We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving
holiday. At this time of the year we all are looking forward
to having family & friends in for the holidays. Most of us
have been very fortunate. We want to wish you all a very safe
& happy holiday.
As we make efforts to improve the Alumni newsletter
& website, it has come to our attention that some of our alumni
are not receiving the newsletters any longer. Either their
email addresses have changed or were lost in the transition.
Please forward this newsletter to any JHS
alumni who may not be
receiving them, by clicking on the link button to the left.
Please encourage them to join our email list, by
clicking on the link button to the right, then following
the instructions. They only have to enter their First
name, Last name, their Last name while at Jtown High & the
Class year (ie:Class of 1995).
DATE - JANUARY
Annual JHS Alumni Dance
held the weekend before the Superbowl,
at the Skybar above Saints
131 Breckenridge Ln. in
will open at 8:00 pm.
band starting 9:00 pm.,
will be Cato Watts
class of 1970.
tickets are only $15 per
person or $20
at the door.
out, meet up with some 'ole friends for a real good time.
By: Doug Weede
for what is probably the tenth year, we have organized a holiday
gathering for J'town High alumni. In
the past, the Class of 1970 made up most of the attendees.
This year we are inviting all J'town
is the same as last year: Saints at 131 Breckenridge Lane (about
200 feet from the corner of Breckenridge
Lane and Shelbyville Road-right side of
the street going towards Shelbyville
Road). As you enter
the front door on Breckenridge
Lane take a left and we will be in the
"pool" room. Saints has reserved a section for our
use. They offer a full food menu and cash bar.
We will meet
beginning at 7PM on 12/26/09 (Saturday). Please stop by either
for a drink and to say hello or for the whole night.
PLEASE RSVP its not
mandatory, just would be fun to know, plus it will help to make
sure we have enough room.
word. This promises to be a great
evening and a lot of fun; especially the part where people get on top
of the pool tables and other tables and begin to dance. To
recap past "table dance" performances here are the totals:
3 broken legs
2 broken wrists
12 arrests for indecent exposure
47 bruised egos
8 free passes to the Denny Terrio school of
3 auditions for the James Brown (Godfather of Soul) dance revue
VALUE - PRICELESS
TO SEE YOU THERE!!
Fine Arts Auditorium Dedication & Inaugural
JHS Hall of Fame Induction
By: Myra Fugate
Saturday, November 14, 2009, the cavernous, seldom-used Industry Lab
was remodeled into a stately auditorium. Two years of planning,
fund raising, and designing finally came to fruition. At last Jeffersontown High School has a space to
showcase the performances of the choir, orchestra, and band.
Our new drama teacher will have a stage for her performances.
For the first time in our history, we have an auditorium!
this could not have happened without the dedication of many alumni,
beginning with the architectural design of Alan Stogsdill,
class of 1980. Charlie Tritle, class of 1972, produced a competitive
fund raising spark which encouraged many graduates to
contribute. The donor names are listed on a plaque displayed in
On the same evening , the
alumni association presented its first Hall of Fame
members. Those inducted were
Jacqueline Love, class of 1976
Matthew Keith, class of
John Ruck, class of 1975
Rodney Foster, class of
class of 1980
Charles Graff, class of
Fred "Buddy" Roemele, class of 1948
William T. Reynolds,
Richard Haag, class of
Huddleston, class of 1942
As evidenced from the introduction of each inductee, written
by Susan Reynolds Thurman, class of 1973, we can all be proud of the
accomplishments of these men and women who have represented us in
such an outstanding manner. We are especially grateful to Jason
Malone, class of 1998, who donated the plaques and trophies.
