LETTERS TO & FROM THE EDITORS
January 9, 2009
Someone needed to take over
(Why? Chia Greer has lost more eyesight making work on websites
Please send a
note including your telephone number to:
Dear class leaders,
We are close to buttoning up details
of The Reunion. October 16, 17,18, 2009
At this point, the hotel
and others are asking for head count for pricing purposes.
Would you please
let me know in the next day or so how many classmates you expect. Obviously, in
many cases, this is a best guess estimate. That's okay.
Based on what you
give us, we (read: Al Hutin) will negotiate final contracts and button down venues,
breakfast and dinners, etc. We will then be able to give you the costs we need
to recover from each returning classmate.
When you give me the figures,
would you give us number of classmates, how many spouses or significant others,
and a total.
Thanks. It's going to be great reunion!
Warmest wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Healthy New Year and
hope we see you in October.
Don Reynolds '41
thanksgiving was a good weekend.
you have tuned into our communications center www.hghsold
see the fine work our dedicated editor, Lucia (Crocheron) Greer, has done during
the past couple of years, We want to bec ome more inclusive but need your
you check the title page (Great School Picture icon) you will see we need photos,
yearbook views, etc from various classes. l940 and '44 all the way thru
'50 would be welcome. Most of the class views already established
were from xerox copies, if like me, you're a "lotech".
to this note if you have a yearbook. If you have other alumni we don't know
of, tell them to send me their email addresses. Let me know if you'd like
to proceed further for the
Guard'". If you have access to school pictures from the Forties pls let me hear.
at special note from Lawrence Meyers '84,
This is a two ply message:
To Alan Quinby,
we hope you will tell all correspondents concerning the multi-class reunion October
2009 to tune in to our new and revitalized website , nobly presented by Lucia
(Chia) Crocheron, X-'42 , she recalls.
To Bill Miller and Dave Williams
who vie for the title of "classiest website", we ask that you direct
your readers to hghsoldguard.org as well.
Our contact starts with the
Class of 1939 as second graders in the old stucco school atop King Street. they
went on to be the eighth (8th) graduating class at the institution.
the focus is largely on those who attended and/or graduated from that stately
field stone, wrought ironed, multi-gabled building known then as "Horace
Greeley,"we believe alumni who followed will have an interest in remembering
some of the older faculty members, students and boy and girl athletic teams the
way they were.
And who can't remember the first smattering ofthe French
language we had to learn? "Porte co-chere" Has never been forgotten
by most, even though we did not have the foggiest then.
year book photos, individual and/or group,because after all there can never be
another "Old Guard" so let's save ours.
Don Reynolds '41
Punched the memories link and there I stood with Chick and Sam Lessey. The parade
you pictured was great...l990..and drew many alums. Turn
Don Reynolds '41
Re: (no subject)
Date: 1/7/2007 8:26:27 P.M. Central Standard Time
From Pat(sy) Kinne '42 to Lucia Crocheron
Date: 1/8/2007 2:31:40 P.M. Central Standard Time
heard recently of Chick's passing--he certainly was a pivotal point in keeping
us in touch--glad he was able to be at home--his wife said he hoped to be there.
Glad she has her own boy and one of Chick's sonsnear to lean on--hope all is well
with you and wish you a happy 2007. Our e-mail is
SalvPatr@hotmail.com We are
in a senior complex right near the Garden State Parkway--I know we corresponded
some a few years back and you were due to make a move--please write when you feel
like it and let me know how that turned out. Hope 2007 is good to you--
always--Pat(sy) Kinne Paolella
Here is a letter from Dave Williams, ' 60 who played on a little
league team coached by Chick before Chick and family moved south,
Date: 12/29/2006 8:54:46 P.M. Central Standard Time
Sent from the Internet (Details)
I was saddened to learn of his death. The first year of little league in Chappaqua,
I played 2nd base on his team, the Lions. We won the league championship -- not
because we were the most talented team -- we weren't -- but because of his coaching.
We made some mistakes, but never made the same mistake twice. Further, due to
his teaching, we never (no kidding, never) lost a man in a rundown. We got an
out every time, because of the technique he taught us. My dad, George, coached
one of the other teams, the Owls. The two other coaches were Joe Miliambro, assisted
by Vito Cartisano, whose brother Rudy was on that team (the Bears) and Frank Boemerman,
whose two sons were on his team, the Rams. My dad wouldn't have me on his team
(even though I was actually a decent player) because he thought it wouldn't be
fair to me or the other kids. He was sorry on occasion, telling my mom once, "Well,
I'm glad he can hit, but does he always have to do it against my team?"
Chick was a real leader and mentor to us all in little league. I sent his son
an email some time ago, with much of this info in it. He didn't get around to
responding, busy as he was, I am sure, taking care of his dad, but I hope the
memories got recounted to Chick.
