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Volume 2 Number 10
Wendy Karen Stuart, 1957 (MA)
Louis Sirocusa, 1968 (NH)
Eileen Greenberg Ingala, 1961 (KY)
James Roedecker, 1966
Tanya Hawrylowicz Radgowski, 1962 (GA)
Jeanette Martello Lupis, 1959 (FL)
Linda Piccerelli Hayden, 1960 (NJ)
Belated birthday wishes to:
6/4 - Mike Rosenwasser, 1964 (GA)
6/14 - Butch Allan, 1960
6/23 - Harvey Weiss, 1947 (ME)
Harry and Sue Athenas (L.I.)
Linda (Piccerelli) and Claude Hayden (NJ)
Bob and Joyce (Gabrielsen) Casale (PA) - 36 years
June 1 - Jack and Cindy DeVaul, 39 years (L.I.)
June 24 - Harvey and Shirley Weiss (ME) - Belated
but special wishes for 51 years.
The Children of Carl ("Cal" or Calegero)
and Adella Calma will be celebrating their parents'
50th wedding anniversary on July 5, 2002. Carl
and Adella have 5 children, 4 grandchildren and
2 great-grandchildren (with one more on the way!).
Carl leads Long Island swing band "The Second
Chance Band" and Adella still is employed
at Vision World in Levittown.
From the Editors
News and Notes
Spotlight: Carolyn Wood, Part 4
From the Editors
Dear Classmates...Class of 1962
We posted your reunion information onto the WCBS-FM
site...Roy Garman and Sue Hodges are listed as contacts...don't
know if anyone can thread their way to the site,
but who knows??? The Shadow knows... click on the
Warm regards...Your Editors
To view Hicksville High School Albums on the Classmates.com
website, click on the following link....
Once there, click on Hicksville under My Schools,
then click on School Photo Albums. This will bring
you to a screen that lists the many albums that
are there for your enjoyment. Find one you like
or look at all the albums. You can even create one
yourself...it's easy. If there is something you
would like to see included, please advise the newsletter
editors. We would appreciate some feedback from
you so that our effort at posting pictures is not
I ran track from Eighth grade until I graduated
from high school. I don't have one picture of myself
in a track uniform nor anything from when I was
competing. How many others of you don't have any
photos? Guaranteed, someone out there has at least
one picture that shows me running in a race somewhere!?!?
I thought there was a film that Henry Landau made
at one of the meets in 1960. Does anyone have a
picture of Bob Casale running (and I don't mean
running away from Joyce Gabrielsen, my wife of 36
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News and Notes
There was a story in NEWSDAY about the opening
of the Cradle of Aviation Museum at Mitchel Field.
There was a link to the story and hopefully it still
Diane Anselmo, wife of former Hicksville resident,
Rear Admiral Philip Anselmo, has published her first
book, Women's Choices, Women's Lives. The book resulted
from interviews with over 100 women and offers a
"personal workshop" format that inspires
and encourages women to examine their own choices
and the tools to change the paradigms that affect
those choices. The stories of 30, not so ordinary,
women in the book, ages 18 to 71 who are stay at
home mothers to executives in Fortune 100 companies,
teaches women how to begin the journey to make those
"I began interviewing women three years ago,
and discovered what women want to hear is very simple:
I've been where you have been, struggled with making
choices and here is what I have learned. Whether
women are dealing with choices due to a painful
divorce, death of a loved one, illness, children,
career, or the search for something more, the journey
remains the same - women want to overcome that sense
of powerlessness and regain their freedom. Women
want to hear that someone, just like them, made
the journey of difficult choices, prevailed, and
this is how they did it."
