Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Vida Smith Retires After 30 Years, Ninth Grade Strings Play for Commencement, and Other News from June 8, 1962

It was my sister's 14th birthday, but that didn't merit any mention in The Madison Mirror on June 8, 1962. To be fair, I don't think The Mirror ever mentioned anyone's birthday.

There were, however, lots of news stories in the Junior High News section (page 4) of The Madison Mirror. The biggest news was that as the Class of 1965 prepared to move into Senior High, Miss Vida Smith, Junior High School principal for 30 years, had decided to retire. Other news included a report on the ninth grade string players who would provide music for the Class of 1962 June 15 commencement, and updates on the ninth grade track team.




To Play June 15

The Senior High Orchestra and the ninth grade strings will provide the music for commencement on June 15. The following numbers will be played: "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik", by Mozart; "In Church" by Peter Tschaikowsky; "Canzone Amorara" ("Venetial Love Song") by Ethelbert Nevin; "Chacene" by Maurice Whitney; "Pomp and Circumstance" by Edward Elgass, arranged by Charles Woodhouse; and "Stars and Stripes Forever" by Sousa.
The ninth grade string players are Jean Jensen, Linda Austin, Wayne Logue, Nadine Goff, and Carol Gartland, first violin; Bonnita Hawke, Martha Soules, Cheryl Larson, Shirley Hierlmeier, Linda Reuter, Tom Brew, second violin; Ed Pagel, viola, Larry Lewis and Christine Sannes, cello; and Ed Muehlemann and Mike Hampten, string bass. - Jean Jensen


Note: This article was reproduced as it originally appeared, but it has a few spelling errors: love is Amorosa, not Amorara; Ethelbert's last name is Niven, not Neven; Whitney composed a Chaconne, not a Chacene; the man who composed "Pomp and Circumstance" is Elgar, not Elgass; there's only one "n" in Bonita, Cheryl's last name was Larson, not Laison; and Mike was a Hampton, not a Hampten.


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This photo of Clarke Caywood, Tom Oscar, and Jim Bakken accompanied two stories, both of which are reproduced below.



Defeat West and Cherokee

Central defeated West and Cherokee by a score of 64½-45-13½ in a triangualar meet on May 17.
Central showed only fair ability in the sprints and relays, but clinched the meet with its outstanding work in field events.
Individual winners for Central included Jim Bakken - high jump, Jim Hesterly - high hurdles, Bob Fox - pole vault, Larry Franklin - 60 yard dash, and Ed Pagel - shot and discus. The 880 relay team composed of Jim Kinder, Ed Pagel, Bob Fox, and Steve Fix also won their event.

Letters Will Be Presented In Aud Today

Today an assembly program will be held in the gymnasium for the presentation of letters to all who placed in track events.
Letters will be received by the following: Tom Oscar, Jim Bakken, Clark Caywood, Phil Marsh, John Schaul, Del Daul, Tom Niemczyk, Tom Tiedt, Vaughn Berry, Pete DiMartino, Ed Pagal, Jim Hesterly, Bob Fox, John Geiger, Jim Kinder, Dick Zweifel, Larry Franklin, Steve Fix, and Jim Reamer and Ed Ledwidge, managers.
After the presentation of letters, a brief summarization of the athletic year and a word about the upcoming eighth grade potential will be presented by Mr. John Olson.
Mr. Gene Wendland, the publicity director for the City of Madison Recreation Department, will address the assembly concerning the recreational facilities and opportunities which will be available in Madison this summer. - Nancy Washburn

Note: This article was reproduced as it originally appeared, but it has a few spelling errors: Clark should be Clarke (Clark with an "e" at the end), Shaul, I think, should be Schaub, Pagal should be Pagel.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Brick Wall Advertisements

It was crisp and cold outside today, but also bright and sunny. The temperatures have been below freezing since last week's heavy snowfall, so a Sunday afternoon stroll through Forest Hill Cemetery was not an option because the grass is still snow-covered. Instead, I decided to take a stroll around the West Mifflin and West Dayton Street area, armed with my digital camera.

Finding a free parking spot in Downtown Madison can be a challenge, even on Sunday. There were events at the Kohl Center and the Overture Center for the Arts, so parking on the west side of the square was not possible (unless you're an ace at parallel parking in tight spots, which I'm not). I finally parked on the 300 block of East Main Street, which gave me an excuse to cut through the Capitol, something I haven't done in a long time.

