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Poster:hall1td
Date:2007-08-23 20:32
Subject:Hello
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I just joined the community and see that it's not particularly active, but I'll give it a shot to see who's out there.  I don't recognize any of the names, probably because I am an alum from so long ago.  I attended from 1970-1972 along with my brother Mike.  Classmates and friends at the time included George Ritchie, David Fike, Mark Murr, David Dumond, Phil Schwenk, Leonard Bailey, Austin Smith (whose dad ran the hog operation), Lisa Bradt.  Joy Smith, whose dad ran the Go Ye bookstore in Muskogee I think, was a year ahead and I later attended Grace College of the Bible with her and her husband Tim Leicster (sp?).  Deb Whitby was another acquaintance a year ahead.  Teachers I particularly remember included the principal Mr. Gardner and the Dean of Students or men or something like that Mr. Steiner.  Dal Smith taught Math, Gardner Biology, Shelly Spurling was my favorite English teacher.  I worked in poultry, mostly collecting and processing eggs for sale, during my first year (sophomore) and switched to the hog barn late in the first year; stayed there for the rest of my time at Markoma.

I was not one my classmates would have voted the most spiritual or the most likely to succeed.  In fact, I was not invited back my senior year (I don't know whether they maintained this tradition throughout the school's existence).  I returned home to Kansas after spending the summer between junior and senior year on wheat harvest with a guy from Corn, OK, started Sr. year in Girard, KS, then left home, ending up in Tulsa where I met up with Mark Murr and stayed with him at Jim Whitby's house, going to school at Tulsa Central until the two of us lit out for Florida in December 1972.

I would welcome any info anyone might have on my old friend George Ritchie, who was from Tulsa, or my roommates Leonard Bailey (I don't recall where he was from) and Phil Schwenk (I think eastern OK around Wagoner), or Mark Murr or his brother Tim, both from Kentucky.  Google doesn't help much--too many of those names.

I was only a little sorry to see that the school closed, mostly for reasons of nostalgia.  I really lost track of goings on there.  I think as boarding schools go it was an interesting idea, and I learned to work there.  That was its most lasting impact on me, and the one I value most.  It may have exerted some influence on my later spiritual life, and it's certainly not the school's fault if it didn't exert more.  It was not the right place for me, though I know it probably was for others (though in his providence, God has redeemed even my time in the various wrong places I passed through at one time or another).

That's enough for now.  I'll watch for responses.

Tim Hall, 1970-1972

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Poster:robertsrambling
Date:2007-04-11 17:45
Subject:Email
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While we are at it, why don't we have an email address exchange? Let's all make sure that not only do we have our names on our profiles, let's also have a valid email address so we can actually communicate with each other. Of course this is totally voluntary and there is no obligation to do so. However, if we actually want a community, we sort of need to introduce ourselves and talk to each other.

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Poster:robertsrambling
Date:2007-04-10 22:01
Subject:
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When I first began this community, part of my goal was to ensure that no private information got to people who were not really Markoma graduates. I felt that the registration process would solve that issue. Also, because everyone had to be a registered member, we would all then know who else was here. The problem with that whole theory is that no one has been using a real name to register. That is if you go to the profile, all that you find is the nickname. So, even though we are registering, no one knows who the others are because we aren't using our real names. This is mostly my fault, because I am the gatekeeper and I have been approving memberships without getting folks' real names. Sorry.

So, from this point forward, I won't approve new memberships unless there is a real name on the user profile. Also, I would ask everyone who is already a member to edit your user profile and put your real name in there. Sound fair enough?

(Let me add this addendum so there is no misunderstanding. No private information has been compromised. The only information to which anyone has access is what you put here. All is well. Trust me.)

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Poster:robertsrambling
Date:2006-07-25 20:08
Subject:Fifteen
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Sorry that I haven't been here much lately. We are up to fifteen members. Feel free to post now and then. We were looking at doing a big chat once, but my life keeps being in crisis. I will try it again at some point.

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Poster:robertsrambling
Date:2006-03-05 08:27
Subject:Members
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We are now up to 12 members here at the Markoma community. I think we should have a party or something. Anyone up for a big online chat sometime?

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Poster:mattildabay
Date:2006-01-24 21:22
Subject:Funny look today.
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Earlier today I was standing at the front desk of the school where I work speaking with the "lunch lady" and another teacher. They were bemoaning the fact that, "these middle school kids just don't pick up after themselves after lunch anymore." When there was a break in the action I mentioned that they should do what I used to have to do a the boarding school. You should have seen the look they gave me...boarding school?! Like it was unbelievable...I seem so normal. They did get a real kick out of our having to scrape all the food scraps into a bucket. They thought that was a great idea.

I don't think about Markoma much these days, but at times those "special moments" come back with a chuckle!

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Poster:mattildabay
Date:2006-01-22 21:24
Subject:Sold to the Cherokee Nation!
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I finally searched for and read the news article from the Cherokee Nation on their purchase of good 'ol MBA...or MCS..whichever you remember. Funny how those high school years can on one day seem so good and on another so difficult, full of frustration. Regardless, lifelong friends were made there. Even though years go by, when you happen to run into someone from MBA there are very few of those pregnant pauses (unless you dated). Instead things quickly move into stories of the old days through which our current families suffer, unable to understand the fun and hardships of boarding school. Oh well, the ever growing of pyramid of stories came to an end this year. For some that will be quite sad, for others quite expected and for a few, I'm sure, even welcomed. Interesting, isn't it, how after all these years our feelings bounce all over the place...at least mine do.

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Poster:robertsrambling
Date:2006-01-21 12:38
Subject:I've Been Gone
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I've been gone for a while. I spent 19 days in the hospital. If you have a membership request waiting, I'll get to it soon.

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Poster:robertsrambling
Date:2005-12-18 23:08
Subject:New Members
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We've added a couple of new members. How about everyone posting and sharing what years you attended Markoma? For myself, I started in the fall of '77 and graduated in 1980.

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Poster:robertsrambling
Date:2005-11-23 23:19
Subject:We Welcome a New Member
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We welcome a new member, maryb1985. Hopefully, more Markoma alums will soon find their way here.

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Poster:robertsrambling
Date:2005-11-13 12:22
Subject:Markoma Sold
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I came across this article that says the Cherokee Nation has officially purchased the site of Markoma Bible Academy. For those of you who don't know, Tahlequah, where Markoma is/was located, is the capitol of the Cherokee Nation.

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Poster:robertsrambling
Date:2005-10-25 11:06
Subject:Welcome!
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Welcome to the online community for Markoma Alumni. To join, simply click the Info link, and then click on the link to join the community.

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