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Mon, 22 May 2006
Let's hear from you!

Hello all of you 214ers! How about letting us know what you are up to...retirement, grandchildren, travels, still working? Also, your feedback about the 214 Website would be appreciated. It's now seven months since our 45th Reunion, and this website is the place to visit if you want to keep the memories alive. We want to hear from you. Just write a message on the Forum. Have a good summer! Allen Hirsh May 22, 2006
Posted 15:49

60 comments


Retirement
Just a note to let everyone know of our where abouts. We are moving to an active adult community by Toll Brothers in Oaks Pa.This will place us about five minutes from my mother-in- law, and also the same distance from my grandson. We spend a good part of the winter in Boynton Beach Fl. also in a similar community. I retired from dentistry after thirty six years in practice, in 2002. I have taken up golf since then and I play at the game. This is our first summer in twenty years not being at the Margate Beach.But since we have been busy moving into our new home I haven't missed it yet. Hope to hear from fomer classmates in the future. I can be reached at LMH214@comcast.net Larry Harad


Returning to the east coast in 2007
Last month marks my 30th year as a commodity trader (I'm having too much fun to EVER retire). I've been living on the west coast but find it increasingly difficult to be wide-eyed and bushy- tailed at 6:30 am, so by splitting my time between New Hampshire and Florida(winter) I'll get to sleep in a bit. I'm looking forward with great enthusiasm to the 50th reunion. No matter where in the world I am in 2010, I'll be there. Let's hope it's a large turn out. You may contact me at woodyk111@yahoo.com. Woody Kaiser


in the shenandoah valley of virginia
where i've been for 33 years, as an apprentice redneck. my day job is still as a psychology dept head. in my copious spare time i'm still a sworn law enforcement officer and work on police futures (yeh, i know, seems oxymoronic). like woody, i find retirement hard to contemplate. i'm doing a combination of what i like and i what i damned well please. that'd be hard to give up. thoroughly enjoyed the 45th and looking forward to the 50th.
Posted by bud levin


update
In 1997 retired as a FBI Special Agent.Went immediately to work as the spokesperson for the Palm Beach County Florida Sheriff's Office.Previously in the FBI had been spokesperson in Philadelphia and from 1985 till 1997 spokesperson for the Miami Division.Still a member of the Pa. Bar and while in the FBI was in house counsel and legal instructor.Will be retired and living in Highland Beach Florida across from the ocean by our 50th.Married for 40 years to the former Carol Weinstein.Just became grandparents 7 months ago.Life is beautiful.
Posted by Paul Miller


What happened to summer?
Hello Everyone- What happened to summer? I just turned 64 on September 3rd, and as a kid always knew that my birthday signalled a return to school. I'll still be back in the classroom substituting once again. I'm looking forward to the High Holidays, Fall, pumpkin pie, and hearing from you on the 214er Forum. Let's hear from you fellows...how are you doing? what's new with you and yours? CHS is again up and running with the admission of the 269th class. Check in with their website link to see the latest. Have a great post- summer! Regards, Allen Hirsh
Posted by Allen Hirsh


Hi 214 from Art Smukler
Hi Everyone; What a great website. I'm still sorry I wasn't able to make the 45th reunion but am definitely planning on attending the 50th. I'm still practicing psychiatry in Los Angeles and hopefully can continue for many years. This December I'll be married for 39 years (unbelievable) and we have two grown kids(both married) and three grandchildren. I'm not sure who lives out here on the west coast. If anyone is interested in getting together please contact me. Best Wishes, Art
Posted by Art Smukler


Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday
Hello - It's December 3rd, and only three weeks until Christmas; less time until Chanukah. Happy Kwanzaa to those so celebrating, and with the New Year around the corner, I would take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a Happy and Healthy New Year filled with only good times and happy occurrences. Make a New Year's resolution to let your classmates know what you're doing. Use the 214er Forum. Send a photo and an anecdote. We all look forward to hearing from you.Regards,Allen Hirsh
Posted by Allen Hirsh


