So Where Did All This Stuff Come from, Anyway?

A nostalgic website of the depth and breadth of this one (quite possibly the largest collection of electronic memorabilia of its kind from its time ever assembled on the web) does not spring forth by itself, nor is it solely the result of the efforts of just one person. In fact, it suddenly occurred to me after seven years that when I started the site I did not own a single photograph or any other souvenirs from high school or from our little town but for my yearbook. And I certainly had no idea what I was doing or what it would mean to so many people.

In addition to their providing certain bits of information, most of the familiar images that appear on this website and spark your memories were made possible as a result of careful preservation by the following 52 classmates of assorted bits of memorabilia, keepsakes, and  photos from among their souvenirs of our high school days in Oceanside and of our class reunions:

●  Max Abbott

●  George Kinney

●  MaryAnn Acierno

●  Nancy Koller

●  Bill Badalucca

●  Joe Kunkel

●  Gerda Balding

●  Bill Liebman

●  Jack Beaulieu

●  Linda Luschinski

●  Ginny Beedenbender

●  Phoebe Lustig

●  Sheila Berg

●  Clark Marcus

●  Richie Berke

●  Ray Martinis

●  Jeany Bomberg

●  Jeff Menton

●  Terry Brennan

●  Gary Moliver

●  Eileen Brown

●  Fran Perlman

●  Mike Brozost

●  Joel Pravda1

●  Eileen Carlock

●  Bob Renselaer

●  Ed Chilton (now deceased)

●  Susan Rooder

●  Carole Cohen

●  Bob Rubin

●  George Constantin

●  Sue Schlesinger

●  Kathy Cullen

●  Bill Schmidt
            ●  Jim Day ●  Audrey Schneiderman

●  Linda Feuerstein

●  Dave Schwarz

●  Gail Fogelberg

●  Hank Seaman

●  Lenny Freshman

●  Doreen Silverstein

●  Joyce Hapner

●  Linda Strauss

●  Jim Heitler (now deceased)

●  Harvey Tauber

●  Mike Jacobs|
●  Jay Katz

●  Rick von Brook
● Marta Watts

●  Nancy Keegan

● Penny White

 OHS alumni from other classes (listed alphabetically by class year) who also contributed images
files or information (or posted images and made them available on Facebook) include:


●  Edmund "Jazzbo" Tester (1946) (now deceased)

●  Paul Bayha (1965)  

●  Lena Prochilo2 (1948)

●  Margaret Chilton11 (1965)  

●  Andy Southard, Jr. (1951)

●  Pete Grogan (1965)  

●  Joe Papalia3  (1954)

●  Marilyn Parker (1965)  

●  Wally Erskine (1956)

●  Melody Taylor12 (1965)  

●  Bette Strauss4 (1956)

●  Mark Rindner13 (1965)  

●  Carol Keegan5 (1957)

●  Martin Hersch14 (1966)  

●  Maria Heller6 (1958)

●  John Wallace15 (1966)  

●  Dennis Kreutzer (1961)

●  Jillian Morton16  (1967)  

●  Sharon Rindner7  (1961)

●  Peter Ekstrom (1976)  

●  Jerry Schmotzer (1961)

●  Paul Farese (1976)  

●  Bob Frankenberg (1962)

●  Bob Garitta (1976)  

●  Andi Knorr8 (1962)

●  Kevin Eric Kronenberg (1976)  

●  Roberta Padula (1962)

 Richard Woods17 (1976)  

●  Susan Philips9 (1963)

  Jill Januszewski18(1983)  

●  Michael Levy 10 (1964)

●  Robin Kampf19 (1983)  
            ●  Barbara Mitchell (1964) ●  Teddy Freudenberg, Jr.20 (1989)  
            ●  James Spielberg (unk.) ●  James Cricchio21 (2009)  

Memorabilia preserved by our late classmate provided to us by his loving widow, Vivien Pravda


Editor of Spindrifter, newsletter of the (now defunct) Oceanside High School Alumni Association


Cousin of our classmate, Ray Martinis


Sister of our classmate, Linda Strauss


Older sister of our classmate siblings (not twins), Kathy (now deceased) and Nancy Keegan


Of the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce for arranging for the Chamber to co-sponsor the presentation of
       our class' tribute to
in June 2003.


Sister of our late classmate, Lois Rindner


Sister of our late classmate, Chris Knorr


My loving wife, who helped (among many other things) immensely in many ways with our last four reunions


Brother of Howie Levy, for his hard work editing certain videos presented on the site.


Sister of our late classmate, Ed Chilton


Daughter of the late Ed Taylor, Oceanside Jr. High band teacher


Brother of our late classmate, Lois Rindner


Brother of our classmate, Steve Hersch

15 Son of late Industrial Arts teacher, William Wallace

"Jilly" (known in school as Candy Mintz) moved with her family to Los Angeles before she would have been
        graduated from OHS and instead, was graduated from Beverly Hills High School


Author of OCEANSIDE (the book) and Legendary Locals of Oceanside 


Daughter of our beloved and departed Coach Jan


Daughter of our departed classmate, Carol Barry (provided reunion photos from her late mother's


Historical Committee Chairman, South Side Hose Co. #2, Oceanside Fire Dept. (provided permission to use
        photos of the St. Anthony's fire in 1960)


Then Historian of OHS Thespian Troupe #132


Special mention should be made of the late brother of our own, Kathy Cullen, Vic Cullen (1958), whose contribution consisted of unknowingly providing the inspiration to begin developing this website in late 1999. Vic was a disabled veteran who passed away at age 73, June 12, 2012.

