Saturday, February 25, 2012

Old Bro News & Notes - 2/25/12

First up, the winner (so far, at least) of the "Still Crazy After All These Years" competition is none other than ..... Leapin' Lenny Poirier !!  BOTH
   of the following statements are true .....

Official OBN ballot box
1)  Leapin' Lenny won the popular vote by a RAZOR-THIN margin of one vote.

2)  Leapin' Lenny won the popular vote by a LANDSLIDE with TWICE as many votes as Dangerous Don.

For those of you math-challenged Old Bro's, the final tally was two votes to one.  Regardless of whose swan dive was judged the best, both these guys showed enough guts to jump off a perfectly good bridge, so that alone qualifies them to be recognized as "Studs of the Week".

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Next, the Old Bro Network would like everyone to welcome FIVE new Old Bro's, including Sam Vena (EpSig 367), Kevin Becker (EpSig 802), Chris Proctor (EpSig 807) and Adam Lansdorf (Epsig 1130).  Their E-cards have been sent to everyone, feel free to drop them a note and say howdy.  The fifth new Old Bro we are adding to the roster this week is an "In Memoriam" tribute to our fallen brother Dave Shanbrom (EpSig 773), who tragically lost his life in an auto accident in March 1986.  Old Bro Mark Ritchie (EpSig 759) asked me to add Dave to the roster, and I can vouch for the fact that everyone who knew Dave considered him to be a GREAT brother and friend.

Old Bro Network will ALWAYS honor the memory of Old Bro's no longer with us.  Along with the addition to the Old Bro roster of our recently fallen brother Dean Gittleson, this brings the total roster count up to 287.

"Stud of the Week" honors go to Stan Benson, Justin Cochrane & John Horwitz for sending in contact info for a new "Old Bro", and to Mark Ritchie for reminding us all of a great bro who left us WAY too soon.

Don't forget, YOU TOO can be recognized as a STUD by sending in contact info on an Old Bro who is currently NOT on the roster.

Also, THREE Old Bro's have sent in revised contact info ..... Hank Hickey (EpSig 397), Mike Pappas (EpSig 841), and Pat Tribolet (EpSig 1053).  E-cards have been sent out which include their revisions, please update your address books accordingly.

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Finally, we have a new undergraduate High Rho (Alumni Relations Officer) at the chapter.  His name is Kyle Nelson, and he can be reached at  Kyle wants to encourage any of the Old Bro's to drop him a note or give him a call at (650) 888-8812 if you're in the Westwood area and would like to stop by the house to see and hear how our "New Bro's" are doing these days. 

Old Bro Network also wants to send out three cheers to outgoing High Rho Max Henderson, who did a great job producing and distributing the chapter newsletters and keeping all of us Old Bro's in the proverbial loop.  Great job, Max !!

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Two Old Bro's walk into a hockey rink .....

I know, I know, that headline sounds like the opening line of one of the jokes in Steve Bay's monologue at the Summer Reunion party last year ..... but it's not !!

Old Bro John Horwitz (EpSig 741) recently sent in this photo of himself along with Kevin Becker (EpSig 802) at a hockey rink in Minnesota .....

John Horwitz (left) and Kevin Becker
John also included the following note:

"Kevin Becker's son, Max and my son, Carter, attend high school together in Minnesota at Shattuck-St. Mary's.  They are hockey players there.  Max is leading the team in goals and is only the second sophomore to play on the Prep team since Sidney Crosby!  Prep has won 7 of the last 13 National Championships. Not quite Woodenesque but getting close."


The Shattuck-St. Mary's Boys Prep hockey program is one of the finest in the country, and is recognized as a perennial powerhouse in the sport.  At the last Winter Olympics in 2010, the men's hockey final between the USA & Canada featured no less than FIVE Shattuck-St. Mary's alumni.  Read more about this dynasty of a program HERE and HERE.

Here's a photo of Kevin's son Max in action at a recent game .....

