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Vincent Hartnett

Vincent Hartnett

Vincent Hartnett was an employee of the Phillips H. Lord agency, an independent radio-program production house who held right-wing views. In 1947 Roy Brewer, a close friend of Ronald Reagan was appointed to the Motion Picture Industry Council. Brewer later commissioned a booklet entitled Red Channels. Published on 22nd June, 1950, and written by Hartnett and Ted C. Kirkpatrick, a former FBI agent, it listed the names of 151 writers, directors and performers who they claimed had been members of subversive organisations before the Second World War but had not so far been blacklisted.

The names included in Red Channels had been compiled from a variety of sources including a right-wing journal, Counterattack , FBI files and a detailed analysis of the Daily Worker, a newspaper published by the American Communist Party. A free copy was sent to those involved in employing people in the entertainment industry. All those people named in the pamphlet were blacklisted until they appeared in front of the House of Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and convinced its members they had completely renounced their radical past.

People listed in Red Channels included Larry Adler, Stella Adler, Leonard Bernstein, WB, Marc Blitzstein, Joseph Bromberg, Lee J. Cobb, Aaron Copland, John Garfield, Howard Da Silva, Dashiell Hammett, E. Y. Harburg, Lillian Hellman, Burl Ives, Zero Mostel, Arthur Miller, Betsy Blair, Dorothy Parker, Joseph Losey, Anne Revere, Pete Seeger, Gale Sondergaard, Howard K. Smith, Louis Untermeyer and Josh White.

Marsha Hunt was another one who was named in Red Channels: "Well, that ended my career. Red Channels came out in the summmer of 1950, while - how's this for irony? - I was in Paris being invited to dinner by Eleanor Roosevelt. Red Channels was concerned entirely with the broadcast field. The film industry later had its own lists of victims. Red Channels included me because I had been offered my own TV talk show. I'd had beginner's luck on TV, being, as you can see, very voluble. I had been on a number of early talk shows with people like George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly, bright, articulate folk. And I was currently quite successful on Broadway, having starred in Joy to the World with Alfred Drake and The Devil's Disciple with Maurice Evans in 1950.... They had listed several affiliations under my name - some I'd never heard about, complete lies. One, I think, had me attending a peace conference in Stockholm. I had never been to Stockholm, nor to a peace conference. The rest were innocent activities that Red Channels viewed with suspicion."

Hunt's husband, Robert Presnell Jr., was never blacklisted and was not prevented from working: "I don't think I could have survived without being married. Inexplicably, Robert was not blacklisted. I cannot tell you why. He was certainly more outspoken in his political pronouncements and outrage about what was going on, and enjoyed a good argument. He was without any kind of political discretion. And yet he kept working. Thank heaven. He was never a top-salary screenwriter, but he did work.... I, to keep functioning, would do plays in stock. I did twenty or thirty different plays around the country during the 1950s and 1960s. That was not very rewarding financially, because you had to spend a week rehearsing and then one week playing."

Raymond Gram Swing was a strong opponent of Joseph McCarthy and on the advice of Edward R. Murrow and Hans von Kaltenborn, he agreed to debate with Ted C. Kirkpatrick, the co-author of Red Channels, at the Radio Executives Club on 19th October, 1950. "I shall be brief in giving the reasons why I believe the approach of Red Channels is utterly un-American. It is a book compiled by private persons to be sold for profit, which lists the names of persons for no other reason than to suggest them as having Communist connections of sufficient bearing to render them unacceptable to American radio. The list has been drawn up from reports, newspaper statements and letterheads, without checking, and without testing the evidence, and without giving a hearing to anyone whose name is listed. There is no attempt to evaluate the nature of the Communist connections. A number of organizations are cited as those with whom the person is affiliated, but with no statement as to the nature of the association."

Philip Loeb was one of those who had been listed and as a result lost his job on the top-rated weekly television series, The Goldbergs. When he managed to find work in 1953, Harnett published another article about Loeb's political views in The American Mercury. When Loeb committed suicide Harnett was blamed for his death.

Hartnett also formed Aware, which published a series of bulletins that were distributed to industry executives. The organization was funded by Lawrence A. Johnson, the owner of a chain of supermarkets in Syracuse. According to Victor S. Navasky, the author of Naming Names (1980): "Since about 60 percent of television advertising revenue came from goods sold in supermarkets, Johnson's campaign was effective."

In 1955 John Henry Faulk discovered that Aware had labeled him a communist because of his involvement in the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists union. With the encouragement and financial support of Edward R. Murrow, Faulk sued Hartnett and Johnson. Faulk engaged New York attorney Louis Nizer to take his case whereas Roy Cohn appeared for the defence.

