Dear Wheatley Wildcats and Other Interested Persons,

Welcome to The Wheatley School Alumni Association Newsletter # 46.

Public Service Announcements

Writes Donna Kenton (1963) – “Since 2012 I have been privileged to volunteer at The Innocence Project in New York City.  One of the things they do is help to free innocent people from prison, each one of whom has a heartbreaking story.  Netflix created a series called “The Innocence Files” about some of those stories, which is worth watching.  But this clip of Archie Williams (an innocent man who spent 37 years in prison for something he did not do) on America’s Got Talent is truly mind-blowing.  I hope our Wheatley community will watch it.

The Wheatley School Class of 1970 will have a virtual 50th-year Class Reunion via Zoom on June 20th, 2020 beginning at 7:30 pm EDT (4:30 pm PDT).  The organizers would much appreciate any help finding the following 1970 Wildcats:

Jeff Barrington Ron Duberstein Patricia Leich Philip Smerling Vincent Tarroja
Valerie Brocksopp Abby Frank Patricia Luzon Robin Smerling-deWolfe Jasmina Teodosijivic
Debra Caplan Gary Fuschillo Jill Malian Anna Sorletti Jean Tworkowski.
Christine Costello-Llewellyn Linda Goldstein Richard McKay Donna Spirakos-Heusner
Louisa (Marjorie) Davidson Janet Kracke-Perkins Robert Pedersen Lance Stein
Andrea Dezendorf Gary Kraemer Susan Portolano-DeLuca

Sandy Stoltz

Robert DiLorenzo Julie Kramer Ellen Silkes

Joseph Sypien

Please send any contact details for the above to: Joey (“Rocky”) Elterman at  or Janey Roeder at

The Underground Railroad on Long Island :  (Writes Art – “I don’t agree with everything in this article.”)

The Vanderbilt Motor Parkway:  A Long Island relic.

The Usual Words of Wisdom

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

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Norman J. Boyan – Wheatley’s First Principal at 98; Wife at 99

Writes Norm – “Art, Priscilla and I are still here (for now at least).  I just turned 98; Priscilla will be 100 in September.  We are still interested in Wheatley news.  Why wouldn’t we be?  Please feel free to share our email: Be well.  Norm”

1961 – Wheatley School Physical Fitness Team – National Champions!

Great Brooklyn Dodger catcher Roy “Campy” Campanella, disabled in car accident near his Glen Cove home, handing what apparently is the “Second in the Nation” trophy to 1965 graduate George Glaser at the 1961 National Marine Corps Physical Fitness Competition Awards Ceremony.

Left to right - Wheatley Athletic Director Frederick Brightman, Kenneth (“Tex”) Haher (1961), Jon Bagdon (1962), George Glaser (1965), Eddie Byrnes (1965), Alexander William Cullen (“Sandy”) MacLean (1961), Coach Irwin August, Marine.

Amazingly, Richard Strauss was able to obtain and contribute the following link to the 1961 Congressional Record (not a typo!) which describes (and to a significant extent misdescribes, let’s not forget who and what we are dealing with here) our home team’s triumph. The relevant portion, which is difficult to find and difficult to read, after talking about how American youth are becoming less physically fit and how the Marine Corps has a program to reverse this trend, reads [as edited for present purposes] as follows:

“Marine Corps Has Fine Physical Fitness Program

Extension of Remarks of Hon. Edwin B. Dooley of New York

In the House of Representatives, Wednesday, June 28, 1961

This year 104,000 students representing 265 high schools in the New York-New Jersey area participated in the program.  A total of 530 boys, representing 106 schools, participated in the competition during May 1961 at Newark State College, Hunter College and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY.  High team honors were awarded to the four-man team of Frederick Brightman, Irwin August , Jonathan Bagdon and Kenneth Haher, representing Wheatley High School, Old Westbury, Long Island, when they set a new physical fitness record of 2,017 points out of a possible 2,400.  Individual honors were awarded to Carlos Diaz of Bayonne High School, who placed first, scoring 554 points out of a possible 600.  George Glaser, representing Wheatley High School, placed second with 551 points, and Andy Simon, representing New Rochelle High School, placed third with 533 points.  On hand to present trophies were some of the all-time athletic greats – Roy Campanella, Kyle Rote [New York Football Giants running back and receiver], and Phil Rizzuto [New York Yankees shortstop].  The seven winners [?] are presently on a 2-day visit of the Washington area, with a planned visit to the Capitol.”

