Susan Clark & Billy Hurtes
Susan Clark & Billy Hurtes
A Poem by John Philip Mathis, Class of '64
A Poem by John Philip Mathis, Class of '64

Hats Off!
Here you are at
sixty-plus years old,
 with much of life history,
but more to be told.
You’ve lived your life,
a measure over half –
had occasions to cry
and occasions to laugh.
We have all come to face
a certain sober reality
about how time flies,
with a sense of mortality.
So, here’s the deal,
at least, what I think -
Life’s a book we write
‘til we run out of ink.
How we live our lives,
will tell the story,
in words of shame or
chapters of glory.
Hats off to the diligent
and magnanimous scribe,
who pens a tome that’s
the pride of his tribe!
So, here’s to your story -
may your wisdom increase,
and may your passion for
life, never, ever cease.
                                            By John Mathis 1/09
                                              For the Class of ‘64




Music At Yale

Robert Blocker


President Richard C. Levin announced on May 1 that Robert Blocker would return to lead the School of Music on July 1. During his tenure as dean from 1995-2005, Blocker was credited with reestablishing the School of Music as one of the world's premier institutions for the professional training of performers and composers. Among his many notable accomplishments was the quadrupling of the school's endowment, an extensive plan for revitalizing facilities, and significant increases in applications to the school. Under Blocker, the percentage of students accepting offers of admission reached a historic high. Blocker made outstanding appointments to the School of Music faculty as dean, renewing the artistic programs in percussion, horn, and composition. He also created an international advisory board to serve the school.  Robert was an extraordinary dean who brought the School of Music to the highest level of prestige,  Levin said.  As we searched for a new dean, we were seeking someone of Robert's vision, talent, energy and accomplishment. We have surpassed that goal by welcoming Robert back to the School he led so ably.  Last November, Yale announced that the School of Music had received a $100 million gift from a donor who wished to remain anonymous. Blocker worked closely with Levin to attract that gift, which has allowed the School to subsidize fully the tuition of all students at the School, and will support other important advances. Blocker's return will allow him to see and enjoy the fruits of that gift. Dean Blocker's legacy also included serving an indispensable role in the major renovations of the School's facilities. His new tenure will allow him to oversee the exquisitely restored Sprague and Leigh Halls, and complete the new "music campus" by joining President Levin in securing donor support for the renovation of Hendrie Hall. "Robert has built community as effectively as he has renovated buildings,  Levin said.  The fall convocation, the annual dinner, town meetings, and the student tailgate are emblematic of the attention Robert gave to creating a stronger community for those at the School of Music." Blocker spent last year as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He held professorial appointments in music at the Meadows School of the Arts and in management at the Cox Business School at SMU. Blocker, one of the nation's leading spokespersons on the arts and their relation to the business community, has contributed to New Haven by serving on the boards of the New Haven Symphony, the New Haven Business/Arts Alliance, and the Neighborhood Music School. Blocker, who maintains an active international concert schedule, holds a bachelor's degree from Furman University and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of North Texas. Prior to coming to Yale in 1995, Blocker was at the University of California at Los Angeles, where he served as the first dean and professor of the School of the Arts and Architecture and as adjunct professor of management.

Yale School of Music President
Robert Blocker
Presents YALE Award to
His Majesty
 King Bhumibol of Thailand at
the Bangkok Royal Palace.

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Bess and Lloyd

From your classmates and many friends of

The Class of '64!
Bess & Lloyd (alias Pet Rock) Fitzgerald
Bess & Lloyd (alias Pet Rock) Fitzgerald

In the words of Bess (Walker) Fitzgerald.......

It took us 42 years to get it right!

Married: April 10, 2010



  !!!   ALERT ALERT ALERT  !!!!!

