Class of 1940
- Your page for 1960 is great. Joe Lazar
Class of 1944
- It is great to have a bona fide
OHS website. The website is great and long needed. I personally am
happy to poach on it and see that some of my vintage alumni may in fact
enter and communicate.
what a great website. The town you show pictures of didn't change that much
from what I remember.
Nostalgia is wonderful.
Your site is fabulous, and I do visit it and tell those classmates of
mine to bring it up. Thank you.
Class of 1946
Congrats on bringing Oceanside back to life for me, Howie.
I graduated 14 years ahead of you but have
admired and even envied the enthusiasm of folks like you. Your OHS website
makes me feel old, Howie, really old. But that's meant as a compliment
Thanks for a
wildly nostalgic look at my old
home town and a glimpse of how much it has changed.
Thanks for the memories!
Class of 1948
With his website, which started out as a vehicle for the class of 1960 to
keep in touch, Howie Levy ,'60, has been making quite a name for himself. The
website has evolved into a history of Oceanside
a hobby that has become an adventure ... written up in several local
newspapers ... and still growing.
Lena Prochilo [editor of Spindrifter,
newsletter of the
Oceanside High School Alumni Association, as published in the
Spring 2007 edition]
Class of 1950
Class of 1951
- We want to tell you how much we enjoyed this website. What a great job. It
brings back many memories for us. Thanks a lot. It sure was a neat town to
grow up in. I think we were very lucky to have grown up in the '50s and
'60s. Again thanks for all the work that went into this. I am looking
forward to sharing it with our children and grandchildren. We sure have been
having fun looking at all the links of your
Richard (Buzz) Marvin
[husband of Sally Ann L'Hommedieu,
- Love the picture of the "triangle." Andy Southard, Jr.
[This comment was received before Andy sent in his own
triangle photos from 1952. Andy was well-known in Oceanside in the
1950s for his talent for painting elaborate pinstriping and flames on
hot rods. His dad, Andrew, Sr. was on the local school board from
1935-1968. (More about Andy, Jr. in
SEA CRUISE NEWS.)]
Class of 1952
- I graduated from OHS in 1952, and my sister who graduated in 1962 sent me
your website address. Just wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed it.
It is quite fabulous. Seeing those
old photos brought some tears to my eyes. I went to Terrell Ave.,
and Florence Smith was my principal. Not much changed between 1952 and
1960, so it all was just as I remember too, pretty much. Has been 30 years
since I`ve been back. Thanks for this wonderful site. Barbara Christman
Class of 1953
We want to tell you how much we enjoyed this website. What a great job. It brings back many memories for us. Thanks a lot. It sure was a neat town
to grow up in. I think we were very lucky to have grown up in the '50s and
'60s. Again thanks for all the work that went into this. I am
looking forward to sharing it with our children and grandchildren.
We sure have been having fun looking at all the links of your
website. Sally Ann L'Hommedieu
[wife of Richard (Buzz) Marvin, 1951]
Class of 1954
Great website. Although I predate your class by six years, I can relate to most
everything except being part of the new high school, although I was a substitute
teacher there during the seventies. You did a fantastic job in putting
this all together. Thank you for the
wonderful memories of a time that will forever be so fondly remembered. They say
you can never go home again, but you made it possible.
With much appreciation. I enjoy your website and visit it regularly. Keep up the good work. My high school days meant so much to me, more than
my time at college. I can't begin to tell you what memories your website brings
back to me. I still live in Rockville Centre and not too far from my old high
school on Merle Avenue. Your graduating class of 1960 included my cousin,
Martinis. Ray was here on Long Island last summer.... We
talked about your website and how much we both liked it. There are many from my
class who visit it frequently. I never tire
of your fabulous website. Joe Papalia
Class of 1955
I have been looking at the Our Little Town page for quite some time and
find it quite interesting. Don Clarke
- Thanks for the memories, Howie, and your title, Director of Nostalgia is
right on the $. The music is OUTSTANDING. There is
nothing like the sounds of the '50s to bring back the memories. The
Oceanside made my day!!! References to Foxhurst Rd., the
Shrine of St.
Anthony (I went there on my bicycle, probably 1945) and tried to explain to
my mother where I'd been, and especially the Roadside Rest triggered some
interesting memories. My family always stopped at the
Roadside Rest on
the way home from Long Beach. This would have been 1944-47. Howie, I can't thank you enough for leading me to your class website. Many thanks again. Sam Franklin
Class of 1956
I went to your Sailors' website. Boy, I love it. Sure brings back memories.
Pix of triangle in downtown well remembered. Marched in parades there many
times. Yes, I can see many, many hours on your website, great job. I sent a
check today. Even though I am not of your class of 1960, I wanted to support
your website. I think it is great. Keep up the good work.
I see the site getting better and better.
I don't know how you keep track of what is on it; there is soooo much there.
Full time job, I guess. Keep it up. Wally Erskine
I viewed 1960sailors.net
─ someone in my class notified me about it. Absolutely terrific. You
have a great deal of talent and a great deal of patience. They were
wonderful years, it was a nice area to grow up in
─ not to mention the times
─ and we were fortunate to attend such a wonderful school with so many
Sometimes I wish I could revisit
those days just for a little while. I love your website and go on it
every now and then
─ there is so much to see and read. Brings back some
wonderful memories. The music is great. Everyone I have spoken with
has enjoyed that site. You have given a lot of Sailors great joy. Dorothy
My sister, Lorraine Sand, who
graduated in l955, and
I speak continually of our idyllic
childhoods in Oceanside. ... [My friends and I] spent every day in
the summers of l953, l954, l955, and l956 at the ocean at Long Beach, where
daily we would meet as many as fifteen other Oceansiders and Island Parkers
for a full day of swimming and sunning by the boardwalk. We would take the
train from East Rockaway and Oceanside and Island Park stations to get to
Long Beach. The ticket from East Rockaway was fifteen cents.
Sometimes to save money we would walk the tracks to Oceanside station and
save three cents. Such
delicious memories. Nancy Sand
I don't know that we ever met, but I
know a lot of OHS people who know you. One of them told me about your
great website. I just paid my first visit to it, and I just wanted to
tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed it. You've done a wonderful job with
all of it, but your choices of music to accompany the different
pictures is absolutely perfect! Thank you
I just spent an hour with a smile on my face as I found great pictures
of wonderful faces I hadn't seen in a long time!
Excellent job! Tom
Class of 1957
- I visited your website for the class of 1960. Quite a few times in
fact. You sure are doing a terrific job. Love the class pictures from the
yearbook. I loved the site ... it is really beautifully done. You have quite
a talent. Wish someone from my class would do something similar. Jeannie
- Howie, your class website is a work of art, and the
page relating to the
WTC is wonderful. The poem, "I Am a New Yorker" is
SO very true!
We who grew up in the late '50s and early '60s are such a
fortunate generation! Thanks for keeping it alive! Carol Keegan
[sister of our classmates, Nancy and Kathy Keegan]
Great music, great pictures, nostalgia is flowing everywhere.
