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From Bill Sandifer, Class of 1953
When I was 10 years old I delivered the Dayton Morning Journal newspaper in my neighborhood. I was doing collections and so I had to directly meet the homeowner.
I was really young and did whatever my customer asked. This "Old" Lady handed me her money and when I held my hand out for the money, she grabbed my hand, turned it over and looked at my fingernails. She said I'm SO pleased you are coming to MY house.  Your hands are beautiful.  You are going to have a wonderful life.  Your hands have the most perfect "moon" on each finger. You Are Blessed !  May I kiss each of your fingers? Which she did and every time I collected, she would kiss each of my fingers. 
She must have been right.  I've been Blessed all my LIFE !

From regular contributor, Bill Sandifer, class of 1953
My private flying offering for the day (one special story/recall/memory)...A story within a story...
In the early years (mid- '60's), we'd moved from Nebraska to Long Island ('63)...couldn't afford flying...
THEN...I hit upon a way I could afford Addendum was added to the GI Bill Educational Program.
The key was that you had to sign up with your goal to attain a "Commercial" Rating.  Thus began my pursuit of happiness...again.

I'd bought a share of a Luscombe 8A in '59 for $500(1/3) an Instructor (AF Captain at Wright-Patterson AFB).
He had his plane based in New Carlisle, OH airport next to ours.  He charged me $5/hr for full instruction and he was certified
as a Civil Air (before FAA) Check could get everything from the same person...that eased the mental level...knowing what
to expect.

Capt. Adams was a wonderful friend/pilot/instructor/ teacher.  The Luscombe 8A was a tricky plane to fly...a tail dragger...65 hp.
Later found out the Luscombe 8A had a common reputation of difficult to master cross-wind landings....but once mastered you were
just about guaranteed that you could pilot almost any similar small aircraft.  I loved dealing with the wind in landings...sometimes on
the approach I'd be SIDEWAYS (facing into the wind) until just (I mean seconds) before I touched the'd just
kick the down-wind rudder, keep the up-wind wing tucked into the wind and it would be like'd be on the ground.

Also in Country Flying (most places where Single Engine Land planes go) it was more than helpful to learn how to handle Emergency Landings.
To that instructor, Capt. Adams, would have me create an Emergency and taught me how to Deal with it...Actually Do It !!!
We landed in fields...learned how to deal with unlevel terrain...landing up-wind & down-wind...engine problems...slipping the airplane at altitude
to try to put out an engine fire...learning how to "hop" over a fence if you see you're landing Short of the it into the ground at
full throttle...picking the right field, open area to put-it-down so you'd live and not kill someone...we did all that...I practiced a lot on my own doing
the things he taught me...and over the years, it saved my "skin" more than once....many other stories in the well.... ;)

With this as my background, in the mid-'60's, under the GI Bill, I got my Commercial / Instrument getting all that I must have
totaled 125 hours by that time.  I'd look for any & all opportunities to get "stick time".

One comes to mind that was slightly different.  I was flying out of Farmingdale, NY's Zahn Airport--on the South Shore of Long Island...all rentals.
To get "stick time" you had to be Checked Out in each type of Single Engine Aircraft you wanted to fly by an Instructor.  Most times a guy mentally
works his way UP THE LADDER of different Aircraft (features, power, avionics, range).  Well, I deduced that to amass hours and afford it, I'd
learn to fly the LEAST EXPENSIVE airplane Zahn's rented...and extend my alloted monies under the GI authorized amount.  SOOO...I began flying
Piper Cubs (J-3)...the Little Yellow Plane we've all seen pictures would be flying LOW and SLOW...but the time accumulation would occur better this way.

PiperJ-3Cub02.jpg A Piper J-3 Cub
One event in that pursuit occurred that in hind-sight is notable and was fun & exciting in doing it. 
My friend, John Harrington, now a retired college president in New England somewhere, kept saying he'd love a "ride".  We were young & foolish....why not?
I'd said to John...Bring a fishing line with you and we'll try that when we get to Montauk.
Soooo...I get the Piper Cub and sign out for a 5 hour trip....about 100 miles one way...flying there was fine(with the wind).
We got there in about an hour.

