GOLDEN BURRS EVENTS COMMITTEE

QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER 

CLASS OF 1958

 

SUMMER EDITION 2011                                

 

With this EIGHTH edition of the 1958 Class Newsletter, we are experiencing the joys of summer after having just attended the 53rd Anniversary Luncheon. 

 

You will find in this newsletter information concerning RUMORS ABOUT WEST CATHOLIC, the success of our 53rd ANNIVERSARY CLASS LUNCHEON, future West Catholic sponsored events including a show with the original cast of JERSEY BOYS, Parochial school closings, HERB MAGEE'S induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame, financial support from GEORGES PERRIER for West's Culinary Arts program, responses and comments from classmates regarding the Spring Newsletter and Luncheon Invitations, 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.   

 

RUMORS....RUMORS

reprinted from the Winter 2011 Edition of West Notes

 

Over the last few years, we have heard unbelievable RUMORS regarding West Catholic.  We think it's time to put them to rest....

 

RUMOR:  WEST CATHOLIC IS CLOSING.

FACT:  Finances continue to be a concern for all Catholic schools.  West Catholic looks to the continued support of our alums and friends of the school to help alleviate this struggle.  We expect to remain open but need your help to sustain West.

 

RUMOR:  NON-CATHOLICS DO NOT ATTEND MASS OR TAKE RELIGION COURSES.

FACT:  All students take religion classes and attend school liturgies.  Each student must also participate in their yearly class retreat.  West currently has 15 students participating in the RICA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) program.

 

RUMOR:  STUDENTS STRUGGLE ACADEMICALLY.

FACT:  98% of our graduates move on to college.  They have attended Ivy schools (Penn) and local universities (LaSalle and Villanova).  Last year's graduating class, the Class of 2010, had 129 members who received 11.5 million dollars in scholarship money.

 

RUMOR:  SOME STUDENTS RECEIVE MORE THAN OTHERS IN FINANCIAL AID.     

FACT:  Financial aid is need based.  Every student pays a large percentage of tuition.  The average financial aid per student is $1300.

 

RUMOR:  WEST CATHOLIC RECRUITS STUDENT ATHLETES.

FACT:  The Pennsylvania Interstate Athletic Association (PIAA) forbids recruiting by all schools (public and private).  Violations lead to school suspension from competition.

 

RUMOR:  WEST IS A MUSLIM SCHOOL.

FACT:  The student body is 1% Muslim.  The diversity that exists in the hallways of West is a point of pride for us.

 

RUMOR:  MUSLIM STUDENTS HAVE A PRAYER ROOM AT WEST CATHOLIC.

FACT:  This is totally untrue.  All students have access to the chapel for prayer or reflection.

 

                 

PAST AND UPCOMING EVENTS

 

           CLASS OF 1958 "GOLDEN BURRS" 53RD ANNIVERSARY LUNCHEON               

submitted by:  JOHN STAIBER '58

 

Left to right:  Jim Clark, Larry Doran, Charlie Johnson, Larry Signora, Angie Sivieri, Jim Gallagher

and Frank O'Keefe -  Extreme right: John Gillespie and Bill Marella

All luncheon pictures are available on our website: www.goldenburrs-1958.com

 

On Thursday, May 12th I attended my 53rd class reunion luncheon held at the Ramada Airport Hotel in Essington.  The Boys class of ‘58 has been holding these off-year reunion gatherings each May for the past several years starting in 2006.  Our last formal reunion was the big 3 day 50th golden reunion weekend back in 2008.  These class luncheons or mini-reunions, as I call them, have a different feel than the larger and more formal five year reunions; fewer attendee’s, of course, but also less structure, the effect of which allows more time to float around to connect and reconnect in a more casual atmosphere.  I enjoy the relaxed format very much.

Turnout this year totaled 50, which is similar to the last few luncheons.  A good number came from out-of-state, mostly NJ but also a few from Delaware, Maryland and one each from NY & Virginia.  Included among our group were several honored guests; Brother Steven Casale, Brother Larry Dempsey, both from our own class of 1958 and Mr. Tom Wallace our former teacher – aka Brother German John.  We also were delighted to announce the presence of two reunion “first timers”, Des Butler (St. Barnabas) and Jim McManaman (MBS).

