Class of `54
Chat `11




Welcome to our Chat Page. If you'd like to extend greetings to classmates "on line", or give us some news about yourself, here's the place to do it. Just send an email to  to get your message posted. Listed below are items shared up to now.
From Eleanor Chenevert Courier
October 29, 2011
Bud's getting out of New England just in time. Waiting for close to a foot of snow here in Mass. Way too soon. Have a safe trip Bud...on behalf of the Class of 1954 I'd like to say thank you for all you did to help Hurricane Irene victims. If I say that Buster would be proud of you, I'm sure it will make you will smile. Happy Holidays to you !
From Bud Bryant
October 21, 2011
You think its chilly in NC come on up. Going down in the 30s tonight.In 8 days we put the BIG WHEELS in motion and head south. Winter in Davenport FL just outside MOUSE TOWN (Orlando) Work for Mickey 3 days a week at thier Sports Complex,They run the 6 Disney golf courses and I hate to take advantage of a good situation. Best to you all and have a great Holiday(s) season.
From Paul Lucy
October 12, 2011
Joe, so sorry to learn of Rock’s passing. He was a good friend at BHS. Rock’s circle of close friends included John Lanigan, John Payonzeck, John Rooney, Tom McBride, Ned Bunyon, Rich Nelson and David Reynolds. He loved sports and, when not playing on a team, still stayed Involved; eg, as manager of the football team. Looking back at our Year Book I came across his hand written note: “ I’ll always remember the good times we had together”. As do I, Rock. Rest In Peace.
From Rod McElroy
October 5, 2011

Got this information from a classmate of P.T. (older brother, class of ’53 at BHS). The passing of another era! Cheers, Rod

Belmont is quiet. The last remnant of our old high school is gone and the Wellington Elementary school has been erected on the same ground and opened this Sept. It looks good, and, of course, Burbank is in full swing with some discussion about taking out the cement steps that go from the playground up to your house (at 58 Douglas Road). I don't remember when they were built—my only memory is playing king of the mountain on the steep embankment during recess in winter.

From John Keene
October 5, 2011
Hi Joe, I like the idea of 54-55-56. Enjoy the foliage,
From Barbara Hird Grant
September 27, 2011




From Bud Bryant
September 26, 2011
I'm back. Been over in Vermont working for a road contractor repairing mostly washed out roads in Woodstock, Rutland, Hartford, W. Hartford, Springfield,  Reading (my fathers birthplace),Killington and a few more.

There was a tremendous amount of damage done along the Quataquechee River, Conn. River.White River caused by 6-10" of rain.These rivers crested between 24-28 ' above the norm.You can't imagine the damage.Some people had 6-10 ft, of water run through their homes.Others had their homes float anywhere up to 1 to 2 mi.down stream.People were wheel barrowing mud out of their homes.One restaurant sitting on a concrete slab was moved, with slab, 75'.

I've witnessed destruction From Andrew, Hugo, and was in a campground when a tornado went through. Never have I witnessed such devastation as what Irene did to Vermont. Western New Hampshire had the same type of damage. Hurricanes,tornadoes etc. do their damage without a doubt. But I've never witnessed the damage a moving wall of water will do as I have seen in VT, and NH - east and west of the Conn. River. Nine people lost their lives up to date.

Here in Laconia we had high winds gusts up to 60 mph. Lost electricity for a few hrs.before backing my motorhome up to the house and plugging in. We were like a island, the only house with juice in the area;.It came back about 7 hrs later. Northern NH got hit pretty bad. Loon Mountain had some serious damage when the Pemmi. River ran wild taking out one of the two bridges to the Loon Ski area,  some roads and a bridge washout across Rt. 112. Some other damage up to the Canadian border.

From Nicole Huss Gastone
September 20, 2011
Hello Joe,

It was good to hear from you and to see that you appreciated your cruise. I think that it was way too short for visiting all the places you went to. But there is always the possibility of returning and of visiting just one or two places at one time.

While you were enjoying the Mediterranean, I waited out Irene in New York. I arrived just the day before and it was impressive to find the city at a standstill and everything closed down. Definitely kept me from seeing most of the exhibitions I had planned. I fortunately got to the Whitney and saw the beautiful Feininger paintings and later to the Jewish museum for the collections of the Cone sisters of Baltimore. This second exhibition was especially interesting as we will see this fall in Paris the collection of Gertrude and Leo Stein and it was they who introduced the Cones to Matisse and Picasso.

While staying at the home of friends in Connecticut, I had the great pleasure of a visit by Marion Ellis and we had a lovely meal together. I so much appreciated her driving all the way down to meet up again. I do hope that there will be many more possibilities, and even perhaps in Paris.

Thanks again for taking care of our staying in contact. Love to you and Nancy.

From Joe Mazzei
September 15, 2011
We got back from our Mediterranean tour on September 13. The body clocks are still drifting between EDT and plus 6-7 hours in Europe. As I post this, it's Thursday, 7:45 PM here; but it's 1:45 AM Friday in Rome, and 2:45 AM in Istanbul.

The cruise was wonderful. We kept busy with tours in: Venice, Athens, Corinth, Ephesus, Istanbul, Mykonos, Naples, Civitavecchia, Rome, Pisa, Florence and Monaco. The trip ended in Barcelona with a bus ride to the airport there. To sum it up, we did so much in a short time frame. All I can think of are some lyrics from Lion King's Circle of Life: "There's more to see than can ever be seen. more to do than can ever be done..." I guess this means I would like to do it again sometime. Maybe spend two weeks in Rome instead of six hours. But, what we saw I hope we'll not forget.

I'm glad we took lots of snapshots, and bought books on Rome and Ephesus. Also we bought a DVD which proides us with many pictures of where we went, and the history regarding each location

From Steve Wasby
August 31, 2011
The part of Cape Cod where I live got very little rain and during the height of the storm it was sunny. Sunday was, however, all wind (steady 40mph with higher gusts -- tropical storm not hurricane strength). I had no power loss or tree loss, but parts of the Cape (as of today, Wednesday) are still at least 25% without power. I consider myself lucky. And the Albany area, where I used to live, was inundated with water, and the Catskills are a disaster, as are parts of Vermont.
From Harley Anderson
August 31, 2011
Hi Joe,
My wife and I had lunch at the Simon Pierce Restaurant in Quichee Vermont on Saturday 24 hours before IRENE inundated the place. All is well in Hollis, NH.
Passed to us By Rod
August 31, 2011
For those of us concerned about the aging thing, take a look at this:

FDR said, "We have nothing to fear but fear itself." Apparently, this lady doesn't seem too concerned about aging. -JM-
From the Mazzeis
August 27, 2011
Hello all. Thanks for your concern. We can't call Irene a non-event. We don't know the wind velocities. But the house shook a bit under some of the heavier gusts. I woke up at 2:30 AM due to some of the wind noise. The clock was illuminated. I woke up over an hour later because I was feeling kind of warm, and things were pitch black. I was wondering whether or not my eye lids were working. We lost power at 3:30 AM, (according to an analog electric clock in our guest room). The power came back on at 5:00 AM.

Armed with one of our flashlights (with new batteries), I checked out our attic to see if we were dry up there. The wind driven rain was hitting the roof shingles, and the siding pretty hard. Long story short: no structural damage, no leaks, no plastic sheets to spread in the attic. One small tree was laid down. Limbs, branches, pine cones, and needles were scattered about the property, and now are curbside waiting to be picked up,

I did get to thinking though. Remember the nor'easters we used to experience. They would last a day or two. We had snow driven by gale or hurricane force winds, maybe a week of news about it. Then we waited for the snow to melt. Progressively, the media, and the meteorologists play these tropical depressions up for all they are worth. Our oldest son says that the only media he uses is the National Hurricane Center. They give you the bulletins; they give you the storm track, and the potential path - no hysteria, drama, fear building, just the facts as they know them to be. I like it better that way. I hope that all of you in Irene's path stay safe and dry.
From Bud Bryant
August 28, 2011
Glad to here you all are O K .Spoke to my niece over in the Lake Lore area, and they are in good shape as well as good friends in Fort Mill S.C.You mentioned Hugo, I witnessed the mess it made of the Carolina ,North and South. I was down to Pinhurst And Myrtle Beach on a golf vacation in October playing from Willmington NC to Charleston SC.Never want to witness anything thing like that again.

