ARCHIVED MESSAGES #1:  April 3, 2007 - June 12, 2008





June 13, 2008 - 01:00 AM
Gerry Eddlemon, Class of 65
  To all of you connected with this website, I appreciate your efforts in bringing the Tech family back together. My wife and I will be attending the July reunion and I hope to see all of you there. Take care, Gerry
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June 12, 2008 - 02:27 PM
  RONALD COLLIER CLASS OF 1967 PHONE # 901-272-3541
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June 10, 2008 - 06:14 PM
Internet Surfer in Los Angeles
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June 10, 2008 - 11:31 AM
Randy Galloway 1979
  Iam back hope to meet you all real soon.
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June 10, 2008 - 03:25 AM
Beverly Palmer Sexton 1970
  It saddens me to hear about Donald Burkhart. My sympathy goes out to his family and friends. Its hard to hear about one of your fellow classmates. Donald will be missed and remembered.
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June 07, 2008 - 11:29 AM
Marvin Ray Driggers
  Have found Mary Helen Berry (Tucker)Class of 66. She lives in G,town. Her home phone is 901-754-5576. Please call her and but her on the found list.
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June 06, 2008 - 02:30 PM
Michael Clark 1972
  living in Memphis, working at the Commercial Appeal
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June 06, 2008 - 08:07 AM
Jerri Jolet-McKinley 1980
  Hi everybody!! Why hasn't the class of 1980 had a reunion and if we did why did I not hear about it?! I can be reached at 901-569-2007.
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June 04, 2008 - 07:17 PM
cecil bing
  class of 73 '
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June 04, 2008 - 06:04 AM
Mary (Wilson) Waterbury, Class of '71
  What a joy to be able to stay in touch through this web site. The years spent at Tech were wonderful!
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May 28, 2008 - 01:35 PM
Jane Fisher Wiley
  Dear Paula Kendall,

Did you have a sister named Betty... that attended Tech in 1965... I've been trying to reach her...please contact me...

"This is a great web site"... Gene you have done a wonderful job...

Thank you for giving of your time and energy... "You are appreciated"...

Jane Fisher Wiley
Class of 1965
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May 27, 2008 - 04:54 PM
Kermit Moore 1980
  Let's keep in touch.
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May 24, 2008 - 04:55 PM
  It was extremely pleasurable looking back in time seeing the past as if it was yesterday. You have done a beautiful job at recapturing these very fine memories that i now have in my possession to cherish for the rest of my life. The experience was so gripping and full of emotions that it has touch me in a mighty way. THANKS AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR IT. class of 86'
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May 23, 2008 - 09:32 AM
Carolyn Elliott
  Hello to Barron and Carolyn Hall, a lovely couple I remember so well. They asked about Anne Poteat, English and social studies teacher. I saw her a few years ago at a concert, and she was still teaching but may be retired by now. She looked well and happy. So good you have located the Tech website. Tell others about it.
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May 23, 2008 - 07:02 AM
Barron & Carolyn Hall, 1986
  Is Mrs. Poteat (I forget the spelling), my 12th grade English teacher still alive? I will never forget her. She taught us how to write a Resume! I still have the example she gave out. I'm always telling friends how she really cared about us. I would love for her to know that! I also speak about Mrs. Elliot and Mrs. Garner too! Mrs. Garner drove us around in order for us to fill out applications for a job! These were tools taught by them for our future! I had signed up for State Tech at that time, but God's plan changed everything for me. I got married to my wonderful Class Sweetheart, had our baby and moved to another country. I couldn't have planned it any better than that. The Air Force really is a great way of life. I forgot about Mr. Apple. We love him!

Class of 1986 for Life.
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May 14, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Gary Groce
  I ran into Jim Bob Bromley at Sam 's club on Saturday. He looked Great! What great times We had. Jim wrecked my car by the Police station scared both of us to death. Gary
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May 11, 2008 - 02:53 PM
Harold Hastings, Class of 1954
  Although not shown in the class roster I was a member of the class of 54. This web site brings back a lot of fond memories. Thanks to Gene Gill for a superb job maintaining it.
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May 10, 2008 - 08:52 PM
Steve Austin MD 1968
  I only went to Tech for my senior year. I did not get my picture in the Yearbook although Ms. Elliott was on me all year about it! Please fell free to contact me at my e-mail address should the need arise.
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May 08, 2008 - 07:38 PM
Buddy Tucker '68
  Congratulations Class of '68
we've lasted 40 years
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April 30, 2008 - 06:42 AM
mike godwin, paula kendall godwin 1965
  while at a dr. office with my wife i happened to make a comment to a young blood tech who had grad. from tech. he gave me one of your cards. it is very interesting that you have gone to such time to do this .i met aand married my wife there 43 years ago. i had and aunt grad in 1946,lillian wiley and her brother in 1950 bill wiley. i enjoyed looking at the pictures. i will try to spear the word thanks for the memories mike
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April 21, 2008 - 04:56 PM
Tim Cornelius
  Hello once again, in case you didn't get it from the guest message board info, I'm Woodley...Mike Lawson...Stan Griffin...anyone???
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April 21, 2008 - 04:41 PM
Tim Cornelius 1974
  Hello to all, I've just arrived in the 21st century internet/e-mail revolution and would love to hear from any of you who might remember me. Living in the fast lane of Las Vegas for 20 years now so contact me if you'd like!?!
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April 21, 2008 - 12:28 PM
Tom Woodard
  This is for you former Tech High teachers. I hope many of you will see this. It comes from the heart and is a result of many real life experiences. I was reminiscing in the Tech website a little bit ago when it occurred to me that I owe you all a debt for which there is only one payment: Thank you. It is all that I have as payment. Appreciation, gratitude, understanding all seem so menial, but it is all I have, especially to those of you who taught me. I have been teaching in the public arena for 20 years. Until I started teaching, it was impossible to understand the issues with which you good people had to deal and the mentality of the students you encountered. After all, I was too much like them. Today's students are likely much worse than those with whom you worked, but nonetheless, we were sometimes unappreciative and painfully obnoxious. Of course, we may have often felt that you were the problem. I am so grateful to you all for putting your foot down and insisting that we learn. You taught us principles of mental discipline that are ongoing. You told us that this would help us later when all we could understand was the now. Who could imagine how Shakespeare could fall into this category and yet I now enjoy reading his works more now than when I was a student. (I just finished Hamlet, again, last week.) I know that teachers today also care, but you were the best and I hope that I have been a tribute to all of you in a most positive way. Please accept my gratitude and undying love for what you tried to do for me because now, at age 57, I understand more clearly. Thank you and may God bless you all.
Tom Woodard
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April 20, 2008 - 02:29 PM
Becky Webster 1980
  Just keeping up with old classmates . 
If you need to email me:
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April 12, 2008 - 02:08 PM
Martin Willis, 1956
  Special thanks to Gene Gill for mastering our site. I found Stanley Balch ('56)living in Southaven, MS. We are planning a reunion June 7 for '56, '57 & '58. You can get more info at Regards, Martin
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April 10, 2008 - 03:30 PM
James Malone 1969
  What a great website. Dave you have done a terrific job locating so many classmates from 1969. I am surprised at the number that are no longer with us. These were fun times, thanks for putting this site together.....
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April 04, 2008 - 03:11 PM
Mary McMullin 1978
April 03, 2008 - 01:40 PM
Virginia Brown Clingan - 1964
  I was so shy and afraid of people in high school. I really enjoyed the football and basketball games.

Steve Wright, I do remember you from football, but also from Spanish class. You had such a good sense of humor.

I wonder if anyone on this board knows the whereabouts of Carolyn White. Carolyn and I went through al 12 years of school together.

I also wonder if anyone knows the whereabout of my cousins, Pat and Betty Christian. They graduated from Tech sometime in the 50s.


Virginia Brown Clingan
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Name - Tech Year:    Edgar Clark - 1937
E-mail address:
Message:    Hello,

My father-in-law, Edgar Cole Clark, is a graduate of the 1937 class and is seeking info on any upcoming reunions. Apparantely in the past, the 1937 class has been combined with other classes. Would you please send him an update on the next planned reunion, he would like very much to attend.

