WHS60 Class Blog
Edward Wood
Janet
03/19/2019_12:50
Thank you, Janet! May you have a wonderful year also.
Janet O'Brien Olson
Ed
03/18/2019_19:33
wishing you a belated Happy Birthday Ed. Have a good year!
Eric W. Coate
All
03/17/2019_09:30
Happy St. Patrick's day to everybody!!!
Edward Wood
Jim
03/16/2019_13:50
I remember your younger sister Maureen-- three years younger? I didn't know you have two other sisters.
Edward Wood
The Blog
03/16/2019_13:44
Good to hear from you,Bob,Ken, Janet,Eric, and Jim. So sorry you haven't been feeling well,Eric. Hope you feel better soon. I'll be 77 tomorrow. On March 7 we got stuck on ice 70 for an hour and a half late at night, 70 yards from our cottage. We used flattened cardboard to finally get us going. The past few days, it has got up to 50 *. Looking forward to all the ice melting. I would like the blog to get more active,also.
James McMahon
Aloha
03/13/2019_10:11
I'm still living in Hawai`i, in Honolulu, and still working full-time. One of my sisters lives in Buffalo, another in Connecticut, and another in Virginia, so I do hear about the snow! It's good to see continuing interest in the blog.
Eric W. Coate
Janet
03/13/2019_05:56
Thank you, Janet! Long live the BLOG!

Hope your flooding doesn't get too serious.

I'm originally from Buffalo, the snowiest city in America, but I've seen enough snow to last a lifetime, The sunny South looks better every day.
Eric W. Coate
Janet
03/12/2019_16:20
Condition same as the blog; alive but not all that well, sorry to say. Be 77 in April. Winter has been a drag. Snow up to the windows. Thought about Hawaii, would have loved to see it, but the bad weather scared us off.

Good to hear from Bob & Ken, and Janet again.

Spring can't come around too soon!!

Janet O'Brien Olson
enough winter!
03/12/2019_14:34
Hang in there Eric, none of us are getting any younger :-) I love snow and have always cheered for more but really Enough is Enough! This winter reminds me of some of the five years that I spent at Syracuse.
My only hope is that it doesn't all melt at once or we are going to be in a world of hurt. We need for it to soak in not all run off and flood everything in sight.

Seriously Eric, I hope that Spring will find you feeling better.
Janet O'Brien Olson
Ken and Robert
03/11/2019_19:35
Good to hear from some new voices. The blog is alive but its condition is not good. I don't know what has become of Ed, Jim and Eric. I have taken a break to deal with a little trip to Hawaii and a whole lot of snow upon our return. Snowfall at our house added up to 51 inches for the month of February...the most we have had for a single month since we moved up here (Montana). I don't recall where you guys live but if you want to keep the blog alive, please write again and let us know what you are up to these days.
Kenneth Laborne
Blog
03/09/2019_11:43
Must be working if this was posted
Robert Vincent
Just checking to see if its still running
03/09/2019_07:40
Ken LaBourn wanted to know if the blog was still alive.
Janet O'Brien Olson
anniversary
01/01/2019_18:38
Thank you Ed. It is kind of you to remember. I find it a little hard to believe that we are beginning
our 50th year together. Going to have to have a bit of a celebration come December. I hope that 2019
will be good to you and yours.
Edward Wood
Janet
01/01/2019_08:52
Blessed 49th anniversary to you and your husband!
Edward Wood
Christmas
12/24/2018_15:14
Janet, Jim, Eric, and whoever else is reading this, I wish you a wonderful Christmas, and a better New Year.
Edward Wood
Jim
12/24/2018_15:11
In a convoluted way, I avoided the draft.In July, 1964, I took the physical for the Army Reserves, deliberately did not bring my glasses, and flunked the eye test. The officer told me they were trying to cut down on the number of soldiers (the huge Viet Nam buildup would not begin until several months later). The draft board in Wellesley followed the lead of the Army Reserves in Rochester, NY, and classified me 4F.
Eric W. Coate
 
12/24/2018_15:00
I have a heart murmur from a faulty heaRT VALVE. THE Army LISTED ME as 4f.

the doctor was missing it and would have passed me, but I had a rejection letter from the Marines which I showed him.
Janet O'Brien Olson
Christmas
12/23/2018_18:33
Just a quick note to wish all a Happy Christmas and a better and brighter New Year !
James McMahon
Berrigan
12/22/2018_20:57
Ed,
The name Berrigan brings back such memories of the Vietnam War era! Demonstrations, the issue of the morality of war, teach-ins. As I recall, I underwent two draft physicals and was found healthy. I never got drafted, though. First, a student deferment for law school saved me. Then, after law school, I joined VISTA - the 'domestic Peace Corps' - and made it to age 26 without being drafted.

