A L Brown High School - Albrokan Yearbook (Kannapolis, NC)

 - Class of 1953

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EL S5 PHUPHEEY spattering of local talent present, and I would consider myself a barbarian if I did not tell you their names. They were: Suzanne Huskey, Josephine Edwards, Bobby Brooks, and Betty Tilley. They sang a few numbers and ran off the stage as fast as they could. The next act was two acrobats, Frank Allman and Junior Ball. They did a couple of difficult feats and received a nice round of applause. The next number was a dance team composed of Hazel Mathis and Gail Collins, which ended the program. I was then interrupted by a knock on the door. It was Robert Hinson, owner of the Towel City Theatres. He had been keeping close tabs on most of the senior class since graduation. He gave me the word on a few I hadn't heard about. Clark Bowman is in the Navy and has reached the rank of first lieutenant. but he has not done as well as Richard Nash, who is an admiral. You can pick up almost any magazine these days and find on its cover a picture of Phyllis Finger, one of New York's most beautiful models. She appeared on the cover of Life this week, and most of the credit goes to Joe Hill, her press agent. Jimmy Reavis, incidentally, has been editor of this magazine for quite some time along with Marvin Taylor as advertising manager. John Sweeney is a highly successful author in Atlantic City. Ralph Robin- ette and Rufus Cauble are working on a construction proiect in Ohio. June Gurley is working in the same busi- ness office in Cleveland, where Dickie Bolick is advertis- ing manager. Bobby Reynolds has become a chemist in Boston at the Screech Manufacturing Company. The Screech Company, incidently, is owned by two women, Lottie Tucker and Betty Vinson, who have done very well in the big city. Glenola Allen, Phyllis Boger, and Joyce Ingle have formed a landscape gardening business in Beverly Hills, California. They have recently landscaped the home of Frances Cran- ford, glamorous star of stage and screen. Bobby Mauldin is a noted Charlotte architect and has iust finished designing a new high school, of which Arnold Shaver is to be principal. Charles King is a doctor at Bellevue Hospital and seems to have surrounded himself with local nurses. A few of these are Barbara Weaver, Lucille Munday, Ravenelle Mitchell, and Hazel Williams. Faye Freeze is in charge of the S Sr W Cafeteria in Charlotte, having gained valu- able experience in high school. Many of the girls I knew had chosen business careers, but others preferred the quiet existence of the housewife. A few of these are Pearl Earn- hardt, Loretta Bassett, and Jean Thomas. Gene Walker and Carlton Walls have recently become quite rich. They have discovered a gold mine in Utah. Also rather wealthy are Bobby Coe and Elmer Hartsoe, who work at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington. They never forgot the sight of all that money. If one were in Charlotte, he would discover that Joyce Slawson, Shirley Thomas, and Louise Query are slaying away as telephone operators. Overseeing the whole opera- tion is Barbara Smith. Speaking of overseers, there are a couple of boys who have attained that rank in Cannon Mills. These are Charlie Cline and James Nesbitt. James Hill and Billy Lisk have gone into the manufacturing business. They make cigarette lighters, which are designed by Peggy Deese. A few of the former students, such as Martha Pittman and Norma Rainey, have taken an interest in acting and are touring the country in a new play. Wendell Howard is a lawyer right here in Kannapolis. He is so busy he requires two secretaries, Sarah King and Betty Ingram, to handle his correspondence. The Colonial Grill has been bought by two girls, Shirley Hampton and Nancy Coble. They have made Rachel Perkins manager and have employed Billie Collins and Louella Richardson as waitresses. They have a floor show consisting of the Beam sisters, Laura and Phyllis, who are not really sisters but make more money by pretending they are. At this point, I interrupted Robert's absorbing monologue to turn on the radio. I listened to the honeyed words of Boris J. Whitesides, the announcer. The announcer was babbling about a meeting last night of the South Main Street Forward and Pilau Ladies' Etaoin Shrldu Club. Among those present were Juanita Goodnight, Barbara Fox, Margaret Hix, Myrtle Gulledge, Frances Whitley, and Sara Joann Smith. CHousewives, in case you're won- dering.j Robert then switched off the radio, since it was drowning out his recital. Frances Moon and Shirley Wilhelm are charming stewardesses for Trans-VVorld Airlines, where James Teague is a pilot. Norma Brumbeloe has opened a florist's shop in North Kannapolis, and has Shirley John- son, Magdalene Lamb, and Rachel Thomas working for her. Many of the former students had settled down to live in Charlotte. Nancy Payne, Patsy Watson and Evelyn Polk are secretaries for the Hayes Manufacturing Com- rany, which is owned, naturally enough, by Jerry Hayes. Here, we come upon a strange phenomenon-a trucking company owned and operated entirely by women, The Hilton and Pope Transfer Company, 'owned by Pansy Hilton and Louise Pope. The manager is Mary Catherine Honeycutt. They employ about twenty girls as clerks and accountants, but there were only a few I knew, these being Gwendolyn Freeze, Christine Donahue, and Evelyn Mar- tin. Mary Russell, Mariorie Torrcnce, Betty Patterson, and Mary Ross have done well as truck drivers, but as women do, they stick their arm out the window to dry their nail polish. Billy Wiles and Bill Strawn have heeded the advice of Horace Greeley Cnot a studentl and "gone west." They struck oil in Oklahoma and are living like kings. Dallene Crainshaw, who is quite rich, loaned them the money with which to make their start. She owns almost every bank in North Carolina, and usually hires her friends to manage them for her. In charge of the Kanna- polis branch is Joyce Honeycutt, with Velma Woodard as head cashier. In Concord. Rachel Pope is in charge with Joyce Spry as head cashier. Tommie Jo Campbell is manager of the bank in China Grove. Frank Clampet and Ralph Nesbitt are tree surgeons in Punxsatawney, Pennsylvania, which is the home of Kathryn Gibson and Frances Gregory. These girls are married, have several children, and do not seem to miss Kannapolis in the least. Two other girls who are married and don't miss Kannapolis are Shirley McNeil and Anne Fesperman who are living in Anchorage, Alaska. Shirley Chambers, Evelyn Simpson, and Faye Garyer have become interior decorators in Miami, and have amassed a small fortune. Robert then admitted that this was all he knew about the class of '53. I grabbed him furiously by the shoulders and screamed, "What ever happened to Morris Grass?" Robert confided that Morris had last been seen riding off into the sunset, yodeling softly to himself. I bade Robert goodbye, for I could feel my electrons fading away. I was whirled back through time, and soon found myself in the gloomy laboratory from whence I had come. STEVE MITCHELL, Prophet

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