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July 9, 2013

Memories from the Class of 1963

A few weeks ago I wrote about our upcoming class reunion and its rather historic significance, at least to the people who were in the Class of 1963. Well, we’ve had our reunion and, as the old Society Page contributors used to write, “…and a good time was had by all.” One or two of us appeared to have a better time than others, however.

This week I’m going to share with you some stories that were exchanged by members of our class for the sake of posterity, if not for the general interest of those who read this column. The first is about one of the truly outstanding members of our class, Dan Shermer. He was quarterback on the football team, a star on the basketball team, played first-chair clarinet in the band, was valedictorian of our class, and won a scholarship to play basketball at DePauw University. He and his high school sweetheart, Beth Ritter, have been married for close to fifty years now. He’s been a math teacher at Brownsburg High School for a long time. But when we were in high school and he was the quarterback on the football team. Rushville had the ball, Shermer had called the play and the Lions were at the line of scrimmage ready to go. The opponent hadn’t broken their defensive huddle yet and Coach Bill Gray – who, by the way, came to our reunion – was shouting to Shermer, “Snap the ball! Snap the ball!” We had a rare chance to get a jump on the other team! Shermer stood up from center and called back, “But, coach, they’re not ready yet!” He will never live that one down!

Kenny Todd, who is better known in Monroe County as “Judge” Todd, where he has been the Circuit Court Judge for years, played trumpet in the high school band under the direction of Bob McGinnis. This was back in the days when we had about 100 members in the band. During a basketball game, Kenny was showing me his new “Twistaflex” watch. “Look at this,” he said proudly, “You can twist this Twistaflex watchband in any direction,” which he proceeded to do when, “ping,” it broke. He was crushed and I nearly feel off my chair laughing. Apparently, there was at least one direction in which it couldn’t be twisted.

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