Bellows Free Academy - Alpha Omega Yearbook (St Albans, VT)

 - Class of 1943

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astic about this movie as he personally pho- tographed the entire production. The name of the movie is A'The Miller's Daughter" the all-singing, all-talking, all-colored epic of the age. Katty and Winston are the leading stars of the show. They play three musical instruments, including a vacuum cleaner and sing and dance. Katty and VVinston are both very well- known stage and screen people of the day. Then suddenly our attention is drawn to the sky as a glider makes its way on to the concrete runway. VVe all rush to greet the people who are arriving, As the door of the large glider swings open, four lovely la- dies step from the plane. They are Virginia Wiley, Sylvia Wetherby, Betty Shepard and Helen Longway. Their coiffures are so outstanding-why, of course they are the owners of the "Strangle-Lock Beauty Sal- ons,'i which have become nation-wide and are such a rage with the women popula- tion. A round of applause greets another group of people stepping out of the plane. A very stately-looking gentleman is waving his hands around and talking excitedly. It is Merrill Hungerford and with him are his personal secretaries, Jeannette Bourgette, Doris Conger and Violet Hemingway. Sud- denly a hushed expectancy falls upon the crowd, and all eyes are turned toward Mer- rill who makes a friendly address of greet- ing to all his old friends. He announces that attained. this new frlider which manv neo le have ar- ?" . rived on is one of Ford's latest models for pleasure riding in the air. It is the nearest thing to actual flying that man has so far No artificial power, only wings. the sky and the earth guide this craft, and Merrill assures the crowd that it is the com- ing sensation in the transportation indus- try. Just as Merrill finishes his speech, a loud cheer breaks forth from the crowd as General Roderick Kell steps from the plane. Looking very well indeed, he proudly points to the four stars on his shoulder and the crowd gives another hearty cheer. YVith Rod- dy is Stanford Glass looking more busi- ness-like than ever. Stanford speaks first and wants to know if anybody in the crowd has used during the last twenty years his fa- mous exerciscs for reducing one's income tax. I arrive at the community house a few minutes before the people begin to come. The auditorium is gay with flags and colored banners. These unique decorations were plan- ned and carried out by the famous interior decorators of VVood, Schofield, and Meyers, I Inc. I remember their exquisite taste in years gone by and am not at all surprised. The first person to arrive is Honora Be- chard a noted philanthropist. He owned a series of filling stations for both cars and aircraft and he was such a success that he retired at the end of ten years in his busi- ness. His money is paying for many of the Old Home Week expenditures. Then I hear tl1e sound of many voices in the corridor and first to enter is Dr. Alfred DeMarinis, a famous surgeon at the Kerbs Memorial Hos- pital and John Barker, head chemist, who is known all over the civilized world for his experiments which have isolated the dangerous germ of young love. John has found that this very active love germ can bring either BLISS or despair. With the two men are Nan Spencer, superintendent of nurses at the same hospital, and Esther Hall. Pauline Cline, Jane McCormick and Patricia Maynardiall nurses at the same hospital. If there are any accidents tonight I feel sure the sufferers will be properly at- tended to by these capable people of medi- cine. Sketching the people as they come into the auditorium is a striking-looking woman who seems most familiar to me. She is do- ing it very well indeed, for I peep over l1er shoulder to see. Yes, it's Joyce Bingham, who has become quite famous as an illustra- for for magazine and newspaper articles. Two people who have just entered I recog- nize as Gordon Bell and Olga Costes. Gor- don is speaking now. He says that if no one else has been successful in the past twenty-five years, he and Olga have. Gor- don is owner and manager of a huge chain of restaurants known all over the world as the "Gobble-an-Beat-It-Restaurantsf' Self- nnade, he prides himself on his rise from proprietor of a hot-dog stand on Center Strict to owner of one-thousand glass-plate, white front restaurants now located in dif- ferent sections of the world. In his employ is Olga Costes who has brought renown to tl1e "Cobble-and-BeabIt-Restaurants by her art of fiopping such delicious pancakes. Talking with all their old friends are three very dignified ladies. They are Louise Newton, Marie Trombly, and Margaret Crowe. They are head mistresses of a very fashionable girls' school at Chimney Corners, Vermont. Neither Louise nor Margaret have married although they have had suitors in- numerable. Marie says she expects to be married next week, laughingly adding "Bet- ter late than never." 151

