Alex Tenentes – LaJolla, CA writes:

Alex Tenentes – LaJolla, CA writes:

Editor’s note:  When I received this first message from Alex in April 2009, I was completely overwhelmed and humbled by what he had to say.  The point being that one never knows exactly who, when, or how you might have touched or influenced someone else’s life, in this case over fifty-three years ago.  It blessed me beyond measure and continues to do so.  In fact, his words were the main force behind my decision to return to the trumpet after many decades of musical frustration.  I am now on a great adventure with my new Bach Stradivarious trumpet and my goal is to eventually play in our church’s brass ensemble. 

I can remember wanting to play just like Robert Bjork could.  Man was he great on the trumpet.

Thank you Alex…

OH, MY GOD, ARNOLD!! YOU WERE MY IDOL AND I TRIED TO COPY YOU. I, LIKE YOU, TOOK TRUMPET LESSONS FROM BOB FARRELL, ROSE TO BECOME SOLO TRUMPETER IN HIGH SCHOOL, AND WAS THE TRUMPET SOLOIST FOR THE BROOKLYN BOROUGH BAND UNDER MR. DELVECCHIO. IN COLLEGE, I ALSO, PLAYED SOLO TRUMPET, AND AFTER MY STINT IN THE AIR FORCE, WENT TO JULLIARD SCHOOL OF MUSIC WHERE I INTENSIFIED MY TRUMPETING. AFTER GRADUATING FROM JULLIARD, I DID A BRIEF STINT WITH THE BOSTON POPS ORCHESTRA, AND CUT A RECORD PLAYING “A TRUMPETER’S LULLABY,” AND THE “TRUMPET CONCERTO IN E FLAT.”

I REMEMBER YOU AS A YOUNG TRUMPETER AT KALLMAN, AND THAT IS WHY I TOOK UP THE TRUMPET……

I WANTED TO BE AS GOOD AS ARNOLD DAHL.

I REMEMBER YOU, JOHN AND YOUR SWEET MOM WHO WAS ALWAYS GENTLE WITH ME AND MY BROTHER PUGGY. MY NAME IS……ALEX TENENTES, AND MY BROTHER AND I WERE AT KALLMAN FROM 1954 THROUGH 1957. MY HOUSE PARENT WAS MR. LOCKWOOD, BUT I STARTED OUT WITH MR. AND MRS. COLBY, WHO HAD THAT APARTMENT DOWN THE HILL.

I PLAYED STICKBALL WITH EDDIE AND WALTER BACH FOR YEARS AFTER WE WERE OUT OF KALLMAN. WE PLAYED RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FROM KALLMAN IN THE P.S. 185 SCHOOL YARD.

I REMEMBER CLARENCE HILL, MET HIM IN VIET-NAM, AND IN CASE YOU DID NOT KNOW, CLARENCE WAS KILLED IN ACTION SHORTLY AFTER HE ARRIVED. HE HAD A HEART OF GOLD AS BIG AS HE WAS.

I REMEMBER FREDDY, TONY, AURORA, AND ANITA PEREZ, NILS OLAFFSSON, JAMES AND PATRICK HERMES, TINA MANEELY,

LORRAINE HEGALAND, SAM AND PAT FOGLER, RALPH ANNUNZIATTA, JIMMY PETERSON, RICHARD WISE, WHOM I REMAINED FRIENDS WITH FOR YEARS AFTER WE LEFT KALLMAN, HIS BROTHER, ARTHUR, DAVID SUOMINEN, AL; DIETZ, AND SOME OF THE GIRLS IN THE BAND.

I’M MARRIED FOR 30 YEARS, HAVE 4 GROWN CHILDREN, LIVE IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, AND WILL NOT RETIRE!!!

ARNOLD, LET ME HEAR FROM YOU.

 

ALEX TENENTES

email: tenentesaj@aol.com


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Alex Tenentes – LaJolla, CA writes: — 7 Comments

  1. hello Alex

    my name is Tom Mather in kallman between 1948-1956

    played a lot of stick-ball also.

    the old boxes on the wall also played slap ball in kallman shortened playground.

    tom

    • Hi, Tom. Yup! I played slap ball on the shortened play field. Lots of great memories. I was a stick ball fanatic, lived and dreamed it as a teenager and well into my thirties. Kids today don’t even know what stick ball is. It’s the closest thing to baseball if you are not near a local ball field. Any decent size school yard….and you’re in! Draw the box, fill the sock with chalk for the ” mound,” and pretend your whomever you want to be. When it was my turn to pitch, I would be Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, or Juan Marichel. lol lol…Love and miss them days dearly.

      • up and over the fence to chase the home runs, the neighbor never complained, but one time i slipped and ripped open my arm and resulted in stitches.

        mom was the nurse at kallman that time and had to take me to coney island hospital.

        yea remember the short slap ball i enjoyed slap ball trying to get the ball between second and the door that led to the play room, for sure that was a hit to the outfield able for extra bases.

        i remember well those days. Alex i am only a few miles from your home i am pastoring in Riverside ca. well God bless you sorry for the long delay in between emails. Tom

  2. Jonny Stokkeland writes:

    Message:
    My mum – Gerd Martinsen – worked at Kallman Home 1960-62. She remembers
    working with fellow Norwegian Anne Førland and Reidun Iversen + Ellen
    Larsen. She also remember the children Harry, Robert, Anita, Sandra,
    Kim & Helen. My mum is now 74 years old.

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