I am so deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Donna. She looked so healthy and vibrant at the reunion. She was so enthusiastic about her dancing and performances. Donna persuaded those who were around her to get up and dance to the music that was playing at the Allegria on Friday evening. It was such a fun time. One would not even suspect that Donna had been facing illness. I would appreciate if anyone could share the contact information for her family so I can express my condolences.
so sad we were friend,that last meeting in long beach most of time we spend walking in long beach,i changed my flight and we came home to florida on the same flight,she told me she had breast cancer and had operation,i love her,we hugged and that was that,i called her with no reply,i called her son,he just said i will give her message,so sad,i was taking care of my mom she died last year and i droped out from running for mayor of delray beach,just beyond how precious is life,best wishes to all
Omg just saw her at our reunion in LB👍 She looked good and had no idea she was sick😳
so very sorry to hear thid😩
Congratulations Cheri on your recent marriage and may you have much happiness.
After my husband passed in 2015. It was a rough year. A good friend who was then living in Idaho and grew up in Huntington. He and I remained friends online and he proposed marriage to me. We married pm Dec. 14, 2017 in Columbia,SC.
It was a lovely ceremony at Tree of Life in Columbia, SC. I get along super with my now 14-yr. old granddaugher and Larry's daughter who remain in Idaho. I have imported him and his 18-yr.old cat to South Carolina. The world is much brighter now. All 4 cats are geting along fine. My new name is Cheri Dawson. We'll be attending the Jazz Festival in Sun Meadow this coming October. The ceremony is on my facebook page.
I was so sorry to hear about Donna. May she Rest In Peace.
Yes, we did drive to Woodstock. Also in the car was Barry Nagel (a friend from college) and another person whose name I don't recall. Because the roads were jammed and blocked, we pulled over and parked on the side of the road. We rigged a lean to off the car using a sheet since it was raining and bedded down for the night. The next morning we hiked to the concert grounds.
I'm sorry to share that we have lost another classmate, Donna Franklyn Berger. Donna had a wonderful zest for life and amazing energy. So thankful that we could spend time together at the 50th reunion
I learned this morning of the passing of Donna Franklin Berger. Her son posted her passing on Facebook. She had been battling cancer for the past five years. I regret not going to one of her Florida Follies shows to see her dance, as she loved to perform in them. May she Rest In Peace.
Did we drive up to Woodstock together in the summer of 1969? Who else was in the car? What happened?
i am running for the mayor of delray beach florida,please become my friend on facebook,thank you all,and best wishes.,and yes i found one picture of our graduation dinner in 1965,it is on my facebook.....
john was a really good friend of mine in high school. A group of us hung out together. He was a very sweet person, good dancer and good athlete. Please give me information on him.
Fran Yurman Murphy
Hi from Ellen Spooner-Sherin..Class of '63..I'm a friend of John Franqui's sister in law, Susan...John isn't on FB...if anyone was a friend, played football, dated him, hung around with him...any nice memories....please email me at:
Have gotten so many nice comments from others on various LB group pages..please add yours since you were his graduating class...Thank you so much Ellen.
We received this message from both Mary Quater Leroy and Dr. DB Karron (class of '74?) and and thought some of you might want to contact them if you have info:
"I'm looking for Walter Dunn, my favorite guidance counselor and friend while In high school. I graduated in 1974, but his name came up in this web site. Where is he? I remember he retired to Hampton Bays. He was a recovered paralytic, and walked with a distinct shuffle. I liked hanging out with him trading puns and stories. He kept me sane in the insane world of high school and was friends with my parents and through the passing of my dad, Mr. Abromowitz, Mr. Schneps, and My dad Edward Moses Karron."
best wishes to all.
Is anyone relatively close to the Midlands of South Carolina that we can get together
Joan was recently interviewed by Poets & Writers re her volunteer work teacing creative writing to incarcerated veterans. Kudos to her! Please see this link to read the article, very interesting.
Very saddened to hear of her passing. She and I were so close growing up. I often thought of her and our chilhood moments. I remember her whole family and and Ben. I'm deeply saddened by her passing. God bless her and may she rest in peace with the Lord. In Deep Sympathy, Sheila McGarry Smith
Happy wonderful day to all you great august babies.
Fran yurman Murphy
Happy birthday to all you August babes. Stay cool with this heat wave.
Happy Birthday to all of you born in June and July. Stay cool.
Happy birthday to all you wonderful June and July babies. You are young and full of life.
Fran Yurman Murphy
Thank you Joey Josephs and Nancy Miller Asselin for organizing our Mini Reunion today in Central Park, with a follow up at The Met! Great to see all who showed up:
Sima Gordon Drucker
Linda K. Brown
Barbara Gans Russo
Cathy Ruth Brodsky
Eliot Ring (and partner Stephen Dugas)
Irwin Feinstein (and wife Debbie)
Mickey Schwartz (and wife Sheila)
Freddie Fink (and wife Stacy)
Aren't we all lucky to be able to re-connect. xoxoxo
I wish to share, at this time, the loss of another one of our beloved classmates, BETTE ROBERTSON GALLINARO. She passed only this morning after a strong fight with cancer of which she was only diagnosed a week before our reunion this past May. All my LOVE AND PRAYERS go to her husband, another classmate, Bennett Gallinaro and FAMILY. May Bette now rest in peace and for all that knew Bette continue to cherish all those wonderful memories of she shared.
GOD BLESS and let us give Thank to the Lord for giving us the grace of another day.
Happy birthday to my fellow May "babies ". Special birthday wishes to Rayna, since we've always shared the day.
So sorry to be missing the picnic. You will all have so much fun. It would be wonderful to see you all again. We will be in New York in June. Thank you for the birthday wish. Happy birthday to all the other May babies.
Wishing all you May babes birthday wishes and many more to come.
Happy Birthday to all the May babies.
Happy Birthday to all the May boys and girls!
A very happy birthday to all the April boys and girls!
Happy birthday to everyone born in April!
Haven't seen Donny Silverman in many years. He is wintering in Fl & I flew down to try to sell my mother's Fl house, so we were able to rendez-vous & I met his wonderful wife who took the picture.
Birthday wishes for all you April guys and gals.
Congratulations to all our classmates with April birthdays!!
Paul Epstein Fred Fink John (Phil) Huntley-Franck Harriet Katz Schenk Elinor Levitzky Shafranek Franette Sheinwald Carol Sills Zuckerman
Congratulations on your recent performance. Loved seeing Fran the Fan's picture at the concert. Maybe you could bring your violin to our lunch in California next year!!
Great to hear about what you're doing now, and that Fran is nearby.
Deborah, I still play violin, thank you for asking! After high school I didn't pick it up for 30 yrs. Through a fluke, I started playing again periodically, in seasonal orchestras & other smaller events, including a weekly group just for the love of music. Two years ago I joined a year round full orchestra & it's just what I wanted. Love the conductor, who gives us impossibly hard music but each concert sounds great. Fran & her husband have been my biggest supporters (thank you Fran!). Southern CA Philharmonic.
Can you tell us about Susan's concert? What does she play?
jay and I really enjoyed it. Bravo, Susan.
Happy Birthday all you March guys and gals.
To all you wonderful March babies, happy birthday and many more good years to come.
Fran Yurman Murphy.
Happy birthday to everyone born in March!!
Best wishes for a wonderful year.
Wishing everyone all the best on your birthdays and every day!
My birthdate is July 12, 1947.
At times it was the first day of school...
Happy Birthday March classmates!
Gail Schanker Rosenberg
My birthday is August 17,1947.
The reunion was AMAZING! I'm always thinking about it, talking about it & always will. It was GREAT seeing everyone. Thanks so much to the organizers.
Terry Ambinder Wettan
July 16, 1948
My birthday is April 2, 1948.
My birthday is April 7, 1948
Elly Levitzky Shafranek
My Birthday is April 10, 1948
My Birthday is 4/21/48
February 12, 1948. Another milestone is just around the corner.
Janie Samuels Sills
They tell me I was born on December 29, 1947, but for the life of me I can't rmember
hi everyone. Had a great time in long beach and Florida.
My birthday is april 7? 1948.
My birthday is April 5th. On some years we celebrated my birthday, Passover and Easter!!
It's great to continue staying connected!
Yes, 1946! December 22, 1946 to be exact.
'Hey Joe', you ask. 1946? Really? Yes kids, 1946 - really.
Here's how this time warp occured. James Josephs enjoyd a few years of biz success and decided it was time to move on up to the burbs. So come 1948 me, mom and my two brothers are yanked out of cozy, comfy Greenpoint, Bklyn and relocated to Long Island's most notorious shtetl-- Great Neck! Fresh air, trees, manicured half acre backyards and a progressive school system enamored with John Dewy and a dash of Maria Montessori to placate the uber educational liberals (they felt the Bern). But there was one fly in this North Shore ointment -- the cutoff date for kindergarten entrance was December 1st! My 12/22 arrival meant I had to wait till the following year to play in the block area, mold clay ashtrays (really) and discover how much I loved rocks, dinosaurs and girls. Guess the Bard was wrong when he penned ... "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves. For me it was that other Bard, the scruffy Minnesotta poet, who scribbled 'Simple Twist of Fate".
I may be the oldest graduate...January 20, 1947
Happy birthday to everyone. Age is just a number. We may not look like our high school pictures, but we are all young with many blessings. We have a super class. It is so cool to keep in touch.
May 13, 1948
my birthday is still March 5, 1948
My birth year is 1947.
Did not realize our birth years spanned from 1947 to 1949.
That's too cool.
Thank you, Committee, for coleecting this data so we can send our birthday wishes to each other!!
My DOB is 3/17/ 1948!
Wishing you all well,
My birthday is 12/28/47. I was suspended for wearing sneakers to school. It was the only time I got in trouble at school, except for the time I had to stand in the corner in Ms. Berman's first grade class at Lido Elementary School, for talking too much.
My Birhtday and year........Aug. 27th 1947
My year is 1947
HAPPY NEW YEAR and BIRTHDAY WISHES to ALL.
Wonderful that we are all keeping in touch and in contact.
GROUP LOVE and HUGS. My birthday is July 19, 1947
ENJOY and STAY HAPPY, Carol
Wishing everyone past, present and future a very happy and healthy birthday. The reunion was great and so is the committee. I was born on March 3, 1948. David Kulberg, you are just a few days older than me!!!!
October 6. The reunion was the best. I'm sorry I didn't get to talk to so many people That I wanted to. I was too busy running my mouth. Also, I didn't wear my glasses and missed many name tags. I want a do over. Hope everyone is well and we do this again soon. Thank you to the best committee ever!!
Dee Dee Rosenberg Syken
To all our classmates born in January and February . . .here's to a very happy birthday full of good health and may all your wishes come true.
My Birthday is 5/21
Iris Stearn Kalmanovits
My birthday is March 23, 1948.
Best to all !
My birthday is December 11, 1947
Graduating at Long Beach High was an eye opener for me. Thank You All! March 15, 1947
All through school February 12th was a great birthday to have because we were always off that day in celebration of Lincoln's birthday. That was before holidays were shifted around, e.g. Presidents Day, to created 3-day weekends.
Hi everyone. Sorry I missed the reunion.
Bday Jan 9. 1948
July 5, 1947 - 20 minutes after the Fourth
- Alan Dunefsky
I can't believe I'm actually doing this when I lied to my kids for so many years so they wouldn't have the oldest mother in their class. My birthday is May 13, 1947.
Eileen Nad Castaldi
I headed out and into the world 26Feb47, so Irwin I've got you beat. But is this really something that matters now? It certainly did when I turned 18 and was legal to buy beer!
Some late news: A proposal of mine has been recommended for funding at the National Science Foundation but it won't occur until summer 2017 when our new ship, Research Vessel Neil Armstrong has passed all her (his?) sea trials. So I don't think I will be retiring before that but it may happen soon after as starting to collect social security that year will push me into a new income tax bracket.
February 25, 1948
December 29th, 1947 ---In Manhattan right after the great blizzardopolis of all times --- It was dark out --my father fell into a mountain of snow while trying frantically to hail a taxi for my mother -- I almost didn't get to the hospital in time to be born! But I did!!
Jane Aptekar Krantz
January 11, 1949
i'm October 6, 1948.
Warm regards to all!
My birthday is Feb 26,1948. I thought I was looking pretty young for my age until I met my old friend JONNY J. His nickname was "baby face". Now u know why!! Thanks again and again to the committee for all your HARD WORK!! Steve Sfass
I sure haven't figured out how we got to be in our late 60's.
My BD is: 3-24-48
Happy Birthdays to all in 2016! Happy year to all.
Mine is September 15, 1947. It was great seeing everyone last May!
jeffrey Weinberg August 27,1948
My birthday is June 28, 1948. Only the New York area had so many of us born in both 47 and 48 in the same grade. Things must have been much more flexible there... and back then.
December 27, 1947 during, as my mother loved to remind me, the worst blizzard in 50 years!
October 22, 1947
Regards to all,
Denise Chapnick Ploetz
You are younger than me! Not too many in our class are. Laura was the youngest LBHS graduate in history, age 15. I ws 16. So Jonny you are "forever young," and you still look the same!
Rayna Frangos/ May 11, 1948
I beat you Donna- I'm July1, 1947.
Belated Birthday wishes to me. October 18, 1947
Put me down for 1/20/48. Great to be with everyone at the reunion. Jay Breines
I thought I might be the oldest, but my b'day is July 11, 1947. You may own the title -- so far.
July 8, 1948
Ellen Engel Horovitz
My birthday is February 13. Recently saw Susan Propp when she was in Florida. Loved getting together with her as she is one of my oldest and dearest friends. Here is our pictute at the class reunion.
Hello everyone my birthday is October 17❤️
Yes, but I think the sneaker ban actually started in Jr. High (I remember Mr. Eaton making a big thing about not wearing sneakers). Anyway, I remember the sneaker ban because one Monday morning I had a problem. I had spent the previous weekend at a Girl Scout camping event. On Monday, my feet were swollen and my shoes didn't fit. I put on my sneakers, my mother wrote an excuse note, and nobody said anything to me about it all day.
My birthday is June 18, 1947. Could it be that I am the eldest living classmate?
My birthday is May 11, 1948.
Does anyone recall when the principal declared that we could no longer wear sneakers to school or we would be suspended? I am hoping for specifics from those who have a better memory than me. Like how long did it go on? Why did it cease?etc.
Joan Goldstein Gerstein
My Birthday is August 6th.
Who went to Florida? Was meetup fun? Pictures?
Cynthia Mac Leay
My birthday is August 27th
birthday November 5, 1947
In response to the call for birthdays, thought I'd fess up: It's today!
Love to All,
I know you said to post just the birth month but it's much more fun seeing everyone's date and year!
Mine is September 11, 1948
May 31, 1948.
What a great idea! Always love to see messages from our classmates.
My birthday is January 15th 1948.
My age however is 39!!! LOL
Best to all!
My birthday is May 30, 1948
April 26, 1948.
My birthday May 16th.
Sorry I missed the FL reunion - we had a show that day. If anyone wants great community theatre in South FL, check out JCAT at the MARJCC in North Miami Beach. Next show is February 10-21 - Crossing Jerusalem.
My birthday is October 20, 1948. I used to be young.
My birthday and my sister's is July 2 1947
12/22 -- meteorologically a cold, dark day
It was a fun reunion, hard to believe six months have gone by. In the intervening months I have become a grandpa for the first time and I am loving it. Glad to say that a few of our classmates have connected on facebook since the reunion and it has been enjoyable staying in touch a little better. Thanks again to the Committee for continuing to maintain this site. Attaching a new headshot.
My birthday is 10/18
January 9, 1948
My birthday is April 8, 1948. Until the millenium, it was always super easy--4/8/48. Now it must be 4/8/1948. Such complications!
My birthday is 10/19. Today is my husband & my 22nd wedding anniversary. Our house warming will be end of April or beginning in May.
If you are in the Columbia, SC (actually Hopkins) 8 miles off of I-77 and one mile south, you are always welcom.
Great idea -- the Birthdays!
mine is october 1, 1947
Feb. 29, 1948
If you don't hurry, you'll have to wait until 2020 to congratulate me again.
My birthday Is March 5
Sue Rosen Eisenberg
My birthday is May 13. Thank you for keeping the connection.
Mine is June 5th!
August 16th, 1948
March 16th, 1948
Hope all is well with everybody. Just recovering from a mild stroke from last week. All is well and following doctors orders. Great idea to keep in touch with our class. As rerquested, my birthday is July 2, 1948.
My birthday is July 26, 1948
Gail Schanker Rosenbeg
Hi girls. My birthday is Sept 23.
Thank you for doing this
MY birthday is April 10, 1948
I look forward to attending! I missed it last year, but live close by and will be there!!!
So sorry to hear about Barry and Mimi. I thought we'd all be around forever. Jessica
Sorry, but I won't be down until January 26th. I'll probably see some of you then. Have fun!
My husband and I are definitely attending this year! For anyone who's interested, all the information can be found at longbeachlionsclub.org . Hope to see you there.
Condolences, Rayna. Also to his family.
I don't know who is going to thhe FL reunion, but I was there last year and will be there again this year. hope to see many of you!
Barry Dubow passed away on December 22nd after valiantly battling a long illness. He was a dear friend who will be missed.
We ate planning to attend. I will try to get the information
Maisy you were going as well as other classmates of 65! I missed the 50th as I was in Shanghai for the summer. Would love to say hello & sad I missed the 50th. Hoping y might have a change of heart as well as others contemplating.
I had been thinking about going. However, no one really responded ( except Lois) that they might attend. So I decided not to go. If classmates write they may attend I would revisit. Happy New Year! Gail
Is anyone else planning on attending the LB reunion in Delray Beach?
Yes it was their venue. I will keep you posted on what I learn. I will ask Billy to give me the information to post. Look forward to seeing you again soon. Gail
I went to this last year. I believe it was at Burt and Max's in Delray Beach. It was great! There is a picture on this website that was taken that day. Billy from Billy's Beach Cafe in Long Beach ran the event. I plan on going again this year!
For all you Florida residents and snowbirds ... are planing to go to this event? I have never gone before, but would consider this year. Let me know if you plan to go. I have no information about the event. I only know the date and that it is in the daytime. Warmest regards Gail
2/5 of your Reunion Committee got a chance to have lunch in NYC in Sept. We missed the rest of our classmates!
I Was reluctant at first to attend the reunion, especially since none of my close high school friends were going. Then I decided to go alone because a 50 year reunion is something not to be missed. I'm so happy I did! My cheeks still hurt from smiling and laughing so much! I was greeted so warmly with smiles, handshakes, hugs, and kisses from West School and jr high friends, and from so many who were in the same homeroom or classes in high school.
Oh, at at the last minute my lifelong friend Margie Hession Viola, who grew up a few houses away from me, decided to come to keep me company. She also had a great time!
Heartfelt thanks to the committee for giving me the opportunity to reconnect with so many friends from the past!
AS PART OF THE TRANSFORMATION OF THIS WEBSITE FROM A REUNION TO A "CLASS OF 1965" SITE, WE ARE HAVING A FREE LBHS 65 HAT GIVEAWAY!!!
IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE DRAWING FOR THE LIMITED NUMBER LEFT, YOU MUST DO ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
1. IF YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED ON THIS SITE, YOU MUST REGISTER BY JULY 15, 2015. [All we really want is your name, e-mail address, and mailing address.*]
2. IF YOU ARE ALREADY REGISTERED, BUT DID NOT ATTEND REUNION, YOU MUST EITHER ADD A "NOW" PICTURE OR UPDATE THE COMMENTS SECTION OF YOUR EXISTING PROFILE.
After July 15, we will pick the Winners!!!
I looked forward to this night for a long time and I have to say it met all my expectations! I left with such a warm feeling as it was so wonderful to see everyone. I know it has been said over and over, but I have to add my THANKS to the organizers....a great job was done by all.
To the kids of '65
I had the time of my life---
I ask myself the question as to why?...It was pure HAPPINESS...
Happiness to be alive and present and not on the rolling TV picture of classmates no longer with us.
Seeing and remembering the kids on our badges, feeling the joy of that time of my life.
I smiled, laughed, hugged, and "twisted the night away" at just Being.
