JULY 22, 2022

Hi Weekly E-mailers of Weequahic Wonder, 
Weekly The Weequahic High School Alumni Association is once again including the weekly “WHS Note” among publications (also “The Calumet” quarterly bulletin) available to readers at Link to WHS Notes on the WHS Alumni Association Website. WHS Note” editions date from November 5, 2021 to present.
Ellen Lerner Greenberg (1/50) comes bearing sad news of a classmate:
Shirley Weinstock Pickton of Elizabeth and Dayton, N.J. passed away peacefully on June 18, 2022. Although I graduated from Weequahic H.S. with Shirley, it wasn’t until working on our class reunions that our beautiful friendship grew into forever.
Shirley’s mom was Tillie, proprietor of Tillie’s Luncheonette on Bergen Street. She worked there for several years kibbitzing with the regulars, honing her skills as good as any professional comedienne. I compared her to the actress, Bea Arthur all the time.
Knitting was her passion. She mostly enjoyed making things for others, sweaters, hats and blankets for newborns were her specialty. Shirley baked challah, cakes, etc., did ceramics, made candles, designed terrariums; my friend with the golden hands.
Shirley worked many jobs after graduation, her last one as a bookkeeper for Fiorino Ristorante in Summit, N.J. where she not only was employed for many years, but became an unofficial member of their family. Shirley is survived by her daughter, Mindy (Steven) and son Craig (Fred), grandchildren Brad ((Jess) and Gary (Natalie), great-grandchildren Julian and Ella. She also leaves faithful dog, Jubilee. Her obit can be read at Shirley Pickton Obituary.  Ellen
Lew Kampel (60) notes correction as to ID in photo of WHS Class of 1960 reunion:
First row far right is Rozzie Silverstein, not Susan Michaelstein.
First Row - Judy Sarnow, Donna Pincus, Gayle Barr, Enid Rose, Enid Hinkes, Sharon Gaidemak and Rozzie Silverstein. Lew  

Paul Levitt (Maple 48) advises of book publication:
My novel, Rowing to Ithaca (Rowing to Ithaca order information), bears on Newark and Goldsmith Avenue. An excerpt from the book appears, below, and is continued together with a synopsis on the PDF document that can be accessed at this link: Rowing to Ithaca Excerpt. Paul
“Yes, it all began in Newark. He grew up painfully thin. A doctor had prescribed a daily supplement of chocolate soda with vanilla cream. Whenever he and Marta met after school, they'd walk to Throm's drugstore at Chancellor and Maple for a black and white. Sitting on one of the swiveling stools, admiring the marbled counter and gleaming silver levers, always made him feel like a "regular." They'd twirl on their seats and reminisce about school. He told her about Mrs. Brown, who taught "Assembly" and never seemed to know that when she turned her head, the boys who sat on the ends of the first few rows would duck out the side doors, run to the lavatory, swing on the crossbars of the stalls, and hang out the windows looking across the city toward the docks in Newark Bay.” 
More on Weequahic area vets:
Enid Hinkes (60)
I would like to thank all the people who responded to my request for information about Weequahic Alumni who were killed in WWII and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. I would like to give special thanks to Myra Lawson (70), Executive Director of the WHS Alumni Association, who searched for the missing memorial stones in Untermann Field. Unfortunately, the search was unsuccessful. The stones may be under the new visitor's stand, sunk under dirt and grass, or removed. 
Myra also sent me a photo of the memorial plaque (pictured, below) outside of the auditorium that lists the names of all of the alumni who died in WWII. I was also directed by her to the Newark Public Library site for old Legend yearbooks that has been invaluable for getting some background on those students. 
I have also heard from the cousin and nephew of two members of the Army Air Corps, the predecessor of our Air Force, who were killed in action. I hope to report their stories as well as many of the other ones in future newsletters. I have been less successful in finding the names of those who died in the Korean War. If anyone had any relatives or neighbors who served in Korea and may have died there, I would like to hear from you. So far, the only alumnus that I have found is Gerald Feinstein from the class of 1951.
From the Vietnam War I have the names of Robert Mirrer and Michael DeWitt Swangine. I believe there is another alumnus who died in Vietnam whose name I have forgotten. I believe that he was in the class of January, 1960. All I can remember is that someone from my class (June 1960) who went to either Michigan State or the University of Michigan ran into him there and that he was involved in the Black student movement.
If you have any information that you think would be helpful, please email me at ehinkes@aol.com. Enid
Joe Sager (Hillside 63)
Reading the many comments in the weekly newsletter about those who served in the military motivated me to respond. In August 1963, I enlisted into the Army. After basic, I went to France. In Jun 1964 my brother David (WHS Class of 56 or 57) died. Two months later my father passed away in September of 64. I was transferred to Ft Dix, NJ. My job was Special Assignments.
