12 2014



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The Albany High Times' "NEWS & CLUES"!!!

We look back....we look forward!!!

 95th Edition ~ 12/20/2014

Website: http://www.albanyhightimes.com                Email: albanyhightimes@aol.com


. . .  just a small town in South Georgia that grew the best kids ever raised!!







This Christmas Edition is a reduced issue in that there are no feature articles.  BUT ... stay tuned for next month!  I have included "Tribe Notes" and "In Memoriam", listing Indians we have lost, and those that appear each month, with very few changes.  Of course I had to add a couple of "Clues", staying true to the newsletter's name, "News & Clues".


Once I get the "News & Clues" out, it's Christmas here I come!  Tommy already has an old laptop hooked up to Michael Buble' on YOU TUBE "Christmas Music" and the house is rocking!!!  (see *CLUES)


I want to express my thanks to our wonderful Times' Staff, and also those Indians who take the time to send news, sad or glad ... believe me ... that is what keeps us connected.


And from HerringtonHome, we say ... whatever blesses your heart at this time of year ... we wish you JOY


"Merry Christmas", keep counting your blessings, and to ALL a GOOD LIFE!!!





It Starts With a Lone Cellist … and Grows to 120 Musicians!

The U.S. Air Force Band Flash Mobs the Smithsonian In Christmas Style!


This particular flash mob goes where no flash mob has gone before!  EXCELLENT!






The Classes of 1964 and 1965

The 50th Reunion Report


by Glenda Shelby Cannon ('64)


The Albany High School classes of 1964 and 1965 had a combined 50th Reunion on November 7th and 8th at Merry Acres. 


A great time was had by the approximately 270 people in attendance, and it was evident that it was a great group of classmates and friends that truly enjoyed visiting with each other. You can never forget those friends that you grew up with and have so many memories with.


Thank you to Albany High Times for all the help in getting the word out and posting our missing classmates list. Everyone seemed to want to get together often so we will try to have our 70th birthday party in a couple of years!


Correspondence can be mailed to:

AHS 64/65

PO Box 3746

Albany, GA 31706


Please visit our web page for updates and pictures at .... www.AlbanyHighSchool64-65.org 








** Class of 1955 **





60th Year Reunion

Saturday, May 23, 2015

at the

Thronateeska Heritage Center

Plans are coming together, but are not finalized at this time. Please mark this weekend date on your calendar ... AND be on the lookout for a friendly call from a member of the '55 Telephone Blitz Committee with additional information!!


Harriet Ort Cornelius, 60th Reunion Chair


Phone: 205 274 7981





*** Class of 1962 ***




Girls Luncheon

Watch for next date!



Joann Roark Arneson (jprarneson@aol.com) or

Carol Pate Stark (cpstark@att.net)


Check it out!

*** See other luncheons and pics at: Click here: '62 Girls' Luncheons


*** See our 70th Birthday Pictures @








DID YOU KNOW? You can check out suggestions from other class reunions for your venues, caterers and great bands and DJs!!

Click here: Reunion Ideas ... take a look!


*** PLEASE SHARE YOUR reunion ideas ...  i.e., successful venues, food/caterers and bands/music ...


Email info to albanyhightimes@aol.com with ALL CONTACT INFO!



This page might be of help ...

Click here: Lost Classmates? How to Find 







50th Wedding Anniversaries and beyond ... 




  The Wasden’s:  Buster, Class of 1955, and Brenda, Class of 1959, Martin Wasden were married Dec 31,1959. This year marks 55 years!

The Donaldson’s: John, Class of 1961, and Martha Donaldson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on November 27, 2014.


The Strickland's: Troy, Class of 1954, and Susan Strickland were married December 27,1964.  Their 50th!!!


The Johnston's: Pam Tyler Johnston, Class of '55, and Proctor Johnston, Class of '54, will celebrate 58 years of marriage on December 28, 2014!


The Hazen’s: Patricia Floyd, Class of 1955, and Cecil Hazen, celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary on December 6, 2014.

