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03/20/21 12:22 PM #1055    


Dana Shepard (Treister)

Joe + Craig~

One more phone memory to add -- our grandchildren are now 21,21, and 18, but when they were little, I had a vintage dial phone in my "grandchildren playthings" cabinet.  One day one of them asked me VERY seriously HOW one made a phone call on such a device!  The very question made me feel like a dinosaur...  even more so when I explained how one would insert a finger in the hole on the dial over the appropriate number (or letter!), rotate the dial clockwise as far as it could do, release that finger, and repeat for each additional digit -- and they looked at me in utter disbelief, and started laughing - like I had just made the whole thing up!


03/20/21 03:58 PM #1056    

James Reese

You tube has a video of two 17 year olds trying to use a rotary phone. Their confusion will elicit chuckles and laughter as they struggle to make a call.

03/25/21 04:09 PM #1057    

Joseph G Blake

I enjoyed the stories about old phones. When I was growing up we had multiple line phones like busineeses. We had one phone on each floor but each one had three buttons to allow two lines to be used on each phone. My father had many business calls  and he never wanted a client not to get an answer. There were two sins in my father's book- you had to take a proper phone message and be polite and the other will seem very unsual. Males  always had to wear a white shirt after 6PM if you were going out even on a date to the movies or dinner as teenager. Needless to say he was in the clothing business. 

On a different note I wanted to pass along some sad news. Jack Thalman died on Saturday after a long illness.I attach below the link to his Brown Forward obituary. Jack knew so much about Cleveland history. He was certainly my rival for class expert.

03/29/21 12:03 AM #1058    

David Gilliss


03/29/21 11:14 AM #1059    

Edward B Dudley, III

Jack always had a good word and a smile on his face. I know he will be missed  by a lot of us.  Ed

03/30/21 12:05 PM #1060    


Carolyn (Corkie) Corcoran (Inglis)

I am sorry to hear about Jack, but grateful for the picture of his life provided by Brown-Forward; he certainly lived a full and loving life. When I was president of Boulevard School in the sixth grade, Jack was the vice-president. We would meet periodically before school began in the morning with Mr. Evans, the exacting sponsor of the Student Council. Jack would cut through behind my house from Huntington to Woodbury so we could cross the schoolyard together for those meetings. He was calm, consistently kind and generous, and a pleasure to know. He had his mother's demeanor, which was lovely. I also poignantly remember that his father died when we were in grade school, which must have been beyond wrenching, and that he had many siblings; I knew he would help his mother with whatever needed doing for the family without complaint. I am blessed to have known him. Godspeed, Jack!

03/30/21 12:32 PM #1061    


Jonathan Meyers

My memories of Jack have dimmed, but, when I read of his passing, the first thoughts I had of Jack were of his kindness and thoughfulness.  I wish there were more like him around these days.

04/12/21 12:25 AM #1062    


Dana Shepard (Treister)

As a Shaker Heights "expat" living in Chicago for 51 of the last 53 years, I was amazed to read in a recent New York Times magazine this feature about a vineyard ... on Hough Ave in Cleveland!

“When Mansfield Frazier planted his Cleveland vineyard in 2010, which he christened Château Hough, he became part of an unofficial movement of urban dwellers across America transforming vacant lots, rooftops and their own backyards into farms, vineyards and apiaries, encouraged in part by government grants aimed at revitalizing cities.

Frazier was warned about the potentially stunting effects of exhaust from passing cars, and was told he’d be lucky if the plants grew shoulder high. Instead, “they jumped out of the ground,” he says, reaching 12 feet the first year. The soil turned out to be good for grapes: Sandy and loose, it harbors heat, drains well, resists pests and allows the vines’ roots to go deep.  “


;    )

04/12/21 10:07 AM #1063    


Betsy Dennis (Frank)

Dana, I missed that article in the NYTimes. Thanks for posting. Betsy

04/12/21 12:55 PM #1064    

Judi Bachman (Holtze)

Interesting article

04/13/21 08:55 AM #1065    


Phyllis Hammer (Gubanc)

Thanks for sharing this article. And I didn't realize ... or had forgotten ... that you live in Chicaco! My second favorite city. After Shaker, of course. ;-) My husband is a Northwestern alum and my best friend, who now lives in Colorado, and I meet in Chicago for visits. So I get to Chicago often. Something about that city...can't really explain it. But I love it!

05/07/21 05:08 PM #1066    


Evie Fertman (Braman)

I'm sorry to have to be the bearer of bad news yet again, but we have recently lost Pat Theisen Cornell and John (Jack) Thalman. 

