My closest friend in High School was Jimmy Goldenberg. The last time we spoke was right after I had triple by-pass heart surgery in 1988. He called to see how I was doing and it was then that I learned he had cancer that had started as back pain. I'm not sure the year he died, but I think it was not long after we spoke, around 1989.
My fondest High School memory of Jim was his making the football team as a back-up linebacker. After sitting on the bench most of the time, he finally got in a game and intercepted a pass from his middle linebacker position. It was the thrill of a lifetime for him and a moment I'll never forget, watching him catch the ball and return it about 12 yards. I was up on my feet cheering like crazy. Jimmy was survived by his wife and daughter. I think about him often. Steve Cutler