I took photos of all the odd-numbered houses on the 400 block of West Mifflin Street, as well as some houses on both sides of the 400 block of West Dayton Street. When I get them in order, we can have a show and tell about who lived where back when.

When I walk around with my camera, I sometimes see things I haven't noticed before. Today it was this fading brick wall advertisement on the side of a building on the 100 block of State Street. I took some photographs of it because it brought back lots of fond memories. The building used to be the YWCA. I remember going to the cafeteria with my grandparents. I loved cafeterias when I was a kid. The seemingly endless array of choices available as I pushed my tray along, trying to decide what I wanted for dinner, was truly exciting. Sometimes we ate on the ground floor, but there were also tables on a balcony overlooking the main seating and serving area.

I also remember that by the time we were in high school the cafeteria had closed, but the space was used for dances. As I recall, they were open to students from throughout the city, not just Central High School students. If some of you have more detailed recollections of these dances, please share them in a comment or send me an email so I can post them on this blog.

Mark Speltz has compiled a collection of photos of brick wall advertisements, including the one I saw today, and posted them on the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation website. Here's some of the text from the site:

Throughout Madison, historic brick wall advertisements survive the harsh elements year after year to get their messages across. A form of advertising rarely used after the 1960s, some brick wall ads are still vibrant and full of life.

Others, barely legible, appear to be ghost signs—only visible in the right light, slowly fading or flaking into the past. Silently, they evoke a nostalgic sense of products no longer available or businesses that have long since folded or moved. The signs have become part of the buildings and neighborhoods and can remind us of our community’s history.


If you'd like to see the entire photo gallery of brick wall advertisements, click HERE.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Two Mystery Women Identify Themselves

The February 19th post featuring a photo from the 10th reunion has drawn many comments. However, the ninth comment, from Mary Jo McCarthy, is the crucial one. Here's an excerpt:

That definitely is NayDean Marble and the "blond" to her left, (as you look at it) your right. Is me. I was in my blond stage. NayDean called me today and I was tickled to see the picture. We sure did have fun that night.

If you want to read the rest of what Mary Jo wrote, click on COMMENTS at the end of that post.

NayDean Marble also sent an email confirming her identity. Here's what she said:

That photo is Mary Jo McCarthy (now Brown, living in Scottsdale, Arizona) on the right and me in the center. I don't know who else is in the shot.

So now you know who the clearly identifiable faces are in that photo. If only some more of the people in the January 25th photo would let us know who they are, we could progress to even larger crowd scenes.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Basketball and Blarney

From the back page of the February 24, 1961 issue of The Madison Mirror, we learn from Linda Austin's article that girls go to basketball games to gossip, cheer for their team, and check out the boys -- at least if their names are Terry Burrows, Sharon Bentley, and Marlene Bjornethun.

We also learn that Dick Gerou, a lowly eight grader, has a leading role in the Junior High operetta scheduled for March 9-10 in the auditorium.



Still Missing

We still have far too many members of the Class of 1965 listed as missing (either we lost track of them long ago, or the 40th reunion invitation was returned by the post office because the address was no longer correct). Here are the names of the people who are still missing. Please send an email if you have a current address for any of these people (or you know someone who does).

Larry Bergman
Vaughn Adrian Berry
Gail C Buchanan
Monte Daniel Buelow
Lyle Eugene Crary
Carol Lynne Crowley
Sandra Lee Egstad
Dennis Dean Fish
Robert LaVerne Graves
Terry Allen Gunderson
Gerald Wayne Hall
Ken Hammond
Sandra Lea Hanson
Helen Carol Herbert
Barbara Elaine Howe
Phillip Dean Hustad
Joanne Lois Klein
John Robin Kramer
Richard Lee Leach
Lois Kay LeGrey
Margaret Ann Lenyel
Brad J Lightfoot
Sharon Ann Marking
Emma Lee Mitchell
Patrick Herbert Mulhall
Gloria Jean Olson
Edward Sheldon Pauley
John Mark Peterson
Jacqueline Marie Peterson
Ronald William Rabe
Lynn Ann Robertson
Peter Phillip Roznowski
Cheryl Lynn Runstrom
John Lloyd Russo
Mildred Elizabeth Shields
Fred Singer
Marie Singer
Paul Spangler
Paul Richard Sperry
Judith Lynette Stellick
James Douglas Strand
Linda Louise Thomsen
Shirley Jean Tucker
Karen Ann Virnig
Marcia Rae Vogt
John Frederick Wake
Janet Suzanne Weirauch]
Al Wilder
Susan Jane Wood

Don't Miss Mickey

The reviews are starting to come in and local newspaper critics are awfully effusive about The Playhouse, Madison Repertory Theater's new performance space "done in shades of deep eggplant," and the "positively luminous performance" of André de Shields, who plays the Stage Manager in the Rep's current production, Thornton Wilder's "Our Town."