George Light, acting as Master of Ceremonies, provided the welcoming remarks and shared many items of news and offered some of his insights pertinent to the WC community at large and our class in particular.  It’s a nice perk to have him as a fellow classmate.  George, as we all know, is the schools number #1 booster and he made a special appeal for us to support all the WC school and alumni events.  Continuing on, George introduced our guests of honor, each receiving in turn, a nice round of applause…….deservedly so, when you think of the many years of dedicated service they provided.  At this point Brother Steven Casale stood to offer the invocation prior to our luncheon meal.  He asked prayers for our ill and injured classmates and remembrances for all our deceased.  Sadly, our class has lost four members since the last luncheon in 2010: Rich Campiglia, Mike Finnegan, John James McLaughlin and John Sheridan.  Rest in Peace.  Thank you Brother Steven, for voicing these beautiful sentiments. 

The meal itself was very nice.  A delicious and attractive set out of hot selections, salad, vegetable mix, breads, cold soda, hot coffee and pitchers of Ice tea on each table.  Nice selection of desserts too.  I thought the Ramada staff did a good job.  The servers were attentive, pleasant and there were plenty of them.  After lunch the reunion committee held a 50/50 cash drawing and also provided a number of non-cash (WC memorabilia) prizes too.

After the prize drawings were completed George Light, as is his custom, led the entire group in singing our school song.  I noticed that most guys still know that song by heart. 

 

Left to right: Dick Boyle, John Staiber, Brother Steven Casale (partially hidden) Tom Henry, Tom Wallace aka Brother German John, Frank Welsh, John Gillespie, Brother Larry Dempsey, Anthony Evangelista and Vince Reynolds

Lastly, I must mention the fantastic poster display, which has become a feature of all the class of 58 events.  The banquet room is set with a large section devoted to table-top display boards.  There is a separate display for each WC feeder parish which includes photos of the church and school buildings and individual photos of each class member from that particular parish.  I can only imagine the time, effort and thought that goes into these displays.  Jim Clark created the parish posters, Frank Metzler did the Christian Brothers/teacher display, and Frank Adolf exhibited a display featuring photos and memorabilia of prior reunions.

Thanks to all those who had a hand in this reunion.  Hope to see everyone again next year.

 

WEST CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2011

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

 

July 17, 2011 - BURRS AT THE BEACH - Westy's Irish Pub, N. Wildwood, NJ

Be part of the action and join your fellow BURRS at Westy's.

 

November 5, 2011 - The ORIGINAL CAST OF JERSEY BOYS will be coming to West Catholic.

Don't miss out on this one time special performance. 

 

CATCH UP ON WHAT IS HAPPENING AT WEST CATHOLIC

 http://www.westcatholic.org/index.php/alumni/burrs_of_the_21st_century

 

 

NEWS FEATURES

 

PAROCHIAL SCHOOL CLOSINGS

As announced in The Catholic Standard and Times

 

The Office for Catholic Education announced the following schools will close in June 2011 due to low enrollment.

* Ascension of Our Lord Parish School in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.

* St. Anne Parish School in Fishtown/Port Richmond.

* Our Lady of Fatima Parish School in Bensalem (Bucks County), Pa.

* St. Cyprian Parish School (formerly St. Carthage) in the Cobbs Creek section of Philadelphia.

* St. Hugh of Cluny Parish School in the Fairhill section of Philadelphia.

* St. Martin of Tours Parish School in New Hope (Bucks County), Pa.

* St. Thomas Aquinas Parish School in Croydon (Bucks County), Pa.

* St. Philomena Parish School in Lansdowne (Delaware County), Pa.

* St. Kevin Parish School in Springfield (Delaware County), Pa.

 “It’s always a heartbreaking and difficult decision to close a school, especially when so many have given their time and talents to try and sustain it,” said Mary Rochford, archdiocesan Superintendent of Schools.

