Originally sent June 22
Just few items...thought I would pass along.....
Howard Council of Lawton, who for decades has produced some of the best custom-made saddles in the world, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Western Heritage awards in Ok City next April 16, 2011. Council has made saddles for Garth Brooks, George Strait, Roy Cooper, Trevor Brazile, and the list goes on. The 2011 event will be extra 'special' and extra 'BIG' as it is the 50th year anniversary of the Museum and they are inviting all past honorees.
Howard is LHS class of 1945 and is married to Genevieve (Thomas) of Sterling who graduated LHS, class, '52.
From the eMail bag:
I received a nice email from Jan (Rice) Grogan, '54, who is [finally] doing well. Jan fell back in January and had a serious hip injury that required surgery but never healed properly. Now, as of June 8, she is sporting a brand new hip and says she is doing great and will be driving again soon!
Emailed some back & forth with Ed (Eddie) Jones.....I will always remember Eddie as a life guard at Doe Doe Park way back when......anyway, Ed now lives south of the border and this is one exchange we had, I don't think he will mind my sharing....
"Things are great here in Baja. We have been here 12 years now. The Sea of Cortez is just outside our windows and the weather is great. We are not in the part of Mexico that is dangerous. we are a small fishing village and few people here. It is like living in Tipton, Ok in the 1940s."
In a longer email I received, Ed was born in Tipton and moved to Lawton when he started 7th grade. He went on to give a wonderful travel guide on the Baja area where he lives. They live near San Felipe, a sea side town of about 30,000, which includes about 10,000 American and Canadian nationals. 330 days a year of sunshine and almost any activity you would care to pursue on land or water along with upscale shopping and restaurants.
And Ed says...."A short trip from town leads to one of the ancient petroglyphs or the VALLE DE LOS GIGANTES (Valley of the Giants), home of some of the largest Cardon cacti in the world, some as high as 30 feet tall. Consag Island attracts sea lion colonies and sea birds." About 235 miles south of San Diego. No wonder hes there! Ed is class of '51 and is brother of Ron Jones, '55.
Fun (memories) email from Marilyn Celeste Morris, '56 about growing up without a cell phone! Don't know how we managed!! Also, here is link to her published books:
Herb Jacobs Sunday column, 'Where Are They Now', is a wonderful article about the June 1950 sports scene in Lawton. Covers 30 days, and while a little early for me, a lot of LHS names (and other schools) I recognized and I know you will too: Clarence Avery; Al Terrill; Harvey Coombs; Chuck and Dottie Avera; Myron Burton; Chad Bledsoe; J.C. Brubaker; Elwin Metcalf; Ron Jones; Don McFarland; and the list goes on with different sporting events and persons and schools involved. Great read if you can get it. Sunday Constitution - June 20, page 6-C - titled, 'Sports Scene Back in June 1950 was Hectic'.
Regards to all..........Georgia