It's the truth! A very
few web pages, simply to publish memories of Radium and AHS school
days, were first posted inside my first website - my personal
website at the time, “Beverly Smith Zacharias”, on June 4, 2002 ...
that would be ten years ago! Because it was “the beginning”, I like
to pay tribute. However, the "for real stand alone website", which I
named “Albany High Times”, was published and hit the waves of
the Internet on August 16, 2002.
We will celebrate that
date properly in the August edition of “News & Clues”, which,
FYI, is a monthly newspaper publication, for the purpose of carrying
news to the AHTs membership of over 2,000 Indians! "News and
Clues" has been in publication for 5 1/2 years!
It is fun to see all the
different personalities of “Classes” come forth when they are
planning a reunion … especially the 50th! And sometimes
you get an idea here and there ... here is a great notice from
Bruce Garey, Class of 1963 to his classmates ...
Chiefs and Squaws,
If you haven’t been to
our class’ website lately (in the last week or two), you will find
it greatly changed. Winston McDonald has been working hard to bring
the site up to date and he’s added lots of great new stuff. Things
you may THINK you’ve seen there before may have changed. I highly
recommend a careful review of the site.
Add this link to your
GO there every so often
and see what’s happening. It changes!
DID YOU KNOW? If you
click on the “Class of 1963 Photos” it will take quite a
while to load. IT’S WORTH THE WAIT! Go get a cup of coffee or
read the paper while it loads.
Once those photos load
and display, YOU CAN SAVE THEM ALL
TO YOUR COMPUTER.
Then you can print your own yearbook (well, at least the senior
If you’re one of quite a
few who lost their annuals (they are irreplaceable), this is the
next best thing! I’ve got ‘em on my computer. If you‘re having
trouble figuring out how to download and save the photos, just ask
one of your grandkids!
This reunion would be a
great time to look up Winston and thank him for all he’s done for
STANDBY! The first
reunion mail is going out next week. This is a test to see who has
not kept us up to date with address changes. We’ll be sending
EVERYONE a post card. The postcard is just to get you to save the
weekend we’ve chosen for the reunion. So watch your mailbox next
week. The 50-year reunion is LESS THAN one year away now!
Your Hometown Committee
is hard at work getting ready to make our Golden Anniversary
Reunion one everyone will never forget. Stay tuned Indians…
Click here: Reunion Ideas ... take
*** Class of 1955 ***
June 22 & 23 2012
@ Merry Acres Inn Event
12:00 to 5:00 p.m. @ Gazebo
6:00 p.m. @ Gazebo/Pool
6:00 p.m. @ Banquet Room
$50.00 per person by April
$70.00 per person after
Dress is casual (very)
Contact: Charlie Foster:
*** Class of 1982 ***
It’s here…. It’s time for
(more info at
Class of 1982 Website Link)
When: July 20-21st, 2012
Where: Merry Acres Inn Event
1500 Dawson Rd, Albany GA
Time: 7:00pm each night
Cost: $55.00 per person for
** Friday night is for AHS Class of 82
Snacks and beverages (sodas, beer, and wine) will be
is open to other AHS classes and our friends from other high
schools. We will have a DJ, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and a cash bar.
Feel free to pass along information to friends you want to see
*** Class of 1983 ***
Saturday, June 22,
*** Class of 1963 ***
The AHS Class of 1963
will hold a 50th Reunion
At the Merry Acres
5:30 p.m. on July 10,
For information contact
Ladd Jordan at
*** Class of 1962 ***
Luncheon Class of 1962
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Roark Arneson or Carol Pate Stark
*** Please watch for an
email and/or on our web page to find the location for August. We are
having to regroup since the Sunset Grill has closed.
*** Are there
additional upcoming reunions? Submit your information to:
~ CLUES!!! ~
who really understands the gist of this bit of wisdom ...
