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Returns to Serve
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 • email@example.com
Fr. Benedetto Vaghetto
F Jeffry Folino ’75 ..................................................... Director of Alumni Relations
Charles Vukotich ‘67
On the cover: Paul Matvey ’71,
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Brian Miller ......................................................................Director of Admissions
Christopher Wilson ‘71
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Donald Teti, Assistant Superintendent Editor ......................................... Jeff Folino ’75, firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Iurlano, Diocesan Legal Counsel Co-Editor ........................................................... Gene Kail ’63, email@example.com
Bro. Richard Grzeskiewicz, FSC, ‘62 Design & Layout .............................................................................. Dan Laffey ’73
Bro. Robert Schaefer, FSC Principal
Central Catholic students in Nicaragua
Stephen Joyce ‘11
Central Catholic High School, a Catholic college preparatory school for boys, is guided
by the educational principles of Saint John Baptist de La Salle.
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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
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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
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
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.
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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.”
environment where few aspire to
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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 www.operationwalkpgh.org or www.
gists, nurses, physical therapists and other health amd3.org for more information.
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
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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.
Special Features Special Features
Special Features Special Features Special Features
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.”
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-
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
A message from
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 email@example.com.
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,” firstname.lastname@example.org.
have been installed. A LaSalle University historian is assisting
Please remember in your prayers
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
Roland R. Finch Gerald J. Kint 1951
1935 1945 John Ditillo
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
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
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
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
Kathleen Rosella, Mary K. Crisanti,
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
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 email@example.com.
The format of the outing was a shamble. The winners of the
DANCING THROUGH THE DECADES —
A RE-SOUNDING SUCCESS
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
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
$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
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
Burns, White & Hickton
FRANJO Construction Corporation
Grubb & Ellis
Healthcare Benefits, Inc.
Kelly-Rielly-Nell & Barna Associates
The Original Oyster House
Powell Electric Corporation
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
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 http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10164/1064983-294.stm
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 PBauer@howardhanna.com.
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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 www.281st.com. 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
kodakgallery.com. The login is my email andrew. APO AE 09311
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Non Profit Org.
Permit No. 11
Central Catholic High School
4720 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2952
If your son has moved from your home,
please notify the Alumni Office at
412.208.3488 of his current address.
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