Woodrow Wilson High School Alumni Update - September 2013
edited by Linda Doyle
DONATE PURSES & BAGS TODAY!
We are collecting new & gently-used purses, handbags, clutches, and messenger bags for the annual IN THE BAG: BENEFIT FOR THE ARTS at Wilson High School (choir, band, orchestra, drama, visual arts)
This is our 4th year. We collect bags and other items and then sell them at a one-day sale and silent auction.
Sun, November 10, 2013 from 10am to 3pm at O'Connors in Multnomah Village owned by Steve Arel '67.
Last year we collected over 850 items and raised over $9,000.
Drop off your bag donations at these locations:
• Paloma Clothing in Hillsdale
donate here and receive 20% off any one non-sale item per donation, not valid with other discounts or promotions.
• Switch Shoes & Clothing in Multnomah
(donate here and receive 20% off coupon, valid off one full priced item, one coupon per donation, not valid with other discounts or promotions)
• Gabriel Park Veterinary Clinic (owned by Libbi Hawkins '77)
• Korkage Wine Bar & Shop in Hillsdale
• KeyBank in Hillsdale location
• Sip D'Vine Wineshop in Multnomah
• Terwilliger Plaza (retirement community, 2545 SW Terwilliger Blvd)
Don't have bags to donate or can't come to the sale but still want to support the arts at Wilson, reach out to us on our Facebook page: InTheBagPDX; or email Linda Doyle or Jaci Evans. Cash donations gladly accepted for the arts at Wilson!
Then come to this wildly successful fundraiser and shop, shop, shop!
Sunday, November 10, 2013
10am to 3pm
O'Connors @ The Vault, 7850 SW Capitol Hwy, Multnomah Village
free admission, free mimosas
LEAVE YOUR LEGACY! ... BUY A BRICK
Show your support with a gift to the Wilson Stadium Plaza Bricks campaign. In appreciation for your gift, Wilson Fields Improvement Project will install a brick engraved with your personalized message at the Wilson Plaza in the Wilson High School stadium. Two sizes are available 4x8 $100.00 and 8x8 $250.00. Place your order today http://wilsonfields.org/Events.html
WILSON HOMECOMING FOOTBALL GAME, SEPTEMBER 27
Join us for Wilson's Homecoming football game against Jefferson on Friday, September 27 at 7pm. We now have food carts just outside the stadium, so come early and have dinner with classmates before the game.
WHS PTA AUCTION 2014 PRESENTS "A GAME OF LIFE" Saturday, April 12, 2014 6PM
You are invited to this year's auction to support Wilson students. Get "on board" and buy your tickets today! LIMITED-TIME offer is going on now through September 30th.
Go to: http://wilsonhighschoolpta.tofinoauctions.com/whsauction2014/homepages/show and click on the "Buy Tickets" tab to enjoy the savings.
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?
NEW INDEPENDENT FEATURE FILM CREATED BY AND STARRING WILSON GRADS
Bad Exorcists is a feature length comedy about a group of high school seniors working on a film about an exorcism. Things take an unexpected turn when their lead actress is possessed by an actual demon. The core of the talented cast and crew for Bad Exorcists began making movies together at Wilson. "Several of us were inspired by our WHS experiences and spent the next four years attending film schools all around the country," adds Louie Sloss '07 (Producer, Assistant Director). This summer they were brought back together to shoot Bad Exorcists in Portland.
The cast and crew of Bad Exorcists includes the following Wilson High School graduates:
Class of '07
Kyle Steinbach - Director, Writer, Producer
Louie Sloss - Producer, Assistant Director
Collin Davis - Editor
Jocelyn Lang - Craft Services
Class of '08
Alex Knapp - Lead Actor
Lucas Cruzen - Actor
Class of '09
Zach Shivers - Producer
Claire Berger - Lead Actress
Derek Brown - Production Assistant
According to the filmmakers, Bad Exorcists is 100% filmed and is currently being edited. This means the riskiest and most challenging part of making this film a reality has already been completed, and we are so grateful for all the support we’ve received getting to this point. Our performances and production value have completely exceeded our expectations and we are confident we have made something special. But they could use some help to get them through postproduction of the film. They just launched a Kickstarter campaign, an effort to raise the funds necessary to hire a colorist, a composer, a sound designer and a special effects artist - all highly specialized fields that are cost prohibitive with their current budget: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/573714290/bad-exorcists. As the filmmakers state on their website, "So many people have helped get us this far. As we continue post-production, any amount of support is truly appreciated! Thanks so much, and please help give us that push to get Bad Exorcists to the finish line!"
