Golden Anniversary Survey Responses
Your classmates memories of George Mason and Falls Church
name entry
date
name entry
date
Janice (Johnson) Adragna 07/08/11 Gretchen (Schutte) Legler 07/30/11
Amanda Bulwinkle Armstrong 08/01/11 Rhys G. Llewellyn 08/09/11
Emily Akerman Bowling 07/25/11 Ken Louden 08/26/11
Wade Bailey 07/24/11 Chuck Marginean 07/26/11
Wilson Banks 08/29/11 Sandra Maxwell 08/18/11
Jon Buntenbah 06/03/11 John McDowell 06/14/11
Howard Busbee 09/04/11 Danny McNab 06/29/11
Grace (Bette) Brown Chinners 08/18/11 Connie Bassett Porter 06/07/11
Pam Clark 06/01/11 Ron Russell 06/15/11
Eddie O. Creasy 08/15/11 Dorothy Kellman Samenow 09/05/11
Billie Woodward Cummings 06/04/11 Glen Simmons 08/15/11
Dave DeSanto 07/29/11 Linda Lawhorn Simpson 07/23/11
Dee (Lloyd) DeSanto 07/29/11 Linda Gurley Sisson 08/05/11
Carolyn Stuart Dolan 09/07/11 Fred Skubal 07/27/11
Nancy Marr Evenger 07/15/11 David "Buck" Stratton 07/28/11
Bob Gebeaux 09/05/11 Aaron Suleske 09/01/11
Michael Havens 07/28/11 Sandy Betts Thomas 08/15/11
Kyra Timkovsky Hidalgo 09/04/11 George Toregas 09/01/11
John Howell 09/05/11 Nancy Vernon 06/23/11
Tom Johnson 07/20/11 Judy Fischer White 09/09/11
Charlotte Momsen Klein 09/05/11 Judy Weed Whitman 07/23/11
Jon Klein 07/29/11 June Ann Roth Woody 08/18/11
Carl Kole 06/09/11 Biff Wright 07/16/11

Pam Clark

June 1, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
My Dad came to the D.C. area during WWII working for the War Dept. It was his dream to own a car dealership and he purchased land in the City of Falls Church and he was in his early 50\'s when he and my Mom decided to take this risk (they were partners in the dealership). They built the building and were selected by Chrysler-Plymouth for the franchise in the City of Falls Church in the mid-40\'s. In the mid-1930\'s, they built the house located at 114 W. Greenway Drive in the City. I think this influenced their decision to locate the car dealership in the City.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
There are lots and lots of great memories, but one of my favorites was the annual Village celebration where everyone dressed up in colonial costumes and reenacted the times. I have newspaper clippings of my Mom, sister and aunts at one of these events.
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
Again, many good memories of the friends and teachers at GM. I think my best memory was my senior year when my parents allowed me to pick the car to be our demonstrator for the year. I chose a baby blue Chrysler convertible with white top and blue interior. Our Spanish class (wonderful Mr. Phillips) went to the District for lunch at a Spanish restuarant and my parents gave me permission to drive the convertible (with the top down) to the lunch with several of my classmates. I felt like I was on top of the world driving that BIG beautiful car.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Our Physical Ed teacher Miss Procter (who married and became Mrs. Lanier) not because I was an excellent athlete, but because she was always so approachable to talk with in both the good times and bad times.
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
Thanks to my parents owning a car dealership, both my sister and I were fortunate to have \"wheels\" during our high school years. My first car was a \'53 yellow Chevy with green trim. My friend Dave DeSanto (who is a great artist) made a drawing for my 40th birthday showing it parked in front of my parents dealership, R. B. Clark Motor Company.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
Too many to list. Thanks to my employer, the Air Transport Association of America, I received airline passes from all the U.S. scheduled airlines (before frequent flyer miles) and traveled extensively all over the world and the majority of the U.S. states.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
In the past few years, my husband and I have been visiting the National Parks and are thoroughly enjoying their majesty and beauty. Recently was in Colorado Springs at Garden of the Gods and looking at the view that inspired the woman who wrote \"America the Beautiful\". We live in a beautiful country.
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
Lots of volunteer work with my church as Volunteer Director of our English as a Second Language program, missions team and assist with administrative work in the Finance and Admin. Dept. Very involved with my digital and traditional scrapbooking hobby and love going on \"Adventures with Auntie Pam\" every year with my grand nephew and grand niece.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
Gratitude to my parents for moving to the D.C. Metro area and providing me the wonderful experience of growing up in a suburb of our nation\'s capital and all the cultural exposure that brought with it.

Jon Buntenbah

June 3, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
Parents : The USAF
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
Sounds silly but I remember when a pizza place opened and boy was it great. Can't remember the name. Also the State theatre. Also taking the bus into DC!
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
 
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Mr McGee by far.
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
Used my parent's car now and then, a Morris Minor.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
France (moved from there to Falls Church), England, Scotland, Wales, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Sicily, Bahamas, Thailand, Philippines, Japan, Iceland, Greenland, Canada, Mexico, Grand Cayman, Turkey, Egypt and pretty much every state.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
Europe!
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
Retired from the USAF in 1986. Moved from Honolulu to Myrtle Beach in 1998 as it was way more affordable. Love it here. Fully retired a few years back.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
British / Scottish / Welch police / detective series (Netflix).

Billie Woodward Cummings

June 4, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
My parents and I were born in S.W.Virginia. My dad was in the U.S. Navy during WWII. When he got out while stationed at San Diego, he earned a Masters Degree at Oregon State University. His first teaching job was at Lake Oswego, (suburb of Portland). Their parents and a slew of bros. and sisters were still in VA. So, dad got a job teaching industrial arts at Geo. Mason. I went to elem. sch. in Oregon but was at Geo. Mason for 7th-10th grade. Family moved to Vienna so I went to James Madison High there for Jr. year. My parents \"shipped\" me back for Senior year at Geo. Mason (to get me away from a boyfriend they did NOT like!), heh, heh. Thank God!
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
Relatively small town - - loved 7 Corners Shop. Ctr. - - one of the earliest malls to exist
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
It seems like all students there had great personalities - - and in general, were "innocents". I think there was a lot of esprit de corps because it was a small school.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Well, I guess I have to say my dad, Bill Woodward, (Shop Teacher and Drafting) had the greatest impact on my life, duh. I really enjoyed being in the classes taught by Mrs. Delaney, Mr. Maher, Mrs. Quam, and Mr. McBlair. They ALL really made us think, didn't they?
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
Are you kidding? I was raised like Rapunzel (smile, smile). My parents were in tight control. I didn't get my driver's license until I was 20!
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
When we lived in Oregon, we came back to VA every two years, so I have been in many states (including Hawaii). As an adult, I have been to England, Scotland, Wales, Netherlands, Belgium, Canada,  Bahamas, and Mexico.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
Virginia Beach (in the States) and England/Scotland (overseas, of course).
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
Ten years ago, my husband retired from Fed. Gov't. and we settled in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley (Woodstock). When we want "culture", we can go 30 minutes N on I-81 and attend musical events at Shen. Univ. (good shopping there, too). Or, we can travel 40 miles S. on I-81, to Harrisonburg (home of JMU) for much of the same reasons.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
Going to see our 7 yr. old granddaughter, and 6 year old grandson, who live in Potomac Falls (near N.Va. Comm. Loudoun Campus) Also, I have gotten back into genealogical research after many years of a "break" from that. We love our "calm" lifestyle - - no traffic jams here - - precious few rude people! And, this GMHS web site makes me smile a LOT - - thanks to Jon Klein and others who instigated it!

Connie Bassett Porter

June 7, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
My father got a job in Washington, D.C. and we moved to Falls Church, Virginia
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
the movie theater State
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
The activities such as the sock hops after school
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
My physical ed teacher she was a great person
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
No
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
four states
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
Florida
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
I have been working at my job for almost seven years now
9. Today, what makes you smile?
My sons and my daughter in law

Carl Kole

June 9, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
Father in the Military
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
Small town feel
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
Joe Crain grabbing my head after football practice and saying:\" Hey boy, are you in there!! Also Mr. Condit ( French Teacher) telling me he would pass me if I never took another French class and did not speak...my accent was terrible.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Alice Rooney and Leon Dashoff. Alice who gave me the incentive to do whatever I wanted to do in life and Leon who gave me full appreciation of music.
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
No...rode a bike to school.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
To many to list. After 40 yrs in the aviation business and running my own aviation consulting firm, not many places I have not been.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
Home
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
retired...and then to work were I am really paid for my worth
9. Today, what makes you smile?
Not looking at the brown-side of the grass. Life and general.