As Phil Rizzuto was want to declaim, “holy cow!”

1962 – Wheatley School Physical Fitness Team – Regional Champions!

This was at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, prior to the competition.

Front row left to right: Joe Iannotti (1962), Ed Byrnes (1965), Jon Bagdon (1962), George Glaser (1965), Richard Strauss (1965), and Malcolm (“Rusty”) McNeill (1965).

Back row: Coach Irwin August, Athletic Director Dr. Paul Nodell

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This was during the award ceremony.

Front row left to right: Coach Irwin August, Joe Iannotti (1962), Marine Maj. F. R. Kranince, Wheatley Athletic Director Dr. Paul Nodell.

Back row left to right: Malcolm (“Rusty”) McNeill (1965), Jon Bagdon (1962), George Glaser (1965), Richard Strauss (1965), Ed Byrnes (1965).

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Writes Joe Iannotti – “We were guests of the Yankees during a Yankee-Los Angeles double header at the stadium.  We met with some of the players in their clubhouse and we were introduced to the fans prior to both games.

Left to right: U.S. Marine Sergeant Ed Metcalfe, Dr. Paul Nodell, Ed Byrnes, Joe Iannotti, Tom Tresh (Yankee infielder), George Glaser, Richard Strauss, and Yogi Berra (Yankee catcher).

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Left to right: U.S. Marine Sergeant Ed Metcalfe, Dr. Paul Nodell, Ed Byrnes, Joe Iannotti, George Glaser, Richard Strauss, and Whitey Ford (Yankee pitcher)

Writes Joe –

“The current quarantine has enabled me to find the time to search through my memorabilia for pictures of the 1962 Wheatley Physical Team.

The Marine Fitness Test was initially designed to assess U.S. Marine recruits after a 13-week training course known as “boot camp.” The recruit had to earn a score of 300 or more in order to serve in the Marine Corps. During the Vietnam War, the U.S. Marine Corps, with the backing of President Kennedy’s Council on Physical Fitness, began administering the test to male high school students.  In 1962 the test consisted of six events.  Each event was scored on a graduated scale from 1 to 100 depending on how many “hits” you achieved performing the event (600 being the top score).  The Marine Corps issued a “Certificate of Athletic Accomplishment” to every male that achieved a score of 250 or more, but Wheatley only issued certificates to students achieving a score of 300 or more.

In my senior year Coach Irwin August asked me if I’d like to try out for the fitness team. He informed me that I had placed 3rd on the test at Wheatley for the second year in a row, with a score in the mid 500’s. Sounds like quite an accomplishment, right? Wow, was I wrong!

The test at Wheatley was administered in a much more relaxed manner than what was actually required by the Marines and as a result the scores were practically meaningless.  The six events included pushups (60 maximum), squat thrusts (41 in one minute), sit-ups (85 in 2 minutes), jump thrusts (95), a 300-yard shuttle run (timed), and pull-ups (18).  Each event had to be performed “Marine Style.”  For example, when doing push-ups you had to keep your back straight as a board at all times and your head facing forward at all times, your arms fully extended on the upswing and held for one full second, and the only thing touching the ground on the down swing were your toes, your hands, and the center of your chest touching the back of the marine’s hand.  To make matters worse, if your form was not perfect, the Marine counting your sets would simply repeat the previous number completed and continue to do so until you figured out what you might be doing wrong. Sometimes you had to do 70 push-ups to get credit for 56.

As a result, when Coach August administered the test during our initial workout, my score dropped to the low 400’s.  I also was shocked to find that the two guys that had scored higher than my initial score at Wheatley were 2 puny (or so I thought) freshmen, George Glaser and Richard Strauss!  As a matter of fact, with Ed Byrnes and Rusty McNeill, the team consisted of two seniors and four freshmen (where were all the sophomores and juniors?).  I was not at all surprised to see Jon Bagdon present (the other senior), because he was my role model at the time, but four freshmen?  It didn’t take me long to completely revise my views about puny freshmen.

