John was a member of the original Reunion Steering Committee and provided sage advice throughout the summer planning sessions. John and his wife Tracey, live in Apex . They have four children; Caitlin, Jamie, Allison and Nicole
BA~NC State University
Class of 1976
SITA is a multinational information techology company specialising in providing IT and telecommunication services to the air transport industry. Originally known as the Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques is now known simply as SITA.
The skinny on John from John:Thought I'd add a note on what I've been up to. According to my children I fly around the world and buy nice dinners. Actually that's not far off - I work in business development for an airline/airport IT company so I do fly around the world and buy nice dinners. We've been living outside Apex in the country near Jordan lake for 21 years. Our youngest daughter is still at home and finishing high school. I try to have lunch with Elliott and David Parker at least once a month or so. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone and if you're ever passing thru let me know. It'd be fun to catch up.
Allison, Nicole, Caitlin, Jamie
Believe it or Not!!!
The Tale of Finding Frank French
The "WATN?" Bounty Hunters started looking for Frank at the beginning of April, 2011. They knew he went off to a private school in Missouri after 7th or 8th grade but continued to live in Chapel Hill and spent the summers and holidays there. They found an address on Old Lystra Road but no phone. Esau cold-calls a Dr. Frank Sikes French of UNC fame who is some sort of UNC research scientist hot shot that came up on a google search. He is indeed Frank’s father. Esau has the added pleasure of having Mr. French reminisce about him and his brother Bobby and their adventures; some would call it unstructured mayhem, in the neighborhood. They talk for a while and he gives Esau Frank’s contact information and mentions he married a girl name of Sherry Wynn. Esau asks if she is related to Stacy Wynn.
Dr. French replies, “Why, she is Stacy’s sister.”
"WATN?" had been promoting Frank as a person of interest for over a month at that point as well as listing him on the big board of "classmates we are looking for" at the web site.
Stacy Wynn was part of the original inner circle of 50 found prior to April 10. Stacy is active on committees, Facebook, and going to the meetings in Chapel Hill. He grew up in the same same neighborhoods, Coker Hills and Lake Forest, as Frank and Esau. All three were in Troop 835 together.
Frank French was contacted on May 17, more than a month after finding Stacy. When asked if he had heard there was a reunion being planned that he was invited to, Frank replied,
"No, but I'll be sure to tell Stacy Wynn. He's my brother in law you know and I am sure he'll be interested."
Esau took down Frank's contact information and then compared it with Stacy's. Check it out. Not only are they family,
They are next door neighbors!!!
1234 Old Lystra Road
Chapel Hill, NC
Frank and Sherry French
1236 Old Lystra Road
Chapel Hill, NC
When interviewed by "WATN?" in a follow up, Stacy shared a truly pleasant and infectious laugh.
You can’t make this shit up!!!
Frank left after seventh grade to attend a prep school in Missouri. He is marrried and WATN? thnks he hastwo children. He and his wife live in Chapel Hill and he commutes to work as a manager at a grocery store in Burlington.
"Where Are They Now?" brings its viewers this edition from the confines of the media and publishing conglomerate, The Daily Tarheel . Stacy has put in over thirty years getting out the campus newspaper. Stacy is lending his expertise as a roadie in getting the Rigmor set up for the weekend festivities including parking (quite the clallenge if the turnout is as expected) and set up for Liquid Pleasure.
Stacy and his wife Tracy make their home in Chapel Hill.
Editorial Production Manager
The Daily Tarheel
University of Texas at Austin
Class of 1976
Former Grateful Dead Roadie
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A bunch of really cool students and co-workers at UNC allow me to work with them to produce an extremely fine daily newspaper, whose content just happens to be generated by college students. Did I mention it's the best job ever?
The Story of Finding Tyrone Edwards
DATELINE "WATN?" Studios, Bounty Hunters Division
From the Bounty Hunter Files
Of Michael "The Man" Esau:
April 2, 2011: Several leads on Tyrone, all pointing to Seattle working as a chef.
June 23, 2011: Located DeWitt Long today. Tyrone elevated to "Most Wanted CHHS Classmate". Set bounty at $1.00.
August 26, 2011:
BOUNTY ON TYRONE EDWARDS RAISED TO $30.00
As some of you know, me and some others have been hunting for Tyrone pretty fierce including the Caldwell brothers-actual real police. Now the bounty has been raised to $30.00 for information leading to contacting him. Tyrone and I hung out some after high school when we were both working in restaurants until 1982 so this is personal and I would like to find his butt. We have been chasing our tails. He was last known to be working as a chef in an Irish pub in Seattle, WA circa 1996. I called the pub and they did not recognize the name so he probably moved on.
