March 31, 2009

What's This?

This famous object has made its home in Sheridan since the 1930's. It towered high above the city on the 100 block of High Street next to the water company.

But now it's home is in the Grant County Musuem.

"Ball ornament from the top of Sheridan water tank ca-1930. The paint was poured on the ball by boys who were challenged to climb to the top. the paint proved they had been there."

How many of you made your trek up the ladder? How many of you started back down before you reached the top?

March 30, 2009

100 Greatest One Hit Wonders

I usually post things pertaining to pop culture on Fridays, AND I promised that today I'd post more 9th grade photos. But due to time sensitivity, I'm rearranging some posts this week in order to pass along something I just heard about (maybe I'm the only one who's not in-the-know). The 9th grade pics will be posted Wednesday, but tomorrow night...

From the VH1 website:

They only did it once, but one time was the charm. Now, it's time to honor our favorite singular sensations of the '80s! From "Don't Worry, Be Happy" to "I Want Candy" to "Take On Me" and beyond, VH1 is paying tribute to the lone (but unforgettable) smash hits by Reagan era stars in 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the '80s. It's everything a totally awesome countdown should be, featuring electronic beats, synthesizers galore, questionable haircuts and more... (read more)

Thanks to the folks at The Great 80's blog for this info. Oh, and if any of you happen to record this, I'd love to see it. :)
BTW, the fact that there are at least 100 one hit wonders to compile such a list, isn't exactly flattering towards the 80's music scene.

March 27, 2009

Top 8 List of Top 8 80's Lists

Recently I found & introduced to you 80's aficionado Steve Peake over at If you haven't checked out his blog yet (I'm a subscriber), you should. But until you do, here's a list of links to whet your appetite for his 80's music knowledge. Whether you agree with his conclusions or not (I often don't), you'll appreciate his love of the greatest decade ever.

He has quite a few "Top 8 (or Top 10)" lists on his blog, so I've picked my own top 8 from his lists, get it? So here's a Top 8 List of Top 8 (or 10) 80's lists (in no particular order):

  1. Top 8 Michael Jackson Songs of the 80's - "...maybe the first half of the '80s was really just a comfortable, plateau-like apex for Jackson."

  2. Top 10 80's hard Rock Songs

  3. Top 10 Singles of the 80's - "The greatest singles of any era possess the power to change the world in three minutes..."

  4. Top 8 '80s Songs That Address a Person by Name in the Title - And if any of you ladies shared one of these names, your boyfriend had an easy choice for song favorite.

  5. Top 10 Songs of 1988

  6. Top 10 Least Worthy No. 1 Hits of the 80's - The fact that Peake included Duran Duran's Reflex among his list of "questionable if not cringe-inducing" songs makes me wonder why I even introduced you to him.

  7. Top 8 Duran Duran Songs of the 80's - Ok, he tries to redeem himself in this one.

  8. Top 10 Hair Metal Ballads of the 80's

So there you have my Top 8 list of 80's lists. Just for kicks, who would you put on your top 8 list of 80's artists?

March 25, 2009

What's This?

Ok I lied - sorta. I'm not going to officially post the answer until next Tuesday. But, to honor my word, if you can't wait. I'll make the answer available today (see below) along with a hint.

This famous object has made its home in Sheridan since the 1930's.
Leave your guess in the comments. The answer will be revealed tomorrow.

HINT: This object is almost twice the size of a basketball.

March 23, 2009

More 9th Grade Photos

I'm continuing to post pics from the slideshow so you can get a bigger, better and longer look at each of them. And it's pics like these (thanks AGAIN to Kathy Flynt for these gems!) that deserve a much longer look! These were taken at lunch during our 9th grade year on the high school campus.

This is the first of several pics with Brad Larue pulling his shirt up. Not sure why though.
I'll try to i.d. as many as possible, from L to R:
David Damron, Ky Fiser, Lisa Bradford, Andrea Winston (?), Larry Campbell, Jeri Suttle, Bryan Clay, Trent Allen, Brad Larue (and his breast).

Add one Darren Yarborough (yellow shirt). Brad and his breast.

Brad holding David.
His hands are full so his shirt is down.

