From friends, family and
(who are not OHS/OJHS alumni)
February 24, 2018
(The latest entries are posted at the bottom. The most recent entries are dated and marked.)
page 1, containing reactions of our classmates
or page 2, containing those of other
- I spent about an hour on the site this morning. It's great. I
can see it was a ton of work and very well done. I'm sure that it will
prove to be a lot of fun and a great resource that your class can use to
share its memories and accomplishments. I look forward to spending
some more time on the site soon to explore the rest of it.
- I must admit that I had no idea how "cool" it would be. If
you ever lose your day job, I guess you know what you can do.
- I'm impressed ... this must have taken you all year! So much there
... need more time to surf it. I've barely touched the many, many
pages. Really ... truly ... a great job!
- Seen it. Heard it. Cool. [This one came from my son, age
30 (in 1999).]
- Your high school website is really cool
and excellent besides! And the music selections are perfect!
Congratulations on a superb job.
- What a great website! One of the most entertaining I have ever
visited. As a South Side High School class of '57 alum, I really
appreciated it. Don't be surprised if we steal some of your
saw your website today. It was wonderful. [From the mother of our classmates, twins,
the late Michael and
- I am looking at the website you made and congratulations on
a great job. [From the Lawrence High School Class of 1959's
webmaster (visit at http://ade-re.com/1959)]
- We enjoyed reminiscing of the good old
days in Oceanside via the website. We
wish the Class of 1960 a wonderful and memorable reunion. We fondly
remember so many of you. [From the parents of
classmate, Sabin Danziger, and parents-in-law of of classmate, Michael
a great site you created! Great music. Great graphics.
What's not to like? Joan [the writer's
wife] and I spent over an hour taking your sea
cruise. We love it! Maybe it is hard to believe that
people who attended school in Cleveland in the '50s can enjoy looking at
Oceanside prom pictures and checking out Oceanside reunions, but we did. And
the animations! (Where did you ever find all
those animations?) Even the wallpaper was fun. Joan now
wants to go to her reunion in 2004, and she swore she wouldn't attend
another after going to the 10th. THAT is what your
site did to her. As another band leader of that period said ... "Wunnaful,
Wunnaful!" [And Joan added:] That website is absolutely fantastic! We are both very
impressed! It was fun to read! I wished that it was my school
that I was looking at.
- Howie, your wife came into the library [a local library in Las Vegas] the other day to get some music for your site.
I asked her for the address
it is wonderful. You must have put a
lot of time and energy into it. If there is anything you need us to find at the library for you, please let us know. Wish I was as talented as you are.
- It is WAY cool. You have waaaaay too much time on your
[From a former business partner in Chicago]
Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed my tour of the website. Spent
the greater part of a Saturday evening on the site.
a 1960 high school graduate, I can totally relate to
everything you have posted. We did not have Nathan's, but there was the
corner burger-joint hangout. Each song reminded me of a particular
happening at the time in my life when it was popular. Dick Biondi was our
Alan Freed, who gave us those memorable magic moments. His career was almost
as tumultuous as Alan's. I have told several of my friends about
website, and all have thoroughly enjoyed it.
[From another former business partner
- Just finished cruisin' your website and wanted to say I loved it.
thoroughly enjoyed perusing Oceanside's webpage
it's a wonderful site. Wish
I'd gone to school there.
- Your site is
beautiful!! ... really brings back those old feelings. Hey, that could be a song title.
It is fantastic!!!! I hated to leave, so for sure I'll be
going back again." [From a 1960 graduate of West Islip High
site created for the Class of 1960
wonderful photos of
Oceanside in 1960, lots of cool stuff!! Well worth the look!
[From the Oceanside Education Foundation
tried your site, and it is quite amazing. [From an old friend from
elementary school in Brooklyn, a
Midwood High School, class of 1959, graduate, not seen nor heard from in 48
- Your class website is wonderful. I loved being able to
see my dad's past. I felt like I was standing in the halls of the
school and seeing it for real. [From the daughter of our
classmate, Don Patterson]
I spent a lot of time in
Long Beach as my
grandparents had a West End bungalow.
I also had a girlfriend who lived at
Lawson and Atlantic, and we walked Lawson a lot. Thank you for the
wonderful trip down memory lane. [From a
1977 graduate of Bellmore Kennedy High]
Your whole website is fantastic, and I, too, love the
Nathan's page the
best! Good job! I miss the Oceanside Nathan's very much. I
used to eat my hot dog, french fries and a drink and watch the puppet shows
on Saturdays. [From a
1969 graduate of Long Beach High]
Howie, Congratulations on a great site! I enjoyed every minute of it
as I have very fond memories of my years at OHS. Keep up the great
work. Your website never fails to amaze
me each time I sign on! Thank you for that labor of love! [From OHS track coach,
Roy Chernock, 1957 to '67]
Just received the
link to your website. It is truly awesome. It has to be the most
complete and the best put together site I have visited. Brings back
GOOD memories. Unfortunately, I didn't have the pleasure of attending
Oceanside schools. Our first "married" home was on Weidner
Avenue, and we ultimately bought a house on Murdock. Our son, Michael
[Furst], did graduate from OHS in the late '80s. Thanks for
website, 1960sailors, is
fantastic. I love it.