05/08/21 10:49 AM #1067    


Betsy Dennis (Frank)

May their memories be for a blessing. Unfortunately we are at that age...... Stay well all! Mask up and get vaccinated. Betsy

05/08/21 11:26 AM #1068    


Alaina Weisman (Zachary)

Yes, Amen and blessings upon them.

05/08/21 12:37 PM #1069    


Phyllis Hammer (Gubanc)

Evie, thank you so much for keeping us all up-to-date. I'm so sorry to read of these losses, and I'll keep them and their families in my thoughts.

05/12/21 08:22 PM #1070    

Terry J Tucker

It is with sadness that I provide an update on the passing of Pat Theisen Cornell in late January, 2021 during a routine medical procedure.  She was married to Edward P. Cornell who graduated from Shaker in the class of 62.  They had 3 children, Joseph, Carl and Pamela. and 4 grandchildren.  Pat earned degrees in Sociology and special education and was very involved in her childrens and grandchildrens lives.  Pat was an advocate for survivors of domestic viollence as well as a teacher of special needs students in her career.  Pats kindness, patience and compassion were evident to everyone with whom she interacted.  She made the world a better place and will be missed tremendously.  Private services will be held due to covid. Celebrations of Pat's life will be held in Cleveland and Fort Wayne, Indiana with burial in Pensacola, Florida at a later date. Anyone who would like to be notified of the final arrangements can e-mail with their contact information.

05/22/21 09:21 PM #1071    

Joseph G Blake

I recently read about the passing of Joan Tener. 

Here is her obituary.
She was born in Cleveland in 1929. I wondered if anyone might have known her  when she was a teacher at Shaker.
The obituary noted:
Prior to her career in finance, Joan taught English, Latin and Spanish at Brush and Shaker Heights High Schools as well as at the Laurel School. In 1972, after becoming a certified financial planner with three years of employment at a national brokerage, she joined Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith at their offices in Cleveland, Ohio where she became the brokerage's first female Assistant Vice President, advising international investors regarding worldwide investments for twenty years. Her speaking engagements were numerous and she was celebrated as a trailblazing female financial executive, among the first women in high finance nationwide. She spoke at various venues including the Union Club, The Cleveland Chamber of Commerce and other major business organizations, before which she was among the very first female presenters, stoically undeterred from her career goals.

07/12/21 10:31 AM #1072    

Paul Wasserman

This morning........I took my early morning walk and meditation, a little after sunrise, here at Copacabana Beach. Today I paid tribute to my Friend Tommy Fuerst. He fought the good fight and will surely be missed. RIP

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07/13/21 08:26 AM #1073    


Betsy Dennis (Frank)

Paul thank you for this beautiful reflection. 

07/13/21 12:12 PM #1074    


Evie Fertman (Braman)

As Paul Wasserman has written on this Forum, Tom Fuerst died on Friday, July 9.  He had been battling a numbef of health issues for many years and seemed to be doing all right.  I keep checking the Berkowitz Kumin Funeral website for inofrmation on a possible gathering in his memory, either in person or on Zoom but nothing as yet has been entered.  I'll update this Forum about Tom when I learn something useful.

07/13/21 03:59 PM #1075    

Marc Chizek

There will be a Memorial Service for Tom on Sunday, July 17 at 2:00. Service will be held at Berkowitz, Kumin Funeral Chapel.

07/14/21 12:24 PM #1076    

Judi Bachman (Holtze)

I will be there i spirit...

07/15/21 11:03 AM #1077    

James R Krause

Tommy and I called each other cousin because we were almost that. When his mother's parents died in the Spanish flu epidemic she was taken in by my father's family and raised with them. She was always Aunt Freema, and he was for practical purposes my cousin. I will miss him dearly. 

07/15/21 12:55 PM #1078    


Evie Fertman (Braman)

Berkowitz Kumin has published the information that you will need to have if you want to attend Tom Fuerst's funeral.  It will be on this Sunday, July 18, at 2:00.  For those who are interested but cannot attend, the instructions given on the BK website are to go to at 2:00 on Sunday and scroll to the Fuerst obit, then scroll to "join live" then click on join live stream.  You can go to their website for these instructions if you have an issue getting on the live stream.

07/23/21 11:09 AM #1079    

George Justin Ely

Please add Doug Heinlein  passed away 02/10/2016 to the Memory section.

Thanks Buzz Ely

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