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THE HIGH LIFE
^eptemberj 24j 1976
Tell Life Story
by Snsan McGlameiy
Have you ever wondered what
some of your teachers do in their
spare time? HIGH LIFE asked
this question and others to the
sew teachers at Grimsley, and
here’s what some of them had to
Durante Griffin’s main inter
ests lie in the area of sports,
especially swimming and basket
ball. To teach someone to swim
and “see them take those first
couple of strokes” is a great
feeling for him. In fact, one of the
reasons he became a teacher was
because “1 have always enjoyed
helping others learn.”
A Scorpio, Mr. Griffin thinks
that the best thing that ever
happened to him was getting
married. “I have been happily
married for a year and a half,” he
comments. “My wife, Kathy, is a
great cook and likes to attend
sporting events as much as 1 do.
She is a great Whirlie fan and had
me following the Whirlies even
before I began to work here.”
Henry Vansant is another
sports fan and his favorite is
football, although he enjoys all
competitive activities. His two
sons. Chuck (a Page High School
student) and John (who is eleven)
are AAU swimmers.
Walking around the block with
his wife Bonny and watching
television are his major interests.
He likes all types of food — “I
don’t reject anything put on the
table” - and all types of music,
but his favorite singers are Frank
Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and
“1 have enjoyed the warm
atmosphere created by the
students and faculty at Grims
ley,” he revealed. Born under the
sign of Gemini (June 6), he feeds
the birds and squirrels and
secretly likes cats.
A U.S. Marine at 17, Col. Paul
Jansen’s interests lie in teaching
ROTC and establishing a home in
Greensboro. Golf, auto mechan
ics, landscaping and gardening,
and flying airplanes are his main
He decided to accept the ROTC
position at Grimsley due to “my
faith in young people and a desire
to continue my association with
the Marine Corps.” Previously he
flew a Marine jet (from 1950 to
1975) and before that, had
extensive combat duty in World
War II and at Korea.
Married 25 years, he has also
traveled to all 50 states and to the
Western Pacific, especially from
Staff to Work Hard
By David Bulla
There seems to be one
important time of the year at
Grimsley. That is, when the days
wane and the minds are on
summer vacation. At the same
time, however, there is an
excitement created by the
perennial waiting and languish
ing of the school memory book,
Whirligig, it is a misconception
among the lower classmen that
this book is produced overnight.
Actually, it is the industry,
diligence, and composition of a
group of people who call
themselves the Whirligig Staff.
They are a mixed group of
individuals. It is their duty to
publish the amalgamation of
events, typical and unique, that
make up the year of education.
The staff has many objectives
they must meet; they must
attempt to meet a deadline in
each section, so that they may get
the bounded book to you, the
This writer has visitedi this
group of people in Room 861 and
found that they work as the paper
staff does, complacently, yet
always seeming to do things
correct and prompt. Their leader,
editor, is Ruth Rubin. She and
Miss Metzger, the advisor, must
devote their time toward
motivating and organizing the
operation. There are many
devoted workers which I would
like to name here but cannot;
however, I shall name five
important people. They are
Claudia Shankle, layouts; Amy
Stapleton, copy editor; and
photographers Pete Neefus, Tisch
Webb, and Scott Imbus.
The Whirligig is a book full of
memory and events of the past
year. There are sections devoted
to clubs, athletics, and teachers.
This year’s senior section will be
in color. The photos of most
seniors were taken back in
August in Fisher Park. Past
Whirligigs have been successful
because they allow the populace
of the school to become an
individual who may view the
school as a whole.
Whtriigtg staff produces volume through hard wot^
Japan to Austrailia and from
Hawaii to China and India.
M/Sgt. Freddie Habe is also
well traveled. His journeys
include Panama, Korea, Canada,
Japan, Okinawa, the Philippines,
South Vietnam, Europe, and
throughout the United States.
The best thing that happened to
him was “when I entered the
Camping, music (western), and
softball are his pastimes. He has
been married for ten years to
Catherine Gavrobone and they
have five children whose ages
range from ten to fourteen. A
Capricorn, his favorite food is
lasagna “or a good beef stew.”
Herber Whitley likes salt-water
fishing, athletics, coaching,
restoring old homes and
furnishings, changing diapers,
and antiques. His favorite thing
though is “coaching young men
Seafood, jazz (Bob James), and
the Captain and Tennile appeal to
him. Although he’s traveled
through most of the U.S., Canada
and Mexico, he spends the
majority of his time traveling
“mostly back and forth from
He and his wife Suzanne live
with their seven-month-old girl,
Lisa, and Missy, their Scottie.
