Thursday, Ellicott City High School's Class of 1934 held its 60th reunion. That's right, its 60th!
Thirteen of the original class of 34 met at the Westview Lounge to recall their adolescent years. Of the 13, eight still live in the county, and four live in neighboring Maryland counties.
A list of the classmates reads like a "Who's Who" of Howard County. The class included a Boone girl, a Stonesifer girl, a Ramsburg girl, a Clarke boy, a Zepp boy. A Talbot girl was niece of the founder of Ellicott City's long-lived Talbot Lumber Co. One of the classmates married a Pfeiffer, whose father founded Pfeiffer's Corners, near Watermont Shopping Center on Montgomery Road.
Howard County residents in attendance at the reunion were Louis Brown; George Curtis and his wife; Margaret Burgess Owens and husband; Pauline Boone Roberts; Catherine Ramsburg Earp and her daughter-in-law, Susan; Margaret Spence Eschenbach; and Laura Makinson Pfeiffer and her husband.
Other Marylanders included Guy Thompson and his wife; Naomi Schell Hardman, George Zepp and George Everly, with guest Elizabeth Scaggs. The "Who's Who" continues: Mrs. Scaggs' husband, now deceased, founded Scaggsville. Jean Taylor Holmes from Hawaii and Barbara Talbot Fisher of Georgia also attended the reunion.
A guest was the only surviving teacher, Amalia Frank, who taught music at the high school. Ms. Frank married principal Paul Frank during their years at Ellicott City High and left the profession to become an ordained minister. Ms. Frank lives in Alexandria, Va.
Classmates who were unable to attend this reunion are John R. Clarke Jr., Mae Cloud Moore, Barbara Miller Wilderson, Marie Stegler Kramer and Elsie Stonesifer Behr. Remaining classmates are either deceased or could not be located.
For a program, Jean Taylor Holmes read the class prophecy from the yearbook and compared it to each person's life. In her own case, the prophecy that she become a journalist proved correct. She was the editor of the now defunct Ellicott City Times, edited newspapers in Hawaii for many years and now teaches journalism at the University of Hawaii.
The prophecy also proved correct in the case of George Everly, the reunion's organizer. The prophecy was that he be a #i musician. Although he worked in administration and finance for Baltimore's Mass Transit, Mr. Everly has been a lifelong musician, playing saxophone, clarinet and flute in amateur big bands all his life, and now entertains others as a member of Baltimore County's Senior Citizens Band.
For a glimpse at a small part of the Class of 1934, look into historian Joetta Cramm's "A Pictorial History of Howard County." There stands the 1933 basketball squad, pictured in front of the 10-year-old Ellicott City High School.
Shortly after he graduated from Centennial High School in 1991, Ellicott City resident Greg Surbeck bought a mountain bike. That same year he began studies in electrical engineering at the University of Maryland, where he started the Maryland Mountain Biking Club.
He soon moved toward road bicycling, then progressed to bicycle racing. Mr. Surbeck has moved to a higher phase of this progression by racing in the Wilmington Prologue, the opening time trial challenge of the 1994 Tour DuPont, the top-ranked non-European bicycle race in the world.
Winning a grand prize in Saturn's Cycling Challenge, held across the mid-Atlantic states in April, gave Mr. Surbeck the opportunity to race in the prologue May 4. This is the same 2.98 mile time trial that such cycling greats as Greg LeMond, Lance Armstrong, Darren Baker and Raul Alcala race. Mr. Surbeck's prize package included the trip to Wilmington and overnight accommodations,
a bicycle, a Saturn Cycling Team jersey, shorts and dinner.
Mr. Surbeck has performed well in other time trials, including 12th place out of more than 120 riders in a hill climb on the course of the Thrift Drug Classic held May 22 in Pittsburgh. He placed seventh among U.S. Cycling Federation Category 4 riders at the Maryland/Delaware District Time Trial Championship, held June 11 on the Eastern Shore. Saturday,he will compete against some of the best racers in the area in the Maryland/Delaware District Road Race Championship near Lisbon. He'll be racing with the Ultimate Racing Team/Team Saturn.
When not working or studying, Mr. Surbeck spends most of his time either racing or practicing for the next race. He rides his bike to work in Columbia daily and averages 150 to 200 miles each week on his bicycle.
Similar dedication carries into his school work. He is an honor student and is on the dean's list. As a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, he received recognition as an outstanding electee. He is also a member of Eta Kappa Nu, the electrical engineering society.