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Effective March 31, 2018, UA Education Foundation (UA+Ed) and UA Alumni Association (UAAA) Executive Director Joanie Igel Dugger '80 will step down to take on new adventures and opportunities.

During her sixteen years leading both organizations, Joanie implemented many innovative and creative projects while working to build the database of all UAHS alumni and maintaining alumni connections.

Read the UA This Week article, which discusses Joanie's accomplishments, contributions, and her plans for the future.

Photo: Joanie (left) with Alice Finley, Program and Project Specialist for UA+Ed.


Dr. Phil Sparling, class of 1968 and professor emeritus from Georgia Tech, recently published The Sneakers in the Closet and Other Essays.

His book is comprised of two dozen short essays, compiled and re-edited from newspaper columns he's written over the past 5 years. Topics range from the value of play, sport and fitness to insights on diet, drugs and doctors. He shares stories to inform and inspire. Many are personal reflections on growing up, finding a career, and growing older.

Phil's book is available on

ABOUT PHIL: Phil Sparling was a professor at Georgia Tech for three decades. Along the way, he was also a Fulbright scholar at the University of Cape Town Medical School (South Africa), a senior scientist at the Centers for Disease Control (Atlanta), and a visiting professor at the University of Queensland (Australia).

After a career of scientific writing, he’s trying his hand at narrative nonfictive.

Phil and his wife live in the Georgia foothills.



Over the Rainbow, The Road Taken is a collection of stories of the adventures of a couple who in their late forties decided to follow their love of learning and experiencing the natural world by making their avocation become their retirement vocations as U.S. National Park Service rangers.

Frank Starr '48 and Penny Clemens Starr '50 spent two seasons interpreting the wonders of Jewel Cave National Monument in the Black Hills of South Dakota and a season as the Glacier Point rangers in Yosemite National Park. They thought we would spend summers for the rest of our lives in Yosemite, but they were asked to work the following season (April through October) at Brooks Camp in Alaska's Katmai National Park. They couldn't turn down the chance to live, learn and work with the brown bears of the Brooks River. That experience put them on the course of seeing and learning the Great Land: Katmai National Park and Preserve, Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, and the Noatak River National Preserve.

Frank and Penny attended law enforcement school and became back-country law enforcement rangers. Each season for nine years they were flown with five months of supplies and a Zodiac, or other boat, to remote locations that had a shack or tent-frame for shelter. They were told that their primary responsibility was to come back alive, and they were picked up four months, or so, later.

The stories relate what they saw, the amazing things they learned, and the adventures Frank and Penny had during the best possible second career/retirements anyone ever had.

Over The Rainbow, The Road Taken is available from for $19.95.

Two UAHS alumni joined the Upper Arlington Alumni Association Executive Board in January, 2018.
Jack R. Graf Jr was born April 26, 1947 and attended Fishinger, Barrington, Jones and he graduated from UAHS with the Class of 65. Jack and his wife, Kay, are proud of all three children: Andrew, Kate and Libby and grandchildren Samuel, Anna and Coe. Jack is a lawyer and has for many years been involved with the Central Ohio construction industry. It has been his privilege to serve on various governmental, industry and civic boards and most recently as Immediate Past President of Columbus Rotary. Jack and Kay have enthusiastically hosted various Class of '65 events at their property in Southern Delaware County. Go Bears.
Bill Hall is a UA native and a 1979 graduate of UAHS. He then went to the University of Virginia (Mechanical Engineering) where he met his future wife. He has been married for 31 years to Robin and has three sons, all of whom grew up in UA and graduated from UAHS: Jamie (2007), Clay (2010) and Tyler (2014). Bill co-founded Pretium Partners in 1997 where he works with a wide variety of B2B technology industries helping them implement sales performance improvement solutions. Other professional activities include serving on committees and boards with national professional industry associations. In addition to Upper Arlington Alumni Association, Bill's other volunteer work includes being on the Board of Trustees of Melissa's House, helping their mission of creating improved housing for adults with mental illness, working with Upper Arlington Civic Association 4th of July committee since 2003, being a member of the Board of Trustees of the Swim & Racquet Club and serving as president three times, being a strong supporter of fundraising for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a member of Tri-Village Rotary and other volunteer activities.


Please join us on Tuesday, April 17 at 6:00 pm at the Upper Arlington Municipal Building, 3600 Tremont Road (MAP) for the Float Builders Information Session. We will share information on how to assemble a float building group, materials to use, contacts for materials, and advice from previous float award winners, as well as the announcement of the theme and Grand Marshal of this year’s 4th of July Parade. For questions, please email Brandon & Stacy McIntire.

