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                For biographical purposes, the two quotes following, may be useful
             expository sketches at the beginning of this series of books.
                My college graduation yearbook (1961) characterized “John Frit-
             scher” with the artsy profile:

                This young knave about campus has been involved in muchly
                [sic, current slang] as co-author of Glee Club Show 1959 . . . Choir
                3 and 4.  Josephinum Review  staff,  stage  crew . . . likes  stereo
                soundtracks, Georges Rouault, horrible puns, and has a secret
                ambition to live in Greenwich Village . . . often seen hatching new
                “insanities” for public consumption . . . . has a Puritan conscience
                but the will of a Nietzsche; would dive off the 30-story bell tower
                into a damp hankie for a laugh.

                Sixteen years before, my kindergarten teacher inked in on my report
             card (1944-1945):

                Jackie . . . converses well . . . .  has definite ideas and is not afraid
                to  express  them . . .   Very  expressive . . .   Tells  experiences  very
                fluently . . . .  Good balance in giving and taking and can be
                assertive . . . .  Shows ability to solve problems . . . .  Does good art
                work . . . .  skips well . . . .  shows interest in trying to sing a tune
                which is an improvement. Also loves stories . . . .  In spontaneity,
                he is independent . . . .  Stands up for his rights . . . .  Is inclined to
                tattle . . . . . He should do well in first grade.

                In the on-going tattling department, some other bishops and one
             cardinal who were my schoolmates include Bishop William Skylstad
             (current president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops),
             Bishop X [my good straight friend whose name is deleted], and Bernard
             Cardinal Law who was infamous for his molestation cover-ups in Boston.
             After Bernie Law gave his sworn deposition in Massachusetts, playwright
             Michael Murphy adapted Law’s words to expose the nature of “sins of
             omission” in Sin: A Cardinal Deposed which, as a drama, was positively
             reviewed in Variety, June 28-July 11, 2004. As for Bernie Law, the Pope
             swiftly swept him off to Rome and installed him in a palace as a protected
             Prince of the Church, safe from future testimony in the US.
                That back story said, my S&M-y noir tale of “J. Cristobal” had to be
             approved by papal censors before I was allowed to mail it to an assortment
             of editors in the Catholic press. Perhaps they enjoyed it.

           ©Jack Fritscher, Ph.D., All Rights Reserved—posted 05-05-2017
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