Steve Sherry's The Vagabonds of '74

Essex Catholic Teachers and Students
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Early '74 Montclair, New Jersey, Alf a most unusual friend
Cedar Grove, New Jersey my little town....Miss Munches House, Newberry's, Cedar Grove Pool
Hitchhiking To Albuquerque 1972, The Commune and Krishnamurti, University of New Mexico
Seeing Badfinger At Carnegie Hall, The Dugout, McSorely's Ale House
Seeing Bob Dylan, "The Poet Lad" At Madison Square Garden
South End Pizzeria, Van Gogh and Plans for California
Jersey Shore Recollections, Summer of '71. St. Louis, The Gateway of the West, The Road to Colorado
Rocky Mountain Panorama, Problems with the Pinto, Ritchfield Utah???
California! Lennon's Lost Weekend, Venice Beach, Malibu
Pacific Coast Highway, Panoramic Visions and the Magic Carpet Ride To Santa Barbara
San Francisco, The Shelter, The Warf and the Hole in the Wall Hotel
Sacramento, Jumping A Train? Wierd But True, The Shock of My Life
Oblivion, Reno, Good Samaritans and The Ghosts of Woody Guthrie, James Dean and Tom Joad
A Night In The Can in Kansas
University of Kansas at Lawrence and The Doobie Brothers
True Meditation Foundation of Human Understanding, "How Your Mind Can Keep You Well"
Vagabonds of '74 Part 2: Old Friend Ollie, Meeting Veronica, The Suburban in Montclair
BOSTON, The Leap of Faith and A Night in a Shelter
Sleeping in a Newspaper Truck, Cambridge Hippies and No Turning Back
Squatter's Rights: 269 BROADWAY, Furnishing Our Hippie Pad
269 BROADWAY becomes Miss Dale's Farm
California Hippies Arrive. Free Food from The Docks, Strange Encounters
Kenmore Square Blood Bank
Leonard Cohen, Patron Saint, Ali Defeats Foreman and the Great Squash Fight of '74
Vivid Visitors from New Jersey,
The Invasion of Boston University, Taking Over The Dorm
Jonathan Swifts, Harvard Square and The Sugar Shortage
Beacon Hill Gulf Gas Station and Reflections Atop The Longfellow Bridge
Christmas 1974 in Montclair, Returning to Cambridge, "13th Floor Panarama"
Bandages, Canes, Barroom Brawls and Spontaneous Conversation
Meeting Leonard Cohen
The Beginning Of The End and Saying Goodbye
Vagabonds of 74 Epilogue
Essex Catholic Memories: Crosby, Stills & Nash, Marty Liquori, Mark Murro, City Stadium, St. Benedicts, Dylan, Positively 4th St.
The Essex Catholic Wrestling Team 1971: 8 District Champs, Ting A Lings, Hitting the Town....
Essex Catholic Teachers and Students, Br. Harrington, Mr. Lamb, Mr. Taglieri, Mr. Zarro, Simon and Garfunkel
Random Events at Essex Catholic 1967-1971: Stuff Happens! Bomb Scare, JUG!, Abbey Road
Essex Catholic Senior Year 1971: World Trade Center Rising, The Staircase from "A Hard Days Night?" Meditation, MySpace: "Jersey Shore," Crosby, Stills and Nash Epilogue
The Jersey Shore: May, 2011 Brielle....Sea Girt....Introspection On The Sand.....
Essex Catholic Memories 2012

Random  Observations

 I remember the Dylan Poster on the wall in Mr. Forgeone's classroom. It was the same one from Dylan's Greatest Hits Album. 

This made Mr. Forgione a pretty hip guy. But how was it he was into Dylan?
That kind of music was for young people like us
not for Old Guys who were around 25 years old.....strange.....
 
 
I remember Br. Harrington being so into Poetry that one day he passed out lyrics to popular songs.
One of the songs was "Mr. Tambourine Man" and it really started me wondering about Dylan.....
that summer, when I heard Positively 4th Street for the first time
I was to become a die-hard Dylan fan....
 
 
One day Br. Harrington was teaching vocabulary and wanted to test us on words beginning with the prefix"anti" like "antithesis,  anticipate etc.....

After several kids gave correct answers one "wise guy" raised his hand and said as sincerely as he could manage
" Ant eater?" ........
.....which ticked off Br. Harrington......who responded very slowly:  "Okay.....don't be a wise guy....."




One of my favorites was Br. Dunne, my French teacher who when he walked into the classroom the first day looked like someone not to be trifled with but was really a mellow guy......

