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Keeping the Spirit of the Fightin' Irish Alive Since 2005!
SUMMER 2014 EDITION
Bob Bury ‘71
Rebirth of the
Doug Brown ‘70
Pete Zingas ‘79
Terry Johnson ‘08
Chris Holsbeke ‘82
David Bonior ‘63
Jim Mandl ‘66
Pat Nagel ‘88 Memorial Golf Outing
Wall of Fame
SUMMER 2014 EDITION The Leprechaun is a newsletter devoted solely to the alumni and friends of
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2 CHRIS HOLSBEKE ‘82
2 THE MUGGS
3 BOB BURY ‘71
7 DOUG BROWN ‘70
8 WALL OF FAME
8 ALUMNI STORE
9 TERRY JOHNSON ‘08
Leading the Rebirth of the Detroit Historical Society. Page 3 PETE ZINGAS ‘79
10 DAvID BONIOR ‘63
11 JIM MANDL ‘66
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Keeping the Spirit of the Fightin' Irish Alive Since 2005!
FROM THE MACOMB DAILY
holsbeke ‘82 to restore historic Silos in new haven Holsbeke Construction of Mount Clemens wil open its second location when it moves into the former New Haven Farmers Elevator building later this spring. Owner Chris Holsbeke ‘82 said work is currently being done on the 12,000-square-foot Farmers Elevator before the
company official y moves in. The Farmers Elevator closed in December and was sold shortly after in an auction.
Holsbeke plans to renovate the landmark silos that grace the 2 ½-acre property and have been a part of New Haven's landscape for over five decades. "In order to keep up with our client's needs we need to grow to service them better," Holsbeke said. "We met a couple times with New Haven officials to let them know we want to lease out the excess space to other contractors. It's a large property with opportunity." He also has plans for the historic silos on the site. "We also discussed the old Purina Dog Food silos on the property and agreed we would not tear down the silos," Holsbeke said. "It's historical. There's a train depot across the tracks and they are part of the history. They've been here for 55 years." Holsbeke said in order to keep with the theme of New Haven's historical district, he also wants to renovate the old grain house and use other outlying building space for remodeled offices. "We want to keep the historical value while running our operation out of a remodeled existing building," he Holsbeke Construction Inc., 325 North Ave., was started by Chris Holsbeke's father Ray, who at 77 years old stil works for the company, which has experienced growth over the last five years. Holsbeke has added new trucks to his fleet, upgraded equipment and hired additional employees. "We Chris Holsbeke ‘82 (right) with his son Christopher. have 50 employees," Holsbeke said. "Since high school, I got two guys who stuck with me (Tom Ulrich and George Fresard) and now the young generation is coming in. We stil have the old guys, but we want it up where the young guys can make a living running a construction business." Holsbeke said his son, Christopher, 21, and nephews, Ricky Fox and Tim Boddington, are currently getting the New Haven operation up and running. "We stil have some work to do in New Haven, but it's going to be great for us and the community," he said.
Holsbeke plans to move the Holsbeke Masonry Division to New Haven while keeping the Concrete Division in Mount Clemens. He said there are ongoing discussions with New Haven officials to solidify any plans. "They have to work with us," Holsbeke said. "They've shown Ricky Fox noted al employees are on board with the new move to New Haven, if "clean-up day" last week was an indication. "The new property was not exactly move in ready for Holsbeke. Most of the buildings were stil ful of boxes, office furniture, parts, material, and the trees and bushes were overgrown," said Fox, who noted 25 Holsbeke employees donated their time to help clean up the site and get ready to "We fil ed three dumpsters with garbage, cleared overgrown trees and bushes and basical y ‘Spic and Span(ed)' the entire site," Fox said. "There is stil a lot of renovation to come." Fox echoed Holsbeke's vision of the new business site. "It starts with working with the City of New Haven to try and preserve the historical value of the property," he said. "The silos on the property are very recognizable and can be seen from miles away and wil remain," Fox said. "We are looking forward to becoming part of the New Haven community - they have treated us great!" For more information on Holsbeke Construction, visit: www.holsbeke.com or cal (586) 468-2971.
FROM LET IT ROCK
The MuGGS album review The first career-spanning concert document from the Rock City's primal bluesmen pul s no punches and hits hard. A devil's dozen years on Earth have a crossroads ring to it, so that's quite a time for this Detroit trio to crown their three studio platters with one laid down on-stage. More so, it would be a sin not to preserve such a fire-and-brimstone performance for posterity: roaring with righteous anger in a format you can't hide in, the band deliver a smoking set of originals peppered with wel -chosen covers. From the opening hat trick off their latest album, "Born Ugly," on to the bel -biting epic "Doc Mode" which closed their 2005 debut, the group fil s the space with immense, if tasteful y dirty, groove firmly rooted in the early '70s, yet it takes them some time for tunes to break the hard veneer and catch on. Once the lazy blues of "Sturm Und Drang" crawl in, there's no turning back.
Vocalist Danny Methric ‘90 laying down the guitar riffs into the bass bed shaken by Tony DeNardo ‘90 and
stirred with Todd Glass' drums, the trio let their col ective "hard" down on a string of Rory Gal agher's smashes scattered across these two discs – his combo an obvious blueprint for the American ensemble – while their own dy- namic-testing "Said & Done" and "Need Ya Baby" are on par with the classics of yore when it comes to smoldering splash of emotions. It might be sluggish as in the slider-kissed "Dear Theo" or frenetic as in "Get It On," but there's nuclear power throughout that fuels "Preachin' Blues," which incorporates the pounding take on "Help," ignites another John Lennon cut, the bluesified "How Do You Sleep," later on, and gives way to "Slow Curve" from 2008's "On With The Show." Stil , the 10-minute "Never Know Why" gets too close to Black Sabbath to impress on re- cord, although the audience gives it a loud cheer, and there's a feeling that something's been lost in transition of the show onto an album. Thankful y, the over driven buzz of "Monster" blows such suspicion to pieces and "Gonna Need My Help" rams the message home. Full Tilt, indeed!
