Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.
Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.
The Tosa East Red Raiders hosted Brookfield East at Hart Park last Saturday - defeating the Spartans (37-35) in the Raider's homecoming with a fourth quarter rally.
The class of 1968 was there to cheer them on.Click on any image to enlarge
Not my class but my lovely wife's. They were celebrating their 40th class reunion. Yikes!
How many of you remember what your were up to in 1968?
How about the war in Vietnam?
There was the battle of Khe Sanh, massacre at My Lai and Tet Offensive.
Future Senator and Presidential Candidate John McCain was a guest at the Hanoi Hilton.
US ground forces reached their peak at about 550,000.
By year-end total US deaths surpassed the 30,000 mark.
As ugly as that was it gets worse.
The Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovakia.
Dr. King and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated.
North Korea seized the USS Pueblo and imprisoned its crew.
Saddam Hussein became Vice Chairman of the Revolutionary Council in Iraq after a coup d’état.
The Democratic National Convention in Chicago hosted a full-scale riot - replete with the Illinois National Guard in a staring role.
Sounds to me like a helluva year, eh?
And you figured the little events of this year were exciting.
On a brighter note -
Green Bay defeated Oakland in Super Bowl II.
Stanley Kubrick's - 2001: A Space Odyssey premiered.
The price of a gallon of gasoline was around 27 to 34 cents and you could go to a movie for $1.50.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index closed above 100 for the first time and oil was discovered in Alaska.
Apollo 8 orbited the moon and after an investment of $5 million (1960s dollars) the first ATM made its debut.
Music of that year was generally awesome.
Raquel Welch (and my future wife) were hot.
So last weekend I got to hang-out with a bunch of people I didn't know really very well - initially anyway. After a couple of days of visiting - my conclusion?
I was impressed.
Impressed at how many Raider alumni attended.
Impressed at how many make Tosa their home.
The notion I got to move here almost two and a half decades-ago has been reinforced.
Tosa is a great place to grow-up, come of age, raise a family and indulge your grandchildren.
Our Wauwatosa, to thee we sing,
Thy glorious victories, ever will bring
Pride to our beating hearts, loyal and free,
Our Alma Mater, praise to thee!
U! Rah! Rah! Wau-wa-tosa!
For any of you who have been following the comments made to this post by Tosa's Ray Py - here are pictures of the East High School tower:
This is the picture I was looking for. It was taken by a photog who followed a fire truck to this scene where there was a small welding fire in some debris. He shot the tower being taken down on a June afternoon in 1974. Actually most people in the city were unaware that the tower was to be demolished until this picture appeared. I have never been able to find the single person in authority who approved the work. It was estimated at the time that it would have cost $25,000 to maintain the tower. Estimates today of its replacement are in the millions.