I am very disappointed that my friend and classmate Harry Rothgerber didn’t recognize one of the more popular off-campus groups at Bellarmine-Ursuline while I was there [“When Dormies and Day Hops Made the Scene,” fall 2018]. Our social/athletic group, called the “Its” (mainly because we couldn’t think of another name), was initially made up of mostly St. Stephen Martyr/St. X grads. We added a few members from Flaget and Bishop David and even one from E’town and, I think, Indianapolis. At one time we probably had 45-50 members. We rented a house at 110 Hite Avenue for most of our time at BU. We had a bar that we had acquired from The Office Lounge in Mid-City Mall when they remodeled. We sold beer for 25 cents through an old Pepsi machine. We also had a camp on the Indiana side of the river for one, maybe two, summers, until it mysteriously burned down. We always thought the owner might have had something to do with that. We had a mediocre at best intramural flag football team. One of our members, a former quarterback at Flaget, decided to play with the Farm, rather than us. I think I still hold the record for the most interceptions in a BU flag football game. Intramural basketball was our claim to fame. We had our sights on the intramural championship until Coach Ed Weber kicked us out of the year-end tournament when our coach made obscene comments to the officials. It is apparent that we were not quite as “visible” as the Podiceps or FYB, but I doubt seriously that they had any more fun than we did!
Don Reiss ’69