Penncrest High School
Class of 1963


Newsletter #9 - June 2002

Serious Fund Raising

It's time for some serious fund raising.Our objective is to cover the entire cost of the 40th reunion.We have a little more than $1,600 which puts us well on our way to paying all of the bills.

Fortunately, we have a little more than a year and a few ways and means to do this.For example, we can continue to request contributions with each newsletter, or even amuse ourselves by attempting to sell honorary class memberships to billionaire politicians desirous of promoting the image of a humble, bucolic past.We, of course, have some other much more practical alternatives:

1) If everyone in the class purchases a few books each quarter through our Amazon link on the web site, we will quickly build up our class account.

2) We can attempt to establish a system for assessing and collecting class dues.

3) We can hire professional fund raisers to irritate everyone with meal time phone calls begging for support.

4) We can continue to ask people to please contribute whatever amount they choose, whenever they chose to do it.(So far, this has resulted in contributions at the stunning rate of approximately one per year.)

Using the Amazon link is probably the least painful of the alternatives.If anyone has other suggestions on how to raise money through advertising on our web site, or creating links, please write.

Class President

How would you like that on your resume?The Class of 1963 has never taken class leadership seriously.Since no one remembers any longer who our class officers are, or were for that matter, it is time to establish new leadership.However, instead of an election which can be time consuming and expensive if handled properly, your class Executive Board has decided to sell the prestigious office of Class President to the highest bidder.Considering the considerable workload associated with this office, it would be understandable if bidders wanted to take the next steps cautiously.

The Executive Board also decided that it would be a wise step to publish the minimum set of credentials required of our next Class President.

The suggested Minimum Qualifications for Class President follow:

1) The candidate must be alive at the time the first bid is submitted.Bids from estates will only be considered if they are made in good faith.

2) The candidate must have a residence, or atleast be able to receive mail.The prospective candidate must also be capable of opening said mail.

3) Each candidate will be asked to submit a short essay on why they believe they are the best choice for Class President.In the interest of saving time, these essays should not exceed 15 words or 35 syllables.

4) All candidates will be expected to have either attended Penncrest or visited it at least once.Taking the campus tour on the high school web site will be acceptable.

If you are contemplating a class presidency gift for a loved one, these will be available also.For a $45 contribution, you can name anyone as an Honorary President of the Class of 1963.In addition to the prestige and honor associated with the office, they will receive a genuine Class of 1963 T-shirt accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.If you have no need for a T-shirt, we will be happy to substitute almost any other article of clothing.

For those of you who were not aware of the existence of an Executive Board, happily this honor can be purchased also.Seats on the board go for a little less than the Class President position.Please write if you are interested in being on the board.Due to limited resources at the board headquarters, only serious inquiries will receive a polite response, all of the others will be filed alphabetically in the official Class of 1963 file cabinet.

The 40th Reunion

Where would you like it?Before we can make the decision as to where it should be, we should consider what we want to include in the reunion. So far, we have never done more that have dinnerand minimal dancing.(Except of course for the mini-reunion in Arizona that took place entirely in a swimming pool.) Maybe it is time to consider a Philadelphia hotel setting or some other formal venue.I don't know if it is possible, but are there dinner cruises on the Delaware, or is it time to return to the high school for a non-alcoholic picnic and chaperoned dinner?

Any and all suggestions are welcome.Please try to communicate your ideas in a timely manner so that we can start to plan and publicize our decisions.We have to consider our classmates that live west of the Mississippi River and way down south.They need a little time to be convinced to attend and to make travel arrangements.

We have an offer from Rick for an encore on the farm.This is enticing, but we are willing to bend to the will of the people. 

Spam, Spam, Spam, and Spam

The consensus is to erase the spam.So every now and then you will see a gap between messages on our message board.This is an indication that a messagewas erased from the message board.Typically, the only messages that will be erased are those promoting pyramid schemes, sex sites, or any herbal remedy for either existing ornonexisting diseases.Unusual messages will be left alone.Every now and then I do take the liberty of editing the spam.

Financial Note

The class account balance is updated on the web site once a month.All of the funds are intended to cover reunion costs.Unless a spectacular new plan comes along, these funds will be used to subsidize the 40th reunion, and possibly the 50th reunion.

