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•   James Wick  7/20
•   David Frederick  7/20
•   Judy Bleicher (Showalter)  7/20
•   Robert Williams  7/19
•   Karen Breitenstein (Gardner)  7/18
•   Tom Adams  7/17
•   Paul Wright  7/15
•   Jan Worthman (Ellinger)  7/14
•   Lenor Eaton (Stang)  7/12
•   Rick Weber  7/11
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Who lives where - click links below to find out.

3 live in Arizona
7 live in California
2 live in Colorado
2 live in Connecticut
13 live in Florida
3 live in Georgia
3 live in Idaho
1 lives in Illinois
2 live in Indiana
1 lives in Kansas
1 lives in Kentucky
1 lives in Maryland
2 live in Michigan
1 lives in Nevada
3 live in New York
2 live in North Carolina
63 live in Ohio
1 lives in Pennsylvania
1 lives in South Carolina
4 live in Texas
2 live in Virginia
1 lives in Washington
219 location unknown


•   Harriet Leff  7/21
•   David White  7/24
•   Christine Hattstaedt (Williams)  8/6
•   Barbara Gillan (Honneywell)  8/8
•   Rebecca Gillan  8/8
•   Dave Chambers  8/9
•   Nancy Rae Smith (Dubbs)  8/10
•   Cindy Brock (Mick)  8/11
•   Mike Viets  8/13
•   Linda Meuser (Mittermaier)  8/15


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Percentage of Joined Classmates: 36.3%

A:   125   Joined
B:   219   Not Joined



     See you at Carillon Brewing Co.







Not That Kind



This Kind

Making out is a term of American origin, dating back to at least 1949, and is used to refer to kissing, including heavy kissing of the neck, or to non-penetrative sex acts such as heavy petting. Equivalents in other dialects include the British English term getting off and the Hiberno-English term shifting. 

The sexual connotations of the phrase "make out" appear to have developed in the 1930s and 1940s from the phrase's other meanings of "to succeed". Originally, it meant "to seduce" or "to have sexual intercourse with". When performed in a car, it may be euphemistically referred to as parking.

Making out is usually considered an expression of romantic affection or sexual attraction. An episode of making out is frequently referred to as a "make-out session" or simply "making out," depending on the speaker's vernacular. It covers a wide range of sexual behavior, and means different things to different age groups in different parts of the United States. It typically refers to kissing,including prolonged, passionate, open-mouth kissing (also known as French kissing), and intimate skin-to-skin contact. The term can also refer to other forms of foreplay such as heavy petting (sometimes simply called petting), which typically involves some genital stimulation, but usually not the direct act of penetrative sexual intercourse.

Teenagers may have had social gatherings in which making out was the predominant event. In the United States, these events were referred to as "make-out parties" and would sometimes be confined to a specific area, called the "make-out room". These make-out parties were generally not regarded as sex parties, though heavy petting may have been involved, depending on the group. 


When we were typically bored and not kissing anyone on a weekend night in Kettering we would drive around searching for parkers, particularly our friends. One of our frequently checked parking spots was  an under-developed cul-de-sac,

Plantation Lane

Are you familiar with Plantation Lane?

Where did you park?




When you do not understand the slang of Millennials, the abbreviations and acronyms of your children or grandchildren the first place to look is



Idk - I don’t know 
Idc - I don’t care 
Idm - I don’t mind

Idr - I don’t remember 
Idrm - I don’t really mind 
Rly / rlly - really 
Sme / sm - same 
lol -laughing out loud

Lmao - laughing my ass off

Wtf - what the fuck 
WTH - what the heck 
Lmfao - laughing my fucking ass off 
Kys - kill your-self 
Kms - kill my-self 
Pls / plz - please 
ye / yea - yes / yeah 
So - significant other / shoutout 
Bf & gf - boyfriend & girlfriend

Smh - shaking my head 
Cos / cuz / cus / cause - because 
Omg - oh my god 
Oml - oh my lord 
Pic - picture 
Wyd / wud - what you doing 
Wywd / wuwd - what you wanna do 
U - you

Tb - text back 
Nr / nrs - no reply(s) 
Bro - brother 
Nm - nothing much 
Nvm - never mind 
Dm - direct message / doesn’t matter 
Tbh - to be honest 
M8 - mate 
Prob / probs - probably 
Ly - love you

Lysm - love you so much 
Lysfm - love you so fucking much 
Lyl - love you loads 
Ly2 - love you too 
Gn - good-night 
Gm - good-morning 
Jk - just kidding 
Jw - just wondering 
Ppl - people


Keep in mind the UD definition of "dragon" is:

Possibly the best mythical creature known to this day.



Each day they list the top 30 trending terms:



Click on the term and you'll get the definition @UD





Reunion Preparation

We have printed name tags

Friday and Saturday nights

if you registered



As an alum participant you also need to prepare.



Don't over do


For most of us this will not be a sprint

but a marathon.

Feel free to embrace your inebriants, but don't go overboard the first night

(Ed. note: Doesn't only apply to Nish)




Not sure of the wine list, but these will be available







Conditions or practices conducive to maintaining health and preventing disease,

especially through cleanliness.




We have more body hair than we did in 1969

You might consider cleaning up

There is a new Manscaping page

Mature audience only

X Rated



The Sun

It's been getting a bad rap.

Of course we have to respect its power and its contribution to skin cancer, nonetheless the Sun is essential and good for us.

The Sun is the star at the center of the Solar System. It is a nearly perfect sphere of hot plasma.

The Sun is roughly middle-aged;

it has not changed dramatically for more than four billion years,

and will remain fairly stable for more than another five billion years.

The Sun is composed primarily of the chemical elements

hydrogen and helium.

 The Sun has been an object of veneration in many cultures throughout human history. Humanity's most fundamental understanding of the Sun is as the luminous disk in the sky, whose presence above the horizon creates day and whose absence causes night.

