CARL KOLOGIE: Indiana ACs gather for another reunion
It all started 46 years ago with the first Super Bowl on Jan. 15, 1967, and even though the numbers have dwindled, this annual event continues to be a highlight for those in attendance.
The late Dick Fulton, who guided his celebrated Indiana AC basketball and softball teams to more than 2,200 victories over a period of four decades, gathered teammates and close followers to a cabin on Yellow Creek for that first Super Sunday to watch the Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs.
Down through the years the “AC Reunion” has moved around as the members gathered at Nap Patti’s cabin near Brush Valley, the Indiana American Legion and currently the Indiana Moose Lodge.
Fulton was also responsible — along with the late Al Patti — for the Al Patti Hall of Fame, which was also a highlight of the Super Sundays when the induction ceremony was held each year.
The event has transformed into a golf outing at Meadow Lane Golf Course followed by the awards dinner, prepared by Indiana chef John Mitchell, at the Moose Lodge. It was held Thursday.
Although attendance has been dwindling, there were still 28 responses to the invitations sent by George “Snapper” Wise, the organizer of the event and a former star athlete on the AC teams.
Morris “Moose” Anderson handles the festivities prior to dinner and hands out the awards.
And incidentally, for the first time yours truly, ahem, was in the winning group on the golf course with Ducky Bistok and Jim Racchini.
And the highlight of our day on the golf course was on the par 5 4th hole, where the three of us were all putting for eagles within 16 feet. That won’t happen again and thank goodness it was a shamble format so we did not, I repeat, did not, use my drive.
Several former IUP basketball stars who played for the ACs make it a point to be there every year. This group includes Mont Mattocks, Gene Gaige, Dick “Crow” Crawford and more recently Rick Lynch. Of course, Clarion great Don “Stem” Stemmerich, an AC standout for many years, is always present.
Eddie Anderson makes the trip from Arizona every year.
Just listening to the stories from the “old days” and the camaraderie that exists with this tight-knit group make it a joy to attend and everyone looks forward to it.
See you all next year.
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Along with Dan Mock, we made our annual visit to the Hoodlebug Festival last Sunday.
It was hot but sure didn’t keep the crowds down.
One of my favorite stops each year is at the pieroghi stand operated by members of the SS. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Homer City.
Being a self-proclaimed pieroghi connoisseur, I must admit that they rank with the best I have tasted. We went back a second time and got a takeout package.
As usual, there was a lot of activity at the festival and the organizers are to be commended.
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And birthday bests to Indiana attorney Geoff Kugler. I pass that along because we both celebrated Thursday, although I must admit to being a few years older.
Also, thanks to the members of the Friday Night Brotherhood for the cake and ice cream celebration.