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Posted by Steve on Sunday, July 19th 2020:

In Reply to: Re: Castle Hill Avenue posted by phil on Friday, July 17th 2020:

The Chester House was a classy place. Across Met was the Westwood – always struck me a noir-ish sort of place. Assignations of men wearing fedoras and dangerous women.

I never had a “career” - I was more the “jobs” type – one after the other, seeking geldt. Ten years in the corporate world satisfied that urge – lucky to become attached to a start-up and received excellent salary and bonuses and great stock options which defrayed most expenses for the next 10-15 years as I did what I wanted to do (“followed my bliss” lol).

Those years included running a conference/retreat center in WV, a year with the Trappists in Missouri, Director of Finance for a non-profit in affordable housing in western Mass. Big title with little pay – subsistence @$75/month + housing.) Some others of little interest until brother-in-law died and I relocated to NJ to help out with sister's kids still at home. Next stop was starting a small business - low-level finance/accounting – enough to keep me in beer and pizza until I retired. Retirement is wonderful, although I don't walk well from a long ago auto accident in Pittsburgh that dislocated my hip. Other than that...................

My academic career included a couple of years at Gonzaga, U of Hawaii, NYU (no degree) where I had William Barrett as philosophy teacher. He had introduced Sartre and Camus to the NY intelligentsia and was a terrific teacher. Years later, a couple of semesters brushing up on accounting at a local CC to start the business in NJ.

Sorry about dropping that Dave Slattery info on you. I never got any details. I think he was married to Nancy McDonald from our driveway. Great story about Dom C and the Knothole gang. You missed your fifteen minutes of fame but made up for it in spades later.

Thanks for the info on your writing – I'm looking forward to the short story collection, and I'm sure I'll get to the novels. Peter Quinn, also from the Oval and St. Ray's, wrote BANISHED CHILDREN OF EVE - novel about the Civil War draft riots in NYC. Excellent. Mary Higgins Clark – another writer from the neighborhood - Archer Street. Must have been something in the water.... Can't leave out puppeteer Shari Lewis from Parkchester Road.

Kevin Reynolds has chipped in on this thread below – you might want to look in. He's closer in age and knows many of the players. Oh yeah, meant to ask – did you ever get what you were looking for in your original post mentioning McMenimum's Bar?

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