The history of these years
is taken from our 75th Anniversary History published in 2004
February 20, 1970 . . . One hundred
and eighty-three retreatants arrive at St. Joseph's-in-the-Hills. A far
cry from the three hundred that are expected. Once more, we are
threatened by Malvern's Board with the loss of the weekend.
Our Annual Communion Breakfast is held at the school on
Sunday, March 15th. Mass is concelebrated by Fathers Joseph W. Coyle and
Robert Ashenbrenner, both members of the Oblates and the Class of 1944,
which is the honor Class. The homily is preached by Father Ashenbrenner.
A little over four hundred attend, expecting to hear
Captain Clarence Ferguson, famed Philadelphia detective, who is being
honored with our Outstanding Achievement Award. Captain Ferguson takes
ill the evening prior to the Breakfast and is unable to attend. His
award is accepted by Staff Inspector Lawrence Love, '51, a member of the
Board. Honorary memberships are presented to Jack Friel, NC Athletic
Director, and long-time lay teacher Leo Donohue.
One of our graduates, Bill Plumley, '54, who appears
under the stage-name of Billy Matthews, is toastmaster. The new coach of
the Eagles, Jerry Williams, is on hand to fill us in on his plans for
the future of the Birds. We're certain, after listening to Williams,
that it won't be long before our team will be in the Super Bowl . . .
oh, well - we've been wrong before.
A scrappy St. George quintet thoroughly trounces all
of their opponents in our Tenth Annual Parochial Schools' Basketball
Tourney. Tourney Director John Musial, '63 (who will direct this
tourney, with one exception, over the next nine years), presents the MVP
trophy to Mike Majka, of St. George's.
Scholarship Fund Chairman Rocco lacone, '55, announces
that the Board of Trustees have selected Gerard J. Nejman, '70, as the
recipient of this year's grant. Earlier, the Board of Governors had
named the grant in memory of John W. Brecht, '30, the first alumni
past-president to pass away. Mr. Nejman will enter the Oblates and
matriculate at Allentown College.
One hundred and fifty alumni, friends and relatives of
our war dead crowd the Faculty House Chapel for Mass. After Mass, Father
Tye conducts a short service at the Shrine. The service is concluded
with the laying of a wreath by Iacone and the blowing of taps. We
adjourn to the cafeteria for the usual fare.
The six hundred and sixty-four members of the Class of
1970 join the ranks of the Alumni. We now number over 25,000.
President Iacone is upset in his bid for a second term
by J. William Arnoldy, '38. With Arnoldy moving up to the presidency,
his 1st vice-presidential seat is contested for by Cendrowski and
Zegarski. Anthony J. Cendrowski, '57, is the victor. Frank Gleason, '53,
wins the 2nd vice-presidency. It's getting monotonous, but Quinn and
McKeown are unopposed again. Ray Rysak, '66, in his first bid for
office, is unopposed for Assistant Secretary. Joe Mulcahy, '56, pulls an
upset win over incumbent Ray Zegarski, '59, in the latter's bid for a
second term as Assistant Treasurer.
We have been lucky so far...never have we had to
cancel a picnic due to bad weather. There's a first-time for
everything...and Alumni picnics are no exception. We were set for
Olympia Lakes on June 21st. The day was overcast and it was drizzling. A
few brave souls show up. However at 12:30 p.m., Chairman Cendrowski, in
consultation with President Arnoldy, cancels the affair. We cheerfully
(boo, hoo) refund the money of all who purchased tickets...and a lot of
us are getting tired of eating peanuts.
Former Vice-President Ed Mooney, '32, passes away on
July 2nd, Ed had been a member of the Board for almost sixteen years.
Three hundred and two alumni children and their
parents join jolly old Saint Nick in singing up a storm at our Annual
Christmas Party. Musical accompaniment is provided, once again, by
organist Ann Barrett. Chairman Zegarski and his pixies provide the usual
goodies for the December 6th shindig.
New Superior General
Another first for the Alumni! The Rev.
William J. Ward, '32, is named Superior General of the Oblates of St.
Francis deSales. He replaces the late Father William Buckley, Hon. '58,
the first American to hold this office. Father Ward's new duties will
take him to Rome. We wish him many years of fruitful work in his new
Attendance at the Malvern Retreat on
the week-end of February 19th drops...nine less than last year's one
hundred and eighty-two. C.A. Captain Bernie Bygott, '34, who resigned
after the 1970 Retreat, is replaced by John Brady, '38. In view of the
fact that Brady is not a Board member, Bygott is retained as Alumni
chairman of the Retreat.
Tourney Director Paul Quinn, '36,
announces that St. Edward's well-balanced quintet take all five of their
games by wide margins to capture the crown in our annual basketball
tourney. For the first time in history, the Director has two assistants
- John Handly, '58, and John Musial, '63, who handle the mechanics of
the tourney. Ascension places three members on the all-star team but MVP
honors go to Dick Wright of the championship team.
The Class of 1945 is the honor Class
at our Annual Communion Breakfast on March 28th. Mass is concelebrated
by Fathers James P. Kelly, OSFS, Peter J. McNeill, OSFS, and Joseph J.
Toner, OSFS, of the honor Class. They are joined by Father Maurice J.
Duffy, '30, a Maryknoll missioner, who returns to Philadelphia to attend
his first Communion Breakfast. Father Duffy spent many years overseas.
The homily is preached by Father Toner, who in his spare time serves as
The four hundred and eighty-six in
attendance experience a change of pace in the sports department at this
year's Breakfast. For many years we have heard from various members of
the Eagles...today, Gene Hart, the voice of the Philadelphia Flyers, is
on hand to provide an insight into the future of our local skaters.
Trading barbs with Hart is our almost perennial toastmaster "Mickey"
Shaughnessy...we have to declare Shaughnessy the winner. At one juncture
in the competition, he points out that the dais is listing to the
north...as a result of a mistake in the seating arrangements by McKeown
and Knobbs - these fools placed Tony Cendrowski, '57, Hart and Leo
Donohue, Hon. '70, on the same side of the rostrum...obviously too much
Vince Leonard, KYW-TV anchorman, the
recipient of our Outstanding Achievement Award, delivers the principal
address. Mr. Leonard is honored for outstanding service as a newscaster
and news analyst.
Also honored at the Breakfast are
Father Bill Ward, OSFS, '32, as the recipient of our Outstanding
Award, which is accepted on his behalf by Father John Conmy, OSFS, '29;
and Richard C. McGrath, '39, who is awarded a plaque commemorating
twenty-five years of service on the Alumni Board of Governors. Dick, the
first to be so honored, is still a member of the Board today (1979) and
holds the longevity record as a Class Representative—thirty-three years
and ten months!
The 1971 Memorial Scholarship Fund
Grant, honoring Father Francis X. O'Donnell, OSFS, '29, former alumni
moderator, is awarded to Henry W. Pendrak, '71. At the same meeting of
the Board of Trustees of the Fund, May 5th, "Chick" Quinn declines
renomination for the office of Treasurer...Len Knobbs, '53, succeeds
Almost two hundred attend our Annual
Memorial Day Services. As a result of the Viet-Nam War, sadly, we have
added thirty names to our plaques.
At the June elections, Bill Arnoldy,
'38, is unopposed for a second term as president, as is Tony Cendrowski,
'57, for the first vice-presidency. Frank Gleason, '53, handily defeats
Ray Rysak, '66, to remain second vice-president. For the first time in
many a moon, Paul Quinn has opposition. However, he defeats John
Handley, '58, to maintain his winning streak. Treasurer Joe McKeown is
unopposed for reelection. Two Rays (of light?) come onto the alumni
scene...Rysak defeats three other candidates for the post of assistant
secretary; while Zegarski, '59, returns to the post of assistant
treasurer after a one-year absence.
Costs are rising! Attendance at the
picnic suffers. At $1.50 for adults and seventy-five cents for kids, we
feel it's a bargain...apparently the membership doesn't or are they
concerned about the facilities. Only one hundred and seventy-two show up
at Olympia Lakes on June 20th...Fathers' Day. Maybe that's another
reason why attendance is dropping—people would rather be at home with
Dad. Oh, well!!! those of us who show up have a great time.
At the October Board meeting, Frank
Gleason and John Plunkett, '44, move that henceforth the senior classes
be exempted from payment of their first year's alumni dues. They will be
carried as active members. The motion is approved with two negative
votes and two members abstaining.
The Finance Committee reports, at the
December meeting, on a proposal of Assistant Executive Secretary Len
Knobbs, '53. The proposal would allocate $750.00 or twenty percent of
our net annual income, whichever is larger, as a donation to the school.
The check would be presented at our Annual Communion Breakfast. Chairman
Charlie Malone, '30, on behalf of the Finance Committee, recommends
approval. Accordingly, after a motion by Knobbs and Bill McCormac, '61,
the Board concurs with one abstention.
Santa (Ed McNamee, '41) Claus comes to
town on December 12th...early, you say...NO—that's when he visits the
more than three hundred alumni children in North's auditorium.
Moderator, Father John Tye, OSFS, '29, and President Bill Arnoldy, '38,
officially welcome him on behalf of the Association. The kids and their
parents have a great day.
John J. Gallagher, '31, former member
of the Board of Governors, is named president of Beneficial Savings
Bank. Another alumnus makes good.
The Malvern Retreat attendance is on
the upswing. We show an increase of twenty-three over last year - we hit
the two hundred mark.
Our Annual Communion Breakfast on
March 19th honors the Class of 1946. Concelebrants of the Mass are
Fathers James P. Harvey, OSFS, the principal celebrant and a former
member of the Board of Governors, Thomas J. Hopkins, OSFS, Joseph P.
Moran, Joseph J. Griffin, OSFS, and William J. Nessel, OSFS. Father
Nessel is the homilist.
Alumnus Billy (Plumley, '54) Matthews
handles the toastmaster chores. Former all-pro and football Hall of
Famer "Chuck" Bednarik delights his audience with tales of the glory
days of the Eagles.
Pennsylvania's nationally known
Insurance Commissioner and consumer advocate. Dr. Herbert S. Denenberg,
is on hand to receive our Outstanding Achievement Award for his service
to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In his address, Dr.
Denenberg pushes for the adoption of "no fault" auto insurance. Four
hundred and ninety-eight are in attendance - our best since '69.
President Arnoldy presents a check in
the amount of $750.00 to Father William Guerin, '47, representing a
portion of our annual commitment to the school.
A well coordinated quintet from the
Ascension overpowers a scrappy St. Adalbert's team to cop the 1972
Parochial Schools' Tourney title. Led by MVP Tom McCusker, who scores
104 points in four games, Ascension completely dominates the tourney.
John B. Frank, '72, is awarded the
$2,000 grant from the Scholarship Fund. This year's grant honors Father
John F. Tocik, Hon. '56. The Fund now has assets of $31,000.
At our annual Board dinner-meeting,
held on May 11th at Kings' Caterers, Father Conmy is our honored guest.
He is presented with an engraved pen and pencil set by President Arnoldy.
Father has retired as provincial and will return to the Childs'
Novitiate, his first love.
More than two hundred relatives,
friends and alumni attend our Annual Memorial Day Services held on
campus. The Faculty House Chapel is jammed...we put chairs along the
aisles. Father Tye celebrates Mass and delivers a short homily at
services following in front of the Shrine. Then...we take a short walk
around the building to the cafeteria for a repast of coffee and buns.
The Board returns Bill Arnoldy, '38,
to office for a third term. Bill O'Connell, '34, defeats incumbent 1st
V.P. Tony Cendrowski. Frank Gleason is reelected Second Vice-President
in a close (32-30) win over Joe Madden, '43, Secretary Quinn, Treasurer
McKeown and Assistant Secretary Rysak are unopposed. In a three-way race
for the post of Assistant Treasurer, William J. McCormac, '61, emerges
After more than twenty years of
participation in the Cahill Field Drawing, we finally have a winner -
Richard J. Gordon, Esq,, '38. President Arnoldy presents him with a
check in the amount of $5,100.
Our annual picnic is scheduled for
June 18th at a new site - Sunshine Lake. However, the sun does not
shine; in fact, it pours liquid sunshine. It doesn't faze us a bit...we
reschedule for August 13th.
The day dawns bright and sunny in
Kresson, NJ...but in Philly, it is another story...more rain, and rain,
and rain. The timid stay at home and miss a wonderful day. From among
the one hundred and fifty in attendance, we are able to secure enough
softball players to field our old timers and youngsters teams. A
double-header results...with the Meat-heads (youngsters) sweeping both
ends from the Bunkers.
