Dear Wheatley Wildcats and Other Interested Persons,

Welcome to The Wheatley School Alumni Association Newsletter # 44.

I hope that you and yours are all safe and healthy during this unprecedented, turbulent, difficult time.

I am not aware of any Wildcats or their families suffering ill health due to the current Covid-19 pandemic … but that does not mean that there aren’t any.

Unfortunately, despite 31 people having already responded affirmatively, I had to postpone indefinitely this year’s Wheatley School Alumni Association NYC Luncheon, which had been scheduled for Tuesday, April 7, 2020 (a hill of beans in a world of immense suffering, but a shame nonetheless).

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I edit all submissions, even material in quotes, for clarity and concision, without any indication thereof. I am a card-carrying member of the American Civil Liberties Union, and I do not censor ideas, which often are not the same as mine (although I do filter out the occasional personal attack, if it goes beyond mere disagreement or criticism). Particularly given the current political climate, with its deep divides, please remember that I am not taking sides or advocating for or againstany thing or any one, I am only forwarding what people send me.

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I welcome any and all photos relevant to The Wheatley School and the people who taught or studied (and in some cases, both) there. Currently, I am particularly looking for photos of the 1960s Physical Fitness Teams. The Marine Corps photographed the teams at certain area competitions, and the team members received copies. Please help me find and publish them.


Another Response to the Holocaust Letter of Viktor Glaser (Father of George, 1965, and Tom, 1968)

1967 – Richard Mark Friedman – “These accounts strike a deeply emotional chord with me, due to my religion and that my father's family was able to get out of there way before the shit really hit the fan. We are all connected by our humanity. This MUST never be forgotten. Accounts of a nightmarish world so horrible that it could not possibly have been imagined must always be kept in the forefront because it could sadly, tragically, so easily happen again. All the ingredients are there, just not in place yet. But its growing.”



Coach William Stevenson - Remembered

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Marc Messing (1965), Coach Stevenson, Ward Seibert (1965) and Bob Maurer (1965).

Writes JohnWarde (1967) – “Coach Bill Stevenson was a great influence on me in many venues. My first remembrance was at North Side School during his tenure as a gym teacher. After graduation I had a wonderful relationship with him at Nassau Community College, as I was an education major and he was an instructor in health as well as a coach. We didn't just speak of sports, but life in general. At that point in my life I was disappointed that I had to attend NCC and couldn't get a full ride for athletics nor afford elsewhere. He picked up my spirits and explained that effort and dedication would get me where I was destined. When I later told him I was attending Hofstra for my BA, I asked him if he would follow, as he had done from grade school on. We enjoyed a good chuckle. I will fondly miss a wonderful human being.”

Writes a former Wildcat athlete – “Wheatley was very lucky to have Mr. Stevenson as a teacher and a coach.His wisdom and fairmindedness made those of us who played on the teams he coached do our very best.”

Matthew Haig Raves about Fazila Lalani and the Class of 1998

Matt posted the following on Facebook – “THIS POST should get the very WIDEST circulation possible ... because the FINE PEOPLE WHO INSPIRED IT represent the very best of PEOPLE THE WHEATLEY SCHOOL has ever produced. These were a group of young people who graduated into The World more than twenty years ago, ‘students’ who did so much more than score well on their standardized tests. They soaked in lessons of human decency and caring, both from their wonderful homes, and from the nurturing environment in their schools. They are THE WHEATLEY SCHOOL, CLASS OF 1998. One of their own, the extraordinary, Dr. Fazila Lalani, is an Emergency Room physician serving today courageously at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Forest Hills. Last night, Fazila wrote as follows:

‘When I arrived for my overnight shift last night, there were ten ambulances lined up outside to bring patient after patient into the ER. My heart sank. I put on my Personal Protective Equipment, layer by layer, which I’m guessing is what putting on armor before war must feel like. But before I could sit down to pick up my first patient, I received a telephone call announcing, ‘you’re delivery is here!’

