Here is yet another mystery! Who can tell us what band
this is and who are the players.
We got the answer. Read below the story...
Thomas Harrington '65
Mike Ternes '65
David Blaha '65
Pete Eickhorst '65
Yeah, we had some "talent" shows. Always came in 2nd. In my senior year we had "the" band but a couple of pretty talented guys (Ternes, Eickhorst, et al) got together and entered and had tons more personality & showmanship. Our band played pretty flat, probably, thinking we'd easily win, but those guys would have still kicked our asses on our best days. Pete Eickhorst played drums & piano and I seem to think a couple other guys swapped instruments, too. Dang them. Dang them to heck! Mike Ternes is in mid-front playing guitar & Pete on the drums on the right. ... The other guys were Blaha & Harrington. They were The 69ers.So with that information I was able to get hold of Mike Ternes and here is what he has to add...
O.K. Tommy me boy ... in fact this photo is none other than The 4 Witnesses Band performing during our Senior Year Talent Show ... if memory serves accurately the time was spring of 1965. In this photo young Mr. Thomas Eric Harrington is on the keyboard to the left ... I am playing guitar at center of photo ... the very talented Mr. David Blaha is to my left playing lead on his Sunburst Fender Jazzmaster guitar ... Mr. Pete Eickhorst is laying down the beat on drums. Harry and I jumped back and forth between guitar and keyboards during the show to add a bit of showmanship.
I have not talked with Pete in a coon's age ... last time I left him a phone message telling him he won an all expense trip for two to Pebble Beach ... he did not respond ... probably thought I was a telemarketer! I should try him again. I do not have e-mail for him.
So fun to see this old photo because I do not remember having any photos from this particular event and it was a blast as I recall ... the competition was quite strong and it was a great show to be part of.
Please accept my greetings and fond wishes for a very prosperous and enlightened New Year 2010 to you and your family Thomas!
It is a blast from the past!
Mike's rendition of the show, the events leading up to it and after stir some long lost memories. I had relegated those memories to dreams or embellishments on reality with the passage of time but Mike's remembering them too suggests that in fact they were real. I recall the brews, and a memory, still as murky as the brew to which Mike referred, of a park just beyond the infirmary... but maybe that's not real.
I have a picture someplace showing the drumset with '69ers on it. If I can find it I'll scan it for the website.
I still have the Jazzmaster to which Mike referred but the guitar might be a Stratocaster -- I had a pre-CBS Strat that I'd love to get my hands on again but I traded it in on the Jazzmaster.
Before it's too late we have to have a reunion so I can get the guitar out again.
Wow! Thanks Kevin, Mike, and Dave. We already had a page for The 4 Witnesses aka The 69ers. Now we have the picture and a cool story to go with it.
What years did Campion present Talent Shows?
The Rooks: Birkmeier, Rieckelman, Knapp, Schneider, Knuck The Cornerstones: Haurykiewicz, Andrich, Rizzo, Gerbosi, Austin The Children of Stone: Neill, Jackson, Newell, Stratton , Whittey The Cornerstones seem to be the successor to the
I remember the talent show from '66. Spellman won with Flight of the Bumblebee on the Hammond, the rock bands followed. The crowed booed. - Jake Robert R "Jake" Jakoubek