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Russell Elba, I too am 3 to 4 years younger, but do remember you well. I saw Jake roaming the "avenue" in his usual dazed state 2 or 3 years ago!
Ann Brenenson Gordon <MALJGORDON@COMPUSERVE.COM>
OCEANSIDE, NY USA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 18:22:40 (MST
Donny Shulman: (1) I still live in Bell Park; (2) I do not hear from Robert Pomann, but his mother Evelyn still lives there. His oldest brother Arnold died tragically in the past two years of a heart attack; (3) you are being oh so kind about my football abilities. Stick ball, punch ball, and slap ball compliments I will accept, but I could never hold onto that damn football. You were always the coach of the team, and you instinctively realized that, if you told me directly what you thought of my playing (like others on this site), you might put me on a psychiatrist's couch years into the future. It's good to see you.
Brian Sokoloff <bsoloff@mail.idt.net>
Bayside, NY USA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 17:19:23 (MST
hey alan! remember the famous antenna pen at bernies bargin basement? i went with steve nathanson richard drieband howie lowenbraun what a class he alkways told us if we didnt bring the checks he could go get us gifts loved that guy!
neal caliendo <nhcaliendo>
howell, nj USA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 16:50:56 (MST
BARRY ADLER, NICE TO HERE FROM YA, ONE OF THE VIVID MEMORIES I HAVE OF YOU IS WHEN ME GOLDWASSER JEFF EPSTEIN GRANN &A FEW OTHERS, WHEN STEVE (EGG) LEVENE COLD COCKED YOU IN THE FACE,FOR NOTHING(THE MAN HAD A TEMPER) I CAN STILL SEE THE PUNCH. YOU TOOK IT,GREAT BUT ,, YOU COULD HAVE A ND SHOULD HAVE KICKED HIS ASS LOLOLOL PS I ALWAYS LIKED YOU BARRY, YOU WERE FUNNY, AND ALWAYS A FRIEND. PS IF YOU READ THIS (EGG) E-MAIL ME
RICHIE MERITZ <RICHIE4845@AOL>
LONGBEACH, USA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 16:37:35 (MST
Hi Stu, Yes, I did live on 217th...my parents still do. The old block hasn't changed much, just the ethnic makeup. It's mostly Korean now. Joan Kempler did live on that block too. I haven't heard of her in decades, tho' I know her younger sister Michele is still living in the house where they grew up. Michael Dulberg, do you remember going on a group bowling date in 6th grade? Joan came, Elihu Rubin as well and some others.
Helen Rubinstein Faber <Ruby17@aol.com>
New York, NY USA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 16:22:24 (MST
Hey: This site is great!!! I lived right outside th "Top of the Court" and was a pretty good punchballer myself. Its great to see a lot of familiar names.
Howard Putzer <SirPut@aol.com>
USA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 16:18:13 (MST
Okay, so here’s the scoop about that infamous punchball game between 5-4 (Mrs. Levine’s class) and 5-2 (Mrs. Mulvaney). This comes from my 5th grade diary, which I dug out because several people e-mailed me about this–and Peri, you were right! Apparently, one of the girls in 5-4 had written a nasty letter about the 5-2 boy’s punchball team. The teachers discovered it and had the captain of the team (wasn’t it you, Jeff S.?)check handwritings. No luck identifying the culprit. The next day, all of the girls, except for the absent Susan Farenci and Laura (?)started heckling the other team. Well, Levine, who never missed an opportunity to teach us moral lessons and shake us out of our pre- teen complacency, said something like “Well, boys, your classmates have a small world view. They seem to think that nothing is important besides your winning a ballgame.” And from then on, for 3 days, she wouldn’t call on any girl and would greet the class in the morning by saying Good morning boys, Susan and Laura. We were mortified and proceeded to write notes of apology (could you imagine the response of kids today?) I eventually found out who had written the nasty note. Now don’t bother asking, but I will say that it was someone in the class who was perceived as close to sainthood! BTW, does anyone remember Levine wearing culottes? How revolutionary at the time.
Helen Rubinstein Faber <Ruby17@aol.com>
New York, NY USA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 16:17:43 (MST
i think mr levine put shoe polish in his hair!!!
Peri Nusbaum <imperial@optonline.net>
Seaford, NY USA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 15:37:32 (MST
helen rubenstein...i remember that punchball game BUT you got it wrong...i was not one of the ones she spoke to...there were 3 girls and i dont remember who they were but it wasnt me...for a couple days she would say good morning boys and whoever those 3 girls were
Peri Nusbaum <imperial@optonline.net>
Seaford, NY USA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 15:36:06 (MST
Richie Moose Meritz: Good to see you on line. I 'm Residing just a few miles away From raymond. About a year ago I bumped into robert Starkman with his family (on vacation from Florida) at a cafe here in santa Monica.I think I recognized yankowitz' name from the springer credits (at the show's end) but I didn't think anything of it.Interesting. Later Moose.
Barry Adler <barryadler@earthlink.net>
Santa Monica, CA USA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 15:33:33 (MST
Just found out about this website from my parents who still live in bell park on bell blvd. I just passed this on to my brother richie (moose) meritz who I see from his comments loved reading about all his old friends. We grew up on 73rd Ave and 218th St. I havent recognized too many people yet, I think I was a little older than most. I graduated high school in 68. I just finished reading about Mr. Crane and almost fell off my chair. I was recently telling my kids about a mean science teacher I had who scared me to death and made me cry. My problem with him was finally resolved after my going to the guidance counselor to complain. After that Mr. Crane was my buddy. Thanks for this great site. I am reliving many memories that were forgotten for many years. Would love to hear from some of the people we played punchball with in the driveway behind 73 rd ave.
shelley meritz wagshul <shellbell100@hotmail.com>
dayton, oh USA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 15:16:44 (MST
hi helen r...thanks for the warm greeting...were you on 217th between 64th and horace harding?...near joan kempner?...all i remember about mr crane was how shiny his head was after he got a haircut...it was like a wax job...he also used to yell at us to clean our fingernails because they were "a haven for bacteria"...
stu levin <stulevin@hotmail.com>
fort salonga, ny USA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 15:01:01 (MST
RAY LEWKOW, NICE HEREING FROM YOU,THOSE LAST 2 YRS AT COLLEGE WREE INTERESTING, AS FOR ANYONE LOOKING FOR JACK YANKOWITZ, HIS ADVERTISMENTS FOR A LAWYER ARE ALWAYS ON DURING JERRY SPRINGER.
RICHIE MERITZ <RICHIE4845@AOL>
LONGBEACH, USA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 14:24:30 (MST
To Gary Morgan Nice to see you posting. I remember going to your sister Trudi's birthday party, when we were real little. You used to live next door to us on 73rd avenue before you moved to the back, near Robbie Bernstein.
Eddie Greenberg <eddieg@ix.netcom.com>
Fair Lawn, NJ USA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 14:14:24 (MST
Hi Helen Rubinstein. I remember that 5th grade incident but don't remember the details. I just remember that 5-2 (miss Mulvaney's class) and 5-4 (Mrs. Levine's class) had an intense punchball rivalry. I vaguely remember a big todo, fill us in on the details. I definitely remember Mr. Crane. I have a vivid memory of dissecting a frog in his class. I remember holding up the frog's intestines which stretched out about a foot or so, until the intestines snapped and went flying off into the air. I think they may have hit a female lab partner who freaked. Mr. Levine's hair was so greasy he must have used vaseline not brylcream in his hair.
Michael Dulberg <hkb07@earthlink.net>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 12:39:50 (MST
Last night, I spoke to Danny Lockshon for the first time in about a zillion years! We talked about lots of stuff including "The Ricochets", Sandy Levy, all the guys (Richie, Mitch, Cuk, Dano, Stollak, Jet etc.) He lives in Washington (the state), is married, and has a daughter. I told him about the site, and I hope that he will post soon. If you read this posting Danny, it was great talking to you and I hope you had a very Happy Birthday. Thanks to Jet, this is just another example of the many connections that "old" friends have made as a result of this site. And by the way, a special hello to Nori G. who I fondly remember after all these years.
Mike Alterbaum <mike_alterbaum@msn.com>
houston, tx USA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 11:05:53 (MST
Brian Sokoloff - Great to hear from you. I thought you were a very good football player. Those games were lots of fun. Do you still live in BPG? Do you hear from Robert Pomann?
Don Shulman <dshulman@bellsouth.net>
Orlando, Fl USA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 10:54:01 (MST
Just a couple of quick notes. Yes, I remember Les,the crossing guard who for some reason we called Gus early on. I have home movies of him, I think, from the first day of school in '60. As for Yankowitz, he's an attorney, and I ran into him last in about '81 or so in midtown Manhattan. And Bell Park Security is remembered most for chasing us off the grass. It was a very confusing message to send to young kids that grass was not meant to be played on. We were only supposed to watch it grow. One last thing--anyone remember the bicycle path in Alley Pond Park. It passed near the Grand Central Parkway for a stretch and ended up near Winchester Blvd. After a couple of toughs (we called them "Rocks" at the time) tried to steal my, Robert Yerks, and Wayne Norberg's bikes (they failed--all bluster, no brutality) I never went up there again.
Jerry Schwarz <jschwarz@kqed.org>
Pacifica,CA, USA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 09:57:04 (MST
HI ALL NICE TO SEE SO MANY FOLKS WITH SO MANY GOOD MEMORIES AND SO MANY FOLKS WHO ARE BOTH FAMILIAR AND WHOSE FAMILY NAMES ARE FAMILIAR. I AM LIVING IN BELL PARK GARDENS AND HAVE WITNESSED THE CHANGES THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE. PERHAPS THE BIGGEST LOSS (WHICH OF COURSE HAPPENED MANY YEARS AGO) WAS THAT OF THE HAMBURGER EXPRESS ON 73RD AVE. BEST WISHES TO ALL,,,GARY MORGAN
GARY D. MORGAN <GD1948@AOL.COM>
BAYSIDE NYC, NY USA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 09:35:28 (MST
Peri and Barry Nusbaum - After leaving NY, I have never found any bagels as good as NY bagels - And YES, the BEST BAGELS IN NY were your fathers!!! I could use one right now.
Don Shulman <dshulman@bellsouth.net>
Orlando, Fl USA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 07:37:52 (MST
Hey all, So glad to see SO many familiar names. Thanks for all the memories of one great place to have grown up in. My father is still there in the same original apartment. We go back frequently and my kids just love the playgrounds. They should only know how much trouble their mom used to get in way back when! LOL. Would love to hear from some old friends, Mona, one month till your birthday, how I remember that, I'll never know. Hey Gish! You were such a pain in my butt little cuz! Love ya still. Thanks for the pic. Hey Joe Bovino and Paul Roth, I will tell my dad you are online, he's no! Scary thought! LOL. I have so many fond memories of growing up in BP. I share in so many I have seen posted. Great site Larry, thanks.
Nori Geller Ott <sugrplm6@aol.com>
Levittown, NY USA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 07:09:38 (MST
Wow! I just found out about this website and was thrilled to see all the familiar names. Hi Maxine Liebhaber, Jerry Schwartz, Jeff Schwartz, Peri Nussbaum, Michael Dulberg and probably a few I missed--middle age. Where's Stuie Levin? He was such a great guy, I sometimes wonder what happened to him. Anyway, reading all these names brought back great memories, particularly from Edith Levine's 5th grade class at PS 46 and Junior High at Hawthorne. Do you remember when she refused to talk to all the girls in the class (except Susan Farenci and Peri) because we'd rasberried (and worse) Mulvaney's class during punch ball? Anybody remember Mr. Crane and Mr. Simon, the science teachers? I think Crane was the only teacher I ever had who truly frightened me--though he certainly turned out to be a softie. What about Ira Levine the Social Studies teacher. Do your remember his slicked back Brylcreem hair? He was so young. We used to tease him unmercifully.
Helen Rubinstein Faber <Ruby17@aol.com>
New York, NY USA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 07:09:34 (MST
Joy Elba - Good to see you here. I remember many nights hanging out with you and about 10 other people near the stores on 73rd Ave. Mark Young and Susan Dubowy were two of the names that come immediately to mind.
Eric Lange <EricLange@usa.com>
Maplewood, NJ USA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 06:49:52 (MST
Stu - Syd Schneider cabinets are still the best ones ever made. My folks still keep theirs bursting at the seems. It seems like only yesterday that your dad moved into our apartment to do the job. He made some mess but the end result was fantastic!
Eric Lange <EricLange@usa.com>
Maplewood, NJ USA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 06:40:03 (MST
Brian - What an instant flashback I just got with Al Celluci. We used to get our initials in the cement and try to stay ahead of him. Your sister Sharon was in my class over the years. Thanks for the memory!
Eric Lange <EricLange@usa.com>
Maplewood, NJ USA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 06:37:22 (MST
harold landau...i remember you, werent you friends with my older brother michael???by the way...there WERE NO BETTER BAGELS THEN MY FATHERS!!!!remember the green ones...those were gross though...hope your well
Peri Nusbaum <imperial@optonline.net>
Seaford, NY USA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 06:36:27 (MST
Scott! Nice too see your name here. I owe you my professional life. Hope all is well. How many chiro's are here...Arra, Gottessman, Elba...did I miss anyone?
ken aronoff <phonbooth@aol.com>
weston, fl USA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 06:28:57 (MST
Stu - Good job on "Louis the Louse". To my knowledge he was our first security cop. He used to report us to our parents for the most rediculous things. I don't remember if our back doors faced each other ---but I did live on 218th st. Come to think of it-- I didn't have a back door. Anyone remember playing "Association"? - Driveway football with a spalding.
