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The Upper Arlington Education Foundation (UA+Ed) has provided a grant to the Greensview Elementary School staff to produce this wonderful book, celebrating Upper Arlington.

See details and order your copy now; books will be delivered in late April.

View sample pages here.


Golden Bears A to Z Promo Video from Jill Merkle on Vimeo.

Funded by The Upper Arlington Education Foundation.
100% of the proceeds go directly to support future UAEF grants.

A legislative aide and lobbyist from 1983-2006, Douglas Putnam '71 has also demonstrated his writing talents by publishing four novels and two nonfiction works.

Doug's background in law and government, including his critical role in the drafting of Ohio's mandatory seat belt law, led to his most recent novel, The Flip.

Synopsis: At the Ohio Statehouse in 1986, as Election Day looms and a swarm of protesters invades the rotunda, the members of Senate face intense pressure from automakers and insurance companies to take the last step needed to enact a bitterly divisive bill that would require the use of seat belts in all cars and trucks.

Three troubled women stand in the heart of the tension. The bill's stoic sponsor soldiers on despite the damage she is inflicting on her bid to become governor. A rookie lobbyist with an exclusive secret wants passage - at whatever price necessary - to prove her worth to the titans of the power game. And a jaded veteran of politics, buffeted by cynicism and horrific inner demons, must choose yea or nay as she launches a run for an open seat in Congress against a deceitful Senate colleague she's come to despise.

Will the seat belt bill pass? Or will it collapse and die inches short of the finish line? Lives are transformed and truths are revealed as the hour of reckoning approaches.

To purchase a copy of Doug's book, The Flip, please send your mailing address and $12.00 to:

Douglas Putnam
1969 Kentwell Road
Upper Arlington OH 43221-1903

Cash, checks and money orders accepted. Delivery is free to the street address provided.

The Flip is also available at these outlets: The Statehouse Museum Shop;, Gramercy Books (2424 East Main Street in Bexley), Barnes & Noble at Kingsdale and at Lennox Town Center.

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


The 1968 State Championship Golden Bear Football Team recently held its 50-year reunion.

Players, coaches, cheerleaders, and family and friends gathered at Raymond Memorial Golf Club for a reunion dinner on Thursday, September 6. Following dinner, Brad Frick '66 presented a documentary that he created, highlighting the 1968 football season and featuring actual game footage and interviews with players and coaches. The documentary offers a unique perspective on, and reflection of, this very special group of young men whose sportsmanship, camaraderie, and bond that not only has lasted, but also has strengthened during the fifty years since they walked off the field together for the last time.

During the afternoon of Friday, September 7, they visited the Jones stadium, where they had played many of their high school games, and gathered in the locker room for a meaningful memorial service honoring the coaches and players who are no longer with us, including Head Coach Marv Moorehead, who was a lifelong inspriation to all the players. They reminisced, shared stories, and honored those individuals.

The 1968 players then met at the UAHS stadium on Friday evening and formed a tunnel for the 2018 players as they ran onto the field, and at half-time, the 1968 teammates took the field to be recognized and honored.

To commemorate the reunion of these outstanding football players and lifelong friends, we have created a Football page on the website, indexing links to three collections of photos and videos honoring the 1968 team:

1. A photo slideshow of more than 200 pictures commemorating the 50-year reunion;

2. Brad Frick's documentary film (total of three hours, separated into 13 sections);

3.ABC6/Fox TV evening news segment covering the reunion and featuring reporter and UAHS alumnus Clay Hall '76.

Visit the Football page of to view the photos and videos.

Rod Ebright '70 has announced the date for next year's celebration of the 1969 State Championship Golden Bear Football Team's 50-year reunion.

The event will be held in conjunctoin with the UAHS football game scheduled for Friday, September 20, 2019. Stay tuned for details!


From The Galena Gazette, Galena IL:

John Vaughn, UAHS 1984, loves being a riverboat pilot. It's all that he's wanted to do since he was a kid. He says piloting a riverboat is like playing with a big toy. Last summer, he played with a big toy, really big toy - 328 feet long. And this toy had guns although they were not comobat-ready.

Vaughn spent six days as a volunteer pilot guiding LST 325 along the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers from its home base in Evansville, Indiana to Dubuque, Iowa, where the boat was docked and available for tours during the summer.

John's real job is a pilot on the Marquette Transportation Company's Theresa L. Wood, pushing barges on the lower Mississippi River.

Read the article and see photos of John's experience.

Each year the Upper Arlington Alumni Association (UAAA) honors one or more grads with the Outstanding Alumnus Award, and honors one of more alums with the Distinguished Alumnus Award. .

An Outstanding Alumnus is an alum (or group of alumni) who has generously dedicated his or her time to the service of the Upper Arlington Alumni Association and its mission. This service can include volunteer time dedicated to the schools or the community.

A Distinguished Alumnus is an alum (or group of alumni) who is honored for his or her personal educational or career achievement.


