BRISTOL BITS: Resident's grandson is now a fit, proud Marine

Published on Tuesday, 5 September 2017 22:41
Written by Bob Montgomery

Special to The Press

Here’s a picture of Michael Johnson, a grandson to Sue Roesch, well-known High Street resident. Sue said Michael, a Toland High graduate, “wanted to be a cowboy at age four and then (changed his mind to) go in the Army at age six. He’s very patriotic.”

Michael, who has a year left at the University of Colorado, will surely serve his country well. He recently graduated from the USMC Officer Candidate School at Quantico and in doing so received the top fitness award from his commander after scoring a 99.6.

BEHS Class of ’66

Here is what was said in their senior yearbooks, plus my comments about some of the “kids” we know from the class of ‘1966 at Bristol Eastern:

Glenn Colligan - “His ready speech flowed fair and freely.” I enjoy his music program on Radio 88.9; James Battisto - “His sports were many, his cares were few.” He is a retired Bristol police officers who tells it like it is from time-to-time in his Bristol Press editorials; Ron Ferron - “A man to match the mountains and trees.” He was an underclassman when I was at Bristol Eastern, but even then he started making his mark; David Goracy - “The individual that will not be beaten, cannot be beaten.” Smart kid who lived in the same neighborhood as me - Brookside Drive - growing up before moving to live on Long Island some years back after college;

Robert Kalat - “A whiz at math, with sports in his path.” What can I say about Bob, other than he’s a friend and a great guy with a great family; Charles John - “All the world loves a happy man.” I remember when he lived on Carol Drive as a youngster. Great smile from a tennis-playing family. We also worked in the same department at the Aetna during our young adult lives; Michael Kochin - “Greatly gifted is he who has artistic hands.” I knew him from his father’s gas station on the corner of Brook Street and Rt. 6. Sad that he died from a chain saw accident; Donna Lipski - “I have a dancing shadow that goes in and out of me.” She’s the sister of a grammar and high school classmate of mine, the late Cheryl Lipski Lindquist.


To Gerry Thompson, retired keeper of the Bristol Historical Society building. Whenever there was a mechanical problem, Gerry was there to take care of it.

Warner Court

In Monday’s column, I wrote about some of the streets that were eliminated during Bristol’s downtown redevelopment some 50-60 years ago. With this, I received an email from Vinny Pitaro:

“The last street you mentioned was Warner Court. There was only one house located there...and the reason I know this is because I lived there as a kid. The street (court) ran along the east side of the Bristol Water Department, which is now just a part of their parking lot. On the right side and to the bottom of Warner Court was Lacovara’s Tailor Shop, which actually had the address of Riverside Avenue. Thanks for taking back down memory lane.”

Rewind 1917 (100 years ago)

The total registration at Bristol High School (now the location of the Bristol Historical Society) is 379, the largest ever for the building. That’s 151 freshmen, 82 sophomores, 76 juniors, 69 seniors and one post graduate. In order to accommodate these students, it’s been necessary to borrow desks from South Side School.

Rewind 2007 (10 years ago)

Before Art Misluk passed away while a resident of Sheriden Woods, I visited him on two occasions and did a segment on him in this column.

Here are some of things that Art told me during the visits. The longtime bartender extraordinaire started at the restaurant on Dec. 31, 1952. He was there as a dishwasher and also to clear tables before later taking the job of bartender, a job which lasted until Feb. 23, 1997.

Art also reminisced about people who frequented the restaurant and that included relatives such as the Rindfleisch, DeForge and Doyon families. He also talked about his best friend, Geno Giramondi, a noted local chef who drove Art around town for shopping and appointments when he gave up his driving privileges.

Art recalled Geno telling the staff at Sheriden Woods to “get Art well because he’s my bodyguard.”

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Column, General News on Tuesday, 5 September 2017 22:41. Updated: Tuesday, 5 September 2017 22:44.