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THE GIRLFRIENDS: Tim Stridsberg '71, Craig Patake '71, Bill Wyatt '69
The Girlfriends, an all-UA alumni band, is performing a concert to benefit UAAA on Friday, January 27 at 8:00 pm at 14twenty, formerly the Black Horse Inn. The venue is located at 1420 Presidential Drive, off North Star near Northwest Boulevard.


Members of The Girlfriends include: Tim Stridsberg ‘71, Craig Pataky ‘71, and Bill Wyatt ‘69. The Girlfriends perform classic rock from 50's to 80's with heavy emphasis on the 60's. 14twenty (The Black Horse) is donating to the UAAA treasury from the night's proceeds.

Eat, drink, dance, sing along, see other UAHS alumni and friends, and it all benefits UAAA!

IMPORTANT! This event is for EVERYONE - not just alums!

WHAT Concert by The Girlfriends
WHEN Friday, January 27 at 8:00 pm
WHERE 14twenty (formerly The Black Horse Inn
1420 Presidential Drive
Columbus OH 43212
MAP MAP TO 14twenty
PURPOSE Benefit for the UA Alumni Association
COST No cover/entry fee; each person pays for his/her own food and drinks
NOTES Space is limited, so please come early!

Upper Arlington Ice Hockey has a long standing tradition of hockey in central Ohio as the Capital Hockey Conference’s oldest OHSAA hockey team, becoming a varsity sport in 1977. Since that first year, the UA Ice Hockey Family has grown to over 430 student/player alumni.

The UA Hockey Team will celebrate 40 years of hockey this year. A Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of UA Hockey will take place on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 7:00pm at the Ice Haus when UA takes on Dublin Coffman. All Alumni UA Hockey players, Families & Fans are invited to join the celebration!

For the latest UA Hockey news & information visit, Facebook/Upper Arlington-Ice Hockey, and Twitter@UA_Ice_Hockey.

To kick off our 40th Year Celebration, a special on ice recognition of the 1977 Team will take place immediately prior to the 7:00 pm game.

Members of the 1977 team include:

Les Swearingen, Head Coach
John Balcerzak ‘78
Terry Bigham ‘78
Mark Bruck ‘78
Kevin Defett ‘78
Paul DeLeone ‘79
Doug DiPietro ‘79
Mark Fixari ‘79
Mark Foster ‘78
David Good ‘79
Rick Heyboer ‘78
Dan Jones ‘78
Stan Jones ‘79
Derrick Layer ‘78
Ken Lewis ‘78
Ted Lippold ‘79
Steve Phalen ‘78
Todd Porterfield ‘78
Doug Salmen ‘79
David Savic ‘80
Mark Scherer ‘79
Jim Sherman ‘79
Doug Von Doersten ’79

Stephen M. Polk of Polk Foundation in Upper Arlington, Ohio has been recognized for his Lifetime philanthropic excellence at the 10th Annual Invest in Others Community Leadership Awards Gala in New York City. Financial advisors are nominated by their peers for actively giving to improve their communities and make a difference in the lives of others.

Invest in Others is the premier financial services 501(c)(3)non-profit dedicated to recognizing, encouraging, and supporting the charitable works of financial advisors and the advisory industry throughout the United States and around the World.

In addition to our daily after school programs at the Run the Race Recreation Center, in the gym, art room, library, music, game room and providing meals and transportation for 50+ children each day, we have special events for them and their families throughout the year which we need your financial support.

Our back to school carnival had games, prizes, food and desserts while providing more than 250 backpacks with school supplies for children of all ages and grades. Our Halloween party was a similar affair and we gave the elementary school children their own costumes which they could keep and use for Halloween and pass along to their younger siblings. We give away hundreds of coats, gloves, and hats for the upcoming colder weather, and provide complete Thanksgiving meals with Turkeys and all the fixings for more than 250 families, over 1000 children. We give complete Christmas meals for the families as well as providing gifts for the children and parents. If the households need furniture or appliances we find and deliver when we can.

We work with low income children and families in Columbus who would not have any of these things without your support.

Thank you for considering a tax deductible gift to help us help these needy families and move them from a life of survival to a life full of possibilities.

Please send your donation to:

Stephen M. Polk, President (Class of 1969)
Polk Foundation- A 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization
P.O. Box 12099
Columbus, Ohio 43212


From NATO.Int:

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has decided to appoint Rose Gottemoeller from the US as the next Deputy Secretary General. ?She will replace Ambassador Alexander Vershbow from the US, who took up his position in February 2012.

