The Tottenville High School Alumni Junction!

The Trumpet provides a free home for Tottenville High School Alumni from all class years, offering stories and news from yesteryear to today.

Happy New Year      

Are You Starving Your Brain

Sent in by Werner: "B12, seems to work".


"Last week I was having lunch in one of my local "watering holes" and an older gent sat down next to me. We struck up a conversation and it turned out that he was from the south shore and lived near Wolf's Pond back in the day. I grew up just a few blocks away so we compared notes and traveled down memory lane, reaching back over 60 years for some of these nuggets from the past. He asked what I did and I told him I was still in business doing architectural drawings for builders and realtors. I'm also active in the local art scene and exhibit in a couple of galleries. I asked what he did and his answer nearly floored me. He was a retired principal from, you guessed it, Tottenville High School! His name is Jeff Preston. What are the odds on me having lunch with a Tottenville H.S. principal? I wonder who I'll run into next on this very small planet. Stay well everyone. I know we will all miss our classmate, Werner- -the original Owner and Publisher of The Trumpet".

George Hess
Class of 1960 THS
I want all my friends and family to watch this - in case I need you. I've watched it - in case you need me. Please watch - and then share. This short video illustrates the best demonstration and gives the simplest explanation of exactly what to do if someone near you collapses and is presumably having a heart attack. You could very well save the life of a friend or loved one. Someone you share this video with might save your life!
- Lee Shake

Heart Attack Prevention

How many of you have seen this video? I would not be afraid to use an AED now. How about you?This is very good; I mean GREAT info so please send on.

Heart Rescue

Please watch this video and pass it to everyone you know. I've seen the AED's in public places, but never knew how easy it is to use one.
- Lee Shake

Arrivals & Passings

By Pat Reischour

Arrivals and Passings

Watch for frequent updates.

Mary Maureen Donohue

An old SI name:
Frank Scarangello, 89
CEO of Scaran Heating and Air Conditioning

THS, Class of '42. Also founding member of South Shore Band.
Read More

FDNY NYPD Trumpet Taps
By Fontaine Piper

Project Home

Missing Classmates Lists

Old: Click on the year below to get to the appropriate list.

1958 1959

New: Click on the year below to get to that class directory, and concentrate on the "Unknown" status = Missing.

1956 1960 1961 1965 1966 1967

Class Reunion Information!!


1967 Fifty Year Reunion

2 Day Event:   October 21, 22, 2017

Click on the Year (below) to get the latest info or see the pictures!

1956     1957

1958     1959

1960     1961

1963     1965

1966     1968

1970     1980

Sent in by: Mike Gorgia-the '78 Class Editor



Pompeii - Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius

Animation made for the Melbourne Museum ,
which This file recreates how the eruption
of Mt. Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii.
You can witness the eruption of
a volcano of over 2000+ years ago.....
Be alert to EVERYTHING ( sights & sounds) that
is happening including:
1. The clouds gliding by,
2. The birds fleeing,
3. The dogs barking,
4. The first steaming of the volcano,
5. The earthquakes,
6. The tiles falling from the roofs because of the earthquakes,
7. The sky turning dark with volcanic debris,
8. The accumulating debris on the roofs,
9. The pyroclastic flows coming down the left side of the mountain,
10.The fires,
11. The buildings collapsing,
12. The pyroclastic flows overcoming the city,
13. The end of the city...... :-(
And be sure to Go Full-Screen. History Buffs will be fascinated


In the old west a .45 cartridge for a six-gun cost 12 cents, so did a glass of whiskey. If a cowhand was low on cash he would often give the bartender a cartridge in exchange for a drink. This became known as a shot of whiskey.

American fighter planes in WW2 had machine guns that were fed by a belt of cartridges. The average plane held belts that were 27 feet (9 yards) long. If the pilot used up all his ammo he was said to have given it the whole nine yards.