A committee is appointed to raise
funds for the Scholarship Fund; headed by Jack Junod, '52, with Ed
Sutton, '45, and Charlie Learmouth, '70, as members. They suggest, at
the September meeting, that the Association sponsor a trip to
Hawaii...the Board agrees. A second proposal (to sell Metro V.1.P.
passbooks, which entitle the user to discounts at various restaurants,
theatres and sporting events) is likewise authorized. All profits will
accrue to the Scholarship Fund.
The Board of Trustees of the Fund, at
their Fall meeting, adopt a change in the Fund's Constitution and
By-Laws which will allow recipients of the grants to attend - in
addition to Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales - LaSalle College,
St. Joseph's, Villanova University and St. Charles Seminary College.
The change is brought before the
October meeting of the Board of Governors for ratification. After a
general discussion, it is approved by a vote of thirty-seven to
one...however, six members qualify their "yes" votes, by asking that the
Trustees consider opening the grants to all Philadelphia metropolitan
area colleges. Arnoldy assures the Board, that as Chairman of the Fund,
he will place the request on the agenda of the Trustee's next meeting.
America's first Oblate and one of our
first honorary members - the Very Rev. Canon J. Francis Tucker, Hon.
'34, passes to his eternal reward. Father Tucker will long be remembered
by the Classes of the early thirties as their Annual Retreat Master and
by all alumni as a devoted fan of our Association. He was laid to rest
in the Oblate Cemetery at Childs on Monday, November 6, 1972.
In the absence of President Arnoldy,
Vice-President Bill O'Connell, '34, welcomes two hundred and
thirty-eight alumni kiddies to our annual party on December 17th.
"Santa" (Ed McNamee, '41) is assisted by his able pixies (Ray Zegarski,
'59, Tony Cendrowski, '57, Bill McCormac, '61, and Ray Rysak, '66) in
distributing the toys and refreshments to those in attendance.
Francis J. "Tim" Dunleavy, '32, is
named president of International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation.
ITT is the world's largest conglomerate and the nation's ninth largest
industrial corporation. "Tim" is a former member of the Board of
February 16-18, 1973...Two hundred and
twenty strong we arrive at Malvern. Another increase in attendance...but
a far cry from the three hundred needed to fill the Retreat House. Jack
Junod, '52, is chairman with John Brady, '38, as C.A. Captain.
Our first trip, if you don't count the
Wildwood conventions of the '30's, takes off on March 3rd. And we mean
takes off...twenty-one, which includes wives and friends, jet to
Honolulu to spend eight wonderful days basking in the Hawaiian sun.
Just prior to our Annual Communion
Breakfast, our beloved moderator, Father John B. Tye, resigns due to ill
health. He is succeeded by Father John J. Green, OSFS, '35.
Five hundred and five attend the
Breakfast on April 8th. Mass, in the auditorium, is concelebrated by the
clergy members of the honor Class of 1947. They include: Fathers William
A. Guerin, Joseph J. McKenna, the principal celebrant, and Thomas P.
Finnegan, who delivers the homily...all are Oblates of St. Francis
We meet for the first time our new
moderator, Father Green, who directs most of his short speech to
praising the work of Father Tye over the past twelve and a half years.
The principal address, with law and
order as the topic, is delivered by Outstanding Achievement Award
recipient, Arlen Spector. Mr. Spector, District Attorney of
Philadelphia, had served as counsel to the Warren Commission.
WCAU's popular talk-show moderator,
Dominic Quinn, is the toastmaster. Ron Porter, Phila. Eagles'
linebacker, gives us our annual up-to-date report on the fortunes of our
local pro football team.
Father Joseph P. Eisenbarth, OSFS,
Hon. '55, is named an Outstanding Alumnus. Father, who well deserves
this award, is the seventh recipient since it was established in 1960.
Vice-President Bill O'Connell, filling
in for Arnoldy, presents the championship trophy to the Holy Innocents
quintet. This marks the third time in thirteen years that they have
captured the title. Ceremonies are held in the gym following the final
game on March 25th. Tourney Directors Len Knobbs, '53, and John Musial,
'63, present the MVP trophy to Lou Sigmund of Holy Innocents.
The annual Board dinner-meeting is
held on May 10th at Kings'. It is a testimonial for Father Tye...the
wives are invited. Almost one hundred and twenty Board members, their
wives and girlfriends, show up to honor Father Tye. He is presented an
honorarium by President Arnoldy on behalf of the Association for his
years of service.
President Arnoldy informs the Board,
at this meeting, that the Trustees have selected Stephen J. Connor, '73,
as the recipient of the 1973 scholarship grant, which is named in honor
of Father J. Francis Tucker. Coincidentally, Connor will enter the
Oblates and matriculate at Allentown College. The grant is expanded to
Our Memorial Day Mass is concelebrated
for the first time. Father Green is the principal celebrant; with
Fathers Robert P. Hanlon, '43, William J. Nessel, '46, and James J.
McGuire, '34, concelebrating. Due to the rain, services normally held in
front of Our Lady's Shrine, are conducted indoors.
With Arnoldy ineligible for another
term as president, the prospects of a wide-open race are present.
However, it turns out there is only one nominee - Francis J. Gleason,
'53. What was a rarity in 1973...is fact in 1979, all of our
presidential nominees since '73 have been unopposed for the office.
Tony Cendrowski reverses last year's
results...he defeats incumbent O'Connell to regain the first
vice-presidency. Ray Zegarski, '59, is elected Second Vice-President
without opposition. Treasurer McKeown and Assistant McCormac are
unopposed...likewise, Assistant Secretary Rysak.
John Handley offers a strong challenge
to Paul Quinn for the post of Secretary. Seventy-six votes are cast and
Quinn narrowly wins by only four votes.
In his inaugural address, Gleason
notes that it has been almost ten years since the By-Laws have been
revised and there have been many questions concerning them in recent
years. To this end, he appoints a committee headed by classmate Len
Knobbs. Another point he alludes to is the current status of our
activities program...he appoints Vice-President Cendrowski to head a
committee, to be known as Ways and Means, which will attempt to do
exactly what the name implies look for methods to raise attendance at
our affairs and improve our financial stability.
He further states: "Unless this
committee is successful, we may well have the dues increase that was
suggested by last year's Finance Committee. In addition, we have a
crying need for better equipment in our office and we can't, at this
time, afford to purchase it."
The 1973 picnic is cancelled.
Reason...unavailability of a suitable site.
A bombshell hits us...the oil crisis.
Father William Guerin, OSFS, '47, North's principal, informs Gleason
that due to the tremendous increase in the price of heating oil, use of
the school facilities will be curtailed. If we use the school for our
affairs, we will have to pay a rental fee. The schedule of fees is read
to the Board. There is great consternation among the members. Gleason
advises the committee chairmen, whose affairs will be directly affected,
to review their programs to see if their continuance is warranted.
President Gleason has further meetings
with Father Guerin concerning the rentals. An agreement is reached. We
will pay $800.00 - to cover the Christmas Party and the Communion
Breakfast. The Basketball Tourney will be cancelled.
On October 14th, we suffer an
immeasurable loss. Father Joseph P. Eisenbarth, OSFS, Hon. '55, former
alumni coordinator, passes away. A Mass of Christian Burial is
concelebrated in the Faculty House Chapel by Bishop Thomas J. Welsh,
auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia, and thirty-eight of Father's Oblate
confreres. The eulogy is delivered by fellow member of the Austrian
Province, Father George Krupa, OSFS.
As we related earlier in this history,
but it certainly bears repeating, Father was almost single-handedly
responsible for setting up and maintaining the alumni records,
particularly during the war years. For this we owe him much more than
can be described by this writer in mere words. May he rest in peace with
the Lord he served so well.
At the November Board meeting,
Cendrowski delivers the report of the Ways and Means Committee. They
have two proposals, one new and one old. The old, they suggest the
return to our Spring affair...not as a dance, but as a Social. It would
feature dancing and would include drinks, eats, etc. Specifically, they
move that the Party be held in April at Kings' Caterers at a price of
ten bucks per person. The Board agrees wholeheartedly.
"999" Club Recommended
The new event would be an extension of
our already successful "200" Club. It would be known as the "999" Club.
The operation would involve mailing a blank ticket to our active
membership and to those who had been active in the past five years -
approximately 10,000 in all. Each potential member would, in turn,
select his own three-digit number from "001" to "999" and return it to
us along with ten dollars.
Each week, for nine weeks, we would
select a $500 winner. On the tenth week, the prize would be $5,000.
Total cost of running the Club would be approximately $9,900. Cendrowski
further explained "that he and Len Knobbs had worked extensively on all
angles of the proposal and while he was not asking for a motion to adopt
the program at tonight's meeting, he felt the Board should strongly
consider the proposal." He went on to state: "We currently net $1,700 on
the "200" Club, thus we would have to sell eleven hundred "999" tickets
to stay even with previous years. The committee feels we can do this
easily." "Eventually," he concluded, "we envision the "999" Club
replacing the Cahill Drawing as our major fund raiser."
Attendance at our Annual Christmas
Party on December 9th is the lowest ever. Only one hundred and eighty
children, along with their parents. We have a new Santa and an unlikely
one, at that - Joe McKeown, '33. None the less, he manages to charm the
kiddies...so far, all of our Santas have been Irish. Does that tell you
Due to the pressure of school
business, Father John Green, '35, resigns as moderator. He is replaced
by a classmate, Father Francis J. Quaile, OSFS.
The Constitution and By-Law Revision
Committee presents its report at the January meeting. Among the major
changes recommended are: Adding third and fourth vice-presidents and a
historian to the row offices; increasing the number of years the
president must have served on the Board of Governors from three to five
with at least three of those being immediately prior to his election to
Candidates for the first and second
vice-presidencies, the secretary and treasurer will have to have been
Board members for three years, two immediately prior to their election;
and all other officers will have to be members for two years, one
The duties of the vice-presidents are
altered to make them directly responsible to the president for a
specific number of committees for which they will act as his liaison.
And for the first time, a detailed procedure is spelled out governing
the method by which the executive officers will be elected.
The proposed amendments are approved
unanimously by the Board and will be presented to the General
Membership, prior to the Communion Breakfast, for ratification.
We top last year's attendance by
one...Two hundred and twenty-one men journey to St.
Joseph's-in-the-Hills on the week-end of February 15th. Joe Donlin, '52,
replaces classmate Junod as Chairman while John Brady, '38, continues as
Just prior to the Communion Breakfast,
we suffer the loss of another past-president...Charles E. Malone, '30,
passes away on March 21, 1974. Malone was our twelfth president, serving
from 1960 to 1961. At the time of his death, Charlie had been very
active on the Board of the Scholarship Fund; in addition to his always
intense interest in the Association. He had served on the Board of
Governors for over seventeen years.
The General Membership Meeting is
called to order at 9:00 a.m. on the morning of March 31st by President
Gleason. After his opening remarks, he turns the podium over to Len
Knobbs, '53, as Chairman of the Constitutional Amendment Committee. Each
change is read to the four hundred and eighty-six in attendance and
Knobbs fields questions on the proposed changes from the floor. It is
pointed out that this is the first major revision since 1953.
Ultimately, the changes are overwhelmingly (better than seventy percent)
approved by the electorate.
Fathers Dennis G. Murphy and Thomas F.
Daly, both Oblates and members of the honor Class of 1948, concelebrate
the Mass with Father Murphy preaching the homily.
After an absence of two years,
"Mickey" Shaughnessy returns as Toastmaster. He delights his audience,
as he describes his school days under the Irish Sisters of Mercy. The
speakers committee provides a real treat (doubleheader, in fact). The
sports speaker is Don Earle, radio and TV announcer of the Philadelphia
Flyers, who is a last minute stand-in for Coach Fred Shero. His absence
is excusable...his Flyers are deeply involved in the Stanley Cup
play-offs. And Earle turns out to be quite a prognosticator, when in
answer to a question from the audience, he states: "The Flyers are a
young team, they have the guts, spirit and determination to go all the
Rolfe Neill, the editor of the
Philadelphia Daily News, is the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement
Award for his crusading journalism. In his address, Neill states: "I am
proud to be honored by an organization that is willing to stand up for
its faith and beliefs, it is a rarity in today's world. Let me
congratulate and honor you gentlemen for having the courage of your
convictions; and for your dedication to educating youth."
Needless to say, Mr. Neill is treated
to a standing ovation. A small aside, Mr. Neill puts his money where his
mouth is. In less than a week, we receive a donation from him for the
Paul Quinn, '36, is honored for his
twenty-five years as a member of the Board of Governors.