DIANE'S TWENTY YEARS WITH A COMPETITIVE FORTUNE
100 COMPANY LED HER FROM THE MANUFACTURING FLOOR
TO THE BOARDROOM. THE IMPETUS FOR THIS BOOK CAME
AS A RESULT OF HER OWN TOUGH CHOICES WHEN SHE ENTERED
THIS MALE-DOMINATED INDUSTRY IN 1981. HER ABILITY
TO MAKE THE CHOICE TO EMBRACE THE CULTURE AND FIGHT
THROUGH THE BARRIERS RESULTED IN A SERIES OF PERSONAL
AWARDS FOR ACHIEVEMENT AND INNOVATION. DIANE LEFT
CORPORATE AMERICA IN 1999 TO WRITE WOMEN'S CHOICES,
WOMEN'S LIVES. SHE CURRENTLY FACILITATES WORKSHOPS
AND DISCUSSION GROUPS ABOUT WOMEN'S CHOICES IN THE
MARYLAND AND VIRGINIA AREA.
Women's Choices, Women's Lives is available from
www.Barnesandnoble.com or by ordering from your
Philip and Diane reside in Crownsville, Maryland
and have two children Christopher and Elizabeth.
(You can view a photo of Diane and Phil in the class
of 1958 photo album on classmates.com - ED)
MIDLIFE CRISIS, Hicksville's Only Band (as they
bill themselves) has a busy July schedule. Friday,
July 12th they will be at BETHPAGE SINGLETON'S outdoor
patio from 6:00 'till 11:00 pm. $10 admission gets
1 free drink and all you can eat BBQ.
July 20th they will be performing at the Annual
Rock'N'Roll BBQ at St. Ignatius in Hicksville.
July 27th they will be at DELANEY'S PUB.
Thanks again for the usual great job of putting
this newsletter together, and thanks for mentioning
my brothers birthdays. It was also great to see
the letter from Arlene Gottesman. I have a memory
that I hope someone can help me out with. I remember
in 1967 or 1968 a Battle of the Bands that was held
in the Junior High Gym. It featured only 3 bands
to my recollection. One I can't recall the name
of, another; Hadrian Decree featured an old girlfriend,
Lynn Barker (of Miller Road) as lead singer (thereason
I went to see the battle) and the last band, that
turned out to bethe winner was, I believe, The Hassels.
Could this have been Billy Joel'sgroup? Does anyone
else remember this competition? I remember up to
about 1985 seeing an old panel van marked Hadrian
Decree parked, overgrown with weeds in a lot on
South Broadway. So much for my memories.
Rich Calma, class of 71
I saw my classmate Arlene Gottesman's ('71) note
in the June Hicksville Newsletter, and not only
wanted to say hello, but also to make a suggestion
about how to get more or us '71ers (and any other
class, for that matter) to know about the newsletter
and send in news. I only found about this newsletter
when I was searching the 'Net to find ways to publicize
a youth literary contest which my husband (Kenn
Rabin, '70) and I sponsor and judge. Arlene, I figure
six degrees of separation (which my mother calls
"Jewish geography") will work as well
here as anywhere else, so if we all tell one or
two people we're still in touch with, this could
become a great way of learning about and communicating
with one another without dealing with those nasty
Classmate forums (Delphi and one other, I believe),
which anyone can read -- if you can stand the constant
ads flashing -- but which you have to pay for in
order to be a contributor. So.... Hello to Arlene,
and thanks to Pat, Linda, and Bob for keeping us
all in touch.
Robin Jacobson, '71
Publisher, True North Press
PO Box 177
San Anselmo, CA 94979-0177
Another great job on the newsletter! I've become
a real fan.
Arlene Gottesman's note regarding the idea of a
Wall of Honor at her high school, followed by an
annual dinner with 5 notable alums and current student
leaders is a terrific idea! HHS has many notable
alumni who have accomplished much in their careers,
such as Billy Joel, to name just one.
This made me think; 1) Do you share the newsletter
with the current principal and staff at HHS? 2)
Arlene's idea should be shared with as many high
schools as she can get the word to!
Given this day in age of broken homes and a general
lack of role models, this could go a long way towards
giving high school kids someone to look up to and
possibly could be an effective way to create a mentoring
I think Arlene's idea is so good, she should send
it to President Bush and the Secretary of Health,
Education and Welfare, as a suggestion to improve
our education system by creating mentors and role
models for our young people.
People need not be famous, like Billy Joel, to do
this, just respected, good citizens who've done
well enough so a young person might want to listen
to what they have to say.
