Notes From Classmates
From Kelly Parks -
The "Fearsome Foursome" Cal
Greer, Kelly Parks, Robert Burgess, and his son Mark, will
be playing in the annual North Dallas Bulldog golf
tournament. According to Mark, the class of 54 with his help
will accept all challenges and assures victory.
Nelda Wesson Malone
- Class 0f '71
Remember the Cole Avenue Drug Store
that was directly across the street from the school. Everyone hung out
there, listening to the juke box, eating hamburgers and drinking
cokes. Anyone remember the older mans name that ran the drug store?
John Alonzo Mourned by Local
The International Cinematographers Guild mourns the passing of Local
600 member and Director of Photography John Alonzo, ASC. Alonzo died
on March 13 due to an illness. He was 66. Friends and colleagues are
invited to a memorial service at 3 pm on Saturday, March 31 at
1782 N. Orange Drive in Los Angeles. Please call (323) 876-5080 for
more information. Entering the entertainment industry as an
actor, Alonzo was called to cinematography when he found that his
considerable skill with a camera provided him a very healthy living.
His big break in the field came as a camera operator on John
Frankenheimer's Seconds, which lead to work on Vanishing Point, Lady
Sings the Blues and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. In 1975,
Alonzo earned an Academy nomination for his superb camerawork on Roman
Polanski's Chinatown, setting the standard for the use of saturated
color and soft focus in portraying 1930s Americana. His subsequent
lensing of film such as Norma Rae, Scarface and Steel Magnolias left
an indelible mark not just on cinema, but on American culture as well.
Alonzo remained in demand in the 1990s shooting films as varied as the
cartoon/live action hybrid Cool World, the serial Star Trek
Generations, the epic telefilm Lansky and a unique TV event Fail Safe.
He is survived by his wife Jan, daughter Krista and son-in-law John
From Bob McCauley
So many people have written in saying that
Ms Epperson and Ms Dice were instrumental in their lives, I
though I would add the following bits of trivia:
Ms Dice - One of her favorite
sayings was (when people were not paying attention in her
class) - "Am I wasting my sweetness on the desert
Ms Epperson - Had a neat story
about a quiz she took in college. She was an English
major, but for some reason had not read the assignment for
the test. There was one question on the quiz - to
write a theme on the poem that began - "as she leaned
over the cloud." Ms Epperson said that she was
stumped, but knew that her future in English at stake.
She racked her mind and finally decided to do some forensic
exploration. She asked herself why was the lady
leaning over a cloud, unless she was in Heaven, looking at someone on
Earth. She put two and two together and guessed that
it must be at her boyfriend who was probably dating another
girl, etc. A few other forensic flurries (which I
can't recall) got her an A on the quiz.
(if you have any such stories, send
them to one of the moderators).
If you went to NDHS in 1977,
what if there had not been:
That little store next door to the school that
sold chili pie and
The School Choir (that fabulous trip to Houston
That park in the back of the school?
If you went to NDHS before
1957, consider how different it would have been if there had been:
Shows like Friends, ER and the Jerry Springer Show
Digital full stereo fidelity music for the dances in
Computers for doing homework research from the
There had been Bloods and Crypts?
That peephole where boys spied on the girl's locker
Assistant principal that used the big paddle?
Ms Epperson teaching English?
Ashburn's ice cream store
Vickory skaing rink or pool.
Doak Walker and Kyle Rote as football heros?
Scratchy records that were used for
the dances in the gym
White Rock or Vickery swimming pools.
Hires root beer stand on Oak Lawn.
'Theater Row' on Elm street.
(from Emily (Adams) Hamilton -'52)
What if there had NOT been:
Intense competition between NDHS and Woodrow Wilson
"Pinky" Quarles as Journalism Teacher
All the steps in front of the building.....where would
they have made
all the class and club pictures for the yearbook?
(From Bill Driscoll '55)
Lobello's - Douglas at W. NW HWY
Jumbos - Lemmon at Mockingbird
Fred's - Lemmon at Inwood
The Corral - (across from old Dr. Pepper Plant)
(if you can think of any more, send them to bulldog@NorthDallashigh.com)