YOU Are NOT Special .. Best 2012 Graduation
Commencement Speech ! - YouTube
thoughts submitted by brother-in-law, Ralph Calhoun (’47)
... One day a woman's
husband died, and on that clear, cold morning, in the warmth of
their bedroom, the wife was struck with the pain of learning that
sometimes there isn't "anymore". No more hugs, no more special
moments to celebrate together, no more phone calls just to chat, no
more "just one minute."
Sometimes, what we care
about the most gets all used up and goes away, never to return
before we can say good-bye, say "I love you." So while we have it,
it's best we love it, care for it, fix it when it's broken and heal
it when it's sick. This is true for marriage.....and old cars... and
children with bad report cards, and dogs with bad hips, and aging
parents and grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it,
because we are worth it.
Some things we keep --
like a best friend who moved away or a
sister-in-law after divorce. There are
just some things that make us happy, no matter what. Life is
important, like people we know who are special.. and so, we keep
I received this from
someone who thought I was a 'keeper' ! Then I sent it to the people
I think of in the same way.
Now it's your turn to
send this to all those people who are 'keepers' in your life.
Suppose one morning you never wake up, do all your friends know you
love them? Let every one of your friends know you love them. Even if
you think they don't love you back.
And just in case I'm
gone tomorrow, take care.
A “Tail” of Bottles, a
Jim (’52) and Cynthia
I ran into Jim and his
wife, at the 60th Reunion of the Class of 1952. I
was fascinated with a bottle of water Jim gave us on which was a
picture of the most beautiful award-winning cat (below) I have ever
seen, but that’s another story! Jim explained that anything could be
placed on the bottles (which come in different sizes) … for instance
a bottle of water with the AHS – Class of ??? on the front as
a reunion favor!!!
You can “read all about it” on their
Need Some Water, LLC | A Refreshing
Way To Advertise
Jim says, “When you
choose to promote with Need Some Water, you are in-charge.
You can use our on-line template to design your label, or ask our
award-winning professional art department to do it for you at no
… and now meet their
What It Is" (Lizzie) and what it means to be Best Cat in the USA for
The Cat on the Bottle!
Cynthia (Cyndi) Lewis,
has been married to Jim Barbre for 23 years. She writes, “I
have been breeding Persian cats for 30 years. Lizzie
was a dream come true and a once-in-a-lifetime cat for sure! We have
had 8 cats who have placed in the top 20 in the nation throughout
the past years, but she is the only one to achieve BEST.
To do this, she competed
in Cat Shows all over the United States for one year. She had to
defeat over 6,000 cats of all breeds throughout the course of the
year, and she was BEST CAT in almost every show that she competed
in. Lizzie flew Delta from Miami to Baltimore to San Diego and many
stops in between. She was always in the cabin with us, and traveled
in a shoulder bag without complaint!
is my Cattery name. People who show dogs have kennel names, and
people who show horses have stable names. People who show cats have
Name (The name on her birth certificate) is "GC,
GP, NW Calcat It Is What It Is". At home we call her "Lizzie"
or "Elizabeth" :) The GC stands for Grand Champion.
The GP stands for Grand Premier, and the NW Stands for
National Winner. That is probably MORE than you wanted to
This note from Ray (Ragsdale – ’57) Stevens
arrived after the May “News & Clues” issue had been published
… still his message is always relevant!
It's MEMORIAL DAY 2012: A
Day of Remembrance
So sometime during this week-end filled with Hot-Dogs, Soft Ball,
Picnics, Swimming Pools, Beaches, Iced Tea and Kids having fun let's
all pause and take a minute to REMEMBER.
Pearl Harbor 1941...Normandy 1944...Pork Chop Hill Korea 1953...The
Offensive Vietnam 1968...Desert Storm Kuwait 1991...The World Trade
Center 9/11 2001...Shock and Awe Iraq 2003...Iraq War Surge
After having taken a minute to REMEMBER Let's take one more minute
to say THANK YOU for all that was given, all that was lost and all
that was gained for us to enjoy our Hot-Dogs, Soft Ball, Picnics,
Swimming Pools, Beaches, Iced Tea and Kids in Peace in the Greatest
Country on God's Green Earth.