On a separate note, I want to thank our reunion
committee for collecting 290 addresses, nearly 60%
of our class, which is saying something for a group
that graduated 40 years ago! It's shaping up to
be a great event!
Joe Carfora '62
I read the newsletter each month, and enjoy the
stories, comments and news about Hicksville. Thought
I'd drop a line to let everyone know that classmates.com
has brought together two former Hicksville grads
- Jim Gorman and Toni Passalacqua (class of 1966).
I lived in Boynton Beach, Florida and Toni lives
in Scottsdale, Arizona. After a year-and-a-half
of jetting across the continent to spend time together,
we decided to get married and just bought a new
house in Scottsdale. We dated while we were in high
school and used to dream of a time when we would
be together always, just goes to show how life can
come full circle.
All of your work on the newsletter is so commendable,
Jim & Toni
... gang (you) have produced a winner of a newsletter.
I always pass it on to other graduates that I know.
I hope some of them have also signed on.
As an aside to the story about the Brooklyn Bridge,
I knew Shelly Davis and Artie Catanzarita at HHS.
If fact, in the summer of 67, Shelly and I were
in a basement band with Dennis Browning, (67), Gary
Crino, (68), Chris Mc Entee, (67), Pattie Lance,
(67), Pattie Coyle, (68), and Doug Browning, (69).
We were called The Treehouse Organization. We never
made it out of the basement, but rehearsing every
night and going out to Carvel's after rehearsal
was a great way to spend the summer.
David Teitel , 1968
Thanks again for another great HHS Newsletter. As
always it keeps me in the spirit of the classmates
and the good times in High School. I know you can't
live in the past, but your Newsletter helps me keep
the memories active and remind me of the good friends
and the fun times we had.
Of course there are many stories to tell, but which
one do you tell. Let me start with a couple of memories
in a rambling fashion.
There was the time in our group of friends when
we used to have parties. At one of these parties
it was on the day when we moved the clocks back.
The party was at Pat Kocher's house. I can remember
when 12 midnight rolled around and the party was
to end at this time. We tried to convince Pat's
mother that it really was only 11PM due to moving
the clocks back an hour, but she wouldn't buy it.
Then there was the time that Larry, Bob, Art and
myself decided we were going to take a weekend trip
to Buffalo, New York. To this day I can't tell you
why we picked Buffalo. Anyway we were going to leave
early on Saturday morning. We spent Friday night
at the Capri Bar on Old Country Road and about 3AM
we decided it was crazy to go home and sleep, so
we went home got our things for the weekend and
took off for Buffalo. We took turns driving, and
we weren't drunk (Just want to clarify that to the
readers), however, we were very tired. Needless
to say when we approach Albany, New York, we decided
we would stop, get a hotel and sleep for a while.
Well we never made it out of Albany, but saw some
sights and ended up at some party Saturday night
and drove home on Sunday. What can I tell you, it
was an event and we had a good time.
Talk to you soon,,,and thanks again for all your
Bill Canham, 1961
G'day one & all!
I don't know many of you, but it's always great
reading the stories & memories! Thank you everyone
for sharing them!
And thank you to those of you that have emailed
me over the past 12 months! My family left Hicksville
in 1969 to move to Australia & I arrived back
in the USA in 2000. Unfortunately missed the August
2000 Reunion, but I hope that I will be around for
the next one!
I am heading up to NYC for a big FAMILY reunion
this August, so I'm very excited about meeting &
catching up with family that I have not seen for
over 30 years!
I have a new email address, if anyone wants to write
I would love to hear from them! Also could this
newsletter be sent to this new address, email@example.com
Thanks so much!
Patti Hickey Rees, 1975
Hi to all. Finally got a copy of the HHS newsletter.
I'd like to be added to the mailing list if possible.
Just contacted a lost friend from class of 62 and
couldn't be happier. Lost my yearbook through all
the moves I've had, and can't place many faces.
I'm married 36 years to a class of 64 girl and now
live in Phoenix. I'll just say "Hi" to
all those who remember me.
