Category Archives: JEmail

JEMAIL: Ferrarese, Michael [MC1992] Chenango County DA by O’Sullivan, Neil T. (MC1990)

2019-Jan-25

Hi John,

Michael Ferrarese ’92 was recently appointed D.A. in Chenango County.

Regards,

Neil O’Sullivan ’90

https://www.evesun.com/news/stories/2019-01-03/30671/Chenango-County-swears-
in-district-attorney

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O’Sullivan, Neil T. (MC1990)

Ferrarese, Michael [MC1992]

[JR: Thanks, Neil. Much appreciated.]

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JEMAIL: Dorritie, Frank [MC1968] remembers Peter Fazio attendee

2019-Jan-16

From: FRANK DORRITIE
Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 4:03 PM
Subject: a lost Jasper 

Hello, Ferdinand.

To the chase:

The list of credibly accused clergy released this AM put me in mind of the sad story of  the late Peter Fazio, and I began to search for recent postings about him. I came across a mention in your Jasper Jottings (2010) wherein you speculate as to whether he had a MC connection.

The answer is yes. He attended from ’64 to ’66, was a member of APO, and one of the most brilliant people I ever met. He was also very eccentric, in a “Robin Williams” sort of way, and his Manhattan friends were disappointed that he did not return after Sophomore year. He had mentioned a desire to hop a freight with his guitar and see the world. We thought perhaps he had.

A few of us looked for him throughout the years, to no avail since he was definitely off the radar. Eventually I discovered why. The article you found explains some of it. A few years back, I found the rest, which involved a priest abusing him at Bergen Catholic, before any of us knew him.

Pete Fazio was a real guy, a sort of “Bob Dylan-meets-Steven Hawking”. He was my friend, and he was a Jasper.I just thought you might like to know.

Regards,
Frank Dorritie ’68

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Dorritie, Frank [MC1968]

[JR: Thanks for completing the story.  It still makes me sad to read how badly he was treated.]

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http://www.jasperjottings.com/2010/jj2010W14.html#mozTocId262358

MFOUND: Sad tale with an uncertain MC connection
http://www.coping-with-life.com/2010/04/greatest-story-ever-told-about-mental.html

Friday, April 2, 2010
The greatest story ever told (about mental illness)

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An Unnecessary Death

The sad saga of a schizophrenic 51-year-old named Peter Fazio, a long-term patient at Manhattan Psychiatric Center, illustrates the consequences of the state’s relentless push to discharge. Before his schizophrenia hit, in the 1960’s, Fazio was an A student at Bergen Catholic in suburban New Jersey and won a full scholarship to Manhattan College. After the illness, he was wild. He was estranged from his family, at one point holding his mother hostage for five days before police arrested him. He lived in Bowery flophouses until he murdered another resident, suffocating the victim by shoving a sock into his mouth. At the time, the police were struck by how much other flophouse residents despised Fazio.

In jail, he stopped eating and was kept alive by a feeding tube. At Attica prison, he tried hanging himself in 1986. For the next two years, he later told a therapist, he planned how he would kill himself after his prison discharge. In May 1988, two days after that release, he slit his chest open with a scalpel, then stuck a boning knife into his heart. Miraculously, he lived, and was sent to Manhattan Psychiatric, where he spent the next 10 years. While still a troubled patient — records describe him as ‘’sadistic” and ”hostile” to fellow patients, as repeatedly pacing the halls, paranoid and arrogant — for the first time, he found a niche. He relished waking early to read the newspaper, sold bread from a little cart, got along with staff members and enjoyed grounds privileges.

When discharge was discussed, he commented, ”There’s nothing more to enjoy outside.” When pressed, he repeatedly threatened suicide. A social worker’s note describes a talk in January 1997 about discharge: ”I asked about suicide. He said, ‘Yeah, I’d basically go that route.”’