View and print the UACA Float Builders Session Flyer
L-R: Linda Grafmiller Moore, Jenni Hildreth Long, and Sally Lemley Clement

From Sally Lemley Clement '63:

On July 4th two members of the UAHS class of 1963, Sally Lemley Clement and Linda Grafmiller Moore, who both now live in Tucson AZ, got together for a celebration. After losing track of each other, the class list of alumni e-mails provided a way for us to reunite again.To our great surprise, we found out we both now live in Tucson. In the photo to the right, we are looking at our Class of 1963 Norwester.

Jenni Hildreth Long '63 also lives in Tucson. Above is a photo of Linda, Jeni and Sally just after we all reunited in Tucson. Who would imagine that three UAHS Class of 1963 classmates would end up in Tucson?


Class of 1970 alum Tom Caton sent in this photo of "The Jax," a band comprised of all-1970 musicians, including: Robin Gulcher, Ben Knepper, Billy Herbst, Vince Shoenborn, Chris Johnson and Tom Caton. The band was performing in the 1967 Jones Junior High School Show of Shows.

Tom says that Billy Herbst isn't pictured because he had been suspended due to a dress code violation; his hair was over his ears, and this was a big no-no in 1970! The band members wore Beatle outfits, and Tom says that they all wish they still had those vintage guitars and tube amps. Tom commented that this was the first and last time they ever had girls screaming for more!

Jack Nicklaus, center, surrounded by the Boys' Golf Team

The Upper Arlington High School Athletic Hall of Fame is accepting nominations through September 1, 2017, for its second induction class.

The Hall of Fame, crmeated in April 2017, seeks to recognize former student athletes, coaches and friends of the program who have contributed to the school's athletic program as well as embodied or supported the school district's vision of uniquely accomplished students prepared to serve, lead and succeed.

The first inductee was legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus, a member of the class of 1957 who excelled at not only golf but also basketball while attending Upper Arlington High School.

Potential inductees include former student athletes who graduated 10 years or more prior to their nomination and former coaches who have been retired for five years or more and are not currently coaching for an Upper Arlington Schools team. Also eligible are staff members, volunteers and others who have provided support to the athletic program for a minimum of five years prior to their nomination.

A selection committee made up of administrators, coaches and former student athletes representing six decades of athletics at Upper Arlington High School will review and vote on the submitted nominations during the month of September.

The second induction class for the Upper Arlington High School Athletic Hall of Fame will be announced during the varsity football game on October 6, 2017, at Marv Moorehead Stadium. The inductees will be introduced on January 5, 2018 at the home basketball game versus Marysville, and a ceremony and reception will follow on January 6, 2018.

To learn about the nominations process and to submit a nomination, please visit the Upper Arlington High School Athletic Hall of Fame page.

One of our alums alerted us to this thoughtful and nostalgic article on entitled "There is no Lower Arlington" and written by Ramzy Nazrallah '91. Great reading!
Read "There is NO Lower Arlington" by Ramzy Nasrallah '91
BRAD SHARP, Class of 1972
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.

Brad Sharp, a member of the UAHS Class of 1972 (the largest class in UAHS history) has been active on the UA Alumni Association (UAAA) Board of Directors since 2002. He regularly attends Board meetings which require him to commute from his home near Dayton, Ohio.

During his tenure, Brad has assisted in the recruitment of new Board members, developing and executing plans to educate and inform alumni about the purpose and benefits of the UAAA and the conceptualization, planning and execution of the Golden Bear Rock Fest fundraiser.

Currently Brad's main responsibility on the Board is the identification of potential candidates for the Distinguished and Outstanding Alumni Awards and making sure, if possible, that they are honored in years where their class is having a reunion gathering. In addition, Brad has been a key member of his Class of 1972 reunion planning committee since 1987.

Brad is the Chairman of the Class of 1972 Legacy Fund; an undertaking with the goal of raising a $150,000 endowment fund for the UA Educational Foundation (UAEF) by their 50 year reunion in 2022.

Brad has further supported UAEF by becoming a "Planned Giving Donor," making the Foundation part of his estate planning. Find out how YOU can be a Planned Giving Donor too.

Read Brad's entire biography
Email Brad

A Distinguished Alumnus is an alum who is honored for his or her personal, educational, or career achievement.

