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Elementary School Memories part 11
Now Playing: Now Playing: Solis Cohen, Spruance, Moore, Carnell, Crossan, Farell, Rhawnhurst

Sent: 8/16/2009 11:21:12 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Moore Kindergarten Picture
Dear Pete,

Hope all's well. I am sending you the Moore Elem Kindergarten picture Fall 1957. Can you put it on the class website and or anywhere else that's appropriate. Thanks! I'll be in touch late.

Hi Pete,

I thought I'd send you a caption to the kindergarten photo, I thought it might be helpful. (Next time you send out a group email.) If I got any names wrong, please anyone correct me. There are several people I cannot remember at all.

To the best of my ability, the little ones in the photo are, from bottom left:

me, Larry Inver, Elissa Black, Ricky Segal, ?, ?, Penny White, Arthur ?
Stanton Zucker, Merle Gay, ?, Bonnie Kaufman, Linda Pollack, Sherry Weiner
Dennis Brown, Lynne Greenberg, Robert Faber (I think), Roslyn Katz, Michael ?, you, Jeffrey Weiner
Bruce Bell, Ilene Rittenberg, Sydria Schneider, ?, Gary Turetsky (who could name all the presidents in order and I remember in 2nd grade they pulled him out of the class and he skipped a grade, or went to Masterman or something--I guess it really made an impression on me), Susan Bass, and the next girl--her name is on the tip of my tongue, I'm sure it will come to me...)


From: Coachjoel
To: NE69news
Sent: 7/11/2009 11:07:15 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 2 - Elementary School Memories part 8
Wow! What memories! Janet... I think the substitute who looked like Walter Matthau's grandfather was a guy named Mr. Lamp. He was old and had eyes that looked like Walter's. I remember that you and Andee Shiroff used to live near me in back of Adath Zion.
Caryn...I do remember going to see The Sound Of Music with Miss Ronaghan's class. It was the first real live show I'd ever seen. She was a terrific teacher. She also took us to the Art Museum and we sat together on the bus. I remember going over your house a lot. I remember your sister and your brother. Do you remember that Robin Paul's mother was our classroom mother?
I was in the girls' locker room at Wilson at the end of the day getting my coat when someone came in and said that Kennedy had been shot. A bunch of us said that it wasn't funny to joke like that, but then on the way out of school we saw some teachers crying. Sharon Frank and I walked out of Wilson together and saw her Mom's car. We walked over and her Mom and cousin sally were in the front seat crying. Just then, Walter Cronkite came on the radio and announced that Pres. Kennedy ad passed away. We just sat in the car stunned. It was such a surreal experience. I also remember that OCJCC had a prayer service that Sunday evening and the place was packed. I also remember watching on TV as Jack Ruby actually shot Lee Harvey Oswald.
Does anyone who had Miss Ronaghan remember our end of 6th grade dinner at the Howard Johnson's at Adams Ave. and the Blvd.? It was a "dated" affair. Barry Dickman took Arlene Levit. By the way, Arlene and I are still good friends to this day!
I've got to say...this blog/message board is terrific!
Toby Shaffer Shpigel

Sent: 7/7/2009 3:49:15 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Elementary School
Hi Lynne et al,
We were in classes together from kindergarten thru 4th grade, I believe. Mrs. Weiss-kinder, Mrs Heinz & Mrs Meyers-1st grade, Mrs Wechsler-2nd grade, Mrs Liebman-4th grade (then I had Mr Myerov and Miss Ronaghan).
Wechsler was a horror. She was very critical and mean. You never knew what she was going to do. Mrs. Shideleff was wonderful. I recall she had been an interpretor at the UN. Our class learned a poem in Russian and the TV news came in and filmed us. I still have my Russian schoolbooks she ordered for us, but I can't read them at all. She cont'd to teach us Russian during 4th grade when we had Mrs. Liebman.
Lynne, you're in the kinder class picture I have. Do you still have it? Pete, I will post it one of these days! Lynne, I'm so glad you chimed in.
I remember joining the Brownies in second grade (I think) when my mother surprised me and became a troop leader. Any other Brownies out there?
Does anyone know the whereabouts of Marcus Marutani, our NE school president?
Eileen M (Is Ilene Rittenberg out there anywhere?)

Sent: 7/7/2009 2:37:13 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: RE: 2 NE69 update - 7/7/09
how come so many Moore and Wilson stories...more spruance!! am i missing something? lol

Sent: 7/7/2009 1:54:03 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Out of Office: 3 NE69 update - 7/7/09

Dear Fellow Colleagues,

I am no longer associated with the Office of Admissions at the University of Pennsylvania.  If this email concerns Admissions or Penn, please redirect it to David Phillips (  If you are writing to me on a personal level, please redirect your message to  

Thank you and have a great day!




Margaret E. Porigow

Posted by ne69news at 12:24 PM EDT
Updated: 08/20/2009 10:05 AM EDT
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Elementary School Memories part 10
Now Playing: Solis Cohen, Spruance, Moore, Carnell, Crossan, Farell, Rhawnhurst

Sent: 7/1/2009 6:31:20 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: RE: 2 NE69 update - 6/23/09
Ya know, I think we did it to him as well.  I know there was a physics teacher who we tormented too.  He closed his eyes when he addressed the class and I'm pretty sure he taught in Wilson. Wasn't Mr. Kammerman at NE?  I think in the year book, he was posed pouring liquid out of a beaker. 
I remembered my 5th grade teacher...Mrs. Simon.  It just came to me when I wasn't trying to remember.
 See you soon!  Only 3 months and 9 days til the reunion!

Date: Wed, 1 Jul 2009 00:20:40 -0400
Subject: Re: 2 NE69 update - 6/23/09

Could you be referring to our absent minded chemistry teacher, Mr. Morton Kammerman?
In a message dated 6/24/2009 7:01:22 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:
What was the name of the teacher who looked like Walter Mathau's grandfather?  We used to bounce rubber stoppers in his room when he turned around to write something on the board.
We were bad.

Sent: 7/1/2009 4:23:41 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 3 - Elementary School Memories part 4
Wow, I am really enjoying reading these posts, so I guess I should just take a deep breath and join in.  I went to Moore and had some great and some terrifying teachers.  Did anyone else have K-Mrs. Weiss, 2- Mrs. Wexler, 3- Mrs. Sheidloff (not sure of spelling, but this is how sounded).  She taught her class Russian, after we giggled at the Spanish program another 3rd grade class was doing in assembly.  An amazing, warm, and talented teacher, she ordered Russian primers and we soaked the language up like sponges.  Probably the best and kindest teachers I had in all of my years in the Philadelphia schools.  Finally, 6th grade--Mrs. Jackson--up there with the most cruel and terrifying.  I'll move on to Fels and Northeast later.
Lynne Greenberg (Rosenfeld)

From: Pete013
CC: NE69news
Sent: 7/1/2009 10:11:28 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: NEHS Class of 69
I'm so sorry to hear about Bob's death. On behalf of Bob's entire class, I want to express our deepest sympathies to you and your family.
I will add his name to our memorial page. Thank you for notifying us.
Pete Weiss 
In a message dated 7/1/2009 8:42:53 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:
Hello Pete,
I tried to email you from the Reunion website but I'm not too sure if it went through.  This is to inform you that my husband, ROBERT J. LIBBY, died from lung cancer on August 7, 2001.  He is survived by his wife, Patty and two children, Bobby and Allison.
Thank you and I hope the Reunion is a success - have one for Bob!
Patty Libby

Forwarded message ----------
From: Bruce Goldberg <>
Date: Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 10:50 AM
Subject: Re: 1 - Elementary School Memories part 8

Nancy, We had the same teaschers except for kindergarten (I had Mrs. Edelman or Adelman) and I had Mrs. Graham for first grade otherwise we were together all through Spruance. My wife and I are very close with Cheryl (Rotenberg) Rosen (Mark from '68) as well as our children being very close. I saw Gary Krause (aka GK) back in the early 90s and have lost touch. Looking forward to seeing and getting together with whomever at the reunion as well as other venues.  Cheers,    Bruce Goldberg 

From: Ibdavis7841
To: NE69news
Sent: 6/29/2009 7:56:44 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Fwd: FW: 54 Years Ago - Believable!
pete, i thought everyone would get a kick out of this em.
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   Subject:   54 Years Ago - Believable!



Comments made in the year 1955!
That's only 54 years ago!

'I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it's going to be impossible to buy a week's groceries for $10.00.

'Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won't be long before $1,000.00 will only buy a used one.

'If cigarettes keep going up in price, I'm going to quit. 20 cents a pack is ridiculous..

'Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging 7 cents just to mail a letter

'If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.

'When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 25 cents a gallon. Guess we'd be better off leaving the car in the garage.

'I'm afraid to send my kids to the movies any more Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying DAMN in GONE WITH THE WIND, it seems every new movie has either HELL or DAMN in it.

'I read the other day where some scientist thinks it's possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas .

'Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $50,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn't surprise me if someday they'll be making more than the President..

'I never thought I'd see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They are even making electric typewriters now..

'It's too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet.

'It won't be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.

'I'm afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.

'Thank goodness I won't live to see the day when the Government takes half our income in taxes.. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to government.

'The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.

'There is no sense going 
on short trips anymore for a weekend, it costs nearly $2.00 a night to stay in a hotel.

'No one can afford to be sick anymore, at $15.00 a day in the hospital, it's too rich for my blood.'

'If they think I'll pay 30 cents for a hair cut, forget it.'

