our 50-year reunion is still almost two
years away, but we're trying to locate
our lost classmates well in advance. Have
you moved or changed your email address
since our 2014 reunion? If so, please
visit the Update
My Information page and enter your
current contact information so that our
database can bve as current as possible.
2019 REUNION COMMITTEE MEETING: January
click photo to enlarge it.
Scott Williams, Ellen Isaly Clark,
Susan Kayes Wilson, Julie Howell
Flay, Birti Hardie, Wil Verhoff,
Julie May Jones, Lyn Skillman Mitchell,
Deb Deam Brower, Carole DiPietro
Ott, Diane Adair Himes, Gay Leeka
Schueller, Kristy Kable Smith, Dean
Grinch, Patty Furney, Bill Clark.
who had planned to attend but had
to cancel: Sue Jones Patterson,
January 30, 2018, sixteen UA69ers gathered
to prepare postcards to be sent out to
our classmates, asking you to update your
contact information on this web site.
Thank you to these wonderful UA69ers who
worked so hard on this project!
also greatly appreciate the UA69 classmates
whose financial donations made this project
possible without going into our treasury.
These donors include: Anita Evans,
Craig Anderson, Colleen McMahon, Scott
Denis, Jane Cunningham, David Bruck, Sue
Jones Patterson, Geoff Schmidt, John Livingston,
and Sally Whipple Rudy. Thank
you all so much!
you would like to volunteer to be
on a reunion committee for our 50-year
reunion in 2019, please email
Ellen and we'll make a list!
a great time with the 1967 Golden Bears
at the 50th reunion of the first football
State Championship team at Upper Arlington
HIgh School on Friday, October 6, 2017.
below are the UA69 classmates from that
team who attended.
the left: Geoff Schmidt, Denny Dicke,
Dave Gordon, Dave Harding, Doug Crim,
John Livingston, Michael Miely, Bruce
Johnson, John C Lucas Sr, Bill Gilbert,
Fritz Reitter, Jimmy Long, Wil Verhoff,
Jim Kell (James E Merrell also attended,
but why he is not in this picture
remains a mystery)
MILLIKAN SENDS PHOTOS
Patrol with Mr. Hill
Rex - 5th Grade
DIANNE AND ROBIN REUNITE!
to right: Robin Morris, Holly Graf Fries,
Dianne Detwiler Elzey
Detwiler Elzey and I have been friends
since 3rd grade at Barrington Road Elementary;
Robin Morris, Dianne and I since
7th grade at Jones Junior High.
three of us vowed to meet in celebration
of our 60th birthdays. Well, it took a
few years to make it happen, but we recently
met in Lander, Wyoming to hike, laugh,
share treasured memories and experience
the beautiful West.
(from Toledo, Ohio) flew to Denver where
I (Boulder, Colorado) picked her up for
a road trip to Lander. There we met Robin
(Bozeman, Montana), with Lander serving
as a good midway point. A new chapter
has now been added to our history as a
threesome. We raised a few glasses to
the Class of 69!
MURPHY'S DAUGHTER ENGAGED TO GARY BAIRD'S
Murphy's daughter, Tabitha Kidwell,
is engaged to Gary Baird's son,
and Jim met in 2015 through friends, bonded
over Ohio State football, and Jim recently
proposed to Tabitha. Tabitha will be in
Indonesia for the next several months
working on her dissertation.
to Tabitha and Jim, who now have that
special "Kids-of-69ers" ties!
may recall that a few years ago, Frank
Guglielmi's son, Chris Guglielmi,
married Ed Rhine'sdaughter,
COOPER PLANNING MOTORCYCLE RIDE FOR 2019
- YOU'RE INVITED!
is with deep sadness, but loving acceptance
that I announce the passing of my lifetime
friend of more than 50 years, Bill
and I shared the best of times through
Jr. High and High School, somehow survived
the 70's, raised families in the 80's
and 90's, and in recent years were travel
companions from skiing the Colorado Rockies
to lounging on the beaches of the Dominican
life was immeasurably enriched by his
outgoing spirit and loyal friendship.