The storm is in NY at this time.We in the lake area (Laconia NH) aren't expected to get the eye until about nine tonight, which is expected to go ut the borders of NH and VT. We will be getting any where between 6 to 12 inches of rain in the area.The Big Lake is being drawn down and the lakes south of us are doing the same.The heavy winds will be west of the eye and east of the eye will get the rain.The old saying of "It is what it is and there is nothing we can do about it "is one of the many I can remember for these situations. Enough is enough. You and Nancy have a great trip

From Janet Miller McKee
August 27, 2011
Hello Joe - wonder where you are now. Keep safe. Family throughout New England have battened down or will do so soon. All clear here in Seattle!
From Barbara Hird Grant
August 26, 2011
Hope you miss much of the storm. We expect it Saturday night and Sunday. But what will we get? Heavy rain, winds, flooding? all or some.

Imagine it. We had an earthquake on Tuesday. I did not feel anything. But closer to the water - in Boston - a building swayed. And many offices were vacated. It registered 5.8 on the Richter scale near the VA coast. Did you get that too?

Take care. And be careful 
(Tuesday, a bunch of us hams were checking out various amateur radio facilities at the county Emergency Management Center, one of our hospitals, and Red Cross shelters. I guess I was to occupied (or numb) to any quakes. On the other hand, I may have felt it, but thought I was having another senior experience. - JM)
From Mona McLellan Calthorpe
August 25, 2011

Good luck to you Joe - Been there, done that. The first year we moved here to Florida I think we went through 5 hurricanes and packed to leave a couple of times. I was ready to head back to Maine! Unfortunately for us in Florida we are an easy target and water temperatures are 89-90 degrees this time of year in the Gulf. I have gotten used to the panic here now (just like the Nor'easters up in N.E.) I remember hurricanes Carol & Diane in the summer 1954 and was on Chebeague Island, Maine. It was utter devastation to the fishing fleet along the coast - boats were smashed up against the ledges. We were without electricity for 3 days but we had warning & we filled the bathtub & every bucket we could find! Pray that Irene will bend a little further east. Everyone is watching & waiting. Take care.
From Janet Miller McKee
August 25, 2011

Just keep safe and well Joe. Hope the trip goes well. No storm damage anywhere. Will keep watching it from here.

Our eldest son James is in Paris, having just completed the Paris-Brest-Paris bicycle challenge. He is now a member of the elite Charly Miller Society. Charly Miller was the first American to ride in this event in 1901 and he did it in 56 hours 40 minutes. That has been an iconic goal for Americans ever since. The event takes place only once ever 4 years and covers a distance of 1230 kilometers. Ove 5000 riders from all over the world participated this year. The time limit is 90 hours. I don't have the final stats yet but am just relieved that James has finished and achieved his goal.
From Kathleen Hennessey Stoll
August 25, 2011

Good luck! Hope that Irene does indeed have a good night!
From Nicole Huss Gastone
August 25, 2011

Hello Joe,

I'm very interested in Irene, as I am heading toward New York tomorrow. I wondered what to pack, warm, cold, rain, but I'll just remain optimistic and hope that New York will not be hit too hard.

I hope to meet Marion in September at some friends of mine in Connecticut.

Wishing you all the best and a big swerve from Irene.


From the Mazzeis
August 25, 2011
At noon time, I spoke with a friend at Coast Guard Station Oak Island. He had just heard that Irene "moved a tick westward". Yesterday, some of our hams - and me - were checking out the amateur radio facilities located at 3 of our county shelters, the local hospital, and the county emergency management center. Hams and their radio equipment are the last communications resort, and are used when all other modes fail. This does happen - especially this year.

Today, we're moving outside furniture to safe places, and getting other items tied down. We will give it another 24 hours before we decide whether or not to evacuate. We may have to pack up kind of heavily. We are going on a Mediterranean cruise to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. The orignal plan is to fly from Wilmiington, NC to Philadelphia next Wednesday, then connect to a flight from Philadelphia to Venice, IT. But, if we evacuate, we may find that the Emergency Managment authorities won't let us back into the county to survey our home for damage, then pack and go. There's a chance that going via Wilmington and Philadelphia might be risky.

If the storm takes it's potential track, there may not be any aircraft at those airports, or the airlines will have a backlog of passengers to manage. The good news is, the forecast indicates that winds will be out of the southeast. This would cause many of our pine trees to fall clear of the house. Anyway, it's a matter of waiting for the party to start, and determining our next move. We're hoping to send an "all's well" come Monday. At this point, we're close to the hurricane/tropical storm dividing line. If the storm track moves a bit to the west, we can expect Hurricane Irene; if it moves east, we can expect TS Irene. Hopefully it gets forced east much further and it's "Good night Irene.

We know that many more of you on the east coast are concerned. Our hopes and prayers are with you.

From Mona McLellan Calthorpe
August 3, 2011
Hi Joe, Welcome back from vacation & happy anniversary.
It seems everyone up north is complaining about the weather again & how hot it is. I was in Maine the first week of June & one day in No. Berwick it was 95 degrees & the next day it was 50! I almost froze to death before I got back here to Palmetto, FL. We have 95 every day (humidity the same) until Oct. I just hit the pool which is cooler than the Gulf of Mexico now (89 degrees at the beaches).

Yesterday my son called me from Maine & his 8 yr. old daughter was hit by lightning!!!! They had tornado warnings on the coast of Portland so my ex-daughter-in-law headed for the basement with her 8 yr. old daughter and she was sitting on the dryer when the lightning hit. She was knocked to the floor & the lightning grounded out through the wall of the basement leaving a huge hole in the foundation. My granddaughter was ok. but as a precaution she went to the ER & was checked out. She has a burn mark on her back & she told me her little finger (lt. side) felt funny.

She was a very lucky little girl & what a scary thing for her to go through. When she called me last night, I asked her if the lightning curled her hair & she didn't think that was very funny. Tornadoes used to be rare in the NE but I guess not any more! Now we in Fl., as well as you Joe in the Carolinas, will see what's next with Tropical Storm Emily. Looks like we both will get some of it. Fill up the gas tank!
From Barbara Hird Grant
August 2, 2011
From Barbara Hird Grant
July 24, 2011


TO; BUD--- CONGRATS ON GREAT GRANDCHILD. HOW IS THE BEAUTIFUL LAKE UP THERE/? I went there as a kid, and a teen, and with my husband and kids, and miss it now.

From Kathleen Hennessey Stoll
July 23, 2011
Thanks for sharing Rod's "words"--It does sound so familiar!
From Janet Miller McKee
July 23, 2011
Correction: The Benton Branch librarian was Miss Cardigan, then she married Bob Moran.
From Rob Yacubian
July 22, 2011
Thank you for all that you do.  I agree with Kathy; my high school news is more important then college. College doesn't keep in touch.
(Rob, thank you. Also, thanks to all of our classmates who share their stories. Without all of you, there wouldn't be much to print. - JM)
From Janet Miller McKee
July 22, 2011

So many thanks to Nancy O'Neill Eckstein for that picture of the Benton Branch Library. Growing up I was in that library almost every day and remember also that my mother started out her library "career" working there. The head librarian was Miss Moran. Then in her 50's I believe, she married Bob____ I'll think of his last name later. She was such a nice woman and I'm glad she found a companion for her later years.

I've been reminiscing a lot lately what with my trip East and all. I've been writing about it in my blog. Now I have a subject for my next blog entry remembering the local library and all those neighbourhood explorations.

Janet, nice and cool here in the Pacific Northwest. I'm not complaining!

From Nancy O'Neil Eckstein
July 20, 2011
My brother, BHS '51, sent me this link from The Globe this morning. Perhaps the Payson Parkers might enjoy seeing this. I remember that library so was an easy walk by Janet Miller's house...and from the picture it hasn't changed at all. Even the Librarian's desk is in the same corner of the room. I used to love to watch her stamping the due date on the slip in the back covers of the books...the soft thud literally resounded in the totally silent room. I can see her face but cannot think of her name...anyone remember?
From Nancy Kriebel
July 20, 2011
Hi Joe,
I hand it to you to you for figuring out all that "techie" stuff! Thanks for doing it.

I've always had a Mac and now have the latest model. I love it. It's much easier to use especially for us artist types. I can make my way around it and it mostly makes sense. I've had trouble figuring out pc's and windows, which I have at work where there are no intuitive moves at all. Macs are great for photographs too.

From Fred Merk
July 20, 2011
Hi Joe and Marion,
In spite of all obstacles I am glad that the class website is gradually being put back together again...Thanks Joe for all your work!
Bud Bryant's updated info was added to the class spreadsheet. Just checked in on the '54 class photo website and it is still alive and well..... There have been over 1,800 visits. If you want a few of the website photos inserted into PowerPoint for a slide show..... let me know.

