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Pgn421
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Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 8:46 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi
Anyone out there from St.Clare parish? i was there from 62-70.
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Drankin21
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Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 9:23 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I remember seeing Mike Peplowski's HUGE shoe from the eighth grade in the trophy case outside the gym at St. Clare.
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Harmonie
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Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 9:26 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Amen to that Drankin! It was a size 18 or something crazy like that.

How about the tunnel between the main building and the church...fun but sometimes creepy!
Falcon 1986 - 1995
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Pgn421
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Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 10:53 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

yes, i remember the tunnel
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Kathleen
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Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 7:09 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

When our Class of '71 had a reunion in November 2005, we were invited to attend All-School Mass on the Tuesday before. Afterwards we got a tour of the school, including a walk through the tunnel between the church and the school. Although the tunnel was much cleaner than I remembered, it was still so familiar:


SC_Tunnel
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Crash_nyc
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Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 3:22 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Class of '85. A few years ago I had a chance to walk the hallways there again -- a lot smaller than I remembered!

Drankin21:
"I remember seeing Mike Peplowski's HUGE shoe from the eighth grade in the trophy case outside the gym at St. Clare."

Mike was in my class. He was a BIG guy! He had trouble fitting into some of the desks. We all knew he'd make it big in basketball. After Michigan State, he played in the NBA for a few years.
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Kathleen
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Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 7:09 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I was Mike Peplowski's babysitter! His family lived two doors up from us on Three Mile Drive. When I was in 8th grade or so, I started babysitting him and his older brother Patrick. My sister and brother also babysat for them.

When we were at St. Clare for the reunion, I took this photo of "the shoe":

MikePeplowskiShoe


St. Clare has cultivated a number of professional athletes! Here's the sign as of Nov. 2005:
StClare_ProAthletes


When I was discussing the list with my brother Mike (St. Clare '73), he immediately noted that a name was missing! Chris Godfrey! After St. Clare, Chris played football for DeLaSalle and the University of Michigan, and then, after being signed and cut by several teams, played for the New York Giants the year they won the Super Bowl!
I notified the school and they checked it out, and added Chris Godfrey to the list last September.

It has been said that St. Clare is the only elementary school in the country to have had three NBA players among its alumni! I don't know if this is still the case, but I haven't heard that this mark has been surpassed by any other school.
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Taj920
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Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 10:08 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

DeBusschere also played MLB for the Chicago White Sox.
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Kathleen
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Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 10:44 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks, Taj920! I had no idea that Dave played pro baseball.
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Kathleen
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Posted on Monday, March 05, 2007 - 6:18 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Beyond the professional athletes that have graduated from St. Clare, are there other notables that we should recognize from among our alumni?

I know of two published authors: Kevin Boyle ('74) who won the 2004 National Book Award for "Arc of Justice," and Ellen Slezak ('72) who has had a book of short stories and a novel published by Hyperion (http://www.hyperionbooks.com/a uthor.asp?AUTH_ID=Slezak).

Any other authors? What about musicians, actors, politicians???
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Kenp
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Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007 - 5:00 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Chris Godfrey also has another championship in professional football besides the Super Bowl. He was a member of our own Michigan Panthers of the USFL in 1983. The most interesting thing about Chris is that he was a star Defensive lineman at UM and was a offensive tackle in the pros. You dont see that very often.
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Homer
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Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007 - 6:21 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Didn't attend but friends did, know the Blackwell family? They all went on to Notre Dame, er, well except Angie who went on to Regina
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Kathleen
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Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007 - 7:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Kenp: Here's how Chris Godfrey spends time these days, in addition to be a husband and father and a lawyer: http://www.lifeathletes.org/00 08/welcome.asp
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Harmonie
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Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 2:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Homer...I'm friends with the Blackwell's from St. Clare...and Notre Dame/Regina as well.

Actually, Ben Blackwell would be an answer to Kathleen's question about what musicians went to St. Clare. Ben's done pretty well in the Dirtbombs and has quite a famous uncle as well.

I run into former Falcons all the time. Much more than I run into Saddlelites. St. Clare definitely produced some cool folks!
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Kathleen
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Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 12:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Who's Ben Blackwell's famous uncle?
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Kathleen
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Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 9:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

St. Clare alum (class of '73) Bob Conway featured in a Detroit News sports article about refereeing "March Madness" at the high school level: http://www.detnews.com/apps/pb cs.dll/article?AID=/20070313/S PORTS05/703130351/1004/SPORTS

I believe Bob is the current Athletic Director at St. Clare.
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Homer
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Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 9:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ben's uncle is Jack Gillis, better known as his stage name Jack White, as in Stripes.
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Kathleen
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Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 - 7:13 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks, Homer! Would not have guessed that, but not surprised.
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Harpernottingham
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Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 9:01 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Be glad your alma mater is still open and thriving.

St. Matt's is long gone.
As are all my old friends and neighbors.

You Grosse Pointers ... I tell ya.
Count your blessings.
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Whithorn11446
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Posted on Saturday, March 17, 2007 - 2:27 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"Be glad your alma mater is still open and thriving.

St. Matt's is long gone.
As are all my old friends and neighbors"

Well at least St. Matthews still does function as a Catholic Church.

St. David (Outer Drive and Gratiot) is a thing of the past as a Catholic Parish. St.David High School became Rosa Parks Middle School. The parishioners who were asked to "donate" funds for that project 50 odd years ago certainly didn't imagine how the neighborhood would change over the years.
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Kathleen
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Posted on Monday, March 26, 2007 - 8:27 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Another St. Clare Alum in today's Detroit News:

M.D.'s new career is just what the doctor ordered

"For some people, slogging through the years of education and training it takes to become a doctor is the end of a long career journey.

For J. Carlos Borrego [St. Clare '72] it was just the beginning.

"At some point I saw myself as being at a peak in my career in medicine, and I kind of thought, 'Now what?'" the 48-year-old Grosse Pointe Park resident explains.

The answer was a journey through two new careers before ultimately running his family's health club in Grosse Pointe, a career that not only puts all of his business and professional skills to use, but one that he loves, too. ..."

Full article at: http://www.detnews.com/apps/pb cs.dll/article?AID=/20070326/B IZ02/703260337/1001/BIZ
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Kathleen
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Posted on Monday, April 02, 2007 - 7:27 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Remember Mrs. Minkwic for your first grade teacher? Her son Paul attended St. Clare, Class of '72, I think.

Sad news...she passed away last November at the age of 75.

You can still access her Visitation page (with photo) at: http://www.wasikfuneralhome.co m/. Click on Visitations and search for Minkwic.
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Pgn421
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Posted on Wednesday, April 04, 2007 - 3:56 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I had her! How are you Kathleen? I just got back from Florida. Think i should have stayed longer! PGN421
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Carptrash
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Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 8:17 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

IS this at St. Claire?
application/octet-streamParducci at St. Claire
CP at StClaire (9.8 k)

If so, it's a rare non-architectural Parducci. eeeeeeek
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Kathleen
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Posted on Friday, April 06, 2007 - 1:01 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Pgn421: Welcome home!!

Hi Carptrash!! Yes, that statue is at St. Clare; I took photos a couple years back when documenting details around the church. Note the spelling: St. Clare of Montefalco.
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Kathleen
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Posted on Saturday, April 07, 2007 - 8:09 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

One of St. Clare's athlete alums is written up in today's Detroit News. Mike Peplowski ('84, De La Salle '88, MSU '92) was featured in an article with his best friend and former MSU teammate Matt Steigenga. http://www.detnews.com/apps/pb cs.dll/article?AID=/20070407/S PORTS0202/704070389/1004/SPORT S

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