He taught me to water ski, guided me to
my wife of 39 years, and got me to the
slopes of Vail for the first time. I can
only hope that he felt and treasured the
love and gratitude of our unending friendship
as much as I did. He now can realize the
light, love, and peace that the last months
of his life did not afford him.
memorial service is planned for Wednesday,
June 14 at 11:00 am at the Lebold-Smith
Funeral Home in Bolivar, Ohio. An obituary
may be viewed at smithfuneral.com.
OF FRIENDSHIP SHARED BY BILL WILLER
AND DICK DUNKEL
Cumberland - 1977
Year's Eve - 2011
ROBERTS' HOOTENANNY MINISTRY
VILLAGES Many people walk the halls
of The Villages Regional Hospital, but
not many carry a guitar.
Scott Roberts is one of the small
but growing number of volunteers recruited
to help improve a patients hospital
stay and aid their healing process.
new programs, such as Who Needs
A Boost? and Peer Connections, a
musician lightens the mood in patient
rooms and support group members offer
advice to people recovering from life-changing
TVRH Rehab Hospital began treating patients
in July, hospital administration considered
creating an in-house support group, but
instead chose to tap into the multiple
groups that already exist in the community.
decision has been received well by patients
NOTE: As is the case with all announcements
submitted to UA69.com by our classmates,
the following is for informational purposes
only, and does not represent a personal
endorsement by any individual or organization
not specifically named in the announcement.
M. Polk of Polk Foundation in Upper
Arlington, Ohio has been recognized for
his Lifetime philanthropic excellence at
the 10th Annual Invest in Others Community
Leadership Awards Gala in New York City.
Financial advisors are nominated by their
peers for actively giving to improve their
communities and make a difference in the
lives of others.
in Others is the premier financial
services 501(c)(3)non-profit dedicated
to recognizing, encouraging, and supporting
the charitable works of financial advisors
and the advisory industry throughout the
United States and around the World.
addition to our daily after school programs
at the Run the Race Recreation Center,
in the gym, art room, library, music,
game room and providing meals and transportation
for 50+ children each day, we have special
events for them and their families throughout
the year which we need your financial
back to school carnival had games, prizes,
food and desserts while providing more
than 250 backpacks with school supplies
for children of all ages and grades. Our
Halloween party was a similar affair and
we gave the elementary school children
their own costumes which they could keep
and use for Halloween and pass along to
their younger siblings. We give away hundreds
of coats, gloves, and hats for the upcoming
colder weather, and provide complete Thanksgiving
meals with Turkeys and all the fixings
for more than 250 families, over 1000
children. We give complete Christmas meals
for the families as well as providing
gifts for the children and parents. If
the households need furniture or appliances
we find and deliver when we can.
work with low income children and families
in Columbus who would not have any of
these things without your support.
you for considering a tax deductible gift
to help us help these needy families and
move them from a life of survival to a
life full of possibilities.
send your donation to:
M. Polk, President (Class of 1969)
Polk Foundation- A 501(c)(3) Charitable
P.O. Box 12099
Columbus, Ohio 43212
DYNES VISITS CLASSMATES AROUND THE COUNTRY
his continuing journey around the USA
this summer, Patrick Dynes visited
classmates along the way. In Columbus,
he stayed with Bill and Ellen (Isaly)
Clark and went to see Fritz Reitter,
president of Reitter Stucco.
is taking architecture and construction
classes in preparation for building his
own home in the near future, and he is
still undecided about exterior finishes.
and Ellen Isaly Clark toured the
Stucco showroom for a small-class
session in stucco, stone, and fabricated
materials for home exteriors.
his journey out west, Patrick Dynes
visited with Jane Cunningham and
David Bruck for a week in Seattle.
has been visiting national parks, as well
as family and friends, throughout the
west this summer.
Olympia WA, Pat visited UA69er Steve
Myers and his wife, Linda.
COOPER VISITS FROM FLORIDA; MEETS UP WITH
Dave Cooper was in Columbus visiting,
he and Ken Pfeifer got together
for some catching up.
and Ken share an interest in motorcycles
and each owns one. Ken recently had an
unfortunate motorcycle accident and has
been recovering from surgery. Thankfully,
he is doing fine.
