Horace Greeley High School
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Bob Oddo
I am sad to report that beloved science teacher Bob Oddo passed away on January 29th in Myanmar where he had been living and teaching. The preliminary autopsy revealed Bob died of an aortic aneurysm, with a secondary diagnosis of COVID.

This web site probably would not exist without Oddo, who helped me get on the nascent world wide web from the office behind his classroom, and served as my advisor for my Senior Project which was Greeley's first website.

A fundraiser has been organized in his name and you can make a donation here:


Kenneth Tarbet '79
Kenneth Tarbet, 54, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Thursday, August 18, 2016 at Bingham Memorial Hospital. He was born December 23,1961 to Willard J. Tarbet and Nelyne Gilbert Tarbet. Although he was raised in Chappaqua, New York, he spent his summers in southeastern Idaho with his grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Kenneth was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served a mission to Paris, France, and held many callings over the years. He especially enjoyed serving in the Scouting Program. He loved Heavenly Father, and the Gospel. He found joy in sharing his testimony of the Savior with others and could always be found with a positive attitude and contagious smile. He truly found the beauty in all things and in everyone.

Kenneth did his undergraduate work at BYU Provo, received his Phd in Chemistry at University of Utah, and J.D. at St. Lewis University. He practiced Patent Law in Illinois, Washington, California, Arizona and Idaho. He was a co-founder of BTKS BioDiesel. He was also a lacrosse enthusiast, playing lacrosse in high school and for four years at BYU. In 2015, he was inducted into the BYU Lacrosse Hall of Fame and recognized as a pioneer in leadership by his team members. He also enjoyed scouting, hiking, and demonstrated much creativity through making pottery and carving walking sticks.

On September 30, of 2014 Kenneth married Shari Transtrum and moved to Blackfoot, ID.

Kenneth is survived by his wife, Shari, of Blackfoot; children, Connor Tarbet of Seattle, WA and Katrina Tarbet Bowyer of Temecula, CA; stepson, Paul (Kira) McDaniels of Blackfoot; brothers, Bryon (Tara) Tarbet of Highland, UT and Craig (Cindy) Tarbet of Eagle Mountain, UT; sisters, Debbie (Blake) Jarman of Grass Valley, CA, Lynne (Tom) Rath of Grass Valley, CA, Tammy (Scott) Winterbottom of Charlottesville, VA, and Becky (Wes) Keetch of Lehi, UT; grandchildren, Deya, Evan and PJ McDaniels and 23 nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents.


Parag Khanna '95 Reddit AMA
It was fun to see Parag Khanna's Reddit AMA today:


Parag also has a book coming out in a few days called Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization. You can order it here: http://amzn.to/1Qbdxep

Does anyone have "Anything Goes"?
I was just thinking about our senior year musical and the fact that I never got to watch it..Did anyone make a video of it? I'd LOVE to borrow it..Or I'd be happy to paypal you some cash if you would make and mail me a copy. THANKS in advance!!

Carey Yaruss at the Rainbow Room!
I will be making my debut as the new vocalist for the NY big band at The Rainbow Room on August 17th. Performing at this venue is a dream come true for me- and I hope to share the night with some familiar Greeley alumni faces. Please visit my site http://www.careyyaruss.com for more info.

Carey Yaruss on tour
Hello fellow Greeley-alum!
I am excited to annouce that I am currently on tour as a back-up singer for Michael Amante. Please visit my website http://www.careyyaruss.com and click on 'calendar' to find out where we will be next! You can also visit http://www.michaelamante.com for more info.
Hope to see you at a show!

Harris Connect Directory Update
I recently received a postcard from Harris Connect telling me that they're updating their alumni directory and that I should call them at 1-800-546-2557 to make sure that my contact and personal information is all up-to-date.

I've never actually seen their book and would of course much rather everyone use this site to get in touch with their classmates, but those of you who are interested may want to give Harris a call.

