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From: Robert Wilson
To: Joseph R. Stanaitis
Sent: Monday, October 18, 2004 11:02 AM
Subject: Reminiscence

I still get nostalgic at this time of year. I remember sitting in the classroom and listening to the world series on the radio. It seemed the Yanks and Dodgers were always playing each other. I was a Brooklyn fan then and hated the Yanks for always winning. I'll bet Tom O'Brien is in his glory right now., especially in light of the Yankees win last night. I don't think I'll ever get over this nostalgia. It was the best time at the House for me. It was also Football season....my favorite sport. If i recall we beat most of the teams we played. I think we mostly scared them...we were such a rowdy bunch. The alumni used to come up and play a scrimmage on Thanksgiving Day and then we'd go and have Turkey for lunch. I can smell the seasons changing and still feel the crispness in the morning air.

Out here in in the Bay Area we are getting our late summer heat wave. June and July are cold and foggy months in SF but August, September and October warm up. The cold summer months are what prompted Mark Twain's famous quote. "The coldest winter i ever knew was a summer in San Francisco."

I gotta go now so enjoy the Series and Go Yankees!!!!!

Take Care,
Bob

From: Robert Wilson
To: David T. Feliciano
Sent: Thursday, June 23, 2005 5:26 PM
Subject: Re: Reminiscence

...... I don't know if the teachers played the World series games on the radio when you were a kid but i distinctly remember that when i was in the fifth and seventh grade... Mr. Griffins class(remember him?), the teachers would let us listen to the game while we sat in class. I know that one year Johnny Podres beat the Yanks and the other time was when Don Larson beat the Dodgers with his perfect game. .All the games were day games back then. And the Alumni games on thanksgiving were played in the morning before lunch. For the longest time i would get real nostagic around autumn of the year . Good times. Did you know my older brothers Andy and Bill? We came to the House in 1946.Andy was about 9 years old Bill 7 and I was ! ;! ;3 and my younger brother doug 18 months.Didn't know you or your brothers but i knew the name. You guys had a reputation if i remember correctly as being good in athletics as well as others like the Coreano brothers and the Snieders.

P.S. Thanks for putting the WEB site together., it triggered a lot of memories. Are you still running in the NY Marathon each year?

Take care David and God bless you and your family.

Bob Wilson


From: Robert Wilson
To: David T. Feliciano
Sent: Wednesday, June 29, 2005 3:11 PM
Subject: Re: reminiscence

Reminiscing about Autumn and Summer at the House. The world series. Sometimes a teacher would turn the game on while we were in class. I remember two particular years when this happened, the '55 world series when Johnny Podres won the seventh game, giving the Dodgers their first win over the Yanks in series play. The other year was when Don Larson pitched a perfect game I think it was in '57. Also the annual Bazaar was coming up and we all got a buck to spend on food and games. Football season (my favorite sport) was under way. I remember that we won most of the games we played, (inspite of the fact that most of our opponents were bigger than we were), probably because we were such a roudy bunch. On Thanksgiving Day some alumni and counselors would play a pickup game in the morning and then we would go to lunch for turkey and all the trimmings.We only got turkey on thanksgiving and Christmas Day. There was a game! we made up called Free For ALL .Somebody would kick the ball to a group of kids and whoever got it would be gang tackled and he would have to give up the ball etc.. The idea was to try and run through a bunch of tacklers and if you were successful you ran back the other way until you were tackled....that was a whole lotta fun and nobody got hurt . Summer time was full of sports which was our primary means of entertainment. You could always get enough guys to play " O CAT" a game that required only twelve players instead of eighteen althought the rules were basically the same as baseball. I wonder if that game was unique to STA? The Tarrantino brothers were always playing ball with us. Stickball was another game i and other guys in my goup played a lot.I think many a good throwing arm was ruined playing it. I'm sure mine was. Well that's all the reminiscing i have time for now, so take care and reminisce.

Bob


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