Hospital officials were well aware that Fazio had repeatedly threatened suicide if released. ”When discharge planning is discussed,” says a May 1997 note, ”Fazio retreats.” The note continues: ”I will hurt myself.’ Alert: He is a serious risk.”

In the months leading to his final night at the hospital, July 26, 1998, Fazio ”complained he and other patients are being pushed by the administrattion to be discharged whether they are ready or not,” according to records. During therapy he asked, ”Is the reason they’re pushing discharge now that they want to save money?”

For a few months, the record indicates, he was more positive about leaving, but by spring 1998, as the staff pressed, he is described as ”depressed” and ”not very happy or ready to talk about discharge.” He worried that people in the community would know he was a murderer. In May, he told a case manager that twice before at the hospital he had tried suicide but had mentioned it to no one. Still the staff pressed, and on June 3 a discharge team, sent to the hospital by the state to lower the census, indicated that Fazio was ready to go.

On July 6, he was taken to visit a community residence, though he refused a placement there. On July 12, an aide noted his ”regression” and ”isolation,” and a July 22 note mentioned his ambivalence and fear. On July 25, his next to last night at Manhattan Psychiatric, he stayed in his room at dinnertime, according to a hospital worker I interviewed: ”He says, ‘I’m being discharged, I really don’t want to leave.’ He was very depressed.”

The next evening, Fazio again did not go to dinner, but this time was found in the bathroom, ”in a pool of blood,” a final hospital note says. ”Body was cold to the touch.” Using a razor, he had cut a wedge out of his neck, piercing his jugular.

The story has an addendum. The state’s quality-care commission did a brief report on Fazio’s suicide, finding ”no deficiencies” by the hospital. The report said, ”We found no evidence that Mr. Fazio had threatened suicide since mid-1996” (though in Fazio’s hospital notes I count seven suicide threats in 1997 alone). The report found ”nothing significantly unusual in the life of Mr. Fazio in the weeks or days prior to his death” and concluded that Fazio’s death was ”unpredictable, thus not preventable.”

The report offered no theory as to why Fazio did kill himself. However, it did mention that two hospital workers who had talked to the media were disciplined for violating the confidentiality of the dead man.

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[JR: Unsure of the Jasper connection. Did he go? Is it even “our” MC? It reenforces my meme “gooferment sucks”! “No Deficiencies”? Are they <expletive deleted> kidding me? “barbara streisand”!]

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JEMAIL: Scudo, Bob (MC1969) missed a week

2019-Jan-13

Did you publish one last weekend? I didn’t see it.

Scudo, Bob (MC1969)

[JR: Yup every week like clockwork.]

http://www.jasperjottings.com/2019/jj2019W01

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JEMAIL: O’Connell, Bill (MC1959) wants me to show my work?

2019-Jan-13

John,

I am interested in how you calculated your estimate that you would have to live to the ripe old age of 132 to “steal back” the Social Security money “stolen” from you. Seems much too long a payback period especially in that you are not adjusting for present value. Please provide your methodology. As to your terminology I think a better term would be “recovering” rather than stealing back. It seems to me impossible to steal something that is yours and I would hope that no one who benefitted from a Manhattan education would consider in engaging in any aspect of stealing, even as you call it, stealing back.

I always look forward to Sunday morning and an second cup of coffee while I enjoy Jasper Jottings. Thanks for your production efforts and please keep JJ coming each week.

Bill O’Connell, ’59

[JR: Unfortunately, I calculated a while ago and don’t have the details any more. “Recovering” rather than “stealing”?  Not sure of the real difference. Once the Gooferment “stole” it  from me, one has to use “self-help” to get what one can back. When the “revolution” starts, I’ll be down to the barricades. Glad you like the Jottings. ]

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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) calls attention to Gold Star Mothers Emogene Cupp’s Birthday

2019-Jan-08

Good Evening All,

This is a special prayer request and a beautiful story that began with a terrible loss by a grieving Mother after the death of her Son in Vietnam. It is a short story that I know you will all want to read and perhaps reach out to Mrs. Emogene Cupp, American Gold Star Mothers. You will see the details as you read just a little further. A side story that is also inspiring and beautiful in itself, is that of ” A Band Of Brothers ” (and Duster Buddies) NDQSA, and what they have done. This was brought to my attention by a good Friend, Al Hansen ( a Duster Buddy ), Member of the Retreat Team and Prayer Group. I had heard of American Gold Star Mothers but was not aware of who and what they were. Please google them when you have a moment.

