Monday, January 30, 2006


Ok, admitedly, this one is a real stretch. Cory was a staple of the Two Rivers Public School System, through 8th grade, when his parents decided to ship him off to Roncalli. But what the hell. Jason Anderson already mentioned him in his comments. And there's no doubt that others will recall him. So here goes.

I first met Cory in 5th grade - in Ms. Krause's class. Jason put it best. Cory was kind of a dick. He was rather loud and obnoxious. But he more-or-less got along with everyobody. I think he was part of the whole football card trading crew. What I remember from that year is a joke he told me. What do you call a girl with braces? A Black & Decker pecker wrecker. Priceless.

In that same year, I also recall Cory talking about where he would go if his parents ever died. He lamented the fact that he would remain in Wisconsin, while his brother would be moving to California to live with an uncle or something. He was jealous. Geez Cory, wouldn't the bigger issue be that your parents had just died???

Fast forward to 8th grade. By this time, a select few dubbed him with the nickname of "popper." Don't ask me what it means. Cory and Lance Spradlin once got into a small altercation near their lockers. Some punches were thrown. Mr. Stodola caught them, dragged them into his room (where I was staying after school on this day) and forced them to apologize to each other, and shake hands. Cory congratulated Lance on throwing a good punch.

My biggest Cory memory also comes from 8th grade. It's from November, 1984. It was right before the presidential election. L.B. Clarke school, in its ultimate wisdom, decided to hold a mock debate in the gym. And the moderators were students. I recall Richard Wheeler and John Kern being on the Democrats' side.

At one point, they fielded questions from the crowd. Cory had one. He posed some sort of question about coat hangar abortions. I'm, not sure what exactly happened. But somehow Cory got up, was egged on, and came down the bleachers, and joined the panel, where he sounded off about his views on coat hangar abortions. Eventually the debate turned to other topics. But the unprepared Cory stayed on the panel. Whenever it came to him to speak, he changed the topic again, always going back to coat hangar abortions. He did this several times. I think they eventually stopped talking to him.

The debate ended with half the students chanting "Reagan, Reagan," while the other half (well, probably slightly less than half) chanted "Mondale, Mondale." We all then had the chance to vote. The next day, Ms. Koeppe announced the results. My numbers are obviously wrong. But it went something like this"

Reagan - 135
Mondale - 115
Other - 200

Yeah, we really took that vote seriously.

I saw Cory several times at the video store. He was nice enough. I do remember he tried to pick up a girl once, by telling her that she smelled really nice. He and his movie left alone. The last I knew, he was still living in Two Rivers.


At Mon Jan 30, 09:03:00 PM PST, Blogger SonnyKidd said...

Cory's dad was my Cub Scout (Den)leader in grade school. That's how we got hooked up. He lived down in the "cul-de-sac" with several other popular kids. The "cul-de-sac" was populated by Jeremy Karman, Shane Peterson, Cindy Rohr, and Jenny Malley at the least, maybe more. He was loud and obnoxious. We were friends for some time, but like all things, it was fleeting. I don't recall what seperated us, but it's likely when he was sent to Roncoli instead of our precious Washington High.

At Tue Jan 31, 07:23:00 AM PST, Blogger Joe Antonie said...

Cory was nicknamed "Popper" after a third grade reading of "Mr.Popper's Penguins". I also remember him showing off to us fellow Cub scouts by shooting an arrow into his nieighbor's roof before a den meeting. He was in a lot of trouble for that.

At Tue Jan 31, 08:01:00 AM PST, Blogger TWORIVERSWALRUS said...

Popper revealed! Thanks Joe! Now I know.


At Tue Jan 31, 08:36:00 AM PST, Blogger the_meff said...

I don't think I was there for the arrow incident, Joe. But I do recall him being in a chumbucket of trouble for something during that time. That must have been it.

I missed my fair share of cub scout stuff back then; I don't think my mother trusted the organization; thought they were affiliated with Hitler Youth or something...

Ahhh, the paranoia of being the only Jewish kid in small town Wisconsin...

By the way, Joe, nice to see you again!

In case any of you were wondering, this man had the distinction of the largest EMPIRE STRIKES BACK trading card collection in TR. I was always a close second though!!!

At Wed Feb 01, 04:30:00 PM PST, Blogger Joe Antonie said...

Nice to hear from you as well, Jeff. Alas, that card collection has been MIA, think my mom trashed it. So if you have yours, you are #1 now.

I too remember you telling stories of your house being haunted. When I asked my parents about it, I remember them saying something to the tune of, "They're Jewish Joseph, they are just different from us...." I really don't know what was really meant by that, but when I think about now it's kind of funny.

If I remember correctly, your grandparents lived down the road from us.

Nice to hear from you, hope all is well.

At Wed Feb 01, 08:06:00 PM PST, Blogger SonnyKidd said...

I just remembered. Cory was also my first real fight. I moved to TR just before second grade. And in 2nd grade, during the winter, he and I got into a fight over one thing or another. He kicked me square in the back with like his hiking boots. I never forgave him, hence me still retaining the bitter memory.

At Sun Apr 23, 07:52:00 AM PDT, Blogger MarkC said...

Popper... from Mr. Popper's Penguins. How funny is that. I just finished that book with one of my lower 4th grade reading groups!! Some things never change, goofy children's books will never go away.

Cory and I worked a couple years together ('86-'88ish) for the TR Rec Dept. We did the stat book and ran the clock for all of the men's rec dept. hoops games at LB Clarke and the community house. Cory always had a little wild side in him, but was a good guy!


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