Posted by ne69news at 2:06 PM EDT
Updated: 07/07/2009 4:49 PM EDT
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Remembering Solis Cohen and Wilson Jr. High
Topic: 40 year reunion

Bert Diamond here. My first posting on this blog. I really appreciate reading some of the other entries. Thanks to Mimi Shapiro for persevering and finally getting a hold of me on the phone……I been living in Portland Oregon (35 years) with my wife and two grown up kids. Empty nesting is great! I’m a middle school engineering teacher and play in three bands a few nights a week. I went to Solis Cohen and then of course Wilson Jr. High. My friends at Northeast were Sue Freimark, Bruce Cohen, Richie Cutler, Warren Rosen (a  year older), Larry Bernstein, Sid Bernstein, Elliot Rappaport, Eric Ferleger (spelling), and some other guys. I took the bus to Gratz College. (Where is that yearbook to look up the names?)………..I am debating whether to fly in October for the 40th reunion. Who is going to be there and what are the activities? ………Signed:  - Reunion Newby-


Hey Bert,


I remember you from Solis Cohen elementary school. It's great to hear from you again. I can answer your questions regarding the reunion. Many classmates will be there. According to statistics, the 40th reunion is one of the most well attended. Our limit is 330 tickets so please register early. We had 274 at our 30 year reunion and 232 at our 35 year reunion.  The list of attendees for both reunions is included on our website. The activities include registration, cocktails, Hor D'ouevres delivered butler white glove style, Dinner buffet, Class Photograph, an encore performance by our class of '69 band "Not Collidge Mateerial", dancing, reminiscing with friends and classmates, playing "guess that classmate after looking at photo nametags, etc. etc. Everyone will have a good time. Please join us. We really want to see you again!

Pete Weiss


Posted by bertdiamond at 3:20 AM EDT
Updated: 07/06/2009 11:33 PM EDT
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Elementary School Memories part 9
Now Playing: Solis Cohen, Spruance, Moore, Carnell, Crossan, Farell, Rhawnhurst
From:  Debbie Cohen (Wexler)
Sent: 6/25/2009 9:01:35 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Some photos from J Hampton Moore and Wilson

It’s so great hearing these old stories.  It makes you realize how much “simpler” life was back then – before guns being brought to school and all the pressures that kids have today!  Anyway…Here’s a couple pictures I found from days at J. Hampton Moore & (I think) Wilson - if you’re able to post them.


























J Hampton Moore 1963

From: Nancyd2233
To: Lndrn1951, NE69news
Sent: 6/25/2009 8:52:04 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 4 - Elementary School Memories part 8

Pete-Could you post this? I couldn't figure out how to post on the blog, even though I did sign up.

Dear Donna,
I thought I remembered a lot. How did you remember all of those names?
I believe the girl you called Nina was Merle Blum. I think she left Spruance in 4th grade to go to Masterman.
Is your husband related to the Batterman's from Sesame Rockwood Day Camp? My daughters went to camp there every summer.
I look forward to catching up at the reunion.
Nancy Kauderer Davis
PS. I remember the Pen Club. You had to write in pencil until she wrote Pen Club on an assignment that she thought you wrote with especially good handwriting.

From: Ibdavis7841
To: NE69news
Sent: 6/25/2009 8:47:48 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 3 - Elementary School Memories part 8
also, i wish some of the folks would put their whole names on em's, so i could see who they are.

From: Ibdavis7841
To: NE69news
Sent: 6/25/2009 7:44:31 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 3 - Elementary School Memories part 8
thanks again for this em, Pete.  i must do this.  i have things to say to some of the kids whose posts i'm reading.  glad to have gotten the answer to Crest Club.  yes I remember tutoring.  we were at the Crispin School in Holmesburg.  and must chime in on the Camp Council thing.  Cuban Missile Crisis was one of the scariest times ever for me.  i remember fearing for the world and that we were all done for.  turns out, historically, it was really a dangerous time & we were just a hair away from doomsville.

From: Dirtdevilmom
To: NE69news
Sent: 6/25/2009 11:06:23 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 2 - Elementary School Memories part 8
Donna---That's me!!  Debbie Zucker. I'm the one next to you. I've been enjoying the memories.

Sent: 6/24/2009 11:35:15 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: 5 NE69 update - 6/23/09
Hi Toby,
I don't remember that incident - but -hey anything is/was possible.  I HATED that class.  I guess I am a hands-on learner.  I do remember in Mr. Gransback's reading class.  The 1st day he asked if everyone would like his class...everyone raised their hand except me.  He wanted to know why I didn't raise my hand and I told something to the effect of all my friends told me you were hard/mean?  From then on I became his pet.  I guess sometimes honesty pays and sometimes it is questionable at best!
I saw the former and present you on Bruce G.'s website.  Hope all is doing well.
Do you remember Hedy's married name-maybe I can try to locate her.
Joel would have been in my advisory too!

Sent: 5/31/2009 9:07:23 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: RE: Check out my photos on Facebook
Hi Pete:

I wanted to give you a report on the scholarship our class was giving in memory of Mark Blank

About $450 was sent in to the Rotary Club for the scholarship from members of our class..  The Rotary Club of Northeast Sunrisers made it $1000.

The check was given to the Alumni Association and the Principal on Friday.  They were delighted.

The instructions were that it was to go to a worthy NE Grad in the class of 2009 at Graduation.  It was a gift from members of the 128th class of 1969 and the Rotary Club of Northeast Sunrisers in Memory of Mark Blank, a graduate of the class who was a federal attorney, who was murdered in Washington DC.this year.

I will notify you of the name and information about the winner when I find out who that is.  He/she will be invited to address the Rotary club and class members will be invited.

A member of the class may sit on the pulpit during the graduation.  It is quite long, quite hot and otherwishe unpleasant but if someone chooses to do that have that person contact me. Dozens of scholarships will be given out.

very best regards and thanks to all of the donors.

Bob Lankin, J.D., CFP
Branch Manager
Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.
633 N. Easton Rd.
Glenside, PA 19038
215.887.9986 fax

Posted by ne69news at 12:02 PM EDT
Updated: 06/29/2009 7:35 PM EDT
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Elementary School Memories part 8
Now Playing: Solis Cohen, Spruance, Moore, Carnell, Crossan, Farell, Rhawnhurst

From: Coachjoel - Shaffer, Toby (Shpigel)
To: NE69news
Sent: 6/24/2009 10:46:54 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 5 NE69 update - 6/23/09
Eileen.... I went to Wilson not Fels. My husband, Joel Shpigel, went to Fels. Then he moved to Pine Valley and went to Washington High. He graduated in "69. Had he remained in Oxford Circle and gone to Northeast we would have been in the same homeroom!
Mimi...How are you?! Hedy Goldberg lives in Reston, Virginia. She is married to a guy she met while we were at Penn State. She has twin sons who are about 27 years old. I run into her every once in a while. She is a speech therapist. My favorite memory of you is from Wilson. We were in the same 9th gr. French class with Mrs. McKinney(I think that was her name). We were learning by the Chilton method which didn't have any books, just total immersion in the language. I stunk at it. You sat in back of me and one time the teacher pointed at you to answer a question as to what a phrase meant. You looked at her with a "deer in the headlights look" and very calmly answered, "I don't know...maybe it means Cockymun!" Only those of us who were "members of the tribe" got it and burst into hysterics. It is still one of the funniest answers I have ever heard a student give!
I remember having to bring in milk money in Kindergarten. Does anyone remember the Reisman pretzel box sales at J Hampton Moore? 

Sent: 6/24/2009 8:06:03 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 4 - Elementary School Memories part 6
Thank you everyone for bringing back such happy memories of pink pianos, Japanese shows (I still remember that sakura means cherry tree in Japanese), picnics at Pennypack park, the Cavalier and so much more.  I was on Happy the Clown and he pushed me down the slide because I talked too much.  I also went to the Big Top show, which is very Topical since Ed McMahon died this week, and he was one of the clowns.

I also remember Miss Ronaghan took us to the shubert to see the Sound of Music.  This has brought me a life long love of Broadway musicals.  So our elementary school teachers had a big impact on our lives. 

In an earlier post, someone asked about the Crest Club.  that was when we went to an elementary school to tutor some disadvantaged kids after school. 

As for the day Kennedy was shot, they never made an announcement at Wilson.  We found out when we were walking home from school and Paula Hoffman told me.  That night I was over Ellen Sokolov's house and we watched Walter Cronkite all evening.  It was such a stunning thing, especially since most of us has lined Castor avenue a few years before to see his motorcade when he was running for president.  A few years ago, I went to the book depository museum in Dallas and it's hard to believe the Warren report.

Sandi (Dodek)Bravman

Sent: 6/24/2009 7:01:22 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: RE: 2 NE69 update - 6/23/09
HI All! 
Since we were assigned teachers and tended to stay together at Moore,  who else was in the following progression : 1st- Belle Labess, 2nd-Mrs. Fletcher, 3-Mrs. Hankin first(she left to have a baby), then--Mrs. Goleman (lady with the gold chalk holder and always wanted her pitcher to have fresh water-4th Miss Meyerowitz(who got married) (Who remembers anthracite and bituminous on our first spelling list for the year?).Who was the 5th grade teacher who was next in the progression?  I can't remember her name. 
I moved from 1206 Robbins St. (went to Carnell for  kindergarten(Mrs. Zigerman)-Robert Charleston was in the class.  I got in trouble walking home with him from school.  He lived on the other side of Jardell.  We had cousins--Yondorf's who found me.) to 1010 Brighton.  Who remembers the Labess sisters?  I was scarred for life by the one who taught 5th grade. Belle (taught first grade) and Sadie were their names. ( Belle became a principal.) I'm blanking on the name of the nice 5th grade teacher I had.    I was a very happy camper until I gave a talk about Columbus in the beginning of 5th grade, in October for Columbus Day.  I was even elected gym captain by the class.  Then, I was transferred into Miss Labess' class.  She was so pissed off that she got three additional students 6 weeks after the start of school...Sam Cohen (there were 2 Samuel Cohens-Sam and Sammy) was one, I was another and I think some one else was transferred too. It's sad when a kid can tell that a teacher doesn't enjoy having them in a class. Ms. Labess had a connection (?) with Morton Sonnenfeld, the teacher on the TV show...(Every day, on WHYY when it was only on for educational programs, )"Let's Speak Spanish."  That in itself was very progressive for the 1960's.  Everyone in the class was doing great with their language skills.  As the three of the transferred students were  not given time to catch up, it was very difficult to learn.  But I must say that the Spanish I learned in 5th and 6th grades was one of the best experiences a kid can have.(Mrs. Pincus, who's son was in the Peace corp, was our 6th grade teacher.) Joel Gibbs was the star of the class with his Jerry Mahoney puppett.  When I was going to Temple U. and I'd pass Moore on my way to and from school.  I was so tempted to stop by to tell her how I continued to think about the way she treated a transferred student but I never did. She probably wouldn't have remembered me anyway.
As for the day Kennedy died,  Linda Weiss ran into Wilson's gym locker room saying that "Kenny got shot!" (We had a kid in our class named Kenny and I could not imagine how he would have gotten shot.) I remember asking Merle Gay, "Did she say Kenny?"  Linda calmed down and said KENNEDY!  It was after lunch.  I can't remember if the school was dismissed early.Then Lisa Black, Merle and I walked back to Merle's house on Englewood St (Jeffrey Weiner also lived on the same block)and watched Walter Cronkite cry.
Does anyone have the graduation picture of OCJCC's preschool class of 56 or 57 that they could scan and share?  We are wearing pillow cases.  I know Jeffrey Weiner is in that picture as well.  I think Eileen Rudnick (Sugy)is in that one too.
Hey Pete, do you remember how our 7-10 advisory used to torture a substitute teacher(Mrs. Loftus) for Mrs. Twer?  Bic Pens and spit balls.
What was the name of the teacher who looked like Walter Mathau's grandfather?  We used to bounce rubber stoppers in his room when he turned around to write something on the board.
We were bad.
Does anyone remember when Barry Dankin and another kid played piano and sang,  "Louie Louie" on stage in the auditorium at Wilson? 
By the way, my family and I just returned from Alaska where we saw the same desks we sat at at Wilson in the Alaskan Heritage Museum...My kids were amazed!  They are antiques now!  I told them about the gum that was stuck beneath the desk shelves.
Enough from me!  Hope to see you all in October.
Janet Rigberg Mayes

