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Volume 2 Number 9
Michael Calma, 1972
Stephanie Schlegel Manning, 1968 (CA)
Tom Chupka, 1970 (L.I.)
Robert Cazares, 1974 (WA)
Belated birthday wishes to Carl Chris Calma,
1976 (FL), May 1st
Emmett and Loretta Goodman, 42 years (FL)
Lynne (Boardman) and Walter Lehman
Tanya (Hawrylowicz) and John Radgowski (GA)
Belated anniversary wishes to June (Olsen) and
Ed Cullen, 33 years on May 19th (FL)
News and Notes
Spotlight: Carolyn Wood, Part 3
News and Notes
Dear HHS Newsletter,
Unbelievable! My computer sits next to a TV set
in my office and while I was reading the newsletter
and saw the article about Sal Mistretta (1962) and
his appearance as Attorney Jacobs on "Law and
Order" I realized it was on right now. So I
changed channels just as he was introduced as somebody's
lawyer! How lucky is that? Anyway, we hope to see
him at our upcoming reunion in August. (Details
in Reunions section. Ed.)
Thanks for a great newsletter and keep up the great
Joe Carfora '62
Even though I don't know most of the people you
refer to in your newsletter. I love receiving it.
Brings back memories. When I graduated in 1971,
I left Hicksville to attend the University of Bridgeport
and settled in Connecticut. Currently I am the Principal
at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, Connecticut.
I am urging the parents to form an alumni association
and have told them about this newsletter. They were
very excited and hopefully an alumni association
is in the works. I have suggested that, besides
a newsletter, they focus on one project - A "Wall
of Honor" - where a committee nominates alumni,
who have climbed the ladder of success in their
field, then 5 per year are chosen to be honored
at a dinner. Current student leaders would be invited
to the dinner to "rub elbows" with alumni
from all classes. A plaque with picture and bio
would be hung on the walls in the school. Hopefully
this will help our students strive to do their best
in whatever career they choose.
Well - I just wanted to say thank you for volunteering
to keep the memories of our high school years alive.
I share every issue with my siblings, they all graduated
from HHS after me...Helaine, Vincent, Larry and
Carol Ann. Don't ask me what years...I left and
never returned...LOL..can't remember...but I'll
have to get them on the computer and reading the
Arlene L. Gottesman
Class of 1971
Dear Sir or Madam,
May I please be put on your mailing list for the
Also, if you could please put in your newsletter,
if you have such a column or could create one for
Most Wanted Persons....
I have been searching for many years now for a
long lost friend from Hicksville a Rosemary Jonassen
or Jonasson. "Rose" used to live on HIETZ
Place, in the upper story of a duplex with her sister
and her Mother. Rose and I were best friends through
Hicksville Sr. High, (graduating class would be
that of 1975), but then I moved to Canada and Rose
was going to join the Rockettes and start a dancing
career, so we lost contact with each other shortly
after my move to Canada in summer of 1975. We used
to hang out with a Candy or Candace Cucci whose
Mom ran a dance studio in Hicksville. If Rose sees
this or anyone knowing how to contact her sees this
I would sincerely appreciate being put back in contact
with my dear, dear old friend whom I've been searching
for some 20+ years now.
Thank you for putting me on your mailing list and
if you could be so kind as to include the "looking
for" message above, I would be forever in your
Susan Greene Pawley, 1975 formerly of 35 8th St.,
Arlene (Andrade) Kamen and Victor Sahadachny got
engaged on May 5th 2002. They were reunited after
45years, thanks to Brooke Nelson, Wendy Karen &
Phil Fulco through Classmates.com & the upcoming
45th Reunion. Both are 1957 HHS graduates.
Arlene is a resident of Boynton Beach, Florida
and Vic is a resident of Bowie, Maryland. She is
retired and he will be retiring on October 11th,
2002 and moving down to Florida after attending
the 45th reunion on October 19th. A summer wedding
Jan Bartlett Wood (1973) writes to tell us that
her son Ryan's Eagle Scout Court of Honor will be
held at 2 pm., on Saturday June 22, 2002, at Holy
Family Catholic School Auditorium, the Church is
located on Newbridge Road (Route 106) in Hicksville,
Hello Sweeties and thanks for adding my name to
the list. I am Stephanie Schlegel, HHS Class of
'68. My birthday is June 2. I would love to hear
from others who graduated in 1966, 67 or 68. I am
particularly wondering if the Robert Gottlieb who
graduated in 1968 is the same Robert Gottlieb who
is publisher/editor of the New Yorker. Anybody know?
Hugs to all. Write to me.
Thanks for adding me to your mailing list. We spent
20 years in the army, retired and worked for the
Department of the Navy until 1985. We have been
living in Maine since 1976, in my wife's hometown
area. I look forward to hearing news from Hicksville.
