Class of `54
Chat Room 06




Welcome to our Chat Page. If you'd like to extend greetings to any classmates "on line", or give us some news about yourself, here's the place to do it. Just send an email to  to get your message posted. Listed below are items shared up to now.

Re Laptop/Notebook Computers
In the latest email regarding updates to our web site, I asked about these computers. I thought I would add your comments, just in case anyone is thinking of giving a high end gift. So far I heard from Rod and Mona. Please join in with your comments. Here are their thoughts on that subject, and other matters of interest:
From Mona McLellan Calthorpe:

     Hi Joe, We spent our Thanksgiving in Boca Raton (my husband's nephew lives there).  It is a 4 hr. ride over Alligator Alley so we don't make the trip too often.  Bill's sister bought here in our community last year so we are gradually bringing our family south, bit by bit!!! 
     I have a HP laptop & love it, but I have added a regular mouse which I am used to.  We also have a desktop model which Bill uses for business.  My son has Dell & swears by them (plus they are priced right!)  Guess you will have to check with all your techie friends & see what they have to say.  I don't have a printer attached to mine (it is on the desk computer).  If I had to start from scratch, I would go with Dell, slim line. 
From Rod McElroy:
Joe, I use a Dell at work, provided by the boss.  It is an Inspiron/500m and works well.  I still use a mouse; I haven't developed the touch to use the thumb pad (or whatever it is called).  It may be force of habit, but I can get the cursor moving faster and more efficiently by mouse than by thumb pad.  Key board size of a laptop took some getting used to, but I manage that ok now.

From Rob Yacubian
     Good to read Bob Picariello's reminiscences of Miss Cutting and her encouragement of his writing be it 50+ years later.  Wasn't your family business, Bob, men's and/or women's clothing design/manufacturing?  I can still see that wonderful smile of yours.

From Joe Mazzei
     Barbara Grant sent us a Thanksgiving greeting,
"A very happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Hope you are blessed with peace and rest on this day. I will be saying a prayer for our troops overseas and hope you will all join me."
     I Believe she wanted to share this with all of you - so also do Nancy and me. If you have anything to share for our class, please send it before Monday, 11/20. Nancy and I are heading for CT early Tuesday AM to spend Thanksgiving with our kids and grandkids. Our family will be together at our oldest son's home. He's 41,  just a few years younger than us :-). We expect to return to NC on 11/28.
    Re the tornado that came through yesterday, Riegelwood is 25 miles north of us. We had tornado warnings starting at 4:00AM through 11:00AM. There was bad weather through the night. And our NWS weather alert radio woke us up with each tornado watch and warning.     

From Rod McElroy
Interesting perspective on Mel Wenner.  I agree with the very positive thoughts about Mel.  Don't recall hearing anything good or bad about the football coach.  The whole reason that I went out for crew in college is that I injured my back the second day of soccer practice senior year.  I had a good chance of starting on the varsity, but not after day two.  The doc who put me back together suggested that I go out for crew to strengthen my back.  The rest, as the saying goes, is history.  I have been very fortunate to not have any back problems - knock on wood - since.

From Steve Wasby
     In looking at one of the posts to which Joe called attention, I saw Fred Merk's post from last July about Mel Wenner. (Scroll down to 7/9/06 - JM). Mel coached not only basketball and track but soccer; I earned my letter (you folks will remember that I was totally unathletic)-- and putting up with Mel's terrible pun of "Was-be, Has-been, haha."  Belmont had more people who came out for soccer than for football, in part because the football team was a losing one (and Coach Roberts wasn't exactly charismatic) but also because Mel wanted his "rabbits" (track runners) out running in the fall, and he always said one ran much more in soccer than in football (true).
     There were relatively few public high schools with soccer teams then (something hard to realize, given how popular the sport has become), although Medford had one, and that was always a "grudge" match, and "Dixie" McCarthy's head broke a Medford player's jaw when both went up to head a ball. So, without public schools to play, we played Exeter, Andover, and Governor Dummer; of course, we got the s--t kicked out of us, as their foreign students had grown up with the game. But we got to swim in the pool at Exeter . . . . and to eat at those schools as part of the trips.   (And when there was a simultaneous JV game, I got to "coach" -- which was mostly a matter of being sure people got playing time (which they needed to earn their letters.)

From Robert Picariello
I remember now that it was Ms Cutting in the 8 the grade who I need to find. I'll let you all know why---- After reading several fictional short stories I had written, Miss Cutting encouraged me to pursue writing in a serious way.  It wasn't very difficult for me to put even my most outer thoughts in story form, and she thought my imagination to be quite unusual. She used the word "weird". You may or may not recall that I wrote "to write a novel" as my ambition in our yearbook. After high school I planned a journalism career. Unfortunately, I sold my soul to the company store and went into the family business. These past  fifteen years I've been pursuing my dream to write that elusive novel. I started it back in the early 1990's and finished it a short while ago. To my delight, a publishing company has offered me a contract for its publication and by mid 2007 it should be in print. My thought was to dedicate it to Miss Cutting which is why I would like to find her if she is alive.

From Flora Silvagni Pennino
Things for remembering.  Gluing our white Adler Socks to our legs in Jr. High School.
     Mr. Auciello and his (I believe) French class and how he would lose his cool occasionally, with good reason.
     Mr. Moore, scotch taping the soles of his shoes.
     Decorating for the Senior Prom--in the marine motif and all the fun we had making the decorations.
     There are so many fond memories--they return a little at a time.
Best wishes to you all,
From Barbara Hird Grant
Way to go Roddy, I loved the Scottish kilts.
     I too am of Scottich ancestry on my dad's side.  My grandfather was born in Arbroth and my husband's people came from Aberdeen.  I have hooked up with a church friend who has been to Scotland and one of her sons was married in our church wearing kilts and also complete with bagpipes.  Very impressive.  I have also been to Robert Burns Nite and saw the piping of the haggis. I actually tried some and not too bad.
     Have been to Scottish tea shop and had scones and there is a new restaurant in Fitchburg called Stonehaven and they serve lamb pie and other Scottish foods besides regular fare.
     My friend brought me back heather and a small sample of Scottish whiskey brewed at the Grant distilleries in Scotland.  The Grant family name was originally LeGrant (French) and the family ancestral home is Urquart Castle and it is located on LOCH NESS.  Wish I could get there, but will not as cannot afford it. Best wishes to your son and his bride.  You looked great in a kilt.

