To the editor,
I was thinking of the Newell Stadium overhaul, and the years-long, hard work by the Gloucester Fishermen Athletic Association that created this wonderful civic gift. I was thinking of how much Dick Wilson and Jonathan Pope and the entire membership of the GFAA deserve our thanks and recognition.
What I mean is:
Thank you for the fun of writing Old Newell,
And bidding a belated, not-so-fond farewell
To rusted grandstands and gull-grime,
To the short oval and miracle times,
To a nautical need for steerage-way
In the backfield, and to home games away.
Thanks for ending our inferiority — with a complex
Built to new, conference-worthy specs:
the new lines and track, the scoreboard, bleachers
And for a richer gift, learning a civic centers
Never place, but people, its varsity team.
Thank you for your passion. Thank you for your dream.
To Pope, and to Wilson — who still has his fastball,
To the GFAA, a tip of the hat! Bless you all!
John J. Ronan