John McDowell

June 14, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
My parents both lived in DC, my mother having been born there. When the war broke out, my father was working for the Navy\'s Bureau of Ships as a civilian. They moved way out in the country to Falls Church for the affordable housing. The house cost $6500 in 1941.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
I liked that it was sort of small town. I liked the libraries, first in a converted old house, then the new larger brick one.
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
Graduation - couldn\'t wait.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
First, Mrs. Foncannon, who taught English in 7th grade. I remember her as gentle and understanding and a good transition into the school. Then Mrs. Rooney, with her great sense of humor, teaching chemistry.
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
Only in my dreams. My parents didn't want me to have a job and they weren't about to buy me a car. I coveted my next door neighbor's boyfriend's car, a 1956 Ford convertible. I'd still like one. The closest I came to it was an Alfa Romeo I had in college.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
I was stationed in Japan in the Navy, but never traveled after. Although I've spent time in California and Arizona, I prefer the East.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
The mountains of the East. I prefer to be hiking and backpacking than lying on the beach. That leads to some marital compromises, of course.
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
My son is a confirmed bachelor, but my daughter has provided two granddaughters, 3 and 1, and I am trying to make hikers of them. I retired early from NASA (contractor) to teach high school English for 6 years. Retired from that, I am section-hiking the Appalachian Trail, and have over 1000 miles finished. I probably will not finish it all. I also do trail and trail shelter maintenance. My wife is retiring from 38 years of teaching Elementary school, so we will be doing more together.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
I like playing with my granddaughters, and I like to be in the woods.

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Ron Russell

June 15, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
US Navy
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
Kelly T. Clem's Esso station.
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
Just there for Jr. and part of Sr. years. Not so much.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Don't remember any of them.
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
'54 Dodge
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
Spent 25 years working on the Middle East, Iran, Saudi, Egypt, Uzbekistan, Ethiopia, Belgium, been all over the far east.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
France
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
Took a buy out from the Washington Post after working there from 2001 to 2008, worked at the Navy Yard in DC for a year or so and have been working for a cell phone software company since Feb 2010.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
 

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Nancy Vernon

June 23, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
My father was serving in the military and was stationed at Fort Myer and the Pentagon. We were fortunate to find a really nice house in Falls Church to rent. It was across the street from Jeleffs.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
We were in Falls Church for only a year. I remember tree-lined streets and the fact we had "seasons" (unlike some of our other assignments). We had picnics in the yard and made trips into DC. Falls Church was close to everything. Most of my focus was on school.
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
My classmates; we had fun and an easy-going time of it. Not like the high schools of today where the students have to worry about so much drugs and bullying and pressures to conform. We could hang out or do our own thing; even as a "short termer", I felt accepted and a part of the my class.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Miss ________. Sorry, it's been 50 years and I don't have my yearbook with me. She taught shorthand and got me prepared to participate in the State competition. I didn't win, but did well enough to feel proud of myself. Shorthand was a subject I decided to take at the last minute and she made it fun (and practical). The course made me think "outside the box" and not to be afraid of tackling something unfamiliar.
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
No; but, I would have loved having a 1964 Ford Mustang (which hadn't even been marketed yet).
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
Countries: most of Europe, some Middleast, some Caribbean, some African, China, Japan, Kuala Lumpar, Philippines, Korea; am planning a roundtrip through the Panama Canal next winter.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
I like to make roadtrips in the US. I don't have any one favorite place that I return to often. I have made several trips to Munich and use it as a jumping off point for other European countries. Tried river boating on the Danube which was fun and introduced me to the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia.
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
The last 5 years have been very similar to the last 16 years I have been retired. I have a modest income from my retirement as a Physical Therapist and Rehabilitation Services Manager for a county in California (which permitted retirement at age 50).I spent 14 years helping to take care of my parents until my younger sister took over. Since that time, I have moved back to California and make as many trips as time and money and inclination allow. I also go back to visit with my parents (both 91 years old) and my sister and other family members. I joined with Child Outreach (Foster Parents Plan) before I retired and have some wonderful letters and pictures.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
Family reunions, the antics of my Grandnieces and -nephews (and watching their parents grow up and start their own families). The thought that I am content, have had an interesting life (and career) so far and looking forward to what is to come. My family has always been close and very loving and I have many, many fond memories of family and good friends. I would have to add that almost any animal makes me smile as well as the thought that there is still the kind of beauty in this world that will take your breath away.

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Daniel McNab

June 29, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
I am not sure. It seems like they were always in Falls Church.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
The parades and knowing everyone in town. It was a great place to grow up. I remember it being called "The Village" and Mom & Dad talking about Rt 7 when it was a dirt road.
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
Baseball and my team mates. I lived to play ball, and still enjoy a night out to the ball park.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Tom Christie and Joe Crane, can't decide. Tom Christie became a lifetime friend and Joe Crane taught me how to tie a Windsor knot. I thought of him every time I tied one.
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
A '54 Mercury convertible - red with a black top and a red and white interior. The girls loved it, and so did I.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
30+ countries we love to travel, about the same number of states.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
Aruba for return visits, or China as an outstanding favorite.
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
Retired, living in Florida enjoying the wonderful weather and exploring the world when health allows.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
My wife, grandbabies and my dog Baxter.

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Janice (Johnson) Adragna

July 08, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
My parents moved to Falls Church in 1950, when they bought their first house. Houses in Falls Church were cheaper than those in Alexandria.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
The old bank building on corner in downtown Falls Church. Another favorite is the fireman\'s carnival on Memorial Day weekend.
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
The seventh grade trip to Williamsburg and the eighth grade trip to Gettysburg. The dances were lots of fun, too.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Mrs. Delany, my senior year English teacher, was very encouraging in developing my writing skills. She stressed the importance of expressing yourself well in order to be perceived well by others.
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
I wasn't that fortunate.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
11 countries and 47 states.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
Virginia Beach. We come back each July, with children and seven grandchildren in tow, to the same house we rent at Sandbridge. My sister and her children and grandchildren join us for a big reunion.
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
My family keeps me busy. Three grandchildren graduated high school and two other are in competition choirs. We have a weekend home at Clear Lake, where we enjoy boating and relaxing. I am very active in National Assistance League, serving as National Bylaws Consultant to 11 chapters nationwide. I am on the Board for Assistance League Diablo Valley. At last year\'s conference in New Orleans, I gave a presentation on procedures for electronic meetings.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
My toy poodle, Lucy. Her love and devotion warm my heart, while her antics and playfulness make me laugh. Most of all I smile every time I am hugged by a grandchild.

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Nancy Marr Evenger

July 15, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
Paternal parents and grandparents were born here.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
The closeness of the neighbors when we were kids.
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
There is not one major thing that stands out...
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Probably the guidance counselor, Ms. Crocker who became Mrs. Philips - she insisted I enter a baccalaureate program rather than a 3 year program for nursing after graduation - having a college degree in nursing took my career (and me as well)to places I could not have gone otherwise.
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
No
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
Maybe 14-15 states - 4 countries
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
Williamsburg, VA
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
After about 40 years in Public Health, I retired in 3/09. Bob and I visited Ireland just recently to celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary - something we have wanted to do for a long time.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
Sunshine, finishing a complex task, all kinds of silly things, being with friends and family.

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Biff Wright

July 16, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
My father was trained in the real estate business--he and my mother thought the Washington, DC area would be a good place to work and raise a family (they were right!).
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
Just growing up in a small town atmosphere, yet near a big, important city.
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
Lots of good memories, especially playing sports at GM (baseball, tennis) and the camaraderie there.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Mr. Maher in 8th grade--he taught me now to write a "term paper" and also give a speech in class (skills very useful to me later on).
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
I drove my parents' cars--a Chrysler (that was built like a tank) and a Plymouth (with push-button driving plus fins!).
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
Most of the states, as well as Canada and Mexico, plus a trip to Europe.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
The Oregon coast (a couple of hours from where my wife, Tina, and I live).
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
I recently retired from a career in social work that included teaching graduate students, counseling emotionally disturbed children, and providing support to hospice patients. Now, my wife and I are helping launch our son, Andy, who is completing grad school at Cal Poly in California.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
My marriage, my son growing up, myself growing!

