Patricia Ann Richards Armstrong

Profile Updated: August 23, 2017
Residing In: London, London, England, United Kingdom
Spouse/Partner: Divorced
Occupation: Freelance Music Teacher and sometime singer
Children: Rachel Margaret Armstrong. Born 1983

Sammy Armstrong. Born January 26th, 1982 - died March More…11th, 1982.
Yes! Attending Reunion
Attending Shaker '64-50th Reunion (08/02/14)

Yes

Do you still see/talk to/hang out with any classmates? Who?

Not really, apart from the occasional heartfelt message to Susie Weisberger Ratner. As of our 50th reunion I occasionally meet up with Debbie Cole when she visits London...always a treat. Oh, my giddy aunt...how could I forget to mention Judith Gerson and Marianne Coplan Schapiro. And Joan Bailey (Ingram) with whom I had a delightful lunch at her and Bill's home in rural Hertfordshire just this past Sunday - 20th August, 2017.

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My dear friend Dick Prentke advised me "not to go" to this reunion. He was a year ahead of us..I won't go into the reasons. Suffice it to say that 10 years ago we were still pretty much in the thick of things happening...and now we're, most of us, standing on the sidelines hoping for the best...I don't like being sidelined...and, indeed, according to the younger generation, we're flippin'' parasites: things were great when we were young - anyone could get a job. But things is different now, and not different in a good way!

But my mind is not made up. If it so happens that I can see a window in my freelance employment, if it so happens that I'm feeling good about myself and how I look and what I'm doing, and if curiosity and residual warmth towards quite a few human beings who happened to be in our class of '64 kicks in...then I will fork out the air fare to get to Cleveland in August of 2014. More than that I cannot say. The 2004 Reunion was fun from start to finish...but 10 years has made a difference for most of us: "Getting old ain't for sissies" according to Bette Davis - that inimitable old lady of stage and screen.

Not that I feel that old...I still don't need to dye my hair...it's the same colour it's always been...no grey...I kid you not...but going into a restaurant alone and not being noticed is a thing which has happened recently...and it's been years since anyone on a worksite has done anything more provocative than saying, "How're you doing, love," wiith a somewhat tender and avuncular tone of voice...sometimes sexism is not so bad.

But I'm lucky in that I have my daughter Rachel, in Seoul, teaching primary school under the aegis of Dulwich College...a London "public" school i.e."private" which has branches in the
East for Asian parents who want their children to be totally fluent in English...they, the parents pay a fortune for this education, and Rachel finds it very,very fulfilling. She's not with me, nor is my husband from whom I've been separated for 18 years...we're still friendly and eventually WILL get divorced... Live with two darling affectionate cats - but not yet a crazy old cat lady...have a life full of teaching, going to plays, exhibitions, theatre, films etc....and I guess that's the way it's going to be...could be worse...could be better...but I'm not complaining. And as far as finding a partner for my declining years...I don't see that happening. I'm far too contentious, set in my ways, don't suffer fools gladly, and refuse to take a back seat to a male of the species...unless he's far smarter, or kinder, or just delicious to be around...and them kind of males have already been snapped up! I hope I don't sound bitter...just realistic! Being alone ain't the worst thing in the world...at least you don't have to share the "remote!". And if things get really dire..I'm not a Catholic...and having my stash of sleeping pills and a bottle of 18 year old Malt
Whiskey to hand...I have an alternative! But have no intention of using said methods for quite some time...unless I start forgetting the day of the week etc.

My adventurous days are over, or so it would seem...but that's OK, too...had maybe a few too many adventures in my life..."non, Je ne regret pas". Sorry about that for you who remember your French lessons.

In any case that's the state of affairs with me, good ole Patty Richards...sorry I cannot give you a more definitive answer...keep me on your "maybe" list.

Wish you organisers the best of luck - it's a thankless job...but thanks to you in advance! Good Luck!

