St. Patrick's playoff game at The War Memorial in 1959
1963-64 NYU team - Number one in the country, beat Syracuse Dave Bing Jim Boeheim, NIT; and NYU team produced seven NBA, ABA Players
Front Row: Rich Dyer,Rich Brown,Barry Kramer,Gene Fisch,Carlton Rooks ,Stan McKenzie
Back Row: Coach Lou Rossinni, Tom Boose, Happy Hairston, Bob Patton, Steve Jordan, Clem Galliard, Ray Bennett, Team Manager, Ass't Coach Art Loche
Fisch congratulated by Joe Lamanna
Italian Scholar -athlete award
When I look back into our history, I wonder how we survived at all. I am grateful to be the beneficiary of my mother’s and father’s life values and thankful that I had a chance to live them out. Gratitude can make the seemingly impossible possible. I hope readers will come away with the message of the book - that it is not the anguish, but rather the joy of human triumph that gives meaning to our lives. This book honors those of the greatest generation, ethnic Americans WWII mothers and fathers who, like my own, left behind the terror and devastation of the Second World War and brought their children to America, where we have been tremendously grateful for the safe haven this country provides, a safe haven where we left behind a tortured world so that our children, our grandchildren can comfortably live in peace, a brave heart, and look to the future, to have a future.
My professional career was once described by a reporter as a “rags-to- riches” story. A Polish immigrant, arriving in the United States as a child after surviving, with my family, the worst of the World War II horrors, I went on to apply the best of the old-world traditions of discipline, integrity and sacrifice to excel, first in athletics, then in government and academia, and finally in the business world. I graduated with distinction from New York University with a BS in economics and an M.B.A, having also excelled as a record scorer on the NYU freshman basketball team and becoming a starting point guard on the nationally ranked NYU team. In 2011, I was inducted into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame. In 2018, the Syracuse Post Standard identified me in the top 10 of CNY's greatest high school basketball players of all time.
My professional career was multi-faceted. In the academic world, I was a lead lecturer on effective management at the University of Wisconsin, Madison; NYU; LSU. New Orleans University. As an entrepreneur in the private sector, I was CEO and chairman of my own company. In my formal corporate career, I was an executive with such Fortune 500 corporations as Conalco, Allusiusse/Phelps Dodge, (senior vice president for marketing, group vice president, and Co-COO); American Can Company (director of planning and control); and Oneida Ltd. (director of European marketing). In the public sector, I was the first consumer affairs director for the City of Syracuse and served in an advisory capacity for President Richard Nixon’s campaign.
I pioneered in 1996, a forward visionary telemedicine management system of care at the point of care primarily serving federal, state, and local prison systems. I designed, developed, and electronically consolidated integrated hospital functions, healthcare delivery services, clinical management at the point of care. Joint ventured with Hughes Corporation's state of the art satellite/ground based digitized fiber optic dedicated network systems, communications technology applications enabling voice, video, text, audio be transmitted in real time at point of care.
Madison Square Garden.
Bill Cunningham, Gene Fisch
North Carolina game
FOR writing THE STORY
All Love Comes Home
A Promise of Truth
Circled is the author, as a child, in the Ruckenfeld DP camp.
My purpose in writing is to recount, through my and that of my parents and siblings, those human traits that give meaning to human life. I was born in eastern Poland in the most unlikely of circumstances—my mother give birth to me in a field at the edge of a forest, bit off the umbilical cord, and spent the next four years trying to keep me alive despite all the odds against my survival. I brushed death on so many occasions during my childhood. I asks myself now
why those things happened to me and why am I so lucky to be alive. I, forever gratefully acknowledge to be an American of Polish Descent. I wish now to inspire younger generations to learn about their history—our ethnic ancestry, and is my situation, my Slavic, Catholic
heritage—and I wish to give expression to the rich historic ethnic voice in America..
My two books, All Love Comes Home A Promise of Truth and To Have A Tomorrow. A True Story, deserve a broad understanding of where we’ve come, and what we’ve become, most notably on how our formative years were shaped and enhanced the educational value for our younger generation to appreciate the sacrifice of their parents and grandparents for giving each of us a life worthy of belief forever destined to seek truth in our lives.
As the author, Gene Fisch, I would like to acknowledge that the primary focus of the above storylines is: (1) to
share the power of a Polish mother's unconditional love and a father's faith that this may serve as an eternally courageous spirit of human dignity while constantly facing a terminal future of living between fear and death, while facing insidious betrayal of higher ideals, as may be reflected in current times, but needs to be rediscovered in present times the love of family, love of country, love of God, love of truth; (2) to identify with our heritage, our history, which, in my author’s world, originates with the
Polish/Slavic/Christian community because that’s where WWII started and truth comes into being; (3) eternal wish is to reveal historic truths, restore integrity to the Slavic/Catholic/Christian Eastern European history, most meaningfully, to elevate the authentic Christian character with an all-encompassing significant spiritual meaning.
My books' storyline is based on the heroic deeds and horrific experiences of one Polish family, symbolic
of millions, forgotten and overlooked Slavic families and, of whom were in the center between German militarism and the godless Soviet Bolshevik expansionism leading up to 1939. Over 60 million Christians were mass murdered, in a so-called “Peacetime” (1918-1939), which continued through two decades of absolute horror to WWII, where good, decent, Polish, Slavic people with a soul were enslaved, betrayed and massacred by a soulless evil…Nazism and Communism!
The Fisch family humanly triumphed during the incarnation of pure evil of Nazism/Soviet Communism with passion for life, love, to have a future, determination and never-compromising higher ideals of love of country, family, God.