Thanks for your help.
Ed Clark

Tuesday, April 1st 2008 - 07:28:28 AM


Name - Tech Year:    Lenora F. Eubanks - 1979
E-mail address:
Message:    Mr.Terrell passed away on March 24, 2008

Tuesday, March 25th 2008 - 06:53:32 AM


Name - Tech Year:    Pat Patterson, "59"
E-mail address:
Message:    Thanks,Gene for making the site available. Does
anyone have any info on Martha Ann Miller,"59" and Jimmy McCutchen,"58"

Monday, March 24th 2008 - 05:42:08 PM


Name - Tech Year:    Lillian Bradley Laws 1941
E-mail address:
Message:    Being 84 years old now, I am discouraged because no one from the class of 1941 seems to be around.
If you are still out there please come forward.
I love The website and check it quite often.

Saturday, March 22nd 2008 - 08:35:38 PM


Name - Tech Year:    Elaine Brademeyer McAdams '57
E-mail address:
Message:    News --Dyer's is open --New Brunswick at HWY. 64/ Stage
(901) 590-1460

Tom and I ate there tonight, we both had a double-double with fries,
the burgers are smaller (cost more) but oh so good - you can smell the grease when you walk in,
and memories return to the days at Tech High.
And good memories they are for both of us Tom '43 and me '57 .

Don't miss a chance to relive the past, eat at new and just opened Dyer's

This would be a good meeting place !

Tom and Elaine

Wednesday, March 19th 2008 - 05:45:49 PM


Name - Tech Year:    David Thompson 1972
E-mail address:
Message:    I'm here because Thomas Woodley sent me here! Good web site to everyone involved. I'm still alive, still married to Connie, am an old fart like the rest of you! Just in case you wondered, now you know. :)

Wednesday, March 19th 2008 - 11:33:17 AM


Name - Tech Year:    Margaret Ellis (Savarin) - 1955
E-mail address:
Message:    This is the first time I have been to this site. Many years have passed and as I look at all the pictures so many memories flood in of my time at this school. I was not very out-going to say the least. Things have surely changed and I still have friends from my years at Tech High. God is good, all the time. Hope all is well with all of you. It would be nice to hear from any of you. Take care.

Tuesday, March 18th 2008 - 01:59:06 PM


Name - Tech Year:    Betty Jane Dunaway Money 1967
E-mail address:
Message:    Hi everybody. I just found out about this site and I love it. I would love to hear from anybody out there. I married in 1967 to James Money and had one daughter and now I have two wonderful grandchildren,Odie a boy and Jessie a girl. Hi Stanley Fogg, How are you doing? I still remember riding to school with you. Thought of you often. I have been a housewife most of my life except for security. I worked for Guardsmark. I now live in Tipton County down in the boondocks down by the river. I still love animals very much have three dogs Taco,Inky and Smilie. Just getting old like the most of us.

Saturday, March 15th 2008 - 06:00:26 PM


Name - Tech Year:    Mildred (Micki ) Groom - 1959
E-mail address:
Message:    I am on the phone with my mother who does not know how to use the computer and wanted to be included with anything that is going on for the class of 1959 at MTH (please include her address on events, etc.). She would like for people to write her as she would also like to write her class mates.

Mildred (Micki) Groom
Married name - Creamer

12800 Harbor Drive
Woodbridge, VA 22192

Thank you,
Her daughter
Cheryl Creamer

Wednesday, March 12th 2008 - 04:00:23 PM


Name - Tech Year:    Thomas Murchison
E-mail address:
Message:    Florida is a lot warmer this time of year and "spring break" is in full swing. If you make it to this area, drop by.

Thursday, March 6th 2008 - 06:00:01 PM


Name - Tech Year:    Sue Lee Johnson, Tech 1951
E-mail address:
Message:    Great Job, class of 1942 - espcially Glenn Raby who updated the information on the senior photos. Hard job, but much appreciated! Also, I enjoyed seeing the '42 reunion photos. Nice turnout for both events! I used to date Vance Raby, class of '50....maybe a relative?
Sue Lee Johnson

Thursday, March 6th 2008 - 09:08:44 AM


Name - Tech Year:    Sharron Babb 67-68
E-mail address:
Message:    Hi everyone,
I would have graduated with the class of 68, because of a family emergency it was neccessary to leave school in April. I finished my English that summer and got my deploma in the mail!I'm still in the Memphis area living in Cordova.
The web site is wonderful. Thanks for the memories !

Monday, March 3rd 2008 - 05:44:33 PM


Name - Tech Year:    Reva Arrwood Null 1952
E-mail address:
Message:    Thank you for sending me to the web site. I am enjoying looking at it. Send me any other news when you can.

Monday, March 3rd 2008 - 01:39:21 PM


Name - Tech Year:    Phil Murphy 1968
E-mail address:
Message:    In response to Mrs. Elliott's request to hear from those who were on her yearbook staffs, let me say I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the staff. The friendships I made were wonderful and bonded all of us to a common goal.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the staff.

Friday, February 29th 2008 - 07:32:49 PM


Name - Tech Year:    rob jolly
E-mail address:
Message:    Walter Robbins (from the class of 1952) has made a most wonderful donation to the Tech High collection. He has sent us his baseball sweater (letter jacket) and an autographed 1952 baseball from that season's players. Very, very nice. thank you Walter. and now.....several ladies have said that they will donate a cheerleading outfit. so far none have done so. search those closets and attics and let everyone benefit from our rich Tech History.
rob jolly
class of 1970

Thursday, February 28th 2008 - 03:46:13 AM


Name - Tech Year:    THOMAS WOODLEY 1974
E-mail address:    YESIWOOD@AOL.COM
Message:    ALIVE AND WELL IN MEMPHIS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, February 27th 2008 - 01:14:36 PM


Name - Tech Year:    Susan Diane Murphree - 1967
E-mail address:
Message:    I have never married and have 1 son, Chance Halley Murphree.We have lived in Marianna,AR for 22 yrs.come March.I was born here,he in Grenada,MS.
I grew up in Memphis, lived in several other states,returned to Memphis then Moved here 5/86.Have never been to any reunion, school or family and doubtful I will be able to as am ill.HOWEVER,I think this is so nice for you all to do.Should I be able to help in any way, please let me know.
P. O. Box 1146, Marianna, AR 72360
P.S.-Should you search REUNION .com, you will be creating a website for those who do not have one & must delete the search criteria.Somehow, like Joan McCommon, I have 2 sites there.(By the by, Hello Joan and Ed Bell & all else as well!Lookin' good in your old age!!

Tuesday, February 26th 2008 - 09:56:29 AM


Name - Tech Year:    Glenda Dearing (Parks) 1966
E-mail address:
Message:    I am trying to locate Dean Milam who graduated in 1956 - she and my sister were best friends. My sister mentioned her awhile back. My sister's birthday is coming up soon - I would like to surprise her with contact from Dean - does anyone have any information about her?

Monday, February 25th 2008 - 12:59:37 PM


Name - Tech Year:    Gene Gill - Webmaster, Tech Alumni website
E-mail address:
Message:    This website has received several emails expressing an opinion that the last three postings in the Guest Book were inappropriate for an alumni website and that a personal website is a more acceptable and fitting channel for such questionable commentary. While I would like to keep this forum open to free expression, I agree that the long and rambling messages did contain material which might be considered offensive. Therefore, I have removed the above mentioned postings.

Gene Gill

Saturday, February 23rd 2008 - 04:30:32 PM


Name - Tech Year:    Carolyn Elliott 1963-1987
E-mail address:
Message:    Dear Tech family,

It has been such a joy being reconnected with so many of you through Gene Gill's amazing website. Having sponsored the yearbook for so many years, I knew everyone's face, not just those in my classes, and I love hearing from all of you. I would like especially to hear from the former yearbook editors and staff members who worked so hard and often stayed so late. How about it, staffers?

Carolyn R. Elliott

Thursday, February 21st 2008 - 07:06:35 PM


Name - Tech Year:    Alberta Bell, 1972
E-mail address:
Message:    I would like to be informed of the next class reunion. Thanks

Wednesday, February 13th 2008 - 02:30:57 PM


Name - Tech Year:    VICKIE GASTON - 1980
E-mail address:    RSCOTT206@COMCAST.NET

Wednesday, February 13th 2008 - 07:09:40 AM


Name - Tech Year:    Sandra Barron Van Velsor
E-mail address:
Message:    I taught Spanish and World History at Tech from 1966-1969. I would love to hear from any former students.
I retired from teaching in 1997 and work parttime as a reference librarian with the Memphis Public Library---Poplar White Station Branch.