Reunion Date
I have been trying for 45 years to get to a reunion. For 45 years my pleas have gone unheeded. Can't we have a reunion that takes place on a Sunday so that those of us who are Jewish can comfortably accomodate our religious preferences to avoid travel and any activity on the Sabbath? If a Central High classmate of mine asked us to vote for a day other than a religious day of observance on the calendar, wouldn't we all respond? I am really upset that never has this plea been taken to heart by those planning the reunions. Have a heart guys - life is short and friends of mine are now being listed on the memorial board. Life is catching up with all of us and I hope to see you all at a reunion that is truly a reflection of the great pluralistic nature of Class 214 of the greatest High School in the country. -- Richie Yellin , Delray Beach Florida, Senior Rabbi of Temple Emeth


from the midwest
Here in Skokie(outside Chicago) for the past30+ years. MArried to Ruth for 37 with 2 kids and 2 grandkids. Have been a surgeon for that time and also travel the country working for the Commission on Cancer Was unable to make the 45th but will make the 50th - hard to believe. Life has been good and would look forward to "retiring" , or rather changing activities. Had the opportunity to show my kids the old sod and the south lawn. Hope to visit this site regularly. Enjoyed seeing the material and albums posted. Thanks for keeping it going
Posted by Dick Berk


It's Almost Summer...Again
How are all the 214 class members? I hope that you are enjoying retirement or are looking forward to it soon. I'm still working in the school system where I served for more than thirty- two years...now as a substitute teacher, and I am really having a great time. No meetings, no headaches. The Jersey shore where I live is shaping up for the summer 2007 crowd. My wife Pam and I walk on the boardwalk in Avon-By-The-Sea and Bradley Beach almost every weekend. Look for us; I am the one wearing the read CHS baseball cap. A few weeks ago, my wife and I had lunch with Allen Schawrtz and his fiancee Anna at the Wharfside in Point Pleasant Beach. Great time had by all! Let's here from you out there. If you're reached the 214 Website...you just have to write a comment. Or send me a photo or you and yours...and I'll scan it in our Photo Gallery. I look forward to seeing you at the Fiftieth Reunion, if not before. Allen Hirsh May 18, 2007
Posted by Allen Hirsh


It's Almost Summer...again here at the Jersey shore (a rewrite)
How are all you 214 class members? I hope that you are enjoying retirement or are looking forward to it soon. I'm still working in the school system where I served for more than thirty- two years as a teacher, supervisor and administrator. Now I am a substitute teacher, and I am really having a great time. No meetings, no headaches, no long-term responsibilities. The Jersey shore (Monmouth County) where my wife Pam and I live is shaping up for the Summer 2007 crowd. The boardwalk restaurants are up and running. We walk every week-end on the Bradley Beach and Avon-By-The-Sea boardwalks. Look for us; I'm the one wearing the red Central baseball cap. A few weeks ago, my wife and I had lunch with Allen Schwartz and his fiancee Anna at Jack Baker's Wharfside Restaurant at Point Pleasant Beach. A great time had by all! Let's hear from you out there. If you've reached the 214 Website..just write a comment or send a photo of you and yours. I'll post it on the website photo gallery. I hope you are all enjoying good health, and I look forward to seeing you at the Fiftieth Reunion, if not before. Allen Hirsh May 18, 2007
Posted by Allen Hirsh


It's September...again
Greetings, 214ers! Summer at the beach has come to an official end here at the Jersey Shore, but we're still walking on the boardwalks in Avon-By- The-Sea and neighboring towns. My wife Pam and I enjoy Sunday mornings having breakfast and walking by the ocean.I've got my Medicaire card in hand, blew out my sixty-five candles, opened my gifts, and once again I'm substitute teaching in the public schools of Monmouth County N.J. It's great to see that so many of you are blogging in. I'm rekindling some friendships through this site, and look forward to hearing from you as we move forward to our 50th Class Reunion in October 2010. If you are acquainted with any of our 'missing' classmates, tell them about this website and have them contact us.A L'Shanah Tovah to all of you who are entering into another year. Regards, Allen Hirsh September 15, 2007
Posted by Allen Hirsh


It's September...again
Greetings, 214ers! Summer at the beach has come to an official end here at the Jersey Shore, but we're still walking on the boardwalks in Avon-By- The-Sea and neighboring towns. My wife Pam and I enjoy Sunday mornings having breakfast and walking by the ocean.I've got my Medicaire card in hand, blew out my sixty-five candles, opened my gifts, and once again I'm substitute teaching in the public schools of Monmouth County N.J. It's great to see that so many of you are blogging in. I'm rekindling some friendships through this site, and look forward to hearing from you as we move forward to our 50th Class Reunion in October 2010. If you are acquainted with any of our 'missing' classmates, tell them about this website and have them contact us. A L'Shanah Tovah to all of you who are entering into another year. Regards, Allen Hirsh September 15, 2007
Posted by Allen Hirsh


Preston Kraft
Hello, My dad was Preston Kraft. He graduated with all of you. He passed away when I was 6 months old, so I never got a chance to know him. I was hoping to contact anyone that knew him well just to tell me about him. I've heard all the good things, but I would love to hear about him as a person, stories, etc.


