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               Monday, July 8 2002  

Where are they now? Jeannie Marie Lee

Jeannie Marie Lee in a 1992 photo from her senior class at Blacklick Valley High School, left, and as she is today, right.

Born February 16, 1974, this Nanty Glo native is the daughter of John and Irene (Baum) Lee. One of four children, Jeannie has two sisters, Amy, Altoona, and Tracy, Meadville, and a brother, John, who lives in Nanty Glo.

Currently living and working in Philadelphia, Jeannie is the manager of an Abercrombie & Fitch Clothing Store in the King of Prussia Mall. That store, Jeannie says, is considered one of the top stores in the Abercrombie & Fitch retail chain.

A 1992 graduate of Blacklick Valley High School who had a desire for a college education, Jeannie, like many young people from homes of modest means, worked (in her case as a waitress) to finance four years of undergraduate studies at Penn State University. But her hard work and determination paid off and she graduated in 1997 with a degree in psychology.

Originally hoping for a career as an actress, this soft-spoken and attractive young woman initially was enrolled as a communication major but changed her focus after taking a few psychology courses." I thought it was interesting, so I took a few classes." Majoring in psychology has proven to be beneficial in her career as a managerial-level executive in the retail trade. "It helps me in my day-to-day dealings with the staff and the customers."

Many of Jeannie's favorite memories of hometown Nanty Glo are associated with her days at Blacklick Valley High School, where she was a member of the Forensic Club, in which she won the Pennsylvania State Championship in 1989 for humorous presentation. As an aspiring actress, she had supporting roles in the class plays The House of Usher, The Taming of the Shrew, and The Devil and Daniel Webster. Her all-American girl good looks won her positions in the homecoming court her freshman and senior years. Athletics were an interest also and Jeannie was a member of the track team.

Also on the list of favorite memories of home are family times at Yellow Creek, parties with friends, swimming at the Nanty Glo Park and Pool, and dating. Jeannie's interests these days include shopping; travel ("Though I haven't done as much as I would like"); reading books on art, cultures, and religions, and drawing with pencils. Her pottery collection has sparked an interest in the clay medium and she hopes to one day take a course in pottery making as well as studying the fine art of Yoga.

Jeannie and boyfriend Matt like to visit museums to enjoy the art collections, and get to the beach "just for fun" when they get a chance. Though urban living is now her preference, she has positive hopes for hometown Nanty Glo. "I wish for more businesses to come to the area to boost the economy and I wish for jobs and good health for family and friends." Anyone wishing to send greetings can find Jeannie at JNNE@Yahoo.com.

If you have a suggestion for a subject for Where Are They Now, please write Judy Rose at highlandrose43@yahoo.com.

Dumb crooks

A man walked into a Louisiana Circle-K, put a $20 bill on the counter, and asked for change. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, the man pulled a gun and asked for all the cash in the register, which the clerk promptly provided. The man took the cash from the clerk and fled, leaving the $20 bill on the counter. The total amount of cash he got from the drawer? $15. (If someone points a gun at you and gives you money, was a crime committed?)

— Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for today

Many times while I was at prayer, I would keep asking for what seemed good to me. I kept insisting on my own request, unreasonably putting pressure on the will of God. I simply would not leave it up to His providence to arrange what He knew would turn out for my profit. Finally, when I obtained my request I became greatly chagrined at having been so stubborn about getting my own way, for in the end the matter did not turn out to be what I had fancied it would.

— Evagrius of Pontus (345-399)
Sent by Christopher Haas

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