Ron Schiller [brother of our classmate,
- Great website. Appreciate all your work as I have a web-based graphics
company. Joyce Siegel
Class of 1958
- I just looked at your website. You
did a great job. It covers just about everything. Vic Cullen
[brother of our classmate, Kathy Cullen]
- I’m not sure that I know who you are, but finding this home page was just
what I needed today. It is wonderful. I am very into computers, so I
truly know what work has gone into this site. Wonderful, so cool ... keep up
the great job. I thought the site was great even looking at it for the third
and fourth time. Keep finding lots of memories. Thanks for all you are doing
to get people together. Celia Drucker
I just received information about your website and want to tell you that
you did an absolutely incredible job! It is mind boggling to think how
much time and effort you must have put into this project. I
enjoyed perusing the website. It is
absolutely wild! My brother,
was in your class, and I sent him the info. Thanks for the enjoyable
journey. Adele Greenman
- Exceptional job! I have watched with great interest your work on your
class website, your dedication and your commitment to your classmates. I was
very active in school activities. When you attended, I was the Chief Justice
of the Student Court, Senior Class Treasurer, a member of the varsity
wrestling team, etc. I have had the pleasure of working on every
reunion [of my class], playing Master of Ceremonies at each of them. But you
have set the highest standard of dedication of all, I’m sure. You epitomize
the great spirit of Oceanside memories for many of us. Thank you for all the
work you do. Those of us who are also interested and dedicated to our fellow
classmates admire your abilities. Howie Liebowitz
- I spent the last couple of hours going over the site and think you have
accomplished a great service to the graduates of 1960. The last reunion
pictures were right on. Gerald Lewis
Thank you, Howie, for your efforts in building and maintaining the
1960 Sailors website. I know a lot of thought and research went into it.
Even though I graduated in 1958, I felt that I was part of
your graduating class. Sure brought back many old memories. I especially
enjoyed the old photos
. Also, many thanks for finding an old friend that
I haven't spoken to in over 50 years. Because of you,
these memories will
. Jerry Mcfadden
Stumbled on the site and grateful for it. The background
music is fantastic as I loved
to dance to those songs long after we were out of school. The
memories are wonderful. Thank
you and God bless. Paul Prochilo
Class of 1959
Browsing web and came across your site
really super stuff
congratulations on the comprehensive content.
Your efforts are appreciated. It
is also comforting seeing Betty's picture in the
memorials, as it is
evidence of "never being forgotten." Nigel Brooke
[husband of our classmate, the late Betty Jane Schnappauf
Great to look back. Very nostalgic, pictures and accounts of past years.
I enjoyed visiting.
Many thanks for your epic, saga and Grand Production. [After OHS, I] ...
moved on via a Sea Cruise; USN. Was one of the minority Island Parkers
that made it through Neptune's Net and never looked back. Now ... its
time to pause and reflect. Your love of the times of OHS and the side
streets of life are perfect. Quite a work of art. Many hours of
enjoyment. GR8 stuff, VegasMan! You look tyrif in your uniform. Thanks
again, as it only gets BETTAH! Jimmy Gaines
- Your class site is just great. What a job! Larry
Your class of 1960 site is
absolutely superb. I am sitting at my home in Florida, with
Michael Brozost, and
we have tears of happiness in our eyes at being able to be in such close
touch with people who meant so much to us. Thank you so much.
- What a terrific job you've done. My hat's off to you
for the mega-effort. Thanks. Keep it up.
It takes me back to simpler and happier times, long ago but not forgotten.
It's truly a labor of love, and it shows. Allan Malamy
I was Googling for Oceanside information and came across your website,
and I want to send you a big THANK YOU
. ... the
pictures and stories brought back the most amazing memories. I
worked on the costumes for "Paint Your Wagon
" and "The King and I,
hearing the voices of classmates
from long ago brought tears to my eyes
. Again, thank you for all
your hard work. It's greatly appreciated.
- Was playing around on the internet
and came across your class' web page. It is
an unbelievable job of
putting it together. Howie Schwartz
- Thanks for taking me on a nostalgic tour this rainy a.m. It was GREAT!!!! Carole
- I checked out your website, and it is really great. Carol Spandanuta
Class of 1961
- Your website is amazing. Your
class must be very thrilled by it. Beverly Einhorn
Enjoyed the 1960 sailors' site. Joyce Eleftherion
[Joyce's family owned the beloved Rainbow Diner]
- I enjoy the site as I know many of the people from this class (was even
engaged to Connie Agresta once a long
time ago) and sadly most of the memorials. Barbara Erickson
- I have visited the 1960 Sailors site, and
the site is too much for words to express; thanks again. I have just
now slowed down enough to start looking back. ...
enough to warm one's heart as much as the Arizona sun warms these old bones. John
- I am absolutely floored by the
professionalism of the site. Thank you so much for your time and effort.
I had a full barrel of emotions, touring each of the pages.
( I visited them all, and I'll go back again and again.) I
was especially saddened by the Memorial page. I cried to learn that
Barry Wolff has passed on. He, as well as
Bob Lowery, were my fraternity brothers. Bob died just after
graduating. Anyway, thanks again, Howie, for a great website. I only wish
someone from the class of '61 would do the same. Howie, once again, you
have outdone yourself with the September 11th page. Thank you for the
heartfelt letters, poems, statements and most of all, the Ray Charles
arrangement of "America, the Beautiful." I feel all the emotions
wrote about in her letter to you. Thanks for sharing it with us. Thank you,
Nancy, for putting it down on paper for all of us to read and feel. Nice
tribute to the hard work
and the tremendous
accomplishment of a great website. A lot of
people are grateful for your efforts, and not just the class of '60 and the
surrounding classes but all OHS alumni. Can't say it enough. Thanks.
certainly have done more than anyone. I loved the times in which we grew up ...
I probably enjoy it more now in hindsight.
sitting here on a cold Sunday and thought I would travel down "Nostalgia
Way" and check any new things on the site.
I am just not a computer
person, which is why I am in such awe of the work you have done with "the
site." I just wanted to tell you again how much I appreciate all your hard
work on this site and agree with the gentleman who said you ought to be
arrested for time consumption. One never gets out or off in a timely
fashion. Chip Hawkins
- Thank you so much for recording so beautifully the precious memories of
our youth. We are all indebted to you for keeping alive the memory of
the greatest years of our lives.
They truly were "Happy Days," we were so lucky to have been teenagers in the
1950s, and having that rock 'n' roll music was the best and still is. The
way you used the music to punctuate the photos is fabulous.
I am drowning in nostalgia! It
is so lovely to reminisce. I especially appreciate your
my dear sister, Rosemary Maurino
Hancock [married Ray Hancock], and all
your other beloved classmates who have passed on. God bless
you, Howie, and thank you for all the heart and soul that went into this
work of art! Joanne Maurino
I am still not sure how I found your website. I was not looking for it. At
first, I was not sure what I had found. But
slowly, the pictures, the music, and
the stories – old and new
– spun their magic web. I have been back to
Oceanside one day in the last 35 years, but
the night I discovered your website,
I was home. Thank you. James (J. D.) McAdam
- Your site is inspirational. Charlie
... a work of art and love. Sharon Rindner
[sister of our late classmate,
- I truly admire the work you have done for the class of 1960. I enjoy
going to the 1960 Sailors website. Keep up the good work.
I have come to realize that the class of 1960 was/is indeed special. Franki Roizman
- I haven't been back to Oceanside since about 1966, and the memory of it
had faded and had gotten all tangled up with a lot of other memories of all
the different towns I had lived in. ... When I went through your site
and looked at the pictures, and articles, so much flooded back into my mind.