What Fazila went to discover was that HER CLASSMATES ... HER DEAR AND LASTING FRIENDS...had generously donated food that in this Sweet Angel’s own words, ‘not only fed the entire hard-working ER Staff- doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists - but also the internal medicine residents busting their butts in the ER with us, the cleaners, clerks and ambulance drivers ... Thank you all so much! WHEATLEY CLASS OF 1998 ... You are ALL Rock Stars ... Fazila, Sweetheart, You ARE truly One of God’s Angels, and You Inspire Me to Love Better, and More Fully. Wes Berkowitz, My Dear Friend ... if it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t know Facebook from the Phone Book. Say Something, Good Brother.  I Love You. Stay Safe and Apart, Dear Friends ... while you take this opportunity to Grow Forever Closer.”



1958 – Edward Brown – Organization Man

Writes Ed – “Art, and fellow Wildcat alumni, After reading the continuing coverage of the Glaser letter, with its references to antisemitism, I wanted to provide a bit of information for those who might not be aware. “There is an organization called AJC – The American Jewish Committee. “It is a world-wide organization with dozens of regional offices, both here in the States and in many other countries. “It is an extremely active organization, dedicated to fighting hatred and antisemitism, radicalism and extremism, and it promotes human rights and interreligious relations throughout the world. “I know about this because my significant other, Nancy, has become extremely active in it, and in fact, is now the Palm Beach County, Florida Regional Director. I strongly urge everyone to check it out. It is a fantastic organization doing what we truly need so much these days. You can find it at Stay safe!!” ED (WHS Class of ’58 – the “First Class”)”


1959 - Mark Randell – Keeping Young

Writes Mark – “Thanks for Viktor Glaser’s amazing Holocaust letter. My wife's mother is 99; she lived in Latvia and most of her family got out before the Germans took over. The letter is very moving; I passed it on to my family. No one should ever forget what happened.

I'm almost 79 and still working running a business full-time. Keeps me young. Not many of my classmates respond to your Newsletters. I enjoy them. I'm living in Tulsa, Oklahoma and have been since 1959, having graduated from The University of Tulsa with a BS and a BA in management. I worked for 21 year as VP for Operations for Fabricut Inc. Fabricut is one of the largest distributors & designers, importers of drapery/upholstery fabrics, based in Tulsa, OK. They own several companies in that business. They first started with a small retail store in Huntington, LI, NY called Textile Fair, owned by Joseph Finer. That's a story in its self.

I retired in 1989; opened a restaurant; and retired again eight years later. I had had loads of fun hunting and fishing for three years, but finally it got boring, so I went back to work as the General Manager of a Department of Motor Vehicles office, which I’ve been doing for 17 years and love. KEEPS THE MIND SHARP. I have 2 sons and 4 grandkids. That's my brief autobiography. I hope some of my old classmates will respond.”


1961 – Marty Mahler – Remembered by James Wallach (1969)

Writes Jim – “So sorry to learn of Marty Mahler's passing. He showed great kindness to me during my Willets Road school days (he lived across the street), helping me learn baseball skills. And later, in my adult life, when we found each other again and, once again, he helped me, this time with my golf game. I have wonderful memories of a kind and generous man.” 

1961 – GeneRazzetti – Fast Times at Wheatley High

Writes Gene – “Art, Thanks for putting in the piece about Marty Mahler. He was one-of-a-kind. My mention of his ‘award’ for the most divorces at our 40th Reunion reminded me of a number of other happenings that weekend.

The award for having travelled the farthest went to Steve Bond, who traveled from France. Mark Luria, who lives in the UK, expected to get it. Mark always had a problem in Mr. Andrews’ World Geography Class. (Only kidding).

Tim Jerome and I shared the award for the most relocations. Tim is a prolific actor/producer, and his career has been, I’m sure, fascinating. However, I told everyone that Tim was being constantly relocated by the Witness Protection Program; and, after he blew his cover at the Reunion, his handler relocated him to a hardware store in Hackensack. (Only kidding again). Tim will have to provide the actual facts. For my part, I had been in the U.S. Navy for 27 years and was assigned to ship and shore commands all over the world.