Send your 50th anniversaries and beyond

to albanyhightimes@aol.com





 ~ CLUES!!! ~ 




Vintage Albany Presents …

by Betty Rehberg ('74)


# 1  "Shades of Christmas Past in Albany GA"



# 2  "Shades of Christmas Past in Albany GA" # 2



#2 published on Dec 20, 2014. Old photos of Christmas decorations and Vintage Albany Georgia members. Some photos are fabricated.



*** Many HOURS of Christmas music can be played from the You Tube "PlayList" ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96oCKwjkju0There is a commercial. Click out or watch!!!



*** When Beverly and I recently stopped in Nashville to catch two Grand Ole Opry Shows, these guys, Old Crow Medicine Show, were the main act of the second show.


I will admit that I had not heard of them, and since they were a group, I figured that they would do a couple of songs and move on. I was wrong! They put on one heck of a show, and the lead singer/fiddle player is as good as any you will ever find. He used up three fiddles during their segment, and that place rocked!!!


Enjoy one of their quieter offerings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7-t2JsasU8 

~ Tommy Herrington (’56)



*** Watch Out for Email Hackers.  It used to be simple - you'd receive an email from an unknowing Indian friend who had not sent it, and the text would be ONLY one link, (http://xxxxxxxxxx.com), and we all learned NOT TO CLICK ON/OPEN ANYTHING LIKE THAT.  No message from the friend ... no opening the link.


But now they've gotten much smarter.  For instance ... you'll receive an email from someone you know ...


From: AHS INDIAN (a friend)

To: AHS INDIAN (you)

Sent: 12/4/2014 7:04:06 A.M. EST

Subj: Re: AHS INDIAN (another friend of yours)


And it reads:


Hi! http://xxxxxxxxxx.com.  You can read about it in the new Oprah's book.


(Signed) AHS INDIAN (your friend's name)


They want to lure you  in to click on the link and read something about Oprah.  Don't fall for tricks like this! It is one of the latest hacks.  BE CAREFUL!!!




Good site for looking up zip codes: Click here: USPS.com® - ZIP Code™ Lookup








*** Betty Rehberg ('74): Regarding picture submitted by Jay Beck last month ... one of my brothers delivered papers at his home.






Class Websites






  http://www.albanyhighschool64-65.org/ http://www.65.org/sellfolio.html




*** If your class has a website - please email your link to: albanyhightimes@aol.com





  Check out FaceBook for

AHS FaceBook Links



You must be a member and signed on to

FaceBook to open these pages. 

Make sure you "like" the page!


* Albany High Times Website @ Facebook

* Ahs ClassofFiftyfive

* Ahs ClassofSixty

* Albany High Class of 1961 (4) 

* (1) Albany High School Classes of 1964-65 Reunion

* AHS Class of 1969

* Albany High School Class of 1970

* Albany GA. Kids' of the 70's....

* Albany High School Class of 1974 Albany, GA

* Albany High School Grads 1976-1983

* AHS/WHS Class of 1978

*** Email address for Class of '71 FaceBook:



* AHS Class of 1983

* RIP Classmates of DHS AND AHS

* Click here: (60) Friends of Tift Park


ANY OTHER CLASSES to be listed?





 Messages from FaceBook!!



*** Those of you who only access Vintage Albany with mobile devices are missing out on a LOT of content. We have a huge photo section, videos and many files and links that cannot be accessed without a PC.

~ Betty Rehberg (’74)


Click here: Vintage Albany Georgia








“News & Clues”






*** Would you please add me to your email distribution list? Thanks!
~ Nina Dial Goodroe (’67)

I would very much like to be added to the e-AddressBook. Thank you for doing that.  

~ Philip Cook (’67)  

Please add Dorothy King Combs, Class of 1962 to the N&C list.


Also, please add Gladys Duke McDonald, Class of 1962 as well.

~ Joann Roark Arneson (’62)

Please add Helen Jordan Schroder (‘67), to the mailing list: Thanks so much,

~ Leslie Mays Daniel (’67)

Please add me to the Albany High Times’ AddressBook.

~ W. Baxter Brown















    Tribe Notes …




*** I had the nicest visit (via phone) with Imogene Gunnells, widow of Whit Gunnels and AHS teacher, this afternoon!  More next month! 