Fest Committee Member and Guest Musician
George Frecker '69 has offered
his latest invention, a patented commercial
can crusher, to UAAA for our Rock Fest
event. Please watch this video of George's
COOL and earth-friendly product!
can see his Can Crusher in action at the
Golden Bear Rock Fest on Saturday,
April 23 from 7 - 11 at St Agatha!
had the fantastic opportunity to fly in
a MIG fighter jet. This is the same type
of jet flown by the Russians in Top Gun.
The owner, Rick Boone, is a client of
mine from Wichita Falls, Texas. The total
time of the flight was 50 minutes. Rick
is seated in the front of this clip and
took control of the first and last ten
minutes of the flight. I did the aerobatics
and sat in the back with the GoPro. The
first one was an aileron roll and the
second was a barrel roll. These were accomplished
at 17,000 feet and 350 knots. I did edit
out the barrel roll that overly rolled
over - commonly known as "falling
out". The whole experience was very
got my flying bug because of my dad who
was in the Army Air Corps and trained
heavy bomber flight instructors in WWII.
Although I do have some power experience,
my main aviation passion is with sailplanes
in which I have over 2,000 flights. Sailplanes
are powerless and capable of staying aloft
for hours. It is a serene experience being
up in the sky silently soaring with Red
Tail Hawks and turkey buzzards (and occasionally
a helium balloon).
have my own sailplane and am a flight
instructor. One of my real pleasures is
doing aerobatics (it takes amusement park
rides to a whole new level). I started
flying sailplanes in 1979 at Central Ohio
Soaring Association out of Marion, Ohio
and I am still involved there. If anyone
is interested in more information, please
call me (614-451-2588). MarionAirport.com/COSA/
FERGUS SHARES VINTAGE PHOTOS FROM 1969 UA
been going through some old pictures and
found these from the 1969 Ohio State Track
meet. It includes Earl Hill, Denny Dicke,
Bill Riesenberger and me from the class
of 1969. Also pictured are: Marv Crosten,
John Kingsboro, Jeff Sorensen and one
I didn't identify.
Marv Crosten with Earl Hill and
Bill Riesenberger, John Kingsboro
Back: ___, , Coach Crosten, Earl
Soronen , Coach Crosten, ___. Jim
BASFORD DOES PLAY-BY-PLAY FOR OHIO WESLEYAN
am a member of Tri-Village
Lion club; We support the Eye Bank.
Pilot Dogs, and the Ohio State School
for the Blind Marching Band, to name a
few. We also do a Give a Book Get a Book
campaign where children get to pick two
books:one for themselves and on for another
in more poverty stricken areas. We want
to encourage reading
it is time for the Give Your Write
Arm to a solider on active duty. We
need letters from you that offer support
for are troops.It would be great if you
can write a letter or have yoru grandchildren
draw a picture.
will be at MCL on Veterans Day to collect
letters. So please take five minutes and
write a letter as the soldiers who protect
us. They really love it . Thanks in advance.
No money asked ... just a few minutes
of your time.
everyone was able to attend the 45-year
reunoin, but they were with us in spirit.
On the left, Phil Cardi and Jay
Moffitt say "Hi" from the
golf course at Jackson Hole. On the right,
Jack Cochran sends greetings from Georgia,
where he and his wife, Mary, were visiting
had a different kind of class reunion
though. I met up with John Leshy
at Manson's guitar shop in Exeter, England
on July 8 (selfie attached). The last
time John and I had seen each other was
at the class reunion in 1984! John is
doing great, and he is still playing guitar
- VERY WELL!!!
brought some old photos with him. They
were pics of The Squires back in
1965. Clearly visible are John (his mom
took the pics), George Frecker, Mike
Doyle and me. One was during a gig
we played in the Tremont Elementary School
gym, one was at one of our Ohio State
Fair gigs and the other two were of the
band practicing in John's basement. What
a blast from the past!
was really great to see John again after
all these years. We did our best to catch
up, but you can't cover 30 years in an
afternoon. It was all good though.
DOWNS' FISHINGER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PHOTOS
Downs McCulloch brought these two elementary
school photos to the reunion, and she has
provided the names of amost everyone in
the pictures. If you know the name of
anyone who is represented by a question
let me know. Thank you, Vicki!