Roger Sullivan received an award for being ‘the oldest.’ We were all 58 – Roger was 59. Fifty-nine looks pretty young right now.

After the awards, BariMittenthal Mears gave an unexpected tutorial about Animal Rights. She is clearly an expert and a zealot on the subject. However, ‘spaying’ and ‘neutering’ are not your normal after-dinner speech subjects. She then asked our Class Advisor, the legendary Mrs. ErmaBogert, to come up and say a few words. The only problem was that, when you’re 88, you don’t just ‘come up and say a few words.’ Mrs.Bogert tried to get up, but couldn’t. Her husband (who was 90) wasn’t too much help. I was sitting between my two best and funniest pals from way back when – JohnBuonocore and brother-in-law MikeCarillo. Mike leaned over to me and said: ‘Let me get this straight – Are we  supposed to save animals but kill old ladies?’ Mercifully, someone brought the  microphone to Mrs.Bogert.

Everybody’s friend, RichSaletan, was there. He was as outgoing, optimistic, and modest as ever; masking the fact that he was terminally ill. He developed the International Multiple Myeloma Foundation out of almost nothing, and worked prodigiously for it right to the end.

Mrs. JoanFeindler (Latin and French) was there. Lovely as ever, but by then small, frail, and using a cane after some number of strokes. I understand that she passed away soon after the Reunion. Another special lady.

Sunday, the East Williston School District sponsored a walk-a-thon. School memorabilia was on sale in the parking lot. I did the walk with Mr. and Mrs. Tom Cautela (Industrial Arts, Mechanical Drawing). I had to work to keep up with them. We talked about favorite teachers (like Mr.Frisone) and favorite coaches (like Mr. Brightman), and what they must have thought about us kids. The Walk started at Wheatley, proceeded to Willets Road; then to Northside; and then back to Wheatley for bagels and coffee. Police cars blocked the major roads while we crossed (thank heavens). Jump in, Classmates.”


1961 - RichardSaletan – Remembered by EugeneRazzetti (1961)

Writes Gene – “Attached is a piece that I wrote for the Class of 1961's 50th Anniversary Journal. The piece mentioned a memorial golf tournament that Rich's family put together in his name. They tried to raise money to fight the disease, but turnout was small, and it was a nasty, rainy, day. I'm guessing that not too much money was collected. However, when actor Peter Boyle (‘Everybody Loves Raymond’) subsequently died of multiple myeloma, the show's star (Ray Romano) held a multiple myeloma benefit in Hollywood in Boyle's name. That one did raise money. Here’s what I wrote in 2011:


1943 – 2008

Wheatley Class of 1961

Because our names were so close in the alphabet, Rich and I sat near each other in homerooms. We were also together in many classes. Rich was quiet, friendly, and unassuming, not a crowd-attracting athlete or a ‘big man on campus.’ His time had not yet come.

Rich came to our 40th class reunion in 2001 and we spoke then. At the time, both of us were winding down our working lives as independent management consultants and we talked about that. But Rich had Multiple Myeloma: a cancer in which abnormal cells collect in the bone marrow and form tumors.  Rich was already dying and he knew it.

But Rich never mentioned the cancer during our time together. Nor did he brag about the organizations he had founded, or how they grew into successes as they serviced Fortune 100 companies; not even about how he was able to retire long before many of the rest of us. He would never have talked about that, either.

He also never shared with his classmates how he used his management skills and acumen to develop and expand the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) as a member of its board of directors. Rich was responsible for the growth of the Foundation, not only in revenue but in its innovative programs. He helped to develop the ‘Myeloma Matrix,’ a comprehensive listing of drugs making their way through clinical trials. His sharpness and dedication also led to the ‘Myeloma Manager,’ a computer-based program for patient use. Rich also helped to create ‘Bank on a Cure,’ the world's first Myeloma-specific DNA databank, plus many other IMF programs, including patient & family seminars, publications, websites, hotlines, and support groups. He put into place an infrastructure that allows the IMF to grow and prosper, meeting the needs of Myeloma patients and their families around the world. Such was his legacy.