John Ziegler, class of 63. ::>)
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Robin Jacobson ('71) invites you to check out the
website for her small press, which lists info about
current and upcoming publications, as well as literary
There is a fun site that contains lyrics for songs
of the 50's, 60's and 70's, which many of us remember
from our teen years. We have been granted permission
to share this site with you - enjoy!
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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)
The following e-mail was sent to the class of 1962
e-mail list the beginning of May. Karen Hubner Jenkins
IT WON'T BE THE SAME WITHOUT YOU!!!
For those of you (and there were many of both sexes)
who mentioned having to lose 30 Lbs., don't!! There
will be more of you to hug!! We'll be reflected
off each other's eyeglasses as we bask in the warm
glow of the room's lighting bouncing off the shinning
domes of those who have lost their hair.
If you use a cane, walker or wheelchair--we'll make
room. The Imperial Manor is all ground floor level.
If you're on oxygen, there's no smoking in the building,
but a covered portico for those of you who do smoke.
If you don't remember anyone, we'll use nametags
and you'll make new friends. Some of us are married,
some single, some divorced, some in religious orders.
Businesspeople, teachers, housewives, plumbers,
doctors, lawyers, actors, cooks, beauticians, gardeners,
coaches, grandparents... and best of all ...retirees!!!
BUT IT WON'T BE THE SAME WITHOUT YOU
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
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Spotlight: Carolyn Wood, Part 4, by Bob Casale
"The Battle of the Bands competition had a special
significance," Carolyn remembers. "We were
fresh out of the military. Visions of becoming something
other than "just another band" invaded our
The attending audience was just a normal crowd in an
ordinary bar, nothing special. The folks were there
to do the usual
drink and look for dates. The only
difference this night was a variety of talent appearing
The set by the Rhythm Method was good but not extraordinary.
Richie Macioce suggests they didn't really win the battle
When they finished the final song and exited the stage,
there were a lot of people offering congratulations.
Several of the congratulators were members of other
bands that were competing that night. More important
was the reaction from the featured performers, Johnny
Maestro and the Del Satins.
Carolyn remembers, they seemed genuinely impressed and
suggested that with the proper management, perhaps there
was a future for us. Carolyn says, "we left knowing
full well that we had done a good job with the mindset
that perhaps we could become more than a weekend band."
The next day Carolyn says, "Jimmy Rosica received
a phone call from someone with a mysterious voice"
Betty Sperber, the person who helped set up the "Battle
of the Bands" competition and who was also, the
manager for Johnny Maestro and the Del Satins sounded
excited on the other end. She asked if the Rhythm Method
was interested in meeting with her in New York City
to discuss their future. Not trying to sound too anxious,
Jimmy said, "any time, any place would be fine."
Tommy Sullivan and Jimmy Rosica represented the group
and made the trek into New York City the next day. They
met with Betty Sperber, Johnny Maestro and the Del Satins.
The rest is history
everyone shook hands and the
new 11 member singing group, The Brooklyn Bridge, was
The original members were Johnny Maestro from the Crests,
Fred Ferraro, Les Cauchi and Mike Gregorio from the
Del Satins, and Tom Sullivan, Carolyn Wood, Jim Rosica,
Shelly Davis, Joe Ruvio, Artie Catanzarita and Richie
Macioce from the Rhythm Method. Oh, by the way, the
name Brooklyn Bridge came from their manager, Betty
Sperber. She suggested, referring to the size of the
group, "This is going to be harder to sell than
the Brooklyn Bridge."
The next several months found the Bridge honing their
skills. No doubt, the serious blending of exceptional
talent was accomplished. The original concept of creating
a larger group was now a done deal. Carolyn remarked,
"the original intention was to have Johnny and
the Del Satins as front men with us as the musicians."
That was the venue they attacked heartily. Rehearsals
slowly, they built a repertoire of
songs that displayed the talents of everyone. The majority
of musical arrangements for the group were customized
by Tom Sullivan. They were rehearsing in basements and
recreation rooms of band members but realized they needed
a place to finalize their act, to establish a personality
that separated them from other groups. Their effort
established a sound that was unique centered around
the riveting voice of Johnny Maestro.
The Cheetah Club at 8th Avenue and 52nd Street in Manhattan
wanted to introduce the Brooklyn Bridge to the world.
