Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Still Watchin' Roy and Gene and Mash

     Always wonderful to hear from John, BHS-64, and Linda Hinz, BHS-67. John wrote, "I caught up today on my Korner readings. Your writing brings back many memories. Today, I picked up your enthusiasm for the BHS class of 1967 reunion. Hard to believe its been three years since our 1964 reunion. We had a great time reconnecting that whole weekend and Linda and I  really enjoyed having lunch with you. Linda is a 1967 grad so we are looking forward to attending that event. Hope we have a chance to see you again at that time. Keep up the great writing."
     That '67 reunion is a 50th and will take place September 15-16.
     John Hinz is also a big Roy Rogers fan and he sent some interesting material titled, "Happy Trails to You - An End of an Era." He wrote, "Roy was my first hero. Arnold Palmer was next, Duke Snider, John Wayne, Sandy Koufax, Clint Eastwood and Ronald Reagan followed. Dad took my brother David and me to see the Roy Rogers traveling show at the Iowa State Fair in 1954 or so. All were there including Pat Brady and Nellybelle. It was a great show. It really was a great era and I still think having heroes is a great thing. They have made my life a little brighter."
     John included numerous tidbits about Roy, Dale Evans and that group. We'll mention a few. (1) The Rogers museum in Branson was sold at public auction. (2) Trigger's saddle and bridle sold for $386,500. (3) One of Roy's shirts went for $16,250 and one of his many cowboy hats went for $17,500. (4) Nellybelle sold for $116,500. (5) Roy and Trigger made 188 movies together.
     John concluded, "thanks to Roy and Dale, Gene and Hoppy, the Lone Ranger and Tonto, Sky King, Superman, Sgt. Friday, Captain Kangaroo, Mr. Rogers and Captain Noah and all those people whose lives touched ours, and made them better. It was a great ride through childhood."
     The Kornerman says, "we had a class meeting, BHS-53, last night and talk of some of those "older" TV shows was prominent. It may be surprising, well maybe not, considering the options we have these days, but many classmates still watch those "older" shows.......Roy and Dale, the Lone Ranger and, of course, the always popular Mash."
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     Speaking of "older" memories. For some reason the Hoosier Hotshots bounced into my head one day recently. They were quite the  popular music group in the 30's, 40's, etc. Hessy played the washboard and that group's music made about as much sense as some of the material we put up with today.
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     According to Albert Einstein, if honey bees were to disappear from earth, humans would all be dead within four years.
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     In the last Korner, we asked for an answer to a trivia question, "Where is Claybank Hill?"
     Here's the answer: many years ago, before bridges spanned the Des Moines River, circuses would come to the area via wagons. The Des Moines River had to be crossed by a ferry boat. After crossing the river, there was a steep trail to follow up into Boonesboro/West Boone. That trek of hilly land between the river and up to Boonesboro was referred to as Claybank Hill.
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     Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
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     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Edna Will, 87, Ogden. Formerly of Boxholm........Sharon Anderson, 82, Badger, IA..........Margaret Elliott, 75. Born in Boone. OHS-59. Parents were Warren and Lois Sanden.......James Miller, 83, Boone. Army vet. Worked at Quinn's for 35 plus years prior to retirement in 1996. Boone area survivors include a son, Byron, daughter Susan Hitt, brothers Paul and Bernard and sister Rose Quigley, all of Boone. Other area survivors include a daughter, Laurie Smith, of Moingona, brother, Jack, of Luther and sister, Joyce Kirk, of Ames.
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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Drake Relays Reunion Time