Sunday, February 10th 2008 - 02:54:10 PM


Name - Tech Year:    Bland Lipscomb 1959
E-mail address:
Message:    Now living in Atlanta and retired from the Advertising Agency business. Have resumed my interest in photography.

Would love to locate Thom Norton and Floyce Ann Townsend -- class of 1959.

Take care and good luck to all...

Monday, February 4th 2008 - 12:36:32 PM


Name - Tech Year:    Joyce blackford
E-mail address:
Message:    Hey Bob,Great to finally hear from you. You have been on our Missing Classmates list for a very long time. In fact, you were on our Deceased list, and I took you off, so I am more than thrilled to hear from you. I kept telling everyone that you were Still Alive, and living in Houston, so now we have the real proof.
A note to everyone out there that is looking for Missing Classmates: PLEASE DON"T GIVE UP. If you look long enough, you Will find them, or eventually they will find You. Great to have you back among us Bob.

Thursday, January 31st 2008 - 07:28:20 AM


Name - Tech Year:    Bob Austin 1960
E-mail address:
Message:    Enjoyed looking at the website and seeing photos of friends. I now live in Houston, Texas and life has been very good.



Wednesday, January 30th 2008 - 07:47:31 PM


Name - Tech Year:    Joyce Poor 1960
E-mail address:
Message:    Peggy, I am thrilled that "You found Us". Now we can change your name on the Missing list to Green. We don't mind, at all, taking you off of our Missing list. I wish Every One on those lists would FIND US. Hope you can help us find some more.
Welcome back

Wednesday, January 23rd 2008 - 01:45:23 PM


Name - Tech Year:    Peggy Fisher-1965
E-mail address:
Message:    Love to hear from all those who remember Blueberry Hill and loved W. A. Bourne! And from those who are thinking "Wha da heck?"

Friday, January 18th 2008 - 09:41:52 PM


Name - Tech Year:    Julie Barcafer Gray, 1970
E-mail address:
Message:    Just this week I have talked to 3 alumni. I had not seen in one of them for 37 years. What a trip!

I love the website and had a great time re-living the times.

Wednesday, January 16th 2008 - 10:43:54 AM


Name - Tech Year:    Mary (Taylor) Strong 1978
E-mail address:
Message:    Hi I graduated early in 1978 but my true class would have been 1979. I was the class Valedictorian of 1978. I'm hopeful that someone is planning a 30th class reunion. I currently live in Aurora, CO but I come home to Memphis quite often and was just there over the Thanksgiving Holiday. I would like to be included in notices for any events for both of my classes. I think this is a wonderful site and want to thank all of those that made it possible. I lost my year book and so it's nice to be able to find it on line. My cell phone number is 720-220-8037. Thanks again for the nice work! Mary Taylor Strong

Friday, December 28th 2007 - 11:38:07 PM


Name - Tech Year:    Richard Steele 1972
E-mail address:
Message:    Although I didn't actually make it to graduation (had to finish up at East High in "Summer School"), I would love to hear from some of you who attended (and those who ditched)classes with me from 1970-1972.

Friday, December 28th 2007 - 02:48:31 PM


Name - Tech Year:    rob jolly 1970 tech historian
E-mail address:
Message:    Hi to all my fellow Tech high graduates and friends........
and a special note to Corney Nelson Pittman....... thank you
for sharing the story about your dad and Mr. Highsaw. I need to correct one item in your story. Mr. Highsaw did not die in Washington D.C. He passed away while visiting his son (Dr. Robert B. Highsaw) in Tuscaloosa Alabama. Our Principal was 74 years old. What you may have been remembering is that after he retired as Tech's principal in 1957 he then went on to become a librarian of the U.S. House of Representatives, and he was working in Washington D.C......... but was not there when he died. For a complete obituary see The Memphis Press Scimitar dated 3-12-1962 or the Commercial Appeal dated 3-12-1962.
Thanks for writing
Rob Jolly
Tech 1970

Saturday, December 22nd 2007 - 01:48:32 PM


Name - Tech Year:    Steve Wright '66
E-mail address:
Message:    I say again that which I have said before, Thank you, Gene and all others who have worked so hard to develop and maintain this web site. I check it every week or two for new messages which may have been posted by those whom I knew "when I wore a younger man's clothes". (apology to the Piano Man, Billy Joel). My dad (Coach Wright) and I were discussing the other day where Coach John McGregor may now be residing. I lost track of him when he left Forrest City, AR. Hello to Ray Driggers and all others of the class of '66.

Friday, December 21st 2007 - 06:27:27 AM


Name - Tech Year:    Marvin Ray Driggers 1966
E-mail address:    tnkyboy
Message:    Gene,

The web site is so great. I thought that I was the only one who thought of Tech and my time there all theses years. Tech has a special place in my heart.

The teachers (Ray Ford, Carolyn Elliott, Betty Hendon, Mr. Wilhelm, Mr Bourne, Katie Macdonald, Daisy Kirk, Mr. D,and Mrs Anderson) were all interested in the students.

Thanks for helping everyone enjoy Tech High again.

Thursday, December 20th 2007 - 04:03:01 PM


Name - Tech Year:    Corney Nelson Pittman-1951
E-mail address:
Message:    If any of you are interested, RE: Mr.Highsaw our beloved
principal, died in Washington D.C. on March 11,1962
His body was returned to Memphis Funeral Home formerly on
Union Ave. on March 13, 1962. He is buried in Memphis, TN.This date I can remember, for he died the same day/year as my father. Also two of my sisters graduated from Tech
Eula Nelson '39, Virginia Nelson '44. Both are still living, Eula in Boynton Beach, Fl. and Ginny in Memphis. TN.

Wednesday, December 19th 2007 - 02:46:57 PM


Name - Tech Year:    Marvin Ray Driggers 1966
E-mail address:    TnKyboy
Message:    Hello to all of my class mates in the year 1966.

I would especially like to say hello to the "Hollywood Group" that was in Hollywood Elementary School: Paula Whitten, Beverly Ledford, Judy Kellum, Regina Tedford, Margaret Alford, Mary Hellen Berry, Byron Stafford just to name a few. We were together before Tech. Over the years I have come to realize how much your friendship meant to me. Your families and each of youm gave me "the Family" that I did not have. So Thank you all because sometime you never know what you meant to someone.

I just learned of this Web site. WOW. It is so great. I have alot of things to send and share. I have alot of the Newspapers, press clippings, photos etc. of us at Tech.

I live in Kentucky now but I do miss Memphis. Thanks to all of you for the help and friendship you gave over the years. I still have you all in my thoughts and my heart.

Sunday, December 16th 2007 - 11:01:35 AM


Name - Tech Year:    Kenny Clemons 1965
E-mail address:
Message:    Hello to all my Tech High family from 1965. Wow, what a great time. I hope everyone is doing well and let's keep in touch.
Tech is a beautiful memory for alot of us, so many thanks to all the people creating this site...Keep up the good work

Friday, December 14th 2007 - 11:12:40 AM


Name - Tech Year:    Michael L. Braden 1973
E-mail address:
Message:    Hello Everybody! I'm a Construction Manager building a TV station for WSBT in South Bend,IN. My previous project was for The Airport in Providence, RI. I left Memphis in 1980.

Tuesday, December 11th 2007 - 05:01:33 AM


Name - Tech Year:    Shirley Stephens, class of 68
E-mail address:
Message:    Hi everyone,

Long time no see! Would love to hear from you and hopefully come to the next reunion. Bonnie Tyler and Jimmy Smith, please let me know how you're doing

Sunday, December 9th 2007 - 10:26:51 AM


Name - Tech Year:    jack harrell 1963
E-mail address:
Message:    anyone out there? would like to hear from anyone who went to tech

Saturday, December 8th 2007 - 03:59:14 PM


Name - Tech Year:    Levy B. Twillie 1969
E-mail address:
Message:    need to contact Baron Wilkes, Tech 1969. My phone number 901-503-9114.

Levy B. Twillie

Thursday, December 6th 2007 - 12:21:51 PM


Name - Tech Year:    Linda (Blanchard) Howell, Class of 1965
E-mail address:
Message:    Hi classmates of 1965

Tech was a great school and I enjoyed my time there.

I am now married and live in Hernando, MS. I will celebrate my 37th wedding anniversay on Dec. 5.
My husband is Richard Howell and he is a Captain with the Hernando Fire Dept. He retired from Memphis Fire Dept. after 33 years. We have been living in Hernando for 5 years and we really like it.