Edward Wood
Eric, you are correct!
12/22/2018_14:36
On Mar 25 we lost our beloved Boxer/Pit to cancer. She was 16 years, 7 months, 4 days old. Suz had had her since 11-21-2001. For over a month, Suz was deathly ill -- her immune system had shut down. Rescue after rescue -- all over the west coast-- put up insurmountable, bureaucratic obstacles, to us getting another dog. From the very beginning, we had agreed -- we would name our new dog Berrigan, after Daniel and Philip. Finally, on April 30, the 2-year-anniversary of Dan going Home to God, at 2 AM -- the very hour Symphony had gone Home to God --Suz stumbled upon Rescue Ranch in Yreka, only an hour's drive from us. We immediately fell in love with a Boxer/Heeler mix. Rescue Ranch made it SO easy for us to get her! May 6, we brought her back to the cottage and named her Berrigan.
Edward Wood
Jim, Miss Norris
12/08/2018_15:45
Small world! My mother was good friends with your mother.
James McMahon
Erik Kjeldsen and Miss Norris
12/06/2018_19:15
I remember Erik Kjeldsen well. Springfield College alum, I think.
Miss Norris was indeed my sixth grade teacher at Perrin and guess what--she was also my mother's teacher in elementary school!
Edward Wood
Eric
12/04/2018_13:39
I remember Erik Kjeldson well. When he became assistant track coach in our junior year, one of our teammates went up to him and, intending to insult him, asked,'Are you now our ASSISTANT track coach?' Erik tactfully ignored the remark. I am so, so grateful to him. He was assigned to coach Alec MacPhail and me in the mile run and introduced us to interval training -- setting a goal of a 5:00 mile and running :75 quarters, with a minute's rest in between. This interval training enabled Alec to become a star, and me to become an outstanding distance runner from 1973-1975. In the autumn of our senior year, even though he was not our cross country coach, he continued to show an intense interest in Alec and me, continually encouraging us.
Eric W. Coate
ED, Jim
12/04/2018_09:02
Do you guys remember Erik Kjeldson, our gym coach who brought soccer to Mass. high schools. He went on to UMass as a coach, after I left there. His wife was also a coach. Great guy.
Edward Wood
Jim
12/03/2018_13:56
Jim, you must have had Miss Norris in 6th grade at Perrin. She was the best friend of Mrs. Heffler, our 6th grade teacher at Sprague. She was always mentioning her. Dick Bankhart also had the highest raise for Miss Norris.
James McMahon
Mr. Robinson
12/02/2018_19:07
Ed, I remember Mr. Robinson at Perrin School (I attended Hardy School until first or second grade and then Perrin, when we moved from Linden Street to Beechwood Road in the Fells). I guess Mr. Robinson circulated among the elementary schools.

Edward Wood
Segregation in Wellesley
12/02/2018_13:58
I can think of one exception -- kind of-- Lloyd Robinson (1925-1987), our gym teacher and athletic coach in 5th grade. He was a star hockey player at Boston University and a friend of Harry Agganis, who sometimes assisted him in our class, where he personally encouraged me. I am so, so indebted to Lloyd. He was the one who interested me in distance running -- my lifelong hobby -- in 5th grade. It was my distance running that saved the lives of several friends of mine, stranded on Mt. Madison at night, 1973.
Eric W. Coate
Janet
11/30/2018_03:56
Randy McNamara's step-father was a real estate agent; that's where I learned of that policy. Troublemaker that i am, I tried to get my father to sell our house when we moved from Wellesley to a black family, but it wasn't possible then. K.C. Jones, player aND COACH FOR THE bOSTON cELTICS, may have been the first black family to move in to W















