Weve been trying to stalk down a guy by the name John McConnell for any remaining recordings of the 1982 MBA Grand National Championship at the East Tennessee State University Memorial Center on November 5-6. The set list of the performance was Sophisticated Ladies; El Gatotriste, Dancing Men, Believe in Yourself, and Conquest. My dad was a trumpet soloist in that one and one called "Ice Castles" ....and still remembers his solos! All these years later, he really wants to give a "Band nerds, if you can do band, you can do everything in life" talk at school and maybe a circular breathing lesson for them too. (Update: A year later he still hasnt yet)
Meanwhile, I'm taking Chem over the summer now and my dad has been fangirling the entire time that my textbook is "Chang Chemistry"-- turns out thats the publisher/ writer that he used too and he loves Chang Chem. He used to tutor the first and second year Chem majors in their own subject and now really wants to teach for a day on Medicinal Chem at the high school (apparently IB covers that) ....he was getting all excited about Heroin and stuff, actually when I told him. He would just use his slides that he used to teach the nurses so it wouldnt be anything major for him but idk.
Anyway, so Ive been paging through the autographs in my dads yearbook and its been pretty fun :) Turns out that when my dad was in school himself he was a chem nerd, a band nerd, an art prodigy, he was the King in Alice and Wonderland and was in drama for whatever other plays, a math wizard, into running and racquetball, he was in math club, student council, track, creative writing (on the same page as cake decorating, lol but I think he was in creative writing) and apparently relatively popular all at the same time!
Here is some of what his friends had to say in the Oil Can (High school) and Squirt Can (Middle School). I thought I would share because some of it is pretty great.
Caca Santa. V for Victory. Coach is a. Get in trouble, dont get caught. --Fritz
"Hey-- Fritz! Sign my yearbook!"
To a really idiotic dork I met about two years ago and lived to regret it! WO BOSSE!
--John (Fritz) Gunter
To a pretty neat kid I'm going to have to remember (unfortunately) Fritz Gunter
Adam, to the artist of the year! I hope you arent eaten by the potato people! Have fun in the sun!
^ So they did Potato People which were these little stick figure potatoes that made lame jokes. Literally almost all of these were referencing these doodles and "BOSSE"
^Mr. John Hammerschmidt, Bio
To Adam, a person Ive learned to like, and regretted every minute. Brian
Adam, a kool kid in Quest (one of the few). Remember Mr. Pratt. The one and only,
Kevin L Wilson
^Quest was Seminar/Gifted of the day
Have fun with the "girls" and do it religiously. Good luck.
-- Ted (Groucho Man) Curran
^ I want to say thats a trumpet reference but maybe he did have a lot of lady friends. Or maybe he just needed all the luck he could get.
Adam, if we go to the library dont forget the licorice. Kurt
Adam, A weird kid that likes to fight with Kurt Kern. Dont forget quest and have fun next year
Adam, to a spaced out kid I know. Ron
Hey dude! We made it! No more Fluh! This summer is going to be awesome with out PTS exploits. Before we get to this summer, lets remember all of the good times. Laughing at Libby during English, throwing the calander in the lights (do you want those pages?) getting through all of Eugene's bad jokes and sig figs, being bored in fluh's class, and torching english books. If next year is as bad as this one I'll die from over exposure to good times
. D. Burn
^apparently they didnt like sigfigs then either.
To a kid that can really draw. Have a good summer, Steve
Ps (from Steve) Watch out for Stare-wads. See you next year so we can have some more laughs. I think I bombed that test 5-26-82
Adam, to a real cool kid I met in gym.and a real good drawer. Tom
^Everyone knows you draw in gym class?!?!
Adam, To a sweet, adorable, funny, intelligent, sexy, good looking guy. (sorry I lie!) Best of luck in all you do (especially with Bert) Good luck with Bert she does like you. I'm glad you're going to be in O-M-B. Maybe I can watch you and Bert on the band bus. Love you always, Corrine.
^Oilers Marching Band
There were lots of german things about getting a train in the afternoon and running but all I can gather is that they were trying to bribe the teacher that they were sick, when really they were skipping class.
"Bezuzo says-- A broken protractor is better than no protractor at all"
Adam, to a really nice guy with a mind like a vector. Hope you enjoyed Gene's class as much as I didnt. Have fun over the summer and I'll see you next year. A friend, George Gregory.
^With lots of vector doodles
To a cool kid who is also a massive trumpet player. We tried to play at prom but that idea was shot to hell. Oh well. "Hesser"
Skipping band to play racquetball
^On a list of things of K-12 that Kurt wanted to give a shout out to. PS. I love it and also I find racquetball amazing as well.
To a real stud in German who is also a lean mean physics machine. Speaking of physics, remember all the times we did our homework in deutsch and Herr almost exploded. Good luck in your future endeavors. James R James
Adam (Aka Wynton)
Its has been a great year. Remember the "fun" in Herr's class, and of course the Toronto trip.... blah blah blah
Take Care Herr, William
^There is more there but this is already pretty long. Referencing Wynton Marsalis.
