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Date of last entry: July 5, 2017

Our Class Newsletter


 Issue Date:  July 5, 2017


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1960 Sailors Association Inc.
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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.


Well, you can in this book 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.

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.


We 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 junior high 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 about our Association's Board of Directors approved a significant (and greatly appreciated) expenditure from our treasury, consistent with our mission, to help Heidi pay those final expenses.


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?

A second Nathan's history book, called Famous Nathan, is also available from Amazon 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 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:


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.


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 would explore 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 so it is doubtful 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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