Edward Torchy Smith

Profile Updated: January 11, 2016
Residing In: Solon, OH USA
Spouse/Partner: Peggy Sue
Homepage: View Website
Children: Halley Firstenberg (Husband - Josh)
Matthew Smith ( wife - Rebecca )

For those of you who need help on this site and/or want to talk to me...my cell is 440-382-3866.
We can also face time if you have an I- phone. But NOT like that Anthony Weiner guy.

Have a favorite school story? Funny memory? This can be used for anything you'd like to share.

Good experiences from our teachers were appreciated I am sure. On the other hand, directly across the hall from our home room existed a miserable teacher. At least she was to me. Yes sir…is true that I was trouble with a capital T and that rhymes with me and I was not joining the boys band. Sorry I am getting carried away here, but now, as I look back, I can envision every punishment that I deserved from those that were just spiteful. I now have a much clearer perspective. With that in mind…something was definitely wrong with Miss Dorothy Lungmus, who taught American History, other than really bad hair.

When I was in the 11th grade my father died from a long illness. I was pulled out of class and told in the morning by Ed Stock. Miss Lungmus was told that I would not be in class by more than one of my friends prior to attendance roll call. Word spread very fast. I was not on the absent tee list so she had the gall to turn me for skipping her third period class. When I returned to school Zip Zednick called me down for skipping her class. No other teacher turned me in. My other teachers that day knew that nobody would not have the balls to skip class and make up such a story. When I was summoned down to see Zednick, who was not the sharpest pencil in the basement, he looked at me and said “ oh yeah it is you….go back to class” without even making eye contact. If you remember he was ahead of attendance. When I asked Miss No Lung Bust “why she turned me in”. She just walked away from me. It was rumored that she hated men. This was not the only bad incident I had with her but probably the most memorable. And I was not even someone who goofed around in her class. Years later, when I was a college student at Kent State, I saw the spinster Lungmus at Blossom Music Center dragging a lawn chair out of her car by herself on a Sunday afternoon. Who goes to a concert on a Sunday by themselves? I wanted to flatten her tires but I didn’t. She was already pretty flat and she would be most likely be flat for the rest of her life without my help. She actually looked a little pathetic. The weird thing is I watch The History Channel all the time now.

If you have a good/bad story about a Shaker High experience feel free to post it here. Or any other story you would like to GET OFF YOUR CHEST.

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Jul 14, 2018 at 8:33 AM

I remember him from Woodbury. 

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Happy Birthday......You look great...hope you feel as good as you look.

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Posted on: Apr 08, 2017 at 9:56 AM

So I'm a few days late; BFD. Hope you had a great one.

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Posted on: Jan 11, 2017 at 1:24 PM

Happy Birthday....almost.....I remember you from high school because I had a big crush on you. I was always afraid to talk to you so I kept my distance. I think I asked you to dance one time and you said next slow dance. I tried to find you but you went outside for a cigarette.

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Posted on: Sep 17, 2016 at 7:24 PM

Here you are Richard.....Weren't you on Academic Challenge ?

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Sep 06, 2016 at 4:33 PM

From Edward Torchy Smith.

I got the following Email today:

Sept. 6th, 2016

I am sorry to share with you that Annellen Minkin Simpkins recently passed away. I am sharing with you as requested by her husband, Charles Simpkins, who wanted someone to know. Thanks.




Sharon Galin

Consultant, Alumni Liaison

Shaker Heights City Schools

15600 Parkland Dr.

Shaker Heights, OH  44120

(216) 295-4877


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Posted on: Aug 31, 2016 at 5:45 AM

Hey Rocco...Sorry I missed you at The Eagles Club....I heard Iofredo was also there. Hope you and Parma are doing well. I saw Ida at an event during the Republican Convention downtown. She looked great.

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Jul 29, 2016 at 4:33 PM

Here is what I recieved Jim's wife ( DALE WOLFSON)....

 There was never a formal obituary nor a funeral for Jim.  He was a cadaver donation.  I have held two memorials for him, one in Sarasota and one in Ann Arbor and will be holding a third in Chambersburg, PA, where we lived for 18 years, in September.  I'll try to make this short.

Jim Wolfson passed away on November 18, 2015 in Sarasota, Florida.  Although he had been ill for several months, his death was still unexpected. 

After leaving Shaker Heights High School in 1968, Jim attended the University of Michigan, receiving degrees in industrial engineering and an MBA in accounting.  At Michigan he met me ,his wife, Dale Marder Wolfson, and we were married for 45 years.

We lived in several places during those 45 years, including Tucson, Sarasota, Cleveland and Chambersburg, PA.  It was in Chambersburg that Jim had some of his greatest achievements.  He became what you could call a big fish in a very small pond.  Chambersburg has the dubious distinction of being the only town in the North that was burned to the ground by the Confederacy after they came demanding money and the townspeople refused to pay.  Jim immersed himself in the Civil War history of the area and gave much time to the minority and Jewish community.  He was responsible for restoring the historic Jewish cemetery in Chambersburg, where the only Confederate Jewish soldier can be found buried in a northern cemetery, and relentlessly sought and received five historical markers for the borough.  After writing several grants and starting in 2004, Jim was the executive director of a federally funded after-school program for students at risk in the Chambersburg Area School District, where he touched the lives of many children and their families.

Jim was always grateful for the experiences he had growing up in Shaker Heights and credited his education with allowing him to impact so many people in such a positive way.

Our children, Rebecca and Mandy, and I miss him very much, but we take great comfort in knowing that his life had meaning for many.  We are grateful that he had the years he had to live the life he lived. 

Dale Wolfson


Jul 11, 2016 at 6:42 AM

Did you play golf on your birthday? Or did you surf the web...LOL
Sorry I am a day late to wish you a Happy Burp Day.

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Posted on: Jun 06, 2016 at 5:12 PM

Looks like you can still be a mother again of that baby....and not a grandmother.

May 23, 2016 at 4:03 PM

I made this cake for just to take a picture of it.

May 21, 2016 at 1:17 PM

You take the Cake.

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I am 16 here on the New York Trip sponsered by the high school. Mr Robert Morse and Mr Fred Heinlen were the guys who put the trip together. We went by train.
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I finally made the big time.
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My grandson Eli. Matt's son.
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Bryna with her grandmothers
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Torchy Smith Showing Mimi Becker's Art work at Miles Market in Solon