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Welcome to the Poly Class of 1970 Reunion Website

This website is for members of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Class of 1970 to assist in planning our 50th Class Reunion.

Our intent is multi-purposed. We'd like updated classmate information including correct spelling of name, address, city, state, zipcode, EMAIL ADDRESS and phone number. This information will be kept in our database as well as in the master database in the Poly Foundation and Alumni office. The information will NEVER be sold or shared with anyone other than fellow classmates, the Poly Foundation and the Poly Alumni association!

To this end we are creating this website. We will be using a secure connection to gather information/write-ups about fellow classmates. For example, if a person is willing, they can do a write up about yourself, including what you have done since graduating from Poly, University attended, work career, family, etc. anything a person wants to share. These make for some interesting reading and allows even those who don’t come to the reunion to catch up. And only registered members can view these pages.

If you want to catch up with a classmate whom you have lost contact with over the years, click here.

Click here to register for access to this section.


Keep In Touch Luncheon

Our 50th reunion has gone and past us by. Many of our class of 1970 wished we had kept in touch with our class mates. If you were one of those POLY BOYS here is your chance. We are going to get together for lunch on FRIDAY, FEBURARY 25TH 2022 at the RED BRICK STATION on the Avenue in White Marsh starting at 11:00 AM.

If you are interested please contact
Steve Schaffer (KE4) BEFORE MONDAY, FEBURARY 21ST, 2022
email: steveal634@verizon.net

Hopefully, we will be able to do this a few times a year so we can tell all those wonderful stories from POLY. You know the ones where we get better and better as we get older.


A Great Time Was Had By All

On Saturday, October 16, 2021. The Polytechnic Class of 1970 held its 50th reunion, delayed by the COVID 19 Pandemic. A couple of years of planning and many hours of hard work by classmates attempting to locate every living classmate of the class of 1970.

The culmination was a great night of entertainment by the Class of 1970 Band led by Ed Starleper. A year of virtual practices to include out of state residents paid off as the music of the 1960’s came to life in their outstanding performance.

A short program which included a video memorial to those classmates who have passed as well as display boards at the hall entrance listing those now gone by homeroom.

Two former teachers, Mr. David Buchoff, senior class advisor and Mr. Alan Oshry, history along with Ms. Angie Brickhouse, Executive Director of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Foundation and Alumni Association provided some tantalizing stories about the antics of the Class of 1970 and the efforts of the Foundation and Alumni Association to support the Polytechnic faculty, administration and students of today provided valuable information to the attendees.

The effort to support Polytechnic in the form of a class gift to raise $ 12,000.00 to have every Polytechnic yearbook scanned to a hard drive to reside in the Alumni office which allows easy access by the staff to locate the appearance of any Poly student in any yearbook. This will allow the integrity of the yearbooks to remain intact for years to come, yet provide access to each of the books.

The Boumi Shriner Hall in Rosedale was the location and Atlantic Caterers was the caterer providing the wonderful food and drink.
Naturally, the highlight of the evening was all of the catching up and in some cases making of new friends from over fifty years ago. Conversation were held refreshing old memories and learning what each other have done since our days at Polytechnic.

A good time was had by all. We will make every attempt to offer smaller get togethers throughout the next couple of years, prior to the 55th reunion.

A BIG thank you to all pitched in to help make this night a success. Let’s keep talking and meeting so that we can keep in touch with those we found and let’s keep searching for our lost classmates. If you would like to volunteer a bit of your time and talent, please contact me, Adrian Palazzi, ’70 Ke4 by either email, apalazzi2@gmail.com or cell phone, 410-952-8890. All are welcome and needed.

If you are interested in learning more about the reunion, our class gift and our fundraising effort for eh gift, please contact me by the me by either method shown above or visit our class website, Poly70.org. Visit the site to see video of the band and pictures from the event.

This 50th reunion as well as the earlier reunions have provided great opportunities to catch up and stay in touch. Let’s keep up the good work.

Respectfully submitted,
Adrian Palazzi
On Behalf of the Reunion Committee

Here is a video of some of the Poly Class of '70 Reunion Band's performance.


Remarks by David Buchoff at the Reunion


Good evening to the Class of 1970!!
 
My name is David Buchoff.   I taught mathematics at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute from September 1966 through June of 1970. In fact, I may have even taught many of you during that time.
 
