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January 2017

Between You And Me

Your dues are now $5!


Starting in June, your annual dues to be a member of the Central High School Alumni Association will be $5.

    “If your membership is paid ahead at the old annual rate of $8, we’ll be adjusting your dues to even them out,” said Dick Driscoll, ‘52, CHSAA membership secretary.

        “We have two types of memberships,” Dick noted. “The first is alumni—anyone who graduated from or attended Central, day or evening classes, between 1924 and 1982. The second is faculty/associate—any teacher or administrator or anyone who supports Central and our alumni association. 

   “Ask your friends who aren’t members or who have lapsed to join in the fun, especially Pirates from the younger classes,” he added. “Fill out the renewal form in its entirety or place your address label on it.”

    See page 6 for our renewal/new member membership form or visit our website,


1931 Pauline ‘Polly’ Pleasant Pence passed away Nov. 19 at the age of 103. The last time I spoke with Polly she was looking forward to Thanksgiving and eating a big plate of good food. She also was looking forward to decorating her room at Fairhaven Community in Upper Sandusky in Wyandot County for Christmas, including sitting out her two small Christmas trees.

    “She was pleased last July when The Columbus Dispatch wished her a happy 103rd birthday, complete with her photo.Above all, she was looking forward to ‘hanging on’ for her 104th birthday party July 11.“Polly loved her alma mater and worked long and hard to preserve its legacy. Among many activities, she organized a monthly luncheon at Phillips Original Coney Island for many years for all Central alumni.“I’ll end by repeating how Polly always ended our conversations: ‘Say hello to all my Central classmates and to all Pirates everywhere! I’d love to hear from them!’”Jeff Reed, Outlook editor.


1939 “My broken wrist from last summer is healing well, and I’m back to having some dandy adventures.“I celebrated Thanksgiving in Florida with my older daughter and her husband, Sherry & Jim Wahl. Before I left for Florida, my younger daughter, Kristie Clayman, and I drove down from Mt Vernon to try out Piada Italian Street Food with my sister-in-law, Joan Thompson Reed, ‘47, her grandson, Max Reed, and son, Jeff Reed. Good food and good fun all around.“Also just before Thanksgiving, Kristie’s husband, Landon Clayman, moved back to Ohio from Miami FL, where he practiced law for many years. And they’re going to live in Mt. Vernon. What good news for everyone!“I’d love to hear from my classmates—let’s write each other on Facebook or let’s have a luncheon. After all, this year marks 78 years since we graduated from dear ole Central!”Frances Reed Kline, 60 Woodberry Ct., Mt. Vernon OH 43050-9061; 740-392-5907;


1944 “Hello, it’s Jinny reporting from California! It’s a beautiful, sunny day here—and we even had a few drops of rain this morning. Every drop we get is precious!

“We had our Orange County Fair in September, and it brought back good memories of our Ohio State Fair in the late 1930s when I was about 17. Our church group had a food truck, and I volunteered to help cook hamburgers, hot dogs and chili. On our breaks, we would go see the attractions. I remember seeing Ray Rose, a popular singing star at the time, singing Fools Rush in Where Angels Fear to Tread. What a thrill!

“On Aug. 27, I had a surprise party for my 90th birthday at Mimi’s Café! It was the party to end all parties, with all the trimmings. What a good time it was. I’m still recuperating!

“They’re telling us to prepare for a big earthquake, one that’s long overdue. We’ve been stocking up on supplies, just in case.“I really enjoyed rooting last autumn for my grandson, Jacob, his high school’s star running back. Although I’d loose my voice after each game, the cheering/yelling was worth it!“Here’s to all our good times at Central High! I wish all Pirates everywhere a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!”

Jinny Brooks Lattimer, 7 Calle Marta, Rancho SantaMargarita CA 92688-3500; 949-459-0634.


1945-‘49 “We started a monthly luncheon in November at The Florentine Restaurant for our five classes, spreading the news by word of mouth. Four Pirates attended. Since The Florentine closed Dec. 23, call us or stay tuned for where we’ll meet.”Grace Fisher Stephenson, ‘47 (614-939-4508;; Chuck Shaner, ‘47 (614-279-8016).


1945 “I spent time at Thanksgiving with my oldest son and his family in Niwot CO. It’s about an hour from Rocky Mountain National Park, which we visited on a very chilly, windy day. It’s magnificent country, but very dry right now.“I’ll be spending Christmas here in Ohio. My daughter and her family live in Claremont County. She’s married to a dairy famer, and one of my grandsons partners with them. My other grandson’s a vo-ag teacher in Highland County.“I’ve two more sons—who’re twins! One lives in New Albany, which straddles Franklin and Licking counties. His brother lives near me here in Knox County.“I wish all my classmates a Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year! Let’s connect in 2017!”Dodie Wilke Melvin, 65 Fairway Dr., Mount Vernon OH 43050-5400; 740-393-0242;


1946 “We held our 70th class reunion—a luncheon—at Der Dutchman in Plain City on Sept. 9. Because of our smaller numbers, we decided this will be our last class event.“Susie Murphy Garver has moved (Claremont Retirement Village, 809B, 7041 Bent Tree Blvd., Columbus OH 42325-3921; 614-726-9747)—as have I (see below).”Mary Tompkins Seipel, 4500 John Shields Pkwy, Dublin OH 43017-2670; 614-389-9020.


