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03/14/21 12:54 PM #1039    

Joseph G Blake

I too am sending a letter to endorse the Tom Young nomination. It is an important step now because of the issues the school faces these days.

In re Paige and the streets,  I do recall that Cleveland has brick streets but more importantly there is a street or lane near Bellflower in Wade Park which is wooden blocks. Such streets are very unusual.

In re brick streets in Shaker, it is possible some areas that were part of the original Doan Creek Water reserve were paved with bricks. Much of the creek system that begins at Shaker Country Club and then trails down thru the Shaler Lakes to University Circle and thus thru the Cultural Gardens ( Martin Luther King Drive/Liberty Blvd) to Lake Erie would be part of this. This park system is technically owned by the City of Cleveland and was created in the late 19th century. Hence the recollection of seeing brick streets near one of the Lakes.

I do not know the house Paige. Can you give me an address? Maybe I can research it. The building cards will have the architect and year which would be a big help to search.

Ok 100% for Tom Young.

03/14/21 12:57 PM #1040    

Cheryl Kushner (Lane)

I loved singing with Tom Young in junior high and at Shaker in choir and in Chanticleers!  How wonderful to see how successful he has become!

03/14/21 03:22 PM #1041    

Joseph G Blake


In re brick streets in Cleveland, most of them were paved over by 1994 based on some quick research. Brick streets were prone to be icier in the winter and therefore more dnagerous and expensive to repair. I can recall seeing some brick streets with heavy traffic gradually developed traffic ruts where the cars traveled.

There are some brick streets in Cleveland Heights which need repair and the residents are concerned they will be paved over. For some the brick has a certain charm.

Years ago when Cleveland and other cities had street railways, often the area between the rails was brick rather than asphalt. That was because the street railway companies were responsible for maintaining that part of the road. Hence they may opted for brick ratheer than asphalt for their own reasons. Possibly bricks were easier to remove when they did maintenance or replaced a rail.

It is hard to imagine now that they were once the basis of major fortunes. The Wideners of Philadelphia controlled the street railways and made steel rails for trains and street cars in the second half of the 19th century. Mark Hanna in Cleveland controlled the street railways among other investments in steel, iron ore and coal and his statue at University Circle was once the spot where the Euclid Avenue line made a circle to go back downtown- hence the name. 

In Boston the Beacon Street line which is like the Shaker lines in that it travels on a reserved median strip and not the streets of Brookline runs to a station called Cleveland Circle where it turns around and goes back downtown again. Once in Boston it runs underground.

But I digress too much.

Enjoy the day and send your letter for Tom.



03/14/21 07:12 PM #1042    

Jan Whittemore (White)

My present choir sang the Lotti Crucifixus a 8 last week.  I can still hear Tom's (and Jim Erbe's) soaring entry.  I have written the email, Dana, the e-dress you gave doesn't seem to work. Is it possible to check and repost?  The grounding we got from Mr. Ellis has kept me going all these years (my husband and I are in four choirs atm!)  The worst part of COVID for me has been missing the singing.  

03/14/21 07:47 PM #1043    


T Stenson White, Jr

For those interested, the web site ( has an extensive list of previous honorees....including Paul Newman, my former neighbor, Roger Penske and my old cheer leading pal, Dr. Ed Kovachy!

03/15/21 06:38 PM #1044    

Jan Whittemore (White)

Thanks, I'll try to get through that way!   Tom really deserves it!  Cheers.

03/16/21 11:21 AM #1045    


Dana Shepard (Treister)


What I posted was not an email address, but rather a website link.  If you open the link what you will see is a nomination form.  Fill it in online and click to submit!

If you want to include other info that you have already written out, simply copy-and-paste that onto the form, in response to whichever question seems most appropriate.

Also - someone asked about where to find Tom's phone number and address for this form.  I didn't have that info, either --so I just submitted Tom's webpage -- no worries about the phone or address - this will give the SHHS alumni staff adequate means of contacting Tom!

I hope this is helpful?

03/17/21 10:36 AM #1046    

Joseph G Blake

If you just want to endorse the nomination of Tom Young you can also just send a letter to the Shaker Schools Foundation at this address:

Care of: Shaker Heights Board of Eduction

15600 Parkland Drive 

Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120 

You might just note on the lower left of the envelope: Alumni Hall of Fame Nomination 

There has already been a nominaton made. This will require less information and have the positive effect of many endorsements.



