April 30, 2006

Now & Then With Nancy Tatom

Category: Alumni,Pictures — Chuck @ 3:46 pm

Nancy Tatom - ThenFinally. A picture of our fearless reunion leader. I knew she could do it. This now and then with Nancy Tatom includes what she has posted on the reunion website.

Back in May of 2005 I volunteered to chair the reunion planning committee, and it has been a wonderful way of getting reacquainted with everyone and having some fun as well. I encourage all of you to help out if you can. Just let us know and we’ll definitely give you something to do as things move along!

I moved back to Florida in 2004 after having lived and worked in the Carolinas for 21 years. After my daughter’s graduation from high school, I moved to Tampa, but in December of 2005 I took a position in Sarasota and have just moved back.

I have one daughter (age 20) who is in her sophomore year at Rhodes College in Memphis. She is the spitting image of her mother except for her height (she was lucky enough to inherit genes that have put her height several inches above my 5′-0″ frame). She is my greatest achievement and is lots of fun to be with.

Nancy Tatom - NowI graduated from FSU with degrees in Art History and Interior Design and have worked primarily in the commercial and healthcare realms of interior design. I now work with Hoyt Architects in Sarasota and am really happy to be back in familiar territory. All of us on the committee are expecting to put on a great series of events in October, and I look forward to seeing all of you again!

I know I’m looking forward to it.


Now & Then With Vickie Oldham

Category: Alumni,Pictures — Chuck @ 3:24 pm

Vickie Oldham - ThenThis now and then with Vickie Oldham is being brought to you by Charles Curry who emailed me the details. I’m sure Vickie will appreciate this Charles.

Allow me to give an update on my friend and classmate, Vickie Oldham:

After leaving Riverview, Vickie attended the University of Florida, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. She would later receive a master of fine arts at the Florida State University Conservatory of Motion Picture, Television and Recording Arts. After returning to Sarasota, Vickie made her mark as an ABC affiliate news reporter. She also hosted a popular weekly program called COMMON GROUND that featured interviews with 100 of the country’s most recognized African Americans in politics, arts and entertainment. Nationally, Vickie has appeared on network and cable television programs; and numerous television commercials and industrial videos.

In February, I got a chance to see what Vickie O’s been up to. She invited me to a web site launch and the screening of a documentary she produced and wrote called LOOKING FOR ANGOLA. (www.lookingforangola.com).

Vickie Oldham - NowIt was a captivating event, and the Asolo Theater in Sarasota was packed. There was lots of pre-ceremony pomp, crackle, and pop as a multi-cultural crowd filled the lobby. Miss O. was poised, stylish, and personable while greeting guests. The paparazzi snapped lots of photos. The only thing missing was the “red carpet”. Reps from the History Channel came to present a $10,000 check to the project. There were lots of local luminaries in the crowd; including the Tampa PBS station manager, and a US Park Service director. I was also delighted to see another RHS alum, Cynthia (Gaines) Myers.

There’s more to this Angola project, especially when a discovery is made…stay tuned. Vickie O is on it!

Thanks Charles

April 29, 2006

What’s Going On In Sarasota

Category: Miscellaneous — Chuck @ 1:00 pm

Hello Rams fans. I’m writing to solicit news and information about what’s going on in Sarasota that we out of state people might find interesting. I’m sure some of us planning on attending don’t know a lot of what’s going on in our former home town.

I’ve really only been back for very short visits including former reunions. What’s new? How’s the beach holding up? Is the Purple Cow still purple? Where are the best hang outs for 40 somethings these days? What happened to our old ones?

That kind of thing. You can write comments here or send them to me by email. Pictures would be nice. Got any of Siesta Key beach on a nice weekend?

Help me out. I’m trolling for information.

What would be even better though would be for you alumnuses (is that a word?) to send me pics and stories about what you’re doing now. Inquiring minds want to know.

I’ll be travelling a lot in the next month or so but there’s always time to post some news.

April 23, 2006

Now & Then With Scott Lewis

Category: Alumni — Chuck @ 6:26 pm

Scott Lewis - ThenSince he emailed me and since his “now” pic is on the reunion website. . .

