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Volume 2 Number 7
Bob DeMatteo, 1961
Frank Koziuk, 1967 MD
Ginny Frazer Caliguri, 1961 FL
Olga Yarish Jordan, (Westbury) 1951, Hicksville
Belated birthday wishes to Richard A. Calma,
March 29th, class of 1971, NY, Carolann Luisi
Saletto, March 16th, class of 1975, HX and Anton
Mure, March 14th. class of 1968, HX
News and Notes
April Fool's Day: 100 Useless Facts
News and Notes
Congratulations to Ryan Wood on his achievement
to earn the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts
of America. Ryan organized and helped in the cleanup
and refurbishing of the Tackapausha Preserve, located
in Seaford, NY. It was a big undertaking and the
young men under Ryans direction did a really great
job. The Eagle Scout award recognizes individuals
who demonstrate exemplary public service.
Ryan is the son of Janis (Bartlett) and Arthur Wood.
Jan (HHS 1973) and Woody (HHS 1968) have every right
to be very proud of Ryan. Ryan will graduate from
Hicksville HS this year.
Great Newsletter, guys!
The piece about Giese Florist was great; I lived
just about around the corner (on 9th St., off Lee
Ave.) and passed it on my way to my uncle &
aunt's house on North Drive -- which backed up to
the flower farm. Thanks for the memories.
June Olsen Cullen, 1958
There was another florist in town; my family used
them all the time - Boos up near Levittown Parkway.
Elaine Boos was a 1960 graduate. According to my
husband, Boos was founded by Jacob Boos (Elaine's
Grandfather). I believe they are still in Hicksville
but were sold some years ago. However, they still
retain the Boos name.
Also, there was Kraumenauckers (between Division
Ave & Newbridge Road). I believe they started
out as a nursery but also sold flowers. Linda Piccerelli
I'm Steve Schaiman '64 and after graduating from
the Univ. of Colorado in '68 I continued west and
went to Law school- Univ. of Calif. Hastings College
of Law and graduated in '71. I have been a criminal
defense lawyer in private practice in Redwood City
(20 miles south of San Francisco) for 30 years and
My wife and I met at the Univ. of Colorado ( I was
going out with her roommate at the time) and we
were married in San Francisco in 1969. She is a
nurse/diabetic educator. We have two children, Kari,
28 who recently married and Michael, 26. Both have
master's degrees- Kari in French from the Univ.
of Colorado and Michael, an MBA from Pepperdine
in Southern California. Both are doing well and
live nearby. It is hard to leave the California
We have lived in the same house for 25 years and
enjoy traveling, sports and being active. I still
play in two ice hockey leagues which helps me keep
weight down. I have not been back to Hicksville
in 20 years and I understand it has changed rather
markedly. I still miss Jones Beach! If there are
any transplanted folks here in Calif. I would love
to hear from them.
We have moved to Northwestern Ohio where Dale was
raised. Interestingly we're about 10 miles from
the other Hicksville. Both are named after members
of the same Hicks family. We're busy finishing a
new house and Linda's having a great time decorating
Linda (Fichter)1965 and Dale Bennett
Robin Jacobson Rabin, class of 1971 sends the following
"please visit my brand-spanking-new website:
which has info on my press, including two adult
contests, and eventually (since it's very much a
work in progress) will include literary links for
adults and kids. (If you have any programs navigating
the site, I hope you'll let me know, so I can fix
Edith Cohn Rutel, HHS 1947 would like to hear from
her classmates, especially Thelma Gellman and Marilyn
(Mickey) Simons. She has been living in California
since 1953. She is especially interested in reunions.
She was in Hicksville last summer and went to the
school but they did not have any records on reunions.
Edith also wrote:
"I went to Hicksville High School and in my
sophomore year we moved to Brooklyn. Didn"t
like it there so I commuted back to Hicksville,
via the subway and Long Island Railroad, every day
for a year and half and graduated with my class."
Drop a note to this newsletter if you would like
to contact Edith.
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Spotlight, 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
A few months back Bob and Linda suggested that we feature
an outstanding alumnus each month and bring us all up
to date on that person's life. Well we finally have
a volunteer, Carolyn Wood Imbrie, class of 1963.
Here is the first chapter of the Biography of Carolyn
Wood by Bob Casale.
In 1946, there were only a few roads that led eastward
on Long Island. A trip from Queens to Hicksville was
an experience one would remember vividly. As a matter
of fact, one roadway, the tree lined Horace Harding
Expressway, that would eventually become the Long Island
Expressway, was a "major" West to East roadway.
This popular "highway" would be a part of
a Queens family fantasy in the distant future.
