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GOLDEN BURRS EVENTS COMMITTEE

QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER 

CLASS OF 1958

 

WINTER EDITION 2012

 

We are proud to bring you the 14th edition of this newsletter.  The Golden Burrs Committee wishes you and yours a

Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. 

 

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Each section will bring you information that we have gathered about West Catholic and other newsworthy events that have transpired in the past three months.  Also, a "mark your calendar" reminder about the date for the 55th Anniversary Reunion of the Class of 1958; Jim Lynch's W C Football Report; mail from our Classmates and Friends; our feature section:

"REMEMBERING THE GOOD OLD DAYS"; and sadly condolences on the passing of two of our classmates, Joe Welch and Martin Kane

 

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 PAST AND UPCOMING EVENTS AT WEST

 

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Fran Crowley and George Light present a check to Brother Richard Kestler, President of West Catholic, in the amount of $20,000.00 on behalf of the Burrs at the Beach 2012 committee.  Thank you to all of the committee members and everyone who attended Burrs at the Beach!  Another successful year!

 

HONORS FOR BROTHER RICHARD KESTLER, FSC

Dedication of Kestler Hall / Induction into the Archdiocesan Hall of Fame

10/11/12 - Wyndmoor / Philadelphia, PA -  On Wednesday evening, October 10, 2012, over 300 members of the La Salle community gathered for the formal dedication of Kestler Hall. Brother Richard Kestler, FSC, is a 1960 graduate of the school and served as its President from 2005 until June of 2012.  During his tenure at La Salle, Brother Richard energized the La Salle community and his charisma positioned the school as one of the top independent secondary schools in the Delaware Valley.  He was responsible for a major capital campaign that added 34 acres to the campus along with 40,000 square feet of additional academic space.  That expansion, Kestler Hall, was dedicated in his honor and will forever be associated with his accomplishments.  The formal dedication included remarks by Brother Richard along with an address by the school’s President Brother James Butler, FSC and a toast by Benjamin Ventresca, Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

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photo (left to right) – Principal Michael O’Toole ’68, Chairman of The Board of Trustees Benjamin Ventresca ’70, President Emeritus Brother Richard Kestler, FSC ’60, and President Brother James Butler, FSC

Since his days attending Saint Martin of Tours parish school in the Oxford Circle section of Philadelphia, Brother Richard Kestler has always had a passion for education.

Even after graduating from high school, completing his undergraduate studies, and earning two master’s degrees, Brother Richard still spends every day in school.  As President of West Philadelphia Catholic High School, he continues to share his passion for faith and learning with future generations of students.

Brother Richard always had an interest in teaching young students, but it wasn’t until he was strongly influenced by a handful of Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Brothers of the Christian Schools that he decided to become a member of the Christian Brothers himself, – something he has enjoyed for every minute of the past 52 years.

It is because of this passion and dedication, that Br. Richard was honored with the Philadelphia Archdiocese's Distinguished Graduate Award and inducted into the Archdiocesan Hall of Fame on Thursday, October 11th.  The Distinguished Catholic School Graduate Award was established in 1991 to recognize those graduates whose commitment to the values of a Catholic life have inspired an appreciation for a Catholic education.  The event honors those Catholic school alumni who have not only achieved professional success in their chosen fields, but also demonstrate a commitment to living their lives by the Gospel Values.

Congratulations Br. Richard Kestler, FSC!

                        

WEST CATHOLIC FOOTBALL REPORTS

 

submitted by: JIM LYNCH 

 

 

September 22nd - West Catholic 6----Archbishop Wood 27 

 

Game started out looking like it was going to be a high scoring evening; both teams put 6 points on the board in the first 2 minutes and 15 seconds then the  defense took over the game.  Score was locked at 6-6 until the 2nd half; Wood’s defense overwhelmed the young Burrs an held West bottled up in their own territory the rest of the game mainly due to their fantastic senior K/P who kept West in the hole the rest of the game.  Wood went on to score 21 unanswered points that held up till games end.

