What song most reminds you of
your school days?
Night Train; They Call the Wind Maria
What teacher most influenced
Rebecca Haskins, Bobbie Ruth Hodges
Which reunions have you
10, 25, 30
Which did you enjoy the most?
All of Them
Fondest memories of your days at
We had these spelling books. They were in
all the English classes. Where were you when you learned
the meaning of the word shibboleth, serendipity,
felicity, advantageous, etc. The curious thing about
this is that it was our Chemistry teacher, Mr.
Hoodenpyle, who managed to use every one of the words in
these books each week of his life! Man, he was erudite.
Was that Junior year or Senior year?
Our head cheerleader, Bill Brown, was terrific. He kept
us cheering the whold game. "Go! Go! Where, Where, we
want a touchdown over there!" And could Billy dance!! He
and Linda Hodge(Brown) jitterbugged like no one else
could! My favorite cheer was "Satisfied! Satisfied!"
And that's what our years at Central were, "Satisfied!"
and really COOL!
My life since graduation:
I went to Pitt to college; married Tom Van
Zant('60) after graduation. We spent six years in
Houston where Tom worked with DuPont and I worked as a
mathematician at the Manned Space Center. Exciting
times! We had two daughters there; Jennifer, now a
lawyer in Greensboro, NC, married with three children,
8, 6, and almost 4. Maria also went to law school, but
lives abroad with her husband and two children, 8 and
almost 6. Her husband is with International Organization
for Migration and they get to live in luxury spots like
East Timor, Serbia, Vietnam. They are now in Amman,
Jordan. Interestingly enough, both daughters have kept
the Van Zant name, although Jennifer just for
We moved to North Carolina, Northern Indiana, Alabama,
and back to North Carolina. I started Meals on Wheels
programs in two of those locations and have worked a a
social worker. Tom and I divorced in 1981 and I returned
to programming, this time business programming, instead
of scientific. I am now retired from Wachovia. Active in
my church; have many hobbies and collections, and I
thrive in my role as Grandmother.
I am a big fan of Duke Basketball! Go Blue Devils!
Tom died in 1988 of colon cancer. He did achieve his
goal of being a Life Master at Duplicate Bridge before
he was 30.
We have been richly blessed with family, friends, and a
wonderful church family. And of course, being a Purple
Pounder is one of our greatest blessings.
"Ain't we cute? We're from Dixie! We're the Class of