Steve Bernstein <aberns@earthlink.net>
Old Bethpage, USA - Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 05:28:42 (MST
Great to see you all. I moved into the neighorhood in 1971 when I was in 10th grade and spent many a night and day at the top of the court. I was in there for the famous Harry white castle underwear night. It was $20 and it was one of the coldest nights of the year. It is still one of my favorite stories. I spent many a day on the court across the street from my house on 217th st. I too worked at Key food, (Who was there with me the day the rollers from the delivery in the basement collapsed on my legs and pinned me to the ground while Seymour laughed) Korvettes, Baskin Robbins (How many of you came in for my humongous sundaes and shakes?). We spent many a day and evening in my basement playing ping pong and partying. And how many of the all night circles at Stollak's house were you at listening to Child's Garden of Grass. I played in the Queens/Queensboro games too. How about the tackle football games at Alley Pond with minimal equipment. I was kidnapped one night for the Lin's run at 12:30 AM. Thank you Larry. This is a great idea. Hope we can all get together soon. Hope you are all well and HAPPY in your lives. Let's stay in touch.
Scott Simerman <SSimerman@aol.com>
Stamford, Ct USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 22:19:32 (MST
I'm very happy I found this site. I am at the tail end, having been born in 1960 (74 grad. in 74; Cardozo grad. in 78). I am Sharon's younger brother, and now Billy Moran's brother-in-law. I could add a word or two to so many posts, and, as a practicing lawyer, I probably will. One thing nobody has mentioned is that midget who did the concrete paving in Bell Park. I believe his name was Al Cellucci. Anybody remember him? To Donny Shulman--even though you got stuck with me on your touch football team, you had a lot of patience. One of my favorite posts so far: the one about Scottie, the maintenance man. I'll be back.
Brian Sokoloff <bsoloff@mail.idt.net>
Bayside, NY USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 21:34:31 (MST
Randi Geller ; remember when you worked at Mcdonalds on springfield, they had sale on burgers and the store was packed and all I remember was that you made some special onions for those burgers!
r arra <bob@scanit4u.com>
USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 21:18:22 (MST
Just reading a few of the most recent guestbook entries triggered many memories of Joel Bersteins "bargin basement" for Bar(t) Mitzvah lessons .... with my oldest daughter a year+ away,.... we've come along way from calling out a number from 1 to 100 and coming away with a flashlight-AM/FM radio when we had answered one of the Mr. Joel's questions correctly.
Alan Kazin <sumbodynnj@aol.com>
Marlboro, NJ USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 20:45:15 (MST
Richie "Moose" Meritz: You, me, and Mitch "Hoss" Weiser did our student teaching together at Queens College. We were 3 of the 4 guys in a class of about 35 potential teachers. Difficult ratio, how did we survive? At the time I didn't realize I was carpooling with a Moose and a Hoss. My punchball hitting theory: It's like hitting in Slow Pitch Softball. You pick out spot and hit it where they ain't. With 3 outfielders there were lots of open spaces. A lot of guys would try to hit the long ball, and instead would hit a "can a corn". Rally killers. Gary Wang was a speedster, who liked to hit a 3 hopper to the shortstop. He'd beat it out almost every time... Pete Kalfus' shot from the corner was almost as good Bill Bradleys.
Ray Lewkow <MrLew16>
Culver City, CA USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 20:44:55 (MST
Dear rich it was great talking to you hope everything is well in your neck of the woods. danny you too.
Mitchell Weiser <sportsfan630@aol.com>
Wallingford, Pa USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 19:51:21 (MST
Steve Bernstein - I remember Louie the Louse. Was he a security guard or cop? Steve, didnt you live a few doors from me on 218th street. I think our back doors faced each other.
StuSchneider <schneiss@aol.com>
Levittown, NY USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 19:36:16 (MST
Celia - Thanks for the fond memories of my dad. Both your dad and mine were never one for keeping their thoughts and ideas to themselves. I was just sharing some memories with Steve Tenzer about the dining room cabinets my dad build all around Bell Park. I know he build one in your apartment and I think the whole 'mah jongg gang". There must be about a dozen or so around the development, including the Sotsky,s, Hollanders, Dulbergs. Anyone else ? Did you Dad get online yet?
StuSchneider <schneiss@aol.com>
Levittown, NY USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 19:32:56 (MST
To Joe the Ice Cream Man - Glad to see you found this site. It's fun enough to read all the memories and have a few extras jogged from our heads. You were certainly one of the 'icons' of growing up in BPG. By the way, can you still balance a boomstick on the front and then the back of your hand? Or do we have to buy some ice cream for you to do that trick for us? Best regards, and stay well, Stu.
StuSchneider <schneiss@aol.com>
Levittown, NY USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 19:25:59 (MST
Linda Gazen Weisbrod - Good to see your name. How are Joel and your kids. Rickie sends her best. -Stu
StuSchneider <schneiss@aol.com>
Levittown, NY USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 19:22:53 (MST
Hey Maxine, nice to see you, who could ever forget Mrs. Leibhaber and what was the principles name, light hair, glasses. Thats a memory, your Bat Mizvah the night before mine. Larry...there are plenty of my generation here, Jerry and Michael, Francine, Lois, Ian and many others I'm forgetting....Jack Yankowitz was a power hitter, we got to get him on, he's around. I remember in kindergarten, he came running across the street on Springfield and 67th to see my new tricycle and got hit by a Buick. He wore a patch on his eye and my mother got him an Uncle Wigley game...Kalfas is around as well, but I think they both retired from punchball or any ball, except golf.
Jeff Schwartz <Jeffideo@aol.com>
Bayside, USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 19:10:56 (MST
I CANT BELIEVE THE NAMES, STORIES, MEMORIES I SMILED FOR TWO HOURS.RELIVING SOME OF THESE MOMENTS IS FANTASTIC.TO THE PRODUCERS, A TIP OF THE HAT. HOPE TO HEAR FROM SOME PEOPLE SOON TO JOG THE COBWEBS OUT.AGAIN,TERRIFIC WEB
RICHIE MERITZ <RICHIE4845@AOL>
LONGBEACH, NY USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 19:06:16 (MST
Peri; Tell your parents I said hello! Also thank you father for the millions of hot out of the oven bagels he used to "sneak" to me everytime we visited the bagel shop! To this day I haven't found a better bagel!
Harold Landau <HLandauvca@aol.com>
Charleston, SC USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 18:46:14 (MST
anyone remember lester the crossing guard at 46??we used to call him lestoil...he was a great guy
Peri Nusbaum <imperial@optonline.net>
Seaford, NY USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 18:40:45 (MST
kevan was his name washboard or weisbrod, anyway I saw him a week ago fixing the alarm system for my doctor
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USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 18:24:39 (MST
joe bovino, my parents want your address and the address you have on this website aint workin!!!write to them at leenus@ibm.net
Peri Nusbaum <imperial@optonline.net>
Seaford, NY USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 17:58:05 (MST
linda gazen how are you...i remember listening to the first beatles records in your bedroom and seeing their pictures for the first time there...you had them hung all over your walls
Peri Nusbaum <imperial@optonline.net>
Seaford, NY USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 17:56:15 (MST
mitchel weiser...glorias pizza was AWESOME..they had another store too but i dont remember the name...never had better
Peri Nusbaum <imperial@optonline.net>
Seaford, NY USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 17:54:05 (MST
To Jeff Rovitz: Take a look at Mrs. Iverson's class. I am all the way on the right middle row. I think the last time I saw you I was in high school and I saw you at a dance at Samuel Field Y or at Oakland Jewish Center. I used to hang around alot with Ted Itzkowitz, Fred Isaacs, danny Levitan, and in Junior High, Steve Garfinkel. I lived along 73rd Avenue. I believe you were in the Flag pole area.
Eddie Greenberg <eddieg@ix.netcom.com>
Fair Lawn, NJ USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 17:26:10 (MST
Ack you mean Washboard!
Kevan Schaum 77 <Boyshkin@msn.com>
New Windsor, NY USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 17:14:55 (MST
Ack you mean Washboard!
Kevan Schaum 77 <http://beerbellydeli.tripod.com/>
New Windsor, NY USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 17:14:29 (MST
Joe Bovino: boy its so nice to see you on the site, ive tried to E-Mail you but it wont accept. I told my mother your online she sends a kiss to you and the family, hoping all is well. Linda Gazen: My mother also sends you and your entire family kisses now we have on this site 3 people from the springfield court. I also send kisses to Gert and Charlie. i lived after moving back in "64" on 68th ave...and went to P.S.46....i was in the court on the left coming in from Bell Blvd. my best girlfriend was Sandy Monroe she was in the court on the right she went to P.S.205.
Lori Maiorana{Krutoy} <Blondiebrd@aol.com>
Parlin, NJ USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 17:00:32 (MST
Whenever you didn't know the answer in Mr. Dallis' math class he would say you were "Non Compus Mentis". I'm sure you were all brilliant in math, but someone has to remember that! Bill Moran - I remember hanging out with you, Sharon, Roxanne and Susan Dubowy, etc. Do you remember a guy named Allo? I don't remember his real name, but that's what I used to call him.
Joy Elba <JTORN>
Sunrise, FL USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 16:09:40 (MST
linda, that wouldn,t happen to be Mike weisbrod would it?
r arra <beerbellybob@netscape.net>
USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 14:11:16 (MST
I remember always being told "don't walk in the 'lots'", refering to the empty, scary area on 219th and 67th. Of course my friends & I would always cut through the lots! I also remember spending $4 for a ticket to the Met game and practically being able to touch the players! It was a great way to spend the day. I married the "guy with all the keys" from Cardozo. Keep in touch.
Linda Gazen Weisbrod <linda_weisbrod@multipletech.com>
Levittown, NY USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 13:42:32 (MST
Eddie Greenburg- I know that I know you. Remind me what you looked like and where you lived. Yes, I did hang out with Jeffrey Sultan and Steven Chaikin. I see Chaikin all the time. I think Sultan is in Florida somewhere, but I'm not sure. Did you go to Workmen's Circle 'Yiddish' school instead of the Jewish Temple further up the street? I know that Michael Seigel is in Cambridge (do you remember him?) Does anyone out there remember Mark Markowitz, who used to eat rocks? Hey Mark, are you still at it? We used to have these great punchball games in the driveway off of Bell Park Gardens. Every once in a while we would break the back window of one of the apartments and run like hell. Oh, most of the parents were so forgiving, it was great. And we used to measure how far we could hit by the garage number (eg: that was an 05 or an 03). How about playing king of the hill when the snow plow piled all the snow up high at the beginning of the driveway and we would push each other off and roll down the snow hill. Then go home for hot chocolate and put our wet socks on the radiator. Going back to visit my mom, I realize what a great place it was growing up. Now that I own my home, I sure miss maintenance. I just took it for granted they were wherever you lived
Jeffrey Rovitz <jeffrovitz@juno.com>
Catskill, NY USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 13:23:07 (MST
I HAVE AND OLD MEMORY FOR ANYONE WHO USED TO TAKE THE BUS TO SHEA STADIUM. THE FIRST THING WE USE DO WHEN WE CAME OVER THE BRIDGE WAS GO TO GLORIAS AND HAVE A SLICE OF PIZZA.THERE WAS ONLY ONE PROBLEM IT USED TO TAKE ABOUT TEN MINUTES FOR THE PIZZA TO COOL DOWN OR IF YOU WERE BRAVE ENOUGH TO START EATING IT RIGHT AWAY YOU GOT INCREDIBLE UPPER MOUTH SKIN BURN.ANYONE REMEMBER GLORIAS AND WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT?
Mitchell Weiser <sportsfan630@aol.com>
Wallingford, Pa USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 11:20:24 (MST
Anyone remember "Louis the Louse"?
Steve Bernstein <aberns@earthlink.net>
Old Bethpage, NY USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 10:24:06 (MST
Hi Art Samel! Good to see you on the board! You and Mark 'Hoss " Wilensky were the two biggest scrabble cheaters in BPG history. Regards to all Whoever asked about understanding maintainance man "Scottie the Scotchman", It's easier understanding the theory of relativity in Chinese. Scotty drawled in high-pitched tones with an incredibly thick Scottish accent. The fact that he had no teeth and spoke with his his mouth closed only added to his mystique. By the way Scottie couldn't fix anything!! He would usually bust a couple of things & scratch up your walls with his hammers! Friendly chap however!
Elliot Lewkow <Lewkows1>
West Bloomfield, MI USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 10:17:38 (MST
One more thing...the districting for 205 vs 46 vs 213 rivaled a gerrymandering politician's biggest fantasies. I think if you lived on one side of 218th you were 46, and the other side was 205 after 68th Avenue. As for 213, I think Cloverdale Blvd was the cutoff to the east, from the LIE to 73rd Ave. The boundaries were a little bigger of course once we moved on to JHS.
