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                                                              Page 8 - Operation Walk                         Page 10– De LaSalle Blackfeet School

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                                                                   i Trip to Nicaragua                         Page 13 – Brother Kevin Dalmasse ‘77
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    Members Board                                 Board of Directors                      Central Catholic High School Administration
    Most Rev. David Zubik,                        M
                                                  Michael J. Boyle, Esq ’53 Chairman      Br. Richard Grzeskiewicz, FSC ’62........................................................ President
        DD, Bishop of Pittsburgh                  J
                                                  Jesse Campayno                          Br. Robert Schaefer, FSC ..........................................................................Principal
    Rev. Kris D. Stubna, STD,                     J
                                                  James Degnan ‘50
        Secretary for Education                                                           Vincent Ciaramella ’71 .................... Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs
                                                  James G. Dunn, Esq. ’54 Vice-Chairman
    Fr. Ron Lengwin,                                                                      Edward Bernot ...................................... Assistant Principal for Student Affairs
                                                  James Gordon, ’70 Secretary
        Interim General Secretary of the          Charles Horne ’47 Treasurer
                                                  C                                       Richard Capretta ’82 .................................................................. Dean of Students
        Diocese of Pittsburgh                                                             Kathleen Lynch ............................................................Director of Advancement
                                                  Eugene M. Kail ‘63
                                                  Brad Totten ‘80
                                                  B                                                                                     412-208-3401 •
                                                  Fr. Benedetto Vaghetto
                                                  F                                       Jeffry Folino ’75 ..................................................... Director of Alumni Relations
                                                  Charles Vukotich ‘67
      On the cover:                               Paul Matvey ’71,
                                                                                                                                        412-208-3488 •
                                                                                          Brian Miller ......................................................................Director of Admissions
                                                  Christopher Wilson ‘71
                                                  Ex-officio:                                                                          412-208-3492 •
                                                  Donald Teti, Assistant Superintendent   Editor ......................................... Jeff Folino ’75,
                                                  Paul Iurlano, Diocesan Legal Counsel    Co-Editor ........................................................... Gene Kail ’63,
                                                  Bro. Richard Grzeskiewicz, FSC, ‘62     Design & Layout .............................................................................. Dan Laffey ’73
                                                  Bro. Robert Schaefer, FSC Principal

                                                Photo by
                                                                                          Central Catholic students in Nicaragua
                                                Stephen Joyce ‘11

                                                     Mission Statement
                                                          Central Catholic High School, a Catholic college preparatory school for boys, is guided
                                                     by the educational principles of Saint John Baptist de La Salle.
             The Quadrangle is published
                                                          The school strives to provide a challenging, relevant, and diverse program of studies
            each spring and autumn by the            and extracurricular activities in an environment that fosters a life of faith and learning and
              Office of Alumni Relations

                                                     develops leaders rooted in the Gospel values of integrity, respect, service, justice and peace.

                  Gene Kail ’63
                                                                                   O                            pening Thoughts

                                                         When we decided to use the theme of “service” for this issue, it seemed both
                                                    appropriate and practical. I soon learned two quick lessons. First, it is impossible to
                                                    “identify” all service done by and for Central. Just trying to identify the internal volunteers
                                                    who serve proved unmanageable – from the auction to sports and activities to chaperones to
                                                    the Mother’s Guild – I’m sure I have missed any number of those who serve.
                                                         Second, and more striking to me, it is just as difficult to “define” the concept of service,
                      Co-Editor                     to provide a description that characterizes and embodies “service” at it is practiced at
                                                    Central. I considered type, duration, frequency, amount, history – even the number of
                                                    students and the number of activities. In the end, I was struck by the mere fact of it, the
          normalcy, the matter of fact way that service is accomplished every day as a matter of course.
               I eventually realized that at Central we don’t talk about it, we do it. We would rather work than analyze, rather serve than
          quantify. If you ask a student if he does service, he might respond that he works on the Thanksgiving and Christmas projects,
          perhaps the mission drives. He might mention that he traveled to Latin America or a Native American reservation in the Dakotas
          to help out. But you will have to ask; he will probably not volunteer the information. And note the enthusiasm and commitment
          in his voice. It is almost as if he is being given an extra opportunity, a chance to grow in a new way. And he is.
               Several things might strike you about the conversation.
               There is the tone. The students describe their service with enthusiasm and simplicity. There is no brag, just fact. Central
          students simply do it.
               There is the attitude. Central students get it. Service is a simple element of their growth and development here at Central. It
          is integral, not an “add-on,” and so we seldom register hours, assess impact, or quantify results for the public record. As part of
          the Lasallian vision, service becomes inculcated in every graduate, and involves little fuss.
               Finally there is the future. Central students become Central graduates, and Central graduates serve. They do it frequently, quietly,
          effectively and as a matter of justice and the Christian lifestyle. I have heard graduates, whose vast amount of service is known to me,
          when questioned as to their service, simply reply, “I don’t do much, ” or “It’s the least I could do.” Central graduates care.
               Then, why do this? Why devote an edition to service? The easy answer is that it provides insights about what we accomplish
          here at Central. One of the most frequently asked questions by alumni begins with the phrase, “Do they still….” Well, yes, they
          do. They still care; they still serve. A more complex answer might have to do with a “return on investment.” If you have ever
          questioned the use of the resources of the Catholic community to educate its young, know that those resources are being used
          wisely and well.
               So we apologize in advance. The Central family is extremely vocal about any number of issues, but not this one. This
          edition of the Quadrangle may embarrass some people. They will not be comfortable hearing their efforts praised, their work
          characterized as “noble,” or even “heroic.” To them, it is simply what it is.
               And, thank God, that’s as it should be. I think we are doing something right.

                                                                                                                                                                    Gene Kail ‘63

                                                                                   Table of Contents
Opening Thoughts ......................................................3           Brother Kevin Dalmasse ‘77Alumni Spotlight ....13
                                                                                   B                                                                                  2010 Reunions......................................................22-24
Brother Richard - President ......................................4                Sciullo Hockey ...........................................................14
                                                                                   S                                                                                  In Memoriam .............................................................25
Brother Robert - Principal.........................................5               The Tie Tree Controversy ........................................15                Golden Vikings & more ...........................................26
The In-Box ....................................................................6   Morningside Bulldog Call out ................................15
                                                                                   M                                                                                  Lettermen's Club .......................................................27
Features                                                                           Our
                                                                                   O City Wide Campus .....................................16-17                      2010 Auction ........................................................28-29
Central Serves ..............................................................7         Cathedral Pharmacy ..........................................17                News From the Family .......................................30-31
    Operation Walk ................................................ 8-9            Legacy Photograph .............................................18-19
                                                                                   L                                                                                  Bookstore Ad .............................................................32
    Blackfeet School ................................................10            Brother's Ad ...............................................................20
                                                                                   B                                                                                  M
                                                                                                                                                                      Military Update .........................................................33
    Nicaragua Immersion .................................10-11                     Central Catholic Strategic Plan ....... Insert
                                                                                   C                                                                                  Family Ties: 2011 Auction ...................... Back Cover
Sciullo-Lombardozzi ................................................12             M
                                                                                   Message from Alumni Relations ............................21
                                         A   Fellow Alumni,
                                                                     message from the

                                             There is an ancient Chinese curse that maintains: “May you live in exciting times.”
                                         I checked that twice, and, yes, it is described as a “curse.” That puzzles me a bit, be-
        Brother Richard                  cause, here at Central, we are living through some very exciting times, and I think it’s
      Grzeskiewicz FSC, ’62              great. A number of activities have converged at this time and place to make it espe-
                                         cially significant and exhilarating.
                                             In general, the new president/principal model has worked as we hoped. It has
    freed me up to undertake a series of activities that, if not overdue, are at least very timely. It has allowed us to become
    more aggressive in the pursuit of excellence.
        For example, we have completed a comprehensive long-range strategic plan that will guide our development for the
    next 5-10 years. We have called it Foundations for Our Future, because that is exactly what it is. It will shape our vision,
    operational activities, and capital investments. I have seldom seen the faculty and staff so excited. I will keep you updated
    as we move into the implementation phase, headed by ’77 graduate Brother Kevin Dalmasse.
        There are other reasons to be excited. Last year’s successful alumni gathering in Chicago (which is already paying
    dividends) will be replicated this year in Cleveland, Washington DC, Florida and New York/New Jersey. We look forward
    to renewing ties with our widely scattered but still loyal graduates.
        Soon upperclassmen will have to forego the pleasure of selling elevator passes to unsuspecting freshmen. We have fi-
    nally begun the process of making Central ADA compliant. It will take several years and a major investment of resources,
    but it will enable us to offer a Central education to an even broader range of deserving young men.
        This summer we installed the new surface for the playing field; we completed the installation of new, energy-efficient
    windows throughout the building; and we began the preliminary stages of a complete renovation of the cafeteria.
        Soon, every classroom will be a “Classroom of the Future” -- reflecting a major investment in technology that will
    place us on the cutting edge when it comes to cyberspace and electronic wizardry.
        We have also added a part time PR director who is charged with telling our story to a wider audience.
        At the same time that we are pursuing initiatives on all fronts, we are renewing our commitment to the core values that
    you remember from your time at Central. We still develop a brotherhood of students who become Men of Faith, Men of
    Scholarship, Men of Service. A committed group of young men who pray daily, “Live, Jesus, in our hearts, forever.”
        To put it simply, we at Central are making a statement: We will continue to earn the right to be called the flagship
    school of the diocese. We will continue to grow the “Central Mystique.” We will continue to reflect all that is best in a La-
    sallian education. We will continue to earn your respect and support, will continue to make you proud, and will continue
    to add to the long and honorable line of Vikings who serve so well in so many places.
        These are, indeed, exciting times. Come home and share them with us.

