Be Prepared for the 21st Century

1955-1956

Amazing Eagle Scout Buddy Madigan: (from a 1956 newspaper article): "Many obstacles stood in the path of Arnold "Buddy" Madigan, 17, in his quest for the Eagle Scout award. To qualify for the work, he had to pass such tests as life-saving, swimming and various athletic events. The tests were difficult for all boys, but Buddy had an additional handicapped - he had only one arm. Encouragement and determination to overcome his handicap led to his final goal last Sunday. At a Court of Awards held for Troop 37 at St. John the Evangelist Parish, Rochester, Buddy was presented the scouting's highest award by Harold Ecker, former scoutmaster, Jack Genthner, Scoutmaster, presided. A senior at Aquinas Institute, Buddy is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Madigan. Buddy is believed to be the first boy in Rochester who has a serious physical handicap to received the Eagle award."

Bud Madigan graduated from Aquinas went on to Princeton (recommended to him by Tiger Alum Lou Langie Jr.), and law school.  He worked in energy and natural resources law for many years in the West, and is retired in Evergreen, Colorado.  He reports to us he took up skiing in his 40's, and volunteers extensively these days with a program working with disabled skiers.

Bud Madigan's letter: In 1997, in celebration of the Troop's 50th Anniversary, Bud Madigan wrote us a letter with his memories of the early days of the troop:

May 8, 1997: How great to learn of the Troop 37 reunion! If I didn’t have a conflict, I’d be there. I hope this letter will contribute to your efforts.

I joined 37 in 1949 or 1950. The first scoutmaster I remember was Gene Sage.
Junior/Senior Leaders were Jack Dailor and Al Hasselwander (“Meathead”). They were the great leaders in the early days of the troop.

About a year after I joined, Lou Langie, Jr. (“Louie”) and his old scouting buddies from
Tayhouse came in to help Gene, Jack and Al. In that fine group were Don Robb, Ed Rummler, Gene Myler and others. We had a wonderful group of Senior Leaders in addition to the Tayhouse bunch: Walt May (“Uncle Walter”), Bob Brauch, Harold Ecker, Jim Vosteen, Jack Vassalo, Dick Callon (“Camp Chief”), Jack Guenther, Ed Talmadge, to name the ones I remember. The Committee was headed up by Don Corbett, Sr., a prominent Rochester attorney.

When I became a patrol leader, my patrol was the Eagle Patrol, and included Jim Dunn,
Fred Wright, Roger Steppenback (sp.?), Victor Caroll and others. We got be such a big patrol we had to split it into two patrols. I took all the “scorchers” with me (being one myself).

Junior Leaders at that time were Walt Huurman, Dave Doyle, Don Corbett, Jr., John
Guarino and Jim Conorton. They were about two years older than my age group (still are). I lived at 21 Indiana St.; and Walt Huurman lived behind us at 46 Ohio St. My wife, Sandy, and I see Walt and his wife, Lindsay, from time to time; and we always reminisce about 37 and the guys. He is an orthopaedic surgeon and lives in Omaha, where we lived for a time. His brother Kevin lives here in Evergreen.

My group of Junior Leaders included Carl Talmadge, Dick Corbett (“Amanda”), Tom
Hoffman, Mike Wade and Tom Ecker. We all served as SPL and JASM. Tom Hoffman won a contest to design a special troop badge - is it still in use?

Before the market dropped out of it, we used to make a lot of money on highly organized paper drives. Langie Fuel Service trucks would pick up at the curb and truck the cargo to Lawless Paper trailer trucks. (The best job was riding in the trucks). The patrol collecting the most paper was treated to huge banana splits at The Scoop (Main and Winton).

We used to go weekend camping at Camp Cutler and Mendon Ponds. One winter, we
hiked all the way to Mendon Ponds and cooked a tinfoil dinner in the snow. (Dailor was
ambitious). My first Summer camp was at Eagle Island, on Sodus Bay. Louie’s favorite song was, “We were sailing along on Sodus Bay. George’s boat was overloaded - we came to stay”.

We loved our campfires - the songs, skits and stories. Louie introduced us to Robert W. Service (“The Cremation of Sam Magee”). I can still recite it by heart, but not as well as he did.

We went to Massawepie the first year it opened. We were in heaven. What a place! We
went every year. One year we took so many guys we went as two troops - 37 Blue and 37 White.

Another year, under Harold Ecker’s leadership, we built a campsite entrance arch out of logs, using a bit and brace. One year I was in charge as SPL. What a job! I was exhausted by the end.

Younger brothers of my contemporaries included John Talmadge (“Elmer Fudge”),
Dave Hoffman, Tim Talmadge, Dave Corbett, Ben Madigan and Joe Madigan. Other younger notables included Jerry Carr.

Louie was the driving force during those years. We had tremendous spirit and
pride - troop song, troop cheer, rolled neckerchiefs - all setting us apart. We learned the meaning of leadership by example.

Louie and others took a real interest in our futures. We all had jobs at Langie Fuel
Service. We took the practice SAT. We had counseling for college admissions.
Finally got my Eagle my last year of high school. Still treasure it. Brings me to some
serious thoughts: Before all the pop psychology was as much in vogue as it is today, our senior leaders seemed to know that their positive vision of what we could become - communicated to us - could influence how we thought about ourselves and how we turned out. “We don’t know what you are going to do; but we know you’ll do something great”, was one of the thoughts often expressed. To a kid trying to get it all together, it has a tremendous impact. I can tell you, with absolutely no reservation, that the single most positive influence on my young life was 37 and its dedicated (and patient) adult leaders. How can we ever thank them enough?

As for personal information, I am an attorney, practicing business law in Denver. Sandy
and I live in the foothills west of Denver. We love it here and enjoy having people call or stop in when they are out this way. Sandy rides horseback. I love to ski. We enjoy hiking and fly fishing together. We have five children and five grandchildren. Sandy is Executive Director of Evergreen Christian Outreach, a local food bank and assistance agency supported by local churches.

I wish you and your colleagues the very best. This reunion is a very special time. I wish I could be with you. “Though they’ve scattered through the years, old friends will gather near, with nothing but the kindest words to say . . .” Sincerely, Bud Madigan