Check your TV listings for an upcoming Lake Highlands connection. Shari Hill Small, ’85, and husband Brian recently completed construction of a new home on several acres in Southlake. Before building their home, they needed to get rid of a dilapidated farm house that had been on the site for many years.

Using a bit of creativity, they contacted the “Walker, Texas Ranger” people and asked if they would be needing any houses to blow up for future episodes.

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If you’ve ever seen the show, in which Chuck Norris stars, that’s a little like asking: “Does McDonalds sell hamburgers?”

So they shot the scene and hauled away the debris. Watch for the episode in September.

Here and There

Melinda McCrocklin Morris, ’84, just published her second public-speaking textbook (Public Speaking in a Diverse Society; A Student Handbook) for university students.

She was involved in speech and debate at LHHS, edited the school newspaper and was the mascot. Melinda now teaches and is the co-director of public speaking at the University of Oklahoma. She says she has had some Lake Highlands graduates in her classes.

Last month, the City of Richardson swim team (COR) held a reunion at Cottonwood Park. Diana Weniger, ’88, Missie Allert, ’89 and a number of other record-setting Lake Highlands swimmers have been part of this team over the years.

I’m told that Missie, who held some state records, missed the cut-offs for the U.S. Olympic swim team by just a few hundredths of a second!

Reading, Writing and Hammering

Classes at Lake Highlands High School begin Aug. 11. The way the new ninth-grade center is taking shape, you might think they’re trying to get it ready for classes this month. I drive by it at least two times a day and really enjoy seeing the progress each time I pass.

Back in May 1975, the workers were feverishly trying to complete construction of the high school auditorium. If you haven’t lived in the area very long, it may surprise you to learn that the auditorium wasn’t part of the original 1960s structure.

It might seem odd that it was important to complete the auditorium’s construction by the end of the school year, but the first event scheduled for the new facility was graduation ceremonies for the seniors.

Eventually, it became clear that a few things were behind schedule, so the night before graduation, a number of seniors and other volunteers spent the night cleaning, clearing out tools and even bolting down seats. The ceremony was held as planned in the beautiful new facility, even if there were a few sleepy-eyed graduates that day.