As a Poly graduate myself in the Class of 1962, I got to know your Principal, Mr. Claude Burkert, quite well from my years of being a student there. So in the summer of 1966, at the age of 21, Mr. Burkert hired me to return and teach math at my alma mater….Poly.   I was the youngest faculty member in the school at that time. 
 
Just a few years later, in September 1969, the new Principal, Mr. William Gerardi, asked me to be the Senior Class Advisor for your June 1970 graduating class.   Prior Senior Class Advisors generally had about 20 - 30 years teaching experience; I had less than 4.
 
I felt honored to be asked, quickly thought it over, figured that it would be “fun” and agreed to work with the class….at no “extra pay”, of course.  Later on, I learned that no other teacher wanted to take on this extra-curricular activity….thus, Gerardi asked me!!!
 
I was 24 at the time, only 6 years older than many of the students in the class of 1970!  Looking back now on my time as your advisor, my being so close in age to the seniors may have been the primary reason for some of the problems I encountered that year.
 
Let me share some stories with you about YOUR graduating class. Several times, your senior executive committee made some very important decisions without getting my prior approval.
• First, was their attempt to order condoms, with the Poly Seal printed on the packaging cover, for the purpose of distributing to each member of the Senior Class.  Fortunately, I discovered their intention in time and was able to stop the order!!
 
• The next major headache I encountered was when your senior executive committee hired a helicopter to land on the football field during the Poly-City Pep Rally. This committee gave me one day’s Heads-Up about the helicopter.   I could not believe it, but knew that I needed to notify Mr. Gerardi and the Poly Band Director so that they would not walk out into the center of the field during the Rally.
 
As you may recall… Pep Rallies were held inside the stadium with all students present. Well, 15 minutes into the rally, I heard the sound of a helicopter getting closer.   It circled the field first, and darn if it didn’t land on the 50 yard line. Someone jumped out of the copter, ran over to the microphone and hollered, “THE CLASS OF 1970 SAYS, ‘BEAT CITY’!!”  A big cheer went up from the stands!  This guy then got back into the copter and flew away. I was in shock. Mr. Gerardi was in shock.  If you don’t remember this prank, then see page 202 in your class yearbook for the evidence!!! After this incident, I thought I was definitely going to be fired.  But since no one actually got hurt, Mr. Gerardi merely gave me a “pass”, along with a stern warning.
 
• I’d like to tell you that my headaches with the Class of 1970 were now over, but NOOOOO.  The next story is a doo-zy!  What I am about to tell you has been a well-kept secret by me for the past 51 years, with the exception of my telling Adrian Palazzi when he invited me to speak today!!
 
Each year, it was the custom at Poly to hold a dinner banquet for the members of the graduating class, in the evening following the afternoon Graduation Ceremony. AND it was a tradition to hire a local theatrical booking agent to bring in a small band, a comedian and a female singer to entertain the graduates.  I gave permission to the senior executive committee to go ahead and hire the booking agent.   That was my BIG mistake!!
 
As many of you may recall, the banquet was held at the fancy Blue Crest North social hall on Reisterstown Rd. in Pikesville. I was seated at the main table with the administrators, along with some other teachers who were chosen as guests of the graduation class.
 
As the Senior Class Advisor, I was sitting next to the Principal, Mr. Gerardi. After an enjoyable dinner, the entertainment began. The band played the Poly school song, the alma mater song, as well as other upbeat music.   Then the comedian performed his routine monologue of jokes. When it was time for the female singer to come out, the owner of the Blue Crest North approached the head table and loudly asked, “Who is the principal here?”  Mr. Gerardi raised his hand.   I noticed that the owner looked rather angry and upset.   He said to Gerardi, “There is a naked woman in the kitchen who says she has been hired to perform in front of the boys.   In fact, the stage had been set up very close to the kitchen doors to provide easy access for her.  The owner asserted that if she came out, he was calling the Baltimore County Police and having all the administrators arrested, along with the person who signed the contract!   That would be “ME”!!!  He angrily explained that he would lose his liquor license and be slapped with a huge fine, if she performed!!! 
 