Yours most faithfully,

Patty Richards Armstrong

School Story:

That's a hard one! There's always that anal aperture Reynold Ellis...I also had a hideous run-in with the saintly James Bresnicky...he expected better than he got from me...and one day he really made me pay! I was unprepared...could usually bluff my my through...and on said day I couldn't quite manage to disguise my lack of preparation. He humiliated me in front of my classmates, most of whom had done the requisite homework...but there was no place I could hide...he ripped me to shreds...and I deserved it...but I could never go into that classroom again without feeling horrible...I managed to be sick for the rest of the term...and when the exam came along...I passed..just. I still remember it as if it were yesterday...and the abiding feeling is guilt that I let HIM down! AND I DID! But being a teacher now, I hope I don't ever do what he did that day...he gave me no way of "making it better"...I had failed as a human being...I let this teacher of whom I was so fond "down" big time...and there was no way I could make reparations...there should always be a way back!...perhaps there was...but I didn't see it...I was totally bereft!

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Jul 14, 2018 at 8:33 PM

Karen was SO beautiful.  She was not unlike, in looks, her slightly misspelt doppelgänger Kim Cattrall! (Samantha in "Sex   and the City").  She, among many others in our class of '64 lost  through the years, will be remembered fondly and sadly missed.All of us, still around, are into our 80th decade.  How, in 1964, could we have imagined  being that OLD!  Nature is kind in that none of us has that kind of imagination!  Best wishes to all of us for a productive time for as long as we have left.  May we be doing the things we need to do to ensure a decent life on a small and endangered planet for our grandchildren...great grandchildren.  Best wishes to us ALL!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jul 02, 2018 at 10:20 PM

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Apr 20, 2018 at 9:23 AM

Happy Belated Birthday, dear Elda! Hope all is well with you. xxx

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Mar 30, 2018 at 4:46 PM

Posted on: Mar 30, 2018 at 4:27 PM

Happy, Happy Birthday, friend for so very many years...may the day be a lot of fun for everyone - but especially YOU.

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Dec 07, 2017 at 3:59 AM

Dear Eddy, Belated wishes for your birthday....all best wishes for you and yours,

Dec 07, 2017 at 1:02 AM

Dear, dear Eddy,

Sent belated birthday wishes 2 days ago but neglected to push the "send" button...NOT TOO GOOD AT THIS STUFF. In any case HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY! Hope this finds YOU, Susan, Timothy, Benjamin in fantastically fine fettle. Think of you often in surprising split seconds!...always fondly. You remain one one of those "remaining" kids. Indeed, we had some significant correspondence in the past...for which I'm grateful. I'm hoping you have not RETIRED! Men like you should NOT do so. Nor have I! I think I can do "DO GOOD" for as long as I can sit in in a circle of little kids and "turn them them onto MUSIC! They"ll have to carry me out "feet first".

Rachel is now in Chicago, again teaching at a British school - 2 years in Seoul, 3 years in Kuala Lumpur. She's finding it slightly difficult. But I'm sure she'll "find her feet". She adored SE Asia...the people, the weather, the scenery,...EVERYTHING. BUT she's looking for a MATE...and SE ASIA is NOT ideal.

I hope, friend, that we can continue this correspondence....not just at birthdays, yours and and mine are just a scant month apart...whatever...you remain a VERY significant memory, an happy memory in those long ago years,

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Nov 28, 2017 at 5:13 PM
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Nov 20, 2017 at 3:27 PM

Dear Paul,
Since I first encountered you in Warrensville Heights, both of us in elementary school (Clara Barton, I think) I thought you just the cutest boy ever! How delighted I was to find you had moved to Shaker, too! Not that I ever dreamt of communicating my delight at our reasonably simultaneous move "upwards". We moved, and no doubt, still move in different circles. Not that I was in the least bit shy, but the lines were drawn, and crossing them was unimaginable.

I care not that anyone can read this. Time erases all of those restrictions. We've all lived lives of various successes and failures. But you might take pleasure in the fact that a somewhat nerdy, pudgy girl always thought you probably were the "greatest thing since Stonehenge" as far as boys my age were concerned. And still you remain...in that we never had anything but the most superficial contact...if that: thus I was NEVER disabused of my incredibly high opinion of you.

I'm sure I'm not alone in having these sweet memories of "darling" kids we knew "slightly"...I bet I'm not alone in thinking YOU were pretty nifty. And other girls thought other boys pretty nifty, too..and boys thought along the same lines regarding certain "cute" girls....it's a rite of passage. Good ole junior high, high school...how deliciously deep our yearnings were! How VERY innocent our yearnings were. How glad I am that we all had no access to "social media"!

Hope your birthday was a happy one! In January I celebrate my 72nd. ARGHHH! I do NOT like being OLD! But I guess it beats the alternative.

