The Wheatley School Alumni Association Newsletter #50, September 7, 2020.


Dear Wheatley Wildcats and Other Interested Persons,

Welcome to The Wheatley School Alumni Association Newsletter # 52.

Service Announcements

Alert! – Warning! – A person or thing posing as “Sandra Hublot” and claiming to be from Charlotte, North Carolina apparently has hacked me.  In an email under the subject line “The Wheatley School Alumni” she/it claims to want to know you and asks for “your numbers.”  Do Not Comply!  So far I have only heard from four people, and nobody seems to have been harmed; nevertheless, I apologize.  Please let me know if anything significant occurs.  Art

Ken Gallard Remembers Carvel

Everybody's talking about Hildebrandt's--me included, in a newsletter a while back.  But how 'bout some points for Carvel (on Glen Cove/Guinea Woods Road)!!  Gone but not forgotten.  LOL...   I worked there for many years, alongside my neighbor, Bill Kirchick (1969).  Bill and I spent lots and lots of hours making ice cream, that's for sure.  Marc Messing (1965) also worked there for a while.”

The Usual Words of Wisdom

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

Thanks to our fabulous Webmaster, Keith Aufhauser (Class of 1963), you can regale yourself with the first 51 Newsletters (and other Wheatley data and arcana) at  Also thanks to Keith is our handy-dandy, super-duper search feature, prominently displayed on our home page:  type in a word or phrase and, voila, you’ll find every place it exists in all previous Newsletters and other on-site material.  Amazing!

Meanwhile, if you are completely uninterested in Wheatley matters, please ask me to remove you from my distribution list.

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 in publishing material I am not taking sides or advocating for or against any thing or any one, I am only distributing what people send me.  I do not have a fact-checking department, and I do not vouch for the accuracy of what people tell me, although occasionally I correct, or refuse to publish, errors or falsehoods that I notice.

Please let me know if you will permit me to publish your email address, snail-mail address, and/or telephone number, along with anything you send me, or just standing alone.  If you do not indicate either way, I’ll assume that you are “opting out” (i.e., that you do not want me to publish any of your contact information).  Scores of alumni email addresses can be found on the Wheatley Public Directory,

I welcome any and all text and photos relevant to The Wheatley School and the people who taught and/or studied there.

Administration and Faculty

Norman Boyan – Wheatley’s First Principal Looks Backwards and Forwards

In a telephone conversation on October 5, 2020, Principal Boyan discussed what a great school Wheatley is and how proud he is of the school’s graduates.  He looks forward to turning 99-years-old on April 11, 2021.

Robert Brandt - Missed

Writes Ed Ryder (1973) – “Art: I fondly remember Bob Brandt from 1968.  In the fraught election of that year, between Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey, Bob was a clarifying light on the then-pressing issues of the day.”

Writes Robert Vincze (1975) – “Father Brandt, I miss your guidance.”

Len Jacobs (1961) remembers teachers and a student

Writes Len – “Steve Perlin (1958) was a friend of my brother Joel.  He was a wild man and joined the Air Force, dying not long after that, when the jet plane he was piloting crashed and burned.  Also, Mrs. Meisel and Mr. Ouchi were my two favorite teachers.


1958 – Steve Nelson – Author of Classic Memoir

Writes Art Engoron (1967) – Steve has written a wonderful, aptly titled, book, “Gettin’ Home, An Odyssey Through The ‘60s.”  It’s smart, funny, revealing, and, even at 354 pages (albeit with lots of photos), a brisk read (I devoured it in approximately three weeks despite only have time for it on the LIRR commuting to and from work.”  I concur in the following description:

“CAN YOU GET HOME AGAIN?  In the epic poem the Odyssey by the ancient Greek poet Homer, Odysseus (aka Ulysses) heads home to Ithaca after the Trojan war.  His journey takes ten years, through trials and tribulations.  In 1961, Cornell student Steve Nelson leaves Ithaca, NY to live among descendants of the Incas in the Peruvian Andes.  They have survived for centuries as feudal serfs under harsh masters.  Now they have a plan to win their freedom, but powerful interests stand in their way.  Then Ted Kennedy shows up.  When Steve leaves Peru, he finds himself on a ten-year journey of trials and tribulations, discovery and loss, triumph and failure, love and murder, sex and drugs, joy and sorrow amid the turbulent times and musical revolutions of the '60s.  It takes him from high in the Andes to a surfing beach in southern California, to an historic courtroom at Harvard Law School, to a draft induction center at an Army base, and to running the legendary rock and blues club The Boston Tea Party.  He becomes perhaps the foremost producer/promoter of concerts by The Velvet Underground, whom Rolling Stone magazine called "the most influential American rock band of all time."  Along his journey he encounters Martin Luther King, B.B. King, Ted Kennedy, Eric Clapton, civil rights martyr Michael Schwerner, Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, Hillary Rodham, Lou Reed, and other rock stars such as Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Sandy Denny, Van Morrison, and Peter Wolf.  Like a chameleon, his appearance e changes as he moves from one place to another, until finally he must ask himself: who was I, who am I, who will I be? Only then can he get home.”

