Thoughts on the 2012 Tulane Old Boys Reunion

Thoughts from Jack Adams
I must thank you all for your accolades but it is truly a labor of love....Great music, Great food, Great
laughs, New Orleans, Rugby, and Amazing friends.What more can you ask for? I am sure you all cherish what
we have as much as I do. Not too many folks can say, that after 35-40 years you can get together with with
a group of guys from college and pick-up right where you left off and enjoy every moment of it, and know
that anyone of them would have your back if you needed it. It is a camaraderie that is difficult to explain
but deeply rewarding....And a good deal of credit goes to Crosby and Dobbs for getting me off my ass and
encouraging me to do this after 12 years as we drank our way around Ft.Myers beach riding bicycles from
bar to bar till all hours.
For those of you that were not there, I was presented The Blue-Black Award, on behalf of the Old Boys,
by Fred King who miraculously found an actual 100 year old bottle of Stephens Blue-Black Ink....yes,
Mary from the mountain glen who seduced herself with a fountain pen truly had a reason to call the
Blue-Black bastard Stephens because that really was the color of the ink, wink-wink...and I now have
proof! Thank you Fred, I will put it on my shelf with the signed leather balls I have from a couple
previous reunions.
Speaking of leather balls, again for those of you slimy depraved souls that were not there, the
Tulane Old Boys and the NORFC presented Peter Maud with a signed ball as recognition for his
founding both the Tulane RFC and the New Orleans RFC. He is truly the Grandfather of Louisiana Rugby
and deserves all the credit for what we are able to experience at these reunions. Hell, I would have
given him the ball just for riding on a train for 29 hours each way just to be too Grace.
Jim, I thank you for acknowledging that Donna makes looking my direction easier on the eyes, and that is
my favor to you, but let us also thank Bob Edmundson for bringing Kathleen...he's not easy to miss,
but did anybody actually see Bob?
Cave and I found a destination for the next reunion...and it could only happen in New Orleans. We
are sitting at the bar in the airport and we ask the waitress where she is from because of her very
NO/Cajun accent and she proceeds on a 15 minute story about Garyville, La where they "don't even have a
stoplight", and the locals just ride around in golfcarts rather than cars. Well just last year they
bought a 9 acre fishing camp, on a canal, with a house/shack "with plenty of room for guys to sleep
cuz they don't care about furniture or a leak in the roof " and it is fabulous for "frogging, great
big 6-8 inch ones that taste so sweet", "turtling, and they are great eatin", and "the alligators
are everywhere" and "the Perch are always bitting" so grab your nets, poles, duct tape and shot-guns
....she invited us all to come stay for the next Old Boys reunion. Sorry Mary, the Caribbean will have
to wait.
Sumo, you asked for all the email addresses....I thought I was bad with technology? I am pretty sure if
you go to the top of this email where it says "To", I think you can cut and paste any or all of the
addresses...if you can't figure out who some of them are let me know.
Bob, thanks again for the beer tab but hopefully you will never have reason to do that again. And
Tippins please find a better excuse next time if you're not going to make it.
Mark and Paula I hope your home and community in OK are safe and without destruction but I still think
you should have come to Commanders, it was fabulous watching Crosby and Richeson dance....the food wasn't
bad either.
And Tyrone, good luck with your surgery. Just don't let it keep you from returning to the next reunion----
I promise we will not let you play!!!
Went back and checked the archives and realized I didn't bring any of my pictures from 2000. I forgot
I hadn't put them in the book, Bob if you want me to send you those too, let me know. But I also found
my list of those who have been to every reunion. We lost 4 of the previous 10 members that were in the
exclusive club after 2000 so we are down to just 6 having attended evey reunion 1980,84,88,92,96,2000,
and 2012....Congratulations to Greg Eaton, Bob Edmundson, Fred King, Bill Merritt, Jim Richeson and ME....
who will be the last standing??
Places and dates can be submitted to the suggestion box for the next reunion...let's not wait 12 years.
Jim Richeson's Tribute to Tulane Reunion
Great to see that some things just do not change - particularly the personalities on the rugby team and the
fine food in New Orleans.
Jack, as always you did a great rendition of the Pied Piper calling all of the Old Boys to town, and thank you
for all the fine organization and the obvious effort involved. Also thank you for bringing Donna, as it
makes looking in your direction much more pleasurable.
Crosby, if only I had known what a good dancer you were the redhead may have had no chance from the start.
My dance card is yours. It was a treat to see the wait staff doubled over in laughter watching our antics.
Cave, you need to step outside of yourself more and tell us exactly what you are thinking without holding
all the good stuff in. Many laughs thank you. Speaking of many laughs & good to see you: Henry, Bielski,
Sumo, Vincent(would have given you last two bigger hugs at Manalis had I realized would not see you at
A major tip of the hat to the real Old Boys: Mr Father Rugby of New Orleans, Peter Maud, who at
Baton Rouge vs LSU playing fullback for NORFC executed one of the most devastating tackles I ever witnessed,
Bob Edmonson who deftly slipped a bill to the musicians at Commanders for going along with our shenanigans,
and Fred King who has been keeping TU students & ruggers out of central lock-up for years.
And the only downer of the weekend, was that Ty tore his biscep, again. Our Rock of Gibraltar in the scrum.
Heal quickly dear friend.
Many others should name but here in Quarter drinking milk punch at Brennans and still need to pack for later
afternoon flight and maybe let the wife take advantage of me...again...and again.
Parting words: Couple married 40 years watching a beautiful sunset while sharing a bottle of wine. Wife says,
?I love you so much, I don?t know what I would do without you.? Husband says, ?Kinda sounds like
the wine talking.? Wife replies, ?I was talking TO the wine.?
Looking forward to next rendez-vous. Jim Richeson
Joe Schwartzel's Thanks to Jack Adams & Billy Goodell
Great Weekend and special thanks to Jack Adams and Billy Goodell for all of the organizational work, a
labor of love.  I won’t wait another 39 years for the next one, although my knee and shoulder are reminding
me why I stopped active playing in 1976.  Meet a guy at the airport Sunday on the way out that had played
for a Memphis team, he agreed with Crosby’s Rule, never play with people who want to win.  He agreed it was a
great tournament.
Joe Schwartzel
Ode to Cleavage & Other Thoughts by Cave
All, Great to see everyone. Here are the take aways ... Drink in dog beers and you will never have too many. Don’t fail to show up or we will continue to trash you mercilessly. We can’t really play rugby any longer but we can still really sing (especially with Wagner). Whoever scheduled all the lunch & dinners, listen I was only kidding about fitness thru fatness! And remember, above all it is the cleavage! Put your ear to her breasts and listen to the cleavage. You may hear a creek, a stream, a river, a bay or
even the ocean but it is good shtick that will get your face close to unsuspecting breasts. From there it
is just a quick “Eyes Right!” to the motorboat position and away you go! Varoom. Well done Jack. See you all next time. Jerry Billy Schwarz - Best Wishes for Speedy Recover to Tyrone
I hope y’all had an enjoyable weekend and do not have too many hospital or doctor visits necessary as a
result.  Especially you Yoke!
Thought this would be a good sendoff:
“I was in a pub on Saturday night.  Had a few....
I noticed two large women by the bar.
They both had strong accents so I asked,
"Hey, are you two ladies from Scotland?"
One of them chirped: "It's WALES you friggin' idiot!"
So, I immediately apologized and said...,
"Sorry, are you two whales from Scotland?"
That's the last thing I remember...”
Billy Schwarz
Billy Goodell's Shout-Out to His Tulane Brothers
To all my Tulane brothers. Glad your reunion was a success. Taking the pitch with Ty again....incredible.
I whored out with so many teams over the years but NEVER played for Tulane! Now I feel I can say that I did
so as many Greenies were on my end of the pitch at the same time I was in the over 50 match.
 i should  have crashed your party at some point to sing along but lost track of time at the FQFest
(did ya'll do let me call you sweetheart??? That was a Tulane staple). I also remember Roselli ALWAYS had to
start up Mayor of Bridgewater, hope that was done in his absence/honor. And who was it again that always
sang the verse "Girl from Azores" to Rodriguez the Mexican Pervert???Another Tulane classic verse.
See ya'll around. Billy Goodell
Jim Richeson's Comments on Pete Maud's Clarifications on Tulane Rugby History

