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Home/Editorial Page: Stories about Jim and Becky Webb, Albert and Edith Holt and Beach Road Chicken Dinners.
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New Music: "The Fool" by Sanford Clark
"Life Is A Journey - Enjoy Your Trip"
Welcome to My New Format
the Landon High School Class of 1956 web site. This web site is owned
and maintained by Jim Webb for the enjoyment of all classmates from
After having the same format on my Web site for approximately twelve years, I've decided to do a little journalism for a change. After retiring from business in 2000 with an AA Degree from then Florida Jr. College in Jacksonville, I applied to, and was accepted into the University of Florida's School of Journalism in Gainesville. I bought myself a new red Corvette and got ready for life's newest adventure. My goal was to be a writer/journalist. For four years, I commuted 140 miles round trip for two or three days a week to attend classes on the UF Campus. My UF education has helped me do a professional job of organizing and editing this Web site.
I do not have access to the Internet. I employ a company who works with me and uploads our revised class information to the Internet as needed. My personal cost is currently averaging about $500 a year. This is my gift to the Landon Class of 1956 and all Landonians.
If you have any information that you want to share with our classmates, I will
print it for you in
this section of our Web site.
If you have any information that you want to share with our classmates, I will print it for you in this section of our Web site.
The best news for this edition is no new classmate deaths have been reported.
Joe and Sandie DeSalvo have volunteered to continue the upkeep of our class directory. This is a quite a task as class information is constantly changing. If you are a Landon Class of 1956 graduate and interested in having a current class directory e-mailed to you at no cost, contact Joe or Sandie. Their contact information is (813) 278-8634.
I have a short feature story on Albert and Edith Holt for this edition. As you read his story, remember that the Landon Class of 1956 voted him "Most Intellectual" as a class superlative.
--- Most Intellectual ---
Albert Holt and Emily Jopling
1956 Landonian Photo
Richard Mette 1948-2018
I am sad to report the death of Richard Mette on July 9, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. Richard was a good guy who worked very hard to keep the memory of our classmate and his oldest brother, Robert "Bob" Mette, alive. One of Richard's most cherished possessions was a baseball that Bob had given him in the Summer of 1956, just before he left with his USMCR unit on their annual two week training trip to Camp LeJeune, NC. While at camp, Bob contracted Spinal Meningitis and died on August 12, 1956. Richard established a scholarship with the Marine Corp Reserve Unit in Jacksonville in Bob's memory and he was also responsible for the two cement benches and bronze marker on the grounds at Landon High School in Bob's memory.
Cement Benches Bronze Marker
Words of Wisdom
People with a fear of Escalators should take Steps to avoid them.
WARNING: Do not go to this hyperlink until music stops playing from when you open Home Page, otherwise you will hear two different music sounds at one time.
This is a history of Landon High School - produced by some older Landonians, mostly a collection of old 8mm film.
If you learn of a Classmate's Passing
Call me at (904) 743-2511 or send me an e-mail at Jwebbj@aol.com. Our Reunion Committee has voted to dissolve and I have assumed the full responsibility for reporting all class news, good and bad.
For some unknown reason, anyone who uses AOL as their Internet Service Provider may not receive the sound that I have attached to this site. Try this, Go to "Internet Explorer" on your desktop, type in WWW.Landon56.com then enter, and you will get our Web site with SOUND.
I don't make the news, I just report it. I would like to report more than death notices, so please send me any news of interest for our classmates such as marriages, retirements, fishing, hunting stories and any old or new pictures of interest. I can easily scan paper pictures and return them to you.
Jim Webb, Editor
Selecting a New Song for the Home Page
I have decided to try a different approach in selecting a tune for our home page. I have always been amazed by an artists or group that has a highly rated song on the Billboard Music Chart and never has another song that goes anywhere in the musical ranking. Some singers write their own music, but few are very successful. A rare exception to this practice was Hank Williams, Sr. who wrote one hit after another around the time we were in high school. Many of his songs told sad love stories and were taken from his personal life and marriage that had ended in divorce.
Other artist just couldn't find the song they needed to extend their career. A good example was Jeannie C. Riley who sang "Harper Valley P. T. A." in 1968, or Lesley Gore who sang "It's my Party and I'll Cry if I want to" in 1963.
