 2 piece. Ok—Maybe too bright? Back with the black number.Well—cut out the shoulder pads. Yes—fits better. But still too classy. Back with the flower—No. Black shoes or white? Call the neighbor friend. No to the black shoes—"Don’t introduce a new color. Wear white."

Fine. I’m off in the husband’s big Caddie to pick up Dot (Niewinny) Flores. Dot and I have never attended a class reunion before. Got to make good impressions. We exchanged "How nice you look." Talk quilts, quilts, quilts all the way to the big event.

We work the crowd, hugging everyone. This is fun our FIRST TIME to a class reunion—both Dot and me.We sit with "the class's most handsome and most beautiful (The Trott’s—Bob and Myrt.)

Find out how really nice they both are—and both still so good looking too (Drats).I don’t recognize too many classmates and vice versa, however, the names fit and we exchange "how nice to see you after all these years!

Going home, Dot and I agree on one thing. All the girls look young—Guys

Marie Karr

While in Erie, she wned and operated the Erie Dance Academy, where she taught ballet, tap, and modern jazz dancing. She also danced summers at Chatuauqua. She was a member of Dance Masters of Ohio. Mrs. Davey was Administrative Director at Kraus-LeFeur Studios, Inc., a Rochester firm that specializes in advertising and commercial design.

Memorials in Marie’s name may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

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Letters to the editor:

 From:

Mike Lepkowski (52)

5631 East Hartford Avenue

Scotsdale, AZ 85254-5966

 Due to a family wedding, we were unable to make Mike’s class of ‘52 45th reunion. Hopefully, if and when the 50th arrives, he will be able to attend. Mike is alive and well and very happy. We retired to Arizona. He has a Honda Gold Wing motorcycle that he rides around almost daily. He also spends his time enjoying the many golf courses in the area. The weather is never a problem in Arizona.

Best wishes and regards to all former classmates!

Mike Lepkowski/JL

From:

Helen Clark Norman (54)

505 Lake Avenue

Erie, PA 16511

My husband Bruce E. Norman passed away on April 30, 1995. Bruce was a graduate of EHS Class of 1956.

Helen

From

Carl Feick (53)1287 Cumberland AvenueSan Leandro, CA 94579-1341

 Traveled to Vancouver B.C. for a week with some of my old college chums. There were five couples. The wives all worked in OR in Eugene back in 1957 when we were in college. We are all still alive, with the same spouses, and the group has 200+ years of marriage. Helen retired in October. She has worked for over 40 years as an RN in Oregon. We are off to Italy for a two week bus tour/group, then off to Virginia, and then back to Erie.

We both enjoy the newsletter so much.

Carl Feick

From Millie McCaslin Fenner

New Address:

3664 Reichart Road

Erie, PA 16509

New mailing name: Mszanowski

I find the Warrior so informative and enjoyable. I retired on May 2, after 41 years in nursing, mostly administrative. I remarried on May 17, to a dear friend who I have known for 44 years. We are enjoying our families and traveling the states.

The newsletter certainly brings back good memories that go with it.

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A note from the Editor:

The names of classmates and friends in photos will be listed on the last page of The Warrior. Since it has been over 40 years ago tht these pictures wree taken, somtimes I am unsure of who some of us are.

The photo file for The Class of 1954

has virtually no photos. If you were in the Class of 1954 and have some old photographs, your classmates would appreciate seeing some of them.

Mail photos to:

The Warrior

c/o Dan Conley

1124 East Lake Road

Erie, PA 16507

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E-Mail and snail mail

From

Pat Simon Zelkowitz (53)

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My mail is catching up with me and I am currently in Nashville enjoying my granddaughter and her parents. Just returned fro Erie—where I saw an obituary in the paper on Tom Kaus.

Leo and I will be leaving the US soon to go to Mongolia—Ulaanbaatar where we will work as United Nations Volunteers. If you or any of our classmates find yourselves in that part of the world, it would be our pleasure to host you. Mongolia is between China and Siberia and we will fly through Beijing.

