I received two separate emails from Chris Lafountain Howland regarding Joe Galiette and Pete Lis, classmates at Bristol Eastern High in 1963, both deceased. Pete died in 2018 and Joe just recently.
“I read the column in which you mentioned Joe,” she wrote. “I was good friends with Joe when he worked at the shoe store in Bristol Plaza.”
She went on to say that there was another guy who worked part-time evenings at the store and that was Pete Lis, who also worked behind the ‘mic’ on the radio at a station in Farmington.
“I had so much fun visiting them,” Chris added. “They were both good guys.”
(Note: Pete made radio his career, while Joe became a hairdresser and an artist somewhere in the Avon area. Both were outstanding athletes in high school, Joe in several sports and Pete in basketball.)
As I was driving home late Monday afternoon, I passed the hospital and to my left saw two guys playing tennis against each other at Copper Ledges. It made me smile, as this historic and long standing place is still in use.
The two contestants were Karl Czaplicki and Chris Maynard. What made my life even better was knowing their family members. Either way, Chris is the son of the late Justice Robert and his wife, Peg Maynard, and Karl is known to many as a Bristol Central multi-sport athlete, having played the sport since his early days at Bristol. Kris played tennis for school.
Although UConn football was beaten hard by Michign on Saturday, it was nice to see Bristol Central 2022 graduate Victor Rosa play a few plays. A freshman, he brings pride to Bristol by representing our population of almost 60,000. Go Victor.
A belated birthday for former Bristol Press publisher Joseph H. Zerbey, IV, who celebrated on Tuesday.
Contact Bob Montgomery at [email protected] or by calling 860-583-5132.