SHANNON TURSCAK ROCKWELL'S DAUGHTER
AND CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
Turscak Rockwell, Class of 1991, wrote
to us about her daughter Taylor, who
is representing Nationwide
Children's Hospital in Speedway's "Battle
of the Brave" contest being held
here during this month of May on Facebook.
is one of Children's Hospital's "Childrens
Champions," and she is representing
Nationwide Children's Hospital as one of
their Miracle Children in this contest that
could win the hospital a $25,000.00 donation!
child with the most votes will receive a
donation from Speedway for their hospital.
Taylor/Nationwide Children's Hospital is
currently in 3rd place.
can vote every single day in May. The
Rockwell Family would LOVE to see our local
children's hospital win this huge donation!
The support of all of Upper Arlington would
be greatly appreciated.
5TH ANNUAL UA BASEBALL BAT-A-ROUND:
FRIDAY, JULY 5
the UA Baseball Boosters:
moved this year's annual Bat-A-Round
golf outing to coincide with one
of UA's best holiday traditions. 4th of
July events bring together many current
and former residents for class reunions
and the opportunity to visit with old friends.
Join the outing for a fun day on the course.
This is a great venue to reconnect with
friends and enjoy good food and laughs while
supporting our student athletes in the UA
Baseball program! We look forward to seeing
SPECIAL OLYMPICS CHARITY GOLF SCRAMBLE:
Friday, July 19
Arlington Special Olympics has a rich
and rewarding history of offering yearround
sports training and athletic competition
to more than 50 student and adult athletes
with intellectual disabilities.
Friday, July 19, The Upper Arlington
Special Olympics will hold its annual golf
outing and fundraiser at the Golf Club of
Dublin. The outing will be a scramble format
with an entry fee of $140 per golfer. **Your
entry fee will include lunch, 18 holes of
golf, riding cart, range balls and dinner.
There will be a contest for Closest to the
Pin, Longest Drive and Longest Putt. We
are currently seeking donations of promotional
items as well as items for the silent auction.
Additionally, we are welcoming sponsors
at various levels.
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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
year at our annual UAAA
Fourth of July Block Party, we honor an Outstanding
Alumnus and a Distinguished Alumnus. Ideally,
we like to honor these alums during their reunion
year so that their classmates can share in the
year, classes whose graduation years end in 3
and 8 will be celebrating reunions, so hopefully
our honorees' classes will end in 3 or 8.
Outstanding Alumnus is an alum who has
generously dedicated his or her time to the service
of the Upper Arlington Alumni Association and
Distinguished Alumnus is an alum who is
honored for his or her personal educational or
McNeil, UAEF Trustee and UA Library Community
Relations manager, sent these photos of the event
to us to share with you. Click each photo to enlarge
EUGENE BEER, CLASS OF 1969, FEATURED
the Dispatch (April 20, 2013):
music being played recently on the porch of the
North Market wasnt necessarily responsible
for turning heads. It was more likely the instrument:
a keyboard strapped to the handlebars of Eugene
Beers mountain bike.
one else has a keyboard rigged to a bike,
said Mary Martineau, director of marketing for
the market, just north of the Arena District.
Hes definitely one-of-a-kind.
musicians brightly colored shoes were equally
distinct: The tips featured piano keys.
a retired electrical engineer, an avid
cyclist and a longtime pianist who lives in the
Clintonville neighborhood has combined
his backgrounds into a musical persona: the Piano
Peddler. The 61-year-old straps about 45 pounds
of equipment an amplifier, a speaker, a
CD player, a battery pack, an MP3 player and a
keyboard to his two-wheeler, creating a
piano bike that he typically plays
standing up but, occasionally, while riding.
strives to keep his music kid-friendly and danceable.
He plays about 50 songs by memory from
jazz to calypso.
North Market has been booking Beer occasionally
on Saturday mornings for more than a decade; he
also appears at festivals, walk-athons and other
events. Beer has modified almost every piece of
equipment on his bike; he also repairs the gear
when its damaged by rain or travel mishaps.
His pride and joy: his sawed-off keyboard.
was too long to fit on the bike, so I literally
sawed it off with a band saw, he said.