SuMMer 2014 eDITIOn 2
Bury ‘71 Leads rebirth of D. h. S.
In April of 2002, Bob Bury ‘71 joined the Detroit Historical Society as executive director and chief executive officer.
He is responsible for management and operations of the Detroit Historical Museum, Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Bel e Isle, and the Col ections Resource Center on the grounds of Historic Fort Wayne, as wel as development, member- ship, marketing, public relations, special event and volunteer activities. Most importantly, he is leading the rebirth of the Detroit Historical Society as it preserves Detroit's history for the education and enjoyment of future generations.
Let's start with the Detroit Histori-
tination to visit in Detroit?
wealthy people and they are who we cal Society. What is it? What is it In reality, the museum was a tier C
get individual donations from. responsible for?
player when we started, but now it's I saw the Kid Rock banner on my
The Detroit Historical Society has a tier A player in Detroit. That is way into the building. Is he one of
been around since 1921. We have a due to a complete renovation with all the donors?
long term agreement with the city of new attractions. Incremental change Yes he is. He donated $250,000 to Detroit that gives us responsibility just wasn't going to be a solution - a the museum and the cool part about for running the Detroit Historical complete overhaul was necessary. it is that he didn't have any editorial Museum, the Dossin Great Lakes We think we transformed the Detroit contributions or place stipulations Museum on Bel e Isle, and we house Historical Museum into something on it. He just believed in what we and preserve an amazing col ection we could al be proud of and inspired were doing and made the donation of rare and historic artifacts that are - it was a pure philanthropic gift. directly related to the city of Detroit. We named the music exhibit the Kid How were the renovations funded?
We also do a lot of community pro- Rock Music Lab. It is an interactive, Through fund-raising. We launched gramming focused on what I like to participatory space that explores the a past-forward campaign to raise the cal the "Big D" - the city, the sub- rich legacy of Detroit's music from funds. There are real y four op- urbs, the whole tri-county area. We gospel to Motown and al things in portunities for fund-raising for any have a very interactive, resource-rich between. We real y think the Kid nonprofit: government, foundations, web site, as wel . helps to usher in You spent nearly ten years working
and individuals. to renovate and update the D.H.M. Government
tion of Detroit's What was the main goal for the
For whatever reason - too academic, too geeky, too boring, etc. - there are we do not have You mentioned
a lot of people who would not dream here. Founda- the museum is
of going into a historical museum. more interactive.
So our goal was to broaden the base Can you expand
of interest. We did that by focusing institutions that on some local legends and contempo- were funded by The door to the Kid Rock Music Lab at I like to say that rary history. By focusing on the past wealthy indi- the Detroit Historical Museum. 100 years of what makes Detroit, De- viduals or cor- troit - music, sports, architecture, de- porations decades ago. They give out "hands-in." In the gal ery of in- sign, media - we were able to create a funds as their business. Corporate novations, there is an opportunity new, interactive historical experience sponsorships come from corporations for visitors to solve a problem using that we think everyone wil enjoy. It like General motors, other auto sup- computer based technology, cre- is now one of the top destinations to pliers, PNC Bank, who make phil- ate their own song in the Kid Rock visit in Detroit. anthropic donations as part of their Music Lab, and create a new flavor of service to the community. The De- What makes the museum a top des-
Faygo using technology. The "hands- troit area has thousands of very, very
in" experience - one of our outdoor other important point is the amount cided that I wanted to remain a part attractions of the museum - is the of money that we'd take in on an of the community here. I had an Gal ery of Legends. We have the earned revenue perspective - ticket hand-prints of legendary Detroiters sales - is minimal. The real money in nity to get cast in concrete and you can walk up an organization like this comes from and place your hand in their hand what we cal contributed revenue prints. There is a lot of interaction - money that you raise. Foundations nonprofit involved in the new exhibits. that may be interested in donating, say $500,000, are going to be much Who are some of the famous Detroi- more interested if the museum is
ters who cast their hands in stone?
open and accessible to everyone and Mike and Marian Il itch, Paul W. making a real impact on the com- Smith, Ted Lindsay, Thomas Hearns, munity.
Joe Dumars, Dick Purtan, and Al Kaline are just some of them. We'll The museum still has bills to pay.
be adding a few more this year - Bill How do you make sure you have the years as
Bonds, Wil ie Horton, Mary Wilson. funds?
True. We need to balance our The original menu board from When you had your grand re-open-
vice-presi- the Cadieux Cafe on display at budget and pay our bil s. Through the Detroit Historical Museum. ing back in November of 2012, why
the free admission policy, we have did you decide not to charge admis-
chief operating officer. been able to do that. We encourage sion to the museum?
visitors to make donations, pur- You also led a renovation of the
We are real y al about access. At the chase items in the museum store and Detroit Science Center?
end of the day, a cultural institution purchase memberships. We also seek Yes, I worked closely with the board like this needs to be accessible, rel- sponsorship from the community for of trustees, government, business and evant, and needs to make an impact. the free admission. community leaders to raise nearly Accessibility is probably the most $30 mil ion to expand and renovate important thing for the community What is your educational back-
as Detroit looks to reinvent itself and become what everyone wants it I started out going to Michigan State When the D.H.M. was renovated,
to be. So being open on a fee basis University, but ended up graduat- what stayed the same at the mu-
enables us to do a couple things: ing from Oakland University. I anybody can come visit the museum majored in Economics and manage- When we started the renovation proj- without economic barrier, and it ment. Then, sometime later, I got a ect, one of the things people started greatly increased our attendance. An- masters degree from Michigan State to say to us was "don't mess around University in information technology with the streets of old Detroit." So, management. None of those things we didn't. We improved them a bit, have anything to do with historical but you'l stil get the experience of museums or running a non-profit walking the streets of old Detroit when you visit the museum. What were you doing prior to work- What improvements were made to
ing with the D.H.S.?