Finding those missing
Hello all - with the amazing people-searching capabilities of the Internet, would one (or some) of you know how to track down our missing clasmates via the web? That might go a long way toward ensuring a monster turnout for the 50th.


Where have the years gone
The things you run into while surfing the net. I've been gone for a long time, but I can't believe its been almost fifty years. This has been a pleasant surprise. I'm retired in Hampton, VA and enjoying life.


Getting In Touch With Your Classmates
Hello classmates-We have now created a network on www.classmates.com exclusively for the members of the 214th Class. The purpose of this new link is to be able to directly contact via e-mail all those who are registered with Classmates. com. We have at present fifty classmates on the site, and for a paltry monthly amount, you, too, can be kept abreast of what's going on with your friends and the class. You can post photos, profiles, and the latest events in your life. So now we have TWO tools for communicating the news of the '14- www.214chs.zoomshare.com for the Website of the 214th Class of Central High School of Philadelphia AND classmates.com. Incidentally, you can e-mail me directly with your photos and info about what you and yours are doing, where you are living, how many grandchildren you have, members of the class you have seen or heard from, and the like. I can be reached directly at phlchs214@aol.com. Hoping to hear from you. Regards, Allen Hirsh
Posted by Allen Hirsh


Spring is Coming! and other point of interest
Getting In Touch With Your Classmates Hello classmates-We have now created a network on www.classmates.com exclusively for the members of the 214th Class. The purpose of this new link is to be able to directly contact via e- mail all those who are registered with Classmates. com. We have at present fifty-two classmates on the site, and for a paltry monthly amount, you, too, can be kept abreast of what's going on with your friends and the class. You can post photos, profiles, and the latest events in your life. So now we have TWO tools for communicating the news of the '14- www.214chs.zoomshare.com for the Website of the 214th Class of Central High School of Philadelphia AND classmates.com. Incidentally, you can e-mail me directly with your photos and info about what you and yours are doing, where you are living, how many grandchildren you have, members of the class you have seen or heard from, and the like. Please note a change in email address: that I can be reached directly at phlchs214@yahoo.com. As always, hoping to hear from you. The thought for today---Spring is only two and a half weeks away. We at the Jersey shore can't wait. Enough, already of the cold and the dark, but so far no snow. March 5, 2008 Regards, Allen Hirsh
Posted by Allen Hirsh


Summer 2008
Hello my dear 214'ers? I hope that you are all enjoying retirement or are looking forward to it soon. I worked this past school year in the same school system where I served for more than thirty- two years as a school administrator...now I'm substitute teaching, and I'm really having a great time. No meetings, no headaches; just responsible for the day-to-day assignment. The Jersey shore where we live is in high gear for the Summer 2008 season. My wife Pam and I breakfast and walk on the boardwalks in Belmar, Avon-By-The-Sea and Bradley Beach almost every weekend. Look for us; I'm the one wearing the red CHS 214 baseball cap.It you want to order one, you can do so on our website. Let's here from you out there. Now that you've reached the 214 Website...you just have to write a comment, or send me a photo or you and yours...and I'll scan it into our Notables of the '14 Photo Gallery. You can also send any of the above directly to phlchs214@yahoo.com. I look forward to hearing from you and definitely seeing you at the Fiftieth Reunion in 2010, if not before. Allen Hirsh June, 26 2008
Posted by Allen Hirsh


Summer 2008 - A Rewrite
Summer 2008 Hello all you 214'ers? I hope that you are all well, enjoying retirement or are looking forward to it soon. I worked this past school year in the same school system where I served for more than thirty- two years as a school administrator...now I'm substitute teaching, and I'm really having a great time. No meetings, no headaches; just responsible for the day-to-day assignment. The Jersey shore where we live is in high gear for the Summer 2008 season. My wife Pam and I breakfast and walk on the boardwalks in Belmar, Avon-By-The-Sea and Bradley Beach almost every weekend. Look for us; I'm the one wearing the red CHS 214 baseball cap.If you want to order one, you can do so on our website. Let's hear from you out there. Now that you've reached the 214 Website...you just have to write a comment, or send me a photo or you and yours...and I'll scan it into our Notables of the '14 Photo Gallery. We have TWO tools for communicating the news of the '14- www.214chs.zoomshare.com for the Website of the 214th Class of Central High School of Philadelphia AND classmates.com. You can also send any of you photos, bios or comments directly to phlchs214@yahoo.com. I look forward to hearing from you and definitely seeing you at the Fiftieth Reunion in 2010, if not before. Allen Hirsh June, 27 2008
Posted by Allen Hirsh