*** From an AHS Indian: Somehow our anniversary has been left off the Anniversary List.


NOTE: We depend on Indians to send news of their 50th anniversaries and beyond! There has never been a list!  We encourage everyone to send notices of 50th Anniversaries and beyond!!!

I need for you to change my e-mail address so that I can continue getting the Albany High Times. You're doing a great job. Thanks.

~ Paul Russell, Jr., Class of '63

What a great Thanksgiving edition. I saw several names of people I remember well. I know we tell you all the time what a great job you do for us, but add my name to the list. Could you send Adair Mellichamp ('54) my email address? Jack & I lost track of he & his wonderful wife when we moved & changed computers/email address!

~ Peggy Jo Irwin Davis '54


NOTE: Will do!

I want you to know how much I appreciate the web page (The Last Air Show in Albany) in the Albany High Times. You certainly have the talent for this kind of thing. I felt like a kid again when I read it. Thanks again,

~ Jack Ivey ('56)

NOTE: Jack … Martha Nicholson (our resident Brenda Starr)
made comments, put it together masterfully, and submitted it!  I just copied and "pasted"!!  It was a great piece!

Congratulations on such a great and exciting career!

*** NOTE:  The following is an email sent to Martha LeSueur Nicholson, and the sender gave the o.k. to share with the Times' Indians!


Just wanted to say I enjoyed the captions you made on Jack Ivey's Albany High Times webpage included on latest "news & clues".


I used to fly model planes with Dan Stevens ('53) during high school days and was shocked/saddened to learn of his passing a few years ago. His death reminded me of my own mortality and the need to renew friendships before it's too late to do so. I had lunch in downtown Albany with Dan sometime in the mid-sixties. He told me about having Crew Chief duties on one of the "thunderbird" jets and I thought it was really neat that I knew someone with that highly esteemed job. That was my last contact with Dan.


I have known Jack since high school days, but never knew about his aerobatic performances. I don't participate in social media, like Facebook, because of the shenanigans that are reported from time to time. Thanks again and happy holidays.
~ Max Key, Class of 1956

I have not received any mail from this site lately.  I have not changed anything and I miss your updates please make sure I am still on your e-mail list.

~ Chris Koch ('65)


NOTE: Thanks for the notification. On a rare occasion an email address slips out of its class folder. It is still in the addressbook, but unless it is, in your case, placed in the Class of '65 folder, you won't be included. FEAR NOT!!! I put you back with your class!!! Thanks for letting me know ~ BSH

Beverly, et al, thank you for an outstanding Thanksgiving issue! I'm sending all of you a Bravo Zulu, Navy speak for a job well done!

And my thanks to Yvette Snell for inquiring about our Albany Cardinals. I had no idea that there was a site where their history and these stats are available. I sincerely thank Yvette for her inquiry as it is a very interesting topic to me and brought back many fond memories, and much interesting Cardinal history I was not aware of. I only knew two of my favorite players by their nick names, Herb Herbison and Whitey Golembiewski. I now know their given names were James and Marion respectively.

All of my family were avid Cardinal fans. There was no TV back then, we lived within walking distance to the stadium, and we rarely missed a home game. I alternated as bat boy with Cay Stokes ('53). The days I was not in the dugout, I was in the stands selling Cokes and peanuts. Joe Ed Simmons ('44), Lukie Simmon's ('52) older brother, was in charge of concessions.

I remember many of these players. What surprised me was their size; I was a 12 year old kid in 1947 and 1948, and these players looked huge to me. But in checking their stats and body size, most were only 5' 8" to 5' 10" and weighed 150 - to - 175 lbs! They definitely were not on steroids!! Probably not even on Hadacol!


Anybody remember Hadacol; there was even a popular song called The Hadacol Boogie. Anyone remember that??? And amazingly The Hadacol Boogie is available at Amazon and EBay!

Herb Herbison, the lead off batter, was a favorite of mine, and he promised me one of his bats if he broke one. He did, and he gave it to me. It was cracked, not broken into two pieces. I put Elmer's glue in the crack, then nailed the two pieces together, and then wrapped the "wound" with electrical tape. It lasted a couple of summers in our lime sink games at Hilsman Park. But I had an "Official" Herb Herbison Louisville Slugger bat. I was top dog until Motie Wiggins ('52) got an "Official" Motie Wiggins Louisville Slugger bat! Nobody could top that! (His father owned the Albany Cardinals team).