In the US in 2008, 59,695 people were diagnosed with melanoma,

and 8,623 people died from it.

So, avoid sunburn!


New research looks into the paradox that

women who sunbathe are likely to
live longer than those who avoid the sun,

even though sunbathers are at an
increased risk of developing skin cancer.

An analysis of information on 29,518 Swedish women who were followed for 20 years revealed that
longer life expectancy among women with active sun exposure habits

was related to a decrease in
heart disease and noncancer/non-heart disease deaths, causing the relative contribution of death
due to cancer to increase.

Recently, a study in the Journal of Internal Medicine

suggested that 

women who avoid sun exposure are twice as likely to die as compared to those who receive sun exposure.

Scientists at The University of Manchester have today unveiled new research which claims that

going out in the midday sun, without sunscreen, is good for you.
The research, led by ultra-violet radiation expert Ann Webb, supports claims that exposing
unprotected skin to the sun for short periods helps the body to produce essential Vitamin D.

This is not a good photo of

Snyder's Kettering swimming pool,

but the only one to be found online.

Dragons soaked up lots of rays there.

And played Putt-Putt next door


Let's go back 25 years

to our 25th Reunion in 1994.


Dayton Country Club


DCC 1910

Recent (7/6) Yelp review of DCC

I went there for a Christmas dinner with my grandmother (because it was her husband's country club) years ago.  Ordered some scallops that I would have loved had I not realized it was smothered in hollandise sauce so I just ate my salad.  My grandmother insisted I order something else so she waved a wait staff over and I just asked for lobster bisque soup.  30 mins later it came out with most likely 10 tablespoons of salt compliments of the chef.  I realized at that point it could have been spitted in also and didn't eat it.  So didn't bother after 4 spoon fulls. It wasn't just slightly overly salted it was nothing but salt in a orange colored soup. First (and last) time I learned the lesson to NEVER send food back and piss off the chef.  Also the last time I ever ate there.

 ;)  :)  ;)  :)  ;)  :)  ;)  :)  ;)  :) 

Dragon cheerleaders

110% SPIRIT!

See the source image



The leader in our Elementary School Survey is

Southdale Elementary School with 13 alums

But before we got to Junior High,

school officials considered turning Southdale into a junior


February 24, 1959

April 24, 1959


Other Elementary Schools include


Orchard Park




Dragon Yearbook - Business

You may have forgotten about these photos  featuring the Class of '69 in the commercial section



Melissa Brown

Muffy Tallberg and Doris Korczynski

Bona Schelhase and Muffy Tallberg

Nancy Rae Smith and Patsy Paddock

Mark Brainard

Lynn Kohler and Cindy Brock

Linda Hively and Kay Judd

Cinda Shahan and Molly O'Brian

Gloria Shantz and Dan McKnight







 The St. Clair

by the Wright Brothers



                              Fly over New Your harbor

                and the Statue of Liberty











 Piece of wood and fabric from the first flight

on the surface of the moon with Apollo 11 in 1969

Flying in France

Flying Machine Patent

Wright Company assembling airplanes for sale

Wright Memorial

Kitty Hawk, NC

Proposed "Triumph of Flight" Tower @ I-70 & I-75


Wilber and Orville were so persistant, brilliant, innovative and so good for Dayton and the world.



Highly recommended

First Flight

Huffman Prairie

Hawthorn Hill

901 Harman Ave, Dayton, OH 45419

Orville and sister Katherine


 Why didn't we spend more

time learning about the brothers in school.

They were unbelievable Kettering role models:

Nice, smart, clever, Christian, curious, successful, apparently asexual and driven


2380 Memorial Road, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Dayton, OH 45433 U.S.A.

Adjacent to the Interpretive Center, the Wright Memorial on Wright Brothers Hill is a 27-acre designed landscape honoring Dayton’s native sons. The monument, a 17-foot pink granite obelisk, was dedicated on August 19, 1940, Orville’s 69th birthday.

For a YouTube video of an early flight  >>>


More on the 

The Wright Brothers page






Talked with Mel Hill today. He said 

"I don't remember"

 From the yearbook, "In Mr. Robert Janes' contemporary issues class seniors Bart Gill, Doug Doty, Mark Winninger and Mel Hill present an editorial satirizing the subject, 'What's Wrong with America?' "

Not quite anything like Supreme Court Justice's Kavanaugh's yearbook, but it is four suburban white guys in faux Klan robes. Wish we had a video of that class presentation.

Kettering Tower


Oscar Wilde in Dayton (1882)

Wright-Patterson in the 1940s

Rike's Construction


Hills & Dales

JFK in Dayton (9/1959)

1st Parkmoor (1946)

My Mother was a Stivers graduate

Anyone going to Kettering?


Fairgrounds Roundhouse


May 9, 1969


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Fairmont West English teacher

George Tarzinski

is now the leading Favorite Teacher in our survey, as voting continues.  

Thanks to the 14 alums who took the 18 seconds out of their busy day to participate.


George Tarzinski was born on July 2, 1941 and died April 18, 2000. He was a Central unit teacher.

The yearbook lists his hobbies as ichthyology 

 and photography.



on September 9th

We'll have more grandparents

than ever at the Reunion.

They should be acknowledged  and

we cannot wait until Sept 9th.

Fundamentally though, grandparenting is, well, just that – grand. The definition of "grand" is: magnificent; splendid; noble; wonderful or very pleasing; of great importance and distinction. Why wouldn't someone want that title? Grandparenthood can be a "second chance." People often feel they weren't able to spend as much time with their children when they were young as they would have liked, or they made some mistakes they've learned from. Grandchildren are a fresh start. Grandparenting can offer many of the joys and benefits of parenting, without many of the hassles, constraints, and day-to-day responsibilities. The grandparent/grandchild relationship is also a very important one – second in emotional importance only to the parent/child relationship.



