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200622 June 22, 2020


Thomas "Tom" Michael Curry
LHS '64
October 18, 1945 - July 20, 2015

    (We were just informed last week of this earlier loss of a classmate. Tom was a member of the Class of '64 but did not graduate with them. Tom's photo did not appear in the 1964 yearbook so we are including the one of him from the 1960 The General)

    Thomas "Tom" Michael Curry, 69, a much loved husband, father, brother and uncle, who resided in Cleveland, passed to his eternal home, Monday, July 20, 2015. Tom lived his life as a testimony to his love for the Lord and his family. The United States Marine Corp was where Tom demonstrated his love for his country serving in Vietnam. He was a faithful member of First Baptist Cleveland for 25 years ministering with the Manna Ministry, Bus Ministry and with those who were Home Bound. Tom was employed as General Manager of Miller’s Department Store and a Regional Manager for Van Heusen.

    Tom was preceded in death by his parents, George Thomas and Mattie Pearl Curry.

    Survivors include wife of 29 years, Renee Ritenour Curry. Children, Michael and Kathy Curry and Jolee Thompson all of Scottsboro, Alabama, Christopher Curry, Lauren and Justin Kowal all of Cleveland. He is also survived by his brother and sister in law – David and Kay Curry of Huntsville, Alabama and sister and brother in law, Darlene and Greg Jarvis of Douglasville, Georgia, his grandchildren: Chris Kirby, Trey Curry, Nicole Hickman, Devan, Andrew and Zane Thompson, Emily Ann Curry. As well as God’s blessing in the storm, a sweet grandbaby due in December, Alexandria Faith Kowal. He is also survived by 5 great grandchildren, 6 nieces, 2 nephews and 10 great nieces and nephews.

    The family requests memorials to be made to First Baptist Cleveland, P. O. Box 2368 Cleveland, TN 37320 designated for the Manna Ministry or Exceptional Ministries. “But as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him. 1 Corinthians 2:9.

    The North Ocoee St. Chapel of the Jim Rush Funeral Homes has charge of the arrangements.

        Memphis, TN -  We regret the announcement of yet another one of our classmates which had previously gone undetected. We try our best to feature each one when we find out about the loss.

    I'm going to change a few sections of the Traveller beginning this week. I plan to alternate between Don Wynn's Movie Trivia and the Name That Tune section each week, rather than run them both on the same week. We normally have responses from the same small group of people each week but I remind you everyone is welcome to submit their answers and comments on the features. Anyway, one week we will do movie trivia (which may feature songs) and the next week we will music trivia. This week will include both the answer to last week's trivia and the questions for this week.

        We featured a beautiful love song from a movie that was about anything but love. It is bizarre that such a romantic song be selected as the theme from this movie. Roy Orbison did not sing it in the movie, nor did anyone else; it was an instrumental. This movie was a 1962 Italian documentary and in 1963, the song was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song as "Theme from _______________".
        Here are the questions for those who want to accept the challenge.

1. What was the Italian name of the movie.
2. What is the English translation of the title?
3. What was the movie about?

Max Kull, LHS '67 was the only one to take on the challenge. He replied with:

1. What was the Italian name of the movie?

    The movie was 'Mondo Cane' and I only know that because I saw it senior year at Auburn in my "Modes of Film Communication" class.  Not many engineers in that class but I always loved movies and I had an elective left.  If you were at Auburn and never took that class, you missed a treat.

2. What is the English translation of the title?

    My memory said it was "very strange" perhaps because that fits the subject matter but I cheated and looked it up (mark this one wrong for me) and the rough translation is "doggish world".

3. What was the movie about?

    It was about bizarre customs in different world cultures.  Lots of weird stuff but the one scene, actually two, that sticks to me to this day were about dogs (well...I guess that works with the translation too).  Once scene had some reverential old ladies somewhere in the US visiting their pets' final resting places in a pet cemetery.  It was followed by a scene in an Asian market (don't remember which country) where the customers were picking out which caged pup would be on that night's dinner table. No irony there, right?

    (Editor's Note: The accepted translation of the title is commonly referred to as "World of Dogs". One of the attractive features to an innocent teenager in the 60s was that some of the scenes featured in the cultural episodes included shots of native females who were filmed in their topless culture costumes. Back then seeing bare breasts in movies was still a very rare occasion, but since this was an educational film I suppose the censors let it ride.)

        If you are interested, the entire movie is available on  Warning, it does have some disturbing scenes. Still, click below if you still want to watch it.

Mondo Cane

Name That Tune

This Week's Name That Tune Group

        This week's song group is a selection of songs done by the same group from the mid to late Sixties.

1. What is the name of the group?
2.  What are the songs?
3. Who was the lead singer of the group?


From Our Mailbox 


Subject:    Roy Orbison

Joel Weinbaum

LHS '64


        Interesting that you have Roy Orbison mentioned. Not to draw notoriety but living in E. TN outside Knoxville, my neighbor was Orbison’s drummer when they recorded “Pretty Woman.”



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