One of the reasons I liked Herb was because my Daddy thought he was a good role model, and he pointed out what a gentleman he was. His shoes were always polished, and he never argued a call. He batted right handed, and the Cardinals dugout was on the first base side. Instead of walking across home plate to get to the batter's box like 99% of the batters, he always politely walked around and behind the ump and catcher.

I remember Whitey Goleumbuski, but not as a pitcher. To me he was a power hitter; he crushed a fast ball that went way up on the outfield bank of the lime sink between left and center field. The outfielders had to climb the embankment to retrieve the ball. This may have been the only true HR ever hit at Mills Stadium that did not involve an error of some sort as there was no outfield fence. I remember the PA announcer going nuts describing this homer, and the Herald went crazy the next day writing about it. It's probably the longest ball ever hit at Mills Stadium.

And pitcher Don Stephens, who I remembered as a great pitcher, but viewing his stats on line proved otherwise. What I do recall was one night he was at bat and fouled off 19 consecutive pitches. The poor pitcher was worn out, Don was tired, and the umpire was running out of new balls. I believe Don finally drew a walk. This was probably the longest "at bat" at Mills Stadium.

When the games were over, and If you lived within a mile of Mills Stadium, you knew the outcome: if Albany won, the song, "It's a Good Day" was played over the PA system. If we lost, "It's a Cruel, Cruel World" was played. This was truly typical Norman Rockwell small town America back in the day.

It was a wonderful era, and I am so blessed to have been a kid in Albany at this time. These Cardinal games were a family affair; my parents, my brother Tommy and I walked to and from the games and enjoyed wonderful family time together. I checked with Tommy, and he recalls all of the above mentioned events. Those were indeed Happy Days!!

Again my thanks and appreciation to Yvette for requesting this information, and all who researched it. Thank you so very much for bringing back these wonderful memories. I cherish them.

Anyone from my era who was an Albany Cardinal fan back in the day, I would urge you to check out the site:

And I think you will be surprised to learn that the first Albany professional baseball team from 1911 to 1916 was called The Albany Babies; no kidding, check it out!

Also, I thank Jon Crawford ('54) and Grayson Peters ('50) for the story about the sand dunes. This is a very interesting bit of Albany history, much of which I did not know. This story made this issue a double blessing! Blessings.

~ sunny rackley '53

I recall Coach McNabb was former Head Football Coach and he and his wife lived on Third Avenue in a native rock house around the corner from our family on Second Avenue.

My daddy was on the Dougherty County Board of Education when J.J. Cordell was its Supt. Immaterial, but during WW II my daddy was head of the Albany National Guard.

For the new High School on Residence Avenue I designed and denoted a landscape planting design plan.

About Mills Stadium, we were at a function there when it was announced on loud speakers, on December 7, that Pearl Harbor had been bombed by the Japanese.

I recall, too, when they built Mills Stadium from a former lime sink hole. There was not far from it another similar lime sink hole on a curve off of Second Avenue onto Third Avenue and once when the Flint River flooded water came up in that wide basin which was a park planted with allees of Live Oaks. So far as I can recall the water may not have come up in the lime sink of Mills Stadium but if it did it didn't get much publicity.

Your History of the Albany High School Sites is fantastic. I attended grammar school in McIntosh School and Mr. McIntosh lived three doors down from my Tyler grandparents in 400 block of Tift Street.


Across street from McIntosh School and Monroe Street Elementary School (*Mamie Brosnan) was Mr. Cuthbert's store which as I recall sold mainly sweets to the school children. Store was on corner of an unpaved alley which ran eastward behind the Tyler and McIntosh residences.

I attended the Jefferson Street Albany High School from which I graduated in 1945 when it had only eleven grades.

