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February 2018

A Pirate's View   

It was so nice to have a white Christmas and New Year’s Eve this past holiday season—and now we’re having even more of the white stuff to greet the new year here in January, along with even colder temperatures.      

    Yet, as frigid as Mother Nature may make the weather, your Central High School alumni activities will heat up in the new year.

    Before I begin, I must share the sad news that Jim Lane, ‘56, died Oct. 9 last year. A CHSAA past president, Jim was serving as co-special events director at the time of his passing. Thanks for everything, Jim. We’ll miss you.

    On Sept. 16  last year, Jim’s friend and classmate, Fred Grady, ‘56, passed. Fred also was a longtime alumni officer.


        On June 2, the 2nd Annual Pirate Picnic will take place at the Crossroads United Methodist Church. Some 54 Pirates and their family and friends attended last year’s inaugural picnic. Like last year, your alumni association will provide all the vittles—for just $2 a person. Last year, we served pulled pork, shredded chicken, macaroni salad, potato salad, baked beans, cookies and pop.

   On July 7, the 35th Annual Golf Outing will tee off at the Foxfire Country Club. We were pleased a new foursome—the Bond Family—played with us last year. Foxfire donated a certificate for a free round of golf for a foursome. Put together a foursome or two and join in this year’s fun.


    All Pirates, plan to attend the 35th Annual Bean Dinner Oct. 13 at the Mental Memorial Golf Course at Bolton Field. Invite family, friends, classmates and every Pirate you know—or come solo. We welcome suggestions for entertainment, door prizes or activities. Dig out your old Central photos and keepsakes to share. There’ll also be some special entertainment.

     Our  2018 alumni officer meetings will be Feb. 5, April 2, June 4, Aug. 6, Oct. 1 and Nov. 5, starting at 10:30 a.m. We meet at the Bob Evens Restaurant at Georgesville Square. Plan to attend the meeting, then stay for lunch or brunch.

    Your alumni association is in desperate need of new officers. Of utmost importance is a new treasurer. We also need a new vice president. Your current board members—who have served long and proud—all are getting older. We need your help. Please consider stepping up and helping preserve the memory, the legacy of your alma mater, dear ole Central High. And you’ll also get to help organize a lot of fun and fulfilling Pirate

   Your dues may be due June 1. Remember, our annual dues are now $5 (Visit the Join Page).

   Visit if you need to replace a yearbook. If we have the yearbook you need, we’ll give it to you for free. Contact Sandy Andromeda, ‘65, 614-853-2324. If we don’t have it, Jeff Reed will put your request in The Outlook.


   Construction on COSI’s underground parking garage has been completed, and the garage is open. The underground garage replaces the above-ground parking lot that replaced our alma mater’s beloved football field. And—joy of joys—the pillars on the corners of the old football field have been reinstalled on Bell Street. They’re fun to see during the day, as well as at night when they’re lit.

    As construction continues on the new National Veterans Memorial and Museum, the building has made Architectural Digest’s list of its 12 most highly anticipated buildings of 2018 from around the globe.

   I was honored recently to log my 8,000th hour as a COSI volunteer. Being a COSI volunteer is so very rewarding and lots of fun!

   If you’re planning a reunion or a special class gathering this year and you’d like an alumni officer to be a guest speaker, just give us a holler.

   To anyone who’s fallen ill to the flu or any nasty wintertime ailment, take care and get well soon!

   To all Pirates and their family and friends, your Central alumni officers wish you a safe and fun-filled winter and early spring!


                                 Roberta Raines Driscoll, ‘55

                                                       CHSAA President