Happy Memorial Day Everyone.
~ Ray Stevens
AHS Class Websites
Class of 1960
AHS Class of 82 Homepage
*** If your class has a
website - please email your link to:
YOU ASKED … ? ? ?
I note that Harry
Helton (1952) wrote an interesting article some time back about
Graves Springs as found in your Around Albany "Landmark
Section". Bill Lightle (1975) in 2004 also wrote a
book about Graves Springs. While we know that the AHS
Indians first used that site along Muckalee Creek in 1934
as a summer football camp, no one has apparently documented when
it was actually abandoned, why it was finally abandoned, and what
alternative site was established to replace it?
My grandfather, M. W.
Tift, along with "Yank" Davis, "Wig" Wiggings, and E.
H. Kalmon had helped acquire about 50 acres of land there for
the camp in the 1930's, and for the early support by these
businessmen for the team became known as Albany's own "Four
~ David Sherman (’61)
You have just
reminded me … I need to put a page up for Billy - he has been
mentioned in News & Clues for the several books he has
written, not to speak of his devotion to education. He deserves a
page!!! So I'll do that for June's issue.
Billy and my son, Jim
Calhoun (son of James Calhoun ('50) played ball together 68, 69
and 70 ... my family lived in Albany those 3 years. Billy was the
star ball player, and he is certainly a master with the word. He
also is a professor! My son also went into coaching and education
and is now principal at a high school in Castle Rock CO.
someone will know the answer to your question ... it's a GOOD
You can suggest to David that he goes to page 160 in my book
where I discuss his grandfather and the others who founded
the camp. Also in the book I do indicate that by the early
1980s, the team abandoned the camp and began training on the
high school campus. By then coaches themselves did not want
to live and train in that kind of environment. It was too
tough for them.
much for helping me. I am working on a new book. It will
probably be released in about a year.
Thanks for the
recent issue of "News and Clues." Another good one.
I note that Larry
Styles and Jane Jordan Styles asked to be added to your mail
list. If possible, could you pass my email address on to Larry? He
and I had quite a few adventures when we both worked at Bishop's
Laundry and Cleaners. I would like to see if he remembers
getting the company truck "stuck" in a ditch in the alley adjacent
to Bishop's Slappey Drive store. Or maybe he remembers when
we washed and polished the plate glass window in the front of the
store until it was so clean that customers kept walking into it as
they exited the store! Mr. Bishop was not pleased!
Hope y'all got together!
Who was the
principal of Albany Jr. High School in 1956 who rolled a TV into
the auditorium so we could watch the world series and Don
Larsen's perfect game?
~ Jay Beck ('62)
That may have
been Mr. Rob (Coach).
This link may give you
what you're looking for – for Mr. Rob’s obituary ... scroll down!
Click here: AHS Teacher's Obituaries
Thank you. Great section
to have. Thanks for including the section on my mother.
Note: Jay’s mother, Olivia "Livy" Beck, Albany
I have been trying to get in touch with a school friend. Her
name is LINDA JOHNSON. I don't know her married name . We
both lived on Society Avenue when we were teenagers. I
saw her once in East Albany when we were visiting from New York.
Lost touch with her and Mary KNIGHT. Any way you could
help would be appreciated.
~ ALICE FAY (SMITH) NIEVES ('61)
OUR NEW “News & Clues”
Nicholson called from PCB to say she had seen a
“Dougherty County” license plate and then met Joan Majors
Bass (’65) in the parking lot of her motel, and sent her
information to add as a new member!! Welcome Joan!
Please add Brian E.
Claypool, AHS ’63 and Nan Murphy Claypool AHS ‘63 to your
e-mail. Brian will also go into your Military list Army,
Vietnam era, active, then reserve, leaving as Capt.
