visit the Military
Alums page of Bearalums.com
to see the UAHS graduates who are curently
serving in the military or who are veterans.
Thank you to each one, for your bravery
and dedication to our freedom!
you are a UAHS veteran and would like
to add your informaiton to the Military
Alums page of this web site, please
LOOKING FOR ALUMNI NEWS - FROM YOU!
you have NEWS to share with other alums?
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!
to Andy Geistfeld '90, our Upper
Arlington Schools Treasurer and CFO, on
receiving the Ohio
School Board AssociationOutstanding
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.
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
Golden Bear Bash! began in 2007 as a casual,
end-of-the-summer, Labor Day weekend gathering
for UA residents and friends. The event
was such a success that there was no question
about making it an annual Labor Day weekend
Upper Arlington Education Foundation provides
grants to all Upper Arlington Schools to
be used for educational programs and materials,
the cost of which exceeds the district's
budget. Profits from the Golden Bear Bash!
make it possible for us to promote and encourage
excellence in our schools by enabling teachers
and administrators to provide their students
with compelling, innovative and challenging
projects that would otherwise be unattainable.
the past seven years, UAEF has held the
Bash! in several locations, including the
Arlington Banquets facility, the Plumber
and Pipefitters' building, and Huntington
Park. This year we wanted to bring the Bash
back to UA and host it in the central location
of Tremont Center.
to the generosity of this year's Bash! sponsors
and guests, The Upper Arlington Education
Foundation raised <drumroll please!>
you to all who attended this fantastically
fun event! Please plan to join us next year!
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.
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."
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.
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!
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an accident happens or Mother Nature turns
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restoration industry, we can offer a complete
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the process and get you back to normal as
soon as possible.
Hitching Post Weddings: Welcome
to the 1812 Hitching Post! You wont
find another place like us. The 1812 Hitching
Post with its 18-room main house and 26
private acres of grounds is the only authentic
antebellum plantation in the foothills of
North Carolina dedicated exclusively to
weddings and receptions. At the 1812 Hitching
Post, we take care of practically everything
you need for your ceremony and/or reception
Award winning photography with storybook
wedding album options
DJ and sound system delivery for both ceremony
Complete party planning including coordination
and execution of your wedding plan so you
can relax and enjoy your celebration
Christian minister to officiate your ceremony,
Creative and delicious cakes from the 1812
Hitching Post bakery
Gourmet catering for the freshest and tastiest
Tables, chairs, wedding arbors, linens,
Designer decor options including centerpieces,
chair covers, and sashes
Fully trained staff we set up and
clean up so you, your family, and your friends
can relax and enjoy your wedding day.
Wine Tasting with John the Wine Guy:
Hi, my name is John and I am The Wine
Guy I am a self taught wine sommelier
and consultant who lives in Columbus Ohio.
My background in wine stems from my love
of food, wine and travel, which has taken
me to countless trips to Europe (specifically
France) and landed me a chance to make my
livelihood from teaching others about Wine.
used to be a Corporate Guy and
in the late 1990?s I made good a long promise
to visit friends in France and on a lark,
enrolled myself in French classes and 4
years later found myself mostly fluent in
French and leaving my corporate job behind
to pursue travel, wine, food, friends and
goal is to become fully self employed as
a wine consultant. You can hire me to: Host
in home or event wine tastings, wine bartender,
etc. I also dabble in home cooking and can
be called upon to help you organize your
kitchen, teaching how to simplify your cooking
processes, and as a cook for small gatherings.
to the UAHS Class of
1963, who won the UACA "Best Reunion
Float" award for their creation of this
magnificent class reunion float, celebrating
their 50-year reunion!
SEPTEMBER ISSUE OF TRADITIONS
newest issue of Traditions will be emailsed
between September 27 - 29, 2013.
check your email listing on your class page and
updates to us; if you are not listed, please
send us your full name now, your last name
in hgih school, your graduation year, and your
email address and we'll get you up there right
you'll receive all future issues of Traditions!
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.
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.
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.
2013 WALL OF HONOR INDUCTEES HONORED
AT MUNICIPAL BUILDING
the City of Upper Arlington and the Upper Arlington
Arlington Historical Society and City
of Upper Arlington are pleased to announce
that the Committee has selected former OSU Professor
George Haddad (1918-2010) and James
T. Miller to be included on the Wall of Honor
for 2013. The induction ceremony was held on Sunday,
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
(1969), Diane Haddad (1973), and Carolyn
Haddad Dougherty (1975) 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
T. Miller, Upper Arlington's first mayor and
a prominent community leader, was inducted to
the Wall of Honor on May 19. The U.A. Historical
society honored Miller for his leadership and
significant contributions he made to the city.
In 1913, he sold 840 acres of his farm (what is
today known as "Old Arlington") to King
and Ben Thompson. The land was eventually turned
into Upper Arlington.
and his family lived in a 22 room Italiante home
located at the top of the hill on Riverside Drive
where First Community Village now stands. The
Miller home served as a gathering place for family,
friends, and community activities. The home opened
its doors to famous people of the times, including
Annie Oakley, President Warren G. Harding, and
President Woodrow Wilson. The family regularly
hosted ice cream parties on the lawn and held
sewing circles, local meetings, and holiday celebrations
in the home. Residents growing up the 50's and
60's may remember sledding down the Miller Hill
or playing in the old ice house on the property.
Park and the Miller Park Branch Library are named
for James T. Miller and his family and the contributions
they made to the development of Upper Arlington.
and his wife, Esther Everett, had eight children.
Descendants of the couple still reside and work
in Upper Arlington today.
T. and Esther Miller's descendants who are alumni
of Upper Arlington High School include: Esther
Miller (1936); Nancy Miller Cooper (1963); Thomas
Kelsey (1965); Betsy Miller (1967); Molly Kelsey
Deverse (1968); Penny Noe Kelsey (1968); Jim Miller
(1969); Julie Miller Smith (1969); Martha Miller
Warner (1970); Jessica Evelyn Miller (1972); Carrie
Deverse Schatz (1996); Jessie Deverse (2001);
Bart Miller (2003); Betsy Hayes Patterson (2003);
Christina Hayes (2005); and Adam Miller
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.
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 YOUR BUSINESS!
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.
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.