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12/1/2008 8:36 PM
from Jim Weisman:
thought it was a great reunion. Thanks to all of you for your hard work.
12/1/2008 3:49 PM
From Gary Stein:
Hi Bet, Joyce, Jimmy and John,
I have been a bit tied up lately and moving at mach 3, but I did want to
thank you. The reunion was terrific. It is wonderful to see all those from
our youth. Sad that some class mates did not come, and snapped to reality
by the necrology.
We grew up with Ozzie and Harriet, before credit cards, before men walked
on the moon, and before electric blankets and air conditioners, before fuel
shortages, designer jeans, penicillin, pacemakers, and dental implants. We
bot 5ct and 10ct stuff at the five and dime store, went to the double feature
at the Manor, ate hot dogs at the Hot Puppie Shop followed by a skyscraper
rainbow cone at Isalys. Polio inoculations, Xerox and the computer were not
yet here. We thot we needed to be married to have a baby. Stem cell research
is here now, but wasn't then. On the weekend ,most of us could be found at
But, our parents fresh from memories of WW11, or immigration from eastern
Europe motivated, us to be the best that we could be. They always thot that
we should go to college, and then on, and most of us did. They wanted us
to do better than they did , and we complied. They gave us hope, and they
gave us the opportunity to make friends in a friendly neighborhood, and as
we moved on to TAHS and those friendships continued. Thanks for bringing
us all together again.
A tribute to our class is how meaningful the reunion was, and this is measured
by the distance that so many traveled to participate.
Please pass this email on to the others on the committee. Unfortunately,
somehow, I lost the prepared booklet-handout of the class members. If there
is an extra around, please send it to me.
If you guys are ever passing through Connecticut, please call and visit..
We are three minutes off the Merritt Parkway.
For the future, I wish all good health and your extentions.. At our age there
is nothing else, and life is just a game
Gary ( and Sissy).
11/19/2008 12:43 PM
just a note to thank you and the entire reunion committee for a very good
weekend. norman and i are both so glad that we were able to attend (special
thanks to carole wolsh for that). it was fun to see old friends and relive
some of the good(?) old days.
nancy friedman (karp)
Chautauqua, NY 14722
11/17/2008 7:01 PM
so much fun reading everyone's comments. And pictures are great. It would
be wonderful to see everyone's High School graduation picture next to a current
I was just in Pittsburgh to visit my three sons, Edward, Joseph and David
In fact Joe lives in our house on Ridgeville Street in Squirrel Hill.
Ed is 48, Joe is 44, and David is 42. Way too old for someone as young as
myself. Just kidding. There are three wives and 7 grandchildren, all brilliant,
talented, gorgeous/handsome, etc.: ages: 12,12,11,10,9,5 and 3. Ed has 2
girls: Tulip and Mollie, Joe has two boys Jacob and Michael, and David has
Isabelle, Hilary and Isaac.
I almost made to this year's Reunion, but I had to go back to Mill Valley,
CA to vote for Obama.
Still working as a Consultant for Non profits in the areas of Board Development,
Human Resources, Mentoring and Organizational Development, working part time.
Love this work.
Love to hear from you all
Baillee Kleckner Serbin
11/15/2008 3:13 PM
From Gail Kruman Kamon
At nearly 70, I am still working in the academics advising field at Penn
State University. I enjoy my work and the people and students who keep me
My Husband, Eliezer Kamon is an Israeli Sabra who loves the green hills of
PA and decided to stay 41 years ago. Our children are scattered on both coasts
- on in SFBay area of Northern California, another in Southern California
in Irvine, and the third in Arlington, MA. We have nice places to visit.
11/11/2008 9:24 AM
Joyce and Jim,
Before I tell you how great the reunion was, I will tellyou that my wife,
obviously not a member of the class, thought it was great. I think we all
know that reunions can be difficult for spouses, but in this instance the
affair and the people overcame that for Ellen. She couldn't wait to tell
our kids about it (and those of our 12 grandchildren who are old enough to
understand what she was talking about).
You guys and the rest of the committee did a fantastic, first-rate job and
deserve the highest commendations.