Jerry Schwarz <jschwarz@kqed.org>
Pacifica,CA, USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 10:13:52 (MST
The CIA chief, the Hollywood actor, the porno star. The cast of Gilligan's Island. No, just the distinguished alumni of the Cardozo class of '71. Michael D--loved your comment about Tenet not having an opportunity to open another dossier on you. I never bought into all that stuff about the FBI/CIA looking into every single war protester's life, but then that could explain why they are the way they are--like they had nothing better to do. J. Edgar Hoover certainly didn't. Public hellos to Jibralta Merrill and Maine Liebhaber and welcome to the site. One more Cardozo teacher memory--Mr Kramer for Chemistry. He was talking about "esters" and how one of the ways to distinguish an ester is that it smelled good, at whic point he dabbed drops of the liquid behind his ears. What a flake. But a likable one, and I could think of far worse teachers who attempted to mold our young minds. I also remember how I think the most I ever learned in High School was when the teachers strike barrelled on, and we went in to school to collect our assignments to be done at home. I remember Yale Kroll and I doing alot of the science stuff togethre because he was such a strong science student. Well, my internal hard drive is telling me I'm out of memory. More later.
Jerry Schwarz <jschwarz@kqed.org>
Pacifica, USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 10:09:21 (MST
Yo Stitch: I tried to E-Mail u but it came back undeliverable. How are you and your bro steven?
Kevan Schaum 77 <Boyshkin@msn.com>
New Windsor, NY USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 10:06:54 (MST
Ira: We have the same pizza problem out here in Colorado. By the way, I am older than Stu Friedberg (by 4 days). Good to see your name. I talked to Dave Guskin the other day. He also remembers you! Regards, Steve
Steve Tenzer <stenzer@aol.com>
Louisville, CO USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 10:04:30 (MST
although i did not live in bpg, i had a lot of friends there, i spent a lot of days playing hoops at ps 46 park and the night centers, i was quite amazed to see the photo taken at 46. steve weiss works with my uncle in california and told him of the web site, i think its fantanstic!!
bob starkman <bjabds81@aol>
coral springs , fl USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 09:23:28 (MST
Joe King was the security man that i remember, he used to hang oout with us and drink beer on occasions
R Arra <bob@scanit4u.com>
USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 08:35:52 (MST
Larry, I still have that photo from Jeff's Bar Mitzvah. My Bat Mitzvah was the night before, March 31 and April 1, 1967.
Maxine Liebhaber Kerschner <mslk26@aol.com>
Woodmere, NY USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 08:28:52 (MST
Joe Bovino, Great to see your post! The mention of the punchcards you gave out revived a great memory. I think I was your best customer. My sister Fran was part of Joanie's group. She is in Hawaii and posts occasionally. My parents were just here for a visit this weekend, and my dad told me about those planning meetings in 1947 and 1948. He said Sid Schneider was part of the committee that used to meet with the housing authority too. According to him, the idea for BPG ( a full page ad in the NY Times back in '46 or'47) didn't get enough interet, and so the original plans for this community didn't get off the ground at first. It was only through the persistence of people like you, my father and Sid Schneider,(among others), that BPG became a reality at all. After so many years, this was the first I'd ever heard of the struggle to make it all happen. Very important stuff. Dad should be posting shortly. I'll let him know you're on board. See if you can get your kids to post too. I know my sisters would love to hear from them.
celia hochvert (hildreth) <childreth@dermasciences.com>
Burnt Hills, NY USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 07:41:19 (MST
Hey Steve, The name Pete rings a bell, Am I close?
Rhea Levy (Bernstein <mrlevy@mpinet.net>
Orange City, FL USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 06:51:33 (MST
Does anyone remember the name of the "security guard" who used to walk the beat in BPG? Did anyone really understand Scottie the maintenance man?
Steve Bernstein <aberns@earthlink.net>
Old Bethpage, USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 06:28:55 (MST
I too played street hockey in BPG. Some of my teammates were Ken and Doug Weiner, Victor Deyglio and David Silverman. We played against Mike Arra team and I don't know how his team could have been undefeated - since we beat them several times !!!!!
Don Shulman <dshulman@bellsouth.net>
Orlando, Fl USA - Monday, November 01, 1999 at 05:34:43 (MST
Hello and thank you to all my good buds who trick or treated at my Bar Mitzvah 29 years ago to the day at Tivoli Terrace in Westbury !!!!! Ahw...mahin
Randy "Gish" Geller <rgeller@cyberhighway.net>
beaverton, OR USA - Sunday, October 31, 1999 at 23:11:59 (MST
Jerry mentioned Cardozo teachers. I remember John Walsh as the best English teacher I ever had. I also remember Mr. Venezia for Geometry, Miss Mercurio for Trig/Advanced Algebra, and Mr. Goldman for Calculus. For Social STudies I recall Mr. Schaeffer, Mr. Levine and Mrs. O'Sullivan. Some of the "younger" guys were talking about one of their classmates appearing on Nightline. I think the Class of 1971 clearly has the most powerful alum, George Tenet who is the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. When I read about George's appointment a few years ago, I thought about sending him a congratulatory note but decided that I didn't need to have another dossier opened on me, the government probably still has a dossier from my anti-Vietnam war protests.
Michael Dulberg <hkb07@earthlink.net>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Sunday, October 31, 1999 at 22:05:31 (MST
I can't believe how many names I'm recognizing from 74 and Cardozo. Hi Jibralta Merrill. When you were Joy or Joyce Merrill we were probably in class together throughout most of elementary school. I also remember Maxine Liebhaber from OJC Hebrew School and 74, and the fact that your mother was Rabbi Isaacson's secretary. Arthur Samel, that's another name from the distant past. Our parent were very good friends and I remember both of your brothers, in fact David is about a week older or younger than me.
Michael Dulberg <hkb07@earthlink.net>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Sunday, October 31, 1999 at 21:57:55 (MST
Wow, I leave this site for a week and returned to see the message from Joe Bovino. I remember many a summer evening waiting for the sound of his ice cream truck. I'm amazed by the details some of you are able to remember. Jerry, you're right we did prefer playing stickball at 46 with a tennis ball instead of a spaldeen or pennsy pinky. The tennis ball was much better for throwing curve balls and sinkers, and in fact was part of the reason I became a switch hitter --I couldn't hit curveballs. That and the fact that I was a huge Yankee fan, growing up wanting to imitate the Mick. For our group, Peter Kalfas was clearly the best punchball player, and probably the best all around athlete. Does anyone know what happened to him? However, a name I haven't heard in all the punchball discussions, at least for our year, is Jack Yankowitz. I always thought that Jack was a true power hitter.
Michael Dulberg <hkb07@earthlink.net>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Sunday, October 31, 1999 at 21:53:02 (MST
Happy Birthday Flake, I'm right behind you!
Mona Elba <MSoufle@aol.com>
New York, NY USA - Sunday, October 31, 1999 at 21:48:18 (MST
My brother Mike just told me about this site. It is really wonderful to hear all the old names. Bob Marshak, Rhea Adelman, Joni Goldberg, Steve Spinner(what was that about Marc Cooper?), Alan Krulick, and the rest of the crew. Bobby, your basement is now officially a legend.Remember Mrs. Inerfield? Hi to Lori Colman-I promise to return your email.I was friends with Randy Wishneff, think of him often. Bill Moran, do you hear from the Lerner boys? To all my old friends- I'd love to hear from you.Who remembers Troop 393?
Ken Sobel <ksobel@ix.netcom.com>
South Salem, NY USA - Sunday, October 31, 1999 at 20:51:21 (MST
This is in response to Peri Nusbaum asking about pizzeria's on LI. Well there is one in Bethpage, name is Three Brother's located on Broadway, let me tell you it surpasses both Joe's and Gino's.
Mindy Mingst (Roth) <Mmingst@aol.com>
Bethpage, NY USA - Sunday, October 31, 1999 at 20:35:12 (MST
I remember playing on a steet hockey team in BPG. I think were we undefeated in our 2-3 years of existence. The team had Donny Abrams in goal, also Ron Zollo, Paul Allen, Jeff Koblinski (sp?), Mike Bricker, Don Glassel and Llyod "Buzz" Berman. I forgot the name of this team, any help? BTW I ran into Buzz and his wife about 4 years ago in a Sams club and he lives about 10 minutes from me. Does anyone know where and how Bob Capen(sp? and of Bayside Cardinal fame) is?
Michael Arra <uturn@ix.netcom.com>
Boynton Beach, Fl USA - Sunday, October 31, 1999 at 19:35:29 (MST
Maxine: I have a photo at my brother's bar mitzvah I was thinking of scanning in. Its got you, Stuie, Maltz, lots of people. Thought you older folks would like it ;-) Your mom wrote me for Marty Edelman's email address. I sent it on. Hey Jeff, your generation is catching up. Lets see, you got you, Anita, Maltz, Stuie, any others I missed? You need Chaity and Kush and Kap to sign on. What is taking them so long. What about Kalfus aka Pete the Greek? Anyone hear from him?
Larry Schwartz <larry@larryschwartz.com>
Fair Lawn, NJ USA - Sunday, October 31, 1999 at 19:02:19 (MST
Wow what a great site for a memory lane trip. Russ Elba told me about this site over a month a go and I finally got around to looking at it. Let me say HI to Donny Abrams, Paul Allen , Mike Bricker, Kenny Aronoff and of course my little brother Bob ( congrads on you P.S.205 site, it has some great pics) . Anyway I was a 205er and lived on 68th ave. Cardoza class of 76. At one time I was the one who delivered by hand the rent statement to everyone in BPG. I did my time being a paperboy first for the long Island Press then I think the Post took them over. I then worked 5 years at Lamstons on 73rd. Anyway there are some great memories from BPG
Michael Arra <uturn@ix.netcom.com>
Boynton Beach, Fl USA - Sunday, October 31, 1999 at 18:57:55 (MST
Wow what a great site for a memory lane trip. Russ Elba told me about this site over a month a go and I finally got around to looking at it. Let me say HI to Donny Abrams, Paul Allen , Mike Bricker, Kenny Aronoff and of course my little brother Bob ( congrads on you P.S.205 site, it has some great pics) . Anyway I was a 205er and lived on 68th ave. Cardoza class of 76. At one time I was the one who delivered by hand the rent statement to everyone in BPG. I did my time being a paperboy first for the long Island Press then I think the Post took them over. I then worked 5 years at Lamstons on 73rd. Anyway there are some great memories from BPG
Michael Arra <uturn@ix.netcom.com>
Boynton Beach, Fl USA - Sunday, October 31, 1999 at 18:57:05 (MST
What about Hebrew School at the Oakland Jewish Center?. Remember my mother, she was the secretary for the Rabbi.
Maxine Liebhaber Kerschner <mslk26@aol.com>
Woodmere, NY USA - Sunday, October 31, 1999 at 18:32:44 (MST
Happy Birthday, Flake, wherever you may be!!!
Mark Susmin <trenmark@aol.com>
Coram, NY USA - Sunday, October 31, 1999 at 18:02:02 (MST
Hello. I just found this web site today. It brings back so many memories. I lived on Bell Blvd. My parents were one of the "Original" Bell Park owners. They also became one of the first to first to sell in 1990. Actually they sold their apartment to a former BPG resident. I see so many names that I recognize - Barry Nusbaum, Kenny Aranoff, Leigh Grode, Kevin Schissel, Mark Susmin. Let's keep in touch
Don (Donny) Shulman <dshulman@bellsouth.net>
Orlando, Fl USA - Sunday, October 31, 1999 at 16:28:45 (MST
Back in the 1950's, at least, one fourth of Bell Park Gardens went to 205: that was the block of 73rd Ave., Bell Blvd., 68th (or was it 69th) Ave, and 218 St. I transferred in first grade from 205 to 46 when we moved blocks. How many people can remember their first trip to the city on the subway without an adult "chaperone"? Who remembers when express bus service to the city first started?
Siva Schwartz (Azoulay) <siva@roth.hul.huji.ac.il>
Jerusalem, Israel - Sunday, October 31, 1999 at 15:44:25 (MST
Very sweet...Giants just won in OT vs. Eagles. GO GIANTS !!!As I get ready to go trick or treating with my kids, I cannot forget the sacks of candy BPG would produce for us back then. When I tell my kids that you could not buy eggs at "The Big Apple" back then without ID of 18 yrs. old on Halloween, they ask why? Socks full of covlored chalk, shaving cream, and eggs...now THAT's what Halloween is all about!!!! Hey Fuji...remember I wasted about a dozen just trying to nail your quick friggen ass? The Bruce show in Oakland with new "old" friend Judy Friedman was outstanding. For those who haven't caught the tour yet, it's a must. Enjoy the day! Gishman
Randy "Gish" Geller <rgeller@cyberhighway.net>
beaverton, OR USA - Sunday, October 31, 1999 at 14:13:41 (MST
Forgot to add my memory: Free Camp every summer at 46! I used to love entering Ping Pong, Pool and Bumper Pool tournys and winning my share. A standout memory was winning the Partners Pool Tourny with Saul Wilner (I think). He had a brother named Phil and now I'm not sure which one I partnered and won with. Oh well, they say memory is the first thing to go. Guess I'm the second - Bye!
Joy Elba (Tornambe) <JTORN@aol.com>
Sunrise, FL USA - Sunday, October 31, 1999 at 13:48:51 (MST
Well, finally persuaded to add my 2 cents. Past 31 years, teaching math in John Bowne H.S., Flushing (Vietnam deferment) My 2 brothers (Jeff and David) are lawyers in the NY area. I also reffed basketball, in HS, and the Mid Queens Boys Club, and it was weird seeing the kids of my classmates on the court. I still see Elliot Cohen in summer camp every year. Still the great athlete, retiring to Fla. next year. Also see some of the other crew-Leon Stechenberg, Mark Wilensky, the Meisels. Hello to everyone.