My happiness at the reunion is the affirmation of life and just being,and the reunion sure made that true.
So, kids be well and thanks for all the new memories of my Long Beach 2015.
Thank you to all the organizers that made it happen!
Eileen (Wanuck) Schlenker
Was he there Saturday night?
Since Murray mentioned most of the teachers I wanted to add Mrs. Beckman to the list of meaningful moments of the night. She was one of the reasons I became a teacher and she helped me through some difficult times during my high school years. She told me that after 50 years I could call her Judy and I said "Sure Mrs...aah Judy" It was wonderful to see her and be able to thank her after all these years
One of the myriad highlights of our wonderful reunion was for me the opportunity to revisit some of the faculty. I loved seeing coach Piazza who was still full of the enthusiasm and humor that marked his coaching days. I am still sure that he would run Donny H (don't even try to spell his last name) 30 times a game and hold our rifle armed QB Billy Henderson to 5 throws. It was like the old Michael Jordan joke. Who was the only man who held Jordan under 20 points per game? Answer: His UNC coach Dean Smith.
Great too to see Mr. Giagrande. I reminded him that Steve Schatz used to tell him that he, Steve, knew more about economics than teacher Frank and teacher shrugged his shoulders and agreed!
Mrs. Quinn was still vibrant and crazy after all these years. She was a neighbor and we talked about the life chats we had on my front porch with Dolph Ornstein. Between Mrs. Quinn and Dolph, I wasn't much of a contributor but it was great to tune in to their often for the time unconventional views.
And then there was Mr. Bogdan whom I thanked for saving my life by throwing me out of the woodshop in the 9th grade. He wrote to my parents that I had "no discernable mechanical skills and posed a danger to myself and others." So much for ban saw. I introduced him to my dear Kim and told him that her father was a carpenter and that she came into the marraige with our only tool box. When we bought a house Kim asked me in Home Depot whether we should buy a lawnmower and I asked her why.
Another aspect of what was a magical night. Murray
As a famous comedian, though not the one we graduated with, was known to say, "Thanks for the Memories!" To the incredible committee, I add my gratitude to the countless other notes of praise. What a joy to feel 17 again, to hug, reminisce, and to share how our lives played out over the last 50 years. Thank you dear classmates, dear friends.
I must join in on the comments to our Organizers, WooHoo! We all had a wonderful time in every aspect of our 50th Reunion! It was nice meeting up with those of you I knew. It was a perfect night! Good food, the music was alive, and our friend John Lee Cohen kept us all in step while dancing! Please remember me at our next reunion!,
It was a marvelous weekend! My expectations had been low but they were wildly exceeded. So great to realize that there were friendships in those tumultuous years and that they can be rekindled now. Ladies, thanks you so much for your great organizing skills. And thanks, particularly, to Gail S. Rosenberg who made me feel I would be welcome.
First and foremost I would like to thank all of our beautiful classmates for their wonderful accolades regarding "our" 50th class reunion. I have been overwhelmed and actually brought to tears by your wonderful words of gratitude and love.
Five strong women came together to create a weekend for all of us to remember. Thanks to technology we were able to search high and low for our wonderful classmates. Donna created an over the top website and as a group, we were able to have multiple Skype committee meetings.
For me, reaching out and touching the heart of our classmates and doing what we did was a labor of love. I for one will always hold the experience close to my heart and I know the entire committee feels the same way. The ability to reunite with old friends, to make new friends, and to keep the communication open is truly a blessing.
Donna, Carol, Barbara, and Nancy are amazing. Here we are 5 women 50 years later, all grown up, diverse in many ways through our own life experiences, and the combination simply jelled. The objective was the same ,i.e., to bring all of us together with our ideas and thoughts with the focus on YOU, the Long Beach High School Class of 1965. We are forever young in our hearts and always in our school spirit.
Again, thank all of you for your thoughts as It WAS an amazing weekend! More than a week has passed and I still find myself smiling from all of the memories which we have now forever created in our minds eye.
Love and hugs,
Oh, what a night!! Thank u ladies of the Comittee for all that you've done.
A fabulous weekend, one to put in the book as best weekend ever!! Loved it!!
Haven't danced like this since---who remembers?? Fern Elkind and I say
thanks again!! So wonderful to see all these people from our past, who
will become people in our future.
Wonderful. See you at the next reunion. Thank God. Murray
Thank you for your kind words. I am very lucky to be coming through pancreatic and liver cancer, and at this point doing well. It's not over yet, but I am hoping to come to the next reunion, if there is one.
Thanks to the many who expressed gratitude to us ladies of the reunion committee. I must say that not one minute of it seemed like work; instead it was an opportunity to reach out to some of the most important people in our lives – the people who were by our sides as we grew from little kids to teens to adults. Saturday night was one smile after another, one hug after another, and beautiful memories that didn’t end. My thanks to the others on the committee, and to every “kid” that joined us for this once in a lifetime celebration. With Love, Nancy Miller Asselin
The reunion lasted only a weekend, but its impact will continue on and on.
I was one of the reluctant ones, hesitating to return since I had lost touch with classmates for 50 years; however, I was welcomed as we all were, with waves of friendship by those who are familiar to us as well as new acquaintances. Again, a special thanks to the planning committee for a job well done. And Murray Schwartz, I was disappointed that I did not have a chance to thank you in person for your contributions to the message board with your witty, well expressed recollections that encouraged many of us to share our thoughts. May the spirit of the reunion continue by keeping in touch and planning other gatherings.
With the warm glow of the wonderful reunion still with me---
Reuniting with several classmates, dear friends, women who came to my sweet sixteen party in Long Beach---
Dancing the twist with them with great spirit, and with other classmates under wild colorful strobe lights -- dancing our hearts out -- the band pouring out its old time music, great familiar sounds ---
Has it been 50 years, really???!
Why it just seems like yesterday!!
Visitor message: Thank u so very much for organizing this wonderful event. It was my first and so happy that I attended. Since I did not pre-register, you may not have my email as my name and email did not appear on the list distributed at the registration desk. Can you add this information to your file? Thanks again for all your efforts. I greatly appreciate it.
Leslee Nyman Mavrovic, Drlnmav@aol.com
To all the organizers:
Thank you for the wonderful program you put together. I had the best time... a smile from ear to ear all weekend.
I'd like to suggest an idea for your consideration... what if we continued this connection by sharing in various categories...for example...
THE JOURNEY CONTINUES:
What i learned in the last 50 years that i wish i had known in high school.... or....
What coming to the reunion REALLY meant to me.... or....
What teachers influenced me most and how that impacted my last 50 years... or....
Why and how coming back to Long Beach has impacted me.... or....
Best books I've read in the last 50 years that you too may like.. .... or
Great vacations I took in the last 50 years.... that you might want to also consider... or....
Best wisdom I've learned and integrated into my life in the last 50 years that I want to share with you my classmates....
Etc. etc. etc.... the conversation could continue easily till our 60th!
just my thoughts...
thanks again for a wonderful, wonderful event!!!!!!!
debbie steinberg shimansky
We want to share with all of you the other messages we have been receiving "privately" (i.e. by all the other means available these days). As several classmates have written, the success of the event is the result of the friends who gladly infected each other with a sense of wonder and joy about getting together in Long Beach 50 years after graduation. The Committe could not have done it without you.
I want you all to know how happy I am that you're all happy.
Dear Barbara, Gail, Carol, Nancy and Donna:
I don't know how I can add anything to all the wonderful things that have been said about the "event" (I wish I could find a better, more momentous, word) that you created last weekend to mark the 50th anniversary of our graduation from Long Beach High School. You brought close to 120 people into the same room, after half a century (let that sink in!), to celebrate the 12, 6 or 4 years they had spent, together, being educated (in many ways) in "America's Healthiest City," our beautiful, lovely, reborn, Long Beach.
Hopefully, we have all led interesting and productive lives over these many years, but it was absolutely magical to be reminded that there is a community, in all our backgrounds, of which we are a treasured part; that people have warm memories of us that we have either forgotten, or never knew, that have survived for more than 50 years. The screams, embraces and warm handshakes were testament to that.
I hesitated to leave the Lido Golf Club last Saturday night because of the feeling that there might be one more person to greet; one additional connection to celebrate; one more story to hear. There cannot be a more heartfelt testimony to an event than the fact that every participant lingered 'til the very end and hated to leave.
The satisfaction of a job well done was evident in all of your eyes and smiles and you have the deep gratitude of a whole bunch of people who "knew you when."
Here's to a wonderful and restful holiday weekend,
Morton LandownePublisher,Tablet Magazine,37 West 28th Street, Eighth FloorNew York, New York 10001www.tabletmag.com
I wanted to thank you for all your efforts to make last weekend truly memorable . Morty eloquently thanked you in his beautiful note and I echo his sentiments. My wife and I are regular readers of TABLET but did not realize that Morty was the editor.
The weekend was special to me for a number of unrelated reasons. My father who is 92 was released a few days before from a long stay in a rehab facility in LB after surgery and was able to be home with my mother who has memory issues. My daughters were able to fly in from Chicago and Portland, OR and it is rare that we are all together in the same city. Getting to see so many former classmates brought back many enjoyable memories. It also made me reflect on the loss of a dear friend and classmate, Mitch Blazer who died way too early
I am sorry that there was not more time to visit and learn more about your lives. Please accept my gratitude for putting this event together.
Lovely note - captures how so many of us felt.
Well said Morty--I am grateful to have been able to participate. And I do have a new appreciation for how magical Long Beach was in those days--Our college years were so dark and crazy in comparison Howie [Goldstein]
Dear class of 65
First, a great big thank you for such a wonderful evening "I d like to thank the organizers and graduates for such an enjoyable time at the Reunion 1965! "It was great to see you all again after 50 years. It was my pleasure to be there.
Inez Berman Beyer,Physical Education. [Shared by Elly]
I also thank everyone for making that night so exciting and for adding so much happiness to
my life. I only decided to join you the beginning of May. I would have lost such a fantastic
weekend if I didn't come. Thank you for one of the "best weekends" of my life.
Elly (Elinor shafranek) Hope to see you again soon.
I remember our basketball and volleyball days and the fun times we had. Praying for you to conquer this disease.
What a great reunion. It was wonderful to see old friends and classmates. Many thanks to Gail, Nancy, Barbara and Donna- job well done.
Does anyone know what happened? I knew him from way back & our fathers had a connection. I was sad & surprised to see his name on the memorial page.
I do not speak for the Class of '65 only for me. But I know I am joined by all of my classmates who were saddend to read your note, wished you could have made it to the reunion and hope and pray for your restored health. Cancer does suck but we can all pray down the walls of heaven for you to beat the damned thing. With great love, Murray
I wish I could have been there, but cancer sucks. More photos please!!?!
Speaking for myself and, knowlingly, on behalf of the other "Organizers",THANK YOU!
You brought tears of joy to our eyes for the beautiful bouquet of roses that you presented, honored, each of us with. Words can not express to you how much it meant. It was so VERY,Very, very touching and thoughtful. THANK YOU
CLASS of '65
What a BLAST from the PAST and such great fun it was for all. All the "Thank You's". Kudo's and expressions of gratitude helped put the icing on the cake. I am speaking out on my own behalf and certain that Donna, Barbara, Gail, Nancy share the same feeling about how happy it makes us knowing our work and efforts were a success. That was our goal and very happy to have been a part of the team that helped score that GOAL. I embraceyour expressions of THANKS with extended Hugs back to ALL of YOU for sharing our 50th Reunion.
Hats off to the organizers of this great event. The Friday night icebreaker was fantastic as well as the tour of our old high school. The highlight was a beautifully decorated Lido Golf Club with old and new friends, great music and delicious food. Thanks so much for this memorable weekend. I wish all those far and near continued health and success.
There are so few words to express the exhilaration that I still am feeling.
Thank you again to the committee for planning this momentous event.
I will never forget it. Seeing you all again was just over the top!
We had quite an accomplished class. Our charge was to change the world, and we did.
That resolve came from our parents generation to us. They laid it out for us, and we ran with it. I did not stop smiling the whole week-end, and I am still smiling.
To all my dancing partners, guys and gals, thanks for every step!
We are all destined to do this again, and I hope sooner than later.
Love and good health to you all, Donna Franklyn
I was so pleased to see so many of you and regret among several, not seeing Jeffrey Weinberg, Franette Scheinwald and Susan Propp. Perhaps we can find a way to get reacquainted.
I was also looking for Janice Crystal, Billy's wonderful and better half. But everytime I looked for her (turns out she did not attend) I found Piggy Stein instead. Not that Piggy isn't one of our great classmates, but Janice Crystal he is not! All the best, Murray
Hello everyone I must agree it was a weekend I will never forget😘😘 The best music ever and you can all tell I love to dance😜 my sincerest appreciation to everyone that worked so very hard to make it such a memorable event! Sorry if I missed catching up with any of you I did try to reach out to all! Sorry I didn't get a picture with Billy but he also was there to enjoy. Personally I was not planning on attending I'm glad I changed my mind. Didn't realize how much I missed our old town Long Beach will always be my home and all of you I will always consider my friends😍
Thank you again committee for making this weekend one I shall never forget😀😀
What an incredible reunion! So much fun...so many memories. ...and reconnecting with old friends in such a special way! I too have my Lido Elementary autograph books and I can't wait to reread them! Cudos to Pam Zidan who brought hers and a pic of our girl scout troop! I'm so appreciative to everyone who worked so hard to make this weekend happen! Thank you! And I plan to reach out and stay connected. Thanks for making it easy with the emails on the program. And also for the caps! I wore mine to the Laurel Sunday morning and enjoyed conversations with folks I missed the night before and because of the cap, they reached out! All the best to everyone as we continue to grow and enjoy life! Let's Keep It Going! Just one more thing...so nice to see Billy being so gracious, never changing...still the same sweet guy, even if he didn't remember you!
Susan wan't the only one who missed seeing you. I didn't either.
Thank you for planning a perfect weekend!! It was thoroughly wonderful both Friday and Saturday. The effort that you put into locating our classmates and the organization of the events was incredible. It was a very special time, one I'll never forget.
Words cannot express the wonderful weekend that we all had. It was heartwarming to see so many of our classmates and get reconnected. Thank you one again to the organizers for making this such a successful event. See you all in 10 years.
Thank you to the organizers for what was truly a memorable and well executed event
Great seeing you all ! - Steven
I looked for you all night to say hi--I felt like we had become like FB friends since you wrote so many wonderful stories on this website--but I never found you. So Hello Murray, nice to see you (almost) again!!
We have all thanked the Committee for all of their long hours and hard work putting together such a great reunion, however, I would like to thank all of the attendees for making this event what it was. Without "US" this wouldn't have happened. Thank you all for being there and partying like it was 1965 again.
I see the picture of Joe Josephs, Piggy Stein and Joel Robbins, but I can't find a Joel Robbins in the yearbook. Who is he?
Danny Aronzon and I went to High School and College together. So I have spent years telling him why I do not want to go to this reunion or that. And the ones that Danny pled his case and got me to go I generally either hated or at least disliked to the point of saying never again.
This weekend's gathering was the only exception in my life. Kim and I both loved every minute. Thank you so to the Committee for nothing short of a brilliant effort. There were so many of you that I was thrilled to see and a few that sadly I never caught up with and wish I had the chance to chat with.
We were a great group of kids and given our collective life experience have evolved into a great group of adults. Just as I am writing this Richie Miller popped up on my screen. Great to see you old hockey friend and all my Point Lookout schoolmates the earliest of my classmates in Ms. Meyers kindergarten. With my garbage retentive mind I was able to tell each of you your roles in the kndergarten play. What I failed to mention was that as Raukus the Crow, I got stage fright and refused to get on the stage. Ms. Meyers had to read my line.
Thank you classmates of '65 and God bless us everyone. Murray
As someone who has done many events over the years, I can truly say that the organizers of our Reunion Weekend did a fantastic job! It's not just the hours of dedicated hard work they put in, but also the sleepless nights worrying about everything. They pulled it off splendidly making for a weekend we'll never forget.
Barbara, Gail, Carol, Donna, Nancy ... what an incredible accomplishment! Thank you so much again from me and my husband, Dave, for creating a warm and wonderful reunion. And thank you to all my classmates - it was amazing to see you all and catching up wherever possible. I look forward to keeping in touch - and to seeing any pictures posted from the events. Until next time...
Candy (Katz) Kaye
What an amazing night! And so many of us attended! I can't imagine the hundreds of hours the committee put in to create an incredible opportunity to gather as one again.
Truly, i am in awe of you! Many, many thanks!
With deepest appreciation and gratitude
I can't thank the committee enough for making this reunion the best ever. Barbara, Gail, Carol, Donna, and Nancy did an amazing job and i know that i represent everyone that was there when i say this. What a great idea to be able to take home photos and hats as a momento for the evening. I heard that the photographer is still there trying to get a group photo of us. I wish her good luck. A few of us discussed the next reunion. We decided that the next reunion should occur in five years instead of ten. The main reason being that there won't be enough room at the tables for the wheelchairs and walkers lol. Seriously it was great seeing all of you and looking forward to seeing everyone at the next reunion. Steve and Janis Sfass
Thank you from me and my husband, Jay. It was a fabulous reunion and wonderful to see everyone. The committee did an awesome job. Fran Yurman Murphy
Many thanks to our organizers for putting together this great 50th reunion shindig. What a wonderful time seeing my classmates.
I am so sorry to be missing the reunion. It sounds like such fun and I was really looking forward to see everyone after 50 (still can't believe it has been so long) years. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading everyone's memories of years past and seeing pictures (I lost all of mine in a fire in 1971 except for my yearbook). Enjoy your time together.
I still hope to get to Long Beach in the future when other travel commitments decrease.
Have fun!! I am looking forward to seeing pictures.
I have enjoyed reading all these notes.
i am sorry I will miss the party. I have a wedding in the city . The groom's mother, my friend
has spent the last 2 weeks in the hospital so tomorrow willbe an even bigger celebration.
so sorry not to see you, Michael. I was looking forward to it. But some choices have to be made. Anyway, maybe some other time.
And Eileen, thanks so much for your offer of a place to change. Looking forward to the big event. Not sure I can make tonight--will see.
Have a grand time. I sure would enjoy seeing pictures of this weekend.
Holliday - we're gonna miss you. I was gonna show you what you wrote in my yearbook. LOL!
Mike, You were one of the folks I most wanted to see again. Steve Lazar and Ellen Engel and Nancy Miller and Booby Cohen and bride and my dear Kim and I wanted to invite you to join us for Friday night dinner. I was asked to invite you and then read that you won't be going. While domestic tranq1uility does have its advantages (hence I failed marriage for beginers) it would have been great fun to still be crazy after all these years. My tomorrow night dinner companions and I send their love, Murray
Let me add my thanks for the endless hours of work that the Committee must have put in. I am excited to see you all tomorrow. This is the first reunion that I have been able to attend and my first return to Long Beach in 40 years.
Just realized that I am sitting to the right of Laura Orzano in the West School
Kindergarten class photo. At long last, proof that I was there!
I am bursting at the thought at seeing you all again.
Countdown to That OMG! Time...
Donna Franklyn Berger
Murray, there's still Ginos, and the just refurbished Laurel Lunchonette (Now Laurel Diner). There a number of new places to eat as well, in town like Corazon de Cuba and many many possibilites in the West End (don't drive though, you'll never find parking).
I think it's still about two weeks before Social Bikes sets up on Edwards Blvd. but there are three places in town to rent bikes for the Boardwalk. And it's a week before I.Fly Trapeze is ready to start sending the intrepid flying through the air with the greatest of ease, also on Edwards. But at least you'll all be able to party at Laurelton Beach without having to pay for the $12 single day beach pass.
Most regretable of all - at least for me - is that I won't get to see any of you. I've been told in no uncertain terms that I have to attend my niece's college graduation this weekend or risk both family excommunication and their non-attendence at my own daughter's college graduation in two weeks over Memorial Day weekend.
I hope you'll all have such a glorious time that you won't be able to resist returning very soon, and maybe then getting to say Hi and reminisce.
Thank you Carol for the info regarding taxi service.
that works for me. I really did not want to rent a car from JFK.
I will be delighted to use the service for the week-end.
