Peter Mack stopped by the office to see if I would ask readers if they or anyone they knew ever worked on the estate at Beleden Gardens on Bellevue Avenue years ago. He owns the former gate house/lodge that was part of the property and is located at 100 Queen St.
He’s looking to restore the lodge and is hoping that someone might have old photographs taken inside of the structure, so that he can look at them to bring it back to its original look. Apparently, the original owner of the property, William E. Sessions, once had 18 servants and Peter is hoping that Sessions ancestors might have photos of the inside of the building. Contact me if you can help out with this.
I mentioned that there was a birthday party for Dorothy Beaucar this past Friday and I learned more about this interesting lady. It was her 100th birthday. During her working years, she was at both Ingraham’s and Bussman’s. She volunteers at church, still drives and in the past was a Red Cross volunteer.
Louise called to inform me that she was familiar with Lee Steele, WBIS engineer, who died on Feb. 27. She then mentioned her father-in-law, Frank Melluzzo, was an announcer on the former Bristol radio station.
Frank, who played soft music, started with a half hour show and went on to do two-and-a-half hours stints on the station. She added that he was quite the guy and could have run for governor of this state. He knew everyone and had a good way about him.
I received an email from Bob Gagne after he read my segment on his brother, Jack, who has been a cameraman for some popular TV shows through the years.
“Bob, I just read your story about my brother, Jack, who thanks to the mentoring and inspiration of some amazing teachers at Memorial Boulevard and Bristol Central, has gone on to a successful career in television in NY and Hollywood. The crazy thing is he is not the only one.
“Karen Grzella was one of Jack’s classmates at Mary A. Callen, Memorial Boulevard and BCHS. She followed a similar path. She was a camera person for CBS Sunday Morning and Late Night with David Letterman, among other CBS TV shows.”
Did you know?
Jack Hines, retired vice-president at First Bristol Federal Credit Union, was very instrumental with the former Academic Bowl held here. It was local high schools competing against one another for area scholastic bragging rights. Jack has always expressed an interest in students and their academic prowess. He also came up with the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame’s Scholar-Athlete Ceremony, one now named in his honor.
Rewind 1974 (45 years ago)
The Older Members Association of the Bristol Boys & Girls Club, now 50 years old, has featured many talented individuals through the years at its annual O.M. Show. Among the highlights of this year’s entry will be the return of Anatole Fradette, who was unable to take part last year due to illness. He’ll join Ken Denison as veteran performers once again.
Back in 1957, Accurate Brass employees received an immediate eight-cents-an-hour raise, thus ending a strike. The contract for three years provided a six-cent raise in both 1958 and 1959 and prior to the increase the average hourly pay for employees was $2.13, which was decent at the time.
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