you are an Upper Arlington graduate
from a class that ends in a "4"
or a "9," then this is a
great year for you. You are having
a class reunion!
2014 Reunions page, click on your
class year, and get information about
your upcoming reunion, which will
be held during the 4th of July weekend,
Outstanding Alumnus is an alum who has generously
dedicated his or her time to the service of the
Upper Arlington Alumni Association and its mission.
GARVIN SAYERS '39 and MARTIN PETERS SAYERS
Garvin Sayers was born in Columbus in 1921
and moved to Upper Arlington in the second grade
where her family resided on Lower Chelsea Road.
Marjorie and Peter met in the second grade at
Barrington Elementary School. Peter lived on Stanford
Road close to Miller Park. His uncles were Ben
and King Thompson, and his father, Delbert Sayers,
was the Civil Engineer for the City of Upper Arlington.
and Peter graduated from Upper Arlington High
School in 1939 and then matriculated to the Ohio
State University. Dad played football and studied
Pre-Med and Marjorie was very involved in student
activities and majored in English, graduating
Phi Beta Kappa. They married in 1943.
entered The Ohio State University College of Medicine
during wartime and Marjorie worked as a medical
secretary to help finance his medical education.
Following Peter's training, they returned to Upper
Arlington to start a family and to eventually
build their home in Canterbury Village (where
their granddaughter and husband now reside). They
had four children, sons Dr. Daniel Garvin Sayers
(Linda), Stephen Putnam Sayers (Carina), Julia
Sayers Bolton(Charles) and Elaine Sayers Buck
(David), 11 grandchildren, and now have 8 great-grandchildren.
Martin Peter Sayers became Chief of Pediatric
Neurosurgery at Columbus Children's Hospital and
served on the faculty at The Ohio State University
College of Medicine. Marjorie and Peter also traveled
with their family throughout the world while Dad
was serving as resident neurosurgeon on the floating
Hospital Ship Hope.
was Chairman of the History Committee of the City
of Upper Arlington 1976 Bicentennial Committee.
In this capacity she became the editor and chief
contributing writer of the first and second editions
of the History of Upper Arlington. Marjorie
was one of the founders and the second president
of the UA
and Peter were lifelong members the First Community
Church and Marjorie is presently the longest living
member. They resided most recently at First Community
Village and had enjoyed 70 years of a wonderful
marriage when Peter died in June, 2013.
Marjorie and Peter have been dedicated Golden
Bears who supported the UA Education Foundation
and UA Alumni Association, as well as other local
charities and groups, and through their devotion
to the community, have created a legacy of tradition
and lasting pride in Upper Arlington, Ohio.
an article about Dr Sayers here.
and Dr. Peter Sayers will be honored on Friday,
July 4 during the UACA Party in the Park event at
Northam Park, prior to the fireworks.
DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS AWARDS
Distinguished Alumnus is an alum who is honored
for his or her personal, educational, or career
Honorable Colleen McMahon, UAHS Class of 1969,
is a United States District Judge for the Southern
District of New York. She was appointed to the
federal bench in 1998, following a career that
included two decades of law practice at the New
York City law firm of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton
& Garrison, a stint as a speechwriter/special
assistant to the United States Ambassador to the
United Nations, and three years as a judge of
the New York State Court of Claims. At Paul Weiss,
a firm noted for its litigation expertise, she
was the first woman litigator elected to partnership.
An acknowledged leader of the New York City Bar
during her years in private practice, Colleen
chaired the Committees on State Courts of Superior
Jurisdiction and Women in the Profession at the
Association of the Bar of the City of New York
and headed The Jury Project, New York's highly
successful jury service reform effort. She has
served as Vice Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese
of New York and a member of the Standing Committee
of the Diocese; taught courses in law at Benjamin
Cardozo School of Law; been a member of the Committee
on Audit and Administrative Accountability of
the Judicial Conference of the United States;
and presided over a number of high profile cases,
including lawsuits in which the heirs of actress
Marilyn Monroe and cartoonist Jack Kirby sought
to reclaim rights in their work, and the infamous
"Newburgh Four" FBI sting operation,
which involved serious allegations of Government
entrapment that were recently explored in a documentary
film. She is frequently asked to speak at continuing
education programs and other events.
attended The Ohio State University ('73), where
she majored in International Relations, and Harvard
Law School ('76). She serves on the Alumni Advisory
Board for OSU's College of Arts and Sciences.
For fun she sings with elite amateur choirs in
the New York City area; presently she is in the
Canticum Novum Singers, described recently by
the New York Times music critic as "this
excellent chorus." She has written two books
of meditations, one for members of Vestries and
other lay church governing boards, the other from
the perspective of a judge.
is married to private equity investor Frank Sica.