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Linda Lawhorn Simpson

July 23, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
US Naval Intelligence Job in Washington during World War II.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
Riding around in Pam Clark's car and going to Tops Drive-In.
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
Attending football games and going to High School parties.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Henry Jawish because he made me hate math for the rest of my life.
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
No.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
Three foreign countries and ten states.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
Maui, Hawaii.
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
Taking care of my husband, son, daughter, and mother.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
Being with my two grandchildren.

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Judy Weed Whitman

July 23, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
My parents moved from Maine when my father found a better job with the federal government. They moved from an Arlington rental property to Falls Church, after finding a lot on which to build our house.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
Our neighborhood gang -- they were all Catholic and went to St. James and O\'Connell, but we have remained friends to this day.
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
Playing in the marching band.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Hard to choose: Miss Kiley -- because she pushed me, Mrs. Albert -- because she turned me into a "grammar hammer," which has served me well
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
No.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
Two countries, 30 states.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
Alaska (cruises)
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
A blur, really. Working but trying to retire! Third grandchild born. Two trips to Alaska, and several to various conferences and board meetings.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
Our beautiful grandchildren -- watching them grow. Fun to watch them play their particular sports. Getting first-class service in local restaurants because son-in-law is a cop!

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Wade Bailey

July 24, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
We moved from D.C. to E Cameron Rd. in early 1950, then over to Birch St in 1959, just a few houses down from Dave Hastie and just around the corner from Snuffy Panciera.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
Cruising through Top's drive-in, and being a member of 'Our Place Teen Club'. So many other good memories, too numerous to list!
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
It would have to be the sock hops.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
 
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
Drove my dad's 55 Oldsmobile from time to time, cream and red.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
Have not been out of the country, but have been to numerous states, mostly out west.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
My favorite place is any western state. I usually go out to the Triple UUU ranch outside of Pierre, South Dakota and live the cowboy life style for 2-3 weeks at a time. The movie 'Dances with Wolves' was filmed there. All of the buffalo in the film was from their herd of around 3,000.
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
I retired for the second time, and have currently been employed part-time by the City of Falls Church Police Dept as the Parking Enforcement Officer for the past three years. I enjoy working with the men & women in blue and cruising around town in my own cruiser. Classmates, be observant when in Falls Church.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
Thinking about the time all of us grew up in. It had a sort of innocence to it, somewhat of a gentler and kinder world.

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Tom Johnson

July 20, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
Washington D.C. was where my grandfather on my mom's side worked, and my mom wanted to be near her parents after I was born. I was actually born in D.C. but we settled in Falls Church when I was 1 or 2.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
Clearly, the fact that Falls Church was a small town out in the country - Tyson\'s Corner was nothing but a fruit stand - is my favorite memory. As my parents both came from a small town in Iowa (Centerville), Falls Church was the perfect spot for us!
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
I think my friendship with Biff Wright remains my favorite memory while I was at GMHS. I still think about the good times we had (e.g., the morning when I dropped an empty carton of beer in front of his mom while I was trying to sneak it out the door). He didn't know this until a few years ago, but I named my son after him.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
I have to pick two teachers -Mr. Brown and Mr. Jawish. Both made me believe I could be a good student and that I had a special talent for mathematics. I still remember having Mr. Brown tell his algebra class that if anyone could get a 100 on an upcoming test he would give the entire class a party. Well, I took on the challenge personally, studied incredibly hard, and was able to get that 100 ... the highlight of my academic career! :>) The party was a LOT of fun!
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
I did not have a car of my own. But my parents had a '57 Chevy convertible that turned out to be a special "set of wheels."
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
I have been fortunate via work and personal travel to visit quite a bit of Europe and the U.K. My favorite country is Italy and my favorite city is London. I have probably been able to visit (not just drive through) about 25 states. Most of them are on the coasts.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
I love to vacation almost anywhere in Europe, as I am always in awe of viewing structures that are centuries old ... and the history that they have to tell.
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
I retired in 2003, left Boston MA and moved to Savannah GA. In 2008 I moved back to Massachusetts, only this time not to Boston but to a wonderful little town in the western part of the state, Longmeadow. I married Ruth Manna in 2009 and we are extremely happy together ... life is really good!
9. Today, what makes you smile?
My 3 grandchildren - Kathryn (6), Thomas (7) and Anna (9) are simply the loves and joys of my life.

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Emily Akerman Bowling

July 25, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
My dad took a job with the Army Signal Corps here in Virginia.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
The brick sidewalks on North Cherry Street.
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
The whole high school experience.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Mrs. Quam. I majored in Latin in college which might be a result of her teaching skills.
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
No.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
Four countries in Europe and 15 states here in the U.S.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
Hawaii.
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
Spending time with our five year old grandson and traveling with my husband on cruises to Alaska, around the Hawaii islands and in Europe.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
Our grandson.

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Chuck Marginean

July 26, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
My father was a colonel in the air force. In 1958 he was reassigned from Montgomery Alabama to the pentagon. Dad sent my mother, me & my 2 sisters ahead to find a home in Virginia. We stayed in an apt in falls church for a short time until Mom found a house she liked at 205 Tyson Drive, Falls Church. Dad said the drive to work was a little longer than he wanted, but the nice neighborhood and school made it worth while. So I started my freshman year at GM and now you know I am an Air Force brat.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
My favorite memory of Falls Church was meeting Joan Warner. Now there is a gal with talent! I was looking at the year book and came across the picture of Joan instructing me in music. All I know now is whenever she starts waving her magical wand, my horn starts tootin! Now can you figure that one out?
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
My fondest memories at GM has to be my music all the wonderful people that I had the fortune of sharing talents with. The highlight was my senior year when we played in the variety show in the gym. We mixed in a little boogie woogie and some ridiculous big sunglasses, and I remember the whole gym was rockin! That was fun!
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Actually, there were 2 teachers that impacted my life. Mr. Ramsdel, the band instructor, was very supportive to me. He encouraged & guided me all the way with my music career at GM. Mr. Brown, math teacher, was also very influential. Unfortunately math was right after lunch and I sat in the very back of the class. Math was not a real exciting topic for me and I had a tendency to "drift off" in his classroom. Well.... as many of us can remember... "drifting off" was shockingly corrected by a chalk erasure hurled across the classroom by Mr. Brown aimed directly at your chest. Needless to say, I got nailed a couple times followed by a more serious private counseling session of my conduct after class was over. Obviously I learned to be more attentive in his class.
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
I always had the family car available to me. I had a pretty cool dad. we had a blue '59 Chevy which he allowed me to customize. so I "bullnosed" the hood (took off the emblems & filled in the holes with Bondo); and I put fender skirts in the back wheel wells; and put "cut-outs" on the exhaust system. That means bypass the muffler and have straight pipes. Yep! You guessed it, the local authorities were not impressed AT ALL. Yes, I got a ticket. And yes, I had to fix the exhaust system. but... I really thought I was pretty cool for at least one day :)
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
Being an Air Force brat, I was fortunate to travel and live in Germany, Japan and Hawaii. Military tours included living in Iowa, Florida, New Mexico, Alabama, Virginia and California. I have traveled thru every state in the union except Alaska. Maybe ~ someday.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
I used to go on vacations when I was married, but since 1993 the only place I visited was the class reunion 2 years ago. I really enjoyed seeing everyone. It was really a great event. hats off to Judy & Pam for organizing a truly memorable time.
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
I retired 3 years ago from a smog business which I owned. Now I live in the Mendocino National Forest in California, on 160 acres. It's a very unique way to live. It's 1-1/2 hours to the nearest town. Once every 3-4 wks I go to town for supplies. There are no trains, sirens or horns blowing out here. My neighbors, are the deer, turkey, birds, bear, mtn lion, bobcats, and other animals of the forest. If I need to use my phone, I ride 3 miles on a quad to reach a spot where the signal is strong enough to get out. Electricity is generated by a hydro-electric system which feeds DC current through a battery pack and trace inverter to produce AC current. I have a satellite TV system so I can watch the news and see what the weather is like in Falls Church. Last year I completed another 1000 sq ft building to garage part of my truck collection. I like restoring old trucks (50's thru 70's) I have eight all together.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
What makes me smile? Well... every morning when I get up I look out the window at God's garden and I thank the Lord with a smile that he allowed me another day to enjoy it.

