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Date of last entry: March 12, 2015

Our Class Newsletter


 Issue Date: March 12, 2015



On March 10. 2000, after a gestation period of over three months, this website, the online presence of the Class of 1960, was born. With the help of many classmates and others (see ACKNOWLEDGMENTS) who have shared their memories and memorabilia, the site has grown over the last 15 years into what appears likely to be the largest repository of electronic memorabilia of the collective adolescent experience of any group of people from a single high school available on the worldwide web. It is quite simply the online nostalgia trip of your life!

The officers and directors of your unique Class Association are quite proud of this achievement, but as your webmaster, I am most gratified by the reactions received during that time from hundreds of classmates, other Oceanside High School alumni from classes ranging over 70 years (from 1940 to 2009) and others. My heartfelt thanks to all of you who contributed your memories and those who took the trouble to write.


ANNOUNCING: 55-Year Reunion in 2015!! Wouldn't you like to get away ─ where everybody knows your name?

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for details.


CLASSMATE RECOVERING FROM BRAIN SURGERY - UPDATED REPORT, MARCH 10TH, 2015: We reported earlier that according to her brother-in-law, Charlie Thuren (OHS, '57), one of our classmates, Doris Walker (now Bailey), was diagnosed with a brain tumor and had surgery in February last year.

The good news is that we just learned from Charlie that Doris is getting strength back that she lost on her right side. He said she is a lot more mobile now and a lot more active. She still uses a wheel chair, but she can now propel it to some degree by herself. Doris has gotten her sense of humor back and is a lot more upbeat. Charlie says he thinks she might make it to the reunion!

Charlie also said that Doris has been enjoying  cards, letters, etc., from her OHS classmates and would enjoy receiving more mail from others, too. So if you would like, send your cards and letters to her, Doris Bailey, at 8381 Lomond Drive, Huntington Beach, CA 92646.

TECHNICAL "GLITCH": We recently noticed that three videos uploaded years ago in connection with our 2010 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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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 2.)

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

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.


Captain's column:


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


Refer to this front-page column of TM to learn about the latest features and other significant site developments. I may also use it to pass along other brief messages I choose from time to time. I retitled the former SITE UPDATE column on page 2 SITE HISTORY since it traces developments back to our ship's maiden voyage launch in March 2000.

A hometown community memorial tribute to our principal, Charles Mosback, 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, memorial tributes to Sid Caesar and Phil Everly, 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 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, introducing the Class Survey. 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.


A special page describing our class' Sandy relief  fundraising effort, our own Art Heyman obituary (below), an update on JAZZBO, still performing at age 85, Chris Knorr's memorial page, and the oldest known photos of the famous Roadside Rest building. An enhanced version of our 1955 Word Series page and another photo of Bristol Motors Ford. An obituary of William F. Helmcke, our OJHS principal, a Tribute to Richie Woods, author of Oceanside, (the book), photos of Ocean Chemists, the candy store next door, Silver Lake and Oceanside Gulf, more photos of the Shrine at St. Anthony's, a 1942 menu from the historic Roadside Rest, our OHS marching band in their brand new, full dress uniforms, Memorial Day, 1960, the colorful and little-known history of the grand Towers Funeral Home, and a souvenir from our beloved Rainbow Diner. Memorial tribute pages for Hal Wilensky and Lois Rindner.


A photo of the popular Texas Ranger, a 1972 photo of the late Alan Lupi, and a memorial tribute page remembering Donny Fine. And an original video documentary entitled The Dawn of Rock 'n' Roll, 1954-'59 made especially for us in conjunction with our 50-Year Grand Reunion. This is REALLY something!!


More photos of our little town, including two shots of our beloved Rainbow Diner during the 1958 Memorial Day Parade and three of Long Beach Road, circa 1958-'59, a typical 1950s Woolworth's lunch counter menu and a complete history of over 50 years of OHS spring musicals from 1957 through 2009.


I hope you all keep enjoying the cruise.


recently learned that over a year ago, in October 2013, the memory of our late principal, Charles Mosback, was honored by the Oceanside School District 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.


Just 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 years  ̶  and 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 calls "A 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 a 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 a classic  ̶  The 3 Haircuts (click here)  ̶  a brilliant parody of our music.


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' 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 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 ─ as 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 memories.

The sweet sound of Everly Brothers music will never be forgotten ─ and it will never be duplicated. May he rest in peace. So sad.

Notice to all visitors: Our site has now been completely re-engineered to work substantially the same (and equally well) with popular non-Microsoft, alternative browsers, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, as it does with Internet Explorer (IE) or any IE-based browser (such as Maxthon or Avant). All of our sound files should now play in all three browsers, although you may receive a pop-up message telling you to install a media player plug-in in your alternative browser. (CLICK HERE for help.) (Our audio has been confirmed to work on an Apple Mac with Safari but not on an iPhone; if you use Google Chrome with  a Mac or IPad, who knows?) The site is best viewed in the "Full Screen" mode with a screen resolution of 1024 X 768 pixels in 16 or 32 bit ("true") color.



Our Association's Board has 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 Association's formation over nine years ago.



An 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.

Steve earned 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.



Well, you can in this new book recently published about Nunley’s Amusement Park (once known also as "Happyland") that has lots of photos of Baldwin, among others.  

Click here to learn about it, and to order your copy.


Art Heyman, who led our own basketball Sailors to the Nassau County Championship in 1959, died August 27, 2012, in Florida. Art was 71.

"He 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 to Newsday's 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)."

Like 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.


Scoring the winning point against Baldwin for      
          the 1959 County championship                              

  Posed with other '58-'59 Sailor All-Scholastic soccer champions,
(l. to r.) H. Kitt,
Heyman, (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 into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame following its founding in 1993.

According to 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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Heyman.


Three new musicals that promise to be of particular interest to our generation may be looking at Broadway openings soon:

First, 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 near Washington DC in December 2014 and video previews of Diner, click here.

Bang, Zoom! Straight to Broadway

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. It's been reported that the show has abruptly canceled its Connecticut tryout performances originally scheduled for September of 2015 and is ready for the Great White Way. Neither the date nor a theater for a Broadway opening has yet been announced. 

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 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, and the Nortons are expected to be played by Hank Azaria and Megan Hilty.

"Filled with warmth, laughs, and an infectious score," as reported in Broadway World, "The Honeymooners is a new musical comedy that will bang-zoom its way into your heart."

The 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 shows.


The 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 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 and...you're gonna love it! ... you can just 'cruise' away."


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

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