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Volume 2 Number 1
Dana Hayden Jackson, GA
Nancy North Park
Jim Thompson, Class of 1961
Ginny Elwood Bowen, FL
Hicksville Newsletter: 1 year old. (Virtual festivities
cancelled out of respect for our fellow Americans)
Our sincere condolences to the families and friends
of those lost in the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.
The Movie: "Let the Good Times
The following appeared in classmates.com message
From: JEAN COLAIO 1983
Sep 17 2001 7:24AM
The Colaio Brothers tragedy. I have most unfortunate
news. Stephen and Mark Colaio have both been victims
of the WTC tragedy. The services will be held as
All in NY City Thursday 9/20 at Frank E. Campbell's
on 81st and Madison 1-4 and 6-9.Friday 9/21 St.
Ignatius Loyola on 84th and Park at 10am. We are
asking if people want they can donate to the Cantor
Fitzgerald Relief Fund, 101 Park Avenue 45th Fl.
NY, NY 10178-0060 Attn: Dr. Philip Ginsberg. Please
pray for their souls and for our family.
by Bob Casale
The steady drone of distant engines disturbed the
morning calm. The sound would fade, increase in
intensity, and then would fade once again. People
exiled in the safety of their homes walked outdoors
and looked skyward. The bright sun, climbing into
the September sky, formed a backdrop to the objects
making the noise. Those on the ground, attempting
to see the objects, shielded their eyes from the
intense sunlight that blanketed the cloudless sky.
There it is...not one, but two helicopters circling
in a wide radius above the throngs of people lining
the streets below. Round and round they flew, the
last edge of their track passing directly over St.
Ignatius Loyola Church in Hicksville. The pilots
in the two helicopters noted immense numbers of
people stretching out in both directions from the
steps leading up to the church entrance. Strange,
too, was the absence of traffic for thousands of
yards in the vicinity of the church.
The pilot's eyes were drawn to flashing lights on
police cars that had streets blocked leading away
from the church. They could see a procession of
cars pulling up to the church. The cars, awash with
brilliant sunshine, stopped where only a short time
before a form, in the shape of a steeple, cast an
eerie shadow on the ground.
Six men broke away from the crowd and made their
way into the street and formed two lines at the
rear of a black car that had two small American
flags attached to its antenna. They were dressed
smartly in dark blue uniforms that oft times were
worn when special events warranted their use. Today
was somber, but this occasion, too, required their
appearance in full dress.
The black car had a single door that was opened
wide exposing a casket carrying the body of George
Howard, Hicksville resident, New York City Port
Authority Police Officer, and a Hicksville volunteer
firefighter. The men reached inside and removed
the casket slowly and, for a moment, time stood
still. The memory of George was overwhelming. George
was assigned to Kennedy Airport and was part of
the emergency service unit. According to Gus Danese,
president of the Port Authority's Patrolmen's Benevolent
Association, George was extremely knowledgeable
about rescuing techniques and equipment and was
Shortly after the first airplane struck, George
called JFK. This was his day off. He was told to
report to the World Trade Center...his help was
needed, desperately. George raced to the scene and
immediately assessed the situation and began tending
to the injured. He was unaware of the world tumbling
down around him. He was busy doing what he loved,
The vision of this robust person invaded the minds
of his friends and fellow officers. The images were
a slow moving reel of film that captured his life
and accomplishments. Many dismissed the feeling
of emptiness caused by this horror and returned
to the reality of the moment. Standing nearby were
his wife, Eleonora and his two sons, Christopher
The grown men with stoic faces and a look of despair
moved the casket up the staircase and into the church.
When the service had ended, the now flag draped
casket was carried from the church and put once
again into the waiting hearse.
This is one service honoring a hero. It's difficult
to accept the death of someone who did so much for
others and had much more to offer in his lifetime,
but, because of unusual circumstances, is denied
the opportunity of continuing a useful and meaningful
existence. We collectively, honor the life of George
Howard and will sustain that honor for our lifetime.
