A number of Lake Highlands graduates are crowding the radio airwaves around Dallas. I currently know of at least four. Let me know of any ‘Djs’ I might have missed. Here’s my list using their “on-the-air” monikers. See how many you can identify and send me their real names and the year they graduated. I’ll print the names next month.
Lisa Lee has landed a spot on the new ‘All-News,’ 94.9 FM station. She’s doing traffic and weather breaks.
Michael T. Parker, another graduate, can be heard up the FM dial on 97.9, the Arrow,
Rick Austin does the Morning MIX, at 102.9. I’ve also seen him on TV, doing commercials for MJ Designs.
One of the two ‘Sports Brothers’ on 570 AM, KLIF, is Lake Highlands graduate, Wally Lynn. He’s the brother sitting on the left hand side of the microphone, in case you get confused.
For many years George Gimarc, a 1975 graduate, has worked in radio around Dallas in many capacities. He’s hosted radio shows and been a great guest expert on several talk programs. He’s been with KZEW and was the program director at KDGE. One of his hobbies has been to collect first recordings by famous people, (not just musicians).
Lynn wrote a book a couple of years ago called, Punk Diary – The First Ten Years. That book has become the definitive resource book for the music industry and researchers interested in the business. He’s completing a follow-up to that book with a work that will report the next five years of Punk history.
George is currently commuting between Dallas and Los Angeles, where he writes and produces a syndicated radio program for rocker Johnny Rotten (John Lyden). The show is heard on progressive rock stations around the U.S.
I spoke with George’s wife, Donna Ziegler Gimarc, ’76, who is busy with her own writing career. She’s carved a niche in historical romance novels. She specializes in romances taking place in the Regency period.
Donna has six novels on the shelf at a bookstore near you, two at the printer, and two in progress.
She also told me that George’s parents, Dorothy and Johnny are happily retired at Holly Lake, in East Texas. They’ve been on cruises and Johnny tears up the golf course on a daily basis.
Alan Walne, a 1971 graduate, is running for Dallas City Council.
Steve and Kriss (Beddoe) Hipp, 1985 Lake Highland graduates, will soon be making an exciting move to a ranch in Colorado. Their new home will be built on a large piece of property and they’ll be using an existing barn on the land as the centerpiece of a new home. The barn will be the great room and they’ll add bedrooms and other living quarters along side. This sounds like something we’ll be seeing in Architectural Digest or Country Living in a couple of years.
Kriss’s sister, Kari, ’89, is married and lives in Flower Mound.
We’ll be losing another Lake Highlands family to Colorado in the near future. David Hood, ’84, wife Teresa, and son Steven are leaving soon for a new home in that state. Joe and Kay are sure going to be lonely.
And I’m sad to report, while not going quite as far west as Colorado, Jack and Donna Clark will be moving to Glen Rose this summer. This is a big loss for the Richardson School District and Lake Highlands High School where Donna had been a counselor and Jack has been assistant principal for many, many years. Jack is taking a position as assistant superintendent and Donna will still be a counselor. Good luck to you both!
The summer olympic games are coming to Atlanta soon. We would like to know about any Lake Highlands graduates, or area residents, who have participated in the Olympic games, either as an athlete, trainer, or official. Also, if you’ve heard of anyone who will be participating in Atlanta this summer, send us some information to the Advocate or at the spots below.