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Date of last entry: February 5, 2017

Our Class Newsletter (continued)

SELECTED ARCHIVAL STORIES

Presented to the class by 1960 Sailors Association Inc.
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WHENEVER I FEEL LIKE IT 

 Issue Date:  March 30, 2017

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LOSS OF A HISTORIC HOMETOWN HERO:

We sadly reported on  May 14th, 2011, that, Murray Handwerker, the man who rescued our beloved Roadside Rest in 1956 and in 1959, turned it into Nathan's Famous for all our pleasure, passed away that day in Florida at age 89. After Oceanside, Murray grew the company into a national franchise and made Nathan's hot dogs a household word by bringing them to malls, airports and supermarkets everywhere for all to enjoy.

The OHS Class of 1960 would like the entire Handwerker family to know how much we appreciate the many, many hours of pleasure over 20 years and incredible memories that Murray gave to the people of our hometown and the surrounding Long Island area by saving our beloved Roadside Rest and turning it into a Nathan's. We will always treasure those memories.

According to a death notice placed in the New York Times by his family, "He will be remembered for bringing love, happiness and fond memories to so many people." His loving wife of 67 years, Dorothy, had passed away almost two years earlier in June 2009. May they rest in peace together. The only online obituary found for Murray that mentioned our cherished Nathan's Roadside Rest in our little town, Oceanside, is in a web-based column (which is also linked to our site) called "The Eulogizer" of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) that highlights the life accomplishments of famous and not-so-famous Jews who have passed away.

Click here for what is likely the only online interview (2004) of Murray available.


DICK CLARK DEAD AT 82!!
 

The man who gave us American Bandstand in 1957 and  presented our favorite rock 'n' roll performers on TV to entertain us in our own living rooms every day after school, who was known for most of his later life as "America's oldest living teenager," died of a massive heart attack on
April 18, 2012.


A VERY SAD REMEMBRANCE:
February 3, 2009, was the 50th anniversary of "the day the music died," rock 'n' roll's first major (and perhaps most famous) tragedy, the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Bog Bopper. Of course, among the three, Buddy Holly, whose popularity lasted only 18 months during his lifetime, was then and remains now, after well over 50 years, the most revered and remembered of the three, and a major influence on all those who followed.


ANOTHER SAD REMEMBRANCE:

February 9th, 2006, was the 25th (and 2011, the 30th) anniversary of the passing of Bill Haley, clearly the most seminal performer in the development of our music, the man who, with his group, the Comets, was most responsible for blending the black r&b urban style with country and western (then called "hillbilly") music, creating the original rock 'n' roll (or what later became known as "rockabilly" as more varied rock 'n' roll styles emerged) and who, 52 years earlier, gave us the national (or international) anthem of our generation. "Rock Around the Clock" has been featured in 45 movies and sold more copies than any other rock 'n' roll record ever ―   over 200 million! The Comets became the first rock 'n' roll band ever to be signed to a major label, the first ever to have a monster hit record, the first ever to have their song in a feature film, and the first to to appear on a major TV show ―   in fact, the first rock 'n' roll band ever ―   period! (Click here to read more about "Rock Around the Clock.")

Sadly, however, anniversaries of the passing of their visionary leader, Bill Haley, this giant of popular culture of our time, go virtually unnoticed by the media.
    

On April 15, 2006, I had the pleasure of attending a live performance of the original Comets. And did they rock!  These old guys (in their 70s and 80s) were as good as they ever were and no doubt were having the time of their lives onstage. Since then, we were sorry to learn that one of them passed on and another retired.

  
To hear "Rock Around the Clock," go to "Prom Night."

    
                                                                 


REUNITED AFTER 47 YEARS:

Inspired and facilitated by this website, a classmate, Tom Castoldi, who provided the piano accompaniment for our 1960 OHS production of Bells Are Ringing, paid a visit to, and therefore was reunited after 47 years with, our music director, Allan Segal, in his home in San Marcos (near San Diego), California, on May 14th, 2007. Tom (left), who lives in San Marcos, Texas, was attending a conference in Los Angeles and took the time to drive down the crowded freeway to visit Allan.

