NEWS FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS OF SHRINE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
Fall 2009: Volume 34 Issue 2
In This Issue
ALUMNI FOCUS: Shrine Grads Cooking up a Career . . .
• It All Computes for Ken Sigler ‘82
• A Note from Bob Cleary ‘78
• Built to Last-George Ellison ‘69
INAUGURAL HALL OF FAME DINNER
REMINDER: Knight Reunion Weekend 2010
Hall of Fame Inductees pause for a picture just outside of Miramonti Field. Standing Left: Lloyd Syron’54,
Stan Lendzon ’52, Ron Bishop ’60. Kneeling: John Wangler ’76, Jim Seymour ’65, Bill Simpson ’70. Standing
Right: Paul Seymour ’68, Rachelle Bostic ’80, Coach Linda Mueller McIntyre, Jim Smith ’78, Jim Haggerty ’62
(representing his brother Mike Haggerty ’63.)
HALL OF FAME
2 Fall 2009
TABLE OF CONTENTS SHRINE Today
NEWS FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS OF
FEATURES: SHRINE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
9 Alumni Focus: Lauren Merriot ‘04
Brian Perrone ‘91, Jeff LaPointe ‘79,
Matt Prentice ‘76
Shrine Catholic High School
11 It All Computes: Ken Sigler ‘82 3500 West Thirteen Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI 48073-6709
13 A Note from Bob Cleary ‘78 WWW.SHRINESCHOOLS.COM
In union with the Church and our
15 Built to Last-Geaorge Ellison ‘69
community, Shrine Catholic High
School’s mission is to challenge each
20 Shrine Knight HALL OF FAME student to achieve academic excellence,
social, physical, and artistic potential and
G to embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ in
AT order to make a difference in the world.
Marylee H. Petty
O F FAM
R. J. Lomas ‘85
DESIGN / CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
Msgr. William H. Easton
8 Hootenany Memories? PASTOR/PRESIDENT
18 Alumni Updates PRINCIPAL
Laurie K. Bilkie-Snyder ‘88
25 Annual Golf Outing ASSOCIATE
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Matthew E. York
SCHOOL NEWS: ASSOCIATE
6 Shrine Opens New Student Center DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Meg Murphy Armstrong ‘92
7 Homecoming 2009 DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS
ALUMNI GOLF OUTING
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A WORD FROM OUR PASTOR
Dear Shrine Alumni, Parents and Friends:
By the time you receive this publication, we will have unveiled Sanders Auditorium.
This tremendous new addition to the 13 Mile Campus completes the work of the
last few years which has been primarily funded by the bond issuance. What is
wonderful about going this route is that we can take advantage of this great
new space – right now! We must not, however, lose sight of the fact that we still
owe $4.2 million on the bond debt.
Some of you have already generously pledged your support to help us pay off
the bond. I thank you! Within the next few months, you will all be asked to join in
the effort. We need every alumnus, parent of alumni and believer in the mission
of our schools to support us in order to efficiently eliminate the bond debt. The
Archdiocese of Detroit extended us this unique opportunity to pursue a new way of obtaining funding
for capital improvements. We hope this will provide us with a long term approach to maintaining our
campuses as we move forward.
When you are asked to participate in this effort, I hope you will prayerfully consider how your life has
been impacted by your time here at Shrine Catholic and how you now have the opportunity to ‘pay it
forward’ to today’s Shrine Knights. Remember that no gift is too small, but it is important to give.
I am truly grateful to you all for your commitment to our schools. For over 80 years, we have been a
strong, faith-filled, educational community. With your support, we continue to seek ways to ensure our
viability for the next 80 years.
Assuring you that I will pray for you,
With every good wish I remain,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Rev. Msgr. William H. Easton
4 Fall 2009
Dear Alumni and Friends of Shrine:
The cost of a Shrine education… Priceless! With national and Michigan
financial challenges, all of us are prioritizing our budgets and tightening
our belts. I have been associated with Shrine Catholic Schools for ten
years and in that time I have been consistently amazed by the support
of the Parish and alumni community which truly enriches the high school
experience. Shrine has affected the lives of several generations of students,
and, judging by our alumni database, our global presence will continue to
influence the future.
So a Shrine education may be priceless, but it is not unsubstantial. Our
Unified School Board struggles regularly to maintain tuition costs. We have increased our development
activities to fund tuition assistance for many families. Alumni support has helped to finance renovation
of our science labs, construction of the field house and Sanders Auditorium and, with the National Shrine
Parish, provides substantial financial support for tuition and capital improvements.
We are asking you to continue to invest in a Shrine education. The future of our children, their ability
to know and live their Catholic heritage and their ability to work in a global economy, is at stake. Shrine
helped educate you and now we are asking you to help make a difference in the lives of the next
As we enter the holidays, I pray that our alumni and benefactors enjoy a truly blessed season, where
the light of our Savior infuses our lives with the peace that surpasses all understanding.
May the blessings of Christ lighten all of our days.
Gabrielle Erken, Principal
MEMORY SHOTS . . . SHRINE HIGH 1940
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Shrine Opens New Student Center . . .
D own in the lower hallway, where
the “cafeteria” used to be, a new
“Shrine Student Center” has sprouted
from the old linoleum. Generously
donated by Mr. Robert Murray, this new
room for eating and socializing has been
the talk of the high school this fall. Mr.
Murray is the proud owner of Royal Oak’s
own Contract Design Group, and his
group of design experts truly transformed
what had been a pretty utilitarian eating
space into a lounge of luxury.
Coffee Bar, used by students for fundraisers
(bagels, doughnuts, bake sales, pizza, etc.)
While you might remember the former café’s
green formica booths, or later, white fold up tables,
current Shrine Catholic students dine at beautiful
tables with a dark wood finish. Modular carpet,
combined with tile that displays the school crest,
further adds to the ambiance. Best of all, students
can spend a few free minutes before school starts on the fully installed Wii gaming system, challenge one
another to a game of pool at the new billiards table, or partake of a beverage from the corner coffee
bar (a far cry from the old “bagel booth!”)