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Fred Skubal

July 27, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
My dad's job at the White House.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
Fireman's parade - State Theater - 7 Corners Shopping Center - Small town with a lot of pride.
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
Ball games - Parties -Graduation - Great friends
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Mr. Woodward, because of his personality and taking a real interest in his students.
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
1953 Chevy Bel Air
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
48 countries and 49 states, I never got to New Mexico. We have enjoyed our travels.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
Our cabin in the Smoky Mountains located in Brasstown, NC.
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
Having done extensive traveling the thing we enjoy most now is just coming to the Smoky Mountains for a relaxing 5 month season and enjoying golf and the Florida climate in the winter months
9. Today, what makes you smile?
My family, seeing mother nature at her finest, eight wonderful grandkids, getting up in the morning and a good joke.

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David "Buck" Stratton

July 28, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
When my Dad was promoted to Chief Benefits Director for the Veterans Administration, we moved from Cheyenne, Wyoming to the Washington DC area. That was in my Freshman year.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
As I have heard & read others say, it was that small town feeling. When Don Thomas & I worked at the Tastee Freeze, we got to meet a lot of people and most of the police force - which was very helpful on several occasions. No need to elaborate!! Right, Don?
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
Two things come to mind. First the variety shows. I remember a certain "clown" (me) falling over in his chair on stage during a certain party's dance routine. "Sorry, Judy." Also, working on the art work for the dances with Kyra & the gang. It's strange what one remembers. It certainly wasn't my grades!
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Mrs. Rooney. She was such a down to earth person who loved to teach. She always took the time to give her students that individual help when needed. Besides, she's the only one who ever gave me a grade above a "C".
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
Yes, in my senior year. I bought a 1948 Ford sedan. Dave DeSanto & I fixed it all up & painted it silver with turquoise scallops. Real "tacky" to say the least. On the way back from the senior & sorority party in Ocean City, the engine blew up. Our parents were not "happy campers".
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
While in the Navy, I was in the Philippines, Japan & Vietnam. Over the last 8-9 years, my wife, Kay, and I have been on numerous cruises to various islands and ports in the Caribbean. We have visited at least 17 States. Kay was an "Army Brat" and was in Japan, Germany, France & a few places in the US.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
The most enjoyable vacation was a cruise in Alaska & land tour of the Pacific Northwest - by far our favorite place. Recently, we bought a motor home, but haven\'t traveled extensively - yet. It's just great for short getaways.
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
After retiring from Montgomery Wards, I worked in the produce & deli departments of a grocery chain in Myrtle Beach for 7 years. I then decided to really retire - play golf, fish & travel.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
A low golf score, a big fish, no house payment, no bills, Social Security, Medicare, my neighbors and of course my wonderful wife & friend, Kay. I had to add the wife part because she's typing this. Real Funny!

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Jon Klein

July 29, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
My father was a career Army officer and was transferred from Hawaii to the Pentagon in 1959. We rented houses on Oak St. and Strathmore Ave before my parents bought a house on Noland St. I entered GM in September or October of my junior year.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
Although I liked the small-town atmosphere of Falls Church, the things that I remember most fondly are the people. In addition to meeting the love of my life there, I met and became friends with some of the greatest people I've ever met.
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
Meeting (and subsequently marrying) Charlotte Momsen. When I reflect on my years at GM, nearly all of my memories include her one way or another.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
A teacher who, for the purposes of this survey shall remain nameless, taught me that public education is not so much concerned with what you learn as how you act. I had been given a failing grade in this teacher's class in my junior year in spite of getting over 98% on both the mid-term and final exams. That was because I never turned in a homework assignment and was disruptive in class. I knew two students whom this teacher gave better grades than their point average would have justified. As a result I was barred from playing football my senior year. At Joe Crain's suggestion I went to this teacher and asked if she would give me a passing grade for the previous year if I took the class again my senior year and she said she would if I promised to do homework and behave in class. After I signed up for her class, she changed her mind - I didn't play football in my senior year. In those days teachers were free to do pretty much whatever that felt like doing. Years later I leaned on my kids to behave in class and Cam (my wife) made sure they did their homework - they both got outstanding grades in high school and college.
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
Yes, I had a magnificent booger-green 4 door '53 Plymouth sedan. Jon Buntenbah and I tore out the entire grill and painted the radiator and everything where the grill had been bright pink. That ugly old car hauled a lot of romance and many drunks in its time.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
England, France, Germany (my brother and sister were born there), Spain, Italy and Mexico. I've visited 32 states.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
It\'s a tossup between Rome and cruising the Hawaiian Islands.
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
After 22 years in the health spa business (Holiday Spas) I've been an independent insurance agent specializing in Medicare products for the past 20 years or so. I am also a professional singer/entertainer and increasingly do pro bono work for charities in that area while still taking paying gigs. Do some gardening. Kinda retired so I mostly do things I like doing.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
First and foremost, Charlotte Momsen Klein. My kids and grandchildren are next, far above everything else. Actually, most things make me smile; just some more than others.

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Michael Havens

July 28, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
Father accepted position with U S Chamber of Commerce 1951 Moved from Nebraska to Falls Church, VA.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
Football Saturdays at George Mason.
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
The great friends I made. . .7th grade to 12 grade.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Mr. McGee. He treated us like young adults. His style of teaching was what I experienced in college. And who didn't like Mrs. Rooney!
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
No.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
Seven Countries. . .30 States.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
Florida, Calif or Colorado
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
Spent 30 years in the hospitality industry (Detroit, MI) Moved back to Nebraska in 2001. Have a small Vending Machine company. Soda, snacks, coffee...etc. Will retire this year! Next? Bahamas or Hawaii!
9. Today, what makes you smile?
Life in general...have had the ups and downs, but mostly ups. Looking forward to September!

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Dee (Lloyd) DeSanto

July 29, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
Father moved from Paris, VA. to work for the U.S. Government. Mother and Grandparents already lived in Clarendon and worked there.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
The Fireman's Memorial Day Parade
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
Physical Education - We had fun with friends!
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Mrs. Chisholm - She taught me the most and how to study.
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
I did not have a car but hitched rides with Dave and Pam or walked home from school with friends.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
6 countries and 29 states
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
California, New Mexico, Arizona, New Orleans and Walt Disney World.
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
See Dave above plus many trips up & down Rt. 95 to see family and visit Mayo Clinic.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
Children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors.

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Dave DeSanto

July 29, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
My parents moved from Seneca Falls NY to work for the US Government.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
Going to the general store at West and Broad St, and working at the Esso Station.
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
Friends
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Mr. Hasselvander (FUN) - Dr. Edwards (Set Me Straight)
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
A 54 Chevy Bel-Air and a 1957 Plymouth convertible.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
8 countries and 36 states
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
Florida (Jacksonville, Walt Disney World and Miami Beach).
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
Retired and living in VA. and FL. visiting children and grandchildren. We took our second driving trip across country.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
Grandchildren

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Gretchen (Schutte) Legler

July 30, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
My family traces back with 4 generations born in Washington, D.C. In the late 1940's my grandfather retired as the Paymaster of The Southern RR and bought a house in Falls Church with about an acre of land (across from St. James Church) where he could have a garden. We lived on Montana Ave. in DC at that time. In 1950 (shortly after Pearl Bailey bought the house behind ours) my father bought a lot on Lincoln Ave and built our house (our home for 40 years).
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
Listening to a librarian read children's books while sitting in the shade of a big old tree on the lawn of the old library at the corner of West and Broad streets. The "library" was an old farm style house and was torn down in the 50's & replaced by a gas station and a 7/11.
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
Being a part of the Senior High Choir as we appeared on NBC's morning show [The Today Show] in December l959.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
I guess it was Ms. Lowery (and Ms. Kiley) who taught typing and shorthand which provided me with livelihood skills, and skills I am using at this moment.
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
I bought a l950 Ford Custom which, because of mechanical problems, never left the driveway. I later sold the car (for twice what I paid for it) to a boy who found the mechanical problem to be a cracked block. He later became my husband's boss but didn't hold it against us.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
Travels have encompassed many countries in Europe, Central and South America, the Caribbean and of course N. America - too many to name but my favorite memories are of Lake Konigssee, the Kehlsteinhaus, Vienna and London. There are still 10 states on my bucket list but Virginia is always closest to my heart.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
No doubt, Lake Loughborough in Ontario, Canada.
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
This is a brain teaser. Other than watching my 2 granddaughters grow up into wonderful teenagers and several trips to Europe and yearly cruises with friends and family, most of my energies were keeping up the land and animals on the "farm" in Aynor, S.C. which was finally (!!!) sold this spring to provide a "real" retirement to the townhouse in Murrells Inlet. (How's that for a "run-on" sentence?)
9. Today, what makes you smile?
Watching my 16 year old cat chasing her tail.