Some people have a sawed-off shotgun; I have a
has played the piano since his mother signed him
up for lessons at age 8. The Piano Peddler, though,
has been around only about 15 years rooted
in a suggestion from his brother, who had seen
a cyclist in a race in Idaho with a stereo system
powered by a generator hooked to his bike. Beer
tried the first version of his piano bike in an
exclusive show for a woman he was trying to impress
from the Ohio State University Dance Department.
I rolled up, and I was blasting salsa music,
he recalled. I rode right up to her, and
I said, Teach me salsa, please.
ended up dancing outside through the womans
lunch break, he said, but the relationship ended
there.The spontaneous ride-up, though, has become
Beers technique for promoting himself as
the Piano Peddler. The cool thing is that
it advertises itself. Its easy to get gigs.
Those performances at times have led to jobs as
a regular pianist, too.
UA CIVIC ASSOCIATION REVEALS 2013 PARADE
THEME / GRAND MARSHALL
Design by Ben Berens '11
Upper Arlington Civic Association (UACA)
held a float-builders' workshop on April 11 and
revealed this year's parade theme, which is "Boulevard
of the Stars." The graphic design
was submitted by 2011 alumnus Ben Berens.
theme has a lot of possibilities for neighborhoods
and REUNION CLASSES who wish to design exciting
floats that will once again make the Upper Arlington
Fourth of July parade the greatest one in the
LESLIE LEHR '77 RELEASES NEW BOOK: WHAT
A MOTHER KNOWS
Lehr, Class of 1977, is the award-winning
author of the novels 66 Laps and Wife
Goes On, and humorous parenting books including
Welcome to Club Mom. Her essays have appeared
in the anthology Mommy Wars, The Honeymoon's
Over, and Arianna Huffington's On Becoming
Fearless. She was the screenwriter for the
romantic thriller Heartless and sold the
script Club Divorce to Lifetime.
a B.A. from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and
an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University,
Lehr is a popular panelist at literary and film
conferences around the country. She is a member
of PEN, The Authors Guild, WGA, Women In Film,
and The Women's Leadership Council of L.A. In
addition to private manuscript consulting, she
has mentored many writers to publication in her
novel writing classes in the world-renowned Writer's
Program at UCLA Extension.
a personal note, Leslie wishes to thank her Upper
Arlington High School friends for their support
during her journey through treatment for breast
cancer. While she's currently limited in her
travels, she is doing a book club tour via Skype.
And yes, part of the book is set in Columbus.
unsettling, emotional and suspenseful novel of
the unshakable bonds of motherhood, in which Michelle
Mason not only loses her memory after a deadly
car crash, but can't find her 16-year-old daughter,
the one person who may know what happened that
day. But the deeper Michelle digs, the more she
questions the innocence of everyone, even herself.
missing daughter, a lost memory, and a desperate
need to find the truth propel Lehr's achingly
moving suspense drama. Dark and unsettling, but
with a ray of hope like a splash of light, and
a knockout ending you won't see coming.
a letter to the editor of the UA
Pepper, Class of 1976, expresses his gratitude
for the support and encouragement he received
before, during, and after a successful double
lung transplant in October, 2012.
is Jim's letter:
would like to take this opportunity to let the
community know that April is Donate Life Month,
and how important being an organ donor is for
someone waiting for an organ transplant.
was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis,
which is scarring of the lungs, in August 2011.
There is no cure and no treatment for this disease
other than a lung transplant.
received a double lung transplant at the Cleveland
Clinic on Oct. 21, 2012. I am very grateful to
the individual and family who made the decision
to be an organ donor, which allowed me to have
a second chance at life.
urge everyone to become an organ donor. It is
such an easy process. You can answer "yes"
to being an organ donor when you renew your driver's
license or you can go to lifelineofohio.org
and register online to be an organ donor.
am very blessed to have been given a second chance
at life, and it is only possible because this
individual chose to be an organ donor. Please
consider becoming an organ donor today.
may still be the middle of winter and the Fourth
of July may seem far away, but the Upper Arlington
High School Classes that end in "3"
and "8" and busy planning for their
CLASS REUNIONS, to be held during the Fourth
of July weekend. Reuniting this summer are
the Class of 1943,
way to make sure that you will be contacted about
your class reunion is to CHECK
AND UPDATE, if necessary, your contact
information with UAAA. We keep a complete database
of everyone who ever graduated from Upper Arlington
High School, and Bearalums.com has a database
of more than 23,000 home addresses and more than
7,800 email addresses for our alums.
