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Are You Starving Your Brain

Sent in by Werner: "B12, seems to work".

Arrivals & Passings

By Pat Reischour

Arrivals and Passings

Watch for frequent updates.

Mary Maureen Donohue

An old SI name:
Frank Scarangello, 89
CEO of Scaran Heating and Air Conditioning

THS, Class of '42. Also founding member of South Shore Band.
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FDNY NYPD Trumpet Taps
By Fontaine Piper

Project Home

Missing Classmates Lists

Old: Click on the year below to get to the appropriate list.

1958 1959

New: Click on the year below to get to that class directory, and concentrate on the "Unknown" status = Missing.

1956  1960  1961 1965  1966 1967

Class Reunion Information!!

Click on the Year (below) to get the latest info or see the pictures!

1956     1957

1958     1959

1960     1961

1963     1965

1966     1968

1970     1980

Sent in by: Mike Gorgia-the '78 Class Editor

Pompeii - Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius

Animation made for the Melbourne Museum ,
which This file recreates how the eruption
of Mt. Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii.
You can witness the eruption of
a volcano of over 2000+ years ago.....
Be alert to EVERYTHING ( sights & sounds) that
is happening including:
1. The clouds gliding by,
2. The birds fleeing,
3. The dogs barking,
4. The first steaming of the volcano,
5. The earthquakes,
6. The tiles falling from the roofs because of the earthquakes,
7. The sky turning dark with volcanic debris,
8. The accumulating debris on the roofs,
9. The pyroclastic flows coming down the left side of the mountain,
10.The fires,
11. The buildings collapsing,
12. The pyroclastic flows overcoming the city,
13. The end of the city...... :-(
And be sure to Go Full-Screen. History Buffs will be fascinated





Pasta had not been invented. It was macaroni or spaghetti.
Curry was a surname.
A takeout was a mathematical problem.
Pizza? Sounds like a leaning tower somewhere.
Bananas and oranges only appeared at Christmas time.
All chips were plain.
A Big Mac was what we wore when it was raining.
Brown bread was something only poor people ate.
Oil was for lubricating, fat was for cooking.
Tea was made in a teapot using tea leaves and never green.
Cubed sugar was regarded as posh.
Chickens didn't have fingers in those days.
None of us had ever heard of yogurt.
Healthy food consisted of anything edible.
Cooking outside was called camping.
Seaweed was not a recognized food.
'Kebab' was not even a word, never mind a food.
Sugar enjoyed a good press in those days, and was regarded as being white gold.
Prunes were medicinal.
Surprisingly muesli was readily available. It was called cattle feed.
Pineapples came in chunks in a tin; we had only ever seen a picture of a real one.
Water came out of the tap.
If someone had suggested bottling water and charging more than gasoline for it they would have become a laughing stock.
The three things that we never ever had on/at our table in the fifties... was elbows, hats and cell phones!

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Note From Rick Hummers

I have purchased three Staten Island specific books from Arcadia Publishing that might interest others? They are all about 7"x10" format, nice heavy glossy paper and are mostly, well captioned, photos. I purchased them on, paperback cover for about $17.00 each.

Then and Now - Staten Island     ISBN 978-0-7385-4495-3
Staten Island Ferry     ISBN 978-1-4617-2195-8
Staten Island Rapid Transit     ISBN 978-1-4671-2338-9

Arcadia Publishing
Charleston, South Carolina

Rick Hummers

Dr. Roger Solberg- Class of '71 THS

"The Trumpet" has received the following from Edinboro University in Edinboro, PA-honoring Dr. Roger Solberg-. Roger Solberg was a THS Graduate~ Class of 1971 and went on to achieve many Honors and Degrees.

Here is the entire communication:

Congratulations to Dr. Solberg!

My late younger brother, James and I attended Tottenville High School (so did my older sister Peggy and brother Michael). I have written a book that was just published and thought you may want to let other classmates know about it. It is called:

The life and death of Jimmy Zappalorti

Words Take Flight Books

- Robert T. Zappalorti

I doubt you have ever seen anything like this!

Flying Over America - Simply Beautiful!

- Lee Shake

Murphy's Other 15 Laws:

1. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

2. A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.

3. He who laughs last, has found another meaning.

4. A day without sunshine is like, well, night.

5. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

6.Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don’t.

7. Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.

8.The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.

9. It is said that if you line up all the cars in the world end-to-end, someone from California would be stupid enough to try to pass them.

