Said school was (and is) Notre Dame of Green Pond, which stands between Easton and Bethlehem just off the William Penn Highway. TOF used to access the school by taking the South Side bus to downtown, then walking up a block to catch the intercity bus, which would drop him off on the highway so he could walk down to the school. Later, TOF obtained an automobile, a 1953 Packard Clipper which his parents acquired from the retiring pastor. Named "The Beast" -- its engine was larger than some cars! -- it provided comfy transport for a motley crew: TOF, Danny Hommer, Red Scannell, Sterling Carter, and Jim Welsh.
|The Committee; not the banquet hall|
The affair ran from 1 to 7, with two buffet meals; to wit, lunch and dinner. Plus steamed clams. It was a great job by the group who organized and put it on: in particular, kudos to the Stephan twins. See left.
The reunion took place at The Meadows, a banquet hall outside Hellertown. TOF did not realize until departing that Wassergass Road, where the great war epic Counterattack was filmed, was nearby.
|Executive producer, Gary Armitage, star actor, and stunt man|
|Red performing stunt|
|Cousin Mariellen, TOF, Turney Gratz, Tony Ingraffea,|
(seated) not-so-Red Scannell
The attendees were a mix of folks who were recognizable versus not. Tiny Verba was immediately recognizable because he was, as always, the largest person in the room. TOF also recognized Tony Ingraffea, Jim Dolan, Gary Armitage,
|l. to r.: Liz McFadden and husband; Mariellen Singley and|
Liz McFadden, he knew from previous encounters, and he nearly recognized Regina Wersinger, who had played the piano in the school orchestra; but for many of the others he had to squint at the name tags, which can be uncomfortable, given where they were stuck on.
The astonishing thing was how much everyone looked like their parents and grandparents. Go figure.
|TOF (on right) and Sweet Sharon|
So TOF takes Sharon over to the table and introduces her to the Incomparable Marge. This is my high school sweetheart and we're running away together. "Good," says the Marge. "Take him." The two of them hit it off. TOF is happy to be the cause of such amity.
|Gary and his Steerman|
Anyhow, it was a fun time reliving the past. Recalling getting detention for chewing gum in line. Or getting whapped by teachers. (Things were different then.) The Braniac Class, a/k/a Freshman VII, had the honor of receiving the first Mass Detention in each semester. Our gamekeeper, Miss (yes, Miss) Monzalillo gave us as a detention assignment a 500-word essay on the inside of a tse-tse fly. Well, that led in TOF's case to a SF advanture involving being shrunk to tse-tse-like size. Second semester, we got 500 words on "the inside of a ping-pong ball." TOF made it a sequel to the tse-tse fly, bringing the said insect back for an encore/