Bartlett's 1955 Footballers to be Honored  
Thursday, June 8, 2006


Ed Patenaude So I’ve Heard


The little car with pop-up headlights pulled to a stop as I meandered along School Street in Webster on a recent evening. Retired Nichols College professor John Katori doffed his cap to easy recognition.

One of the founders of the Bartlett High School Athletics Hall of Fame, Mr. Katori made a last-minute pitch for the Hall of Fame golf tournament this Saturday at the Webster-Dudley Golf Course.

Annual tournaments finance fame installation banquets, and the next one will be Oct. 7 at the Elks Hall, Professor Katori said. “Anyone wishing to participate should contact (Bartlett Athletics Director) Rene Langevin,” he said.


Then, Mr. Katori made a hall announcement from the seat of his sports car: “The 1955 football team will be inducted this year,” he said to the purr of an idling motor. Given Bartlett High’s athletics history, this was hardly a surprise. The ’55 team was the only BHS eleven ever to go undefeated.

Eighteen individuals or their representatives will be invited to the fame podium, Mr. Katori said. “I’ll e-mail the list to you,” he promised. Identities were on my screen the next morning. Personal information has to be added to athletic achievements in some cases, so the profiles are still to come. But the nominees are:

Anthony Szamocki, 1936; Al Suss, 1937; Howard Lorenz, 1938; Andrew Jarzabski, 1941; Joseph Christopher, 1948; Joseph Markiewicz, 1950; Joseph Pizzetti, 1955; Francis Kuszewski, 1962; Virginia Tanko-DiDonato, 1963; Paul Strzelecki, 1971; Gerry Nadeau, 1974; George Hetherman, 1975; Lisa Halloran, 1985; Scott Holland, 1992; Todd Daskowski, 1994; Coach Donald Ferrari, Coach John Mrazik and Coach Beatrice Pratt.

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Alfred L. Nowicki carried a 1943 Bartlett High School yearbook into Sandi’s Restaurant May 27. Opening it to Richard Bennett Lavine’s profile, he declared: “That’s the guy you wrote about Thursday.”

The reference was to a segment about Dick Lavine, a retired antitrust lawyer, who recently published his first novel, “The Condo Papers.” Millie and Bill Franklin brought the book to my attention a couple of weeks ago, adding that Mr. Lavine is also an accomplished musician.

The law and writing wasn’t in Dick Lavine’s 1943 BHS profile, but music was the lead: “Attention, Benny Goodman! Competition is on the way! Yes, Dick’s ability on the clarinet is the envy of many a young musician ...”

“He was at our 60th anniversary class reunion and we had quite a conversation,” Mr. Nowicki said. “He was always a great fellow.”

Then, Al turned to a somber note. “The war was going on when we graduated and there was only one future for most of us, military service. We dedicated our yearbook to the president: ‘In this time of peril we feel it an honor and a duty to dedicate the 1943 Chronicle to our Commander-in-Chief, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President of the United States.’ ”



Make this take three of the 57th anniversary of Eddie’s Greenhouse. We first learned that siblings Linda and Mark Wasielewski and Marcia Azzaoui figured 57 was a good time to celebrate an anniversary of the business their late parents, Eddie and Rita Wasielewski, ran for many years.

Then, Walter Biadasz of Florida reported that his parents built and occupied the Wasielewski home and business site on Lyndale Avenue.

Now, Leonard R. (Lenny Walsh) Wasielewski, also known as “Butch,” comes along with a codicil of sorts.

“I gave my niece the dickens,” he said, smiling. “She didn’t tell you I handled the deliveries after (brother) Eddie opened up because I was the only one in the family that had a license. Of course, she wasn’t born then.”

Lenny was a junior in high school, and had a brand new driver’s permit in his pocket. Besides deliveries, he taught Eddie how to drive and later, when Eddie was recalled to the service, he taught their mother, Fran
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