OUR LADY OF ANGELS PARISH CLOSED

The doors closed for good on Sunday, March 27, at Our Lady of Angels Church located at 4970 Master Street in West Philadelphia.  The Archdiocese officially closed the parish five years ago, although the church remained in use as a worship site.  At the last Mass, it was standing room only.

PHILADELPHIA U. COACH HERB MAGEE VOTED INTO BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME reprinted from The Philadelphia Inquirer - April 5, 2011 

HOUSTON - The Basketball Hall of Fame made it official yesterday.  Herb Magee, Philadelphia schoolboy and college star, and the winningest NCAA coach of all time, is a legend.

Magee, 69, was announced as part of the 2011 induction class to the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., and was among those who walked onto the court at halftime of Monday night's national championship game in Reliant Stadium to accept the cheers of the crowd.

"I never really thought I deserved it," Magee said, in an uncharacteristic display of humility for a wisecracking character whose proficiency at all aspects of the game is nearly matched by his ability to remind others about them.  "I thought it would be nice.  You never want to compare yourself to anybody else, but certainly winning more games than anybody has won would make the Hall of Fame take notice. But what also helped me was what I've done with my shooting."

The news that Magee is a legend is no news in Philadelphia.  It is a legend that was born in the mid-1950's on city playgrounds such as Fourth and Shunk, and in the cramped gymnasium at St. Francis de Sales in Southwest Philadelphia.

Herb Magee could shoot a basketball.  Still can. He can shoot a basketball like very few who have ever attempted to perfect the art of throwing a rubber ball through an 18-inch steel rim situated 10 feet from the ground.  It was that singular, natural skill that made Magee a star at West Catholic High School and Philadelphia Textile College, giving the 5-foot-9, 150-pound kid a stature in the game that belied his own.

"My earliest recollection is on that little indoor court at St. Francis and we were in, like, eighth grade," said Jim Lynam, who would become Magee's backcourt partner at West Catholic before going on to his own fame as a player and coach.  "We went there and would play like four, five, six hours - and I had played with some good guys. I remember walking out and saying, 'I've never seen anybody shoot like that.'   I don't know that he missed a shot in four or five hours."

Magee parlayed his shooting talent into a playing career, and then stayed at Textile to become an assistant coach, turning down at least one NBA training camp invitation in the process.  In 1967, Magee became the head coach at the Division II school, which would change its name to Philadelphia University in 1999.

All these years and 922 career wins later, Magee is still there, a legend not just for his coaching, but for the stable of young coaches who prospered under his tutelage, and for his thriving side business as a "shot doctor," in demand for his clinics and private instruction on the finer points of shooting a basketball.  This summer, Sixers guard Evan Turner is scheduled to be one of his pupils.

"This is tremendous for Herb," said a longtime friend, Temple coach Fran Dunphy.  "He's a great friend and we all share in this, and he allows you to share.  Of course, he is a character and will tell you how many points he scored.  You have to be ready for that and bust on him and say, 'How many assists did you have?' It wasn't a lot."

Compiling assists was not Magee's concern.  Getting open and getting a shot were his goals.  Once those were accomplished, the ball did the rest.

"We'd play at Fourth and Shunk, and once Herbie came across half-court and went up for a shot, all you could do was untie his shoes while he was up there to try to mess him up," said former Temple coach John Chaney, who would later battle Magee for years when Chaney coached Division II Cheyney University.  "You'd do everything dirty and bad to him, but his mechanics were so outstanding it didn't matter.  He'd still make the shot."

Magee said Monday he intends to ask Chaney and Jack Ramsay, both Hall of Fame members, to introduce him at the Hall of Fame induction in Springfield on Aug. 12.  Ramsay, then the coach at St. Joseph's, attended a West Catholic game to watch Lynam, whom he would later recruit to play for the Hawks.  Ramsay saw a skinny guard have a great game and came away convinced Lynam would do well at St. Joseph's.  The only problem was the player he thought was Lynam was actually Magee.  Ramsay stuck to his original plan and says one of his great recruiting mistakes was not taking both of them.  "And as Herbie will then add, 'Who didn't know that?' " Lynam said.