Catherine McMichael, Class of 1972, is a pianist,composer, performer, arranger and teacher in Saginaw, Michigan. While in high school she studied piano with Dr. George Haddad, Artist in Residence at The Ohio State University. She was the accompanist for the UAHS 200-voice choir, all the musicals, and the chamber singing ensemble, Strollers. Her degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, are in piano performance (B. M. '76) and chamber music (M. M. '81).

Teaching, performing and writing comprise her professional musical life. As a teaching specialist, she has taught clinics in improvisation, composition, piano, and enrichment in Great Britain, Australia and across the US, from Alaska to Hawaii, Connecticut to California and many places in between. She has maintained a private piano studio since 1974. Several of her students have gone on to successful careers in music. She has been adjunct instructor at the University of Michigan and Saginaw Valley State University.

Catherine plays piano with the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra and the Flint Symphony; the River Raisin Ragtime Revue band of Ann Arbor, co-directs the Bijou Theatre Orchestra based in Bay City and accompanies the Saginaw Choral Society. She directs a very, very good handbell choir, Bells on High, at First United Methodist Church of Saginaw.

Catherine has composed and arranged music for all the ensembles she performs with, plus for many others including The Canadian Brass, Universities of Michigan and Massachusetts, Ithaca (NY) College, Central Michigan University, New England Conservatory Metropolitan Flute Orchestra, Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, Naples (FL) Orchestra and Chorus, Marshall M. Fredericks Gallery, Saginaw Choral Society, Midland (MI) Symphony and many more. She has completed commissions for many individuals as well. Her music is played by professional touring artists, university music professors and students, devoted amateurs and young musicians on six continents, and has been recorded commercially by professional and college groups across the country and the world ...

Read Catherine's entire biography
Email Catherine

The UAHS Educator Hall of Fame was begun in 2007 by UAHS Principal Kip Greenhill, who wanted to establish a way to permanently recognize our most outstanding educators. The following outstanding teachers have been selected for the induction into the Hall of Fame this year.
Dr. Virginia Ballinger
Kip Greenhill
Randy Pfeiffer
Margrett Schultz
Peggy Sheets
Helen Tanner
See more information about the Hall of Fame, including former inductees and the nomination form.
Margherita Finelli
Steve Sinclair
Doug Trotter
Mike Whiteman
Margherita Finelli '75 is an experienced marketing and communications professional with expertise in strategic marketing for the healthcare and commercial real estate industries. Her experience includes fundraising, media relations, social media web design, advertising and event planning. She also has experience writing live TV programs and video. Margherita has also served on the Board of the UA Civic Association and as President of the UA Baseball Boosters Club where she created the UA Baseball Hall of Fame Celebration to honor the UA Baseball athletes. Margherita's son, Nick, is a sophomore at The Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business.

Steve Sinclair '74 and his wife, Eileen, were married in 1983. They have one son, Michael, who lives with his wife, Jill and their two daughters near Columbia, MD. The majority of Steve's career has centered around telecommunications and information technology. He began in Columbus in the early 1980s, and continued in Dallas for more than 20 years. Working from home enabled Steve and Eileen to return to Columbus in 2015. Steve's professional career, international travels youth soccer league management, and life lessons will bring a fresh set of eyes and ideas to the UAAA.

Doug Trotter '72, a lifelong UA resident, is the owner of Trotter, LLC and has 42 years of experience in the automobile industry. Doug is married to Julie Berwanger Trotter '81, and his two sons and step-sons are also UAHS alums. Doug's grandchildren also live in Upper Arlington. Doug has been an active Board member and past president of the Tri-Village Rotary Club. A member of Christian Fellowship Church, Doug serves as a Board member of the Crack House Ministries. Doug is currently working on the Class of 1972 reunion committee.
Mike Whiteman '72 is a graduate of UAHS, Franklin University, The Ohio State University, the University of Chicago Business School, American Management Association, and Hondros College. For many years, Mike worked in fireplace sales, Retail, Contractor and Wholesale, and eventually became the owner of Colonial Fireplace in Powell. Mike is currently a Re/Max realtor, and is the owner of the Whiteman Realty Group/W Group Management, Inc. Mike has completed 957 parachute jumps and competed nationally. He is also a private pilot and participates in triathlons. Mike has two grown sons.
See all the members of the UAAA Board

Diane Tefft Young '59 has published an inspirational new book.

