February 27, 2009

Three Seniors Win Spelling Bee

LaRita Ashcraft, Tracy Byford and Jerry Flynn show their third, second, and first place trophies (respectively) from the SHS Spelling Bee.

SHS English Dep. Holds Spelling Bee
by Carmen Hensley

Jerry Flynn won the SHS Spelling Bee held April 21. Tracy Byford and LaRita Ashcraft won second and third places, respectively.

Each English teacher’s class selected a representative from that class for the spelling bee. Students who participated in the spelling bee were Christi Eggburn, Jay Mizell, LaRita Ashcraft, Kendra Bradford, Jamie Gartman, Clay Rhoden, Jerry Flynn, Jeremy Huneycutt, James Mason, Lea Hedrick, Scott Taylor, Jennifer Files, Gennifer Millard, Carla Tubbs, Fraces McGhee, Kyle Jackson, Toni Green, Lynn Crane, Jeni Crosswhite, Jennie Huffman, John Wilson, Jan Nichols, Mike McClure, Jenny Whitehead, Greg Overturf, Marlena Ukno, Tracy Byford, Sean Woodward, David Harp, Christy Price, Shannon Brown and Tony McLemore.

Judges for the spelling bee were Assistant Superintendent Sam King, East End Elementary Assistant Principal Vernell Brown and Mrs. Nita Webb.The spelling bee was held at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.

February 25, 2009

The Horse, Of Course

Recently, a dialogue on Facebook began around the topic of the Sheridan Alma Mater vs. the school fight song. Many of you can sing some of the alma mater (if you can't, go here to listen), but do you even know what the school's fight song was?

Our friend and '87 grad, Steve Warmack, gave us some helpful information about the fight song. He said,

"When I got to high school the fight song was "The Horse" as shown [here] but without the stupid dancing. It had no words and was originally performed by Cliff Nobles and Co. and charted in June of 1968. After... Doug West took over as band director... he dictated that we change our fight song to the musically superior yet less fun "Swing March" ... for a year or two and then he let us go back to "The Horse". I have no clue what they use as a fight song today.

Another interesting note about "The Horse". Cliff Nobles and Co. released a single called "Love is All Right" and on the B-side of the single.. they simply put the music tracks, sans singer, and called it "The Horse"... this explains the repetitive nature of the song... as the melody is missing."
And there you have some fightsong trivia. You can listen to an abbreviated version of Side B, "The Horse" below.

Here's a few other songs you might remember coming from the band stand:

Here some studio recordings/covers of these great numbers:

~ On Broadway, George Benson
~ Here's a college band's rendition of Birdland originally performed by Manhatten Transfer
~ And an rare video of the Jackson Five singing Birdland
~ And my favorite "performance" of Twist and Shout by none other than Ferris Bueller.

February 23, 2009

SHS Sports Banquet

While putting together the slideshow for the reunion, I was forced to leave many pictures out. At times, I even had to eliminate an entire section of photos just to keep the show within a decent time frame. The sports banquet was one of those sections of photos that hit the cutting room floor. So here, for your enjoyment, are those pictures. These came from the scrapbook of Paula Ferguson.

Larry & Cindy (Cobb) Campbell

Shawn Ward ('89), Bobby Taylor ('89), Dana Oates, Darby Puckett ('89),
David Lunsford, Alan Holmes and Jamey Black
(Looks like Brad Larue peeking from behind)

Paula Ferguson, Shelli Smith, Cindy Cobb,
Andrea Winston, Christy Berry and Cindy Grace
The banquet was held in our old elementary cafeteria. You can see the fourth grade row of classrooms in the background.

Shelli Smith trying out a headdress.

