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Volume 4 Number 1
HOLLY HORTON, OCTOBER 21, 1943 - SEPTEMBER 18, 2000
This issue is dedicated to Holly. For without her efforts
at keeping the e-mail lists going, there would be no
Hicksville Newsletter. Her enthusiasm was most contagious.
Her passing shocked Pat and I so, but we had to go ahead
and continue what she started. She put much work, all
on her own, into reuniting former students of Hicksville
When I am writing an article or editing something I
feel as if she is watching over my shoulder. She is
a part of every newsletter.
Thank you Dear Holly, you are missed so.
Linda Piccerelli Hayden 1960
Oh my gosh, I am terribly sorry to hear about Holly!
I didn't know her, but it saddens me to know that
she passed away just days before the reunion.
I lived in Hicksville until 1969, when my folks
moved us to Australia. I never had the chance of
going to high school in Hicksville, but hope one
day to meet some of the kids I went to elementary
school with. I came back to the States in Jan 2000,
hadn't heard about the Mega Reunion until I joined
Classmates.com, but I had already missed the big
event! I was so terribly disappointed as I have
always dreamed of one day of being able to go to
a Hicksville Reunion & finding some of my old
Both Bob & Pat have posted a first grade photo
of my class in the newsletter, but still to this
day I have not had anyone contact me that remembered
me from East St School, but I'm still hoping.
So, In memory of Holly, thank you everyone for bringing
Holly's hard work to fruition and hopefully one
day, maybe there will be another Hicksville Reunion
and I will most certainly be at it, you can count
Thank Pat, Lynda & Bob for the wonderful effort
you guys put into keeping this newsletter going!
I really enjoy reading the stories & articles
from everyone! Maybe one day I can put one of my
little short stories into the newsletter too?
All the very best to everyone, whereever you may
be! Stay safe!
Patti Reese, 1975
Great newsletter. I'm going to make a copy and
show it to a few friends that aren't online. I enjoyed
Ray Muller's questions. What were the answers to
some of the other questions like numbers 6,8,12,14?
We're getting ready for the effects of Hurricane
Isabel here in Hicksville today. Winds are already
starting to pick up. The Holly Horton story is very
sad. She created something beautiful though that
will last for a long time. Take care, Chris
Chris Andersen, 1967
Thank you for this email it was wonderful. I didn't
know Holly but want to say, "Thanks for the
Memories". All of you that contribute to this
Newsletter do a fantastic job. It serves as a vehicle
to bring us to a kinder and gentler time.
Larry Senn, 1964
Just enjoyed reading the FIRST HHS newsletter and
your contribution about "old Hicksville".
Yeah, I remember all that also. We would take a
"trip" to Hempstead to buy shoes. During
the war, my Mom would buy us, Ernie and I, shoes
and immediately order another pair.
Hope all is well with you. Glad you guys missed
Isabel; we await strong winds and rain tonight.
Hope LIPA has things under control. This time I
have batteries and a small battery operated lamp.
Ellen Boos Bruwer, 1954
One of the reactions to reading Holly's memorial
NEWSLETTER was to share it with a long time friend
and Hicksville resident Alex Abruzzo, who never
attended HHS but non the less knew many of the same
people I did since we were roughly the same age
and shared the same network of friends.
He came back to me with his own memories of our
halcyon Hicksville days. It would appear that the
'ball' initiated by Holly, Ray Muller, and now you....
"is still rolling". Here's some of what
Alex, a talented guitar player in his own right,
had to say:
"John, that was great. I don't remember Huntner's
or the Hudson dealer. I remember the three hardware
stores, but only one name: Sausmer's. There was
Stop 'n' Shop and nobody mentioned Van Anken's ice
cream parlor or the 5&10 right in the middle
of town or the Monday night jam sessions in the
Hicksville Movie after the last picture show.......................
................In 1954 there was a music store
in Hicksville run by two musicians, Daniel Tarkoff
and Bernard Haggerty--one played the tenor sax and
other, trombone. It was located on the west side
of Broadway, either next to Goldman Bros. or a couple
of doors away from Goldman's. They arranged to have
jam sessions held at the old Hicksville movie house
on E. Marie St. The sessions were run on Monday
evenings, up on the stage, literally after the last
picture show. In those days movie houses still had
pianos in them left over from the silent movie days.