Sent: 6/24/2009 12:14:26 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 3 NE69 update - 6/23/09

Hi all, from Marlene (Abrams) Rosen,
I remember being in 5th grade @ Solis Cohen in Mr. Bolton's class when the news was announced over that little box in the upper corner (around the classroom door) that the president was assassinated. I'll never forget the look on  Mr. Bolton's face.  I sat on the front row. Anyone out there remember Mr. Bolton?
Also, is anyone out there that remembers "Camp Hiawatha" and  "Camp Council"? Can anyone share some memories from there? I remember being buddies with Joan Sosnov and Rhonda Herring. (Where are you both?) Did I hear about some kind of 'reunion' from these camps? I still remember the "bug juice" served at both camps...I think I remember them serving it both before the day started and before our bus ride home..It was purple..Any feedback would be great!
PS: I also have great memories of "May Day",  that silly pole out on the front lawn of Solis Cohen with the pretty streamers tied at the top, with kids holding each ribbon and dancing around the pole to some kind of music! The stencils of "snowmen' and 'winter scenes' that covered the assembly room windows in December and January are still a comforting memory for me...Oh..and those heavy "velvet curtains"...
David Holtzman..Do I remember you @ Hussian School of Art?
take care all,

From: (Caryn Leader)
Sent: 6/24/2009 11:56:13 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: RE: 1 NE69 update - 6/23/09
I was in 7th grade at Wilson when JFK was shot.  Walking home some kids were joking around that the president was shot, "yeah, Lincoln" somebody said.  But when I got home my brother-in-law was sitting in the rocking chair my mother had (since she had a bad back, just like JFK) and I asked him if he had heard anything.  He turned on the TV and after it warmed up (remember that) Walter Cronkite was on saying that President Johnson would be sworn in as soon as possible.  We were stunned and called upstairs to my mother and sister (she just had a baby) and they started to cry.  Of course, my nephew started crying too.
Toby I remember you so well from grade school.  And also Miss Ronaghan's shows -- didn't we have fun.  And who could imagine a bunch of Jewish kids (mostly) singing "When Irish Eyes are Smiling".  Does anyone remember the trip we took to see a show at the Schubert Theatre.  I think it was "The Sound of Music".  Boy, those were the days!

Sent: 6/24/2009 6:48:25 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Merle Abramowitz Steinberg made a comment about your link...
Merle made a comment about your link:

"Just remember in 5th grade 60 Jewish kids dressed in green dancing for St. Patricks day..."

Sent: 6/24/2009 6:52:12 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Marcie Goldman made a comment about your link...
Marcie made a comment about your link:

"I was walking home from school and Tillie Rubin (Lynn Rubin's) Mom was our crossing guard at the corner of Bustleton and Princeton Aves.  She told me as I was walking across the street toward home.  Hi! to Everyone and I'll see you all in October."

Sent: 6/24/2009 7:49:43 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Elaine Soloff Lanick made a comment about your link...
Elaine made a comment about your link:

"Hi everyone from class of 128  I went to Solis Cohen and now work there for the past 10 tears, what a walk down memory lane...........Hope to see everyone in October"

Sent: 6/24/2009 12:25:10 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Rob Krumm made a comment about your link...
Rob made a comment about your link:

"Nacy, you and I were together for Mrs Myers and Mrs Peterson. I ran into Mrs Peterson about 1975 - she was the principal where a girlfreind of mine, Joyce Millamn, was working. I seem to recall that Mrs Wilson was from the South and that she was in charge of singing in the assembly. I remember she has all the Jews sing "swing Low Sweet Chariot". I had Msr Graham in second grade I think. I think I was also in Mrs Agin - did she have dark hair?. She hate me."

Sent: 6/23/2009 11:22:07 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Merle Abramowitz Steinberg made a comment about your link...
Merle made a comment about your link:

"Love the blog... I was a Moore, Wilson and NE girl. I remember so many of you who have blogged in... hope you are all well and I look forward to seeing you in October."

From: Lndrn1951
To: Pete013
Sent: 6/23/2009 11:37:56 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Spruance 1st grade
Top row Left to right.  Michael Weiss, Tom Gentekos, Mark R. ? Gerald Breyer, Sheldon Segal, Edwin Cohen, Mark Sheinson, Mitchell Gerson, Harvey Rubin
2nd row, ?Mark Segal, Craig? . Steven Parris? Ronnie Berenbaum, Donna Westle, Phyllis Goldstein, Nancy Kauderer, Madeline?  Bill Goldman, Bob Silverstein, Ted Kimmelman
Bottom Row, Robin?  Bobbie Shaffer, Berna Eisenberg, Benita Singer, Nina ? Louise? , Meryl Fisher, Helene Weinraub, Harriet Miles, Evelyn Servetnick, Bottom row,  Skippy Morse in the middle.....
Please correct me if I'm wrong..It's been a long time...
Donna Westle Batterman

From: Lndrn1951
To: NE69news
Sent: 6/23/2009 10:52:35 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Elementary School Memories
I was a Spruance /Fels kid and remember like it was yesterday 11/22/63.  A Friday afternoon, getting out early from class, taking the bus home & finding my mom crying on the phone with my aunt.  My history teacher,Mr. Gottlieb, gave us an assignment which did not make my father happy.  We had to make a scrapbook of the events of the assassination.  My dad didn't want to destroy the newspapers so he said he would do this assignment for me to make sure it was done correctly.  I certainly didn't argue & I got an A.  Beth Emeth Synagogue had a special memorial service that we all went to on Sunday & then came home to watch Lee Harvey  Oswald got shot by Jack Ruby. Spruance Favorite memories was being scared of the Witches Corner at Spruance..Having Mrs Myers for my 4th grade teacher & not writing well enough for her to let me be a member of the "PEN Club"..Bringing Milk Money in ..Definitely Banking Day.  Selling Pretzels to raise money.  Going to the neighborhood Center for after school activities.  Max Myers swimming classes.  ..I have found my Kindegarten/1st grade class pictures & will try to figure out how to scan them and send them.  By the way,  my daughter is a teacher at JHMoore now for a few years.  In September she will be in Rm 217 in the old building for those of you who remember that room.  I find it very cool that my "Baby girl" is now teaching with old classmates of mine who also teach there ..I keep in touch with Adrienne Pearl and we are both getting blast from this whole thing. 
Donna Westle Batterman

Sent: 6/23/2009 9:04:44 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 1 NE69 update - 6/23/09
More memories of Fels.!  I had Mrs. Likach for French. I still think of her saying d'accord!  C'est sa. & more idioms that I probably wouldn't spell correctly.
I also had Mr. Norsoph.  I remember a young male English teacher who was good. I'm not sure of his name. Mr. Fine?  He had damage from polio. I think he used Canadian crutches. Miss Swart was a good American History teacher. She was young.
I also went to Golden Slipper & Camp Council. I was young at Golden Slipper so I didn't remember anyone. I receive e-mail from them but I don't have a connection. I'm not on a Camp Council list. I have a lot of memories from Camp Council.

Sent: 6/23/2009 8:28:12 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 3 - Elementary School Memories part 6
I was in the Wilson locker room getting my coat when I got into an argument followed by a fight with Tommy Sherer. 

Leon Lederer

Sent: 6/23/2009 7:01:46 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 4 - Elementary School Memories part 6
Does anyone remember the Gilbert Spruance School Song?
Hail Gilbert Spruance, all honor to thee
We'll sing thy praises with hearts of loyalty
We'll e'er remember and ne'er forget thy rule
Virtue and brotherhood dear Spruance School
I'm not too sure of the bridge to the song:
We'll sing thy praises and proudly sing (or praise) thy name
Virtue and brotherhood will be ............
We'll e'er remember and ne'er forget thy rule
Virtue and brotherhood dear Spruance School

Sent: 6/23/2009 6:58:55 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: RE: 2 - Elementary School Memories part 6
Susan Hoffman, I can't believe I found you.  I remember hanging out at each others houses all the time and
having fun just goofing off in school.  How is your sister?  I would like to talk to you.  You even remembered my nickname.
Paula Hoffman.Gibson.

