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Issue Date: December 23,
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We reported earlier that one of our
classmates, Doris Walker (now Bailey), has been critically ill for
many months and is now receiving home hospice care. According to her
brother-in-law, Charlie Thuren (OHS, '57), Doris was diagnosed with a
brain tumor and had surgery in February this year. Unfortunately, she
has not had a smooth recovery. There were issues with brain swelling, so
they started her on steroids to control it. But the steroids
affected her muscles that caused her to spend most of her time in a recliner and
use a wheelchair.
The good news is that we just learned from Charlie that Doris'
steroids have been cut in half and that, as a result,
she "has had a great 10 days, has gone outside and is a
lot more normal. ...
also talking much more and I am hoping that more things
will be normalizing."
Previously unable to eat with her right hand, now she
can. Charlie says he thinks she might make the
has been enjoying cards,
from her OHS classmates
receiving more mail from others, too. So if you would like,
send your cards and letters to
Bailey, at 8381 Lomond Drive, Huntington Beach, CA 92646.
We recently noticed that three videos uploaded four years ago in
connection with our last reunion are no longer accessible. Please note
that we will be working on that and hope to restore them soon. We apologize
for any inconvenience.
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to learn about the latest features and other significant site
I may also use it to pass along other brief messages I choose from
time to time. I retitled the former
column on page 2
since it traces developments back to our ship's maiden voyage
launch in March 2000.
A hometown community memorial
tribute to our
Mosback, in which his daughter and our classmate, Ruth Ann
"new" background music on our
memorial page. Beautiful
artwork from the1950s. A 1937 or '38
menu from the Roadside Rest,
memorial tributes to Sid Caesar and
Phil Everly, a new photo
of Jazzbo, the clown in
a circus and a revamped
page with a new historical photo. Photos
of Joseph's and
Hamburgers, the "Long
Island Casino" of the 1930s (across the street from our beloved
Roadside Rest), the
Drive-In, a second view of the
Home, and the
Firehouse when it was built in 1951.
new and improved Jocko
page (best on the web), a
football game program booklet from our
junior year (October 26, 1958) ,and
typical homes built back home in the early to mid-50s. Also, introducing the
Survey. Also, two pictures of the
photos from our beloved (now gone but to
Long Beach Boardwalk ,
elephants building it in 1907,
and a matchbook cover from
Rudy's Fish & Chips.
A special page describing
fundraising effort, our own
Art Heyman obituary
still performing at age 85, Chris Knorr's memorial page,
oldest known photos of the famous
An enhanced version of
1955 Word Series page and another photo of
William F. Helmcke, our OJHS principal, a
Tribute to Richie Woods,
Oceanside, (the book), photos of
candy store next door,
Silver Lake and
more photos of the
menu from the historic Roadside Rest, our OHS
marching band in
their brand new, full dress uniforms,
Memorial Day, 1960,
and little-known history of the
Towers Funeral Home,
and a souvenir from our
Diner. Memorial tribute pages for
Hal Wilensky and
photo of the popular
a 1972 photo of the late
Alan Lupi, and
a memorial tribute page
remembering Donny Fine.
original video documentary
The Dawn of Rock 'n' Roll, 1954-'59 made especially for us in
conjunction with our 50-Year Grand Reunion.
This is REALLY something!!
NOW FEATURING 50-YEAR
GRAND REUNION VIDEO!!
photos of our little town,
including two shots of our beloved
Diner during the 1958 Memorial Day Parade
and three of
Long Beach Road,
Woolworth's lunch counter menu
of over 50 years of OHS spring musicals
from 1957 through 2009.
I hope you all keep
enjoying the cruise.
MEMORY OF OUR PRINCIPAL HONORED BACK HOME
learned that over a year ago, in October 2013, the
memory of our late principal, Charles Mosback, was honored by the Oceanside School
when, during halftime
ceremonies at a varsity football game, the
Oceanside High School
athletic field was
rededicated as the Charles R. Mosback Memorial Field.
This took place
40 years after the field was originally named for
him following his passing in 1973. Mosback’s
daughter, our classmate, Ruth Ann Mosback,
was present and participated in the rededication.
Read what Ruth Ann wrote about her dad and more here.
