January 5, 2008

BLAST FROM THE PAST!

     I didnít save a lot of material things from my past. It is difficult to know what to hang on to and what to discard.  However, one of the things that I am very glad I kept is a scrapbook from high school. In it are newspaper articles and keepsakes; dimes that Greg Symmes gave me for my "penny loafers", movie tickets from first dates, lots and lots of programs and memorabilia from the drag races. I do have my baton, I canít find my Senior Cords, and other things have been lost over time, but the scrapbook was a small treasure I tapped into after the reunion.

     I hope some of these items evoke memories and smiles. If it brings to mind one of your memories, a story or a photo to share, please send it to me. Thatís what we want this site to be Ė sharing and keeping in touch.

     I found this photo and asked Jerry Hilgenberg where it was taken.  He said it was at WIUC in Winnie.  He worked there summers and on weekends with Stu Zaltsberg. He said I could share this memory with you!

       I know there are more stories out there! Send them in!

                                                                                       Jill

     Jerry: 'As you know, we worked there (WIUC) part time.  During the summer, management would foolishly leave us alone at the place on weekends.   

     On the air, we were only supposed to play "easy listening", but we never did get very good service from the record companies, so as a result we would play anything, and I mean anything, that someone sent us in the mail.  We got tired of playing the same old Mantovani crap all the time.  One Saturday we got a record in the mail.  It was called "Rotten Love" by a guy named Ronnie Gray (or some such).  The label had a drawing of cow horns on it, so we knew it was gonna be a real s**t kickerÖ.and it was awful.  I put it on the air anyway.  Stu was working the news that day and while the record was playing the telephone rang and he took that call.   

      A little later, he came on the intercom and said, "That was God on the phone.  Says thatís the worst record ever.  Heís going to get you for it." 

     About 30 minutes later, an electrical storm blew in.  Lightning came in on the tower and transmitter and knocked the station off the air.  They had to operate on low power for two weeks waiting on the replacement parts!  True story.'