Wellesley.
Janet O'Brien Olson
segregation
11/29/2018_14:53
you got it Eric! The policy of the realtors to blackball anyone selling to blacks was pretty astonishing too.
I am sorry to admit that I lived in blissful ignorance.
Eric W. Coate
ED, Jim
11/28/2018_15:31
The female Senator from Mississipi was faulted for going to a segregated all white high school and sending her daughter there. Didn't we go to an all white high school; de-facto segregated.
Edward Wood
Jim
11/25/2018_14:03
Jim, you are so,so, so right!
James McMahon
Lasagna
11/24/2018_21:30
Ed, vegetarian lasagna, home-made with love, sounds like a great choice for Thanksgiving, on many levels.
Edward Wood
Thank you
11/23/2018_15:15
Thank you, Janet and Eric. Hope you had a good day. Suz and I had a delicious, vegetarian lasagna that she made, while we watched Dublin's Colin Turner, who introduced us to freeworlder.com -- the beginnings of people cooperating, to eventually circumvent the need for money.
Eric W. Coate
ED, Jim, Janet
11/22/2018_09:55
Happy turkey day to you all.
Janet O'Brien Olson
Thanksgiving
11/22/2018_09:14
Just signed to wish all a happy and safe Thanksgiving. Freezing fog here has everything coated with white. Almost as pretty as snow and you don't have to shovel it :-)
Eric W. Coate
Ed,
11/19/2018_09:01
I believe that PG&E survived the Enron debacle, so they may survive this too. Trump is an Ahole. He only makes things worse, not better. Unbelievable.
Eric W. Coate
ED, Jim
11/18/2018_06:30
It's all about Prophet (profit) isn't it,. Smokey, out their(there). And Trump shows up and babbles on about it for the cameras.
Edward Wood
More on the CA fires
11/17/2018_14:59
We just learned from a mainstream media source that the Paradise fire was traveling 300 miles an hour. Only a gas explosion could cause a fire to travel this fast. Last year Pacific Gas and Electric and Southern CA Con Ed caused SEVENTEEN of the 21 major fires in CA. Prosecutors are charging them in 8 of these fires. These companies are simply not maintaining their equipment. They only want to maximize their prophets. They are expected to be fined a massive amount, but plan to pass these charges on to their consumers -- PGE and SCCE were too cheap to buy sufficient insurance. Businesses will leave, rather than pay these outrageous amounts. Only the very wealthy private customers will be able to afford the huge increase in rates. So, since their are not very many wealthy people, these companies will go out of business.
Edward Wood
Jim, Bruce
11/13/2018_13:11
Yes, thank you, Bruce! Jim, I've also heard about the downed power lines in Paradise. It was a poor community, and it looks like the power lines were neglected. Same story -- trillions for the military, nothing for infrastructure.
Eric W. Coate
all
11/13/2018_10:33
Many thanks to Bruce Snow for creating this blog.
James McMahon
Ed, Janet, Eric
11/11/2018_18:15
Downed power lines are also being investigated as a possible cause of the Paradise fire.
I stopped my TV service, occasionally miss it but don't miss the political pundits. With regard to Trump, I try to stay away from print and digital media stories regarding his outrageous behavior.
Janet, I go by 'Jim,' since you asked.
Edward Wood
Eric, Janet, Jim
11/11/2018_12:13
Thank you for asking, Eric. At night it gets down to 15 degrees. There is no longer any danger here, but the fire that wiped out Paradise, near Sacramento, was horrible. A brave reporter on Los Angeles' KNX said it may have been caused by a neglected gas line that exploded. (You know, billions and trillions for the military, nothing for infrastructure). The other cowardly reporters are merely saying that the cause is 'under investigation.' A very close friend of ours, an elderly woman of 80, lives in Thousand Oaks, but is staying with her son in safe territory. We are hoping and praying her condo doesn't burn down. She is very poor. I am also sending you kind, gentle thoughts on or about the occasion of your father's passing 6 years ago. Good to hear from you, Janet and Jim. So glad your Senator from MT won. Suz and I are very cautiously hopeful about the results. Yes, we are thrilled that Scott Walker was defeated!
Eric W. Coate
Ed,
11/11/2018_05:42
How are you fairing with the wild fires out there?
Eric W. Coate
politics
11/10/2018_09:01
I think it is a shame that the Democrats do not have better choices to offer the voters, because Trump and the Republicans are really BAD NEWS. the more you see of them, the worse it gets. I have a lot of free time and have been watching the Cnn station mostly until I can hardly stand to watch it any longer. It's like watching a train wreck. Trump is VILE!!, but he is the 'white guy'. Hurray; Scott Walker is no longer governor of Wisconsin; what a jerk! Peace and love, if you can find any in todays' world.
Janet O'Brien Olson
close elections
11/09/2018_15:15
Hi Jim (or do you prefer James?) Yes, there were a lot of elections that last I checked were too close to call. Twenty votes is a pretty small margin! Whatever side you are on, Trump seems to have stirred up a lot of passion on both sides. I found it interesting that a lot of well educated women (suburban mostly) who voted for Trump last time did an about face this time. Looking at the data here in MT, younger voters, women and those from our few urban/college town areas went for the Democrats. white middle age and older men trended Republican. Interesting stuff to watch.
James McMahon
Janet
11/08/2018_19:09
Hi Janet! The guy who got elected as city council member for my district won by 22 votes. Recount likely.
Janet O'Brien Olson
Alive and well in Montana
11/07/2018_14:06
Wow, thanks guys. I took a break for a while but came back today to see if anyone had thoughts on the election. It was pretty hairy here. One of our senators is a Democrat (this is a Red state) and was up for re-election. He is on the Armed Services Committee and when Ronnie Jackson was up for head of the VA, had brought up unfavorable info that got his nomination scuttled. Trump swore that he was going to make him pay for it and to that end came to Montana 4 times in the last couple of months to campaign for his opponent and badmouth Jon Tester. ( Pence was here 2 or three times as was Don Jr.). It was unheard of and quite nasty. Well, to make a long story shorter, it took till 11 this morning for the Republican to concede and Tester gave an acceptance speech. The final numbers were close but Jon Tester gets his third term. Interesting guy, he is a third generation farmer and still actively runs the farm in addition to his Senate duties. Sometimes the good guys win! That's my tirade for now, thanks for inquiring as to my wellbeing.
Edward Wood
Janet
10/31/2018_11:28
I've thought about you also, Janet.
Eric W. Coate
Janet
10/26/2018_07:00
Haven't heard much from Janet lately. Everything 'OK' in your world, Janet?
Eric W. Coate
ED, Jim
10/22/2018_16:44
They (CCR) sat in the VW van as I drove them from American's terminal to the helicopter service I was working for at the time. We actually talked a few words, about the movie 'Easy Rider', which I had just seen. A hippies dream.
(the experience, not the movie)
Edward Wood
Eric
10/22/2018_10:48
According to Wikipedia, they were born in the SF Bay area, but their music has strong ties to Louisiana.
Eric W. Coate
Ed,
10/22/2018_10:16
Poetic license, Ed.

