GOLDEN BURRS EVENTS COMMITTEE

QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER 

CLASS OF 1958

 

SPRING EDITION 2011                                

 

With this seventh edition of the 1958 Class Newsletter, we look forward to the end of winter, longer days of sunlight and the return of warmer weather.  The committee members are looking forward to seeing old friends once again at  the 53rd Anniversary Luncheon which will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2011.

 

You will find in this newsletter information about the upcoming West Catholic Sports Hall of Fame Dinner and the 53rd Anniversary Class Luncheon, future West Catholic sponsored events, responses and comments from classmates regarding the Winter/Holiday and special New Year's editions, and our feature section "REMEMBERING THE GOOD OLD DAYS".

 

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

 

WEST CATHOLIC SPORTS HALL OF FAME

2011 INDUCTION CEREMONY

MARCH 26, 2011, AIRPORT RAMADA INN

submitted by:   GEORGE LIGHT

 

2011 INDUCTEES

 

Leo Dillin - '43 Football - Deceased

Charles Albertus - '47 Football - Deceased

William Rahn - '55 Track - Deceased

Raymond Brown - '57 - Basketball

Ralph Morris - '74 Track/X-Country

Elizabeth Glancey - '95 Basketball

 

In addition to the honorees Franklin O. Harwell will be inducted for his many years of service to West Catholic.

 

The 2010 Catholic League, City and STATE Champion Football Team will be honored. 

Costs:  $40.00 per person. 

6:00 PM - Cash Bar

7:00 PM - Dinner followed by Awards Ceremony

 

For information contact George Light at: 215-386-2244 ext. 260 or georgelightwchs@hotmail.com

 

WC BOYS CLASS OF 1958 - 53rd ANNIVERSARY LUNCHEON MAY 12, 2011 

submitted by:  FRANK ADOLF

 

Invitations for the 53rd Anniversary Luncheon have been sent out.  The luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2011.  The Events Committee has once again returned to the Ramada and we are happy to announce a new enhanced buffet menu with no increase in the per person cost of $20.00.  The overnight room rate of $89.00 for out-of-town travelers is unchanged from last year.  We encourage you to spread the word to your fellow classmates and friends of the class of '58.  Please submit your payment no later than April 30, 2011.  Details about the luncheon menu are available on The Golden Burrs Website: www.goldenburrs-1958.com 

 

WEST CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2011

For information contact George Light at 610-386-2244 Ext. 260

 

 April 30, 2011 - Spring Fest at Tip O'Leary's

 

May 18, 2011 - Cardinal John O'Connor Golf Outing

 

June 11, 2011 - Class of 2011 Graduation

 

July 17, 2011 - Burrs At The Beach

 

 

NEWS FEATURES

 

MAIL FROM CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS

submitted by:  FRANK ADOLF

 

Jim McManaman:  Thank you, Frank!  Appreciate your effort and the news very much.

 

John Kraft '57:  Hello Gentlemen,  Thank you for including me on your quarterly newsletter once again.  I really do enjoy reading the latest news regarding our school.  We had our MBS Fundraiser on Oct 9th at Springfield Country Club.  Three months prior to the event I had to give Springfield a minimum number to guarantee a room.  The minimum number was fifty which I didn't think would be a problem since we sent out 580 invitations.  Well a week before the luncheon the count was 31 so I had a way to go.  I do believe in miracles and I asked the Brothers to say a special prayer for the success of the event and I also called many former MBS folks.  The good news is we ended up with fifty six attendees and made a little over $2,300.00 for the renovations at St. Bede's.  Thanks once more for your assistance.  Merry Christmas to each one of you and your families.  Regards, John

Thomas W. Mullen:
  Fran, Hope your Christmas and New Years are joyous.  I just finished reading the Golden Burrs Committee Quarterly Newsletter.  It was great as usual.  Tom M.

