Before I do one more thing in this late-starting Tuesday morning, a word from Mr. Hickey of Leo Catholic HS:
In my lifetime, I witnessed the euthanizing of Latin and the Death of God by academics and churchmen. Latin was deemed irrelevant, the vernacular ascended to Parnassus and the Vatican dome. That is too bad. The mystery of learning has gone the way of sacred liturgy -no mystery and no beauty. Education means punching one’s ticket for entry to something else.
Such a mournful mouthfull. Congratulations, Hickey.
. . . sends cannon ball to ABC’s Chuck Goudie’s court. G. says Leo C. failed to answer “numerous” calls about a sex-abuse matter about Christian Brothers, who have had nothing to do with Leo C. since 1991.
Not so, says school spokesman Hickey.
He is Robert L. Hylard, who cashed in at 86 and remained loyal to his school to the end.
Pat Hickey tells us about him.
the Kid from VIZ [Visitation parish, 55th Street] who played in Leo’s Marching Band for four years, wrote for and helped edited the school news paper the Oriole, ‘trod the boards’ in every Leo Dramatic production from junior year on, and played lightweight football on the cinders and broken beer bottle glass of Shewbridge Field – the iconic home to Leo High School football, now Amos Alonzo Stagg Elementary.
He is remembered with affection.
The young African American, Mexican and Canaryville Irish kids who now attend Mr. Hylard’s Alma Mater knew him well. Bob Hylard made all of the football home games, most of the away and every Leo High School event that showcased the talents and skills of our young men a huge mark on his calendar.
Leo remains a boys’ school, vigorously supported and operated by its mostly (S. Side) Irishers, a haven of excellence in a rough neighborhood.
More about Leo here.
I am blessed with a great life and the opportunity to work for Leo High School. I get to Leo at about 4:45 most days and start the boilers, do some paper work and get the one of the vans ready to pick up between seven and nine guys participating in early morning activities.
My crew is usually Cyde, Chris, TJ, Mick, Joe, Latrell, Caleb, Gaylon, and Sydney. I begin in Englewood at 74th & Normal, go to Grand Crossing at 66th & King Drive, take that beautiful, historic and inspiring Boulevard north to 35th and Dunkin Donuts!
For more more more . . . Take it away, Hickey . . .