Ivy Schifrin and I will be staying at the Allegria, and we of course would share a cab.However I may need a ride to Billy's Cafe on Friday evening, from the Allegria.
Thanks again. Donna Franklyn Berger
I'm staying in Baldwin Friday and Saturday nights and attending the tour of LB on Saturday. Is there anyone staying in LB who would let me change at their place before the dinner?
In trying to make this work well for all concerned, arrangements are being specially planned with LONG BEACH TAXI on Park Ave. at the train station.
Call 516 - 432 -or- 431 - 5200, or 432 - 7500 and refer to
CLASS '65 Reunion // 1965 50th Class Reunion
The usual cab rate ranges from $5-7 per person. We are working for a "ONE PRICE" per car ride, to help cost control. BUDDY UP and share!
AIRPORTS pickup/ dropoff, call in advance (even for your return ride home back to the airport?. Call at night and ask for KEVIN, if possible, BEFORE SATURDAY! You will be then asked to call upon touchdown so a car will be waiting for you
NEED TO KNOW WHO IS INTERESTED in service,
especially from the Allegria and Long Beach Hotel to the Lido Golf Club as pickups are being planned for 5:45pm and returns from the LIdo Golf Clubstarting 10:30 - 11:15pm.
REMEMBER to TIP your drivers!
Any problems, please contact me. Looking forward to seeing ALL of you and to make this 50th the BEST
I loved the pictures of our Lido Elementary School autograph book. I still have mine. And the picture of ECHO. Does anyone remember fountain pens and ink cartridges?
My wife Kim is from the midwest (Ohio/Indiana border) and this eeekend will be her first visit to Long Beach since we were first married 27 years ago. I wanted to take her to one of my favorite childhood haunts and am having no success. i tracked down the following:
2. Wing Lew
3. The Cozy Nook
4. The Penguin
5. La Serenata (could not find a trace of Mr. Ritaccio)
Any ideas dear Class of '65?
After dinner we are deciding whether to take in a movie at the Laurel Theater (the new Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello flick is playing--Beach Blanket Blast. Or we might go to Sliedel's on the boardwalk for a little skee ball. Alan Dunefsky--I am fine and thank you for asking. See you soon. Murray
I'm also staying at the Allegria and have room for two as well, leaving the hotel about 6:50 PM. Let me know.
Heartfelt thanks to our extraordinary committe. The reward to you all
and all of us, will be the endless smiles on all our happy faces!
This will be a moment in our time that we will carry with us always.
I'm staying at Allegria and can drive 2 people. A group of us are having dinner one block away at 7pm so it's not a problem. We'll be going to the beach cafe after dinner.
Is Murray OK? I haven't seen a message in a few days.
[Will the people who need a ride please contact Alan through his profile on the website. Thanks -- The Committee]
In anticipation of our class reunion, I dug into an OLD box of memories and found a few treasures I will be bringing with me to share. These include the commencement programs from West School (1959), Long Beach Junior High (1961) and of course LBHS (1965), my autograph books from elementary and Jr. Hi and a very few snapshots I was able to find. I would encourage others to do the same, if possible, as I think it would be fun to reminisce with them as well.
Just a thought.........
See you all soon!!
I, too, remember how much fun it was ice skating at the Long Beach Recreation Center. I tried to skate a few years ago, at a birthday party my grandson was invited to; but alas, I just couldn't do it. See you Saturday.
Please let us know if you are staying at the Allegria and have room in your car to transport some fellow classmates to the Friday night event at Billy's Beach Cafe. Thanks.
I can hardly believe how quickly the time has flown bringing us up to less than a week until we are together at this major milestone event.
I too wish to take a moment to thank the committee for their hard work & time. We are very fortunate to have such motivated, caring and dedicated classmates who took on this challenge for the benefit of the LBHS Class of '65!
Please know that your efforts are greatly appreciated more than you could ever imagine.
THANK YOU BUNCHES....
Yes, Susan, I believe there are bikes to rent on the boardwalk, at least there were pre-Sandy. But I'm pretty sure things are back to normal in that regard. Others who still live in LB might know more.
There are not enough thank you's for all the very hard work the committee has put in for making this weekend such a wonderful event😀😀 I for one realize how much time & effort it took! Thank all of you for making this happen you all have my deepest respect and admiration! None of us will ever forget what you have given of yourselves to make this happen!
Kudos to our hard working committee,
Barbara Sloan Finestone
Our 50th Reunion has us reflect on a special time in our lives and reconnect with old friends and make new ones. And then there is also remembering the favorite things in Long Beach that we enjoyed. Wondering if it is possible to rent a bicycle? I remember how I used love to cycle the length of the boardwalk, and then go for a walk on the beach. I also have memories of the recreation center where I learned how to swim and looked forward to go ice skating during the winter months. After living outside of New York for so many years, I am craving an authentic corned beef sandwich from the Lido Deli. A special thanks to the committee for all of their time and efforts in planning our reunion. As others have suggested, may the spirit of the reunion continue with a LBH ’ 65 website.
Looking forward to seeing everyone. I am flying in from Ca. and staying far out on Island, but i would prefer to be in LB over the weekend. Any woman, lodging in LB, wishing to share her room (and expenses) for Sat. (and Sun.) night, please get in touch. Thanks.
Joan Gerstein (Goldstein)
I, too, want to add my thanks for all the hard work and organization that goes into planning an event like this. 50 years is a milestone and I'm so looking forward to seeing and thanking you in person.!
I can only add to all the accolades for the organizing committee. Your hard work and dedication have made all this possible. Thank you, thank you.
Deeply appreciate your kind words regarding my photography. Glad yoy enjoy my work.
Looking forward to seeing everyone next weekend and doing some 'shooting' on the boardwalk.
And to the organizeers who've sweated the details and put this gig together -- Well Done!
The image I've attached is Laurelton Beach after a late afternoon thunderstorm.
I was also hoping we would continue to communicate with each other. This has been so much fun! I belong to ,several LB websites including Class of the 50's, 60's & 70's, as do many of you, but I don't know most of the people. I find it amazing how classmates' names that I wasn't even friendly with conjure up their class photo in my mind. For someone who's email address is sueforgets, I find that pretty amazing. We are all part of a special group that no other can match; we have a history together & I don't want to lose that. BTW, I have also enjoyed becoming FB friends with many of you so please make sure we get to say hello at the reunion. Especially you,Joe Josephs--your photographs always make my day; and Donald, love your jokes to keep me smiling!
Yes. Thank you to Donna, Barbara, Gail, Carol, and Nancy for all the hours you spent putting this together. Looking forward to seeing everyone next week. Wow, it's here already.
just wanted to add a big THANK YOU to the committee for all their hard work organizing our 50th (can it really be 50 years???) reunion!
Looking forward to seeing everyone!
Candy Katz Kaye
Sorry I can't join you at our 50th reunion. I booked a trip to italy last year, not realizing that I would return the day after the reunion!
Hope you have a wonderful time. See you at our 60th!!!!
I, too, wish to thank the committee for all of the incredible work they have done to put this reunion together. I am so looking forward to seeing all of our classmates.
Kudos to the Committee!
Phyllis Wolff McDonagh
Class of 65, I have enjoyed reading all your memories. Some I remember, some I have no recollection of. I enjoyed seeing everones photo's they have posted. Some I recognized as adults, others I couldn't. I will not be able to go to the reunion, and therefore will not see many of you who have kept up a dialogue on this site. I was wondering if we, as a class, could keep this up on the Facebook page (Long Beach Class of 1965)? I know not everyone does Facebook, but I'm sure a large percent of us do. What do ya'll think?
Elyse (Goodstein) Jensen
[Elyse: I'm glad you asked. I plan to make sure there is a website for our class after the reunion -- everything on here can be moved to a new site, including Facebook. Anyone interested in volunteering to help ,please contact me? Thanks in advance, Donna]
Just a reminder that there are only "vitual tickets" to the Reunion Dinner. We will have an attendee list at the door when you check-in. If you can't remember if you bought a ticket, just check your classmate profile on the longbeachny1965.classquest.com website. See you soon. [The Committee]
I'll bring my racket and sneaks just in case. You bring the balls. LOL!!!
Love the picture of the two of you.
If there are any doubles players, I would love to play sometime Saturday. The picture is Charlotte Boozer Shaffer sometime in the last century.
Thank you so fo arranging the bus tours. Sounds very exciting. But 30 to a bus strikes me that we are getting soft in our senior years. Why back in the day we had the 3:00 oclock bus and if memory serves ( and it may not) we used to fit 400-500 people in that thing. Murray
Well said, Janie & Fran. I think it's probably all the little details & things that cause the most frustration, along with those unexpected problems that always arise. It takes a certain kind of person who can still function & be productive in those circumstances. Thank you all!
A gigantic thank you to the committee. This has been a huge undertaking. I really appreciate it. See you all soon
Fran Murphy (Yurman)
We've been enjoying a "virtual reunion" since December 2013 , reconnecting, sharing memories, and posting photos past and present. Very soon many of us will be together again 50 years after graduation! This took an incredible amount of time, work, and a sincere commitment on the part of the Reunion Committee- Donna Selnick, Barbara Gans Russo, Nancy Miller Asselin, Gail Schanker Rosenberg, and Carol Spry. So sometime during the weekend when you see any of these ladies, take a minute to say thanks for making this special occasion possible.
Janie Samuels Sills
Saturday, May 16th
New Event Added
9:30 or 10:30 a.m. Free* Guided Bus Tour of Long Beach
Meet at Laurelton Blvd. and The Boardwalk
Richie Sedlik has arranged for some bus tours of Long Beach. Each bus holds ony 30 people so please RSVP if you are interested in reserving space; or you can take your chances that there will be space available when you show up.
Go to 50th Reunion tab to RSVP.
*Richie will be requesting a small contribution toward the cost of the bus drivers.
The school is very different. It's dark when you walk in, there are double doors in front of you that leads to the classrooms of the junior high. To the left and down the hall is another set of double doors, (I think that leads to the gym and auditorium), and to the right are the double doors leading to the elementay school, kindergarten and pre K classrooms.
Enjoy your tour.
When is the school tour? I can't attend the party but would like to walk through the school. Having gone there for elementary school,junior high then high school, that building holds many memories.
[The School Tour starts at 1:00 p.m. and should last about 1-1/2 hours]
Alice Kelvin is looking for a ride from Manhattan to and from our Reunion. She is open to leaving Fri or Sat and returning Sat night or Sunday. If someone can help her out, please let me know via the website, because she doesn't have e-mail at the moment. Thanks, Donna
We're so excited.
SORRY, No FISHBOWL any longer! Thay was neat how it was set up. LOTS and Lots of changes..........
Bobby Cohen, I'm sure we are all VERY curious about the "shnekin/schmekl" incident--you will have to come clean!
Redneys was probably the biggest memory of my childhood beach days. My family would walk to the beach from my house & walk home barefoot, sometimes along people's brick retaining walls, covered in blackish sand on our feet from the tar. Redneys was our favorite place where we ended the beach day or got a snack break in the middle, going in barefoot. I always got the wax bottles filled with colored liquid. Often "Mr. Redney" would come say hi, I believe (I started out there as a toddler). When I returned to visit years later after moving away, I was so saddened to see it gone. I will always remember Redneys. Funny, I hadn't thought about it until it was mentioned here, & it immediately evoked such a strong memory, really weird.
i just signed up for the old school tour. I'm curious to see if my homeroom class (the fishbowl) still exists.
Redneys was on Monroe at the boardwalk. My first job was at Redneys as a busboy. I was 14. Left there to work for George "Howdie" Kalin on the boardwalk.
DOES ANYONE REMEMBER REDNEY'S RESTAURANT ON THE BEACH. I DON'T REMEMBER WHAT BLVD IT WAS LOCATED ON BUT I DID WORK THERE ONE SUMMER AS A WAITER. TALKING ABOUT SKIBALL ON THE BOARDWALK, I WAS INVITED TO A BARBECUE AT MY SON-IN-LAW TO BE'S PARENTS HOUSE AND IN THE BASEMENT IS ONE SKIBALL MACHINE IN WORKING CONDITION. I ASKED HIM WHERE HE GOT IT AND HE TOLD ME IT WAS A BAH-MITZVAH GIFT FROM ONE OF HIS PARENTS FRIENDS. WE PLAYED AND I ACTUALLY SCORED A 380. I WOULD DIE TO HAVE ONE OF THOSE IN MY HOUSE. MY DAUGHTER'S WEDDING IS COMING UP SOON AND WHEN I SAW THE SKIBALL GAME I TOLD MY SON-IN-LAW TO BE THAT HE CAN ONLY MARRY HER IF I GET THE SKIBALL GAME(LOL) . BOY DO I MISS THOSE WONDERFUL YEARS
What's the dress code for the 16th?
[We have described it as "Saturday Night Nice," on the website, because we honestly didn't know what to call it. We have even had discussions within the committee about the difference between East and West coast definitions of cocktail party attire. Let's just say that are not having a prom and we are not having a beach party. Our "sources" tell us that many men are wearing sports jackets and women are wearing dresses or pants. Most importantly, we want people to have a good time! -- The Committee]
Murray: Thanks for your kind words. I have wonderful memories of our ABH days and many more...what could be better than being greeted by Shakespeare every day (oh fie...); we'll catch up next month on other more private matters (remember the shnekin/schmekl incident!)
Holliday: Who could forget prom night? (I still fall asleep in the car and early!); please remember the night before graduation....more on that too...!
To those who worked on National Blvd.: I was the "chair boy" on the beach for a number of years...my ears still ring from Izzy's "play skeeball! 9 balls, 5 cents, a nickel a game... we'll catch up..
Warmly, Bobby Cohen
So great to hear from you Carol. Thanks for letting me know the bad news. I'm glad the boardwalk has been restored and look forward to the changes made. Some memories are imbedded in my brain and although I had my doubts about my favorite "comfort" foods, I now live near Bethany Beach in a small town which reminds me so much of Long Beach....we do have all the "comfort" foods here! (except Kinishes!) So looking forward to seeing you again. Michelle
SORRY, Michelle and all those interested. No skeet ball, IZZY Knishes, custard. There is ONE major bathroom concession around Laurelton. You have the Allegria to stop in for a "drink". No soda, shakes or fizzies. After the storm, there has been a lot lost as you would remember. The city does have plan for 3 other bathroom facilities to be installed other than Port-a-potties. Means of food vendors to be located in 2 other locations aside from Edwards Blvd location. The boardwalk is beautiful and life has ben returning.
Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!
And I worked at Kalin's for two summers! George Kalin was the "Howdie man". I served a cone to Bobby Kennedy when he campaigned on the boardwalk. I'll always remember how blond his hair was. (And I haven't had any cotton candy since working there.)
Does anyone who lives around Long Beach know whether or not they have put back any of the Boardwalk amenities, ie, custard, skeeball, kinishes, etc. or is it all bare now? I enjoy reading everyone's comments and look forward to seeing everyone as well as Long Beach. It's been so long and "age" has fogged a lot of memories but I will never forget our high school days and how much Long Beach has remained on my mind!
Michelle (Leffler) Lips
On a lighter note, I was a star worker at "Seidel's SkeeBall" for over two years. I not only became a SkeeBall wizard, but also enjoyed my ability to give out twenty nickels for a dollar in record speed. By the way, Kalin's custard was the best soft ice cream stand on the boardwalk. They also had a great lemon Italian ice.
winter in ukraine is hard,but i had to go to school,no buses,only way is to walk,my dad would tell me not to stop along the way,keep on moving so you dont get a chill and get sick,my perseverce was there,my dad told me that everyone is the same and that is in my mind for life,then came respect and other fine qualities,sure with time i also get other perhaps negative feelings like vendeta,...........lol,just kidding,i just never forget,ok,those childhood day,clothing was like forget about,food was ok,we had to work in the summer they just fed us,then they hated me that we were leaving,my dad hated communists-the free loaders like he called them,it just amazing the life that i had without knowing how to write or type,and ye forget about spelling,one night i worked in a night club as a waiter,jerry van dyde and mimi van doren not sure of last name,so i met big time american stars,big moment,first summer after school i got a job in a big law firm in manhattan,the president of the company gave me the job,i would come with him in the morning,he would work,i would spend time reading cases,after that we played tennis had lunch,go back to work,and go home,reading all that gave a scope of how much business there is in america,i would come home and watch all the shows i wanted to be american,some days i spend the entire day in nyc library,i wanted to be marco polo,a explorer,i wanted to leave a mark of something good,museums,a course at nyu-american history,but first year at adelphi i spend at sacks 5 ave,bloomingdales,roosevelt field and fbi office in garden city,i took the test,me and many many dressed in black,with a big tape recorder in your face,i had no fear,they laughed at me when it came up that i never stole anything,i told him i am not afraid of police,i was afraid of my dad,that too left a mark on my life,i am not afraid,and yes i never joined fbi,and army because i was blind for some time in college,yes when i was in hospital blind my girlfriend barbara caruso from east meadow,she would come and hold my hand never forget those moments,at nassau cc business dept., always told me that school is what you retain in your head and your heart,yes i undestood sypply and demand,but it was not like long beach,but such as life for me i was moving forward no stoping now,or you get a chill,soccer is a team sport and i understood that one can win the game for the team,and not be the one with a medal,i just wanted to win,yes the irish boys on the team introduced me to the meaning of bar for the irish it is the center of the world,and the girls had freckels and they had their own everything and yes i loved that,by now i was in every town on long island,mostly restaurants,greek diners,german,italia,....life was good but i had no idea what next,....one of my soccer buddies,his mom lived in ottawa canada,he invited me and we took my car and drove to visit his mom,well ottawa is a copy of london on a smaller scale,perhaps one of the nicest cities in the world,with water canal and tulips,rivers all around just spectacular,only winter is very snowy,as a joke i applied to transfer only 40 dollars and two weeks later i was a student at the university,majoring in economice with minor in classical russian literature,well from economics i was learning business,and russian yea they all criminals and alcoholics,so was getting total education,i got a job in the best mens store as a salesman,and a job with advertising agency in washington dc,got a german sports car and rented a house with two other students from that school and we had partys,in canada one learns how to play bridge,and so did i,and at one time played on international level,now just casual with the same players,one year later,while still in school i was doing international business on my own,importing good from croatia to canada,yes i been to many places in canada,montreal,toronto,etc.,i met there many students from all over the world,mu hunger for everything was reaching its peak,.....further schooling was over for me,the way it was presented to me i wanted real life experience,nothing ever happens like in a textbook in business,the winter in canada is like being in siberia,i love them both but i wanted new york,ok i was in new york with a job working for canadians,that was one week,i was in offise of a nice man dealing in my goods,he said costume jewlry is the hotest item now,he introduced me to a man and i was working for him next day,now i was getting experience, a new york traing onu hour and you out on the street working,i was so happy,shleping these two double cases of costume jewelry cases all over manhattan by foot,i got paid 150 per week,communiting in my brand new caddilac,tolls,parking,lunch,i was not good at math but i never had money,less than 90 day later,i was in my office as a independent,with no money,no customers and no goods to sell,but i felt very confident,next day i was at one factory in nyce asking the owner for a job,he was like what,he said he dont know anything why do i need you,i told him please you the only one i know,he fed me the entire day and at 6pm he gave me the job,i made very little money with him,but i became one of the biggests reps in that field,next time i will expand on that,,,ps yes one of 14 factories that part of my marketing,was the owner of recently closed kosher fish restaurants in long beach,he used to sign my checks about 20000 per week,if you know him tell him i will be in town,would love to connect..................besides that i traveled,to israel,spain,italy,france, belgium,holland,i went to visit russia and ukraine,traveled more than 30 states,japan,taiwan,south korea,hong kong,puerto rico,croatia,serbia,greece,germany ,austria,england, and yes and all that that i learn how to speak english,and everywhere i been i was a american,
Since my memory of my LBHS years seems to be rather fuzzy, I'd love to see more photos of you all. I think my strongest memories of people are from my homeroom. Steve Raskin, I remember leaving study hall with on a pretty regular basis, to go hang out in the library. Maureen O'Rourke and I had lots of laughs on JV cheerleading. But, so many of the memories people have posted make me feel like Mandy Kaling in her book, "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?" I've also enjoyed reading it all. And, Michael W's bio is fascinating. Thank you for sharing.
english was hard and mr wolsky strugeled to pass me mrs waldman was like let him,at lakewood principal spoke polish,english was on my own,at long beach,mrs perfecky spoke ukranian to me,my parents spoke yiddish,so i had the students my classmates only and some teachers to learn english,but i felt so free so cmfy,i had no fear,in my middle school in poland houliganism was rampart,i used to seen protection with the nuns in school,and they fed me bologna sandwiches,eventualy i got a beating,long beach was serene,loving place,people were super i never saw any violence,i took lirr to the city,mr margolies spend quality time with,mr green baum was hard but ms frank she gave me a pass,mr davis ny coach and a nice person,mrs robb had hard time i could not read,mr giagrande was always happy,perhaps the happiest moments of my life,i was alive,they wanted to kill us-we won lets party,and from that moments my life is one big holiday,its a party,post graduate university of life,mrs sherman was the greatest teacher ever in my entire life,i thank you all for i love you just the way you are.