Anna Quinlen writes that grandchildren are "the best" >>>

"There's a higher level of agreement about grandchildren than there is about the benefits of democracy, or chocolate."







 The End Of Passwords? (2015)
IT professionals believe they won't exist in 10 years, but this prediction's been on tap for a decade already.
Are we witnessing the death of the password? According to a survey out today from Wakefield Research and SecureAuth, IT practitioners say "Yes." They believe that at the current rate that authentication and authorization technology is progressing, we'll see the end of the password in 10 years.


Passwords Are on the Way Out, and It's about Time
They're on the way out, and it's about time

(By David Pogue on August 1, 2016)

Passwords can pose a major weakness to overall web security and coming up with and remembering a good one is hard. Despite warnings against doing so, far too many people still select common and easy passwords like “qwerty” or “password123.”

Have heard from alums that because they forgot their password they view this site w/o logging on. If you forget, just click "forgot password?" and create a new one. I empathsize. even though my browsers save passwords and I have a long list of passwords, sites I haven't visited in a year often require a new password.




"Camelot" was the

11th most popular film of 1967.



Camelot is a castle and court associated with the legendary King Arthur.

 The stories locate it somewhere in Great Britain and sometimes associate it with real cities, though more usually its precise location is not revealed. Most scholars regard it as being entirely fictional, its unspecified geography being perfect for chivalric romance writers.
Nevertheless, arguments about the location of the "real Camelot" have occurred since the 15th century and continue to rage today in popular works and for tourism purposes.

The name's derivation is uncertain. It has numerous different spellings in medieval French Arthurian romances, including Camaalot, Camalot, Chamalot, Camehelot (sometimes read as Camchilot), Camaaloth, Caamalot, Camahaloth, Camaelot, Kamaalot, Kamaaloth, Kaamalot, Kamahaloth, Kameloth, Kamaelot, Kamelot, Kaamelot, Cameloth, Camelot and Gamalaot

 Arthur's court at Camelot is mentioned for the first time in Chrétien's poem Lancelot, the Knight of the Cart, dating to the 1170s.

At West, the chorus and orchestra presented "Camelot." One of our prom themes was also Camelot.

It's a fictional story that was 800 years old.

Why not "Cheyenne"?


Did you grow up with a milkman?

We did. It was a quaint, efficient way of getting your milk and other dairy products.

There is a tale/myth about Rosie the cow visiting the Fairmont West parking lot.

Can anyone verify this old story?















     Thirty something organizations in the '69 Yearbook

Never alphabetized before

Here's the A-Y list

To make it a bit of fun, there are also a few extra as well.




 American Field Service
 Art Club
Campus Life
Chess Club
Cooperative Office Education
Creative Writers Club
Cribbage Club

DCT (Diversified Cooperative Training)




 Dragon Tales
 French Club
 Future Business Leaders of America
 Future Graduate Students
 Future Medical Careers
 Future Teachers Association
 German Club
 Girls Athletic Association

 High School Red Cross

 Home Economics Club
 Inter-Club Council


 Jet Ski Club
 Math Club
 Latin Club
 National Honor Society

 Pep Club
 Political Science Club
 Quill and Scroll
 Radio Electronics Club
 Roulette Club

 Russian Club
 Science Club
 Ski Club
 Spanish Club
 Student Council




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 Varsity F



There is a bonus prize for those who chose not  to participate

in at least a minimum number of these activities:















Disclaimer: There were, of course, off campus, illegal fraternities and sororities e.g.,

Ants, Night Crawlers and TAG and Sigma

There may have been more.


Section 2923.35, Revised Code of Ohio stated "No pupil in the public schools, shall organize, join, or belong to a fraternity, sorority, or other like society composed of or made up of pupils of the public schools."

Whoever violates this section shall be fined not less than ten nor more than twenty-five dollars for each offense."


The Ohio illegality is not retroactive so feel free

to wear your colors, re-enact your rituals and do your handshakes. However, no fighting.




This was approved, in advance by:









Might you shed a tear

             at the Reunion?


           You are more likely to

              if you're a woman.


 Biologically, women are far more prone to tears than men.

Women have lower levels of testosterone compared to men. Testosterone (male hormones) inhibits men from crying.

Men have larger tear ducts in their eyes than women. Given large tear ducts it is less likely for the tears to well up to the point of spilling over.
Adult women have almost 60% higher levels of the tear inducing hormone prolactin than men. Produced by the pituitary gland, prolactin is strongly linked to emotions.


Studies found the following:

    People in affluent countries cry more than those in poorer ones.
    People in colder countries cry more often than those in warm countries.
    The frequency of crying is more pronounced in countries that allowed greater freedom of expression and social resources (Chile, Sweden, and the United States).
    The tear rates of women in poor countries where freedom of expression and social resources are low, is only slightly higher than those of men (Ghana, Nigeria, and Nepal).
    People cry mainly at home, mostly alone or in the presence of another human being.
    People cry preferably in the evening (18-22 pm).
    85% of the women feel better after crying it out.
    In Western societies, boys and girls up to the age of twelve cry at fairly the same rate.
    By eighteen, the girls were crying an average four times more than the boys.
    Women anywhere in the world cry more often than men.
Women will cry 4,680 times over their adult lifetime — more than twice as much as men, a study has found.

 But women are more likely to cry happy tears, with 40 percent admitting to shedding a tear for a good reason, something just 24 percent of men do.

Sad TV shows or books, tiredness and arguments with their partner mean the average woman will cry six times a month — or 72 times a year.


In comparison, men will shed a tear just three times a month.



(For more go to the American Psychological Association website) 






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    Congratulations to the US Women's team 

       Winning the 2019 Women's World Cup!

                Back-to-Back Champs!