The Social Nite held on April 19th at
Kings' attracts one hundred and two couples. Those who attend have a
really enjoyable evening.
The Trustees of the Fund meet early in
May and select Richard J. Piekarski, '74, as the recipient. The Grant is
named in memory of Thomas J. Smith, marking the first time since the
original grant in '69 that an individual has donated sufficient funds to
name a grant. The recipient also achieves a first...the first to attend
a school other than Allentown...he will matriculate at LaSalle. Len
Knobbs, '53, is reelected to a second term as Treasurer of the Fund.
At the May meeting of the Board,
Cendrowski points out that "the Social was a financial success; and a
social success in that everyone who attended had a good time. However,
only twenty of eighty Board members supported the affair and if future
events sponsored by the Association are to be successful, it will take
greater participation by the Board."
Under new business, the Board approves
the institution of the "999" club. It will officially begin in September
with the first drawing to be held in October.
June, 1974...the first election under
our new procedure and the first in which we will elect our three new
officers. There has been one candidate nominated for each office.
However, the Election Committee reports that write-in votes have been
received for a different candidate in each of the eleven row elections.
Thus, they are elected overwhelmingly but not unanimously. Our new
officers are: President Francis J. Gleason, '53, 1st Vice-President
Anthony J. Cendrowski, '57, Second Vice-President Raymond P. Zegarski,
'59, Third Vice-President John T. Musial, '63, Fourth Vice-President
William J. McCormac, '61, Secretary Paul D. Quinn, '36, Treasurer Joseph
E. McKeown, '33, Assistant Secretary Raymond E. Rysak, '66, First
Assistant Treasurer Leonard F. Knobbs, '53, Second Assistant Treasurer
Edward R. Jaskowiak, '66, and Historian John F. Handley, '58.
Father Guerin, who has been named
Treasurer of Allentown College, is replaced as principal by Father
Joseph J. Toner, OSFS, of the Class of 1945.
The Picnic is back...thanks to former
President Paul Kelly, '34, who suggested the site to the committee. June
30th is the date and the place is Lake Lisheoras, a private lake and
picnic grove in Bordentown, N.J. The grove is just off the Jersey
Turnpike and while it took us about forty minutes to get there from
North, the drive was well worth it. Picture a lush rolling green
landscape, plenty of tables, a cool inviting lake...and a hundred and
ninety-nine friends on hand.
Chairman John Musial aptly describes
it as "a country club setting." To hold down costs, we've done away with
the games, save for softball, but have included in the price of the
ticket, free beer and birch-beer. Speaking of softball, the Bunkers
avenge their earlier losses to the Meatheads and trounce them rather
handily...all we needed was a change of scenery.
Our interim moderator, Father Quaile
is replaced by Father Jim Behan, OSFS, '62.
Nineteen couples and two stags (one
male, one female) sail from New York City on October 5th aboard the SS
Oceanic bound for Nassau. Despite a hurricane encountered on the
southbound leg of the cruise, the Alumni travelers pledge to "do it
again." Chairman Ed Sutton, '45, arranged for bus transportation to and
from our port of departure. One of the highlights of the trip is a
cocktail party held for the North Catholic group by the ship's captain.
As a result of the party being
advertised in the ship's paper, we meet two North Catholic alumni, who
are travelling independent of our group.
Our Annual Social is rescheduled for
Thanksgiving eve. It is dubbed the Homecoming Social and is promoted in
conjunction with the North-Frankford game the following day, in the hope
that it will attract greater participation. One hundred and four spend
the evening at Kings' drinking, dancing and reminiscing about past
Former alumni moderator Father Harry
J. Quinn, OSFS, Hon. '35, passes away on December 4th. Father served as
moderator for six years (1934-40).
President Gleason reports, at the
December meeting of the Board, that Father Toner, principal, has
established a steering committee for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of
the school. The members of that committee, in addition to Father as
General Chairman, are Gleason - representing the Alumni, Leo Donohue,
Hon. '70, representing the faculty, and Pat Carr representing the
Fathers' and Mothers' Association (FAMA).
An innovation at the 1975 Christmas
Party is the introduction of live entertainment, in the person of the
world renowned clown, Nat Litt. He is presented to the audience,
assembled at North on December 22nd, by President Gleason.
Litt mesmerizes his juvenile audience,
and quite a few of the parents, with his transformation from mere man to
"Nat the Clown." As the clown, he further delights the kiddies by
shaping balloons into various animals which he presents to the children.
Another new Santa Claus...but, he's
still Irish!...Jim Flanagan, '47. The usual refreshments and toys are
presented to the one hundred and eighty-three children by Chairman Ray
Zegarski, '59, and his assistants.
The day following, the first Grand
Prize Drawing in our "999" Club is held. The winner...Albin P.
a teacher at North. He receives a check, in the amount of $5,000, from
The week-end of February 14th marks
the thirty-seventh consecutive time we travel to Malvern. The trip to
the Chester County Retreat House is made by two hundred and seventeen
The Class of 1949 is honored at our
Annual Communion Breakfast on March 16. Concelebrants of the Mass, all
members of the honor Class, are Oblate Fathers Richard Cleary, Thomas
Langan and Daniel McCloskey; and the Very Rev. Cyril Guise, OCD. Father
Langan is the principal celebrant and homilist.
Following Mass, the four hundred and
sixty in attendance adjourn to the cafeteria for our annual repast of
ham and eggs. Our stomachs satisfied, we lean back, relax and listen to
Toastmaster Bill Matthews, alias Plumley, '54, spin his usual ethnic
Former All-Pro wide-receiver Tommy
McDonald represents the sports world. Tom regales his audience with
tales of his exploits both on and off the field.
The principal address is delivered by
Richard A. Sprague, Esq. Mr. Sprague is on hand to receive our annual
Outstanding Achievement Award for his service to the American justice
system. Sprague, nationally famed prosecutor, is best known for his
successful prosecution of W. A. (Tony) Boyle, UMW President, in the
Yablonski murder case.
Also honored on this occasion are the
Very Rev. Daniel G. Gambet, Oblate Provincial, and Fathers Herman
Buckley and Leon Wisniewski. They are presented honorary memberships in
the Association, Class of 1975, by President Gleason, on behalf of the
Board of Governors.
After a lapse of fourteen years, the
St. Joan of Arc quintet recaptures our annual basketball tourney title.
Amazingly, they have the same coach, Frank Hennessey, '52. Completely
dominating their opposition, they breeze through their four games en
route to the crown, led by MVP Ed Stine.
The 1975 Scholarship Grant, honoring
Father Eisenbarth, is presented to David J. Bryant, '75. Bryant will
attend LaSalle College and major in accounting.
At our annual Board dinner-meeting on
May 8th, at Kings' Caterers, Father John J. Hurley, moderator and coach
of North's U.N. debating team, is presented with honorary membership in
Less than one hundred people attend
our Annual Memorial Day Services at Our Lady's Shrine. Mass, preceding
the services, is concelebrated in the Faculty House Chapel by Alumni
Moderator Father Jim Behan and Vice-Principal, Father Joe McKenna, '47.
After the services, our guests are treated to coffee and cake in the
The incumbent officers, with one
exception - Paul Quinn, are unopposed. Mr. Secretary Quinn, as usual,
defeats his opposition by two-to-one. At this June meeting, the Board,
cognizant of the increased work-load in the Alumni Office, increases the
expense allowances of the Executive Secretary and his Assistant.
The picnickers return to Lake
Lisheoras on June 29. Attendance increases to over two hundred.
The "999" Club is kicked off in
September. Participation increases. The Board discusses the feasibility
of replacing Cahill with the "999" Club.
At the November meeting the Board of
Governors, Fund Treasurer Len Knobbs informs those in attendance that
the Trustees of the Fund have added a second grant, valued at $2,000. Ed
Guinan, '37, chairman of the Finance Committee delivers the committee's
recommendation that the Cahill Drawing be dropped in favor of the "999"
Club. The Board agrees unanimously...although there is a strong rumor
that one Board member shed quite a few tears.
President Gleason reports that the
50th Anniversary Banquet will be held on October 3, 1976 at the Sheraton
Hotel. In connection with the celebration, an ad book and a separate
history book will be published. A concelebrated Mass at the Cathedral
will precede the Banquet.
"Swigardo & Rockie"
The 1975 Christmas Party marked the
first appearance of Swigardo (Jim Swiggard, '48). Swigardo, a magician,
astounded the youngsters with his presidigitory feats. One or two
youngsters lost their heads. An accomplished ventriloquist, he brought
along his friend Rockie, who taunted him unmercifully until he was
confined to his suitcase by a kindly Mrs. Swiggard. More than two
hundred and fifty youngsters are delighted by the appearance of Santa
(Ed Lutz, '40)...hey, no Irishman for a change.
"844" is the winning number in our
second "999" Club grand drawing. President Gleason presents a check for
five grand to the sole holder of that number - Mrs. Eileen A. Newhouse,
daughter of former Board member Ed Murphy, '31.
February 1, 1976...the Oblate
Community at Northeast Catholic commemorates the one hundredth
anniversary of the founding of the order with a Solemn Mass of
Thanksgiving. The thirty-eight priest members of the community join
Bishop Martin N. Lohmuller, '37, Oblate Superior General - Father
William Ward, OSFS, '32, and Provincial - Father Gambet at the altar.
Father William P. Gallagher, '48, is the homilist.
Following Mass, a social is held in
the cafeteria for the more than eight hundred friends of the Oblates who
Previously, the Board has authorized
the transfer of one thousand dollars of our Keystone Fund holdings to
the Wilmington-Philadelphia Province of the Oblates. The transfer
certificate is presented to Father Gambet, at the social, by President
Frank Gleason, '53.
Attendance at our annual retreat at
Malvern on the weekend of February 20th totals two hundred. Because St.
Joseph's-in-the-Hills will be used to house pilgrims for the Eucharistic
Congress this coming summer, many weekends have been combined. We are
joined with the Philadelphia Electric group...combined attendance
exceeds three hundred, leading the Malvern Board of Directors to suggest
that we consider a permanent merger of the groups. Initial reaction from
the North Catholic group is in the negative...we assure Malvern that we
can fill the retreat house and set about to achieve that goal within the
next five years.
Plans for the 50th Anniversary of the
school are progressing. The subcommittees (Banquet arrangements under
Len Knobbs, '53, Ad Book - Joe McKeown, '33, and Mass arrangements
headed by Ray Zegarski, '59) are hard at work.
Our office has been located in the
Faculty House basement since the early fifties...and nothing has been
done over the years to improve the appearance...and it quite evidently
shows it. Our office equipment is in need of replacement - most of it is
almost forty years old. Len Knobbs offers to renovate the office, if the
Board will authorize the purchase of the materials. Father Thomas
Hopkins, '46, Superior of the House, has authorized the remodeling. The
Finance Committee recommends a $7,500.00 appropriation which will
include $6,500 worth of new office equipment. The Board concurs. The
purchase of this equipment saves the Association hundreds of dollars in
the long run, since we now do most of our own printing.
The Association sponsors a Monte Carlo
Nite on March 13th. It is held in the school cafeteria from nine 'til
one. By prior agreement of the Board, the net profit from the affair
will be split three ways - equally among the Oblates, the school and the
Association. Our initial venture nets $2,085.15. We donate seven hundred
bucks each to the school and the Oblates.
At the March meeting of the Board of
Governors, the Finance Committee recommends that our annual donation to
the school be increased to a minimum of $1,000.00. The recommendation is
accepted by the Board unanimously. President Gleason, realizing that it
has been twenty years since a complete review of our activities has been
conducted, appoints a committee, headed by Len Knobbs, '53, to undertake
this comprehensive study. He further directs that he would like this
report before he leaves office in June.
Our Annual Communion Breakfast is held
on April 4th. The Honor Class is the Class of 1950. Mass is
concelebrated by Fathers Thomas J. Gillespie, OSFS, James F. Byrne, OSFS,
and Edward Bucia. The homilist is Father Byrne.
Tony Santoro, popular emcee on the
Philly night club scene is the Toastmaster. From the sports world, we
are treated to Bill "Popeye" Dunstan, who, in as few words as is humanly
possible filled us in on the current Eagles' happenings...at least, we
think he did - those of us that could hear him.
