features, Shorties, & Polls,
from THE ALLTOLD, 1966-1968
Cunningham's Family in Guam
The lives of Steve Cunningham's
family were dramatically changed in 1958 and 1959
by an advertisment in a magazine.
A few weeks after answering the
ad, Steve's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Glen
Cunningham, received a letter from the Guam
government granting them the opportunity to teach
in Guam, the largest of the mid-Pacific Mariana
Islands. The government even paid for
transportation because of Guam's great need for
"I learned to swim in the
Pacific Ocean," said Steve. "We made it
a point to go swimming every Christmas. The
average year-round temperature is 90 degrees.
Steve, his younger brothers Ron
and Dennis, and their parents lived for two years
in a five-room quonset. It looked like a huge
barrel cut in half, with a severely sloping roof
and with tent-like doorways. "We used to
wake up at night to the sound of our next-door
neighbor's goats walking across our roof,"
Steve's mother taught first
grade. His father first taught junior high school
and then became principal of the school on
Anderson Air Force Base. Steve and brother Ron
were taught by an Hawaiian teacher.
The tiny 32-mile-long and
10-mile-wide island of Guam was discovered by
Magellan during his historic journey around the
world and became a Spanish possession. In 1898,
the island was ceded to the United States. Except
for a period during World War II, the island has
remained in the possesion of the United States.
The Cunninghams visited Hong
Kong, watched hula dancers in Hawaii, stayed in
the Chiang Kai Shek Hotel in Formosa, and saw the
rice paddies of Japan.
They also visited the
Philippines where they almost lost brother Ron.
Their plane was ready to leave as the rest of the
Cunninghams frantically searched for Ron. They
found him watching pin-ball-machine players, and
they reached their airplane just before the steps
were rolled away from the plane.
Jane Amos 'Sees' for
Blind Poodle Pet
"Up curb, Tina" is a
frequent phrase for Senior Jane Amos who gives
this bit of information to her miniature toy
poodle when they are out walking and come to a
curb. Jane's dog Tina is blind.
The six-year-old silver-gray
poodle started losing its sight over a year ago
but still learns tricks from Jane. They have put
on shows for several Scout groups, the South Bend
Moose, and recently MHS's Readers' Guild.
Until losing her
sight, Tina followed hand signals. She was able
to change to voice commands with little trouble
according to Jane.
Jane admits that she bought
Tina the wrong way; she bought her from an
individual rather than a kennel. Jane bought Tina
when she was nine months old, another mistake
according to Jane. A dog should make the transfer
of masters before it is six months old.
Jane used directions from a
book to teach the dog some tricks, but stopped
using the book when the book instructed, "To
teach a dog to back up, step on its toes."
In addition to Tina, Jane has a
beagle -- that Jane's grandfather had wanted to
put down since the dog was old -- two parakeets,
and aquarium fish.
One of the birds rides on
Tina's shoulders when it is out of its cage, and
both the bird and the dog kiss Jane.
Tammy Reed Establishes
Home for Old Junk
Cleaning out basements and
attics leaves you with lots of junk. Then, what
do you do with the junk? Senior Tammy Reed and
her friend from Penn High School, Kathy Newman,
confronted this problem in a new way: They opened
a junk shop.
Located on McKinley and Fir
Road is a fruit stand that has been converted
into a junk shop with daisies, footprints, and
handprints painted on the walls. One wall is
decorated with a bright red eye with blue and
Tammy and Kathy spent a week
repairing and painting in order to turn the fruit
stand into a shop.
They did most of the work
themselves, but their parents helped them haul
the junk. They had help nailing orange crates
together, and on opening day a boy dressed in
some of their merchandise sat on the roof and
called to people who passed by.
The junk shop was open for six
days and cleared $127. The merchandise included
clothes, shoes, toys, books, glassware, jewelry,
two bicycles, and an old school desk.
They sold a piece of milkglass
for thirty-five cents. As soon as the item was
sold, the customer told them that the milkglass
was worth $75.
Rain was a problem because the
roof leaked, but a bucket solved the problem. The
building had no electricity and no water, so when
it was too dark to see, the store closed.
Dan Nicolini Tops in
Drama; Races Clock for Activities
Senior Dan Nicolini sets a fast
pace in his school and spare-time activities.
