Russ Gibb at Random

Report Card Time

March 18, 2004

Dr. John Artis, superintendent of the Dearborn Public Schools, will in the near future be receiving his report card from the Dearborn Board of Education. I don't know what grade he's going to get but his contract will probably be extended for at least one more year. However, the Board of Education is taking some influential citizen flack for not demanding that Dr. Artis move to Dearborn when he signed his original contract. Dr. Artis currently resides in Grosse Pointe.


A Conservative Democrat??

March 25, 2004

Oxymoron? -Well not when it comes to Dearborn School Board member Sharon Dulmage. Sharon, a Democrat, is running for term-limited Republican State Representative Gary Woronchak's seat.

Yet while talking to many voters, both Democrat and Republican, they seem to like the idea that Sharon is very knowledgeable on school affairs as well as the concerns of senior citizens. She presently is a nurse administrator at a large senior citizen housing facility.

Watching Sharon in action with the Dearborn School Board she "calls 'em as she sees 'em" so don't be surprised if you see a lot of voters from both the Republican and the Democratic parties voting for Sharon Dulmage as our new State Representative.

at random

This was my life

March 29, 2004

This was MY life!!! V


All the girls had ugly gym uniforms?

It took five minutes for the TV warm up?

Nearly everyone's Mom was at home when the kids got home from school?

Nobody owned a purebred dog?

When a quarter was a decent allowance?

You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny?

Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?

All your male teachers wore neckties and female teachers had
their hair done every day and wore high heels?

You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped,
without asking, all for free, every time?
And you didn't pay for air? And, you got trading stamps to boot?

Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box?

It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner
at a real restaurant with your parents?

They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed. . and they did?

When a 57 Chevy was everyone's dream cruise,
peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady?

No one ever asked where the car keys were
because they were always in the car,
in the ignition, and the doors were never locked?

Lying on your back in the grass with your friends
and saying things like, "That cloud looks like a .."

and playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game?

Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals
because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger?

And with all our progress, don't you just wish, just once,
you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace,
and share it with the children of today?

When being sent to the principal's office was nothing
compared to the fate that awaited the student at home?
Basically we were in fear for our lives,
but it wasn't because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc.

Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat!
But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.

Send this on to someone who can still remember
Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Laurel and Hardy,
Howdy Dowdy and the Peanut Gallery,
the Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows,
Nellie Bell, Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk.

As well as summers filled with bike rides, baseball games,
Hula Hoops, bowling and visits to the pool,
and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.
Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, "Yeah, I remember that"?

I am sharing this with you today
because it ended with a double dog dare to pass it on.
To remember what a double dog dare is, read on.
And remember that the perfect age is somewhere between
old enough to know better and too young to care.

How many of these do you remember?

Candy cigarettes
Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside
Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles
Coffee shops with tableside jukeboxes
Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum
Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
Newsreels before the movie
P.F. Fliers

Telephone numbers with a word prefix....(Raymond 4-601).
Party lines

Howdy Dowdy
45 RPM records
Green Stamps

Metal ice cubes trays with levers
Mimeograph paper
Beanie and Cecil
Roller-skate keys
Cork pop guns
Drive ins

Washtub wringers
The Fuller Brush Man
Reel-To-Reel tape recorders
Erector Sets
The Fort Apache Play Set
Lincoln Logs
15 cent McDonald hamburgers

5 cent packs of baseball cards -
with that awful pink slab of bubble gum

Penny candy

35 cent a gallon gasoline
Jiffy Pop popcorn

Do you remember a time when...

Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-moe"?
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "Do Over!"?
"Race issue" meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
Catching the fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening?
It wasn't odd to have two or three "Best Friends"?

The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was "cooties"?
Having a weapon in school meant being caught with a slingshot?
A foot of snow was a dream come true?

Saturday morning cartoons weren't 30-minute commercials for action figures?
"Oly-oly-oxen-free" made perfect sense?
Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles?

The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team?
War was a card game?
Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?
Taking drugs meant orange-flavored chewable aspirin?
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?

If you can remember most or all of these, then you have lived!!!!!!!

Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from
their "grown-up" life . . .I double-dog-dare-ya!


God Help Us!

March 30, 2004

Since the Pledge of Allegiance and The Lord's Prayerare not allowed in most public schools anymore because the word "God" is mentioned a kid in Arizona wrote the attached NEW School prayer. I liked it.

Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.

If Scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.

Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That's no offense; it's a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all.
In silence alone we must meditate,
God's name is prohibited by the state.

We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.
They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King.
It's "inappropriate" to teach right from wrong,
We're taught that such "judgments" do not belong.

We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.

It's scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school's a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; My soul please take!


Folk Wisdom

March 30, 2004

Mark Twain, the great American humorist and author once said "Whenever you hear that someone has God on their side, be they Muslim, Christian or Jew, go hide under your bed"


Bored of Education?

April 4, 2004

Not if you've watched the circus called the Dearborn's school board meeting last Monday. Fun and Games!
What's going on? Some people are beginning to wonder how long Dr. John Artis will stay in office as superintendent of schools.


A Reader Writes

April 4, 2004

Is it true that after the latest Dearborn Board of Education meeting that they have decided to change Board of Education day to April 1st?


A Mother Writes

April 7, 2004


I happened upon your website while attempting to find background information of the School Board and Dearborn's annexation of the Fairlane School District.

I have to say I am very frustrated with my son's educational experience to date. I have been long-time Dearborn resident, who graduated from a local high school. Times have changed since I was a student to say the least.

It gulls me to know that they took away the creative arts theme from our school last year due to "budget cuts," but see fit to continue paying for a Montessori program. I can't believe I have to pay my hard earned tax dollars to support what should essentially be a private education. This school is reportedly open to the public, but if you did not pay for preschool at the program your child's chances of attending elementary school there are slim to none. The school board should eliminate this program immediately. As I see it, it is no different then a theme school.

I am also irritated by the fact the school board initiated a community boundary commission, but failed to take the committees' recommendation. Instead, they allowed private citizens (who happened to be on the committee, but acted on their own) to submit a proposal at the last minute.

This proposal (proposal D) stated that my son would not be allowed to attend his neighborhood school, but would be bused out of the area to attend another school. It then allowed for a school from the far east side to be bused to our neighborhood school.

It appears that the plan favored another school over our school. It would seem logical to me to allow the neighborhood children attend their neighborhood school and then allow another school to be bused in, provided there was adequate space.

As you are probably aware the proposal was passed with an amendment. The parents at my son's school are very pleased with the results, but have come to learn that others are attempting to overturn the vote. A contingency of parents have met privately with two school board members (Mary Lane and Amy Blackburn) in Ms. Lane's home and are attempting to meet with other school board members.

Thank you for allowing me to vent my frustration regarding these matters. I'm curious to know if anyone else is on the same page as me.

Thank you.

at random


April 13, 2004

Dearborn's own Jackie Kaiser passed away Sunday. more to follow..

at random


April 13, 2004

Jackie Kaiser passed away, peacefully, on Easter Sunday about noon. Herhusband, daughter and son-in-law were with her.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. at Howe-Peterson Funeral Homeon Michigan Avenue, just west of Military. There will be a brief prayerservice at 7:30 p.m.
The funeral mass will be held Thursday noon at Sacred Heart Church,Michigan Avenue at Military, followed by burial at Mount Kelley Cemetery inDearborn (Cherry Hill just west of Outer Drive).

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