Adopted from Moscow
Came home to the U.S. 5/12/07
All of these pictures are from
her first 6 months with us...
Clips from the Malinowski South
by Joe Ricards
in the thriving
||Jolie Elizabeth (born 2/11/02)
Alyson Victoria (born 4/26/05) -
adopted from Moscow. Her first day in the United States was,
appropriately, Mothers' Day, 5/12/08.
Electrical Engineering from Drexel University, graduated 1991.
||General Supervisor of the First
Energy/Met-Ed area Substation Technical Operations department (formerly GPU Energy,
which was formerly Metropolitan Edison/Penelec, which was formerly
- The infamous bowling teams (Sally, Kathy, Audrey,
- The class trip
- Dungeon & Dragons (Brendan, Jason, Darren, Jim
- Hiking around Neversink Mountain (Brendan, Jason,
- R&R Games and my reign of supremacy (Gorf!)
- Wiffle Ball in Jimmy's back-yard
- The B's Duet (Darren - and of course the back-up
B's Christine, Stephanie and Suzanna)
- Traveling to lunch in "The 'Nad" (with
Sean, Jim and Bill)
- Joe Gallagher making me laugh
- Getting thrown out of Mrs. Del Signore's computer
- Self-Taught Computer Class with Darren
- Ultimate Frisbee (with Brendan)
- Mr. Fegely's Stats class
- The Brain Trust (Steve, Brendan, Jason, Darren)
- Mr. Dengler telling me that I was "Anass"
- Talking about music with Eric Delewski (Peter
- Playing Coleco Vision and Gazupie Software games
like Pociss Football and Song Titles with Brett Bowers and Brendan
- Winning "Most Talented" (I then spent the
last 15 years trying to figure out what it was that I was so
talented at doing)
- Mr. Ranck's science classes
- Mapping out the sewers with Jimmy Quirk
- Randy Boyer and our "Hot Pink Book"
- My "brother" - Brendan Kane
Since High School:
beautiful girl named Beverly who I met through video dating! Traveled to
Maui for two weeks on our honeymoon.
Was struck by lightning in 1995 and survived without injury (not
Work has sent me to many hot-spots such as Milwaukee, Akron, Rome
(Georgia, not Italy!), Raleigh, St. Louis and Fort Lauderdale.
Played Softball with Randy Boyer, Darren Max and Jeff Petersen (and
Butch Miller '87) every year from 1990 thru 2000.
I have also played Volleyball on a semi-regular basis.
Have traveled to Cooperstown every summer since 1990 for the baseball
Hall-of-Fame induction ceremonies - one year I ate breakfast with Earl
Weaver, another I met Tony Danza and ate dinner with the Lasorda party
which included Rollie Masimino, Rick Fratello and of course all of the
Spent a week-end in Toronto to see four straight Blue Jays games.
Once went to Boston for a weekend and saw the Red Sox play all 3 days I
was there. And on one of our trips to Cooperstown we took a detour
to Montreal to see the Phillies play the Expos.
Went to Daytona, Orlando and St. Petersburg for Spring Break my senior
year at Drexel.
Medical Incidents: Had surgery to fix a deviated septum as a result of a
high school "A-field" football injury, had three wisdom teeth
pulled, and passed a few Kidney Stones. My family doctor thought I
had Lymphoma in the Fall of 2003, but the illness turned out to be some
sort of virus that just mysteriously went away after a month of fever,
chills, exhaustion and swollen glands on my neck. (All tests came
back negative - even the test for Mono which is what I was sure I had.)
Learned how to golf and how to ski (not at the same time.)
Almost went sky-diving.
Vacationed in Ocean City, NJ in the summer of 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. That
trip in 2003 was the first
time that Jolie saw the ocean.
HERE to see the 2003 pictures,
CLICK HERE to see the 2004 pictures,
to see the 2005 pictures.
We took Jolie to Orlando (Disney) for the first
time in the Fall of 2004 (CLICK
HERE for those pictures), and were back again in 2006 with
all of Bev's family (CLICK
HERE for pictures). This time we hit Universal Studios, Sea World
and went back to Animal Kingdom for the 2nd time.