From: Karedlon
To: NE69news
Sent: 6/23/2009 6:29:50 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 3 NE69 update - 6/23/09

All of the memories about the JFK assasination triggered a related memory. In the middle of the Cuban missle crisis, one day at recess, I recall Thomas Homa telling me in a very serious manner that there would be a nuclear war between Russia and the U.S. I found that a rather astounding idea and quite unbelievable. In addition it was a very unnerving experience because Tom was a very serious fellow who
 seemed to know what he was talking about. Mr. Bolten in tears...I never had him as a teacher but the image of this very tough fellow crying, it was incomprehensible. Mrs. Stott, a great teacher but very intimidating. I remember she would read out the grades for the entire class vis-a-vis their performance in math tests. I thought that was cruel.

Ed Moses

Sent: 6/23/2009 6:02:22 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 5 NE69 update - 6/23/09
Crest Club (I think) was a tutoring club to assist classmates. I was a member and think I did some tutoring. I think...
Eileen Masover

From: Nancyd2233
To: Pete013, NE69news
Sent: 6/23/2009 5:50:30 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: teachers at Spruance

Does anyone remember these teachers that I had at Spruance?

Kindergarten  Mrs. Miller
First Grade  Mrs. Kramer
Second Grade   Mrs. Wilson
3A Mrs. Agin (her husband was the principal)
3B Mrs. Prone
Fourth Grade  Mrs. Myers
5th & 6th  Mrs. Peterson

Also, do any girls remember our club, Gamma Sigma Delta, which met every Saturday?

Nancy Kauderer Davis


Sent: 6/23/2009 5:43:44 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 1 NE69 update - 6/23/09
Thanks for letting me know I forgot to include my name. Sorry........
Alan Friedman

Posted by ne69news at 11:46 PM EDT
Updated: 06/29/2009 7:37 PM EDT
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Hi Everyone.

It's been so wonderful to reconnect and walk down memory lane.  Everyone has jogged my memory and evoked so many memories of growing up in the "Great Northeast". 

I went to Spruance and remember so many of the same events.  When I was at Penn State, I actually spent a term working one day a week at Spruance.  When I ran into some of my old teachers, they were happy and yet felt a little old that their 3rd or 4th grader was now a college freshman.  I fondly remember banking days, bringing "milk money" in the little envelope, playing on the monkey bars in the school yard, and yes, those air aid drills (thankfully we were never attacked).

 As so many of you, I vividly remember where I was when JFK was assinated.  I was in history class at Fels (which, due to overcrowding was held in a shop classroom).  Gloria Kay's mother came in and told our teacher that Kennedy had been shot.  I must have been in shock as I boarded an almost silent school bus for the ride home.  As I walked down Kindred Street, nearly everyone was outside, holding transister radios listening to the latest news updates.  Over the weekend we were all transfixed on the television, watching Walter Cronkite tell us the unbelievable news that JFK had died and then watching as Lee Harvey Oswald was shot on live t.v. by Jack Ruby.

I've just joined our Facebook page and have reconnected with several of my friends who go way back to my days at Spruance.

I'm trying to arrange my schedule to be in Philly for the reunion.  Hopefully I'll be able to be there and reconnect and reminisce.

Barbara (Feldstein) Stein

Posted by barbss1212 at 6:19 PM EDT
Updated: 06/23/2009 6:27 PM EDT
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Elementary School Memories - part 7
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Elementary School Memories - part 7

From: Ibdavis7841
To: NE69news
Sent: 6/23/2009 3:16:48 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 3 - Elementary School Memories part 3
hey, pete.  just looked my own self up in yearbook.  i was a member of the Crest Club.  what the hell was the Crest Club.  i remember the other 2 things i was involved with.  p.s. never did any drugs in h.s. & still don't know what Crest Club was.
I wasn't a member of the crest club. What on earth was it? You got me. Anyone remember the infamous Crest Club?

Sent: 6/23/2009 2:03:32 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 2 - Elementary School Memories part 6
Hi all from Cyndi (Hirsch) Sopenoff,
I can't believe Fels is being torn down. I had such a good time at Fels. There are so MANY fond memories. It was so modern compared to Carnell.
I shared so many fits of laughter with my good friend Robin. (Green)  We laughed in so many periods & different rooms in Fels. We frequently couldn't stop laughing, if it was inappropriate.  We received many detentions where the laughter continued. Many offenses were in study hall, in the auditorium. The lunchroom was fun as well. One memory of the lunchroom was that plates of black olives were sold. I don't know what food group it fit into - but it was popular!  Robin & I became friendly in Carnell in 4th or 5th grade. Today, we are still good friends even though we live in different states. We still enjoy a good laugh.
We went to Camp Council together. We saw the Beatles together. I can go on & on.  In 8th grade, I met Libby (Kolman) . The 3 of us became friends & are still close friends now. We still laugh about Libby's bedroom on Unruh Ave. She had a hole in her screen that fit a cigarette she was sneaking. She puffed it through the screen so that the smoke went out into the driveway.
I remember vividly Mr. Maher's (history teacher) face in 7th grade when he told us that President Kennedy was shot.  Eileen, I had Mrs. Ostheimer for algebra. She was a good teacher. Math was not my strength but I did well in algebra 1.
To mshapiro10; yes my husband did live on Tyson Ave. His name is Ron. Our last name is infamous!  I asked him to take my name since it was simple. We met many years later - as adults. When I was in NE, he was married & in graduate school.
Until the next memory,

Sent: 6/23/2009 1:18:03 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 1 - Elementary School Memories part 6
Great reading about some of my NE(69) classmates. Unfortunately my Elemtary school years were spent at Ethan Allen. I moved to the Notheast (1964) just in time to go to Wilson Jr High. Anyone out there from Allen?  As for past friends....Hi to Rich M, (went to several car races with you), Ilene Appel(played cards and did the race track thing with Shark back in the day, also married a Cheri Appel) and of course, Mimi and Bruce S. Many others I know by name but it seems most of the guys I hung with are not around or can't be found. Oh well, still love hearing the stories from all of you. Keep up the good work Pete. I also live in LA.
Stay well to all.

From: RobABet
To: NE69news
Sent: 6/23/2009 10:00:58 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 4 - Elementary School Memories part 6
Hey all,
I was quickly pulled into these memories so much so that I think my husband (Rob) left the house without a proper goodbye. Pete, I'll let you slide on the Cosmo goes the memories of a Spruance, Fels graduate:  I remember running in the huge school yard during recesses and lunches chasing after boys and sometimes being lifted into the air when heading downhill towards the monkey bars near the outdoor bathrooms on windy days.(I was a beanpole in those days)  I totally loved the 2 cent peppermint squares they sold in the cafeteria.  I was a SIP (safety patrol) with an outdoor post at Large and Horrocks and then got the coveted position at the front doors holding them open for the teachers!  I remember assemblies and singing "You'll never walk alone and Que Sera" but still cringe when I think of the kid next to me picking his nose and flinging his bougers my way.  Yeech!  He laughed.  I remember dark basement parties with Preston, maybe Rich Magaziner, Mark Tucker and I'm sure I'm forgetting some other young hotties.  Anybody know what happened to Susan Shubert?  We had swimming lessons across the street at Max Myers.  I cracked my head open jumping from the baby swings (before they padded the ground) and had to be rushed to Frankford H. for 4 stitches.  But the wiggly waggly slide was the best.  The swings were uplifting and that giraffe statue was a work of art.  I do remember saving my quarters in a PSFS account.  I don't remember the teacher but I loved Art class.  Mrs. Flynn? had real blonde hair that I stared at all the time and Mr. Catalano the Science teacher was a hunk who I later introduced myself to about 20 years later at a big union meeting. He was still handsome.  Fels will have to be another time, but I leave you with a smile on my face.  Thanks, Bette Giwerc Allekotte 
p.s. please sign your name to your posts.
Hi Bette,
Great memories! I do have to correct one thing though. I was also a member of the safety patrol which was led by Mr. Friedman. I was posted at Large and St. Vincent. i don't think Large and Horrocks intersect so you were probably posted at Horrrocks and St. Vincent or Horrocks and Princeton. 
Do you remember that the captain of the safety patrol at Solis Cohen was Steve Silverman. He moved away when we were 12 or 13 and went to Lincoln High School. I remember our football team was playing Lincoln at Lincoln's field. I lined up across from a big strong end and noticed his face. I said Steve? He said Pete? We then proceeded to pound away at each other the whole game. We won that game because they couldn't defend or figure out our trap blocking. Tommy Sherer has a big game running the football.
Anyway, I ran into Steve later while our kids were preparing for their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs.  He became a lawyer and then ran for District Justice and won. Then the sad part. 
Steve asked me for email addresses of my classmates that lived in our neighborhood. He wanted to maintain an email list of neighborhood parents and keep them updated about what was happening in our neighborhood. Then in one of his update emails, Steve told everyone that he had learned that he had a rare cancer but was determined to fight it. Six months later, in 2005, he died.

Sent: 6/23/2009 9:57:35 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 3 - Elementary School Memories part 6
I was in Mrs. Kahan's class too at Solis Cohen the day that JFK was shot, Bob.  I remember it vividly just as you described in your email although I don't remember you being the teachers pet....I thought I  But seriously, I can still see all of us outside the Northeast Regional library and seeing Mrs. Kahan crying, not totally understanding the impact of what happened. 

Pete, this a great thread! 
My best to everyone,
Sue (Rubin) Elias

Sent: 6/23/2009 9:19:54 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: RE: 5 - Elementary School Memories part 6
Photos of graduating 1963 6th-grade class are posted on the Gilbert Spruance Elementary School group on Facebook.