This is synonymous with dying. During WW1 soldiers were given life insurance policies worth $5,000. This was about the price of an average farm, so if you died you "bought the farm" for your survivors.

This came about from the ironclad ships of the Civil War. It meant something so strong it could not be broken.

Most men in the early west carried a jack knife made by the Buck knife company. When playing poker it as common to place one of these Buck knives in front of the dealer so that everyone knew who he was. When it was time for a new dealer the deck of cards and the knife were given to the new dealer. If this person didn't want to deal he would "pass the buck" to the next player. If that player accepted then "the buck stopped there".

The Mississippi River was the main way of traveling from north to south. Riverboats carried passengers and freight but they were expensive so most people used rafts. Everything had the right of way over rafts which were considered cheap. The steering oar on the rafts was called a "riff" and this transposed into riff-raff, meaning low class.

The Old English word for "spider" was "cob".

Traveling by steamboat was considered the height of comfort. Passenger cabins on the boats were not numbered. Instead they were named after states. To this day cabins on ships are called staterooms.

Early beds were made with a wooden frame. Ropes were tied across the frame in a criss-cross pattern. A straw mattress was then put on top of the ropes. Over time the ropes stretched, causing the bed to sag. The ownerwould then tighten the ropes to get a better night's sleep.

These were floating theaters built on a barge that was pushed by a steamboat. These played small town along the Mississippi River. Unlike the boat shown in the movie "Showboat" these did not have an engine. They were gaudy and attention grabbing which is why we say someone who is being the life of the party is "showboating".

In the days before CPR a drowning victim would be placed face down over a barrel and the barrel would be rolled back and forth in an effort to empty the lungs of water. It was rarely effective. If you are over a barrel you are in deep trouble.

Heavy freight was moved along the Mississippi in large barges pushed by steamboats. These were hard to control and would sometimes swing into piers or other boats. People would say they "barged in".

Steamboats carried both people and animals. Since pigs smelled so bad they they would be washed before being put on board. The mud and other filth that was washed off was considered useless "hog wash".

The word "curfew" comes from the French phrase "couvre-feu", which means "cover the fire". It was used to describe the time of blowing out all lamps and candles. It was later adopted into Middle English as "curfeu", which later became the modern "curfew". In the early American colonies homes had no real fireplaces so a fire was built in the center of the room. In order to make sure a fire did not get out of control during the night it was required that, by an agreed upon time, all fires would be covered with a clay pot called a "curfew".

When the first oil wells were drilled they had made no provision for storing the liquid so they used water barrels. That is why, to this day, we speak of barrels of oil rather than gallons.

As the paper goes through the rotary printing press friction causes it to heat up. Therefore, if you grab the paper right off the press it's hot. The expression means to get immediate information.

There, don't you feel smarter now?


*Gone are the days when girls used to cook like their mothers.
Now they drink like their fathers.

*You know that tingly little feeling you get when you really like someone.?
*That's common sense leaving your body.

*I don't like making plans for the day because then
the word "premeditated" gets thrown around in the courtroom.

*I didn't make it to the gym again today.
That makes five years in a row.

*I decided to change calling the bathroom the John and renamed it the Jim.
I feel so much better saying I went to the jim this morning.

*Dear paranoid people who check behind shower curtains for murderers,
if you find one, what's your plan.?

Trumpet update: 1/14/17   WB

Have We Updated The Trumpet?

F5! Then look at "What's New." The AOL browser will sometimes not update for several days after The Trumpet has been updated.

Love some of these old songs ...some of you youngsters heard this music because your parents were playing it.

Once In A Lifetime Video 1950-60..
(Be sure to put it on full screen)

This is for you old folks. For those of us who grew up during this era, it likely didn't seem special at the time. Now that we can reflect on our youth it was a simpler time and special. The starting of rock'n'roll music, the dances, the fashions (check out the "Tony Curtis" hairstyles on the guys) and the Cars! Enjoy. Turn up the volume, sit back and remember all the wonderful memories . This music is unforgettable and will be ours forever!

