Looking Back & Catching Up
Here are memories and updates sent in by Midwood alumni. To share your own experiences, email us. Feel free to leave a message as well in the comments section below!
"Due to health and distance I am unable to attend the Jubilee.
Turned 91 last Nov. Am a WW2 vet. Graduated Jan. 1943, inducted into the army in March 1943. Served overseas the Middle East, India for 2 1/2 yrs. Ran into one of the Ziegan Bro's in Assam Province, India."
-John Bostonian, Jr, Class of 1943
"I was one of the first students to attend Midwood H.S. and I can still smell the new plaster on the walls! When I graduated in 1944 I volunteered in the U.S. Navy WW2 and served on the Ammunition ship U.S.S. Red Oak AK235. We carried 4,000 tons of explosives destined for Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Leyte Gulf in the Philippines.
Four years ago, I Googled it to see whatever happened to my WW2 ship and found out that she was the last ship to come out of the Richmond California Kaiser shipyards line. They took her out of the mothball fleet some 18 years ago and by an act of Congress and Pres. Clinton, the ship was deeded to the Richmond Museum of History as a "Physical Memorial" of the 747 ships built by 96,000 employees to win WW2. It was discovered that I am the sole survivor and on Veterans Day, 2014, I became the Keynote Speaker at the 70th Anniversary Celebration attended by over 400 people. They had the ship and it served in WW2, Korea and Vietnam. But they knew very little about WW2. I filled them in with all the memorabilia I had and many stories of the time. The restoration has been by volunteers over an 18 year period of time by the amazing people of Richmond, CA. Now, she is in San Francisco harbor and is being readied to serve as an attraction to visitors of the bay area. They taped a 2 1/2 hr interview about what it was like to serve at sea during WWII. I am now 90 and never thought in my wildest dreams that I would ever walk on that deck again and relive my life at the age of 18. It was awesome.
My wife Joyce and I are married 65 years and we have traveled the world and you cannot believe how many people we have met in the craziest places that attended Midwood HS!! It has been an amazing experience. Every time it happens, she just shakes her head in disbelief. She says, “You always meet someone from Midwood, I never see anyone." WONDERFUL MEMORIES.
I will leave you with a story of the day Midwood H.S. was emblazoned on the Sunday back Sports page of The N.Y. Daily News! THE WHOLE PAGE! I was to run the anchor leg of the mile relay in an All City Track Meet in Madison Square Garden and I had a very bad cold. When the third runner handed me the baton, we were in 4th place (and, by a lot!) I passed all three runners and I could hear the crowd screaming! I really poured it on. About 20 yards from the finish line, my nose stuffed up and I couldn’t breath! I tried to stretch out my legs but everything turned black and I collapsed onto the wooden track.
Sunday morning, the News had an 8x10 picture of me hanging onto the shoulders of 2 teammates as they carried me off the field. Never saw my face. The back of my shirt and theirs, said MIDWOOD!"
-Robert A. Di Chiara, Sr, Class of 1944
"I am Class of June 1947 and would love to see if there is a photo in your archives of the Midwood Band in hand-me-down Columbia band uniforms when we played at Ebbets Field in 1946 (or '47?). I was playing glockenspiel because my right pinky had been dislocated in gym and I could not play clarinet with (the late) Russ Alben. Ben Chancy let me march with it."
-Bob Groberg, Class of 1947
"It is very sad and unfortunate that I lost all of my Midwood pictures in New Orleans 2005 Hurricane Katrina, along with my HOUSE. I was very active in the class of 1954 and I know that there were a couple of pictures of Judy Spiselman (now Judith S. Newman '54) in the front of the book. I was named the "girl" who did most for the class (alongside the "boy": Phil Dusenberry...who is now deceased) and I was the Conductor of SING for the years we participated. There may be a picture of the back of me, with my "famous white gloves" conducting SING. That SING shot may have been our Senior year 1954.
