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 The Gang Gathers

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Members of 1st Street Gang: (l-r) Bottom row: Greg Mahalich, Scott Johnson, Dave Williams, Carrey Bohn. Middle: Tom MacNamara, Bill Sorteberg, John Kephart. Back: Mike Forsyth, Bob Pratt, Rick Lewellyn, Steve Hamm.
1st Street Gang
Holds Reunion in Duluth Aug 28-30

The 1st Street Gang, a trailblazing former student organization, is holding a reunion in Duluth from August 28-30. They'll meet at the Pickwick on Friday night and play golf on Satuday. On Saturday, their evening begins with a reception in the "First Street Gang" room in the Labovitz School of Business and Economics and continues with a banquet in the UMD Ballroom.

The 1st Gang was formed by a group of 18 UMD students in 1970 as an informal sports organization. The name originated from the address of the house in which the founders lived, 502 East 1st Street. At that time, if you wanted to play intramural sports you had to join a fraternity but the 1st St. Gang challenged the situation. They brought women in as equal partners in the organization and by their second year they had became the largest 'school recognized' organization on campus. Over the years, the Gang grew to include well over 200 participants. Children of some original members of the group have attended UMD and revived the Gang, although it never achieved its earlier size and status.

Recently the 1st Street Gang made another contrbution to UMD. Through the combined contributions of many 1st Street Gang members, the Labovitz School of Business and Economics gave them naming rights to a seminar room — the very first room seen on entering the building. The Gang also sponsors the Geoff Spencer scholarship, an endowed fund.

Reunion Events Aug 28-30

Aug 28, Friday, beginning at 6 p.m.: The group gathers at the Pickwick Restaurant

Aug 29, Saturday, 10 a.m.: Golf at Lester Park

Aug 29, Saturday, 5 p.m.: Reception and dedication in the First Street Gang Seminar Room in the Labovitz School of Business and Economics building

Aug 29, Saturday, 6 p.m.: Banquet in the UMD Ballroom includes the premiere of 1st Street Gang: The Way We Were. (Face Productions), a raffle and live music.

CANAL PARK HOTEL RESERVATIONS: Ask for the UMD Alumni rate at Inn on Lake Superior, Hampton Suites and the Comfort Suites.

For reservations and more info, contact, 763-753-1838.

About the Seminar Room and the Scholarship
1st Street Gang History
1st St. Gang Newsletter January 2009

Written byCheryl Reitan

UMD home page editor, Cheryl Reitan,
NEW RELEASES, UMD media contact, Susan Latto,, 218-726-8830

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