I have one son. His name is Stephen. He is in the Marine Corps. He is stationed in Hawaii. He is a Sgt. He is in the band. During his 1st year in the Marines, he was picked to go to France for a Memorial Day celebation at "Bella Woods".

I have a granddaughter, her name is Destiny. She is 3 and 1/2 months old. I went to Hawaii to see her when she was just 3 weeks old. She had colic really bad and my daughter-in-law Dorothy had never been around anyone who had had colice and she did not know anything about it. Stephen had colic when he was a baby and I knew about it.

Stephen and Dorothy have been married seven years. They met in college at Northwest Community College and then they went to Delta State in Cleveland, MS and they graduated in 1999.

Stephen and Dorothy were in Quantico,VA before they went to Hawaii. Stephen majored in music in college. He is now working on his Masters. They are both 32 years old.

This was such a great idea. Thanks for this page and a way to keep up with friends from a while back.


Linda (Blanchard) Howell

Saturday, November 24th 2007 - 02:15:46 PM


Name - Tech Year:    Steve King (Class of 1972)
E-mail address:
Message:    Class of 72', Where are you??????

Saturday, November 17th 2007 - 07:10:23 AM


Name - Tech Year:    Joyce Stewart 1968-69
E-mail address:

Wednesday, November 14th 2007 - 05:51:16 PM


Name - Tech Year:    Stanley Porter, 1949
E-mail address:
Message:    Looking to get in touch with Jackie Stewart. Anybody knows phone, address, or email address, lemme know.

Wednesday, November 14th 2007 - 03:39:53 PM


Name - Tech Year:    RITA COLLIER HARRELL 69
E-mail address:    SMGRANNYHAR@AOL.COM

Wednesday, November 14th 2007 - 10:46:22 AM


Name - Tech Year:    Herschel Collier '71
E-mail address:
Message:    My sister, Rita class of '69, called me this afternoon to tell me about the web site. I think it is great and hope to meet up with some of my old classmates.

Tuesday, November 13th 2007 - 09:12:14 PM


Name - Tech Year:    Margaret Alford 1966
E-mail address:
Message:    I stumbled on this website by accident and am so glad I did. I have spent way too much time looking through old photos and reminiscing about the days at Tech. Thanks to all those who made this happen.

Friday, November 9th 2007 - 07:10:39 AM


Name - Tech Year:    1970`
E-mail address:
Message:    many thanks to joyce and david and don and all the others working so hard to find our fellow classmates. may i make a suggestion to all? ask each one you find if they had any relatives or friends that went to Tech. ask them for an e-mail or current phone number and send them to this web site. i noticed that several of the ones that david french found have siblings in my class of 70 or the class of 71. that would help so many of us out. thanks so
rob jolly

Thursday, November 8th 2007 - 12:44:10 PM


Name - Tech Year:    George Jeu 1956
E-mail address:
Message:    I have some things for the Tech collection. Mr. Jolly, let me know how to get them in your collection.

I am the person that designed the "T" with the yellow jacket wrapped around. I have one original decal thanks to one of my class mates.

Wednesday, November 7th 2007 - 07:10:18 PM


Name - Tech Year:    Bobby Loe 1965
E-mail address:
Message:    I delivered mail for thirty nine years and on my final delivery route, in an area of two blocks four people from the classes of 1964 and 1965 resided. They were Larry Morgan, Rex McCasland, Danny and Pat Clark. The Post Office wasn't much different than Morton Dworshak's chemistry class.

Tuesday, November 6th 2007 - 06:50:43 PM


Name - Tech Year:    Virginia Brown Clingan, Tech 1964
E-mail address:
Message:    I just found the web page tonight, Gene.
Great job.

Thursday, November 1st 2007 - 08:26:53 PM


Name - Tech Year:    Gene Gill, 1951
E-mail address:
Message:    Hello Bill,

Regarding your request about Tech's Principals not being included during a lot of the years (See previous Guestbook entry):
If a Yearbook included the Principal with the teachers for a particular year, then they are included on this website.

But...if you'll do the research and notify me with the names of the Principals and the years on the website where they're not included, I'll immediately add their names.

Best regards,
Gene Gill, Webmaster Tech Alumni website

PS. Bill, Are you sure I can't convince you to be the website "CONTACT" person for your class of 1979?

Thursday, November 1st 2007 - 09:30:26 AM


Name - Tech Year:    bill tucker class of 1979
E-mail address:
Message:    This is a great website, glad another classmate showed me where to find it. Keep up the good work.
One thought, You neglected to mention who the principals were during the school year on alot of the years. It would be a small way to show thanks to their hard work through the years they devoted to the school.

Keep up the good work.


Wednesday, October 31st 2007 - 11:51:01 PM


Name - Tech Year:    Lilly Adams 1969
E-mail address:
Message:    Wow, thanks for this website, it has brought back so many old memories. I love it

Sunday, October 28th 2007 - 09:55:33 AM


Name - Tech Year:    Joyce "Poor" Blackford - 1960
E-mail address:
Message:    I just wanted to tell everyone that I found another one of our Missing Classmates (Sandra McNeese-class of 60). Although I think it was more a case of "she found me", on one of the school web sites. If we could ALL find just one of our Missing Classmates - regardless of the year they graduated-it would be FANTASTIC. I would be glad to find someone from another class, and I have done so, and the thrill is the same as if they had been in my own class. They are one of US- TECHITES ALL. If you ever hear of anyone that went to Tech, please guide them to this web site, or any of the Tech web sites, so that they can find US. Maybe one day Betty Strickland will show up, and make me one of the happiest people on this earth. Betty, I am not giving up on YOU, or any other TECHITE. We want to see you ALL. We only need a little bit of help.

Friday, October 26th 2007 - 05:38:21 PM


Name - Tech Year:    Doug Smith, Class of 1943
E-mail address:
Message:    Tom & Elaine McAdams sent me this wonderful website and have passed along information on a few old (I mean former) classmates...but I would love to hear from more...

Especially from any living breathing members of the great "Review" staff.

Doug Smith

Greenville, SC

Tuesday, October 16th 2007 - 03:54:46 PM

Your Name: Gene Gill, Tech 1951
E-mail address:
Message: Rob,

"Print outs" for the "Missing" senior photos of the 1942 and 1943 yearbooks are in the mail - along with a CD of the files.

Best regards,

Monday, October 15th 2007 - 08:17:11 AM

Your Name: 1970
E-mail address:
Message: hi gene

is there any way that the 1943 and 1942 techites
could get me a color copy (like from kinkos) of the exact pages in my annuals that were cut up? they could then be glued over my cut up pages in those two annuals? this happened in the 48 annual also and i did this and it worked great. let me know if they can and i would be glad to pay for them.
thanks so
rob jolly

Sunday, October 14th 2007 - 08:19:54 PM

Your Name: Lenora Faye Eubanks-1979
E-mail address:
Message: Hello Classmates,
I just found this site from classmates, oh how I remember the good ole days, I went to Tech in the Fall of 76, it was not the school I was assigned to, I was assigned to Treadwell High, I choose Tech instead because it was an open school. The website is awesome. During my high school years, I was a cheerleader, Ms.Senior,Ms. Football Queen, officer in the Honor Society and Senior Class.

Thursday, October 11th 2007 - 09:40:02 PM

Your Name: Sadie Downen-Hayes - 1969
E-mail address:
Message: Hi Fellow Techites,
I went to Tech for my sophomore and Junior years. Unfortunately, I married the year before graduation. I was in Mr. Dworshak's homeroom. I have looked through the faculty pics and do not find a picture of Coach Owens who taught 10th grade Biology. Does anyone remember him? Do you remember me? Drop me a note sometime. This is a great website. Brought back so many memories.

