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Volume 3 Number 1
HICKSVILLE NEWSLETTER, OCT. 2000, Happy Birthday
Dana Hayden Jackson, 1962
Connie Baboukis, 1959 (NJ)
Nancy North-Park, 1961 (FL)
20 - Jim Thompson, 1961
Ginny Elwood Bowen, 1956 (FL)
Belated birthday wishes:
Sept.14th - Joe Carfora, 1962 (MI)
Sept 18th - Karen Hubner Jankins, 1962 (L.I.)
Sept. 4th - Karen (Hubner) and Myron Jenkins,
Sept. 8th - Barbara (Fellows) and Charlie Cava,
46 years. Barbara and Charlie celebrated with
friends on a trip to Branson, MO
Sandi [Olsen - 1955] and Bob Trenka celebrated
their 42nd anniversary on August 6th, at home
in Denver, Colorado. Sandi retired from the University
of Colorado, got her Colorado real estate license
and joined Trenka & Associates, Inc. When
Sandi and Bob are not selling real estate, primarily
condominium conversions, they enjoy time with
their sons and families in the suburbs of Denver
and their daughter and family in Houston, Texas.
The four kids of Audrey [Olsen 1951] and Bill
Lent  surprised them with a 50th wedding
anniversary celebration this past June. It was
held in Port Jefferson, NY.
A Piece of Long Island History
News and Notes
A Piece of Long Island History
A feature article by Bob Casale
Approximately a year had passed from that day in 1903
when Orville and Wilbur Wright were flying their aircraft
at Kitty Hawk in North Carolina until the day Ford Motor
Company approved construction of a New England, mill-style
building on the corner of Piquette and Beaubien Streets
This was done to help fulfill the dream of Henry Ford
who, marveling at his relatively new automobile, vowed
to create an affordable car for the masses. The Model
"T" Ford assembly line had its beginning.
Country roads of dirt dotted the map from coast to coast.
Slow moving, horse drawn wagons went agonizingly slow
and didn't create a problem of throwing clouds of dust
and dirt into the atmosphere. The quicker moving automobiles
did and created dust and destruction of unparalleled
The brainchild of Scottish born Thomas Telford was a
roadway constructed of stones placed at a certain thickness
in accordance with the weight and volume of traffic.
Another Scot, John Loudon McAdam, designed roads using
broken stones laid evenly and tightly so they covered
the soil and formed a hard surface. http://www.fife.50megs.com/mcadam.htm
The idea, naturally, was to reduce the residue that
was the creation of the faster moving vehicles. The
more even surface, too, would aid in reducing the maintenance
that was an unavoidable part of the rapid growth in
use of these horseless carriages.
A natural outgrowth of the automobile was competition
not only in design and construction, but also in deciding
who manufactured the best in deference to speed and
reliability. The end result was the First International
Competition for the William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. Cup,
held on October 8, 1904. http://www.lihistory.com/vault/hsvanpg1.htm
On June 8, 1904, a memorandum of conditions governing
competition for the trophy to be presented by VANDERBILT
through the American Automobile Association was released.
Vanderbilt Cup Race Rules and Instructions to Participants
and Officials as they originally appeared for the first
race in 1904. (6/17/01)
Click on http://www.deepthrottle.com/History/vanderbilt_rules.shtml
for a complete listing of conditions governing the race,
then click on http://www.deepthrottle.com/History/vanderbilt_instructions.shtml
to see conditions for participants and officials. The
course was 30.24 miles long and was covered ten times.
The cars started from a standing still posture in front
of a grandstand that was constructed in Westbury.
- More Next Month -
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News and Notes
Suzanne Garrett Cullen, 1956 sent the following
after she read the airport trivia:
My mom always called it the Hicksville Aviation
Country Club. I never was there so I am no expert
but apparently she and my dad used to go up in the
open-cockpit jobs when they were young. It must
have been a bad experience for dad cause he wouldn't
set foot in an airplane to go to my daughter's wedding
in California. Mom had no problem with flying so
I guess her experiences were somewhat better.
(Editors note: Suzanne's mother was correct according
to the Cradle of Aviation Museum site:
Then Charlie Cava, 1955 added:
In your newsletter you mentioned the Hicksville
Airpark on Jerusalem Ave.