BLEIMAS' 4TH GRADE: FISHINGER
1: Tim Souders, Paul Stone, Dick
Bluff, Mike Doyle, Rhonda Lace, Trisha
Moore, Vicki Downs. Row 2: Laurie
McLaughlin, Kathy Sheifer, Vicci Hiltabiddle,
Linda Brigman, Louise Tragard, Peggy
Roussey, Randy Neidenthal, Mrs. Bleimas.
Row 3: Herb Johnson, Janice Rowland,
Elsie Salzgaber, Patty Stone, Susan
Perry, Karen Ludwig, Kitsy Shearer.
Row 4: Jackie Cooper, Pam Shuey,
Christina Nowell, Garry Hall, Glenn
Dunnington, Pat Born, Bill Clark
MCGUIRE'S SIXTH GRADE: FISHINGER
1: Vicki Downs, Jack Griffith,
Bruce Fahlander, Mike Doyle, Lance
Voss, Fred Wheeler, Colleen McGucken.
Row 2: ?, Candy Taylor, Shirley
Parsley, Elsie Salzgaber, Libbie Pfefferle,
Debbie Cato, ?, Mrs. McGuire. Row
3: Tim Souders, Pam Shuey, Donna
Sell, Teri Scott, Debbie Deam, Kitsy
Shearer, Gwen Patterson, Jane Joost.
Row 4: Ken Ross, David Edwards,
Pat Born, Dean Grinch, Dennis Driggs,
Neil Rouse, Randy Juilliard, Roger
Holloway and his wif, Donna, were
invited to perform at the event; this
is why he missed the reunion. The show
was a great success, playing to audiences
averaging 5,000 each evening. Pictured
is Steve and Donna, in costume.
two-and-a-half hour family show is fast-paced
every scene only lasts about 3-6
minutes, so there is always something
new to see and experience. Theres
bagpipes, highland dancers, la culture
de lacadie and military traditions.
VERHOFF ORDAINED AS ANGLICAN PRIEST
Verhoff has fulfilled a lifelong dream.
Saturday, May 17, Wil was ordained as
a priest in the Anglican Diocese of the
Great Lakes, in the Akron area.
began his seminary work at the Methodist
Theological School in 2004. He is currently
a pastor at Messiah Anglican Church in
and lifelong friends Geoff Schmidt
and Jim Merrell traveled to
witness the ordination and to share in
the joy of Wil's special day.
Note from Wil:
have a church organization, Messiah Anglican
Church; all I need is people to be a part
of it. In the past two years I've concentrated
on getting established in this rural Kentucky
community which the average person does
not know what Anglican is, which is Biblical
like any other Protestant denomination.
I have been a volunteer chaplain at the
local hospital, Adult Daycare, and two
nursing homes. I remarried in 2009 to
Barbara (Britt) Verhoff who is multi-talented
and a remarkable nurse anesthetist at
the local hospital. I have four children,
all happily married, and two grandchildren,
and two on the way."
to Wil Verhoff on this great achievement!
TODD'S SON, BRENDON TODD, WINS BYRON NELSON
Sunday, May 18, Brendon Todd, the
28-year-old son of UA69er Martin Todd
and his wife, Carolyn Todd, won the Byron
Nelson Golf Championship. The two-stroke
win over Mike Weir was Brendon's first
PGA victory. He finished with a bogey-free
4-under 66 to win.
in North Carolina, Brendon graduated from
the University of Georgia, where he was
part of the 2005 team that won the National
Championship. He joined the Nationwide
Tour in 2008 and won the Utah Championship.
the 2009 Athens Regional Foundation Classic,
Brendon became the first player on the
Tour to get get two holes in one (on the
same hole!) in the same tournament.
news for those of us in Columbus: Brendon
Todd will be playing in the 2014 Memorial
Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf
Course from Thursday, May 29 through Sunday,
GREAT TIME TO JOIN UAAA OR RENEW MEMBERSHIP!
you believe that we are now reaching 405
of our approximately 650
classmates using valid email addresses?
It's true, and we are continuing to search
for everyone else's email address, too!
