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Father-Son Feast Canceled Because Mothers Not Allowed

December 4, 1989

BUCKLAND, Mass. (AP) _ A 22-year tradition of father-son banquets honoring the high school football team was canceled this year after the quarterback said he wouldn’t go if his mother couldn’t.

″A lot of people supporting us through hard times were mothers, but they couldn’t come to our banquet,″ said Owa Brandstein, quarterback for the team at Mohawk Trail Regional High School. ″It’s blatant discrimination . It’s just wrong.″

Howard Binder, a co-founder of Friends of Mohawk, which was to sponsor the Dec. 9 banquet, said Monday the banquet was canceled after the guest list became an issue, both from the quarterback and women who had approached School Committee members.

″The reason we went father and son was because the hall we held it in wasn’t big enough to hold a bigger crowd,″ he said. After the requests were made to add to the guest list, the dinner, which annually draws about 125 people, was canceled, he said. ″We just didn’t feel that we wanted to get that big.″

The father-son banquet has been held since the Mohawk team was co-champion in 1968. This year the team went 2-7.

Brandstein’s parents, Marcine and Stewart Eisenberg, said they supported their son.

″We said to Owa, look, this is your only senior year. You don’t have to do this for us,″ said Eisenberg. ″He just said, ’But it’s wrong.‴

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