East Forsyth Senior High School Class of 1979
This page was last modified on 20 December 2004.
Thanks for taking the time to read this new issue of the East Forsyth Class of 1979 Newsletter. The primary purpose of the newsletter is to keep you informed about our class web site and our classmates. The secondary purpose is to pester you into visiting the site and to nag you into helping locate our long lost classmates so you can pester them into visiting the site and nag them into helping locate other long lost classmates. That being said, please be certain to mention our class web site to any of our classmates you may run into.
I've decided to make the newsletter semiannual during the periods between reunions; that means you should expect issues sometime during May and November. For the year or six months prior to a reunion, I'll probably make it quarterly or monthly. I figure that's enough "Glory Days" for anyone. Of course, I can always activate the mailing list for a special alert if something important comes up.
Finally, an "Administrative Note": If you receive an e-mail from me on any of the addresses I use for my various sites, please avoid the pro forma inclusion of my original message in your reply. I save both outgoing and incoming e-mail, so including my message in the reply is both redundant and unnecessary. This is one of my greatest Internet pet peeves. Aside from the acceptable use of brief snips for clarity, please, don't do it ... ever.
Matt Wallace, Class Webmaster
The online class directory continues to plod along towards the ultimate goal of accounting for 100% of the class. Currently we have some sort of info for about 24% of the class and e-mail addresses for about 13%. With an index page of the "entire" class (753 names) and 15 subpages with detailed individual info (at least 50 names each), the directory can be rather cumbersome. In my neverending quest to ease usage, in addition to the obnoxious yellow "NEW" marker () on both the main page and the subpages, I'm now linking new and edited entries directly by name from the "What's New" page. Now when you see a change to the Contacts pages indicated on the "What's New" page, you no longer have to wonder which one. As before, changes will be considered new until they're over a month old when the graphic will be removed.
Please remember that there are several ways you can help build our alumni directory. First, make sure your info is as complete as you care to make it and keep it current. I heartily thank those of you who are doing this; the directory is only as good as the quality of the info it contains. Second, if you are in contact with or can make contact with any classmates for whom we have no or only partial info, please inform them of our web site. If they're online, have them submit their contact info using the registration form. For our non-online classmates, print out the form and have them complete and mail it to my home address as indicated or you could submit their info for them, preferably with their permission. Again, I thank those of you who are spreading the word about our class web site; your efforts are helping.
Additions and updates in Alumni Contacts since last newsletter:
Tell Us About It
Don't forget that we have a message board for disseminating news about and for class members. If you get a promotion, complete a degree, add a new family member, move to a new city, take a new job, suffer an unspeakable tragedy requiring your classmates' moral support, etc., then by all means let us all know about it! If you have similar news about a classmate, please submit that as well. As always, be certain to sign the guestbook to let everyone -- especially the webmaster! -- know you visited the site and what you think of it.
I encourage everyone to start a web page or web site. A page or site will enable you to share more detailed info with your classmates. You can tell us about your family, your career, your hobbies, or whatever else you would like to tell us and the world. If we all had web sites, we could have an ongoing virtual reunion. Just send me your URL, and I'll add it to Classmate Web Sites and Web Pages section of the Links page and your class directory entry as well.
Using the resources in the N.C. Room of the Forsyth County Main Library, I've been gathering additional info on our deceased classmates who were born and/or died in Forsyth County. I've collected my research into memorial pages for each individual; the dead have only the living to speak for them. So far, I've posted pages for Curtis Kinnard Hairston, Robert Roy (Bobby) Henderson, Samuel Eugene (Gene) Matherly, Curtis Dean Powell, Brian Stanley Rash, Patricia Darlene (Darlene) Wall Anderson Jenkins, Calvin Taylor (Skipper, Skip) Westmoreland, Jr., and Dion Kelly Ziglar. I'm working on pages for classmates Timothy Gene (Tim) Detter and Donna Elaine Fink, and teachers Wyvonnie Campbell, Anne Lewis Clark Biggs, and Ben Cody Hunnicutt, Jr. I would greatly appreciate more details on the remaining members of this unfortunate list. If you have more info about our deceased classmates or need to notify us of the death of a classmate or teacher, please submit it using the Absent Friends Form.
Help Support Our Class Web Site
In addition to webmastering our class web site, I'm also paying for the webhosting. While I'm not expecting y'all to start sending me checks, I would appreciate it if you would participate in some affiliate programs I'm signed up with.
For those of you who aren't signed onto Alumni.Net yet, I hope you'll do so now. For those of you who are signed up under East Forsyth, try signing up under your college or even your high school (Carver, Atkins, etc.). Also, try to get your friends and family to sign up as well using the special link. I'll get 50 cents per sign-up, plus I could win a monthly prize for the most sign-ups. You can connect to Alumni.Net using the text or banner link at the bottom of each page in the class site or you can load the following special address directly into your browser:
For those of you who are veterans, military family members, or simply military enthusiasts, please sign up with Military.com from my personal site's homepage or any military related page on my site. I'll get $1 per sign-up.
Until next issue, take care!