I remember him being quite amused at the student who showed up one day in Bell Bottoms, a sweater instead of a jacket and no tie!

The Dean of Discipline used paper clips to rein in the bell bottoms and gave the kid  JUG.....

Br. Dunn walked over to him with a smile and asked: "What were you thinking ?
What were you trying to prove?"

The kid replied "I thought maybe I could start a revolution." 

"YOU? You were going to start a revolution?" 

The following year we were allowed to wear Bell Bottoms.....so maybe Ben Fusco really did start a revolution.....

 
 
 
Other teachers I liked were Mr. Lamb who taught English....really nice man and Mr. Taglieri the football coach who taught history.....both were entertaining in the way they taught which is the best way to teach.....


My favorite Gym teacher was Mr. Zarro (RIP) because he was more than  just a gym instructor.
I remember him, after warm ups always saying:

"Remember, you're good Catholic boys.
Some of those guys hanging around who get a little money in their pockets think their cool and they get themselves in trouble. Remember you gotta do the right thing!"

Mr. Zarro would be there at most of the sporting events too. He was 100 per cent behind the students.


I remember one afternoon after practice on the upper level of the gym when the song "Leaves That Are Green" by Simon and Garfunkle starts playing on some kids radio....

"I was twenty one years when I wrote this song
I'm twenty two now but I wont be for long
time hurries on and the leaves that are green turn to brown...."

I stopped and really listened. When you're 16 you can't wait to turn twenty one. To me twenty one seemed far,  far away......

I was with Doug Zemanek that afternoon .....
     




                         Students


After 40 years it's hard to think of everybody you once knew.
My year book was damaged by a flooded basement so I can't look up students and teachers easily.....

but I remember names as if I was hearing roll call again or someone's name being announced on the intercom system.... 

One kid I remember fondly was Richie Rinaldi (RIP).  A year older than me, Richie was on the wrestling team and many afternoons after practice we'd go outside and do laps on the wooden track in the back of the building and maybe talk with teammates before going inside.

The school would be empty and it was clear sailing from the back door on Summer Ave all the way to the front door on Broadway......

"Think you're fast Sherr?" He'd ask.
"Man, I know I'm fast," I'd say, and we'd take off on a full sprint from the back door, under the Rotunda all the way to the front door and usually ended up in a flat footed tie.

Sometimes Richie would beat me by a step, sometimes I beat him but it was difficult running in wrestling shoes....while laughing hysterically....

One thing more.  Richie was one of those guys who had a large share of humanity and a vulnerable soul. He was someone you could talk to and looked out for the younger guys on the team. When you saw Richie Rinaldi coming your way it made you feel good.....
 



Tom Carrino always made fun of me for being from Cedar Grove.
"How are things up there in the sticks?"

One Saturday, during Freshman year I'm on Pompton Avenue in Cedar Grove trying my best to look cool, hanging out with friends.

Suddenly the 114 Bus pulls up to  the traffic light and I see Tom Carrino who is just as shocked to see me. He waves as the bus pulls away.

On Monday, back in school,  he approaches me with a wicked smile.

"Hey I saw Sherry up in Cedar Grove looking cool, all dressed in black! The bus drove through downtown Cedar Grove but I missed it. I sneezed!"

Curt Shumate was quite amused....

Once Curt and I and another friend went to a Concert at Shea Stadium. It was billed as a Peace Concert  and hastily put together. We jumped on the New York Bus and took in a remarkable show.

It was the first concert I'd ever been to. The roster consisted of  Paul Simon, Janis Joplin, Pacific Gas and Electric, Johnny Winter, Dionne Warwick,  a few others I can't remember and Credence Clearwater Revival.
 
Credence came out in early evening and really brought the house down.
They had to stop the concert and ask the crowd to all come down to a lower level
because the stands were shaking so much.....



I remember a lot of guys from a distance...vivid characters who I didn't know well but were in a class or two with me ....Guys like Gary Rich, who was in my Religeon class with Brother O'Neill .....

Henry Samuel, an all around good guy.....

Richie Squillaro, on the wrestling team and in my history class....great kid.....

Ray Cruise (RIP) whom I didn't know well but was someone I'd say hello to in the hall.
An athlete and a mellow guy. There was a noble quality about him....

Also guys like Ed  Abramski, Chris Butler, Phil Cifelli and so many others...... 


I can still hear roll call in class....kids of all ethnicities  with amazing sounding names....
 
some short, some four syllables....Italian, Irish, Check, Polish.....

some sounded humorous....some sounded like exotic diseases......amazing! 


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