~ Nan Murphy Claypool
We proudly added Brian's name to
Click here: AHS Men and Women Who Served in
Click here: Our Military - Their Stories
include me on your subscription list.
I'm a member of the Class of 1963. I left Albany that year
for a career in the USAF and spent the following 21 years
traveling the world with the military. Have worked since 1984
as a telecommunications engineer with Lockheed Martin, EDS,
and most recently Cap Gemini.
I married an English
lass in 1970 and we returned to England to live in
1998 after working in Denver, Washington, D.C. and Charleston.
Worked here in the UK on contracts with HM Government in
London and Shropshire.
We live in the Ironbridge Gorge area of Shropshire,
England and still visit the kids and grandkids in the USA every
year and occasionally host visitors from home. Most recently,
Wanda Henry Heim (Class of '63), her husband and her cousin Derrell
Henry (Class of '66) spent a couple of weeks with us.
Best regards to all of the Class of '63.
Would you please add me to the
list of those who served in the military?
~ John Mangum (’63)
Note: Thank you for your service
to our country - the link to those who have served is posted above
Would you please add me
to your mailing list? I am Shirley McDaniel from the Class
of 1963. I am so sorry to learn of your sister Tina's passing.
She was student director of the Glee Club and the
Mellonettes of which I was a member of both. I loved and
I am so happy to find
your website and to catch up on who's doing what. You are doing a
~ Shirley McDaniel Martin ('63)
Please sign me up!
I graduated from WHS
Class of 1987; but my mom, Gail Hedrick Murphy, is WHS
class of 1968 and my grandfather Frank H. Hedrick also
graduated from AHS in the late 20’s or early 30’s I think. My
mom doesn’t do email so I’m hoping to keep her up to date, and I
just love history anyway!
Hillary Hedrick Murphy, WHS Class of 1987
NOTE: This is a special daughter!
*** Please add my email
address to your monthly newsletter notification list. I am a
graduate of '64 from AHS and thoroughly enjoy reading about
my old alma mater. Thank you for the outstanding job of keeping
us in touch with what's happening among us former graduates.
Brenda Tanner Shemwell (’64)
*** Please send monthly
newsletters to me. My sister, Marie Middleton (’61) sent the
link to me.
gloria middleton haguewood (’67)
*** Please add my
address to the monthly “News & Clues”. Thanks!
~ Larry Styles -
Class of 59 & 60
*** Please also add
Carol Padgett Glenn, AHS ’63. Thanks!
~ Nan Murphy Claypool (’63)
P.S. Yes, I asked her and she said yes it was all right ....
Please add the following
email address for me to receive “Albany High Times”.
I did not attend
AHS but lived in Albany (except for time away at UGA)
from Summer 1961 until Summer 2001…40 years. So…I know most
every name I see in The Albany High Times each edition. Thank
you for adding me to your mailing list. I am a 1961 graduate of
Norman Park High School in Colquitt County and UGA. Huddy
Hudgens ('63) intro’d me to your newspaper. I miss many things
about Albany but love living in Sarasota FL.
~ Charles Gayre
*** Around Albany ***
to the Bob Fowler Flint Riverkeepers Memorial Fund is
accepting donations to recognize this outstanding educator.
~ Vic (o. victor) Miller, Class of 60
Alzheimer's Association and DOCO
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Reverse Raffle at 6:30 p.m.
Do not have to be present to
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Vintage Albany Georgia
... a creation of
Betty Rehberg, Class of 1974
You must be a member of
and signed on,
for these to work.
The link to
all of our videos:
!!! INDIAN PRIDE !!!
for June 2012 - May 2013
here: Albany High Times / AHS - Albany, Georgia
These Indians have volunteered to be sponsors for the
next year, and are sponsoring the Albany High Times and “News &
Clues” for the next year!
has connected classmates in a wonderful way, and we
to our new Times Sponsors:
* Kenneth E. "Ken"
Class of 1963:
Honoring Harris Alan Folmar, AHS Class 1963, killed in action in
Viet Nam. Alan was also a fellow Georgia Tech Grad. Gone but not
* Joseph D.