I recently had a marvelous experience with my sons...Launch of the final Space Shuttle at Kennedy Space Center. My older son John works for a subcontractor of NASA and he was able to get us passes to the VIP/press viewing area 3 miles across water from the launchpad. Security was very tight. Special persons there were the director of KSC, Jimmy Buffet and several astronauts. One of them knew John from 2 years ago when he gave training sessions to astronauts at Johnson Space Center in Houston. The astronaut signed a program for my grandson.

The countdown, which had several unexpected 'holds', was very tense. However weather was not a problem. Everything went smoothly. At T minus 5 they realized that this thing was probably a 'go'. The announcer reminded us of the dangers that astronauts face....a moment of silence....and then asked us all to rise and sing the National Anthem. With the American flag flying was a very moving experience!!
Later we 'rode' in a shuttle launch simulator. We each strapped ourselves in. It provided us the same G-forces, sound, visual and vibration/spin sensations that the astronauts actually experience. It was quite a day!
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From Bud Bryant
July 19, 2011
Good job Joe.Better you than me trying to get things up again . Thanks
From Janet Miller McKee
July 19, 2011
Thanks Joe for all your work in keeping things working smoothly. All this technology is keeping us on our mental toes - and I keep losing my balance!!

I'm, back in Seattle after my trip to New England
From Kathleen Hennessey Stoll
July 19, 2011
We are so lucky to have you and your perseverance to solve our problems! I cannot thank you enough! As a result, my best historical relationships are with our BHS class. My college has a website, but no communication, although I am in touch with many classmates. And I have been to two graduate schools, and it is only in the past year I have even heard from them. In fact at my 50th reunion from the school of social work, I lost it when the major speaker was about the use of dogs in the treatment of the mentally ill. And until this year, I never heard from the School of Management--now they are telling me how to live a healthy life! I have to tell you that your chat pages are so much more of interest than anything I hear from my college or my two graduate schools, that there is no comparison. God Bless you for your work! You could teach many development offices a whole lot. The important thing is the free connection--not sales messages of one kind or another. I don't need to hear about how wonderful dogs are in social work or how to live a healthy life from my school of management! I just want to share stories and keep in touch. Thank you so much for you continued work to keep us in touch with who we are!
(Thanks Kathleen, I appreciate the good words. Nancy M might be inclined to think, stubbornness may describe me better than perseverance. I just go with the "Serenity Prayer". I don't know why I think that it's so important to keep in touch. But, if all this conjures up good memories from those special days of so long ago, then let's do it. JM)
From Mike Emmett Murphy
July 19, 2011
Many thanks for all that you do. I love reading the notes from our classmates. I do hope we have a 60th reunion; as you may recall, I had to cancel out of our 55th at the last minute because of a family illness.
From Gerry Turner Cummings
July 19, 2011

I love getting message from you and hearing from all of my classmates.
From Joan Butler Kellogg
July 18, 2011
I also liked it, especially originating from Bud Bryant. Bud and I were born the same day in the same hospital back in 19??.
From Janet Miller McKee
July 18, 2011
Hello Joe - not very good news about our home town - July 14 - a woman assaulted on Payson Road, near Payson Park. My sister in New Hampshire alerted me to this item which she heard via the television - I looked it up by googling a few words. Sure enough. Not nice. But 10:45 at night - at least not during the day when I used to walk to and from elementary school.
(I'm sure it was horrible for this woman. Belmont was one of the quietest places around when we were kids. I do remember hearing about some rowdy behavior after some tech tourney games. But, I was never involved??? I'm sure it was a bunch of Watertown kids with Belmont accents :-)  :-)  )
Bea Capraro Busa
July 17, 2011
A 2011 thing to do is also have a pretty basket at the front door for all the kids and grand kids to deposit their cells, laptops, ipods, etc. when they arrive and pick them up at the end of the weekend. We just had our get together here in Lexington. There were 16 from our immediate family with seven missing, and 155 from my husband's family. It was a terrific but lots of computers were in service.

Have a great reunion!

From Eleanor Courier Chenevert
July 17, 2011
I can't think of anyone who deserves a reprieve from the "electronics" than you. Nancy is right, sometimes you just have to step away from it and enjoy life. The class of 1954 appreciates everything you do for us in keeping us connected. A lot of us may not post anything, but we sure read everything. It's wonderful. Enjoy your vacation and relax.

Thank you

From Bud Bryant
July 17, 2011
Hey Joe. Being layed back in retirement is the cats meow. A vacation w/ g/kids always a challange.Been there, done that, in fact Pat and I started a new chapter, 1st Great-grand daughter,arrived day before my birthday on June 7 2010, adds to the 5 grand kids all in higher education of some kind. Best Regards
From Barbara Hird Grant
July 16, 2011
From Ellie Noone O'Connell
July 15, 2011
What a refreshing way to enjoy a Friday anywhere in the U.S.  Thank you
From Bud Bryant
July 15, 2011
It has been a short time since we celebrated the 4th. But Bud sent this link to give us yet another perspective on America the beautiful. Click on this for something "pretty and patriotic".
From Janet Miller
June 24, 2011

Hello Joe - the email remains the same.  It works and I don't want to change it and snarl everything up.

Nice to hear from Anne - I'll email her direct.  Good to receive that today - we fly to Boston on Tuesday to be met by son David and then transported to Glastonbury, 3 miles from where Anne lives.  Maybe this time we can meet up - I now have a U.S. driving license and more confidence in driving here in the U.S. 

Oh and I want to get in touch with Marion.  We are headed her way later during our visit - around the 4th of July.  Maybe we can meet for lunch at the Oarweed in Ogunquit later in the week.  Plans are evolving.
From Harley Anderson
June 24, 2011
Thanks Joe,  
I would like to know if Gail Perry did purchase the Alumni directory and what she thought of it.  I saw Beverly Habib Higgins a couple of weeks ago and she looked great.
From Anne Freeman Mayo
June 24, 2011

Hi, Joe, could you ask Janet Miller McKee to send me her u.s. email? I have her old one and it appears to be gone. Thanks! And thanks for offering this service.
From John Keane
June 23, 2011

Joe, Thanks for notifying Charlie. I did not know where he was living.He called me this morning and I’ll be meeting him at the Cape soon. We already had some laughs about nutty things we did back then. I hope you continue to recover quickly and with diminishing pain.
From Chuck Olive
June 22, 2011
Hi to Bill Burke, John Keane, Ron LeBlanc and Don Osborne and everyone else. My wife, Anne, and I have a daughter and two granddaughters living in Georgia, and a son with two granddaughters living in Brookline. Life is good here in Falmouth, MA.

I have been reading your emails for too long without responding, Joe.

From Paul Lucy
June 16, 2011
Can’t believe it took Bill Burke 50 years to graduate from UMass/Lowell.   Kidding aside,  I join Bill in wishing Brenda well. We’ve all come a long way from our days at Chenery School. 
From Bill Burke
June 15, 2011
Wish the best for Brenda. .She is and always was the BEST
From Barbara Hird Grant
June 11, 2011
We had heavy winds and very ominous dark black clouds on the day Springfield was hit by the tornado. There were tornado warnings for Fitchburg and Leominster; but nothing touched down. The skies were very black; and we had heavy rain.

We saw some weird sky coloring - black, yellow and blue - making things very scary. Now I understand how the storm victims out west must have felt. 

Hi to Bill Burke

I  talked with Brenda DiGiovanni last week and she is doing well, but still has some equilibrium problems.

Hey Roddy, I remember Miss Bridey well. She was a great French teacher.

I had Mr. Solano for 2 years of Spanish; I also took another year in college.

My grand daughter graduated from Chelmsford High last week. She was National Honor Society, and Senior and Spanish honor groups. She had all A's and will be going to UNH to become an NP

Hope everyone beats the heat.

From Bill Burke
June 9, 2011
Hi, all I just made it through 50 years at UMmass Lowell/ I am going to set a record /Anyone who wants to talk to me ,just send me an email. I hope my email went into the net.

(Bill - Your email got through, but in a strange way. Also, the emails I send you keep coming back as "undeliverable - not allowed", etc.). I'm suspecting that UM-L is having server problems.)
From Rod McElroy
June 6, 2011
Janet Miller McKee’s recollection of Miss Gould’s Siamese cats.   It was obvious to many of us that she was devoted to “Coco” and “Yum-Yum”   And I recall all too well Miss Steuerwald’s special group of “Vestal Virgins”  I, too, had two years of Latin and then two years of French with Mademoiselle Bridey.   She was a gem!  How I remember her great smile and “Alors” and “Voila”. 