September 11, 2011: These are the leads we have accumulated:
A lead from classmate Kevin Taylor, June 29 at 2:57pm: Hi Mike, Now that the bounty on Tyrone has gotten so big I thought it was time to weigh in. He went to Seattle, mostly, because of a girl, of course. I think her name was Nikki Taylor and I think she was a year behind us at CHHS. Don't know if she'll be easier to find than Tyrone, but if so she should be a good lead.
More from classmate Mac Allen: I asked my sister, Kathy, now Kate, about Tyrone, because Kate lived in Seattle for a while. Her reply is not helpful, but it will make you smile!
"oh my, I remember Nikki Taylor....they lived up that steep driveway on Estes Dr. right? Her and her sister and mom. Her mom drove a stick VW I think, or something like it, 'cuz I remember her fenagling the gears going up and down the driveway when she'd take us to school. ... Funny, I was in SEA then too. I didn't hang in any pubs tho'! hee-hee. I could use the bounty....
The bus driving Tyrone Edwards in Chapel Hill is not ours. The business Tyrone that Mac Allen and Susan Sockwell found is not ours. That guy was nowhere near as handsome as our Tyrone.
Then the latest break: We established contact with Darryl Revels. His memory suddenly became a little sharper reference Tyrone when the reward was mentioned. Tyrone has a much younger brother, around 40 years old, named Gabriel Weaver last known to be in the Greensboro area.
Found that Gabe on Facebook and messaged him. He actually read it and responded but did not give us squat. I'm just saying.
July 21. Michael Esau
What's up brother? My name is Michael Esau. Long story short; I got your name form Darryl Revels and found this handsome mug on FB that has a bunch of friends from NC and looks about the right age.
The rest of the story; I am praying to God that you are the Gabriel Weaver that is the brother of Tyrone Edwards. Tyrone, Darryl and I went to school together in Chapel Hill. After high school Tyrone and I ran together some-we both worked in the restaurant scene and would spend time in the bars around town after work. Last I saw him was around 1984.
Our class, CHHS Class of 1972, is having a reunion next year and I am the Reunion "finder" guy. Tyrone's trail runs cold for us around 1996 after he followed Nikki Taylor to Seattle, WA. We have about 350 people (his classmates) "looking" for Tyrone. We want to find Tyrone. Can you help? Please let me know and accept my apologies if I've got the wrong Gabriel.
July 27, Gabriel Weaver
July 27, Michael Esau
August 9, Gabriel Weaver
August 12, Michael Esau
o Thanks- When I find him I'll message you the contact information.
August 12,Gabriel Weaver
Then a big break !!!
MOST WANTED CHHS CLASSMATE TYRONE EDWARDS LOCATED
Lynn Lloyd new "CHHS Most Wanted Classmate"
In an interview with J. Galt of "Where Are They Now?" Studios, Bobba Fetti of the "Most Wanted Classmate Bounty Hunters and Ass." today confirmed that Tyrone Edwards has been located.
WATN?: Is it true that Tyrone Edwards has been located?
Bobba: We have verified Mr. Edwards address in Seattle, WA but we have not as yet established contact.
WATN?: You said, and I quote, "not yet established confirmed contact". Please elaborate.
Bobba: We have not actually communicated with Tyrone at this time. We are in touch with his associates and they have passed on our message and we are awaiting a reply. We will release a statement when we have more information. There is no doubt that we have found Tyrone.
WATN?: Then what about the reward?
Bobba: The information was from a source who wishes to remain anonymous.
WATN?: How did this come about? What was the big break in what appeared to be a series of dead ends.
Bobba: As often happens in cases like these, all it took was the fresh eyes and a little luck.
WATN?: Who is the "Most Wanted CBH & Ass" turning their attention towards now?
Bobba: We are aiming to locate and contact the last of the Vardell Hall High School Gang of Four, Lynn Lloyd.
A triumphant finish to a long chase? Hardly. Tyrone had fallen on tough economic times about a decade ago. He qualified for permanent housing for those in need and recovered. He was elected to the board of trustees as one of the two resident representatives in 2005 and has served on the board since. We contacted the Plymouth Housing Group but due to privacy laws protecting the tenants they were unable to confirm or deny Tyrone's status let alone give out contact information. They promised to pass along any mailed correspondence to Tyrone, if indeed he was a tenant. Here's Tyrone at a meeting of the board.
Copy of Return Receipt and letter to Tyrone Edwards c/o Plymouth House:
What’s up brother? Michael Esau here. I bet you did not see that coming. It’s been too long. I think the last time we tipped a cool one at He’s Not Here was along about 1982, right before I moved to Florida and started working for the FAA as an air traffic controller.