I'm going to see the play next week -- and it won't just be to ogle the aubergine upholstery and the awesome André. I'm also going to be watching the performance of a professional actor who's a member of the Madison Central High School Class of 1965: Mickey Crocker (a.k.a Mickey Gartland). The play runs through March 12, 2006, and if you live in the Madison area, you too should make an effort to go see our classmate live and on stage. And I bet if you hang around after the show, she'll be glad to autograph your program.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Another Photo from the 10th Reunion

There's one clearly recognizable face in this photo, but who is it? There are also a couple of partial images and the rest are too blurred to tell. So didn't anyone else take photos at this reunion?


Saturday, February 18, 2006

The Central Arch on a Snowy Day

Isthmus, Madison's alternative weekly newspaper, has an always interesting section on its website (thedailypage.com) called "Madison Miscellany." The section focuses on news of local interest that for reasons of time and space (and perhaps copyright) just can't be published in the newsprint edition. Thursday's "Madison Miscellany" featured a link titled "Snow falls before the Central H.S. arch." Click on the link and you're taken to a photo by Aaron Kraus, a 26-year old, self-described "Motivational Drinker."

There's no indication that Kraus, 26, knows his photograph is of the Central High School arch, the last vestige of the high school building designed by architect Cass Gilbert, but clearly there's someone on the Isthmus staff with knowledge about local history. Let's hope they're still around to help sound the alarm the next time MATC decides it really needs to tear down this historic arch in order to expand its parking lot.

Click HERE to see Kraus's photo of the arch.

Friday, February 17, 2006

The Mouse That Roared

Originally serialized in the Saturday Evening Post in the 1950s, "The Mouse That Roared" was a Cold War satire about the way the United States was using foreign aid to buy friends, hoping to thereby keep them away from the influence of the USSR. In Leonard Wibberly's novel, the Duchy of Grand Fenwick decides the only way to solve its economic woes is to declare war on the United States, lose, and accept foreign aid.

In 1959, the novel was made into a movie starring Peter Sellers. In the fall of 1963, a cast of talented thespians performed the stage adaptation of "The Mouse That Roared" in the Madison Central High School auditorium. Members of the Class of 1965 made up almost one-third of the cast. They included Linda London, Joanne Libert, Mike Fullwood, Suzi Bible, Larry Lewis, Wayne Logue, Kathy Merlin, Nils Olsen, Eileen Gallagher, and Joan Harvey.

Reproduced below is an article about the play printed inthe October 11, 1963 edition of The Madison Mirror. You may double click on the image to enlarge it in your browser window.





Seen at the 40th Reunion at CJ's


Jane (Wadsworth) Blandino and Craig Garrett



Richard Maloney and Diane (Hoffman) Imhoff

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Sophomore Spring Dance Tickets a Mere 35¢

The Sophomore Dance was front page news in the March 15, 1963 edition of The Madison Mirror. The photo below features Carol Kingsbury, Kathy Merlin, and Lynn Deegan displaying posters for the dance.


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Monday, February 13, 2006

Romantic Madison

USA Weekend, a magazine inserted in about 300 local newspapers throughout the United States, has declared Madison, Wisconsin to be the most romantic destination in the USA, in part because our chilly weather "lends itself to cuddling." You may read the USA Weekend feature by clicking HERE. Be forewarned, however, you'll have to scroll down the page past a photo of supermodel Heidi Klum before you reach the tidbit about Madison.

Today's edition of The Capital Times features a follow-up feature by reporter Samara Kalk Derby, who notes that Peter Greenberg, the NCB "Today" show travel editor responsible for selecting Madison as the nation's most romantic city, is a alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Make Some Time for History

I'm adding more and more entries to the Madison Central High School history blog. In addition to articles based on materials from old yearbooks, there are photos and stories about more recent events, including my stroll through Madison's Forest Hill Cemetery to find the grave of John Bardeen (Class of 1923). There are also photos taken at today's All Central Reunion at the VFW, including one of the oldest person at the event. L. Genevieve Jackson is 93 and a member of the Class of 1930. You may access the history blog by clicking on the All-Central Blog link in the column on the right.