From: Ibdavis7841
To: NE69news
Sent: 6/23/2009 7:18:32 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 3 - Elementary School Memories part 3
P, Yup, I'm a laugh riot.  Nothing like reading this at 6:30 a.m. with a cup of Joe.  Also, starting the day off with the lyrics to You'll Never Walk Alone & tearing up. 
P.S.  Stephen Waldman sent an updated pic of himself to me.  Wants to see mine.  Told him didn't know how to do.  Would u believe, he sent me instructions on how to do & also, his phone # in case I had trouble.
Looks like maybe you have a replacement in that regard.  I'm sure it breaks your heart.  LOL. 
Yeah Dell, it's tearing me up inside. LOL

To: NE69news
Sent: 6/23/2009 5:37:00 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 5 - Elementary School Memories part 6
Hi Pete,
Isn't it amazing how much so many of us have in common,while being so different?How fortunate and yet unfortunate it is being the children of survivors.My small family had always been looked on as different.My mother and father divorced when I was 2,the woman who was my "mom" was a black nurse who came home from the hospital with me and raised me with my father.Both of them were the best people I've ever known.My father never failed to amaze me with his generosity of spirit and his ability to forgive but never forget.Mattie was just the best mom anyone could wish for,loving,smart and proud.They both taught me a lot about the evils of prejudice.
Aging seems to level the playing field and hopefully we realize that those differences help us to be better people,more accepting of the different and being able to learn from others who are different.Children of survivors have a tendency towards special psychological issues.I hope yours were not too bad,it seems you have come through well.As have I,as I said,my life turned out very well,I've gone everywhere and done all the things I had wanted to do.
I'm still on the fence about the reunion,but am leaning more towards going.I'm really enjoying the various posts and you've done a great job maintaining the web site and newsletters.
Thanks for sharing Jackie. They say adversity builds character. It seems you have developed a lot of character. As for me, I'm no different than you. I just rolled with the punches and somehow always landed on my feet. I know many children of survivors and most have had happy successful lives.  
I hope to see you at our reunion and I hope you'll continue to participate in our online "virtual" reunion until then. 

Sent: 6/23/2009 2:34:02 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 4 - Elementary School Memories part 6
Two of who I thought were the best elementary school teachers in the world were Mrs. Peterson and Mr. Catalano in 6th grade.  I had Mr. Catalano.  Remember playing the melody flute in his class during his music sessions.  He also led the school orchestra in which I played the clarinet and John Betoff played the bass drum.  Some other teachers I had in Spruance were:
Kindergarden - Mrs. Miller
1rst grade - Miss Elster - what a dish
2A - Mrs. McClister - a little old woman with a roll book that was bigger than her body
2B - Mrs. Perkins
3A - Miss Weisboard - another dish
3B - Mrs. Aigin
4th grade - Mrs. Goodman
5th grade - Mrs. Roland
6th grade - Mr. Catalano
I remember that every now and then they had 'Book Day' where you could go and buy a book.
Other teachers I remember but didn't have:
Mrs. Hoffman
Mrs. Finkelstein
Mrs. Cramer
Mrs. Jacobs
Mr. Cusack
Mrs. Edelman (kindergarden teacher)
I remember the beginning of every school year where part of the art supplies you needed was an oil cloth that you put on top of the desk and the smell that it had.
The music assemblies that were led by Mrs. Prone (I think that was her name).
Coming home after school and watching TV shows like:
The Mickey Mouse Club
American Bandstand
Wild Bill Hickock
Popeye Theatre (with Sally Star of course).  Remember the guy that substituted for her every now and then who called himself Yo' Sammity Sam?
Remember Gunner Back, the news anchor for ABC, Wally Canaan the weather man
Prime time westerns like Maverick, Sugarfoot, Bronco Lane, Cheyenne, The Rebel, Wanted Dead or Alive, The Lone Ranger
Other TV shows like Highway Patrol, Rescue 8, The Whirlybirds, Sky King, Fireball XL Five (a marionette tv show), Clutch Cargo cartoons where only the mouths moved,
the Saturday Night version of Bandstand where Dick Clark counted down the top ten hits of the week
Does anyone remember the bizzard of 1958?  We lost power for about a week and my dad had to get dry ice so our food wouldn't spoil.
Those were the days.
Mark Pastor
Thanks for all those Memories1

Sent: 6/23/2009 1:11:31 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 2 - Elementary School Memories part 6
P.S.-- I checked the kindergarten photo, Mrs. Weiss class, Moore. It's dated Nov. 1957. I think Merle Gay posted it somewhere in the past few months. I'm sitting next to Larry Inver, then Lisa Black. Also in the photo are Linda Bass, Robert Faber, Ilene Rittenberg, Gary Turetsky, Stanton Zucker, Sherry Weiner, Penny White, Linda Berman, Sydria Schneider and others--32 of us. We were all so adorable!! I'll try to scan it and get it posted. Toby, I don't see you in that picture, so maybe you were in a different class? Did we have kindergarten for one semester or a full year?

Sent: 6/23/2009 12:19:22 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 3 - Elementary School Memories part 6
Hi Pete
Reading all these memories really brings me back.  Can't help but smile when I read all the memories.  I went to Spruance and Fels.  At Spruance we brought "milk money" to school for our daily carton of milk.  I also remember banking day, but can't remember the bank.  It was so simple then, and a lot more thoughtful in preparing us to be productive adults.  I remember the crossing guard for Spruance, Angie, who crossed those of us who walked to school at Magee and Horrocks.  She lived on Souder St and had twins, Tommy and Maryanne.  I think they were our age, but don't remember them going to Northeast.  I have my kindergarten picture from Spruance, which is different from the one that posted.  I think mine is from 1B.  When I figure out how to scan and send, I'll pass it along.  I can identify a lot of people on the picture.
I am hoping to get in for the reunion.  My family and I are coming in (we live in Scottsdale, AZ) for my mother's 90th birthday over Labor Day, so I'm not sure about a trip back a month later.
Kennedy grandfather died Nov 16, so we were sitting Shiva at my house.  I remember it being 2 terrible deaths for our family.
Benita Singer Sonabend
So sorry that you don't think you'll be able to join us in October. I hope you reconsider. Watching the band (Not Collidge Mateerial) perform is in itself a reason to make the return trip. We really want to see you again!

From: Soozie1952
To: NE69news
Sent: 6/22/2009 11:23:16 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 5 - Elementary School Memories part 6
OK Dell, how about Weejuns, circle pins, falls (do you notice how many gals wore one in the yearbook?), white eyeliner along with either black or brown, and straightening our hair either by ironing it with a real iron, or wrapping it, or setting it in a huge coffee can!  Oy what we did to look gorjus!  LOL
Hi Susan,
How about Hula Hoops

Sent: 6/22/2009 10:59:08 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 2 - Elementary School Memories part 6
Hello all, if I remember correctly, I was also a banker, I believe with Andrea Scharf, we were both bankers I believe for PSFS savings accounts in Solis-Cohen, Andrea, if you are out there, please let me know if I am correct.  Sorry I missed you guys at Memories, as I live in Ventnor, and used to go there often with my wife, who I met at the Greenhouse, 11 years, just around our reunion time(oct. 4), my second wife, and we have a son, who is going to be 5 next month, figure if Jack Nicholson can do it, so can I, and Mick Jagger once said, "age is only a number".  I have 3 grown daughters from my previous marriage, in their 20s.  

Are you doing memories again this summer?

Regards to all,

David Holtzman
Holtzman Group LLC
602 North Somerset Avenue
Ventnor City, NJ 08406
ph: 609.822.8482
fx:  609.822.8466
cl:  609.992.3353
Hi David,
It's pretty impressive (from a guy's perspective) that you finally scored a son on your second time around while already into your 50's.
I don't know of any additional scheduled Memories reunions but someone may try to do it.
Why don't you join us for our 40 year reunion in October and we'll all help you and your wife celebrate your 12th wedding anniversary.

Sent: 6/23/2009 3:34:01 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 2 - Elementary School Memories part 6
Yes, and forgot to mention I also have a step daughter, 17, my wife's daughter, yes great to have a son(after 4  girls), was meant to be.
We were planning on coming, will know for sure, when it gets closer, if I am not mistaken, we were going to the reunion 5 yrs ago, but did not make it, because, either Beth was due any day, or he was just born.
Hope to see you there.

P.S. Oct. 4 will be our 11th.

From: Chinsuz52
To: Pete013
Sent: 6/20/2009 1:19:55 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Fw: Retrolife (from Adrienne,can't find link to class homepage)
Well sending this to you, just to change the subject for a little bit from the last e mails. I think this will bring a smile to our whole class, even though we were very young . It brings back good memories.
So if you feel like putting it in the next N/L, it might be fun.
Best to you,

Sent: 6/22/2009 10:30:49 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 2 - Elementary School Memories part 6
It's impossible for me not to respond to all the postings!

Mark Laskin, I remember you so well from elementary school--I think you're in a picture from one of my birthday parties, but I'd have to find the photos and check. Can't count on my memory anymore.

Barbara Lewis, hi! You have me partly confused with Eileen Rudnick, who lived down the street from me on Kerper. Her nickname was Sugy. I didn't have a nickname. Eileen and I, oddly enough, never had any classes together, though we went to all the same schools. Except for art class. We both went to Saturday Morning School Art League. I attended it at NE from 7 to 12 grade. But Barbara, I'm sure we had some classes together, or Brownies, or something, because for sure I remember you.

Toby Schaffer, I didn't remember we were in both Mr. Myerov and Miss Ronaghan's classes. I used to have such a great memory. I do remember you very well, I assumed it was from high school. I did not remember about the sailboat he painted in our autograph books until you mentioned it. Now I can see it in my mind's eye very clearly. I have it in a box somewhere--I've got to find it! Re: kindergarten, I recently looked at the kindergarten picture, but don't recall if I was in am or pm, Jan-June 1957. I do remember I had Mrs Weiss the whole time (she's in the picture) and was in the class with Merle Gay, Bonnie Kauffman, Roz Katz, I think Larry Inver, Elissa Black--I've got to go find it and see if we were in the same class...I think it was AM--I remember waiting in the little driveway in the morning? with my mother to be let in. Toby, if you were at Fels, were we in 7-6 together?...Miss Ronaghan really was the musical director for Moore, as in Let's Put On A Show! Wasn't it great to be in her famous, yearly St Patrick's Day Show! We learned every Irish song in existence. It was so much fun!