Beth Wroe, Class of 1973, has been selected to receive the 2018 distinction of UAAA Outstanding Alumnus for her continued work on behalf of the Upper Arlington Alumni Association (UAAA) and her class reunion committee.

Beth has always been an "Arlington Girl." She went to kindergarten in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and then her family moved to an Upper Arlington home located on the corner of Tremont and Tewksbury Roads in 1960. Beth was a Barrington, Jones, UAHS Girl.

Beth lived In Columbus until 1993, when she moved to Arizona for a job opportunity. In 2010 she moved back to Columbus, as she missed her home and all her friends.

Beth has helped with the last four UAHS Class of 1973 class reunions, and she is excited to celebrate the class' 45-year reunion this year.

Several years ago, Beth joined the Upper Arlington Alumni Association (UAAA) Executive Board and has been involved with fundraising to help support The Alumni Association with the Block Parties at Barrington after the 4th of July parade, The Golden Bear Rock Fest at Saint Agatha's, the UA Alumni Day Open Houses at UAHS, and other activities to raise money and get more members involved with The Alumni Association.

Beth recently sold her house to downsize and move to a condo in North Arlington with her boxer "Maggie." Beth has been employed as the concierge at The Blackwell Inn at OSU for the past six years, and loves her job.

Beth has four grown children: four boys and a daughter. Three of her children live in Columbus, while her middle son is a police officer in Glendale, Arizona. Beth has six grandchildren who bring her pure joy.

Charlie Groezinger, Class of 1968, has been selected to receive the 2018 distinction of UAAA Outstanding Alumnus for his continued work on behalf of our UA community.

Charlie has been a resident of Upper Arlington since 1953. He attended Tremont Elementary, Jones Jr. High and UA High School, graduating in 1968. Charlie then attended The Ohio State University, before and after serving in the U.S. Army, majoring in Business Administration and Computer Science.

Charlie spent 30 years developing software for consumer goods and factory automation, and for the last eleven years, he has been the co-owner of SGO Designer Glass of Columbus with my son. Heam semi-retired.

Many UA residents know Charlie because of his work with the Upper Arlington Historical Society, an organization for which he has served as president since 2011. He is also the Chairman of the Legacy Projects Committee, UA Centennial Task Force. Charlie is also a member of the Upper Arlington Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association. Charlie currently serves as President, National Board of Governors of A Special Wish Foundation and is President of the National Association of the Remodeling industry (NARI), Central Ohio Chapter. Charlie has volunteered to work on The Class of 1968 reunion committees during the fifty years since high school graduation. In his free time, he enjoys golf and scuba diving.

Charlie has been married to Colleen since October of 1996. He has one son, Charles Jr. (Chuck), and two grandsons, Deacon (4) and Logan (2).


Jack Mortland, Class of 1953, has been selected to receive the 2018 distinction of UAAA Distinguished Alumnus for his accomplishments during his career.

Jack Mortland grew up in Galion, Ohio and moved to UA for his senior year (1952 - 1953). At UAHS, he ran cross country, finishing 10th in the Central District CC meet, and track, where he won the Central Buckeye League 440, anchored the mile relay team to victory, and finished second in the high jump. Jack was also on the basketball team. He graduated from Bowling Green State University, where he earned three letters in both cross country and track, graduating in 1957 with a BS in Journalism.

While in graduate school at OSU, Jack took up race walking and eventually earned spots on US National track teams in both 1961 and 1965 for meets against the Soviet Union, as well as Poland and West Germany. In 1964, he was on the US Olympic team, finishing 17th in the 20 Km Racewalk in Tokyo. He was also a member of the 1967 US team for the World Cup of Racewalking held in Bad Saarow, East Germany. Members of that team were the first US athletes to compete in East Germany after the East-West split.

Jack was an industrial engineer at Westinghouse for seven years before moving to Battelle as a technical writer and editor, retiring in 1995. For 51 years he edited and published a newsletter on the sport of racewalking, The Ohio Racewalker, which circulated nationally and internationally. Jack and his wife Marty have lived in the same Clintonville home since their marriage in 1963. Jack and his wife have two sons, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.    


David Younkin, Class of 1958, has been selected to receive the 2018 distinction of UAAA Distinguished Alumnus for his accomplishments during his career.

Dave graduated in the spring of 1958 from UAHS and enrolled in Engineering at The Ohio State University that same Fall. Engineering became Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering, a new degree program with four years of traditional aero engineering and an additional year (Astronautical) for Space-related Engineering, such as Rocket Engine design and on-orbit maneuvering of space vehicles.

Upon graduation from OSU in December, 1963, Dave entered USAF Pilot Training in February, 1964. He married his wife, Joan, that same year while in Pilot Training because he decided that he loved her too much to live without her. She was an RN at (Ohio State) University Hospital when they met in 1962.

Dave earned his "wings" in Pilot Training in 1965 and became a B-52 Co-Pilot. He volunteered repeatedly for Vietnam, and was finally given an assignment as a C-7A "Caribou" Pilot. Dave quickly became an Instructor Pilot, checking out "newbies" when they needed to learn how to take off and land on ridiculously short strips in the jungle.

