Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Meet a remarkable alumna who lived to be almost 104

"She's lived through 18 presidents, five wars, and the invention of airplanes, antiobiotics, automobiles, computers, motion pictures, nuclear power and television," wrote Wisconsin State Journal feature writer Sunny Schubert, in a 1987 article about Emma Glenz, who'd recently celebrated or 102nd birthday.

Born in Madison in 1883, Emma Louise Glenz graduated from Madison [Central] High School in 1902. I've posted her obituary and copies of several newspaper articles about this remarkable woman, who died in 1987, a week short of her 104th birthday, in the pre-1990 obituary archives. Click HERE to read more about alumna Emma Glenz.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Making this blog work better for all of us

I've made some design and layout changes to the blogs to make them more searchable and a bit less cluttered looking.

The search box in the upper left corner of the blog has never worked very well, so I've added an option that works much better -- if you follow the simple instructions. You'll find a Google search box in the column on the right, preceded by some instructions about how to search. I've been testing it, and it seems to do a good job of locating names (of people, places, events) included in the blog text.

One hint: try using just a first or last name rather than a complete name -- e.g, use Walt or Disney, not Walt Disney. The reason for searching this way is that sometimes people are listed only by their first or last name. If you enter Walt Disney, for instance, you'll get only posts that contain both names (but of course, with the exception of this post, the guy who gave us the Mickey Mouse Club, doesn't appear on any of the Madison Central High School blogs -- so don't tell me you tried to search for him and didn't get any results).

I've also streamlined the archives listings. Instead of a long archives list, I've created a pull-down menu that takes up a lot less space. You'll find it near the bottom of the column on the right.

Never used the archives? Don't know what they are? The archives are a month-by-month grouping of posts. For instance, if you use the pull-down menu and click on December 2005, you'll see a page will see a page with all the posts for that month on a single page.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Class of 1961 sets a date for its 45th reunion

The Madison Central High School Class of 1961 will hold its 45th reunion on Saturday, July 29, 2006 at the Coliseum Bar (formerly known as Jingles), 232 E. Olin Avenue in Madison. Festivities are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

The reunion planning committee members include Angie Fiscus Klosterman, Chuck Kneebone, Joe Engelhart, Mike Caliva, Ann Melville Olson and her husband, Denny (who graduated from Madison East, but is getting credit for doing a lot of computer work for the reunion committee), Sandy McCord, Bob Hann, and Jim Deneen. If you're a member of the Class of 1961 and you haven't received an invitation, or you have questions about the event, you may call Angie at (608) 424-3649. Or send me an email and I'll forward your message to the committee members.

The Class of 1961 is still looking for some people. If you have a current address (or other information) for any of these people, please email me and I'll forward your message to the committee members. Here are the names of the "missing" members of the Madison Central High School Class of 1961:

Betty Bakke Zwerg
Janet Bode
Margo Cuccia
Gay Gilroy
Gloria Halverson
Charles Howard
Joyce Hungate
Fay Johnson Bonkamp
Kay Kamm
Karen Larson
Velmarie Lloyd
Judy London
Pat Morrick
Edward Mulhall
Sandy Noble Anderson
Toni Pankow Gronli
Michelle Rohr Maxwell
Barbara Ross
Mary Rubin
Angie Schiro
Susan Schmeling
Gary Schulz
Joann Tantill
Loretta Wein
Naomi Whitaker
Pauline Whittleton