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Many of our alums already know that Scott Roberts '69, who lives at The Village of St. James in Florida has enjoyed great success in the field of ballroom dancing, but an injury to his back sidelined him from this activity and temporarily took him away from dancing.

Determined to find a productive activity during his recovery from surgery, Scott returned to playing the guitar and donated a large portion of his time to entertaining seniors in the area. During his visits, he plays the guitar and sings songs that appeal to the seniors and memory-challenged older adults.

Scott has made a full recovery and is returning to his passion for ballroom dancing, but says that his experiences with music and with the people he entertained have played a large role in his recovery from back surgery.

Read the article.

Watch the video.



Tom Diemer, '60 (along with two co-authors) has won the Ohioana Library Award for Best Book About Ohio or About an Ohioan. The award was presented for his book James A. Rhodes: Ohio Colossus.

Tom, along with Lee Leonard and the late Richard G. Zimmerman, all covered Governor James A. Rhodes and the Ohio Statehouse as political reporters.

The Ohioana Library Association presented the awards during its 74th celebration of Ohio authors and literature on Friday, October 9. .

Tom Diemer teaches in the Washington program of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He covered Rhodes for more than a decade as a reporter for The Associated Press and as the Columbus bureau chief for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Diemer is also the author of Fighting the Unbeatable Foe: Howard Metzenbaum of Ohio, the Washington Years (The Kent State University Press, 2009).

You can purchase Ohioana Award winning book James A. Rhodes: Ohio Colossus here.

You can purchase Fighting the Unbeatable Foe: Howard Metzenbaum of Ohio, the Washington Years here.

NOTICE: Jay's newest book, When Kings Clash, has been release and is available at

WordCrafts Publishing will be releasing Book III of Jay Lowder's War of Whispers fantasy series in mid-October.

The title, When Kings Clash, will be available in paperback and Kindle at all online outlets as well as Jay's website.

Here is what others are saying about his first two books...

Tears of Min Brock is a heartfelt story of epic proportions with two lovable characters. It is an epic in every sense.    - Sift Book Reviews

…the action propelled me forward and I found pages of this book melting away as I read on.     - Literary R&R

With this novel you find yourself walking through a fantasy world beyond compare. It's astounding. Lowder is a show, not tell, type of author. You don't read this story, but rather watch the story unfold before you. He paints a brilliant picture of his scenery.     - Pure Jonel

Buy Martyr's Moon
Buy Tears of Min Brock
Buy When Kings Clash
Visit Jay's web site here.

Did you know that Italy has over 1300 registered grapes that are used to make wine, or that 90% of the wine produced in the US is produced in California, or that the Bordeaux grape, Carmenere, believed to have been wiped off the face of the earth in the 19th century, resurfaced in the 1990’s in Chile?

These are some of the fun facts that you will find in the book, Talking About Wine with Ease, written by Linda Ress Foxworth, CSW, Class of 1979, and Robert W. Wildman, II, CSW. It is a brief summary of the world of wine written for those who have little time to study wine, but still have a need to speak comfortably about it in both social and business settings. The book gives an overview of all the major wine regions of the world along with some fun facts, quick tips and talking points. There is also a chapter on food and wine pairing as well as a chapter on how to taste and describe wine. It is available through Amazon.

Linda Foxworth '79 is a Certified Specialist of Wine through the Society of Wine Educators. She is a wine specialist and educator at Total Wine as well as administrator of the blog From Vinho Verde to Barolo with Love; Life Reflected in Wine, Reno wine writer for, and free-lance writer for Women for WineSense Napa/Sonoma.

Linda makes her home in Reno, Nevada with her husband and two children.

Buy Linda's book, Talking About Wine with Ease. Kindle and paperback versions available.
Email Linda
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From the September 2, 2015 Dispatch:

Over time, jewelry often comes to carry with it great sentimental value. But at Jeff Johnson & Co., it starts that way.

That’s because most of the rings, pendants and other jewelry items that leave the shop are custom pieces created for a special purpose by experienced craftsmen with a passion for what they do.

