Glens Falls man getting back class ring he lost in 1974 London

June 15, 2018 06:01 PM

GLENS FALLS - It's happened to all of us. We lose something special, give up hope of ever finding it and it suddenly turns up. That's sort of what happened to a Glens Falls man -- though with a few more twists and turns.

His story starts 50 years ago in Glens Falls and his something special just turned up this month in London.

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The year was 1968, when hippies and youthful revolution were in fashion and young Edward Michael Scannell -- also known as Ted -- received his diploma from Glens Falls High School.

In 1974, he went off to study in Europe, proudly wearing his class ring. Now, while working in his garden, he can still remember the last time he saw it -- the day he arrived in London.

"I had time to walk around London – so four or five hours I'm walking around," he recalled.

"I went to a palm reader on Carnabie Street," he explained.

She read his palm and removed his ring. By the time Scannell realized it was gone -- so was she. He thought he'd never see either again.

Skip ahead to 2018 - when Glens Falls memorabilia collector Eric Mattison was surfing eBay International.

"Recently, I came across the class ring listed on eBay UK. There was no identification. It just said '1968 Glens Falls High School class ring,'" recalled Mattison.

He shared the eBay listing on a Facebook page he'd created called "You know you're from Glens Falls if…" Immediately, members of the Class of '68 went to work researching the owner of the ring - which bore the initials "EMS."

"Very quickly, somebody -- one of the members, whipped out their yearbook in 1968 and identified the initials as Edward Michael Scannell," explained Mattison.

Scannell is not on social media, but Mattison tracked him down and shared the news.

"He told me about it and I was flabbergasted," admitted Scannell.

More than 150 comments flooded the Facebook page -- including a few from Scannell's old flame, Rita. She wrote on Facebook: "I can't believe that was my high school boyfriend's ring."

Mattison sent word to the seller that he located the original owner of the ring and they agreed to send it back to Scannell free of charge.

"Isn't that nice of them. There are good people in the world," pointed out Scannell.

It looks like he'll get it in time for his 50th reunion in September.

"I'll definitely be wearing it -- if it still fits," he joked.

The seller in London -- who declined to be interviewed – sent a photo of the ring all boxed up to be shipped back to Glens Falls, finally on its way home.

Scannell says he'll let us know the moment it arrives.


Jerry Gretzinger

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