The Chapel Hill HS Class of 1972 is having a high school reunion this Memorial Day weekend. We are contacting classmates all the way back to 7th grade. We have been locating our classmates since April. Some other people have helped along the way and I, myself, have have talked to over 250 classmates of the over 400 we have found so far.
You were hard to find and now even harder to contact! We started by looking in a Chapel Hill HS Alumni Directory from 1996. You were listed there as working at an Irish pub in Seattle, WA. I have several addresses from search engines, but they are all old. I had one number to a Donnell Edwards that I never got a call back from and it eventually went dead. I talked to Earl Bynum and Larry Caldwell back home. They said you had come back for your mom’s funeral about eight years ago and they had not heard from you since. We put a bounty out for information leading to contacting you. It started at $1.00 and eventually made it to $30.00 before someone that wanted to find you just as bad as I did got lucky on a Google search and found your name on the board of trustees for Plymouth Housing Group. Then I saw your face in one of the annual reports and I knew we had found you. The classmate, wants to remain anonymous; but I can tell you that are quite a few people that remember you fondly and want to reconnect even if it is just to catch up and reminisce. I don’t know if you remember but Peggy Beattie and I got married in 1978. You have met Schuyler, our son. He was only two then but I brought him to dart matches. We have a daughter now, Kate-28, and two granddaughters, Megan-8 and Lucy-4. Peggy misses you, too. You must have some kind of “Je ne sais quoi”, which you need to bottle and market.
The contact protocol for Plymouth Housing Group has been frustrating for us. I know they have to protect people’s privacy but it is a ball buster to get through to you. I have sent this letter to the Plymouth Management Office. I pray it makes it into your hands.
Dude, please contact me. We have a bunch of stuff going on that I think will make you smile. A lot of it is on the Internet so that people can join in even if they cannot actually make it to the reunion. Besides that, I am pretty sure we can get you to Chapel Hill and back if you are willing. From that picture, I know you have a Mac and must have an email account. Life is too short. Here is our web site:
Talk to you soon brother,
By the way Tyrone, we found Maureen~Michigan, Lynn~Durham, and Barry~Florida
DATELINE SEATTLE; January 15, 2011
Outreach Central "The Hovel", Wappingers Falls, NY
Tyrone Edwards called out of the blue last week. He said it took a while for the letter to pass muster and make it through all the middle men. He is still working and living one day at a time. We have his contact information and we have put Tyrone and Gabriel in contact with one another. They have been looking for each other for over a decade. Tyrone basically needs some brothers and sisters to come up with a round trip plane ticket to make it back. Here's hoping it comes to pass. Case closed??? Hardly.You can’t make this shit up!!!
Native Son: 15 March 1954
Tyrone started work in the restaurant industry while in high school and continued working as a short order cook and chef in Chapel Hill. In the early 1990's he followed his heart to Seattle and lives there, still. And he is coming to the reunion!!!
Short Order Cook/Chef
Karate Black Belt
Board of Trustees
Masters in Life
College of Hard Knocks
A Lot of Class
Madonna graduated early from CHHS and went on to college at UNC majoring in party. Madonna helped get this reunion going with the initial outreach effort. She and her husband, Steve Holstom, live in San Diego, CA.
VP Human Resources
UNC at Chapel Hill
Class of 1975
Human Resources & Business
UC at San Diego
"WATN?" Interesting item #1: Madonna was married for a time to Charley Mann who has put together the Chapel Hill Memories web site.
"WATN?" Interesting item #2: Madonna in a film project from back in the day. Look for her late in the film at aty the 24:30 minute mark. She expounds on love.
Time for a Twin Spin. "WATN?" was surprised to learn that Dana Andrews and Mike Rubish RIP were cousins. Read more about Mike on our memorial page and leave an anecdote if you knew him (who didn't?).
For a while, Dana and her second husband ran a successful business in Durham, Dana's Beach Bingo. Things got a little squirrelly and they moved to Ohio. Dana is now single and lives in Hillsboro, OH. She is just now getting back on her feet after the recession crushed the economy and caused the DHL Shipping Center where she had worked for over 10 years to close three years ago. She has two children from her first marriage; John Wagner RIP and Jennifer Wagner who still lives in the Triangle area. Dana's coming to the reunion and is ready to party.
Native Son: 26 January 1952
Clarence has made a career with UNC as a Building Environment Technician with the Housekeeping Department. Clarence and Deborah have a daughter, Rebecca, and two grandchildren.