I will be setting up a dispensary for the UN people in the area and Leo will be starting up a Tuberculosis control unit. Our contract is for one year with a renewable clause of an additional year. We will keep our E-mail and our daughter will access it regularly and forward to our new address in Mongolia. Mail is slow and unreliable. Winter is 8 months long so while I was in Erie, I bought long underwear as well as sorrel boots. Enjoyed the last newsletter and will look forward to mail from old friends and classmates. We send our warmest (coldest) regards from Mongolia.

Pat

Dear Pat & Leo

Hope things are going well with your medical clinic, and I hope the winters are tolerable, Pat. You and Leo seem to lead such exciting lives—traveling the world and bringing modern health to countries less fortunate than our own. See you on the net when you return to the US. If there is anything that you would like to request from our fellow-classmates, such as financial support or any other kind of support, please let us know.

Apparently there is a significant number of people who would like to connect on the Internet. We have a WARRIOR’S E MAIL ADDRESS BOOK. You can get a copy by requesting it on drdanconley@usa.net. I am on both CUSEEME and NetMeeting and have a camera for video conferencing. It would be nice to see and talk live with EHS grads who have video conferencing. For other computer buffs, I have some old back issues of The Warrior that you can download if you want them. Also available are over 100 old high school snap shots that have been sent to me by EHS grads. Ben Preston’s (52) private collection of over 50 photos are also available. They are all jpg format and available for downloading.

 

Touched by George Hahn’s Poem

by Audrey Wyant Harriger (51)

I just this moment finished reading The Warrior. It was marvelous! Especially the poem by George Hahn (52). I must have read it a half-dozen times and enjoyed it more each time I read it.

I also enjoyed the pictures of Mr. Liemhus and the "old East High." I saw the old school this past July and the front steps were gone. A sad and sorry sight. But like they say—out with the old and in with the new. I am just glad we had a chance to see it once more before it bites the dust.

My brother Andy, his wife Marcella (Tirak) and I took a 6500 mile trip this past July. Saw relatives and kinfolk in Michigan and Erie. I took my usual trip around the peninsula over to the Perry Monument. Such a lovely sight. We drove through at least 14 states and camped in 12 different KOA cam grounds. We went through the "Precious Moments Chapel" and ground in Carthage, Missouri. If you ever want to see something precious, that is the place to visit. Absolutely gorgeous. Bought antiques in four or five different places. I collect crystal salt cellars and it was fun going through antique shops looking for them.I am looking forward to our next Class Reunion—the 50th.

 

Joan Yurkovich Partch (53)

Joan and her husband Harold live in Erie. They have two children, one son and one daughter, and eight grandchildren

Joan has taken a number of college classes and has worked as a computer operator at GE in the payroll department. She enjoys art, drawing, golfing, and horseback riding. She and Harold recently visited Arizona and Florida. Both she and her husband are retired, she for six years, 12 for Harold. Joan explained that her best friends at East were Barb Mihalic, Eleanor Bitzer, Barb Rilling, and Mary Ann Walach. Best times for her were noon day dances, proms, and singing in the chorus.

Her favorite teacher was "Pop" Warren. She said, "He was tough, but fair." Ed. My grandson Josh is a senior at East High this year. I asked him if they still have noon day dances at East High. He explained "No—grandpa, but the idea sounds great!"

Joe Chromik (54)

Joe had his own plumbing contracting business in Erie. Before retirement, Joe was very active in the Pennsylvania National Guard. Joe was married in 1963 and has six children and several grand children.

Ann Warfle Perkins (54)

Ann and Harold (Perk) Perkins were married in 1956. She has worked as a secretary through the years. Ann said that Leora Farrington Miller was one of her best friends at East. For a while, Ann sang with the Glad Tidings singing group. They performed at nursing homes and other social functions. Ann still enjoys singing.

Phyllis Buerk Lijewski (54)

Phyllis worked at the Erie Institute of Technology until she retired. She was in charge of bookkeeping and was a financial Aid Officer. She married William J. Rudolph and they have one daughter and several grandchildren. Phyllis said, "In high school, Kay Evans and I were really great friends. Since retirement she has been busy planning and organizing her house. She is enjoying her retirement. Phyllis has been a great supporter to The Warrior.