They have three children, Katie (an elementary
school art teacher, married to Shawn Pero), Patrick
(who recently completed a tour as a Lieutenant
in the Armored Cavalry, United States Army, during
which he served in Afghanistan), and Brian (a
financial services sales representative, accomplished
triathlete and occasional blogger).
UAHS Class of 1964, became the 31st Chairman
of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
on November 4, 2013. Chairman Wheeler was appointed
by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed
by the United States Senate.
more than three decades, Chairman Wheeler has
been involved with new telecommunications networks
and services, experiencing the revolution in telecommunications
as a policy expert, an advocate, and a businessman.
As an entrepreneur, he started or helped start
multiple companies offering innovative cable,
wireless, and video communications services. He
is the only person to be selected to both the
Cable Television Hall of Fame and The Wireless
Hall of Fame, a fact President Obama joked made
him The Bo Jackson of Telecom.
to joining the FCC, Chairman Wheeler was Managing
Director at Core Capital Partners, a venture capital
firm investing in early stage Internet Protocol
(IP)-based companies. He served as President and
CEO of Shiloh Group, LLC, a strategy development
and private investment company specializing in
telecommunications services and co-founded SmartBrief,
the internets largest electronic information
service for vertical markets. From 1976 to 1984,
Chairman Wheeler was associated with the National
Cable Television Association (NCTA), where he
was President and CEO from 1979 to 1984. Following
NCTA, Chairman Wheeler was CEO of several high
tech companies, including the first company to
offer high speed delivery of data to home computers
and the first digital video satellite service.
From 1992 to 2004, Chairman Wheeler served as
President and CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications
& Internet Association (CTIA).
Wheeler wrote Take Command: Leadership Lessons
of the Civil War (Doubleday, 2000) and Mr.
Lincoln's T-Mails: The Untold Story of How
Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the
Civil War (HarperCollins, 2006). His commentaries
on current events have been published in the Washington
Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Newsday,
and other leading publications.
Clinton and Bush each appointed Chairman Wheeler
a Trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the
Performing Arts, where he served for 12 years.
He is also the former Chairman and President of
the Foundation for the National Archives, the
non-profit organization dedicated to telling the
American Story through its documents, and a former
board member of the Public Broadcasting Service
Wheeler is a proud graduate of The Ohio State
University and the recipient of its Alumni Medal.
He resides in Washington, D.C.
UACA ANNOUNCES 2014 PARADE THEME
UA Civic Association has announced the theme of
the 2014 4th of July parade, and it is:
by Anna Ferraro, UAHS Class of 2015
A FLOAT? If your class is having a
reunion and planning to have a class float, you
the application form and send it in by the
deadline of June 13, 2014.
details of all the UACA 4th of July activities
UACA ANNOUNCES 2014
PARADE GRAND MARSHAL
Grand Marshal for the 2014 4th of July
year the Upper
Arlington Civic Association is honoring
retired Hastings history teacher Bill
Richards as the 2014 Grand Marshall
of Upper Arlington's 4th of July parade.
is Director Emeritus of Honor
Flight Columbus, an organization whose
mission is to HONOR our nation's
senior veterans with a trip to Washington,
DC to visit their war memorials at no
cost to them; to SHARE their stories
for the benefit of future generations;
and to CELEBRATE their homecoming,
affirming their allegiance and service
to our country.
comments, "I think the 4th is a wonderful
time each year to re-fall in love with
this banner that represents so much about
who we are, and remembers our past and
those who sacrificed so that we can celebrate
UAAA BLOCK PARTY
of 4th of July events, we wish to inform the community
that the UAAA's annual Block
Party will be on hiatus this year.
Board Members are reviewing the event and
looking at ways to enhance it so that we may bring
our alums the best party possible.
feedback is appreciated, so please email
us and let us know what you like, what you
would like to see changed, added, or enhanced,
and we will consider all input as we work on a
you at the Block Party on July 4, 2015!
TIM RUSSELL '73
Timothy Russell, UAHS Class of 1973, has been
honored with The
Ohio State School of Musics award for Distinguished
Alumni. He founded ProMusica
Russell has held academic appointments at his
alma mater, The Ohio State University, as well
as the University of Rochester, including its
Eastman School of Music. He served for nine seasons
as the Music Director and Conductor of The Naples
Philharmonic. In 1993 he became Professor of Music
and Director of Orchestras at Arizona State University.
Russell, a Danforth Foundation Fellow, is an articulate
and committed advocate for the arts. He continues
to be a featured speaker at music conferences
Russell co-founded ProMusica
in 1978, and is celebrating his 33rd season as
the orchestra's music director. The Columbus
Dispatch has written, Timothy Russell
brings an intellectual curiosity to everything
that he does. . . versatility and virtuosity .
