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February 2018

Between You And Me

Annual dues are now $5!

Remember, your annual dues to be a member of the Central High School Alumni Association are $5.

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

    Check your mailing label (see back cover), your dues may be due June 1, 2018.

    “There are 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 stopped their membership to join in the fun, especially any 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,


1939 “On Oct. 23, 2017, my mother, Francis June Reed Kline, ‘39, passed. She was 96. Mom was born on the family farm in Grove City in Franklin County, the sixth of eight children. She was the last surviving sibling. Her two younger siblings also were Central Pirates—Mary Reed Schutt, ‘41, and Arthur “Art” Reed, ‘47.

    “At Central, Mom was editor of the school newspaper. As editor, she had the opportunity to interview Eleanor Roosevelt at the then Deshler-Wallick hotel downtown. She liked to say she was so excited, she left without her hat!

   “Mom enjoyed being active with the Central High School Alumni Association, especially attending the Bean Dinner and the old spring or Valentine’s dances. She married my dad, George Kline, on March 14, 1942 during WW II, whom she met at a school dance.

   “They loved big bands, and they loved to dance. My parents raised four children, including me, in Mt. Vernon. They also loved to winter in Florida, usually with my Uncle Art and Aunt Joan—Joan Thompson Reed, ‘47.

   “Mom had a lifelong love of reading and writing. She retired in 1981 from Kenyon College in Gambier, as editorial assistant of The Psychological Digest, a journal of behavioral analysis and study.  She especially enjoyed spending time with her great and great-great grandchildren and traveling. She was ever a proud Central Pirate!”

   Kristie Kline Clayman, 16961 Glen Rd., Mt Vernon OH  43050-9061; 740-397-6198;


1944 “Happy New Year to everyone! I’ve been busy taking care of my grandson, Jacob, who’s now 18 and attending junior college. I’ve been fixing his breakfast and attending his football games.

   “I also take care of and feed our dog, a beautiful huskie with blue eyes. On top of that, I regularly water our garden and attend all of my church activities. I also still love to see the local theater productions, as well as simply enjoy spending as much time as possible with my family and friends.

   “Now the GREAT NEWS! I can’t wait to tell you what the wonderful Outlook has done.

   “A few weeks ago, I received a note from Virginia Hartley Adams, ‘44. who said she rejoined the alumni association. Virginia happened to see what I contributed in the September newsletter. Virginia was one of my dearest friends at church back home in Columbus. In fact, her mother gave me my wedding shower.

   “I’d lost contact with Virginia over the years, then, all of a sudden, her note and a phone call. What a memorable conversation we had. Thank you, Central Outlook! I’m always grateful for The Outlook!

   “What wonderful memories I have of my days at dear ole Central!! Again, Happy New Year to all Central Pirates from Jinny in California!

   Jinny Brooks Lattimer, 7 Calle Marta, Rancho Santa

Margarita CA 92688-3500; 949-459-0634.


1945-‘49 “How about some tasty food and good memories—and good-natured fun—at the Kingsdale MCL Cafeteria the

second Thursday of every month. We eat at around 1:30 p.m., and laugh and reminisce before and after.”

    Chuck Shaner, ‘47, 614-279-8016.


1945 “Throughout the holidays, I did my best to get together as much as possible with my four children, Joe, Tara, Doug and Dave, their spouses Connie, Larry, Paula and Denise and all their offspring. What a good time that was!

   “Even though, in respect to life, I may be on the countdown side, I still find purpose and reasons to look forward to tomorrow. I have many blessings to count and wish all god’s blessings to everyone in the New Year!

   “It’s been 72 years since the Class of 1945 walked the halls of Central High. That’s a lifetime in itself! Since we all have trouble getting together, let’s connect on Facebook. That goes for family and friends, too. You can see a lot of images—photos—of my family and me on my Facebook page. Take a look. Again, love and best wishes to everyone.”

   Dodie Wilke Melvin, 65 Fairway Dr., Mount Vernon OH 43050-5400; 740-393-0242;


1946 “Sadly, Susie Murphy Garver, ‘46, passed last Sept. 4. Susie was married to Harold Garver, ‘46, who’s also gone now. Both were strong supporters of Central High School. They both will be missed,

   “Other than that, not much news from the Class of 1946. I would love to get an address for Helen Skidmore Ramey. I had it, but I lost it. To any of my classmates, please give me a call sometime.

   “Also, here’s a heads up to attend the monthly luncheons at the Kingsdale MCL, the second Thursday of the month, for the 1945-‘49 classes, organized by Chuck Shaner, ‘47,

   Mary Tompkins Seipel, 4500 John Shields Pkwy, Unit 503, Dublin OH 43017-2670; 614-389-9020.