The new student center has met with rave reviews from students and faculty alike and it’s just one
more example of the way the entire Shrine community comes together even in tough economic times
to continue to build for the future. Next time you’re in the neighborhood, stop by the see the latest
renovations—you will be truly amazed!
6 Fall 2009
n a blustery, gray, and rainy cheers rang through the cool fall bove: Dressed up for spirit week
day, Shrine Catholic school air. While the final score had to (Decades Day)members from
the Class of 2009 Homecoming
spirit still managed to shine brightly be recorded as a loss for Shrine, Court. From left to right–front row:
from the bleachers. On Sunday, all those who came out to meet Katherine Shepard, Nicole Joseph,
October 4, alumni, parents, friends old and new could only Chloe Dewberry, Deanna Lawrin,
family, and friends all bundled list the event as a huge success. Meredith Hauser, Queen Allison Cross
up to cheer on the Knights as We hope you all join us again (Daughter of Shrine Alum Brad Cross
they played at home against Our next year, both for the game ’82). Back row: Sawyer Campbell,
King Mark Jagodzinski, CJ Bonnici,
Lady of the Lakes. Miramonti Field and the first ever Shrine Reunion Mike Waldrup, Joseph Bolton and
was a sea of blue and gold as Weekend. Go Knights! Curtis Mann (Son of Shrine Alum
Therese Caton Mann ’81)
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Share Your Play/Concert/Hootenanny Memories With Us!
A s we prepare to dedicate the new Sanders Performing Arts Auditorium on the site of the “old gym,”
we are asking alumni to send in their favorite memories onstage at Shrine. Were you a munchkin in
Patrick Barnard’s production of The Wizard of Oz? Did you do the “bottle dance” for Ms. Rashid? Were
you a producer on the “Shrine News” at the Hoot or a soloist at the Parent Graduation mass? Tell us about
it all—the good and the bad, the funny and the sentimental. Help us to dedicate this “new” space with
all the good blessings passed on from the “old.” Send your memories to www.shrinekinightalumni.com
or mail them in to Shrine Catholic High School—Shrine Today; 3500 W.13 Mile Rd.; Royal Oak, MI 48073.
Class of ‘49 reunion a great success! 60 years
M embers of the Class of '49
held their 60th class reunion
on September 19 at Shrine
Catholic High School. Twenty-
seven classmates and spouses
attended, and many more sent
their greetings and were there
in spirit. Class officers Connie
Bowman Cylkowski, JoAnnne
Kolka Malcolm and Byron Warner,
and committee members
Barbara Reefer Gleason,
Janice Embrey McCarthy and
Lois Reichel Nichols planned
the event, which included an
afternoon of camaraderie in the
high school library, followed by Pictured from left to right:
ROW1: JoAnne Kolka Macolm, Lois Reichel Nichols, Muriel Gignac O’Conner, Janice
the Reunion Mass celebrated Embrey MrCarthy, Connie Bowman Cylkowski, Bob Boehmer
by Fr. Edward Prus in the chapel. ROW2: Peter Shearer, Art Rousseau, Nancy Baker Simon, Johanne Vermeersch Lassa
line, Joan Embry LaBine
A special guest at the Mass ROW3: Byron Warner, Bobbie Widger Regan, Jeannette Gies Derum, Bernice Bettendorf,
was Holly DeBrowa, who had Barbara Reefer Gleason, Jim McEwan
Classmates Armand DeLisle and Don Jones also attended, but are not pictured.
helped with mailings in memory
of her mother, classmate Marie Embrey McCarthy for her work Nichols. Joe McCarthy took
Redmond Funk. Father Prus in making arrangements for the pictures which he and Janice
gave special recognition to liturgy. After Mass, everyone copied onto discs to be sent to
those classmates who had enjoyed a delicious dinner classmates. Many memories and
traveled from afar to attend the catered by classmate Barbara stories and pictures were shared
reunion: Joan and Bob LaBine Reefer Gleason. Tables were before the evening was
from Arizona, and Jeanette and decorated with beautiful vases of brought to a close by Bob Boe-
Mike Derum from Florida. He also flowers donated by Lois Reichel hmer's DVD of a chorale singing
gave special thanks to Janice "You'll Never Walk Alone."
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Lauren Merriott ‘04… Cooks Up A Career
I f you’ve ever enjoyed the
delicious dishes at the
Macaroni Grill in Auburn Hills,
of our culinary information from
the Food Network, Lauren says
that Top Chef probably does the
A Taste of Shrine. . .
you have unknowingly sampled best job of depicting what the
the creative work of Shrine alum job is really like. She says that
Lauren Merriott ’04. Lauren is programs like Hell’s Kitchen are
one of several basically just TV entertainment.
Shrine grads In the long run, Lauren would
who have love to be an executive chef at
interestingly a high end restaurant or to own
e n o u g h , and cook at her own diner. She Brian Perrone ’91
ended up in names Tribute as probably the
the kitchens best restaurant in metro Detroit Alums in Kitchens Near You
of excellent and admits that the meal she ate • Brian Perrone ’91
Lauren Merriott ‘04 restaurants there was the best she’s enjoyed Slow’s BBQ (Detroit)
all over metro from beginning to end. Merriott’s • Jeff LaPointe ’79
Detroit. Was it the yummy favorite dishes to cook and eat Duggan’s Irish Pub
chocolate chip cookies from the include veal osso bucco and (Royal Oak)
Shrine cafeteria that inspired good old homemade spaghetti • Matt Prentice ’76
them? We will never know, with meat sauce. With fewer
but the life of a working chef is people dining out these days, the
delicious indeed. lean economy has been tough
Lauren’s first job was in a on local chefs and restaurants.
kitchen and she knew right away Merriott is excited to have a job
that she wanted to pursue the in her field and is “striving to
culinary arts as a career. After learn all I can in and outside of
Matt Prentice ’76
formal training in OCC’s culinary work.”
arts program, Lauren was both For Shrine alums who wish
lucky and talented enough to get to dine in places where they Numerous restaurants in
a job right after graduation. As have a connection with Metro
a beginner, Merriott works under the chef, check out local Detroit including:
a corporate chef, but has high Shrine graduates who Coach Insignia
hopes of working her way up the are feeding Detroiters (Detroit)
ladder to creating menus and across the city. And Shiraz
making dining decisions. Lauren next time you’re at the (Bingham Farms)
contends that many people don’t Macaroni Grill, know Tavern On 13
realize what a high stress working that Lauren is working (Beverly Hills)
environment a restaurant kitchen her hardest to make Deli Unique
is. “Chefs work long hours, it is you one happy (West Bloomfield)
very stressful, and there is a lot
of pressure,” she comments.
