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Date of last entry: February 5, 2017

Our Class Newsletter


 Issue Date:  March 30, 2017


March 18, 2017:

 LegendARY ROCK 'N' ROLL PIONEER, CHUCK BERRY, DEAD AT 90!!  It is with deep sadness that we must report the death today at age 90 of one of the most significant rock 'n' roll pioneers of the 1950s and a hero to our generation, Chuck Berry.

We invite you to focus on his remarkable contribution to our generational culture by revisiting our Chuck Berry tribute page first created in 2000 (when this site was still fresh and new) upon the occasion of his receipt of the coveted Kennedy Center Honor.


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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?  See below.

A NY Post announcement of the 1959 takeover of our Roadside Rest by Nathan's Famous, Inc. featuring a caricature of Nathan Handwerker created for the occasion by Post cartoonist, John Piorotti. Also an 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.

Our online review 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 Handwerker.

Our memorial tribute to Muhammad Ali (class of 1960), and photos of of the 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, Ed Chilton's memorial page, updated research on our "Googamooga" page, 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 videos once inaccessible have now been restored.

A photo of the 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 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.


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.


16-PAGE INSERT DATED MAY 22, 2016 Credited in Book Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Original Nathan's FAMOUS!

 On October 16. 2015, we received a call from Bill Handwerker, a grandson of Nathan
(founder of Nathan's Famous) and son of Murray Handwerker, who turned our renowned Roadside Rest into the Nathan's Famous that we loved. Bill has written a book (along with co-author, Jayne A. Pearl) called Nathan's Famous: The First 100 Years. (Available from Amazon  and elsewhere, you can read about it on Facebook.) The purpose of the call was to request permission to credit our class association and in the book.

So how cool is that?

We just learned that a second Nathan's history book, called Famous Nathan, is now available from Amazon and also 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 documentary film by the same title).

Click here to read  the online review of both books that I posted (on

Unlike other far less comprehensive and accurate accounts of Nathan's history, our Oceanside 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 editions.

Cousins, Lloyd (left) and Bill Handwerker
© 2016, NY Post, Photo by Helayne Seidman

See the NY Post story about the two books:

TECHNICAL VIDEO "GLITCH" FIXED:  We noticed some time ago that videos uploaded years earlier in connection with our 2010 reunion had become inaccessible online. But we are pleased to announce that accessibility to these videos has now been restored.

Loss of a Legend:

In early June, 2016, the world mourned the death, and celebrated the life, of the man who called himself "The Greatest" ¾ and proved it many times and in many ways.

Known first as Cassius Clay, he became Heavyweight Champion of the World and renamed himself Muhammad Ali because of his religious convictions. But not satisfied to be merely the greatest and most charismatic and beloved boxing champion of all time, he was a remarkable humanitarian who stood up for the poor and the oppressed, a noted civil rights leader and a man who gave up the best years of his incredible career when, amid much criticism, he refused to be drafted and go to Vietnam and kill poor people. Ali said: "I ain’t draft dodging. I ain’t burning no flag. I ain’t running to Canada. I’m staying right here. You want to send me to jail? Fine, you go right ahead. I’ve been in jail for 400 years. I could be there for 4 or 5 more, but I ain’t going no 10,000 miles to help murder and kill other poor people."

There is a story you probably won't see in any of the media coverage of Ali's passing. In 1973, Ali heard a news report about a Jewish old age home in the Bronx that ran out of money. The elderly residents were about to be evicted into the snow and cold of winter. So Ali wrote two checks totaling $450,000 to save those people from eviction.  Ali swore the witness reporter (who was also his friend) to secrecy so no one would think he did it for publicity.

We are proud to take note that, although he went to high school in a city far away from us, this great champion, Muhammad Ali, was also a member of a class of 1960. Rest in peace, Champ.


Click here to view Billy Crystal's brilliant eulogy for Ali.


