You have shared your memories with us and told us what interesting things you remember about your high school years.  NOW, share your thoughts about the reunion experience.


  Paul Siegal
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Hi Fellow Classmates...

For those of you who have not heard, Howard Watch passed away January 31, after a long and brave battle with pancreatic cancer.  The memory of his friendship is something I will always cherish.
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  Patti Gassner Fields
Saturday, November 13, 2010
My hat is off to the planning team for a fabulous job on our 50th reunion.  I know that a lot of attention was paid to details. A as result I’m sure my husband and I were among the crowd that had a wonderful time. It was great to reconnect with some long-time-ago friends!  Looking forward to the gathering when the class of 60 turns 70.   Patti  (Gassner) Fields
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  Paula Silverman Maschino
Friday, November 12, 2010
There isn't praise sufficient for all the hardwork that the committee put forth to make our 50th reunion an outstanding success.  It was so good seeing so many whom I hadn't seen since the 25th.  Funny...I felt so much more "connected" with everyone this time around.  Is it our age??  I wish I could be a part of the planning committee for our 70th, but at this distance I doubt that's possible.  Anyway...both Lou and I are looking forward to the 70th BD.  Two years will probably feel like they have flown by.  See you all then.  Love to all, Paula
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  Laura Blum Klemes
Friday, November 12, 2010
You did a great job for our classmates
with all your hard work.
Believe me, it was appreciated.
It was a wonderful event - as proof, by Sunday
my feet were killing me!
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  Robert Kotler
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
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  Sharon Kolesky
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Dear Classmates,
I don’t think we realized at the time that we had such a special class.  Friends were made and kept and those we did not keep in touch with we renewed relationships with.
This past reunion showed the character of the people we are.  We care about each other whether we get together once a week or once a year.  We are made of good caring stock and at this time in our life we realize the importance of maintaining relationships with people that we grew up with.
Just like the Westside’s guys get together and call themselves the Great Vest Side we are all from Von and the North side.  WE should call ourselves the Great Von Steuben Class of 1960
It is so important to continue the friendships we have made and renewed.  .  We are older and now have our priorities in the right place and being together should be at the top.
Just reading the responses from so many of our classmates you have to realize how important this reunion was.  I just hope that those that could not attend will be there next time.
We now have our 70th Birthday to look forward to.
To my classmates   I love you all,
Sharon Kolesky
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  Jeff Schesnol
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
It was a great weekend getting to visit with classmates not seen for so very long.   The most important thing we have in life are the people we meet along the journey.  We leave and take marks with those for whom we care most.  Certainly high school is part of the foundation on which we build.  Those formative relationships help create our personalities that carry us into the heart of our lives.  Thank you for being a part of my life.  Hopefully we will meet again going forward and it will not take 50 years next time.
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  Gary Boehm
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I had a wonderful time meeting up with old friends & I wished that more people were able to be there that night. Hopefully, when we have our 70th birthday reunion, there will be people that were missing at the 50th.
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  howard kogan
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Dear Steve,

I was very happy to hear from you. After we met last at the 25th
reunion I went to Belgium for about 8 months and then moved to Israel
for 6 years. It was a great place to raise kids & both my sons had
their bar mitzvahs at the wall. These were some of the best years of
my life.

Even though I can’t Remember breakfast this morning I can remember
crystal clear our younger days as best friends. You were the popular
one & the athlete & got me into the Warriors & Condors after I was
rejected in the first pick. I was a shit athlete and you told me to go
for 2nd base because it was easy and it was, except when Johnny
Shulman came to bat.

While you and your dad played catch in front of the house on Drake
ave, I chased girls on my motorcycle.  You were a baseball fanatic –
the white sox were your saints and the cubs were your devils. Sorry to
hear you don’t play any more but tennis is also a great game. Any way
enough Baseball rubbed off on me to make a Mitzvah many years later.