Vacationed in Charleston/Hilton Head/Savannah (May of 2001)
Vacationed in Arizona (Sedona, Flagstaff & the Grand Canyon)
Vacationed in Florida (Disney World, Fort Lauderdale)
Vacationed in Virginia (Virginia Beach, Williamsburg)
Vacationed in Niagara Falls and Toronto
Vacationed in Europe (London, Brussels, Switzerland and Paris)
Vacationed in San Diego
Vacationed in Ocean City, NJ
...and, of course, beautiful Maui on our honeymoon
My CD collection has grown to about 600 (favorite bands - Ben Folds,
Barenaked Ladies, Dada, Sun Sawed in Half, Eddie from Ohio, The Wonder
Stuff, Jellyfish, Cowboy Mouth, Belly, The Beautiful South, The
Housemartins, Mr. Hand the 80's Band, Tori Amos, Guster, Too Much Joy,
Carbon Leaf, Captain Tractor, Moxy Fruvous, Great Big Sea, Extreme,
Marillion, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Big Country, Emmit Swimming, Jason
Falkner, Judybats, The Levellers, Queen, R.E.M., Valensia, Rush,
Something Happens, Squeeze, Tesla, 10000 Maniacs, Rush, Roger Waters,
Peter Gabriel, Fluid Ounces, Dar Williams, Trans Siberian Orchestra,
Aselin Debison, Better than Ezra, Billy Squier, Butch Walker, Collective
Soul, Genesis, Heather Nova, Roger Hodgson, The Connells, Yes)
I bowled for Drexel in college. I've had three 279 games and a 290 - never
got that elusive 300 game. I have not bowled since 1996 and
probably never will again.
And of course, the most exciting thing I've done is gained some weight
(but still not enough), got a real hair-cut, grew myself a go-tee and
threw out my weekly rotation of Led Zeppelin concert shirts.
Wintergreen, Virginia for our 20th or 25th reunion!
Class of 1986
Picture colorized by Joe Ricards, 2005
Chris Malinowski, the male
senior of the issue, is the vice-president of the Science Club. He says
his main duty is to take over should the president be assassinated. He
is also president of the Chris Malinowski Fan Club which was organized
in 1982 in honor of himself.
Chris has participated in bowling in his five years at.
Mount Penn. He was placed on the All-Berks team this year for his 196
average. He has received a lot of recognition and hopes to be awarded
MVP for bowling for the second year in a row. Chris played baseball in
9th and 10th grades but says he was forced to retire in 12th grade when
his parents decided that dollar bills were more important than base
You can now find Chris working everyday in Boscovís
Garden Center which leaves him no spare time. He says that if he had any
spare time he might listen to some good music like Peter Gabriel or Nick
Kershaw or he would maybe just sit around and burn pictures of Simon
Chris enjoys being with his friends, being neat, and
just plain being.
After this year, Chris will be attending Drexel
University where he plans to study Computer Science/Electrical
|Chris Mal Notes:
|Randy Boyer and Butch Miller ('87)
were in my wedding party, Randy's wife Colleen read the scripture, and
Darren Max was a driver.
If you want to see something funny, find the 1985 yearbook and look at
the picture in the lower right hand corner of page 69.
Frank Orlando's brother, Gerry, works with me at First Energy, and plays
in one of the Rotisserie
baseball leagues that I'm in.
Mr. Cox, the Guidance Counselor, used to tell me that I was "Hot
Potatoes" which used to make me feel pretty special until I found
out that he told everyone that they were "Hot Potatoes."
After finishing in the Top 10 in the Annual High School bowling
tournament in 11th grade, the next day when it was announced during home
room the person doing the announcements said my name as "Chip
Malinowski." The name stuck and for two more years my name became
"Chip"... along with a host of other flattering names such as
"Erectster", "Malacazinski", and "Malacowpie."
