• SPFHS Alumni News

    Whether you just graduated last year, or graduated 70 years ago, please email us at spfhsalumni@aol.com with your alumni news.  Thank you.

    Carolyn Quinn '79 is an author, who is working on some new projects.  In the meantime, please visit her website at http://www.carolynquinn.net to learn about her published works, including her most recent book, "Keep Your Songs In Your Heart: A Novel of Friendship and Hope during World War II", which Carolyn wrote especially for middle grade children.

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    David Lange '15 writes about the book he is authoring that he hopes to have published in December, 2020:

    As a proud Class of 2015 alumnus, I owe so much of my success to the quality education I received at SPFHS. This is why I wanted to share with the alumni community that I am in the process of writing my own book! It's called A Farm on Every Corner and it's about how our country has to transition to a decentralized, (hyper)local food system if we are going to thrive in the twenty-first century....

    Warmly,
     David Lange
    Program Manager, Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative 
    Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business

    "A Farm on Every Corner takes an unflinching look at the state of America's food system and how wasteful, inefficient, and unsustainable practices at every step of the supply chain have us hurtling towards a bleak future. In its place, a radical decentralization and localization of food production and a transformation of how our country grows, ships, eats, and disposes of its food are critical for a more sustainable, robust, equitable, profitable, resilient, healthier, and tastier future.

    I wrote this book because during my time as a manager of my local farmers market, I became obsessed with the power of local food and how it has the potential to radically reshape our society and economy for the better.

    My hope is that, in reading this book, you will discover the powerful forces acting on every facet of our food system and how our country will need to change it to thrive in the coming decades. In this book, I hope to instill the same sort of passion and excitement that I have for local food and agriculture in you. Ultimately, I want you to see this book as a tool to help you make a positive difference in your own family's and community's food sovereignty.

    In this book, you'll learn about the myriad components of America's food ecosystem and how we must dramatically rethink how our communities fit into it.

    • Meet incredible people shaping our future food system from indigenous food labs to applying heritage techniques to the modern kitchen.
    • See how communities are rebuilding food sovereignty everywhere from fruit trees at the bottom of the Grand Canyon to chickens right in your own backyard (and even apartment!)
    • Learn how the massacre of 40,000 elephants in the 1970s gave way to a radical new paradigm for meat and dairy and how modern agriculture has been bought and sold by massive corporations... and how small farmers are fighting back.

    You will love this book if you have ever been curious about where your food comes from, whether it's strawberries from Chile in the middle of winter or melons from an once-empty parking lot in Detroit.

    A Farm on Every Corner is a non-fiction book that speaks to everyday Americans and local food enthusiasts alike who are looking at issues surrounding community food sovereignty and radical centralization of agriculture for the first time."  - David Lange '15

    Once again, Lange hopes to have this book published in December, 2020.

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    Below, Bob Andrews '71 writes about his upcoming interview project: 

    Dear Class of 1971, Scotch Plains Fanwood High School:

    Fifty years since graduation, almost.  Half a century.  Two and a half score of years.  Or was it yesterday?  I refuse to multiply the number of days since then.  Probably about as many days as gray hairs on my head and in my moustache.  Dear classmates, friends, fellow travelers, as we tilt toward our 50th anniversary, I would like you to help contribute to a special project by way of celebrating our class and remember those who no longer are around to help us celebrate it. 

    Two years ago, the amateur journalist in me took an inspiration from author Studs Terkel, and I toured the country interviewing my college classmates as we celebrated turning 64 years old and living the lyrics of the Beatle’s song.  The interviews I gathered were submitted to the alumni office of my college as well as posted on Soundcloud via my personal website.

    I would like to partner with the class of 1971 and do the same by recording the interviews and, if I can figure out how to get the interviews transcribed into print, gifting the High school a book of these interviews.  Words do linger beyond ourselves.  It might also be entertaining to take a photograph of each interviewed classmate and contrast it with our yearbook photo.  It would make an interesting chapter heading.  My Culmen sits on my bookshelf still.  I still have the supplement as well as Last Will and Testament of the Class of 1971.  Sadly, for too many of our friends, theirs came sooner than it should have. 

    My intent is to begin the series come summertime and travel the country to visit those who are willing to participate.  I’ve crossed the country three times before on my interview and writing gigs in my little Miata.  I think I have one more left in me.

    I’m not into nostalgia.  I am interested in a retrospective earned by the years.  Where are you all now?  ?  Did we learn anything?  Do we want to share anything?  What were your expectations then and what happened?  What special memories do you cherish?  Are there wounds you remember and believe could be shared.  How has your life been?  How similar or different is the person of 2021 from the person of 1971?  What are you grateful for?  Do you have hopes?

    Persons interest in participating are invited to contact either my email, through my personal website (which will authenticate I am who I am).  Letters can be posted to my home address:  The Reverend Robert John Andrews, 207 Maple Street, Danville, Pennsylvania 17821. 

    Thank you. 

    Bob Andrews
    rjandrews@ptd.net
    www.robertjohnandrews.com