Happy New Year --- 2016


Class of `54

Chat `16


From Eleanor (Courier) Chenevert
June 22, 2016
I love getting your e-mails and I have a folder full from the beginning.....I was thinking about your comment on our 62nd party....Instead of reunion, maybe we should call it the "Class of 1954 Celebration", since we are so fortunate to be able to get together.  We've lost so many of our classmates over the years and here we are in decade 8....I had my 80th birthday dinner on Friday and still can't believe it myself......everyone will be hitting that benchmark this year, I'm sure....kind of boggles my mind....I so look forward to seeing everyone in October....

Thanks for all the updates and info.

From Nicole Huss Gastone
June 13, 2016
Dear Joe,
I am horrified and saddened by the tragedy in Orlando and share your grief.  Hope and pray that the future may restore peace. 

From Marion (Schmitt) Ellis
June 6, 2016
Hi Joe -- I was shocked to see some of the photos coming from the floods in Paris.  So I emailed our Nicole to find out how she is.  This is her reply:

Hi Marion
First photo is taken from my living room window this morning, (June 4) but the peak seems to have been reached.
The other one was last night at Musée d'Orsay looking towards the Grand Palais. The city people were putting up metal barriers along the opposite river side around midnight yesterday.

Even if I am OK, there are huge damages not only in Paris, but also all along the rivers around Paris and I feel really sorry for the many people who still are not back in their houses and who will have lost most of their furniture and belongings. The center of the city was full of people yesterday, and especially the bridges.  Everybody was taking pictures of this surprise flood as there hadn't been anything like it for at least 30 years. Several of the metro lines will be closed for this week as the water has seeped through the walls and tracks are "invaded".

Obviously France is in a mess between floods and strikes, teetering on the brink of the unknown and wondering, like you, who might be its next president.

Thanks for inquiring.  Hope you are safe and dry.

Hope all is well with you. Fondly,


From Kathleen (Hennesy) Stoll
June 2, 2016
My son in Chicago sent me a text from Facebook, Fox News yesterday afternoon with the headline "Moose on the Loose in Belmont, Massachsetts"!  Wonder if anyone knows more.
(We were in Belmont on June 9. The moose was alive and well, and had been spotted on Prince St.—not very far from my sister’s home.—JM)


From Kathleen (Hennesy) Stoll
May 30, 2016
Today being Memorial Day, I do have a memory to share. When I was in the sixth grade I was asked to recite a poem with others to the visiting Veterans, and then the day arrived, I did my part, dressed in a red dress, but covered in bandages! I had been injured in a Kickball game. And one of the Veterans looked at me and said "you look more like a wounded Veteran than I do! "

The Second World War made a big difference in our lives--my father was the first man in Belmont to be drafted and spent the last three years of my elementary school in the Navy, in the Philippines, as head of communications in the Manilla Harbor.  While he was gone, I think I had every contagious disease there was, including scarlet fever. That last caused me to be isolated in my room for six weeks, with only a radio for entertainment, and when I was finally released, all my toys and clothes had to be burned. I had to have tutoring for six weeks after I recovered, to catch up with my school work. It was a tough time for my Mother, me and my younger brother.  I guess that is why I have no memories of elementary school to speak of, but they start in Jr. High and flourish only in High School. Winn Brook was also a new school in a new neighborhood, so not a lot of history there.

From Harley Anderson
May 30, 2016
Thanks for the correction on Mr. Brayton.  He was the original Sgt. Schultz with short graying hair and was a good Art teacher for me as well.  I have fond memories of many including Mr. Allen, Mr. Walker and yes, Mr. John Jesus Vantura.
 ..In High school my favorite was Mr.Brule

From Steve Wasby
May 29, 2016
Joe –  In response to Harley:

Ms. Clark was a music teacher.

            Mr. Brayton was an art teacher, not music; I should know, as I almost flunked 8th grade art. (I’m still wounded – hah!)

From John Keane
May 29, 2016
Thanks to Harley for remembering Mr. Brayton's name. He was our art teacher whose classes were always a fun break from other subjects. At a PTA meeting he suggested to my mother that I should go in to a Saturday art program in Boston. I told her ...."definitely not....I get enough school during the week.....I want to go out and play". Now in my retirement years I'm back in art classes year round. A belated "thank you Mr Brayton".
A Peaceful Memorial Day everyone,

From Carolyn (Whitford) Scott
May 29, 2016
Anyone who enjoys great organ music will like a site I just discovered. In addition to two Choral Paraphrases by my dad, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God and Now Thank We All Our God, the site includes the famous Widor Toccata, Bach, and several other fabulous organ works.  The (female) organist is absolutely awesome! Go to: http://www.neartotheheart.com/free-downloads/

From Steve Wasby
May 28, 2016
Many of you are aware of the Alumni and Friends of BHS Scholarship Fund.  This is a link to it:http://afbhs.org/

What may be of particular interest, especially after our recent deluge of messages about teachers we remember, is that the Fund has specific funds in the names of (a) Evelyn Hornsey and (b) Mel Wenner, so that if you want to make a contribution, you could designate it for those specific funds.


From Mona McClellan Calthorpe
May 27, 2016
Hi Joe & Nancy, you two have had a hectic month and now you can relax and get back to normal. Hurricane season is upon us Southerners and, in fact, y'all are in for some nasty weather from a tropical storm this weekend. I am on the Gulf side of Florida but we will get rain too. 'Tis the season.

In answer to Rod McElroy & his memory jog while enjoying creme brûlée- Mr. Norman Brûlée was our art teacher in high school. I knew him well. I was his babysitter. He lived behind Kendall School, Pearl St, off Waverly. He and his wife, Joy, were later divorced and she married my cousin, Lawson McLellan who lived on Trapelo Rd. Next to Brown's Funeral Home in Belmont. Our family tree has many off- shoots with 2nd marriages that can be tough to follow going back to Scotland that only a wizard can follow!

Thanks to all who served and enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend.