My late younger brother, James and I attended Tottenville High School (so did my older sister Peggy and brother Michael). I have written a book that was just published and thought you may want to let other classmates know about it. It is called:

The life and death of Jimmy Zappalorti

Words Take Flight Books

- Robert T. Zappalorti

Special Scenes sent to me by my sister, Mary Ann Sullivan, '47:

Special Scenes Between Humans and Animals

-Lee Shake

I doubt you have ever seen anything like this!

Flying Over America - Simply Beautiful!

- Lee Shake

Sent in by Herb Bradley, THS '59:

This is awesome! Over 170 (my guess) video clips, edited, spliced together, fast moving, comprehensive of nature’s wonderful creatures, with music. I watched it twice. Enjoy. One of the very best email items. Show it to youngsters.


Pretty amazing photography.

Click this icon to read Pat Naeder's "Medical Advisor" article for February.

Medical image Lets Talk Brain Nutrition.
By Pat Naeder

To view past "Medical Advisor" columns, click this!

70-years ago and today in the same photo. Really neat!!!!

How things looked in 1944 and how they look today.

Left click, hold and drag your mouse gently from right to left on the original photo and it will become the exact same location today. Repeat the motion to take it back to the original. Then scroll down to the next picture and repeat.

The Trumpet
 wishes these friends a very 
Happy Birthday!

(To get on our Birthday List, please email Ellen (Lutter) Petersen)

(If your Birthday is in these months,
the animated Happy Birthday icon)

  Happy Birthday

Present      JANUARY
2) Virginia (Jinnie) Haugland (Ericksen) THS'57
2) Christine Bundesen (Kraus) '64
4) Cliff Andersen'58
5) Tom Krane'60
5) Barbara Karas (Klaus) '65
5) Pamela Howland (Bechtold) '64
5) William Lund'60
7) Nancy Zoole (Kenney) '63
7) Glenn Mehalick'60
9) Judy Larsen (Geller) '62
9) John“Jack”Brophy'57
9) Gloria Kruse'63
10) Cathy Nelson'80
11) Donna Whitman (Carter) '81
11) Patti Mann (Siquieros) '67
11) Ronald“Woody”Wood'65
12) Susan Racka (Stork) '67
13) Edna Bossom (Lanahan) '60
13) Jerry Piotrowski'60
13) Craig S.Jantz'69
14) Karen Moccia (Costello) '62
15) Ann Argenziano'60
15) Kenneth Baker'68
16) Claudia Marshall (Alois) '75
16) Eileen McGovern (Raymond) '79
16) William Schubert'59
16) Ephraim Shulman'61
17) William Doty'63
18) Maryann Ratcliffe (Kotlar) '65
18) Christine Cooper (Brown) '68
18) Andrew Lutter'88
19) Susan PetersenPhillips (SouthernRegHS-NJ) '94
19) Pamela McFadden (Walker) THS'60
19) Harry A.Daniels'59
20) Peter Christensen'60
22) Ellen Unger'67
23) Tom Murtha'60
23) George Bowers'66
23) Charlotte Clark'60
25) Richard Gierman (BrooklynTech&PS1) '69
26) Linda Cutler (Hauck) '73
27) Carol Martin (Bogaert) '56
27) Dan Hickey'62
27) Joe Matthews'67
28) Diana Resnick (Rosenberg) '55
28) Hugh Gilchrist'62
28) Janice Kelly (Bausch) '69
29) Willa Kiritz'65
29) Gilberta Madeira (Bogaert) “Beta”'79
29) Nancy Hoehn (Foder) '68
30) Eunice Schaaf (Cunningham) '59
30) Debby Six (Gregorie) '67
31) Bob Everson (CurtisHS) '57