Summer's over, so I'm back to work
Hello, my friends of the 214- Pam & I had a great summer here at the Jersey Shore, but now we're back to the classroom. She teaches a Pre-K class in the Jewish Community Center of Deal, NJ, and I am doing a stint of teaching back in my old district of Holmdel, NJ (both in Monmouth County). This year I'm filling in for a teacher on maternity leave, teaching Spanish to children in grades 1, 2 and 3. I've been receiving e-mail from many of you who have visited our website, and I thank you for your comments and suggestions. It's a bit more than two years until our fiftieth reunion, and we are still missing about fifty members of the '14. Thanks to several of you, we have located a few. However, we need your help. Check out the 'Missing' page on the website, and if you or someone else you know is listed, send an e-mail to us at phlchs214@yahoo.com with the particulars regarding the missing classmate. We'll forward the information to Steve Green and the 214 Reunion Committee ASAP. Have a great Fall. Looking forward to hearing from you all. Cordially, Al Hirsh September 11, 2008
Posted by Allen Hirsh


Thanks Al !
Hello Al, My name is Bob Camardella. I was in class 217, my brother Al was in 208. I was passing a lonely weekend morning when I found your beautiful web site. Thanks for the great memories, especially the 1959 football champion team photo. I was a proud member. My brother, who I loved dearly, passed away a couple days before Christmas in 1999 and I know he also would appreciate your efforts. Thanks again and keep up your great work. Stay well, Bob Camardella November 8, 2008


The passing of Thomas Throne
I would regret to inform you that our classmate Thomas Throne passed away after a brief illness on February 11, 2009. Tom had recently retired from Rohm and Haas Pharmaceutical Company where he had been a pharmaceutical engineer for more than thirty-five years. His son, Thomas, Jr. (239th class) informed us of his passing. Check out Tom's retirement photo and bio on the '214ers of Note' website. Our condolensces to the Throne family. Allen Hirsh February 24, 2009.


The passing of Thomas Throne
I would add that Tom had recently reached out to the class through an e-mail after he came across our 214th Class website. He very graciously forwarded a detailed biographical sketch of his family, children and the many activities that the closely-knit Throne family did together, along with a retirement dinner photo; the photo that he is holding is from the 214 Yearbook . He was proud to have been a pharmaceutical chemist (not engineer as I reported above) and to have grown professionally with the company. He was looking forward to a busy, fun-filled retirement with family members and friends. He will be sorely missed by all of us.
Posted by Allen Hirsh


Hello from Richard Rose 4/17/2009
4/17/2009 Hi everyone, Why I absent-mindedly entered "Central High 214" into a Google search, I'm not sure, but, VOILA! Here's this Web site! This is the first I've tried to contact the old Alma Mater. You bet I have every intention of attending the 50th reunion! After Central, I attended Temple University, then Hahnemann Medical College. I did my medical internship at Albert Einstein Medical Center, then left Philadelphia for good and served 6 years in the Navy where I did my residency in Psychiatry at Oakland Naval Hospital. I moved to Southern California where I was in private practice until I moved to Maui, HI in 1991. I left private practice and joined the VA in 2000. My wife and I moved from Maui in 2005 to the wild west cowboy town of Prescott, Az. Then in 2007 to Lecanto, FL in where I am the Chief of Psychiatry for the Community Based Outpatient Clinics of the North Florida/South Georgia VA Health System. I've been through the standard life changes - one divorce, two marriages (the first 20 years, this one 25, I think it will last), heart attack & 4 vessel bypass graft, knee surgery for torn medial meniscus, confusion on seeing snapshots of me and wondering who that old guy is in the picture. I have 4 sons, all with professional careers, living in Florida, Iowa, Utah, California (doesn't anybody stay in one place anymore?). I can't wait to see all you old (and I mean OLD) farts at the 50th! Rich


