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3 Rules of Cool:

    1) Look cool.
    2) Act cool, and
    3) Own cool things.
Cool Definition:  If I like it, it's cool.




Our Class Newsletter (continued)

Presented to the class by  1960 Sailors Association Inc.
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 Issue Date:  December 10, 2022

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    Click here for Oceanside HERALD's coverage of our 18th anniversary

ALL classes:
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  • CLASS OF 1976 45/46 years   September 17th,  2022, at the Oceanside Knight of Columbus Hall. Watch for contact information to be announced. CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF INTEREST!


(Last request mailed in 2022)

By responding to our periodic voluntary dues appeals by e-mail, you activate or renew your membership in our unique 1960 Sailors Association Inc. (click for additional information about the Association) and paying at least a nominal $25 in annual dues when requested,* a portion of such dues will be allocated to the website fund, and this way you can provide financial support for the website. The balance of your dues will support any future reunions and other activities planned at the Board of Directors' discretion.
You should know that many hundreds of dollars have been invested in the creation and continue to be required for the maintenance of this site, among other costs, to keep it "afloat" and free of annoying advertising. Of course, I enjoyed creating it, I enjoy continually updating, expanding and improving it, and I enjoy just visiting it, too, but the class website is there for everyone's enjoyment   it is our site, not mine.  

And why not send your photos (or scanned image files of them), memories and information about yourself to share with your classmates, too?  If  I don't have your e-dress yet, use e-mail or the Class Survey form on the Feedback page to register for our Class Directory SEND IT NOW and tell us how our site makes you feel! 



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Does anyone have any photos from our 10-year
reunion in 1970 to share with your classmates?

           Let me know, PLEASE.         





We're still rockin' 'n' rollin'!!

Our class website is over 200 pages
and about  100 megabytes of memories
close to
3,000 embedded photo and other graphic image
and sound files
for your pleasure! 


Significant new features of this website throughout its history are summarized below in reverse chronological order to help you readily determine what you haven't seen yet. Use the links on this page to visit the listed features and your browser's "Back" button to return here after each side trip until you have seen it all.  Then, you can use the navigators at the left or the site map to sail wherever you want.  Use this list to see what you may have missed, and keep coming back to it every time you've been away for a while to see what's new.

Our new Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer Memorial Tributes page.

A memorial tribute page for Jim Heitler.

A rare image (artist's rendering) of the Sands Beach Club in Lido Beach as it looked in 1970 when we had our 10-year reunion there.

The story of the most magical romantic consequence of our 50-Year Grand Reunion weekend.

Two photos of the Pantry Diner, circa 1956 or '57

A memorial tribute page for Coach Chernock

An original 1955 sales brochure for Ocean Lea homes on a new page entitled "The Suburban Housing Boom of the 1950s in Our Little Town"

A 1955 article from an Alabama newspaper about the hiring in our little town of the first woman cantor in Jewish history.

A memorial tribute page for Coach Hay.

A memorial tribute page to our beloved Coach Jan.
Highlights of selected reviews of preview performances of what we hope will be a soon- to-be Broadway musical, The Honeymooners.

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, 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, and Ed Chilton's special  memorial tribute page.

A beautiful "new" musical selection on our "Memory Book" page, updated research on our "Googamooga" page, and a page commemorating the 2016 "sweet 16" anniversary of our class website, and our "Chuck Berry Memorial Tribute" linked to our page about his 2000 Kennedy Center Honors page, which, in turn, now features a link to a video of the event.

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 memorial tribute to our principal, Charles  Mosback, linked to a report of a community ceremony in which his daughter and our classmate, Ruth Ann Mosback,  participated.

Powerful "new" background music on our memorial page.

Beautiful Oceanside artwork from the 1950s.

A 1937 or '38 menu from the Roadside Rest, a memorial tribute to Sid Caesar, 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)

Photos of typical homes built back home in the early to mid-50s

Two pictures of the legendary "elephant's hole."

More photos from our beloved (now rebuilt after Superstorm Sandy) Long Beach Boardwalk, including a second one of elephants building it in 1907.

A matchbook cover from Rudy's Fish & Chips.

A special page describing our class' Sandy relief  fundraising effort

An update on JAZZBO, still performing at age 85.

 Chris Knorr's memorial page.