By Vic Boudolf

So the other day we are at Bessengers Barbecue,
 and this fellow walks up to me and says -- "this
is your memory challenge for today, do
you know who I am"? I smiled and
replied "Alan Garfinkel, but you changed
your name to something else what
is that"? He said "Gordon", and we
had a nice conversation. He was visiting
his father and had his wife, daughter, and
very cute granddaughter with him.
I think I sold his wife on coming to
the next reunion, but I know his dad
will be there :-)

Dearest Butch and Lynn,
It was a delight running into you at Bessingers on our last trip to Chas'n.  I remain amazed that it took you only a nanosecond to recognize me after so many (gulp!) years.  I had the benefit of having seen pictures of both of you from the various reunions that were publicized via the Internet--but I caught both of you cold.  Truly amazing.  We travel to Chas'n at least a couple of times a year and I constantly hear from my family that I am telling too many High School stories.  Cannot help it -- that was a wonderful time for all of us, and I frankly do not want those memories to fade. Thanks to both of you for all your work on the Reunion Committee.  Those of us that no longer have the privilege of living in Chas'n derive much pleasure from the energy you devote to preserving the memories of Chas'n and St Andrews that fashioned our formative years.  We value your efforts as curators of that sacred museum.

  Be well and God Bless You,
Alan H. Gordon & Associates, P.C



You know, it's a wonderful thing

as time goes by...

to be with someone who

looks in your face when

 you've gotten old -

and still sees - what you  

 think you look like.

Willa and Kenny in the 1964 PELICAN and in the center - a photo from this Spring 2009.
Willa and Kenny in the 1964 PELICAN and in the center - a photo from this Spring 2009.


From the pens of Willa and Kenny Burdette...

            Lily Tomlin once said, “I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific.” Well, I did have several specific names in my mind growing up:  Annette Funicello, Audrey Hepburn, and Debbie Reynolds were a few of my idols of the day.
Let’s see – what else of yore do I prefer? Well, of course, the real dance music of “our day” is preferable.  I catch myself lingering on the channel that runs The Andy Griffith Show, and I would rather play Clue with my granddaughter than go to the movies. 
What a delightful pastime to reminisce about the good old days when life stretched endlessly in front of us, and we were safe in the cocoon of innocence. Would that we could indulge in that simplicity once more!
But, here we are at the threshold of the 45th reunion year of our high school days. Remembering what I want to remember is my right . . .well, at least it’s a privilege! So, if you have a moment, let’s skip together down the proverbial well-worn lane that started us on our journey.
‘Twas the night before the reunion
And all through Charles Town,
Rockettes were struggling
To fit in the right gown.
The Rocks – Oh!  How dashing! -
Were mellow and calm;
Who cares about a few belt notches
With a cold beer as a balm?
And so I in my curlers
And hubby in his cap
Had just settled down
For a restorative nap.
The visions they came;
In dreams unsullied and clear,
I saw the years slide
And past events reappear.
The Fifties, how safe;
Parents held a firm grip
(Until Elvis swiveled
And James Dean curled his lip).
We giggled under desk tops
As bomb bells blasted fears;
Then on home to watch Annette
As we donned Mickey Mouse ears.

I was safe "Under God"
When I stood and said the Pledge.
"I Like Ike" my button declared:
Our world in '53 was gilded-edge.

Now in October of '54
Hurricane Hazel caused quite a blow,
While Elvis crooned “Love Me Tender”
On The Ed Sullivan Show.
In ’57 Dick Clark made his debut;
American Bandstand was the new craze.
We danced at Channel 5’s studio
And then on to Folly to ride the waves.
A mere twenty-nine cents
Could buy a gallon of gas in ’59;
Who cared? We were playing ball at
St. Andrew’s Rec center - rain or shine.
In ’61 we Twisted and Ponied
And Jerked til we dropped;
At Piggy Park do you recall
How many times we car-hopped?
The Magnolia Drive-In was a
Cheap date’s free ride:
Two in the trunk
And two inside.
In ‘62 who knew our world
Was verged on nuclear war?
The Beach Boys came to Folly Pier and
“Love Me Do” the Beatles implored.
Which class were you in
On that November Day in ‘63?
Our safe margins were invaded;
We no longer were carefree.

