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07/05/22 02:56 PM #1172    

Joseph G Blake

Years ago my son was at the Hill School (Donny Trump was there as well but that is another tale) for three years. They had him take Classical Greek for three years. Very small class but he excelled at it. It trained his mind along with advanced Math.The two teachers were larger than life characters as well.  He now runs a hedge fund. The two seemed to have helped prepare him for college and grad achool. 

My one daughter had Latin for four years and she now has a column in the LA Times. I would like to think it helped.

All four of our children had this one English teacher in 8th grade who was a stickler for grammar. That two helped make them good writers. I thought about Burton Randall and Mr Burnett at the time. My Shaker experience shaped my expectations for schools for my children as I am sure they did for you. 

07/19/22 09:05 PM #1173    

Joseph G Blake

I recently was looking at data for the high school and were students go to college.

I am attaching these two lonks which may be of interest.

One is a summary of the last four years.  In our day the high school was grades 10 to 12 and our class was around 600. This was duing the post war baby boom and the golden age of US economic dominance. The period between 1961 and 1968 saw average real GDP growth of 5%.  This has never been excedded since that time. That was the longest period of sustained growth after WW2. In the 80s and 90s average growth was well over 3%. I offer those comments to uderstand how much the world has changed other than just the demographics.

Shaker today is 55% white and the high school is 59% minority enrollment. The difference reflects the large number of school age students who attend private or parochial schools ( there are three private schools north of Shaker Blvd since 1930 and two parochial schools in or adjacent to the city.) This is has always been part of the reality of Shaker Heights. 

Of note the city population has increased 1,000 between 2010 and 2020 (29,000) census. The populaton has been in decline since 1970, most notably between 1970 (37,000) and 1980 when the city lost 10% of its population and another 5% in the 1980s.

Academic and college data for the years 2019 to 2022. You might want to cut and paste the links.


Hope you may find of interest.



07/20/22 01:44 PM #1174    


Betsy Dennis (Frank)

Thanks, Joe. Very interesting data. As always Shaker grads do well. 

09/24/22 10:15 PM #1175    

Joseph G Blake

I am sending this along in the event you may have an interest in a  talk I am giving for the Shaker Library on on October 19 at 7PM EDT. It will be virtual via Zoom. 

The topic will be the work and achievements of Justice Harold H. Burton. He was Mayor of Cleveland and US Senator from Ohio (1941 to 1945). His chidren and grandchildren attended Shaker schools. Our classmate Christine Adler Phillips was his granddaughter. 

Registration on line is now open and there is room for 100 attendees.
Here is the link.  I hope you will be able to attend.
Shaker resident Harold H. Burton was Mayor of Cleveland, U.S. Senator and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. His father Alfred accompanied Peary to the North Pole and his sister was the children’s author/illustrator Virginia Lee Burton.
Historian Joe Blake will explore Burton’s political career and his legacy, including Burton’s tenure as a Republican Mayor during the New Deal, and his Supreme Court appointment just as the Court began to reexamine judicial support for segregation.
Again it will be on October 19 at 7PM EDT. It will be virtual via Zoom.

09/26/22 01:09 PM #1176    

John P Feher

Hi fellow SHS Class of 64 mates.

I have been writing reports Cleveland Baseball Team games this season. They are posted on the Substack site.

All together I have covered about 100 games, starting with the opener in KC last April.

To find them go to  -  search "Cleveland Baseball" - my blogs, if that's what they are, will be found at "John's Newletter".

An achive button will provide access to all of the pieces.

Down on the list is an entry title "Read This First".  It introduces me and the project.  Now a little out of date since I posted that just as I began to upload the entries in August.

Read "Decapitation" and "Recapitulation" to understand why I refer to the home team as CBT, never the "g" word.

09/27/22 11:08 AM #1177    

Stewart M Flate

John.  You must be a very civilized person. The Guards have had a very successful season far exceeding expectations.

09/28/22 09:34 PM #1178    

Gerald G Lyman

I recently told Jerry Goetz that I have taken to refer to the Tribe as either the 

INguarDIANS or the guardINDIANS

I still have my Chief Wahoo cap

  - Gerry Lyman 

09/29/22 07:58 AM #1179    


T Stenson White, Jr

I will forever refer to Cleveland's baseball team as "the Indians" or "the Tribe".

Naming them "Guardians" is another example of "Political Correctness" run amok!

I wear my "Chief Yahoo" cap proudly....go Tribe!

09/29/22 12:52 PM #1180    

Stewart M Flate

Take a look. In their first year as the Guardians, they won the AL Central Division. Did anybody think that was possible when the season started?

09/29/22 02:38 PM #1181    

Edward M Kovachy, Jr

To classmate fans of the Forest Citys/ Lake Shores/Spiders/Bluebirds/Bronchos/Naps/Indians/Guardians/CBT/INguarDIANS/guardINDIANS/underdogs everywhere/Cleveland always, I strongly encourage you to check out John's blog. Bill Sokol recommended it to me. I now read every posting. It is WONDERFUL! Best wishes always, Ed

09/29/22 03:09 PM #1182    


Mark L Fine

Still follow those guardIndians after all those years. Thank god for Terry Francona. He has been an awesome manager. 
"Go Tribe"🙏🤞😉😎😍

09/30/22 12:41 PM #1183    

James R Krause

Why did they name the team like it's a condom brand?

10/01/22 11:13 AM #1184    

Stewart M Flate

They named them Guardians to keep them from screwing up.

10/05/22 11:43 PM #1185    

Paige Fields (Hoebel)

Rarely do I sign into the Shaker '64 website, but was looking through the classmates who are Virgo's.  Many of those classmates I either do not remember or did not know but of those that I do remember I realize that we have some interesting Virgo attributes in common.  Knowing little about the horoscope of other signs aside from Virgo - I wonder if anyone else born under a different sign finds any traits of commonality attributed to their sign among other classmates?

