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Date of last entry: July 7, 2013

Our Class Newsletter

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 Issue Date: March 22, 2014

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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

   
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A Companion Volume to   
OCEANSIDE
(the book) ― Richie Woods' latest work:
LEGENDARY LOCALS OF OCEANSIDE

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

    

              


Click here to read about
Richie Woods.

  

 MARCH 10th, 2014, WAS THE 14TH ANNIVERSARY
OF THE LAUNCHING OF THIS SITE!!

Captain's column:
  

 


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

 

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 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!!

NOW FEATURING 50-YEAR
GRAND REUNION VIDEO!!

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.


REMEMBERING A COMIC GENIUS  ̶  A TRIBUTE TO SID CAESAR

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.


BYE, BYE, PHIL
    

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.


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1960 SAILORS SUPPORT SANDY RELIEF/RECOVERY EFFORTS BACK HOME Click here for details.


ASSOCIATION BOARD HAS TWO NEW DIRECTORS
  

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.


ANOTHER TRAGIC LOSS FOR OUR CLASS STEVE FIRSTENBERG

   

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.

 


HEY, KIDS, WANNA GO BACK TO NUNLEYS?

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.


 OHS BASKETBALL LEGEND, ART HEYMAN (CLASS OF '59), HAS DIED

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.


COMING SOON TO BROADWAY!

Three new musicals that promise to be of particular interest to our generation are planned for 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 open on Broadway with a rocking score of original music by multiple Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, Sheryl Crow. The opening date for the show and the theater have not 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 diner, "Now in their twenties, the friends have stumbled into adulthood and struggle to keep from growing apart."

  • Even more exciting 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 will 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 (now playing), built around a collection of iconic Gershwin songs. The date of the Broadway opening  and the theater have not yet been announced. 
     

  • A show that explores the strength, humor and music of the legendary performer we called "The Genius," Unchain My Heart, The Ray Charles Musical, may still be planned to open on Broadway, but the opening date and the theater have also not yet been announced.

Watch for further announcements of details of these shows.

 

Beautiful: 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 show, featuring her timeless and familiar hits from the early '60s and '70s, can now be seen at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on W. 43rd St., NY City


OUR SITE HONORED ON ANOTHER PRESTIGIOUS SITE

Historian and documentarian, Charles W. Amann III, author of the forthcoming 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."


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