The file folder is jampacked, which is good news and bad. Good because so many of Bob Levey's Washingtonians have quit smoking and want to get their names in print for having done so. Bad because I haven't published the names of any quitters for a couple of months.
But we're about to fix that oversight in a big way. Herewith, the latest members of the Super Stoppers Club:
Denise M. Polin of Laurel nominates herself for membership, and well she might. Not only did she kick the habit on New Year's Eve 1984, but she has since run in two Marine Corps Marathons. You might say she exchanged one kind of puffing for another -- and came out much the better for it.
John Duraney of Alexandria is newly smokeless, as are Helen Nelsen of Crofton, Jack Turner of Woodbridge, Mike Anderson of Nacogdoches, Tex., John W. Hays of Arlington and Bruce Brown of Alexandria.
From the Land of Employment: Marilynn Harris of the American Production & Inventory Control Society nominates officemates Connie Chestnut and Scott Winter. Vernona Elms, membership secretary at the American Society for Industrial Security, "turns in" Susan M. Melnicove, director of the membership and meetings department. And June P. Carter of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics reports vastly clearer air thanks to quitters Betty Richardson, Ann Butterfield, Lynn Westenberg, Patty Markusson and Rowena Martelino.
Barbette Denning led the Quitters' Charge four years ago at Templeton Oldsmobile in Vienna. Barbette doesn't say how her fellow employes did. But she remains a quitter -- one who "can reach the high notes more easily" in the church choir. All reformed puffers know how true that rings!
The following letter from Thelma L. LaRue of Rockville is reprinted in its entirety: "With great difficulty, I managed to stop smoking 28 years ago when my son Michael was 4 months old. Neither he nor his sister Jennifer, who is 25, ever took up the nasty habit. Don't you think WE deserve some recognition?" I think you just got it, Smokeless Mom.
Karen Wilson submitted a progressive nomination. First, she congratulates ex-boss Jim Sharrar. Next, she passes along congratulations from roommate Tara Myers to Tara's father, Dr. Walter Myers. Finally, Karen and Tara jointly congratulate a friend of theirs, Abby Lewis.
Three pupils passed muster at a recent Stop Smoking Clinic sponsored by the American Lung Association of Northern Virginia. They were Tracy Lawyer of Manassas, Tricia Hustvedt of Centreville and Ellen Fuller of Woodbridge.
Joseph D. Hurlbut quit on 12/16/84. Donna Muoio and Sue Brooks quit in August of the same year. Jerry Beiter of Arlington quit last November, much to the glee of his wife, Maria. Kim Rozick of Morrisville, Pa., kicked the habit in honor of daughter Jenny and husband Scott, reports sister Dawn Kessner of Northwest. And two married couples did it the best way of all: together. They were Alper and Bill Boyle of Bethesda and Kris and Fred Dorka of Reston.
Dianne Thorne of Springfield nominates Vera Covington of Alexandria, who resolved to quit on Jan. 1 and stuck to her guns. Linda Figurowski of Lanham goes public with the good news about hubby Ed. Ann Goode of Sterling, a carrier for This Here Paper, nominates her distributor, George Baldwin, also of Sterling -- who smoked for a mere 47 years. And "Doug," a surnameless spy down at Fort Belvoir, wants the world to know that Sgts. Karen Campbell and Elizabeth Harschow are both reformed smokers now, "although Liz has OD'd a couple of times on popcorn."
Colleen Gale of Gaithersburg nominates "good buddy" Ann K. Ruppert of Front Royal, Va. Cathy Cominos, the head teller at the Bank of Bethesda branch in the Wildwood Shopping Center, has been clean since July 1985, reports fellow teller Matthew Marcou (who, alas, still smokes, but says he's getting ready to do something about that).
Debbie Thompson and Adam Goldsmith of Potomac quit together last January. Colleagues Audrey Wilson and Paula Masri are making the Montgomery County Department of Social Services a less hazy place. John Wood hit the two-year mark on Feb. 3. And huge hoorays for Roy Thompson of Dumfries, who took the cure on Feb. 7, 1985. He had tried hypnosis, "but that didn't work," reports wife Barb. What did? A $100 bet offered by two colleagues. Nothing like the profit motive . . . .
Steve Wall cleaned up his act -- and his lungs -- on Jan. 5, 1984. Violet Pevenstein of Silver Spring proved that it's never too late. She quit on Oct. 6, 1982 -- at the age of 70. Candace Carlisle of Laurel loves husband Steve Tompkins all the more since he quit on Nov. 19, 1983. And a final flurry of applause for Rosilyn King, who quit on April 19, 1985 -- after 19 long, acrid years.
Got a nominee? Mail name and home town to Super Stoppers Club, care of Bob Levey, The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., 20071.