Rich’s wife, Susanne, told of many times when he would leave the dinner table to spend hours on the telephone personally counseling other Myeloma victims. He talked about his cancer only when it benefited someone else.  I met Susanne, their son Steve, and other family members in Charleston, South Carolina in 2009, when they inaugurated an annual memorial golf tournament in Rich’s honor that still continues today.

To learn about Rich and to meet his proud family only after his death was to realize, albeit late, the genuine greatness that sat quietly next to us so long ago at Wheatley.”


1962 – Virginia (“Ginny”)VoglVininetto (Deceased)– Fondly Remembered by Jeffrey Jacobs (1963)

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Writes Jeff – “I have such fond memories of a very sweet girl.

Here is a tiny photograph of us (probably taken in a photo booth), which serves as a warming reminder of what was a pure and honest friendship of spirit and humor, and it represents the best of my memories of those days. Ginny was a kindred spirit, and I hope our paths cross again. Jeff”


1965 – Glen Hammer – Big Bash At the Roslyn Country Club in 1961 (59 Years Ago!)

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Writes Glen - Let’s start with the guys, from left to right:

1. Roger (“Roddy”) Nierenberg

2. William (“Willy”)Lamparter

3. Thomas (“Tommy”) Ivey

4. Kenneth (“Ken”)Yagoda

5. Anthony (“Tony”) Napoli

6. Me, Glen Hammer

7. Mitchell (“Mitch”)Ditkoff

8. Malcolm (“Rusty”) McNeill

9. Edward (“Eddie”) Byrnes

Gals, from left to right:

1. Martha Weissberg

2. Wendy Weiss

3. CarenPutterman Bass

4. Beverly Messmer(?)

5. Priscilla Paulsen

6. GailWittkinSasso

7. Elizabeth (Liz) Stein

8. Marilyn Sherwin

9. Ellen Forman

10. ???

They were all wonderful kids to grow up with. Unfortunately, memories fade, and we seem to lose a lot of what we wish to remember. Most of the guys were on our Junior Varsity and, soon, Varsity sports teams. Tommy Ivey was one of my best friends; unfortunately, he died very young. The gals include some of my young heart throbs; but they were all so young and beautiful! I hope these[ photographs bring back memories to all in the pictures and those who knew us. Perhaps your readers can name the rest of the gals. Great times! Glen”


1966 – Kindergarten and First Grade – The Willets Road School

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First Row - ???, Joy Glaser, ???

Second Row - Kathy Walsh, Perry Gershon(?), Arthur Brown (1967), Bobby Eastman, ???

Back Row – Harvey Cohen, LindaRignel Bertani, DavidHurvitz, Jane Pullman, AlanOrling, Mitchell Kushner, KarenWieder(?), Suzanne Stone

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First Row:

Leslie GoldsteinOssim - ??? - Kathleen Walsh

Second Row:

SuzetteGershenson Gray - Karen Seidenberg - BarbaraZenker

Third Row:

Alice Wilkins - GayBarner - ???

Fourth Row:

Billy Stevens - AlanOrling - Ron Rapoport – ???


Peter Van Brunt – RobinShedrow - Arthur Brown (1967) - Larry Fox – Paul David (1965)

Right Side Row (R-L):

May Cohen - Laura Gordon - Maryellen Price Downs – DavidHurvitz

Teacher –Ms.Kaplar.

Writes Larry Fox – “The teacher’s hand on my shoulder was probably an effort to restrain me from engaging in some shenanigans, as opposed to a token of endearment.”


1966 – Laura Gordon – Then, Now, and In Between

Writes Laura – “I grew up on I. U. Willets Road, right across from the Willets Road School. I did my junior year of college abroad, in Spain, where I met my future husband. We married at Christmas 1970, and I have lived in Spain ever since; first in a town called Zamora, then 10 years in Toledo, and for the last 33 years in Madrid. I have 3 children and 10 grandchildren, from 14 years to 8 months (My youngest daughter has triplet girls 4 years and twin girls 8 months!).

