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•   Stephen Holzel  1/13
•   John Taylor  1/5
•   Jan Holt (Wright)  1/4
•   Anne Ramee (Bennett)  10/25
•   Jose Ignacio Calleja  9/14
•   Christie Calder (Salomon)  9/14
•   Marilyn Yinger (Corvin)  8/14
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UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS



•   Diana Russ (Harmon)  1/23
•   Richard Ross  1/24
•   Pat Kaveny (Gullord)  1/26
•   Donna Lake (Wright)  1/26
•   Jane Roberts (Borrelli)  1/27
•   Leroy Wilkinson  1/28
•   Jane Taylor (Cook)  1/29
•   John Taylor  1/29
•   Diana Crane (Harris)  1/30
•   Pete Morrison  1/31
•   Gene Mazzola  2/2
•   Barbara Cross (Gachot)  2/4
•   Carl Heineck, MHS '59  2/4
•   Jane Hall (Manning)  2/5
•   Mildred Ferrara (Scola)  2/9
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WHERE ARE THEY NOW


MISSING CLASSMATES


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WHERE WE LIVE


Who lives where - click links below to find out.

8 live in Arizona
18 live in California
4 live in Colorado
12 live in Connecticut
2 live in District Of Columbia
34 live in Florida
11 live in Georgia
1 lives in Hawaii
2 live in Idaho
1 lives in Illinois
1 lives in Kansas
4 live in Maine
6 live in Maryland
12 live in Massachusetts
2 live in Michigan
2 live in Nebraska
2 live in Nevada
4 live in New Hampshire
96 live in New Jersey
1 lives in New Mexico
19 live in New York
9 live in North Carolina
4 live in Ohio
3 live in Oregon
12 live in Pennsylvania
1 lives in Rhode Island
11 live in South Carolina
1 lives in South Dakota
1 lives in Tennessee
4 live in Texas
2 live in Utah
1 lives in Vermont
1 lives in Virgin Islands
7 live in Virginia
2 live in Washington
1 lives in West Virginia
1 lives in Ontario
2 live in Norway
1 lives in Spain
1 lives in United Kingdom
57 location unknown
82 are deceased

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Are you tired of thinking about raging political issues?  Here are some more neutral questions to ponder – thanks to Gene MazzolaGene is a chemist associated with the University of Maryland.  You can contact him at emazzola@umd.edu

  1. What might cause double vision? After developing double vision, Gene noticed that the effect was especially “spectacular” when he flew over the Grand Canyon and saw all its rocky features doubled and far separated.  What was the cause? At first, Gene thought the double vision was related to cataracts but an ophthalmologist told him that double vision is common in seniors, like us, where the eyes can no longer completely rotate outward to see far-away objects.  Fortunately, this inability to focus was corrected easily with an eyeglass prescription that completely eliminated the double vision.

 

  1. Are you right-handed or left-handed?  Does your hair swirl clockwise or counter-clockwise? Gene explains that a little-known relationship exists between a person’s “handedness” (left-handed or right-handed) and whether that person’s hair whorl swirls in a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction. (A “hair whorl” is a patch of hair growing in a circular direction around a center point, as on the top of the head.)  Gene says, “I've been reading about this for over a decade, although very little material exists.  I have spoken to most of my colleagues at both the University of Maryland and in the NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) community, and have only encountered 2 other people who knew about this phenomenon… . I continue to be amazed that virtually no one knows anything about this relationship.”

To read more about “Handedness and Hair Whorls” click on “Gene Mazzola papers” in the blue sidebar on the left side of the home page.  It is the 12th item from the top.

 

  1. How do you cross your arms over your chest?  How do you cross your legs?  Gene writes, “I have also been thinking about common actions that may be influenced by whether we are right- or left-handed.Specifically, how do people fold their arms when they cross them across their chests?   I've noticed that when I do this, the fingers of my right hand are visible while those of my left are tucked under my right arm.  Obviously, the trick is to fold one's arms quickly and not think about it.  I've also folded them in the opposite way, and I have to work at it, and it feels odd.  Crossing one's legs when sitting could be another action that is influenced by handedness. 