Brenda Weiser and Dell: I would love to attend a Camp Council Reunion, but can't possibly attend in August because I live in Portland, Oregon and can only make one trip. I wonder who organizes them, and if there's any chance of moving it to October?!

Whoever had Mr Norsoph at Fels, so did I, but not for homeroom. He was a doll. I used to sit in science class and take notes of all the jokes he made. I have most of the Fels Chips magazines, but can't possibly lug them onto the airplane. Did anyone have Miss Likach, and remember having to relearn English as if we were Venutians? A trial program that that was a total flop. Also speed reading with Mr. Rodgers? Sandi, hi, it's hard to believe Fels has been condemned. How did that happen?!

I'm going on and on---sorry. These emails are bringing up so many memories, both good and bad. I'm finding it great fun to connect, even with people I never knew.

Eileen Masover

Sent: 6/22/2009 9:39:54 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 3 - Elementary School Memories part 6
Hi Pete,
This is fascinating.  As I read these rememberances, I keep trying to recall my elementary school and things we did.  Frankly, we weren't much different from the scenes described here.  Movies, music, lots of school work, certain teachers remain etched in memory.
The day (in my case, evening around 8:30 pm) President Kennedy was shot, there was a great bridge game going on in my house.  The tv was on and I was watching a movie when it got interrupted with the announcement.  The game ended right then and there, everyone was crying.  I recall the adults discussing possibilities of another invasion of Poland by Russia.  Interestingly enough, Poland had a week of mourning for him.  I didn't sleep that night worried about a war.  Like you, that night will stay with me forever.  
Jola Bronstein
p.s.  Does anyone know what happened with Jill Knopf?
Sent: 6/22/2009 9:29:27 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: location questions

Since not everyone reads the missing list....
I thought I would throw this out to see if I get any responses.
I have found over 130+ missing classmates BUT these last ones seem more difficult to find...any help would be appreciated!
Page 1

Arthur Ackerman
Fern Ackerman
Jeffrey Alva
Sheldon Axelrod
Richard Bagley
Carol Barrett
Matthew Barrett
Diane Baskerville
Susan Bell
Diana Bickert
Debbie Bolno Zinger
Helen Book
Jean Bradley
Steven Brenner
Helene Brownstein
Robert Brubaker
Barbara Bryer
Marilyn Budd
Donna Burczewski
Marcia Burg
Robert Cartree
Daniel Christoff
Irene Ciambotti
Jean Clarke
Bruce F. Cohen
Robert Cohen
Samuel Cohen
Larry B. Cohen
Bruce Cohn
Janice Cooper Kravitz
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Costello Walter                                      
Cutler Richard
Dahling Arlene
Dale Gregory
D'Alessandro Michael
Deane Aurelius

Denish Eileen
Dorfman Diane
Dougherty Karen
Drucker Linda

Eisenberg Ronald
Esterman Ilene
Feldman Karen
Feldman Marc
Fields Stanley
Fierman Vicki
Fillette Kenneth
Finkelstein Fran
Fishman Jill
Fleisher Ronald
Furitsch Erich
Ganzman Ellen
Gelman Bonnie
Geltzer Bonnie

Genstein Jay
Gershkovitz Robert

Gillespie Sharon
Ginsberg Sherrie
Ginsburg Marlyn
Gittelman Jeffrey
Godfrey Stuart
Goldberg Annette
Goldberg Marian                                    
Goldberg Hedy

Goldman Robert
Goldstein Phyllis
Goldstein Eddy
Gorenstein Bruce
Green Alexis

Greenstein Bruce
Handfinger Cynthia
Harrison Shelley                                           
Hatfield Jack
Heinrick Susan
Hess Marcy
Hirsch Edmond
Hoffman Charles
Hoffmann George
Holtzman Betty

Hoser Linda                     
Hurewitz Maxine
Iglesias Sherry
Josel Diane
Kahn Joseph
Kahn Susan
Kaminsky Sharon
Katz Gale
Kauffman Larry
Kaufman Gloria

Komins Randy
Krause Gary
Krych Emil
Mimi Shapiro

From: Katsella
To: Pete013
Sent: 6/22/2009 9:07:16 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: (no subject)
I remember being at Fels in Mr. Leach's 7th grade music class when word came in that Kennedy was shot We were sent home on the bus, and when I arrived home- my brother told me he was dead.  It was stunning.
I went to Moore school and remember my first grade teacher was Mrs. Walter. Does anyone remember her.  She was very nice, I remember Third grade was Miss Klein ,Forth was  Mrs Aikens , 5th was Mr, Rosenheim, and 6th Mrs. Ronahan. I do not remember my second grade teacher. Anyone have a clue.

Sent: 6/22/2009 8:44:13 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 2 - Elementary School Memories part 6
Bob Tengood?

Hi Bob,

I think I was walking with you back to class from the Library the day Kennedy was shot.

Gary Moskowitz

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Elementary School Memories part 6
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From: Ibdavis7841
To: NE69news
Sent: 6/22/2009 6:29:38 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 3 - Elementary School Memories part 5
From: (Forman, Neal)
Sent: 6/22/2009 6:15:23 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: Fwd: S. Solis Cohen-1
 On Banking day at Solis Cohen, I was the school teller for one year.  the accounts were at PSFS Bank.

From: PTEACH88
To: NE69news
Sent: 6/22/2009 6:10:21 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 4 - Elementary School Memories part 5

I was in Mrs' Kahan's class the day JFK was shot. We were on a field trip to the library. One of the librarians whispered something to Mrs. Kahan and we left. We were walking back to school wnd a woman was screming from her window. Mrs. Kahan told me (teacher's pet) to run ahead and get out the giant radio. Then we listened to it. Was anybody out there in my class?

                                                         Bob Tengood

Sent: 6/22/2009 5:28:42 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: RE: 1 - Elementary School Memories part 5

I still remember every word of the 6th grade graduation song we sang at Rhawnhurst and it has carried me through many a dark time.  The song was 'You Never Walk Alone'
Donna Sherer Burn

May the blessings and favor of the Lord be on you and yours!
When you are down to nothing, God is up to something!

In God We Trust!
I vividly remember singing that song at Solis Cohen. I can't recall if it was in Glee Club (chorus / choir) or in one of my classes. I agree. It was and still is a very inspirational song. I believe it is from Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical Carousel
ps.. here are the lyrics
When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark
At the end of the storm
Is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark
Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on walk on with hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone
You'll never walk alone
Walk on walk on with hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone
You'll never walk alone

From: Paula Hoffman Gibson
Sent: 6/22/2009 4:27:33 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: RE: 2 - Elementary School Memories part 5
Hi Leon, Thanks for the memory 5th grade was probably my favorite year at Moore.  It sure is nice to
be able to go back to the time of being a little kid again.

Sent: 6/22/2009 2:48:33 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 4 - Elementary School Memories part 5

Appreciate your help. Not sure who handles this but would like to get my email address removed from this list or blog.
Rick Pravdo
No problem Rick. I'll take care of it.

Sent: 6/22/2009 1:34:27 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 5 - More Elementary School Memories--Solis Cohen Teachers, etc.
I had Mr. Feldman in fourth grade too! He was strict but I loved him--and those every-month field trips and parties! I truly believe I learned more on those field trips than anything else in school (although I do know the difference between deserts and desserts--ha ha :-) ). I also had Mr. Rizzo in 5th. He was a lot easier and on the surface more fun than Feldman but I learned much more from Mr. F and have always appreciated and respected him. Here were my other teachers:
K - Mrs. Magill (?)-- Loved her and kindergarten was my favorite grade. Fingerpainting ROCKED! School kinda went downhill for me after that :-)
1st - Mrs. Stern -- hated her--she scared me (and scarred me--I still can't do math! lol). She truly lived up to her name!
2nd - Mrs. McNamara -- my favorite teacher. She was so kind--very patient and loving. Gave me a bottle of perfume for Christmas which slipped out of its box on the way home and shattered on the sidewalk. I was shattered too and still haven't quite gotten over it, though therapy is helping '-).
3rd - Miss Shehe (not Catherine--her sister--Margaret I think)-- she was pretty good but I hated those multiplication tables! You gotta love the name though.
4th - Mr. Feldman :-)
5th - Mr. Rizzo ;-)
6th - Mrs. Bell -- learned a lot about Science from her (her favorite subject)--hurricanes and tornados, etc.-- but I remember she played favorites and unfortunately I was not her "pet." I also remember the May Day parade and the Maypole Dance we put on. And I was one of the "Queen's Court."
7th - Bell, Stott and Kahn (?) - Hated Stott--another "Mrs. Stern." Plus she was the math teacher, so there you go... Kahn was nice. She was the Social Studies teacher as I recall. And Bell did Science.
Remember Mr. Blumberg our principal? I worked in his office for a while (don't remember how I got that gig). I remember him being very kind. I learned to spell principal because he was our "pal."
Anyone remember a play about a queen and a pot of gold? It was a "mystery" and the clue to finding the gold was "top fo dlog." I think I originally had the lead role as the queen but got sick and was out for a week. So they replaced me and I got a silly singing part instead. So much for my theatrical career.
I too remember the bell and flute club (thanks for jogging my memory--I'd forgotten that! Didn't Mrs. Bell run that?) and the PSFS savings club. I remember cards, not a bank, where your filled up the slots with quarters, dimes, nickels, etc. When it was full you turned it in and got a passbook. Or was that for something else? CUDOS for the person who said it helped pay for her honeymoon! Wow! You must have been some saver! I probably spent mine at Kresges on a Cupie Doll, a Hula Hoop or an outfit for my original ponytailed Barbie (sure wish I had saved that!).
Bev Spooner (nee Mandell)
Hi Bev,
Question. Do you remember what "note" you were in Mr' Feldman's bottle orchestra?