I am so sorry to miss the reunion. My husband and I will be away on vacation. I would have loved to see all of you. I'll look forward to seeing all the pictures that will be taken. If anyone would like to contact me, the email address is Lenore.Miller8@gmail.com. My phone # is(561)732-5810. My husband, Stan,and I live in Boynton Beach, Fl. I'm sure many of you are Florida residents.
I hope you all have a great time!!!
Lenore Futerman Miller
been trying to recall the years in high school and what i have experienced in long beach,someone said on another site that i was ambitious,i would love to meet that person,i cant recall the name of a italian boy who lived on the bay side,how his mother gave me chicken cachiatore,after that i love everything italian,and we played cards in another room and priest came in and blessed us with holly water,i told him i was a jew,he told its ok another blessing is good for you,i been to italy many times and vatican,sometimes for a long periods,i ate italian food all over the world,sure little italy,best italian restaurant is camiles in providence rhode island,on federal hill they paint fire hydrants in italian colors,yes i saw all italian movies made in america and at times i listen to italian music,i thank you for enriching my life of cultures of the world,it all started with a slice of pizza from ginos,may only good things come upon them,my frst job in a deli on riverside and park,1.75 per hour,now i want money up front,no wonder i am not working,sure i would like to reconect with everyone even those missing,to hear about your lifes,our memorier togheter or just yours,i was a waiter in some of the hotels,what a great life training,how to be with people sure was great help in my life,after high school i was at adelphi u,then i spend most of my time in manhattan,library was first,i could not understand liberal arts so adelphi was a orientation year,next year i was at nassau cc and that was great,learning business,i wanted to be a new york businessman which i did 4 years later,at nassau i played soccer and we won national championship with a perfect season,we won at west point and they invited us for dinner,second year i got injured with a blow to the head,i was blind for 4 weeks but everything was ok,the time we won championship perhaps the happiest time in my life,so from then on i like winning............
i was born in siberia russia,when i was 5 we moved to ukraine,and we lived in a small town,i remember my elementary teacher and some aspects of the school,very few books,had a happy childhood surrounder by my mothers family,my mother lost her twin brother and father in the war,my dad lost 98 percents of his entire extended family,my parents worked hard the entire life,mom is only 94 ....from ukraine we moved to poland,life there was bad,red cross and jewish organizations and my fathers brothers daughter in lakewood nj helped us to come to america,she and dad were the only one to live from a family of more than 400 after learning russian ukranian,polish and in school greek and latin forget about,i was for one year in lakewood high school and then we moved to long beach and all of you were great i felt very comfortable,i am so gratefull,it was not like that in russia or ukraine,there is nothing like america it is a miracle country.
first we lived on riverside blvd then on penn st., i loved carvel next to high school,beachburger,the movies,ginos pizza,the boarwalk and the beach,long beach was great for me,i loved the supermarket,for me it was a dream,just like i was a aboriginal from australia,the world is a dream,and the girls were like wow,for me it was a paradise,and yes being a gentelman i never hug any girls,forget about a kiss,a date never happen,its true, and yes that too molded my life,i am a gentelman,i never hit anyone,i do not like violence,i believe that everyone is equal,and yes i was true to this all my life,and i never abused my position as a owner or manager,i was active in womans rights and minorities,i did vote for obama two times,but next time i am going republican,i have certain powers of healing,i feel that i am the same as i was,just 50 pound more,and 50 years,life is a long time,now in retrospect how much has happened in my life,i have been all over the world,and yes i have done many things on a major level,you the students of my class gave me inspiration and i am coming to see you all,i love you all.
Hey Mickey, I remember Ralph Kiner, but now you sound like you are doing a Ralph Edwards imitation.
"Bobby, this next voice is someone who you double dated with at your Prom. He still remembers the night and you almost falling asleep on the drive home each time he hears the song, "Mrs Brown, you've got a luv'ly daugh'er". Welcome your high school friend, Michael Holliday Cohn!"
Hi Bobby, In case you need to get reaquainted perhaps I can help. You were one of the nicest people in our high class. You were a great dancer and one of your favorite songs to dance to was "My baby does the hanky panky." You were a top student and won a scholrship from the Pythian Sisters. You were a regular for basketball at the Schatz Stadium and joined in for the free soda and pretzels. You worked at the Laurel Luncheonette and learned the language in no time."Stretch 2, draw 1 and 86 on the RB. BLT down with mayo to travel." We worked the chair concession at ABH and each felt as strongly about Maddie Neuman of "clean beach, clean area" fame and of course Deacon the Garber Man. At ABH the customers called you "Stony" or of course the ever popular "Boy." Now I need to reaquaint--I look forward to seeing you at the reunion. Murray p/k/a Little Mickey
i want to thank everyone for the great time that i had in high school,for all the help that i recieved from the teachers and students,many times in my life i looked at our yearbook and saw all the good wishes from everyone,i will bring the book with me,as you can see i never learn how to write properly but i learn how to speak well,special thank you to my friend phil franck who was like my brother,mrs sherman who was a great teacher and with great dedication took care of my english,for the love that you gave me for this country,i thank you,mrs waldman such a nice person and my entire homeroom class,to the entire soccer crew i am gratefull for your acceptance,to all girls i thank you,steve schatz i thank you for the help in math,my time in high school molded my life,for all the good i am thank full to all,best wishes,see you soon.
I don't know, Michael, I thought you were great in those roles! Gerry Manzella and I loved Mr Maglio and enjoyed choir immensely.
Just beginning to figure out travel logistics to the reunion. My wife and I are wondering if anyone is driving down through Rhode Island the Friday before with room for us. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome all "hellos" as well, as I get reaquainted!
Warmly, Bobby Cohen
Mr. Maglio was a great teacher, Donna. And lots of fun in class. Unfortunately, unlike you, I never learned a thing from him, as he frequentliy liked to point out. He gave me two parts in shows, as the Mayor of the Munchkins freshman year in the Lindell Building and as Hugo Peabody sophmore year. But he made me recite my solo in the Wizard of Oz and he cut my two songs and duet with Kim in Birdie.
Both shows were undeniably much better that way.
Hi Everyone, Remember Stan Galowin and Camp Thunderbird?
Camp Thunderbird was in North Egremont, MA, near Great Barringtn.
The years we spent there were memorable and wonderful.
I learned how to play tennis there, and still lucky enough to play tennis
in Boynton Beach four times a week!
We did two great shows as well, The King and I and ByBye Birdie, with
Maddy Freeman. My last show at LBHS was under th direction of the then
briilliant Mike Maglio, where I played Ursula Merkle! and Maddy Freeman played Rosie.
What I learned from Mr. Maglio still influences me to this day, as I am still doing
singing and acting in regional theaters, as I did in New Jersey before moving to South
Would love to hear from you Thunderbirders!
Sue, while I too miss the trees that were finally taken down this past Fall, one positive is that the trees taken down were mostly of one kind (ash I think) many of which suffered especially from the salt water inundation of Sandy. A program set to begin next month will be replanting six different types of new decorative trees at the sites where the old ones came down. So by the time of the Reunion you might get to see the first new trees planted.
You might not have had time to notice but many if not most of those memorial gardens in the middle of Park Avenue were named for anddedicated to teachers who taught while we were in high school. Lots of famiiar names.
The sign for the "new" Lido Theatre is a point of contention/speculation in town. That sign exhorting all to look for the grand re-openning went up exactly one year ago today. The owners claimed that they would be re-opening last Spring, but never explained what happened. People in town are still hopeful but there's still been no word or explanation from the owners. Similarly, the old hospital (where my sister was born) also closed down due allegedly to the hurricane. Now South Nassau Hospital in Oceanside has announced that they will be openning some sort of 24 hour clinic emergency room. But it won't deal with serious trauma, stroke or heart attack. If one of those happen, residents will have to go by ambulance to the hospital in Oceanside, and hope it's not during a rare period of heavy traffic on Long Beach Road.
The ghost of Nathans is now even further up the road in Oceanside and is now the size of the avereage Arthur Treachers, which by the way is what shares the space and what they sell instead of all the wonderful fish and clams and oysters that we used to be able to get in the Old Nathans.
But Peters Clam Bar is still there, and a block or two closer to town a great fish market and sea food restaurant.
Just spent 9 days in LB for the first time since 2012. I kept driving past my mother's house since the street, as many others, had all the trees cut down after Sandy, supposedly because they all suffered root rot. So sad--I watched those trees be planted & grow to great heights. Was so busy helping mom in her new assisted living place that I never got a chance to see the West end--when we were in school, it wasn't a hopping place like I hear it is now (I'll be there on Fri. night @Billy's). Didn't get to Gino's but I did get a sandwich for the plane at Lido Deli--YUM! Passed several memorial gardens on Park--Florence First (East school), I forget who else (of course), & a street sign that said Cantor Mendelsohn Plaza where East End/Cong. Bat Sholom used to be. First thing I did when I arrived was to make my brother stop at the boardwalk before getting me to the house. It was dark & cold but I just had to go up there. Never got to it again but I will in May. It's nice but of course I miss the old one. When you look from afar, you see steel railings on the bottom, not the big dark brown wooden pilings. They are bringing back concessions, & the Lido theater says "Watch for our grand re-opening." Nathan's apparently moved once again, further north, opening on March 26.
No, not a forgotten classmate.
For many or most of us, the great attraction of Long Beach when growing up was the beach, the boardwalk and ocean. My family briefly lived in the canals, and some friends had boats, but most of the time, Reynolds Channel was just a gateway to other places or what we passed over while sitting in the LIRR going to the City.
Since I moved back to Long Beach a few years ago, I discovered Garret Marsh, and the many shallow channels and small hassocks and islands north of Reynolds Channel that stretch from Island Park to Freeport. It is filled with colorful wading shorebirds: herons, egrets, terns, bitterns, cormorants, oyster catchers, plovers, many ducks and my favorite, the large ospreys in their elevated nests. Beginning in the Spring I like to go kayaking in the Marsh to paddle up close to them and see them in their natural, undisturbed habitat. It's like a National Geographic tv show, close to my back yard. If so inclined you can also fish off a kayak. It can be peaceful and relaxing or invigorating and exciting, depending on what you want and there are also great bayside views of the old high school, golf course, the Hospital (before they tear it down) the LB Bridge as you never saw it and houses along the Bay.
If you’re (not even all that) adventurous, the weekend you’re here, think about going to Empire Kayak, in Island Park down the street from where the old Texas Ranger used to be and Peter’s Clam Bar still is, and rent a kayak (they even have paddle operated Hobies that are easy to use) to paddle for a hour or few hours in the Garret Marsh.
So sorry I had not answered earlier your thought provoking message about what amused both you and me on those tv days. Bowling for Dollars was hosted by Mets broadcaster Bob Murphy my peersonal favorite. I was making $1.40 an hour wokring at the skating rink at the Rec Center and probably could have financed the whole Channel 9 production. "Here's 8 dollars for you and 8 dollars for your pin pal."
Now Bedlam from Boston, and Championship Wrestling from Capital Arena were show stoppers. Remember Nature Boy Buddy Rogers, Strutting Bob Davis, Skull Murphy, Brute Bernard, Dorey Dixon--Calypso Champ, The Graham Brothers, Dr. Jerry and Eddie. Wow. One night the Graham Brothers were scheduled for a tag team againt Skull Murphy and Brute Bernard. Well it appears that Dr. Jerry Graham was at a medical convention and did not get to the bout ontime. This left Eddie at a decisive disadvantage with his two opponents and predictably he was getting the tar beaten out of him. Then when it looked hopeless the doors swung open and out came Dr. Jerry in street clothes (complete with Hawaiian shirt and suitcases in hand.) He climbed into the ring, hit both over the head with suitcases, recussitated his bro and led them to victory. Their followed one of those classic interviews with announcer Ray Morgan. Murray
That is an amazing video, Janie. Thanks so much! The boardwalk was always a exciting place for me. I didn't get to go there all that often and when I did, I loved it. Most of the time I had to sneak out to go to the beach--and I did that a lot in those high school years. One fun summer, Gerry Manzella and I used to spend time hanging around with Michael Cohen and Ron Gertz when they were working renting umbrellas etc. We told our parents we were at each others' houses....
Brought my two girls to the beach about 25 years ago. They loved it. And then came with my youngest when she was a teenager. She had a chicken salad sandwich at a deli there and remarked, "Mom, it tastes just like yours!" I said, sure, they probably use Helman's mayonaise too. But she said no, it's not that. It has the exact same amount of celery, the chicken is cut exactly the same size, just like yours. I laughed. We never know where our influences may come from.
I remember playing skee ball, on the boardwalk, and can't understand why my grandson, age 9, doesn't love it as much as I did.
I do remember getting dressed up and walking with friends from Neptune all the way down to Seidel's esp. on Rosh Hashana after we went to Picus' deli to buy a garlic pickle. I've never tasted any as good as those pickles.
Murray (not easy to forget as that was my dad's name),
It was frozen custard - Waller's - was reviewed nationally in several NY newspapers.
Rita's frozen custard franchises sells it now. Whenever I get to the west side of town, you can be sure I inhale those calories. LOL
You evoke such wonderful memories of growing up in Long Beach and how privledged we were to do so. People still travel miles in traffic to get a taste of the boardwalk and the beautiful white powdery sand beaches. And in our day, life was buzzing over, under around and through the boardwalk. I never got to cash in my tickets at Sliedel Skeeball (which I preferred to Faber's for no apparent reason that I can recall). I wanted to get a teddy bear for Cathy Tash on whom I had a most unrequited crush. May she rest in peace.
And you reminded me of the rides. I grew up on them, the little boats at age 4 and the roller coaqster at age 14. It wasn't a very big roller coaster--if Coney Island had its Cyclone then this baby was the Tropical Depression. But like its bigger counterpart, I got just as dizzy and threw up just as reliably.
One question for the class. Next to Sliedels was a place that sold what most of the world calls soft ice cream. Didn't we call it frozen custard? Murray
I second Susan in thanking Janie for posting the u-tube link. While none of us would remember when people dressed up to walk the boardwalk, we were certainly there with the rides, skeeball, knishes, and chance to also go under the boardwalk. My kids remember the rides and skeeball from our many summer visits to my parents' house. No family is there anymore, so I don't get back. My husband and I walked the first section that was rebuilt once, when it only was about 4 blocks long. Long Beach was a great place to grow up.
Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Many of us have had wonderful memories "under the boardwalk" and practically living on the beach from June till August.
Janie, thank you so much for sharing that wonderful clip; I hadn't seen it in Rob Rothman's postings. There were some of my absolute favorite things--the rides, sledding down the boardwalk ramp, walking under the boardwalk on the cool shaded sand, boardwalk games........I'll be visiting LB in 4 days, haven't been there since just before Sandy. Then again in May, of course!
Ricky moved during jr high, as did Roberta Betstadt. I posted Mrs. Bailey's class graduation picture. Can you post Mr. Bloch's class? (I think he was the other 6th grade teacher.) Speaking of Mr. Bloch, does anyome else remember his wiggly bow tie? See you in May!
It's been a treat visiting this website and experiencing a "virtual Reunion" as a lead up to the real thing! Hope you'll enjoy this music video of the popular Drifters' song with scenes of our boardwalk, whether you remember it most fondly from under or above! Maybe you'll recognize someone or remember the feel of the cold sand! Janie Samuels Sills
All I remember about that Oct. day is that a yellow rose bloomed past it's supposed bloom time.
Margo, I do remember that my mom's chocolate birthday cake is still the best. I rarely make it. It's easier (bad back) to buy a boxed dark chocolate cake, add homemade icing and grape jelly between the layers. My Aunt Rose used strawberry. I once used orange marmaled and decorated it with Mandarin orange pieces. Meri only uses the grape.
If I were coming to NY, I'd bring one. Not sure how it travels. It sometimes doesn't do well in my car on the way to templ. LOL
It doesn't matter who was the kisser and who the kissee. None of us really knew much about what we were doing then. But you and Ricky must have cut quite a figure even then What an attractive couple. Murray
Great recollection Margo...my problem is I don't remember that party!! LOL.
Wow Margo I was at that party! Did Ricky move from LB before high school?
Looking forward to seeing you at the reunion😊
Memory is a funny thing. I also can't remember much from yesterday but I DO remember kissing Ricky Weinstein during a game of spin the bottle at Phyllis Levine's party in 6th grade. I'm just not sure who was the kisser and who was the kissee!
I can't remember yesterday, so knowing who I kissed or who kissed me 56 years ago, at Cheri's party, would be impossible.
Elise, Your observation that Cheri's father organized our maiden voyage at Spin the Bottle and that he was a psychiatrist is the stuff of great comedies. Do you recall if your spin landed my way or vice versa? If not, one of us owes the other a kiss at the reunion. I don't think my wife Kim would mind. Murray
I was at that birthday party, too, and remember playing "spin the bottle" for the first time. Cheri's father supervised. He was a psychiatrist.
The first thing I remember you ever telling me was that Cheri was French--say as opposed to Sherry. I went to your birthday party long about the sixth grade and for the first time in my life played "Spin the Bottle." It made me realize that kissing girls was not nearly as horrible as I had imagined. I remember your mother being a very nice lady as was your older sister Merry. Sorry you won't be at the reunion. Murray (Mickey)
I just pulled out my LBHS year book so I could really remember ya'll. It made me smile to read all the notes. I started elementary school with quite a few and high school with a number of you as well.
All of you made my education fun, interesting, and glad I could graduate with you. Wish I could get away to the Reunion.
Allan was very good friend of mine. we were on the soccer team together. I saw where he is listed in the In Memoriam list. Allan was very particular about his privacy. He had a photography studio in Manhattan. He later moved to another state. Can anyone verify the veracity of his passing?
Gabe TC OMeara
It's impressive that you can remember those wonderful cartoon moments. My brain was probably too cluttered with all the other "high brow" endeavors I had. Between Bowling For Dollars, Gillette Calvacade of Sports, and Bedlam From Boston ( Killer Kowalsky with his claw hold) , I hardly had time to do my homework. In fact, I didn't.
Happily, I had Mad Magazine to help me with my current events, and Classic Comics occasionally got me past a book report.
Welcome back TC. Your fans are there for you!!! Murray
i got my nickname from the cartoon Top Cat. My black friends like baybay Hasberry and Charlie Davis started calling me T.C. Good times.
Harry, How did you feel when Officer Joe Bolton moved from 5:30 to 6:00 to host Popeye the Sailor? Four bells, six o'clock and welcome aboard the good ship Popeye. And who can forget the episode "How Green is my Spinach" when Brutus talkedPopeye into throwing out hsi supply of spinach. The can, personified, told Popeye "You'll be SORRY" and sad to report, he was.
Meanwhile I last left Moe and Larry drilling into Curly's stomach to get out the diamond Curly swallowed. What a porcupine, yuk, yuk, yuk. Holiday have no fear Underdog is here, with his lovely damsel, Polly Purebred. Murray
My Mom never had to worry about where I was at 5:30pm. Officer Joe Bolton and The Three Stooges Funhouse kept me close to home for many years.
