Recent CHS reunion a joyous occasion
My wife, Barbara Braun, is Class of '62 from Charleston High School. With her fellow classmates and dedicated committee members, they organized a recent reunion celebration that covered four days of events. Two events took place at the Marriott. One was a "Night at the Ball Park," which Barbara and Bertie Heath organized.
But as a sendoff on Sunday, an elaborate brunch was held at our wee house in Kanawha City, which Bertie and her husband Richard Heath's co-workers at Kanawha Manufacturing helped to make a roaring success.
To welcome the 80-plus CHS alums, I reached back 50 years into my early engineering drawing days, and with a power washer, washed off the coal dust to create this welcome sign on our sidewalk. You see, I am Class of 1961 at Michigan, and in my undergraduate engineering in Ann Arbor, we were required to pass several engineering drawing classes, learning the skills for drawing with pencil on transparency, blue printable paper and even in ink on linen! My senior design thesis required a full set of manufacturing drawings for a machine that I designed! I think it took a lot more concentration, style and skill than the computerized CAD/CAM systems we wrestle with today, but what do I know? I still use my slide rule. (But, no, I don't carry it on my belt anymore!)
My drawing instructor would probably not give me a very good grade for the sidewalk lettering. It was uneven and a wee bit wobbly in places. ("But Professor, I've never drawn with a power washer before!")
Barbara's fellow alumnae friends got a kick out of it. It added to the many smiles of the delightful weekend. It was a time of joy, celebration and energy among old CHS friends of 50-plus years on yet another day of anguish.