Cancer Hope: Discovering Survivor Skills is an inspirational memoir of 15 essays in which Diane, a recent cancer survivor, highlights the diverse skills she employed to survive her serious stage 3C diagnosis. Diane's health history is also complicated by a single lung transplant that she underwent in 2010. Fortunately, she has developed a progressively resilient attitude and lifestyle.

Throughout her book, Diane shares her faith as she openly struggles with acceptance of the belief that change, whether positive or negative, occurs on God's timeline, not her. By CANCER HOPE's final pages, the reader becomes increasing aware of her evolving healthy fearlessness and immaculate trust.

If you have further questions about Diane Tefft Young's book, or her experience, please email her or call 614.442.1121.

You can purchase the book on Amazon.


Karen A. McClintock, PhD, '71 is a psychologist specializing in family secrets and shame recovery. She is a national workshop leader and teaches human sexuality at Southern Oregon University. She is the author of four previous books, including Sexual Shame: An Urgent Call to Healing and Shame-Less Lives, Grace-Full Congregations.


Thirty years after her father’s death, Karen McClintock sets out to find the gay father she ever really knew. As we follow the unraveling fawmily secret, we find ourselves drawn into her story as they stumble into infidelity, grieve heartbreaking losses, and remain loyal in love. Set in Columbus, Ohio, My Father’s Closet tells the story of how just before the war, McClintock’s parents fell in love and married, while overseas in Germany the man whom she believes became her father’s lover was concealing his Jewish and gay identities in order to escape to America. A set of her father’s journals, letters her parents sent to each other during the Second World War, and a mysterious painting all lead her toward the truth about her gay father. McClintock weaves a complex secret into the fabric of lives we truly care about. And in the process, she leads us out of her father’s closet.

This gripping memoir captures the longing children feel for a distant or hidden parent and taps into the complexity of human connection and abandonment. The characters are resilient and vibrant. The hidden lovers, the nosey neighbors, and surprise lovers all show up. In the end, this extraordinary family finds ways to connect and freedom to love. Anyone who grew up with a family secret will appreciate the dynamics afoot in this fastpaced and compelling story.

See Karen McClintock's Press Kit
Buy My Father's Closet" at
See dates of Karen's upcoming author visits and events
Read Dispatch article about Karen and her book

Jeffrey Stone '78 certainly has a reason to be beaming with pride. His daughter, Emma Stone, won the 2017 Academy Award for Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of Mia in the highly acclaimed film La La Land.

Emma's father, Jeff Stone, UAHS Class of 1978 and a graduate of Miami University, moved from Ohio to Arizona in 1990, where he worked in the construction field. He rejoined the Edwards organization, developers of apartments, in 2015 and commutes between his home in Arizona and his office in Columbus. Stone now serves as president of the Edwards Communities Construction Company.

Stone said his daughter was always singing and dancing around the house as a child. She and her mother moved to Los Angeles when Emma was 15 so she could pursue a career. She landed her first big movie role at age 17, in "Superbad," was nominated for a supporting actress Oscar in 2014 for her role in "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)."

Read the entire Dispatch article.

In November, Carolyn Casper '62, who is a longtime member of the Upper Arlington Alumni Association Executive Board, was elected president of Ohio NOW, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting feminist ideals, leading societal change, eliminating discrimination and achieving and protecting the equal rights of all women and girls.

There are nine local NOW chapters in Ohio, as well as the state chapter that Casper will lead in 2017 and 2018. The groups are affiliated with the National Organization for Women, which was established in 1966.

"Carolyn is a longtime advocate of women's causes and she's a longtime member of NOW," said Anita Rios, Ohio NOW's immediate past president. "She was an ideal candidate to be president.

Being an elected official, she was familiar with the public outreach and public speaking abilities this position requires, and having run a campaign, she's very organized. She's also very willing and able to energize other people."

As Ohio NOW president, some of her focuses will be lobbying for equal wages for women who hold similar jobs to male counterparts, voter participation, child abuse prevention and upholding the Affordable Care Act.

"It's just very important to me that we are all treated fairly and equally," Casper said. "Women's rights are human rights.

"She just instills a tremendous amount of confidence," Rios said. "Carolyn brings to the position a tremendous amount of goodwill and level-headedness. She's just a very kind person."

Read the article in the UA News (February 2, 2017)
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

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.


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.


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
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Andrew Emery '97
Victor Matkovic '96
Brian Polk '99

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SPECIAL NOTE: If you enjoy visiting, or if you attend your reunions, or if you enjoy reading news about your classmates and other UAHS alums in Traditions, won't you PLEASE help support the Upper Arlington Alumni Association with a membership at one of the levels below? We are really working to be able to keep our Web site free and available to everyone, and we really do need our alums' financial help. PLEASE JOIN UAAA TODAY! If you are already a member, please encourage your classmates to join.