You can read excerpts, listen to a music playlist, and order the book at

BTW, Steve was Wheatley’s first valedictorian.  Harvard College Wait-Listed him because, of course, Wheatley had no track record at that point (a situation soon to change).  Rather than try to get in from the Wait List (which apparently would have succeeded), he enrolled at Cornell.  The rest is (fun, moving) history.

1961 – Nancy Kurshan –  Critique of Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” by a Participant in the Proceedings

Writes Art Engoron – I recommend the movie.  I highly recommend Nancy’s critique of it.

1964 – Steven Dana – Remembering Classmate Victor Russek

Writes Steve – “My old friend, Victor Russek (1964), died last month from pancreatic cancer.  Doctors diagnosed him last December, operated on and treated him, but the cancer still got the better of him.  Victor and I traveled around Europe the Summer of '66 in a bright red Triumph TR-4A; we had a great time.  In fact, that trip led to my continued love for international travel and affected many aspects of my future career.  I last saw Victor when he visited me here in Las Vegas in May 2019 for a few days.  I took him around to some night spots … we had a good time and reminisced about many things … including Wheatley.  Victor Russek … RIP.”

1964 – Stewart Fox – Gone But Not Forgotten

Writes classmate Andrea Alpert Robbins – “Hi Art,Please include this passage in the next newsletter:  ‘I was very saddened to learn that Stewart Fox has passed away...Stewie was part of a group of "boys" who were intelligent, funny and good-looking.  He was in many of my classes 7-12 and always seemed to be a good, kind-hearted person with a great smile.  My condolences to his family and friends … He will be greatly missed.”

Writes Amy Pastarnack Hughes (1967) –  “Reading what Larry Fox wrote about his brother Stewart was so beautiful & brought back so many memories.  My family loved the Fox family.  The very first wedding I attended was Stew & Myra’s, and I was so excited for them!  (I also had my first whiskey sour!)  My parents loved Bea & Stanley Fox, and they had so many adventures together.  They were either at our house, the Fox house, or out painting the town red!

Reading Larry describe Stew in hospice was so moving.  My family just had that experience with my husband John.  We were next to him at home and he was never alone.  We even have similar photos of him - with me, the 6 kids, and him having a Canadian beer.  So heartbreaking.  Thank you, Larry, for sharing this.”

1964 – John Sullivan – Then and Now

Writes John – “Art – 2 things:  First, although I did not know Stewart Fox personally, I find myself disturbed by his passing.  Perhaps we said ‘hello’ at a reunion.  Don’t know.  It is sad that a life just starting to be relived was shut down so quickly.  Time is so precious.  His memory will live on in the many lives he touched and healed – that has to be a blessing for his family.

Second, thanks for publishing my comments about our homeless ministry, N2N (“Neighbor to Neighbor”), in the most recent Wheatley Alumni Newsletter.  Ken Gallard, Class of 1968, contacted me and wants to help.  We are doing good things.  Lots of Wheatleyites are & have been doing good things.  Our generation was blessed by power of thought, concern for others, execution of ideas, and the ability to effect change.  Those blessings continue for many of us.  Hopefully they will be hallmarks of younger generations. 


John F. Sullivan

(M) 913 219 3123


1965 – Priscilla Paulsen - Deceased

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Writes classmate Malcolm McNeil – “I am saddened by the passing of my classmate, Priscilla Paulsen, in June 2019.  I came to know Priscilla later in life, after the death of my first wife; indeed, we even discussed getting married.  But that was not to be, and we parted friends.  It seems so long ago since I was a Cub Scout, gathering myself at the foot of the Paulsen's front walk in East Williston.  I'd invited Priscilla to a Christmas Party, and this would be my first date...once I climbed that hill to her front door.  We remembered that ‘first date’ fifty years later.  I am so sorry she is gone.”

1967 - Prom Photo – Those Were the Days!

