Woodrow Wilson High School Alumni Update - November 2012
edited by Linda Doyle
MORE ON THE AUTO CAMP
Just to add a little flavor to the article about the Auto Camp, I used to deliver the Journal newspaper to the subscribers there. The manager of the camp (we used to call it the Auto Court) lived about where Dewitt crosses between Cheltenham and Sunset. He was a crusty ol’ coot with a very nice wife. She was very quiet. When I first started delivering papers the “Auto Court” had open sewers. They were shallow ditches that ran all through the place draining off waste water and toilet residue. After a while the county made them put in a sewer system. The place smelled ever so much better after that. In the years I was a paper boy, I only had 2 skips (customers who moved and did not pay). One was at the Auto Court. I always thought I was very fortunate to have only one skip there as the tenants were very poor and tended to migrate a lot. Blair Kramer ‘59
ON THE TOWN, FALL MUSICAL, STARTS NOV 9
Wilson High School Performing Arts Presents:
On the Town, November 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17 @ 7:00pm at WHS Auditorium.
General Admission Tickets $12; Students/Faculty $8.
***Special Veteran's Matinee*: November 11th at 2:00pm. *(Veteran's and Active Service Members Free at the Door this day only). Tickets available at the door or online at: http://wilsonthespians.blogspot.com/. Check out the poster here: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/wilson/files/school-wilson/On_the_Town_Poster.pdf.
WILSON BOOSTER CLUB NEEDS YOU!
Our biggest fundraiser is held from the end of November through mid-December. The Wilson Booster Club is seeking the support of parents and alumni for their volunteer efforts and participation in organizing our Annual Christmas Tree Fundraiser. Trees will be sold at A-Boy parking lot, located on Barbur Blvd. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you or anyone you know is interested in helping with this very important event.
RAIN OR SHINE – OPEN FOR PLAY EVERY DAY!
Wherever there has been space to play, the history of genuine athletic success has always been found on the level playing fields of the past and thanks to the donations and efforts of hundreds of volunteers, the Wilson community will seek to continue this historical precedent with the Wilson Fields Improvement Project: http://wilsonfields.org/WilsonField.html.
We need your support to bring artificial turf to Wilson High School’s fields. Renovated fields will offer year long access to sports fields for students and our community. Check out the recent Wilson High School Football coverage on KATU - Game of the week at Cleveland High School this is the same type of surface all of our students and athletes could be playing on in 2013: http://www.katu.com/sports/hsblitz/video/176068301.html. Help us bring artificial turf to Wilson High School, donate today – every donation counts we need your support today! http://wilsonfields.org/Donate.html. Let’s work together to build these fields!
HOUSE PARTY UPDATE
The Wilson Foundation's Second Annual House Party Extravaganza brought in $24,000 (with money still coming in) - 40% more than last year! Thank you to all alumni who attended and honored the alma mater by contributing. Your donations help reduce class sizes throughout the school by adding additional course offerings. For example... Remember all the options we had when we went to Wilson? Many of these choices have been cut, due to under-funding on the state level. Because of funds raised last year, however, more choices (such as Digital Media Design, Wood and Metal Shop, additional core offerings) are available to current Wilson students. THE WILSON COMMUNITY THANKS YOU FOR YOUR LOYALTY TO OUR GREAT SCHOOL! (Please contact us at: WilsonHighSchoolFoundation@gmail.com if you'd like to get involved with Foundation.)
WILSON FIELD ADORNED WITH PINK RIBBONS
On October 11, the Wilson football teams wore pink with pride in support of Cancer Awareness month. All of our three teams had pink socks and pink wrap. The football field was decked out with pink ribbons, as well. The “W” was outlined in pink and the end zone lines were pink. “We just want to show support for a great cause,” adds Coach Ken Duilio. “Cancer Awareness month hopefully brings more attention to a disease that affects all of us. We will wear pink with pride!” Check out these photos of the field adorned with pink ribbons. Check out the photos:
GREAT FALL SPORTS SEASON FOR WILSON
Along with the Football 5A PIL Championship Title, we were PIL Champions in Volleyball, Women's Soccer and Men's Soccer.
