Classmates, Share your Favorite high school Stories

WRITE ON FOR U.S. GRANT is your blog to share memories, funny stories, or maybe just ask a question that your classmates can answer. We need your input to make this work. If you can’t sing or dance then surely you can make a comment. I hope this is fun for everyone after all E-harmony .com started somehow and this may just bring world peace to everyone. LET those fingers fly—-keyboards start your engines and GO!!!!

24 Responses to “Classmates, Share your Favorite high school Stories”

  1. 1 tkishkape
    December 22, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Things are looking up! Thank you for such a site. Before, we had to subscribe to classmates.com for $30 a year just to keep up with the class.

    I for one appreciate the opportunity to write to my classmates and be able to rekindle old bonds and friendships.

    I guess I need to start off with bringing you up to speed with what has happened in the past 40 years with me. In the Fall of 1969 I received my invitation to become on of America’s Finest and represent U. S. Grant in Southeast Asia. Instead, I opted to join the U. S. Navy. I was a “squid” for a four-year hitch.

    After being Honorably Discharged, I studied for 4 more years and became a licensed electrical Journyman and later, a licensed electrical contractor in three states and many cities. Somewhere in those years I married four times and divorced three times. It took a while to find “the one”.

    Now, I’m retired and disabled and living the life of Riley. I have several hobbies to keep me busy including a trophy catfishing charter service http://www.okcharters.com and gem faceting, all in our home in Gore, Oklahoma near the Illinois and Arkansas Rivers.

  2. 2 tkishkape
    December 22, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Wow! I can’t believe that I did that!

    I forgot to tell the readers who I am…

    Albert McBee
    Route 1 Box 3-5
    215 N Highway 10
    Gore, OK 74435-9539
    405 919-0341

    Let’s Go Fishing!

  3. 3 Hayriye
    December 25, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Grant spirit…

    I do not know if any of you would remember this moment, but it sure is one of the most memorable ones for me at Grant:
    I was a member of the Pep Club –one of the spirit boosters, and I took great pride in taking part in the club activities to support the Generals when they played. After a few weeks the games started, one of the cheerleaders (I do not recall now who she was; it may have been the Head, Brenda) sat by me during the break following the first round of a basketball game and asked me what I thought about the Grant spirit. I did not know then what the word ‘spirit’ meant –and I told her so. Just as she started saying, “It means,” she hesitated a second, and then continued, “Never mind! I’ll tell you later.” And she left.
    After a while, I saw her carrying a microphone on a stand. She placed it in the middle of the field and signalled for silence. She gave a short speech introducing me, reminding the audience of my being the foreign exchange student from Turkey, and invited me to greet everybody. I went by her, said a few words that I do not remember now, and then heard her asking me what the Grant spirit was! I knew what was coming –so, I played my part, and repeated my previous statement. She turned to the audience and said, “Ok, let’s show her what it is!”
    I can still hear the deafening cheers –the ground was shaking under my feet. I wish there was a camera recording the event so that I would now have the chance to see my excitement. I felt so proud of being a member of the Grant student body, so proud of wearing the Pep Club outfit –the gray skirt, the white shirt, and the red vest and sweater, all of which I kept for a long time after I returned to Turkey –in fact, I wore them until they became worn-out. I still have the red-and-gray ribbons with slogans on each for every game I attended –I keep them with great care in my scrapbook.
    The story does not end here! I teach English, tutoring students who need support in improving their knowledge of this beautiful language. My students know about this story because I teach them what ‘spirit’ is through this anecdote. Spirit, morphologically derived from Latin ‘spirare’ –to breathe– perfectly explains why we never lose it as long as we live. I am sure if our cheerleaders now asked us to show what Grant spirit is, all of us as grown-up women and men today would holler with the same ardor –just as we did then as passionate teenagers.
    C’mon you guys! Cheer: G-E-N-E-R-A-L-S, Generals are the very best…
    Thank you all, my friends, my teachers, my family, for making my year so wonderful, so unforgettable! I am not only an Honorary Okie (see my certificate in the Classmates site if you do not belive me; it is officially sealed and signed by Governor Bartlett), but also a devoted General whose heart never ceased beating for her second home and for her school. I left my heart in Oklahoma…
    Warmest greetings to y’all from Istanbul.