From Harley Anderson
May 27, 2016
I do not recall Mr. Rinehart as a teacher but it was a method of writing in which the big significance was the letter (r).  Norm Brule was a great Art teacher who was also a Navy boxing champion during the Second World War.  He died In Florida according to his son Norman who I contacted a few months ago .  Our music teachers of old were Miss Clark, Miss Charon and Mr. Brayton. ??? 
(I can say that I remember his Functional Handwriting System; but don’t recall him teaching at Kendall either. This doesn’t mean that he wasn’t at other schools.—JM)

From Steve Wasby
May 27, 2016
There was a Mr. Brule who taught art  --What other memory-inspiring desserts are you going to have, Rod? What was IN that crème brulee?—and I certainly remember Miss Howarth, who spoke of the “Message from Garcia,” although I can’t remember what that message was supposed to convey.

This exercise in remembering teachers’ names is proving  that our long-term memories are better than our short-term ones. Oh, well.

From Marion Ellis and Steve Wasby
May 27, 2016
“About Reunions”
(a note between Steve and Marion)
The judge with whose papers I work just wrote that he had recently met with the last other remaining member of the Crook County,
(Oregon) Class of 
1940  (I can’t remember the number in the class, but in think in the 20’s).

They were both regretting that they could not attend the reunion for all the classes of the 1940’s, because each had another engagement.  The other man was going to a jazz festival and Sun Valley, and the judge was going on a trail ride (with which include a son and grandchild).  The judge is 
93 in June.  And these are not rides around the barn pasture.


Hmmm -- I guess they don't make 'em like they used to!  Back when David was at the museum he accepted an invitation from Louis Cabot to join in on a several-day trip to their private hunting range in Colorado.  David was in the group that was hunting with cameras -- led by patriarch Tom Cabot, then about 97, on horseback, starting at about 6AM when it was dark, in about 10 degree weather.
David kept up, but just barely!
Hopefully we'll have a critical mass in October rather than just two!


From Marion (Schmitt) Ellis
May 17, 2016

Your right.  He devised his system as a more modern alternative to the Palmer method which had been in place at least since our parents' generation.  My mother told me that in Palmer you had to spend much time just making slanting figures before learning to write.  In contrast, our middle daughter Lorna had no instruction in handwriting, and to this day we kid her about her "method".

From Carolyn (Whitford) Scott
May 16, 2016
Both Marion and I have come up with the name of Mr. Rinehart as our penmanship teacher.  I know a few weeks ago, someone asked. I learned recently that the Rinehart (various spellings) method of penmanship company was in Waltham. Its system was brought in later than the Palmer method I think.  I have been trying to find out when the new company was formed.  I think it was Mr. Rinehart who came to teach us for sure.  There is no way we would have known of the company and a method at our young age, but we both came up with the name of the teacher right away.

From Rod McElroy
May 8, 2016
Just came back from a dinner out and for dessert I had Creme Brûlée .  Reminded me of the name of an art teacher at BHS (or maybe BJHS), Norm Brule.  Ring a bell?  

From Carolyn (Whitford) Scott
May 8, 2016

Mother’s Day
My daughter Julie BHS '87 is standing next to me. Her daughter Anne Marie is crouched making fun of "short" Grandma.

From Steve Wasby
May 8, 2016

On Sunday, May 1, a memorial celebration for Nancy Kriebel was held at the Arlington Center for the Arts for Nancy Kriebel. She was one of the founders of that organization 30 years ago and was its first executive director. The Center is located in a former school, and has a gallery at which artists can exhibit. studio space for artists, and space for classes. 

            At the celebration, ACA’s executive director spoke, and then several other founding members spoke of Nancy’s important role. The center-point of the celebration was the unveiling of a painting by Nancy, Pedernal At Dawn, which the family had donated tothe Center.

                                                                                          Pedernal at Dawn — Nancy Kriebel

Nancy’s son Steven, in an emotional statement, spoke about his mother and about the painting, which is shown here. He also brought along a photograph of the place, high on a cliff near Abiqui (at Ghost Ranch, where Georgia O’Keefe painted) where Nancy’s ashes are buried.


In addition to myself, also present at the celebration were John Keane and Marion Schmitt Ellis (and her husband David).


In her talk, Linda Shoemaker, the executive director, had spoken of the likelihood that the Town of Arlington, at its Town Meeting, would act to retake the building for needed use as a school; that plan is in fact moving forward, which will require the Arlington Center for the Arts to consider where it might move and what form its presence in a new venue might take.

That prompted me to write to Ms. Shoemaker.  Here is her reply, which I thought might be of interest as “part of the story.”

Hi Steve,

 Thank you for your interest in the plight of the Arlington Center for the Arts!

I'm sorry to report that Arlington’s School Enrollment Task Force voted to take our building back, effective July 1, 2017.  That was the outcome we expected, but still hard to witness.


The issue will come before Town Meeting, probably next week (yes, we have a representative Town Meeting).  While we know there is a lot of support for ACA in the community, we expect the needs of the schools will win out.


Even though this is a hard development, we feel like it's time for ACA to move into our future with a and create the "New ACA."  It will take a big group effort and a lot of work, but we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make an amazing and lasting contribution to the town of Arlington.  I hope we can make the best of it!


Thanks again for your interest.  I have to tell you, even though I never met Nancy Kriebel myself, I am so inspired by her example, and the efforts of all the other ACA founders who turned up this weekend for the remembrance.  And all the Belmont classmates, friends and neighbors were an unexpected treat!  And her son Stephen was a bright light, I’m so happy to have met him.


All the best, and thanks again,


 Linda M. Shoemaker, PhD

Executive Director
Arlington Center for the Arts

41 Foster Street

Arlington, MA 02474


From Rob Yacubian
April 17, 2016
Several classmates have mentioned Mr.Clish. I had, I think, a Mrs. Howarth for Biology. Does that ring a bell with anyone?  Or am I mistaken?