Music takes up most of Dan's
time. Why shouldn't it, considering that he plays
the violin, clarinete, guitar, and banjo?
Dan teaches violin and has
eight pupils. The money he earns giving music
lessons will go toward his college education.
However, Dan doesn't plan on a musical career.
Dan captured the lead role in
the Junior play "Cheaper by the Dozen,"
playing the role of Frank Gilbreth. He feels that
playing the role of Tom Sawyer in seventh grade
as Tom Sawyer, and playing another role in eighth
grade, gave him some dramatic background.
Dan enjoys being in plays but
doubts if he'll try out for the Senior play
because of too many planned extra-curricular
Photography also plays a part
in Dan's school and spare-time hours. He became
interested in photography during seventh grade
when he used a box camera. Dan now develops his
own black and white prints, and color prints.
Another of Dan's interests is
railroading. Summer of 1967, Dan took a trip to
Wisconsin and road in the cab of a steam engine,
serving as the fireman, shoveling the coal to
fuel the train.
Diane Roberts Dazed,
Delighted at Being Homecoming Queen
"It's hard to explain. I
was shocked -- I loved it!"
On October 13, a trembling
Diane Roberts was crowned Mishawaka's Homecoming
Queen. Diane was in such a daze that she didn't
hear the music of the A Capella Choir behind her.
She had not expected to win.
Ironically, the only other
contest she has ever won was at a Halloween
party. She was costumed as a witch.
Diane is an individual who
likes to be different. She likes to be alone much
of the time. Being in front of a group frightens
Her greatest peeve is a liar.
She looks for sincerity in people and likes
people who have a good sense of humor. "I
believe a person shouldn't cut others down.
Everyone should go after his goals in life and
not sit around and wait for something to happen
to make the goal come to him."
She also likes to do things on
Diane, a horseback riding
enthusiast, hates indoor sports such as ping pong
and bowling. She likes red licorice, a fast game
of hopscotch, and playing on slides and swings.
Paul Huyvaert Learns
and Earns at Children's Hospital
"I enjoy working with
children, so when I heard the for volunteers at
the hospital, I decided to try it," says
Senior Paul Huyvaert, who works with retarded
children at Northern Indiana Children's Hospital.
Language barriers were the
biggest problems when Paul first began his
volunteer work. It took time for the children to
understand him, and for Paul to learn to
interpret what the children were trying to say.
After a month of volunteer
work, Paul was offered a steady job. He now works
on Monday, Tuesday, and sometimes on Thursday and
Friday. He talks with and plays with the
children, and he teaches them. He also bathes and
feeds the children and puts them to bed.
Paul offers this advice to
anyone considering working with children:
"The only way to get a child to respect you
is to discipline him. You must set a few
boundaries and see to it that the child does not
pass the line. It may take a while, but he will
soon catch on. You will have a friendly and
working relationship. The child will respect you,
and you can respect the child."
As a little girl, Kathy
Hillaert told her brother, "I can walk
across the porch railing. Watch!" Not only
did she walk across the railing, she walked OFF
the railing and broke her elbow. She was a
promising ballerina until she used her foot for a
braking system in her cousin's tricycle wheel
spokes, and she boasts of having had six black
eyes in 18 years.
And now in her senior year,
Kathy hobbles through the crowded MHS halls on
one foot as a result of a bad fall at a Talent
Show rehearsal. Her severely sprained foot is
covered with a walking cast.
Margie Hesch has had the
reputation of being a tomboy since she was young.
After receiving a doll for Christmas one year,
Margie hung the unwanted gift on a clothes-line
and riddled the doll with B-B's. Then she knifed
the remnants of the doll until its stuffings were
out. Margie never received another doll.
Debaters (Brady, Nevel,
Cosner) Earn 8-4 Record
March 1967: MHS's
debate team has an 8-4 invitational-meet record.
This year's resolution is "Resolved: That
the United States' foreign aid should be limited
to non-military aid."
Affirmative debaters are Dan
Spross (MHS '67) and Ron Cosner.
Negative debaters are Roger Brady
and Dave Nevel.
At the Marion High School
Invitational, MHS's negative team (Nevel and
Brady) placed fifth out of 35 teams. Dave was
chosen the best individual debater, and Roger was
chosen second best. As a team, Dave and Roger won
four ribbons at the Central High School
Discuss Vietnam; Boys 'Would Go If Called'
The lives of many Americans are
affected by the war in Vietnam. People most
concerned are men over the age of 18, and those
who soon will be men over the age of 18.