A COMIC GENIUS
A TRIBUTE TO SID CAESAR
about from the time most of got our first TV set (that's
we called them then, remember?), Sid Caesar, a peerless pioneer
and no less than a comic genius, filled our homes
and our lives weekly with laughter for almost 10
it was all live! Caesar died on February 12,
2014, at age 91. His innovative sketch comedy of
Your Show of Shows is widely credited as the
progenitor of Saturday Night Live.
The internet now abounds with tributes and accolades
for this fallen giant of early television such that there
is not much we could add here. In one article, Richard Corliss, an entertainment reporter for
TIME, capsulizes what Corliss
great comedian's choicest work
60 years old and
still brilliantly fresh" and provides access to
YouTube videos of seven of Caesar's sketches "chosen
by someone who as a kid found them ingeniously funny
and who, 60 years later, can’t stop laughing."
For us, I have chosen to highlight one of them by
providing a direct link to
sketch that aired (live, of course) on Caesar's
Hour (the successor to Your Show of Shows)
on April 25, 1955. At that time, according to
Corliss, "TV types didn't know how to treat rock 'n
roll, except with contempt." So Caesar and two
of his crew
(Carl Reiner and Howie Morris) created
3 Haircuts (click
January 7, 2014: AN OPEN LETTER TO
DON EVERLY: Ironically, the sad loss last Friday of your dear
brother, Phil, has brought back happy memories for me of the two of
you and your unique and wonderful blend of brotherly harmonies
the sweet side of rock 'n'
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
I remember how the lyric of one of your most
popular early hits so closely matched my story of getting home at
6:30 a.m. from my first date with my 15-year old future wife ─
little Susie! I remember a year after your 1983 celebrated
reunion concert in Royal Albert Hall watching
you performing together on tour in a theater-in-the-round in Pennsylvania
if your 10-year break-up had never happened. I remember the feeling
of joy and wonderment at how your songbook of familiar melodies
seemed endless. Every time I thought you were done, there was more.
Lastly, I remember thinking how warm and genuine you two were when you
invited fans to shake your hands stage-side at the end of your show
in Las Vegas. (I shook yours, Don.) My heartfelt thanks for these
sweet sound of Everly Brothers music will never be forgotten ─ and it will never
be duplicated. May he rest in peace. So sad.
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ASSOCIATION BOARD HAS TWO NEW DIRECTORS
two new directors, effective July 1, 2013. They are Denis Block and
Kathy Cullen Faessler. Both have actively involved in assisting the
Board with our
activities since the
formation over nine years ago.
TRAGIC LOSS FOR OUR CLASS
unfortunately anonymous, early respondent to our
class survey reported
the passing of Steve Firstenberg. We checked it out online
and found that he passed on January 30, 2013.
a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Yeshiva University,
and in all his personal and
professional relationships, he
demonstrated a lifelong dedication to both learning and
teaching. For more than 20years,
he led the international sales division of Kichler Lighting in
Cleveland. A former Eagle Scout, he was a world traveler,
golfer and devoted husband and father. Steve was loved dearly by his
friends, co-workers and business associates and will be remembered
for his infectious smile, his thirst for adventure and his commitment to
bettering the lives of those around him.
I had a long and pleasant telephone
conversation with Steve last October when he was just out of a
hospital. He was cheerful and enthusiastic; I thought he was going
to be OK, but we never spoke again.
KIDS, WANNA GO BACK TO NUNLEYS?
Well, you can
new book recently published
about Nunley’s Amusement Park (once known also as "Happyland") that has lots
of photos of Baldwin, among others.
about it, and to order your copy.
LEGEND, ART HEYMAN (CLASS OF '59), HAS DIED
Heyman, who led our own basketball Sailors to the
Nassau County Championship in 1959, died August 27,
2012, in Florida.
Art was 71.
could do anything on the court," popular
Oceanside High School
Coach Jan (Frank
Januszewski), 84, told
Newsday. "He was a very
good shooter, an outstanding rebounder and he drove very
well to the basket. What I liked most was that he always
followed his shots. He was very dominating." According
Bob Herzog, "he was also one of the elite players in
Long Island high school basketball history."
The 1959 Nassau County
Champions Sailors varsity basketball team.
Coach Jan told
Aaron Axelson of the Oceanside Herald, “He was an outstanding
player. He was probably the best on Long Island. He was a hell of a
soccer player, too. I think he could have played anything.”