 

September 29th - West Catholic 46----Bishop McDevitt 14 

 

The Burrs made relatively quick work of the Lancers in the league opener for both teams by scoring touchdowns on six of their first eight possessions in the opening half.  At the intermission West had built an insurmountable 40-7 lead.  The Burrs would put it into mercy rule status with 6:35 left in the third quarter on a 19-yard burst by soph. FB Javon Kegler.  The Burrs’ OL featured soph. C Steven Wyant, G’s sr. Josh Gibbs and Eric Rutherford, T’s Jaryd Jones-Smith and jr. Khalim Hadas, and Toney at TE.  Gibbs absolutely smoked a McDevitt defender on Swen’s 54-yard TD run.  Defensively, Toney and Kegler were routinely in McDevitt’s backfield.  Toney finished with 2 sacks and another TFL worth 20 yards.  GO BURRS!!  (Game report gleaned from WC football website).

 

October 6th - West Catholic 52----Conwell-Egan 16 

 

It’s now an even FORTY!  As in consecutive wins over league opponents for the Burrs dating back to the middle of the ’06 season. Twenty-eight of the forty wins have been via mercy rules and the average score has been 42.1 to 8.8.

 

C-E has improved over recent years; they played spirited throughout and for a stretch of the second quarter controlled play. C-E’s momentum would not carry over to the second half.  West took the opening possession 62 yards on 11 plays to re-seize control.        Sr. WR Ron Womack did the honors on a 5-yard toss from soph.  QB Antwain McCollum.  The Burrs would go onto score the next four times they had the ball.  White would gallop in from eleven yards on their following possession for his 3rd rushing TD of the game (1-yard in 1st QT).  Soph. RB David Swen scored the next one on a 5-yard run.  Next, sr. WR/DB Shaquille James provided a scintillating 86-yard punt return.  Man, does this kid run gracefully when at full tilt.  He also notched a pair of conversion runs.

The final Burrs’ score came courtesy of sr. FB Sholem “Jesu” Thornton on a 12-yard rumble.  In the 2nd half West rang up 32 points to Conwell-Egan’s 8.  GO BURRS!!   (Report gleaned from WC football web site).

 

October 12th - West Catholic 42----Archbishop Carroll 22

 

White 20 carries/300 yds. 3 TD’s, McCollum 12-for-19/127 yds. James recp 6/83 yds. Team 7 sacks - Winston Trabi 3 sacks CARROLL Bello 12-for-23/229 yds.  BIer 6 recp/ 124 yds.  Game was close at the half then West exploded for 20 points in the 3rd quarter; all thought Carroll was finished but they just kept coming back scoring 14 in the 4th quarter to end the game 42-22.  (Report gleaned from the Philly Inquirer Rally Page).

 

October 20th - West Catholic 42----Neumann-Goretti 0

 

On Saturday night at the South Philly Super Site the West Catholic Burrs exploded  with 5 rushing 1st half touchdowns to bury Neumann-Goretti 42-0 in a Catholic League Class AA game.  Against the Saints junior tailback Greg White carried 17 times for 163 yards and 5 TD’s. The offensive line of Jones-Smith, Wyant, Gibbs. Rutherford, Cotton and TE Toney opened the running lanes for White.  The defense limited N-G to only 58 rushing yards and 31 passing yards the entire game.  (Report gleaned from Philly Inquirer Rally page).

October 27th - West Catholic 26----La Salle 28

McCollum sets school record as West falls to La Salle

 

West Catholic quarterback Antwain McCollum easily eclipsed the school's record for passing yards in a game, but it wasn't enough as the Burrs were nipped by La Salle, 28-26, at Widener University.  The sophomore threw for 336 yards on 20 for 34 passing. The previous record, set in 1986, was Steve Cianci's 261 yards.  Ron Womack was McCollum's top target as he hauled in six catches for 261 yards.  Shaquille James had six catches for 84 yards.  The Explorers were led by Jimmy Herron's 89 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.  Ryan Brady's three-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference.  Mike Fifi added 81 yards on seven carries and Sean Coleman rushed for a 27-yard touchdown.  (Report gleaned from Philly.com Rally page).