What do you think?  You can contact Gene at emazzola@umd.edu

 

 

THE PLACE WHERE I WAS BORN

by Roxine Clark Garriss, MHS '60

A friend of mine from the Bay Area where I used to live, called me and said he was doing a story about Montclair, N.J. I asked why, and he said that he's been told that it has become the 'Park Avenue' of New Jersey. I thought about that for awhile and thought of Whoopi Goldberg on The View who commented recently about the "glories of a town in New Jersey called Montclair" where she has friends who've opened a diner/restaurant there. Then, HGTV did a bit on our town. All of this has reminded me of the 'glories' of living and being raised in Montclair. I went to Glenfield school from Kindergarten to the 8th grade. I learned how to ride my bike in Glenfield Park. I remember on Woodland Ave. watching older Italian men playing bocci ball and the smells of good cooking coming from the many homes in the 4th ward. Once a year there was what was called 'the Italian Feast' which was held on Pine Street by a large Catholic Church. A parade of the Virgin Mary and other saints, all of the food vendors and crowds of people were so exciting. I'm sure a lot of you will remember these times.

I remember the camaraderie of all the students at Glenfield, and Montclair High. Remember the first prom at Glenfield, the fourth of July fireworks, ice skating at Edgemont pond. My dad was raised in Montclair, skated the same pond, graduated from the same school. So much to remember about home. I'm proud of the fact that I've these wonderful memories. My PCP doctor is a young woman from Fort Lee, NJ and when she asked where I was from (because I don't have a southern accent here in Atlanta) and I told her, she replied, "really nice area!" I guess Montclair is the Park Ave. of NJ.

 

Welcome to the MHS '60 Website!

December 25, 2019

Happy Holidays to everyone!

 

Do you remember our wonderful holiday concerts at MHS?    What amazing music teachers we had!

This photo come from the Class of 1958 yearbook, so we would have been sophomores in this picture.


Here's the same photo a little closer up.  Maybe you can recognize yourself or a friend in the balcony.

 

 

Here's the program from the Christmas Concert when we were seniors. If you were in one of the Glee Clubs or in Madrigals, you might remember some of these songs.  You might even remember the words!

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The  back page of the program says that it was printed by Rutan's Print Shop.

 

 

Now for some great news!  You can hear two selections from this program by clicking on this link mhsclassof1961.50megs.com

The site was created by Wayne Hansen, Class of '61, who is a guest member on our '60 website.  Many thanks to Wayne for sharing it with us.

You will be able to hear the Glee Clubs singing Silent Night along with a reading by Gary Wood.  Friends of Gary will enjoy hearing his voice again.

You will also be able to hear the Combined Choruses singing the Hallelujah! Chorus.

 

Here's what you do:

Click on this link mhsclassof1961.50megs.com. Then look in the blue sidebar for  "Class Document Files" at the bottom of the list.  Click there. On the "Additional Documents" page, click on the "Documents" link.  You will find two selections from the 33 1/3 record that was made of the 1959 Christmas Concert: the Hallelujah Chorus & Silent Night. You will recognize them easily with their purple "musical notes" icon.  Click on each one to be taken back to the 1959 concert.

Wayne Hansen says, "Around 2006, I recorded the complete record album onto a CD disc.  For any of your class members who may be interested in this special piece of our public school experience, I am willing to make additional copies. The blank disc is about 50 cents each, my time is free. Just let me know.'

N. Wayne Hansen, 39 Janock Road, Milford, Massachusetts. 01757

Home Phone: (508) 473-1280, Cell Phone: (508) 414-3616

Primary Email: whansen43@juno.com

 

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Here's how Rick Boschen spent Christmas Day

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Yesterday, with my stepson I was on the Chesapeake Bay in his heated Sun Ray Boat.  This fun ride was after Santa visited his son.

 

 

 

60th Reunion in 2020?  Still nothing ..........

We have a considerable amount of money in our class fund.  Should we let it just sit in the bank in case somebody wants to plan a reunion in Montclair?  Should we rethink the way we do reunions?  Should we join forces with another MHS class? Should we split up the money and let classmates plan mini-reunions in various parts of the country? Should we use the money to establish a Class of 1960 Scholarship for MHS students?  All ideas are welcome!  Scroll down to the very bottom of this page to review the survey results.