     For the past several weeks we've been hearing and reading about the annual Drake Relays that are scheduled for the coming week. There are a pair of ancillary events tommorrow (Sunday) and Tuesday but the main course plays out Wednesday to Saturday.
     The Kornerman has been a relays visitor many times in the past. I've watched in snow and rain as well as blistering heat. But its almost always been enjoyable. Some favorite memories include the feats of Wes Santee (that really shows this old guys age), Jim Ryun, that great 100 duel between Bobby Morrow and Dave Sime and, perhaps, best of all.........in 1951, when Drake, the host, and the team of Jim Ford, George Nichols, Ray Eiland and Jim Lavery made us all proud by winning all three of the main relay events, the 440, 880 and mile. Fixed solidly in this old mind of mine is anchorman Lavery crossing the finish line victoriously and tossing that baton sky-high in delight. It was an unforgettable moment and that picture has always been etched in my mind.
     There are tons of other memories. Numerous Olympians have competed there through the years as well as individuals who have made a name for themselves in many other ways. In an earliest year, Amos Alonzo Stagg, a founding father of collegiate athletics, primarily football, attended. Even flamboyant Louisiana senator Huey Long, a onetime presidential candidate, showed up. Competitors have included Michelle Johnson of Spencer who became the first woman Superintendent of the Air Force Academy and Phil Knight of Oregon who is, now, a billionaire co-founder of the Nike Company.
     Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner starred in decathlon events at Drake and even one of country music's greatest stars ever, Garth Brooks, represented Oklahoma State in field events at the Drake Relays.
     I haven't attended in recent years but when "that time" comes now, my first thought is of Boone natives Steve Shaler and Tim Croxen (BHS-59) and Barry Wills (BHS-58) and friends who have made the relays a reunion "must do" for years now. How many? I'd like to know.
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     If a part of your body "falls asleep", you can almost always "wake it up" by shaking your head.
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     We've been "sorting out" and Jo showed me a BNR sports page from July 22, 2006 and there was a huge Kelley's Korner displayed. It began with, "Trivia - Who can tell me where the Claybank Hill  is? Its a local landmark."
      I, the Kornerman, think I'll just hang on to an answer to that until a future edition. In the meantime, maybe a Korner viewer or two can provide the answer.
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     Frame every so-called disaster with these five words, "in five years, will this matter?"
     That statement reminds me of a good thought provided some time back by Kathleen Wheelock who wrote of Charles Schulz (the creator of Peanuts) philosophy.
      Kathleen reminds us that Schulz asked folks to name the last five world series winners (I bet one will be known), the last five Academy Award winners and/or the last five Nobel Peace prize winners.
      The point is this.....none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. According to Schultz, the applause dies, the awards tarnish and achievements are quickly forgotten.
      On the other hand, list five teachers who aided your journey through school, three friends who helped you through a difficult time or five people you enjoy spending time with.
     The lesson. The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money or most awards. They simply are the ones who care the most.
     Thanks for that reminder Kathleen.
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     Vern Modeland, BHS-50, has always been the one who has embarrassed the Kornerman with correction information.
     Now, even a closer compadre, Tom Peterson, BHS-67, can't keep his mouth closed AND he's the guy I've been paying an inorbinate salary since the Korner's inception for being the CEO of our technological department. What loyalty huh?
     Well, Tom says I was incorrect in the last edition regarding Jerry Manriquez web site address. I had it........http://boonesacheart/manriquez.net. He says it should be.....http://boonesacheart.manriquez.net............a period instead of /.
      Strangely, I just now did it "my way" and got where I wanted to go so.........try either way and I'm sure you'll get a correct path one way or the other.
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     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Thomas Blumberg, 75, Faribault, MN., Formerly of Boone.....
James Miller, 84, Boone.........Ruth Mantz, 101, Ogden. Farmed in the Dawson/Ogden area with her late husband, Dean. Was a nurses aide at Ogden Manor. Boone area survivors include sons, Clinton and Richard Mantz, both of Ogden.........Gail Evans, 82, Boone. Born in Boone. Coast Guard vet. Owned and operated Drayman Trucking in Fort Dodge and Oak Outhouse Antiques in Boone. Was also a photographer. Boone area survivor is a sister, Deborah Evans, of Boone.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A Run to Glory

