|Sometime in the winter of 1948, Mrs. Margaret Conti and
Mrs. Helen McMullan pulled their little bundles of joy down Surrey Lane
in a sled. The bundles of joy were Richie Conti age one (Class of 1966)
and Donald McMullan age two (Class of 1964). Little did the kids realize
that it was the beginning of a lasting friendship that still thrives today,
almost 67 years later.
Throughout our school years we went to all the sporting events , religiously visited places like Callaghan’s hot dogs in Fort Lee, Stockdale’s in Park Ridge, played basketball at the Tenafly courts, went to and worked in local movie theatre’s like The Palace (Pop’s flee house) , and the ones in Englewood, and Teaneck. We played PAL baseball and basketball, neighborhood stick ball, whiffle ball, stoop ball, and went to Fishie’s. We went thru the teenage years, the dating, the music, and all the confusion that time period brings.
Donald went off college a year ahead of me, him in Oklahoma
and me in New Mexico. We would talk and hang out during breaks, but the
visits became less, and less frequent. Both of us married, had children,
but always t kept each other updated, never missed a birthday phone call
and the years rolled on. Helen and Frank (my first PAL baseball coach)
passed away as did my parents, Andy and Margaret. During visits we
saw each other’s children and then grandchildren. He was my first
call when I took my fourth generation to Fishie’s just before it closed.
Last year, we took 2 of my granddaughters on a cross-country trip and we
visited Oklahoma, and spent some time with Don and his wife Donna. .
By the way, not many people know this, but Don was one building away from
target zero in the Oklahoma City bombing. His name is on the wall for his
role in rescuing a great many children at the various day care centers
affected by the bombing, an action that took a toll on Don’s health.
Well, here we are, March, 2015 and our friendship is still
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