"I am delighted to announce the appointment of Rose Gottemoeller, who will bring to NATO a wealth of experience in international security policy, and in areas such as arms control and relations with Russia. She will also be the first woman to hold this key post, which is a milestone in NATO. I am grateful to Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, who will retire in the autumn after a distinguished career. His commitment and contribution to NATO have been indispensable at a time of unprecedented security challenges. "

Rose Gottemoeller is currently serving as US Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, advising the Secretary of State on arms control, non-proliferation and political-military affairs. She was previously Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, and the chief negotiator of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START).

She also served, among others, as the Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center. Ms Gottemoeller will take up her post on October 1, 2016.

Rose is a proud member of the Upper Arlington High School Class of 1971. We congratulate Rose for her many accomplishments and thank her for her dedication to our country.

Read the entire article.


Class of '85 sweethearts Erik Strandwitz and Marie Van Fossen have been friends since meeting in the 8th grade at Jones Junior High. They dated in high school yet split after graduation.

They remained dear friends for decades through life's ups and downs and then those life circumstances brought them back into a romance.

They married in May, 2016 in Sonoma County, California and reside in Columbus, Ohio.

Erik plays in a band named Strange Grain who plays B-side/deep track rock and also works for Roto Group in Dublin building interactive museum exhibits for a global client base.

Marie is a water resources engineer for the Franklin County Sanitary Engineer whose offices are in the old COSI building (class of '85 had their 10 year reunion there before the new COSI was built!).


Allie and Alison have been busy coming up with new designs for the 2016 holiday season.

The artists will have more pictures and information about where to purchase these new designs.

Remember: the proceeds benefit Special Olympics!


Allie Brown '97 and her friend, Alison Foose of Worthington, have been creating artwork that they then sell in order to donate the proceeds to the Worthington Special Olympics.

The handcrafted pieces are made with plastic canvas and yarn. Allie and Alison have many different designs, as you can see from the samples below.

Allie writes: "I made my first one one year at Upper Arlington High School. After graduation from UA in the Class of 1997, I found out that Michael's and Joann and Hobby Lobby stores carried Plastic canvas patterns and I started getting back to doing them."

GREAT GIFTS! "I love to surprise friends for Christmas presents! One year my friend Alison Foose and I surprised the whole Worthington Special Olympics Basketball Team with Plastic Canvas patterns that were stars, and they loved them. Last year for the Worthington Market Day we had a arts and craft booth and Alison and I had a great time selling the plastic canvas bookmarks, coasters, and other designs."

TEAM COLORS! "We love to make our designs in UA and OSU colors. The proceeds help out the Worthington Special Olympics Teams to send us to the Summer Games at OHIO STATE the last weekend of June to show everybody what we have learned in our sports, and it makes us all feel special too!"

ALLIE AT THE 2014 SUMMER GAMES! "I ended up being chosen to participate for Team OHIO for bowling and got 7th place in the national!!! The Team OHIO Bowling Team got the silver medal and we were 5 points away from getting the gold medal!!!! Plus I also got a chance to meet the other Special Olympics Teams too and meet new friends too!"

Allie has worked in the mailroom at Nationwide Insurance downtown since 1998.

Read an article about Allie's Special Olympics experience in her company newsletter.

If you are interested in helping Allie, Alison and the Special Olympics group, please email Allie Brown to discuss what you would like to order. In the subject line, please write "Plastic Canvas Orders."

Allie, Alison and Friends

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


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

Mark Balson '67 has published his first book, I Am Jupiter Mule: And You Don't Know Me.

The book is about a man Mark knew by the name of Jupiter Mule. Mark says that just looking at him you wouldn’t see much to make you interested. In fact look away and you forget you saw him. But stuff just keeps happening to him. It is almost impossible to end up with a name like Jupiter and be normal. Jupe is a powerful (and possibly supernatural) attraction for strange phenomena.

Jupiter had a familial predisposition to being odd. He had a traumatic assault by a can of chili in his youth that still haunts him. He was a member of two illegal fraternities, joined the Marine Corps on a dare during Vietnam and he was once trampled by a herd of turkeys. I am not even going to get into the summer his parents sent him to live with carneys on the State and County fair circuit or that whole thing about ramming a tank gun tube up the back end of a Vietnamese civilian bus.

Mark jokes that Upper Arlington High School figures prominently in the book, so you may want to grab a copy and call your lawyers because you may be in the book.

Purchase I Am Jupiter Mule: And You Don't Know Me at Amazon.,com.


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.


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.


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).


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.

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 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

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 web site and Traditions.

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


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.

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

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!

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.


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
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


See all our Alumni Web sites here.

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

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.:

Paypal Online
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.

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.


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.



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.


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 released and is available at

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

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

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 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
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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

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!

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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!

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.

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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.  


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!

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

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