Dances at Alhambra;
Song fests on the Senior Lawn
Singing folk tunes about
Ideals to right the world’s wrongs.
We sat on the Senior Steps
With friends that we knew
Whispering our dreams
We hoped would come true.
The Class of ‘64
Staged a rousing New York play
With our able director Fess
That rivaled anything on Broadway.
(Or so they say!)
Our Senior Year came to a close
With all its glory and defeat;
Hopes were ever high;
A few regrets bittersweet.
You can replay your years
            With songs that touched your heart;
It’s called a Reunion,
And you play a very important part.
Our roots bind us together
In this reminiscence we speak about;
You are but one part –
But one we cannot do without.
So don your baby blue
In a tribute to St. Andrew’s High;
We’ll have stories to tell about you
That will make you laugh and cry.
Willa & Kenny Burdette
June 2009

St Andrews Memories 

Time is drawing near for our 45th reunion- who knows where the time has gone? As it approaches it is time to reflect on past reunions and what memories we cherish from them.
 Hollis and I have been pursing old photos and marveling at those baby faces that were at our first reunion at the Oaks Country Club. We all were so young and so eager to catch up what everyone was up to career wise, family wise and socially. Eager to find out where everyone was in life at this point. Dancing to great music was the focus of that night for us. The beautiful Oaks Country Club has burned but not our memories of the wonderful night under the stars when we danced the night away.
Remembering some of the other reunion- at the Elks Club right after Hugo. How wonderful it was in 1989 to have a time to reflect how fortunate we were to have a city that with all of the destruction was still home to us. Now the Elks Club on Lockwood has been torn down and condominiums occupy the space. Aren’t we fortunate that expansion or progress or whatever you want to name it cannot tear down our memories of that night? 
Our last several reunions have been at the classy Country club of Charleston. Another lovely setting that we have made memories. We had the chance to dance to hits of the 60’s or sit and reminisce with friends in the living room setting – enjoying some of the memorabilia friends had brought to share. We talked about football and basketball victories, Senior Lawn chats, meeting at the Piggy Park and Patio Drive Inn and listening to WTMA to mention only a few. We looked at our Pelican and talked about folks who were not with us that night and ones we had not heard from in years. We talked about classmates that are now on our Memory Board and in our hearts. We remember how much many of them had enjoyed our reunions. Susan Clark is one that comes to mind. Susan had served as a valuable member of our reunion committee, helping to plan our past reunions and had not missed a reunion until she moved to our Memory Board. Recently we had a chat with a classmate who was very close to Susan. This classmate felt she could not come to the next reunion because of the pain of Susan’s death. We reminded this classmate that Susan would be at the reunion in spirit.
THE 35th REIUNION COMMITTEE: Sandra Morris Russ, Paulette Padgett Dillard, Linda Wood, Jan Brandenburg, Susan Clark, Ann
THE 35th REIUNION COMMITTEE: Sandra Morris Russ, Paulette Padgett Dillard, Linda Wood, Jan Brandenburg, Susan Clark, Ann Griffin Garris, Hollis Garris, Bill Hurtes (Double-Click On Picture To Enlarge)
As we approach our 45th reunion begin making your plans to join us. Do not miss a chance to make memories. Don’t let our memories crumble and disappear like the Oaks Country Club or the Elks. Contact a classmate who was close to you (maybe you have not seen or had contact with in years) and encourage them to come. It’s the time in our life when our past and the memories we share help us face the future. Someone at the last reunion commented, “It’s not who we are in life or what we have accomplished that is important now. More important is where we came from and the true friends we made along the way.” 

See you at the 45 and Roll with the Rocks!!

Ann (Griffin) and Hollis Garris
Pamela Tovey Quattlebaum & Bonnie at home in Charleston.
Pamela Tovey Quattlebaum & Bonnie at home in Charleston.

Stem cell future

Those touched by diseases place hopes in research

By Adam Parker
The Post and Courier
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Melissa Haneline
The Post and Courier
Pamela Quattlebaum, 62, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1985. The Charleston resident is an advocate for stem cell research, even if it might be too late to help her, she says.

On the web.

-- To read President Barack Obama's stem cell speech, see


Editor's Note: This is one in an occasional series of articles devoted to medical ethics. In it, the significance of President Barack Obama's March 9 executive order concerning stem cell research funding is considered by two prominent bioethicists and others concerned with the issue.

