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|ALUMNI UP-DATE 02-05-11
|Remembering our Alumni
Bernard Harry Merritt 83 (53)
Ethel Ruth Myers Taylor 77 (59)
Sandra Cohen 80 (56)
Remember singing with exultation at Anacostia High School ? The championship 1954
football season is still etched in many of our memories and really gave all of the students
and faculty something to cheer about back then. As a member of the team and the
graduating class of 1955, I still smile when I think about those days and I bet everyone
who was there does too.
A coupIe of years ago I wrote a book called LEGACY of the GRAY GHOST. I was
pleasantly surprised when it was named the Gold Medal Winner as the Best Southern
fiction novel of 2011 by ReadersFavorite.com. Later that year it was named the Best
Historical Fiction novel of 2011 by Books and Authors.net. The tale was based upon the
exploits of the legendary John Mosby, who led a band of Confederate raiders on many
missions deep behind the Union lines. His amazing ability to escape and disappear
earned him the nickname of the Gray Ghost and that was documented in the prologue of
The story morphed into a fictional tale at the end of the Civil War about how one of his
young raiders went on to found a very successful family. The family eventually established
a fine men's university in the beautiful northern Virginia horse country and named it after
the old Gray Ghost. The focus of the story was about the struggling Mosby University
football program and how it was rescued in 1958 by a new coach who creatively
employed Mosby's techniques of speed, intelligence and deception. Many readers
commented that it made them want to cheer. When Legacy of the Gray Ghost ended,
several people, who enjoyed the story, told me that they wondered what would have
happened next if the tale continued.
Right after Christmas this past year, I had some ideas for a sequel, made some notes,
and started writing. The result is MOSBY'S RAIDERS RETURN. It is now in the final
stages of production and should be published soon. Anyone who enjoys the game of
graduation losses and untimely injuries during the 1959 season while trying to repeat the
success the team enjoyed the previous season. It won't be easy since a lot of teams are
gunning for them and especially their biggest rival which is coached by a very nasty man.
The book offers a combination of fun and laughs provided by the students and heroics
on the gridiron that will make you smile and cheer at the same time. Who knows...maybe
you will even want to sing with exultation? It also deals with the racial attitudes of many of
the politicians in Virginia and how the forward looking president of Mosby University tried
to set a positive example for others to follow. I hope everyone who gets a copy will not
want to put it down, once they pick it up.
The book is scheduled to be published around the first of May. If you would like to reserve
a signed first edition copy of MOSBY'S RAIDERS RETURN
you can order one now by just sending me a check for $20 for each book ordered to
cover the cost of the book and shipping and handling to:
Gerry A. Zimmerman
La Casa Z
39081 N. 102nd Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85262
Be sure to enclosed the address where you want the book(s) shipped via Priority Mail.
By the way, anyone who who wants a copy of the original edition of Legacy of the Gray
Ghost and the new book: Mosby's Raiders Return can get both for $35. Wait a
minute....since the new book is the SEQUEL to Legacy...and having read the first book
will make the second more enjoyable, I will make both books available to former AHS
classmates for $30 and so the shipping will be free for any orders received by May 1st.
All the Best,
|Remember Singing with Exultation at Anacostia High School ?
|PHOTO COLLECTION By Roger Bell.
AMIDON - BUCHANAN - CONGRESS HEIGHTS - DRAPER - KETCHAM -
KIMBALL - ORR - PATERSON - RANDLE HIGHLANDS - SIMON - STANTON
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HART - KRAMER - SOUSA
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