 

The survey is still posted on this websiteIt takes only a few minutes. If you've already completed the survey, THANK YOU!  If you haven't, just click on "2020 Reunion Survey" -- 3rd item from the top in the blue sidebar on this page.  MANY THANKS!

 

 

 

MHS FOOTBALL

Have you ever wondered how MHS has fared in football since our day? Would you like to see a complete history of every MHS football team from 1896 through 2019?   Thanks to Russ Krauss for sending a link to Montclair Football Year-by-Year Results: A compilation of MHS football year-by-year results, achievements, and notes. Over the years, MHS has won 26 State Championships, has been nationally ranked 11 times, enjoyed 13 undefeated seasons, and won 13 League Championships. 

https://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/montclair-mounties-(montclair,nj)/football/records/year_by_year_results.htm

 

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I've moved a few things around --

I moved four of David Appleton's stories to the  "Stories From My Past" section. (Click on it in the blue sidebar on the left side of the home page, 6th item from the top.)  

In Spit Valve Humiliation, we see David auditioning to play the trumpet in the Watchung Elementary School Bend.

In Good Humor Man Career we drive with David on his ice cream truck.

In Patsy's and the Allure of New York: Bringing in the '60s, we join David and his buddies on a drinking expedition to New York City.

Since we are all about 77 years old, there must be a lot of good stories from our past out there, just waiting to be told.  If you have your own stories to share, please send them to me (Linda), and I will add them to the site.

 

If you're looking for Jack Brigham's, Ralph Davidson's, or Lawrence Robinson's genealogy stories, just click on "Genealogy" in the blue sidebar on the left. If you have your own genealogy stories to offer, I'll be glad to add them any time.

If you'd like to write a memoir about a family member or friend, there's a link to a "Family and Friends Memoirs" section, also in the blue sidebar. Brad Stark's memoir of his father is in that space. Please feel free to write about someone important to you.

There's plenty of room for new contributions from you!

 

Looking back to graduation 

Here's the 9th grade graduating class from Mt. Hebron.

(The photo is split up into 3 parts, kindness of Rick Boschen).

How many classmates can you name?

 

 

Mt. Hebron Update:

Mt. Hebron is now officially "Buzz Aldrin Middle School.  It is a STEM magnet school (Science, Technology, Engineering and math) with an enrollment of about 640 students in grades 6-8.

There have been quite a few changes in the Montclair Public School System since "our day."  Take a look at their website https://www.montclair.k12.nj.us/  To see the website of your old school, find the black horizontal band at the top of the page and click on "Select a School."

Here are a few changes that I noticed:

- Edgemont Elementary (K-5) is now a Montessori School. 

- Nishuane (K-2) feeds into Hillside (3-5).  Both have a Gifted and Talented focus.

- Edgemont and Hillside both feed into Glenfield Middle (6-8) which is a Visual and Performing Arts magnet school.

Charles H. Bullock (55 Washington St.) is an elementary school with an environmental science theme.  It feeds into Renaissance at Rand Middle School.

Bradford, Northeast, and Watchung elementary schools all feed into Buzz Aldrin Middle (formerly Mt. Hebron Jr. HS)

George Inness Jr. HS is now the "9th Grade Academy."  It houses the entire 9th grade for MHS in what is now called George Inness Annex. 

Here's the Feeder diagram so you can see for yourself!

While you're at it, check out the courses that MHS offers these days at https://mhs.montclair.k12.nj.us/academics/course_syllabi

Scattered among all the old familiar courses are titles that show how times have changed: Robotics, African-American Literature, Satire and Protest Literature, Environmental Science, Forensic Science, Global Studies, Women of the World, Digital Design, Mandarin, and more!

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Surely you recognize this man. 

But do you know WHERE he is? 

 

 

Lawrence Robinson alerts us to a recent article in The Montclair Dispatch entitled

"Lost in History: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Visit to Montclair High School." 

 

The article of September 11, 2018 begins:

52 years ago, during a firey time in the United States and around the world, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made a controversial visit to this very town, possibly at the peak of his notoriety. Just two years prior to his assassination and untimely death, King arrived in Montclair, making town history by stopping into the Montclair High School band room.