email addresses change frequently, please check
to make sure that yours is current on your class
page! If you would like for us to change it, please
email Ellen here.
you have moved since your last reunion, please
email Joanie with your new address and phone
number or call the UAAA office at 614-487-5007,
the Reunions 2013 page of Bearalums.com to
see who is coordinating your class reunion, and
then click your class year to see your class reunion
page, where details of your reunion events will
be posted. Many classes now have Facebook pages
where alums can interact and plan their reunion
Civic Association Fourth of July activities
will be held on Thursday, July 4, beginning
with the parade at 9:00 am and ending with the
Party in the Park at 5:00 PM and fireworks at
sure to come to the UAAA
BLOCK PARTY on July 4, right after the
parade. Look for the big yellow and white tent
on Northwest Boulevard behind Barrington Elementary
School. We'll have special tables set up for reunion
classes, and you'll see your classmates as well
as other UA neighbors! At 11:00 we'll present
and Distinguished Alumnus Awards. Bring the
kiddos to see Luke
the Juggler and play in the Bounce House!
are very pleased to announce that John Kost
'74 is once again sponsoring the Block Party!
Our generous alum has now underwritten the Block
Party for 12 consecutive years! There is
no way for us to adequately express our appreciation
to John for this amazing support. Not only does
he fund the event for the community, but also
he makes the arrangements and takes on all the
was named the UAAA Outstanding Alumnus in 2003,
but he deserves the award every year! His continuing
service to our Alumni Association is deeply appreciated
and we are fortunate that he takes such joy in
providing this community activity for all of Upper
Arlington on our most fun holiday: The Fourth
of July! THANK YOU, JOHN!
CIVIC ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2013 PARADE
year's UA Parade Grand Marshall is the 2012
Olympics Silver Medalist Diver and UA Alumnus
Abby Johnston, Class of 2008!
won an Olympic medal the silver in
womens 3-meter springboard synchronized
diving - during the 2012 London Olympics.
look froward to celebrating Abby Johnston
and her achievements with true Upper Arlington
community spirit as she leads the UA parade
of 1971 is planning a group 60th birthday
celebration to be held on Friday, July 5
at classmate Jan Dubose's bar, DiMarco's,
which is located at 5240 Godown Road, Columbus
OH 43235. See
the City of Upper Arlington and the Upper Arlington
Wall of Honor Inductees Announced
Arlington Historical Society and City
of Upper Arlington are pleased to announce
that the Committee has selected former OSU Professor
George Haddad (1918-2010). Additionally,
James T. Miller has been selected for inclusion
on the Wall of Honor for 2013 - 100 years after
the sale of his land to Ben and King Thompson
triggered the early beginnings of Upper Arlington.
Haddad received recognition in Canada, Europe
and the United States as an accomplished pianist
and teacher. In addition to his many professional
accomplishments, Professor Haddad gave back to
his community of choice through many activities
in support of the arts. He worked with the Upper
Arlington Cultural Arts Commission for several
years, and received the Community Arts Award from
the Upper Arlington City Council. He performed
with the Upper Arlington Civic Orchestra, volunteered
for the Upper Arlington Civic Association, performed
at Upper Arlington High School, gave master classes
and recitals through the LifeLong Learning Program
and performed at a fundraiser for the James Lantz
the George Haddad Piano Scholarship was established
at The Ohio State University, where he was a full
professor/artist-in-residence and Professor Emeritus.
He was inducted into both the Musicians Hall of
Fame and the Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. He
played with many major orchestras, won the Presidential
citation for excellence in teaching at OSU, and
was the first winner of the Prix-de-Canada. Professor
Haddad was an alumnus of the University of Toronto,
Julliard, and the Paris Conservatory.
Haddad's three daughters, Connie Haddad Frecker
'69, Diane Haddad '73, and Carolyn Haddad
Dougherty '75 are UAHS alumni. Two of Dr.
Haddad's four grandchildren are also UAHS alums:
Ben Frecker graduated in 1995 and Tyler
Frecker graduated in 1997. His other grandsons,
Josh and Jake Dougherty, graduated from Hilliard
Davidson High School in 2005 and 2008 respectively.