     For the second time in recent months, a Boone native has achieved national recognition as a distance runner.
     You'll recall the longer than long journey of Pete Kostelnick, son of Charles and Clare Kostelnick, earlier this year........a 40-day plus jaunt starting in San Francisco and finishing in New York City. That resulted in a new Guinness world record. Pete, BHS-2005, lives in Lincoln, NE., while his parents are longtime Boone residents.
     Now, earlier this week, a classmate, Danna Kelly Herrick, also BHS-2005, daughter of Bob and Kathy Kelly, ran the Boston Marathon and finished 12th among all women in the crowded field. She was the fourth best female American runner. There were over 30,000 entrants in the field.
     The ladies winner was Edna Kiplagat of Kenya who ran the distance in 2 hours, 21 minutes and 52 seconds. Danna's time was 2 hours, 34 minutes and 53 seconds for the 26.2 mile run.
     Danna, 30, now lives in the Rochester, MN. area. Her parents still reside in Boone.
     Pete is an Iowa State University grad while Danna was a collegiate standout runner at Truman State University in Missouri.
     There are some pretty proud parents waking up in Boone, Iowa this morning and some of us "other" Boone area folks would like to summon just a small slice of pride as well. AND, just think of that 2005 BHS class. They must be "burstin' their buttons" over their classmates world class feats.
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     So, when is this "old enough to know better" supposed to "kick in."
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     Mike Goodwin of Aurora, CO. sent a belated birthday wish to the "old guy" and said he still reads the Korner faithfully and sends copies to his sister in Florida. Thanks Mike.
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     Don't know about you, but when the Kornerman sets his clocks back, he also sets his scales back, by about 10 pounds.
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     He hasn't forgotten.  California's Jerry Manriquez, BSH-57, continues his sterling work benefitting his old hometown. He wrote, "made some changes to the web site. Ron Eppert, UCHS-71, shared his grandmother Zoe (Long) Eppert's 1916 commencement program, 1914 and 1915 Bumble B's and some missing pages from the 1915, 1916 and 1918 Scrolls. Zoe started school at BHS, then transferred to Luther High School and was in that school's first graduating class, 1918. I also have a number of 1980 Scrolls I will be adding to the site in the near future."
     You can catch his massive work at
http://boonesacheart/manriquez.net.
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     I don't know about you but I'm not really lazy, I just really enjoy doing nothing.
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     Regarding that message in a recent edition about people looking alike, Mike Loehrer, BHS-64, had this response. "there's a fellow who announces major league baseball who could be your (the Kornerman's) twin. When I was a young coach in Ottumwa, 1971-74, I scouted many basketball teams in Des Moines. One night, after a game, I hopped into a local bistro and was immediately mobbed by a male and female alike amidst hugs, handshakes and kisses. I was being confused for a Doug Barakat. I wish I had the chance to meet the guy. He sounded wonderful."
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    Remember, people who laugh a lot are healthier than those who don't and try to make at least three people smile each day.
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     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Wayne Allen Guttenfelder, 75, Waukee. Born in Ogden. Parents were Allen and Mildred Guttenfelder.........Joan Rueber, 81, Boone. Formerly of Oelwein.........Ruth Mantz, 101, Ogden..........Ruth Nelson, 97, Buffton, South Carolina, formerly of Ogden.........Robert David Johnson, 77, Irvin, TX. Born in Boone. OHS-58.........Bill (Boots) Millard, 87, Ogden Manor, formerly of Boone. BHS-48. Boone area survivor is a step-sister, Janet Hosely Gustafson, of Boone........Terri Jo Carpenter-Jones, 44, Boone. Survivors include two daughters, her mother and stepfather, her father and stepmother, a brother and a boyfriend.
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Saturday, April 15, 2017

