Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

February 21, 2013

We shouldn’t wait to show our appreciation for people like Peck

Thank you, Times-News, for publishing the articles about William Peck, “57 years ago, city man made history” (Feb. 17, Page 1A) and “City man’s ‘interesting’ undercover police work” (Feb. 18, Page 1A). It may take too long for us to express our appreciation for our relationship with other people.

On the first Wednesday of every month, the Fort Hill High School class of 1956 meets for lunch at noon at Oscar’s restaurant. The Times-News advertises this celebration.

But still, as we reminisce, we wonder why some of our classmates do not attend. One girl told one of our attendees that she did not like the way that she was treated in high school. We were flabbergasted. We thought that she was one of the most popular girls in our class.

One of our classmates was gay. We did not know until a few days before he passed away how much he felt hurt while he was in high school. It takes some of us time to mature.

One of our classmates was involved in drama club. He became an inventor. He invented the precursor to the sonogram. He has received nearly 70 patents with more than 300 corresponding patents worldwide. He won the Lemelson-MIT Prize as “Inventor of the Year.”

Another of our classmates was the class vice president, wrote for the school newspaper, and was active in sports. He eventually became a Judge on the Maryland State Court of Appeals.

And Bill Peck received recognition from the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan.

I was the president of the Student Council at Fort Hill in 1956. I think that I speak for the “silent majority” when I say that we are proud that we were the first class to include African American students in our graduation class of Fort Hill High School.

Harry King

Cumberland

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