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Volume 2 Number 6
Den Collins 1953, L.I
Vicky Penner Whitaker 1958, IL
Joyce Gabrielsen Casale, PA
Jed Schaiman 1959
Jeff White 1973, CA
Janis Bartlett Wood 1973, L.I
Belated birthday wishes to Mike Soblick, Feb.
11th, Class of 1974
St. Patrick was not Irish. He was
British, probably Welsh, and never saw Ireland
until kidnapped by Irish raiders. After his escape,
he became a priest and a bishop and returned to
Ireland as a missionary. His success made him
patron saint of Ireland.
St. Patrick's Day was celebrated
for the first time in America on March 17, 1737,
when the Charitable Irish Society, a Protestant
group founded that same year, organized a non-religious
celebration honoring St. Paddy. It originated
in Ireland as a religious holiday honoring the
arrival of St. Patrick in 432 A.D. and his death
on March 17, 464 A.D.
Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley commemorated St.
Patrick's Day in 1965 by pouring 100 pounds of
emerald green dye into the Chicago River.
New York City's Empire State Building's world
famous tower lights are turned off every night
at midnight with the exception of New Year's Eve,
New Year's Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day,
and St. Patrick's Day, when they are illuminated
until 3 a.m.
News and Notes
You Can't Make This Stuff Up!
Whatever Happened To?
News and Notes
Most of us remember Ralph Kramden telling his wife
"To the moon, Alice!" That is if you are
old enough to remember Jackie Gleason and the Honeymooners.
Well soon there will be an affordable way to do
this thanks to corporate America. The following
came from Ken Strafer, class of 1962:
my Corporation E-Prime Aerospace, is working
with NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF)
to build a scaled down solid rocket launch vehicle
to offer several Universities and High School students
a chance to "Explore Space" with a low
earth orbit (actually high altitude) mission in
mid-October. The launch site may be Wallops Island,
Virginia or Kennedy Space Center. The 65-pound student
payload will be launched by our LOFT 2A vehicle.
This is drawing a lot of attention from the Federal
side and needless to say, from the schools
we are negotiating with at present. There is a $5.00
launch fee for each school to participate; rules
say we can't do it for free and oh yes, it does
cost a lot more to get the package up there, about
$20,000 per pound.
This is the second in a series of "inspiration
programs" conducted by E-Prime Aerospace. E-Prime
has offices in Titusville, Florida, Atlanta, and
Washington DC. Overseas launch sites are in Brazil
and on Ascension Island in the Atlantic Ocean."
I received the following true story from Jan Bartlett
Wood (1973) in reply to a joke I sent to her about
police K-9 dogs. She kindly gave permission to share
it with all of you. PKD
I got a good laugh... It also reminded me of a similar
incident that actually happened when I was in the
Transit P.D. K-9 unit.
My driver that particular day had a dog that would
go bonkers if any one came near our (marked) van.
The dog that was in a cage in the rear of the van
would bark and jump around so much that the van
would literally shake and rock back and forth. Well
we responded to a call of a disorderly crowd, which
turned out to be a demonstration. There were thousands
of people and we were in the middle of this craziness.
We got out of the van to size up the situation.
Suddenly the dog must have sensed all the people
and went bonkers. The van shook so violently a lady
from the crowd turned to my driver and asked what
you got in there pointing to the van. My driver
without skipping a beat and with a straight face
said Mountain Lion Ma'am.
Well she looked back at the van and ran yelling
for everyone to get outta there... them police got
MOUNTAIN LIONS!!!! And they'll turnum loose.
Dear Pat, Bob & Linda:
Just wanted to make sure you know that I'm living
in Florida, altho we're a few hours south of Tampa.
At the moment however, we're visiting Tony's brother
and sister in New Port Richey. We had gone up to
Siesta Key off Sarasota to spend a couple days on
the beach with our motor home. Monday, the wind
was fierce, but the weather settled down for Tuesday
and early Wednesday prior to our leaving. We'll
be back on Pine Island (off Fort Myers) Friday as
I'm playing in the bell choir at church this weekend.
A few years back I had attended a Hicksville Reunion
with my Mom in the Port St. Lucie area. I walked
in the hall and saw no one from my generation. I
asked Mom if she remembered how to get back to the
motel and then "bellyed up to the bar".
That was the only way to tolerate the comments about
my Mom's friends remembrances of "changing
my diapers", etc.
Always glad to get the Newsletter. Especially since
"SOMEONE" dumped ALL my addresses and
Thanks, Clem (Carolyn Baldwin) Moors, Class of '61
What a pleasant surprise to hear that there is
a Hicksville newsletter. A 1962 classmate added
me to the list and I'm thrilled to hear there is
going to be a reunion in August of this year. I
missed the only other reunion in 1987 because my
daughter became ill the day before we were leaving
Please continue to send the "news" and
pass on a "Hello" to all my old friends
from the class of "62.