 

Joe Gavaghan:  Hey Frank,  What's the name of the Cheese Steak" places John Salvey wrote about and where are they?  I'll tell my nieces & nephews, who live in Texas, to check them out.  Merry Christmas & Happy 2011 to Penny & you. Cheers, Joe 

 

John Salvey:  FRED is the guy from Overbrook, known as "Fredís Cheese Steaks", they really remind you of the originals.  Top three locations are 15th and Custer in Plano northwest corner, Allen on Jupiter Rd. and last close one is on Inwood Rd.,  3 blocks south of 635.  A new Hoagie shop has now popped up in Richardson on 75 and Beltline and another on 75 in Plano at Park Rd.   "Jersey Mikeís" big thick philly bread sandwiches, canít eat a large one at one sitting.  I still feel better about  FREDíS.

 

Joe Bradley:  Say, Jim (Prendergast), Thank you for the e-Card, nice thought of you....and Happy Holidays to you and all your family.........I trust your normal and just can't wait for this 18 degrees to turn into 81 degrees once again.....Its not like......we are 18 yrs old again you know.....starting to mind the wind.....wish I were in Hawaii right now on the beach......thinking of what its like back home.....and then laughing as I finish my rum and coke.....we should plan a class reunion in Hawaii.....that would be dynamic.....maybe for the 55th in 2013.....wishful thinking Huh!!!......think those 73 yr old guys could make it???

......anyway have a good day.....nice hearing from you.....and Happy New Year.....live Jesus in our hearts.......Joe.

 

Fran Lawless '68:  Rich,  Another valiant and noble effort putting this all together.  Had the old 'Evening & Sunday Bulletin' had you on their staff, perhaps they'd still be around.  Have a healthy and productive and uneventful 2011.   Fran Lawless, Batavia, Illinois

 

Des Butler:  Thanks for this good news!  HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Jim Lynch:
  From the Lynch family, Thanks to all and have a Happy, Healthy New Year.  Lynchie

 

Gerry Vernot:  Thanks Frank for this email. Great to see W.C. football did so well. Hopefully, it will help enrollment.  Happy New Year to you and all my fellow classmates,  Gerry

 

Jim English:  Wow, Go B-u-r-r-s!!!

 

Bob Dougherty:  Just now checking back in from our 10 day CALIFORNIA DREAMIN TRIP with our kids and grand kids. Making memories we went up to Big Bear Lake and shared their first snow experience, snow angel, snow balls sledding butt riding, falling crying et al.  Heaps of fun also had the opportunity to have lunch with our Philadelphia high school friends the Bonners and the Bells. And on a sad note we had to put our 15 yr. old Westie to sleep Christmas night.  Our very good friend Howard did it long distance for us, as our Christmas Card says "we are richer because we know you".  HAPPY & HEALTHY NEW YEAR,  LOVE ANN & BOB

 

Tom Hughes:  This was a great achievement for West Catholic football team to win a state championship. As an old football player for West during the hard years in the late fifties, it is good to see West back on top. Congratulations to a great West Catholic football team and I am very proud of them all.   GO BURRS!!
Best Regards, Tom Hughes 

 

Jim McManaman:  (re: Special Edition)   Frank, Thank you for sharing.  Things are different today I'm happy to say.  Jim

 

Tom Wallace (Brother German John):  Good report, Frank.  Lynchie's kid  played very well.  They deserved to win.  West is best!  Tom

 

Ed Alioto: Courtesy of Jim Prendergast....Ready for Spring Training? 

 

 

AWARD FOR OUR CLASSMATE JOE BRADLEY 

 

The Delaware County Fire Police Association celebrated its 60th anniversary in November with a banquet at the Brookhaven Community Center.  Thatís right ó six decades of service.

The ceremony hosted by First Vice President Paul Blanford and President Robert Neil Wilson Jr. presented Robert Owsiany of Brookhaven the Fire Policeman of the Year Award.

Presidentís Awards were presented to
Chaplain Joseph Bradley of Aston for his untiring efforts on behalf of the County Firemanís and Fire Policemanís Memorial Service, held each May.  Janet Owsiany was honored for her support of the organization through her fundraising efforts and organization of special events.

Approximately 130 fire police, their spouses and friends were treated to a delicious meal prepared by Chef Marty Owsiany.  A memorial depicting fire police officers from years ago, which included many relatives of the active members, was on display.


