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180521 May 21, 2018


Lee Lunch Bunch News
Patsy Hughes Oldroyd 
LHS ‘65

Patsy Hughes Oldroyd ’65, Judy Beason Jennings ’65 and Doug Blaise ’67
Linda Weldon ’65, Gail Brady Ayres ’66, Dianna May Stephenson ’64, Pat Mullins Hargrove ’64, Diane Hughey McClure ’64
John Scales ’66, Bob Alverson ’65 and Mary Alverson ’67,
 Mrs. Sue Faulkner, Kem Robertson ’65, Brooks Glover ’64, Judy Fedrowisch Kincaid ’66, Ken Martz 
Alice Gullion Preston ’64, Patsy Hughes Oldroyd ’65, JR Brooks ’64, and Niles Prestage ’65, .

Lee Lunch Bunch News
Patsy Hughes Oldroyd 
LHS ‘65

    Special thanks to Niles for making some pictures for us. Even though it was a cold, dreary, and rainy day last Thursday, we still had many brave souls who came out to join our group for a wonderful Lee Lunch Bunch. As always, Linda Weldon ’65, drove down from Hendersonville, NC. This girl needs a special award for being the most faithful alumnus to our LLB and for traveling the farthest. Another member who traveled farther than most of us was Judy Beason Jennings ’65, who came from Corinth, MS. We all appreciate the extra effort these dear former classmates give just to join us for lunch. We especially appreciate the regular presence of our favorite teacher, Mrs. Sue Faulkner. Many people that we talk with about our lunch gatherings are amazed that we get together regularly, and they are especially amazed that one of our former teachers liked us enough that she still enjoys our company. How many of us former high school teachers can honestly say that we would do the same with some of our former students? Ha!  So, thank you so much Mrs. Faulkner for still liking us and still enjoying our company. We love you!

    We certainly did miss seeing some of our regulars, and we hope that you will be back the next time. I know that many of you have had illnesses, and we do hope that you will get well soon. Also, a couple of our group had broken bones recently. Ouch! I think that Escoe German Beatty ’65 had a mishap, and also, Carol Bailey Olson ’65 broke her arm. Sure do hope they will heal soon.

    We enjoyed having a member of our special group of classmates join us for her first time to the LLB. Pat Mullins Hargrove ’64, came and had a good time catching up with old friends.

    To all of you in our special group from ’64, ’65, and ’66, do take care, and we hope to see you in the fall for our next LLB which will be on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at Galen’s in Huntsville. I will send more information to the Traveller closer to time as a reminder.

        Memphis, TN - I had a little l problem getting all the names associated with all the photos above, so forgive me if I have made a mistake on the captions. Email me with corrections if necessary.

    This week I will finally get to catch up on some of the email I received during my three week European Cruise vacation. I appreciate the patience you have shown in the delay.

Lee Class of '68
50th Reunion
July 28, 2018

John and Sandy Cates

    We are working with the Lee High '68 50th Class Reunion Committee.  Greg Patterson asked that we send the 50th Class Reunion Invitation and Registration Form to you.  Please send/share the information with your Lee High friends and classmates.  We hope to have a great party and look forward to you/your classmates being there, too.  


From Our Mailbox 


Subject:    Typing Class

Chip Smoak

LHS '66

    Tommy, your memories of typing and typing class prove without a doubt that you do not suffer from Alzheimer's. 

    Black was the only color of typewriter that I ever had.  I was quite happy to have a portable typewriter to take to college with me.  I spent many an hour in my dorm room typing papers.  You left out half of the procedure with your "hunt and peck" comment.  The other half was "curse and erase", usually said under one's breath.  Also, changing from a manual to  an electric typewriter was quite an experience that required learning not to pound the keys which caused unwanted repetitions of letters that had to be erased (darn!)

Subject:    Typing   
Gary Hatcher

    Tommy, your article about Mrs. Parks typing class brought back a memory of how important taking that class became to me.  Along with needing to type during my Air Force and FAA careers, it provided me with an easy detail while attending my Air Force tech school.  I remember being told to never volunteer for anything in the military.  Well, while in formation one morning, the first sergeant asks if anybody knew how to type.  Without thinking I raised my hand.  Before I could put it down, he pointed at me and said to see him after formation was completed.  Well, it turned out to be the best thing I did that day.  It appeared that he need someone to type letters for him each day.  There were two clerks in the office, but the letters he requested me to type needed to be done quickly and could not wait for the clerks to do them with their other work.  The best part is that I did not have to make formation each morning prior to marching to classes.  I was given a driving pass.  I drove to class.  After the class ended, I drove to the squadron compound, and reported to the first sergeant.  He would give me letters to type, one, two, three, or more.  Sometimes there would be none.  Since this was a permanent detail, I could leave to go home after I finished.  On days that there were no letters to type, I was released and headed home.  I was happy about this since I was still basically a newlywed.  I also didn’t have to do many of the other work assignments around the squadron compound, such as cleaning latrines, raking leaves, sweeping and mopping.  So, as you can tell, taking that typing course worked out just great for me.