We are getting some 90 degree weather in the heartland of America (Ohio)  Whew!!

From Nancy O'Neil Eckstein
June 6, 2011
My youngest daughter, Meghan,  just called to go on Skype to see our newborn grandson who arrived yesterday...Charles Robert Gange...was born at Newton-Wellesley Hospital where his mommy is a staff physician (hospitalist) in internal medicine/pediatrics.  Mommy, Daddy (Christopher), Baby and big sister, Eliza (age 2) are all doing well.  Little Charlie is our fifth grandchild (second grandson) and I am very anxious to get out to Boston to see him live and in person.  Meanwhile, our other 3 grandchildren; daughter, Karen;  and son-in-law, Andy arrive next Saturday from San Francisco.  They will be here in Cincinnati for a week. I'm hoping that Kings Island theme park and our neighborhood pool will keep them happy and occupied in this extremely hot weather...100 degrees today and it is only June 6th.

I was saddened to hear that our class has lost another dearly remembered friend...Carol Simpson...our letter "N" cheerleader!  Margo's comments brought back fond memories of my long friendship with Lori Kadehjian Stephens.  I miss her dearly.  My best to all for a great summer.  I'm waiting to hear of the date for our next "luncheon" reunion.  Any plans yet?  (PS... Meghan couldn't get Skype to work on her lap top.  Will try again later. ) 


From Joe Mazzei
June 4, 20011

Nicole, It's also good to hear from you also. We also have a package deal with our "telecomms", Telephone, Internet, TV over a fiber-optic line. It did go down once in the past three years. But, we have an independent telephone company, and they are usually excellent with their customer service, (unlike Dell and Microsoft).

Sorry to hear you have to wade through the bureaucracy to get service(s) restored. It reminds me of a Jimmy Buffett song - One Particular Harbor. In his case, he describes a "safe haven" where all is well. Finding that one particular person, within our communications domains who makes a positive difference in restoring service, seems to be getting rarer with each passing day, holidays or not.

For the past two weeks, it has been very hot here with no rain.. Lately, it has been easier to keep an ambient cool; I'm trying hard to keep my cool.

From Nicole Huss Gastone
June 1, 2011

Good to hear from you again.

Does it reassure you that things are a mess in Europe too.  I have just returned from two weeks in Italy and found myself without telephone, TV and internet (it's a package).  After hours on the phone and ever so many different contacts, I finally got somebody efficient and everything was returned the day before yesterday.  But tonight, my telephone is gone again, and I am just dreading the moment when all the rest will go off.  And it is no good calling tomorrow because it is a holiday in France and people will only be back on the help line on Friday morning!

Hope all is well and that you are not only staying cool but also keeping yours.  It is warm here too and it seems that the country is drying out.  No rains at all for ages.  Wonder what the summer will be like.

From Janet Miller McKee
June 1, 2011
Hello Joe - I am so glad Jack honored Miss Gould and Miss Steurwald.  I haven't thought of Miss Gould in years but she in fact was a neighbor and I used to visit her and her Siamese cats.  I can picture her now - and of course Miss Steurwald.   I really liked studying Latin with her and even tried Greek for a few lessons in her home there on Orchard Street.  There just wasn't room in the schedule to continue with the Latin alas.  I did 2 years, maybe 3, I can't remember.  French and Miss Bridey took over - I was aiming for Middlebury.
From Jack Putnam
May 1, 2011
I feel your pain, Joe, about making friends with a new computer: I'm on my fifth now, and each time I just about get comfy with one, it either dies or tells me it wants to go and live at the Smithsonian. But stick with it, Joe, you're doing an invaluable service.
Which leads me to comment on your musings about attachments to BHS54 and why they may be stronger than those to college days. In my own case, it may be because my Belmont Hill hiatus.  For some reason--and with financial help from a source my folks never identified to me--I was sent there from grades five through eight, and while it was not a bad experiencee, I believe I missed a lot by breaking the continuity of Belmont's public schooling. First, because it was it was firat-rate education; the thread a while back on the teachers really srtruch home with me: while I remember many fine teachers in my life, the three that stand out were all at BHS: Evelyn Hornsey, of course, and Elizabeth Gould, and --surprised?--Marion Steuerwald.  She was demanding, she was tough, but she by God got everything out of you that she could. I owe everything I have in the way of a study work ethic to her.  Tough as she was, she was unstinting in her praise when you did well and worked hard. And she was kind. There is a special place in Heaven for teachers like the ones we had.
Then there's the fact that many of us had been friends and neighbors from kindergarten days, during the years we were becoming the kinds of people we would be. Even despite my four-year stretch at Belmont Hill and the adjustment I had to make on returning to a community from which I had been gone for such a long time, I was grateful for the classmates who welcomed me back and became new friends.
As for college--well, I got through it, but I really don't look back on it with a great deal of nostalgia'  Since I was a commuteer for my first three years, holding down two part-time jobs the whole time, it was not easy to socialize or participate in extra-curricular activities.  There was some fun, but mostly it was long hours, hard work, too little sleep.  
I was glad to hear you escaped the wave of scary weather that's been hitting the South recently;  Keep your head down, and be well
From Carol Simpson Sherman's Son Rob, via Margo Johnson Hughes
April 8, 2011
Thank you very much for all the support everyone.  It's doing just that....supporting me.  When I'm sinking, it's lifting me and holding me back up. I'm grateful to know so many good people.
From Janet Miller McKee
April 6, 2011
Carol and Midge - they along with Margo and I made up a foursome at the tennis courts at the Junior High School.  I feel shaken at the sad news of Carol's passing earlier today.  My sympathy and prayers for her family and friends.
From John Keane
April 6, 2011
Congratulations to Rod McElroy. He did a lot of good things.
April 6, 2011
From Margo Johnson Hughes

Dear Joe,
It is with great saddness that I tell you and our classmates, that Carol died early this morning at Univ of PA Hospital. Her son Rob with whom she had been living with for the past year was with her.

I have lost my best friend but know we are only on loan by God for whatever time He feels is right. Carol was getting ready to go home when she collapsed in the hospital yesterday
afternoon. She had suffered so much these past few years and I'm glad it was over quickly!

Tentative plans are for her to be brought to Belmont and the n buried with John
at Mt Auburn next Monday or Tuesday. I'm sure it will be in the Globe.
My best to you and all my friends from Belmont High! Keep well!
April 5, 2011
From Ann Freeman Mayo

Dear Joe,
Thanks so much for sending on the articles about Rod McElroy, and for all your other work. I haven't sent in anything in ages, but I devour all the contributions from classmates and think of you all often. Keep out of the lightning today!


April 5, 2011
From Faith McNeeley Hadala
Hey Joe,
We just had our power restored after a wild night!  Made coffee on a back packing stove this a.m.!  Bottom of our hill all flooded out.  Good thing I have nothing on the agenda this a.m.!  At least it's over now!  Fortunately, the mountains seem to keep the tornado's from touching down, here in Gatlinburg. (We were lucky. When the front reached here, we had high winds, some rain, and a little thunder. But our weather alert radion erupted at 3:30 and 5:00 AM - JM)
April 4, 2011
From Janet Miller McKee
Dear Joe - that's an interesting coincidence.  Earlier today I came across my little booklet for our 25th BHS reunion and I was reading about Roddy - and a few others. At that time (1974) Roddy wrote that one of his hobbies was rug hooking.  Are you still doing that Roddy??  If so, let me know and we can exchange notes.
From John Keane
March 26, 2011
Hi Joe,

Just realized I passed Kathleen’s church many times beginning in 1974 , because the Cleveland Clinic radiology  department was my first customer when I started my business.

They were great people to work with and meant a lot to me. “95 TH and Euclid”   ….that is forever imprinted in my memory.

Best wishes to the new church endeavors !       

Ftom Kathleen Hennessey Stoll
March 25, 2011
This was our Church, and the first anniversary of its sudden burning to the ground in less than 12 hours. 

Euclid Avenue Congregational Church stronger one year after church burns to ground

(Clicking the link above will give a glimpse of the ceremonies at the church site. The text below is a note from Kathleen's pastor... )

We made the news...
Dear Kathleen, 

We had a wonderful time together as a church family yesterday.  We heard stories from one another, had anointing and even a dove.  I don't know about you, but I am still full from the service and the fellowship.

As you know WEWS News Channel 5 was there to film our service (thanks to Leon I'm sure).   We made the 11:00 news.  Take a look below by clicking the blue link. 

