George "Skip" Clayton '59 currently has an auto raciing radio program Mondays on WBCB in Levittown, PA, and covers the races on Sundays for the ABC radio network. Skip has updated a book, to be released in August, that he wrote in 2002 entitled "Tales from the Miami Dolphins Sidelines: reminiscences of the Dolphins Glory Years."
Henry Darlington III '69 passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. He was an alum and also served on Hoosac's faculty in the early '70's and again in 1990 teaching English.
Henry was a resident of Garner, North Carolina at the time of his passing. He is survived by his wife Curry.
In celebration of Henry's life, the family will receive guests Sat., Feb. 4, from 3:00 - 5:00 PM, at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home, 831 Wake Forest Rd., Raleigh, 2760.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to UNCLCCC (UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center), Office of External Affairs, Campus Box 7295, Chapel Hill, NC 27599.
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The southern Maine car dealer was recognized from his colorful ads.
John Pulsifer, Hoosac class of 1954, died Saturday, Feb. 19, of pancreatic cancer at age 74 in a Scarborough hospice.
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Pulsifer, 74, known as "Jolly John," for decades was one of the most recognizable people in the state, known for goofy car ads that always ended with the line, "I'm not Jolly unless you're happy."
He parlayed a job selling cars in Biddeford beginning in 1958 into a string of six car dealerships that dominated the southern Maine market in the 1980s. But the dealerships were heavily leveraged and both his business and personal finances were hit hard by the deep recession of the early 1990s.
Pulsifer lived in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
The death two years ago of Pulsifer's wife, Paulyne, hit him hard and Pulsifer sold his Chrysler dealership in November, tired of the demands of the manufacturer, Gordon said. Eager to go back to just selling cars, Pulsifer planned to open a used car dealership that he could operate without interference, but felt ill and went to see a doctor, who diagnosed cancer in mid-November, Gordon said.
Doctors determined it was pancreatic cancer in mid-December and Pulsifer went to Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough a few weeks later. A big football fan, Pulsifer was determined to live to see the Super Bowl earlier this month, Gordon said, but his condition declined rapidly since then.
Pulsifer's business was built on his high-energy persona in television commercials, opening with a jaunty, "Hi-Ho!" Gordon said Pulsifer himself came up with the "Jolly" nickname during a slow period at a dealership years ago.
The phone rang, Gordon said, and Pulsifer answered, "Jolly John Pulsifer speaking, the Polish prince of happiness. How may I help you?"
Pulsifer's happy-go-lucky exterior and the corny ads hid a man who loved to help people, Gordon said. He supported the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Salvation Army and other groups. At one point, he provided a small scholarship to every high school in Cumberland and York counties -- aimed not at the brightest students, but those determined to succeed in life.
He often said, "When you see me at Hobbs (Funeral Home), you'll know I've retired," Gordon said.
Jolly John's wake will be held at Hobbs Funeral Home on Cottage Road in So. Portland, ME on Wednesday, Feb. 23 from 3-7. The funeral will be held on Thursday at noon at St. Albans Church, Shore Rd., Cape Elizabeth, ME.
Hoosac's 2010/2011 school year is well underway. You can see photos of the Yule Log and winter scenes. Bleeze Banquet was held Jan. 21st and ushered out the Jester's reign.
We would like to create a plaque listing Hoosac people who served in wars in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and other conflicts. This would be placed in Memorial Hall along with the existing plaque for WWI and WWII veterans. Please let us know your war, branch of service and dates of service. Call the Development Office at 518-686-7331 or email at email@example.com.
Please send information about addresses, relocation, work, marriage, births, deaths, special events and class reunions, etc. to firstname.lastname@example.org to be posted on this Alumni News Page and used for Hoosac Today. We look forward to hearing from you, and, thank you for supporting our effort to improve alumni relations.
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NOTES FROM ALUMNI
Hi Nancy. I saw you want updates.
After living in NYC for these past 8 months I decided to move to Pretoria South Africa. Starting an web based business and starting a new adventure. I have the privilege of keeping in touch with Kendell (Klein '92) all these years. I am a very lucky woman
Hoosac welcomed Bryan Green, class of '86 and former Director of Admissions as speaker at the Bleeze Banquet, held on January 21st. You can see a short video on our website under Media Gallery.
Kristin Norton-Anderson '93