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Volume 2 Number 11
Bob Steedman, 1958 (AL)
Bonnie Brigandi, 1974 (FL)
Pat Koziuk Driscoll, 1956 (FL)
John Sherin, 1956 (HX)
Carolyn Bartlett Richman, 1976
Belated birthday wishes to Arline Barna, 1956
(FL) on July 5th and Arthur "Woody"
Wood, 1968 (HX) on July 16th.
Pat and Bob Driscoll, 26 years
Belated wishes to Jacci (LaSalle) and John Gallucci
(NY) who celebrated 38 years on June 27th.
Congratulations to Arlene Andrade and Vic Sahadachny
(both of class of 1957) on their marriage, Friday,
July 5th. Following Vic's retirement in October,
they plan to live in Florida.
Hall of Fame
News and Notes
Spotlight: Mid-Life Crisis
Joan Komar Langlois writes:
"My brother, John Komar 1963, died June 2001. Margaret
Gomez Volz, 1961, died in Sept. 2000."
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Hall of Fame
Dear Hicksville High School Alumni
There are many who graduated from Hicksville High School
with honors and have attained goals they established
when they were being educated. There are equally as
many without direction that have soared to unparalleled
heights through dedication in a specific area.
The editors of the newsletter would like to establish
their own Hall of Fame for those graduates who have
distinguished themselves over the years. Our ability
to establish and sustain a growing list of candidates
is now in your hands. You, the alumni, will submit names
of those you feel are worthy of inclusion in a Hall
of Fame. There are no restrictions because fame has
no boundaries...no limits...many worthwhile accomplishments
When you submit a name for consideration, please include
a sketch of the person and, most of all; let us know
what makes this person special. We will publish a list
of perspective candidates each month. You will then
be asked to vote for the candidate of your choice. Two
selections will be made each month.
FIRST NOMINATION - LOUIS BRIGANDI, class of 1951 by
his daughter Bonnie, class of 1974 (FL)
I would like to have something put into the next newsletter
and it's about my dad, Louis Brigandi a graduate of
1951. Dad means the world to me and I'd like to convey
this feeling one more time and what better way than
to nominate him for the Hicksville High School Hall
The name Brigandi is well established in the Hicksville
area and stands right alongside the Hawxhursts and Froelichs.
Louie was part of a large family that grew up in a small,
3 bedroom white house on Bay Avenue.
While in his early twenties, Dad started a business
called Alpine Plumbing and Heating that was geared to
operate in the vicinity of where he established his
roots. The Hicksville community in the 50's was probably
the "hub" of the island and all points east
were mainly used for vacation homes. Dad concentrated
locally and established a household name because of
his honesty and integrity.
Lou married Doris and they had four children that grew
up on Cedar Street. The children were Ann, Louie, Keith
and me, Bonnie. This family of Brigandi's was very close
and Lou and Doris showered us with affection and provided
for us in a stellar way.
Dad set up an office in the front of the house he grew
up in on Bay Avenue. My sister, Ann, lives there with
her husband, Wally, and their three children, Billy,
Chrissy and Wally Jr. We are all married now and have
blessed Dad with a total of 11 grandchildren and 7 great
grandchildren. Dad was a very busy man, wasn't he?
Dad loved horses, so as he became successful, he purchased
several that helped him garnish enough winnings to give
him a good life. He shared his success with his children
showering them with gifts of cars and houses and lots
of good stuff. Dad has a condo in Florida that he uses
during the colder periods of the year. His marriage
to Doris was ended and he remarried, Kathleen, a wonderful
woman whose warmth and affection cemented the relationship
amongst this family that had always been close.
My brother, Keith, is now in charge of Alpine. Keith
is married to the former Debbie Stippell. My other brother,
Louie is an independent plumber who works on Long Island.
I was always the spoiled one and lived in the same house
in Selden for 19 years that Dad bought for me. I now
live in Florida and wait patiently for Dad to come down
for his winter break because I miss him a lot. My Dad
is my best friend and he always treated his kids the
same way, as friends.
