OUR 1956-57 TIGER RAG
By Don Henderson, July 28, 2014
Miss Doris Fowler had been the sponsor for the journalism class for several years, but during he
summer of 1956, the journalism class acquired a new sponsor, Mrs. Alice Cartlidge. Miss Fowler may
have been bluffing, but most of us were afraid of her. We never wanted to mess with Doris Fowler.
However; Alice Cartlidge was a different personality. One that allowed for more, shall we
say....."creativeness". Also just plain .......NOT AS STRICT!! Having said that, I need to explain for those
either who do not know, or those who have forgotten. The Tiger Rag was published 2 times monthly by
the journalism class. In this new school year, because we did not have enough for just seniors, part of
the junior class also were also members. The Tiger Rag for us was really a gossip column that your
friends on the staff either exaggerated or plain lied about some happenings. It was an accepted thing to
"stretch" the truth. Another thing was the frequent grammar errors and misspellings throughout the
paper, most of which were done by perhaps myself who had trouble spelling CAT with the supplying of
2 letters. I was Poll Parrot in 1956-1957, a column begun by Loretta Sims. We had a lot of fun writing
the stories and ribbing our friends, but the hard work came when printing the paper. The paper was
Legal sized and was made in the following manner. First the stories were written and edited by Barbara
Shumate, who was our editor and had a great eye for errors. Eddie, Bo, Ben and I all wrote stories (of
which many were fabricated) and not only could we not spell, we were horrible at typing. Remember, at
the time we were using the old Underwood or Royal, which you had to stomp on with both feet to get it
to type a letter...I exaggerate a bit. The typewriters were equipped to type stencils by selecting no
ribbon. A wax stencil was then inserted into the typewriter and typing was done by cutting into the wax
with the keys. After this the next step was to cover the sheet with ink (don't remember how we did this)
and use a machine that ran off pages. This was a messing process, but it did print the paper. Students
bought subscriptions to the paper on a yearly basis or one copy at a time. Of course, everyone wanted
to catch up on the latest gossip, song dedication, sports and ......Gossip!! The Tiger Rag was good
name.
  After finding the trophy that our group had won, it occurred to me that there might be some stories
about the Bi-District win and the Regional loss. I began looking in my collection of Tiger Rags and I
found two that told the stories. I submit these to you today in the form of PDF files. If you are not
familiar with PDF files, they used to make pages readable after they are scanned. You may need to
download Acrobat Reader. If you need help with this email me:
Email me at this address
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DISCALIMER:
NOTE THAT THESE TIGER RAGS MAY CONTAIN STORIES ABOUT SOME OF OUR SCHOOL
MATES WHO HAVE PASSED AWAY. THERE ALSO MAY BE STORIES ABOUT PEOPLE THAT
WERE CLOSE TO EACH OTHER THEN, BUT LATER PARTED COMPANY. SOME OF THE STORIES
AND SUGGESTIONS ARE COMPLETE FABRICATIONS. EXAMPLE: IN ONE STORY I WAS LISTED
AS 130 LBS, BUT TRUTH BEING I WEIGHED LESS THAN 120 LBS SOAKING WET!!
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