If I have any regrets, it's that the airlines messed up our travel plans,
and we didn't get there in time for the Friday night gettogether, and we
couldn't stay for brunch Sunday. But if you do it again in five years, we'll
In the meantime, it was great fun seeing people again after so many years.
I was even able to recognize some of them without reading the name tags.
I just wish some others I would like to have seen had been there.
The one thing that was bothersome was the length of the "in memoriam" list.
I mean there are people on that list I would like to have seen, including
the classmate who was my first girl friend in elementary school. Before you
ask, I will refrain from identifying her.
Anyway, thanks again for the great affair, and if it's not inappropriate
I will conclude by inviting everyone (at least all of the baseball fans)
to check out my Web site,
I created it in July after leaving The New York Times after 39 years.
11/10/2008 7:35 PM
Thank you for going to all that trouble to bring us all together this past
weekend. The reunion was one of the nicest parties I've ever been too. I'm
sorry I didn't make it to the Friday night gathering, but as to Saturday:
I loved the valet parking for starters. And the Concordia Club is a gorgeous
place. That was new to me. Coat check, welcome table, easy-to-read name tags,
bar, delicious hors'doeuvres, friendly faces everywhere, amusing photo session,
quiet music in the background, delicious dinner at decorated tables, funny
entertainment, good dance music, and a good 'program' to take home. (I hope
I haven't left anything out) I had a wonderful time and I'm glad I made the
trip - driving from babysitting in Boston Friday morning, and then back to
CT Sunday after a VERY nice breakfast at Panera. I don't get to PIttsburgh
very often any more, so it was great to be back
I think Marguerite Calcaterra and I were the only ones there from Mifflin
School in Lincoln Place, I saw Doris Bain, Fran Lawson and Jacqueline Kostrub
in 1988 when my twin brother Ray died. I haven't heard from one other member
of that class of at least 40 or more students since 1956 (except Joyce Hall
who was at the 39th reunion). I was glad to see their names and addresses
on that list - so many of them in Pittsburgh. If there is a next time, I
am offering my services to help try rounding them up.
Pat Todd (Frank)
11/4/2008 9:30 PM
All about J. Lynne Matsik (sheehy) Myers
After high school graduation, I was married to Patrick Sheehy; we had 2
daughters: 15 months and 4 months when Patrick was killed in an automobile
Four years later I met my present husband through Loretta Cecere Kelly. We
married and while he was in school I worked for Horne's for two years until
I became pregnant. I left Horne's and along with Joan Johnson opened a shop
in the railroad station in Edgewood. We entered Three Rivers Arts Festival,
but our work did not make it.
When I was 8 months pregnant and my husband graduated from Pitt Dental School
and we moved to Warren, PA. Chuck opened his practice, and we had three more
girls and then a son, bringing our family total of children to 6.
I have always been very interested in the arts, especially when my children
were in school, I stayed very involved in the arts program there, and then
I got involved with PCB, and the dangers to our water supply. We met with
the EPA, DER health officials. We succeeded in getting the PCB out of our
area and did a total cleanup. next I represented the county at conferences
on toxic waste problems, and approached the county commissions and convinced
them that they needed me. I had my own department which had a health study,
ground water study with USGS and also had to map out the black fly program.
I worked for the county for 4 1/2 years until all the studies were completed
and reported to the public. During this time, I was also Chairperson for
the Michigan Art Train coming to Warren where we held a week-long celebration
of the arts.
During this time I also attended classes at Pitt, Cornell and Goddard Colleges.
In 2005 our family home burned to the ground. It was a difficult time for
us losing all of our family treasures that had much meaning to us, but in
January 2996 we moved into our new home; we have 43 acres of land and stayed
in Spring Creek. This was nothing compared to one of our daughters having
a stroke, and another having colon cancer (she is now 10 years free of the
disease), so we celebrate and live life and yes, I am 70 but truly feel like
I'm in my 50's. It will be wonderful seeing all of you at our reunion.