For those of us who get most
10 Fall 2009
It All Computes for Ken Sigler ‘82
growing and very popular field.
I n his role as faculty member According to Ken, the
and chair of the Computer greatest interest in the field of
Information Systems Department Information Technology right
at Oakland Community College, now is information security. In
Ken Sigler ’82 has seen many a program that he helped
things. In this time of 15% develop, OCC students can now
unemployment in the state of train for careers in various areas
Michigan, he has most recently of information security with the promote this program and has
National Security Agency. To helped many students get an
offer help to the unemployed, he important head start on their
also devotes time to the college’s college educations.
Job Watchers program, which
offers both individualized and
group sessions to help people
T rue to his computer roots, Ken
mostly keeps in touch with
Shrine friends via Facebook. As
observed a huge migration of find and retain good jobs. he puts it, “At the time I joined
displaced workers heading back Ken is also actively involved with about a year ago there were
to school to sharpen old skills the Tech Prep Program, which about five of us from my class
or develop new ones. As his allows high school students to that were using the site. Now,
colleague put it this fall, that number has grown to
“Community colleges about fifty. It’s given me a
are like morticians— chance to catch up with
when things are going all of my classmates, and
bad, we are doing well.” not just those that I was
As he has witnessed an directly close to in high
18% increase in 2009 school. One of the great
enrollment, Ken has things about the Class of
successfully juggled 1982 is that everyone is
multiple professional accepted. Everyone feels
responsibilities to make equally comfortable to lean
this transition easier for on, seek advice from, or
many OCC students. simply say hello to anyone
A former faculty member else in our class. I think the
at UD-Mercy, Sigler ethics, values, and morals
began teaching at OCC provided by Shrine High
in 2001. He specializes School has a lot to do with
in web development that.” Ken has definitely
and web design classes, put all of those good
which allow students to qualities to use in a very
earn certificates that important job that helps so
will enable them to be earn OCC credit for a wide range many students, young and old, in
hired as web masters or web of classes they take in high school. southeast Michigan.
page designers. When you log Students can earn up to 16
onto a web site, remember that credits in subject areas as diverse
someone had to know the Flash or as health services, environmental
Dreamweaver software and the systems, business, and computer
create it. Ken shares his expertise high schools in the area to
with his students in this quickly
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Coach John Goddard ‘63 is New Dean of Students
F or a man who already is 100%
Shrine, John Goddard ’63
has amazingly just upped his
next door to Shrine Catholic
athletic director and his good
friend, Mr. Pete Donaldson.
percentage of school loyalty. Not Instead of “correcting” players
content with being a Catholic for pass interference or fumbles,
League championship coach Coach Goddard now points out
or a successful business leader, untucked shirts, hastily tied ties,
Coach Goddard added a new and hair that has defiantly grown
Coach John Goddard ‘63
title to his resume this school longer than the “above the
year—Dean of Students. collar” dress code rule. a full plate, but so far, Coach
The new Dean has taken up In addition to disciplinary duties, Goddard has managed the
residence in the small office Coach Goddard is also the new transition easily. Not to worry, he
formerly occupied by Sr. facilities manager, and in charge is still Shrine Catholic’s legendary
Maryann, the campus minister of overseeing the continuing coach on the gridiron—ready to
(she has moved downstairs). work on the fieldhouse and lead the Knights for many more
Now Coach Goddard is right new Sanders auditorium. It’s successful seasons.
Warm Dream Cruise Memories . . .for a Cold Winter’s Day!
B ack when the sun was still
warm and the grass was still
green, Fred Burger ‘64 and a
This particular group of friends
has been together since their
days at Shrine, and has remained
and Coach John Goddard ’63.
John gave us a tour of the new
gym and school renovations in
group of longtime Shrine buddies amazingly close over the years. progress. This year, as an added
got together to celebrate the As Fred puts it, “We met at treat, we visited with Pat Cooney
old and the new. It was Dream Duggan’s and spun the usual ‘74, the Shrine Grade School
Cruise weekend and the crew Shrine football tall tales—and coach, and watched Bob
met at Duggan’s on Woodward heard a few new ones. We Chrysler’s fifth grade grandson
to watch the classic cars stream toasted to our friends not there, practicing.”
by, listen to good music, and and to many more years of get Glad you enjoyed it guys! May
catch up with one another. together. Later, we walked there be many more Dream
Present this year were Fred ’64, down to visit this year’s Shrine Cruise memories to come!
Bob Chrysler ’64,Ron Ranieri ’64, High football team
Bob Peltier ’64, and Tom Seymour.
b Shrine Fie
Duggans Irish Pu ld
12 Fall 2009
A Note from Bob Cleary ‘78
Serving Impoverished Youth at Compassion International . . .
T hough I shudder to think back
on exactly when I graduated
from Shrine High School, I have
to admit that my life has been
nothing like I expected it to
play out. Frankly, it started fairly
predictably with a degree in
Advertising from Michigan State,
and a first job with a multi-national
advertising agency in Troy. It was
during this period that I met and
married my bride, Debbie, and
from then on, the changes slowly
but steadily lead us to see much
of the world, and to experience
our Lord’s grace in ways that
were unimaginable. Bob Cleary ‘78 (center) surrounded by youth who will benefit from the effects of
Most recently, Debbie and I Compassion International, A leading chilc advocacy organization.