1947 “As cooler weather sets in, it reminds me that when we were in school, the girls couldn’t wear pants. We had to wear skirts, with anklets and boots. While attending Central, I lived with my brother and sister-in-law, Merrill & Mary Margaret ‘Peg’ (Mills) Thompson, ‘36. Merrill was a Columbus police officer, and I sometimes rode to school with him in bad weather. Often I’d ride a city bus to school.

  “My younger grandson, George Reed, is caught up in his duties as junior class president at Grove City High School and leader of the Geek Club. He continues to write and draw graphic novels and brainstorm all sorts of creative projects. “Visit Franklin Park’s Adventure Center some Thursday evening to see Max Reed, my older grandson, juggle with Jest Jugglers ( A budding writer, Max juggled Dec. 7 during the Franklinton Christmas Tree Lighting.”Joan Thompson Reed, 2053 Dry Creek Place, Grove City OH 43123-9386; 614-875-5757;




1951 “On Sept. 28, we—the January and June classes—held     our 65th reunion luncheon at TAT Restaurant, off James Road on the Columbus east side. Class president Vernon Feen, a retired Columbus Public Schools teacher, welcomed classmates and guests. Suzanne Stutz Miller said the prayer and blessing.“Each table’s beautiful fresh-flower arrangement was given away at the end of the luncheon. We were surprised to learn we had a professional juggler as one of our guests—the grandson of Nancy Pavey Ealy—who performed for us. He was really great! What a nice addition to our luncheon.”

Ginny Southard Harper (January class), 4960 Blendon Pond Dr., Westerville OH 43081; 614-818-3737. 


Doris Waldren now lives with her daughter in Thornville, Oh. If you'd like to contact her the number is 740-242-2073. Jean Ann (Deming) Reynolds did not graduate with us, but was a classmate for many years. She lives in Germantown, Oh. Her contact number is 937-895-4445. Eddie Westlake lives in a nursing home in Florida. I know he'd love to talk to you. His number is 863-299-1763. If there are any other classmates you'd like to get in touch with call Sara Clark @ 614-256-7903



1955 “Here’s the schedule for our 2017 quarterly breakfasts: Feb. 11, May 13, Aug. 12 and Nov. 11. They’ll take place at 8:30 a.m. at Frische’s Big Boy, I-270 & Ste. Rte. 62, Grove City. Come early and stay late for plenty of good food and lots of good gabbing.” Roberta Raines Driscoll, 614-274-0495;


1955 “I’m looking for a 1955 yearbook. I’ve checked They seem to have plenty of 1954s, but no 1955s.”Helen Stricklin Mckee, 614-338-0586;


1965 “I’m trying to locate a 1965 yearbook. Please let me know if you can help me find one.”Ernie Baggs, 614-342-5300.


1971 “We’re getting ready to make our annual journey to Florida for warm weather and family fun. Looking ahead, the 18th Annual Mom Beck-Lonie Gilkerson-Softball Jones Family Golf Outing will take placeAug. 20 in Union County at the Buck Ridge Golf Club, Marysville. Last year, we raised $7,100 to help underprivileged children in the Bottoms.”Del Harlan, ‘71, 614-491-7934;


1972 “I’ve had foot surgery, so there’s very little to report, since I really can’t do much of anything. I really hate missing so many Christmas activities—but there’s always next year!

“Hopefully, I’ll be in a boot and able to attend the 25th Annual Florida Reunion Feb. 7. I hope to see you there!”Bonnie Harlan Reed, 614-507-6217;


All classes “On Dec. 7, I had the honor of portraying Santa again at Christmas in Franklinton, presented by the Franklinton Historical Society. I wore the original suit Santa wore at Lazarus a long time ago. Highlights of the very chilly evening included the lighting of our Christmas tree outside and all the wonderful Christmas decorations inside. A children’s choir performed, as did juggler Max Reed, grandson of Joan Thompson Reed (‘47, CHSAA publicity secretary).”Sandy Andromeda, ‘65, FHS president & CHSAA properties manager, 614-853-2324;


All classes “Last autumn, I was sad to read in The Columbus Dispatch that Joe Davis had passed away. Mr. Davis taught English at Central for a short time. He started at Central the same year as I did—1953. He was a very good teacher, and I liked him a lot. I believe he was even a reporter for The Columbus Citizen-Journal before he became a teacher. He got his doctorate and later became superintendent of the Columbus Public Schools, serving as superintendent during segregation.”Jeanne Tubough Lewis, ‘56, 614-594-2777;


All classes “Visit the Central Facebook page to catch up on Pirate news. We now have 571 members!”    Dan Frey, ‘75,



All classes Today’s the oldest you’ve ever been, yet the youngest you’ll ever be, so enjoy this day while it lasts!”

Veryl Hooks Chamberlain, ‘52, CHSAA Executive Adviser

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