 

"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

 

Hi Frank,
Enjoyed reading the Class of 1958 newsletter.  It inspired me to send a brief article remembering the good old days of the 1950's.  I have attached it to this email for your review.  Please feel free to use it any way you see fit for our next newsletter.  Have a happy and healthy New Year.  Best wishes,  Gerry

 

MY FIRST VISIT TO THE PALESTRA

submitted by: GERRY VERNOT

 

 

As those who have been there will tell you, going to the Palestra to watch a basketball game can be an exciting experience.  Just walking into the building and hearing the crowd roar can be a spine tingling experience.

The first time I saw a game there was on December 11, 1954.  However, going to the Palestra that night was not my original plan.  It was a Saturday night, and a couple of my friends from our neighborhood at 59th and Baltimore Avenue decided to go to Big Brothers Boysí Club downtown to play some basketball and swim in their indoor pool. (If I am not mistaken, fellow West Catholic grad, Bob Dowd was one of guys.)  In the early evening we hopped on the 34 trolley car and headed into center city to enjoy our night at ďBiggiesĒ as the boysí club was called.

After spending a couple of hours enjoying the eveningís activities, we again took the 34 trolley heading back to West Philly. On the way, someone got the bright idea to get off on 33rd street and go to the Palestra since from a distance we could see from the lights that a game was in progress.  Knowing that if we got off the trolley on 33rd street, we would have to walk the rest of the way home, since we didnít have any extra carfare to take another trolley.  Despite this fact, we decided to see what was happening at the Palestra and got off at 33rd street.  We also wondered how we were going to get into the Palestra, since we didnít have money to buy a ticket.  I guess the thought occurred to us that we could try and sneak in somehow if necessary.  Fortunately, when we arrived, the game in progress was in the second half of action, so ticket takers were no longer at the entrance, and we could walk right in.  We didnít even know who was playing, but from the roar of the crowd, it was an exciting game.

My first view of the game made clear that I was seeing Villanova University playing a team called St. Francis College.  I had no idea who this team was until I found out later that they were nationally ranked because they had an All-American playing for them by the name of Maurice Stokes.  He was one of the best players in the country, and Villanova was playing a great game against his team. The game was nip and tuck all the way to the finish with Villanova pulling out the upset victory 76 to 71. This was a great introduction for me to Palestra basketball to say the least.  I really enjoyed the excitement of time spent watching such a great game.  The joy of seeing the second half of this game gave me and my friends lots to talk about as we started our trek home to our 59th and Baltimore neighborhood.

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

 

SOME GREAT WEBSITES

submitted by:  RICH BUZZA

 

I can't remember the first time that I saw this routine, but it gets funnier every time that I see it.  If you would like to see this famous comedy skit again, just click on the blue ABBOTT & COSTELLO below and enjoy.  Please let us know if you enjoyed this and perhaps we will add a few new ones in our next issue.

28 ABBOTT & COSTELLO:L WHO'S ON FIRST? 1951
This is the signature Bud Abbott and Lou Costello comedy routine that is often imitated, never duplicated.
The duo did hosting stints on
 The Colgate Comedy Hour and Hollywood Palace . (NBC)

 

 

PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS

 

WE REMEMBER and ask for your prayers for those who are ill and for all those who have gone to their eternal reward, especially two classmates who passed away; Michael W. Finnegan on December 9, 2010 and John James McLaughlin on December 26, 2010.  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

 

ST. LASALLE AUXILIARY

 

According to the Christian Brothers' Website, the St. LaSalle Auxiliary was established in 1918 with a Memorial  Mass Card program at that time to provide support for the formation of their young Brothers.  I more recent years the scope of the Christian Brothers' Development Office, whose Director is Brother Kevin Stanton FSC, WC '56,

has expanded its efforts to include support for special educational ministries and the retirement needs of the Brothers.

 

Gifts for the Brothers' support may be given monthly, annually, through wills, employer matching gifts, the use of the Memorial Mass Card program and assorted special event cards.

 

The Development Office address in Ammendale, Maryland is: 

Brother Kevin Stanton, FSC

PO Box 1710

Beltsville, MD  20704-1710

Phone:  301-210-0614

Fax: 301-210-0614

 

 

MAY YOU ALL HAVE A VERY HAPPY EASTER.  CHRIST IS RISEN!

 

 

 KEEP THE SPIRIT ALIVE!

 

   

      

 

 

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