11/4/2008 9:06 PM
From Melvin Ramey
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California/Davis
EDUCATION: The Pennsylvania State University and Carnegie Mellon
University..Degrees: B.S. , M.S, and Ph.d
Has taught at many prestigious colleges and universities including: Univ.
of California/Davis, MIT, Carnegie Mellon University. Mostly, experience
is at UC/Davis in both Academic/Professional and administrative. Also, holds
membership in many professional societies.
Honored as one of the "50 Most Important Blacks in Research Science"-Science
Sprectrum Magazine (2004); College of Engineering Alumni Distinguished Teaching
Award (2002); Black Engineer of the Year Award (1993); Honorary Member of
the Golden Key National Honor Society (1992); Outstanding Faculty Advisor
Award (1987); Magnar Ronning Award for Teaching Excellence (1985); Inspiration
Award presented by UC Davis Black students (1973); Outstanding Teacher (presented
by the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers at UC Davis
(1974); Outstanding Teacher at Large (presented by the students of the College
of Engineering, UC Davis (1973)
Has published twelve + papers in his field.
Melvin can be reached via email at:
11/4/2008 9:30 PM
From Ed Meszaros:
Background: After leaving high school, I joined the military and served 22
years on active duty. My career in the military took me to assignments and
travel to numerous countries including Germany, England, Greece, Japan, Vietnam,
Thailand, Taiwan, Korea, Philippines and Malaya. It was a cultural experience
and an education that I will never forget, and one you can not get from book.
While stationed on the island of Okinawa (Japan) in the late 50's, I met
my wife who was in the Army and working at the US Army Hospital. We were
married in October, 1960 and have four children (2 boys and 2 girls).
After retiring from the service we moved to Florida where I was employed
by the McDonnell Douglas Corp. as a Product Support Specialist and later
as Manager for International Marketing for 13 years. In 1991, I accepted
a position as Director of International Marketing for a small Australian
company and moved to Canberra, Australia for 3 years. Throughout my military
and civilian careers, I lived in 8 countries and visited 32 other countries
throughput Europe, Middle East, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia.
Now fully retired, my wife and I are enjoying our grandchildren who live
nearby, and I play golf a few times a week and still root for the Steelers,
Penguins and Pirates.
Please extend my best wishes to all of our classmates. My e-mail address,
should anyone want to contact me is:
10/30/2008 4:34 PM
From Jack Moss
After graduation from Allderdice, I attend Pitt for two years and graduated
from the University of Florida with a degree in Pharmacy. Actually, my family
moved to Pompano Beach as I was about to graduate from high school, but I
stayed in Pittsburgh because my feet were frozen to Nicholson Street.
I practiced pharmacy for a while, and then was appointed Director of the
Broward County (in Fort Lauderdale) Welfare Department, managing social services
and the county medical clinics. This is getting too long ...
I was elected to the County Commission in Broward, served two terms, went
into the travel business and owned one of the largest travel agencies in
Florida, and wound up working for Governor Bush and now Governor Crist,
responsible for public assistance and child welfare in Broward and Palm Beach
Counties, with a staff of 1000 and budget of $300 million.
Along the way I got a Masters and Doctorate in Public Administration. My
wife, Debbie, is a judge. We recently purchased a condo in Ecuador, where
we expect to retire. Anyone interested ... just let us know.
10/29/2008 11:35 AM
Hi Essie from Barbara Solomon Rose:
Looking forward to another great weekend at our Reunion.
Shelly (Rose-class of 54) and I celebrated our 50th Anniversary June 1st.
We have 3 children 48-48-43 and 6 grandchildren 21-20-18-18-12-10 Our three
oldest grandchildren attend colleges in Florida. Two boys are Seminoles(Fl.
State)and our granddaughter is a Gator(U.Fl). However, they are still very
committed to the Steelers as well as all of the Roses. Our senior high guy
is hoping to attend University of Florida too. Our youngest granddaughters
are 7th and 5th grades.
We retired from our business in Greensburg over 20 years ago. We moved to
Aventura and now live in Boca Raton, Florida and are very fortunate to have
our children and grandchildren living very close to us. I have a real estate
license, play golf, mah jongg and have been painting on canvas, glass and
unique furniture pieces.
