Vol. 64, No. 4
Samuel J. Tilden High School, Broo
December 20, 1^61
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Results of Celebrity Elections
Made Known at Red Letter Hop
Mr. Ben Diamond, faculty adviser
of the senior class, presents his con¬
gratulations to new celebrities.
To Be Spring Play
The Tilden Drama Guild, through
the Speech Department, has an¬
nounced its choice of spring play. The
play is The Matchmaker , by Thorn¬
Set in Yonkers and Manhattan
around 1880, the play has 16 excel¬
lent roles, practically evenly divided
between men and women. The play
enjoyed a successful Broadway run
during the 1956-1957 theatre season
and enjoyed equal success in the re¬
cent movie version starring Shirley
Booth and Tony Perkins.
Mr. Dick points out that the play
is full of action surprises for the
audience and will require expert
timing. Auditions, he adds, are open
to all pupils and will be held on Mon¬
day, January 8th; Tuesday, January
9th; Thursday, January 11th; and
Friday, January 12th in the schooFs
auditorium, immediately after the
8th period. Further announcements
will be read in English and speech
classes directly after the holidays.
Mr. Paley Discusses
U.S. Nuclear Policy
Mr. Sidney Paley of the Social
Studies Department spoke to the Til¬
den Forum on December 1 on “What
Nuclear Policy Should the United
Mr. Paley felt that heavy arma¬
ment with nuclear weapons could
deter war. He added that the United
States should avoid a repetition of
the pacifism which spurred World
War II. He said that it would be wise
to continue testing nuclear bombs to
improve weapons, as well as to dis¬
cover new techniques for detecting
blasts and finding ways to employ nu¬
clear energy for peaceful purposes.
The equally-important problem of
nuclear fallout was discussed at the
meeting. Mr. Paley commented that
radioactive fallout from bomb tests
could be eliminated. Fallout shelters,
he added, could not save those in the
immediate vicinity of a blast, but
could save those who might other¬
wise be killed by exposure to radio¬
active fallout from the bomb.
Following Mr. Paley *s talk, Jeffrey
Hoffeld, 5R, chairman of the Tilden
Forum, asked for questions from the
audience. Students* questions were
mainly concerned witli whether or
not fallout shelters would be sufficient
for complete protection.
Celebrities of the Class of January,
1962, were announced at the Red Let¬
ter Hop on December 8. The voting,
which was held on November 15, pro¬
duced a great number of close con¬
tests and even one tie.
Heading the list of winners were
Harvey Levinson as Mr. Tilden and
Sharon Bareli as Miss Tilden. Most
Versatile Boy was Dave Moskowitz
and his female counterpart was Nor¬
ma Axman. Neil Hoos and Marlene
Kopito were chosen as Most Popular
Boy and Girl Senior.
Victors in the contest for Most
Likely to Succeed were Harvey Feld¬
man and Ellen Finkelstein, while Jay
Rubin walked off with the title of
Steve Small was elected Handsom¬
est Senior and Gail Leibowitz took
the honors for Prettiest Senior. Leon¬
ard Goldstein was victorious as Best
Boy Dancer, while, because of a tie,
the post of Best Girl Dancer will be
shared by both Linda Barshay and
The title of Most Charming Senior
was won by Sandy Salerno, and the
voters chose Susan Sobel to be Cutest
Senior. In the ca t e g o ry of Best
Dressed Girl, the winner was Sharon
Coasting to the title of Most Popu¬
lar Pair of Boys were Harry Mo-
reines and Burt Elenzweig, while Ei¬
leen Eisenberg and her twin sister,
Fran, laid claim to the position of
Most Popular Pair of Girls.
Sandie Rossoff accepted her post as
Most Cheerful, and Phyllis Goldberg
was elected Class Orator. Eighth
tenners also chose Alan Sachs as
Best Boy Athlete.
Arthur Howitt copped the post of
Boy Who Did the Most, and Jeffrey
Litman was honored as Class Thes¬
pian. The title of Class Musician was
awarded to June Bobrow.
The newly chosen Senior Class Ar¬
tist is Andrea Smemoff, and Topics ’
Editor-in-Chief, Mark Ginsburg,
claimed the position of Class Jour¬
nalist. Arlene Scharfman was select¬
ed by her classmates to be Miss
Jeff erson GO Officers
View Tilden In Action
On November 1, a meeting of the
Student Parliament was held at Til¬
den, and the basic differences betweeh
the Tilden and Jefferson General Or¬
ganizations were discussed.
Present at the meeting were Mr.
Smallberg, GO Advisor, President
Richard Hyman, Vice President Libby
Rosoff, Secretary Susan Berman, the
GO representatives and the GO offi¬
cers of Thomas Jefferson High
The visiting representatives began
the meeting by asking how the Tilden
GO is run, and questioned the means
of selecting a Board of Governors.
They asked if the representatives re¬
ceive service credit.
