I started in St. Peterâ€™s and discovered that I didnâ€™t know why I was there.
After floundering into the second semester, I was advised by Fr. Murphy to go down
to the armory to volunteer for the draft. This permitted me to choose the date on
which I would be drafted, and a 1951 alumnus made it happen.
The army was a blessing disguise as it helped me to mature a bit and provided the
first significant event which was initiated by a GI who was familiar with the California
college system. I started at Pasadena City College (Rose Bowl Queens come from
here), and after one year I became a resident which allowed me to go to San Jose
State (tuition was $15 and $25 per semester), which turned out to be the #1 party
school in the 50â€™s according to Playboy Magazine. What a stroke of luck that
turned out to be.
I joined a national fraternity, SAE. My second significant event occurred, as I became
my chapterâ€™s treasurer and president. The saddest day of my social life was
I came back to New Jersey for my last summer vacation where the biggest event
became meeting my bride-to-be.
I returned to California and a job, as an auto parts representative for the entire west
coast. The first go round of visiting parts stores was a tourist delight on an unlimited
expense account. With things going well I proposed to Marilyn and married in
It is hard to believe today, but we tired of the sightseeing, good meals and motels.
As luck would have it there was a managerâ€™s position open in New York City and
back we came. Then came my next biggest event: triplet sons. About this time my
company was bought out and they wanted me to go out on the road again. There
was no way I was going to miss watching my sons grow up and leave Marilyn alone.
I became an insurance agent and was able to spend a lot of time with my boys, and
we did many things together. We still go camping twice a year. The result of this is a
lasting relationship, which endures even though all are married. We all live within
one hour of each other, thank God.
The last, but not least, of my events is being a 21-year member of the US Coast
Guard Auxiliary. I became a coxswain which means I have been in command of most
of the boat patrols in Raritan Bay for the last 16 summers. I also volunteer at
Rahway Hospital and the VA home in Menlo Park.
102 George St. Carteret, NJ 07080
Birthday- January 1
Married to Marilyn Faleska