I am still working full-time, for the last 21 years as a travel agent creating tailor-made tours for Americans traveling to Spain and Portugal. Right now we work from home, riding out these house-bound times due to this terrible virus. Madrid has been on lock-down for several weeks already. I hope that we only have another 2 weeks to go before attempting to return to something like normality.

Immediately below you will see me with all my grandchildren on my 71st  birthday last February! The photo is from my living room with views of all of Madrid! Best regards, Laura”

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1966 – RichardJalonack – Over There

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Writes sister CarolJalonack Blum (1961) – “Then Rick grew up, in a hurry.”


1967 – The 1961 East Williston Little League Baseball National League District 25 Champion All-Stars Photo - Redux

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Bottom Row, L to R: Bobby Scandurra, Chuckie Bell, DennisZacharkow, DrewOrione (with mascot, “little boy” Higgins), JimmyDeGroat, John Miller, ScottGeery. Top Row, L to R: LarryHanft, Richard Price, JohnWarde, PeterQuandt, Brian (or Sean) Higgins, FreddieHanft, DennisPensa. Coach on left is Clint Miller and coach on right is Mr.Orione. The team came in second to Rockville Centre in the Nassau County Championship Series.

Writes FredHanft (1967) – “Art: The awards for that 1961 East Williston Little League regular season were presented by the great Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella, who lived in Glen Cove. He’d been in a wheelchair since his terrible car accident in January 1958. The awards ceremony was a huge moment for Larry and I, as we were both named co-MVP, I think for fear that naming one of us over the other would have scarred the loser for the rest of his life! A lot of happy memories and great teammates, during both the regular season and the All-Star games.”

Writes PeterQuandt (1967) – “A tip of the hat to Bobby Scandurra for the Little League photo. And way to go with all the correct names! Although heartwarming to see the photo, all I can remember from that final game is that I couldn't ‘retire the side’ in the 5th or 6th inning with my fastball. I've since (but only recently) learned that you can't throw a fastball every time; sometimes a lob will soften up an adversary in a business meeting … or my grandson. Peter Quandt (the tall guy in the middle, who's never been ‘the tall guy’ in a picture since then.)”

Writes Bobby Scandurra (1967) – “I was hoping to get some response from that photo, and to get it from PeterQuandt, the absolute stud of the team, was great!”

Writes JohnWarde – “Seeing the shining faces in the Little League All-Star Team Photo, and reading the great comment by PeterQuandt, was such a joy.I had never seen an overhand curve ball like the pitcher from Rockville Center threw, only sliders like those from theHanft twins.I was mortified, to say the least. Life's lessons learned.”

Writes Art Engoron – “Here’s a quick rundown of some arbitrary, miscellaneous facts about all of them (a potted “Whatever happened to……”), mostly from memory, so I apologize in advance for any errors:

Bobby Scandurra recently retired from many years as a high-level state court judge and is living in Massachusetts.

Chuckie Bell became ‘Reverend Bell’ and is living on Long Island.

DennisZacharkow got into body building and health foods and was last heard from in Minnesota.

DrewOrione was last heard from married and living in upstate New York.

JimmyDeGroat worked with computers in upstate New York and passed away a few years ago.

John Miller died young in an explosion in a chemical plant in New Jersey.

ScottGeery is a metal sculptor and lives on Eastern Long Island.

LarryHanft lived in PA, was an insurance underwriter, and was killed when a motor vehicle struck him as he was walking.

Richard Price lives in CT and works in real estate.

JohnWarde is married and living in Fl.

PeterQuandt is married and a scientist in MA.

Brian (or Sean) Higgins is MIA, and any information would be greatly appreciated.

FreddieHanft, Larry’s twin, has an Accounting MBA and lives in NC.

DennisPensa married his high school sweetheart and classmate, DebbieSiracco, and they live on Long Island.