If we are disappointed in Dunstan, we
are ecstatic over Barney Morris, ex-WCAU television newscaster, who is
the recipient of our Outstanding Achievement Award. Shortly after he was
selected to receive the award for his outstanding reporting of the news,
Morris was dropped by the station for "bad ratings" - we agonize over
our decision. Morris offers to step down...the committee declines his
offer, they are certain he is deserving of the honor. And the three
hundred thirty-six who attend the Breakfast agree. When Mr. Morris
finishes his address there is a moment of absolute silence and then they
explode - in thunderous applause. The committee has been vindicated in
their choice. We can only agree...Barney Morris is truly a man of
Outstanding Achievement - as a man dedicated to his principles.
At the April meeting, the Board is
informed by Evaluation Committee Chairman Len Knobbs, that each activity
of the Association has been assigned to a subcommittee, which will
thoroughly investigate all aspects of the affair and then report to the
committee of the whole. They, in turn, will discuss the subcommittee
recommendations fully; and explore all avenues before making a final
report to the Board at their June meeting.
Gleason, as Scholarship Fund Chairman,
informs the Board that the 1976 Grants, honoring Father Harry Quinn,
OSFS, Hon. '35, have been awarded to Michael P. Ditchkofsky, '76, and
Joseph J. Gaul, '76. Both young men will attend Allentown College and
Ditchkofsky will enter the Oblates.
Renovation of the Alumni Office is
proceeding according to schedule. It is going to require additional
money. The Board authorizes an additional five hundred dollars.
Attendance at our Annual Memorial Day
Services increases to one hundred and thirty. Fathers Behan and Hopkins
concelebrate Mass in the Chapel. Services at Our Lady's Shrine are
conducted by Father Behan. Coffee and cake are served in the school
cafeteria by Chairman John Handley, '58, and his committee.
Evaluation Study Released
The Evaluation Committee mails a
six-page report to every Board member. The report is an in-depth study
of the Association and its activities. Every facet has been dissected by
the various subcommittees and their recommendations provide for both
short and long range goals for the Association.
The report calls for increased aid to
the school in the form of an additional $1,000 donation that will go to
aid a specific department of the school. It asks the Board to increase
its annual donation to the Scholarship Fund to $2,500, in return for
which the Trustees of the Fund will be asked to create a $2,000 grant to
a student to attend Northeast Catholic and a $2,000 grant to be awarded
to the son/daughter of a dues' paying alumnus to attend one of the five
institutions covered by the Fund. Acceptance of these two items by the
Fund Trustees will require amending the Fund's Constitution and its
articles of incorporation.
It emphasizes that the members of the
Board should be workers for the Association, not mere by-standers. Their
active participation, in all areas, is essential to the future of the
Specifically, it recommends that the
prize structure of the "999" Club be increased to $1,000 weekly with a
tenth week grand prize of $10,000; and that tickets be mailed to all
members of record of the Association. The Falconer should be modernized.
The Communion Breakfast should be changed to a Dinner to allow for wider
participation; it was felt a dinner would afford more of our younger men
with families an opportunity to attend, in addition to making it easier
for suburbanites to get to the affair without getting up at an ungodly
hour of the morning.
The Christmas party should provide
actual food, in the form of hamburgers, soft drinks, etc.; wrap the
presents for the kids which should provide a more Christmassy
atmosphere. The picnic, socials, and Monte Carlo Nite should be
continued so long as they are economically feasible.
Both the Parochial Schools' Basketball
Tourney and Memorial Day Services should be continued as good-will
gestures. The former to the school and the latter to the memory of our
The underlying theme of the whole
report, however, is that it stresses that personal participation of
each and every Board member is essential to the well-being of the
After lengthy debate on each section
of the report, it is adopted by the board. In fact, the discussion on
the report consumes so much time that, this being the June meeting, a
five-minute recess is ordered prior to the election of officers.
Election Committee Chairman Ed Guinan, '37, informs the Board that the
following officers have been elected unanimously Anthony J. Cendrowski,
'57, President; William J. McCormac, '61, Third Vice-President; Paul D.
Quinn, '36, Secretary; Joseph E. McKeown, '33, Treasurer; Leonard F.
Knobbs, '53, First Assistant Treasurer; John F. Handley, '58, Assistant
Secretary, and Francis J. Gleason, '53, Historian. There is only one
nominee for each of the other offices, but write-in votes have been
received which precludes unanimous election. However, they are elected
by landslide proportions. Those officers are First Vice-President
Raymond P. Zegarski, '59, Second Vice-President Johh T. Musial, '63,
Fourth Vice-President Raymond E. Rysak, '66, and Second Assistant
Treasurer Anthony J. Colletta, '72. Colletta is the first man from a
class in the seventies to hold an executive office in the Association.
Shortly after the election, our
Moderator, Father Behan has a change of assignments within the school
which will leave him precious little time for extra-curricular
activities. He resigns and is replaced by Father Edward J. Simons, OSFS,
One hundred and fifty alumni and
friends attend our annual picnic at Lake Lisheoras. June 13th is the
date, and although it's very early in the season, the day is hot and
humid. Worn out by the efforts of losing another one to the youngsters,
the old-timers are lured by the cool, clear waters of the lake very
early in the afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Stieber, the
parents of Donald F., '72, and Michael A., '73, win the $5,000 grand
prize in our "999" Club Drawing. A check is presented to them, at
ceremonies held in the Alumni Office, by President Cendrowski.
Throughout the summer months, work
progresses on the rehabilitation of the Alumni Office. It is starting to
shape up. Knobbs is assisted in his endeavors by his son Steve and Board
member Jim Flanagan, '47. Even Executive Secretary-Treasurer Joe McKeown,
'33, is pressed into service on occasion.
In conjunction with the 50th
Anniversary of the school, we have scheduled a cocktail party for the
faculty and their ladies. An impending strike by the lay teachers forces
us to postpone it until October.
The joy and anticipation surrounding
the approaching 50th Anniversary Celebration is dimmed when we learn of
the death of Father Tye on September 1 following a long illness. Father,
who served as Moderator longer than any priest in our history, had been
in a coma for almost a year.
A retired Colonel in the Army Chaplain
Corps, Father earned the Silver Star in 1945, "for endangering his own
life while caring for the wounded under enemy fire."
Members of the Board form a Guard of
Honor at his bier at the viewing held in the Faculty House Chapel. The
following day, many of us accompanied his earthly remains to their final
resting place in the Oblate Cemetery at Childs, Md.
Early in September, the Trustees of
the Fund hold their meeting and accept the Association's offer of
increased funding in return for the establishment of the two additional
grants. They adopt the necessary changes to the Constitution and By-Laws
and forward them to the Board of Governors for ratification. The first
undergraduate grants are presented to Soph Paul Pakstis and Freshman
At the Board meeting on September 9th,
the changes are ratified and shortly thereafter, Fund Chairman Tony
Cendrowski informs Attorney Bill Coyle, '56, to file the necessary
changes in our corporate charter with the Secretary of the Commonwealth
The Finance Committee recommends to
the Board that we transfer Five Thousand Dollars in Keystone Funds to
the school as a Fiftieth Birthday gift. The Board agrees unanimously.
His Eminence John Cardinal Krol, Hon.
'67, is the principal celebrant and homilist at the school's
Anniversary Mass. Cardinal Krol is assisted at the Massby school
principal, Father Toner and Oblate Provincial, Father Gambet. Father
Douglas Smith, OSFS, chairman of the Religion Department, is Master of
Ceremonies; and the readings are by immediate past-president Frank
Gleason, '53, and Mrs. Lee Gaul, FAMA Secretary. The Cathedral is packed
almost to capacity by alumni and friends of Northeast Catholic High
School. Cardinal Krol, in his homily, highly commends Northeast Catholic
as being a prime example of Catholic education. He states that he is
proud of the school, her traditions and her alumni. Chairman Ray
Zegarski, '59, and his Mass Committee are to be congratulated for a job
After Mass, we all take a short walk
down 19th Street to the Sheraton Hotel, where all is in readiness for
the grand banquet. Prior to dinner, we whet our appetites with cocktails
and hors d'oeuvres.
Dinner is filet mignon with all the
necessary accessories, accompanied by a good hearty burgundy wine. After
dinner, the piece de resistance...flaming baked alaska. Our dinners have
not quite settled in our stomachs when we begin to laugh uproariously at
the stories of inimitable Toastmaster Bil Keane, '40. Amid the stories,
he takes time to introduce our head table guests.
President Cendrowski, on behalf of the
entire Association, presents Father Toner with our "birthday present;"
he also conveys the thanks of over 30,000 alumni to the Oblates and the
school for the
education they have received.
Father Toner accepts for the school;
and is also the recipient of engraved resolutions, from the State House
of Representatives and the City of Philadelphia, honoring the school on
its Fiftieth Anniversary.
Highlight of the evening, for the more
than seven hundred in attendance, is the presentation, by the school, of
eight awards. The recipients have been selected from among many
nominees, by the steering committee. The honorees and the organizations
they represent include: Reverend Monsignor Martin J. Lynch, Pastor
Emeritus of Holy Innocents - North Catholic feeder schools; Father
Herman J. Buckley, Hon. '75, former member of the clergy faculty;
Brother Arthur Kerns, '33, present clergy faculty; and Thomas Casey,
'31, school staff services. Also, Edmund F. Armstrong, '31, present lay
faculty; Robert Larkin, former lay faculty; James Kelly, Fathers' and
Mothers' Association; and last, but by no means least, Joseph E. McKeown,
'33, the Alumni Association.
Our alumni came from California, and
Washington state to be with us on this golden occasion, as
well as many
other states. Toastmaster Keane and his beautiful wife, Thelma, left the
sunny climes of Scottsdale, Arizona, to join us. As a matter of fact,
while many of us danced and drank for the balance of the evening, Bil
remained at the head table drawing autographed cartoons of his "Family
Circus" for many, if not all, members of the audience. Each cartoon
contained a special little personal greeting to the family of the
recipient from his "family." One of those cartoons still proudly adorns
the living room wall of this writer.
Al Raymond and his "big band sound"
provide the music for our dancing and listening pleasure. It's a
pleasure to dance to music that gives you the opportunity to think; and
when you're sitting you can actually hold a conversation with the people
at your table.
Joe McKeown and his ad book committee
have done a tremendous job on the program book and each of us at the
banquet receives a copy as a souvenir. Copies of the pictorial history
of the school written by Father Tony Dougherty, '29, and Leo Donohue,
Hon. '70, are on sale. Both committees are to be congratulated for their
Lest we forget, a big round of
applause for a night that will long be remembered is due the Banquet
Arrangements Committee, under Len Knobbs, '53. He was ably assisted by
Lee Gaul, FAMA; and Father Bill Juergens, OSFS, North's able and
The party atmosphere is continued when
the Association hosts its cocktail party for the Faculty and their wives
and girlfriends in the school cafeteria. Over one hundred and fifty
At the November Board meeting,
President Cendrowski reports that, in keeping with one of the
recommendations of the Evaluation Committee, he, Executive
Secretary-Treasurer Joe McKeown and Fund Treasurer Len Knobbs have
selected a five-man fund raising committee for the Scholarship Fund. The
committee will consist of Francis J. "Tim" Dunleavy, '32, Vice-Chairman
of the Board of I.T.T., as chairman, with Harry J. Ely, '34, AFL-CIO
Community Relations Director for the Philadelphia area; Armand F.
Gentile, '52, Vice-President and Secretary of Beneficial Savings Bank;
Robert T. Clark, '53, Philadelphia Manager of Fahnestock & Co.; and
William F. Coyle, Esq., '56, a partner in the law firm of Abrams &
Lowenstein, as co-chairmen. The Committee sets a goal of $50,000 to be
raised during 1977. They will select additional members for the
Outstanding Alumnus Award
Len Knobbs introduces a motion, at the
same meeting, that, in memory of Father Tye and his many years of
devoted service to the Association, the Outstanding Alumnus Award be
dedicated to Father Tye. The motion is so well received that the entire
Board seconds it and it carries unanimously.
Attendance at the November 13th Monte
Carlo Nite is, to put it quite bluntly, lousy. A lot of hard work goes
into preparing for it . . . to no avail. Total profit is less than
$540.00. We split it three ways - $180.00 each to the school, Oblates
and us. Hardly worth the effort.
Swigardo and his pal Rockie return to
North on December 5th to help Santa (McKeown) welcome the alumni
children. It's a close bet who is more popular with the more than two
hundred kids - Mr. Claus or the magician-ventriloquist and his stooge.
