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Date of last entry:  September 6, 2022

Our Class Newsletter


 Issue Date: September 6, 2022

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This page is the port to dock at when you return to the site after your first (or any) cruise, and you want to find out how it has changed.  Come back frequently  to check out new items and to access the many temporary features celebrating holidays

and commemorating other special occasions. (See the Captain's Column to the right or the comprehensive summary in the SITE HISTORY on page 3.)

The newest entries are marked on this and the following two pages, which are linked from above and below.

Click here for Oceanside HERALD's coverage of
18th anniversary

Other features of

A Companion Volume to   
(the book) ― Richie Woods' latest work:

Thumbnail biographies and photographs of many of
our little town's most notable personalities



Click here to read about  Richie Woods.

NOTICE: Only highlights of the most recent additions to the site are summarized at right. Click here for a more complete, year-by-year, chronological summary of the most significant additions and improvements over the entire history of the site. Use it to find out what you may have missed.

I hope you all keep enjoying your SEA CRUISE. As one classmate observed, we are striving to "keep it first class."

Captain's column:

This is your captain speaking, welcoming you aboard your cyber-cruise ship, "The Spirit of 1960." Have you heard the news?  See below.

memorial tribute page for Jim Heitler.

A rare image (artist's rendering) of the Sands Beach Club in Lido Beach as it looked in 1970 when we had our 10-year reunion there.

The story of the most magical romantic consequence of our 50-Year Grand Reunion weekend.

Two photos of the Pantry Diner, circa 1956 or '57

A memorial tribute page for Coach Chernock, an original 1955 sales brochure for Ocean Lea homes on a new page entitled "The Suburban Housing Boom of the 1950s in Our Little Town" and a 1955 article from an Alabama newspaper about the hiring in our little town of the first woman cantor in Jewish history.

A memorial tribute page for Coach Hay.

A memorial tribute to Fats Domino,

A memorial tribute page to our beloved Coach Jan and highlights of selected reviews of preview performances of the soon- to-be Broadway (we hope) musical, The Honeymooners.

A NY Post announcement of the 1959 takeover of our Roadside Rest by Nathan's Famous, Inc. featuring a caricature of Nathan Handwerker created for the occasion by Post cartoonist, John Piorotti. Also an article by your captain about how 100 years ago, without any help from modern technology, the illiterate Nathan managed the risk of loss from employee theft.

Our online review of two books about the history of Nathan's Famous and the life of its colorful founder, Nathan Handwerker, written by two of his grandsons, Bill and Lloyd Handwerker.

Our memorial tribute to Muhammad Ali (class of 1960), and photos of of the Oceanside house that held the weeping Madonna in 1960 with a crowd gathered in front and of Young Israel of Oceanside, our first Orthodox synagogue. Also, a beautiful "new" musical selection on our "Memory Book" page, Ed Chilton's memorial page, updated research on our "Googamooga" page,and our "Chuck Berry Memorial Tribute" linked to our page about his 2000 Kennedy Center Honors page, which, in turn, now features a link to a video of the event.

A detailed report of our fabulous 55-year reunion held in Long Beach in September 2015 is now available together with a nostalgic, video slideshow of images of the Long Beach boardwalk the way it was when we were kids that was made for and presented at that reunion. Also, our 2010 reunion videos once inaccessible have now been restored.

A photo of the new Oceanside Nathan's Famous, a long-awaited one of the historic,.but barely remebered Merrick branch of the Roadside Rest and a Meyer & Kronke menu cover. A memorial tribute to our principal, Charles  Mosback, linked to a report of a community ceremony in which his daughter and our classmate, Ruth Ann Mosback, participated.

Powerful "new" background music on our memorial page. Beautiful Oceanside artwork from the1950s. A 1937 or '38 menu from the Roadside Rest, a memorial tribute to Sid Caesar, a new photo of Jazzbo, the clown in a circus and a revamped St. Anthony's page with a new historical photo. Photos of Joseph's and Wetson's 15¢ Hamburgers, the "Long Island Casino" of the 1930s (across the street from our beloved Roadside Rest), the Sunrise Drive-In, a second view of the Towers Funeral Home, and the Columbia Firehouse when it was built in 1951.


A new and improved Jocko page (best on the wordwide web), a sample football game program booklet from our junior year (October 26, 1958) ,and photos of typical homes built back home in the early to mid-50s. Also, two pictures of the legendary "elephant's hole." More photos from our beloved (now gone but to be rebuilt) Long Beach Boardwalk , including one of elephants building it in 1907, and a matchbook cover from Rudy's Fish & Chips.