With the expert guidance of Coach August we began learning the techniques required in each event, and our scores began to rise.  We trained on two events each day, and every Friday we would perform the entire test.  Scores would be tallied and our place on the team was recorded.  This was relevant because only five scores were counted at the competition at the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point; the 6th member of the team would be available to break any ties if necessary.  I usually placed 3rd or 4th, switching places with Jon mostly, but every member of the team, except for George and Richard, occupied 3rd to 6th at one point or another.  I remember it being odd that there never was competition between team members.  We were only competing against ourselves.  Each member was supportive of the others, constantly offering advice and tips.  I remember the guys as being among the finest gentlemen that I ever worked with, even to this day.

Finally, with the Kings Point meet only a week away, the day scheduled to determine which member would be the alternate arrived.  As luck would have it, I was ill at home with mononucleosis.  I was now the alternate of the team.  I remember having mixed emotions.  After all that sweat and hard work, my score would not be counted.  On the other hand, the pressure was off, and I also wasn’t sure if my illness would affect my ability to be competitive.  When I returned to school on Monday I was told that the team voted unanimously to give me a chance to be one of the members competing.  Unanimously!  One of the members would graciously lose their current spot if I succeeded.  I was dumbfounded but still anxious to give it a try.  The rules were simple: I had to outscore the current 5th place guy in each of the six events; the total score did not matter.  As I mentioned before, except for George and Richard, the remaining 4 members were constantly shuffling positions on the team, and I wasn’t sure which team member I would have to face.

Rusty McNeill.  What a gentleman and what a competitor.  The next day (Tuesday) we went head-to-head on the first five events, and I was just barely able to outpoint him in each.  The final event was pull-ups.  Rusty had achieved 19 and my personal best was 22 and all I needed was 20.  I was on the bar counting out the last pull-ups: 16--17---18-----19-------. I hung there for what felt like minutes but it was actually only about a dozen seconds, and I simply just let go of the bar and dropped to my feet.  My arms were numb and I could barely raise them to shake Rusty’s hand.  I was devastated and a little worried that I might have let the team down.  But I then realized that all our scores were so close that it really didn’t matter which one of us competed.

The meet itself was surreal.  It was unlike any other sports event I had ever watched or participated in.  As a participant you were entirely on your own.  If you messed up a little there was no one to back you up or help out; your responsibility was only to contribute to the entire group effort (a little like wrestling).  It was nerve-wracking; there was no way to determine which team was winning until the entire meet was over and the scores were tallied up, you just had to wait around and hope that your teammates were doing their best.

I ran the course at the meet as the tiebreaker, but the team made an emphatic statement that proved my worries were totally unfounded.  The team didn’t just outscore the other teams, they annihilated them.  Over 200 schools competed in the meet (well over 1000 boys) and George placed first in the entire meet with 554 points!  Richard placed second and Jon Bagdon (another fitness icon) placed sixth!  With guys like that on your team the only thing the rest of us had to do was to just show up.  Whatever score I might have been able to contribute would’ve been irrelevant because of the margin between our team and the second place team.  Nevertheless, Ed and Rusty were phenomenal; Rusty even beat my personal best in one of the events and outscored me in two others.  I was humbled by the entire team.

And one final note: The team could not possibly have achieved what it did without the guidance and coaching of Irwin August.

And a final, final note: Because I was technically the 3rd member of the team before my illness, coach August graciously insisted that I appear in all photo ops and ceremonies regarding the team.  He even had my name engraved on the trophy after it was brought to Wheatley.  It was a little embarrassing for me and I always felt awkward.”

Writes Art Engoron (1967) – “First and foremost, let me thank Joe Iannotti (1962) for this humble, incredible, beautiful rendition of a legendary Wheatley sports team and its triumph in competition.  George has passed on, but Joe, Jon, Ed, Richard and Malcolm are very much still with us and in touch with the Alumni Association.  Irwin August coached the 1967 team, the only one I was on, and it was a defining experience in my life.  We came in second, to Carle Place, in the regional meet; and fifth in the national meet, held in VA (the Frogs came in first in that meet, too).  And many of you know this, but for those who don’t, Whitey Ford and Yogi Berra were two of the greatest players on the celebrated, iconic New York Yankee teams of the 1950s and 1960s (and, for that matter, in the entire history of the game)!  Wheatley legends meet Yankee legends!