Chairman Ray Zegarski, '59, and his committee have an added treat for
the audience this year. When they arrive in the cafeteria after the
show, they sit down to a luncheon of McDonald hamburgers, pretzels,
chips, ice cream and soda. The kids have the opportunity for a personal
interview with Santa and each is presented with a smartly wrapped
Christmas gift. The wrapping is accomplished courtesy of a few alumni
Incidentally, we've neglected to
mention that the alumni wives (Board members wives, that is) have not
only helped at this year's Christmas Party with the serving of the food
but have performed similar chores at the Monte Carlo Nites of this year
and last. Many thanks, girls!
Attendance at our annual retreat
skyrockets from the few last year. Two hundred and eighty men are at St.
Joseph's-in-the-Hills on the week-end of February 18th. C.A. Captain
Brady and Chairman Junod are pleased and feel we can hit the three
hundred mark next year.
Fund Treasurer Len Knobbs, '53,
informs the Board of Governors, at their March meeting, that the Class
of 1933 has become the first Class to reach the $4,000 goal. This will
enable the Class to name the grant in honor of someone. They have asked
that the grant be known as the Father George J. Palmer, OSFS - Class of
1933 Grant. The Board of Trustees of the Fund has concurred.
What seemed to be a good idea turns
out to be a fiasco. The Communion Dinner scheduled for March 27th was
supposed to draw more people because it was a dinner. You certainly
couldn't fault the program. Tom Fox, Inquirer columnist, is the
principal speaker; "Maje" McDonnell, Phillies' scout is also on hand;
and the unbeatable "Mickey" Shaughnessy serves as toastmaster. Tough act
to beat. Unfortunately, we have only two hundred and sixty-six in
attendance. Our men just don't like Communion Dinners.
Mass is concelebrated by the clergy
members of the honor Class of 1951, Fathers Joseph Smith, the principal
celebrant, Joseph P. Denny, and William G. Scholl, OSFS, the homilist.
The roast beef dinner is delicious, or
so we're told . .. those of us responsible for filling the cafeteria
find it hard to swallow when we look out at the almost empty room.
Shaughnessy is his usual funny self.
He helps lift us out of the doldrums. "Maje" is like a breath of fresh
air. He took us back to the days of our youth...the Whiz Kids - Robin
Roberts, Ashburn, Hamner, "Puddin Head" Jones and the rest of that great
bunch. His stories hold us spell-bound. And then, the major address from
the columnist who most Philadelphians have come to love and respect
because he writes mostly about the "little guy"...the K & A man, the boy
from South Philly. Tom Fox talks to us like he writes; we're his pals,
we understand him and he understands us. He gratefully accepts our
Outstanding Achievement Award for his journalistic efforts...but wonders
aloud, "Why you chose me for this honor?"
President Cendrowski announces to the
assembly that the Outstanding Alumnus Award will be named in memory of
Father Tye. He presents a plaque commemorating this to Father Hopkins,
the Oblate Superior. Father Hopkins graciously accepts; and describes
Father Tye and his activities. As he returns to his seat with the
plaque, Shaughnessy takes the microphone and describes how he felt about
Father Tye and when he finishes there is not a dry eye in the house. And
that describes how we felt about Father.
The Basketball Tourney is captured by
St. Boniface. This is their third title. MVP honors go to Warren Keys of
Through all of this, work is slowly,
but surely, continuing in our office.
The Board of Trustees announce the
recipients of the 1977 Grants. It is fitting, since this will mark the
first grant given to a son or daughter of a dues' paying alumnus, that
the grants will honor Father Tye. The grants, awarded to seniors at
North, go to Anthony J. Stopyra, '77 ($4,000) and Raymond J. Attewell,
'77 ($2,000). Stopyra will enter St. Charles Seminary and Attewell will
attend LaSalle. The initial son/ daughter grant goes to Michelle Carlino,
of Moorestown High School. The daughter of Bill, '52, Michelle will join
Attewell at LaSalle College.
Chairman Cendrowski informs the Board
that the Fund has received a $5,000 donation which will be used to
establish the Michael A. O'Meara, '32, Grant; with the balance being
credited to the Edward J. Mooney, '32, Grant.
The Classes of '53 and '38 are
fighting it out, tooth and nail, to be the second class to establish a
grant. The Fund now has total assets of over $96,000. The Fund Raising
Committee, headed by "Tim" Dunleavy is doing a great job. Len Knobbs,
'53, has been named to his third consecutive three-year term as
Treasurer of the Fund.
One hundred and one attend the
Memorial Day Services. Father Simons and four Oblate confreres
concelebrate Mass; and then Father conducts a short service at the
Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima. Coffee and cake in the cafeteria are a
welcome respite... it's a little cool today.
President Tony Cendrowski, '57,
surprises the Board, at their April meeting, by announcing that he will
not be a candidate for reelection. So when June rolls around, it figures
we'll have a race on our hands.
Surprise, surprise!! Former First
Vice-President Ray Zegarski, '59, is the only candidate. He is
unanimously elected the twentieth president of the Association. Three of
the four vice-presidents
are also unopposed and thus, elected
unanimously. They are 1st V.P. John T. Musial, '63, 2nd V.P. William J. McCormac, '61, and 4th V.P. Raymond E. Rysak, '66. In the race for third
vice-president, Jim Flanagan, '47, defeats Bernie McGuire, '50, by
better than four-to-one.
Joe McKeown,'33, is elected to his
24th consecutive term as Treasurer. Paul Quinn, '36, wins reelection as
Secretary as he staves off a challenge by former president and current
historian Frank Gleason, '53. Lou Peters, '31, is named Assistant
Secretary without opposition, as are Assistant Treasurers Len Knobbs,
'53, and Tony Colletta, '72.
At the May nominations, three
candidates were nominated for the post of Historian. All subsequently
decline the nomination. Election Chairman Ed Guinan, '37, reopens the
nominations for that office and Frank Gleason defeats Gerry Porter, '46,
with eleven members not voting.
Our first $10,000 Grand Prize in the
"999" Club is awarded to the sole holder of number "396" - Michael J.
New Office Completed
The Alumni Office is finally completed
on August 11th. Total outlay for renovations and new equipment was
$10,082.03 with $7,881.53 being spent on equipment; and the balance to
change the entire appearance of the Office into one we can all be proud
of, and proud to invite others into. Our thanks to Len Knobbs and his
son for their work.
We hold a second cocktail party for
the Faculty and their wives/ girlfriends. September 16th is the date.
Only thirty-five faculty members show up...another affair that doesn't
seem to be worth the effort.
The undergraduate scholarship grant is
awarded to Robert Davis.
In October, President Zegarski
receives the first request for the $1,000 in funds set aside annually
for use by a department of the school. Father Toner asks that $500 each
be given to the Bachelor Survival Course and the Home Science Course.
After consultation with Fathers Toner and Simons, and President Zegarski;
the Finance Committee directs that the entire $1,000 go to the Home
Science Course. The money will go to purchase tools and equipment used
to teach our students how to maintain a home or an apartment.
Monetary problems plague the
Association once more. The Finance Committee ponders raising the dues.
The financial brain trust - McKeown, Knobbs and Colletta suggest a way
out. For years, we have reinvested our dividends, when received, in
Keystone Funds...by taking them in cash, the Association would receive
approximately $2,200 annually - this will go a long way towards
alleviating our current cash poor position. The Board accepts this
solution, but Knobbs warns that it is only temporary...we have to look
for methods to bring in additional revenue.
The Monte Carlo Nite attendance
improves over last year and so does our profit... we net $1,360. Four
hundred and fifty dollars each will be given to the Oblates and the
At their December Board meeting, the
decision is made overwhelmingly, by the Board, that we return to a
Breakfast. This, in spite of the fact that the Evaluation Committee had
recommended a three-year trial period. Even the most ardent supporters
of the dinner theory are convinced, after last year, that the membership
would rather have a Breakfast.
Once again, Santa McKeown welcomes
Swigardo and his troupe to North Catholic - on December 11. This trio of
McKeown, Swiggard and Rockie (which dummy has the wooden head - as
Rockie would taunt his mentor) have delighted the kids in the past. And
this year is no exception. The kids, all one hundred and ninety-seven of
them, have a ball.
Something new this year, though. We
have a new vice-president in charge of elves - Ray Rysak, '66. He and
his committee continue their service to the kids and their parents, in
the fine tradition of Sholly, McManus and Zegarski. Once more, the kids
are feasted with the luncheon menu established last year.
In the January, 1978, Falconer, we are
treated to an example of the wisdom of our moderator, FR.ED
Simons, when he writes his description of an optimist - and we quote:
"An optimist is a person who (1) does crossword puzzles in ink, (2)
writes to Bishops and Congressmen, and (3) attempts to write a
FALCONER article five times a year." Need we say more!
We have a new C.A. Captain for the
Malvern Retreat Group and for the first time in our history, he is not a
graduate. For a long time now, more non-alumni have been journeying to
Malvern with our group than alumni. However, Joe Harvey is dedicated to
St. Joseph's-in-the Hills and the North Catholic Retreat Group. He will
be assisted by our Chairman, Joe Donlin, '52. Two hundred and forty-one
attend...a slight increase.
March 12, 1978...Four hundred and
ninety-four attend our Annual Communion Breakfast. The Class of 1952 is
the Honor Class.
Mass, in the auditorium, is
concelebrated by Fathers Edward J. Kelly, John A. Finn, OSFS, William J.
Ruhl, OSFS, David H. Beebe and Thomas J. Erbrick, OSFS. Father Ruhl, the
president of the DeSales' School of Theology, is the principal celebrant
Prices are rising faster than we can
keep up with...we now must charge $6.50 for the Breakfast - a far cry
from the dollar of forty years ago which also included the annual
membership dues for the Association. But the food is good and there's
plenty of it.
Recipient Causes Controversy
Tony Santoro, our resident Italian
comic, with his shy smile and easy delivery, captivates the audience. As
Toastmaster, he has the honor of presenting to the audience a man whose
name is on almost every tongue in the City of Philadelphia at this time.
None other than David W. Marston, the crusading United States Attorney
for Eastern Pennsylvania. Marston has been in the vortex of a storm
surrounding his ouster as U.S. Attorney. President Carter dismissed him
on the recommendation of Congressman Eilberg. Eilberg has been under
investigation by the U.S. Attorney's office.
Marston is presented the Outstanding
Achievement Award for his performance in the field of law enforcement.
Shortly before the Breakfast, Marston has announced his candidacy for
the office of Governor in the upcoming primary. This causes a great deal
of controversy. We inform Mr. Marston, under no circumstances, should he
make a political speech. He agrees and his remarks are very tame and
concern themselves with the corruption that is evident in today's
society. Nevertheless, we are criticized for having a political
candidate address the Breakfast.
Drew Mahalic, one of the Eagles'
outstanding corps of young line-backers, brings us up to date on the
Birds and their new coach, Dick Vermeil. Mahalic, a Notre Dame graduate,
is well received by the audience. Incidentally, we should take this
opportunity to publicly thank one of our alumni, Jim Gallagher, '47, the
Public Relations Director of the Eagles, for his help over the years in
obtaining various sports speakers to address the Breakfast.
Father J. Stuart Dooling, the newly
elected Provincial of the Oblates, is awarded honorary membership in the
Association. Bob Fuessinger, '48, and Frank Devinney, '42, are the third
and fourth members of the Board of Governors to be presented with
plaques commemorating twenty-five years of service.
Leonard F. Knobbs, '53, is named
Outstanding Alumnus. Knobbs, a former president of the Association, the
current Assistant Executive Secretary-Treasurer, and Treasurer of the
Scholarship Fund, is the eighth man to be so honored in our forty-nine
Defending champion St. Boniface
retains its tourney crown. This is the first time in the seventeen year
history of the tournament that any team has won the title four times.
The Bonnies place three players on the all-tourney team, with MVP honors
going to their quick back court ace, Tim O'Shea.
The Scholarship Fund Trustees announce
the recipients of the Father George J. Palmer, OSFS - Class of 1933
Grants. The son/daughter grant is presented to Joseph Whelan, son of
Jim, '46. Joe, a senior at Archbishop Wood, will attend LaSalle College.
The two North grants are awarded to seniors James Campbell, '78,
($4,000) to attend Villanova and Stanley Krol, '78, ($2,000) to attend
LaSalle. Chairman Zegarski informs the Board of Governors that the
Trustees have established a second $2,000 grant to be awarded to an
incoming Freshman at North, and that the son/daughter grant has been
increased to $4,000.
Another Santa Claus dies...Ed McNamee,
'41, who for many years portrayed the kindly old gentleman with the
whiskers, passes away on May 1st. Ed, a member of the Board for just
under fifteen years, will be missed by his many friends.
