Page 2 THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, October 4, 2019 Malden: today, tomorrow, and yesterday: Malden High School Class of 1969 Reunion By Peter F. Levine C ongratulations go out to Malden High School Class of 1969, who this year celebrated their 50th class reunion at the Hilton. Judging by the pictures Paul Abare posted on FB looks like it was a rockin’ good time. The picture of Paul and Antoinette Marsinelli is priceless! Both looking great! Studying the 1969 Malden High School Yearbook, I came up with a few observations: Fresh-faced, mostly clean-shaven and wellgroomed, the class of ’69 looked like they skipped right over the “hippie” culture engulfing most of the rest of the country. Ac8 Norwood St. Everett (617) 387-9810 www.eight10barandgrille.com Kitchen Hours: Mon-Thurs: 12-10pm Fri-Sat: 12-11pm Sunday: 1pm-10pm Come in & Enjoy our Famous... $12 LUNCH Menu! Choose from 16 Items! Served Monday thru Thursday until 3:30 PM Grilled Rib Eye Steak! Only $22.00 includes Two Sides Every Friday FRESH HADDOCK DINNER Prepared Your Way! Includes two sides Catch the NFL on our 10 TV’s! A.B.C. CIGAR 170 REVERE ST., REVERE Gift Cards OPEN: Mon.-Sat. 8 AM - 8 PM Sun. - Holidays: 8 AM - 6 PM (781) 289-4959 Rewards Program Shown from left to right are members of the 1968-1969 MHS football team: Police Chief Kevin Molis, Gene Giuffre, Sean Rush, Richie Cooper, Gary Lopresti, Jim Burns, Tom Corbett, Frank Brachanow, Ronny Nickerson, Dave Lockhart, Brian Grifkin, Blasé Provitola, Mayor Gary Christenson and Recreation Director Joe Levine at Macdonald Stadium before a recent Friday night Golden Tornadoes game. (Courtesy Photo) cording to their Blue & Gold yearbook, they listened to The Temptations, The Supremes and “the Cream.” They worked at places like Raymond’s, Giant Value and Faulkner Mfg. on Eastern Avenue. Most of the girls “liked to dance.” Future Ward 5 Councillor Barbara Walsh Murphy looking cute as a button (as a junior) as “Moonbeam McSwine” in the “Sadie Hawkins Day in Dogpatch” run sponsored by the class of ’70. “Billy & The Twilight’s” had them doing the “Tighten Up” at the Junior Dance. A precocious Arthur Boyle Jr. (age 12) is seen hugging longtime MHS “Principal Clerk” (the legendary) “Auntie” Mabel McQuesten at her retirement party in the Marshall Gym (after 44 years at the High School). A svelte George Miller shooting a baseline jumper versus Quincy in his little gold shorts. Dante DiSerio looking boyish, much like he does today. Jimmy Burns worked at Mal’s after school and looks just like his son Justin. Johnny “D” DeBenedetto won “best looking.” Jimmy Duggan (or “Elvis” as his friends called him) played hoops for St. Paul’s Church. And who knew that English was (Moose bartender) Ralphie Kelly’s favorite subject? All the best to the Class of ’69. “Sherman, set the Wayback Machine to…” In the early 1980’s at Celtics games at the ‘old’ Garden, my friends and I would meet at halftime at the pizza stand on the lower concourse. The Famous Boston Garden Pizza stand, for those with good recall, was located at the Garden from 1957 until the new Garden was built in 1995. Started by the Valenti family from the North End, Anthony and Alfred, their Sicilian slices were famous! They were the real deal! The dough was from Bova’s bakery in the North End, and a special recipe for the “gravy” was made from a base of San Benito Diciotto marinara sauce. If you don’t remember the pizza you most certainly remember the giant metal shears they used to cut the pie into perfect squares with. Regulars at the stand were Bruins alltime greats Milt Schmidt, Bobby Orr and Johnny Bucyk as well as Celt’s savior Larry Bird. Anthony Valenti, who ran the stand at the Garden all those years, says that Johnny Havlicek and his wife, Beth, were his best customers. He said that when he started slices were 25 cents. When he was “unceremoniously” asked to leave, they were $2.25. Compare to the $9 slice today and your yearning for the good old days is justified. We loved the pizza! When I was a regular at the Garden (mid ’70’s through the late ’80’s) my friends and I (usually the Green Street boys Larry & Jake Gilbert, Larry & Moose Kinnon, Spider Lockhart, the Lynch brothers Danny & Jerry, Joey Hult, Frankie & Billy Curley, Danny Moore, (the late) Brad Snow, Mike Walsh and Greg Phaneuf) would make it a halftime tradition. Wolfing down a couple of slices (and a beer) in eight minutes and getting back to our seats before the 2nd half jump ball became a point of pride for us. The photo above came about organically. 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