Updates from Frederick Smith, former Detroiter living in Los Angeles, and author of Down For Whatever (July2005) and Right Side of the Wrong Bed (December 2007).
Friday, October 21, 2005
Missing In Action. Old Friends.
You know how sometimes you sit and wonder where certain people are... people who were significant in your life at one time, or you hung out with but lost touch, or just moved away?
Well, I sat and wondered. Just wanna know where they are/what they're doing now.
From Detroit childhood through high school: 1. Terry, Crystal, and Dondi (A brother and sister trio who moved to Detroit from L.A. for like a year, and then back to L.A. Tons of fun, cried for weeks when they moved away! I think their mom was named Yvonne.) 2. Roberta Grant (a middle school tough girl with a heart of gold) 3. Gretchen O'Neal (a middle school friend who kept me rolling, along with Kim HurtleandLisa Storball) 4. Brian McCallum, Rodney Sizemore, Chantale Bothwell (folks from high school) 5. Laurie Flowers and Dana Flowers (from what I thought were the richest black family I'd ever known... and at my high school. Laurie drove me to our peer counseling job at Catholic Social Services in her then new white Civic hatchback and then to the AKA Teens/Alpha Academy meetings on weekends...) 6. Dr. Mary Wilkes (advisor to the Teen Profile show for aspiring broadcast majors)
From Missouri School of Journalism days: 1. Juston Jones (who I think became a newspaper editor in NYC? originally from Marshall, Mo?) 2. Patrice Kearsey (who I think became an engineer in Kansas City?) 3. Sean Spence (a fellow R.A. and rival in the dorms and student government, lol) 4. Sheila Robinson (from Kansas City or St. Louis, journalism grad student, and sat me down "intervention style" with Russ Lopez to deal with some issues) 5. Mark Sangerman (originally from Chicago suburbs, freshman year suite mate in Mark Twain Hall) 6. O'ouida Young or Ouida Young (her name is pronounced Oh-Weeda, can't remember exact spelling, and she bought me my first adult beverages when I was a freshman, introduced me to blues music while drinking, and St. Louis native) 7. Lynnette Tyndall (from St. Charles, outside St. Louis. Big time drama queen and big time fun. I REALLY want to find her!!!) 8. Kimo James (this Hawaiian guy I met one full-moon weekend at some Missouri lake resort. FUN weekend. Went to some boys school, an orphan, not sure if it's his full name) 9. Rodney Jackson (my upperclass mentor when I was a freshman, who got me involved with campus radio, and introduced me to Kevin Brock) 10. Dean Andersen (my hall director and boss when I was an R.A.)
OK. That's enough for now. Yeah, I could google all these folks. And maybe I will... just trying to get a head start. Will probably have more names on my list next week... :-) fs