help us reach more of our alums by forwarding this newsletter
to your friends and posting the link on Facebook so that more
alums will send in their information, and then they will receive
their own issue of Traditions!
H E B I G S T O R Y !
HAS A NEW PRESIDENT: RON JOHNSON
new UAAA president, Ron Johnson, is a 1961 graduate of
Upper Arlington High School, as are his three children: Debby,
Ron and Valery, his brother and one grandson. Ron believes that
Upper Arlington is a great community and that it has the best
attributes of any Columbus suburb - community atmosphere, proximity
to downtown Columbus, The Ohio State University, and an excellent
education philosophy. Through the years, Ron's community pride
has driven him to become involved in many local community groups
and organizations in various capacities.
Ron has been active in the Upper
Arlington Civic Association, and is a past chairman of
the 4th of July Parade, Labor Day Arts Festival committee
and the UA Booster Club. Ron believes that UA has tremendous
energy and he thinks it is a vital part of what makes our
community great. Those who know Ron recognize the personal
energy and enthusiasm that he brings to all organizations
and groups to which he belongs. He is full of ingenious and
innovative ideas, and he embraces progress and change that
benefits those groups and the people they serve.
spent more than 30 years in the telecommunications and network
environment, consulting on business telephone call processing
service and call center architecture.
the significance of continued and constant changes to UAAA's
methods and the maintenance of alumni information through
our Bearalums.com web
site, our Facebook
page, and our Traditions
newsletter. By communicating with our alums, keeping them
informed of "home town" news, making sure they can
easily access their upcoming reunion information, and seeking
their continued input, we continue to make UAAA a vital and
productive organization that enhances our grads' lives. .
Golden Bear Rock
Fest has become an annual music and dance event that draws
community and UA Alumni to a fundraising gathering. We want
our alumni association to be an organization that that appeals
to the total community, and this event is open to everyone!
The date for the 2016 Rock Fest isSaturday, April
23, and will star Temple
Monkey and other musicians. More details will be available
soon at GoldenBearRockFest.com.
4th of July Block Party is a
great place for reunion classes and other to meet after the
parade. Fantastic sponsors, live music by Temple Monkey and
great food from Donato's
Eagle made the 2015 Block Party a tremendous success.
We are always seeking input from our alums so that we can
continue to make this event memorable and special for all
alums and the entire Upper Arlington community.
Isaly Clark '69 "retires" from the UAAA presidency
after 12 years, Ron plans a presidency that will continue
the established traditions of the organization and also look
to the future with the anticipation of growth and change as
UAAA continues to reach out to, and embrace, Upper Arlington
High School alumni. Ellen plans to stay on the UAAA Board
and continue to do the Bearalums.com web site and Traditions.
welcome Ron Johnson '61 as our new UAAA President!
H E B I G E V E N T !
THE DATE!! SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2016
FABULOUS NIGHT OF ROCK 'N ROLL!
APRIL 23, 2016 7
- 11 PM ST.
AGATHA EVENT CENTER
ALUMS: Charlie Bleak '68, Bill Lutz '71, Craig Pataky
'71 and Bill Wyatt '69 plus Jim Lynch
ALUMS: Dave Balser 65, Ron Hilditch '77, Rodger Wilson
'65, and John Workman 64
THE DATE! Be sure to mark your calendars for this year's
annual UAAA fundraiser, the GOLDEN
BEAR ROCK FEST, on Saturday,
April 23, 2016 from 7:00 - 11:00 PM at the St Agatha
Event Center. This year's Rock Fest musical guests include:
SPONSORSHIP AND MEMBERSHIPS!
sponsors for the Rock Fest, and we're offering SIX
levels of sponsorship. Each one includes
a UAAA membership
of a corresponding value, so this is a great time to join
UAAA, renew your membership, or increase your membership
level. Note: If you are already a member, you can pass
along the membership that is included with your sponsorship
to a family member or friend!
SURE THAT YOU ARE CONTACTED ABOUT YOUR CLASS REUNION!
sure that you find out about your class reunion:
YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION!
way to make sure that you will be contacted about your class
reunion is to CHECK
AND UPDATE, if necessary, your contact information with
UAAA. We keep a complete database of everyone who ever graduated
from Upper Arlington High School, and Bearalums.com has a database
of more than 30,000 home addresses and more than 13,000 email
addresses for our alums.
that page, you'll see a link
to a separate page for YOUR class reunion. On it, we've listed
all the events and also the names and email addresses or phone
numbers of the reunion chairmen, if you have questions. Many
of the pages contain links for easy online payments, too.
of the library's agreement with the schools, there will always
be a ten-year delay for any yearbooks presented online. Digitization
of the pages took nearly two years to complete, and is ongoing
since a new volume will be added each year.
is searchable by keyword or exact phrase, which makes
it easy to find friends and family. In addition, most of the
yearbooks after 1969 included an index near the end of the
book, which can be used as a further finding aid. Browsing
is also encouraged, and a navigation panel listing sections,
such as sports, clubs, seniors, underclassmen, or faculty
is provided for each yearbook.
present an invaluable picture of Upper Arlington's educational
system and the community over eight decades, and each book
serves as a virtual time capsule of daily life at that time.