After a long delay, the trial finally opened on 23rd April, 1962, in the New York State Supreme Court, presided over by Justice Abraham Geller. During the trial, Faulk’s attorney Nizer proved the existence of the blacklist and its detrimental impact to Faulk's standard of living. The trial ended with a jury award of $3.5 million, the largest libel award in U.S. legal history at that time. The defendants' appeals resulted in the reduction of the damages to $500,000.

Co-defendant Lawrence A. Johnson passed away the day the verdict was reached, forcing the court to appoint a temporary administrator. Faulk eventually settled out of court with Johnson's estate for $175,000. Co-defendant Vincent Hartnett became destitute during the trial and appeal proceedings, making it difficult for Faulk to collect damages.

In 1962 John Henry Faulk was awarded $3.5 million (later reduced to $550,000) in his six-year libel suit against his blacklisters - the fanatical Lawrence A. Johnson, owner of a chain of supermarkets in Syracuse, New York, who had mounted a campaign based largely on material from Counterattack and aimed directly at sponsors, agencies, and networks to prevent them from employing Faulk and other of "Stalin's little agents." Since about 60 percent of television advertising revenue came from goods sold in supermarkets, Johnson's campaign was effective. Other defendants in Faulk's suit were the professional anti-Communist Vincent Hartnett and his Aware, Inc., the organization which cleared for a fee the performers it exposed.

Let me begin by saying that we are dealing with an unsolved problem. One of the questions we have to answer is whether Mr. Kirkpatrick and his associates and Red Channels are the right way to solve it. Let me state the problem as I see it. It is not only how the American public is to be protected from insidious, concealed Communist infiltration in the radio industry. Obviously that by itself is an undeniable necessity of the greatest urgency and importance. But there also is the need of protecting American standards and American freedom, both in radio as an employer and through radio as an instrument of democratic survival. There must not be Communist influence in American radio. But there also must not be the slightest weakening of genuine Americanism in keeping out the Communist influence.

I shall be brief in giving the reasons why I believe the approach of Red Channels is utterly un-American. A number of organizations are cited as those with whom the person is affiliated, but with no statement as to the nature of the association.

Furthermore, in addition to Red Channels and the news letter Counter-Attack which published it, the Kirkpatrick associates offer a so-called screening service to employers, whereby they will tell them whether the names of their employees are on any of their lists. So a profitable enterprise is put together, which makes quite a thing out of pretending to help keep radio safely American by these slipshod and strangely un-American ways.

I could use much of my time in demonstrating that Red Channels is one-sided in important particulars. There are cases of inaccuracies which I shall not try to enumerate. I don't want you to think that if Mr. Kirkpatrick and his associates were more workmanlike I would approve of them. I wouldn't.

The point I want to make is that Red Channels does not show that there is any clear and present danger to the people of the United States if the persons it lists work in American radio. And to prove that is, I believe, the only legal or ethical reason that can be advanced in America for not employing these persons. The technique used is that of the blanket smear, against which, as you experts in public relations will appreciate, there is no adequate disinfectant or deodorant. A person once named, however innocent he may be, can never be quite rid of the taint, the taint not of his guilt, but of his having been named. It is the power of people using these methods that an ounce of insinuation outweighs a ton of fact. It is conviction by a private committee without even a trial. Certain persons are declared guilty without weighing the evidence and then punished for life without possibility of sufficient redress even if the most flagrant wrong has been done...

Let me point out that Red Channels is largely a compilation of the performing artists. There are few commentators in it (and may I say that the two of these I know most about should not be listed at all, and it is an outrage that they are).

In reality Red Channels is little more than a blacklist of these artists which borrows a dignity it is not entitled to because it plays on the very true and present danger to America of Communist influence on American political life. Because Communism is a danger, Red Channels appears to be rendering a public service. The fact is that Red Channels really does not take up much more than the feeblest category of danger, the category of the performing artists, and does not even refer to the third and fourth categories I have named.

I should mention that Mr. Kirkpatrick and his associates have the backing of a committee which can recruit letter-writers and telephone callers to denounce the appearance of blacklisted persons on the air, they can flood a radio switchboard with protesting telephone calls, they can pretend that they represent a large part of the public. And if a radio executive or advertising agency is pressed for time, and frightened about offending a substantial section of the listening public, he may be tempted to shirk his own responsibility to inquire into the truth himself.

Nothing is easier than to gather together a small group of an identical bigotry and the same political hatreds, and produce telephone calls and letters by the dozens. Everyone in radio knows this. Every Congressman knows it. It is one of the facts of life of a democracy. And it is, as I said, nothing new in America.

But let me repeat that the pressure group is not the danger to American life, nor is the blacklist. The danger from these is not that they exist, but that those who have been vested with the power of safeguarding America yield some of their power to pressure groups and blacklisters. The weakness in American democracy would come from those who, having been given responsibility for one of America's most vital institutions, unwittingly, or carelessly, or timidly, yield some of their authority to people who are not entitled to it. Let the danger of communism be met, not by resort to stealthy weapons, not by blacklists, not by unventilated and often inaccurate charges, but openly and with courageous faith in the due process of law, faith in a civilization which fully protects the free rights of the individual.