I think it was about 1987 & I had been living in Natanya about a year
and I was shopping at the the Hertzelia Hyper market. My American
accent attracted an X- criminal lawyer Leonard Khan To introduce
himself. He retired and moved from New York to Israel after his
partner was shot to death by a dissatisfied client. His dream was to
start a little league in Israel. My kids went for it right away as
they both played baseball in America.
 The next thing I knew I was in charge of recruiting & training the
Natanya Team. Unlike Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, & other  towns I had no kids
that even heard of the game except my 2 sons. Natanya was populated by
mostly French Jews from  Algeria & Morocco. We had some big Government
Buildings full of Ethiopian kids and Leonard had received a large cash
donation from a charity committed to helping the Ethiopians from
operation Moses settle in Israel. So I was expected to make a special
effort to recruit them. Most of these kids were survivors of one of
the most recent Jewish tragedies and I was happy to help them in any
way I could. At the end I had 23 boys that we had to teach the rules,
how to throw, catch, and bat.

Of my 23 boys 15 were Ethiopians & 8 were from poor families who only
joined up for the free shirts. The Ethiopians were a mess. Most were
orphans who saw their families die in the desert. They were alone in a
strange culture with a strange language and had every reason to be
screwed up. I had 3 boys who learned to pitch throwing rocks at snakes
in the desert. Svee was the best, he threw like a bullet and could hit
a dime at a hundred yards. Couldn’t catch a pop up but always pitched
no-hitters. My youngest son was catcher, he new where to put the ball
and used to soak his hand in an ice pack after the game. I had a
couple sluggers and when they connected it was a homer. So that was it
we won most of our games with no-hitters & homers. Svee never came to
a game or practice by himself. I always had to collect him. He would
go into these deep depressions and a few times I couldn’t get him out.
Those were the only games we lost.

By the end of the first season Leonard Kahn’s little league was well
established. Lots of new teams were organized, & lots of money &
equipment was donated. Most of the new kids were Americans and played
well. He bought new uniforms for the teams making the finals. My kids
never had such nice cloths so they used them every day.

Even though we got good press we were an embarrassment to Leonard.
His nightmare got worse when we arrived in Jerusalem for the
championship games.  Our uniforms were faded and tattered. When
warming up our team looked like a bunch of clowns on the field but
still we won every game and took that big trophy back to Natanya.

Foot notes: This story sounds like a Hollywood production. But it is
actually the true story of The First Season of little league base ball
in Israel.

On some of the new teams in the finals a few kids were able to hit
Svee’s pitching. A fowl got you a walk. Only in one game did the other
team score – a long fly dropped by our outfielder & an infield home
run but we still won 3 to 2 in extra innings.

The kids on my team glowed when they carried that trophy off the
field. They were born losers and this was the first time they ever
experienced winning. It was a learning experience which proved to them
that winning is a possibility and not just a myth.
Natanya threw a Victory party and their Trophy was placed on display
for years to come.

They were proud & so was I. Even though I was fortunate and had many
wins in my life I never dreamed I’d get one in base ball.

The next year Leonard put his  son Randy in charge, they initiated
enrolment fees and mandatory Insurance -  I started writing a book &
it all became a memory.

Well that was a long story ………. Now I under stand you have spent some
time in Israel,
Let me know if you heard of the Kahn’s or anything else about the
little league in Israel also I’d love to hear what you were doing in
the last 25 years.

Give my love to Gail
–    I’m extremely happy to hear you had such a good life together
All the best wishes for you & your clan.