The generosity of these classmates and other OHS alumni in making these treasured mementos available to share with our entire class and other visitors to this site and to help restore our sweet but fading memories is gratefully acknowledged.
A special thanks goes out to certain OHS faculty members who contributed material our memories are made of: first, our music teacher and band/orchestra director, Allan Segal, for the live recordings from our production of The King & I  on the OHS stage in 1958 made by someone unknown to us, and second, the now late Coach Roy Chernock for photos of our championship track team.

Additional sources of photographs and other historical research material are also acknowledged with thanks to the following institutions and individuals named below:

  • The Oceanside Public Library

  • Rev. Janet Porcher, Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Oceanside, for permission to use material from The History of Oceanside 

  • The Long Island Studies Institute, a co-operative effort of Hofstra University and the Division of Museum Services, Nassau County Department of Recreation and Parks)

  • Mary Hyland of Nathan's Famous, Inc. for her efforts in obtaining for us, after a year-long search, a then rare photo of our, as it was when we were kids, that is now also featured on own website's history page.

  • Oceanside Fire Department's Terrace Hose Company #3 (for the photos of the St. Anthony's fire).

  • The now late Morton Shor, son of Leon Shor (co-founder of the Roadside Rest) for the interview.

  • The now late Murray (son of Nathan) Handwerker (who took over the Roadside Rest when we were kids and then in 1959 turned it into our beloved) and his now late wife, Dorothy, for the interview

  • Andrew Ceroni for permission to use his poem, "Remembrance."

  • Joseph E. (Joe) Behar, PhD (Long Beach High School, 1960), Professor of Sociology, Dowling College, Oakdale, NY, and Chuck Jacobi (LBHS, 1973) for permission to use great photos of the Long Beach boardwalk.

  • Several sellers on for making various memorabilia items available online.

  • Jerry and Lillian Katz, beloved late parents of twins, Jay Katz and the late Michael Katz, and Barbara Katz (Michael's loving widow), all of whom provided photos for Michael's memorial page.

  • Shannon Turner, daughter of the late Tom Turner, for photos of her dad for his memorial page.

  • Lloyd Handwerker (a grandson of Nathan and nephew of the late Murray Handwerker), producer/director of the acclaimed documentary film, Famous Nathan, and co-author of the book by the same name.

  • Greg Iger, cousin of the late Don Fine for photos for Donny's memorial page.

  • Dagny Rivers (reunion guest of Clark Marcus) for preparing material for our 50-Year Reunion video

  • Josh Rindner, son of our late classmate, Lois Rindner, for photos of his mom.

  • Brie Wilensky Williams and Brooke Wilensky, daughters of the late Hal Wilensky, for photos of their dad for his memorial page.

  • Frank Yacovelli, owner of Oceanside Gulf, at Long Beach Rd. and Waukena Ave., and his charming wife, Eleanor, for the memorable photo of his gas station where my father worked for 10 years.

  • Hal Behl, husband of the late artist, Reggie Behl, for digital images of his late wife's Oceanside-themed art work from the 1950s.

  • Nathan Handwerker's grandson, Bill Handwerker, author of Nathan's Famous: The First 100 Years, for the photo of his grandfather's caraciture created in 1959 by NY Post cartoonist, John Piorotti, upon the occasion of the takeover of our Roadside Rest by Nathan's Famous, Inc.

  • Heidi Winkler, widow of Bruce Winkler, for the photo of and information about Bruce.

  • Deborah Hoffman, daughter-in-law of the jeweler, the late W.R. Hoffman, for the photos of the local jewelry store on the east side of Long Beach Rd., north of the triangle, that bore his name.

For assistance with the formidable technological challenges when I was just getting started in late 1999 and early 2000, I thank Craig Pravda (brilliant son of our late classmate and my dear old friend, Joel Pravda) and some of my business associates in Las Vegas, Nevada, Garrett Larson, Josh Kern and for assisting with the audio, Richard Bowler. And I thank my cousin, Mark Roth, who helped me obtain some of the music. And I thank particularly our now late classmate, Ed Chilton, for enhancing some of the graphic images, for inspiring me early on to strive for excellence, and whose help debugging and improving the site after its launch in early 2000 has been of enormous value. 

Another special thank you to our classmate, Dave Schwarz, who spent hours in public libraries on Long Island in 2003 reading microfilms to assist with the research and who, as a result, found the Newsday ad from opening day, thus proving that its elusive date was, in fact, June 4, 1959 (and not in 1955 as reported elsewhere). And to Karen Katz, lovely and gracious wife of Jay Katz, for taking most of the photos displayed here on the pages from our 60-year+ reunion in 2022.
Others who have submitted material for our Memory Book page are, of course, acknowledged there.



So if "a few more tokens rest" within your treasure chest, "a photograph or two," from among your souvenirs that you would like to share with the class, this website is your central repository for them. Send them to me, Howie Levy, at 252 Hickory Hollow, Las Vegas, NV 89123-1177, and your contribution will be acknowledged by adding your name above. Preferably, ou can send me by e-mail digital photos or electronically scanned image files (preferably .jpg or .gif files) of your souvenirs. If you send me your originals, and you request it, please be assured that your treasures will be returned to you unharmed. 

I would particularly like pictures from our 10-year reunion (PLEASE! I have not been able to find any despite years of searching since 2000), our proms, our graduations (from jr. and sr. high), and familiar sights of our town of Oceanside in the 1950s, like the Little Red Store (the way it looked when we were kids). But no photos of classmates from before jr. high, please, (except for memorial pages)!!! I can only handle so much.)  

And many thanks to all of you who read this. I hope you visit whenever you are feeling a little nostalgic, when you want to clarify a foggy memory, or of you just need a lift, and I hope that you enjoy the site for many years to come.





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