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09/17/22 01:08 PM #1085    


Marilyn Wolfe (Ruben)

Chuckie Krumbein's Mom & my Mom were good friends who worked together on Community Projects in the 1950's!  She is a lively lady with a big smile & friendly manner.  I lost my Mom at age 96 in 2008, but Mrs. Amy Krumbein is still smiling and moving along!  She is an incredible, energetic lady!  I hope her Birthday in 2023 & all her other days in 2022 are as amazing as she is!

09/28/22 12:38 AM #1086    


Marilyn Wolfe (Ruben)

Bad news on tv about the West Coast of Florida on the course for the Hurricane! 

I hope our TJ classmates who live there are ok & they have evacuated the area!



10/01/22 10:49 AM #1087    


Russell Flammia

Just a concern about our classmates living in Fla. & in the hurricane Ian damage area. I hope everyone is ok and that your homes were not damaged. Let us know how you are doing.--Russell

10/01/22 07:10 PM #1088    


Lila Bass (Hicks)

Praying for all 🙏🙏🙏🙏

11/25/22 09:40 AM #1089    


Charles Krumbein

Hi the announcement from the Richmond City public schools is they will change the name of Thomas Jefferson High School because he was a slave owner.  SO I think that means we should not teach the Decleration of Independance in Public schools!!!!!!!!

11/25/22 05:09 PM #1090    

Jay "L. J. " Henley

I agree thing, they will want to burn Monticello.

11/25/22 08:21 PM #1091    


Russell Flammia

Hi folks, after Charlie and I checked the article there was no mention of a name change for TJ. The school board did vote to rename Ginter Park, John B. Cary, and Binford. The cost to make the name changes accordiing to the superientendent will be $25,000 to $40,000 per school. 

11/25/22 09:04 PM #1092    


Sally Kincannon (von Rumohr)

Shouldn't we strive to "learn" from our history?  We cannot  "change" our history.

11/26/22 03:56 AM #1093    


Marilyn Wolfe (Ruben)

Wow!  I have been out-of-touch with the News from Tee Jay and Richmond. I sure hope they don't change the name of our school!  It seems like there is some kind of movement to erase history in the U.S.A.!  I'm sure you have heard all about the crazy politics in the Deep South & Southwest in the News!  I keep searching for a little sanity in this State & Country, but it is often elusive!  I wish we could turn back the clock to the time when things were more objective! . . . I hope everybody had a nice Thanksgiving!


11/26/22 10:58 AM #1094    


Harry Binswanger (Tj '61)

I think the motivation behind the anti-Jeffersonians is very bad. They are against Jefferson because he moved the world AWAY from slavery.

A person's historical significance lies not in the ideas and practices that were common in his time but rather in what was distinctive about him, what he introduced that was new and different .Slave ownership was, unfortunately, common in the 18th century. In fact, the acceptance of slavery is the default condition of mankind: it takes the development of civilization and of certain political-ethical ideas in order to grasp the dignity of, then the inalienable rights of, other human beings.

Jefferson's distinctive role was to advance this movement toward freedom. His historical meaning was not that he, llike so many others, owned slaves but the he championed and gave inspiring expression to John Locke's revolutionary conception: the inalienable rights of the individual.

He gave voice to this radical new vision of universal freedom. That's the actual reason he is loathed by those who seek state control over everything.

As to Jefferson's own views on the enslavement of blacks, here is what he wrote in his first draft of the Declaration, as one of the charges against George III [emphasis and punctuation taken from the original]:

"he has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating it's most sacred rights of life & liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. this piratical warfare, the opprobrium of infidel powers, is the warfare of the Christian king of Great Britain. determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought & sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce and that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very ppeople to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, by murdering the people upon whom he also obtruded them; thus payng off former crimes committed against the liberties of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the lives of another"

From: The Declaration of Independence by Carl L. Becker.

We should be fiercely proud of being graduates of a high school named in honor of this great champion of liberty.

11/27/22 10:42 AM #1095    

Richard Laster

well said

11/27/22 10:13 PM #1096    

Barry Steinberg

AMEN! In my time at the University of Virginia, I was fortunate enough to meet members of th Coles family. Rob Coles, the 4th/5th/6th great grandson looked just like Thomas Jefferson. Mr. Jefferson was a genius who actually believed in the equality of humans. 
The people who helped to fashion this great experiment in the beginning are owed the deepest gratitude that I can imagine because I didn't have to long for freedom! Many people died so that we could be free which is worth remembering!
I'm very proud to have attended Thomas Jefferson High School and I remember my years there fondly!