Wall of Honor Ceremony
Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 3:00 pm
Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road
ERIN KITTLE PAIDER
'96 BECOMES ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF UAEF,
Kittle Paider '96 has taken a position as the
Assistant Director of the Upper
Arlington Education Foundation and Upper Arlington
Alumni Association. Erin works as assistant to Executive
Director Joanie Dugger '80, and her contributions
have enhanced the operation of both organizations.
ROBERTS, CLASS OF 1966, PUBLISHES ESPIONAGE
his debut novel, The Man Who Fooled SAVAK,
Roberts '66 weaves an engaging tale of love,
romance and suspense around true events that are
even more relevant today as they were 40 years ago
in Tehran. When the ebook version was released,
the Arab spring had not yet happened. World events
demanded a print version of this exciting tale.
The release date is set for February 1, 2013.
Man Who Fooled SAVAK, inspired by true events
in the early 1970s, captures what it is like to
live in a dictatorship with the Shah's secret
police monitoring your every move an atmosphere
of fear that still pervades today in many countries
in the Middle East. This is an activist novel,
with a preface protesting the imprisonment of
book is as relevant today with the current events
in the Middle East as if it were written in the
1970s, said Anthony S. Policastro, publisher
of Outer Banks Publishing Group.
is rare that a book comes along and reminds us
of the some of the basic freedoms and human rights
we take for granted living in a Democracy,
Mr. Policastro added.
story is about a G.I. stationed in Tehran during
the Vietnam War, who falls in love with an Iranian
girl and who later launches an elaborate plan
to get his finance and her mother out of the country.
They hope to reunite with their father and husband
who escaped death from the Shahs secret
police, SAVAK, ten years earlier.
is amazing is that Douglas Roberts recalled many
of the events in vivid detail with the help of
a few of his friends, who were also stationed
in Tehran at the time of his tour in the 1970s.
And recent events in Iran have kindled his memories
of his time in Tehran and his passion to write,
The Man Who Fooled SAVAK.
you want to preorder the book at a special publisher's
discount price of $10.99 plus $4.99 shipping &
handling for a total of $15.98 or $5 off list
price, send an email to email@example.com
with your name, address, phone number and email
NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH: EVVIE DUNKEL
October 6, 2013, Evvie Dunkel Heilbrunn
'73 and Rick Whipple '73 will leave from
Los Angeles for Katmandu, Nepal, to begin their
trek to Everest Base Camp. Evvie and Rick have
known each other since their days at Tremont Elementary.
Everest Base Camp, or EBC, was on their bucket
lists for many, many years -- although they didn't
know it. Evvie was diagnosed with breast cancer
in 2000 and again in 2011. When she received a
diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease in 2009, she
gave up her dream of Everest.
an old friend, Greg Hadder '73 passed away
in August 2012, an amazing series of events occurred.
Evvie's bucket list item reappeared and became
a reality through a chance meeting with Greg's
brother. When she told her UA friends about her
trip, Rick asked if he could go. While Evvie thought
he was kidding, he wasn't. They asked the trek
leaders at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California,
whether Rick could accompany the group, and the
answer was a resounding "YES".
Saturday, November 10, the Upper Arlington Alumni
Association held the Golden Bear [Pre-Hibernation]
Rock Fest to raise funds for UAAA and to honor
the 50th anniversary of the GREAT UA band, THE
event was held at the St. Agatha Event Center
and more than 400 people rocked the night away
to The Ravens' classic renditions of "Hang
On Sloopy," "Louie Louie," "Money,"
and many more favorites from the 60's and 70's.
They ended the evening with a rousing rendition
of "Shout!" with Ravens alumnus Steve
Stover adding a special touch with his very own
Classic Catering brought their new Sausage
Truck to the party and served their fabulous German
specialties throughout the evening.
have a Facebook
page devoted to the Upper Arlington Alumni
all know that Facebook is a popular and effective
(not to mention FUN) tool for locating and reconnecting
with longtime and sometimes lost friends, and
we hope to find some of our "lost" alumni
through this social medium.
