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Volume 3 Number 4
SEASONS GREETINGS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL, FROM
THE GANG AT THE NEWSLETTER.
Anne Sullivan Kinsella, 1959 (HX) (need email
Kathy "Cookie" Koziuk Hannaman, 1960
Jim Wise, 1958 (TX)
Bob Casale, 1961 (HX & PA)
Ruth Olsen Collins, 1956 (L.I.)
"Murry" Dalaimo (need new email address)
James Gorman, 1966
November 12 - Belated birthday wishes to George
Ritzler, 1957 (PA)
December 5 -Kathy "Cookie" (Koziuk)
and Roy Hannaman (FL)
News and Notes
A Few December Facts
Chris Calma (1976) wrote to tell us of the passing
of Jeff Schuck (1973) on November 17,2002. Jeff
was an active member of the Hicksville Fire Department
for the last 15 years. He will be sorely missed.
Phil Fulco (1957) sent the following:
I got a note from Bob Nolan (class of '57) the
other day. He mentioned going to St Ignatius church
last week and seeing an item in the bulletin about
a mass for Emil Orlando. We had an Emil in the class
of '57. We were wondering if the item was about
him or possibly his father. Maybe you could put
something in the newsletter and see if anyone can
confirm this one way or the other.
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In April 1956, Heartbreak Hotel reached number one on
the U.S. charts. What was the next Presley disc to reach
Don't Be Cruel
All Shook Up
Love Me Tender
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
Which popular vocalist of the 50's and 60's once sang
in a high school band called The Wink Westerners?
Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On and Great Balls of Fire were
number one hits for this wild singer pianist during
the late fifties.
Jerry Lee Lewis
What was the origin of Ritchie Valens song La Bamba?
Ritchie's school friends at Pacoima High School wrote
It was written especially for Ritchie by Buddy Holly
It was adapted from an old Mexican wedding song
Ritchie wrote it about his mother's birthday
Which black singer with an unmistakably distinctive
voice, who was at first destined for a career as a boxer,
had a million selling hit in 1958 with Lonely Teardrops
Which one of these people were not an occupant of the
plane that Buddy Holly died on?
The Big Bopper
Who was the best-known teacher in the U.S.A. in July
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News and Notes
COMETS BLAZE ALONG THE POTOMAC
By Ken Strafer, 1962
It was a chapter right out of a Tom Clancy novel
set along the Potomac River. President George W.
Bush arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland
on Air Force One. The dark smoke colored windowed
Cadillac SUV passes through the main base gate.
An airman salutes and waves the vehicle on to the
base. A light rain begins to fall as a second vehicle,
a "Bill Blass" blue European convertible
speeds through the gate and turns down a secondary
street heading toward the base headquarters
building. It's a Friday and a heavy armed sergeant
is manning an interior security checkpoint. After
passing the black SUV on with the VVIP inside, he
notes the speeding sports sedan. With a sign of
recognition, the driver lowers the window, flashes
his government badge and yells, "We're heading
for the O'Club"! Looking into the now dark
of the evening, the sergeant points into the black
rain filled abyss. "That way," he says
A thriller about to be published, you might ask?
No, just a typical social gathering along the Potomac
River for Admiral Phil Anselmo (HHS 1958) and BG
Ken Strafer (HHS 1962) recently at Andrews Air Force
Base. This time there was a true twist: Pete Anselmo
(HHS 1962), the younger brother of Phil and classmate
of Ken's traveled south to attend the National Society
of Illustrators presentation of some 200 pieces
of aviation art to the United States Air Force.
During the evening, the trio met with NASCAR famed
Wood brothers, the Secretary of the Air Force, Dr.
James Roche (Former of Bethpage's legacy corporation,
Grumman!) and many of the nationally known artists
The HHS trio was joined by their wives, Diane Anselmo
(The admiral's rudder), Donna Anselmo (The main
bulb in Pete's real garden) and Laura B. (the nose
art on Ken's plane). All declared the evening a
fantastic celebration of friendship and comradery
through the years. Ken's comment to the Anselmo's,
"We have to do this more often than every 30
years!" Enough said!
Photo at: http://group.classmates.com/user/photoalbum/photo.tf?photo_id=1890796
It's amazing when I read the newsletter there is
always something I pick up. George Howard was my
husband's cousin.... who died on 9/11 in line of
duty. I never knew there was a web site...a thanks.
Eileen (Kessler) Lee class of 63
One of our newest readers, Joan Siegl Rudolph,
1961, who now lives in
Florida kindly shares a bit of her life with us:
"... My mother lives on Edison Street, I have
two sisters that live here too, one lives in Beverly
Hills and the other in Dunnellon. My brother lives
in Michigan, he used to work with the Sheriffs Department
but now is semi retired.
My husband, Fred, is five years older than I so
he remembers more people than I do. He used to hang
out with John Donavan, Bob Henfling and Dave Sailor
and others which I forgot their names right now.
I have two children, a daughter, Dawn, who still
lives in Bay Shore, Long Island with her two children;
a son who is seven and a daughter who just turned
nine; I miss my grandchildren so much. My other
daughter, Debbie, moved down to Clermont, an hour
away from me, and she visits us every other week."
G'day again from the Aussie connection!
Hope this finds you all well & safe!
I just wanted to pop this 1st grade photo I had
of me with my classmates into the newsletter &
see if it sparks any memories with anyone! I am
still wanting to find some of my old (ok, maybe
not so old) classmates from way back when, before
I left Hicksville to move to Australia (OZ). I am
sitting in the back far right corner with the white
dress on. I'm wondering if anyone recognizes themselves?
It would be really great to find out what some of
you guys have gotten up to over the past 35 years!!!!