11/28/22 12:34 PM #1097    


John Boatright

psthanks to all who have'er right about this tower of a man. the ongoing pressure form variuos factions to erace our belief system, and with it respect for the brilent people who gave everything to give us this wonferful experiment that is america, want rip away evety tuchstone that gives meaning to us. it is simply their desire to wipe away the established belife system and replacit with their manufactured story. we cannot let this happen....for all the resasons so welll wriiten by others. it is for us to strenthen the backbone of resistance to this effort. let us use this "renaming" attempt as. a call to intelectual arms agaist erasing of histoty! excuse the one hand tyring.




11/28/22 03:08 PM #1098    


Carlin Hudgins (Hanzas)

As hard as they try, they can't remake history!! Our generation has to speak up before that happens!!

Carlin Hudgins Hanzas 

11/28/22 04:22 PM #1099    


Marilyn Wolfe (Ruben)

This isn't the first time they have tried ro do this!  Just look at the growing list of books that have been banned from school libraries, including  "The Diary of Anne Frank!"  The National Council of Teachers of English told me  years ago: "We don't teach 'The Classics' anymore!  We start with Literature AFTER World War 2!"  Instead of the story of an innocent 12-year-old girl hiding during the Holocaust, they substituted the brutal metaphor in my required college text:  William Goldings "Lord of the Flies" for 12-year-old boys!... Also, the last time I went to the grocery store, they had removed the face of the Black chef from the box of Cream of Wheat, and a few years ago, the updated version of Aunt Jemima, with pearl earrings and a lace collar, disappeared from her Waffle & Pancake Mix.  The freed slaves who sold their recipes to the B & G Company & Quaker Oats did so with the understanding that their descendants would receive commissions from each box sold.  Now that no longer applies, and their identities are unknown to the new generation of kids!... I don't understand the United States anymore.  They also claim that this expression never existed: "Extremism of any form is a vice."  I believe that has occurred because they actually have swung too far right for any of us to tolerate it anymore!


11/29/22 11:01 AM #1100    


Ed Wooldridge

As a graduate of Tee Jay and UVA, I am very concerned about attempts to erase Thomas Jefferson (and others) from our history.  At UVA, both the student council and student newspaper are now, unbelievably, advocating for the removal of all references to Jefferson--our founder--name and/or likeness from University Grounds.  Recently, I joined The Jefferson Council, a group organized earlier this year to preserve Mr. Jefferson's legacy and fight back against the cancellation of our history.  It's open to all.  The Council has a great website full of good information about Thomas Jefferson, in case you're interested.  We all must remain vigilant against efforts to erase our history.  It's already happening in Richmond; and Thomas Jefferson High School could be a target in the future.

11/30/22 05:20 PM #1101    


Carlin Hudgins (Hanzas)

Such a lovely poem, Bobby!!  That's exactly what I remember growing up in Richmond those many years ago!!

11/30/22 10:03 PM #1102    


Linda Fiske (Wehrle)

Bobby wonderful poem . Really enjoyed reading it and the memories it brought back🐧🤗 And I am very proud to have graduated fromThomas Jefferson High and Mr Jefferson's University. 

12/01/22 02:49 AM #1103    


Marilyn Wolfe (Ruben)

Bobby Bayliss, I never knew you were a Poet!

Your poem is adorable!

And I also have great memories of my childhood in Richmond!

12/01/22 09:46 AM #1104    


Anne Ferrell Smith (Lanier)

Oh Bobby!  The poem is wonderful!  it just warms my heart!  You have such a gift - thanks for sharing it with us like this!   Anne Ferrell 

12/01/22 02:12 PM #1105    


Carolyn (Kay) Grinnan (Drinard)

Bobby, what a wonderful adaptation!
Brought back such great memories!
Didn't realize you are such a poet! 
Thank you for sharing this! 
Dan and Kay Grinnan












12/01/22 06:19 PM #1106    


Mike Floyd

Bobby, thanks for permitting me to post your poetic work.  As I told you when I first read it, it is truly special as you are special.  Thanks for sharing your thoughts and for your friendship over the last 60+ years.

12/08/22 05:14 PM #1107    

Judy Marmion (Gw '62) (Jones)

Thanks, Mike, for posting Bobby's poetic work. It is terrific and very well said. 

12/14/22 07:11 PM #1108    


Carlin Hudgins (Hanzas)


Even here in Georgia, our Newspaper carried the sad photo of the A.P. Hill monument being taken down. He was buried on the bottom of the statue. His body will be moved to a cemetery in Culpepper where he was from. The City of Richmond paid $1,000 to the Culpepper cemetery. The current family members were not happy! I can't believe what has been done to our beautiful Momument Avenue. What a terrible shame!!

Carlin Hudgins Hanzas

12/21/22 02:40 AM #1109    


Marilyn Wolfe (Ruben)

Sorry this is so late!  I hope all my Jewish Friends from "The Good Old Days"  at Tee Jay are having a Happy Chanukah!  Last night was the Fifth Night!  

Christmas will arrive soon!  So the rest of my Wishes go for a Pleasant Holiday for everybody else!





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