|I Remember .......
Editors note the following are excerpts from letters from former
editors of the Comet. The present staff is very grateful to these busy men and women who
responded to their request for recollections of their days at Grove High School and for
1928-1929: Ernestine Turner
"But this is the twentieth century," we said in 1929. 'We are living in modern
times.' So we proceeded to be modern. We wore short skirts, short hair, and rode around in
cars with boys. A few people made dire predictions about our wild generation. Yet most of
us were not wild and are respectable citizens.
"In 1969 my daughter will gradaute from high school. 'Times are different now,' her
generation says, and certainly this is true. However the class of '69 and that of '29 look
much the same. The girls are wearing short skirts, short hair and riding around in cars
with boys. I hear ths same mutterings about the outcome of this way-out generation. The
main similarity seems to me to be that the majority of each graduating class are fine
people and good citizens."
1930-1931: Maurice Martin
"My wife (the former Helen Stovall, another Grove High alumnus) and I send greetings
to all Grove High Alumni, and are sorry to note the passing of the Comet.
"My chief memories as editor of the Comet revolve around the financial difficulties
we had. In 1932 money for advertising was scarce, but with the cooperation of friendly
merchants and sponsors, we managed to get every issue published on schedule." i
1935-1936 Mary Evelyn Farrar
Impressions of Grove, 1931-1935
"Accepting the prestige of being Comet editor without really doing much work. . .(I
remember Tom Flake and artist Roy Reynolds doing much of the work. Since we had no typing
classes, the stencils were typed and run off by office help.)
"Ideals and ambitions.. .being satisfied with little.. .Enjoying life without having
to understand it."
"I recall very vividly that Mr. Woodrow Dill, our faculty advisor did a great job
pertaining to the coordination of activities regarding the Comet. Mr. Dill was well liked
by all of us, and 1 cannot recall any 'trying times' pertaining to publication of the
1941-1942 - Gene Martin Lasater
On looking back over some of the o!d issues of the Comet and comparing them with the
publications from the schools that my children attend, it is obvious that the Comet was a
fine high school paper and worthy of comparison with the publication from schools many
times the size of Grove."
1942-1943 -Cleo Wilder
"Your letter prompted me to go to my Comet file (I still have every issue of my four
years) and stimulate my feelings of nostalgia. We managed to make it a rather enjoyable
time in spite of "the war'. The things which I personally appreciate most from those
years are the good relationships I had with Grove teachers and with my fellow
1945-1946 - Rozanne Clark
"This year was the first after the conclusion of World War 11. We still felt the
effects of the paper and other shortages and of the rationing of gas, sugar and other
commodities. However, the war was over'and we were without the fears and apprehensions
that we once had felt."
1948-1949; "Bo" Brice
"To attempt to condense into one paragraph my recollections, impressions and
meaningful experiences while at Grove High School would result in the longest single
paragraph ever written. Suffice
it say that I can think of no more (some text missing here)during this time that I
was able to establish the direction that my life has taken. The standards of excellence
and superiority which have long been traditional at Grove, are, I think, unique in public
education. The friends I made among the student body and the faculty had a most profound
influence on me. One can never attempt to repay the full measure of what can be obtained
in a situation like this. I am thankful that I was a part of this."
1949-1950: Margaret Anne McGehee
"The thing I remember most about the time when I was editor of the Comet was a
memorial issue we printed celebrating the anniversary of the first football team ever
fielded at Grove."
1950-1951 - Martha Sue Fitzsimmons
"As Comet editor, I remember a constant debate with my news editor (John Wilford, now
a Space Editor for the New York Times) over the question of just what was news. Wilford's
attitude of professional journalism - even at sixteen - insisted on news, facts, straight
reporting, while some of us were convinced that nothing, but nothing, could be hotter news
than reporting which steady couple had broken up, or who had a date with whom over the
1952-1953 -Joan Evans
"There's something about serving on a high school paper that gets in your blood. I
went on to college at Lambuth and served as editor of the Visia there in 1955-1956."
1957-1958 -Ann Franklin
Even though this is the last edition, the Grove Comet will always remain a happy memory in
the hearts. of Grove alumni, thanks not only to each of the hard working staff members,
but also to Miss Aline Lowry, who endured many headaches, yet worked patiently and
untiringly to inspire the staff to keep the 'paper rolling'."
1958-1959 - Dian Meese
"A little over ten years ago, while a student at Grove High, I was approached during
the study hall period by a member of the Comet staff and was asked if I would submit an
article to the paper-I turned in my article the following day-and shortly thereafter I was
invited to become a member of the Comet staff-Little did I realize that my
"article" would eventually lead me to editorship of the Comet."
1959-1960 - Bill McCutcheon
" It seems to be increasingly more difficult for me to remember my years at Grove.
For me, then, to remember much about the days on the Comet staff is a task indeed. But,
per request, a brief summary: settling down for a long night of putting the
"Comet" to bed; and, finally, our farewell issue, with everything in it about
the class of I960..EXCEPT the Last Will and Testament.. .which had somehow been
1961-1962 -Jim Rhea
"Work on a newspaper aptly supplements the papers and paragraphs for class. An
appreciation for deadlines, for the sensationalism in today's media, and for the problems
in advertising is developed. The rationalization of similarity between 'All the news
that's fit to print' and 'All the news that fits' is on layout home to the pupils at work
on layout. Each stands in good stead when facing the challenges of college."
1963-1964 -John Dale
"All in all, I can truthfully say that I have a great deal of respect and admiration
for many at Grove. I wish I had been mature enough to take better advantage of my
1967-1968 - Bo Caldwell
"The one thing that is firmly embedden in my mind about Grove is the spirit which all
the students possess, - only hope that each does his best to represent the standards the
Grove High students should Present - The spirit that I remember