1967 – Mitchell Stephens – Son’s Opinion Piece, in the New York Times, about Covid-19

The New York Times recently published a fascinating article by Mitch’s son, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, the author of “Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are,” about the coronavirus and Covid-19:


1967 – Carl Wirth – Completes a Bucket List Item

Writes Carl – “Arthur, one of the great gifts of my life in attending Wheatley was having so many Jewish friends and classmates. Having attended St. Monica's in Manhattan before we moved to Mineola, my world was very Christian, at a time when the good nuns felt sorry for me because I was the kid who had a father that was Lutheran and even that was being almost a second-class Catholic. Thank God for Pope JohnXXlll … it wasn't until I was older that I learned that my Grandfather falsified papers to get people out of Germany in the '30s by claiming people were relatives to help them come to America. I recently retired as a high school history teacher, having taught elective courses on the Holocaust. Thank you for allowing this alumni newsletter to become a voice for people to share their family's stories, so we can all learn more, especially in times like this.

I recovered from my open heart surgery and kidney removal to be able before the virus crisis to complete one of my bucket list items: in early March I traveled to Texas to visit the Presidential libraries of LBJ and the two Bushes, so I have now made it to all of the Presidential Libraries. This may not seem like a big deal, but I'm sure Mr.Ehre will be proud of me. My own presidential library consists of back issues of The Wildcat and my notebook from when I was GO (“General Organization”) president at Wheatley (for alumni after 1968, that was what the student government was called in the early days at Wheatley); and yes, I still have the GO card I ripped up in protest in September of 1966 that might have led to my election, and my Freedom of the Grounds card autographed by SethBardo, and I have the promise of my sons that they will not throw the stuff away until I'm dead. I think my Wheatley Wildcat button and banner will be put on e-bay; watch for them, but hopefully not for a long time.

Why, you might ask, did I rip up my GO card? I’m glad you asked. As you might remember, in the mid-1960s guys were burning their draft cards to protest the Vietnam war. In my campaign speech to the school while running for GO President, I held up my GO card and said, ‘This is your GO card. What can you really use it for? It's basically worthless.’ I then dramatically ripped up my card. ‘I'll make it WIRTHWHILE.’ The assembled multitudes laughed, and in the election I pulled off an upset and won by about 28 votes. Classmate Ben Ross called me ‘Wheatley's own Al Smith.’ And we did make it WIRTH something: you could go to a Ranger or Knick game for $2.00; there were free movies: a discount to the Young Rascals concert in the Wheatley Gym; cheap tickets to our first computer dance. Yes, the 1966-67 school year was great …except for the football team going 0-8 again; but at least they scored more than one touchdown; which was the total during our junior year. Carl Wirth, 1967”


1969 – GeraldGersh – Fond Memories of the Nathanson’s House

Writes Gerry – “Nice hearing from Madlyn (‘Maddie’) Nathanson! ‘The Gang’ lived on her hilly lawn almost any spring/summer day. What a close, lucky group we had. As far as the Holocaust, my wife and I had the exact same experience as each other when we visitedYadVeshem in Israel few years ago. We entered and each of us went our own way. Perhaps unsurprisingly, we met each other at the end, near the exit doors. BOTH of us had only gotten through 20 minutes of it.”


1972 – JanetSchaffel – Appreciation by MarlaRomash, 1974

Writes Marla (in a Facebook Post) – “I missed this story (below) when it was in the Washington Post, but I saw it thanks to Arthur Engoron and his newsletter (# 43) for alums of The Wheatley School (of which I am proudly a member). By one of life's strange twists, JanetSchaffel became my doctor in DC for more than 20 years, long after we both attended Wheatley (she was two years ahead of me). I remain so grateful for her care and friendship. I'm in RI now, getting care from a woman-run practice no doubt inspired by doctors like Janet and Nancy and the docs who worked with them over many years. Good luck and best wishes to all.”


1975 – MarkLubin – Jazz Legends Play at Wheatley

Writes Mark – “Art, Some mid-1970s graduates may remember when one of the jazz giants recently lost to coronavirus, John Paul “Bucky”Pizzarelli, played at Wheatley. This is how it came about... Alan Peterson (also ’75) and I were both guitar enthusiasts, and we were kind of competitive musically. I got a Les Paul guitar and, not to be outdone, Alan somehow managed to arrange for the real Les Paul to come play at Wheatley. Les brought Bucky and they were terrific.