For the first 22 years of my profes- We added a Sanders store, along with sional life, I was working in the tele- a fresher look. The streets, for the communications industry, primarily most part, stayed the same, but the in marketing and sales. store added a new attraction within the Streets of Old Detroit exhibit.
What led you to the D.H.S.?
The headquarters of the company I Can you tell us about some of the
worked for moved to San Antonio, other new exhibits that you are
Texas in 2000. I had an opportunity excited about?
A fully functional antique radio and lamp on display at the museum that to move to Texas with the company One of the new exhibits that is very were donated by Bob Bury ‘71. or find something else to do. I de- cool is the Gal ery of Innovation. It SuMMer 2014 eDITIOn 4 not only touches on historical inno- Do you have a favorite historical
what happened in the last 100 years, vators like Henry Ford, but focuses figure from Detroit?
people would feel more positive and on current innovators like the 27- That's a good question and a tough just more informed about the chal- year-old inventor of the coat for the one. There are so many people that lenges we're facing today.
homeless that turns into a sleeping contributed so many remarkable You mentioned the exhibit on din-
bag - Veronica Scott. We also have things so it makes it hard to come up ing out and how restaurants and
a new exhibit dedicated to Detroit's with just one. If I had to pick one, bars had an impact on neighbor-
role in World War II. That is cal ed I'd say it's Barry Gordy - founder of hoods. How has the Detroit His-
The Arsenal of Democracy. Many Motown Records. He real y started torical Museum impacted the mid-
people think that, when Detroit a musical revolution in America and town area and neighborhood?
retooled from manufacturing cars to it came right out of the streets of Oddly enough, someone just told me manufacturing for the war effort, this Detroit. It was a racial cross-over yesterday that there is a 300 person is what won the war for the al ies. because it was real y the first time waiting list for apartments in the We recently opened a new exhibit Caucasians, in large numbers, were mid-town area. Most of the people cal ed Out on the Town. It focuses listening to African-American music. who live around here are young "hip- on dining and drinking in Detroit Many people think of two things sters," if you wil , but the area is be- since 1920. This exhibit looks at when they come to Detroit - cars and coming very popular. You can't rent some of the restaurants and bars that music. The museum tel s the story of an apartment in the mid-town neigh- people have very fond memories of Detroit music from gospel to hip-hop borhood because there just aren't any - Joe Muer's, London Chophouse, to Kid Rock to Eminem to Motown vacancies. That is leading to a lot of Cadieux Cafe to name a few. These to the White Stripes very wel . building and expansion in the area places helped to build the neigh- and it's exciting to be in the middle borhoods and that's the story we of that. The M-1 rail car is going to come right down the middle of the What is your favorite exhibit
street, right in front of the museum. at the new Detroit Historical
When we started discussing the ren- ovations, we talked about what the It's hard to say. There are two focus of the museum would be as it center-piece exhibits that I real y pertained to the community. We like. One is the Streets of Old De- felt it should be a gathering place, troit. It's a to-scale reproduction it should be accessible, it should be of Detroit in the mid-1800's. It a place where people could come to is so cool and very wel -done The original neon letters fro Tiger Stadium no hang from reflect, relax, and get informed. I and is among the best in the the ceiling at the Detroit Historical Museum. think we've done al of those things country. Another is the Allesee Gal- and impacted the neighborhood in a Is there something about Detroit
lery of Culture. It tel s the story of very positive way. history that you wish more people
Detroit over the last 100 years. It Over the past several years, there
starts in 1900 and basical y goes to Detroit and the southeast Michigan seems to have been an increased in-
2003. Through a series of artifacts region is often labeled as very racial y terest in the pop culture side of the
and videos, it answers the questions: polarized. If people spent just two history of Detroit - Vernors, Faygo,
What happened here? What happened hours in the Allesee Gallery of Culture etc. How do you explain why all of
to Detroit over the past 100 years? at the museum, they would have a a sudden, people are so engaged in
It's definitely one of my favorites much better understanding of what because, if a visitor comes and looks caused Detroit's decline. The 1967 It's kind of interesting. You could at the text panels and artifacts and riots and civil disturbance didn't start think of it as a pendulum - the at- watches the videos, they leave with the decline of Detroit. It certainly traction of big homes in the far north a real y good understanding of what fueled it, but there were many other and west suburbs was desirable and happened and what didn't happen to factors that happened wel before now the pendulum has started to Detroit. Also, in an informed way, that that caused Detroit's population swing back the other way to Detroit it gives the visitor a good insight into and tax base to shrink and caused being the place to be. I think, at the what the future holds for Detroit. the polarization of Detroit. I think end of the day, people are just look- if people had a better holistic view of ing for real, authentic experiences. How much does a membership cost?