Elenore Szulinski Malburg (51)

Elenore worked for a number of years at Noterdame College. Her husband Raymond taught high school chemistry and later was a research and development chemist.

Before the Malburgs had children, Elenore and Raymond traveled extensively throughout the United States. "One of my favorites was Kanappali Beach in Maui. It was like being in Paradise.

 

Ken Burdick (54)

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Ken continued to live in Erie after high school. Ken is a licensed pilot. He married Susan Thompson in 1958 and they have three children. Ken went to Gannon University and has been a sales representative for Erie Industrial Supply. Ken attended the 40th Reunion and said he really enjoys reunions. He said, "It gives me a chance to meet a lot of old friends and classmates."

When looking at the televised interviews taken at the re-union, Ken would be a "shoe in" as the classmate that has changed the least. What is the secret to your youthfulness, Ken.

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Skipping School...

by Gladys Leshko Shimel (51)

Skiping class to me means Miss Parker’s Home Economics' class. The school is remodeled now and Miss Parker’s sewing room French doors leading to the outside are now bricked over. But in the "old days" they were an escape hatch to freedom. Home Ec had several rooms—you could use for sewing or cooking etc. It was easy to skip out and Miss Parker never knew we were gone.

Dolores Krouchen, Sandy Federoff, Dot Zanistowski, and I think Ruthie Cagara would skip with us. We would sneak out the French doors and run over to HARRY’S RESTAURANT. At Harry;s we could have a cup of coffee and a quick cigarette.

We were never caught and we were all so smug. At the time we didn’t think about it, but I guess we learned we could break the law and get away with it.

Would we do it again?

Sure I would do it again! Youth will always take chances and will always break the law in some fashion—as we do as adults. Unfortunately the teens who break the law today are violent and threatening to society and themselves. But on a positive note, I think Socrates said the same thing about youth and we have survived.

 

Skipping school? Yes, I remember

By Lois Jean Olson Stapler

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One day Florence Adamcyzk, Eleanor Beckwith and I decided to skip school We walked along the paths near the lake by Lakeside Cemetery. Although none of us ever got caught, it wasn’t worth it. I guess we felt so guilty we could not enjoy it. I decided never to do it again.

(Skipping School: reprints from vol2. No 1, 1995)

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Of this and that.....

Rosalie Blasco Gothard (51) moved back to Erie. She lived in Durham, North Carolina. For a number of years she worked for GTE.

Seems that Dorothy Zawistowski Oldach (51) continue the trips out to Las Vegas. She and her husband Hank (EHS 49) try to make it to Nevada whenever time permits.

Don Bartos (51), also known as the POLISH PRINCE, continues to enjoy those polka dances in New York. He says that the weekend poka dances keeps him in good physical shape. Don also loves to boat and fish on lake Erie. He promises to take Art Bierzonski fishing when Art comes back to Erie.

Steve and Marie Kawalski (51) continue to be the Class Travelers. They see much of the country by auto, and enjoy traversing the country during the summer months.

Did you know that Mary Ann Januleski Harrington (51) and Pat Orzechowski Konopka have remained close personal friends since high school. They are the godparents for each others children. Mary Ann said, "We even started East High together."

Haven’t heard much from Mary Christo Karas (51).

Chuck Harrington (51) explained to Don Bartos that he remains real busy when he and Mary Ann (Januleski 51) are wintering in Florida. Chuck said that he is the designated driver of a group of Mary’s friends (Chuck calls them the Golden Girls). He stays busy golfing in Florida during the winter months, and is an active golfer when he comes back to Erie in the summer.

Carol Dietz Mando (51)

Carol remains busy working at the World of Life Renewal Center.

Carol married Joe Mando (EHS 48) in 1953. They had six children. Carol has learned desktop publishing and can create great newsletters and other publishing products. Carol is now widowed and lives in Erie.

