May 8, 2010

Where is everyone?


This is the place to ask questions, make suggestions, start conversations.  Think of it as Facebook for the Class of '60.  Let us hear from you... 


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Jim King on February 4, 2010 10:55 PM
 Who was your favorite teacher at PHS? One of mine was Katy Monroe. She was quite a lady, a graduate of FSU for Women and a great Latin teacher.  Honorable mentions have to go to Mabry, Butler, Harper, Beck and Bragg. What guy can forget Nita Perry(English).  Of course, my life was significantly impacted by Coaches Jim Scoggins, Jimmy Haynes and two State Football Championships.  Jim King
Marsha Cosby Cetti on March 5, 2010 12:23 AM
As far as favorite teachers are concerned, I'm with Jim concerning Kathleen Monroe.  She was a great teacher, but she scared me to death!  The second day of class we had a quiz on vocabulary.  It was an oral quiz, and I had studied for it.  But when she called on me to give the meaning of et, could I give it?  No, I was completely terrified of her!

Also we can't forget Miss Rayburn.  I have to admit we called her "The red-headed witch" behind her back.  But she's another one who never married and had her whole life devoted to the teaching of the English language.  She's another one who intimidated me, but I learned to love my language because of her!

And finally, there has never been a teacher anywhere like Bill Holston.  He taught us not only music but also poetry, philosophy, sociology, history, and patriotism.  I'll never forget the trips he took us on to the French Quarter in New Orleans, to Dan's Pier 600 to listen to Al Hirt play Dixieland jazz.  You can't do that with young people any longer, but we loved it and learned a lot from him!

I'm not sure I'll be able to join you for the reunion, but I certainly hope those who go have a wonderful weekend.  Maybe we can do this again in five years and I can come then.

With love,
Marsha Cosby Cetti

Virginia West Robinson on March 5, 2010 1:37 AM
Favorite teachers, Hmmm   That's easy!

Miss Rayburn who inspired me to want to major in English at FSU...(didn't happen, studied music and art)

Roger Hester who inspired me to sing my heart out all my life and encouraged me to believe in myself

Mr. Wilson, who had a knack of really listening to students and had such good advice on life and personal integrity

submitted by virginia west ~ Go Tigers!
Virginia on March 5, 2010 7:34 PM
OH, how in the world did I forget to mention Shirley Tillery, the speech teacher?  I was horribly shy all through my school days and thought taking a class in public speaking might help.  No, it really didn't...I still threw up every time I had to make a speech, but she was kind and funny...AND I played "matchmaker" between her and my cousin.  So far as I know, they are still happily married with a bunch of kids and grandkids.
Julie Savage Lea on April 7, 2010 12:59 AM

I still sing praises to Miss Rayburn. She taught me how to write. After graduation, I spent summers writing feature stories for the Pensacola News Journal and weekly columns from Florida State University during the first two years of college. Miss Rayburn's English Composition classes gave me the confidence, and skills, to test out of the first two years of English at FSU. Writing college papers was a snap after her classes. Later, I chose to be an artist rather than a journalist, yet I'm working on my third book now and writing stories for The Caribbean Compass, a sailing magazine distributed throughout our part of the southern Caribbean. Daily journaling and painting continue to bring me tremendous joy.

Miss Katie Monroe taught my mother, me, and my two sisters. She was scary, yes, but winning a smile from her still remains a treasured memory. OK, so I got out of a lot of Latin stuff by creating her bulletin boards and painting a picture of Apollo in his chariot! Fifty years later, I've got to confess, I never read any of those extra-credit books. she insisted that we read. I just wrote down their titles on a piece of paper and slipped it in that Extra Credit box.

I've got to thank Miss Anna Owens for basically leaving us alone in the Annona staff room every afternoon. Designing layouts and creating that yearbook taught me skills I still use today.

I can't remember the name of the lady who made us memorize poems in Sophomore English class, but I can still remember the poem. My love of poetry blossomed from that assignment.

I think my reverence for the elegance of Geometry is actually greater than my memory of Dorothy (?) Walton, or maybe I was just picking up on HER enthusiasm.  