I'll see you Sunday,

Rev. Courtney Clayton Jenkins 

From Kathleen Hennessey Stoll
March 4, 2011
My daughter Sarah who is a chemistry professor at Georgetown is on sabbatical in Paris for three months, We have been enjoying Skype--which I highly recommend--free communication with pictures. But this note - recently received from her - I thought you would all enjoy!

"Every once in awhile your kid sounds grown up, and it isn't clear if they know it.

This morning I was feeling the start of a cold that went from Natalie to David and then incubated and passed now to me.  I was grumbling about not feeling so hot, and Nicole launched off on a lecture about how important it is not to pass on germs.  "You know, you need to wash your hands, and don't share cups, and all that sort of thing"   Since it came from David, I was teasing and said, 'well I think this cold came from kisses.  Did you know kisses are a good way to pass around germs?"

Natalie looked like I was just talking smack.  She said, "Mommy, if we don't have kisses we'll die!  we'll just go ahead and die.  Do you want to die?"   I smiled and said, "No of course not", she turned her completely strawberry jammy face to me and said, "Then kiss me now!"
From John Keane
February 25, 2011
Recently you asked for info about anyone who published. My only ” publishing” was to write the cover article for the June 2006 issue of “Hematology & Oncology news & issues”.

The article was entitled “ The myth of the paperless office”,…. as applied to the daily operations of radiation therapy departments that I and my company  worked with nationally. We provided custom printed medical record folders, forms, assists and graphic design.

The political hype of “all-electronic” simply does not work in this environment . Both paper and electronics must be tailored to work in synergy for staff and patient to benefit.

Working with these wonderful caregivers over the years was the most satisfying part of my work.

Best wishes to all classmates, and thanks for the great tunes Harley !

From Harley Anderson
February 21, 2011
(Harley sent an outsatanding email which contains - A Golden Oldies Juke Box. There's a table at the bottom of this page containiing the music we all knew in the `50s. Just scroll to the bottom of the page. Then click on any song you want to hear. It will connect you to a web page which will play your choice(s). Then, sit back, relax, and listen. Just a word of caution, to stop the music, you will need to close the web page which is playing it.) Enjoy - - JM
From Kathleen Hennessey Stoll
February 21, 2011
Larry Foster was a good friend of mine from my Church. He was my escort to my Junior Prom, and I visited him while he was at Harvard. We were good friends. Our parents were good friends. His sudden death on a flight to Nantucket was so unexpected--we just did not anticipate an early death from perfectly ordinary activities in those days.

But it reminded me also of another student of BHS that some of us knew, Otis Johnson--another young man who lost his life too early.  Which brings me back to the Edgerton's who lost two out of three sons early in their lives. It was not war, it was civilian accidents!

Those of us who have survived to this old age are extraordinarily lucky--because within that time, people like Ned Bunyon, have made a difference in the world of their interest. I mourn the loss of the young ones, like Larry,  who never had a chance, but celebrate the achievements of those of us who have survived. May we keep them all in our hearts. Kathleen.
From Steve Wasby
February 21, 2011
I certainly "felt" that plane crash. (See post from Fred Merk, 1/28/11). Larry Foster was a good friend of my next door neighbor, Sam Casson, who was a class ahead of us (as was Larry).  I thus spent some time in Larry's company. I remember learning of the crash -- an attempted landing in bad weather, one that the pilot should never have made; the plane came down short of the runway, as I remember.

I add another vignette, this time about Ned Bunyon.    

An acquaintance mentioned living near hockey great Bill Cleary. I suggested that the next time she saw Cleary, she mention Ned Bunyon.  She did, and reports "The name brought a smile to his face."  And to whose face would Ned's name NOT bring a smile? Of course, Cleary knew Ned well, and had known him since Ned was little (well, Ned was always . . . ).
From Kathleen Hennessey Stoll
February 20, 2011
The Richard Pogue, (the father of David Pogue whose program got us started on this memory lane)  has been a leading lawyer at the major law firm of Jones Day here in Cleveland, and very active in community affairs. We have known him well.

His response, when I wrote him about Harold Edgerton, was that "when he was very young, his parents lived in Wellesley Hills, in large part to be near Harold, and his wife Esther, who lived in Belmont (Harold was my mother's brother). I spent many days with my first cousins, (Harold's three children, two of whom died long ago) including the youngest--Bobbie, who now lives in Seattle." Perhaps some of you met him in those early days!
From Tony Previte
February 20, 2011

I am so sorry to hear of that much snow up north..Would never know it being in sunny Florida

Regards from Hillsboro Beach
(Tony... Ouch!!. When all that stuff melts and goes south, y'all are going to have fresh water beaches on both coasts. - JM)  :-)
From Susan Bliss Alden
February 20, 2011

This winter/spring, 14 Mass. communities, including Belmont, Burlington and Bridgewater, have chosen to read Dark Tide by former reporter Stephen Puleo.  It is a fast moving story of the great molasses flood of 1919 complete with the background of unrest in Boston at that time. 

The multi year lawsuit that followed the disaster may have been one of the first class action lawsuits in the US. 

My grandfather was the lawyer for the injured and bereaved.  He was also the town moderator in Belmont for years and commuted by train to Boston while it still took passengers.

There are booktalks and chances to meet the author in these towns, and a few walks at the spill site.  I thought some of you might be interested in this whether or not you're in these towns or in Mass.

For info see    

We've had a lot of snow this winter.  It has been a skier's dream and a commuter's nightmare.  Last week before our recent thaw, I watched younger women scale the snowbanks on side streets, leaning down to put coins in the heads of the parking meters by their feet.
From Steve Wasby
February 19, 2011

This was sent to me by a friend here, a Unitarian, who grew up in a house on Payson Rd next to Payson Park School. She had tried to convince me, based on newspaper accounts, that the Brigham's near the Oakley Country Club no longer existed. Uh, uh.  I actually ate there on the day of the calling hours for Ned Bunyon.

So the first part of her message simply confirms what I knew and she wouldn't believe.

As to the second part, about Our Lady of Mercy, I didn't know about the closing and thus I certainly did not know about the new buildings -- and thought that those who aren't local to Belmont but who read your/our BHS website might be interested.

I should add that the daughter of Howie Nettleton, the band director, spends time on Cape Cod, and I've met her at the UU church.

Steve, you were absolutely correct, not that I doubted  you :) Having read that all Brighams were closed, it was delightful to see the  old Cushing Square store going strong!
But even more astonishing, Our Lady of Mercy church is gone. In its place are two large wooden structures in the middle stages of construction. Condos perhaps. I knew they  had closed the church . . .
From Marvin Zonis
January 29, 2011

Joe: The last time I corresponded with Bob Edgerton, his email address was And he was living in Seattle.
Best wishes...
(Speaking of coincidences Janet, Marvin has probably affirmed your query, and provided a way to contact Bob. Thanks much Marvin. - JM)
From Carolyn Whitford Scott
January 29, 2011
I always enjoy reading our chat page, Joe, and so appreciate all you do.

After reading the additions this morning, I reflected on how honored and surprised our parents would be, as I was, to find them on the internet in 2011!!  I just couldn't believe it, nor how many sites were involved. It was quite a thrill.

Much good health and enjoyment to all in the coming year.
From Fred Merk
January 28, 2011
Several days ago I wrote about a Nantucket tragedy for the website.
Here is another........
A member of Belmont Scout Troop 17, not yet mentioned, was Larry Foster. His dad was a member of the troop council along with John Boardman et al. Larry and I were good friends and on 2 different occasions his dad drove Larry and me to Camp Sachem, the Scout camp on Thompson Lake NH. Larry was with us  on other outings when we visited another campsite on Lake Winnepesaukee, courtesy of Eric's parents, Frederick and Paula Markus.

In August 1958 I worked as a waiter at 'The Harbor House' on Nantucket Island. A coworker there was excited that her boyfriend, Larry Foster, was flying down from NYC on NE Airlines to be with her for the weekend.

He never made it. His plane crashed on arrival at Nantucket Airport and all aboard (except for 1 child) perished. Nantucket is a great place but these unfortunate incidents there shadowed the lives of 2 wonderful Belmont families.