have moved to yet another part
proper development in all areas Debbie and our two children,
of this exceptional country in
of life. The Compassion program Rob and Ali, have made homes
Colorado Springs. I was offered
targets long-term development in Atlanta; Johannesburg, South
a position with Compassion
of individual children – from infant Africa; Kalamazoo, Bethlehem,
survival, to child development, to PA; Boston, and now Colorado
com), a leading global child
leadership building for qualified Springs. The Lord has allowed
advocacy organization whose
university-caliber students. By me to fill up a few passports and
mission is to partner with local
doing so, changed children will I have seen the very best sites
churches to help release children
change their circumstances. around the globe… and the very
from physical, emotional, social
I consider my opportunity with worst. It has all been completely
and spiritual poverty around the
Compassion as a Marketing amazing, life changing and…
world. Currently, Compassion
Director on our flagship child humbling.
ministers to over 1 million children
development program to be an Our journey has not been all
in 27 countries through 5,000 local
incredible blessing. Obviously, “good times”. The reality is that
I have no idea how long the I would not be in the position I
Compassion partners with
Lord has plans for me here, but am today without having to walk
these local churches to
I do believe that my life has through some fire to be here.
execute a unique holistic child
been building to this unique Over the years, we have faced
development program that
point for quite some time. I have a few “your position has been
priorities the development of self-
been privileged to work in a eliminated” scenarios, some
value through the eyes of God,
variety of escalating marketing lengthy periods of unemployment
our Father. Extreme poverty
and communications roles and a closed small business. Like
strips children of their dignity;
with McCann-Erickson, Coca- many others, we have witnessed
it hammers these children with
Cola, Kellogg’s, Crayola, and the demise of our future nest-
lies and abuse. But once they
a small start-up in the electric egg, and we now have two
begin to know God’s love, and
transportation business as well college tuition payments! But
have some of their most basic
as investing in a Great Harvest I have learned that God is
needs met, Compassion and its
Bread franchise. Along the way, sovereign. And as hard as it is
partners are able to encourage
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Bob Cleary ‘78 cont.
sometimes, I have come to know me to serve Him in this capacity of 26. I love them so deeply.
that “Because of the Lord’s great at Compassion, I am most I miss Michigan terribly. It is
love we are not consumed, for pleased to do so. And I likely home, and it always will be for
his compassions never fail. They could not do it without having me. Every few years, I am able to
are new every morning; great is experienced all that we have reconnect with a few old friends
His faithfulness. I say to myself, through twenty-three years of from Shrine for a golf outing,
‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I meeting the challenges and and we try to come home for
will wait for Him. The Lord is good building our faith as a family. I Christmas regularly. And when
to those whose hope is in Him, to am grateful to the Shrine family Joe Lordon ‘78, Ed Dodge ‘79,
the one who seeks him.’” (Lam and my own brothers and sisters Bill Marx ‘78, Brian Sobczak ‘78,
3:22-25, NIV) and their families for shaping me. and my brother-in-law, Jimmy
I cannot explain why children And I continue to be amazed at Smith ‘78 get really desperate for
have to live in extreme poverty. the profound level of love and someone to round out their golf
I cannot explain why bad things servitude that my parents, Bob event, they call me. It’s tough to
happen to good people. But for and Theresa Cleary, demonstrate have to pay for your friendships!
however long the Lord desires for everyday to our extended family But I love them anyway.
IRA CHARITABLE GIFTS
Do you have an ira? Are you over the age of 70 1/2 years old?
If you answered yes to both of these questions, you have the opportunity to make a direct distribution from
your IRA to a qualified charity such as the National Shrine…TAX FREE!
To make a Charitable Gift through an IRA Charitable Rollover:
• Contact your IRA custodian before making a gift to arrange for the proper transfer of funds. The check will be
issued from the IRA directly to the National Shrine.
• Gifts can be of any denomination up to $100,000 for 2009.
• While this topic is fresh on your mind, ask your attorney and financial advisor how to make the Shrine Catholic
Schools a beneficiary in your will, trust or IRA.
The gifts can be designated to many different programs within our community schools.
Opportunities to assist include:
• Make a contribution to the Master Plan or make a payment on an existing pledge
• Aid a family to provide a Catholic education for their family by contributing to the Tuition Assistance Program.
• Give to the general fund of the schools.
Your gifts will help to ensure the viability of our schools for years to come. We thank you in advance for
considering a gift through the IRA Charitable Gift Program.
These helpful tips are only for your information on this new law and are not to be considered as legal, tax or
financial advice. You should consult with your legal, tax and financial advisors to implement the benefits of this
new law and related matters.
14 Fall 2009
Built To Last—George Ellison ’69 Helps Engineer the Future
A s a project manager
Anderson Pacific Engineering
and Armstrong in Detroit, Ellison
worked his way through Michigan
Tech on many projects, including
and Construction, Inc., George the Southfield Freeway/ I-96
Ellison ’69 has helped to build interchange in the early 1970s.
some challenging public works He learned a great deal from the
projects in the U.S. Often tradesmen who worked alongside
defined as “difficult, hard to get him, and he took that knowledge
to, dirty, or having something along with his degree to Anderson
that makes them unattractive Pacific in 1980. While he has
to most of the competition,” the worked there, the company
public works projects bid on by has been involved with an
Ellison’s company are among impressive range of challenging
the most interesting in the field. projects. For example, his firm
Anderson Pacific constructs did the prototype re-decking of
“everything except buildings” the Golden Gate Bridge in San Moffett Field
and has worked on bridges, Francisco, which involved closing
treatment plants, pumping several lanes of the bridge each
plants, highways, and pipelines. night at 10:00 pm, removing
The variety of challenges make sections of the deck, and then
for a very rewarding profession: replacing them in time for the
as Ellison states, “I could not have 5:00am morning commute! If
wished for a better way to make the firm was even a little bit late,
a living.” they were charged thousands of
Metro residents unknowingly dollars per minute the bridge was
make use of one piece of
Ellison’s handiwork on a regular “The general condition of infrastructure in this country
basis. As a day laborer for Darin is in dangerous disrepair.” -G. Ellison ‘69
closed. Now that’s pressure! produces quality workmanship
Many of Ellison’s projects at a price that will outbid his
require construction while competitors. Unfortunately,
the facility is under continued the job also requires extensive
operation, including work amounts of government
with NASA, wharfs under the paperwork. “Grin and bear it,”
restaurants in Monterey’s Ellison remarks.