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f. XZ f Y.. Class Prophecy Y ,, , Jeannette Hermann f N BY li E- W If i it uw K MMIA NJ, il Now is the time for going forth- Some to the south, some to the north, Some to the east, some to the west. Where e'er it be, may it be the best. Modest though I am, I must admit I have one unusual power, that of a medi- um. Tonight I am seeing St. Albans twenty- five years from now. It is the year 1969 and a beautiful afternoon in October. Everywhere in the city of St. Albans are huge posters reading "Old Home VVeek." During the past twenty-five years St. Albans has been industrialized to such an extent that I am thinking perhaps some of my old friends who have been out of the city for a number of years will find many startling changes in our metropolis of about forty thousand people. The territory be- tween the city limits and St. Albans Bay is no longer the peaceful country land it was twenty-five years ago, for there are now new homes, large industries, privately own- ed airports. A new community house, which tops what was once known as "Nigger Hill,', was built by Curtis Partlow and Robert Bean for the youth of St. Albans. They have kindly given the use of the auditorium for the old home week entertainment. These two men own so much property that they have to keep a card index in order to know the extent of their possessions themselves. I am scheduled to meet at 4- o'clock many old friends at the city airport, where once Rarker's eat and jive place was located. But on my way I land in my helicopter Hiv- er on the roof top of Arnold Raleigh's thriv- ing plastic industry. There I find Lorraine Richards, Arnold's personal plastic designer. They are arranging for a display of their latest plastic gadgets which I know will fas- cinate all of their old classmates. Bidding Lorraine goodbye until this evening I fly on to the airport. Just as I am about to land, I notice off in the distance a large house-like plane speeding towards the airport. The plane moves closer and I read the words largely printed on the wing, "Here We Come St. Albans-The Lucasesf' Landing I rush out to greet them. The doors of the plane are thrown open and out step seven people. First I see Mr. and Mrs. Lucas. VVC greet each other heartily and Richard tells me he has invente in which he and week-end trips to gasoline and two ship lands in the can even land on d this late model airplane Eunice are able to take Europe on one gallon of pints of oil. This house- desert, on the water and a cloud. Eunice explains that she so equipped the plane that she can house ten guests with all the comforts of home. Then I greet Clinton Robinson, Mil- ton MacDonald, Fisher Post, VVinston Pa- quette and a very charming lady Kathlyn Miller. We all began to chatter at once. but first Clinton tells of his experiences. He has just been to Russia "via stratosphere ex- press" for a two-day trout trip but re- turned to the United States last night so he would be able to come to St. Albans for the gathering of his friends. He is now mar- ried to the daughter of a multi-millionaire. and between trotting the globe, tending his farm and his wife, Clinton is a very busy man. Milton and Fisher do not need to give much explanation of their experiences. They are known nation-wide as they are owners of the famous MacDonald-Post Film Com- pany. This company turns out 365 ten-reel films a year and stages five plays which are shown just off Broadway. In their em- ploy they have many brave heroes and beau- tiful heroines of the world. Their latest film is to be shown as part of the entertain- ment this evening. Milton is rnost enthusi- i141