Maybe Pamela Quattlebaum's Parkinson's disease was triggered by a concussion she suffered after falling from a horse during a long-ago fox hunt.

She's got good reason to think so. A 2003 study published by the American Academy of Neurology found that those who have experienced a head injury are four times more likely to develop the disease than those who have never had a head injury. The risk increases eightfold for people who have required hospitalization for head trauma, and it increases 11-fold for patients who've been injured severely.

Quattlebaum, 62, was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1985 when she was only 38. The disease has progressed slowly but inexorably. Early on, she avoided thinking about it and avoided others with the disease.

"The less I did about it, the happier I was," she says.

But she feels differently now. Accustomed to the degenerative nature of her condition, and fresh from her second battle with breast cancer, serious disease isn't a scarlet letter. It's pervasive.

For Quattlebaum and millions of others struggling with disease and injury, stem cells might contain a key that unlocks a medical future of successful therapies and cures.

But if other medical research is any indication, it will take many years of careful study and experimentation before useful treatments are developed.

And then there are the ethical considerations.

The advantage of using adult stem cells is that the source is an individual with whom the genetic composition of the cells is compatible, according to the National Institutes of Health. Since the adult stem cell is derived from a living person, often for use by that person, research and therapies that rely on them are not considered controversial.

Embryonic stem cells, cultivated at the five-day-old blastocyst stage, are more abundant, more flexible and develop faster in the laboratory. They require less manipulation than adult stem cells, and they are more likely to cure genetic disorders. But to get at the cells, the embryos are destroyed.

On March 9, President Barack Obama signed an executive order lifting the restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research that had been imposed by former President George W. Bush in 2001. Quattlebaum said the policy change comes as a relief. So long as clear research guidelines are in place, she has no qualms about the ethics involved; stem cells offer great promise, and people who struggle with disease should be the priority, she said.

"There are people already alive who can use them and who desperately want them," Quattlebaum said. "It's probably too late for me."


Class of '64

Perry White - 1964
Perry White - 1964

We have been wondering what ever 
happened to Perry White.........

Now finally........... Heeeerrrrrreeee's  PERRY!  And best of all, he is doing just fine!   

He and his prize setter Sadie (pictured) welcome Classmate's  calls or email at any time. 



Class of '64







I Want To Hold Your Hand



Can't Buy Me Love



There! I've Said It Again

Bobby Vinton


Baby Love



Oh, Pretty Woman

Roy Orbison


The House Of The Rising Sun



Chapel Of Love

Dixie Cups


I Feel Fine



She Loves You



I Get Around

Beach Boys


Come See About Me



Where Did Our Love Go



Do Wah Diddy Diddy

Manfred Mann


My Guy

Mary Wells


A Hard Day's Night



Rag Doll

4 Seasons


Hello, Dolly!

Louis Armstrong


Mr Lonely

Bobby Vinton


Everybody Loves Somebody

Dean Martin


A World Without Love

Peter & Gordon



Loren Greene


Love Me Do



Leader Of The Pack



Twist And Shout



You Don't Own Me

Lesley Gore


Dancing In The Street

Martha & Vandellas


Bread And Butter




Johnny Rivers


Last Kiss

Frank Wilson


She's Not There



My Boy Lollipop

Millie Small


Do You Want To Know A Secret




Four Seasons



Terry Stafford


Please Please Me



Popsicles And Icicles



Out Of Limits



Come A Little Bit Closer

Jay & Americans


Love Me With All Your Heart

Ray Charles Singers


The Little Old Lady

Jan & Dean



MORE  News and Miscellaneous Items of Interest to those of you wondering about what your Class of '64 classmates have been doing this past 45 years...


It has occurred to me  as I reflect on my life at sixty-two that I am frequently being  presented (sometimes even "blindsided") with life’s events and situations.  By  their very nature, these require  that I make careful, thoughtful decisions as to how I am going to best cope with them. Many of these life events are personal, having to do with how I want to live, my state of physical and mental health and how I want to be perceived by others.  My decisions are based in part on the choices, or lack thereof, that are unique to each situation. They are also contingent on my willingness to adapt and change and on my acceptance of life on life’s terms.  Some call this "the  reality of existence".