A Trio of Central Graduates from the Sixties Seen (and photographed) at the All Central Reunion at the VFW


From left to right: Jim Kinder (Class of 1965), Jim Johnson (Class of 1966), and Chuck Cerniglia (Class of 1963)



Note: I am not 100% certain I have the correct name and class for the man on the right. I was taking photos, taking notes, and asking people to give me their email addresses, but there were distractions, too. If the identification isn't correct, please send me an email and I'll make the necessary changes in the caption.

Seen (and photographed) at Sunday's All Central Reunion at the VFW



Left, Janet Stevens (Class of 1965); Right, Mona Adams Winston (Class of 1969)

Friday, February 10, 2006

Strolling Around Lakeside Street Part 2: The Washington Hotel Coffee Room


About five years ago, Lakeside Fibers added an extension to the rear of its building at 402 W. Lakeside Street. Some of the space is filled with yarn and other goodies for sale, but since last September, the east side of the space has been home to the Washington Hotel Coffee Room.


An historic hotel, located on Washington Island, just off the tip of Door County, The Washington Hotel is renowned for its fine dining, featuring organic foods grown in on-site gardens and by local farmers. The Madison coffee house features coffees, teas, juices, and smoothies; homemade scones and other baked goods; and a selction of sandwiches including chicken breast on sourdough bread and elk summer sausage on sourdough bread. Terese Allen, a cookbook author and food columnist for Isthmus, recently reviewed The Washington Hotel Coffee Room and you may read her review by clicking HERE.


If you're planning to have breakfast before the All Central Reunion starts at noon -- and you don't want to have to wash dishes afterwards -- you could drop by Central alumnus (and All Central reunion organizer) Rich Bennett's bar at 416 N. Park Street for Smut n' Eggs. But if you'd rather not watch a closeup view of some raunchy sex while you munch on a muffin, you may want to consider breakfast at The Washington Hotel Coffee Room. The really tall windows in its seating area offer a great view out over Lake Monona towards Downtown Madison (even if the winter landscape is rather dingy). The coffee room is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday -- and it's only a few blocks walk from the VFW.

Strolling Around Lakeside Street Part 1: Lakeside Fibers


In the 1920s, this building at 402 W. Lakeside Street was home to the South Side Grocery Market. Today it is home to Lakeside Fibers, a locally owned shop specializing in materials for knitters and weavers. I couldn't find any information, however, about what the building has been home to in all the intervening years.


This is only a small portion of the many skeins of yarns displayed for sale throughout Lakeside Fibers. When you see all the gorgeous colors and textures available, you may decide to take up knitting -- or find a friend or relative who's ready, willing, eager, and talented enough to make you something.

If you're interested in having a look around Lakeside Fibers before you head down Lakeside Street to the VFW to attend the All Central Reunion, the store is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. The store has a website that features drawings of the interior and exterior of the building, as well as information about classes and opening hours on other days of the week.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Great Times on the Washington School Playground, and Other Memories about Living near W. Dayton Street

A House with History for Just $1” prompted several people to post comments or email their memories about living on W. Dayton Street or in the area around Washington School (now known as the Madison Metropolitan School District Administration Building). Since some of you haven’t developed the habit of reading comments, and since comments don’t seem to be picked up by search engines, I’m going to reprint some of those comments and emails here.

Janet Stevens wrote, “I knew all the people you mentioned who lived by the Dayton Street house...Fix's lived in that block, too, when we were in grade schoo(Washington).

Doug Strand wrote, “I think Jim Bakken, Mike Gardner, and maybe Larry Lewis lived in the area. Maybe we could move the house to where Central stood.”

And then we have this great set of recollections:

“It is Marlene AGAIN.. I sent Nadine an email regarding this because I couldn't get in here last night. I don't even know if she got it. But with the risk of repeating myself...here goes...I lived at 533 W.Dayton from 8th grade until Dec. 24 of our senior year. My cousin, Marsha Engelberger lived right around the corner on Bedford St. The Vodak boys..Mike and Greg lived across from her on W. Dayton. Jim Kinder lived on Mifflin, Jim Bakken on Marion St., The Aldridge boys, Dennis (now deceased) and Mick lived on Frances. Bernie Schmeltzer also lived on Francis. The Hierlimeiers lived on Francis and Johnson, where the Nitty Gritty is now. Cheryl Larson lived a little further down on Lake St. So you see, there are quite a few of us who lived in that area. We all used to have so much fun going to Washington School playground during the summer for "summer rec". And long after summer ended we would go and "chill" there. Oh yeah, that's right, the Feeney boys, Jim, Mike and John also lived on Johnson for awhile. Those truly were the good old days. We had great some great times.

