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NewsBriefs - January 2014





  Wishing you all the best for health and prosperity.

~Shortridge Alumni Association~


 Indianapolis students received an unexpected three-week holiday vacation when the polar vortex swept through the city and dumped a foot or more of snow and ice on the city. All schools closed for an additional week on the heels of the Christmas/New Years holidays. Subzero temperatures hampered snow and ice removal, homes lost electricity, and some experienced busted pipes, which led to very expensive repairs.

Then, after resuming classes, Mother Nature continues to wreck havoc on work and school schedules, travels around and out of town with another round this week! This winter is the 2nd worst weather condition in more than two decades...and it's not over yet! More snow and arctic snow are forecast for the next week or more. B-r-r-r-r-r! And Indiana is not the only place experiencing these winter woes. Stay safe and keep warm wherever you are. For those alumni in southern California, here's hoping you've escaped the extremely dry conditions and wildfires.
Special Cultural Events Coming                   
January 25 - 12 noon
3rd Anniversary, Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library (KVML)
The Emelie Building, 340 N. Senate Ave, Indpls 46204

12:15p - Welcome - Indpls. Deputy Mayor Olgen Williams
12:30-1:30p - Film Something to Cheer About, chronicling the 1955 Crispus Attucks Tigers state championship victory at a time when the team couldn't even sit at local lunch counters. Hoosier author and Shortrige alumnus, Dan  Wakefield (Going All the Way, Starting Over, Kurt Vonnegut: Letters) will introduce the film and moderate a Q&A session with director, Betsy Blankenbaker.
1:30-2:30p - "Healing the Wounds of Racism: A Discussion of Race in Indianapolis" will be a frank discussion with Wakefield, former ACLU of Indiana Director Gil Holmes, Indiana Historical Society Archivist of African American History, Wilma Moore
2:30-3:30p - San Antonio artist Rikkianne Van Kirk will show her illustrations of Vonnegut's novels.
3:30-4:30p - Nina Karklis will share her experience of observing the bombing of Dresden and escaping Nazi Germany at the same time Vonnegur was there (and immortalized in Slaughterhouse-Five.)
4:30-5:30p - Indiana State Univ. professor and George Orwell's authorized biographer, Michael Shelden, will talk about the author of 1984 and its continued relevance today
6:00p - The Grinning Man Band will play, and then the reunited improv group, Mixed Nuts, will perform.

The Vonnegut Memorial Library is open daily except Wednesday. Hours: 11-6p on Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri; hours 12-5p Sat and Sun
Phone: 317.652.1954

140 West Washington, Indpls, IN 46204
Ticket Office: 317.635.5252
January 28-February 23, 2013
Kurt Vonnegut's Who Am I This Time? And Other Conundrums of Love"
(call IRT for tickets)
Taken from his first short story collection, which gives Vonnegut's unique take on Small Town America.
OLD NATIONAL CENTRE (formerly the Murat Centre)
502 N. New Jersey St., Indpls, IN 46204
Call for ticket info: 317.231.0000
"I Love Lucy,"
February 11-13, 2014.
Shortridge alumna, Madelyn Pugh Davis, was a lead writer for the entire I Love Lucy series during its run from 1951-1957. 
February 24, 2014
Tribute to former Congressman Andy Jacobs (Shortridge alumnus) at Central Library, downtown Indianapolis. KVML will pay their respects to its honorary board member who passed away in December 2013 after an extended illness.
Shortridge Legacy Scholarship Fund & Special Interest Projects
  The listing of  Charter Members  of the Founding Members Legacy Guild are now posted on our website,, and the plaque of the donors is posted at entrance to the Alumni Room #181 along the main hallway at Shortridge. 
  A General Members listing of the Shortridge Legacy Scholarship Fund donors continues and donors' names will be listed in this e-newsletter. Kindly consider any level of donations to add to the scholarship fund. Donors of $500 or more will continue to receive five years' membership in the alumni association. Consider these options:


  Your donation to the scholarship fund or other projects may qualify as a tax-deductible contribution. Consult with your tax advisor. Make checks  for the scholarship fund payable to: Shortridge Legacy Scholarship Fund mail c/o 5030 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46254 or make your donation online on the website via PayPal or major credit card  


  Donations for other projects; e.g. support of the Athletic Department, Music Department or other special-interest project, checks  should be made payable to the Shortridge Alumni Association with annotation on the Notes section to which project you wish to support. Likewise, special-interest donations may be made online via our website, as shown above and found at the Dues & Donations tab.


Shortridge Legacy Scholarship Fund - General Members 
 Make your donation via check, PayPal, or major credit card on our website: at the Donations tab.
Platinum Level
(Donations $501 or greater)
William & Lynn (Bolles) Boatman - 1958*
Choice Edwards - 1958
Dr. Edward Roche - 1957
Gold Level
(Donations $250 to $500)
Susan E. (Crawford) Avon - 1971
Timothy T. McDowell, II - 1971
Silver Level
(Donations $150 to $249)
Bronze Level
(Donations $100 to $149)
Lynn (Bolles) Boatman - 1958
William Boatmen - 1958
Paula (Distelhorst) Eidel - 1958
Richard M. Midkiff - 1963
Rufus "Bud" Myers - 1960
General Support
(Donations $5 to $99)
Jane (Butler) Bowman - 1942
Robert G. Butler - 1959
Hattie Byland - 1965
Barbara (Baker) Engle - 1958
Diane (Lockman) Goldberg -1960
Aleta S. Hodge - 1972
Tony Littrell - 1969
Robert W. MacAleese - 1961
Kathryn E. (Hill) Meredith - 1942
Dr. Woodrow A. Myers, Jr. - 1970
Ann (Cantwell) Penrose - 1941
Harold A. Smith - 1960
Marsha (Emerson) Thomas -- 1961
Lynn (Hansen) Wakefield - 1970
John D. Wild - 1965 
Mary Jane "Janie" (Foerst) Witz - 1943
*Most recent donation  
 SAA Board of Directors -  
Welcome to our new Decade of the '80s representative, Joseph Matthews, Class of 1981. Joe should be a very instrumental addition to the Board as he currently is one of the football coaches at Shortridge. Welcome, Joe, we look forward to working with you!!
Executive Board
Alfred "Al" Edyvean - '68 - President
Marilyn (Chance) Shank - '67 - VP, Public Relations
Keith Rand - '70 - VP, Marketing & Development/Fundraising
Deloris "Dee" (Richardson) Duff ' ;59 - Treasurer
Joyce (Edwards) Moore - '68 - Recording Secretary
Jarnell (Burks) Craig - '63 - Corresponding/Financial Secretary
Members-at-Large (decade representatives)
Martha (Cantwell) Meeker - '39 (Decade of the 30s)
Kathryn "Katy" (Hill) Meredith - '42 (Decade of the 40s)
Lynn (Bolles) Boatman - '58 (Decade of the 50s)
Marcia Warrington - '58 (Decade of the 50s)
Richard "Rich" Edyvean - '68 (Decade of the 60s)
Thomas J. Griffin, II - ;72 (Decade of the 70s)
Carolyn (Waters) Payton - '72 (Decade of the '70s)
Joseph Matthews - '81 (Decade of the '80s)
Board appointments:
Consultant/SHSAW Founder - Guy E. Russell - '59
Parliamentarian - Grant Hawkins - '67
SMHS Administrators
Stanley Law, principal:
Debra Ward , vice principal 



Thank you for your continued interest and support.