I will be sending Mrs. Cupp, a Birthday Card, she has honored all Veterans. Please read the following.

Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

—–Original Message—–

From: alhansen
Subject: Fwd: Gold Star Mothers Birthday

All,

Joe and my DUSTER BUDDIES have been very supportive of Gold Star Mothers over the years. As a result of a Gold Star Mother mentioning to Joe that she and other Gold Star Mothers had often talked about visiting areas in Viet Nam where their sons had fought. 

As a result, NDQSA, our band of brothers, set up and funded a program that facilitated quite a number of Gold Star Mother trips to Viet Nam –  I believe seven. NDQSA created a program funded by our membership that covered all transportation, lodging and meals for any  Gold Star Mother and a companion who expressed an interest in going. Members of our association and their wives, at their own expense, also volunteered to escort our guest Gold Star Mothers.

Over the last few years OUR MOTHERS, due to advanced age, have difficulty in traveling. Never the less, they are still in our hearts.

Please help us out by saluting Mother Emogene Cupp’s 99th Birthday!

We would appreciate if you would be so kind as to send Mother Imogene a card, as well as pass this message on.

Joe, Our Brothers and I thank you,

Al 

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From: Joseph Belardo 
Subject: Gold Star Mothers Emogene Cupp’s Birthday

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I am asking all of you for a Giant Favor.

An American Gold Star Mother and a very personal friend of mine
and all veterans will be celebrating her 99th birthday on January 20th.

Please mail her a birthday card.

Emogene Cupp is the oldest past president of the American Gold Star Mothers. She was the Gold Star Mother who appeared before congress and persuaded them to approve and pass the bill for the construction of the Vietnam Memorial WALL. Her son, Cpl. Robert W. Cupp, was killed by a booby trap in Vietnam. He was laid to rest on his 21st birthday, June 17, in his family’s plot in Alexandria, Va. Her Daughter Sue sent me the following email.

Mom will turn 99 years old on January 20th and due to her failing health, I do not plan to give her a birthday party. I thought I would give her a “Card Party”.  She loves to receive cards and I know it would make her happy to receive a birthday card from all of you. Please feel free to pass this info to anyone you think would like to help her celebrate her 99th birthday by sending her a birthday card.
 
Please mail her a birthday card to:
Ms. Emogene Cupp
216 Lynn Drive
Stephens City, VA 22655

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JEMAIL: Gilda, Bill (MC1962) asks “Who are the extremists?”

2019-Jan-03

Wed, Jan 2, 4:14 PM 
 
https://nypost.com/2018/12/29/are-two-democratic-senators-waging-a-bigoted-campaign-against-catholics/?shared=email&msg=fail

Who are the extremists?

Bill Gilda ’62

[JR: Saw that as an example of that “anti” mindset (i.e., anti-Catholic; anti-Semitic; anti-American; anti-peace, racist, champion of victimhood identify politics) among “democrats” and “liberals”.  The “democrats” and liberals are the new reborn KKK, imho!  And we tolerate them at our own peril.]

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JEMAIL: McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973) shares a holiday party list

2018-Dec-19

It’s always fun to join in with picking your favorite five things of various types during holiday parties and gatherings!  Here’s one you can bring up and be the star of your next fun party!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Pathogenic_bacteria#List_of_ species_and_clinical_ characteristics

 :)
Michael, proud curator of over 100 million happy little crawling and swimming bacteria in his beautiful bod!

McFadden, Michael J. (MC1973)

[JR: His Christmas list?]

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