I am still very devoted to Midwood and alas, I will not be able to attend the Reunion (health). My dearest friend: Rheva Betensky Phillips '54 and I just sent in our 1/4 page ad to the Reunion committee. After 54 years of a wonderful life in New Orleans, LA I now live in Johns Creek, Georgia. Rheva lives in Chicago. We are both widows. It was a Midwood function which brought us back together as dear friends, after a 50 year hiatus. It was at our 50th reunion in Long Island. Although all of those years had gone by, we were right back to the friendship we had (and still have) when we were at PS 99 and Midwood.
I wish the very best love and affection for all Mid-kids but especially my classmates of 1954 and others such as Munro Levitzky '53 and Hillel Tobias.
Thanks for listening. Have a wonderful event."
-Judy Spiselman Newman, Class of 1954
"Sitting here in Tel Aviv on a quiet Friday afternoon, I probably will not be able to participate in the October 2016 Jubilee event.
If there is such a thing as a Midwood Alumni Association group here in Israel, please connect me to them. If not, perhaps you could send me the email addresses of other Midwood alumni in Israel, and I could reach out to them. Then we could get together and create a group photo to send to you.
I believe I went to Midwood from 1956-59, graduated in January of '59, and then crossed the street to Brooklyn College. What I remember from the graduation ceremony was that I was in the choir/glee club, and at the graduation ceremony we sang songs from Oklahoma. There was a memorable moment where we started singing Oooooklahoma where the wind..., while the band started playing Surrey with the Fringe on Top. An uproarious cacophony ensued. The number one song on the hit parade at the time was The Platters singing Smoke Gets in Your Eyes."
-Hillel Schenker, Class of 1959
I hope to attend the 75th anniversary of Midwood High School, most especially because I will be 75 years old in November. With my nom de plume, Zisa Moglen, I am an author of two books:
"Second Lamppost on the Left: Stories from My Brookyn Neighborhood"
"The Flablunget Chronicles: Short Stories, Poetry and Recipes, Yiddish Words"
As a graduate of Midwood High School, 1959, and Brooklyn College, 1963, and Columbia University, 1964, I am proud that I was published in TIME magazine three times. 1989 Janice S. Moglen quoted in TIME magazine:
In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth.
In the twentieth century, Man worked to destroy his world.
Let it be written in the 21st century, Man heals his world.
-Janice S. Moglen, Class of 1959
"Unfortunately, we will not be able to attend the Jubilee, as we have an overseas trip planned at that time. I would like to stay informed and find out where some of my classmates from the class of '66 landed.
In 1969 I moved to Miami, Florida and never looked back to blowing snow, freezing rain and the Belt Parkway at rush hour. The only things I have ever missed were my family and friends and the miraculous SUBWAY system!!
I retired just last month as the Data Center Division Director after thirty-six years with the Miami-Dade County Office of Information Technology."
-Adrienne Alison DiPrima, Class of 1966
"I started the bike club with Bruce Cohen and my Physics teacher, Mr. Edmund Lewis, was our faculty advisor. Our good friends, Samuel Solon, Jeffrey Barasch, Mark Brown, Mark Steinberg and Frank Waltzer were huge assets. I’d be very grateful if you can provide any contact information you may have on my fellow aging baby boomers; I’d love to be in touch with them.
We had about a dozen trips including to Battery Park, Staten Island, Central Park and our end of year picnic barbecue at Plum Beach. Our trips usually had between 30 to 60 Midwood ‘Wobbling Wheels’ club members and everyone had a great time. I have fond memories of a LONG line of bikes going down Flatbush Ave. toward the Brooklyn Bridge.
Our class was considered one of the most apathetic in our school’s history… so much so that our class celebrities pages were left blank!
Our youngest daughter is getting married at the end of September so we won’t be able to attend the Jubilee on Oct. 15th… but I’d love to attend my 50th (1971) class reunion in five years. I will be joining you in spirit!"