I just wanted this opportunity to suggest that my dad,
Lou Brigandi, is the nicest man in the whole world and
I want the world to know how much I love him and now
they know. I wanted to nominate him for the Hall of
love you, daddy
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News and Notes
Check out the photos of Hicksville in 1966 on classmates.com.
A great big thank you to Ray Feierstein, class of
1963, for sharing them with us. Ray now lives in
Tucson, Arizona. http://www.classmates.com/user/index
Please scroll down under any of the pictures and
leave a comment, correction or addition.
Dear HHS Alumni
Here's another request...do you have copies of the
old Comet Newsletters??? If you do, please make
copies and send those copies to Bob Casale at 195
Lauman Lane, Hicksville, NY 11801. I'd like to reproduce
them and have them accessible to all. Is it something
that's still done??
Publishing the Comet, I mean.
The newsletter looks wonderful, as usual.
I'm not sure if I ever provided the details of our
trip to Florida in January. We were able to connect
up with Marcia Rubenstein (58) and her new husband
who were off on a cruise and also, finally, with
my good friend Joan Masterson (59? 60?) with whom
I had lost contact for nearly 30 years. Joan lives
in the Sarasota area. Her daughter, parents and
one of her sisters live in the area too. I'm sure
she'd like to hear from her classmates. If anyone
wants her address or phone, please contact me.
Vicky Penner Whitaker (1958)
Just read through the latest Hicksville newsletter,
Good job as always... My husband and I would like
to pass along Congratulations to Jimmy Gorman and
new wife on their recent marriage. Jim, may you
both share a long, healthy and happy life together.
All the best,
Jan & Woody.
Our son Ryan, has just joined the ranks of Hicksville
High School's newest Alumni, having graduated this
past June in the class of "2002". He'll
be starting at Nassau Community (Liberal Arts) in
the fall. We had one really hectic weekend... Ryan,
had his Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Saturday,
his Graduation from High School on Sunday, followed
by his driving road test and life guard swim test
on the following Monday...We'll have to get back
to you as we're still awaiting the results on both.
Janis Bartlett Wood, 1973
Greetings from Quebec City! Judy (Wycoff) and I
(Ginny Mohr) are reading this (newsletter) from
an inter cafe in the heart of the old city. It is
absolutely beautiful! And I am tracing the history
of my great grandfather who spent 22 years of his
life and died here. In fact, he was one of the pioneers
of the invention of the telephone and performed
the first demonstration here back around 1892. Judy
has been great in helping me locate the streets
(I can't read maps!), and she has been photographing
me in front of all of his residences. It has been
Today is Canada Day (July 1), and the city is filled
with locals and tourists enjoying all the activities.
If you have never visited here, it is a MUST! Started
in Toronto (3 days), then on to the capital of Ottawa;
now Quebec, and tomorrow we leave and end up the
tour in Montreal (3 more days). If you're at all
interested in more info on this wonderful trip,
just contact Judy or me.
Hope all of you are enjoying a great summer. Judy
and I are looking forward to seeing our 1957 classmates
in October on Long Island.
Ginny & Judy (aka: Thelma and Louise)
Frank Koziuk, 1967 sends the following in reply
to last month's query about the Battle of the Bands:
"I don't remember that particular battle of
the bands, or the band Hadrian Decree. I would guess
that it took place in late 1967, when I was already
in college. The Hassles were Billy Joel's band,
although I believe they did exist before he and
Howie Blauvelt [1949-1993]joined them. They had
formerly been in The Lost Souls, later The Commandos,
when I was in High School. I remember that Billy
Joel was in The Hassles in late 1967, because I
bought their first 45 when I was home from college
for the first time. Their first album came out soon
Frank also did a little research and sent the following:
(Found on http://cdnow.com/)
The members of Ram Jam were Bill Barlett (former
lead guitarist of the Lemon Pipers), Pete Charles
(drummer), Myke Scavone (lead singer), and Howie
Arthur Blauvett, who sang with Billy Joel in two
earlier groups (the Hassles and El Primo). Ram Jam's
only hit, "Black Betty," created quite
a stir when Epic Records released it.
