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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) diverticulitis episode


Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)


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I was in the emergency room from 11 last night to 6:30 this morning. Oh, the pain. diverticulitis. Not the first time. Waiting fro Lisa to get here with my prescriptions. Ergo, no blog this morning. Tomorrow, I will share the bloody details with you.

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle. 

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MOBIT: Theisen, Elizabeth ‘Liz’, spouse of Theisen, Chuck [MC1957]



Elizabeth Theisen

Elizabeth (Liz) Henze Theisen of Naples, FL passed away March 16, 2015. Liz was born October 2, 1937 in New York City, the fourth child of Mary Murphy Henze and Raymond Henze. She was graduated from the Academy of Mount St. Vincent in Tuxedo Park, New York where she made many life long friends and attended the College of Mount St. Vincent for one year. Her college career ended when she met Chuck Theisen, a senior at Manhattan College on a blind date. She took a bit of convincing, but Chuck finally won her over and after he finished college and received a commission in the Navy they were married on December 26, 1957.

For 57 years Liz was the epitome of the biblical wife: loving spouse, caring mother and later, strong business woman. Liz, while busy raising 4 children, always found time for volunteer work; in her children’s schools and running CCD religious education programs, even building one from the ground up at one base. Liz was especially committed to her work at the Navy Relief Society where she was presented the Meritorious Service Award, the highest honor given to a volunteer. In addition to thousands of hours volunteering, Liz reestablished a closed chapter at one base, recruited volunteers and helped countless young sailors.

Liz’s management skills, developed during her volunteer work, were put to good use in 1982 when Chuck retired from the Navy and they started a consulting company, HFA, Inc., with Liz as President. The company grew gradually from a staff of 6 parttime workers to a work force of over 250 employees. In 1995 Liz was named the Small Business Person of the year by the Small Business Administration. The company became the favorite supplier of Ordnance and Explosive Waste services, cleaning up left over unexploded ordnance at target ranges throughout the U.S. and Canada. In addition to clearing closed U.S. Army sites, HFA won contracts to clean up factory sites for Dupont, Hercules and Morton Thiokol. In the final year before they sold the company, HFA was awarded a contract by the Israeli Defense Forces to clean up a factory site at which nitro-cellulose was manufactured.

While running the company Liz still found time to mother a special needs foster child who had severe learning disabilities. After 3 years Jennifer went from a 10 year old with little cognitive development to a functioning young lady who could read and write at the 2nd grade level. Jennifer went from an angry, withdrawn little girl to a self-confident teenager.

In retirement in SW Florida Liz’s devotion to children continued when she became a Guardian ad Litem representing children removed from their homes for various family problems. She also volunteered as a tutor teaching English to Hispanic workers at Shadow Wood.

She is survived by her loving husband, Chuck; and her children, Chuck and his wife, Mo, Mary Beth, Elizabeth, and Jeanne and the joy of her life; her grandsons, Jason and Joseph.

Liz was preceded in death by her brother, Raymond; and her sister, Ursula. Her sisters, Sr. Mary Adele Henze and Catherine Henze Surlis; and many nieces and nephews, will miss Liz. Her loving, caring presence will be sorely missed.

A memorial service will be held, Wednesday, March 25th at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Bonita Springs.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Liz’s memory to either the Sergio Jimenez Scleroderma Research Fund at Jefferson University (www.advancement.jefferson.edu & click on Memorial and Tribute Giving) or to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (www.nmcrs.org).
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Published in Naples Daily News on Mar. 24, 2015


Theisen, Elizabeth ‘Liz’ [MCspouse RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/naplesnews/elizabeth-theisen-condolences/174468066?&nocache=true&cid=addentry&sign=0#sthash.AfgMuN27.dpbs

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Dear John,

I believe that Chuck is a member of the Class of 1957.

May Elizabeth Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Theisen, Chuck [MC1957]

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle. 

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Message from Charles Theisen, Jr.

Thank you for your kind thoughts. We have a great Manhattan community here in SW Florida and Liz was hostess to the Pipe band members.

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COMMENT: Macfarland, Joseph A. “Jay” (MC1961) comments on Dans, Peter E. (MC1957)


joseph macfarland commented:

When Brother James, Biology Chair at Manhattan College, learned I had been accepted to P&S (Columbia Med School) in 1961, he told me of an extraordinary Manhattan alumnus who was there – he had great respect for Peter Dans. Also, have to say he was a great teacher in his own right.

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Macfarland, Joseph A. “Jay” (MC1961)

Dans, Peter E. (MC1957)

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JEMAIL: Dans, Peter E. (MC1957) on Hollywood


HI John:

I did not respond to your excellent endnote on “What happened to Hollywood”. However, when I saw it praised in this week’s edition of Jasper Jottings,.I thought I would chime in and give you an update since I haven’t written in a while.. As you may know, I have been writing a column titled the Physician at the Movies for Pharos the quarterly Journal of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society for 25 years. I had the same concerns. In 2009, Rowman and Littlefield published my book Christians in the Movies: A Century of Saints and Sinners which looks at the treatment of Christians and specifically Catholicism in about 200 movies by decade from 1905 to 2008. It shows the change from reverence to ridicule beginning about 1970 with the demise of Legion of Decency and the stringent Hays Code. It got excellent reviews and sold out its hardback edition and is available at a much reduced price in paperback and electronically on Amazon.

