August 31, 2009
August 28, 2009
SHERIDAN'S only college, the old Missionary Baptist College founded in 1918, stands in the background of this photo which also shows the building in the foreground constructed as a primary school in the 1930's. the Missionary Baptist College was established as a junior college, but offered senior courses in later years. The college was unable to continue functioning after the Depression of the 1930's brought on financial difficulties. The building burned in 1957, and a grade school now stands at the site.
August 24, 2009
This photo was taken on the west side of the court square facing North. You can see the green & white striped awning of ABC Bookstore in the upper left corner of the photo. These band uniforms were finally retired in the early 80's.
August 21, 2009
Star Wars even made school supplies cool. I still have the 9 ½ by 12 ½ -inch Mead portfolio folder I carried around in second grade. Obi-Wan’s on one side, two Stormtroopers on the other, and on one of the inside pockets, there’s that rear-three-quarters shot of a Star Destroyer. The Finney’s 39-cent price tag is still stuck inside. The folder’s in two pieces, and the edges are worn soft as old socks, but when I hold it, I can smell crayons and purple-ink mimeographed worksheets and Elmer’s School Glue and brick walls and the cement floors of the second-grade basement hallway at Hartville Elementary, and remember sitting on the carpet in our room listening to Miss Hogan read “James and the Giant Peach.” (emphasis mine)
Fellow Arkansan Kirk Demarias designed the cover, and comments on the blue & white play-on-Kenner label at his blog. Order your copy of Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek - The First 30 Years here
August 18, 2009
This is a watercolor painting by Sue Scroggs of the many schoolhouses which make up the Sheridan schools. Most of these are recognizable except for the building in the upper right, which burned down in 1957. Scroggs has it labeled as a grade school (might've been used for that), but it was built around 1918 as Missionary Baptist College.
Here's a display case showing some of the EARLY Yellowjacket football teams & letterman jackets/sweaters.
August 6, 2009
John Hughes has died of a heart attack.
Hughes suffered the heart attack while taking a morning walk during a trip to NYC to visit family.
He was 59.
Consider just a few of the films he made in his lifetime:
- Home Alone (1990)
- Christmas Vacation (1989)
- Uncle Buck (1989)
- The Great Outdoors (1988)
- She's Having a Baby (1988)
- Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
- Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
- Pretty in Pink (1986)
- Weird Science (1985)
- European Vacation (1985)
- The Breakfast Club (1985)
- Sixteen Candles (1984)
- Vacation (1983)
- Mr. Mom (1983)
Here's one of the first of what will be many tributes to Hughes featuring the famous museum scene from FBDO.
August 4, 2009
Today's post is a playful poke at our friend Serena Koon (I have her permission to do this and the remainder of this post comes complete with a double coat of sarcasm). You see, for the past two decades as I've recalled and recounted all the wonderful school memories tucked away in my simple little mind, there was always something lurking in the shadowy corner. What was this dark mystery hiding in the cleft of my mind - or was "it" a "who"? Who could still be haunting me & taunting me like a schoolyard bully even twenty years later? Well, the answer to these questions has been revealed - yea, even documented in the annuals of history... our yearbooks. The evidence I have is as plain as words on a page. Read on.
Just take a gander at the verbal assaults below - beginning in the 2nd grade for crying out loud - and tell me if any decent human being is deserving of such ill-treatment.
You see that it starts out cute, playing the ole "upside down clown" card. But notice the subtle twist - this clown doesn't just sign upside down - but BACKWARDS TOO! I had to get out my pocket mirror to verify the signature... and sure enough, it was Serena Koon. What could this mean? Upside down? Backwards?
Then... the clown strikes again (see below). Same page. Same pen (not supposed to have pens in Mrs. Thompson's class!). Same clown. Same vertical orientation. Same horizontal reversal. I'm sure that something's going on here. This is senseless torment for any second grader.The disoriented clown laid low for a few years, but in 1980 she struck again. And, as before, ever... so... subtle. Notice the underlined word "nice" in the image below. And notice the parenthetical laughter - HYSTERICAL parenthetical laughter. Everyone knows how to decode this: the underlined word goes with the parenthetical remark - easy. It's the LOL version of the grade school yearbook. And LOL she did - about me being "nice."
Childish flirting? No way. She's moving in for the kill.
2. Clue: Red ink. Meaning: One word. Blood. I'm really feeling threatened now.
3. Clue: Parenthesis right off the bat. Meaning: It's like the viewer discretion warning at the beginning of a television show - you just know something bad is gonna happen.
2. The flow of this, her longest yearbook contribution, is a poetic and rhythmic assault against any shred of dignity I might have left. See the repetition: NOT, NOT, NOT. This really stings.
3. Three opinions are expressed here as facts: 1. I'm not nice, 2. I'm not a stud, and 3. I'll need luck with the girls. I beg to differ. I think after 13 years of marriage and four children this can be easily refuted. However, to be fair, back in 1985 I was a far cry from the typical boy favorite.
If you've enjoyed this, why not pull out your old yearbooks and read all the silly & sweet & maniacal things that your friends wrote to you way back when. And, many thanks to my friend Serena for being a good sport.
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