. . Russells infectious enthusiasm, knack
for innovation, and artistic sensibility have
inspired support vital to the continued success
of any artistic enterprise. Bravo!
versatile conductor, Dr. Russell is equally skilled
conducting music for chamber orchestra, symphonic
concerts, large choral productions, pops concerts,
and children's programs. He has collaborated with
a tremendous range of artists including the Guarneri
String Quartet, Borromeo String Quartet, the Manhattan
Transfer, World Saxophone Quartet, cedar flutist
R. Carlos Nakai, fiddler Mark O'Connor, composer
Frank Zappa, flutist Sir James Galway, pianists
Gabriela Montero and Andre Watts, singer/songwriter
Nanci Griffith, jazz vocalist Jane Monheit, jazz
violinist Regina Carter, Irish fiddler Eileen
Ivers, and banjo master Béla Fleck. He
has conducted the world premiere performances
of over 100 new compositions. Maestro Russell
is the conductor and/or producer of 33 compact
discs. His recordings have earned him critical
acclaim and two Grammy nominations.
was presented the 2006
Ohioana Pegasus Award, which recognizes outstanding
contributions in the arts and humanities. Past
winners have included folk artist Elijah Pierce,
Vietnam Veterans Memorial designer Maya Lin, conductor
Erich Kunzel, and entertainers Rosemary Clooney,
Doris Day, and Roy Rogers.
is his eleventh season conducting Ballet
Arizonas collaborations with The
Phoenix Symphony, including the annual production
of The Nutcracker. He has directed the companys
full-length productions of Coppelia, Don Quixote,
Giselle, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Romeo
and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, the
premiere of Ib Andersens Play, and
four Balanchine Tributes. This fall he
will lead the companys new production of
Cinderella .In June of 2010 performances
by Ballet Arizona were reviewed by Alastaire Macaulay,
the Senior Dance Critic for the New York Times,
who applauded the performance by the Phoenix
Symphony led by guest conductor Timothy Russell
(taut, brisk tempos and handsome playing.)
Russell and his wife, Jill Williams Russell,
also Class of 1973, reside in Phoenix, Arizona.
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ALL FOOTBALL AND CHEERLEADING ALUMNI!
sure to mark your calendars for Friday, September
5, when the football and cheerleading alumni
will celebrate Alumni Night at the Marv
Moorehead Memorial Stadium. Details to follow.
sure to check back here for updates and information.
CHANCE GOLDEN BEAR ALUMNI ENCOUNTER!
Wroe '73 is the concierge at The
Blackwell Inn and Conference Center at The
Ohio State University.
April 4, she was asked to drive two of the hotel
guests, who were staying at The Blackwell for
a conference, to the Thompson Library. As they
drove past the stadium and saw George Steinbrenner's
name, one of them commented that she had gone
to school with George's wife, Joan Zieg Steinbrenner.
Beth asked which school it was, and the lady answered,
"Upper Arlington High School."
Ramme Rushing and Kati
Rhoads Kelly, graduated from UAHS in 1953.
Both grew up south of Lane and attended Barrington
Elementary School. Beth learned that Kati had
grown up on Tremont Road, just a short distance
from Beth's childhood home. Ola lived on Arlington
Avenue. Ola now lives in Texas, and Kati lives
Kati and Ola laughed about how their paths probably
crossed at Flick's IGA back in the "old days.,"
and marveled at the small world we live in! We
don't need to look far to find fellow UAHS Golden
some other UA friends joined Kati for dinner.
Ginni Hirsch Pickins, Kati Rhoads Kelly, Jane
Ron Hooker, Molly Gosnell Rudy, Shirley Milburn
Caronis, and Jack Mortland
BOCK LOOKS AT BIG
BANG; SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGH
Professor of Physics Jamie Bock (UAHS Class
of 1983) and his collaborators announced on March
17, 2014 that they have successfully measured
a B-mode polarization signal in the cosmic microwave
background (CMB) using the BICEP2 telescope at
the South Pole.
signal is an important confirmation of key aspects
of the theory of cosmic inflation, about how the
universe may have behaved in the first fractions
of a second of its existence to create the universe
we live in today. Inflation was first proposed
in 1980 by Alan Guth, a theoretical physicist
at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT),
to explain some unusual features of our universe,
especially its surprising homogeneity.
all the clumping of stars and galaxies we see
in the night sky, the universe seen through the
CMB is extremely uniformso much so that
it has been difficult for physicists to believe
that the various pieces of the sky were not all
in immediate contact with one another at an earlier
point in the universe's development.
the articles below for more details about Jamie
A team at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
announced that they have found the first direct
evidence of cosmic inflation. Left to right, Marc
Kamionkowski of Johns Hopkins University, Clem Pryke
of the University of Minnesota, Jamie Bock of
Caltech/JPL, Chao-Lin Kuo of Stanford/SLAC, John
Kovac of Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
by Suzanne Kreiter, Boston Globe
"BICEP2 Discovers First Direct Evidence of
Inflation and Primordial Gravitational Waves"
"Building BICEP2: A Conversation with Jamie
Boston Globe article: "A New Look at
the Big Bang, Moments Later."