Steve Baum, living in Pennsylvania, E-mail: SBaum@voicenet.com
Received the following note from Jeff Rowohlt (1969)
who is now living in Australia. His new address
The cyclone was right at the top of our state.
If you can imagine 1/3 of the USA (Cal, Ore, Wash,
Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Col,Utah,Arizona and New
Mex) that is the size of the state I live in. We
live on the southwest corner (like LA) and the cyclone
was near the top of Montana. My daughter works up
in the Northwest of the state (where we have a very
big iron ore and natural gas industry) and they
had been put on cyclone warning. The top half of
our state is pretty unpopulated so not a lot of
damage occurs. Unfortunately there was a little
town (Pardoo) in the way as the cyclone crossed
the coast. It was pretty well destroyed. Ironically
the cyclone was named Chris and that is the name
of my oldest son. He is in Austria snowboarding
at the moment. His sister said trust Chris even
when he isn't here he is still causing havoc.
That's for the newsletter and keep them coming.
I have caught up with a few friends and am still
trying to contact others.
Jeff and Jude
Jeffrey White, Class of 1973 is busy again. Not
only is he starring in "The Sound of Music"
but is directing it as well. If anyone is out his
way we hope you can stop by and catch a performance.
The Rock Church of Temecula Valley presents "The
Sound of Music", March 7th, 8th & 9th,
and March 14th, 15th and 16th. General Admission
Tickets are $5.00 and children 3 & under are
free. For tickets you can contact (909) 304-1076
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Links, by Bob Casale
These links are something I've been working on for
awhile. Please enjoy...if there are any questions, ask
Love to You all...Buffalo Bob Casale
The below link shows a satellite picture of the
World Trade Center, Ground Zero - http://coolcat.com/WTC/
In my yahoo album site below, click on individual
albums to view the various pictures.
Family, HHS 1961, Pets, USS Memorial, Work and World
Trade Center are clickable at present...
The below link is the official, Award Winning website
of the USS LIBERTY Veterans Association. Learn about
the deliberate attack by Israel against an unarmed
United States navy ship sailing in international
waters and the subsequent cover-up by our government.
Scroll the different areas and get significant information.
There is a section List of Casualties. We are in
the process of creating individual biographical
sketches of those killed with pictures of each of
our shipmates. You can click on the link below to
get there quickly... http://ussliberty.org/casualty.htm
Below is a site that shipmate Joe Glockner administers
and it is about the Navy Security Group...
Once here, you can scroll down and look at the
entire website.... the link below is specifically
about the Navy Security Group Activity on Cyprus
over the years...
The below link goes directly to Bob Casale's Cyprus
The link below goes directly to a story Bob Casale
wrote about an experience that occurred during the
1964 Greek & Turkish Cypriot uprising...
I loaded all the photos from the USS LIBERTY first
cruise onto Yahoo. It's great and when you use the
slide show feature, it makes for easy viewing with
no effort. I will continue to add pictures to that
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You Can't Make This Stuff Up!
By Linda Piccerelli Hayden
In future Newsletters, we would like some feedback
from you folks out there on our newest column. I am
sure that in this day and age, many of you would have
a contribution to this.
A local towing company advertised with the State
Unemployment Bureau for an opening for a tow truck
driver. The State called the towing company and
said they were sending a man over for an interview.
His wife had to drive him to the interview as he
had a DUI and lost his license.
A Voice Menu at a very large corporation had an
Employee Directory that only went from M to Z. They
said they had nothing for A thru L and the party
I needed had a last name that started with a G.
The Operator couldn't give me my party's number
has she said they had no printed directory.
Two months ago a customer with an overdue account
was called. This was after several Statements went
out to him. He said he would get a check out immediately.
Well he did, only he faxed it to me. The Bank got
a chuckle out of it.
A friend wanted to buy a Game Boy as a Christmas
Present for her Godchild. It was a hot item and
she could not obtain it anywhere - everyone was
sold out. One Sunday, before Christmas, she read
that a local store had them on sale that day. She
was first in line before the doors opened. When
the store did open she ran to the counter and was
told, "Sorry we're sold out"
American Express sent brochures about obtaining
Gift Certificates as Holiday Gifts for customers.
They could be obtained at many banks. I picked a
bank that was not too far away and went in to pick
up several. When I went to pay with my Am Ex Corp.