Alex Michael David
Alex is another classmate that graduated a year early in 1971. He did WATN? a favor and produced hos own segment,
Senior Program Manger
BS- Electrical Engineering
PhD- Electrical Engineering
I have lived in Columbia, MD since 1990 with my wife Susan. We married in 1978 when I returned to graduate school, and have three grown children. Susan teaches pottery at a Columbia community center and has actively created and sold her pottery for the last 25 years. Rachel (30) is an artist
blacksmith living and producing stunning ironwork (www.redmetal.net) three blocks from the French Quarter in New Orleans. Toby (27) is an actor/comedian/emcee who hosts his own variety show monthly from a bookstore in Philadelphia. His day job is as a tour guide for Eastern State Penitentiary, an historic site in downtown Philly. Mira (25) has just completed her MA in teaching from the University of Pennsylvania and is also living in Philly. She wants to teach middle school in underserved urban communities.
I have been with one employer since 1976 apart from the three years when I went back to Johns Hopkins for my doctorate: starting at Bell Labs, now in the portion that was sold by Lucent Technologies in 1997 to General Dynamics. I started by working on innovations to telephone traffic planning in the Bell System, moved into systems engineering first in the Bell Labs Quality Assurance Center, and then to apply active vibration control for US Navy submarines and for command, controls and communications of the US missile defense system. I now work as a Senior Program Manager in the Annapolis Junction, MD office supporting some of the company’s intelligence community contracts.
We have been fortunate to travel to many interesting places over the years: Mexico – 5 times, Sri Lanka, Australia, Turkey and Italy, but are increasingly drawn to the Maine coast, particularly the Schoodic peninsula. I continue to enjoy history and biography when there’s time to settle down with a good book.
"WATN?" has found that some stories tell themselves.
Kathy and husband, Michael, and their two daughters make their home in Maryland and Kathy works at the hospital as a physician's assistant. Read on.
UNC at Chapel Hill
Class of 1976
A Survivor's Tale
He was just a boy, looking for a ride.
That's what Physician's Assistant Kathlyn Stein first thought on the evening of March 17 -- until a second boy opened her car door, and she saw the gun.
That night, at approximately 8:15, Stein pulled up to the stop sign at Livingston Street and Victoria Road, her windshield wipers marking time against the rain. "It was probably one of the first warm nights in Asheville," she recalls -- ...
Stein pauses, touches the long brown hair that sweeps down the left side of her face. It hides a small, round scar behind and below her ear...
She looks a bit tired, perhaps, but you'd never guess that a bullet missed her spinal cord by a hair's breadth, just a few months back. ...The complete article
Kathy spent a couple of rounds in court suing the Asheville City School System. Then the case made its way into the appellate system.
You can’t make this shit up!!!
Native Daughter: 30 April 1954
Ruth has been active in organizing the reunion, first as a member of the original steering committee and locating our classmates. Now, she continues to pitch in wherever she is needed. Ruth is part of the elite group that started in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro City school system in first grade in 1960 and graduated from CHHS twelve years later. Ruth was employed by Southern Bell and then until recently, R. H. Donnelley, as a publishing analyst when her job became a casualty of the recession as has happened to others in our class. She lives in Raleigh, likes the Lifetime Movies for Women channel and hanging out with friends. Oh, and she is a rabid UNC sports fan.
UNC at Chapel Hill
Class of 1977
From Ruth: I can't wait to receive my first social security check in 2016.
Liz lives with husband Michael Rye, NY with and have two grown children, Alex and Katherine. "WATN?" finally got the skinny on Liz. After getting the kids off to school she taught art for 20 years and then retired. She is active in the community as a mentor and art advocate.
BA Art Education
UNC at Greensboro
Class of 1976
Good news is Liz is all registered up.
Native Daughter: 7 November 1953
Patsy has been on board since day one for this party. She resides in Hillsborough these days. Patsy has one daughter, Essence. She has helped find a few hard to find classmates during the outreach.
"WATN?" will post an update as soon as we receive one from the field.
This "WATN?" Twin Spin happened well after high school and was a quick tune. Nancy and John gave it a go but have moved on again.
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Mrs. Van Eck's 1st Grade Class
From roving reporter Martha Cranell's time capsule
Mrs. Alice Van Eck's 1st Grade Class at Glenwood Elementary School
Back Row: Chris Mead, Alison Hill, Butch Bishop, Jimmy Critcher, Bob Shankle RIP, Becky Humphrey, Greg Drake, Lynn last name?, Bobby McKnight
Fourth Row: Richard Whitaker, Randy Mayor, Danny Miller, Martha Mathews, Bill Sowter, Kathy McKee
Third Row: Martha Crandell, Betsi Terrell, Ruthie Bodenheimer, Connie Oakley RIP, Amy Langenderfer
Second Row: Robert Rogers, John Cherry, Jimmie Taylor, Andy Tripp, Mari Chambers
Front Row: Bobby Wheeler