Mr. and Mrs. Whitley are both
Grimsley graduates. Currently
enrolled in the UNC-G master’s
program, he has coached at
Guilford College, 71st, and
“Working with young people -
mainly in sports,” is Ronnie
Cox’s main interest. Furniture
making and wood-working are
favorite pastimes of his, and he is
also fond of Mexican dishes.
His taste in music is diverse;
contemporary, classical, blue-
grass pop, country and western,
and rock are all among his
favorites. Born under the sign of
Cancer, he’s been to Indo-China,
Africa, Spain, France, and
through much of the United
The Whirligig will go on sale
October first. In the years past,
the book has sold cheaper in the
fall than in the spring - usually by
two or three dollars. So your
chance to get Grimsley’s book of
memorabilia is soon. Please have
your bucks ready.
How You Speak
by David Bulla
1 am walking up Campus drive.
Now I turn and walk past the two
Gyms. Then 1 walk toward the old
science building - which should
be called the “astronomy
building,” for astronomy is the
old science. There they are; in
many corners do they converse,
that is what they call it. They are
the only species on the planet
earth that have ascended to the
point of speech. Speech, a potent
weapon, is the carrier of thoughts
of one man to the next. If they all
had the capacity of an orator, they
they could all be able to discuss
problems -intelligently. They
could come together from the vast
parts of their earth and talk about
life and of human kind. There is a
problem, though; it is twofold.
Half of it is imprudence, the other
half is the mass numbers of these
beings. Here I shall out there
I guess if you want to start in
the English language there is no
better spot than with the verb “to
be”. It expresses the single
existence of man in a simple,
precise manner. If you wish to fell
someone you exist, then you say,
“I am.” If you wish to ask
somebody whether they exist or
not, you ask, “you are who?” If
you want to tell someone of
somebody else^^^o is present on
the earth, you tell him, “he is
he”. You can tell if you are many
people who exist by saying, “we
are we.” And you can tell about
many many people who survive.
“They are they.” It is that way. It
will always be that way, as long
the English speaking exict.
Yet, how do you say it? “I be
John.” If you hear one say that
why do not you correct them.
They need the help. And you
know that many on this campus
speak incesstantly without know
ing or applying the conjugation of
the verb to be.
1 hear the use of two words that
does not offend me so much as it
makes me a genius. The two
words are “you know.” I know
most everything by now, 1 am in
trouble if am going to be a
sportscaster, for they know all.
NO one knows that much anyway.
We are all charlatans in our on
If I am to believe the students
of this high school, then I better
not say that summer is “uncool;”
rather, that summer is a cool
time, even though it is really not
so cool. Just as I say that I better
not call a bad basketball player
“bad” because he will think
opposite to what I mean. So if you
want to be good just start acting
bad and you are on your way to
a life of being “bad.”
Finally, there is only one word
that enters into the vocabulary of
all of us. Note it! You have said it.
We all say it. It has more
meanings than any word in the
English language. It means I am
not; you are not; he is not; etc...It
will be soon the most used word
in English, for no one is
conservative enough anymore to
answer positively. Your word and
mine is “ain’t,”
The language that you and I
speak has no name. I have
thought of some good names,
namely, Americanish, Common-
ish. Garbage, etc...I am sure you
have your favorite name. If the
communication between man is
important, then I feel there will
be a missing link, a gap, and
students at this high school will
be members of that gap.
Loo-hoo—Have a nice weekend
- Krocker. How’s D.D.D.?
M.P. " Have you grasped
King B.P.P. - Get the Pepto!
A. S. — Lasagna & au gratin
potatoes make good seefood! L.B.
Scott, been working with any
potassium lately, E.S.
B. S.E., G.W., M.S. and M.A.,
Seen any devil women at the
stoplights lately, one of the
L.S. ” “We sell shoes and
sugar too! I’ll pass on the ...”
L.B., A.S., M.P.W. - “My 1st
Welcome fellow yankees! --
A final tarewell totheB.C. May
all be well for you. G.H.S. shall
never been the same.
From the sky falls.
Wynn, J.D. will come to her
S.I. #1, D.M. #2, and C.B. #3,
B.I. and M.A. — What teams?
To Joyce: Meet you in the
hamock, love Keith.
Dear Bernie: I want some putie
chip from you. -- D.B.
Becky: Slip me the tangerine
W.B. — How’s Teresa?
To J.B. - Meet you at Lake
K. - Take it easy, J.C.
Tode: with three capital D’s,
Cod, with none.
Zelda Nesbit: “Say what,”
who’s the lucky poser now! -Your
Continued on Page 8
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