Amy Ginzig Krakow -- '67 organizer/producer
amyk@me.com

Matty Perlstein -- '66 -- social media/outreach
matt11209@aol.com

Harvey Hamerling -- "the money guy"

 

 


Is all of the info in one place?
Check Events page.

Amy Lynne: Here are the details for Friday Night!!! QUESTIONS? EMAIL MATTY.

Please refer to this document for details. Please cut and paste this and save it on your desktop so you don't have to ask the same questions over and over. Thank you!

The EHHS Classes of 1966-1967 Reunion
Friday October 7, 2016 - Sunday October 9, 2016
Lead Hotel: Brooklyn Bridge Marriott
Second Hotel: Fairfield Inn, 181 Third Ave, Brooklyn
All two-bedded rooms at our discounted rate at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott are booked.
There still should be some king bedded rooms.


There will be an EHHS REUNION registration table set up in the Marriott Lobby near check in. If you will not be at the Marriott, have a friend sign in for you, or you can do it on Saturday night!! PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU REGISTER! AT REGISTRATION YOU WILL RECEIVE A PROGRAM/ITINERARY OF EVENTS, A JOURNAL WITH ADS FROM OUR SPONSORS, LOTS OF PHOTOS AND MEMORIES AND LOTS MORE, PLUS EHHS TOTE BAG AND EHHS ALUMNI TEE SHIRT. AT REGISTRATION YOU WILL BE ABLE TO SIGN UP FOR BUS TRANSPORTATION TO ANY/ALL OF THE EVENTS YOU WANT.

FULL PAYMENTS AT THE SPECIAL RATE ARE DUE BY JULY 15, 2016. IF YOU HAVE ALREADY SENT IN A DEPOSIT WE WILL BE SENDING YOU AN INVOICE IF WE HAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WITH THE AMOUNT YOU OWE. ALL PAYMENTS WILL BE DUE BY CHECK. NO PAYPAL. CHECKS MUST ARRIVE BY JULY 18, 2016. EMAIL matt11209@aol.com FOR WHERE TO SEND CHECKS.

COST OF ATTENDING REUNION EVENTS WILL INCREASE AFTER JULY 15, 2016.

NO PAYMENTS AT ALL WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER SEPTEMBER 2, 2016.

Friday Night: Welcome Dinner and entertainment Dinosaur BBQ
FRIDAY NIGHT AT DINOSAUR BBQ includes Bar Snacks, BBQ Buffet of 3 meats, 3 sides, rolls, cornbread, after dinner sweets, soft drinks, coffee. PLEASE DO NOT TELL ME ABOUT YOUR FOOD NEEDS... THERE WILL BE THE FOLLOWING: GLUTEN FREE CHOICES, NON-PORK CHOICES.
IF YOU ARE KOSHER, OR HAVE ALLERGIES, PLEASE CONTACT MATTY. Alcoholic beverages, beer and wine are priced exactly the same as they are in the downstairs restaurant. There is a full bar in our private room and you'll be able to order what you want and pay for it then and there. The prices are realistic and reasonable. COST OF DINNER AND ENTERTAINMENT AT DINOSAUR BBQ IF PAID BY JULY 15, 2016: $65.00 Per Person. COST OF DINNER AND ENTERTAINMENT AT DINOSAUR BBQ IF PAID BY SEPTEMBER 2, 2016: $85.00 Per Person

Saturday October 8, 2016
Grand Event at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott: Cost $235. if you pay by July 15, 2015 or $275 if you pay until the cut off date of September 2, 2016. No payments accepted at the door. Full post to come with more details.

IF YOU HAVE ALREADY SENT IN A DEPOSIT OF $150, THEN YOU OWE $150 FOR THE FRI AND SAT NIGHT EVENTS EMAIL MATTY FOR INFO ON WHERE TO SEND CHECKS !!!



How do I pay?
We are now only accepting payment by check. Contact MATTY for address to send check to.



What if I can't afford to attend Saturday night's main reunion event?
Tema Drucker Lesser posted on the Reunion Private Group Facebook page,
Update to the idea of a Helping Fund.

I have spoken to a few very helpful fellow classmates and now share our ideas.
1) That we create a fund in which contributions may be made -- if desired -- in memory of a cherished fellow classmate who has passed.
2) Those who SINCERELY want to contribute send an e-mail to me at tlane@tinalanepersonnel.com by May 1st letting me know they are "on board". The amount need NOT be the same for everyone contributing.
3) Those who SINCERELY are terribly disappointed that by "NO fault of their own" cannot afford to pay for the SATURDAY night ONLY portion of the reunion email me at tlane@tinalanepersonnel.com "IN CONFIDENCE" by May 1st.

