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Volume 1 Number 5
From the Editors:
Heartfelt thanks to all of you who sent a message to
Jim Barksdale, CEO of Netscape. Linda and I were deeply
touched by your support.
As you read this, the address book data base has been
rebuilt, kinda! There are undoubtly errors. Also, there
are about 60 fictitious names, mostly from Holly's original
list. Please send a short note to us at the addresses
at the end of this newsletter to report duplicates,
updates, errors, changes or if you wish to unsubscribe.
Someday we will would like to do a special edition
on "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" and
New and Improved.
Pat and Linda
Wow, talk about a lesson in humility! Those photos of
the 1973 graduation sure taught me one, by humiliation.
When Steve Reden suggested the idea of putting the photos
on Yahoo, it sounded great and so easy. Then I again
had to learn just how much I don't know. Thanks for
sticking with me through this learning experience. Hopefully,
all is working smoothly now. I have added another album
with photos sent by Tony and "Clem" (Carolyn
Baldwin, '61) Moors. Thank you both. I did have to remove
all punctation before Yahoo would upload the files so
the titles are not the way any teacher would approve.
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From June Olsen Cullen, '58
I loved Vicky's Home Ec story. I can still picture
Miss Clark, and I'm sure she was Miss, not Mrs.!
Humorless and high-strung is what I remember. It
sure would have put her over the edge to have Vicky
ace the exam!
I read about Tommy Woodruff having surgery. I had
seen his name listed in Classmates.com but he never
answered when people inquired about him. He was
a friend of mine in high school, if you contact
him please tell him Dana wishes him a speedy recovery
and we are thinking about him.
You are doing a great job with the newsletter. Keep
up the good work.
Happy New Year.
Your almost cousin,
RE: PHOTOS of 1973 GRADUATION
>From Kathy (Cookie) Koziuk Hannaman, '60:
Are they still doing the daisy chain? I can remember
helping my sister pick the daisies and braiding
them for her graduation in 1956 - but for the life
of me I can't remember if we had a daisy chain in
>From June Olsen Cullen, '58:
Is that last photo a daisy chain? I thought that
tradition died years before, I remember it from
classes before mine. It was beautiful!
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Please post this with the next newsletter...
It was September 6, 1961, and a brilliant sun was
coming up in the Eastern sky. The red and white
1956 Chevrolet made a right turn off Glenbrook Road
onto the old, two lane, Newbridge Road. The car
headed north toward the old train station with a
driver and one passenger. The car passed Old Country
Road and the road curved to the right and ended
at Jerusalem Avenue. Just before Jerusalem, on the
left hand side, was a cinder covered parking lot
that was on the south side of the train tracks.
The old, quaint, train station was on a raised platform
on the north side of the tracks. The building, though
old, was in fairly good condition. The two people
in the car exited and walked across the tracks and
up the little incline to the platform. The younger
of the two went into the station and purchased a
one way ticket to Manhattan. He walked back to the
spot where a man, slightly older, stood looking
east to see if he could see the approaching train.
He heard the whistle blowing in the distance and
thought that the train was passing through Bethpage
and would soon be into Hicksville. The two exchanged
words and then just stood waiting as the train slowed
at the curve and crawled into the station. They
embraced and the young boy kissed the man, then
stepped up and onto the train. As the train was
pulling away, the two waved goodbye.
That was the day I was off to join the navy. It's
a long time ago but the memory is etched in my brain.
My father was much the same as other fathers with
certain unique qualities. I inherited some of his
qualities and try to live my life as he led his
with a lot of respect and consideration for others.
Many of you knew my dad from seeing him at track
meets, at ball games and at our home on Edgewood
Drive when he invited half the neighborhood for
hamburgers and hot dogs. He was also the guy who
probably drove half the kids in Hicksville to one
place or another...whether it be to the roller rink
in Levittown, the old
Hicksville movie or to some school function. My
father was a designated driver and he loved doing
it because it made him feel secure.
My dad lives in Las Vegas and has been sick for
awhile. The doctors gave him approximately six months
to live because cancer had invaded his body. I had
reservations to fly to Vegas tomorrow to see him...it's
been awhile since we've been together.
My dad, Dave Casale, passed away in his sleep yesterday.
Dad, I love you and am sorry I missed you...but
I'll see you down the road...
