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Volume 2 Number 7

April Birthdays


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 Hayden, 1960

    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 live nearby.

    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 weather.

    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.

    Steve Schaiman

  • 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 it.

    Linda (Fichter)1965 and Dale Bennett

  • Robin Jacobson Rabin, class of 1971 sends the following invitation:

    "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 it!)"

  • 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 Enos.

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 School.

"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.


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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 us now.

    Thanks again.

    Karen Hubner Jenkins '62

  • CLASS OF 1957

    Contact Phil Fulco at

    The class of '57 reunion committee is looking for the following classmates:
    Russell Campion
    Mike Casamassima
    Sandra (George) Funk
    Richard Lambertson
    Kames LaSala
    Rosemarie (Leo) Magee
    Donald McPhee
    Stanley Miller
    Anne Marie Schiavone
    Mary J. (Roemaet) Sweeney
    Anna (Rowehl) Golumbowski
    Dave Stahl
    Louis Trocola

    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 airport.

    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.




    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 or Pat Koziuk Driscoll at 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 Sawyer.

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 the U.S.

11. 70% of Americans have visited Disneyland or Disney World

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 trees.

17. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

18. Eskimos never gamble or play games of chance in their igloos.

19. The youngest pope was 11 years old.

20. Proportional to their weight, men are stronger than horses.

21. Your nose and ears never stop growing.

22. The parachute was invented by Leonardo de Vinci in 1515.

23. They grow square watermelons in Japan, as they stack better.

24. Nearly 4,000 people are injured by teapots each year.

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 is 7X.

29. Most fatal car accidents in the United States occur on Saturday.

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 Mickey Mouse.

44. During the Vietnam War, the talks were postponed because of a debate over the shape of the bargaining table.

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 plummeted.

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 Americans.

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 alcohol.

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 production.

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" and "bump".

80. Marilyn Monroe had six toes on each foot.

81. If you keep Goldfish in a dark room, it will eventually turn white.

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 of coffee.

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 an hour.

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 of death.

97. Elvis Presley advertised burgers in 1954.

98. Boomerangs only travel in one direction.

99. Cowboys never notched their kills on their handgun butts.

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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