Cannery Row, and dirigible Ellison warns that the general
hangars. condition of infrastructure in
As the project manager and this country is in dangerous
estimator, Ellison is responsible disrepair. “We have neglected
for “determining the most projects built 50 years ago with
efficient construction a 25 year expected lifespan,”
methods, quantities of he explains. He urges us to
materials required, soliciting spend more on inspections and
the bids for materials, and maintenance and warns that,
estimating the amount of “Ignoring outdated treatment
labor required.” In other plants, bridges, sewers etc. will
words, he has to come up result in ecological and human
with a final price tag that suffering.”
Urging aspiring Shrine engineers
Set digester cover
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George Ellison ‘69 cont.
to get the best education possible and to “squeeze every particle of knowledge out of it you can,” he
expresses special gratitude for the preparation he received from Shrine faculty Mr. Hoch, Sr. Mary Joyce,
and Sr. Richardine in particular.
All in all, George loves his job, the good and the bad, and especially enjoys the talented people he
works alongside every day. “Never apply for a job that doesn’t excite you,” counsels Ellison—advice
that he has obviously heeded in his own remarkable career.
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16 Fall 2009
50th reunion for Class of ‘59 !
T he Class of 1959 surely had a very successful and enjoyable 50th anniversary of graduation celebration.
It was held October 2, 3 and 4. The classmates all met at 6pm at the Royal Oak spot, Duggan’s. There
were lots of laughs good cheer and toasts. We then settled down a little to have a Big Chief burger
similar to the ones served by a Woodward Avenue favorite Drive-In in the 1950’s The Totem Pole, mmm!
Saturday evening, October 3, brought our strolling dinner at the Radisson Hotel and the conviviality
continued on from the night before. Everyone was talking and laughing so much that we gave up trying
to play the 50’s and 60’s CDs as you could not even hear the music! What a great party it was!
On Sunday, October 4, we had Mass at the National Shrine church followed by a farewell brunch
at Sweet Lorraine’s. It felt so good to be back in our childhood home church. It is so beautiful! Msgr.
Easton said Mass; he is so enthusiastic and such a great communicator. He is the perfect fit for Shrine.
This was a great way to end our fabulous weekend!
Everyone took home warm memories!
ABOVE: (From left to right) Paul LaFontaine and
ABOVE-LEFT: Class Members attending the Class of ‘59 Reunion
ABOVE: Robert “Big Red” Lyons
and his wife, Joni. ABOVE (From left to right) Mary Helen Hayward Kaser, Bob Toms, Kathy Berry
Acker and Rosie Yowell Keefe.
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ALUMNI UPDATES . . . traded in his Sportster MC for an
Electra Glide, his “old man” bike.
He loves to golf and does so three
time a week if it’s not raining. He
1942 1961 says that, “Life is good.”
Barbara Keating Zelinski moved to Diane Flanigan Mahoney has
Traverse City in 1974. Her husband been married to husband Dan 1978
Vinnie passed away in 2000 and for 46 years! They love to travel, + Theresa Marie Kristopik, died
she relocated to a nice condo especially to their condo on Siesta October 16, 2009 at her home.
there. This way, she can still enjoy Key, FLA. She is grateful that all of Theresa was employed at
“living near the Bay and being her children and grandchildren RHP Properties working as an
close to my grandchildren.” She live close by. accountant for more than 25 years.
keeps busy “tending my yard She also worked in the evenings at
and pond, walking the mall, and 1962 the Royal Oak Community Center
hosting any company who comes Julie Watson is a professor and for the past 25 years. She received
to this beautiful and healthy area associate dean at Ohio State her business degree from Western
to visit.” University. She would love to get Michigan University. Theresa loved
back in touch with Janice Nelson going up north, and was an avid
1949 ’62 and Gail Zak, former Shrine Tigers and Red Wings fan.
+Elizabeth (Betty) Carson Trammell friends.
passed away on January 13, 2009.
1963 + Jay Joseph Campbell died
Her daughter, Elaine Nutt wrote:
Arlene Vachon Forrester sold her unexpectedly Tuesday, Oct. 20,
“She had toyed with the idea of
company and moved to Traverse 2009, surrounded by his family and
making the trip back to Michigan
City nine years ago. She “tried friends. Jay was a 1982 graduate
one last time for her 60th reunion,
retirement living for four years of Central Michigan University. He
but she was too weak. I had
and hated it!” She now works married Jill Cochran and they have
promised her that we could go, but
for an accounting firm in that one daughter, 9 year old Marissa.
I think she knew that she would not
same city, specializing in work After graduating from Central, Jay
make it. Sadly, she did not. She
with bankruptcy trustees. She has moved to Florida taking a job with
absolutely loved her high school
found that her 25 years as a para- W.B. Doner Advertising in Tampa,
classmates and remembered
legal (and before owning her own and a number of Tampa Bay Area
you all with so much affection.
business) “continues to be one of radio stations. Jay was currently
My sister and brothers and I were
the best assets in my resume.” employed with the Tampa Bay
regaled with stories about dancing
Buccaneers in Broadcast Sales for
the jitterbug, the proms, and the
1974 Buccaneer Radio Network. Jay
nuns. She was a proud member
James Reedy has been a soldier in was an active member of Heritage
of the Shrine’s class of 1949, and
the U.S. Army, a Los Angeles County United Methodist Church.
would never have traded away
her experience there for anything. Sheriff’s deputy, and a Los Angeles 1980
Thank you all for being a part of Unified School District teacher. He Kenneth Scott is a broker/owner of
some of the happiest days of my currently lives in McCoy, FLA, where Candler, Scott, and Wallace Real
mother’s life. Please remember he is a special education teacher Estate Consultants in Detroit.
her in your prayers. God bless you in the Marion County Schools.
1976 David Wild lived in Phoenix, Arizona
1953 Thomas Walsh is retired from the from 1990-1993. He is now a
Gerald Schmidt is still married to Army after 27 years of service. He programs engineer for Ford Motor
Clara Cordts ’56 after 50 golden is currently working as a Safety Co. and just started a photography
years! They met at the Mixmasters Specialist because “having company. He and wife Heather
Shrine Club after he got out of the two kids in college requires me to have three children and love
Marine Corps. In 1956. keep working!” He recently backpacking in the southwest U.S.
