Sunday, November 13, 2005

What's In A Name?

Have you ever wondered why our high school yearbook has such an unusual name? Or what the origins and meaning of that name were? Here's an explanation I found yesterday while I was at the library looking through some old Tychoberahns. It's from the 1911 edition (and yes, perhaps the explanation does contain a term that's not politically correct 94 years later).

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This post was originally published in the Madison Central High School Class of 1965 blog on October 5, 2005.

The Blog That Preceded This One

Before I created this blog, I created one for the Madison Central High School Class of 1965. It's proven to be an effective way to facilitate communication -- to let people know about a reunion and to stay in touch between reunions.

That blog now has more than 150 posts, some of which may be of interest to alumni from other classes, especially the ongoing collection of obituaries for former teachers and administrators. Rather than duplicate that information in this blog, I've added links to the appropriate posts in my first blog. That's why, if you click on one of the links under the "Teacher and Principal Obituaries" section on the right-hand column of this blog, you'll be taken to the Madison Central High School Class of 1965. When you've finished reading, just click on the "back" button on your navigator's tool bar to return to this blog.

Additionally, I've also begun to compile obituaries for members of other classes in a third (1990 to present) and fourth (pre-1990) blog. Any links in this blog to other alumni obituaries will take you to that special blog. Again, when you've finished reading, just click on the "back" button on your navigator's tool bar to return to this blog.

Why I've Created This Blog

Yesterday, I attended a memorial service for Joel Gersmann, the artistic director of Broom Street Theater, who died in June. I sat with Patrick McGilligan and his wife, Tina. In addition to being a well respected film historian and biographer, Patrick is president of the Class of 1969, the last class to graduate from the school founded as Madison High School, subsequently re-named Madison Central High School, and for the last few years of its existence referred to as Central-University High School.

Seeing Patrick served as yet another reminder that Central High School graduates are a vanishing breed. They’re all over 50 -- and their names appear with relentless regularity in the obituary sections of the Wisconsin State Journal and The Capital Times.

I’m determined to write a history of Madison Central High School and this blog is being created to reach out to the school’s alumni. I want to hear your stories, share your memories. I want to make certain our collective history is preserved.

Some of the things I’d like to do, such as creating an archive of alumni biographies, would probably be better served by a website. However, websites cost money to host and blogs are free. Until there are sufficient funds to create a permanent website, I hope alumni will consider this blog a meeting place where they can share information. I’ll try to post news about upcoming reunions, as well as news about living alumni and obituaries about alumni who are no longer with us.

I encourage you to leave comments on posts. You may also contact me by email by clicking on "View My Complete Profile" and using the email link on the left-hand side of that page.