Punahou says goodbye to Marilyn Blaisdell ’48 Ane today. Counted among her many contributions to school (she was recognized with the “O” in Life in 2007) was her steadfast support of Punahou cheerleading and her brainstorming of the Flaming “P”, a school tradition which has been annually celebrated since 1967. You can be sure that the girls pictured below were among the thousands of Punahou students who can thank Mrs. Ane for so greatly enriching their school experience.
Punahou’s “perennial cheerleader” will be sorely missed. Punahou74 extends its sympathies to Neal Ane ’74 and his family for their loss of this special woman.
Sometimes happy memories are found in unexpected places. Sandi Child found this photo wrapped in her old cheerleading uniform, a uniform that she says now fits her daughter!
The picture shows, from left to right, Meahalani Dowsett, Patty Ross, Sandi Child, Mary Jane Markoski and Debbie Rosen.
Sandi dates this picture to the fall of 1969 when she was an eight grade songleader. The picture was taken before a football game at the old Honolulu Stadium that was located at King and Isenberg Streets.
An email inquiry to the girls revealed that this was an important game, perhaps the last of the season. The squad was assigned to the junior varsity football team but, on this occasion, was at the varsity game to cheer alongside the varsity cheerleaders. When asked to comment all agreed on one sure fact: it was a big deal!
Along with the songleaders, the cheerleaders would have been at the game too. Counted in this contingent would have been Babs Miyano, Ann Martin, Kathy Moss, Eleanor Bell, and Gail Gronau.
Given the lei, one can assume that this was no ordinary game. In fact, it was the end of an era. The following year the public schools (McKinley, Farrington, Kalani, Kaimuki and Roosevelt) would leave the Interscholastic League of Honolulu for the Oahu Interscholastic Association. Punahou and ILH football would never be the same again.
Editor’s Note: For the football fans out there who are wondering how the final season game came out there is not much good news. We were playing against Kamehameha and were smashed 47-21. Milton Holt was the Kamehameha quarterback. Of mention on the Punahou team were Jim Lota, Arnold Morgado, and Gary Akina. For the record, the game was played on Friday, November 21, 1969. The Puns went on to play the next week in the first game of the Thanksgiving Day doubleheader where they lost to Farrington in a tight game 20-19.