January, 1987, celebrated the fourth Anniversary Dance at Heritage Hall in Lexington with 240 people in attendance. Admission was $5 for members and $8 non-members. Jim Scott won the “split-the-pot” while Janet McDonald and John Woodman won shopping sprees. The survey conducted by Laurie Keyes revealed that members requested more formal dinners, camping trips, theater nights, concerts and get-togethers; also more canoe and hiking trips, house parties and cruises. Super Bowl XXI was ceremoniously held at Louise Davy’s in Lincoln. Cocktails were shared at the Newton Marriott with Nancy Risden and Jon Supere, at Chestnut’s with Kelli Kelley in Nashua, and at Long Wharf Marriott hosted by Sharon Gallagher. Contributing editor Ryan Anthony shared his thoughts from Arizona about the Red Sox.

In February, 1987, members beat the winter doldrums with ice skating in Boston with Anne Burke, cross country skiing in Carlisle led by Bill O’Donnell and Kelli Kelley, and the third annual ski trip, this one in North Conway at the Eastern Inn, led by Brian O’Malley. The night life assembled people at the Ship hosted by Ed Spadafora in Lynnfield, Rachel’s in Boston with Sharon Gallagher, the Newton Marriott with Gail Olyha, and ZJ’s in Nashua with Kelli Kelley. Robert Fricke stuffed members with his first calzone party in Braintree. “Hug” coupons were printed for free distribution.

In March, 1987, Sharon Gallagher became Social Chair as work commitments occupied Diane Mathieson. An article titled “Study links height, IQ scores in children” was reprinted showing a small, but significant association, between height and IQ scores. Sharon Gallagher hosted a pre-St. Patrick Day party in Brookline, Andrea Corbett welcomed members in playing Scruples in Burlington, Rick Egan dined at the Steak Out in Saugus and Lance McVay hosted at the Regattabar in Cambridge. Memberships stood at 271 with renewals at 50%, and 25% of prospective members joining.

The April, 1987, newsletter was mailed with the month of March still printed on the heading. It was replaced in red with “April Fools.” Ginny Rambow in Nashua hosted a favorite hors d’oeuvres party in Nashua, while Judy Kelliher hosted at the Great Escape in Weymouth, Barbara Kahn met for cocktails at the Regattabar in Harvard Square, Sharon Gallagher led 25 Beanstalkers in playing volleyball in Burlington, Brian O’Malley roller-skated in Norwood, Bob Bitner held a house party in Needham, and Ginny Bryant socialized at Jason’s in Boston. Robert Fricke chaired a committee in changing by-laws.

The May, 1987, newsletter reprinted an article “The prejudice of height” in which “Society rewards people for being tall with bigger paychecks and greater success.” After an evening at the Newton Marriott with Mike Noonan, members joined Barbara Kahn and Mark McKay at Crane’s beach for sun and fin, Holly Nylander for the Walk for Hunger in Boston, Brian O‘Malley for roller skating in Norwood at Roll-land, Kelli Kelley at The River Club in Nashua, Ed Spadafora at Barrett’s in Charlestown, Joan McGrath at the movies in Harvard Square, Paul Conley at Cheers in Boston and Patrick Squires at Dandelion Green in Burlington. Brian O’Malley planned a Memorial Day weekend for 28 in North Woodstock, NH, to canoe, hike, and where “We partied heavy.”

In June, 1987, Tapas in Cambridge drew members for drinks and socializing hosted by Sharon Gallagher. Susan Kollmeyer was joined at the Ramada Inn in Woburn for cocktails, Marty Reuman at the Sheraton in Needham, Diane Barrows at the Worcester Marriott, and Marie Jensen and Irene Powell at the Rusty Scupper in Acton. House parties included Melon Labonté for a “Crazy T-shirt” party in Weymouth and Mike Cloud in Winchester. George McQuilken invited members for a tour and socializing in Marblehead. Twenty four people cruised to Nova Scotia for a weekend of fun, touring, dancing and drinking.

July, 1987, brought in a new Board: Brian O’Malley- President, Christina Moore- Vice-President, Robert Fricke- Secretary, Richard Egan- Treasurer, Sharon Gallagher- Social, Marty Reuman- Membership, Blair Greene and Ginny Rambow- Newsletter. TCI Convention was celebrated in Philadelphia with Kathy Quill as Miss Tall Boston, and Brian O’Malley as our delegate to vote on resolutions presented by member clubs. Starting in July dances were scheduled on a monthly basis at the Heritage Hall in Lexington. Membership, $18 for single and $30 couple, stood at 286 with 125 men and 161 women. The computer age finally hit and the newsletter was revamped into a smart-looking schedule of events. The President’s message, monthly birthdays, new members and renewal were printed on the second page. Diane Mathieson took in the fireworks in Plymouth, Ginny Bryan socialized at the Long Wharf in Boston, Tom Todd dined at the Yantze River in Lexington, Susan Kollmeyer and Terri Delahunly danced at the Juke Box in Boston and Melon Labonté laughed all night at the Comedy Club in Stoughton. Ken Waghorne had a cook out in Lexington, while Diane Mathieson played “putt-putt” twice this month in Brockton, and Bonnie McDonald had cocktails at Cahoots in Worcester.