Arlington Alumni Association's database
of all graduates from 1923 - 2013 has
been a valuable tool for us. Names, addresses,
phone numbers and email addresses, as
well as student activities, are entered
into this database upon graduation, and
then each grad's information is updated
through the years.
UAAA database has provided starting points
(former addresses, phone numbers, parents',
siblings' and spouses' names ... ) for
our classmate searches. UAAA provides
complimentary mailing labels, based on
this database, for reunion mailings and
activity-specific events such as athletic,
band, orchestra, and vocal music reunions.
a monthly fee (paid by membership dues),
our database is secured, stored, protected,
and backed up daily. In 2012 and 2013,
UAAA held our Golden
Bear Rock Fest fundraiser to help
make ends meet. But we REALLY need your
UAAA is simple. We offer
several levels of membership, as well
as payment plans..
class has been generous through the years!
The UAHS Class of 1969 has more Golden
Bear (14) and Life
Members (21) than any other class.
of you who have joined at the Reunion
and Annual Member levels have helped UAAA
tremendously! Unlike Golden Bear and Life
memberships, the Reunion and Annual memberships
do expire, so won't you please renew
your membership? We really need our
you are unsure of your membership status,
STRENG INDUCTED INTO UA BASEBALL HALL OF
own Terry Streng, a standout baseball
player and co-captain of the 1969 Golden
Bear baseball team,was inducted into the
UA Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday,
March 8, 2014. Terry is one of six honorees
inducted into this first class of the
Hall of Fame.
the first pitch in 1925, Upper Arlington
Baseball has earned the reputation as
one of the leading baseball programs in
the state of Ohio. With 14 district championships,
including two state championship teams,
Upper Arlington Baseball has consistently
produced competitive teams and talented
players. Over the years, Golden Bears
Baseball players have been honored with
numerous All-State and All-District player
awards. Many former Golden Bears have
gone on to play college baseball and several
former players have played professionally.
CLASS OF UA BASEBALL HALL OF FAME
State Championship Team
Thomas, 1987 Co-Captain
Streng, 1969 Co-Captain
Mautz: 1982-86, 2007
ROBINSON UNEARTHS RARE FIND!
Robinson sent in a couple of pages
from the 1969 school newspaper, The
Arlingtonian. One page shows our
traditional Senior Awards (congratulations
again to the winners!!) and the other
contains "Graduation Brings Memories,"
our Class Bequeaths to our Teachers, and
"Seniors Speculate: What If ... "
you, Craig, for bringing back a lot
of fun memories from 45 years ago!
is sharing her Pen Points magazines
from 1964, when we were in 7th grade,
and from 1966, when we were in 9th grade
at Jones Junior High School. Craig
Robinson has submitted his 1965
Pen Points magazine for your reading pleasure!
Points was a magazine that was (from
the magazine's Foreword) "designed
to represent the many students who have
felt the desire to express themselves
and who have been able to do so effectively
through form and word. It is dedicated
to every student reader, with the hope
that he or she will also attempt to reproduce
thoughts and emotions for the many persons
who are searching for truths."
of the writing and artwork is really thoughtful
and insightful! Even if you didn't attend
Jones, you'll see the works of many of
your UAHS friends in here!
on either image of the Pen Points covers
to see the magazine in its entirety as
a PDF. You'll see poems, stories and
artwork from dozens of our classmates.
Clearly they highlighted the work of the
9th graders, so the 1966 (yellow and orange)
issue has more featured stories and illustrations
by our UA69ers.
teachers/editors included: Mrs. Marian
Smith; Mrs. Betty Hennessey; Mrs. Joyce
Guckert; Mrs. Frances Bretz; Miss Judy
Hudnall; Mrs. Ruth Armstrong;Mrs. Martha
Yutsey; Mrs. Gloria Bohen; Mrs. Mary Jane
Spahr, and Mrs. Ellen Buesling. The Art
Editors were Mrs. Anne Smith and Mr. Jerry
Tollifson, and the Typist was Mrs. Ruth
Griffith. The English Coordinator at the
time was Mr. Stephen Nesha.
1964 and 1966, our superintendent was
Mr. Walter Heischman. The Jones Principal
was Mr.Samuel Henderson (1964) and then
Mr. David Jones (1966), and the Assistants
to the Principal were Mr. Bernie Cellar,
Mr. Marvin Baker, and Mr. Walter Niceswanger.