                                                                Brother Richard Grzeskiewicz, FSC ’62

                                    A                          message from the
                                         Ultimately, the purpose of a Central Catholic education can be summed up as an
                                    education in responsible Christian living that manifests itself in Christian action. John
                                    Baptist de La Salle envisioned the schools as instruments in the formation of young men
                                    into responsible citizens and faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. Authentic service oppor-
                                    tunities become absolutely essential for the accomplishment of our mission.
      Brother Robert
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      Brother Robert                     In this edition of the Quadrangle, you will come to discover just some of the many
       Schaefer FSC,                service opportunities offered at Central Catholic. Like all authentic Christian service
         Principal                  projects, it is the students who benefit the most from the experience. They come
                                    to understand the maxim of St. Francis of Assisi that it is in giving that we receive.
Through our membership in the international Lasallian community, Central Catholic students are able to engage in ser-
vice opportunities with the Native American Blackfeet tribe at De La Salle School in Browning, Montana along with the
missionary efforts of the Brothers in the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua. On the local level, our school community contin-
ues its important support of the efforts of the Little Sisters of the Poor on the North Side of Pittsburgh through service
projects at their home as well as the annual canned food drive. Each Christmas season, the homerooms continue the long
tradition of adopting a needy family to ensure a meaningful holiday. Central Catholic holds the distinction of raising the
most money during the annual Lenten Mission Drive of all Christian Brothers’ schools in the world! The spirit of Chris-
tian service pervades everything we do each day.
    In addition to their generous service, Central Catholic students have excelled in many ways during this first part of
the school year. Two of our seniors, Kristof Oltvai and Patrick Ebbert, were named National Merit Scholarship Semi-
finalists for their PSAT scores and an additional 5 students – Michael Dischner, Connor Jackson, Brandon Perrotte,
Nathaniel Schramm and Frank Wolf – were all selected as National Merit Commended Students. Athletically, the Fall
Season of 2010 will go down as one of the most successful in Viking History. The Varsity Golf team, under the leadership
of Corey O’Connor, ’02, went 12-0 in section play and was a WPIAL Finalist. Senior Golf captain, Eric Urda was a WPIAL
and state finalist. Tim McVeigh, ’73, helped direct the Cross Country Team to qualifying for the state tournament where
senior Bobby Gasior medaled. The Viking football team, under the guidance of Terry Totten, ’76 and an array of alumni
coaches, almost made it through the playoffs with their eyes set on Heinz Field and Hershey stadium! The Viking Row-
ers finished second at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston besting some of the most prominent crews
in the country. And the varsity soccer team has gone further than any other soccer team in Central Catholic History.
Finishing as the runner-up in the WPIAL, the soccer team qualified for the state championship tournament. The Central
Catholic Masque’s fall production of the musical “Good News” met with rave reviews from all who watched the show.
Good things are happening at 4720 Fifth Avenue!
    God continues to bless Central Catholic with a vibrant spirit; a spirit that manifests itself in academics, athletics and
extra-curriculars, but most especially in the generous service accomplished by our students.
    As we approach the holy season of Christmas where we recall the humble birth of our savior, may all of us continue
to be inspired and challenged by the gospel mandate of loving service to others.
    Live Jesus in our hearts, forever!
                                                            Br. Robert Schaefer, FSC

       The In-Box: Special Delivery

          Some of the icons you wrote about jump started my memory…                        Only one iconic woman at Central?  I am not sure what qualifies as
    Reaching into the rim of the large sea of memories that was Central (I          iconic, but five women come immediately to mind for me: 
    kinda sound like Dylan Thomas) there was Brother Gerardus William;              1)     Mrs. Dorothy Reardon and her neck tie rental service
    affectionately known as “Blind Bill.” He shepherded me through                  2)     Miss Betty Jane Ellis, not for any colorful reason, but for her strict-
    Latin I and II. In spite of his thick glasses, cheaters were dead in the               ness and rigor.
    water. With each new innovation, Brother William got more creative,             3)     Miss Grace Hogan, for her kindness, gentleness, (almost inno-
    exposing the guilty before his peers. One case involved the use of a                   cence) and concern for the students.
    clear plastic Bic pen as a way to roll up a cheat sheet and tuck it neatly      4)     Finally, Mrs. Mary Wymard and Mrs. Carol Sue Marinanci.  I never
    in the barrel . Blind Bill caught the cocksure student, took the pen,                  took Spanish, but the students in their classes always spoke of them
    raised it on high and told the class how the guilty party did it.                      in iconic terms.
          Other examples included: the small cheat sheet nearly consumed                                                                              Al Crew ‘74
    and then forced out of the mouth, the cheat sheet attached to the
    reverse label on a neck tie and finally, the would-be cheat sheet written
    in tiny script on the back corner of the blackboard hidden by a
    standing eraser. However, upon close inspection, the script read, “Blind
    Bill sees all.” True to the prophetic statement, Bill forced a confession
                                                                                          Congratulations to Brother Charles Huber ‘84 who
    from the then giggling student, and , after making some funny remark,             celebrates his 25th anniversary as a Christian Brother this
    stated “ “See me in 309 after school, son.” Blind Bill did “see all,” and         year. Before he returned to Central to teach Latin in 2004.
    many an over-confident youth saw all of room 309 for detention.                   Brother Charles taught at Brothers’ schools in Cumber-
                                                           John “Bill” Guiser ‘70     land, Baltimore and Jersey City.

