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Tuesday, December 1, 2015
6:41:40 AM
-I had this random recall of a certain bass player removing balls from an arcade in Myrtle Beach, and then sending them rolling down the road when we spotted Bez...
-Placing everyone in apparent danger while doing the 'Dixie Stampede' at the orchestra competition awards because the bleachers weren't exactly sturdy
-I also came across an episode of The Voyage of the Mimi, a nod to Dr. Botti's class, if I recall correctly. 
Thursday, October 29, 2015
6:18:21 AM
As I write this, it's Halloween time.  I have good memories of trick-or-treating around Wall in the cold.  We would first walk to Wilmerding and hit a few houses, then walk the entire length of the great metropolis of Wall, all the way to the VFW - hitting every  house on every street.  I would be out for hours with no parental accompaniment, begging for free candy in the dark.  It was great.  And back then, these mini candy bars barely existed.  We got full sized candy bars, popcorn balls, homemade candied apples, etc.  I can even remember one old lady who gave out dollar bills.  When I got older, I used to trick-or-treat in Park Terrace with my then-girlfriend, Robin Whelpley (class of 1997).  It wasn't quite the same as Wall.  These days, I think our kids have a lousy Halloween experience.  In my township, we do it the Sunday before Halloween (lame!) and in the middle of the damn afternoon in broad daylight (extra lame!).  I live in the country so there aren't many houses to go to and we don't know any of the kids out walking around.
Monday, August 31, 2015
6:17:01 AM
Only the band geeks will get this one... For some reason, we had a gigantic tape ball named "Mr. Fuji" that came with us to competitions, etc. and was always present.  Initially, he was transported in the "No Biggie Mobile", prior to becoming Jeff Martin's pet.  And yes... you read this correctly and it IS as odd as you think.
Thursday, August 6, 2015
8:59:01 AM
Walt. Maddox. Assemblies.

That, and the fundraising assemblies we had to sit through while the guy showed us all of the neat things we could get if we sold enough magazines or whatnot...like those multi-colored pens.
Thursday, July 9, 2015
3:55:52 AM
Dan says 'paper football' and visions of Bloody Knuckles and intense pencil fights come to mind
Sunday, July 5, 2015
8:27:33 PM
This weekend I introduced my daughter to the triangular paper football game that we used to play on the desks in school.  I never would have remembered that it existed if I hadn't seen her pushing a piece of mail across the table to her stuffed monkey.
Friday, July 3, 2015
9:13:11 AM
I remember Bill Oliver's fascination with putting random pieces of meat on people's shoulders during lunch,  earning him the nickname of "The Butcher". To this day he refers to his house as The Butcher Shop.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
12:18:06 PM
Skipping school and going over to Dan Rullos house to tap into the schools phone lines and prank dozens of teachers and classmates over the class intercoms! Classic!!!
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
1:26:37 PM
I never had her as a teacher, but from what I can remember: Mrs. Bevil was the devil of the sixth-grade level.


Sunday, June 28, 2015
6:02:03 PM
This didn't happen in high school,  but you know what I remember?  When Jessica Dobbs Marsh kicked cancer's ass and was nothing short of inspirational with the strength, courage, and upbeat attitude she displayed during the fight. And you know what else?   Looks like by the time the reunion comes around she'll have done it again. She spends much of her time having a positive impact on other's lives, so if there's such a thing as karma she's owed an ocean full of it.  We're all behind you Jess!
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
10:22:30 AM
Doing solos in Mr. DeLorenzo's music class to get coloring pages that he would send to Children's Hospital.
Speaking of which: How in the hell did we ever get away with singing 'Hosanna in the Highest' in a public school? EA would be shut down now if that happened.

And - since we're in the 1st Floor hallway of Westinghouse - remember all of the great artwork done by Mr. Art Sample? His always-the-same-but-somehow-different caricatures.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
12:03:05 PM
This memory will have limited scope in relatability... but I remember how incredibly easy it was to modify a grade on our report cards.  There were certain people who specialized in the calligraphy art of EA grade enhancement.  They were able to match the print color and draw the desired letter grade in the exact font required.  It was a simpler time with simpler technology.  Not that I ever had a need for such a thing.