The article tells how Dr. King went to Montclair to speak to a local church congregation.  But so many people in the larger community wanted to hear him speak that he appeared first in the high school gym, and later spoke to the church congregation in the high school auditorium. As he waited in the MHS band room before going onstage, protesters were demonstrating outside on Park Street. A plaque commemorating Dr. King's speech at MHS has been placed in the band room.

The entire article gives you a good sense of the mood in Montclair in 1966, six years after our graduation.  You can read the whole article here:

https://montclairdispatch.com/lost-in-history-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-s-visit-to-montclair-high-school/?fbclid=IwAR0o0uJdQj88pTuz9AywzCx9nJqGiKj4cyBC4gpJGuBgxbydH0Pi4qbePqI

Thank you, Lawrence, for sharing the article with all of us.

 

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Reunion Survey for 60th Reunion in 2020

33 classmates have responded to our Reunion Survey. (If you haven't returned the survey yet, click on "2020 Reunion Survey" -- the 3rd item from the top in the blue sidebar on this page.) 

Here's a brief summary of what we have learned so far. Please feel free to respond with comments or more ideas about what kind of reunion you would like to have. (Email Linda.andre@verizon.net or use the "Post a Comment to the Class" on the "What's New" page described above.) 

1. Of the 33 responders, 27 said they would "absolutely" or "probably" attend a reunion.  However, many classmates have not responded to the survey. Does this mean most classmates are not interested in a reunion? Or ambivalent? If so, should we rethink the way we have always done reunions? For example, should we "downsize" and have a dinner at a private room in a restaurant instead of renting a hall with a DJ? Join forces with another MHS class? 

2. Classmates who said they would not attend explained that they did not want to travel because of health or financial issues, or because they didn't like high school very much. Some preferred to "let the past stay in the past."

3. Spring and Fall were the preferred times of year for a reunion.

4. A weekend or long weekend was preferable to mid-week.

5. Most said they would attend both daytime and evening events although some said they would attend evenings only.

6. Most said they would be able to drive to events (day or night) although some indicated that they would be more interested in excursions to places outside of Montclair if they did not have to drive. Can local classmates suggest some interesting places to visit? 

7. The great majority favored casual, informal, events with open seating and opportunities to mingle and roam. (Many people mentioned the wonderful atmosphere at our Friday night gatherings at Warren's house.) Again, can local classmates suggest suitable places for daytime gatherings?

 

More individual comments from various classmates:

Offer a FaceTime Virtual reunion with people who can't make the trip.

Hold the reunion dinner at a hotel location so people don't have to drive somewhere else.

Keep the price low so that everyone feels welcome.

How about having some programing on Sat. night (at dinner or cocktail party) that would mold us into a group rather than individual islands of "old" high school friends? Ice-breaking activities that would highlight individual personalities, experiences, and interest and get us moving around? One reward that I took away from previous reunions was meeting classmates with whom I had only a nodding relationship with in High School. I would like to have such opportunities repeated. We need activities to mix us up and introduce unexpected common threads.

I vote for no loud music that makes conversation during the greeting period or dinner an insurmountable challenge. 

A balance between non-program time and group togetherness would work for me.

A visit to the High School on a Friday if that could be arranged. Perhaps ask if small numbers of us could observe a class to see how technology is used in classrooms today? Or perhaps we could use a high school classroom for interesting discussions among ourselves? We have a lot of money in our class account. Should we think about contributing to the High School's Scholarship fund?

 

Offers to help: We have quite a few people who have offered to help by phoning,  emailing, texting, sending postcards to classmates, or helping in other ways to spread the word about reunion and encourage classmates to come. They are: Don Lefelar, Rick Boschen, Donna Lake  Wright, Paul Doran, Gene Mazzola, Barry Hampton, Christie Calder Salomon, Rob Rutan, Michael Pecherer, and Susan Becker Knight.

 

However, at this point we do not have any information for them to disseminate! In order to have a reunion, we need to have a group of planners who could make some decisions about when and where it will be, and what kind of activities we would like to have. For most of our reunions, a group of Montclair area classmates met togther to enjoy each other's company and plan an engaging reunion weekend. Last time, there were no physical meetings -- everything was discussed and decided by email between committee members across the country.