It's the 1984 yearbook, so I guess it should scare me, but WOW,
if any of you still have a copy: (1) Look at page 5, who is that guy and
how did he sneak into our school and did he kill anyone? (2) Page 6...
three things - Nice hair, nice car and I think you can see through that
bathing suit, (3) Page 10, Tom's hat is mysteriously
floating next to him, isn't it?
In my "Senior Memories" (see below), I make mention of
"Super Yipper." I'd like to confess at this time after
all of these years that
"Super Yipper" was the name of my penis.
Jim Quirk reminded me that there was a time when I got a dart board for
our basement, and as inspiration for more accuracy, I stapled a
wallet-sized picture of my sister on the bulls-eye. Hahahaha.
Speaking of Jim Quirk, we got together for
lunch in October of 2006. We were 17 when we last saw each other
as we walked off the stage at graduation. 20 years later we were
eating together at Applebees.
In 2003, Darren Max and his wife Deb, Randy Boyer and his wife Colleen,
and our friends Carter and Kirsten Cheskey, began getting together every
month or two to eat dinner, have a party at someone's house, and/or
generally do something fun. In August 2003 we ate at
Cherry - awesome place! Highly recommended. We have also
eaten at Viva
Good Life Bistro and Lounge which I have to say is also
highly recommended. Other events have
Tierney Sutton at JazzFest, and "Defending the Caveman" at the
Sovereign Performing Arts Center. We once played "Sardines" at
our house. Sardines is the greatest party game off all-time.
You turn out all of the lights in the house, and one person hides.
Everyone else tries to find that person in the pitch-black house, but
when you find him or her, you hide with them...until the last person
finds the mass of people huddled in a dark corner or closet or bathtub
or shower trying not to laugh.
Brendan Kane and I went to see Ben Folds at the TLA in Philly in 2002.
Brendan, Sandy and our families have been getting together a few times
each year. On 11/01/03, we took the kids to the Oley Turnpike Dairy
for fun in the hay, the hay-ride and the petting zoo, not to mention fine
dining cuisine such as Corn Fritters.
Julie (Hyman) Singer and
I, and our families attended a Ph.D. party in on 5/29/04 in honor of
Brendan Kane who graduated from Princeton and will be on his way to
teach at Norte Dame starting in August. There was a moonbounce at
the party, and at one point Julie and I were in there with the kids. In
1986 we walked off a stage with our diplomas, and 18 years later there
we were in a moonbounce in Narberth. (I took some pictures at the
event which you can see if you
Over Thanksgiving of 2005, Brendan, Sandy,
their kids, Bev, Jolie and I met at Julie (Hyman) Singer's house for
There is a full page picture of me on Page 134 of the senior yearbook, but
my face is covered by the "Marty's Amoco" logo. Damn Marty! In
my yearbook, that page is also covered by a full page high school summary
written by Jimmy Quirk. Hey, write on your own face! Just
kidding. This is what he wrote: "Christian John Matthew
Malinowski I, since most people don't sign their own yearbook, I thought I
would sign it near your picture. Since you covered our life together
from birth to present, I thought I would bring up just a few things: D&D
over the phone, James the Conqueror XV, the trip to the Poconos where the
kid was throwing rocks, "the time now is", all our wiffle ball games -
from my back yard to Levine's, 1-on-1 football with Mike Green, rock
fights, Tigger and the baseball bat, bean pod racing, sewer exploring,
adventures in the mountains, the fish pond, pool tourneys and medals, the
infamous WXYZ tape (too bad it's gone), Atari football tournaments (when I
joystick into the TV and your dad got mad), lunches at
McDonald's, Wendy's, Italian Gardens, Taco Casa (two tacos to go), R&R
games, your killer cat, your dead cat, your funny mom, your sister's big
feet, falling asleep while listening to Led Zeppelin, Coleco Vision
football/baseball. There are many other times, I just can't remember
but had to have been great ... Well that is about all I can think of and
my hand is about to fall off. Later. James Leo Peter Quirk
In January 2004, Bev and I set up a fish tank. We got the idea
just because my Dad put a couple goldfish in a little goldfish bowl in
their Rec-room, and every time Jolie would step foot in their house
she'd run to the basement door and say "Fish...fish!" So we
thought, "Let's get some goldfish." Next
thing you know I'm buying this tank with multiple filters and filling it
with exotic fish. Why can I never keep things simple (ex. see this
Then the idea of an even bigger tank...