Arthur Samel <ahsamel@aol.com>
Bayside, NY USA - Sunday, October 31, 1999 at 13:33:57 (MST
I love this site!!! The memories make me smile whenever I read anyone's message. Anyone who ever lived in BPG in those years can relate to everything written here, no matter what their age. Love to hear from everyone. Very curious about: Gary Lewis, Vinny Pearlstein, Susan Dubowy, BRIANNE AREINOFF, to name a few. I recognize so many names on this site; it just makes me feel good to know that we all treasured our childhoods(?) in the greatest place to grow up in Queens! Now that we're all older we can really look back and appreciate it all. Looking forward to hearing from you. BPG - THE BOMB!
Joy Elba (Tornambe) <JTORN>
Sunrise, FL USA - Sunday, October 31, 1999 at 12:49:11 (MST
check out
Kevan Schaum 77 <http://beerbellydeli.tripod.com/>
USA - Sunday, October 31, 1999 at 10:35:27 (MST
Hey everbody there's a new site http://beerbellydeli.tripod.com/ for those of us who went to 74 and Cardozo but did not live in Bell Park Gardens.This site is about the people that hung out at 205 in the 70's and 80's and all are welcome. It's by Ack (Robert Arra) and it ust got started. TRY IT!!!
Kevan Schaum 77 <Boyshkin@msn.com>
New Windsor, NY USA - Sunday, October 31, 1999 at 10:23:16 (MST
Thanks again Paul, I love this site. To Suzan Sipinick- If we're talking about the same Laurie Klein(had a dachsund,Sandy, a nuts younger brother and sister, dad was in bridal biz....she got married to Steve Heller from Bay Terrace (BBYO) they had a son and moved to Ocean City Maryland to do business with Jeff Thaler(Rosedale) and Rena Fox(Douglaston) who were doing VERY well financially last I heard. Laurie was an old girlfriend of mine and I'm sorry but I lost touch with them early 90's. Linda Greenstein--My heart skipped a beat and the room got a few degrees warmer when I saw your name. Would love to hear from you. Cardozo teachers--How about Mr Henderson(SS), Mel Schoen(math) and my old neighbor Mr Roggen(SCI). Note to Peter Drew--I'll be in touch shortly concerning my sister. Thanks. KEITH WOHL, 221, 67,Cardozo 73,& BBYO!!
Keith Wohl <keith.wohl@tfn.com>
USA - Sunday, October 31, 1999 at 09:24:03 (MST
Did everyone from Bell park go to 46 or did some go to 205? Was the cutoff for 205 73rd Avenue... I was in Windsor Park and went to 205...I recognize some people from the 5-2 picture - Donny, Jonathan. Jonathan Levitsky was on Candid camara when he was little. I also remember his brother was some kind of scientist of something and always had weird stuff in the basement of the house on 210th street.
Stacy Wolff <Coachme110@aol.com>
Manalapan, USA - Sunday, October 31, 1999 at 09:01:04 (MST
Karen Fisk, thanks for the Hi5 on the memory. I just took some ginko balboa? Steve you came through with the Sasbone. Was that really Gary in that photo? Wow. Susan S., I think it was Janet Hochran?
Paul Allen (aka Pablo) <intercafe@earthlink.net>
Marina del Rey, CA USA - Saturday, October 30, 1999 at 22:46:58 (MDT
Joe it was great hearing your name what aton of memories there.
Mitchell Weiser <sportsfan630@aol.com>
Wallingford, Pa USA - Saturday, October 30, 1999 at 21:13:43 (MDT
hey ira here in nj we have two brothers pizza the guys came from bayside!!(figures) the worked in a pizza parlor on bell near northern
neal caliendo <nhcaliendo>
howell, nj USA - Saturday, October 30, 1999 at 20:55:00 (MDT
Hey Joe! Sure I remember you. I bought many a chocolate-coated vanilla popsicle from you. Thanks for the news and glad to see you well and your family thriving. (Now I finally know your last name).
Ira Stollak <IStollak@pic.kitsap.wa.us>
Port Angeles, WA USA - Saturday, October 30, 1999 at 19:41:22 (MDT
Real touching to see and hear from so many of you.
Joe Bovino <PHJOE>
Hollywood, Fl USA - Saturday, October 30, 1999 at 19:08:00 (MDT
I'm sure a lot of you Baby Boomers remember me. I was " HI Joe" the ice cream truck that worked and lived in Bell Park. I also sold ice cream in Oakland Gardens. I had a lot of good memories for the eight years that I did that. I watched a lot of the Bell Park children grow into adulthood. How many of you remember the prizes I used to give? How many remember the punches on the tickets to get prizes and free ice cream ? How about free ice cream on your birthdays.? I never let an adult buck into the line to get ahead of any child. They waited their turn or else. How many youngsters were at or near the trruck without any money? I never let a single child watch all the others eating some ice cream. Your parents would catch up with me a day or two later and pay for and thank me for not letting you drool. Ice pops were 10 cents Ice cream pops were a dime too, Cones were expensive, they were 12 cents. I still live in the circle, that used to be called Doctors Row, right up from the flagpole.. I could tell a million stories of Bell Park and it founding, where we paid a quarter apiece, just to use a church basement in B"klyn to discuss the concept of a Veterans Co-op. That would have been back in 1947 and 48.. How many of you were in our Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Explorer troop. It was 350. Our meetings were held in P. S. 46. We had a 108 Cubs, 42 Scouts and 18 Explorers. They were great meetings and field trips. Half of you couldn't boil water at first or be able to pitch a tent. But you all learned and were able to keep warm in lean to sheds with a banked reflector fire. Some of you did APPROPIATE some of the other scouts firewood, ahem. How about our Indian Ceremonies at 10 Mile River. That should bring a fond memory to your thinking. We'll so much for my first comments, send some feedback and we'll take it from there. I hope you were all succesful in whatever your pursuits were. I'm sure you remember Jerry Bovino., my son .He's been Dr. Jerry Bovino for the pas28 years. An Opthamologist practicing in Retina Surgery., My daughter Janis, who is a registered Nurse, and has her Masters in Medicine, works of all places in P. S. 46. Would you believe from kindergarten to a round circle and is the school Nurse in the program for Special children that need extra special attention. She lives in the Bay Club. I spend my retirement these days between Bell Park in the summer and Hollywood on the beach in the winter. I enjoyed the comments in the Top of the Court and look forward to many more fine reading from all of you. PHJOE
Joe Bovino <P H Joe>
Hollywood, Fl USA - Saturday, October 30, 1999 at 19:05:26 (MDT
joy, there is no bialys or bagels anywhere like news york!!!pizza either...we cant even find good pizza on long island...we're in seaford, the only halfway decent place we've found is umbertos in wantagh...anyone know any good pizza near here???
Peri Nusbaum <imperial@optonline.net>
Seaford, NY USA - Saturday, October 30, 1999 at 18:43:11 (MDT
I noticed so many former BPGers, like me, have left NY and are probably having the same problem I've had for the last 30 years - where to find decent pizza. What they call pizza out here is laughable - noone knows from real pizza. Every visit to NY and BPG I gorge myself. The only place I've found that comes close is Uncle Aldo's in Bellingham, WA. Have any of you other NY expats found decent pizza anywhere?
Ira Stollak <IStollak@pic.kitsap.wa.us>
Port Angeles, WA USA - Saturday, October 30, 1999 at 18:28:11 (MDT
Glenn Wishneff, I remember your brother Randy when we were in Mrs. Mack's (yes Celia, the MEANEST teacher in 46) class. Mrs. Mack was trying to humiliate Randy for having some difficulty with a math problem. He maintained his cool during her tirade. I admired his tenacity. Steve Spinner, Siva, do you remember this? Billy Moran, how about Friday nights at 205? You, Jeff Sadowsky, and Paul Lerner would be playing basketball in the gym and the girls (some of whom have checked in here) would be dancing and hanging out in the lunchroom. But, this was just the tip of the hanging out iceberg. The weekends would be spend walking the neighborhood ( with stops for black and whites from the bakery), transistors in hand listening to WABC and Cousin Brucie. As we got older, we expanded our territory to include the Village (Fred Brauns), and the Muarry the K Rock and Roll shows in Brooklyn, getting there before 12 for a free album.
Paula Epstein <konapola@macaid.com>
Port Angeles, WA USA - Saturday, October 30, 1999 at 17:28:25 (MDT
I left Bell Park in 1971 when I graduated Cardozo and have lived in CA since '72... an Xmas card I sent to former BP neighbors with my business card inside (and my email address on it...) led my childhood downstairs neighbor to email me. We haven't seen each other since I moved, but it seems we both have AOL and IM-ing renewed our friendship. That was nearly a year ago. She just sent me an email about this website. I work in the film business making commercials. A few months ago I was shooting a spot in Santa Monica and one of the cops we were using for traffic control heard my email address and said, "Hey, I'm from Bayside!" And, I said, "Oh yeah, WHAT school did you go to?" Imagine my surprise when he said, "Cardozo!" So, I said, " Oh really, what YEAR did you graduate?" And I nearly fainted when he said, "1971!" We were in the same graduating class. We talked about Reggie Johnson (aka Reginald Vel Johnson)... We talked a while longer and I told him my place had burnt up in a L.A. brushfire in '87 and with it my H.S. yearbook. He promised to Xerox his yearbook and send it to me. I never received it but am hoping if I make the same request here, someone will come through for me. I miss bialeys. Can't get a good bialey out here. :-) The water's too damn hard! Is the bialey place still down on Horace Harding & Springfield? Is Joe's Pizzaria still there? Pizza isn't very good out here either. Is Mr. Dallas from JHS 74 still alive? He had a profound affect on my life. Cheers, Jibralta Merrill (aka Joy)
Jibralta Merrill <BaysideBop@aol.com>
Studio City, CA USA - Saturday, October 30, 1999 at 16:53:36 (MDT
larry schwartz, i was on the student government board at queensboro and was responsible for setting up those concerts...paul butterfield, sha na na etc....we had a great time hanging out with those guys
Peri Nusbaum <imperial@optonline.net>
Seaford, NY USA - Saturday, October 30, 1999 at 16:45:25 (MDT
Jerry Schwartz: in "73" i was in Senior Sing playing one of King Henry the IVIII wifes, Anne of Cleave--age aka.. Mae West. We won of course.. Peter Seckle was the only one i remember in the band, it was a fun time, and boy do i remember Mr Birdy...he made me write the decloration of independence 2 times for saying "No wonder his name is Birdy with a beak like that"! that man couldnt take a joke, me either when he told me my grade.
Lori Maiorana{Krutoy} <Blondiebrd@aol.com>
Parlin, NJ USA - Saturday, October 30, 1999 at 13:24:57 (MDT
Ladies and Gentleman- And the winner for best memory of 5th grade buddies goes to PAUL ALLEN-very impressive!(Please share with Steve Block who provided the necessary support and assorted names) Susan S- I have a great picture of our 5-4 class (no Paul, I was not in your 5th grade class)but I am currently scanner-less and unable to submit it to this site. In the picture you are standing between Mrs. Mandel and myself and behind Sara Shenkman (?)and Cheryl Cuikierman. The boys immediately standing behind you were Gary Sobel, Howard Nagelberg and I think, --Rappaport..
Karen Fisk <kafi@juno.com>
Elkins Park, Pa USA - Saturday, October 30, 1999 at 12:59:07 (MDT
Hearing about Mr. Drew and Mr Birdie made me think about some other Cardozo teachers. Brodsky in English was my favorite, even though he got a little caught up in symbolism in novels. Just enjoyed his class alot.For Math, Mr Goldman for two years in a row--dislikjed him intensely but he was a good teacher He constantly flirted with the girls--it was pretty shameless! Tatarian,Gershon,Colum for gym, Mercurio for geometry, and I had a teacher in '71 for Urban Affairs whose name I can't remember. I think it was Huggard but have to look this one up. Also Brownstein for Biology. Anyone else care to chime in??
jerry schwarz <jschwarz@kqed.org>
Pacifica, CA USA - Saturday, October 30, 1999 at 12:46:36 (MDT
Paul & Karen - Class 5-2 Picture - That was Daisy Sasbone (i think) and Janet Hochran. That is Garry Kallman top row, 3rd from left .How bout Johnetta Hill, James Brown and Yolanda Dunn.
Steve Block <srblock@bellatlantic.net>
Bridgewater, NJ USA - Saturday, October 30, 1999 at 12:25:32 (MDT
Paul Allen - on 5-2 class of '69 - that's amazing that you were able to remember so many of their names. When I looked I only knew a couple of the boys names. Most of the girls I knew. The middle question mark on your row is a girl named Daisy (don't remember her last name). The first girl on the left in the first row is Janet (again, no recollection of a last name-maybe started with a H.) Wasn't Jonathan Levitsky on Candid Camera as a kid? I remember Patricia Foster coming to our school in the 4th grade and being brilliant at Social Studies. Does anyone have the 1969 photo of 5-4? I believe Mandel was the teacher. From Cardozo graduated 1976, Richard Birdie was also my favorite teacher but he taught Social Studies not math. Hi Peter Drew - I don't know if you remember me but I had you for film - you know my brothers, Jeff & Brian(who worked for AAA). Does anyone know whatever happened to Eileen Sobel, Laurie Klein, Debbie Ostrow, Karen Zielinski, Lisa Einhorn or Sandy Abramson?