The software system that operates this website (ClassCreators.com) also offers very straightforward FREE online systems for Event Planning (posting information, registration, taking payments, making nametags, etc.) This might be an option for classmates who would like to help and are comfortable with the computer. 

So far, three classmates have offered to help with some aspects of reunion planning, but we clearly need more help to make a reunion happen.

Warren Ross has again offered to host a Friday night gathering at his Montclair house and reserve the golf course. Thank you Warren!

Barbara Mansell Ramsay, who served as treasurer on previous reunion committees has offered to help again. Thank you Barbara!

Delores Morton Munford has offered to help organize the reunion. Thank you Delores!

 

 

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Are you looking for old reunion photos?  You can still see all of them in the "Photo Gallery" section of this website. 

Click on "Photo Gallery" in the blue sidebar directly under "Home Page."  You'll come to a long list of "galleries."  Scroll all the way down until you see a lot of square pictures with paperclips in the corner.  The 2016 reunion photos are organized in two groups.  The 1st "gallery" is called "2016 Reunion - Friday."   The 2nd gallery is called "2016 Reunion - Saturday." 

Each photo gallery has up to 12 photos per page, and there may be several pages in a gallery, so be sure not to miss any. If you need help telling who's who, just hold your mouse over the photo and a caption should appear. Click on the photo if you want to enlarge it.

 

Do you have any reunion (or other) photos to share?  We welcome them all. If you want to post them yourself, click on the place at the bottom of any gallery page where is says, "Create Your Own Photo Gallery here. You should see instructions that tell you how to upload your own photos.

Don't like your picture?  If you would like me to remove a photo, just let me know which one, and I'll be happy to take it off the website. (Linda.andre@verizon.net)

If you'd like me to upload your photos, that is fine. Just send them  to me and I will be happy to post them on the website  for you. (Linda.andre@verizon.net) 

What would you like to tell your classmates about reunion weekend? Send me your stories, thoughts, memories, and I will post them here.

 

 

This is a "mini-notebook" that we gave out at the reunion so that everyone would have a place to jot down a name, address, or email address during the evening. It is about 3-3/8 by 4-1/4 inches and fits easily into a pocket.  There are lined pages inside. We have about 24 left over. If you would like one, let me know and I will send it to you using our leftover stamps. Be sure to send me your correct address!

 

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SENIOR YEARBOOK PICTURES

We now have all the pages of our senior yearbook pictures posted on this website, thanks to Gene Mazzola, who brought me his yearbook to be scanned  To see them all, just go to the blue sidebar on the left side of this page and click on Senior Yearbook Photos. Many thanks to John Sproston for initiating this project, and to Gene and Chris Graber for providing pages.

 

Would you like to find out whether other classmates share your special interests or activities? For example, I teach ESL (English as a Second Language) to adult students and would love to find out whether any other classmates do the same. Let me know if you have special interests that you would like me to publicize on this website.

 

HOW TO SEND MESSAGES THROUGH THIS WEBSITE

We'd like to hear from you!

If you'd like to send a message to the whole class:

1. Go to the "What's New" page at the very top of the blue margin on the left side of this page.

2. Look for the gray box on the top that says "Post a Comment to the Class."

3. Write your message in the box that says "Share Your Thoughts with Classmates."

4. Include a photo or video if you like (that would be great!)

5. Click on the blue "Post Message" box.

 

If you'd like to send a private message to a Classmate:

1.Go to the classmate's profile page.  (Click on "Classmate Profiles" near the top of the left-hand blue margin on this page.)

2. Click on the envelope icon directly under the photo box where it says "Send [classmate's name] a private message." 

3. When you get to the message screen, type in your subject and message in the boxes.

4. Click the blue "Send private message" box.  That's all you have to do!  It's easy!

 

Guest Members on this website

It is now possible for a member of another MHS class to join our website as a "Guest Member."  Guest Members will be able to have their own profile page and they will be able to send and receive messages through the site. They will be able to remain guest members as long as they do not harass any class member or post objectionable material. If a member of another MHS class wishes to become a Guest Member, he/she should contact me directly to request guest membership and I will enter his or her information in the site's database and provide information about how to sign up. Nobody will be able to join the site without going through that process. If you have questions or concerns, please let me know. (Linda.andre@verizon.net)