Norma Bobrow Schweiss (51) and her husband live in Louisville, KY. She says, "I remain in contact with Enid Blewett." Norma attended the 45th Reunion. Certainly agreed by most as the person who has changed the least since graduation back in 1951. Seems that good wines become better with age. Norma is a testament that one can become even more attractive as they mature with age.

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Walking.. Walking..

by Ruth Merski Zaksheske

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Being a student in the 50’s was special, I think. We had fun walking to and from school. As a matter of fact, we walked everywhere—to football games, basketball games, swimming meets — all of the sport events. We never had to be afraid of walking the streets of Erie.

It was a peaceful time. We did not need drugs to have a good time. We had sporting events, St. Mary’s dances, school dances, local theaters, and ice cream parlors. It was fun being a teenager — just driving up and down state street was fun. Life seemed to be a slower pace then. When I look back, they were very enjoyable times and we had great friends.

Some of us are still great friends. I am particularly fond of Claire Bukala (52). We started each school day off with breakfast at my house. Theresa Mikolajczyk was also a great friend. I wish that everyone could have a class like we had back in 1951.

 

Frank (Jackie) Zamierowski ‘54

Frank has spent most of time since high school as a hair stylist. He lives in Santa Barbara, California and enjoys traveling around the country. He gets to Europe as well and has traveled in England, Denmark, Poland, Russia and Germany.

Frank said there are some people that he was close to in high school and admired greatly: Caroline Borkowiak, Ron Jankowski, Lou Porreco, Jo Anne Kitchen, and Shirley Filipkowski.

From time to time he gets back into Erie to visit with relatives and old friends.

 

Helen Liebel Szparaga ‘52

Helen stays busy with her grandchildren (five at last count). Traveling seems to be one of Helen’s great past times, and likes going to Toronto—which to Helen means some real good shopping sprees with her daughter and grand daughter..

Helen has also gone to Las Vegas, and plans to return one day to win back all of the money she has provided to the casinos.

 

Leland (Lee ) Sittinger ‘53

 Lee has worked for the US Federal Government before he retired in 1990. His wife Barbara has worked for the VA hospital near their home in Tiverton, Rhode Island.

Lee said he is interested in what Ed Zielinski is doing these days.

 

 Grace Kisiel Horton ‘53

 Grace worked at the telephone company for nine years before going to General Electric. She continues to enjoy crafts, knitting and singing in the church choir.

Grace said that one of her favorite memories of high school was listening to Miss King talk about being in the American Red Cross in WW II.

 

Judith Bujnowki Dale ‘53

Judith joined the US Navy shortly after graduating from East High in 1953. She and Roger Dale married and have two sons and a daughter.

She took classes with the American Institute of Banking and worked in the field of banking until she retired. Her husband Roger continues with his first love—as a bee keeper.

 

Harold Adams ‘53

 Harold and his wife Mary live in Brunswick, Maine. He retired a number of years ago and enjoys fishing and repairing small engines. Harold would like to know what Jim Brezinski is doing these days. He said that he and Jim were very close friends during their days at EHS.

 

Carl Fetzner ‘52

 Carl and his wife Twila have been foster parents to literally dozens and dozens of children—96 to be exact. Since their marriage in 1954, the Fetzner home has been a home open to children who have been abandoned.

Until his retirement, Carl was the vice president of the cast metals operations at Zurn Industries.

 

Bob Miller ‘52

 Bob has finally retired from Lord’s Mfg. Company. Bob has devoted most of his life to boy scouting, coaching, and helping young boys. For a while, Bob was the Erie Area Director of Soccer and has also coached ice hockey.p

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Class of 1952 Reunion

There was a fairly good turnout of classmates attending the late August 45th Reunion for the Class of 1952.

At the opening of the banquet,Gene Rachocki asked if each class member would stand and briefly describe what they have done since graduation from EHS. It was amazing the many interesting things people have done.

When it was Dick Lewis’s turn he explained that after retiring as a Pennsylvania State Police Officer, he has been playing a lot of golf. Dick Lewis, now gray, has a remarkable likeness to Kenny Rogers. He denies that he has given autographs, but did not deny that he uses his strong resemblance to Kenny Rogers to "pass through" a golfing party in front of his golfing party. Seems that a member of his golfing party simply goes up to the front party ands asks,"Mr. Rogers wonders if you people would not mind if we play through." The party is always happy and lets the Kenny Rogers Party pass through. Dick simply waves at them.

