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High School Days
Louie playing Merlin in the 8th grade induction ceremony Summer - 1953 Southeast guys at Missouri Boys State
Louis Eckstein, portraying Herbert Gage in "January Thaw" demonstrates how his heroic efforts saved a cow from a burning barn. His three daughters, Jane Seitz, on the left; Jo Fenton, kneeling, and Nanette Preston with her suitor, Dave Morton, watch on in amusement. Florence Newsom, the maid doesn't appear so amused.
Southeast Beta Club Chooses
Capable Leaders as Officers
   First semester offices for the Beta Club, elected at the end of last year, took over their duties at the first meeting September 24.  The officers are Louis Eckstein, president; Oletha Ludwig, vice-president; Jo Ann Fish, recording secretary; Yvonne L'Hom-medieu, corresponding secretary; Ronnie Hildebrand, treasurer; Danny Hill, sergeant-at-arms; Lois Garner and Darlene Stanley, keeper-of-the archives; and Liz Crosby, Tower reporter.
   It was announced that Oletha Ludwig had been chosen to replace Mary Ann Cooper as president of the Missouri-Oklahoma Beta Convention.
Season for Penthouse
Begins Successfully
   The Penthouse Players, the producing organization of our school have chosen their theme for this year. "Plays from Far and Near" is what the plays will be built around.
   Their first play of the season, was an entertaining story entitled, "A Portrait of Nelson Holliday Jr." The leading character, Nelson, a fifteen year old boy, was portrayed by Harry Snider. The rest of the cast included Charles Clayton, Gloria Carter, Edell Schaefer, Florence Newsom, Jo Lenz, Jack Middleton, Ronald Pine, Barbara Hummer, and Douglas Ayer.
   Danny Hill, director, and Louis Eck-stein, assistant director, both did an excellent job directing the play. They put forth much time and effort to make it a good one. We may be sure to expect more entertaining plays from the Penthouse Players this year.
"Stairway to Stars"
Penthouse Production
   The Penthouse variety show, "Stair-way to the Stars," was presented May 19. Many new faces and some well known favorites appeared in this last Penthouse production of the year.
   The Penthouse variety show, "Stairway to the Stars," was presented May 19. Many new faces and some well known favorites appeared in this last Penthouse production of the year.
   Every underclassman has stars in their eyes for some upperclassman. Sandy Barnett, as a senior, and Sylvia Spenser as an 8th grader, were no exception as they portrayed such a situation in a monologue "Steps up in High."
   Some newcomers in the "Little Theater of 212" were Clifford Hoehns and Douglas Black in a dazzling record pantomime. Dorothy Boller's sparkling personality showed through in her monologue, depicting the beginner on ice skates. Carrie Merritt and Linda Bugard pantomimed their way to "Steps of Health." Sue Scott played her rendition of Star Dust" on the piano.
   Shakespeare was truly a star in his vocation of writing. Louis Eckstein gave a fine performance as he added a moment of seriousness to the show with a selection from "King Richard II."
   Penthouse did an excellent job in set design, publicity and lights. Credit for fine direction can be given to Nanette Preston and Jane Seitz.
In The Spotlight
  As the curtain rises this week our spotlight focuses on one of the most outstanding senior boys, Louis Eckstein.
   This year Louis is the president of Beta Club, president of Pent-house Players, and vice-president of Round Table.
   Last year Louis was treasurer of his junior class, a member of the induction cast 2 years, a member of the Knightlites cast 2 years.
   We all remember Louis best as "Pilone," the comical angel in last year's spring play, "Down to Earth." Louis considers his greatest honor that of being the Knight in the Eight Grade Induction this year.
   His plans for the future include going to college to study Political Science.
   This year has only begun and before it ends Louis will have added a great deal to his already long list of achievements.
Hill to Head Crusader;
Eckstein, Eichman Aids
   At the beginning of the new school year our Crusader Staff promptly began work. Mr. Tira supervisor, chose the staff: Danny Hill, editor, Louis Eckstein and Don Eichman, assistant co-editors; Mary Louise Erickson, secretary and business manager; Ann Atchinson, literary editor; Lois Garner and Darlene Stanley, art editors; Oletha Ludwig, senior editor; Leann Riggs, junior editor; Shirley Fenton, sophomore editor; Carol Gain, freshman editor, Jane Seitz, eight grade editor; Carol Hamarstrom, clubs and activities; Phyllis Graf, athletics. With this staff, we can be looking forward to an outstanding Crusader in '54.
Louis Eckstein ─ "Someone who calls me on the telephone when I'm listening to the Sunday concert."
Chit Chat
In the Crusader room lately the sweet strains of "Linda" and Maggie" have been heard.  For more information ask David Morton or Louis Eckstein.
Castle Capers
   In Miss Fetter's drama class, the prop committee was going over their list of props needed for the Spring Play.
All of these articles came from issues
of the Tower published our senior year.
Life After High School
Surgical mission trips to Guatemala - 1997
and the Sudan - 2001
Ship's medical officer USS IWO JIMA, 1963
Daughter Raya Maria's wedding Son Bill's happy return from Iraq
Bill receiving the Bronze Star
Bill with his family Raya with Louie's youngest grandson
Louie and the Grandkids
Louie at the 2004 50th Reunion
Louie and Kay Harkins
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