I'm going to select some of those one-hit-wonders that we heard during the 50's and 60's and bring them back for your listening pleasure.
For my first song, I've chosen a 1956 favorite of mine titled. "The Fool," by Sanford Clark. I like two elements of this song. It has a catchy beat that I have never heard before or after this recording and second, it had a real message for some of us as teenagers, and yes, it deals with love and a broken heart. It seems Mr. Clark has told his baby "Goodbye" and regrets his decision. In order to qualify as a one-hit-wonder, Clark recorded another dozed or so songs that never made the popular music charts.
Gather round me buddies Hold your glasses high And drink to a fool, a crazy fool who told his baby goodbye Too late he found out he loves her So much he wants to die But drink to a fool, a crazy fool who told his baby goodbye He needs her, he needs her so He wonders why he let her go-oo-oo She's found a new love, buddy He's a lucky guy So drink to the fool, 'cause I'm that fool who told his baby goodbye He needs her, he needs her so He wonders why he let her go-oo-oo She's found a new love, buddy He's a lucky guy So drink to the fool, 'cause I'm that fool who told my baby goodbye My baby goodbye Who told my baby, who told my baby...
--- Beach Road Chicken Dinners is for Sale ---
The Original Beach Road Chicken Dinners/photo taken April 2019
"The times they are a changing," Bob Dylan sang in the 60s, those words continue to ring true today. Opened for business in 1939 at 4132 Atlantic Boulevard, the oldest family style restaurant in Jacksonville and the 3.8 acre tract of land it sits upon are on the market for a new owner. Rumors have swirled about the fate of the restaurant, but these are the facts from the Realtor who is handling the sale: The new owners may choose to keep the restaurant open "as is" using the same name, or they may choose to tear the restaurant down completely and build what they choose.
As far back as I can remember, there was a Beach Road Chicken Dinners and that includes going to Landon High School in the 1950s. I have ordered take-out dinners from Beach Road as recently as last April and the food was very good, especially their cream peas. Here are a few pictures to help you remember another something from your youth that may soon be gone forever.
If you hurry, it's still not too late to enjoy a good fried chicken dinner from the 1950s.
Jim Webb, Editor
Main Entrance Take-Out Entrance
Take-Out Counter Street Sign
Grandpa Jim to the Rescue
Becky, Aidan and Jim Webb
It was prom time for Bishop Kenny High School where my grandson Aidan Webb is a Junior. A plan was in place for a group of Kenny students to meet at the Epping Forrest Yacht Club for pre-prom pictures using the St. Johns River as a background, take pictures and ride a bus together to the prom. Aidan was part of that group. A wedding at Epping Forrest caused a cancellation for his group to use their facilities. It seems everyone wanted to have a river background for pictures, so Aidan called me and asked about using my back yard fronting the Arlington River. I agreed, but warned him to tell his friends that my yard was nothing like Epping Forrest.
On a Saturday Afternoon, about 55 parents and kids arrived around 5 P.M. All the young men were handsome in the black tuxedos and the girls were beautiful in long gowns and flowing hairdos. For an hour or so, there was plenty of socializing and picture taking in our backyard. After thanking Becky and me for our hospitality, the kids boarded a sleek-looking bus bound for TIAA Bank Field, the Jacksonville Jaguars Home Stadium, anxious to get their prom night started.
It was a different and enjoyable afternoon--a 63 year step back in time.
34 Prom Goers Pose for a Group Picture
The Prom Bus
--- HOW LANDON CHANGED ME ---
2018 Photo of Albert and Edith Holt
Albert Holt, Landon Class of 1956
1956 Landonian Photo
Clarence E. "Eddie" Porch, Jr.
1956 Landonian Photo
Congratulations are in order to Classmate Eddie Porch on the publication of his recent book, "From the Halls of Cuba." It appears to be well-received by publishers and readers alike. This book is a novel combining Eddie's personal life and experiences as an US Army Special Forces/Airborne Soldier together with his knowledge of Dictator Fidel Castro's ruination of Cuba, a beautiful island he once loved to visit as a young man.