Max Becker chasing down the puck in a recent 8-0 win for Shattuck-St. Mary's ..... Max scored two goals in the game.
Once again, this just goes to show that you never know where you might run into one of your Old Bro's, because our reach is far and wide.  If anyone else has any photos of yourself along with other Old Bro's in faraway places, send them in and I'll post them for everyone to enjoy.

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Same "Official Colors" - Lambda Chi Alpha & Mardi Gras

Prior to Fat Tuesday, here's an interesting tidbit for you to ponder ..... did you know that the official colors of Lambda Chi Alpha and Mardi Gras in New Orleans are EXACTLY the same ..... purple, green, and gold.

Coincidence ??  Mardi Gras' colors were established along with the King of the Mardi Gras Carnival in 1872, and their meaning was revealed in the 1892 parade themed The Symbolism of the Colors..... purple for justice, green for faith, and gold for power.

Lambda Chi's first historical reference to its colors was in 1912, when members from the chapter at University of Pennsylvania requested a jeweled badge, as was the custom with other groups on campus.  On a gold badge, purple represented grapes, and green represented an olive branch.

There is absolutely NO TRUTH to the rumor that the grapes represented the amount of wine consumed at a series of frat parties at UPenn that year, nor does the green represent MARTINI olives ..... rumors that were totally denied by all involved (so the legend goes .....).  Makes you wonder, though, doesn't it ??

One thing you should NOT wonder about is if you see the man in the photo at left wandering around Bourbon Street or anywhere else in the French Quarter during Mardi Gras, either throw him some beads or buy him a beer ..... Old Bro Mike LaCroix (EpSig 675) sent me a note last week to let us know he is currently in New Orleans attending his 24th Mardi Gras celebration.

Ah yes, a week of drunken debauchery, very little sleep, dressing in costume, beautiful ladies baring their breasts for trinkets, parading through the streets with noisemakers ..... sounds like just about any Rush Week during the mid-70's !!  

Let's keep our fingers crossed that Old Bro LaCroix returns safe and sound from this year's festivities, and is able to continue enjoying his annual visits to Mardi Gras for many years to come !!

Laissez le bon temps rouler,
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Monday, February 13, 2012

Omega ..... Dean Gittleson 2/12/12

The Greek letter Omega is the last letter in the Greek alphabet, and one of its meanings is that it symbolizes an end .....

Received the following tragic news from Reuben Franco this morning .....

Dear Brothers,

Our Brother Dean Gittleson passed away yesterday.  Dean was a giver til the end.   He donated
7 of his organs, including heart and lungs.

Thanks for your thoughts and prayers.

May he Rest in Peace.


Dean lost his life due to injuries sustained in an auto accident last Tuesday, 2/7/12.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dean's family and friends with sincere condolences at this unthinkable loss.

Dean was initiated into Lambda Chi Alpha at San Diego State (Zeta Pi chapter) but subsequently transferred up to UCLA and spent his formative college years in the early 80's with the rest of the bro's at 10918 Strathmore Drive.

Old Bro Network will honor Dean's memory by adding him to the roster with the status of "In Memoriam", as we have done with other bro's who have left us way too soon.

If you have any memories of Dean that you would like to share, please feel free to post a comment at the bottom of this page.

Yours in ZAX,
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Friday, February 3, 2012

And the Gold Medal goes to .....

 Little did I know when I posted the photo of Leaping Lenny Poirier (EpSig 730) last week that ANOTHER Old Bro, Dangerous Don Tringali (EpSig 743) would be making the EXACT SAME LEAP a couple of days later.  Here's their bungy jump photos side by side, please vote for a winner .....

"Dangerous Don"
"Leaping Lenny"

Lenny & Don were on separate trips, but did manage to meet up in Queenstown.

Lenny Poirier & Don Tringali in Queenstown, New Zealand

All of which simply goes to show that you never know WHERE you might run into an Old Bro, as our reach is far and most definitely worldwide.  Old Bro Network hopes that you all stay safe whenever you travel, and if you'd like to share any photos of yourself (or of other Old Bro's) taken in far away places, send them in and I'll gladly post them on the Old Bro Network for everyone to enjoy.

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