A lot was happening in early 1946. The war was over
for almost a year and life in the United States was
returning to a certain amount of normalcy. An event
of the New Year occurred March 10th. That was the day
Carolyn Wood was born in the Flushing section of Queens.
Her early city life paralleled that of most children.
Discovering the outside world via the baby carriage,
then learning to walk and learning to talk. At the age
of three, her proud parents decided it was time for
Carolyn to begin socializing with other children. She
was enrolled in the Kaye Gorham Dance Studio in 1949.
Here, she enhanced her walking abilities with the introduction
of basic dance technique. Carolyn would continue improving
her skills throughout high school and beyond.
"I probably had a dance lesson just prior to
getting married," she said. Who would have known
at the time that it would be her exposure to "music"
that would catapult her to unimaginable heights? Her
parents, Peggy and Bob Wood, enjoyed city life but wanted
more for their children. The openness of the suburbs
was attractive, so they opted to move the family to
Hicksville in 1954.
They probably followed the moving truck in a caravan
down the Horace Harding and into Hicksville.
"My family bought a house in Glenbrook Estates
that was near to Hicksville High School," she said.
"We lived at 1 Boulevard Drive, right on the corner
of Glenbrook Road. I remember that proximity to the
school didn't prevent me from being late!" About
this time, Carolyn knew a great deal about dance but
wanted desperately to hone her skills. She was traveling
back and forth to Queens, after the move, to continue
her lessons, and it was very inconvenient.
"I studied at various dance schools on Long Island,
but Kaye Gorham and Joyce Louise were the significant
ones in my life," Carolyn said. "I was in
my teens when I switched to the Joyce Louise School
of Dance in Hicksville on a permanent basis."
"Dad built a studio with a hardwood floor in the
basement of our split level house, she said. "This
allowed me to practice at home whenever I wasn't attending
dance classes." Eventually, this finished basement
would serve as Carolyn's own teaching studio.
The routine at Joyce Louise incorporated ideas that
were new to Carolyn and broadened her perspective in
dance. Eventually, Joyce asked Carolyn to be her part
time receptionist, and that solidified a growing respect
they had for each other. Like Carolyn, Joyce was a student
of Kaye Gorham before she opened her own studio.
Carolyn attended Lee Avenue School for the remainder
of third grade after the move from Queens. She started
the 1954 school year at St. Michael's School in Flushing.
It wasn't long before she accustomed herself to a different
environment. Some neighborhood friends that helped her
forget about Queens were Jane Ziegler, Carol Gwiazda,
Lynn Neuberger, Ann Miller, Jeff Goldstein, Margo and
brother Paul Schwartz, Gary Gold and Bruce and Gary
She participated in talent shows and was part of the
chorus, but most of her out of school time was devoted
to dance and voice lessons. She had visions of bigger
and better things and would work hard toward that goal.
"I remember Gary Gold walking me home from Lee
Avenue School," Carolyn said. " I really didn't
give it much thought at the time. He probably carried
my books, too, because he was interested in me and this
was a chance for him to be with me. However, my first
crushes were for Bobby Kiernan and Perry Richmond."
Sorry about that, Gary.
Carolyn continued dancing and singing and the years
passed. She entered Hicksville Junior High School in
the fall of 1957 after graduating from Lee Avenue Grade
"Junior High School was "not" one of
the highlights of my illustrious career," Carolyn
says. "I can remember many years of insecurity
in my life with junior high at the head of that list."
It was probably part of major changes she was experiencing.
Part of growth is insecurity and that trait is not unusual
in most kids. Carolyn recalls an incident where she
was in a head to head contest with another student.
"Arnie Yanof was a good student and a competitor
of mine in the classroom. We both were finalists in
Ovid Hively's class spelling bee. Arnold beat me!"
Although it wasn't an earth shattering experience, it
was part of the insecurity of maturing.
TO BE CONTINUED
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CLASS OF 1955
If you should ever hear anything about a re union
class of 55 please let me know. When we moved to
Virginia I had made it a point to let Rich Hogan
know where we were. With his passing do not know
if anyone is planning something. It would probably
be in 05 that would make it our 50th. There was
nothing as far as I know for 2000 the 45th year.
Still keep in touch with some of the classmates.
Keep up the good work. If anyone ever is looking
for the class of 55 give them my mailing address.
Thanks, Ray Muller
CLASS OF 1967
Frank Koziuk asks if anyone knows of plans for a
35-year reunion. Anybody out there from the class
of 1967? Please drop a note to this newsletter and
maybe we can get something started.
CLASS OF 1962
Hi, Thanks for adding me to the list. The newsletter
has helped us on the '62 reunion committee to reach
people. We've gotten over 200 addresses so far,
and still waiting for some people to respond.