Thursday, October 11th 2007 - 01:55:03 PM

Your Name: Billy Britton class of 70
E-mail address:
Message: Hello fellow Tech-ites. I enjoyed my three years at Tech. I was in Mr Hal Bakers Home room. I would like to say Hi to Pat McLemore Clark, Annette Bland,Brenda Baker,Trilby and other Tech Vocalists that sang for the Tech Talent shows,Beauty Reviews and the Cotton Makers Jubilee Talent show [Brenda Baker sang "Who's Got the Pain when They do the Mambo"] I accompanied on the piano for and to all of the Tech High Band members, Choir members and our Band instructor Mr Marsh.
Would also like to let every one know that Nikki Ingram passed away several years ago. Nikki was the Son of Memphis' former Mayor Ingram

Sunday, October 7th 2007 - 10:38:33 PM

Your Name: Carolyn Elliott 1963-1987
E-mail address:
Message: Another tragic loss from the talented class of 1969 is the death of Billie Ruth Parker Beretta. She was a cheerleader and honor student at Tech and later sang professionally with local bands. Earlier this year, Ralph Allen, student body president in 1969, high school and college athlete, and teacher, also died at the age of 56. They were both outstanding leaders and amazing personalities. I taught both of them and admired them greatly.

Carolyn Elliott

Here is Billie Ruth's obituary.
Billie "Sam" Ruth Berretta
(May 24, 1951 - September 30, 2007)

Billie Ruth “Sam” Berretta, 56, of Suffolk, VA passed away at her home September 30, 2007. She was born in Memphis, Tennessee the daughter of the late Gaither “Buzzy” Oswald and Frances Oswald.
Billie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Savannah and Randy Eaton of Suffolk, VA; grandson, Triston Eaton; sisters, Connie Sue Abrams of Florida and Debbie Jane McCord of Mississippi.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 6 p.m. at Parr Funeral Home & Crematory, 3515 Robs Drive, Suffolk, VA with Rev. Jim George officiating. A time of visitation will follow the service. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Suffolk Chapter, 604 Constance Woods Dr., Suffolk, VA 23434. Condolences may also be registered at

Tuesday, October 2nd 2007 - 01:16:03 PM

Your Name: Glenda Dearing (Parks) 1966
E-mail address:
Message: what a wonderful website - thank you so much for your hard work.

Tuesday, October 2nd 2007 - 09:47:19 AM

Your Name: Paula (Candy) Holt Wilkinson-1952
E-mail address:
Message: A special thanks to Rob Jolly and all the other classmates who attended our recent 55th Reunion. We all had a ball and the group enjoyed Rob's display.

I was happy to be able to give him a Bible which said it was the "Property of Tech High School" Just think, a Bible in a public school. Those were the good old days

Monday, October 1st 2007 - 06:16:20 PM

Your Name: Billy Gray, 1963
E-mail address:
Message: This is a terrific site. Thanks for the effort you've put in it.

Wednesday, September 26th 2007 - 07:28:29 PM

Your Name: rob jolly
E-mail address:
Message: My congrats to the class of 1952 and their 55th reunion weekend. I so enjoyed displaying the entire Tech historical collection and meeting so many of you last night. We found no fewer than 5 relatives in the annuals. One lady found a senior photo of her step-brother who died in the service of his country at the end of world war II. I will be making her a copy of that photo for her to keep. Several people found pictures of their parents, uncles, aunts, etc. This is a part of my labors that i love. Let me know if you enjoyed the collection and what i might do to improve it. As always, everyone feel free to add to the collection for the enjoyment of others. Many people commented on the Tech football jacket from 1945 that bill Johnson donated to the cause. Thanks bill. Thanks also to the class of 1951 and Gene Gill for loaning us the Tech miniature to display. Go Tech!!

Saturday, September 22nd 2007 - 07:29:28 AM

Your Name: Gary Groce
E-mail address:
Message: My thanks goes out to Mary Wilson Waterberry for reminding me about the tech high site. I hope to hear from the 1971 class. Thanks Mary Best Regards Gary Groce

Friday, September 21st 2007 - 02:43:18 PM

Your Name: Phil Murphy 68
E-mail address:
Message: Hi all. I have really enjoyed reading the various emails over the last few months. The reunion I attended two years ago this month was just great and I can't wait for the next one. Have a great fall and may God bless you each one.

Friday, September 21st 2007 - 12:36:40 PM

Your Name: David French (Class of 1969)
E-mail address:
Message: Hello Tech High Alumni,

First let me say thank you to J.D. Smith (Class of 1968) for emailing me the link to the Tech High Alumni website. I spent an hour or more last night looking at just about every inch of it and I must say it is Super!!! Also a Very Special THANK YOU goes to Gene and Sue for their vision and determination to create the website and bringing it to life,...Yeah Class of 1951,(also my birth year.) Continued thanks goes to Rob for all the Tech High Memorabilia,...Look out Rob, I have found a few more items in my Junk for you!!! And thanks to all the many others who have and will continue to contribute to the growing success of this living history.

I am very blessed for so many things in my life and attending Tech is still high on that ever growing list. My Dad was in the Class of 1938 and at 88 is thankfully with us today. I just called to let him know about the site and he was very anxious to,... Hang-Up phone and Dial-Up his computer. I will certainly be letting my brother Chuck (Class of 1970) know about the site as well.

Although I am pleased to possibly be the first 1969 class member to post a message, I hope I am not the last. We seem to be the Casper Class and always disappearing. Let's change that and become better represented in the future. When my Dad sends a message, he will be the 3rd member from the Class of 1938 to be represented. They might just have the record for now.

I am looking forward to attending the next reunion and seeing many new faces. Thanks again to everyone and God's Blessings to you and yours.

Thursday, September 20th 2007 - 04:54:19 PM

Your Name: Gary Groce 1971
E-mail address:
Message: It was great to see all of you again. Let's go to Mr. Marsh's homeroom and visit. Hope to here from some of you Best Regards Gary Groce

Thursday, September 20th 2007 - 02:38:23 PM

Your Name: rob jolly 1970
E-mail address:
Message: I am looking forward to the reunion of the class of 1952 and to being able to display the Tech High collection for them. Thank you for the invite. I do have an extra 1972 annual to give to Straughter Morris (see note below) and will see that he gets it. Thanks again to Gene and Sue for allowing all of us to use their web site and find each other again after all these years!
Please remember to add to the Tech collection if you run across something that would be of interest to everyone else.
Happy Tech Days!!! Rob Jolly (One of the Tech Historians)

Saturday, September 15th 2007 - 03:06:07 AM

Your Name: Straughter (David) Morris
E-mail address:
Message: After viewing this site it brought many, many happy and pleasant memories of one of the greatest schools in the Memphis Public School System. I mean to actually view the photos of the class of 1972 brought tears to my eyes. Since I have lost that yearbook, my children roared with laughter to see me so thin. I wish I could obtain a copy of the '72 Yearbook. Does anyone know how it can be done.
My sincere thanks go to Gene and all othe others who helped to bring this website into reality. May God bless you! Please keep me abreast of any news coming from the classes of '69-73.

Friday, September 14th 2007 - 04:45:35 PM

Your Name: Steve King (Class of 1972)
E-mail address:
Message: Hello to all of you!I hope that all of you are living well. My life is great! I am not the richest person in the world financially but family wise and friend wise I am truly blessed. My life at Tech was a necessity. I had grown up in Frayser and hated it. If you didn't commit a certain number of crimes it seemed you were out of place there. I told my parents if they didn't get me out of Frayser I was probably going to end up in prison or dead. That is when I found myself at Memphis Tech. While at Tech I found a true diversity of people with all kinds of different ideas. Some of the people that I would love to see or hear from I haven't seen or heard from since school. They don't visit these websites, they don't leave names,numbers,addresses or email. I am living in Oxford,MS these days with my wonderful wife Stacye and my eight year old son Wyatt and five year old step daughter Kayla. I also have a beautiful daughter Abby that lives in Lafayette, IN. These days I am still playing music,(Drums & Lead Vocals) in a band by the name of "King Bailey". We are a progressive blues/rock band doing approximately seventy percent originals. My partner in music of nine years is Barry Swain, guitar player extrodinare and vocalist and co-conspirator in writing. I am also selling real estate in Oxford. I work for Rebel Realty & Land Co. I would love to hear from anyone that remembers me and cares to get in touch. I have very fond memories of many people from Tech. I have attended a couple of reunions and found that I was glad that I hadn't seen some of them since high school but didn't get to see many people that I was hoping would be there. Those of you that attended the morning meetings in the back of the parking lot,and those of you that I played music with are very special to me. Then there are those of you that were friends of mine that were very special to me in my times of heart break etc. that I would truly love to hear from. You know who you are and you know that I miss you! I have been in touch with Carolyn Elliott for several years now and it has been such a wonderful thing. Carolyn thank you for your wonderful friendship. I am not a racist nor did I raise my children to be racist. That is truly one of the greatest advantages of having gone to Tech. Though some of the times were tough and yes we had our share of violence and hatred I learned to love all kinds of different people and it has served me well in life and continues to do so today. I remember so many wonderful people that were in classes with me,ahead of me and behind me that I would love to hear from. So if you decide to say hello in an email please put your name along with from Memphis Tech in the subject line so that I won't delete it as junk mail.If you had rather call to say hello my cell number is 662-832-5400. I have unlimited minutes and long distance so I would be happy to call you back where ever you are when ever you like. Steve

Friday, September 14th 2007 - 08:58:05 AM

Your Name: Joyce Brashier
E-mail address:
Message: Hello classmates of 1974. I am still going to school, to become an RN, I just received my LPN license. LOL I am single and I live in the hills of Aransas, in Heber Springs. I have two wonderful children Jonathan 14 and Sarah 17 (I started having children later than sooner).
I don't feel grown up - just older!! I still keep up with Jana Stephens..can you believe that. I would love to hear from anyone!! Are you alive and still out there somewhere?

