De La Salle Classmates
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John Andrychowicz
When I tried out for the basketball team I had to go 1-on-1 against him and he was better than me.
In gym we had this 660yd race. Three times around the track. Going into the 3rd lap I was the hare showing off to the crowd in the bleachers. I noticed up ahead at the first bend the John was making a move and getting into the front. So I made my move and worked my way through the bunch. Once clear I turned on the afterburners and managed to catch up with him at the final bend and scorched home in a comprehensive win. Set the school record.
Mr Miller in Junior history used to call hi "An-drick-o-witz" its actually "An-dri-chow-witz". We just called him "Chowitz". Sophomore year he was voted "Best Student". Senior Yearbook: "John, What's the National Honor Society without the bookstore and your friendly selling".

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Jim Baden
Jim was never in my class. He was a friend of Schindler who was. Once in awhile we would take the same bus home. He and Schindler came to my house a couple times. and sometimes we walked home from church together.
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1963-4
Bob Ball
Bob was a clown, especially with facial expressions. He was Advisory Room Vice President Freahman year. He was a Thespian and in school plays or at least in "Skin of Our Teeth" sophmore year. I believe his father was high up in the Mpls Police Force. I found this sight which features his photos (of trains): http://www.captureminnesota.com/users/lukibob

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Richard Bastyr
Dick was a fun guy with a look that came out of New York's Bowery. A relative of his was pastor at my family's church in Bechyn, On November 7, 1961 he and I went to Dayton's after school where he bought a sliderule.
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Mike Bendel
He was never in a class. We rode the bus together. He was very quiet (shy?) so we didn;t talk much, which suited me as I liked to read on the bus. He got a scholarship to St. Mary's College in Winona.
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Tom Breviu
Tom was another Richfield boy, but not from my area. He was a willoughly uncoordinated guy with a speech impediment. He had a keen mind and loved to argue - he was on the debate team which doesn't surprize me. One summer he and his younger brother played basketball at Christian park with me and Bob Wiek. Senior Yearbook: "Your superiority in the science has been shown; too bad you know little about the humanities".

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Mike Donlin
Mike was never in my class. He was on my Babe Ruth team. His father had played for the Cardinals. He was also in the Art Club with me.
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1963-4
Ron Foss
Ron was a lot of fun. In Roach's World History class he and I would "bowl" down the aisle. In Junior Advisory I pulled his chair back as he sat down - onto the floor. Brother gave me a stern look, but being the class president he probably didn't want to chew me out. Foss was a smooth mover when it came to basketball.

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Walter Geddes
With that name, his puny body and glasses he had "nerd" written all over him and he was exceptionally brilliant. And yet he was a cool Bloomington boy.
Junior Yearbook: "Some day I will develope a  4" arm. Against your frail body will I stop all harm".
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Bob Howard
In Freshman English he gave a speech of demonstration: How to polish shoes. He must have been a genius because he seemed to sleep through school and yet go good grades and was moved to the top class senior year. I don't recall him when it comes to physical/sports activities. The only reason why I got to know him was we moved to Bloomington in 1963 and somehow I ended up in his carpool. Luckily, I was usually the first one to be picked up and din't have to squeeze in with the four or five others in the back seat. This would include the very large Doug Corteau. They were all members of "Squires" (Knights of Columbus) and had matching hero jackets. Bob is responsible for getting me my first job, selling hotdogs at Met Stadium.
Senior Yearbook: "Do I get one of your convertibles for prom? You're dressed up again, why? Well, will see you at the U".

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Tom Kelley
I didn't know anyone in the school. Somehow Tom became my best friend early on. He says he was in awe of my mathematical ability, artistic bent and flat out speed. He nominated me for Advisory President every year. He was the only DLS student that I would hang out with, which was difficult until we owned cars in 1963. He would call me with questions about Latin. He was my lab partner for Physics. We saw each other through University and have maintained contact through the years.
Senior Yearbook: "To an inferior in all aspects, but whom I have liked for 3 years".