JHS Alumni Hall of Fame
The evening which symbolized such an enormous step
to the future, could not be complete without a fond look at our
past. Regan Thomas, class of 1978, produced a video
retrospective of Jeffersontown
from 1929-2009. Debbie Blakeman
Robbins, class of 1979, gathered JHS alumni talents and captured moments
from many of our past musicals. The performance reminded us all
of the glittering talent Jeffersontown
High School has
produced over the years. Jane Rose and Jeannie Batts both returned as a part of the
program. Who better deserves to finally have a stage? Kathi Lincoln Remmers,
class of 1980, acted as Mistress of Ceremonies and Kevin Stammerman, class of 1988, recorded the entire
JHS Alumni Choral
JHS Student Chorus
Barber shop quartet
from the original Music
Man school play production
Stewart playing "Scotland
the Brave" on the bagpipe
On this night to remember we had an opportunity to
recall the talent and the distinguished performances of those who
have graced our halls. Now, because of the dedication of so
alumni, we will be able to showcase many spectacular moments yet to
The DVD which contained
the JHS Through the Decades picture presentation
& the JHS HALL
of FAME Inductees Loop pictures, is available.
It was produced by Regan
Thomas, Class of 1978
the DVD of the complete evenings ceremonies is also available,
was filmed & produced by Kevin Stammerman,
Class of 1988.
852FX Video Services, http://852fx.com
a sample of Kevin's video with highlights of the ceremony can
be seen here
JHS Hall of Fame & Fine Arts
Auditorium sample video
these DVDs are available for purchase on jtownalumni.org store,
beginning Sunday December 20th, 2009.
will be $15 each or get both for a special price of $25, with
proceeds benefiting the Jtown Alumni Association.
Memories, Life Lasting
By Stephanie Stone (JHS
Last year Beth
Vandeer Meer thought it would be a genius
idea to start up the trusty 'ol
Imprint paper that hadn't been thought about for many, many
years. To say the least, the progress that has been made through this
idea has been more than ideal. Currently, we have a site up which can
be accessed at www.theimprint.net.
It's safe to say that every student and alumni at Jeffersontown High
School has memories that they will
never be able to forget. That is why I would like for you to share
one or more of those memories. To share with all the current students
through our wonderful resurrected Jeffersontown High School Imprint
The format to
send in your memories is shown below.
Class of 1979 Celebrates at 30-Year Reunion
By Alice Flaherty Robinson
On September 25-27, J-town's
"last graduating class of the 70's" held their 30-year
reunion. Thanks to modern technology, over 200
classmate email addresses were found and over 170 classmates are part
of the Class of 79 Facebook group, which
made communication much easier! Our Class of 79 friends who
ended up graduating from Central or Catholic High
also invited to attend the reunion.
especially pleased that all of the 1979 Class Officers were in
Robinson, Bill Robinette, Tim Eckert, Kelly Elder Jordan, Robert
Caudill, and Danny Sauer. Friends traveled from
South Carolina, California,
and as far away as the Virgin Islands!
Class of 1979
Senior Class Officers - Yearbook Picture
(left to right) Kelly Elder
Jordan, Robert Caudill, Bill Robinette (sitting), Danny Sauer, Dwight
Robinson, Tim Eckert
started with "Class of 79" night at the Jeffersontown High
School homecoming football game Friday
night, coordinated by Myra Fugate, followed by a get-together
at The Blue Mule. Although it was a rainy night, there was a
good turnout and everyone had a great time!
Saturday morning activities started
with a golf scramble at Indian Springs Golf Club, coordinated by
Class President Dwight Robinson. The winning team
included Steve Kennedy, Mark Jordan, Chas Stephens, and Joe
Waldron, although they won by just one stroke!
afternoon, J-town Alumni Terry
Riggs and Connie
Herr Bush led us on a tour of J-town High
School. Some things were very
familiar, but some things were very different. Our group was
one of the first to see the new finished auditorium before it was
officially dedicated. It was really a blast from the past for
people to see the old TV math room, the band room, the
"old" gym, the "new" gym (now "Zwicker Gymnasium!") the locker rooms, and
the stage where "Hello Dolly" and other memorable shows
Front row: Robin Monin
Greschel, Kevin House, Alice Flaherty
Robinson, Lori Morrison Morris, Rick Leitner,
Leigh Poythress Wilson
Middle row: Marcy Smith, Shari
Dengg Whittle, Gary Pyles,
Melanie Hostetter Gantzer,
Back row: Carolyn Wesley Thompson,
Dwayne Towles, Dawn Wilson, Greg Maddox,
Kelly Elder Jordan
The main reunion event was held Saturday
night at the Louisville Marriott East. We had a fantastic
turnout, with many people paying at the door (resulting in money in
the bank for our next reunion!). Dwayne Towles
helped to prepare and present a slideshow of photo memories, which
included memorials to our deceased classmates.
