April 29, 2002
My name is Tony Oliveira and I thought I would briefly tell you something about myself and how the FHS1958 Web site started. Iíve resided in the Fairhaven area for all of my life and I have lived in the town of Mattapoisett for the past twenty-nine years with my lovely wife Carol. After working for many years we are now both retired and living the good life doing the things that we enjoy most. Although I didnít graduate with the 1958 Class I wanted to create this Web site for the many friends I've known from Fairhaven High School for all of these years and especially in memory of my dearest friend George W. Bergeron. I also would like to take this opportunity to thank my very good friend Bob Botelho for his time and input that contributed to the making of this site.
You may find this of some interest as to how and why the FHS1958 Web Site started, so Iíd like to fill you in on how the site came about and how I got involved in it.
George and I continued our friendship after high school and he was truly one person that I considered a true friend who I totally enjoyed, admired and highly respected. While visiting George and Sandra one night when they were living in Mattapoisett in nineteen eighty-three, George asked Carol and I to play a new game on his computer called " Pac-Man." I had never touched a computer prior to that but I was gamed. After playing for several hours Carol and I got hooked on playing so I bought the Pac-Man game the very next day. After many late nights of playing we became obsessed with the game to the point that we couldnít wait to get home from work and finish dinner so we could play. It got so bad that we would have Pac-Man parties with George and friends that would go on into the wee hours of the morning.
Well, after a while, I thought that there had to be more to this computer thing then just playing games. Whereas I'm a tickler for keeping records, especially concerning my finances I thought the computer could become a useful tool so I got involved with the computer in a deeper capacity learning more about what made it tick. George was extremely knowledgeable because he worked with computers for a living and he was always there to help me. As the years passed, every time George and I would get together we had a great interest in fooling with our computers and he would teach me things that I didnít know and eventually I would teach him things that he didnít know.
In nineteen eighty-five George and Sandra moved to Florida where George worked as a Computer Programmer for the West Palm Beach School Department then eventually moved up to the position of Program Manager. In the summer of nineteen ninety-eight George and Sandra visited Cape Cod to meet their new grandson and to attend the fortieth class reunion. I picked George and Sandy up at the Airport and they stayed with Carol and I that evening. The next day I took George and Sandy to their daughter Tinaís house on the Cape where he and Sandy were going to spend the week. During that week, one day we all met at Roger's restaurant for breakfast and after breakfast the girls wanted to go shopping so George and I spent the entire day together. We did a little antique hunting in the morning, something that we both enjoyed doing then spent the rest of the day at my house sipping on ice tea and playing with my computer. We had talked then about how nice it would be to have a Web site for the class of fifty-eight and I thought that someday we could work on the project together, sort of a retirement thing in our later years. Well, sadly that was the last time I saw my friend George and I think that inspired me to take on the Web site project. It was always in the back of my mind to do this project so one day after meeting with Bob Botelho, I asked him if I could borrow his yearbook. After working with Bobís yearbook, which was very difficult to do because just about every page had been written on. I then discovered that the Millicent Library had most of the yearbooks on hand in excellent un-touched condition, so I spent a few hours at the Library copying the material that I felt was needed for the site project. I then designed the pages then invited Bob over for coffee one morning to show him what the site looked like. Bob gave his opinion on some changes but overall he liked it and gave his approval, therefore in short the site was published. Basically, this is how the site started and how I got involved in it and may I say that for me it has been a fun project that Iíve totally enjoyed.
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