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proof? Which reminds us, who was the girl who tell asleep in an awlcward
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
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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
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-
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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
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?
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