Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Exclusive: CHS Varsity Photo

CHS UltimateSome new info surfaced over the past weekend about the famous “original” (1969) Columbia High School Varsity Frisbee team...

Who exactly are the adults in the picture?

  • 2nd from left (purple oval) = Listed as "Head Coach" Cono Pavone; Actual = High School janitor
  • Far right (green oval) = Listed as "General Manager" Alexander Osinski; Actual = High School security guard

9 comments:

bmccall17 said...

I heard a roomer that Aleander Osinski was the school janitor!

Anonymous said...

OMG, I remember Mr. O and Mrs. Hoffman. She was a tough cookie. lol

ising2uall said...

Why would that be a bad thing?!? It would totally be in the rebel spirit of the founding fathers of Ultimate Frisbee, and also of Columbia High School, to have the janitor and security guard pose as Coach and General Manager, and just do everything themselves! Note the proud pose on the far left, with the player's arm around the janitor! That is definitely the spirit of Ultimate, to humorously fly in the face of authority, especially in that era. Go ahead and pull the covers away, who cares! That was a great era, "roomers"(sic)notwithstanding.

ken8631 said...

I was on the '73 team, and don't remember having a coach.....

Ken K

ising2uall said...

I was a less-active member of the team during my high school years, '75-'77. There was no coach or manager, but originally it was a requirement to name an adult as coach and manager so that they could be declared an official school sports team! As I said, flying in the face of authority, they named the janitor and the security guard, who were happy to stand in when needed, in support of the rebels! Hence, this picture. I think they were hilarious and original to work things out in their favor, so they could be an official team, sanctioned by the school.

Unknown said...

Actually, one of the badges of honor of the original CHSVFT all the way to present is the fact that the team is NOT officially a part of the school's athletic system.
gwest12
CHSVFT '69 through '72

gwest12 said...

And I am not unknown! LOL!

ising2uall said...

But didn't the team need adult supervision to play?

annebw said...

I don't know the people, but I recognize the location! The teacher's parking lot off Dunnell Rd was the original playing field, and I played a game there once (Mr. Geghen's AP chemistry class vs. another chemistry class). Note the train line in the upper left corner of the picture.