Chappaqua sure was a great
place to grow up!
Dave Williams '60
Re: Chappaqua Downtowm
Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2006 11:21:30 EST
Bill and Dave Williams...I sent a Chappaqua Little League anecdote about Chick.
In the early fifties he and I still lived in No. Westchester. Chick was
a most successful Little League coach in Chappaqua, Maybe either of you or your
male siblings played for or apposed his teams.
After one game TRUE STORY...An
irate Chappaqua little league mom sailed into him over "professionalizing
our kids league" The crime, he taught them to slide instead of stand up and
run into a tag of the ball.
I;ve got to think somebody in your two groups
, 57 and 60, was involved in those days.
Happy New Year
2:00 PM today, December 27, 2006 our First baseman, Arthur D. "Chick"
Pollock passed away.Mary told Sally it was the best thing for him.|
Gehrig Disease (ALS) was not easy.
Pray for Chick and Mary.
latest Don Reynolds' note. Hope all is well with you and fellow classmates and
wish each and everyone a great holliday season.
I have just received a new
computer and it has me confused and guessing. Wish me luck.
On another note,
does anyone have a photo of the school the was built on Hardscabble Road. It was
constructed after I moved away.
My very best to all, Paul (42)
Date: 12/22/2006 2:13:05 P.M. Central Standard Time
To: Saldonreyn@aol.com, email@example.com
Sent from the Internet (Details)
agree that the "downtown" area always had charm and character. It still
does, actually, but the names and faces have sure changed. Cadman's is gone, as
is Elman's United Cigar. The vacant lot that was on the corner, used for so many
years to sell Christmas trees is now a Starbuck's. And so on..
was just back there last June, and in fact, the old stores have virtually all
changed. Cartisano's shoe store is now a nail salon. The only two stores that
remain as when Bill and I were kids are Murray's 5&10, although it about half
its former size now; and the other, ironically, is George's men's store. I say
"ironically" because for years, and I mean years, that store had a sign
in front, "Going out of Business Sale" -- well, I guess they still have
stock left, because they are still there. That really gave me a laugh to see.
Dom's old barber shop is a pizza place now, and a pretty good one too. But, with
all the changes, the downtown area still has the same feel and warmth it always
did. (But, try and find a parking space -- whoo -- there's a challenge.)
course, when I say it's all changed, what I am really saying, it has changed from
the "snapshot" time when I was a kid. Like virtually all towns, it constantly
changes, bit by bit, and we don't really notice it until we leave for a time and
But, somehow a town with no shoe stores but three
nail salons does seem different. Hehehe.
Well, have a great
Dave Williams '60
Great effort for Greeley
Date:12/17/2006 7:49:51 A.M. Central Standard Time
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Hello Don, I enjoyed reading
through your website. You people are almost a generation ahead of us and I am
impressed that you were able to utilize the internet as many in our class still
do not use or understand it. Our reunion will be schedule during the weekend of
HGHS's home coming game the date of which will not be known until March. Try to
show up if you can and wear that '41 sweatshirt. / Regards, Bill Miller
Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, December 16, 2006 11:22 AM
Subject: Great effort for Greeley
I want to congradulate you for the 1957 site. It is truly professional. We
"The Old guard....l930-l950" and hack away between operations.
We've added sports and hope to keep it moving. Ours is in honor of Chick Pollock,
a fine athlete and citizen '42, who is holding off Lou Gehrig's.
is Lucia Crocheron Greer who was in '42 but moved away from Chappaqua for Dad's
For a chuckle, tune us in..we are listed on the HGHS alumni index.
Don Reynolds '41.....ps l960 Class, Mr. Williams also
has a nice entry.
Date: 12/17/2006 1:26:07 P.M. Central Standard Time
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Have not heard from anyone for a while. Do you know how Chick is?
hope you and yours have a happy Christmas. Emilie
Date: 12/18/2006 4:09:14 P.M. Central Standard Time
Wondered if you
have had any contact with Chick and Mary. Talked to my sister Emilie Wenner the
other day and she had heard nothing either.
Anyway, have a real happy holiday
season and a great new year.
Fwd: Great effort for Greeley
Date: 12/22/2006 3:07:46 P.M. Central Standard
Re: Great effort for Greeley
Date: 12/22/2006 1:27:40 P.M. Central Standard
Hi to both of my younger alumni friends.
Bill, as I recall you asked something to the nature of "how do we put
this merger together"? For our "Old Guard" entry, beginning thru
1950 at Bell School (nee Horace Greeley School), the bond is architecture and
something stronger. I've never heard any high school graduates...in my 83 years...as
bonkers about their school days as this group.