Suzan Sipinick <Rebfri@aol.com>
Flushing, NY USA - Saturday, October 30, 1999 at 10:31:40 (MDT
Larry's record shop . waiting 3 to 6 weeks to pick up that 45 record. it was a special feeling. i bought "You're The Devil in Disguise" by elvis there
Harvey Sheren <imbwa@aol.com>
az USA - Saturday, October 30, 1999 at 09:13:39 (MDT
Rich Farenci, I don't remember fighting with Grampa Bitner. I always liked him. Oh well, maybe I'm getting oldtimers disease. Anyway, how are you? How's your brother Andy (aka Keys) and your parents. Great memories with you guys. Write soon.
Paul Allen (aka Pablo) <intercafe@earthlink.net>
Marina del Rey, CA USA - Saturday, October 30, 1999 at 08:22:49 (MDT
Karen, did I forget you? Sorry...
Paul Allen (aka Pablo) <intercafe@earthlink.net>
Marina del Rey, CA USA - Saturday, October 30, 1999 at 08:19:14 (MDT
Karen Fisk - top row L to R Ronnie Zollo, Scott Marsh, ?, Don Abrams, Jeff Koblinski, Paul Dent, Don Glasel, Steve Block, Rob Goldberg. Middle - Walter Johnson, Steve Cusack, Steve Siegel(?), Caren Levy, Adrianne Steel, ?,?,?, Me (aka as Danny Liu's grandma called me Fataboy#2 - Lenny was #1), Jonathan Levitsky, Ms. Fieth. Bottom - ?, Adrianne Haskel, Tammy Klien, Patricia Foster, Leslie Quinn, Paul Madugno, Nancy Markowitz... I think that's close.
Paul Allen (aka Pablo) <intercafe@earthlink.net>
Marina del Rey, CA USA - Saturday, October 30, 1999 at 08:16:49 (MDT
great site. seems most of you "younger kids" are on, anyone around from FLHS 63?? have a younger sister Janet, grew up in Bldg 20 and moved over to 32 on bell
Bob Cohen <ChiliBob46@aol>
long island, ny USA - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 22:51:30 (MDT
Went to 74, graduated Cardozo 1972. Grew up on Francis Lewis Blvd. Married. Live in East Meadow. I think this is the coolest thing ever! In Bayside very often, folks still there. Mr. Birdie, math teacher, my favorite!!
Elizabeth Feigelman <Eliz5319@CS.com>
East Meadow, NY USA - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 21:53:15 (MDT
Rich Farenci Anthony totaro never became a priest, hi brother is a Bell Parker now living on 218 st
R Arra <beerbellybob@netscape.net>
USA - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 20:45:41 (MDT
Paul Allen- I love the 5th grade graduation picture. I'm pretty confident in naming the girls, but I need some help with the boys. Can you help? Suzan Sipinick- Thanks for the e-mail. I don't remember getting thrown out of Jahns during your party, but I'm not surprised. We were never a quiet bunch! I'll write soon.
Karen Fisk <kafi@juno.com>
Elkins Park, Pa USA - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 20:44:07 (MDT
Steve Willet: Who started the Phrase " kill it!... it's a Willet" Thank you ( Celia Hockvert & Helen Behar, too) for asking about Arlene. Unfortunately I'm out of the loop with her & my other sister Daryle but I'll get a message out to her about TOTC. Celia H.: I do remember you easily.You were next door neighbor w/ christina christy, how's Flo & Hal doing? I got my degree in Comm. art just like your dad.My mom always mentioned it. Randy Pullman: The art teacher that Amato was banging was Miss Reuben (I think I'm not quite 100% sure) A petite slender, attractive firey redhead. at least John had good taste. One day at the tennis matches Amato told me he took the hot french teacher Sherry Sarbofsky to the annual excursion to Washington DC. She probably had the hottest bod in 74. Similar to Julie Newmar. Anyone out there (who went to DC) have any dirt on it? Would somebody out there please have the decency to get Ol' CREW CUT BOY Online to devulge the rest of his black book on TOTC. I remember a week after you showed me the football I saw you for a split flash second on NFL films. One Sunday I also went to a jet game @ shea with Danny Dolenk. During practice, I bolted onto the Bob Clevland Bandstand in Center field. As the ball was in mid flight, I caught it, as the the house at shea was roaring on my behalf. I then tore ass out of there.As i was sprinting up the left field ramp, Security caught me, took the ball, and threw me out of the stadium. I climbed the wall outside & snuck back in and caught up with Danny about a 1/2 hour later.
Barry Adler <barryadler@earthlink.net>
Santa Monica, USA - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 20:36:44 (MDT
Steve Block: I remember you tending the goal on many occasions. Nice to see you on the site. Hope that you are doing well.
Richard Cohen <sl068@cs.com>
Duluth, Ga USA - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 19:57:59 (MDT
hi Linda Greenstein its Eileen from 2 doors away i saw your name on this website would love to hear from you i need someone to remind me of all the fun things we did i think alzheimers is setting in at an early age hope to hear from you
Eileen Barenbaum Huber <HSTNY@aol.com>
East Meadow , NY USA - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 19:30:02 (MDT
To Carrie Dovzak - I got your email, tried to reply, and it got returned - undeliverable. Pls email me again with another email address or home phone so we can talk. Thx
Linda Greenstein Cardozo 1974 grad <lindavec@aol.com>
Dallas, TX USA - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 18:47:04 (MDT
Well David Thompson- if you have been following this and not signing on- hello.! I had torn ligaments in my hand after a serious "knucks" card game with you and Milty. Hope your are well.
Helen Behar <hindab@cruzio.com>
Santa Cruz, USA - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 18:39:58 (MDT
To my old and very good friend Korny: I know I am two days early, but I want to wish you a very Happy Birthday this Sunday. Flake, just remember receiving a buck when a dollar meant something. On a side note, I believe that Sunday is Danny Liu's birthday as well. Happy Birthday Danny wherever you are!
Richard Cohen <sl068@cs.com>
Duluth, Ga USA - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 18:23:57 (MDT
Born 1955 and lived in BPG until I got married. My Mom still lives there. Went to Albany and graduated from Queens. I now live in Westchester and I am an accountant. I remember playing punch ball and ring-o-leavio every night during the summers. I also remember getting yelled at for playing on the grass
Barbara Lefkowitz <barb0613@aol.com>
Yorktown Heights, NY USA - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 17:00:43 (MDT
I guess this site testifies to the old wisdom - "it takes a village to raise a child." We all had the good fortune (or good parents) to grow up in a safe, clean, little urban village. I think of how tiny the space was - six city blocks (4 for BPG, 2 for the lots and 46) plus the adjacent stores and Alley Pond Park, one of the largest and best urban parks in the world. Open doors, everyone's parents looking out for everyone's kids, simple games and pleasures that encouraged imagination, bonding, athletics - I see kids today isolated from each other getting overweight and uncoordinated playing video games in surburban sprawl. Little League try-outs these days are pathetic - so many of the kids are fat and slow and clumsy. I guess we owe our parents one. And the folks who designed BPG, because by accident or design, its layout encouraged community and created nooks and crannies for kids to thrive in.
Ira Stollak <IStollak@pic.kitsap.wa.us>
Port Angeles, WA USA - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 16:49:41 (MDT
What a great site.I did not go to PS46. I went to PS162. grad.JHS74 in65 and Lewis in 68. I'll keep watching the site. You never know who you are going to find. Does anyone remember The Night Raiders?
David Lachter <dlachter@talstar.com>
Tallahassee, FL USA - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 16:19:00 (MDT
Hey Block, Glad to see you made it here following my phone call!!!. OK, now go find Nancy Markowitz and some others. Nice Pics Biddo, Sincerely "Captain Hook" Nagelberg. Got to run.
Howard Nagelberg <hnagelberg@mjsltd.com>
Great Neck, NY USA - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 15:46:16 (MDT
Kenny: It is amazing how far Ronnie has come. I saw him last night on Nightline and I have seen him throughout the years on other shows giving his political commentary. He always did have that intellectual side to him. Think of how we could "bleed" him if he ever had political aspirations. I do not doubt that you will make a poster size copy of my beautiful image. I do not remember when that picture was taken (no surprise) and I am not even certain that it is really me!!!
Richard Cohen <sl068@cs.com>
Duluth, Ga USA - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 15:40:39 (MDT
Jeff Rovitz-glad to see you finally got to this site. Remember when we went up to work the hotels....what a trip. Guess you still live in the Catskills. I.m at Cornell now visiting my daughter..wille-mail you when i get home
steve willet <muzikworld@aol.com>
USA - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 15:38:53 (MDT
Mark Susmin: I agree that your picture was scarier than mine, but did you expect it any other way? (ha! ha!). Honestly, I would say that my photo was the toughest on the eyes of any picture put on the site. Hopefully, at some point something can top it.
Richard Cohen <sl068@cs.com>
Duluth, Ga USA - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 15:33:27 (MDT
Michelle Prager: It is nice to see another familiar name from the distant past find this site. Others from our PS46 years that have posted include: Larry Schwartz (he started the site), Mike Alterbaum, Mark Cukierman, Mona Elba, Carol Behar and Evan Kapp. There are other postings from people who were in our grade, but I listed the ones that were in our class. Hope that you are doing well!
Richard Cohen <sl068@cs.com>
Duluth, Ga USA - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 15:30:04 (MDT
To Jeff Rovitz. I remember you quite well. I think you used to hang out with Jeff Sultan and Steve Chaiken. I think we may have also been in Hebrew School class together.
Eddie Greenberg <eddieg@ix.netcom.com>
Fair Lawn, NJ USA - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 13:55:26 (MDT
great site! just got turned on to it by dave kapp, thanks! my eyes are all blurry from reading all 5 pages, so bear with any typos... born in '59, spent all my formative years from 2nd grade on in the park at 46... was there for the drive by shooting mentioned in the home page, i remember we were playing a game of taps on the courts facing 218th st, who was the kid who got shot? there was only one... left my own pint of blood in the park in the summer of '67 when i turned my face into howie putzer's swing (of his bat) and broke my nose, anthony totaro (i think he's now a priest) was pitching to him. anybody ever here from howie? hello to paul allen, remeber the time we were playing 2 on 2 hoops and you beat the crap out of anthony bitner because he fouling the crap out of me? howie nagelberg: i lived accross the street from steve cusack but haven't seen him since my parents moved away 15 years ago. when i was living in morristown, nj the first people i met when i checked out the synagogue there were billy zimmerman's aunt and uncle, couldn't beleive the resemblance, real nice people, not sure if you remeber me billy.
Rich Farenci <m-rf8835@cs.nyu.edu>
glen ridge, nj USA - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 13:40:46 (MDT
Isn't this internet stuff amazing. How else could we go back to this little community we grew up in to bring back this great rush of memories. I recognize so many names but can't put faces on most of them. I can see you Steven Cohen, and of course, Steve Willet. I remember when we were a bit older we would play catch at Alley Pond Park and you would throuw me these really high flies. Ah, the joy of having a simple catch. Of watching the ball float through the crisp Autumn air or hot summer evening, to run under it and play it just right. I love that feeling. Anyone ever here from Jeffrey Sultan or Lee Weinstein. We used to knock on his door to play punchball and when his mom came to the door, we would ask is piss pot (his nickname, from Lee to Pee to...) who knows what she thought. Lee, where are you?
Jeffrey Rovitz <jeffrovitz@juno.com>
Catskill, NY USA - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 11:44:09 (MDT
To Mitchell Weiser: David Katz and his family lived in Bell Park and when we went private cooperative, he sold his apartment and moved to East Meadow, LI. His parents live in Florida permantly.
Paul Roth <Proth5@aol.com>
Bell Park Gardens, NY USA - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 11:05:29 (MDT
Does anyone know whatever happened to either Gary Liebowitz or David Katz???
Mitchell Weiser <sportsfan630@aol.com>
Wallingford, Pa USA - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 09:38:46 (MDT
Ken what picture of Ricky Albert? Do you have an address for Rick?
Kevan Schaum 77 <Boyshkin@msn.com>
New Windsor, NY USA - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 08:40:36 (MDT
Harry, first, the guy in the shorts is Rick Albert. I have yet to see a photo of myself on this sight. Second, nice pic, I remember that costume. I dont think you closed your shirt that year. Next, Richie, I have reprinted your pic, and am courrently enlarging it to the size of Sussman's Farrah poster. It will be on sale on this sight soon. Did anyone see Brownstein on Nightline last night. He sounds so damn inelligent, I cant believe we grew up with him. Didnt have a clue as to what he was saying!
ken aronoff <phonbooth@aol.com>
weston, fl USA - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 07:41:44 (MDT
No time now to compose any stories but I would love to hear from any of the old gang.
Michelle Prager <michelle_prager@seagram.com>
Boca Raton, FL USA - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 06:34:51 (MDT
Nice shorts, Kenny.
Mark Susmin <trenmark@aol.com>
Coram, NY USA - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 06:18:09 (MDT
Mr. Drew: I don't know if you remember me but I had the great pleasure of having you for Social Studies? and Cinematography. I went through a period of some heavy duty cutting and you actually came looking for me at the Top of the Court one night. I ran like hell. However, I will say that you were hands down the best teacher I ever had. Hope all is well with you.
Mark Susmin <trenmark@aol.com>
Coram, NY USA - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 06:16:58 (MDT
Hey, Rich, definitely not more frightening than me.
