Re: Looking for Grammar School Pictures
Date: February 20, 2012 01:50PM
> Aha yes, roller skating in the basement all
> purpose room of the school. That room was huge
> and in addition to roller skating it was used as a
> lunch room, a meeting room for all kinds of
> things, choir practice for the whole school,
> infrequent assemblies, a secondary chapel for Mass
> on Sunday, parish dinners of one sort of another
> and one day a week each class went there to learn
> different kinds of dancing, ballroom and square,
> as well as other activities taught by a man named
> Mr. Wak or Wach. He actually worked for the Park
> District and apparently made extra money teaching
> this stuff at some of the Catholic schools.
> This room was also a basket ball court used for
> intramural games as well as games against other
> schools. Father McCue was the coach and insisted
> that all the boys play at least intramural. If
> you didn't he came down on you and referred to you
> as a "creampuff." That room had 6 pillars in the
> court so you not only had to dodge the defense but
> the pillars. they had heavy pads wrapped around
> them, but if you were looking the other way,
> dribbling the ball and hit one full tilt the stars
> came out. Father McCue made us play there, but I
> could never quite figure out why other schools
> took the chance playing there. I have pretty much
> hated basketball ever since. Father McCue always
> talked about George Mikan. I believe that he
> somehow became associated with him at DePaul
> I'm sure that I did know some folks from around
> 53rd and Hermitage, but they probably went to St.
> Basil. I'm going to try the Archdiocese for
> copies of the pictures.
Nice story jak378. Liked the Fr. McCue / George Mikan / DePaul connection.
Oh and where was Bingo played? ;-)
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/20/2012 01:52PM by daveg.