1961 – Jerome (“Jerry”) Mintz – Revolutionizing Education

Writes Jerry – “I've fled LI for friends in VA and am running my Alternative Education Resource Organization , “AERO,” from here.  I am frantically busy putting out three e-newsletters a week and hosting at least three Zoom sessions.  Among other things, we realize that the Education Revolution that we've been working on for the last 31 years HAS HAPPENED.  Now we are working on helping people who want to keep homeschooling or helping schools prepare for a new world of education.  Here arelinks to two of our e-newsletters:

This focuses on my experience at a nearby pond for Earth Day.

This one starts with a letter of support to parents on Mothers’ Day.

This year our annual AERO conference will be virtual for the first time, June 25-28, 2020.

1964 – Elvira (“Vivi”) Cilmi Kunz – Encouraged at Wheatley

Writes Vivi – “My classmate Alan Ibanez left us long ago, but I remember him well and especially appreciated his great efforts to help me achieve the goal I worked hard to reach.  I also have fond memories of Mr. Stevenson.  In those days Wheatley did not have a Girls’ Track Team, but Mr. Stevenson let me work out with the boys.  I ran the relay with Richard Gaynor and Company when they needed a last leg.  Mr. Lawson and Mr. Stevenson were always on hand to encourage me and challenge me to beat the boys.  Since I was a tomboy at heart, I loved the opportunity.  Mr. Stevenson called me “Lightning,” as I’m sure he did many others, but it was all I needed to get moving!  Twenty years after I graduated I was at Nassau Community College registering my daughter for class when someone yelled, “Hey Cilmi - Lightning”!  I turned around and there was Mr. Stevenson!  Incredible!  Those Wheatley memories certainly put a smile on my face.  By the way, I spoke to Peter Witt (faculty) the other day.&nFbsp; He is fine and hunkering down in North Carolina.  Take care. Be safe. Be well.  Vivi Cilmi Kunz”

1966 – Lee Nagel – It’s Academic

Writes Lee – “The  ‘Its Academic’ team my year was Steve Hanft, Ned Lagin, and me.  We won our first match on a last second shot.  We lost the next week on the final question.  Prize was a set of books given to the school library.  Highlight of my time at Wheatley.”

1966 – John Passarella – Hard-Working Man

Writes John – “I have to thank you, although my years at Wheatley weren’t the happiest of times for me; but reading the most recent Newsletter and seeing what wonderful and successful lives, with so many contributions in so many fields, my classmates have accomplished, I realize the educational opportunities I missed and how that affected my life.  Most graduates won’t even recognize my name or have a recollection of who I was.  The details of my life are not nearly as impressive, so I won’t bore you with my bio.  Other then I am still alive, and I worked hard my entire life, but have not reached anywhere close to the success and wonderful contributions to this life some of you have made.  Wheatley was the ideal setting for a high school: a small wealthy district, an ideal location, and great educational opportunities.  Unfortunately, I was a square peg in a round hole, LOL.  To those who remember me I say ‘hello’ and hope you continue in good health and happiness.  To Arthur I say, ‘keep up the good work; there’s nothing better in life then making others happy.’  Stay safe.  John Passarella, Class of 1966”

1967 – Art Engoron – Life Change

Last week I turned 71.  So now I’m no longer “70-years-old”; now I’m “In my 70s.”  The main change I’ve noticed is the advertisements that YouTube plays between the Classic Rock & Roll songs I listen to while washing the dishes.  Used to be Madison Avenue was trying to sell me medications for arthritis, high blood pressure, obesity, and the like.  Now I’m inundated with get-rich-quick schemes and stock-pick secrets.  Do they know something I don’t know?

1967 – Scott Frishman – Remembering Joanne (“Jojo”) Gordon (1967); Friends with Hilary (“Lori”) Wallach Marshak (1968)

Writes Scott – “I lived a few blocks from Jojo (her nickname as long as most of her friends at Willets Road and Wheatley knew her).  She was always as sweet and caring as could be, and everyone loved her.  It was so nice to see her at our 50th-year reunion in 2017.  May she RIP.