... thanks for
the trip back in time and the retro music. Loved the website and the rest of
the history behind Nathan's. Hot Dog,
Buddy, Buddy song kind of sticks with you doesn't it? Thanks for the fun journey back.
[About our Nathan's page.]
That was so-o-o-o interesting.
[The previous two posts came from eBay sellers from whom
Nathan's memorabilia was purchased.]
Your website page tells a fascinating story,
not only about your local history, but of my family history as well. [This
came from John Ashmele, nephew of both Leon Shor and Murray Hadfield (see next entry).]
Good job, Howie. Thanks.
My family loved the research that you've done. [From
Morty Shor, son of Leon Shor,
who was co-founder and operator during the early years of our own
We enjoyed that little piece you wrote about
when we first opened Oceanside, and appreciated the recognition. You
really did excellent research. [From Dorothy and
Murray Handwerker (both now
who saved the dying Roadside Rest in late 1956 and early 1957 and ultimately
brought Nathan's to Oceanside in 1959. (Murray
was the son of
Nathan's founder, Nathan Handwerker.)]
Thanks for all the information about the
Rest. We used to visit almost every weekend although we live in Brooklyn. We
visited in the '50s and '60s as it was on the way to my late uncle's house
in Long Beach. The food was as good as at the original Coney Island
Nathan's. I was thinking about the Roadside Rest recently. The article
brought back great memories. I even recall the entertainment on the
stage. It was a better world then. People trusted and helped each other and
Did you do this
whole Oceanside scene? It was wonderful! I just spent a nostalgic evening
enjoying the trip back in time. We lived in Wedgewood from 1958 to 1997 when
we moved to Florida with all the other Oceanside oldtimers. Your tour of
Oceanside was very special. I'll be forwarding this site to all our old
Oceanside friends. [From a
former librarian at the Oceanside Library.]
You always make me smile when I view the site that you have so
wonderfully developed. [This came from Craig Pravda,
son of our late classmate, and my very dear, lifelong friend,
Joel Pravda, to
whose memory this site is dedicated.]
was a blast from the past to find the OHS 1960 website today! By coincidence, I went to
my search engine and, by gosh, I pulled up your fantastic website, and was
I amazed!!! What a trip down memory lane! Those were good days and
provide many good memories. I just read the lovely
tribute you wrote for Ed Taylor
. Your website is outstanding in every
respect. ..."thanks for the memories." Keep that
great website going
I got a charge out of the caption about
Castoldi]. Then I
followed the links and became absorbed once again in the total website, and
nostalgia took over. I am amazed at the amount of data that you have collected
and included in the website. Of course, the music and effects are great. Again,
thanks for the memories. All the best.
The website looks fantastic and it
is always a "real trip" surfing the site. Brings back all good memories.
Congratulations on the great work you have accomplished doing this venture.
OHS music teacher from 1956 to 1966 and then
Director of Music
Education for the Oceanside School District
so very much for the Nathan's/Roadside Rest webpage! It is wonderful. I
grew up in Island Park, because my dad loved the Roadside Rest/Nathan's
so much he had to
be close to it. Your site and wonderful photos brings many fond memories
and good times. I remember the old site before they put the heated roof
section on it in the early '60s. So much of my youth was spent there,
and the gameroom and lots of necking there too! I now live in Florida,
and my mom is good friends with Murray Handwerker and his wife; thanks
for posting the interview. I recently had dinner with him too. He is so
proud of his life's accomplishments. Again, thanks for the site and your
contributions to Oceanside. [The writer went to W. Hempstead High
School (he is younger than we are), and his cousin is Ray Sobel, the
OHS citizenship ed. teacher of our time.]