August 21, 2021: One of the last surviving rock 'n' roll pioneers and musical heroes of our generation is gone at age 84. (This is an update of the piece I wrote in 2014 following Phil Everly's passing on January 4th of that year.) Ironically, like the earlier passing at age 74 of his younger brother, the sad loss of Don Everly has again brought back happy memories for me of the two of them and their unique and wonderful blend of brotherly harmonies ─ the sweet side of rock 'n' roll.

I remember learning to dance with my cousin in 1957 to "Bye, Bye, Love." I remember one of my closest friends insisting in 1960 that "Till I Kissed Ya" was about his new girlfriend. I remember later that year when "Cathy's Clown" topped the charts on our prom night and was still there on graduation day. I remember how the lyric of one of their most popular early hits so closely matched my story of getting home at 6:30 a.m. from my first date with my then 15-year old future wife ─ little Susie!

I remember a year after their 1983 celebrated reunion concert in Royal Albert Hall watching them performing together on tour in a theater-in-the-round in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania ─ as if their 10-year break-up had never happened. I remember the feeling of joy and wonderment at how their songbook of familiar melodies seemed endless. Every time I thought they were done, there was more.

Lastly, I remember thinking how warm and genuine the two brothers were when they invited fans to shake their hands stage-side at the end of their show in Las Vegas. (I shook Don’s.)

The sweet sound of Everly Brothers music will never be forgotten ─ and it will never be duplicated. My heartfelt thanks to these legends for such wonderful memories. May the brothers rest in peace together.

So sad.


May 9th, 2020: Slightly more or less than three years after the passings of two other giants, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino (respectively, on March 18th and October 24th, 2017), Little Richard, the last of the three legendary founding fathers most responsible for transforming black R&B music into mainstream rock 'n' roll (our music), passed away from bone cancer at his home near Nashville, Tennessee, at age 87.

There are many extensive online accounts of Richard's colorful life and his long, extraordinary career in the revolutionary musical genre he virtually defined. In the words of a NY Times reporter, "screaming as if for his very life, he created something new, thrilling and dangerous."

These online biographical accounts feature the grateful tributes of countless artists who followed him. Many of them were heavily influenced, indeed, by Richard for decades, but neither his sound nor his style of performing was ever quite duplicated. He was unique.  And not many among our generation can easily forget the shocking feeling of raw and rythmic, sensual exhilaration that came over us in 1955, when our radios first exploded with "Wop Bop a Loo Bomp, a Lop Bop Bomp!!"

R.I.P., Richard.

Did you know Fats, Chuck and Elvis were all honorary Sailors?
Possibly the most famous Sailors EVER!


Well, you can in this book about Nunley’s Amusement Park (also once known as "Happyland") that has lots of other photos of Baldwin. Click here to learn about the book or to order your copy.


SPRINDRIFTS ONLINE: The Oceanside Public Library has recently digitized and put all available OHS yearbooks online. The collection includes 73 editions (excluding the 1933-1940,1972, and 1979, which  are missing).  It's cool! Click here to access.


16-PAGE INSERT DATED MAY 22, 2016 Credited in Book Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Original Nathan's FAMOUS!

 On October 16. 2015, we received a call from Bill Handwerker, a grandson of Nathan
(founder of Nathan's Famous) and son of Murray Handwerker, who turned our renowned Roadside Rest into the Nathan's Famous that we loved. Bill has written a book (along with co-author, Jayne A. Pearl) called Nathan's Famous: The First 100 Years. (Available from Amazon  and elsewhere, you can read about it on Facebook.) The purpose of the call was to request permission to credit our class association and in the book.

So how cool is that?

A second Nathan's history book, called Famous Nathan, is also available from Amazon and  it, too, refers to this website. It was written (with co-author, Gil Reavill) by another Nathan Handwerker grandson, Lloyd Handwerker, (who, in 2014, also produced and directed an acclaimed documentary film by the same title).

Click here to read  the online review of both books that I posted (on

Unlike other far less comprehensive and accurate accounts of Nathan's history, our Oceanside Nathan's Roadside Rest is featured prominently in both books with almost an entire chapter devoted to it. And both are available in either hard or soft cover or e-book editions.

Cousins, Lloyd (left) and Bill Handwerker
© 2016, NY Post, Photo by Helayne Seidman

See the NY Post story about the two books:


Read Our Letter to the OHS
Graduating Class of 2020


Three new musicals that promise to be of particular interest to our generation may be looking at Broadway openings some time in the future, but who knows when (if ever):

Based on Academy Award and Emmy-winning Barry Levinson's critically acclaimed and very popular 1982 retrospective coming of age film of the same title, a singing and dancing version of Diner, set in 1959 Baltimore, will likely open on Broadway with a rocking score of original music by multiple Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, Sheryl Crow. However, neither a Broadway opening date or a theater for the show have yet been announced.

