From an e-mail plea by Jim Kelly, class of ’69, about the restoration of the Di Palma seminal project, www.villastjean.com
I truly appreciate your attention to the restoration of our school’s website. It is far more than “just another website”. People all over the world enjoy the connection that is VillaStJean.com and the link to their high school, their youth, their teenage years and younger, their home away from home, those formative years that helped make them who they are today.
It helps establish and document some historical information that could possibly only be found as a result of Kevin’s hard work and website content. It reminds us of our poor choices and mistakes, and our crowning awards and honors, our mischief and clandestine achievements, and consequences.
It is the thin thread, that connects and reconnects friends and some families who would never have enjoyed the knowledge and experience they now share. (Some of those families live in the same towns and didn’t know it. Their children go to school together. They shop in the same grocery stores.) It is the “Bingo” that chimes in a sense of belonging as another alumnus is returned to us and the bond is reestablished. And sadly, it lets us know when one has passed. It is naturally international and that is who we are.
Last night, Tedd reminded us of the great sloppy muddy football game that was the (perhaps) Thanksgiving time Toilet Bowl. … such dry whit! What else have we forgotten?
Thanks again, –Jim Kelly ’69