UA CREW TEAM NEWS: UA ROWING FOUNDATION
Upper Arlington Crew team is celebrating their
20th year of rowing with the announcement of the
Upper Arlington Rowing Foundation.
UARF's mission is to assist the Upper Arlington
rowing program both by providing scholarships
to athletes and by assisting in capital purchases
such as boats and oars. An initial fundraising
goal of $5,000 has been set, with program alumni
having pledged a dollar-for-dollar match up to
the full $5,000, for a total of $10,000.
donations to the UARF can be made to the Upper
Arlington Education Foundation with "Rowing"
in the subject line.
Upper Arlington Crew Alumni are also initiating
an effort to reach out to every alumnus of the
of the program to reconnect with the team and
with each other. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
for information on how the team is doing, how
to connect with old teammates, and how to get
involved with the team!
'07 TO RIDE BIKE ACROSS COUNTRY
summer, Dan Crawford - an Upper Arlington
native and member of the Class of 2007- is joining
Build, a national nonprofit committed to raising
money and awareness for affordable housing, to
ride his bicycle across the country. He will be
riding alongside his wife, who is from northeast
Ohio, and a team of 30 other young adults on the
Maine to Santa Barbara (ME2SB) route.
excelled in the classroom as well as in athletics.
He graduated from Denison University with a biochemistry
degree and then worked with Teach For America
in Chicago and Denver. He currently resides and
works in Denver, CO.
journey will begin on June 17, when Dan will report
to Portland, ME. Over the next 10 weeks, the ME2SB
team will pedal an average of 71 miles per day
to Santa Barbara, CA and the Pacific Ocean, arriving
August 30. Along the way, the riders will participate
in volunteer build days with 13 different affordable
housing organizations like Habitat for Humanity,
Rebuilding Together, and small local housing nonprofits
to help build affordable homes for families in
need. Riders will build in Columbus and Yellow
Springs, Ohio, as well as cities including Pittsfield
(MA), St. Louis (MO), Tulsa (OK), and Flagstaff
(AZ), among others. They will also advocate for
the need for affordable homes for all Americans
in the many host communities and pass-through
towns along the way.
issue of affordable housing has become all too
real for me as a teacher," notes Dan, who
has taught in inner-city Chicago and Denver over
the past three years, "and after getting
to know the incredibly driven people being marginalized
by this fundamental inequity, I have become more
and more inspired to work and fight and fundraise
to tackle the issue in a direct way through Bike
must fundraise at least $4,500 to support the
trip. Much of that money is then donated to affordable
housing organizations. The 2013 ME2SB team donated
$40,000; Bike & Build is confident the 2014
team can repeat or exceed that total. To support
his fundraising page. You can also mail a
check to Bike & Build and write "Dan
Crawford" in the memo.
the entire article here.
AND TEACHER BOB DONALDSON REUNITED
Jones Middle School American History Teacher Bob
Moriarty '70, and I are pictured in this photo
which was taken Thursday, February 27, 2014 at
the State House in celebration of Ohio's statehood.
Erin was the speaker for the event and cited her
growing up in UA with its Midwestern values as
one of the reasons for her success. She also told
the story of trying to interview Woody Hayes after
his firing, when he wouldn't speak to any reporter.
For many days, she persisted in trying to get
him to answer the door and after many attempts,
he finally answered. He demanded to know why he
should speak with her and she replied that she
had grown up in UA, held great respect for him
and that he was a role model for her. He opened
his door to her, gave her a history lesson on
General George Patton, and began a friendship
that would last until his death.
She is as bubbly and charming as she was when
she was an 8th grade student in my American History
course at Jones Junior High, and it was wonderful
to see her again."
