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TOURS of your alma mater throughout the day
Presentation of the 2016 Outstanding and Distinguished Alumnus Awards
Extensive displays of vintage UA Memorabilia
Guest appearances by former UA teachers and administrators
Shopping for UA merchandise in the "Bear Essentials" School Store
A visit to the Alumni Garden in front of the high school
Cross-Class Reunion: See friends from other classes
Food Trucks for lunch and refreshments
       
EVERYONE IS WELCOME! BRING FAMILY AND FRIENDS!
THIS OPEN HOUSE REPLACES THE BARRINGTON BLOCK PARTY
   2016 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS AWARD
A Distinguished Alumnus is an alum who is honored for his or her personal, educational, or career achievement.
STEVE MORGAN, Class of 1966

Steven Morgan '66 retired as US Navy Rear Admiral in 2003 after 37 years in uniform. He was the 1970 Honor Graduate midshipman at Ohio State University and finishing with two admiral stars serving as Deputy Commander of the Naval Supply Systems Command. During his service, he was awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Navy Legion of Merit.

During his military career on active duty, he was involved in the coastal interdiction of contraband in Vietnam and then qualified as a nuclear submarine officer, beginning 30 years in or around the nuclear world. He helped negotiate the construction contracts for the Trident and Los Angeles class nuclear submarines. He served on the submarine staff in Japan and commanded a team outfitting new nuclear submarines after construction. As a reserve Captain and Admiral, he served in various contracting roles ultimately leading deployed contract management teams in Saudi Arabia, Haiti, Somalia, Bosnia and Afghanistan.

His most prominent active duty job was as Executive Director for Logistics Management at the US Defense Logistics Agency where he was responsible for more than $100 billion in material and facilities and 14,000 employees. When recalled to active duty, he was the first rear admiral in the Supply Corps to be recalled since WW2.

After retirement, he moved to England as a Director of the United Kingdom's nuclear operation, Sellafield. While at Sellafield he was appointed Consul representing the US Navy in England.

Two years ago, Steven accepted appointment by the British Government as Commercial Director of the Ministry of Defense, effectively running the procurement program for the government, including aircraft carriers, submarines, missiles, tanks, and all other items needed to support the UK military.

More recently, he was Executive Director for Capital Projects at London Heathrow Airport where he led a $6 billion program building the new Terminal 2.

In between his years of active duty service, he continued to contribute to our national security as a civilian. He was Vice President of a United Nuclear and Westinghouse reactor operations responsible for construction of nuclear weapons and plants. Steven was the Chief Financial Officer of a manufacturer of nuclear submarine fuel and of Swiftships Inc. He joined British Nuclear Fuel Ltd as Commercial Director of a $16 billion nuclear waste verification project in Washington State before being transferred to the UK. While at Sellafield Steven was selected as the Procurement Professional of 2008 by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, the largest professional society in the world.

   2016 OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS AWARDS
An 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.
RON JOHNSON, Class of 1961

Ron Johnson is a 1961 graduate of Upper Arlington High School, as are his three children: Debby, Ron and Valery, his brother and one grandson. Ron believes that Upper Arlington is a great community and that it has the best attributes of any Columbus suburb - community atmosphere, proximity to downtown Columbus, The Ohio State University, and an excellent education philosophy.

Through the years, Ron's community pride has driven him to become involved in many local community groups and organizations in various capacities.

For decades, Ron has been active in the Upper Arlington Civic Association, and is a past chairman of the 4th of July Parade, Labor Day Arts Festival committee and the UA Booster Club. Ron believes that UA has tremendous energy and he thinks it is a vital part of what makes our community great. Those who know Ron recognize the personal energy and enthusiasm that he brings to all organizations and groups to which he belongs. He is full of ingenious and innovative ideas, and he embraces progress and change that benefits those groups and the people they serve.

Ron has spent more than 30 years in the telecommunications and network environment, consulting on business telephone call processing service and call center architecture.

Ron became the president of the Upper Arlington Alumni Association in 2015, and he recognizes the significance of continued and constant changes to UAAA's methods and the maintenance of alumni information through our Bearalums.com web site, our Facebook page, and our Traditions newsletter. By communicating with our alums, keeping them informed of "home town" news, making sure they can easily access their upcoming reunion information, and seeking their continued input, we continue to make UAAA a vital and productive organization that enhances our grads' lives.

