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Class of ’63 at Gibbons, Notre Dame to gather, look back on 50 years

Monday, September 16, 2013
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Members of Notre Dame High School’s “Prelude” staff put together the 1963 yearbook. From left are Margaret Karlan, Linda Cornell, Sheridan Farnham, Catherine Whitehouse and Judith Wolfe.
Members of Notre Dame High School’s “Prelude” staff put together the 1963 yearbook. From left are Margaret Karlan, Linda Cornell, Sheridan Farnham, Catherine Whitehouse and Judith Wolfe.

Patricia McGurn remembers finger work during her senior year at all-girl Notre Dame High School.

“I used to do a lot of typing for everybody,” McGurn said. “The nuns and everybody else.”

Michael Pustolka remembers meeting kids from Saratoga Springs and Amsterdam at all-boy Bishop Gibbons High School. “[Future local TV personality] Jack Aernecke came from Central Bridge,” Pustolka said. “He would get a ride to Alco and take a bus up to the school.”

McGurn, Pustolka and their friends from the Catholic classes of 1963 will reminisce together on Friday, Sept. 27. The 50th anniversary reunion will be held at the Waters Edge Lighthouse in Glenville, in the Terrace banquet hall.

Girls from Notre Dame might have some stories about their teachers, nuns from the Congregation of Notre Dame of Montreal. Guys from Bishop Gibbons may recall their days with the Irish Christian Brothers.

McGurn remembers dances of the early 1960s — and her spectators.

“I loved doing “The Twist,’ ” she said. “The nuns would stand there and make sure we were acting ladylike; we had to be careful. The ‘Jerk’ wasn’t allowed. It was too suggestive.”

Kids at both schools also had to watch how they dressed. Girls had to make sure their plaid skirts were the “proper” length. The big test was kneeling — the hem had to touch the floor. White blouses and blazers were also part of the uniform. Guys at Gibbons were asked to wear dress slacks, white shirt, tie and sport coat.

Frank Decatur and twin brother Finton were among the sharp dressers in Gibbons’ Class of ’63. Both were pole vaulters on the track team and participated on the cross-country and indoor track teams.

Out of school and sports uniforms, kids from both Bishop Gibbons and Notre Dame hung out at Mike’s Hot Dogs on upper State Street. Other hot spots included Pacelli’s pizza on State Street and Hogan’s Town House at Fehr and State for hamburgers

At 6-foot-5, Richard Glowacki was one of the tallest guys at Gibbons. And he was a natural for the basketball team; he remembers scoring 33 points against Keveny Academy, and setting a school record.

“Everything I threw up that night went in,” Glowacki said.

Notre Dame merged with Bishop Gibbons in 1975, as girls left their Corlaer Avenue school and began studies at Gibbons on Albany Street. The school is now known as Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School.

Class members with questions about the reunion are asked to contact the high school. They can also check online at www.nd-bg.org/50th-reunion.

 
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