1947 “On Sept. 26, we had a birthday lunch—I won’t say what birthday it was for me—at the Grove City Cracker Barrel. Among those attending was my sister-in-law, Francis Reed Kline, ’39. Sadly, that was the last time we were together. Francis passed Oct. 23. What a great sister she was to me.

   “All the snow and cold weather we’ve been having reminds me fresh snow on Central’s lawn and steps and how the Scioto River would freeze over. It all could be so pretty—and cold!

   “My older grandson, Max Reed, continues to quiz me about TV shows we watch—character names and plots. We’ve been enjoying The Librarians, Perry Mason, Chicago PD, Chicago  Fire, Get Smart and the weekend binges on Decades.

   “My younger grandson, George Reed, a senior at Grove City High School, continues to direct, star in and compose the music for a mystery he wrote and is filming with his classmates. 

   “Visit Franklin Park’s Adventure Center Thursday evenings to see Max juggle with Jest Jugglers (”

   Joan Thompson Reed, 2053 Dry Creek Place, Grove City OH 43123-9386; 614-875-5757;


1950 “Are any of my classmates still out there? I’d love to hear from you. There never seems to be much news from our class.

   “I didn’t get to attend football games or many school activities because my family worked Central Market—we had a vegetable stand. I was up at 3 a.m. to work market before school, then I’d also work after school.

   “I fondly recall some of my teachers, especially Mrs. Dolezal and Mrs. McRath. Does anyone remember them?

   “Both of my sisters graduated from Central—Sylvia Lusignolo Slagle, ‘54, and Joan Lusignolo Bayes, ‘56.”

   Rosemary Lusignolo Sammartino, 209 Cullman Rd., Columbus OH 43207; 614-491-3126.


1955 “The dates for our 2018 quarterly breakfasts are still being determined. When they’re set, we’ll meet at 8:30 a.m. at Frische’s Big Boy, I-270 & Ste. Rte. 62, Grove City. Come early and stay late for lots of good food and good gabbing.” 

Roberta Raines Driscoll, 614-274-0495;


1959 “I’m now two years into my retirement on the coast of North Carolina —Morehead City, to be exact. We live close to the beach, with many historical places to visit.

   “I worked for many years at DCS  C on East Broad Street in Columbus. At one point, I took an assignment to Cherry Point, Marine Corps Air Station as a logistic parts manager. We provided parts for Marine aircraft being built.

   “I served in the Navy for 21 years—active and reserve—and retired as a commander. I headed up several reserve units in Columbus and Mansfield.

   “I belong to the Navy League, along with the American Legion and the VFW. I’m also involved with the Coast Guard Auxiliary as a safe boating instructor at a local college.

   “I have two children—Randy and Robin, who graduated from Upper Arlington and Gahanna high schools, respectively.

   “In 2000, I married Sharon Stewart Hafoacre of Gahanna. We merged our two families and now have six adult children and numerous grandchildren.

   “My first wife, Sharon Munk White, died in 1999. She attended Starling, and so went to school with many Central and Westside folk.

   “My Navy and government civilian career took me from Tokyo, Japan to Berlin, Germany. Overall, I had the opportunity to travel across many countries and to many local communities.

   “I like to drive and keep busy, so I take assignments from local auto dealers to transport new and used cars around North Carolina or even to Virginia Beach. I also volunteer for the VA to drive veterans to medical facilities in Durhan and Greenville.

   “Our main hobby is traveling. We’ve been passengers on numerous ocean cruises. We’ve also especially liked river cruises in Europe on the Rhine and Danube rivers.

   “About once a year, we return to Columbus for some sort of family occasion.”

   Robert “Bob” White, 105 B. Reserve Lane, Morehead NC 28557; 252-622-4634;


1972 “Why is it that as we get older, time just seems to zip by, with weeks, months and entire seasons disappearing from a blurred calendar at dizzying speed? Speaking of dizzying speed, I can’t believe another year has zipped by so quickly, making it for another Florida Reunion—the 26th. I can’t wait to attend the reunion. It’ll be here before we know it!”

   Bonnie Harlan Reed, 614-507-6217;


All classes Happy 100th Birthday to Ralph Rose, ‘36, who became a centenarian at the end of last December! Your alumni association sent Ralph a special centenarian certificate.”


All classes “Visit the Central Facebook page to catch up on Pirate news and friends. We’d love to hear from everyone. We now have 572 members!”

  Dan Frey, ‘75,


All classes May our hearts be ever filled with love for our family, friends and country, and may we remember all those less fortunate. God bless.”

Veryl Hooks Chamberlain, ‘52, CHSAA Executive Adviser



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