Fondest belated birthday greetings from Stoke Newington (London), formerly Islington,

Patty (Richards Armstrong)

Photo of me in one of my costumes in "Phantom of the Opera" - I managed to get into the "original cast" back in 1986. Don't look like that now...

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Oct 26, 2017 at 5:56 PM

Posted on: Oct 26, 2017 at 5:53 PM

Dear Joe,

Sent you a long discursive email to the email address I thought was right. It was full of thoughts, questions and some funny memories. Obviously the address was wrong in that the email bounced back. Could you, would you send me your CORRECT email address at mine ? Would like to reconnect if that appeals to you. Think of you often and fondly. Strange times, n'est ce pas?

Patty xxx

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Oct 24, 2017 at 12:06 PM

Hope your birthday was a good one, Andy. It's been a strange year so far, n'est ce pas? I watch events with ever increasing concern, but am in no position to do much about them except to continue to work with little kids expanding their musical horizons. Had no idea of how much I would ADORE teaching. Plan to keep on as long as possible. My daughter has become a teacher, too. It seems to run in the family. All the best to you and yours. Patty Richards Armstrong

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Oct 16, 2017 at 3:52 PM

Posted on: Oct 13, 2017 at 5:29 PM

William (Bill), I hadn't "twigged" that you are the lucky husband of one of the sweetest kids at SHHS. Have such good memories of her and her lovely sense of humour and generosity towards all. Sorry my political beliefs are so different from yours and hers. My experiences are different, and I don't feel that I can pretend otherwise just to avoid your various unkind and vituperative responses. I give everyone the right to believe in what he or she thinks "right". It's a gift we Americans have received at a great price. I have no ill will towards any of my classmates who have a different perspective from mine. I don't understand the Trump supporters; I think he is a crass, stupid, vapid and DANGEROUS man. But I believe I still have the right to think these things. When you adjure me "to stay in the UK", I wonder where you're coming from, I mean, what causes you to have such an adamant viewpoint? Am I no longer free to express my opinion? That's sort of scary, is it not? I'm as much an American as you and Kathy, but I am diametrically opposed to most of what Trump "thinks" will strengthen America. He seems to me to be divisive at a time when we need to join together.

Oh well, that's all for now...sort of. I wish the best for all of us, but I don't think this man is "presidential" in any way, shape or form. America is NOT an island...we, the human race, are all connected, now more than ever. WE NEED TO TALK TO ALL INVOLVED! Be they Muslims, corrupt African states, Chinese, Indians, Venezuelans, Brazilians et al...TALK IS the ONLY option. As Winston Churchill said "jaw, jaw not war, war"...sorry for, no doubt, misquoting, We humans are on a precipice...and I cannot see how a man who talks from his weird, and, in my view, ignorant view of the world can be in any way helpful in mending the terrible rifts which exist today. His stance on North Korea, much as I DESPISE that regime, much as I pity the citizens under his insane rule, is like a game of "chicken" between two MEGALOMANICS. Neither man has a thought about how dangerous this "game" is. They're both CRAZY! IT'S NOT A GAME OF CHESS - although I doubt either of them has ever played the game...their intellects are not capable of that.

Anyway, this is my "white flag" - let us speak in less unfriendly terms in the future. Hope you can manage that...please don't think it's a flag of "surrender"! I just can't see any point in our being "at loggerheads"! Too many points of agreement!

All the best to you and Kathy. It DOES seem as though you're enjoying a very happy retirement and that life has been good to you both. You, no doubt, deserve it!

Patty Richards Armstrong

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Aug 31, 2017 at 4:44 PM

Posted on: Aug 29, 2017 at 11:13 PM

Patty, I read that one of your precious kitty's went to kitty heaven. I too lost my beloved Devon Rex cat, Tia. I have been searching for a kitten and have reached out to breeders across the country. I have had one response near Philadelphia who is about to breed her "Queen". So, I think I might be flying to Philly sometime after the 1st of the year to pick up my kitten. Keep your fingers crossed. I can only have a Devon or Cornish Rex because I am asmatic and can't tolerate the dander. Rex's have curly hair. I have also had spinal surgery! Getting old is shocking and I'm not ready!