A VARIED AND ADVENTUROUS LIFE
Peter Ludwin graduated from Wilson in 1960 and is a a two-time finalist for the Gival Press Poetry Award and is the recipient of a Literary Fellowship from Artist Trust, and, in 2013, the W.D. Snodgrass Award for Endeavor and Excellence in Poetry. He was the 2007-2008 Second Prize Winner of the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Awards. He just published his second book, Rumors of Fallible Gods. Click here to read more about Peter.
WEST COAST KEEPS CALLING
Laurie Matthews graduated from Wilson in 1988 where she played golf and received honors in journalism. After graduating from Lewis & College College with a fine arts degree, she worked as a graphic designer in Portland for about five years. She received her master's degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon. While there she studied in Italy and Japan and specialized in the preservation of historic landscapes. After graduating, Laurie moved to Connecticut and then Boston, where she worked for the National Park Service's Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation for several years. "But the west coast kept calling," she says and "I moved back to Portland a few years ago to continue my work in cultural landscape preservation on the left coast, though my work still takes me all around the country." Laurie is currently working on projects in Hawaii, Montana, Wyoming, and California.
1967 GRAD HONORED AT WOMEN WHO LEAD 2013
On May 15, 2013, Susie Shepherd was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Equity Foundation at their Women in Leadership Luncheon. She was honored and celebrated for her work for GBLT rights. Classmates may recall, during her junior and senior years at Wilson High School in the fall of 1965 and 1966, Susie became the first female sportscaster for football for KBPS for PIL football games. Click here to read more about Susie and her amazing accomplishments since Wilson!
SHARE YOUR STORY
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
DO YOU HAVE EXTRA COPY OF 1974 WILSON YEARBOOK?
Ralph Pena '74 is looking for a 1974 yearbook. If you have an extra copy and would be willing with part with it, please contact Al Pena '73.
THANK YOU MR. POEPING, WILSON ENGLISH TEACHER
Walter Poeping was without doubt the one teacher who kept me from going completely insane in 1962 at Wilson High School. He was a Navy man, an adult who had lived and was living a life and he could identify with those of us coming up. He saw where and who we were and likely had a pretty good idea of where we were headed and gave only the best of encouragement that we would go ahead and find our futures. For me he put the E in existential. Many years later he remains alive in my mind and heart and I thank you Walt. Mike Judd, Class of 62, 4 long years
STILL EAGER TO EXPERIENCE MORE
Joyce and I just returned from our 37th anniversary, touring Colorado and Utah. She retired some time ago. I continue in my practice (Clinical Psychology)-- a calling both meaningful and challenging. I hunger for greater understanding of human experience in terms of neurophysiology; I go at this with the eagerness that I once had for reading Pat Conroy (fiction) or, say, Joseph Ellis, Ph.D. (American Revolutionary history). Lastly, after years of stage fright whenever singing solo's, I have engaged a wonderful vocal coach; in a recent recital, I actually enjoyed singing/sharing with the audience -- something I could never imagine. Doug Matthews, Ph.D. '61
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 just been added to the list:
PATRICK CLYDE DAVIS '60
LAWRENCE (LARRY) CARROLL '67
EMORY CROFOOT '79
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 1963
The Wilson High Portland class of '63 reunion committee is planning their 50th reunion. The primary event will be on Saturday, September 28, 2013. Class members should contact WWHS63@gmail.com for more information.
CLASS OF 1964 *** 2104 reunion
Date: Friday, August 8, 2014
Location: Oregon Zoo
Contact: Classic Reunions at firstname.lastname@example.org
CLASS OF 1973
Wilson High Class of 1973 - 40 Year reunion-
We are gathering downtown at the The Original Dinerant, 300 SW 6th Ave, on Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 6-11 pm for our 40 year (gulp) reunion!!!! See our website at http://wilsonhigh1973.wix.com/wh1973pdx or find us on Facebook: Wilson High ~1973~ Class Reunion ~ Portland, OR. For more info, email us at WilsonHigh1973@gmail.com. Check out the reunion postcard with all the details.
CLASS OF 1993 ... 20th reunion
To be held Saturday, September 21, 2013 at On Deck Bar and Grill in NW Portland. There will also be a barbecue for families on Sunday, September 22, 2013. More information to follow. There is also a facebook group called Woodrow Wilson High School Class of 93/20 year reunion. Questions, contact Rebekah Bhansali by clicking on her name.
CLASS OF 2003 ...10th reunion
Classmates have TENTATIVE plans for a reunion on December 21, 2013. Many details still not set. Questions, contact them on Facebook (Wilson High School (Portland, OR) - Class of '03).
For all the details on each of the reunions go to: http://www.wilsonalumni.com/reunions.htm
WILSON GRADUATES WHO HAVE SERVED OR ARE SERVING IN THE MILITARY
Please check out the WWHS Military Alumni page and read all about our amazing military graduates. To add your name and information to the WWHS Military alumni page, Send your information to Linda Doyle at LSDOYLE@EARTHLINK.NET.
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