Chuck, Nubs, Herb, Maynard, Wynton, Stan, Freddie, and Doe, Range. Endurance. Tone. Keep getting better and squeaking higher. Remember the night these two trumpet players stayed up until 3:30 in the morning. Kevin (Miles)
^ referencing Chuck Mangione . – Herb Alpert – Stan Mark – Freddie Hubbard – Doc Severenson..... He told my dad (along with a lot of other stuff and a triple high A on a staff)
More from Kevin: Adam Gold "Super Stud", nachoes with jalapeno peppers and cheese,. pizza hut fixture lights. georgia on my mind in 42 different keys,
I sure as h*ll hope you have a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Easter, Birthday, and all that other good garbage. Later, Wamey
I'd like to thank you for being a good friend over the years since Quest (Wasnt *that* fun?) Dont forget all the laughs we had, in Toronto, at the bus stop, and at each of our respective governors schools. Althouth they were seperate memories, we are the only ones who have ever experiened anything like that. Shawn
Have fun in marching band and stay out of trouble
^ lol. My friends are writing stuff like that too. They are all like "Dont rob a bank, girl, you'll get caught and you know it!"
Remember my decapitating my finger with my brand new knife. Remember my being engaged to a girl from Erie.... Fritz-o
This book belongs to adam gold and not adolf hitler, Coach Pat,....
^says my dad. Wonder who Coach Pat is
To Adam, Alas the 4th stooge! Have a good summer and good luck next year. You'll need it.
Your Friend, Kay
To Adumb Glad, Have a nice summer. Thats the nicest thing I could think of to say to you.
^ "That is Dixie Pritchard, whose Dad owned Pritchard buses (all the school buses)"
Adam To Jr #1, See yo next year if I'm not lucky. Have an awful summer. I hope you go swimming alot so you have a better chance to drown
To a real weird kid I met this year in Quest,
Ha ha ha ha ha ha
Ps. Have a fun summer
Best wishes to a very good algebra student. Ive enjoyed your spiffy jokes... Soon they'll be as neat as mine. Take care. R Shoup
^That guy just had amusing eyebrows. Thats all.
Adam, you where lucky on the broad jump. Spaz
A.G. To the kid with his own phone number. Hit the superzapperadam. Caca is a moit. Youre such a fantastic bowler yeah. We almost didnt pay for that little episode now did we.... Caca just knows hows to keep you inline. It is my proverbial privilege to say. haha. Goodbye and aye aye. Here we go again now. Signed Troy Teeter. Wed 5/26/ AD 1892. S. P. Tnod Tegrof Eht deah ekoj. The end. Also hamsters are in season.
To a real sweet guy I met a long time ago. You shouldnt tease me about being so short. I am taller than a few people. Someday I will be taller than you (like when I am standing on a ladder with a bucket of purple paint). And then you will be sorry and purple. You should of been in marching band last year. I was great nobody thought Kurt had it in him. Remember all the times we cut Kurt down?
(Conan). Good luck in everything you do and in the future. Maybe we will be in more of the same classes next year. (Oh I hope not! Just kidding) C-ya over the summer in marching band practice. C-ya. Roberta.
P.S. I am not a druggie besides druggies would know a real druggie
^They must have been dating because Jeff Wren said "Good, Good luck with Roberta. (Hope you find more corners)"
and this one kid, Shawn, literally wrote a book as if he and my dad were close, but my dad hasnt ever mentioned him. okay then.
Adam, good luck over the summer and stay away from the stareman. Bet you cant wait to you get to see the herr again next year in German II-- Matt Diver
...Thanks for the laughs. By this time you are probably falling asleep so I;ll have to leave out my essay on abortion. Edward Monahon
May Mark Clark die. Todd Wilson. PS. See a favorite barnyard animal on the last page.
^referencing a cow picture. other images include astronauts, burning skeakespeare, cross-eyed teachers, trumpets, and someone kicking a bucket.
Adam (Maynard) Hey! Like its been real! at least I hope so! Seriously you are one h*ll of a trumpet player. I dont know how you got that good but you sure deserve everything you get. Hope you succeed with highest honors and good fortune. Stay cool and next year you can have your very own stall (cage) for your very own. Ok? Love and luck to you, Chrissy Marshall
Adam, youre my favorite little brother although you dont have much competiotion. Never forget all the OMB trips especially McCiff me and the time you sang to me the entire way home and Mr. McConnell and the donuts. Also my mothers good and plenties and watching MTV and "Thats almost gay" and playing Yahtzee at your house and you know who and the times you hung up on me and everything else. Carry on the Gold Family Tradition and be cruel to Mr.McConnell see you this summer. Janet
^Tradition is "Probably playing music (trumpet, clarinet, piano) on Saturdays"
Maydam, Did I spell that right? Thanks for all the help youve give me in my quest for musical excellence. Dont forget the good, no, awesome jam sessions we had... well its been real gay, Dan Hearby
Thanks for letting me copy your lab reports when I didnt get them done (which was most of the time) Troy
^My dad did Troys graduating project too, the night before the last day of school. They made up the data and the kid got an A and my dad worked really hard and did all the research and citations and they did this kids project together in an evening. Oh, Troy.
There's no way we can forget homeroom with Gave swearing in spanish at Janet-o. Tim Haag
If you ever put any chairs out the windows I will get pictures of it..... Now, over the summer you can paint my fingernails but not my fingers. Marissa
To a massive musician/brother you make water fights worth the pulled groin muscles. Always remember the fun times (Where there any?) and Mr. Fluh. Somewhere there is a bag of jelly bellies with your name on it. You will come up and jam with me over the summer.... Love, Jennifer
Always remember rubbing elbows and Districts. I'll see you this summer during marching band. Have a great summer and behave, marla
Adam. To the nice kid Ive known for years
^That name rings a bell