The yearbook collection is an important resource for Upper
Arlington High School alumni, genealogical researchers, history
buffs, and anyone interested in Central Ohio's past.
NOMINATIONS FOR UAHS EDUCATORS HALL OF FAME
us can remember high school educators or staff members who
touched us in some way. It might have been through the wisdom
they shared, the challenges they provided, the knowledge and
passion they had for teaching or the genuine care they exhibited.
No matter how they connected with us, our thoughts about them
still evoke warm feelings for them and for our high school
to honor these dedicated professionals by nominating them
for recognition in the Upper Arlington High School Educators
Hall of Fame. Each
inductee will have an area of the high school named in his
or her honor, and a bronze plaque will be placed in that area
to commemorate that educator's commitment and achievements.
Hall of Fame Inductees include: Dr. James Allen, Shirley
Behnke, Robert Ginther, Jean Guddat, Walter Heischman, Lester
Jackson, Richard Larkin, Ellis Lutz, Marv Moorehead, Vera
K. Randall, David Shelby, Pat Stewart, Phil Wagner, and Charles
IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN OUTSTANDING AND A DISTINGUISHED
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.
Distinguished Alumnus is an alum (or group of alumni)
who is honored for his or her personal educational or career
DO I NOMINATE SOMEONE?
would like to nominate someone for the 2016 awards, and you
are not yet a member of UAAA, you
can join here. Our membership dues are only $20 per
year! We need your support and
greatly appreciate your membership.
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.
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
Arlington High School's first graduation was held in 1925,
so today - just ten years shy of the centennial class - is
an opportune time to start planning for this important milestone
and kick off a program that will commemorate 100 years of
in this club begins as soon as donors fill out a 10-year pledge
card for their gift to the UAEF's
Unrestricted General Fund. Members
will be included in all UAEF publications and on our Web site.
the Upper Arlington Schools were founded, an outstanding Golden
Bear education has always been a priority for our community
and a gift to our children. While
the cost of education rises and governmental funding decreases,
the UA Schools depend on donors like you to help continue
UAHS MUSICAL "THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD" -
FEBRUARY 25 - 28
ON SALE FEBRUARY 1, 2016
year, the entire UA community eagerly awaits the UAHS musical
event, which is known for its high quality and exceptional
the Upper Arlington
High School Vocal Music Department presents "The
Mystery of Edwin Drood," which is based on the unfinished
novel by Charles Dickens. The show stops at the point where
Dickens stopped writing, allowing the audience to solve the
mystery and determine the outcome of the show.
Holmes, who wrote the book, music and lyrics refashioned the
novel into a live parlor game for theatergoers. Our UA cast
is tasked with learning multiple endings so patrons have the
opportunity to see an entirely different show on different
days. This is a wonderful learning opportunity for our students
and is sure to entertain the community.
premiered in 1985, winning five of the eleven Tony Awards
for which it was nominated, including Best Musical. It was
revived on Broadway in 2012, and UAHS is excited to take on
the production this year.
will be presented on February 25, 26, 27 and 28 in the Upper
Arlington High School auditorium. Show times are above.
alum David Bahgat '04 returns to produce the musical
and to co-direct it with Suzanne Accetta.
working in New York City for several years, David is currently
the Head of Theatre Performance at Fort Hayes, replacing retired
UAHS graduate Steve Black in the role. During his years as
a UAHS student, David starred and was featured in several
UAHS musical productions, and he graduated from Otterbein
with a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre. He went on to earn his
MFA in Performing Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design.
David has also directed past UAHS musicals, including Mary
Poppins, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,
and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
ALUMNI WEB SITES
visited our Bearalums.com Alumni
Web sites page lately? Many of our alums have sent in
the addresses of their personal or company sites, and we've
linked to each of them. They are organized by graduation year.
People like to do business with people they know and trust,
and it's interesting and fun to look through these Web sites
to find out what kinds of businesses, organizations, and hobbies
our fellow UAHS grads are involved in and enjoy.
LIKE TO HELP ALUMS PROMOTE THEIR WEB SITES!