Barr, Class of 1957
Class of 1957:
In Honor of THE AHS CLASS OF 1957
Class of 1954:
In memory of my husband, Jack R. Newman, M.D., Class of 1948
Calhoun, Class of 1950
Dahlgren, Class of 1965
Class of 1963:
In honor of my three-year
homeroom teacher, Coach Graham Lowe
* William F.
Huggins, Class of 1947:
In memory of
Raymond "Jim" McCorvey, Class of 1947
* Peggy Jo
Irwin Davis, Class of 1954:
In honor of my classmates in the graduating Class of
* John K.
Johnson, Class of 1956
* Howard Law,
Class of 1952
* Bo Lewis,
Class of 1967:
In memory of the
deceased classmates from the AHS Class of 1967
Ritchey M. Marbury, III,
Class of 1956:
In memory of
Class of 1956 classmates Wade Whitley, Noel Whittemore, and Al
in memory of Robert Harvey, member of AHS Class of 1951
Meeks Sanders, Class of 1961:
In memory of Joan Bowles
and Jane Robinson, both Class of 1961; and Andy Parker, Class of
1960; all in youth group at Avalon Methodist Church
* Jon E.
and Marie Mogford Anderson,
Class of 1953 and Class of 1952
Carleen Newell Flowers,
Class of 1948:
In honor of the
Class of 1948
* Henry L.
"Hinky" and Sara Pattison Dunn, Class of 1959 and Class of 1962
In Honor of
our Deceased Classmates
Grayson Peters, Class of 1950:
In memory of Thelma
Plant, an inspiring teacher and friend
Phillips, Class of 1954
* Warner and
Wisteria Simmons Houston, both Class of 1952
Strickland, Class of 1954
Tanner, Class of 1960
* Goodloe and
Delores Ann Taylor Yancy, Class of 1946 and Class of 1954
Also, heartfelt thanks to the Indians who served as
2011 - 2012 Sponsors of The Albany High Times
and its monthly newsletter,
"News & Clues":
Wright, Class of 1957
Don Callaway, Class of 1964
Lorene Cooper Hoffman, Class of 1952
Bob Duggleby, Class of 1956
Peggy Eubanks Salvesen, Class of 1956
David Golden, Class of 1983
Rose Hancock Kemp, Class of 1960
Wallace Hawkes, Class
Richard (Rick) Horne, Class of 1962
Ted Horton, Class of 1965
Ducky Jones, Class of 1953
Frank Newman, Class of 1964
Karen Oakes Smith,
Class of 1969
John and Nettawyl
Oliver Davis, Classes of 1947 and 1952
Helen Pafford Bennett, Class of 1962
Herbert Paulk, Class
Don Shirley, Class of
Luke Simmons, Class
Ben Swilley, Class of 1960
Connie Thomas Pinkston, Class of 1950
Shirley Thompson Rogers, Class of 1960
Patricia Anne West
Green, Class of 1960
Bill Wilson, Class of
Albany High School ...
A Career Academy?
There is a section of the
Albany High Times website that is called …
Beginning …”. It tells the beginnings of Albany High School.
This week I received emails from Tommy Pattison (’54),
Luke Simmons (’52) and Ernest Sutton ('61), which caused me to
add a section which I titled, “In the End …?
Tommy sent an article from the June 8, 2012,
Albany Herald … you may read the full article, titled, “Draft
calls for evolving Albany High into career academy”,
Click here: In the End ....
And then Luke wrote … “There
is an ambitious mission in the works for the high schools in
Dougherty county. After reading the June 9, 2012 article in
The Albany Herald, I sense other changes in the near future.
