High School revisited…
How long’s it been since you walked the halls of your old high school? Time moves faster than we think it does. I graduated Shawnee Mission East in the 1970’s and didn’t fully realize it had been three decades since I’d been in my old haunt.
Thanks to my former girlfriend and friend Sandahl Bergman I got to relive my fun days of teenage drama one more time this past weekend.
Sandhal was in town for a special SME dinner and awards program honoring her as one of the all-time female film stars from this area. She graduated from East. In fact she went straight to Broadway and then Hollywood after senior year. No time for college, which she says would have been nice. She couldn’t pass up the big career, she explained in her speech to students, families and teachers at the special event.
Bergman won the Golden Globe Award in 1983 over stars like Molly Ringwald for her role in Conan with Arnold Schwarzenegger. She went on to a long career in film, stage and TV. Her movies included All That Jazz and Xanadu. Today she’s a director for the arts in LA, but says she’d like to retire and move back to KC.
During the event I had the chance to go up and down the hallways of East.
I traveled through my youthful past at the school. The event was held in the old cafeteria where I first met Sandahl many years ago. She wouldn’t talk to me back then because I was a sophomore and she was a senior. With her local stardom at Starlight, she was already the talk of the school.
During a break in the well done event, I skipped out to look around. Even with all the improvements, the school was pretty much the same with new paint and some new buildings. As I walked past the principal’s office to the front hallway I remembered the car I drove back then, the clothes I wore anf the people I used to hang with.
Kinda choked me up.
It seemed only like 10 years ago that I ran those hallways. I always liked high school and by my senior year I was a popular kid and had it all going my way. Remember how scary it was to graduate and not know what the hell was coming next?
I ended up at Arizona State and you know the rest of the story: King of Sting. Who knew?
I was glad I went back. If you haven’t been back to your high school, it’s something you might enjoy. It was a really a good trip because the head guy listens to Johnny Dare and knew about my book. He offered to put it in the East library. So I gave them two books and in they went. Of course I wanted them to be there, but it’s a process.
But the principle just went around that and said OK. I told him the book’s kinda racy and he laughed and said so are other books we have. My nephew, Jake Glazer, is a sophomore at East and has a 4.3 grade average and is going to the state tennis championship this weekend.
Jake got more A’s in one semester then I did all four years there.
And Jake’s never been in a speck of trouble – a great young man -nothing like I was, thank God.
His little brother Alex will be at East in one year as well. My book was dedicated to both of them.
A trip down memory lane can be a nice experience. Mine was. Who knows when I’ll be back again – maybe never. But Sandahl’s picture will be on the wall there. And maybe one day mine can join her’s there. If I stay out of trouble. Ha!