Monday, March 06, 2006


Matt joined us in our junior year. You may remember him for the big scar that ran up the left side of his face. Or you may not remember him at all.

Matt sat with Richard, Dave and I at lunch in junior year. He was a nice guy. I don't recall where his family came from. And I'm sure one of us would have asked him how he got that scar. I don't honestly remember his answer though. But I have a vague memory of him telling us that it was from a dog attack. I could be wrong though.

I had Matt in Ms. Neveau's speech class that year. On Fridays, we would sometimes play charades. Richard and I would coax Matt into giving subtle clues that only we could decipher - clues for plural or apostropies and such. He was a natural. Our teams always kicked ass.

One thing I'll never forget about Matt is that he once told us that he had a few mutant hairs around his nipple area that actually grew to be several inches long, and would hang down to his belly button. Why he let them grow that long is a mystery. But he did say that he cut them, and continued to, so that it never happened again. Strange.

That year, Richard had some sort of half-baked idea that all of us needed to go see the G.L.O.W. girls when they came to Milwaukee. G.L.O.W. stood for Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling. Richard was obsessed with them. The rest of us had a mild interest. We all said that we'd go. But it never happened.

If memory serves, Matt worked as a dishwasher at Kurtz' on Memorial Drive.

Matt once loaned me his tape of Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" album, so I could copy the song "Iron Man."

In our senior year, I had little contact with Matt. He became really good friends with Jerry Legreve. I think the two of them planned to be roommates in college as well. On our senior video, the two of them did some sort of parady of Bartles & Jaymes.

I have not seen Matt since graduation. I suspect he did go to college, as he was pretty bright. I think he's lived most of his post high school life in Green Bay - where he resides today. To my knowledge, he has never married.

UPDATE - 8/15/06 - A few days ago, this photo was sitting in Erin Hynek's junk drawer. Today it's online. This is Erin and Matt playing air guitar at the 15-year class reunion. Matt looks like he just flew in from Key West.


At Mon Mar 06, 11:03:00 AM PST, Blogger Brad Strouf said...

Kurtz's in on Main St., not Memorial Drive....I know, picky fucking picky...

At Mon Mar 06, 11:11:00 AM PST, Blogger mimikatemom said...

I didn't know Matt in HS...but he's got long hair now and I did get to play headbanging, hair-flying air guitar with him at the last class reunion...see what you missed Burt? I don't remember the song...

At Mon Mar 06, 11:24:00 AM PST, Blogger TWORIVERSWALRUS said...

Hmm... not Kurtz' then. What am I thinking of? It was a small restaurant on Memorial Drive, in Manitowoc. I think it was on the road you turn on to get to Roncalli.

By the way, I am a master at the air guitar, air drums, and even the air violin, for those rare days when I get to hear "Come On Eileen."

At Mon Mar 06, 12:57:00 PM PST, Blogger Brad Strouf said...

Caspers...bet that's it.

At Mon Mar 06, 01:06:00 PM PST, Blogger TWORIVERSWALRUS said...

Yes! I believe so. I knew it had a "K" sounds. Richard, Dave and I stopped by to say hi to him one night.

At Mon Sep 21, 05:47:00 PM PDT, Blogger Malamute1971 said...

Hey. I missed the 20. Sorry all. Bad timing.
I decided to get modern recently and got myself up on facebook.
Still have my hair, but the thing on my chest was a myth.


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