 

Catholic League Class AA Championship

November 3rd - West Catholic 30----Archbishop Carroll 7

West Catholic earned their seventh straight Catholic League Class AA championship with a decisive win over Archbishop Carroll at Cardinal O’Hara’s field Saturday afternoon.  Greg White led the onslaught for the Burrs with 183 yards on the ground and three touchdowns.  

PIAA District 1-12 Class AA Subregional Semifinal

November 10th - West Catholic 48----Conwell-Egan 14

 

The Burrs crushed the Eagles at Southern and will play Imhotep Charter in the finals.  After falling behind 7-0 in the 1st quarter West Catholic scored 48 straight points including four touchdowns by Greg White.  White had 146 yards on 15 carries.

Antwain McColum threw for 205 yards and 2 touchdowns to Rom Womack and Shaquille James. (Report gleaned from Philly Rally page of the Inquirer).

PIAA District 1-12 Class AA Subregional Final

November 17th - West Catholic 8----Imhotep Charter 40

 

Imhotep Charter storms past West Catholic, 40-8 - For the first time since the Catholic League joined the PIAA in 2008 West Catholic High School will not advance to the state semifinals.  Imhotep Charter put a screeching halt to WC’s road of return to the states. The second half broke the game open for the Panthers who scored 27 unanswered points.   West was hampered by penalties; they drew the flag 11 times for a total of 101 yards.  Ex West Catholic running back Dave Williams had 199 yards and two touchdowns against his former teammates.  On the upside the Burrs did win the Catholic League Championship; hopefully we will look to next season to return to the State finals.

Scoring breakdown:

WC   0 8 0 0—8

IC      7 6 14 13—40

 

WEST CATHOLIC CALENDAR OF EVENTS FOR 2013 

 

SPORTS HALL OF FAME AWARDS DINNER - SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2013

 THE ALUMNI COMMUNION BREAKFAST SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 18, 2012 HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO SUNDAY, APRIL 21 , 2013.

BURRS AT THE BEACH - SUNDAY, JULY 7, 2013

 

For more information contact George Light at 215-386-2244 ext. 260

or georgelightwchs@hotmail.com

cell 610-996-2015

 

NEWS FEATURES

 

55TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION - WEST CATHOLIC CLASS OF 1958

 

Mark you calendar for the 55th Anniversary of the Class of 1958's graduation from West Catholic, which will be celebrated at a

Buffet Dinner-Dance on Saturday, May 18, 2013.  Details will be included with a formal invitation to be postal mailed in March.

 

 

ONCE A THRIVING KENSINGTON PARISH, ASCENSION CLOSED OCTOBER 1, 2012 

Reprint of an article by:  LOU BALDWIN

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The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Sept. 25 that Archbishop Charles Chaput has approved the recommendation of the Archdiocesan Strategic Planning Committee the closing of Ascension of Our Lord Parish in the Kensington section of the city.

The parish, once among the largest in the Archdiocese, has experienced a dwindling population, with only seven infant baptisms, two marriages and average weekly Mass attendance of 188.  The figures are less than half of what they were just four years ago.

Remaining parishioners are invited to attend either Holy Innocents (approximately 1.7 miles away) or Visitation B.V.M. (approximately 0.9 miles away).  Holy Innocents and Visitation will divide responsibility for the debts and assets of the former parish as well as maintain its spiritual records.

Due to serious issues of physical deterioration, the church itself has been closed for safety reasons for quite some time, and Masses have been celebrated in the rectory or the former school.

Estimated costs for necessary repairs of the church approach $3 million, which the parish does not have, so it will not be maintained as a worship site.

Ascension of Our Lord Parish was founded in 1899, and the cathedral-like 1,300-seat church was completed in 1924.  A parish school opened in 1900 with 460 students taught by the Sisters of St. Joseph, led by Mother Ignatius.  Enrollment peaked in 1963 with approximately 1,800 students, but was under 200 when it closed two years ago.

