Acknowledgments
So Where Did All This Stuff Come from, Anyway?

 

A nostalgic website of the depth and breadth of this one (quite possibly the largest collection of electronic memorabilia of its kind from its time ever assembled on the web) does not spring forth by itself, nor is it solely the result of the efforts of just one person. In fact, it suddenly occurred to me after seven years that when I started the site I did not own a single photograph or any other souvenirs from high school or from our little town but for my yearbook. And I certainly had no idea what I was doing or what it would mean to so many people.

In addition to their providing certain bits of information, most of the familiar images that appear on this website and spark your memories were made possible as a result of careful preservation by the following classmates of assorted bits of memorabilia, keepsakes, and  photos from among their souvenirs of our high school days in Oceanside and of our class reunions:
    

●  Max Abbott

●  Nancy Koller (Beaulieu)

●  Bill Badalucca

     and Jack Beaulieu

●  Gerda Balding (Kunkel) 

●  Bill Liebman

      and Joe Kunkel

●  Linda Luschinski

●  Ginny Beedenbender

●  Phoebe Lustig

●  Sheila Berg

●  Clark Marcus

●  Richie Berke

●  Ray Martinis

●  Jeany Bomberg

●  Jeff Menton

●  Terry Brennan

●  Gary Moliver

●  Eileen Brown

●  Fran Perlman

●  Mike Brozost

●  the late Joel Pravda1

●  Eileen Carlock

●  Bob Renselaer

●  Ed Chilton

●  Susan Rooder

●  Carole Cohen

●  Bob Rubin

●  George Constantin

●  Sue Schlesinger

●  Kathy Cullen

●  Bill Schmidt

●  Linda Feuerstein

●  Audrey Schneiderman

●  Gail Fogelberg

●  Dave Schwarz

●  Lenny Freshman

●  Hank Seaman

●  Joyce Hapner

●  Doreen Silverstein

●  Jim Heitler 

●  Linda Strauss

●  Mike Jacobs

●  Harvey Tauber

●  Jay Katz

●  Rick von Brook

  ●  Nancy Keegan
  ●  George Kinney

●  Marta Watts
●  Penny White
 

 
OHS alumni from other classes who also contributed images or information (listed alphabetically by class year) include:
   

●  Edmund "Jazzbo" Tester (1946)

●  Barbara Mitchell (1964)

●  Lena Prochilo2 (1948)

●  Paul Bayha (1965)

●  Andy Southard, Jr. (1951)

●  Margaret Chilton9 (1965)

●  Joe Papalia3  (1954)

●  Pete Grogan (1965)

●  Wally Erskine (1956)

●  Marilyn Parker (1965)

●  Bette Strauss4 (1956)

●  Melody Taylor10 (1965)

●  Carol Keegan5 (1957)

●  Mark Rindner11(1965)

●  Dennis Kreutzer (1961)

●  Martin Hersch12 (1966)

●  Sharon Rindner6  (1961)

●  Jillian Morton13  (1967)

●  Jerry Schmotzer (1961)

●  Peter Ekstrom (1976)

●  Bob Frankenberg (1962)

●  Paul Farese (1976)

●  Andi Knorr7 (1962)

●  Richard Woods14 (1976)

●  Roberta Padula (1962)

●  Robin Kampf15 (1983)

●  Susan Philips8 (1963)

●  Teddy Freudenberg, Jr.16 (1989)

 

●  James Cricchio17 (2009)

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    1
 Memorabilia preserved by our late classmate provided to us by his loving widow,
       Vivien Pravda
  
2  Editor
of Spindrifter, newsletter of the Oceanside High School Alumni Association
    3  Cousin of our classmate, Ray Martinis
    4
 Sister of our classmate, Linda Strauss

    5  Older sister of our classmate siblings (not twins), Kathy and Nancy Keegan
 
  6  Sister of our late classmate, Lois Rindner
   7
  Sister of our late classmate, Chris Knorr
    8  
My wife, who helped (among many other things) with reunion photographs and video
  
9  Sister of our late classmate, Ed Chilton
   10 D
aughter of the late Ed Taylor, Oceanside Jr. High band teacher
   
11 Brother of our late classmate, Lois Rindner
    12 Brother of our classmate, Steve Hersch
    13
"Jilly" (known in school as Candy Mintz) moved with her family to Los Angeles before
        she would have been graduated from OHS and instead, was graduated from Beverly
         
Hills High School
   
14 Author of OCEANSIDE (the book)
 and Legendary Locals of Oceanside 
    15 Daughter of our departed classmate, Carol Barry
(provided reunion photos from her
       late mother's scrapbook)
    16
Historical Committee Chairman, South Side Hose Co. #2, Oceanside Fire Dept.
       (provided permission to use photos of the St. Anthony's fire in 1960)

    17 Historian of OHS Thespian Troupe #132  
   

Special mention should be made of the late brother of our own, Kathy Cullen, Vic Cullen (1958), whose contribution consisted of unknowingly providing the inspiration to begin developing this website in late 1999. Vic was a disabled veteran who passed away at age 73, June 12, 2012.