     For the old Payson Park people: From kindergarten on up:   I had Miss Fitton for kindergarten and the other teacher was Miss Hurd.  First grade; Miss Bennett, 2nd grade Miss Smith and 3rd grade Miss Sawyer, 4th grade Mrs.Good who previously was Miss McAuliffe) 5th was Miss McGrath and then Miss Hall for 6th grade. Also had a Miss Hall as principal if that wasn't confusing.  The other 1-6 teachers for the other class I am not sure of but do know Miss Nemeroski for 3rd, and Mrs. Bixby for the 6th grade. I do remember Miss Ryder, Bunting, CHarron and Clark and Miss Kohler.    I am sure all my fellow Payson Parkites remember them too.
     I was interested to hear Cookie's and Marion's memories of their grade school teachers.  It is amazing isn't it?  Yes, Janet I remember the savings bonds, stamps, chocolate or vanilla milk with graham crackers, the ink pot and the corduroy knickers the guys wore that made a swishing noise. How about the guys that lifted up the skirts with their pencils???
    Miss Cutting was definitely 8th grade Eng. and Soc. Studies.  Her first name was Doris and it may have been her mother that someone researched as she came in to the Dr's office with Doris that was born in l892.  She had a great memory for many of those who had her. My husband had her and hid in the coat room one day because he was trying to sneak out of class.  She even remembered that. He had her for home room. I do not know what Burbank, Butler, Chenery, Kendall, or Winn Brook grade schoolers did, but how many of the ones from the Payson Park remember what we played at recess (hint: "boys chase the girls" vs. "girls chase the boys".  And all the girls wanted to catch John Flynn or Brian Caputo (hear that Brian??) Since I stuck around Belmont till l978 I did know where some people went, but since I moved away so much has changed there that some of the main thoughfares look so different.
     I remember the time Janet Miller's large Newfoundland dog bit Jean McLean and I remember a boy named Peter McGrath threw my winter hat in a tree and went home crying and my mom had to come up Old Middlesex Rd to get it down.  Janet do you remember that? I remember your mom as our Girl Scout leader too. Well, enough reminiscing for now.
From Rob Yacubian
     Kendall School gym teacher was Miss Leonard? I don't remember a  Miss Kohler.  Does anyone remember? (That's right Rob. I remember Miss Leonard coming to Kendall as our gym teacher. Of course, now we call it Physical Education - JM)
According to the wedding pictures, you are the spitting image of your mother (a beautiful woman)---but then I never met your dad. 
From Janet Miller McKee
     I had been thinking of Miss Kohler fairly frequently of late after visiting the physiotherapist for posture lessons!  I can remember so distinctly those classes with Miss Kohler and practicing walking balancing a book on my head.   That could have been in 2nd grade.
     Miss Clark I remember as being fairly deaf but I still felt flattered when she asked me to sing solo in Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.  
     I have photos of some of our teachers.  I'll have a search through my albums when I get back to Dublin.  I fly back tomorrow.  I was in New York City for a few days to celebrate 70th birthdays and then came up to Glastonbury to be with one of my sons and his family.  Tomorrow morning my assignment is to get my grandson to the school bus and also look after his 3 year old sister.  The other grannie is here as well so I think we can manage.
From Carolyn Whitford Scott
     Marion filled in some spaces. I knew she would!
Chenery - - -
K - Miss Wellington
3 - Miss Hamelanian
5 - Mrs. Sullivan
- and again for 6, with a man sub in between
     Marion says I wrote the graduation song to"Now Is the Hour" when we must say goodbye, soon we'll be going off to junior high, etc. etc.
     One other recollection of grade 4 with Miss Ryder includes the fact that we were not allowed to hang by our knees on the jungle gym with skirts on. Yet she would not allow us to wear slacks to school. So who can figure?
     Remember knee socks? wool-lined snowsuit pants? I think we all walked to school in those days! and had time to go home for lunch.
     Miss Dingly was the principal.  A dear lady.
Fondly, Carolyn
From Carolyn Whitford Scott
     I often think about our teachers. The principal at Chenery - remarkable memory of our names.
The kindergarten teacher and nap time! Miss Barrett first grade. Miss Wholly second grade. A lovely young gal for third grade (or maybe fifth) Mrs. (Miss?) Ryder for fourth grade. I think Mrs. Sullivan came in as sub for sixth grade? Can't remember fifth grade. Marion will remember!
     Miss Dingle - principal?? - can that be right?? The thing I remember about first grade the most was using those little square letters to spell words on our desks. I think I remember ink wells at some point. TELL me we are not that old!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     I remember fainting dead away in the coat closet in fourth grade because I received some kind of a shot and I had a cold (or so they said). I remember standing in the hall in the fourth grade because I clapped my hands ONCE in excited exuberance about something. Good grief.
     I remember the lady who came in for physical education but can't remember her name. I remember buying milk and stamps for war bonds. My goodness, we ARE that old!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     I remember Mrs. Sullivan giving Marion all H's. Mrs. Sullivan was a long term sub, I'm sure. I told Marion the teacher must have made a mistake!! I was a really great best friend! Hah! Of course, I did NOT get all H's!
From Ward Elliott
And who can forget the songs she taught us, striving to acquaint us with the Global Village before anyone knew there was such a thing:  "Tangos Beneath the Mangoes (some blend of Argentina and the Caribbean)," "Lotus Blossoms, floating on the waters pale (India)," and "We are baking crisp tortillas (Mexico)."  At least those were the one she taught at the Winn Brook School; maybe she had different ones for the others.  John Dewey, who was always quoted insirationally on our report cards, would have been proud of her.
From Fred Merk
     I have a story about Miss Cutting. When in 7th grade I was advised by an 8th grade friend to "get Miss Cutting for homeroom and/or English class". On the first day of 8th grade I found myself assigned to the homeroom adjacent to hers. Deciding to take matters into my own hands I simply got up before attendance was taken, walked into Miss Cutting's HR and sat down. As it turned out she never said anything to me or anyone else about it,  yet "adopted " me into her flock. She was also my English teacher and I loved her!
     One day, after about 2 months of calm, Mr. Vantura came storming into the room demanding to know why I was there. In terror all I could do was to "play dumb". At any rate he allowed me to remain. You will recall that Mr. Vantura was not one to cross!
(As I recall Fred, we called him JJ, but well beyond his hearing range)
From Steve Wasby
     Both Miss Bunting and Miss Kohler moved around from school to school.
Someone at Burbank would remember them because they were the only music, and gym, teachers one had. I went to Payson Park (one could say, "of sainted memory"), and I had Miss Bunting and Miss Kohler, too. But I think we had only a couple of music periods a week and a couple of gym periods, and with six elementary schools (have I got the number right), it would be possible for the music and gym teachers to move around and cover all the schools.
     (I'm writing this from Corvallis, Oregon, where I've been doing some
lectures and seminars at Oregon State University -- which makes me
somewhat of a "traitor," as I did my graduate work at U of Oregon. I
guess I'm a part-time Duck and a part-time Beaver. I return to Cape Cod
right after Thanksgiving.)
From Joe Mazzei
WOW!!! It looks like Miss Bunting has cranked up a lot of old memories and comments as well. Thanks to Bob Picariello for asking about her and generating so much input. However, no one answered Bob's question yet.
     I checked the Social Security website, and found an Ida Bunting whose last address was in Brighton, MA. If this is her, she was born in October, 1894 and died in October, 1971. There were other Buntings listed; this was the only one in MA.
     If Miss Cutting's name was Eleanor, there was an Eleanor Cutting whose last address was in Belmont. She was born March 10, 1898, and died September, 1983.
From Flora Silvagni Pennino
      I can remember Miss Bunting at the Mary Lee Burbank School--she did teach music.  Do you remember Miss Kohler(sp).  She was the gym teacher at the Burbank.  She used to play the tom-toms.  Does anyone remember the posture bars in the gym at the Burbank School and the day that Tootsie Engels was hanging on the bars and her underpants fell down.  She was very embarrassed needless to say. 
     Also, does anyone remember the day the Jean Aikenhead fainted on the stage--she was in the front row and all the boys stepped aside and she just fell straight back on the floor.
     There are so many memories of the Burbank School, Miss Mitchell, Mr. Carey, Mrs. Murray and so on.
From Rod McElroy
     The trip to Boston was just great!  My rowers did well and felt really good about the race they rowed.  The weather on Sunday, 22 October was fabulous for racing. There were over 8000 competitors in the two days of racing.  What was particularly exciting was to cheer for some young men now rowing on the collegiate level who rowed for me in high school.  There were seven of them.  
     It was good to be back in the old stomping grounds.
From Nicole Huss Gastone
I would love to see Rob (Yacubian) again. 
From Barbara Hird Grant
     I do remember Miss Bunting and how the boys groaned when they knew she was coming.  I also remember Miss Kohler the girl's gym teacher in the elementary school.  Bet Janet Miller, Bob Picariello, Jack Hanrahan, Peggy McLean Nancy O'Neil, Nancy Peterson and others from the old burned down Payson Park remember them too.
     I think a combined reunion with other classes like 53,54,55 and 56 would
be neat as there are many who intermarried from those classes.
     Hope all is well in No. Carolina.  It has been cool here, leaves beautiful and winter is coming soon. Had high wind a few weekends ago and many branches and some trees went.
     I saw the Guardian with Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher and I have much better understanding of the Coast Guard and what they do every day of the year than I ever did.  Congrats to all those fine men who serve.  Hope you saw it; you will be proud.
(Thanks for the comments on the CG Barbara. Our CG Auxiliary flotilla is at Station Oak Island. Occasionally the helicopter Rescue Units land there; and the flight crews have lunch at the mess deck. They're a great bunch of young men. I did see The Guardian. I thought it was great. It was a good role for Kevin Costner, one of my favorite actors. JM)