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
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 Sothebys 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.
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.
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
newsletter, Traditions, is UAAA's way of connecting
our alums and passing along all kinds of interesting news.
We invite you to send
us any news about your own life so that we can share it
with other grads.
complete this "News Item" form. We
welcome photos to accompany your story, and the pictures will
be used on the Announcements page of Bearalums.com rather
than in the newsletter (we are keeping Traditions text-only
for fast loading and readability even on your phone!).
- we love to hear about what's happening in your life, whether
it is related to education, marriage, family, relocation,
career accomplishments, or anything else! Thank
you for helping us keep our newsletter interesting and fun
with your input!
Goodsell sent us several articles regarding UAHS and OSU alum
and scholar-athlete Douglas Goodsell '51, who passed
away on September 29, 2015.
Goodsell is widely recognized as one of the greatest football
players ever to come out of Upper Arlington High School. Even
though Doug played in the late 40's and 50's, football fans
still remember and ask to this day about stories of his football
glory days at Upper Arlington and OSU. Rosalie sent a collection
of several articles and photos related to Doug's athletic
Diemer, '60 (along with two co-authors) has won the
Ohioana Library Award
for Best Book About Ohio or About an Ohioan. The award
was presented for his book James A. Rhodes: Ohio Colossus.
Tom, along with Lee Leonard and the late Richard G. Zimmerman,
all covered Governor James A. Rhodes and the Ohio Statehouse
as political reporters.
teaches in the Washington program of Northwestern University's
Medill School of Journalism. He covered Governor Rhodes for
more than a decade as a reporter for The Associated Press
and as the Columbus bureau chief for the Cleveland Plain
Dealer. Diemer is also the author of Fighting
the Unbeatable Foe: Howard Metzenbaum of Ohio, the Washington
Years (The Kent State University Press, 2009).
Johnson '69 has worked in the jewelry industry for decades.
He was once co-owner of the Diamond Cellar, founded by his father,
Robert W. Johnson, in 1947. The younger Johnson was bought out
in 2008. After a noncompete clause expired, he quietly opened
Jeff Johnson & Co.
The new store is located at 5025 Arlington Centre Blvd., in
the building that housed the Diamond Cellar from 1986 to 1998.
shop is unlike its predecessor and most other jewelry
stores for several reasons: first, the focus on designing
and creating jewelry and handling repairs (they do have some
finished pieces for sale); second, the shop and its workers
are steeped in history, something in evidence around the store
two oldest sons are jewelers, he said. Hopefully
my grandsons will be the fourth generation in the business.
I love working with old friends and working with old customers.
Thats whats great working with people who
are children and grandchildren of old customers. We paid all
the dues. Now its just for fun.
of our alums already know that Scott
Roberts '69, who lives at The Village of St. James
in Florida has enjoyed great success in the field of ballroom
dancing, but an injury to his back sidelined him from this
activity and temporarily took him away from dancing.
to find a productive activity during his recovery from surgery,
Scott returned to playing the guitar and donated a large portion
of his time to entertaining seniors in the area. During his
visits, he plays the guitar and sings songs that appeal to
the seniors and memory-challenged older adults. Scott has
made a full recovery and is returning to his passion for ballroom
dancing, but says that his experiences with music and with
the people he entertained have played a large role in his
recovery from back surgery.
English Brynda '72 reports that she is so proud of her son,
Bill, who received his Masters in Business Administration from
St Louis University in May, 2015, and successfully passed the
CPA over the summer. Bill is employed by Rubin Brown in St Louis,
Peter Rumm '75 writes, "I am a 75 graduate of UA and
have had a successful and nomadic career since graduation,
including marrying Ana Eloyra Ramirez Rumm of Panama, where
I commanded an Army medical facility. I have lived in four
countries, and have worked or visited in 38 with my roles
as a public health doctor and pediatrician.
year I received the distinguished lifetime alumni award from
Columbus State University in Georgia, the state where I also
got my medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia."
about Peter and his career here.
took 38 years, but Leslie Lehr '77 finally made it
from Buckeye country to the beach. She recently moved to Malibu,
where she bases her work as an Author and the Novel Consultant
for Truby Writers Studio.
is incredibly grateful for the support from all of you whose
friendship helped her through the horrors of breast cancer
treatment. She's still on meds, but her hair has grown back
and you can see how she's kickstarting her life on her new
website at LeslieLehr.com.
