MICHAEL P. SCHAEFER
(As befits such an engaging, colorful friend, Eddie is remembered at a Facebook site named Eddie’s Exes (and lifelong friends). Even if you didn’t know Eddie well, this site will convince you that you do, and should have known him as well as all these New Orleans friends. Let’s hope many of the stories are true and some are not.)
KURTZ Edward C. Kurtz, Jr. Former documentary filmmaker, writer, community activist Edward C. Kurtz, Jr. passed away on January 12th after a brief illness. He was 66. He was the son of Marilyn Azcona Kurtz and the late Edward C. Kurtz, Sr. of New Orleans. Eddie was a renowned local public television documentary filmmaker and writer whose works focused on the unique New Orleans experience and chronicled the generation of the 1960s. Eddie was also an adjunct professor at Xavier University. Eddie’s public television documentaries included “The Danny Barker Show,” a biography of the great jazz musician Danny Barker; “This Cat Can Play Anything,” a biography about New Orleans legendary banjo player Manny Sayles; “Piano Players,” a documentary about three generations of New Orleans piano players; and “Which Governs Best” which analyzed the changing role of the U.S. government over the last century and its implications. Eddie also did freelance work and various video clips on New Orleans humorous characters for the television series “Real New Orleans.” His books include August in New Orleans, 1968, Singing for Supper and My Casanova. Eddie was one of the founding members of Tipitina’s and the New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC) and active in various social and educational causes including service on the boards and committees of the Louisiana SPCA, NOVAC, Boys Town, the Krewe of Barkus, and Krewe De Vieux. Eddie was a graduate of Jesuit High School in New Orleans and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature from the University of Notre Dame and his Masters of Arts degree in Broadcasting and Film Production from San Francisco State University. Survivors include his mother, Marilyn Azcona Kurtz; three siblings, William Henry Kurtz (Shelley) of New Orleans, Debbie K. Prejeant (Wayne) of New Orleans, and Tommy J. Kurtz (Rachel) of Prairieville, LA; and four nieces and nephews, Christopher Kurtz of New Orleans, Justin Kurtz of Detroit, Sarah Kurtz and Dylan Kurtz of Prairieville; his cousins-the Byrd and Conforto families; his beloved dogs Golfree and Piper; and his many faithful and cherished friends. The Kurtz family has asked that donations be made in Eddie’s name to the Louisiana SPCA and the New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC). The Kurtz family would like to thank the caring staff of the various facilities of the Ochsner Clinic Foundation, the LHC Group, and River Region Hospice. Funeral services will be private but a memorial chronicling his life’s literary and film contributions will be held next month by his professional colleagues and friends.
Published in The Times-Picayune from January 14 to January 16, 2013
This January 12, 2013 email exchange between Jim Hutchinson and Jerry Murray informs us all of some off-field tension during the Miami visit the week before:
Tom Hutch and I (Jeremiah (jerry) Murray) joined up in Miami. here are some notes and pictures. (See below) First a picture of hutch (he looks younger) and myself with the leprechaun. Then a picture of my wife Mary Ellen with a couple of taller men she picked up in south beach. Jim his wife Eileen, Mary Ellen and myself got together at the bay front park party before the game. They did a great job with about 25,000 fans, plenty of room on the water,tables,food,beer and entertainment. Regis, Martin Short, Chris Collingsworth (who was terrific) and many others promising victory. The Irish music and the beer flowed as our spirits were high and our expectations aspirational . Little did we know this was the night the lights went out in the grotto. But I digress, the pep rally had 33,000 screaming fans jammed shoulder to shoulder on the beach. You couldn’t fall or pass out if you wanted just like the rallies in Stephen Center or the old field house. It was surreal with the beer and sweat flowing, Lou Holtz charging up the fans and the lights and sounds of south beach across the street competing with the band and speaker system. I will toss in a few more photos for your use but my favorite is hutch stayed at the Miami beach resort in so beach and rented a car to go to the game. it was such a small fiat he couldn’t take his kids and luggage to the airport. ( I have included a photo of his smart car.) I however stayed at the Doral to take advantage of busses to the events and games. whoops our bus got lost going to the pep rally and we just made it, then on the way back he misses his ramp and pulls into the Miami airport. when he said not his fault he wasn’t from miami I said thank you anthony travel go figure. We all stayed till the end in support of a great team who gave us a hell of a ride this year. Hope some of this helps you
Jerry Murray class of 68
I need to set the record straight – I did not want to embarrass Jerry, but the reason I could not offer him a ride in the “Hutchmobile“, the real car that I rented (see attached photo (note the Florida plates for authenticity), was because he tried to put his “rusty” moves on McCarron’s girlfriend after Brent Musburger pointed her out in the crowd. We can’t tolerate this behavior from ND alumni.