I placed where things were; I remembered things that I had long forgotten; I
even heard and smelled things from so long ago; it was a wonderful trip down
memory lane, and it made me smile a lot. ... You did a splendid
job, and I thank you for the memories. ... Looking at the effort,
time, and care that you put into your site tells me that you still love
Oceanside very much. Lou Scafidi
- I visited "1960sailors," and it's
a knockout –
what a great creation! Bob Schimmel
- I must tell you, you have created
the best website I have ever seen for a non-commercial organization
a multi-media extravaganza. Oceanside had a great
school system and was a wonderful town to grow up in. I just checked
out Oceanside Beacon pages and ads you put up on the 1960 site. GREAT JOB. I should have gone further into your site sooner. A real treasure trove. Thanks for the memories. I liked that pic
of the Katz brothers on the Prom Night page. I checked out the new stuff you got from
Marta Watts. Great stuff. I read
everything, then I started going link to link
─ I got really engrossed/
enthralled/ enraptured/ etc. – finally overwhelmed. The
enthusiasm/care/dedication and love you pour into the website are
a joy to behold. I just went to your site to see the Thanksgiving
greeting. Great idea, those voices. Then I got caught up in the "History
of Oceanside" and the surrounding towns/areas. It took me a 1/2-hour to
get out of there. I've told you this before, but I have to say it again. You have done a wonderful thing for Oceanside with your website.
It has become much more than a site just for the class of 1960. It is
now something for everyone. Someday/ someway you'll receive the
recognition you deserve for your efforts. Thanks.
I hate to start perusing your website this late. Once I start, I'm up half
the night. I go from one thing to another
one link to another
never ending. It's great. You deserve every accolade you
receive for the TONS
of work you have done for your class and for every class and resident of
Oceanside. I know it was a labor of love on your part, or else it wouldn't
be what it has grown to be. Jerry Schmotzer
This is a great website; you are to be commended for your efforts. I
wish our class had such a website. Jeanne Slattery
I came across the 1960 Sailors Association web page –
My family lived in Island Park, and I went
to Oceanside Jr. High
beginning in 1957.
was in my gym
class and later a dormmate at SUNY Farmingdale. I have fond
memories of Mr. Plia on the trampline! That man was graceful as a
bird on that piece of equipment. I remember going to the rifle range
located under the High School
for target shooting. I was sorry to
see the passing of former students who were in my various classes. I
could still see them as they were at that time! THANKS
memories! Do you remember the Bohack food store or the pony track
on Long Beach Road? My parents would stop once in a while to let me
ride the ponies! Alfred Starr
- Your site is terrific! Thanks for the great website for the class
of '60! You are just amazing. The 1960 Sailors website is
out of this world. It must
truly be a labor of love ... mega kudos!!!!! Reading through the
list of shows that were performed during my days at
OJHS and OHS reminds
me again just where my love of Broadway musicals really started. It was
right in our little town. Just one more thing
to be grateful for being able to grow up in the '50s and early '60s in
Oceanside. It looks like the current students are carrying on the tradition
of musicals. The one person that stands out in my memory is
who left us way too soon. Joan Topp
I’ve been very impressed with your website. My brothers and
I have loved perusing the pages. So many memories. Bill Wallace
It's been a long time since I've thought about high
school, but I recently came across your site.
WHAT A FIND! I think I
spent more than an hour going through all of the pages, and I've come
back for updates. Boy, what memories! As a member of a class just one
year removed from your own, I can relate to all of the info
presented on the site. You did a fantastic job.
Class of 1962
Keith Polsley Bearman (see
- Howie, I had many friends in your class. What a thrill to visit your website and be taken back to that great time. You did a wonderful job on the website, and I appreciate the opportunity you
have given us to share in the memories. Thank you. Roberta
Excellent job!!!!! Linda Cohen
- Yesterday, I discovered your website for the class of 1960. It is
terrific. I know you have heard this before (I have read some of the
comments), but I just have to tell you that you are a GENIUS.
I spent about 3 hrs on it and want to go back. It was FANTASTIC,
WONDERFUL, THE GREATEST. Yes, its true as we get older we realize
how important our high school years and our classmates were but didn't
realize it then. The memories your website brought back are amazing
actually got the chills. I was so excited. I haven't been back to
Oceanside since 1991, but now I have to go back. THANK YOU for
the beautiful memories. Bea Ferrara
- You have truly created something outstanding. Not remembering high
school as the best time in my life, I was surprised to be reduced to tears of nostalgia as I navigated through
your site. What an accomplishment! Linda Fine [We
learned not long after receiving this message that Linda Fine
has since passed away.]
Went to the site, and it brought back so many memories. Many
thanks. Barbara Frank
Incredible site. I think it's wonderful.
It makes me feel good. Hours and hours of navigation and memories
oh the memories! A tip of the sailor cap to Howie
– you're the man!! You're the
man!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bob Frankenberg
- Great website!!! I especially like the "total picture" you paint in
your website of what it was like to grow up in Oceanside during the '50s. They were great times. Your
music is perfect, and photos of actual classrooms are just great.
Keep it up! And "Go Sailors!" John Knapp [went to OJHS 9/57-6/59,
then transferred to St Agnes in RVC]
The work you have done for the class of 1960 is fantastic.
have an awesome class! Andi Knorr
- Went to website, and it is genuinely cool
– memories – love them!!!! What do you do that you had so much
time to put this altogether? Carole Cain
('62) just e-mailed me info about the site. I had already been a
visitor. She was so excited, so I made a return visit.. You really did an
incredible job. It is a rainy Sunday morning, and I am listening to the
wonderful soundtrack, and
the memories are just flowing.
- I see you have been adding lots of new things to your site. It's
wonderful. It is done with beauty and good taste. You have done a
superb job with your website. ...I wish you continued success!!!
Thanks to YOU, Howie, no matter how many years we are removed from
OHS, we can always go back.
... once again to your minor little
effort at historianism. THREE HOURS LATER, I surface and move on.
Thanks again, Howie. Your site is the best I have ever seen of its type.
- Thank you from the bottom of my
heart! And, I didn't have to rent a teen. I downloaded
media player successfully, and now I can enjoy your wonderful site a whole
lot better! Thanks again. I love the music! Linda Sabatini
- Dear Howie, we present to you THE ALL TIME OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS
AWARD from Oceanside High School for your development of this most
enjoyable and special website. Are we really allowed to visit even
though we both graduated in '62?
We were very saddened by the
of so many of the class of '60, especially
We salute you, Admiral Levy! Ron Sloop
and Anne Zimkind (Sloop)
- Just found your class website tonight and can't stop looking at it. I have only scratched the surface, and I am totally amazed and impressed
by its depth and quality. I can't
believe how many wonderful memories you bring back that I haven't thought
about in years. I have put this site on my "favorites"
list and will be back frequently
― there is so much more to see.
It feels good to be home. Thanks so much. Pat Williams [sister of our classmate,
- Anne Zimkind (See Ron Sloop, also 1962)
Class of 1963
- Just discovered the Sailors' page. This is fantastic, in fact it is
more than that, it is at once a
monument, a testament and a tribute to our great little town and
school. Thank you. Gary Ader
- ... an amazing job with the website...a labor of love...that has taken on
a life of its own. It has given us
many, many wonderful memories
via the words, songs and pictures. ALL
of your hard work and effort is appreciated by many, many people over the
country. You certainly have been busy doing Oceanside homework! Good
for you ... they were fun and innocent days! Thanks for all the "stuff" on
the website. Friends from Long Beach started talking about
Texas Ranger and the
delicious cole slaw. They went online to get the recipe when your site
popped up. They then followed all the old pics of
Oceanside, Long Beach ̶ reminisced all day.” They never got the recipe but fell in love with
the site. You never know how many people and how far reaching your site
goes. Makes A LOT OF PEOPLE HAPPY. Margot Danziger Brozost [sister of our own
Sabin Danziger and wife of our
- I loved the entire site, and seeing all of those familiar names and hearing the songs were moving.