From: Coachjoel
To: NE69news
Sent: 6/22/2009 1:06:25 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 2 - Elementary School Memories part 5
Hi Everyone,
I was in My Meyerov's class in 5th grade and he was an amazing teacher. He is still alive and was at J Hampton Moore School's 50th reunion several years ago. He still looks the same, no kidding. His father was a famous musician and song writer. He helped Frank Loesser write Guys and Dolls...for real. He used to talk about his dad all the time. Remember he signed our year books with a watercolor drawing of a pirate ship? I still have my J H Moore autograph book. Does anyone else? Caryn Leader signed it as well as Kenny Patrick, Cheryl Korman, Arlene Levitt( we're still friends!), Scott Cherry, Sharon Frank and a bunch of others. I had Miss Ronaghan in 6th grade. She was wonderful too. She had a pink piano in her classroom. I do remember the song books. They were amazing. When I think of the songs they had us sing it's tunes, songs by Rogers and Hart, Gershwin, Lerner and Lowe.... Can you just see that happening in today's elem. schools???? Not a chance. OMG< I really sound old.
In 6th grade our class put on a Japanese show. Miss R. taught us all about her trips to Mexico, the Orient, etc. I still have a history report I did for her on The Middle Ages.
Moore was a really good school. I have terrific memories of my years there.
I have my KG photo from Mrs Neibaurer's class. We were supposed to have Mrs Weiss , but she was ill so we had Mrs N as a long term sub. I went afternoons from Jan to June 1957. My classmates included Susan Seidleman the movie director who directed Suddenly Seeking Susan with Madonna. Susan lived at 1018 Kerper. Also in my class were Mona Mitchell, Gail Newman(we are still very close friends), Lisa Black, Lisa Weiss, Roy Goldman, Scott Cherry, Ana Maria Chiavala, Frank Lopresti, Fred Morrison, Larry Inver, and a whole bunch of others.
Toby Shaffer Shpigel 

From: SISKOSKI (Jackie Seckinger Siskoski)
To: NE69news
Sent: 6/22/2009 10:51:06 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 5 - Elementary School Memories part 5
Hi Alan
I too grew up in West Philly.My father had a funeral parlor on the corner of 51st & Chestnut,it's still a funeral parlor.My father was 55 when I was born,a survivor of Terezin & Auschwitz,he lost his entire family including his first 3 children.We moved to Jersey when I was 10,we only lived there for a year,the people in the neighborhood weren't fond of Jews.We moved to the Northeast when I was 11.I went to a private school until 10th grade when I transferred to Northeast.High school was difficult for me,I never felt as if I fit in.All the other kids had gone to elementary and junior high together and had formed groups that were hard to get in.I pretty much hung out with some kids who had transferred from Catholic schools.How amazing it is to me that after 40 years and a really good life,memories of high school are still a little painful.
Jackie Seckinger
Hi Jackie,
I never knew your father was a holocaust survivor. My parents were survivors too. It's very sad and unfortunate that you went through that painful experience of feeling that you didn't fit in. It sounds like you were able to overcome those difficulties and adapt later in your life.

Sent: 6/22/2009 10:36:28 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 1 - Elementary School Memories part 5
For those of us who went to Spruance (and others as well) remember 1) air raid drills under the desk 2) fire drills outside 3) being asked to be an office aid 4) periodic hearing tests (hand raising etc) 5)READING A PSALM  from the bible at assembly  6) swim classes at max meyers 7) standing in line around the school for polio vaccine on a sugar cube> I could go on and on... simple, happy, uncomplicated times! p.s. in current events in 6th grade I gave a report on trouble in a country most of us never heard of ---Viet Nam---

Sent: 6/22/2009 10:00:06 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: RE: 4 - Elementary School Memories part 5
Hi to Ed and all the people he mentioned from Spruance.    
Sandi Levin Cherenack

From: Miniblndmn
To: NE69news
Sent: 6/22/2009 8:04:30 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 4 - Elementary School Memories part 5
I was also a graduate of Carnell. My favorite teacher was Mrs. Ashford. I remember Mr O'Connor. He probably hid the booze in the closet where he kept the equipment locked up. The school song I remember went like this:
As we grew up, Tarken was second home to many of us.
Thank you,
Bruce Levin

From: Ibdavis7841 (Dell Davis)
To: NE69news
Sent: 6/22/2009 8:02:41 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 3 - Elementary School Memories part 5
Hey, Pete.  Just got finished em'ing some old friends thanks to the posts you fw.  Please keep these things on the current blog.  All my friends are urging me to do the Facebook thing & somehow I'm getting by without it. 
You know, as I'm doing other things, thoughts keep coming to me about way back when.  Alright, I've got some more topics:  madras, "fruit" loops- those little tabs on the back of button down shirts that we used to pull off of each other, girls will remember tweedy dress, John Romain & Etienne Aignier pocketbooks & headbands, Ladybug/Villager.  More will come to me, you lucky devil.  Alright, I'll give it a rest (and you, too). I know I already promised that to you.  Not a woman of my word, it seems.  But you are a man of yours, you didn't post the part I asked you not to & thanks.
We called the little tabs on the back of button down shirts "fairy" loops. Every once in a while, the shirt would actually rip when someone pulled off the fairy loop

Sent: 6/22/2009 7:44:04 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: RE: 2 - Elementary School Memories part 5
Don't remember too much about elementary school at Moore, but have fond memories of summer basketball at Tarken and playing for OCJCC. Back then everyone called me Nevada (People would call my house and ask for Nevada). Living now in California
   Mark Laskin
Hey Nevada,
It's great to hear from you. A few of our classmates live out there in California. I hope you will be able to join us to celebrate our 40 year reunion in October.

Sent: 6/22/2009 7:17:39 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: RE: 2 - Elementary School Memories part 3
so cool to find eddie hoffman! He and I disc jockeyed a dance at a Temple Sholom USY dance

From: Ibdavis7841
To: NE69news
Sent: 6/22/2009 7:16:23 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 3 - Elementary School Memories part 5
Pete, You know what?  Reading these is also time-consuming!  Find myself saying Oh My God out loud frequently:  from familiar names & memories.  Most of the memories are LOL'ers, others sorta sad. 

From: Ibdavis7841
To: NE69news
Sent: 6/22/2009 6:57:28 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 3 - Elementary School Memories part 3
Pete, I thought about this, too.  Feel like I'm monopolizing the floor & your time.  Gonna give you back your life for a few days.  You better pray for sun so I can get outside & do some gardening & get some exercise. This rain is ugh!
Don't feel that way. You've started something and many classmates are now engaged in reminicing about our collective childhood.

Sent: 6/22/2009 12:32:14 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: RE: 1 - Elementary School Memories part 5
I too went Moore.
I also remembering calling you "Sugy"
I think, we were even in Brownies & Girl Scouts together.
And, I had been thinking about the assemblies we had each week.
We would all bring our Composition Notebooks with the mimeographed songs in them.
And, the entire auditorium would all sing together. 
Now that Mike has posted a Moore "PM" kindergarten photo - I would love to see our "AM" photo
And, yes Pete we went Memories last Sat. night, too
Missed you...
We had some folks from our class and lots of other familiar faces
Working on our reunion and reading all of the memory jogging e-mails is great
Looking forward to seeing so many classmates and catching up in person
And, as for the day Kennedy was assassinated- I was at Fels in the 7th grade in Mr. Norsoph's class.
I had him for Science and he was also my homeroom teacher.
He was the nicest.  He was also a pharmacist (at Rhawn and the Blvd.)
Barbara Lewis Baxt

Sent: 6/22/2009 12:20:03 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: ...and the memories continue
Hi Everyone,
just thought I would add a little to the conversation. Do you know that Fels has been condemned and is being torn down? My ex- husband's wife works there and she told me the situation had gotten so bad that the second floor had been off  limits for a while. Last day of school is the last of fels.  The NEW FELS is on the site of the old JFK hospital. Classes start in the fall.
The Solis Cohen memories are great. I can still see Mr. Bolton running out the room crying. It was the first time I had seen a grown man show that kind of emotion.
My brother still lives in my parent's old house on Kindred Street. And while I have tried to convince him otherwise, he is taking my niece out of private school and sending her to our alma mater starting in September. She is in the magnet school.
As for the "OLD KING GEORGE " quote ... wasn't that a line from a song the Mr. Feldman taught in 4th grade? I never had Mr. Meyerov.
Some other Solis-Cohen teacher memories, Mrs Zallas (math was the sports team averages, especially the Phillies), Miss Cerino, the blonde haired pony-tailed teacher. I feared her almost as much as Miss Levin in 1st grade, but she forced me to have the legible handwriting I have today.
Well, keep up the memories. Oh, and Arlene, I remember your father delivering the bagels to our house every Sunday morning.
Sandi Bergman

Sent: 6/22/2009 12:10:49 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Dell Davis Do you remember?
Dear Dell;
I remember you from Solis Cohen and also from Camp council.  I believe we were in the same bunk at CC camp.  You may remember me from my brother the Famous Bob's Water Ice.  We just had a wonderful reunion for Camp Council this past Memorial Day weekend at Camp Golden Slipper.  There were many girls that went to Camp Council there and it was great.  We have been doing this weekend for the past 4 years.  There will be another gathering for the Camp Council Girls in August.  Please e mail me and let me know if you are interested in more info about Camp Council Girls.  I will be going to the NE Class of 69 reunion in October.
Keep in touch,
Brenda Weiser Cohen

Sent: 6/21/2009 10:44:10 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 3 - Elementary School Memories part 5
Hi fellow Ne'ers.It's so much fun reviewing all of the memories listed in the e-mails. This is Miriam(Meles)Piatetsky.I attended Moore,Fels and  NE.Where have the last 40 years gone, since we all said good bye to the "noble school standing on a busy  city street?"Some memories are ever so vivid and others---------------well, they've sort of faded with my youth. At Moore, a yucky memory is going to the nurse's office for the annual weigh in.Oh, how I hated when they announced your weight out loud for all of your friends to hear.(chubby children hated that).How about trying to squeeze your way onto the bus going to Fels when it was already over-packed when it arrived at Loretto and Unruh?(please Mr Bus Driver----you can stop and squeeze on another kid).And the day that Pres Kennedy was shot----I was at an orchestra rehearsal with Mr. Yudkin.(I played violin).Everyone left school early that day----and it seemed so gloomy all the way home.And my Hebrew class at NE High was great.I took Hebrew as my language because I knew that I could ace the course.In fact, I recently saw Mr.Schachter, at a hotel down the shore during Passover.He's still feisty and on the ball.Yes, we all loved the wiggily waggily sliding board. How about that iron giraffe that you could climb inside of at Max Myers.And the pool-----------I can still smell the strong chlorine that they poured into the water.Remember when they would add chlorine and everyone had to get out of the pool? Too often that powdery stuff would blow into your eyes when they poured it into the pool  if it was a little windy out.As for the kiddie t.v. shows in those days-----I was on Happy the Clown with my little brother, once.I rode on the top of Chippie the Chipmunk and my brother rode in the cart that the engine pulled. I was also on Our Gang,Pete Boyle.I entered a contest to win a puppy. You had to name the puppy and write an essay telling why you wanted to win the dog.Guess what???Yep, I won the little doggie.So, the next week they taped the program and I received the dog.It was on a Friday morning.By Monday morning, my father took the dog back(it had to be returned to the  ASPCA if for some reason you couldn't keep it). I guess my parents weren't the pet owning type. I was so upset with my parents.Okay, that's it for now.I'll follow the e-mails and add more next time. Wishing everyone a safe and pleasant summer.