Also, once the poll was released after the game showing ND really did win the National Championship – Eileen and I were invited to collect the trophy (see below). I was going to invite Jerry to the ceremony but was not sure about Jerry’s behavior after the girlfriend incident
I am sure you can understand
Jerry Murray’s Miami photos:
1/11/2013 6:19 PM
Just for the fun of it I have three pictures, one a little faded from 1968 and one taken in November 2012 and one from 2011 of Ron Scotti. It is of Len and Pat Niessen and Dr. Jerry Niederman both of Class of 68 who were roommates in Dillon Hall together.
Jerry Niederman just retired after years of being in pediatrics at varying teaching hospitals, the last being in Chicago. Jerry did breakthrough research on the effects of exposure to lead in paint on children, especially in low income areas. Len is still working in his college discipline of electrical engineering and he has become expert in designing and managing interfaces in computer systems. Jerry lives in Oak Park, IL and Len and Pat are still in their same house from 1970 in Framingham, MA. Len’s passion was lacrosse (Len and Jerry both played) and Len wrote a book on the history of lacrosse at Notre Dame, a gripping history you would not want to miss. I also went to the wedding of Michelle Scotti, daughter of Ron (’68) and Sharon Scotti in Charlotte in October, 2012. It was great getting back with Ron reminiscing about the past. Ron got his PhD in optical physics from Arizona and was world class in his field. The phrase “beam me up Scotti” was actually invented by Ron in his work in space optics. He has retired to Oriental, NC where he fights off pirates in the Atlantic where he sails his big ship and they weathered hurricane Irene. He still runs the professional association for optical physicists, a riveting group to stay engaged with. Ron, Brian Peters (’68) and myself were all drafted together in ’69 and somehow all ended up in the same OCS class at Ft. Belvoir, VA, where we became fast friends. Ron’s dad owned a big pool hall outside Fordham University and the Scotti name was famous in Manhattan. Speaking of Brian Peters, he finally retired in 2012 after a tremendous career in construction management with such notable projects as London Harbor (Canary Wharf), renovation of Grand Central Station and the most observed project in the history of the world, the clean-up of Ground Zero, where Brian took over Sep 14 and completed ahead of schedule July 1 with only one lost time accident. His biggest claim to fame was that he was the best catcher in our class and not Joe Kernan although they were both in Vietnam about the same time. Brian and Joann still live in Cranbury, NJ where they are still fighting the War of the Worlds. Joann is still educating kids in Brooklyn so I guess Brian is now officially a kept man. Way to go Brian. Brian got his best Christmas present ever, tix to the BCS game in Miami where he went with his sons, Greg and Chris. Speaking of kept men, my classmate, Chuck Belding was world class and ended this year when his wife, Kathleen Wall retired as a VP with BMW. Chuck owned a wine and cheese shop on Long Island before BMW relocated its offices to the greater Greer, SC area. Chuck spends much of his time helping at our mission parish of St. Anthony of Padua, where he is grandfather to many African American elementary school children and benefactor to the parish. Chuck is also a bionic man these days with new knees and hips. Chuck’s most daring exploits included flying choppers in Vietnam, where you are a hero by chance not choice and racing his Corvette, which he finally sold. Speaking of chopper heros, I stay in touch with Bill Follette in Scottsdale, Arizona where he is semi-retired and servant of the people in local government. Bill finds the most amazing photos and information to share with a wide group on the internet. Definitely get on his list. Bill and Barbara are doing well and I am trying to prod him to come to the reunion this spring. Another classmate and curmudgeon is Bruce Morrow, retired from the Army as a LtC and living with wife, Ginny, in the Kentucky Lakes area, where he is fully retired and successfully battling cancer. Ginny is still working at Murray State while Bruce still engages is some internet businesses which he has spawned over time, all under the Ardvark label. My freshman roommate, Brian Muskus, finally fully retired for the 3rd time (US Air Force as LtC and C130 pilot), Honeywell rep in Japan, and college teacher in Ohio (while he took care of his mother, who died in 2012). He has now moved to Ft. Walton, Florida in his retirement home he has rented out for years. Any of you who think you have it hard, Brian is still raising twin 7th grade girls with his wife, Anne. Way to go Brian. Also heard from another Brian, Brian Kinney who lives with his wife, Pat, in Ellington, CT on the top part of a large hill overlooking Bradley Field and the valley below, pretty breathtaking actually. Brian is retired from the state of CT, where he was an environmental En and Pat is a retired teacher. Brian now works for the local parish, manages his rental homes in NH, and runs a service business related to managing census data for CT banks. I ran into Dick Couch (’68) at the BYU game at the DeBartolo Center with family and friends. Dick was a cheerleader when he was at ND and worked in accounting most of his career around the Pittsburgh area. He is fully retired living in a retirement community in University Park, Florida, where he is neighbors with another good friend from our class, Arnie (and Ginger) Vance. Arnie is stuck in a rut of playing golf and tennis just about every day. This is all the writing I can handle today. Lois and I are both retired, Lois as a teacher, and me as a marketing director of 35 years from Cryovac and as a COL of 32 years from the Army reserves. I was ordained a permanent deacon in 2007 and spend much of my “free” time with my Prince of Peace Parish. We went to our first game this year in Dublin, Ireland and our last in Miami for the BCS game. Great season this year. See y’all May 30.