         When I was a kid, and TV was young too, one of my Dad's favorite programs was "The Life Of Riley" starring William Bendix.  'Ol Riley was always getting his dose of life's predicaments, and no matter what the outcome would be,  he always closed each episode with the  remark (as he scrunched up his face)  - "What a revoltin' development this is!"  Fifty-plus years later,  I am beginning to know exactly what he meant. 

        What it all comes down to is this:  Just what kind of a person do I want to be as I move on in  my seventh decade? I have personal friends and peers who have very strong feelings and clear cut ideas on this subject, and I also have those around me who never seem to give it much thought. It is true that I only have ‘this moment in time’ and that planning definitive outcomes without flexibility is risky business. However, making plans and having goals is very much a part of increasing my chances of successfully and positively dealing with whatever should come my way. Am I content to just drift along and ‘go with the flow’ to the point of ignoring the obvious, always making excuses as to what I should have done and didn’t?  Or do I want to continue to participate in my life's course and direction and stay in the game and at least have the satisfaction of making an honest effort to go forward. No longer do I believe in the idea of a ‘status quo’ - as I am either going forward or sliding backward. As much as I might like it, for me, there is no dead calm neutral. 
I must admit that ‘staying in the game’ and ‘on the team’ is not as easy as it once was. Occasionally, I involuntarily get taken out of the game, temporarily ‘benched’ by circumstances beyond my control. I can, however, still remain on the team with the hope of eventually returning to play … to being 'a part of' and participating. With today’s advances in technology, science and medicine, I may have an opportunity of enjoying many more years of productive life on this planet.  It is my desire to positively participate in all to the best of my ability.

      Could’a/Would’a/Should’a just doesn’t seem to be as important to me anymore.  What
is important is having the awareness of what I hope to do from this moment on, - and then acting on that awareness.  I also truly hope that all of you, my friends and peers, will find your own paths to a healthy,  contented life in the many years to come. 
Hmmm, there’s that word again . . . HOPE, and therein lies all.
Rock On – Rocks,
Your Classmate of 1964
Steve Sopko


Bobby Riggs....Just a few years ago...
Bobby Riggs....Just a few years ago...
Thought y'all would get a kick out of this below.....................
Here is my interview when I was in NY City on my spice and sauces...

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Masters of Music
Sir Paul McCartney & Robert Blocker



by Daniel Gross
June 16, 2008

 Have you noticed that CNBC is dominated by frisky septuagenarians? Last Wednesday, Carl Icahn, the 72-year-old corporate raider turned hedge-fund manager/shareholder activist, was terrorizing the whippersnappers at Yahoo, accusing the executive team of foolishly torpedoing a merger with Microsoft. The day before, the network aired testimony of legendary trader George Soros 77, who was lecturing Congress on the oil spike. Earlier in the month, Warren Buffett's annual Berkshire Hathaway meeting, known as Woodstock for Capitalists—with Buffett, 77, strumming a ukulele rather than Jimi Hendrix wailing the national anthem—received blanket coverage. Kirk Kerkorian, 91, who amassed big stakes in Chrysler and General Motors and agitated for change, is amassing a large stake in Ford.

    This isn't America's business channel. It's "Cocoon."

    Our culture relentlessly celebrates youth. But in the corporate world, 80 is the new 50. The exploits of these Sunshine Boys and advances in medicine make the retirement age of 65 seem like a relic. And in fact, it is. When Otto Von Bismarck established Germany's—and the world's—first social-welfare system in the 1880s, "he had to pick an age at which people were so enfeebled and disabled, they couldn't work," says Ken Dychtwald, chief executive officer of the consulting firm AGEWAVE, which specializes in aging and the workplace. Bismarck chose 70. "At the time, the average life expectancy in Europe was about 45." In 1916, Germany reduced the age to 65.