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There seems to be a slight confusion at the door. VVell, guess who just arrived. Those athletic figures of today and yester- day, Gerald Dixon, Hammond Livingston and John Ledden. They seem to have trou- ble in obtaining the seats they desire. Now they have been seated and are nodding to all their old friends. They are owners of the G re at "We-Show-You-How-But-God- Bless-You-If-You-Get-It" organization, but donit let the name baffle you because I as- sure you all the leading pool, crap, and ping- pong owners have huge investments in this thriving organization. Making my way through the crowd I next greet Gordon Spooner accompanied by a slender, stylish and successful-looking Woman. Why it's Marmete Corliss! For a moment I didn't recognize her. She must have at last found a diet which has had the desired effect. Gor- don is looking as natural as ever but his voice is high pitched. He tells me that he is a professor of Chemistry at B. F. A. now. That strain on his vocal chords no doubt is caused by the extreme effort which he must make in getting his subject across. On the side he has been inventing many labor-sav- ing devices. His latest product has just been sold to the Lux Tub Co. It is only for the busy business man. In the morning when he awakes, he pushes a button at the top of his bed, and from beneath his bed out pops a bath tub filled with steaming hot water. Another push of a button brings his break- fast and he soaks while he eats. Marmete is editor of the largest daily paper in the City of St. Albans and is very active politically. The ladies in the front row are all so stylishly and becomingly dressed that they arouse my curiosity and I go up to greet them. They are Jean MacArthur, Monica Lareau, Loretta Vincelette, and Joyce Mur- ray. Jean designs gowns for all the best dressed women in the country and also owns several exquisite, not to say expensive, dress shops in the city. She herself looks the "glass of fashion and the mold of form." Joyce, Monica and Loretta seem well and happy. Joyce smiles and asks me how I like their column which is run in Marmeteis city news called "Technique For Those Who Lack It." YVho wouldn't like helpful suggestions in that course? Three outstanding and stylishly garbed women have just entered the audi- torium. They are Pauline Bessette, Frances Fiske and Celia Constantine. These three girls are food specialists and have been do- ing work in Nova Zembla, the island of frozen Words and foods. They have intro- I 16 duced to the natives the latest method for defrosting foods and the use of dehydrated products. Now the entertainment is to begin. The lights in the auditorium fade and the foot lights flash on. Before the packed house ap- pears Hugh Gorton who receives a rising ovasion. He is now Chief Justice of the Su- preme Court of Nations. As master of cere- monies he makes an excellent speech of wel- come. Then on the darkened stage in the spotlight appears a dainty figure kissing her hand to the audience. My goodness, it is Marguerite Bliss, the Russian ballet and U. S. toe dancer. She delights the audience with her sparkling dances. The spotlight is then shifted to the great organ and the judge introduces Barbara Atkins now or- ganist in a city church and a teacher in an institute of organ music. She plays beau- tifully and looks not a day older than when she played in the high school orchestra. Next, two lovely ladies appear on the stage and are introduced as Jean Buck and Merna Darby. Jean speaks first and seems to hav: acquired a foreign accent. Now she drops the accent and is talking the way she used to talk. She is telling all about Hollywood and how she became famous. It is no surprise to us that she is such a success in the pic- tures. That girl could play any part, from Juliet to Mother Goose. Now Merna makes a friendly speech. She is a writer of plays and has two successful ones now running on Broadway. The curtain is drawn and the all-girl orchestra, directed by Betty Jane Tuscany plays the old time melodies for a brief in- termission. I notice that Carolyn Brooks is playing the 'cello. She is a famous 'cellist and has just returned from a concert tour in Europe. In fact she returned a week ear- lier in order to attend the Old Home Week celebration. Then the judge announces that after the movie "The Miller's Daughter" has been shown, the audience is invited to adjourn for refreshments at the Old Home Tea Room operated by Carol White and Catherine Reynolds. For the next hour we are fully entertained by the movie. Then all the performers appear on the stageg our or-- ganist and violinist play, and led by Betty Jane Tuscany, we all sing "Auld Lang Sync." It has been a real delight to see all my old friends so young and yet so prosperous. so generous of their money and talent. It has truly been an Old Home VVeek to be proud of and one the home folks will never forget. l

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