CD follow-up
Hi again! Thanks so much for all of you who have written to me either to say hi, send me a contact person or ask to purchase my cd. Please visit www.careyyaruss.com or cdbaby.com/careyyaruss if you would like to buy a copy!

Directing a Show in NYC
I'm directing a show in NYC that opens on Sept 9th. All the info is below!

Going home is never easy, especially when you're from Pennsyltucky - where hunting isn't just sport, it's religion. Respect is earned by the shot of a rifle and Shane's homecoming is his last chance to earn the respect from his dying grandfather. Inspired by Cain and Abel, this is the story of a brother, desperate for success and eager to prove his manhood.

Sept 9-24 at the Bosakowski Theater (354 West 45th Street, between 8th and 9th). Tickets at http://www.smarttix.com

Any Alumni in the music industry??
I recently finished making my first CD...If any of you know of (or work in) the music industry or have a contact for me to send my demo to, I would REALLY appreciate it! The CDs are $10 each if anyone would like one, please email me...If you work in the field or know someone who does, I will happily send you a free copy!
Thanks in advance- hope everyone is doing well.

Claire Risoli and Al Damon
Writes Janet Lane '68: "I did find out that Claire Risoli, my former English teacher, married Al Damon, the infamous Math teacher for whom I baked at least 50 batches of cookies! She must be a great cookie baker to have caught his eye!!!" Update: Michael L. Cesta, MD informs us that Al Damon was a History teacher, not a Math teacher. Another Update: Miss Rosoli's nephew informs us that while Mr. Damon did marry an English teacher named Clare, it was not Miss Risoli. We're sorry for the confusion.

Class of 1981 Class Photos
So, after sitting on these photos for almost 5 years, I have finally posted what I believe to be the K-6th grade class photos from the HGHS class of 1981.

Please let me know if you see any problems, or if you would like your name removed.


Well this is Paco, that is what alot of people knew me by. I am currently in the Air Force, I am A Staff Sargeant and I am living in Italy at the moment.
I joint right after I graduated I was station in Mississippi and I went to the dessert in support of 9/11, right after that I went to south Korea and now like I said I am in Italy.
I also just wanted to say hello to all of you.

Just Looking
Maybe I'm regressing, I'm not sure. Recently I went to see Jeff Rothman's Band play in NYC and I started thinking that I spent 11 years with many of you and yet I dropped off the face of the earth after Graduation. I miss a lot of you. I was wondering how you're doing. I'm married now and have a five year old daughter named Emma. I do freelance photography and live in Valhalla. If anyone is out there (Amy Singer, Katie Clippard, Laurie Netto and others) I'd love to say hello and see how you're all doing. E-mail me and we can regress together.

High Five
I'd like to give a shout-out to Emily Schwarz! Bet you didn't think I'd do it, didja?

hghs.org on hiatus
hghs.org is going on holiday!

I am about to embark on a month and a long trip that will take me around the world from Paris to Barcelona, through Moscow and St. Petersburg, Helsinki Bangkok, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Saipan, Seattle and finally landing me back in NYC.

As such, any news and email address listings will be held until I get home.

Sorry for the inconvenience, but I promise to take care of everythin upon my return on December 20th.

Take care!

back on the east coast...
...after a long drive from vail, colorado i have returned to the NYC metro area. staying with mom and dad at their house in stamford until i find a job and a place of my own. stamford is ok, but i rather have an apartment in the east village! anyone want to hire a chemist? send some news. it would be great to hear from old classmates.

The passing of Mr. Taylor
Marshall Moseley '79 points us to this 1997 obituary of Charles Taylor who was a teacher and then a guidance counselor at Greeley.


Charles F. Taylor, July 20, 1997.