Just another example of the magic of the internet ―   and of this website.


  
In July 2008, our class association came into possession of the only pristine condition, unsigned 1960 edition of Spindrift known to exist that is not maintained under lock and key at the Oceanside Public Library.

   


WE HAVE ARRIVED!

Finally, after eight years on the internet (it's now more over 17), our popular "Our Little Town" page was listed as a reference on, and linked from, Wikipedia's "Oceanside, New York," page. Our Nathan's Roadside Rest  page is also linked from Wikipedia's "Nathan's Famous" page and from a Seeking Alpha July 2, 2008, report on Nathan's Famous stock (click on "tribute pages" in the second paragraph).


COOLNEWS FROM HOME 


CLASS OF 1960 LEAVES ITS MARK ONCE AGAIN IN OUR HOMETOWN

A new branch of Community National Bank, a Long Island-based, independent, full service, commercial bank, has just been erected across the street to the north from Nathan's on the site of the old Oceanside Shell gas station that was recently demolished. The bank opened in December 2007 and just inside its entrance, it displays an enlarged (4' x 2') photo of the triangle taken circa 1955-'56 and obtained with permission from our association. Though you can barely see it in the lower right corner of the photo, the legend, "Photo courtesy of the 1960 Sailors Association Inc." is clearly visible on the display. And the bank manager told me that MANY bank customers have inquired about it and were then directed to this website.

This is the third time in recent years that our class has obtained recognition through our association for, and effectively "immortalized," itself in our little town.  In 2005, we placed an inscribed "Memory Lane brick" commemorating our class in perpetuity at the Oceanside Education Foundation's Schoolhouse Green on the former site of School No. 1. And in 2003, our class association partnered with the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce and presented Nathan's with a plaque documenting Nathan's/
Roadside Rest's history in Oceanside, with content taken from our Nathan's/Roadside Rest web page. The plaque has been displayed at Nathan's Oceanside location ever since.


OUR OCEANSIDE TRIANGLE: LIBERTY LIGHTHOUSE AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME

The beautification of the Oceanside triangle has been completed.
 

      
Our little town is sporting its nautical image in grand style, with a 25-foot lighthouse (MOST appropriate, in my opinion) now completed on the central triangle.

Built in May 2006, ceremoniously dedicated June 16th, 2007, and named "Liberty Lighthouse," it has beautiful stonework at its 4-foot base with pilings, and it has a flagpole and a fishing boat that doubles as a planter. Various engraved monuments are placed around the base honoring local victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks and other fallen firefighters, police and war veterans.

Liberty Lighthouse is an attractive and prominent symbol of community pride and a landmark letting residents, "past, present and future," and visitors alike know when they enter Oceanside that they "have arrived." It should've been there decades ago (when we were). Very classy!
  

For more photos of Liberty Lighthouse, click here.


FULL-PAGE FEATURE ARTICLE ABOUT THIS SITE IN THE

(successor to the Oceanside Beacon)

 

(Click here to read article. It's a big file and may take a while to load.)


 
DOO-WOP RETURNED TO OHS!!
     
CONCERT WAS HELD MAY 12, 2007 (Click here for a report.)        
                 


THE "CIRCLE OF PRIDE":

     

      
The first three "Circle of Pride" dinners and induction ceremonies were held in our home town in
  2003, 2004 and 2005, They honored great OHS coaches and athletes and benefited the
  OHS Athletic Hall of Fame, which was conceived in 1960 by one of the initial honorees,
none other than our own Coach Jan, Frank Januszewski.

   

(Click on the "Circle of Pride" logo at left to read the initial induction announcement,
and to see how many familiar names were honored in it first three years.)


WHATEVER HAPPENED TO OUR HOMETOWN HOT ROD KING?
   
