The ’58 Scholars Are At It Yet Again

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The WGBH Scholars class of ’58 is having yet another reunion.

Gray haired and gimpy, we’re all going up to Newport, RI where classmate Don Mallinson and his lovely wife Eileen will host the group. Of the ten who started out in ’57, eight stayed the course. Sadly, since then we’ve lost two, John Musilli and Bill Heitz. They will be remembered.

Who’s coming … well even Bob Moscone, our mentor, isn’t missing it. Vic and Olga Washkevich will drive up from NJ; Paul and Paulette Noble are settling into their Fire Island digs, but making a small detour north; Jean Jolly, just back from French Guiana doing medical work, will fly in from Tennessee on gossamer wings; Stu White’s dropping everything to zip in from Ann Arbor, MI; Ed and Betsy Donlon will drive south from their chateau in Vermont to warm up a bit; Don and Eileen will put up with the same old Louis Lyons stories while serving up lobster.

Update from Vic — 6/29/2005

Don Mallinson, our man in Newport, and his wife Eileen outdid themselves.

Tuesday night they served up a New England dinner for all, including home made clam chowder and a 1-1/2 lb. lobster for each of us. As we were leaving, we each got a souvenir of the reunion … a bottle wine. The label featured a piece of art that Eileen painted and a list of all the attendees plus recognition of our two deceased members, John Musilli and Bill Heitz. Outstanding!

The next day featured a 90-minute harbor cruise on a 70-ft sailboat followed by dinner in a charming restaurant well off the beaten tourist path. You had to live there to find this one. Laughs galore. Great memories. And plans to keep the good times rolling.

And here they are: This “League of Extraordinary Gentlepersons,” who met at WGBH in 1958 and found such deep camaraderie that they have never lost contact, or their affection for each other, in the nearly 50 years since.

In Vic’s own words: Aboard a sailboat in Newport, RI harbor.

From left to right back row: Vic Washkevich, Olga Washkevich, Paulette Noble, Paul Noble, Jean Jolly, Betsy Donlon, Stu White, Eileen Mallinson (our hostess), Ed Donlon.

Front Row: Bob ‘The King’ Moscone, Don Mallinson (our host).

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