September 2009
by Peggy Randall-Martin
Class Of 1963

The end of August is a little more than a week away and it’s as though I blinked my eyes and the past three months were pages out of someone’s book that I didn’t get to read.

Autumn begins with September Equinox and I am told that will happen September 22, 2009 at 4:18 pm CT; the end of summer and the first day of fall. Mother Nature is centuries old and still remembers important dates and times! She never forgets to make the longest day of the year coincide with the first day of summer and of course she makes sure that Winter Equinox sports the shortest day of the year. This year the first day of summer dawned May 21st with sunrise at 6:15am (CT) and sunset at 8:48pm (CT); reportedly the Autumn Equinox sunrise will be 7:18am (CT) and the sun will set at 7:28pm (CT). Think about it! We all know that Mother Nature is a fictitious lady. If she were real, her memory wouldn’t be that good, no one would be able to chart when the sun would rise or set and the seasons would change every 28 days!

We are bringing in the new season with a humorous, nostalgic feature story written by Bob Peercy, CHS 1948. Bob’s “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” will lead us down a timeless memory lane. It’s a story from his high school days that is guaranteed to make you smile and wish you could make your school days retroactive so you could’ve been there to experience this simpler and more innocent time and place! LOOK FOR BOB’S FEATURE STORY ON OUR HOME PAGE SEPTEMBER 1, 2009!

Cushing’s Festival In The Park is scheduled for Saturday, October 10, 2009, 8:00am – 5:00pm and is held at Cushing Memorial Park. It is a time to celebrate the arts with food and entertainment with old friends and new acquaintances. The Class of 1963 is planning a mini-reunion that day again this year; our mini last year during the festival was so much fun that we decided to do it again! This gives us a chance to see and visit with classmates who cannot always attend in May and vice versa – oh, well you know what I mean!

Our website is gearing up for a brand new year. The first year anniversary is past and I hope the coming year will be even better. To get full advantage of the website, visit our Site Directory: Two new pages sporting Oiler highlights from September 1950 – May 1951 are now complete. The stories are written by students about real CHS experiences and share the timbre of the time. Be sure and check out this exciting new page from time to time, Cushing Entertainment: If you want to see something on our site and it’s not there, please contact me: [email protected] .

We are still recruiting Classmate Stories from ALL CHS Alumni. I am happy to report that our site enjoys alumni membership from 1946-1975 CHS graduating years. For current/past feature stories, stories not featured and the upcoming schedule, visit: . Measuring the ‘hits’ on our site the number has passed the 10,000 mark and sits now at 10,354. Please forward our site links to anyone you think would be interested: – KEEP THE STORIES AND PHOTOS COMING to: [email protected] !

For those of you who don’t know, John Bryant-CHS 1959 was inducted into the CHS Hall of Fame this past May. Congratulations, John!

A new edition of the Oiler will be published September 2009! AND each May, a souvenir Oiler is published with special stories, activities and features. In addition, the souvenir edition includes several pages dedicated to class rosters (grad year, names and addresses) and classmates who are deceased. If a member of your graduating class has passed away recently, please notify the association by sending person’s name, graduating year; maiden name if applicable and date/year deceased, if known. If you are a paying member of the Association and need to update your contact information, please contact them with the changes. Help the Alumni Association keep the information up to date: [email protected]  and [email protected]


“If you are not on our mailing list for the newsletters, the cost is $5 annually or you can become a lifetime member for only $100, a one time donation.  Send your name (include maiden name) what class you graduated from, your address and your donation to:

Cushing Alumni Association
P.O. Box 642
Cushing, Ok.  74023

If you have information that needs to be in the fall newsletter, please email your information to: [email protected]  and [email protected]

If you have ideas and would like to be included in the planning for our next big bash, please email the association at: [email protected] OR contact Sean Kelly (KUSH) at 918-225-0922.”

“September Morn”

Stay for just a while
Stay, and let me look at you
Its been so long, I hardly knew you
Standing in the door
Stay with me a while
I only want to talk to you
We’ve traveled halfway round the world
To find ourselves again.

~ Written by: Neil Diamond and Gilbert Becaud ~

It’s never too late to go home again; no tickets are needed, the price is free and the journey is just a virtual click away! My wish for each of you is that the music in your life is as beautiful as the colors of autumn and as clear and bright as a fall day.

“Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees.” – David Letterman



Peggy Randall-Martin
Official CHS 1963
Website Administrator