A Dougherty County School Board steering
committee has drafted a charter petition which calls for a
gradual "repurposing" of Albany High School into the
permanent home of the "Albany College and Career Academy".
The draft must be approved by the full board, and the superintendent
before an August 1 deadline to submit the charter petition to the
"ACCA" will not have a separate "school
number" for state accountability purposes, nor will students be
considered full time enrollment students at ACCA, no matter
how many classes students take at ACCA. ACCA will
adhere to the admissions policies of the Dougherty County School
System. " Students must first be enrolled in one of the high
schools of the county, before they register for one or more classes
offered at ACCA.
"ACCA's mission is to produce college, and
career ready graduates with relevant skills and education, and with
exceptional work ethic who can compete, and succeed in our global
"ACCA's goals and measurable objectives will
be based on a five year plan beginning in the 2013/2014 school year.
Increasing the county's graduation rate is at the top of the list."
The number one objective of the new program is to
produce a graduation rate of 80% within five years. This ambitious
mission will require a herculean effort by the entire community. The
current levels of poverty and despair has to be addressed with the
help of state and federal assistance.”
What do YOU think?
~ ALBANY INTERESTS
- 1922 - 1999
Legacy Inductee Into
Radio Museum and Hall of Fame
In 1946, Milt George planned to get his degree
and go to law school. Those plans were interrupted by a phone call
from Columbus, GA; it was Jim Woodruff offering Milt
the job of station manager at WGPC AM in Albany GA. He
accepted the job for one year, but never left. After a few
months, Jim asked Milt to go to Atlanta and audit operations at
WATL, also owned by Woodruff, Sr.
In the early days, George hired teenagers from the
local high school (AHS) to produce a Saturday morning show for
the kids. One of those teens was Ray (Ragsdale) Stevens (’58),
who went on to achieve success with novelty hits such as “Ahab
the Arab”, “Guitarzan”, “The Streak” and “Everything Is Beautiful”.
Mary Dale Vansant Kea (’56) who partnered with Ray has been
invited to attend the induction. George eventually became a part
owner with Jim Woodruff and Joe Gamble. In the 1960’s, WGPC FM
station was built. Milt eventually bought out Gamble and upon
Jim Woodruff’s death in 1977, became sole owner of WGPC AM-FM.
In addition to owning and managing the radio station, George was
active in the Georgia Association of Broadcasters and served
on Albany’s Military Affairs Committee. He was a longtime
member of the Rotary Club of Albany and a member of St.
Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Note: Back in April, I received an
John Long, President of The Georgia Radio Museum and
Hall of Fame, who while looking for
"Albany history" of Milt George, came across the Albany High
Times website and discovered a webpage (Click
here: Mary Dale Vansant)
featuring an article in Vintage Lifestyle Magazine
about Mary Dale and Ray’s time on WGST’s The Record
the following email to Mary Dale, and I
forwarded to her: On Saturday October 20, 2012 we will honor
Milt George as a Legacy Inductee into the Georgia Radio Hall of
Fame. We have been told that you were on WGPC when you were a teen.
We are looking for pictures from that time we could use in a short
video tribute to Mr. George. We found one on the Internet however
the quality is poor. We believe it is you holding a record with WGPC
on the label.
We would welcome your participation in person or in a brief
pre-recorded audio or video salute to Mr. George. Can you provide
~ John Long
You’d be surprised the people who “google” The Albany
Tribe Notes …
In 1916, Albany High School, a ten room class room building
with two bicycle racks, was built on the southwest corner of
Monroe Street and Society Avenue. It remained AHS until
1925. The new Albany High School opened in
1925 at 1000 N. Jefferson Street. The south end of the
school was for boys and the north end was for girls! There was no
Pictures from the 1920’s are rare …
in fact we had none before 1925 on the webpage. Now, thanks to
forwards from Pat Adams Shays (’56),
her brother Ken Adams ('63)
and Marian Chambless Sherman (’63),
daughter-in-law of Mercer Sherman,
whose annuals she scanned … we now have all years represented except
for 1920, 1921, and 1929!!!
