Hicksville's Own: The James Thom ThingThe editors learned about The James Thom Thing from a Facebook post with a link to their new Valentine's song, Our Time.
The James Thom Thing, formerly known as The Fanatics, include Singer/Songwriter James Thom Cafiero (Class of ’73) on vocals, guitar, and keyboards, Rob Plotsky (Class of 72) on guitar and vocals and Rich Hanson (Class of '73) on bass guitar and vocals. Their debut EP as The Fanatics featured the songs “Barbed Wire,” “Magazine Woman,” and “Dr. Nylon”. These songs appeared on many college and East Coast radio charts. The song “Barbed Wire” also appeared on the first WBAB Homegrown Lin addition to runner up Screamer of the Week on WLIR.
They performed at many top NYC venues such as CBGB’s, Max’s Kansas City, Trax, Heat, Bonds, SNAFU, and on Long Island at My Father’s Place, Malibu, Hammerheads, and Spit. The band opened for many national artists, including Joan Jett and the Black Hearts, at the Calderone Concert Hall. The band's second EP, “Everything Right Goes Wrong,” which was distributed worldwide, contained the songs “Everything Right Goes Wrong," ”Endgame,” and ”I Can’t Control Myself.”
Later, they became known as “The James Thom Thing” and continued performing their original music in Manhattan at venues such as The Hard Rock Café and The Downtime. During this time, they released their 14-song CD entitled “What Is This Thing Called Tom?” which appeared on many independent and top 40 radio charts nationwide. The single from the CD, “The Canvas That We Weave,” reached No. 9 on the adult contemporary radio charts in Hawaii.
The James Thom Thing continues to release original music with an eclectic style and ear-catching melodies and is available on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, YouTube, and Amazon Music, among many other digital platforms.
Web Page: http://www.thejamestomthing.com
Facebook: The James Thom Thing https://www.facebook.com/jamesthom007/
VENUES: MY FATHER'S PLACE, ROSLYN NY-THE HARD ROCK CAFÉ, MANHATTAN- MOLLOY COLLEGE, ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NYYou can also view THE JAMES THOM THING Facebook page and our website:
The Building of Suburbia
Wendy Elkis Girnis, Class of 1977
From 1941 until 1945, the United States was involved in WWII. It was fought in Europe, as well as in the Pacific. During those years, 16 million Americans served in the Armed Forces. Back at home, life consisted of rubber drives, steel drives, and book drives, as well as the rationing of food and other items. Housing construction had stopped to allocate building supplies to the war effort. In 1944, the Veterans Administration home loan program came into existence. This program had a major impact on the housing market, and led to the growth of suburban areas including Levittown and Hicksville.
by Wayne Sternberger, Class of 1971
Editors' Note: Just in case you missed last month's edition, what follows is the history of PIXville in the words and pictures of Wayne Sternberger in what he has called Hicksville High School Behind the Camera.
I graduated from Hicksville High School in June 1971. There are a few pictures of me from my time at HHS and HJHS, but they are few and far between. This was largely due to me taking pictures of everyone else. I had a couple of cameras, lots of film, and a basement darkroom. And, because this was long before the world was colorized, my photos were black and white. Fortunately for me, the memories are still in vivid color.
I was on the audio-visual squad in Jr. High and High School, so I was also behind the projector, on the PA system, and making copies of handouts and tests. I was at sporting events, pep rallies, dances, class elections, school board meetings, and other parts of our HHS existence. While we all witnessed the world changing, I had the photographic “evidence.” And I wanted to share some of that in the form of photos that I unearthed while sorting through more than 50 years of what I call collectibles and my wife (Shari Stockinger Sternberger, HHS ’71) would call clutter. These photos didn’t make it into the yearbook—for good reason—yet probably have meaning for many of us.
I suppose our parents expected school to provide academic and vocational preparation for our futures primarily. We were more likely to embrace school for the social and extracurricular activities. I want to share some of the memories I captured in the pictures I took. While they reflect a small, finite period in the history of HHS, I’m sure that HHS classmates of all ages can share the nostalgia.
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