Just a note for Bob Picariello
     Miss Bunting was the traveling music teacher; Miss Cutting was the 8th grade English and Social Studies teacher. My husband Ken had Miss Cutting too; I did not, but came to know her as she was a patient of the Dr. I worked for in Belmont l969-l978.       At that time she was retired from teaching but still active and she and I spent time while she was in waiting room talking as she remembered my husband and even remembered me even though I did not have her.  I had Miss Speight; I wonder if Roddy McElroy remembers her. Miss Cutting lived in Belmont at that time and used to bring her mother to the MD too.
     Yes, Fran Garber owned a gas station on Common St. (upper part) and my husband always went there for service; then he moved his station down near the crossing and Belmont apartments on the other side of Concord Ave.  Ken and I spent a pleasant day with him and his wife at his summer home in N.H. one summer. 
     His folks lived across from me in the old Veterans Project down near Beech St. and in the Kendall area. My kids went to the Kendall ( now defunct) until we moved to
White St. and 2 finished at the Butler. Isn't it amazing that my old grade school, the Kendall and the Jr. High and High School all had fires.
     I sadly stood on Payson Rd. by the Reservoir with Ken and watched the Payson Park burn; Ken was working as a custodian at the High School when it burned (and he went into the basement with water up to his knees at the request of the fire department to shut the oil burners down). and when the Jr. High went we came down from N.H. to see the damage. We,of course, went to see the remains of the Kendall too. they did save some of it and used it as something else for a while, but I believe it is gone now.   Of course, the old BHS is the Wellington Elementary, It replaced the Chenery.  
     Hope this info will be of use to someone. If any of my classmates ever
get to Central Mass ( Leominster next to Fitchburg), give me a buzz;would love to reminisce.
From Rob Yacubian (A reply to Bob Picariello plus... )
Regarding Bob Picariello's inquiry about Miss Bunting:
Miss Ida Bunting was our elementary school visiting music teacher (was it once a week?)   At BJHS the English teacher he's thinking of is Miss CUTTING.  Close, but no cigar, Bob.  I think she was my English teacher, too.  In thinking about the past, I think from time to time on Miss Bunting (not Miss Cutting) because she, along with Miss Sharon and Miss Clark at BJHS instilled in me the love of classical music which remains with me to this day, thank God.
    Loved the picture and bit about Nicole Huss and Ann Freeman.  I hope to get to Paris to see Nicole, too.  Having just seen Ann Freeman Mayo's picture, it made me think of her year older brother, Jeff ('53).  I have fond memories of him when he dated
Marygrace (sp?) Sullivan.  We'd go in her yellow Mercury convertible to the
Winchester Boat Club to swim.  Wonder if that is still permitted today?  What is Jeff up to today and/or is he retired?
    Since our reunion I've been to Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moscow & St. Petersburg, Armenia, and northern India and God knows where else.  But next spring I've been invited to visit a German friend who has a country home in the Italian section of Switzerland.  Maybe I can get to see Nicole in Paris then, too.
(Bob P. To determine whether or not either Miss Bunting or Cutting are still with us, you can try a search using the following website:
I believe Fred Merk sent me this site a while back. JM)
10/19/06 (Late posting - I went to Williamsburg, VA and forgot to post this when I returned)
From Janet Miller McKee
     Hello Joe - reading the Irish Times this morning, an item caught my eye   "Rowing News round-up, Irish to go in Head of the Charles".   The article goes on to tell of one of the most famous of all rowing events, the Head of the Charles River in Boston.  There will be a number of crews from around Ireland flying the Irish flag so I hope Rod McElroy spares a glance when he isn't focused on his own men.  It appears that competitive rowing is getting more and more popular in Ireland and the number of women in the sport is growing also.
     Rod - any chance of a photo of the wedding party?
     Thanks to Anne Freeman Mayo for posting the picture of herself and Nicole Huss Gastone.  I am going over to the States for the first week in November to celebrate 70th birthdays with a number of college classmates and also visit one of my sons in Connecticut.  That's the son that lives near Anne so I'll try to give her a call.

Janet Miller McKee
From Rod McElroy
Will be in Cambridge/Boston this weekend for the Head of the Charles Rowing Regatta.  Each year I take 9 young men from St. John's Jesuit High School to race.  It is like a return to the womb for me to get out of the midwest and back to "Nirvana".  There will be upwards of 7500 competitors at the regatta - from all over the world.
    I find it particularly rewarding because I get to watch some of my former rowers row for their current college.  I get to introduce some of my rowers to the Harvard coaches and make sure that those coaches watch my guys.  I have a former rower in his sophomore year now and the coaches are actively recruiting two of my guys right now.
     Older son got married three weeks ago.  The entire wedding party and the father of the groom were in kilts.  And there was a Scottish piper to add to the festivities. 
(Sounds great Rob. I hope some of our classmates in the area get a chance to see you - Good luck with the Regatta - JM)
From Ann Freeman Mayo
       Our most recent 'enjoyment' was a trip to France to visit our daughter, who is there for the year with her family while her husband shepherds the junior-year-abroad students from Wesleyan and Vassar. As we had agreed to do at the 50th reunion, Nicole Huss Gastone and Walter and I met to have lunch in her beautiful apartment in Paris. Photo of the two of us is attached. It was wonderful to see her, and her plum tart was delicious! We followed lunch with a visit to the Cluny museum, set in Roman baths in Paris and holding the city's medieval collection. How Miss Steuerwald would have enjoyed it.
      Hope all is well with you and Nancy and the rest of BHS '54. Must run- two of our grandchildren have just arrived for the day (ages 3 and 1).

love to all
Anne Freeman Mayo

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From Bob Picariello
Does anyone of my classmates remember Ms. Bunting. She was my English teacher in, I believe, the 8th or 9th grade. It is important for me to know if she is still alive. If she is alive, I would be interested in locating her. Please help with any tidbit of information that you have. Knowing her whereabouts would be fantabulous. Thanks
Robert Picariello
From Kathleen Hennesey Stoll
     Personal note, today is Elaine Kasparian Watson's birthday, and my husband's! What a coincidence! Kathleen.  (Thanks much Kathy; and Happy Birthday to Elaine and Myron. - JM)
From Brian Caputo
     Fran Garber does not email...I did speak to him recently at St. Joseph's where his niece was being Christened.
     He is always upbeat and mentioned that the BHS Class of 54 was the "Best Ever". As you may or may not know... Fran joined the Marines after High School...served overseas...and for a short period was in charge of a brig. He owed garage and body shops in Belmont, but is now semi-retired living in the town. 
     (Many thanks Brian. Even if some of us aren't on line, it's good to know how they're doing. I hope you were able to pass our regards on to Fran. - JM)
From Barbara Hird Grant
The last I knew Henry Marsh was the Chief of Police in the next town to Barre, Ma. Peter Carlo was a cop in Belmont. Brenda does not have a computer yet I do not believe.  I also heard that Henry had passed away, but am not sure. In case, you did not know it Wendell Holmes died a number of years ago when he still ran the gas station with his dad in Watertown.  He lived in Brookline, N.H.  (Thanks Barbara. I'll add Wendell to our memorial list. - JM)