I always thought that CCR was from Lousiana. 'Born on the bayou'
Edward Wood
Credence
10/21/2018_13:33
They were unmistakably from Northern CA, proven by one of their rhymes. They believed that 'wind' rhymes with 'bend.'
Edward Wood
Jim
10/21/2018_13:32
Thanks, Jim. The mystery is cleared up!
James McMahon
Ed
10/20/2018_21:47
Ed, the Credence guys were Fogerty not Fogarty.
Edward Wood
Eric
10/20/2018_11:09
Eric! I'm not sure I understand. You couldn't be saying the Fogarty twins, Ruben and Louis, are Credence Clearwater Revival, could you? Suz and I love this pop group and listen to them quite frequently.
Eric W. Coate
ED, Jim
10/19/2018_05:55
Funny thing; when I was working at Logan, I drove the Fogarty brothers aka Credence Clearwater Revival, between airlines rampside. They still give concerts, I believe.
Eric W. Coate
ED, Jim
10/16/2018_15:43
We lost the game I played in, and it wasn't against a team from Al., for sure, so we weren't in the finals. I was 10, and I don't really remember anything except striking out on three pitches. But it was in Williamsport, I believe .My grandfather was the team manager. I also played right field in a softball game with the Fogarty brothers. It was much more fun!! One of my fondest memories of Wellesley H.S.
Edward Wood
Jim
10/15/2018_13:16
2 more events from Little League 1952 come to mind. The first could be entitled, 'What a Difference 2 Years Can Make.' In summer baseball, 1950 (Little League would not come to Wellesley until 1952), Dick Bigley, age 10, was constantly being abused, verbally, by his coach. By 1952, Dick was a highly respected star for our Braves. The second event could be entitled, 'Gala Night.' In March, 1952, with great fanfare, Little League was introduced to Wellesley. The whole town turned out for the indoor celebration. Eventually, the MC hosted a Q & A session. In one question, he told us that the distance from the mound to the plate was 44 feet. Being the introvert, I was reflecting upon everything that had transpired, so I missed that last question. I promptly raised my hand and asked the MC what was the distance from the mound to the plate. He did not give me an answer, but asked me repeated questions about my question. I became increasingly awkward, trying to get an answer. The whole audience was quietly ridiculing me. Finally, someone piped up, '44 feet.' Driving back home with my friend, Charlie Mulcahy, he was also puzzled and asked his father why the audience was ridiculing my simple question. His father explained that the MC had just answered that question a minute before my inquiry. Even a few weeks later, an older boy ridiculed me for 'displaying your ignorance.'
Edward Wood
Eric
10/15/2018_12:47
Eric, Asa Small was named after his father, Asa, who was Principal of Needham High. I believe Asa, Senior, must have been named after a King of Judea (with a mixed record) in the Hebrew Bible.
Edward Wood
Jim
10/15/2018_12:27
Jim, in 1952, I too was called up from the Minor Leagues, when the Major League players went on Summer vacation. I played for the Braves as a spare right fielder. The only time I had contact with a pitch was a foul tip off Detroit's Brian Gavin. I remember our game against your Cleveland Indians. In a close game, our coach, Brad Jealous, instructed me to try to coax a walk off Cleveland pitcher Ruben Fogarty. My eyes were working especially well that night. As soon as the ball left Ruben's hand, I could tell whether it would be a ball or a strike. I worked the count to 3 and 2. The next pitch, I was ready to swing, if it was a strike, but I knew it would be a ball. So, I walked, and Brad Jealous was thrilled. I advanced to third on a hit, but did not score. We eventually won that game.
Edward Wood
Eric
10/15/2018_12:10
Eric, from 1950-1954, the only NY team in the World Series at Williamsport, PA was Schenectady (1953 and 1954). It is possible that Elmira lost to Schenectady in the contest to get to Williamsport. OR, Elmira, Schenectady, and other teams, coached by your grandfather, combined for one team, with the designated name, 'Schenectady.' In 6th grade (1953) our school watched a Newsreel program that had excerpts for the Finals at Williamsport, between 'Schenectady' and Birmingham, AL. In a thriller, Joe Sims, from AL, outdueled a nameless left-hander from 'Schenectady,' 1-0. In both 1953 and 1954, Jim Barbieri and Bill Connors played for 'Schenectady.' In 1954, Schenectady routed Lakeland, FL, 16-0, in the opening game. John 'Boog'Powell and Carl Taylor (only 10 years old) were playing for Lakeland. John Powell would go on to become a star for the Orioles, while Carl would have one outstanding season as a platoon player for Pittsburgh (?) He didn't fare so well, when he was used regularly and had to face both left and right handers. In the Finals in 1954, 'Schenectady' beat Colton, CA, 7-5. Playing second base for Colton was Ken Hubbs, who at age 20 would break the Major League record for consecutive errorless chances. Early in 1964, he was tragically killed, when his small plane went down in a snowstorm. Bill Connors was ineffective as pitcher in the Major Leagues. Jim Barbieri did very well for the Dodgers in his rookie season in 1966. He was the first Williamsport graduate to play in a Major League World Series (1966), striking out as a pinch hitter. Mysteriously, he never played again in the Majors.
Eric W. Coate
Jim McMahon
10/15/2018_10:16
I guess that's what Dad's are for!!

I have a congenital heart condition which kept me out of competitive sports in school; insurance wouldn't cover me with a pre-existing condition. Out of the military too; no Vietnam for me luckily. Yin and Yang.
James McMahon
Eric
10/14/2018_19:02
Eric, regarding your strikeout in Little League: I was sort of a minor leaguer for the Cleveland Indians in the Wellesley Little League when I was about 10. I was called up when the families of some of the 'major leaguers' went on vacation on Cape Cod in August. As I recall, I was once called up to play at shortstop and made a couple of good plays in the field, but with my Dad in attendance, I took a called third strike thinking I only had one strike on me. Embarrassingly, I burst into tears. But all was well when my Dad took me for ice cream after the game.
Eric W. Coate
Ed,
10/14/2018_04:09
Must have been first half of the 50's sometime. It wasn't that big a deal back then, or so it seems now.
Edward Wood
Eric
10/13/2018_12:04
Wow! Your team from Elmira was in the LL World Series? Do you remember what year?
Eric W. Coate
Ed,
10/11/2018_13:52
My maternal grandfather coached Little League ball in the Elmira area of NYS He took a team to the LL world Series and I was a bench warmer for that team. I had one at bat and stuck out on three pitches. So much for my LL career.

I remember Asa Small; an unusual name.