The story is about six high school pals who reunite just before the wedding of one of them at the one place they know they'll always belong: the local diner, "Now in their twenties, the friends have stumbled into adulthood and struggle to keep from growing apart."
For some early reviews of the world-premiere preview performance of Diner that was near Washington DC in December 2014, click here.


Second and even more exciting (to me), is an original musical based on the classic, groundbreaking and wonderful, ever popular Jackie Gleason sitcom from the mid-'50s, when we were kids, The Honeymooners. Its world premiere preview performances were from September 28th to October 29th, 2017, at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ. The preview received excellent reviews (see selected excerpts below), but neither the date nor a theater for a Broadway opening has yet been announced, and it may never happen. 

The storyline of the show is this: "After shocking their wives by winning a high profile jingle contest, they are catapulted out of Brooklyn and into the cutthroat world of Madison Avenue, where they find themselves torn between success and friendship."

The lead role of Ralph Kramden is supposed to be played by actor, Michael McGrath (wearing a "fat suit"), who won a Tony award for his supporting role in the 2012 season's Nice Work If You Can Get It, Leslie Kritzer plays Alice, and the Nortons are  supposed to be played by Michael Mastro and Laura Bell Bundy.

This production won the Broadway World New Jersey Award for Best Play or Musical of 2017. Highlights from selected reviews of preview performances of The Honeymooners:

  • New York Times: "... this show is content just to give you a nostalgia bath. And it’s a darned enjoyable one thanks to some fine performances and a couple of impressive musical numbers works surprisingly well." (

  • Montclair Local News: "When McGrath delivered Kramden’s most famous lines or gestures: “to the moon, Alice” “hamina hamina hamina”  “I got a BIG MOUTH”  the audience cheered. ...McGrath makes a lovable Ralph, and Kritzer’s Alice eerily evokes Audrey Meadows. ... It’s a sitcom kind of musical. But that’s more than good enough." (

  • The Broadway Blog: "The producers and creative team of The Honeymooners musical are likely eyeing the Great White Way as their next stop. ... the artists behind this new musical should take a bow. If Sunday’s enthusiastic opening night audience was any indication of approval, tri-state residents are in for a bonafide treat. ...Book writers Dusty Kay and Bill Nuss, along with lyricist Peter Mills have managed to maintain the lighthearted structure of the television show ... they have stretched an uncomplicated plot into a two hour and forty minute joy ride that is pure fun from start to finish.  (

  • "... delivers punchy laugh lines and bouncy songs to accompany a large dose of purposeful nostalgia; it is perfectly pleasant by any measure....  McGrath ... never loses sight of the buffoonery underlying Ralph's outsized personality, and Mastro's Norton is a particularly enjoyable version of the zany sidekick.(

  • Broadway World: "Filled with big laughs and an infectious score, The Honeymooners will bang-zoom its way into your heart. ... [the] performances are faithful to the original characters, yet they bring a new and delightful spirit to the roles.(


The third is a show that would explore the strength, humor and music of the legendary performer we called "The Genius," Unchain My Heart, The Ray Charles Musical.

First announced to open in 2010, then delayed and rescheduled for a spring 2011 opening, it never did, probably as a result of litigation filed in December 2010. There have been no further announcements made, so it is questionable as to whether it will ever open on Broadway, but
we hope so  ̶  and we are watching.

UPDATE ON THE RAY CHARLES SHOW: It was announced in July 2022 that a show similarly entitled, Unchain My Heart: The Music of Ray Charles, will be opening in Houston in February 2023. Could this be the same show? Could it be headed for Broadway? We'll keep an eye on it and see.

Stay tuned for further announcements (if any) of details of these shows.


The now late historian and documentarian, Charles W. Amann III, late author of the book, The Princes and Princesses of Dance*, a scholarly, behind-the-scenes history of the Philadelphia years of Dick Clark's American Bandstand, has honored our site with links and a blog entry dated December 11, 2011, on his elaborate and extensive book-related website. The blog entry (click here for a direct link) on the site describes ours as "a great site for Fifties and Sixties memories and celebration .... Be prepared, this is not just about a local high school, it is much more ... loaded with tons of information about the period and packed full of fun and facts. It is comprehensive, well written're gonna love it! ... you can just 'cruise' away."

* The late Charles Amann's book remained unpublished at the time of his passing. Its future is presently unknown.

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