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Amanda Bulwinkle Armstrong

August 8, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
Daddy took a new job working at the Pentagon for the Department of the Navy.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
Walking the quiet, tree-lined streets. I could get anywhere on foot.
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
Mrs. Delaney's senior English classes.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Mrs. Delaney. She showed us that you could learn in lots of ways other than from textbooks. Remember Mad magazine's version of Hamlet and "Start with ....and write whatever you want"?
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
No.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
I've visited 8 countries and 31 states.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
A cruise to any warm place. I like taking my hotel with me.
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
I've been getting to know New Hampshire, helping to prep our Massachusetts house for sale, and helping our daughter refurbish her 1853 home. I've also been involved in many different groups and committees at church and enjoying our grandsons-We have 3, all boys. I'm just generally enjoying retirement.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
Reading a good book, seeing spring come (finally!), being with the grandkids, and looking forward to Grant's retirement. (I've got a long honey-do list.) I still like a good joke even though I can't ever remember them later.

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Linda Gurley Sisson

August 5, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
My father and mother came to D.C. during the Depression to get civil service jobs. My father worked for the Department of the Navy when I was in High School and we moved to Falls Church then.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
I loved being able to walk or bike anywhere...especially to the library or friends' houses.
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
Hanging out with my friends (especially at the National Gallery), and being on the debate team.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Mr. McBride...he brought so much richness to his teaching of history...weaving in music, art, literature. Mrs. Delaney...she opened a whole world of literature to us.
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
Nope...but later on my husband and I inherited the family's '57 Chevy...a great car.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
Most of the states (except Hawaii, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming) and several European countries, Costa Rica, and Canada.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
The coast of Maine (where I live now).
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
My husband and I started a puppet company (www.peregrinepuppets.com) and perform around Maine. I've learned to play the 5 string banjo and have started learning to play cello this year. I started singing in choral groups for the first time and discovered that I love early music. (especially J. S. Bach). I became a Master Gardener through Cooperative Extension and teach gardening at our local middle school. I'm a volunteer with Downeast Hospice and with the domestic violence prevention program (answering hotline calls). I LOVE being 'retired'!!!
9. Today, what makes you smile?
My husband's poetry, my son's cooking, and every beautiful dawn.

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Rhys G. Llewellyn

August 9, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
Both parents worked in D.C. for the Federal government. We moved from Westover Apartments in Arlington to our home on East Broad Street in 1949. My parents remained there until 1995 when we brought them out to Colorado.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
Say, at our age, who has any memory left?
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
See #2.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
See #2; I think it was #2; not sure anymore.
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
No; I just bummed rides from Dave Farrell and Jon Buntenbah. More fun that way.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
All the states except Alaska. Countries: Canada, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Germany, Australia, India, China, Tibet, Cambodia, Thailand, Japan.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
We don\'t really "vacation" any longer; see #8. We do go fossiling in the Peace River in Florida and in the Badlands of Nebraska when we get a chance.
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
My wife and I spend approximately 6 months each year in Florida and 6 months in Colorado and have done so since we retired in '99. We operated a shell/fossil store for nearly a year for a friend of ours who was left paralyzed from a stroke. I wrote his autobiography for him as well. I'm hoping to publish a "humorous" novel shortly. I have the beginnings of a photography website: www.rhysllewellyn.com and my wife's site is www.basketstudio.com.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
Our two dogs, a West Highland Terrier and a Cairn Terrier.

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Sandy Betts Thomas

August 15, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
The Army brought my Dad to the Pentagon from St. Louis when I was mid way through 8th grade. We first lived in McLean, but luckily the summer before my sophomore year, we moved to Falls Church and I got to experience some of the best times of my life at GM. But, all good things must come to an end, and in Jan. of my senior year the Army sent Dad to France and I had to go too, but not without a LOT of protest.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
Does the Lee Hwy. Drive-In count? Spent many a weekend night there. Double dates, guys in the trunk, hot summer nights or freezing winter nights, somehow it didn't matter.
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
Very special friends, the football games, the parties especially on snow days, slumber parties, the dances, and of course, the love of my life at that time.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Well, there was Mrs. Delaney who taught me English could be fun; Mr. Brown with his flying eraser and that snide grin, who taught me about dirty old men; Mr. Jawish who tried his best to get me through Algebra II, and definitely taught me math was NOT my forte (Funny isn't it that I spent 26 years working for the IRS later on); and dear Mr. Holton who first nicknamed me Boom Boom. The rest is history!
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
Not me, my Dad would not let me drive, but I had Don and he had his Dad's car. I remember one time at Tops Drive-In, we were fooling around and I broke his Dad's side view mirror, as we pulled out. I was the guilty one, but poor Don took the brunt of it for me. Yes, he was my hero then. Also, I had Pam Clark and her yellow Chevy, didn't we call it the Lemon?? We had some wonderful, crazy times in it, counted our nickels and dimes to gas up and go cruisin'.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
Since I left Falls Church, I've lived in France, Germany, back to Va., Fl., Co, and Ga. I've visited a few more places and look forward to visiting even more in the future. I'm working on my bucket list.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
Being one who loves the wildlife, it's Alaska, by far. I just got back from a 2 week trip/cruise there. What an awesome place!
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
I retired in March of 2006 and moved from Stone Mountain, Ga. up to the north Ga. mountains to my little cabin in the woods here in Jasper (Bent Tree community). I'm active with our hiking club, and I head up our Singles group. There's always something going on, water aerobics, the gym, and if someone says party, I'm there.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
Seeing my sons, their families, my grandchildren live good, happy lives definitely brings contentment. But, I smile too each morning when I walk out on my deck and see what beauty there is around me. I talk to the deer, laugh at the pompous turkeys, see an occasional bear, and listen to the chattering birds. It's all a true blessing!

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Glen Simmons

August 15, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
My father relocated from the Harrisonburg, VA area to work.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
Friday & Saturday Tops Drive in and Julie's in Georgetown.
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
I became interested in electronics and spent most of my extra time building projects and repairing old radios & tvs in my neighbors basement, so I did not spend any extra time at GM.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Mr. Woodward. A great teacher.
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
No. Harry Wright would borrow his mothers car and we would cruise. Warren Sprinkle had a standard shift Buick that would be a classic now. I also remember cruising with Jon B. in his parents car. Everyone put 25 cents in the hat and we could cruise all night
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
Mexico, Bahamas, Canada, Germany, Switzerland and all 50 states.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
North Carolina mountains near Waynesville
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
Sold my business and retired in 2000. Travel spent 20 days in Alaska and Canada in June 2011. I am treasurer of the home owners association and teach a shop class on Friday at a local private school.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
Watching the grandkids develop and mature.

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Eddie O. Creasy

August 15, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
My Father got a job driving a street car in WDC.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
It was a small town and I enjoyed going to the Saturday morning or afternoon show at the State theater.
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
I really enjoyed playing football and baseball and the special persons that we had in our class.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Joe Crain. I wanted to be a football coach and my major in college at BYU was Physical Education with an emphasis in coaching. However, when I got out of the Air Force, Falls Church was paying its coaches $7,000 per year and the Bureau was paying $14,000 per year and it was an easy decision for me.
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
I drove a 1956 black Ford Victoria and a Packard.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
I was a C130 pilot and flew around the world. It would be hard to list all the countries I have flown into.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
I enjoy going on cruises. I like being on the ship as much as the ports of call.
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
I have retired from the Bureau in 1998 and I worked as a Special Investigator with them until a year ago. Most of my time is taken up with riding and caring for our three horses.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
There is nothing like being on my big black horse in the middle of the woods and having him stop and we listen to the birds and the wind whistling through the trees. I then bend over and put my arms around his neck and give him a big hug.

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Sandra Maxwell

August 18, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
My father worked for the Federal Aviation Administration and was transferred to Washington.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
How very green and pretty it is. We moved from Albuquerque, NM, where trees are not that plentiful.
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
How friendly everyone was. It's not easy being a "new girl."
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
I think that would be Mr. Brown, my Algebra teacher. He stayed after class with me so many times - algebra not being my strong point. I made it through college algebra respectably because of him.
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
No.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
I have been to twenty-eight countries and thirty-one states.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
The lake district of Northern Italy.
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
We live on beautiful Narragansett Bay in Bristol, RI. A small Colonial town of 24,000, 15 miles from Newport. My husband is a geologist and has been working in China and Tibet for the past 20 or so years. We're usually in China in the Fall for six weeks.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
My husband.