Mark Susmin <trenmark@aol.com>
Coram, NY USA - Friday, October 29, 1999 at 06:14:11 (MDT
To Helen Behar: David Thompson is now a Shareholder in Bell Park Gardens. He resides in a Duplex apt in Bldg 32 on Bell Blvd.
Paul Roth <Proth5@aol.com>
Bell Park Gardens, NY USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 23:29:20 (MDT
Larry: I was at quite a few of those concerts at Queensboro with you. I do specifically remember The Byrds, and Sha Na Na. I also remember you, Danny Lockshon, myself and I believe Dave Stollak going to Flushing Meadow to listen to Iron Butterfly. They were inside the NY State Pavillion, and we were listening from outside. We were young and I remember winessing a regular "Love-In" going on outside the pavillion. It was certainly ear opening and even more so it was eye opening.
Richard Cohen <sl068@cs.com>
Duluth, Ga USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 22:18:14 (MDT
Larry: I will say that the picture of me from Leslie's archives is certainly the most frightening photo of me that I have ever seen,(and I have seen many scary pictures of myself). I guess some people are more photogenic than others. I can't wait to show it to my daughter; she will be so proud.h
Richard Cohen <sl068@cs.com>
Duluth, Ga USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 22:13:04 (MDT
Barry Adler. Please sy hi to your sister for me. She, Roni Stoll and I were close there for a while. Do You know what became of Dave Thompson, since he lived in your court? I had never heard that Milty / Impala story. Classic... He died about 15 years ago , supposedly of a heart attack, at 34.He was a bagel baker when he passed, (and proud of his craft) and he had daughter and an ex-wife named Stephanie. Sad.
Helen Behar <hindab@cruzio.com>
Santa Cruz, USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 21:54:32 (MDT
Steve Weiss - Still have a copy of WebBro ??? Better than strato !!
Steve Block <srblock@bellatlantic.net>
Bridgewater, NJ USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 21:51:29 (MDT
Brownstein is on Nightline again.
ken aronoff <phonbooth@aol.com>
weston, USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 21:46:38 (MDT
Hey Mitch, I still have one left in my garage - no kidding. Lie 5.
Steve Block <srblock@bellatlantic.net>
Bridgewater, NJ USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 21:14:00 (MDT
Larry. Are you sure it wasn't me who told you about those concerts? I went to the same ones including BB King, who was preceeded by Delaney, Bonnie and friends with the opening act an unknown Loggins and Messinna who stole the show. I beleive it was one of the nights that Jahns burned down for the sixth time....My first Dead concert was at Queens College...Plotnicki, from Fuzzy Dice did make it very big, bringing rap to mainstream and is now probably retired. He ran a company Profile Records....Punchball greats... Pete the Greek Kalfas certainly ranked up there in my age group and had a hell of a jump shot from the corner. I could hear Mr.Paul doing the play by play and how about his 2 hand chest shot and little jump hook?
jeff schwartz <jeffideo@aol.com>
bayside, USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 20:35:55 (MDT
Hi Wendy, How are you? No I am not an anti-wendite (did I spell that correctly?). You were a bee at the halloween party weren't you. Hi to Jacque Blocque. How are you doing? Remember going to Paragon with Howie and splitting a dozen lefty Victoriaville sticks?
Mitch Edelson <medelson@nyse.com>
Wayne, NJ USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 19:57:45 (MDT
To all: That's our beloved Beav in the link "Leslies Photos" in the View Photos section. He's the one with the absurdly long black hair and mustache looking like he just came off a midnight run with Charlie Manson! Nice photo Beav. eh? It's good to be webmaster!
Larry Schwartz <larry@larryschwartz.com>
Fair Lawn, NJ USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 19:52:21 (MDT
Webmaster L: I had heard Plotnicki had gone into the music biz, too. Richie, who was the drummer, and who I didn't know until QC played mostly club dates with cover bands and with The Platters revival groups until '79-80 when he got to tour for Steve Forbert, who was a big folk-rocker at the time. As for Ravi Shankar, I actually met him last week!! He and his daughter (who is apparently an awesome musician) were giving a private concert and were doing some radio interviews, so they were up at the station one day. Nice people. I didn't realize Queenborough had so many great concerts.
jerry schwarz <jschwarz@kqed.org>
Pacifica, CA USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 19:42:05 (MDT
Folks: Kenny is right, that is Roy, not him, though I made the same mistake. Ken is in the group though. Bottom left. Thanks to Leslie, Donny and Mitch "Biddo" Edelson for a great job getting me the photos. Classics!! Stu: Sounds like an interesting programming project. When my son gets old enough, I might put him on it.
Larry Schwartz <larry@larryschwartz.com>
Fair Lawn, NJ USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 19:13:51 (MDT
Jerry: Dice was aweseome. Steve Plotniki, Harris Simon, etc... I think Plotniki ended up big in the music biz bringing RunDMC to the market first. Love to know what Harris is doing. Loved his music. Dice later came to Albany where I went to college and thought it was one of the best concerts I had ever been to. Which leads me to ask. Does anyone remember the great rock shows at QueensBoro Community college? I remember seeing (at different times) Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The Byrds, Genya Revan and Ten Wheel Drive, Dave Mason, Ravi Shankar, and Sha Na Na there. One time Zacherle was the host of the show.
Larry Schwartz <larry@larryschwartz.com>
Fair Lawn, NJ USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 19:06:16 (MDT
how about anyone who has IM posting their buddy name so whoever wants a one on one chat can do so
Peri Nusbaum <imperial@optonline.net>
Seaford, NY USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 17:53:12 (MDT
steven block...how are you??how's your sister robin???tell her to email me
Peri Nusbaum <imperial@optonline.net>
Seaford, NY USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 17:52:08 (MDT
Peter Drew, I owe you! Thanks to your film class I can impress by my film snobery. I remember the film ski trip we took, with intent of making movies. The fims we came home with were not quite viewable, as per the content. As for the new phots from the Quinn archives, the guy with the big fro is not me, its Roy Blumenfeld!!
ken aronoff <phonbooth@aol.com>
weston, fl USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 16:57:15 (MDT
Bagman how the hell are you ??
Mitchell Weiser <sportsfan630@aol.com>
USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 16:51:47 (MDT
lol no kevin 38 has pasts a few years ago ill be turning 42 in a few months
neal caliendo <nhcaliendo@aol.com>
USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 16:39:27 (MDT
hey biddo- iwas at that halloween party too! are you and anti-wendite?
wendy <wendo697@aol.com>
NY, NY USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 12:30:33 (MDT
Larry Schwartz (webmaster) - Here is an idea. Lets post a map of the courts in BPG with the addressed marked and see who can remember what families lived in which apartments. For each apartment, we'll see if people can remember family names as well as first names and maybe a little historical anectdote. Is there any way that graphic can be put up. Game players can post entries in the bulletin board to keep them separate from the ongoing guestbook conversations. Should be fun. Is it do-able? -Stu
Stu Schneider <schneiss@aol.com>
Levittown, NY USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 12:21:39 (MDT
To Lori M-K: I never had Mr Drew but heard nothing but good things about him (let's talk about him like he's not here...). But, speaking of "SING", were you in the junior Sing where they had that incredible band. This was the year ('71) our senior Sing did the Shakespeare spoof. I think the band was actually called DICE, and my friend Richie Shapiro was the drummer. Correct me if I'm wrong folks.
Jerry Schwarz <jschwarz@kqed.org>
Pacifica, USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 12:12:27 (MDT
Well Well Well, Larrys idea has finally come full circle, we now have a teacher from Cardozo, one of the good ones, that remembers most of us im sure, how about each one of us giving a little story about them with the famous Mr Drew. Myself? well if it wasnt for him i would never have been Mae West in Senior Sing, he had a way about him that was so convincing that you ended up thinking you really were the part! not to mention getting you out of class, you could always find me ahh...hem studing in Mr.Drews office,with the other kids,so many laughs,so many good times. if i didnt tell you back then.....im saying it now.....Thanks for just being you.
Lori Maiorana{Krutoy} <Blondiebrd@aol.com>
Parlin, NJ USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 11:56:25 (MDT
Re the punchball discussion, does anyone remember playing in the long driveway coming off the flagpole at 218th?. The best punchball players were those who could reach "the island" on a fly, The island was a bit of sidewalk jutting out into the driveway near the "barrel playground". some of us who played there were Carl Gettleman, Joel and Mike Dulberg, Joel Green, (??) Cohen, Hollander, and many others from the court on Springfield and 69th and also from the circle. By the way, there was also the "smooth part" right past the entrance to that driveway before you reached the island. It was a smooth paved section of the asphalt driveway the we all used to go roller skating on. We skated in in a circle like a regular skating rink. Steel wheeled skates that clamped over our shoes and a skate key on a piece of string around out necks. Any memories there?
Stu Schneider <SCHNEISS@AOL.COM>
LEVITTOWN, NY USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 11:47:05 (MDT
My brother Dave graduated Carodozo in 1972 (Ibelieve). He's not online but I am passing messages on to him I anyone is interested.
Stu Schneider <schneiss@aol.com>
Levittown, NY USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 11:37:43 (MDT
Wasnt Mr. Cahill fondly referred to as "Pruneface"?
StuSchneider <schneiss@aol.com>
Levittown, NY USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 11:29:40 (MDT
To Mitch Edelson: Good comment on brother Richie. Did he tell you that last year he became an die-hard Dallas Stars fan and over the summer he became a die-hard U.S. Womens soccer fan and he also loves the S.A. Spurs
Steve Cohen <scohen@tampabay.rr.com>
Palm Harbor, FL USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 09:53:49 (MDT
Barry (Adler), Don't know if you remember me. Arlene and I were great buddies at 46; and our Mom's played Mah Jong every Tuesday night with Norma Passe, Helen Schneider,Harriet Schneider,and Yetta (can't remember her last name).I loved when the game was at our house; it was the only time there was candy or cake around, and we got to eat the leftovers. Say hi to your sisters for me (Darryl was a contemporary of my sister Susan). See you're in Santa Monica. We lived in Northridge from 1988 to 1990. My sister Susan is in Woodland Hills, and my younger son is out there too; a sophomore at U.S.C. Good to see your posting. Celia
celia hochvert (hildreth) <childreth@dermasciences.com>
Burnt Hills, NY USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 09:43:46 (MDT
Paul Allen hooked me up to this site. I was surprised at how many people I knew. Although I didn't "hang out" at 47 or Bell Park. I was at Cardozo H.S. in Room 307 for 25 years. I served my time. Now I'm out.
Peter Drew <d3dfilm@earthlink.net>
USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 09:15:53 (MDT
To Mitch and Larry: First of all, I do not chop. Second of all Mr. Edelson, I believe that my earlier message was quite gracious. I do not think that you needed to get angry or vicious with your "chop this" posting. I accept your apology (assuming that it is given) and I will remain close friends with both Larry and yourself. By the way, Go! St. Louis Rams!!!!
Richard Cohen <sl068@cs.com>
Duluth, Ga USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 08:17:30 (MDT
Hey, Mitch Mahovolich. Heard from Howie Howell today. Yes, it's me .. Jaques Blaque. Remember those football games at the toilet bowl ?
Steve Block <srblock@bellatlantic.net>
Bridgewater, NJ USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 07:49:45 (MDT
Barry (Adler) please say heelo to your sister Arlene whose was in many of my classes. Tell her to get on the site. The more the merrier. Jeff Grossman-been trying to e-mail you at your yahoo address but i keep getting the mail back.
Steve willet <muzikworld@aol.com>
USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 06:52:41 (MDT
Hey Beave...Chop This!...Are you a St. Louis Ram fan this year? Bid
Mitch Edelson <medelson@nyse.com>
Wayne, NJ USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 06:43:15 (MDT
Richie: How many times do the Yankees have to beat the Braves before their fans will stop that ridiculous chop? Lets get some potatoe salad at Gunthers and celebrate!!
Larry Schwartz <larry@larryschwartz.com>
Fair Lawn, NJ USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 06:24:13 (MDT
Elyse Arno: My sister Arlene Adler Zeiler resides in Suffolk,VA is married Has 2 daughters. I beleive she hung with Helen Behar, Ronnie Stohl?, Ronda Fox & shelly Leinwand. What do you know about Milty's death? I remember when he stole Shirly Samel's (@ bldg #18) brand new '64 Impala and joy rode around Bell Park! Steven Bernstein: Amato would get arrested today for assult & battery a thousand x's over. Home ec teacher is Mrs. Tossiello, the biggest boobs in PS 46 teaching history.