Note: I do read all the email to the blog, but I don’t always have to to check my mailbox every day.

Dawn and Dinah Taught Dancing

When I mentioned Dawn Huett in my February 7th post about W. Dayton Street real estate, "For Sale: A House with History for Just $1," I rather expected someone to ask me, "Whatever happened to Dawn?" I don't know the answer to that question, and until we've located all the "missing" members of the Class of 1965, I can't be distracted by a search for someone from the Class of 1964.
However, I can post a copy of two feature stories from the October 26, 1962 edition of The Madison Mirror that took a look at Dawn Huett and Dina Felland, two girls who often played major roles in school plays and musicals. Enterprising reporter Mike Fullwood wrote about Dawn (what a way to get to know a gorgeous redhead!) and Linda Austin wrote about Dina.

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Note: Because the page layout for these two stories had some unusual jumps, I had to retain some bits and pieces of other stories, including the headline Students Questioned on "Prayer in Schools." If there's a huge clamor for more about that subject, I'll try to reprint that article at some later date.

An Update on Bruce Fibikar

Bruce's sister, Suzanne, emailed an update to the information about her brother, who was featured in my February 2nd post "Dropping Out to Serve Their Country," about Centralites whose graduation dates were affected by their decision to drop out to serve in the military.

Here's her update: "Bruce Churchill Fibikar; class of 1965, died Feb 1988. He was an Air Force Veteran. He has a son, Scott Fibikar, Daughter-in-law Janelle, and two beautiful grandchildren, Hanna and Tayler."

I've also appended her update to the obituary for Bruce Fibikar, which can be accessed by using the link on the right under Class of 1965 Alumni Obituaries.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Stop! Make Plans to Attend the All-Central Reunion on Sunday



What : All Central Reunion
When: Sunday, February 12, 2006
Time: Noon until whenever
Where:
VFW Post 1318
133 E. Lakeside Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53715




Below: View from the corner of E. Lakeside Street by the VFW, looking out over Monona Bay (the Old State Office Building on W. Wilson Street is the tall building on the left)


In case you needed a reminder, I drove over to E. Lakeside Street to take some photos of the VFW. Once in the neighborhood, I decided to take a short walk and shoot some more pictures (digital photography makes these little adventures so easy -- and inexpensive-- to record). In the next few days before the reunion, I'll post some more photos showing what a few blocks of W. Lakeside Street near Frankin School look like these days.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

For Sale: A House with History for Just $1

Long before UW students moved into houses on W. Dayton Street -- back when freshmen had to live in dorms if they didn't live at home and women had curfews -- this area was home to Centralites. Monday, The Capital Times reported that the house at 415 W. Dayton Street (which is about a block from Washington School) is for sale for $1. The catch (and you know there had to be a catch) is that it's only the house, not the property, that's for sale. If you buy it, you have to move it to a new location.

Just for the fun of it, I skimmed through my copy of the 1962-63 "Number Please" address book, published when we were sophomores by the Madison Central High School Student Council Finance Committee, to see if I could find someone who was actually living in that house back then. I found sophomore Mike Hampton living across the street at 414 W. Dayton Street. When I checked the juniors, I discovered Dawn Huett living a couple of houses away at 423 W. Dayton Street. And I hit the jackpot when I skimmed through the seniors: Gail Shea was living at that address then (at least according to the information in "Number Please"). I vaguely remember Mike; Dawn was unforgettable; and I know nothing about Gail.

So the question for the day is: Did you or anyone you know live in this area? Click HERE if you want to read the entire article from The Capital Times and see a smallish photo of the house. And let me know if you decide to buy the house. I'd love to watch you move it.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Submit Your Song, Bid on a Mask -- More Central Connections to the Local Arts and Culture Scene

The committee appointed by Mayor Dave to choose an official song for Madison had its first meeting last Tuesday, and Gerri DiMaggio was there, as were many other local musical luminaries. A report on the meeting, written by Kenneth Burns, is posted on the Isthmus website. You may read it by clicking HERE. Burns includes a link that allows you to email your suggestions or compositions to him, but if you’d rather send it to a fellow alumna, I’m sure we can find an email address for Gerri. Or, you might be able to hand your material to her in person if you visit DiMaggio’s Euro Design, her store on 7445 Mineral Point Road.