- I started looking at the website a couple of years ago, and was just
blown away! You have certainly devoted countless hours of hard work…INCREDIBLE!
How great it was to remember my own OHS
days. Although I graduated in '63, it was great to see a pic of
the additions were added. Also, the pic of Ms. Cowan's class brought back my
own memories. ... As I grow older, I find myself "looking back" more than I
would have thought.Thanks for he warm memories.
I was just browsing your site. The music is playing in the background, and
my eyes are filled with tears
. Your site is so cool, Howie, especially
the interview and stuff about Nathan's
. Nathan's was my first job at 16 and I
stayed there for over 5 years. There was so much history in the Roadside Rest.
Well, I think I've now seen the entire site and will be coming back for updates
frequently. The overall quality is superior to all other sites I've seen, both
commercial and non-commercial. The music is beyond belief . Thanks so much for
the memories, Howie! Hope your class does live forever. You are a wonderful guy
to do this for your fellow Sailors. I wish I were in your class.
off to you, Admiral Levy, for a wonderful job. I just can't stay off the site
even though it almost always leaves me in tears. Ah, the memories keep coming
back as I browse the website. Oceanside was a wonderful place to live in the
'50s and '60s. Thanks so much for bringing it all back into focus. The
was wonderful. Forty-five years away at sea. Boy what a voyage! Enjoyed
your [reunion] speeches too. It made so much sense to tell folks to cherish old
friends while they can. Love your site and the memories of Oceanside. Keep up
the great work. Really liked the new additions to the site.
The site always puts tears in my eyes.
sounds so real on your excerpt. Makes it like it's on the air live 51
years later. Nice work. The sound clips of Murray the K
were great. Your site
should be a must see for all folks who were teenagers in NY during the 50's and
60's, not just OHS 1960 or OHS alone. I really am enjoying the site more each
time I visit. Will keep checking back for updates. Every time I go to your site,
Howie, more and more memories of Oceanside flow back. Some good, some not so
good, but it's fun to remember. May your class go on
till the end of time. Thanks for the detail about Jazzbo
Howie. Amazing he's still performing... a great addition to the site. Great interview. I never knew much about Jazzbo until you wrote him up on the site. Jazzboland
brought back some fun memories. Wow!
As always, wonderful work! Thanks so much for being the unofficial historian of Oceanside.
Keep up the marvelous work, Captain Levy (or is it now Admiral)?
Loved your 55th reunion writeup
. It's amazing to see how your class remains in touch throughout
the years.The slides of Long Beach
memories of getting off work at 9AM from Oceanside Shell and sleeping on the
beach. As you say, Howie, we grew up in a different and kinder world. I only
hope my children and grandkids experience some of the same.
I'm full of tears again
. Bob Levine
I've just spent an hour on your website. Your
speech, focusing on
friendship, at the [50-year] reunion was lovely. It made me even more
grateful that I renewed my friendship with [your wife,] Susan [Phillips
('63),](after 46 years!) and made
a new, wonderful friend, in you. I toured Our Little Town again and enjoyed
the old sights. I loved that place!
I marched in several Memorial Day
parades as a girl scout. I painted store windows for many years at
Halloween, though I never won a real prize, just "honorable mention!" I
must admit, some of the photos
brought back memories that made me tearful. I
have wonderful memories of growing up in Oceanside from 1955 to 1967. It
really was the American Dream Experience for many of us.
Your website is great! Jerry
Warren [brother of our late classmate,
- Took a look at the class of '60's website. Not bad at all.
It is wonderful, and I find
myself going back there very often. If you haven't visited
www.1960sailors.net as of yet, do so. It is a must ... an incredible site.
Penny Wise [Penny passed on July 4, 2008.]
Class of 1964
I was most impressed ─ you and the other
classmates are to be congratulated, not only for the great and exciting
work/memories resurrected, but for inspiring successor graduates like me.
Keep up the "Sailors, Sailors almighty, all righty" spirit!!! Go OHS!!!
Thank you so very much. H. Neil "Herby" Broder
- It is incredible
a real trip down
memory lane. ... time travel. Thanks again for a wonderful visit to
the Oceanside I remember!
I cannot begin to say how much I enjoy your site. I will keep
surfing. It is so very greatly rewarding!! Ann Coleman
The site is incredible. The travel down memory lane was incredible. While
surfing the site, I found a picture that was published in the
of a window
I painted at Halloween; it won second prize. Your devotion is greatly
appreciated. Thank you Joan Darragh
- Love your site and enjoyed viewing it.
Joan Friedman [Joni is manager of a group now performing in south Florida as
Mystics, led by one of the
original Mystics, who had the no. 1 hit record, Hushabye, in
- Thanks for the memories, especially Murray the K. That was really great!
- What a great site. The photos of grammar schools and familiar
sights made me sigh and smile.
What a bang-up job you did. Thanks for the memories. Cherie
I was fascinated with your bio of Uncle Ed.
I was under his tutelage when I was in jr. high, 1958-'61. In fact,
Melody [Taylor ('65), his
daughter], was my
girlfriend when I was a senior and she was a junior. Lots of fond memories.
- I have seen your wonderful
site. There is certainly A LOT there, but it is great fun!! I love the
music AND the Nathan's page!! Judy Markoe
- I am truly blown away by the
wealth of memories. Both as a member of the Class of '64
and as the sister of a member of Class of '60,
everything I've read (and I've been
reading for the past 5 hours!) has tugged at many of my growing-up memories. The total professionalism and warmth truly shows what a labor of love can
produce. I'll be plugging in again and spreading the word. Peggy
Mendelow [sister of our classmate, Steve Mendelow]
- The '60 website is absolutely wonderful!!! Great
job!!! I am impressed!!!!!! It gets better and better every time
I visit it!!! Incredible!!! I had not visited the site in a while
and was totally aghast to see the amount of hard work, long hours and true
love and devotion that you have put into it! You should be given a
paycheck every time it is viewed. I
am so happy to be able to go back in time as I did tonight. My
fondest memories are:
- Nathan's ( of course). I rode that old
- Pics of all the houses of worship
(I got married in the
First Presbyterian Church on Oceanside and Foxhurst Roads.)
- Smiles, Chwatsky's, Pasetti's (my Mom was a waitress
there for years and probably made ice cream sodas for all of the 1960s'
grads. "Pop" Pasetti made all the ice cream and Easter candy in
- To see the "OLD"
Temple Avodah was quite a nice
surprise! Since I lived right around the corner and was in that old
house (originally, it was a family-owned mansion). I used to play on
the grounds of that house and today, some of the old trees we used to
hide behind ― for hide and go seek
― are still there!! A flood of my youthful girl days
filled my head with this picture. The streets behind me were all
dead ends, and sometimes I chose to walk home from my friend's house
through the landscape of this old house. It was eerry, to say the
Howie, you are a great guy to put this altogether, and God
bless you for it!! Man Oh Man! You are the bomb-diggity
of all webmasters! What can I say? You are the BEST!!!!
I can't believe all the wonderful work you do on your Oceanside 1960
website. Congratulations on being the
BEST WEBSITE of all time!!!!! Just
took a long stroll down memory lane on that wonderful site of yours.
The site still is the best one on the net
thanks to you! Keep it up!