Well, the last thing we want is for That's really what the city of Detroit We offer different levels of member- people to leave the museum saying: gives you. People are incredibly inter- ship. The cost levels are $25, $45, "Wow. Detroit was a great place. ested in Detroit's comeback spirit and $65, $150, $300, $500, and $1,000. and now it's not." We want visitors Each level has its to realize the important role Detroit unique benefits. For ex- played in shaping our country. But, ample, the $25 level is a we also hope visitors realize there are web-based membership a lot of positive things going on in the that is geared towards city - that Detroit is on the cusp of a students and researches rebirth that is going to be very excit- and provides the mem- ber with access to the Detroit Historical Soci- Any predictions for the future of
ety's online database of Detroit?
high-resolution digital I think Detroit's future is very prom- images. At the high ising and bright. It is certainly full of end, the $1,000 level challenges, but it is important to learn Bob Bury ‘71 cutting the ribbon of the newly renovated Detroit includes an invitation from the past. What the past tells Historical Museum at its official grand reopening. to tour the Collection's us is that it was the innovation and resiliency and that's really what the Resource Center and invitations to entrepreneurial spirit of the individu- museum tells the story of. exclusive Society donor events. als that made Detroit great. It wasn't government or legislation. It was How much of Detroit's history is the As the leader of the rebirth of the
individuals who stepped out, took D.H.S. in charge of preserving?
Detroit Historical Society, how do
risks, and worked hard to move the We have over 250,000 items stored in you feel now that your two museums community forward and I can see that
our warehouse in Detroit - the Collec- have been renovated and are open to now. Ten years ago, I could look out
tion Resource Center. We have about the public?
the window and see no one outside. 60 rare and unique automobiles, we We, as a team, did a lot of things to Now, there are plenty of young, have thousands of historic artifacts accomplish these goals. We have creative, and informed people who from political buttons to costumes a very interesting and unique staff not only work here, but also live here to shoes to boats to native American - museum professionals, people with and are contributing to the rebirth artifacts to painting. The Museum history degrees, doctorates in museum and renewal. There are many chal- only displays about 10% of what is in studies, people with great business lenges still, but what you learn is that sense, and people who are very mis- the automobile industry faced chal- sion driven. Ten years of hard work, lenges; Barry Gordy faced challenges; Sounds like the warehouse could be
planning, thinking, and fund-raising America faced challenges; and Detroit opened as another museum?
by our team - it was gratifying to see still has the capacity and ability to We could and on selected occa- the museum open with so many new overcome those types of challenges. sions we do tours for people who are particularly interested. However, the It has also warehouse is something we have to be been very very careful with to ensure that appro- gratifying priate and proper care is given to the items housed there.
How can individuals get more in-
volved with the D.H.S.?
There are a few ways. You can be- The updated Streets of Old Detroit exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum. come a member. You can participate people feel with a monetary donation when you when they visit. For more information about the De- visit the museum. You can make troit Historical Society, The Detroit What message do you hope visitors
purchases at the museum store and Historical Museum and the Dossin take away with them after their visit
through the on-line store. Great Lakes Museum, please visit: to the museum?
SuMMer 2014 eDITIOn 6 Doug Brown ‘70 to be Inducted into hall of Fame Doug Brown ‘70, wil be honored at this year's Detroit Catholic High School League (CHSL) Hal of Fame banquet on June
9th. Brown, a former steeplechase Olympian, wil be inducted into the CHSL Hal of Fame. He wil be inducted as an alumni athlete since he graduated from col ege before the CHSL began inducting col ege seniors in 1976. Brown was a track and cross-country star at Notre Dame and went on to set the records at the University of Tennessee and as an Olympian. He qualified for the Olympics three times (1972, 1976, 1980) and was a two-time American record holder and a five-time national col ege champion at Tennessee in steeplechase.
During his senior year at Notre Dame, he won the Michigan class A state championship in cross country and was the cross-country champion in the CHSL in 1967 and 1969. In 1970, Brown was the Catholic League mile champion and placed second in the Golden West Two-Mile.
After graduating from the University of Tennessee, he went on to coach track and cross country at Tennessee and the University of Florida where he earned an NCAA championship and 12 top-five NCAA team finishes. He was named NCAA coach of the year in 1991 and earned SEC coach-of-the-year honors 11 times in his coaching career. In addition, Brown coached 83 col ege athletes to 175 Al -American honors and served as mentor and coached seven who went on to the Olympian Doug Brown ‘70 After Notre Dame closed in 2005, Dave Curcuru ‘69 rescued Doug's varsity letter sweater, as it was one of the items
left behind. Dave delivered the sweater to Brown's mother a few days later. congratulations are in Order.
Congratulations to Joe Vitali
Congratulations to Marc Mi-
‘93! Joe and his wife, Kristin,
chaels ‘01! Marc and his wife,
welcomed Kendall Marie Vitali Lia, welcomed Victor Jacob into the world on April 19, 2014 at 12:43pm. She weighed in at Michaels into the world on April, 7lbs. 5 ounces.
6, 2014 at 2:29am. Victor tipped the scale at 7 lbs, 8 oz. Mom and Baby are doing great! Dad's okay Congratulations to Eric Wood-
house ‘91! 2014 MOMC
Walleye Classic Champion! His team, Detroit River Out- doors Heatwave, won the 2014 MOMC Spring Walleye Classic with a bag of 5 fish that weighed in at just under 36 pounds.
Congratulations to Tony
"Muggs" DeNardo ‘90
Congratulations to Da-
Congratulations to Jason
and Danny " Muggs"
vid Muczinski ‘90, also
Oziem ‘00! Jason and Jenel ,
Methric ‘90 - The Muggs!
known as David Shelby!
welcomed Clara Jean-Marie Detroit music awards Detroit music awards Oziem into the world on April winner for best rock nominee for outstanding 15, 2014. She weighed in at 7 lbs 15 ounces.
country vocalist. It's ok to blow your own horn! We'd love to hear from you! Send us a note to let us know what you're up to:
Jim Mandl ‘90 [email protected]
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SuMMer 2014 eDITIOn 8 FROM C AND G NEWSPAPERS
Johnson ‘08 repurposes hockey Sticks Into phone cases The thwack of a stick on the ice is a sound beloved by most hockey fans. Now a local entrepreneur and his business partners are hoping to capitalize on that devotion by fil ing what they see as a hole in the market for smart phone cases. "As a lifetime hockey player and fan, I know al the hockey-related cases are just plastic rubber with the logo stamped on it," said 24-year-old Terry Johnson ‘08, of St. Clair Shores.
