August 31, 2009

1983 Eighth Grade Sheridan STINGERS

From the collection of Jamey Black, here's the official roster for the 8th grade Stingers, including the coaches and cheerleaders.

August 28, 2009

More Old School

I've posted this pic on Facebook (FBers can view & comment here), but I don't think it's ever made it to the blog. The building in the foreground below is where many of us had kindergarten (Easton, Birdsong, Tolson). You're looking North at the back of the building, our playground would be to the right. Obviously, the building in the background was already gone when we started kindergarten. See caption below.

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.

See more on our grade school buildings here and here.

August 24, 2009

1977 SHS Band

The back of the pic indicates that this was taken in October of 1977, probably during the Grant County Fair Parade. I found this in a stack of old photos given to me by my grandmother.

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

Collect All 21!

Even if you aren't/weren't a Star Wars fan, you've got to appreciate this excerpt from John Booth's book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek,"

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

Grant County Museum

I promise this isn't a paid endorsement, but I would like to recommend to any of you the Grant County Museum. If you enjoy the historic and nostalgic posts here at the Sheridan 88 blog, then you'll really be in for a treat at the museum. Below are a few pics I took last summer of some of the exhibits that pay tribute to the Sheridan schools.

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.

Do you recognize these chairs? I would love to have a pair of these, so if you know anyone who has some, please let me know! These are chairs from the McKenzie Hall auditorium.

Here's an exhibit featuring some of the old band uniforms from the 1940's & 50's. Next week I'll be posting a pic of the 1977 marching band in their German-inspired uniforms.

Here's a display case showing some of the EARLY Yellowjacket football teams & letterman jackets/sweaters.

Yes my friends, all this and more... at your Grant County Museum.

August 6, 2009

John Hughes Dead at 59

Source: TMZ

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:
  1. Home Alone (1990)
  2. Christmas Vacation (1989)
  3. Uncle Buck (1989)
  4. The Great Outdoors (1988)
  5. She's Having a Baby (1988)
  6. Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
  7. Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
  8. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
  9. Pretty in Pink (1986)
  10. Weird Science (1985)
  11. European Vacation (1985)
  12. The Breakfast Club (1985)
  13. Sixteen Candles (1984)
  14. Vacation (1983)
  15. Mr. Mom (1983)
The many late night hours we spent in the theaters and renting videos with friends wouldn't have been the same without Hughes' numerous contributions.

Here's one of the first of what will be many tributes to Hughes featuring the famous museum scene from FBDO.

August 4, 2009

The Revenge of the Upside Down Clown

There are few more highly anticipated times than at the end of each school year when we get to sign each others crack yearbooks. This event is rivaled only by the receiving of the yearbooks themselves. The next best thing to cracking open that brand new photo directory of classmates and taking that first whiff of the fresh, glossy pages is giving your peers the privilege of writing in it.

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.


The year is now 1983. Put on your CSI cap and just let the evidence do the talking. My investigation of the image below produces the following observations:

1. Clue: Cursive writing. Meaning: Intimidation.
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.
4. Clue: Sarcasm. Meaning: Just another way to toy with my mind. Is she serious? Is she lying? Are those question marks or exclamation points? Is she really "kidin"? Does she really not know that you double the final consonant when you add "ing"?

This next and final piece of evidence that seals the case against this mental maniac is nothing less than a roller coaster ride of tricks and taunts that are only meant to play with my feeble esteem like a yo-yo. Again, I observe:

1. After 10 years of knowing each other, she immediately strikes down my significance and deflates my ego by misspelling my name. Granted, this is before the age of "spellcheck", but that's still no excuse.
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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