Thank you so much to all of you who pay dues to the UAAA. These dues are critical to the support of our organization. Many alums think that funding for the Alumni Association comes from the school district. WRONG! We are completely self-sustaining and need these dues in order to maintain our database of nearly 30,000 graduates and to pay the ongoing costs of maintaining our database and running our Web site,

We do not restrict access to our Web site to dues-paying members. We enjoy making it available to EVERYONE, members or not. However, over the past few years, we have seen our number of dues-paying members decline. We need YOU! Our tax-deductible dues are modest, so it is our goal to increase membership, and we hope that we can count on you. Membership in UAAA is available at four levels:

$20 / year
Reunion - 5 years
$80 (One year free!)
$250: one-time!
Golden Bear
 $500: one-time!
SPECIAL: We offer a payment plan for the Life and Golden Bear Membership levels! You can commit to the level you wish and pay it off over a 10 month period; they don't even need to be consecutive months. We truly hope that you will help us out at whatever level is comfortable for you, and we thank you for your support AT ANY LEVEL!

Some people are online a great deal and prefer to pay with Paypal; others prefer printing the membership form and mailing us a check. We appreciate your dues, and we want to make it easy for you, so please select your preferred method of payment.:

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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.


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.


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

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

To send news to us:

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

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

The first book in the series, Murphy and the Magical Hat, was awarded third place in the Feathered Quill Book Reviews BEST CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATED category in February, 2014. When a rainy day threatens to spoil a little girl's plans to play outside, her disappointment quickly disappears when her mother shares a "magical" hat with her. This "magical" hat has the power to whisk the little girl away to any place she imagines. Where will her imagination take her?

Author Kate David was born and raised in Upper Arlington, Ohio. She received her degree in Journalism from Ohio University after numerous higher education creative writing courses. She feels fortunate to make her lifelong dream of becoming an author a reality. Sparked from birth of her daughter, Murphy, Kate had spent many days imagining all the adventures she would take with her daughter and the idea for the series began.

Kate spent the majority of her career connecting businesses with charities to help those in need. She began her career as a Promotions Director and then as a successful Account Executive for Clear Channel Columbus Radio. After organizing events, as well as, serving as a marketing consultant helping local and national businesses achieve their goals; she found a niche combining the events, sales and community projects with CBS Television. As a result, Kate worked on a variety of community campaigns benefiting worthwhile organizations including Shriners Hospital for Children, Feeding America, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and the Sacramento SPCA.

Kate currently resides in Northern California with her daughters and husband, Jeff. She spends her time caring for Murphy & McKay and working on the next book for the "…the Magical Hat" series.

Purchase McKay and the Magical Hat on


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


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

We all know that Facebook is a popular and effective (not to mention FUN) tool for locating and reconnecting with longtime and sometimes lost friends, and we hope to find some of our "lost" alumni through this social medium.

Please visit UAAA's Facebook page and like it so that you will receive periodic updates about UAAA events and news!

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

As she says on, "Circle of Life Histories is a history-writing service to help you tell your story and preserve it for future generations. We can help with research and writing of personal biographies, memoirs, family genealogies, corporate histories and more. We can even help you publish your story in a hardback or paperback book."

In a partnership with the UA Historical Society, Melanie is also collecting and posting memories of life in Upper Arlington. You can find "UA Memories" at

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

Sign up for Melanie's memoir-writing class on October 14, 21 and 28, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Senior Center. The class is offered through Upper Arlington's LifeLong Learning program. Look for the Fall Activity Guide in the mail for more information.

Register online

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

We would like to offer you the opportunity to place an ad on one of the pages of with a link to your web site. has a steady flow of traffic throughout the year, with the highest traffic from January through July, when alums are involved in reunion planning and are looking up classmates and searching for reunion information. Traffic also spikes when Traditions is sent out (quarterly), as the newsletter contains links that direct our alums to various pages of the web site.

A banner ad at the top of a page will be viewed by thousands of people each week, as we have several hundred visitors daily. We believe that our alums value doing business with other alums, and it's one more way we can enjoy and benefit from the bond of being UA alums. The ads are priced very reasonably, with DISCOUNTS for UAAA MEMBERS.

Please visit our Ads page for pricing and more details!

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