We can hold the line no longer...On
May 11, the Finance Committee recommends adoption of a motion made by
Knobbs and McKeown, at the April meeting, to increase the dues to $3.00.
There is a lengthy discussion as to what effect the increase will have
on our total membership.
It is pointed out, by Knobbs, that
most members avail themselves of the "999" Club to pay their dues and as
a result will not be subjected to any increase whatsoever. However, the
one thousand or so who pay the actual dues' fee are certainly
intelligent and realistic enough to appreciate the fact that prices have
increased tremendously since 1950, the date of our last increase. The
Board approves the motion unanimously.
Oblate Fathers Simons, Ashenbrenner
(the new Superior at North), Hanlon and Stafford concelebrate Mass in
the Faculty House Chapel for the eighty-eight friends and relatives of
our honored war dead. After the Memorial Day Mass, Father Simons
conducts a short service at the Shrine and we then adjourn to the
cafeteria for our usual refreshments.
The 1978 elections for row offices are
once again marked by the absence of competition. President Ray Zegarski,
'59, and three of his four vice-presidents (Musial, '63, McCormac, '61,
and Flanagan, '47) are unopposed for reelection. 4th V.P. Ray Rysak,
'66, decides not to seek reelection and Second Assistant Treasurer Colletta is named to the vacancy without opposition. McKeown and Quinn are
the only candidates for Treasurer and Secretary, as is Frank Gleason for
Historian. Ed Ganister, '32, succeeds to the Second Assistant Treasurer
post vacated by Colletta.
The only races revolve around Lou
Peters, '31, the incumbent Assistant Secretary. He loses that post to
William M. Nesbitt, '59, and then loses to incumbent First Assistant
Treasurer Knobbs in a bid for that position.
For the fifth consecutive year, our
Picnic is held at Lake Lisheoras. It seems every year we return, Mike
Lisheoras, the owner adds another improvement. The drive-ways are now
completely black-topped, there are cement walkways, yet the place still
retains the rustic charm and lush scenery that attracted us in the first
place. However, we've had to raise the price for adults to $4.00; kids
still get in for a buck and a half. The price still includes free beer
(for those of age) and free birch beer.
The $10,000 Grand Prize in the "999"
Club is shared, for the first time, by three winners, John P. Hartner,
'69, John E. McKeever, '65 and Francis M. Coyle, '68. The winning number
The undergraduate grants are awarded
by the Scholarship Fund Board of Trustees to Ralph Grillo and Thomas
Our annual Monte Carlo Nite is held in
the school cafeteria on November 18th. Despite a small problem which
involved the dispensing of a certain liquid which drastically affects
attendance, we manage to make Fourteen Hundred Dollars which is divided
equally among us, the Oblates and the school.
The events of this evening will
reverberate for many years to come...nuff said.
Earlier in the year, Fran Dougherty,
'59, North's Athletic Director, and Fred Hauser, his Frankford H.S.
counterpart, called a meeting of interested alumni and friends of both
schools. It was held in the North Catholic cafeteria and centered around
the upcoming Thanksgiving Day Game. This would be the 50th
Anniversary...actually the first game was played in October, 1928.
Throughout the summer and early Fall
various committees work to perfect every-thing for THE GA ME... but
it went far beyond the game - we would have a dinner the night
before the game for the players and coaches. After the dinner, there
would be a giant party to which everyone was invited. The game would be
played at Vet Stadium and on the morning of the game, breakfast would be
served in the Press Club. Oh, we had something for everyone.
Tony Visco, Frankford '56, is elected
Chairman of the Classic, as it came to be known...and that was the last
thing Frankford did win.
A coin toss between Visco and Len
Knobbs, '53, settles the fact that the game will be referred to as the
North Catholic-Frankford Thanksgiving Day Classic. A logo is selected
and adopted as the official monogram. All literature, press releases,
etc., bear this logo.
Knobbs is named Chairman of the ad
book committee. He and Visco banter long into the night, many nights,
over the content of the book. The final product, a ninety-eight page
book complete with an illustrated history of the game and the football
programs at both schools over the years, is a complete sell-out. We
still have people asking for copies.
Knobbs is also given the task of
running the dinner the night before, as well as the party and the
breakfast. Because of limited seating at the Press Club, only one
hundred seats are available and they are evenly distributed between
North and Frankford supporters. The dinner is attended by the players
and coaches of both schools, most of the players' parents; and a
smattering of people who are involved with the Classic. Father Joe
Toner, '45, North's principal, is Toastmaster and does his usual
outstanding job. He does an effective job of "roasting" Al Angelo.
More than six hundred people jam The
Shack Restaurant for the party after the dinner. Everywhere you look are
former All-Catholic, All-Public, and All-Scholastic football stars.
Intermingled with them are former coaches, players, bench warmers and
just plain fans.
November 23rd dawns cool and crisp.
The one hundred, lucky enough to get seats in the Press Club, dine on a
sumptuous buffet breakfast provided by Kings' Caterers.
The field program for the day, under
the direction of Larry Conti, '63, North's baseball coach, included
pre-game ceremonies hosted by Don Tollefson, WPVI-TV sportscaster. The
highlight of the pre-game ceremonies was the coin toss between John H.
"Swede" Mallon, '29, a tackle on the '28 Falcon squad, and Joe Tomlin, a
Pioneer footballer of the twenties. Tomlin was the founder of the Pop
Warner Football Conference. We win again! Mallon, as North's honorary
captain, elects to receive. And that's the beginning of the end.
Early in the first quarter,
all-scholastic halfback Harry Ulmer, '79, races eighteen yards for his
first TD of the day. Joe Weick adds the PAT and North leads, seven-zip,
with 8:14 remaining in the first period. Midway through the second
quarter, Chris Yurkow, Frankford quarterback, puts the Pioneers on board
with a one-yard plunge, climaxing a sixty-yard - fifteen play drive. A
pass for the bonus conversion is batted away at the last instant by the
defensive star of the day, middle-linebacker Pat Jordan. A linebacker,
in the mold of Bergey, Pat, a '79 grad, is credited with twenty-two
tackles, including twelve solos.
Just before the first half ends, a
pass from Daulerio to Galiczynski goes incomplete in the end zone...but
Frankford is charged with interference, giving North a first down on the
one. From there Ulmer plunges over for his second TD. Conversion by
Weick; North-14. Frankford-6, as the first half ends.
Half-time ceremonies are the crowning
point of the day. Former coaches are introduced at midfield...and then
approximately one thousand former players from both schools meet on the
field. Amid much hugging and handshaking, the true spirit and friendship
that symbolized THE GAME is evidenced as never before in the
history of this Classic.
In the third quarter the Pioneers move
sixty-seven yards in nine plays to score on Joe Galasso's two-yard
smash. Talk about luck...Yurkow, with North defenders draped all over
him, passes to Ed Gerety, who was already down - flat on his back in the
end zone. TIE SCORE!
The Falcons come right back. They take
the kickoff and march sixty-five yards in eleven plays. Dan Galiczynski
scores what is to be the winning touchdown with 1:38 gone in the fourth
period. Another Weick conversion...and North leads, 21-14. THE FINAL
In an emotional locker room scene
after the game, President Ray Zegarski, '59, tells the players, "We, the
Alumni, needed this win and you gave it to us...for this, we thank you
from the bottom of our hearts."
At a wrap-up meeting of the committee,
held at The Shack Restaurant, each member of the committee is presented
with a small gold football, suitably engraved. Surprise of the evening
is when Frankford AD Fred Hauser and Coach Al Angelo present Knobbs,
'53, with a special award in gratitude for all the work he did on the
Thanksgiving Day Classic.
Our 50th Anniversary Committee has
been busy solidifying plans for the celebration. The committee consists
of President Zegarski, as general chairman, with McKeown, '33, in charge
of the ad book, Knobbs handling banquet arrangements, and John Musial,
'63, in charge of ticket sales. A separate committee, under Gleason,
'53, is busy gathering facts for the publication of our fifty year
At the December meeting, the Board
approves a $1,000 donation to the school. This annual department grant
will go to help complete the school's new media center, which is located
in what used to be the balcony of the auditorium.
Our 26th Annual Kiddies' Christmas
Party is held on December 10th with one hundred and seventy-nine
children in attendance. Magician-ventriloquist Swigardo provides the
usual entertainment assisted by Mrs. Swiggard and their little
wooden-headed pal, "Rockie."
We have a new Santa, in the person of
Ed Markowski, '56. Elf-in-charge Rysak and his able pixies distribute
luncheon and a gaily wrapped package to each child.
A Special Award
An item discussed at the January
meeting is the establishment of a special Outstanding Alumnus Award.
This award will be presented, on a tri-annual basis, commencing in 1980,
to a member of the Association who has not been active in recent years.
It is patterned along the lines of baseball's old timers award for the
Hall of Fame. A special selection committee has been established...they
have lifetime appointments. The members of this committee include: Ed
Ganister, '32, Bill Arnoldy, '38, Jim Flanagan, '47, Len Knobbs, '53,
Ray Zegarski, '59, Ray Rysak, '66, and Tony Colletta, '72. No more than
two men from any decade may serve on the committee and the chairmanship
will rotate among the members.
Under C.A. Captain Joe Harvey's
determined leadership, two hundred and twenty-six men arrive at St.
Joseph's-in-the-Hills on Friday evening, February 16th. Monsignor
McGuire, rector, lauds our efforts to get back to the three hundred man
level. With the help of each and every alumnus, we're quite certain we
can attain that goal.
Golden Anniversary Breakfast
April 1, 1979...the date of our 50th
Anniversary Communion Breakfast and the Silver Anniversary graduating
Class of 1953 is the honor Class...and it was a Breakfast to be
remembered right from the very start.
Wonder of wonders - we really have a
crowd. Five hundred and thirty-six smiling faces greet President
Zegarski as he conducts the General Membership Meeting and Class
Representatives' election, prior to Mass. This is our largest turnout in
Mass is concelebrated by Fathers
Joseph Gallagher, '53, and John O'Rourke, OSA, '53. Father Jack is
principal celebrant and homilist. It is in the latter category that he
will go down in history. He has his congregation spell-bound when he
tells them; "I have decided to leave the priesthood." His tale becomes
especially convincing when he begins to detail his reasons for his
momentous decision. More than a few are incredulous that a priest would
take this occasion to announce his resignation. Then, Father Jack slowly
smiles...and reminds his audience that "today is April 1st -
dedicated to the gullible." A roar spreads through the auditorium...is
it laughter...or relief...or both.
While this is taking place inside the
auditorium, our current resident practical joker, Third Vice-President
Jim Flanagan, '47, is distributing chocolate candy to his friends. He
finds two easy marks in Paul Quinn, '36, and Knobbs...the candy (?) is
chocolate covered garlic...made for the occasion.
With this start, things could only get
better...and get better, they did.
After our usual delicious breakfast,
courtesy of Four Chefs, we settle down to listen to our various
We expect Don Tollefson, but as
sometimes happens in the televison industry, we are greeted by his
regular stand-in, Steve Levy. Levy is quick to inform his audience that
Levy is only his "stage name."
Dennis Franks, captain of the
Philadelphia Eagles' special teams, is both comical and informative. He
details for those present, Flanagan's shenanigans of earlier in the
morning and then asks Jim for a "piece of the candy" to give to Coach
Vermeil. The capsulated review of the Eagles, provided by Dennis, gives
us an insight on Vermeil and lends credence to the reports that they are
definitely the team to beat in the future.
Senator Joseph Biden, of Delaware,
takes the rostrum and immediately chastises Franks for giving
secret, he already has "a piece of candy" and had full intentions of
presenting it to his driver on the return trip to Delaware. The
Democratic Senator from our neighboring state is on hand to receive our
annual Outstanding Achievement Award for supporting legislation to aid
Joseph R. Biden, Jr., delights and
challenges his audience with his remarks. His challenge - that as
Catholics, we should look first to ourselves for support of our schools
before seeking governmental aid.
His inspirational speech is well
received...at the conclusion, the Senator is given a standing ovation
reminiscent of the one given Donald Barnhouse in 1967. [Editor's
note: For the record, Joseph R. Biden became Vice President of the
United States on January 20, 2009 and on January 20, 2021 will be
inaugurated as the 46th President of the U. S.]