Cowgirl Up!
Andrea Winston, Cindy Grace, Cindy Cobb,
Paula Ferguson and Shelli Smith

February 20, 2009

Cub Scouts on Mt. Pinnacle

This clipping came from the Sheridan Headlight probably no later than 1979 or 1980. The Sheridan Cub Scout Pack 237 just made their annual trip to climb Mt. Pinnacle. You'll be able to recognize some of our classmates in the photo, but the rest you'll have to pick out in the list of names below.
I've since made this climb with my son and his cub scouting buddies, so it remains a special place for me. I'm sure many of you have your own pics of you & your children on top of Arkansas's only "mountain." And for those of us guys who grew up in scouts, we certainly have some great memories. I'll try to recount some of those memories in later posts, until then you might enjoy reading about the Pinewood Derby (Then & Now) I posted on my personal blog.

Below is a picture of my cub scout uniform. You'll see the brown & green Mt. Pinnacle patch on the right side of the vest. We all received this patch for climbing the mountain.

February 19, 2009

3rd Grade Yearbook Now Online

The latest addition to the Yearbook Project is now online. This 1979 Junior Yellowjacket will feature the 3rd grade year in school for the class of 88. Just click on the yearbook cover to see every page in full size, or click here to see the rest of the collection.

Something to notice as you see all the yearbook covers is the inconsistency of the word YELLOWJACKET. If you look at all the covers, some have YELLOW JACKET as two words, others as one. Don't mean to be critical... it's just a little pet peeve of mine that I couldn't help but notice. :)

And another thing... if you still have your '79 yearbook handy, go grab it and take a look at the fourth grade section very carefully and compare it to these online images. Look closely & tell me if you see anything different.

February 18, 2009

Where Are They Now?

Last week I asked if you knew who this former child actor was?

If you're thinking Creedance Clearwater Revival, you're on the wrong trail.

Here's a pic of him without all the hair.
Give up? Does the name "Cousin Oliver" ring a bell?!

Here is the one and only Cousin Oliver from the Brady Bunch - one of my favorite shows growing up. Oliver was played by Robbie Rist. You can visit Robbie's personal website here and see his other career highlights at IMDB.

February 16, 2009


Admit it - you always wanted to have as your very own number, 867-5309 - didn't ya? Well one man who has it is getting rid of it - on Ebay!

Over at Steve Peake's About 80's column I just read this article about a guy who is auctioning off his area code 202 phone number on Ebay. At the time of the article the bidding was over $5,000! Steve quotes this original CNN article,

"This is really, in my opinion, one of the last cultural remnants of the '80s pop culture era ... other than the mullet," said Spencer Potter, a 28-year-old DJ who is selling the number he got for free five years ago.
While Potter is overlooking the fact that "867-5309" is an active phone
number in dozens of other area codes, it does get called a lot by curious
people. Potter said he has gotten about 40 calls a day since he got the area
code 201 version for his Weehawken, New Jersey, DJ business.

So after reading these articles and realizing that the auction should be over by now, I did a bit more research and found the ended auction page here (not sure how long it'll be up). I found the Ebay page linked to this article reporting that Potter won almost $200,000 for his famous number! Incredible! Thanks Tommy!

Wanna hear Tutone's one tune? Go to song #73 on the playist over in the sidebar. Or watch it "live" on YouTube here.

February 13, 2009

You're Welcome, Mrs. Cook

Dear Friends,

Thank you so very much for the beautiful peace lily you sent in honor of John. Please know that your kindness during this time has meant so much to me, and I continue to realize just how thankful I am for having known you. I keep up with your successes, happiness and sorrows through your web page.

Thank you again for your kind support and the beautiful symbol of rememberance to John.

Warm Regards,
Betty Cook

*The SHS Class of 88 sent flowers upon hearing of the loss of Mrs. Cook's husband recently. If you would like to send Mrs. Cook a personal greeting, please email Aaron for her address.

February 11, 2009

Where Are They Now?

Can you guess who this is?

If you're thinking Creedance Clearwater Revival, you're on the wrong trail.
HINT: former child actor from the 70's

Here's a pic of him without all the hair.
Leave your answer in the comments.

February 10, 2009

Middle School Photos - (3 of 3)

Here's the third and last post of middle school pics. These photos come courtesy of Andrea Winston and the first three were taken on the infamous blacktop between the middle school building and the Kelly-Williams Gym.