03/17/21 12:44 PM #1047    

Jan Whittemore (White)

Thanks so much, Dana!  I keep telling folks (like my son's friends that I am "SO last century"--I mostly phone on my cell!  I'll get through to them!  Cheers from the UK.  We had 32 minutes of snow this winter (we live near Gatwick)!


03/17/21 12:48 PM #1048    


Marianne Coplan (Schapiro)

Here is the contact information (below) for Thomas (his preferred name these days) Young.I have asked him a few times whether he was interested in being nominated for an alumni award, and he always seemed a bit reluctant, but perhaps now would be the time for others to contact him.

In addition to his impressive performing career, (that others have mentioned in this space), Thomas is on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College. The last time I saw him was a couple of summers ago, when he came to Chicago to do a single performance of "Stand Up Shakespeare," at Steppenwolf Theatre. Thomas had been a member of the original New York cast of the show several years before, and he flew in at the last minute as substitute for the originally scheduled singer. I was lucky enough to see the show; his performance was flawless, and he greeted me warmly after the show. He is also on Facebook, where he and Steve Schwartz and sometimes Jonathan Kent have had some lively dialogues. (Their correspondence there always brings up memories of those great vocal improvs that Thomas and Steve used to do at the piano in the choir room.)

He is married to soprano and voice teacher Susan Eichorn Young.

I have his mobile phone number as ‭(917) 860-2219‬

3716 Sunrise Lake

Milford PA  18337

I would definitely attend if Thomas were to receive this well-deserved honor!

From Marianne Coplan Schapiro










03/18/21 10:05 AM #1049    


Dana Shepard (Treister)

Jan - you are not the ONLY "last century" holdover... Personally, I still much prefer my wired landline phone over my mobile... for actual talking!

03/18/21 11:38 AM #1050    

Joseph G Blake


Is your phone one of the dial phones where the ear piece hangs on the phone and you talk into the phone?

Just kidding.

Those were still around after WW2. My grandmother had one.  We had a space for one in the brakfast room of our house. 

Our daughter would call from boarding school and college every night to talk to her mother. One night she put the phone on the floor by the chair. Our dog came over and put his paw on the phone as if he was "dialing" on the push button dial pad. He was very fond of her and wanted to call her. 

Get those letter to nominate Thomas Young going before long, The deadline is in April.


03/18/21 04:40 PM #1051    

William L Kahrl

I want to thank everyone who has responded to my suggestion that we nominate Thomas Young for the alumni hall of fame. Sharon Galen at the Shaker Schools Foundation has taken this matter in hand and assures me there are several nomination forms already on file that will be going to their Board of Trustees when they meet. I've also been getting some help from Sarah Lawrence College which I appreciate a lot. Like the rest of you I have enjoyed reading the many fond memories that our classmates have been sharing in these notes. And I've also received a lot of support from close friends that I contacted separately in case they don't follow the Class Notes as closely as we all should. 

In other words, we're off to a good start, but it's only a start. Every letter, email, or other communication you send in support of Thomas Young's candidacy will go into the material that Sharon Galen is assembling for the board's review. So please don't hesitate to contact the foundation. It would be so much better if we made this a class-wide effort. Thanks again. And please keep in mind, the deadline is April 16.


03/19/21 11:40 AM #1052    


Dana Shepard (Treister)


Our wired phones aren't THAT ancient, but they DO have THIS kind of hand-set!Picture of AT&T Legend MLX Handset

03/19/21 11:49 AM #1053    

Joseph G Blake

Thanks Dana for not taking offense at my joke. Yes I too had that handset. I guess I was early in cancelling the landline at least 15 years ago when my children, myself and wife Jane all had cell phones. 

I read today that Pais may face another lockdown. That may suggest that we won't be in Paris this year. 


03/19/21 12:51 PM #1054    


Craig Miller


When my family owned a little farm in Mesopotamia, Ohio, we kept a wooden wall phone in the kitchen and a candle stick phone on the bed stand. Even though they were "modern" vintage push button phones (if that makes any sense), they were in keeping with the age and decore of the house. Our suburban friends thought that they were decorations. "No, they actually work".


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

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