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POST-GAZETTE, JULY 18, 201 4 Page 13 by John Christoforo A Nostalgic Remembrance It was July of 1964, I think. Sal Meli showed me an ad in Playboy Magazine (We read each month's edi- tion just for the editorials.) Finch College of New York was offering a week's semi- nar in Puerto Rico, air fare, transfers, transportation to and from the airport and hotel accommodations, and all we had to do was study the Spanish language. The package price was $299.00, a bargain even then. So, my friend and I called the col- lege in New York and made the reservations. When Babbononno found out about the trip, he asked if he could go along. He was 89 at that point in his life and told me he wanted to go to see some friends. When I told him that he didn't have anyone in Puerto Rico that he knew, he responded and I translate, "You have friends there and your friends are my friends." Fortunately, my mother talked him out of it and right after the 44 of July, Sal and I headed for New York to catch up with the group that had bought the package. I drove from Boston to LaGuardia Airport and gave my car to a friend to keep at her place in Brook- lyn while we were away. When we found the Finch College group we were given all of the paperwork we would need and then introduced to the directors of the program. A man named Eric Volpe handled the technical part of the trip and a woman named Dr. Carpenter was the rep- resentative from the college. She was going to handle the Spanish course and the cul- tural exploration. Sal and I agreed that we should not let on that we both spoke Span- ish and had vacationed in Puerto Rico several times. Dr. Carpenter had a shrill voice when she spoke and she sounded like Eleanor Roosevelt. This was accept- able when she spoke English, but almost laughable when she spoke Spanish.-Latin American Spanish is quite a bit different than European or Castilian Spanish, which is what the good Doctor spoke. When we heard her speak at the airport, Sal, Mr. Volpe and I looked at each other and giggled, knowing that there might be problems once we were on the island when she had to communicate with the locals. During the flight, we met most of the group that had signed up for the seminar, and Volpe gave us a rundown of what, when and where. By the time we landed we knew what we would be do- ing each day for the rest of the week. A bus was waiting for us as we left the San Juan airport and brought us to the Sheraton Hotel, which was located on Ashford Avenue in Condado, the heart of the tourist hotel dis- trict of the city. When we arrived at the hotel, Volpe told us that he had to put another participant in our room as it had three beds. The person was a psychia- trist from New York who didn't have a suitcase with him, just a flight bag. We didn't think anything of it until we discovered how the man operated. Each day, he would wash out his under- wear and the shirt he was wearing and hang them over the balcony railing to dry. During the week, he show- ered with his drip-dry tan suit on and hung that out to dry next to his underwear and dress shirts ... strange man. That first night was ours to explore the city and Sal and I called some friends to let them know we were in town. Seeing we didn't have a car, they came to the hotel, and after dinner, we headed for the show room to see what the entertainment was. The main group was called the Keith Phillips Sextet. They were out of Nashville and were more of a Vegas act than anything else, and were rather good at what they did. During inter- mission, I met the musi- cians and mentioned that I too, was in the business. At that point, Keith Phillips asked me if I would like to sit in during the next show. I agreed and sat in for a part of the sec- ond show of the evening. Later, Sal and I "hung out" with the band. Keith pulled me aside and asked if I would like to join the group for the rest of the summer. My comment was, "But, you have a bass guitar player." He explained that his bass- ist was having marital prob- lems and wanted to go home and straighten them out one way or another. The offer was rather lucrative and I accepted. Later in the week, I would call Dad and let him know what was going on and have him cover me on the few engagements I had back home during the summer. The next moming, Sal and I attended the first class in -- FOR YOU WHO APPRECIATE THE FINEST -- THE ! ' i i i MUSIC FOR ALL I OCCASIONS 781-648-5678 beginner's Spanish. Most of the class was composed of high school and first year college students, none of whom spoke any Spanish at all, and didn't know the dif- ference between European and Latin American dialects of the language. From that point on, I knew that my absenteeism would probably be noticed as I decided not to return. Actually, that night, I began to play with the band and wouldn't fin- ish until 2:00 am. This made it difficult to get up for an early morning class espe- cially when we socialized with the tourists after the last performance. The next day, a group of female school teachers from New York City arrived at the hotel and joined the fes- tivities that evening in the main room. One was a very attractive black girl in her early 20s. When she saw the band's pianist, you could picture the fireworks burst- ing in air. The only problem was that he was a white southern boy and this was 1964. When he saw