Harvey Weiss 1947
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CLASS OF 1957
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.
10 Kendall Green Drive
Milford, CT 06460
Phone: (203) 878-7154
CLASS OF 1962
Saturday night, August 10, 2002, at the Imperial
Manor, 345 Hicksville Road, Bethpage, L.L., NY
Cocktails starting at 7:00 pm, Buffet Dinner Dance
at 8:00 pm with unlimited food and open bar!!
Cost is $80 per person, spouses, significant others
and guests of classmates are invited.
If interested, please contact Marcy Lipschutz Seus
(firstname.lastname@example.org), Karen Hubner Jenkins (email@example.com)
or Joe Carfora (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Our mailing went out in mid-March, but we are still
missing addresses. If you have the mailing and haven't
RSVP'd yet, please do so right away and mail your
CLASS OF 1992
Elizabeth "Liz" Jurgensen Comito and
Kristin Sneyd class of 1992 attended their 10-year
Hicksville High Reunion. Even though the girls did
not want to attend, their Moms persuaded them to
They had the best time! When will our children ever
listen to us? Kristin's Mom and Dad are Gail Cluxton
Sneyd and Tom Sneyd class of 1963. Liz's Mom is
Joyce Thorburn Jurgensen class of '67.
The girls have been friends since they were 2 years
old. They both attended East Street School. Kristin
was Liz's Maid of Honor and is now Godmother to
Liz's daughter Jessica.
By the way...This was the year Billy Joel was given
his diploma...Not even a flower was sent by him.
Joyce (Thorburn) Jurgensen (1967)
p.s. I feel so much older. My "baby" had
her 10 Year Hicksville High Reunion.
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Contributed by Linda Piccerelli Hayden (1961)
Q. 1 What occurs more often in December than any other
Q. 2 What separates "60 Minutes" on CBS from
every other TV show?
Q 3 Half of all Americans lives within 50 miles of
Q. 4 Most boat owners name their boats. What is the
most popular boat name requested?
Q. 5 If you were to spell out numbers, how far would
you have to go until you would find the letter "A"?
Q. 66 What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield
wipers and laser printers all have in common?
Q. 7 What is the only food that doesn't spoil?
Q. 8 There are more collect calls on this day than
any other day of the year?
Q. 9 What trivia fact about Mel Blanc (1908-1989, voice
of Bugs Bunny) is the most ironic?
Q. 10 What is an activity performed by 40% of all people
at a party?
Check answers here.
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Spotlight: Carolyn Wood, Part 3, by Bob Casale
Tom's new endeavor, the Night Riders rock band, was
continuing their impact at the Point. His new recruits,
Bill Jordan and Jimmy Walker, were on the scene and
rehearsals were an obvious necessity. The group had
all the right ingredients and the fact they had played
together for years solidified their performance. They
were an instant success and highly touted.
AUGUST 1966, Old Country Manor, Hicksville
The mellow sounds coming from somewhere else was wild,
a young couple thought. The sound of great music excited
their senses and they simply had to see who was responsible
for creating such a pleasurable sound. They exited the
room where a family get together was boring them to
tears. The sound they followed grew louder as they made
their way down the hallway. Inside the room next door,
a bridal party was rocking the walls in a fashion not
unfamiliar to a party. Strange to the couple was the
bride and groom performing for their wedding guests.
The two standing outside the entrance to this banquet
room were joined shortly by groups of people crowding
the hallway, eager to listen to the not so typical wedding
The formal wedding ceremony for Carolyn and Tommy was
at Holy Family Church on Newbridge Road. The reception
was at Old Country Manor located several blocks north
on Old Country Road. The affair, attended by about 80
guests, included several members of the West Point band.
At the reception, they did all the conventional things
like having pictures taken, cutting the cake and kissing
whenever the glasses chimed. They even hired a band
to play so they could relax and enjoy their special
day. In the excitement, however, they actually wound
up entertaining others at their own wedding and continued
alternating with the hired band. The trumpet and saxophone
players from the Night Riders joined in.
"Toward the end of 1966, my involvement with Tom
and his rock band became more intense," Carolyn,
remembers. " I had some exposure prior to getting
married and remember rehearsing with the group. I have
vivid memories of driving to West Point on Wednesday
to perform at the service club on post. I was usually
late for work Thursday morning, "Carolyn says with
a smile. This was a time when girl groups were getting
some serious recognition."
Big songs at the time were "Dancing in the Streets,
Words of Love and Walk on By"!
"The boys wanted to perform some of these sounds
so convinced me to don a mini skirt and put on white
boots and they even gave me a tambourine." Carolyn
said. "I was now background for Tom's lead songs
and a lead singer for the girl songs," Carolyn
chuckles when she remembers the outfit she wore. "You
wanna see a picture?"