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Central Catholic Students Bring
Lasallian Philosophy to Life
     Thousands of miles separate the glaciers near the    leave the reservation and many struggle with poverty
Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Browning, Montana         and substance abuse issues. Central Catholic stu-
and the tropical warmth of San Antonio, Nicaragua.        dents travel by plane and train to spend several days
These two remote parts of the world—experienced by        meeting with the middle-school children and serving
few travelers—could not be more different. Yet, the       as positive role models. They play sports with the
people who call these distant and relatively inacces-     children, help in the classrooms and take the time to
sible places home share a special connection—the          share their stories and aspirations in the hopes that
helping hands of Pittsburgh Central Catholic High         they will make a positive and lasting impression.
School students have touched them.                              A hemisphere away, Central Catholic’s Chris-
      Every year, Central Catholic reaches out to         tian immersion group was touched by the needs of
communities that could benefit from the school’s          the people of Nicaragua. Inspired by the work of the
involvement. Driven by the philosophy of educational      Lasallian brothers in both urban and rural Nicara-
reformer John Baptist de La Salle, the patron saint       gua, the boys witnessed the hardships daily life can
of teachers, the students and their guides travel to      bring in this poor country. Travels by rustic boat and
remote areas to help facilitate improved education for    mule led them to villages where life for the locals was
the less fortunate. Sometimes this involves serving       full of challenges. The Central boys dredged through
as mentors; other times they are involved in manual,      mud to a one-room schoolhouse in the village of El
hands-on projects. In all instances they work through     Moveil, and were moved to make a difference in the
the auspices of established Lasallian ministries.         remote village of San Antonio. “The school in San
      “It is a mutually beneficial experience,” says      Antonio is called La Salle and when the students
Brother Robert Schaefer, principal of Central Catho-      from Central saw the condition of the school, we
lic and the coordinator for the Nicaragua trip. “While    made a promise to the village that our Mission Drive
the communities benefit from our involvement, our         efforts this year would rebuild the school so it would
students gain so much through exposure to different       be known as La Salle-Central Catholic,” said Central
cultures, different lifestyles, and different socioeco-   Catholic senior, Chris Hanno.
nomic conditions.”                                                                    Central Catholic teach-
      Matt Sudnik, Director of                                                   ers plan on coordinating more
Central Catholic’s Baginski                                                      of these immersion experi-
Scholars program and one of the                                                  ences for their students. A
guides for the annual Blackfeet                                                  trip to Blackfeet Reservation
trip agrees, “I think our boys                                                   is planned for February, and
learned to appreciate another                                                    other travel opportunities
culture and way of life. They                                                    associated with the Lasallian
also became acutely aware of                                                     Brothers are currently being
the challenges faced by Ameri-                                                   explored. Brother Robert re-
can Indian communities on the                                                    flects, “It is through increased
reservations and the ways that                                                   knowledge, sensitivity and
the Lasallian community has                                                      awareness of other people and
responded.”                                                                      their cultures that our students
      The Lasallian ministry at the                                              will truly understand their role
reservation runs the De La Salle                                                 as men of faith, scholarship
Blackfeet Middle School in an                                                    and service.”
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                                                     Operation Walk                                                 for those that were turned away.
                                                                                                                          OW Pittsburgh runs four operating rooms 10
                                                                                                                    hours a day for 3 straight days, resting only as long as
                                                          Operation Walk Pittsburgh was launched in                 it takes to clean and restock the surgical instruments.
                                                     2009 by Central Catholic alum Dr. Anthony DiGioia              No supplies are used from the host country; OW Pitts-
                                                     III (1975). Operation Walk was founded in 1994 by              burgh brings everything necessary to perform surgery
                                                     Los Angeles orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Lawrence Dorr              and provide post-operative care for patients. Once out
                                                     and since then has visited over 12 different countries         of surgery, patients are up and walking the same day.
                                                     and operated on thousands of                                                            B
                                                                                                                                             By the third or fourth day, the
                                                     patients. The Operation Walk                                                            p
                                                                                                                                             patients are ready to return to
                                                     organization now includes teams                                                         t
                                                                                                                                             their homes with a new sense of
                                                     in eight US cities and Ontario,                                                         h
                                                                                                                                             hope. All of the pain and suffer-
                                                     Canada. Operation Walk is a                                                             i
                                                                                                                                             ing that they had experienced
                                                     private, non-profit, volunteer                                                          w
                                                                                                                                             will be nothing but a memory.
                                                     medical service organization                                                            They can return to their jobs
                                                     that provides free surgical treat-                                                      a
                                                                                                                                             and families with a new outlook
                                                     ment for patients in developing                                                         o
                                                                                                                                             on life. Before they leave, the
                                                     countries that have no access to                                                        p
                                                                                                                                             patients and OW Pittsburgh
                                                     life-improving care for arthritis.                                                      v
                                                                                                                                             volunteers all gather together for
                                                     While on location, the Operation                                                        a group photo. They celebrate
                                                     Walk team educates in-country                                                           a
                                                                                                                                             all that has been accomplished.
                                                     orthopaedic surgeons, nurses,                                                           T
                                                                                                                                             Tears are shed and goodbyes are
                                                     physical therapists and other           Dr Anthony DiGioia ‘75 and daughter
                                                                                             Dr. Anthony DiGioia ‘75 and daughter Marie
                                                                                                    h      G            d      h             exchanged, as the bonds created
                                                     health care professionals on the                                                      throughout the week are realized.
                                                     most advanced treatments and surgical techniques.              When Dr. DiGioia was asked what he would remem-
                                                     This is done in conjunction with surgeries to help cre- ber the most he said, “When our team was walking
                                                     ate a lasting contribution to patient’s and their care in      through the hallway to the clinic to see all the patients
                                                     developing countries.                                          that we’d be operating on, the clinic was wall to wall
                                                          Operation Walk (OW) Pittsburgh made their first with people. It was a little bit intimidating, but as we
                                                     trip to Antigua, Guatemala in August of 2009. Since            walked through the crowd, the Guatemalan people
                                                     it was the inaugural trip, team members from other             started to clap. And it just set the stage for the rest of
                                                     Operation Walk locations accompanied them to teach the trip.” Dr. DiGioia has led his life following Cen-
                                                     them the ropes. This past August, fifty-three volun-           tral Catholic’s mission and Christian principles – he
                                                     teers headed back to Antigua, Guatemala to perform             is strongly rooted in values of integrity, respect and
                                                     additional hip and knee replacements. The first day is         service to the community.
                                                     spent unpacking and stocking hundreds of boxes of                    All of these trips are made by volunteers who
                                                     supplies in the operating rooms and nursing wards.             leave their families behind for a week, without pay, in a
                                                     On day two, the medical team begins with patient               country that is completely foreign to them. If you were
                                                     evaluations to determine which patients will receive           to ask any of the volunteers if the trip were a hardship,
                                                     surgery. Unfortunately, not all patients will be select-       they would each tell you the same thing…it’s worth
                                                     ed. Many of the patients are farmers and laborers that every minute away from home. It’s all worth the effort
                                                     depend on their mobility to make a living, so these            when you meet those special patients.
                                                     surgeries are not only necessary but are life chang-                 Operation Walk Pittsburgh will also be perform-
                                                     ing. The day is often filled with tears – tears of joy for     ing free surgeries locally at Magee-Womens Hospital
                                                     those chosen to receive surgery and tears of sadness           during Thanksgiving week (November 23-25).
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     We are already planning for Operation Walk
Pittsburgh 2011. We will either be returning to
Guatemala in August of 2011, or heading to Panama
in November of 2012. In Pittsburgh, we like to Walk
it Forward… walking it forward is about taking steps
to help others in need. We understand how walking
pain free can change lives and want you to help us
put our best foot forward to grant others this wish.
Join us as we Walk it Forward to ensure others in
Pittsburgh and around the world continue to enjoy
one of life’s most basic freedoms...walking.

                                                                  Dr. DiGioia ‘75 with patient
Here’s how you can help:
     Volunteer – we need surgeons, anesthesiolo-          Please visit or www.
gists, nurses, physical therapists and other health for more information.
care professionals.
     Donate supplies – Operation Walk takes every-     Operation Walk Pittsburgh 2009-2010 Statistics
thing necessary to perform surgery and for post-op     −   97 patients
care of patients from band aids, ace wraps and the     −   120 total joint replacements
                                                       −   23 bilateral replacements
actual hip/knee implants and instruments.              −   29 male patients, 68 female patients
     Fundraising – we have a target goal of $100,000   −   Average patient age was 62.1 years
to fund Operation Walk 2011. This money will be        −   The youngest patient was 21 years of age and the
used to grant the wish to walk to those in need.           oldest patient was 83 years of age

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                                                     De LaSalle Blackfeet School
                                                     By Jude Folino ‘10                                      “Immersion groups” are intended to show the DLSBS stu-
                                                          From April 27- May 2, 2010, 8 Central Catho-       dents other kids who place high value our education.
                                                     lic students traveled nearly 2100 miles to the               The students quickly dispelled all of our anxieties
                                                     Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana. Our            and by the end of the first day we were immersed in the
                                                     purpose was to                                                                               mission of “building
                                                     help the students                                                                            faith in education,”
                                                     at the De La Salle                                                                           as DLSBS so proudly
                                                     Blackfeet School                                                                             proclaims. Most of
                                                     in their studies                                                                             the Central Catholic
                                                     and to steer them                                                                            students could be
                                                     away from extreme                                                                            found in the gym
                                                     alcoholism, sex,                                                                             playing basketball
                                                     and drugs. All of                                                                            with the children,
                                                     us felt this was an                                                                          making the fourth
                                                     extremely daunt-                                                                             graders laugh by be-
                                                     ing task, and the                                                                            ing silly, or having
                                                     13-hour journey                                                                              conversations with
                                                     from Pittsburgh to                                                                           students who were in-
                                                     the Reservation did                                                                          terested in our lives.
                                                     nothing to alleviate these fears. We felt isolated,     By the end of our stay, we were upset that we could not
                                                     we were worried that we would not be welcomed,          do more to help the kids. Their way of life made us see
                                                     and most of all, we were scared to death about          the importance of getting involved. They were isolated,
                                                     whether or not we could help the students at the        overrun by poverty and alcoholism.
                                                     De LaSalle Blackfeet School (DLSBS).                         Upon returning home we soon found out that noth-
                                                           DLSBS is a Lasallian organization that is oper-   ing, not even the whiteout conditions in late April or the
                                                     ated on 95% donations, and services the town of         beauty of Glacier National Park, could have stopped us
                                                     Browning, Montana and the Blackfeet nation as a         from being so powerfully impacted by our relatively short
                                                     whole. The school runs from 5th-8th Grade and           stay with the students of the De La Salle Blackfeet School.
                                                     aims to instill and intertwine the values of faith      Central Catholic may have taught us that we must help
                                                     and education on the reservation, an area that          the poor, but DLSBS showed us that we are all capable
                                                     can reach up to 80% unemployment in the winter.         and responsible for doing so. I know I speak for all of the
                                                     Since the school's opening in 2001, they have been      DLSBS 2010 Immersion group in saying that we are for-
                                                     inviting high schools around the country. These         ever changed by this experience.

