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Postscripts
Our 50th Reunion

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NOTE: As of July 28, 2003 everybody should be able to hear this old tune, "Rock-a-my-soul", but this version is very special, for it was composed, arranged, and played by yours truly, H. Bruce Downey, York '52, specifically for beginning piano players everywhere--- especially me--- and it even includes a change of key or two--- see if you can pick them out!  And I am playing my composition on our 100+ year-old Jacob Doll (nee Dahl) upright piano in our basement family room at the end of Magnolia Lane in Christiansburg, VA. And if you look carefully enough you will see my hand-written music to the immediate left and below.
All controls on this media player work & to rid yourself of 'spacebar' message left click anywhere on this screen.    And if by chance you hear absolutely nothing, scroll on down to the bottom of this screen.

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So what are Postscripts ?  Postscripts can be video clips, audio clips, photos, or any other material submitted by classmates anytime after the 50th Reunion held in October, 2002.  So feel free to contribute anything at anytime by writing to Bruce Downey, York '52 at crow@vt.edu
 
 
 

READ ME FIRST: The video and audio files offered below, as well as all else throughout  this York '52 Reunion website, are stored on-line at York1952.tripod.com which costs a nominal $4.95 a month, underwritten by me.  And for that $4.95 I get 1 GB of storage and no ads when visitors go to these websites. Video clips are huge files--one minute is about 1 MB of space, so depending on your Internet connection speed, these files could take up to say 3, maybe 4-minutes to load.  Because of heavy traffic at tripod.com--- all at the same time that you too are "in the intersection," the traffic light may turn "red" before you fully download these video clips of only 1-minute duration.  So if you get "stuck in traffic", be patient, for these clips will eventually load.  Visitors with faster Internet speeds than simple and now somewhat old-fashioned dial-up modems will have no problem in loading these clips.
 
ALSO NOTE: Both the audio and the video clips will be played on-line by either QuickTime players or by  Windows media players.  Whether you have an iMac or a PC shouldn't matter, because we're not downloading these clips to be played by your computer, but to be loaded temporarily by your web browser.
 
AND FINALLY THIS: You should experience no difficulty in loading the much smaller audio clips even @ slower dial-up Internet speeds.

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Submitted by Ken Jones on dates as noted:

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Ken Jones with one of his dogs, Zippy, outside Ken's home in Fitchburg, MA

<<<< Here is Ken outside his and wife Jennifer's home in Fitchburg, MA relaxing with their dog, Zippy.  And on April 27, 2003 here is story behind this this great photo.... 
 
"This picture was taken a couple years ago. It happened again today.  To get Zippy to come home I had to teach him to expect a treat.  He LOVES creamy peanut butter.

Zippy  is very affectionate!  Being licked on the nose/lips by Zippy after a spring time romp is not easily forgotten.

Swamp water and peanut butter dog breath!"

...Ken


 
 
 
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Submitted by Dave Buswell on dates as noted:

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Yoko and Dave Buswell earlier this year (2003) at a restaurant near their home in Heathsville, VA

Dave's video clip # 1: "A couple made for each other..." using an on-line QuickTime media player --- NOTE: This file is 2.2 MB and takes about 4 minutes for a dial-up user to load at typically slower Internet connection speeds of between 45-100 kbps...but once you load it, your 'cache' will remember it on your next visit here.  Faster Internet Connection speeds will have no trouble in loading this 69-second file.
  
Point and Click to play video <<< QuickTime--"A couple made for each other 04/16/03"---69 seconds 

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Submitted by Ralph 'Punky' Stevens on dates as noted:

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Ralph and wife, Sandy, at a restaurant near their home in San Jose, CA in early April, 2003

And here is "Zach", otherwise known as  Scott Owen Strauss (age 3), having just the greatest time with his "Ahma" as he learns for the very first time the art of washing dishes---as recorded by his Grandfather, our Punky Stevens, sometime in July, 2003... 

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Submitted by Bruce Downey on dates as noted:

Bruce's video clip # 1A: "Down at the barn..." using an on-line QuickTime media player --- NOTE: This file is 1.2 MB and takes about 2 minutes for a dial-up user to load at typically slower Internet connection speeds of between 45-100 kbps...but once you load it, your 'cache' will remember it on your next visit here.  Faster Internet Connection speeds will have no trouble in loading this 70-second file.  