The recording session was the brainstorm of Barlett
and bubblegum producers Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff
Katz. Two civil rights groups, the N.A.A.C.P. and
C.O.R.E., called for a boycott of the song, claiming
it insulted black women. Despite the controversy,
it still reached the number 18 spot on Billboard's
pop chart in September 1977. The Cincinnati band
Starstruck had released a more driving, riveting
version of "Black Betty" on the Truckstar
label before Ram Jam's version. Starstruck's version
received little airplay or recognition; ironically,
future Ram Jam member Barlett had been a memberof
Starstruck when they recorded "Black Betty."
In the early '90s the producers remixed "Black
Betty" and got an international hit for their
efforts. The band released two LPs: Ram Jam (1977)
and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Ram (1978).
Epic issued only three singles by the rockers. Blauvelt
joined Spitball, a funky blues-type band, in the
'90s, and performed with them until he died of a
heart attack. Billy Joel often dedicates "We
Didn't Start the Fire" to Blauvelt when he
performs live. Barlett continued to play in the
southwestern Ohio/eastern Indiana area.
Andrew Hamilton, All Music Guide
Linda Whitlock (Frimmer-class of '58) had been
trying to find Agnes Arthofer (class of '57). Linda
wrote to Phil Fulco (1967 reunion committee) and
Phil contacted this newsletter.
I have Agnes' brother Bob Arthofer's address and
dropped him a note. In less than 24 hours - Linda
and Agnes are back in contact!
With the expanded list of recipients, I thought
I'd put out a search for Rita Bianchi again. Any
one know her whereabouts? Barbara Clark knew her
when their kids were in school together on L.I.,
but she then moved. Wendy (Karen)Stuart 1957 (ME).
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CLASS OF 1962 LAST CALL
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)
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
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
"We're also trying to find Anne Marie Schiavone
from our class of '57. We think she's retired from
LILCO. Last info is she lived in Plainview. Could
you put an inquiry in the next newsletter? "
"Now, the next one is: Judy DeVincentis (Morgan).
Last contact had her in Massacheusetts (Salem? or
on the coast somewhere, had a bed and breakfast
business). If anyone knows where she is now or has
had contact in recent years please let me know.
The lost and found department has received more
requests about missing persons. They are:
Bette Goldman, Judy Muller and Barbara Hessner."
If anyone has any information on their whereabouts
please contact me.
You guys have been doing pretty good finding people,
so we might as well just keep going.
HHS MULTI-YEAR GET TOGETHER IN FLORIDA
A great big "thank you" to May Horn (Mabel
Perduto, 1958) for all her hard work and time spent
visiting Orlando hotels and restaurants and meeting
with banquet managers. However, the "reunion"
will have to be postponed until a committee can
be formed and more ground work done for this effort
to be successful. There is a group of people planning
a brainstorming session and any updates will be
sent to all interested parties ASAP.
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Spotlight: Mid-Life Crisis
MID-LIFE CRISIS by Bob Casale
When you hear someone say "Mid Life Crisis,"
what do you think off?
My thoughts drift to the dilemma we all face as years
pass by...and much faster as we get older...the wrinkling
of face, body and ego. In this case, the connotation
is totally different.
Mid Life Crisis...can you think of a better title to
be used by a group of fledgling musicians who feel reborn
after many years of drifting?
This is not to suggest these musicians drifted around
without direction. They had direction but it was opposite.
What brought these musicians back together? A little
bit of fate and a reunion.
The pleasant mixture of sounds is the creative genius
of Dan Cavaluzzo on guitar, Neal Platt on keyboard,
Artie Schwartz on bass guitar, Tom Motika on lead guitar
and Tony Saccone on drums. Each of these superb musicians
back the harmonic voice of lead singer Anton Mure who
reminds me a little of the kid from the Bronx, Dion.
Their roots go back to the early 60's when, while still
in Junior High School, Anton and Dan played in a band
known as The Other Culture. They experimented with cutting
edge, harmony based stuff (Vanilla Fudge, Cream, Vagrants).
This venue of sound was not acceptable yet, but would
eventually find its way into the annals of music. Behind
them in years and equally talented were Neal and Artie
who looked to their peers for guidance. They didn't
join forces but drifted along separately for many years
honing their musical skills privately.
It was the early 90's when Anton and Danny had a revelation.