I just went to your website
FANTASTIC .... WONDERFUL
............ GLORIOUS ...... SENSATIONAL ...... Again, you are "THE MAN" I get lost in poignant memories of
our high school days and "our town" Hey! Everybody, take a look at Howie's
site; you will feel "16" again.
I promise! I have told you on several occasions that your website is
by far the best there is out there, and we (OHS Sailors) and our community,
the town of Oceanside, do applaud you. Hip Hip Hooray! GO SAILOR!
An honor from the NYC Library
is one to be most proud of; you deserve it all. Most of all, Howie,
we have all slowed down our aging
process due to the wonderful memories you pour into our hearts via the website. Bless you, Howie, for all you do for us! Continued
success!!! Barbara Mitchell
- Wow, what a site!
You could teach AOL and AT&T a thing or two. As a transfer student in
1962 and a 1964 graduate, I must say, I am impressed. '57 through '60
were different times, possibly better times. I think the class of '64
was the first to be hit with cynicism as a way of life, with JFK's
assassination, discussion of the Vietnam War, changing mores, etc.
Pity! Many had to put life on hold temporarily; some permanently.
My Dad graduated from Oceanside in 1937, playing football with good ole Mr. Poleshuk, and my Mom, Dorothy Henderix, had Alice Kinkade as a teacher in
1939. Small world. Thanks for the memories. Victor Nittolo
- I am jealous of all the fun you guys are having ...(love
your website ... especially the pictures of Oceanside ... brings back such
memories) Maxine Schlesinger
[sister of our own Sue Schlesinger]
- My brother, [now the late] Joe Tandoi, was a graduate in 1961. Our family moved from
at the beginning of my sophomore year, and I would have graduated with the
class of 1964.
Nevertheless, I found the site to be a wonderful place to visit and
remember the good times living on Long Island during the '50s and early
'60s. It is terrific! What a wonderful job! I remember the plays
that were held at the high school. I remember my brother getting all dressed
up for his Senior Prom. I love the updates you have made on the
website! It just keeps getting better!
Dianne R. Tandoi
Class of 1965
- As I have said before, you have done an incredible job on your class of
'60's site. Much history, and many memories for those
from the '50s and '60s. For those who came later, a great site to see
how it was before. Wish there were more of YOU
to keep the spirit alive in what you have done for us all with your
site. Thanks for your time for our enjoyment. Who knew what greatness was
before us? It's all good. You have done so much with your site. Hey, you
have created something that will be with those who care forever. Thanks
again ... a wonderful job in
giving us all many great memories. [And addressed to other OHS alumni:]
His passion has made Howie's site for the class of '60 a history site of
Oceanside for all. Recently I went to
entered Oceanside New York, history, and the site was there ... a truly
remarkable job in giving all of us a site filled with memories and for those
to follow, the history of our town ... always changing as more and more info
is logged in ... an amazing site ... incredible
─ almost like trying to go
to the Smithsonian and trying to see it all in one day. You have to do this
a bit at a time. ... it has become a MUST SEE for anyone from
Oceanside. It is filled with great memories of our town. A great place to
spend a rainy afternoon.
"... as I walk down the thoroughfare, there is music playing
everywhere." As a matter of fact, "it was such a feeling that I
thought that I was reeling ..." If you pass it up, you pass up
one of the best home town sites, if not the best, you will see on the
net. Howie, I just stopped by your site and am as always dutifully impressed. ...
Awesome what you have done there
─ an exemplary job to keep the memories of
Oceanside alive for all of us. I liken it to the Oceanside Smithsonian. ...
Truly a labor of love for "Our Little Town."
you, Howie !!! Just before crashing for the night at around 11:00,
I stopped by this site for a QUICK look at any new stuff. Happened to
see you mention your interview with Jazzbo [Edmund
Tester ('46)]. So
I decided to take a QUICK look at the link. Now it is 2:30. You
should be arrested –
LOL. Sure, the first one is for free, kid. One stops by
your site to see something of interest (just for a minute
– NO WAY). Sure you see what you want to, but then you
are drawn to click on one of the highlighted words for another QUICK
look. Yeah! right!
─ 3 1/2
hours later and you are still wandering around "Our
Little Town." On this particular "sea cruise" I happened by your
prom page and found a pic of my sister, Barbara
Bayha ('61), as she went to your prom with your buddy, Jay Katz
[a mistake; it was the now late
Katz]. I sent it
to her in an e-mail, and I am sure it will bring a smile (and memories). As
always, Howie, THANKS.
There is so much there about O'side and the early days, you will find
yourself wandering around for hours, if not for days. It is really not to be
missed. Paul Bayha
- Howie, I just finished looking at the pictures of
Oceanside old and new. Did you do all that work? It brought back so many memories: School #4,
the Triangle ( I used to live on Davidson Ave. across from the Lutheran
Church), the Junior High and the High School. Judi Baylis
- Thanks personally for inspiring us all with the 1960 Sailors
website. Every new person I've referred to it has been blown away. Tom
- Your website is wonderful. I had forgotten our mascot was a sailor and
forgot the school song, until I saw it posted. Wow, how could 30+ years go
by so fast! I must tell you how
emotional and important visiting your website was, not only for me
but for my mom, as well. Mom turned 80 this past June. For her birthday, I
put together a huge memory scrap book showcasing the times in her life,
beginning with her birth in 1925. When I got to 1954, I went to your website
and printed pictures and pieces of information relating to her life in
Oceanside and put it in the scrap book, along with family photos and my
written memories pertaining to the different aspects of "Our Little Town,"
taken from the site. She was able to capture memories long forgotten about
those early Oceanside years beginning with 1954. So, thank you for bringing
our lives back to the times when they were a little simpler, a little more
honest, a little more innocent. And for me, more appreciative of the life my
parents created for us. Diane Gabriel
- Howie, I love and appreciate the site also. Linda Gelato
- Thank you
for sharing that info. Brought back a lot of memories.
- I have been out to your site and enjoyed it
the music is great by the way. I also enjoyed the pictures, and
nostalgia came flooding back, in particular, the photos of the Memorial Day
parade. It's amazing how vivid some of those memories are. Thanks for
helping to bring them back! Even though I had enough of LI and left 32
years ago, it still is nice to remember the good times I had growing up. Your
site allows me (and others, obviously) to do that. The music, the photos,
everything takes us back to the "good times." Nostalgia is great.
Thank you for your site! Howie, every time I go out to your site, I find
something new. I go there to "zone
out" when things get a little too much. Thanks again (can't say that
enough) for all your effort. WOW! Howie, I haven't been out to your site
recently. The new pics are terrific. Thanks for the remembrances!
I loved the photos of Jazzbo [Edmund
Tester ('46)]. Wow, your perseverance is
amazing! Congrats on finding
Jazzbo and glad to hear he's still with us.
Lots of memories stirred up by this; from a grade school friend to "Jazzboland"
and everything in between. Once again, I can't thank you enough
for your site. The memories are fabulous. Pete
I'm a 1965 Sailor, played soccer for a few years for
Artie Wright and
am a former Oceanside Fire Dept volunteer ... God, I miss the ole
Nathan's on Friday nights! Go
The 1960sailors website is awesome! I certainly will spend more time on it
soon. Marilyn Parker
site is incredible. I'd call it
monumental. A definite work of love.
Rindner [brother of our late classmate,
- Howie, you really shocked me. The tribute you did to the memory of my dad
was absolutely beautiful –
a fantastic job. I love the music in the background
it is perfect! I just read the page to my mother and sister
(they do not have a computer). They were both
─ surprised, impressed, and honored. Keep up the amazing work.
