Monday, May 01, 2006

You Can't Possibly Have a Conference titled "Greenbush: Past, Present, and Future" without inviting at least a couple of Central alumni to participate

When I saw Bill McDonald (Class of 1950) at the Barnes and Noble on Mineral Point Road last week, he told me he'd be making his presentation at 9:30 a.m. But I wanted to know about the schedule for the whole day, and he didn't have that information. So I kept waiting for an email with the detailed schedule for the "Greenbush: Past, Present, and Future" conference that several people had promised to forward to me. I'm still waiting.

This afternoon, Doug Moe's column in The Capital Times opened with a few paragraphs about the conference, which is being held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow at the Italian Workmen's Club at 914 Regent Street. Moe told his readers what he'd be talking about and when, but didn't mention the rest of the schedule. Fortunately, the online edition of Moe's column has a link to a website sponsored by the University of Wisconsin's Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures (CSUMC) that does have a detailed schedule of conference presentations. That's where I discovered that Joe "Buffo" Cerniglia (Class of 1953) would also be making a presentation. From 2:55 p.m. until 3:35 p.m., Cerniglia and "other former members of the Greenbush community" will participate in a presentation called "Keeping in Touch."

The website, which is scheduled to make its official debut tomorrow, is also a treasure trove of information about Greenbush history and the people who lived there. It features some interesting photos, such as the one of Cerniglia in 1943, when he had his first communion. There are also links to pages about other Greenbush families whose names are familiar to alumni of Madison Central High School, including Gervasi, Tortorice, and DiSalvo.

The Madison Central High School class of 1965 has more than a few teachers and principals in its ranks, and I think they'll be very interested to know that this conference and website are the result of a year-long collaboration between members of a fifth grade class at Randall School and a variety of community organizations, including the CSUMC, the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, and the Chadbourne Residential College.

Note: For those who don't recognize the familiar Madison faces in the above photos, that's Bill McDonald in the orange and black shirt listing the members of the class of 1950, and Joe "Buffo" Cerniglia with the black leather jacket and fedora.

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