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08/23/07
Last dance?
Filed under: General
Posted by: Joe @ 10:11 am

Dr. Bill Fitzgerald (BCH ‘71) sent me some snapshots from 1973, the year Club Pop House finally closed.  The Beloit Daily News reported that George fought the trend for almost thirty years, but finally decided it was time to get a liquor license for the Club in the fall of 1972.  According to Bill, George would bring out the booze, check I.D.s and keep out the kids on certain weekends after the 18-year old drinking law caused him to lose many of the Pop House alumni to the Dal House and other taverns.


“Bartender George” in 1973.
(Courtesy of Dr. William Fitzgerald)


Other bartenders (or perhaps they were just sneaking a couple of beers for the photographer) were Mike and D.J. Masterson.
(Courtesy of Dr. William Fitzgerald)


(Courtesy of Dr. William Fitzgerald)

Fashion trends in 1973 were quite colorful.  As Bill commented, “Nice pants, girls!”  The band playing at this dance was ”CrossWind.”  (I know that from another snapshot not included here.)  If you were there that night or know about the band, please drop me a line.  Not sure if this was the last dance held at the Pop House.  Another source told me that the last dance featured Dave Major & the Minors.  If anyone can verify that, I’d like to know.


(Courtesy of Dr. William Fitzgerald)

In April of 1973, George sold the business and announced that he was retiring.  This group shot must have been taken after a presentation of the plaque which George is holding.  I see Tom Roehl (standing second from left) and Bruce Rudolph (lower right) in the picture, but I don’t recognize others.  Can you help me out?  Also, do you know what happened to the plaque or what was printed on it?

 

11 Responses to “Last dance?”

  1. Kevin Schmale Says:
    Front: ?, John Mahoney, George, Tom” Bird” Backus, Bruce Rudolph Back: ?, Tom Roehl,?, ?,Art Case, ?, Girl?, Big Al, Bob Stack
  2. Joe Says:
    Thanks, Kevin. I’ll be giving you a call soon. Joe
  3. clark moriarty Says:
    Joe: the guy in front that Kevin didn’t get is Kenny Bailey. Back row is Mike Straite, Tom Rohel, the girls I don’t know, orange shirt and tie is Art ( the 1 iron ) Case, the good looking chick in the white sweater is Phyllis Goodwin (in 1973 was probably married to Ken Bailey the guy in the front row), next to her is the infamous Dick (Big Mac) McDonald, and finally Bob (Roundy or Lead Shoulders as we used to call him) Staack.
  4. dave hernandez Says:
    Joe, next to Ken Bailey is Fred Braun (BCH 1966). The gal is Phyllis Goodwin (BCH 1965)… she was married to Ken.
  5. DJ Masterson Says:
    Joe, I am pretty sure this photo was taken of Past/Present Grillman…………I am the one on Tom Roehl’s left.  Behind me is David Goodwick Class of 72(?).   I believe the one on Art Case’s left is Darwin Utynek, class of ??.   The girl dancing in the third photo is Janie Lancaster, class of 72(?).
  6. DAVE LUEBKE Says:
    FRONT ROW: Ken Bailey, John MALONEY, George, Jim “BIRD” BACHUS, …..GUY WITH THE TIE…ART CASE JR….THE GUY NEXT TO TOMMY ROEHL, HIS LAST NAME IS “Parker.”
  7. Mike Hutchinson Says:
    Back Row - Les “Chub” Helgeson is to the right of Tommy Roehl.
  8. Mike Hutchinson Says:
    Just to clarify - Chub is the first one in the back row — next to Tommy’s right side - not to the right of Tommy as we look at the picture. Mike
  9. Joe Says:
    Got it. Thanks, Mike.
  10. Darsie Lesar Says:
    Just found this website and can confirm that the man behind the girl in the picture is Darwin Utynek. That is my dad and I would notice that hair cut anywhere!
  11. Mike Aldrich Says:
    The big guy is definately Dick MacDonald. I went to school with him. I also worked at the Pophouse from 1958 (off and on) until 1963.