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

  Bob Long --- MHS Class of 1967
  Radio GM / High School Teacher
 

Family:

Not married.never have been. I live with my cat, "Bomber." She doesn't care what time I come home

Location history:

Lived in Manchester until 1989, then moved to Streetsboro, where I teach high school.

Education after MHS:

The University of Akron (Major: English; Minor: Speech; Special Certification: Reading)

Your Occupation history:

1968-1971 - News Editor and Reporter at WHLO 640AM in Akron

1971-1979 - Reporter Manager 88.9/WSTB-FM in Streetsboro/Akron, and teaching faculty at Streetsboro High School

Summer work to occupy my time when school is out has included Dispatcher at Franklin Twp. Police/Fire/Rescue; Manager of Training and Orientation at Geauga Lake Park; Front Desk and (currently) Breakfast Ambassador at the Fairfield Inn by Marriott in Streetsboro.

Interesting things you've done since high school:

Haven't done anything spectacular. I travel a lot; love New York City and visit there at least once a year.

Travel highlights:

Nothing international. Some major U.S. cities, like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth, just to name a few.

Current Hobbies / Activities:

Weather is still my favorite. I love weather extremes. Besides being General Manager at 88.9/WSTB, I am also the chief weather forecaster and do weather on-the-air every hour.

Favorite subject at MHS:

American Government (I love that stuff) with Mrs. Lillian Williams

Least favorite subject at MHS:

Chemistry (with Mrs. Carol Bartels)

Favorite Manchester memories:

Getting locked inside the Akron/Canton Airport at 1:30am after visiting the National Weather Service office with Patricia Green following one of our formal dances. It was her idea to go visit the weather office.really it was.

Other H.S. activities / clubs you enjoyed:

Didn't play any sports, but did lots of other stuff:
- Yearbook photographer
- Photography Club
- Library Club member/president
- Band Vice President
- Wrote a column for the school newspaper

Which H.S. reunions have you attended? Favorite memories?

I went to two reunions.5 and 10 (perhaps it was 15) years. I thought it was kinda funny how at the 5 year reunion it was sort of a picnic thingy with everybody running around playing games at the park like we were still in high school. The next reunion was at a restaurant or hotel meeting room and everyone just sat around talked (like a bunch of old folks).

Did you have any favorite high school "hangouts?"

.ahhhh..Cope's Pharmacy soda bar

Favorite TV shows (then & now):

I got up early before school so I could watch the "TODAY" show news and weather (and then argue with Kenny Haught about current events in Mr. Myers' 1st period Geometry class). I'm still a news junkie. I love MSNBC and CNN.

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

I don't know that I would change anything. I'm really happy right now, and have been thru most all of the years. I still get up in the morning and look forward to going to work. Can't beat that!

Do you still have family living in Manchester? And how often do you return to your hometown?

I get back a few times each year, usually for family gigs.

Family that still lives in Manchester:
Cheryl Kaderly (sister; married to Richard Kaderly)
Rick D. Kaderly (nephew)
Michelle (Kaderly) Anderson (niece)
Mary (Long) Hahn (mother)

You can contact Bob by email at: blong@rock889.com .

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