WHENEVER I FEEL
October 31, 2017
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special memorial tribute to
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special memorial tribute page
to our Coach Jan
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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
check out new items and to
many temporary features celebrating
holidays and commemorating other
special occasions. (See the
Column to the right or the
comprehensive summary in the
on page 2.)
The newest entries are marked
on this and the following two pages, which are
linked from above and below
HEY, KIDS, WANNA GO BACK TO NUNLEYS?
Well, you can ─
book about Nunley’s Amusement Park
(once known also as "Happyland") that has lots
of photos of Baldwin, among others.
to learn about it, and to order your copy.
This is your captain
speaking, welcoming you aboard your cyber-cruise
heard the news?
memorial to Fats Domino,
gone at 89.
memorial tribute page to our beloved Coach
Jan and highlights of selected reviews of
preview performances of the soon- to-be Broadway (we hope)
NY Post announcement of the 1959 takeover
of our Roadside Rest by Nathan's Famous, Inc.
caricature of Nathan Handwerker created for
the occasion by Post cartoonist, John Piorotti.
article by your captain about how 100 years
ago, without any help from modern technology,
the illiterate Nathan managed the risk of loss
from employee theft.
of two books
about the history of Nathan's Famous and the
life of its colorful founder, Nathan Handwerker,
written by two of his grandsons, Bill and Lloyd
tribute to Muhammad Ali (class of 1960), and photos of of
Oceanside house that held the
weeping Madonna in 1960 with a crowd
gathered in front and of
Young Israel of
Oceanside, our first Orthodox synagogue.
Also, a beautiful "new" musical selection on our
"Memory Book" page,
Chilton's memorial page, updated research on
a page, and a link was added to our "Chuck
Berry Tribute "page to a video of his
2000 Kennedy Center Award ceremony.
A detailed report of our fabulous
55-year reunion held in Long Beach in
September 2015 is now available together with a
nostalgic, video slideshow of images of the
Long Beach boardwalk the way it was when we
were kids that was made for and presented at
that reunion. Also,
our 2010 reunion
once inaccessible have now been restored.
A photo of
new Oceanside Nathan's Famous, a
long-awaited one of the historic
Merrick branch of the Roadside Rest and a
Meyer & Kronke menu cover. A hometown
tribute to our principal, Charles Mosback, in which his
daughter and our classmate, Ruth Ann Mosback,
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.
Click here for a complete chronological summary, year-by-year,
of significant additions and improvements over the entire history of
the site. Use it to find out what you may have missed.
I hope you all keep
enjoying the cruise. As one classmate requested,
we are striving to "keep it first class."
DOMINO GONE AT 89!
Sadly, we must announce that Antoine "Fats" Domino, one of the legendary pioneers of
died on October 24th, 2017, at age 89. Ain't that
only to Elvis Presley in record sales in the 1950s,
this humble, gentle, gracious and talented man with only a
fourth grade education left a musical legacy to our generation
and those that have or will come later, whose value is clearly
immeasurable and that will never be forgotten.
(whose memorial tribute to him is among the best of the
many you will find online and the source of much of the
content of this one), "few
artists embodied the innocent release and ecstasy of early
rock 'n' roll like Fats
He was the music's first piano wizard and a huge influence
on generations of musicians."
The rolling motion of his body one observed whenever he performed,
coupled with the distinctively rolling rhythms of his New Orleans
style of music, truly put the "roll" in rock 'n' roll
more than anyone else. Dion
DiMucci (of Dion & the Belmonts) spoke of the "rolling sound of his fingers on the piano."
During his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction speech,
Billy Joel said of Fats, "traditionally,
when people think of rock 'n' roll, they think of the guitar.
I want to thank the man who proved that the piano was a rock
'n' roll instrument."
In the words of contemporary piano greats of Fats' time (and ours), Jerry
Lee Lewis said, "His
vocals were phenomenal, and he was a great pianist
— he had the best raw
and Little Richard said, "I
loved him. I loved his piano playing. I love his music,
he could make a
Richard said,"he influenced me as an entertainer, period."
1956 television interview in which he was asked about
the controversy that had developed around
rock 'n' roll
music, Fats Domino said,
far as I know, the music makes people happy." It
certainly did that for us. And over 60 years later, it still
and always will as long as we live.
So as Fats takes his last walk to join
Berry, Elvis and the others waiting in
rock 'n' roll
heaven, we say to him, "You
turn to the right; you find a little bright light."
to access the full
Rolling Stone's comprehensive, online memorial
tribute to Fats Domino. Another online tribute worth
reading appeared on the site of the
New Orleans Musical News.
Fats, as we remember him.
SAILORS ASSOCIATION HELPS WIDOW WITH MUCH NEEDED FUNDING FOR
FINAL EXPENSES OF DECEASED CLASSMATE
learned from a Facebook posting of the then recent passing,
April 18, 2017, of Bruce Winkler, a resident of
Las Vegas, Nevada, who
was a a popular member of our class but only during our
years. It's been 60 years, but many will surely remember him.