TM was recently contacted by Andy Southard, Jr., OHS class of  '51 (whose father, Andrew, Sr., was on the Oceanside School Board for 32 years ending with his passing in 1968). Andy, Jr. became widely known in and around our little town in his late teens and early 20s for his incredible work pinstriping intricate designs on hot rods and custom cars. He then went on to central California from where his reputation for pinstriping and his photography spread nationally throughout hot rodding and custom car circles. After being managing editor of Rod & Custom magazine, and contributing photos and articles to that and a number of other hot rodding and custom car magazines, in the 1990s, Andy authored and published five books featuring photos of these magnificent cars and related stories (all of which are now out of print after runs of up to 12 years, and used copies sell online for around  $100).


One of Andys' early books
   
    

Click here to view the wonderful photos of Oceanside in the 1950s that Andy, now living in Salinas, California, contributed to 1960sailors.net for all of us to enjoy.
   


JACK IS BACK!

    
After losing both of his legs in a construction accident shortly after our 40-year reunion in 2000, Jack trained rigorously for the last 18 months so he could inspire other amputees to race.  LI Newsday reported in 2004 that our own Jack Beaulieu won first place in the 26.2-mile men's hand-crank wheelchair competition with a time of 1 hour, 34 minutes and 10 seconds.his first time in the Long Island Marathon held on Sunday, May 3, 2004.  Several of his competitors were as much as 21 years younger than Jack. 

Newsday quoted Jack as follows: "It's no longer difficult for me. It's difficult only if you don't fill your life with productive endeavors."  Way to go, Jack! 
  

  

Jack Beaulieu at our   reunion in 2000   

Apparently, Jack competed again in July 2004 in Alaska, according to the accompanying online report of an Anchorage TV station about Jack and another old-timer wheelchair racer found for us by Rick Von Brook.




IS YOUR BIRTHDAY THIS MONTH?

THE GREAT                

     

IS NOW OVER 70           

Click here for a special birthday greeting to all of us,
a list of known classmates' birthdays and
a brief history of the world as we have known it.

(If your birthday is not listed on the
class birthday card page, let us know now.) 


    


 

     

Do you remember the Sailor's Handbook?

In the late 1950s, the Sailor's Handbook was given to every OHS student at the beginning of the school year. It contained mostly school rules but has a lot of interesting historical information in it and, thanks to classmate, Marta Watts, we have obtained access to all three editions that were distributed while we were in high school.  There is stuff from the Handbook now all over the "Our School" page (including the floor plan of our high school building as it was when we were there) and on the "Sports Page" (sample cheers used in the late 1950s).

And a special page was added containing IAQs (infrequently asked questions) created by classmate, Ed Chilton (now deceased), from information about our school found in these three editions of the Handbook.  Some of them will surprise you, and many should make you laugh.
                



 
       

 
Our new and improved Rock 'n' Roll Radio pages
With added photos, history and sound clips with
voices of the top three NY DJs of the 1950s,
Alan Freed, Murray "the K," and
one and only 
"Ace from Outer Space"
"not the duplicator,
not the imitator, not the impersonator, 
but the
ORIGinator"

           
       JOCKO!! 
 And learn the meaning and origin of  the word, "googamooga."


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Howie's nostalgic reunion speeches over the last 30+ years now feature AUDIO!!   

1980 1990 2000 2005

AND FOR OUR 50-YEAR GRAND REUNION IN 2010, VIDEO!!


If you haven't taken a tour of "Our Little Town" yet, go there. You'll find lots of 1950s Oceanside history obtained from, among other sources, the 1957-'60 pages of , old photos and photos of present day Oceanside, too.  

             
   Peter's Clam Bar, circa 1950  
   

CHECK OUT THE OLD PHOTOS of our town triangle, the Rainbow Diner,
Nathan's Roadside Rest, C&J Bowling, Peter's Clam Bar, Carvel, churches and synagogues,Oil City, Bristol Motors, South Nassau Communities Hospital and
more at
Our Little Town                    


AND YOU CAN REVISIT
THE ORIGINAL
NATHAN'S ROADSIDE REST!
OUR LITTLE TOWN'S MOST FAMOUS LANDMARK

    

on our  IMPROVED ROADSIDE REST page 

that has been substantially "beefed up" (all beef, of course); that is, it

has grown larger, more complete and more interesting with "new"   

pictures and added history.  (Even the song has gotten cooler!)      