   Would we even be here if it were not for NCR? When we were growing up it dominated the local business environment.  NCR was closely associated with Dayton until it relocated in 2009. Not just business but recreation, like Hills and Dales park, Old River and the site of our Reunion, the NCR Country Club. A website would be required to detail its corporate history and significance to Dayton. This isn't it. But the new NCR page does include a variety of photos of NCR, its facilities, employees and parks.





            Driving at Sixteen


    A high percentage of the Class of '69 had their driver's licenses when they were sixteen.

    It was essential for freedom.


But, in 2014, just 24.5 percent of 16-year-olds had a license, a 47-percent decrease from 1983, when 46.2 percent did. And at the tail end of the teen years, 69 percent of 19-year-olds had licenses in 2014, compared to 87.3 percent in 1983, a 21-percent decrease.

   Above 55, the story’s a little different. Older adults were more likely to have a driver’s license in 2014 than in 1983—in the case of those 70 and older, 43.6 percent more likely.


young people for staying out of our way.




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         We are delighted to be celebrating

                         Saturday at

                      NCR Country Club!


The dress code at NCR is described like this by one of its long time members, 

The dress code is: no jeans, no short shorts, collared shirts for men.

  Makes sense. Succinct.



     However there may be a duty to

         fully inform and show you

 NCR's official online dress code:

Throughout the Club property, certain standards of dress are expected of all members, spouses,
dependents and guests of the NCR Country Club. While these standards may vary in different areas
depending on the purpose and usage of that area, it is expected that all persons will choose to dress
in a fashion befitting our Club and in a manner reflecting their respect for other members.
Members, spouses, domestic partners, significant others and dependents should inform their guests
of the dress requirements prior to bringing them to the Club, thus preventing an embarrassing
situation for them, their guests and the management of the Club.
Management is authorized by the Board of Trustees to refuse service to persons who do not conform
to our Dress Code. To preclude the necessity of this action, the Board of Trustees asks parents to
monitor the dress of their children and guests so that they meet the Club’s Dress Code guidelines and that their appearance is not offensive to other members and guests.
Anyone who is in doubt about appropriate and suitable attire for a specific event or in any particular
area of the Club should call the General Manager, Golf Shop or Club Receptionist.
Cut-offs, bib overalls, coveralls, coaches shorts, gym shorts, sweat pants, sweat suits, tee-shirts, halter
tops, tube tops, swim suits, exposed mid-riff wear, muscle shirts and all inappropriate attire are not
acceptable and do not meet these standards in the Clubhouse.
Appropriate blue jeans are allowed in the 37th Hole, Legends Bar, Medallions, Patio, pro-shop and the
fitness/pool areas. Blue jeans are not acceptable in the Banquet Areas nor anywhere on the golf
facilities (i.e., courses, driving range, practice greens, etc.) Blue jeans which are, or appear to be, dirty,
ragged, washed-out, torn and/or un-kept are not considered appropriate.
Inappropriate attire is defined as dirty, ragged or torn clothing, which presents an un-kept appearance.
Refusal to abide by the dress code could lead to disciplinary measures, including suspension of Club
privileges by the Board of Trustees.

Please contact (937) 299-3571 with questions

  Seems mostly just The dress code is: no jeans, no short shorts, collared shirts for men. And nothing un-kept.

                    How/Why did the

           Board of Trustees get involved???



                      Here are actual

              1969 Fairmont West rules



   you may or may not be familiar with.

   Since they govern behavior in a men's team locker room,

   our female alums may never have seen these before.

   Or maybe had their own rules.

               Real. Verbatim.



A list of logically thought-out do's and
don't will take care of locker room behavior.

1. Take care of all equipment.
2. No horse play of any kind.
3. No running in the locker room.
4. No towel snapping.
5. Use your equipment only keep hands
off personal property of others.
6. Check in all valuables.
7. Personal laundry items to be

cleaned regularly.
8. Take care of all blisters, scrapes,
cuts, scratches,and athletes foot at first sight.
9. Use vaseline or powder on your feet and
in your shoes.
10. Dry your body thoroughly, pay attention
to fee t and head, as they are

frequently neglected. 


    There's more.

  The  four page publication may be easily viewed at

"Dragon Tales & More." With instructions about diet and bedtime.




         IT - FAQ


  At least two recent profile photos are sideways, like this

Thanks for submitting your photo, Kay Butcke LaGrange.



which should be upright.  Or this, from the Wick kitchen >>>

 7/19/1970 >>>


    So, they should be moved counter/clockwise. How?

             IT'S 2019. Where is ROTATE?

    Neither sender nor receiver can upright the picture.

 Y'know there are often problems with using computer images. 


  HAPPY  4TH  

            OF JULY !   

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We celebrated our 40th Reunion ten years ago today!

 We toured Kettering Fairmont, played Home Run Derby at Irelan Field then partied at Yankee Trace. There was some rain and some fireworks!





    A new survey, "Favorite Teacher," has been added.

 Although the list of teachers is long it was just guessing at who might be favorited. Others can be added easily to the list. If your favorite teacher is not on the list, just check "Other" and provide the name so they can be added to the list. 


             Kettering Free Press  




   September 23, 1968         




             Yes, this 1959 educational film was shown to Kettering students to warn about sex.


              "I've got a sore. Down there."



       That was after spending time with these new girls.


          Doctor: You have syphilis. Let me show you some photos of ugly sores. And have to tell anyone you've had relations with.


                   The talk did not go well.

              Kettering students, that's about all you need to know.


The Innocent Party (Color, 1959)
The guilt-tripped noir-like shocker about a happening dude and his SPD.  A cool beatnik-jazz soundtrack highlights highlights this sordid tale produced by the Kansas State Board of Health!

 To see all 17 minutes >>>



         Most of us were born in 1951.

       Most will be sixty-eight years old at the Reunion. We are Seniors. We will be Seniors for the rest of our lives. Being a Senior was good at West. There are some benefits now. 