"It gets better," she recalls. "They
had no keyboard or piano in the group and decided this
would be a good thing."
"Why don't you play the keyboard?" the boys
suggested. She was the only one not playing an instrument
(I guess Tambourine is not an instrument).
"After I stopped laughing, I noticed they weren't,"
"Hey, you guys are serious," she concluded.
The consensus of opinion was that Carolyn was good at
so many things, and she had the capacity to learn quickly,
why not learn the keyboard.
"Guess what," Carolyn asks? "I memorized
all the chords for all their current songs and continued
that trend for all subsequent songs and that was that!
I couldn't read music then and cannot, to this day."
"My exposure in dance prepared me for the success
our rock band experienced at West Point," Carolyn
remembered. "I was accustomed to performing in
front of groups and was in my glory when given the opportunity
at moving gracefully while dancing and singing...just
doing something I really enjoyed!"
As the days passed, the time that Carolyn and Tommy
would be "in the service" began to dwindle.
They had very serious intentions of continuing their
music when the military was behind them. There were
several ongoing discussions amongst the band members
from their high school days regarding focus and what
their long-term goals were. Carolyn and Tommy knew theirs
was precise, just the same as it had been for quite
some time and they needed reinforcement from their friends,
a sign that they were not alone.
"That came shortly when a series of visitors began
an invasion of our living quarters on base," Carolyn
remarked. "The visitors were band members we knew
well and who were equally targeted at a future in music.
Two of those friends were Richie Macioce and Jimmy Rosica.
"We rehearsed whenever we had time and it was convenient
for all or any of those involved', Carolyn said. "Here
we were, seven people, preparing to embark on a road
to success, and our combined goal was the fulfillment
of that vision." "I really believe that the
people who influenced us most were those cadets at the
point" she added.
"Their enthusiasm for us only amplified that deep
feeling of commitment. We started something small but
wanted more. I honestly think, too, that they were sad
to see us leave."
In January of 1968, Tom and Carolyn departed West Point,
bought a house in Selden and officially began civilian
life. It was a pleasant memory, the army, the Point...but
their mindset was establishing a musical career. Not
an easy task, but certainly worthy of their efforts.
"We rehearsed continuously," Carolyn remembers.
"We were in a hurry to get back into the public
eye, a trend that started in high school days but was
on vacation for several years."
The majority of sessions were at the homes of new members.
The band consisted of Tommy and Carolyn, Jimmy Rosica,
Shelly Davis, Joe Ruvio, Artie Cantanzarita, all from
Hicksville High, and Richie Macioce from Rockville Center.
Their concentration was on songs that were easily recognizable,
that impacted music and that most people enjoyed. Several
of those songs were, When Something Is Wrong With My
Baby (Sam and Dave), Keep An Eye On Summer (Beach Boys),
Cold Sweat (James Brown), A Girl Like You (The Rascals)
and Day Tripper (The Beatles). There were other songs
in their library, but this set they felt would most
benefit their presentation.
Betty Sperber, a successful manager of musical prospects,
with several well known groups as part of her entourage
of talent, had an idea. The highly competitive market
was rolling now and rock was at a new peak. The trend
was changing with a tendency toward a musical group
consisting of instrumentation and voice in a package.
Betty and other interested parties, decided to stage
a contest, a "Battle of the Bands" it would
be called, to get a look at talent in the metropolitan
New York area that could influence the rising trend
toward larger groups. They contracted to use the Cloud
Nine A-Go-Go on Route 110 in Farmingdale as the site
for the proposed battle. They established a tentative
date in early March and set the ball rolling. Advertisement
on radio and in local newspapers highlighted the upcoming
event. Featured performers that night were Johnny Maestro
and the Del Satins.
"We found out, through the grapevine, about the
"contest," Carolyn remembers. "We, the
band, felt confidant that our repertoire of music was
worthwhile and that the presentation was excellent.
We were eager to get involved and contacted the appropriate
parties and guaranteed a spot for us in the "Battle
of the Bands!"
They waited with nervous impatience for the night to
arrive. If you've ever participated in any type contest,
you can appreciate the feelings they all were experiencing.
Finally, on March 14, 1968, the night they anticipated
arrived. Little did they know that the performance they
were about to give would have a most serious impact
on all their lives, and their future.
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A. 1 Conception
A. 2 No theme song
A. 3 Their birthplace
A. 4 Obsession
A. 5 One thousand
A. 6 All invented by women
A. 7 Honey
A. 8 Father's Day
A. 9 He was allergic to carrots
A. 10 Snoop in your medicine cabinet
Pat Koziuk Driscoll, 1956, FL
Linda Piccerelli Hayden, 1960, NJ
Bob Casale, 1961, HX and PA
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