From Mona McClellan Calthorpe
      The last I heard, Brenda DiGiovanni does not have a computer and if she did, she would call me and let me know her e-mail.  The same is true for Jean McLean Gallagher.  I keep in touch with both of them.
      Don't know about you, but right now I would love to have the smell of fallen leaves, pumpkins & apple cider at the farm stands.  We live in Palmetto, FL and fall is only a drop in humidity and temps in the high 80's!!!!  (yes, I will have cheese with my "whine"). ((I don't think this is "whining"; I call it nostalgia. NC has been in the 40's the past few nights. I hate to see another summer disappear.-JM))

From Joe Mazzei
      Greetings - Someone was wondering how we fared with Tropical Storm Ernesto. All things considered, we did very well. If anyone was wondering exactly where we live, Ernesto found us.. His enlarged and disorganized eye made landfall between Oak Island and Ocean Isle Beaches. There's an inlet there called Lockwood Folly which enables passage to the Intra Coastal Waterway and the Lockwood Folly River. We live on the eastern banks of the river.
      We were positioned in the eye's weaker winds. East and northeast of us - Bald Head Island, Southport, Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach - had stronger winds. Some gusts were hurricane force, but not very damaging. We had lots of beach erosion on the beaches facing south. Oak Island, Holden, Ocean isle and Sunset beaches were most affected by the waves from the storm. Later, there was flooding farther north and northwest of us. The upper Cape Fear River caused problems near Fayetteville. Here's hoping, now that we've been part of a "tropical bullseye",  future storms won't strike in the same place.
From Barbara Hird Grant
Thanks Don for the great picture of you, wife and Lee and Lynn Tirrell. Looks like a lovely place to be.
The week before I got married in l957, I spent time with Ken's family and some friends (Dotty Luke included) on top of Mt. Monadanock on a picnic.  Nothing like picnicking on top of a mountian.  What a lovely view.
Hope you and wife are well.  Say hi to Lee next time you see him.
From Don Osborne
Joe:  Attached is a photo of Don and Nancy Osborne and Lee and Lynn Tirrell atop Mt Greylock by the War Memorial where we had a picnic.  Lee and Lynn spent a couple of days in the Berkshires visiting us.  We had a great time reminiscing about our Belmont High School days and showing them some of our beautiful Berkshires.  Thanks to the reunion it has been a pleasure to reconnect with old friends. Thanks for your efforts in establishing the web site and chat room so we can all keep in touch with each other.

(From JM: Thanks for the kind words Don. I don't know if we lived in the Berkshires at the same time you did, (67-74). If you were there then, I'm sorry we missed you. I was with New England Tel. as a service center supervisor in Great Barrington, following that I was a special services supervisor covering  Berkshire County from an office in Pittsfield. My major accounts were the many GE plants located there. Greylock was one of our favorite family outings.
Occasionally, a technician and me had to ride up and back on a snow cat in the winter to service the mobile telephone base station which was in Bascombe Lodge. It was colder than cold, somewhat treacherous - but absolutely beautiful on a clear day, and you could see for miles. But, woe to anyone if a storm caught them going up or coming down.)

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From Fred Merk  < >
Hi everyone,
     Here is some additional information I found on the Social Security  Death Index about Evelyn Hornsey and Charles M. Meyers. They are the only persons who lived in MA with these names.
     Evelyn was born 4/4/1895 and lived and died in Cambridge MA,   January
     Charles was born 10/29/1901 and lived and died in Woburn MA 8/20/2000.
Thus he lived to the ripe old age of 98!
    Attached are 2 newspaper clippings about our beloved men's gym teacher and coach, Mel Wenner. Among our faculty at BHS he was a giant!  He was coach of men's basketball and I remember him especially as coach of track. You may recall that Mr. Lewis "Polly" Harris, Belmont's Director of Athletics, died during our Senior year and Mel was voted to replace him. In spite of his added responsibilities he got to know the strengths and weaknesses of each one of us on the track team. He was a strong
advocate of the Belmont Booster's Club and asked us to help the club raise funds to pay for our "B" letter jackets.
     Mel took the time to map out zones in Belmont so each team member could  
canvas in a neighborhood near his home.
Another strong memory is the Tech Tourney. I remember waiting for the train at Belmont Center Station with a crowd of excited BHS ers as we made our way to North Station. Then with a roar of approval, we watched Rich Nelson lead the Wennermen onto the parquet floor of the old Boston Garden. Those were the days.... As you can see from the article, Mel repeated this accomplishment at least 14 times. He was inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame shortly after its inception in Springfield Ma. The Hall of fame recognizes great players as well as outstanding coaches. How well Mel deserved this honor.
Best Regards,
Fred Merk

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From Barbara Hird Grant  <>
   Thanks Rod for mentioning  Mademoiselle Bridey and Mr. O'Connor. I had them both too.  How about Mrs. Howarth for Biology--remember cutting up those rats.UGH. And we spent the last few days of our Senior year playing poker and she joined in!!!!  Ah, Mr. Cowing:; had him for home room as a Junior and for chem too.   Nice man.
 I remember that the chem tables finally made sense the night before exams and I aced it. Thank heavens.
     Glad to see you are so active with your coaching and with your son, how very nice.  Missed you at the reunion.
Barbara Hird Grant
From Fred Merk      (Fluffernutter and Mr Meyers)
Hi all,.
       Fluffernutter is a 'Big Thing' these days and unfortunately it has become the scapegoat representing all the evil that has crept into school lunch programs. That is....a cheap, low nutrition food that the kids will eat and not complain about. My wife Laura is a nutritionist and she is much concerned about upgrading school lunches. I like Fluffernutter so we do not present a united front on that one!!
      Here is some information on Charlie Meyers our History/Modern Problems teacher. After our graduation Mr. Meyers told me that my father was his major professor of American History at Harvard. This was a piece of information both he and my father kept from me for obvious reasons. Charlie also told me that history was not his first choice for a career. He really wanted to be a physician but did not have the money to attend medical school. Consequently after 41 years of teaching at BHS he entered his "second career" in the medical field as a voluntary worker at Mass General Hospital.
      During my years working there, I used to chat with him almost every day as he sat at his desk in the Gray Bldg. lobby. His job was to give advice regarding location and protocol to incoming patients and visitors. In 1977 he was named Volunteer of the Year and was given the Jesse Harding Award for 5,456 hours of outstanding service donated to the hospital. This was one of the largest donations ever in the history of MGH.
 In the photo Mr. Meyers receives the award from the chairman of the Board of Trustees while Dr. Charles Sanders, Director of MGH, looks on.
~Fred Merk~