We moved to Hicksville in 1949, but I do remember
there was a airport not too far from us. We moved
into the Frank Homes on Lee Ave., which runs along
Jerusalem Ave. I believe the airport moved to Robbins
Lane area soon after we moved in. Does this sound
Received the September newsletter and sent it along
to all the e-mail addresses we had compiled for
I guess with all the reunion stuff going on, I
never actually registered or signed on as a person
myself. Just wanted to be sure that you'll keep
me on your mailing list. I love the newsletter.
As Bob reported to you, the reunion was GREAT!!!!
I can't believe how far so many people traveled
to attend; England, Guatemala, Washington State,
California, Texas, Nevada----- just to name a few.
Now with friendships rekindled, people are staying
The committee has already had requests to start
planning the 45th!!! Thank-you for putting the information
out there for us. We couldn't have done it without
Karen Hubner Jenkins, 1962
I am from the Class of 1962 and would like to be
put on your mailing list directly for the HHS newsletter.
Right now I am getting it forwarded by Marcy Lipschutz
Seuss. Thanks so much.
I did attend the Class Reunion a few weeks ago
and I concur with Bob - it was incredible. It was
so wonderful to see all the old friends. Out class
did not age - everyone looked fantastic. The band
was superb and we all had a great time. Many of
us got together for brunch the following morning
at Delaneys - it was very difficult to say good-bye.
I am sorry everyone from our class did not attend
but those who did - thanks for coming and making
it a great memory.
Pat Appelman Levitin, 1962
(Pat sent the following bio to share with those
who were not able to attend the reunion)
I live in North Carolina. I left Hicksville in
1966 and moved further south with each move! We
have been here 25 years.
You are welcome to share my comments on the reunion
in the next newsletter. For another newsletter here
is my "story":
Pat Appelman Levitin '62, graduated Hofstra University
with a BA in Economics 1966, graduated Univ. of
Pennsylvania (Wharton School) in Economics 1967
and graduated University of North Carolina, Greensboro
1999 with a fine arts degree in metal sculpture.
I have three children - boy/girl twins 32 years
and a boy 26 years. The boy twin, Greg, lives in
New York City, married with twin girls 20 months,
is an ENT surgeon, the girl twin, Jennifer, lives
in Atlanta, married with a year old boy and another
boy due Thanksgiving and is an occupational therapist,
The "baby" Stephen, lives in Chapel Hill,
NC and is a full time musician with 5 bands. I am
married to Peter, a rheumatologist, and am an artist,
metal sculptor, teach, do calligraphy professionally
and recruit for the art department at UNC Greensboro.
Thanks, Pat Levitin
Mary O'Shaughnessy Cleary (1961) sent news of a
few alumni in the following note:
"I so enjoy this newsletter. I always feel
I want to write something of value so I will pass
on a wonderful restaurant that we went to last night.
It is owned by Mike Scalley and Chris Roach both
of Class of 74 and Gerry Suppa Class of 92. Gerry
is the most wonderful chef. I know it is not in
Hicksville, but there are enough Comets spread out
over Long Island to support these guys. The restaurant
is called "Butterfields" and it is on
Old Willets Path in Happaugue. Gerry's Mom and Dad
also are Hicksville Alumni.
It is a small world out there guys and the Internet
helps us keep in Touch with each other. Keep up
the good work............I know a lot of people
enjoy this newsletter."
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MINI REUNION IN FLORIDA - ALL YEARS INVITED
This get together is meant to be a brainstorming
session for a large multi-year reunion in the near
REPLY TO: MayHornCPS@aol.com
October 12, 2002 - Tony Roma's Restaurant, 11:15am
7015 South Semoran Boulevard (also known as SR 436)
Orlando, FL 32822
The restaurant "fronts" on Semoran, but
you need to drive around behind it to get in. Please
know the room is wheel-chair accessible, if this
is necessary for anyone.
Anyone coming from SR 528 (Bee Line Expressway)
would exit at #11. It is approximately 0.5 mile
on SR 436. Turn right on T.G. Lee Boulevard and
left on Millcove. For those going south on 436,
turn left on Hazeltine Drive and right on Millcove.
This brings you into their parking lot.
We have been offered (for a party of 10 or more):
the banquet luncheon consisting of a BBQ sandwich
(pork, beef, or chicken) plus two sides and beverage
(soft drink). The price, before tax and gratuity,
is $7.99 pp. They will accommodate us with separate
checks, although they weren't thrilled by it as
it takes extra time. Don't know how else to solve
that problem at this time.
