Our Memories - Page 2
We invite you to share your
memories (via email) of good times, funny
situations, about friends or teachers, things that
happened in and around West End, grade school, places you remember or whatever
comes to mind. Some of the memories below were pulled from
the Classmate Bio section (a few of these classmates are now deceased). You are
sure to enjoy the memories shared below. Check out
Memory Lane for a list of places we went and things we did.
NANCY WHITLOW '60
I have to tell a good one on my sister, Sylvia. One night we had her convertible
out and went to Constantine's. She got a piece of lemon ice box pie and did not
eat it. I asked her what she was going to do with it and she told me I would
see. Well, we drove to Green Alley and she let someone have it in the face. I
wish I knew who it was. She never told me. Also, I remember when some of us
would sneak off to Panama City, have a great time getting sunburned and bopping
all Sunday afternoon at the hang out. Of course we were spending the weekend
with a very trusted classmate. What fun until we got caught!
DONNA ALEXANDER '61
I remember the
West End Theater's Saturday double feature, serial and
cartoons; grilled cheese sandwiches at the burger grill next door; walking home
to Alabama Avenue; Hemphill School; walking with Nancy, Marie, Diane, Kay and Mary home from school; of
course my partial namesake Donna Jean's Candies and waiting for football hero,
Bill Battle, to come by to buy pralines! At WEHS, thank you Mr. Baughan
and thank you Mr. Clark (Marie's daddy) for driving us to school on rainy days in
MIKE ARMSTRONG '61
I remember Ms Deliska
Skinner, who taught art. Now
there was a teacher! She taught me a lot about Art by letting me be free
to do what was working for me; she was quick to encourage
- to push. Did
West End influence me? You bet! However, as hard as I
tried, West End did not teach me Spanish, Ms. Hilleke
and I did not get along that well. My friend Larry Johns and I would not stop
laughing - then, Linda Lyle would give us a glance and the three of us could no
longer hold it in - laughing out - til we cried. Can't understand why I could
not pass that class! I know that it was
not the teacher. I still take Spanish lessons.
I paid for my
green Vespa working at the drive-in theater, and three years at
Burger-in-a-Hurry. I hope
that the new investments in the area will help improve the old neighborhood.
JEAN BURTON '61
It has been fun reading everyone's memories. I
remember the sock hops in the gym, dances at Boutwell, Duke and Joe Rumor, Grady
Pruitt (he had the radio show where we went up and took requests), Sky Castle,
Hobbs drugstore and sour lime drinks, Constantine's and curb service, Holiday
Beach and the "Bop" (did everyone learn holding on to a door knob or the
MARIE CLARKE '61
remember working the in the Junior Achievement Bank and being a marshal in the
halls. I was so timid I wasn’t sure what I would do if someone came by without
an "okey", but fortunately that never happened. I also remember catching my
fingers in the mixer in Foods class because the person who used it before me
left it plugged in. Billie Jo Ulmer was the only one hollering so everyone
thought she was the one who was hurt. By the time I got back to school the next
day, the rumor was that I had caught my hand in a meat grinder!
MIKE COLLINS '61
I remember: 1) Mrs. Baughan teaching me how to learn
history, which helped me get through college; 2) hanging out with Barry Ellis,
Jerry Yaeger and skipping class once and getting caught; 3) my dad locking me in
my room 'til I memorized chemistry equations; 4) that paddle in gym; 5) the scar
on my knee from the "meat line"; 6) the sock hops and football games; 7) being
shy when asking someone for a date; 8) my football endeavor
.. boy did I stink,
but did a little better at track; 9) the faces of all of us in what seemed like
the hardest part of our lives .. puberty .. pimples.. 10) my old '49 Plymouth
which ran mostly on oil; 11) spring breaks; 12) village fair at Auburn. Wow, all
the hopes and dreams! I guess we found it was the best of times for the most
part, but it seems so far away ..
after so many years
.. yet only a moment ago.
HAROLD COPUS '61
My best memory is recalling fun times when
there was absolutely no responsibility. I equally remember chemistry and
always thinking, "what am I doing?" and will Mr. Baughan finally figure out that
I have no clue as to what is going on? Grateful just to get out of the class and
labs when Buster Patterson saved the day by somehow coming up with the answer
book for those lab problems!
KAY CROUCH '61
I remember a
couple of performers at a talent show at WEHS. There was a guy, can't
remember his name but think it was Robin something, he brought on-stage his
pianist/voice teacher who was blind. I remember that he sang "Surrey With
a Fringe on Top" from Oklahoma, and did a good job. Does anyone else
remember this? Then I also remember Beverly Walters who sang "Wouldn't It
Be Loverly?" from My Fair Lady.
SANDRA DREW '61
think back on our school years - we were so blessed to grow up in a time when we
could enjoy the simple things in life and they were truly "Happy Days."
DIXIE DYER '61
My favorite memory is
the night Mike Carlisle mooned the audience during a Shakespearean play. I
was Titania, Queen-of-the-Fairies, trying to seduce Michael who played Bottom, a
drunken tinker (wait, it gets better). Mike was wearing a 20-pound
donkey head, which could account for the less-than-graceful way he landed
bottoms up in the flowery bed. It caused his tunic to flip up, revealing
bright red swim trunks beneath and that brought the house down, stopping the
show in its tracks! There might even have been a standing ovation; you’ll
have to ask somebody else for details because the Fairy Queen and the Donkey
spent their 15 minutes of fame lying there clueless until finally somebody
walked onstage and pulled his skirt down!
WAYNE GILES '61
I fondly remember Ms. Ezell and Ms.
Hilleke. I remember the dead chickens episode and Ms.
Ezell's Investigative Team. I also remember that one of the lockers by the
cafeteria had shrimp or fish or something inside. All I know is it had a
memorable smell, whatever it was!
RICHARD HAND '61
I remember Coach Short trying to teach me to kick extra points and field goals.
Miss Ezell suspending me for 2 days because I cut classes. Ronnie McBride
jumping out of my car one night because the police were chasing us. I guess I
must have been speeding. They did not catch us!
MIMI JONES '61
My favorite memories of the WEHS days are trips to Panama City and dancing at
the "Hangout" at Long Beach Resort. FUN!!
CAROL LEMLEY '61
One of my favorite memories includes Ms. Ezell, the
Hallway Nazi, and her band of Hall Monitors. I, desiring the thrill
of authority, was one for a short time - unfortunately it was during my watch
that the great Chicken Hunt took place. Someone with a great sense of justice
secretly placed dead chickens in empty lockers, then locked them. It fell to the
hall monitors to go up and down the locker line, sniffing to locate the dead
chicken. And the way she patrolled the halls in the morning to make sure no
couples were actually touching each other as they went from class to class. I
also have a very fond memory of what Barbara Cork and I did the day Coach Roy
caught us talking in class and made us write 500 times "I will not talk in Coach
Roy's class." And I also remember with the greatest
fondness the one brief moment that Gerald Kesler allowed me to drive his
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