"Off the Street" Coffeehouse with the good folk music
Planning a mini-Woodstock at the football field which the Dad's Club refused to allow after the Parish Council approved
Fundraising for Bangladesh a la George Harrison
Hanging out in the dark room
Birthday parties, parties, and surprise parties!
Having the two clowns visit me to cheer me up when I had mononucleosis
Sister Helen's Chemistry and Physics classes
Mrs. Reuter's English class
Senior prank days
Fun school, nice people
Pet tarantula that I let crawl up Sr. Jacquie's arm
Wild nights in the parking lot and excursions to Hines Park
The Pre-Prom Boogie
Ski team weekends
Ms. Herbst’s Constitutional Law class
A little loneliness
Smoking a jay in the homecoming parade
Football and basketball games and especially hockey!
Our senior trip to Washington DC; somebody got lost. Does anybody remember who???
Just being a part of it was great!
Cruising Outer Drive
Lunch at New Palmers using fake ID
Nuns & priests
Doing plays: "Simple Joys Now and Then," "The Wizard of Oz" & "The King and I"
Pep rallies- go Ravens!
Goofy morning PA announcements
Long hair and just trying to be cool!
Stuffing the VW
The togetherness of the class is my favorite memory of Benny
Holding back on my sexuality because "people would talk"- made up for it in college
Fran & Jerry's Bar (lunches were great)
Thirty lbs. less, more hair on top of my head, no gray hairs most of all, some great friends lasting friendships
Good times involving a lot of activities and fun just being in school
If my kids could even have half the fun/experiences that I had at Benedictine, I would be very pleased!
Homecoming Parade floats going down Outer Drive; you don't see that anymore!
Sister Ann Pat – who I thought was a tough teacher, but she actually was a good English teacher and encouraged me to write.
Interviewing Jane Fonda for the school paper, The Raven
Skipping school to go skiing and falling off the chair lift in midair
Body painting a la "Laugh In" (and one time accidentally using permanent markers)
Fraternizing with the public school children
Slipping off to "bad neighborhoods" to purchase GIQ's and attend jazz concerts at Watts Mozambique Lounge
Forays over to Canada and getting strip-searched at the Canadian border
Being the first sophomore class to win the Homecoming float "We'll Rocket to the Top"
Fr. Raphael encouraging everyone to sneak out of class when one of the students fell asleep in class
Sr. Jacqie saying, "Let's rap"
Trips with Sr. Betty to the Plymouth State Home
Gary Guerriero, the ultimate smart alec, teaching drafting
Gil's Hamburgers, Kim's Gardens, Criegers, Family Buggy, Staffords, Knudsens Bakery
Dances and hanging out at the Rosedale Park Community Center
Flower parties for the floats
The legal drinking age being 18 and hanging out at the Cartwheel Bar
Art with Sr. Jacqie
The smoke in the restroom
Walking to school in the snow; my kids don't believe me!
Controversial articles in the school paper
Sylvia Swindlehurst teaching drama
Abolishing the dress code
Patchouli oil, love beads, bell bottom hip-hugger jeans
Head shops - the Trading Post - where we could make our own candles and buy papers, pipes, and incense
Getting thrown out of Latin
Weekend wanderings through the deserted halls of Maybury Sanitarium
Sneaking into the school in the middle of the night to put a toilet on the principal's desk
The hilarious "Sandusky Disaster"
Learning in sex education class that boys were toasters and girls were ovens; lots of laughing
Feeling alienated & ostracized which I attribute to my ADD, a Napoleon complex, as well as my arrogant & obnoxious mouth
Feeling justified in bigotry toward gay people, i.e. "Marion the Librarian"
Mr. Cool getting PO'd because I misspelled his name
Arguing with a priest over the issue of creationism vs. evolution
My first and most innocent love who taught me how to kiss but we never went all the way. Why?
Too many hours in detention hall because my teachers misunderstood my good intentions
Watching a fellow classmate tear up detention slips & throw them as confetti at a basketball game to show contempt for the system
Intricate covers to The Raven that communicated multiple agendas & not so subtle sarcasm
Harboring a fugitive from his mom
Caught liberating a chemistry scale for high minded goals
Streaking on ice skates in front of my fantasy love
A health snack at Grand Prix Beer & Wine consisting of grape pop or Mountain Dew, apple flavored Big Wad, and a package of HoHo's
Eating breakfast at 3 a.m. at the Clock Restaurant
The irony of having marriage class being the only class I failed at Benny, and yet I've been married for over 20 years
Living in a moment of social transformation: the Vietnam War, the sexual revolution, women's liberation, emerging debate within the Catholic Church, witnessing our city's physical deterioration and racial polarization, dealing with sexual identity
Observing an alarmed Ralph Fader as he realized that a bite had been taken out of his meticulously wax paper wrapped bologna sandwich made on Wonder Bread and generously seasoned with ketchup
Everyone piling into Don Perkin's Volkswagen in the school gym
People walking out of our reader's theater production of "Hair"
The great comedy team of Markham & Moylan
Carol Borsa's chocolate chip cookies
All the uproar over performing "Simple Joys, Now and Then" in church.
Reprinted from the 25th Anniversary Reunion booklet.