I also know Hilary (“Lori”) Wallach Marshak (1968) fairly well.  My parents were friends with her parents, Suni and Irving, who owned Wallach’s Jewelers in the Americana Shopping Center next to the Cinema movie theatre.  I also knew her older sister Sue and younger brother Jimmy.  I was in the >jewelry business most of my career for over 30 years and they were friends of my Uncle Phil Hahn and of ours for many years.  I’m glad to hear that Lori has improved.  Hope all is well and be safe my friend.  Scott” 

1967 – Jojo Gordon – Remembered by Laurence (“Laurie”) Schiller (1968)

Writes Laurie – “I was absolutely devastated to read that my 2nd cousin, Jojo Gordon, had passed.  I haven’t been great in keeping in touch, but when we were living in the Country Club, the Gordons lived on Hemlock and we lived on Knoll, just a few blocks apart.  We visited them all the time and celebrated many holidays together.  Jojo’s mom, my aunt Addie, was a heck of a good cook.

It is great to see all the faces and names of the folks I knew at Wheatley and Willets Road, but the deaths of good folks are just depressing.  However, ‘time hurries on, and the leaves that were green turn to brown.’  We remember the good times and soldier on.  I hope all our Wheatleyites are staying safe and are well.  Best from Chicago….Laurie Schiller”

1967 – Geoffrey Rossano – Moved Away but Still Remembers (and is Remembered)

Writes Geoff – “I have been following the newsletter since its inception, although I only attended North Side School until the fifth grade.  At that time I lived in Old Westbury.  My progression of teachers from first to fifth grade was Miss Doran, Mrs. Ross, Peggy Fitzgerald(, Mrs. Hoffman, and Mrs. Hurley.  I recall Larry Weiss, Stephen Baderian, Dennis Pensa, Peter Quandt, Robert Scandurra, and Henry Decsi.

I left school in the mid-fifth grade when my parents bought a house in the Plainview-Old Bethpage school district, where I graduated in 1967.  From there it was on to Tufts and Chapel Hill for graduate school.

One thing I remember from the 1966-1967 school year was that we, too, had a team in the It’s Academic metropolitan tournament.  I was on that team, which won the whole caboodle, beating  Chuck Schumer’s team from James Madison High School, after which I received a very nice note from Miss Doran.

Forty years later, Senator Schumer hosted a reunion of the three final teams in his Washington office, complete with local television and D.C. and New York press.  He made a great deal of the match but finally had to be reminded that his team had come in a very distant second.

Thanks for the continuing trip down memory lane.”

1967 – Carl Wirth – Looking Back

Writes Carl – “Art, yesterday the Sunday New York Times arrived on my doorstep … yes, even in Omaha, NE, you can get the Sunday Times.  As I looked at that front page recording and honoring all those who have lost their lives to this Covid-19 virus and tried to read all that small print of names, I later thought of the great job you are doing to keep the Wheatley community connected.  Thanks for the wonderful tribute you had to OUR late classmate, Jojo Gordon.  I thought of all the Wheatleyites you have allowed to share memories as they learned of a classmates passing.  It made me think of our classmates from our Class of '67 that somehow I wished I had taken the time to thank for their friendship, no matter how well I knew them all those years ago.  Perhaps I think and even smile when I think of those few female classmates I was too shy to ask out.  I think of a few classmates that because of where we lived I didn't get to know better.  I can think of schoolmates that were in classes before and after me that I wish I had befriended.  Through the great job you have done with the newsletter I have learned the stories of a lot of wonderful people.  And the chance to remember former teachers and staff.  Not to tell you how to run the newsletter, but I suggest asking folks to send memories of certain faculty or staff members.  But in this time, when it seems that we are surrounded by a lot of bad news, thanks for letting some of us reconnect with a time we liked and people we liked.  Hope the family is well … give the kids a hug … Carl”

1968 – Susan Kates – M.I.A.

Writes a classmate – “I think she did go to college.  But if I remember correctly (which could be a problem), it did not last.  And I don't recall where that was.  By the time we left Wheatley she was pretty much estranged from a good deal of her peers.  >Something sad was going on there.”

1969 – Alan Cole – Remembering Bernie Seiderman (“Feel the Bern”)

Writes Alan – “Some of my most enduring memories were from my idiosyncratic product-of-the-60s Social Studies teacher, Bernard Seiderman.  He would provoke us with questions that related to nothing but made us think.  >‘If a college entirely burned down, was rebuilt and looked entirely different, was it the same college?  If so, what defines a given college?’