 Magee, whose teams have advanced to 25 Division II NCAA tournaments and won the 1970 national championship, had opportunities over the years to leave Philadelphia University and get other coaching jobs, but he had no taste for departing the city and always preferred running his own program to working as an assistant on someone else's.  Plus, he was happy, he was successful, his family was around, and he didn't have anything he felt he needed to prove.

Sixers coach Doug Collins, who is on the Hall of Fame election committee and voted for Magee, has known about the coach since Collins came to Philadelphia as a rookie professional player in 1973.

"Sometimes guys who don't coach at the D-I level or are not out there in the spotlight or on TV, sometimes they get lost in the shuffle when it comes to recognition," Collins said.   "But I don't know anyone in Philadelphia who has devoted more of themselves to basketball."

Basketball allowed itself a little devotion in return on Monday.  Right there on national television, Herb Magee's legendary status was announced to the whole country.  Maybe that news arrived half a century after it did in Philadelphia, but waiting to get your shot is sometimes the name of the game. 

PERRIER HELPS KEEP WEST CATHOLIC COOKING

reprinted from the Philadelphia Inquirer - June 26, 2011

By Ashley Primis - Inquirer Staff Writer

It's hard to keep Georges Perrier out of the kitchen.  He sauntered into the third-floor cooking facility at West Catholic High School like he owned it.  In some ways, he did.  On Wednesday morning, Perrier, owner of Le Bec-Fin, was at the West Philly high school to hand over an oversize check.  It was made out for $75,000, the French chef's contribution to the school's existing Culinary Arts program.

"I'm sorry I'm late! I couldn't find the door!"  Perrier blared in his thick French accent, rushing in.  Everyone laughed and clapped, and after a few words of gratitude, Perrier headed straight to the stove.  The charming kitchen is bright and clean, with some new stoves, well-loved wooden countertops, and black-and-white floors.

"I smell garlic! Ah! Pizza!" he said, before quickly turning to Pedro Ortiz, 18, a recent West Catholic graduate, who was chopping tomatoes.  The chef couldn't help but show him a faster way.

Ortiz is going to miss his cooking classes.  "It's the one class where I know that what I'm learning I'm going to use in the future."  Chicken cacciatore, pastas, salade Niçoise, and fruit salad are a few favorites that Ortiz learned.

The program was reintroduced to the school six years ago by Brother Tim Ahern, West Catholic's president. When he took the post, he couldn't bear to see the old home ec classroom empty.  "They learn skills here: how to budget, health, sanitation, and nutrition," said Ahern.  Such electives provide hands-on-learning experiences for students, many of whom come from homes with busy single parents.

When he started the program in 2006, Brother Ahern made a trade with the nearby Restaurant School.  It needed more kitchen space; Ahern needed an instructor.  But a year later, when the reciprocal program ended, Ahern found the money to keep chef-instructor Ron Giovanni and invest in new equipment.

But programs like this need dough.  Enter Father Michael Marrone, the school's minister.  He dined at Le Bec one night with friends who are regulars.  "I told Georges all about the school program, and he said he would help, right there.  Just from that one conversation.  He did it out of the goodness of his heart," said Marrone.  The donation will help keep the program running for about a year.  It will help pay Giovanni's salary and benefits, as well as for equipment and food.

After the tomatoes were chopped, Perrier took on making his own pizza.  Off came the blazer, on went the apron. He turned to chef Giovanni. "The dough is nice, chef, but no honey? Next time, I'll show you how.  We'll have fun. Or maybe Bolognese. I love Bolognese!"

And just like that, he was gone.  He'll be back throughout the year, though, to plan a fund-raising dinner, get parents involved, and work with the students.

After all, says the chef, "it is Le Bec-Fin money.  The customers paid for this. . . . They eat a lot of snails."