10/22/2008 8:20 PM
Philip H. Ruben D.D.S
A quick biographical note of me is the following: After Taylor Allderdice,
I went to Pitt undergrad, Pitt Dental school, was in the Navy program and
was in Vietnam '63 and '64, was the dentist for the U.S. Embassy in Saigon.
Elaine Kessler, my girlfriend came from McKeesport, PA. She graduated from
Chatham and came to Vietnam in 1964 where we were married. Later I did a
Post graduate Prosthodontics at the University of Southern California School
of Dentistry, and I taught there for 30 years, and have been practicing
Prosthodontics in the Beverly Hills area. I take care of and have taken care
of many Hollywood celebrities (still practicing). I live in Beverly Hills,
have two children: Jill who is an attorney, is married and has two little
girls, lives in New York, Jason who is an E.R. Doctor in San Francisco.
My main hobby has been antique cars. I have carried it to the extreme and
shipped a 1904 Oldsmobile for the London to Brighton run...some boys never
change, just the toys do.
10/22/2008 8:12 PM
Ethel Schachter Zeilinger:
Graduated from Pitt with a degree in Speech and English, married in 1960
and moved to a Cleveland, OH suburb. Three sons all married with two children
each = six grandchildren ranging in age from 18 to 4 years of age. Later
I divorced, but now have a wonderful man in my life.
Worked as a career counselor, etc in Career Services Department at Cuyahoga
Community College in Cleveland, and retired in 1998.
Was and am still very active with the Beachwood Chamber of Commerce as a
member of the Board of Directors, and chair various committes.
Work now part time at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospital
10/22/2008 8:02 PM
From Nancy Friedman Karp:
Norman and I married in 1957 (going to be 52 years in February). We have
three kids: Jordan, in Pittsburgh, Michael, in Pittsburgh, and Susan, in
Ann Arbor, MI....and six grandchildren.
I worked as a substitute teacher and as a crime victim's advocate in the
Armstrong County D.A's office. I attended Pitt, but graduated from Indiana
University of PA; We have lived in Pittsburgh, Orlando, FL, Kittanning and
now, since 1996, we live at Chautauqua Institution.
Some of the more interesting things in my life have been: a founder of the
battered women's shelter and sexual assault survivors' program in Armstrong
County, a naturalist at the Nature Conservancy's Bear Mountain Lodge in New
Mexico, leader of weekly bird walks at Chautauqua for many years, and our
travels often center around nature in general, and birding in specific and
we often travel in our Winnebago motor home.
The Laramie Project was a "sea change" for Norman and me: In August 2001,
I auditioned for and got a major part in "The Laramie Project" as part of
the cast for the Chautauqua Theater Company,(Two community members were cast
along with equity actors and the conservatory members to help show that hate
crimes can happen anywhere, not just in Laramie.
10/22/2008 7:25 PM
From David Breakstone:
I an a college professor; writer/editor/consultant in Massachusets and the
writer/editor of four books.
I've been married to the same woman for 40 years: two sons, age 33 and 27.
My pastimes include writing, reading, traveling and following the baseball
adventures of Murray Chass.
10/22/2008 7:25 PM
From Judy Feldstein Smalley:
I'm thankful for having such a happy life and sharing it with my husband,
Joel, a son and daughter and their terrific spouses, and sharing all my teaching
skills with two grandsons now 7 and 5 years old.
We love traveling and spending time with friends old and new. I still think
the class of '56 is the best!
10/22/2008 12:01 PM
Jae Brown-Jobb and Paposi-Jobb, Andor
are hoping to make the Reunion Party on Saturday, November 8th. Well
be in Pittsburgh for my husbands Judo match in Wexford in the afternoon;
so if he doesnt break his neck, well be there.
We live in Emlenton, Pennsylvania a pleasant small town on the Allegheny
River in Venango County. I continue to pursue my pleasures writing,
photography and collecting. My husband, Andor, is a retired Professor of
Fine Arts from Clarion University. We have been married for ten years, and
amazed and pleased to have found one another.
Andor continues his lifetime commitments to painting and Judo. (See his Judo
.) He is a current, 2008, Pennsylvania, US and Worlds (WMJA) Judo champion.