Howie, I just took another look at your tribute to my dad. What a beautiful
page that is. It made me miss him even more. The entire website is
wonderful! Thank you. Melody Taylor [daughter of the
late OJHS band teacher, Ed Taylor]
brought back many a memory.
[went to military school after OJHS]
Class of 1966
I have checked out the
site many times. Brings back lots of memories.
we moved before I could graduate from OHS, I spent my youth in
Oceanside, starting with Oaks School #3, Oceanside Jr. High and one year
at OHS. Your website left me
emotionally exhausted and allowed me to have the most wonderful mental
trip back to my beloved Oceanside. Thank you so much for
this joyous experience.
- I love your website. Oceanside High was a very special place, and yes, I
couldn't wait to graduate, but there have been so many times I wished I were
back there. Congratulations on creating "memories" of
a wonderful time
in our lives. I was a long time resident of
Oceanside (over 50 years). I'm in North Carolina now but still miss my home town.
- Your class of 1960 site is out
of sight. Thanks for those good memories. Keep up the good work. Marty Hersch
[brother of our classmate, Steve Hersch]
Thank you for building such
an awesome website. I
certainly remember the Little Red Store. and Chwatsky's, etc. Great
nostalgia, even for someone as "young" as myself. You are very talented, and
I very much appreciate your site. I lived in
Oceanside from age
4-21 years old. I, too, have some pleasant memories. Marsha
(now, Shoshana) Kaiserman
- I lived in Oceanside from 1957 to 1960. Went to School 4 and
Jr. High (only through 7th grade. Found your site by accident looking for
pictures of School 4 to show my wife. What a pleasant surprise. Brought back
a ton of memories. Pictures of the old town are great, especially
where I saw Frankie Avalon in 1959. The Red Store was a regular
hangout. The triangle, Nathan's and the Oceanside Theater
damn near brought tears to my eyes. Funny how much you can remember
with the help of visuals. Thank you for the wonderful site and memories. Nicholas
A fantastic web site.
Everything you have done is great. William Novak
I was just browsing all things "PRAVDA" on Google to keep up with
family members who I don't often speak to when I came across my brother's name.
I had no idea that your magnificent tribute and loving memories to Joel were still on a website. I listened to your eulogy again and realized how lucky my
brother was to have a friend like you. ... Thank you from the bottom of my heart
for keeping Joel's memory so beautifully alive. Leslie Pravda
[sister of our late classmate,
to whose memory this site is dedicated (Leslie did not graduate with her class but
rather, moved to Westchester County.)]
- This website is absolutely wonderful
remembrances. One does not need to
be a 1960 Sailor to enjoy it. Anyone who lived in
Oceanside at that time
could enjoy this trip down Memory Lane through your website. There is
so much that I knew, or heard of, but had forgotten over the years. This
massive project of yours brings back many of those things for me: the huge
hot dog on Nathan's roof, C&J Bowling alley fire,
St. Anthony's fire (I
remember coming home from school that day and seeing smoke coming from the
then I saw my mother running
in and out of the building, bringing coffee to the firemen
it was an extremely cold
and Smile's. I also remember
the Story of Oceanside from Mr. Cortez's 7th
grade history class. I
think he taught Oceanside history from it. Years later, I took it from the
library and read it in its entirety. Then there were the things that were
triggered that are not included like the lots we used to go to smoke
cigarettes, sneaking out of jr. high to go to Farmer Joe's* for a 50-cent
bologna hero and a drink, the 5-cent juke box in the candy store (or was it
a luncheonette) across from the Log Cabin, the record store* (Lincoln
Shopping Center?) where you could go in and listen to the record before
buying it, Oceanside with no McDonald's, and so much more, the old post
office that was on Long Beach Rd. and faced Bellview Ave. Please
keep up the great work you are doing here. It
is really very comforting to see my old Oceanside alive again. George
Class of 1967
- ... fabulous website ... memories
came flooding back into my head! Your site is wonderful; thanks
for the memories. I didn't even have a computer until I was shown
your INCREDIBLE website! Yeah, and the public library wuz gettin' pissed that I wouldn't leave
even when they flicked the lights!! ... Howie,
you truly are the Man! My man, Heeahhzowie! A
veritable cornucopia of rock, roll and remember! HL
we are all(ways) in your debt!!
Just wanted to let you know you did a great job putting this website
together!!! Thanks; it's nice to visit Oceanside again!!!
My family moved out to Los Angeles in 1964, and I was only 14. I
graduated from the ever famous Beverly Hills High School in 1967!! I
lived in California for 20 years, but my heart was always back in Oceanside, as
I did my younger years of growing up and most of my schooling there. I remember so much about Oceanside. I
think we all were truly blessed to have grown up in a
small town, in the '50s
and '60s ― great times,
great memories! Keep up the great work on your website!!!!!
I check back often to see what's new! Thanks again for taking your time and effort into
letting us all go
back and visit our childhoods! Jillian "Candy"
Class of 1968
- I got the greatest pleasure in
reading your class website. I have been on it for over three hours,
and my heart thanks you. I am a graduate of the class of 1968,
and we, too, have had some wonderful reunions. We were the class that
was sandwiched between the old and the new. We spent junior high school
in our loafers and high school in our tie dyes. I have been a
life-long resident of Oceanside.
Yours was, indeed, a magical time.
I truly hope you keep up the wonderful work you are doing. Again,
thanks for the walk back down memory lane. I will forever be grateful.
- Love the site! ...
and will continue to log on frequently. I have enjoyed your
website for years, and I know how much time and effort you put into keeping
it updated and collecting all the wonderful photos. Pat Roth
I love your site and cannot wait to show it to my husband (a Southside
grad)! Keep up the great work! Ellen Topp
I have to tell you, your site is Outta Sight! You have
done one fantastic job. Keep up the good work. It is nice to know that
someone remembers Oceanside in the “good old days.” I’ll be back soon.
Dear Howie, my younger sister, Ilene Axelband, just forwarded me your website of
our beloved Oceanside. I wasn't
aware just how attached I was, but I cried my
eyes out looking back and remembering! Thank you so much.
you very much for the awesome tribute to my
Dad. Your website is a job extremely well done. Kudos. Joe Chernock
[son of our beloved Coach
This was really fun to look at; thanks for sharing 1960sailors.
Pretty neat I might say.
Kind of made me sad in a way because I wish Oceanside was still like it used to
be, with the old Nathan's and all. I
am not a big fan of changes. I like the way you made that site, with the
music and all. Must've been a lot of work! Too bad you also weren't in
the class of '69! Your site is really great. I wish the class of '69 had one
like that. Donna Krumenacker [sister of our classmate,
I truly enjoyed the picture tour of Oceanside.
It brought back so many memories and makes me miss my relatives.
If you don't mind, I will love to view every now and then. I miss Long
Island. Christine Zanni
[attended Oceanside School # 5, K-3, then elsewhere]
Your site is great.
I wish we had something like this. Continue
your great work. I am sure your class
now appreciates all your efforts.