  
  
     
APRON SALE BENEFITS UAHS KIP GREENHILL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The Upper Arlington High School PTO has established a scholarship fund in retired principal Kip Greenhill's name. Each year The Kip Greenhill Scholarship Fund provides an college scholarship for a deserving UAHS graduating senior. The scholarship is awarded during the school's Senior Honors Assembly in the spring.

Kip's wife, Katy Greenhill, is offering handmade aprons for sale, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Scholarship Fund. Katy beautifully hand crafts each apron with a UA Golden Bear theme.

The aprons are available for both adults and children, and the adult aprons are available in a traditional bib style or a wraparound variety with pockets. All aprons are adjustable.

The prices for the aprons are as follows:

Bib Apron (Women)  $35
Bib Apron (Men)  $40
Wraparound  $40
Child's Bib Apron $30

Free Delivery within Upper Arlington. Shipping and Handling for orders outside UA is $8.00.

Personalization is available for an extra $10.

These aprons make FANTASTIC GIFTS! Think of the local Golden Bears and also the ones who live out of the area! Wouldn't they love to have a Golden Bear apron to wear at the grill this summer?

Please email Katy or call her at 614-286-0105 for all details.

Wrap Apron
Children's Aprons
   
BLAKE HAXTON '09 QUALIFIES FOR 2016 PARALYMPICS IN RIO

From TeamUSA.org:

Nine rowers punched their tickets to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games as the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team Trials for Rowing came to a close Sunday in Sarasota, Florida. The first seven rowers on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team were determined, as well as the first two on the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Team. An additional two boats (three athletes) who won at the trials will travel to Lucerne, Switzerland, next month to qualify the quota spot for their boats at the Games.

First off the starting line was men’s arms and shoulders single sculls, where Blake Haxton (UAHS '09) earned his first Paralympic Games berth, defeating Robbie Blevins in a time of 4:57.56. Haxton will makes his third major international appearance after placing fourth and fifth at the last two world championships. A successful able-bodied rower in high school, he lost his legs to amputation after he suffering a flesh-eating bacteria infection. He will return home to Columbus, Ohio, to take his law school finals at Ohio State University before heading to Rio.

Read the entire article.
Read article about Blake's preparation for law school finals and paralympic trials in same week.
View video of Paralympic Trials
   
DOUG EZELL'69 RETIRES AFTER DELIVERING 5,000 BABIES!

From the Billings Gazette, April 7, 2016:

Perched on a shelf in Dr. Douglas Ezell’s (UAHS Class of 1969) office at Billings OB-GYN Associates is an old copy of the board game Operation. The game — requiring careful surgery on the patient at the risk of a loud buzz from the board — was a gift of sorts from a patient.

“One of my patients gave that to me the day before an appointment and said, ‘You need to practice,’” Ezell said.

That sense of humor and comfortable, friendly ease with patients helped carry Ezell through a 33-year career as an obstetrician in Billings — including helping to deliver thousands of local babies and helping hundreds of families get pregnant — and into his retirement on March 31. During his three-decade career, he said he put a focus on building a lasting rapport with patients.

“I just love the long-term relationship I have with my patients,” Ezell said. “I’ve delivered the babies of some of the babies I’ve delivered.” He’s not exactly sure just how many babies he actually delivered in his career, all of which was spent in Billings, but Ezell estimated it to be between 4,000 and 5,000.

Four of those deliveries were members of the Erekson family in Billings. Ezell delivered Ashley Erekson and has since delivered all three of her children, ages 5, 3 and 1.

“He delivered me way back when, and then when we got pregnant with our first, we were looking for OBs and trying to figure out where to go,” she said. “My mom told me about him and how he’d delivered me. I can say it’s been a great experience. He’s a great doctor who cares about his patients.” Part of that relationship with Erekson, and all of Ezell’s other patients, is a sense of humor that he uses to help keep patients calm. He said it’s something that he started doing at the beginning of his career and honed over the years.

“This is delicate stuff that we do, and anything I can do to help put the patient at ease is worth it,” Ezell said.