                                                     Immersion Trip to Nicaragua
                                                     By Stephen Joyce ‘11                                    students and two faculty members from Central Catholic
                                                          Maya Angelou once said, “Perhaps travel can-       High School, I traveled across the scenic yet politically un-
                                                     not prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that          stable country in Central America. What we saw ranged
                                                     all people cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can      from beggars in the streets of Granada and the equivalent
                                                     introduce the idea that if we try and understand        of slavery in El Rama to the hospitality of those in El Mov-
                                                     each other, we may even become friends.” I had          iel and the graciousness of those in San Antonio.
                                                     the opportunity to experience the message of                 It is difficult for me to summarize my experience in
                                                     this quotation this past June during my cultural        Nicaragua in a few short paragraphs because I truly saw
                                                     immersion trip to Nicaragua. With ten other             the compassion and understanding that we as humans can
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offer each other. After our six-hour car ride from
the capital city of Managua to the port city of El
Rama we met our tour guides, Ivan and Ismail,
who led us up a mountain where we witnessed
slavery first hand. It was one of the most hor-
rific episodes of my short life, and I doubt much
else in my life can come close to that sickening
moment. The people that we saw had no food,
shelter, or water. They manually break rocks to
make gravel which other people often steal, or, if
they are compensated at all, are barely given the
equivalent of pennies as payment. The pictures
of these people suffering are still in my head and I
know that I will not forget their faces.                    it to see themselves on the screen. I would not have
     After our harrowing experience in El Rama, we          minded if that had gone on for hours, because that
took a three-hour boat ride to El Moviel. At the con-       might have been the only time these children would
clusion of our nautical adventure, we saw two lines of      see their smile on a photo. After their two-hour
children holding hands and singing while we were dock-      celebration, our Principal decided that our school’s
ing. The other ten students and I agreed that we were       2011 Lenten Mission Drive would raise money to
not worthy of this beautiful welcome. Over the next         build the people of San Antonio, Nicaragua a new
three days in El Moviel, we were given the town cha-        schoolhouse. Their thankfulness for our gift will
pel to sleep in, three solid (and delicious) meals a day,   forever bind that remote village in the mountains of
and experiences that I do not think I will ever forget. I   Nicaragua to my high school in Pittsburgh.
talked to one woman who is a farmer, not a cook, but             My cultural immersion trip to Nicaragua was an
she awoke at 3:00 AM and made all of our meals until        enriching opportunity for me and my fellow stu-
sunset at 6:00 PM. Nearly every family in the village       dents to learn about Nicaraguan culture and to make
opened their houses for us to take showers and to just      friendships that will span our lifetimes. I know that
talk to them. One aspect of our journey that I remem-       I will be able to use my cultural experience in Ni-
ber distinctly is that everyone, but especially the chil-   caragua to, at the very least, foster a dialogue about
dren, was completely content at just looking at us. They    human rights with those closest to me, but also to
do not need material objects that most Americans cling      encourage a new group of advocates that will change
to; they were happy watching us eat or having us teach      the world on both the community and the inter-
them animal and color names in English.                     national levels. One of the lessons that I will never
     During our second day in El Moviel, farmers from       forget is that merely attempting to speak a foreign
there and other villages gave up their horses for the       language, or, in the case of the children of El Moviel
day, allowing us to use them for our two-hour ride to       and San Antonio, just smiling at them, helps them
San Antonio. When we arrived at San Antonio, a vil-         to find a bit of joy in what most Americans would
lage in the middle of mountains, we went to their one-      consider an impossible existence. Reflecting back
room schoolhouse to receive their welcoming celebra-        on Maya Angelou’s inspiring and thought-provoking
tion for us. It was raining so hard that we could not       words, I realize that I have witnessed on the most
hear people singing over the torrent of rain on the tin     fundamental level the bond of friendship and shared
roof. We waited for about thirty minutes for the rain       sense of purpose that binds all humans together.
to die down, and during that time I took countless pic-
tures of the children in the schoolhouse. The second
the flash on my camera went off, the children grabbed
Special Features Special Features Special Features   Golf Invitational
                                                     Honors Bloomfield’s Own
                                                          The second annual Paul J. Sciullo II – Nino Lom-             Catholic Tuition Assistance Fund in the names of Paul
                                                     bardozzi Golf Invitational was held Sunday, July 18,              and Nino. This year’s donation of $5,000 was received
                                                     2010 to honor two members of the Bloomfield com-                  by Bloomfielder Augie Carlino ‘78, Chairman of the
                                                     munity whose lives were cut much too short. Paul, son             Central Catholic Advancement Committee.
                                                     of Sue and Max Sciullo,                                                                                 In addition to
                                                     was one of three offi-                                                                             the donation given to
                                                     cers killed in the line of                                                                         Central Catholic, a
                                                     duty on April 4, 2009.                                                                             $2,000 check was pre-
                                                     Nino, son of Carmella                                                                              sented to the Sciullo
                                                     and Tony Lombardozzi                                                                               family for the Fallen
                                                     of Lombardozzi’s Res-                                                                              Heroes Permanent
                                                     taurant, died unexpect-                                                                            Memorial being built
                                                     edly in December 2008.                                                                             at St. Joseph’s Chuch.
                                                     He left behind his new                                                                             A savings bond was
                                                     bride, Melissa, who was                                                                            also presented to
                                                     expecting their first                                                                              Melissa Lombardozzi
                                                     child.                                                                                             for Nino’s beautiful
                                                          The golf invitational                                                                         one-year-old daugh-
                                                     was held at 3 Lakes Golf                                                                           ter, Raphaela.
                                                     Course in Penn Hills              Rick DiCarlo ‘84
                                                                                       Rick DiC lo ‘84 presents check to Brother Richard for the
                                                                                          k iCarl                             h
                                                                                                                   h k Brother Richard for the
                                                                                                                                     h d      h              The warmth
                                                                                                   Paul J. Sciullo Scholarship Fund.
                                                     and featured 128 golfers                                                                         and fellowship expe-
                                                     for a game that both men loved followed by a dinner               rienced at the event plus the generosity of residents
                                                     banquet attended by 160 friends and family members.               and businesses perfectly illustrated the character and
                                                          Proceeds from the event benefited the Central                spirit of Bloomfield and CCHS.


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                          lumni Spotlight

                     Brother Kevin
                     Dalmasse ‘77
                     Returns to Serve
     “Brother Kevin has worked tirelessly to assure that the
services and programs of the regional office meet the needs
of educators and districts, and that these services honor and
advance the great educational heritage handed on to us.” That
is how a colleague (Gary Short, as quoted in Lasallian Visions,
vol. 22; no. 1) described the work of Brother Kevin Dalmasse as
Regional Director of Education.
     The description will surprise no one who knows Brother
Kevin. Over the years, he has built a reputation for hard work,
insight and excellence. And, obviously, he is no stranger to        to his teaching duties, Brother Kevin will act as
service.                                                            Director of the Central Catholic Forensic Society.
     Brother Kevin grew up in the Frick Park/Regent Square          He will also chair the committee charged with
area and attended St. James grade school in Wilkinsburg. His        implementing the new Strategic Plan highlighted
four siblings include his brother Bob (CCHS ’81) and three          elsewhere in this edition of the Quadrangle.
sisters who attended Sacred Heart.                                       “My life as a Christian Brother these past 25
     His career at Central exposed him to many experiences,         years has been a very happy one,” Brother Kevin
but perhaps the most profound were his twin contacts with           maintains, “but the opportunity to return home to

Brother Gregory Rene Sterner and the world of forensics. As         serve at Central has been an exceptional privilege
part of a championship debate team, he travelled extensively        and joy.”

                                                                       Class of
for competition, and his contact with Brother Rene was one of
the reasons he eventually chose to become a Christian Brother.
     After graduating from Central in 1977, Kevin attended
LaSalle University for a degree in History/Political Science,
followed by study at Georgetown University culminating in a
Master’s Degree in International Relations
     He has served at several posts in his career. He was, at
various times: Assistant Provincial for the Baltimore District,
Vocations Director for the District, and teacher and adminis-
trator at LaSalle College High School in Wyndmoor PA and
Bishop Walsh in Cumberland MD.
     Kevin’s memories of Central are permeated with Brother
Rene and his debate activities. Brother Rene later became his
sponsor when he joined the Brothers. When you ask about
friends, the name that immediately comes to mind is Jim Carr
’77, with whom he is still in contact. He also includes Michael
Joyce and Tim Brust who came from St. James to Central with
     Memories of Central also include a satire column called
“Leaning Towers” that he and Tim wrote for the Viking.
     Central will take full advantage of his talents. In addition

                                  The 2nd annual

        6pm - Saturday, January 22nd, 2011
                  Located on the campus of Shady Side Academy Senior School
                             423 Fox Chapel Road Fox Chapel, PA

             Make All Checks Payable to: CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
                         (on the check memo write: Sciullo Benefit)
                              Send Checks and Donations to:

                     c/o Kathy Lynch, 4720 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213

                100% of the proceeds are going to the Paul J Sciullo II Memorial Fund.
       This fund will provide tuition assistance to students at Central Catholic in Paul’s Memory!