                           Anne Schuler -     

         Friday night's venue, Carillon Brewing,  has a beer garden


          Saturday's lunch at Marion's includes viewing celebrity photos at no additional cost



          Saturday night's venue, NCR Country Club, has a large outdoor patio









 September 6, 1967





    " Individual counseling for a student who violated principles of good grooming"


 July 31, 1969   


 Elsewhere in the Journal Herald


        January 23, 1963


March 16, 1969


 The Fairmont Student Handbook 2018-2019 states, as follows:

       PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION Students are to refrain from displaying unprofessional affection toward one another at school.    

Don't know about you, but my experience at West included observing a wide variety of "unprofessional affection" displays throughout my three years there.     








  Founded in 1952, still open at T&C, attended by many Dragons 


 Class of '69 alums Dianne Reinke and Karen Sosnowski featured as soloists (February 21, 1969)


    October 1966


You probably saw your first major league baseball game at Crosley Field in Cincinnati.


The last Reds game was played there in 1970.


Beyond the left-field fence sat the Superior Towel and Linen Service building. It was prominently visible to all in attendance and was the target of many a right-handed slugger. Perched atop the laundry was one of baseball’s most well-known signs (HIT THIS SIGN AND GET A SIEBLER SUIT — Siebler’s) gave out a total of 176 of their finest. Reds outfielder Wally Post led all hitters with 16. Willie Mays collected seven suits, tops among visiting players. The most famous home run at Crosley cleared the sign and landed in the back of a truck. It was calculated that Reds catcher Ernie Lombardi’s moon shot traveled 30 miles.

Major upgrades were undertaken at Crosley prior to the 1957 season. The red brick façade was painted white, new lights were installed and the largest scoreboard of its day replaced the old one in left center. The scoreboard stood 58 feet high and 65 feet wide. Atop the scoreboard was eight-foot-tall Longines clock. In addition to showing scores of all the major league games in progress and displaying full home and visiting team line-ups, the new board was the first to feature up-to-date players’ batting averages.

By the 1960s, the economic growth that Cincinnati was experiencing was all but absent from the warehouses and factories of the west end of town. When the Superior Towel and Linen Service laundry left the area and took with it one of Crosley’s hallmarks, it symbolically predicted the Reds’ abandonment of the area. The team, playing in the major’s smallest stadium, was eager to jump on the multi-purpose stadium bandwagon and flee to the publicly financed Riverfront Stadium downtown on the banks of the Ohio. The final game at Crosley was played on June 24, 1970. Over 28,000 nostalgic fans saw Johnny Bench and Lee May homer to edge Juan Marichal and the Giants, 5-4. After the game, a helicopter transported home plate to the new digs downtown. Crosley would spend the next two years as an auto impound lot and was eventually bulldozed in 1972. An industrial park now occupies the site.

       Ted Kluszewski

   251 Home Runs, .302 batting average in 11 years with the Reds



 Wee Dragons


October 1959


August 1960


 October 1967




  Oldest Wee Dragons photo I found October 3, 1970



We are certain we will not be joined at Marion's by Captain Kirk.



They were obviously in Dayton here, but we will not see them.

1969 was an incredible year for movies:

Rank    Title                                                         Gross                                            
1.    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid       $102,308,889
2.    Midnight Cowboy                                     $44,785,053
3.    Easy Rider                                               $41,728,598
4.    Hello, Dolly!                                             $33,208,099
5.    Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice                         $31,897,253
6.    The Italian Job                                         $31,678,778
7.    True Grit                                                  $31,132,592
8.    Cactus Flower                                           $25,889,208
9.    Goodbye, Columbus                                  $22,939,805
10.  On Her Majesty's Secret Service                 $22,774,493












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Hills and Dales Lookout Tower: The REAL Story


Known by many names, the tower on Patterson Boulevard in Kettering near Hills and Dales Park has been the source of many legends and stories over the years.




There have been many theories and not much known information about the tower. Even the name of the tower has been debated. Some of the names heard over the years are:

  • Lookout Tower
  • Frankenstein’s Castle/Tower
  • Witches Tower
  • Haunted Tower/Castle
  • Patterson Tower
  • Hills and Dales Tower

The theories of its origin and hauntings vary as much as its name. Growing up in Kettering, we have heard many rumors of the tower and its past. One interesting (and far-fetched) story was that the tower was built during the Civil War, and that a woman climbed to the top and plunged to her death after hearing the news of her husband’s death. The most popular story circulating was one of teenagers seeking shelter from the storm, and lightning hitting the tower, killing them all.


The inside steps of the tower. To protect the innocent, we did not take this picture, but Dayton Unknown has been given the rights to the photo.

So what is the truth? Dayton Unknown did research! We found articles to verify that there was in fact one death in the tower, Peggy Harmeson.


This article appeared on the front page of the the May 18, 1967 Xenia Daily Gazette. You can see the front page here.


On May 17, 1967, Peggy and her boyfriend sought shelter in the tower from the rain. Lightning struck the tower, killing 16-year-old Peggy and rendering her boyfriend unconscious. This is the only verified death in and around this tower.


Peggy’s gravestone at Calvary Cemetery in Dayton.

The building of the tower is straight-forward. Construction on the Hills and Dales Lookout Towerstarted in 1940 by the boys of the National Youth Administration. The tower was made from the salvaged stone of condemned buildings in the Dayton area. The year-long project resulted in a tower which was 56 feet high (before the roof came off) and has walls 3 feet thick.


This article appeared in the February 16th, 1941 Dayton Journal-Herald.

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Although the true story of the tower isn’t scary or sensational, teenagers will still probably continue to drive past it at night, in hopes of seeing something beyond this world.


Spotted by Sara on the base of the foundation.







  the CLOWN!