There were many bright spots in the parish’s long history, not the least of them the day that the great Babe Ruth played for the parish semi-pro baseball team.  That was Sept. 4, 1923, when the Yankees were in town to play the Athletics.

Father William Casey prevailed upon the Babe to come and play on the team at a fund-raiser that day against a team from Lit Brothers Department Store.  Ascension lost, but Ruth hit what normally would have been a long home run but only counted as a ground rule double because of the short fence.

For all of its more than a century existence Ascension was a working class parish, which saw many of its children grow to achieve some success and move on.

The parish and school took rightful pride in its alumni, perhaps none more so than in John McVeigh, who like many of his classmates was drafted in World War II.  In August 1944, somewhere in France he lost his life, but in doing so saved his squad, for which he was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

The life blood of the parish was the thriving industry in the neighborhood, mostly textile mills, but they are long gone.

The parishioners generally knew this day was coming, “but they didn’t realize it would happen so quickly,” said parish secretary Joe McNamara, a member of Ascension his whole life and a 1978 school graduate. “It was a good parish and a good school.”

Although the formal announcement was made Sept. 25, parishioners were told in advance at the prior weekend’s Masses.

 

NEW BLESSED TERESA CHURCH DEDICATED IN LIMERICK

 Reprint of an article by: MATTHEW GAMBINO

The winding country roads of Limerick host modest homes, small churches and businesses as any town. But now high spires poke out of the Montgomery County landscape as parishioners of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish now worship God in their new church.  Archbishop Charles Chaput dedicated the 22,000 square foot Gothic edifice Saturday, Oct. 27. 

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 The most striking of the recycled artistic and architectural elements from five closed Catholic churches and a Catholic hospital are a towering 37-foot-high main altar piece from St. Boniface Church in the sanctuary and priceless stained glass windows from St. Clement Church.  St. Boniface, in North Philadelphia, closed in 2006; St. Clement’s, in Southwest Philadelphia, closed in 2004.

 

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It might seem as though a church was plucked from the 19th century and nestled into the former sod farm of the 30-acre parish campus, but parishioners have watched as the modern steel construction church has risen over the past 38 weeks thanks to mostly dry, favorable weather this year.

Father Paul Brandt, the pastor, remembers having not a worry last summer as a violent storm slammed the surrounding area but parted around the church site before regrouping and continuing on toward Philadelphia.  Providence seems to be shining on this parish founded only in 2006.  At the time, parishioners from St. Clare in nearby Linfield and St. Peter’s in Pottstown saw their small parishes close, and they joined the families of the fast-developing Limerick area.  Members of the newly combined parish community worshipped at both parish churches and St. Pius X High School in Pottstown for larger Sunday liturgies.

By 2008 the first focus for parish life came with the new religious education center, which the pastor quickly reminds visitors is not a school.  While it features a kindergarten-to-eighth grade school that shares all its 12 classrooms with students of the parish religious education program, the most remarkable feature is the child care program.  It boasts six classrooms, some including bassinets.  The children range from newborns to five year olds, and they learn the earliest forms of education: eating, walking and potty training, before heading to kindergarten and the successive grades.

“It’s a ministry,” Father Brandt said. “We help support families to raise their children.”

The child care program, which operates 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays 12 months of the year, also supports all the parish’s school-age children through the $325,000 the program annually pumps into the education system of the parish.  The innovative approach “is the only way we’re going to survive,” Father Brandt said.

And the gymnasium of the school — apology to the pastor, “religious education center” – served as the primary worship site for Sunday Mass at Blessed Teresa Parish.  The gym became transformed each Sunday with attractive and simple appointments.

As much as the center has become a point of pride for parishioners, the new church raises it another notch.

The exterior welcomes visitors with a plaza and decorative fountain, leading to the triple arches of the main entrance.  From the outside the church’s stone facing and twin spires – a main tower over the entrance and a smaller one directing light down into the church’s sanctuary – make a statement, according to the pastor.