So thanks for your help. We're making a "list"
and checking it 2 or 3 times. Addresses we received
as ''current" changed the week we got them
because people moved again! If anyone knows anyone
from the class of '62 they should get in touch with
Karen Hubner Jenkins '62
CLASS OF 1957
Contact Phil Fulco at email@example.com
The class of '57 reunion committee is looking for
the following classmates:
Sandra (George) Funk
Rosemarie (Leo) Magee
Anne Marie Schiavone
Mary J. (Roemaet) Sweeney
Anna (Rowehl) Golumbowski
The last known addresses we had proved to be no
good. If anyone knows of the whereabouts of any
of them have them contact me. We'd like to invite
them to the reunion in October.
The final details of the reunion are as follows:
Saturday, October 19, 2002 at the Islandia Marriott
(exit 58 of the L.I.E.), cocktails at 7 p.m., dinner
to follow. Cost is $65 per person. Hotel is giving
us a discount rate for those who wish to stay there,
including free transportation to and from MacArthur
We'll also be meeting for brunch on Sunday morning,
before everyone heads home. Invitations have been
sent to all the classmates whose street addresses
we have. We're still waiting to hear back from some
of those registered on Classmates.Com.
ALL-YEARS REUNION IN FLORIDA
October 12th is the date and Orlando is the place
but a restaurant or banquet hall has not yet been
selected. Please send your name and address to Kathy
(Cookie) Koziuk Hannaman at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Pat Koziuk Driscoll at email@example.com
if you think you might be interested in attending.
A special thank you to Lee Lincoln (1961) for his
help in researching hotels and facilities.
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April Fool's Day - 100 Useless Facts
To celebrate April Fools Day, here are 100 useless
facts for you trivia buffs: (Thanks to Tanya Hawrylowicz
Radgowski, 1962, for sending these on to us)
1. Barbie's measurements if she were life-size: 39-23-33
2.Coca-cola was originally green.
3.Every day, more money is printed for Monopoly than
for the U.S. Treasury.
4.The Hawaiian alphabet has only 12 letters.
5. First novel ever written on a typewriter was Tom
6. It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but it will
not follow downstairs.
7. American Airlines saved $440,000 in 1987 by eliminating
one olive from each salad served in first class.
8. Hong Kong is the City with the most Rolls Royce motorcars.
9. In Alaska more people walk to work than any other
state in the US.
10. At any given hour 61,000 people are airborne over
11. 70% of Americans have visited Disneyland or Disney
12. James Buchanan was the only President of the USA
who remained a bachelor.
13. Eleanor Roosevelt was the only first lady to carry
a loaded revolver.
14. President Jimmy Carter discovered a new proof for
the Pythagorean Theorem
15. The Hummingbird is the only bird that can fly backwards
16. In the Caribbean, there are oysters that can climb
17. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in
18. Eskimos never gamble or play games of chance in
19. The youngest pope was 11 years old.
20. Proportional to their weight, men are stronger than
21. Your nose and ears never stop growing.
22. The parachute was invented by Leonardo de Vinci
23. They grow square watermelons in Japan, as they stack
24. Nearly 4,000 people are injured by teapots each
25. At birth, a baby has 305 bones instead of the 206
of an adult.
26. Many eighteenth-century sailors tattooed a crucifix
on their back in hopes of deterring the Captain from
having them flogged with the cat 'o' nine tails.
27. If all the veins, capillaries, and arteries, in
your body were stretched out end to end, they would
cover 62,000 miles.
28. The code name for Coca-cola's secret ingredient
29. Most fatal car accidents in the United States occur
30. According to superstition, if your palms itch, you
will soon receive unexpected money.
31. A foreign visitor may have difficulty counting American
coins because they have no numerical markings on them.
32. A bishop is allowed to have seven crosses on his
tomb, a priest five, and an ordinary person one.
33. During the Vietnam War, the Pentagon commissioned
the Ace of Spades playing card to G.I.s. The cards were
placed everywhere, especially on the dead; the Vietcong
had a morbid fear of this card.
34. Your nose humidifies and filters about 500 cubic
feet of air each day.
35.The elephant is the only animal with four knees.
36. A person must be missing for seven years in the
U.S. before he can be pronounced dead.
37. Big Ben is neither a clock nor a tower. It is the
largest and heaviest of the clock's bells.
38. Walt Disney's first cartoon character was Oswald
the Lucky Rabbit, NOT Mickey Mouse.
39. The German award that is equivalent to the Oscar
is called the Otto and is annually given to the country's
most popular actor.