I do, anyway. Craig
My brother, Barry Farber, Class of 1963, alerted me to your
incredible website, which had a very stirring effect on me. I immediately
sent it to my mom, who lived in Oceanside until 1988, and one of my best
friends, Elise Tripp, who was in my class. She sent it to her mom and
brother and sister, both later grads. Your website
certainly is widely circulated. And for good reason
evokes the close-knit and "Our Town" kind of feeling that Oceanside had in
that era. We moved to Wedgewood Park in January 1960 from New York City, and
I remember as a 7-year old delightedly exploring the waterways behind our
neighborhood (now a terrific county park), the Little Red Store, the Middle
Bay Golf Course, and, of course, Nathan's. My
dad used to take me there every Saturday for a hot dog and those fantastic
― and he would get the shrimp boat and chow mein. We used to go
to all the folk music concerts there on summer nights. It was the perfect
place to live at the perfect time. As a teenager, my friends and I would (
before we all drove) take the bus down to Long Beach
for a day on the beach,
transistor radios in hand to hear Cousin Brucie, and top off the sheer bliss
with an ice cream soda at Jahn's. Mom would always have the kitchen full of
cakes from Eden Roc, Five Star, or the best of them all
Bakers (does anyone else remember the chocolate layer cakes and the nesselrode pies?). My grandmother lived with us (she and I would watch "Price
is Right" together on snow days); my aunt and uncle and cousins were a
ten-minute ride away in Hewlett, and the comfort and security of being part
of a close family all living near each other is a feeling my
scattered children cannot understand today. About two years ago, my
husband and I took a ride to Wedgewood, almost unrecognizable
because of all the extensions and room additions and decks (we had patios
in those days), and pulled up to our house on Bunker Drive.
I was surprised
that my reaction was to start crying. I bet you and all your
readers would understand why. And I thank you for keeping that nostalgic flame
brightly burning. Best to you and all my fellow and sister Sailors. Mindy Farber
An old buddy directed me to your website, and
I am so blown away by it, I
felt I had to write and say thank you. I can't tell you how much I
enjoyed looking at it, and to be perfectly honest with you,
it brought tears to my eyes.
We moved to Oceanside in 1956, and the pictures of
Oceanside, the Triangle, Smiles 5 & 10, the parades,
Nathan's, C&J, Halloween window painting, Pasetti's,
all brought back a wonderful flood
of childhood memories of the town we grew up in. When I get back to
visit, usually a couple of times a year, I always try and remember how
things used to look. Now I have photographs to look at that confirm all of
my memories. I have bookmarked it, and know I will stop back often. Thank you so much for taking the time to put it together. You have really
done a great job, and brought me
much joy tonight!!! Marty Greenfield
I loved your site. I
spent hours on it. It brought back great memories. Rick Bauer [Rick is
the Managing Partner of the Nathan's Famous franchisee on the Las Vegas Strip.]
really enjoyed going through your site. Too bad there isn't a site like yours
for other years. Mike D'Apolito
I wanted to thank you for the trip down memory lane. My family moved to
Oceanside (Wedgewood Park) in June 1959 when I was 5.
My dad banked at Oceanside National. He had an office over Chwatzky’s. I
painted Halloween windows two or three times and remember the feel of pulling
masking tape off one's frozen fingers in the early morning and the Halloween
parade. We were driving home from somewhere when the
St. Anthony's Shrine caught
fire as the firemen worked removing the statues to save them. And I must thank
you for your piece on Nathan's. Meryl Friedberg
Great website especially the entire history
of Nathan’s. Bruce Lachs
I just found your site while looking for a couple of pictures of the
red store ... and school # 4. Thanks so much for making this site.
Great job on the Nathan's page! Brought back a lot of
memories. Frank Martin
what an amazing and sentimental place, this website! I never realized
what a quaint and wonderful town I lived in. Mindy Nathan
I have visited it a few times and admire your work very
much. Ronnie Garvey
Your site and posts keep my fond memories of O'side alive, hope
to be back for a visit soon. Keep up the great work! Bill "Gooba"
Boy, this was fun
loved the pics of Nathan's
and the triangle
the music is great! ... My Dad used to go to Carvel every
Sunday evening and bring us back hot fudge sundaes. Thanks for that
picture!! Thanks for a great website
I am going to tell my parents about it. Rhona Lustig
great website brought tears to my eyes
for all the wonderful memories! I haven't been back to Oceanside for
many, many years and I heard it has changed a lot. Thank you so much for
bringing back such fond memories. Please keep up the great work! Your website is
fabulous, and you seem to have a good sense of humor. You are truly a wealth of
knowledge about Oceanside. I gave my brother, (Steven Markowitz, '70), your
website address, and he is having fun navigating through the pictures. My
daughter loves your website, too! What a blast!!!!!!!! Andrea Markowitz
My wife (the former
'73) went to Nathan’s for lunch today with our 22-year old son, and I
was reminiscing about the old Nathan’s. I
decided to look for a picture of it. I
found your site while searching on Google for a graphic image of the
Oceanside Nathan’s. I thoroughly enjoyed your site. It brings back many fond
memories. My family moved to
in the summer of 1961, when I was just entering the second grade. I remember
many Saturday afternoons spent at Nathan’s, ice skating on the tennis courts
at the high school, bowling at the old C&J Bowl across from Nathan’s and
many other things that aren't here any more. Thanks for compiling all of
this information and the great story about Nathan’s. Paul
[current resident of
('60) did a fantastic job of creating this site for Oceansiders.
Thank you for the website. It made me realize that I
have forgotten a lot about the town, especially the roads we all used to
drive on, and it made me
homesick (good way). Oceanside
will always be home. Lew Harrington
I really enjoyed your site; it was great seeing some of the old
Oceanside that I still remember. I found your site searching the net. We
did not move to Oceanside till 1960 (I was 5). My wife also loved the
pictures. (She grew up in Oceanside.) I still tell people about
great place it was to grow up
. Although it does not seem the same, I
still have the great memories. I will have to look for some of my dad's
photos of Oceanside he owned Nassau Neon signs on long beach road from
1949-1978 and took pictures of many stores and signs, He also made the
gain, thanks for the wonderful site and the look down memory lane.
A classmate sent me your site. I really enjoyed it and thank you for
putting in all the work needed to take me on a great trip of memories!!!
I'm not a 1960 alumni of OHS, but I had to write. I'm 47, and I lived in
Oceanside from 1957-1978. I was looking for info and pictures of the Oceanside I
remember as a kid, and I ended up on your website. Nice job! It brings back
a lot of good memories. I grew up on Chester Court, but my first few years were
spent above the Oceanside Bakery. My Mom and Dad owed it till it went under in
'65. I went to school at St. Anthony's, which closed the year I graduated
from there. I also went to OHS. My first job, besides working at the bakery was
working for Farmer Joel's (on L. B. Road) and then Joe Terzzo's Pizza Cove (on
Woods Ave.) I wanted to work at Nathan's but it never happened. It was a sad day
when they knocked down the BIG Nathan's
. I also remember the day that CJ's
Bowling alley burned down. My buddies and I ran into the rubble and retrieved
some pins! There's a thousand other things I could recall that only another Oceansider would understand. Thanks for sparking the memories again! Go Sailors!
Howie, I went onto
1960Sailors.net. Great website! I read just about every link you had and
enjoyed every minute of it. Things I didn't even know about. … Thank
you for having such a great, in-depth website and caring so much about it. I
look forward to checking in on it more often. Rose
Your pictures are
am thrilled I stumbled into your site, Howie!
I love the music! I am enjoying reading all the memories of
... awesome. Peter Spinelli
Oceanside, the book, published in the fall of 2004, documenting its
history in photographs and the second, published in 2013, entitled
Legendary Locals of Oceanside in
which he wrote "1960sailors.net is simply the greatest and most
fun of any website highlighting Oceanside and
Oceanside High School.]