I am currently living in Florida & have been
up to NYC 4 times already! I've been in the states
now for almost 3 years. If anyone would like to
contact me, my email address is email@example.com
. Hope to hear from some of you!
Best wishes to everyone!
Patti (the girl from OZ) Hickey Rees, 1975
Photo can be viewed at:
Kay Iller Byrne wonders if anyone knows the whereabouts
of her classmates Jimmy Kelly and Frank Scarangella,
class of 1956.
Arline Barna is looking for Ed Kasten, also class
Mary O'Shaughnessey Korothy Cleary (Class of 1961)
sent this for inclusion in the newsletter.
"I was at that concert. [The concert at the
paramount when Alan Freed was emcee and he invited
the boys to perform. See Photo at: http://group.classmates.com/user/photoalbum/photo.tf?album_id=113425;offs
et=0 ] Front about six rows back on the left
hand side facing the stage. It was amazing but I
was so surprised by everyone screaming at Johnny
& Jimmy. I used to live around the corner from
them on Kraemer Street and they always picked on
me. I just didn't see what everyone else saw, I
Anyway I guess this is as good a time as any to
tell you a story about Hicksville about 1967-68.
As some of you know my Mom
and Dad owned a store next to Goldman Bros. on Broadway.
It was luncheonette and I worked there after school
and on Saturdays. I never felt sorry for myself
having to work as many of my schoolmates came in
from Goldman Bros. where they also worked part time
jobs. A few faces I remember are the Fenigstein
Brothers and Jimmy Faichney (I am not sure of
the spelling). Anyway, I married, moved out and
was not too concerned that the powers that be in
Hicksville decided to widen Broadway. As I look
back now I remember my beautiful home. It had stained
glass windows and was a turn of the century building
with many collectables. Since I was married and
had my own home when the time came to move out my
Mom said to come and get our stuff in the attic.
She said if we wanted it we had to move it or it
was being left behind. As most people do, I left
it too late and the wrecking ball came in and took
my prom dresses, photo albums and most importantly
the largest record collection of my class. I am
sure I had at least one if not two copies of the
I recently read I book that touched me for many
reasons. The name of the book is "Walking in
the Rainbow" by Fannie Flagg. Except for the
setting it was written about Hicksville in my memory.
There was something about growing up in Hicksville
in our era. My children also grew up in Hicksville
but they do not seem to have the closeness we still
have. If you like to read treat yourself to this
story. It surely touched my soul."
Harriet (Harri) Molese, 1956 shares the following
"Arlene Andrade clued me in re the above newsletter.
Is it possible to send it to me? I would really
appreciate it. I've just taken a new and exciting
job as the Activities Director of Carnegie East
House (a Senior residence) on Manhattan's Eastside.
I'll be setting up parties, health & fitness
seminars, and trips to Atlantic City, etc., for
the residents. I'm really looking forward to working
in this area after 30 stress filled years in Public
Reunion.com and PlanetAlumni.com recently joined
The new address: http://www.Reunion.com
Reprinted With Permission From The Hicksville Illustrated
November 1, 2002
Tribute To Hicksville's Unsung Hero
Being a teenager growing up in Hicksville in the
'60s was truly an unforgettable experience. The
sound of the neighborhood basement bands was on
every corner. Most of us were teenage wannabe rock
and roll stars. There was a band called the Commandoes
which led the pack. This was Howie Blauvelt's band.
This group of young, teenage musicians was way ahead
of the rest of the area bands at the time. They
won the Nassau County Battle of the Bands and also
appeared at the New York World's Fair. Howie had
a style of bass playing that was all his own. Listening
and watching him play was infectious. Howie graced
many a stage during his musical career.
In 1966, Howie joined an established group who called
themselves The Hassles. This group played all of
the New York area hot spots such as The Eye in the
Hamptons and Steve Paul's Scene in New York City.
The Hassles also toured other parts of the country
and had two albums and two hit singles.
In 1968, The Hassles disbanded. Howie persevered
and went on to play with many other top-notch musicians
and performers such as Billy Joel, Ram Jam and Uncle
Son until his untimely death on October 25, 1993.
Each time I drive past the Hicksville Middle School,
I can still hear Howie's percussive bass riffs pounding
through the gymnasium doors. That's where it all
started - playing there on Friday nights for the
junior high dances in the '60s. Anyone who ever
had the pleasure of watching Howie perform surely
understands what I mean. He will certainly be missed
but never forgotten. He had all the notes of life.
Paul L. Korman, 1969
SEE A PHOTO OF HOWIE AT:
(Howard A. Blauvelt, FEB 24, 1949 - OCT 25, 1993)
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Trivia One - I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
Trivia Two - Roy Orbison
Trivia Three - Jerry Lee Lewis
Trivia Four - It was adapted from an old Mexican wedding
Trivia Five - Jackie Wilson
Trivia Six - Eddie Chochran
Trivia Seven - Mr. Lee
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A Few December Facts
Christmas became a national holiday in the US in
In 1947, Toys for Tots started making the holidays
a little happier for children by organizing its
first Christmas toy drive for needy youngsters.
On Dec. 10th 1901 the 1st Nobel prizes were awarded.
Literature - Rene Sully-Prudhomme; Physiology -
Emil von Behring; Chemistly - Jacobus van't Hoff;
Physics - Wilhelm Roentgen; Peace - Jean Henri Dunant
On December 20, 1860, South Carolina was the first
state to secede from the Union.
Both Frank Capra and the studio considered the
annual Christmas classis "It's a Wonderful
Life" a failure.
Pat Koziuk Driscoll, 1956, FL
Linda Piccerelli Hayden, 1960, NJ
Bob Casale, 1961, HX and PA
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