Coming Home was a whole different story.  We had a Head Wind of about 30 mph.  The Cruise speed is around 75 mph.  Well, with a headwind of 30 mph,
we were barely doing 45 mph ground speed.....Cars were passing us on the ground below.  We were going so slow that I got the wild ass idea that we could
drop down to just a few feet above the ocean on the South Shore and TROLL from the airplane....  We actually did that that for a few minutes...THEN....
after thinking it thru....what would happen IF we snagged anything...we might be dragged DOWN into the ocean...OMG!!  It was fun.
It took us 2:15 to get back to Zahn's....Safely Home.  One Heck of an Experience !!                    Bill

We tried it for a few minutes

              My First Job                
My first job (9 yrs old - 1944) was at a Aldrich's Sunoco Service Station at 2800 North Dixie Highway in Northridge, Dayton, Ohio.

illed oil bottles, washed windshields and rear windows, mirrors, emptied ashtrays, wet toweled dash board ------
all service free for customer, got tips plus $0.25 per hour!
Bought my 1st (almost new) Schwinn bicycle. It had knee action on front wheel, chrome fender with streamlined
headlight on the front, chrome panel in middle of frame with a push button horn, large bright leather seat with coiled springs on corners, and custom Schwinn reflector on rear fender, AND White Wall Tires! Bought it
from the gas station owner for $25 and bought it on extended payments of $5 per week! 
Schwinn Black Phantom (This pix is of the exact bike I had...pix on internet say the one in this pix is from 1950...Mine was an Arnold Schwinn
just like this.
“My new Phantom sure is a beauty. All the fellows say it’s the swellest looking bike in town.” Sure is the swellest.    Schwinn Phantoms were the most bodacious, luxurious, and feature-filled bicycles on the road.  There was the deluxe leather saddle, the patented spring fork, built-in horn, streamlined tank, Schwinn fender lights and an automatic brake light, an integrated lock.

Many years ago, I found a replica of that bicycle in green...still have the replica...paid $25 for the replica!   :)

Thanks for sharing and nudging me into remembering my first job & bicycle.
Bill Sandifer, NHS class of 1953
Editor's note - Bill was president of his class,  played sports, U.S. Army veteran and is a frequent contributor to the NHS Alumni Bear Facts.

        Northridge Football Awarded All Academic       

Anthony Carroll receives another individual award and he is the only player selected in the SWBL. One-hundred ten were selected for the state team out of 30,000 eligible players.

Great accomplishment Anthony. The Polar Bear Alumni salute you and the entire football team on their selection.

          Flyin' To The Hoop
Watch video of the Polar Bears at  "Flyin' To The Hoop"on the NHS Bear Facts sports page (see index at left).

     Northridge Sports & Screen Printing      

Northridge Sports & Screen Printing has been selected for the 2015 Best of Dayton Awards for Screen Printing Services.
Northridge Sports & Screen Printing is located at 4618 North Dixie Drive. It is owned by Jeff and Pam Baker, NHS alumni of the classes 1988 and 1989.


Stephen Dale Marlowe, NHS Class of 1992

Stephen Dale Marlowe


Karen Smith Forrer, my high school English teacher, gave me a monogrammed folio when I graduated, with the stipulation that I use the pad within to write the great American novel.

I made sure to copy the first page of Digging Up The Bones onto it when I completed the final draft. Write? Check.

As for the great, American, and novel, looks like I’m in luck. Apparently, good enough American stories will meet those requirements. I’m delighted.


The voters in the Northridge Local School District voted to approve a bond issue and maintenance levy to build a new consolidated school. The State of Ohio will supply forty-two million dollars of the fifty-five million dollar project. Ground breaking is expected to start sometime in 2016 and possibly be ready for the 2018/2019 school year.

  When Dayton was Home to the Gypsies 
To the complete article, CLICK HERE.

The Sauer Tarzinski Education Fund, hereafter referred to as STEF, is dedicated to education enrichment for students of the Northridge Local School system. STEF shall engage in activities including but not limited to:

(1)  Providing funding for teachers to use field trips, guest speakers, demonstrations, assemblies and/or any other purpose that be of benifit to the education of students of Northridge Schools.

(2)  To receive contributions and donations of money, other property or services so that the purposes of STEF may be carried out.

(3)  To do all things necessary or incidental to carry out the foregoing purposes.

We are always looking for people who want to get involved and help Northridge students. A little time today may help many  students tomorrow. Consider attending one of the STEF meetings.

 To view the complete story about the STEF organization, please visit our website HERE. 

Check out these fine wheels owned by NHS alumni. Have a special car, submit a picture, HERE, of your car for posting on the alumni car show.  
Click on yellow convertible to go to the car show.

1955 Chevrolet BelAire and 1955 Ford Thunderbird
Old Northridge High School

NHS Alumni Car Show
Click On Yellow Car For Ticket To Car Show

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