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From Rod McElroy
(Is this great - or what? We've got more incoming as fluffernutters jiggle our memories. See what Rod has to say...JM)
    The Fluffernutter battle.  Funny story.  It's the kind of story that ordinarily make it to The BLADE (One of America's great newspapers, to hear the BLADE tell it.) but it did not.  I still eat fluffernutters though I have to go with a non-Massachusetts fluff out here in the midWest.  My sons think I am a bit daft, but they just haven't lived yet.
     Was the letter from Mrs. Hornsey on the site?  I could not find it.  I'll not forget Mrs. Hornsey propping her body up on a front desk as she read Macbeth to us, or directing someone to "go to the board" to pronounce the spelling words and the pronunciation words.  I wonder how many classmates remember the battle over the word "conduit"?
     And how 'bout Mr. Myers with his "All right, let's see whatcha know?" as he handed out blue books?
     Or Miss Calderara with the twenty curls?  Or Mamselle (sp?) Bridie and her "BonJour" and geography lessons?  Mr. Cowing in Chemistry and Mr. O'Connor in Geometry and Mrs. Jason (my homeroom teacher) and Miss Steuerwald and her Vestal Virgins (How many of us as teenagers giggled at that?  Nice young men and young ladies didn't talk about such things!)  Miss Skahan and "Baby Elephant Walk" (How cruel teenagers can be!)
From Fluffer - nutters in Boston to "stewed" pelicans in California.
Barbara Hird Grant
  <> sends this:
Hi Joe:
     I read about the fluffernutter in the Boston paper and could not believe there was actually a political involvement in such an issue.  We ate them, ,our kids ate them and our grandkids too.  How silly to think they  would take them away.
     Another cute item: my girlfriend lives in Corona Ca. and there are "drunk" pelicans all around.   I told her to "get a hobby" and stop getting them drunk.  Seems there is an algae in the water and they are getting it in their system and flying crooked and walking funny.  Citizens are being urged to "adopt one".  So Ward if you are  reading this, you are out there and several other classmates; if you want a pet, try a pelican.
     Like  Janet Miller I liked Mrs. Hornsey a lot and appreciate Fred's letter from her.  Wish I had known she was in hospital, I would have sent her something.
All my best,
Barbara Grant
Call the Kingston Trio - Boston's at it again. If it's not about getting Charlie off the MTA, it's about getting Fluffer-nutters off the menu!! Citizens hear me out...
Ward Elliott
<> sent me the following:
     This burning Boston question is getting a lot of press in California, and now I’m hearing from my Washington correspondents.  I haven’t had this childhood delicacy since 1944, but it’s the first thing I mentioned at a mini-reunion last year with Winn Brook School classmate Janet Green, now Janet Green Vaillant.  It seemed to define our time, and I was surprised to find it still in vogue after all these years when the dear old abrasive Boston accent of our childhood seems to be on the wane.

"ah these are the issues that define our times"

 NY Times:
Goo and Fluff Prevail in Battle Over Lunches

Published: June 28, 2006
, June 27 — Massachusetts elementary school students can rest easy. Fluffernutter sandwiches will not be disappearing from cafeterias come September.Skip to next paragraph

A Political Kerfuffle Over Marshmallow Fluff (June 21, 2006)

      State Senator Jarrett T. Barrios has backed off a pledge of restrictions on schools from serving the sandwiches, a gooey concoction of Marshmallow Fluff and peanut butter lathered on bread. It all started when Mr. Barrios became upset after his son arrived home from his elementary school in Cambridge and asked for a Fluffernutter after eating one at school. Mr. Barrios announced plans to file an amendment to a school nutrition bill that would have limited the number of times a school could serve the sandwiches each week.
     The move touched off a marshmallow war in the State House, when legislators jumped to defend Fluffernutters and make them the official state sandwich. Fluff, which the Durkee-Mower company has manufactured in Massachusetts since 1920, is found mostly in lunch boxes in New England.
     After the fight consumed the Massachusetts legislature for a week, Mr. Barrios said he planned to drop the proposal.
"It got to the point where the larger story had overshadowed his original goal, which was to start a discussion about what constitutes a healthy and nutritious meal for children when they go to school," said Mr. Barrios's spokesman, Colin Durrant.
      State Representative Kathi-Anne Reinstein of Revere, who had filed a bill to make the Fluffernutter the official sandwich of Massachusetts, said that she was relieved that the legislature could return to dealing with the state budget, and that the sandwich bill was history.
      "If we can just go back to our lives pre-Fluffgate, we'll be fine," Ms. Reinstein said. "I've always said from the beginning that it's insane that we're doing this now.
--- Uh! which one o' you guys licked the knife? -- JM

From Janet Miller McKee
    What a lovely letter from Mrs. Hornsey.  Thanks so much for saving that Fred and to Joe for posting it on the website.  I had forgotten that Mrs. Hornsey missed our graduation, etc.  One of my memories of her  is of her coaching those of us who had to make speeches at graduation.  I can still remember bits of my speech and her words of counsel.
    I appreciate the "In Memoriam" page.   It was very moving at our reunion to hear the names of former classmates who are no longer with us.  Nancy Lee Johnson is the person who comes immediately to mind for your list.  She was one of my earliest and closest friends.  Sherry Floe is another.  It's a sad list to compile but it's important to remember our friends and how much they meant to us.
Best wishes    Janet
From Marion Schmitt Ellis   <>
Regarding our trip to China with the New Hampshire Friendship Chorus, leaving 6/29/06:
(Listed below is an email forwarded to us by Marion. It looks like she will be singing in China. Hopefully, we'll see some pix of Marion in China on the blog listed below - JM)
From: "Teresa Santoski"
Date: Mon Jun 26, 2006  10:20:07 PM US/Eastern
Subject: China blog
Hello all,
As some of you may already know, I will be keeping an online travel journal of our trip to China for The Telegraph, the newspaper I work for. I already have a few entries in there and I hope to make a few more before we leave. You can view the journal by going to Feel free to forward the link to friends, family, anyone you think would be interested in reading about and seeing pictures from our trip. I'll send out another e-mail once the article and audio slide show on our last rehearsal/send-off concert are up on The Telegraph's website, See you all soon! Hope your packing's going better than mine! :)
From Fred Merk   <>
Hello All,
   Laura and I continue to follow the BHS website with interest. Since I wrote last, we have had a chance to visit with 2 classmates. Eric and Libia Markus joined us for a vacation in Aruba , Feb. 2005. This year Sergei Snegireff and his wife Sandi came to Boston for my 'Surprise' 70th birthday celebration. One month later Laura and I flew to Arizona for Sergei's 'Surprise' 70th.
    Recently I have gone deeper into retirement at Tufts Medical school and now limit my activity to giving occasional lectures for anatomy and pathology classes ( first and second year students). In October we are expecting our third grandchild.
   Joe....what a great job you are doing with the website!!! My vote is to let us know when classmates have died. Attached is a 'In Memoriam' photo of Lorry Kadehjian Stephens which you might want to post if there is room. Steve Wasby mentioned Mrs. Hornsey. Also attached is a letter she sent after our graduation. If you think it appropriate please post it also.
Best regards,
Fred Merk
(Thanks Fred. First for letting us know how things are going with you and Laura. Second for your kind words, and third for your suggestions. I think an 'In Memoriam' page is a fine thought. I also think we may want to add names and pictures (if available) to that page. Take care, - JM)
from Kathleen Hennessey Stoll <>
The Murder in Belmont happened on the street where I lived until High School, and I read the book with great interest. It is less about Belmont than I expected although that was the scene of the crime, and the author did a very thorough job of researching and explaining what happened--The sudden death of Kennedy in the midst of the trial was a shock! And the conclusion less clear than I expected. But it is a good read.
I also want to report a new member of the family--a granddaughter named Nicole Hennessy Dickenson! Although I had nothing to do with the selection of the name, I was pleased to know a happy bit of history--not the first Nicole in my life!
I do enjoy all your news, and look forward now to my month on MV in August. It is always refreshing to get back to New England for a while, call it roots. Kathleen.
(Great to hear from you Kathleen. Enjoy the return to your roots - JM)
From Nicole Huss Gastone <>
Nice to hear from you again after some time without news. I am still hoping to see some of our former classmates come calling on a visit to France!  In the mean time,
i.e. next Tuesday, I will be coming back to New York, Connecticut and Washington, D.C. for almost a month and am very much looking forward to my tour.
Hope all is well with you.    
(Thanks Nicole - It's always good to hear from you. I wish our paths could have crossed in CT. We were there from May 30 to June 3. Joe)
From Joe Mazzei     <>
I think Steve has a good idea regarding the posting of a contributor's email address so that those who would like to respond to someone privately may do so. If no one has an objection, we'll try it that way.