Eddie (center) serving in US Special Forces Eddie with the US Special Forces in Panama
Book Cover for "From the Halls of Cuba"
FROM THE HALLS OF CUBA…
By: C. E. Porch
At the end of the 19th Century the United States had emerged as a nation finally united and taking full advantage of the industrial revolution. Theodore Roosevelt was stepping onto the world stage with America becoming a world power. Cuba was a lynch pin, a stage where the show begins.
I have used historical events and characters, some I knew personally and others extrapolated from real events in order to put some things into context and give the reader a little insight to history in the background. A few events which I thought that I had created were later in my research proved to have actually occurred, much to my surprise and continuing mystery.
This is a story of the Scott family which rode that wave into the 20th Century with all its wars, prosperities and depressions as reflected in the mirror of Cuba…until Fidel.
Obvious characters, like Teddy Roosevelt, were only mentioned to give context to the invasion, his immediate election three months later as governor of New York, then President and later the Panama Canal. General “Fighting Joe” Wheeler, the Confederate hero and at that time Chairman of the US House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, was indeed selected for political reasons in the Deep South, then proceeded to show the Yankees how to fight a war.
While I was at the University of Miami working on my Master’s Degree, one of my favorite professors was Dr. Eduardo Leriverend. He had been a professor in the Havana Law School and the young lawyer who drafted the amendment to the Cuban Constitution which eliminated the United States’ right to intervene in Cuban affairs via the Platt Amendment. He was, also, a former Supreme Court Justice, appointed by Fidel Castro. Castro had been a student of Dr. Leriverend, who he described to me as “…absolutely brilliant…but crazy.” When I asked him why he left such a sinecure as a Justice, who had been handpicked by Castro, his soft and simple reply still rings in my mind and absolutely summarizes this period of Cuban history, “When there was no more LAW, I left”. This distinguished man had lived through and participated in the most important times and events in modern Cuban history, and he was always glad to share with his students. He will be missed by those of us who took the time to know him.
In the chapter on Indochina in WW II, I knew Frank Tan as a friend in the last years of his life, and his story is backed up by any book on Ho Chi Minh or OSS operations in Indochina in WW II., including a BBC documentary, Uncle Ho and Uncle Sam. Only my Cuban book characters are fictional. Some facts about China towards the end of the war were related to me by my late uncle, Captain Thomas Hollin Scott, Jr., US Army Air Corps, China-Burma, who flew the last allied plane out of Peking while Mao Tse-tung’s forces were shelling the airfield. The story was that he carried Chiang Kai-shek’s furniture, for which he received a very big starburst medal from Chiang. At least when I was a kid, it seemed huge in my hand. Later he flew some places for the CIA as a civilian that he couldn’t tell me about. All I knew was that big, shiny, brand new convertible sure was pretty.
Fidel Castro and Che Guevara at this time in history need no further introduction. I have tried to give some background and feel for Cuba and its stratification at the time and still remain true to the events as a whole. The Cuba I remember as a young man was a magical place, which turned into an inhospitable situation to many in the wrenching destruction of a whole society. Needless to say, my “yankee” father’s business was one of the first to go. Many of my experiences and my Cuban friends are incorporated in this part.
Things about early Miami were related to me by my grandfather, who moved to Miami with my great-grandfather in 1919. I have tried to incorporate some of that fascinating history into the book. Many people have remarked to me about how many Cubans there are in Miami. My answer is simple and factual, “There have always been many Cubans in Miami. From the beginning they were a part of its fascinating fabric. History tells us that the “discoverer” of Florida (the Land of Flowers) was Juan Ponce de Leon, who sailed here from Havana, Cuba.” Enough said.
Several years ago I had the honor and pleasure of having a personal conversation with Vernon Walters, Lieutenant General, US Army, Retired, who knew my late father-in-law, Colonel John Finn while the Colonel was serving on General Eisenhower’s staff in North Africa. General Walters had one of the most extraordinary careers in Army history, stretching from a young lieutenant negotiating with German commanders in North Africa in WW II, Deputy Director of Central Intelligence Agency, advising and translating for four presidents in four different languages, assisting Henry Kissinger in the secret negotiations to end the Viet Nam war, and culminating in an appointment as Ambassador to the United Nations. I told him that I wanted to write a historical novel in which the main character was a combination of Vernon Walters and Audie Murphy. His response was, “Wow, that one I have to read”.