I saw your website, and I am very proud of you, Howie
because in high
school, you were nothing. [From our beloved coach
Jan (Frank Januszwski) at our 45-year reunion]
your reunion pages! I put a link on our homepage so people can see true
Sailor Spirit!!! [From Betsy Transom,
president of the Oceanside Education Foundation
wanted to say hi and compliment you on a great website. Spent many happy
days at Nathan's and Oceanside bowl. [From a member of East Rockaway High
School's class of '63]
I was looking for material on Alan Freed and got directed to your
School website and boy, am I glad I did! What a wonderful collection of
memories and great songs you have assembled. I grew up in San Diego and got to
Alan Freed after he came to KDAY in LA, its booming signal carried down
here quite well. We pretty much grew up hearing the same songs here that you
did there, it was a great era in music and we are lucky to have been there for
it. I will be spending more time exploring the site, anyway, thanks very much
for doing it and sharing your memories
from a guy who grew up 3,000 miles away
from your school.
congratulations on your site, which is full of a great deal of interesting
[From an accomplished certified archivist employed at the prestigious
42nd St. New York Public Library]
I think your website is great. I
wish they had one for Southside. [From a 1957 Southside
First off, I love,
website! I think it is superb, really fun and
interesting, and even exciting. It is a fabulous resource, and you really did a
great job in pulling all that information together in such a creative way.
I remember quite a lot about Oceanside. I remember thinking that the name Chawatsky seemed vaguely obscene, and, of course I was a big fan of the
Roadside Rest and the Texas Ranger. [From
Joe Behar, PhD (Long Beach High School, 1960), Professor of Sociology,
Dowling College, Oakdale, NY, the source of several of our great photos of the
Long beach boardwalk]
- I can't believe it's been 6 years since you put that up. You did a great job. My
hubby's high school class wants to put up a website. I told them about your
awesome site so they can dream and drool.
[From a cousin of our classmate,
- Thank you for a very
interesting site; I've been listening to the music from the "Our Music" page
and getting a thrill as I was a teenager during the Alan Freed and
- I just discovered your class website, and I love it! I am from the great
class of 1960 from Newburgh Free Academy in Newburgh, NY.
- Kudos by the way to Howard Levy. The 1960
Sailors website is a lot of fun
Massapequa High has nothing like it. [From
Marc Lecard, author of (among
others) the "comic
crime" novel, Vinnie's Head, and who grew up on Long
I can't believe what I am seeing. ...
I already e-mailed your site to friends around the
country. [From Spider Harrison, veteran deejay, record company executive
and recording artist, graduate of Hempstead High School, '62 (www.spidorecords.com)]
- To my Cousin, Howard B. "Howie" Levy, You
are the man Love your website
Our memories are alive and well. [From famed rock 'n' roll DJ and Top-40
pioneer, "Cousin Brucie" Morrow]
- I grew up in Island Park and lived in
Oceanside from 1999-2007. I loved
looking thru your site, and it brought back many memories.
- I am the Senior High Band Director for
South Lewis Central School in Turin, NY. This is a small town situated
between Watertown and Utica, near Fort Drum. I grew up in Cortland, near
Syracuse. I am directing The King and I
and have been doing much
research. I stumbled across your Oceanside site, and it amazed me. After
listening and reading about The King and I
production, I browsed the
rest of the site. It is truly fantastic. It sounds like a place I wished I
had gone to school and a time period. I graduated in 1985. Anyway, I am
going to use the quote that you guys used from "Something Wonderful" in my
program; it was a nice idea and a classy touch. The orchestra sounded
great, too. Looking at your class pictures, this school must have been huge. I
graduated from a class of 250 and teach in a school with a graduating class
of about 100. I was sorry to read that the King,
Alan Lupi, had died ... and
he was so young.
did not attend Oceanside, but I found your site while looking for, of
all things, the "ah-bey"
Murray the K
show. What a gas! It is now one of my cell phone ringtones. Thanks a
Dear Sailors! I represent the newly formed
1976 KGHS Association in King George, Virginia. I was searching the web
for any other high school class who had enough talent to form an
association and WOW, your website is amazing! The
Oceanside Class of
site is truly an inspiration to our group! Thanks for the many
hours of entertainment!!
you Howie Levy: I'm not from Oceanside but rather (dare I say it here?)
from Stuyvesant [H.S. in NYC], class of '59
so I am overjoyed that someone has put together such a treasure trove of
especially the music
that greatest era. As an observer of the current teenage scene, and having
observed it ever since we graduated, I can easily say that we really were
the greatest in that we were part of the fastest transition from uptight
society to totally open, in thought, deed, and music! I was at most of the
and Jocko live shows, still have the programs! Those were wonderful years
better than the hippie era we ushered in! And I was in San Francisco for
those!! My 50th graduation year is coming up next year. I hope we can do as
well as you've done with this great website. Thanks again.
love your website, the music, the photos, but most of all, the heart
and soul, the feeling behind it all. I'm going to pass it on to some
of my classmates and friends. I graduated Hackensack High School,
Hackensack, NJ, class of '63. So I am a little bit younger than you,
but I feel right at home on your website. Your photos remind me of
my hometown, my school and the kids I grew up with. I really like
your Memorial page, and it's "Gone But Not Forgotten" theme. We
should never forget. I surfed into your site from the
Murray the K
page as a result of a Google search on Murray.
truly appreciate your website, the work and the love that went into it,
and I really appreciate the heart and soul
that went into each word and detail.