           And

   Interviews with Morty Shor, the then 81-year old
son of
Leon Shor,
Roadside Rest co-founder,
and  then (now deceased) 82-year old
Murray (son of Nathan) Handwerker,      
the man who brought to Oceanside in 1959.      

                                          (FYI, this panel is supposed to be the color of sauerkraut.)             

 

      
According to a remarkably accurate report by
:
        
"The huge building with picnic-style tables became a destination: to go after high-school football games, after a day at the beach, to celebrate when you first got your drivers' license, or just to people-watch and meet kids from other towns.

       


CLASS OF 1960 "IMMORTALIZED"
AT 
NATHAN'S OCEANSIDE

Substantially all of the contents of our Roadside Rest page, in a beautifully framed, printed edition was presented June 28, 2003, on behalf of our class together with the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce, who then declared June to be " Month in Oceanside, New York." Our tribute is now hanging permanently in the Oceanside, "immortalizing" the Class of 1960 in our little town. Click here for details and photos, here for Nathan's Famous letter of acknowledgement of our award, or here for the Chamber's Newsletter covering the event.  (Our class is mentioned four times in the article.)
      

          
PHOTOS OF
THE 1960 ST. ANTHONY'S FIRE

(Click on the thumbnail image to the right to view photos) 

     

This Site

Now Featuring

After 48 Years!

   

Selected LIVE RECORDINGS made onstage at OHS, March 15, 1958, featuring the OHS orchestra and the voices of our classmates, in

became available to us in 2006 courtesy of our              

popular teacher, musical director and conductor, Allan Segal.

   

The audio quality is not the best, But the memories are real. and they are SPECTACULAR!!
Thanks,
Allan                                                                                                   
(Click here for an update on Allan Segal.)
  


      

Visit the page honoring
the memory of my personal favorite teacher, 
jr. high music teacher, Ed Taylor  


  

animated gif  

Don' t forget the
ATTACK ON
  OUR HOMELAND

 

       
   
Click on one of the photos at left for our special page about the tragedy.     

         
REmemBEring September 11th
one year later 
with the words of a 14-year old  Oceanside high school  freshman, 
Denise Huertas, Class of 2006

   
"I learned that life can change in a heartbeat."

    
Click here for a report of the
memorial ceremony held in Oceanside,
September 11, 2002

                       


Go to our page to find out
about our class theatre party we had
,
May 11th, 2001,
at the
 

of our senior year spring musical
  


Very rare group photos of all of us as
the OJHS Graduating Class of 1957 

Our Guys Our Girls

NOW ENLARGED 2.5 X the size of the Originals!!


         
READ ALL ABOUT THE
1959 COUNTY                
CHAMPIONSHIP BASKETBALL GAME                

                             SAILORS 71, BALDWIN 70
                           (IN NAIL-BITING OVERTIME !)
       
            
                  AS TOLD ON THE PAGES OF
                                      WITH LOTS OF OTHER OHS SPORTS STUFF
                      
FROM OUR TIME
   

   

AND SPEAKING OF SPORTS,
REMEMBER THIS?

Were you a baseball fan when you were a kid? How about a trip back to the ballpark in the days the Dodgers were still in Brooklyn (and you could still pronounce all the players' names) -- a trip to Yankee Stadium for game seven of the 1955 World Series, October 4, 1955, when the beloved Brooklyn Bums finally beat the Bronx Bombers, as reported the next day in the and the ? (Click on the Dodgers' logo at left.)

 

WHAT A MEMORY!! 

  

        
      

CHUCK BERRY HONORED

In December 2000, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts gave Chuck Berry, one our generation's heroes, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an entertainer in the USA.  
    
(Click on the figure at left for a report and the Class of 1960's tribute to Berry for this achievement.)


      

Check out our own
American Bandstand Page  
See if it isn't the
best Bandstand page on the web!

August 5th, 2007, marked 50 years since the late Dick Clark first brought "American Bandstand" and our favorite musical performers into our Oceanside living rooms every day from Philadelphia and made national celebrities out of regular kids like us.


 

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