Unfortunately, he died before I could finish. However, I always had him in mind while I was writing, and I read his books. I added a few twists which probably would have made him sit back and say “What the…?!” , but I hope he would have enjoyed it.
I hope you enjoy what is coming FROM THE HALLS OF CUBA…
Bill and Inge Boss
Newly Weds Bill and Inge Boss - December 4, 1965 - Baden Baden, Germany
After Graduating from Landon in 1956, Bill entered the Citadel in Charleston, SC, a military college. He graduated as a Second Lieutenant and chose the US Air Force as his preferred branch of the US Military. After his specialized Air Force training in the US, Bill was stationed at a French Air Force Base in West Germany under a NATO agreement. The "Cold War" was still red hot and Bill's job in Germany included the responsibility for Nuclear Weapons Delivery Systems.
One evening in Freiburg, West Germany, Bill was at a local social club when he observed the most beautiful girl he had ever seen sitting across the room from him. He went over to her and introduced himself. Things didn't go smoothly at first, but Bill convinced her that he was an honorable man. She invited him to sit down at her table and they began to learn more about each other. Inge Scheffler was her name and she had a Master's Degree in English. Her father had escaped from Communist East Germany to West Germany in 1947, and his family, including Inge, followed shortly. Dating and going steady followed. Bill admits that he was infatuated with Inge from the start and love soon followed. Bill and Inge were married on December 4, 1965, and have enjoyed a happy union for 52 years.
After his discharge from the USAF, Bill and Inge decided to settle in Chicago. Inge got a job teaching English and Bill chose to test the water in the new field of computers. Two of the bigger companies that Bill worked for were Arthur Andersen and Service Master. They found time to enjoy a new life style and start a family of three children. Bill and Inge made their retirement money working in the Chicago area where Inge taught English and Bill worked as a Programmer. Life was good for the young couple. They enjoyed living on a lake and even built their own log cabin where they lived for 14 years while raising and preparing their children for college. When it came time to retire, Bill and Inge were looking at real estate ads on their computer and saw a house in Boynton Beach, Florida that seemed to be what they had in mind for retirement. They bought the house and now enjoy living in South Florida.
Log Cabin in Michigan Bill enjoying the Sun in Spain
Bill and Inge always planned not to work in the next millennium, so in 2000, they quit working and planned to do some of the things that they had always talked about doing in retirement. Inge had always wanted to go to Iceland, so their first trek included a two weeks trip to Iceland where they camped in a tent using sleeping bags. They've taken numerous trip to Europe where there visited with old friends in Germany and France. Other destinations in their retirement itinerary included Spain, England and Austria. Both travelers agree that the best beer is in Vienna, the best wiener schnitzel in the Hot Brau House in Munich and the best wines in Southern France along the Mediterranean Coast.
A walk on the shores of Lake Michigan Attending 60th Landon Class Reunion
Bill and Inge have always enjoyed good health by eating wisely and exercising. Each morning after tea for Bill and coffee for Inge, they ride bikes to the Aberdeen Golf and Country Club in Boynton Beach for their daily exercise.
Bill and Inge are a fortunate couple. Financially, they prepared for the future. There is no conflict in their marriage because they listen to each other and any problem is easily resolved. Bill admits that Inge is the smartest person he has ever known, and she is usually right!
This article was submitted by Bill Boss.
Memories from the Past
Thanks to Doris Fagan for this photo and Nancy Wainwright Posner for helping identify the students..
