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Not all Oscar winners are from New Zealand

Not all Oscar winners are from New Zealand
Not all Oscar winners are from New Zealand
Suetta and Kenneth Tingler hold an 'Oscar' plaque that Kenneth received from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ceremony Feb. 14 at the Ritz-Carlton in Pasadena, Calif.

Amid building a house in Corydon, substitute teaching for the North and South Harrison school corporations, and attending relatives’ sporting events, Kenneth and Suetta Tingler found time to make a trip last month to Pasadena, Calif., and came home with an ‘Oscar.’
Kenneth, who retired in 1999 as a senior research chemist for Eastman Kodak, was honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the development of an anti-static layer for film.
When the announcement letter arrived in early January, Kenneth said he first thought it might be a hoax.
‘Then I decided it might be something official,’ he said.
Kenneth and three of his colleagues had submitted the eight-page application for the prestigious award last fall.
‘It’s a very competitive award,’ said the 60-year-old.
Suetta, who will be 56 on Friday, called the Feb. 14 ceremony ‘elegant.’ ‘Hollywood does everything on a grand scale,’ she said.
The ceremony, hosted by ‘Alias’ star Jennifer Garner and attended by about 300 members of the film industry, included a five-course gourmet meal and entertainment. Awards were presented in nine categories.
Kenneth and his colleagues went on stage to accept their Scientific and Engineering award, and their names were listed in the program at Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
The Tinglers, who are self-described ‘community-oriented people,’ have lived much of the last 30 years in New York, except for the three years they lived in the San Diego area, from 1983 to 1985, when Ken was transferred to the west coast.
Suetta is a 1966 graduate of the old North Central High School in Ramsey. She earned a degree in education in 1970 from Indiana University.
Originally from Sutton, W.Va., Ken earned a bachelor’s degree from Glenville (W.Va.) State College before joining the U.S. Army.
The two met in 1969 at the JOPN Club in Louisville, a gathering spot for military and professionals while Ken was stationed at Fort Knox, Ky. They married a year later and will celebrate their 34th wedding anniversary in August.
Ken worked 32-1/2 years for Kodak.
Suetta, who retired last year, spent 27 years as a science teacher, mostly at the junior high level. The last 12 years of her career, she chaired the science department. Suetta has taught in three different school environments: inner city, small college town and urban-suburban. She was employed by West Irondequoit, which was voted by Newsweek magazine as one of the Top 100 school districts in the country.
They have two sons: Matthew, 27, lives in New York City and is a financial analysis with Smith Barney Investments, and Michael, 24, is finishing his Ph.D. in pharmacy at Butler University, while spending considerable time in Chicago, where his fianc’e lives. They plan to marry in July.
During the past decade, the Tinglers have visited family in Harrison County a couple of times each year. Suetta’s mother, Laura Smith, lives in Depauw, and a brother, Steve Smith, lives in Corydon. Two of her three sisters also live in the county: Joy Yeager in Mauckport and Jane Carr in Depauw. Paula Harder lives in Jeffersonville.
When looking for a place to retire, the Tinglers decided on Corydon ‘ even though they had two other lots they could have built on outside of Harrison County ‘ to be closer to family. Their new house, in the Willow Creek subdivision east of Corydon, should be ready in a few weeks.
Ken visited Corydon for the first time in 1969. He likes the historical significance of Corydon and is anxious to get more involved in the community and to see it grow.
Both husband and wife would like to be involved in some type of adult education program.
In her free time, Suetta enjoys ethnic cooking, ‘especially Mexican cuisine,’ and crafts. She also likes to travel.
Ken is a golfer, fisherman and cyclist. He belonged to the YMCA in Rochester and is anxious for the Harrison County YMCA to open. Ken volunteered for Habitat for Humanity in New York and plans to work on Harrison County’s second Habitat house. (A ground-breaking ceremony is planned for early April.)
The Tinglers are Catholic and will probably attend St. Joseph Church in Corydon once they get moved. (In New York, Ken played in the parish handbell choir.)
‘We would like to contribute to the growth of Harrison County,’ Suetta said. ‘We think there’s a tremendous amount of potential here that hasn’t been totally tapped.’