Thanks for all the great work you do. It
evokes memories of good times of
growing up in Oceanside and feelings of my youth. Through the pictures, graphics
and music, it captures a spirit of the "happy days." I love it! Your
website is still the best!
specifically about our page entitled "The
Suburban Housing Boom of
the 1950s in Our Little Town
looks great to me! Short, sweet and correct. I appreciate your continued
zest to keep our history alive. Richie Woods
[Richie Woods was
science teacher at OHS from1981
until he retired in 2017 and is the author of two books about
I just wanted to tell you what a wonderful job you are doing
on this awesome, entertaining, educational and enjoyable, Oceanside Class of
'60 site. I have spent hour
upon hour of enjoyment with all the great pictures, music and information. It makes me wish I was a part of your great class! Thanks for
the great memories of our little town. Thanks also for the great site. Keep
up the good work. Caryn Brown
What a site!
I wandered into your website and just wanted to congratulate
you on putting together such a great site. I was born in 1959. My family
moved to Oceanside in 1961. I bought my parents home on Merle Ave. and now
will be sending my son to OHS, Class of 2009 and my daughter will be in the OHS
Class of 2013. I teach history at Baldwin Middle School so I have a natural
love of anything historical. Your website is so filled with historical
information. I love the old pictures of Oceanside
I love showing my kids
what our town looked like so many years ago.
loved how you
added that page
On Broadway page]
to your website.
I know that you are concentrating mainly on the Class of 1960, but your site
is more of a history of Oceanside, as well. I know many people visit it just
to see all of the additional things you have added over the years. Keep up
the great work, and I'll be visiting your site from time to time.
I am enjoying your site. It's a great website, and I really enjoy the older
pictures of the way the town looked. Gary Gelfman
Well, let me tell you
I am floored
by the website! I remember so much from my era, but yours just opened
the door. I remember thinking the world revolved around OCEANSIDE.
Well, this year I will be forty (yes, born in '60). I am successful,
traveled and living the good life. I wouldn't have changed anything
growing up. The world still revolves around "our" little town (an
Oceanside kid 'til I die). Ron Rogers
Your website is incredible.
The photos and text are great. Seeing those photos of how Long Beach Rd.
used to look brought back a lot of great memories. It made me feel
like I was standing on Long Beach Road, watching the
Memorial Day parade go
by. When you're growing up, you don't realize
how fortunate we were to have lived in a great place like Oceanside.
Where you were 10 minutes from the beach, and 40 minutes from the bright
lights of Manhattan. Gary Urivetzky
a long-time resident of Oceanside since 1961.
I love your site, as does my
sister. Louis S. Denaro
I just went to the site; that was GREAT!!
I really enjoyed the pictures and reading all about
brought back a lot of memories! My Mom was from Coney Island, and I enjoyed
the picture of the Nathan's in Coney Island, too!! I also liked the
pictures of your 40th reunion. I haven't been to your site in a while, but I was looking for
something from Oceanside, and your site popped up in Google, so I visited
the other day, and as always, I have enjoyed seeing it again!! I haven't
checked out the new stuff yet, however, I will visit it again soon. Karen Pauly
Class of 1982
able to visit your website, and I ended up staying on for almost two hours
just looking at all of the awesome pictures of
Oceanside in years gone by! I grew up in the '70s and '80s, but some of
those sites and stores were definitely recognizable especially the old
Nathan's and A&P. They were a real treat. Jill
[daughter of our beloved
It's been fun and, of course, a little sad looking into the
past. Robin Kampf [daughter of our departed classmate,
What a website!
I am ... raising 4 children in Oceanside schools; they will be in the classes of 2009, 2011 (twins) and 2014. I really
enjoyed your website! Both of my parents are Oceanside graduates also
(1955 and 1957). How funny it was to see my mother (Joyce Siegel, 1957
) sitting in the driver's seat of her car in front of C & J's!!!! Your
a wonderful tribute to all the
"Sailors"! Keep up the good work! Jill Simpson
I just wanted to let you know that
the website is fabulous! Even though the high school and town
looked very different when I grew up in Oceanside, it was wonderful to read
about the history and especially to see the pictures of my town. Thank
you very much for creating 1960sailors.net! Sandra Richman
Oceanside has always been a place of comfort and warmth for me. I
think your site was informative, free flowing, enjoyable and contained
information that is not readily available to those who do not know where to
look. Michael Saxe
page looks so great. ...Thanks again
for keeping Oceanside in your heart and all of
our hearts. Stacy Mandel
I have always lived in Oceanside, well my 30 years anyway.
I liked your 1960 website. ... the old shots were great. Anyway nice
job. Teddy Freudenberg, Jr. [Historical Committee Chairman,
South Side Hose Co. #2, Oceanside
Your website is truly amazing!!! Scott Mandel [member
and past president of the Long Beach City Council]
I just browsed your site. The graphics and the music were put together so
nicely. I was looking for a picture of my father [Mel
Krimko] and never saw him. I kept seeing pictures of a woman, and
I asked my dad who she is. Any reason Doreen
[Silverstein] was the featured
graduate???? Jodi Krimko
What a site! What
a fabulous idea! I never even
imagined someone doing such a thing. ...
my ten-year reunion is coming up soon. I can only hope that someone will create a site for our class as
you did for yours. As one who loves to reminisce, I can really appreciate
all the effort you put in. The work is truly beautiful. It
touched me deeply
─ and it's not even my class! I guess we all
feel the same, very much connected to our high school peers. It was a
special time. Keep up the creativity!
I absolutely love this website. I
just spent the last 30 minutes reading it. Thank you for this. Got a very nice
glimpse of life during another time. I will definitely be revisiting. I
absolutely plan on it. Charles Alfonso Bianco
- I am a senior at Oceanside H.S. and am also an editor for the
Press. I happened to stumble onto your
Nice work! (It's funny
how little things have changed in 41 years
besides the school building itself! Adam Kaplan
I am currently a junior at Oceanside High School
... I enjoyed the old
pictures and map of the school. Congratulations on a job well done! Great
site!! Anthony Martini
You have a great website. I think it is so cool that you put your
memories from high school on it. Kevin Shields
and I had no idea that there were so many fires in Oceanside! This town has
gone through a lifetime of history, and I wanted to write to you to tell you
that I never knew about it. I'll tell all my friends and teachers about you
and your great website. I found your site when I was on my English
teacher's website. There are so many links from this to that, I soon found
myself listening to the music you set up and looking at all of the
pictures. I didn't know that there was so much history behind me. All the
schools and buildings that burned down
up (as you said about St. Anthony's Underground Church)
and the old Chwatsky's building that is now a Walgreen's. It's all so
strange to look at it and say that this was a
Back to the Future kind of town. It
felt like I was Marty McFly, who traveled back to "Oceanside
1960" and all of this. I'm sure everyone will enjoy
I'm in 9th
grade at Oceanside High School. I recently saw all the
photos of Oceanside, and I had no idea that this town was so expanded in the
1950s. Today, we all go to all the other towns on Long Island, and we don't
pay any attention to OUR town. I think what you did for your
classmates was pretty cool
We admire your respect and reverence for your time at OHS. OHS
Sider Press staff
admire the work you did on the website.
just want to thank you so much
for taking the time to post that up [the
On Broadway page] and
acknowledging my efforts. I was also touched by
Allan Segal's reaction. I'm
so glad that I was able to represent him and all that he's done for the
future generations of Oceanside High School. If only my fellow thespians had
the appreciation for the people and history that have shaped our school. By
the way, I really love the site. Keep up the good work.
Webmaster's note: These two items are mentioned on our Sider
Press page. George must have been so overwhelmed that he missed