Bar Systems helps the hospitality industry
increase their profits by reducing internal
shrinkage of alcoholic beverages. They are
unique to the industry in that they are
the only company in the world who does what
in Columbus, Ohio. The Animal Medical &
Emergency Hospital is a full-service veterinary
hospital, offering tender loving care to
Central Ohio pets and their people. We care
for cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets, birds,
reptiles, pocket pets, and all species of
TOWNSLEY'S WALK-ON LEADS TO FULL SCHOLARSHIP
John Townsley (UAHS 2009) walked onto the
Vanderbilt practice field in February of 2011, he
was just looking for an opportunity to continue
his football career. A year and a half later, the
Commodores' scout team quarterback from Upper Arlington,
Ohio, is on full scholarship at Vanderbilt.
YOU LIKE TO SERVE ON THE UAAA EXECUTIVE
a casual, non-demanding group, and we'd love to
hear from you! If
YOU are interested in joining our Board, please
NOTE: If you enjoy visiting
Bearalums.com, or if you attend
your reunions, or if you enjoy
reading news about your classmates
and other UAHS alums in Traditions,
won't you PLEASE help support
the Upper Arlington Alumni Association
with a membership
at one of the levels below? We
are really working to be able
to keep our Web site free and
available to everyone, and we
really do need our alums' financial
JOIN UAAA TODAY!If you
are already a member, please encourage
your classmates to join.
you so much to all of you who pay dues
to the UAAA. These dues are critical to
the support of our organization. Many alums
think that funding for the Alumni Association
comes from the school district. WRONG! We
are completely self-sustaining and need
these dues in order to maintain our database
of nearly 30,000 graduates and to pay the
ongoing costs of maintaining our database
and running our Web site, Bearalums.com.
do not restrict access to our Web site to
dues-paying members. We enjoy making it
available to EVERYONE, members or not. However,
over the past few years, we have seen our
number of dues-paying members decline. We
need YOU! Our tax-deductible
dues are modest, so it is our goal to
increase membership, and we hope that we
can count on you. Membership in UAAA
is available at four levels:
- 5 years
(One year free!)
We offer a payment plan
Bear Membership levels! You can commit
to the level you wish and pay it off over
a 10 month period; they don't even need to
be consecutive months. We truly hope that
you will help us out at whatever level is
comfortable for you, and we thank you for
your support AT ANY LEVEL!
people are online a great deal and prefer
to pay with Paypal; others prefer printing
the membership form and mailing us a check.
We appreciate your dues, and we want to
make it easy for you, so please select your
preferred method of payment.:
SUPPORT UAAA WHILE PROMOTING
are certain that you noticed the large banner
ad at the top of this page. John Kost,
Class of 1974, agreed to get us started on
our new UAAA fundraising campaign by placing an
ad on this Announcements page.
would like to offer you the opportunity to place
an ad on one of the pages of Bearalums.com
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.
of all ages who enjoy choral music are needed
to start the new Upper Arlington Chorus, directed
(UAHS '68). We welcome anyone who wants to
sing in a chorus. You can be ANY AGE, and you
do not need to have any particular Upper Arlington
are on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00
pm at the Upper Arlington Senior Center in
come and bring your friends so we can make beautiful
English teachers Diane Haddad '73 and Kevin
Stotts are looking for students who have won or
were runner-ups for the Matt McCoy award.
award is given annually in May at the Senior Honors
Assembly in memory of Matt McCoy, and it
honors excellence in the field of English and
composition. Winners are selected based on their
Senior Capstone Project performance.
McCoy was a student who graduated in 1988, and
he died in a car accident the following year.
His parents created this scholarship in his memory
to celebrate students' writing. At the time it
was awarded to Senior Thesis projects, which evolved
into the Senior Capstone Project. Next year will
be the 25th year of the award.
year marks 25 years of presenting this award.
Mr. Stotts and Ms. Haddad hope to have as many
former recipients and runners-up as possible to
return to UAHS in mid to late May of 2013 for
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.
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.
UA FACEBOOK PAGE: "YOU KNOW YOU'RE
FROM UA IF ... "
Henderson Knowlden, Class of 1974, has
set up a new Facebook page called "You
know you are from Upper Arlington if ... "
and you can go there to reminisce with the
rest of us who grew up here and have wonderful,
fun memories of our community and schools. The
page has become a very popular place for alumni
to reconnect and share their fondest recollections
of growing up as a Golden Bear.
special memories do you have of UA - things about
it back then that made it unique, or qualities
it still has that make it stand out as spectacular?