(Fred, I remember Larry very well. He was the rowing instructor at Camp Sachem, the year I was on the staff there. It's strange; but most of the time when I see a kid not rowing very well, I recall Larry's voice yelling through a megaphone, "Feather those oars..." I remember that crash; but I didn't know Larry was aboard - JM)
From Janet Miller McKee
January 28, 2011
I Googled for the Edgertons and found all sorts of interesting things.   Especially a very moving tribute and resume of Doc Edgerton's life.  I stayed up very late reading that and just felt nostalgic and sad and thought what a wonderful man, and family.  Then I searched for Bob and have found a Bob Edgerton living in the University District here in Seattle.  His moniker for Tweeter is cellobob - I have not succumbed to Tweeting.  Is that our Bob?  If I were to phone this fellow would I get the right person??
From Rod McElroy
January 28, 2011

Eric Markus, Fred Merk, Rod McElroy, Wayne Taft, Joe Mazzei, Bob Edgerton - BSA Troop 17 at First Unitarian Church, near the Railroad station in Belmont Center.  I remember a weekend overnight we took to the Hazen’s property in New Hampshire, on Lake Winnipesaukee, maybe?   I remember our scout master and of course now I can’t dredge up his name, but I can picture him.

Last name Horton or Morgan maybe. (Was it Walters? - dark receding hair, glasses, fairly slim. - JM)
From Marion Schmitt Ellis
January 28, 2011
Hi Joe -- I'd better chime in before you head south (wrong direction Joe! -- we're having a fabulous winter in NH!!  I'm so happy I can wear my sweaters and use my snowshoes!)

My family was not as close to the Edgerton's as the Hazens, but the parental generations were in close contact.  Mary Lou was one of my mother's piano pupils, so someone came to the house weekly.  One of my enduring memories is a high school assembly in which Bob played (on the Sousaphone!!) "Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep" and "When Yuba Plays the Rhumba on the Tuba"!  He was hilarious!

More recently, my husband has been involved in the resuscitation of the MIT Museum (yes, there is one! -- it's between MIT and Central Square) so we're quite familiar with it. The old iteration of the museum was a rather sad second floor assemblage of a few (actually quite interesting) components, the most extensive of which was about Doc's work.  

The renewed museum now has a dynamic director who has expanded it to the first floor and given everything new life.  Unfortunately, that did involve dismantling the old Edgerton exhibit for a different use of the space, but there are now important components involving his work in the new first floor space and the second floor space has just opened an exhibit for MIT's 150th anniversary which also, of course, includes his work.  They may still have in their gift shop some of the postcards he used to give out to people.  I had forgotten that the family established a museum in his honor in Nebraska, his home state: it's at

And on the subject of notable parents, Fred is too reserved to mention what I only found out last year when I was doing some research for a class I was teaching -- that his father, also Frederick Merk, was a distinguished professor of American history at Harvard; Fred was kind enough to send me a copy of his book on manifest destiny (it took me a very long time to recover from Charlie Meyers and get interested in history -- which now is not quite a passion but almost; and at least I'm not allergic to it!)

So yes, Belmont had hard-working folk of all kinds of livelihoods -- I was always impressed that Sylvia Elso's father was a chief for maintenance at the NECCO candy company and she would tell of calls he might get in the middle of the night to get this or that working again (sounded pretty exotic to me!) and we had a  pretty nice mix of folk, as I remember it.
Enjoy the south as best you can.
From Betsy Jason Phillips
January 28, 2011
Thanks. This is a real winter in VA  Waiting for spring.

I saw Jimmy B fall on TV   Hopefully he will recover OK.
Stay well and warm
From Kathleen Hennessey Stoll
January 27, 2011
Joe, you have been doing a great job! I am impressed by the fact that all our parents of all our classmates, regardless of their faculty position, profession, or all the roles that our parents played in our society at that time were all committed to the education of their children--they chose Belmont for that reason, and they supported the teachers in our schools. They expected good performance of the teachers and the students, and were committed to public education.

With my children, I saw what happened in a good school system, when parents began to attack teachers, and kids began to attack each other--my son was knocked to the ground by a neighborhood child and suffered a concussion, my oldest daughter was attacked in the locker room in junior high, my best friend left the neighborhood when one of her kids was attacked--somehow the coalition of parents and teachers, adults in charge, has been totally lost.

Minority friends of mine in Cleveland ( the second most segregated city in the country!) view the local desegregation decision in federal court as the end of good schools in Cleveland--to me it was the right thing to do legally, but the unintended results have been devastating to the public school system, and the relationships between teachers and parents, the adults.

Anne is right, our parents, all of them were committed to public education and made it work for all students. I would be interested in the experience and opinion of other classmates.

In the meantime, while I watch snow almost everyday, enjoy the warmer climates!
From Steve Wasby
January 27, 2011
On the matter of parents, academic or otherwise:
It wasn't only "academic parents." There were parents, whatever their occupation, who had a commitment to public education --and there were teachers who pushed us (I need mention only Charlie Meters and Evelyn Hornsey, not to exclude others). On a personal note, I add that my parents, while living in a town with many professors**, knew little about academia -- which was a sore point when I "jumped the tracks" and went to grad school instead of law school; they had no idea what was involved.

** My mother, very much involved in the League of Women Voters, used to wonder why, if Belmont had so many professors, it had so many (town government) problems. She didn't understand that many of those professors focused their efforts at Harvard or MIT or Tufts or . . not on the town where they resided.

But back to the topic:
If you were a male teenager and people learned you were from Belmont, one of the first questions asked was, "Do you go to Belmont Hill or the high school?"  Belmont Hill would have been far less diverse than BHS. While Belmont was lily-white, BHS certainly had within-Caucasian ethnic/religious diversity.

In terms of diversity, it is interesting to think of the difference if Belmont had had a Catholic high school, instead of a parochial school that ended with the 8th grade (I remember getting many new classmates in the 9th grade.

Gerry won't like hearing this, but the Outer Cape got only 3" of snow in this last dumping.

(The Catholic high school question is interesting. I can recall a few Belmont boys who were my age going to BC High or St. Sebastian's from a parochial school. But, also back at that time, how many families could afford the extra cost of "private school"? -. JM)
From Nicole Huss Gastone
January 27, 2011
Hello Joe,
Enjoy Florida and the more agreeable weather there.  I'll do the same and will be leaving for Sri Lanka on Sunday to get some heat into me.  Fortunately, this time we don't have the snow you are having right now.  I'll try to see Kathleen's daughter when I come back around mid-February. Thanks again for keeping our site so interesting.  All my best.
From Fred Merk
January 27, 2011
Hope all is well with you. Why not pay us a visit in frigid NE and help us DIG !! Here is some info I have on the Edgerton story.

Harold Edgerton and my former boss at MGH (H. Fernandez-Moran) were friends and in 1960 I got a chance to visit Edgerton's Strobe-light lab at MIT.....fascinating!
Bob Edgerton was a member of Boy Scout Troop 17, Belmont, along with Eric Markus and myself. Easy going...he was a good friend to all in the troop.

Bill Edgerton and a group of SCUBA divers were doing practice dives in Nantucket Harbor in preparation for making a  deep water dive to the Andrea Dora. They never made it. If nitrogen is in the gas-mix during deep dives a lot of time is required for the diver to resurface slowly. The story as I learned it was that Bill's group was experimenting with tanks of pure oxygen and helium. Helium under pressure is inert and unlike nitrogen will not cause the"bends". A proper mixture on the ocean floor might be 95% helium : 5% oxygen. During Bill's fatal dive his regulator malfunctioned and he was breathing pure oxygen under the pressure of 10' of water. Frantic efforts to revive him failed.

(Gosh Fred - I had forgotten about our Troop 17 link. I also was a member of 17. Jim Durham, class of '53, and I used to come to meetings together. I just heard that we lost Jim last July. I  think Wayne Taft was also a member. It was Wayne who first got me interested in radio.- JM)
From Gerry Turner Cummings
January 27, 2011
We just had another snow storm 11" in my driveway.  Just finished cleaning out.  I told a neighbor that we should have a bon fire to melt it.   They say another one Friday and then Tuesday.  I will send you a picture out side my house.
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(Gerry - Thanks for the memories)
From Joe Mazzei
January 27, 2011
Dear class - Ordinarily, I post very little on this page because most of you tolerate the jovial  drivel I put forth in the email I issue.

However, the link Rod provides below gave Nancy and me some good laughs, I had a doctor's visit yesterday. He said, "How have you been?" I replied, "OK. But the AWE Factor is getting to me." "Oh?", he asked.  "Yep. A+W+E=P", said I. "OK. I bite, What does that mean?"  I said, "Age+Wear+Exertion=Pain." He laughed so hard I was considering CPR - for him.

On another note, Anne Bowen's note below amazes me - even after all these years. To think that we had academic parents who wanted to send their children to public school to be familiar with other cultures is laudable. I couldn't see it then; but I certainly see it now. I think because of their presence among us, we all reached a little higher and learned a little more.