I have a ps. I had dinner with Bob Marotta in Columbus, Ohio in early 2012 when I was up visiting my sister in Chillicothe. Bob is a well known attorney who holds court at the Sciotta Country Club, where he discourses life and banters with just about every member present. It warmed my heart as I was eating the liver Bob had the chef reserved for himself. Bob is a very special person and he and Peggy enjoy their children and grandchildren greatly as they just added another reason for Peggy to travel to California.. Also visited another roommate on that trip to Ohio, Dick and Sharon DiLorenzo in Xenia, Ohio outside Dayton, where Dick just retired after a career as a military professor at the Air Force College located at Wright Patterson Air Base. Dick is recovering well from his heart attack suffered while dunking on young airmen at the base gym. But all is well as he is back to playing and showing up the youngsters at the base gym with the moves I taught him at the Rock. Dick and his two children who went to ND were trying to go to the BCS game. Hope they made it.
Carl J. “Bud” Frank, 66, of Riverside, IL; loving husband of Ruth nee Ciastko; treasured and loving father of John C., Kelly (Jason) Rajkowski and Julee (Kevin) Kopka; dearest “Bumpa” of Jaimee, Grace, Audrey and Isabella; dearest cousin and uncle of many. Mr. Frank was an attorney who was actively engaged in the practice of law for more than 40 years. Admitted to practice in Illinois by the Illinois Supreme Court and the three Federal District courts in Illinois, he was also a member of the bar of the Court of Appeals for the Armed Services. He was a retired (December 2008) Captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the US Navy. He was an honors graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Notre Dame Law School. Following graduation from law school, Captain Frank reported for active duty and served Surface Warfare Officer tours as Damage Control Assistant and Engineering Officer on the USS Power and USS Charles F. Adams. In 1982, Captain Frank accepted a direct commission in the Judge Advocate General?s Corps of the US Naval Reserve. He served as Defense Counsel/Administrative Officer, VTU LAW 1314; Law of Armed Conflict Attorney, Status of Forces Agreement Attorney and International Agreements Attorney, Commander In Chief, US Naval Forces, Europe; Defense Counsel and Trial Counsel/Training Officer, NR LSO Great Lakes; Executive Officer, VTU LAW 1314; Staff Judge Advocate, Personnel Mobilization Team; Commanding Officer, VTU LAW (awarded the RADM Gerald E. Gilbert Cup as the most outstanding Naval Reserve Law Program Unit in 1997); Deputy Judge Advocate, Naval Reserve Readiness Command, Midwest; Commanding Officer, NR LSO North Central 113; and, Staff Judge Advocate, NR Naval Network and Space Operations Command. He recently served on the Military Affairs Committee of the Illinois Bar Association. Captain Frank’s decorations and awards include the Meritorious Service medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), and various service and commendation awards including the Viet Nam Service Medal and the Republic of Viet Nam Medal. In his civilian life, Mr. Frank was an Assistant Corporation counsel of the City of Chicago, from 1972 to 1973, at which time he prosecuted more than 100 criminal housing management and code enforcement cases. In 1973, he joined the law department of the Burlington Northern. In 1977, Mr. Frank left the Burlington to become the first General Counsel of the Regional Transportation Authority of Northeastern Illinois (RTA). In 1987, Mr. Frank joined Waste Management of North America, Inc., as its Associate General Counsel and was later named region Vice President and General Counsel, directing and managing all legal affairs and litigation in 14 states and three Canadian provinces. In 1997, Mr. Frank left Waste Management and established the law firm that became Frank & Pirok, Ltd. and was also Of Counsel to the law firm of Amari & Locallo. Mr. Frank was also active in his community, where, most recently, he was a member of the Riverside Caucus. As his children were growing up, he coached Little League and actively participated in Indian Guides and Princesses. He performed Pro Bono legal work for many. Visitation Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 4, 8:45 a.m. till time of services at 9:30 a.m. at Ivins/Moravecek Funeral Home 80 E. Burlington St. Riverside to St. Mary Church, Mass 10:00 a.m. Entombment Resurrection Mausoleum. Donations to a Veteran Organization of your choice would be appreciated. Funeral info at 708-447-2261 or www.ivinsfh.com.
Published in Chicago Tribune on January 2, 2013