Point and Click to play video <<< QuickTime--"Down at the barn 04/06/03"---70 seconds 
 

Bruce's video clip # 1B: "Amongst the cherry blossoms..." using on-line Windows media player --- NOTE: This file is only 970 KB and takes about 1 minute for a dial-up user to load at typically slower Internet connection speeds of between 45-100 kbps...but once you load it, your 'cache' will remember it on your next visit here.  Faster Internet Connection speeds will have no trouble in loading this 77-second file.   

Point and Click <<< WMV --Listen for the bees in "Amongst the cherry blossoms 04/13/03"---77 seconds 
 

All controls on these media players work & to rid yourself of 'spacebar' messages left click anywhere on this screen. 

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Bruce's audio clip # 1: Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer..." using on-line QuickTime media player NOTE: This will take your browser about 1 minute to load at dial-up Internet connection speeds of between 45-100 kbps.......

Click here <<< "The Entertainer" as performed by Bruce Downey 05/07/03---93 seconds 

Can't hear anything by pointing to and clicking on the Click here box above ? Try pointing to and clicking on the following link. Please give tune some time to load. >>>>>>                http://york1952.tripod.com/50th/TheEntertainerMPEG.wav

Bruce's audio clip # 2: "Amazing Grace..." using off-line media player NOTE: This will take your browser about 1 minute to load at dial-up Internet connection speeds of between 45-100 kbps.......

Click here <<< "Amazing Grace" as performed by Bruce Downey 05/22/03---41 seconds 

Can't hear anything by pointing to and clicking on the Click here box above ? Try pointing to and clicking on the following link and if that still doesn't work for you, please contact crow@vt.edu Please give tune some time to load. >>>>>>                http://york1952.tripod.com/50th/HarvAmazingGraceMPEG.wav

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Bruce's audio clip # 3: "Etude...in John Thompson's 2nd Grade Piano Book, page 48" using off-line media player NOTE: This will take your browser about 1 minute to load at dial-up Internet connection speeds of between 45-100 kbps.......

Click here <<< "Etude" as performed by Bruce Downey 05/27/03---40 seconds 

Can't hear anything by pointing to and clicking on the Click here box above ? Try pointing to and clicking on the following link and if that still doesn't work for you, please contact crow@vt.edu Please give tune some time to load. >>>>>>                http://york1952.tripod.com/50th/HarvThompsonEtudeMPEG.wav

Bruce's audio clip # 4: "Arkansas Traveler" using on-line QuickTime media player NOTE: This will take your browser about 1 minute to load at dial-up Internet connection speeds of between 45-100 kbps.......

Play Audio <<< "Arkansas Traveler" as performed by Nancy Downey 05/31/03---60 seconds 

Can't hear anything by pointing to and clicking on the Play Audio box above ? Try pointing to and clicking on the following link and if that still doesn't work for you, please contact crow@vt.edu Please give tune some time to load. >>>>>>                http://york1952.tripod.com/50th/ArkansasTravelerMPEG.wav

Bruce's audio clip # 5: Bach's "Menuet" using on-line QuickTime media player NOTE: This will take your browser about 30-seconds to load at dial-up Internet connection speeds of between 45-100 kbps.......

Play Audio <<< Bach's "Menuet" perrformed by Bruce Downey 07/07/03---37-seconds 

Can't hear anything by pointing to and clicking on the Play Audio box above ? Try pointing to and clicking on the following link and if that still doesn't work for you, please contact crow@vt.edu Please give tune some time to load. >>>>>>                http://york1952.tripod.com/50th/BachMenuetMPEG.wav

What you should hear upon first coming to "Postscripts" is my own composition of an old tune, ROCK-A-MY-SOUL as performed by me in late March, 2003 after just begining to play the piano in January, 2003---demonstrating that we're never too old to learn something new.
 
However, if you still hear nothing check to see that your speakers are "on" and your volume is "up," and if you still can't hear anything, then try playing it by pointing to and clicking on the following link---
 
                             http://york1952.tripod.com/50th/HarvRockAMySoulMPEG.wav

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