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.
By Pat Reischour
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.
New: Click on the year below to get to that class directory, and concentrate on the "Unknown" status = Missing.
Class Reunion Information!!
Click on the Year (below) to get the latest info or see the pictures!
Have you seen our "Before and After" pages?
A SHOT OF WHISKEY
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.
THE WHOLE NINE YARDS
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.
BUYING THE FARM
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.
IRON CLAD CONTRACT
This came about from the ironclad ships of the Civil War. It meant something so strong it could not be broken.
PASSING THE BUCK / THE BUCK STOPS HERE
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".
SHIP STATE ROOMS
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".
OVER A BARREL
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".
BARRELS OF OIL
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.
HOT OFF THE PRESS
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?
Click these links to go to theSchoolmates Directory and Access to our Class Directories!
If I had a dollar for every girl that found me unattractive, they'd eventually find me attractive.
I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom, until they're flashing behind you.
Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation toward the local swimming pool, so I gave him a glass of water.
Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.
I'm great at multi-tasking--I can waste time, be unproductive, and procrastinate all at once.
If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.
Take my advice — I'm not using it.
My wife and I were happy for twenty years; then we met.
Hospitality is the art of making guests feel like they're at home when you wish they were.
Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.
Ever stop to think and forget to start again?
Women spend more time wondering what men are thinking than men spend thinking.
He who laughs last thinks slowest.
Is it wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly?
Women sometimes make fools of men, but most guys are the do-it-yourself type.
I was going to give him a nasty look, but he already had one.
Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
I was going to wear my camouflage shirt today, but I couldn't find it.
If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
Sometimes I wake up grumpy; other times I let him sleep.
If tomatoes are technically a fruit, is ketchup a smoothie?
Money is the root of all wealth.
No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery
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!
Click this icon to read Pat Naeder's "Medical Advisor" article
Lets Talk Brain Nutrition.
By Pat Naeder
To view past "Medical Advisor" columns, click this!
wishes these friends a very
(To get on our Birthday List, please email Ellen (Lutter) Petersen)
(If your Birthday is in these months,
click the animated Happy Birthday icon)
|1) Eileen Kennedy (Rost) THS||'60|
|1) Dawn Austin (Segarra)||'58|
|1) Barbara Stinemire (McDiarmid)||'58|
|3) Betty Cunningham (Baltrukovicz)||'60|
|4) Jane McGrath (Schreiber)||'60|
|4) Kathleen Swanson (Daly)||'57|
|4) Donna Kern (Zerrusen)||'67|
|5) Betty Wall (Stauch)||'62|
|7) Christine Lally (Haag)||'65|
|7) Alyce Erickson (Taylor)||'57|
|7) Linda Brusco (Aubrey)||'69|
|8) Ed Howland||'60|
|8) Harold W.Ryan"Bill"||'67|
|10) Bruce Moren||'84|
|10) Arthur Erickson (BrooklynTech)||'61|
|11) Barry RogerWoodTHS||'62|
|11) Jack Kirkwood||'62|
|12) Joe Woych||'67|
|13) Bea Kitchen (Albanese)||'61|
|14) Linda Link (Keiser)||'60|
|14) Dave Sayers||'69|
|15) Richard McAloon||'56|
|15) Keith Becker||'69|
|16) Larry Burke (St.Peters Boys HS)||'64|
|16) Richard Passante (NDHS)||'86|
|16) Curtis AubreyTHS||'68|
|16) Ed Isnardi||'65|
|16) Craig Brown||'60|
|17) Johan Curtin (Costello)||'68|
|17) Adele Haberman||'60|
|20) Patricia Reischour||'69|
|20) Priscilla Hobson (Brenner)||'58|
|20) Diane ODonnell (Fay)||'69|
|20) Janet Brown (Genzlinger)||'67|
|21) Gary Ganong||'60|
|21) Miriam McCormick||'59|
|21) Lori Kretz (Zastowny)||'67|
|23) Bruce Paugh||'60|
|23) Carol Mach (Knieriem)||'57|
|23) Bruce Hannah||'59|
|26) Sherri Abrams (London)||'81|
|27) Pat Monahan (Soto)||'59|
|27) Bob Seiler||'68|
|28) David L.Boucher||'64|
|28) John Hrywniak||'55|
|30) Allen Sorensen||'65|
|30) Joseph Bodnar||'67|
|30) Dennis Halvorsen||'69|
|31) John Fiorillo||'65|
|2) Ed Harrison, Jr. THS||'55|
|2) Charlie Walker||'55/||'56|
|3) John T. Semich||'67|
|4) Karen Sohl (Harkins)||'60|
|4) Brian Cunningham||'74|
|4) Joni Putz (Smith-Mackay)||'50|
|5) Donald Harring||'59|
|5) Brendon J. Galvin||'59|
|5) Lucille Nost (Payne)||'64|
|5) Susan Kuhfahl (Matteri)||'65|
|6) Stuart Rundlett||'65|
|7) George Hess||'60|
|7) Dee Vandenburg||'74|
|8) Philip A. Nilsen||'67|
|10) MaryAnn Corrigan||'63|
|11) John Zawitosky||'57|
|11) Jim Nichol||'64|
|12) Mike Mester||'60|
|12) Jim Nicholl||'69|
|12) Nita Rosenblum (Kramer)||'67|
|13) Alice Waldman (Clews)||'57|
|13) Robert Lund||'57|
|13) Lillian McCarthy (Beauchaine)||'59|
|14) Tom Richards||'60|
|14) Jim Barnds (attendedoneyear)||'60|
|14) John M. Rudolph||'67|
|15) Tage Erickson||'67|
|17) Miles Ste. Marie||'67|
|17) Judy Pansini (Pousney)||'68|
|18) Gerilyn Gerdes (McGraw)||'60|
|18) Lois Link (Hummers)||'62|
|19) Maureen Bailey||'61|
|20) Patricia Velten (Sigmon)||'68|
|20) Christine Sleight||'68|
|22) Nancy J. Petersen (Stevenson)||'67|
|22) Tizzy Flournoy||'67|
|23) Clem Andriany||'59|
|23) Lynn Kathcart (Simpala)||'68|
|24) Lawrence LeBrocq THS||'59/||'60|
|26) Janet Cahill (Matthews)||'68|
|27) James L. Baur)||'62|
|27) Bonnie Burns (Boucher)||'67|
|28) Jack Bracken||'60|
|28) Steven J. Schulman 2006|
|29) Robert Weening||'76|
|29) James Mitchell||'64|
|29) Dennis Forlie||'69|
|30) Rick Hummers||'61|
|30) Linda Huth (Syryca)||'66|
|30) AnnMarie White (Stanton)||'63|