Bourgade Catholic HS (BCHS) Class of 1980 Alumni List

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Class Memories From 1980

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For me, the Sombrero Playhouse on 7th Street just south of Camelback was my favorite hangout. It was a typical grindhouse cinema. They showed a new double feature every other day. They showed cult films, silent movies, foreign films, and some pretty weird movies. I must have seen a hundred movies there with my buddies Chris Williams, John Paul Morgante and Ernie Cota. A double feature was only $2.50, and they never carded!! If you bought a jumbo tub of popcorn, you got one free refill (they would mark a big "X" on the bottom with a black marker). It is long gone now, but the Sombrero will always be a part of my high school memories. I still have one of the schedules that I would hang on the inside door of my locker.
Cool Hangouts Posted: 04/09/2008
The Sombrero Theatre - was that where they played the Rocky Horror Picture show?!?! I remember be shocked that Suzy DeBolt had all the songs from that movie memorized!! :)
Cool Hangouts Posted: 04/10/2008
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On the first day of school as a freshman (August 1976), I was sitting in Mrs. Moore's Earth Science class. I was in the back of the room, talking with Eddie Andrade and Chris Williams. Mrs. Moore had to go to the office for something (it was right next door). While she was gone, Cathy Sykes and Mary Woods decided it would be funny to turn on the natural gas jets and ignite them with a Bic lighter. It didn't take me long to high-tail it out of the room. I was standing outside without a pass (a big no-no) and got in trouble from a passing teacher. I didn't tell the teacher why I wasn't in class. I reminded Mary Woods of that at our 10-year reunion, and she said "It's a wonder we didn't kill ourselves with all the crazy things we did."
Funny Stories Posted: 04/16/2008
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This happened during our freshman initiation in September, 1976. The seniors had a "dress code" for the guys and gals that was embaressing. This lasted one week. On the last day of initiation, on a Friday, there was an assembly out on the football field where they made us pass a raw egg to each other under our chins. They smashed eggs in the hair of Lucia Signore and Jeannie Moriarity and others. At some point during this, Dave Solie took off running from the seniors. A bunch of them took off after him. He was running on the far side of the field, towards the west, when a bunch of the seniors tackled him. They broke his leg. That pretty much is what ended freshman initiation. Initiation got less and less over the years until we were seniors in 1980, when it was done away with all together.
Other Posted: 04/16/2008
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A lot of movie theaters in the Valley in the late 70s showed midnight movies. One time, John Paul Morgante, Rob Tomasek and myself convinced Theresa Gentili to go see "A Clockwork Orange" with us at the Palm Glen Theater in Glendale. Oh, man, was she mad by the night's end. She hated it so much that she didn't talk to us for weeks. Oh, well. Sorry, Theresa!!!
Other Posted: 04/17/2008
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Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour in Chris-Town was a cool "hang out". Our classmate Rob Tomasek worked there, but he really couldn't get us free stuff. They had the best ice cream creations, and if someone ordered a Zoo, the employees carried it on their shoulders supported by two poles. They would clang a huge bell and run a siren and race around the sitting area. Farrell's also had an awesome candy shoppe that you had to pass through before you could exit.
Places To Eat Posted: 04/11/2008
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This prank was pulled on me by Fr. Tepsic during my senior year.

I had just gotten back from lunch (I would walk home). I came into Mr. Vales' class and an announcement came on to have me come to Fr. Tepsic's office. Naturally, everyone went "Oooo". No one went to Fr. Tepsic's office for happy things.

When I got to his office, he closed his door and introduced me to an FBI agent (he really was). He showed his badge and ID. Fr. Tepsic said "We know you did it, so confess. The bank at the corner of 31st Avenue and Indian School was robbed during the lunch hour and we know it was you. So do yourself a favor and admit it." I got a bit nervous and began blabbing about what I ate for lunch, what I watched on T.V. and so on. They both burst out laughing. It was all a joke. This is what really happened:

The bank was indeed robbed. The two robbers got away in a car and had another one parked on our block. They came and switched cars and sped away. The FBI came and questioned everyone in the neighborhood. My Mom told the agent "Well, my son was walking back to school, maybe he saw something."

So when the agent came to Bourgade, Fr. Tepsic thought it would be funny to pull this prank on me.

Man, when I told my Mom about it after school, she exploded. She got right in the car and went down and chewed Fr. Tepsic out. I tried to stop her. I thought it was funny. My Mom still gets angry at Fr. Tepsic, even to this day, when I mention it. Fr. Tepsic, if you ever read this, I thought it was funny.
Pranks Posted: 04/09/2008
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I played on the freshman basketball team in 1976-77. We played all our home games in the old Phoenix Indian School gym on Central and Indian School. The gym had metal girders supporting the roof that were not that high off the ground. In one game, just before the half-time buzzer, teammate Tim Lukazewski threw an overhand pass the entire length of the court to us at the other end. The ball shot right into the girders and got lodged there. Since the refs had no way to get it, the period was left to run out. Don't know if anyone ever got that ball down.
Sporting Events Posted: 04/11/2008
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How many of our teachers had a second job? One evening in 1979 (it was a weeknight. Still don't know why my folks let me go to a movie on a schoolnight), John Paul Morgante and I went to the UA 6 Theatres inside Chris-Town to see "Apocalypse Now." If you remember these theaters, you paid at the box office in the mall and then walked to the escalator to go upstairs. Who was waiting at the top of the stairs in an ill-fitting suit? Mr. Walker, our biology teacher. He looked at us and rolled his eyes. He said "Oh, no, not you guys." He asked us to keep his secret. We never told anyone. Did anyone else know of Mr. Walker's second job as evening manager of the theaters?
Teachers Posted: 04/08/2008

Reunions and Bourgade Catholic High School News

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Our 30th Reunion will be on March 12, 13 and 14, 2010. The main dinner and dance will be in Madonna Hall on March 13. Please email me for the details.
Posted: 08/04/2009

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