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Volume 3 Number 5
By now, you should have received the change of address
notice for the newsletter. That is, except for a few
of you who do not check your mail and delete stuff on
a regular basis. The reason for the new address firstname.lastname@example.org
is that Netscape has changed again. I spent all morning
sending out the special edition because Netscape no
longer allows me to send something to 100 people.
After some experimenting, I found that I could send
to 30 addresses. Since there were 369 (now 389) addresses
on our distribution list, I had to send it out 13 times!
That means 12 times I had to move the message (special
edition) from the sent folder to the drafts folder.
Then I removed all the addresses and the propaganda
at the bottom that Netscape attaches. Then I waited
for the address list to open before I could select the
next 30 names and send it out again.
I really have enjoyed the last 2-½ years of working
on the HICKSVILLE NEWSLETTER and thanks to a suggestion
from Arline Barna (1956), I can now send out the newsletter
with just one click. So please keep the news coming!
Pat Koziuk Driscoll
Bob Casale has archived all the old newsletters. If
you wish a copy of any issue, drop him a note at email@example.com
Pat Thompson Dumas, 1975
Emmett Goodman, 1956 (FL)
Diane Burke McGinn, 1960 (L.I.)
Michael Perduto, 1966 (FL)
Mike Soblick, 1974
Ronnie Wells Brigandi, 1965
Tom Manaskie, 1960 (HX)
Denis Rossi, 1953
Suzanne Garrett Cullen, 1956 (L.I.)
Henry Lichtenstein, 1959 (NM)
Belated birthday wishes to Jack DeVaul, Jan.
10th, class of 1956.
Trivia for Football Fans
News and Notes and Memories
Trivia for Football Fans
1. Who is the only player to be with five Super Bowl
2. Who has scored the most career points in the Super
3. Who had the most rushing attempts in a game at the
4. Who rushed the most yards in a game at the Super
5. Who attempted the most passes in a game at the Super
6. Who has thrown the most career touchdowns in the
7. How many punt returns have been returned for touchdowns
in the Super Bowl?
8. Which of the following teams did the Steelers not
beat in the Super Bowl?
9. Which of the following teams did the Vikings not
lose to in the Super Bowl?
10. Which of the following teams did the Broncos not
lose to in the Super Bowl?
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RUSCH, RAYMOND L., Memorial service for Raymond, age
76, of Orlando, who passed away January 17, 2003, will
be held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (Semoran/Curry
Ford Rd.) at 11AM on Tuesday, January 21, 2003. Mr.
Rusch, born April 5, 1926, is survived by his wife,
Edna; son, Ray; sister, Joyce; 'daughter', Denise; and
his three grandchildren, Rachel, Roxanne, and Shaun.
May he Rest in Peace. Memorial contributions may be
made to St. Luke's Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 2021
West S.R. 426, Oviedo, FL 32765. Newcomer Family Funeral
Home, 895 S. Goldenrod Rd., Orlando, FL 32822. (407)
277-4227. Published in the Orlando Sentinel on 1/20/2003.
Ray Rusch retired as principal of Hicksville High School
in June 1981. He was a wonderful principal and a true
teacher HHS 1966-1995
Your Editors have forwarded the many messages of condolence
received by the newsletter to Jean Goettelmann LaPointe
(1959), Mr. Rusch's niece, to be shared with his family.
After receiving the sad news of the passing of Ray Rusch,
I was reminded of another teacher's passing. We moved
down to rural southern York County, PA, near the MD
line (one hour north of Baltimore), 8-1/2 years ago.
The last thing I ever expected to see in our local York
Daily Record newspaper was the obit of a retired HHS
teacher. It was about 4-1/2 years ago, I believe. I
always read the obits (there isn't a whole lot to do
around here - and - you know the story - if you don't
see your name there, it's a good day). Anyway, I'm reading
and a name jumps out at me - Joseph Loucks - who was
a math teacher. I'm sure most of you remember him. He
had passed away on L.I., and the funeral service was
held at the Hicksville United Methodist Church, of which
he was a member. He was being buried in his family's
plot in the town of Red Lion, which is 10 miles north
of Stewartstown, where we live. Apparently his family
was from there. I never had him for a teacher because
I took a commercial course in HHS, but did belong to
the same church for several years while raising our
family, and knew him to be a very gentle and kind man.
His wife, Jet, survived him. I believe the obit said
that he was in his 90's when he died.