I already responded to Steve privately  re his chide for not letting him know I would be on the Cape. The truth is, I hadn't seen my brother and his wife for too long a time. So we made a quick trip down to the Cape and spent some "Q" time with them. If we were to visit all the friends Nancy and me have on the Cape, I guess we'd still be there. That's not a boast. With Nancy's friends from high school, some relatives, and other mutual friends we've known for almost 50 years. That's somewhat the way it is.
From Steve Wasby <>
I realize that one can post something and that way reach everyone. But what if one just wants to reply to the individual who sent the message. Would it be possible to put their e-mail next to their name when you post their message? I ask because I want to send a note to Rod McElroy not intended for the "whole list."  What say you? I don't want to make more work for you.

However, I am inclined to chide you for being in Osterville and not letting me know you would be on the Cape. I know, I know, it was a quick visit to a family member, and you didn't have time for others. But I will administer a mild Mrs. Hornsey-esque "For shame" (if that's what she said) . . .
Best.  Steve Wasby
From Rod McElroy <>
My younger son, Neil, and I just returned from Saratoga Springs, NY, where we competed in the Scholastic Rowing Association National Championships.  Neil coaches the St. Ursula Academy ladies and I, the St. John's Jesutit H.S. gentlemen.  St. John's Jesuit came in third, for a bronze medal, 1.6 seconds out of first place over a 1500 meter course.  St. Ursula Academy is the Junior 8 National Champions!  What a race!!

Both schools qualified to go to Nationals by virtue of our gold medals at the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Association (MSRA) Championships held two weeks earlier east of Cincinnati.  The MSRA covers twelve states. The picture is of the two coaches with their MSRA championship plaques.
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Then to top it off, my older son, Greg, who coaches soccer, had both his teams (one girls, one boys, both U-17's) win the Pacesetter Showcase Invitational here in Northwest Ohio yesterday.  And he will take his two teams to the semi-finals of the State Cup championship to be held next Saturday near Cleveland.  