Dave flew more than 1500 sorties (by his count, 1763) with people shooting at him, his crew, and his airplanes. He set many USAF airlift records, including 26 sorties in one day. He came home to accolades and medals, and became a B-52 Aircraft Commander with a crew of six. After he did that for a few years, Dave had a shot at Test Pilot School, which was the entry point for USAF Astronaut candidates. He declined the position because of a bad back, (he sometimes regrets it to this day), and went on with his USAF career.

Dave earned his MBA from Chapman University in Orange, California, in 1984, which helped him get a management position in Industry on Day-1 after retiring from the Air Force.

Dave spent the last eight years in the Space Program for the government, and then went into industry as a Space Systems Engineer and Project Engineer. He managed multiple space projects, and garnered several Space Station-related patents along the way. Dave retired from industry in 2000 and moved to Big Bear Lake in the Southern California mountains.

As a volunteer, Dave taught English Literacy for 13 years (mainly to Hispanics), worked for the Sheriff's department for 13 years, and as a Naturalist for the Forest Service for eight years.

Dave has three children, eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren (currently, but who's counting?). Dave lost the Love of His Life on February 6, 2018 to multiple cancers after more than 53 years of marriage. He is currently splitting his time between his two California homes in the mountains of Big Bear and the desert of Ridgecrest.

To nominate someone for the 2019 UAAA awards,
please visit the Honored Alums page.

Four teachers were inducted into the Educator Hall of Fame this year. These teachers were nominated by peers and selected by a group representing teachers and alumni. The Educator Hall of Fame was established in 2007 by former UAHS Principal and current Upper Arlington City Council President and Mayor Kip Greenhill to honor “the best of the best” teachers in the district.


Bruce Brombacher taught math at Jones Middle School and was teacher of the year twice at Jones thanks to his commitment to students of all levels.

Bruce was honored as the Upper Arlington District Teacher of the Year in 1982, an award that led to the Ohio Teacher of the Year distinction. That same year, he achieved top honors as the National Teacher of the Year.

Now, in retirement, Bruce is enjoying time with his 5 grandchildren as well as gardening, volunteering and fishing.


Joe Caruso was a math and science teacher and taught at Jones Middle School and the High School during his career in Upper Arlington. Joe routinely rode his vintage bicycle to work.

Students who decided the bike was an “eyesore” formed a group to host bake sales and raised money to surprise him with a sleek new 12-speed red racer.

In addition to being a wonderful teacher, Joe led an impactful drug intervention program at the high school.


Ellen Erlanger began her career in Upper Arlington as a social studies teacher at Jones Middle School. When she became an administrator, Ellen led programs focused on Career Education, and Student Development.

Ellen and her friend and colleague, Kathy Meyer, now provide leadership for the “Growing Together” Service-Learning Network in central Ohio. This work has allowed her to maintain strong ties to Upper Arlington, which she finds gratifying.


Sharon Whaley was a beloved teacher at Jones Middle School. She served as a District Coordinator for the 8th grade Washington DC Trip and was on the planning committee for the annual Veterans Day lunch. She was also the Advisor for the Jones Middle School Student Council. A former colleague, Laurie Sutherin, said, “I have never met another teacher who gave so much of themselves for the betterment of their students, their school, and their community. As an Intervention Specialist, Sharon contributed to the success of hundreds of students over the course of her career. She believed in educating the whole child and it was evident in everything she did that she believed that every student had the ability to be successful.

Unfortunately, Sharon recently lost her 10 year battle with cancer, but until just weeks before her passing, she was enjoying life. She traveled, spent lots of quality time with her children and grandchildren, enjoyed gardening and visited family.


2018 will be a year full of Centennial celebrations here in Upper Arlington. To see a full schedule of events, please visit the Centennial website.

The Centennial logo, left, was created by UA alumnus and graphic designer Jenny Buell Ledman '90, as a gift to the City. Jenny built the design around UA’s Golden Bear, with prominent text, a burst of fireworks as a salute to UA’s most popular community celebration, the Fourth of July, and featuring the tagline “A Cherished Past | A Golden Future.”

To commemorate the first 100 years of Upper Arlington, the UA Historical Society is presenting the book A Cherished Past, A Golden Future: Celebrating the First One Hundred Years of Upper Arlington. The book has more than 200 pages depicting UA's first 100 years through easy-to-read stories and vibrant photos, both old and new.

You can purchase the book for $35 per copy at the following locations:

First Merchants Bank, 2130 Tremont Center, 4621 Reed Road, and 1460 Grandview Avenue (cash or check only at these locations).

Fresh Crafts Gallery, 2068 Arlington Avenue.

Municipal Services Center (Finance Dept), 3600 Tremont Road (credit card only).

You can order books online here for $41 per copy ($32.55 + $2.45 sales tax + $6 shipping).

If you would like to order a large quantity of books, please email the Historical Society with your detailed request.


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.

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!


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.

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.


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 UA+Ed for more information.

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.


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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