    Since then, this arbitrary cutoff date has calcified into a thick gray line. Until recently, aging big-shot executives were generally happy to play golf, become ambassadors or just fade away. Today, not so much. Like a stage mother, Jack Welch, 72, nearly seven years removed from the top post at General Electric, is lecturing successor Jeffrey Immelt from the wings. The rise of private-equity firms and hedge funds has effectively created a sort of seniors tour for successful managers. "This is just not a cohort that's all that excited about stepping into the world of 24/7 recreation," says Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, a Yale management professor who founded the Chief Executive Leadership Institute.

    Most Type-A M.B.A.s could probably outpace these guys in a 10K. (Self-proclaimed workout stud Sumner Redstone, the 85-year-old chairman of both Viacom and CBS, might give the youngsters a run for their money.) But these are marathon men, not the sprinters who thrive during bubbles. In recent months, fiftysomething CEOs of Wall Street firms and large banks have been decimated by the credit crunch, just as twentysomething tech stars were crushed in the 2001 NASDAQ crash. Unlike their younger counterparts, today's headline-making grandparents have experience managing through the last serious oil shock and prolonged period of financial pain in the 1970s. Kirk Kerkorian began his career during the Great Depression. These rock stars have also proved willing to learn a repertoire beyond their greatest hits. Rupert Murdoch, 77, beat younger moguls in the race for MySpace and is now busily remaking The Wall Street Journal. Carl Icahn has a blog (though it doesn't contain any content). Former oilman T. Boone Pickens, 80, who runs a $4 billion hedge fund, is the lead investor in a $10 billion wind farm in Texas. Oh, and he has just penned his debut book: "The First Billion Is the Hardest."

    These business guitar heroes may be taking their cues from real-life rockers, like Neil Diamond, 67, Mick Jagger, 64, and Tina Turner, 68, who are still filling arenas. In both instances, markets are recognizing and rewarding continued excellence, even if the performers' gaits have slowed. But for non-rock stars—i.e., people who don't own their own companies or don't have enough cash to start a hedge fund—barriers to staying active late in life remain. "There is still enormous resistance and unwillingness to consider older people for job hires," says AgeWave's Dychtwald. As one executive recruiter told me, boards frequently look askance at older candidates because "somebody in their mid-60s isn't going to take an 18-hour-a-day job." That attitude may be changing. CT Partners, the executive search firm, recently conducted an unscientific poll on its Web site, asking managers whether they'd hire a 72-year-old CEO (which is what the Republican Party is asking the country to do). The answer was yes, by a margin of 55-45 percent.

    For leadership guru Warren Bennis, who at 83 teaches full time at the University of Southern California's business school, such ambivalence is a key issue facing the economy. "Organizations have to learn how to manage the people who keep growing and learning even as they get older," he says. Bennis still detects plenty of signs of ageism in corporate America.

    In time, it's likely that prejudices toward older workers will be eroded less by the exploits of eternally youthful financiers, and more from a longstanding demographic trend. As they've moved through life, the baby boomers have altered societal attitudes on everything from smoking marijuana to Botox. As boomers coast into their golden years, it's likely the acceptance of older workers at every rung of the corporate ladder will grow. In the 1960s, the boomers' mantra was: don't trust anyone over 30. In the 2010s, it'll probably be: don't trust anyone under 70.







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NOTE: You all remember the rather low-profile Larry Wilson of our Class of '64.  
Well in the 44 years between these pictures - Larry's many successful endeavors have resulted in a long career in many investment fields. And 'low-profile' is no longer a term to describe this guy.  One of the primary winning recipients of all this success  has been the South Carolina Educational System.  Read On...


Wilson has taken an active role in education in South Carolina, serving as a board member of the University of South Carolina Education Foundation and Research Campus Foundation, Columbia (S.C.) College, Allen University and the State's Education Oversight Committee. He has also received numerous awards; among them, the Yale University Cultural Leadership citation.



Wilson's accomplishments and achievements stretch back more than two decades. The Wall Street Transcript named him five times as one of the top three chief executive officers in the computer software and services industry. He has served on the boards of publicly and privately held software firms such as Legent, ISSCO and Computer Application Systems, Inc.