     Did you ever see >>>

        Fairmont West's own Mary Jo Begley ('68) won a contest and was in this sequel to "The Trouble with Angels." On IMBD >>> 

Mary Jo Begley ... The State Contest Winner: Ohio

  Or this >>>


    Played at Cinema South for over a year (61 weeks).


         Pine Club, Oakwood Club or Ponderosa? 







        Presents  the   1962

     Holiday At Home  Parade








 {My favorite is the cowgirls and horses followed by a rocket/missle, all in front of Moore's, Albers and JC Penney Co.}


 Let's go get some fried clams at HoJo's!


   "The Class of '69"


     by the Arondies

 By late 1964, the Arondies begun recording demos and early in 1965, they released their debut single on the Astra label, "69" b/w "All My Love," both written by the band. 

After cutting "69," the Arondies started working with local WMCK jock, promoter, and all-around Svengali, 
Terry Lee. While TL and Porky were blissfully spinning the record, the other stations shied away from playing a song titled "69."

"My uncle Al McDowell was at KDKA at the time," Scully told the Post Gazette, "so my aunt and uncle took the record to Clark Race and asked if he would play it. So Clark is listenin', and it's got this nice sound, and we say '69,' and he says, 'I can't play this.' My aunt didn't know." We remember a push by the label to rename the song "The Class of '69", but that ploy didn't really fool anyone.

Still, the Arondies sold 10,000 copies of "69," regarded as a garage rock instrumental classic and to this day Pittsburgh's signature rock anthem among its boomer generation.

To hear this instrumental >>>





Wayne Avenue

The institution opened under the name of "Southern Ohio Lunatic Asylum"


I  {Ed. note - not Jim Wick} worked there as a mental health technician from 1969 until 1973. Yes there was a Kirkbride. It was the geriatric unit in the back. It had the main hall as offices and the wards spread out at its side 3 to a side. Someone also mentioned the little building off to the side of the main building. That was the morgue. During the time I worked there homosexuality was considered a mental illness as well as drug addiction. In fact the young drug addicts were often given a choice in court to either go to jail or to Dayton state. Obviously they most often chose the state hospital. it obviously was a problem because they were intermingled with all the other patients and received no counseling regarding addiction except to stop doing drugs. Same with homosexuality. Just stop. Its amazing how much mental health has changed. There were very few english speaking doctors while I worked there. So often relating with patients was difficult. The most that was done was medication. I went through the tunnels many times with patients and by myself. When the weather was bad everyone went through them to get anywhere else since it connected to all parts of the hospital. In fact one side of the building only had the dinning rooms so the patients on the other side most always used the tunnels to get to the dinning room. I also did some work with the patients at the farm. It was great in the fall when we had real apple cider made by the patients there. 

Broom making at the Hospital

In 1875 the name was changed to "Western Ohio Hospital For The Insane" and in 1894 it became the "Dayton State Hospital For The Insane." In 1970 it was renamed the "Dayton Mental Health Center". Between 1881 and 1905 several additions were made to the facility. By 1894 it was part of a self-contained community with its own power plant and water tower. The hospital had a working farm where a variety of vegetables and grains were produced in addition to cattle and poultry. The farm produced adequate food to provide for the needs of the SOLA facility and ship the surplus to other state institutions. The farm is in what is now east Kettering and was purchased from the Shaker community in 1909. The farm was tended by mental patients many of which lived permanently on that site. 

In the early 1900's a trolley car traveled to the institution from downtown Dayton at regular hours. It was marked "Insane Asylum". An old horse-drawn car marked "Wayne Ave. Hill Car - Asylum" was pulled up Wayne Ave. hill from Wyoming St. to the hospital.



The usual myths and controversial issues still abound regarding the existence of a dungeon with iron chains and cages under the main building. Some say it was definitely there, some say it never existed.

The institution's more recent history has not been so positive. Starting in the 1960's, newspaper reports of the overcrowded hospital conditions and the poor treatment and negligence of patients were often heard. Staff cut-backs began, and by the early 1970's, the institution was quickly failing as a facility. In 10 years the number of patients dropped from 1,600 to an average of 380 patients. Treatment became more community based and sophisticated. A new facility was built on the grounds, and the main building of the Dayton Mental Health Center was vacated in 1978.



 The current drama with parents paying bribes to get their offspring in a certain college is partly behind this year's limited high school college lists. Some schools print a list of colleges without associated student names.

However, we took the pressure of the Dragon Tales Senior Issue list of "Seniors Have Chosen a Variety of Future Plans." Find it at Dragon Tales & More to see who went where in 1969.


   This was our junior class play.

Life With Father is a 1939 play by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, adapted from a humorous autobiographical book of stories compiled in 1935 by Clarance Day.

 This was our senior class play. 

Blithe Spirit is a comic play by Noel Coward, first seen in the West End in 1941.

Maybe better choices could have been made that would reflect contemporary humor and current times. Would it be asking too much for a  high school theatre production that was relatable? 😎


 Did you ever get in trouble for ripping some guy's fruit loop?


 The loop trend started with the US made Oxford button down shirts in the 1960's and became popular with the Ivy League. The name given to it by the makers was the 'Locker Loop'. Later however, it began to be called fairy loop or fruit loop.

 From "Ask Andy About Clothes"

 When I was in high school in the mid-60's it was rare for one of those loops (I won't tell you what they were called as some might find it offensive) to last through even one day. As you walked down the hallway someone would invariably rip it off. More than a few shirts were torn in the process. Most guys would carefully cut them off with a razor blade just to avoid this fate.



How to: Survive Fairmont

By Lyndsi Winfield, Features Writer
March 16, 2018
Filed under Fairmont LifeTop Stories


Every freshman needs a survival guide to follow before going into their four year term as a high schooler. Whether it be the transition from middle school to a rather large high school, or the fact that you are heavily outnumbered by 3 other classes who already know how things work here, life as a measly 9th grader can be a tad overwhelming. Here are some tips to survive Fairmont High School.