Dee Duff

Deloris "Dee" (Richardson) Duff
Treasurer & Editor, NewsBriefs
President Emeritus
Shortridge H.S. Alumni Association

In This Issue
Winter Weather Woes
Upcoming Events
Shortridge Legacy Fund
Legacy Scholarship - General Fund
SAA Board of Directors
Visit Our Website
Shortridge Yearbooks
SAA Memberships
Class Reunions
Sesquicentennial Anniversary
IPS Supt. to Attend SAA Board Meeting
Echo return in print format
Log in to our Website!
Self-Register on the website
  Click here for membership flyer if you cannot sign on via PayPal.  Print. Complete, enclose your check, payable to SAA, and mail to: 5030 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46254.
Navigate the website. Self register at

Mission statement, association bylaws, available to view online. Check out the Activities tab. Or share your class information for a reunion.


Are you interested in ordering SPIRIT WEAR? T-shirts, caps, sweatshirts, etc. can now be ordered from information on the website. Create a special design for your class reunion. A percentage of your order will help support the Shortridge Alumni Association.


View your Class Directory, complete your Profile, upload a photo, Pay Member Dues via PayPal. Paid membership required to surf the entire site.

View back issues of NewsBriefs.

Shortridge Yearbooks


Check out the digital library of yearbooks as catalogued by the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library. Most Shortridge yearbooks  from 1898 - 1968 are available for viewing at:


SAA Memberships & Renewals -- Membership Renewal Reminder
HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN TO RENEW YOUR ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP? Your member dues are the operating funds for the alumni association. PLEASE RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP!!!
Look at your membership card for the expiration date. If joining or renewing online, please include your class year; ladies please include your maiden name. Example: Dorothy (Jones) Smith, 19xx, email and USPS mailing address. 
 Alumni Association membership is required for full access to the website.
  • One-year membership: $35 annual fee payable via PayPal or check
  • Five-year membership (General Members for Shortridge Legacy Scholarship Fund) (see Feature Article) (payable to Shortridge Alumni Association; mail c/o 5030 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN 46254 or pay online. 
  • For more membership information, visit our website: or send email: 

Is your class planning a reunion this year? Let us help publicize your event. Continue to read NewsBriefs over the next few months with plans and information for the following upcoming class reunions:



Class of 1959 - 55-year reunion. SAVE THE DATES: TUESDAY, JUNE 10 AND WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 2014 (Yes, that's right...a mid-week reunion!) Full schedule of events will be forthcoming. 
Class of 1964 - 50-year reunion, SAVE THE DATES: JUNE 27-28, 2014, Indianapolis Marriott East.. More information to come as plans are confirmed.To join the planning team, contact Mary Glenn Rinne, or Ruth Lacy Wooden,
REMINDER: Reunion organizers, you and your classmates are encouraged to become active members of our alumni association. We have hundreds of Shortridge alumni gathering this year for milestone reunion celebrations. Please inform others that our alumni association is alive and well...we need everyone's support. And if your class budgets yield a surplus, kindly consider a donation to the Legacy Scholarship Fund or other special project that will benefit the students at Shortridge.
Also, please note that if during your reunion you plan to visit the school, a written request must be submitted through the school office that must be approved by the IPS Maintenance Department IF the school is to be opened on weekends...Saturday or Sunday. A fee is levied to the using group based upon how long the group will visit the building. Other restrictions may apply; therefore, schedule your reunion and complete the necessary paperwork as early as possible to confirm your date and time. 
Thank you!
Shortridge Sesquicentennial Anniversary upcoming in 2014!

Alumni and friends of Shortridge will be making plans for a MAJOR CELEBRATION to recognize the 150th Anniversary of the school IN 2014.

If you would like to be a member of the planning committee, send an email with your contact information to . A committee will be formed in early 2014.
Dr. Lewis Ferebee, newly appointed Superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools, will be the special guest during the Shortridge Alumni Association's February 16 teleconference Board meeting. The Board is happy to now have the opportunity to share the Shortridge history and legacy with the new superintendent, as well potentially discuss the future of the school and how the school might celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary during 2014 
Shortridge Echo returns in print version
Continue to watch this space for more information about the new print format of the Shortridge Echo.