10. If the shoe fits, get another one just like it.

11. The things that come to those who wait may be the things left by those who got there first.

12. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will sit in a boat all day drinking beer.

13. Flashlight: A case for holding dead batteries.

14. God gave you toes as a device for finding furniture in the dark.

15. When you go into court, you are putting yourself in the hands of twelve people who weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty.

“In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these.” — Paul Harvey

Click this icon to read Pat Naeder's "Medical Advisor" article for February.

Medical image Lets Talk Brain Nutrition.
By Pat Naeder

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The Trumpet
 wishes these friends a very 
Happy Birthday!

(To get on our Birthday List, please email Ellen (Lutter) Petersen)

(If your Birthday is in these months,
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Present      FEBRUARY
1) Frances Fehlhaber (Coronato) THS‘65
3) Everett Hannah ‘55
3) Larry Morgan ‘59
3) Kathy Buckley (Fuchs) ‘58
3) Lynne Woll (Layman) ‘60
6) Susan M. Edwards (Toran) ‘68
6) Rose Drill (Peterson) ‘63
6) TimCampbell ‘64
7) James Vance ‘60
7) Betty Brower (Selby) ‘57
8) Roseann O’Neill (Provino) ‘60
9) Margaret Buckley ‘67
10) Florence Bothwell (Cosby) ‘60
11) Herbert Bradley ‘59
11) Margaret Larsen (Rasweiler) ‘58
12) Les Walter ‘59
12) Norman Ellis ‘56
16) Dorothy Preuss (Pastalove) ‘60
17) Sheryl Goble ‘65
18) Alex (Dee) DeFazio ‘61
18) Barbara Gerke (Galter) ‘60
18) Dick Ainsworth ’51 (JuneTHS)
19) Dianne Hunter (Petersen) ‘60
19) John Werbacher ‘59
20) Steve Truzzolino ‘71
20) Karen Johnsen (Rhoades) ‘67
20) Christine Brenneck ‘67
21) Patricia Mazurek (Behary) ‘59
22) Eileen Austin (Ainsworth) ‘51
23) Eileen Velten (Andersen) ‘58
23) Doug Nielsen ‘49
24) Irene Griffiths (Tedesco) ‘59
24) Arthur Port ‘62
24) Barbara Hallstrom (Cavallaro) ‘57
25) Sharon Pedersen (Olsen) ‘63
25) Judy Kress ‘60
25) Judith Murray (Larson) ‘62
25) Richard Dischinger ‘60
25) Joe Maurizio ‘67
27) Ted Hunter ‘57
28) Keith R. Hanson ‘73
29) Dennis Reid ‘74

Present MARCH
1) Barbara Maturse Lexington HS,MA‘69
2) Ruthann Bridge THS‘62
2) Jan Pistek‘65
4) Ivy Shulman (Hurwitz) ‘66
5) Karen Halbert‘60
6) Joan Austin (Geier) (June) ‘51
6) Linda Wikstrom (Moran) ‘60
7) Ellen Lutter (Petersen) ‘60
9) Kathy Reinhold (Torgersen) ‘67
9) William Keller‘62
10) Jeanet TeUhler (Springstead) ‘59
10) Laura Schnurr (Pope) ‘74
12) Theresa "Tammy" Muller (Brown) ‘65
13) Mr.Robert Katz (retired English Teacher-THS‘53-‘66)
14) John Rodi‘60
14) Dan Spellacy‘67
14) Frani Longo‘65
14) Patricia Campbell (Schild) ‘65
15) Donna Barcia‘73
16) Patricia Argenziano‘60
16) Patricia Ann Brennan (Baeza) ‘58
17) Patrick Cleary‘58
19) Conrad McDowell"Mac"‘59
19) Tom Pynn‘60
20) Earl Morey‘62
20) Robert Conmy‘68
20) Bill Lidell‘58
21) Ernie Friese‘60
21) Rick Thompson Brooklyn Tech‘64
23) Anita Sanchez (Bosley) THS‘60
24) Curt Olsen‘63
25) Elaine Hugo (Tillitson) ‘61
25) Peter Barton‘67
27) Gerald A. Sorensen‘50
27) Mariann Schmitt (Cleary) ‘62
28) Karen VanArsdale (Culbert) ‘59
28) Roy Lykes‘65
28) Linda Koy (Lago) ‘68
29) Jim O‘Dea‘60
30) Ted Rice‘57
31) Patricia Ritchie (Bodnar)

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