Wilson Cross Country teams had a great season. They both finished 3rd in a very strong PIL this year. Follow this link to a video that, “will change your appreciation for this sport forever,” adds Principal Brian Chatard. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSlIFxndkbg&safe=active.
Womenʼs Volleyball ended a great season last week with a Play-Off game in Bend. After winning the 5A PIL Championship title, they lost the match to Bend HS but won the respect and admiration of the community. “I think this team surprised a lot of people,” adds Coach Jenna Meligan. “We knew going in that no one expected much of us and we wanted to prove people wrong. I think we did that. Four of my starters were sophomores making their first varsity appearance, and we still managed to be league champions. If this was a so-called rebuilding year then all I can say is watch out.”
Womenʼs Soccer Coach, Michele Potestio is proud of her young team and, “the tenacity and leadership of this year's Seniors. They were determined to go undefeated and win the 5A PIL Championship." The team has a State Play-Off game at Sherwood on Tuesday, Nov 6 at 4:30pm.
Menʼs Soccer finishes the regular season as the 5A PIL Champions. Coach John Madding says that this has been an interesting year. They started the year with significant player injuries and “We are still missing a talented player due to a concussion,” adds John. “Once we entered PIL play we have really found our game. We have a bunch of seniors that are providing great leadership. We also have some young players that have stepped up and added a spark to how we play. We are feeling good about the momentum we have going into the playoffs.” The team has a State Play-Off game at Mountain View on Tuesday, Nov 6 at 2:00pm.
Wilson Football Coach, Ken Duilio says, "We are excited about winnning the 5A P.I L. League Title". Now we enter the playoffs. "We are going to keep pluggin away, keeping our fingers crossed, and see how far we can take this." Football will host a State Play-Off game against Crescent Valley HS on Friday, Nov 9 at 7:00pm, location TBD.
3rd ANNUAL IN THE BAG: BENEFIT FOR THE ARTS
Pop-Up Purse Sale
Sunday, November 11, 2012
10am to 3pm at O'Connors @ The Vault
7850 SW Capitol Hwy in Multnomah Village
benefits choir, drama, band, orchestra, visual arts at Wilson High School
So we've collected the bags and now it's time to have some fun! We've got every price, style, and color of bag and briefcase you can imagine. We have celebrity bags and designer bags (Yves Saint Laurent Muse - original value $1500, Luella Giselle - original value $700, Coach, Dooney & Burke, Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Hobo, Ellington and much more!) And, silent auction items: http://www.wilsonarts.org/IN_THE_BAG/Invitation_In_The_Bag_2012.pdf. Free admission, mimosas and treats - with live music with Wilson students. The more we sell, the more money we raise for the arts. Get there early! Great holiday gifts! "Like" us on facebook and help spread the word: https://www.facebook.com/InTheBagBenefitforthearts.
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION UPDATE
NEW WWHS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Alumni and community members are continuing to move forward to establish the WWHS Alumni Association. Application process for tax-exempt status of association is progressing (with special thanks to Jack Bertell '58 and David Sly '89). If you would like to join them, contact Jack Bertell '58.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Check out these photographs from the 1969 Prom [thanks to Toni Anderson (Piland) '69]
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR FOR OREGON CHORALE
Bernd R. Kuehn graduated from Wilson in 1966. He came to the United States in 1957. He was nine years old and didn't speak English. With his family he journeyed to Portland where he sang and played the violin. Today, Bernd is the Artistic Director of the Oregon Chorale in Hillsboro, Oregon. Click here to read more about his journey after Wilson: http://www.oregonchorale.org/content/conductors-corner.