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Aug 26, 2017 at 10:24 PM

Posted on: Aug 22, 2017 at 9:45 PM

I have read with great interest the posts by Joe Blake. Living so far away now, with acute and lasting memories of the beautiful suburb that is Shaker Heights, I'm hoping he will make a transcript of his upcoming talk available to us alumni. My returning to Shaker for the actual talk is somewhat beyond my means. Any possibility of that, Joe?

I always check out the site when alerted by various email notices, but I am not very good at replying to them. Many birthdays of many friends are gone unremarked upon by me...SORRY! Birthdays are somewhat less important to me than they used to be. In fact, the older I get, the more important they should be - as usual I've got my priorities wrong...a fault I've had since I knew what the word "priorities" meant. Still, I am always interested in whatever info the posts convey. I loved our 50th Reunion, and I thought the organisers did a FANTASTIC job. Most touching was sitting near Doug Heinlen, in remission from that bastard disease, pancreatic cancer. What a man, what a kid! And, of course there were so many others whom I was SO glad to see...the list would be invidious and far too long. My 34 year old daughter has been in Chicago for almost 2 weeks now, having spent 5 years in the Far East teaching at British Schools (Seoul and Kuala Lumpur)...again teaching Year 2 in another British school. It's tough sometimes having her so very distant, but FaceTime takes away some of the sting. She'll be home for Christmas, thank goodness.

I am still a peripatetic teacher of "Introduction to Music for Toddlers" at various London nursery schools, am also involved with and teach under the aegis of the Suzuki Movement (a miraculous method of teaching very young children string instruments...a growing and invaluable contribution to music education. Won't stop until I'm carried out feet first - I absolutely love it. Never knew I could love "teaching" so much...avoided it like the plague until my late 40's because I wanted to "do", not teach. Those of you who encountered my mother at Onaway will remember her gift as a teacher. I don't presume that I have her talents, but the apple hasn't fallen far from the tree in terms of my unbelievable joy in the profession. What a shame she died before we could exchange the kinds of stories teachers do. Still she had the joy of seeing me have some success in opera and musical theatre...at least as much as she could having suffered a catastrophic stroke in 1982.

My brother Harry and his wife Sally (Edmonds), high school sweethearts, live in Florence, Montana in the beautiful valley of the Bitterroot Mountains. Their children, Hank and Holly have provided them with one grandchild each: Hank a darling little Henry, Holly an equally adorable Millie Mae. None for me as yet...Rachel's living in Asia made making connections with suitable males a bit problematic. Her father and I have hopes that she has more luck on that score in Chicago.

I'll stop now,..known by my FB friends for writing tomes as opposed to messages. If I can, I'll include a few pics in this post, but my skills in this internet world are extremely limited. Oh! And I must use this message as a promise to reply to my old childhood Moreland friend, Brenda Siegel...at long last. I haven't forgotten your WONDERFUL post to me, Brenda!

Also, it seems that I have offended a few, maybe more than a few, of you with my somewhat liberal and "offshore" stance politically. Well, I can only say, in my defense, that things look a whole lot different when one takes on board another country's perspective which is what happens when you
Iive in another society for 43 years. It does NOT mean that I'm inimical to the country of my birth...just a bit more objective in the way I view it.

Meanwhile, here are the pics, if I CAN send them...they're accompanied by my best wishes for you all! No.1 Rachel, No.2 me in original cast of "Phantom of the Opera", No.3 my block of flats - my new home in Stoke Newington, London.

It looks as though I've not been successful in sending 3 photos...Oh well...whatever!

Patty Richards Armstrong ??????...love emoji's!

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Posted on: Jul 04, 2015 at 2:48 PM

Still regret not getting to see more of you last August. Whenever you're in London, PLEASE let me know. I've had an horrendous move from my 4 story narrow Georgian townhouse in Islington to a much smaller flat in Stoke Newington...not all that far from my old abode...NEW lifestyle...necessary ditching of just SO MUCH STUFF! My darling little and timid...unbelievably affectionate cat, Lulu, did NOT survive the move - the stress was too much for her, although I tried my best...she died 13 days after the "move"...went downhill SO QUICKLY. Her rumbustious brother is somewhat subdued...and I am broken-hearted. But HEY...that's the contract we enter into when we take a pet into our heart: their eventual deterioration and death. If I get another one, in 6 month's time, it might be a different story - she/he might OUTLIVE ME! I'll make sure it's a "rescue" cat...around 8 or 9 years old!

This comes with much affection...make London a place you'll soon visit.

Patty (Richards Armstrong)