  
The generosity of these classmates and other OHS alumni in making these treasured mementos available to share with our entire class and other visitors to this site and to help restore our sweet but fading memories is gratefully acknowledged.
 
   
A special thanks goes out to certain OHS faculty members who contributed material our memories are made of: first, our music teacher and band/orchestra director, Allan Segal, for the live recordings from our production of The King & I  on the OHS stage in 1958 made by someone unknown to us, and second, Coach Roy Chernock for photos of our championship track team.

   
Additional sources of photographs and other historical research material are also acknowledged with thanks to the following institutions and individuals named below:
 
  

  • The Oceanside Public Library

  • Rev. Janet Porcher, Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Oceanside, for permission to use material from The History of Oceanside 

  • The Long Island Studies Institute, a co-operative effort of Hofstra University and the Division of Museum Services, Nassau County Department of Recreation and Parks)

  • Mary Hyland of Nathan's Famous, Inc. for her efforts in obtaining for us, after a year-long search, a rare photo of our, as it was when we were kids, that is now the only photo (not Coney Island)
    featured on
    own website's history page

  • Oceanside Fire Department's Terrace Hose Company #3 (for the photos of the St. Anthony's fire).

  • Morton Shor, son of Leon Shor (co-founder of the Roadside Rest) for the interview

  • The now late Murray (son of Nathan) Handwerker (who took over the Roadside Rest when we were kids and then in 1959 turned it into our beloved) and his now late wife, Dorothy, for the interview

  • Andrew Ceroni for permission to use his poem, "Remembrance"

  • Joseph E. (Joe) Behar, PhD (Long Beach High School, 1960), Professor of Sociology, Dowling College, Oakdale, NY, and Chuck Jacobi (LBHS, 1973) for permission to use great photos of the Long Beach boardwalk

  • Several sellers on eBay.com for making various memorabilia items available online

  • Jerry and Lillian Katz, beloved parents of twins, Jay Katz and the late Michael Katz, and Barbara Katz, Michael's loving widow, all of whom provided photos for Michael's memorial page

  • Shannon Turner, daughter of the late Tom Turner, for photos of her dad for his memorial page

  • Lloyd Handwerker, grandson of Nathan and nephew of the late Murray Handwerker

  • Greg Iger, cousin of the late Don Fine for his help with Donny's memorial page

  • Dagny Rivers (Clark Marcus' significant other) for preparing material for our 50-Year Reunion video

  • Josh Rindner, son of our late classmate, Lois Rindner, for photos of his mom.

  • Brie Wilensky Williams and Brooke Wilensky, daughters of the late Hal Wilensky, for photos of their dad for his memorial page.

  • Frank Yacovelli, owner of Oceanside Gulf, and his wife, Eleanor, for the memorable photo of the gas station where my father worked for 10 years.

  • Hal Behl, husband of the late artist, Reggie Behl, for digital images of his late wife's Oceanside-themed art work from the 1950s.

  

Also thanks to Maria Heller ('58) of the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce for arranging for the Chamber to co-sponsor the presentation of our class' tribute to in June 2003.
  
For assistance with the formidable technological challenges when I was just getting started in late 1999 and early 2000, I thank Craig Pravda (brilliant son of our late classmate and my dear old friend, Joel Pravda) and some of my business associates in Las Vegas, Nevada, Garrett Larson, Josh Kern and for assisting with the audio, Richard Bowler. And I thank my cousin, Mark Roth, who helped me obtain some of the music. And I thank particularly our classmate, Ed Chilton, for enhancing some of the graphic images, for inspiring me early on to strive for excellence, and whose help debugging and improving the site after its launch in early 2000 has been of enormous value. Much thanks also to my brother, Michael Levy (1964), for his hard work helping with the videos on the site.
  
Another special thank you to our classmate, Dave Schwarz, who spent hours in public libraries on Long Island in 2003 reading microfilms to assist with the
research and who, as a result, found the Newsday ad from opening day, thus proving that its elusive date was, in fact, June 4, 1959 (and not in 1955 as reported elsewhere.
  
Others who have submitted material for our Memory Book page are, of course, acknowledged there.
 
   

        

   

So if "a few more tokens rest" within your treasure chest, "a photograph or two," from among your souvenirs that you would like to share with the class, this website is your central repository for them. Send them to me, Howie Levy, at 252 Hickory Hollow, Las Vegas, NV 89123-1177, and your name will be added to this list. Be assured that your treasures will be returned to you unharmed. Or you can send me by e-mail  electronically scanned image files (preferably .jpg or .gif files) of them. 

I would particularly like pictures from our 10-year reunion (PLEASE! I have not been able to find any despite years of searching since 2000), our proms, our graduations (from jr. and sr. high), and familiar sights of our town of Oceanside in the 1950s, like the Little Red Store. (But no photos of classmates from before jr. high, please (except for memorials)!!! I can only handle so much.)  

And many thanks to all of you who read this. I hope you visit whenever you are feeling a little nostalgic, when you want to clarify a foggy memory, or of you just need a lift, and I hope that you enjoy the site for many years to come.   

 

 

      

           

      

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