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JNEWS: Hejduk, George [MC1965] chats with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar



Kareem Abdul-Jabbar pleased to reconnect with George Hejduk
By Adam Jardy The Columbus Dispatch  •  Monday November 9, 2015 4:15 PM

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For the first time in more than a half-century, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar got a chance to say thanks.

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On Oct. 30, 2015, Abdul-Jabbar finally got George’s last name – Hejduk – and a chance to properly credit a man who had a profound impact on his career.

“It certainly was meaningful to me because I just wanted to say thanks and see how he was doing and how his life went,” Abdul-Jabbar told The Dispatch today. “It was amazing for me because I never knew George’s last name. When I was a kid, he was just George. He helped my grade-school coach.”

Following an Oct. 29 interview with Abdul-Jabbar on ESPN radio show “Mike and Mike in the Morning,” Hejduk’s son, Frankie, began tweeting that it was his father that taught the legendary center his famous sky hook. After reading a Dispatch article later that day, Abdul-Jabbar reconnected with the elder Hejduk the following day.

It was a detail in his life that Abdul-Jabbar said he was happy to fill in.

“The article that I saw, it was wonderful for me to finally make that connection again because he gave me something that has been a very special part of who I am and my success as a professional athlete,” he said. “Beyond the eighth grade, either he moved away from the neighborhood (or something) but I certainly stopped seeing him. George was going to college, so he had his own life to live, and I went on. I never knew George’s last name. I asked Sal and Sal didn’t remember because Sal had a couple guys that helped him. I just lost touch with him.”

The two spoke for about half an hour, with Hejduk telling stories of playing Abdul-Jabbar on the playground and losing to the eighth-grader in a game of two-on-two.

“It was great because he filled in a lot of missing spots in my memory, like what I was all about at that time,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “I was able to get observations from someone that was older than me, so he filled in on the type of person I was at the time. He said I was really dedicated.”

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“I put the hard work in, but if it wasn’t for guys like George, I wouldn’t have made it,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “It’s a credit to the people that help you along the way with little things that end up being so crucial to your success.”

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Hejduk, George [MC1965]

[JR: A happy ending to the story.]  

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JNEWS: Hejduk, George [MC1965] forever linked to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar



George Hejduk and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are forever linked
By Adam Jardy The Columbus Dispatch  •  Thursday October 29, 2015 2:30 PM 

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Hejduk’s parents moved to Manhattan and settled into the Dyckman Houses in 1953, where were located right up the street from St. Jude’s Elementary School. He earned a partial basketball scholarship to play for Manhattan College and was on the team for the 1961-62 season when he needed to do some volunteer work as part of his physical education curriculum. That led him to reach out to Ferrell Hopkins, one of his former coaches who was at St. Jude’s, to work with his team on a part-time basis.

As a result, Hejduk found himself in the multi-purpose gym with a young Lew Alcindor. The workout took place on the east side of the gym on a hoop with a wooden backboard, Hejduk said.

“At the time, Lew Alcindor was in the fifth grade, he said (on the show), but I think it was the sixth grade,” Hejduk said. “Farrell said, “Can you work with him? He’s so clumsy.’ My mother used to feel sorry for him because in the sixth grade he was 6-foot-6. I got him to do the George Mikan drill.”

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On Mike and Mike, Abdul-Jabbar said he had the shot down to a science by the time he entered Power Memorial High School.

“It’s not that hard to learn,” he said. “I really just adapted the George Mikan drill to my own physique and my own talents. I started in the fifth grade, some guy that worked with my coach said, ‘He’s probably going to be a center. We’ll show him the George Mikan drill,’ and that’s all I had. I worked on that through eighth grade so when I entered high school I had the shot down.”

Hejduk said he has periodically gotten phone calls throughout the years from friends and co-workers who have heard Abdul-Jabbar mention a coach named George who taught him the drill, although he has said he doesn’t remember the coach’s last name.

“If I saw him, he’d remember me,” Hejduk said. “What am I to him? A famous celebrity like that, he can’t remember everybody.”

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Hejduk, George [MC????]

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Dear John,

              I believe that George is a member of the Class of 1965.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Hejduk, George [MC1965]

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JEMAIL: Lyons, Pat (MC1965) recommends the retreat


Dear John,

Pat Lyons, ’65, sent this to me, while on vacation, and asked me
to forward it on to you for inclusion in Jasper Jottings as a report on his experience with the Retreat.



McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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Since 1999, I have been attending the Manhattan College Businessmen’s Reality Retreat. It helps me reconcile all my gifts with the demands of life, without getting burned out. Going to the sacraments is optional, but going to reconciliation here, for me, is very special and thought provoking.

For more info: visit the website http://www.ManhattanCollegeRetreat.com, or facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Manhattan-College-Reality-Retreat/212056118986514.

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Lyons, Pat (MC1965)

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JFOUND: Weber, Charles J. [MC1965] CEO of CEO America Inc.



Charles J. Weber
Chief Executive Officer , CEO America Inc.

Mr. Charles J. Weber, also known as Charlie, serves as the Chief Executive Officer of CEO America Inc. and Creditz Inc. Mr. Weber is an Advisor at Alliance Acquisitions Inc. Since 1985, he has also been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Weber Communications, Inc. In this capacity, Mr. Weber is also very active in the international marketplace and represents a number of companies in the Far East, South America Eastern and Western Europe.