Those involved on the receiving end need NOT explain why. We the committee will assume those asking would NOT ask if it was NOT necessary for them to do so. Please email by May1st as well. When we receive all the emails we will know how complex a project this is and the best way to proceed.

Those of us who are on FB and able to read this are VERY fortunate because LIFE is still ours to enjoy regardless of how we are living it and what our circumstances may be.

Let's rejoice in the fact that we will see old friends share their stories and remember how lucky we are.

 



What did the deposit cover?
The $150 per person deposit includes $100 for the Saturday night, Marriott Buffet Dinner Dance -- our main event -- and $50 for the Friday night, Sit-down, Welcome Dinner at Dinosaur Barbeque. You can choose to do both or one. The Friday night Welcome dinner at Dino's BBQ requires a $50 deposit per person. The Saturday night, the Dinner Dance requires a $100 deposit per person.

 


A non-Shabbas reunion and glatt kosher food. Any chance?
Friday day events will end before sun down. Saturday night event begins after sundown and if you need Glatt Kosher we have the ability to do that.

 


Can the reunion be done cheaper?
Yes. If we hold it in Bowbells, ND. And even that may be a push.

 


Does the reservation and fee cover my hotel room?
NO. Not our yob. Totally up to you. We have blocked rooms at a negotiated rate but you need to make and pay for your own reservations. The LODGING button on this site is for information only.

 


Is there a list of who's attending?
Yes.
Here's the thing about the "list." If there are friends you want to see -- distant or even close -- you need to find them, sell them, convince them and perhaps even kidnap them. Do the math. The reunion target number of 250 people for Saturday night includes mates. The graduating classes of 1966 and 1967 each had over 1500 members (without mates).
For my reunion in 2014, people actually went and picked people up on the day of the reunion. Some even paid for others. One alumni, Liz (names for clarity) with her husband, Tom picked MaryAnn up and Liz bathed and dressed her for the reunion. My school was small. Only 150 in my class. we had a 75% turnout (do the math -- lol). Anyway the list you all seek is a moot point. If there're people you want there, YOU need to make it happen. All Amy and Co can do is create a fabulous venue. The success for you is up to you. Do the math. You won't regret. It's a true, once-in-a-life seminol moment. Hell, three people apologized to me for events (school and reunions). -- webmaster
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Are you making my hotel room reservation?
NO.

 


Should I make my own hotel room reservations?
YES.

 


Is there a group discount rate for the hotel?
There was. But now those rooms are gone.

 


Can I share a hotel room?
Good idea. And a good way to use our Facebook page. Ask who wants to share a room. Remember, we have a strict "don't ask, don't tell policy." And at this point in our lives you need to ask for the snoring or non-snoring room. Don't forget one of you needs to actually make the reservation.

 


Can I get a refund?
Let's see, how can we put this. No.

 


Is there a list of alumni?
Check the Alumni page of this website.

 


How can I contribute ideas, photos and stories?
We have a Private Group, Facebook page. It contains different posts where we all are having conversations about Erasmus Hall and our upcoming joint reunion ('66-'67). This is where those who have been involved since the beginning have participated in developing the plan. Some of the images used on our website were posted by other alum. There's no way to do it here (website), but this is the very point of Facebook.

 


What can I do?
Promote this event to every alumni you know or can find. Send them to this website. Talk it up. Participate on Facebook. Encourage them to do so. Send money sooner than later. Did we say, talk it up?

And we're desperate for information on our classmates. One of the biggest problems is that the married woman have different names. Almost impossible to find. We need their maiden and married names.

In Memorium. Makes us sad; however, we want all remembered and celebrating "with" us. Please send us any information you have on this. New entries, corrections, confirmations, married names or mistakes -- remember Mark Twain stated that reports of his death were greatly exagerated.

 


How much is this website costing us?
Nada. Designed and hosted by a friend and former business partner of Amy's. Hence the strange url, http://www.rocketscientists.com/ErasmusHall.html. He customized the site he did for his own high school reunion two summers ago. And since it's on his server, there also is no charge for the url or the server.



Amy, why did you take this on?
Some of you have asked why I took on this job. I worked in the magazine business in NY for at least 20 years. I became well known for my work as a magazine marketing director, writer of business to business articles about media marketing and consumer articles about a variety of topics. Because of my skills and talent, I was asked to teach at the Radcliffe Publishing Course, a summer program held -- where else -- at Radcliffe. The students liked and related to me, so after my first year in a dorm room, I was sent to an air-conditioned hotel room and spent seven summers teaching there. Great fun, great inspiration. Whenever you're feeling like you no longer matter in your work, having younger people around who are really really interested really really helps.

