Letters to the Editor

Final Score: 55-12

Thank you for remembering HC vs. BC on November 23, 1942 (Winter 2013 issue, Page 44). I'll never forget it. I was in the front seat of my mother's car-15 at the time-and on my way to a five-hour 7 a.m.-noon aircraft spotting assignment in the early days of WWII. The radio announcer shouted "Holy Cross plucks Eagles 55-12." In that moment I wanted to become a Crusader. Incidentally, your article failed to mention the final score. No Crusader ever sees that score in print and doesn't remember where he was (there were no "shes" in those days, more's the pity).

In any event, my dreams were fulfilled on July 5, 1944, when I entered Holy Cross as a member of the great class of 1949. And what was I doing up before 7 a.m. on a Sunday morning? Why going to 6 a.m. Mass, naturally.

George Smith '49
Cary, N.C.

Editor's Note: Mr. Smith, the staff loved hearing your memories of the day Holy Cross pulled off that stunning upset. We hope you'll enjoy the follow-up story we prepared on Page 42 in this issue.


Giving Hope

I would like to say a very heartfelt thank you for the article "23 Weeks and 5 Days" (Summer 2012 issue, Page 44). At the time, I was entering my second trimester with my first child and had never heard of a micropreemie. After reading it, I remember feeling grateful to be having a "normal," healthy pregnancy. Little did I know that in a few short weeks, I would be a mom to a micropreemie.

On August 25, 2012, my son was born at 25 weeks and 2 days. He weighed 1 pound 8 ounces. I was utterly unprepared for his early arrival and was scared about his chances of survival; however, I kept thinking back to Edwin Jr. and Serena's story, and it gave me hope. It helped remind me that miracles are possible, and that these babies have an unbelievable strong will to live. Their story helped prepare me for the inevitable emotional roller coaster that you ride while in the NICU and gave me a realistic idea of what to expect. It gave me comfort to know that I am not alone in this journey. Amazingly, after 120 days in the hospital, my own micropreemie came home.

Thank you to Stephanie and Edwin for sharing their story and giving me hope for the future.

Sarah Schufreider '07
Medford, Mass.

Editor's Note

As we reported in the last issue on Page 31, Holy Cross lost two members of its alumni family in Hurricane Sandy: John Miller '95 of Lloyd Harbor, N.Y., and Russell Neary '79 of Easton, Conn. Dave Mulquin '81 shared memories of his friend, Russell, in this letter to the editor.

Missing a Friend

In September 1977 I arrived as a freshman at Holy Cross. I was 18 years old and 400 miles from home. I knew no one at school and was in need of a friend. Russell Neary '79 lived across the hall in Alumni. He not only proved to be that needed friend, but also taught me what it meant to be a 'Sader. From Russell, I learned that 1. We do not like Boston College; 2. We do not like Boston College alumni/students;  3. We sleep in on Sunday and go to Mass Sunday night; 4. The Mexican Midhaven beats Kimball when we have the funds; 5. Gut courses are fine as long as they look real on a transcript and 6. Crusaders look out for Crusaders for life!

I miss my friend. Please pray for the soul of our fallen Crusader.

David G. Mulquin '81
Laytonsville, Md.


Emergency Help

Also in response to our Winter issue's story about Hurricane Sandy, Pete McNally '77, the emergency management director of Polk County in central Florida, shared his unique behind-the-scenes view of the recovery efforts. McNally and his team deployed to New York after that hard-hit state requested staffing assistance for emergency operations centers through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a mutual aid agreement among states to offer aid to each other in times of disaster. Here is the rest of his story ...

Our team headed north on Nov. 9 for a 10-day deployment. Our assignment was to assist the New York City Office of Emergency Management's Logistics Center with their operations. Their staff had been working around the clock in 12-hour-plus shifts for almost two weeks. Our task was to give them some time to rest and recuperate to be better able to return to their jobs of helping the city and its residents recover from the storm.

Part of our team deployed to the Rockaways, where they were members of a team of health professionals who went door-to-door in the area checking on the welfare of stricken citizens. Our particular assignments weren't too "sexy"- tracking requests, supplying shelters, locating generators, etc.-but these are the small, behind-the-scenes activities that are critical in ensuring that the materials the residents need can be identified and delivered.

The task of meeting the needs of several million survivors was not accomplished in the short time we worked in the city, but the role we played was a small piece to the puzzle of the final recovery. The excitement of our return to our families just before Thanksgiving was sobered by the realization that many of the folks we had just met and worked with would be still suffering from the storm.

Pete McNally '77
Lakeland, Fla.



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