Thank you for the clarification that Mike Keys, Howard Goldberg, and Bill Terry were responsible for starting
 the team and playing at least one game before you came along.  While you may not have been there for the
actual birth of the Tulane Rugby Team, you were there to nourish it in its infancy, guide it through its
 growing phase, helped it through its maturation phase by taking the lead in forming the Louisiana Rugby Union,
 and were one of those who helped form the NO Rugby Club in 1973,  which just last year won the national

It seems I have heard while in college at some point those names of the 3 founders, and it was probably
from you.  However we are correct in calling you the Father of Tulane Rugby, just like a boy, who never knew
his biological father, would correctly refer to his step-dad, who was always there for him, as Father.

Peter, you were instrumental in helping Tulane Rugby and rugby in Louisiana survive and flourish.  In our
hearts and minds, as compromised as they may be from the relentless consumption of beer, you will always be
the Father of Tulane Rugby.

I raise my glass to you.

Thank you.

All the very best, Jim Richeson

From: Ty Yokum  to Pete Maud   Tuesday, April 24, 2012 08:54 AM

It was wonderful to see you again, especially to see you honored for your service to the game of rugby.
 I have fond memories of my time with the New Orleans RFC under your tutelage.

Thanks for everything, my friend.


Ty(rone) Yokum
 Peter J. Maud   Thanks & Tulane Rugby History 
Sent: Monday, April 23, 2012 11:08 PM

Jack and the Tulane/New Orleans rugby gentlemen(this may be a misnomer for some of our brethren!),

I want to thank all of you who made the rugby reunion such great success. I want to thank in particular Jack
for organizing the past Tulane players reunion. It was great success and not only did I have a great time but
my wife also enjoyed the weekend (that means that I may be allowed off the leash for future similar meetings!!)
 The food, the beer and the singing were excellent  Happy memories! Also I would like to thank Tom C.for the
award that was given to me by the Tulane and NO players - it resides in a very special place in our home.
Others that may need some mention are Stan S, Bob U, Tyrone and far took many more to individually identify
for showing up and helping me remember so many past happy memories of my time in New Orleans. Jerry Cave also
should be identified as he provided many good laughs!! Billy you did a great job of organizing the rugby -
just wish that I was able to step onto the field once again. Please give my congratulations to the NO team
that won the Division three game - great rugby - I was very impressed.

I would just want to make one thing quite clear - I was not the founder of the Tulane team - that honor goes
to three (or more) past medical students - Mike Keys, Howard Goldberg, and Bill Terry. I joined the club in
the summer of 1967 after the club had played at least one game in the previous spring. Nor was I the sole
founder of the NO club. It was a joint affair with at least two of the other main contributors being
Bob Urann and Stan Smith - I'm probably missing a few (Lawrence Williams perhaps ?)
Oh so many happy memories from the past and now more to see me through my remaining years.

Grace and mI have now fully recovered from our 30 hour one way train ride and would certainly go by
 rail again!

If any of you would like a copy of my history of the early years of rugby in NO please let me know.
Also, I would like to extend my little article to include other players memories of these days and would
welcome any contributions from you.

Thank you all for such a wonderful reunion.


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