GOLDEN BURRS EVENTS COMMITTEE

QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER 

CLASS OF 1958

 

FALL EDITION 2011                                

 

With this NINTH edition of the 1958 Class Newsletter, we are enjoying the change of season with the advent of fall and for many of us we are not looking forward to the onset of winter. 

 

You will find in this newsletter information about the success of the Annual Burrs at the Beach All Class Reunion, Father James McGoldrick's Fifth Anniversary Dinner, exciting news about a Concert at WEST CATHOLIC by four members of the original cast of Jersey Boys, a special Mass for former MBS parishioners at St. Bede's the Venerable Church, mail from our Classmates and our feature section "REMEMBERING THE GOOD OLD DAYS" and Brother Daniel Timothy's obituary.

 

We encourage you to let us know just what is happening in your life.  Anyone wishing to send information for the newsletter, i.e. requesting prayers for the sick, the deceased, information regarding family, birth of grandchildren, marriages, trips, retirement, etc., may contact Rich Buzza at richbuzza@comcast.net, Frank Adolf at fjapfa@netzero.net, or Frank Metzler at fjmetzler@gmail.com .

 

No information will be printed in the newsletter unless we receive the information from the class member himself.   

                 

PAST AND UPCOMING EVENTS

 

           ANNUAL BURRS AT THE BEACH REUNION - JULY 17, 2011       

 

submitted by:  JOHN STAIBER '58

 

Once again, our class of 1958 was well represented at this years, Burrs at the Beach, fundraiser in North Wildwood, NJ.  While there is no way to get an accurate count of participants by individual class, there is absolutely no doubt that, each year, we "Golden Burrs" are consistently in the very top rank in attendance.

Again in 2011, Burrs at the Beach, was held at Westy's Irish Pub in the inlet section of North Wildwood.  The atmosphere was upbeat and fun with plenty of space this year as the overall attendance appeared to be down from the previous few years.  Not sure why the attendance fell off, but a nice side benefit was being able to circulate around and through the crowd more freely.

It is easy to lose sight of the fact that "Burrs at the Beach" is the most financially significant fund raising event of the year for WPCHS and, as such, it is important to recognize, applaud and support the efforts of the committee members and the many volunteers who make this event possible.

As mentioned above, the class of 1958 Boys are a loyal bunch and always come out for this event in force.  A minimum of 31 of our classmates were spotted:

Frank Adolf, Dick Boyle, Denny Brennan, George Buffington, Jim Cahill, Bill Corkery, Frank Cubbage, Larry Doran, Jim Gallagher, Bob Gormley, Al Gresh, Jim Hill, Tommy Hughes, Ned Jones, Bill Kealey, Bill Kohlenberg, George & Barbara Light, Jim & Fran Lynch, Bob Madden, Bill Marella, Tom McClain, Sam & Pat McGhie, Tom McNeill, Pete O'Hara, Larry Signora, Angie & Loretta Sivieri, Bob Sproul, John Staiber, Joe Storniolo, Tom Sweeney and Jack Woods.  

Many thanks to all.  Hope to see you again in 2012.

    

Pictured left to right: 

    

1) Larry Signora, Bob Gormley  2) Jim Cahill, Angie & Loretta Sivieri  3) Dick Boyle, Al Gresh & Joe Storniolo 

4) John Staiber, Sam McGhie  5) Tom Hughes, Frank Cubbage

     

                   

Pictured left to right:  1) Fran & Jim Lynch  2) George Light, George Buffington  3) Jim Hill, Bill Marella   

4) Bob Madden, John Woods  5) Bob Sproul 

More pictures can be found on our Website at:  www.goldenburrs-1958.com

 

   MBS CLASS OF 1954 GRADUATE CELEBRATES 50 YEARS IN PRIESTHOOD

            submitted by:  RICH BUZZA as reported by:  JIM CLARK

 

On Thursday August 4, 2011 a dinner was held at the Waynesborough C.C. in Paoli honoring the Rev. James McGoldrick on his 50th anniversary in the priesthood.  Father McGoldrick lived at 54th & Springfield Ave. and attended Most Blessed Sacrament grade school prior to entering the priesthood and is now stationed at St. Francis / St. Blaise Church, in Brooklyn, N.Y.  Those in attendance were - Jimmy Cahill / Charlie Johnson / Franny O'Keefe / Joe McCandless / Bobby Houlihan / Larry Doran / Bobby DiRita / Father Jim McGoldrick / Jim Clark and two WC '57 Guy's.  You can imagine all of the stories told about our youthful day's back in Most Blessed Sacrament, and the neighborhood, Longstreth Schoolyard & Shaw Schoolyard.  As Jim Clark tells it, "The menu was fantastic and we had drinks to beat the band!"

 

 

WEST CATHOLIC SPECIAL PRESENTATION

 

ALL FORMER MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT (MBS) STUDENTS AND PARISHIONERS

 

 submitted by:  JOHN KRAFT, CLASS OF 1957    

 

St. Bede the Venerable Parish, located in Holland Bucks County, acquired many of the beautiful artifacts from the former MBS church such as the Altar, Baldacchino (marble canopy over the Altar), Crucifix, and much more. 

 St. Bede's is having a Mass on November 6, 2011 at 12:30 PM just for the MBS folks.  If you have any questions please call John Kraft at 215-493-5899 in the evening. 

 

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL COMMUNION BREAKFAST

 

The West Catholic Alumni Association's Annual Communion Breakfast usually held each November has been postponed until the Spring of 2012.  Date, time and location to be announced.