I met Bucky about 10 years ago, and I asked him if he recalled playing with Les at Wheatley. Bucky remembered the gig (or at least he was nice enough to say that he did).


Fan Mail,Coronvirus Thoughts, and a Few Email Addresses

Faculty (KarenBartscherer) – “Very enthusiastic kudos, Art, as you continue to provide an always delightful WHEATLEY Alumni Association Newsletter. As this current edition comes during the time of the coronavirus pandemic, most of us are most likely reading it while home, “social distancing.” How very excellent that you have built us a sturdy bridge to transport us not only back to days gone by but, also, to each other as we read words that bring immediately to our minds the matching faces and voices expressing them, activating the enduring bonds forged at Wheatley, cherished ever after. I often think about the profound impact so many Wheatley friends—colleagues, students, families—have had on me. The careful, thoughtful effort you make to craft these newsletters for us, Art, makes you one of those beautiful Wheatley impacts I really appreciate.”

Staff (Evelyn Barrow, mother of Peter, 1968, and Nancy, 1973, Barrow) – “Hello Art - A sincere ‘Thank You’ for creating and keeping this going. I am proud to have been part of the Wheatley from 1968 until 1978 as one of the Librarians in the then-titled ‘Study Center,’ a major passage-way smack in the center of everything (just east of the main lobby; where the guidance counselor and school psychologist offices used to be) --- an interesting concept, albeit sometimes tough to navigate. Esther Rothstein and I were an early example of successful job sharing, having worked alongside our Chief Librarian, Alice Rutenberg.Evy Barrow”


Staff (Wed Berkowitz, Guidance Counselor) – “Hey Art, Great issue, as always. You're welcome to publish my email address, GX900@AOL.COM.”


1959 (Mark Randell) – “Keep the Newsletters coming. You do a great job.”


1961 (DeborahKersteinBrosowsky) – “Once again I was caught up in all the comings and goings of the Wheatley family. I was saddened to hear about Marty Mahler’s death. I always remember his smile and real zest for life.

Regards and thanks to you and Keith. Stay well and safe.”


1961 (BariMittenthal Mears) – “Thank you Art. I must admit with the numbers of emails I receive daily in my work of animal rescue, I don't always read the newsletters. I want to but have to prioritize emails that are critical first and those for my enjoyment last. When I do read them I love them. Thanks to you and those who take the time to keep our memories and relationships alive. You do a fantastic job. I just read now the Marty Mahler (1961) story about the award for most divorces. I still see his glowing smile from those long ago days at Wheatley! He was fun and a friend to all. Sorry he has passed. The award and story was fun to read. I had no idea Marty was a periodontist … and so much more. Keep the newsletters coming, and please let people know that Covid-19 is not transmitted by dogs. Keep your dogs … they are part of the family. Bari”


1962 (RichardBuzen) – “Hey Arthur, great newsletter, as always.”


1962 (Gail (Annie) Wilkinson) – “Hi Art, Thanks for your ongoing meticulous attention to this undertaking. Your effort produces a wonderful diversion for us aging boomers to take a tour down memory lane. Those were the times to cherish -- so full of innocence, energy, and trust. Who could have predicted that we Wildcats and the rest of the world would have battle an invisible enemy that is much worse than war? I am hoping that we defeat the intruder very, very soon. Staysane and healthy.”


1963 (Cary Gluck) – “Art, Many thanks to both you and my fellow classmate Keith Aufhauser for all you have done to keep the Wheatley family together.”


1964 (DianeNissenfeld Moore) – “You’re the best, Art!”


1965 (Glen Hammer) – “You do a wonderful job on the newsletter, Art, and know that I truly appreciate it, as I am sure all others do as well.”


1965 (JeffreyOrling) – “Another interesting read.”


1965 (Carol TankersleyOzmer) – “WWW.WHEATLEYALUMNI.ORG. and which still has most of its original features, design work and color scheme.]


1966 (Lawrence Fox) – “Thanks for these terrific memories and all your great work. You are our collective answer to Proust’s Madeleine.”