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“We are here and we are Catholic,” Father Brandt said.  “There’s no question this is a Catholic church.”  Nowhere is this sense more apparent than seeing the church on the inside, where worshipers “have no sense of space or time.  You could be in a 19th century church,", the pastor said. 

The narthex, the area immediately welcoming people inside, features a baptismal font and a large colored glass and mahogany wall in the gothic style.  The wall and font are from St. Boniface Church, founded in 1866 by German immigrants but recently razed down to a parking lot because its neglected stonework was a falling hazard to passersby. 

In the nave of the church the soaring angles of the steel arches and beams, made to look like smooth stone by an innovative use of Styrofoam covering, make the church appear higher than it is.  While the nave is relatively shorter in length than a traditional Gothic church, it is more spacious in the two transepts, or side-aisle areas, accommodating more than 1,000 people.

Gothic touches abound in the church, reflecting the churches from which they were drawn.  Wooden confessionals and marble communion rails used for architectural accents came from St. Boniface along with stained glass from the church created by the same Mayers studio that fashioned the windows from St. Clement's (founded in 1865) that grace their new home at Blessed Teresa.

Murals, holy water fonts and painted statues from St. Peter’s, the pulpit from St. Clare’s used as the cantor’s stand, the main altar and pulpit from Immaculate Heart of Mary in Middleport, Pa., and stations of the cross from the chapel of Mercy Hospital in Scranton, Pa., also contribute to Blessed Teresa.

Many of the pointed-arch motifs in woodwork, glass and stone reflect the Gothic style even though they were created in the various closed churches.  Father Brandt said his parishioners were “excited to be recycling so many things.”

On the other hand all of Blessed Teresa’s red oak pews with kneelers are new because of a consideration for modern ergonomics and comfort.  New lighting fixtures offer brighter, more energy efficient light.

A team of carpenters have been creating new wooden pieces or adapting older pieces for reuse all summer long at the church, along with many other contractors.

It all came together Oct. 27 for the Mass with Archbishop Chaput, which featured a 30-voice choir and 17 instrumental accompanists, all parishioners, and all led by the parish music minister, John Seitz.  “Mother Teresa sent him to us,” Father Brandt said.

The parish’s namesake also has a prominent presence at the parish.  A bronze statue titled “Teresa of Calcutta, Mother of the Poor” will be placed in the daily Mass chapel.  When completed by renowned ecclesiastical artist Tony Visco, the statue’s two hands will reach out to visitors.

“I want her focus to be on the person kneeling in front of her, she will be reaching out to them,” Father Brandt said.

The $7.9 million cost of the new church is financed through a 30-year mortgage which will rely on the continued support of parishioners, the pastor said, who added that they were involved in every stage of planning and design modifications.

“Some people said it would never happen, but it got done,” he said.  “They got to watch this being built from the ground up.  There’s great excitement, and it’s about God’s house.”

 

 WEST PHILADELPHIA PARISH CONSOLIDATION STUDY

submitted by:  FRANK METZLER

 

The Pastor of St. Cyprian Parish, formerly St. Carthage, announced several weeks ago that their parish is part of a study by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to consolidate the parishes in West Philadelphia into three parishes.  Parishes included in the study with St. Cyprian Parish are St. Barnabas, Divine Mercy (formerly Good Shepherd), St. Rose of Lima, St. Callistus, and Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament (formerly Our Lady of the Rosary).

 

St. Francis de Sales and St. James Parishes are not included in the process, since they serve the communities of Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania.

 

St. Donato Parish is an Italian parish, located at 65th and Callowhill Streets, and its boundaries included all of West Philadelphia north of Baltimore Avenue, Upper Darby, Llanerch and South Ardmore.  This Parish was not mentioned in the consolidation study.

 

Data to be reviewed by the study commission are the number of registered parishioners, Mass attendance, number of Baptisms, weddings, funerals, the financial stability of the parish, and if the parish has a viable elementary school.

 

Some parishes, already under a similar study, will be notified in January as to the results of their study, and other parishes

will receive their results sometime in March.  We will keep you updated when information becomes available.

