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Class Newsletter, October 2003, from June Reynolds Miller
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Presenting the Kewpie
Published for the members of the Hickman High School Class of 1933,
Columbia, Missouri. Send all correspondence pertaining to this
Newsletter to: Mrs. June Reynolds Miller, 4000 E. Fletcher Avenue,
I-114, Tampa, Florida 33613-5333. Phone 813-977-5181
Vol. XXXVII, No. 2 Tampa, FL October 2002
Harry Ball tells me that there is a computer program on the internet called “Classmates” that you can sign up for $36 and it gives you access to all who have joined. So far he and Martin Scott are the only ones that have joined from our class, so they have gotten in touch with each other that way. Harry and Helen also celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year.
Martin Scott writes that Dusty is now home after her long tenure in the hospital and nursing home for rehabilitation, health care unit. It has been a long siege for her and she is now on a walker. In my last Newsletter I did some reminiscing, so it brought some thoughts back to Martin: “We moved to Columbia in 1925 (I was in the fifth grade at Lee School) and Dorsey Bass and Gene Fellows were my real close friends. Soon I got a job, working (under your brother, Loren) for C. C. Clark. Dorsey Bass and I tried raising rabbits for profit but to no avail. We (a bunch of kids in our neighborhood often stopped, on the way home from Lee School, to play at the little pond on the White Campus near the corner of University and College. Those were pretty good days, June!”
Fred Brown: “I received over the computer a number of brain teasers and here is one that you might find interesting: This is an unusual paragraph and I am curious how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it. It looks so plain you would think that nothing was wrong with it. It is unusual though. Study it, and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you work at it a bit you might find out. Do you give up? The letter “e” which is the most common letter in the English language does not appear once in the long paragraph.” Thank you, Fred, for sending this brainteaser along to us.
Catherine Johnson Kulmus: “I keep in close contact with Ed See and Mary Lee and have for many years. When I was 18, Mary Lee and I, one summer waited tables at Christian College for a special group meeting. I enjoy being close to my daughter-in-law and of course my 12 year-old granddaughter namesake, and am getting used to my apartment.”
B. D. Simon, Jr. sent some on liners: “Seen on a birthday card, “we have reached the age whre we think of the hearafter, as when we go into another room and wonder what we are hearafter.” Mark Twain said, “when I was young I remembered things that never happened, now that I am older I can’t remember the things that did happen.” “A clear conscious might be a sign of poor memory.”
Ed (Bud) See: “I an on the mend after about six weeks, which the doctor described as a compression fracture (back pain). Of course the doctor also indicated that this might be a problem of age.” (and I can sympathize with Ed).
A note from Gwendolyn Davidson, thanking me for her birthday card and she enjoys all the activity of the birds in her yard at the birdfeeder. And a note from Mattie Drake Henderson telling of her 88th birthday celebrations.
The sad news to report this time,
is the death of Classmate Goldie Blacklock
Nelson. Her daughter wrote that
she had Parkinson’s disease, then fell in January and it was downhill after
Contributions to the postage and printing fund have come from B. D. Simon, Jr., Catherine Johnson Kulmus and Fred C. Brown. My thanks go to them.
PLEASE NOTE: This Newsletter was started around the first of September, so it would be mailed by late October. So my intentions were good. However, I fell on September 20th and broke 5 ribs. After spending 10 days or so in the hospital (with 3 days in Intensive Care), I was transferred to our John Know Village Med Center to recuperate and for therapy (for 2 weeks). I am now back in the apartment not moving at as fast a pace as before, but doing OK.
While I was out of commission George was put in the JKV Med Center for his care so I would not have to worry about his getting the proper attention. He too is now back home…continues to be on oxygen 24 hours a day, and is most comfortable when lying down, tho does get up for bathroom duties and to eat at the table. His main trouble is still the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and is very weak.
Upon my return from the Med Center I have heard from Carl Brady giving me the sad news of the death of Virginia Pulliam Scott. The obit is enclosed, showing she had lived a very interesting and active life.(/2002/oct/20021014fort003.asp">Click here to see obituary in Tribune)
Then Edward (Bud) See wrote, sympathizing with my discomfort of broken ribs and bad back…he too has been suffering with back problems. And he enclosed a contribution for the Newsletter Fund.
Betty Miller Hanson sent me a book, which her brother, Robert D. Miller a Kewpie of about 1935, wrote, titled DESCENT FROM NIITAKA, First Flag Over Japan, about his WWII experiences. It is a thoughtful detailed memoir of his WWII tour of duty with the FLYING CIRCUS, with MacArthur’s leap-frog campaign from New Guinea to Japan. He and an advanced party of technicians hoisted the American Flag over mainland Japan tow days before the combat troops began the actual armed occupation on August 30, 1945.
This is a very interesting book, and you might remember his wife, the former Beulah Cooper, younger sister of our own Carmazelle Cooper, and Clay Cooper and John.
This book came the same day I was released to come home from the Med Center, so its’ interesting reading helped to occupy my time in my recovery.
In closing George and I want to wish you and your families a very Happy Holiday Season, and more importantly, a healthful time as well.
In the meantime, write to me and give me some news – the Good Lord Willing….might be able to get another Newsletter about February or March of 2003.
I am reminded by George that 64 years ago today (October 31, 1938) we had our blind date, the of Orson Well’s WAR OF THE WORLDS. Then we were married on January 27, 1940. And the world goes on.
Added note: Jim Leavitt, Coach of the University of South Florida's football team, is a graduate of MU and when I introduced myself to him and told him I was a Kewpie, he immediately recognized my Alma Mater. The University of Southern Florida, is where George and I worked for over 30 years.
See "I'm a Senior Citizen" attachment to October 2002, Newsletter
I’m a Senior Citizen
I’m the life of the party -- even
when it lasts until 8 p.m.
I’m very good at opening child-proof caps with a hammer.
I’m usually interested in going home before I get to where I’m going.
I’m good on a trip for a least an hour without my aspirin, beano, antacid...
I’m the first one to find the bathroom wherever I go.
I’m awake many hours before my body allows me to get up.
I’m smiling all the time because I can’t hear a word you are saying.
I’m very good at telling stories.. .over and over and over and over.
I’m aware that other people’s grandchildren are not as bright as mine.
I’m so cared for: long-term care, eye care, private care, dental care...
I’m not grouchy, I just don’t like traffic, waiting, crowds, children, politicians.
I’m positive I did housework correctly before my mate retired.
I’m sure everything I can’t find is in a secure place.
I’m wrinkled, saggy and lumpy, and that’s just my left leg.
I’m having trouble remembering simple words like...
I’m now spending more time with my pillows than with my mate.
I’m realizing that aging is not for sissies.
I’m anti-everything now: anti-fat, anti-smoke, anti-noise, anti-inflammatory...
I’m walking more (to the bathroom) and enjoying it less.
I’m going to reveal what goes on behind closed doors.. .absolutely nothing!
I’m sure they are making adults much younger these days.
I’m in the initial state of my golden years: SS, CDS, IRAs, AARP
I’m wondering.. .if you’re only as old as you feel, how could I be alive at 150?
I’m supporting all movements now.. .by eating bran, prunes and raisins.
I’m a walking storeroom of facts.. .I’ve just lost the storeroom.
I’m a Senior Citizen, and I think I am having the time of my life!