1966 (Laura Gordon) – “Thanks for the Wheatley Newsletters, I love reading them!”


1966 (Donna Kenton) – “Thank you again, Art, for the time, effort and love that you put in to keeping the Wheatley community in touch. It’s even more important at this time of possibly the biggest challenge of our lives.”


1966 (Robert Sarnoff) – “ I, like everyone else, greatly appreciate your newsletters.”


1966 (CharlesTrantum) – “Thanks for the Alumni letters. I look forward to them, and I look forward to everyone getting together for the next luncheon (or dinner).”


1966 (Tami Weinstein Slade) – “Thanks, Art. Thank you so much for the work you do keeping these newsletters going. I so enjoy reading them. I’ve been meaning to reach out to you and express my appreciation. Stay well, healthy, and safe.”


1967 (Arthur Brown) – “Keep up the good work; it is nice to hear about Wheatley and the ‘old’ classmates. You should look into the AJC; it is a great organization that does a lot of good. My brother Edward (1958) and his wife Nancy are very much involved. Thanks again.  Arthur”


1967 (Ellen Frey Wineman) – “Arthur, I loved the pictures sent in by HeleneFeiner (1967) wearing the Cone of Shame! Best laugh I have had since this all started.”


1967 (Richard Mark Friedman) – “As much as I think I do, I probably have no idea how much of your time you sacrifice as a labor of love to publish the Newsletters.

Our years at Wheatley were very special. You have done an excellent job bringing that back AND taking it forward as well.”


1967 (ScottFrishman) – “Art, Another wonderful Newsletter as always!!! Certainly even more important in this perilous and often scary time. Best, Scott”


1967 (FredHanft) – “Take care and keep up all your good work. Fred”


1967 (PeterQuandt) – “Thanks for your continuing efforts on these Newsletters.”

1967 (JohnWarde) – “As always, thanks so much for all the time and effort you put into the Newsletter. Be well and stay safe.”


1968 (Mark Gross) – “Arthur, Thank you for all you have done to keep us all connected. Please forward my email address to anyone that might want to get in touch with me. I am now living in Newport Beach, California.”

1968 (GaryMatthesen) – “Artie! You can put my email out there. At my age, nobody would bother to hurt me. Keep up the great work! WE3SAIL@AOL.COM.”


1968 (Dr. Laurence (“Laurie”) Schiller) – “Art – thank you for the great newsletter (# 43). It is all the more important to me as we are all shut down for a while. I hope everyone stays safe.”


1970 (Cathy Gerson Lee) – “Thank you, Art!”


1970 (Jonathan Gold) – “U can include my email. Thanks for all u do. It’s wonderful to keep in touch. JGOLD49442@AOL.COM


1971 (Greg Suss) – “As always, Sir, your output on our behalf is amazing. Many thanks.”


1972 (RobinFreier) – “Thanks for doing this Art - I always enjoy the updates and interesting stories! Keep those newsletters coming - They’re so appreciated! Feel free to share my email - I always love hearing from people. ROBIN.FREIER@GMAIL.COM


1974 (Bob Berta) – “KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK...... a fun read.”


1981 (Marianne “Maro”Athans-Doundoulakis) – “Hi Arthur, Thank you for the newsletters. I enjoy reading them. I live in Greenwich, CT, with my husband and 2 high school children. Wishing all the best and stay safe and healthy.MaroAthans-Doundoulakis”


1982 (Ellen Greenfield Greenwald) – “Hi Art! Love these newsletters. My family and I are doing OK, hanging out in our home in CT. I work in marketing Broadway shows, so I am stressed about this crazy time! But love Wheatley and will always be a Wildcat!!!! Wishing everyone safety and health. XO, Ellen”


1998 (Mark Bittman) – “Thanks for all the time and effort you dedicate to the newsletters.”


2009 (Amanda Hartman) – “As always, but particularly during quarantine, a joy to read, Art. Thank you!”



That’s it for The Wheatley School Alumni Association Newsletter # 44. Please send me your autobiography before someone else sends me your obituary.


Arthur Fredericks Engoron

The Wheatley School Class of 1967





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