Submitted by Carole (Kiever) Ohliger
HHS class of '57
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News, Notes and Memories
LAST MINUTE ANNOUNCEMENT:
MID LIFE CRISIS will be appearing at Delaney's Pub
on Saturday, February 1, 2003. Dance to your favorite
classic rock from 9 pm until
Sandra Olsen Trenka, 1955 sent a link to a great
history of Hicksville. The editors do not have permission
to reprint this article so we just share the link:
I love hearing about Hicksville, my old stumping
grounds. I live up in Connecticut now and have nieces
and nephews who still
live in Hicksville.... was down there summertime....
hasn't changed much....
thanks for the updates
great to hear
Eileen Kessler Lee, class 1963
My wife (Sonya Teresko) and I are natives of Hicksville.
She graduated HHS in 1938 and I in 1937. Her birth
is March, mine is October. We enjoy receiving your
intermittent information on the old town and the
HHS graduates, most by far, of whom we know nothing.
Is there any news, or other information coming from
classmates of our days? It would make interesting
reading for us, and perhaps lead to some interchange
via the net or otherwise. We have considered sending
in some information about our time, but reading
none about others of those times, makes us hesitant,
believing there is little, if any, interest going
back to the days of having to walk miles to and
You are doing a great service, Keep it up.
Peace in the New Year, Fred Fluckiger
(We love hearing about what Hicksville was like
at all different times. Please tell us more about
our hometown. To be honest Fred, there are not many
people of your generation who are computer literate.
Congratulations and please keep sharing. Is that
your sister Muriel in the 1933 photo of the senior
trip on classmates.com? The Editors)
Thank you very much for forwarding the intriguing
I graduated in 1964 and haven't seen the house I
grew up in 30+ years until I viewed it on the website
you provided. Amazing changes to the house and the
neighboring homes. My parents bought the home on
Beacon Lane in 1949 for $6,900 or so and although
it hasn't gotten any bigger it now is valued at
$200,000+. Houses on Blueberry lane which I viewed
on the website now appear to be on steroids are
valued in excess of $500,000!
By California standards (I live in San Mateo County
which is 25 miles south of San Francisco) the Hicksville
houses are still a bargain I guess. Thanks again
for the information, which allowed me to take a
step, back in time.
Steve Schaiman, 1964
(Steve gave permission to give out his email address
so that his old friends may contact him.
That was a great article on St. Ignatius. I really
enjoyed it. I also loved the story about the "Bell
Ringers". I wrote it up for my students at
school and they loved it. I'm at the middle school,
grades 6th-8th, and they thought that was great
Keep up the good work and thank you for doing the
News Letter for all of us.
Dana Hayden Jackson
I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and wish
you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR 2003!
I am moving from Florida to California, Santa Cruz
area in February! I will have the same email address,
so I would love to continue to receive the newsletter
if that's ok! Well, all the very best to everyone
Patti (the girl from OZ!)
[Patti Hickey Rees, 1975]
Jim Wise and Vicky (Penner) Whitaker have been
trying to locate a classmate, Alan Lewis '58.
If anybody out there knows anything about Alan,
please let us know so we can get these old friends
back in touch.
Hi Newsletter Staff:
My name is Barbara DiBella Dowd and I wish to remain
on the list for future newsletters.
I graduated from Hicksville High in 1962 and attended
our 40th class reunion in August '02. I lived on
South Elm Street off Plainview Road and attended
grammar school at St. Ignatius School.
My high school years were some of the happiest years
of my life. Our class was a cohesive and friendly
group of people and I experienced a great atmosphere
in the school and got a great business education
I moved away from Hicksville in 1963 with my family.
My father had a job change and off to NJ we went.
Shortly after moving here I met my husband and we
married in 1965. We are still married - 37 years
After living in several places in NJ, we have moved
to Palm Coast, Florida, where we have been since
August 2002. There is even a fellow living in Palm
Coast that I knew slightly in HHS, though he was
an upper classman, Rick DiFilipo - probably graduated
in 1960. It is a very small world.
It is great to read about Hicksville alumni in the
newsletter. Keep up the
Barbara DiBella Dowd, 1962
I have memories of sneaking out of the gym and
skipping class (I only did this once or twice, mind
you!) and going over to Old Country Road and visiting
the stores over there. It seemed to be easy to escape
through the doors by the gym--no hall guards there.
