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just a small town in South Georgia that grew the best kids ever raised!!
14 Incredible Years!!!
Many of you already know the story of how our special website began ...
but each month we add new Indians ... so for the old and
the new ... here goes a bit of history!
In April 2002, Charlie Stewart ('55) mailed an article on "Skywater"to
me (the wonderful book about Radium Springs written by Morgan Murphy and
Lamar Clifton). It mentioned that the City of Albany
was considering "doing away" with the Casino and Pavilion.
Steam came out of my head, my eyes, my ears ... my nose. I
wondered if other Indians had seen this article. I decided to type the article and
email it to a few AHS Indians whose
email addresses I had collected. Suddenly I began to
receive an email outcry, and not only that ...
representing different class years, included their "memories of Radium" . And they kept coming!
I decided I
couldn't keep those memories to myself and not share; so I began to
compile them, emailing them back to the ever-increasing email base.
Then, something else happened ... those people forwarded to other
Indians from other classes
began to share memories of Radium, AHS and Teachers - and as memories grew, so
did the email base. The problem was ... keeping up with the memories
via email ... to whom I had sent,
who was new and needed all of them, etc., became quite a job; so as I
had just created a small personal website for myself, I decided to
create a few AHS WebPagesinside my personal website.
when an incredible thing began to happen ... the AHS WebPages began to reconnect
and bond students who had lost track of one another over the years ...
and believe it or not, there was suddenly a whole lot of lovin'
goin' on!!! Moreover, folks who were not necessarily friends in high
school ... made new friends. And it just kept on growing … so much so
that I decided to convert the few WebPages within my personal website
to a completely
independent website for AHS … and named it ...
THE ALBANY HIGH TIMES, which
I hoped would tell of
"times" past, present, and future of our wonderful TRIBE!
Well, it HAS ... thanks to submissions from our staff, and the volumes of emails and
information each month sent by other members of our GREAT TRIBE!!!
So here we are … having fun looking
back … and eagerly anticipating looking forward.
in addition to the MAIN Albany High Times website (because that website became too large) sub-websites
It's been a great journey ...
is that the outdated web program I use will someday become incompatible
with the new fangled servers used by my "host" company ... and frankly
who can blame them for striving to have "the best" available for their
customers. Problems have already cropped up; but I've been able to
work around them to some degree - but every month my program misbehaves
on their servers. I try to find workarounds ... and sometimes I
just can't. Soooooo ... one day my fear is ... my program will
stop limping along and just quit. I want to keep "the original
look" and the thought of recreating over 400 web pages on a new-fangled program ...
frankly blows my mind!
Yet to think of all the years of this website becoming what it has
become, yet in the face of what lies ahead ... as the King of Siam would
say ... "Iz a puzzlement"!!!
Many Thanks To ....
... all the wonderful Indians who have emailed thoughts and
information used in our monthly "News & Clues" ... y'all made our
newsletter possible! To be honest ... many folks don't peruse the
website ... but they love the newsletter! It has been the glue
that bonded us!
Also ... many thanks toTommy
who helped get the
Albany High Times off
the ground in 2002!
They scanned MANY AHS
pictures, proofed copy,
and signed on and off
the new website,
over and over,
trying to build the
"HITS" to over 1,000
(matching what had been
the total on the
original web page).
Kids Of The 70's ***
5th Year Celebration
Saturday, October 8th, 2016
Kids! "Party Animals"!
Saturday, October 8th
in support of our beloved Chehaw
The event will be a 5th year
celebration reunion for
all Kids of the 70s (all
and their guests.
We will feature a large
cocktail buffet, live band(s), dancing,
cash bar, late night snacks, and much,
The Class of 1962
has changed the date for our 55th
reunion to May 19 and 20, 2017.
We know it is
hard to accommodate everyone and hope
this will work for most of you who want
to come. We will be working on more
plans this fall.
Paul Wallace has
again graciously offered his yard and
home for our event. No other plans have
been made at this time. If you have any
input or want to be part of the planning
please contact Jonnie Holley Douglas
Eleanor Banks Simpson(email@example.com) or me.
'57 Reunion Committee has met and begun work on our 60th
reunion! It will take place on the weekend of May 12th
and 13th, 2017, and the venue for both nights will be
Class of '57 Reunion Committee has met and begun work on
our 60th reunion! It will take place on the weekend of
May 12th and 13th, 2017, and the venue for both nights
will be Merry Acres. Ā We would like for our class
members to e-mail their e-mail addresses as well as
their mailing addresses to us, and if there are some who
haven't quite figured out the computer/internet workings
yet, they could call either Mariellen or me. Merry Acres
Motel has "blocked out" some rooms for us which can be
accessed by calling them at 229.435.7721, and telling
the reservation clerk that they are attending the Class
of '57 Reunion.
providing this much advance notice, it allows our
classmates to go ahead and put a 2nd or 3rd mortgage on
their home to pay for the face lift, tummy tuck, toupee
and dental implants.
had a reunion since our 50th in 2007, which by all
accounts was the best AHS Reunion ever had. Ray Ragsdale
Stevens entertained us Friday night at a grand piano
with a medley of his many songs, and then on Saturday
night we danced to the music of a 16 piece orchestra
that he brought down at his expense from Nashville.
Albany had never seen nor heard a band like this one.
They played all the songs from our era and sounded as
good as if not better than the original artists.
Maynard Sell, Director of AHS
Band and Chorus ... and later at the University of Mississippi,
is the creator of this incredible arrangement
of "Dixie". It was submitted by Martin Stewart to Charles
Gillespie ('62). I hope to have some more history and recordings
next month ... in the meantime, here's Mr. Sell's arrangement of Dixie.
I know, at least the band members of 1962 participated ! I hope to
fill in the blanks in the September issue.
n the meantime,
enjoy the recording below (must be opened in Internet Explorer
or like-kind), and some memories of Mr. Sell!!!
*** Mr. Sell
stood up to direct the band and Pam looked down and Mr. Sell had a
loafer on his left foot and a lace up shoe on his right. He had never
noticed this until someone pointed it out. He was a very devoted and
dedicated teacher. His daughter told me at Mrs. Sell's funeral that she
was named after me. I was very honored and surprised.
~ Pam Tyler Johnston -
*** I do have fond memories of Mr.
Sell and being in the
Marching Band. I believe Mr. Sell was a new music
director in 1950-51. As a senior I had the privilege of accompanying
several soloists (singers and instrumentalists) for various competitions
in the area. We rehearsed a lot at the Sell home and he was always kind
in his critique of us student musicians. His wife, Molly,
always had cokes or lemonade on hand. I remember playing for
Elliott Jenkins (trumpet). I thought he was great.
Another great memory about the band was the 7th period practices at the
stadium. In those days we played a new show every week!
Harry Helton ('52) was always a hit as Chief
Tomahawk!!!!!! Mr. Sell did it all - band, pep band for
basketball, glee club and various trios, quartets and the triple trio of
girls. I think Mr. Sell had an influence in my deciding to become
a public school music teacher.
~ Cathy Holt Norton '52
time I hear "On Wisconsin", I think of
Maynard Sell. He was so proud of his home state
and music was in his spirit. He was able to encourage
and inspire his students and make it fun. Whether it was
a concert, a parade, or a football game, his goal was
excellence. Being in the band for two years was the
highlight of my high school years. I learned leadership
and it gave me confidence to try out and be accepted
into the UGA band. Mr. Sell also conducted the Glee
Club. One time we were singing for a civic club luncheon
at Radium Springs. Word was passed around for all the
girls to take off one ear ring. After we began singing,
his eyes darted from one to another as he discovered the
prank. Then his face turned beet red. It was really hard
for us to keep a straight face. My only regret is that I
never went back to thank him.
(Paulsen) Arndt, Class of 1953
The Coach Graham Lowe Scholarship ~ $9,070 Pledged!
will award the first Lowe Scholarship
in April 2017!
*** About AHS*** (c) 2002 Joseph E. Rossman
We have these precious memories, and am I ever glad.
We've shared lots of e-mails, more than just a tad.
The bits and words flashed back and forth through the wires and air,
And sometimes people said some things that really weren't too fair.
But some folks said some good things,
that remind us of the joys and times when we were only kids,
just teen age girls and boys.
So come on in and join us, We'd love to have you here.
We'll swap a lie and tell a joke, and have a virtual beer.
We'll talk about our grand old school Our dear old AHS.
We'll swap pictures of our grandkids, and our kids--and us,
Oh Yes. And we'll remember Radium, We'll remember Mr. Mac,
And all those special memories will take us all right back.
So come on in and join the crowd We've room for many more.
We want us all packed in Until we're falling out the door.
Cause AHS is special, And you are special too.
'm glad that I'm a part of it, and glad that you are too.
~ CLUES!!! ~
*** The Power of Reading: Dan Henninger of
the Wall Street Journal reports that the
National Institute of Aging recently
released these results of over 3,000 adults over the age of
50 ... people who read books, on average, live 2 years
longer than those who do not!
In other words ... reading is better for you than kale ...
and a lot more enjoyable!