ROBERT GRAY, TENNIS SINGLES TITLE, FRENCH, ENGINEERING, RESTORING OLD CARS
I read through the list of Wilson Alumni and found it so interesting. For me the saddest thing was reading about the passing of Ted Hollen. I remember him when we were both so young and played baseball together in elementary school. Wow, was that over 50 years ago? My name is David Kelly and I spent 4 years at Wilson graduating in 1969. Before that I went to Robert Gray elementary school. Robert Gray is a middle school now. At Wilson I played on the tennis team and won the PIL singles title in 1969. My favorite class at Wilson was Mechanical Drafting with Mr. Reitz and the one I dreaded most was French with Mrs James. After high school I went to Portland State University and graduated in Civil/Structural Engineering. I have a professional engineering license in Civil Engineering in Oregon and Washignton and have worked with ODOT and many consultants throughout Oregon and Washington. I also worked with Clark County's Department of Public Works from 1990 to 1997 as a Civil Engineer. After leaving Clark County I started my own business in Vancouver as a Transportation Engineering consultant and still operate the business. I conduct traffic impact studies for new developments and recently completed a traffic study for the new SW Washington Humane Society. I am married and live with my wife, Kathryn and our miniature Australian Shepherd "Rosa" in Vancouver, Washington. As a hobby I love restoring old cars and just completed a 1966 Mustang that I enter in shows and take to the local cruise-ins. We also have an RV that we take south during the winter months. Many years ago I heard something that Ann Landers said at a commencement for an all girls high school and I will never forget her words. What she said was at an all girls school, but it could apply to anyone heading out into the world. What she said was, and I quote: "As you head out into the world learn a skill and further your education if at all possible. An education is something that no one can ever take away from you. Be self sufficient so you never have to depend on your parents, a partner or the government to take care of you." David Kelly, Class of 1969
FIRST WILSON ROSE FESTIVAL QUEEN - TAKE TWO
According to Claire Oliver from The Southwest Community Connection newspaper, in 1962 Rose Festival Queen Cherie Viggers Sanville '62 was denied her chance to represent Portland in the Tournament of Roses. This past spring 2012, Cherie Viggers Sanville waved from her seat in his year's Grand Floral Parade. Fifty years ago, she was not allowed to appear in the Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, Calif., and Rose Festival officials decided to right this wrong. Click here to read the full story: http://www.wilsonalumni.com/newsletter/2012/Don't_rain_on_my_parade.pdf.
MANAGING BROKER OF THE YEAR
David Sly graduated from Wilson in 1989. David earned his real estate license in 1998 and has been a managing broker for Prudential Northwest Properties for the past ten years. The Masters Circle (MC), an exclusive organization established by the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors® (PMAR), just named David as the 2012 Managing Broker of the Year. He has served on the PMAR Grievance Committee for the last four years and the Professional Standards Committee for five years, one of which as the Chairman. He is also a PMAR State Director. For the Oregon Association of Realtors® (OAR), David served as an Executive Committee Member, as well as Business Issues Committee Member for four years and Chairman for one. He is currently serving on the OAR Professional Standards Committee. In the last two years, David became involved with the Oregon Real Estate Forms Board of Directors and will serve as the Chairman in 2013. David has also earned his AHWD (At Home with Diversity), CRB (Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager), eCertification, GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute), QSC (Quality Service Certified) and SFR (Short Sales & Foreclosures) real estate designations. David is an active member of the newly forming WWHS Alumni Association, working to create an official alumni association for your old high school. Congratulations!
WILSON GRAD HAILED AS ONE OF WORLD’S BEST
According to Rob Cullivan of the Portland Tribune, Joe Powers ’96, harmonica player is hailed as one of world's best. Joe specializes in blending jazz, tango, blues, and chamber music. He received formal training at the University of Oregon’s School of Music. In high school Joe sang in the Wilson choir and "Ensemble” and got a leading role in his first play in Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie and performed in Rumors by Neil Simon. Joe also started a pop/rock cover band with friends called Red Point. They played at the 1995 Wilson Prom and other school functions and won a Rose Festival talent contest. He formed another band called Seizure Salad and they won the first annual Portland high-school Battle of the Bands at PCC. Click here to read Rob Cullivan’s article: http://www.wilsonalumni.com/newsletter/2012/JoePowers.pdf.
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Send us the details on where/what you have been doing since graduating from Wilson, and we'll post in an upcoming WWHS Alumni Update e-newsletter. Send details to Linda Doyle.
