I was a guest of SHO from Jan-54 to feb-58. I remember Frank Elmo.
He was a short guy. I remember Tony(baseball catcher) and Clem Zotta(Kearny
High football player who owned a Studebaker), Eddie Branco(home-run hitter),
Donald Harbison(Woobie), and I remember your brother Eddie. Then there was
Joe Mullins(Kearny High track champ: Always wore a crew cut and spent a lot
of time in front of the mirror grooming his hair and spit-polishing his eyebrows.
I remember Harbison and me "borrowing shovels" and going out to shovel sidewalks
in the winter for a few bucks. When we got back, Sr. Juliano caught us and
wanted a cut of the action because we used the shovels without permission.
I went to St. Cecilia HS and we would receive lunch bags. Most of the time it
consisted of baloney sandwiches with ketsup. We dubbed them "the red spots".
Life wasn't too bad there. I got along with the nuns. Remember Sr. Agnes(Eggie)
and Sr. Mildred(Millie)? I remember having the dubious distinction of being able
to forge Sr. Agnes's signature and I signed quite a few report cards for some of
the guys. Of course, Sr. Agnes and I locked horns in Feb 1958 when I protested
her using Mass as a punishment on someone. I told her not to use religion as
punishment. She was brought to tears and told me where to go. They kicked me
out that February and I lived with my aunt in Vailsburg but did graduate from
St. Cecilia that June. I think I will always remember and regret that incident.
Then there was summer camp in Harriman, NY. I remember when some of us bought
bb guns and used to hide them in the woods. We would go out and shoot at anything.
I remember we were out in the woods shooting at anything and everything when we
saw the bushes moving around. We started shooting at the bushes and your brother
Eddie came out howling. One of our bbs hit him in the eye. He survived but all
hell broke out after that. Our bb guns were hidden in the woods and we didn't
use them for some time after that.
I remember going to Monroe at night. A bunch of us would dress in dark clothes
and walk to Monroe around 11PM or so just for pizza. We would duck in gullies
along the road whenever a car came buy. We thought that was great.
Lots of memories popping back in my head. Stay tuned...