Since Dick always plays with his neighbor Sam Rogers, he believes the request of "Letting the Mr. Roger’s party through" is legitimate.

For some the 45th Reunion was the first reunion attended by a number of 1952 classmates. First Timers included: Mavra Simon, Dot Niewinny, Donna Dembaugh, Olga Tupitza and (possibly) Rose Ann Wiercinski. Rose Ann could walk away with the honors of the person who has changed the least (except possibly she has become even more attractive).

The Reunion Committee, in its usual fashion, out did itself again. They are fantastic: Gene and Dot Rachocki, Toni Marinelli Oldach, Ruth Staynoff DiMichael, and Tom Petroff did a fantastic job with arrangements.

Bob Oatman Lays and Egg

The Reunion Committee asked for volunteers to join them for making plans for the 50th Reunion for the year 2002. Bob Oatman (learning nothing from his US Army days) volunteered.

Several people explained that some classes for the 50th Reunion go on cruises to the Mediterranean or go to Las Vegas. Since Bob still works as an investment executive, I challenged Bob to find a plan (scheme) that would allow the Class to have a spectacular 50th Reunion. Told him that if everyone would contribute $10 a month, each classmate would have $600, plus interest, saved at the time of the reunion.

I explained that if the money was invested monthly, we could have a reunion that would be EXTRAORDINARY. Bob promised he would have a financial plan ready for the next day class luncheon at Calamari’s Squid Row on 13th and State Street.

Bob, true to his word, had a plan the next day. He explained that he has experience in purchasing ostrich eggs. He said that one egg costs $1000. When the egg hatched, it of course would be worth a lot of money. He explained that female hatched eggs triple in value, and he had a way of buying eggs that would produce "hens".

He explained that the profit margin would be exceptional, and we could charter a plan and fly the entire class of 1952 out to Las Vegas. Pat Carney, Jeanette Flowers and I were in awe of his brilliant plan. Then we heard Jerry Hopkins laughing and snickering.

Bob Oatman, caught in the act, burst into laugher. He shouted, "Had ya goin’ didn’t I?"

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Just one more zany skit..

A day before the reunion banquet at the Lawrence Park Golf Club, a skit was outlined. Dick Petit, Bob Oatman, Tom Damico, Dick Lewis, and Dan Conley did a ten minute skit. The premise of the skit was that each summer the seniors’s lockers are cleaned and the contents saved in a cubicle in the school basement. The class members at the reunion were told that we picked up the items and were going to return them to the rightful owners.

Would you believe that some of our classmates actually believed the items were authentic?.....

The items were returned to their rightful owners, including:

1. One item from Clara Bukala’s locker that she had since the seventh grade. (A training bra.)

Clair brought "the house down" with her comment, saying, "It will probably still fit!"

2. Tom Damico's shrunken sweat pants washed in HOT water by Wanda Juno.

. A comb and hair brush belonging to Bob Trott.

4. George Hahn’s wallet (contents unmentionable), but George always had high hopes of the girls he dated and was always "ready".

5. A certificate of Most Improved English Class Student given to Jerry Hopkings who also had Elenore Breyley's homework assignments in his locker.

6. A pair of green shoes that walked through poster paint. The footprints were unmistakenable—they were Freddie’s.

7. A pair of size three gym shoes belonging to Wanda Kimit.

8. Finally, there were two photos from an old Argus C half hour TIME EXPOSURE camera found in the girl’s locker room. The film was developed before the reunion. Two photos revealed a mystery senior girl walking into the shower, and one photo of her coming out of the shower.

Ben Preston, now a retired police crime photograpy detective, denied that the camera was his. (Benny could always tell a convincing lie with a straight face. We both learned it at St. Anne’s from Sister Rita Claire.)

It has been 45 years and the photos were very fuzzy, so no one was sure who the "Mystery Senior Girl" was but, some members at the reunion were sure that a dimple on the left knee identified the shapely senior—Audrey Johnson.