Michael, You are wonderful. Yes it was quite a party and we were both blessed to see it in our lifetimes. I met Leslie Goree and her brother Michael at summer camp when I was 10, Michael was 10 and Leslie was 12. Both were brilliant and thoughtful and very nice children We soent 3 or 4 summers together. Michael was more the music buff and later was nominated for an Oscar for the music from Fame. Leslie had great talent as well but loved tennis more. But no doubt You Don't Own Me became a feminist anthem, deservedly so.
Can you recall the greatest show in town? It's Huckleberry Hound for all you guys and gals. Melligah Gorilla and Top Cat were up there as well. I also loved Bullwinkle and Rocky and being fairly immature, I stayed with the theme in college and watched George of the Jungle. Same narrator as Bullwinkle. Best of George: Some ruffians were infesting the jungle with man eating plants. The two best lines: First the narration: "This being a short episode the plants grew very quickly." The second when the narrator told George that the ruffians were responsible, he said: "you guys really from Ruffia?" Murray
I showed my grandchildren the programs. It's amazing what you can find on you tube and american classic tv.
Going from the sublime to the ridiculous, Slate Magazine has an article this week about Kukla Fran and Ollie, a gentle almost fey puppet show that ran for 10 years on national TV that I used to love when I was young. It would never last even half a season today. It was also a week that saw the 40th reunion of Saturday Night Live, which most of us probably watched a generation after we left high school.
In between those shows, while we were in high school was ......Soupy Sales, whose antics with Pookie, White Fang, running gags and shtick became a recurrent mime for many of us back before we even knew what the word mime meant. And during our last year, there was even the infamous green paper scandal.
(And then there was Yogi Bear "Hey Hey, Boo-boo!" and Deputy Dawg.)
Have any of you ever tried to explain the appeal of those shows to your kids?
Murray, we have lived through the beginning and flowering of some tumultous and huge culture changing times. Just the past day or so, Leslie Gore died at 68. Her song "You Don't Own Me" came to be viewed as before-it's-time anthem of feminism. Although at the time, I think "It's My Party" was the song most of us probably felt more attuned to.
It certainly has been quite a party, although rather than cry, I feel pretty lucky that it all happened to me.
Our Class of 1965 lived through the most tumultuous effort for civil rights and the dignity of humankind since the Civil War. 50 years later the rights and freedom's of people of color have been fully established though they need to be remembered and fought for every day.
In a century from now some other looney bird--not I-- will recall with the same levle of awe the winning of the battle for gay rights. Another victory for indidual freedom over darkness, ignorance and stupidity.
In our high school days we did not think much about gay rights but we sure had our gender based stereotypes. It was 9 years before Title IX and girl's sports were underfunded and largely ignored. And I was enrolled in shop with all the boys while the girl's learned girlie things like sewing and cooking.
Of course no one taught my hormones what to do and I was promptly asked to leave the wood shop, The teacher was fearful that I would cut off my hands in something called a ban saw. Wrote Mr. Bogden to my mother "Murray has no discernable mechanical skills and poses a danger to himself and others." I to this day love to cook, but the thought of my joining up with home ec class would not have been possible even with an affidavit of heterosexuality!
How the times were changing. Murray
[Even our graduation program listed "boys" and "girls" separately, as you can see under the Graduations tab on the website -- The Committee]
I found her and sent her the info re the reunion.
[Thank you all for your efforts in finding Roberta -- The Committee]
I live in Canton and having a Linkedin acct, I thought I would do a search for her which revealed Roberta as the Executive Director of Congregation at Ariel. The search needed an email address, I didn't have. Calling the Congragation at Ariel is the next step. has this been accomplished by anyone yet?
I am living in Atlanta for almost 40 years and will reach out to my Jewish Community
for clues to locate Roberta.
Who else lives " in my neck of the woods ? "
Eileen contact me in the search.
Eileen Wanuck Schlenker
I'm in Atlanta now and decided to join the search for Roberta. I got an email address from the congregation she worked at and have reached out. I will post any further information. Also I am looking forward to seeing you all after such a long time.
I don't see Judy Pizik registered in Classmates or liste in Missing Classmates. She lived next door to me but I don't know where she is now. I think she lived in Ithaca at one time. Does anyone know where she is?
[We sent Judy a notice about the website/reunion to an Ithaca address -- and it was not returned as undeliverable. We will add her to the "missing" and hope it spurs a response from her -- The Committee]
Roberta is listed on Classmates.com. The only info she provided there is that she lives in Atlanta, GA. I ran a Google search-- Roberta London Atlanta, and retrieved several entries from LinkdIn that could be her (Jewish community work). Since I do not belong to LinkdIn, I could not open the full entry.
I remember that we were the first class that didn't get to go to Mystic Seaport because of that sketchy behavior on the trip the year before. Must have been to the park you're talking about.
Alan, glad to see you joined the site! There is an optional event Fri. night & Sunday as well as the actual dinner on Sat. night. Did you mean you need transportation just for Sat? Don't know many who would leave Sat. night but I'll ask around. You'd better come anyway!
i, too, would love to get in touch with Roberta London. She always talked about living in Israel, but I have no idea where she is. I searched her name last year and found a trail to Florida. But I have still not found her.
[Roberta London was omitted from our list of "Missing" -- but has now been added. We have been unable to find any information regarding her whereabouts -- The Committee]
I just inherited my dad's house in lido. My daughter is going to be married in long beach. My dad was discharged from the navy in 1945 from the lido hotel. Long beach has been my whole life.
i would like to contact Roberta London.A47L
Is there anyone coming from and returning to Manhattan on Saturday with whom I can share transportation? Hopefully I will be able to celebrate with you.
I saw Rayna about 25 years ago when our children started 9th grade at Friends Seminary in Manhattan.
Haven't seen her since they graduated in 1990. Sorry.
Good luck finding her.
[We do have an e-mail address for Rayna. We will send her another message - The Committee]
I'm excited to see everyone at our reunion, especially my fellow West School grads. Has anyone kept in touch with Rayna? I'm hoping to see her there.
Are any of my old Poker buddies coming to the reunion. If so please let me know I may be able to host a game at my daughters house, she lives in Malverne.
Ted Cohen email@example.com
We were absolutely at the dude ranch in our freshman year of high school. There are pictures to prove it (except we are having trouble locating them) but I know they exist. If you are lucky enough to still have your yearbook you can see some. One in particular is in the very left hand corner of the page of kiddie pictures above Lenore Futterman's photo. I can tell by my hair I was in 9th grade.
As to Bear Mountain and or Herksire State Park..."we" as a class can never walk that way again. I don't remember which one we got into so much trouble and were banned for life (just kidding - hmmm maybe not).
I can name the 3 guys who got plastered, the statute of limitations has run but I still won't rat them out. But if they came forward and confessed their sins, I would be happy to buy them each a drink or even a glass of wine of Janis Forman's selection. Perhaps a Sea Smoke Pinot Noir? Murray
BTW, the Rocking Horse Dude Ranch is still around. I worked there as a waiter while in college. Now I live 10 minutes away from it.
Who can forget going to Hecksher State Park? Definitely a memorable 'experience'.
I also remember going to Bear Mountain and West Point.
We (a small group) went to a dude ranch the summer of 1962 in Succasunna New Jersey with Mr. Stanger
We went to a dude ranch when we were Freshmen. I don't remember who sponsored it.
The trips were two separate trips.
I thought our senior trip was to Hechsher (sp?) State Park, where I rode a horse for the first time (after lying that I'd ridden before because I didn't want to be denied the chance). I was complimented on my cantering (!) but man was I ever sore the next day!! I remember 3 guys getting plastered & it was such a "big thing" everyone was talking about.
It was our 1965 Senior class trip. My leg was in a cast so I couldn't go horseback riding, but I did learn to play pool.
Unfortunately I don't have any pictures, just great memories.
She's an elephant, Gail. Didn't you know that. She remembers everything. Love ya' Babs!
How did you remember this? Very impressive! Do you have any pictures or memorabilia from the ranch? Gail
The 1960's trip was to the Rocking Horse Dude Ranch
Wishing everyone a wonderful New Year...Good Health, Love, Happiness & Peace!
Happy New year.
Wishing everybody a very Happy and Healthy New Year. May 2015 bring us all what we want.
Wishing all a very Happy, Healthy New Year. Looking forward to May.
I noticed Bob Nierman among our class missing. I hope he appears. He was my next door neighbor with a wondeful family including his dear mother Elizabeth and a great Sheltie named Try. Robert grew up to be poised and increbibly witty and played Tulley Bascom the lead in our play the Mouse That Roared and was a perfect Walter Dunn Intredid Guidance Counselor in our senior skits. Next to Billy Crystal as Doc Samuels, Ellen Engel as Senorita Santoni and Barry King enforcing the one way hall rules, Robert stole the show as the clodhopper who sent everyone to Sullivan Community College. He threw darts to pick the colleges. From Bye Bye Birdie he inspired his students with the notion that they were going to Sullivan. "How can anyone be, half as fortunate as me, we'll say its the most, twice as good as Post, My Sullivan." Murray
I can't believe it's been 50 years. Seeing such familiar faces has been a blessing. I can't wait to reunite with everyone and reminisce on what great times we shared. Thanks to Adrienne and her niece Ellyn for making this happen for me.
See everyone in May 2015. Happy holidays and Happy New Year. Health and happiness to you all.
My niece just found out that she works with John Lee Cohen's daughter. After learning that I graduated with him, his daughter emailed me. She almost burst into tears when I was able to email her a picture of her dad from the yearbook. I gave her the LBHS site and the yearbook site. Subsequently, John just joined our LBHS reunion site.
Happy holidays everyone and see y'all in May with bells on my toes.
Happy holidays to my classmates from the class of '65. Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2015.
I just reserved a queen bed thru hotels.com for $150+tax
It is worth checking VRBO or other vacation rental sites for your lodging - It is off season and I was able to book a 3 bedroom house on the same block where my dad built our first home - The cost is less per bedroom than any of the hotels - The catch is you might have to book a minimum of three nights - Get a group together and have your own slumber party - You might want to watch the movie "The Big Chill" before you go for it - I look forward to seeing you all next spring - Happy forthcoming holidays !
My wife and I had to stay there on a last minute trip to LB to help with ailing parents. I would urge everybody to avoid it. The Allegriae is very nice.
Sadly in Long Beach, the pickings are slim. We did the best we could with what we had to work with. There are choices outside of Long Beach itself, but I for one want the flavor of my old home town as much as possible. So I will stay in Long Beach.
It is all about the reunion, and that's how we should all look at it.
If any alumni are interested, I received the following email:
SAVE THE DATE
The LB Hotel is the former Jackson. Very old, very small, that's all I know. I'm considering staying there anyway. The Allegria had many negative reviews about the AC not working, & poor customer service, but the LB Hotel had complaints too. I know you always find complaints but I didn't see too many kind words for either. Wish there was a "normal" hotel in LB.
Thank you so much for your input. If you look on our website to the left, you will see that there is a subject "For Travelers (Far and Near)."
The information has been there for months. The Long Beach Hotel is available, and and the information is posted with a special rate (for a block of rooms).
Again thank you.
There is a second hotel now in Long Beach besides the Allegria. I haven't seen the rooms only the lobby and bar area, so I don't know what it's like or if it's decent or the rates. But given the date of the Reunion, I wonder if the organizers might consider talking to them about a group rate? It's the Long Beach Hotel (I think it's the renovated Lincoln) on the North side of Broadway, and Lincoln, 405 East Broadway. 516 544-4444. If people or the Reunion organizers are interested, I'd be willing to check out the rooms or talk to them.
I was thinking about the "Best Places" in Long Beach and came up with this list. Let's see what you think. Please add to it!
Best Theater--Laurel Best Chinese--Wing Lew
Best Italian-- Russo's Best Ice Cream--Jahn's
Best Burgers--Texas Ranger Best Clothes--Smorack's
Sorry, Jessica, but I don't need a room mate. Carol Sills is rooming with me. I finally heard back from her. We are actually driving down together from Poughkeepsie for the weekend activities! Good luck finding a room mate!
Gail, Thank you for remembering the veterans from our class. Those on "the Wall" and those of us who survived. It is appreciated.
A bunch of us are staying at the Holiday Inn Express. Check with Lois Lang. She may be looking for a roomie.
Yes the photos are simply terrific, but I can't take credit for them. They belong to Roxee. I just uploaded them for her. It's hard to believe she still has them (and many I did not upload). However, what I do have is my pink leather autograph book from elementary school and you signed it! I will send you your signed page in an email.
Warmest regards, Gail
OMG! Love these pictures! Gail, I can't believe you still have them; they are priceless. Thank you. Diane Nelson Aldrich
as one of those who has not kept up with anyone since graduation (I did get married and leave the country the next year, btw), I'd appreciate knowing where people are staying and would love a roommate.
Murray, we discussed Kennedy awhile back. I just checked because I thought maybe it was on FB or I imagined it. You have to keep scrolling back if you want to read it. I still have the Newsday from that day.
The defining global moment of our high school days was the murder of John Kennedy. I was in 7th period history class with Ms. Manz when we all heard the news from Dallas. It was a Friday and school ended for the week and I ran home and watched CBS news and Walter Cronkite in tears telling us that the President was dead. The weekend saw Jack Ruby murdering Lee Harvey Oswald, the funeral with the riderless horse, John John saluting and us getting used to the idea that LBJ was our new President.
We were invigorated by JFK's youth, energy and humor. Eisenhower, the only President we knew before was a war hero but not our hero. We could start our politcal invovement with a hero we could dig. Nancy Miller wrote a brilliant piece in our school literrary magazine about Presidential hero heaven with Washington and Linclon among others and how JFK was now one of them.
That is my view. What do you think? Murray
I absolutely love them!
Thanks for remembering the Zoombie Jamboorie!!!!!
You are absolutely right!!!
The name of that song was "Zombie Jamboree"....
"Back to back, belly to belly, well I don't give a damn,
Cause we done that already, back to back, belly to belly at the Zombie Jamboree."
You can find it on one of the earlier Kingston Trio albums.
Most fondly, I remember playing some percussion back up with a group of guys who were friends of my dad's. We called ourselves the Weirdos and played strange instruments like the washtub bass, mandolin and other home-made and store bought music makers. Our stage was the beach at Laurelton and we used to get quite a crowd when Paul Simon showed up one day and became a regular with us. He was about 20 at the time and not yet launched his career. We sure did let it rip and I remember a song he used to sing called, "Back to Back and Belly to Belly"
Do any of you guys remember our jams on the beach?
Well, I'm embarassed. I have to say, Murray's memories of me are way more impressive than my own; I don't remember starting the softball team, although I do think I played a decent 2nd base! I also have to correct the record about my father: he was with the Boston Braves, not the Red Sox. Thanks to him, I found out one of the great secrets of life, which is that good pitching always beats good hitting. He was MY hero!
God bless you both. By identifying my two heroes I embrace all the others to whom you refer. We are an extraordinary lot. Murray
Both Barbara and Billy have done amazing things to make our world a better place. It warms my heart to think of their wonderful accomplishments. I too am proud to say I know them.
But let us not forget our classmates that fought in wars to protect our freedoms who survivied with scars, or tradgically lost their lives.
There are many people in our class who have made a difference, whether in medicine, education, law, literature, technology, finance, or music. The list goes on and on.
We should reflect, admire, and thank them all. We have an amazing Class of 65!
Thank you for sharing that about Barbara. Very refreshing to know that some of our classmates actually made a difference in this country.
We were a remarkable class in the revolutionary 60's. Hardly was the ink dry on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when we sent into a turbulent world marked by Vietnam, race riots and the feminist movement, a revolution both in rights and in perceptions. It was too early in the era for us to be vocal, militant or even obnoxious. And one wag trasferred out of Union College saying they did not riot because they didn't give gym credit for it. But it in high school when I became certain that there would never be a place in my life and my world for racism or sexism.
Our class was blessed with two of my heros who lit candles and showed the way. And both grew to become extraordinary citizens and influencers in the crazy years that followed. Billy Crystal did more for my becoming sensitive to the common bonds of humanity than any person on earth save perhaps for the one he imitated so well, Mohamed Ali. And Barbara Gans was a quiet voice for Title 9 seven years before it became the law. She started and successfully led the first girls' softball team and made claims (pioneering in the day) for equality. She had the baseball genes which she got from her dad, Harold, a Red Sox pitcher, but the courage and prescience came from her heart and her head.
With great admiration. Murray
The Young Rascals and the Meatloaf played at the Action House.
I'm with you Jessie--I loved all those songs. I never knew the group names nor many of the lyrics of others (Louie Louie) until much much later. We just sold most of our record albums--so sad--but I converted many to CD's & wanted the room. Still have the 45's.
I remember getting into Leone's at 15 years old, with fake proof of age. I met my ex-husband at Dean's.
What about our local, semi-famous THE ILLUSION. They played often at Leone's and got alot of airplay on radio. We also had THE UNSPOKEN WORD. Their record made it to the top forty and could be found often at DEAN'S.
Don't diss those songs--I loved them all! Along with "Teenager in Love." Some folks our age sang "Monster Mash" in my UU church for Halloween (Unitarian Universalists). It was a favorite for lots of us.
You nailed it with Last Kiss. Along with Teen Angel and Tell Laura I Love Her, and perrhaps Leader of the Pack, they formed a musical genre "Death Rock" which in our parent's generation showed up in the movies as "Old Movie Disease." A beautiful teenage Liz Taylor dying at the end with her make up on.
And we got the answer to the musical question: "Who wears short shorts?
Also Al Kooper and his era of Blood, Sweat and Tears were a talented group who I remember even from the Blues Project days. Another group with great talent and Julliard training were the New York Rock and Roll Ensemble.
I remember we had "The Royal Teens" who had a hit with "Short Shorts" at one of our dances. The group included Al Kooper who would later become famous with Bob Dylan and founded Blood Sweat and Tears. Also, tThere was an acapella black vocal group on the bill called "The Tymes". They sang a couple of songs including "So much in love" which became a big hit in 1963.As we stroll along togetherHolding hands, walking all aloneSo in love are we twoThat we don't know what to doSo in love (doo, so in love)In a world of our own (doo, so in love)
Do you remember "Last Kiss" by J Frank Wilson and the cavaliers?"Well, where oh where can my baby be The Lord took her away from me She's gone to heaven So I got to be good So I can see my baby When I leave this ol' world" The car stalled and Bam! The curious part is that the song was written by Wayne Cochran, who made a name for himself as "The White James Brown". He never had a hit!
Are any of you coming to the reunion? My cousin, Melvyn Poswolsky, would be interested in knowing.
Unlike you, with consdierable musical talent, tin earred me left Surfin Bird off my list. It belongs there. Thank you.
Let's not forget those Brookly Babes of Boufant, the Shangri La's and there ode ot motorcycles and grease "Leader of the Pack." Remember that her folks were always putting him down, down down... Murray
Mother in law reminds me of Mr Caruso in Junior High. He was always talking about his mother in law. He also would stand on the desk and act out Christopher Columbus. I remember when a boy msibehaved, he would grab them by the ear and bring them to the principal.
It's amazing how I can remember 8th grade, but not what I had for breakfast.
SURFING BIRD. Strains to rhyme, painful alliteration, no real melody, no voice. Another million seller hit song.
Excellent choices. A real "graveyard smash." I would like to add De do ron ron with its Shakespearean lyric: "Met him on a Monday and my heart stood still/ De do ron ron, de do ron ron/ Somebody told me that his name was Bill/ De do ron ron ron, de do ron ron."
Priceless! BTW, anyone who thinks that these songs are great should not participate in our little survey! Murray
Blame It on the Bossa Nova... I still sing it in the shower.
Two stand out in my mind: "Monster Mash" and "Mother-in-Law".
Ah yes. I remember one of the ideas I had previously forgotten. By the reactions to the Duprees, the Genies and Don & Juan I am reminded of all the music we loved in a great music era. Even beside the British invasion and Motown we had great stuff. But could we have a contest to nominate and elect the worst songs of our era. I would like to start the nominations with "Teen Angel" where she gets run over by the railroad train having made the critical error of trying to retrieve our very sad singer's high school ring, found crushed in her fingers tiiiight (tight as a 3 sylable lyric). Let's put on our thinking caps Class of '65 and come up with more. Murray
Steve, What great ideas and they made me laugh until I realized that there are no jokes. I had two more ideas to add but then I forgot what they were. Murray
Tony Testa, one of the "new" Duprees was my guitar teacher in Long beach. He played guitar with a group at a bar on the west side. His drummer gave Sam Beck (my drummer in TC and the Boys) lessons also. Tony is a gifted guitar payer and musician and has brought a lot of class to the present Duprees line up. Don and Juan did live in Long Beach. Thety were painters at times and actually painted the Rec Center around 1962.