The current print issue of Isthmus, a Madison alternative weekly newspaper, contains a special insert about the “Mask-er-Aid” Mardi Gras Celebration and Live Auction fundraiser for HospiceCare, an event that has several Madison Central High School alumni connections.

More than 60 local and national celebrities and artists have decorated clay masks that will be auctioned off in a process that combines a silent auction and a live action for the masks that draw the most bids by 5 p.m. onWednesday, March 1, 2006. The live auction will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 5 at the Madison Concourse Hotel (across the street from where Central High School once stood).

Mike Feeney (Class of 1963) , is one of the local artists who’ve created a mask for the “Mask-er-Aid” auction. It’s the fur-rimmed face on the left. Other mask decorators whose creations are up for bids include humorist and author Al Franken, Jackie Mitchard, whose novel “The Deep End of the Ocean” was the first pick for the Oprah Winfrey Book Club, Raven Software illustrator W.C. Carani, actor Tom Wopat (and no, he wasn’t in our class, that was Art Wopat), and musician Dave Matthews. You may view all the masks, as well as place a bid, and learn more about the March 5 event, by clicking HERE to go the the HospiceCare website.

And although she graduated from West in 1965, Susan Phillips, the president and CEO of HospiceCare does have a Central connection. Before she transferred to West, she attended ninth grade at Central. Her last name was different then, however. Here's a clue to solve the mystery of her identity: click HERE to see the photo of Homeroom 203. She’s the first girl on the left in the second row.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Dropping Out to Serve Their Country

Not everyone graduates from high school on time. Occasionally, they graduate early. Future Nobel Prize-winner John Bardeen was only 15 when he graduated from Madison Central High School.

Others graduate late, perhaps because they dropped out and returned later to complete their required courses. As I’ve read yearbooks from 1900 to 1969, one group of "dropouts" emerges that’s very different from the stereotype of the incorrigible kid that’s too often promulgated by people who don’t stop to take a closer look at individual situations before lumping people into groups.

Over the years, many men have dropped out of Madison Central High School to serve their country during times of war. Most enlisted in the military. Perhaps there have also been women who’ve dropped out for this same reason, but my research hasn’t uncovered any yet.

Posted on the Madison Central High School History blog are copies of two pages from the 1946 school yearbook (called The Mirror that year). Titled "Seniors in Service," this section of the yearbook features information about "twenty-two" (I count 24) boys who had dropped out of school to enter military service before the end of World War II, "most of whom went through two or more years of senior high school with us."

Some men who drop out to join the military do come back and finish their high school degree. Others chose not to do so. I’ve seen at least one reference to a student who dropped out to join the military later receiving an honorary degree. Others never return home.

Today I found an obituary for a man who appears to have dropped out of Madison Central High School to fight in another war: The Vietnam War. Bruce C. Fibikar is on the official list of Class of 1965 graduates, but he was probably supposed to graduate in 1963. I haven’t been able to find a photo of him in any yearbook, but I did find him listed in the "Seniors Not Pictured" section of the 1963 Tychoberahn. His obituary, which is posted on the right, doesn’t tell us very much about this man. If you’re reading this and you knew Bruce, please share some memories. Leave a comment or send an email.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Someone Wore Their Name Tag at the 40th Reunion (So We Don't Have to Debate Their Identity 25 Years Later)



Michael and Carolyn Allen at the 40th Reunion at CJ's

The Changing Face of Madison

At the beginning of this year, Ronna Paris, who's been living in Florida for the past 30 years, asked what was happening to the "southside" she remembered. There wasn't much of a response. Perhaps it's just because many of you are still hesitant about leaving comments. Or maybe you just don't have enough information to respond to her question.

Former southsiders, and other Central High School alumni who now live in other cities and states but still are interested in what's happening in Madison, may want to read Dean Mosiman's story about the future of the Regent Street neighborhood, published in Sunday's Wisconsin State Journal. Click HERE to read the online version of article.

Also of interest is Marc Eisen's "Boom Town" story in Isthmus, a weekly Madison newspaper. Eisen writes that, "The central city is booming in a way unimaginable only a decade or so ago." By clicking HERE, you can have a look at some detailed maps of Madison, available on the Isthmus website, that show the location and status of many large construction projects.

Update (1/14/2008): Most of the links in this post are no longer active. I've tried to find updated links to the items I mention, but thus far have been unsuccessful.