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Manchester High School
437 West Nimisila Road
Akron, OH 44319
(330) 882-3291

  Dan Fry - MHS Class of 1985
  Cartoonist at American Greetings
 

Family:

Met Michelle thru Match.com, and we’ve been married for four years. We have one son, Carter, age 1½.

Location History:

West Akron, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights

Education after MHS:

Two Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from The University of Akron

Occupation history:

Cartoonist at American Greetings since 1996. A slew of crappy jobs before that...

Spouse’s occupation:

Art Director

Interesting things you’ve done since high school:

Met the artist Frank Frazetta

Strangest thing you’ve done since high school:

I competed in the Teenage Mr. Akron in 1986

Travel highlights:

Hawaii, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City

Current Hobbies / Activities:

Cartooning, collecting old comic strips and Comic Books

Favorite Manchester teachers, and why:

Mr. Armenti . . . passionate
Mr. Petraitis . . . extremely kind

Favorite subject at MHS:

Art

Least favorite subject at MHS:

Chemistry . . . every time I turned around Gary Arnold had put my pencil in a test tube full of chemicals.

Favorite Manchester memories:

Graduation night with my friends

Least favorite memories from school, if any:

Graduating and never seeing all those great people after knowing them for 13 years.

Thoughts about attending Manchester schools, in general:

Small-town feeling without being a small town in the middle of nowhere.

What sports, if any, did you play at MHS?

Football, Track and Field

Other H.S. activities / clubs you enjoyed:

Art Club, Key Club

Which H.S. reunions have you attended? Any favorite memories?

5-Year Reunion. Nothing had changed . . . most of us were still in college!?!

Did you have any favorite high school “hangouts?”

McDonalds . . . not too many choices in Manchester!

Favorite music from your H.S. era, and current favorite:

Van Halen, U2, Huey Lewis and the News . . . my wife still makes fun of me for that one.

Favorite TV shows:

(then) Sheriff Lobo
(now) Battlestar Galactica

Favorite movies:

(then) Rambo 3, Rocky 3
(now) 40 Year Old Virgin, Amelie, Life is Beautiful

Biggest Pet Peeve since your graduation:

No one contacted me for my 20 year reunion!

“My old friends would be surprised to know…”

I'm actually making a living drawing cartoons about farting and burping (big sellers in the greeting card world).

If you could re-do or change one thing, what might that be…?

I would have studied art right out of high school at a reputable art school.

Do you still have family living in Manchester?

My parents still live there. I’m back in town about six or seven times a year.McDonalds . . . not too many choices in Manchester!

Old friends can contact Dan by email at: danfry76@hotmail.com

 

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