MESSAGES FROM CLASSMATES
Mr. Stanton was a role model for me. While I failed to follow his lead from time to time, his leadership played a large role in my success as a man, husband and father, and grandfather to four grandsons. Paul Van Gordon '65
MY YEARS AT WILSON
As another high school year comes to an end here in Friday Harbor, Washington, I think of my years at Wilson and smile at my recollection of the considerable apathy I had for school at the time! Lawrence Delay ‘68
1988 GRAD UPDATE
I have a lovely wife of 12 years, two cherubs and a cat. I moved to New York City in 1989, then moved to Chicago in 2011. Feeling groovy. I'm on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/saderman. Shelli Aderman '88
HONORABLE SERVICE MEDAL
My wife, Sharon Mitchell Arnett, and I retired to central Oregon (Prineville) in 2007. We bought a retirement toy, a 1965 Mustang convertible and have completely restored it. Since 2007 we have won 17 awards in 6 different counties and have made great friends. Our car club in the past 5 years has raised and contributed over $20,000 through car shows and car events. On July 4th, Prineville held their annual 4th of July parade. This year, the only living Congressional Medal of Honor recipient in the state of Oregon, Robert Maxwell, age 90, was the Grand Marshall and will be riding in our 65 Mustang. Robert Maxwell jumped on a grenade saving three lives back in 1945 at age 23. He survived but has had life long health issues relating to his bravery. I served in the U.S. Navy 63-67 and earned a top security clearance and worked as security division and recovery unit. Since retirement I have joined the BAND OF BROTHERS, a non profit organization (501-C-3) that works to create better legislation to acquire better veterans benefits. The Band of Brothers greet today's returning veterans at the airport, bus station or where ever in a respectable manner. Our goal is to treat today's vet differently than we were treated back in the mid 60s. Recently, I was recognized by the Veterans of Oregon, and the State of Oregon with an Honorable Service Medal, this had more value to me than my Honorable Discharge back in 1967. The message was ...''Welcome Home'', as we all witnessed, many returning vets in the 60s were not applauded or appreciated ... our nation has matured, at least in some respect. The real honor for me, however, will be to shake hands with a hero and recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Lynn Arnett here, '62
LIVES IN AUSTRALIA, BUT STILL KEEPS IN TOUCH
What a great way to keep in touch with what is happening at Wilson! I have attended every 10 year reunion of my class and am looking forward to our 50th in 2015. My family moved to Australia half way through my Junior year at Wilson but I did subjects via Oregon Board of Education to get my high school diploma from Wilson. I actually participated in graduation with the class of 1967, when I came over to attend U of O. I grew up in Multnomah and attended Multnomah Grade School. Still keep in contact with lots of classmates from the old neighborhood. Suzanne Barrell (Bentson) '65
LOVING LIFE IN RETIREMENT
Retired and loving it! Flying and fishing. Also, mentoring prisoners with Prison Fellowship. I have been to Mississippi 5 times, Mexico once and Nicaragua 2 times on mission trips with Rolling Hills Community Church. God Bless you all! Dick Hallberg '67
IN MEMORY OF
KNOWN CLASSMATES/TEACHERS NO LONGER WITH US
Please send an email with details to Linda Doyle if you have an obituary that should be posted here. Below is a list of classmates who have passed away. Here are the names for those who have just been added to the list:
MATTHEW DOTY 1973
JACK DALBY Band/Orchestra director from 1962-1974
SALLY ARCHER PATTERSON 1978
PETER DEVECKA 1976
Click on this link to read more about classmates, teachers, community members who have passed away... Once on the page, scroll down to find the class year.
CLASS OF 1957 ... 55TH Reunion held May 19,2012
CLASS OF 1962 ... 50th Reunion held Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25, 2012
CLASS OF 1964 ... Get-together held August 3, 4, 5, 2012
CLASS OF 1967 ... 45th Reunion held August 10, 11, 12, 2012
CLASS OF 1972 ... 40th Reunion held August 3rd, August 4, August 5, 2012
CLASS OF 1992 ... 20th Reunion held August 3 and August 4, 2012
CLASS OF 2002 ... 10th Reunion held August 18, 2012
WILSON GRADUATES WHO HAVE SERVED OR ARE SERVING IN THE MILITARY
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