Axelson wrote, "Heyman made a name for
himself as one of Oceanside's greatest athletes, and he is still
described that way 50 years later. ...His senior year average of
29.1 points per game remains a school record ... and [he] also holds
OHS records for rebounds in a season (396) and free throws in a
single game (19)."
Coach Jan said, Artie
(as we knew him) was an all-around athlete. Besides basketball, he
also was on our OHS varsity tennis team and was All-Scholastic on
our 1958-'59 Sailors' County Championship soccer team. He had a
great sense of humor and lots of friends at OHS.
winning point against Baldwin for
the 1959 County championship
Posed with other '58-'59 Sailor All-Scholastic
(l. to r.) H. Kitt,
(the now late)
C. Knorr and T. Millot)
After OHS, Art went on
to Duke University where he was All-American three times and, in
1963, he was named NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player, and he
won the Oscar Robertson Trophy. Heyman
was also voted 1963 college basketball
Player of the
Year by the Associated Press,
the ACC and The Sporting News.
He became, and still is, one of Duke's most revered players of all
time. Duke honored Heyman in 1990 by retiring his jersey number. "Heyman
not only was one of the greatest players in ACC basketball history
but also one of its greatest characters," said sports columnist for
The State (South Carolina's largest newspaper) and contributor
to the Charlotte Observer, Ron Morris. "He was the ACC’s
first bad boy. ... Beneath his veneer of bombast, I often found a
man with a big heart."
Sports Illustrated, October 26, 1963
Just after Duke, he
became the only number one NBA draft pick ever from Long Island when
he began his pro career with the New York Knicks then briefly joined
the Cincinnati Royals followed by the Philadelphia 76ers. In 1967,
he moved from the NBA to the then newly formed ABA where he led his
team to a league championship in 1968 and finally retired from the
game in 1970. He was among the first four basketball inductees ever
National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame following its founding in
Axelson's report in the Oceanside Herald, "Heyman never
forgot about his beginnings in
Oceanside. He returned often to attend games." "He really had
Oceanside in his heart." according to Jeff Risener, the Oceanside
School District's current director of physical education, health and
athletics. And our friend, author and OHS teacher,
Richie Woods, said that Heyman's interest in OHS sports had
grown in recent years. According to Richie, "He would give pep talks
to the basketball team. You just love to see that a man like him
was, at that point in his life, really caring about other people and
the school that he came from." District Superintendent, Dr. Herb
Brown, said, "He never gave up his relationship or his love of
Oceanside. He was a celebrity; he was the real deal."
Information about Art
Heyman is all over the internet; one of the best sources is
SOON TO BROADWAY?
Three new musicals that promise to be of particular interest to our
generation may be looking at Broadway openings soon:
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,
However, neither a Broadway opening date or a theater for the
show have yet been
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."
some early reviews of the world-premiere preview performance
near Washington DC in December 2014 and video previews of
more exciting (to me) is an original show based on the classic,
groundbreaking and wonderful, ever popular Jackie Gleason sitcom
from the mid-'50s, when we were kids, The Honeymooners.
The lead role of Ralph Kramden is expected to be played by actor, Michael
McGrath, who recently won a Tony award for his supporting role
in the 2012 season's Nice Work If You Can Get It.
scheduled for its world premiere
in September to November 2015 at the Goodspeed Opera House in
date of a Broadway opening nor a theater have yet been announced.
third is a
show that explores 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 as to whether it
will ever open on Broadway, but
we hope so
and we are watching.
Stay tuned for further announcements of details of these
The Carole King Musical
tells the inspiring true story of Carole King's
remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit
songwriting team to becoming one of the most successful
solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she
made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack
to a generation. Highly praised, the Tony-winning show, featuring her
timeless and familiar hits from the late '50s through
the '70s, is at
the Stephen Sondheim Theatre
on W. 43rd St., NYC.
This show is show is
closing in January so don't
The show and the lead actress are
OUR SITE HONORED ON ANOTHER PRESTIGIOUS SITE
now late historian and
documentarian, Charles W. Amann III, 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
.... 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 and...you're gonna love it! ...
you can just
* Charles Amann's
book remained unpublished at the time of his passing. Its future is
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