  4. 4 intrmezzo
    December 27, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Thanks Glen for the lovely thoughts. One of my most memorable experiences at Grant was in my senior year. My Dad bought me a SS-350 Camaro convertible Indy 500 pace car model. It was white with orange pin stripes. I parked in front of the South end of the front parking lot near the music doors. I of course had our 60’s version of the vanity plate on the front. My initials “VLD”. Every day the kids would steal the “L”. IN our language of that time you can all fill in what “VD” means! Yikes! I was mortified drving home. I thought some little old lady would see it. I took white first aid tape with me and put that on to make an “L” after a while. Ahhhhhhhhh the little things! I am Veronica L Davis. Otherwise known as “Roni”. It will be great to see you all.

  5. 5 Linda
    December 30, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Thanks for this web-site, It’s really nice.
    I was also in the Pep-Club and I remember one night we were at a basketball game and it was really hot in the gym. I tried to were false eyelashes that night (never before and never again)and the glue melted and they started sliding off. I went to the restroom on break and tried to glue them back on but glued my eyelids together. I got back to formation late and ofcourse got demerits!! I will never forget the fun we had in Pep Club. Can’t wait till July!

  6. December 30, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Linda, thanks for sharing -which one of our many Linda’s if i might ask?

  7. 7 Linda Haffner
    January 2, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Hi Glen, I was really hoping no one would ask. 🙂 Linda (Haffner) Core. Being the shy person I am I’ve kept it a secret for 40 years! HA HA!

  8. 8 GLEN
    January 2, 2009 at 10:59 pm


  9. 9 JO
    January 3, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    I never had a car in high school. My brothers got the cars, my dad drove Kathy St.John and me to school. My first car was after I graduated and went to work. I bought a 1960 VW Beetle, faded red, didn’t have a gas gauge had one of those extra tanks with the switch you were to flip to, my problem was I always forgot to refill the extra tank and when I ran out of gas I was out of gas!
    At night the radio didn’t work if you were using the lights. Coooool car!!!

    Remember the slam books?

    If anyone out there has my Senior yearbook I would like to have it back. Don’t know if I gave it to someone to write in and they forgot to give back to me or what. I have all my yearbooks from 7th grade on except for my Senior year.

    Jo Stewart Grigsby

  10. 10 barbara wilder
    January 4, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Great job glen! Keeping in touch with you has meant alot. You are still the great guy that you were in high school. I’m very fortunate to still keep in touch with many of our classmates. My best friend since 3rd grade Jo Stewart Grisby is still one of my best friends today. Love you Jo. My wonderful husband of 38 years Ronnie Wilder is still the love of my life. I am really missing Oklahoma right now. I am spending the winter living with my sister Peggy in Angel Fire New Mexico and working at Angel Fire ski resort. It’s alot of fun and the skiing has been great but I’m a true Okie at heart and can’t waite to get home in the spring. Ronnie and I are both on the reunion committee and can’t waite to see all of you at the big 40th. God Bless, Barbara Jones Wilder.

  11. 11 Norma McElwee
    January 6, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Gosh Barb,
    Get me a job for the ski season too! Can’t wait to see you and Jo. You gals have done a great job keeping us all together. Thanks, Norma

  12. 12 JO
    January 23, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    I just learned today that we have lost another classmate. Jim Martin died in June 2004. His wife was kind enough to call me today and let me know. They lived in Missouri. He wasn’t pictured in the year book.

  13. 13 Norma McElwee
    March 18, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Yesterday was a beautiful Spring day so my niece and I decided to drive around Lake Draper after work. I wasn’t really thinking about anything in particular when this image popped into my mind. It was the first time that I went water skiing! It was with Kenny Northcutt, Sharon Williams, and maybe Steve Busey??????? I could be wrong but it was definitely Kenny and Sharon. Anyway, to make a long story short, I never could get up on two skis much less one! Now, every time that I fall on skis, I still think of Kenny. Where is he?????

  14. 14 Kenny Northcutt
    May 5, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Hi Norma,

    I’m still kicking. I just found the web site. Has it been 40 years already? I just sent an e-mail to Sharon Williams(Hoover)demanding she come to the 40th. I hope to see you there, we have a lot of catching up to do. Yours was the last face I saw driving away after graduation. I don’t remember any faces at the after party. Thanks to everyone putting this event together.

  15. 15 Norma McElwee
    May 5, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Kenny, Kenny, Kenny, you bring a tear to my eye. Please ask Sharon to email me at “norma-mclewee@ouhsc.edu”, and you too! I can’t wait to see you guys.

