Saturday, February 23, 2008

Russ Loniello (Class of 1965) will be performing at the Madison Marriott on May 4, 2008

Right now, with snow piled high, temperatures below freezing, and more snow due to arrive on Monday, the Merry Month of May seems far, far, away.

On Sunday, May 4, 2008 Russ Loniello (Class of 1965) is headlining a variety show at the Madison Marriott and he'd like to see lots of his fellow Madison Central High School alumni in the audience. If you're interested in seeing Russ perform, however, you need to make reservations by March 27, 2008** (when we may still have snow on the ground). Details about the show and how to make reservations are on the image below, which is a JPG created from a PDF. The best way to read it is to double click on the image to enlarge it in your browser window.

**Update (3/31/2008): Russ sent an e-mail saying that the reservation deadline has been extended to April 17, 2008.

**Update (6/23/2008): Russ sent an e-mail saying the show has been postponed indefinitely. Please do not call him since no further details are available at this time.

For more information about The Russ Loniello Show, visit the show's website.

And if you want to see a sample of Russ's performance, check out this YouTube video with excerpts from a show he did in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina:

Friday, February 22, 2008

Central alumnus Phil Clementi (Class of 1960) and his restaurant on Monroe Street

Remember Lorenzo's on University Avenue (and later West Gilman Street) and Phildora's across the street from Lombardino's and The Goal Post in Middleton? Phil Clementi (Class of 1960) does, because he and his family were involved in all of those long-gone, but well-remembered local restaurants. Phil now owns Papa Phil's Ristorante Italiano at 2611 Monroe Street. This week, Susan Kepecs wrote a feature for Isthmus about Papa Phil's. You check check it out HERE.

Note: The photo of Phil used with this post was taken in the summer of 2006 at Festa Italia.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


A "centenarian" is someone who is a hundred or more years old. This morning when I checked the local newspaper, I noticed there were obituaries for three centenarians -- and one of them was a Madison [Central] High School alumna. Laura Love Linden graduated in 1924 and there's a portrait of her in the 1924 Tychoberahn. Other members of the Class of 1924 for whom there are obituaries in the archives blog include Alice O'Neill Dean and Abraham Quisling, a founder of the Quisling Clinic.

Whenever I know the someone's class year, I put it in the header and I include a tag/label at the end of the post. If you click on a tag, it will bring up all the other posts with that tag. Right now, the most common tag on alumni obituaries is "Class year needed." If you read an obituary that carries this tag and you are able to provide information about that person's class year, please contact me so that I can update the post.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Another Flickr photo set from the 2008 All-Central Reunion

Gerhard Ellerkamp (Class of 1966) has added 27 photographs to the Central Alumni Flickr photostream. You may view the set HERE. Many of the photos need to have the people in them identified, so I can create more specific, more useful headers and tags. Please leave a comment or send me an e-mail if you can provide some who's who information for the photos in this set -- or any other photos in the Central Alumni photostream.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Will Elmendorft (Class of 1967) braved sub-zero temperatures to attend the All-Central Reunion -- and took lots of photographs

Some time last night, Madison's all-time record for winter snowfall record was broken. I've been sitting here pondering how to write that first sentence in active rather than passive voice, but it's not going to happen. The relentless snowfall has made a lot of us passive -- given us cabin fever, made us reluctant to drive unless absolutely necessary.

It wasn't snowing on Sunday, but the roads were icy and the temperatures were below zero. Nonetheless, a surprising number of Madison Central High School alumni left home and headed to the VFW on Lakeside Street to attend the 2008 All-Central Reunion. I wasn't among those who braved the elements, but Will Elmendorf (Class of 1967) was -- and he was accompanied by his camera.

Yesterday, Will e-mailed me more than two dozen photographs from the All-Central Reunion -- and told me there would be more. I've posted the first batch of Will's photographs to the Central Alumni Flickr photostream and created a special set for them. I hope you'll take a look at the photos in this set and then help with labeling them, so we know who's who and what graduating class counts them among its members. If you have a Flickr account, you can leave a comment or add a tag. If you still haven't set up a Flickr account, send me an e-mail with any information that needs to be added to a photo.

And if you, too, attended the reunion and took photos, I'll be glad to post them.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Roger Boeker (Class of 1960) invites Central alumni to attend the Steak Night Fundraiser at the VFW on Friday

The All Central Reunion is set for Sunday noon at VFW Post 1318 on 133 E. Lakeside Street at John Nolen Drive, but Roger Boeker (Class of 1960), just sent me an e-mail to remind everyone that on Friday night VFW Post 1318 is having a Steak Night Fundraiser (for the VFW 1318 Ladies Auxiliary) from 5-8 p.m. and he'd like to invite Central alumni to join him at his table at 6 p.m.

The menu includes salad bar, baked beans, rolls, choice of baked or au gratin potatoes, beverage, dessert -- and, of course! steak. If you order an 8 oz. Black Angus tenderloin, your dinner will cost $12. If you order a 12 oz. Black Angus t-bone steak, your dinner will cost $14.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Celebrating the University of Wisconsin's 159th birthday -- and the Central connection

Tuesday afternoon, I attended a Founders' Day celebration at Tripp Commons in the Memorial Union. Founders' Day celebrates the birthday of the University of Wisconsin on February 6, 1849. On that date, 159 years ago, the first University of Wisconsin classes were held in a building on Wisconsin Avenue that had previously housed the Madison Female Academy.

A few years later, in 1858, that building on Wisconsin Avenue was sold to the Madison School Board. It became the first permanent home to Madison [Central] High School. If you'd like to read more about this year's Founders' Day celebration and see a drawing of the Madison Female Academy building, check out this post on my "Something else to do..." blog.

There's also another "Central connection" to Founders' Day: Walter Frautschi, editor of the 1920 Tychoberahn, was president of the University of Wisconsin Class of 1924 and helped to organize the first Madison celebration of Founder's Day 84 years ago.