75 years of Review/Register coverage of youth

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The St. Louis Review and its predecessor, the St. Louis Register, have covered young people and the issues they face in many ways — high school and CYC sports, youth conventions and spiritual gatherings, racial unrest, vocations and even the crowning of queens and riverboat excursions.

The Catholic Youth Council, part of the Catholic Youth Apostolate, has been a resource for young men and women since 1941. The sporting program continues to this day, providing service to more than 75,000 youth and young adults who participate in sports programs. According to the CYC website, the CYC designs its athletics programs to give participants an understanding of God's continuing love for them; cultivate a spirit of trust and concern for others; impart spiritual and moral values; encourage cooperation and team spirit; and more.

The St. Louis Review to this day covers CYC sports, as well as covering youth issues extensively in the Review and bimonthly Catholic St. Louis Magazine. This carries on the tradition of being a resource to young people and their families in St. Louis.

• Issues in March of 1941 included several articles on schools, including one that stated that Christian Brothers College High School has been a fertile nursery for famous men, citing Bishop John J. Hennessy of Wichita and astronomer Father Martin S. Brennan.

• Also in March of 1941, Boy Scout news included mention of the formation of a troop at Father Dunne's Newsboys' Home. Another article urged young men to become thrifty and join a parish credit union. The formation of the Duchesne Club in Columbia, Mo., was highlighted as means of religious and social development of young people.

• A school news column in 1947 detailed homecoming at St. Louis University High School and a lecture on the Mass at Nerinx Hall High School, among other activities. A front-page story quoting a speaker at the National Conference of Catholic Charities stated that boys may become robbers "on account of they feel like nobodies."

• A June 1958 article in the Review reported on views from teens at a Catholic Youth Council gathering at Holy Redeemer Parish on a new "code" for parents of teenagers. The 32-page booklet published by the Archdiocesan Commission on Youth with "Tips for Guidance of Teenagers" was distributed there. Disagreements surfaced on matters of date curfews and whether high school juniors and seniors could see movies rated by the U.S. bishops' film office as "Adults." But in general the teens were satisfied with it and saw it as a good way for them and parents to work out problems together.

National attention was given to the booklet, praised for being based on moral principles and countering the "Everybody Does It" mentality. Requests for copies poured in.

• In 1961, the Review carried an interview with Kathy Goessling, the newly crowned queen of the teenage section of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Youth. The Rosati-Kain High School senior played volleyball and basketball and had a part-time job at a Clayton dime store. Although mathematics, especially in its advanced stages, was not considered a woman's field, the paper reported, Kathy had no qualms about it and relished the idea of pioneering in a predominately male occupation. She noted that the CYC "gives the kids a chance to develop, to learn about leadership and responsibility."

• A report in 1962 noted that 3,973 youth attended the CYC's Camp Don Bosco for Boys, Camp Don Bosco for Girls and Rosary Villa Day Camp.

• In 1967, Catholic Youth Council members showed a strong interest in a panel discussion at their convention on Vietnam and the chances for peace there. Campus unrest was the topic in 1969. Panelists represented the views of liberal and conservative college students, parents and a school administrator. That same year, parish youth began an interracial, intercultural effort seeking a bond of unity. White racism was the topic of an oratorical contest for youth in 1970.

• In 1969, Rick Quirk of St. Pius V Parish, the Outstanding Catholic Youth of the St. Louis Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Youth, became full-time assistant to the national CYC director in Washington, D.C.

• A photo feature in 1970 focused on CYC dances aboard the Steamer Admiral with 4,000 teenagers cruising the Mississippi River. Other photo features were on a CYC play and CYC baseball.

The St. Louis Review and its predecessor, the St. Louis Register, have covered sports in various ways the last 75 years.

• An edition of the St. Louis Register in 1941 promoted an appearance of boxers at a tournament at St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Pine Lawn.

• Also in 1941, a "Sports Parade" column noted that roller hockey has a future as a great spectator sport, citing 1,300 screaming fans at an amateur game.

• A report in 1968 noted that 47,000 children, teenagers and young adults took part in organized CYC sports on 2,527 teams. The highest individual participation was in baseball, with soccer next, followed by softball, basketball, volleyball, track and table tennis.

• An article in 1970 focused on a set of guidelines for the conduct of CYC athletics and personnel. Sportsmanship, citizenship and a religious base were stressed.

• A Review article in 1970 told of Father Lawrence J. Walsh, director of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Youth, leading the Budweiser Major League All-Star Soccer Team from St. Louis to its sister city of Galway, Ireland, for three soccer matches. It was part of a home-and-home series to raise money for the Archdiocesan Department of Special Education.

• "Sport Stuff" was a column in the Review in the 1970s sponsored by Coke. Guest editor Mary Jo Coplin of Rosati-Kain High School wrote in March about her school's varsity basketball team losing to South Shelby in the state quarterfinals and a De Smet team winning in the state finals 51-47 over Kirkwood with Jim Kennedy getting 15 points.

• Former St. Louis Globe-Democrat sports editor Bob Burnes wrote "The Benchwarmer," a continuation of his Globe column, for the Review in the 1980s and 1990s. 

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