This column started 38 years ago

“Starting today,” I began, “I will be writing a column for the Skyline-Morningside area. I hope you will call me with family and neighborhood news.”

I started writing it because Mayor Jerry Glaubitz asked me to. That first column ran in the Enquirer-Gazette of July 8, 1976. Here’s some of the hot news I covered:
Morningside Seniors will picnic at the home of Bernice Burdette on August 7.
Frank Brizzi, of Reamy Drive, returned from a hunting trip, with a bear!
Art and Henrietta Zdobysz have a new grandson, Christopher.
Charlie and Henrietta Tretler have a new granddaughter, Jessica.
Skyline Homemakers have new officers—Rita Tewell, president; Ann Gardner, vice-president; Betty Rayle, secretary; Barbara Graves, treasurer. One of the members, Dot Burgess, plans to put out a Skyline Cookbook.
Bookmobile hours will be the same. (The County Library Bookmobile used to come to the Randolph Circle in Morningside every week, when most moms were at home with the kids.)
Dwight “Snuffy” Snider is the new president of the Skyline Citizens Association. Other officers are Charles Brown, Jerome Jones, Helen Cordero, Mable Harper, Jim McGrath, and Van McGee.
For Independence Day, Jean Glaubitz made a special Fourth of July dress.
That was 1976, and I’m still here, waiting for your call.

Ceil Julian, longtime resident of Henderson Road and the oldest parishioner of St. Philip’s Church, died July 28 at the age of 99. I’ll pay tribute to her in a future column.
Pamela Anstead-Berry, a graduate of La Reine High School, died June 16 at her home in Annandale. She had careers in computer support at Naval Air Systems and eventually in nursing. Survivors include her husband of 28 years, David Berry, and other family.
County Exec Rushern Baker and Sheriff Melvin High were among the VIPs who turned out at Skyline’s Night Out Aug. 5.
Emanuel and Juanita Chaplin, of Skyline, are proud of grandson Dominique who recently ran track in the Junior Olympics in Iowa. He is the son of John and Nicole Chaplin who also have two other children participating in sports.
I’m back after 10 days in Saginaw, Mich., with sisters Rosie and Stella and brother Tom. First time I’ve been home in two years. Had a great time. Returned home on the Greyhound Bus. The terminal is now at Union Station.

Sue Mason sends word that the Suitland High Class of '64 has a 50th reunion coming up in October. She’ll send more information as it becomes available. Back in 1964, highschoolers from Morningside and Skyline attended Suitland.
Bishop McNamara/La Reine Classes of 1974 have a 40th coming up on Sept. 20, 7 p.m., at the BMHS Fine Arts Center. Contact Mike Russell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-675-2572; or Bill Krug, 301-399-0893 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (By the way, Bill Krug used to live in Skyline.)

Coming up
Joint Base Andrews invites you to their next free military concert—open to the public—on Sept. 6. The concert will be at the new Heritage Park, located near the gate opposite Andrews Manor Shopping Center. I’ll see if I can get the time and let you know.
Fish Fry, Blues Concert and Open Mic starring Anthony “Swampdog” Clark and the All Star Blues Band, 1:30 to 5 p.m., will be heldAug. 16 at Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church. The fish fry will take place until 3:30 with a suggested donation of $10 for full plate with 2 fillets, sides, and a selection of beverages. The Blues Concert and Open Mic is no-charge, but donations accepted. The church is at 7400 Temple Hills Road. Web: Or call 301-449-4308.
The John Wilkes Booth Escape Route Tour will leave from the Surratt House on Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27. I’ve taken this all-day tour three times, and it’s remarkable. Call the Surratt House (301-868-1121) for information and availability.
A Colonial Tavern Dinner will be served at Darnall’s Chance House Museum on Sept. 27, 7 to 9 p.m. Enjoy the atmosphere and flavor of a mid-18th century tavern dinner in Upper Marlboro. Enjoy colonial food and spirits. Following dinner, listen to Ship’s Company sing chanties and tavern songs of the period. Capacity is limited; reservations and payment (301-952-8010) required in advance. Resident, $40; Non-Resident, $48.
Loyola on the Potomac, a Jesuit Retreat House, is offering a weekend retreat for men and women, Sept. 12-14. As always, I’ll be there. I love my cell (tiny bedroom, with sink and toilet), the meals (also, dining hall open 24 hours with refreshments, including homemade cookies), the beautiful grounds overlooking the Potomac. For information, call 301-392-0800, or go to
Will the FBI come to Prince George’s?
The headquarters of the FBI is moving, and from among about ten possible locations, three are still under consideration: Greenbelt, Landover and Springfield. The move will consolidate 11,000 personnel from 20 locations.

Happy birthday to Maxmilian “Max” Howard, Ruth Sanford and William Billy Stewart, Aug. 8; Savannah Foster, Aug. 11; MaryBerkley and Brittany Short, Aug. 13; Margaret Hunt, Nancy Stacey and Gracie Mothershead, Aug. 16; Hildagard Koenig, Aug. 17; my granddaughter-in-law Heather McHale, Le August Brent and Mark Cummings, Jr., Aug. 19; Melody Barnes, Aug. 20; and Austin Michael Fowler, Aug. 21.
Happy 35th anniversary to Sharon and Mike Fowler on Aug. 11.

I took time out from writing this column and went to the kitchen for a snack and a call from son Brian. As I was speaking to him, I was startled by a big bird flying right at me. I did some hollering (“It’s a bird. It’s a bird. It’s a bird in the house!!) and dashing around, closing doors. I trapped him or her behind a closed door, in the library. I can tell, through the window in the library door, that it’s a bat. Now, what do I do?

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