A Baby Boomer's Scrapbook
The kids at Meridian High, M-R
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Apparently, after I left High School, Connie Williams had a crush on Clay Maxwell that lasted on and off for some time. Here is some of what Connie told me about her feelings about Clay in a 2003 email...
Mills  was an original "Wild and Crazy Guy" (and may still be from
what I hear).
To a trustworthy, loyal,
helpful, friendly, courteous,
kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty,
brave, clean, irreverent clod.
With friends like you, who needs
sister, Mary Ann, had red hair and freckles and laughed at my jokes and juvenile
behavior. We kidded around in Science class and danced occasionally at
lunchtime. She was shorter than me (a very attractive attribute to us short
guys), didn't wear high heels to make herself taller and often wore big poofy skirts and
dresses that were, for some reason, attractive to me..
many girls did, she wore shoes that I think were called “flats” at the
time. At the beginning of the school
year, I sat next to Mary Ann and began to notice that she would sometimes cross
her legs and let her shoe fall from her heel and dangle it from her toes.
a moth to a flame, the motion of her foot bouncing up and down with that
dangling shoe would entice me into kicking it up just enough to fall off of her
foot. Most of the time she could retrieve it without attracting any attention
but occasionally she would have to sit through the whole class without a shoe.
I must have done that once too often and got caught. I guess I should feel lucky
that the only thing that Mr. Spencer did was move me to the row ahead of Mary
Ann for the rest of the year. As I mentioned before, for a while at least, Mr.
Spencer sometimes found some not so subtle ways to humiliate students who he
thought we misbehaving.
Ford A. Morse
84 of Midland died
Sunday, November 25, 2007. He was born December 31, 1922 in Fountain,
Michigan, son of the late Frank and Emelia (Wallager) Morse. Ford married
the former Elma D. Strauch on October 23, 1943 in Dothan, Alabama while
Ford was in the Army Airforce. He was a pilot during World War II. He
graduated from Michigan State College (MSU) in 1953 with a Bachelorís
Degree in Construction Materials and Management. He was the owner of
Branson Builders in Midland for many years. He retired in 1989 to spend
most of the Winters in Zephryhills, Florida and the Summers at Ford Lake
remember Kevin most from an all day, all night party that may have lasted 2 or
three days. See my
Jo Ostrander :
Ostrander's lived a few houses south of us on Eastman Road. Although he was a year or two older than
me I used to play with Kathleen Ostrander's  older brother John a lot while
we growing up. I think Kathleen went to a parochial grade school of some sort.
She never played outside much from what I remember and I was never allowed to go
into their house so I have little memory of her at all.
remember Jerry Palmer  mostly from his penchant to "kiss and
tell". He seemed to be unable to the keep the intimate details of his dates
to himself. Of course his stories would inevitably draw out a round of bragging
from the guys gathering around him and there was no way to tell truth from
fiction after while. Although I thought it was kind of a crude thing to do, I'm
afraid, at the time, I wasn't above listening in to find out just how far this
girl or that girl was willing to go.
Parsons  lived just down Eastman Road from our house and I remember playing
with him when I was small but don't remember anything about him at high school.
Jane Pierce :
Bill Reithel :
T. Renwick :
was one of the kids from my neighborhood that I grew up with on the bus to
school. She was as nice a person as
anyone but, even from the time we were small, would often swear like a boy when
she had the urge. I liked that about her. When she started going with Chuck
Sasse, I thought it was a good match. Chuck was always kind of rowdy and he
seemed to settle down some with Audrey around.
A March 2001 email from Vaughn:
Thanks so much for the e-mail. I certainly do remember you.
I have done a lot of things since high school graduation. I attended General
Motors Institute for two years and then transferred to Michigan State where I
received my engineering degree and an MBA in marketing. From there I spent
about 8 years in Bay City working in several executive positions in the food
industry. I returned to the academic world in 1979 to pursue doctoral
studies in applied economics at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. I held a
marketing faculty position at Northeastern University in Boston while
finishing my doctoral dissertation. In 1984, I started a computer software
company in the Boston area and worked with it until 1996 when I sold out. I
then worked as VP of marketing for a Dallas based software company that I
left when it was sold recently. I am currently working from my home
northeast of Boston as an independent consultant advising start-up high tech
I have 4 children: a daughter studying veterinary medicine at the University
of Wisconsin Madison, a son in the music and real estate businesses in Los
Angeles, a son starting college this September (where still TBD but probably
Notre Dame or Cornell) and a daughter who is in the 10th grade. My wife
Karen owns a retail store in our seaside town and I spend my spare time on
our boat in the summer and skiing in the winter.
Great to hear from you. Please stay in touch.
Kay Rydell :
School Life: The Kids at Meridian High, A-F (Music may play, have volume control ready... ;-)
School Life: The Kids at Meridian High, G-L (Music may play, have volume control ready... ;-)
School Life: The Kids at Meridian High, S-Z (Music may play, have volume control ready... ;-)