It's Almost Summer--Again!
It's Almost Summer...Again How are all of you? I hope that you are enjoying retirement or are looking forward to those golden leisure-filled days soon. I'm still working in the school system where I served for more than thirty years as a school administrator...now as a substitute teacher, and I am really having a great time. No meetings, no headaches. I've also rejoined the Boy Scouts of America, this time as a District Commissioner-- an association with the BSA that I've had for more more than fifty years since my first summer at Treasure Island camp back in 1954. The Jersey shore where we live is shaping up for the summer 2009 crowd. My wife Pam and I breakfast and walk on the boardwalk in Avon- By-The-Sea and Bradley Beach almost every weekend during the summer months. Look for us! I'm the one wearing the red CHS 214 baseball cap. I hear from so many of you upon finding our website and then leaving your thoughts. As the Fiftieth Reunion gets closer, more of you will make contact. Pass the word on to those you see who are listed as 'Missing'. Let's hear from them as well. Our goal is to have as many of you as possible attend the Fiftieth Reunion. If this is the first time you've reached the 214 Website...I urge you to write a comment in the Chat Forum... or send me a bio or photo of yourself and yours...and I'll scan it in our Photo Gallery. Revisit the Website often, and e-mail your fellow Centralites about it. I look forward to seeing you at the Fiftieth Reunion, if not before. Happy Mother's Day! Allen Hirsh May 10, 2009
Posted by Allen Hirsh


Summer of 2009
Just received notice of our 50th. My, how time flies. I've lived in Boynton Beach, Fl for 9 years enjoying retirement. I spend hurricane season, August and September, in Philadelphia. This year I will stay in Philly until after the birth of my first grandchild in November. Still love the Phiilies and the Eagles!!!
Posted by Don Samuels


hear from you
I would like to make contact with any old classmates. Larry
Posted by Larry Harad


The Passing of Joseph Poulshock
Saddly I would inform you of the passing of Joe Poulshock on July 7th, 2009. I had been e-mailing Joe recently and included him in the 'Notables of the 214' photo gallery and established a link to his website where you can see his glorious photos of Philly and his exciting artwork. His website PhillyJoe.com gives you a sense of this gifted individual and our friend. He will be sorely missed.Our condolenses to his family.
Posted by Allen Hirsh


The passing of Jules Shapiro
We received the sad news of the passing of Jules Shapiro from his son, Avi: "My Father, Jules Shapiro, passed away on October 4th, 2008. He had very fond memories of Central High, specifically of playing Basketball and Baseball for the school. I am sorry that he will be missing this event. Sincerely, Avi Shapiro(Jules' son) Steve Green's response was particularly poignant: Avi: I am so sorry. Thank you for letting us know. I remember your dad gliding across the court. He was a very smooth player, the kind that sneaks up on you because you don't expect him to be so good. I also remember him being very pleasant. We will remember him at the reunion. Good wishes to you. Steve Green
Posted by Allen Hirsh


The Passing of Philip Lank
Phil Lank passed away on May 7th, 2008. He was a graduate of the US Naval Academy in 1964 and lived in South Carolina at the time of his death.
Posted by Allen Hirsh


Joseph Poulshock
Regarding Joe's website-which I urge you all to check out to see his immense artistic talent- was listed incorrectly above. Please note that his website is www.JoePhillyPainter.com. As was said previously, we will miss Joe.
Posted by Allen Hirsh


50 th reunion
well starting to find guy's thru facebook . started with lou stern and has grown.went back for the 25 th and all the klein's sat together.sold my company in 1990 and left in 95 to be county treas. after several terms as city councilman.moved to our lake house full time about 8 years ago.stayed involved with scouting,rotary,masonic orders. two daughters with 5 grandchildren all with special talents that make me so proud.don't get back to philly since my parents passing have a brother in mt joy and a sister near lancaster.spend much of my time on my stamp collection travel to judge at stamp shows from chicago to wash DC and international to canada. spend about 30 weekends a year a great retirement plan.if you remember i worked at penn fruit after grad school at their expense i stayed in the food biz. my company was a food brokerage and represented over a 100 major company's and had 91 employees timing is everything when you plan on selling.drop me a line i live halfway between cleveland and columbus.


Bill Cosby receives Mark Twain Award for Comedy
An e-mail from Bruce Gimelson: "Did anyone see the Cosby special where he was given the Mark Twain award for comedy? He had a Central grad conduct the orchestra which played the School song and the Fight song. Incredibly funny evening-even had Dick Gregory! See you all at the Fiftieth! Best, Bruce Gimelson"
Posted by Allen Hirsh


A blast from the past
Hello to any and all of my former classmates. I recently found the website our 214 website and wanted to get in touch again. After attending Temple University from undergraduate through PhD, I began my career as a writer. I spent over twenty years managing Communications functions for The Home Insurance Company and Citibank in New York (too bad they don't give frequent flyer miles for train journeys) then opted to work more locally in Communications for the Pharma industry for another 10 years or so, until I retired. My wife Nancee and I have been married for 42 years, and our sons and their wives have given us the joy of providing six grandchildren. We live in Princeton, New Jersey now, and I'm keeping busy by auditing courses at the University, going to concerts and seeing movies. All in all, it's lots of fun, and certainly beats commuting four hours a day. I'd love to hear from any of my old friends--and I'm looking forward to the 50th Reunion. Best regards, Steve Goldstein


Feb 2010
After two marriages of many years, five children, four careers, and a life where l wake up feeling blessed every morning, currently back in Philadelphia for a while. Will be at 50th gladly. Travel 8 months of year and will do so until I no longer can.