Mr. Clish married a Kendall School 6th grade teacher, Miss Streepeck. This was before our time for our sixth grade teachers were Miss Weeks or Miss Capron.

My older sister Gloria passed this along to me.(BHS '47)

From Fred Merk
April 16, 2016
Please See Previous Story, (April 10)  Apparently one of John's projects was of particular interest to NASA because they tested it within 4 days of arrival on the ISS.
   John's boss at Aurora Flight Sciences received word that, "This morning the equipment worked flawlessly during testing in the zero gravity environment...Everything  Nominal!"
Re photo taken in Cape Canaveral 7/7/ 2011 :
When at the Johnson Space Center one of John's duties was to train astronauts how to test equipment he  had designed for use on the ISS.
   Sometimes they became friends.
   On day of the final launch of The Shuttle in 2011 one of these astronauts sat with us on the bleachers and afterward took the attached photo of John, Dan and myself.
  On my left is John. Behind me is plume of the recently launched rocket. Across 3/4 mile of water is the 'Cape Canaveral Launch Island'
  I am very proud of both my sons who are electrical engineers. John now has a Master's degree in aeronautical engineering from BU and MIT.....

July 7, 2011

From John Keane
April 13, 2016
Bon Voyage Joe And Nancy !

I hope you have an interesting Spring trip, and relaxing days.

It has been a harder winter for you Carolinians than for us Beantowners this year.

My Best,

From Mike (Emmett) Murphy
April 13, 2016

Hi Joe,
 I was one of several members of the BHS Class of '54 who attended Boston College in the fall of 1954.  I returned last week for the first time since 1988 to visit my grandson who is a freshman at BC and  was overwhelmed with the changes that have taken place since my last visit.  One of our classmates, Fred Pennino, a former manager at BC, played a significant roll in the development of an extraordinary campus.  Fred should be  very proud.

From Kathleen (Hennesy) Stoll
April 13, 2016
Have a great trip!

From Rod McElroy
April 13, 2016

Miss Bunting for music, Mr. Plummer for art, Miss Kohler for gym class, and Mr. ? for penmanship (can't resurrect that name) at Mary Lee Burbank.  I remember Miss Kohler making us hang from a horizontal bar far enough off the floor that we just knew we would fall, and she would grab our ankles and pull down to "stretch us out".  It all had to do with our "posture"'

From Carolyn (Whitford) Scott
April 13, 2016
What were some of your favorite activities?  We  always enjoyed Wal-Lex bowling and roller skating, and, above all, the Totem Pole.  Of course movies, in Belmont, and Harvard Square.  As young teens, we rode the subway all the way to Ashmont, up and over the track, and back to Harvard Square!  Also taking the public transportation all the way to Revere Beach.  Lovely, fun, safe times we lived in!

From Fred Merk
April 12, 2016
What a great job John Keane did during 'Artist Interviews' on The Framingham Beat.
I was especially taken by his comment about being "inspired by nature". That's the story for so many of us whether it be "flaming maples" or "undefeated" surf. I grabbed a screenshot of "our" B'54 Man in action.


From Rob Yacubian
April 11, 2016
Wonderful interview with John Keane at the Framingham Art Museum

I remember attending performances that Mr. MacCloskey performed in at the Cape Cod Melody Tent during the summers. As I recall they were character parts in musicals. After we graduated I heard that he went to Winchester High School to teach.

From John Keane
April 11 & 12, 2016
April 12:
Terrific picture in so many significant ways Fred. I'm looking forward to seeing John Dan and you on the chat, titled " The Three Musketeers of Space ", maybe ?

April 11:
Hi Joe,
During Junior year my Biology class with " Al " Clish was just before lunch. 

This particular day we were to dissect our clams.....Starting the class Mr Clish had a beaker of water boiling over a Bunson burner,and containing a big clam. We watched his tongs pull the clam out and open the shells. Then he said " this is the foot " and he ate it. Next "this is the stomach" and he ate it, etc , etc .....till it was all gone, and he had a contented look on his face. Then we all got our clams and knives , and went to work. I don't think everyone ate lunch after that class. I don't remember who else was in that class ??


From Rod McElroy
April 11, 2016
Great interview with John Keane.  The painting of the Boston skyline with the Charles River in the foreground took me back to many afternoons of rowing an 8-man racing shell in the Charles River Basin.  There was a 1.75 mile straightaway - used as the race course for us - that started very close to the Union Boat Club on the Boston shore, crossed under the Mass Ave. bridge fairly close to the Cambridge shore, and finished close to the Boston shore and very close to the Cottage Farm (now BU) bridge.  In fact we often had to dig our rowing oars in hard to stop the shell's momentum or risk hitting the rocks.  Those were the days. . . . .  

From Fred Merk
April 10, 2016

Hi all,
On  6/28 2015 a Space-X rocket on it's way to the International Space Station exploded. In the payload was 2.5 years worth of work that my son John had done at Aurora Flight Sciences (Cambridge MA)....a subcontractor of NASA. He had made numerous trips to Johnson Space Center in Houston to get NASA approval for his projects.

All went up in flames!
Yesterday a replacement load was launched at 4:43 PM. As you can imagine....there were some very tense moments during the countdown!
The launch was a huge success...first of all getting the scientific equipment to the ISS and then recovering the rocket on a barge. The ability to recover the rockets for reuse has enormous economic implications for a private company like Space-X.

Elizabeth and I watched on the Space-X Company's website.
The enthusiastic response of engineers and workers.... at the Cape Canaveral control center....who had so much at stake in all this....was contageous.
It all brought back memories of the excitement during the 1960's and '70s.

After these major successes.... the CEO of Space-X (Elon Musk) said today that he will shortly announce future plans of his company.

Space -X is currently testing systems (along with NASA) to enable its 'Dragon' capsule, which is already transporting cargo to the ISS (with a few disasters!!!) ...                 will eventually carry human astronauts. Musk said the launch of a manned Dragon 2 spacecraft is "currently" scheduled for the end of 2017.

