June 11, 2015


 Ken Plass (1960) with his wife Sandy and two of his seven grandchildren on a recent cruise to Alaska.

Class of 1960 guys who were in a club .. 

Mike Newton, Jimmy Healy (on shoulders), Tommy Baker (President), Kenny Ganim (Vice President), Pete Cybriwsky, Richie Lohman (on shoulders), and Artie Dorrmann.

March 25, 2013

Zippy cartoon by Bill Griffith

Random memories -

click on cartoon to enlarge

Here's recent Zippy strip  in my series called "Random Memories". It all takes place in Levittown, in my home at 47 Red Maple Drive North. Ed Emshwiller, well-known sci-fi illustrator and filmmaker, lived next door--the incident is true.

-Bill Griffith

March 22, 2013

You can take the boy out of Levittown . . .


click on cartoon to enlarge 

Thanks to Bill Griffith for permission to use his "Tower of Power" strip. He is a 1962 graduate of McArthur High School in Levittown and is famous for his Zippy The Pinhead strips.

Bill Griffith's website is:

March 11, 2013

How a Levittown Boy Scout learned many lessons about religion more than 55 years ago

How a Levittown Boy Scout learned many lessons about religion more than 55 years ago

Also learned was how we are all interwoven to each other no matter how we worship

What a beautiful story Kathy Stahlman Zinn told about Levittown and St. Bernard’s Church earlier this month in this blog.

I, too, used to go to St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. Quite a few of Boy Scout troop 160's meetings were there. I often walked there from Elm Tree Lane, which was near the North Village Green. I had many happy memories there but it was also the home to one of the saddest moments of my life, as well.

Our beloved Scoutmaster, Mr. Carroll, was suddenly been struck down with what I now believe was a heart attack. He and his son Wesley, who was older than I, but a good friend, always made this Jewish kid from the lower east side of Manhattan feel welcome as a true brother in scouting. They both took me under their wings and made that time of my life most memorable. But I digress.

The sadness came when the funeral for our Scout Master was held at St. Bernard’s, and our whole troop was in attendance. Not only was this my first funeral but it also was the first time I attended a Roman Catholic Mass. I cautiously entered the vestibule of the church and tried to blend in with my troop as closely as possible.

I entered the pew and turned my attention to the altar where the congregation was transfixed. My first view was the massive image of Christ behind the altar. Then came my first experience with death and its many rituals.

The coffin was open and there lay our Scoutmaster, poor Mr. Carroll. Shock raced through me like a bolt of electricity. Now the Mass began. At that time virtually everything was in Latin and I was having enough trouble with English and learning Hebrew at our local temple. I knelt and genuflected as best as a beginner could and soon it was over.

Now came one of the hardest things I ever had to do in my short life. Members of our troop all rose and slowly marched past our beloved Scoutmaster in a final farewell.

That day I learned many lessons about religion, life, death and the value of friendship. I also learned how we are all interwoven to each other no matter how we worship. Like Kathy, I too remember St. Bernard’s Catholic Church and the many lessons about life that it taught me.
Damon Solomon is a 1960 graduate of Division Avenue High School and a Hofstra University alumnus. He lives in Florida.

March 9, 2013

My Favorite Things: a version for seniors

New lyrics for Julie Andrews' old song

To commemorate her 78th birthday, actress/vocalist, Julie Andrews made a special appearance at Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall  for the benefit of the AARP.  One of the musical numbers she performed was 'My Favorite Things'  from the legendary movie 'The Sound Of Music'.  Here are the lyrics she used:

Botox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Cadillacs and cataracts, hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

When the pipes leak, When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don't feel so bad.

Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Back pain, confused brains and no need for sinnin',
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin',  
And we won't mention our short shrunken frames,
When we remember our favorite things.

When the joints ache, When the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I've had,
And then I don't feel so bad.