After a year at Bates, where he roomed with high-school classmate Edmund Muskie '36, Charles Taylor's education was interrupted by the Depression. He spent several years at Butler Hospital Nurses' Training School in Providence, R.I., and at the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic in New York City. During World War II, he spent three years in Eritrea with the hospital unit of Douglas Aircraft Co., where he established a psychiatric unit and was director of the nonmedical hospital staff. After the war he earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees from New York Univ., also doing graduate work at Columbia. For 31 years he taught at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, N.Y., and, in 1970, became guidance counselor. His relationships with former students continued through his retirement. Active in the community, Charlie Taylor received the first Citizen of the Year Award from the Newcastle Town Club for his work in organizing the Chappaqua Forum on American Foreign Policy. He also organized and was in charge of the first Student International Exchange at Horace Greeley, and directed the school's summer school program for six years. An officer in local educational associations, he had been a John Hay Fellow at the 1962 Colorado College Summer Institute, had taught at Colgate Univ.'s Conference on American Foreign Policy, and also lectured at Syracuse Univ. School of Journalism. He was a member and trustee of Chappaqua Historical Society, Phi Delta Kappa, a volunteer at Mount Kisco Day Care Center, and past president of Friends of the Library. Throughout his life he had traveled extensively in 50 states, Europe, Antarctica and New Zealand. In 1983 he moved to California to be near his family. He leaves daughter Shelley, grandchildren Sara and Charles, and two sisters. His wife, the former Pearl Harvey, predeceased him in 1974. A piano teacher, she also may be remembered as secretary to Dean Hazel Clark for eight years.


Back in Time
For those who remember who I am. I did not go to Greeley, I went to Robert E Bell and then back to Argentina.

All I want to say is that I miss you.


More Sexy Fun (cont.)
I know it's not strictly alumni news, but I really couldn't resist. Be true to your school. Rah.


Greeley Sex Scandal (Part II)
I've gotten many emails about the latest Chappaqa scandal involving a stripper, members of the football team and some whipped cream. You can use your imagination, or you can read the colorful reporting in the Journal News. We could all just chalk this up to "kids will be kids" except for the fact that the parents were there watching. So, did they provide the pot?

If nothing else, we can no longer say that the era of family bonding is over.

"She was naked at the time, other than wearing boots," the DA said.


Thanks to my father, Ryan Farrell '91 and Jed Schmidt '95 (writing to us from Japan) for the links.

Changing Times
Most of you have probably seen this already, but for those of you who haven't, here is proof positive that a) Greeley knows how to stay in the news and b) things have certainly changed since the days of scrawling things on the bathroom wall. Two points of view:


Class of '95 Reunion Photos
Stacy Wiener has posted photos from the David Chen extravaganza at http://www.fashionfileny.com/greeley/2000reunion.html.

Modem-bound folks beware, it's a pretty large page.

Epiphany Theater Company
I've recently founded the Epiphany Theater Company in NYC. Our first show of the season, "Defying Gravity" runs MARCH 18 - MARCH 31 at The Producers Club. Call (212) 252-5084 for information or (718)230-8424 for tickets. You can also purchase tickets online at http://www.smarttix.com/. We hope to see you there!

Jobs in NYC
I work for an Interactive Advertising agency in New York and we are hiring a lot these days. If anyone does any of the following and is looking for a job in NYC, please let me know! Web Designers, Web Producers,Programmers, Account Management or Brand Planning.

Dar Williams Returns to Chappaqua
Singer-songwriter Dar Williams (http://www.darwilliams.com/) will return to her roots this coming friday, December 3rd, to play a concert at Horace Greeley High School as a fundraiser for the Katonah Museum of Art. The concert will begin at 8pm. Tickets are $20. Reserved tickets, including an autographed Dar Williams CD and a post-concert reception with William, are $55. Tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster by phone at (914) 454-3338, online (http://www.ticketmaster.com/), or at Ticketmaster outlets at the Wiz, Tower Records, Filenes, Scotti's Record Shops, HMV Record Stores, J&R Music World and Compact Disc World. [ information from the November 24, 1999 Patent Trader Weekend ]

Housing wanted in NYC
Having recently graduated from college, your loving webmaster is in desperate need of a 2 bedroom apartment in New York City, preferably in Manhattan. If you know of any leads in that area, please contact me (Jesse) at jcn (at) storytime.org.