Moriarty has been a correspondent for "48
Hours" since 1990. She has covered the death
of Princess Diana, the JonBenet Ramsey investigation,
the murder of financier Edmund Safra, and the
war in Iraq. Before that, Moriarty was the consumer
correspondent for "CBS This Morning"
(1986-90) and the "CBS Evening News with
Dan Rather" in 1990.
on her training as an attorney, Moriarty has examined
some of the most important social and legal issues
of the day, including DNA testing of evidence
in death-row cases, the abortion controversy and
battered women's syndrome. She covered the Oklahoma
City bombing, the Columbine High School shootings
and the 9/11 investigation, overseas. Her exclusive
behind-the-scenes report on the defense of convicted
Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was broadcast
on "60 Minutes" in 1997.
has received numerous honors, including nine national
Emmy Awards, a 2001 Overseas Press Club Award
for her work on "48 Hours" and two Association
of Women in Radio and Television Gracie Allen
Awards for the weekly talk show that she co-hosted
with Nancy Giles on WPHT Radio in Philadelphia
(2003-04). In both 2000 and 2003, she was honored
with the Top 100 Award from Irish America magazine.
In 1988, Moriarty received the Outstanding Consumer
Media Service Award presented by the Consumer
Federation of America for "her many contributions
of both local and national significance as a consumer
to joining CBS News in 1986, she was an award
winning consumer reporter for the NBC Owned and
Operated WMAQ-TV Chicago (1983-86). She was also
a reporter in Columbus (Ohio) at the NBC affiliate
WCMH-TV (1979-80), Baltimore at the CBS affiliate
WJZ-TV (1980-82) and Cleveland at CBS affiliate
was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised in Columbus,
Ohio. She was graduated from Ohio State University,
Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in behavioral sciences
and received a law degree from the university
in 1977. Moriarty is licensed to practice law
in Ohio and Maryland.
PARADE AND CIRCUS MEMORIES
Dr. R Davis, Class of 1943:
was in the Upper Arlington class of '43.
were a close knit group and had July 4th floats
in the Upper Arlington parade for many years.
of our classmates, Fred Pfening, was into
circuses as a youngster and never lost his love
for same. As a kid he set up tents in his back
yard and played the barker for the performance
inside. He had his classmates in various acts
that he devised. He collected through the years
much memorablia of Ringling and Barnum and Bailey
the Ringlings, Cole Brothers, or B and B circuses
came to Columbus, he was in heaven in attendance.
I helped put together a lot of our class floats
and one year we decided our theme was to be "Fred's
Back Yard Circus" in memory of younger days.
won a prize that year, BEST FLOAT, with Fred again
as the barker reliving his childhood. We had the
fat lady, the snake charmer, the thin man and
all the side show characters.
Best costume was Bob Wilkin as the "Wild
Man of Borneo".Yes, we had a clown, Emmet
Kelly the 2nd, that's me.
our barker, died a few years back. I went up to
The First Community Church for the service. Outside,
was a most audible calliope playing as Fred would
have loved it.
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Members and Golden
Middle School is conducting an ongoing campaign
to restore the existing chairs in the auditorium.
OUR ALUMS: As the campaign to restore the
existing chairs in the Hastings Middle School
auditorium continues, we would like to ask you
to become a permanent part of the legacy of Hastings
Middle School. We hope that as an alumnus, you
will take part in this transformation and consider
adopting a single chair or a group of chairs.
A nameplate will be included on the back of the
chair with the inscription of your choice. We
believe this is a wonderful way to recognize you,
your family, or your business. You may also consider
memorializing a special person.
of each chair is $150. The chairs will feature
a cushioned seat, and a nameplate will be included
on the back of the chair with inscription of the
donor's choice. If
you do not feel that you can adopt an entire chair,
we are extremely grateful for any contribution
you can make.
the Donation Form here.
the history of Hastings Middle School here.
HEINZERLING CLARKSON '54 PUBLISHES BOOK
Judyth Heinzerling Clarkson, Class of 1954:
life has been a busy one. After graduating HS
('54)I went on to OSU and graduated with a BS
in Nursing. My nursing career lasted 40 good years.
I married in 1960 to John Clarkson, a North High
School grad. Our twenty eight years together brought
us two great children and traveling throughout
finished my nursing career at the OSU Medical
Center in 1999 and moved to Chicago to be near
lost my husband to brain cancer in 1989. In 2007
I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had a great
surgeon and am now 8 years cancer free. During
that time I wrote a book about my cancer experience.
I am proud to say it is doing well (in a limited
category). The title is My Journey Down
the Path of Life. If you go to my website
you can read a little about me and the story:
book can be purchased through Amazon.com.
am looking forward to attending my 60th reunion
GEISTFELD '90 EARNS AWARD
to Andy Geistfeld '90, our Upper
Arlington Schools Treasurer and CFO, on
receiving the Ohio
School Board Association Outstanding
School Employee Award.
Board of Education nominated Andy for the
award this summer, and he was presented
the award on September 25 at the Central
Region Fall Conference.
TO ANDY GEISTFELD!
CLASS OF 1970 TOGETHER
AGAIN. AND AGAIN. AND AGAIN!!