No spacecraft of a private company has ever carried a human to orbit, and NASA has been without a ticket to ISS since the 2011end of the Shuttle Program. {See my report on Chat in 2011} Since then the US has been completely dependent on the Russian Soyuz space program. Today's euphoria comes after a recent string of successes, including the first powered landing by a reusable rocket. If all works out.... the United States will hopefully re-enter the World Space Scene next year.



From Joe Mazzei
April 8, 2016
I have been advised that John Keane was recently recognized and interviewed by Framingham Beat. His practice of art continues to gain recognition. No surprise to us—eh?

The following link will take you to John’s interview who is the second of two.  So, wait a moment to see John at:

From Steve Wasby
April 7, 2016
I spent yesterday (Wednesday, April 6, delivering four (4) guest-lectures as aspects of the courts  to political science undergraduate classes and a graduate class at Bridgewater State University. And I still had my voice at the end of the day, which won’t surprise my classmates. 

And I have been giving a series of talks on “The Supreme Court Post-Scalia” to various groups on Cape Cod, with more talks to come.

From Carolyn (Whitford) Scott
April 6, 2016
Well, my memory is not perfect after all.  I was wrong once before.  I think it was on a Tuesday, many years ago!!  I guess there was no piano in the band?? (I can identify… I was only wrong once; and that’s when I thought I was. :-)  - JM)

Mr. Nettleton got me into the BHS band to play the glockenspiel. When he found out my family would take me to Maine for the Thanksgiving weekend, I was quickly out of the band!  Babsy Cobe was soon "hired" to fill my position and I think she played all our high school years.  What a great band we had at BHS!  My daughter Julie was in the color guard during her BHS years.

From Rob Yacubian
April 5, 2016
BJHS: we did have Miss Clark for 9th grade Music Appreciation. (That was the beginning of my appreciation for classical music). I remember she had a signed photo of Richard Strauss whom I guess she liked very much.

However we had an 8th grade music teacher who was very sweet: Miss Charon or Charron.

Mr. Nettleton was BHS band, Orchestra, glee club, a capella choir----- what have I left out? He was a busy man. I did not know there was a band at BJHS.

Steve W.: I don't believe we had a gym teacher at Kendall. Do any other  Kendall attendees remember? 

From Steve Wasby
April 5, 2016
I certainly remember purchasing “war bonds” through school.

Your mention of putting stamps in books not only reminds me of S&H Stamps and TruValu Stamps, but it also reminds me of ration coupons and “coins” (some red, some blue, as I remember) used to purchase food (and gasoline) during rationing.

And while we are at W.W. II memories:  buckets of sand in the attic (Dad was an air-raid warden),  black tape on headlights, black window shades. The sand was to put out fires from incendiary bombs which it was thought would be dropped on us.

From Carolyn (Whitford) Scott
April 5, 2016

Remember the grading system in elementary school? H, S, was it  U?

I played in the BJHS orchestra. As I recall, there was no band at that level.

I remember Miss Kohler well. She definitely came to Chenery.

Remember buying the stamps during the war and putting them in the little books towards savings bonds?

My friend called yesterday from Florida to thank me for a birthday card. It was 84 degrees. I told her it was snowing up here. It is 17 degrees this morning. My daughter and her husband were flying to Raleigh yesterday. They sat at Logan seven to eight hours waiting for a plane after the first one never came in.


I love the "struck a chord"!!

Oh yes, some good memories, some not so good. Memories of those air-raids were really scary for kids!!

I remember the wardens coming to the door if they could see lights in the house around those black curtains. I remember getting lots of stuff with S & H stamps.  I remember also the ration stamps and "coins".

Note: Carolyn’s comments are compiled from several separate emails. The bottom one is a response to Steve Wasby. See above.—JM

From John Keane
April 4, 2016
Hi Joe,
Thanks for passing on Audrey and Marion's detective work about Nancy. What a career of high level art she had. I wish I could have taken lessons from her. Hopefully I'll make the May 1st ceremony in Arlington and will take some photos for you ( if it is allowed ). I have marked my calendar.

From Rob Yacubian
April4, 2016
Nancy goes back to Kendall school days. She lived close to Ann Hazen and Marjorie Whiting and after school we would  go to Nancy's house to soar on her swing connected to a high branch. Her house had a tree growing  through it...... very contemporary house on Snake Hill Road.  it had heat under the pavement for the steep hillside that melted the snow and ice. Unheard of in the 1940s.

In later years she brought one of her sons to Greenfield Community College, where I worked, for him to enroll in a program we have that other community colleges do not have in outdoor Environmental Studies.

From Harley Anderson
April 4, 2016
Thanks Joe,
Miss Bunting made it to the Butler school as well.  On day a few of us skipped school in our senior year and went to the races at Suffolk Downs and saw Mr. Nagle there during school hours.  He never said a thing about it nor did we.  (I’d call that a Mexican stand-off— JM)

From John Baia
April 4, 2016
I remember her (Miss Bunting) very well. She came to the Butler school for our music classes.

From Rob Yacubian
April 4, 2016
Sure do remember Miss Bunting. As you say she must have made the rounds to all the elementary schools as did Mr. Plummer the  art teacher.

I don't remember what you say she said; but I ike it

From Carolyn (Whitford) Scott
April 4, 2016
I remember her (Miss Bunting) WELL!  Thanks for thinking of her, Joe.  And much love for Mr. Nettleton for all the hours and years I worked with him.

From Steve Wasby
April 4, 2016
Miss Bunting DID go around to all the elementary schools.

And wasn’t there a gym teacher who also went around to the elementary schools: my memory says “Miss Kohler” but I’m unsure

Fred is right that there was a club requirement, but I place it in the 8th grade, not the 9th.  I was in the Railroad Club, for  which Gordon Allen was the faculty adviser.