A Slim Ray of Hope

     Richard Longworth and I, the Kornerman, are proud graduates of the BHS class of 1953 and we both gained an early fondness for media work. Of course, things in that realm were much different then, than now. Richard and I "lucked out" and were able to spend most of our working days much involved in that earlier arena.
     Its been kind of downhill for the print media in recent times but there was a nice "ray of hope" recently when a small town newspaper editor/writer from Iowa achieved a print "dream".........the capture of a prized Pulitzer.
     With joy, Dick wrote, "former N-R (News Republican) readers were reminded this week how much good and valuable work can still be done by small town newspapers when Art Cullen of the Storm Lake Times won a Pulitzer for taking on almost all the local powers-that-be in northwest Iowa. Art's an old friend in a city about the size of Boone and his Storm Lake Times is a biweekly publication, facing the same financial pressures as the N-R and others of similar size. There's even local competition, another bi-weekly in his hometown. But, it helps if the paper (1) is locally owned and (2) is really devoted to doing a great job of local reporting."
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     Curtis Dale Cox Jr., BHS-63, tells us what Confucius did NOT say, "man who wants pretty nurse must be patient."
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     Tom Peterson, BHS-67, is out early with word of the upcoming class reunion of the class of 1967.
     The big 50th will be held here September 15-16 and Jo and I are invited. On Friday, the 15th, classmates will meet at Toby K's and Saturday, the 16th, the group will meet at the McHose Park Shelter House.
     Sue Anderson Mersereau has full details and can be reached at 312-523-6888.
     Don't hesitate.......get the date on the calendar.
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     Barry Wills, BHS-58, says, "there are six people in the world that look exactly like you and there's a 9% chance you'll meet one of them in your lifetime." He adds, "there are many kinds of apples and if you ate one different one each day it would take 20 years to try them all." Finally, "no one is in charge of your happiness but you."
     Editor's note: The Kornerman remembers when there was a story that someone in West Des Moines looked exactly like me. Sorry to say, I never saw or met the guy. If he looks like me, he's probably hiding out somewhere.
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     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Casey Harper, 55, Ames. Formerly of Boone........Larry Clemons, 83, Thornton, IA. Navy vet. Married Sharon Lee Burma, now deceased, and they retired to Boone. Survived by a sister, brother and four sons.........Mona Ivis, 90, Lake Butler, FL. Fomerly of Boone area. Gilbert HS-46. Was a homemaker, worked in a factory, nursing home and did seasonal work at DeKalb, all in Boone. A son and two daughters survive. Services in Boone........Leonard Ivis,  93, Aurora, CO. Born in Boone. Gilbert HS-42. Navy vet. Worked for many years for Baker Electric in Des Moines. Boone area survivors include a son, Dan Ivis, and a sister, Patty Headley, both of Boone. Another son and two daughters also survive. Services in Boone.
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS

     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Robert Wilson, 94, Bondurant. Formerly of Boone. Military vet. Owned and operated Wilson's Tavern in Boone for 26 years. Later, was a greeter at Walmart prior to retirement at age 90 in 2012. Two daughters and two brothers survive. Boone area survivor is a sister-in-law, Vi Lycke of Boone..........Helen Eppert, 88, Madrid. Luther HS-47. Four children survive.
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Saturday, April 8, 2017

His Excellent Work Continues

     Good California friend Gerald Manriquez, SHS-57, continues collecting and providing Boone area "old news" of various sorts. Lists of BHS/BSH and Boone Junior College grads from "way back" to more recent years is one monumental enclosure. But there are others as well........class reunion memories, many years of complete yearbooks of the three schools, miscellaneous Little League, basketball and football information.
     Now, Jerry has come up with a list of Boone grads who served in World War I.........probably 100 names or more. Its in recognition of the fact that Thursday was the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into that war.
     This entire project is absolutely amazing and if you have computer access and have never taken a look, shame on you. Here is how to obtain access......
http://boonesacheart/manriquez.net.
     Good watching.
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     Kids today don't know how easy they have it.When I was young, I had to walk all the way across the room, through shag carpet, to change the TV channel.
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     An edition or two back, Gary Knox had talked about his days at Jordan High School. We didn't have room to provide all that material so we'll finish up today. This also adds to what we had mentioned recently about Jimmy Archer and Boone baseball legends.
     Gary wrote, "when I was a freshman, we played Gilbert twice. Jerry McNertney was the catcher for Gilbert. Our coach got upset because he was tipping our bats with his mitt. They easily beat us, by the way. Even though Jerry was born in Boone (as the Korner had mentioned), I am pretty certain he played high school ball at Gilbert. I have no idea if he played summer ball in Boone."
     Editor's note: Gary played at Jordan K-9 but then in his 10-12 days, it was United Community High. McNertney, of course, is one of just two Boone-born individuals who became Major League baseball players.
     Gary continued later with another email. He wrote, "I just talked to Jerry Judge and he corrected me. He said that Jerry McNertney umpired our games our freshmen year at Gilbert. He was not the catcher. Jerry was born in 1936 and I was born in 1940 so he would have graduated from Gilbert H.S. when I was an eighth grader. Jerry also told me that Jerry McNertney had a younger brother. I had kept the BNR clipping of the game, and discovered in the box score that there was a McNertney catching that game. It would have been Jerry's younger brother so I actually played against Jerry's brother, not Jerry."
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     Remember when mom would say that famous, "keep crying and I'll give you something to cry about."
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     Lauren Taylor, BHS-69, informed us of the recent death of classmate Rich Dickeson, BHS-69. His parents were Lyle and Betty and he had a long career with the UP railroad.
     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Stephan Ward Patterson, 70, Guthrie Center. Boone area survivor is a daughter,  Lisa King, of Ogden.
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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Kilroy Was Here

