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Issue Date: August
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I hope you all keep
SEA CRUISE. As one classmate observed, we are striving to "keep it first class."
is your captain speaking, welcoming you aboard
your cyber-cruise ship,
heard the news?
memorial tribute page for Jim Heitler.
A rare image
(artist's rendering) of the
Beach Club in Lido Beach as it looked in
1970 when we had our 10-year reunion there.
magical romantic consequence of our
50-Year Grand Reunion
photos of the
circa 1956 or '57
memorial tribute page for Coach Chernock, an
1955 sales brochure for Ocean Lea homes on a
new page entitled "The
Suburban Housing Boom of the 1950s in Our Little
and a 1955
article from an Alabama newspaper about the
hiring in our little town of the
woman cantor in Jewish history.
memorial tribute page for Coach Hay.
tribute to Fats Domino,
memorial tribute page to our beloved Coach
Jan and highlights of selected reviews of
preview performances of the soon- to-be Broadway
(we hope) musical,
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. 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.
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
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
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
once inaccessible have now been restored.
A photo of
new Oceanside Nathan's Famous, a
long-awaited one of the historic,.but barely
Merrick branch of the Roadside Rest and a
Meyer & Kronke menu cover.
A memorial tribute to our principal,
linked to a report of a community ceremony in
which his daughter and our classmate,
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, 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 wordwide 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, 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.
BYE, BYE, DON!
21, 2021: One of the last surviving rock 'n' roll
pioneers and musical heroes of our generation is gone at age
84. (This is an update of the piece I wrote in 2014
following Phil Everly's passing on January 4th
of that year.) Ironically, like the
earlier passing at age 74 of his younger brother, the sad
loss of Don Everly has again brought back happy memories for me of
the two of them and their unique and wonderful blend of
brotherly harmonies ─ the sweet side of rock 'n' roll.
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 their
most popular early hits so closely matched my story of
getting home at 6:30 a.m. from my first date with my then
15-year old future wife ─ little Susie!
I remember a year after their 1983 celebrated reunion
concert in Royal Albert Hall watching them performing
together on tour in a theater-in-the-round in Valley Forge,
Pennsylvania ─ as if their 10-year break-up had never
happened. I remember the feeling of joy and wonderment at
how their songbook of familiar melodies seemed
endless. Every time I thought they were done, there was
Lastly, I remember thinking how warm and genuine the two
brothers were when they invited fans to shake their hands
stage-side at the end of their show in Las Vegas. (I shook
The sweet sound of Everly Brothers music will never be
forgotten ─ and it will never be duplicated. My heartfelt
thanks to these legends for such wonderful memories. May the
brothers rest in peace together.
LITTLE RICHARD DEAD
Slightly more or less than three years after the passings of
two other giants,
(respectively, on March 18th and October 24th, 2017), Little
Richard, the last of the three legendary founding fathers
most responsible for transforming black R&B music into
mainstream rock 'n' roll (our
music), passed away from bone cancer at his home near
Nashville, Tennessee, at age 87.
There are many extensive
online accounts of Richard's colorful life and his long,
extraordinary career in the revolutionary musical genre he
virtually defined. In the words of a NY Times
as if for his very life, he created something new, thrilling
These online biographical
accounts feature the grateful tributes of countless artists
who followed him. Many of them were heavily influenced,
indeed, by Richard for decades, but neither his sound nor
his style of performing was ever quite duplicated. He was
unique. And not many among our generation can easily
forget the shocking feeling of raw and rythmic, sensual
exhilaration that came over us in 1955, when our radios
first exploded with
"Wop Bop a Loo Bomp, a Lop
Chuck and Elvis
were all honorary Sailors?
Possibly the most famous Sailors EVER!
HEY, KIDS, WANNA GO BACK TO NUNLEYS?
Well, you can ─
book about Nunley’s Amusement Park (also
that has lots of
other photos of Baldwin.
to learn about the book or to order your copy.
The Oceanside Public Library has
recently digitized and put
all available OHS
yearbooks online. The collection includes 73
1933-1940,1972, and 1979, which are missing).
Click here to access.
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?
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
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:
BOUND? We'll see!
Three new musicals that
promise to be of particular interest to our generation may
be looking at Broadway openings some time in the future, but
who knows when (if ever):
Based on Academy Award and Emmy-winning Barry Levinson's
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,
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
For some early reviews of the
world-premiere preview performance of Diner that was
near Washington DC in December 2014,
BANG, ZOOM! HEADED TO
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. Its
world premiere preview performances were from September 28th
to October 29th,
2017, at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ.
received excellent reviews (see selected excerpts
below), but neither the date
nor a theater
Broadway opening has yet been announced, and it may
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."
The lead role of Ralph Kramden is supposed to be played by actor, Michael
McGrath (wearing a "fat suit"), who won a Tony award for his
supporting role in the 2012 season's
Nice Work If You Can Get It, Leslie Kritzer plays
and the Nortons are
supposed to be played by Michael Mastro and Laura Bell Bundy.
This production won the
New Jersey Award
for Best Play or Musical of 2017. Highlights from selected
reviews of preview performances of The Honeymooners:
New York Times:
this show is content just to give you a nostalgia bath.
And it’s a darned enjoyable one thanks to some fine
performances and a couple of impressive musical numbers
works surprisingly well."
Montclair Local News: "When
McGrath delivered Kramden’s most famous lines or
gestures: “to the moon, Alice” –“hamina
hamina hamina” – “I
BIG MOUTH” – the
audience cheered. ...McGrath makes a lovable Ralph, and
Kritzer’s Alice eerily evokes Audrey Meadows. ... It’s
a sitcom kind of musical. But that’s more than good enough."
The Broadway Blog:
"The producers and creative team of The
are likely eyeing the Great White Way as their next
stop. ... the artists behind this new musical should
take a bow. If Sunday’s enthusiastic opening night
audience was any indication of approval, tri-state
residents are in for a bonafide treat.
writers Dusty Kay and Bill Nuss, along with lyricist
Peter Mills have managed to maintain the lighthearted
structure of the television show ... they have stretched
an uncomplicated plot into a two hour and forty minute
joy ride that is pure fun from start to finish.
delivers punchy laugh lines and bouncy songs to
accompany a large dose of purposeful nostalgia; it is
perfectly pleasant by any measure....
McGrath ... never loses sight of the buffoonery
underlying Ralph's outsized personality, and Mastro's
Norton is a particularly enjoyable version of the zany
Broadway World: "Filled
with big laughs and an infectious score,
will bang-zoom its way into your heart. ... [the]
performances are faithful to the original characters,
yet they bring a new and delightful spirit to the roles.(https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Review-Roundup-What-Did-The-Critics-Think-of-Paper-Mills-THE-HONEYMOONERS-20171009)
WE EVER SEE IT?
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
questionable as to whether it will ever open on Broadway, but
we hope so
and we are watching.
UPDATE ON THE RAY CHARLES SHOW:
It was announced in July 2022 that a show similarly entitled,
Unchain My Heart: The Music of Ray Charles, will
be opening in Houston in February 2023. Could this be the
same show? Could it be headed for Broadway? We'll keep an
eye on it and see.
Stay tuned for further announcements (if any) of details of these
OUR SITE HONORED ON ANOTHER PRESTIGIOUS SITE
The now late historian and
documentarian, Charles W. Amann III, late 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! ...
you can just 'cruise' away."
* The late Charles Amann's book remained
unpublished at the time of his passing. Its future is
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