By John McElligott
Having just been expelled from St Ann’s in May of 1957, and just finishing my 10 year old baseball summer season with Charles Hall, John Moore, Scott Rogers, Sammy Brown, Tom Fisher, Bruce McElligott, Jerry Rogers, Troy Roberts, Clifford Johnson. I turned 11 that September. My teacher at North was Mr. Jackson who had a flattop and always had a pack of cigarettes in his pocket. He did his own paddling and was always smiling. There was another 6th grade class with Mrs??? that Janet Seawrite was in and I was her biggest admirer. Bruce and Johnny Jones were in that class as well, I think, along with Bekki Maier and Jacki Reed.
Anyway being expelled and losing contact with Joe O’Neill was tough but getting to look at Janet at recess everyday was very exciting to say the least. St. Ann’s did let me comeback for my Confirmation that same year. But my priestly ambitions dissipated slowly and completely when Ellen McCasland kissed me on the lips. From that point on I was ruined until I joined the Military, I think. The good news I found Johnny Jones, who became a lifelong friend.