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The Back Story
For those who are new here the theme of this blog is to record the many anecdotal back stories I encountered while researching the book about Norvel Lee.  If you will scroll down to the last page of the blog and work your way up you can catch up to what preceded this most recent post.

More on the Pinochle Gang

The Pinochle Gang

Soon after the previous post Mike Mehalic's daughters contacted me to confirm that he had received his copy of NORVEL and was looking forward to reading it.   I was touched to know that he was well and that he will be able to share this story with his family.  They also sent me the above image, one that I hadn't seen previously. 


Standing from left to right are Frank Torcisi, Al Maltz, and Mike Mehalic.  Seated are Bill Shook and Norvel Lee.  Mehalic is holding his nephew and, appropriately, what looks to be a playing card.  For four decades these pinochle pals played important roles in each other's social circle and career pursuits. 

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