Night Out. It
started with a few classmates from the Upper
Arlington HS Class of 1970 connecting on Facebook.
It has resulted in the re-kindling of long-ago
friendships and monthly gatherings at a UA
Ebright, one of the organizers, tells
the story: "Our class always shows
up in large numbers every five years for
our reunion events. We have a great time,
see people we haven't seen in ages, vow
to stay in touch - and then another five
years pass and we repeat the process. In
2010, we had yet another terrific reunion
(our 40th) and in its wake, classmates seemed
to increase their connections, largely through
says, "Ann Badger was a great
instigator, reaching out via Facebook to
'friend' classmates. As the connections
grew, it occurred to me to create a Group
Page (which I cleverly titled Upper
Arlington High School Class of 1970)
where we could share information and exchange
comments. Before long, I was being encouraged
to organize a live social gathering - and
Bears' Night Out (BNO) came to be."
'70 classmates, along with spouses and friends,
have been getting together every second
Thursday of the month since May. A variety
of people (from the graduating class of
700+) have been coming. Because the event
takes place on the same day, time, and location
each month, people from out-of-town can
plan their visits to Upper Arlington to
join in the fun.
interesting aspect is that most of the individuals
attending didn't know one another back in
high school - yet the common bonds of similar
experiences and mutual friends have made
for consistently lively gatherings. As Glenna
Starr Krumlauf posted after a recent
BNO, "What a great relaxing get together.
Please come next month and don't shy away
because you don't remember everyone
the memories come back before the names
more information about the UAHS Class of
1970 Bears' Night Out, visit
the Facebook Group Page at Upper Arlington
High School Class of 1970 or email
Ebright, Charlie Franklin, Mike Noterman.
Cannell Arnold, Deborah Dennis Einhorn,
Wolf Starr, Hilary Shaw Jones, Jacquie Potter,
Susie Cannell Arnold,
Deborah Dennis Einhorn
BLOCK PARTY SPONSOR JOHN KOST '74 WINS
this month, John Kost '74 participated
in the Rehoboth Beach DE Car Show, whose
theme was "Mid-Century Glamour"
and featured cars that best epitomized the
"space age, modern, sleek designs"
that were popular in the late '50's &
automobile, a beautiful black 1959 Lincoln
Continential, won not only the "Best
Mid-Century Car" but also the "Best
of the Big 3" (meaning Ford, G.M. &
Chrylser Corp). John adds, "There was
a non-stop crowd of people around the car
all afternoon on Saturday - t was a blast!
Plus, we made the 1,150 mile round trip
without a single mechanical problem!"
to John on these awards!
KATE TUSSING DAVID '97 PUBLISHES NEW
and the Magical Hat
is an engaging story with a magical theme. When
a rainy day threatens to spoil a little girl's plans
to play outside, her disappointment quickly disappears
when her mother shares a "magical" hat
with her. This "magical" hat has the power
to whisk the little girl away to any place she imagines.
The REAL magic in the book lies in its message -
imagination can lead children from despair to delight
in a matter of a few moments. The book reminds parents
of the importance of kindling their children's imaginations,
particularly, when life seems bleak and boring.
It is critically important that children develop
resilience to life's disappointments and the book
shares that poignant message with parents while
delighting the child.
David, UAHS Class of 1997, was
born and raised in Upper Arlington, Ohio. She
received her degree in Journalism from Ohio University
after numerous higher education creative writing
courses. She feels fortunate to make her lifelong
dream of becoming an author a reality, in "Murphy
and the Magical Hat." Sparked from birth
of her daughter, Murphy, in New York City, Kate
had spent many days imagining all the adventures
she would take with her daughter and the idea
for the book began.
spent the majority of her career connecting businesses
with charities to help those in need. She began
her career as a Promotions Director and then as
a successful Account Executive for Clear Channel
Columbus Radio. After organizing events, as well
as, serving as a marketing consultant helping
local and national businesses achieve their goals;
she found a niche combining the events, sales
and community projects. CBS Television offered
her the opportunity to become the point person
for the network's groundbreaking efforts assisting
several charities in Northern California. As a
result, Kate worked on a variety of community
campaigns benefiting worthwhile organizations
including Shriners Hospital for Children, Feeding
America, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital,
and the Sacramento SPCA. The other campaign that
made a noteworthy impact on her career included,
Stuff the Bus, where Kate led the successful recruitment
of businesses to serve as donation locations for
Northern California. As a result of her work,
more than 10,000 kids each year received new school
currently resides in Northern California with
her daughters and husband, Jeff. She spends her
time caring for Murphy & McKay and working
on the next book for the "Murphy and the
Magical Hat" series.