Spring in Potter County, Pa.
Spring is finally happening here in Northern Pa. Our country home is located in a beautiful valley. The west branch of the Genesee River flows through our back yard. The beavers built a dam last fall, so there is a good habitat for ducks and geese. Retired from teaching electrical engineering technology at Alfred State College a few years ago. Had a great time. Spoke with Frank Stratton a few nights ago. He is doing great.


the 50th Back with Family
I read with interest,joy and pleasure the above comments. Oct. can t come soon enuf.I am now retired in Florida(still have family in Philly) enjoying life with wife#2 (of thirty years) We travel,play golf,sometimes together,enjoy an occasional cruise and spend some time on charitable endeavors. I feel blessed in many ways including having been part of the 214 and CHS. I hope to see all my friends at the 50th. Until then stay healthy and well.
Posted by Tom Dina


The Reunion is coming!!!! Are you ready?
Fellows- Tomorrow, Sunday, June 20th, 2010 will mark the fiftieth anniversary of our graduation from 'Dear Old High'. Next is the Reunion Weekend, October 15-17, 2010! Don't be left out of this once-in-a-lifetime happening. Firm up your plans now. Check out the Reunion News and the Reconnect Social webpages for the latest information. Send your photo and bio into Marv Weinstein today. You'll want to be included in the new 50th Anniversary 214 Yearbook. Check out the 2010 Yearbook webpage for the details. Order a 214 Cap or a shirt...it's on the website, too! Check the CHS Links and click on! Start wearing your old school sweater, or one of the many 214 shirts we've gotten at our previous reunions. What else can I say? Visit the 214 website weekly, if not more often. Practice the School Song, virtually revisit the school through the many links on the website...there's so much to whet your appetite. Get moving, members of the greatest class to have ever graduated from CHS. See you in October at what may be the greatest party you've ever attended. In the meantime, have a great Summer. Regards, Allen Hirsh
Posted by Allen Hirsh


Coming from Israel to the Reunion
I am finally going to make a reunion. Really looking forward to trying to see if my memory still works with recognizing old friends that I haven't seen in 50 years. I am staying for the weekend and pray that someone will recognize me. Central High was a very important part of mine and yours in our lives. In fact I was asked to officiate at a funeral of someone from Central well before our time together in the 214 - I was told by the family that "he loved Central as much as he loved life!" I thought what could I say as the eulogy. So I sang "Dear High" - and all his friends sang it with me - In fact the song goes well with the 23rd Psalm - but, this is not the time for eulogies, unless "fine words" about life and friendships are the order of the day. Looking forward to seeing you all -- Richie


PC in our "Central High" Song
Hi Guys, Did anyone notice that our "Central High" song has been tampered with. After 69 years, I still know the first stanza of "Central High" COLD! Much to my surprise instead of "For thee thy sons will labor.. I find " For thee we all will labor... OH! I forgot CHS is coed. However, it will always be (as long as I have breath)"thy sons will labor"... Looking forward to seeing all of you soon.


Ride to Reunion
Is there anyone that is going to the reunion that live close to Plymouth Meeting that I could ride with Friday and Saturday evening. My night vision is a problem and my wife just broke her right foot and can't drive. I aimed for the left foot and missed. We attended her Germantown High School 50th reunion last Sunday and don't understand why everyone looked so old except us; although only my wife was the only one walking with a cane. The 214 hedge fund investor still has not materialized.


Great! Great! Great! A Thousand Times Great!
It was wonderful...our Fiftieth Reunion. Those of us who attended, and the number was in excess of 110 had the time of our lives. The memories will stay with us long after the words stop describing the events, the people and the friendships that were rekindled. Check out the Photo Gallery on this website- The Fiftieth Reunion- A Retrospect to see the dynamics of life-long friendships and the bonding that is that of the 214. Dear High, Dear Central High...and all of my class mates... may we enjoy good health and the experiences that life holds for us while keeping the days of CHS and the 214 close to our hearts. See you at the fifty-fifth (we'll be 73!) in 2015. Allen Hirsh
Posted by Allen Hirsh


