Wife: Ginny Walter
Nance Finley sent out an e-mail suggesting that those unable to attend the 60th PHS reunion send a written memory. These were obtained verbally and through e-mail. She sent them to Terry Gumbert and he added his artistic touch to some. They were printed out and then hung in the gym at the 60th Reunion. John Walter submitted the following. To see a photograph of the printout, click on the icon below.
In looking back I most remember my neighborhood in the east end and the great friends who lived there. There was the Wilson family next door with Barry Betty and Tim, probably the closest thing to the Nelsons or the Brady Bunch. There was Dick Cole, Mike Carlton and my best friend Ken King. We hung together and played basketball on the court Dick’s father built for him. We built a baseball field from scratch raising $120 by mowing lawns and then hiring a bulldozer to clear out a wilderness area not far from Ashland Ave. We also hung out a lot at Crawfords market sipping 6 cent Pepsi and counting cars as they went by. At school I fondly remember Mr Mitchell, who tried to convince me to go into science. I am sure he did not mean political science which is where I ended up. I also think back to
Fog Island which was my first and only theater try. I got into a lot of trouble because I figured once I knew my lines I did not need to go to practice. My mother was not happy when the teacher called wondering where I was. The other thing I remember was the Friday nite dances at the Y. I don’t recall ever really asking someone to dance but it was fun to stand along the wall and watch Of course I loved the spots where we could hang and sometimes even buy something. Parente’s. made a really good hot sausage sandwich which I would love to replicate. Leelocks was always good and of course Pizzas from Harry’s and Mrs. Defelice could not be beat. My favorite stop was Franks. Frank had a interesting way to put on toppings. He used a tongue depressor to put on mustard and a little spoon to add chili sauce. Strange how you remember certain things. One other thing that I think is pretty remarkable. Three of my friends who lived within a couple blocks of each other went on to notable careers. Ken founded what became one of Boston’s largest law firms and specialized in environmental law. Dick Cole went on to acquire 2 PhDs and a law degree and then taught law. He was considered one of the greatest authorities on the history of law. Mike Carlton became a travel writer with a syndicated national column. He later was the editor of Southern Living magazine. Both Dick and Mike died way too young. I am sorry not to make it to the get together. Hope all of you have a great time. John Walter