Friday, September 7th 2007 - 07:20:54 AM

Your Name: Harry Smith 1958
E-mail address:
Message: Very impressive web site so thanks to Gene and Sue for all the hard work. Tech High memories are priceless.

Monday, September 3rd 2007 - 04:56:39 PM

Your Name: Joyce Poor Blackford
E-mail address:
Message: I would love for everyone who visits this site to PLEASE go to the Missing Classmates page, and help us find these people. We have found a few already, but unfortunately it was after they were Deceased. I want to find them ALL before that happens, so we can share our lives and memories. My one dream is to reunite with my best friend at Tech-Betty Strickland. If you do not know where these people are now, maybe you know where they were, or who they worked for, at some time, and we can go from there. Any help is appreciated. It took almost 40 years for someone to find me, and I am SO Very grateful. Thanks,in advance, for all of your help.

Saturday, August 18th 2007 - 08:44:26 AM

Your Name: Mary Waterbury, Class of 1971
E-mail address:
Message: Thanks to Rob Jolly for telling me about the Tech High website. It is great! A big THANKS to all those who put so much time into making it the best. I appreciate the years I spent at Tech and all the friends I made there. What a great way to stay in touch!!

Thursday, August 16th 2007 - 06:39:09 PM

Your Name: Ed "Ted" Skinner, '66
E-mail address:
Message: For a short-timer -- I attended Tech for only my senior year ('66), graduated, and then came back for another year of the Electronics (not sure how "legal" that was) -- I am amazed how many memories came back while looking through the '66, '67 and '68 graduating class pictures. Friends, and some very dear friends, all populate those pages as well as those of the faculty.
It is oh-so-odd the subtle but life-long effect we have on each other. Time let's us put all these things together and, from them, assemble a life.
Thank you, my friends, for your contribution.

Monday, August 13th 2007 - 02:27:42 PM

Your Name: Helen Vicki Rowsey 1962
E-mail address:
Message: I had a wonderful time at the 1960-1966 reunion last year. I believe Memphis Tech gave me the foundation of learning for my present success. I started my career in the secretarial/accounting field, and eventually became an RN. I am a successful business owner of Vicki Roy Home Health in Harlingen, TX in the Rio Grande Valley with approximately 1000 employees. I took Spanish at Tech and lived in Monterrey, Mexico for about six or seven years. And I use Spanish here as the majority of the folks are Spanish speaking. Sometimes we just can't figure where we're going in life when we are young, but God has a plan for everyone's life if we will just let Him lead. I do miss my Memphis culture sometimes, but God has blessed me with a son who looks and sings like Elvis; he performed at the 2006 Reunion. I am looking forward to seeing everyone again real soon. God bless you.

Sunday, August 12th 2007 - 10:34:29 PM

Your Name: Charles T. Brown 1967
E-mail address:
Message: Please let me know if there is going to be another reunion for 1967

Friday, August 10th 2007 - 04:02:36 PM


Your Name: Tom turner 1961-1096
E-mail address:
Message: I am looking for Lonnie Byrd class of '63. We went into the Army on the 'buddy plan' after graduation and I have lost contact with him. Can anyone help?

Sunday, August 5th 2007 - 06:50:11 AM

Your Name: Lillian B. Laws, Tech 1941
E-mail address:
Message: Thank you Sue Lee Johnson. Your message was most appreciated. So many nights I go through all of the annuals and have such fun.
Keep up the wonderful work you are doing.

Sunday, July 29th 2007 - 08:31:46 PM

Your Name: M. J. Bradley, Jr., "Buster" '38
E-mail address:
Message: I'll add my thanks to Gene and Sue Lee for getting the web site started, and to the many who will contribute and keep it going.

Friday, July 27th 2007 - 02:45:52 PM

Your Name: Steve Wright '66
E-mail address:
Message: Again, in reflecting on Carolyn Elliott's remembrance of Willie Walker and Titus Steele, I remember when basketball Coach Ray Ford had the Lester High basketball team over at Tech. That was some show! The shortest guy on their team could dunk the ball, quite an event for us white boys in those days. That Lester team had Rich Jones, who went on to a career in the old ABA, Claude Humphreys, who played for several years in the NFL and Charlie Paulk, who played college ball with the Morgan twins in Oklahoma. Both Tech Coach Ford and Lester Coach Spillers were ahead of the curve.

Sunday, July 22nd 2007 - 12:36:53 PM

Your Name: Carolyn Elliott 1963-1987
E-mail address:
Message: My thanks to Steve Wright for his comments on my essay about the peaceful integration of Tech High. Indeed, his father Coach Wright was a strong force in maintaining calm and discipline during what could have been a troubled time. Coach Wright was one of the watchful ones who unobtrusively patrolled the third floor near my classroom. Had the faculty not stood behind the principal and if the students had not been intelligent and honorable, chaos could have erupted. I was so proud of Tech at that time.

Thursday, July 19th 2007 - 08:35:30 AM

Your Name: Steve Wright '66
E-mail address:
Message: I have just finished reading Caroline Elliott's account of the integration of Tech in '63. I was a sophomore that year and clearly remember the assembly in which Mr. Bourne informed the student body of the decision for Tech to be the first integrated school. After that assembly, some of our students left the assembly and started to leave the campus, insisting that they would not go to school with ...well, you know what they said. My father, Coach Wright, saw them heading off campus and got in front of them. I was not part of that group and do not know exactly what he said to them, however, I think the words he used in telling them to return to school and his tone did not need to be interpreted. As far as I remember, that was the only attempt by any of our students to flee history.

Tuesday, July 17th 2007 - 09:02:21 AM

Your Name: Sue Lee Johnson , Tech 1951
E-mail address:
Message: Hi Lillian Bradley Laws - After reading your message I went to your class roster to see your picture. (That's a fun part of the web site) You were beautiful and I'm sure you still are! When I was scanning the yearbooks I kept telling Gene that the girls of the 1940's were such beautiful girls - probably my favorite years along with the 1920's. It's so exciting for us to read the messages telling us how much people are enjoying the web site. Our "labor of love" was SO worth all we put into it when we get messsages such as yours!
Thank you!
Sue Lee Johnson

Thursday, July 12th 2007 - 08:02:24 AM

Your Name: Elizabeth (Libby) Clift 1963
E-mail address:
Message: What an amazing job! This is really fun to look through. I had never seen the senior photos of my aunt and two of my uncles until now. Fantastic, a lot of work and heart in this website.

Wednesday, July 11th 2007 - 02:30:26 PM

Your Name: Lillian Bradley Laws, Tech 1941
E-mail address:
Message: What excitement! I graduated in the class of 1941 . My sister Mary in 1936 and brother Buster in 1938. Our father "Jungle Jim "Bradley taught Woodshop at Tech for almost 30 years .
I was the only girl allowed in the shop area due to being my Daddy's Baby. What wonderful memories I have of those days.
Thank you for this wonderful website.

Monday, July 9th 2007 - 08:08:57 PM

Your Name: GERALD HARMON, 1953
E-mail address:
Message: great website would love to hear from any techite

my class of 53 is dwindling but thanks to jo lynn smith and cortez they keep everything rolling

Monday, July 9th 2007 - 06:57:31 AM

Your Name: Susan Stanley , 1964
E-mail address:
Message: Someone has done a great job putting the web site together. I have enjoyed looking at the past and remembering all the craziness. Keep up the good work!