  16. 16 hayriye
    May 6, 2009 at 12:24 am

    So glad to hear that Sharon is coming, too. Hi, Sharon –if you are already visiting our blog site. Looking forward to seeing you again after four whole decades.

  17. 17 Norma McElwee
    May 8, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    I hate to monopolize this forum as I wish everyone would take the opportunity to share some tale from high school. I keep getting these visions of things past and feel the need to spill my guts!

    Anyway, this one is about a few months after we graduated. Pam Hardin called Pam Underwood and asked her to come over because I believe some guys on motorcycles were coming over. Maybe, three guys if I remember correctly. You guys know Pam Hardin Moulton! So Underwood talks me into going over to Hardin’s.

    Sure enough there were three guys on HARLEYS but they seemed nice enough. I maybe making this whole things up but I think we rode on their bikes to some miniature golf place on SE 29th and then to Holley’s. So all this time they were kind enough to insist that we wear their extra helmets. When we got to Holley’s we naturally took these lovely fixtures off to enjoy a coke. It must have been about that time that Underwood looked down at the cute pink helmet she had been provided and much to our horror…………there was a great big brown nipple on the top. She had been riding up and down the streets of OKC sporting a great big TIT on her head! We were mortified!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Now, you two Pams, am I remembering that episode correctly or did I dream it!!!!!!!

  18. 18 Pam (Hardin) Moulton
    September 10, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Norma, you’re definitely dreaming. At that time in my life, that wouldn’t have happened. At this time in my life, you betcha — I’m ALWAYS ready to go riding.

  19. 19 Barbara Jones Wilder
    September 14, 2009 at 8:12 am

    Just found out that Marti Smith Dragus passed away on 9-12-09. Maarti was in a nursing home for many many years so I hope that she has finally found peace. Lets all keep her in our hearts and bless her family.

  20. 20 Norma McElwee
    September 15, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Marsha Dragus
    E-mail Visit Guest Book
    While Marsha “Marty” Deen Dragus’ long battle with a debilitating disease deprived her beloved family and friends of her company many years ago, she first went to be with her Lord on September 12, 2009. Marsha was born on August 30, 1951 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to her parents, Peggy and Lowell Smith. She graduated from U.S. Grant High School in 1969 and married her high school sweetheart, Paul Dragus, on October 3 of that same year. She was a homemaker and stay-at-home mother of three children. She loved to sing and was a talented pianist. She was active in her church, where she sang in the choir and played piano at church services. She was a beloved Mother, Wife, Daughter, Grandmother and friend. Marsha was preceded in death by her parents and her dearly loved son, Jonathan Dragus. She is survived by her son, Brian Dragus; daughter, Michelle Rogers; daughters-in-law, Kelly Dragus and Maureen Dragus; son-in-law, Shawn Rogers; 7 grandchildren: Ashlyn Dragus Clark, Samantha Rogers, Kaden Dragus, Jameson Rogers, Jonathan Rogers, Harrison Dragus and Colin Dragus. A celebration of Marsha’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 16, 2009, at Memorial Park Historic Chapel at the entrance to the cemetery.

  21. 21 Jo Stewart Grigsby
    October 6, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    They talked about those funny curler covers they wore on their hair and drove around all Saturday. Said that if you didn’t have curlers in your hair it meant you didn’t have a date that Saturday night. I guess I never had a date because I don’t remember wearing them.

    Of course I had long straight hair, which my mother would iron for me, so maybe that is why I didn’t wear the curlers.

    Did anyone else out there iron their hair?

  22. 22 Joe Airington
    October 12, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    We had a meeting about our 60th birthday party since we did not do a reunion. Eveyone raved about your website and it is great. Looks like a fine time was had by all.

    I have fond memories of your grandparents store and the times with your brothers and you. Catch me up if you will. Larry my brother lives in Houston, My dad died about 25 years ago. My mom moved from her home and is now 84 and lives in an assited living place. I live in Edmond and have been married for 37 years with two grown kids and no grandkids. I work at the state.

  23. 23 Debi Smith Rich
    October 20, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Joe Arington, If you look at this again, you need to let us know when your class is having their get together, I know some people who might want to know.
    You remember us working together at Bell, Victor CO? Wow, that was a while back! Are you doing telephone work at the state? I retired from Bell in 2001 at the very young age of 49…what was I thinking? Isn’t hindsight great? I’ve had a really great time but I should have stayed a few more years!

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