Read the entire article here.

   
DOUG PUTNAM '71 PUBLISHES 3rd NOVEL, 5th BOOK: STADIUM

Douglas Putnam '71 was born and raised in the shadow of the Ohio Stadium and saw his first game there at age 5. He has published two novels, Team Players (2011) and Young Republican (2013), and two nonfiction works, Imaginary America (1998) and Controversies of the Sports World (1999). Doug is a graduate of Earlham College and Wisconsin Law School.

Doug's most recent publication is Stadium. In 1920, as a university and city combined forces to build a magnificent football stadium, Anna Cormany's neighbor in the village of Upper Arlington raises his voice to protest what he calls "a monument to megalomania."

Karl Nace is a man with grievances against many people - the professors and civic leaders who spurn him, the mongrel in the White House who disgusts him, and Anna's husband Willy, the stadium's most zealous supporter. As the campaign proceeds from the crowning of Stadium Girl through groundbreaking and construction and on to the dedication game, the giant concrete horseshoe becomes the focus of his hatred, and he plans a horrific act of violence to express his outrage.

Will Anna or someone else uncover his plot? Will Nace crumble beneath the weight of his own madness? Or will he earn a place in history as the perpetrator of the most heinous crime ever committed on American soil?

To purchase a paperback copy of Stadium, please send your name, address, and $16 to Douglas Putnam, 1969 Kentwell Road, Upper Arlington OH 43221. Cash, checks made payable to Douglas Putnam, and money orders are accepted. Sorry - no credit cards.

Questions? Email Doug Putnam or call him at 614-457-2597.

   
GEORGE FRECKER '69FLIES MIG FIGHTER JET

From George Frecker '69:

I had the fantastic opportunity to fly in a MIG fighter jet. This is the same type of jet flown by the Russians in Top Gun. The owner, Rick Boone, is a client of mine from Wichita Falls, Texas. The total time of the flight was 50 minutes. Rick is seated in the front of this clip and took control of the first and last ten minutes of the flight. I did the aerobatics and sat in the back with the GoPro. The first one was an aileron roll and the second was a barrel roll. These were accomplished at 17,000 feet and 350 knots. I did edit out the barrel roll that overly rolled over - commonly known as "falling out". The whole experience was very surreal.

I got my flying bug because of my dad who was in the Army Air Corps and trained heavy bomber flight instructors in WWII. Although I do have some power experience, my main aviation passion is with sailplanes in which I have over 2,000 flights. Sailplanes are powerless and capable of staying aloft for hours. It is a serene experience being up in the sky silently soaring with Red Tail Hawks and turkey buzzards (and occasionally a helium balloon).

I have my own sailplane and am a flight instructor. One of my real pleasures is doing aerobatics (it takes amusement park rides to a whole new level). I started flying sailplanes in 1979 at Central Ohio Soaring Association out of Marion, Ohio and I am still involved there. If anyone is interested in more information, please call me (614-451-2588). MarionAirport.com/COSA/
   

    
LESLIE ROUDA SMITH: PRESIDENT OF TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS

Leslie Rouda Smith '75 is featured on the cover of the January-February, 2016 issue of Texas Realtor Magazine. She has been named Chairman of The Texas Association of Realtors (TAR).

The daughter of prominent realtor Harley E. Rouda, Leslie has had an interesting career journey in real estate herself. Leslie and her husband, Brian Smith, have two children who are also licensed realtors.

Leslie is currently a broker with Dallas-based Dave Perry-Miller and Associates, and has volunteered within the REALTOR organization for nearly 30 years, lending her service to two local associations: Collin County and Metro Tex. She is now chairman of the Texas Realtor Association and held key leadershi[p positions with the National Association of Realtors.

Read the entire Texas Realtor article about Leslie.

   
UAAA HAS A NEW PRESIDENT: RON JOHNSON '61
Our new UAAA president, Ron Johnson, is a 1961 graduate of Upper Arlington High School, as are his three children: Debby, Ron and Valery, his brother and one grandson. Ron believes that Upper Arlington is a great community and that it has the best attributes of any Columbus suburb - community atmosphere, proximity to downtown Columbus, The Ohio State University, and an excellent education philosophy. Through the years, Ron's community pride has driven him to become involved in many local community groups and organizations in various capacities.