Thanks for all your wonderful suggestions. I needed some humor this week.
Steve S - how about an all-night poker game?
Steve, you have my full support in getting activities going and if you need a assistant, I'd be pleased to be of service.
DON'T CRITICIZE ME BUT I DO THINK WE NEED SOMETHING MORE ENTICING TO HAVE A LARGER TURNOUT FOR THE WEEKEND. I WAS THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR FOR MY HIGH SCHOOL FOR TWENTY FIVE YEARS(LONG ISLAND CITY HIGH SCHOOL IN QUEENS) BEFORE I RETIRED AND HAVE A FEW SUGGESTIONS. LOOK THESE OVER AND LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK. 1. WE COULD START OUT WITH RACES WITH OUR WALKERS( NO CHEATING LIKE PUTTING MOTORS ATTACHED). 2. FOR THE MALES WE COULD HAVE A CONTEST TO SEE WHO HAS THE MOST HAIR ON OUR HEADS. THE BODY DOESN'T COUNT. I ACTUALLY THINK I WOULD WIN IF WE INCLUDED THE BODY BECAUSE I HAVE HAIR GROWING OUT OF EVERY PART EXCEPT FOR MY HEAD! LUCKY ME!. 3. A GUESSING GAME THAT WOULD INCLUDE PUTTING NUMBERS ON A PIECE OF PAPER INTO A LARGE JAR. YOU WOULD BE GUESSING HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE COMING TO THE REUNION BY ACCESS A RIDE BUS. 4. SAME SCENARIO BUT THIS TIME YOU GUESS THE PERSON THAT HAS THE MOST WRINKLES. 5 SAME SCENARIO BUT THIS TIME YOU HAVE TO GUESS HOW MANY TIMES THE WORD "OY" IS SAID DURING THE EVENING. I HAVE SO MANY OTHER INNOVATIVE EVENTS SO PLEASE FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME IF YOU NEED MORE.
I needed it--I've been back 3 times in 50 years. Thanks.
After Hurricane Sandy, it could have moved. I'm just saying.....
....but did we really need to be shown the Mapquest location for the Lido Golf Club?
Clarence what a classy and touching story. I am proud to have been your classmate.
Harry you are a scream. Just for that I am having Jonah Hill come to our reunion and play the role of me as returning alum. Scarlett Johanson will be playing Cathy Ruth.
Susan my best guess is that "Duprees" is a trademark which like all trademarks may be assigned. No need for an original Dupree to be in the act. I expect that the original Duprees not only saw the Pyramids along the Nile, but actually watched them being built. Perhaps Steve Schatz can get his IP department to provide us with a legal opinion. Murray
Michael Cohn brought to light the duo Don & Juan was living in Long Beach. He is correct because Don (Roland Trone) was the reason I came to live in "The Beach"! I grow up a military "Brat" and was living in Panama City in 1964. My brother, Arthur, worked at Laskas Flowers and was best friend to Roland, when they came visiting that summer. My father was transferred to Ft Walton Beach prior to that visit. We, having lived to many cities across the states, and Japan, were faced with going to a high school there with a graduating class of 16 in a segregated school. I asked my parents and my brother, if I could return with Arthur & Roland to finish my senior year in Long Beach. So, you all had to put up with me! Music has become a major part of my life after graduation!
Harry, that is VERY FUNNY and very original! Gail
Elise, there had to be at least one original guy or else they are not allowed to use the name. At least that's what I've been told. So maybe you had your thrill but didn't know it?!
Hopefully, everyone at our reunion will be the original classmates.
I recently saw them at the Izod Center (Meadowlands, N.J.). They were great, but not one of them is an original Dupree.
I must have lived in a bubble--I didn't know any of this--who worked at what store, who owned which store, who lived where, individual names of popular singing groups--this is upsetting! I do remember the Duprees at a Jr. High dance, but I never knew their names. You Belong to Me has always been a favorite & I wanted to use it at my wedding for my first dance but I was too shy to ask the band. Well that was me, Miss Shy until I got to college!
Message to Cathy: Why not have someone ask Lauren's son for her contact info--he must be readily accessible now that he's an assemblyman!
Steve was GO President who ran on the ticket to bring big time entertainment to our school functions. So we had the Duprees at a Fall dance and Linda Brown did a great inteview for the Tide. "See the Pyramids along the Nile....
Then came the Winter Carnival with Benny King formerly the Drifters lead singer crowning Carol Rippetoe as our Winter Carnival Queen. Benny of Spanish Harlem and other Lieber and Stoller hits.
Then the Prom. Shirelles with Mama Said, Soldier Boy and the haunting Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow. The surprise was a man named Steve Depasse who was unreal at improvising lyrics. And he would up doing a duet with Billy Crystal which was one for the ages. As in Yogi Berra's "Who woulda thunk it!"
And we owe it all to Steve Schatz keeping his campaign promise. Murray
My mother was a teacher at Lido Elementary School and had several Jets children in her class. I remember Don Maynard's child was one and Punter Curly Johnson's was another.
The Silhouettes did Get a Job
Was'nt Richie I'm that group ?!? I remember being sort of friendly with one of them know he lived on Broadway somewhere ??? Anyone remember anything that sounds like anuthing like this????
I also babysat for a few of the Jet's children. Also the Ranger's hockey team (kids).
In Long Beach, I remember meeting a member of the group that sang "Get A Job", but i can't recall the name of the group.
My mother worked at Netell's from c. 1955 to 1979. I remember when your father worked there as well. Besides charlets, I liked the 7 layer, ice cream cake black and white cookies.
Oh Steve.................how I remember Nettles and buying those Charlotte Russes (not sureon spelling). Looking forward to catching you at the 50th
Lauren Kalico's son won his race for the NYS Assembly District 20! He represents LB, Oceanside, East Rockaway and the 5 towns!
[Lauren Kaleko is still on our missing list -- so please let us know if you know how to contact her -- The Committee]
Indeed, I lived at the Azores with my Dad for a year and Don Maynard was there. He was a very friendly guy considering he was a pro athlete Namath made the Jets noteable. I never knew you were there baby sitting for him.
ELYSE, YOU JUST GAVE ME CHILLS WHEN YOU MENTIONED THE GAMMA GLOBULIN SHOT. I REMEMBER IT LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY. MY MOTHER HAD TO DRAG ME THERE AND HOLD ME DOWN. I COULD STILL FEEL THE PAIN. ELLEN YOU MENTIONED NETELL'S BAKERY AND CHARLOTTE RUSSES. MY FATHER WORKED THERE AS A BAKER AND I ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM BRINGING HOME THOSE UNBELIEVABLE CHARLOTTE RUSSES. I GOT THEM FOR FREE! MY PARENTS OWNED A STORE IN LONG BEACH(CAN'T REMEMBER THE NAME BUT IT WAS ABOUT FOUR STORES FROM THE COZY NOOK). I WAS ABOUT 10 YEARS OLD AND AFTER LEAVING SCHOOL I WOULD ALWAYS COME TO THEIR STORE. THIS COUPLE COMES INTO THE STORE AND SPENDS ALMOST $500. MY MOM WAS SO EXCITED AND I REMEMBER ASKING HER "WHO WAS THAT COUPLE". SHE SAID IT WAS STEVE LAWRENCE AND EDIE GORMAY. OF COURSE I REPLIED" WHO THE HELL IS THAT"?. OH THOSE GREAT MEMORIES.
In the early 60's, when the NY Jets came on the scene, I recall some of them living at the Azores and I baby sat for Don Maynard's kids. Anyone else recall that?
"What's Your Name" was a great song. I also lived in the Royal Danelli, for a time. (1965 ish)
Gail and Barbara, your post about the Genies reminds me that Don & Juan also lived in Long Beach. Wikipedia says they were from Brooklyn, but I remember and know for a fact that when I delivered Newsday on my bicycle route, they lived in the basement of the Royal Danelli on Broadway (I think they or one of them was a super or janitor). One day when I was collecting I ran into them and they told me about their song which they said was going to be a hit. They invited me into the apartment and played it for me and sang it. It was released in 1962 and was "What's Your Name" ("Is it Mary or Sue, O-o oo, do I stand a chance with you?").
Claude (Juan) Johnson had previously sung with the Genies, who recorded Who's That Knockin'" in 1959.
"who's that knockin" is the name of the song:
who's that knockin at my door
all last night and the night before
boom boom boom
bang bang bang
i can't stand that awful thing
Great song and yes remember it well and remember dancing to it!
Their famous song was "Who's That Knockin On My Door?" Does anyone remember it?
I'm pretty sure Richmond is the short street that runs off of Maple Blvd, directly in front of the Lido Beach Hotel (now Condominium) until it meets what is now a Town of Hempstead parking lot for the Town Beach. And Blackheath runs on both sides of Lido Blvd. If the heavy rain lets up tonight I'll bicycle by there tomorrow and check.
Your old buddy
Gail, I'm drawing a complete blank!
The Genies also lived in Long Beach as well as Freddie Scott.
Adrienne, I used to go to Ed Lauters house. He was friends with my cousin. His mother was a Ziegfield girl. She would love to show me all the pictures. She was beautiful insde and out.
I really miss those days.
I think ( but I am not 100 % sure) that the other side of Blackheath Road towards the Lido Beach Hotel was called Richmond Avenue. Does that sound right?
Good time rock 'n' roll band with roots in Long Beach. Its famous members were: Sam Beck, Gabe O'Meara, Dave Richman and Laurie Miller as featured vocalist. ( I know there was one more but I'm not sure. Maybe Jon Gold ? )
I bumped into him in the supermarket (Keyfood). He was with his 2 young kids.
Oh Ellen, I envy you!
Paul Newman and Gregory Hines also lived in Lido
I remember that Paul Newman rented a house on the ocean side of Blackheath Road (not sure if it was called Blackhealth Rd. on that side). I used to hang out on the street hoping to get a look at him, but no luck. Anyone remember that?
i will never forget waiting for my Charlotte Russe in Netell's and looking up and meeting the gaze of Paul Newman's captivating blue eyes. He and Joanne Woodward had a house in Lido.
Ed LauterEdward Matthew Lauter II was an actor and comedian who appeared in over 200 films and TV episodes. He was born in Long Beach in 1938. He died a year ago today.
What about Steve Lawerence and Eydie Gorme!They lived in Lido for sure!
You are correct in Jimmy Nelson! Now I know why Danny kept coming into my mind! I stand corrected!
Bess Myerson's daughter and I took baton twirling class together.
At this age, I think that was the class!! She told me her mother is
Bess Myerson. And I told her my mother is Doris Schifrin. Friends with
Fern Elkind and Donna Franklyn. Contact me to get in touch with Fern.
Let's not forget our alum LBHS '67, Philip Alden Robinson who wrote Field of Dreams. Murray
You are CORRECT! Jimmy Nelson was the ventriloquist with his 'PALS" Danny O'Day and Farfel (the dog). The father of our ALUMNI Lee and Larry, whom all resided in Point Lookout, ONCE UPON A TIME.................
It all started, at the young age of 14 when Auntie gave Jimmy his first dummy, Dan................the rest is history.
:-)))) Carol SPRY
Hi everybody. While living in Tennesse I was in touch with Dee Dee Rosenberg and Eddie Chin. As a matter of fact we got together for Bar B Q at my house in Memphis about 13 years ago. I moved to Miami (Aventura) 11 years ago. If anyone remembers me and lives nearby, do contact me. I had a brief encounter with Billy Crystal here in Miami, he was presenting his solo show and was kind enough to meet me backstage. >I hope to see everyone at the reunion in May.
Thank you for remembering Lael's birthday party. I thought I had imagined it.
Danny O'Day, was the "human" dummy who appeared with Farfel.
Yes, Michael, you're dead on about the Nelsons, but I think their dad's name was Danny Nelson.
I remember Celia Calloway in 4th grade. I went to her birthday party. I don't remember her living in Lido more than that year. She sang a duet with her Dad on The Ed Sullivan Show that year I think.
I think it's been mentioned before but we certainly can't leave out of this discussion Larry and Lee's dad, Jimmy Nelson, the creator of Farfel the Dog. Who can forget "N E S T L E S, Nestle makes the very best....Choc- late".
And if we're talking about summer residents, Dayton Allen the voice of Deputy Dawg, Heckle and Jeckle and the famous line, "Why not, Bubbie?" was a summer resident for at least a few years back in the early 60s.
I can't remember his name: but he lived on our block (Belmont Ave.-- summers only, for several years.
Thank you Franette, for the re-enforcement of my incredible memory about Barbara Wayne. Lael Calloway had an older sister who was in our class.
I don't know Bess Myerson's daughter, but I took violin lessons from her sister at East School! I thought I knew everyone in our class but all these names are popping up that I never heard of (Cab Calloway's daughter, & Bess', etc.) I think I lived in a bubble.
Yes! Thank you!
According to Yahoo, Lael Calloway was born in 1949, so was at least a year behind us. Bess Myerson's daughter Barbara Wayne, from Myerson's first marriage, became Barra Grant after she was adopted by Myerson's second husband in 1962, according to Wikipedia.
Hey Gail, I'm pretty sure her first name was Barbara. My amazing memory is telling me her last name was Wayne. Can somebody back me up on this?
I have not been to any reunions. Jay, my husband, and I will see you for our 50th. It will be wonderful. Thank you to all the people that are planning it. It is so appreciated. My memories of us goiing to Gino's, laurel luncheonette, Harry and max's, library, laurel theater, sports' night are good ones. And, of course, so many more. May 2015 will be here before we know it. We live in California, and I love it. Long Beach will always be where we are from.
In addition to Rocky and Cab C, Bess Meyerson and her daughter (do not remember her name) lived in Lido Beach, and the daughter attended Lido Elementary School for a short time. Does anyone remember her name?
We have been fortunate to have had some famous classmates. I'm not talking about minor celebs, I mean Household Names. How many of you remember Lael Calloway? Her father was Cab Calloway. He was a giant. Band leader, singer, actor, writer and humanitarian.
And what about our own Roxee? Her dad was a World Champion, Rocky Graziano. He also scared the crap out of me one New Years Day at seven in the morning. These guys had real and DESERVED fame.
I also "went steady" with him for very short while. That's why I recall his name.
I did say hi, Dave and we spoke between sets. I think it was a surprize for both of us. I was working at the Fillmore East and invited you to come see a show sometime, but I never saw you (unless I was too stoned when you came by). I spent a few years after that as a roadie, doing lights and as a road Manager for a bunch of bands and wondered if I'd bump into you again. I was Livingston Taylor's road manager for a while and he used to do gigs at small colleges or sometimes clubs like the Back Fence.
His girlfriend was Mara Ginsburg!
Great memory, Joan. (Howie McGowan)
I was jealous that you were Billy's girlfriend, because he was so cute and I had a crush on him.
Michael, it probably was The Back Fence. I performed there through most of my senior year and on and off for the next few years. Why didn't you say hello?
Jay Abromowitz saved my behind. I had Mrs. Abeles when I came down with "MONO". Remember that? Anyway, she and I definitely had different perspectives on English. Thank God for getting sick. They assigned Mr. Abramowitz to tutor me while I was convalescing at home. He was the best! He was a wonderful teacher, and in the relaxed atmosphere of my home, he was the greatest. When I came back to school, he had me transferred to his class. The rest is all 'pomp and circumstance'.
Harold went by name, Howie. Full name was Harold Francis Xavier McGowen Jr., and he did go to Catholic school.
There were 4 brothers I was Billy's friend and I guess girlfriend who remembers no I never dated Mike.
I remember both of the Mitchell boys. I had a crush on Billy, the younger one. He was adorable. Loretta Indiviglio dated the older one, I think. Loretta, am I correct on that? I'm pretty sure McGowan's first name was Harold. He lived a few houses away from me. I thought he went to Catholic School.
Hi, Elise. Thanks for remembering me and Belles GROUPIES. HI EVERYONE!! THANKS for the memory jog!
Asked around the trivia circuit and NO COMFIRMATIONS about Alan................only possibilities that surfaced in the frontal lobe: Alan Smorack, Schwartz or Dillenback!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do you also remember around the counter Jay Krompier, Eli Haas, Ray Deniston ('65), Harry McGowan, Billy and Ray Mitchell, Rudi and Bobby Zitti, Frank Morisano and Mike Townsend..........and don't forget Dave Nelson
RoseBen was before Belles
.... Translator: Carol Spry :-)))))
Yes. Mickey, er...Murray, it is "Doris" Abeles. All I remember about her class was that it was a lot of work and that Barbara Michiel sat in front of me.
I remember Smorak's, Mickey. And Larry Richards on Park Avenue (I think his son was a grade behind us). I bought a lot of things at those two stores. Or my parents did, for me. Gosh, I still remember some of the clothes I bought there and some of the styles.
Like when "Continental" style first came in. Pants had to have a buckle in the back, and slash pockets. Shirts a loop at the top and tails. There were a lot of loud shirt colors too as I recall.Of course, I was too chubby back then to really get into the styles. Later Madras shirts and even shorts came in.
Do you recall the mohair sweaters on the girls (okay and at some point, guys too?).
I even had the good taste when I was about 13 to buy a light gray Nehru suit and a Cardigan (lapel-less) sport jacket.
Okay here's food for thought (no pun intended)
Which came first RoseBen's or Belle's? The location was near Glamour Togs towards the middle of that strip center.
I sure do remember hanging out at Bell's
I have lost confidence after the infamous Wolfgang Margolies faux pas. But Elise I believe there was a time when the luncheonette near the Cozy Nook was RoseBen's. I could be wrong. I often am. Was the Alan--Alan Smorack? Sadly he died young in an automobile crash. His father and uncle owned Smorack's where school trendsetters bought their clothes. Murray
I defer to Franette and Michael Holiday Cohn. Too much firepower of smarts, research--holy librarian Batman--and good memories for me not to be persuaded that I am wrong. Was it "Denise" Abeles? NO it was "Doris."
Ronnie Zapia's mother owned Belle's Luncheonette on Park Ave. near the Cozy Nook. Do you remember "hanging out" there with Steve Zoppel, Diane Nelson, Loretta Indiviglio, Marcy Kaye, Ronnie, Mattie Markel, and Alan (can't remembrer his last name) and me?
I second Michael. It is definitely "Wolfred". We librarians have our sources.
It was definitely Wolfred not Wolfgang, Mickey...uhm, Murray.
I remembered the Phyliss story with a chuckle. I believe Mr. Margolies was "Wolfgang" like Mozart.
Michael, I have information on Laura Hodes if you expect to run into Mr. Margolies again--she lives in North Miami Beach & will be at the reunion, as always. I recall Laura always saying how much she loved him. Janis lives in Los Angeles & Donna Selnick (are you reading this Donna?!) and/or Janie Samuels probably has her address.
Okay, I have to put a word in for my favorite teacher who probably many people didn't know or have: Mr. Margolies. Wolfred Margolies actually. I had him for four years of Latin but I think he also taught German. He had a sly, risque and sometimes cornball sense of humor, but also an incredible breadth of knowledge. He made the classics come alive, in more ways than one, instilled in me a great sense of love of all languages and etymology. He still ranks as one of my two favorite teachers of all time. including college and law school.
In fourth year Latin I sat behind Phyllis Ostrow who was both quite good in the class and as many will remember, very attractive and popular. One day I passed her a note which was innocently intended to complement her on class but unfortunately began, " Dear Phyllis, You don't know how hard it has been all year, sitting behind you..." Mr Margolies demanded to see the note, started to read it and cracked up.Then he read it to everyone - along with his own commentary - and continued for the rest of the year to mention it, frequently.
About 10 or 15 years ago I tracked him down (he lived in Island Park) and contacted him. He still remembered many of the people in our class and particularly asked me about Laura Hodes and Janis Forman who he was glowing about. I was very sorry at the time that I could not tell him anything about them.