Patricia Butler Kwachka on April 7, 2010 11:39 PM
I've got to chime in on Ms Monroe.  ('m still getting over the fact that she had a first name!)  I, the Cole twins (Linda & Louise) had her Latin cllass for 2 or 3? years; it was fear & trembling, ruler on knuckles, no written translations for class recitation, & the absolute grinding joy of wrestling to make all those suffixes correspond to English grammar.  The twins & I spent every weekend thrashing them out. 
  Then, one day, we came to class & she wasn't  there in her usual position--hovering neatly behind her desk, wrapped in misty scarves & severe suits, grey hair neatly tucked, grave face pale, jowls etched.  Her non-presence was totally disconcerting.  Then, within a few minutes, the principal (who was he?) appeared & announced she would not  be there because her mother was sick.  SHE HAD A MOTHER??!!  I grew up a little that day. 
  And I'm sure she was largely responsible for my later becoming a theoretical linguistic.

Jim King on August 15, 2011 12:28 PM

Your thoughts about Sophomore English stuck a cord.  While I also do not recall the teacher’s name (Joyce can’t help because she had Ms. Schimmel), I do remember I attempted Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” and really struggled.  I remember that Julia Ann (Richardson) Cooper recited “If” by Rudyard Kipling.



Alenda Dark Kinder on March 10, 2010 7:02 PM
Just wondering if anyone knows what happened to Coach Haynes, he taught Biology ll?  I remember a bunch of us girls were wearing some "Evening in Paris" perfume and he came in and said "Smells like an evening in Brownsville"!!! Alenda
Jim King on March 10, 2010 9:28 PM
Coach Haynes lives in Pensacola with his wife of 62 years, Betty. He just celebrated his 85th birthday February, 2010. As you may know, he grew up in Pensacola and played football at PHS from 1938-40. He was an assistant coach at PHS from 1956-59 and Head coach from 1960-67.

All the best,
Judy Yarbrough-Boyett on March 23, 2010 4:47 PM
I was just reading the comment about Coach Haynes who played PHS football from 1938-1940.  My daddy played at PHS during those years.  Wonder if Coach Haynes remembers him, "Hotty"
Yarbrough? Daddy played tail back and was quite a character!
Jim King on March 28, 2010 4:18 PM
From what I've read, Coach Haynes remembers his first grade teacher! I've no doubt he remembers your Dad. Maybe we can contact him during the reunion.

Jeff May on March 20, 2010 5:27 AM
Katy Monroe was definitely the most memorable teacher for me followed by Mr. Bragg...he and Chauncey Murphy could really in that geometry class! I am looking eorward to the reunion.

Jim King on March 27, 2010 11:33 PM
Who remembers Lynn Toney and all his jumpin around in a lepord suit?
The Sky Chief Theater in Brownsville with all the westerns?  (Lash Larue, Johnnie Mackbrown,  Durango Kid, Cisco Kid, Straight Arrow, Lone Ranger, Gene Auntry, Roy Rogers . . .)
Who remenbers their horses' name ? Sidekicks?
and, more Sky Chief, action movies?( Rocket Man, Batman, Superman, . .  . .  
I went to the Saenger for the first-runs. the Florida not too often. 
Anybody remember the hill above the Firehouse Drive-in (and willing to admit it)?
What places did you like to go on dates? A&W Rootbeer? Pensacola Dairy (Milk Bottle)? What others?

I'm sure someone can top my memory!

Jim King

Mike Pietro on April 8, 2010 11:34 AM
Lynn Toney? You bet Jimmy. I made my accordian debut on the Lynn Toney show (circa '53 or '54). I was nervous as a cat, but got thru the song (Les Paul & Mary Ford, titled, ("I really don't want to know"). This was my first and last professional appearance on T.V.!!  I did play with Larry Butler and his Sister, Alva (I think that is the name), a year or so later at a local Nursing Home. 

Famous Drive-In ? Nick Adams, owner, was the older Brother of my friend Jimmy Adams, who attended PHS and graduated from EHS. Nick let me run a (tab). That was cool, I thought, until I had to ask Pop for the money to pay my food bill.

If I don't wreck the car, coming from St. Louis, I'll see you and the gang next week.
Barbara Montoya on May 4, 2010 4:19 PM
I am told by a friend that she and I went on the Lynn Toney show and sang a song.  I do not remember this still humiliated that I did that as I can't carry a tune in a tin bucket.