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UPDATES continued . . . Joseph Gleason is a lab manager
at General Motors. He and wife
1986 1989 cont.
Heather Welch-Gleason, live with
Colleen Shelton Bryan is a fourth Karla Brassell Craig is an
their family in Royal Oak.
grade teacher with the West instructional specialist with the
Ottawa Public Schools. She and Detroit Public Schools. She lives in Jennifer DeLamielleure Etling is
husband Lance live in Hudsonville Novi with husband Tony and their a doctor and graduate of the
with daughters Claire and Audrey. two daughters. Washington University School of
Medicine. She lives with husband
1987 Leslie Gamage started a Tom and their three children in St.
Monica Wright Burgess just videography business, Bezley Louis, MO.
moved to Monterey, CA with her Productions, LLC in January 2008.
husband and family. Her husband She lives in Odenton, MD. Marc Chennault lives with wife
is pursuing his masters degree in Kimberly Cook ‘89 and is a COO
natural security affairs at the Naval Keegan-Michael Key is the and senior analyst with Paige
Postgraduate School. Monica is president of Cindylou, Inc. He and Capital Management in New
working on a degree in marriage, wife Cynthia live in Los Angeles, York.
couple, and family therapy and CA, where he continues to pursue
is a board member with the a successful entertainment career. Tracie Claramunt-Munro is a
Monterey High School’s Academy Currently Keegan has a reoccurring paramedic for the City of Detroit.
for Oceanographic Sciences. role on CBS’s ‘Gary Unmarried.’ She is in her last semester of nursing
school and “can’t wait to graduate
1989 Melinda Bolitho Rancilio is a in 2009.” She lives with husband
Brian Quade celebrated his 15 teacher’s aid/coach at St. Jospeh Stuart and their two children in
year wedding anniversary with Catholic School. She lives in Oxford Madison Heights.
wife Susan this year. The couple with husband Gregory and their
enjoys coaching the kids’ teams, Meghan Labadie Parent is happily
children Lindsey and Kylie.
bike riding, boating, and fishing off living in Grosse Pointe Park with her
the dock. After a long career as Patricia Offer is the director of husband of seven years, Joe. They
a materials and logistics manager, annual giving at the Rehabilitation are trying to keep up with their five
he and his wife now work together Institute in Chicago. She has a little ones, all under the age of six!
to develop her growing private B.S in English from St. Joseph’s
Molly Blank McClure is an education
medical practice. College.
consultant living in Quincy, Ill. with
Bonnie MacDougall works at Mariela Gomez is a web producer husband Stephen and daughters
Ladies’ Fitness and Wellness and for the National Geographic Anna and Kathleen.
lives with husband R. Timothy Society. She lives in Arlington, VA.
Smith and their children in Chapel
Krista Strang Rickerson began
Hill, NC. Diana Grossi Ray is a program
working at Westchester Campus
supervisor at Training and Treatment
Dominic Romano is an account of Care, a nursing facility affiliated
Innovation in Madison Heights. She
clerk with the City of Livonia. He with Volunteers of America, in
lives with husband Justin and their
and wife Anna have two sons, 2008. She is the director of medical
two children in Macomb.
Isaac and Casper. records and loves living in Arizona
Meghan Kelly Aldrich is the with her husband Joe and daughter
Jennifer Ovies O’Connor is a principal at EPC Management in Jessica. Jessica is “growing like a
physical therapist with Beaumont Southfield. She and husband Scott weed here in the Arizona sun. She,
Hospitals. She lives in Novi with live in Franklin with daughters Abby just like her parents, loves being
husband Mike and children Jake, and Sydney. able to be out and about without
Elizabeth, and Liam. the snow.”
Jeff Mackey and his wife
Linda Dixon Bezemek lives in West
Stephanie live in Oxford with their
Bloomfield with husband Timand
two daughters. He is the owner of
children Zachary, Blake, and
SIX15 Solutions, LLC.
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UPDATES continued . . .
Octavia Marquess is an insurance Angela Stock Munroe is a music
agent with AAA of Michigan. She teacher/band director with the
lives in Westland. Denver Public Schools. She and
husband Joe live in Littleton, CO.
Katie O’Halloran Bardocz lives in
Commerce with husband Steve 2000
and kids Kendall and Blake. Ellen Matuszak Strom married Jon
Strom on August 1, 2008. She is the
1995 admissions director for Southfield
Capers (Kip) Harper is a Christian School.
at Covenant HealthCare where 2004
he is developing a TeleMedicine/ Ashly Kochanski Neumann
Telehealth program for the next graduated Magna Cum Laude
three years. He and his wife Nancy from GVSU in December 2008 with
Lin Harper, welcomed their first a degree in music. She married
child on April 1, 2009. They also own Mitchell Neumann of St. Clair, MI
Harper International Marketing and at the National Shrine on June 19,
Management, which operates in 2009.
SHRINE HALL OF FAME
HALL OF FAME
Hall of Fame 2009
Inaugural Induction Ceremony
t’s in the history books. The Shrine HO G
Knight Hall of Fame has officially
been established and our newly
inducted athletes, coaches and
Hall of Fame inducteeRachelle Bostic ‘80, joined by
service award winners have been
two of her teamates Jeanne Konczal Reddie ‘81 and
honored. We were lucky enough HA Kathy Thomas ‘80
to have almost every inductee LL E
O F FAM
attend our festivities back on
October 3. We were also joined University; 5 inductees played gained from coaches and in the
by many alumni and friends to professional athletics; 3 hold classroom, laid the foundation
celebrate and honor the great Catholic League records in Track for their success both as athletes
achievements of the inductees – & Field; 2 hold records at their and as individuals.
Ron Bishop ’60, John Seymour ’61, universities and one holds an NFL The following day, the
Mike Haggerty ’63, Jim Seymour record. This was an incredible inductees were introduced on
’65, Paul Seymour ’68, Bill Simpson group of men and women who the field prior to the start of the
’70, John Wangler ’76, Jim Smith also happen to have made an Homecoming football game.