1. Avoid the Central Unit lobby

A good way to look at Fairmont High School is multiple rivers flowing together. Following the current is your easiest way to get around. But, the Central Unit lobby is a whole other story. Many could compare this lobby to a hurricane; students talking in the middle of the walkways while ruthless teenagers push their ways through to their classes. Whatever you do, avoid this at all costs. We'll be there catching up, but you please keep moving; see you in a couple of years.


Back in the late 1960's we attended a number of WKTR (Ch. 16) studio wresting programs

From April 28, 1967



                 Kind of incredible that Harrigan's did not exist until May 1969 at its original Far Hills location:










 Are they F---ing with Roger? Great run, Norm. We kicked Troy's ass. And before that the Falcons.


 Just had Cassanos last night. So no "la prova e nel gusto" tonight>>>

 We can get 5 cheeseburgers for $1 at the Chef >>>



 Skip deserted Parkmoor over there and I'm sick of Sandy's, even though hamburger/fries/malt less than a half dollar...








Let's Meet for Dinner Tonight at the Yum Yum!


Missing Friends

We have no contact information for 96 alums. Take a look at Missing Classmate and help us contact them. I'd like to see some of them, lots of them. 

We Know Them, But They Will Not Be There >>>

  Paul "Baby" Dixon


     Kenny Roberts The Jumping Cowboy



Uncle Orrie and Nosey the Clown




  Orville and Wilbur











           Fear of missing out, or FOMO, is "a pervasive apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences from which one is absent." This social anxiety is characterized by "a desire to stay continually connected with what others are doing." The easiest way to do that is to check this website. And, of course, attend the 50th Reunion.



Fairmont Athletic Hall of Fame

While there are no members of the FWHS Class of '69 in the Hall of Fame, there are a few older gentlemen you knew and may have encountered at West in 1969. Had we known then, these men may have been more relatable. 

Webster “Webb” Manchester,  Fairmont Dragons

(wearing a white shirt)

(Webb was relatable)


Webb earned 6 varsity letters. He lettered in track in his sophomore year and baseball in his junior year. He lettered in basketball all three years and in football his senior year. In a football game against Bradford, he scored every point in Fairmont’s victory of 21-0. In basketball his junior year the team went 13-6. They tied for the Little 3 title, Fairmont, Fairview and Oakwood. They also tied for 1st in the Dayton Suburban League. He was named to the 1st Team for the All Suburban League. In his senior year he was named Captain and the team went 18-6. They won the Little 3 title and he was named 1st Team Montgomery County All Stars. The team qualified for the Class B State Tournament. It was the first time in Fairmont history that the boy’s basketball team made it to the State Final Four. They lost their first game to Margaretta by a score of 23-24. He loved playing for “Pop” Warner. He was proud of being the captain of the only Fairmont High School boy’s basketball team to ever go to the Final Four of the State Championship Tournament. He went to work for the Kettering School System and retired from Fairmont after 20 plus years of service. Webb died on October 25, 2000. Webb was a custodian at West in 1969.

Paul Wagner, Dayton Fairmont Dragons


– 1946
Paul Wagner participated 4 years in football, 4 years in basketball, 4 years in track and 1 year in tennis. He won 11 varsity letters: 3 in football; 3 in basketball; 4 in track and 1 in tennis. In Paul’s senior year, 1945-1946, he was All Miami Valley League in football and the 220-yardlow-hurdle Miami Valley League Champion. Also, Fairmont’s best basketball team record, losing only 2 games, each by 1 point. After graduation Paul played 4 years of football and track at DePauwUniversity in Indiana and coached 6 years at Fairmont High School. In 1958, Paul moved into Kettering Schools administration holding positions of Supervisor of Athletics, Assistant High School Principal and Assistant Superintendent in charge of Personnel and Community Relations. Paul died on February 27, 2014. Paul was Vice Principal at West in 1969.

Chester A. Roush,




Fairmont West Dragons Coach



– 1948-52
Chet Roush was the Head Football Coach at Fairmont High School from 1948 to 1951 where his teams had a combined Miami Valley League record of 26 wins, 0 losses and 2 ties; 3 league championships; and an undefeated (9-0) record in 1951. Mr. Roush was selected as the Miami Valley League Coach of the Year in 1949 and 1951; the South Coach in the 1951 Ohio North-South All-Star Football game; and is an Honorary Life Member of the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association. After his coaching career, Chet served as Principal of Randolph High School (1952-1954) and Dorothy Lane Elementary (Kettering,1954-1955); Assistant Superintendent (1955-1958) and Superintendent of the Kettering City Schools (1958-1975). He served as a member of the Ohio Board of Education from 1980-1992, holding the President’s position from 1990-1992 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of State Boards of Education in 1995. He also served as President of the Ohio Superintendent’s Association for the 1972-1973 school year. Chet died on October 13, 2013. Chet was Superintendent of Kettering Schools in 1969.


 Kettering History

(Since in 12+ years in the school system we learned nothing about it.)

The first home. A farmer named John Patterson built the area’s first log cabin in 1798. By 1841 so many people had settled in the area that Van Buren Township, as the city was originally known, was formed.

More than 100 years later, in 1952, Van Buren Township was incorporated into the Village of Kettering. The following year, the western portion of the community seceded and formed what is now the City of Moraine. Moraine seceded?

Kettering was known as the fastest-growing city in Ohio between 1955 and 1965, according to the Ohio History Connection. The population grew from 38,118 in 1955 to 54,462 by 1960. The population peaked in 1970 at 69,599. Since the 1980s, Kettering has seen a slow decline in population because of an aging population and loss of manufacturing jobs.



To see dozens of '60s music videos, free and easy with background information and lyrics visit









                                           October 1970



Hara Arena Memories>>>If It had Only Been South of Town?