"The liberty that the
people of the United States enjoy has never been
handed to any generation on a silver
platter," said Dawn Housand about
the Vietnam War. "If we can't back our
country, then we don't deserve to live in
says, "If my country is fighting this war
when I enlist, I'll be ready to go. The USA must
keep its place as a world power."
says, "If my country calls on me to serve, I
will, and to the best of my ability. Although I
would like to go into the service, I wouldn't
really want to go to Vietnam." Regarding
draft card burners, Keith says, "If they are
really sincere, I back them all of the way, but
many of them use draft card burning to get out of
"I wouldn't want to die,
but if my country says, 'go,' I'd go to do my
best," says Will Pooley.
Will believes that those who do refuse to fight
in the war are very selfish. For Will,
selfishness and democratic freedoms just don't
would want her boyfriend, husband, father, or
brother to do what he thought was right if he
were called to war.
believes that almost all news reports are the
same and is bored with the war because it never
seems to be making any progress. Sue says that
draft card burners are traitors to all of the
ideals of democracy.
"The war is a tiring trial
for all of us, but in order to get anywhere near
a solution we must stick with it," says Carol
Ann Nix. "I do not believe that the
war will continue much more than one year. The
period of inevitable negotiations, however, will
probably last longer than that. I think that
peace will come soon after the presidential
by Peggy Huff
The idea that all a good car
needs is four wheels and a working engine is out
of date. Teens dream of luxury and comfort, with
little regard to price.
Ron Thibos believes
a '67 Impala, maroon with vinyl top, would fill
the bill. "Nothing fancy, but complete with
accessories and wood paneling would be
wants a telephone and reclining seats.
says a "G" Corvette is the ideal car,
and Connie Kelly claims the best
is a '51 MG-TF.
dream car would look like 007's car.
is practical and says that an ideal car would be
one with no serious trouble, such as a leaky
radiator or a ruined transmission.
To get anywhere in any kind of
weather, Cheri Frazier would
choose "something that would go on land,
water, or air."
wants a "small, well-padded, sturdy-framed,
The ultimate in dream cars has
to be Tom Grau's wish: a pink
Volkswagon with llama-hair interior, television,
and a 427 engine, for city driving, of course.
Some Students Make Time
For School & Work
Some from the MHS Class of 1968
head for work as soon as they leave school. Here
are comments from just a few:
describes himself as "nervous" and says
the thing he finds hardest to adjust to is the
fast pace at McDonald's. "During the rush
hours, we all get in each others way." Ron
mops floors, scoops walks, toasts buns, and cooks
Others who work in area
restaurants include Jim Britton
and Ron Wise who work at Sandy's
on McKinley; and Ronnie Brooks,
Rude customers and tired feet
are the complaints of those working part-time as
clerks and cashiers. Pat Hayden
works at Hook's Pharmacy and remembers the man
who bought one piece of bubble gum and paid with
a $20 bill. And Pat remembers being grateful for
an understanding boss when she gave a man the
wrong pills while filling his prescription; the
customer caught the error.
Becky Gevaert works
at Max Adler's, a clothing store at Town &
Country Shopping Center. She thanks a lady who
returned $10 after realizing that Becky had given
her too much change. Becky says that women are
more difficult to please than men.
works at Kresge's and says, "One manager
tells you one thing, while another manager tells
you just the opposite." She finds one
similarity with work and school: employees are
not allowed to chew gum. Debbie's patience was
heavily tested when an impatient woman customer
said, "I could run the register faster than
Diana Lawson also
works at Kresge's and remembers ruining ten
window shades when she started to work in the dry
goods department. Her bass' reaction was,
"Practice makes perfect." Diana
remembers having to clean out the fish tanks with
a special dislike.
and Tom Fry work at the K-Mart
grocery store on McKinley.
Kathy Hillaert is
an office girl at St. Joseph Hospital. She is
considering a nursing career and says, "My
job gives me a chance to feel the atmosphere of a
hospital and to see the need for nurses."
works as a stock boy at Spartan's. He says,
"I enjoy meeting new people, and my job
gives me the opportunity to do that."
Tim Kobb works
at K-Mart. He took the job to pay for car and