P S: At present I’m curator of a new Asian art museum – I have some
conventions next month so I’m probably going to miss the reunion.
Perhaps I’ll catch the next one if there are enough of us still

On 9/22/10, Steven Shanok <> wrote:
> Hi Howard,
> Thanks so much for your email; it is terrific to hear from you. With the
> snail
> mail, I
> might have a postmark as a clue as to where you are right now, but email is
> more
> anonymous.
> When we last saw each other, I believe you had left Israel for Belgium?
> Then
> someone may have mentioned that you were back in Southeast Asia. So where
> the
> hell
> are you now, and are you planning to attend the reunion?  Even though I had
> sent
> in my check,
> I later learned that grandson Nate was playing in a major tennis tournament
> that
> weekend in
> Orlando and I am tempted to blow off the reunion and go down there. But if
> you
> are planning to
> come in, I would opt to stay here.  Heck, we could take a walk down Drake
> Ave
> together,
> check the charred remains of Sandman's front lawn, run on Harry
> Seigal's grass,
> and
> ring and run from Mr. Lurie's front door.
> Let me know what your plans are.  If you cannot travel in, then let me know
> when
> your
> autobiography will be published.  I know all about our first 18 years
> together,
> but your
> ensuing 50 years would, I am sure, make a marvelous and fascinating read;
> and, I
> could
> tell people that the author was my best buddy growing up!
> Hope you and all your loved ones are well.  Gail sends her love.
> Steve
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  Marvin Israel
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
 Like Ron Futterman, I too remember Glen Hewitt shuffling the deck, but I first started thinking seriously about mathematics in his classes.He was the only HS math teacher I had that lectured about topics not in the text - I remember his lectures on set theory and his brief mention of category theory - a subject I am still studying.When I was teaching I had students write notes in a "Hewitt Book," a stitched composition book, with a black and white speckled hard cover. They are still being sold.But I have much better memories of my chemistry partner, Madelyn Grodess! 
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  Marvin Israel
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
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  Jeffrey Schesnol
Monday, September 20, 2010
Lasting memories include:
1. Selling magazines as a Freshman (not Time or Reader's Digest) out of a briefcase in the hallways and staircases.  Very enterprising and lucrative, but not smart
2. Asking Dr. Otto Heinle in German class if I could do an extra credit report on a famous German paper hanger.  His response was "Out in the hall"!
3. After completing a Geometry final exam, talking with Madelain Gorodes, getting caught, and we both got F's on the final.
4. Returning from Rochelle's during 8th period with Ginger Blutman (obviously not a lunch period) and getting seen in the hallway by Miss Manaster.  Ginger changed her hair color by the next day, but I couldn't grow any taller.
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  howard kogen
Saturday, September 18, 2010

What is scary & shocking is the number of our good friends that are no longer with us,


What is apparent is we got old & look old – the current photos prove it,


What is really great is the good lives that most of us had & still enjoy – full of  accomplishments, love and happiness with heaps of  children and grand children.


What is most beautiful is after all we have done in the last 50 years we still share such clear and warm memories of  our high school days. We can all be proud to have taken part in an ageless experience of mischief, fun and friendship that after a half century still makes us smile, laugh & really feel good.

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  Paula Silverman Maschino
Friday, September 3, 2010
Probably one of my fondest memories relates to 4A Dress-Up Day and the guys (Johnny Shulman, Buddy Sodikoff, I believe Hank Saberman,  and the "big guy" whose name escapes me at this moment) dressed up as women...and cleaning women no less!  We did have fun that day.  Another memory was the one and only time I cut class at Rochelle's with Sandy Marine and locked ourselves in the bathroom so we could smoke.  When Mr. Fink came around we simply did not open the door.  Of course, Ms. Manaster had the pleasure of keeping us in dentention for a day or two!  I am so looking forward to seeing everyone in October.
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  Hedy Freed Margolin
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Does anyone remember the attendance person, Miss Manaster?  The first time I returned after being sick, she really nailed me.  My paper wasn't the right size among other things being wrong with my excuse.  When I finally left her office, I was wrung out.
  Linda Shapiro Goldstein
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
I remember singing" Poor Lill and Blue Moon" with Dianna Chern.  Betty and I both sang it on the phone today .We remembered all the words.  Thanks for the memories Dianna
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  Marvin Israel
Monday, August 2, 2010

I have many memories of Von and walking home with friends. Some of them I know since kindergarten.