She loves to keep in touch on Facebook
Lowder '77 has continued his War of Whisperstrilogy, and WordCrafts Publishing released Book III,
When Kings Clash, in mid-October. The books
are available in paperback and Kindle at all online outlets
as well as Jay's website.
is what others are saying about his first two books...
of Min Brock is a heartfelt story of epic proportions
with two lovable characters. It is an epic in every sense. -
Sift Book Reviews. the action propelled
me forward and I found pages of this book melting away as
I read on. - Literary R&R
this novel you find yourself walking through a fantasy world
beyond compare. It's astounding. Lowder is a show, not tell,
type of author. You don't read this story, but rather watch
the story unfold before you. He paints a brilliant picture
of his scenery. Pure Jonel
Ress Foxworth, CSW, Class of 1979 has released her new book,
About Wine with Ease, with her co-author, Robert
W. Wildman, II, CSW. It is a brief summary of the world of wine
written for those who have little time to study wine, but still
have a need to speak comfortably about it in both social and
business settings. The book gives an overview of all the major
wine regions of the world along with some fun facts, quick tips
and talking points. There is also a chapter on food and wine
pairing as well as a chapter on how to taste and describe wine.
It is available through Amazon.
Mills and Chris Potts, both from the Class of 1979,
got married on May 28, 2015 in Charleston, SC after initially
meeting at the 35 year reunion of the class of 1979! Although
they knew each other's names, Jane and Chris did not know
each other personally before their 35 year reunion.
reside in Charleston, where Jane is an interior designer and
Chris is an attorney. Both alums' parents still live in Upper
Arlington, in the same homes where Jane and Chris grew up.
Williams '87 sent this photo of a huge fish he caught.
Tommy lives on the water in Fort Myers, Florida and has a
company called Quick Response Heating and Cooling.
has a 21 foot boat and spends a lot of time fishing. He says
he misses attending the Ohio State games.
Krasik '89 is thrilled to announce the birth of her daughter
Anya, earlier this year. Erin presently resides in Washington,
DC, after living overseas for many years while posted with USAID
(US Agency for International Development). She met her wife
overseas, and both look forward to returning to another foreign
assignment after Erin completes her studies at the National
Defense University next spring. Erin would love to hear from
other UAHS grads in the Washington, DC area. You can email
McMaster '94 reports that after 20 years of living in Cleveland
and Chicago, he and his family have moved back to Columbus in
search of a company to acquire and to be closer to family and
friends. Please email
Bill with any acquisition candidates."
Ruparel '94 married Dr. Sachin Seth of Halifax, Nova Scotia,
Canada on May 9, 2015 at the Crown Plaza Worthington North.
Sachin in a dentist and Professor at Dalhousie University, and
Isha is in the Marketing and Communications field. They are
happily residing in Halifax.
Bahgat '04 is producing and co-directing this year's UAHS
Mystery of Edwin Drood." David is currently the Head
of Theatre Performance at Fort Hayes, replacing retired UAHS
graduate Steve Black in the role.
graduates of Upper Arlington High School, we share a special
bond that lasts a lifetime, and it is with sad hearts that
we announce the passing of the following UAHS alumni and faculty.
To their families and friends we extend our sincere condolences.
UAAA MEMBERSHIP MATTERS!
NOTE: If you enjoy visiting Bearalums.com, if
you attend your reunions, and if you enjoy reading
news about your classmates and other UAHS alums
in Traditions, won't you PLEASE help support
the Upper Arlington Alumni Association with a membership
at one of the levels below? We are really working
to be able to keep our Web site free and available
to everyone, and we really do need our alums' financial
JOIN UAAA TODAY!If you are already a member,
please encourage your classmates to join.
you so much to all of you who pay dues
to the UAAA. These dues are critical to the support of our
organization. Many alums think that funding for the Alumni
Association comes from the school district. WRONG! We are
completely self-sustaining and need these dues in order
to maintain our database of nearly 30,000 graduates
and to pay the ongoing costs of maintaining our database and
running our Web site, Bearalums.com.
do not restrict access to our Web site to dues-paying members.
We enjoy making it available to EVERYONE, members or not.
However, over the past few years, we have seen our number
of dues-paying members decline. We need
YOU! Our tax-deductible dues are modest,
so it is our goal to increase membership, and we hope that
we can count on you. Membership in UAAA is available at
- 5 years
(One year free!)
We offer a payment plan for theLife
Bear Membership levels! You can commit to the level
you wish and pay it off over a 10 month period; they don't even
need to be consecutive months. We truly hope that you will help
us out at whatever level is comfortable for you, and we thank
you for your support AT ANY LEVEL!
people are online a great deal and prefer to pay with Paypal;
others prefer printing the membership form and mailing us
a check. We appreciate your dues, and we want to make it easy
for you, so please select your preferred method of payment.:
T T E N T I O N A L U M S : M
A Y W E H E A R F R O
M Y O U ?
