Montclair High School
Class Of 1960
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February 14, 2015
Some sweet treats for the Class of '60
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
A little bit of new news (there is some older news farther down):
Jane Tompkins Carnoy has moved to San Jose, California. She says, "San Jose, California is now my permanent and forevermore winter home with summer still on Cape Cod."
Carl Heineck 'MHS '59 has joined our website as a Guest Member. You can find his name at the bottom of the Classmate Profile page in the Guest Member section. To access his profile page, just click on his name.
Bruce Baker is still in Benin and is having some success growing papaya trees from seed. Here are some trees from seeds planted last April.
Bruce says, "Some of these trees, only 6 feet tall, had over thirty 5-pound papayas already.
The big surprise for me in this project is that planting these trees and getting the high yields just opened up a new problem -- how to sell the fruit! To help sell the papayas, I "created" an energy/health drink from papaya puree, tropical lime, and moringa powder. (Moringa powder is the dry, crushed leaves of the moringa tree. It has lots of vitamins and all eight amino acids necessary for protein-building in humans. It is used in some health clinics in Africa to treat severe malnutrition in infants and toddlers. The Peace Corps is very involved in trying to encourage the production and consumption of moringo in Benin where malnutrition is a common problem.)
We bottled and pasteurized 9 bottles of this drink. The wide-mouth bottle (with the white lid) in the picture below is clear glass so that is the color of the drink. Pretty ugly, huh? Unfortunately the green color of the moringa overpowered the beautiful orange color of the papaya. We used the green bottles to minimize the impact of the color. These bottles will be pasteurized and used to test the shelf life of the product.
There is still a lot to do. ... I will keep you posted!
David Appleton flying!
David writes -
I've retired from the sea but still seek adventures of sorts. So I've taken up flying! I'm now working toward my private license. Funny I'm doing this since flying always scared the Bi-Jesus out of me, but also fascinated me. My first airline flight, courtesy of Uncle Sam, was from NYC to USN Boot Camp in North Chicago, IL in July 1964. I was petrified. I knew I was about to die.... I survived, not only the flight, but the Navy.
My yacht delivery business over the last 25 years or so required many flights to and from boats found hither, thither, and yon. One of the earliest of these I shared with MHS classmate Ned Watson, my crew on a 1600 nm ocean voyage from Maryland to the Virgins in 1993. During our flight home, St. Thomas to Philadelphia, Ned a flying aficionado, nearly... no really, had to hold my hand to calm me down every time we hit a patch of turbulence.
My trepidation subsided over the years and I actually began to enjoy these flights. Today I am hardly nervous at all, and am mostly enthusiastic. I usually seek a window seat aft of the wings, and I spend the flight glued to that window, watching clouds, considering weather, and trying to figure out exactly where I am, given the configuration of land and sea. (When over sea, I look for boats and try to figure surface wind speed by the sea state.) I'm a sort of scientific observer, but mostly a kid in an amusement park (remember Palisades Park).
Teaching sailing, I've had many pilots in my classes. They seem attracted to the interaction between man's machine, the physics of it, and Nature's laws. I've introduced many commercial pilots to sailing, one of whom flew 747s between NYC and Europe on a regular basis. One of my best Mates on major ocean voyages had a helicopter in Minnesota, so when I had a chance, I drove up to Hawley, MN and he gave me a ride. WOW! I wanted one, but on my budget that ain't gonna happen.
And now we have an F-18 pilot in the family, my Great Nephew-in-Law, Erik. He's an Annapolis graduate and was one of Dr. Peter Andre's (MHS '59) students. I hope to make a sailor out of him one day, but for now I'm pleased he's doing his part to defend our country... and probably having a hell-of-a-ride doing so. Read Envy!
So to get a better idea of what flying is like, I'm taking these lessons. I hope to have my private license by summer and we'll see how it goes from there. In the picture above, I am at the helm (yoke) of a Piper Warrior flying over Princeton, NJ last month. So far, so good. Wish me luck!
Today I had another flight... mastered (maybe) the finer points of preflight prep and taking off... did so and found it exhilarating. Again flew over Princeton University, looking down on the football stadium where Clary Anderson took us MHS football folk to watch a game in 1958. Johnny Buccino (MHS '59) our center, climbed the stairs to our appointed seats, turned around to look down at the field, let out a yelp, and did a sit/sat making his way down the stairs to lower ground. That was my most memorable moment. Can't even remember who Princeton played. I thought of Johnny B. and that day in Princeton as I flew over the stadium. I look forward to landing which seems a bit more challenging. Most of my efforts on simulators thus far have ended in disaster. Wish me better luck!
And more about what a "sit/sat" is..........
It was a classic full butt decent at a speed fueled by sheer terror. Much mirth followed him down. Funny the things we remember. Of course we have to realize our recollections are filtered through the fog of years and colored by our personal point of view. I'd like to know Johnny B's remembrance of that November day. He's probably repressed it. I've done this with many unsatisfactory recollections of my days in Montclair and elsewhere. Haven't we all!
Jack (John) Taylor has joined our website! You can contact Jack through his profile page. Click on "Classmate Profiles" near the top of the left-hand blue margin on this page.
I am sorry to report that Leslie Tobias passed away last year on December 15, 2013. Marcia Lenkowsky Paiewonsky sent the sad news.
Pat Kaveny Gullord has moved again. Her new address is: 4500 East Sunrise Drive, Apt. B2; Tucson, AZ 85718. Phone: 520-505-4131
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Results of "Guest Members on the website" question
Since we had 22 "yes" votes, 10 "no" votes, and 6 "I don't care" votes, I will make it possible for a member of another MHS class to join our website as a "Guest Member." Guest Members will be able to have their own profile page and they will be able to send and receive messages through the site. They will be able to remain guest members as long as they do not harass any class member or post objectionable material. If a member of another MHS class wishes to become a Guest Member, he/she should contact me directly to request guest membership and I will enter his or her information in the site's database. Nobody will be able to join the site without going through that process. If you have questions or concerns, please let me know. (Linda.firstname.lastname@example.org)