January 19, 2012
Dear fellow classmates of 1959 and other NHS and NC classmates
I want to thank you for all you did to make my induction into the Newark High School Athletic Hall of Fame such a memorable, exceptional evening! It turned out to be the 'icing on the cake' to the various OTHER things you all did, prior to and following the actual event. I've received cards and e-mails for days before and every day since the ceremony/Jan 14th! Thank you. Nancy's putting them all into an album and I'm sure they'll be re-read more than once. It's been great and I've really enjoyed reconnecting with so many of you.
I especially appreciate Mary Lou Scott, Philip Vaughn and Jack Shumaker for getting out the word about it --- resulting in a big turnout. Janet Williams (and don't know who else) made T-shirts, 'Terrible Towels' and 'Fans'/with my senior head shot...it was great. Had lots of comments about our '59 class and 'their creativity and enthusiasm'! Doug Brookhart made a large poster that highlighted several special events from our senior year; it was displayed at the reception at the Elks. Jack Shumaker did a very good job of introducing/presenting me as one of this year's Inductees before I made my remarks.
But most of all, I just value and appreciate all of you who were able to
BE THERE as well as you who were there 'IN SPIRIT'; it really meant a
lot to me.
Hall of Fame Inductees 2012
Kristen and Granger McKinney enjoying the
late evening's activities.
Tom on the
basketball court, 1959.
Principal, George Evans, right, nominated Tom, left, for the Hall of Fame and presented him the award.
Tom Heisey, with Sonya Clark, shows off the Tom Wortman T-shirts created for the event.
The large crowd made for an exciting evening
at the Elk's Lodge.
Presenter, Jack Shumaker, congratulates Tom Wortman, while holding the Athletic Hall of Fame photo, that will be displayed in the lobby of the
A man of many talents, Tom was the Roosevelt Yo-Yo Champion. He can still "Walk the Dog," with his Philippine Yo-Yo's, bought in the Fifties, at Butler's Confectionary.
Inducted into the Newark High School "Hall of Fame" in 2012 were:
LtoR - Roy Stutz (class of 1975); Dan Walters (1968); Tom Wortman (1959); and Bill Rogers (1970-Honorary). Ed Cook Sr, Deceased (1945) also honored.
The food line was a popular destination at the
Hall of Fame Event.
Recognition Ceremony, January 14th, 2012,
Elk's Lodge, Newark, Ohio
Nancy and Tom Wortman enjoy the evening at the Elk's Lodge Hall of Fame Recognition Ceremony. This event followed the Basketball game at Newark High.
Friend, Amy Washburn, poses with Tom and the event's souvenir gifts, provided by Janet Williams.
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