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A 40 Year Old Conversation ….continued
Bergenfield Hometown Fracas, Oct. 5, 2007
By Richie Conti , Class of 1966
On Friday night, October 5th, an interesting series of conversations took place. What made these conversations so unusual? They started over 40 years ago, and for some, are still continuing. At the now infamous “Hometown Fracas”, the Mighty Mites v. the Bears, conversations among people who in many cases had not seen or spoken to each other in 40 plus years, resumed with an atmosphere and sense of spirit and friendship that would seem to indicate they had seen each other a day or two before. 

Humorously in many cases, eyes darted first to name tags and then to faces, as people sought to make sure of the identity of the person they were greeting. You would think that this would appear somewhat awkward, but nobody seemed to mind at all.  In fact, the comfort level which was present throughout the entire evening, was a true testimony to the depth of the relationships shared by old friends, current friends, and former acquaintances, started so long ago at a place called “Bergenfield”. 

They say that “spirit” is something that cannot be seen, but I disagree. I “saw” this spirit of friendship demonstrated time and time again throughout the evening, and when the current school marching band marched through playing the old fight song, not only could you see the spirit, you could “feel it. For me, it was the emotional highlight of a great night that included seeing the old “Guerra’s Sport Shop labels on the old jackets, to the pictures, to the presence of our former teachers sharing the night with us as equals. Of course one cannot write of the experiences of this evening without giving thought to the memories of Mites and Bears no longer with us.
Mites or Bears? Who really cares! 

As I wrote once before, 
“We were Bergenfield, and “We were Young”.


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