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Kevin Cullen

This loss delivered a lesson they didn’t need

There was a DJ on the stage and Howie McBride was behind the bar at the I-A Friday night. The I-A is the Irish-American Club, but in Malden everybody just calls it the I-A. Malden High, class of 1977, held its 35th reunion there, and people found it was possible to talk about something other than a storm called Sandy.

They are weird and wonderful things, high school reunions. We won’t admit it, but beyond catching up with old friends and people we can't remember, we go to see who looks good, who got old, who got fat, who got bald, who got married, who got divorced. We don’t go there expecting not to see someone, and so it was just downright unreal that Richie Angelo wasn’t at that reunion Friday night.

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