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June Ann Roth Woody

August 18, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
They bought a house on Spring St. after Dad got out of the Army.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
The Fireman's parade down Broad St. with all the sirens going full blast.
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
Dancing & lunch time in the gym and playing on the softball team and going to different schools.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
 
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
No, I did not. I had to walk to and from school if Mom didn't go to work that day.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
Twelve states. I am a homebody.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
Surf Side, South Carolina - Sand Bridge, Virginia
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
I retired five years ago, when we found out my husband has Alzheimer's. I have been his care-giver since then. We had our first grandchild graduate from high school and attend Shenandoah University. I knit and crochet Afghans for troops in McGuire VA Hospital in Richmond. I also crochet prayer shawls for our church and I worn in the Food Closet. I just moved in my new house my daughter built for us. We downsized so I can still take of Carroll.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
My new house & my six grandchildren.

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Grace (Bette) Brown Chinners

August 18, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
I'm not sure. My great-grandfather started Brown's Hardware, but it was a general store at first. My family, both mother and father's side, had been in Falls Church for a long time.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
Not sure I have a favorite, but remember walking to the 5 & Dime store on most Saturdays and then going to the movies with Sandy & Judy Royston. We also would stop at the drug store on the corner and have a cherry coke.
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
I find that I have nothing but fond memories. I tend not to dwell on bad memories, so have forgotten them in time. It was great fun being a cheerleader. I remember one year when there was a lot of snow the cheerleaders had to take the train to Richmond when the basketball team was in a championship play-off. When Coach Crain found out how we were getting there he had the team take the train also. What fun. Also remember many rides home whith a lot of us piled into Howard Busbee's car.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
I can't say any particular teacher was a great inspiration on my life. As I look back, their different personalities come to mind, I really like them all. Mrs. Lanier was always a favorite.
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
No.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
Countries: 4 States: 35
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
At my Mom's near Chesapeake Bay. I love the beach (Myrtle) in the off-season, but Bill doesn't so don't get there very often. Been to Hawaii twice and would love to go again. Also enjoyed the yearly visits with Nadine & Pat. Now that Pat has died, Nadine and I still have at least once a year visit at various places.
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
After our son Ed was born (1972) I did not work for many years. When my husband retires there was too much time together so when an opportunity for a part time job came up working at a shop selling embroidery/sewing machines and anything else sewing related I started working. I have always loved sewing so the job has been a lot of fun. My husband teaches part-time. We are fortunate to have our son and family close so are involved with grandkids. My father p0assed away Christmas 4 years ago. My mom is still living in the Northern Neck area and doing well.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
Friends, family - especially grandkids - 4th is due Oct. 2. Erin, our daughter-in-law, better wait to have him after I get home. Was at the birth of the other 3 and don't want to miss this one.

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Ken Louden

August 26, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
As is true with many others, my dad got a job working for the federal government, first at the Labor Department, then right after WWII with the Reconstruction (as Housing Director in Vienna, Austria), and finally with the CIA. We moved from DC to Falls Church in 1949, just as I was ready to start school. My dad would never talk about his actual job back in the 50s (he analyzed economic data from the USSR, including U2 photos of factories), which was one more confusing aspect of my growing years.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
Here are two nice memories: the canopy trees lining Broad Street (which were cut down), and the Firemen's (Memorial Day) Parade, which thankfully seems still to exist.
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
Playing the trumpet in Chuck Marginean's dance band.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Two teachers of whom I still have vivid memories are Mrs. Quam, for her dedication to her subject, and Mrs. Delaney, who was wonderfully different from all the other teachers.
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
No car. Undoubtedly a good thing.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
I've visited virtually all of Western Europe and all of the states states except Alaska and Arkansas. Since graduating I've lived in New York State, Germany, Maryland, Canada, New Jersey, Vermont, California, and (for a short while) the Netherlands.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
The Northern California Coast, where we own a lot and plan to build a retirement house soon.
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
I was a professor of computer science for many years at San Jose State University, serving the last four years as Department Chair until my retirement last year. My wife is a professor of intellectual property law at Hastings College of the Law, University of California, in San Francisco (hopefully also retiring in a few years). Now I am mostly a house husband and dad, doing a fair amount of volunteer work in the schools and community. I and my family just returned from four months in Europe, mostly in the Netherlands, where my wife was a visiting professor.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
Watching my two sons, now 10 and 15, grow up.

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Wilson Banks

August 29, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
My Father was career US AirForce. After, as a Family, we lived 4 years in the Philippines, Dad had a Pentagon assignment, and we moved to Falls Church the summer of 1955.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
Still out in the "country"- (before "7 Corners"; Beltway; Marriott's; etc.). In 7th Grade, I could still ride my bike to school, and Poplar Dr. would close sometimes in Winter, so we could sled - (for me, truly "Happy Days"). However, favorite "bad" memory would be Raking Leaves in the Fall...
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
(I just completed the Jr. High - left for Texas in summer of 1958, so my impressions were/are those of a youngster + several visits back). MANY, many fond memories experienced in the early days of Puberty & emerging self-awareness : Small Classrooms with competent Teachers that cared; Friendships with boys & Girls (some of which have endured a Lifetime); School "Spirit"; organized Sport; "Sock Hops" + watching "American Bandstand" at Sharon Taylor's house... 
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Mr. Maher... In addition to teaching us how to write, his Drama Class & School Plays were significant influences in my young Life...
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
Nope... (but as mentioned, I had my bike when I started - sadly by 8th Grade, no longer "Cool").
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
After leaving GM, I would work/save & then travel in the summer ALL over the States... I left the USA from New York City in 1970 working for a Bank with my wife & then 2 Daughters... Then, I Lived in : LONDON (8 months); SYDNEY (5 years); SEOUL (3 years); HONG KONG (18 years); ROME (3 years); BANGKOK (3 years); PHUKET, Thailand (10 years - still here).
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
Varies with so many factors (time of year; Mood; Companion; etc.), however, most probably ITALY - ( I was fortunate enough to be Well-introduced, and the Italian hospitality of "La Dolce Vida" is REAL...).
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
Last 5 years" is easy - I own a a Development & Construction Group that builds large Homes (www.layanhillsestate.com) on the Tropical Island of Phuket. I live at "Casa Wil" with my faithful dog, "Nellie"...
9. Today, what makes you smile?
In addition to being Lucky enough to remain in Good Health, a real Joy is my Grandchildren - (when my eldest Daughter delivers in Oct., the brood goes to 12 - with 8 biological & 4 "inherited") - they bring LOTS of Smiles...

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George Toregas

September 1, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
We lived in Arlington until my 5th grade year. Our house was one of many on the planned path of the Roosevelt Street expansion. We had to move and Falls Church is were we settled.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
I thought about this one for a long time and I could not settle on just one. As I think back, I feel that Falls Church, itself, was alive and had its own personality. It was a small city where everyone knew everyone. We all drove cars with our right hand as we waved to each other with the left. We not only knew each other, we knew many of our friend\'s siblings and parents. We lived more waking hours together than we spent with our own families. One further thought...Each of us can uniquely offer something to every other classmate...Each one of us is a time machine...Through our eyes and our memory banks, we can instantly transform each other into teenagers...We shared our youth and the youthful thoughts are never far away...The older I get, the more I remember and cherish those times
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
My fondest memories are the personal friendships I made and the excellent teachers.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Mrs. Rooney!!!! She was a dedicated teacher...she was kind and considerate...she was, most of all, a very good person...I would get to class early and I would be the last to leave...I loved our talks and her advice.
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
Not my own...but I had access to one.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
I have visited all States, except Montana, North Dakota, Vermont and Alaska. I have been to Canada, Mexico, Germany, Italy, Czechoslovakia (former), France, Holland, Denmark, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam 
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
I have two favorite places...Hawaii (my wife was born there) and Italy...ANYWHERE in Italy...It is soooo beautiful.
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
Over the past five years I have been blessed with two grandsons and a great grandson. I returned to college (UMUC, where my wife is a professor) and received a BS in Business. Coached Little League. Retired for the 2nd and 3rd time (they keep coming back for me). I will stop soon, for good, or for the 4th time. 
9. Today, what makes you smile?
My nine children, seventeen grandchildren and my first great grandson. Each of them is so special.

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Aaron Suleske

September 1, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
Parents – Dad decided that working for the US Gov’t in Washington, DC would be ‘better’ than in Memphis, TN for advancement and other considerations so we landed in a suburb called Shirlington. We rented while dad built our first house in Falls Church. When he built the second one (energetic soul!) I was old enough to attend GM. I was actually slated to go from St. James to Bishop T.J. O’Connell in the first class of the new school, but I heard Jesuits were involved – enough was enough. Public school for me!
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
FC has always reminded me of a bucolic and friendly town, and it has been that way for most of my adult years. I must admit it has grown to where it seems now to be too overcome by traffic and population. My favorite memory in the town survives to this day – the State Theater. A slightly different venue but still the State!
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
At GM there are no ‘fondest’ memories – too many ‘great’ memories to categorize down to a few ‘fondest’. All were faves! The faves include the parties, competition in the science fair, and interfacing with some of my teachers on a one-to-one basis.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
I believe that Ms. Finnegan, Biology, had the greatest impact on my life. By urging me to study, compete in science related areas with partners and interface with the outside world at labs and professional people I was able to acquire early real world knowledge while still being in a high school environment.
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
Car? Car? Well, I should have kept it. 1953 Ford Sunliner convertible, Off white with a flat-head 8, auto tranny. I have graduated now to my ’66 T-Bird, 390 V-8, town car hardtop. All the others in between are imitation vehicles!
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
Countries? Several. Let’s sit and chat!!!! States??? About 20 mostly on business. Virginia is still my fave. Even after IRENE!
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
Favorite vacation place – Wales!
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
My last 5 years has involved three new grankiddies (all I have is three), my marriage to Kathleen (who Zacarias Moussaoui wishes he never met), new home in Winchester where I just may be retiring when I get old and lots of interesting challenges at the job which keeps it interesting!!!
9. Today, what makes you smile?
I smile at the simplest of things – my two puppies who do things puppies can get away with, my grandkids who say the darndest things, memories in general, my two kids who are not kids anymore and at the stupid things I am doing more and more every day since I am becoming an old fart!

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Howard Busbee

September 4, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
The land of opportunity - my father was hired in the U.S. Department of Labor and my mother was a school teacher (and later principal) in the Falls Church School System.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
All the things a (relatively) small town has to offer - the State Theater, safe neighborhoods, drag racing down Broad Street, the drugstore counter and access to Great Falls creeks and nightlife in D.C.
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
Having the same friends for six years in school and for another another 50 years (so far). Sports events, "semi-formal" dances and cruising through Tops Drive-In
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Mrs. Quam, our Latin teacher, because she instilled discipline (I had to do my homework before I could plan pool in her basement), an appreciation for why I was studying an ancient language and enthusiasm in her teaching.
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
A gray 1949 Plymouth, which I painted baby blue on a dare. The record for taking people home from a football game was 17 friends.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
Thanks to our cross-country train trip in August, we added a few new states, so the total is 40. Total countries are 13.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
Callaway Gardens - a family resort in Georgia where our family of 21 gathers in July and December at our vacation home.
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
Teaching at the William and Mary Business School as a second career, shuttling between our house in Williamsburg and condo in Richmond. Serving on various boards at the College and the community. Planning for and taking extended trips to new places. The wedding of our fifth child (and only daughter) in November 2010.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
People - Family, friends, students and especially our nine grandchildren.

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John Howell

September 5, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
Mother got a teaching job in Fairfax County schools and they moved there to be close to her job.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
I enjoyed growing up in Falls Church because of the quiet and safe neighborhoods and the friendly people there.
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
In my senior year, I had a lot of fun with my friends. I treasure those good times that we had.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
I don\'t remember.
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
I had a 1954 Plymouth station wagon. We had a lot of great times in that car.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
I have been in almost all of the western Europe countries and few of the Eastern Europe countries. I have about 40 states.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
I live in a place where others come to vacation and I enjoy being there. I like to travel, but I also like to come home.
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
In the last 5 years, I have been living in The Villages, FL which is a large retirement community of over 75,000 people. I started a small computer repair business there and that keeps me very busy. I also take advantage of the many recreational activities here. My second marriage ended in divorce last year, but I now have someone that I have been dating for 6 months. We do a lot of fun things including riding Segways, airboats, travelling, etc.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
My friend Lorraine.

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Charlotte Momsen Klein

September 5, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
My father was in the U.S. Navy submarine service and was being transferred to D.C. for shore duty. My parents liked the small town atmosphere of Falls Church and were particularly taken with the Broadmont area where they bought a house.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
Walking downtown to the record store and Robertson's 5&10 ties with shopping at Woodward & Lothrop and Jelleff's. Tops Drive-In and State Theater are in the mix also. And being so close to D.C. meant access to a variety of experiences. 
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
My friends especially Linda Tong, Joan Clearman and Mandy Bulwinkle and my 2 special boyfriends Jon Green and Jon Klein who turned out to be my one and only. 
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
No special one-just the quality of my education which inspired me to keep an open mind and keep learning.  I fondly remember Mrs. Delaney who taught a great English class. 
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
No-I did not even have a drivers' license. In fact, I didn't have one until I was 40!  
. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
Most of the states except the far northwest. Spain, Italy, and Mexico outside of the U.S.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
I always think of places I would like to go visit but when push comes to shove I like home best.
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
I went from giving up on ever having grandchildren to having 4. I was an antique dealer for 25+ years with a shop and booths at various antique malls and I still dabble in it today by way of E-bay. My daughter is a lawyer (associate counsel) at Hunton Williams in Richmond and is married to a wonderful man who is a biologist and works at VCU. My son is a computer tech and works at a local company here in Winchester. His wife who I adore is finishing up her studies to be a teacher. My daughter has 3 children-2 boys and a girl and my son has a boy. 
9. Today, what makes you smile?
My family especially my grandchildren who are the joys of my life. It is such a privilege to be loved by these little people. I see one grandson who lives locally fairly often. My other 3 live in the Richmond area. Until recently I went down there several times a month ever since the first one was born and as my oldest grandson puts it "I hang out with them". They would stay home from daycare and we would just be together.  And my husband regularly makes me smile.

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Dorothy Kellman Samenow

September 5, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
My grandfather opened a store called "The Falls Church Department Store" in the 1930s. After I was born, my mother took over the store. 
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
Walking to Madison School, Jefferson School, being a safety patrol at the corner of Broad and Washington Streets.
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
Being a member of the Student Council in 7th or 8th grade and on the staff of The Lasso; During senior year, I was allowed to teach a psychology class; My friendship with Mary Jane; Riding around in Mike Havens' car (I think it was a brand new Pontiac)
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Mr. McClellan, my ninth grade social studies teacher, had us each draw a map of the world which has contributed to my life-long interest in travel and to my actually traveling throughout the world.
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
I had a Nash Rambler with a stick shift. It was turquoise and white.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
Approximately half of the United States (including Hawaii and Alaska). I have traveled in Central America (including studying Spanish in Guatemala) and in South America. In addition, I have traveled throughout Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, Israel, Egypt, the Mediterranean countries, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Nepal, Thailand, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, the Caribbean and, later this year, I will spend a month on a cruise traveling from Dubai to Capetown that will take me to India and countries in the Indian Ocean (e.g., Reunion, Madagascar, Seychelles Islands, Mauritius, and the Maldives).
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
There are too many nice and interesting places to single out one. I do enjoy spending time at our oceanfront condo at Bethany Beach, Delaware.
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
Both sons live in Washington, D.C. Charles is a psychiatrist on staff at George Washington University Medical Center, a medical school instructor, and a journal editor. Jason, a meteorologist, is the Weather Editor for The Washington Post and founder of the blog "Capital Weather Gang" (Check it out!) Jason married Deborah Silver, a lawyer, from Bethesda, and they have a son (our first grandchild) Evan, born on 5/20/11. We continue to live in Lake Barcroft (since 1972) and travel throughout the United States and internationally. My husband continues as a forensic psychologist in Alexandria, and I work part-time in his office. Our sons gave us a memorable 40th Anniversary party for 60 people at our home.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
My new grandson, Evan.

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Bob Gebeaux

September 5, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
My Mother, Ruth Gebeaux, was a teacher at Madison . We commuted from Chantilly most of my time at Falls Church until we moved into town when Dulles airport was constructed.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
Working at the tasty freeze. Hanging out with Dave Stratton, Tom Tomas, Pam Clark. Going to Tops for burgers, first date at the State Theater, bowling, trips into Georgetown for some nite life.
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
Hard to say but being in the Band for all my years at GMHS is a big one.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Probably Mr. Phillips as he showed me the way to Augusta Military Academy. Also Mr. Jarvis and plain geometry
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
No. but had the use of parents cars of course. Spent several days camped out in front of an olds dealer ship for a Washington's birthday sale so my brother could buy a car for 7 dollars. John Howell and I made the cover of the Washington Post when there was a snow storm the night before George's Birthday.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
Having spent 20 years in the Navy I moved around a lot. and I suppose I have been to all the states one time or another . Not sure about the countries.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
Down in the Carribean Sea in the offshore islands of Venezuela.
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
Pretty much been retired, spending winters in Florida in our fifth wheel travel trailer at Key West and southern Florida. Now back into boating and busy refitting an older sailboat for coastal cruising and a trip to Florida for the winter. I lost my wife Bonnie to cancer this summer and am doing the best I can to adjust.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
My Jack Russell Terrier "Jazzebel" 

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Kyra Timkovsky Hidalgo

September 6, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
In 1950 my father was hired at the Naval Intelligence School to teach Russian. The drive down from Connecticut lasted 12 hours and included at least one ferry crossing. Some of his students lived in FC, and we moved to Tyler Gardens on Gundry Dr.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
When you could walk everywhere and Broad St. was a tree-lined 2-lane street, kids could go downtown to Robertson's 5&10, the State or the drugstore. And there was a sense of history, with the Falls Church and Dolly Madison escaping to Leesburg during the War of 1812!
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
I remember starting in 7th grade that we ran to our lockers and then walked to our classes, exchanging greetings along the way. 
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Probably Mrs. Quam had the greatest impact, but I have not visited Italy yet. I love the Roman ruins I've seen in other parts of Europe. All the teachers at GM were top notch, but having so many male teachers was unique. Mr. Maher & Mr. Brown made an impression especially. I think we listened to Edward R. Murrow (World at War??) and took our famous trip to Gettysburg with Mr. Maher.
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
No car and no driver's license while in school. But I do remember getting to the bus stop on Broad St. and walking home from GM fairly often.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
I haven't counted, but 10 or so in Central America and Europe and about 40 states. We've lived most recently in Texas & New Mexico. 
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
France is #1 on my list followed by Ireland.
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
In 2006 we moved to Santa Fe and commuted back and forth to Houston where Pete's main office was located. This May we traveled to Germany to see our granddaughter's confirmation, and we revisited Normandy beaches and Paris where Pete attended HS. There is more golf and less working these days! 
9. Today, what makes you smile?
We have two grand dogs, Labradors, and they are constant companions. My garden is a source of pleasure, and NM has a stark beauty. In October we add one more grandchild: total 7 from age 18 down, 3 girls and 4 boys. Pete put Sirius radio in my car, so we get the 50's and 60's channels playing while en route to ABQ singing along to the oldies. 

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Carolyn Stuart Dolan

September 7, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
My parents came for government jobs during the depression. They met in Washington D.C. and moved to Falls Church after marrying.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
Playing with all my neighborhood pals when I was little. The day we got the family dog. Coming home after school and having long discussions with my friends (see favorite teacher). Having sherbet floats with my mom. Coming home from school to the smell of fresh baked cookies and helping my mom can tomatoes and peaches and make jelly. Am I hokie or what?
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
Mrs. Delaneys English class. Football and basketball games. Meeting my first husband, Mike Faddis, the father of my 2 children.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Mrs. Delaney, hands down. She made us think and was willing to discuss any subject. The class would go to lunch next and all sit around continuing the discussion of the day. 
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
No, but drove my Dads Hudson Hornet a lot. He had a thing for those cars and had more than one.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
14 countries, 47 states.
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
Bahamas on a sailboat, Ireland on land.
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
Retired from social work and never looked back. Bought a 38 ft sailboat and sailed to the Bahamas twice, also to Mass from FL (and back), visiting all the islands and little coastal towns. Visited Europe, Panama, Peru and did a lot of RVing around the U.S. and Canada. We do like to travel. Unfortunately will miss the reunion because we will be in Panama. We love when the grandkids come to visit. Judy Wilson Ambrose and Claire Brown Bray came to visit this spring and it was such a joy to catch up. Also like coming home as we have the most beautiful beaches in the world and good friends here.
9. Today, what makes you smile?
My wonderful husband Mike Dolan. We laugh a lot. Keeps you sane. Also my son and his family whom I do not see nearly enough as they live in Mass. I just realized I made it sound as if life has been a dream. Every life has ups and downs, at our age you can\'t get away from that, but overall, I feel fortunate in so many ways. Thanks George Mason for a great start. 

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Judy Fischer White

September 9, 2011


1. What brought your parents or grandparents to Falls Church?
Following his WWII Navy service my dad accepted a position as a Geologist with the US Geological Service in DC. We lived in a small house in Jefferson Village, later moving to S. West Street, and then to Noland Street. My mother, a teacher, purchased Miss Thompson’s Primary School and she was my kindergarten teacher. I attended through the 2nd grade, moving on to Oak Street School for 3rd.
2. What is your favorite memory of Falls Church?
I always appreciated the opportunity to live in a small town near the nation’s capital. My memories include dance lessons at Fox Studio; my new white gloves that were purchased for my “Comportment” classes ; and modeling hosiery at Jelleff’s when I was a junior (and scared to death to have anyone look at my legs). Of course the State Theater where I had my first date (with Bob Gebeaux); the “new” library; and having DC so near that I could race my brother and my Georgia relatives up and down the Washington Monument stairwell. Later, the “police escort” I received when I became a stewardess and was driving to and from the airport at all hours of the night (they watched to see that I arrived into the City safely). Falls Church was a town where everyone’s mother was my mother…most of the time that was wonderful.
3. What is your fondest memory of your years at George Mason?
My fondest memory , as so many have said over the years, is of the camaraderie amongst our classmates and the warmth of the teachers. For me, it set an expectation that has been with me throughout my life… “surround yourself with the positive and the supportive”. Specific highlights include the SCA trip to the Milt Grant Show. Bud Roeder, Buck Stratton, and myself were selected for the ‘spotlight dance’ (not all together) and pictured in the local paper. Wow! It was a big deal. Other highlights include tap dancing in the Jr. Variety show while Chuck Marginean’s music rocked the gym; parties and slumber parties in my basement on S. West Street (of course my parents insisted that the parties be at MY house); being with friends at the football games; dressing up for the formal dances; and of course dancin’ in the gym everyday at lunchtime. I always enjoyed meeting the military “kids” each year as they came from all parts of the world and in need of new friends.
4. What George Mason teacher had the greatest impact on your life? Why?
Mrs. Rooney. She opened my eyes to my interest in the science’s, making class both interesting and fun. Additionally, she was protective. My dad had a masters’ in Chemistry and was positive that his “wonderful daughter” would make straight A’s in her class. He came to every GM “parent’s night” and he always looked forward to conversations with Mrs. Rooney. I did well her class, however, there were a few times when she gave me a wink and the benefit of the doubt!
5. Did you have a car while at George Mason? Please describe it.
On occasion, I drove mom’s Miss Thompson’s School ‘bus’, a green flower delivery-type vehicle that my dad had modified with rows of bench seats for the students. I had strict orders to go directly to and from school. Well, how many of my friends do you think saw the ‘bus’ and jumped in for a ride home? On one occasion a friend encouraged me to go to the new McDonald’s on Rt 50. A car hit the ‘bus’! The local newspaper headline read Judy Fischer, Truck Driver, in Accident. From then on I was known by many as ‘Truck Driver Judy’. After that…Nope, no car.
6. How many countries and how many states have you visited?
4 Countries. 37 States
7. What is your favorite place to vacation?
I grew up going to Fenwick Island, thus I am a beach-lover. In 1977, as the nearby beaches became crowded, I began taking my children to OBX. My mother and brother live there now and I continue to rent a beach-front home most summers. This summer, on the beach, we had 22 family members ranging in age from 1 yr. to 89 yrs. old. Additionally, we have had a ‘Georgia Family’ reunion each summer since I was a ‘tot’. During our last George Mason reunion I was discussing this with Howard Busbee and I learned that his summer home is in the same place as my family reunion, Callaway Gardens, Georgia. We were within one or two miles of each other in the Georgia mountains year after year! 
8. Please catch us up on your last 5 years.
I retired, remarried, and relocated. Whew! I am having great fun. 
9. Today, what makes you smile?
I have a thoughtful, fun-filled, and healthy family who always makes me smile. When I retired, my co-workers said “you’re not the type to retire”. Obviously, they think retirement means retiring from life, not from a job. When they asked what I planned to do I said “ I am going to try to do a good deed everyday”. Every time we make someone else smile, it makes us smile. I am busier than ever and I have a great deal to smile about.

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