After helping his father grow the family
business, Belwin Music (in Rockville Centre, NY), one of the
largest music publishing companies in the U.S., Bruce went into
the souvenir business. According to Heidi, he was a
wonderful father, was kind to everyone he met, loved
his dogs, and he loved to travel. He was a black belt in
karate, a single engine pilot, and he once was a volunteer
fireman and served in the U.S. Army.
Although he was a nonsmoker, Bruce was diagnosed with
lung cancer that metastasized so aggressively that he
was caused to suffer a painful death only two months
after his initial diagnosis.
1955 (8th grade, age 13)
When we learned of his passing, we also learned that since his passing, Bruce's widow, Heidi, was
experiencing substantial bureaucratic resistance trying to collect life
and medical insurance benefits and was using GoFundMe
through Facebook to attempt to raise much needed funds to
help pay his final expenses. Because Bruce was one of
us, and we are the Class of 1960
— and because fellowship is what we are
Directors approved a significant (and greatly appreciated)
expenditure from our treasury,
mission, to help Heidi pay those
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
16-PAGE INSERT DATED MAY 22, 2016
Credited in Book Commemorating the
Anniversary of the Original
16. 2015, we received a call from Bill Handwerker, a
grandson of Nathan
and son of
who turned our renowned
that we loved. Bill has written a book (along with
co-author, Jayne A. Pearl) called Nathan's Famous: The
First 100 Years.
and elsewhere, you
can read about it on
The purpose of the call was to request
permission to credit our
how cool is that?
A second Nathan's history book, called
Famous Nathan, is also available from
and it, too, refers to this website. It was written (with
co-author, Gil Reavill) by another Nathan Handwerker
grandson, Lloyd Handwerker, (who, in 2014, also produced and
directed an acclaimed
by the same title).
Click here to read
the online review of both books that I posted (on Amazon.com):
Unlike other far less comprehensive and accurate
accounts of Nathan's history, our
Nathan's Roadside Rest
is featured prominently in both books with almost an entire
chapter devoted to it. And both
are available in either hard or soft cover or e-book
Cousins, Lloyd (left) and Bill Handwerker
Photo by Helayne Seidman
See the NY Post story about the two books:
TO BE BROADWAY
Three new musicals that promise to
be of particular interest to our generation may be looking
at Broadway openings some time 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
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter,
Crow. However, neither a Broadway opening date or a
theater for the show have yet been announced.
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
For some early reviews of the
world-premiere preview performance near Washington DC in
December 2014 of Diner,
HEADED STRAIGHT TO BROADWAY? (UPDATED)
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.
Its world premiere preview
performances are from September 28th
to October 29th,
2017, at the Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive,
Millburn, NJ 07041 (call 973/376-4343 for tickets).
has received excellent reviews (see selected excerpts
below), but neither
nor a theater
Broadway opening has yet been announced.
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 played
by actor, Michael McGrath (wearing a "fat
suit"), who won a Tony award
for his supporting role in the 2012 season's
Work If You Can Get It, Leslie Kritzer plays Alice,
Nortons are played by Michael Mastro and Laura
selected reviews of preview performances of The
New York Times:
this show is content just to give you a nostalgia bath.
And it’s a darned enjoyable one thanks to some fine
performances and a couple of impressive musical numbers
works surprisingly well ."
Montclair Local News: "When
McGrath delivered Kramden’s most famous lines or
gestures: “to the moon, Alice” –“hamina
hamina hamina” – “I
got a BIG MOUTH” – the
audience cheered. ...McGrath makes a lovable Ralph, and
Kritzer’s Alice eerily evokes Audrey Meadows. ... It’s
a sitcom kind o
f musical. But that’s more than good
The Broadway Blog:
"The producers and creative team of The
are likely eyeing the Great White Way as their next
stop. ... the artists behind this new musical should
take a bow. If Sunday’s enthusiastic opening night
audience was any indication of approval, tri-state
residents are in for a bonafide treat.
writers Dusty Kay and Bill Nuss, along with lyricist
Peter Mills have managed to maintain the lighthearted
structure of the television show ... they have stretched
an uncomplicated plot into a two hour and forty minute
joy ride that is pure fun from start to finish.
delivers punchy laugh lines and bouncy songs to
accompany a large dose of purposeful nostalgia; it is
perfectly pleasant by any measure....
McGrath ... never loses sight of the buffoonery
underlying Ralph's outsized personality, and Mastro's
Norton is a particularly enjoyable version of the zany
Broadway World: "Filled
with big laughs and an infectious score, The
Honeymooners will bang-zoom its way into your heart. ...
performances are faithful to the original characters,
yet they bring a new and delightful spirit to the roles.(https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Review-Roundup-What-Did-The-Critics-Think-of-Paper-Mills-THE-HONEYMOONERS-20171009)
WE EVER SEE IT?
third is a
show that would explore the strength, humor and
of the legendary performer we called "The Genius,"
Unchain My Heart, The Ray Charles Musical.
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 so it is doubtful as to whether it will
ever open on Broadway, but
and we are watching.
tuned for further announcements of details of these
OUR SITE HONORED ON ANOTHER PRESTIGIOUS
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
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! ...
can just 'cruise' away."
* Charles Amann's book remained
unpublished at the time of his passing. Its future is
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