Bentley High School - Echo Yearbook (Burton, MI)

 - Class of 1956

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CAR ICTURES The Spirit of '76 1S act1ve again' Just ZOO years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence and Z0 years after our graduation lfind myself Sp1r1ted back to the heart of New York City busy in court during the day and looking 1n on Motorama even1ngs Ifelt lt necessary to leave my law pract1ce in Wash1ngton D C to come to New York and defend an old classmate Leroy W1lmot When his tr1al h1t the headl1nes eyebrows raised high for who of the 56 seniors at Bentley would be charged with 'sw1ndl1ng two old maids ' of a hard earned fortune 'P My 1nterest1n Motorama 1S easy to understand for many of my former class mates are associated one way or another w1th the Show I probably would never have v1s1ted it 1f newspaper columnist former Carole Ann Brown had not de voted her ent1re Sunday edition to po1nt1ng up Leroy s human mterest angle She learned that there was almost a reun1on in sess1on when she approached a large fruit wagon Just outside Motorama that was filled with bananas The salesman Bob Bruzewski eagerly told her that B,ob R1pka was his partner 1n the banana business In add1t1on to his commercial art Ripka had found time to make practical a zipper for a banana skin At Bob's suggest1on Carol and I visited Motorama Immediately our at tentionwas drawn to the magnificent decorations that made the dazzling setting for the cars and helicopters of 1976 Judy Grahn an 1nter1or decorator of note 1n the States and in Hawaii must have had her old classmates 1n mind when she chose s1lver and blue for the Motorama color scheme One of the f1rst persons we met was John Barniske lolllng over the hood of a Zlppo Rod sports car Dr1v1ng 1S John's specialized field now and he travels Before we left John Alice Skranz and Marge Stowers wandered by and w e r e so engrossed 1n chatter that we had to shout a Hello there" to claim the1r at tention Al1ce was swathed in mink and diamonds making us very consc1ous of the fact that she marr1ed a m11l1ona1re She conf1ded to us however that she stil' has a soft spot 1n her heart for goats and has a goat farm at the back ofher 500 acre estate Margie surprised us by relating that she has never married How she avoided all the proposals of her youth 1S d1ff1cult to understand but she must be st1ll 'looking for we learned she 1S a sp1nster dean at a small boys' college 1n Maine Just as our little group was breaking up Pat Elder husband Doyne and f1Ve children came straggl1ng along They were tak1ng a vacat1on and "do1ng New York C1ty Pat had been harping for Z0 years that she was promised a New York honeymoon 'At long last " said Doyne 'th1s IS it At th1s point thewhole show room was rocked by a raucous laugh Recogn1z ing afam111ar note we 1nvest1gated and weren't too amazed to f1nd Leonard Dan non in a corner talking to Gary McGee It was a b1t amazing however to find that Leonard had cap1tal1zed on h1s laugh and was now drawing top salary as a professional laughter for CBS television What had caused Leonard's laughter to erupt was Gary McGee's booth near the door where1n Gary was managing the largest charity fund of New York State the Let s Help Amer1can Art1sts" fund It seems personal1t1es don't change ra.d1cally for as lremember Gary he was always happiest when nearest money One part ofthe counter ofGary's booth was devoted to d1splay1ng a new book 1001 HOUSEHOLD HINTS by the popular writer and 'household hinter ' Carol Wightman The program of the even1ng was about to start and as the l1ghts dimmed who should approach the microphone but Dan Wheaton Preacher Dan now 3 . , . , . ,, . . H . . . 3 . . . . I . H , . . . . , . I I . , . . . , - . , , . . 1 1 ' . . . . . , . , .' . . . ' 1 . i . . . . , - . . , . . i . . , . - I , from city to city demonstrating the sports cars of the future. , . . H . . - I ' 9 ' I i . . . Q . , . ,, . . . I l l 7 9 9 l . . . . . ,, . ' n ' n . u . , , . . . . , . . . - ! ' I ! U ,, , . . . . . , , . I . D ! ' I ' I I l . , . . ,

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He has made sucha name for h1mself out 1n Wyom1ng that he was 1nv1ted to New York to glve the 1nvocat1on for th1s program As he f1n1shed Charlle Bond stepped 1nto the spotl1ght He as pres1dent of General Motors was on hand to extend h1s welcome to the many v1s1tors He presented the M1stress of Cere momes for the even1ng Entermg from the wmgs and chatter1ng all the way as usual came Carol Chr1stensen Her happy sm1le and fr1endly way soon won the attent1on of the aud1ence and she presented the f1rst act star veteran enter ta1ner of the show M155 Nancy Hew1g Her dance rout1ne 1ncluded parts of all her T V programs W1th such talent 1t's no wonder she edged Jack1e Gleason off telev1s1on and ga1ned Bulck for a sponsor The second enterta1ner was none other than Dolores Walton whose act had a catchy name to f1t 1n w1th the show 'Demonstrator of Horse Power' Her demonstratlon was noth1ng more than putt1ng Trxgger her palam1no through h1s paces The next art1st was an old fr1end Barber Jmm Glasco .hm had come so that we m1ght see an"Ear to Ear Ha1rcut' 1n the cutt1ng John Barn1ske h1s "l1v1ng model' advert1ses th1s co1ffure as the ha1rdo forall dr1vers of Z1ppo Rod sports cars Helen Coates came next on the program and kept the aud1ence 1n rapt sllence w1th her rend1t1on of St Lou1s Blues She has become a star throughout the have become a part of the muslcal past Carol closed her program w1th a publ1c thank you to one of the workers at Motorama none other than fa1thful sweeper and handy man Leo Vlckerman Leo has been w1th the show for years, ever s1nce he left the same Job at A C and was publ1cly commended th1s year for h1s loyal serv1ce As Carol Ann and I cont1nued our tour we were overpowered by he1ght We metHelenM1tchell now a 5'll' model and presldent of the Sky Scrapers' Club and Ernest1ne Mart1n w1th her 7' son now a star basketball profess1onal They brought us news oftwo more classmates Jack Morton and Bernard Pas co Bernard has become truant off1cer for Bentley School and has the reputat1on for be1ng rough Jack 15 an adm1ral 1n the U S Navy w1th a SpCC1al Slde l1ne oftra1n1ngsa11ors for h1s Water Baseball Team He's conv1nced thatthls sport 1mproves the sw1mm1ng of h1s men Our v1s1t was lnterrupted by a muffled groan1ng very near us We not1ced Jerry Evans Slttlng 1n a Sport Coupe bounc1ng on the seat to try 1ts sprlngs Jerry runs a steam bath, but from h1s s1ze one would Judge he seldom patron 1zes h1s own bus1ness We suggested to h1m that the groan1ng was emanat1ng from the car 1n wh1ch he sat He 1mmed1ate1y stepped out and from under the cush1on popped Fredd1e Gusle He had found a comfortable spot and fallen off 1nto dreamland As a n1ghtclub propr1etor Fredd1e cla1ms he can never f1nd a qu1et spot 4 . . . , . , . . . . . . , 1 . , 1 1 --1 , - 9 ' . 1 1 . -1 ' , I . i . . . . , . , . . , . Q . ' Y , . . . . . . - country and made a real name for herself by reviving all the Blues songs that -- I . - , 1 . . . ., . , . . . I . - Q , 1 1 1 , , . , - . 1 " " 1 1 1 1 1 1 - - 1 1 1 I 1 . . , 1 . . . . . . ,

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