One of our gang said he sees too many of the same names in my column. He may be right to a degree, but you all know that for the past 45 years, I print what I get or scrounge up by reaching out to “sources.” That’s a call to action for all who have been sitting idle and not communicating.
I spent a good day on campus in late April attending the Spring Game, enjoying Monogram Club festivities and joining in a 90th birthday dinner of former players, coaches and friends honoring Ara. I relived great memories and shared the occasion with Rich Sauget of St. Louis, Don Bouffard from Ohio, and Dick Martiny from Maryland. Ara was in fine fettle and still quite “with it,” although he is having difficulty with his bad hips.
I ran into Dr. Joe Marino, practicing internist from the Rochester NY area, having a cold one at Legends. Joe is well and not looking forward to big changes in health care. I had been in touch with team captain Phil Sheridan in New Jersey, who was unable to make the Ara event but was helpful in pulling it together. We reminisced fondly about our departed wingmen: Mike Wadsworth, Bill Wolski and Pete Duranko.
Super Jack Gerken continues to tweak and improve the class website. Make sure you check it out and use it (1966.ndclass.org) to keep in touch on a real-time basis.
I see where attorney Mike Caolo, down big D way, has been recognized as AV-Preeminent, the highest possible rating for legal and ethical standards, by Martindale-Hubbell. Tom Begley sent word from St. Pete, where he broke bread with Mike McKim and Jane, who were on their way back to Minneapolis after visiting Dick Angelotti in Sarasota. Tom had spoken by phone with Jude Linehan and was also in touch with Dr. John Wylie.
You undoubtedly remember “Dangerous” Dan McGinn, former Irish punter and pitcher from out Omaha way. Dan is notable for many things, including appearing in a team-high 74 games for the Montreal Expos in their inaugural season and also hitting the first Expo home run in franchise history, off Hall-of-Famer Tom Seaver, no less. Dan was also the winning pitcher in the Expo’s home opener in Jary Park. Last we heard, Dan was pitching coach for the U of New England baseball players.
I heard from Gary Fishburn of Rocky River OH who keeps busy researching family and friends on ancestry.com. He suggests the site whitepages.com to find lost folks. Gary found one of ours, Carl Parlatore, who resides in Washingtonville NY. Don Snyder and Sheila just returned from a cruise down the Danube. Barry Barth and Barbara were slated to meet Jim Ireton and Mary at the Biltmore in Ashville NC for Mary’s birthday celebration.
I regret to share the news that Glen T. Rey succumbed to cancer last winter. He joined us for our 45th and fought a valiant battle before passing on. A group of Glen’s great mates – John Flatley, Joe Pete Wilbert, Mark Gonring, Dick Van Etten, Mike Caolo, John Jackoboice, Mike Smith, Hank Schlacter, Andy Dincolo andMike Hannigan. – will plant a tree on campus to honor Glen’s memory and devotion to ND.
Other recent passings reported by the alumni office include Mike Annis, Robert Courtney and Tom Mulvihill.Mike Rush reports his 50th at Bishop O’Connell in Arlington VA included Dick Martiny, Jim Hawkins, Bob Rivello and Jim Ballard. Unable to make it were John Kilian, Dan Morper and Pat Lannon.
Send news pronto and be well.
Tom Sullivan, 2028 Elmwood Ave., Wilmette IL 60091; cell 773-454-4343; email@example.com