In our last newsletter, you saw a brief summary of the events surrounding the KO excursion to the 18th National Convention is Denver, Colorado. Now you shall road a detailed account of our trip.
Our delegation left UMass on Wednesday, December 23, after a hardy lunch (2 hamburgers each) in the Hatch at the Student Union. Brother Ross Jones served first shift as pilot, while Brother Mike Berrini navigated. Brothers Marty Rosenberg and Don Haynes spent the first two?hundred miles trying to stow away all the gear in the back seat.
The mode of transportation, incidentally, was by horseless carriage: Rose Jones' powder puff blue 1953 Chrysler 4?door sedan. Ross had spent many weeks getting his car into shape for the long haul. And confidence was the byword as we left campus. Until we reached Northampton, that is, when the clutch gave out. But, as Ross mumbled as he counted to ten, those unexpected little breakdowns have to be expected on a long trip like this (but after 10 Miles????).
After a temporary repair in Northampton, off we went again; destination: Buffalo, New York, where Ross had some kindly relatives. Being so close to Niagara Falls, Marty enthusiastically suggested that we do a little sight seeing ...at 10:00 P.M., and in the pouring rain.
After the little detour to Niagara Falls, the delegation decided to continue on to our original destination for the evening: Erie, Pennsylvania, arriving there at 4:00 A.M. Bet you never saw four guys fall asleep before registering for a room to sleep in:
On Thursday morning, Marth arose bright and early (9:00) to take the car to a garage to repair the clutch, and also to check an oil leak which caused us to go through almost two and one half gallons of oil.
The weather was very favorable both going out and coming back from Denver. On Thursday, we ran into a small rain squall in Indiana, and on Friday, a brief snow storm in Nebraska.
On March 13, 1965 in the Boyden Gymnasium, the big brothers played their little brothers in a rough tough basketball game. It looked at first as if the brothers were going to have their way as President of the chapter John Kucharski drove in from the right and scored, putting the brothers ahead. The pledges definitely wanted to make themselves known and they rolled to a quick 12 to 4 lead. With Pledgemaster Dick Strecker leading the pledges with 12 more points in the first half, the little brothers were ahead 25 to 14 at half time. Leading the scoring for the brothers in the first half were John Goodrich with 8 points, and Kucharski with 4 points.
The second half saw things reversed, and Kucharski hit on his first three
shots to narrow the score to 25-20. Goodrich scored next, followed by a
bucket by Paul Twohig with another score by Goodrich edging the brothers
ahead 26-25. This time to stay. And the pledges started to concentrate their
defense on Goodrich and Kucharski, Bill Sockey hit three quick and very
important baskets. The final score left the game 45-33 in favor of the brothers,
as they outscored the pledges 31-8 in the second half.