“For us, we’re not just merchants,” said owner Jeff Johnson. “We do a piece for customers, and they break down in tears. This is a real strong sentimental business.”

He has worked in the industry for decades. He was once co-owner of the Diamond Cellar, founded by his father, Robert W. Johnson, in 1947.

The younger Johnson was bought out in 2008. After a noncompete clause expired, he quietly opened Jeff Johnson & Co. in November. It’s located at 5025 Arlington Centre Blvd., in the building that housed the Diamond Cellar from 1986 to 1998.

The new shop is unlike its predecessor — and most other jewelry stores — for several reasons: first, the focus on designing and creating jewelry and handling repairs (they do have some finished pieces for sale); second, the shop and its workers are steeped in history, something in evidence around the store ...

“My two oldest sons are jewelers,” he said. “Hopefully my grandsons will be the fourth generation in the business. I love working with old friends and working with old customers. That’s what’s great — working with people who are children and grandchildren of old customers.

“We paid all the dues. Now it’s just for fun.”

Read the entire Dispatch article here.


Ohio. Such a misunderstood state.

On one hand you have the urban toughness that comes from the blue collar communities which are trying to find their 21st century claim to fame. And on the other, you’ve got your massive farmland stretching for hundreds of miles.

And in between? A midwestern state with a hint of east coast. A generally friendly, welcoming bunch of sports fanatics who think it’s a good idea to put chili on their spaghetti.

We’re just kidding. Ohio is great. America wouldn’t be America without you guys.

So, where are the best places in this awesome place? Where would most people want to call home, if they looked at all of the factors that we all agree are important? That’s the purpose of this post.

After analyzing all 287 cities with a population over 5,000, we came up with this list as the 10 best places in Ohio:

1. Upper Arlington
2. Bexley
3. Wyoming
4. Powell
5. Gahanna
6. Madeira
7. Grandview Heights
8. Shaker Heights
9. Hilliard
10. Montgomery

Say what? You haven’t even heard of some of these places? Read on to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Additionally, there’s an abridged chart at the bottom with all of the rankings.

While Upper Arlington came in as the best city, you might not be surprised to hear that Youngstown is the worst city in Ohio, according science. More on that later.


Congratulations again to our 2015 UAAA Award Recipients! Pictured below at the UACA Party in the Park, where they received their plaques, are: Andy Geistfeld '90, Outstanding Alumnus; Dr. Stephen Hinshaw '70, Distinguished Alumnus; and Matt Stout '90, Outstanding Alumnus.

Read more about each honoree here.

 View the awards ceremony!  
Class photo from the 1990 reunion weekend. Click image to enlarge it.
Thank you to Joanne Beebe '64 for taking more than 400 pictures at our party!

Have you visited our 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. 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.


Every few months, we will feature several of these Alumni Web sites. If you would like for us to link to your Web site, please complete this form and we will add you! You could be featured next!
Robert Michael Roof, Class of 1972

Nicolo's Renaissance is the first book of The Lives of Nicolo by Michael Roof and is set to be released by Knox Robinson Publishing in October of 2015.

Get ready for an exciting ride back in time to 16th century Genoa, as Nicolo, a troubled, love-struck young church composer, breaks up an evil conspiracy of priestly child abuse, only to be left with another battle to fight - against the church's bitter wrath. Can Nicolo succeed in protecting the children of his parish without putting his family and friends in mortal danger?
Debra Singer Harter, Class of 1975
Visit Debra's web site to browse and enjoy the artistic creations of Debra Singer Harter, who works in acrylics and oil pastels.
Jennifer Horvath , Class of 1984

Laser It All specializes in custom etching of your company’s identity. They have the knowledge and equipment to permanently engrave a wide variety of media: stone, glass, tile, marble, granite, wood, acrylic, anodized aluminum, and more. Whether it’s a plaque for your employee of the month, specialty name tags for your next promotional event, or signage for your office, Laser It All has you covered.


See all our Alumni Web sites here.

Submit YOUR web site URL to us for inclusion on the Alumni Web sites page.