[from a member of Greenwich High
School's (Greenwich Connecticut) Class of
What a wonderful task you have
undertaken! The website is so inviting and orchestrated to include so
many aspects of school-community, exactly as I recall my early
years. You are truly dedicated! [from an OHS faculty member
(1958-92), Marjorie Delmar, nee
- I'm not an alum of Oceanside
but just wanted to say what a great site you guys have. I stumbled upon
it while looking for a song that Jocko used to use as his first song
after his intro on WADO and found myself immersed in
Jocko, Alan Freed
and Murray the K and wound my way back through your site. I've been involved in
my school's 1961 reunions (40 and 45th) and thought we did a good job but
you guys just blow us out of the water!! Great job!! Keep up the good
[from a member of
High School's Class of
- What an awesome site! I hope we can find
someone to do ours.
[From a member of
Elkin High School's
North Carolina) Class of
- I lived in
Oceanside from 1952-65. I did not attend Oceanside H.S., but have many fond
memories of growing up there. I happened upon your website almost by
accident and was really taken with the "Our Little Town" section. It brought
back some really great memories! Many thanks and best wishes.
- I have enjoyed reading
your memories of the
Roadside Rest, of
which my grandfather, Leon Shor, was a founder. I loved
looking at the menu. Wow! I wish prices still looked like that
today. If you get any updates on the Roadside Rest, I would love to know
about them. I wished I could have seen it in its heyday, but I have heard so
many wonderful stories from my father, who still has great memories of those
days. [From Richard Shor, son of
whose father, Leon Shor, was co-founder and operator during the early years of our own
just left the incredible website created for your classmates. Congrats to
you and your associates for taking a website to another level. I will
continue from time-to-time check your website.
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.
[From now late Charles W. Amann III, historian and
an unfinished book, The Princes and
Princesses of Dance, a scholarly, behind-the-scenes history of the
Philadelphia years of Dick Clark's
made such a beautiful tribute to Joel. Thanks so much for keeping the memory
of Joel so alive.
And I love to go to
your website to see the pictures and hear the music from our era.
[This came from
widow of our late classmate, and my very dear, lifelong friend,
Joel Pravda, to
whose memory this site is dedicated.]
went to Terrell Ave. Elementary School from Kindergarten to the 1st 1/2 of
the 6th grade and then moved to Birmingham, Alabama where I still live.
...you have a wonderful site. I appreciate all the hard work that you have
put into the site.
site was a walk in the journey of life for me
tonight was special for the
times were a lot nicer back then! [From the son of the late
William A. Senning 2nd, a history teacher then administrator at
OHS beginning in1950]
very. very coooooool! Wow
I havent said cool in a long time. Great
for the terrific collection of memories! You really have been putting a
bunch of time into the histories. I appreciate it.
Keep up the good work. [From Hal Behl,
the 91-year old husband of the late artist, Reggie Behl, whose work from
Oceanside in the 1950s is featured on this
I just revisited the page you
created for my Dad and wanted thank you again. I love reading the posts by
all of his friends. [From
I was looking for some older pictures of Oceanside and came across your
beautiful website. So much great history! Thanks again for your site filled
with all this valuable information and history!
I love the website.
[From 6th grade teacher,
Anthony J. Marino, Ed. D., Oceanside School No. 5]
I was trying to find a guy with
whom I went to summer camp in the 1950s, and ... I discovered that Donny
Fine had died, which shook me. ... I sought out his obituary, which
sent me along to your remarkable remembrance. I just wanted to thank you for
bringing back some memories Ύ and giving me a
good cry at his absence. [From
Bruce Lowitt, a former Associated Press
sports writer and a childhood friend of Donny
who had lost touch around 20 years ago and just
learned of his passing.]
you so very much for mentioning me and showing and linking to both
my book and documentary. Very special to be part of your AMAZING
Lloyd Handwerker, a grandson of the founder of Nathan's
co-author of Famous Nathan, and producer/director of
documentary film by the same name.]
Your site is wonderful and needs to have as much exposure as possible. [From
Lloyd Handwerker) of Famous Nathan]
I saw your website, and it's quite the treasure
trove! It's wonderful that you've maintained it over all these years!
love the site;
it's cool! Since the 18-year anniversary is coming up soon, I'd love to do a story
both on the site and a bit about Oceanside history.
editor for the
Oceanside/Island Park Herald]
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