Red Channels

Red Channels: The Report of Communist Influence in Radio and Television was an anti-Communist document published in the United States at the start of the 1950s. Issued by the right-wing journal Counterattack on June 22, 1950, the pamphlet-style book names 151 actors, writers, musicians, broadcast journalists, and others in the context of purported Communist manipulation of the entertainment industry. Some of the 151 were already being denied employment because of their political beliefs, history, or association with suspected subversives. Red Channels effectively placed the rest on a blacklist.


Obituaries

May 4, 1921 - November 20, 2018

Service Date November 20, 2018

Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2018, The Chapel of Good Shepherd Catholic Community.

Interment: Bear Creek Cemetery.

Memorials: Should friends desire, memorials may be given to Catholic Charities, 249 Thornhill Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76115 (www.catholiccharitiesfortworth.org) or The Building Fund of Good Shepherd Catholic Community, 1000 Tinker Rd, Colleyville, TX 76034 (www.gscc.net).

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Richard Vincent “Dick” Hartnett, a loving husband, father, and grandfather passed from this world on November 20, 2018.

Richard Vincent was born on May 4, 1921 in Kansas City, MO, the youngest of five sons born to John Joseph and Margaret Ellen Driscoll Hartnett. He attended LaSalle Catholic High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was chosen as an officer candidate and was sent to Washburn University. Later when he was asked about his service , he proclaimed that he proudly served on the U.S.S. Washburn.

It was in Kansas City that he met his wife, Catherine Stephenson, and they married on September 14, 1946. He transitioned from Ford Motor Co. in Kansas City to Convair, later General Dynamics, in Fort Worth in 1956. At the end of his career in 1976, he retired as Chief Manager of Contracts and Logistics. Richard continued to stay active as an investor in various enterprises.

Dick and Catherine moved to Colleyville in 1991. They were founding members of the Good Shepherd Catholic Community where he was active in the planning and development of the church. Dick was an avid golfer and outdoorsman. He was loved by his many friends and was especially proud of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Richard was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Catherine, their son, Stephen, and his four brothers, John, Driscoll, Bernard and Jim, and is survived by son, Dick Hartnett and wife, Glenna daughter, Patricia Hartnett Brown and husband, Scott daughter-in-law, Sandy Hartnett grandchildren, Erin Hartnett Lewis and husband, Adrian, John Hartnett and wife, Christine, Andrew Brown, Catherine Brown Davenport and husband, Todd, Dionne Hartnett and Taylor Hartnett great grandchildren, Austen and Ethan Lewis, Rosemary Hartnett and Brooks Davenport.


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Obituaries

September 22, 1923 - November 25, 2017

Service Date November 25, 2017

Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m. Thursday, November 30, 2017, in The Chapel of Good Shepherd Catholic Church.

Interment: Bear Creek Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be made to Catholic Charities, 249 Thornhill Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76115 or Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 1000 Tinker Road, Colleyville, Texas 76034.

“And He will raise you up on eagle’s wings…And hold you in the palm of His Hand.”

Catherine Hartnett, a loving wife, mother, and Nana, passed from this world November 25th, 2017. She was much loved and will be sorely missed.

Catherine Marie Hartnett was born September 22, 1923 to Robert Earl Stephenson and Catherine McCartney Stephenson in Brainerd, Minnesota. She grew up in Fargo, ND, attended Sacred Heart Academy and moved to Kansas City, Missouri to attend and graduate from nursing school. It was in Kansas City that she met her husband, Richard Vincent Hartnett and they were married September 14, 1946. The family moved to Fort Worth in 1957 when her husband, Dick, found employment with Convair, later General Dynamics. They became members of St. Andrew’s Parish and later St. Bartholomew’s. They later moved to Colleyville and joined Good Shepherd Catholic Church.

Catherine loved to fish and found joy being around water. She particularly loved the ocean in the Big Sur/Carmel area, and San Francisco was one of her favorite places to retreat. Above all, she most loved times spent with her children and grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her son, Stephen Hartnett.

Survivors: Her husband of 71 years, Richard “Dick” Hartnett her son, Richard “Dick” Hartnett and his wife, Glenna her granddaughter, Erin Lewis and her husband, Adrian, great grandsons, Austen and Ethan Lewis grandson, John Hartnett and his wife, Christine, great granddaughter, Rosemary her daughter, Patricia Brown and her husband, Scott, grandson, Andrew Brown, granddaughter, Catherine Davenport and her husband, Todd, and great grandson, Brooks Davenport and daughter-in-law, Sandy Hartnett, granddaughter, Dionne Hartnett, and grandson, Taylor Hartnett.


Swim Team

2021 is the 33rd season for the BHS swim team and Head Coach Ed Tsuzuki.