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Ron Labiak
"Whale" was blubber in movement, and yet he actually was good enough to be a cheerleader. He was the perfect choice to be "Santa" freshmen year. I remember exactly the time in Religion class when he let us know that he found the word "fuck" in a paperback he was secretly reading. On Dec 3, 1960 I challenged him to eat a La La Paplooza at Bridgeman's. "Roundy Predicts" was on television and we had our own "Roundy" organizing our weekly pool on College football games trying top the experts on TV. I didn't care about the players, injuries etc... or who was playing who. I did it purely mathematically based on previous results. On Nov 11, 1961 he called to tell me that I was in last place in the predictions. While we were in the same class he would call me regularly when stuck on a maths problem. I would never tell him the answer but would explain the topic and maybe give him a hint. Sophomore year he was voted "Best Sense of Humor". He was a Thespian and in school plays or at least in "Skin of Our Teeth" sophmore year. Junior year he was my Chemistry lab partner.

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Pat Laughlin
Pat had a solid build and I imagine he was intensely strong. Seemed like a fun guy but I never got to know him well.

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John Levoir
Probably the most unathletic guy in a room with a few. As a bishop he presided over a building's dedication at my family's church in Bechyn, Minnesota in 2009.
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Jim LeVesque
The name fitted his sexy "French" looks. In fact. Sophmore year he was voted "Biggest Wolf". A bit loose jointed when it came to sports but he always tried hard.

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Jim Mathison
He had it all. Looks, smile, friendliness, modesty and smooth moves in basketball. All around well liked guy who well deserved to be our Advisory President for two years. He was voted "Most Popular" sophmore year. I was actually couldn't believe it when I out voted him in our Junior year.

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David Namie
David was never in my class. During the time that I got dropped off at De by Gene Newstrom around 6:30AM we early arrivers had to stay in the lunch room. It was there that I got to know David.
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Bruce Nihart
Bruce was never in my class. He was a friend of Schindler who was. Once in awhile we would take the same bus home. He played in a band.
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Pat O'Laughlin
Smooth talker and well dressed, he never seemed ruffled. Always under control. A true redhead with a permanent blush. He was in Art CLub with me. He out voted me for class Vice-President sophmore year. That year he voted as Biggest Faculty Drag. He was VP again Junior year.
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Bob Perzel
Bob was another clown - so many in the class, eh? He was a pretty classy guy and carried himself well. One evening while I was working at the Holiday Inn he showed up with a date for a meal.
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Mike Schindler
Freckled redhead from Richfield. So we would ride home on same bus once in awhile. During summers we were Babe Ruth opponents. On the way back from our Freshman trip to Rochester we got the driver to let us off by the airport around 9PM. I recall vividly walking across the fields in the dark with his transitor radio playing Del Shannon's "Runaway".

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Chuck Slater
Slats was a large dude who looked like he was sleeping all the time. I think it was his height that got him onto the basketball team because he wasn't very quick in speed or in reactions. But for some reason he was voted Best Athlete in Sophmore year. Not sure if he could actually read. He once gave a "book" report on Mysterious Island, but his account was the movie version which was very different to the book's.

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Mike Smith
Unbelieveably laid back dude with a sly smile. He and Stowell seemed to be inseparabale. But Uncle Sam managed to do it. Mike hung out with our group at the U. Somehow he ended up in Nam and the experience seemod to have changed him. Really nice guy who didn't bother anyone - but apparently in lots of fights while in the service. Kelley and I had a reunion with him in 1981. He seemed aimless, living in small 120 year old place in downtown St Paul.

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Tom Stowell
Short fellow and Labiak's best friend. They made an odd couple. I don't beileve I ever called him by his first name. He was my maths nemisis. Brother D let us work at our speed and each day we would report what page we were up to. T and I were miles ahead, so we would agree what page to say leaving a buffer for when we didn't feel like doing math. Alphabetically, I would report first. One day Tom gave a ten page lead on me. So I told Brotehr that I wished to change my page which I did while staring at Stowell. It was in the next book in the series! He hung out once in awhile with our group at Uni.

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Tom Sullivan
Didn't really get to know Tom at De. He seemd to always be sleeping. After graduation we moved to North Mpls and just a few blocks from him. When we ended up in a class together at the U he hitched a ride with me (paying for the parking: 25¢:). One time we rode his moped with me hanging onto all of our books. Back in those days we didn't use bags.
Senior Yearbook: "I'll see if I can stay awake long enough to sign your book".
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John Ward
Shorter version of Labiak though I think he had more rolls of flab bouncing about in gym class. He was a Thespian and in school plays or at least in "Skin of Our Teeth" sophmore year.

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Paul Welter
Probably the strongest boy in the class. He excelled at gymnastics, especially on the hight bar.

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