 

MAIL FROM CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS

submitted by:  FRANK ADOLF

 

Joe Gavaghan:  That was a clever touch the committee came up with Frank.  After all these years, we still chuckle at the antics of Abbott & Costello and other great performers from the 30's,40's & 50's Thanks guys.  I'll wave to you Friday, March 25 and Monday, March 28 from Bright House Field.  Cheers, Joe

 

John Kraft:  Hello Frank,  Thanks again for sharing your newsletter.  I enjoyed every article.  If you are going to the WC sports award dinner try to look me up.  Regards, John

 

Des Butler:  Thanks for all the time/effort you and the committee expend on our behalf.  And a HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY.  We have only recently returned from a month in South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe.  We will be leaving next week on a cruise from Hong Kong to Dubai and will be back in the States by April 21.  If all is well we will try to visit my sister in Broomall in conjunction with this event.  Again thank you for the invitation.  I will try to attend.

 

Al Kern:  Hi Frank & Guys of the Committee, Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend the luncheon.  We will be in Texas at that time.  Please extend my best wishes to all the attendees.  Thanks for remembering me.  Maybe next year?  

 

Tom Wallace:  Frank, Many thanks for the invitation for WC '58th's reunion on May 12.  I will be happy to be there. Thanks again, Tom Wallace aka German John

 

Brother Gregory Cavalier:  Frank,  Thanks so much for the WC '58 Newsletter.  It was so good to read about our grads and friends.  Reading your News Letter is like going back in the "Time Machine"!....it's a delight to recall those happy years at West.  Thanks so much for all your work!  Bro. Flamian (ugh!) Gregory

 

Andy JaskolkaFrank, Thanks for the invite, but I won't be able to make it.  My best to all who do.

 

Jim English:  Hi Frank, count me in.  The check will be mailed (Yeah, I know, one of the world's oldest lies). But I'll be there.  

 

Tom W. Mullen:  Sorry I won't be able to come this time around.  Thanks for keeping me in the loop.  Tom

 

Ted DefosseThanks for letting me know about the luncheon, but I will not be able to attend. 

 

Bob Shea:  Frank thanks for letting me know but I won't be able to make it.

 

Joe McGroryThanks for the info Frank, I will be unable to attend.  Joe "Bing" McGrory  Blair, Oklahoma

 

Brother Steven Casale, FSC:  Dear Frank, Thank you for your invitation to attend the May 12 luncheon.  Yes, I am happy to accept.  See you all on the 12th of May.  Bro. Steven Casale

 

Frank Miller:  Frank, I'll be out of town, so I will not be able to attend.  Sincerely, Frank

 

Gerry Vernot  Sorry, Frank, won't be able to make the luncheon.  Will be leaving for a 12 day adventure touring Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey on May 16th.  Best wishes, Gerry

 

Bob Schaefer:  Frank:  I will not be attending this year.  Hopefully next year.  Bob

 

Jack NeuschelFrank, Thanks for alerting me about the luncheon.  Unfortunately I will be unable to attend.  Tell everyone that I send my  regards.  I'm still working three days a week as a PRN chaplain with Unity Hospice although I officially retired from St. Vincent's Hospital in 2007.

 

Vince Leonetti Thanks for the invite and all your hard work.  Look forward to seeing the guys.  Vince

 

Vince Reynolds:  Hello, Frank!  Thanks to you, Rich and the Committee for putting this together again!  See you on May 12th.  Yours, Vince

 

Bob Madden:  Frank, Will put check in the mail today.  Thanks for all your work in keeping this annual event going - it's always a good time.   Look forward to seeing you in May.  Bob

 

Brother Robert M. Sentman, OCD:  Dear Frank,  Greetings and peace!

It has been almost one month since I received your invitation to attend the 53rd Anniversary Luncheon for our graduating class of 1958.  I apologize for the delay in responding to this invitation.

 

It is with regret that I will be unable to attend the luncheon.  Our Washington Province of Discalced Carmelite Friars will be holding our Provincial Chapter in May, and I have just recently been elected one of five Province members to attend the Chapter as a delegate-at-large. 