In August 1965, the president raised the draft and needed personnel at the AFEES (Armed Forces Entrance Examining Station). I put myself in for that assignment. I knew that I would get it. Well, I was the one to approved it. Now I'm stationed on Broad Sreet Newark. Twenty years later I enlisted in the New Jersey Army National Guard. I was the Retention NCO for the New Jersey Academy. I retired with 21 years of service as a Staff Sgt. Joe
Toby Stein Udine (62) updates some second generational pride:
My son Michael Udine is the Mayor of Broward County, Florida (Michael Udine New Mayor of Broward County). If you fly into Ft Lauderdale Airport you are sure to hear his welcome to the Sunshine state. He has done so much for the community. Weequahic still spreads its wings; Michael loves reading the newsletter. Lol. Toby
More Mosque mentions:
Bette Krupenin Kolodney (6/60)
Esther Gordon's (6/52) memory of the Mosque Theatre triggered, yet, another memory for me. She remembered her piano lessons with Mr. Chiappinelli, the piano teacher on Girard Place in the Clinton Hill Section of Newark. My recollection is of my lack of any artistic talent whatsoever, be it drawing, piano, voice, ballet, or Hebrew school.
At age 12 1/2 my parents and I moved from our attic apartment at 1048 Bergen Street between Lyons and Lehigh Avenues across from Harding Terrace to 755 Clinton Avenue on the corner of South 15th Street across from Girard Place. I met wonderful new friends who are still great friends as we start the “springtime” of our twilight years, the beginning of our ninth decade of life. Among them was the magnificent, talented Paula Mandel who sadly passed away at age 32. She was a student of Mr. Chiappinelli who called her a Swiss Cheese because he said there were still holes in her playing. She also played the base fiddle and was the drum majorette for the WHS Band.
Anyway I, a 12-year-old beginner, was not an appropriate student for Mr. Chiappinelli. Like my stints at ballet and Hebrew schools, these endeavors were happily for me short lived. Next time I will discuss in the “WHS Note” my voice lessons with Mr. D at Madison JHS and Mr. M, the music teacher at WHS. Lest anyone feels sorry for me, please don't worry about my ego. I enjoyed all of my "failures" as really funny situations even as they occurred and even in retrospect.  Bette
Dennis Estis (65)
Alan Ginter’s (64) recollection of meeting Zacherle at the Mosque Theater, with my good and oldest friend Tom McCloud (65), refreshed my memory as to one of our lesser known but very interesting Weequahic personalities, Ronald Klugman who graduated from Weequahic with my brother in the Class of 1962. Ron’s parents, Sam and Fanny Klugman, were very good friends of my parents. After Weequahic, Ron went to Emerson College where a lot of radio and TV personalities went back in those days. He graduated in 1966 with a degree in Speech Broadcasting. 
Ron was friends with Zacherle. During Ron’s entertainment days, when he wasn’t serving as a radio disc jockey in Pennsylvania, he created an alter ego to Zacherle by the name of Vladimir, who was identified as Zacherle’s son. Ron also went by the name Ron Barry. I remember seeing Ron at one time in complete makeup as either Vladimir or an alternative Zacherle.
I believe that Ron made a record at some point in time starring Vladimir. I have a vague recollection of seeing Ron/Vladimir on Zacherle’s television show, but I may have dreamed this. Unfortunately, Ron died must too young in 1995 at the age of 51. He was a cousin of the actor Jack Klugman. Dennis
Clark Lissner (6/63) takes a step from the Mosque to R&R:
So, from reminiscing about the Mosque/Symphony Hall, we get into recalling the fantastic rock and pop stars that we were so fortunate to have as the musical background to (the beat and heart n' soul) our youth. Naming the greats just goes on and on, and even listing the major labels (Columbia, RCA, Capitol, Philips, Motown, Atlantic, Chess, Sun, Cameo/Parkway, etc.) brings back so many memories. 
In the New York metro area, we had the talented and flamboyant Murray (The K) Kaufman, Alan Freed and other DJ's presenting the stars. In the Philly area, Hy Lit and Jerry Blavitt (The Geater with the Heater) did the honors and continued with their dance and golden oldies shows. On TV, we had “Soul Train” and “American Bandstand” showcasing for us the teen idols and new dances. Anyone wanting a 'blast from the past' can access Jerry Blavitt on You Tube and catch interviews with Dion, Connie Francis, Gary U.S. Bonds, the late, great Bobby Rydell, Frankie Valli, Little Steven and more. 
Just last week I saw Chicago perform here in Charleston and put on a helluva show featuring so many super hits. But I'll conclude by coming full circle and declaring that my all-time favorite Broadway show has to be "The Jersey Boys” highlighting the great songs of the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.  Clark
Sharing thoughts of the way things were: 
Hesh Goldstein (1/57)
So, one day living on Goodwin Avenue, I had to go downtown. To keep it simple, I used my bike. When I got downtown, I realized that getting back was the mother of all nightmares. What I figured out was that holding on to the back of a bus was the simplest solution. The good news was that the driver never knew I was holding on for dear life. Once was enough! Hesh
Sharon Rous Feinsod (66)
The vegetable man I remember who came to Custer Place and sold off his truck was Ronnie. He had a mustache and wore a hat. I remember my mother saying he kept his finger on the swinging scale.  Sharon 
Michael Gross (6/63)
To Irwin Millinger (62), probably a typo, but the bus to NY that ran on Lyons Avenue was the #107, not 102 as you typed it. Michael
Matty Benoun (6/62)
To Irwin Millinger (62), I remember those apartments on Elizabeth Avenue where all those gorgeous stewardesses stayed. I went to a few parties. I learned about the “mile high club” they would talk about. Matty
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