Murphy and the Magical Hat on Amazon.com
you would like more information about this children's
book, please call Kate David at 614-323-7995 or
CIRCLE OF LIFE HISTORIES WEB SITE
Circle Brown, a longtime UA resident, has
created a wonderful program for people interested
in preserving a life story or a family history.
she says on CircleOfLifeHistories.com,
"Circle of Life Histories is a history-writing
service to help you tell your story and preserve
it for future generations. We can help with research
and writing of personal biographies, memoirs,
family genealogies, corporate histories and more.
We can even help you publish your story in a hardback
or paperback book."
a partnership with the UA
Historical Society, Melanie is also collecting
and posting memories of life in Upper Arlington.
You can find "UA Memories" at
you have a UA memory to share? We'd love to hear
from you. Email
Melanie directly to have your memory included.
up for Melanie's memoir-writing class on October
14, 21 and 28, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Senior
Center. The class is offered through Upper
Arlington's LifeLong Learning program. Look for
the Fall Activity Guide in the mail for more information.
the article about Circle of Life Histories in the
MOLLIE NELSON WILLIAMS
'50 RELATES FAMILY STORY
Nelson Williams, UAHS Class of 1950, who
relates this portion of her family history in
history goes back the the 1940's and 1950, when
I graduated from Upper Arlington. My sister, Margaret
Nelson Erlenbach, graduated in 1949.
Mother, Dr. Amalie K. Nelson, was the first
woman elected to the school board, I believe.
She served when O.E. Hill was Superintendent
and helped Walter Heischman become Superintendent.
Heischman had been our class of '50, beloved science
teacher. I remember some of my teachers thanking
me for positions my Mother took at Board meetings.
She insisted married teachers could teach as well
as single ones and should get equal pay with the
men. When she ran for the school board there were
rumors that she was a "pinko" or sympathized
with "Commies". Her liberal views were
not always appreciated, but others said "she
was ahead of her time."
new elementary building was planned and Henderson
Road School was taken in as part of Upper Arlington
during her time on the Board. My first teaching
job was in the Henderson Road school in 1955-56.
loved riding in the Fourth of July parades in
the open convertibles with a Board of Education
sign on the side of the car. Her husband, Dr.
George I. Nelson was equally proud of her
and her accomplishments. I believe she served
two terms on the Board.
lived until 1993, and died at 98 years of age
at Friendship Village in Hillard, Ohio.
ALUMNI WEB SITES
you visited our Bearalums.com Alumni
Web sites page lately? Many of our alums
have sent in the addresses of their personal
or company sites, and we've linked to each
of them. They are organized by graduation
year. You know how it is: people like to
do business with people they know and trust,
and it's interesting and fun to look through
these Web sites to find out what kinds of
businesses, organizations, and hobbies our
fellow UAHS grads are involved in and enjoy.
few months, we will feature several of these
Alumni Web sites. If
you would like for us to link to your Web
email us your web site address and we
will add you! You could be featured next!
ALUMNI WEB SITES
Byerly, Class of 1966
newest A Cappella quartet is now available
for bookings. A fresh new quartet whose
members have over a century of combined
vocal entertainment experience, CLASSIC
will perform for your corporate or private
event with high-quality, family-friendly
Lentz Buettner, Class of 2000
your grandfather, grandmother, sister, brother,
cousin or friend by acknowledging them as
service heroes. Share their stories so they
will never be forgotten, post pictures,
share videos, communicate with long lost
war buddies and more. MyWarHistory.com is
absolutely free with no cost or obligation
to celebrate and immortalize American Service
Heroes who have honored our country for
Gyuru, Class of 1993
Center on High offers you many paths to
Health and Well-Being, all under one roof.
The integrative practitioners envision your
holistic wellness through the empowerment
of each individual to create their own path
to conneciton and health of mind, body,
all our Alumni Web sites here
you have your own Web site? Please
send us the link and we will add it to the Alumni
Web Sites page. Every couple of months, we will
feature three of our alums' Web sites to visit.
Next time it could be yours!
UA NAMED ONE OF THE "MOST
EDUCATED PLACES IN AMERICA"
has "used a broad-based approach to show
increasing levels of education, from residents
with a high school diploma up to those with a
doctorate or professional degree. They found that
many of the places on this list have underlying
industries and educational resources that draw
educated residents. Challenging and technical
jobs tend to attract more skilled and educated
workers, and having educated workers at every
level of operation can help sustain a more robust
and knowledgeable workforce."
Arlington was listed as the only city in the midwest
to rank in the Top Ten, at #8.
the article here.
