Dennis Naso

Class of 1961

 

When I was in high school, I was known as Dennis Naso, but my friends called me Dennis.

I flunked out of college. Mr. Galloway registered me for night courses at C.W. Post. It took me nine years to graduate. I was a teacher in the Lake Ronkonkoma School District for 30 years. It was very interesting to have some children of former classmates at Hicksville coming through the Ronkonkoma school district. It probably was a shock when the kids went home after their first time in class.

The parents would ask, “Who are your teachers.”

When they said Mr. Naso, the parents probably were incredulous.

“Not Dennis Naso,” I’m sure was their comment. “He has a degree???”

On a more serious note, I had some really nice comments from my former students and from their parents who were my friends.

I have been married to Ethyl (a BRIT) for the past 45 years. Ethyl is a wonderful lady and the light of my life.

We met in October of 1964. I was her mailman but she didn’t know it at the time. I met Ethyl in a club. She was a stray and needed a ride home. I took her home without ever getting directions. Ethyl said, “How did you do that?” My reply was, “I work for the government. That’s all I can tell you.”

We have three sons, Robert 40, Mark 37 Steven 35. My children are spread out…one is in Singapore…another is in Chicago…the third in my backyard, in Wading River.

Ethyl and I have six grandkids…5 boys and 1 girl.

Hicksville was a great place for children to grow up from Kindergarten through graduation.

If I had to it all over again, I would do it all over again.