Lost for Three Decades, MRH Class Ring is Back on Rightful Finger
Ray Heinsohn is something of a celebrity in these parts. His nicknames include "Radio Ray" for his love of music, and "Mayor," a moniker which appears on his personalized license plate. But his new nickname might as well be "Lucky."
"When I was hired in the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District a couple of weeks ago, I was rummaging through the drawers in my new office," explains MRH Communications Director Ed Rich. "I found a 1971 gold class ring, wrapped in a wadded-up piece of paper with a handwritten note which read 'Found, please locate owner.' I had no way of knowing how long that ring had been inside the drawer."
A quick on-line search revealed a web site for that graduating class, which is already planning its 50th reunion. Class members Terry Shoemaker and Clark Hickman, contacted via e-mail, asked Rich to supply a photo of the ring. In short order, it was posted on the class's Facebook page.
Not surprisingly, and like so many other MRH alums who remain tight through the years, Heinsohn was checking his FB feed. That was the first time he had seen his class ring since sometime in the mid to late 1980's.
"I used to work a security shift here [at MRH] on Sunday evenings back then," says Heinsohn, who also had a full-time job with the city of Maplewood's public works department. He figures he lost the ring, and a coveted wristwatch, when he removed them for one reason or another. He still checks pawn shops regularly in efforts to find that watch.
Slipping the ring onto his fourth finger for the first time in decades on Tuesday morning, Heinsohn quipped, "Hey, it almost still fits."
He opted instead for his pinky.
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