(editor's note: I can't decide if I like the photo captions above or below the photo. What's your preference?)

This first photo shows a group of people but only a few who I'm able to i.d. From left to right I see Kim Sites, Ky Fiser, Jaime Bray, Christy Sullivan and Vicki Thompson. Do you recognize any others?

Here are Scott & Michelle doing what many junior high sweethearts did to show their affection: stand around & lock appendages. That's basically it.

We also see Alan Holmes, who at 14 is already as big as a truck. I'm not sure who the guy is in the blue/yellow shirt.

As always, you don't fully appreciate an old photograph unless you make a close examination of the background. So, check out the books all stacked side by side on the curb, routinely neglected until the morning bell. And, by the way, if you could pan the camera left, just enough to see the corner of the gym, you'd be able to see my dad's name on his senior sidewalk, which ran along the north side of the gym. Also across the highway you'll see a vacant lot to the left of Vanucci's Chiropratic Clinic. This lot has a Valero station on it now. You might also notice the roof of the United Methodist Church just peeking over the top of a house at the far left.

Now check out the photo below to see what this view looks like today. I took this photo just a few days ago close to the exact same spot.

Compared to the original...

David Damron, Brad Larue and David Lunsford.

Remember Todd Long?

Here's a much younger Larry Campbell standing next to Coach Tadlock. That's a much, um... rounder Reggie Gatewood in the background between them.

February 9, 2009

80's Trivia - Round One - Answers

Below are the anwers to last week's 80's Trivia. Due to the low response, I'll try this on the 88 website next time. Thanks to Melinda & Kathy for playing!

1. Which one of the following artists DID NOT sing "That's What Friends are For"?

a. Aretha Franklin
b. Gladys Kinght
c. Stevie Wonder
d. Elton John
e. Dionne Warwick

2. Which one of the following kids WAS NOT a New Kid on the Block?

a. Mark Wahlberg
b. Jordan Knight
c. Joe McIntyre
d. Danny Wood
e. Jonathan Knight

3. Dire Straits came from which country?

a. England
b. Ireland
c. Canada
d. Germany
e. New Zealand

4. Run D.M.C.'s DJ was _______________

a. Terminator X
b. Melle Mel
c. Jam Master Jay
d. Spinderella
e. Mix-master Ice

5. Remember the song "Mexican Radio"? Finish this weird lyric from this 1982 song: "I wish I was in Tijuana, eating barbecued iguana"

Trivia questions courtesy of PCAT: Preparation for the Pop-Culture Aptitude Test by John Sellers

February 8, 2009

Chasing Ghosts

Maybe I'm not the only geek who'd be interested in this documentary/movie.

Chasing Ghosts official site.

And here's another:

King of Kong official site.

Oh, and more Middle Schools pics coming later this week!

February 6, 2009

A Part of This Nutritious Breakfast

Ok - I know I said I'd only be posting on M-W-F... but since I've deviated from that already this week, here's a Saturday morning post for your enjoyment.
Let's go waaaay back to the 70's and pick any random morning... maybe your mom is packing your lunch in your Snoopy lunch box before catching the bus to school... or perhaps you're up extra early on a Saturday morning so you won't miss the line up of Bugs Bunny, Road Runner, Superfriends and the other great cartoons that have seem to vanish from the networks - only to appear by demand on YouTube.
Regardless of what day it was or where you were, you likely had a bowl of sugary delight in front of you (part of a nutritious breakfast that Mom never seemed to serve). Below are just a few of my favorite kids' cereals - most of which you can still find in stores today. However, pay close attention, because these images are vintage cereal boxes - possibly the same designs you were admiring in front of you as you slurped away each morning.

I always added a spoonful of sugar to my Rice Krispies.

So what's the difference between these two anyways?
And check out the Jackson Five record that you could
cut out of the back of the box!

Lucky Charms vs. Trix
The Leprechaun wins HANDS DOWN.
They're magically delicious!

