Even when I can't find what I'm looking for at the moment (a photo of a fetching redhead in a Halloween costume), I sometimes stumble across something else. The image below is a scan of a photo published in the Wisconsin State Journal on March 2, 1962. It shows the East Junior High basketball team that won the city championship when we were in the ninth grade.
But why put East guys on a Central blog? Two reasons: (1) more bait to attract Purgolders to this blog, so perhaps we can find out if that Class of 1965 still has class reunions and (2) there is a definite "Central connection" to one of the guys in this photo (and I'm not talking about my buddy from Marquette Elementary).
I've transcribed the caption, because the text on the image doesn't show up on a Google search (and someone must be searching for at least one of thse guys once in a while), but the transcription will. Here goes:
East Junior High school's basketball team, pictured above, won the city championship by winning 10 straight games. East beat Van Hise, 33-31, last week in the league's title game. Left to right: First row - Bill Blood, Bob Bosold, Chuck Wilcox, John Wilson. Second row - Bob Beach, Ron Gillingham, Bob Boyle, Coach Dick Steckelberg, Jeff Jackson, Don Verwiel, Ned Schoor.
Where are they now? I know Bill Blood is dead: His obituary was published in the Wisconsin State Journal on May 18, 2004. And I know where "Don Verwiel" is because he married a member of the Madison Central High School Class of 1965. The caption should have identified this player as John Verwiel. John married Judy Winner and they live near Milwaukee. Perhaps some of you can update us on the whereabouts of the rest of this championship team.
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