I felt so guilty but at the same time so "naughty"
and carefree! My friend, Jeannette Migliore, would
go with me and sometimes, my sister, Chriss. We
would get something to eat and then come back and
"sneak" back in. I'm sure many other of
you Hicksville-ites have similar memories, am I
Kathleen J. (Trant) Adamo, 1966
For those of you who remember singing at the Jones
Institute, June Olsen Cullen, 1958,
found an interesting article on http://antonnews.com/
about what is planned for the
property on John Street. Click on the Hicksville
Illustrated News icon and search for January 10th
THE DANCE - FEBRUARY 1958
My Husband and I are great ones for telling our
children that we used to "walk to school in
a snowstorm, both ways uphill.
At the moment it is -6 below, snowing and there
is a bear on our field that doesn't know he should
be hibernating. Suddenly I remember The Dance.
The Valentine Dance of 1958 at the High School was
one I will never forget. Living on Division Avenue
there were always kids from the Levitt Homes, Allied
Homes and Glen Brook Homes to walk to the School
with. So as people started to walk by the house
I fell in with the Group and off we went to The
Snow started to fall and none of us were concerned,
as blizzards on LI were not the norm.
About 35 or 40 of us showed up at the Gym and we
had to remove our shoes because they were wet. We
were surprised that not more students had attended
but thought possibly the snow kept them away.
Since we were a small group everyone danced with
everyone else. I never Lindy'd so much in my life.
At school we had our own cliques but at the dance
there weren't enough in attendance that night, there
were no cliques.
Some of the names I remember are Renee Siegel, Alberta
Montello, The Doino Brothers, Mike Fuchs, Barbara
Galindo and Mike Campanella. I am sorry that I cannot
remember everyone that was there. However, the camaraderie
that night was fantastic.
When The Dance was over and we walked out the door
there was snow in drifts everywhere. None of us
were really dressed for the mess we had to walk
thru. We all stayed together and were giddy with
the wonderful time we had and the lovely piles of
snow that we had to trudge thru.
When we reached my house my Mom said she could hear
our laughter from down the street. I was soaking
wet and freezing but didn't realize it until I got
into my house. We had so much fun that we didn't
realize we were wet and cold.
After that evening, whenever any of us passed in
the hall of the school, there was a great wave or
hello. We all remembered the magic of The Dance.
That night we were all equal and there were no cliques.
Somehow I feel the Newsletter is like that evening.
We are all from different groups and years in school
but we are all bonded now by the fact that we went
to Hicksville or lived in Hicksville and now we
are all one.
To everyone that receives this, I say heartfelt
thanks for all your interest in The Newsletter and
even tho we are all different, we are one.
The experience with the readers has been as wonderful
as The Dance.
Happy Valentines Day To You All. Linda Piccerelli
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A special note to the class of 1962...
click below to link to class of 1962 Reunions booklet
pictures that highlight your reunion held in August
2002 at the Imperial Manor in Bethpage
thanks.... newsletter staff
Is there anyone out there from the Class of 1963
doing anything about a 40-year reunion?
If so, your newsletter is happy to be of assistance.
Dear Hicksville Alumni from the Class of 1961
If we wait to have a 45th reunion, that will put
us into 2006. I think the time is ripe to have a
reunion later this year, 2003, or
early next year, 2004.
Reasons are obvious. We do not get younger, and
many of us realize the
dilemma. I am going to start a mailing list for
1961 and ask that every one from the class participate
in the compilation of this list.
Naturally, we need a name, an address, a home phone
number, a work phone number, and an alternate phone
number and an email address...(after we get the
list started we can add personal info).
That's a great place to start. A good idea is to
review your own list of who's who from 1961 and
make sure that the information you have is current.
If not, try to update to current. Send your list
via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
I will compile an overall listing and make updates
as we make changes. I want a complete listing of
all the classmates...if you know of any one who
has passed away; include that on your list. This
will not be an easy task, however, with the Internet
and various channels of search, it should be easier
than it was in 1981, remember that one O'Shaughnessey???
Plus, we ask the assistance of those classmates
in surrounding years to help...and brothers and
sisters of classmates...and whatever else anyone
Bob Casale, class of '61
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1. Charles Haley
2. Jerry Rice
3. John Riggins
4. Tim Smith
5. Jim Kelley
6. Joe Montana
Pat Koziuk Driscoll, 1956, FL
Linda Piccerelli Hayden, 1960, NJ
Bob Casale, 1961, HX and PA
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