The two gathered local jazz musicians to play (Joe
Colemen, drums; and Al Cappi, guitar; are two I
remember) and managed to get a big name guest artist
for each performance. They had singer/guitarist
Slim Gaillard (I got his autograph that night),
Coleman Hawkins, and Louie Bellson at different
times playing right there on stage in front of the
movie screen. The series didn't last too long, but
it was free and great fun while it did. And it just
happens to be a bit of interesting Hicksville history
that ought to be chronicled. "
And so it has ............
John Sherin, 1956
What were the names of the Bakeries? I thought
there were 3.
Ray Feierstein, 1963
Ellen Boos Bruwer, 1954 sent the following:
There was a Just-Rite bakery on the corner of Broadway
and Cherry Street. It is now the parking lot for
Chroma Shop, across from Schwartz Furniture Store.
My sister worked at Barenhberg's bakery. In fact,
I sold a car to the present owner of their home
on the corner of First St and Jerusalem Avenue.
He took Herb and I through the house when we dropped
off the car to him. Great days when my sister worked
at the bakery; we got lots of goodies she could
bring home. We didn't ever have the money to just
(The only other bakery I remember was the one at
the Allied Shopping Center on Jerusalem Ave. - Pat
Koziuk Driscoll - Ed.)
I enjoyed your Memory of Holly; I was one of the
people she had contacted from the class of 61. We
were in 9th grade together. I had been so looking
forward to seeing her. We e-mailed every few days
and then a few days before the reunion I stopped
receiving an answer. It was very strange. I told
my husband that something was wrong. The morning
of the reunion, I read her name in the obituaries.
I couldn't believe it. She never said she was sick
or anything. She was so looking forward to seeing
everyone................So thanks for the Memorial
Ann Cassese Costantino '61
Just re-read this and boy do we ALL owe Holly a
If it wasn't for her we wouldn't have been
able to get this wonderful newsletter nor would
it have been as easy as it has been to get out the
word for our up and coming 1961 Reunion. Thank goodness
there were others who picked up and continued after
she was gone. I just want to say that I enjoy every
line of this newsletter and truly hope that the
Reunion in May has a tremendous turn out. A BIG
THANK YOU to everyone contributing to bring all
our memories back.
Lillian (Manzo) Ramirez, 1961
HICKSVILLE NEWSLETTER, 2000
Dana Hayden Jackson, 1962
Jim Thompson, 1961 (need email address)
Fred Fluckiger, 1937
Kathy Quinn, 1971
Connie Baboukis, 1959 (NJ)
Rosarie Camer De Guzman, 1981 (Philippines)
Ginny Elwood Bowen, 1956 (FL)
Nancy North-Park, 1961 (FL)
Gary Nadell, 1965
Doreen Jakabek Kharman-Wittig, 1965
Belated wishes to Rochell Heyman Baron, 1961
- Aug. 25th
10/4/1958 - Ruth (Olsen) and Den Collins, (L.I.)
News and Notes and Memories
August 28, 2003
GESELL-Diane J. (Giordano) 59 died peacefully on
Monday, August 25, 2003. Born February 28, 1944
in Brooklyn, New York, she was raised in Long Island
and was the daughter of the late Thomas J. and Rita
M. (Marcario) Giordano. She lived in Middletown
since 1988; recently moving to Yale Street, Hartford,
CT. Diane was employed for 14 years by the Connecticut
Children's Medical Center as an Administrative Assistant,
and Child and Family Support Services in Hartford
(formerly Newington Children's Hospital). Diane
enjoyed cooking and playing with her beautiful granddaughter,
Olivia Rose. She was dedicated to her family, many
friends and her work at the Children's Hospital.