Unfortunately, some of the greatest smiles I have ever seen like those of  Billy Gurtz and Debby Kozner are no longer with us. That really sucks!

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  Meta Krause
Monday, July 19, 2010
  Hank Saberman
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
I can still remember all those days sitting on "THE BENCH" at BrynMawr and Kimball.  Remember Gill's pharmacy?  I sill remember Donna Weiner with her Ford that had the solid top going into trunk.  Ah> if my memory was still good I'm sure I could remember alot more like:  for Robinson and Wolf>>> Pinky Cashmere.  See you in October.
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  Barbara Ender Glass
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
 So sorry it has taken me 3 messages to get the idea...this is what happens when you are multi-tasking & doing 3 things at one time!My favorite memory, like Ron Futterman, was our favorite math teacher. Although everyone was in fear of his shuffling those cards, he was amazingly helpful to me when I was out of school for weeks with Mono. He tutored me on his own time at school to help me move forward. He is the reason that I always had a love of math.  My real fear was of the "LIL Gents "sitting on the stairs of school making comments as you walked by. Lennie Saks really was so nasty but I learned to stand up for myself and never fear words! 
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  Ron Futterman
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Mr. Fink busting Howard Kogan for smoking within a block of the school. I think Fink was hiding in the bushes by the bridge over the river.

Cleaning out the locker I shared with Howie Watch at the end of our senior year. There was a pair of girl's pjs at the bottom of the pile. I wasn't invited to the locker sleepover!

Mr. Smith parading around the boys gym with his umbrella, which he threatened to open in a lmited space where rain didn't fall.

Glen Hewitt shuffling the deck, calling my name to stand at the board, and asking, when I was unable to complete the problem, if my parents knew how dumb I was. I don't remember if I said anything in response; probalby not. Later, to add insult to injury, the sob's signature was on my draft card!
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  Sue Sosin
Friday, June 4, 2010

One of the memories I have is of Howard Kogen picketing the office on graduation day morning.

The other is Glen Gardberg's bullfighting demonstration in Selma Katz's speech class, with Howie Kogen (again!) as the bull. Glen ended the speech by firing a cap gun at Howie and saying "If all else fails, you can always shoot the bull!" I laughed so hard I almost fell out of my seat!

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  Ruth Wagman Bolotin
Friday, May 28, 2010
I remember Jeff Schesnol signing up for 2 lunch periods--one that said "lunch" and the other the other said "Rochelles" .  It was accepted!  Ah, for the times when there were no computers, just human error.
Does everyone remember Bug House Sqaure?  Marv Israel was a regular.  One time he stood on the steps of Von Steuben and gave a speech telling us girls that we should throw away our bras.  Marv, you wouldn't say that now!
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  Anna-Marie Miller Brodsky
Sunday, May 23, 2010
You asked for memories---one I always tell my children about was how I walked up the hill to get to Von and, of course, when I walked home it was up hill also.  I will never forget the cold windy mornings.
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  Irwin (Irky) Shapiro
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Hi, I'm looking forward to our reunion and would enjoy hearing from my 'old' friends and classmates.Irky 
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  Barbara Ender Glass
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Fashion Editor/TV Reporter/Image Consultant/Speaker /BloggerMarriedone sonMy latest venture is my fashion  blog: infashionchicago.comwhich is part of Chicagonow.comSo much fun to keep moving with the world of technology today. Check it out.Barbara
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  Barbara Ender Glass
Thursday, February 18, 2010
 Sending lots of warm regards to all my former classmates. Please follow me on my blog:Infashionchicago.comwhich is part of that is owned by the Chicago Tribune.The blog changes daily & follows the format of a magazine since my background in print included being the Founding Fashion Editor at CS for 6 years along with working at Glamour for 6 years & on NBC5 for 10 years. It has been so much fun!Barbara
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