Ed Guinan, '37, is awarded the Father
John B. Tye Outstanding Alumnus Award. Ed has been a member of the Board
since 1960 and for many years has led the Board in the sale of Breakfast
Joe McKeown, '33, and Bernie McGuire,
'50, are presented twenty-five year service plaques by President
Zegarski. Normally, the Breakfast sees our president distributing a lot
of checks and this year is no exception...but he also receives one, in
the amount of $256.00, from Class Reps Frank Gleason and Len Knobbs on
behalf of the honor Class of '53, for the Scholarship Fund.
An underdog St. Edward's team swept to
the title in our 18th annual basketball tourney by handily defeating
four opponents. Throughout the tourney, they were paced by MVP Kevin
Hill and James Cole, who also earned all-star honors.
Fund Chairman Ray Zegarski informs the
Board of Governors, at their May meeting, of the Board of Trustees
decision on the Michael A. O'Meara, '32, Grants. They have awarded the
$4,000 grant to John D. Walsh, '79, and the $2,000 grant to James M.
Palmer, '79. The $4,000 son/daughter grant goes to Kathleen M. Seitz, of
Upper Dublin High, daughter of John Seitz, '50. All three young people
will attend LaSalle College and major in chemistry.
Memorial Day Services, honoring our
alumni war dead, are attended by eighty-two relatives, friends and
alumni. A Memorial Mass is concelebrated, in the chapel, by Oblate
Fathers Edward Simons, '34, John Beattie, Robert Hanlon, '43, James
Cassidy, Joseph Griffin, '46, and Robert Ashenbrenner, '44. Attendance
is slipping...people seem to have better things to do on Memorial Day
(?) than honoring the people who have made their relaxing life-style
There is only one contested race in
the June elections, that of Fourth Vice-President...and Bill O'Connell,
'34, upsets incumbent Tony Colletta, '72. Our 50th Anniversary year
officers, in addition to O'Connell, are: President Raymond P. Zegarski,
'59, 1st V.P. John T. Musial, '63, 2nd V.P. William J. McCormac, '61,
3rd V.P. Edward J. Guinan, '37, Secretary Paul D. Quinn, '36, Treasurer
Joseph E. McKeown, '33, Assistant Secretary William M. Nesbitt, '59,
Assistant Treasurers Leonard F. Knobbs, '53, and Edward J. Ganister,
'32, and Historian Francis J. Gleason, '53.
At the same meeting, the Board
authorizes a special 50th Anniversary decal to be given to all dues'
payers and a gold membership card to commemorate our anniversary.
The night before the meeting, June 12,
1979, to be exact, the Class of 1929 holds its 50th Anniversary Reunion.
They begin with a Mass, concelebrated by their classmates, Fathers John
Conmy and Walter Kelly. Then they adjourn to a country club to
celebrate. Forty-six members of the Class are in attendance. President
Zegarski and Assistant Treasurer Knobbs and their wives; and Moderator
Father Ed Simons are honored guests of the Class. Among the men they
meet that night are Jake Horne, Jim Graham, Bill Robinson, Frank McKee,
Joe Murphy, John Clark and many, many others. The Chairman of the
Reunion, of course, is "Swede" Mallon.
Six-Eighteen is the winning number of
the grand prize in the "999" Club. Eight people hold the number and
receive $1,250 each. They are: Dennis Colgan, Jr., '58, Joseph Gabor,
'61, Frank O'Brien, '55, Nellie O'Neill, Francis Owens, '58, William J.
Welsh, '65, Anthony Zuvich, '74, and John S. Fell, '51.
Despite the fact that Sunday, August
19th, is bright and sunny and the site, Lake Lisheoras, is superb...only
a handful (108) show up for our annual picnic. No softball game this
year...volley ball instead. The old-timers completely dominate winning
two best of seven series - with only one loss.
A special meeting is called by
President Zegarski to discuss the upcoming 50th Anniversary Celebration.
Participation, or lack of it, is the prime reason for the meeting.
Advertising sales are poor and ticket sales are even worse. He calls on
the Board to demonstrate some of that "old North Catholic spirit."
At the September meeting, McKeown
reports that better than fifty pages of advertising have been secured as
a result of a tremendous effort on the part of a few people.
Knobbs reports that all is readiness
for the Banquet at The Shack on October 21st. Ticket sales around one
hundred. Sales Chairman John Musial urges an all-out effort by Board
members to assure that we have at least five hundred in attendance. The
Tom Weick combo has been secured to play for our dancing pleasure.
Tables will be reserved for parties of ten. Ticket price is $22.00 per
person which includes a cocktail hour, filet mignon dinner and an open
bar 'til midnite. The Shack will hold seven hundred and fifty and we
hope to fill it to capacity.
Fund Chairman Zegarski reports that
the undergraduate awards will go to Mario Figueroa and Thomas Slattery.
The awards are worth $500 annually, for four years, to each of the young
President Zegarski suggests that, in
honor of Pope John Paul II's historic visit to our city and in
conjunction with our Anniversary, we confer honorary membership on His
Holiness. Knobbs and Handley, '58, move adoption of the recommendation
and the Board approves unanimously.
The time has come to close this
history of our first fifty years. We sincerely hope that you enjoyed
reading it as much as we did writing it. We agonized a great deal over
the proper method of presenting the story of the Association...most of
our history dealt with facts and figures. Finally, we felt the best way
to do it would be to take a page from a television show of the Fifties
and say - all things are as they were then...except- YOU ARE THERE.
Thus, this is how you came to read our history in the present
The authors, Len Knobbs, '53, and Joe
McKeown, '33, would like to take this opportunity to express their
gratitude to some very great and helpful people. Portions of our history
were hard to extract, others very easy.
Our first thanks go to the people who
made the history of the organization our members, the more than 31,000
living and deceased graduates of Northeast Catholic High School. Second,
to the men who formed our history - the five hundred and twenty-six men
whose names appear elsewhere in this book - the men who have served on
the Board at various times throughout our fifty year history, in
particular to the twenty men who have led us as Presidents. We would be
remiss, if we didn't extend our thanks to the Oblates - who have steered
us through the years-in particular, to our Moderators.
Finally, we would like to thank the
committee, headed by Historian Frank Gleason, that spent hours digging
up the facts for us. The committee included: Ray Zegarski, '59, Ed
Ganister, '32, Jim Flanagan, '47, Paul Quinn, '36, and John Handley,
A very special "Thank You" to
three people, Wanda Musial, wife of Vice-President John, '63, for
spending many hours typing our manuscripts...Ed Ganister, '32, who spent
more hours than we can count in the Alumni Office doing research and
checking dates, while we wrote and wrote...and my wife, Barbara Knobbs,
for spending time proofreading final copy before it went to the printer
and most importantly for just being there and taking care of things at
home while Joe and I devoted the time necessary to writing this history.
And then, the 50th Anniversary
At the October meeting, just prior to
our 50th Anniversary celebration, President Zegarski informs the Board
that an announcement will be made at the dinner increasing the value and
number of grants awarded by the Scholarship Fund. The total value of the
grants awarded will increase from $14,000 per year to $20,000 per year.
Grants to incoming Freshmen at NECHS will be increased from two to three
at $500 per year. Additional grants of $500 per year will be awarded to
graduating seniors from NECHS and the son or daughter of a dues paying
alumnus to attend college. In just ten years, thanks to the generosity
of our members, grants have increased tenfold.
Zegarski also announced the formation
of a committee to raise fund for the Scholarship Fund. It will be headed
by Nicholas A. Giordano, '61, the Executive Vice President of the
Philadelphia Stock Exchange. Serving as co-chairs will be Thomas J.
McNulty, '43, Business Manager of the Plumber Union Local 690; Thomas I.
Savage, '52, Vice President of Beneficial Savings Bank, Rev. Joseph B.
Graham, '53, Executive Director of Institutional Services for the
Archdiocese of Philadelphia; and John J. McShane, '56, President of
Franklin Towne Corp.
Over 470 attend our Golden Jubilee
Celebration at the Shack Restaurant on Roosevelt Boulevard. The dinner
is well received by all in attendance. Proclamations honoring the
Association for its long
service are received from the Congress of the
United States, the Senate and House of Representatives of the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Mayor and City Council of
Philadelphia. Len Knobbs, '53, serves as Master of Ceremonies. We are
treated to remarks by our first President, Father John Conmy, OSFS, '29,
and President Ray Zegarski, '59. The introduction of honored guests,
both at the head table and in the audience seems to go on forever. Also
honored were 50 men, who in the opinion of the current Board of
Governors have contributed greatly, over the past fifty years, to the
success of the Association. A parchment scroll is presented to each of
the recipients. The men who received the awards are: Leonard F. Knobbs,
'53, Joseph E. McKeown, '33, James A. Flanagan, '47, John T. Musial,
'63, John H. Mallon, '29, J. William Arnoldy, '38, Vincent J. Bee, '35,
Thomas J. Blessington, '48, Patrick J. Boyle, '49, Rev. Fernan J.
Brennan, OSFS, '32, Henry E. Bukowski, '31, Bernard F. Bygott, '34,
Anthony J. Cendrowski, '57, Thomas M. Cleary, '47, Anthony J. Colletta,
'72, Rev. John J. Conmy, OSFS, '29, James J. Cox, Jr., '36, Francis J.
Devinney, '42, Charles F. Dorland, '46, Francis J. Dunleavy, '32, Robert
J. Fuessinger, '48, Edward J. Ganister, '32, Francis J. Gleason, '53,
Edward J. Guinan, '37, John F. Handley, '58, John J. Hooten, '34, Rocco
G. lacone, '55, John F. Junod, '52, Paul J. Kelly, '34, Joseph A. Kilian,
'35, Joseph J. Mackin, '40, Joseph T. Madden, '43, William J. McCormac,
'61, Richard C. McGrath, '39, Rev. James J. McGuire, OSFS, '34, Francis
T. McKee, '29, Hon. Joseph T. Murphy, '29, Francis P. Murray, '39,
William H. O'Connell, Jr., '34, Louis J. Peters, '31, Charles J. Quinn,
'36, Paul D. Quinn, '36, William P. Robinson, MD, '29, Raymond E. Rysak,
'66, James P. Scanlon, '30, Rev. Edward J. Simons, OSFS, '34, George W.
Sommer, '36, John A. Thiers, '34, James T. White, '49, and Raymond P.
The dinner and the history/ad book are
an overwhelming success - both socially and financially - and the
committees headed by Joe McKeown, '33 (Ad Book), Len Knobbs, '53 (Dinner
Arrangements), and John Musial, '63 (Dinner Sales) receive an tremendous
round of thanks from the Board for a job well done. Also, Knobbs and
McKeown are commended for their compilation of the history of the
Association. They extend a special Thank You to Ed Ganister, '32,
for his research work, Wanda Musial (wife of John, '63) for typing the
majority of the manuscript, and Barbara Knobbs for proof reading the
finished product. Also acknowledged were Historian Frank Gleason,'53,
and his committee of Ray Zegarski, '59, Jim Flanagan, '47, John Handley,
'58, and Paul Quinn, '36, that spent untold hours digging through our
records for the facts to support our story.
Chairman Ray Rysak and his committee host Santa (Ed
Markowski, '56) and 206 children at our annual Kiddies' Christmas Party.
Entertainment is provided by Mr. & Mrs. Clown. The kids are treated to
hamburgers, ice cream, soda, pretzels and chips; and each receives a
wrapped gift and a candy cane.
This award, created by
the Board of Governors and first presented in 1960, was renamed to honor
Father Tye in 1976.
Alumni Moderator June, 1960 - April, 1973
Captain (Chaplain) John B.
Tye, USA, was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in
in connection with combat operations against the enemy with the 1st
Cavalry Division in the Pacific Theatre of Operations (Luzon,
Phillipines) during World War II.
General Headquarters, 1st Cavalry Division, General Order No. 50 (1945).
below have received this award in recognition of their exemplary
dedication and service to the ideals and purpose of the Alumni
In our ninety plus years, almost one thousand men have served
on our Board of Governors. Some have served as little as one month
while others have performed dedicated service for many years. We
would like to recognize the thirty five Class Representatives who served
for twenty five years or longer.
Patrick J. Boyle, '49 - November, 1954 - Present
Leonard F. Knobbs, '53 - November, 1956 - Present Francis J. Devinney, '42
- November, 1950 to November, 1951; January, 1954 to September, 2011.
Deceased November 3, 2017.
John F. Handley, '58 - March, 1967 - Present John T.
Musial, '63 - January, 1966 to September, 1990; September, 1992 to
Richard C. McGrath, '39 - July, 1943 to November, 1951; November,
1952 to November, 1957; November, 1958 to November, 1977; March, 1978 to February, 1998.