From Fred Merk
April 2, 2016
On March 30th...Rod McElroy mentioned Mr Gay who taught algebra in 9th grade. I thought he was a good teacher.
However he had a much greater impact on me in another dimension.
As you may remember BJHS had a special requirement....that all 9th grade students be involved in 'club' activity.
I chose to join the Camera Club which Mr Gay directed.
He taught us the importance of shallow depth of field when making portraits and many important rules in framing pictures.
For example....if taking an outdoor picture.... never place the horizon halfway between the top and bottom of a photo.....

From Steve Wasby
April 2, 2016
Mr. Nagle was a guidance counselor, and we haven’t mentioned Miss Anderson, who had definite views on where people should go to college.

And I think no one has yet mentioned Mr. Shipp, an English teacher who was adviser to the newspaper (in which connection I worked with him).

Miss Noreen, I believe, taught French.

From Elaine (Garoyan) Kasparian
April 2, 2016
They do not have teachers like Miss Hornsey  any more. .we were blessed. She made an enormous change in my thinking and direction .Good wishes and health to the grand Class of 1954.

From Nicole (Huss) Gastone
March 31, 2016
Hello Joe,
Please do not stop breathing....

I told you of my stay with Miss Gould, but I forgot my English teacher, Miss Magee.  She was very sweet to me and we exchanged Christmas cards every year, I think until her death, because one year suddenly nothing came any more.

I didn’t know what Mr. Nagle did at school, but he brought me a box of chocolates before I left Belmont with an absolutely lovely card which I will have to find before our next meeting and try to bring along.

Fred Merk is not the only one to still remember Miss Steuerwald and the beginning of the Aenaeid to this day, and even at a dinner party last night we spoke of "timeo Danaos et dona ferentes", especially as there were several Greek friends among us.

My year in Belmont has certainly had a huge influence on the course of my life, and I owe it to all of you because at that time you paid for the cost of bringing a foreign student over to the school.  One more reason to be thankful to all my fellow students from our particular year.

All my best to Nancy and you,

From Janet (Miller) McKee
March 31, 2016
Hello Joe - fun to read other people's recollections.  I'm reminded of Miss Noreen in BHS but can't remember what she taught.

From Ward Elliott
March 31, 2016

I remember 9th-grade teachers from BJHS:  Mr. Houston, algebra, excellent teacher; Dominic Auciello, French, VG; Dudley Briggs, guidance, excellent; Miss Lyons, Ancient History, VG, kids uncharitably called her Baby Hippo.  Mr. Bennett, home room.  Can’t remember the science teacher’s name, but he had a contract system, do so much work for a D, more and for higher grades.  The kids with C’s in graded tests and papers also went for C’s on contract; the kids with A’s on tests went for A’s on contract. Surprise.

Seems to me we pledged allegiance to the flag every day, no “under God” in those days, that there was a prayer or a Bible passage over the PA, before the Supreme Count put a stop to such things, and a reading from A Tale of Two Cities or The Last of the Mohicans.  “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”  Classroom talent show where 8th-grade English teacher Mrs. Moore was persuaded to perform if a student would.  Marie Spadaro and a classmate responded  with a song and dance “Oo-om pa pah, Oo-om ma mah, oomptidiadiay,” well received.  General assembly talent show, someone - was it Muriel Sutherland? - gave a dramatic recital of “The Highwayman.” The fans loved it.  “The moon was a ghostly galleon.”  Seems to me “Evangeline” got recited, too.  And there were all those salutes to John Dewey on the report cards.

Then there was the day in French class when we switched from avoir verbs to etre, (Sorry, but the software won’t enable an “^”  over an “e”.—JM) verbs and I was the only one who read the fine print.  “Everyone got an F on this test,” said Mr. Auciello, with a long pause -- “except Ward Elliott, who got an A.”  Cool?  Uncool. It nailed down forever my reputation as the class nerd, and there’s no fixing it. Not sure what the word for nerd was in those days; it changes from year to year, but it was well earned in my case.  Still is, but people get used to it over the years.

I can’t remember all the words to “Go Maloney travelways,” a promotional jingle for Alan Maloney’s Travel Agency in Miss Lyons’ class.  He was a jolly, funny, good-humored fellow, the first of us to pass on, but, I hope, the last to be forgotten.

I was back in New England last summer after a lifetime in California, was struck by several big changes from my day:  better roads, more traffic, costly real estate, much more Lyme Disease, many fewer codfish, many fewer people with Boston accents. Filene’s, Raymond’s, John Birch Society, and Laffmovie all gone?  How can they live?  Bigger gulf between social classes, see “Belmont” v “Fishtown” in Charles Murray, Coming Apart.  But everybody still loves the Sox, the Celts, and the Bruins, and now the Pats, so some of the basics are still in place. 

I talked to Eddie Fredrikson, now retired after a lifetime as an electrical draughtsman for Chinet Paper Plate Co in China, Maine.  He dropped out of BHS with the word that while my professorial brother and I were slaving away in college, he would be driving a Cadillac.  He wasn’t far off, only it was a Pontiac.  His real dream was to have a Jeep Station Wagon and a .300 Savage, the most cutting-edge hunting rifle of the day, and become King of the Hoboes.  He eventually got the Jeep and the .300 Savage, along with a GED and two cases of Lyme Disease, both incurred while hunting with the rifle of his dreams.  But, as far as I know, he never made it to King of the Hoboes.  I think of him every time I see a paper plate.

Lest we forget,

From Rod McElroy
March 30, 2016
If memory serves me:  Miss Gould's cats were Koko and Yum-Yum.  Mr. O'Connor for Geometry - 10th grade.  Mr. Gay was the algebra teacher in 9th grade.  Mrs. Howarth 10th Biology;  Mr Cowing 11th Chemistry; Mr. Libby 12th Physics.  Miss Calderara, the "girl with the 20 curls",  11th grade math(?).  Ma'amselle Bridey - what a wonderful French teacher.  Miss Steuerwald and her "Vestal Virgins".  Mr. Meyers and his intro to quiz time: "Let's see what you know." 