David holding Shelli Smith. Brad & his breast.
Looks like Kevin Young in the background and
Trent Allen off to the right.

Shelli holding David. And Brad. No breast.

I'm diggin' Damron's sleeveless shirt.
It'd go great with my pair of black pleather parachute pants.
More 9th grade pics next Monday.

March 20, 2009

3 Guys + 6 Keyboards = Sweet 80's Synth

I was checking out some of the latest posts over at RetroThing and found this video of some decently talented guys playing a synth medley of some great 80's hits. I thought it was so cool that I bumped the post that was scheduled for today. Come back next Friday for my Top 8 List of Top 8 Lists of 80's Music.

But for today, check this out:

Coupla things...

  1. Couldn't they find a more hip location for the video shoot other than mom's dining room with her Amish china cabinet in the background? C'mon - take it out to the garage... hang some black sheets or something.
  2. I couldn't tell you what half of their equipment was - except for a keyboard, and another keyboard, and a bigger keyboard, and a small keyboard... but it all looked really cool.
  3. Hey, was that a KEYtar?
  4. That voca-synth-o-lazery thingee they used on the Toto song was SWEET!
  5. I didn't know A-ha had another song.
  6. The harmony on the Mr. Roboto vocals was pretty tight. Nice job boys.
  7. Oh, what I wouldn't give to let Lance Ashley loose in that place.

March 18, 2009

French Class - 9th Grade

More slideshow pictures from Kathy Flynt. These are from the 9th grade French class, which explains why upper classman, Leigh Shannon, is among us. Looks like this might've been a Christmas party. Click to enlarge or download any of the photos.

Shelli Smith, Leigh Shannon, Christy Sullivan, Kathy Flynt

Leigh Shannon & Shelli Smith with Larry Campbell under the mistletoe.

Larry Campbell and Kevin Matlock. No idea what's going on here.

Nice pits.

Christy Sullivan, Shelli Smith, Kathy Flynt
Kenny Johnson, Kevin Matlock, Leigh Shannon

Christy Sullivan, Shelli Smith, Kenny Johnson, Larry Campbell, Leigh Shannon

Jacquelin Leslie, Larry Johnson, Kenny Johnson

Greg McGathy, Kenny Johnson, Kevin Matlock, Jacquelin Leslie
Shelli Smith, Larry Campbell, Kathy Flynt, Leigh Shannon

Kathy Flynt, Kevin Matlock, Larry Campbell, Leigh Shannon

March 16, 2009

Joel VS. John

Here's a special treat - two posts in one day! Thought you'd enjoy this one:

Most would agree that two of the greatest pop pianist in our day are Elton John and Billy Joel. You know their music had a wide reach when they're played on both B98.5, The Point 94.1 and Magic 105.

Do you think you could tell the two apart? Take the Elton vs. Billy Lunchtime Quiz at the Mental Floss blog. Post your score in the comments section... then I'll post mine. :)
Also - who do you like better? If you were offered tickets to see Billy Joel OR Elton John and had to choose only one, who would it be? My choice: Billy Joel. Hands down.

Leslie Morrison "I Believe..."

SHS students attend GCE state conference
By Shelley Goodnight

The GCE Chapter of SHS won a trophy for its scrapbook with a four star rating in the Outstanding Leadership Chapter contest April 24 and 25 at the state GCE Convention in Hot Springs.

The GCE spelling team won sixth place. Individual winners were Michelle Parker and Leslie Morrison.

Michelle Parker won a first place trophy in the talent contest. She was also chosen student of the year for the State GCE Club.

Leslie Morrison placed third in the essay contest. She wrote a 1000-word essay “I Believe in the American Way of Life,” a part of the GCECA Creed. Morrison is employed by Sonic Drive-In and Morrison’s Income Tax.

The members of the winning spelling team were Tracy Clark, Christina Long, and Teresa Sisco.

March 13, 2009

What's Up? Not much here.

You're gonna get a kick out of this!

While searching for some good 80's blog fodder, I found a link to a site where a dude has scanned & posted dozens (over 100!) of handwritten notes from past friends & girlfriends. You remember - handwritten notes - folded in pseudo-origami fashion, with the invitation to "Pull Tab" to open?

