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200706 July 6, 2020


Jane Anne Cope
LHS '65
February 26, 1947 - August 21, 2014

(Editor's Note: Last week we were notified of another classmate's death)

        Jane was born on February 26, 1947 in Sherman to Harmon Francis and Lucille (Roberts) Cope Sr.. She died in Gainesville on August 21, 2014. She is survived by her partner Cindy Martin of Gainesville; step-children Jennifer Etter, Michael Etter, and Audra Powell; and eight grandchildren.

        Memorial contributions may be made to Abigail's Arms, or Boys and Girls Club of Cooke County..

        Memphis, TN - I hope everyone had a safe and fun Fourth of July in spite of the social gathering restrictions. Sue and I stayed home and had hot dogs and homemade ice cream. Memphis now requires everyone to wear masks and is considering to going back to stage one requirements. Please be safe, we are losing enough classmates to natural causes already and we don't need to add to the list.

Did You Own and Use One of These?
Tommy Towery
LHS '64

        I was watching a television show the other night when a commercial came on with a clip of a girl riding a bicycle to school who had her books held together by a leather belt. My mind immediately flashed back to my own school days and how I carried my books to school. I think it was when I was going to East Clinton but it may have been Huntsville Junior High when I owned and used a bookstrap like the one pictured above. The bookstrap replaced the army surplus canvas backpack I previously used and seemed so much better at keeping my books together. I am surprised it did not turn into a giant rubber band weapon somewhere along the line.  It seems crazy now, but I thought it was cool to have my books all held together with the giant rubber band type gadget wrapped around the books. Of course when we got to high school it was not cool any more to do so, and besides, we had lockers then which could hold the books we did not want to carry home.

        It is strange how the sometimes new ideas seem to be the old ones which inspired us back in our time. My bookstrap was green. Does anyone else remember these? Please make a comment if you did. Please, someone answer me on this.


From Our Mailbox 


Subject:    Great job again.

Spencer Thompson

LHS '64

    Great job, T.


Filming took place in late 1955, from August 9 to December 20. The film premiered on October 17, 1956.

The picture cost just under $6 million to make, employing 112 locations in 13 countries and 140 sets.

The wardrobe department spent $410,000 (equal today to $3,900,000)  to provide 74,685 costumes and 36,092 trinkets.

The cast, including extras, totaled 68,894 people; it also featured 7,959 animals.

More than 40 famous performers make cameo appearances.

The film was nominated for eight Oscars, of which it was awarded five, including Best Picture.

Although not nominated for Best Original Song, the film's theme song became very popular. 

Around the World in 80 Days

Tom Bush, LHS '65 was the first to answer with most of the correct answers. He made one small mistake by crediting John Wayne as one of the cameo actors. According to Wikipedia, " John Wayne turned down Todd's offer for the role of the Colonel leading the Cavalry charge, a role filled by Colonel Tim McCoy. James Cagney, Gary Cooper, and Kirk Douglas—along with Wayne—were considered for the role, but according to Michael Todd, "they all wanted to kid it." 

Movie: Around the World in 80 Days 
Leading Male Role: David Niven
Leading Female Role: Shirley McLaine
Memorable Characters: John Wayne, Frank Sinatra.

Max Kull, LHS '67 wrote

1. What was the name of the film? Around the World in 80 Days. Best picture?  Not so much.  What were they thinking! I checked the other nominees for that year - 'Friendly Persuasion', 'Giant, 'The King and I', and 'The Ten Commandments'.  I'd rather rewatch any of those over "...80 Days".

2. Who was the leading man? David Niven

3. Who was the leading lady? Shirley MacLaine

4. Which one of the 40 famous performers in cameo roles do you remember the most?  There was, of course, a bunch.  Not necessarily for this movie but just because I love his early silent work so much - I'll go with Buster Keaton.  'The General', 'Sherlock, Jr.', 'Steamboat Bill, Jr.', 'Battling Butler', 'Our Hospitality', and the list goes on. 

Additional thoughts: Again, for other work, I'll give some props to Robert Newton who played Inspector Fix.  He scared me silly as Long John Silver the first time I saw Disney's 'Treasure Island'.  He also was a menacing Bill Sikes in David Lean's production of 'Oliver Twist'.

Linda Collinsworth Provost, LHS '66

    The answer to the movie trivia just has to be "Around The World In 80 Days".  It is just a guess from me, so I googled to see if I had the correct movie.  I won't participate in the quiz because I can't honestly answer the questions without help.  I will, however, share a couple of interesting tidbits of info that I learned when I googled the movie. 

1 - Warner Brothers bought the film rights from Elizabeth Taylor!!  Her husband, Mike Todd was the producer.

2 - The closing credits were 6 mins 21 seconds long.  As a young film buff I discovered that one might possibly miss quite a bit when exiting a theater too soon.  Sometimes the closing credits are the best part of a movie.  Lynn Bozeman Van Pelt and I have seen many films together over the years and we used to look for the name of the key grip, best boy & gaffer. I enjoy a film that includes "out takes" in the closing credits.

In the 1976 version of "A Star Is Born", instead of giving credit to a designer for Barbra Streisand's wardrobe, the credits read: "Miss Streisand's wardrobe - from her closet."  I like trivia like that - totally useless but lodged in my brain far, anyway.

3 - David Niven was quoted as saying that the role of Phineaus Fogg was his favorite.

4 - One of the fun parts about watching the movie was spotting all the actors in their cameos. 

What fun, Don Wynn!!  Thanks for the trivia.

Name That Tune

This Week's Name That Tune Group

(As we stated earlier, we will be alternating between the Movie Trivia and the Name That Tune features. This week we are back to Name That Tune.)

        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?



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