On your left is the official photograph of the 1952 P. S. 217 eighth grade graduating class, contributed by a classmate who now teaches in Brazil. It's quite the time capsule, isn't it -- the dated costumes, the old-fashioned hairstyles, along with the clean-cut and dewy enthusiasm of far-away-and-long-ago youth. What has become of these promising young people? Some of them have long since left the planet and some are no doubt still engaged in distinguished careers. Do any of them still live in the old neighborhood? Sent their children or grandchildren to the old school?
A panel of experts has tentatively identified some of the graduates. Some of these ascriptions are sure to be inaccurate. Corrections, suggestions and comments are very welcome.
First row, left to right: Carl Bernstein, Robert F. Cohen (now Robert C. Forst, attorney, Montecito, CA), Michael Silver, unknown, Nicholas Antonucci (said to have died in Korea), Arne Neilson, unknown, unknown, William Roberts, unknown, George Coven (entrepreneur, owner of Score Oil and Zodiac nightclub, d. 1983), Ralph Tromba, supposedly living in steamy Florida, Theodore (Teddy) Schorr; second row: Ira Bernstein, Bernard Sandigorsky, Anthony (Buddy) Sogluizzo, semi-retired from a career in librarianship, Elihu Pearlman (Boulder, Colorado), Helene Rosen, unknown, Harold Jacobson, Fred Ljubicich, Donald Carbone, Michael Brody; third row: unknown, unknown, Claire Rabinowitz (formerly Dominican Republic, now Orlando), Charlotte Meineke, Carol Gerber, Marlene Gold, Ruth Rubinstein, Eleanor Troy, Sheila Katz, Carol Coniglio, Barbara Heiferman, Maureen Haynes, two unknowns, Josephine Casalino, two unknowns, Mary Anne Abrahams, Sandra Abrahams; fourth row: unknown, Beryl McLeod, Sandra Roseman, unknown, unknown, Karen Scheer, Jeanne Boyce, Barbara Dinner, Bridget Pugliese, unknown, Marjorie Rennick, Selma Schnier, unknown, Wendy Rosenberg, Mimi Shyko, Barbara Wolowitz, Evelyn and/or Norma Greenberg, two unknowns, Rochelle Yasser, unknown, Beverley Leventhal, Lori Katcher (now Laurie Lindner, psychoanalyst, NJ), two unknowns, Hilda Tarud; fifth row: Herbie Wessoly aka Percy Wessoly, Albie Luongo, Donald Schiebel, Daniel Roos (Prof at MIT), Tommy Bellavita, John McKay, unknown, Robert Goldstein, Alan Ihrig, Lester Silberman (ret NE ob/gyn), Harvey Greif, Melvin Polay (CPA, died 1996) Howard Nirenberg, Morton Kamienny, Eric Sanders, Herbert Damsky, unknown, unknown, Melvyn Krauss, Martin Wallenstein; sixth row: Anne Perkins, Linda Bly, seven unknowns, Pauline Aridas, Estelle Tarman, Lisa Pomerance (finance, LA), Phyllis Mancuso, Roberta Katcher, four unknowns, Marcia and/or Virginia Gargiulo, unknown, Evelyn Fleishner, unknown; seventh row: Stuart Blickstein (now a South Carolinian), Allen Guday (longtime Israeli), Paul Citron, Stuart (Sandy) Stillman (atty, Southampton and Scottsdale), Donald Caress (MD), Carl Sprung, Norman Young, Jonathan Guliner, Michael O'Gorman, Stephen Lewin (ret from a career in publishing), Edwin Lawlor, unknown, George Molinari, Allan Stern, Robert Jaclin, unknown, Fredric Litto (Prof in Brazil), Fred Hohl, Richard Schwartz, Stephen Richard Conn (Cornell grad); eighth row: two unknowns, Judith Peretzman, Norma Harris, Diane Wert, two unknowns, Dolores Bormann, Rosalind Simons, unknown, Loretta Tillman; top row: Alfred Podhurst, Michael Welch, unknown, Ira Blum, Herman Bressel (USN ret, Long Beach, CA), Norman Kaufman, unknown, unknown, unknown, Kenneth Tucker aka Drupiloff, Gary Steinberg, Charles Gillen.
May 14, 2008. More names of members of this class have been recovered. They can be found at this site, Match the name to the face and win the eternal gratitude of your classmates.