Hara Arena suffered extensive damage when tornadoes and severe storms moved through Monday night (5/27).


Drone footage shows the roof and side of the structure blown off in several places.

Dayton Gems (IHL) (1964–1977, 1979–1980)
Dayton Owls (IHL) (1977)
Dayton Jets (CnHL/AAHL) (1985–1987)
Dayton Dynamo (AISA) (1988–1990)
Dayton Bombers (ECHL) (1991–1996)
Dayton Ice Bandits (CoHL) (1996–1997)
Dayton Sky Hawks (IFL) (1999–2000)
Dayton Jets (IBL) (2005)
The Marshals (NIFL) (2007)
Dayton Gems (IHL/CHL) (2009–2012)
Dayton Silverbacks (CIFL) (2011–2012)
Dayton Demonz (FHL) (2012–2015)
Gem City Rollergirls (WFTDA) (2012–2014)
Dayton Sharks (CIFL) (2013–2014)
Dayton Demolition (FHL) (2015–2016)


Saw lots of concerts at Hara and hockey. Not this however>>>

Mick, Keith and the boys, three weeks after their first Ed Sullivan appearance. Dayton was not impressed.


There was a DDN story about the Rolling Stones’ first Dayton visit and how the crowd was not amused. Rex Long (?), who got to tag along backstage as a teenager, remembers it as well:

“I observe Mick (Jagger) and Keith (Richards) up against the wall with teenage female high school journalists getting their fingers stuck in Mick's hair. A popular local act, Ivan and the Sabers, play a long time while waiting for the entrance of the Stones. After watching and listening to the audience boo and hiss and throw paper cups and such (I saw a cup bounce off Mick's nose), they play a mere 20 minutes and exit.”



Elementary School Survey lists the Kettering elementary schools in operation in the early 60s. It may not be completely accurate as there were many additions and deletions through the years. If your school is not there, let me know.



A number of schools have no listed alums...Greenmont, Holt, Meadow Lawn and Prass. Hello? I remember Greenmont and Meadow Lawn as OG. Did those schools feed to Indian Riffle and East? 


Kettering City Schools graduated about 575 students in their class of 2019  on May 22nd.







 As we hoped, Class of '69 alums who we have not seen at Reunions are signing up and will attend our July events. Wherever our Reunions were held in the past alums were able to catch up and reconnect with former classmates. Fortunately we are excited about this year's venues and plans. Whether you remember high school as enjoyable or horrible, or a little of both, you are likely to validate and enhance that history with alums at the Reunion events.


  For months the "In Memory" page on the website was nearly empty. There had been only a couple of comments about one Dragon listed there. Over the weekend Diane Kempfer Miller added information and obituaries for twenty-eight of the alums listed there. It is beneficial to have information about those who are no longer here. Check it out. Thanks, Diane.




                           Rike's at Christmas


 Fans have been waiting for the latest Quentin Tarantino movie, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," which is set in 1969, and is scheduled to open on July 26, 2019.




Look back at 1969 every week on ABC Tuesdays at 10 PM.






        You may now register for Reunion activities at the 50th Reunion page, accessed over there on the left. This is it. If you'd rather wait five more years, we're planning to hold the entire 55th Reunion at Marions or Bethany Lutheran Village.



The profile process asks for your first name,  your maiden name (if you are/were married and are a woman) and your current last name. You should not duplicate either name. So many have misunderstood. I have corrected those profiles and I will continue to correct them, but it goes on your permanent record.




Is your name there? Then look at Missing Classmates. If you are not on either list let me know. Please find your name and register and complete a profile. If you see a name and know that person is deceased let us know and we'll mark it with a double asterisk and move it to "In Memory." If you can provide an email address or other information about any Missing Classmates, let us know.




DLM - the original location, Dorothy Lane Market and Far Hills 1949




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                             Dayton's Mayfair Theater

Originally opened as Gebhart’s Opera House. It was renamed Lyric Theatre on September 2, 1907 presenting vaudeville and later went over to movies and closed in 1933. It then became a burlesque theatre, renamed Mayfair Theatre. The Mayfair Theatre did switch back to B movies in 1949 before going back to burlesque in 1950. The Mayfair Theatre closed in 1968.

The Mayfair Theatre was to be razed on January 20th 1969 but caught fire on January 19th, 1969.

The goddess of Liberty that stood over the Mayfair Theatre was saved and is housed at the Dayton Art Institute.




Can anyone read this?





    We are pleased to announce our 50th Fairmont West Class of '69 Reunion

Our 50th Reunion has been scheduled for July 26-27-28 2019 in Kettering, Ohio. Most of the detail are final:

Fairmont West High School Class Reunion '69

We also have a discounted deal with Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Washington Village Drive, off of I-675. Use this link to go to that website>>>

Click here>>>

Friday July 26 - Golf at NCR Country Club, 4435 Dogwood Trail, Kettering, Ohio
Be there at 9 AM ($90 per golfer -18 holes or $47.50 per golfer - 9 holes)


Meet & Greet - Please join us at Carillon Brewing Co. Bier Hall in Carillon Park, from 6 PM until 10 PM for a beverage or two and some catching up.





Saturday July 27 - Tour of Kettering Fairmont - Meet at 11 AM at Trent Arena for tour of Kettering Fairmont and its new $10 million auditorium. Then over to Marion's Pizza at T&C for pizza and subs in our private space.  Everyone pays for their own lunch. 





Image result for kettering fairmont new auditorium





 The Main Event - Celebrate with the Class of '69 alums and invited guests at NCR Country Club from 7:00 PM until 11:00 PM. $60 per person.

There will be a cash bar and a BBQ buffet. We're planning on a DJ and a photographer possibly even an appearance by the Dragon Mascot!



                    Image result for NCR Country Club Kettering Ohio




Sunday July 28 - Plans are not final but there may be an afternoon event at the home of a '69 alum.