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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.

The Trumpet needs someone to sponsor "Name That Tune" to replace Ian. :-(
As you know, Ian can't do it any more. I sure miss him, big time. Last friend I had in the south.

Love, Werner

If interested please contact
Image of Ian Ian Etheridge, retired Technical Editor at The Trumpet for many years, died on 10/15/15 at the age of 74 in Aiken, SC. Many of the Trumpet readers enjoyed Ian's monthly game of "Name That Tune". Everyone seemed to have fun with this game (I know I did), and - if you guessed the Tune correctly - Ian sent you a winning certificate! I always enjoyed working with Ian-he will be missed. Werner and Ian were long time friends and I send my sympathy to Werner in this loss. Ellen Lutter Petersen '60

Are You Starving Your Brain

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



Hello to all THS Alumni! This is JoAnne Nolemi, class of '77 and current faculty at Tottenville HS. Concerning the Permanent Honor Roll boards: as usual with news items, there is always more to the story. Here is the full story: Monday
  • The Permanent Honor Roll boards will be REPLACED. Description: 8'X10" masonite, brown, with gold lettering. As of 2010, there were approximately 48 of them. We simply ran out of room.
  • We are at this very moment putting together a digital permanent honor roll hyperlink on our website.
  • We are currently in the planning stage of ENGRAVING all of the names on the walls of our entrance lobby.
  • The reason for taking the boards down was simply due to size and space. There are currently 5,117 names on Tottenville High School's permanent honor roll. These date from 1940 to the graduating class of 2014. The new principal, Joseph Scarmato, is committed to keeping the legacy of our student-scholars always in the sight of our current young people
  • I personally typed up all of the names. (You're welcome) :-). I ensured that every name is typed correctly and that each name is sorted by graduation year.
  • The original boards were photographed and video taped in addition to be digitally archived.
  • Linda Cutler Hauck of the Tottenville Historical Society collected some of the earlier ones, including the first board which is dedicated to Mr. Isidore P. Harris, a wonderful teacher who died in 1940. Mr. Harris conceived the Permanent Honor Roll. He was also the football and baseball coach and instituted THS's participation in the National Honor Society. I am so glad this his wonderful legacy will be remembered here at THS as well as by the excellent Tottenville Historical Society.
Please share this with all concerned Tottenville alumni. I have your back, Joe Scarmato and the administration has your back, and the students are right there with you as well. Our school honors and cherishes the legacy of all of our students and we would not permit our vital heritage to be lost.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments.

Best wishes to all-
JoAnne Luthmann Nolemi '77
Heritage Club, faculty advisor
Vocal Music
Tottenville High School

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!!

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


*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.?


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)

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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!


Pasta had not been invented. It was macaroni or spaghetti.
Curry was a surname.
A take-away was a mathematical problem.
Pizza? Sounds like a leaning tower somewhere.
Bananas and oranges only appeared at Christmas time.
All chips were plain.
Rice was a milk pudding, and never, ever part of our dinner.
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 it and charging more than gasoline for
it they would have become a laughing stock.
The one thing that we never ever had on/at our table in the fifties ... was elbows or hats!

Tommye Fleming
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away.

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!

How Wolves Change Rivers
This is worth a few minutes. Fascinating.

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.

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
George Washington, U.S. President
There never was a woman like her. She was gentle as a dove and brave as a lioness... The memory of my mother and her teachings were, after all, the only capital I had to start life with, and on that capital I have made my way.
Andrew Jackson, U.S. President
I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President

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      NOVEMBER
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
Present      DECEMBER
1) Arlene Rahtes (Hansen) '60
1) Loretta Jasina (Wronski) '59
2) Eileen Romer (Whitford) '60
2) James McHugh '67
2) Barbara Coleman '77
2) Craig A. Valentine Curtis '57
3) Gail Greco (Pikul) THS '68
4) Ed Ogilvie '65
5) Roger Stauch '60
7) Martha Hoehn '62
7) Jean Knapp (Nutley) '59
8) Jeff Norman '62
9) Carolyn Corey '60
9) Jeff Sims '67
9) Christopher Lane '68
10) Charles Fricke '60
10) Fred Leerhsen '60
10) Paul Piper '65
10) Kathleen V. Bradley (Duwe) '69
10) Karen Varnum (Norr) '67
12) Richard Pearsall '67
12) Nancy Reid (Schibinger) '58
13) Ron Hunter '62
13) Thomas H. Baur '68
13) Susan Huckvale '68
17) Bruce List '60
17) Ted Kusulas '68
18) Johannah Hughes (Turner) '60
19) Karin Hansen (Vardigan) '62
21) Ronald Kahl '50
21) Carol Odson (Dilks) '60
21) Chris Corapi '69
21) Werner Ledwon '67
22) Sharon Evans (Simpson) '60
22) Jim Benson '59
22) Fontaine Piper '61
23) Ed Mazurek '57
23) Linda Halvorsen (Miesegaes) '67
24) William "Rusty" Bausch '66
25) Kathryn Donnelly (MallaLieu) '59
25) Rosemary Ryan (Imregi) '67
27) Donna Petty (Besignano) '67
28) John S. Olsen '59
28) Jeff Wedinger '59
28) "Dot" Matthews (Judiscak) '70
29) Terry Maresca '69
30) Maria Francavilla (VanName) '68
31) Norma Losey (Niclas) '63
31) Bonnie Lidell (Richter) '84

BEAUTY PARLOR: A place where women curl up and dye.
CHICKENS: The only animal you eat before they are born and after they are dead.
COMMITTEE: A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.
DUST: Mud with the juice squeezed out.
EGOTIST: Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation.
INFLATION: Cutting money in half without damaging the paper.
MOSQUITO: An insect that makes you like flies better.
POLITICAL CORRECTNESS: A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority.
RAISIN: A grape with a sunburn.
SECRET: A story you tell to one person at a time.
SKELETON: A bunch of bones with the person scraped off.
TOOTHACHE: The pain that drives you to extraction.
TOMORROW: One of the greatest labor saving devices of today.
YAWN: An honest opinion openly expressed.
WRINKLES: Something other people have....similar to my character lines.

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