For 25 years, Mr. Weber has been a successful key executive in the entertainment and communications industries. He is instrumental in securing public and private corporate financing, domestic and international distribution, mergers and acquisitions and the production and financing of motion pictures. He has also served in an executive role for Fortune 500, real estate, and entertainment companies and has executive produced a number of feature films.

He has extensive corporate and real estate experience with Embassy Communications and Sonnenblick-Goldman Corporation of California. Mr. Weber worked for the Celanese Corporation (1968 to 1972) and General Motors Overseas Operations (1965 to 1968). Mr. Weber served as President, First Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Operating Officer of Lucasfilm, Ltd. from 1984 to 1988, where he was responsible for all aspects of its operations including the making of blockbuster movies such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, and More American Graffiti.

He served as Chief Executive Officer of Hi Score Corp. and also served as its President since July 10, 2000. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Embassy Communications, Entertainment Company of America, CanWest International Corp., and others. Prior to his involvement in the entertainment industry, he served as Senior Vice President of Sonnenblick-Goldman Corporation of California from 1974 to 1977 as well as being employed in an executive capacity by other real estate development and syndication companies from 1972 to 1974.

He serves as a Member of Board of Advisors at Heatwave Interactive, Inc. He serves as a Member of Advisory Board at Studio One Media, Inc. He has been a Member of the Advisory Board at Platinum Studios, Inc. since October 2008. He served as a Director of Hi Score Corp. since July 10, 2000.

Mr. Weber is also very active in various industry and non-profit organizations, including serving as a Member of the Board for the Starlight Children’s Foundation, The Betty Clooney Foundation for the Brain Injured, Park Century School, Westview School and Crossroads School.

Prior to his involvement in the entertainment industry, Mr. Weber had extensive experience in real estate and with Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Weber is a Bachelor graduate of Manhattan College in Business Administration, and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Hofstra University.

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Weber, Charles J. [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Charles is a member of the Class of 1965.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Weber, Charles J. [MC1965]

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JHQ: Giuliani, Rudy [MC1965] at reunion


Former mayor Rudy Giuliani ’65 shared a few words with his class at this morning’s Golden Anniversary brunch. Welcome back to campus, Jaspers!

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[JR: No text or video!]  

Giuliani, Rudy [MC1965]

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JEMAIL: Rooney, John Peter (MC1965) is not Rooney, Tom (MC1967)


22 March 2015
Dear John,
I am happy that Tom Rooney approved your endnote.
I do too, but I did not write in.
I’m “John Peter” Rooney, Class of 1965, Engineering,
and there was no other Rooney in that Class.
You’ll have to figure out which Class “Tom” was in.
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Rooney, John Peter (MC1965)
Rooney, Tom (MC1967)
[JR: Sorry for the misattribution. Too many Rooneys, and other similar names.]
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JNEWS: Mangan, Thomas [MC1966] admonishes Giuliani, Rudy [MC1965]



Thomas Mangan
Rochester Independent Examiner

Tom Mangan has 40 years experience writing about everything under the sun – software, high tech equipment, politics, research papers, speeches, movie reviews, and obituaries. He’s a Vietnam Veteran, who is passionate about politics and fiercely independent. You may also read his work as the Policy & Issues Examiner.

Rudi Giuliani sticks his foot in his mouth again
February 20, 2015 11:21 AM MST

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I have followed Rudi Giuliani’s political career since he and I were students at Manhattan College in New York City in the 1960s. Giuliani was a year ahead of me but he was a big man on campus and our path crossed frequently, both in class and out.

But Rudi Giuliani has a long history of saying stupid things, and Wednesday night he stuck his foot in mouth again and started chewing shoe leather big time.

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Giuliani said this at that Republican dinner, “I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the President loves America, doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.”

Where Giuliani got the idea the President Obama doesn’t love his country is beyond me, and beyond reason.

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Mangan, Thomas [MC????]

Giuliani, Rudy [MC1965]

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I can NOT let this go by.

I became a non-fan of Rudy when he became pro-choice to get elected. Divorces, several. Cheating on spouses, often. And, then taking on Ron Paul about blowback — which sunk Rudy’s political ship — as if he’d never heard of the concept. And, for long long while, he was “the ONLY Manhattan College alumni” you ever heard about. Argh!

That being said, I would point out to him and others that we can never know what is in any man’s heart. I wouldn’t judge any man by anything other than his actions. (“by their fruits, you shall know them”?)

I can understand Rudy’s frustration. It certainly does seem that BHO puts the USA down at every opportunity. And, his sense of “optics” gives the impression that he is a “trivial person”. I think his eight years have been a disaster for the USA, the world, and the black minority population that invested all their hopes in him.

I’m not sure that any politician can / could have / will set the USA back on the correct track. I don’t think the D’s or the R’s understand the terrible “slave collar” we have put on future generations with an 18T$ debt, grazillions in unfunded liabilities, and complete demoralization / debauching / demotivation of the economic engine that was once the USA. 

All that being said, both Rudy and the Author seem to have forgotten some of the key lessons of Alma Mater — intellectual honesty, mutual respect, and charity. 

I’ll leave it at that.

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Dear John,

I believe that Thomas is a member of the Class of 1966,


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Mangan, Thomas [MC1966]

Giuliani, Rudy [MC1965]

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