 Once, he played Beethoven’s Ode to Joy on a record player.  We stayed 45 minutes after class because we were mesmerized (really? maybe we just wanted to meet his expectations).  It did have an impact.

I’ve been practicing endocrinology in the Boston area for 39 years.  Among the effects of COVID-19 is that I’m doing telemedicine now and finding being home to be more attractive than I expected.  Life will open up at some point, and I may hang up my cleats and not make it to 40 years.  We have two children, a physician married to a lawyer and a private school headmaster married to a physician.  Better yet, we have five grandchildren.  Social distancing from them is the worst part of our current experience.”

1969 – Halayne Ehrenberg – Feed the Hungry

While I’m sitting on my ass ordering groceries online there are thousands of people lined up at food banks – for hours - across the country, hoping to get an emergency box of food to feed their families after losing their jobs because of the> pandemic.  Feeding America works with 200 food banks and 60-thousand food pantries nationwide.  I’ve given to several local charities, and now I’m broadening my reach.  It’s the least I can do.  Fully 100% of the money raised at is going to the food banks.  On Sunday, 5/24, NBC broadcast a fundraiser for Feeding America.  We are all in this together.”

1970 – Mary Ann Passarella - Deceased

Leaves behind Janet Passarella Perry (1958) and John Passarella (1966).

Writes John – “>My sister Mary Ann (Passarella) King passed away from cancer.  After graduating from college and receiving her master’s degree she took a job teaching for a short while.  She stopped teaching, married, and started a family that had three wonderful boys.  Her husband owned a small jewelry store and was a gemologist who taught courses at Hofstra.  He died suddenly from a rare form of stomach cancer.  Her oldest son, a Vassar graduate, took over the store, and they both worked to keep it going to provide for the family.  Tragically, the son developed lymphoma and died after a brief battle.  Mary Ann worked and kept going even though gravely ill herself with breast cancer and made sure her remaining sons graduated college and moved on to successful lives, one an engineer and the other an accountant.  Mary Ann was a strong, courageous woman who never gave up fighting for her family.  She passed away on April 25th, 2017 after a long, hard fight.  A true hero to me and my family.  That’s it in a nutshell, Arthur.”

1972 - Howard Davidson – Remembers the Les Paul, Bucky Pizzarelli Concert

Writes Howard – “In the last newsletter Robert (“Bob”) Valicenti mentions Les Paul and Bucky Pizzarelli performing at a Wheatley assembly.  Over the years, I've told a good number of people about this; they almost always respond that I must be mistaken.  This was truly a Wheatley moment, part of what made it a unique place.”

1972 – David Perlin – Fighting the Coronavirus

David S. Perlin, Ph.D.

David will appear on 60 Minutes on May 31 about COVID-19.

1973 – Charles Nash – Fighting the Good Fight

Writes Charlie – “I am currently working remotely from my second home in northwest Montana.  In my opinion, this is one of the safest places in the U.S. under the current Covid-19 pandemic.  I do not see things getting better in the U.S. for a while, due to the inability of our nation's leaders to take responsibility for the safety of all of our citizens and residents and to do the right thing.

I am in fairly regular contact with Bob Valicenti ‘

73 and somewhat with Scott Tunis '73. 

Wheatley provided me with a good foundation education-wise to prepare me for college and professional schools thereafter.

I like living on the coast of east central Florida, though I simply love the many months I spend each year in northwestern Montana.

Life is full of changes, however, and one must be prepared to change with the times, though not accept the bad conduct of others.  We at Wheatley fought for change, and I will not give up until my last breath on Earth in terms of opposing tyranny, injustice and oppression.

Warmest regards, Charlie Nash”

1973 – Bob Valicenti – Steely Dan Manfont
Writes Bob – “In or about 1977 or 1978 Howard Davidson (1972) and I ran into each other at Nathan’s Famous at 43rd Street and 7th Avenue.  A lot of us who worked at Automated Sound Studios, at 1500 Broadway, would head over to Nathan’s for a quick bite.  At the studio Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, i.e., Steely Dan, along with their producer and engineer, Gary Katz and Roger Nichols, assembled a collection of their songs and remixed a previously unreleased tune, "Here at The Western World," for their first “greatest hits” album.  I was on the technical staff at Automated.  Working with Donald and Walter was an experience I will always keep close to my heart and will always be part of my dearest memories.”