In col ege, he saw a table in a home made out of hockey sticks. That got him thinking about a belt he once owned made from Hummer seat belts, and the idea evolved from there. "It just got me thinking about … repurposed items," he said. "That's when the idea hit me for the hockey stick He developed the idea for Original Stix in the summer of 2013, working with some friends from Michigan State University and former co- workers to develop a polycarbonate frame into which slides a sliver of a hockey stick that had been used — and broken — by someone playing hockey on a professional, semi-pro or col ege team.
"After the idea hit me, the first thing I was questioning was where to find sticks," Johnson said. "I found this guy in Toronto who gets broken sticks from a number of professional teams. It's never real y consistent what players or teams, but it's consistently from NHL, semi-pro and col ege Johnson and his partners teamed up with Osirius Group in Troy, former automotive engineers who began their own firm, to manufacture and pro- duce the product. They, in turn, got Original Stix in contact with a group of disabled American veterans, who wil be cutting the broken hockey sticks down to be used for the phone cases.
"He stumbled upon a niche that we wanted to exploit and, in doing so, reached out to certain members who could add value to the company at large," said co-founder Michael Dremluk, of Port Washington, N.Y. "It's a market pioneer. I don't think there 1 are too many companies that have the idealistic goals that we have. The fact that we're using recyclable goods provides a greener landscape." When the cases are first available at originalstix.com, buyers won't be able to choose what sticks are featured in their case. Each case wil come with Terry Johnson ‘08, holds some used hockey sticks that will be recycled two sticks so the user can swap based on preferences and team loyalty. But into smart phone cases called Original Stix. the company wil also have two-packs of extra sticks available for sale so buyers can try for a different team or just change the look of their case.
"There's no true authenticity for the typical sports fan — that's sort of a niche we wanted to exploit," said Dremluk, who also works in the global real estate group of Lehman Brothers Holdings in New York.
Having company co-founders in Michigan, Chicago and New York wil help the company expand its client-base and find new stores to feature the product, said Johnson, who played hockey for the St. Clair Shores youth league and then from 2005-2007 at Warren De La Sal e. He transferred to De La Sal e after Notre Dame High school closed at the end of his freshman year. Terry is the nephew of Mike Hakim ‘82. For more
information, visit originalstix.com.
FROM THE MACOMB DAILY
Son of pete Zingas ‘79 named Student of the Week Louis Zingas' life paralels his talent in sports: Both are on the fast track. Zingas, the son of Pete Zingas ‘79, is captain of the varsity track team at
De La Sale Colegiate High School in Warren where he is a senior. He holds the school's record in the 400- meter dash. Between track and his participation on a traveling varsity soccer team, his days can start at 6am and not end until late in the evening. Travel team soccer practice begins at 7:30pm in Wixom.
"Everyday is crazy," said Zingas, The Macomb Daily Student of the Week. After early morning sports practice, he's of to classes that include Advanced Placement calculus and physics, and such honors subjects as economics, psychology and government. He's leaning to- ward a degree in economics that wil hopefuly lead to a law degree. He plans to at end Brown University on a scholarship to play Division I soccer for the Bears.
He has learned to use free time between classes to study and do homework. The teen, of Clinton Township, knows time management is key, and that is advice he would pass on to other students, especialy as they prepare for colege. "My parents are big on academics," said Zingas. "I was inspired to stay disciplined and was taught from a young age to set priorities, but I was also reminded to have fun and enjoy high school because you don't get that time back." At school, he is a member of the National Honor Society and president of the Student Council, stepping up from vice president last year. That lat er role puts him in a position of reaching out to alumni, which sometimes requires giving speeches. As for at ending an al- male school, Zingas said he has no regrets. "I've made a lot of friends and am not worried about impressing girls every day." In any free time he has, Zingas enjoys reading, including business journals, he's a member of a stock market club, and Louis Zingas, son of Pete Zingas ‘79. travels regularly with his soccer team.
"Louis has taken advantage of al the opportunities given to him through academics and athletics at De La Sale," said Camile C. Klimecki, the school's director of counseling. "He is a very disciplined, focused and personable young man. We are very proud of his acceptance to at end Brown Uni- FROM THE WASHINGTON POST
Bonior ‘63, Long-time Liberal, Discovers the profit Motive David Bonior ‘63 is a hungry entrepreneur bent on making money. David Bonior? The former Michigan Democratic congressman, liberal pit bull, academic, antiwar firebrand and labor-union BFF has undergone an epiphany, making him simpatico with businesses and the profit motive.
He has invested at least $1 million, by estimate, building two family-owned Washington restaurants, the sec- ond of which, Agua 301, is near Nationals Park and only a line drive from the Anacostia River. His first eatery, Zest Bistro, opened on Capitol Hill four years ago.
"It's the American Dream," he said of his new career. The mild-mannered, thoughtful Bonior sounds more born-again capitalist than fire-breathing lefty. "Small- business people work very hard," said the 68-year-old, who has spent most of his life in government. "If you are a small-business guy, you are out there and not as protected as a government employee. They struggle every day. A snow day, a government worker is off. A restaurant person takes a hit from that snow day. This winter was very, very tough on the [restaurant] indus- Bonior retired from Congress in 2003 after 26 years serving his Michigan constituents, including fighting for better wages. He entered the business world in order to help his stepson and daughter-in-law. Both had longed to own their own place after toiling for years in the restaurant business.
