salutatorian Mike Critelli worked his way up the corporate
ladder to become the CEO and Chairman of Pitney-Bowes. From
there he took a sharp turn into the movie production
business to create From
the Rough, a sports drama film based upon the true
story of Dr.
Catana Starks, the first woman of color to coach a
men's golf team at a major college, a challenge made even
more difficult because she did so at a historically black
college which had never previously fielded a golf team! She
eventually developed the Tennessee State team into a feared
The film was written by Mike's son, also named Mike, and starred several prominent actors including Oscar nominee Taraji Henson, Oscar nominee Michael Clarke Duncan, and Tom Felton, who had previously achieved international prominence as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films.
Mike, in co-operation with classmate Tony Mangione, arranged for a Rochester premiere in April of 2014. Many Class of 1966 classmates were in attendance, as seen in the pictures below. (The images are thumbnails. Click on them for the full-sized versions.)
|left to right: Carm Urzetta, Tony Mangione
and Mike Critelli
|Elaine Heveron (center)
|The woman seated in front is the real Dr.
|Many familiar '66 classmates smile for the