The team's overall record is 360-209-7.

North 2 Group C State Sectional Champs:

Skyland Conference Divison Champs:

Girls: 2012, 2013, 2017, 2019, 2020

Boys: 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Ryan Schuller, Sean Robinson, Matt Snyder, and Bryce Lukacsko Lowers their School Record in 200 Medley Relay (1:37.89)
Matt Snyder Breaks the School Record in the 100 Fly (51.98)
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2021: GIrls 1-0 Boys 0-0 Coed 4-0
2020: Girls: 10 -2 Boys: 11 -2

Bernards completed 2021 with a 5-0 record, the first complete undefeated season for the Bernards High School swim team! Bernards handed Belvidere a 110-60 defeat and broke two school records in the process. The medley relay team of Ryan Schuller, Sean Robinson, Matt Snyder, and Bryce Lukacsko lowered their own standard which they set earlier in the week by another 0.18 to touch the wall at 1:37.89! Then Matt followed that with a stellar swim in the 100 fly, breaking Ben Baxter's 2016 record (52.56) with a 51.98! The Bernards coed squad won 7 individual events with 7 different swimmers. Thomas Ambelang (200), Sami Bender (IM - #10 all-time), Bryce (50 - #7 all-time), Matt (100 fly - new school record), Everett Bailey (500), Ryan (100 back - #2 all-time, just missing the school record by .04), and Sean (100 breast) each grabbed the gold. Bernards also won the 400 free relay with Alex Ruffer, Nina Marquard, Everett, and Noah Youssef. Also swimming on the Top 20 list were Trevor Lukacsko (#14 in the fly) and Meghan Robinson (#18 in the back).

Ryan Schuller, Sean Robinson, Matt Snyder, and Bryce Lukacsko opened Bernards' virtual meet (v Franklin) by setting a new Bernards High School record in the 200 medley relay with a 1:38.16, breaking last year's record of 1:39.24 (set by Ryan, Sean, Joe Kiel, and Matt at last year's Meet of Champions). The Bernards girls and boys combined for their 3rd coed victory of the season by beating Franklin 98-70. Winning their individual events were Ryan (IM), Thomas Ambelang (50), Matt (fly), Meghan Robinson (500 - #9 all-time), and Noah Youssef (Back). Grace Korey improved to a #11 spot in the 500, Sean improved to a #13 spot in the fly, and Bryce improved in 2 events - to #5 in the fly, and #18 in the back. Adding to the effort were silver medals won by Sami Bender (IM), Matt Giunta (50), Bryce (fly), Maddie Kiel (100), Grace (500), Kurt Hunziker (breast), and the 200 and 400 free relay teams of Matt G, Caitlyn Sebastian, Gianna Lorenzo, Noah, and Marion Doerr, Caitlyn, Meghan, and Nicholas Snyder.

Bernards remained undefeated as the girls defeated Gill St. Bernards 92-76, winning 6 events including the 2 sprint relays. Leading the way with 2 individual wins was Sami Bender who won the 50 and the 100 free and also anchored the winning 200 free relay behind Meghan Robinson, Cydney McGee, and Katie Riegler. Meghan also touched the wall first in the IM and joined Ashley Hartnett, Maddie Kiel, and Grace Korey to wine the 200 medley relay. Grace added one more gold medal for Bernards as she won the 500 free. As Gill won 5 events, Bernards needed some strong runner up finishes to secure the victory. Ashley added 3 silvers to her gold in the 100 free, backstroke and the 400 free relay - with Grace, Maddie, and Sami. Maddie (fly), Meghan (breast), and Nina Marquard (200 free) also put second place points up for Bernards. Meghan's IM time puts her in the #13 spot on the BHS all-time Top 20 and her breast time moves her up to the #6 all-time position.

Bernards continued their 2021 season with another coed victory over Voorhees 112-58 in their home pool - the Somerset Hills YMCA. This was the first time in 20 years that Bernards swam Voorhees in this mixed format. Bernards managed to swim 34 swimmers out of their 40 person roster, with 11 of them capturing gold medals, led by double winners Everett Bailey, Matt Giunta, Grace Korey, Meghan Robinson, Alex Ruffer, and Matt Snyder. Single event winners were Vincent Falivene, Ashley Hartnett, Meghan Lukacsko, Audrey Panik, and Ryan Schuller. Silver medalists included Thomas Ambelang, Marion Doerr, Tara Hartnett, Keaton Haughan, Maddie Kiel, Bryce Lukacsko, Nina Marquard, and Sean Robinson.​

Bernards finally opened their season with a victory over Somerville 111 -59. Because of Somerville's small team size, the meet was a coed meet - with girls and boys mixed in the same events. Bernards began as a coed team and swam as a coed team for the first 12 seasons! This win improved the team's coed win-loss record to 73-72-1.