 

Be assured that all of my classmates are remembered each day in prayer, but most especially those who have preceded us into eternity.  Have a wonderfully joyful afternoon of celebration.  God bless you all!  In Christ,  Br. Robert

 

Jim Gallagher:  Frank, Thanks for the reminder.  Yes I will be attending.  As they say "the check is in the mail".  I want to thank you and the committee for all the time and effort you guys put into keeping the class of 58 together.  Look forward to seeing you ... Go Burrs!  Jim

 

Andy Thompson:  Many thanks for your work on this project and for sending me the reminder.  But I won't be able to attend Frank.  Don (Andy) Thompson

 

Anthony DiGuiesppe:  Frank, Sorry for the delay but I've been busy with some home projects.  I will not be able to attend because of previous commitments.  I hope to attend the 54th.  Thanks, Anthony (Skip) DiGuiesppe 

 

Bob HessionFrank, I  will be attending my Granddaughters 1st communion in Charlotte, NC at that time and will be unable to attend.  Still enjoy hearing about what is going on in the school.  Sincerely, Bob Hession

 

Hugh McGettiganHi Frank: I'm sorry to say that I will be out of town on May 12th.  Hope to see you and some of the other guys at this years Burrs at the Beach get together.  Regards, Hugh

 

Bill Stocku:  Hi Frank:  Say hello to everyone, but I will not be traveling 2300 miles for lunch.   

 

Don Lignore: Frank, It would be very difficult and expensive for me to attend a West Catholic HS Luncheon or any event since I live in Sarasota, Florida 1200 miles away.  Thank you for the invite but when inviting, you should take in consideration the grads address.  Therefore, I humbly regret that I will not be able to attend.  Sincerely, Don 

 

Tom Hughes:  Hi Frank,  I cannot make the luncheon on 5-12-11 because I will be attending a wedding in Kitty Hawk, NC.  Give my best to all the guys and I hope to see you at Burrs on the Beach in July.  Best Regards, Tom   

 

Tom Sweeney:  Frank    - I'm one of the few I guess that's still out there paying the class of 58's Social Security by working.  I don't think I'll be able to make it but I'll be thinking of you all.  Have a nice afternoon and I hope to see you all soon hopefully at  "Burrs at the Beach"  Regards  Tom 
 

Manus (Mike) Burns:  Thanks for the e-mail.  Sorry, I will not be able to attend.  I live in Oregon and rarely get to the Philadelphia area.  Hopefully, I can schedule a later visit and attend some future event.  

 

Joe Murphy:  Sorry, I won't be able to attend, but, thanks for keeping me posted.

 

Des Butler:  A check for $20.00 will be in tomorrow's mail.  I have every intention of being with the group for this event.  I'll stay with my sister in Broomall.  Thank you for your efforts in organizing this event.  I know from experience how many little and not so little roadblocks pop up to challenge the organizers. 

 

Joe Bradley:  Sorry, Frank, already tied up on the 12th.  Would like to have made it, but priorities you know...thanks to you and the committee.

 

Bob (BOBBYDOC) Dougherty: GOD IS GREAT, BEER IS GOOD & PEOPLE ARE CRAZY!

The most ferocious weather we've ever been thru, but God looked after us.  We are safe, no damage, never lost power and even the boat came thru in the back yard.  Spent 3 hrs, 1 each/storm cell, in the laundry room with a weather radio, and a regular radio, settin on stools, reading our books and drinking wine.......it says so in the manual for waiting out tornados.  Had almost baseball sized hail for a bit and dinged up the car some, but a man on a galloping horse would never notice it.  Thanks for your thoughts & prayers, we're so fortunate that we can't but help feel God's hand.  Slainte, Bob & Ann

 

Bob DiRita:  Frank, I will not be able to attend the luncheon.  Please convey my best wishes to all.  Regards, Bob

 

Carl Wagner:  Frank, Sorry I can't make the luncheon this year.  We'll be in Canada for one of our grandson's 1st Communion and grandparent's day at their grade school.  Hope to see you again at Burrs at the Beach.  Best regards, Carl 

 

We also heard from Ed Smith, Jim White, Pete O'Hara, Jim McCluskey, Joe Speakman, Don Barna, Ed Diamond, Don Carty, Charlie Bonner, Ted Trafka, Joe Myers, Jack Wynn, Ed York, Don D'Adamo, Bob Ward, Rich Duff, Jack Devine, Frank McDonnell, John McIlhenney, John Heron and Bob Gormley who said they could not attend the Class Luncheon.  We appreciate all responses, as they confirm that we have your correct e-mail addresses on file. 