Then the idea of live plants... Then the idea of very exotic tropical
fish. So after months of preparation, I finally got the
masterpiece set up in July 2004, as shown in the pictures below.
(Those white streaks you see in the background of the tank picture are
actually just bubbles from the "bubble wall". I should have turned
that off for the photo. It looks cool in person, but just looks
like a blur in the picture of the tank.) In October 2006 I started setting up my
first SALTWATER tank in our basement.
In March 2004, fellow MPHS graduate Allison
Poole gave my Mom a mammogram. Small world! :o)
6/06/04, I stumbled upon the
School District website. Definitely check it out - it's
extremely impressive, very well done. It looks like I was born
about 20 years too soon. When we were in school, we were learning
"Basic" programming. Today they have "Web Design Class."
Cool. There are still a few teachers at the school from our
days...Mr. Choyka, Mr. and Mrs. Minter, Mrs. Starr, Mr.
Messner, and Mrs. Ettele. Also,
Jason Miller's little sister, JoDeen
teaches Special Education. I sent an email to Mr. Spatz asking if
she could tell me who I might talk to about getting my hands on the high
school newsletters, middle school yearbooks or elementary school
pictures in the unlikely event that any of that might still exist in an
archive somewhere. She was nice enough to forward my email to the
rest of the faculty and I did get a response from one of the teachers
who said that he has all of the 1982-86 newsletters which he got from
I got a surprise e-mail from Mrs. Spatz in 1997. She was working at GPU
for one summer as a temporary, heard someone mention my name, figured it
had to be me, and sent me an e-mail. We later had lunch together.
Mrs. Spatz update: In May 2004 she
chaperoned the Computer team trip to the American Computer Science
League all-star contest in Chicago. Mt. Penn finished 8th in the
world! Not bad, huh! ... She started a new activity last year call
"Mock Trial Team." 2004 was their first official year, and they
ended up finishing 2nd to Wilson before a packed courtroom on Law Day
... She hosted an exchange student from Venezuela this year too ... Her
daughter is living in Portland, Maine and is an administrator for the
Children's Museum of Maine ... On 12/22/04, I received an
email from her. One of the last remaining teachers still there
from the day we graduated is leaving the school district: "I have
some Antietam news for you. After 31+ years in the classroom, I will be
moving on to a new position at the end of this semester (mid-January
2005). I have accepted the position of Math Supervisor for the West
Chester Area School District. I was not looking for a new job; I was
recommended for this position by a friend. I will be the administrator
for the math program for 10 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 2
high schools with a 3rd under construction (12000 students and 900
teacher). This is an unexpected but very exciting turn in my career. I
told my students with a box of tissues at my side and I still get
emotional with I think that I will no longer be a teacher. At the same
time, I am looking forward to meeting new challenges and having new
opportunities with West Chester."
(Copied directly from the Senior Yearbook):
|My brother -
BK ... B's Duet ... Hot
Pink Book ... Ultimate Frisbee ... Guker ... Write Protectors ... RRTs
with AAA ... Dudeis Gang ...
Peter the Master ... Super Yipper ...
Wiffleball ... Mt. Grateful ... Kaleidoscopes ...
Hand-to-hand phones ... Super Equation Solver Man.
Great Adventure '88
seems to have
an Invisible Touch?
Half of MPHS '86 does
Chris invading Jeff's
One of many pictures
that I subtly
snuck in behind
Prez - Brendan Kane
VP - Chris Malinowski
Tres - Jason Miller
Secretary - Heather Hill
Number of people who
think I'm insane for
taking the time to compile all of this information: