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Oh yeah and beatle boots Tony.....I'm sure Bro Amian Paul was secretly amused by your willingness to give meaning to his existance.  Seriously though you really did break a lot of ground for the underclassmen.  It seemed to me that you were ever ready to test him but you caught some heat for it...     Kevin

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There is a web site http://www.californiacandy.com and you can order stuff from them that's really neat.  I've ordered Sen Sen, BB Bats, Slo Poks and they taste just like they did.  I believe they just might have the Turkish Taffy or at least something very similar.

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Kevin,
I believe they have the black licorice pipes you're looking for.........
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Oh yeah and beatle boots Tony.....I'm sure Bro Amian Paul was secretly amused by your willingness to give meaning to his existance.  Seriously though you really did break a lot of ground for the underclassmen.  It seemed to me that you were ever ready to test him but you caught some heat for it...     Kevin


 

Kevin,
The name seems familiar. What year did you graduate?
 
Actually, my sophmore year I found myself more chased after by Bro. Christian Rock who was the dean of discipline back then. He was my algebra teacher and was always on my case about the hair length.
 
Believe me, it was not my intent to challenge Bro. Paul. I had great respect for him. I just truly hated barbers due to an experience with one as a kid. The run in with Bro. Paul was over wearing boots to school. I was in the cafeteria when he walked over to me and simply told me to be in his office that afternoon.
 
While the dress code had been liberalized, he reminded me that there was still a ban on boots. So I was asked to wear a jacket and tie for some period of time. Our discussion did prompt him to make an announcement the next morning reminding everyone of the dress code ban on boots.
 
I forgot about the wire rim glasses. I was happy to get rid of the black plastic frames I had been doomed to wear since fifth grade. John Lennon made glasses cool and I jumped on that opportunity.
 
Interesting looking back now, I got more flak from fellow students for the hair and glasses than I got from the faculty. It was 1968 and MC was still relatively conservative. I was often greeted with "Hippie, get a hair cut" and challenges to my sexual preference. By my junior year, all of that disappeared and all of the guys who gave me crap during my second year ended up with hair longer than mine.


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Kevibob,
Tried to reply last night, but this confounded machine decided to freeze up on me. The James Hall I remembered was there in my Sophomore year, '71-'72 and I believe he was from the Celtics by St. Teresa's. Maybe a younger brother? He was in one of my classes, so that's how I knew him. Since I still have all of my Yearbooks (71,72,73&74), I'll go through them and see if either of the Hall boys appear. I don't remember Jim past tenth grade, so he probably switched schools.
I know Hopewell Junction too. Used to work with a fellow who lived over that way, off the Taconic. Not too far from Newburgh.

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Yeah TONY::I would have graduated in 1971 but my parents moved upstate to Carmel NY so  in 1971 I went to Carmel High School.  I went to MC in 1968,69 and 70 and I think we were in the same classses.  I lived on 35 st between Broadway and Steinway.  Some of the guys from MC i was close to were Robert Rygor, Terrence Lahiff and Nick Renka who all went to MPB.  I also was somewhat friendly with Gary Stothard who went to MPB and his friend Anniello Mutterelli.  I also palled around with Gerald Hall and Michael Hahn and a black kid named Robert Grant.I didn't mean to imply you were a rebel or anything  back then I think we all were expierencing the culture shock of Woodstock and all the rest of the late 60's early 70 things.  I remember you were always friendly with everybody.  But talk about culture shock going from MC to a public high school with no dress code.  With actual girls sitting in the seat next to me.  Hippie-ish kinda girls...With jeans and flannel shirts, no bra's and real friendly to the new kid from the city who actually went to concerts at MSG.  I was very streetwise and the kids I met in Putnam County were country kids who were easily impressed.  We were very fortunate growing up in Queens and going to Mater Christi was an amazing expierence.   

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In response to Robert Johnston:::You are probaly right Gerald Hall did have a younger brother that I may have forgottten about.  i was up real late last night going over the post from the beginning and I am so fortunate to have found this site.  I moved away and heard MC closed so like probably most grads never figured out there was any network of former students like this.  I guess your the Hudsan Valley moderator or coordinator or whatever...I saw where you tried to have a Hudson Valley chapter meeting in the past.  If you think it would get off the ground  i'd be willing to help out.. Maybe a summer picnic or something would work out.  I've belonged to a number of organizations like little league and social and civic organizations so i'd love to pitch in.  Think about a spot along the Hudson like Croton or Cold Spring..That way alumni can take the Metro North RR from Grand Central and spend the day breaking bread and then take the train home or if in Cold SPring there are a lot of B&B"s...Just food for thought....

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Yeah TONY::I would have graduated in 1971 but my parents moved upstate to Carmel NY so  in 1971 I went to Carmel High School.  I went to MC in 1968,69 and 70 and I think we were in the same classses.  I lived on 35 st between Broadway and Steinway.  Some of the guys from MC i was close to were Robert Rygor, Terrence Lahiff and Nick Renka who all went to MPB.  I also was somewhat friendly with Gary Stothard who went to MPB and his friend Anniello Mutterelli.  I also palled around with Gerald Hall and Michael Hahn and a black kid named Robert Grant. 

I remember those guys. Terry was the master of the juke box and knew music and bands well. I think I was sitting with Terry and his group (perhaps you were at the table) the day Bro. Paul came over to me at lunch and requested my presence in his office after school.

Last I saw Nick Renka was in a bar I hung out at with Bill Carlsen and Rich Gandolfo on 34th Ave and 31st called Lancer's. Nick used to sit at the end of the bar by himself drinking J & B. Don't know what ever happened to him.

I gotta tell you my Mike Hahn story though. In high school, Mike was a very nice kid and a good basketball player. In sophmore year, he was good enough to make it onto the JV basketball team. The thing was, there was this kid with the initials JH who felt that Mike had bumped him off the team. Now JH was a bully and an a--hole with a small gang of thugs that followed him around. He focused on Mike and made Mike's life miserable. He would spit on him in the hallway, knock his books on the ground, etc. . . All the crap that can make high school hell.

Flash forward to freshman year at Queens College. I run into Mike Hahn. Seems that that summer he got a job as a "parkie" at a public pool in the Bronx. Because of his basketball skill, he gets accepted by the locals and they give him a crash course in taking care of himself. JH was about 5"-8" when he graduated MC. Mike had shot up in height and was now 6'-3" -- all muscle -- with one goal, make JH pay. I would see him every few weeks and the only thing he would talk about was his hatred for JH and how he was still looking for him.

I never saw Mike again after freshman year and I don't know how the story ended but I had a feeling that karma (and Mike) was going to catch up with JH at some point.


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I also remember "The Bowery Boys" ( also known as East Side Comedy), with Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall. As an interesting side note, James Hall from Woodside, who attended MC at least during my Sophmore year, was said to be the great Satchmo's nephew. Any of you from St. Teresa's able to verify that? I believe he was from the Celts.

Bob,

I do believe that the person you are thinking of is Joseph P. Hall.  We attended St. Teresa's and he was in my 8th grade class.  He lived on 46th Street (the Mets).  He was said to be Huntz Hall's nephew (no one ever checked this out- no access to computers back then.)  I lost contact with him after graduation.     

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TONY:  Yes I remember Mike Hahn's basketball adventures and JH used to make my life uncomfortable.  I also got big after my junior year 6'2 210 lbs and became a cop so I know how Mike felt.  Nick was always marching to a diffrent tune than everyone else.  Even in 7th grade he like his juice, my parents never liked me hanging around with him they thought  he would get me into trouble but it never happened.  I heard someone pulled a gun on him in that very bar and threatened to shoot him and he stopped hanging out there and then I also lost contact with the friends I had who knew him.  I was a little skinny in HS, and one day JH started to pick on me in gym class and Andy Boninti and Harry Jackson pushed him and roughed him up and stuck up for me for no apparent reason.  I was always grateful and it took me a long time to realize they were looking for an excuse to start with him and helping me was only coincidental to what happened.  I've heard a few things about Robert Rigor over the years but not much about Terry Lahiff..I do remember there was a revolving bunch of kids who sat together occasionally and our paths crossed in the lunch room...Did you smoke cigarettes?  I seem to remember going outside after lunch for a quick smoke and you were there  also?

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I think I smoked for all of two weeks as a sophomore. Never quite got the reason people enjoyed it and fortunately never picked up the habit.

I seem to remember the gun incident. Nick did not have many friends at that bar. Mean drunks rarely do. At the rate he was going at the time, I would doubt that he survived his twenties. Hopefully, he eventually was able to pull his life together.

I figured you would know who JH was. To this day, bullies are a trigger for me. Any time I hear about hazing incidents, abuse of power or any situation where a big guy picks on a little guy, it infuriates me. It was relatively recently that I discovered that the root of this goes back to those days of being bullied by JH and his crew.

JH and his woodside cronies were also fond of using terms like wop and guinea and I'm sure the "n" word came out as well. Hence the support you received from Andy and Harry who I'm sure were aware of it.

Freshman year at MC was actually the first time I began to experience racism. Growing up, I assumed everyone was Sicilian. When I started school I learned that there were people who were Italian but not Sicilian. Then I learned that not everyone was Italian but everyone was Catholic.

At MC I learned that there were two types of Catholics -- Irish Catholics and Italian Catholics and the name calling began. Not among everyone mind you but all it takes is a vocal few.

The odd thing, is that after all these years, I still cringe as St. Patrick's Day approaches remembering how some kids would use it as an excuse to get drunk and beat up on non-Irish kids.

Thankfully, by sophomore year, the high school melting pot took its effect and many of the divisions began to disappear as the music and the anti-war movement became the focus of our attention.

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TONY:  This may sound peculiar but I know what you mean about high school being the melting pot.  I'm Irish and German descent and some of the things I saw Irish kids do defies imagination.  For a long time because of the way those Woodside kids acted it was embarassing to be around them.  I ran into JH  sometime in the mid 70's I had went to a cousin's wedding in Jackson Heights ata catering hall that had 2 or 3 wedding receptions at the same time.  Well JH was at one of the other parties.  I recognized him immediatly and he was very inebriated and stumbling around, well he never saw me and I just chose not to do or say anything because i knew if I said hello he'd act like a jerk or something and ruin my evening.  I sometimes wonder about Nick though as I knew him since about the 3rd grade and occasionally when I'd get to Queens I'd try to find him at some of the watering holes but by then I was a cop and when I'd ask around about him people would clam up because I walked and talked like a cop I guess.  I too seem to always root for the underdog and get easily irritated by bullies bu i think my expierences with JH shape my outlook in a positive way..... he really did break Mike Hahn's chops a lot and i remember talking with Mike about and Mike was really a class act he never lost his cool and always seemed to roll with it.  

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One of my favorite kid show hosts just passed away -- Paul Winchell. Can you name his two two pals in the photo?


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That's got to be Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smith.  Sometimes I'm a lot like Mr. Smith! :=)

 

Now, a question - your photo sort of threw me a bit, because I thought that was Sandy Becker at first.  What were his puppet pals named, or did he have puppet pals to begin with?

 

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