Bernards won the opening and closing relays as well as 7 individual events - led by senior Matt Snyder who captured both the 100 fly and the 500 free. The other individual winners were Ryan Schuller (IM), Bryce Lukacsko (50), Alex Ruffer (100), Ashley Hartnett (back), and Meghan Robinson (breast). Ryan improved on his #9 all-time spot in the IM and freshmen Ashley and Meghan both made the BHS All-Time Top 20 list with a #20 spot for Ashley in the back and a #9 spot for Meghan in the breast. The meet began with a very tight race between 2 Bernards medley relay teams as Ashley, Sean Robinson, Maddie Kiel, and Bryce just touched out Ryan, Meghan, Matt, and Grace Korey by .02 seconds! Bernards closed out the meet with a victory in the 400 free relay as Alex, Tara Hartnett, Marion Doerr, and Vincent Falivene touched the wall first. Additional runner up points were posted by Nina Marquard (200), Sean (IM and fly), Vincent (50), Grace (500), and Nick Snyder (back).

The 2021 season has kicked off despite significant snow cancellations and the Bernards swim team is ready for some Skyland Conference dual meet action! Not surprisingly, there are many changes this season either in addition to, or because of the pandemic, so this season's contests will come in several varieties. Bernards will have one virtual, coed meet (Franklin - 3/22), one in-person coed away meet (Somerville - 3/3), two in-person coed home meets (Voorhees - 3/10 and Belvidere - 3/15), one in-person girls home meet (Gill - 3/17), and will end the season with one in-person double dual (separate girls and boys) away meet (Warren Hills - 3/27)! One bit of good news is that we can allow a limited number of spectators at our home meets! It's all better than not having a season so BHS is going to make the best of it!

Almost every school in the division has been able to secure pool time. The participating schools and their home pools are listed below:

Belvidere (Coed) - Phillipsburg Elementary School

Bernards (Girls and Boys) - Somerset Hills YMCA

Franklin (Coed) - Bridgewater YMCA (virtual only)

Gill St. Bernards (Girls only) - Somerville YMCA

Somerville (Coed) - Somerville YMCA

Voorhees (Coed) - Flemington Healthquest (cannot host meets)

Warren Hills (Girls and Boys) - Phillipsburg Elementary School

With strict restrictions on deck and pool capacity, as well as tight time slots, it is likely that many meets will have to be run as single gender meets. The schedule is still being worked on.

The Bernards swim team looks forward to finally kicking off their 2021 season! NJSIAA has approved a shortened season (Feb 1 to March 27) with meets beginning on Feb 16, It looks like there will be as many as 6 other participating schools in the Valley Division of the Skyland Conference (Belvidere, Franklin, Gill St. Bernards, Somerville, Voorhees, and Warren Hills), Safety protocols and meet schedules still have to be finalized, but the swimmers are all anxious to safely get back in the water! Stay tuned for more details. The schedule is still very tentative.

The Skyland Conference has announced the 2020 All-Conference Selections. In the Valley Division, Bernards placed 6 girls and 7 boys on the All-Conference Team as follows:

Sami Bender (Fr) - 1st team medley relay, 100 free, 400 free relay

Clare Johnson (Sr) - 2nd team 200 free

Maddie Kiel (Jr) - 1st ream medley relay

Grace Korey (Fr) - 1st team medley relay, 100 breast, 400 free relay

Nina Marquard (So) - 1st team 400 free relay

Izzy Piccone (Sr) - 1st team medley relay, 200 free, 400 free relay

Everett Bailey (So) - 2nd team 500 free

Vincent Falivene (Jr) - Honorable Mention

Joe Kiel (Sr) - 1st team medley relay, 100 fly, 200 free relay, 400 free relay

Bryce Lukacsko (So) - 1st team 100 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay

Sean Robinson (Jr) - 1st team medley relay, 200 free relay, 100 breast

Ryan Schuller (So) - 1st team medley relay, 400 free relay, 2nd team 100 back

Matt Snyder (Jr) - 1st team medley relay, 500 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay

The Bernards boys team of Ryan Schuller, Sean Robinson, Joe Kiel, and Matt Snyder set a new school record in the 200 medley relay with a 1:39.25 at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions preliminaries, earning them a (13th) spot in the finals. Also posting a personal best time was Sami Bender in the 200 free (30th) and Joe Kiel's 50 free, leading off the 200 free relay. Sami's 1:58.00 moves her up from the 20th to 6th on the BHS all-time list and Joe's 50 puts him at the number 10 spot. While not making the finals (top 16), all of the swimmers finished above their seeding in their individual events: Matt Snyder 200 free - 71st, 500 free - 24th Ryan Schuller 100 back - 40th, and Sean Robinson 100 breast - 20th. Bryce Lukacsko was injured and was unable too compete.