The top row of six in an arc are L to R: Peggy Leake, Carol Chepenik, Kendall Haines Sasnett, Reuben Mizrahi, Betty Lovan and Mary Monroe. Second row down in an arc are L to R: Catherine Stevens, Sue King, Jeanne Solomon, Sally Guthrie, Mark Entman, Mrs. Button, Eddie Porch, Albert Holt, Nancy Wainwright, Patricia McIlvaine and Norma Sarra. Third row which dips down are L to R: Johnny Carraway (in Boy Scout Uniform), Leni Bowen, Leigh Culley and Bill Coalson. Fourth row straight across L to R: Connie Boyd, Jeanne Heide, Hope Davidson, Barbara Rothstein, Malinda Dixon, Vicky Thomas, Emily Jopling, Becky Goss and Margaret McNatt. Fifth row straight across L to R: unidentified student (Possibly Patty Martin), Melinda Fine, Carl Sasnett, Joan Glickstein, Norman "Bit" Edwards, Ronald Gardner, Mary Woolsey, George Orner, Doris Fagan and Ginger Cogburn.
60th Landon Class of 1956 Reunion
July 2, 2016, Jacksonville, Florida at Maggiano's Italian Restaurant
Front Row Seated L to R: Bill Coalson; Bob Harris, Longwood, FL; Prissy Parkin DeChanie, Welaka, FL: Jim Webb; Kay Steeves Morin, Orlando, FL; Shirley Brewer Yost; Sandra Jones Manning, Houston, TX; Judy NeSmith Reid; Rochelle Robin Siegel, Chevy Chase, MD; Toby Markowitz Ringel; Phyllis Knox Smith; Kathy Enge Barket and Bill Swain.
Middle Row Standing L to R: Sandie Birdseye DeSalvo, St. Petersburg, FL; Mary Kay Daniel Hurd, Atlantic Beach, FL; Peggy Blackburn Schultz, Blairsville, GA; Mary Letha Fullerton Clark and Joe DeSalvo, St. Petersburg, FL.
Back Row Standing L to R: Morris Busbia, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; Bill Boss, Boynton Beach, FL; James Harrell, Stuart, FL; Ethel Wimberly Leverock; Jim Hernandez, The Villages, FL; Vann Burney; Jim Couch; Mickey Dechman, Thomasville, GA; Richard Craig, Tampa, FL; Buddy Ray Turner; Martha Wilder, Thomasville, GA; Bill Thompson; Tony Fekany; Jim Daniel, Elkton, FL; Gene Manning, Houston, TX; Nancy Wainwright Posner, Social Circle, GA and Fred Fulkerson.
Our 19 out-of-town guests have their addresses listed by their name.
Attending our reunion, but missing the class photo were Classmates Michael Lissner and Deanna Moss Lissner.
In Memoriam o
Linda Jo Lovitz
1956 Landonian Photo
Her Obituary was found in the Metro Section of the Sunday, February 17, 2019 Edition of the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Florida:
Linda J. DuBow, 80, passed away on Friday, February 15, 2019. Linda was a native of Jacksonville, Florida, a graduate of Landon High School and attended the University of Florida.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 59 years, Lawrence "Laurie;" children, Susan, Michael (Helen); and grandchildren Sophie (Aaron), Charlie and Shira.
Funeral Service will be Sunday, February 17th at 1 p.m. at the Jacksonville Jewish Center, 3662 Crown Point Rd. Jacksonville, FL with Graveside Service immediately following at Oaklawn Cemetery, 4801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Linda's memory to the Jacksonville Jewish Center, 904-292-1000. Arrangements by HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME OF MANDARIN, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223, www.hgmandarin.com, 904-288-0025.
Henry "Richard" Haley, Jr.
1956 Landonian Photo
His Obituary was found in the April 28, 2017 Edition of the Citizen TRIBUNE, Morristown, Tennessee:
Henry “Richard” Haley, Jr., 79, of Talbott, passed away Monday, April 24, 2017 at his home. Richard was a veteran of the US Army and attended the Agape Sunday School Class at Calvary Baptist Church in Morristown.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hank and Kay Haley; and son, Steven Haley.
Survivors include his wife, Kathryn T. Haley; son, Rick (Sheila) Haley; grandchildren, Brian, Kori and Brandon Haley; brother, John (Janice) Haley; and several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
A gathering will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at Alder Funeral Home with a celebration of life to follow at 4 p.m. with Dr. Larry Parrott officiating.
Arrangement by Alder Funeral Home.
1956 Landonian Photo
His Obituary was found in the March 13, 2019 Edition of the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Florida:
This event is held on the second
Wednesday of every month. The new location is the Cracker Barrel
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