For decades, Ron has been active in the Upper Arlington Civic Association, and is a past chairman of the 4th of July Parade, Labor Day Arts Festival committee and the UA Booster Club. Ron believes that UA has tremendous energy and he thinks it is a vital part of what makes our community great. Those who know Ron recognize the personal energy and enthusiasm that he brings to all organizations and groups to which he belongs. He is full of ingenious and innovative ideas, and he embraces progress and change that benefits those groups and the people they serve.

Ron has spent more than 30 years in the telecommunications and network environment, consulting on business telephone call processing service and call center architecture.

Ron recognizes the significance of continued and constant changes to UAAA's methods and the maintenance of alumni information through our Bearalums.com web site, our Facebook page, and our Traditions newsletter. By communicating with our alums, keeping them informed of "home town" news, making sure they can easily access their upcoming reunion information, and seeking their continued input, we continue to make UAAA a vital and productive organization that enhances our grads' lives. .

The Golden Bear Rock Fest has become an annual music and dance event that draws community and UA Alumni to a fundraising gathering. We want our alumni association to be an organization that that appeals to the total community, and this event is open to everyone! The date for the 2016 Rock Fest is Saturday, April 23, and will star Temple Monkey and other musicians. More details will be available soon at GoldenBearRockFest.com.

The annual 4th of July Block Party is a great place for reunion classes and other to meet after the parade. Fantastic sponsors, live music by Temple Monkey and great food from Donato's and Giant Eagle made the 2015 Block Party a tremendous success. We are always seeking input from our alums so that we can continue to make this event memorable and special for all alums and the entire Upper Arlington community.

As Ellen Isaly Clark '69 "retires" from the UAAA presidency after 12 years, Ron plans a presidency that will continue the established traditions of the organization and also look to the future with the anticipation of growth and change as UAAA continues to reach out to, and embrace, Upper Arlington High School alumni. Ellen plans to stay on the UAAA Board and ocntinue to do the Bearalums.com web site and Traditions.

We welcome Ron Johnson '61 as our new UAAA President!

    
   
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE CHEERFUL EARFUL
 

Robert Stevenson '68 recently contacted us because he wanted to be a Senior sponsor of the 2016 Golden Bear Rock Fest (thank you, Bob!). Dr. Stevenson's Super Snappers dental practice's sponsorship helps UAAA with our fundraising goals, and it opened up a conversation about local musical groups of the 1960s.

Bob was a member of the Cheerful Earful, a band that all UAHS grads remember well. The band consisted of Bob Stevenson '68, Rick Wilson '70, Ben Messana '68, George Macklin '68, Charlie Bleak '68, and Jeff D'Angelo '68.

Before the Cheerful Earful, Bob played in the Spectors with Frank Pierce '68, Don Chakeres '68, Stu Alexander '68, and Craig Stout '68 . Before the Spectors, Don and I also played in the Avengers at the December 1963 Jones Jr High Show of Shows.

This year's Rock Fest stars The Majestics, another venerable UA band, and Temple Monkey, whose lead singer is The Cheerful Earful's own Charlie Bleak '68.

We agreed that UA bands certainly have endurance and staying power, as many of them have stayed active and perform regularly in the area.

 
  
Read an article about The Cheerful Earful from Teens' Top Ten Magazine
   
Read more about the Golden Bear Rock Fest.
 
     
NEW! CHARLES G. WILL EMERGING WRITERS AWARD

A note from William C. Phlaum, President of the UAHS Class of 1959:

Dear Fellow UA Alumnae,

Bright, young, achieving students selected by their English teachers received the first financial gifts from the new Charles G. Will Emerging Writers Award Fund this year.

Our class repurposed our Memorial Fund to include the memory of Charles Will, a beloved English teacher and friend to many classes at Upper Arlington. Annual scholarship awards in Mr. Will's name will be presented to an emerging writer in each of the freshmen, sophomore and junior classes. These awards will be maintained for years to come by the Upper Arlington Education Foundation.

Now we would like to invite other classes and friends of Mr. Will to join us in honoring him and encouraging student achievement by contributing to this Fund and enhancing its future success. Please add your support and see the results each year. Thank you!

