WHENEVER I FEEL
July 5, 2017
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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?
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.
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 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, click here.
| BANG, ZOOM! STRAIGHT
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.
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).
the date nor a theater for a
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."
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,
Nortons are expected to be played by Hank Azaria and Laura
reported in Broadway World,
Honeymooners is "filled with
warmth, laughs, and an infectious score, ... a new musical comedy that will
bang-zoom its way into your heart."
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. 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 so it is doubtful as to whether it will
ever open on Broadway, but we hope
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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