The group was hired for an eight week stint during the
summer of 1968. Everything was falling into place for
the group. Their manager was setting up a tour that
would put the "act" on the road. The only
thing lacking was a record the caliber of "Sixteen
Candles" that catapulted Maestro and the Crests
into the limelight.
The summer unfolded and fall was approaching while they
waited desperately for that to happen.
"We did some gigs as an opening act for established
performers," Carolyn relates. "This was a
continuation of the "getting it all together"
period for our new band."
And then, "The Worst That Could Happen."
"No, not a calamity, Carolyn says with emphasis
For those of you not familiar with Jimmy Webb, he is
a prolific song writer with scores of lyrics he's written
played every day, somewhere in the world. Jimmy wrote
a song that was previously recorded by the Fifth Dimension
on their "Magic Garden" album called "THE
WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN". The Bridge acquired the
necessary permission to record this song. It was released
in November of 1968. The rest of the story is history.
The record shot to number one on the charts and eventually
sales were in excess of a million copies. The highlight
of the run their hit made was an appearance on the Ed
Sullivan show on December 13, 1968. Carolyn recalls
what a thrill it was for the Bridge but especially for
"I worked hard and made sacrifices growing up because
I wanted something special in my life," Carolyn
remarked. The next two years would be "special"
and would more than justify the sacrifice.
It began with starting a countrywide tour that began
with the group using their private cars. They graduated
to a chartered bus as their popularity grew. Occasionally,
they would charter a DC-3 to get them around. Carolyn
says, "that method of travel produced some scary
In each town they appeared, there were radio interviews.
Then, there was TV
the Della Reese Show
Merv Griffin Show
the Mike Douglas Show
and many more. Groups we performed with
were the Beach Boys, Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys,
the Monkees, Jay and the Americans, the Fifth Dimension,
Melanie, Tommy James and the Shondelles, the Shirelles,
the Impressions, The Rascals, the Four Tops, Stevie
Wonder, Richie Havens and the list goes on.
"We actually appeared, too, on the Jerry Lewis
Telethon," Carolyn remembers.
One of their early gigs was at the SanSuSan supper club
in Mineola where they were the opening act for Mickey
Rooney. They also had long term contracts as an opening
act for Carol Channing at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas
and for Danny Thomas at the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood,
One thing Carolyn remembers vividly is their first exposure
to California where there was so much sunshine and such
a completely different culture. That trip to southern
California was a week long booking of concerts at Disneyland
with Gary Puckett and the Union Gap.
New Year's Eve, 1970, was her last night with the Brooklyn
Bridge after almost three years of rehearsing, recording,
performing and traveling. "When people ask me what
it was like to be in the Brooklyn Bridge, I tell them
that I spent my early twenties as a member of a rock
band, traveling around the country in a tour bus playing
concerts in the late 1960's. I can't think of anything
She does suggest that show business is very hard on
relationships. That was probably the main reason for
her separation from Tom and eventual divorce.
Carolyn did remarry, Frank Imbrie in July of 1973. The
Imbries were partners in a furniture business with branches
in Arizona, California, Utah, Colorado, Wisconsin and
Nevada. Frank passed away in December of 1985. During
the past 25 years, Carolyn has represented the company
as its spokesperson in television, radio and print advertising.
Mom is her most important role. Carolyn is the proud
parent of 2 adopted sons, ages 20 and 17. She is newly
semi-retired and living in Phoenix, Arizona.
F L A S H B A C K
It was late 1968 outside the Cheetah Club at 8th Avenue
and 52nd Street in New York City. Gathered outside are
the 11 members of the Brooklyn Bridge. Dan Daniel and
Jack Spector (WMCA-New York deejays) along with Neil
Bogart, vice-president and general manager of Buddah
Records and producer Wes Farrell. The celebratory party
is honoring the Brooklyn Bridge. A replica of their
Gold Record, "The Worst That Could Happen,"
is being set into the sidewalk in front of the club.
Pat Koziuk Driscoll, 1956, FL
Linda Piccerelli Hayden, 1960, NJ
Bob Casale, 1961, HX and PA
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