Notice, the girls and boys photos were taken
separately and divided into divisions such as Science and Latin.
Below is a jpeg of those in the 1924 Lettermen (which
included women!) I see names of fathers whose sons I knew with
the same name, like Joiner, Duggleby and others!
Check them out - Just click to enlarge the jpeg!
Don’t miss the updated webpage for the 1920’s @
Click here: Memories of the 1920's
record was set
for volunteer Sponsors this year .... the last email
announcing the sponsorship was sent at 3:22 p.m. and Joe Barr
from the Class of 1957 filled the slots (others offered
but had recently sponsored, and several offered until the "all
filled" email was sent!) Joe’s email came in at 4:40 p.m.!!!
AHS INDIANS are the best!
We just had our 45th at Merry Acres first
weekend in May - but you probably already know that!! Such fun and
such good friends ... still...
~ Marie Middleton
Despite the fact I have lived in
Mississippi, Colorado, West Virginia, Florida, Kentucky, Germany,
New York, Illinois, South Carolina, California (30 years),
and now live in North Carolina -- I will ALWAYS be "from
And, I'm pretty sure that much of Albany shares a
great deal of pride in the American Idol from Leesburg!
P.S. There seems to have been something about '57
classes. My Gordon Military (HS) '57 graduating class is
very highly regarded; considered one of the best. Then, there was
the Statler Brothers song commemorating "The Class of '57."
Don't know what it was, or is, but happy to be a little part of
~ Johnny Boesch (’57)
Someone mistakenly said
the PIG & WHISTLE was at the corner of Oglethorpe and Mock
where Hardees is today. Not so! That was the PIG & CHICK.
The Pig & Whistle was near the corner of Broad & Slappey.
Pig & Chick sat under the VERY SAME massive oak tree that
Hardees went to great expense to LEAVE IN PLACE. Well done, Hardees!
The middle of that block of Oglethorpe (West of
the Pig & Chik) did indeed have ANOTHER favorite. It was
Smitty’s BBQ. I frequented both in days of yore.
~ Bruce Garey (’63)
I just took some time to read the May AHT's.
The coverage of the Class of 52 is fabulous, from our 20th
to our 60th. Tears came to my eyes as I looked at friends that
are no longer with us. What great memories you gave me - us! AHTimes
is a love that you have from your high school years that you share
with so many. Thanks for sharing with us and letting us share with
you and others.
~ B.B Rhodes, Class of 52
*** Thanks to Bill Satterfield and Charles
Gillespie, we have good support for our Class of '62.
~ Jay Beck (’62)
you’d want to know that Coach Graham Lowe (AHS 1954-1966)
(Golden Years, eh?) is meeting with many of us in Albany to
record what he calls “anecdotal stories” of our fun
activities as students at AHS. He plans to meet with a total
of 75 grads.
His goal is to write a book and record as much as
possible. Pat (Rose Duggan – ’63) and I tried to load him up, though
most of ours were “innocent.” You might want to contact him and
~ Henry Duggan (’59)
Coach Graham came to AHS the year after I graduated,
so I have no stories … but anyone else who has anything to submit,
may send to
Thank you for the best little HS newsletter in the
country. It never fails to bring back good memories.
~ David McIntyre (’52)
I am working on a book about
Grady Caldwell. He appears in
"Made or Broken." He was the
first black to integrate the Albany
High team. But the new book will
focus on his life and personal
redemption. He spent years in jail
and prison because crimes related to
his drug addiction. Now he's a
minister in Griffin, Georgia. The
book will probably be released in
about a year.
~ Bill Lightle ('75)
Please change my email address. Thanks.