Also, Lynn had another pianist before Larry Butler.  As a young girl I took about 20 piano lessons from him.  I discovered quickly that I have no musical talent. 

Sarah Davis on April 5, 2010 4:21 PM
I remember Lynn Tony and Larry Butler. Larry played the piano on the show.
How about the Famous Drive-in? I know those who lived on the eastside remember. We also had the Pen Theater.
Late on teachers. How about Ms. Pasco? Mr. Ballinger was my world history and he died of cancer. I also liked Coach Shires even if he couldn't teach business math.
Jim King on April 6, 2010 3:15 PM
Larry Butler! I do remember him. He was a late addition, but could really play the piano.
The Famous - near the Coffee Cup on Cervantes.
I had a lot of friends in EPH.
Janie Sanchez on July 25, 2012 10:19 PM
 I was in Coach Shirese's business math class. That was the beginning of my " playing math teacher". I graded his tests papers and recorded them in his grade book. 

  Had an English teacher named Miss Banack I think and I recall having to resite poems in her class  and hated every second that I had to stand in front of the class and stumble thru them.

Jim King on April 6, 2010 3:30 PM

Where was the original location of Krispy Kreme in Pensacola? What was their original offering?

I can picture the wooden building but can't place the street. I believe it was West of Palafox but can't recall if it was North or South of Cervantes. Just glazed or did they also have chocolate-covered and creme-filled?
Bar Montoya on May 5, 2010 11:01 AM
I think the Krispie Kreme was on 9th and Cervantes.  There is a new one there. 
Jim King on May 11, 2010 2:15 AM
 Barbara:  I remember that one - so do some other classmates. I seem to recall one in the mid-50's that was in a different location.  Maybe I'm trying too hard.

alfred shams on April 13, 2010 12:50 PM
does anyone remember ms banack  she was a 10th grade english teacher fresh out of u of fla  i think she and jeggy gida  , a math treacher , went out  some of us encourage that relationship  also  ms swain was a favorite of mine she taught  contemporary world affairs  look forwardto seeing all soon  regards   al shams

Paulette Padgett Swindle on September 18, 2010 3:39 PM
Seems ages since the reunion and wish we were having another one this April 2011.  We have sold our home since the reunion and have been busy, busy packing and making the transition on October 1st.  Again, the reunion meant so much and recalling all the memories was great too.  Take care everybody.
Joelle Gibson on September 18, 2010 8:43 PM
Paulette,  I just went through the packing and moving experience.  It's no fun and I hope I never have to do it again!  Thanks so much for sending the update on your move and your new address.  I hope other classmates will remember to do the same should they relocate in the future.  Good Luck!  Hope you enjoy your new home.   

James Hendrickson on July 29, 2013 7:30 PM
I was sad to hear about Sandra Fivash and EC Hendrix.  Sandra, Pat Boyette, Gene Erwin, Billy Bell, P J Smith and I were all at Hallmark Elementary and grew up together.  Sandra was my first true love in the fifth grade.  I would go to her house on Sunday night and we and her mother and grandmother would watch Liberache together.  I remember getting into a big fight over her.  This great big dude (I can't remember his name) wanted to beat me up because he liked her too and wanted me out of the way.  He caught up with me at the Dairy Go Round at the corner of Murry Blvd and Garden Street as I was walking Sandra home from school.  To tell you the truth I was scared out of my wits because he was going to smash me flat.  Just as the fight was to get under way, he sliped on the gravel, fell on a bicycle and cut his arm really bad.  He bled all over the place and everybody thought I had done it.  He ran home almost crying and I was praised as the hero and bad guy.  Nothing could be farther from the truth, but in the fifth grade, who cares.   Even in the fifth grade, Sandra could make that piano sing.  EC and I worked at the Pensacola News Journel together on Saturday nights stuffing papers with the comics and sports page.  We had a great time and the practical jokes were unrelenting and never ending.  EC was one really great, nice guy and a truly good friend.  Hard to believe that was almost 60 years ago.  I just turned 71 and actually went back to work two years ago for an engineering company.  Greed is a terrible thing to waste and the only thing I have to support is a beautiful wife and a bunch of spoiled grandkids.  Life is Good.  And the good LORD has been good to me.

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