The Tie Tree Contoversy . . .
      I received my copy of Quadrangle today. All things consid-      To whom it may concern,
ered it is yet another fine edition, bringing back several fond            I would like to point out an error that I noticed in the most
memories of my days at Central. However there was a signifi-          recent edition of The Quadrangle. On page 39 there is a photo of
cant factual error in need of correction.                             the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue covered in ties that have been left
      The error, prominently displayed on the inside of the back      by seniors. In the caption it states that since 1995 seniors have
                                             ed Heart statue by se-
                                                Heart statue
cover, pertains to the dressing of the Sacred Heart statue by se      been leaving thei ties here on the last day of classes.
                                                                      been leaving t
                                                                             leaving their
niors on the final day of classes with                                                            The year in this caption is incorrect.
their neckties. The tag on the photo                                                         This tradition was started in my senior
states that the tradition was started                                                        year. This was started in 1993. Many
in 1995. This statement is incorrect.                                                        members of our class are proud of the fact
It was in fact started by the Class of                                                       that we began a long standing tradition at
1994. If you look on pages 162-163 of                                                        Central. In fact I know personally that I
the 1994 edition of Towers, you will                                                         have asked recent Central grads that I have
see a photo of the birth of this tradi-                                                      come across if this tradition was still going
tion. In the photo you will see me,                                                          and of course the answer is yes.
Kevin Acklin, Tim Baird, Brendan                                                                  I was actually tickled pink when I saw
Bibro, Jim DeFrank, and Pete Mori-                                                           this was brought up in the Quadrangle,
arty, all members of the class of 1994,                                                      but ended up disappointed that the wrong
beginning this time honored tradi-                                                           class was given credit for this. I look back
tion. I point this error out because                                                         very fondly at my years at Central and I am
incorrectly stating that the Class of                                                        looking forward to telling my son when he
1995, who were juniors at the time,                                                          leaves his tie as part of the class of 2027
undermines the considerable risk                                                             that my class began the tradition.
taken by those of us who began this                                                               Attached for your convenience is a
tradition. This risk was fully realized after our classmates had      copy of the page in the quadrangle that I have mentioned. Also
handed us their ties, and just after the photo was taken, when        attached is a copy of a page from the 1993 edition of the Towers
Mr. Wheeler appeared out of nowhere with a hose to douse us           that confirms that this was the first year that it occurred. In fact
all with ice cold water! And believe me; he did not “retrieve the     the caption even states that the class of 93 was starting a new
ties.” We did, or we probably would not have graduated!               tradition. Brother Martin even mentioned the same thing to our
      I hope that this error may be corrected in the next edition     class at our commencement ceremony. He stated that it is some-
of Quadrangle, and properly give the Class of 1994 the credit         thing that could go down as a tradition that our class will always
for starting what has become yet another fine tradition of Cen-       be remembered for. I just want to make sure that this comes true
tral! Thank you for your kind consideration in this matter!           and that the class of 93 gets credit it deserves.
      With best regards,                                                   Thank you very much for your time.
      Mark J. McGrath, ‘94                                                 Robert J. Neiman ‘93

“Calling All Morningside Bulldog Alumni”
      If you are a Morningside Bulldog Alumni or know of              are even at the Heinz History
anyone who has played for the The Bulldogs, the “Winningest           Center, but I’m taking a differ-
Youth Football Team in the World,” your stories and experi-           ent approach to my screenplay
ences are wanted. Bryan Brunsell, an accomplished creative            in hopes to get this to the big
director, writer and musician from Pittsburgh (Lawrenceville)         screen. Joe’s body of work with
and former youth football player himself for the Morningside          the Bulldogs at 271-19-8 is just
Badgers (the football program that followed the Bulldogs) is          unbelievable and unmatched.
writing a screenplay/book about the Bulldogs and is gathering         The story needs to be told on a
stories, thoughts and experiences from former players, coaches        larger scale.”
and those involved with the famous program. In a recent in-                All inquires can contact
terview with Joe Natoli, founder of the Bulldogs, Bryan quotes,       Bryan at:
“just sitting there with Joe and listening to him talk about the 
Bulldogs was like sitting with Art Rooney. Joe is on that legend-          or 412-818-9824
ary status with Football in Western Pa. The Bulldogs story has
been told a few times through interviews, news clips and they
  Our City-Wide Campus: Graduates of the
  1970’s Look Back at High School Haunts
      By Mike Kiefer ‘70                                                    brother, Dave Strathmann ‘70. Fred drove to school each day

                he fundamental Central experience we all remember           from Forest Hills, where the Strathmann boys had attended St.
                played itself out at our school -- horseplay in the hall-   Maurice. I loved piling into their blue and white VW bus as if I
                ways, discovery in the classrooms and labs, exhaustion      were headed to Woodstock rather than homeroom with Brother
      and exaltation on the playing fields and at debate tournaments,       Michael (Typing Mike). An added bonus of traveling with the
      humiliation in the Prefect of Discipline’s office, spirit-filled      Strathmanns was stopping at the Cathedral Restaurant on Craig
      moments in the chapel, and, of course, jagging around and             Street, which was in the building now occupied by Ali Baba.
      scheming as we trudged ‘round the quadrangle after lunch              This was my first experience with peers who drank coffee. It was
      each day. 4720 Fifth Avenue was the altar of our adolescence, a       pretty heady for me as a 14- year-old to sit with Fred and Dave
      place where our teachers and coaches tried their damnedest to         at the counter and order coffee and grilled pecan rolls before the
      prepare us for manhood. Pro Deo et Patria!                            bell rang to signal the start of classes.
           But for me and for a surprising number of classmates                  Bob Karlovits ‘70 also remembers his commute. He recently
      and friends with whom I spoke this year, the Central experi-          told me that, for him, “ ... the most un-Central-but-all-Central
      ence played itself out on a stage that was much larger than           spot that stands out is the 54C bus stop at Craig and Fifth. Nearly
      our Oakland campus. This was in large part a function of our          every afternoon, I can remember being there with classmates Ray
      geographic diversity: we trekked to school from Penn Hills and        Papciak and Dave Brenenborg, heading home to Lawrenceville
      Bloomfield, Lawrenceville and Wilkinsburg, the Hill District          and talking about things Central.” Bob also remembers “... riding
      and Highland Park. We were independent, and our city was              home from Central dances with the ‘ever-so-foxy’ Mademoiselle
      a safe and manageable place for us. The topography of our             X (name withheld to protect Bob from his own lies) from Cathe-
      high school years included games at South Stadium, dances at          dral and walking her to her home on 45th Street.”
      Mount Mercy and Ursuline, meets at Flagstaff Hill and Schen-               The trip home from school -- especially as darkness fell
      ley Oval, and scoring a six-pack at the                                                         after a long winter practice -- was more
      Holiday or the Luna.                                                                            challenging than the morning commute
           My brothers and I, for example,                                                            because it was harder for drivers to see
      cannot think about the Central experi-                                                          how harmless we were. I remember many
      ence without recalling our commute. We                                                          a night spending more than 30 minutes in
      each began freshmen year with a public                                                          the dark with my brother Matt Kiefer ‘71
      transportation pass (as well as an eleva-                                                       or with Timmy Busa ‘70 at the corner of
      tor pass) and would take the streetcar or                                                       Craig and Forbes. Using one of the more
      bus (64 or 67) up Forbes Avenue through                                                         unique methods in the annals of thumb-
      Squirrel Hill into Oakland. Like many                                                           ing, we stood on Craig above Forbes and
      other Central students back in the day,                                                         would point with our index fingers up
      however, we soon realized that we could                                                         Forbes towards CMU and Squirrel Hill.
      save a lot of money and get to school                                                                 In the very same Craig and Forbes
      faster if we thumbed.                                                                           neighborhood was Beto’s Pizza, which
           Wearing our ties (or blue button-                                                          I first knew when it was on the Central
      down shirts ready to accept the pre-                                                            side of Forbes between Craig and the
      knotted tie that hung in our lockers) and                                                       top of the Monster. Later, it moved to
      sporting Central paraphernalia (no backpacks), it was pretty          the other side of Forbes, just before the bridge, and flourished
      apparent to drivers who we were and where we were going.              there for many years. Beto’s was the pizza joint of choice for
      The same drivers picked us up frequently, not a few of them           many Central students after football games and dances. Its
      Central graduates themselves.                                         distinctive square slices are emblazoned on my memory. There
           One of my steady rides was Fred Strathmann ‘67 and his           must have been fine pizzerias in Bloomfield and Penn Hills –