Go Bears!

Wm. C. Pflaum
President, Class of '59

Print this letter and contact Joanie Dugger for more information.
Questions? Email Joanie Dugger
   
FEATURED ALUMNI WEB SITES !

Have 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. 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.

WE LIKE TO HELP ALUMS PROMOTE THEIR WEB SITES!

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!
   

StreetSothebysRealty.com

Scott Street '69 & Cyndy McLane Street '69

Street Sotheby's International Realty, owned by Scott Street '69 and Cyndy McLane Street '69, specializes in the most exclusive neighborhoods of Columbus, Northern Ohio and the South Shore of Lake Erie, while working with clients in every price category. Street Sotheby’s International Realty has always specialized in dedicated customer service. As a result, they now enjoy a solid customer base, with many moderately priced sales anchored by high-priced properties - a mix which enables our company to continue offering excellent service to each and every client.

Visit StreetSothebysRealty.com.

  
Columbus Wine Tastings
John Bannon '80
John Bannon '80 is “The Wine Guy” - self taught wine sommelier and consultant who lives in Columbus Ohio. His background in wine stems from his love of food, wine and travel, which has taken him on countless trips to Europe (specifically France) and landed him a chance to make his livelihood from teaching others about Wine. You can hire John to: Host in home or event wine tastings, wine bartender, etc. He also dabbles 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. Visit ColumbusWineTastings.com.
  
Outsider Video + Motion
 
 
Andrew Emery '97
Victor Matkovic '96
Brian Polk '99

Outsider is a full-service video production and motion graphics studio based in Columbus, Ohio. We deliver compelling, high-level video content that is critical to business success. We engage directly with clients in a range of categories, from financial services to manufacturing to healthcare. The common thread among them? A need for inspiring, brand-driven storytelling that engages an audience. Visit OutsiderE.com.

  

See all our Alumni Web sites here.

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

   
UAAA MEMBERSHIP DUES
SPECIAL 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 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, Bearalums.com.

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:

 
LEVEL
PRICE OF DUES
Annual
$20 / year
Reunion - 5 years
$80 (One year free!)
Life
$250: one-time!
Golden Bear
 $500: one-time!
DUES ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE!
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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Please visit our Membership page for complete details and payment options. See our list of Life Members and Golden Bear members.
  
   KELLY BRUMM ZALENSKI '98: CLOTHING FOR TWINZZ!

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.

   
SCOTT ROBERTS '69 HEALS THROUGH HELPING OTHERS

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.

   

JUDYTH HEINZERLING CLARKSON '54 PUBLISHES BOOK

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: myjourneydownthepathoflife.com.

The book can be purchased through Amazon.com.

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

   
TOM DIEMER '60 WINS OHIOANA AWARD

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.

   
JAY LOWDER '77 PUBLISHES "WAR OF WHISPERS" SERIES
NOTICE: Jay's newest book, When Kings Clash, has been released and is available at Amazon.com.

WordCrafts Publishing has recently released Book III of Jay Lowder's War of Whispers fantasy series.

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

JUST RELEASED!
Buy Martyr's Moon
Buy Tears of Min Brock
Buy When Kings Clash
Visit Jay's web site here.
      
LINDA RESS FOXWORTH '79: NEW BOOK ABOUT WINE

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 examiner.com, 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
    
JEFF JOHNSON '69 STARTS NEW JEWELRY COMPANY

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.
   
LAURA CHILD McCONNELL '88 WINS AWARD

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 Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com

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

   
JOANNA ROTONDO SHUPE PUBLISHES NOVEL

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 joannashupe.com 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

       
DEBBIE KELLOUGH SAYRE '70 PUBLISHES NEW BOOK
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 HowToSelectYourSuperSpouse.com. Discounts for bulk purchases will be available.

   
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Think 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!

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

    
   KATE TUSSING DAVID '97 RELEASES 2ND BOOK IN "MAGICAL HAT" SERIES
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 Amazon.com

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

     
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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!
  
   CIRCLE OF LIFE HISTORIES WEB SITE

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 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."

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 uamemoriesblog.blogspot.com.

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
  
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A 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.

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