He was an interesting guy. Smart, very into the theater, if I remember. He had his favorites and used to kid them mercilessly. I kind of get him a lot more in retrospect. Oy, does that mean I'm getting older??????
I liked Mr. Abramowitz, too. But, it was also the year after I had Mrs. Abeles, so he was a change of pace. I remember he once asked me who I had for English the previous year. When I told him Mrs. Abeles, he said he thought so. He could tell from my writing style.
His daughter in law said he would
I have great memories of him. He was also a yeller & intimidated us a lot. I was so shy in HS but somehow I wound up really liking him. Requested him for a second year & got him again. He loved my writings so maybe I appreciated the positive feedback. I think he was a great teacher as well. How do others feel about him?
Hope Piazza is coming--I LOVED him, as did everyone else (voted favorite male teacher). He came to the 20th & it was so nice to see him. Anyone else still alive?
She was a wonderful PE teacher.
So Stein says let me call my goold old Uncle Joe Caruso. Piggy always called him Uncle Joe. Wernow was selling slices the next day and learning how the Conquistadors exploited the Aztecs. Murray
Mr. Caruso was the best. He made history come alive. I remember him standing on the desk playing out Columbus dicovering America. The boots were great, but I loved the mother in law stories. I also would cringe when one of the boys misbehaved and he'd grab them by the ear down the the principal's office.
I can still hear Mr. Caruso's deep voice, and picture his very olive skin. I remember the boots too! I can also visualize him sitting on the front edge of his desk lecturing us. He WAS a wonderful teacher!
David, I have a vague memory of walking into a folk club in the West Village one night in the later 60s or EARLY 70s and seeing you playing guitar and singing. Maybe some Dave Van Ronk songs. Did that happen? And was it the Back Fence?
Back then I'd run into people all the time in Washington Square Park. Billy before he mad it big and was sitting in semi despair on a bench. Ron Gertz stumbling through the park stoned after an all nighter. I'd see Linda Brown inside the halls of the Main Building of NYU. And when I was working at the Button Store on MacDougle Street, lots of people still in high school who I remembered would come in on a weekend.
One of my favorite teachers. He pushed you to work hard. And how about, if memory serves me right, my grandmother's combat boots!!!
Mr. Caruso had a unique way of explaining historyal events and conflicts in unique ways we could understand.
"Take a fella like Stein here. Stein owns a pizzeria and Wernow walks in. And Wernow says I wanna slice. So Stein says I don't sell slices, only full pies...."
That's interesting, David. I liked Mr. Bernstein a lot. He was nice to me--kidded me a lot which I really liked. Maybe it was because of my dad and because I babysat for his kids. Also, I loved math and he could see that. Who knows why we like one teacher and not another...?
On the other hand, I have bad memories of Mr. Lee--and I had him for 2 years! One thing I remember is him organizing a fight between me and some other girl who I was furious with because she had been mean to me. I don't know if that really happened (hard to imagine a teacher letting that take place), or if he just threatened to do it, or if I just imagined the whole thing. Geez those were awful years--I was always furious or hurt.
Miss Quinn was the principal at Lido and the Annex. She was wonderful, caring and never condescending. She exemplified what an educator should be and what we don't see enough of today. She always referred to us as 'citizens'. I was citizen Richman. I don't believe we had a citizen Kane in our classes. Now, Mr. Caruso was a whole other thing. He was very intimidating. Although, if you took the time to look past the lower east side accent and the booming voice, you'd find another teacher who cared about us deeply. Does anyone remember going on a class trip to NYC with Mr. Lee? That day culminated with dinner in China Town. We were very lucky to have had some wonderful teachers. Mr. Bernstein was not in that group.
Great story Murray!! I got a visual even though I only took French with Docta Thamuels. Loved your award for Mark!
I was picking my grandson up from kindergarten today, and met Mrs. Piazza.
She is Mr. Piazza's daughter in law. He's doing great and he's 81 years old.
He will probably be at our reunion.
Had a great chat a while back with PJ. He reminded me of the time I was in deep trouble with Dr. Andino for not responding when he callled on me in class. The problem was that he was calling on Twartz Muray and I did not recognize the name. Dr. A kept repeating Twartz Muray louder each time and then went to my desk to threaten to send me to Dr. Twartz's office. Ah ha--the light bulb went off--I was heading to Twartz Norman's office.
PJ also expressed his gratitude to two classmates, both selfless healers, able physicians and wholly decent human beings. Mark Rothstein and David Sherman. I remember David in 6th grade doing the best Louis Armstrong impression since Billy Crystal. When I recall Mark I think of our senior awards in the Echo Yearbook and how conventional they were. Prettiest--Cheyrl Strauss, Most Likely to Suceed--Brook Horowitz and Steven Schatz--Class couple--No clue. With Mark I would like to present a new class award--The Schweitzer/Avalon Award, to a man possessing the intellect of Albert Schweitzer and the hair of Frankie Avalon. God bless you both.
Haahaahaa the kids today are all at home on Facebook, texting and playing video games.
For some reason I was out in the parking lot. I don't know what I would have been doing there at that time, but the moment is, as with everyone else, indelibly engraved in my mind. Morty Landowne rushed out of the building and told me. I even remember where I was standing.
Turning to a possibly more pleasant memory, I was thinking the other day of Friday or Saturday evenings outside of Beach Burger, between Long Beach and Monroe Blvds. Seems like whenever the weather was nice there would be Seniors, Juniors and Sophmores eating there, standing outside talking, meeting up and going somewhere else.There's still a luncheonette there, but I've never seen any current Long Beach kids there. I wonder where they go now. It's not Ginos, and Cozy Nook is gone. So is Geckers (at least changed hands) near the old high school on Lindell. I never see groups of kids at those places. (then again, maybe I'm just not out, "hanging" when they are).
Interesting, there was a Miss Quinn and a Mrs. Quinn....
On the day Kennedy was shot, I heard it in the school and went to tell the marching band who were out on the playing field practicing. It's something I've never forgotten.
Welcome to the message board and the "Test your Memory after 50 years Club". Glad you're coming to the reunion.
I am amazed at all of the memories posted. I must have the worst memory ever. I read the messages and smile at many but don't remember some. Love Long Beach and all of the wonderful memories. Can't wait for the reunion
Dee Dee Rosenberg Syken
For some reason I kept thinking Ordway, who I believe was a PE teacher, after finding out it wasn't Mrs. Quinn. I couldn't find her in our yearbook and now I know why.
Yes, we were in the same class. After David came in and we all yelled at him, the principal announced over the loud speaker that he was in critial condition. You could hear a pin drop as we were getting on the busses. I went home with Renee Pollack. The thought of being alone was to much.
Miss Ordway was the gym teacher who died in a car accident some time after freshman year..
Barbara Sanders, were you in my history class? I also distinctly remember David Teitelbaum (spelled like mine) announcing "Hey, the ol' president was shot" & he was practically laughing. I went home & wrote an account of that day, quoting David--still have it. I had Marinette practice & when we went out on the field, the band was practicing & hadn't heard the news. I kept thinking that someone ought to tell them. When I was waiting for my mother to pick me up, I was leaning against a front pole & Mr. Stark asked me if I was holding the pole up. I should have answered "No, it's holding me up" because that was probably true. I was so absorbed in the aftermath, wondering how a modern day president could be assassinated--a term I only associated with history.
Thanks Barbara and Gail. I only remembered Mrs. Quinn. Lido School is too far back. Glad she's alive and well. Anyone know which teacher died when she drove off a bridge?
Addie Quinn was our High School Gym teacher, as well as the Coach of our Cheerleading Squad....
"Mrs" Quinn was a PE instructor in high school. Good news...she is alive and well!
Lido Elementary School. I can still picture Miss Quinn, the Principal.
You need to check your yearbooks. She was our PE instructor and I believe she was killed while crossing over a bridge sometime after we graduated HS.
Miss Quinn WAS an older lady. She was Lido Elementary School's principal. I don't know when she started, but she was the principal for quite a long time.
I remember a Miss Quinn as an older lady who was our guidance counselor.
I remember a Miss Quinn that was our phys ed teacher. Is that who you're talking about?
I also remember being in Mr. Weinstein's history class when David Titlebaum came in saying the President was shot. We all thought he was joking, and yelled aat him to stop saying such a horrible thing.
I remember Miss Quinn, but not from elementary school. I think she was, maybe, a math teacher?
Does anyone remember Mr. Graff socking someone in the nose on the day that President Kennedy was shot?
Yes, Miss Quinn and Miss Sommerville were good friends with my mom and often came to our house. They were decent, kind ladies.
You were always cool.
I guess I didn't pay any attention to the part where you stated elementary school. Might have been Hurricane Carol you're referring to in '54.
Murray, I learned this in Mr. Stanger's class. He was my favorite teacher--I loved him! He was funny and challenging and kind to me. Mr. Eaton was not. (Mr. Stanger died a while ago, BTW.)
You got the FARM part right--the last one was "birds." Duh.
When I finally finished my BA at College of William and Mary in 2009 (started in 1965 at Queens College but dropped out, continued at University of Toronto part time, finished at W & M--very late bloomer), those categories were a joke. The Biology course I took really drove home how much things had changed since 1965--whole new categories of living things, and I've forgotten them already.
How many of our 83 Excellents turned into 93 Goods with Dr. Schanker? Murray
She was a tough grader but an excellent teacher. I even took her creative writing elective senior year knowing it would probably lower my average.
Judy Parks and I, home from college, visited her right after she had a baby. I'm sure she still called us Miss Parks and Miss Goldstein.
....did teach you how to write, even if she was demanding.
Elise, Murray, and Michael,
Yes that was her name.
Good memory, very impressive.
Murray, I have no idea if Beryl's mom's name was Dora. I'm sure we would have called her Ms. Kreitzberg. I can't believe you remember her occupation.
Doris Abel is one of the only teachers I remember from high school. I can still picture her. She was very cold and a really hard marker. I always did well in English, and still can't believe she gave me a 78 or something that she gave Penny Eisenberg an 80 on!
Joni, I was in Miss Menzel's class also. the girl with the skirts was Ruth Smith.
I remember those weekly lessons too, when everyone waited for me to have to dance with Billy C. Talk about embarrassing! He, of course seemed to think it was hilarious.
I went on that Radio City journey as well. Beryl's mom drove us--Was her name Dora? I was amazed that she was one of the pioneer women in the US Army. A WAC! What a fun day. All the best, Murray
FARM BIRDS--Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles, Mammals and I forget the last.
I AM CLASS MORON- Insects, Arachnids, Crustations and Many Legged Animals (millipedes)
Define Science: That branch of knowledge which deals with facts and ideas, reasonably arranged and proven to be true by experimentation.
Matty Miller was the wag who wanted to lock the door.
I went backstage several months ago at Billy C's show and did a Bob Murphy imitation which is what I was doing in Doris Abeles class. She called you Mr. Cohn and called me Mr. Schwartz. For some reason she called Steven Schatz "Schatz."
Mr. Eaton's annual joke: "What do you get when you cross a hummingbird with a doorbell?" A humdinger.
Do you remember Ms. Barry taking attendance. Cohn, Cushing , Forscher, Gerber, Gertz... Schwartz, Stein and Wernow. I do remember them all. Mickey
That was supposed to be, sports riffs and routines. Was it Bill Mazer?
Before this goes on too long (you're the second one, it's Cohn, not Cohen. My greatgrandfather lost the "e" (and a few bags) sneaking across some Eastern European border.
Hey, Murray (feels strange calling you that and not Mickey) even I forgot that campaign slogan. Were you the wag who added, "And lock the door!"
Nor do I remember you ever being shy or afraid to talk. Maybe in Mr. Eaton's class, but not in English with Mrs. Ablese where you sat right up front. Or your riffs and routines
Speaking of Mr. Eaton, I still remember that the best maple syrup in the world comes from the Green Mountain State and the 7 identifying characteristics of Living Things from the mnemonic : "General Motors Is Fine, Really Really" (growth, motion, irritability, respiration, reproduction." He had others too but my own personal R: remembering, has taken a hit lately.
I remember your mom taking a group of us into the City for your birthday, to see "Green Mansions" at Radio City Music Hall.
Michael Holiday, I remember "Put MHC in the Treasury" and also one of your yearbook inscriptions.
I too remember two great memeories that you brought up, the polio vaccine extravaganza and Hurrican Donna when the ocean met the bay. For the former, I still remember my pin: "Polio Pioneer 1954" and the fact that I got 3 placebos (we called them "water") and thus had to get six shots. With Hurrican Donna we got evacuated in a Nassau County Police Boat right on my block and sailed out the storm. John Steinbeck gives a great account of Hurricane Donna in his engaging book "Travels with Charlie."
Michael, I wish I got to know you better in the seventh grade but we were in Mr. Eaton's science class and I was afraid to talk.
One note to Phyliss. When you did the Pony you looked like a thoroughbred race horse. When I tried they were taking me to the glue factory.
Anyone remember Ms. Goldstein and her typing class. Great hair but very scarry. Murray
I remember almost missing our trip upstate to your bungalow, because I got locked in Penny Eisenberg's bathroom. You had a brother named Paul?
I remember getting the polio shot, and I don't know why i wasn't exempt as i had polio at age 2.
I moved to Long Beach and began 4th grade at Central School sometime in October. I recall nervously standing in front of the classroom as Miss Menzel introduced me to my classmates. Our 4-1 classroom would bulge with up to 42 kids that year. My other memory of that day occurred during recess (or lunch) when the girls congregated in the playground on the metal jungle gym and chained swings. The most popular girl appeared to be DeeDee Rosenberg with her brown corkscrew curls and bright eyes. The class "pariah" was a very skinny girl who, daily, wore the same straight grey skirt with a few short pleats sticking out around one knee. One of the other girls said to her, "Why do you wear the same skirt every day?" I felt bad for her but did not want to align myself with a social outcast. I guess this was a 1950's version of bullying. Her retort was, "My mother bought me three."
Adrienne, it was an earlier hurricane. We were in elementary school as I was living on Farrell street.
How well I remember that one Elyse. I still have pictures of my siblings standing in the waist-high water. The year was 1960. We're reminiscing about this on the Facebook site called: IF YOU GREW UP IN LONG BEACH NEW YORK IN THE 50'S, 60'S & 70'S
Talk about picking our brains. Have a peek.
I remember having dance lessons with Don Pons in the East School gym. He and his wife were quite strange. I was painfully shy, and it did force me to talk to girls for the first time.
I remember every minute of it. We were lined up waiting to be injected with a large hypodermic needle. it was horrifying. Almost as scary as being told to hide under our desks in case of a nuclear attack.
Has anyone else wondered why we remember those two events so clearly? Could have been yesterday.
Thank You for remembering me when I was dancing the night away! I ponied, strolled, slopped, mashed potated, twisted, monkeyed, and bristol stomped all through high school and was honored when I was voted Best Dancer in the Senior Poll! Wish I could still shake a tail feather like I used to...
And Elise, I remember you as a very good friend who I could always count on to tell me like it really was!
Hope this note brings back good memories for all of the Class of '65. Keep on dancing!
Speaking of horrors. Anyone remember the hurricane that came through when the bay met the ocean? Had to have been sometime between 1-5 grade. I was living in the canals on Farrell street. We were jumping off our stoops into the deep water. Then everyone had to get these shots to prevent hepatitis. Speaking of big needles! Elyse Goodstein Jensen
Along with "duck and cover" and Nike missiles paraded through the streets, does anyone still have their "dogtag" which was distributed when our class was in 2nd or 3rd grade? The embossed aluminum tag was on a chain. The tag contained your name, address, birthdate and a J or C or P to indicate religion. I don't know if I still have mine. My brother (LBHS '67) told me that the purpose for this "dogtag" was so that after whatever happened and the dust settled, you could be identified and be buried according to your religion's practices. I don't know his source for this information.
That day has been ingrained in my mind forever. My father had walked my brother & I to Central school. When it was my turn, I grabbed the edge of the gurney & when the the nurses tried to lift me up, they couldn't understand why I was "stuck." After several tries & watching their frustration, for some strange reason I felt sorry for them & sort of showed them where my hands were. Next thing I knew I was on the gurney! There was an older girl lying there quietly with her whole "buttocks" (thanks Michael!) exposed & I was shocked. Afterwards, I was crying & made my father carry me (& brother too) home.
I remember the Polio vaccine event like it was yesterday. I was in 3rd grade and had Mrs. Polin (Lido Elementary). We were told we were going to have an injection and that some of us would receive the real deal and others the placebo (did not use that word of course). When I heard this scary news, I got up, blotted out of the room, and hid somewhere in the building. No one could find me. They called my mother to come to school and be part of the search. When I was finally found they actually put me on a gurney and held me down to give me the shot. So yes it is a vivid memory for me!
Speaking of 1950s fear and angst, does anyone else remember lining up for polio shots? We had moved from the Canals to the center of town and I remember waiting in a line that stretched half way round the block to the gym/auditorium at Central School for a polio shot. Not the sugar cubes they used later, but a Frankenstein sized hypodermic that they injected into my tender young "buttocks" (that's when I learned that word and never forgot it). Then I got a lollipop.
I loved your memory piece about hiding under desks. . .Keep em coming!
I remember the stroll and remember Phyllis Levine as being a great dancer.
Jessica, I understand your fright. We were the generation that did not just believe we would be extinguished in a thermo nuclear blaze, we KNEW it. We had Atomic Cafe, where an animated Tommy the Turtle taught us that if we saw the flash just duck and cover. We learned that Godzilla was a metaphor for the Atomic Bomb. Even Ed Sullivan had a piece on what a nuclear war would be like. And On the Beach showed us life after. I was amazed we could all crawl out from under our desks and do the Mexican Hat Dance.
We also did the stroll and Ken Leishner was the best stroller in the class (it may have been your mother's 5th grade class) and could have gone to American Band Stand. Phyliss Ostrov did the best Pony in the seventh grade at Long Beach Junior High School and Reformatory. I was then and still am a dancing klutz.
So remember Mr. McAvoy while you sit under your desk waiting for the Russian Migs to bomb us, "no talking and no gum chewing (I suppose the Mig pilots could follow the trail of Juicy Fruit smell on our breath and hone right in. )
As Paul Simon observed: "Its a wonder I can think at all." Murray
I remember Brook Horowitz as being the smartest one in the class.
Wow, East School certainly had a lot more sophisticated productions and costumes.
Isn't that amazing, Elise! I'm sure I teacher didn't think twice about it. Or maybe she did!
I remember the Mexican Hat Dance. I taught it to my kids and grandson.
Anyone know anything about Brooke Horowitz or Alice Kelvin? I'm about to send this link to Gail Wattenberg (Kass).
[We have an e-mail address for Brooke, but Alice's address dates back to the 20th reunion - The Committee]
Jessica and Murray,
I lived at 291 Blackheath Road until high school (towards the end of the street) smack across from the nike base. I remember seeing the army soldiers driving down our street often. I also remember the big hill (at least it seems big because we were small) directly across from my house and when it snowed we all used it for our sleds.
Good remembering, Susan Propp. Mr. Meyers was my father, Judy & Laura sisters, Jeanne & Elaine Steinberger - step sisters. Renee Rausch , close cousin. All sisters and cousin, alive and well! We're mostly all living either in Colorado or California .
I do remember Evelyn Collette and the first day she got on the school bus. She must have been terrified. The bus was a whole trip unto itself!
Mickey, I have so often related the story to people of troop carriers (loaded) coming down Blackheath Road in front of my house (I always waved to the troops) and Nike missiles pulled down Park Avenue in the Memorial Day parade. Those were crazy times. I had dreams of being a singer in those days but could never get up the nerve to go to the base and offer to "entertain the troops." Thank God!
Then I saw Failsafe which scared the begeezus out of me. I realized that a bomb hitting NYC would melt and sink Long Beach immediately, so we were gonners either above or below our desks. It's kind of like plastic and duct tape now. (Do you want to be called Murray now? I'm Jessica these days, btw.)
Yes Gail, Evelyne was French and we were all helping her with her English. Don't know the Spanish girl you're referring to. Thought I'd throw Evelyne in there for the mix. By the way, there was a Linda Quinto in our class. No heads and tails of a Pinto.