Happy New Year 2011
Happy new year 2011 to all of you, my friends and classmates of the 214th Class. May the New Year bring with it good health and good times. I look forward to seeing each and every one of you at our 55th Reunion in 2015--if not before. Take care of yourselves. Come back to the website often to relive those golden days. Regards, Allen
Posted by Allen Hirsh


"central intelligence"
there will be a sampling of books and papers by members of the 214th class on display at the central high library, most likely beginning in march. should anyone else like to have work on display, please let me know: raymondtumarkin@gmail.com, or contact ms burton at central: 215-276-5262. thanks, ray tumarkin 810 southampton avenue wyndmoor, pa 19038


Summer 2011... and the livin' is easy
Let's hear from you! Hello all of you 214ers! How about letting us know what you are up to...retirement, grandchildren, travels, still working? Also, your feedback about our 214 Website would be appreciated. It's now eight months since our 50th Reunion, and this website is the place to visit if you want to keep the memories alive. There is so much to review, so many web pages filled with nostalgia. Memories of the 50th Reunion abound thanks to Ken Rosen and me. Our great photos and descriptive narrative provide you with a 'virtual' trip to the 50th Reunion-if you couldn't attend the actual event. Old friends together once more; it just doesn't get any better than this! And while you're at it, why not write something on the 214 forum? As I said, we want to hear from you.By the way, I live at the Jersey shore and summer has arrived; 95 degrees in Belmar this afternoon. Excuse me, I'm going for a dip in the ocean. Have a great summer. Allen Hirsh June 9, 2011
Posted by Allen Hirsh


Happy New Year 2012
Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday Hello - It's December 28th, and with Chanukah, Chrismas and Kwanzaa over for anotyher year, we now look forward to celebrating the New Year 2012. I would take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a Happy and Healthy New Year 2012, a year filled with only good times and happy occurrences. Make a New Year's resolution to let your classmates know what you're doing. Use this 214er Forum. Send a photo and an anecdote. We all look forward to hearing from you.Regards,Allen Hirsh
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Summer 2012
Summer 2012... and the livin' is easy. Hello all of you 214ers! How about letting us know what you are up to...retirement, grandchildren, travels, still working? Also, your feedback about our 214 Website would be appreciated. It's now eighteen months since our 50th Reunion, and this website is the place to visit if you want to keep the memories alive. There is so much to review, so many web pages filled with nostalgia. Memories of the 50th Reunion abound thanks to Ken Rosen and me. A video of Art McNally's monologues about his career at CHS and beyond- thanks to Wayne Saslow- are now included on the website. Our great photos and descriptive narrative provide you with a 'virtual' trip to the 50th Reunion-if you couldn't attend the actual event. Old friends together once more; it just doesn't get any better than this! And while you're at it, why not write something on the 214 forum? As I said, we want to hear from you.By the way, I live at the Jersey shore and summer still hasn't arrived..at least in terms of the temperature; 60-70 degrees has been the norm. But we're ready for its arrival.The BBQ grill is ready to go, so if you're in the area,just text me. We'll put a shrimp on the barbie for you! Allen Hirsh June 5, 2012
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70 years and counting
Hello everyone- What a lousy Labor Day at the Jersey Shore- drizzling, chilly, but the beaches are crowded. September 3rd happens to be my birthday-my 70th birthday. I sure don't feel seventy...well most of the time. It's been a good summer on the whole, and I must say that I have enjoyed each and every day, walking on the boardwalk with my wife, Pam, catching up on the must-do list, updating our class website, working on my train layout. Don't forget to send in any photos, bio info, or any details of your life you would like me to post on the website. I look forward to hearing from you. See you on the South Lawn. Take care,Allen
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I am a convicted child molester.
Posted by W Graboyes


70 is the new 39
Remember how Jack Benny was an eternal 39, don't you feel that way also. Yes, we all turned 70, but what the hell. We are CHS graduates, a cut above the norm. The majority of you are professionals and what I gather from your bio's, still working. For the most part we are married over 40 years, have lots of grandchildren and screw the sequester. So when we're 75, I mean 39 we will get together for our 55 reunion. If you're bummed out about the weather in Philly, come and live the good life in South Florida. Life is good, really good. Chuck


The Bright Ones
On March 16th, while snowflakes fell in Philly, my wife and I had a special dinner on the patio of Boca Raton Hotel Resort outside overlooking the golf course in balmy eighty degree weather. What was so special you ask; well Marv Weinstein decided to invite the brightest 214 classmates he knew. Included in this elite group besides me and Marv, were Barry Bickman, Larry Harad, Mickey Kaplan, Alan Marcus, Paul Miller, Gerry PACKMAN, Neil Schlackman, and Neil Scholnick. Why were they considered so brilliant you ask again; well that's an easy one, they spend the winter in South Floida while you freeze your peckers off in the North. Using that theory, I must the smartest of everyone because I live here year round. A great time was had by everyone and their wives. We're all looking forward to the 55th reunion and thought should be given to holding the 60th down here. Chuck Tishgart