FOR NOSTALGIC FUN!
Looker sernt this link to an online
jukebox! YOu just select one of the dates
and you can hear the songs that were popular
in that year!
the Kiki Street / Greg Kullman wedding,
our own Steve Morley pur Neil Diamond
to shame with his rendition of "Sweet
Caroline! Watch the YouTube video below!
HAS FACEBOOK PAGE
hope that ALL our alums will join
us on the UAAA
Facebook page. If you already
have a Facebook account, please
visit this page, like it, and recommend
it to all your UA alumni friends!
We hope to be able to use this Facebook
tool as a way to send out periodic
quickie messages about upcoming
events or news. See
our Facebook page here.
EZELL AND MIDLIFE CHRYSLERS
Ezell contacted me to report that
his band, The
Midlife Chryslers (and you gotta
love the name!) was the subject of a video
interview on KTVQ-TV in Billings MT. The
band, who has been at it for more than
a decade, has several iteresting engagements
coming up, including a Las Vegas convention
during which they will entertain 20,000
response to my note asking for former Barrington
students to share their memories of our
days at the first elementary school in Upper
Arlington, these classmates offered their
thoughts, which will be shared in an interview
to be videotaped and shown at a dedication
ceremony for the new gymnasium and other
improvements recently made to the Barrington
building. Click each classmate's name to
see these memories:
added a PS to his list of Barrington
memories: the FLUTAPHONE! Do
you still have yours? Remember how
we all played the flutaphone in Mrs.
Glass' music class?
ASSOCIATION WEB SITE: BEARALUMS.COM
the official Web site of the Upper
Arlington Alumni Association.
Please make sure you're a member of UAAA,
and also please check that your name and
email address are listed there and are
current and correct.
Alumni Association keeps a database of
thousands of graduates of our high school
and helps reunion chairmen send mailings
to their classmates. UAAA publishes a
newsletter, Traditions, for all
members, full of information and news
about UAHS alumni.
Members: William A. Clark, David
R. Cooper, Bob Crunelle, Annette T.
Daniel, Judy Winters Dennis (D), Walter
E. Dennis, Jr., David A. Edwards,
Jr., Anita K. Evans, Curtis Eyre,
Thomas R. Grehl, Brian Hazelbaker,
Lorna Lee Heydinger, Julie May Jones,
Debbie Leggett Carnes, James M. Long,
Elizabeth Postle Henry, Janet Richter
Boyer, Donna Sell Kohlhepp, Lyn Skillman
Mitchell, Christine Wheeler McKinney
Bear Members: Craig W. Anderson,
Jeff Browning, Beverly D'Angelo, Walt
Dennis, Patti Elam, Frank A. Guglielmi,
Ellen Isaly Clark, Cyndy McLane Street,
Barbara Minton Miller-McGlinn, Jay
Moffitt, Thomas F. O'Shaughnessy,
Beth Postle Henry, Pam Shuey Snyder,
Scott Street, and John Williams..
single membership is greatly appreciated!
If you are not sure of your membership status,
email me and I will let you know! THANK
NEALE COMPLETES TRIATHLON
his bio on the Classmates
Then and Now page, John
Neale talks about his interest
in competing in triathlons. He wrote:
" In my free time, I have become
a runner (I did the Columbus Marathon
in 1987), bicyclist, and triathlete. In
1998, I was the Rocky Mountain Regional
Masters Champion at the Olympic distance
triathlon for USA Triathlon, the national
sanctioning body. Last year (2008), I
succeeded in crossing the #1 item off
my bucket list by competing in and finishing
an Ironman triathlon in Tempe, Arizona
(2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2
Holloway has published his second
book, Canadian Foreign Policy: Defining
the National Interest. Though designed
for college courses on foreign policy,
the book serves as a good general introduction
to Canada, its role in the world and its
relations with the US.
is currently chair of the Political Science
Department at St.
Francis Xavier University, in beautiful
Nova Scotia. StFXU is a small liberal
arts college (about 4000 students) which
has frequently been ranked as the best
small university in Canada. More information
about the book and ordering can be found
or on this