The Bernards boys fell to Summit 72-98 in their 4th State Sectional Finals to end their season at 11-2. The small squad of 14 boys all fought valiantly to the end, posting 17 best times, including a new BHS record and winning 5 events against a much larger team from Summit. Sean Robinson lowered his own school record in the 100 breaststroke with an incredibly fast 59.00. Bryce Lukacsko (50 free - #9 all-time). Joe Kiel (fly), Matt Snyder (500), and Ryan Schuller (back) each won their individual events and Sean, Joe, Bryce, and Matt grabbed the top spot in the 200 free relay.

Bernards will be sending 6 athletes to the Meet of Champions at GCIT on February 29-March 1. Sami Bender (200, 50), Sean Robinson (breast), Ryan Schuller (back), and Matt Snyder (200 and 500 free) have qualified in individual events and the boys will also compete in all 3 relays - Ryan, Sean, Joe Kiel, and Bryce Lukacsko in the medley, Sean, Joe, Bryce and Matt in the 200 free, and Ryan, Joe, Bryce, and Matt in the 400 free.

The Bernards girls were State Sectional Finalists for the 5th time, but were not able to retain their Sectional crown, having won it the previous 3 years as they fell to Caldwell 73-97 at the Raritan Bay Area YMCA. The girls swam fiercely - posting 14 new PRs while winning 8 of the 11 events, but could not capture enough runner up finishes to come out on top this year. Leading the way for Bernards were freshmen Sami Bender and Grace Korey. Each took two individual events and swam on the victorious medley and 400 free relays. Sami touched the wall first in the 50 in an MOC qualifying time, which put her within 0.2 seconds of the school record. Her 100 time was the 6th fastest in BHS history and only 0.04 seconds off MOCs. Grace swam the 14th fastest 200 IM for BHS and also won the 100 breaststroke. Grace and Sami teamed up with Maddie Kiel and Izzy Piccone on the two winning relays and Maddie (fly) and Izzy (500) each took one individual event. The medley relay swam the fastest time of the season which was good enough for #7 spot on the all-time list. Maddie (back) and Izzy (200) were each runner-ups and Nina Marquard posted the lone individual 3rd place in the 500. Also securing bronze was the 200 free relay team of Marion Doerr, Keaton Haughan, Sarah Celentano, and Nina.

The girls finished their illustrious season at 10-2 as Skyland Conference Valley Division champions and North 2 Group C State Sectional Finalists.

The Bernards girls also remained undefeated (10-0) with a semifinal round win over Madison (92-78) in the NJSIAA State Sectional North 2 Group C bracket. Second seeded Bernards will face the winner of first seed Caldwell and fourth seed New Providence in the finals on February 13 at the Raritan Bay Area YMCA. Bernards edged out Madison 6 wins to 5 in a very close contest at the Somerset Hills YMCA. Sami Bender won the 50 and 100 free and also anchored the two winning relays for Bernards. Joining Sami on the medley relay was Izzy Piccone, Grace Korey, and Maddie Kiel and on the 200 free relay was Clare Johnson, Marion Doerr, and Mattie Sbaraglio. Izzy Piccone (500) and Maddie (fly) added an individual win each. Izzy, Maddie, Clare, and Grace teamed up for the runner up spot in the 400 free relay, although the meet was clinched with a strong 2-3 finish in the breaststroke by Grace and Sophie Ray.

The Bernards boys swam a focused and determined meet to overtake the higher seeded Governor Livingston boys 91-79 in a spirited semifinal meet at the Morris Union Jointure school. Bernards exploded out of the starting blocks in the opening medley relay, lowering their MOC qualifying time and touching the wall only six hundredths of a second off the school record to set the stage for an evening of jaw-dropping swims. The medley team of Ryan Schuller (back), Sean Robinson (breast), Joe Kiel (fly), and Bryce Lukacsko (free) each added individual victories in their specialties. Ryan's back time claims the 4th spot in the BHS all-time swims, Joe's fly is the 3rd fastest ever, and Bryce's 50 free puts him in the #9 spot. Matt Snyder put on a show as he won the IM with the 2nd fastest time in BHS history and then posted the 4th fastest time in winning the 500 with another MOC qualifying time. After a (very) short rest, Matt anchored the 200 free relay behind Sean, Joe, and Bryce to qualify the boys' 3rd relay for MOCs with the 4th fastest time at BHS. Adding to the BHS Top 20 list was Ryan's 200 free (#9), Sean's 50 (#10), and Trevor Lukacsko's fly (#13). The boys team remains undefeated at 11-0.


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Michael Green - 11/12/2007

I am not here to defend John Henry Faulk's position on anything, but to ask whether Mr. Radosh thinks that if Mr. Faulk had the positions he attributes to him, he should have been blacklisted. I ask because Mr. Faulk was blacklisted for his past actions, but did the TV show he had at the time promote communism? And can or would Mr. Radosh deny the truth in Mr. Faulk's statement that if his accusers had nothing on him, they would still make something up? Because it seems self-evident that those who created the blacklist had as much interest in truth as I do in tiddlywinks--meaning none.


