My maternal grandmother was a Gaffney. As far as I know, none of them are lawyers, but could probably use their services. Seriously, of those I remember, one became a priest. His father ran the parking lot behind Grace Church for many years. Pete senior.
Just thought I knew some of you relatives and might have met you somewhere, through them, down the years.
My brother-in-law, Joe Price, was related to some of the Seniors in this area. See, sooner or later, I find out I do know someone through someone else. lol!!!!!!!!!!
Just like in Clipper's case. We had discussions on that "other" forum and then come to find out, we knew each other years ago. That was pretty cool. ;D And maybe, it's been just because I've been around sooooooo long and I've had the "time" to meet more people.
Frank, bobbbiez isn't old. She remembers when moby dick was a minnow growing up in Reels Creek. She went to UFA when it was a one room schoolhouse. She walked to school from west utica and had to scrape the horseshit off her boots from stepping in it on Onieda square. She dropped her McGuffy's reader in the snow once. She learned to drive on a Model T. She taught Jesus to pray. She had a pet brontosauras once. She knitted a sweater to stay warm during the ice age. Her baby shoes are on display in the smithsonian. Her yearbook picture was printed on a copper plate. Her prom date was Moses Bagg. They went skinny dipping in the original Erie Canal, after the dance. Almost got caught by a mule skinner but managed to scramble across the towpath and get their clothes. She sold warbonds during the war of 1812.
I would never disclose a woman's age, but since she is picking on me, I only felt it fair to drop a few hints and let ya'll figure it out for yourselves, haha. ;D
Yeah Frank, Clipper forgot to mention he was one of the contractors that took UFA's one room schoolhouse and built it into the high school. I remember him well, because I was the little girl he asked everyday if I wanted some candy.
Dave, I graduated from U.F.A. in 1961 . My sis, Gloria, must have graduated with your brother. Were you or your brother in any sports (besides girls ) or in any of the choirs, or clubs when you were there? Don't remember that name but doesn't mean I don't know him, because I did hang with my sis and her classmates. Gloria went out with Don Fluty for awhile and Lavon Loomis. We were both good friends with the Kaelin brothers going to the prom with them and the Adasek twins, Jim and John. In the summer we all hung out at Addison Miller Pool. Our maiden name is Pilnicki and we lived right next door to Kernan School in that big gray house on Warren Street side.
Any of that sound familiar to you? Will catch ya later. Games are starting.
Bobbi: No, not much sounds familiar. I did hang out at Addison Miller in grade school when I lived on Hager St. up at the other end of Lincoln. Don Fluty does sound familiar and I knew a few Loomis kids. Don't remember names, but I would remember a name like Lavon. I went to UCA and graduated from ND their first year, also '61. If you remember some of the "kids bands" at that time, the Plaids, Premiers, Rhythm Kings...I was in the Bel Airs and we played a lot of proms and kids bars, like the place near the Armory on Culver Ave and bars down the valley in Frankfort, Ilion and Little Falls. As well as the Beach. (There are two active threads on the bands on the CNYForum.com where a number of us have found each other and people we used to play with after all these years.) In fact, through the forum, I found our sax player, Guy Vivenzo, and suprised him by stopping in at his limo business last week when I was up in Utica for my mother's memorial mass. Our drummer now contributes to my "More Stories!" website. He's sending me a bunch of photographs so I can scan them. Good old days.
OMG, Dave, are you kidding? I must know who you are. All those bands you mentioned I knew most of the guys. God, how I wish I could remember all their names but you know how that goes.
Besides the bands you mentioned I was and still am good friends with the guys from the Classics, Andy Cittadino, Mike Carlotta (living in Syracuse now), Joey DePalma. In fact, saw Andy at his camp at Sylvan Beach this summer. He lives in Florida most of the time. My girlfriend and Andy keep in touch with each other on a monthly basis.
Tommy Migliaccio who was in the Plaids passed away a few years back. Tommy and I use to date for awhile in school and then for awhile after my divorce.
I just saw your drummer Guy V. two weeks ago when I was in Utica near his place on Main St. in Whitesboro. My sister lives just down the street from there and my cousin, Rich, has a car buffing business across the street from Guy. My, my it is a very small world. Guy and my bestest friend of my whole life, Tony Sheheen(another great musician), was a good friend of Guys. We hung out at Rich Hickel's (another dear friend) bar, Club Monarch, for years. Both Tony and Rich died very suddenly and very young. Broke my heart.
I met the guys at alot of the dances but mostly through Sylvan Beach when they played at Lakeshore, Forrest Hotel, and Decastros. We always had a camp up there so I kind of grew up there. My parents were very good friends with John and Louie DePerno who owned the Forrest Hotel and all the other bar owners, so even though my sisters and I were all underage, all the bar owners use to let us in, drink soda and dance to the bands.
Do you remember the band from Syracuse that played there called Little Ray and ........(can't remember the rest). The lead singer was a black kid with a great voice. His drummer Auggie bought my rental property in Utica a few years ago. Wish I could remember all of them and their names. I'm sure you could fill me in.
Do you remember when WTLB had the block dances every Wednesday night at the beach in between the Fun House and Bubbles near the indoor carousel?
Boy Dave, you got me on a roll now. lol!!! God, those were the best days in my life. Young, without a care in the world and being able to do what I enjoyed then , dancing.
Dave, do you remember a drummer from Whitesboro named Jim Gaylord? He played with a lot of different bands, including the locally famous band that had lost their drummer in an accident involving the hearse that they hauled their equipment in. I can't recall the name of that band right now.
He played in bands with Kit Temple, Dale Ryder, Roger Potocki, and others in the late 50's and early 60's. He played with one band I remember was called the four issues.
Played all the hotspots, like DeCastros, Forest hotel, and another place at the beach, Hotel McConnville in Ogdensburg, Pine lodge in Chadwicks, A couple of places in Little Falls, and many school dances and proms.