~ Lee English, Class of ‘57
I am sure
you will hear from others about J.Tom’s Mother. His mother is
Virginia Claire Richardson Morgan. She did graduate from
AHS in 1947. I was in the Class of 1948 and Virginia
Claire was a good friend of mine. Her daughter was also a good
friend of my daughter, and they graduated in 1979.
Carleen Newell Flowers (former 1948 student and also teacher at
Morgan (’70) is one of my Facebook friends. I taught him
in the ninth grade at AJHS. Even then, you could tell he was
destined for success.
~ Joanne Simmons Smith (’58)
I enjoyed reading the article about J.Tom Morgan.
When my wife (Marcia Spafford ’56) Webb) and I
returned to Albany in 1964, I went to work with the
Dougherty County Board of Education. I was head of the Data
Processing and Attendance area at the Central Office on Pine.
Virginia Morgan, J.Tom's mother and I worked together as
Director and Asst. Director of Educational Data Processing. We
traveled to different states in the South East.
In 1968, I left the Board of Education as I was
recruited by C&S Bank to head up their Data Processing
Department in Albany. Even though I left the DoCo Board of
Education, I will never forget working with Virginia. She had
great respect for education and love for her children.
By the way, Marcia and her family traveled to
Atlanta and saw the aftermath of the Winecoff Hotel fire.
Thanks for the nice article, though J.Tom was a child
then, I knew he and his sister but doubt he remembers me and since
we have been in the Atlanta area, I have followed his career.
~ Roger R. Spafford
We met in Albany High
School. On one of our first meetings, Fonda was in one
car with Tommy Herrington and I was in my car with Fay
Reddick. Tommy ran into the back of my car (probably on purpose)
and we all got out. Fonda and I looked at each other and I thought
"Wow, what a beautiful girl !" She probably thought, "Boy, what a
jerk." After seven years of dating, I finally convinced Fonda to
marry me. The down payment ( our marriage license) was only $5.00,
but WOW, the monthly payments have sure been expensive since - but
worth every penny!
The Hills lived in a home owned by my
grandfather (I think). It was directly behind the Pattison
homeplace on Residence Avenue. Newana Hill was Maxine's
sister and Max Hill, a Methodist preacher, was her twin
brother. She looked just like the way I remember her mother looking.
The Hills were a great family. She and Ann Walker were the
same age and lived across the street from each other.
~ Tommy Pattison (’54)
In Memoriam ...
Not where I breathe, but
where I loved, I live ...
*** Maxine Hill
Slappey, Class of 1947
Marie VanZant, Class of 1945
Note: Notices and/or
obituaries are sent to the deceased’s class, plus the classes of the
spouse, child, or close relative, as soon as possible. Each is then
listed on the “Our Deceased” webpage (if the class has submitted a
list) and also in the News & Clues at month’s end.
Check out your class at
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50th Wedding Anniversaries
and beyond ….
Ritchey (’56) and Fonda
Starnes (’57) Marbury were married on June 16, 1962,
and are celebrating their 50th wedding
anniversary by taking a month off from work (yes, he is still
working) and going to Alaska and points west. By the end of the trip
they will have visited all 50 states together!
Bill Wilson (’55),
and wife, Paula, celebrate their 50th
Wedding Anniversary June 23rd!
Clyatt Ferguson, Class of 1960, and Bruce
will be celebrating their
50th Wedding Anniversary in June.
Pulliam Wells (Class of 57) and Don Wells (Class of 57)
are celebrated our 50th wedding
anniversary on June 1st. We
started dating when we were 16 in Albany High School. In our junior
and senior years, we both worked at the State Theater in Albany. I
was the relief projectionist and Diane handled the ticket and
June 30, Van Cise Knowles ('58) and my lovely wife Wesley
Farnsworth Hall Knowles of Blakley, GA will have celebrated
their 50th wedding anniversary at the
Adventura Palace and Spa in Mexico.
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anniversaries and over, to
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James heard back from
John Manghum … all the way from England. and J. W. Roberts.
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