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01/24/17 09:08 AM #317    


Richard Brezner

Hey, Torchy! Congrats! It IS a big deal! As you know, believed in you from the beginning! All the best....





01/24/17 01:13 PM #318    


Julie Hendricks (Gerhardt)

Congrats Torchy!  I've known I πŸ’•Radio because of East Coast Elvis Duran Radio Show!  (He has been my work Commute entertainment). Speaking of work...I am in between Pharmaceutical jobs and have a new gig!  I am an Uber and Lyft driver here in Philly!  (It's not going to pay the mortgage but helps keep me entertained!) I LOVE IT!  Let me know when you want an interview!  πŸ˜Ž

01/24/17 02:56 PM #319    

Nancy Malevan (Levy)

Congratulations, followed your passion and it worked! Just great!

01/24/17 05:00 PM #320    


Edward Torchy Smith go girl.  !!!

Richard......thanks for your telephone support.

Nancy......It's great we are  family all these years. Shaker Friends - in - law through our daughters.  

I have a favor for all those who see this.  My last interview that is now on I-Heart is with Jerry Mathers, the BEAVER.  Please go there and and click on the interview as it will help my ratings.  Even if it is for a short time.

Then make a comment in the comment area if you can.  By the way I talk with Jerry about the story line of where Ward, his father went to high school.  In one of the eposodes Ward mentions that he was on the swim team at Shaker Heights High School.  Does anyone remember that?  Here is the link:


01/25/17 11:47 AM #321    

Susan Palmer (Peiper)

TORCHY , You are a STAR in our eyes
Congrats on your New endeavor !!
Xx, Susi Palmer Peiper

01/25/17 11:58 AM #322    


Cookie Chesler (O'Neill)

Wonderful, Torchy!  So proud of you!  Hugs, Cookie

01/25/17 01:11 PM #323    

Betsy Slobody (Whitaker)

Congratulations Torchy!  How you keep all that trivia in your head is beyond me.  I guess it's not the keeping as much as the retrieving.  I've got lots of storage, just can't access it like I used to!! Ha,ha. I hope you continue to do well with your new endeavor.  You've got a lot of Shaker cheerleaders behind you!  Best wishes always!

Betsy Whitaker

02/07/17 10:27 AM #324    


Edward Torchy Smith

Thank you so much BETSY......I always wanted the cheerleaders behind me and also right in front of me.  

Here is my latest interview with a guy who does not have a computer and does not give out many interviews....but is really someone we all remember




03/17/17 04:12 PM #325    


Edward Torchy Smith

Another death of a classmate.

Linda is the obituarary :

03/20/17 12:42 PM #326    


Edward Torchy Smith

Adriennn Glazer Sheridan says .... On March 25th Elton John and I are going to turn 70

03/20/17 12:57 PM #327    


Edward Torchy Smith

Greetings Classmates . 
I am on IHEART RADIO now with my Baby Boomer interviews. Please click below to go there and make a comment. It can be good, bad, funny, insulting, praising, or indifferent.  All comments help in my ratings somehow. And ratings helps in my revenue sharing program with IHEART. You will not be hacked or followed with spam by doing this. IHEART only wants to see if I can get some reaction to the thousands of people I reach. Thanks !!!...Sincerely, TORCHY

here is the link


07/10/17 11:34 AM #328    


Edward Torchy Smith



The following message is from Bennett Trammer,,,,,

Sad news for all of us who treasured our friendship with Terry Schnell. Terry left us a few days ago, dying peacefully in his sleep according to his brother. I don't know all the details, I only know the world is a less warm and far less funny place without Terry in it. My own friendship with him dates back to 1962, and I know many of you were friends of his at Byron and Malvern before that. I keep writing "friend" - I imagine that's because Terry was the most loyal friend anyone could imagine. We kept in touch through email, phone calls, and occasionally in person (I saw him just this past spring) and we always talked about our friends from Shaker. I believe he attended all the reunions, and a lot of you reconnected with him there. I don't have any words of wisdom, I just know I'll miss him greatly, as many of you will. If there is a next world, I bet Alan Axelrod will be there to greet him. Please don't shoot the messenger on this - but knowing Terry he would say it's okay to rough me up a little.

07/11/17 07:34 AM #329    

Tim Bannon (Bannon)

Terry Schnell was a wonderful guy and wondrously funny. He saw every irony. Reading about encounters with him at reunions always brought back warm memories. Now that I know I won't see him again in this life, the sense of loss has taken hold. I'm sure Terry would see and share the irony.

09/09/17 10:19 PM #330    


Edward Torchy Smith

Let me try this again:

PRESS BELOW LINKTO HEAR MY INTERVIEW WITH SUSAN GILLISS FROM OUR CLASS: Her name is now Gwyn. Susan had roles on One Life To Live, Loving, Ryan's Hope, All My Children, The Guiding Light, and As The World Turns. Hear about her amazing career in modeling and TV. She is now a teaching coach and manager.

10/08/17 07:15 AM #331    


Edward Torchy Smith

Two more of our classmates have passed away:

Chip Lipton did not graduate with us but spent most of his youth with The Shaker School System.  He was quite a good athlete.

Bob Mann passed away in his sleep and was a resident of Florida. 