1979 – Julie H. Paine Hamilton – Deceased

Lived and passed away in Jupiter, FL on April 25, 2020, with her beloved husband of 24 years, Scott Hamilton, by her side.  Also leaves behind Beth Paine Unkefer (1971); John D Paine IV (1972); Denise Paine Radow (1973); Kate Paine Schissel (1975); and Christine Paine Thorner (1988).  Fought a brain tumor for 14 months. 

Born in East Williston, LI, daughter of John D. Paine III and G. Gloria Paine.  Julie passionately loved her family, her friends, music, art, the ocean and the mountains, sunshine and rain, sunrise and sunsets.  Her laughter was infectious, her enthusiasm a marvel, and- her work ethic admirable.  She brightened every room she entered and she will be missed, very much, by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

2009 – Darius Izad – Air Force Officer at Quantánamo Bay

Writes Darius – “I am currently a JAG in the Air Force, sitting in quarantine at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.  I’m a long way from home, but these newsletters help me stay connected with our roots.  I’m sure I’m not the only reader who feels this way.

Thank you very much for putting together such wonderful newsletters.  Looking at alumni submissions of elementary school photos, chronicles of family history, and anecdotes, and spotting familiar names, are something I look forward to every week.  I’m always learning something new about out school history, too — for example, I never knew Bucky Pizzarelli and Les Paul graced the stage at Wheatley!

Most importantly, hope all of the Wheatley family and their loved ones are safe and healthy during these trying times.

Veritatem Quaerite — seek the truth.”

Fan Mail, Coronvirus Thoughts, and a Few Miscellaneous E-Mail Addresses and Comments

1959 (Thomas Friedman) – “Keep those newsletters coming......”

1959 (Matt Sanzone) – “

Excellent last newsletter.”

1961 (Jill Davidson Blaney) – “Thank you for the Wheatley newsletter.”

1961 (Deborah Kerstein Brosowsky) – “ Once again, Bravo!!  Stay safe.”

1961 (Jerry Mintz) – “Great work you continue to do with the Wheatly Newsletter!”

1961 (Gene Razzetti) – “Another great newsletter, Art.  Thanks so much to you and the staff.  Stay safe, everybody!”

1961 (Ricard Safft) – “Thanks for the wonderful newsletter.”

1961 (Paul Samberg) – “Thanks for doing this, Art.”

1962 (Marty Gettleman) – “ I always enjoy your newsletters.”

1962 (Joseph Iannotti) – “I can’t imagine how much time it takes for you to manage the Wheatley School Alumni Association.  You are doing a fine job and I thank you.”

1963 (Donna Kenton) – “Have I thanked you recently for all you do on behalf of the school?”

1963 (Alan Pachtman) – “Art: Thanks for posting the Dylan at Newport video.  My favorite artist of all time.  Brings back lots of memories.  I actually saw him in '63 in Syracuse,

with maybe 30 other people, in a movie theater.”

1964 (Elvira (“Vivi”) Cilmi Kunz) – “I look forward to the newsletters; thank you for all you do!”

1964 (Barbara Perlin Bogner) – “I r

ead through the newsletter.  It was great fun finding familiar names and catching up with what they have done.  Thank you for doing all this!  So happy you contacted me.”

1965 (Barbara Ashley) – “Let me add my voice to the many others you receive, thanking you so much for all your efforts to keep the Wheatley family connected.  I look forward to the Newsletters and have reconnected with several old friends as a result of them.”

1965 (Robert Gregory) – “

No one can do what you do, which is keep our Wheatley family together!  You have done a wonderful job of keeping Wheatley grads informed!”

1965 (Wayne Waltzer) – “Art--This is an amazing publication.  Your efforts, passion and feeling for the individuals involved stand out with every issue.  Keep it up!”

1966 (Ken Distler) – “GREAT issue # 45 (as usual)!”

1966 (Katherine Maxim Greenleaf) – “Thank you for all you do to keep us connected, color:#050505'>Art.  I look forward to hearing about my classmates.”

1967 (Seth Bardo) – “Many thanks, Arthur, for providing a platform to read about some of our classmates’ autobiographies.”

