Jigi’s Fried Egg

When I heard about the boys suspended for “Tebowing” in their High School, I couldn’t help but think back to my sophomore year at Taconic High in Pittsfield, Mass–1975.

There was a boy there everyone called Jigi. 

His signature move was the “fried-egg.”

If you have no idea what that is, imagine a 6-foot tall lanky teenager laying on the floor–flailing his body around, as if he was an egg in a hot frying pan.

To say it was entertaining to the rest of the student body would be an understatement.

There was one more thing Jigi did while horizontal…he made this hysterical sound, similar to that of an electric screw driver running short on torque…wanh–wanh–wanh.

He did it in the hallways.

He did it in the cafeteria.

He did it in the gym.

He did it anywhere he wanted to.

Guess how many times Jigi was suspended?

If you guessed once, you’re too high.

It’s funny how students have always been encouraged to express themselves, either through sports, or the classroom, or debate class, or whatever else, even short-order cooking oneself in the auditorium before a pep-rally.

Now–if a kid makes even the slightest reference to God, or faith, or belief in someone with moral convictions, it’s grounds for suspension.

I don’t know the answer…other than what I’m doing now–voicing my disappointment.

Either way, it’s been over 35 years now–and…it’s never too late to say “thank you.”

Good job Jigi…I’ll take mine over easy.

PS…Thanks also to the Principals…Davis, Matthews and Diamond, for letting us “eat-up” the incredible edible red-headed fried-egg.


One Response to “Jigi’s Fried Egg”

  1. Robbie brassard Says:

    I couldn’t agree more. Thanks for bringing back another great memory.

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