Edward Wood
Eric
10/10/2018_11:00
I know Needham High School field well. This place was the site of all our track meets from 1958-1960. I remember seeing Needham's star pitcher, Asa Small, in the distance. I still grieve for him and his wife -- victims of a tragic fire in 1966. He was one of several noteworthy alumni from the 1954 Little League World Series at Willamsport. The others include Ken Hubbs, brilliant second baseman for the Cubs before his tragic plane crash in 1964, John 'Boog' Powell, star first baseman for Baltimore, and Carl Taylor, excellent platoon hitter for Pittsburgh and a few other clubs.
Edward Wood
Jim
10/10/2018_10:56
Good to get an 'update' regarding Buzz! The last time I saw him was at his beautiful wedding on June 12, 1965, to Nancy Wood (no relation) in Pepperell. I remember the name Mary Ditano well (renewing my drivers'license? voting?). Had no idea she was your aunt!
Eric W. Coate
Jim, Ed
10/07/2018_11:21
The year?? that the Boston Patriots football team came into being, they played their home games at, I believe, Needham HS field. We went to their first game and sat on the 50 yard line in the first or second row of bleachers. Try that now, my friends. Also, when I first arrived at UMass. Amherst, the Patriots were at camp there; when they came into the dining hall, they were physically the most impressive men I had ever seen.
James McMahon
Ed, Eric
10/07/2018_00:47
Coincidentally, after law school I worked with Buzz Brownlee at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination for a short time. I knew of him well before that, because his family lived in the same neighborhood as my Aunt Mary Ditano, later Mary Clark (who became Town Clerk). I believe she knew Dr. Brownlee well.
Regarding K.C. Jones, Vic Cononi and I once had the privilege of watching him and the rest of the Celtics practice at Babson Institute around 1965. I think that was the era of the Celtics when K.C. Jones and Sam Jones had become starting guards, following the era of Bob Cousy and Bill Sharman.
Eric W. Coate
Ed,
10/06/2018_12:29
When my family moved from Wellesley in 1963, I believe it was, they were informed by a real estate agent in Wellesley that if an agent were to sell a home in Wellesley to a black family, the agent would have his real estate license revoked, thus being deprived of his ability to earn a living I believe that KC Jones was the first black man to buy a house in Wellesley, he being the coach of the Celtics at the time.
Edward Wood
Eric
10/06/2018_12:28
I remember you telling us about this horrible racism several years ago. I didn't know about K.C. Jones. Good for him! I remember him as a player for the Celtics in the late 1950's. You probably didn't know Carol 'Buzz' Brownlee. He was in our class and went to Hunnewell Elementary School, but went to private schools starting in 7th grade. He was a close friend of mine. His father, Robert, was our family's wonderful physician. Buzz's mother, Mary, was a very close friend of mine. We walked with Martin Luther King when he came to Boston in April 23, 1965. In the mid 1960's she was very, very active in Fair Housing, an organization zealously working to abolish racial discrimination in Wellesley housing.
Edward Wood
Eric
10/05/2018_10:22
The town was definitely Philadelphia in MS. The message was deliberate in both cases. The reason why these two symbolic gestures of hate were not widely reported is that the corporations (especially Rupert Murdoch and Jeff Bezos)control the media. The only source I heard reporting this was Thom Hartmann, who has a daily program.
Eric W. Coate
Ed,
10/04/2018_09:22
I remember the murders distinctly , but can't comprehend why Reagan and Trump would start their campaigns there in Philadelphia, Miss. It seems incomprehensible that they should add insult to injury so blatantly. Why is this not better know to the public? Never thought that Reagan was all that great anyway.

By the way, I at one time (twice actually) was on food stamps. Thankfully, no longer. But the memory lingers on.
Edward Wood
Eric
10/03/2018_11:00
The town was Philadelphia, Mississippi, I think. Reagan launched his campaign in this town, just down the street from where the murders took place, with a thinly disguised appeal to racism. One of Trump's immediate family did roughly the same thing.
Eric W. Coate
Ed,
10/02/2018_18:23
what kind of connections did they have, do you know? fear & hate are great motivators, it seems.
Edward Wood
Eric
10/02/2018_13:39
There is always that danger. Both Reagan and Trump had close connections to the town in Mississippi, where Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Cheney were brutally murdered in June, 1964. Incidentally, little, 4-year-old, heroic Dennis Boyd helped to shelter them, a weeks or so before they were kidnapped. In the 1980's he was known as Oil Can Boyd, and was a star pitcher for Boston and Montreal, when his arm was healthy.
Eric W. Coate
Ed,
10/02/2018_07:46
Makes you wonder if some one like Trump will come up with a 'final solution' for the 'Blacks'. It could happen here?? Trump is a big fan of NIxon's.
Edward Wood
Eric
10/01/2018_10:50
Nixon's 'War on Drugs' began the mass incarceration of Blacks. Rich White people used the same drugs, more or less, in equal numbers, but have not been bothered. There are now more Blacks in prison than there were on the plantations.
Eric W. Coate
Ed,
09/30/2018_14:33
the 'north country' where we live is, or was, the prison capital of New York state. before Obama, just about every small town had a prison. mainly for black men, (converted high schools even) During his administration, many of the prisons were closed, which upset the locals who worked as guards, etc.Imagine Germany, in the heyday of concentration camps, which some of the prisons resemble a great deal. legalizing marijuana helped to close them too, probably.
Eric W. Coate
Ed,
09/29/2018_15:56
We have to drive about 40 miles to see Whiteface. Dannemora prison is 10 minutes up the road. the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Edward Wood
Eric
09/29/2018_09:37
Tennant is surrounded by mountains, which obstruct any view of Mt. Shasta. We have to drive 6 miles out of 'town' before we can see Mt. Shasta.
Eric W. Coate
Ed,
09/29/2018_08:37
I knew that there was something terrible in Tennants history; I had read about it somewhere

I learned to ski on Whiteface Mt. My opthomologist's son was killed there when he went off the trail and hit a tree. he was a champion skier to.
You are lucky if you can see Mt. Shasta. We only see Whiteface when we
drive to Lake Placid. It is an awesome mountain. Scares me. I have had a TKR (total knee replacement) so I don't ski now. We hike if we can.
Edward Wood
Eric
09/27/2018_10:27
In the early 20th century, this county (Siskiyou) had a terrible history of murdering the indigenous population. When I was on the faculty of Camp Minnowbrook on Lake Placid, summer of 1962, I loved to gaze on Mt. Whitehead (Whiteface Mountain?) Absolutely beautiful. Camp Minnowbrook was an outstanding camp for the arts and sciences. Some of the campers that year included Wesley Strick (a piano student of mine), who became the music critic for Rolling Stone and is now a noted Hollywood script writer for comic/horror movies; David Paymer (one of my campers)now a noted Hollywood actor and director, and Marty Fulterman, who now goes by Mark Snow and is an outstanding Hollywood composer.
Eric W. Coate
Ed,
09/27/2018_05:56
We live in a town that has a general store, a hardware store and a gas station. It is down the road from Dannemora prison, which employs lots of guards who live in the town. Logging and mining used to keep the area going, but no more. Whiteface mountain is several miles away, in Lake Placid. Lots of trees, ( and deer).
Eric W. Coate
Ed,
09/26/2018_18:49
It has a history--- a murder perhaps; something of note, but I can't recall it.
Edward Wood
Eric
09/26/2018_09:48
All I know is that it is a defunct logging community, which had its heyday from 1921-1959. Back then, it had a general store and a school. The school is now a kind of historic monument.
Eric W. Coate
Ed,
09/25/2018_16:48
the name Tennant is familiar, somehow. must be famous for something??
Edward Wood
Eric
09/25/2018_11:19
Glad you are doing better. The actual town of Tennant is forest, but is surrounded by mountains, notably Mt. Shasta, 14,102 ft above sea level. I haven't seen any evidence of skiing.
Eric W. Coate
Ed,
09/25/2018_08:58
I've had my ups and downs too, mostly my own fault though. Doing better now though. Tennant; isn't that big ski country?
Edward Wood
Eric
09/24/2018_09:58
In 2005 I was unexpectedly laid off my full-time job in Lancaster, MA, which I had held for 16 years, with no severance pay. By the end of 2006, we were in danger of being homeless. A friend of Suz offered to let us stay with her in Sacramento. So, we moved there in Jan, 2007. She forced us out in Oct. The only place we could find, that we could afford, was this tiny cottage in Tennant, to which we moved at the end of October in 2007.
Eric W. Coate
Ed,
09/23/2018_11:03
Malipitas is somewhere north of San Jose, near Caleveras county, of Tom Sawyer fame, I gather. I have relatives all over California, which I like to visit, but probably couldn't live there. What drew you to the area?
Edward Wood
Eric
09/22/2018_10:28
The homeless situation in SF is horrific, due to obscenely high rents. I have vaguely heard of Malipitas, but don't know the location.
Eric W. Coate
Ed,
09/18/2018_17:06
Ed,

My son Clayton lived in San Fran for quite some time. At one time he had an apartment around the corner from the skid row area, which he said was huge. ( He sold his house in the burbs and moved into the city, but left soon for the burbs again Malipitas, where ever that is.
Edward Wood
Eric
09/15/2018_10:42
You are absolutely right. The way LA is banning tiny homes, that were such a help to the homeless, is an abomination.
Eric W. Coate
ED, Jim
09/04/2018_10:02
One summer my family went to California for vacation, and I went to the Farmers' Market in LA with my grandfather, who introduced me to Gene Autry, for whom he had done a house 'Melody ranch'. Autry gave us tickets to his radio show the next day, and we saw how the show was produced in a 'live' studio. That was before he owned the Cal. Angels. or we might have gone to a ballgame. Nice man; very short. LA was wonderful!! Now it's 'home' to the homeless. Pity.
Eric W. Coate
Jim McMahon
08/27/2018_07:19
JIM; THANKS SO MUCH FOR THAT INFO. I DIDN'T KNOW HALF OF THAT MYSELF UNTIL NOW, IN SUCH DETAIL. THANK YOU. IF I EVER GET TO HAWAII, MAYBE IO CAN THANK YOU IN PERSON.

MY COUSIN HARLOW BAILEY WAS STATIONED IN HAWAII WITH THE MARINE CORPS. ONE OF HIS DUTIES WAS TO BE THE LIFEGUARD AT THE MARINE'S BEACH.
James McMahon
Eric, Ed
08/27/2018_00:12
Eric, if you use Google, just search 'Roland Coate Wikipedia.' If not, we'll figure something out.
Ed, the hurricane had little effect on urban and suburban Honolulu, which is on the island of Oahu. The Hawaiian island chain is hundreds of miles long, so hurricanes affect different places differently. Hurricane Lane brought huge amounts of rain to the largest island, which is called Hawai'i, which is also the same of the entire state. My neighborhood got just a trace of rain.
Eric W. Coate
Ed,
08/26/2018_07:54
Dah; how do I get to the Wikipedia article? I'm not familiar with the service.
Edward Wood
Eric, Jim
08/25/2018_12:05
Wonderful news, Eric! I read the article on Roland Coate -- very impressive. Jim, I trust you are safe from the terrible hurricane.
Eric W. Coate
summer
08/24/2018_20:18
Hi Jim;

Yes, Roland Coate was my grandfather. I will look up the Wikipedia article. thanks.
James McMahon
Eric
08/24/2018_11:44
Eric, You must be referring to architect Roland Coate. You probably know that there's a Wikipedia entry on him, mentioning his celebrity clients.
Eric W. Coate
dentistry
08/23/2018_10:01
Good news, Ed.

I have this really cool dentist. He started a small office in the local mall, and called it McDental. McDonalds actually sued him to stop using that name. He now has an office with two other experienced dentists, and they do great work. They have in-house insurance. He(the dentist) makes guitars as a hobby; great hands; and his sister paints oils and decorates his offices.
Really nice guy. He is straightening my crooked teeth, using Invisiline who my California son used to work for, before they moved to Costa Rico, and he got layed off. He ( my son) now installs solar panels on houses and small businesses around San Jose.
My father was from Pasadena, so I have an affinity for the West coast.
His father was an architect of some renown, who designed houses for movie stars, post depression. He also did the paddock at Santa Anita racetrack.
It's getting awfully crowded out there, it would seem now. Lots of problems.
Edward Wood
Eric
08/18/2018_11:30
Hi, Eric. I just (finally!) was able to have a filling done, and have an appointment for 3 more. Hope all is well with you. Thanks again!
Edward Wood
Eric
07/23/2018_00:09
Glad you were finally able to quit smoking. I second your appeal to anyone else who is reading this blog.
Eric W. Coate
Ed,
07/20/2018_13:03
I guess when a person smokes, they neglect a lot of important things. It is a very unhealthy habit, to say the least. If any one reading this still smokes cigarettes, please quit. It's never too late.
Edward Wood
Eric
07/19/2018_11:37
So sorry you lost so many teeth. If all goes well, I should be able to have a cavity treated in mid Aug.
Eric W. Coate
Ed Wood
07/18/2018_10:31
Hope you guys get to the dentist ok. I lost so many teeth due to smoking, which actually makes one's teeth fall out.
Edward Wood
Eric
07/14/2018_12:22
We were able to get an exam, and also a cleaning later. I had an appointment to fill a cavity in Apr, but we were both sick. Next available appointment is in Aug. Thanks for inquiring.
Eric W. Coate
Ed Wood
07/11/2018_15:17
How did things work out for you at the dentist?
Edward Wood
Jim
07/07/2018_09:21
So relieved you are safe! Wonderful that you are able to work full time.
James McMahon
Aloha
07/04/2018_21:17
I am still living in Hawai`i and, believe it or not, still working full time.
Edward Wood
not the final words
06/23/2018_10:31
I still want the blog to continue. Jim McMahon, if you are reading this, I hope you are safe in Hawaii.
Eric W. Coate
blog
06/22/2018_16:16
I hope this is not the final words on the blog!!
Eric W. Coate
Donald
04/15/2018_15:01
And what a post!! Glad he still has a sense of humor. We get calls from people in Jamaica who want us to buy 'unusual' items. They are very creative, as with 'Dr. Miracle'.
Janet O'Brien Olson
Eric
04/15/2018_09:47
Sorry Eric, the reference was to Donald and the fact that after a long silence he finally posted.
Eric W. Coate
'HE'
04/15/2018_06:20
Janet,

Who is the 'he' that you are refering to, if I may ask?
Janet O'Brien Olson
Hmmm
04/02/2018_10:08
At least we know that he is still alive and well (???)
Eric W. Coate
Dr. Miracle
03/16/2018_11:15
Oh well.
Edward Wood
Donald
02/09/2018_13:16
So good to hear from you! I would very much hesitate before blowing off Dr. Miracle -- I would not want to jump to conclusions. I simply do not have enough information.
Eric W. Coate
sunstroke
02/07/2018_11:24
Knappy's been out in his boat too long in the hot sun, I fear.

Sorry, Don. That's from our 'friends' in Nigeria; they'll try any scam to try and get your money.

Tell me it's not a joke; I am so desperate.
Donald V. Knapman
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Eric W. Coate
more bands
02/03/2018_17:54
I can't remember his name off-hand, but the guitar playing rock & roll who p played at several dances; pretty good too. Bob Vincent!!

We are contemplating a trip to 'the Islands' in the not too distant future. My niece works for Homeaway and she and seven other people rent a house in Maui for 10 days.
James McMahon
Time Zones
02/03/2018_16:39
Looks like maybe the time zone difference between Hawaii and mainland is knocking my entries out of sequence with yours. My apologies.
James McMahon
Bands
02/03/2018_16:37
Well, there was Richard Appleton and the Appletones.
Edward Wood
another band
02/03/2018_14:29
In 9th grade, I was in a band that was organized by John Koller. Doug Dick (a year ahead of us) played trumpet. Allerton 'Bing' Town was also a member. I wasn't a jazz pianist, but did my best.
James McMahon
Music
02/03/2018_13:11
Lots of musical talent in our class--and a wide variety. As I recall, Ed, you played a piece by Bartok at one of our assemblies. That performance opened a few eyes--and ears! I also recall Charles Shackford pounding out 'I was a big man yesterday, but oh you oughta see me now' on the piano. He did great.
Eric W. Coate
band
02/02/2018_17:45
I will work on it(my memory), but all I remember from that particular time was a band that practiced at my house on Weston Rd, with Randy McNamara, Fred Schneider, a trumpet player (Dave Naylor?) and maybe John Kohler. I can't place you, although your name is familiar to me. Unfortunately, when I was short of money, I sold my saxes and clarinet, never to play again. Bad move. I wasn't that good anyway; I did enjoy playing the sax.
James McMahon
Eric's Band
02/02/2018_13:12
Eric, I recall that you formed a jazz band during high school, and we practiced in the basement of a house on Dover Road--yours perhaps? I don't recall all the members, but you on sax, John Hart (from another WHS class)
on clarinet, and Fred Schneider and I on bass clarinet took part. You brought sheet music for all of us, one of which was for 'You Can't Take That Away From Me.' I had been demoted from first clarinetist to second in the high school band after I botched a solo cadenza in rehearsal under Mr. Leach, but then I discovered the joy of playing bass clarinet in relative anonymity, and lots of fun because it was basically part of the rhythm section, right in front of the drums. Anyway, before I knew it your band got reduced in size and featured Hart, who could play a mean jazz clarinet. I was out. Fun times!
James McMahon
The Blog
02/01/2018_11:12
This blog got very political. I don't know if that reduced our classmates' participation, but it could be a factor.
Eric W. Coate
 
01/22/2018_16:26
You're welcome, Ed. I'm glad I could be of help to you.
Edward Wood
Dental Care
01/22/2018_15:56
Thank you for the info, Eric. Very likely, the dental clinic to which we will go, will allow small, monthly payments.
Eric W. Coate
dental care
01/19/2018_18:17
Ed,

Look into 'Care Credit' an in-house credit line to cover the cost of dental work; should be offered by your dentist. Worked for me.
Edward Wood
Dentist
01/15/2018_12:48
Thank you, Eric. We were pleasantly shocked that they could give us an appointment for an exam Feb 1. Last time we checked, there was an 8-month waiting list.
Eric W. Coate
dentist
01/14/2018_11:04
Hope that it goes well at the dentist
Edward Wood
Eric
01/13/2018_13:23
Thank you, Eric. Yesterday we made a dental appointment.
Eric W. Coate
lletter
01/09/2018_06:37
Got your letter, Ed. Thanks. Best of luck.
Eric W. Coate
grandparenthood
01/04/2018_06:35
It's comforting being a grandparent; something must be going right somehow.