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L-R – Sitting – Barbara Loizzo (1968), Robert Scandurra, Dennis Newman, Susan Roth (1969)

Standing - Fred Amato, Patricia Coletti (1968), Paula Panzeca (1969), Dominick Foresto, Marian Edwab (1969), Phil Celella, Joanne Frankel (1969), John Warde

1967 – Arthur Engoron – Impending Free Agency

After 15 years of marriage, my wife and I are calling it quits.  To use that discredited tautology, “It is what it is.”

1967 – Amy Pastarnack Hughes and John Hughes (center) and family

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1968 - Kenneth Gallard –Working Man

Writes Ken – “I began working at Carvel when I was 15.  As a youngster, I was always interested in working.  Prior to Carvel it was washing windows, mowing lawns, shining shoes … the usual.  The summer I turned 19 (1969), I worked at nights and on weekends at Carvel, while during the daytime/week I was commuting into NYC to work as an editorial assistant at SKI Magazine--which was very cool and obviously a game-changer for me.  But I kind of toasted myself that summer working so much (but at least I got to Woodstock, with Joel Blumenthal, David Pinter and Jerry Lieberman in my car--though I did miss a couple of days of work as a result.  Shades of things to come … LOL).”

1968 – Louise Kurshan – Mikado Character

Writes Louise – “Hi Arthur, My father, Norman Kurshan, was a photographer and documented our lives.  We lived at 140 Bengeyfield Drive.  Here is a photograph of me at Hildebrandt's after a performance of the Mikado, approximately 1960.  With me is my cousin Michael Schwartz, who went to Wheatley for about one  year.”

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Writes Art – “And here are other period photos:

1969 – David Kelvin – Deceased

1973 – Gail Gimbel Steiger – Photos


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Gail is unmistakable.  So is Ronald.

1973 – Edward Ryder and Roger (1969) and Gail (1973) Gimbel - Small World

Writes Ed – “In one of those ironies of fate, although I was in Gail Gimbel’s class at Wheatley, when I went to American University in DC, my first roommate was a Robert Gimbel of New Jersey, who is a cousin of Roger and Gail.  I am still in contact with Robert Gimbel (the cousin) to this day.”

18.0pt; 1974 – Robert Berta – "A Wildcat in Down East Maine"

Writes Bob – “For a while, now, Art’s been asking me to write about my life.  Some time ago I saw that a very nice professor who helped me early in life was being inducted into the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame.  Alas, he was deceased.  So I always think that if people are reading something like that about you, it means that you are dead or on the way out.  But here goes.

My life has had many crossroads..... the SWS or initial School Within a School, founded by Ted Tchack and Stu Doig, prepared me well, in 1972, as a tenth grader, for life’s challenges.  SWS taught me that I could tackle most anything (well, perhaps not open heart surgery).  Some students cried and demanded to get out of SWS.  I recall that grading systems were constantly being created and changed by the SWS students.  One system allowed you to grade yourself.  Some students just said I am an ‘A,’ while other students who had been on the honor roll, but with low self-esteem, would say they did ‘C’ work.  What a mess?!

Mr. Doig had us do a Democratic Convention in the auditorium, complete with signs, speeches and delegates.  We would have stayed all night if allowed; we even had food delivered.  Mr. Doig kept talking about the convention being deadlocked and students would have to caucus to pick an eventual nominee.  That part did not happen.  It was after 10 p.m.  There were hundreds of packs of cranberry sauce, from deliveries of CHICKEN DELIGHT (‘don't cook tonight, call Chicken Delight’).

I’ve done many things in my life, some for a very long time.  But until I was a school principal, I made more per diem caddying twice around a golf course (36 holes) than I did in education.  Shows how poorly educators are paid.  The two tracks I primarily followed were teaching, for 32 years, and publishing-reporting.  Several times I founded newspapers from scratch.  The first one I founded with $400 and when sold employed six full-time and 15 part-time workers.  I went back into teaching but also would publish four or five special issues a year.

When I taught I sometimes had old Wheatley yearbooks around and I would tell stories.  For example, I would show my class a photo of Carol Alt (1978) in 9th grade and then show them photos of her on the cover of Sports Illustrated and Parade.  My message was DREAM BIG … and be nice to the person next to you, he or she may become famous and influential.  Carol Leifer (1974) was another person in the yearbook; she became co-producer, fourth of fifth credit, on “Seinfeld.”  In the 1990s my students were very aware of me having gone to school with her and would report on what they liked or didn't like on “Seinfeld.”  Here was a case where they could see the power of writing.