Card, I was told, "We don't accept American
Okay folks, lets hear it. Linda
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What Ever Happened To? Pat Koziuk Driscoll
I remember playing in the fields behind Giese Florist
and picking through the discarded flowers behind the
greenhouse. My friends and I sold the best ones to passing
motorists in front of my house. Recently, I saw a Giese
Park on a map of Hicksville and wrote to Joyce Thorburn
Jurgensen, 1967. I received a reply from Joyce and wrote
to her again after I received the following note from
my cousin. Maybe there are more of us who would like
to know about Giese Florist.
The other day I was looking back in time, and it occurred
to me that Giest florist was the only one I seem to
remember. I seems that everybody used them when they
Well, I was wondering if Gieses is still in Hicksville,
or did it die out like everything else did? How about
asking if anybody knows if it is still there, and who
runs it. I know I went to school with Wes Giese.
Tanya Hawrylowicz Radgowski, 1962
Then I heard from Ellen Boos Brewer (1954)
Hi Pat -
Joyce Jurgensen e-mailed your message regarding the
Giese Florist. They had sold the business to someone
and the last I remember, the florist store was in one
of Robert Chevrolet's strip stores. Alton and Wesley
Giese owned the florist and I'm assuming the Wes Giese
you referred to was one of the sons. The elder Giese
guys would be in their late 70's or so. (They are distant
cousins of my family). I know Alton's daughter as she
is a member of my church and Mr. and Mrs. attend at
times. They live out in Southampton or so. Not sure
if Wesley is alive. I can't remember whom they sold
the business to, but I do remember the gal who bought
the business. Hope some of the above helps. Ellen
Yes, the Giese property on Lee Avenue is now a town
park with the swings, etc. Large piece of property.
I'm not sure if the town of Oyster Bay "bought"
the property or Giese gave it - I strongly doubt that
the property was "given" to the Town. As far
as I know, there isn't a "Giese Florist" in
Hicksville. I think the gal that bought the business
just closed it. Hope this info helps you. E
So now we know!
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CLASS OF 1962
The 40th reunion will be held on August 10, 2002
at the Imperial Manor in Bethpage, beginning at
Contact: Joe Carfora:
firstname.lastname@example.org or any of the committee members,
which were listed in last months newsletter.
We received the following note and apologize to
In the last issue of the newsletter, Sue Mruz was
listed with the wrong e-mail address. The correct
This is in regards to the Class of '62 Reunion.
Bob Dierker 1962
CLASS OF 1957
Plans are underway for a late October 45th Reunion.
Contact: Phil Fulco: email@example.com who sent
the following note;
Well, it looks like the reunion is rolling along.
As most of you know, I've put out an invitation
to all the folks registered on Classmates.com. Some
have responded and I'm sure we'll hear from more.
I'm also going to send out by regular mail an invitation
to those whose address I have.
Pat, I'm asking you to put something in the newsletter
again. We especially need a couple of people who
are still on L.I. to help with arrangements.
For those who are close by, how about getting in
touch with me and let's plan to get together soon.
A couple of hours in person together and I think
we can get a little better organized. We could meet
on the Island somewhere. How about exchanging phone
numbers where we can contact each other. If anyone
is available during the day, I can call from my
office. I also have a toll free number you can use
to get me. It's 1-800-286-5000. If you wait for
the operator, just ask for extension 3486 in Berlin
(CT). Or you can follow the menu and push 2, then
the tie-line number 701 and extension 3486. I'm
in the office from around 7 till 3 or so.
Tuesday, I'll be in New Hampshire all day.
What do you guys think about having the party on
a Saturday night at a hotel and making arrangements
for the out-of-towners to maybe get a deal on rooms?
Then we could see about a brunch before we head
home on Sunday. I'd suggest a buffet with a cocktail
hour first and cash bar. A D.J. for music would
probably be sufficient. Any other ideas?
Hope to talk to a couple of you soon. We'll keep
the rest informed as plans develop.
Kathy (Cookie Koziuk) Hannaman, class of 1960 has
stepped forward to co-chair the Florida reunion
committee. (Since she is my sister, I guess that
makes me the other chairperson-PKD) She is doing
the groundwork to locate a suitable place to get
together. Saturday, October 12th has been suggested.
It is the start of a three-day weekend. Suggestions
are welcome. Contact Cookie at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or Pat at: email@example.com.
We really do need to know just how many people would
be interested, so please drop us a note ASAP.
CLASS OF 1956
Thanks to Jack DeVaul, Arline Barna and John Sherin
for identifying the people in the photos of the
45th reunion. Jack also sent a collage of photos
from the 40th reunion in 1996. You can view them
There are pictures from the 1956 yearbook in the
Class of 1956 Album so you can see the people as
they were then and now.
Pat Koziuk '56
Linda Piccerelli '60
Bob Casale '61
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