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Brian W. O ' Sullivan, Treasurer Klizabeth M. Guerin, Vice President Joseph J Shamon, Secretary 12
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Every year, throughout the country, at thousands of high schools and colleges, innumerable speakers give innumerable speeches, preaching to the students of some graduating class either to look forward toward their future with great anticipation, or to look backward at their years in the institution with nos- talgic sentiment. Students constantly hear such phrases as: “As I look upon this sea of bright, eager young faces, I am reminded of my wonderful years here at . . Though the intent of each speaker is, indeed, quite gracious and probably very sincere, they are ask- ing us to think, primarily of ourselves. I am asked to think of my past, or to plan my future. Very well. These things I do, I am sure we all do. We have made friendships of immense value here, and we hope for successful, happy futures. It’s common, natural, and advisable. But to none of these things do I wish to speak. I ask you not to look forward . . . not to look backward . . . but to look sideways ... at the person next to you. We have just passed through ten years which Tom Wolfe chose to call the “ME” decade. If we can, in however small a way, let us endeavor to give the eighties another name; and let us start here, let us start now. Let us start now . . . There is the story of the man who asked his gardener on a Wednesday to plant a certain kind of tree in his backyard on the following Friday. The gardener objected because of the length of time it took for the tree to mature. “In that case,” the man replied, “you’d better plant it this afternoon.” So this afternoon I am planting a small tree which takes years to mature. Give something to whomever you can. Take some time in the life we’ve been given to live . . . and live a bit of it for someone else. It might just be for the person next to you ... or someone you might meet in the future ... or even someone you might never meet at all. It might mean nothing, but then again it just might mean everything. It is only necessary that you do give. How you do it is not important. Where you do it is not important. And, believe me, when you do it is not important. In ancient Greece a certain criminal was brought before the king and sentenced to death for his crime. Before he was taken away he told the king, “If you give me one year, I will teach your favorite horse to sing hymns.” The king was interested and agreed to the proposal. The man’s fellow criminals laughed at him as he entered the king’s stables and started to sing hymns to the horse. He turned to them and said: “I have a year. Who knows what may happen? The king might die, I might die, the world may come to an end . . . and who knows? Perhaps the horse might learn to sing hymns.” I don’t have an answer but we do have a lifetime, and it will take a lifetime. We probably can’t give the world a better future . . , but we just might make our fellow man’s life a little easier ... we just might be responsible for one person having one happy moment ... or, who knows? Perhaps the horse might learn to sing hymns . . . 11
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Class Advisor Mr. Guy A. Beninati 13
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