The faculty, with students a little more curious, may have wanted to raise the subject matter a bit. We were able to interact with each other, and perhaps learn more through just friendly conversation. As Louis Armstrong sings, What a Wonderful World. I hope Belmont is somewhat the same way today. If they can feel this way over 50 years from now, maybe it is.
From Rod McElroy
January 27, 2011
Got this from a SU Waldo County shipmate.  It’s fun.
From Eric Markus
January 26, 2011
Dear Joe, From my busy desk here at my home office one of the nicest breaks I take is reading and visiting your mail and site.

I am not a "newsy" guy but enjoy my work with Latin America and the Caribbean.... the days fly by and I take a business trip to interesting countries like Colombia (just got back from week's stay in Bogota) every 6 weeks or so.

Trusting you and yours well and that the cold weather hasn't been too bad for you.

All the best,
From Anne Hazen Bowen
January 25, 2011
I don't know Esther's maiden name but Mrs. Edgerton's first name was Esther.......      It is true that many of us were raised in academic households but the glory of Belmont was that it was a true mix of cross cultures AND WE ALL WENT TO SCHOOL WITH EACH OTHER.  I think that the academic parents amongst us valued that as much as I did then and I do now.  I wonder how Belmont is now???????=
From Janet Miller McKee
January 25, 2011
Dear Joe - one of our neighbors who lived on Probable Gardens Road was Hans Mueller, a physics professor at MIT.  A professor of great renown.  I checked out an interesting web reference -
http:/   The Mueller family was a bit mysterious to me.  They had a daughter Heidi who was slightly older but we did play together.  I liked her a lot.   I think there was also a brother.  The mother so far as I can remember was German speaking and German was spoken in the home.  I don't think Mrs. Mueller had much English but I could be wrong. The twins, my friends Marcia and Arthur McDonald, class of 55, lived diagonally opposite.

As to the Edgertons - somewhere I have a Christmas card from Bob and his family.  But that is from many years ago.  I'll try to find them out here in Washington.  I am trying to remember Mrs. Edgerton's name.  She and my mother were good friends.   I have one of my mother's old address books from year what I do not know.  The address she has is for Mr. & Mrs. Harold Edgerton, 100 Memorial Drive in Cambridge   - so that is after the Edgertons gave up their home in Belmont.  No help for finding out Bob's mother's first name.
From Anne Hazen Bowen
Jamuary 24, 2011
Dear Joe,
     There has been so much correspondence about things that have to do with me that I just can't keep quiet any longer.

Re:  Harold Edgerton and family:  The Edgertons and Hazens were very close friends.  We shared Christmas dinner every year and I still have the pictures he took on those days. He would take each one of us aside in a room apart from everyone else and take a picture.  He also took slides of my entire wedding which he gave to me as a wedding present.  He and my father worked together also but the friendship was wonderful.  Harold Edgerton was a very jolly fellow.  Their oldest son Bill actually died in 12 feet of water in Nantucket Harbor.  He was testing new Scuba oxygen equipment and went down for one last trial.  Since he was in such shallow water he didn't have a "buddy" with him.  Mary Lou (the daughter) died of cancer many years ago.  Bob is, I think, out in Washington State.  But I have many fond memories of our times with the Edgertons.

     Nancy Kriebel and Marge Whiting Ahlin and I spent much time together as kids as we lived so close to each other.  I'm delighted to get news of Nancy and yes, the Kriebels did indeed have a tree growing through their marvelous house.   I always loved all those houses on Snake Hill Road and my sister Martha ended up living in one for 20 years or so.  I too remember the fantastic swing at Nancy's house.  As Marge mentioned she and I did indeed have a splendid reunion at her house in Machias a few years ago.  You should see her house!  It is filled with wonderful antiques (not the fancy Sotheby's type of stuff but country goods) and has a barn that is absolutely overflowing with costumes and props for the musicals that she directs.  She's quite a woman and I wish she lived a little closer to the rest of the world as I would like to see more of her.
Meanwhile I live on in the northwest corner of Connecticut currently buried in snow.   I have two guest rooms and like to keep them filled so feel free to come visit, one and all.  It is a beautiful part of the world.  I do still travel some and am off to New Zealand on Sunday and will be in Bonaire for 3 weeks in March to snorkel.   Perhaps when I get home from there I will find some lawn out there!
     Cheers to all! 
From Janet Miller McKee
January 24, 2011
Dear Joe - it was my understanding that Bill Edgerton drowned in only 8 feet of water as he was exploring the wreck of the Andrea Doria off the coast of Nantucket.   I've just been scanning the long Wikipedia account of the Andrea Doria tragedy but there is no mention of Bill.  They were such a nice family - the tragedy of Bill's death hit me hard even though I didn't really know him.  Bob was the one closest to our age group.

That's a nice comment by Nancy Eckstein re my mother.  Thanks Nancy.  I'm doing a lot of work now on my family history and going through my mother's archive of photos.   Lots of memories there!  I'm putting some of the material on my blog if anyone is interested.
Stay warm everyone so say I from very temperate Seattle.  My sister Ruth in New Hampshire slipped on black ice, had to crawl to a nearby snowbank to get up.  Not nice.  And the resulting bruises are not nice either but fortunately nothing got broken.
From Kathleen Hennessey Stoll
January 24, 2011
Clearly the Edgerton Family made a difference for many of us, as well as the contribution to the use of photography. And I remembered the price the family paid with one of their children, but not the detail. Michael Wald's father was absolutely outstanding in his field, John Putnam's father was Harvard Librarian. Sherry Floe's father was a professor of some renown in metallurgy. My father was Moderator of the town for ten years. He was also the first man drafted in the town in the Second World War, although he was a lawyer, graduate of Harvard College and Law School, with two young children at the time.

I guess the point is that we were not alone Some of our parents were in their field--we were a bedroom community for both Harvard and MIT--but we never knew all that and yet without knowing it, we all benefited from the mix of parents, and their commitment to education. But I do believe that was shared among all the parents in Belmont at that time. Would that every school system would have the same support now that our parents gave to the public school at that time.
From Rod McElroy
January 21, 2011
Coincidences piling up.  Harold Edgerton’s wife was my Cub Scout den mother when I was at Mary Lee Burbank School

Bob Edgerton, Harold’s son and class of ’53 at BHS, attempted to teach me how to play the banjo.  (The operative word is “attempted”.)

Bob’s older brother, Bill, died in a diving accident when he was at sea with his dad and trying out an Oxygen and Nitrogen mix underwater breathing apparatus. 

My dad had a book of photos taken using Dr. Edgerton’s stroboscopic lamp.   Stopping bullets just as they exit a gun barrel, showing a football being compressed by a kicker’s toe, a baseball just as the bat hits it, a hummingbird’s wings frozen in flight, a drop of milk just as it hits the surface of the milk in a saucer.  Fascinating.  Cheers
From Nancy O'neil Eckstein
January 20, 2011
Re: Brownie troop from Payson Park School (1944??)... The girl with the large bow in her hair is Barbara Oxner.  Left of her is Martha Drisco.  The little girl in the very front is Carol Ann Peterson, Nancy's sister (both wearing identical hats with the white pom-pons).  She was in my brother Kevin's class ('57).

I lost touch with Nancy Peterson about 20 years ago and wonder if anyone in the class hears or knows about her.  I do not recognize the girl kneeling beside Barbara Hird.  Mrs. Miller (Janet's mother) must have inspired me... I was the GS troop leader for all three of my of them through high school. 

It's snowing here again today (Cinci) and I believe it's heading for Boston.  Stay warm and well.
From Janet Miller McKee
January 20, 2011
Dear Joe - following Barbara Hird Grant's info, I think the girl who is yawning is Martha Driscoll.  Some of the others who remain unknown are beginning to look more familiar.  Maybe my subconscious will work a bit harder on them.

As to Skype, yes it's great.  We Skype to our children and grandchildren in Hong Kong and also in Connecticut.

Famous Belmont men - those MIT and Harvard professors were very distinguished.   Michael Wald's father and of course Mep Schmitt's dad.  The Edgertons were close friends of ours in Payson Park Church.  A few years ago I was wandering along in the photography section of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  Lo and behold there was a photograph by Harold Edgerton - the photo dated from 1940 and it was of his daughter skipping rope.
From Kathleen Hennessey Stoll
January 20, 2011

Joe, I have another very unexpected Belmont connection. My son had a classmate in high school,  

David Pogue who is the star of a NOVA PBS program "Making Stuff" that started tonight January 19th at 9:00 PM--a four part series.  (See The ad on the last page of the New Yorker this week is terrific!