and large numbers of kids from St. Phil’s and St. Rosalia’s swore          Jim Cauley ‘70, when asked if there are other spaces in
by Mineo’s on Murray Avenue -- but Beto’s was tops with my            Pittsburgh that he associates with his Central experience, said
circle of friends.                                                    “don’t forget Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum.
      There are a few dark pizza memories from those days. I          After all, that is where we were challenged to go out into the
remember burning the roof of my mouth on molten cheese                community and contribute our skills and talents, honed after
more than a few times because it was just impossible to wait for      four years at Central, to make the world a better place. Not
that delicious pie to cool down. And I distinctly recall having to    once do I pass Soldiers and Sailors without thinking of Central.”
moderate my intake of Beto’s pizza (two, rather than four, pieces          Jim also remembers our day in the sun at Soldiers and
in my personal box) back in the day when we overplayed the link       Sailors one spring day long ago and “… all the concern that was
between diet and zits.                                                created regarding our draft lottery numbers. Graduating high
      Bill Castner ’70 also dredged up Craig Street when he cast      school in 1970 was a lot different than graduating in 2010.”
his mind back to the late 1960’s. He remembers a pool hall, mid-           So it was. And the memories of that graduation and of
block, west side of the street, between Fifth and Forbes. “I think    the Central experience that led up to it are all the more rich
it was called something clever, like Craig Street Billiards,” he      because our campus was the City of Pittsburgh and because
writes. “I remember the proprietor seated by the front window,        Central enabled us to transcend the boundaries of the many
who would yell out ‘Jiggers, Central Boys, Jiggers,’ which was our    Pittsburgh neighborhoods and parishes we represented so
notice to run fast out the back door and hide like criminals in the   proudly.
alley until the Prefect of Discipline had passed by on his rounds.
When we attended Central, there was a list of places that were
‘off limits’ to students, this being one of them.”
      Jim Leeper ‘70 says that Soho figured prominently in his life
                                                                          Cathedral Pharmacy
                                                                          Joseph Bathanti ‘71
as a Central student. The backboards in the Fifth Avenue High

                                                                                     uring wrestling season, Coach Wheeler
School gym, he says, were attached to the wall, and “… with a
running start you could kick off the wall and leverage a dunk.” Jim                  scheduled practice every Sunday morn-
and lots of us played CYO ball, which took us to gyms throughout                     ing during winter. We started off with cals
the city. Soho has an important place in Jim’s high school memo-          on the first floor, including neck bridges, our heads
ries for another reason. He remembers “... a sports store on lower        caving in against the cold marble. Then we ran: along
Fifth Avenue called S. Yanks that sold Chuck Taylor Converse All          the first floor, up the stairs to the fourth floor, down
Stars for $7.47.”Chucks were definitely the recreational shoe of          the stairs to the first floor – up and down, back and
choice. “And a few doors down from S. Yanks,” Jim recalls, “was a         forth, interminably. We ended the session back on
clothing store that sold imitation Barracuda jackets that were af-        the first floor with wind sprints. Many of us, frantic
fordable enough that one could buy two at once. I still remember          about making weight for the upcoming matches, wore
seeing some kids from Lawrenceville dressed for winter wearing a          rubber body suits to maximize weight loss. Practice
Barracuda over a Barracuda.”                                              started at seven, early enough for us to get in almost
       Athletic endeavors took us to the four corners of West-            two hours of torture before staggering into nine
ern Pennsylvania. The CCHS track and field team would have                o’clock Mass at Saint Paul’s Cathedral. After Mass,
winter practice and meets in Schoonamaker Hall, a place one               David Friday ’71 and I, as part of the Sunday ritual,
never forgets. Schoonamaker was one of many facilities at                 headed for Cathedral Pharmacy, at the corner of
South Park, which were built to house the Allegheny County                Neville and Fifth, and took seats at the counter. Dehy-
Fair. It was clear from the smell of the place that Schoonamaker          drated, light-headed, famished, we ordered buttered
hosted horse shows and livestock beauty contests. Jim O’Hara              toast and Lemon Blend. It was warm and bright inside
‘70, Tom Kozlowski ‘70, Lou Lipinski ‘70, the storied distance            the pharmacy. David and I watched the snow beating
runners on Fred de Groot’s team, and others would bus out to              down through the windows. We made that toast and
Schoonamaker and come home smelling like stable boys. The
                                                                          Blend last an hour. Sometimes we even went so far as
pole-vaulters had a pitiful sawdust pit that provided a not-so-
                                                                          to add jelly. The forbidden meal was unspeakably deli-
cushy landing and, because space was so limited, the sprint-
                                                                          cious, and we aimed to spit it off once we got home.
ers and hurdlers had to fling themselves on bales of hay at the
end of their races in order to avoid colliding with immovable
objects like the wooden stands.
1st Row: Bro. Raymond Bronowicz, FSC., Luke Hils,
Karl Hils, Dillion Kennedy, Nicholas Deluliis,
David Digioia Anthony DiGioia, Benjamin Runco,
Dan Beyer, Bro. Richard Grzeskiewicz, FSC,

2nd Row: Karl Hils, Patrick Sproule, Charles Kennedy,
Joseph Deluliis, Robert DiGioia, John Runco,
Daniel Beyer, Zachary DeJames

3rd Row: Kevin Sproule, William Sproule,
Christopher Leavy, John Leavy, John Yost,
Jonathon Yost, John DeJames.

4th Row: Bro. Robert Schaeffer, FSC,

5th Row: Cody Schmotzer, Owen Sebastian,
Steven Sebastian, Brian Connolly, Brendan Connolly,
Winston McKenna, Zachary McKenna

      Q   uestioning Your Future?

                                            Alumni – Part of the Family

      Jeff Folino ‘75
        Director of
     Alumni Relations
                                         A                        message from
                                                                  Alumni Relations

                                          During this time of year I am frequently engaged in discussions with alumni about
many different things that are Central. The one overwhelming topic when they return for a reunion or a visit is about how
Central had the single most profound effect on them. How it changed them, their outlook, their future. Some say that it took
leaving for them to realize the influence Central had. Others say they realized it as they began to adjust to the next chapter in
their lives and found it much easier as a result of the previous four years and what they were leaving behind.
    One interesting conversation I had with an alumnus seemed to put into words what some young men feel when they
walk through the doors for the first time. He said that when he left Central he had viewed college as he had high school—
something to be endured, with little involvement, and even less personal investment. But when he set foot on the university
campus he attended and began classes he found himself reflecting as he made his way through the labyrinth of college life.
Central had prepared him far beyond those in his major and he didn’t realize how far ahead he was because he was medio-
cre at best at Central. I told him that my experience was slightly different yet very similar. At Central, I was caught up in the
friendships, laughter and activities and despite my best efforts, Central refused to let me squander my education. No matter
where I turned, I was bombarded by social, cultural, and academic opportunities. I absorbed knowledge, and values, through
a process I never truly understood, but deeply felt. Another school might have, justifiably, kicked me out. But Central lived
its own rhetoric, keeping its promise that I could make an impact on the world, by making an impact on me. As the conver-
sation grew more intense more Viking Alumni joined in and I could see in their interest a statement of gratitude. Soon all
the laughter had faded away. They all stood silent, attentive, wanting to join in, to voice their own experience. It was about
impact. This was a supreme Central moment, full of tradition, an endorsement of certain eternal verities, one that brought
immense joy to the life of its men. On that particular night the statements were varied; I didn’t appreciate it then. I didn’t
understand it. I didn’t respect it. But the conclusions were the same - Now, I give thanks for it. I try to always act as I was
taught. I keep my promises. I am committed to making an impact. And I don’t give up. Everybody talked about it, and all
these years later we all remembered that moment when it happened - realizing Central’s importance in our lives.
    We know that Central has its own distinctive character and texture. We who have experienced Central know its power
to influence. And when we return with our friends, we surrender to the most romantic and tragic emotion of all: We want to
go back in time and live it all again.


                  Classes ending in “1” and “6” should begin planning their reunions. For more information
                  concerning reuinions, contact Jeff Folino, Director of Alumni Relations, at 412-208-3488 or
                  by e-mail at

                 Class of

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      Class of

          We try to feature an alumnus in each edition of the Quad-
      rangle. The criteria for choosing the graduate are relatively
      vague: Is he in the news? Has he received some recognition?
      Has he done something interesting? Do other grads ask about
      him? Is he a particularly strong supporter of the school? We
      welcome any suggestions you might have regarding an alum-
      nus that would make a good subject for the column. Simply
      contact one of the editors at his email address on page 2.

