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Posted by phil on Thursday, July 16th 2020:

In Reply to: Re: Castle Hill Avenue posted by Steve on Thursday, July 16th 2020:

Yes, we missed each other in part because our lives were changing by the time I moved to 1595. By then, I wasn't hanging out in the ballfield, mostly studying, and making solo midnight trips for a beer at John's Paradise Inn up on Tremont near St. Raymond's Cemetery. I was in the army in 1964 then began teaching in NJ in '66. Moved to NJ in '66 as well.

I still remember fondly both stickball and softball in the ballfield.I spent most of my childhood there. That's how i knew Freddie White. And a guy named Morchauser (sp?) who was pretty damn good. I remember the name Kevin Reilly but didn't really know him. Kenny McClory was one of my roommates freshman year at the Cross. Dave Slattery taught with me at Iona Prep before I got a college job at William Paterson in NJ and began my writing career as well. Still teaching and writing to this day. And i write a lot about Parkchester and the Bronx, for sure. I'd love to know how some of the PC guys ended up. I would imagine we've lost a lot of them by now. Interesting that your father went to the Cross. My father graduated from Fordham in '28, I believe. Then went on for a Master's at Columbia, which was a rare degree in those days. Did you ever go to any of the St. Helena's grade school reunions in the mid-nineties. Probably not, since you were most likely a St. Raymond's guy. I got married in St. Raymond's, and was baptized there. I'm sure we must have passed each other in the hallways or on the street. The other person I still remember was Bob Larranaga (sp?) who lived across the street from us. He was at St. John's--a basketball player or coach, maybe both.

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