Sunday, July 8th 2007 - 08:19:50 PM

Your Name: William McCluskey 1940
E-mail address:
Message: I just returned from our 67th Reunion. It was probably the last one. Your website is almost a miracle. Where did u get the class Review. Mine was lost in a basement flood when I lived in Washington DC. Thanks a million for all he work you have done. You deserve a medal.

Mac McCluskey 770 979-6054

Wednesday, June 27th 2007 - 10:22:13 AM

Your Name: Connie Maroon Kellum 1965
E-mail address:
Message: Just wanted to thank those involved for putting together such a neat website. You've done an excellent job.

Tuesday, June 26th 2007 - 11:36:03 AM

Your Name: Steve Wright '66
E-mail address:
Message: Thank you, Rita Johnson,for sending your reunion message through this site! I look forward to spending much time browsing through the contents and remembering my Tech High days. The older I get, the more I think back on those days and those friends of my youth. I hope more of my '66 class mates will attend the next function.

Monday, June 25th 2007 - 12:39:25 PM

Your Name: Tom Stephens 1963-64
E-mail address:
Message: Hi all. Living in Horn Lake MS now.

Saturday, June 23rd 2007 - 04:13:23 PM

Your Name: Paula (Candy) Holt Wilkinson-1952
E-mail address:
Message: What a wonderful web site. Can you help us find the 7 missing clasmates from 1952: Joan Elizabeth Cresswell, Sara Ellen Griffith, Lila Ruth Lipscomb, Rosemary Knight, Patricia Langhammer, Louise Irene Shultz and Billy Wilson?

We hope so.

Candy Holt Wilkinson

Wednesday, June 20th 2007 - 12:09:11 PM

Your Name: David Booker
E-mail address:
Message: Hello everyone.80 and still looking for a woman.Don't know what I would do with her tho.

Monday, June 18th 2007 - 04:27:01 PM

Your Name: Sue Lee Johnson 1951
E-mail address:
Message: Hi Mrs. Elliott,

Thank you for telling us about your years at Tech. Throughout our years at Tech we all had our favorite teachers who made life long impressions on us and inspired us to be the best that we could be. Looking back, and especially as I scanned all these yearbooks, it was amazing to see how many years these dedicated people devoted their lives to doing what they loved to do. And so it is with most of us. So much of our lives is consumed with labors of love. This web site has been a labor of love for Gene and me. Knowing what the magnificent end result would be was what kept us working so diligently non stop. The whole idea was conceived in Gene Gill's wonderful imagination. I was only a tool at his disposal and am always the willing assistant.
Thank you for visiting the web site and thank you for loving Tech as we do.
Sue Lee Johnson

Sunday, June 17th 2007 - 11:16:45 AM

Your Name: John Wesley Cook, 1960
E-mail address:
Message: One of my sisters brought this web site to my attention. Sure brings back memories seeing all of these pictures again. The next time you update the site, please list my address, maybe someone will remember me and drop me an email.

10834 Oakmont Drive
Sun City, Arizona 85351

Saturday, June 16th 2007 - 03:58:03 PM

Your Name: Carolyn Elliott 1963-1987
E-mail address:
Message: Hi Sue,

You and Gene are truly among the "Tech Notables." As sponsor of the yearbook for twenty years, I certainly recognize and appreciate all the hard work you did scanning the pages. What memories they recall!

Like Mrs. Hendon, I came to teach at Tech in the 1960's, and like her, I learned to love the school and its traditions. Certainly we knew of the contributions of the classes of the 1950's, and the 1940's, and even further back. We were mentored by Ruthie Stanfield, Mayo Linder, Daisy Kirk, Margaret Kelly, and others who vividly reported episodes of Mr. Highsaw's tenure. We even got to meet many of those former students, as Tech grads were constantly returning to visit a favorite teacher.

I taught Tech students across three decades, from 1963 until the closing in 1987. Each class had its unique character and each brought something special to our school.
Thanks to you and Gene, we can now all keep in touch and relive the memories.

Saturday, June 16th 2007 - 03:55:40 PM

Your Name: rob jolly
E-mail address:
Message: I second Sue's kind and true words about Gene. He is to be thanked and commended by all. As is Sue herself. She has spent countless hours scanning and sending info to Gene in California. Let me set the record straight a bit. So many people have been thanking me for this web site. The following is my contribution. I began collecting Tech items around 1990. I was in full steam collecting by 1997 and had the entire set of annuals by 2004. That is the extent of my work on this web site. I loaned everything to Gene and Sue and will do so any time. I loan things for reunions and give extra annuals to folks that need them. I love doing it. I look up and copy relatives pictures for anyone that asks. I have never charged anyone for any of this. Like I said......I love doing it. BUT........ Gene and Sue are the bones behind this web site. Class of 1951!!! To include me with those two would be like giving credit to the guy that handed Michelangelo the chisel to sculpt the statue of David. You guys are nice but let's give credit where credit is due. Gene Gill and Sue Johnson.
I have met both of them and come to love them and their talents. My thanks to them both! Tech High School now has a web site equal to none in the country.

Rob Jolly

Saturday, June 16th 2007 - 08:06:48 AM

Your Name: Sue Lee Johnson 1951
E-mail address:
Message: Dear Ms. Hendon, It's great that you were proud of your students of the '60s as being the best and brightest, BUT this web site is the courtesy of the students of 1951. If any of our fantastic faculty were still around today I'm sure they would have the same opinion of our students of the '50s as well. We're glad you like the web site. MUCH work went into it by Gene Gill of 1951. Gene was the most talented boy of the class of 1951 and STILL is today! Hope you come back often!
Sue Lee Johnson

Saturday, June 16th 2007 - 06:28:23 AM

Your Name: Michael (Mickey) Jolly-1973
E-mail address:
Message: Hey Rob, I was here, very impressive, am going to explore more thoroughly. Thanks for staying on me about it. See yall Sunday. Happy Fathers day Techites...Mick...

Saturday, June 16th 2007 - 04:37:45 AM

Your Name: Betty Hendon, Teacher 1960-68
E-mail address:
Message: What a grand idea! My congrats to all of you who are making this possible. I always knew we were teaching the best & the brightest at Tech in the 1960's. I am thoroughly enjoying the many photos and all the information on students & staff.

I have authored two books: THE BRIDGE (Tech and historical evetnts of that era are mentioned) and
PATHS THAT CROSS (more inspirational)

See my website:

Friday, June 15th 2007 - 03:35:09 PM

Your Name: joyce "ward"rosic-61
E-mail address:
Message: you have done a great job-hope this gets lots of action-the more people that visit,the greater the chance to find old friends like----sheila conlee-----rita white----betty wilson---anyone in touch with them,please let me know-----i am joyce [ward] rosic-class of 61. thanks

Friday, June 15th 2007 - 02:45:46 PM

Your Name: Jannie Albright - '76
E-mail address:
Message: Hello Yellowjackets!

May God Bless you at all times...

Friday, June 15th 2007 - 12:59:22 PM

Your Name: Maurice L. Tate (Class of '71'
E-mail address:
Message: I've had the pleasure of being in touch with Rob Jolly. I try and get to memphis about once a year (I now live in the boston Area). After graduation I applied to Grahm Jr. College in Boston. I wasn't accepted. I sent a letter to the college explaining why they should reconsider and they did:I was accepted. I entered college in 1972 and graduate from there as class president. I also received from my classmates a standing ovation (which i'll never forget). I returned to memphis for about a month when I received a job offer to return. Things didn't work out but I remained. In 1977 I acquired a summer job at the then NBC affiliate WBZ4 (my degree was in tv production). That was in june of 1977. This month I celebrate my 30th year at that station (I'm only 53 years old).

I married in 2005 and live in a suburb of Boston. To find out more you'll have to send me an email..

Looking forward to hearing from many 'techies'

Thursday, June 14th 2007 - 07:11:49 PM

Your Name: Steve King 1972
E-mail address:
Message: Hey Rob
Thanks for doing all the things that you do to help everyone stay in touch. I tried to send the site to Richard Steele. It didn't go through. Not sure why. I also sent it to Sheila Harris Clower and Ted Jeans. Thanks again for all you do. Steve King 662-832-5400

Thursday, June 14th 2007 - 02:30:08 PM

Your Name: Sue Lee Johnson '51
E-mail address:
Message: Hi Joe, I'll bet that is a record! I enjoyed scanning and running into old friends that I wasn't aware went to Tech. Also I found my great uncle and great aunt in the class of '37. My mother went in '31, but she didn't graduate. Her brother, my uncle also went in '46 and didn't graduate. Then there was my sister and me......hey...I may be getting close to YOUR record! It's a great web site. It's really fun to browse through. Gene did a magnificent job. Have you looked at the girls of the '40s? I think they were the most beautiful of all the years.