10/24/22 09:35 PM #1186    


Betsy Dennis (Frank)

Just read an obit in the Cleveland Jewish News for William Rosner in our class. 

10/25/22 01:02 PM #1187    

Gary D Hermann

Bill was actually my cousin.   Always enjoyed being around him, in part because of his great (and quirky) sense of humor as shown by the following example:, When I lived in Chicago many years ago, Bill used a toll road and, when we arrived at the toll booth  Bill gave the person manning the toll booth a tip.  The man who received the extra money was completely perplexed about the tip at which point Bill said "I just wanted you to know that this is a very nice road and I wanted to express my appreciation".

Last September, when I attended the annual Hermann Labor Day Weekend Picnic at my uncle's farm, Bill's brother told me that Bill had just been diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease and was deteriorating rapidly.   Very sad.

10/25/22 01:47 PM #1188    


Jonathan Meyers

Very sad news about Bill; he was a good guy. One can only hope he died without regrets.

10/25/22 06:54 PM #1189    


T Stenson White, Jr

Bill was a counselor with me at Camp Adanac, in northern Ontario, for several years in the early 60's. He was affectionately known as "Red Rock" due to innate ability to hit numerous rocks under water with the bottom of our red painted canvas canoes....truely a fun and memorable guy!

10/26/22 11:57 AM #1190    

Joseph G Blake


Stance, does Adanac still exist? I think it was run by a teacher at Woodbury. I was slow back then. Someone had to tell me Adanac was Canada backwards. LOL

Whay town in Ontario was it near? My father's family had a farm in Clinton Ontario for 120 years. The Grand Trunk Railway ran across it for a long time. That was the real railroad that the Crawleys of Downton Abbey fane had invested in with Cora's money. It did go broke circa 1920 and was nationalized to become Canadian National Railway.

The death of its president Charles Melville Hayes on the Titanic in 1912 made that outcome more likely.

No more trivia today.



No more tri




10/27/22 08:32 AM #1191    

Paul Lavik

I don't usually read these posts, but noticed the sad news about William Rosner. I didn't know him well, but it's another sad loss. I was intrigued about his working at Camp Adanac. Was that the gymnastics camp on Lake Temagami? Back in the day, we used to canoe trip across Temagami and over in the Lady Evelyn Lake and River complex. We climbed the rusted ladder to the peak of Maple Mountain, had my photo taken in front of Bridle Veil Falls because I was engaged, etc. Upon return to our van at Mowat's Landing the battery was dead and we almost had to camp there another night before we could get it jumped! We loved the Lady Evelyn River; so remote and wild. Saw only two other groups that entire trip...I think it was two weeks. Regret that never took my JP, Andrew, or Kari up Maple Mountain. They all loved tripping.

Paul Lavik

10/27/22 06:19 PM #1192    


Neil T Glazer

Camp ADANAC is Canada spelled backwards. There were two teacher, both Mr. Tapenden. One was "Old Tap" and his son "Young Tap". Both taught what was called "shop classes" and only for the boys. The girls had to take "Home Economics"."Young Tap" taught at Byron and used his job to promote going to his summer camp. Old Tap taught at Woodbury and also spent hours talking about ADANAC. It was promoted as a sleep-over camp that made boys into men! Rustic, exlusive and expensive compared to Camp Wise or Camp Red Wing or Red Raider as those were day camps for younger kids.

Young Tap attemped to teach us how to set lead type, rewire a lamp, use sandpaper and a lathe, a band saw and jig saw without cutting off a finger. We also learned how to fix a broken screen or window. Our final project was to make a dog lamp, foot stool or a wood shelf. The girls learned how to shop for groceries, iron clothes, cook meals and do laundry. 

 Back in 1960, at Byron, we did have to take "touch typing" and Young Tap also taught that. For high school graduation my parents  presented me with an "Olivetti typewriter" and ten ink ribbon spools and a hundred feet of "white out tape". I used all of them evenually earning fifty cents a page plus the paper typing assignments for those at Miami University who didn't have a typewritter.

I never went to ADANAC but did hear that, once in a while, a grizzly bear would kill and eat a camper but that was the story told to me by Ron Rothschild and Lenny Janis. They also told me that a mental hospital was near the camp and an escaped in-mate, with a silver hook for a hand, prowled the Canadian woods.

Maybe you went there, how about verifying that story?

10/28/22 08:46 AM #1193    


John S Bennett

Remember young Tap at Byron; bookshelf...


10/28/22 12:03 PM #1194    

James R Krause

I went to Wabi Kon in Timagami with John Bennet but my oldest brother went to Adenac on Manitoulan Island. both had kerosene lamps in the cabins everything worthwhile we learned at camp. Losing a camp friend is tough. 

10/28/22 04:25 PM #1195    


Craig Miller

I can't verify those particular stories, Neil, but I certainly got an ear full of spooky stories told by counselors during my time at ADANAC on Manitoulin Island. Both Young Tap and Old Tap were there. On Saturday nights, we'd all pile into a truck to the town of Kagawong and watch movies on a bed sheet attached to a wall in the town hall. Great fishing, sailing, canoeing.....great memories. All part of the mystic of being in the Great Canadian Wilderness, courtesy of the Tapendens.

10/29/22 02:11 PM #1196    

Gary D Hermann

We sent both of our sons to ADANAC for years (until hockey camps became a priority for them).  They said it was a great camp and the Tappendens were the key.  Actually, the Tappendens started to offer a one week camp for adults/parents of former campers, but they stopped offering it before I could go.  

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