(Editors note: Ben Preston took the photos (and the camera) promising that he will work diligently on it, and discover and announce the true identity of the Mystery Senior Girl at the 50th Reunion.)

One of the funniest gags of the night involved the reenactment of the football play that beat Academy. Team captains Tom Damico and Dick Lewis demonstrated the quarterback sneak. Duke Detzel, one of the guest speakers at the reunion, watched the play with a critical eye. When the play was executed perfectly, Dick Lewis was given back the BVD briefs that he was wearing when he successfully orchestrated the quarterback sneak that won the game. The rear of the briefs had a torn and gaping hole in the rear.

Dick Petit and Dan Conley were the M.C.’s of the zany skit, but the funniest line did not come from the two wanna be comedians. Overheard was something much funnier. Marion Hoffman was overheard saying, "They weren't funny in high school and they still aren’t funny now. Nice that something's never change."

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And finally....

From:

Joan Yurkovich Partch (53)

4171 Ridge Pkwy

Erie, PA 16510

Dear Dan,

My husband and I envy you living in Arizona. We spent one month in Mesa and would like to live out west. Our family is back here in Erie and we enjoy going to watch the grandchildren try their best in different sports.

We would miss all that so this keeps us back here in the cold weather.

Enjoy the newsletter, Dan. Thanks. Hope to see you when we take a trip out West again.

God Bless—Love

Joan

Dear Joan,

I have lived in Phoenix for the past 35 years. It is a wonderful place to retire. I retired in January, and now have time to spend my summers in Erie with my family (daughter, sisters, brother, and a host of 50+ relatives.)

I have the migratory habits of the SNOW BIRDS, summers in Erie, winters in Costa Rica, and Spring in Arizona. Feel free for you or Harold to give me a call the next time you are in Arizona (602.242.7322).

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 East High School

.....A Fond Memory

by Dan Conley

Each class seems to have their own special memory about an incident that happened in high school. Several classmates have asked that I share an experience in The WARRIOR. (The story was printed in one of the early Warriors for the Class of 52.)

It was a warm lazy spring day in 1952. Our thoughts were of graduating in June and our final days were of being a student were certainly numbered and dwindling.

I was lost in thought just staring out the window on the third floor of Mrs. (Ma) Bett’s English Classroom. I jumped at the unexpected voice of Mr. Lieberman coming over the PA system: "Mrs. Betts, would you be kind enough to come to the main office please?"

She hesitated, probably wondering how wise it would be to leave our class unattended. She made a half pleading request when she left the room., "Remember I want everyone to stay in their seat while I am gone."

Moments later paper wads and erasures were flying through the air. The chiding of some student brought laughter.

Jim Nicholson shouted, "Hey let’s pull a practical joke on Ma (Betts)." There was laughter and the twisted minds went to work.

Harold Lewis, always the best behaved, well adjusted, model student said, "Hey why don’t we hang somebody out the window. We looked around the room. All eyes seemed to go to Carl Fetzner who probably did not weigh a hundred pounds.

Car sensed what we were going to do and made a start to the door to escape, but was caught by Sammy Raica. Dick Lewis, Jimmy Diffenbaucher, and Kermie Hultberg, and I dragged him screaming to the window. The window was already open, so the screaming, screeching, kicking Carl was held firmly as he dangled from the third story window.

PE classes stopped their softball game and watched as Carl did his aerial feats of courage, screaming "Hey, knock it off you clowns!"

Without notice, the door opened and Ms. Betts was astounded by what here eyes beheld. A group of senior boys by the window and the soles of two feet plainly in her vision.

She screamed, "All of you, NOW. Get back in your seats."

Reflexively several let Carl go and ran to their seats. I saw Dick Lewis, the co-captain and center of the football team holding Carl by his feet.

Carl was slipping!

Several of us went back to help Dick. With full group effort, we retrieved Carl who was still screaming, "My God. somebody help me."

When safely inside, Ms. Betts asked, "What were you doing out there, Carl?"

