Greetings Friends :)
When my high school basketball coach contacted me about gathering imagery of NY Yankee great Bernie Williams‘ visit to Notre Dame High School in Utica, NY I thought…now there’s something you don’t do everyday. I have had a few chances to work with Bernie in the past, but having him come to my old high school?!?! C’mon…no brainer. I’M IN!!!
Back in the day Bernie was the sh*t! Center fielder for the NY Yankees, 5-time All-Star, 4-time World Series Champion, 4-time Golden Glove winner, ALCS MVP…on and on. …and the dude plays a MEAN jazz guitar?!?! AND he made a few of the ladies in attendance scream like it was 1964 and the Beatles had just walked into the room! AND he is one of the most genuinely kind and level headed people I have met in his position. Damn you Bernie Williams! Damn you!
It was surreal to be back in that building equipped with eyes that have taken a lifetime to develop and a childhood hero by my side. Thank you to all who made this possible. The short list includes Jim Jones of NDHS, Mike Macchione Sr and Steve Fortunato or Fortch Unlimited.
Here are a few of the memories that I walked away with that day. …starting with a jaunt down the halls of my old high school:
NY Yankee Bernie Williams : Notre Dame High School : Utica, NY
The firey young spirit is a lifetime NY Yankee fan at the ripe age of 102. Can you believe that?? Her first question to Bernie was “So are you married?!?”. Too funny!
Here’s one from the archive that I thought fitting to share w y’all. It’s from a Fundraiser that I covered in NYC last year for The Jorge Posada Foundation. Bernie was performing with the great Jon Secada. I showed this image to Bernie while I was with him @ Notre Dame and he says: “Whoa man, that’s really nice. Would you be willing to send that to me??” Not at all Mr. Williams…not at all ;-)
…and finally. Bernie and t. Big thanks to Mr. Michael Hanlon of Hanlon Weddings for helping out. I hope the O’Scugnizzo’s pizza was enough pay for ya brother!
Yep…pretty awesome day :)
That just about wraps up this installment of visual:ramblings my dear friends. Thank you for your presence…I appreciate the company. Back soon with more refreshing perspectives. Till then, ramble on ramblers!
t (tomas flint photographer)