On Sunday, May 17, Robert S. Crane, Jr. (Bob) was inducted to the Upper Arlington Wall of Honor. The ceremony was held at the UA Municipal Building.

Mr. Crane grew up in a family that was hit hard by the depression. He was a member of the UA Class of 1940. With his father, he built Crane Plastics to a million-square-foot operation with 650 employees. He believed that to those that much had been given, much was expected, and worked hard to improve his community through a variety of endeavors.

Over the years, Mr. Crane served in many leadership community service roles, including as United Way President, chairing several annual campaigns, as Governing Committee member at the Columbus Foundation, as President of First Community Village, as Chair of the Governing Board of First Community Church, Director of the Columbus Urban League, Chairman at Franklin University, Trustee for the Battelle Memorial Institute and more.

Mr. Crane was celebrated by the Central Ohio community for his contributions. He received the 1977 Columbus Award from the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce for Civic Leadership, the Alexis de Toqueville Award from United Way in 1990. He was the honoree at the 1991 March of Dimes Gala, recipient of the 1992 Harrison Sayre Award by the Columbus Foundation, and along with his wife, Loann, received the 1986 Humanitarian Award from Temple Israel.

Read the UA News article about Mr. Crane


A Message from UA Aquatics:

We are reaching out to all members of the UA Aquatics family to ask for your help in obtaining new blocks for the high school natatorium. The blocks currently in use date back to the 70's and were originally installed in the shallow end of the pool. These blocks have outlived even the most optimistic projections and are in dire need of replacing.

The Upper Arlington Swim Club serves hundreds of swimmers each year, introducing young swimmers to the benefits of being a scholar athlete and the joys of competition. The High School program has produced more All-Americans, more Academic All-Americans and more college scholarships than the rest of the Upper Arlington athletic programs COMBINED. Help us continue to this tradition of excellence by giving current and future swimmers the equipment they need to succeed.

In these days of athletic budget cuts, we cannot look to the High School athletic department for the $30,000 it will cost to purchase and install new blocks, so we are asking you to make a show of support for the UA Aquatics program. The new blocks the coaches have selected are similar to the ones at Ohio State and would give all swimmers, from age groupers to high school team members, the opportunity to practice the new relay starts that require a bigger platform than the current blocks.

Support Levels - Consider making a gift in honor of or memory of a loved one!

Block Sponsor $5,000.00: Your donation will cover the entire cost of an installed block, donors at this level will receive a plaque permanently mounted in the Natatorium acknowledging your support. If you desire, your donation will be noted by a plaque placed on the block itself as a permanent thank you.

Golden Bear $2,500.00: Your donation will cover the cost of ½ of a starting block and you will be listed on a plaque permanently mounted in the Natatorium.

Water Bear $1,000.00: Your donation will be acknowledged by a listing on a plaque permanently mounted in the Natatorium.

Bear $25.00 to $999.99

Time is short! We will conclude this fundraising effort August 1, 2015. Thank you for your consideration. Go Bears!

See the flyer here.

Make an online payment here.


Kelly Brumm Zalenski '98 has an Etsy shop called "Twinzzshop." Kelly designs and makes collections of pairs of outfits for twins or siblings. She also makes 3-of-a-kind designs just for triplets, and she hasn't forgotten about the "single" babies! All designs (appliques) are made from recycled t-shirts and are hand-sewn, so they're green!

Visit Kelly's Twinzzshop Etsy store here.


John Patton '11 is available to help you solve many of your technology-related problems, including byut not limited to: Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, email, word processing, Apple computers, Microsoft computers, cell phones/iPhones; Tablets/iPads; router and wifi setup and troubleshooting, and many other issues. Please email John or call him at 614-551-2633 to set up an appointment.

See John's Flyer here.


Laura Child McConnell '88 has won the bronze medal for the 2015 Best Adult Fiction E-Book in the annual Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) for her historical fiction comedy, The Five Step Plan.

Written under her pen name, Elizabeth Welsford, The Five Step Plan is a light-hearted farce set in 1829 London, in which an eager young physician struggles to find a cure for hysteria. It's a cheeky and slightly naughty tale, where one must navigate the bounds of propriety, while mastering the art of clandestine intrigue.

Laura grew up in Upper Arlington, and credits her former English teachers, Jean Guddat and Vicki Miller as her inspiration to become a writer. She now lives in South Carolina with her husband, Douglas, and two sons.

Paperback and E-Book editions of The Five Step Plan are available on and

Visit her on Twitter @Mbovary6123
E-Book available here on Amazon
Paperback available here on Amazon


Joanna Rotondo Shupe '90 has published her debut historical romance novel, The Courtesan Duchess.

Joanna has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. While in college, Joanna read every romance she could get her hands on and soon started crafting her own racy historical novels.

In 2013 she won Romance Writers of America's prestigious Golden Heart® Award for Best Historical Romance. She now lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters and dashing husband.

Paperback, Kindle, and Nook versions of The Courtesan Duchess can be purchased on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.

Joanna's other two novels will be available in the coming months. The Harlot Countess will be released in May and The Lady Hellion will be released in June, 2015.

Joanna will have a book signing at the Tremont Road (5 Points) Barnes & Noble store on Thursday, July 2 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

Visit and on Facebook. Twitter @JoannaShupe.

"Joanna Shupe is a wonderful new voice to historical romance. The Courtesan Duchess takes readers on a steamy ride from Venice to London, proving that some happily ever afters are worth waiting for."-- NY Times bestselling author Jennifer McQuiston

Reitter Stucco is owned by Fritz Reitter '69, Bobby Reitter '72, and Jack Reitter '73.

From The Dispatch:

A lot has changed in the past 100 years in the stucco and plaster business, but one thing has remained a constant here in central Ohio: the Reitters.

Founded in 1915 by Gabriel Reitter Sr., an Austrian immigrant and masonry artisan, Reitter Stucco & Supply Co. is now run by his great-great-grandsons Fritz, 64; Bobby, 61; and Jack, 59. They never met their great-grandfather and learned the family business from their father, Richard, and grandfather, Gabriel.

“We just grew up in this business, and as soon as we could push a broom, they put us to work,” said Jack Reitter, the company’s vice president of sales.

“Then, when we were maybe 12 or 13 and old enough to carry mud in buckets, we were laborers at job sites,” said Fritz, president of the company, based at 1100 King Ave.

Reitter’s business is an equal mix between stucco, EIFS and manufactured stone, but the three brothers seem to have a special fondness for stucco, and warm memories of their grandfather teaching them how to apply it.

Read the entire article.
Visit the Reitter Stucco web site.
Reitter Stucco is a Valedictorian Sponsor of the Golden Bear Rock Fest, to be held on Saturday, April 25 from 7 - 11 pm at the St Agatha Event Center on Northam Road.

From The Dispatch (February 11, 2015)

Anne Taylor, UAHS Class of 1969, the longest-serving Franklin County Municipal Court judge, will retire when her term ends in January.

“It’s time,” said Taylor, who, at 64, wasn’t prevented by age restrictions from running again. State law prohibits judges from beginning a term after turning 70. But Taylor, who has been on the bench for 24 years, didn’t file a petition last week to seek re-election.

Taylor, a member of the International Association of Women Judges, said she is intrigued by the idea of doing international work in the area of problem-solving or fact-finding.

Read the entire article.

Debbie Kellough Sayre '70 attended Upper Arlington schools from kindergarten through high school graduation in 1970 (Fishinger, Windermere, Hastings & UAHS). She lived in Ohio all of her life until 2013 when she and her husband, Jerry, drove Route 66 and moved to Scottsdale, AZ. Debbie wrote her first book, How to Select Your Super Spouse, in 2014, and it was released on January 28, 2015.

Debbie earned her B.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University. Shortly after graduation she became a reporter and photographer.

Married for 40 years to her college sweetheart, Jerry Sayre, they divide their time between Arizona and Ohio. The couple has two daughters, Allison, who is married, and Emily, who is dating. Allison selected her Super Spouse of 13 years, Jeff, wisely! They have a daughter, Ella.

You can't choose your parents, siblings or children; but you can choose your spouse! And, you can be prepared to make the right choice for you! From funny personal stories and ideas for dynamite dates, to important questions and serious considerations, this book will make you laugh, think and feel good about your decisions!

Classmates will get a kick out of Debbie's personal stories! Individuals who have already selected their super spouses, will enjoy relating the book to their own courtships and individuals who haven't, will benefit from the book's concepts. How to Select Your Super Spouse makes a fun and valuable gift!

How to Select Your Super Spouse, by Debbie Kellough Sayre, is now available on AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE as an e-book. The paperback book and e-book is also available on Discounts for bulk purchases will be available.

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Do you have NEWS to share with other alums? We're always looking for stories for the next issue of Traditions!

Think about news regarding your education, career, weddings, babies, other family news, reunion stories ... and remember, we like to feature our alumni news on, too. Photos are welcomed and encouraged!

To send news to us:

Complete this form OR Email your news stories to us now and please type "UAAA News Story" in the subject line. Thank you!

The U.S. is full of incredible places to live — cities, yes, but also numerous unique smaller towns and villages that people call home.

After examining data on nearly 300 suburbs, we put together a list of the 50 best suburbs in America. For this list, we considered suburbs with populations between 5,000 and 100,000 within 40 kilometers of the nearest metropolitan area. We also factored in average commute times, median household income, poverty and crime rates, public school ratings from, and a measure of housing affordability.

Upper Arlington, Ohio ranked #6 in this list of "Best Suburbs in America."

See the full list here.

McKay and the Magical Hat is another engaging story with a magical theme from award-winning author, Kate Tussing David, UAHS Class of 1997. In this second book from "…the magical hat" series, readers are reintroduced to Murphy and meet her younger sister, McKay. Sparked from a conversation with a little boy at school, McKay is now found wondering what she can be when she grows up? Are there things she can't be? As the reader begins the imaginative journey with McKay to explore some of the things she can be when she grows up, they are reminded to embrace and break their own stereotypes about careers little girls dream to have. What will McKay decide to be when she grows up?

The first book in the series, Murphy and the Magical Hat, was awarded third place in the Feathered Quill Book Reviews BEST CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATED category in February, 2014. 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. Where will her imagination take her?

Author Kate David 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. Sparked from birth of her daughter, Murphy, Kate had spent many days imagining all the adventures she would take with her daughter and the idea for the series began.

Kate 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 with CBS Television. 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.

Kate 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 "…the Magical Hat" series.

Purchase McKay and the Magical Hat on


If you would like more information about this children's book, please call Kate David at 614-323-7995 or email Kate.  


We have a Facebook page devoted to the Upper Arlington Alumni Association.

We 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.

Please visit UAAA's Facebook page and like it so that you will receive periodic updates about UAAA events and news!
SPECIAL NOTE: If you enjoy visiting, 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 help. PLEASE JOIN UAAA TODAY! If you are already a member, please encourage your classmates to join.

Thank 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,

We 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:

$20 / year
Reunion - 5 years
$80 (One year free!)
$250: one-time!
Golden Bear
 $500: one-time!
SPECIAL: We offer a payment plan for the Life and Golden 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!

Some 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.:

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Print the Membership Form and mail in a check
Please visit our Membership page for complete details and payment options. See our list of Life Members and Golden Bear members.

From Judyth Heinzerling Clarkson, Class of 1954:

My 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 the US.

I finished my nursing career at the OSU Medical Center in 1999 and moved to Chicago to be near my sister.

I 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:

The book can be purchased through

I am looking forward to attending my 60th reunion this July.


Melanie Circle Brown, a longtime UA resident, has created a wonderful program for people interested in preserving a life story or a family history.

As she says on, "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."

In 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

Do you have a UA memory to share? We'd love to hear from you. Email Melanie directly to have your memory included.

Sign 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.

Register online

Read the article about Circle of Life Histories in the UA News

We would like to offer you the opportunity to place an ad on one of the pages of with a link to your web site. 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.

A banner ad at the top of a 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.

Please visit our Ads page for pricing and more details!

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