At the moment I cannot resurrect the name of the 12th grade math teacher (Dadgummit!)  Mrs. Hornsey and her two lists of words - every week two new lists - one for pronunciation and one for vocabulary: "Who wants to try the pronunciation list?"  Mel Wenner had us doing rings, pommel horse, and high bar(?) in gym class.  My boys still refuse to believe that for soccer we wore hard toe leather boots with round leather spikes and used Reader's Digests for shin pads.  Does the expression "C'mon, Dad.  Really!" sound familiar?

Well, enough for this stream of consciousness.  Cheers

From Maryjayne Kolouch (for Bob)
March 26, 2016

Hi Joe,  Steve Wasby asked if Mr. Houston had a daughter, yes Mary Ann.  We are great friends and still keep in touch. We were in the class behind you all.  Thanks again for keeping us up to date.  It is wonderful.

From Rob Yacubian
March 26, 2016

I believe I have made a mistake. I had, I think, Mr. Cowing for chemistry. But who was Mr. Gay. Or were there two chemistry teachers? 

I think I had Mr. McCloskey for French Ii, Miss Dornte for Spanish I and Senor Solano for Spanish II. Everyone loved him.

I was in Miss Ames' homeroom also. She was the most fashionable of all the women teachers.

From Kathleen (Hennesy) Stoll
March 26, 2016
Interesting stories. Enjoyed them all. Thanks for sharing them all with us.

From Nancy (O’Neil) Eckstein
March 25, 2016
Hi Joe,  A few thoughts to add to our collective memories: 

Lori Kadehjian Stephens set her hair on fire with a Bunsen burner in Chem. lab.  I was working beside her and remember everyone running to extinguish her smoldering bangs.  I think the teacher was Mr Libby??  And as I recall, the French teacher was Miss Noreen.

Years after the Bunsen burner incident, a similar event occurred when one of my little girl scouts set her hair on fire during a candle “fly up” ceremony.  I immediately planted my hand on her head.  Without any hesitation she continued reading the Girl Scout Promise as she had practiced.  And the ceremony went on without interruption except for a child in the audience who loudly whispered, “Someone should help Mrs. Eckstein with her hand”!  (I felt no pain; only relief that all was well.) 😊 

I remember well taking notes in Mrs. Hornsey’s class.  Sitting at a student desk in the front row while she sat on the desk top adjacent to me.  Discussing Macbeth.   Like Kathleen Hennessy, that took me on a lifetime journey of secretarial duties for every club/committee meeting I ever attended.  However, the one I remember most was a full semester taking lecture notes for the Dean of Nursing in my master’s program. (Administration in Nursing Ed).  And most recently?  The BHS’54 60th class reunion committee, of course!

Hope the weather is sunny and warm for your Easter weekend.  Best wishes to all for a Happy Spring!

From Fred Merk
March 25, 2016
First of all Kudos AGAIN to John Keane for his outstanding paintings!! His latest reminds me of the Bluffs on Nantucket Island by the sea.

I have some thoughts about recent comments on 'Chat regarding various BJHS and BHS teachers.
Carolyn had Miss Jones for HR. I had her for 7th grade science and had little respect for her. She kept describing tiny 'monocules' in class. I mentioned this to my parents who said nothing. However several days later found myself transferred to Mr. Hamblin's science class. I thought he was great!

 In 9th grade was Miss Lyons who taught ancient history. However in our awkward stage of life she had another activity....the 'Lonely Hearts Club'. Somehow she had a pipeline to Junior High School gossip and tried to be a matchmaker for the class. In High School I remember well Miss Steuerwald for Latin. She had great enthusiasm for her subject but it never rubbed off on me. However that all changed in 3rd year when we were reading Virgil's Aeneid. I grew to love that story. She obliged us all to memorize the opening lines of book one...To this day I can recite them..."Arma virumque cano..Troiae qui primus ab oris, Italiam fato profugus, Laviniaque venit litora, multum ille et terris iactatus et alto....."

To me Mrs Hornsey was a great teacher...making English literature come alive!  In those days school committees seemed to give preference in hiring unmarried women teachers. Evelyn Hornsey was an exception. She was also chairperson of the English department. As it turned out she was especially fond of our class and had to miss our graduation due to illness. She wrote a wonderful letter of  'apology' for not being there. [ Joe...several years ago...did I send you a copy of the letter?*] One of her most impressive presentations was not at school. At the First Unitarian Church of Belmont I was a member of the Channing Club (for high school students). We wanted people of other religions to speak to us. First we had an imam representing the Muslim faith come.
Then Mrs Hornsey, who represented the Jewish faith, came. She read from the Old Testament.. the Book of Ruth and explained it to us. Commonly heard at Jewish and Christian weddings are the words.."....and  thy people shall be my people....".  I will never forget Mrs.Hornsey as an influential person in and out of school!

*(Fred, I do remember receiving a copy of her note. Luckily, I found it in our BHS picture files. Here it is in the frame below.—JM)

From Carolyn (Whitford) Scott
March 23, 2016
I just said to Jack it is amazing how those experiences still stick with me.  The feelings still arise.  Miss Ryder in the 4th grade at Chenery sent me to stand in the hall because I spontaneously clapped ONCE.  Then Miss Dingley, the principal, had to walk by and see me there.  OMG

A favorite in grade school was Miss Wholley (however you spell it) for second grade.

On a brighter note was grade school graduation, the song, the dress, the whole thing.  "off to junior high"

From Carolyn (Whitford) Scott
March 23, 2016
Remembering well Miss Steuerwald for Latin and a teacher I had for French.  Who did we have for Chemistry, Steve?  Remembering well also the Biology teacher. Once again, I regret giving my yearbook to the library. Mr. Cowing (?) for Chemistry perhaps?

From Carolyn (Whitford) Scott
March 23, 2016

I remember having Miss Jones for homeroom and general science, I think, in junior high school.  I am not sure about the science part, but I do remember having to stay after school for talking!  VERY traumatic in those days!!

