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While browsing around an old gift shop the other
day, I came u on a beautiful old mirror. It was covered
with dust, so li am sure it must have been there many,
many years. The frame was done in a beautiful and
'ntricate design, so I bou ht the mirror and took it
liome U n cleanin the glass Idiscovered somethin
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very miraculous. I could look into the mirror and see
things which were to happen many years hence. As I
kept shining it, I saw some of my classmates from
A. L. Brown High School in their chosen professions.
Some of the first to come into view were John Rufty,
Glain Pennell, and Richard Re nolds, who were serving
gs ministers in various churches in North Carolina.
Also in the religious field were joan Thomas, Betty
june Compton, and Evelyn Taylor.
This was ver interesting, so I looked more closely
as more scenes fiom the future unfolded. I saw a very
impressive building which turned out to be a memorial
hos ital in New York, with Marthelaine Williams,
Mfg., as director. Employed at this famous hospital
were janet Edwards, Linny Baker Cone of the foremost
dentists in Americaj, Joe Thomas, Betty Ann Phillips,
Thelma Sloo , and Doris Sloop. Just across the street,
stood a modjern glass drugstore owned by Donald
Puntch, pharmacist, and his staff of "soda-ierks." Some
of these included Mickey Caudle, Paul Barbee, and Don
Hogue. The store had a special beauty salon, managed
by Norma Hardy -Cfamous beauticianD, Barbara Sills,
Patsy White, and Nancy Viola. l
As the pictures continued to come into view, I saw
many K.H.S. girls making very comfortable livings as
models. Carolyn Bost was top model for an agency co-
owned by Bobby Walker and Bill Bennett. Also pulling
down thousands in this field were Dot Childers, Evelyn
Honeycutt, Peggy Austin, and Carolyn Morris.
Some of my classmates did not seem to like the
ground for I found many up in the wild blue yonder.
lane Shelton, Betty Ann Helms, Phyllis Moss, Geraldine
Woodell, and Peggy Beaver were airline hostesses.
jimmy Howell, Jimmy Ledbetter and Gene Lankford
found the life of a pilot very exciting, while Bobby
Quay did not like to be up in the air. He was interested
in planes, and being the millionaire he was, he owned
the three maior airlines in the United States.
Caleb Glass was owner of the largest record store in
the world, recording and selling thousands of records
made by Peggy Freeze and Loretta Marshall on vocals.
jean Kay Dayvault was making a hit with her piano
recordings, while the combination of johnny Bowers,
Donald Anderson, Troy Doby, Don Roberson and Dolly
Cruse was taking over the place in discs once occupied
by the "Four Hits and a Miss."
Though the war was long since over, many guys of
the class of '52 were serving in the armed forces. Ralph
Strube, Furman Dillard, Max McKinney, and Morris
Helms, along with some of the supposedly weaker sex.
anice Honeycutt, Bonnie Shepherd, Betty Talbert, and
eggy Hudson were among these.
The pictures were getting a little dim, so I began
cleaning again. As I rubbed harder, the movie world
came into view and I saw Joann Watson, Emily Cara-
way, Phyllis Metcalf, joe Lambert, Frank Chisolm,
erry Russell as some of the most famous film stars.
roy Payne was the owner of a chain of vaudeville
theatres which featured such acts as the dancing com-
bination of lovce Falls, Betty Ruth Helms, Phyllis
Whitley, and Ieroline Watts. Also starred was a tap
dance routine by Harold Hudspeth and Eugene Benton.
In the business world, some of the raduates of
K.H.S. were proving themselves very capabie. Milliccnt
Rosenberg was one of the top commercial artists, and
her staff was composed of Violet Jean Raye, Nadine
Clement, and Joyce Peterson. Sign painters employed
by "Millie, Inc." were Lewis Morrow, Boyd Vander-
burg, Charles Wellman, and Donald Black.
Ownin the lar est grocery stores in the world I saw
R. B. ancfl C. W. Earnhardt. A few of the clerks work-
ing for the Barnhardts were Eugene Benfield, Donald
Upright, Allen Leonard, Kyle Hooks, and Hunter Hay.
Since women cab drivers have come into existence,
I was not surprised to find Theresa Dwyer, Nancy
Matthews, Shirley Phillips, and Carleen Rogers em-
ployed in this work.
As I continued to gaze into this marvelous mirror,
some of the outstanding characters in the literary
world caught my eye. A best seller by jerry Armstong
entitled "The Story of My Life" was being considered
for a special iournalistic award. Other great writers
were Wallace Watkins, Creston Erwin, Lewis Vernon,
Phyllis Jean Smith, Gladys Davis, and Nancy Barger.
Television, now being as common in the American
h'ome as the electric light, was being invaded by such
performers as Howard Holloway, Mason Parks, Dan
Castor, and Bobby Rogers on the "We'll Answer Anv-
thing" quiz program. Quiz master for this program is
More rubbing upon the glass revealed Vivian Honey-
cutt as the owner of a large chain of teen-age clothing
stores. Designing the exclusive frocks for her were Etta
Sue Boggs, Beverly Cobb, Betty Black, and Bobbie
Of course I knew many of the gals in my class would
get married and raise cute lil' youngunsl Shirley Maness,
Betty Lane Fleming, Marianne Sherrill, and Elsie Mae
Cox were a few of these little housewives.
Hilda Maulden had opened a studio teaching baton
twirling and strutting. In the same building with the
studio, Charles Efird had established a gym for muscle
building and training prize fighters. Some of the greats
in the boxing world he had trained were Alton Wellman
and Charles Ketner. Wrestling attracts many of the
stronger sex, and I saw Swann King, Bill Funderburk.
and Wayne Biles taking some of the big prize money
for winning wrestling matches in Madison Square
Teaching at some of the finer colleges in the United
States were some of my classmates who had excelled
in the various subiects. Ollena Price, teagiiing Bible:
Martha Matthews, trigg Ruth Eanes, commercial
coursesg Kathryn Bailes, Lating Hugh Parham, teaching
Biology, and Gail Bost teaching two courses iti English.
Ken Argo was also on the teaching staff at one of the
largest colleges. He was coaching a football team
through its third unbeatable season.
Some of the hill-billy enthusiasts of the class of '52
I saw broadcasting on their own programs on one of
the central net works on radio. Included in this were
Buzzy "Country Boy" Yarborough, Comas Smith, lohn
Sechler, Sherrill Austin, Ray Dixon, and Arnold Moss.
Though it seemed to me that everything possible had
been invented, I saw Buddy Shinn, Everette Sloop and
Kenneth Stokes trying to modemize this old world of
ours with a complete push-button home. Assisting these
great scientists were Martha White, Iuanita Simpson,
and Julia Ann Price.