The first weekend in August, 1987, found Tom O’Brien in Wellfleet for a beach party and Barbara Khan on Martha’s Vineyard camping. Social hours included Marie Jensen at the Rusty Scupper in Acton, Susan Kollmeyer at the Top of the Hub in Boston, Terri Delahunty at Christopher’s in Cambridge, Nancy Caldwell at the Village Coach House in Brookline and Mark McKay at the Winery in Boston. Ginny Rambow served Mexican edibles at her house party in Nashua. Several outings brought the Beanstalkers to George’s Island with Ed McFarland, to Scituate at Denice Brouillette’s for a cookout, to Horseneck Beach with Melon Labonté, to Canton for a pool party with Helen McHowell, and to Hollis, NH, with Dave Keenan and Karen Whitney’s for a family outing. Kathy Quill led tall ones white water rafting on the Penobscot River down Maine. Of the 10 people rafting, three were hurt with bruises and broken bones. All but one planned future rafting trips.

Membership reached 313 (133 men and 180 women) in September, 1987. Robert Fricke cooked up his third pizza extravaganza in Braintree. Monthly volleyball was found at Tennis 128 in Burlington, while the highlight of the month was the weekend “Beantown Jamboree” in Wakefield. The Colonial Hilton was the site for 80 people to enjoy themselves by eating, touring Boston and the North Shore, partying and socializing. Tall members traveled from Florida, NY, NJ, and PA. Miss Tall International, Doreen Christian, flew in from San Francisco for a fun filled weekend. According to one person, it was a “fabutastic” time. Changes in the Board allowed Susan Kollmeyer to be elected Vice-President. Other activities for the month included social hours with Marty Reuman at 33 Dunster St. Cambridge, Ginny Bryan at Las Brisas in Boston, Donna Gould at the Sheraton Tara in Braintree and Mary Quay at Tapas in Cambridge.

Just about every day in October, 1987, had the Beanstalkers filling their calendar. Sharon Gallagher served everyone lasagna in Brookline, Brian O’Malley created a monthly dinner club starting at Franco’s in Norwood, Bonnie McDonald picked apples in Northborough. Bob Spence carved pumpkins in Sherburn, John Simpson hiked Crane’s Beach, and Barry Greenhalgh began his first annual hike in NH. Kathy Quill, our own Miss Tall Boston, modeled clothes for Michele Pearlman at Shelly’s Tall Shop in Framingham. Costumes were required for the Halloween Dance in Lexington and at Gordon English’s in Hanover. Jan Blomberg hosted at the Village Coach House in Brookline, Brian O’Malley roller skated in Norwood, and Helen McHowell biked along the Cape Cod Canal. Tom Todd hosted a weekend at the Mill House in Vermont for hiking, eating and partying. Kathy Quill and Diane Mathieson chaired Publicity when Dave Keenan resigned.

November, 1987, was heavily packed with social activities such as: Holly Nylander’s “Mid-Life Crisis” Party in Needham, Elaine Richman’s Taco Party in Brookline, Jeff Trubisz’s canoe trip on the Concord River, Paul Coniey and Ed Spadafora at Alex’s in Stoughton for “exotic dancing,” Judy Kelliher and Laurie Keyes at Carla’s for brunch in Norwood, Genna Parker at Café Escadrille in Burlington, and Lee Michaels in Sudbury for an open house on Thanksgiving. The monthly dances were moved to the Sons of Italy in Wilmington.

For December, 1987, the current 315 members had to choose activities that filled all but three days. Besides the Twelve Days of Christmas celebrated in places such as Waltham. Needham, Brockton. Holden, Nashua, Walpole and Sudbury, there were additional festivities with Genna Parker in Beverly to trim-a-tree, Susan Piaggio at Pickle Lilly’s in Burlington, and Barbara Foley at the Worcester Marriott. Buttons with “I (heart) Tall Men” and “I (heart) Tall Women” were available at $2.50. Ginny Rambow printed her recipes for apple brownies and apple crisp per popular request.

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