Sammy Raica never caught silent, quickly responded, "We were just saving Carl’s life. He was trying to commit suicide."

"Yea," said Harold Lewis, "He hates grammar. Said he would rather die than work on participles and indefinite articles."

Carl’s face was white and he had that dazed look in his face. He just nodded his head.

Carl was the most popular guy in the senior class for weeks. His trip to the psychiatrist was an experience in itself, I heard.

He denied the suicide plot, but sixty PE students saw him being rescued from the third story window. After all, 60 students were eye witnesses.

When ever I drop by the high school now I look up to that third story window and silently thank God for His care of nutty teenagers. I see the window and the dazed, puzzled look on Carl’s face. His face is indelibly clear in my mind. Oddly through the silence I hear his screams—as real today as the day he pleaded for help.

Bewildered, I look at the East High School Building. Her beauty continues to be elegant, remaining unchanged by time. Her lips forever silent and the vivid stories that took place within her walls will forever remain locked silent in her heart.

Quizzically I ask, "Gee, I wonder what would happen if she could talk."

As children we had the ability to make inanimate things come alive. Our toys became as real as life. Our playgrounds became exotic lands, jungles, battle fields, and foreign planets.

So I wonder if a miracle could occur and suddenly she had a voice, what would she say? What would be her thoughts? She watches a new building being proudly erected in front of her eyes. Does she understand that the bold edifice she sees before her is her replacement?

A landmark for over seventy years, she will soon be gone. And with her the echoes of teachers and students

words spoken within her walls. But an East High teacher taught me that energy never dies, so I want to know where the echoes remain. Can the echoes be heard again one day? Can the sound of the laughter be heard once more? Questions without answers. Yes, just left with questions without answers.

Life has taught us that we must deal with our losses, losing loved ones through death. So I guess we will be ready when when her walls are torn down—when she only exists through photographs and her essence insightfully caught in paintings by students in art class.

For me, I will get a brick and place it near by. And each day as I walk by the brick, once more I will listen. Listen for a voice from the past. Of laughter, screams, choir voices, or a teacher from the past. Possibly I will hear the voice of an old friend. Maybe I will hear your voice.

Who knows, if I can recapture the imagination of my youth, I will hear my own voice and silently say, "Yes, I remember that I said that. My goodness, it is my own voice.

After all, since energy never dies, I guess our 73 year old Lady of Beauty will never die.

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NOTICES

New Address of The WARRIOR

1124 East Lake Road

Erie, PA 16507

(814) 452-6643

E-Mail drdanconley@usa.net

Wanted:

Class of 1954 photographs. Photos returned in less than one week.

Copies of old Tom Tom’s.

(1950-1954)

Help: Now that the editor lives in Erie, all correspondence and materials will be handled through the new Erie address:

Anyone living in Erie, who would like to help in the production of The Warrior are cordially envited to contact Dan Conley at 452-6643.

New Class Directories

Please take the time to complete the attached new Information Sheet for the new Class Directories. We would like to have them returned no later than February 1st.

We will be using Senior Photos so you can remember classmates, but we are adding adult photos as well. Others can see what you looked like "then" and what you look like "now".

You can send a current photo or one of you as an adult.

Photos:

From left to right:

Photo 1 Life Guards

Lois Olson, Pat Sawdey, Elenore Beckwith, ? Shirely Chessario, Dolores Nowak, & Barbara Popoff

Photo 2 Legs Galore

? Jeanette Flowers, Pattie Dench, Carol Frank

Photo 3 Human Pyramid

Herb Davies, (?), Carl Pietrzak, Jim Koenig, Tac Taccone

Photo 4 Senior Banquet

Sue Franz, Donna Stromenger, Jean Malinowski, Grace Kisielewski, and Margaret Trott

Photo 5 1952 CheerLeaders

Izzy Isbecki, Olga Tupitza, Wanda Juno, Jean Myers, Aggie Kudlak, Rica Glance, Nancy Ring and Jane Melnick.

Photo 6 School Daze

Mary Jane Reksio and Jean Malinowski

Photo 7 Mystery Photo

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