55th Reunion 2015
Happy New year 2015- belatedly to all my classmates. Those of you having their mini-Reunion in Boca.....have a great time. It's winter at the Jersey Shore, and the weather has been- well, winter-like. Our 55th reunion will be held on Friday night, October 9th at the Sheraton Society Hill in the Olde City, Dock Street, in Philly. Mark your calendars now! The event will feature lunch and a tour of CHS beginning at noon, followed by an evening of schmoozing with your old classmates. A wine- and-cheese party will be held simultaneously for our spouses or significant others. Check out the 55th reunion page on this website for the most up-to-date details as they become available. In the meantime, I hope all are enjoying good health and quality time with those you love. Be well and I'll see you on the South Lawn. Regards, Allen Hirsh


Alive and well in sunny Florida
I am looking forward to seeing all my "brothers"inOctober. Hopefully Alan D. will invite me to share a round of golf with he and others.Seems like yesterday we were all togetherat the 50th.Regards to all
Posted by Tom Dina


The 55th Reunion
Fabulous time for one and all. We're getting better with age, and so is our Alma Mater. Good friends, good talks, plenty of reminiscing-all made for a wonderful day and evening. Thank you to Art Brandolph, the Reunion Committee, and our venerable Class President, Steve Green. I am already thinking about the 60th. My wife Pam and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. She was impressed with CHS; it was her first time at the school. But most of all she saw in all of us was what makes the class so special...our boundless affection for Central, and the bonds that still unit us after so many years. Let others sing of college days..See you on the South Lawn. Regards, Allen
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Winter at the Jersey Shore
The 214 Mini Reunion at Boca Raton is scheduled for the end of February, and a great turn-out is expected as noted from the many e-mails I have been copied. Here at the Jersey Shore we are having the usual cold weather(twenty-three degrees this morning) with periods of snow. Last week's storm was the first real snow event of the winter. Looking forward to Spring. Maybe next year we'll join those celebrating the Mini Reunion in Florida-55+ years since Central days. I hope to hear from you all. Let me know whether I need to add to the website. In the meantime take care. Regards, Allen
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Jay Schwartz
Not sure if the word has spread about Jay passing. He certainly was one of the true iconic guys in our class.


Another year and summer 2016 is almost here
It's Almost Summer 2016.. How are all of you? I hope that you are continuing to enjoy good health, and are taking advantage of these golden leisure-filled days. I was chagrined to learn of the passing of Lou Natkin and now Jay Schwartz. Keep their memories alive. On a personal note, it's been fourteen years since I fist retired from education, but I'm still working in the school system where I served for more than thirty years as a school administrator...still working as a substitute teacher, and continuing to have a great time, although most of those with whom I worked are now also retired. I have some neckties older than some of the teachers, but the (the teachers) are all great! Each one eager to teach our leaders of tomorrow, and all very tech-savvy. For the last seven years, I've also been a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, this time serving as an Assistant District Commissioner-- an association with the BSA that I've had for almost sixty years since my first summer at Treasure Island camp back in 1954. The Jersey shore where we live is shaping up for the Summer, 2016 crowd. Beautiful weather lately, and the locals are ready for the influx of the shoobies and bennies---is that outdated? My wife Pam and I often breakfast and walk on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, Avon- By-The-Sea and Bradley Beach especially during the summer months. Look for us! I'm the one still wearing the now faded red CHS 214 baseball cap and the official 55th Reunion T-shirt. I still hear from so many of you upon discovering OUR website (NOW IN ITS ELEVENTH YEAR) and then leaving your thoughts in the Chat Forum. If this is the first time you've reached the 214 Website, I urge you to write a comment.. or send me a bio or photo of yourself and yours...and I'll scan it into our Photo Gallery. I urge you to revisit the Website often, and e-mail your fellow Centralites about it. I hope to hear from you. Be well, and remember those days of old. Regards, Allen
Posted by Allen Hirsh


Classmates
I had mixed emotions reading Orest's obituary. Very sad to learn of his passing, but extremely proud to be his friend and classmate. His accomplishments are truly amazing..


City Line Ave
Just spent a fabulous weekend in Philly attending my really grandson's Bar Mitzvah. Center city was hopping and never looked more beautiful. After all these years I just learned that City Line Ave is really named City Ave.


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