I’ve had many other jobs.  In college and beyond I was a licensed radio announcer.  In the 1970s airplanes used radio waves to fly and navigate, so to be on the air you had to know some physics, what to do in a nuclear war (hide?), and how to announce.  The FCC gave two tests a year in Bangor, Maine and I passed.  Nowadays, Paris Hilton could be on the air and no one would care.

I publish COUNTY WIDE, “Washington County's Own Newspaper” (according to my 1977 propaganda).  We break all the rules; instead of 28 lb. newsprint we print on 50 lb. paper; and it is FREE, while our competitor charges a $1.50 for what is, in my humble opinion, a much worse product.  We have three times the circulation, but is that because it is free or better?  Guess I better ask on Facebook.  Another rule-breaker is, if it is on FB, it is no longer news.

Once when NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio was in Maine, I commented on how tall he is, about 6'5", and said he and the late Senator Ed Muskie were the same height.  (I met Muskie as a 19-year-old student; he was very sharp and had bluish eyes that kind of twinkled.)  I told de Blasio that he was on page two of my paper, with the “Coming Events, “but had he been the Mayor of Dennysville (population 400, about 20 miles away), we would have put his photo on page one.  He thought that was so funny, he walked 40 feet away to tell this to his PR people.

One issue of my paper had an article about the County Jail personnel listening in on Attorney-Client telephone calls. Another had an article about our Sheriff wanting, with perhaps some merit, his own District Attorney.  Our county is as large as Connecticut, but with a population of only 30,000.

“These last few weeks Jimmy Fallon was in my neighborhood, visiting the eastern most point in the USA, which is called, ironically, “West Quoddy Head Lighthouse” and looks like a candy cane.  Also, Carol Leifer's (1974) old boss, Lorne Michaels,  has a place between my house and West Quoddy Head.

I enjoyed reading about Jeanne Walsh (1972).  Glad to see that she has had an amazing legal career.  Jeanne named my intramural basketball team, “BERTA’S BUMS.  She was older than me, so I figured she was smarter, and I had to respect my elder.  Your brother Danny Engoron (1973) played in some tournaments for my team.

I have enjoyed life greatly, although I got hurt badly at school about eight years ago and am making a comeback.  The owners of the newspaper to which I sold decided to retire and didn't want to sell to anyone.  I was hurt and was doing some specialty magazines … for two months people kept asking me, “Can't you publish the paper again?  So after two months I relented and picked up free lancers that still wanted to work and began publishing.  That was nearly six years ago.  Doing it this time took $684, but I did have some Apple computers and an office.

Machias, Maine has a population of 2,400 people BUT HAS TWO independent print newspapers … how is that for democracy in action?!   People in the rest of the country have been in “Covid Quarantine.”  I joke that I have been in “Maine Quarantine” for 50 years!

My Senior Quote, "Live every day so you can leave the world without regret," came from Will Rogers.

People should feel free to contact me with stories or to correct me, at

1971 - Phillip Halpern – Wildcat in the Political Spotlight:  Articles and Interviews

Writes Phil – “Art, Thanks for dropping me a line.  Although I was not so brazen to believe my article in itself could make a difference, I felt it was important to add my voice to the chorus of citizens concerned about the direction of our country.  The reaction, however, to this Op Ed was amazing and completely overwhelming.  I soon found out that the immediate cost of going ‘viral’ was to have your email in-box flooded, your home telephone ringing off the hook, and your cell phone flooded with text messages.  Within 12 hours, I found myself being booked on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and various other media outlets (predictably, Fox news did not call).  These segments were interesting, but I far preferred the interviews where I was given a bit more time to respond, such as NPR.  I also participated in a couple podcasts, including one with Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen:

Now that the election has been called,  I'll decide what other activities might be worthwhile pursuing.

Finally, I should let you know that I of course think back fondly on my time at Wheatley.  Most important are all the incredible people I encountered there that helped shape the rest of my life.  All the best, Phil Halpern (1971)”

Writes Robin Hack Silverberg, 1971 – “After graduating from Wheatley Phillip and I went on to Hamilton College, so we were in school together from Kindergarten through college.”

1974 – Marla Romash – From Politics to Pastry

1976 – Michael Carbone – Request for Help

Writes Michael – “As many of you may know, my wife, Darlene, lost her battle with brain cancer back in August 2017.  To keep my wife’s memory alive my family and friends have decided to start the Darlene Carbone Brain Tumor Foundation.  Our goal is to provide support for patients and their families navigating this devastating disease.  To learn more about our foundation’s mission as well as Darlene’s story check out the link below.”