Mr. Gerardi did what a good principal would do. He turned to me and said, “BUCHOFF, HANDLE IT!!”  I went with the owner into the kitchen and saw a naked woman standing there wearing only three tassels. I explained that there must have been some serious misunderstanding and we could not have her perform as a stripper in front of our high-school students. She felt insulted and explained that she was not a stripper. A stripper performs completely dressed and proceeds to remove her clothes.  Instead, she comes out already dressed in her performance attire, which meant that she was basically naked!! I asked her to please leave by the back door, but she said that she had already been paid $50 by the booking agent and was not going anywhere without carrying out her end of the contract.
 
Being a bright Poly graduate myself, I had to think quickly!  I had to solve this problem! I said to her, “if I give you $100 cash, will you leave?” She said, “Done!” I gave her the $100 and out the back door she flew.
 
I returned to the head table and told Gerardi that all was well. I took care of it!  He did not ask me any further questions.
 
Now, you would have thought that all my problems that night were over. The graduation ceremony had gone well, the banquet was now concluded, and everyone was going to go home content and happy?!  No such luck!!
 
You see, the kitchen door had a glass window where a small group of students sitting closest to the door could view all that was happening inside.The boys at those tables saw the scantily-clad woman in the kitchen ready to enter and perform her act. And word had already spread that they were in for a real treat.   When she finally did not come out, those few boys got very rowdy and unruly as we quickly ended the banquet.  Unfortunately, those students ended up standing on tables, breaking several chairs, and damaging some expensive chandeliers inside the social hall.
 
I did not realize the extent of their damage until a week later, when Gerardi called me into his office and handed me the bill that he just received from the Blue Crest North.   The bill was for “$3000 in damages caused on the night of the banquet by my graduating students”.I asked how we were going to cover this debt.   Gerardi said that there were monies currently available in the school’s funds that had been previously donated by prior Senior Classes. I was so embarrassed that this had all happened on my watch and was so disappointed in those students who had caused this all to happen!!
 
ON THE OTHER HAND, perhaps my year as your senior class advisor had finally paid off!! Maybe there was a good ending to this wild and crazy year for me!  In fact, I may actually owe YOU a great deal of gratitude! Within a month after you all graduated, Mr. Gerardi informed me that I was being transferred to Douglass High School and promoted to Mathematics Department Head!! Now, at the age of 25, I was to be the youngest Math Dept. Head in the Baltimore City School System. 
 
I often wondered if my transfer and promotion was the result of my outstanding teaching, OR because of the antics brought on by YOU in the Class of 1970!! I guess I will never know! Nevertheless, that early, first promotion put me on the career path to other school administrator jobs, including….Secondary School Specialist, Assistant Principal, Principal and presently, a math instructor at Towson University.   
 
I couldn’t have done it without your help!!  So let me now, personally thank the Class of 1970 for the most unusual, memorable and important year in my educational career!!!
 
Wishing the very best to all of you!

We have reached our target!
Thanks Everyone!

A Class Gift

Dear Classmates,

At the most recent Poly Class of 1970 50th reunion meeting, the committee discussed the idea of making a class gift, as we have never done this since our graduation. There are numerous projects which are under consideration in the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Foundation and Alumni Association office, all of which are designed to directly benefit the students and alumni of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. The leading project needing support is one to hire a professional firm to scan every Poly yearbook we have, which numbers around 100, dating back to 1902. The scanned material will then go into a computer program which will be resident in the Foundation and Alumni Association office. An employee in that office can then simply type in a name of a graduate and the program will search the entire database and show every location right down to the page number where that name appears.

Just a reminder, we are still soliciting funds for our class gift. Click here to donate.


Classmates List

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View the listing of the entire Class of '70 organized by homeroom.

Lost Classmates

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We need updated classmate information to make the reunion it's best.

Deceased Classmates

Deceased Classmates

In memory of members of the Class of '70 who are no longer with us.

50 Years Later

A History of the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Class of 1970

It was the summer of 1966. Approximately two hundred (200) young men from in and around Baltimore City received their official acceptance letter from Mr. Claude A. Burkert, Principal of the most prestigious all male high school in the State of Maryland and the entire country. This letter informed each young man that as part of the incoming class of 1970, they had been accepted into the toughest Special College Curriculum, “A” Course which had the most rigorous program in Math, Science and Engineering which when successfully completed would prepare them for college level work at any and every university in the world. A diverse collection of young men from Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Harford County , Anne Arundle County and countries such as France and Russia. Divided into six (6) homerooms ...

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