I believe part of the loyalty
is that great little "downtown", Cadman;s Pharmacy, etc, that Dave seduces
all with on his site. I can only surmise that transplanting the last four years
to a location between "town" and Mt Kisco would tend to minimize our
emotion toward exhibit A. And that may be why we who did it all in "the center
of town" have dis covered this fondness. I did many more exciting things,,the
Thames to the Rhine in one piece for one, and while I get a kick out of Normandy,
Brittany, and Paris, etc, it's not the same. Fraternity and college gatherings
are, for me, not the same as King Street and Greeley Avenue
alumni", graduates with similar interests and recall...not to be exclusive,
but entirely practical, are the people who would attract.
A mountain out
of a mole hill?
Date: 10/31/2006 9:05:18 A.M. Central Standard Time
A few days ago I telephoned
Chick and Mary and had a nice visit with her--they have a real challenge but seem
OK as of now--I said I would get back to them in a few weeks. In your class at
HGHS I still am in touch with Jean Hoskins--Marjorie was in my class but has sadly
passed on--there is an older sister, Barbara, out on the west coast. I have sent
a couple of messages to Art Jr. but never have gotten a response--even sent a
snapshot of him and his brother when they were about 4 and 6--it was sent to me
when Chick and Mary Scheer went to Virginia, I think--at least they went south.
How nice to hear of the weddings--they would be Art's girls< I think and as
you said, Chick was rightly proud of their accomplishments. You mention Andy Scheer--we
lived right near the Scheers--the oldest, Johnnie, was probably too old for HGHS
and was working--then Georgei was a real live wire and used to cheerlead at games
before there was a cheerleading squad at HGHS--then Mary was next and one of my
close friends--then Andy was younger. My mother used to get such a kick out of
watching him from our kitchen window as she was working there--all the other kids
were in school--he had a baseball uniform and in the vacant lot below us between
Jackie Graff's house and the Carneys who were related to Mr. Scheer, Andie would
play baseball all by himself--he put the bases around and then he would pitch
to homeplate and had to let the ball lie--then he would bat the ball and start
running around the bases--she always thought that he would go far because he wasn't
going to give up and was resourceful enough to make do with what he had. She got
many a chuckle from watching him. Nice to hear from you and do let me know if
you get any news and I will do the same. We are in a senior residence, right near
Exit 88 off the Garden State Parkway so if you are ever in the vicinity, we would
be happy to see you. Our phone is 732-415-0129 Pat Kinne Paolella.
a 1975 grad:
Saw that website.The school you refer to on Hardscrabble
Road is/was THE KIPP SCHOOL. Though not on Kipp Street, this school was last used
for Kindergarten when I was in the First Grade (1963-1964) and closed when the
Douglas Grafflin school was opened on the other side of town in the Fall of 1964,
on Route 120, headed towards Armonk.
The Kipp school was closed for years,
briefly used for a "Teen Center" in the 70's (you can imagine!), it
is now used for an Arts and Nature Center, used occasionally for symposiums. There
was also an indian burial mound down in the ravine behind it. The Kipp School
is located at the south end of the swamp that was Honey Bee Farm, the land remains
undeveloped, as a sanctuary.
HGHS Class of 1975.
All Else Fails, There's Model Railroading!
Realizing your group with Chick had a good network of US Postal
adddresses, I wonder how many email adddresss are available from them? Chia has
a few, but are there more available that could added to the HGHS Old Guard.?
Do you know anything about
Jim Murray '41...a Floridian most of his post college life? Last I heard from
Chick (a while back) was that he is in a nursing home.
Here's a nice beginning from an "old guard". Paul Fitting,
I have checked out the web site, read your,HEILMAN'S,POLLOCK's
E-mail doesn't play an active part of my life,but
I am glad to reminisce here.
Bud Quinby and Al Gowman were my closest friends.
Bud and I tried to enlist in the Marines. Bud's eyes were not good so he joined
the Army. He went Italy and I to the So. Pacific. Our correspondence over two
years lagged because of the distance.
Al Gowman and I decided to go to Union
College as a pair. We were assigned adjoining rooms in a small six room old building
on campus by an uncertain administrator who was concerned about Al being blind.We
joined different but neighboring fraternities.Later, we got together in Pittsburgh,Washington
and Baltimore before he left for California,
Bud was my BEST MAN.
The show "Our Town" gave me my first taste of showmanship. Since I was the
choir director I needed an organ, so Bud and I "borrowed" a small one from
his Quaker church on King St.( at night)and returned it after the show.
teachers were memorable. Ms. Kurson instilled a love of literature. Ed
taught me history and control( he lacked an index finger and had a strong grip
on my neck muscle to get my attention). Herb Oakes taught me diplomacy. A couple
of us kids painted the cement globe on the school's entrance stairs black as a
8-ball. I wore an 8-ball pin on my lapel. Herb mentioned it with a smile, but
never made an issue of it.
Paul. (Fitting '41)