And on that same topic... hall pass manufacturing was its own bustling enterprise and business was quite good.  I can't recall a single day in graphics class when you wouldn't see somebody tracing a teacher's initials onto a fresh hall pass, using the light tables as an aid.  And the fact that we printed the blank passes down there made it rather easy for some to get "discarded" as scrap.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
7:49:15 AM
I remember a few of us partaking in an adult beverage prior to and during an evening school event.  No names mentioned, but I had to pull my truck over on Rt. 30 several times and hang a certain someone out the passenger door to barf.  We pulled her back in and sped off to get everyone home in time for curfew.   
Friday, June 19, 2015
3:06:46 PM
Was it me, or did we have just the weirdest pool of substitute teachers?
Friday, June 19, 2015
8:30:32 AM
When you're talking about memories, you kind of have to bring up the "EA Sex Kittens", as the local media described our colorguard dressed in yellow leotards that were EXTREMELY form fitting and revealed every "feature".  Our school caught some heat for that and was criticized in the newspaper.  Thankfully, Lee Kumer didn't give a sh*t and piled on more eye candy that made being in band a very valuable experience.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
10:07:44 AM
I remember a time in 9th grade,  during my 5th period Mr. Stewart's history class somebody decided to put a "kick me" sign on ol' Stewy's back.  As we left to go to B lunch,  Justin Blake decided to do just that and kicked Stewart in the back of one of his legs.  Stewy turned around with the most shocked look on his face and loudly asked Blake what he was doing.  Justin just shrugged his shoulders and simply said "the sign said to kick you", as if that he was surprised he even had to explain why he did it.  Classic stuff.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
2:27:01 PM
With this message board I finally have an outlet to explain away something that has bothered me since late 1996. If any of you have viewed our video yearbook, you may have noticed the very awkward looking way that Jon Moore and I introduced the band segment. It showed him and I stretching for basically no reason and I clearly was wearing makeup. Doesn't make sense right? Here's the thing, there was an entire scene that was supposed to come before that. It goes like this: The plan was to have Jon dress up as a band member and I (obviously being the more feminine, and some would say the prettier, of the two of us) would dress up in full colorguard gear. With help from a few of the girls (I feel like it was Jocelyn, Kelly and Missy Jewkes but I could be wrong) I got into a leotard, put make up on, the whole kit. When we were both in full uniform, Mr. Adams taped me "dancing" (notice the quotes) around Jon while he "played" (quotes again) the trombone. The scene was supposed to end with me bashing the trombone with my flag and dropping it and as I bent to pick it up, the super cool video effect team was supposed to squish the frame thus making our stretching back out to normal before the introduction make sense. It looked really funny. There were a few problems though. 1) The girls left after they finished dolling me up and, as you all know, there wasn't ever any soap in the bathroom by the auditorium, so we had no idea how to get the makeup off me. Not that big of a deal but explains why I had a little rouge and stuff still showing and 2) Mr. Adams apparently didn't like the thought of a boy (regardless of how pretty he looked hahaha) basically dressing up in drag for the video yearbook and never mentioned his concerns to us. Jon and I weren't trying to make any social statement (at 17, I'm not sure I even knew what a social statement was, but I do believe people should be who they want to be) and only wanted to make people laugh. Regardless, it got cut unbeknownst to us until I purchased the yearbook and viewed it later. One of my biggest regrets. It truly was an Oscar worthy performance. I can still feel, in my nightmares, how tight that leotard was hahahaha 
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
10:22:48 AM
I second Dan's feeling of going to die in Beard's wagon.  Especially when he would drive the Old Lane behind Soko's house at night going at least 60 mph with his lights off and steering with his knees. I also felt I would die at the hands of Beard when he threatened to beat the hell out of me if I didn't pound shots with him for breakfast in our hotel room during our senior band trip to Tennessee. The liquor he was referring to may or may not have been "borrowed" from a bar in the Opryland Hotel...
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
9:26:00 AM
I have fond summer memories of going to Van Halen and Queensrych concerts with Dave Ray in his blue Ford Probe and Black GMC Jimmy. For some reason, the vehicles that we all had back then stick with me. I remember driving my Ford Taurus, Katie's red Neon and her dad's Lincoln Mark VIII (the best freaking car ever made!). I remember Laura Hall's Ford Contour and Jeff Martin's Chevy Corsica. I remember Andrea's yellow... thing, and Jessica's black pickup truck. And who could forget Erik Beard's 'grocery getter'?! I was certain that I was going to die in that thing because we did the dumbest and most dangerous stuff in that beast. Soko had a little manual transmission something-or-other, then a pickup truck (that somebody crashed on the road behind the school with Josh in it). And I remember stuffing a humongous stolen inflatable godzilla into Matt Stark's white van. That little incident made the news and WDVE covered it extensively & used the 'Godzilla' song as the theme. The magistrate & Kia dealership that owned it were not amused and that was a painful financial lesson in respect for other people's property. I am no longer 'down with OPP'.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
5:22:43 PM
My favorite memory is from Mr. Kahl's calc class. We were in 123 which was the split room so it had two phones. Jeff Martin called the substitute from the back phone and said, "Uh, this is Mr. Kahl. The test for today is cancelled." She bought it. Hi-lar-i-ous!
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
2:57:39 PM
Dan.....I'm here..... Now leave the babies and the puppies alone ;)
Friday, June 12, 2015
4:02:14 PM
I vaguely (and by vaguely, I mean absolutely) remember a certain morning in homeroom, where a student, namely Jeffery Bartholomew (not his real middle name but I like the sound of it) Estadt was, to put it nicely, "acting up". It prompted a very strong response form our homeroom teacher. Mr. Malloy. A statement that echoes through the years whenever we happen to sit and reminisce "Sit down and shut up, Estadt, or I'll put you out the window without openin' it!" 
Thursday, June 4, 2015
3:06:29 PM
Does anyone remember the Letter People from kindergarten? Like Mr. F who had funny feet, Mr. M had a big mouth, Mr. V wore a velvet vest and played a violin.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
10:00:54 AM
"Emma Suter" was the name of a fictitious person that staff members would page over the PA system in the event of an intruder incident at the high school.  If staff members heard a call for Emma, they were supposed to implement lock down procedures.  Thankfully, she was never paged during our time there.  There's a reference to Emma somewhere on this site (other than this post).  Did you catch it?
Friday, May 29, 2015
8:39:53 AM
I remember when Dan Rullo threatened to shoot me with a spud gun, then force me to make an announcement over the PA system at his office about Jostens selling class rings, all if I didn't sign in to this website by 12:00pm EST today. Yep, I remember it like as if it just happened this morning...
Friday, May 29, 2015
6:43:51 AM
Every time I watch a movie like 'Aladdin' with my kids, I'm reminded of the movies that we used to watch in the auditorium right before Christmas break. And yes... we called it 'Christmas'.
Friday, May 29, 2015
6:22:31 AM
Does anybody remember the legend of 'Ajax', the child ghost who supposedly roamed Westinghouse? There were several versions of the story. In one version, he was somehow accidentally killed in the boiler room. In another version, he fell out of a window.