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Sasebonians Newsletter
About Our Club

Our Purpose

The Sasebonians Clubsite was created by Fred Schumann on Sept. 19, 1999 with the intention of tracking down and reuniting high school alumni from EJ King School located in Sasebo, Japan. Thus far the clubsite has fulfilled its purpose! We have been reunited with over 80 classmates as well as some teachers and parents. Thank you, Fred, you have given everyone a tremendous gift in reuniting old friends!

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Have you ever heard of a poet named James Kavanaugh? He is a former Catholic priest who was excommunicated because of his critical writing of the "outdated" Catholic Church. This was back in the days when we were still at E. J. King. Here's one I think parents will understand. It's from his now out-of-print book from 1972 called "Faces in the City." ....Eddie Farris~Nagatome


A Stone


Once a little stone
Was lying in a field
Till someone picked him up
Polished him
Joined him with other stones
And made him part of a wall.
He wasn't a stone anymore
Free to lie in the dust
Until the rain came
To make him clean again.
He was cemented in a wall
Surrounded, crowded by other stones.
He was hardly noticed before
Now everyone saw the wall
Of which he was a part.
But the wall was in a field
And did nothing, protected nothing
Led to nothing.
It was only a wall in a field
Standing alone made by a man
Who thought they should use the stone for something.
And the little stone will remain there
Till the wall falls down
Or someone knocks it down.
Then he will be a stone again
And get dusty, feel the rain
And the soft feet of children.

Thoughts on Friends



When just being together is more important than what you do, you are with a friend...



How good it feels, the hand of an old friend!
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


I am so glad you are here.....It helps me to realize how beautiful my world is!


No love, no friendship can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever.....


Some people are so special that once they enter your life, it becomes richer and fuller and more wonderful than you ever thought it could be!


To Know someone here or there with whom you feel there is an understanding in spite of distances or thoughts unexpressed ~ that can make of this earth a garden.
Goethe


Friendships that have stood the test ~ time and change ~ are surely best!


A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you today just the way you are...


We make our living by what we do.....We make our life by what we give...
~Danny Glover


The best mirror is an old friend.
~English proverb



We need time to dream, time to remember, time to reach the infinite. Time to be.
~Gladys Taber


Recall it as often as you wish , a happy memory never wears out.
~Libbie Fudim

Trivia Question


Why is there so much ritual in Japanese sumo wrestling?


Answer below:

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Sumo bouts usually are over in a few seconds. Nevertheless
they are accompanied by a lot of business, such as each
humongous contestant reaching a foot high in the air and
bringing it down with a crash. The wrestlers also toss salt
around. This ritual, called shikiri, seems to have all the
mystery of some ancient religion.


Well it should, for the kick and the salt are supposed to
banish evil spirits. The ritual and the sport were originally
connected to Shinto, the ancient state religion of Japan that
used to involve emperor worship. The top sumo wrestlers still
take part in some formal Shinto ceremonies.

Is sumo ever likely to evolve into the buffoonery that passes
for "professional" wrestling in the United States? Fat
chance.
(Source: ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA)


Little Known facts about our School

Did you know:

1) There was no base school in Sasebo in 1949 (looks like they used correspondence courses)

2) In the early 50's the school was called Dragon School

3) In 1953 the school was called Schroeder Jr/Sr High

4) The school's name was changed to EJ King around 1956.

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As of February 17th, 2001, EJ King High School has 137 alumni registered at Classmates.com. Click on the logo above to check out their site!