I write for a local newspaper the Progress NEWS a column entitled
Artists Among Us and enjoy web site design. Together we travel
to various places in pursuit of judo/juisitsu events; and we work together
for our local arts council Allegheny RiverStone Center for the Arts
located in Foxburg, PA
10/18/2008 3:18 PM
Sonia Winer Freedman:
I was married to my high school sweetheart, Stuart (55) for 44 years. I live
in Farmington Hills, MI and have two children and four grandchildren
I spent several years as a professional model including runway modeling.
I developed a very successful manufacturing coropration with husband, Stuart,
manufacturing women's jackets for all of the National TV soaps.
As CEO of the corporation, I travel world wide and often to Dallas, TX, Atlanta,
GA, Las Vegas, NV, Chicago, Il and New York where my collections can be seen.
The Corporation was written up in Women's Wear Daily as one of the outstanding
jacket resource in the country.
10/18/2008 3:12 PM
I have been married for 48 years to Marian Rosner, class of 1958, and have
two: a son, daughter and 3 grandchildren.
I am President of Allied Optical Company and in the wholesale optical business
for 50 years.
My hobbies are playing tennis and doing crossword puzzles.
10/18/2008 3:12 PM
BS in Civil Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 1961; Masters in Urban
Planning, Wayne State University 1966.
Seven years City of Detroit: Highway Engineering (2 years), City Planning
32 1/2 years: Planning Director: City of Troy, Michigan. Married in 1965
to Betty: Three Children (Kristin, Brian and Laurie) and five grandchildren.
10/18/2008 3:12 PM
Henry (Hank) Solomon:
Married 1963, moved to Miami in 1973. Opened a homeowners & construction
rental equipment company. Expanded company to include special events and
party equipment rentals. The company has two locations and a central warehouse
with a fleet of 10 -12 trucks.
After 35 years in business, the company was sold in July 2008. I enjoy my
family, and we have also traveled extensively. It's been some life!
10/18/2008 3:12 PM
Marcia Rubinoff Rosenthal:
Continue to work in my own business as an art consult which means buying
and selling art for corporate and private clients. Also, I am certified as
a fine art appraiser. I do a lot with photography as an art form.
10/15/2008 10:07 PM
Over the last several years I have acguired horses as a hobby, and own and
stable 4 of them in the Seven Springs area. I ride 2 to 3 times a week most
of the year weather permitting. Bernie Weiss and I have ridden together over
the years in Wyoming and Texas as well as here in Pa he also is a horse owner
in California as well as once owning an outfitting company in Wyoming.
I would be interested in finding out from the class if anyone else shares
this interest in horses.
Please distribute this note for me if possible
Date: 9/17/2008 4:31PM
From Jill Norwell.
Hi Essie and the rest of the gang,
I guess I was on the missing classmates list for a very long time, but now
somehow I am back on the radar screen. I was happy to be contacted recently
and invited to the upcoming reunion. I had hoped to be able to get there
but it will be impossible for me to attend. Hopefully, I can make the next
one. I was just in Pittsburgh in August to visit both my brother and sister
who still live there.
For your information, I moved to Ottawa, Ontario Canada, in 1973 and lived
there for 5 years. We then relocated to South Florida in 1978 and I am still
living here in Delray Beach.
As I am going through the website, I have our graduation year book at my
side with all of the farewell notes written next to the photos, and I must
tell you that the nostalgic feeling that I am having is overwhelming. The
website is great! Please keep me your mailing list.
My fondest regards to all,
Jill Fine Norwell
6304 LaSalle Rd
Delray Beach, FL 33484
Date: 9/9/2008 10:44 PM
From Richard Zionts.