Barry Adler <barryadler@earthlink.net>
Santa Monica, USA - Thursday, October 28, 1999 at 01:07:05 (MDT
Dear Larry Legend, Thank you for launching Top of The Court. I have been living here in Santa Monica since January, 1978 when I moved out from BPG (bldg. #17 @ 220-37 73rd) just 2 doors away from the infamous Lewkow Brothers. (Raymond and Randy Geller have been urging me get on line here). I now reside just 18 blocks from the Pacific Ocean. I'm selling print services for a local agency and as a side line, I am offering freelance graphic design services as well, and i would be more than happy to provide input in order to improve the design asthetics of this web site. Yankees are poping champagne corks as i write this note. Congratulations to them and all the BPG die hard Yankee fans. I was born March 15th,1956. I believe we were in the same grade or were you in SP? but always in different classes. Some of my 46 classmates were Allen Weber, Jeffery Green, Leonard Boyer, Scott Sedacca Debbie Stroller etc. At MQBC, my teamates were Steven Weiss, Mathew Resnick, and Steven Cusack. Cusack's dad was the Manager. His sister Karen, I remember, was a babe. At OJC hebrew school, some of my class mates were Randy Red Pullman, Roy Blumenfeld etc.Larry, didn't you use to hang with Lumpy back then? Look forward to hearing from you the Top of the Court on-liners. BARRY
Barry Adler <barryadler@earthlink.net>
Santa Monica, CA USA - Wednesday, October 27, 1999 at 22:35:02 (MDT
From an Atlanta Braves fan and a semi-Yankee fan my hat goes off to the World Champs. I congratulate a team that was certainly the better team. Not only are they the best team in baseball, they are a class act. I believe that the series did include the two best teams that both have lots of class. It is certainly possible that we will see this same match up next year. Hopefully Gallaraga and Javy Lopez will be healthy next year and make the series a little more competitive. Again, cheers to the Bronx Bombers!!!
Richard Cohen <sl068@cs.com>
Duluth, Ga USA - Wednesday, October 27, 1999 at 22:28:07 (MDT
Evan: The Boy Scout troop was actually 274, and I was in it for a number of years. Other people of our age who were in the troop included our close friends: David Stollak, Danny Lockshon, Steve Korman and Warren Glaser. I think David and I lasted the longest. Danny dropped out when the troop meetings conflicted with "Laugh-In" and "The Monkees". Boy Scouts was a great experience.
Richard Cohen <sl068@cs.com>
Duluth, Ga USA - Wednesday, October 27, 1999 at 22:23:09 (MDT
OK - the "best punchball player" debate. Sort of like arguing Mays vs. Griffey vs. Ruth vs Gehrig. But how do we define "best"? We all tended to get fixated on hitting the longball - hitting the fence, or better, hitting it over - that 219th street fence by the lots was our Green Monster. But I talked last night with Alan Gladstone about when we 5th graders beat the 6th grade, and the memories of the game started coming back. The 6th graders kept swinging for the fences and flying out. We 5th graders played smart - finding the gaps, hitting situationally, and making the big defensive plays. I remember catching three or four towering fly balls by the left field fence. So where am I headed? Well, when I think of best punchball player, I think of the full package - hitting for AVERAGE, finesse, smart baserunning, and good defense, especially soft hands and good arm, and being a team player. So in my book, the two best all-around players I remember were Jerry Gold and Harvey Markowitz. They could both hit it over - but hit smart and played great defense - both had the surest hands and great arms. So Jerry and Harvey, if you're out there, you guys have my vote.
Ira Stollak <IStollak@pic.kitsap.wa.us>
Port Angeles, WA USA - Wednesday, October 27, 1999 at 21:38:35 (MDT
That's save a lot of confusion
Kevan Schaum 77 <Boyshkin@msn.com>
New Windsor, NY USA - Wednesday, October 27, 1999 at 19:38:05 (MDT
If you put you Graduation year after your name it would ave a lot of confusion
Kevan Schaum 77 <Boyshkin@msn.com>
New Windsor, NY USA - Wednesday, October 27, 1999 at 19:37:20 (MDT
Neal I think I know u are you like 38
Kevan Schaum 77 <Boyshkin@msn.com>
New Windsor, NY USA - Wednesday, October 27, 1999 at 19:25:59 (MDT
ok my typing sucks sorry a product of 74 what can i say
neal caliendo <nhcaliendo@aol.com>
howell, nj USA - Wednesday, October 27, 1999 at 18:48:31 (MDT
ok so i didnt live in bpg but i di live in windsor oaks. i cant belive how many of you guys i remember from 205 74 cardozo gary f paul a how are you guys doing???!! i hung out with howie lowenbraun jack smolen dave drucker. spent most of my days playing roller hockey at 205 susman you were friendly with jack werent you? had a great time reading your posts . would love to hear from some fo my old pals looking to get a 205 reunion together a day of hockey music and good friends if i can get enough people together we might get jorma to play remember goldberg and gary kaulman playing a tuna tune at the folkmusic show at cardozo what a great time to be young huh? enjoy all
neal caliendo <nhcaliendo>
howell , nj USA - Wednesday, October 27, 1999 at 18:45:10 (MDT
To Stuart Friedberg: I was just reading your most recent posting and in answer to your inquiry about Barry Weissler's sister. Her name is Debbie. The weissler Family moved into BPG and were my downstairs neighbor when we lived in Bldg 37 on 67th Avenue.
Paul Roth <Proth5@aol.com>
Bell Park Gardens, NY USA - Wednesday, October 27, 1999 at 17:05:59 (MDT
mitchell weisser, i graduated cardozo in jan '71, your name doesnt ring a bell though...jeff grossman, mr teicher was great...he was the one who covered for me and told my folks i was working for him while i snuck off to a peace ralley...saved my butt!!!
Peri Nusbaum <imperial@optonline.net>
Seaford, NY USA - Wednesday, October 27, 1999 at 16:34:31 (MDT
PLEASE NOTE I HAVE CHANGED MY EMAIL # TO SPORTSFAN630@AOL.COM
Mitchell Weiser <sportsfan630@aol.com>
Wallingford, Pa USA - Wednesday, October 27, 1999 at 14:46:44 (MDT
ANYONE HERE FROM THE GRADUATING CLASS OF 1971 AT B.N. CARDOZO HIGH. ??
Mitchell Weiser <wei630@aol.com>
Wallingford, Pa USA - Wednesday, October 27, 1999 at 14:15:43 (MDT
Future Memories from Present Day Website-Related Experiences: This past Monday after work I flew up to the Bay Area (from San Diego) to meet Randy "Gish" Geller (from Portland OR) and a girlfriend, Randi, to see Bruce Springsteen perform at The Oakland Colliseum. What a show; it was unbelievable. Bruce gets better and better (just like us!) The energy between him and the audience, and among the members of the audience dancing their hearts out, is something anyone who's experienced it knows is indescribable. It's not sacreligious or an exaggeration to say it's nothing short of a religious experience. Gish, Randi and I, and Ray Lewkow for making the Connection, are bonded for life! Thank's to Larry Schwartz, too, for the website to begin with. I was so tired the next day at work I was looking at the big pillows on the classroom floor, which I put there for the kids to lounge around and read on, with napping in mind. I made it through the workday on pure psychic energy - compliments of Bruuuce. Gish, any city, any time, I'm ready to do it again!
judy <friedman>
san diego, ca USA - Wednesday, October 27, 1999 at 14:00:48 (MDT
Well, i guess it had to happen, first peice of sad news ive read...on the passing of Debby Stroller, may she rest in peace. Steve B: when and how did she pass?
Lori Maiorana{Krutoy} <Blondiebrd@aol.com>
Parlin, NJ USA - Wednesday, October 27, 1999 at 09:11:53 (MDT
About stickball nothing was better crushing one of lewees big fastballs and smashing it across across the steet even thou he always got the of me 75% of the timeit was always sweet to crush one . it was also fun when we used to play stickball by the garages and we would crush one into a window in the field of play and how they would come out and chase us away and we be back in ten minutes doing it again.I havealot of stickballs memories these are just a sample.
Mitchell Weiser <wei630@aol.com>
Wallingford, Pa USA - Wednesday, October 27, 1999 at 08:45:44 (MDT
I went on a cub scout camporee this weekend with my 7 yr old and the topic of scouting came up. Funny, how I couldn't remember much about our old troup (364 right?) but I have some of camping on the palisades in a cabin during winter. The kids here seem to have more fun than I remembered...mostly bacause they weren't expected to stand perfectly still and quiet most of the time...I think I remember feeling the leaders of our old troup being wound a little "tight" shall we say...I was trying to remember who was in the troup too,...Richie, weren't you in it? I'm counting on you guys to revive some memories here.
Evan Kapp <ezkapp@aol.com>
Sumter, SC USA - Wednesday, October 27, 1999 at 08:28:15 (MDT
Celia, Shelly married an old friend and classmate of mine, Barry Weissler. They have 3 or 4 kids and live in Roslyn. Barry has a younger sister you may know but I've forgotten her name. Roni got in touch with your sis Fran..
Stuart Friedberg <Stugots47@aol.com>
Fair Lawn , USA - Wednesday, October 27, 1999 at 08:07:00 (MDT
I left out one person I think should be on the all time punchball team. He hit the ball over any fence even dead center field any time he wanted . He was an excellent athlete and a fierce competitor. His name is Steven Hoffman and he actually taught some of you at JHS 74.
Stuart Friedberg <Stugots47@aol.com>
Fair Lawn , USA - Wednesday, October 27, 1999 at 07:15:16 (MDT
Ray- You're right about stickball. The same was true for punchball when you hit the fence for the first time--and when you hit it over the fence for the first time. Jeff- the "lots" were a great memory. Those houses just don't look right there...even now. That name that you're looking for is Stroller-- and I believe that Debbie unfortunately passed away.
Steve Bernstein <aberns@earthlink.net>
Old Bethpage, USA - Wednesday, October 27, 1999 at 05:09:46 (MDT
Hi everyone. My friend David Azuline who works for the Council for Higher Education in Israel couldn't believe how such a small community could end up with people living in all corner of the US. He wants you all to know that there are lots of exciting programs for high school graduates and up in Israel for the summer, semester or year. Every year those students who come to spend some time at an Israeli university return with a stronger commitment to their local Jewish community and strengthen their Jewish identity. With the millennium year approaching, there are lots of opportunities available throughout Israel and scholarships may be available. This isn't an ad, but if anyone is at all interested they should contact me. By the way, there is absolutely nothing dangerous about living in Jerusalem or in any major/minor city in Israel. Just as you don't get off the expressway when you drive the Bronx, you learn where not to go here too. My kid plays outside without parental vision and sometimes visits the empty lot (wadi) near my building and is probably having some of the experiences we used to have in the lots. Outside cafes abound and my kid loves visiting the shuk (market) in the Old City of Jerusalem. The press occasionally distorts things. Believe me, it is safer here than in midtown Manhattan. Bye for now. I'm yearning to meet the next generation, so send them over for the time of their lives.
Siva Azoulay <siva@roth.hul.huji.ac.il>
Jerusalem, USA - Wednesday, October 27, 1999 at 03:09:35 (MDT
All former stickball players know what a great feeling it was to hit a homer over the fence at 46. The only thing better was hitting one that hit the flagpole by Tommies hut. Made you feel like you were the MICK!
Ray Lewkow <MrLew16>
Culver City, CA USA - Wednesday, October 27, 1999 at 00:43:08 (MDT
Are there any more league members out there ???
Mitchell Weiser <wei630@aol.com>
Wallingford, Pa USA - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 21:52:15 (MDT
Can someone please answer me -- What are the Bell Park Files? What do they pertain to? I lived in BPG from o/a 1963 to 1989.
Michael Bricker <brickerma@state.gov>
Seoul, Korea - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 21:32:47 (MDT
Does anybody remember the lots across the street from 46 We used to ride our bikes and jump the hills. Once in a while a rat would going flying right by you and you'd freak out. There was also Mr Teicher from the G.O. or S.O. store in Cardozo. He was one of the nicest teachers around. Randy Pullman what was Charlies last name he lived on 68th and springfield I believe he had a sister named Debbie. Do you ever hear from him? Steve Willet how come I don't see your brother on here? Tell him to e-mail me. BYE FOR NOW
Jeff Grossman <White_diamond52@yahoo.com>
holtsville, USA - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 21:17:42 (MDT
Never went to public school, but lived in windsor park anyway, anyone remember the name
Jeff Safier <rjjsafier@earthlink.net>
Fair Lawn, NJ USA - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 21:17:20 (MDT
boys its good to see all yhese old names brings back a lot of memories .Ill tell one of my fondest mermories weas in 1969 when those metsies were fighting off those ferocious cubs. i can still remember those days and nights sitting by the radio waiting to hear what the mets have done, and also all those nights by yogis waiting for the paper to come to see the box scores what a year just like this one.
Mitchell Weiser <wei630@aol.com>
Wallingford, Pa USA - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 21:13:30 (MDT
Someone mentioned Mr. Cahill. I remember while we feared him, every time he turned his back his back we were up to no good, kind of like Hebrew School. I also remember Jan Werner selling the lyrics to Beatkes' songs at 50 cents a song. I'm trying to remember the other students who were in the special music class. I believe it was 7-5. There's was Jan on sax, Paul Dranoff on trumpet, me on clarinet, Howie Poman on drums.
Eddie Greenberg <eddieg@ix.netcom.com>
Fair Lawn, NJ USA - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 20:58:03 (MDT
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To Nanci Reiss Furgang-Do you have a sister Arlene who graduated FLHS in'64? and to Celia Hohvert-do you have a sister named Alice. If you do, I knew them and would love to hear from them. I think this site is terrific and its bringing back all sorts of memories. By the way, has anyone been in 46 lately? I was in there about 15 years ago and it still smells the same.