Sent: 6/21/2009 10:32:23 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: RE: 2 - Elementary School Memories part 5
This is so cool, going through all of the old memories.  I remember Tarken playground, but they only had showers.  If you wanted to swim you had to hike it over to Max Meyers. 
Yes, I remember Mrs. Lipschutz at Carnell.  I remember reading the Bible in the autotorium.  That's where I learned the 23rd Psalm.  I do remember where I was when Kennedy was shot.  We were having parent visitation (at Fels Jr. High) and I was a usher.  I remember feeling hopeless.
How about the first space ship?  (I don't even remember when that was.)  I do remember we all gathered around a small black and white TV.
I used to go to the Benner Movies on Saturday afternoons.  You could stay for hours.  Candy in the vending machine was 5 cents.
I'll see you in October!
Debbie (Brian) Morrissey
Living in St. Louis County, MO

From: Karedlon
To: NE69news
Sent: 6/21/2009 9:52:00 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 3 - Elementary School Memories
Any info. on Howard Fatell ?

I just visited Nord Zeidner in Ft. Collins, Colorado, who I became exceptionally close with in high school (he lived around the corner attended Solis, Wilson, then  Central ). At one time I worked at Welsh's luncheonette and at closing time I could take the remaining coffee. I then went over Nord's house where we played ping pong, pool and worked diligently to solve the problems of the world. He left the area at aged 18 for college and never returned but we forged a bond which has stayed strong. He's a virologist working for CDC, intially trained as a veternarian and has had some interesting overseas assignments. He came to Phila. with his wife and family in 2000 to attend my son's Bar Mitzvah at the now defunct OCJCC-BI.

Best regards,

Ed Moses
Hi Ed,
I don't know what ever became of Howard Fatell. It would be interesting to be able to reconnect with him now.

Sent: 6/21/2009 9:43:28 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 2 - Elementary School Memories part 5
Special hi back to Mike Jacobs. I'm pretty sure I sat next to you in Miss Ronaghan's class--right side of the room, first row.

The day Kennedy was shot I was in class at Fels in 7th grade. I think I was sitting in Miss Ostheimer's class--were we sent to homeroom? They made an overhead announcement at about 1 pm
and everyone at school was sent home. My piano teacher, a wonderful man in his 60's, died one week later. In February the Beatles showed up on Ed Sullivan. In March my father died. Very strange year for me.

Memories for others?

Eileen Masover

From: Soozie1952
To: NE69news
Sent: 6/21/2009 9:38:11 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 5 - Elementary School Memories part 5
Hi Pete!
I am so enjoying all these recollections of the good ol' days!  Allen Rosen (Hi Marlene!) wanted to know if anyone else lived in West Philly.  I lived there at 61st and Catherine St and went to Bryant Elementary for Kindergarten and 1st grade.  We moved from my grandparents' house there to Oakland St after that year. I knew David Brenner was from that 'hood after reading his book.  He mentioned Mr. Crappy, the hardware store man.  I remembered walking past his store all the time.  I also remember when the church on the corner of 61st and Catherine was struck by lightening, triggering the fear of thunder and lightening I had until my late 20s.
I definitely remember where I was when Kennedy was shot.  I was in 7th grade at Mayfair Elementary (yes, another move) and it was just about time for us to go to gym.  But that day the gym teacher came to our room instead and was whispering something to our teacher.  Her expression suddenly became very solemn and she looked like she was about to cry.  The gym teacher walked us to gym and sat us in a circle.  He then told us what was know at that time.  I remember the first report was that Kennedy was shot while riding horse, but we soon learned that was not the case.  Everyone was crying, even the boys.  I remember going home after school to find my grandmother crying in front of the tv, and when my mom came home from work she was crying, too.  What a sad day.  By any chance does anyone recall reading a very interesting article by Truman Capote regarding Kennedy's assassination and his (?) theory that Kennedy was still alive?  I wish I still had the article.  I've tried a couple times to locate it on the internet but so far I haven't found it.
Hi to some of my old school friends whose names I have seen here.....Andi Horn, Paula Hoffman (Hey Pud!), Cynthia Hirch, Ed Hoffman (there were 7 of us).
Pete,  I'm going to see if I can find any memorabilia filed away at Solis-Cohen.  If I can dig anything up I'll let you know.  Sometimes all that stuff is hidden away in boxes, but since Solis-Cohen had their 50th a couple years or so ago maybe those memories aren't buried too deep. 
Susan (Hoffman) Klassman

Sent: 6/21/2009 9:24:47 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: - Elementary School Memories
Hello ALL,
Cynthia I may know who you are married to. What is his 1st name?  Did he live on Tyson Street?  Did anyone in cyberspace go to Crossan Elementary school?  Susan Miller from our class is the secretary there now.  Ellen that knew Barbara L. - chance you by any chance update us on how she is doing?  The "FAT" man being referred to as Dean Allen was Mr. Simpson.   His sidekick Melvin McMasters with the large forehead eventually became principal at Masterman and has since retired.
I remember the Polar Cub.  How about Saturday's at the Cavalier on Cottman Street?????  Allan did you know Sally Starr was a whore?  My father and uncle did.  Carol Mac Millian that graduated with us won a HUGE treasure chest of toys from her show by sending in a Good & Plenty wrapper.  I bought a Sally Starr doll a few years ago to add to my icon doll collection.  I also saw her at The American Cowboy Bat about 10 years ago.  Her house had burnt down many years ago and she is looking to get her memorabilia back if anyone has any.  I also saw Soupy Sales and Clarabelle.  I saw Buffalo Bob at the Antique Show in Atlantic City about 12 years ago.  And I got all their autographs too!  Lucky me....
I remember the sugar cube polio treats too...I got mine at NE High School.  I loved the slide at Max Myers but my local playground was Jardel and the Halloween parties they had there where you got to touch brains, eye balls etc , as well as the hula hoop contests. In the summer they would have arts & crafts.  I took dancing lesson there for $.25 with Carol Macmillan, Ginger Garten, Marilyn Kowalic and Helen Reese.  Ginger went on to become a dance major at Boston University.  I remember a truck being parked outside there and after swimming you would get a $.10 water ice and a $.05 pretzel.
Anyone with family or relatives in the NE please let me know when they want to move. I love to collect old memorabilia as the reunion committee can attest to.  Also if they have old items or beach tags from AC please keep me in mind.  I  love what Wendy Goldman's mom gave me.
Cheers to the "Good Old day,"
Leon have you been able to locate Stanley Fields in Oregon so we can take him off the missing list?

From: Appel, Ilene (Katen)
Sent: 6/21/2009 9:17:09 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 5 - Elementary School Memories part 5
I also went to Carnell. I had Mrs. Ashton for kinder and Mr. O'Conner for gym. Also walked with a slew of kids to school. I lived on Hale St and we had tons of kids on our block. Great Stuff.... ---------- Sent from AT&T's Wireless network using Mobile Email

From: (Arlene Myzner)
Sent: 6/21/2009 9:10:28 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: Great to see you
Hi Eileen,

I was so happy to hear from you.  Yes, I am planning on going to our class reunion in October.  I moved to Florida in 1982 and have been living in Jacksonville for the last 22 years.  Do you know if Roz Katz is going to this reunion?  Also who else?



Sent: 6/21/2009 8:51:40 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: 4 - Elementary School Memories part 4
I am really enjoying reading all of the "Elementary School Memories".. I would love to hear f more of the Spruance Memories.
Wondering if we could get this going with Level 2 and bring in "Middle School Memories " as well. I went to Fels and haven't heard too much mention of that school yet.
Rich Magaziner
We need some graduates of Spruance and Fels to volunteer and submit their memories into our discussion. I'll offer an incentive. I promise to buy a cosmopolitan at our 40 year reunion for anyone who ignites a discussion about Spruance and Fels.

Posted by ne69news at 8:26 PM EDT
Updated: 06/27/2009 11:31 AM EDT
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Hey all

I have some cool Spruance pics...just email me :

Posted by dennydew at 7:12 AM EDT
Updated: 06/22/2009 8:00 AM EDT
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Topic: Elementary school Memorie

Hi- Dennis (denny) Horn here....great memories of Spruance- I also recall the JFK ordeal...I was in 7th grade at Fels,  getting on the bus at end of day, and hearing of it then....My first instinct was to go to Spruance and bond with my teachers, having just graduated from there....the big TV's were set up in the auditorium aisles, and we all commiserated....I recall fondly, when we bore witness to JFK on Castor Ave...I was perched on a newspaper box, at the SW corner of magee and Castor...the motorcade came south on Castor, so I was within 25 feet of THE MAN !!! Too bad I forgot a camera!!

Donna- I'd love to share Spruance pics...I have some, and need your e-mail address

Posted by dennydew at 7:11 AM EDT
Updated: 06/22/2009 8:01 AM EDT
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