the lovely black girl in the audi- ence, the fireworks exploded for him, too. They eventually put their differences aside and became an item, for how long, I don't know, but theb- were happy that summer. There was a singer, Gloria Ruiz, who sang from the late '50s through the early '60s, at the Cave, a Boston Latin American nightclub. At some point, her husband talked her into going back to Puerto Rico and they left Boston. Sal called her up and she and her husband, Peter, showed up at the hotel that night with some friends. It was like old home week, as Sal and I were regulars at the Cave, and had become friends with Gloria and Peter. Machito and his orchestra were in town and Gloria was starring with them. On our night off, we headed for the E1 San Juan Hotel where they were fea- tured and became part of their crowd. It was fun. Back at the Sheraton, I played 6 nights a week with the Keith Phillips sextet and had even more fun. The psy- chiatrist who showered with his suit on at night, left the Finch College group and the bands sax player took his slot in our three bedroom suite. He was still a teenager and as innocent as could pos- sibly be, but a great horn player who had studied with Boots Randolph in Nashville. Sal and I kind of babysat him to keep him out of the hands of some of the young girls who were looking for a good time. I'm out of space and will continue this story, next week. GOD BLESS AMERiCA i mall Ads Get B,g Resul00 I Call 617 227 8929 ....... Socially Scene (Continued from Page 9) ling history, memorialized by Boston composer Michael Gandolfi in Chesapeake: Summer of 1814. Reflecting Beethoven's role as a power- ful contemporary voice for democracy known around the world, the program fea- tures two of his master- pieces from 1814: Overture to Fidelio, (1814) and Sym- phony No. 8. Other works include Festival Overture on the American National Air (Dudley Buck) and Varia- tions on America (Charles Ives). One City Choir to perform. All Esplanade concerts be- gin at 7:00 pm at the DCR's Hatch Shell. The orchestra is commit- ted to removing barriers of access for people with dis- abilities, especially at its Hatch Shell performances, through its Breaking Down Barriers initiative. For more details, call 617-987-2000 or visit landmarksorchestra.org. LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI13P2589EA Estate of CARLITTA DARLENE BAILEY Date of Death March 21, 2011 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Mynise C. Bailey of San Bamerdino, CA. Mynise C. Bailey of San Bamardino, CA has been informally appointed as the Personal Representative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of Per- sonal Representatives appointed under infor- mal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 7/18/14 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family CourL; Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5000 Docket No. MI13P4664EA Estate of AUSTIN CURETTE, JR. Date of Death October 10, 2010 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Cenobia Curette of Crosby, TX. Cenobia Curette of Crosby, TX has been informally appointed as the Personal Repre- sentative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in anj matter elating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of Per- sonal Representatives appointed under infor- mal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 7/18/ 4 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI13P2948EA Estate of LEE OTIS ATKINS Date of Death May 20, 2011 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Bobbie Atkins of Houston,'rx. Bobbie Atkins of Houston, TX has been in- formally appointed as the Personal Represen- tative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate Cede without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be -filed with the Court, but interested arties are entitled tO notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of Per- sonal Representatives appointed under infor- mal procedure. A copy of the Petition and ;i i, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 7/18/14 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 206 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI18P2456EA Estate of CINDY LOU BRANCH Date of Death February 26, 2012 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Peti[,o;er Brendon L. Boyd of Balch Springs, TX, Brandon L. Boyd of Balch Sprlngs,TX has been informally appointed as the Personal Representative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administratior from the Personal Representative and can etition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of Per- sonal Representatives appointed under infor- mal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 7/18/14 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI13P4677EA Estate of DANIEL JARAMILLO ESPINOZA Date of Death August 16, 2010 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Anna Espinoza of San Antonlo,TX. Anna Eeplnoza of San Antonio,'rx has been informally appointed as the Personal Repre- sentative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. The estate is being administered unde" informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of Per- sonal Representatives appointed under infor- mal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any. can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 7/18/`,t