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check out new items and to
many temporary features celebrating
holidays and commemorating other
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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
other photos of Baldwin.
to learn about it, and to order your copy.
is your captain speaking, welcoming you aboard
your cyber-cruise ship,
heard the news?
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
Suburban Housing Boom of the 1950s in Our Little
and a 1955
article frolm an Alabama newspaper about the
hiring in our little town of the
woman cantor in Jewish history.
memorial tribute page for Coach Hay.
memorial to Fats Domino,
gone at 89.
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.
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
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, 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
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.
Only the most recent additions to the site are summarized above.
Click here for a more complete, year-by-year, chronological summary
of the most 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. As one classmate requested,
we are striving to "keep it first class."
October 24th, 2017:
FATS DOMINO GONE AT 89!
Sadly, we must announce that Antoine "Fats" Domino, one of
the legendary pioneers of
died on October 24th, 2017, at age 89. Ain't that
Second only to Elvis Presley in record sales in
the 1950s, this humble, gentle, gracious and talented
man with only a fourth grade education left a musical legacy
to our generation and those that have or will come later,
whose value is clearly immeasurable and that will never be
(whose memorial tribute to him is among the best of the many
you will find online and the source of much of the content
of this one), "few
artists embodied the innocent release and ecstasy of early
rock 'n' roll like Fats
He was the music's first piano wizard and a huge influence
on generations of musicians."
The rolling motion of his body one observed whenever he
performed, coupled with the distinctively rolling rhythms of
his New Orleans style of music, truly put the "roll" in rock
'n' roll more than anyone else. Dion DiMucci (of Dion & the
Belmonts) spoke of the "rolling
sound of his fingers on the piano."
During his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction speech,
Billy Joel said of Fats, "traditionally,
when people think of rock 'n' roll, they think of the
guitar. I want to thank the man who proved that the piano
was a rock 'n' roll instrument."
In the words of contemporary piano greats of Fats' time (and
ours), Jerry Lee Lewis said, "His
vocals were phenomenal, and he was a great pianist
— he had the best raw
and Little Richard said, "I
loved him. I loved his piano playing. I love his music,
he could make a piano talk."
"he influenced me as an entertainer, period."
1956 television interview in which he was asked about
the controversy that had developed around
rock 'n' roll
music, Fats Domino said,
far as I know, the music makes people happy." It
certainly did that for us. And over 60 years later, it still
and always will as long as we live.
So as Fats takes his last walk to join
Berry, Elvis and the others waiting in
rock 'n' roll
heaven, we say to him, "You turn to the right; you find a
little bright light."
you know Fats, Chuck and Elvis were all honorary
Possibly the most famous Sailors EVER!
to access the full text of
Rolling Stone's comprehensive, online memorial
tribute to Fats Domino. And
another online tribute worth reading appeared on the site of
New Orleans Musical News.
for the 2018 Grammys' memorial tribute to Fats Domino and
Fats, as we remember him.
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:
SOON TO BE BROADWAY
Three new musicals that
promise to be of particular interest to our generation may
be looking at Broadway openings some time soon:
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 near Washington DC in
December 2014 of Diner,
BANG, ZOOM! HEADED STRAIGHT 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 are from September 28th
to October 29th,
2017, at the Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive,
Millburn, NJ 07041 (call 973/376-4343 for tickets).
has received excellent reviews (see selected excerpts
below), but neither the date
nor a theater
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."
The lead role of Ralph Kramden is 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
played by Michael Mastro and Laura Bell Bundy.
This production won the
BroadwayWorld 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
got a BIG MOUTH” – the
audience cheered. ...McGrath makes a lovable Ralph, and
Kritzer’s Alice eerily evokes Audrey Meadows. ... It’s
a sitcom kind o
f 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, The
Honeymooners will bang-zoom its way into your heart. ...
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?
not. 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
OUR SITE HONORED ON ANOTHER PRESTIGIOUS SITE
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! ...
you can just 'cruise' away."
* Charles Amann's book remained
unpublished at the time of his passing. Its future is
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