Stories and Information about Mary Alice

Received the following e-mail from John Bevilaqua:


Hope all is well with you. I am working diligently on the book about Mary Alice and could use some help on the high school section. Any comments or stories you could share would be greatly appreciated.

Some questions that could contain interesting answers include:

  • Can you remember any real “highlight” moments about Mary Alice ?
  • What do you remember about her personality ?
  • Who were her “best friends” in high school?
  • Do you remember any of her boyfriends?
  • In what activities or clubs did Mary Alice participate?
  • Do you remember anything about her love of PE and gym class? If so, what?
  • Did you and other boys consider her “sexy” in high school?
  • Were you aware of her modeling career while in high school?
  • What are the most important memories you have of Mary Alice from high school?

Bob, thank you for your help. I am committed to getting this book finished and published before the end of the year. I intend to include photos of Mary Alice sprinkled throughout the book along with interesting stories about her and how she lived her life.

The last part of the book will be a tribute to her inspirational battle against cancer and I know you and Mary Alice talked about this many times because of your situation with your wife. If you have any thoughts on this topic I would appreciate those as well. Mary Alice always loved trying to help others cope with cancer and I think she provided a lot of inspiration to a lot of people.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Best wishes,
John Bevilaqua

Please send information about Mary Alice you want to share to John at:

Memories of Bill Harless

I like this TCC post written by Charlie Sedman back in 2010:

Back in the fall of 1959 when most of our Connection Crowd had already passed under the Rotunda for the last time, the Central Junior High football team was setting the stages for a Championship run, not in 1959, but for 1962. This team had well-known Central football names on the roster – Etter, Phillips, Slaten, Robbs (two of them), and one Harless. The Harless kid did not have Butch’s frame and was not very fast, and (I thought) would have a hard time ever seeing any playing time in a Pounder uniform. So in the fall of 1964, as I sat at Chamberlain Field and watched this skinny Harless kid run for over 150 yards against East Ridge, I remembered those doubts. The kid had a lot of heart. So take care of that big heart, Mr. Harless…the big guys from the ’62 State Champs want to see you at future football team reunions.