Since 2000 at age 62 I have published 7 books on various subjects including the portrayal of doctors in the movies, growing up on The Lower East Side (in its fourth printing). My children’s book about the peregrine falcons return to Baltimore is being used in the 3rd grade curriculum in the Baltimore public schools. Another children’s book Sergeant Bill and His Horse Bob will be published by Camino Books this Summer. More info is available at my website physicianatthemovies.com

I self-published a book about the Life and Death of my high schools La Salle Military School after 118 years in 2001. It is available through the LSMA Alumni Association. The other book about my wife’s battle with Breast Cancer, Colette’s Story, was given to relatives and friends. Even people who didn’t know Colette and have seen the book have been touched by it.

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I continue to read and enjoy Jasper Jottings. Keep up the good work.

Best regards,


Dans, Peter E. (MC1957)

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JBLOGGER: Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) Go Jaspers!



Syracuse No, Manhattan Yes
Posted on March 16, 2015 by keywestlou

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Last night was watching the NCAA seeds. I have no Syracuse to pull for. However, my undergraduate school made it. Manhattan College. A small Catholic college at the north end of New York near the Yonkers border.

Manhattan has a tough roll. They must play their way in. They first must beat Hampton. Their reward for winning is Kentucky. Number 1 and number 16 facing each other.

Manhattan’s coach is Steve Masiello. Played college ball for Louisville as a walk on. Got to two Final Fours, one won. Thereafter, he was an assistant coach to Rick Pitino at Louisville for six years.

Go ‘Cuse now becomes Go Jaspers!

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Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)

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JEMAIL: Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) Tuesdays @ 9pm


Please join me for my next show! Tuesday @ 9pm. Call in’s welcome. #talkshow
Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)
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JBLOGGER: Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) tells us about Christmas


Christmas….A Legal Holiday

Posted on December 22, 2013 by keywestlou




Christmas….A Legal Holiday


On this wonderful Christmas Day 2010, most of us are sitting back happy with ourselves. In a joyous festive mood. Thankful for family and friends. Pleased by gifts and food.

And we might believe that Christmas in the United States has always been such. That Christmas as we know it always existed.

Shockingly, it did not!

Let’s go back to the Puritans. Those hearty immigrants from England to the shores of Massachusetts. Those who gave us Thanksgiving.

Christmas they did not give to us. In fact, they took Christmas away from us. The earliest Scrooges of record!

From 1659 to 1681, Christmas was outlawed in Boston. By the Puritans. They believed that Christmas was not consistent with their Puritan ideas and religious reforms. So one of their acts was to abolish Christmas!

Christmas remained a no-no through the American Revolution. The English influence in the colonies prevailed. Christmas could not regain its foothold.

A few years after the Revolution, the colonists, rid of the English influence, started celebrating Christmas. But it was not Christmas as we know it.

The early 1800s found Christmas being celebrated in a bit of a rowdy fashion. Much like Mardi Gras and Fantasy Fest.

Then came a couple of books which influenced the situation.

The first was by Washington Irving. In 1809, he wrote The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon. It portrayed Christmas as a peaceful loving holiday. Many attribute Irving’s novel as setting the mood for present day Christmas.

Irving actually created with words Christmas Day as we know and celebrate it. He mentally conceived his concept of Christmas and wrote it on paper. Christmas to that point had not been as he portrayed it.

About the same time, there was another writing. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. This, too, captured the American imagination.

During the 1830s, several southern states legalized December 25 Christmas Day as a legal holiday. The first was Alabama in 1836.

The South continued to favor and celebrate Christmas up to the time of the Civil War. Whereas the North basically paid little attention to the day. Christmas had become a Southern thing.

Now comes the Civil War. Lincoln wanted to demoralize the Confederate troops. He wanted to show that the South’s Santa Claus was on the side of the North. He authorized a famous artist late in 1862 to do a drawing of Santa Claus watching over Union troops. The picture was the front cover on January 3, 1863 of a prominent national magazine. It was sort of God is on our side thing. Some believe it achieved Lincoln’s desired effect.

President Ulysses S. Grant is given credit for making Christmas a national holiday. I question the accuracy of the representation. In 1870 Grant signed a bill into law regarding Christmas Day. The new law read that Christmas “…shall be a holiday within the District of Columbia.”

The District of Columbia is not the whole of the United States. However, Grant is usually given credit for making Christmas a national holiday by that act.

The last state to legalize Christmas as a legal holiday was Oklahoma in 1907.

I suspect that it was the combination of Grant’s signing regarding the District of Columbia and all of the states legalizing the holiday that finally made Christmas Day a national holiday.

Christmas Day received a further boost by the 1897 editorial in the Sun of New York. We all know it. ”Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”

Christmas was practiced and recognized as a holiday through World War II. For whatever reason, it received its most gigantic step forward recognition and celebration wise following World War II. Everyone got into the act after the war! Maybe because people were happy and grateful to have won.

Such is the story of the legalization of Christmas Day.

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[JR: And, I’d question why the Gooferment is involved in any “holy day”. Leave that to The People to sort out. That goes for “President’s Day” even more.]

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