Michael J. Pellowski was born on January 24, 1949 in New Brunswick, NJ. He was the first son of Michael & Charlotte (Novak) Pellowski-Moeller. Michael attended St. Peters Elementary School and Franklin High School in New Jersey. He was the oldest of four children in a very poor family. Neither of his parents were educated past the ninth grade, and they went through a nasty divorce after his 8th grade graduation.
Finding Direction in Sports
A troubled street kid, at fifteen he was arrested and put on probation at the start of his freshman year of high school. He turned to sports and studies at which he excelled. He also demonstrated a creative spark for writing and art. In high school, Michael won eight Varsity letters in baseball, football and wrestling. He captained the baseball squad and was co-captain of the football team, earning All-County, All-Conference and All-State honors. He was courted by some twenty colleges including most Ivy league schools.
In addition to sports honors, Pellowski was president of his junior class, sports editor of the school paper, winner of the literary magazine’s prize for poetry, President of the Varsity Club, President of the Boys’ Athletic Association and named the school’s Best Graduating Athlete of 1967. He accepted a full athletic scholarship to Rutgers University after narrowing his choices to Cornell, Army West Point, Colorado State and Rutgers.