Monday, February 20, 2006

You Know You Are Out of Ideas When......

you are reduced to posting 4th grade photos. We are showing our oilskin stuffed cats, which we made for sick children. They were black, with pink stitches for eyes and noses. This photo was in our local newspaper and the copy read "Fifty stuffed toys are being distributed to children in local hospitals for Easter by pupils of the fourth grade of Zogg O' Dell school in South Charleston. The youngsters, who also have received good teeth banners for four consecutive years, are........and we are all named. That was big stuff back then, to have your name and picture in the paper. Plus, not every class got good teeth banners! I am not sure what those banners represented; maybe we only had 50 cavities per class as opposed to 100 ?

I am the girl with the "elephant" ears, otherwise known as "the one who looks like a Cadillac head on with the doors open", just under the teacher in the middle row. Naturally, my hair style did nothing to minimize the appearance of my ears, which I now flaunt just as I did back then. The boy to my left is the one I wrote about previously - who called me "Cootie" but wrote "Cutie" on my Christmas gift card. He may never live that down. His twin brother is standing just behind me. The three of us attended the same high school too, and I see them at reunions. The girl sitting just in front of me was also named Judy, and she was my teacher when I took a class in Anatomy and Physiology after I had graduated from college. I knew most of these kids through the sixth grade, and then my family moved to another part of town. I inadvertantly ran into another one of these classmates when I attended Homecoming at my college; he had married one of my college classmates. We had a lot of fun recalling old times and our long-ago friends.

Our teacher had us doing craft projects similar to this one all year long, so I don't recall learning much in that grade. We all loved her, though, that was certain. It was like recess all day long!

I always wanted to know who Zogg O'Dell was and why anyone would name a school after him. For that matter, why would anyone name him "Zogg" ?? Maybe I should google him......LOL
Addendum: I did google Zogg - but I did not learn who he was. There are several mentions of the school and photos of a lot of the kids when they were in high school. I guess you can find nearly everything on the WWW.
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15 comments:

srp said...

My brain is foggy from sinus, the cold and a lot of thinking. Thinking hurts sometimes. So, composition is poor tonight. To top it off, the Photo Tuesday site shut down. No hints, no help. I must go to bed and see if I can get it together better tomorrow. Er, I guess that should be later today.

PS: I don't think your head looks anything like a Cadillac. :)

PI said...

I think co-ed schools are great and give one a healthy balanced attitude towards the opposite sex. Girls-only school seem to make girls behave inanely when they are let loose amongst boys - and convent schools the worst.

ET said...

Maybe you should Google Zogg. No telling what you might discover.
I recently Googled a wealthy relative and is very high on the pecking order of a famous corporation and found he and his wife both declared bankruptcy in Nevada a couple of years ago, but still live their super elite lifestyle.
Why Nevada? They live in Texas. Maybe Nevada have quickie bankruptcies like they do weddings.

Star said...

Did you google him? I thnk this is the second day in a row I was right after you on the site of the day posting at Michele's. I guess we have coffee together in the morning. Love, your posts. I come here everyday on my own.

YellowRose said...

Loved teachers who did crafts!! ;) Loved this post, but then again I love all your posts!!! :)

btw: Not sure why that link to the Jahari Window didn't work, I tried it and it worked for me....who knows...some days my blog plays nice, others it doesn't! LOL Thanks for trying though!!

Jamie Dawn said...

I've never even heard of a Good Teeth Banner. How funny that is. You were all so proud to show your pearly whites! It still is pretty big to have your pic in the newspaper.

OldHorsetailSnake said...

There were a lot of "cuties" in the 4th grade. Including Ms. Elephant.

vicki said...

Hoss likes 'em young- calls 'em Nubies. I like those ears- remind me of my dad's (sorry) and he grew into his quite nicely- just the way you did.

Now- go ask Hoos how the good state of Oregon has been doing with tooth decay, given their liberal attitudes. I believe they are the last hold out in the Union...:-)

IHOP used to have darn good potato pancakes, now they're terrible. Another random thought on that previous post- I grew up with Mork. Literally. Went to school with him.

poopie said...

What ears?

HolyMama! said...

You are a 'Cutie!' And I couldn't find anyone with big ears!

utenzi said...

Man o' man, Judy. You did have some ears. How'd you end up so good looking? Of course I can't talk. My pictures as a kid are scary!

Anonymous said...

I was wondering what year the picture was taken at Zogg O' Dell? I attended Zogg O' Dell from 1956- 1959.

kenju said...

Anonymous: the photo was taken in 1948 or 49. The teacher was Mrs. Spadafora.

I wish you had left a usable link so I could answer directly, but I hope you come back to see this answer. Where did you live?

Anonymous said...

The school was named for Mr. Zogg and Dr. O'Dell who donated the land for the school. I had Mrs. Spadafore also. A reunion is planned for July 23, 2009 in the left field bleachers at POWER park in Charleston. (contact ZoggODell2009@gmail.com for more info) Do you remember Mrs. Wheeler? Did she really put her dentures on student desks or was that a myth?

kenju said...

Thanks, Anonymous, for the info. I don't remember anything about the school except my class and Mrs. Spadafore, but I sure would like to attend that reunion. Unfortunately, I couldn't get there in time.