Ladies and gentelmen. It’s Scott Lewis.

Scott Lewis - NowI am still in Sarasota, left for a while, came back for eldercare–fullfilled that and built a solid foundation to retire on. If I can help anywhere, feel free to let me know what I can do. I own a recruiting agency and work with about 10-15 restaurants in this area.

I am sure Nancy will find something for you to do Scott.


The Cake Whisperer

Category: Alumni — Chuck @ 6:16 pm

Ron Zammit - NowThanks to Sue (Farrington) Obenauer I now know that Ron Zammit is a wedding cake genius creator.

Anyone thinking of getting married at our reunion? If so, get your cake from “Beautiful Cakes by Ron.”

Seriously. As his website says: “For 24 years, Ron Zammit replaced his worn heels and soles at his shoe repair store in Gold Tree Plaza. To relax after work, he baked cakes – gorgeous cakes decorated with beautiful hand-made sugar paste flowers. Soon, friends and relatives started asking him to make special occasion cakes, until he was making about two or three cakes a weekend.

About five years ago, he came home one night and told his wife Crystal that he had sold the shop and was ready to start a cake shop. Today, some of the grandest weddings along the west coast of Florida feature creations from his Beautiful Cakes.”


Send In Your Previous Reunion Photos

Category: Pictures — Chuck @ 6:01 pm

Bartons in LondonThe Bartons have been on vacation but Bennie has been busy.

As I’ve already posted, there are now photo albums on the Reunion Website from previous reunions.

Bennie wants to get more photos though. So, if you have any from a previous reunion, scan them and email them in.

April 8, 2006

Now & Then With Kim Kimble (Lamrouex)

Category: Alumni — Chuck @ 7:17 pm

Kim Kimble (Lamrouex)- ThenIt’s about time someone sent in their “now” picture.

This time it’s Kim Kimble (Lamrouex).

Here’s her message (besides other comments she’s posted):

Kim Kimble (Lamrouex) - Nowokay if you are going to put a “now” photo on the website let your hubby do it !! My husband did this one for me


Photo Albums to Look At

Category: Miscellaneous — Chuck @ 7:11 pm

20 Year Dinner/Dance PicI’m glad I checked the reunion website. Bennie’s got some photo albums up. This is one from our 20 year Dinner/Dance.

You’ll find:

10 Year Cocktail Cruise
10 Year Dinner/Dance
10 Year Picnic
20 Year Cocktail Party
20 Year Dinner/Dance

Check it out!


Some Lost Comments

Category: Alumni — Chuck @ 6:52 pm

One of the comments that got lost in our server move was this one from John O’Keefe. I just happened to find it in my email. I hope we didn’t lose too many more.

In reference to the post on “What songs would you like to hear?

dear i rock the boat? well, i have never been known as a person who “goes with it” – so here are my suggestions:

1. bohemian rhapsody – queen
2. anarchy in the u.k. – sex pistols
3. blitzkrig bop – romones

i think we should pick a song that reflects the change of the times. i believe the songs listed are songs that did a few things – they charged a generation to move past the comfort zone and they are still seen today as songs that changed the face of music.

just my thoughts, and all is good 🙂

And in reference to “Tearing down the old school”

well, to me it was simply a place i spent two years before it was over – and to me it is a building, nothing more. if the building is old and falling down, build something new.

as i have been reading this blog i have been trying to remember names and faces at my time at rhs, but nothing comes to mind [i was the “guy from new york with long hair] – memories are not made by a building, but by the people we know and connect with. take down the building, and build a new – let new memories be made in connection for a new generation. who knows, maybe their memories will be better.

April 6, 2006

Changing Web Servers

Category: Miscellaneous — Chuck @ 10:15 pm

Hello Rams Fans. I have completely moved all my websites to new servers over the past week. Apparently we’ve lost some comments on some of the posts here. Please email me or re-post your comments. My hosting company made the move without scheduling it with me or I would have given you notice.

We’re obviously up and running. I will not remove a comment unless it contains profanity or is complete comment spam.

Thanks for bearing with us in our move!