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Folklorist, humorist, lecturer, and civil rights activist John Henry Faulk (1913-1990) was born to parents Henry and Martha (Miner) in Austin, Texas. A protégé of J. Frank Dobie, Walter Prescott Webb, and Roy Bedichek, Faulk graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where he later taught English. For his master's thesis, he analyzed ten African American sermons, and his research greatly impacted his thinking on civil liberties. Aided by his friend and fellow folklorist Alan Lomax, Faulk entered the entertainment industry in 1946, hosting various radio shows for WCBS in New York City. In 1957, the right-wing organization AWARE, Inc., blacklisted Faulk for alleged communist associations and sympathies. Subsequently, he filed and won a libel suit against the company and anti-communist activists Vincent Hartnett and Laurence A. Johnson. In 1963, Faulk published a memoir of his blacklisting experience entitled Fear on Trial, which in 1975 CBS dramatized, starring William Devane as Faulk and George C. Scott as his attorney Louis Nizer. Despite being vindicated by the jury, Faulk was unable to gain meaningful employment in the entertainment industry until 1975, when he joined the cast of Hee-Haw. He wrote and produced two one-man plays, Deep in the Heart (1986) and Pear Orchard, Texas (1988), to highlight humanity's best and worst traits.

Beginning in the 1970s, Faulk lectured extensively about civil liberties on college and university campuses. Campaigning on his passion for the U.S. Constitution, the environment, and the common man, he unsuccessfully ran against Phil Gramm for a U.S. House of Representatives in Texas in 1983. Faulk married his former student Harriet "Hally" Wood in 1940. The couple had one daughter, Cynthia, before divorcing. In 1948, he married Lynne Smith, with whom he had three children: Evelyn, Johanna, and Frank Dobie. After divorcing Lynne, Faulk married Elizabeth "Liz" Peake in 1965 and they had one child, John Henry "Johan" III. He was close friends with Austin television and radio broadcaster, Richard "Cactus" Pryor, and was a mentor to journalist and activist, Molly Ivins. Faulk died of cancer in 1990.

Foshee, Page S. "Faulk, John Henry." Handbook of Texas Online, accessed January 20, 2012. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/ffa36.

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The John Henry Faulk Oral History Collection, 1990, contains oral history interviews of family and friends of John Henry Faulk conducted by Barbara S. Griffith and Sheree Scarborough for the Center for American History (now the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History) in 1990. The collection includes taped oral history interviews and interview transcripts. Persons interviewed include Texana Faulk Conn, Molly Ivins, Mary Faulk Koock, Karen Kuykendall, Ann Faulk McAffee, Kaye Northcott, and Jan Patterson.


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Ignorant, in the sense
she ate monotonous food
and thought the world was flat,
and pagan, in the sense
she knew the things that moved
at night were neither dogs nor cats
but púcas and darkfaced men,
she nevertheless had fierce pride.
But sentenced in the end
to eat thin diminishing porridge
in a stone-cold kitchen
she clenched her brittle hands
around a world
she could not understand.
I loved her from the day she died.
She was a summer dance at the crossroads.
She was a card game where a nose was broken.
She was a song that nobody sings.
She was a house ransacked by soldiers.
She was a language seldom spoken.
She was a child’s purse, full of useless things.

© 1975, The Estate of Michael Hartnett
From: Collected Poems.Publisher: The Gallery Press, Oldcastle, 2001.

Author’s Notes:

Púcas: This was the Irish (Gaelic) term for pookas, hobgoblins, fairies. In the Irish language a man of African descent is described as a fear ghoirm, a “blue man”. In Irish, “an fear dubh” (“the black man”) exclusively denotes the devil, therefore, the reference to “darkfaced men” in this poem does not have any racial connotations!

A wake was a social gathering associated with death, usually held before a funeral. Traditionally, a wake took place in the house of the deceased with the body present.

In 1965 Michael Hartnett was in Morocco when his grandmother, Bridget Halpin, died at the age of 80. Hartnett had spent his formative years in Halpin’s simple, meagre cottage in Camas soaking up the stories and folklore of the area as she entertained her cronies in the mid to late 1940’s. She had a great array of Irish words in her vocabulary, many related to the animals of the countryside and life on the farm, although she and the family didn’t use Irish in everyday conversation. Nevertheless, her knowledge of Irish had an immense influence on the young Hartnett, who would go on to became as fluent in Irish as he was in English.

Camas is a hugely important place for Hartnett. It was there that his poetic gift was first recognised and cultivated, particularly by his grandmother. His first ever published poem was called ‘Camas Road’ and was published in The Limerick Weekly Echo on 18 th June 1955. Hartnett was thirteen. This present poem, ‘Death of an Irishwoman’, is his effort at an apology for not being there at her funeral – ‘I loved her from the day she died’.

