I Bought Mr. Peppermint's Yearbook

The star of the June 1944 Woodrow Wilson Senior Class production of And Came the Spring, in which he played Jeffrey Hartman

If you know Nicky de Larios -- Woodrow Wilson High School, Class of '44 -- please let the former cheerleader know I have her yearbook. Seems to be my new hobby: Yet again, over the weekend I found myself in the used-yearbook section of Half Price Books' mothership, where this time I found, for the low, low price of $15, the 1944 Crusader. And it's an interesting read: Inserted in the book are the newspaper obits of classmates who've died -- appropriate, as de Larios used to be on the reunion committee, according to her former classmate, Jerome Martin Haynes.

Yes -- that's Mr. Peppermint, all right, who tells Unfair Park today he's managed to hang on to his Crusader. "To see what happened to all the ladies," he says, laughing. A few other notable in their senior class: Charley Tatom, former University of Texas Longhorn football player taken in the 19th round in 1948 by the Green Bay Packers; and conductor Chris Xeros, who founded the Richardson Symphony Orchestra in 1962. --Robert Wilonsky

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Robert Wilonsky
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