YOUR INFORMATION UP TO DATE?
We want to make sure that everyone understands about UAAA's
two separate databases.
1: We have one database that contains the name
and graduation year of each Upper Arlington High School graduate.
This database also contains the each graduate's home address,
phone number, and other information such as the teams and
clubs to which he or she belonged. We can call on this information
when a certain group, such as a sports team, wants to have
a gathering or celebration.
Although our society certainly has moved toward electronic
communication, we still encourage our reunion coordinators
to do a general mailing to their classmates using address
labels generated from Database 1, since not every alum is
registered with an email address on Bearalums.com, and certainly
not all alums use Facebook.
2: The other database
consists of names and email addresses for Bearalums.com. Each
name and email address has to be submitted personally by the
alum, since not all grads wish to be listed in this public
forum. On the Bearalums.com web site, the email addresses
are divided by graduation year, and at the bottom of each
list is a "Lost Alumni" list, consisting
of the names of people from that class for whom we have outdated
Even if we have your email address, you will be on the Lost
list until we have updated home address information.
of our alums are already on Facebook and enjoy the social
interaction of chatting and sharing photos with friends.
has a Facebook page, too, and we hope you will visit our
page and "like" us so that you will receive notifications
of UAAA news and upcoming events. Please make UAAA a part
of your Facebook experience!
MY NAME ISN'T ON THE BEARALUMS.COM SITE ANYWHERE!
Because we respect and protect our alums' privacy, we
list names and email addresses on Bearalums.com ONLY
when they are personally submitted by the alum.
We do it this way because some people prefer not to have their
email address available on a public web site.
MY NAME IS ON THE LOST LIST, BUT I AM RIGHT HERE!
If you see your name at the bottom of your class
page as a "Lost Alum," even if you are listed in
the email section of the page, all this means is that we
don't have a current MAILING ADDRESS for you.
see someone else's name on the Lost List at the bottom of
each class page, and you know his or her location, please
let us know, or
contact that classmate and ask him or her to contact UAAA.
I GRADUATED / MOVED / GOT MARRIED / CHANGED MY NAME BACK TO
MY MAIDEN NAME
We hope you'll remember to contact
UAAA to let us know any changes in your status, your name,
your address, phone number, and email. Keeping our database
accurate is very important to us, and allows class reunion chairmen
and other school-related groups, such as athletic teams, musical
organization, to reach you when something exciting is happening.
MAINTAINING OUR TWO UAAA DATABASES
Our goal is to maintain the most complete and
accurate database that we possibly can. We are asking
for your help! And thank you to those of you who have helped
us through your membership
dues; your financial help allows us to provide the ongoing
hosting and maintenance fees of our Web site.
started Bearalums.com in 2000, we had approximately 320 email
addresses in our database; we currently have more than 13,000
alums' email addresses listed on Bearalums.com!
BANNER® ADS! SUPPORT UAAA WHILE PROMOTING YOUR BUSINESS!
like to offer you the opportunity to
place an ad on one of the pages of Bearalums.com with
a link to your web site. Bearalums.com has a steady flow of
traffic throughout the year, with the highest traffic from
January through July, when alums are involved in reunion
planning and are looking up classmates and searching for reunion
information. Traffic also spikes when Traditions is
sent out (quarterly), as the newsletter contains links that
direct our alums to various pages of the web site.
BANNER® ad at the top of a Bearalums.com page will
be viewed by thousands of people each week, as we have several
hundred visitors daily. We believe that our alums value doing
business with other alums, and it's one more way we can enjoy
and benefit from the bond of being UA alums. The ads are priced
very reasonably, with DISCOUNTS for
visit our Bear
Banner Ads® page, where we have posted a chart showing
banner ad prices according to the page on which they are displayed.
Prices vary according to page traffic. Each ad will run
for three months, and requests for placement will be taken
on a first come, first serve basis. This is a cost-effective,
productive way to share your business and web site with thousands
of Upper Arlington High School alumni! While implementing
your marketing strategies, you will be supporting our UA Alumni
Association. We appreciate your help!
hope that you will make sure that we have your current postal
mailing address, phone number, and email address. Below
are the email addresses to use to send this information to
the correct person at UAAA:
update your UA Mail home address / phone number / name
Arlington Alumni Association is always looking for enthusiastic,
active alums who would like to help us with UAAA's activities.
These activities include the annual selection of Outstanding
and Distinguished Alumni, the Golden
Bear Rock Fest, and determination of content for the Bearalums.com
casual, fun, non-demanding group, and we'd love to hear from