1967 (Scott Frishman) – “Great newsletter as always.  It is so nice to receive, especially now in these trying times.”

1967 (Jill Simon Forte) – “ Thanks again, Arthur, for another great read.” 

1967 (Barbara Smith Stanisic) – “Thank you again for the great newsletters.  It’s wonderful to hear from everyone that attended Wheatley.  Keep up the great work.”

1968 (Peter Barrow) – “I always appreciate hearing from you, but especially now.”

1968 (Joan Edelstein) – “Thanks so much for the incredible gifts you continue to give to the Wheatley community.”

1968 (Ilene “Cookie” Levine) – “color:#050505; background:white'>Thanks for all you do for the Wheatley color:black;background:white'>C


1968 (Jon Rosenbloom) – “Thanks for everything you’re doing keeping track of Wheatley alumni and sharing all of our stories.  It’s really terrific.”

1968 (Laurence (“Laurie”) Schiller) – “Thank you so much for the always excellent newsletter.  I especially liked the YouTube Vancouver choir piece and Bob Dylan at Newport.  Thanks for all you do.”

1968 (Bill Shechtman) – “Thx for all the work you put into those Wheatley reports...”

1968 (Carol Wisker) – “Thanks for all you do for us!”

1969 (Alan Cole) – “I look forward to your postings and enjoy reading what everyone shares.”

1969 (Elizabeth Siegel Mullen) – “Thank you for all of your work on keeping our classmates connected.”

1970 (Robert Abramowitz) – “I appreciate all you do for the Wheatley community.”

1970 (James Doyle) – “Thanks for all you do to bring folks together.”

1970 (Joey “Rocky” Elterman) – “Thank you for all that you do!”

1970 (Jonathan Gold) - JGOLD49442@AOL.COM

1970 (Jane Roeder) – "Thank you for your email outreach to help find some of my ‘lost’ classmates.  You are the great connector, Art!”

1970 (Victoria Unger Hochman) – “Thanks for everything you do.”

1971 (Merraine (“Merrie”) Sesskin) – “ Thanks again for all you do to keep our school informed!  It’s such a good feeling to be part of something so real and happy during these times.  Means a lot to me.”

1972 (Patricia Bennett Millerioux) – “You’re amazing, Art.  Thanks for all that you do.”

1972 (Seth Michael Katz) – “I enjoy getting the Newsletters - keep 'em coming!”

1972 (Charlie Nash) – “Hey Art, I, too, enjoy the Wheatley Newsletters!”

1973 (Gary Simel) – “ THANK YOU for all of your great work on the Wheatley Newsletter!”

1974 (Michael Marazzo, Jr.) – “Thank you so very much for your labor of love.  These Love Letters from you always brighten my day.”

1975 (William (“Bill”) Ryan) – “Thank you for all of your time and effort for Wheatley Alumni.  I enjoy reading about everyone.”

1976 (Debra Clarke Riddle) – “Hi Arthur, I enjoy receiving your newsletter. > When I attended Wheatley my name was Debra Clarke.  My married name is now Riddle.  I attended Wheatley only from 1974 - 1976 I lived with my maternal grandparents, Sam and Sue Perlin, in the Roslyn Country Club, on Stirrup Lane.  My uncle was Stephen Perlin, who was in the first graduating class (1958) and captain of the football team.  My mother, who was older, graduated from Roslyn High School.  I don't know all the people you mention in the newsletters, but I enjoy hearing stories about the history of the school and the occasional mention of the neighborhood and teachers I remember.  Stay safe and well during this difficult time.”

1976 (Alan Zahn) – “ This 1976-er really appreciates all of your hard work!”

1978 (Marilou Arcuri) – “Thanks so much for the great newsletters!!!!”

1979 (John Faruolo) – “Thanks for all you do to keep Wheatley >grads connected.”

1980 (Norm Levine) – “Thank you for all you do to keep us all connected.”

1982 (Steven Tuchler) – “To the keeper of all things Wheatley!”

1985 (Matthew Littman) – “Your Wheatley newsletter/update is very much appreciated. I thank you for taking the time to put it together and send it out.”


That’s it for The Wheatley School Alumni Association Newsletter # 46.  Please send me your autobiography before someone else sends me your obituary.


Arthur Fredericks Engoron

The Wheatley School Class of 1967