She is survived by her son, daughter-in-law and
granddaughter, Eric, Tracey, and Olivia Rose Gesell
of Effort, PA (with whom she recently made her home),
a brother, Thomas M. Giordano and his wife Patricia
of Middletown, three nieces, Debra Roberts and her
husband Stephen of Branford, CT., Suzanne Giordano
and her loving partner, Allen Freeman of Meriden,
CT and Lori Bennett and her husband Rick of Kensington,
CT., grandnephews, Korey Speller, Tre Freeman, Nick,
Alex, Jacob and Sammy Roberts and a host of dear
and close friends in Connecticut and New York. A
celebration of Diane's life will take place Saturday
at 12 noon at the D'Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly
Brook Blvd. Wethersfield, CT. Calling hours will
be Friday from 6-8pm at the D'Esopo Funeral Chapel.
Donations in Diane's memory may be made to Children's
First Fund, Connecticut Children's Medical Center,
12 Charter Oak Place, Hartford, CT 06106.
Copyright (c) 2003, Newsday, Inc.
This links straightaway to a picture of Diane at
...link to picture of Diane Giordano
COCHEO, CAROLE A. (Goettelmann), age 65 of Orlando,
died January 22, 2003. She is survived by her beloved
husband, Robert; mother, Mabel Goettelmann; sister
and brother-in-law, Jean and Jack LaPointe; nephew
and his family, Doug, Kelli and Katie LaPointe.
Carole was from Hicksville, NY and moved to Orlando
in 1972. She was a Lutheran and a homemaker, and
previously was co-owner of Caro's Greyhounds for
ten years. Memorial Services will be held Saturday
January 25, 2003, 10AM at the Woodlawn Funeral Home
with Rev. Paul Faust, Zion Lutheran Church officiating.
Family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions
may be directed to The American Cancer Society at
(800) 227-2345. Arrangements by Woodlawn Funeral
Home and Memorial Park. 407-293-1361.
This article originally appeared in The Orlando
Sentinel, Jan. 23, 2003 and was sent to us by Jean
Goettelmann La Pointe.
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This month we would like to present Gerard Dombrowsky
August 13, 1980, started out like any other day for
Gerard Dombrowsky. A New York City fireman since his
discharge from the army in the late sixties, Gerard
dedicated his life to saving people. In his short tenure
as a firefighter, he received the Medal Of Valor from
the Mayor. He also distinguished himself on other occasions
and received several Class A Meritorious awards.
When the alarm sounded on the morning of August 13,
the men responded as they usually do, slipping into
protective gear and climbing aboard equipment that would
take them to the emergency site. The vehicles were enroute
In the distance, the firefighters could see a queue
of smoke working its way skyward. As the fire trucks
got closer, they could see flames breaching the windows
of a three-story building. A Lieutenant, first on the
scene, was barking orders to the firefighters as each
truck came to a screeching stop
There was a tremendous amount of activity outside the
building. Hoses were hooked to hydrants and thousands
of gallons of water were redirected into the bowels
of super pumpers that increased water pressure. Hoses
hooked to the pumpers directed streams of water that
danced strangely against the burning structure. Others
were poised at several entrances waiting to enter the
building. Firefighter Dombrowsky was ready and waiting.
The order was given to enter.
The raging fire threatened the integrity of the structure
that surrounded Gerard and five other firefighters.
Flames licked at the protective clothing each was wearing
that helped shield them from the intense heat. Oxygen
masks provided the only means for breathing in the dense
smoke filled, building. They worked their way forward
one step at a time. No one saw it coming
Suddenly, the building collapsed with the floors above
the firefighters cascading down pinning them under mounds
To be continued.
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News, Notes and Memories
MID-LIFE CRISIS will be playing some of the best
classic rock tunes at Callahan's, East Meadow (Hempstead
Turnpike next to Home Depot) on Saturday, 10/11/2003.
Show starts around 10:00 pm.
Anton Mure, 1968
I came upon this site and it might help people
from 1965 who have
lost their yearbooks.
Gary Nadell, 1965
Great news from Lorraine (Kalen) Lowen '66 and
We just became the proud grandparents of a boy..Jacob
Andrew Sanzano. Statistics..9 LB, 21 1/2 inches
long, born on August 27, 2003. Lorraine and Bill's
daughter Cori, lives in Potomac Falls, VA, with
her husband Mike and this is their first child after
being married over 12 years. We are all thrilled.