’78, Rachelle Bostic ’80, State impact in the world of athletics. Even though it was raining, they
Championship Golf Team – 1952, The induction ceremony was were proud to be representing
Coach Linda Mueller McIntyre a wonderful evening filled with Shrine Knights as our Hall of Fame
and Bart & Jane and Duke & Cis laughter, great stories of old stand outs. What was most telling
Seymour. If you are not familiar friends, good times and Shrine was the presence of several of
with the accomplishments of the athletic greatness. Many of the the inductees on the sidelines
inductees I would encourage you inductees indicated that while during the Homecoming game.
to log on to the alumni website they had enjoyed success after Cheering on the team, gently
to read their resumes. As a small their high school careers, their encouraging the refs and being
recap, all of our athletes played time and experience playing active participants in the game,
college athletics at universities football, basketball, baseball they once again demonstrated
like Notre Dame and Indiana and track and the knowledge great leadership for our current
The Shrine Knight Hall of
Fame is an opportunity for our
community to honor the great
athletic traditions established
by our alumni and carried on
today in our programs. We are
grateful for all who joined us for
this wonderful celebration and
we hope many more of you will
join us next year. As was with
this year’s ceremony, the Hall of
Fame induction in future years
will take place on the eve of the
Homecoming football game.
Members of the 1951 Shrine State Championship Golf Team: Left to right,
Stan Lendzon, Jack Lyons and wife, Lloyd Syron with wife and sister.
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Dear Alumni and Friends:
How often do you run into Shrine Alumni? Have you ever stopped to think of the impact our small
Catholic high school has had, not only on our immediate community but on the county? The
state? The country? It is amazing to read the updates of our alumni who are literally all around
the globe doing tremendous work in a myriad of fields. And to think they all had their humble
beginnings right here in the yellow tiled hallways of Shrine. Even though we may consider Shrine
a small, Catholic high school, our alumni are vast, and are having an influential presence in
society. We are counting on that impressive group to give back to their high school community.
We are nearly 8000 strong and we can make a difference.
On the heels of this publication you will be receiving your invitation to participate in this year’s
Christmas Appeal. We hope you will take a moment to make a generous contribution to SHRINE
Catholic High School. As always, you may designate your gifts to a particular department or
activity. In addition, you have the option of honoring someone special in your life or remember
those who have gone before us.
This is the only direct mail appeal we send to our alumni. We hope you will be very generous
with a gift this year. If possible, perhaps you might be able to add $1, $5 or maybe even $10
to your normal annual gift to Shrine. Each dollar is critical to our success in providing a Christ-
centered, challenging Catholic education for SHRINE students.
We thank you in advance for your heartfelt gifts of support to your alma mater. Wishing you and
your family God’s blessings in the coming Christmas season!
Very truly yours,
Laurie Bilkie-Snyder ’88 Matthew York
Associate Director of Development Associate Director of Development
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION . . .
Dear Fellow Shrine Alumni,
It is my indeed pleasure to extend you greetings from the SHRINE Knight Alumni Association. I also
extend my sincere thanks to Mike Mares ’78, our immediate Past President, for his tenacious support and
leadership over the last several years.
I am privileged to become involved in the Alumni Association in uncertain and stressful times. The
H1N1 virus looms, our local economy continues to be challenging and the “every day” anxiety we all
experience in our professional and personal lives occasionally distract us from the quality of life we
seek. Demanding times are thankfully met with the love and support of our family, friends and life’s
more optimistic moments. Recently, I was involved with the 2009 Homecoming and the 1st annual
HALL OF FAME Induction ceremony at SHRINE. Seeing so many wonderful SHRINE people from my past
rejuvenated my appreciation for the sacrifice my parents made to educate all five of their sons at Shrine,
and brought back countless memories of my years and friendships at Shrine.
The high school offers a wonderful venue for many events throughout the year. If you have not yet seen
the changes on campus, I encourage you to come and see them for yourself. These improvements
will revive pride in your past and renew your hope for the future of SHRINE HIGH. I also invite you to
consider becoming involved with the Alumni Association; we are currently seeking Board Members,
volunteers to support alumni events, and will soon launch an exciting new program, Alumni Ambassadors,
representatives from each graduating class to assist with ongoing communication among classmates.
The mission of the SHRINE Alumni Association remains to augment a sense of community in the SHRINE
family and provide ways for you to stay connected and involved with SHRINE. If you are interested in
becoming more involved with the Alumni Association, contact the Alumni Relations Office at (248) 549-
2925 x 2503, or visit www.shrineschools.com. I hope to see you at one of the many upcoming alumni
events; don’t wait for a formal class reunion to stay connected to the SHRINE family.
Ken Morgan, ‘77
Shrine High School Alumni Association
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Mark your calendars: KNIGHT REUNION Weekend 2010
Re-connect with classmates, Grads from all Classes…
How about some just plain FUN? Socialize, eat, drink, golf or run, share some memories. The
Shrine Development Staff, in conjunction with the Shrine Alumni Board, would like to invite ALL
ALUMNI to participate in one or all the activities planned for this special event. Here is a tentative
schedule for Shrine Alumni on the weekend of June 28th, 2010:
Friday, June 25th:
10:00 a.m. - ANNUAL SHRINE ALUMNI GOLF OUTING
6:00 p.m. - SHRINE ALUMNI BARBEQUE $20
Saturday, June 26th:
10:00 a.m. - ALUMNI FUN RUN (1K & 5K)
4:30 p.m. - MASS FOR SHRINE ALUMNI at National Shrine Church.
6:00 p.m. - REUNION KNIGHT (Milestone reunions i.e. 5, 10, 15 year, etc.)
7:00 p.m. - KNIGHT RECEPTION (Offered to classes who choose to hold
their reunion at a different time.)
Contact R.J. Lomas ’85: email@example.com or Laurie Bilkie-Snyder ’88:
firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions.
SAvE THE DATES !
• ALUMNI BASKETBALL GAMES • ANNUAL GOLF OUTING
Saturday, December 19th, 2009 Friday, June 25th, 10:00 AM
• ALUMNI/HS MINSTRy DAyS • ALUMNI BARBEqUE (ALL ARE INvITED!)