 Our own obituary for OHS basketball legend, Art Heyman ('59)

The oldest known photos of the famous Roadside Rest building, an enhanced version of our 1955 Word Series page and another photo of Bristol Motors Ford.

 Obituary of William F. Helmcke, our OJHS principal.

Tribute to Richie Woods, author of Oceanside, (the book).

Photos of Ocean Chemists, the candy store next door and Silver Lake

A photo of Oceanside Gulf.

Hal Wilensky's memorial tribute page.

Lois Rindner's memorial tribute page.

A couple of "new" old photos of the Shrine at St. Anthony's.

A 1942 menu from the historic Roadside Rest.

Our OHS marching band in their brand new, full dress uniforms, Memorial Day, 1960 and a souvenir from our beloved Rainbow Diner.


The colorful and little-known history of the grand Towers Funeral Home.

A photo of the popular Texas Ranger and a 1972 photo of the late Alan Lupi.

A memorial tribute page for Donny Fine.

An original video documentary entitled The Dawn of Rock 'n' Roll, 1954-'59 made especially for us in conjunction with our 50-Year Grand Reunion. This is REALLY something!!

Two shots of our beloved Rainbow Diner during the 1958 Memorial Day Parade and three "new" photos of Long Beach Road, circa 1958-'59

A "new" photo of our Nathan's, as we knew it.

Archival images from the OHS dedication ceremony booklet from September 21, 1955.

A complete roster of our class of 1957 OJHS graduates and some history of our OJHS building before we arrived.

Our class leaves its mark again in our hometown.

A dedicated memorial tribute page for our dear, dear friend, Michael Katz

A report of a "mini-reunion" in Florida in December 2007 among four dear old friends and classmates.

A musical tribute to track coach,  Roy Chernock, and his illustrious career (which still continues).

Oceanside/Island Park HERALD's  report of a doo wop concert at OHS in May 2007.

Our own home town clown, Jolly Jazzbo, and his Jazzmobile.

Oceanside/Island Park HERALD's full-page feature article about this website. (It's a big file, may take a while to load.)


Captain's Column added to p. 1.


Three more old boardwalk photos added.

Ten more music files added throughout the site!  Watch for the links, and listen for the songs.

A memorial tribute page added for Alan Lupi.

More photos of the boardwalk and beach at Long Beach, including Izzy's Knishes and under the boardwalk.

More memorabilia added to Sports, Sider Press, Teahouse, Prom Night, Music Program and Other Activities pages.

Photos added of the OJHS band from 1957 on our jr. high graduation day and Memorial Day (click here, here and here) and the Cozy Corner Tavern.

Rock 'n' Roll Radio pages revised and expanded with "new" photos, history and audio clips for 3 top NY DJs of the  1950s, a completely new Alan Freed page, Murray "the K" and now, JOCKO,  the "Ace from Outer Space," back with over 20


minutes of extremely rare audio!


Music recorded live, in concert, by our school band in 1960, also performed at our graduation

Music from

 recorded live in 1958 on the OHS stage and an update on music teacher, Allan Segal


All of Howie's nostalgic reunion speeches over the last 25+ years now feature AUDIO!!  


A total of 14 pages with almost 200 photos from our  rockin' 'n' rollin', sea cruise-themed, 45-year reunion Memorial Day
weekend in 2005, with a full, detailed, illustrated report, Howie's welcoming address, the class photo and 11 pages of our reunion
photo album, including  now starring on his own page,


The sound of the ocean on the home page, and other cool, new sound effects here and there.


The last game of the exciting 1955 World Series, which the Brooklyn Dodgers finally won, revisited (see announcement, p. 3)


Convenient new links in the upper right corner of every page for easier navigation


Oceanside (the book) and more photos from "Our Little Town"


Nathan's Famous' acknowledgment of our tribute


Our new Site Search feature


A circa 1954 photo of the RAINBOW DINER!


1952 photos of the Oceanside triangle and more from Andy Southard, Jr. ('51)


Exclusive interviews with the 82-year old (and now late) Murray (late son of Nathan) Handwerker, the man who brought to Oceanside in 1959, and  Morty Shor, late son of Roadside Rest co-founder, Leon Shor

  • SAILOR VOICES FROM THE PAST — from onstage at OHS in 1959.

