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*Who knew the difference between School and Life.  In School you are taught a lesson and then given a test…….

In Life you are given a test that teaches you a lesson.

*Who knew that we make a living by what we earn and make a life by what we give.

From the lifelong collection of Marcia McMillan Harris, Class of 1967

The Bag Lady 

by Contributing Correspondent Judy Cox, Class of ‘67 

Marcia McMillan Harris (Class of ’67) has been collecting commercial shopping bags since 1980 when her brother, Architect Michael McMillan (Class of ’74,) sent her a bag illustrated by children’s book author, Tomie dePaola, who wrote Strega Nona. Michael undoubtedly understood his sister’s artistic and whimsical sense of style, but he couldn’t have known that his gift would spark a 40-year collecting journey. Marcia’s discriminating taste has resulted in a collection of unique commercial art bags from large retail department stores throughout the world. In the Fall of last year, she donated the entire collection, numbering in the hundreds, to the Myers School of Art at the University of Akron. The collection is a unique representation of the works of commercial artists from the late 20th century through the first half of the 21st century, including famous artists like Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, and Annie Leibovitz, as well as lesser-known artists who are respected in the commercial art world. Large retail stores such as Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales would often commission these works. Over the years, Marcia went diving behind many a display counter to procure her rare treasures. The Director of University Galleries, Arnold Tunstall (class of ’81), has accepted the collection under the auspices of the Myers School of Art at the University of Akron. He said that his students will be able to learn how to catalog and curate large collections and study a rare sampling of commercial graphic art, typography, and illustration. Currently Mr. Tunstall said that select bags are decorating a reception room and he, the students and volunteers will be making plans in the future for gallery displays in other areas of the school. Mr. Tunstall was thrilled to accept this distinctive collection, stating that universities and art galleries thrive on the donations and generosity of donors and their gifts of objects of value. He also noted that Marcia has a good eye for and appreciated the artistic design element of the bags she chose to collect. Marcia’s lifelong collection and her generous gift will certainly provide a rich learning opportunity for generations of students in the future.

Noah Scott, Class of 2016

Artist Noah Scott poses with his drawing, of Krusty the Clown, that was recently featured at the end of an episode of "The Simpsons."

CFHS grad  created a piece of fan art that is featured during the credits of this year's Halloween episode of "The Simpsons" 

Most horror stories do not end well.  But this Halloween tale has a happy ending for a Cuyahoga Falls artist.  Noah Scott has been doodling and creating artwork his entire life.  Legend has it his first real creation was a drawing of a fish at the tender age of just 3 years old.  His art has evolved a lot since then and has taken a bit of a darker turn.  

One of Scott's latest creations, a sinister looking Krusty the Clown looming over Bart and other characters from "The Simpsons" fame, has gained national attention.  On a lark, Scott answered the call earlier this month for fandom art inspired by the show and the Krusty the Clown character to be considered to be a part the animated show's Halloween Treehouse of Horror special  He hastily put pen to paper and sent off his submission on the eve of the deadline on Oct. 10, 2022.  Three days later, Scott said, he got the call from the show's creators and the Fox network that his artwork would be among 20 featured in the special episode's closing credits.

The Halloween-inspired episode, which aired Sunday, October 23, 2022 is dubbed "Not It" and pays homage to Stephen King and features Krusty the Clown. Scott's artwork was the 13th piece included in the credits.

The episode is now available on Hulu.      Click here to read an Akron Beacon Journal article about Scott 

James Bond..."0066" is a Falls HERO.    He was a CFHS Alumni, Class of 1966.   Jim passed away on December 9, 2023.

Click Here for his inspirational story. 

Who knew that CFHS grads Gary Grimes “68” and Mark Benson “71” would form a Beatles tribute band that sold out Carnegie Hall 7 times.   Sadly, Gary has passed, but the group, "1964 The Tribute" and Mark are still performing today, their show is an incredible performance.   See their schedule on their website.

A story of two Falls boys - 1964 The Tribute (a Beatles Tribute Band)

Who knew that Falls resident Mark Allen Mothersbaugh would become an American singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, author and visual artist.  Mark grew up  in the Falls, went to Bolich Jr High, then went to high school at Woodridge, graduating in 1968.  Mark, his brother Bob, and their father came to prominence in the late 1970s as co-founders, singers, and musicians of the new wave band Devo, who’s "Whip It" was a Top 20 single in the US, and is still popular today.    Even more amazing is that Mark's success transcended Devo, and his list of musical scores is too long to list.  Mark also ventured into visual arts, starting when he was at Kent State.  Mark is still writing musical scores to this day, and his art shows draw people from around the world.   Click here to read more about Mark.

Who knew that David B. “Rusty” Higgins “67” graduate of Cuyahoga Falls High School was a featured “Grammy Winning” sax soloist with Les Brown's Band of Renown and pop stars Captain & Tennille.  In 1979 he served as Toni Tennille's symphony orchestra conductor and played for both of President Reagan's presidential inaugural balls. Rusty has also recorded and/or performed with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Mel Torme, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Sting, Kenny G., Arturo Sandoval, Michael Bublé, Michael Feinstein, The Temptations, Diana Ross, Manhattan Transfer, Stevie Wonder, Johnny Cash, Avenged Sevenfold, and more.  Check him out on this Youtube Video

Rusty Higgins, Class of 1967

Who knew that that former teacher and band director Robert Feldbush published a book about the Tiger Band called the “Magnificent Monster”.   Click here if you would like to buy it.

A female football kicker!!!

 CFHS senior Emma Brustoski was featured on FOX 8’s “Cleveland’s Own” Brustoski, a five-sport athlete, carried a 4.1 GPA.  

"Oh the Places She'll Go"

Who knew that Cuyahoga Falls has been governed for over 30 years by Dons ~~~

Mayor Don Walters , CFHS 1981 

Former Mayor Don Robart , CFHS 1963 

Lauren Menke, a 2010 grad, competed on Jeopardy February 19, 2021. Click here to view the Akron Beacon Journal Article about her experience 

Who knew that 1996 CFHS grad Jerry Hissem, would be the pilot of the Goodyear Airship.  So when you see the blimp flying overhead, it’s probably a CFHS graduate at the controls.

Harold Fulton graduated from CFHS in June 1954.  Per his high school yearbook comments, he  immediately enlisted and served 28+ yrs, and as he says, some good, some “not so".  Retired as Senior Master Sgt/ First Sergeant. Attended Kent State University on the GI Bill. Received his undergraduate degree in Social Studies/Education. Earned a Master's/Education in counseling also from Kent and took additional courses at the University of Akron. Training in Vocational Counseling, Drug & Alcohol counseling. Taught in Wayne County, Ohio at the Junior High & Senior High levels. Retired as Coordinator, Pupil Personnel Services at Wayne County Schools Career Center. Involved in Children’s Services for many years .....also at USAF Museum and several veterans organizations.

Who knew that 1968 CFHS grad David Hanna would be a Historical Interpreter / tourism professional who has worked at Hale Farms here in our area, then Jamestown, VA, Williamsburg, to Georgetown.  And he recently met the President.  

Who knew what the word Cuyahoga really meant?    Back in 1962, during the Falls Sesquicentennial celebration, this news article was printed in the Beacon Journal; I guess they knew, did you?