They toyed with the idea of having a reunion...of their
old band and their alma mater, Hicksville High School.
This was in 1991 and the thought materialized into a
get together at the Hicksville VFW hall with approximately
90 people in attendance. The next year, 1992, Anton
and Dan are introduced to Neal and Artie (they were
in later years in high school). The effort saw a second
reunion in excess of 200 people.
The thought was to continue the reunion tradition because
it was a nice thing for HHS alumni...and it was a chance
for the band to be together. The original group of Anton,
Danny, Neal and Artie is growing. Now included is Jim
Powers on strong lead guitar, Matty Errico on drums
and a welcome addition of Ken Grossman on keyboards
(note to Carolyn Wood Imbrie...this guy can actually
read music...haha). It would be two years, however,
before they perform in front of a reunion crowd.
There is a logistics problem...finding a hall large
enough to house the growing numbers of reunion goers.
There is nothing in the vicinity of Hicksville that
can handle larger crowds. The band is astonished when
450 people show up at the VFW Hall in Deer Park that
night in 1994. What next??? The word is out and people
are flocking from all over the island and the metro
New York area.
During the lull period from 1992 to 1994, the band rehearsed
quite a few times establishing a sound that was unique.
Following the '94 reunion, the boys "disbanded"
for several years. There were numerous requests for
another reunion but business and family commitments
negated the reunion idea, at least for the moment.
In 2000, with the new millennium at hand, the guys talked
about a big reunion with a thousand people attending.
They did some homework and discovered the only way to
succeed with such a large-scale reunion was to commit
to a site that could handle large crowds. Looking around
at perspective clubs was a chore because not every site
is capable of catering to all aspects of a reunion.
There are a lot of loose ends to consider and the end
result was to have a mega reunion at the Huntington
Town House. They would handle all aspects for a reasonable
fee. That done, they could now concentrate on their
Rich and wife Peg O'Neill Delia promoted the reunion
and did an awesome job coordinating the logistics angles.
Ticket sales were incredible with each day seeing hundreds
of requests come their way. To make a long story short,
the end result was almost 1700 raving, Hicksville lunatics
packing themselves into the town house. There was an
unfortunate outcome despite the success. Holly Horton,
who was undaunted in contacting people and establishing
a website that had pictures, vignettes and advice, passed
away several days before the reunion took place. You
could sense the excitement she was experiencing when
talking with her. The anticipation of seeing friends
was partially responsible for the enthusiasm she displayed.
We all missed her and thank her in prayer each day for
the role she played in getting us all together.
Getting back to Anton Mure and his ass kicking Mid Life
That night at the town house was the catalyst the boys
needed to continue their act. They now play around Long
Island several times a month. As for the name...it was
the suggestion of a co-worker of Bob Leo who was with
the band previously.
Anton is in the physical fitness business since 1975.
He has his own business in Jericho and is married with
a four-year-old daughter (...you read it right...4 years
old...). His favorite color is pink and his pet peeve
is bald men with ponytails. How do you feel about "just"
bald guys, Anton???
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As I carefully scrolled through the 1930 Federal Census
as part of my family tree research, I saw a village
called Central Park mentioned in several different Enumeration
Districts. Now, I knew about "Central Park"
in Manhattan but had never heard of Central Park, Nassau
County. The streets listed were those I associated with
Bethpage so I sent a note to Ellen Boos Bruwer (1954),
who still lives in Hicksville, and has always been very
helpful. She replied that Central Park is now Bethpage
and there is still a Central Park Inn in Bethpage. I
checked Newsday's L.I. History site and found the following:
"Turning Point: Bethpage, still a tiny farming
community, became Old Bethpage against its will in 1936,
when the adjacent - and larger - community of Central
Park decided that it would call itself Bethpage. The
1940s saw a potato blight wipe out most of the crops.
That and the post-World War II housing shortage transformed
Old Bethpage from farmland to suburb. By 1966, its population
had ballooned from a few dozen in 1936 to about 5,000
Pat Koziuk Driscoll, 1956, FL
Linda Piccerelli Hayden, 1960, NJ
Bob Casale, 1961, HX and PA
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