     Kilroy was here. That phrase should be very familiar to the most prominent Korner age group.
     Loren Frazier, BHS-58, wrote, "I wonder how many of our readers remember "Kilroy was here?" I received some material on this from Vern Snyder, BHS-57, and thought I would pass it along. I remember I used that signature a few times as a kid growing up in Boone and playing war around the neighborhood but I don't recall that I ever used it during my Navy years, served in the Western Pacific aboard the USS Saint Paul (Ca-73)."
     With the help of some material that Vern sent to Loren and on to the Kornerman, we can add a bit to the story. Nobody seemed to know why this phrase became so well known worldwide but everybody seemed to get "into it."
     In 1946, for some reason, a radio station sought out someone named Kilroy and offered a sizable prize to a respondent. Forty people did respond but only one, a James Kilroy from Massachusetts, was verified as having the proper identification credentials.
     James Kilroy was a 46-year old shipyard worker who checked on the number of rivets he completed. A rivet is a short metal pin or bolt for holding together two plates of metal as required by various types of war materials. Eventually, he decided to mark his "check" with the words, "Kilroy was here." Because of this, servicemen all over the world eventually had access to those words and, oftentimes, placed them in various locations.
     Long story, short........"Kilroy was here" is scrawled in the dust on the moon and a picture Vern/Loran sent even shows the phrase painted on the outside of Osama Bin Laden's former house.
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    How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?
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     You will recall that Gary Knox revisited some of those smaller Boone County gymnasiums of years past in the last edition. His interest in that was spurred by an email he received from Darel Browning, Jordan HS-53, wondering about the dimensions of the old Jordan basketball floor.
     Here's what Darel wrote, "I did some research on basketball floors and found out that the standard size for college, pros and most high schools is 50x94. Alternate high school standard size floors were 80' long with various widths. I think the Jordan floor was close to the 80' in length but I don't think it was that wide."
     Darel actually went into much more detail, with measurements from the Jordan center circle and the free throw circle to out-of-bounds etc. etc.. supporting the fact that yes, that old Jordan gym had some length but not much width.
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     Have you ever noticed that Tarzan does not have a beard? Why not?
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     BOONE CONNECTED DEATHS: Marvin Leichliter, 80, Ada, OK. Grew up in Boone County. Had moved from Idaho to Ada six months ago. Was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Later, worked in the aerospace industry. Married Sharon Kaye Butler of Boone in 1955. His wife survives.........Eldon Blanshan, 86. Escondido, CA. Former Boone resident. Will be buried along side his late wife, Madonna, in Boone Sacred Heart cemetery. Services later this spring or summer.........Darlene Sego, 68, Pilot Mound. Lived in Boone County her entire life. Was a homemaker, babysitter and tended bar in Pilot Mound. Boone area survivors include her daughters, DeAnna Zinnel of Boone, and Angie Betts of Boxholm........Maxine Nelson, 87, Stratford. Attended Stratford schools. Worked in a pharmacy and owned a clothing store in Stratford. Moved to the Stratford Specialty Care Center in 2014. Boone area survivors include her daughters, Donna Sanders of Dayton, Lynn Smith of Stratford, and Brenda McMahon of Boone, her brother, Lyle Richey of Stratford, and sister, Janice Ford of Dayton.........Margaret Friesen, Indianola. Boone area survivor is a sister-in-law, Sandy Friesen of Ogden. Burial near Ogden.
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