All in all a pretty exciting weekend for McElroy coaches.
From Barbara (Hird) Grant <>
I am glad I got the names right in picture.  My Janet is a busy gal. I do not remember any murder in Belmont just as Roddy said.  I lived in the Veterans Housing Project in Belmont at the time and I guess I was busy taking care of 2 little guys.
It was nice to hear from Gail Perry and Cookie Whitford.  Sounds like both are busy with their churchs.  To Gail:  I now belong to the Leominster United Methodist Church where I have made many great friends. Always something to do there too.
I am very interested in this Murder in Belmont; I certainly remember the infamous Albert DeSalvo
Hello to all my classmates.
Barbara (Hird) Grant
From Brian Caputo
I was overseas...but my Brother John, who lives close to me in Belmont remembers the case well!! Recently the story has been on TV and in print in Belmont and Boston papers
Brian  Rogers  Caputo
From Carolyn (Whiford) Scott
I absolutely loved Don Osborne's poem! It was also so good to see Lee Tirrell's letter. We walked to kindergarten together the first day (so my mother told me!)  So many good friends from Chenery School!!
My husband Jack and I are eagerly anticipating the opening of campgrounds in Maine! We will start off the season next week. We use our Holiday Rambler fifth wheel.
I am still the Director of Music at the Alfred Parish Church, playing the organ and directing the choir. I love my job! My volunteer job at the church is a busy one as well. I am in charge of property rental/use.  All rental proceeds go towards the annual budget and it pleases me that we are so busy.
It is a beautiful New England church (where my mom and dad were married in 1930!)
My family is included in "Early Alfred Families" published recently. My family (Fernald) has its roots in Alfred from the 1700's, thus its inclusion in the book. So it was of special importance to me and very nice to be included.
I surely appreciate all the work Joe Mazzei does for us all! (I'm happy doing it - JM)
Carolyn Whitford Scott
From Emmett Murphy
Joe,  I read with interest the book review that Janet Miller e-mailed to you recently.  Vanity Fair or the New Yorker did an extensive excerpt from the book and the author has appeared on a number of TV shows.  I moved from the Boston area in 1962 shortly before the Belmont murder but had a subscription to the Belmont Herald for several years so I was able to stay reasonably current on what transpired.  It was a terrible tragedy.
My wife purchased a copy of the book for me recently although I haven't started reading it yet.  I will let you know my impression after I am finished.
Emmett Murphy
From Rod Mc Elroy
Joe, I heard the author, Sebastian Junger, who wrote The Perfect Storm interviewed just a couple of weeks ago.  He was born and raised in Belmont.  Albert DiSalvo, The Boston Strangler, was doing some work for Sebastian's mother at their home in Belmont.  He told the story that one day, DiSalvo was in the basement and called to Sebastian's mother to come down because the washing machine was not working.  Sebastian's mother went to the top of the basement stairs wondering to herself why it was so important that she come down to check it out.  She knew that she had not started the washing machine.  Sebastian reported that when his mother saw the crazed look in DiSalvo's eyes, she decided to stay on the first floor.  Apparently very shortly thereafter Al left the house.   Sebastian said that he and his mom have wondered ever since what it was that told his mom to stay out of the basement.
That incident occurred, as Janet reported, when DiSalvo was wreaking his mayhem.  I was on active duty in the Navy, and my mom and dad still lived at 58 Douglas Road behind Mary Lee Burbank School.  I remember the Boston Strangler stuff, but I don't recall ever hearing about a MURDER IN BELMONT..
A Death in Belmont - 1962. Anyone remember this?
    Hello Joe - was I ever surprised today when I was reading the book review section of our Sunday Times newspaper.  There was a review of a book titled "A Death in Belmont" by Sebastian Junger.  The review was written by Stephen Amidon.  I might as well quote you the whole review - I found it quite fascinating. 
     "In 1962, an art teacher named Ellen Junger hired some builders to work on her home in the quiet Boston suburb of Belmont.  Among the crew was Al, a strongly built labourer, whose behaviour occasionally intimidated Ellen, especially when she found herself alone with him and her baby Sebastian.  A year later, her suspicions about Al were borne out when he turned out to be Albert DeSalvo, the self-confessed Boston Strangler, perpetrator of the brutal rape-murders of 13 women.  What's more, Ellen soon came to suspect that Al might have been responsible for another murder - of an elderly neighbour while he was working at the Junger house"
      "Given this sinister set-up, it comes as a surprise that the author of The Perfect Storm has created such a clumsy book.  Setting himself up as a literary CSI agent, Junger tries to determine if DeSalvo did indeed murder Bessie Goldberg.  What gives his investigation added urgency is the fact that Roy Smith, a black man who had spent the day cleaning the Goldberg house, was convicted of the crime and spent the rest of his life in jail for it."
    "At times, Junger's book promises to be a forensic exoneration of Smith.  Goldberg's murder, after all, bears all the hallmarks of the Boston Strangler - an elderly woman sadistically raped, then garrotted with her own clothes.  Smith, it seems, was simply a victim of circumstance.  To bolster this argument, Junger plays up the racism endemic in America at the time, including graphic descriptions of lynchings in Smith's native Mississippi."
      "There are deep problems with this black-and-white reading of the case.  First of all, Smith was no angel.  He had an extensive criminal record, including an attempted murder charge.  After spending the day alone with Goldberg, he went on a drinking spree with the exact amount of money stolen from her house.  Given this, Junger's often strained attempts to turn the story into a parable of American racism ring hollow.  'You're an unemployed black man from the South with a 17-year arrest record, and you work for a white lady who was found dead less than an hour later; the cops are definitely going to want to talk to you.'  But wouldn't the police want to talk to anyone who had been alone with a murder victim just before her death regardless of his race?  Equally problematic is the fact that DeSalvo never confessed to killing Goldberg, even though he freely admitted to 13 other murders."
     Junger understands that this is a potentially lethal flaw in any attempt to exonerate Smith.  In response, he establishes some rather tortuous lines of conjecture to explain why a man who confessed to so many murders would not own up to one more.  His favourite seems to be that DeSalvo feared retribution from white inmates who would be angry with him for helping to free a black man, but he provides no evidence that DeSalvo thought this.  Lacking any new forensic evidence, Junger is forced, time and again, to base his arguments on guesswork about the motives and truthfulness of two lifelong criminals who died 30 years ago."
      Junger's indecisiveness is hardly helped by prose that is pedestrian at best and occasionally stoops to the level of a school report.  A Mississippi lawyer is described as being related to the famous writer William Faulkner.............."
      "Ultimately, this is not a story about race and justice in America, but rather about a mysterious coincidence that will never be resolved, at least not by Junger................"
       In 1962 I was sharing an apartment Cambridge and talk of the Boston Strangler was quite scary.  I moved to San Francisco in 1963 and didn't hear any more about the case until yesterday, reading the Sunday newspaper in Dublin Ireland.  Odd feeling of a time warp.
       I don't normally read crime type books, real or otherwise, but this review certainly caught my eye! 
Janet Miller McKee
From Janet (Miller) McKee to Gail (Perry) Marshall
Hi Gail.  I'm so glad you saw the photo.  That was a fun day in June in Ogunquit.  Do you remember stopping at the wood bowl makers along Route 1?  Sometime I'll find the photos I took of us there.
I found this one while my sister Ruth was here visiting last week.  Barbara Brooks' sister Janet was in Ruth's class (1943).
Janet Miller McKee
From Gail (Perry) Marshall
Hello JOE,
I was so delighted to see that photo--prompts me to write a note.
TOP is SYLVIA ELSO--left is Betty DOANE--right is LOUISE FRIZZELL--left again is moi  and bottom is Barbara Brooks.  I can remember that delightful day.  And now living in YORK( and being an EPISCOPALIAN)  I go to the summer church-  ST. PETERS'  on  occasion.
You are a marvel at all you do for us!
Gail Perry Marshall
(Thanks Gail. I appreciate your thoughts. I just regard myself as a "late bloomer" who finally made a contribution to his class. I can't believe I didn't recognize Louise. Her brother Bill - who was both a firefighter and an electrician - did some electrical work for us at the first house we bought in Waltham in 1965). JM
From Mona (McLellan) Calthorpe
Think the gal in the upper right is Louise Frizzell - if my memory serves me right!
From Joe Mazzei
Hi Janet - "Thanks for the memories."  I recognized: G.P. (lower left), B.D. (upper left), and perhaps S.E. (top). I had to go to the yearbook for B.B. (lower right), I can't guess who's upper right.
From Janet (Miller) McKee
Hello Joe - I came across this picture recently.  Do you want to put it on the website and see how many classmates can identify their BHS friends.  I know the answers.
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From Lee and Lynn Tirrell
   The tax season is over and I am finally back at our home in Florida recuperating with Lynn.  We spend half of the year in Massachusetts where my CPA office is in Bedford.  It was great being at the 50th reunion and I am happy to report that since then my health has continued to improve.  The diabetes that has taken its share of my eyesight has not slowed me down too much and I am able to feel secure on my feet again without use of a cane.
   This is the year of our 50th wedding anniversary.  It has been a very productive marriage having raised three sons and a daughter who, in turn, have given us five granddaughters and two grandsons.  They are the joy of our lives.  Our trips up and down the eastern seacoast twice a year give us at least two chances to see five of them in Virginia and Georgia. 
   The oldest two are not too far away in New Hampshire.I was sorry to miss Don and Nancy Osborne when they were in Sun City Center in February, but Lynn had a chance to visit with them before they set out for the airport and home.  It was the reunion that gave us the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and we are grateful for those occasions. Hopefully the paths of other classmates will cross ours in the future. 
   Joe: re class photo.    I am the distinguished white haired gentleman seated next to Mona!    Thank you for providing this service for the class. (My pleasure! JM)
From Barbara (Hird) Grant
Hi to everyone:
    Just to let you know that I am still working part-time for Tufts Health Plan for Seniors.  I make prospect calls, visit MD offices with literature and go to member and prospect meetings.  I am going to Watertown (boo) for a meeting re new projects being planned on the 24th and a big Good Neighbor party the 21st.  That is what we are called Good Neighbors. I also still am on call for the Red Cross, but it is quiet right now. I am also looking for other part-time work. Despite my many ailments I still need to try to keep active and my wallet badly needs help.
    My nephew (son of the photographer) is working to put together a lot of my brother's photography work and there are a lot--World Fairs, pictures of Camp Benning Ga. during WW II, and he has candid shots of the Chinese President at that time and one of FDR. He also has lots of Carmen Miranda (my gosh that was a long time ago) and also Bob Hope.
    I do not know where or when he will get it done and available for people of our generation to look at, but from the comments at the 50th many people remember my brother and all the pictures he took of activities at BHS and BJHS.  Does anybody remember, I got him to come to Miss Speight's 8th grade English and Social Studies class and show pictures of Yellowstone, Niagara Falls and other high spots of the time.??
    Hope everyone is well and keep in touch with us via Joe who deserves a medal for all he does. (Thanks Barbara - J.M.) I will let others argue the immigration issue.  There are too many controversial issues that will never be resolved. 
Barbara Hird Grant
From Joe Mazzei
Oooo-K - Now we're talking!!!! How to go Mona. I agree with you completely. I'm first generation from my father's side of the family, and second generation from my mother's side. I've been to plenty of places where our "illegal" residents work a heck of a lot harder, and tend to be more friendly than many of the "legals". That's how it is in our part of NC; and I'm currently taking a Spanish course to better understand, and help them. To be candid, I wonder if the pilgrims who migrated to Plymouth would have been turned back if INS was around then? Probably yes! "They talked funny."
From Mona (McLellan) Calthorpe
Thanks for opening a "can of worms"!  Illegal immigration - give me a break!  We all are illegal immigrants and the only really true Americans are the American Indians.One set of my grandparents were Irish from Ireland  & landed in Boston where signs declared "Irish need not apply" signs were everywhere.  My other set of grandparents were from Nova Scotia, Canada.  My McLellan relatives settled in Belmont, MA where two uncles of mine built tons of homes in Belmont.  We are now living in Florida in a very agricultural area where the Mexicans do most of the picking of our vegetables & a large majority of our town is Hispanic. I love my fresh veggies & fabulous fruit & my hat goes off to the pickers - they work hard & send their money home to their families.  99% of our families started in the US the same way.  Thank God for our freedom to better ourselves!!!!
Mona McLellan Calthorpe
From Don Osborne
Joe:  Thought you might enjoy reading this.  Hope we all make it to the 60th!!