Their room can accommodate up to 50 people so this
is on a first-come, first-serve basis. It is imperative
that I have a head count so we don't wind up with
well over 50 people (hope I am not dreaming!), but
again, I have no idea of how many want to come.
Please indicate in your e-mail subject "HHS
Tony's" so I know immediately this is a response
to the reunion luncheon. (I tend not to open messages
when I cannot identify the sender) I told the manager
I would let him know what our plans are a minimum
of 10 days before the reunion.
Also, as a courtesy to those who may be coming
a distance and would like information as to hotels,
please know there are many hotels within walking
distance of Tony Roman's. Here are a few: Fairfield
Inn by Marriott - rates: $79 - $104, phone 407-888-2666;
Hawthorn Suites Orlando Airport - rates: $99 - $109,
phone 407-351-6600; Hampton Inn Airport -
rates: $89 - $119, phone 800-763-1100. I would certainly
double-check these rates (these are taken from the
AAA tour book 2002 edition) and I would also try
to negotiate these rates, as this is the slow season!
Hopefully everyone attending will have a great
time rekindling old friendships and making new ones
and will give consideration to working on a committee
to have a bigger reunion - one that would not necessarily
restrict us to a sit-down meal and somewhat restricted
I am looking forward to this "mini" reunion
being a "huge" success.
Let's hear from you!
May Horn (Mabel Perduto, 1958)
CLASS OF 1957 - LAST CALL
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.
10 Kendall Green Drive
Milford, CT 06460
Phone: (203) 878-7154
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Need a break from the ordinary??? Is life treating
you badly today??? Do you need a good laugh??? Click
on the below links..
Nassau County has just recently re-assessed all
the property in the county
and has made this information available at a special
web site: http://www.mynassauproperty.com
If you know the address, you can find information
about a particular property -- including a current
picture -- at this web site.
If you are not familiar with the classmates.com
site, and have never visited that location, take
the time to do so, at your leisure... http://www.classmates.com/user/index.tf
Click on the above link, and you will be transported
electronically to a page that displays a window
that says Hicksville. Click on Hicksville and you
will be taken to another page that has several additional
windows that you can open and they are... Welcome
to Hicksville (View Your School List)
Connect! Sound Off With Message Boards
School Photo Albums (View Photos or Add Your Own)
*** Currently, there are 20 albums there for you
to view. You can start your own album and / or add
your own pictures.
1961 Favorite (Listen to an excerpt of a hit from
There are many interesting features of this site
and one of particular interest is the Message Boards.
Opening that window can lead to hours of reading
nostalgia that will take you back several years
and will rekindle fond memories.
My thought was to start our own Message Board via
the newsletter. You, as readers and alumni of Hicksville,
make a suggestion for a topic that is familiar to
all and submit your response via an email to Pat,
Linda or Bob. We can then post the responses.
One particular board I always enjoy is my favorite
teacher, so, to start the ball rolling, I will suggest
that you respond about "My Favorite Teacher."
Please, send your emails during the month of October
so we can post in the next issue. When you respond,
please suggest a topic for future boards.
p.s. while you are visiting the classmates.com
site, please look at the following album and help
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On October 1, 1908, Henry Ford introduced the Model
T automobile, known affectionately as the Tin Lizzie.
Manufacture of the Model T employed assembly lines,
interchangeable parts, and mass production. Even
though Ford borrowed some of his production methods
from Eli Whitney and other inventors, he was the
first to apply it to such a complex piece of machinery
that appealed to so many people.
On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus landed
in the Bahamas. Today, Columbus Day is celebrated
on the second Monday in October.
On October 26, 1881, the infamous shoot-out at
the O.K. Corral took place. It was a high-noon confrontation
between Sheriff Wyatt Earp--accompanied by his two
brothers and Doc Holliday--and members of the Ike
Clanton gang. The bloody incident in Tombstone,
Arizona, left three men dead and two more wounded
On Black Friday, October 29, 1929, the Great Depression
began when the U.S. stock market collapsed. The
terrible financial repercussions would be felt until
the beginning of World War II.
Pat Koziuk Driscoll, 1956, FL
Linda Piccerelli Hayden, 1960, NJ
Bob Casale, 1961, HX and PA
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