March 10th, 11th, 2010 Friday, June 25th, 6:00 PM
• SPRING MUSICAL “CURTAINS” • REUNION KNIGHT!
(NEW SAUNDERS AUDITORIUM!) (Milestone reunions @ SHRINE)
MARCH 26TH - 29th, 2010 Saturday, June 26th, 6:00 PM
• KNIGHT RECEPTION (All milestone reunion alumni invited!)
(Reunion Alumni whose class reunions are held on another date)
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D uring difficult economic times we are still very blessed with many graces: family, friends, good health, and
great memories of a supportive high school and parish community that helped start us down a successful
Keep in mind, there are a significant number of Shrine friends who have been similarly graced with children
and family but have fallen upon difficult times in their professional lives and are unable to make the sacrifice
to provide a solid, Catholic education for their children like our parents did for us.
INvEST IN THE FUTURE AND IMPACT A LIFE!
The ADOPT-A-KNIGHT program is specifically designed to support need-based tuition assistance to only pre-
qualified students. your charity, your participation will make a difference, regardless of the amount of your
HELP PROMOTE CATHOLIC EDUCATION.
We invite you to partner with us, by sponsoring all or part of a student’s tuition for a year or even a complete
4-year Shrine Catholic education. your contribution will go directly toward the tuition of a specific young man
or young woman in need.
Remember, while times maybe challenging for us, there is an even greater, growing need to provide
Metro Detroit area and Shrine Parish youth the opportunity to realize their dreams and develop to their full
RETURN THE GIFT yOU RECEIvED …A CATHOLIC EDUCATION…A SHRINE WhO CAN ADOPT?
EDUCATION. • Individual Alumni.
Unfortunately, there are some who take the position that they have • Families who want to honor
paid for their education, and owe nothing to their alma mater. This someone special.
misconception assumes the cost of tuition is equal to the cost to • The Class of 1985 who wanted
educate students, which has never been true. Also, it overlooks the to memorialize two deceased
fact that several of our classmates would not have benefitted from a classmates.
Shrine education without the generous gifts of former donors. • Friends who did not attend nor
CATHOLIC CHARITy THAT CONNECTS DIRECTLy. . . send their children to Shrine.
• Former parents.
We would like to connect you with a young person in need and
send you updates to check on their progress. Furthermore, when possible, we would love to allow some
appropriate form of mentoring and support. If you would like to find out more about the Adopt-A-Knight
program, contact the Development Department: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or
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T he Shrine Catholic High School 20th Annual Golf Outing was held August 7, 2009 at Fieldstone Golf
Club in Auburn Hills. Many alumni, alumni parents and friends joined us to help raise dollars for our
scholarship and tuition assistance programs. To date the annual golf outing has raised over $200,000!
We are most appreciative to all of our golfers and sponsors who assist us in help to offset the rising cost
of providing a Shrine Catholic education for our students and families.
THANK yOU TO OUR CORPORATE SPONSORS:
The Miramonti Family ● Lou Miramonti •Sobeck Enterprises – Chicken Shack ● Iola and John Sobeck
THANK yOU TO OUR BEvERAGE CART SPONSOR:
Architectural Building Components ● Gerald Caratelli ‘72
Specialty products for construction •13380 Capital Park, Oak Park, MI 48237
THANK yOU TO OUR HOLE SPONSORS: (Business listings)
William Sullivan & Son Funeral Homes, John Sullivan, Alumni
Father •Keoleian, Massimilla and Associates, Linda Massimilla,
Alumni Mother • Top Cat Sales/Adidas, John Wangler ‘76 • Visual Sports Network of Michigan, Russ
Waldo • Northwood Credit Union, Jackie Galesky, CEO • Berridge & Morrison, Bob Sheldon • Super
Car Wash Systems, Ryan Gesund • Plaskey Painters Inc., Jim ‘76 & Melissa Plaskey •At Home Tutoring,
Joan Armstrong Peterson
Honorariums: Charles H. Huebner ● Dr. Charles J. Huebner, M.D. ‘71
Memorials: Anna C. & John G. Else Sr. • Julie Kantz and Family • Fred E. Sheldon • Dorothy, Bob, Jean &
Family Listings: The Castine Family Carol Castine
The 21st Annual Golf Outing will take place Friday, June 25th, 2009 with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. The
outing will be held again at Fieldstone Golf Club in Auburn Hills, a nationally recognized course. The
Golf Outing will be the kick-off event of the new Knight Reunion Weekend. Please visit www.shrinek-
nightalumni.com for all the weekend details.
2009 SHRINE CAT
THANK yOU TO OUR DOOR PRIZE DONORS: Please patronize the businesses that have generously donated
Hollywood Supermarkets • Indian River Golf Course • The Tennis & Golf Company • Oakland County Parks
Borders Books & Gifts • National Coney Island • Fieldstone Golf Club • Mrs. Laurie Bilkie-Snyder ‘88
Raisin River Golf Club • Super Car Wash Systems • Shrine Knight Alumni Association
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Women's Winning Team
LEFT(from left to right)
Laurie Bilkie-Snyder '88
Jean Sheldon Ivory ‘67
Men's Winning Team- RIGHT(left to right)
Scott Morley, Jeff Cavazos
Alex Cavazos ‘10, Armando Cavazos
Thank you to the volunteers who make this event
happen. We are grateful to alumni who enjoy
giving their time back to make this event so
Amy Bauer ‘84, Mary Ellen Soma ‘61, Susan Lilly ‘89
HOLIC Golf Outing
items for the 20th Annual Shrine Catholic Golf Outing. We are thankful for their support!
• Mr. & Mrs. Meg ’92 & J.D. ’93 Armstrong • Dick’s Sporting Goods • Larco’s Italian Restaurants • Starbucks
Co-Ed Winning Team
RIGHT(from left to right)
Janet Mazur ‘77
Colin Murphy ‘05
Greg Davidson '79
W - Megan Davidson
M - Alex Cavazos '10
Senior - Dave Smith
Closest to the Pin
W - Megan Davidson
M - Marty O'Neill
Senior - Marty Welch
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