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Preparing for the 50th Reunion, Charlie spearheaded the enormous task of contacting everyone asking them to send us materials for this presentation.
We received hundreds of photographs, memorabilia, and many other goodies.  He also contributed many items that appear here and elsewhere in this presentation.
Charlie, I know this song is extolling the charms of Vienna, not Berlin, but it is too lovely not to be included. Enjoy!
Charlie - 1938 1944 - Charlie with his brothers.
1950 - 1951 Youth on Board bus.
That's Charlie on the front row left with Danny Hill behind him.
Charlie with his fellow Working  backstage
Missouri Boy's State participants Joe McKinley and Charlie
Charlie, Danny Hill, Louie Eckstein, and a couple others we know are in here.
Good Luck on finding them!
An evening at Miss Abbott's house.
Souvenirs from High School
The pencil is a relic of my juvenile fantasies, the fountain pen was the one I carried throughout high school.
Scholastic Magazine
Awards to Be Given
Art Students
   Diligent work has finally paid off for many students in the art department under the capable direction of Miss Abbott. They participated in the Scholastic art contest sponsored by scholastic magazine. The regional contest, which includes the western half of Missouri and the eastern half of Kansas, closed February 12. The work was judged at Emery Bird Thayer the following week.
   Those who won gold keys from Southeast are: Suzan Chaffee, oil; Lois Garner, portfolio and cartoon; Shannon Jones, strip cartoon and watercolor; Barbara Martin, char-coal portrait; Charles McGehee, two photographs; Curry Miles, poster and charcoal portrait; Ronald Pine, ceramics; and Darlene Stanley, design.
   The art work will be judged in the national contest at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
   Those receiving merit certificates are: Bob Baker, George Bannister, Lois Garner, Herbert Hoff, Shannon Jones (two), Jim Linck, Betty Macy, Barbara Martin (four), Charles McGehee (five), Joe McKinley (two), Curry Miles, Kent Quick, Dotty Robertson, Betty Schick, Jean Stafford, Pat Von Demfange, and Tony Wall.
   Presentation of the awards was made Thursday, March 4, at Akins auditorium in the Nelson Gallery of Art.
   A Camera Club has been organized under the direction of Mr. Lowe. They will take pictures of school activities.
   The officers for this year are: Charles McGehee, president; Steve Johnson, vice-president; and Joe McKinley, treasurer.
National Art Honor Society
Selects 38 Members for '54
   Membership in National Art Honor Society has to be re-earned each year. Members for 1954 are: Pat Adamson, Donald Ames, Maren Benjamin, Barbara Boley, Dan Boswell, Rosemary Bowles, Donna Carlson, Suzan Chaffee, Patsy Conner, Judi Evans, Lois Garner, Mary Glinn, Patty Goldberg, Betty Greer, Nancy Hamilton, Shannon Jones, Rockne Krebs, Charles McGehee, Dianne Maple, Barbara Martin, Carol Means, Curry Miles, Ronald Pine, Karl Quick, Dotty Robinson, Betty Schick, Cecelia Spann, Jean Stafford, Darlene Stanley, Yvonne Straisinger, Yvonne Strode, Bob Sundquist, Richard Tubesing, Betty Wilson.
   Judges were: Miss Rosemary Beymer, art director for the Kansas City public schools; Miss Agnes Crawford, art teacher at East high school; Miss Mabel Newitt, art teacher at Northeast; and Mrs. Jerry Mannings, former art teacher at the Nelson Gallery of Art and Southeast
   43 candidates displayed work and 35 students were accepted for membership.
   The following are the new Dorian officers:  Shannon Jones, president; Betty Wilson, vice-president; Barb Martin, secretary; Charles McGehee, treasurer; Round Table representatives, Carole Means and Betty Schnick; Carole Means, Tower representative; Richard Tubesing and Darlene Stanley, historians; last but not least Miss Abbott, sergeant-at-arms.
Photo Contest Winners
   In a recent photo contest sponsored by the Southeast Shutter-bugs, there were four main division winners.
    First place in portrait went to Charles McGehee. Joe McKinley won first place in the pets division. Ronald Johnson placed first in people photos and first in landscape went to Barbara Martin.
 Prizes were varied cash amounts and all pictures will be displayed in a camera store window
All of these articles came from issues of the Tower published our senior year.
1957 - Thinking about his future?
Charlie Joins the ARMY - Basic Training - 1958.
In this basic training picture, I'm at the far left.
Not much to tell except that I used to like the Ozarks before I experienced Ft. Leonard Wood in November/December.
Charlie says both of these pictures were taken while attending the U.S. Army Language School.
Oh yeah, the cutie in the middle is Charlie!
About the "Drag" Photograph
and the Amy Language School
Yes, that is me in drag in the play picture at the language school. The fellow to my right is Ted Doty, a buddy who later also went to Berlin.  I don't remember who the other guy is.
The play, as I recall, was Chekhov's "Three Sisters" which we did in Russian.  It was a lot of fun, though I don't remember much about it. I'm not sure what role I played.  One of the sisters, I think.
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By the way, Danny Hill was at the Army Language School (the AF, Navy and Marines sent personnel there, too) w
I ran into Steve Raphel at Ft. Leonard Wood while in basic training. Tom Williams was at Ft. Ord when I was in Monterrey, too.  I visited him once in the barracks. Can't remember if I ran into any one else, though.
Gisela and Charles McGehee
 Wedding Day in Germany - 1961
1965 - Mom - Gisela - Dan - Charlie 1973 - Washington State
Gisela and Charles McGehee - 2001
Charlie's Photography is Recognized as Best in the Show
in a competition held by the Allied Arts Association in March 2010
Poppies in Korn
Charlie's comments:
in an email to Marty Bruns
You could have knocked me over with a feather.   Further, the thing was reinforced with a $500 award.
In any event, I'm reminded of a quote attributed to Ignacy Paderewski, the great Polish pianist and composer, that "Creative work kills death."  Words for old farts to live by.
Charlie at the 50th Southeast Reunion - 2004
Charlie and Betty Wilson Dod
The 2006 Birthday Cruise
Where Southeast Knights and Ladies celebrated their 70th Birthdays
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Charlie on deck enjoying the sea breeze..
Leroy Ganser, Charlie, Charlie took many of the photos that
Jean Ann Williams & Gisela appear in the Birthday Cruise presentation
Scenes from the second night Birthday Party
Gisela enjoying the ship's pool
 and being "knighted" an official Lady of Southeast
The 55th Southeast Reunion - 2009
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Charlie and Steve Raphel at the Cinzetti luncheon
Barb (Fuller) Comer, Charlie and Gisela with Nan (Preston) Hutton
Charlie, Wilton and Betty (Wilson) Dod having lunch with Sandy (Steele) Jones
The 60th Southeast Reunion - 2014
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Saundra (Bryan) Polsfus with Charlie before the tour. Charlie with the always quiet, reserved Luann (Mitchell) Nelson
Charlie talking Charlie and his classmates
 to Tom Williams. on the steps of Southeast High
Charlie and Gisela at the reunion picnic
Be sure to check out Charlie's Special Page
Charlie has an interesting story to tell a concerning the building of the Berlin Wall
Charlie was stationed in Berlin and was present when the construction began.  He took photographs.
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