I remember the teacher for ancient history in high school, but I cannot come up with her name (Miss Lyons?).  A favorite would be Mr. Houston (?) for algebra in junior high school.  He caught Barbara Oxner and me passing a note.  He did not read it to the class, as threatened.  WHEW!!!

From Rob Yacubian
March 21, 2016
John Keane:  what talent you have!  A paintbrush in my hand is a weapon.  I greatly appreciate art and go to galleries and museums (Impressionism being my favorite.) I console myself that that means painters and admirers. You keep painting and I will admire what  you and other artists create.

From Mona (McClellan) Calthorpe
March 20, 2016
Hi Joe & Nancy- Have't been on our site for a while but just checked in & saw Janet McKee's note about Ms. Gould. I had her for English and all she talked about was her cats. She constantly came to class with cat scratches covered in Mercurochrome!  I had an older relative who also had her for English so I guess she was "older than dirt" by the time I got to High school. I believe she was either 10th or 11th grade English not 8th. To this day I still remember A Tale of Two Cities and Madam LaFage & her knitting!! Happy Spring y'all.

From John Keane
March 19, 2016
The grey confinement of Winter is coming to an end,...... So here is a brighter view of what will soon be here. " Looking Out To Sea"...... 11 x 14 oil , by pallet knife, from photo I took wondering around Truro ( I think ).
My Best, and Happy Spring to all

From Janet (Miller) McKee
March 17, 2016
Very sad indeed.  I sat beside Sergei in Mr. Myers history class.  We went to Revere Beach on graduation night - I had to be home by midnight - grr.  Here was my big night and at last I had a date with Sergei.  A wonderful time. 

From Kathleen (Hennessy) Stoll
March 17, 2016
Sorry to hear the news,  but thanks so much for sharing. 

Today is a special day for the Irish, with names like Kathleen Hennessy--So to everyone, Happy St. Patrick's Day! Saw the first signs of Spring today, as I made my way to celebrate with friends and family, and the wearing of the green!  

From Fred Merk
March 17, 2016

Hello Joe & Nancy (and Marion)
There is sad news that should be reported to BHS '54.
Sergei Snegireff passed away 3/10 /2016. He had a rare and very aggressive form of Cancer (caecal small cell Carcinoma).
Being a physician he knew exactly what to expect.... yet in conversation was always cheerful and positive.
His courage made it easier for family and friends to communicate with him in the final months.

He was my Track/Cross-country buddy at BHS and my college roommate in Dunster House.
Sergei had a distinguished career as an Anesthesiologist. He was Chair of the Dept. of Anesthesiology at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital, AZ.

He will be sorely missed by family friends and colleagues. For Sergei’s obituary see:

Just an after thought. Fred Merk shared  this video  which Sergei sent to him before Christmas, 2015. I feel that it’s fitting to display the Interview With God once again. My hope is that he is now in that place where only words of joy are heard...

From Steve Wasby
March11, 2016

I don't know how many of you have seen SPOTLIGHT, the Academy Award winning movie about the Boston GLOBE'S coverage of child abuse in the Catholic Church's Diocese of Boston, but for this message, I will assume that you have.

I didn't see it until Wednesday, March 6; I don't go to very many movies. The movie, as those who have seen it know, is powerful and very sobering.


But I don't write this to tell my BHS classmates, "Gee, Steve went to a movie." And I don't write in order to disturb. I write because, for some time leading up to my seeing  the movie, I kept wondering whether any of the priests  who served Belmont's St. Joseph&$39;s, St. Luke's, or Our Lady of Mercy parishes when we were living in Belmont were among those who abused, and whether any of those who went to BHS were among the abused. Those very thoughts are chilling. Even without the movie, the movie is sobering --  sobering and chilling.


We of BHS '54 grew up during the time of Cardinal Cushing, no less unyielding  (or frightening) than Cardinal Law. It was the time when the Catholics among us could not attend services at other places of worship, although, as some of you may know, there was a small interdenominational bunch of us who, during high school, had our own "comparative religion%#34; group which visited churches and synagogues, and that group included "disobedient" Catholics. It was also the time when any serious (not taunting) questions about Catholicism received flat, catechetical responses.

         That leads to a story that I don't think has ever been told:

In his Problems of Democracy class, the courageous Charlie Meyers had a section on religion, not the sort of thing one regularly talked about in high school in those times. During that segment, members of the class from various religions presented their religion's views and questions were asked. Those who made presentations were  a Catholic, a Protestant (a Methodist, as I recall), a Unitarian (because UUs don't wish to be confused with "Protestants" For those of you who remember the religion in which I was raised, I'm now a UU), and a Mormon, because  there was a visiting student from Utah that year, Joy Catron.  Some of us really wanted to know more about certain aspects of Catholicism, about which, I will admit, we were skeptical. But we decided not to ask those questions because they would be met with a repeated "That is what Father Boyle said," something we thought would not aid discussion.  Our stance may have been patronizing, but it is what we did.


It is now 60-some years later. Much has changed.  Many, like myself, have become lapsed, or have more actively fallen away, from  the religions in which we were raised. No doubt, on the other hand, some have strengthened their religious, or at least spiritual, commitment, moving from nominal attachment to serious religiously-based activity. Without commenting on what has taken place within other religions, which have their own theological and institutional difficulties, it is clear that the Roman Catholic Church now is not what it was then, not least because of what is portrayed in SPOTLIGHT.  Parishes have closed (Our Lady of Mercy is gone); few - too few to sustain the Church -take up vocations.** And Sean O'Malley is neither Richard Cushing or Bernard Law. And it is my sense that all, Catholic as well as others,  are more open to talking about their religious beliefs (or non-beliefs) and commitments.


** I recently had the opportunity to visit the Mother House of the Sisters of Loretto, in Kentucky; the average age of the Sisters is 80. 


Anyhow . . . here are some thoughts. The intent is not to roil the waters, and certainly not to offend. I do not seek responses, although I would be interested in them. (If you would

prefer off-list, my e-mail is wasb@albany.edu).