Cocoa Pebbles are my FAV!
It's a battle in my house when I buy a box...
between me & four children, I'll do good
to get to eat one or two bowls.

Here's a great cereal.
A bowl of chocolate chip cookies for breakfast?
What were they thinking!?
If you enjoy vintage food items, then visit Dan Goodsell's website - Tick Tock Toys - where you'll find goodies from the 70's and beyond. Most if not all the photos above are from Dan's collection.

February 5, 2009

Short Shorts

To end this week of middle school pics, I present to you a photo that deserves it's very own post - not to be shared with any other photos. Here is the great shot from the photo album of Mandy Jester with her friends after a sleepover.

Standing in the back are Vicki Thompson, Shelli Smith, Cindy Cobb and Kim Vailes. Sitting down are Stacy Randolph ('87), Karen Vanlandingham, Mandy Jester and Serena Koon. Again, this photo was featured in the slideshow, but now stands deserving of it's own display - like your newest little league trophy.

As if the shorts and ankle socks weren't enough, you've got a collection of vintage tees represented here that would make any Ebayer raise their bid. Karen's "I Love REAL PEOPLE" shirt brings back memories of that great tv show that aired after "That's Incredible." And then you have Vicki's Andy Gibb tee. Don't worry gals - if you regret selling yours in that yard sale, you can make your own by purchasing this authentic iron-on decal at Ebay. I don't recognize Serena's or Shelli's shirt decal, but Stacy Randolph is promoting smoke-free lungs with a "Keep 'Em Clean" shirt.

This is vintage at it's best! Thanks girls!

And just for a little bonus, here's where I got the "Short Shorts" theme for the slideshow.

February 4, 2009

2,800 and counting...

What's this?
A single snap shot of over 2,800 images
accrued since August 2008
for the SHS 88 blog, website and reunion.

And still counting...

Next project: hi-resolution scans of the yearbooks.
All of them.

February 3, 2009

Middle School Photos - (2 of 3)

Continuing in a series of Middle School photos representing what had to be the most socially awkward time of our lives... these first three East End images are from Melissa Nesbitt.

In the first photo we see Charla Bryant, Carol Reeves, Lisa Bradford, Melissa Nesbitt and Christie Romine.

Tammy Ingle, Melissa Nesbitt, Art Rogers, Mr. Sego, and Christie Romine

Tammy Ingle and Christie Romine. The question remains as to why Romine is wearing a winter coat, since these pics were taken at their year-end party in May.

Below are more photos from Kathy Flynt. In the first one is Christy Sullivan. And do you all remember who's momma this is? This is Sally Smith, Shelli's mom. She was a teacher's aide. I'm not certain, but I'd guess that Mrs. Smith is younger in this picture than we are now! Doesn't that just make you feel old!?

Toni McKeever and Lisa Bradford - both representing 80's fashion very well! The SMS Band Hall is in the background and the buses are pulling out from just dropping off the students before school.

Here are Scott Herron, Alan Holmes and Bryan Clay. That looks like Donnie Davis in the background. These next 3 shots were taken in Mrs. Rhoden's class.

Here are Shawn Plouch adn Waylon Williams. I think that's Ken Crutchfield on the far right. And there's Mrs. Rhoden's famous wristwatch wall clock that was the perpetual target for all spitwads.

Scott Herron and Mrs. Rhoden.

This picture was taken in the Band Hall. You can see the band uniforms hanging in their garment bags in the closet. We see here Lance Ashley, Kim Vailes, Christy Berry and Jamey Black. This is in the 8th grade.

This photo made it into our 8th grade yearbook and is the girl's basketball team. Seated are Karen Vanlandingham, Kim Vailes and Vandra Williams. The other row has Cindy Cobb, Lorna Ashmead, Vicki Ausbrooks, Meliana Drake and Andrea Cushing.

I have one more set of pics that will make up post 3 of 3, but you'll have to wait until next week to see them. But - I do have a special treat for Friday's post. Here's a hint: it'll be pretty short.