Another great newsletter! My hat's off to you guys
the way you keep this thing going. It's got to take
alot of your time! A special welcome back to Linda.
I wasn't aware of her condition, but she sounds
like a trooper who makes everyone around her feel
better! I love people who can do that. Most of all
I'm glad to hear her treatment is over and she's
Sharon and I are loving North Carolina, except for
all the rain we've had since moving here in February.
Our new house will be ready by mid-December. It's
located in Chapel Hill on the 17th green of The
Preserve at Jordan Lake Golf Club. I'm still working
full time, but Sharon and I are playing lots of
golf these days too!
We were grandparents for the 2nd time in June when
son Joe and his wife Rada presented us with Nicole
Christiane Carfora on June 5. Our daughter, Kelly,
who lives in Denver, is due to have a little boy
in late October. This will make us grandparents
three times over before the year is out!
We are taking our oldest granddaughter, Arianna
(Nicole's big sister) to Disneyworld the week of
September 8th. We can't wait to spoil her some more!
Keep up the great work!
My best to all,
Joe Carfora '62
I enjoy reading the newsletter so much. I thought
I sent our anniversary date to you. Bud and I were
married 46 years on June 1st. It wasn't in the newsletter.
Boy, that's hard to believe. How could so much time
Had an exciting event this summer. Bud and I decided
to drive from our home in Ft. Lauderdale to Vermont
with a week in NY. While in the PA Mountains we
visited my old pal from HHS Diana Gund and her husband
Ed Schleyer. It was wonderful and when Diana and
I saw each other we screamed that neither of us
had changed one bit in 49 years. We stayed in the
town two nights and they showed us all over. The
mountains are beautiful and their home is lovely.
What a thrill to team up with my friend again.
We then spent a week at the Marriott Coliseum on
the Island, where my niece Kim O'Leary Norberg is
sales manager. I'm sure some of you know her parents,
Judy (Elwood) and Brian O'Leary. I think they graduated
in 67' and Brian went on to Post where he had a
football scholarship. The week after we left Judy
and Brian became Grandparents to Kaitlyn Rose via
Kim and Jude Norberg and 2 weeks later their little
Grandson arrived, Ryan John via Taryn (O'Leary)
and Brad Wells. Judy and Bryan are in heaven. I
told them now that they're Grandparents; they must
have a SUV, so now they're the proud owners of one.
If any of you remember my other sister Jackie Elwood
DiLorenzo, I think class of 60', and she's had a
wonderful life. She and Phil have two beautiful
grown daughters and Jackie continues to be involved
in the Paralympics where she's competed all over
the world and has numerous gold medals and awards.
She gives motivational speeches, has modeled, acted,
been invited to the White House and has met with
several NY Mayors. They live in Hastings.
Anyway, it was wonderful being in NY again and it
just rejuvenates me till the next time.
Any news on the next reunion? I know it had sort
of been in the planning stages. We've been gone
most of the summer and getting ready to take off
again. This heat and rain has been something this
summer. I think the worst in a long time.
Ginny Elwood Bowen, 1956
Thanks for sending the Hicksville Newsletter. We
really enjoy reading it. I wonder if the class of
1951 is becoming extinct? But then it is 52 years
ago. JoAnn Watson Christiansen (51) and Ron Christiansen
have asked me to have you add their name to the
mailing list. They celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary on June 1, 2002.
Audrey Olsen Lent (51)
Hi, my name is Maureen Schrimpe class of 1963.
I just learned of this newsletter from Dana Jackson
and would love to be put on the mailing list also.
Since leaving Hicksville High, I have graduated
from Marywood College with degrees in Dietetics
and also Hotel Restaurant Management. I also entered
the convent. I am a Sister Of the Immaculate Heart
of Mary for the last 37 years. I was Director of
Food Service at Marywood College, and presently
I am in administration at the University of Maryland
Department of Dining Services, in College Park,
MD. "Home of the Maryland Terrapins."
I presently live at St. John the Evangelist Convent
in Silver Spring.
Maureen Schrimpe, 1963
I really enjoy getting the Hicksville newsletter
and don't want to miss it, so please change my email
address to the one listed below. I'm closing my
AOL account - too much junk mail!