40. The Great Wall of China is the only man-made structure
visible from space.
41. Clark Gable's wife, Carole Lombard, was the first
American woman killed in World War II.
42. The airplane that dropped the bomb at Hiroshima
was named after the pilot's mother, Enola Gay.
43. The password for the D-Day Invasion of 1944 was
44. During the Vietnam War, the talks were postponed
because of a debate over the shape of the bargaining
45. Bamboo can grow up to 35 inches in a single day.
46. A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.
47. At Henry VIII's death bed, his competent physicians
did not report him as ill because it would have been
considered as high treason.
48. Franklin Roosevelt always slept with a loaded gun
under his pillow.
49. Marco Polo introduced pasta to Italy from China
in the 13th century.
50. F.B.I head, J. Edgar Hoover never let anyone walk
on his shadow.
51. Fidel Castro tried out for the Washington Senators
(now the Minnesota Twins) and was rejected.
52. Shirley Temple received 135,000 presents on her
eighth birthday in 1936.
53. When Clark Gable removed his shirt in a 1934 scene
of "It Happened One Night," he was not wearing
an undershirt. Because of this, undershirt retail sales
54. As a boy, Cary Grant was expelled from school from
trying to sneak into the girls' bathroom.
55. The odds against a golfer sinking a hole-in-one
are 300,000 to 1.
56. The word "set " has the most definitions;
58 noun uses, 126 verb uses, and 10 uses as an adjective.
57. A jumbo jet uses 4,000 gallons of fuel to take off.
58. A shark can detect one part of blood in 100 million
parts of water, from a mile away.
59. A toothpick is the object most often choked on by
60. Singer MC Hammer has spent $68,000 on mirrors.
61. Constant blows strengthen a hammer.
62. 6,000 adults each year are injured by their pajamas.
63. Joseph Stalin wore platform shoes. He was only 5
feet 4 ins. tall.
64. Skunk spray can sometimes glow in the dark.
65. Butch Hop-a-Long Cassidy only drank milk he hated
66. The reason that the Ford Model T was only produced
in black was because black was the only color paint
available that would dry fast enough to keep up with
67. Every year about 4,000 people are injured by computers.
68. Captain Kirk's middle name was Tiberius.
69. There is a 68% chance that the average hockey player
will lose one or more teeth.
70. ' The Cure for Insomnia ' the world's longest movie,
ran for 85 hours.
71. Charlie Chaplin once anonymously entered a Charlie
Chaplin look-alike contest. He lost.
72. Centuries ago, Noah Webster rewrote the Bible; changing
all of the words he thought were naughty.
73. The first telephones did not have bells and were
connected all the time. In order to summon someone to
the phone, the caller would yell "Ahoy" into
the open line.
74. A rhinoceros horn is made of compacted hair.
75. The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar
and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.
76. Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties
are registered blood donors.
77. Donald Duck comics were banned in Finland because
Donald doesn't wear pants. (But yet when he comes out
of a shower, he always wears a towel around his waist?)
78. More people are killed by donkeys annually than
are killed in plane crashes.
79. Shakespeare invented the words "assassination"
80. Marilyn Monroe had six toes on each foot.
81. If you keep Goldfish in a dark room, it will eventually
82. During a naval battle in the 1880s, a Uruguayan
ship ran out of cannonballs and began firing Dutch cheeses
at an enemy ship. Several of the cheese balls scored
direct hits, killing several sailors and forcing the
other ship to retreat.
83. Sean Connery has a tattoo on his right arm that
reads, "Mum and Dad."
84. Before becoming an actress, Mia Farrow wanted to
be a nun.
85. Paul Newman normally eats watermelon in the shower.
86. Count Dracula movie star Bela Lugosi was dressed
as Count Dracula when he was buried.
87. The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
88. You share your birthday with at least 8,995,000
other people in the world.
89. Only one person in two billion will live to be 116
years or older.
90. If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months, and 6 days,
you would have produced enough energy to heat one cup
91. The human heart creates enough pressure when it
pumps out blood to the body to squirt it out 30 feet.
92. Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories
93. You are more likely to be killed by a champagne
cork than by a poisonous spider.
94. A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
95. Presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson's description
of religious freedom: "Some of us worship in churches,
some in synagogues, some on golf courses."
96. More people are afraid of spiders than they are
97. Elvis Presley advertised burgers in 1954.
98. Boomerangs only travel in one direction.
99. Cowboys never notched their kills on their handgun
100. There are only 99 facts in this list.
Pat Koziuk Driscoll, 1956 (FL)
Linda Piccerelli Hayden, 1960 (NJ)
Bob Casale, 1961 (HX & PA)
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