JHS Class of
1979 Reunion Pictures (left to right)
Barbara Zwicker Pifer,
Kit Taylor Tolbert, Kim
Gary Pyles, Scott Bradford, Bill Smither
Todd Colvin, Kim Pass Zimlich
LaFollette, Kristy Lyons Brinkhaus, Dawn
fortunate to be entertained by classmates Robert Caudill, Jeff Rehmet,
Debbie Blakeman Robbins, Susan Berry Ryan
and Chris Block who performed a variety of hits from
the 70's along with guest musicians (also J-town graduates) Starr Blakeman
Block, Mark Head, and Brian Spradlin. We won't
soon forget Debbie Blakeman Robbins singing Donna
Summer's "Hot Stuff", Chris Block singing "Brick House" or
the hilarious afro wigs worn by the band!!!
- The Band (left to right) Chris
Robert Caudill, Susan Berry Ryan,
Jeff Rehmet, Starr Blakeman
Brian Spradlin, Debbie Blakeman Robbins, Mark Head
highlight of the reunion was the attendance of some of our former
teachers including Peggy Kinsell
(formerly Land), Nancy Walsh, Margaret Harrison, Jim Jordan, Bruce Lange,
and Rick Shaw. Thanks to a recommendation from Nancy
Walsh, the Class of 79 wrote down their get well wishes, thoughts
and memories and mailed them to former teacher Karmen
Bush, who is currently battling cancer and was unable to attend
the reunion. Overall, I would say it was very much a success
since I left at 1:30 a.m. and things were still going strong!
On Sunday, the reunion activities were
completed with a relaxing family picnic hosted by Chas Stephens,
Kim Laramore, and Cheri Willinghurst.
Picnic - Don Klarer - Melanie Hostetter Gantzer -
Picnic - Mike
Lawson - Marilyn Ritz Wheeler - Robin Monin
We had a lot
of help and would like to offer special thanks to:
· Renee Ernspiker Clark (Class of 78) and the UPS
Store for printing our directory booklet.
· Allan Ryan (Class of 78), Dwayne Towles, Susan Berry Ryan, and Duplicator
Sales & Service for printing the nametags.
· Jackie Yenowine, JHS Class of 2002, for being our
photographer. Please support her business: www.yonophotographer.com.
Myra Fugate, the J-town Alumni Association and Jay
Bailey (Class of 78) for helping spread the word about our
Cheryl Dugan, JHS Class of 1982, for coordinating the details
at the Louisville Marriott East.
Class of 78 alumni who worked
our registration table: Laura Flaherty Schulte, Connie Herr
Bush, and Missy Shuck.
are encouraging all Class of 79 members to stay in touch on Facebook!
2nd Night at the Races
At Churchhill Downs
We are making plans for another
wonderful night at the races. It promises to be fun, like last
Make plans to join us
on Millionaires row. We have engaged in talks with the
track, tentatively planning on Friday June 25th, 2010, for our night
at the races. Details will be confirmed soon.
CALLING CLASS OF 1990
20 year Class Reunion
A KROGER CUSTOMER???
If you are, you can help us earn 4% of
each of your bills. We can send you a rechargeable card that
you can use to pay for your groceries, gas,
or prescriptions. Kroger automatically sends us the
4%! This has been a great fund raiser in the past
raising $919.63 in refunds over the last three years. We
have cards available for use now.
Please contact Myra Fugate at Myra.Fugate@Jefferson.kyschools.us for