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You Don't Know Jack --


In With The New(year) -
Can you believe it? 2002 already! The year 2001 just flew by. 2001 was the "Space Odyssey" year of the movie fame. Heck, I was aiming to put Hal's (the computer) voice on my home PC in honor of the year and just forgot about it. I saw that movie over and over again when I worked at the Henrico Theatre. The Henrico Theatre, now that was an experience.

Since I have started writing this entry a 15 year old boy has gone and flown a plane into the Bank of America building here in Tampa. (For those of you who don't know, I live in Tampa, FL). I saddens me that this had to happen to a kid as a way to get some attention. I know some of you will say, "What kind of attention is that?". As the saying goes ..."Negative attention is better than no attention at all". This kid was a loner and was kind of left out of the main stream social circle and his only way of getting noticed was to kill himself by flying into a building. Oh yeah, about that note saying he was sympathetic with you-know-who's cause? I don't believe that was anything more than his insurance policy to make sure that his story got on the news and stayed there for awhile. So my point is this...this site and our relationships with each other are a direct result of of a high school social scene much like the one that failed this young boy. And after all we are really nothing more than the same people we were in high school except that we are just older now and most of us have kids of our own. So, take a moment and think about all the people you knew then and see if maybe there are some people you may not have taken the opportunity to socialize with our get a chance to know while in school and if you see them on this site, you might want to drop them a line or two to just say hello and welcome them onto our little high school on the web. If you know of someone who isn't on the site just let them know that we'd love to have them. That's all, reach out and touch someone's life.

At this point I'd like to say that I am soooooo glad I decided to start this site. I have had the opportunity to interact with a lot of my old high school friends that I haven't heard from in years and actually made some new friends with people I never got to know in high school. So I have been rewarded and enriched already. I've tried to get the attention of some of our former classmates who have signed up with Classmates.com and get them to come on over here also. Jim Fisher and Lisa Blackwell come to mind and I'm sure there are a few others, but I've gotten no response yet. I know some people are just too busy with their lives to spend a whole lot of time on the computer. I did find Dodie Campbell In Texas and contacted her but apparently she is just too busy as a Dr. or just not interested. Terry Kennedy has not responded yet. But Hey! They are still our friends and maybe we'll get them to come around eventually. On the other hand, I have made some great connections and reconnections. One that I found most interesting was Johnny Delaney. We've emailed back and forth a couple of times now and I thought it was so cool. For those of you who don't know, ol' JD was the president of our fraternity, Sigma Psi, and he and I got off on the wrong foot in high school and we ended up in a stupid boxing match pounding the life out of each other in Bryan Park. Silly kids! But he's doing well and I'm doing well and I'd like to have a beer with him sometime when I get back to town. I got to contact Micky Taylor, Boo Miller, Donah Miller, Debra Stanley, Suzanne Isaacs, Sue Kurzman, P'nut Wilson and Leah Ziegler (just to name a few). It's been great fun. So please use the site to connect and reconnect!

I am also very glad and excited about Dan Zodun jumping in here and taking on the mantle of Web Designer Emeritus. He deserves a giant brownie button because he has done a lot of stuff behind the scenes that I'm not going to embarrass him and mention them here because he is not quite as emotionally needy as I am. Just trust me on this.

Some new joinees I'd like to mention are Jack Maynard who just came out of nowhere and joined our site. Cool. Also Donna Lee Weimer (Leflar) from the Class of 1958 just joined and I am extremely excited about that. Donna, you are the first from your class year to join and I hope more will follow. This tells me and Dan that slowly the word is getting out. I mean we are really growing as a site much faster and more successfully than I ever dreamed of and it would not be possible without everyone's involvement.

As we move forward we will be making changes to the look of the site and adding more and more things. We plan to install a search engine and a bulletin board so there can be more interaction between members. Trivia and more history. We are asking for content contributions from members also. I would like to add a Photo Gallery of pictures and things that people may not get to see otherwise. If you are interested in contributing, email me and we can work out the particulars on getting the photos scanned and returned to you. I've thought about adding a Memorial page where people could post thoughts, feelings and remembrances about our friends who have passed on. Let me know what you think about that idea. One last thing. I would like to see us get a virtual Alumni Newsletter started on the site and have some regular writers doing monthly columns on the site. Got any volunteers?

Okay, I'm done for now. Don't forget to write.


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