Richard Vogel

Profile Updated: April 24, 2020
Residing In: Brockton, MA USA
Homepage: http://tenthboard.net
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I'm an avid tenpin bowler, having returned to league play in 2008 after about 15 years away; I won the monthly house tournament @ Westgate Lanes in Oct. 1989, and write a blog (mostly) about the local bowling scene (homepage link). League highs are a 288 game and a 707 series, with a 290 game bowled during open bowling. I also serve on the Bristol-Plymouth USBC Board of Directors, and manage their Facebook page. More recently, I became a member of the International Bowling Media Association (IBMA).

This website recently became special when an older half sister I had only heard rumors about contacted me through the site looking for me. I look forward to watching her daughter bowl Special Olympics every year now.

I recently reconnected on Facebook with Ms. Varrieur, whose journalism English elective I took junior year, and what she taught I've been able to apply nearly daily now. :)

A bit more recently, I've been involved with Bill Hogan (BHS Class of 1975) by assisting with various Brockton tourism projects, particularly researching the city's rich sports history, leading to the creation of a new Brockton Athletic Hall of Fame, the first members of which were inducted in 2019.

Lastly, in January, I was appointed secretary of the Brockton High School Alumni Association, my duties of which include those of social media manager, a "dream job" I would have never expected, and one working with the bowlers has helped me prepare for. I hope to keep the alumni informed on what's happening at BHS, and, in turn, the students on what our alumni are doing, to keep them motivated. I've grown fond of using the #BoxersForever hashtag in posts about the alumni, and, for me, it really is true. :)

School Story:

Favorite school memories (in no particular order): The march to City Hall in '83 (the official one, mind you, not the impromptu one the day before that a lot of us got suspended for), the student-faculty basketball games (the faculty did their best to play like the Harlem Globetrotters, but, unlike their Washington Generals counterparts, the students usually won), my classes in the TV studio freshman and sophomore years, the State Student Advisory Council orientation on Thompson Island (in May) and the Simon's Rock training week (in the summer) in '83, ace-ing my term paper in Sophomore English (which Ms. Jarmak started to use as a model paper afterwards), Dr. Adams' Computer Programming I class (BASIC language; wish I could've taken Computer Programming II, which was Pascal and would've given me a leg up in college), Mr. Tingblad yukking it up in Notehand class (I was in the last one ever offered and got to keep my book), Dr. Donnelly letting his students play Monopoly in US History class (but with rules meant to simulate the Great Depression), the Dickie Goodman-style "break-in" recording I did which was played over the school intercom during morning announcements in the week before the Thanksgiving Day game in '81

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Hi Dawna. If you didn't get the postcard from PCI with the (incorrect) Brockton Public Schools return address, please contact me (a message here is fine) or you can update your contact info directly with Brockton Public Schools at bpsma.org/alumni and I'll ask how you can be added to the upcoming alumni directory.

Welcome home! You can find the class on Facebook, as well. :)

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