       Central Catholic’s Legacy Wall
           Your help is needed for Central Catholic’s Legacy Wall, a      with pictures and documents for this permanent display.
      gift of the Class of 2008. This display is located outside of the        We are looking for memorabilia to include in this display:
      guidance office on the third floor. Entry doors have been re-       old varsity letters, sweaters, playbills, pins, tickets: in short,
      stored, the wall has been painted “Central” blue for a dramatic     items that can be included to add visual and historical interest
      impact, and spotlights have been placed in the ceiling to high-     to the wall. If you have items you wish to share, please contact
      light the photographs, text and artifacts. Brass letters spelling   Susan Carlino, Office of Advancement, at 412-208-3415 or
      “Central Catholic High School,” and “Our Lasallian Legacy,”
      have been installed. A LaSalle University historian is assisting

                                          Please remember in your prayers

                  In Memoriam
                                          these recently deceased members of
                                          the Central Catholic community.

1931                            1943                    William J. Gaus        1960
Andrew A. Halterlein            Edmund J. Zinsser       Edward Smith           Edward Angel
                                                        James K. Wagner        Fred I. Bemke
1932                            1944
                                                                               Stanley Brown
Roland R. Finch                 Gerald J. Kint          1951
                                                                               John Collins
                                                        Anthony Castelli
1935                            1945                                           John Ditillo
                                                        Dennis Molyneaux
Edward J. Mullen                Dominic Diulus                                 Edwin G. Mikulski
                                James R. Nieding        1952                   Arthur Miller
                                Joseph Risacher         Timothy W. Kirby       Thomas Olare
James B. Branagan
                                Edward Thomas           Ronald D. Sanders      Lawrence J. Osinski
1938                                                                           William Pollack
                                1946                    1953
Joseph F. Ioli                                                                 Donald Quinn
                                William J. Maus         Hugh G. Walsh
Dr. David G. King
                                John J. O’Donnell                              1975
Most Rev. John B. Mc-                                   1954                   Peter O’Donnell
Dowell                          1947                    Alfred A. Corry
                                Robert C. Czapiewski                           1978
1939                                                    1955
                                John W. Hink                                   Robert L. Patak
Regis T. McMahon                                        Paul R. Carey
                                Rev. Denis Sweeney
William J. Walsh                                        Donald Flavin          1980
                                Frank L. Veranese
James Wrigley                                                                  Thomas S. Amodeo
                                1948                                           Joseph T. Schreibeis
1940                                                    William G. Bigley
                                Robert J. Fitzgerald
Harold W. Elk                                           John V. O’Brien        1985
                                Andrew W. Glatz
                                                                               Charles C. Watson
1941                                                    1958
Edward J. Doyle                                         Francis M. Funa        2003
                                Robert J. Kuzmic
                                                        John W. Harris         Kristopher Kelly
1942                            Al R. Sherry
Paul P. Gibian                                          1959                   2006
John Fred Runge                                         Richard S. Bankowski   Jeffrey Mudryk
                                Dr. Robert J. Donovan
Francis E. Weinheimer                                   Thomas M. O’Connor
              Central Catholic Golden Vikings
                                         Front Row:
                  Kathleen Rosella, Mary K. Crisanti,
                                       Dolores Perri

                                             Back Row:
                 Joe Crisanti ’47, Dr. Mike Rosella ’51,
                  Augie Crisanti ’51, Dr. John Perri ‘51

      Since I Don’t Have You
                                                                               Filming of the movie, Since I Don’t
                                                                           Have You, has begun this fall at Central
                                                                               The film is based on the life of
                                                                           Janet Vogel Rapp, of Jimmy Beaumont
                                                                           and The Skyliners. Janet Vogel Rapp is
                                                                           the mother of Gavin Rapp ’85, writer
                                                                           and director of the movie.

                                                                           1st Row: Joe Parente, Tony LaRussa, Brother
                                                                           Victor Kenneth, Griffith Gentilcore
                                                                           2nd Row: Luke Halferty, Jonathon Yost, Eric
                                                                           Williams, Pat Doyle, Martino Parente

      Legacy Reception
       Kevin, Patrick and Bill Sproule pause in front of the picture
       of the Class of '31 at last night's Legacy Reception. Following
       Frank (middle of row just to left of Bill's right shoulder), Bill
      and Kevin, Patrick was formally acknowledged as the school's
        first Fourth Generation Student. The three pictured denied
      any pre-coordination on hand holding and clothing. Had they
      rehearsed, Kevin's hands, too, would have been right-over-left.

                          LETTERMEN'S CLUB GOLF
                         OUTING ANOTHER SUCCESS
By Kevin Shields ‘79                                                    Gross Division with a score of 135 was the team of Pat Rice ’00,
     Not even a drizzling rain could dampen the spirits of the          his father Terry, Max Beier and Bob Stanger. Pat Rice also won
nearly 100 golfers that showed up in force at the 18th Annual           the putting contest taking home a big-screen high density televi-
Central Catholic Lettermen’s Golf Outing supporting Central             sion. Pat also won the longest drive on the 18th hole. The team of
Catholic Athletics. The Outing was held at the Edgewood Coun-           Jim Sadowski ’69, Ron Owen ’67, Maury Heidish ’68 and Roddy
try Club on September 27, 2010. Like any good Central Catholic          Palany finished in second. Finishing in third was the team of La-
Golf Outing, the rain stopped after completion of the first hole         manna, George Smith ’69, Chris Miller and Dan Puntil. Lamanna
and a great time, delicious food and drink and brotherly camara-        also won the closest to the pin contest on the 5th hole.
derie were had by everyone.                                                  In the Callaway Division, three classmates from the class
     “I want to thank all of the golfers that came out to support our   of 1984 took first place with a score of 138. That team consisted
cause,” Lettermen’s Club President Jimbo Lamanna ’84 said. “As          of Tom White, John Staley, and Mike Shovlin. The team of John
usual, Edgewood Country Club did a first class job.” Lamanna             Loughran ’77, Mark Foerster ’80, Pat Boyle and Ray Foerster
also went on to extend special thanks to Buffalo Blues restaurant       finished second. The team of Tom Dunn ’85, Al Thomson, Dave
owner Mike DiFiore ’82, who provided lunch before the golfing            Mehalick and Don Belt took third. Dunn also won the closest to
began; Kevin Sproule ’86 of Fuhrer Distributing for providing           the pin shot on hole #14. Others who won golfing prizes were Pat
refreshments on the course; and the various parent’s booster groups     Karabinos ’69, who won closest to the pin on the 3rd hole; Ted
that brought players to the outing. He also wanted to express his       Green for closest to the pin on hole #12; and Sam Anderson, who
sincere appreciation and gratitude to Central Catholic President        won the longest putt on the 9th hole.
Bro. Richard Grzeskiewicz ’62 and Principal Bro. Bob Schaefer                The Lettermen’s Club is looking to diversify its Executive
for their undivided support in their commitment to excellence in        Board. We are looking for alums to become members of the Ex-
Central Catholic athletics. “It’s because of their support that makes   ecutive Board with those that graduated between 1990 and 2005
that common bond with the alumni,” Lamanna said. “It keeps the          who lettered in any of the varsity sports. If interested in serving
players coming back year after year to our outing.”                     please contact Jimbo Lamanna at
     The format of the outing was a shamble. The winners of the

                                                                               Anne and Bill Rielly ’79, Chairmen of the 21st Annual
                                                                          Viking Victory Auction, are thrilled to announce that
                                                                          $250,000 was raised on April 17th for Central Catholic
                                                                          High School. While there was not actual dancing, alumni,
                                                                          parents and friends danced around the auction tables
                                                                          making sure that their bids were declared winners of
                                                                          fabulous gifts at the silent auction. Guests were reminded
                                                                          of Central Catholic dances and proms with the larger-
                                                                          than - life posters throughout the auction area, and the
                                                                          centerpieces featuring pictures of bygone eras.
                                                                               Central Catholic would like to express its sincere ap-
                                                                          preciation to the extraordinary and dedicated committees
                                                                          who brought the auction to life. They made sure that every
                                                                          guest enjoyed the evening while raising significant funds
                                                                          for the tuition assistance program and improvements to
                                                                          the school.
                                                                               Last, but certainly not least, special thanks to all of the
                                                                          corporate sponsors, donors and guests for their outstand-
        Auction Chairs Bill Rielly ‘79, Anne Rielly and Brother Richard   ing support and belief that there must always be a place
                                                                          like Central Catholic.