Since leaving office, Bonior has earned signifi- cant money selling investment products to pension David Bonior ‘63 sits in his restaurant Agua 301 funds, likely making him a 1-percenter. That has allowed him breathing room as he tries out his newfound love as a restaurateur.
"I don't have to make a lot of money on it," he said. But, "I hope to make a lot of money on it." Most importantly, he said, he wants to use the income from his pension fund work to do something family oriented; something fun, meaningful and, alas, profitable. Aside from the money, he contributed a recipe for bread "I like the creative part of it. I like the workers. I know their stories, where they come from, their schools, their families," he said. "Congress is often crisis after crisis trying to put out fires by the minute, especially if you're in the leadership." Instead of fires, he spends most of his time worrying about the weather, the availability of limes or the price of avocados as he chases after those elusive profits. "There are always going to be problems, and we've had our share," he said. " If I had the power, I would lighten up on pesky regulations. It took us a ridiculous amount of time to get our permits. I understand regulations and . . the necessity for it. But we lost six months of business because of that. It's very frustrating." Bonior hasn't forsaken his liberal heritage. He is a self-described labor guy who hails from a Ukrainian-Polish section in Detroit. His father ran a tiny printing business and had bouts with unemployment, which left a lifelong identification with the working man.
He attended the University of Iowa on a football scholarship and served in the Air Force from 1968 to 1972. The service sent him to cooking school in Virginia, where he learned a few basics. He disclaims any passion for cooking — except the bread pudding — although he loves the "up" vibe of restaurants.
After leaving Congress, he bought a place near Capitol Hill because he wanted to be near a growing, urban neighborhood. He owns a second home near the Chesapeake Bay.
When his family approached him more than four years ago about starting Zest, Bonior became a scrappy en- trepreneur. He used his congressional access to knock on every one of 435 congressional offices, dropping off a flier for Zest. He worked the Metro stations, handing out coupons. He went door-to-door, as if he were campaigning.
"We kept thinking of ways to reach out," he said.
He knew it was risky. Most restaurants fail within two years. But his stepson and daughter-in-law were expe- rienced in restaurant management. In the process, he gained an appreciation for the profit motive.
SuMMer 2014 eDITIOn 10 Bonior ‘63 continued from page 8.
"The biggest surprise is how you have to hustle," he said. "It was an eye-opener. I always heard this when I was in Congress. ‘You should try and own a business someday, Bonior.' So I own two small businesses with my step- son and daughter-in-law. It's tough to make it, in terms of profit margins. But somehow you get by and you figure it After Zest turned the corner, Bonior decided to open a second restaurant in the newly developing Navy Yard area, which has attractive demographics and strong growth potential.
He did his homework, talking extensively to the developer, Forest City. He researched the future develop- ment, talking to the Business Improvement District. He included in his equation the lunch crowds from the De- partment of Transportation headquarters and the residential area sprouting nearby. The restaurant adjoins a busy park and plaza where people congregate. Once the area is developed, it will be at a crossroads of 2.5 million feet of residential, retail and office activity. "We saw the potential," Bonior said. So he signed a 10-year lease.
Zest is profitable. "Agua 301, which is modern Mexican cuisine, doesn't lose money," he said. To make the numbers work, he pays his 50 or so employees — who are not union members — what he calls "the tip wage," which is $2.36 an hour. He said that when he was in Congress, he worked hard to increase the "tip wage," but it was a casualty from the successful effort to increase the minimum wage.
Bonior tries to motivate employees with baseball tickets and discount meals. His employees get paid vaca- tions of at least two weeks a year. Most employees who were on the restaurants' health plans have signed up for coverage via the Affordable Care Act. Bonior's restaurants do not have retirement plans, although he says he plans to institute them in the future.
Bonior visits Agua 301 a couple of nights a week. He was bopping around the bar area on a recent evening, wearing his red Nationals hat (he is a season-ticket holder), working the crowd. Ahhhh. The American Dream.