1992 – Nicole Krauss – Writer Extraordinaire – Fantastic Reviews in the NY Times and Washington Post

Fan Mail and a Few Miscellaneous E-Mail Addresses and Comments

Faculty (Alma Stevenson, married to Bill Stevenson until his passing) – “You are a master at what you do, Arthur.  I am sure it must be a labor of love.”

1961 (Deborah Kerstein Brosowsky) – “The Newsletters are wonderful.  I always look forward to the updates and keeping in touch.”

1962 – (Martin Gettleman) – “Arthur, Thank you again for the newsletter.  Always nice to read about people I once knew.  Marty”

1962 (Marilyn Lee McKelvey) – “We appreciate all you do for the Wheatley alumni.  Thank you!”

1964 (Andrea Alpert Robbins) – “Thanks again Art for ALL you do!”

1964 (Vivi Cilmi Kunz) – “Hey Art, Once again, an amazing Newsletter!!  Thank you.”

1964 (Diane Nissenfeld Moore) – “Thank you for everything you do.  The connection to everyone is very important to me and I see it is to others as well.  DIANE.MOORE244@GMAIL.COM.”

1964 (John Sullivan) – “Thanks again for what you do, Art.   Your ability to keep 4000+ lives together is a gift to all of us.”

1965 (Eliot “Ike” Evans) – “Hi Art - Another masterpiece!  Dan Ross (1969) and brother Ben (1967) grew up directly across the street from me on Argyle Rd. in Albertson.  That was the first photo I'd seen of Dan since 1965!”

1965 (Ronnie Moore) – Hi Arthur, Thank you for continuing to take care of the newsletter.”

1965 (Priscilla Paulsen, by her daughter, Melissa Marcoux) – “ Thank you for organizing the Wheatley School newsletters.  My mom really enjoyed hearing all the alumni updates.”

1966 (Lorraine Gallard) – “Thank you for the newsletters.  I appreciate the news and stories they contain and the effort and skill that goes into creating them.  Thank you so much.”

1966 (Neal Kirby) – “Greetings from Southern California.  I’m taking a break from raking the forest floor so I thought I’d take a minute to thank you for another great newsletter.  I really enjoy reading about my classmates.  I don’t twitter or Facebook but maybe someone should start a #saveHildebrandts.  My favorite place ever.”

1967 (Amy Pastarnack Hughes) – “Thank you Arthur (again & again) for this newsletter, for all your hard work, and for keeping us so connected!  And thank you, Keith.  Your work is so appreciated.”

1967 (Dan Silver) – “Thanks for the Wheatley School Alumni Association Newsletter #51, & all your continuing Herculean efforts in that regard.”

1967 (Jill Simon) – “Thanks for another great newsletter…..even in these sad and frightening times.”

1968 (Ken Gallard) – “Thanks for the recent newsletter.  Interesting and enlightening as always.”

1969 (Marc Goldberg) – “Great edition (# 51) of the newsletter.”

1969 (Bill Kirchick) – “I second Mark’s comment.  Job exceptionally well done!”

1970 (Jill Ostrower Trovillion) – “Thanks for holding us all together with all the work you've done on the newsletter, the reunions, etc.!  You're awesome!”

1972 (Robin Freier Edwards) – “As always, reading this Newsletter [# 51] and seeing so many names that bring back such wonderful memories is so appreciated.  Although some of the news makes me cry, it means the world to me to keep these connections.  Once again, thanks to Art - you’re a rock star!”

1973 (Gail Gimbel) – “Great job, Art.”

1974 (Robert Berta) – “Truly, Art, you are doing an amazing job with the Wildcat Newsletters.  Great work......keep it going.  Always fun to read about what people are doing.”

1974 (Isidore Mayrock) – “Arthur, Keep up the good work, you are an amazing person.”

1975 (Linda Siegelman Wiegand) – “Thanks for all you do; it’s fun to read everything you put out therefont-family:"Segoe UI Emoji",sans-serif; ❤️.”

1975 (Robert Vincze) – “Thanks for all you do to keep spirits up and people connected.”

1981 (Robert Freier) – “Thanks for the Newsletter.  BOB.FREIER@GMAIL.COM

1999 (Eric Freeman) – “Hello Arthur, As always, I enjoy reading your alumni newsletters.  Please publish my email address:  efreem01@gmail.comcolor: black'>  Thank You for putting in all the hard work!”

2004 (Kerry Nienstedt Wystrach) – “Loved reading through this one, especially seeing all the pics!”


That’s it for The Wheatley School Alumni Association Newsletter # 52.  Please send me your autobiography before someone else sends me your obituary.

Arthur Fredericks Engoron

The Wheatley School Class of 1967