By the way, here are some facts I guess you don't
have about me, but I have enjoyed seeing about our
Married to Diane (Boseling) class of '62 from Jericho
Just celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary - August
We have two very successful daughters, two terrific
son-in-laws and two darling grandchildren (ages
5 and 2) Diane & I live in Levittown, Pennsylvania
(very much like Levittown, NY) and would be thrilled
if any old classmates decided to drop in to say
Keep up the great work.
New email address for Steve Baum '62 is: SFBaum@comcast.net
JACK A. BELLAN, 1973 writes:
(My wife's name is) Lauri Dworkin-Bellan. We have
an 11-year-old son named Ari born 11-1-91. My parents
were Dr. William and Fay Bellan of 25 Holyoke Rd.
Hicksville, if any alumni remember them. Both have
I have received three newsletters and they are
very interesting, a lot of memories come to mind
when I read them.
Keep up the good work.
If any one from the class of 1973 wants to reach
me my office address is:
THE LAW OFFICES OF JACK A. BELLAN, ESQ.
9900 West Sample Rd
Coral Springs, Fl 33065
Thanks again for your good work
Okay folks, here's the early line on our winter
holiday concert date:
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13TH at St. Luke's in the village.
Mark it down and reserve the night. Other details
will follow when I know them.
I know things get hectic around the holiday season,
but I'd really love to see you all there.
For those of you who are regulars, you know how
wonderful these nights can be. For those who have
not seen us in a while, I think you'll be surprised
at how much we have grown musically.
Once again, mark it down. A grand time will be
had by all.
David Teitel, 1968
Hey guys: Just a quick word to let you know how
much I enjoy getting the newsletter. This past summer
I received e-mail from the young lady I took to
my senior prom, Kathy (Ibbotson) Bently. It was
great to go over some old times and some recent
ones as we talked about our children.
I also wanted to let you know that my son, Howard
III, recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq.
He is a Navy corpsman but stationed with the Marines.
They do not have their own medics so they draw from
the Navy. He's been over there since March and returned
in July. He and his wife were up here on Labor Day
and informed us that they are expecting their first
child. This will be our third grandchild!!!
Thanks again for putting the newsletter together.
Looking forward to next month's. Take care
Howard Bell, 1968
Graduated from HHS in 1966. Went to SUNY at Stony
Brook. Graduated in '70 with a BS in Math. Went
to the University of Michigan to start a PhD program
in Statistics because (1) they UofM supposedly had
a good Statistics department, (2) after attending
a small college, I wanted to go to a large school
with a great football team, and (3) I wanted to
be close to the Pacific Ocean - i.e. the "New
Yorkers view of the world". Got my MA degree
in Statistics in 1972. I met Rochelle, my future
wife, in March
'72. I left UofM in 1973 short of my PhD and took
a job with Texas Instruments providing statistical
support for environmental research studies on the
Hudson River, near Peekskill, NY.
We were contracted by ConEd to study the Hudson
River fisheries population as part of its efforts
to seek variance from environmental regulations
due to operation of its nuclear power facilities
at Indian Point, NY. TI hired fisheries biologists,
ecologists, limnologists, statisticians, programmers
and other project people to conduct those studies.
included implementing quality control into environmental
research studies and writing several professional
papers about our work, in particular a study of
the relative contribution of Hudson River striped
bass to the Atlantic coastal fisheries.
I left TI in 1978 to take a job back in Michigan
working for General Motors, so that I could be back
with Rochelle (to continue what was to become our
7-year on-again-off-again relationship). Ro and
I married in September 1978. Ro is a speech and
language pathologist at William Beaumont Hospital
in Royal Oak, Michigan. She became a full-time mom
when we started having children.
We have 3 great kids: Miriam (21), a senior political
science major at Northwestern University, recently
inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, about to take the
LSATs; Anne (19), a sophomore pre-med student at
Duke University, a member of Duke's dance team,
the "Dancing Devils;" and Michael (17),
a senior at North Farmington High School in Farmington
Hills, Michigan. He plays varsity soccer and tennis;
he's applying to Penn, Columbia, and other schools.