Present      FEBRUARY
1) Frances Fehlhaber (Coronato) THS‘65
3) Everett Hannah ‘55
3) Larry Morgan ‘59
3) Kathy Buckley (Fuchs) ‘58
3) Lynne Woll (Layman) ‘60
6) Susan M. Edwards (Toran) ‘68
6) Rose Drill (Peterson) ‘63
6) Tim Campbell ‘64
7) James Vance ‘60
7) Betty Brower (Selby) ‘57
8) Roseann O’Neill (Provino) ‘60
9) Margaret Buckley ‘67
10) Florence Bothwell (Cosby) ‘60
11) Herbert Bradley ‘59
11) Margaret Larsen (Rasweiler) ‘58
12) Les Walter ‘59
12) Norman Ellis ‘56
16) Dorothy Preuss (Pastalove) ‘60
17) Sheryl Goble ‘65
18) Alex (Dee) DeFazio ‘61
18) Barbara Gerke (Galter) ‘60
18) Dick Ainsworth ’51 (JuneTHS)
19) Dianne Hunter (Petersen) ‘60
19) John Werbacher ‘59
20) Steve Truzzolino ‘71
20) Karen Johnsen (Rhoades) ‘67
20) Christine Brenneck ‘67
21) Patricia Mazurek (Behary) ‘59
22) Eileen Austin (Ainsworth) ‘51 (JuneTHS)
23) Eileen Velten (Andersen) ‘58
23) Doug Nielsen ‘49
24) Irene Griffiths (Tedesco) ‘59
24) Arthur Port ‘62
24) Barbara Hallstrom (Cavallaro) ‘57
25) Sharon Pedersen (Olsen) ‘63
25) Judy Kress ‘60
25) Judith Murray (Larson) ‘62
25) Richard Dischinger ‘60
25) Joe Maurizio ‘67
27) Ted Hunter ‘57
28) Keith R. Hanson ‘73
29) Dennis Reid ‘74


1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.
2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.
3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.
4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.
5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.
6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries...
7. Every commercial on television has a Web site at the bottom of the screen.
8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't even have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it !
10. You get up in the morning and go on-line before getting your coffee.
11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. :)
12 You're reading this and nodding and laughing.
13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.
14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.
15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list.

~~~~~~~~~~~AND FINALLY~~~~~ ~~~~~~~

NOW you're LAUGHING at yourself! Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused!"
(Unknown Author)


Pasta had not been invented. It was macaroni or spaghetti.
Curry was a surname.
A takeout was a mathematical problem.
Pizza? Sounds like a leaning tower somewhere.
Bananas and oranges only appeared at Christmas time.
All chips were plain.
A Big Mac was what we wore when it was raining.
Brown bread was something only poor people ate.
Oil was for lubricating, fat was for cooking.
Tea was made in a teapot using tea leaves and never green.
Cubed sugar was regarded as posh.
Chickens didn't have fingers in those days.
None of us had ever heard of yogurt.
Healthy food consisted of anything edible.
Cooking outside was called camping.
Seaweed was not a recognized food.
'Kebab' was not even a word, never mind a food.
Sugar enjoyed a good press in those days, and was regarded as being white gold.
Prunes were medicinal.
Surprisingly muesli was readily available. It was called cattle feed.
Pineapples came in chunks in a tin; we had only ever seen a picture of a real one.
Water came out of the tap.
If someone had suggested bottling water and charging more than gasoline for it they would have become a laughing stock.
The three things that we never ever had on/at our table in the fifties... was elbows, hats and cell phones!

Flash-back From The Past!

For desktop - use mouse wheel to move up and down

old memory old memory old memory old memory old memory old memory old memory old memory old memory old memory old memory old memory old memory old memory old memory old memory old memory old memory old memory old memory old memory old memory old memory

Tottenville High School's Official Website, Click:

Tottenville H.S. Official Web Site

To find out what is going on at THS right now, Click:

What's going on now