I attended a wake Friday night. The person I went to see was the departed wife of a lifelong friend. There were a number of folks in attendance, and once again the question arose, why is it always an occasion such as this to bring old friends together? Why can’t we come together on a happier situation?


Blue Ellis, a former resident of Pittsburgh, who currently resides in California came up with the idea to have an annual picnic and title it “What Happened to Our Old Friends Day?” On Aug. 6 the third picnic will be held between the hours of 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Westinghouse Park. If you reflect for a moment you will ponder on whatever happened to a certain person, because it’s been so long since you have seen them. We generally refer to them as friends and the question surfaces were we really friends? It was a term of endearment, because in those years regardless where we lived — Hill District, North Side, East Liberty, Homewood, etc. — when we moved and went to different schools such as Mc­Kelvy, Watt, Vann, South, South Hills, Allegheny Oliver, Perry, Fifth Avenue, Schenley, Westinghouse, Peabody, etc., we remained friendly. In those years our rivalry overwhelmingly consisted of athletics definitely not weapons.

I did not attend the picnic last year, but I was in attendance at the first affair and it was an event where there were folks that had not seen each other for years, and it was a good feeling.

If you fit the category of those schools or neighborhoods that were mentioned then you need to be in attendance. You may possibly be one of those that we have not seen over the years and have been missed. Do you still have a yearbook and have you looked at it lately? If not pick it up and look in it.

Not only should you come but also bring some members of your families; you will have a good time seeing some of your old friends that you may not have seen in many years.

I am personally looking forward to seeing all of you at Westinghouse Park on Aug. 6. Blue and his wife are coming all the way from the state of California.

Please remember Kingsley Association.

(Louis “Hop” Kendrick is a weekly contributor to the Forum Page.)

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