I would love to be able to attend the TAHS Reunion but have a wedding to
perform on Sunday, November 9th and will be unable to come. To bring classmates
up to date on me. I am the Founding and Presiding Rabbi of the Har-El institute
for Study and Worship in the Reform Tradition, Member, Union for Reform Judaism,
in Palm Desert California. I am also an Adjunct Faculty member at the College
of the Desert, Palm Springs, CA in the Department of Philosophy and the
California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly) in Pomona, CA as an Adjunct
in Philosophy and Religious Studies. I am Married to Lynda , and we have
four children and eight grandchildren. We reside in Palm Springs, CA. I would
appreciate classmates keeping in touch. My email is
Date: 9/5/2008 1:26 AM
Dear Rita and Essie,
The class of '56 website is great and since I can't attend the reunion I'm
sending a photo to be added to the Classmates' Photos. I hope one of you
is the correct person to receive this. Allderdice was a great school and
I look back with many fond memories. The attached photo is of my husband
Lou and me. Thanks and regards to the class of 1956.
Ruth Picovsky Klein
Date: 9/5/2008 12:15 AM
Hi Esther, how are you??????........I continue to work 5 days a week, but
love my two jobs, and having fun.......teaching aqua fitness, floor, and
chair exercise classes to seniors thru our Saddleback Jr. College Emeritus
Classes.....2 - 50 min. classes each am......then I nanny a 10 yr. old from
2-6pm daily....... I am engaged, to a wonderful man named Carmine Voli who
is a graphic designer, and we enjoy each other's company and travel
together..............now for one of my high school memories......
There was a English Teacher by the name of Norman, can't remember his last
name......I had a crush on him, along with my friends: Rita Calcaterra, Berring,
and Pat Cunningham......after school or weekends, or at a pajama party......we
would call his home. When he aswered or came to the phone, we took turns
making the call, and would simply say,"OHHHHHH NORMAN!!!!!!!, hang up, and
laugh ourselves sick ........we kept this up allllll semester.......went
to class and sat there so smug, and feeling soooo cool, that we had this
secret. Then it was the last day of class, where we had a class party with
food, drinks, and records to dance by.......Normand came over , pulled me
out of my seat to dance with me.......I was so scarred and nervous, my face
flushed and I started to tremble and shake a little......I,m thinking, I
cannot believe I am Dancing with my teacher! ......this is tooooo goooood
to be true,.....!!!......then I panicked with fear, that some how he knew
I had a crush on him ( I was the one who called and bugged him the
most)............I would rather die, than for him to know the truth!!!!!!!!!!!
Then he looks down into my eyes and smiles, and says, relax , what are you
soooo uptight about? ( You see, I was so nervous, I was stiff as a board,
and had a death grip on his hand!!!!! ......LOL) .. Then he whispered in
my ear, "What would you like to say to me now?"......"Would it be, OHHHHHH
NORMAN" !!!!!!!!......SO LIKE A FOOL, I SAY' SO YOU KNEW IT WAS ME?".......AND
HE SAYS'" OH YES,....... BABY, ".......( mocking me) .at this point my face
got beet red with embarrassment, , my heart was beating in my mouth, and
I left the room mortified.......The wonderful secret was exciting and fun,
but the reality of the truth, took alllll the fun out of it.......That cured
Rosemary Albrecht Swanson
Date: 9/5/2008 12:14 AM
From John Strauch
. My e-mail address is being changed from the one you had to a new one, which
Please note that, in addition to the obvious server change, the new address,
unlike the old one, has no period between my first and last name.
As far as news is concerned, I have, as of last year, and, I am sure, like
most other class members, retired. I was a senior partner in the law firm
of Jones Day, with 2,250 attorneys in 16 offices in the United States and
16 offices in Europe and Asia. For the last 13 years of my tenure with the
firm. I headed our litigation practice, which had, by the time I retired,
grown to just under 1,100 lawyers throughout the world.. My wife, Gail, and
I now split our time between our home on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, and
our home in a suburb east of Cleveland, Ohio.We have two surviving children,
a son who practices law in North Carolina and a daughter who is a family
therapist in eastern Pennsylvania, and three grandchildren.
Date: Feb-10-2008 16:27:40
Name: donald steele
Comments: I had a great time at the reunion. I am looking forward to seeing
fellow class of 1956 students on Nov. 8th. I am keeping active, teaching
and being socially active with various activities. My 5 children and 5
grandchlidren also keep me active. 5'11", weight 180lbs. Mother Nature has
been good to me. Keep in touch!!!!
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