Wednesday, June 13th 2007 - 04:56:25 PM

Your Name: Joe Lyle 1950
E-mail address:
Message: Thanks again Gene! Great job! Hey , I may have a record here. Two brothers, two sisters ,and a wife , all Tech grads. Years 34,37,40,47,50,and 51. Neat huh.
Thanks Rob & Sue....Proud to be a Tech grad...

Wednesday, June 13th 2007 - 10:45:08 AM

Your Name: Larry Comeaux 1964
E-mail address:
Message: Hello every one hope to see you at the July gettogether

Tuesday, June 12th 2007 - 09:00:01 PM

Your Name: Robert Mann 1947
E-mail address:
Message: I am truly amazed by and thankful for this wonderful web site. Gene, Sue Lee and Rob have done a tremendous amount of work in collecting, scanning and publishing this staggering amount of information about our classmates, and I for one, really appreciate all of their hard work. I was especially happy to see the roster for the class of '45, because my sister, Barbara Mann, was in that class, and I believe she had lost her copy. It was good to see her class picture.

I would also like to thank Leigh and Doug Kendrick for the work they have done in locating many of our classmates. I know there must have been many others who have contributed to this great web site, and I thank them also.

Tuesday, June 12th 2007 - 07:42:09 PM

Your Name: Sandy Siegrist (Jolly) 1968
E-mail address:
Message: What a great site! Thanks to those of you who obviously put a good deal of time into it. And thanks to Rob for turning me on to it.

Tuesday, June 12th 2007 - 07:41:02 AM

Your Name: Fonda Stevenson (Terry)
E-mail address:
Message: Way to go Techies.....congrats on the terrific web page! I think we have finally arrived in the "Tech" era!
It was great to see my class of 1960 and to remember the ones I knew personally, and to recall the names of the other ones that I had come into contact with during my 4 years at Tech.
What a monumental task this undertaking was. Again congrats on the great work that went into the making of the Tech Web Page.
Hope to read some news from the class of my year and others.
Fonda Stevenson

Tuesday, June 5th 2007 - 05:44:30 PM

Your Name: Dianne Douglass '64
E-mail address:
Message: Wow! What a great website! Thanks so much to everyone who had a part in getting this website up and running. It is such a resource for those of us involved in organizing a class reunion, and so much fun just to browse through. I will be back again and again!

Monday, June 4th 2007 - 07:44:14 AM

Your Name: Arthur Trim - Classof 1960
E-mail address:
Message: Glad to see the Tech web site. Congradulations & kudos to all those involved!!I have spent all but a few years since Tech away from Memphis. I spent 21 of these years traveling the U.S. & the world. Retired 3/06 due medical issues and now live in Conyers, GA (south & east of Atlanta). I have maintained contact with Loretta Griffin Fuller ('60) L.B. Fuller ('55) Barbara Monday Tillson ('60) My wife & I attendeded the 60-66 Reunion Sept.'06 and really had a good time! I was really surprised how much Memphis & the area has changed!! I was surprised how few people attended the reunion!
My time at Tech was so long ago, but I have some many good memories!

Sunday, June 3rd 2007 - 05:38:43 PM

Your Name: Roland Pittman, Class of 1962
E-mail address:
Message: This website is fantastic! Thanks to those of you who put in all the hard work to make it what it is!

Classes of 1960-1966: See you at the reunion on July 14th!

Be there!

Sunday, June 3rd 2007 - 04:30:34 PM

Your Name: Betty Joyce (Poor) Blackford
E-mail address:
Message: I am so glad to see such a great web site. It has been difficult going to all of the other web sites and trying to find people and information. I hope everyone finds this one,(thanks Google) and we can find the Many missing classmates. I would love to hear from some of the class of 1960.
Thanks Gene for all of the hard work.
For anyone interested, we are having an informal get together for the classes of 1960-1966, on Sat July 14th.
If interested, just let me know, and I will forward all of the info.

Saturday, June 2nd 2007 - 07:12:51 PM

Your Name: Paula "Candy" Holt Wilkinson
E-mail address:
Message: Tech Classmates, of all classes. Do you know what a big job it is keeping up with all of you? If you, our spouse, or your family can keep in touch with the different web masters, it would be a great help.

We spend so much time trying to locate "lost" classmates.

The class of 1952 has found all but 7, and we think that is great.

Paula "Candy" Holt Wilkinson, Class of 1952

Thursday, May 31st 2007 - 03:34:43 PM

Your Name: Peggy Fisher, Class of 1965
E-mail address:
Message: Hi!
MS. Elliot told me about this site. Thanks!! It is really interesting. Good to see some familiar names. :)

Thursday, May 31st 2007 - 11:58:48 AM

Your Name: Ora L. Reyes (Wiggins)
E-mail address:
Message: I would like to thank all of you who have made this site possible. My sister lost my yearbook, so I was glad to be able to look at the one on this site. I am still looking around, so I may have missed it, but can the teachers' pictures also be added.
Ora L. Reyes (Wiggins) Class of 1976

Thursday, May 31st 2007 - 08:30:30 AM

Your Name: Jerry (Ronnie) Bryant
E-mail address:
Message: As a 1956 graduate I can truthfully say I enjoyed my three years. I ALWAYS looked forward to going to school. I will always remember those happpy years.

Tuesday, May 29th 2007 - 07:42:21 AM

Your Name: Katherine (Brademeyer) Crane
E-mail address:
Message: Class of '49 - where are your messages - would love to hear from you.

Wednesday, May 23rd 2007 - 04:16:04 PM

Your Name: Fred "Foxy" Regenold
E-mail address:
Message: From the Class of '49, I just want to register a huge round of applause for Gene Gill who put this wonderful website together.
Please spread the word to all of our classmates so we can freely communicate with each other.
During the last several years, I've been writing fiction, and those of you who knew me at Tech can't even imagine me doing that. Hah! Neither can I. Check out my website: http://frederickregenoldcom, which was designed by none other than Gene Gill, Class of '51.
Keep in touch!

Monday, May 21st 2007 - 07:51:15 PM

Your Name: Joey Webster '73
E-mail address:
Message: Great job on the website

Monday, May 7th 2007 - 08:14:17 PM

Your Name: Betty (Brown) Ward
E-mail address:
Message: I am a 1967 graduate and really appreciate this site, especially so I can keep up with reunions being scheduled.


Wednesday, May 2nd 2007 - 05:37:16 AM

Your Name: Phil Murphy (Class of 1968)
E-mail address:
Message: Gene, thank you once again for doing this web site. John, my brother, graduated in 1964 from Tech.

Donna and I moved three months ago to the day to Sarasota, Florida.

We thouroughly enjoyed the last Tech High School Reunion with my class and the other 5 classes!

We look forward to the next one very much.

Saturday, April 28th 2007 - 04:34:36 PM

Your Name: Don Leath
E-mail address:
Message: I am in the process of viewing the new web page and i would like to thank Gene for all the work he has put into developing this site.

My Brother David (1957)and i (1957) went to Tech and if anyone would like to drop me a note i would love to hear from you. David passed away a few years ago and i am retired, living with my wife in Sun City FL. I try to play golf 3 or 4 times a week. At 66 i feel pretty good and my doc told me for the shape i in, I am in good health.

I can be reached

Thanks and i look forward to hearing from my former classmates.
Don Leath

Saturday, April 28th 2007 - 10:48:16 AM

Your Name: Cathy Turner ...... Class of 1973
E-mail address:
Message: I recently relocated to Juneau, Alaska. If anyone is taking a cruise through the Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska, be sure to contact me.

Friday, April 27th 2007 - 04:57:28 PM

Your Name: Gene Gill
E-mail address:
Message: Welcome Tech Alumni,

Welcome to the opening of a new website for the Alumni of Memphis Tech High School. 

This Guest Book is for the exclusive use of the Alumni.  Feel free to leave messages for your classmates.

Have fun!

Gene Gill
Webmaster, Memphis Tech High Alumni

Thursday, April 26th 2007 - 03:22:06 PM



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