Part of my work as a magazine marketing director included events: small luncheons or dinners at lush, upscale restaurants with the editors or writers of the magazines I worked on and media buyers and planners from the clients and advertising agencies. Then, my event work morphed into larger and larger events to promote the publications to all of their audiences: readers, advertisers, potential sponsors. When I did the Festival of Street Performers for the Village Voice and 50,000 people -- called Woodstock in the City -- with a build-out of 3 stages, full lights and sound, closed down Astor Place, Lafayette Street and more, I decided I couldn't really top that and so did another VV Festival of Street Performers on staff, quit, and did them in various cities around the world, for TV, etc. Oh yes, as part of my staff job at the VV, I produced the off-broadway theater awards, the Obies for a few years.

I did have some really good jobs. Plus, I was always very arts conscious. I was on the board of the only not-for-profit arts organization in Coney Island, and suggested at a board meeting that, since Coney Island had such a long history of tattoo parlors on the boardwalk, at the time outlawed by the City of NY for a health code violation, we should put on a Tattoo Festival. The rest of the board looked at me and said: "Amy, you know how to do festivals! Go ahead and do it!" So I did. For ten (10) years. That chapter is being published in 2017 in an anthology of tattooing in NYC in the 80s. And that got me a deal with Warner Books to write a popular, mainstream book on all aspects of tattoos and tattooing, published in 1994. And, a NYSCA grant for the study and curation of how tattooing traveled through the port of NY, a major museum show at South Street Seaport Museum. Followed by my work as a consultant to the American Museum of Natural History for their body art show. And the Coney Island Tattoo Festival on MTV. Yes, really. My insane (and it was insane) tattoo festival in which I hired the most famous motorcycle club in the world to do my security was bought by MTV as a special.

So... Ive done a lot of events. I opened my own PR firm in 1995. Events are a large part of PR, and though my firm concentrated on strategy and tactics which included heavy media placements, I did my share of events, including traveling for a summer on a major rock and roll concert tour with my sponsor, EZ Wider Cigarette Rolling Papers. Ahem.

According to one recent survey, newspapers will be altogether gone by the year 2038. Well... that cuts down opportunities for PR. And the AM TV shows rarely take PR placements any more. It's a heavy blog and Instagram world right now. And the celebrity factor is outrageous. Its not the kind of PR I like to do or want to do. But Ive done it, and had a staff of 30, and all the headaches that come with being a small biz owner. I have a few clients now, but Ive closed the business. Its just me and my part time assistant who has been with me 7 or 8 years. Which gave me lots of time. And boredom.

So, when Matty posted about a 50th Reunion for Class of '66... I said I'd do it if it would also be for Class of '67. Who else would do a job like this? HAHAH. Plus, rather than just having a dinner dance, I could schedule oodles of events over a weekend. Make it fun! Big! Grand! Just wait till I ask some of the former Boosters to recreate the Hard Day's Night routine!!! And with what amounted to a year to do it, I knew I could plan it out so that each part, each piece, could be done at a certain time, with only a bit of overlapping.
I've done events for 40 years of my business life. I can do this like the back of my hand. I wasn't sure anyone else had a similar background, so.... I realize all of the above sounds like a professional resume, but you can see it all on Linked In. Under my real, full name.

So that's why Im doing it. I can work from home. Go to meetings when necessary. Keep myself occupied. The work isn't difficult because I know how to do it, know what to look for, know how to evaluate price/value, know how to negotiate, know how to problem solve and know this isn't about me -- its about all of us. Takes a lot of time, but this isn't difficult work. I can have fun. Reconnect with a lot of people and meet new people who I didn't know in high school.

I hope that explains why Im doing this. I loved and still love EHHS -- even though my high school years were very difficult for me (there is nothing like being painfully insecure).

Since the 1980's I've served on Board of Directors of either arts or health care/homeless organizations and I believe giving back is a part of life. This is part of it. I've had a f#*king great life. I've met almost every one of my culture heroes, made some good money when I had the bigger business, had loads of fun with all of the whacky things Ive done -- why shouldn't I share it!!


What does Goldie think?
50 What??????!!!!!!

Thirty minutes until lunch...Garfield’s french fries and a tall glass of TAB. That was yesterday. Yessiree, Bob. Yesterday! No kidding. I was a senior at Erasmus Hall High School, and it WAS yesterday.

