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My name is Don Malatesta, I'm a Catholic University graduate from 1969.
I got a degree, a Bachelor of mechanical engineering and,
during my years here I belonged to the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity here Catholic University.
My name is Linda Malatesta; I'm married to a really great guy
who is an alumni here. My current occupation
is as a bed and breakfast innkeeper in Olympia, Washington. My wife and I run a
bed and breakfast there.
I arrived at Catholic University in the September of 1965.
A lot of things were different then but a lot of things are the same.
It was basically a good place to learn and a good place to enjoy social life.
Part of that social life involved being invited to join a fraternity
where we had a lot of conviviality and a friendship developed among the
So that's one reason why I joined the fraternity.
Today's event is a recreation of
a 1960's fraternity pinning ceremony,
whereby a young lady is invited to the steps at McMahon hall,
a sweetheart song is sung for her, and then
the fraternity member, that would be me, will
put the fraternity pin that belongs to the male fraternity member will put it
on her sweater or shirt.
A sign of in those days it wasvcalled "going steady"
Well I was completely in the dark,
I knew that something was brewing because Don has been really busy
Linda is now at another location that I sent her on some kind of
wild goose chase.
I attended University as an adult student
and so I didn't have the opportunity to participate as young students do.
It's been four and a half years since I've been able to do anything
romantic for my wife Linda because of our commitment at home.
This is a big surprise for her, so it's going to be the first romantic thing that I've been able to do in four and a half years.
I was just serenaded in the most romantic way by Don's fraternity brothers.
What a sweet thing that was.
Don is the sweetest man I have ever known,
and I love him very much, thank you.