Here is his obituary:

12/08/17 10:22 AM #332    


Edward Torchy Smith

I do not have any details yet but another Classmate has passed away.

Carol Lynn Friedman.  I can't find an Obituary but I have heard this news from more than one source.  

If you have any futher information please add this to her memorial page on this website.

07/11/18 06:53 AM #333    


Edward Torchy Smith

Fire at FERNWAY yesterday.


I thought you out of towners would like to see this.  Wait...I said that wrong.  You would not like to see this but would want to know about this by seeing this.  Is that better?  

07/12/18 03:52 PM #334    


Edward Torchy Smith



Loving son of Irving and Ruth Brock (both deceased). Beloved brother of Ginny Ormsby and Robin (Paul) Weinstein. Cherished uncle to David (Lisa) Holley, Jamie (Janis) Holley, Sara Weinstein and Anne Weinstein. Adored great uncle to many. Services Sunday July 15 at 11:30 a.m. at the Fairmount Temple 23737 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood, where family will receive freinds AFTER SERVICE UNTIL 5 P.M. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers family suggests contributions to charity of choice..


07/14/18 07:31 AM #335    


Edward Torchy Smith

AYRES Curtis "Curt" Haven Ayres, 71, of Hampstead, NC, died Sunday, July 8, 2018, at home. Curt was born October 7, 1946 in Cleveland, OH, son of the late Charles Hamilton Ayres, III and Helen Dunmore Ayres. Curt graduated high school from Shaker Heights High School in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He received his bachelor's degree from Northern Michigan University. He spent over 20 years in Real Estate and owned two different Real Estate companies in Southern Delaware. Throughout his life Curt was an avid Cleveland sports fan as well as the Ohio State University Buckeyes. Aside from his family, his other love was volunteering as a youth sports coach, which he did for over five decades. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Sharon Ayres; two sons, Charles Hamilton Ayres, V of Charlotte, NC, and Haven Dunmore Ayres of Atlanta, GA; two brothers, Thomas Ayres (Marcia) of Canton, CT, and Charles Hamilton Ayres, IV of Las Vegas, NV; and his mutt, "Spanky." In lieu of flowers, donations in Curt's memory may be made online or by mail to American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060-9979. Condolences to the family at

Published in The Plain Dealer from July 12 to July 13, 2018

08/23/18 09:48 AM #336    


Edward Torchy Smith

Sorry to inform you of another deceased classmate.

Penelope Zinni....of course we all knew her as PENNY WALLIS. 

Here is her obituary from The Cleveland Plain Dealer:

10/10/18 09:46 PM #337    


Edward Torchy Smith

Over the years people from our class have spoken to me frequently about all my efforts and time spent with organizing our reunions. They seemed very appreciative.  Basically, that is all I expected ...nothing more…nothing less.  Well for those who want to make me really feel good …I ask you now to buy my book. Yes, this is a little impetuous.  But this was my plan from the very beginning.  I thought I would do exactly this 50 some years ago.  I will take over the high school reunions and every classmate will feel guilty if they don’t pay me back with my plea to buy my book that I had in mind in 1965. 

My book, Shooting the Breeze with Baby Boomer Stars, is a collection of stories and secrets revealed from my best radio interviews.  After interviewing over 100 celebrities from my childhood I was fortunate to go back in time and shake up the cobwebs in my brain.  This is what I would like to share with the reader.  It didn’t matter when I was talking with Geraldo Rivera or members of the original Mickey Mouse Club….it was the next best thing to stepping into a time machine.  I didn’t need LSD to trip out.  I just needed the gonads to do this and, of course, some computer skills.  There are many references to Cleveland and Shaker Heights in my book along with pictures from then and now.  Find out what they are doing now.  And most of all give it a good review on Amazon.  If I pissed you off in high school, please don’t give it a bad review.  Instead I will come to your house and clean your windows.  I look forward to your feedback.   Now for a few choice words on your next reunion.  “Gulp”….Should we even have one? 

There are a number of ways to buy my book.  This was not self-published. It was published by a division of Simon and Schuster.  It will be in book stores such as Barnes and Nobles.  The book has been out for two days and can be purchased at Amazon on line. Here is the link:

10/12/18 04:57 AM #338    

Leslie Jaffe (Miller)

Congratulations Torchy!  I would buy the book even if I didn’t feel guilty!  Sounds like a great read! Love Leslie Jaffe Miller

10/12/18 03:44 PM #339    


Dennis Bayer

My copy just arived about 30 minutes ago. I plan to bring it to the 60th so Torchy can sign it! :-)

10/13/18 04:40 PM #340    

Margaret Schwebel (Cohen)

Hey Torchy. I love being able to follow everyone especially so far away for me. It’s great what you are achieving and and I wish you all the success. I look forward to catching up with everyone soon. Good luck with it all. Best wishes and love, Maggie (Greetings from the UK)

10/18/18 10:12 PM #341    


Marguerite Comella (Tench)



Torchy: Received your book in the mail today.  Can't wait to read it.  Will give you my review when I finish! (lol)  And about the next reunion:  what about 55 year instead of 60?  We aren't getting any younger.  Hope you are well and congratulations on the book.





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