Although I did not attend Powers but attended St. John Vianney and now my kids attend Powers, this is hilarious. I recognize so many of these people. Florenza looks a little different out on the football field these days then he did back then. Ann and I keep in touch so I sent her this link. This put a big smile on my face! Nice to know the school still has the same philosophy and ethics it did back in the 70's. It's still a great school.
Yeah, this brought back some memories for me. Mr. Lemkule and his hat out in the woods behind the school, especially. And I had Joe Unger for homeroom.
I was stunned at the number of people in band. By the time I graduated in the late 80s the band was less than 25 kids.My memory of Mr. Lemkule was his 'cure' for his colds.
I had to show this to my daughter when she got home from school today. From a "tech kid" she challenged me as to why they did this since there was no technology back then. Her question was "Where did they use this promo?". My guess, the Catholic grade schools? I swear I can hear that great sound playing from the projectors we where so fortunate to film from. I can still smell the scent from when it went backwards and burned, with the film melting on the screen. When I tried to show it to my son who is a senior, he said he already saw it on someones Facebook. Go figure, those future Powers graduates are one step ahead of the rest of us.
That was something - I remember a lot of those kids from my older sister and cousins. I can't even think about Mr. Unger without seeing him in his uniform!Dare I ask what Mr L's cure for colds was? I never had him for a class...
I don't know how I missed this posting.Felix Lehmkuhle's cold remedy was hard cider he used to make himself. I heard he made it in the woods in back of Powers H.S.!
I heard a lot about those woods in back of Powers. And to think I spent four years at Powers drinking tea for every cold...
I really loved Mr. Unger and it was great to see him in this film. One of the boys playing the trumpet swinging back and forth was Dale Sanborn 1977, who has since passed a way. I really liked Dale. The kid with the soudaphone was my brother-in-law Paul LaVictoire. The pretty pom pom girl with the great smile was Marja Maddrie. This brought back a lot of great memories. I will say though that if you didn't know this was a Catholic school- other than Sister Lucille wondering in, you wouldn't know it was even remotely a religious school. Also for the record, Luke M. Powers was a real person -but I don't think folks remember him much.http://www.midwestaugustinians.org/death/newspowers.html
Hi Elena, I think you knew my sister Brigid (class of '77) and were over at our house once or twice. I seem to remember you marrying a LaVictoire, though I had no idea Dale Sanborn had passed away. I graduated in '83. Mr. Unger was certainly one of a kind, wasn't he?!
Hey Redgirl! Was your sister Brigid Stewart? I'm so bad on names and faces - but it was over 30 years ago so I guess that's natural.I heard Dale had married but I don't know if he had any children. I think he had cancer.Yes, Mr. Unger was an original. He had his moments but overall he was a very kind man.
Hi Elena - yes, Brigid is my sister :)
I'm glag you all liked this clip .. My dad and I shot this way back when ... There is more to this film .. I'll try and compress the whole thing some day and post it .. In fact, there is an older version I'll try and find. This was used to get new students when Powers first opened. M Kalush
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