THS alum that made me realize an attribute of the old building that I likely took for granted. The alum was visiting the Chicago Board of Trade and wanted to get on the actual trading floor, located on one of the lowest floors in the building. This isn’t hard to do, as long as one has gone through a homeland security background check and, in fact, works for one of the trading companies. It’s about a 21-day process. The alum had but an hour. So, the alum snagged an elevator to the top floor, and proceeded to take a series of stairs down to the trading floor level. He had unknowingly evaded at least two levels of security to reach the floor before finally being stopped. While the embarrassed guards were grateful the individual wasn’t a terrorist, they were deeply interested in how he had evaded their “fool proof” system. He could have saved lots of time by simply explaining he was a graduate of Teutopolis High School.
My first day as a THS freshman remains a fresh memory. Figuring out the myriad of staircases and routes to any given classroom caused an initial bout of terror that was overcome only after learning the intricacies of the old building. And while not a formal part of the curriculum, I believe that daily navigation of the building maze subconsciously instilled an innate ability, in every graduate, to identify little known paths and openings in other structures. A few examples…....
Fairly early in my college career I’d discovered... https://www.cantondailyledger.com/news/20190528/other-mens-flowers-unexpected-education
Betty Jane Jaffe Weiss of Aspen and Chicago passed peacefully on November 30, 2015 surrounded by family in Aspen, Colorado. Betty was born in Birmingham, Alabama on September 3, 1925, the daughter of Ben and Elsa (Stephens) Jaffe.
Betty lived life on her terms with a zest for learning, traveling the world, creating art, celebrating dance and exploring all things of interest with exuberance. She was an inspiration to many as a role model, mentor and philanthropist. Betty has started her next journey with palettes of color, music and dance.
Betty was preceded in death by her brother Eugene Jaffe and her sister Judith Jaffe Seidel. Betty married the late Robert Weiss and is survived by their four children Julie Weiss Murad (Elizabeth, CO), Kathy Weiss (Carbondale, CO), David Weiss (Amy) (Longmont, CO), Eli Weiss (Woody Creek, CO), her grandchildren Jihan Murad, Danny Weiss and Kayli Weiss and many nieces and nephews. The family expresses its deep gratitude to the many caregivers who helped Betty in the last few years, most... http://www.postindependent.com/news/obituaries/19576626-113/betty-jane-jaffe-weiss
Lansing residents Jordan Lett and Heather Bailey got engaged in May, a few months before the Supreme Court decision. They planned to travel to Chicago to get married, and then have some sort of reception in Michigan later. The Supreme Court decision changed their plans.
“It was so nice to realize we didn’t need to go somewhere and that the people we love will be able to be involved in our wedding,” Lett said.
As the couple began to plan their wedding, they needed to make a decision about what they would wear. Many same-sex couples opt for matching garments, with both in tuxedos or both in wedding dresses. That wasn’t going to work for Lett, who describes her style as “tomboy-ish.”
“I’ve never been someone who wears dresses,” she said. “Heather went back and forth, but for me the decision was pretty quick.”
Bailey is opting for a white wedding dress, while Lett is putting together an outfit that includes charcoal dress pants and a dress shirt that matches their wedding colors, but she is also trying to find accent pieces to “feminize” the look. Lett said her family initially tried to change her mind, but eventually came to accept her decision.
“They all knew I wasn’t going to wear a dress, but they were still giving me opinions,” she said.
In the end, Lett isn’t sure that being a same-sex couple affected the style of the wedding much.
“We aren’t traditional people,” she said. “I don’t think our wedding would look much different if we were a heterosexual couple.”
For Lansing couple Ray Kurtis and Melody Teodoro-Kurtis, a themed wedding was more than just an expression of their personalities — it was a way to side-step some potential problems. Kurtis, who was raised Catholic but describes himself as “not Christian,” knew there would be people expecting a traditional church wedding.
“There were family expectations of what a wedding would be, especially in terms of religion,” he said. “By doing a themed wedding, we were able to sidestep those expectations.”
The couple also wanted a wedding that would allow for cultural inclusion. Teodoro-Kurtis is Filipino, and they wanted to incorporate her culture into the ceremony.
“We thought it would be cool to have a themed wedding,” Teodoro-Kurtis explained. “We tried... http://lansingcitypulse.com/article-12596-A-unique-affair.html