Auction Corporate Sponsors 2010
     $10,000 Platinum Sponsor
     Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
     Massaro Corporation
     $6,000 Gold Sponsor
     A.Folino Construction, Inc.
     A. Martini & Co., Inc.
     Federated Investors Foundation
     Desmone & Associates Architects
     Fazio Mechanical Services, Inc.
     John C. R. Kelly Realty, Inc.
     M. J. Kelly Realty Corporation
     Staley Capital Advisers, Inc.
     $4,000 Silver Sponsor
     Eureka Bank
     Highmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield
     Inter TECH Security LLC
     Rita M. McGinley Foundation & John R. McGinley, Jr.
     Tudi Mechanical Services, Inc.
     Window Systems, Inc.
     $1,500 Bronze Sponsor
     Anchors Unlimited
     Apostolou Associates
     Burns, White & Hickton
     FRANJO Construction Corporation
     Jones Day
     Gregg Services
     Grubb & Ellis
     Healthcare Benefits, Inc.
     Kelly-Rielly-Nell & Barna Associates
     The Original Oyster House
     Powell Electric Corporation
     Schneider Downs
     TriState Capital Bank

      News from the Central

      THOMAS P. LAUTH ‘56 delivered the address to
                                                                    Family leader and head of the local mosque, for lunch.  While there,
                                                                           their guide had the imam demonstrate an Islamic wedding
      graduates at the 100th Graduate Commencement,                        ceremony for our group, and Dan and his wife were chosen
      University of Georgia, May 8, 2010. Lauth is the Dean of the         to play the parts of bride and groom.  They donned traditional
      School of Public and International Affairs at the University         wedding attire and helped enact a typical Islamic wedding,
      of Georgia.”                                                         marriage contract and all.  It was one of the most memorable
      TOM HAAS ’57 and his wife Linda were vacationing in                  parts of their whole tour, not only for them but for their
      Europe and decided to stop in Munich for the Oktoberfest.            traveling companions as well.  Shown in the photo are the
      Sitting in the hotel lobby he overheard English being spoken         imam along with Dan and Za getting “married”....again!
      about a “customer event” at the Oktoberfest. Looking for a
      “free” pass he approached
      the group and told them
      he was a customer. They                                              BILL NOEL ’63 and his
      in turn asked how much                                               wife Kathy proudly announce
      steel did he buy. It unfolds                                         that their son Brian W. Noel,
      these folks were employees                                           was ordained on June 26,
      of US Steel in Pittsburgh.                                           2010 at St. Paul Cathedral.
      As you can suspect the                                               Brian was assigned as
      conversation took on ,                                               Parochial Vicar (Pro Tem) at
      “Where do/did you live                                               St. Bernard Parish.
      and what schools did you                                             RONALD W. OWEN ’67 was appointed
      attend”. Tom mentioned                                               to the Board of Directors of ESB Bank. Ron
      Central and one of the                                               is currently Senior Relationship Executive
      women said “no way” my husband attended Central. So Tom              for First American Title Insurance Company
      and Nick Diulus ’83 meet and pose for a picture. (For the            charged with the responsibility of nurturing
      record Tom was not given a free pass but he and Linda got            and developing additional agency business.
      in any way. Tom says, “The Mystique continues.”                      Ron is a graduate of Thiel College and he is a
      DAN BEYER ’58 and his wife, Za, traveled to Morocco                  member of the Thiel College Board of Trustees. Ron is also
      in April, 2010 for                                                   very active in his community, volunteering his time to various
      an 18-day tour                                                       youth organizations and fundraising efforts, as well as his
      of the country.                                                      involvement on several state committees.
      Among the places
      they visited
      were Casablanca,
      Marrakesh,                                                           ARCHIE DIFANTE ’71 recently passed 20 years working as
      Fez, and the                                                         an archivist for the Air Force Historical Research, Montgomery
      Sahara where                                                         AL.  He also received some press coverage for assistance he
      they rode camels and camped for two nights under a                   provided to German agencies to assist them in locating and
      beautiful, clear, starry sky.  In addition to seeing the sights of   defusing unexploded bombs from World War II. The most recent
      Morocco, a large part of the tour consisted of learning about        article appeared in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette a little while ago.
      Moroccan culture and traditions.  In concert with that,              The two links to the articles follow if interested in reading more.
      they visited the home of an Islamic imam, a community        
JACK GALLAGHER ‘73  Is in his 32nd year with Penske
Truck Leasing.  After moving from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia         1990’S
to Pittsburgh to Milwaukee to Indianapolis over a 12 year            GREG LINNELLI, ’99, was named one of “Pittsburgh’s
period, he has settled outside of  Reading, PA since 1995.           50 Finest” for 2010. The young men and women chosen
Currently he is the Senior Vice President of Operations for the      for this distinction are honored by The Cystic Fibrosis
Northeast Region and Eastern Canada.  Jack and his wife have         Foundation and considered to be some of the most
two daughters who are both pursuing their Masters degrees            prominent and successful single professionals in the
in Social Work (University of Pittsburgh and Washington              city. Each year the Pittsburgh chapter of the Cystic
University in St Louis) plus a 13 year old son. He has been          Fibrosis Foundation(CFF) calls upon the “50 Finest” to
married to his wife, Janet, for 27 years.  All are proud to wear     raise as much money as possible for the fight against this
the “black and gold” in support of the Steelers and Penguins         debilitating disease. Greg is committed to this endeavor
here in the land of Eagles and Flyers.  With Hershey, PA only        and supports the CFF in its efforts to help develop new
an hour away, he has attended all three state championship           treatments and advance the search for a cure. Greg is a
football games that the Vikings have played in the past decade.      Sports Broadcaster and Host of “The Morning Show,”
Hope to see them again this December!                                Monday-Friday, 6-9AM, on Fox 970 AM.
PAUL FISCHIONE ‘74 was the University of Pittsburgh
2010 Distinguished Alumni for the Department of Mechanical
Engineering and Materials Science. Paul lives in Murrysville,
PA with his wife Nancy. Children Andrea is a senior at Case          PETER DINARDO ’02 is a 1st Lieutenant in Marine
Western Reserve University, April is a sophomore at John             Corps, has served one deployment in Iraq and is currently
Carroll University, and Paul is a junior at Franklin Regional        deployed in Afghanistan.
High School.                                                         JOSEPH V. BALESTRINO ’03 has been awarded the
DAVE ARRIGO ’78 has been appointed Manager of Global                 Hon. Joseph H. Ridge Memorial Scholarship. Named in
Quality Programs ASQ CMQ/OE                                          honor of the late Judge Joseph H. Ridge ‘39, an alumnus
Westinghouse Electric Company Operations Support &                   of Central Catholic and Duquesne University, The Ridge
Core Process Innovation on July 14, 2010.  Additionally, I           Scholarship is awarded to the highest ranking member of
received news that I passed my American Society for Quality          the graduating class at Duquesne University School of Law
certification exam, and am now a Certified Manager of                who is a graduate of Central Catholic High School. The
Quality/Organizational Excellence.                                   Allegheny County Bar Foundation is pleased to confer this
                                                                     award to Joe who is the third recipient of this scholarship,

1980’S                                                               following Gregory Michaels ’00 and J
                                                                                                          Jason Ott ’09.

CARL “PETER” BAUER ‘87 has been named the new Sales                  BODROG ’07 has
Manager of Howard Hanna Mortgage Services, Pennsylvania              been accepted to the
Division, covering the Pittsburgh, Erie, Harrisburg and              Doctor of Pharmacy
Youngstown area offices. A graduate of Central catholic High         Class of 2014 at the
School and Penn State University with a Bachelors degree in          University of Pittsburgh
real estate, Bauer began his career with Howard Hanna in real        School of Pharmacy. 
estate sales in the early 1990’s.  He joined Howard Hanna’s          Congratulations Jonathan!
Mortgage Division in 1996 as a finance manager and most
recently worked in the Shadyside and Squirrel Hill offices.
Bauer has been a Platinum Award recipient, the Mortgage
Bankers Association’s highest award level, for ten years and has
been a consistent top producer for Howard Hanna Mortgage
Services achieving the company’s ‘Best of the Best’ and ‘Very
Best of the Best’ recognition on a consistent basis. He resides in
Hampton Township with his wife Amy and their two children
Alexia and Jack and are expecting their third in October. Peter
Bauer can be reached at Howard Hanna’s Corporate Office -
412-967-9000 or via email at

  ANDREW J. BRENNAN ’03 writes - I have a                               Also, the company that we drew our name and lineage
new address (below), due to our company running split              from, the 281st Assault Helicopter Company, has started
operations out of two FOBs. All mail that was and is sent          to include us on their website. You can check that out @
to the previous address will reach us, just slower; so use They have been a great support for us
the new one from here on out. We are currently at FOB              over the past few months.
Sharana and will be for the foreseeable future with 12 guys             Hope you are all well. Take care.
from the company. We are direct support for 4th CBT
101st ABN. Our AO is further south of Shank by about 30            LAST, FIRST
minutes flying.                                                    B CO 4-4 TF GAMBLER
     Also, I am setting up a picture gallery @ www.                FOB SHARANA The login is my email andrew.                    APO AE 09311 and the password is CMU1233.
You can check out what we are up to on there and I think           Andrew J. Brennan, Intruder 26
you should be able to download pictures off of there as well.

                               Peter Dinardo ‘02, a 1st Lieutenant in Marine Corps, has served one
                                   deployment in Iraq and is currently deplyed in Afghanistan

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