The Late Jim Mandl ‘66 to appear in Wrestling Documentary The first time his mother took him to a wrestling match at Olympia Stadium in the 1950's, Jim Mandl ‘66 was
hooked. As a young boy, Jim started saving wrestling articles and clippings of wrestling results. What some cal ed souve- nirs, he thought of as preserving history. By 2013, he had amassed a huge col ection of over 60 years of wrestling history. His col ection was so extensive that the Pro Wresting Hal of Fame and Museum in Amsterdam, New York has requested He tried to instil his love for wrestling in his children. "Wrestling was always on TV in our house, especial y after cable TV was instal ed," said his son, Jim Mandl ‘90. "He also took
us to local matches and to WrestleMania III at the Silverdome in 1987." For decades, Jim corresponded with wrestling fans and wrestlers from al over the country. "This was before the Internet, so he did it the old fashioned way - via the post office," said his son. "He mailed articles and clippings from Detroit publications al over the world." He became such good friends with some of the wrestlers that they invited him to participate in some of their matches. Jim Painter, aka Big Jim Lancaster, a pro wrestler based in Ohio, needed a manager for a match and asked Jim to come represent him. Jim packed his family into their car and headed south to represent Lancaster under the stage name Dandy Jim Dan- iels. This led to a life-long friendship. "My dad always loved and appreciated that experience," said, Jim. "Mr. Painter drove up here to visit several times while my dad was sick." Jim earned the title wrestling historian after he began contributing to wrestling web sites and publications. He was a regular contributor to two web sites, K-Fabe Memories and Jim Mandl ‘66 on the set of wrestlingclassic.com, and even contributed to some books. "One of the books he contributed Battles, Bouts, and Brawls: The Story of Pro Wrestling to is cal ed Legends of Pro Wrestling: 150 Years of Headlocks, Body Slams, and Piledrivers," said his in Detroit. son. "I believe you can stil purchase it on Amazon." In the Summer of 2012, Jim was invited to contribute his wrestling knowledge to a documentary on the history of wrestling in Detroit. When the producers learned of Jim's passing in June of 2013, they decided to dedicate their work to his memory. Battles, Bouts, and Brawls: The Story of Pro Wrestling in Detroit and the Surrounding Areas wil make its world premiere on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at the Maple Theater in Bloomfield, Michigan at 8pm. For information on purchasing tickets, please visit: http://battlesboutsandbrawls.webs.com/apps/webstore/products/show/4790468. 11 The Leprechaun pat nagel ‘88 Memorial Golf Outing Come out and "BOOM" the ball at our 2014 Golf Scramble in honor of Patrick Nagel!! Sunday, July 27th, 2014 Sycamore Hills Golf Club 48787 North Ave, Macomb MI (just north of 21 mile) 8am Shotgun Start (Registration starts at 7am) $90/per golfer ($25 for Dinner Only) *** Proceeds will go t o Pat's wife and kids RSVP with Team Information and check 18 holes of golf w/cart payment by July 11, 2014!! Golf Goodie Bag & Range Balls Mail Checks payable to: Tom Studholme Hotdog Lunch at the turn 31730 Courtland, SCS, MI 48082 BBQ Chicken dinner and dessert Questions: Tom 586-596-9576 or Lynn **Cocktail in honor of Pat** Prizes!! 50/50 Raffle!!! Gift Baskets!!! Hole Sponsors $100 (name of sponsor) 1st Place Team Prize!! Closest to the Pin!! Longest Drive!!!! Player 1: _ Player 2: Player 3: _ Player 4: SuMMer 2014 eDITIOn 12 Jim Mandl ‘66 Memorial Scholarship Award
The Jim Mandl ‘66 Memorial Scholarship Award was established in 2013 by the Friends of Notre Dame High School. Inc. It is dedicated to the memory of Jim Mandl ‘66, who dedicated countless years of service to the men of Notre Dame. Jim Mandl ‘66 was one of only six men of Notre Dame to receive the prestigious Emerald Award for service to the school. He passed away June 2, 2013 at the age of 65. The Jim Mand ‘66 Memorial Scholarship Award was established for the sons, daughters, grandsons, and granddaughters of graduates of Notre Dame High School in Harper Woods, Michigan, who wish to attend a catholic school. Criteria:
1. Student must be the son, daughter, grandson, or granddaughter of a graduate of Notre
Dame High School in Harper Woods, Michigan. (This will be verified). 2. Student must be currently enrolled in a Catholic school or must already be accepted to
attend a Catholic school. 3. The Catholic school does not have to be within the state of Michigan.
4. The Jim Mandl ‘66 Memorial Scholarship Award will not be based on financial need.
5. All required aspects of the application must be included in order to be considered.
6. Application must be received by the deadline in order to be considered.
7. Award will be a minimum of $100. Funds will be generated from donations and Notre
Dame High School Alumni Events. 8. Checks will not be issued directly to the student or family. Checks will be issued to the
Catholic school in the student's name.
Al submissions must be scanned and sent electronically via email to Jim Mandl ‘90 at [email protected] The completed application and all accompanying material must be received on or before June 14, 2014 at 11:59pm. 13 The Leprechaun Jim Mandl ‘66 Memorial Scholarship Award Application
A valid, complete application form should include the following: Completed application form (Below, with no blanks left unfilled) Completed typed essay (No more than 3,000 characters) Completed hand written rough draft of the essay. One 4" x 6" color photograph of the applicant
Applicant First Name: _ Applicant Last Name:
Home Address: _
City: _ State: _ Zip: _ Phone: _
Email Address: _
Name of related NDHS graduate: Graduation Year from NDHS _
NDHS Graduate is my (dad, grandpa, etc.) _
School Award Check Will Be Sent To: _
Address of School:
City: _ State: _ Zip: _ Phone: _
By signing this form, I confirm the following:
1. I confirm that the accompanying essay is my own work. 2. I confirm that the information listed above is accurate and truthful. Student Signature: Date: _ Student Name Printed: _ Parent / Guardian Signature: Date: _ Parent / Guardian Name Printed: _ SuMMer 2014 eDITIOn 14 Jim Mandl ‘66 Memorial Scholarship Award Application
Topic: Why I want to attend a Catholic school.
(If you already attend a Catholic school, write about what it means to you and
some of your experiences in school.)
Please Type Essay Below. Limited to 3,000 characters including spaces. 15 The Leprechaun upcoming reunions Class of 1959 - 55 Years
Class of 1978 - 35 Years
A 55-Year reunion planning committee is forming. The Reunion is in the early planning stages. event will take place in 2014. Volunteers are needed to Contact: Ron Yanik ‘78 at [email protected]
work with the committee. Please contact Ron Kolito ‘59 at [email protected]
Class of 1984 - 30 Years
Reunion for 2014 is in the early planning stages. Class of 1964 - 50 Years
Reunion committee contacts: A 50-year reunion planning committee is forming. Todd Grzelewski: [email protected] Volunteers are needed. Paul Gaynor: [email protected] Please contact Paul Perse ‘64 at [email protected] if
Andy Guest: [email protected] you are interested in helping. Class of 1965 - 50 Years
Class of 1986
The committee is looking for up-to-date e-mail Will be planning a 30-year reunion for 2016.
addresses and contact information.