From Hillary Vanscoy
I am a graduate of 63'and remember when the area
just south of Northern State and the Expressway
was a large field of corn. As a kid I used to bring
home some for dinner quite often. I also remember
when the area now occupied by Red Lobster, etc.
was a field that was leveled to build a bowling
alley (which we promptly used as an indoor playground
prior to completion).
Thanks to Jeffrey White '73 for the following:
I can honestly say that my years at Hicksville High
were some of the best years of my life. I reunited
with 3 close friends at the mega reunion in Sept.
We had not seen or spoken with each other in 27
years. It was like we never lost touch. And now
we will not ever again. We are in constant concert
by e-mail, snail mail and visiting. I have been
blessed with a wonderful life but this has made
it even more so. I also reunited by e-mail with
10 other classmates. It is great to see where everyone
is and what has happened in their lives. I can't
Seeing names I had forgotten and the memories flood
back. The theater productions, the orchestra, classes,
the fun times, the parties and all our dreams we
shared with each other. We pretty much all accomplished
what we set out to do. I am only sorry for not keeping
in touch with these dear friends. There's not a
day that goes by now without receiving an e-mail
from a high school friend. I run to check Classmates.com
and see who has been added.
Even though I am in California and most of my friends
are in New York it doesn't feel like any distance
at all. We can keep up with our families and what's
happening. I never get tired of hearing what they
have to say. I look forward to my annual trip back
to New York so we can all spend several days together.
We may all look a little more mature but we are
the same since the last day we saw each other in
1973. They have the same humor, personalities and
compassion they did years ago. I am so proud of
all of them and their lives. The 70's were a turbulent
time but we all made it unscathed and intact. We
were good kids and had great times together.
I thank God for giving me back the best friends
I have ever had.
class of 1973
PS Now there are a couple of more people I would
like to find. If you know of their whereabouts please
Sally Sharp '74
Jane Lamberti '73
Diane Lobel '73
Naomi Grunt '73
Mark Kasman '74
Brian Smith '74
Penny Bartel '73
Diana Barnett '73
Dave Mazarus '73
John Wicks '73
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Olga Yarish Jordan sent a copy of "The Hicksville
Illustrated News" and I really enjoyed reading
it. Subscriptions are available for 1 yr...$18,
2 yrs...$31, 3 yrs...$42 PLUS $20 per year for delivery
out of Nassau County.
132 East Second Street
PO Box 1578
Mineola, NY 11501
Phone: (516) 747-8282
Fax: (516) 742-5867
FROM: Dale Bennett '66
My wife (Linda Fichter '65) and I are active in
the NorthWest Civic Association of Hicksville and
have a web site at www.geocities.com/hicksville-nw
. We have been collecting copies of photos of our
section of Hicksville to publish in our
newsletter and on the web site under the banner
"Looking Back in the NorthWest."
Do you have any photos to share? You know the ones
that take us back to the "good ole days"
~ Fairway Farms, early Spiegel Houses, local farms,
parties, community events, cars, trains, Jones Institute
to name a few. We have started
an archive of these photos on the web site. These
times may be gone but not forgotten. Can you help
Carl (Chris) Calma 1976 wrote, "To all who
knew and loved Dennis Calma (class of '73) I dedicate
this space in his memory. We will always miss him."
In Memory of Jeanne Neumann Praus, class of 1956
who passed away December 1999 and Lee Sadler, class
of 1956 who passed away January 2001.
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If anyone is going to be near Menifee CA around
Feb 15th check our Hicksville High's (Class of '73)
own Jeff White in The Sound Of Music - details below.
Come on folks, one of you must be traveling on business
out that way - we need a Theater Critic and must
support our own. LPH
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Menifee CA is proud
to present The Sound Of Music starring Kathy McGregor
and Jeffrey White Jessica Hayes Suzie DeSaulniers
Brett Grunow Meagan Nowicki Sara-Rachel Grunow Andrew
Lawson and introducing Annalise Lamothe as Gretl
and Pat Proud Dennis Beabout Sissy Hayes Jordan
Manley Irene Turner Dan Schmolesky Ruth Melsbach
Jenny Lawson Ruth Melsbach with Blair Lamothe Ernie
Robbins Bob Boettcher Billie Boettcher Melissa Lamothe
Rosemary Perry Betty Rentie Carol Soti Dottie Robbins
Elizabeth van Manen Faith Flemmons Liz Fernhaber
February 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 @ 8:00 PM
February 17 & 24 @ 2:00 PM
Tickets - $5.00 general admission
Kids three and under - FREE!
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
2680 Newport Road
Menifee CA 92584
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