Today I heard about the Reunion. Obviously, there had been some kind of error. Why would I be attending a 50th Class Reunion?!! Hell, I’m only...and then, I froze. For a split second, I had fallen into the muddle puddle. How old am I?! I broke into a cold sweat. I felt a little faint, and nauseous. I put on my reading glasses; to better see the computer monitor. Class of 1967. They’re looking for me!! G-d help me!! Chills ran down my spine. No use in hiding under my desk; the air raid drills of the late 50’s, at PS 130.. were over. It’s time to figure out, how many years had passed, since I last walked through the corridors of EHHS, in my “buff & blue” Booster sweater and pleated blue skirt. The invite was definitely for me. There had been no mistake. TIME, the kidnapper of Youth had found me, 50 years later, sitting at my computer, in my Long Island home.

“What have you done in the past 50 years?” Was that rhetorical? I mean...did they REALLY want a timeline, of highlighted events? I did.. what everyone did! Right? I had lived! I paused. Some close friends had not lived. They, and many others, had been snatched away...too soon. I revised my unwritten reply.
"What have you done in the past 50 years?"
“I WAS FORTUNATE TO HAVE LIVED.”

The reunion is set for October, 2016. A special thing about “remembrance” is that it has a photographic memory. In my mind’s eye, my high school friends are all..still vibrant, 16 and 17 year olds! They are not concerned about tomorrow. They are concerned about winning the basketball game, later this afternoon. The girls smile, and laugh, and giggle as cute boys pass them in the halls. The boys, four abreast, take up space as they walk like winning warriors to their next class.
In an instant,, I find myself in the gray stairwell, following a crowd of enthusiastic kids. They begin to chant.."Let's go, Alio!" Is our football hero ahead of me?! Must be! It is a precious moment in time, frozen as a 'black and white photo' in my mind.

Maybe, I'll go. Pat Andreana Leschen and Ron Daniello..will you be able to find me there? And when we meet, will you remember all the fun we had together..50 years ago?

“Let me tell you something, Cardinal de Bricassart about old age, and about that God of yours. That vengeful God who ruins our bodies and leaves us only with enough wit for regret. Inside this stupid body, I am still young! I still feel! I still want! I still dream!” (Barbara Stanwyck, The Thorn Birds, 1983)

Peace & Recollection,
Goldie



 







ANY QUESTIONS, ASK MATTY

 

 
Crossing The Avenue
by Goldie Pappas

I remember a cartoon owl (wise, indeed) who told me, “Cross at the green, not in between.” It must have been a TV public service announcement between the programming of 'The Beverly Hillbillies' and 'Bewitched'; my two favorite shows. Jaywalking was the new killer of teens. Issuing tickets and fines had been enforced throughout the city. The school’s ONE police officer stood ‘on patrol’ under the Arches. He never left his post..so, getting a summons from him, was not a concern.

“We’re running after the white car. Gimme your hand.” “I’m afraid.” “Don’t be. Let’s go.” Foolishly, because I was so in love, I would grab his hand, and Ronny and I would jaywalk across Flatbush Avenue (a 4-lane street, and the main artery of Brooklyn). Sometimes, we would RUN across. Sometimes, we would WALK across, quickly. But it was always JAYWALKING from the main entrance of Erasmus to straight across the street.

We did this on sunny days. We did this in the rain, without an umbrella. We jaywalked on newly fallen snow. Weather was never a factor. We WERE leaving the school, if only for 30 minutes, or so. Keep in mind, that in those days, we only wore shoes, never sneakers. Our sneakers were kept securely in our gym locker (with sticks of white chalk!)

We could have slipped, and fallen. We could have been lamed, or even killed! (I must sound like a mother, now! LOL I am!) “Ronny, we can’t make it,” I would plead, obviously misjudging the speed of the oncoming cars. “Yes, we can. Don’t be a baby. Come on!” Hand in hand, we would run across, and “make it.” Ronny was never hesitant, nor did he ever second guess himself. When he said, ‘Let’s go,’ he meant it. We would meet our friends across the street; George Sffougatakis ‘66, Nick Balafas ‘66, Patty Andreana ’67, Jimmy Cestare ’65, and Teeny ’65 (Maybe someone will remember his name!)

Please, do not ask me what we talked about, as we stood huddled by the store fronts in freezing weather. What DID kids talk about 50 years ago? I don’t remember..but, I can assure you, it was genuine conversation..‘face to face’ talking…no cell phones and texting!!
Running is no longer in my vocabulary. I wear the memory of “running across Flatbush Avenue,” like an ace bandage, wrapped warmly around my knee.





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