    Every few years, as summertime nears,  
An announcement arrives in the mail,
 A reunion is planned; it'll be really grand;
 Make plans to attend without fail.
    I'll never forget the first time we met;
 We tried so hard to impress.
 We drove fancy cars, smoked big cigars,
 And wore our most elegant dress.
     It was quite an affair; the whole class was there.
 It was held at a fancy hotel.
 We wined, and we dined, and we acted refined,  
And everyone thought it was swell.
    The men all conversed about who had been first
To achieve great fortune and fame.
    Meanwhile, their spouses described their fine houses
And how beautiful their children became.
    The homecoming queen, who once had been lean,
Now weighed in at one-ninety-six.
    The jocks who were there had all lost their hair,
And the cheerleaders could no longer do kicks.
    No one had heard about the class nerd
Who'd guided a spacecraft to the moon;
     Or poor little Jane, who's always been plain;
She married a shipping tycoon.
   The boy we'd decreed "most apt to succeed"
Was serving ten years in the pen,
    While the one voted "least" now was a priest;
Just shows you can be wrong now and then.
    They awarded a prize to one of the guys
Who seemed to have aged the least.
    Another was given to the grad who had driven
The farthest to attend the feast.
     They took a class picture, a curious mixture
Of beehives, crew cuts and wide ties.
     Tall, short, or skinny, the style was the mini;
You never saw so many thighs.
    At our next get-together, no one cared whether
They impressed their classmates or not.
    The mood was informal, a whole lot more normal;
By this time we'd all gone to pot.
    It was held out-of-doors, at the lake shores;
We ate hamburgers, coleslaw, and beans.
    Then most of us lay around in the shade,
 In our comfortable T-shirts and jeans.
By the fortieth year, it was abundantly clear,
 We were definitely over the hill.
 Those who weren't dead had to crawl out of bed,
 And be home in time for their pill.
    And now I can't wait as they've set the date;
Our sixtieth is coming, I'm told.
     It should be a ball, they've rented a hall
At the Shady Rest Home for the old.
    Repairs have been made on my old hearing aid;
My pacemaker's been turned up on high.
     My wheelchair is oiled, and my teeth have been boiled;
And I've bought a new wig and glass eye.
    I'm feeling quite hearty; I'm ready to party,
I'll dance until dawn's early light.
    It'll be lots of fun; and I hope at least one
Other person can make it that night.
Also From Don
Just a note to tell you we have found an E-Mail for another classmate.  We were in Sun City, Florida at an Elderhostel Golf School.  This is where Lynn (BHS 1953) and Lee Tirrell have a home.  Lee was back in Boston attending to his accounting firm, but Lynn showed us around the area.  They have not been receiving your messages so I told them I would contact you.  Would you please add them to your list of classmates.  Their E-Mail is: Thanks for keeping us informed.   
Don Osbornel
From Janet (Miller) McKee
I have a new granddaughter, born January 28th in London.  Our 5th grandchild.  We visited the new baby and her parents last week.  Wonderful to welcome the new arrival - and also do London type things.  I bought a new recorder at the Early Music Store.  This is an upgrade from my present one but still far from the most expensive.  We found the Handel Museum just off Oxford Street in central London.  That museum is well worth a visit to any one with musical interests.   I also went to a marvellous exhibition of Egyptian woven tapestries.
Happy New Year to the Class of '54.
Best    Janet
From Kathleen (Hennesey) Stohl
We are preparing to downsize into a smaller home, one traffic light and one stop sign from the one daughter who lives in the Cleveland area. It is painful, after 35 years in one house. On the other hand, Lily, the local grandchild is a source of constant affirmation of life. She is beginning to talk in sentences, and she has learned that she can have some control in her world: Grandma, sit here. When she sees me, she asks where is Myron, as if he should be with me at all times and all places.

Last night, Myron found some pictures of the shipping of equipment to Ukraine for our wireless telephone business-and the pictures showed how the packaged equipment would not fit, (so we had to decide what was essential to be sent)the bald spots on the tires, and of course it reminded me of things that were not photographed, the lightening that struck the plane, or the flat bed trucks that had no means of securing the equipment and they had to deliver it over steep cobbled stone streets at 5 miles per hour. We thought we would do good and do well in Ukraine, but the answer is that we did good--they have phone service and employees, but the investors did not do well--in fact it has destroyed our next egg for the future. On the other hand, some of the pictures show the parties involved and their optimisim. It was a great experience, but not a winner. Kathleen.

Kathleen H. Stoll
Stoll and Associates
2943 South Park
Shaker Heights
fax: 216-561-8998
Cell phone: 216-387-5000
From Barbara (Hird) Grant
Has Brian come back from the South.?  I think it is great he could go. I had been chatting with Sarah Mickmus and Janet Miller and Gail Perry and Cookie Whitford, but they seem to have gone away to tend to life I guess.  I got a nice card from Jack Hanrahan--we used to play as 4 year olds with Chris Holland and Jean McLean down in my yard on Grove St. 
Just reread Brian's letter to us re his part in the Hurricane mess in
the South.  Bravo, Brian. I have had the pleasure of meeting and talking with several volunteers from my area who have been to New Orleans or Mississippi coast.  I recently saw pictures one gal took in Mississippi and in New Orleans.
They are unbelievable and even so much like what we saw on TV. She took one of a tree draped with clothing; another of the boat casino flat against a house and all in pieces; another of buckled highway and many of the trailers Fema provided that are housing 10 people at a time. Unbelievable.  It made me feel so sad all over again for these poor people. I love working at the Red Cross and am greatly appreciated which brings on a warm glow. She told us stories of the motels with rats and leaking roofs and also about the great shrimp they had in the French Quarter Xmas Eve--quite cheap there and the best in the world she told me. I admire anyone who went to help and I know the college students did
a great deal to clean up,etc
From Barbara (Hird) Grant
Hi Joe:
Haven't heard from anyone lately.  What is new?  Any big news going on.  I haven't been into website as I have been too busy volunteering at Red Cross and working part-time for Tufts Health Plan for Seniors.
Tell everyone I say "hi" and wish them all a successful, health New Year.
Barbara Hird Grant
From Kathleen (Hennesey) Stohl
Our daughter Sarah was married on December 17 in our home, and she made me play the piano for the occasion, and our grandchildren played the viola and guitar, and Myron played the flute. The Mother of the groom also had to play the piano. None of us really flubbed it. It was a great occasion, one of the last in the home we have enjoyed for 35 years. We had a final New Year's Eve party, and now we are packing for the rest of our lives--I certainly do not want to do it again. All the family were together in the house for two weeks--a bit challenging, like we just cleaned up the mess this week. But it was wonderful to be together. My son is responsible for the cover picture on the Journal of Medical Chemistry--he is a crystallographer, and an artist. Our youngest is a better politician that either of us have been--and recently published a report on Health Disparties and the impact of health policy, both publid and private. It is always great to hear from you--it is a reminder of how important the Belmont School system and our fellow students have been in our lives. I wish my grandchildren had the same opportunities that we had. Best of health and luck to all. Kathleen.
From Jack Hanrahan
In looking back over some of the mail from 2005, I came across the enlarged class picture from our reunion. You may have already received this information, but just in case you have not, #33 is Mort O'Connor and #35 is Mark D'Andrea.
Thanks also for the link to the Belmont Herald-Citizen newspaper.   That's how we found out that Belmont won "The Game" with Watertown on Thanksgiving Day morning.  We had an enjoyable Christmas with family members visiting us in the Mid-Hudson Valley area of New York State. So far the weather in 2006 has not been too bad, however we have had snow from time to time which seems to just linger. The good news is Spring is really not all that far away.
Happy New Year to you and your family.
Jack and Maureen Hanrahan