While working at TI, I studied martial arts. I
received my 2nd degree black in jiu-jitsu about
20 years ago. I taught for about 10 years in the
I also coached boys' soccer, basketball, baseball,
and girls softball. I once made the mistake of coaching
3 teams/sports in one season. The highlights of
my life include coaching these kids - many of which
are currently playing varsity soccer with my son
at NFHS. It's a real trip to run into one of these
kids, years later, with a "Hi coach, how are
I just celebrated my 25-year anniversary at GM.
I work at Service and Parts Operations, managing
the Customer Research group, focusing on improving
customer enthusiasm. My customers include the 7500
parts departments and service departments at General
Motors dealerships across the country as well as
our 100 warehouse distributors. Our brands are GM
Goodwrench and ACDelco.
Thinking about retirement - but probably won't
happen for another 5 years.
Joel Lieberman, 1966
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Deeds and the Doers of Deeds
Who did, or is thought to have done, the following:
The first heart transplant __________________
World War II's most decorated war hero ___________________
The Head of the Third Reich ___________________
The author of the Monroe Doctrine __________________
Man in charge of The New Deal ________________________
Assassin of Abraham Lincoln ______________________
The world's first four-minute miler ____________________
Author of Gulliver's Travels ________________________
Leader of the American forces at The Battle New Orleans
War of 1812 _____________________
Composer "most" associated with the music
known as ragtime _________
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HICKSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL, Class of 1961 announces a reunion.
The date, Saturday night, May 15, 2004, at the Holiday
Inn in Plainview, New York. The Holiday Inn is located
at 215 Sunnyside Blvd., Exit 46 L.I.E., or Exit 38 Northern
State Pkwy. The reunion committee has reserved the Hampton
Ballroom from 8PM until midnight.
The cost per person for the evening is $85.00. Included
is a buffet preceded by a fruit and cheese and relish
display. Included, also, is four hours of unlimited
The Holiday Inn is accepting reservations for rooms
at a guaranteed rate of $109.00 plus tax per night.
Mention the 1961 HHS reunion to get this special rate
when you call the Holiday Inn at 516-349-7400.
For the banquet, please forward a check made payable
to Michael Bisaccio, 48 Stockton Street, Brentwood,
NY 11717. Mike is Treasurer for the reunion and will
be collecting and depositing funds Also, please, when
you send Mike your check, include a biographical sketch
of your life since graduation from high school. The
committee would like to create a booklet to distribute
to those attending the reunion.
We are asking all alumni to please forward the name
and email address of other Hicksville alumni that you
correspond with on a continuing basis. Even if you only
touch base once a year, please let us know. This will
go a long way in helping us promote the upcoming reunion.
Send your list to anyone on the reunion committee.
Airline reservations are up to the individual. Flights
into any of the three local airports (Kennedy, La Guardia
or Macarthur) are available and you should be able to
get complimentary bus transportation to Holiday Inn.
If anyone is interested, we will put you in touch with
a limousine service that covers Long Island.
Our intention is to keep everyone advised through the
wonderful medium of electronics...email!!!
As our list of attendees grows, we will email the list
to you. Al Stippell, a graduate of the class of 1968,
will be our host disc jockey for the evening. Also,
from the class of '68, Paul Korman and his Blue House
Band will provide an evening of "live" music.
We are inviting alumni from the class of 1959, 1960
and 1962 to join us for an evening of getting reacquainted.
The fun will be provided by YOU.
Thanks...and we hope to see you there.
The Reunion Committee
Mike Bisaccio TerMik@aol.com
Bill Canham firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Casale email@example.com
Lillian Manzo firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary O'Shaughnessey email@example.com
p.s. please email your name, address, phone number and
special mailing information to Bill Canham
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1. Christian Bernard.
2. Audie Murphy
3. Adolf Hitler
4. James Monroe
5. Franklin D. Roosevelt
6. John Wilkes Booth
7. Roger Bannister
8. Jonathan Swift
9. Andrew Jackson
10. Scott Joplin
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Pat Koziuk Driscoll, 1956, FL
Linda Piccerelli Hayden, 1960, NJ
Bob Casale, 1961, HX and PA
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