Bentley High School - Silhouette Yearbook (New York, NY)

 - Class of 1944

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proof? Which reminds us, who was the girl who tell asleep in an awlcward position you-lcnow-where? 1940 reminds us, too, of Mr. Werth, who was prohahly the only man who ever dared sleep through Mrs., Kautmanns math classes-with a pipe in his mouth, which was always on the verge of tumhling from his lips when he awolce with a start. John Boxill announced to the social studies class that Pasteur had found a cure for Hrahhisug and when that same class went on a trip to a hospital, Karen suddenly passed out at the sight of something in one of the wards, whereupon Joe hurried to the rescue with a huge white stretcher in tow while the woman doctor with us dashed olitq tor help, leaving him to do the honorsl The tenth grade was pretty hectic, too. ln one ot our assemhlies for that year, we presented our First song slcits ahout Bentleyg and Betsey wowed them with her rendition of I Arn the Very Model of a lxlodern High School Principal while waving a pair of glasses in one hand and a compass in the other. Vw' e had a lot ot fun singing Coming Home from Bentley on a Suh- way Train and We Dont Wan,t to Set the School on F ire. lwlqhis last applied to our zeal in giving everyhody 'thot tootsfj Vxfhenever we smell chiclcen on the tire, we rememher that awful morn- ing when we discovered that Mr. Sameth had left the stove on all night and the chiclcen with the pot in which it was coolcing had melted away to nothing hut a horrihle odorl Then, to malce matters worse, Mr. Sameth toured the classes with a spray that was supposed to perfume the place hut in reality only succeeded in half-cholcing us to death. lEven Mrs. Masters hegan to loolc a little desperate hetween coughing spells? This was the year of Pearl l'larhor.' Qn Decemher eighth we gathered around the radio in a-ssemhly room to hear the President aslc for war. We stared silently at each other wondering what it would all mean and reading the Hextran put out hy the Beacon complete with a war map of the Pacitic. We puzzled over names lilce Guam, Wake, Midway, and Bataan-names that we can never forget. ' A few days later there was that thrilling moment when the news came of approaching unidentihed planes and an air raid alert. We all hung out of the windows watching the police cars careen hy with sirens screaming, and we quiclcly gathered in the lihrary to continue our studies. llmagine studying Caesar and the Roman wars while we waited for heaven-lcnows-whatll 1 We were a little disappointed when nothing happenedg it was a let-down, hut we soon got used to having surprise alerts and marching up the street to an apart- ment house for safety. t We toiled furiously through Youths Challenge, our Thanlcsgiving play, and tried not to laugh when some of the hoys ventured sheepishly onto the 25

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lme Qui' e Vxfe have always heen the class that awed and fascinated the faculty: they could never quite decide what made us tick and what it was that gave us our endless energy for making a racket and getting into mischief. Teachers took their lives into their hands when they took over the supervision of our class. But our hark was really worse than our hiteg our talents did turn to creative directions, although we spent a great deal of time creating trouhle. ln 1940 we invaded the high school. That was the year of the Mexican Fiesta, when Mr. MacDonald did a scintillating tango with a certain very attractive young lady. All spring everyone went around singing the songs from Trial by fury, our April production: and we gave St. Ioan quite success- fully as a companion feature. This was the year God of the Downing was First introduced at graduation exercises, the year we actually numhered eight boys in our class, and the year Mr. Kinoy shared honors with Mr. MacDonald of the orange tie and hlushing ears in our hoisterous affections. And in 19-40 we took an eventful trip to Northfield, lvlass., where we stayed a week at a youth hostel. We spent many wonderful evenings there around the piano with Mr. "Mao, exhausting his musical talents on Yankee Doodle to the doubtful accom- paniment of lifteen lusty voices. What excitement we had concocting our own recipes to try out on the rest of the hunch at mealtimesl Then there was the time we tramped all through a CCC camp in the heat only to he served a huge harrel of steaming hot chocolate at lunch, or the day we spent at the dairy farm sweeping out cowsheds, etc., enjoying the delicious smells of the herdl The local ninth grade paid us a visit one night, hringing along their girl yodler, and introducing us to that fascinating game, winkem. Rememloer how heautifully Ralph winked? Thats when we discovered that Hl'lutch found He-len splen-didln And then there was the church supper-of all emhar- rassing moments that was the worstl Can Nancy and Helen ever forget how Mr. Macys ears turned pink, red, and purpie all at once as Miss Cahn told him the strange details? frlihis was the same Miss Cahn whom we affection- ately called 'Stinkyn after a few days in the country air.l Sleeping in two and three tiered herths was fun, especially on straw mattresses made much more comljortahle hy the addition of a coupie of hoxes of crackers and a few hottles of Pepsi-Cola tucked under the sheets. Qur illustrious principal made a strange ghost climhing up the ladder to tne third tier in her nightgown at midnight. fThe girls just couldnit keep quietl You girls who were involved in that shower incident-do you realize now that walls are not always sound- 24

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stage in Anclrocles and the Lion clad in what were supposed to he Roman togas, hut loolced suspiciously lilce dainty white shortsl ln spite ol our giggles the play was a success, and so was the Ballad for Americans. p First aid lcept us husy during cluh periods, and one could usually catch sight of an eager group of First aiders happily attaclcing the victim of the day with all manner of wiclced loolcing handages. And then along came the eleventh grade. Vxfe couldnlt helieve that next year we,d he seniorsl I Square dancing toolc possession of Bentley and echoes of 'U'The Lady ,Round the laadyn followed us everywhere. We presented our version ol the "Three Blind Ratsn: Hitler, Mussolini, and Hirohito, in the Thansgiving play, along with the contrasting view of the four allied leaders. Some of the hits were Ulym Dreaming of a White Yvintern hy Stalin lalias Nancyl, Hlyve Got Plenty of Nothin, H hy Chiang Kai-shelc falias Barharal , and 'lm Called Benito, Little Benitou fwith due apologies to Gilhert and Sullivan? sung hy lvlahel, which hrought down the house when sung to the accompaniment ol' tears and a red hanlcy. And rememher our cute little Japanese, Betsy, singing this: Hllirohito is my name. l am. the Rising Sunl When the Stars and Stripes fly in fapan ' l'll he a setting onelu Teams really came into their own last year. The Bolts and Boltettes hoth tried very hard to win at least one game during the seasong and rememher what trouhle we had trying to lceep the oranges, which were served at games exclu- sively for the contending teams, from the violent attaclc of our hungry hoys? We received quite a shoclc in the middle of the Key Largo production when a shot was lired QPF haclcstage so realistically that we were sure a homh had hurst just hehind the curtainl And there was the terrihle moment when the halcony of Romeo and luliet almost collapsed the night of the performance. The Junior-Senior Luncheon was a highlight of the year. Our unhappy class treasurer, Helen, wormed dues out of us every weelc all year until we had enough money to provide us with a decent luncheon. For a while it loolced as though we,d have to serve it either on the sidewallq or a window sill not heing used for victory gardening. Everywhere we went we heard the same story: mlqhe Xvar, you lcnowf' No meat, no room, and too expensive: it all came hacli to the Vxfar. Xve hegan to thinlc seriously of either drowning the seniors or joining the Army to get a square meal for all of usl And then came what we all had heen waiting lor-graduation. The seniors were part of the alumnae, and we, we were Seniorsl Xvell, what do you thinl: of heing SENKBRS now? Z6 '

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