All of the money we receive goes into the class account. All of our other expenses are covered through donations.The web site, printing, copying, postage, distribution, research, taxes, etc.are all gifts to the class.

Jay News

I promised that no future newsletter would be complete without "Jay News."Unfortunately, neither one has done anything suitable for printingin the last few months.I rely on the major news services for these stories, and they seem to be slightly remiss in not carrying the news we need.Maybe we will have something exciting to report in Newsletter #10.

The closest we got to an article was when Jay Fenwick visited New York City and got sick.So much for excitement.I guess he didn't realize he could have stayed home and been sick much more conveniently.

Jay MacLaughlin has been very silent since he was questioned about massive ducks.

Actually, Jay MacLaughlin and I were able to enjoy a little winter bird watching at Cape Cod.My birding experience isalmost totally inland, and I appreciated Jay's knowledge of the shore birds.

Since the last newsletter, I had the opportunity to visit Jay Fenwick in Arizona and watched ASU play Oregon.I also watched a year's worth of NFL football in one day on his big screen TV.But the most impressive moment of the entire visit was being shown the secret vault where he keeps his collection of imported Philly Cheese Steaks.Apparently, he jets to Philadelphia once a year just to stock up.

I don't travel nearly as much as I used to, but I recommend that everyone check the class list before they travel and maybe renew a friendship or two.


We're still in the market for new biographies and updated biographies.When you email them to me, you may want to include a small .jpg picture of the family.

Emily Elizabeth Sorkin

On a personal note, I became a grandfather on June 20, 2001.Kathy and I are very excited andfeel fortunate that the kids live nearby, affording frequent visits.I assume thatas a grandparent I will be entitled to build as many doll houses as I want.This insidious desire to build doll houses goes back many years, but while I have the ambition I have no idea where to begin.So if anyone has a recommendation, please write.

September 2001

This newsletter was originally planned forlast September, but it seemed prudent todelay distribution for a while.As most of the country returns to a newly defined level of normality, we continue to demonstrate our strength as a nation byliving our lives to the fullest extent.And we remain unwilling to be bowed by any fanatics.But the memory is forever.

A few weeks ago, I had lunch at the Tribecca Grill which is just a few blocks from the WTC site.After lunch, on my way back to the subway, a tourist with map in hand asked me for directions.He said he wanted to go uptown, but wasn't certain which way was north.I immediately looked over my shoulder ready to point to the Twin Towers as the perfect landmark to be used to orient himself from anywhere in the NYC. That was when I realized it may be a very long time before I am able to accept new landmarks, and stop taking deep breaths whenever I happen to lookto the south.

All Contributions are Welcome

Why not send me a short story, a poem, or a little news about yourself.Fellow classmates appreciate reading about their oldest friends--meaning they've known you longer than anyone else.

Help Find the Lost

Check the lost list on the web site and see if you can locate someone.Paul Gibson can give you advice on searching and let you know what avenues he has already investigated.

Old Roads Out of Philadelphia

By John T.Faris, J. B. Lippincott Company,
Philadelphia and London, 1917

One of the old roads is Baltimore Pike including towns along the highway such as Media and Lima, Pennsylvania.  Here are a couple of excerpts from the text.

From Crum Creek, it is easy to reach the Providence Road, one of the historic highways of Delaware County.Several of the best of the inns for which the county was famous in early days may be found along this road.One of these, Providence Inn, at Media, has been converted to a hospital.Another, the Rose Tree Inn, is located a short distance above Media, at the intersection of Providence Road and the Rose Tree Road.The old signboard of the inn has been appropriated by the Rose Tree Hunt, whose club house is located directly across the Providence Road.


At the intersection of Edgemont road, beyond Media, is the residence of Allen Cunningham, remodeled in 1915 from the Old Black Horse Inn which dates from 1739.On November 27 of that year William Noblet asked permission to keep tavern in "a newly built and Commodious stone house upon the great road leading from Chester to the Valley."he argued that the tavern was a necessity for the public generally, and that it was especially needed because it was located "about three-quarters of a mile from the Presbyterian Meeting House which Commonly is a great resort of people," some of them "having ten or fifteen miles to travel to the of worship."

Updated on 12/11/12