Subject:   Typewriters
Jeffrey Fussell
LHS '66

    Your story on typewriters was memorable for me in a somewhat different way. I used both manual and electric typewriters, but never formally studied the art until later in life.

    When I did face typing in an academic situation, our classroom was equipped with Panasonic daisy-wheel typewriters.  In addition to the horrible  “soft-touch” keys (which I avoid to this day),  I was constantly off-balance by the peculiar nature of these machines in which there is virtually  no sound at impact, but followed by a noticeable “THUNK” as the daisy-wheel returns to its home position. 

    Having associated the typewriter’s sound with the actual imprint, I found myself losing my place on the page.  I never got beyond 30 words per minute.  Not all innovations are winners.

Subject:   Movies and LLB
Dianne Hughey McClue
LHS '64

    Tommy I really enjoyed the movie article. I too loved going to the movies. I always did and I still do. I remember going to the movies on a hot summer day because they were air conditioned. I always took a sweater because it would be very cool sometimes. Such great memories thank you for sharing. 

    I also want to thank Patsy for the continued commitment to the Lee Lunch gatherings;I always enjoy them.

Barb Biggs Knott
LHS '66

    I really enjoy your looks back at our high school years and the one about Mrs. Parks’ typing class brought back some great memories. I remember the sound of the old typewriters and using  the typing book. Some of the guys that were in the class were a hoot. I think at the end of the year some were able to type 19 words a minutes….good times!

    BTW, the typewriter ribbon wasn’t the only mess to be made. When using the mimeograph machine I always had purple ink on me!

Subject:    Thanks for the Memories
Polly Gurley Redd
LHS '66

    Thanks for the memories. I loved going to the Lyric or the Martin theaters for the movies. It often included a trip for lunch at the Krystal on the Square or to City Drug for an ice cream or that fresh squeezed lemonade they made. I loved walking downtown and seeing things in the windows and people on the street. You made my day this morning when I read your story.

Subject:    Class of '64 Class Picnic Video
Joel Weinbaum
LHS '64

    That was good just don’t recall but i was probably there. To be young again…! And how times have changed. The Brownie is no longer in a box and film no longer has the cost of flash bulbs and development. And our cell phone camera is 10,000 times the quality as still pictures or motion. Just keep the battery charged. And I used to wonder about what life would be like as with the George Orwell’s book, “1984.” 

    In June of 1964 I flew to Norfolk Naval Base in a Lockheed Electra from Huntsville. Had turbo prop Rolls Royce engines that stuck way out from the wing and bounced as we gathered speed down the runway. Not the safest plane ever built. Often wondered if those engines fell off subsequent flights. First commercial flight for me. As we lifted I had a start when the A/C blew fog from the vents. In that flash i thought smoke. As we approached Norfolk a hurricane was in the area and we landed  at Newport News. Sat there for a good while then moved to the Norfolk side. As we approached our first landing we experienced the gut wrenching effects of a serious roller coaster ride with several people getting sick. Was heading to a two week Seamanship school where I became an E-3 before heading to Active Duty in July 1964. 

    Back to the end of our Senior Year, I’ll never forget that sense of exuberance of finally escaping in that rush of maturity, which i wasn’t. But many of our friends got married and started families. As to those now past, they’ve not gotten any older in our memory. After arriving in San Diego for my first assignment at a Navy school, I realized I  had grown up in a sheltered life. Thanks.

Subject:    D-Day Invasion
Woody Beck
LHS '65

    Bonjour de Paris, Tommy. I didn't realize that your dad was in the 29th and lost a leg when they assaulted the right flank of Omaha Beach. Damn lucky to be alive. The memorial to the 29th, as well as the German bunkers at Vierville-sur-Mer, are impressive.

Subject:    Normandy
Rodney White

    Tommy a trip to Normandy was very emotional for me; we all need to remember what the men like your father and mine who served in the Navy did so we can live the life we live today. We took a rose to lay on a grave,  my wife's father served in France but landed after D-Day. I cry today thinking of the young people that have their life for the world. Thank God for your Dad!

Subject:    Normandy Invasion
John Turrentine
LHS '66

    Tommy, great story of your travels to Omaha Beach.  Thank you for your service and especially for your Dad's service.  We were at Omaha Beach in 2015 while on a Viking River Cruise and the trip to Omaha was the highlight (and the main reason we took the trip).  It really is hallowed ground that most Americans do not appreciate.  

    P.S.  We had a neighbor and friend when we lived in Lombard, IL who served in the 29th.  Mr.  Arthur Kalish



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