April 16, 2015: Sabin Danziger was honored by his alma mater, Dartmouth College in the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel where he was inducted into its Stephen F. Mandel ’52 Society as its sole 2015 honoree. Sabin was chosen for his “dedication, generosity and visionary leadership to Dartmouth College and his other philanthropic and mentoring endeavors.”  The presenter stated that Sabin “exemplified the BEST in volunteering leadership.” Sabin was surrounded by his family and about 500 alumni and members of their families from around the country. His name will be on a permanent plaque in Dartmouth College’s library. Sabin is an executive in the New York City office of Gilbert Tweed International, a global, executive search firm where he specializes in financial personnel (i.e., Wall Street types).

April 19 2015: Our own "Lotus Blossom' in "Teahouse of the August Moon,"the former Sue Schleshinger (now, Suzanne Lasky-Gerard), was honored by the Jewish Museum of Florida and presented with one of its 2015 Breaking the Glass Ceiling Awards for her career achievements in television production and a lifetime of service to the local, national and international Jewish communities. Suzanne said her greatest source of pride is her Emmy award-winning documentary, "The March of the Living," which  also received several other national awards.

The annual Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award for Jewish women in Florida who have broken the proverbial glass ceiling in professional fields that are normally dominated by men was established by the Museum 1995. Nominees are also judged based upon activities in the Jewish and civic communities and serving as role models for other women. Historically, outstanding honorees have been from such a wide variety of fields as medicine, banking, accounting, academia, politics, law, aviation, journalism, sports and entertainment.

April 27, 2015: Dan Nussbaum was a featured panel member speaking at the "East-West Defence & Security Co-operation Conference" (EWDSC) in Sofia, Bugaria. The EWDSC is an annual 3-day, high-level, international conference for the defense, security and aerospace sectors of business and government.  It brings together key decision-makers and influencers from industry, government, academia, and international organizations all over the world. Dan represented our country as an expert primarily on the subject of cost estimating in support of the US Department of Defense.

Dan is a PhD in Mathematics (Michigan State University) and Professor of Operations Research at the Naval Postgraduate School, in Monterey, California, where he chairs its Energy Academic Group, and provides leadership to the Secretary of the Navy's Executive Energy Education program. Among other things, he also teaches courses in Cost Estimating and Analysis, provides Cost Estimating and Business Case Analyses for the US Department of Navy, Department of Air Force, Department of Army, and the Secretary of Defense. He recently completed co-authoring a soon-to-be published textbook  with a colleague entitled Cost Estimation: Methods and Tools. Previously, Dan was Director, of the US Naval Center for Cost Analysis, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Navy, in Washington, DC. In that role, among other duties, he was the chief advisor to the Secretary on all aspects of cost and schedule estimating and control and single Navy point of contact for guiding, directing and strengthening cost estimating and analysis throughout the Department of Navy.  (Sorry, folks, I condensed this as much as I could.)

Congratulations to our Sailors!


May 3, 2015: After reporting earlier that one of our classmates, Doris Walker (now Bailey), was recovering from a brain tumor after surgery in February last year, we learned that she lost her long battle early this morning and passed on. We know from her brother-in-law, Charlie Thuren (OHS, '57), that Doris has been enjoying  cards, letters, etc., from her OHS classmates after her surgery was announced on this page. Doris was hoping to be able to attend our reunion in September. May she rest in peace.


learned late in 2014 that over a year earlier, 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.


February 12, 2014: 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 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.

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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, he briefly joined the Cincinnati Royals followed by the Philadelphia 76ers. In 1967, Heyman 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


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 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. On March 1st, 2017, it was announced that it world premiere preview performances will be presented from September 28th to October 29th, 2017, at the Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ 07041 (call 973/376-4343 for tickets). 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."

It was announced earlier that the lead role of Ralph Kramden is expected to be played by actor, Michael McGrath, who won a Tony award for his supporting role in the 2012 season's Nice Work If You Can Get It, Leslie Kritzer is to play Alice, and the Nortons are expected to be played by Hank Azaria and Laura Bell Bundy

As reported in Broadway World,  The Honeymooners is "filled with warmth, laughs, and an infectious score, ... 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'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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