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150223 February 23, 2015


Philip Julius Simpson
Class of '65
January 27, 1947 - February 17, 2015

        Philip Julius Simpson, Sr., age 68, of Huntsville, died on Tuesday February 17, 2015.

        Mr. Simpson was a great man who loved his family and will be greatly missed. He is preceded in death by his father, Julius C. “Sarge” Simpson.

        Mr. Simpson is survived by his mother, Velma Simpson; his son Philip Simpson and wife Chasity; his daughter Annie Simpson Meeks and husband Will; his brother David Simpson; and his grandchildren, Bailey Simpson, Drake and Stella Meeks, and Garrett and Gage Scott.

        Funeral services were held on Thursday February 19, 2015 at Spry Funeral Home of Huntsville with Dr. Harvey Chin officiating. Burial followed in Huntsville Memory Gardens.

        Here is a link to the video show by the funeral home.


        Memphis, TN - The weather continues to be a main topic of most discussions, newspapers, and Facebook posts. We have been fighting the ice here in Memphis this last week, and the temperatures have been well below average. I hope all of you are keeping warm.

Lesley Gore and Louis Jourdan
by John Drummond 
LHS '65

        Lesley Gore was born the same year as LHS graduates Class of 1964. She died last Monday, February 16, of lung cancer in Manhattan, at New York University Langone Medical Center.

        Born in Brooklyn and raised in New Jersey, she was discovered as a teenager by Quincy Jones and signed to Mercury Records. She graduated, after achieving fame as a singer, from Sarah Lawrence College with a degree in English/American literature.

        Lesley Gore burst upon the pop music scene at age 16 in 1963 with her epic song of teenage angst, "It's My Party (And I'll Cry If I Want To)". Other hits included "Judy's Turn to Cry", "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows" and the feminist anthem "You Don't Own Me", which was a great slow dance (better term for us LHS students at the time: hug-and-sway) tune.

        Trivia factoids: she played Catwoman's (Julie Newmar) sidekick in the 1965-66 cult TV series "Batman." With her brother Michael she co-wrote the Academy Award-nominated "Out Here On My Own" from the film "Fame."

        For us guys who had a thing for Lesley Gore in the 1960s, she came out to the public while hosting several episodes of the PBS series, "In The Life", which dealt with gay and Lesbian issues. Her partner of the last 33 years was Lois Sasson. Reminds me of many LHS girls who swooned at the love songs of Johnny Mathis; we found out much later that he was really crooning to guys. Still and all, wonderful hug-and-sway dance music.

        Louis Jourdan also passed away this week at age 93, at his home in Beverly Hills. A dashingly handsome Frenchman, he played the leading role in "Gigi", "Three Coins in the Fountain", and "Can-Can", among others. On the silver screen he romanced Joan Fontaine, Jennifer Jones, Grace Kelly, Doris Day and Shirley MacLaine in films during the late 1940s and throughout the 1950s. His film career peaked in 1957 with the Alan Jay Lerner-Frederick Loewe musical "Gigi" which won nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The young Parisian girl his hero was seeking as a mistress was played by Leslie Caron (who may have won for Best Actress; my memory is not THAT good). A major supporting, singing role was played by Maurice Chevalier. None of the male actors were nominated for Oscars. When the role was first pitched to him, Jourdan protested that he could not sing, and was therefore not right for the part. As proven in the film, he would never make a living as a vocalist, but Lerner and Loewe's magic ensured that no one would notice. 

"Girls Just Want to Have Fu-un"
by Sarajane Steigerwald Tarter (LHS '65) and Barbara Wilkerson Donnelly (LHS '64)

        Let them bring on the ice, the snow, the rain, whatever. Just bring it all! It will never stop a Chica when it's time to par-tay! Chicas, a group of LHS graduates who have remained close friends throughout the last 50+ years, met at West End Grille Friday, February 13, for lunch and libations. Names: Front row (L-R): Escoe German Beatty ('65); Patsy Hughes Oldroyd ('65); Joanne Crafton Jarman ('66); Judy Fedrowisch Kincaid ('66). Back row (L-R): Lynn Bozeman Van Pelt ('66); Pam Grooms Smith ('65); Gilda Wilburn Davis ('64); Barbara Wilkerson Donnelly ('64); Jennifer Brown Stephens Demarcus ('66); Kathy Harris Jones ('66); Carol Jean Williams Carroll ('65); Carol Bailey Olson ('65); Jeanne Ivey McBride ('66), and Sarajane Steigerwald Tarter ('65). The group missed Charlotte Massey ('64) and Sherry Adcock White ('64), who were unable to attend. This was our 12th "annual" luncheon in a little over 3 years. (Yes, we know, and we don't care!)

        They all had fu-un and lived happily ever after as was expected.


From Our Mailbox 


Subject:    TV Ads

Linda Kinkle Cianci 

LHS '66

        Either I've forgotten more than I want to admit, or I didn't watch much TV in the sixties - still don't today. I guessed 12 correctly the first week and only 10 this week. I declare, I'd never heard of some of those....Ipana? I had to laugh when Mike couldn't come up with 'Martha White' - he worked for Beatrice many years ago, and one of their companies was the local (Nashville) Martha White brand.

        Thanks Tommy, and other contributors, who keep our youth ever present in our minds.

Subject:        TV Quiz
Linda (Isbell) Creek 
LHS ‘64

Hey Tommy! I enjoyed your quiz. I got 23 of them so I guess I made a 92?

Subject:        Quiz
Dianne Hughey McClure
LHS '64

I like the quizzes; they are fun. I got 20 out of the 25. I was surprised that I remembered so many.