Ode to an Office Page

Discovering that one is a dinosaur is a common occurrence for most people who have lived seven or so decades, and I am one of those in today’s technological world.   Yes, I have a cell phone, a clam shell style.  And yes, I also have a desktop computer, on which I use email, Word, and the Internet.  However, there are many functions inside that screen that I will never explore. Likewise, at least so far, I refuse to invest in anything that has an “i” in front of its name;…

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Roll On Down The Floor

Around, ‘round, and ‘round the Riverside High School building: That’s where Phil Reed, who was a student in the late 1950s, traveled on his roller skates for one entire school day. Phil was one of seven brothers and two sisters in the Reed family of Grand River. Five of the brothers, Clifford, Bob, Tom, Phil and Larry frequented Walton’s Roller Rink in Mentor-on-the-Lake,  and when not skating there, worked for Mr. Walton making hot dogs and mopping floors. All the Reed children attended Merrick Hutchinson Elementary School, where skating was,…

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Senior Pranks – Memorial Fountain

Senior pranks have been a rite of passage in many high schools and have ranged from the annoying and mundane (setting off stink bombs and fire alarms) to the slightly more imaginative (turning dogs or wild animals loose in schools’ hallways or putting “For Sale” real estate signs in their front yards). One story has it that some RHS seniors many years ago cemented a toilet to the building’s front porch. (Publisher’s Note: It’s True: Class of 1980) However, one group of seniors in the early ‘80s outdid all others…

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The Fad of Streaking

Streaking became an occasional activity at the school during the late ‘70s, one that tended to increase in spring when senior pranks were common. For those unfamiliar with the term, it involved students charging through the corridors or across the lawn naked except for shoes and sometimes hats. One year after senior exams were over, a group of them entered the side door on the west end of the building and streaked through the downstairs hall. One of our longtime English teachers, a much beloved single lady nearing retirement, happened…

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