Hartnett returned to his West Limerick roots in the mid-1970’s having made his famous declaration from the stage of the Peacock Theatre at an event organised by Goldsmith Press on June 4th, 1974. At that event, Hartnett informed the audience of his resolution to cease writing in English, stating that his “road towards Gaelic” had “been long and haphazard” and until then “a road travelled without purpose”. He reassured his audience that he had realised and come to terms with his identity while acknowledging that his “going into Gaelic simplified things” for him and provided answers which some considered to be naive but at least gave him “somewhere to stand”. Rediscovering and reinventing himself and the long forgotten echoes of his Gaelic past was a central project for Hartnett during those years in the 1970’s. Bridget Halpin played a significant role in this process.

Bridget Halpin is a symbol for all that was lost in the traumatic early years of the Twentieth Century in Ireland. In Hartnett’s view one of the many precious things which was lost, ignored, and abandoned was the Irish language itself and so the poem can be read as a post-colonial lament. According to Census returns for Camas in 1911, Bridget Halpin was 26, living with her husband Michael, ten years her elder. This would mean she was born in 1885, a time of cultural revival, coinciding with the founding of the Gaelic League and the Gaelic Athletic Association. Hartnett always considered her to be a woman ‘out of her time’. She never came to terms with the New Ireland of the 1920’s, 1930’s, and though her life spanned two centuries she was, in his eyes, still living in the past, ‘Television, radio, electricity were beyond her ken entirely’ (Walsh 13). To her, ‘the world was flat / and pagan’, and in the end,

she clenched her brittle hands
around a world
she could not understand.

There is a strong sense of regret for a lost generation in this poem and this is particularly in evidence in the poignancy of the line:

I loved her from the day she died.

What follows is a masterclass of poetic skill, the poet cherishes the memory of his lost muse with an epitaph made up exclusively of metaphors:

She was a summer dance at the crossroads.
She was a card game where a nose was broken.
She was a song that nobody sings.
She was a house ransacked by soldiers.
She was a language seldom spoken.
She was a child’s purse, full of useless things.

These metaphors conjure up an almost forgotten rural idyll: dances at the crossroads on summer evenings, the hustle and bustle of the rambling house with its card games and music sessions, slow airs and sean nós singing, sets and half-sets. Hartnett also veers into the political sphere with reference to The Black and Tans and the fraught Irish language question, which he sees as having been abandoned and neglected by successive governments since the foundation of the State, ‘Our government’s attitude is hostile and apathetic by turns’ (Walsh 126). His final metaphor:

She was a child’s purse, full of useless things.

captures the futility and frustration felt both by his grandmother and the poet himself at the relentless pace of change. Safia Moore, in her excellent blog, Top of the Tent, says of this metaphor that it encapsulates the notion of his grandmother as ‘being out of step with the utilitarian, modern world’.

In effect, Hartnett is not only writing the epitaph for his grandmother but for a unique and precious culture which he sees drifting towards oblivion through neglect. During these years in Newcastle West and in his cottage in nearby Glendarragh, Templeglantine, Hartnett wrote many such epitaphs for local people and their dying country crafts. This is a facet of Hartnett’s work which began with his grandmother, Mrs Halpin. (See Epitaph for John Kelly, Blacksmith as one example of this). Therefore, in a way, not only is Hartnett lamenting the death of Mrs Halpin here but also, like Heaney in many of his poems, he is lamenting the loss of ancient crafts and customs which, with the progress of time, have become redundant. He has returned home to find things falling apart and that Time has thinned the ranks of the stalwarts of the town. His local poetry, in particular, takes on a nostalgic retrospection and features poems about those who have died, such as ‘Maiden Street Wake’, where he describes one such wake:

We shuffled round and waited.
Our respects were paid.
And then we ate soft biscuits
and drank lemonade.

This period in his life is, therefore, best depicted as a period of intense creativity and a series of well-documented farewells, best characterised by this poignant line from the ‘Maiden Street Ballad’ where he ruefully declares:

old Maiden Street went to the graveyard.

Author’s Note: Students of Hartnett and aspiring academics will readily verify that Harnett, whether deliberately or mischievously, was a master of misinformation. The Youtube clip above is a perfect example of this. As he begins to introduce the poem, ‘Death of an Irishwoman’ he states that his grandmother, Bridget Halpin was born in 1870 when, in fact, we know through Census returns for 1911 that she was born in 1885. He also says that she was 93 when she died when, in fact, if the Census returns are to believed, she was a mere 80!

Further Reading

You might like to have a read of a more detailed exploration of Bridget Halpin’s obvious influence on her grandson, Michael Hartnett, here.

Bibliography

‘A Necklace of Wrens’ (Film). Harvest Films. 1999

Walsh, Pat. A Rebel Act: Michael Hartnett’s Farewell to English, Cork: Mercier Press, 2012


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