Now - hopefully you won't actually enjoy reading this guy's mail, even if it is over 20 years old, but you oughta check it out just long enough to revive that fading memory you have of your former method of communication loooong before emails, texting, IM's and chat rooms ruined the warmth of it all.

Click on the letter above to visit the site.

BE WARNED: I haven't (and won't) read all the letters, but in the few I did read, several of them contained offensive language (offensive to me, anyway).


PS: Thanks to Gael at Pop Culture Junk Mail for the link.

March 11, 2009

Tennis Team Places Third at District

Tennis Team members Paula Ferguson and Cindy Cobb

Tennis Team Places Third at District Competition
by Andy Mayberry

The Sheridan Yellowjacket tennis team finished third at the district meet at Hot Springs held April 29.

Sheridan did not win any individual titles, but Jim Pollock and Christy Berry both advanced to the semi-finals. Their efforts helped spur the Yellowjacket team on to the third place finish behind Lakeside and Lake Hamilton.

On April 18, Sheridan lost to Bryant despite the fact that Rickey Whitaker and Paula Ferguson each won their number four singles match for boys and girls, respectively. The next day, Sheridan was defeated by Benton.

Jim Pollock and Brian Williams won the number one doubles match. Shelli Smith also won the number one singles match while Cindy Cobb won her number two singles match.

Sheridan chalked up its only win of the year April 21 at Fordyce in a tune-up for the district meet.

On a different note, Shelli Smith and Brian Williams were named teammates of the year.
“I want to show my appreciate to all of the members of the team for their hard work, “ said Coach Larry Don Smith. “Special thanks go to Terry Mosely for all of his help.”

from The Sheridan Yellowjacket

March 9, 2009

Holmes: National Merit Scholarship Finalist

Holmes moves to NM finalist
By Gina McCool

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has named Renee Holmes, an SHS senior, a finalist for one of their 6,000 1988 Merit Scholarships.

This places Holmes in a select group representing fewer than half of one percent of American high school seniors.

“I’m really excited and honored,” said Holmes. “The scholarship is really going to help me pay for my college education.”

There are rigorous requirements for becoming a finalist. Holmes became a semifinalist in 1986 by scoring highest on the PSAT. She took the SAT in November of 1987. She also submitted an essay about her school and community activities and personal interests and goals.

Holmes and other finalists are being considered for one of 1,800 $2,000 National Merit Scholarships.

The Merit Program is privately financed by grants from over 600 independent sponsors.

NMSC hopes to make the public more aware of the academic accomplishments of exceptional high school students.

The recipients of the Merit Scholarships will be notified in May.

March 6, 2009

More Tom Wilson

Back in October I posted a video of Tom Wilson (aka, "Biff" from Back to the Future). I'd like to revisit Tom in this post and introduce you to his other talent: art. I'm doing this not only because Tom Wilson & his character Biff are pop icons in our day, but his art also reflects on Tom's love for pop culture - namely, toys!

I recently saw this video on Tim Walsh's blog and thought I'd post it here.

In case you're interested in any of Biff's artwork to adorn the walls of your abode, you can purchase them at his website,, but I must warn you... they're pricey!

March 4, 2009

Tunstall Receives ROTC Award

Tunstall Receives ROTC Award
By Chris Nichols

Martin D. Tunstall was presented a bronze medal by Ms. Mattie L. Woodson on May 19 for being chosen as the recipient of the ROTC Award sponsored by the Chicot Trace Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Academic excellence and demonstrating qualities of dependability, good character, adherence to military discipline, leadership, and a fundamental and patriotic understanding of the importance of ROTC training were criteria used in selecting Tunstall for the award.

Lt. Col. William Ballew, head of the Sheridan ROTC program, chose Tunstall for the award.

Col. Ballew said that Tunstall was the ROTC student who best met all the D.A.R. standards for the award.

March 2, 2009

A Letter to the Families

Last week I mailed DVD's of our Slideshow to the families of our deceased classmates. Thanks to those of you who purchased copies and donated a few extra bucks. These funds were used to make these gifts possible.

I thought you might want to read the letter I included with each of the DVD's.
Click image to enlarge.

And again, let me encourage you to visit the "In Memory" page on the 88 website and leave your thoughts & memories of our classmates who are no longer with us.