Reverend Vetro & Cousin Brucie
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We ran this photo from our archives last week, asking for help identifying the people in the photo with former assemblyman Vito Lopez (far right).

Two readers, Pauline Ruggiero and Bobby Scheer, recognized the man in the middle of the group as Father Walter Vetro.

Reverend Vetro was the principal of the all-girls Bishop McDonnell High School, which was located at 260 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights.

When Bishop McDonnell High School closed in 1973, the students were folded into Bishop Loughlin High School on Clermont Avenue in Fort Greene, which was previously an all-boys institution.

Bishop McDonnell opened in 1926, and until the 60s was a scholarship institution, meaning it didn't charge any tuition.

According to Ruggiero, Reverend Vetro was named Principal of the Year at one point, and none other than radio personality Bruce Morrow – or Cousin Brucie, as he was known – came to the school to present the award.

Morrow was a disc jockey on AM 770 just as the British Invasion was taking over the airwaves, a fortuitous time to be on one of the largest radio stations on the East Coast. He was the host of the evening, teen-oriented slot and quickly became a household name.

According to Ruggiero, “you can just imagine how excited all the Bishop's girls were the day Cousin Brucie arrived at our school to present the award to our principal!”

We're still looking for information on the other three people in the photo, so if you think you know who they are, drop us a line at polposition@queensledger.com.

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