  •  Music files reduced in size by 75% for faster downloading

  • Improved Roadside Rest page (see announcement, p.3) and a link to it with newest "hot dog" logo (first time anywhere on the web) in the banner at the top of every page

   The current weather in and forecast for our little town

   Photos of Peter's Clam Bar, circa 1950, and Carvel in 1954

   A lesson in the meaning and origin of the word, "googamooga"

   The best "American Bandstand" page on the web

   The class birthday card

   Cool stuff from the Sailor's Handbook, 1957-'58, 1958-'59 and 1959-'60 edition

   The Rock 'n' Roll Radio page

   Tribute page to the memory of Jr. High music teacher, Ed Taylor

  • 12 more clippings from the pages of the 1959-'60 editions of  Oceanside Beacon

  • Another "Blast from the Past" — sounds of the "Grand Kook" Murray "the K"

  • Our site has been diced with "new" souvenirs (mostly from memorable OHS events)  from the "treasure chest" of our classmate, Marta Watts, a rich scrapbook kept by her from 1957-'60, including selected clippings from Newsday's sports section and rare group pictures of our entire class as we were graduated in 1957 from OJHS. Check out the montage of memorabilia on the Acknowledgments page and the AWESOME photos of the St. Anthony's fire of March 1960. 

  • A whole bunch of classmates' memories (mostly submitted just before our 40-year reunion) have been posted to the "Memory Book" page.  And our "Spindrift" page got a cool new look!

Yearbook Online

For those among us who, as the years sailed by, have lost their precious yearbooks (as one classmate

  called it, "The Old Book"), worn them out or just don't want to dig them out of mothballs it has 57 complete, original pages right out of your yearbook.
These pages contain
the senior portraits of all 500+ of us, with all the commentary that accompanied them and  from prior yearbooks, a total of 21 group photos of us as the OHS junior and the sophomore classes.

Click on the little Spindrift for  Yearbook Online 

  Maiden voyage of "The Spirit of 1960" launched March 10, 2000


If you would like a desktop shortcut icon in the white-on-blue sailor's silhouette image, as appears in the banner at the top of each page of this site, to speed your access to it, ask me, and I'll send you one.

The ideal screen resolution for viewing this site is now 1024 X 768 pixels, a setting commonly used on many monitors today.  With this setting, you should see whole page on your screen at one time, and, although they will appear smaller, the images will be clearer, and no scrolling should be necessary.  If you need to reset your screen resolution, go to windows/ control panel/ display/ settings.  (Some older monitors are limited to 800 X 600, which should, nevertheless, be satisfactory but with some scrolling required.)


If you have not yet been able to enjoy the music on our class website, you should do something about it it because you are missing the single feature that will most enrich the nostalgic experience that it was intended to give you. Click here for tips.


Popular guidance counselor during our OHS days, Daniel Bashner, passed away at age 91 on January 15th, 2021, most recently a resident of W. Babylon, NY. Some may remember him fondly as their driver's ed. teacher,


The third legendary OHS coach from our time to pass away most recently in less than a year, Coach Roy Chernock died on.September 4, 2018.
Click here for Coach Roy Chernock's memorial page.

Coach John ("Jack") Hay
passed away January 21, 2018, at age 89 at his home in Maplewood, NJ. During our time there, Coach Hay was a popular phys. ed. teacher, wrestling, cross-country and girls' softball coach . See our memorial tribute page for Coach Hay..

One of our very favorites, Coach Frank Januszewski, passed away September 19, 2017, at age 89. Click on his photo at right for our special memorial tribute page.

Lawrence Cascio
, former foreign language teacher at Oceanside High School (and later, Fordham University), passed on July 23, 2016.