Deceased March 24, 2003.
Paul D. Quinn, '36 - November, 1948 to September, 2000.
Deceased October 20, 2002.
Raymond E. Rysak, '66 - March, 1969 - Present
Stephen A. Cardullo, '72 - September, 1972 - Present
John S. Boyle, '39 - November, 1961 - September, 2008. Deceased
January 30, 2012. William J. McCormac, '61 - March, 1969 to March,
2011, September, 2011 - September, 2013. Deceased January 12,
Joseph E. McKeown, '33 - November, 1950 to January,
1951; November, 1953 to September, 1996. Deceased September 29,
John R. Hanejko, '65 - November, 1978 - Present
Lawrence A. Dolan, '37 - November, 1948 to September,
1957; November, 1957 to May, 1958; March, 1973 to October, 2005.
Deceased October 30, 2005.
Robert J. Fuessinger, '48 - November, 1952 to
September, 1993. Deceased August 15, 2006. Francis J. Gleason, '53 - November, 1960 to September,
2000. Deceased September 10, 2000.
Joseph J. Mackin, '40 - November, 1947 to October,
1959; November, 1962 to March, 1972; March, 1977 to June, 1995.
Deceased June 23, 1995.
J. William Arnoldy, '38 - January, 1964 to August,
1998. Deceased August 15, 1998.
Bernard J. McGuire, '50 - November, 1952 to November,
1958; January, 1959 to September, 1972; October, 1972 to November, 1975;
March, 1976 to June, 1985; September, 1985 to February, 1986.
Deceased August 5, 1987.
Joseph P. Brennan, Jr., '69 - March,
1977 to October, 2006; September, 2008 - May, 2011.
Kenneth J. Florkowski, '88 - November, 1988 - Present
Edward J. Ganister, '32 - March, 1967 to January, 1999.
Deceased January 3, 1999.
Anthony J. Colletta, '72 - March, 1973 to February,
1985; April, 1989 to November, 2008. Deceased November 19, 2011.
Michael A. Donofrio, '47 - November, 1955 to October,
1965; January, 1966 to February, 1967; March, 1967 to September, 1967;
September, 1989 to July, 2009. Deceased July 5, 2009. Thomas M. Cleary, '47 - January, 1965 to February,
1996. Deceased January 18, 2001.
Robert E. Kennedy, '54 - September, 1984 to February, 1994; May, 1994 -
Deceased October 4, 2018.
Edmund A. Markowski, Jr., '56 - September, 1977 to
September, 1992; September, 1994 to September, 2009. William M. FitzPatrick, '59 - September, 1986 -
August, 2015. Deceased August 15, 2015.
Louis J. Peters, '31 - December, 1964 to September,
1992. Deceased December 31, 1993.
Joseph T. Mulawka, '51 - December, 1987 to April, 2014.
Deceased April 10, 2014.
Edward R. Jaskowiak,
'66 - September, 1967 - November, 1981; September, 1995 - May, 1999;
September, 2012 - Present
James F. Kelly, Jr., '70 - September, 1970 - September, 1972; December,
1972 - January, 1974; March, 1974 - June, 1974; March, 1975 - September,
1976; March, 1978 - June, 1978; September, 1988 - December, 1988;
September, 1989 - September, 1995; October, 1995 - September, 1996;
September, 1997 - May, 1999; September, 2003 - Present
William H. O'Connell, Jr., '34 - January, 1965 to
November, 1990. Deceased November 26, 1990. Thomas P. Morgan, '64 - April, 1984 - September, 1997; September, 2008 -
Thomas A. McAvoy, Jr., '59 - September, 1995 - Present
Not for fame or reward, not lured by ambition or
goaded by necessity, but in simple obedience to duty as they understood
it, these suffered all, sacrificed all, dared and died.
(Entrance to Arlington National Cemetery)
These men, our brothers,
gave their lives in defense of their country in World War II, Korea,
Viet Nam, and Afghanistan. Please remember them in your prayers.
WORLD WAR II
Lawrence C. Hoelzle
Joseph T. Walsh
Nicholas P. Kavanagh
Joseph P. Mahoney
Joseph L. Rabenstein
William J. Connell
Leo P. Hassett
Charles P. Loeper
Joseph F. Stutz
Edward J. Coleman
Samuel J. Dunbar
Joseph S. Fiala
Joseph A. Gogoj
James F. Harkins
Edward F. Heard
Robert E. McCarthy
Aloysius A. Monaghan
Joseph F. Carr
Andrew J. Frosch
Edward J. Galloway
William J. MacElderry
John J. McCann
Joseph V. Murray
Thomas H. Murray
Walter J. Robinson
George L. Smith
Thomas A. Byrne
Edward B. Drueding
John A. Farrell
Albert P. Foley
John J. Gray
Anthony F. Matthews
Leonard J. McGee
Nelson A. Reed
Hugh T. Shellem
John A. Anderson
Richard J. Burns
Thomas J. Cassidy
John J. Dooner
Joseph T. Dwyer
John W. Farrell
Thomas J. Hobson
Edward E. Houseman
John R. Kelley
Robert J. Kelley
John F. Lawlor
Michael J. Marley
John B. McCann
Vincent J. McElroy
George A. McGee
William J. Newis
Herman P. Winterer
William J. Casey
Thomas F. Kelly
Joseph A. Minnichbach
Lawrence W. Minnick
Andrew C. O'Keefe
Joseph K. Seiler
Edward C. Sekula
Joseph W. Shedaker
Raymond J. Slazas
Vincent K. Snyder
Albert J. Spanier
Edward J. Coleman
James V. Derbyshire
John D. Duffy
Thomas F. Fenerty
Edmund J. Gaffney
Joseph M. Garlick
Gerald F. Gowen
James J. McGinnis
Philip J. Razler
James E. Saul
John C. Schmieder
Francis J. Strenger
Martin E. Wagner
Alfred A. Zajac
Walter J. Zarada
William L. Cobb
Raymond W. Devlin
Alfred F. Dougherty
Charles D. Gibson
Daniel J. Grant
Henry L. Grathwohl
Thomas E. Jardel
Edward F. Kent
Charles T. Lewis
William F. Lynch
Leo E. Markey
John J. McNulty
John J. McVeigh
Edward J. Phillips
William T. Urban
John J. White
WORLD WAR II
William H. Becker
John J. Delaney
John B. Gilkey
Raymond E. Gruber
Philip T. Lehman
Eugene P. Magee
Francis X. McKenna
Charles J. McLinden
Charles J. McVey
Horace J. Murphy
Robert J. Reilly
Francis G. Rudolph
George J. Whalen
James A. White
Paul A. Becker
John F. Clinch
James J. Coffey
Joseph J. Daley
John J. Davis
Edward J. Dooner
Joseph A. Finley
Francis J. Fitzpatrick
Paul R. Foley
Francis J. Gillespie
Eugene T. Gladkowski
James J. Hanlon
Charles W. Lockwood
William F. Matthews
John M. McCann
Frank J. McDonnell
Hugh J. McFadden
Henry T. McMahon
John F. McNally
Charles A. Nessel
Louis B. Rieffel
Anthony J. Rosowski
William H. Schenkel
Anthony T. Serravalli
John D. Sykes
James J. Turner
Maurice L. VanZandt
Harry J. Bell
Raymond J. Broderick
Henry E. Dempski
John A. Donahue
Ralph J. Dooley
Stephen F. Halner
William G. Hare
Charles X. Kuntz
Robert J. Lautenbach
Raymond A. Makin
John G. McBride
Henry P. McCann
Joseph H. McCann
James J. McVey
James P. Mellon
Carmen V. Olivet
Gerald J. O'Neill
Leo J. Reilly
Arthur J. Roit
Joseph F. Rossetti
John J. Rowan
John M. Rutter
James M. Ryan
Ernest E. Schmidt
John J. Stevenson
Raymond J. Trost
Donald M. Woods
Richard E. Bagnor
Anthony T. Cassese
Thomas J. Eck
Charles H. Fox
Francis A. Glanzmann
James F. Gormley
John J. Hannigan
Joseph F. Hendron
Leonard P. Kolodziejski
Thomas W. Phillips
John T. Stevenson
James B. Boyle
William J. Conley
Charles W. Coyle
William J. DeLaurentis
Patrick J. Dever
Aloysius F. Dougherty
William E. Hagerty
Emmett J. Ryan
George A. Steigerwald
Francis J. Davenport
William J. Brennan
Charles M. Klein
William T. Gould
Harry B. Loy
Robert B. Appel
Frank A. Johnson
Thomas J. Schimpf
Maurice T. Cleary
Charles D. Hogue
Robert J. Evans
John F. McGovern
Daniel C. Bianco
Joseph M. Lynch
Joseph J. Sweeney
Bernard F. Sevier
E. George West
William J. Brennan
Joseph S. Oaks
Christian J. Spoerl
John W. Toland
Stanley A. Gogoj
John L. Sullivan
Stephen C. Walter
James R. Grove
Joseph J. Leszczynski
Charles P. Schwind
Charles T. Tait
John F. Dunne
James F. McCafferty
William P. Coll
Joseph M. Gorman
Joseph J. Crawford
Ronald D. Briggs
William D. McCuen
George D. Speece
Robert V. Stever
William A. Kuprevich Leonard S. Pelullo
Richard J. Conlin
Michael P. Rymarczuk
Joseph J. Nitka
Louis W. Potempa
William M. Riley
Albert C. Wall, Jr.
Lawrence A. Branigan
Anthony J. Metzger
Joseph T. Monaghan
Thomas F. Nilan
George J. Reed, Jr.
Joseph F. Schimpf
Patrick J. Thiroway, Jr.
Anthony F. Citrigno
Edward J. Kapusta
Robert T. Koehler
Congresswoman Kathryn M.
Donald Barnhouse, WCAU-TV News
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
U. S. Senator Hugh Scott
Philadelphia Police Captain Clarence Ferguson
Vince Leonard, KYW-TV News
Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Dr. Herbert S. Denenberg
Philadelphia District Attorney Arlen Specter
Rolfe Neill, Editor, Philadelphia Daily News
Richard Sprague, Esq., Special Prosecutor
Barney Morris, WCAU-TV News
Tom Fox, Columnist, Philadelphia Inquirer
U. S. Attorney David Marston, Esq.
U. S. Senator Joseph Biden
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Joseph O'Neill
Larry Kane, WCAU-TV News
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice James T. McDermott
U. S. Senator John Heinz
Pat Polillo, KYW-TV News
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert N. C. Nix, Jr.
Philadelphia District Attorney Ronald D. Castille
Congressman Robert Borski
Philadelphia Councilman W. Thatcher Longstreth
Thomas Brookshier, CBS Sportscaster
Brother Patrick Ellis, FSC, LaSalle University President
Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey
U. S. Armed Forces - Operation Desert Storm
Bill "Speedy" Morris, LaSalle University Basketball Coach
Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham
Walt Hunter, KYW-TV News
Philadelphia City Controller Jonathan Saidel
Philadelphia Councilwoman Joan Krajewski
David R. Boldt, Columnist,
Ray Didinger, Philadelphia Inquirer Sports Columnist
Marc Howard, Channel 6-TV News
Philadelphia Police Commissioner John F. Timoney
Michael Smerconish, Esq., Philadelphia Inquirer Columnist
Philadelphia Archdiocesan Vicar for Education Dr. Richard McCarron, Jr.
Bill Campbell, Sports Broadcaster and Columnist
Former Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker
Former Philadelphia Eagle Vince Papale
U. S. Attorney Patrick Meehan, Esq.
Don Tollefson, Sports Broadcaster
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery
Oblates of St. Francis deSales
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey
Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Sports Columnist
Dom Giordano, WPHT Radio Talk Show Host
Vai Sikahema, NBC10 Sports Director
Sam Katz, Film & TV Documentarian
Matt Rhule, Temple University Football Coach
Former U. S. Congressman Michael G. Fitzpatrick
C. R. "Chuck" Pennoni, Chairman Pennoni Associates
Christine Flowers, Philadelphia Inquirer Columnist
the School and the Association in 1989 to honor individuals that had
brought fame and distinction to the school and themselves by their
actions in certain disciplines. Until school closed the inductees
were honored at ceremonies held at NECHS. Since 2010, the
recipients are inducted at the Association's Communion Breakfast.
A select committee consisting of the President, Executive Secretary, and
Chaplain of the Association, along with four members - two from the
Board of Governors and two active members of the Association - appointed
by the President review the nominations submitted by the public and make
the final decision.