Joe Gililland

Profile Updated: May 24, 2021
Class Year: 1973
Residing In: Alexandria, VA USA
Spouse/Partner: Marianne Gililland
Occupation: Retired - Former Navy Contractor - Project Manager at Alion Science
Children: Sandy, born 1987 and Dave, born 1991
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I still live in Alexandria - and even closer to the old school than when we went there. I keep in touch with a ton of Federals. I've worked in downtown DC, Crystal City and near the Navy Yard for the past 30+ years - telecommunications, then Navy work. Marianne and I have been married since 1982 and celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary in September 2020....time is flying. Our married daughter is a nurse in Durham, NC and our married son followed our footsteps to Radford University and now works in IT Sales and lives with his wife in Front Royal, VA.

School Story:

I was a quiet observer at FHHS, although close friends saw my other side. I did Crew for three years and joined a few small clubs, but mostly it was Friday night activity that I remember the best; football games, McDonalds, cruising nowhere and listening to Jethro Tull on 8-Track.

Lunch breaks from our "Open Campus" were classic and I loved piling as many guys as I could into my '65 Buick LeSabre. I think 7 was the record. I loved that car....crashed it.....fixed it...and crashed it again. That's why I never yelled at my son when he crashed his car.....fixed it.....crashed his car.

FOOTNOTE: At the Summer Reunion of 2013, I mentioned to Mr. Timothy Barr, Assistant Vice Principal when I attended, about how we appreciated the "Open Campus" of '71/'72/'73, he said "What Open Campus? You guys were just sneaking out!".

How often do you get back to Alexandria?

Proud to say that I never left. I've been to prettier places, but none that felt as good as 'home'.

Do you still see/talk to/hang out with any classmates? Who?

Dick Alderson, Jeff DeMuro, Lee Gravatte, Joe Houston, Dave FlorCruz, Robert Hines, Rick Genuario and Richard McFarland are guys that I see often and many are still in the area. Boat Salke moved to Miami, but we keep up. I see dozens of Federals at the various reunions - great way to keep up.

What are your memories of high school (i.e. secret crush, embarrassing moment, funniest thing you did in high school, favorite high school hang out, favorite teachers)?

Great memories. I think the teachers were fair, the girls were pretty and the after school & weekend activities were the best. There were great parties to be found, and when they couldn't be found you could just cruise the neighborhoods or drive the Parkway. A big stack of close friends really helped me enjoy my years at FHHS.

Biggest thing you would do differently if you went back to your time at high school?

The best four years of my non-adult life. I wouldn't change a thing!

We enjoyed many of the nice things that grown-ups enjoyed (cars, girls, social life, fun events and parties) without the baggage of actually being a grown-up (jobs, mortgages and .......responsibility). Stay up until 6 a.m? Sure, why not? What a blast.

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Billy - Great story about Steve and your 'gang' in Stratford Landing.  It's interesting that we had our school friendships & our neighborhood friendships.  It's a great thing when someone can be both.  Thank you for writing.

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Comment received from George Patterson, FHHS '66 - it sent to the website email address regarding Steve:

 
From:  George Patterso
Email:  Geopat2@hotmail.com
For Year:  1968

FHHS Alumni Steve Thompkins passed away 11.20.20. I do not have details of his passing. During his years at FHHS he played in a rock band called the Evening People. Played at many sock hops, and community pool parties. Steve played the drums and was a talented percussionist. Steve’s band was formed with four other FHHS alumni’s who entertained their classmates of the late 60’s.

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Comment received from George Patterson, FHHS '68 - it was sent to the website email address regarding Steve Tomkins:

 
From:  George Patterso
Email:  Geopat2@hotmail.com
For Year:  1968

FHHS Alumni Steve Thompkins passed away 11.20.20. I do not have details of his passing. During his years at FHHS he played in a rock band called the Evening People. Played at many sock hops, and community pool parties. Steve played the drums and was a talented percussionist. Steve’s band was formed with four other FHHS alumni’s who entertained their classmates of the late 60’s.

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Nov 25, 2020 at 2:53 PM

Chris - Thanks for such a heartfelt tribute to your friend, Steve.  I know you'll miss him, but share some great memories.

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Patty - Such a nice remembrance of Kim.  Keep those pleasant memories in mind and worry less about the falling-out you mentioned.  Friendships sometimes end up that way, but it doesn't cancel out the good times you two had together.  I'm sorry you had to find out about her passing without speaking to her again, as you would have liked.  It shows the importance of keeping in touch - because you never know.

Thank you again for your comments and we appreciate you sharing your very personal thoughts about Kim.  Take care. 

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Greg Hale Jones (1955-2004) was a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and of California Institute of the Arts where he earned a Master’s degree in music composition, orchestration, and arranging.

In his early work, Jones used orchestral instruments, piano, and electronic instruments. Using the latter, he produced an album called No Imagination.

Jones began writing for television in 1982. He wrote the music for the original MTV logos and the MTV Top Twenty Countdown, all part of the ground-breaking launch of Viacom’s cable giant Music Television. The animated logos have also appeared in documentaries about the era and in feature films such as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

MTV’s success put Jones’ style in demand for broadcast commercials, documentaries, animation, and films. The Walt Disney Company hired
Jones to set the tone for The Disney Channel, where he scored show themes and graphics for eight years.

During this period, Jones won two national Emmy Awards and several New York Art Directors’ Club Award for the MTV and Disney work. He won a Clio Award for his work with Henry Selick (dir. The Nightmare Before Christmas)
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Jones moved on to feature films in 1999, scoring and providing four songs for The General’s Daughter, a Paramount Pictures release starring John Travolta. The following year, he contributed a full score for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie. In 2004, Jones completed a full score for my tiny universe, a Pavement Pictures release starring John Heard and Debi Mazar.

Greg's song, With Father in the Woods, from the Crossing the Willamette CD was used in a commercial for Captain Morgan Rum in 2013.

Greg passed on in July of 2004. After his passing, he was given the Buddhist name of Shaku Ho-on (Sounds of Dharma).

Greg lives on through his musical legacy.

Awards include: two Emmy Awards, a Clio Award, New York Art Directors Club Award

Feature films include: The General’s Daughter, Lara Croft Tomb Raider, my tiny universe

Short films include: Leaving the 20th Century (directed by Max Almy)

Television projects include: MTV, Showtime Boxing Main Theme, CBS’ Betty Boop’s Hollywood Adventure, The Disney Channel, HBO

Documentaries include: National Geographic projects and Spirits of the Blue from International Video/Disney

 

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Jul 09, 2020 at 5:15 PM

Elizabeth -

Thank you for your comments about Frank Wickes and his postive influence on you throughout your life.

We would love to hear more band members & others share comments & memories about Mr. Wickes here, on our Alumni Website. 

Mr. Wickes' efforts at Fort Hunt High School certainly deserve more than a single comment...

 

 

 

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Hey Peter - Missed your birthday yesterday, but hope you had a good one!

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