August 23, 2018

Then & Now

As I've been looking at the photos from the 20 year reunion, I've noticed a few similar poses & people that were in photos from 20 years ago. Here are a few.

David Lunsford and Shelli Smith then.

David and Shelli now.

Band members James Springer, Aaron Wilson, Jason Moore and Jerry Flynn then.

James, Aaron, Jason and Jerry now.

Football teammates Alan Holmes, Jamey Black and Steven Coleman then.

Alan, Jamey and Steven now.

Cindy Grace during the Sr. Plays then.

Still behind the mic - (Judge) Cindy now.

I grabbed these pics off of Vicki's profile (hope she doesn't mind!).
Here are best friends Lynn Taylor, Chris Allen, Lee Shaw
Martin Tunstall, Melinda Hill and Vicki Ausbrooks then.
Still friends after all these years...
Chris Allen, Lee Shaw, Vicki Ausbrooks
Martin Tunstall, Melinda Hill and Lynn Taylor now.

February 17, 2012

1987 District Championship Game - Sheridan vs. Whitehall

Thanks to Chris Campbell for recently posting the highlights from this great game on YouTube. The final score was 21-19, Sheridan.

February 14, 2012

ValentiMe's Day

A fourth re-post.

This is not the first time I've re-posted these pics on the Sheridan88 blog.  And honestly, I'll post them every year around this time.  They're just such GREAT photographs and represent wonderful memories of our childhood.  

I sent two of my children to school today with their bag of obligatory valentines for their classmates.  They'll be having their parties today just like we did over 30 years ago.  Something tells me though that they just won't realize the memories they're making.  Not for a long time.

When you find some gems like the ones below, submitted by Mandy (Jester) Martindale, you can't fully appreciate them by just watching them click by in a slide show. There's no way. I'm telling you - as an "unofficial" nostalgia expert, I don't think I've ever seen a set of pics that have stirred up so many memories than these. I mean, you can't help but be time-warped right back into 1979's fourth grade year when you look at these.

So, let's have a look then. And remember - you have to click on each of these to enlarge them and study them. There is MUCH to be appreciated here. I'll try to talk you through it.

This is Mrs. Rundell's fourth grade class party. Pictured above are Mandy Jester, Shari Rupe, Kim Derrick and Susan Averitt. Now just take a look... go on... what do you see?
I see four ten-year-old girls giddy over goodies received in Valentine's Day bags. All but Shari are oblivious to the camera... they're too busy taking inventory of the 20+ cards that we all had to deliver out of obligation to everyone in our class. Whether it was the cootie monster or the cutie pie, you HAD to send them a valentine. Careful thought was given as we decided which card to use. You dare not make the mistake of sending someone an innuendoed Minnie Mouse card instead of a safe, neutral Goofy card. This could make the last 3 1/2 months of your fourth grade year pretty uncomfortable.

Now take a look at Shari - check out her vintage Mickey Mouse ringer tee. Wait... I guess it wasn't vintage back then.

Now what do you see in the background? Yep - valentine crafts hanging on the wall... AND... is that a SLIDE PROJECTOR! If you're quiet, you can hear the small cooling fan humming in the dark as we watch film strips about the origin of Thanksgiving. I've got more on film strips for a later post. Let's move on.

The photo above was taken from the same position, only the camera man (probably a mom) raised the camera to catch the other side of the room, which reveals another mom sitting smack dab in the midst of the kiddies... and some body's little brother too. Who invited him?
Notice everyone has matching Valentine sacks. [SIGH] So much for personal expression and creativity. Never mind though, Jody Wiggins and Robert McClung - like the rest of us - never judge a bag by it's decor - but by the delicacies waiting inside!
I also see Kim Vailes at the bottom of the picture - you can just barely see her head with the tiara on top. Hmm. A tiara. Not sure about that... did Mrs. Rundell select a Valentine King & Queen? If so, then who was the King? And where is his crown? This is indeed a mystery.

Another shot - again rotating the camera instead of raising it. It must've been unseasonably warm this February since the classroom door is propped open.
In the first row on the right, by the open door is George Tompkins, Christian Sandoval, and Jason Moore. The next row, in the middle, has Michael Hix, Steven Coleman and Brett Cato. The far left row shows Robert McClung and Lee Shaw in the flannel shirt. That could be Pam Wells walking in front of the camera.

And last, but not least... hey wait a minute - I think I see what's going on here - the guys are on one side of the classroom & the gals on the other. Interesting.
So in the photo above we see, L to R, Lee Shaw, Jeff King, Scott Herron, Brett Epperson, Ricky Whitaker, Steven Coleman and Brett Cato. Nice hair boys! Can you say "MOTORCYCLE HELMET?"
Couple of other observations... if you enlarge this pic, you can almost see the photographer's reflection in the mirror of the girl's bathroom. Since these photos belong to Mandy, the photographer is most likely her mother. Also, I'm seeing some decorated shoe boxes on many of the desks. Were these the recepticles for the valentines... or the strict, uniform, non-variant and consistently decorated sacks? I'm confused! Could it be that this class was privy to TWICE the treats on this celebratory day of love!!??
This would be unfair to the rest of us.
I demand an explanation! Someone from Mrs. Rundell's class please let me know!

March 29, 2011

Stand By Me - 25th Anniversary Blu Ray

There's no doubt that one of the greatest movies from the greatest decade was Stand By Me. Released in 1986, this movie is doubly nostalgic! Our generation has our own fond memories of watching this great movie a quarter of a century ago, and yet our parents enjoyed the movie as well because it took them back another 30 years to the 50's, when the movie was set, reminding them of their own childhood.  Needless to say, it has appealed to all generations, and still is.  One indication of the movie's ongoing popularity is the recent release of the 25th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray.

To celebrate the release, four of the original cast, and director, Rob Reiner, were reunited for an interview - for the first time since the 80's.  Here's a couple of minutes of what Wil Wheaton said was close to an hour interview:

I found a few sites worth checking out.  This article on a new blog I found, Retroland, includes the original movie trailer. Here's a brief post about the reunion, including a brief update of each of the stars.  And, this is as close to an "official" movie website I can find:

Finally, if this post has left you wanting, buy the 25th Anniversay Blu-ray here.