President Bush said during his address to Congress
the other night, while holding up the badge of George
Howard..."Some will remember an image of a
fire or story or rescue. Some will carry memories
of a face and a voice, gone forever. And I will
carry this. It is the police shield of a man named
George Howard who died at the World Trade Center
trying to save others. It was given to me by his
mom, Arlene, as a proud memorial to her son. It
is my reminder of lives that ended and a task that
does not end."
Arlene Howard met President Bush at the Jacob Javits
Convention Center. He took her hand in an effort
to comfort her. It was then Arlene presented him
with the badge. George was only 44 years old, and,
although I didn't know George personally, someday
I will. When we are together in heaven, I will shake
his hand and say "thank you" for your
sacrifice. You and many other wonderful people are
responsible for guaranteeing our freedom.
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The untimely death of Holly Horton a year ago saddened
our hearts. She was a very spirited person who enjoyed
life and enriched those she touched with unselfish commitment.
Holly was instrumental in bringing Hicksville High School
together again just prior to a mega reunion that was
attended by a wide variety of alumni last September.
Holly authored a mailing list that she put onto a website.
Her updates of names and addresses were eagerly anticipated
and were augmented with tidbits of trivia that was the
result of feedback from others. She put up special photographs
that we all enjoyed. That effort united a wide bracket
of HHS students. She did this because she wanted to
give back special moments to others by providing a source
that could be accessed by all of us.
The only thing missing from that reunion was Holly herself
who looked forward, with obvious anticipation, at the
prospect of seeing some old friends and sharing remembrances
of times past. It was several days prior to the reunion
when an uncontrollable asthma attack ended her life;
a tragedy in itself for a person who battled this malady
all her life just to survive.
A fitting way to pay respect to Holly was to continue
what she started. That challenge was accepted by Pat
Koziuk Driscoll (Class of 1956) and Linda Piccerelli
Hayden (Class of 1960). They have done this out of respect
for Holly but also because they see the enjoyment others
realize from their effort. It's a way to introduce coming
events; such as reunions for various classes. It's an
avenue for contacting friends and sharing information
that we all treasure. We have the capacity to put up
pictures at various web sites for all of us to enjoy.
In other words, the newsletter is a perfect vehicle
for keeping people apprised of "what's happening!"
I want to personally say 'THANKS" to Pat and Linda
for all that you do for me and for the alumni of Hicksville
Bob Casale, Class of 1961
p.p.s. I have been chosen to initiate a monthly project
where we would like to select an individual from any
class and do a sketch of what has happened these past
40 years...30 years...20 years. All of you...if you
know of someone in any class who has distinguished themselves,
please submit their name and we will contact them and
ask permission to do a sketch on them!!!
There is one other request...If you have a yearbook
from your particular class, and have the capacity to
scan pictures from that yearbook, please let us know.
We have an idea that we would like to start in a subsequent
newsletter. Just let us know if you can scan and transmit
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The Movie: Let the Good Times Roll
Many thanks to Walter Schmidt - 1965 for the information
he provided on the above movie. Walter ran into one
of the "guys" that played a "hood type"
in front of the high school, at London's Heathrow Airport.
This is the info on the movie;
Let the Good Times Roll - Release Year 1973
Cast; Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Chubby
Checker, Bob Diddley, Shirelles
Directors; Robert Abel & Sid Levin
Running Time; 99 minutes
A rock documentary, Let the Good Times Roll combines
film clips from the 1950's with footage from a rock
& roll revival show filmed in the early '70s. The
Coasters jive their way through "Charlie Brown",
Chuck Berry trading licks with Bo Diddley on a killer
version of "Johnny B. Goode".
One of the few movies about '50s Rock that well and
truly rocks. Let the Good Times Roll is a movie to play
loud. Hopefully, in next months issue I will be able
to provide information on how to obtain a copy of the
movie and a price.
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