But the Belmont connection is that his Uncle was Harold Edgerton, the underwater photographer, whose son was at BHS while we were there, and an excellent musician and a most lively person, as I remember him.  (Harold Edgerton and Harold Hazen are both featured in Inventure Place, a museum in Akron that celebrates inventors. Harold Hazen was Anne Hazen Bowen's father, and one of the leading inventors of the computer! )  The underwater photography developed by Harold Edgerton led to Robert Rines, a Belmont patent attorney, doing underwater photography research on the Loch Ness Monster.

While I am on the subject of fathers who did things we did not know, Talcott Parsons, the father of Susan Parsons Kramer, was a leading sociologist of the time, and was the underpinning of my Master's Thesis on Anomie among the Staff of the State Hospital.

In any case, I think everyone will enjoy David Pogue's program. It is a small world after all.
From Barbara Hird Grant
January 19, 2011
Yes, I can help with (Janet's photo) this. It was taken by Ken Hird.of the Payson Park troop

Back row, left: Mrs. Peterson, Assistant Brownie Leader, right Mrs.Miller
Troop, back row: left to right, Nancy O'Neil, Sally Strangman, Joan Zorrigan, ?, ?.
Front row left to right. Nancy Peterson, Evelyn Erickson, Janet Miller, Jean McLean, Barbara Hird,

There were 2 I did not know. Maybe Nancy O'Neil does.
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From Nancy O'Neil Eckstein
January 17, 2011
Hi Joe,
I just finished "Skyping" with my daughter, Meghan, and her daughter, Eliza (22 months old) who live in South Natick.    Clicked on "mail" and saw your latest posting with Kathleen Hennessey's note about SKYPE.   For those of you who have never used Skype and have children and grandchildren who live far away... you are in for an amazing experience!! 

I have 3 grandchildren in San Francisco and Eliza (baby brother on the way) in Boston, i.e. Natick.  (I live with my husband, Bill, in Cincinnati).  We try to see the children as often as possible... they all come here for 2-3 weeks in June and we visit in Boston at Thanksgiving (drive) and San Francisco (fly) for Christmas.  However, the kids call at least once a week... asking us to "Skype" with them!!!  This evening, Eliza, barely talking... called and asked me to go on the "puter".   Of all the tech advances in our lifetime... Skype is my #1 choice for the BEST.   We saw a video of Eliza playing in all that snow last week.  Hope all of you still living in New England are enjoying your snowy winter. Stay safe out there on Rte 128.  Best wishes for a healthy New Year.
From Janet Miller McKee
January 17, 2011
Hello Joe - Happy New Year to you and all our classmates.  I'm still going through old boxes and unpacking things here in Seattle.  Our 2nd and final shipment from Dublin arrived on December 28th.  So all contents of our Dublin house and garden sheds etc. are here now and new nooks and crannies have to be found.  I'm attaching a photo which I think might have been in my mother's archive (said photo would have travelled from Belmont, to Hawaii, to Dublin, and now to Seattle).  I can recognize Nancy O'Neill who lived near Payson Park, Nancy Peterson, could be Sally Strangman with head bent down.  I'm sure Barbara Hird Grant will help here with the identification parade.  My mother is the woman on the right.

Best wishes  
From Kathleen Hennessey Stoll
January 16, 2011
My daughter Sarah is going to Paris on a brief sabbatical for three months and she wanted to set us up on Skype so we could communicate regularly, without exorbitant phone fees. (She teaches Chemistry at Georgetown, an uses Skype in her professional conversations.)  She and my other daughter, Heather, set us up on Skype today, and it was wonderful!

SKYPE is FREE. It includes a picture of both parties, and voice, so it is like a real conversation. You are required to have an email address, set up a Skype name (mine is kathleen.stoll2) and a password, which must include both letters and numbers. You need a camera on your computer, or you can buy one for less than $50 and you need speakers on your computer, or again, you can buy them for less than $50. If you have a current computer, you already have both.

Our grandchildren (ages 3 and 4) loved it and showed off their dancing, nightgowns, etc. Our oldest grandchild (14) already has Skype and wants to rehearse a theatre assignment she has with her grandfather on Skype. My daughter Heather keeps in touch with her in-laws in Hungary with Skype.

I do recommend this resource highly. I talked with Elaine Garoyan Kasparian Watson last week, and the only thing missing was seeing each other! Do check it out, especially when visits are far between or children are  young--they show off wonderfully. We did "Itsy Bitsy Spider" together among other things.

(NOTE: This is another facet of telecommunications technology which was unimaginable when we graduated in '54. Back then, lifting our phone receiver and hearing, "Number please", was as good as it got.. We knew that dial phones were coming. How much more modern could we get? JM)

From Barbara Hird Grant
January 16, 2011
I talked with Jean Gallagher McLean today, (Sunday). Brenda is fine. She's already in a wheelchair.
It's suggested that we send cards to her home:
17 Phillip Rd.
Belmont, MA 02478
From Carolyn Whitford Scott
January 2, 2011
Happy New Year! We changed our email very recently. We are fine. Glad to hear Brenda will be okay after she recovers. LUCKY gal!
From Gerry Turner Cummings
January 1, 2011

 I have wonderful news to start the New Year off I just saw Brenda McAuliffe DiGovanni's husband at church this morning and he said that she is doing fine and that the tumor was outside the brain and it is 90% benign. I thought I would let everyone know and he said he wanted to thank everyone for the prayers.
January 1, 2011
                                 Happy New Year  -- Stay well!!!


A golden oldies juke box for you--click on any of the titles.

~All In The Game~
Tommy Edwards
~Angel Baby~
Rosie & The Originals
~A Night At The Drive-In~
Sally Matheson
~At The Hop~
Danny & The Juniors
Blueberry Hill~
Fats Domino
~Blue Velvet~
Bobby Vinton

~Born Too Late~
The Poni-Tails

~Class Of '57~
Ken Ellsion
~Corrina, Corrina~
Ray Peterson
~Could I Have This Dance~
Anne Murray
~Could This Be Magic~
The Dubs
~Dedicated To The One I Love~
The Shirelles
~Dream Lover~
Bobby Darin
~Easter Parade~
Bing Crosby
~Fabulous Fifties~
Brenda Sparkman
~Fifties Housewife~
Bill Haley

~Harbor Lights~
The Platter's

~I Can't Stop Loving You~
Ray Charles
~I'm Sorry~
Brenda Lee
~Johnny B. Goode~
Chuck Berry

~Just A Dream~
Jimmy Clanton

~Just One Look~
Doris Troy
~Kookie Kookie~
Edward Byrnes/Connie Stevens
~Let It Be Me~
The Everly Brother's
The Chordettes
~Love Letters In The Sand~
Pat Boone
~Memories Are Made Of This~
Dean Martin
~Moments To Rememeber~
The Four Lads
~Music Music Music~
Teresa Brewer
~My Boy Lollipop~
Millie Small
~My Heart Is An Open Book~
Carl Dobkins Jr.
~My Prayer~
The Platters
~My Special Angel~
Bobby Helms
~Only You~
The Platters
~Please Help Me I'm Falling~
Hank Locklin
~Poetry In Motion~
Johnny Tillotson
~Pretty Blue Eyes~
Steve Lawrence
~Puppy Love~
Paul Anka
~409 - Beach Boys~
The Beach Boys
~Ramblin' Rose~
Nat King Cole
~Remember When~
The Platters
~Rocking Alone ~
Eddy Arnold
~Roses Are Red My Love~
Bobby Vinton
~Send Me The Pillow~
Johnny Tillitson
~Since I Met You Baby~
Ivory Joe Hunter
~Smoke Gets In Your Eyes~
The Platters
~So Fine~
The Fiesta's
~Sweet Old Fashioned Girl~
Teresa Brewer
~Take Good Care Of My Baby~
Bobby Vee
~Take These Chains From My Heart~
Ray Charles
~Talk Back Trembling Lips~
Johnny Tillitson
~Teenager In Love~
Dion & The Belmonts
~The Old Lamplighter~
The Brown's
Jim Ed,Maxine & Bonnie
~The Stroll~
The Diamonds
~The Wayward Wind~
Gogi Grant
~To Know Him Is To Love Him~
The Teddy Bears
~Told You Lately~
Floyd Cramer
~Wake Up Little Susie~
The Everly Brother's
Frankie Avalon
~Young Love~
Sonny James
~You're Sixteen~
Johnny Burnette