 

Dave Crines (May 30, 2011): Hello All:  I am very glad to be home again after 2 weeks at Jefferson Hospital with a stroke and a brain angiogram, 3 weeks at Bryn Mawr Rehab and now 3 weeks more of Jefferson Home Care Rehab and then outpatient therapy back after Bryn Mawr Rehab.  I still have difficulty in speaking and walking and need to build up my strength.

 

Thank you all very much for your kind words of concern in your emails, cards and phone calls.  It really helped in my recovery process.  Wish you all a happy Memorial Day, and hope to keep up with emails as the weeks go on.  Thanks again.  Dave

 

Bob Houlihan:  Frank: Getting married June 18th so couldn't make May 12th gathering.  Please include me in future events.  Bob

 

A WORD ABOUT INVITATIONS

 

Over the past five luncheon events 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 (not counting our 50th anniversary in 2008), we have had in attendance classmates from places as far away as Florida, Texas, California, Maryland, New York and Virginia.  Therefore, the committee continues to send invitations to all classmates who have

e-mail addresses regardless of where they live.  To save expense, snail mail invitations are only sent to those classmates who have attended previous events or with whom we have had communication.   

 

Recognizing that distance is a major cost factor, if you prefer not to receive future invitations, your e-mail address can be placed on our "Newsletter Only List".  You can make this change by simply sending an e-mail request to Frank Adolf at: fjapfa@netzero.net

 

"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

submitted by:  JIM PRENDERGAST

 

Kate Smith was born and grew up in Greenville, Virginia. 

 

In early 1940, Kate Smith, a fiercely patriotic American, and the biggest star on radio, was deeply worried about her country. 

 

She asked Irving Berlin if he could give her a song that would re-ignite the spirit of American patriotism and faith.  He said he had a song that he had written in 1917, but never used it.  He said she could have it. 

 

She sat at the piano & played it and realized how good it was.  She called Mr. Berlin and told him that she couldn't take this from him for nothing.  So, they agreed that any money that would be made off the song would be donated to the Boy Scouts of America.  Thanks to Kate Smith and Irving Berlin, the Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties. 

 

This clip is from the movie, "This is the Army."  You will see a familiar face (near the very end), one that we are all very proud of. 

Frank Sinatra said that when Kate Smith, whom he considered the greatest singer of his age, first sang this song on the radio, a million guys got 'dust' in their eyes and had to wipe the tears the 'dust' caused. 


 If you can watch and listen without 'dust' getting in your eyes, you have no soul.  Sit back and enjoy a Real Star.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnQDW-NMaRs

 

 

Our Classmate

Msgr. Eugene Driscoll meeting Pope John Paul II

May 23, 2004

Courtesy of a Classmate at the May Luncheon

 

Hopefully the classmate will contact us so we can both credit and thank him for the picture. 

 

 

 

1957 Playoffs - Philadelphia Catholic H.S. League

Courtesy of Jim Gallagher 

 

 

SOME GREAT WEBSITES

 submitted by:  RICH BUZZA

Well, Gang as Smiling Ed would say, "Plunk your magic twanger, Froggie!"  The "SOME GREAT WEBSITES" Abbott and Costello routine was so well received that we thought that we would offer another memorable website for your enjoyment.  This one is especially for Joe Gavaghan, so turn up the volume on you computer speakers and enjoy! (click on below to see the video)  

                                                                      42 SPIKE JONES 1951 

Spike & the gang of hilarious musical wackiest perform their signature "Cocktails For Two."  As you see this wild musical circus, know Spike Jones choreographed the zany antics.

 

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 Tony Gargiule, and for all those who have gone to their eternal reward.  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

 

HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!

 

 KEEP THE SPIRIT ALIVE!