 

MAIL FROM CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS

submitted by:  FRANK ADOLF

 

Jim Clark:  Hi Frank, Thank You very much, for a job well done.  Metz & Buz too.  Clarkie 

 

Bill Marella:  Frank, Great edition.  So many memories of the past and great coverage of the recent events that affect the schools.  I especially liked the write up on Charlie Johnson.  Bill
 
Don (Andy) Thompson: 
Thanks, Frank.  Always well done and interesting.

 

Charlie Johnson:  Bobby, Just a note to thank you for having the Rich Pagano piece on me submitted to the editorial guys @ the Golden Burrs Newsletter. Rich Buzza, Frank Metzler and Frank Adolf do a great job putting this Newsletter together for all of us 58ers to enjoy.  By copy of the email I want to thank them as well.  Hard to believe the Liberty Bowl with Villanova and Oregon State was played 50 Years ago this fall!  Again, thanks Bob, to you and the guys, Charlie ( Chuck ) J.   PS: Hope to see you at the Communion Breakfast this year.  

 

Joe Murphy:  Frank:  Thanks for the update, always nice to see what's happening.   Joe

  

Vince Leonetti:  HOW can I say IT DIFFERENTLY?????   I NEVER GET TIRED OF SAYING "great job & it wouldn't have happen "IF THE TWO FRANKS DIDN'T GET IT DONE".  Thanks  for another great NEWSLETTER.  Best Regards, Vince

Tom Henry:  Frank:  Thank you for the great job you guys do on the Newsletter.  Though we live in Cape May County, we again missed the reunion at the beach.  Each summer we go to Alaska to see our daughter and her family.  While you guys were having all of the heat, we were  having the coldest July on record for the Kenai Peninsula.  The highlight of our stay was watching our 14 year old granddaughter decide she wanted to enter the bull riding contest at the state rodeo.  She stayed on for 3.5 seconds which was a lot longer than most people during the 2 day event.  Up close, those bulls are very big.  Thanks again for all of your hard work. Tom 

 

 

Jim English:  I'm marking my calendar on May 18th, for the 55th Class Reunion.  Looking forward to seeing everyone, (God willing and the creeks don't rise).  It was great to see Brother Gregory at the luncheon and have the pleasure to sit at the same table with him.  I know we all missed Tom Wallace (alias German John), but anyone that's on his email list, knows that he's only a "click" away.  I hope he can make the reunion.  Sea Isle City's Boy Scout Troop 76 will celebrate its 70th Anniversary on April 15th 2013.  We've started planning a Celebration Reunion at Sea Isle's Community Lodge.  In January 2013, I will be with the Troop for 40 years.  I hope everybody stays well. 

Charles Porrini WC '49:  Frank, Thanks for the Golden Burrs newsletter. Looks like an awful lot of work goes into this newsletter and the pictures are great.  Charles

 

Dorothy Crines for Dave "Murphy" Crines:  Hi Frank:  Dave asked me to send you an email to thank you for the Newsletter.  He really enjoys receiving these and happily reads all the information, especially the notes on classmates.  You did a terrific job with this and Dave really appreciates it.  Thanks for the prayers for Dave and he is very thankful for these.  Thanks again for all the time and energy you put into making a great Newsletter for the Class of 1958.

Rich McCann (Alumni Webmaster):  Frank, I have posted it up on the Website.  You guys have done a great job with your newsletter, very professional. 

