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Anyone ever take dancin lessons at the Loretto?
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11 posts
Nov 01, 2013
8:18 AM
When I was in grade school, a bunch of Catholic schools sent their 8th graders to the Loretto downtown (kind of a Catholic "hotel" for single Catholic "girls") to take dancing lessons. We did the waltz, box-step, and other "formal" dances. Never came close to the Twist or any popular dances. Then we'd go out and stand in front of the window broadcast booth at WING. We'd fog the window with our breath (it was in the second half of the school year) and write backwards to get the DJ to play a request. Anyone else experince this?
70 posts
Nov 02, 2013
10:37 AM
I never went there for dancing lessons but on friday nights during the school season there was always a dance downstairs.
It was called Club Cayoda (CAtholic-YOuth-DAnces).
I have no idea when it started in operation or how long it lasted but we went there in the mid 60s.
They had bands and/or records.
The boys from Chaminade went there to see the girls from Julienne and St. Joe's.
I think it cost 50cents or a dollar to get in.
72 posts
Nov 02, 2013
11:13 AM
As an aside, concerning the Loretto, if you walked out the front door and turned left in the direction away from WING there was a parking lot. Sometime in 1964 a trailer appeared in the lot. It looked like a ramshackle, backwoods shed. There were two doors on the street side of this "shack". You would enter one, walk through the trailer, and exit through the second door. Inside it was decorated, if you can call it that, with barn wood paneling, broken down furniture, and on a table there was a still. It looked like a copper boiler with a condensing coil. Running out of the coil was a greenish liquid called Mountain Dew and there were small paper cups that you could put under the coil to get a sample.
Pepsi put it all together to kick off it's new soft drink.
I have to tell you that stuff was GREAT. You may or may not be familiar with Pepsi's re-release of the original Mountain Dew some time back but there is definitely a difference between the old and the new. I love the old, hate the new.
Seeing the name Loretto reminded me of that, Maybe some of you got your first taste of Mountain Dew there also.
153 posts
Nov 02, 2013
7:59 PM
Ared, I don't know when the Club Cayoda dances started either, but I attended them as far back as 1945 and 1946. A great memory. During intermission we always walked to the Purple Cow, a restaurant that was in the Miami Hotel. There, we would get a burger and a shake.
12 posts
Nov 06, 2013
2:36 PM
Just got back to see if there were any posts. jfox, i graduated from CHS in '68. We must have been in the old Emmanuel Building for Freshman year. I was in 1-a. What homeroom were you in? Remember Bob Katkavage for Health?
86 posts
Nov 07, 2013
4:29 AM
donm, I graduated in 68 also but I transferred to Vandalia Butler my sophmore year. I do remember Bob Katkavage.I was in homeroom 1-D. My cousin Jim Kelley was next door in 1-F if I remember correctly. I remember a brother who taught Latin and was pretty involved in the athletic department who helped me a lot, but I can't remember his name. Gary Cousins was in my class. He was a huge football star. I remember Al Bertke being in our class also.
41 posts
Jan 21, 2015
1:29 PM
jfox, I just came back and started looking at the posts again (after way too long). Freshman year the latin teacher I had was Brother Schottelkotte (like the news guy on one of the Cincy TV stations). He used to go on about "finger tip control" and would give you a frog in the arm for a wrong answer. Believe it or not, I miss that. Schools today don't have the "cahracters" we had back then.
104 posts
Jan 22, 2015
4:24 AM
donm, That was him. Brother Schottelkotte. I had forgotten about him frogging you in the arm. He was a really good teacher and was always willing to help me out after school if I was having trouble with any classes, not just Latin.
95 posts
Jan 24, 2015
8:20 AM
The freshmen at Chaminade sure took their share of physical abuse over in the old Emmanuel building.
Does anyone remember Bro. Agnew, from about the same time? His form of abuse was to pull the hair right at your temple or to use the Vulcan neck pinch at the tendon and nerve point.
He must have had years of practice as he was very good at it.

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