BRISTOL BITS: One Hick after another for Bob last week

Published on Tuesday, 9 October 2018 20:50
Written by Bob Montgomery

I stopped by the Bristol Auto Club’s “Cruise Night” Saturday and ran into the brother of an old friend of mine named Don Hick. His brother, Terry, was there with daughter Jennifer Sims’ silver 1992 Mercedes 500 SL, which was purchased about five or six years ago.

Interesting to note, I ran into brother Don at Stop & Shop only a day or two earlier. We don’t see each other that often, so I thought it was “Hick Week” for me last week.

Anyway, Terry told me he goes to the “Cruise Night” gatherings, moreso to see friends than the many cars he’s seen through the years.

“I enjoy the car show,” he told me. “Mostly, I come to see the people now. I enjoy the people.”

Richard C. Geschkes

A Bristol resident, Richard served in Vietnam and obtained the rank of captain in the U.S. Army.

He has penned two books with Robert A. Toto, another veteran of the war, and they are titled “In Our Duffel Bags: Surviving the Vietnam Era” and “Shadows of Combat: Poetry About the Vietnam Era.” Go to your search engine to find out more about these writings. Also, more to come on this by way of “Bristol Bits.”

Did you know?

I didn’t know this until the other day when I visited the Bristol Historical Society and what I learned was that Cortlandt Hull’s aunt, Josephine Hull (1872-1957), won an Academy Award in 1951, and he was invited to the 2003 Academy Awards by his aunt for the 75th such ceremonies.

His aunt was a stage, film, radio and TV actress who appeared in the 1950 movie “Harvey.” Her performance led her winning the best supporting actress award for her work in that movie the following year.


Here’s a heads-up on three birthdays that will take place on Friday: Jeff Caggiano, Gayle Spinelli and Lesley Montella.


As best that I know, the Forestville Village Association has a membership of approximately 70 families and 50 businesses. Like most organizations, they are always looking to increase their membership and I hope folks living in “The Village” area who are not members will help support this worthwhile cause. This group was organized to make Forestville the best it can be.

Why not contact MaryAnn Lindquist to join and that’s at

BEHS 1962 yearbook

Here’s what was said about some of the “kids” we know or knew from the class of 1962 at Bristol Eastern:

Bob Beaulieu - Sports and good-looking; Chris Beger - Quiet...shy...yet never seen without a smile...sunny disposition...has an interest in those about her; Judith Bowen - Friendly...seems quiet in school but just catch her to be with...great cat lover; Brian Cassidy - Brown of the Forestville guys… slow, easy smile...never in a hurry;

Marilyn Cercone - Bright and vivacious...everyone knows her...terrific cheerleader; Marilyn Dobek - Cute, blonde-haired miss...always smiling and ready for fun...chic clothes; Mary Ellen Flynn - Willing to help...warm and sincere smile...pleasant...great sense of humor...pert...happy-go-lucky; Carol Harding - Terrific artist...nice blonde hair...good to be with...sports enthusiast.

Did you know?

Phyllis Springer, a photographer for The Bristol Press a few decades ago, is the grandmother of 2017 World Series MVP George Springer from New Britain. George is in the playoffs with the Houston Astros and is batting at another post-season MVP pace as I write.

Contact Bob Montgomery at or by calling 860-973-1808.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Tuesday, 9 October 2018 20:50. Updated: Tuesday, 9 October 2018 20:53.