I have two grandkids, both teenagers. Good fortune with yours, Janet.
Edward Wood
Janet
12/31/2017_15:17
Congratulations to you, Janet, and also to your daughter Jodie and her husband! You must be exhilarated!
Janet O'Brien Olson
2018
12/31/2017_08:14
Wishing all a very Happy New Year...hope that your hopes and dreams are realized in 2018. Ed, thank you for the anniversary good wishes. When it is there in black and white, 48 years seems like a loooong time.
Biggest event for us this year was the birth of our first grandchild. Daughter Jodie and husband gave us a beautiful little granddaughter.
Edward Wood
Greetings
12/30/2017_13:36
Eric, and Janet, may you have a wonderful New Year. Maybe I had some grammatical errors, when I was telling you about our eating well. Janet, Happy 48th Anniversary to you and your husband! Anyone else reading this blog, blessed New Year. I too wish more classmates would join us.
Eric W. Coate
Christmas
12/24/2017_11:23
'Happy Christmas' to you too, Janet, and to anyone else still reading this blog. maybe we will outgrow it eventually, but it's nice just the same.

This is meant in a positive way; too bad more people aren't reading this blog.
Eric W. Coate
funny
12/24/2017_11:20
That was funny, ED. 'food is one area where we are able to eat well'
Janet O'Brien Olson
Greetings
12/24/2017_08:04
Wishing all a very Happy Christmas and a better New Year
Edward Wood
Food Stamps
12/15/2017_16:34
My experience with food stamps in the late 1970's/ early 1980's was similar to yours. In my monthly eligibility interviews I often felt degraded.
Eric W. Coate
food stamps
12/15/2017_06:43
in a way you are fortunate that you not eligible for food stamps. i had them at one time, and always felt like i was stealing at the check-out line. bad feeling
Edward Wood
Food
12/12/2017_15:06
We are ineligible for food stamps, because our Social Security is too high. Food is one area where we are able to eat well. Grub Market is always offering bargains on wonderful food. The Ashland Food Coop, 100 miles away in Ashland, OR, offers a great variety of food, often at very reasonable prices.
Edward Wood
Eric
12/12/2017_15:00
I have Medicare, but it doesn't cover dental work. My Social Security payments are just barely high enough, that Medi-Cal (equivalent of Medi-Caid) doesn't pay my Medicare premium. My mailing address is 13718 Ridge Lane, Macdoel, CA 96058-9732. Suz's Social Security is just low enough, that Medi-Cal does pay her Medicare premiums. Once again, thank you, and Merry Christmas!
Eric W. Coate
 
12/12/2017_08:17
I can't do a whole lot, ED, but what is your mailing address?

I went years without visiting a dentist, and I still have my teeth. There are worse things. What is Medi-cal? Like Medicaid? You should be eligible for Medicare. Medicaid would pay your health insurance premium, I believe. They do here in NY. There is no need to starve or be totally poor. Food stamps? Anyway, Happy Holidays to you both!!
Edward Wood
Eric
12/10/2017_15:25
Our gratitude to you is immense! We exist solely on Social Security. Medi-Cal charges us a deductible of well over half our income EACH MONTH. Thus, we cannot afford dental care. Suz has been to the dentist once in the last 10 years. I have lost a large filling. We would be eternally grateful to you for any assistance you can give us.
Eric W. Coate
hard times
12/08/2017_07:06
I remember you writing about your & Suz's living situation. I am no stranger to 'hard times' myself. Things have recently turned around for me and my partner; we're not rich by any means, but if there is any small thing that we could do for you, Ed, please let me know. MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Edward Wood
Ray Chapman/DT
12/02/2017_13:37
I so appreciate Mr. Chapman. Hopefully, with Michael Flynn testifying about DT, he will be impeached.
Eric W. Coate
in memory of Ray Chapman
11/25/2017_13:28
Where we learned about Tammany Hall. That is where Trump gets his politics. 100% dishonest and corrupt; cruel, mean, self-serving, etc. he must GO!! 'soon'.
Edward Wood
Eric
11/13/2017_14:48
You're most welcome, Eric. I consider my photographic memory to be a solemn responsibility.
Eric W. Coate
Ed,
11/11/2017_15:37
Thank you, Ed. You have'One of the all-time great memories'
Edward Wood
Eric
11/11/2017_14:52
Kind thoughts to you, on the approximate 5th anniversary of your father going Home to God.
Edward Wood
Politics, continued
11/10/2017_16:22
Paul Ryan's progressive opponent has raised more money (average donation $28) than Paul Ryan (Koch brothers donations) for next year's election. Hopefully, he will be unseated, and all we will have to deal with are D. Trump and M. Pence.
Eric W. Coate
politics,etc.
11/10/2017_05:09
A big repudiation of Trump and his agenda, what? heartening. he can not be allowed to take over the political process in America. he is too ignorant and corrupt.and TOTALLY DISHONEST; a throwback to the corrupt Irish pols of Tammany Hall era.
Edward Wood
Politics
11/09/2017_14:47
The elections 2 days ago are really, really encouraging.
Eric W. Coate
politics
11/06/2017_03:32