~ Ed Martin, Jr. ('46)

*** Hamilton Jordan ('62), former President Carter's chief of staff, is holding the football in Jay Beck's ('62) picture in the November issue of "News & Clues"

~ Joanne Simmons Smith ('58)

I just received word that Rodney Pitts died Nov. 20, 2014. His wife is Walda Collins Pitts, Class of 1962. Peace,

~ Joann Roark Arneson ('62)

It's with a sadden heart that I let everyone know that James D "Jimmy" McDowell, Class of 1978, passed away on November 6, 2014. He was a True Indian and made sure we all knew it, He dearly love the short circuit club. After a long career in law enforcement, and being disabled for several years he lost his battle with congested heart failure.


His service was held at Banks Funeral Home with his last call being made. He was laid to rest at Crown Hill Cemetery with Masonic Rites. He will be missed by all his family and his Albany High friends. THANK YOU.

~ His brother, Clifton McDowell (Dougherty)

Please include Bonnie Jefferson ('63) in the "In Memoriam" page on your website and we would appreciate it if you would notify our classmates regarding Bonnie's passing.

~ Bruce Garey ('63)

*** While looking at your fine website, I noticed that there was a name missing from those deceased Indians from the Class of 1967.

His name is: John "Buzz" Beaver. He died in an automobile accident. The year was 1981, I believe. Buzz was a good friend of mine and many others at AHS. I still miss him!  Regards,
~ Philip Cook AHS Class of '67

NOTE: John has been added, Philip. Thanks so much for letting us know.


*** In today's Albany Herald is the obituary of William Michael (Mike) Muggridge, AHS Class of 1973. He died on December 3, 2014, in Milledgeville. (I taught him in the ninth grade at Albany Junior High.)  Take care,

~ Joanne Simmons Smith ('58)

This is Chris Gibbs in Cordele, GA and I have received a note from Alma Jernigan Dayton's daughter informing me of her death on November 24th. She lived in Perry, GA.


We were friends and graduated together from Albany High in 1946. Thanks for all you do, I love getting my Albany High news each month, and enjoy reading of some I knew well. Thanks,

~ Chris Clifton Gibbs ('46).

Hope this is proper place for notification. In Albany Herald Friday December 12th: Thomas Edward Reese born 2/18/40, Class of 1958, died 12/07/14.  A private memorial service will be held at a later date.


Also, in today's paper there is an obit for Eddie Mote (Texas) who was a couple of years ahead of us.

~ Marideane Melton Maxwell ('58)


I wanted to let you know that my mother, Marguerite Green Kinney, AHS Class of 1937, passed away today, December 19, 2014 at the age of 95.
Thanks and take care,
Tommy Kinney, Class of ‘62



In Memoriam ...
Not where I breathe,
but where I loved ... I live ...



*** Rodney Pitts, Class of 1958; husband of Walda Collins Pitts , Class of 1962

*** James D. Jimmy" McDowell, Class of 1978, brother of Brenda ('75),  and Debbie ('76) McDowell. Two other siblings, Clifton and Elizabeth ('88) McDowell went to Dougherty.

*** Ray Carte', Class of 1968

*** Marie Elizabeth "Bonnie" Jefferson, Class of 1963

*** Theron Wallace Hawkes, Class of 1955

*** Whitfield Gunnels, Jr., Class of 1948

*** William Michael "Mike" Muggridge, Class of 1973

*** Aubrey Jackson Hitson, Class of 1948

*** Marie Elizabeth "Bonnie" Jefferson, Class of 1963

*** Alma Jernigan Dayton , Class of 1946

*** Sarah Irvin Eason, Class of 1980

*** Thomas Edward Reese, Class of 1958

*** Edgar Franklin Mote, Class of 1957


*** Marguerite Green Kinney, Class of 1937; mother of Tommy Kinney, Class of 1962


Note: Thanks to all who send notices and/or obituaries of AHS Indians inside and outside of Albany. We may not otherwise be aware of our losses.  
FYI: Email notices and/or obituaries are first sent to the deceased’s class, and if they are Indians, to the classes of the spouse, child, or parents, as soon as possible.   Each is then listed in the Albany High Times' "News & Clues", and also on the Albany High Times "In Memoriam" webpage : Click here: In Memoriam - Our Deceased Classmates - AHS Albany GA

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