Linda Pinto! That's it!
Alas dear dear Gail, You may be having a senior moment on your way to the moonlight village!! At least I don't remember it. But I do recall playing leafy green vegetables in our nutrition play. I recall that everything they said was good for us now raises our cholesterol (the LDLs) 85 points or makes us take beta blockers for our blood pressure or without propoer handling can give us food born illnesses which can be fatal--so check with your doctor.
They worried about our being wiped out in a raging nuclear disaster, so under the desks we went in a school walking distance from a nike base, but ironically the cafeteria was the closest thing to a death threat we ever had. All the best, Murray
I thought Louise Meyers was your stepmom, & "Mr." Meyers was your dad, both at East School. And didn't you have a sister Judy?
I have home movies of NOAH'S ARK. Can this be uploaded to our cite. I also have movies of Lido Marching Band in Memorial Day Parade. Yes, wishes do come true.
[David, we will try to figure out something. We feel like we have become the Class of 1965 archival site -- which is a good thing. We'll contact you directly to work out the details. Thank you. - The Committee]
I have a picture of Lido Elementary School's graduation, but don't know where it is. I will find it before the renunion, and bring it with me. I remember Mr. Rothberg. He was the Science and/or Math Teacher.
I'll be happy to assist you all in whatever way I can, before, during and/or after the event.
[Thank you Eva. You are now on our volunteer list. - The Committee]
I think you're right-- Linda Costello! is she still around? And I loved your stepmom too Debbie. The play I remember--well not exactly a play-- was perforiming the Mexican Hat Dance--maybe kindergarten? I taught it to my kids.
Elyse, Diane and I were in Mrs. Kohuts class. I didn't realize you were there also.
Diane has a picture of our kindergarten class. I'll have to look closer at everyone.
Jessica, Elise, and Murray,
Does Lindo Pinto sound right?
If so I can not take credit for this revelation, it was Laurie Miller.
Also could it be possible that Evelyn Collet was French?
You've all brought back such fond memories. Did anyone recognize themselves in the Central school kindergarten grad pic? That was Mrs Kohut's class. Appears several of us then went to the annex school before going to Lido Elementary. I remember having Mrs. Millstein, Mrs. Polin, Miss Farrell, And Mr. Lee before I moved to FL for a few years. I returned in 9th grade. I don't remember first grade teacher. I do remember those air raid drills. Like sitting on the floor would save us. Elyse Goodstein Jensen
Mrs. Meyers was my step-mother, so it's nice to read that people remember her fondly.
Has anyone heard from Davida Singerman or Bessie McAdams?
[The last info we have for Bessie McAdams is: husband's name is Frank Palmisano and residing in Westbrook, CT - The Committee]
[We have a current e-mail address for Davida Singerman -- The Committee]
Mrs. Meyers was lovely, and Miss Bailey was tall. Thanks for sharing the Ronnie Zappia memories. I can't wait to tell her. Wow... thanks for jogging my memory re: our gym teacher, Mr. McAvoy. I loved him!
Jessica, I was friendly with a girl from Venezuela (we're talking HS, right?) who was temporarily relocated to the US related to her father's business. We went to the World's Fair (ah, what a memory!) several times together (out of my 8 trips), & I seem to recall a going away party for her when she had to return to Venezuela. I feel sad that I can't remember her name. Was that who you were thinking of? She may have spoken English from the start, not sure.
Evelyn Collette/Siegel contacted me through Classmates.com some years ago (I try not to go on Classmates anymore) so she's still around if anyone wants to try to contact her.
Of course I remember Miis Rose Meyers. She was the sweetest human being on earth. I wwnt to the annex school and had Miss Meyers and the very tall Joan Bailey. Miss Effie was the music teacher. Marcus Millet played Johnny, the title role in our play Johnny and the Journey Cake. Arlene Allshack played the Journey Cake. Point Lookout's Richard Miller and Barry King played the fox and wolf, Beth Greenhouse played a cat and I, Raucus the Crow, sat under Miss Myers desk and refused to perform. Surprised I never joined actor's equity.
Later my teachers were Mrs. Borzilleri (you remember her) and Mr. Lee both great teachers. I never thoght our cold war air raid drills would protect us from Russian MIGS and wondered why we sat under our desks with gym teacher Tom McAvoy shouting to us "NO TALKING." Hugs, Murray f/k/a Mickey
Okay, so my senior citizen brain cells are being jogged. Does anyone remember the play "On the way to Moonlight Town." I know I was in that play, but can not place when! Need some help here! I am very impressed by what you are all remembering. Thanks.
P.S. Was the little Spanish girl with pig tales Linda Castello?
I can take Jessica's memory of the quonset hut school back one more step. My family lived in Lido for a short period in the early '50's. I have a tiny memory of going with my mother to look at what was probably a kindergarten that was being run in one of the pink barracks buildings that were still standing in Lido. My mother chose not to send me to that kindergarten and we moved soon after. I went directly into 1st grade elsewhere. When I was in mid-2nd grade, we moved back to LB and I went into West School.
Hi Elise, We had all the same teachers. Miss Millstein used to wear plastic shirt sleeve protectors and loved the Brooklyn Dodgers. Miss Bailey was our LASS teacher in the newly introduced DPP--dual progress plan. LASS was language arts and social studies. She had to have been 6 feet tall. Now Ronnie Zappia was the niece of Greg Stiefman one of Long Beach's really talented stage actors. During Pioneer Week Ronnie was photographed in the pioneer house that Mr. Mitchelow built with the help of students far more talented than I. Ronnie was working the spinning wheel and made it into Newsday.
Do you remember Mr. Rothberg? He wrote our graduation poem "Night."
I never thought Lido School prepared us for the days ahead. We went from an especially friendly and gracious place (thank you Miss Quinn) to something more akin to a juvenile detention center. Perhaps it was the LB School Board's answer to hormones. Anyway all the best, Murray
Hi Debbie, Sylvia may have gone to East School, I don't remember when we first met. Anyone know where she might be?
[The last known address for Sylvia Chalow (husband David Spiegel) was in Stamford, CT when she attended the 20th reunion - The Committee]
Oh, Susan, say hello to Kilauea for me. I still have the shoes that got melted on its lava.
Andrea, you can send me to Hawaii any time :)
I think I did attend the annex. I will ask my mom. I came to Lido after Kindergarten at Central School. I had Ms. Berman for first grade. I still have my report card. We must have all gone to the annex if in fact we were in Lido by first grade.
Thanks for reminding me about Mrs. Meyers, the kindergarten teacher. I do remember her. I think the first grade teacher was Ms. Berman? She made me stand in a corner for talking too much.
I just remember Evelyne Collett who we were teaching English to? By the way, does anyone know the where abouts of Maggie O'Sullivan?
[The last known address for Maggie O'Sullivan is in LB, but that address may be 49 years old - The Committee]
Does anyone remember the little Spanish girl that we all taught English to? I thought she was from Spain, but I imagine she could have been from any Hispanic language country.... Do you remember her name or the circumstances?
OK, I remember kindergarten or first grade with Mrs. Meyer(s).
Did you go to the annex before Lido--the quanset hut school? I think I did for a year or two before they built the new school. And I remember I used to walk around the area where the quanset hut was--I found things like pencils there that felt like ancient artifacts.
Mrs. Grasso bored and scared the heck out of me. That was not a good year. And I had Mr. Lee for 5th AND 6th grade.
Gail, Jessica and Murray,
I remember the 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Millstein and the 3rd grade teacher, Miss Effie, who married and became Mrs. Cavasino (or something like that). The 4th grade teacher was Mrs. Grasso (blond hair). Diane Nelson was in my class, as was Roxee Graziano. I'm still friends with Diane. Jessica's mom, Mrs. Borzillieri was my 5th grade teacher. Ronnie Zappia and Marcy Kaye were in my class. I'm still friends with Ronnie. I heard Marcy passed away. The 6th grade teacher for everything except for Science and Math, was Miss Bailey.
to Susan P. - try her married name. It's Satkowsky.
I am on the Big Island right now. There is an A. Moore in the phone book with no address. I tried calling but the number was disconnected.
[Just to let everyone know that we are not sending people to Hawaii to track down missing classmates -- Susan did this on her own. But, we sure appreciate the extra effort! - The Committee]
Hi Eva, yes, of course i remember you... and Sylvia Chalow as well. I believe Sylvia went to East School?... but i am not 100% sure.
Jessica, Murray, and Elise,
Thanks for responding. I don't remember Mr. Rothberg, but I remember Mrs. Polin (3rd) Mrs. Farfel (4th grade - not sure of the spelling) Mr. Kaplan and my favorite teacher ever Mrs. Bauch (who had sweaty armpits in her cotton shirts).
I actually have my graduation autograph book (in pink with my name embossed) and will upload the cover when i return to Miami in the Fall.
Let's keep searching for those graduation pictures. Someone out there must have them.
The last I know, Andrea moved to the Big Island, Hawaii
Gail I don't have a graduation picture but I can still sing the alma mater though not well: 'You need no introduction...." And I can recite the poem "NIght" that Mr. Rothberg wrote for our graduation. Small consolation compared to a picture but after 55 years its the best I can do. Hugs, Murray a/k/a Little Mickey
I have a copy of our graduation program, but no picture. I'll try to get it on the site.
That was my first graduation in the United States. I think Mr. Hochberg was my teacher also, Debbie. Do you remember, was I in your class, with Sylvia Chalow and Gail Kass? Those first few "Long Beach Years" were a blur.
Does anyone have a graduation class picture from Lido Elementary School?
I appreciate the sleuthing you did for me. I still can't find Andrea. The 2 I come up with in Canada aren't her.
[My appologies Deborah; I made a mistake in our prior response to you. Andrea Moore's last known address is in Berry Creek, CA; It is Maureen Rourke who lives in Canada. We will e-mail the address to you ASAP - Donna]
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Guess i was mistaken- it looked like Debbie.
Hi Joni, I believe Irwin is correct. Mr. Hochberg was my 6th grade teacher, so that must be Mara.
That photo is a bit difficult to make out online, but I have the same one at home and the girl third from the left (above and between Carol Saltzman and Mr. Levinson, in front of me), is Mara.
Joni, after 55 years, you have to rely on what was written then. I'm pretty sure that was Mara Ginsberg. I don't believe Debbie Steinberg was in our class. If and when Mara or Debbie log in, they will know for sure.
Irwin, I'm pretty sure third girl in on second row is Debbie Steinberg, not Mara.
Maureen Rourke? [Corrected: We have a current address for her; she lives in Canada and is on Facebook - The Committee]
Andrea Moore? [Corrected: We have a previous address in Berry Creek, CA, but no recent confirmation - The Committee]
Anybody know their whereabouts?
[Franchette Sheinwald adds the following information: "Tracking Maureen Rourke: Via her mother's obituary on Google, found her name is Maureen Guy. She is on FB and lists Margo Caven and Barbara Sloan among her Friends. She is involved in an organization in Santa Barbara, CA. That organization may have an address."]
I did not attend West School but I noticed the kindergarten picture is dated 53-54. As we graduated elementary in 1959, we would have attended kindergarten in 1952-53. Are the children in the photo recognizable as future alunni LBHS class of '65?
[Here is Margo Caven McLoone's response: This is my kindergarten picture. I'm in the front on the right (look for the brown socks). Can you spot Fran Yurman, Carole Sills, Laura Orzano and Mickey Schwartz? There are also some class of '66 grads (Keith Featherston, Cindy Young, etc) because of A and B sessions.]
[Note: The picture has been reposted to the Graduation page of the website so we can all see the progression from K to 12 for many of us. (The Committee)]
I don't know who sent that picture in, but it is a classic! Says it all about our generation of kindergarten boys and girls! Love it! Gail Schanker Rosenberg
I had my first teacher crush when I had Mr. G for 9th grade Civics. What a cutie!
And it was my bar mitzvah, Jessica. I'm not sure how you wound up there either.
The picture I'm in where I look incredibly miserable--whose bar mitzvah was it?
Who's Mr. G?
where are Adrienne Gilbert, John Candelaria, & Arnie Schaeffer? The last time I saw Gerry Manzella was at least 25 years ago in the San Francisco area.
[We have a recent contact phone no. for John, but Adrienne and Arnie are still among the "missing" - The Committee]
What about Anita Rice? Is she among the missing?
[Anita's last known address was in Encino CA, but we have not been able to confirm it or find an e-mail address for her; so, she is among the missing - The Committee]
OMG, I'm so glad you connected with the website and I can't believe you moved to Long Beach. Weren't you in California? Did you know that Ron died--did you stay in touch? Anyway, so looking forward to seeing you again!! Jessica
Hello all has anyone heard about Robin Rosenberg or Fern Elkind or Ivy Schrifrin? Just of a few of the old gang. Or Lenore Hornig?
Thanks and you are doing an outrageous job! I appreciate all your hard work.
[We found Robin Rosenberg on Facebook and Lenore Horning has been located and current address confirmed. Fern Elkind and Ivy Schifrin are still among the "missing." We will be posting a list of the missing on the website soon -- but it is still a long list. At some point, we plan to send postcard announcements to the last known addresses of the missing and/or unregistered, but would like all of you to locate/contact any classmates you know, as soon as possible, to keep our mailing costs down. - The Committee]
Thank you Murray for your Dr. Andino note. I laughed hard for a moment remembering him. Sad, being at our age now, how cruel we were behind his back to him but thats what kids did then and its part of a right of passage I suppose.
I actually recently moved back to Long Beach. It's great (again). I missed other reunions and would love to attend.
Michael Holliday Cohn
[You can get in on all of this if you register on the site Michael. Good to hear from you. - The Committee]
[Thanks for registering and submitting pictures, too. - The Committee]
Steve Lazar...now there's a memory.
Amazing! And you all look so happy.
Joey Josephs I'd say you are one lucky guy! Gail
I loved the picture of Ellen, Josephs Josephs and Gans Babara. Dis estudents who are all the time foolin aroun in the claroom cannot expect to pass! Murray
Yes Jessica, it's very sad to see our fellow classmates who have passed away. Looking at those photos of Barbara Sarrel brings back fond memories of an eighth grade bike ride eight of us took to Rockaway Playland.
For all Central School alumni, Bernie Silverman (beloved teacher) passed away, after a long illness, on Monday, May 19. You can see him in the class picture of our elementary school graduation which is on the Graduation section of this web site.
Where art thou Margaret (Maggie) O' Sullivan?
[Her last know address was in LB; but we have not been able to confirm it. - The Committee]
God, it's painful going through the pictures of those who have died! I just assumed that everyone was still out there living their lives. So sad and unexpected.
Is there anyone out there that can add to the prom pictures? Can not possibly be only two existing in our class!
I think I was told by Alan Dunefsky that Robert Hirschberg had passed away. Maybe he can comment on this.
[According to Alan Dunefsky: "Allan is correct. Robert Hirschberg left us in 1995, three years before Bobby Finkel who had told me about it. Sorry that I had forgotten. Robert played the trumpet back in Junior High with us." -- The Committee]
I'm happy to contact Charlie Forscher. He's indeed in LA and practicing oncology at Cedars Sinai. I look forward to to a great reunion and seeing everyone. Danny Aronzon
[Thanks, Danny. Tell him "everyone" has been asking about him. :) The Committee]
Danny Aronzon is calling Charles Forscher to give him all the info about this site.
[Thanks, Alan - The Committee]
I am so looking forward to seeing everyone. Has anyone heard from Denise Hermansen or Carol Sills? I ran into Sima at Kennedy Airport. That was very cool. I also met Sima, Cathy, Irwin and he wife at Gino's. It was a lot of fun. It is great to see all the pictures and messages classmates are posting. Please keep them coming. I cannot wait til our 50th. The organizers are doing a wonderful job. I live in California and am finding old friendS here.
[We know where Denise is, but have not made contact -- the Committee]
For Donny, run his name through Google. There's an MD at Cedars-Sinai in LA who is the right age and has his medical degree from an NY school. I'll bet its him.
[We know where Charles is, but have not made contact -- the Committee]
Elliot Ring has been found and contacted and will definitely be attending!
Has Phyliss surfaced anywhere? Pretty and funny and smart!!! Murray Schwartz
[We have no address for Phyllis; not even an old one. -- The Committee]
Does anyone know how to contact Elliot Ring? Or, Leslie Nyman? Or, Charles Forscher? Or, Dave Nahmias?
[Elliot Ring and Charles Forscher have been located; Leslie Nyman's last know address was in LB, but we have not confirmed. -- The Committee]
Anyone heard anything from Gerry Manzella? I think she was living in CA.
[The last known address for Gerry was Newbury Park, CA, but we have not been able to confirm. -- The Committee]
I believe Irwin is correct. It's Kenny Lipman (not Lipton). He lived on corner of Olive and Laurelton. David Beller told me he passed away last time I saw him.
Unknown person on left side of picture looks like Kenny Lipton. I believe he left Long Beach before we graduated.
Girl's wearing football helmuts were a violation back in the day. Not as bad as wearing a wrist watch but up there. You really needed to stick with the Senorita Santone look and do the language lab skit with Billy Crystal. Testing. A half.
Beryl my seventh grade dance date and Gail--both beautiful as always. Murray a/k/a Mickey
In 1970 I was having lunch in Brussels with friends, when I heard people on the other side of the restaurant speaking English. (Not that I have great hearing, but that happens when you're in countries where other languages are spoken.) Then I said to the people at my table "I think I recognize one of those voices". I walked acoss the room, and sure enough it was Cathy Ruth!
Back in I think, 1979/1980, I ran into Elliot Hoffman on a train platform in New Zealand. I was on a backpacking trip around the world. He there for reasons I can't remember. We were going in opposite directions. The encounter was very short lived. Yes indeed a very small world !
In looking at the In Memorry page I just recalled that I may have been one of the last of our classmates to have seen Eddie Bruno. He was with a group of youths who were doing forestry (cutting down trees --as Eddie recalled to me) and the group was attending a Union College football game in Schnectady, NY. I ran into Eddie and sat and chatted for the entire game. It seems like only a short time later that I heard he was killed in Vietnam. I did not know him that well at LBHS but had he survived Vietnam I realized that day that he would grown up into a darn good adult. God rest his soul. Murray a/k/a "Little Mickey" Schwartz
It's not easy to look back 50 years! I just want to add my voice to the others...you are doing an incredible job...Alan and I are looking forward to seeing everyone.
Johnny Meyers and Sima Gordon taking a "selfie" after running into each other on a Jet Blue flight at 1 in the morning in Florida.....small, sandy world, indeed!
o nice to see your message. Indeed you are lucky to have your parents still with you and still in the same house you grew up in. Your note was a great note to say Per a recent note from Neal Sher, I too with to say thank you to those who have worked hard to make this event come to pass. May 2014 be a good year for everyone and I'm looking forward to seeing my classmates in July 2015.
My fellow alumni,
From the initial message about our 50th Reunion, I have been nostagically following the website updates, viewing the photos and reminiscing about those special high school days (thought my memory leaves a lot to be deisred, lol). Yesterday, the most incredibe thing happened and I feel compelled to share it with you all.
I have a gift shop in Texas and, yesterday, a lady came in my store. When she inquired about a particular item, I recognizef that she had a New York accent so I commented on it and she said yes, she was from NY. I told her that I was also & from Long Island. She said she was too...& from Long Beach. I was amazed and said I graduated from LBHS. She quickly concurred that she too had done so. I then asked her what year? to which she replied 1965! I was totally shocked & amazed. Her name is Marian Cummings. She is in the area visiting her son and just curiously stopped in my shop!
Now, what are the odds of that happening?? After almost 50 years running into a fellow LBHS graduate from the Class of '65 in Texas....Probably better odds winning the lottery!!
I thought this would be of interest in light of our upcoming reunion and the rarity of such an occurence. What a small world it really is.
I also want to take this opportuniy to say to the team putting all of this together that I appreciate your efforts. You are doing an awesome job (as always). Thanks!
Phyllis Levine Catrucco
This is our 50th--our "Golden" Reunion! (hey, now there's a theme for us!) Let's spread the word & reach out through all avenues to make this the biggest & best reunion. Can't wait to see everyone again.