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Sad announcement for TRUMPET:

The Trumpet is sad to announce the passing of Kathy Ritchie, Class of 1967, Associate Publisher of Directories. Kathy died on March 17, 2017 in Florida.

Kathy worked tirelessly for years to improve our Directories and keep them accurate and updated.

Kathy will be missed by all.


St Pattys Day      

Are You Starving Your Brain

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

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.
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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


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!

Trumpet update: 3/25/17   WB

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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!

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!

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 MARCH
1) Barbara Maturse Lexington HS,MA‘69
2) Ruthann Bridge THS‘62
2) Jan Pistek‘65
4) Ivy Shulman (Hurwitz) ‘66
5) Karen Halbert‘60
6) Joan Austin (Geier) (June) ‘51
6) Linda Wikstrom (Moran) ‘60
7) Ellen Lutter (Petersen) ‘60
8) Lee Shake‘57
9) Kathy Reinhold (Torgersen) ‘67
9) William Keller‘62
10) Jeanet TeUhler (Springstead) ‘59
10) Laura Schnurr (Pope) ‘74
12) Theresa "Tammy" Muller (Brown) ‘65
13) Mr.Robert Katz (retired English Teacher-THS‘53-‘66)
14) John Rodi‘60
14) Dan Spellacy‘67
14) Frani Longo‘65
14) Patricia Campbell (Schild) ‘65
15) Donna Barcia‘73
16) Patricia Argenziano‘60
16) Patricia Ann Brennan (Baeza) ‘58
17) Patrick Cleary‘58
19) Conrad McDowell"Mac"‘59
19) Tom Pynn‘60
19) Robin Erickson (Rank) ‘62
20) Earl Morey‘62
20) Robert Conmy‘68
20) Bill Lidell‘58
21) Ernie Friese‘60
21) Rick Thompson Brooklyn Tech‘64
23) Anita Sanchez (Bosley) THS‘60
24) Curt Olsen‘63
25) Elaine Hugo (Tillitson) ‘61
25) Peter Barton‘67
27) Gerald A. Sorensen‘50
27) Mariann Schmitt (Cleary) ‘62
28) Karen VanArsdale (Culbert) ‘59
28) Roy Lykes‘65
28) Linda Koy (Lago) ‘68
29) Jim O‘Dea‘60
30) Ted Rice‘57
30) Judy Frey (Gulizia) ‘62
31) Patricia Ritchie (Bodnar)

Present APRIL
1) Arlene Spark THS '62
1) Roseann Udvary (Tedesco) '60
1) Robert Femenella '58
1) Ray Ellis '67
2) Mary Bang (Levitt) '68
2) Donna Emrich (Gioello) '68
4) David S. Bogaert '78
4) Carol Hauge (Burke) '60
4) Lois Arnesen (Altman) '60
4) Jack Tillet '55
6) Barbara Sizemore (Rolando) '60
7) Joseph Lucas '61
7) Kathleen Boyd (Conway) '65
7) Ron Benninghoff '57
13) Allan Keiser '57
13) Daniel Payne '60
13) Julio C. Zangroniz '66
13) Steven Fox '67
14) Walter Hansen '60
15) Bill Carsten '56
15) Susan Shulman '56
16) Linda Kish '65
16) Linda Auffredou (Clarke) '67
16) Sheryl Stone (Graham) '67
18) Arlene Benitez (Torocco) '56
18) Dori Page (Aspinwall) '65
19) Donna Dzubay (Jacobsen) '68
19) Janis Knieriem (Cerciello) '83
20) Tom Hyland '48
21) Billy Hough '56/'57
22) Carl Wehmann '61
23) Nancy Hart (Knieriem) '81
23) Paul Sharrott '64
24) Deanna Munoz (Quinlan) '67
25) William Baur NDHS '72
25) Ed Bowes '52
26) Diane L. Armstrong (Schaming) '67
26) Peter Mackerowski '67
27) Linda Nelson (Curry) '67
27) Kathleen Wilson (Ritchie) '67
27) Neal Frey '65
28) Mary Creagan (Silvestro) '60
29) John Stanton '60
30) Kristen Erickson (Valli) '60
30) Tom Barry '60
30) Robert Gardner '60

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