Sincerely,

Risceárd Pilib Seán MacDóighiúil

“Erinon Misneach Faoi Ulach”

Crescit Sub Pondere Virtus

 

Bob Dougherty:  MY FIRST KING MACKERAL --- Definitely a BOB THING..............shouldn't have been fishing, but couldn't resist putting a line or two out on the way off shore to a waypoint 13+ miles off shore.  You guessed it, BANG, and I got no gloves and a 20 + lb fish, with a serious set of teeth on a wire leader........ no net, fish box full of cleaners, windex and teak oil, no ice and he's raisin hell at the side of the boat.  So he came over with the help of a terry cloth wash rag, got stuffed between the cooler and the side of the boat and finally gave it up after many wacks from a billy club, with ANN screaming and being covered with blood as was the whole back of the boat and finally came off the lure with the help of channel locks.  Did the best I could boys.....had to improvise ya know.  Rich Buzza, I know you've been there.  Thought you'd all enjoy.  Sláinte  

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  "REMEMBERING THE GOOD OLD DAYS"  

A FEATURE ABOUT GOING DOWN MEMORY LANE 

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS OR REMEMBRANCES OF THE 40'S AND 50'S?  SEND THEM TO US FOR PUBLICATION IN A FUTURE NEWSLETTER

 

submitted by:  FRANK METZLER, FRANK ADOLF and RICH BUZZA

 

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A GREAT RADIO SHOW

                                                                   

                                            submitted by: RICH BUZZA                                                     

 

 

Gang, I just love this radio show and I think that you will too.  The title of the show is "Remember When" it is broadcast every Saturday evening from 11 PM to 1 AM on station 1210 WPHT on the AM dial. 

Okay, so what is Remember When all about?

Well, it’s not about what is, or what’s going to be, it’s all about what was.  Remember When is for those who enjoy gazing into life’s rear view mirror and admiring the reflection. 

 It’s 11 o’clock on Saturday night and time to enter the time capsule that will whisk you back to “the good old days!  Back when we were footloose and fancy free!  Going downashore.  Walkin’ the ‘boards.  Road trips.  Drive-ins. Simonizing your jalopy.  Canoodling your main squeeze!

Remember When is unique – and uniquely Philly!  It’s live and local and unlike other talk shows, Remember When has no edge, nor confrontation – just smiles!  It is hosted by Steve Ross, Jackie Strauss and West Catholic's own Jim Murray '56.

Here’s some classic Remember When’s designed to turn on your mind’s spigot full force and let those memories flow out freely!    Remember When…….

TV’s had tubes that had to warm up and took a few minutes before you could see a picture.  Then when those tubes went bad, you could take them to the tube-testing machine at places like “TwoGuys.”  We’d wear Chuck Taylor Converse; P.F. Flyers; Keds; Flagg Flyers? Sneakers were worn only for gym; you’d put cardboard inside of your sneaker when it got a hole in its sole?  We played with caps & pop guns?  When appearance mattered.  When people dressed up to go anywhere?  Movie theaters were “healthfully air conditioned?” We ate at $.15 cent hamburger joints; enjoyed Rosati’s water ice & Sno-cones?  You loved doing tricks with your Duncan Imperial Yo-Yo.  You’d put baseball cards, or balloons into the spokes of your Schwinn bicycle, to make it sound like a motorcycle?

So tune in each and every Saturday night at 11 for Remember When and a taste of  growing up Philly.  News Talk Radio 1210, WPHT! 

 

PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS

 

WE REMEMBER and ask for your prayers for those who are ill, especially Dave Crines who is recovering from a stroke.

 

Please pray for all who have gone to their eternal reward, especially our classmates -

 

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Joseph J. Welch - March 17, 2012

 

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Martin J. Kane - October 23, 2012

 

May Joe and Martin rest in peace.

 

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  

 Thanks to John Staiber, many of the pictures are accompanied by complete obituaries.

 

 

God Bless WEST CATHOLIC!   Live Jesus in our Hearts.  Forever.

 

 KEEP THE SPIRIT ALIVE!

 

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL

 

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THIS E-MAIL IS BEING SENT TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE WEST CATHOLIC BOYS' CLASS OF 1958 AND FRIENDS OF THE CLASS.  IF YOU NO LONGER WISH TO RECEIVE OUR COMMUNICATIONS OR IF YOU ARE RECEIVING UNSOLICITED E-MAILS FROM ANYONE PERTAINING TO THE CLASS OF 1958, PLEASE NOTIFY FRANK ADOLF AT:  FJAPFA@NETZERO.NET

  

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