“He who thinks and thinks for himself, will always have a claim to thanks; it is no matter whether it be right or wrong,
so as it be explicit. If it is right, it will serve as a guide to direct; if wrong, as a beacon to warn.”

- Jeremy Bentham
(15 Feb 1748 - 06 June 1832)

OK, all you Social-Security-eligible Typhoons out there .... once again it is time to jump into the "Way-Back Machine" and relive those thrilling days of yesteryear.

A while back I received anonymously in the mail a collection of Beacons spanning 1961 through 1964.  So,
I will begin scanning what I think are the most interesting articles and photos for publication in the Newsletter.  
This should provide fodder for much reminiscing and more than a few guffaws.

- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/31/08
Mrs. Lovelace, Wanda Thornhill ('62), Debby Holton ('62) and Bobby Dick ('61) Norman Covert (’61), Wanda Thornhill (’62), the late good friend Jerry Zoumplis (’61) (d. 07 Mar 2005), Diana Merrill (’61), Debby Horton (’62) and (seated right) Editor Paulette Odom (’61). We had a terrific staff.  Elijah Pillow was our capable advisor for school years 1958-59 and 1959-60.  Mrs. Rebecca Lovelace succeeded him in the fall of 1960.
1961 Anchor, p. 39 The revelation included a photo taken in spring of 1961 by the Daily Press for a story on The Beacon, which had been awarded citations at the annual Scholastic Press Association’s annual judging in New York City.
08/12/06 - Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 08/27/09
1961 / 1962
1962 / 1963
1963 / 1964



Thanks to Rummager-in-Chief Dave Spriggs (’64) of VA for yet another great addition to the archives with his find of THE BEACON. It is a reminder of the fun, challenge and camaraderie among those of us who staffed the bi-monthly school paper. We clipped individual letters from strips and pieced them together to make the headlines. We transitioned in 1960 from an old Press Graflex camera to a Polaroid Land Camera for our photos. We hunt and pecked on an early version of the electric typewriter on which we could justify the copy and we used skills learned at Mrs. Walker’s Wee Wisdom Kindergarten to cut and paste each edition. There was something “heady” about that rubber cement! Those were the early days of offset printing.


As an added note, the article in the November ’61 edition about Band Sweetheart finalists Carol Petenbrink ('62) and Suzie Nunnally ('62) brought to mind Carol’s flag twirling talents and Suzie’s skill on the French horn. Suzie was a good friend and I note she is not among the alumna listings for the Class of ’62. I’m curious where she might be?


- Norm Covert (’61) of MD - 02/08/08
Thanks, Norm!

(This page was created on 02/03/08 at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs - '64 - of VA.
Thanks, Dave!)

Beacon Banner from the Friday, May 28, 1970 Issue of the Beacon courtesy of Tim Parsons ('73) of VA - 07/15/07
Thanks, Tim!

Lighthouse Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars18.html - 02/03/08

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