We were informed by classmate,
Bill Schrader, that Thomas Fetherston passed away on January 22, 2015, at the age of 92 near his home in Rhode Island after battling declining health for some months. You should recall that Tom was a universally beloved teacher of biology at OHS during our time and for almost 40 years, and he was one of my favorites.
Bill recalls a talk that Fetherston gave one day in his sophomore biology class about this amazing molecule called “deoxyribose nucleic acid” (“DNA”). That talk was only three years after DNA was first identified in 1953, and pre-dated the related Nobel Prize given in 1962. Said Bill, “Fetherston was giving us a taste of the most exciting science of the time, a tribute not only to him but also to the fine educational system that we enjoyed in our public schools in that era.  Rick von Brook and Betty Griffin remember fondly when Fetherston and another biology teacher used to come out of the prep room frequently between the labs dueling with pointers.
Tom was born on April 12, 1923, grew up in Baldwin on the waters of Long Island  and attended Oceanside schools where his father (also, Tom Fetherston) was the president of the school board. He was a Sailor through and through having spent many years cruising with his family around its South Shore out to the Hamptons.
He served as a laboratory technician in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II. This experience helped shape Tom's compassion and his interest in life sciences, particularly biology.
Tom returned to Baldwin after the war, and in 1948 he married while attending Hofstra University, and upon graduation, he earned a fellowship at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory of the Carnegie Institute where he conducted research. He then joined the faculty of his alma mater (and ours) in 1952. Teaching gave him the outlet he needed for his dynamic and nurturing personality, and he shaped the lives of literally thousands of students. He was also a coach of the OHS varsity rifle team and as the first coach on Long Island to recruit women to the team., he was way ahead of his time. After his retirement, Tom still wanted to be around students, so he joined the administration staff at Hofstra University, where he worked with his wife until they relocated to join their sons in Rhode Island in 1999. 
Tom Fetherston will be remembered as a warm, thoughtful and caring man with a passion for biology and a sense of humor who made an enormous impact on his OHS students and all those who knew him. 

Much of this material was derived from an extensive online obituary. Click here for the full text.

According to his May 2, 2012, obituary in the Oceanside Herald, William F.  Helmcke, our Jr. High principal who retired in 1972, died on March 17, 2012, at his home in Sedona, Arizona, at age 95. Before serving as OJHS principal, Hemcke was a physical eduaction teacher at OHS, where students nicknamed him, "Wild Bill Helmcke."


Sadly, we learned that Arlene Nolan O'Leary, a citizenship ed. teacher fondly remembered for her classes entitled "Problems in American Democracy" passed away in early December 2010. Miss Nolan (as we knew her) had just honored us with her presence at our 50-Year Grand Reunion Gala in June that year but was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer about two months later.

William J. Gerek, a business teacher at OHS during our time, subsequently Assistant Superintendent of the West Islip School District where he was a lifelong resident, a WWII Army Air Corps veteran and a golfer, died on January 7, 2009, at age 93.

                                                                                                                                                     Photo taken in 1982
Best known as a beloved baseball and football coach at OHS for 34  years, phys. ed. teacher, Angelo ("Angie") Plaia, passed away July 28,  2006, at age 79. His coaching career produced more than half a dozen baseball championships for the Sailors, including one county (in 1959), three division and four league titles. He was honored in 2004 by induction into the OHS Sports Hall of Fame's
"Circle of Pride." In an exclusive to this site, Coach Roy Chernock said, "He was the absolute best PE teacher I have ever known and I am positive any of his former students would agree with that assessment!" Click here for the full text of the  Newsday and Oceanside Herald obituaries, including what Coach Jan (Frank Januszewski) said about Angie Plaia.  

Athletic Director, Frank Mangiapane, died July 31, 2005, in Long Beach, NY. One of the most popular  adminis-trators in OHS, Frank was a member of the original New York Knicks basketball team briefly in its first year, 1946. We were privileged to have Frank as our guest at both our 30-year and 40-year reunions in 1995 and 2000.


Anne C. Marks, 91, who began teaching English at Oceanside Jr. High School in 1956, passed away from a stroke on February 25, 2005.  Mrs. Marks honored our class in 1990 by attending our 30-year reunion.


A Newsday obituary reported the passing, February 1, 2005, of  popular and revered, 78 year-old, retired OHS soccer coach, Art Wright (OHS '44). Coach Wright co-founded Oceanside Little League in 1950, in our junior year, led our undefeated 1958-'59 soccer team to the County championship (among others), and was in the 2003 first round inductees into the OHS Sports Hall of Fame's
"Circle of Pride."


We learned in 2004 of the passing of popular OHS math teacher, Elaine Rapp
(left)Click here to read many fond memories of Miss Rapp expressed by our classmates.

Also, popular English teacher, Marion Musante passed in the Spring of 2003. (Click here for a photo of Miss Musante at our 40-year reunion.)

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others have been saying about our 1960 Sailors’ website.

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