Trojan Tattler (West, Tex.), Vol. 31, No. 2, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 25, 1975 Page: 1 of 4
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West High School Volume 31
Sept. 25,1975 Number 2
Steele collects past
itJb*;r1 w- "Win* teacher, spend* ranch of his time
collecting antiques, snch as this Campbell organ.
SC starts projects
for Bicentennial year
as ham radio
Mark Pavelka, junior, is known
around the world, though few
people here are aware of it.
Mark, whose hobby is ham
radio operation, has "shortwave
penpals” in every corner of the
globe, from the Seychelles
Islands, (northeast of Africa), to
Antarctica, and has contacted a
total of 89 countries. He has also
worked the 50 states on citizen
After Mark reaches another
ham radio operator, the operator
will usually send him a confirma-
tion card, similar to a postcard, to
affirm the contact.
Pavelka’s hobby stems back
about three yelars, when he first
went into broadcasting. Much of
his early interest in this field
Girls, girls, girls...
When several young men in a
small town high school organize a
musical group to entertain them-
selves and their friends, they
don't usually expect to be
performing for a national conven-
tion in a large city within a few
months of their formation.
But that is what happened to
David “Buddy” Cernosek and the
Continentals, who organized
themselves into a musical group
here at school last year. On July
11, they made their big trip to
Houston to perform for a group of
300 teen-age girls from 15 states
attending the national convention
of Junior Catholic Daughters of
America at the Astroworld Hotel.
Oti top of that, the group was
invited to stay in the hotel suite of
came from his acquaintance with
George Smajstrla, an experienced
local ham operator, and from his
older brother, who is also into
This summer Mark put his
talent to good use, as he held a
position at a small AM radio
station in Port Arthur, spinning
“top 40” tunes.
“I enjoy working with ham
radio, and can send code much
faster with my new keyor. I
encourage others to get into ham.
Mark is currently establishing
contacts in Finland with a friend
of exchange student Juha Suo-
kivi, so that they can communi-
cate with each other.
the national moderator of the
It seems that when Buddy and
Timmy Harkins. Graylyne Griffin.
Peter Hardin, and David Peters
arrived at the Astroworld Hotel,
their rooms were not ready, so
Mrs. Cheryl Dispenza. national
director and her husband, Tom,
put them up in their suite.
Denise Haberl. 197S WHS grad-
uate and Texas state JCDA
president, asked the Continentals
to perform during the state JCDA
convention at the VFW Club in
West. They sang a few of their
special songs and then turned to
requests. Mrs. Dispenza request-
ed “Teen Angel.” “We sang it,
she loved it, and then asked if we
by Cyndy Slovak
Speaking from experience,
Albert W. Steele, resource
teacher, advises anyone interest-
Steele spends a great deal- of
time collecting “rare articles of
the past.” He likes to collect
antiques from all countries and
periods, but especially from the
Victorian period, which includes
most of the 1800's. He not only
collects furniture, but also brass,
porcelain and iron articles.
His antiques are collected from
all over the United States and
Europe. Once, determined to get
some antiques home safely, Mr.
Steele held a porcelain collection
on his lap on a flight from Europe.
He explained, “h was many
pieces of pre-1917 Russian
porcelain dishes that I had bought
in Helsinki, Finland.”
Many parts of his collections
were purchases complete, but
some had to be worked on over a
long period of time. This includes
a bedroom suite, parlor sets and
If the right price came up, Mr.
Steele would consider selling
some of his antique pieces, but he
would never sell some of these
because of "sentimental rea-
Mr. Steele has been collecting
since he was in the sixth grade,
and advises anyone interested to,
“Start now! Visit shops, study
prices and plan to get skinned' a
few times, but be able to take it as
a learning process."
would be her guests at the
national convention in Houston,”
Cernosek said. “Naturally we
After the performance during
the Texas Night informal open
house, the group went back to the
suite to change, then went out
into the lobby where they were
stopped a number of times by
girls asking them to sing or to
pose for pictures with them. Later
in the suite they sang for more
girls and were entertained by
songs and dances by the Puerto
Before returning home Sunday,
the five young men had plenty of
time to enjoy the rides and other
attractions of the Astroworld
Student Council has started off
the year with the idea of involving
itself in projects to help the
school. Members mainly are
trying to determine the school's
needs. Since this is the
Bicentennial year, the projects
seem even more important, said
Mrs. Linda Kana. sponsor.
Representatives have been
asked to go around looking for
things that teachers, students, or
classrooms may need such as
projectors, clocks, or even clean-
ing jobs. If the item or job
suggested is worthwhile, council
members will look into getting it
Members have decided that a
new United States flag is needed
for the school because of the
condition of the one now in use.
The committee, headed by Pam
Young, are looking into its
purchase and hope to get it in the
near future. This is only one
object that has been definitely
decided on, but many more will
For the past three weeks,
members have also taken on the
project of restoring pictures of
past graduating classes. These
pictures have been in storage
since the main building was
renovated several years ago.
The pictures which used to
hang on the back wall of the study
hall now are mounted on the new
wall of the library.
The earliest picture dates back
to 1925 while the more recent
ones are from 1964. Members are
trying to continue from 1964 to
the present years if class pictures
can be found.
Supt. M.F. Kruse asked the
council to take up the project
mainly to arouse the student body
about the school's past and to
promote more projects like this
disc jockey at a radio station In Port Arthur this summer.
and would be happy to help them
with any uncertainties,” said
ed in collecting antiques to "Start
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