Photo Challenge #127

Happy birthday, Mr. President!

Last Monday, John F. Kennedy would have turned 100. Of course, he was killed 53 years ago, on November 22, 1963.

But his memory lives on. And the plaque donated by Staples High School’s Class of 1964 was the subject of last week’s photo challenge.

Lynn U. Miller’s image showed part of his most famous quote. Fifteen years after its unveiling — in the 1979 renovation that turned 9 separate buildings into one school — the plaque was removed and lost.

About 15 years later, arts advocate Mollie Donovan found it, dusty and abandoned, in a storage space beneath the school. She had it cleaned up, and it was placed once again on the front of the school.

When the new, 3-story Staples building was built in 2003-05, not much of the old school remained. But there is one wall in a courtyard — where the front of the old building was — and that’s where the plaque is now. The courtyard is lightly used, and the only time most people see the plaque is when they take photos after graduation. But it looks great.

Sandra G. Jones, Michael Calise, Adam Stolpen, Bobbie Herman and Fred Cantor all knew their Kennedy/Staples stuff. Click here for the photo, and all comments.

Bob Weingarten took this week’s photo challenge. Like the Kennedy plaque, it’s also outdoors.

But that’s all I’m gonna say. Click “Comments” if you think you know where it is.

(Photo/Bob Weingarten)

9 responses to “Photo Challenge #127

  1. Michael Calise

    Saugatuck Rowing Club

  2. Bill Kiedaisch

    Horn on top of Saugatuck fire station

  3. Michael Calise

    Bill Kiedaisch is right!

  4. Yes — good job, Bill! The photo shows the horn on top of the Saugatuck fire station — one of the great buildings in that wonderful part of town.

  5. Saugatuck Hose Co AKA Westport Station 4. Heard that horn thousands of times grwoing up off Imperial Avenue, every day at noon and 5:00 pm.

  6. David Eason

    That horn was my cue to head home for many years….

  7. Tom Duquette

    Wow, it sure is from the Saugatuck fire house but I couldn’t place it. Was just around the corner from my Dad’s old hardware store. Used to fish in the river behind the station sometimes. Glad it’s still there.

  8. Kinda miss those fire horns that alerted everyone (especially firefighters) to where a fire was, if we had the code sheet. “I can hear it now!”

  9. Bruce Courcier

    We could hear it from our house on South Compo, I remember when it went off during the missile crisis sand the Black Out. Had my folks on edge.