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Two women down the bar from me. We began chatting. Turned out one had gone to Fordham. I went to Manhattan. A huge park separated our two schools.
A fun conversation ensued.
She told me Fordham girls used to come to Manhattan looking for boys. We referred to ourselves back then as boys and girls. The Green Leaf Bar down the hill from Manhattan is where they camped. A good place. Where Manhattan students did their drinking..
I laughed. Manhattan was an all boy’s school. We searched for girls. At the girl’s colleges in Westchester County.
Never the twain did meet! I never met a Fordham girl…..till last night.
A collegiate rivalry existed between the schools.
Fordham’s mascot was a ram. Always a real one. Tradition being what it was, a tall statue of a ram was also on the Fordham campus.
As the annual Manhattan/Fordham basketball game approached, the respective schools did evil things to each other.
Green was Manhattan’s school color. The year 1954. The game a few days away. A group of Manhattan men sneaked onto the Fordham campus and painted the ram statue green.
Ho, ho! A big deal! And we didn’t get caught!
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Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)
[JR: Sounds like an admission of guilt. What’s the statute of limitations? KWL says he’s a lawyer. Should know better than to admit ANYTHING EVER. Laugh!]
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