Reunion Committee: Reunion Committee: John Kaminski ‘86 [email protected]
Dennis Berger ‘65
H: (612) 822-4759 C: (952) 261-5546 [email protected] Dan O'Brien ‘86 (248) 840-8391
Paul Arnone ‘86 [email protected]
Stephen Schultz ‘86 [email protected]
Jonathan Zaidan ‘86
Class of 1973 - 40 Years
[email protected] Friday June 21: Afternoon golf scramble & 19th hole Saturday June 22: Evening dinner dance Class of 1990 - 25 Years
Sunday June 23: Detroit Tigers game A gathering for 2015 is being planned. If interested in Frank Coppola ‘73 at (586) 295-9375 or [email protected]
assisting with the planning, please contact Jim Mandl ‘90 at [email protected]
Class of 1974 - 40 Years
Class of 1999 - 15 Years
Reunion planning committee is forming for a 2014 A reunion is currently being planed. If interested in as- reunion event. Volunteers needed to join the committee. sisting with the planning, please contact Please contact Carlo Vitale at [email protected]
John Glaeser ‘99 at [email protected]
volunteers are needed for reunion planning for the following classes:
Class of 1958, 55-year Class of 1988, 25-year Class of 2003, 10-year Class of 1968, 45-year Class of 1994, 20-year Class of 2004, 10-year Class of 1969, 45-year Class of 1998, 15-year Please contact Jim Mandl ‘90 to get the process started.
Class of 1979, 35-year SuMMer 2014 eDITIOn 16 Jason "Stu" Stewart - Class of 1997
Age 35, passed away on April 28, 2014 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He was born on March 8, 1979 in Detroit, and
on June 16, 2012 he married Christina (McNally) in Farmington Hills. Currently of Trenton, and formerly of Eastpointe, he attended Notre Dame Catholic High School in Harper Woods and worked at City Recycling in Detroit. Jason is preceded in death by his father, John, and survived by his wife, Christina, his mother, Marcy, and his brother, Ryan ‘04. He also leaves behind his nephew and in-laws
as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, goddaughter, and friends who loved him dearly. Jason was an avid Detroit sports fan and touched the lives of everyone he met. He will be remembered as a loving and dedicated friend who was always willing to lend a helping hand whenever he could. He was laid to rest at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township. The family asks that you please consider a gift in Jason's name to The Detroit Fire Mutual Aid Project or Habitat for Humanity of Monroe, Michi- Jacob Dib - Class of 1996
Passed away suddenly on Friday March 28th at the age of 37. He was preceded in death by his father Jacob Dib Sr. He is
the beloved son of Sabah Dib and the step son of George Seder, and adored grandson of Helwa Meda. Dear brother of
Michael (Carrie) Dib ‘88, and Dawn (Michael) Gazzarato. Proud uncle and godfather of Mason Abraham Dib, and the
proud uncle of Michael and Jimmy Gazzarato. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.Jacob is a Past Master of Jefferson Masonic Lodge #553 and Noble of Moslem Shriners. Memorial contributions would be appreci- ated to Shriners Hospitals for Children or to Sts. Peter & Paul "Good Samaritan Relief Fund." Interment Resurrection Aldo Colandrea - Class of 1970
Passed away April 17, 2014 at the age of 60. Beloved husband of Constance. Loving step-father of Evan Grant
and Ginger (Scott) Wallace. Dear brother of Amelia Colandrea. Also survived by his faithful companions, Bianco and George. Charles McEvoy - Class of 1962
Passed away on March 12, 2014. Brother of Thomas McEvoy ‘59 and the late Timothy McEvoy ‘64.
Robert Orrico - Class of 1974
Passed away December 16, 2013 at the age of 57. Loving son of Mary and the late Robert. Dear brother of
Frank ‘76, Kathleen, and Michael ‘81. Proud uncle of Isabelle, Elizabeth, and Laura Orrico. Graduate of
Notre Dame High School. Bob was a perennial Detroit sports fan who was delighted to see the Red Wings win four Stanley Cups. He was a true scholar and practiced lifelong learning. He liked to study and discuss theoretical physics. Bob earned his BS in Physics from EMU and later, a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Detroit. Recently, he completed courses in hybrid vehicle technology. Bob had a great appreciation for many types of music especially guitar and flute. In later years he collected and attended many fine performances in jazz and classical music. Bob was known to be kind, generous and always will- ing to help others. Memorial contributions may be made to the Capuchins, 1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207.
Paul Rybicki - Former Teacher at Notre Dame
Passed away on March 17, 2014 at the age of 78. Born in Hamtramck on December 2, 1935, died peace-
fully surrounded by his loving wife, "daughters" and friends. Paul's mantra that "God is love" will be carried forward by his wife, Vicki, his foster sons, and his large extended family and friends. Paul was a member of the Basilian Fathers for 20 years prior to his marriage to Vicki. Vicki and Paul continued the group home ministry with Fr. Robert K. Holmes, CSB and their sons: Rodney, Sr.; Christopher (Dawn) Smith; Charles Williams (deceased); Tracey Webb (deceased); Darryl Stubbs; Jorge Guerrara. Paul actively ministered for 43 years to the underserved of Detroit at St. Cecilia church community and school. He also taught at Detroit Catholic Central, St. Martin DePorres and Assumption High Schools. For more than 40 summers, he was engaged in youth ministry at Columbus Boys' Camp in Ontario.
17 The Leprechaun notre Dame alumni association Sponsors Jim Riehl ‘00, Joe Riehl ‘04, and Jeff Riehl ‘06
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Want to become a Notre Dame Alumni Association Sponsor? A donation of $250 or more per year is all it takes! Email Jim Mandl ‘90 if interested: [email protected] SuMMer 2014 eDITIOn 18
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