UA NAMED ONE OF THE "BEST
TOWNS FOR FAMILIES"
Circle Magazine has listed Upper Arlington,
Ohio as one of its "10 Best Towns for
Families for 2013."
web site: "With the help of Onboard Informatics,
a New York City research firm that provides real
estate, demographic and other data, Family Circle
initially assembled a list of 3,335 cities and
towns with populations between 10,000 and 150,000.
From that, nearly 1,000 localities having a high
concentration of households with median incomes
between $55,000 and $100,000 were selected. We
then assessed which places best met our family-friendly
criteriaincluding affordable homes, quality
schools, access to health care, green space, low
crime rate and financial stabilityand ranked
them from top to bottom."
Hinton Gomez '87 was quoted in the article,
praising Upper Arlington's many family offerings
and the the importance that UA traditions play
in making this one of the most attractive communities
in the nation.
the article here.
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always looking for stories for the next
issue of Traditions!
about news regarding your education,
career, weddings, babies, other family news,
reunion stories ... and remember, we
like to feature our alumni news on Bearalums.com,
too. Photos are welcomed and encouraged!
send news to us:
this form OR
your news stories to us now and
please type "UAAA News Story"
in the subject line. Thank you!
"PRIDE OF OHIO" ARTICLE PRAISES
Thats the number of team and individual
state titles Upper Arlington High School owns.
Forty-seven of those championships have been won
by a team, putting the Golden Bears atop the state
of Ohio. The first title came in 1937, during
FDRs second term. More than 75 years later,
Upper Arlington continues to produce winners,
capturing state titles in boys and girls
lacrosse and boys tennis this spring."
article describes Upper Arlington as a community
offering diverse activities for its residents,
and praises our community for its athletic achievement
through the decades.
outstanding athletes from Upper Arlington have
gone on to achieve national and international
recognition and acclaim. The article mentions
the original Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus '57
(football), Jeff Backes '01, (football),
Simon Fraser '01, (football), and Abby
Johnston '08 (2012 Olympic Silver Medalist
in Synchronized Diving).
Boys' Athletic Director Michael Schaefer is
quoted as saying "I think success is
part of the culture and beliefs here, Schaefer
said. Our kids believe they are going to
do well. What you have to do is educate them on
the process to get there. But I think thats
a huge positive, believing those goals are achievable.
They come in believing it can be done, because
it has been done before. Theyve seen teams
do great things their whole lives. I feel strongly
we have the structure in place with our offseason
programs to provide our kids with opportunities
to really make a run at some things.
the entire article here.
SUPPORT UAAA WHILE
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with a link to your web site. Bearalums.com has
a steady flow of traffic throughout the year,
with the highest traffic from January through
July, when alums are involved in reunion planning
and are looking up classmates and searching for
reunion information. Traffic also spikes when
Traditions is sent out (quarterly), as
the newsletter contains links that direct our
alums to various pages of the web site.
banner ad at the top of a Bearalums.com page will
be viewed by thousands of people each week,
as we have several hundred visitors daily. We
believe that our alums value doing business with
other alums, and it's one more way we can enjoy
and benefit from the bond of being UA alums. The
ads are priced very reasonably, with DISCOUNTS
for UAAA MEMBERS.
visit our Ads page for pricing and more details!
CIVIC ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER
Upper Arlington Civic Association, established
in 1913, has planned and executed community events
to bring the residents of Upper Arlington together
throughout the year.
works closely with UACA with regard to the Fourth
of July; UACA brings us the parade, the Party
in the Park, and the fireworks, all on the 4th.
They select the parade theme, the Grand Marshall,
and they are the organization who plans every
aspect of the well-known and much-loved Upper
Arlington Fourth of July parade.
has begun producing a newsletter,
and we are going to provide it to you on Bearalums.com.
We hope that it will be a helpful tool for all
our alums who live in the area and want to be
aware of details regarding UACA events, including
the Easter Egg Hunt, the Memorial Day Run, the
Fourth of July, Labor Neighbor Day, the Golden
Bear Scare (Halloween), and the Christmas in the
Park events. Print
the May, 2012 newsletter here.
also sponsors the Junior Director program,
which is open to all young men and women living
in UA and who are currently juniors in high school.
Each of the eight Junior Directors receives a
$1,000 scholarship, and it is a wonderful way
for young UA residents to assume leadership roles
in our community!
spring, UACA asks for nominations for Golden
Apple Awards, which honor the most deserving
teachers in the public and private schools within
UA. Nominations are reviewed by UACA Directors
and one Golden Apple recipient is selected for
each school. Each winning teacher receives a surprise
visit and a plaque, as well as public recognition
for their achievements in education.
more about the UA Civic Association, their activities,
and the ways in which UACA enhances the sense
of community and friendship in Upper Arlington
on their web site, UACA.org.
the latest UACA newsletter here.