Come Again (Spring 2016)

Apr 01, 2016

This is the last call for all mates to plan to attend our 50th Reunion June 2-5 under the Dome that has shed its unique aura over our lives for more than five decades. We will gather for the 10th time since that hot June afternoon on which Lady Barbara Ward Jackson challenged us to begin what turned out to be diverse and often fascinating individual journeys.

Class president Cap Gagnon along with VP Greg Rust and South Bend locals Ray Flynn, Joe Guiltinan and Pat Farrell are working to provide a stimulating and enjoyable agenda for the weekend. There will be an informal opening event hosting our gang on Thursday evening (details to be announced), followed by some modest formal activities during the weekend. But our best time will be spent catching up, reconnecting and reminiscing with good friends on a campus that, like each of us, has changed markedly over the years.

The Nightliters will reprise their concert at an earlier reunion. By now you have received information from the University as to reunion registration, and we are requesting a modest $50 contribution to help to cover the cost of our private class celebrations. Send your check, made out to ND Class of 66 Fund, to Ray Flynn at 18117 Annettas Court, South Bend IN 46637 or check the box when registering.

Now for some news: Chuck Nigro writes from Kansas City, where he has been retired since 2007, and remains active in a number of volunteer capacities. He met with Hugh McGowan and Jerry Bintz from Indy last spring, and they cheered the Irish to victory over Duke in the ACC tourney. Chuck also connected in May with Dick Freyfor coffee and had a phone visit with Orby Overly, who also lives in the KC area. He aalso keeps in touch with Tom Meuer, formerly of KC, who spends his time between Boston and Long Boat Key FL playing golf.

Dick Martiny sends word from Columbia MD of pending nuptials next May with former high school mate Frances O’Connell. Dick has been a widower for five years and re-connected with Frances 18 months ago. Dick says Gar Isacco retired from his government job, but continues doing private CPA work in Howard County MD near Baltimore. Dick and his son Geoff were planning to hit the BC game, and he will be at the 50th as well. Dick noted that Gary Hediger, late of Chicago, has moved to South Carolina where he is in real estate and still consults. Gary and Dick serve on the ND Senior Alumni Board.

I picked up vibrations that Leo Greenwalt is living in Bellevue WA and keeps in touch with Paul BarryKeith Stark reminisced that he and Don Umhofer ran food sales in Badin and were able to leverage the Nightliters to perform on the famous Badin porch before home football games. Cap recalls that Don was some sort of a judge in Santa Barbara or thereabouts. Denny Corrigan chimes in that he lived in Stanford where the Nightliters hung out. Denny had them play on his “Live from Studio A” show on WSND in 1962, before they hit the big time.

Barry Barth and Barb were on campus for the Georgia Tech game, and my son Chris and I hit the SC game, where we bumped into Pat McRedmond from Nashville. John Flatley attended the Texas game with Joe Pete Wilbert and Dick Van Etten. Dangerous Dan McGinn was on hand for UT, and Larry Dwyer continues as a major cog in the ND Marching Band machine. I heard from Jose “Pepe” Ballester from Puerto Rico, who was planning to be at the WFU game, along with a number of old ND friends. Pepe recently had a full knee replacement.

Jack Gerken is working diligently to encourage at least 25 of the contingent from ND Niles High School to attend our 50th. Among the commitments he has are Jerry Erbach & Ray Komajda (DC), Terry Kiwala, Jim Blum, John Devona & Ray Neihengen (Chicago), Chuck Reali & Alan Loboy (Oregon), Jim Starshak (Hawaii), Terry Casey (LA), Chuck Datz (Texas), Fr. Michael Giesler (St. Louis), Tom Gorman (Georgia), Tom Trebat(Brazil) and Bob Basche (CT).

I heard from Larry Scrivner who lives in Vegas, following earning his PhD in psychology and enjoying a career working in universities and mental health centers. A certified tennis pro, Larry teaches tennis and is tutoring in math, sciences, statistics and psychology at the College of Southern Nevada. Other than that, he’s retired.

Tony Andrea is rounding up his buds Joe Pete Wilbert, Tony Rivizzigno, Bob Basche and others to join in the reunion festivities. Word is that Corey Hart and Bill Dwyre will also be on hand. I was in Bean Town for the BC game and caught up with Mike Rush and Cappy. Edie and Xavier Maruyama are having another busy year, including a trip to Turkey.

I am pleased to report that through early February, response to our 50th anniversary gift initiative, the Class of 1966 Pete Duranko Student-Athlete Safety Fund, is approaching $60,000 from almost 100 donors, most from our class. The goal is to raise a minimum of #350,000 in Diesel’s name to support a new ND program to prevent and treat head injuries among all athletes through enhanced research, data collection and information sharing. Send gifts to the Pete Duranko Fund, c/o Pablo Martinez, ND Development Office, 1100 Grace Hall, Notre Dame IN 46556.

See you at the reunion.

Tom Sullivan; 26 Hidden Cove Road, Edgartown MA 02539; 773-454-4343; t66sullynd@gmail.com


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