 

 

NEWS FEATURES

 

PAROCHIAL SCHOOL CLOSINGS

 

 Larry Doran wrote to say in our summer newsletter report we missed the closing of Our Lady of Charity, Brookhaven.  Thanks Larry. 

 

GOLDEN BURRS 1958 EVENTS COMMITTEE SUPPORTS

 WEST CATHOLIC

 

The Golden Burrs Events Committee on behalf of the entire Class of 1958, has approved a donation of $300.00 from our event's profits to support the financial needs of West Catholic High School for the 2011/2012 school year.  A check was presented to George Light at the committee's September 26, 2011 meeting.

MAIL FROM CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS

submitted by:  FRANK ADOLF

 

Tom Wallace aka Brother German John:   Frank, Many thanks for the Newsletter, and thanks to Frank Metzler for the editing.  It is always interesting and rewarding to learn more about the guys from '58 class.  Sad to learn about the deceased, but encouraged witnessing the seriousness and devout praying for them at the reunions; and always happy to learn new things about what happened at West and new things going on in the guys' lives.  There is a great West Catholic spirit and it shows.  Thanks again.      

 

Joe SemeisterFrank, It was I, Joe Semeister, that gave you the picture of Msgr. Gene (Driscoll) with the late Pope John Paul II.  (Thanks, Joe. In the confusion of all of the arriving guests at the annual Luncheon, we could not remember who brought the picture and we wanted to be sure to credit the right person.  Thanks again.) Editor

 

Don (Andy) Thompson:  Great job in putting together the interesting articles.  Loved reading the guys' comments and seeing the photos.  Good Shepherd alum attended in such abundance I wondered, was it a "free lunch"? 

 

Joe Myers:  Frank, Really enjoyed reading the latest edition.  It's keeps West and those memories fresh in mind.  Thanks for performing this great service to us and to the School.

 

Frank Metzler:  Frank and all,  Many thanks for another fine edition of the newsletter.  Thanks for all who contributed, supported, and encouraged us to put this edition to print.  Thanks too, Frank (Adolf),  for the many pictures in the newsletter, which certainly brought the articles to life.  Thanks to the photographers.  See you at Burrs at the Beach.  

 

 

"REMEMBERING THE GOOD OLD DAYS"  

A FEATURE ABOUT GOING DOWN MEMORY LANE 

SEND US YOUR REMEMBRANCES OF THE 40's & 50'S FOR PUBLICATION IN A FUTURE NEWSLETTER

 

THE GREEN THING

 

submitted by:  RICH BUZZA

 

In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.  The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have

the green thing back in my day."  The clerk responded, "That's our problem today.  Your generation did not

care enough to save our environment."

He was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store.  The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over.  So they really were recycled.


But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.


We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building.  We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But she was right.  We didn't have the green thing in our day.


Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw-away kind.  We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry the clothes.  Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that old lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room.  And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. 

 

In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us

 

When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. 

 

Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power.  We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she's right; we didn't have the green thing back then.

 

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. 

 

We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. 

 

We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances.  And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?

SOME GREAT WEBSITES

 

submitted by:  RICH BUZZA

 

61 THE LIVE TV FRIDGE COMMERCIAL CATASTROPHE 1954

 

Poor Westinghouse. If their built in antenna TV fiasco wasn't enough, more flawed, chagrin causing infamy:
the automatic refrigerator door that jammed on this live nationally broadcast commercial.  Bet heads rolled! (CBS)

http://xoteria.com/CH61.html

 

EDITORS NOTE 

WE ENCOURAGE ALL CLASSMATES TO SEND US ARTICLES FOR FUTURE PUBLICATIONS.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS

 

WE REMEMBER and ask for your prayers for those who are ill, especially Dave Crines, and for all those who have gone to their eternal reward, especially Brother Daniel Timothy (June 24, 2011) and our own Tony Gargiule

(July 10, 2011).  May Brother Timothy and Tony rest in peace.

 

BROTHER DANIEL TIMOTHY

 

Brother Timothy was born Francis William Dean, June 10, 1931, in Washington, DC.  He entered the Christian Brothers in 1950, and received the religious name of Brother Daniel Timothy.

Assigned to West Catholic in 1956, and while teaching Freshman Religion, Brother was Moderator of Track and Cross Country, as well as Assistant Moderator of the Mother's Club.  Brother's picture may be found on page 18 of our '58 Yearbook.

During his religious life, Brother was a teacher at West, in Washington, DC and in Radnor, PA.  He was an Assistant Principal in Jersey City, and Principal in Washington, DC., Jersey City and Wayne, NJ, and Baltimore, MD.  He was also an Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Jersey City.

While residing at De LaSalle Hall,  Lincroft, NJ {a Christian Brothers' nursing facility} Brother Timothy entered into eternity on June 24, 2011 at age 80.  Funeral Masses were celebrated in Valley Forge, PA  and Washington, DC.  Burial took place in St. Joseph's Cemetery, AmmendaleMD on June 29, 2011.  Rest in peace Brother Timothy.

 

 

Brother Timothy (left) and Vice Principal Brother Thomas 

Taken at St. Francis DeSalesBaccalureate Mass - June, 1958

 

Does anyone recognize the people in the background?  Let us know!


The complete listing of our honored deceased and their high school graduation pictures can be found on the Golden Burrs Website at: www.goldenburrs-1958.com

 

 

 KEEP THE SPIRIT ALIVE!

 

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