Yours in BHS, 

From John Keane
March 7, 2016
Hi Joe,
If your combat with version 10 ever eases, Here is some input.

Since no one in our class attended my elementary school, St Dominic's in Waverley, here is a shot of grades 4 thru 6' with me in the front row, third in from the right, wearing shorts, and the smallest tie ever made. 

I'm also sending a shot of the dormitory .The move to Junior High was an interesting change.

Thanks for sharing whenever you can.



From John Keane
February 29, 2016
Joe, you and Marion are always working to keep us all up to date, whether sad news or pleasant.
Our BHS website is already excellent, so thanks for tackling the challenges. You'll win !

From Janet (Miller) McKee
February 29, 2016
Joe you are a superhero to pit your IT skills vs the maze of data preservation, storage and access.
(Thanks Janet.  I may be more super stupid in losing those files we had. But, as a result lots of learning is taking place. - JM)

From Harley Anderson
February 29, 2016
Hi Joe
Thanks for the update. I remember Delana as a pretty reserved young lady. As for Shirley I am remiss in that I saw her obituary several years ago. I have many fond memories of her at the Butler School along with Gail, Grace, Margaret and many other cute girls when I realized there was a difference between girls and boys although I had four older sisters.
Good luck with Windows 10

I did not mean to leave out all the other cute girls at the Butler School. God made us all in His image; so they all are beautiful.

(Wow Harley, Outstanding diplomacy re the cute girls at Butler. As for Windows 10, I should have listened to you when you wrote a while back that you installed 10 and then quickly got rid of it... JM)

From Janet (Miller) McKee
February 24, 2016
Dear Joe - Do any of our classmates remember our 8th grade English teacher?  Miss Gould who introduced to many classics of literature.  She lived near me and I met her 2 elegant Siamese cats.

From Janet (Miller) McKee
February 20, 2016

Dear Joe - I'm now at Day 11 after my hip replacement surgery - all went well and I'm slowly gaining speed with the walking aids.  I have thought so often of the pre-op advice and comments and encouragement from my BHS classmates.  Many thanks again - and to you as well Joe for all you do to keep this group ticking.

From Jack Hanrahan
January 31, 2016

Joe,  I feel your pain believe me. I recently switched to System 10 and am still trying to figure it out.   Your new blog format seems fine to me.

From Marvin Zonis
January 19, 2016
By all means post and invite classmates to subscribe to my distribution list by going to marvinzonis.com and adding their e mail. There is no charge. And thanks Susan for the suggestion and thanks Joe for the news of ATT.

From Susan (Bliss) Alden
January 19, 2016
Hi Joe.  Marvin rarely puts something personal in the papers he sends to hundreds.  I thought this delightful, as we “knew him when”. Remembering Princess Arashaff. You may want to check with him, or maybe not even use it.

It’s snowing and up to 2 f in Burrlington today.  Skiers are thrilled!. Birds and squirrels very busy at my feeders.  Just came in from a walk with a friend.

Stay warm and well, and thank you for keeping us in touch on this site.    

From Harley Anderson
January 17, 2016
Hi Joe,

Thanks for keeping the lines open. One of my neighbors is a direct descendent of the Hartwell family If there are any questions of a specific nature I would be happy to pass them on.

Fortunately in our day we played football for fun and never to injure anyone.

From Janet (Miller) McKee
January 12, 2016
That google reference is just what I was looking for - thanks so much - when I searched a while ago it wasn't there or I was blind.

From Steve Wasby
January 12, 2016
As to Hartwell Farms:

That used to be a special place where we (my parents and younger brother) would go for dinner. It was said you could select your own duck or chicken from those wandering around and they’d cook it for you, but I think that is a myth (it would take too long to remove the feathers, etc.)

From Janet (Miller) McKee
January 11, 2016
Dear Carolyn - I can picture Russ in our younger days. My condolences to you and your family on his passing.

Odd that you should mention Payson Park Church. I was just thinking of it the other day. A friend in my Norwegian language class was telling me about her Christmas visit to her daughter in Belmont. The daughter/s husband is a dentist and they live near Cushing Square. My friend and her daughter sang the Messiah in some church that began with P? Payson Park I queried?? 

I looked up the website for Payson Park and found out about the Centennial celebrated in 2013. Only *elderly* name I recognized was Evelyn Allen. Wasn't she our Sunday School teacher?

I have now ordered a couple of publications about the history of Belmont. I have the Edward Betts book already thanks to my sister Ruth BHS 1943 winning it as a door prize at one of her reunions. Ruth recently celebrated her 90th birthday. I reminisce a lot about Belmont with her and my sister Nancy BHS 44.

A question for John Keane (and anyone else) - do you know the history of Hartwell Farm?

Best wishes

(Janet, here's a short, but very interesting history:http://www.hartwell.org/homestead.html . Thanks for asking - JM)

From Steve Wasby
January 11, 2016
Haven’t seen the movie.

Dealing with the targeting (“players who ram others with their helmets”) might eliminate some of the worst injuries but it is not sufficient to deal with the larger problem of repeated hits to the head.

I watch high school hockey (a result of growing up with our great BHS hockey team), and the refs are doing more to call penalties for hits near the head.

From Carolyn (Whitford) Scott
January 11, 2016
Many of my classmates knew my first husband, Russ Knibbs, who died this morning of heart complications. Russ and his good pal Bob Stoughton (husband of Margaret McDonald BHS 54) coached Little League for years (go Pirates!!) and worked with the youth hockey program, coaching and refereeing. Russ was active with me at Payson Park Church. Our three kids, Brian, Keith and Julie graduated from BHS and were all active there.

From Janet (Miller) McKee
January 1, 2016
Hello Joe and all classmates - Best wishes for 2016. I too face change in 2016. Like Joe, my PC computer is 5 years old and my Seattle son is urging me to get a Mac with a BIG screen. He promises to handle all the necessary changes - apart from paying for the new system. I'm also going to get a new hip - scheduled for Feb 9. Safe travels.

Happy New Year --- 2016