Beth Fieldman Siegel <bethbeth511@yahoo.com>
Hicksville, NY USA - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 19:34:17 (MDT
To Ira Stollack: I remember driving to Virginia, on a dare, to buy a pack of cigerettes. When we got there Dave got out of the car and said "I'm going to visit my brother in Oragon(?). I now assume that was you. Everyone in the car was so impressed..he got a standing ovation, and we all left. How is your brother. I would love to hear from him. He turned me on to the Dead, and other things.
ken aronoff <phonbooth@aol.com>
weston, fl USA - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 19:16:03 (MDT
IRA STOLLAK, I was a friend of your sister's. The first time I ever heard a Bob Dylan record was at your house. You played it for us and we couldn't understand a word he was saying. We thought it was stupid, you thought it was great. Who knew ??? I also remember that your mother was the first person I ever saw with two different color eyes. Jack, your dad, was the mellowest person I had ever met. Good to see your post. How's David, and where is he?
celia hochvert (hildreth) <childreth@dermasciences.com>
Burnt Hills, NY USA - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 18:03:21 (MDT
Ian It seems that regardless of what I say you intend on putting out the Bell Park Files. I need you please as compromise at least not print those 4 items we discussed. The other things I don't really care about as most are either in Florida or have died But it really will cause huge problems to disclose the other things. Without giving any names 4 of those people were so angry that it almost came to a physical fight. You also have to remember their are inocent children involved. Please let me know so I can prepare the people. Thanks
Lenny Zimmerman <leonard.zimmerman@grubb-ellis.com>
New York, NY USA - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 15:56:16 (MDT
hi, first in return to maris, I remember those parties well you would chase my brother and me around the Apt. trying to get us to go to bed. Thanx to you I will not allow teenagers to babysit for my kids (when I have some). Now, to the person who wanted to know the woodshop teachers name at 74 it was Mr. Witz. Anyway we are all fine. thanx
jill butter <woim23@aol.com>
west hempstead, ny USA - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 15:02:28 (MDT
Stu Levin: Your comments on stickball were right on, especially regarding the home plates drawn by Mitch. Good posting!
Richard Cohen <sl068@cs.com>
Duluth, Ga USA - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 14:20:11 (MDT
To Stu Levin: If I remember correct, the ideal stickball court was the middle court in between the 2 basketball hoops. On this court you had 2 evenly spread foulpoles. The pole that connected the rightfield and centerfield fence on the softball field formed the rightfield pole for stickball and the outside pole of the schoolyard entrance formed the leftfield pole. Thw worst court was definitely the court right up against the fence. You had to be a pull hitter there.
Steve Cohen <scohen@tampabay.rr.com>
Palm Harbor, FL USA - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 14:16:33 (MDT
The following is actually from my brother Jack: I'd like to see Mr. Cahill discussed (I recall a clay penis someone fashioned in Mr. Jacobson's ceramics class at 74--it was being passed around the brass section of the orchestra, and Cahill got wind of it (sorry,unintentional pun). One of the trumpet players tried to hide it in the bell of the horn, but he found it). Which leads me to the subject of CHARGES--the primitive disciplinary system employed at 74. Double, triple, class charges--all recorded on the SECTION SHEET. Judy Cohn, the section sheet monitor, nobly "lost" the section sheet before day's end on more than one occasion, to help students in need. She did it when her sense of justice was offended; and I smile to remember what good judgment she had. Of course, we all got in trouble all of the time, anyway. I recall the JHS paper winning a press award and its 9th grade staff going with Mrs. Civin to Columbia University to receive it. Interesting note: Carl G. was one of the kids, and he climbed on a statue right in front of the campus. Years later, I remember seeing him to the same thing during the University riots (Mark Rudd was the instigator at the time--1969 or 1970). I wonder if the kids remember getting pickles from the barrel at the deli before and/or after Hebrew school. No wonder I associate the Shema with the smell of garlic... Also: the ice cream truck for Bungelow Bar, which was constructed like a little house. Ask everyone if they remember THE RIDES, flatbed trucks that brought ferris wheels and tilt-a-whirls to the streets. Ridiculously unsafe, I'm sure. When the ride was over, you got a small prize from the operator (like a whistle or a baseball decal).
Jerry Schwarz <jschwarz@kqed.org>
Pacifica, USA - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 12:39:43 (MDT
To Paul Allen--My sister Erica was a main culprit in the locking up of Michaelson at Cardozo. and yes I do remember the floods and riding in a canoe on the LIE at Springfield Blvd. I'd love to hear from BBYOers from Oakland, Little Neck/Douglaston etc. Keith Wohl(PS221,JHS67 and CARDOZO grad 1973).
Keith Wohl <keith.wohl@tfn.com>
USA - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 11:06:44 (MDT
Wasn't the electric shop teacher Mr. Dobrin, who also claimed to be a magician and was personal friends with Harry Houdini?
Steve Cohen <scohen@tampabay.rr.com>
Palm Harbor, FL USA - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 10:55:45 (MDT
To Danny S--Yes, I know you were about half Kalfas's size. Major punchball props to you, from another undersized athlete who made himself good. To the guy who wondered about Mr Dallis--we talked about him pretty extensively recently--check out earlier page 4 and add any stories you'd like. Good Jean Shepard knowledge guys. He just passed away last week so this'll be his tribute from BPG. I remember Alison Steele, Rosko, Scott Muni, JOnathan Schwartz (who had an affinity for really bad bands--no wonder he reinvented himself as a Sinatra maven), and on WABC-FM ALex Bennett, Mike Cuscuna, Mike Klenfner (now a big record exec), and Father Bill Ayres. On TV, I remember "Get Smart" as the one show I couldn't miss. I do admit to a little crush on Elizabeth Montgomery.I also remember somtimes watching "The Hollywood Palace", the West Coast's weak sibling competition for "Ed Sullivan". And of course, Hullabaloo, Shindig et al. And just for the heck of it, Joe Franklin.... To Stu Levin--You're so right about court placement being essential to not losing the ball. We played with tennis balls later on (at least me and Mike D did) because it was more of a challenge. My most frustrating time was when I hit a foul homerun from the 219th St side court--it went into the full court basketball court, but was just foul. I never hit a stickball shot that far again.(As Maxwell Smart might have said, "Missed it by THAT much").
Jerry Schwarz <jschwarz@kqed.org>
Pacifica, USA - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 10:54:15 (MDT
i loved playing stickball at 46...before the first pitch, we would have to scrounge around for a rock to draw home plate...some rocks drew like chalk, but others were just useless...the only way around this chore would be to play against mitch edelson, who would bring several pieces of colored chalk and draw bayside's finest plate...even the plates drawn with rocks would last until the next rain...we had remarkably few arguments over balls and strikes...one out per inning unless we played "doubles" with an outfielder...there was a real art to fielding an "eggball", which was a popup with such spin that the spaldeen or pensy pinky would distort into the shape of an oval...timing was everything...you had to kind of let the ball spin itself out into your cupped hands and squeeze at just the right moment, or the ball would pop out...the best court, of course, was the one closest to the entrance to the handball courts...they got progressively worse as you moved towards 219th st. because there would be less and less of a "right field"...i cant remember how many games ended with balls hit over 219th into the lots...we would try to follow the ball as best we could till we could run out and retrieve them...ill bet most of the houses built there are sitting on top of those balls...early out-of-the -box thinkers turned store bought (69 cents?) stickball bats upside down to swing with the tape as the main part of the bat...i once went to lamstons to buy a new stickball...for some reason, they didnt have any pensy pinkys or spaldeens, but instead they had a no-name brand with the word "SEAMLESS" printed on it...what a great idea i thought, figuring that the ball wouldn't split like the others did with continued use...only problem was, it was written right across the seam!!!...i still feel the thrill of bat meeting ball after all these years...
stu levin <stulevin@hotmail.com>
fort salonga, ny USA - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 09:01:42 (MDT
I found out about this site from my brother Mal. I don't know if he will reply on site or not. He is outside of the Philadelphia area. I am in Phoenix, AZ. It was interesting browsing through the site and brought back fond memories. I recognized several names on the bulletin board and I am plan to view the site regularly.
Fred Stern <fstern@uswest.net>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 08:43:41 (MDT
I found out about this site from my brother Mal. I don't know if he will reply on siet or not. He is outside of the Philadelphia area. I am in Phoenix, AZ. It was interesting brouwing through the site and brought back fond memories. Irecognized several names on the bulletin board and I am plan to view the site regularly.
Fred Stern <fstern@uswest.net>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 08:42:09 (MDT
Ooops. Make that "the top of the court is NOW featured..."
Larry Schwartz <larry@larryschwartz.com>
Fair Lawn, NJ USA - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 08:17:16 (MDT
Ian: I don't think you need an opinion of counsel to publish the "Files". You need a shrink, as in, what are you crazy? To Ira S.: Your brother did a few shoots with Allison Steele in her appartment a while back. To All: The "real" top of the court is not featured on the home page in all of its glory as it existed "back then".
Larry Schwartz <larry@larryschwartz.com>
Fair Lawn, NJ USA - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 08:16:26 (MDT
I have had a great time reading over this entire website and would love to hear from more people from my generation (born 1952). The memories just keep on flowing; the garbage room, milk machine, hand ball, squash, the playgrounds, Hurricane Donna, the lot, Mrs. Levine, Mr. Simon, going home for lunch, etc. Thank you!
Fern Fisher <Fernfisher@aol.com>
Brookline, MA USA - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 07:58:21 (MDT
Susan, when the cherry bomb went off just before the bell rang for homeroom, I was in the ceramic shop sitting next to the door. My homeroom was the woodshop across the hall and I was the first in. I ran in to find him on the floor behind the teachers desk. I went to get John Amato and he came running with me. The homeroom teacher was Herb Cohen the music teacher. I heard it might have been Sal Dibartolo that lit the cherry bomb. Who knows?
Paul Allen (aka Pablo) <intercafe@earthlink.net>
Marina del Rey, CA USA - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 05:07:33 (MDT
Ian Again I urge you to NOT put the" Bell Park Files" on this site. There is an old saying" let sleeping dogs lie".
Lenny Zimmerman
New York, USA - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 05:06:28 (MDT
Yo Mitch Weiser! Welcome aboard! How's Al & your family. Take Care, Elliot
Elliot Lewkow <Lewkows1>
W Bloomfield, MI USA - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 03:26:52 (MDT
Sorry, but someone has to tell the truth! The "Bell Park Files" will be out shortly. I am still waiting for the opinion of counsel re: liability. Assuming I get the go ahead I'll write the piece. Let the chips fall where they may.
Ian Zimerman <vinzim@aol.com>
San Francisco, USA - Tuesday, October 26, 1999 at 01:51:33 (MDT
Paul Allen - I never knew you were the one who found that teacher (I didn't even know his name) - I was in Mr. Seabel's class at the time and we were right across the hall. All we saw were a bunch of kids running out of the room screaming. I remember after we found out what happened Mr. Seabel closed the math book and said he couldn't do any work. I had never really seen him as human before. I had nightmares for weeks after it happened. Karen Fisk, we went to 46, 74 and cardozo together. I remember going to your house for lunch when we were in the 2nd or 3rd grade. I also remember you were at my 8 year old birthday party at Jahn's and they kicked us all out because we were too noisy and we all went back to my house.
Suzan Sipinick <Rebfri@aol.com>
Flushing, NY USA - Monday, October 25, 1999 at 21:52:20 (MDT
Unfortunately, Alison Steele, the Nightbird, died a year or two ago. She used to be a secret fantasy of mine - what a velvety voice.
Ira Stollak
Port Angeles, WA USA - Monday, October 25, 1999 at 21:36:31 (MDT
Ira Stollak - Jean Shepard's buddies were Schwarz and Flick, his brother was Randy. To Paul Allen - thanks for turning me on to this site, it's great. To Larry Schwartz, Keep up the good work. Excelsior!
Len Shain <lashain@mciworld.com>
Sunrise, FL USA - Monday, October 25, 1999 at 21:35:07 (MDT
How about Alison Steele, the "Nightbird". Is she still one the air in NY? Is WLIR still on the air?
ken aronoff <phonbooth@aol.com>
weston, fl USA - Monday, October 25, 1999 at 21:33:11 (MDT
Mark Gottessman - The woodshop pteacher was Mr. Wroldson. Other shop teachers: Mr Traynor-Metal shop, Mr Quinn-print shop. Some said he was a strange man. Who was the electric shop teacher. I remember we build hot dog cookers by hammering nails through two pices of wood and wiring the up to plug in an outlet. It actually worked.
StuSchneider <schneiss@aol.com>
Levittown, NY USA - Monday, October 25, 1999 at 20:01:17 (MDT
rich. remember the famous card games. the 2 danny's never folded. and flake would check with a full house.. spoke to mike a. for the first time in 27 years. great site. larry.
DANNY SCHOCHET <OLDFINDS@AOL.COM>
NORTH WOODMERE, NY USA - Monday, October 25, 1999 at 19:50:39 (MDT
I still say Elliot Cohen was the best athlete in BPG at least until the 70's. Eric Shutz was another great athlete who excelled in track for St Johns. Mike Jorgenson was great and at the age of 7 was destined to become a major leaguer. His father would spend hours hitting baseballs to him and pitching to him..Hard work and determination paid off for him. If I had to choose either one from the age of 10-18 I would choose Elliot. He ran faster, jumped higher, was stronger, and excelled in more sports than Jorgy. But this is from me who idolized Elliot, and competed for bragging rights with Jorgy..
Stuart Friedberg <Stugots47@aol.com>
Fair Lawn, NJ USA - Monday, October 25, 1999 at 19:46:42 (MDT
DAVID GUSKIN-Do You have a brother named Robert? Is he married to Jana? Please reply,thanks
Marilyn Rosen Levine <mbl1129@hotmail.com>
USA - Monday, October 25, 1999 at 19:43:54 (MDT