Tilden’s representatives then took
the floor. In response to questions
directed at the visitors, it was learned
that Jefferson has thirty GO repre¬
sentatives. After seeing how Tilden
is run, the Jeffersonians felt that they
would like to institute a more varied
scholastic and sports program. They
^elt that their parliament meetings
are more orderly maintained.
'Sen iorman ia' Scores;
Takes Top Sing Honors
“Seniorinania,” with the tremendous score of 747 points, swept to a
glorious victory in Tilden’s Ninth Annual Sing. The seniors learned of their
triumph on Saturday evening at the final performance. Susan Sobel, Senior
Sing chairman, and Sharon Bareli, choral leader, led the class in its show.
Placing second, with a score of 646, were the Sophomores, who presented
“Soph-County Fair.” The Junior class placed third with a score of 637 in
their production of “Junior Javas.”
The performances took place on Friday, December 15, and Saturday,
-—- ❖December 16. In addition, a dress re¬
hearsal was held on Thursday, Decern-
Mrs. Edith Brill of the Public Re¬
lations Department of Brooklyn Col¬
lege spoke to a career conference
meeting on November 22. The topic
was “The Brooklyn College School of
The speaker pointed out that there
are three divisions of the school. The
School of Liberal Arts offers a four
year program during the day session
and a seven year program during the
evening session. The School of Nurs¬
ing Science offers a two year course
and the student is awarded an Ap¬
plied Arts and Science degree. The
degree requirements for the School
of Vocational Studies are the same as
those of the School of Nursing.
Information concerning the courses
of study in each division can be ob¬
tained by contacting Mrs. Rebecca
Grand, Administrative Assistant in
Charge of Guidance.
Brains vs. Brawn
The annual Arista-Longfellow
basketball game is scheduled for
Friday, January 5 at 8:00 p.m.
Held in the boys* gymnasium, the
admission price for the game will
be 50 cents.
Stanley Elson, class 8B, is cap¬
tain of Arista, last year*s victors.
Neil Stackel, 7T, is his Longfellow
Mrs. Maiy Bernstein, faculty
advisor of Arista, and Mr. Arthur
Stracher, faculty advisor of the
Longfellows, expressed their hope
that their respective teams would
win and eventually gain a coveted
The team that wins three con¬
secutive games will keep the tro¬
phy. The Longfellows have won
three games of the series (not
consecutively), while Arista has
won two, including last term*s
Following the game, there will
be a dance contest, and prizes will
be awarded to the winners.
United Nations Exam
Slated For January
On January 18, the United Nations
contest will be held at Tilden. Its
purpose is to determine the students*
knowledge of the U.N. and its func¬
tions. The contest will be in the form
of a three hour exam consisting of
short answer and essay questions. Mr.
Isadore Muraskin, will be in charge.
The competition is sponsored by
the American Association for the
United Nations. THe association has
put together a special U.N. kit giving
information to the contestant which
will aid him in preparing for the ex¬
amination. Winners will be announced
next term and will have the oppor¬
tunity to compete at the city, state,
and national levels of this competition.
her 14, for which tickets were sold.
The judging results were not tabulated
and announced, however, until the end
of Saturday evening’s performance, as
the judging and scoring were not com¬
pleted until that time.
Ninth Annual Sing
Approximately 1200 students par¬
ticipated in Tilden*s Ninth Annual
Sing. They were heard on the eve¬
nings of Friday, December 15, and
Saturday, December 16. The Tilden
auditorium was filled to capacity.
Heading the sophomore production
were chairman Geri Berman and
choral leader Eufaula Seals, with the
services of Stuart Brink at the piano,
and a six-piece band. Raising money
for extra-curricular activities spon¬
sored by the GO was the theme for
sophomore “County Fair.** An orig¬
inal victory song was written by Stu¬
Chairman Mary Ann Sorena and
choral leader Karin Sugarman were
aided by pianist Jesse Platt, who
composed the alma mater, and gui¬
tarist Leonard Hirsch. They all led
the junior class Sing members in a
presentation of “Junior Javas.** The
supposition of a girl that her mother
attended Tilden High School in the
Stone Age was the central idea.
“Seniormania” closed the evening*s
program. Chairman Susan Sobel,
choral leader Sharon Bareli, and pia¬
nist Larry Pariser, directed the sen¬
iors* show, which presented to the
audience some problems native to
seniors. Larry Pariser also wrote
the music for the alma mater.
Each of eight judges scored Sing
on a basis of one hundred points,
aided by two assistant faculty advi¬
sors contributing twenty-five points
each. The performances were
awarded not more than ten points
apiece in the following categories:
script, lyrics, music, scenery, cos¬
tumes, choreography, over-all-effect,
and clarity of diction. Fifteen points
for spirit and five points for orig¬
inality were the maximums to be
distributed in these areas.
The attending judges were: Miss
Yvette Altschuler, Mr. Joel Dick, Mr.
John Eustis, Miss Rebecca Grand,
Miss Gloria Green, Mr. Everett Ker-
ner, Mr. Sam Rothstein, and Miss
Diana Turk. Mr. Abraham Margo-
lies was the honorary chief judge.
Student Opinion Poll Samples
Views on Controversial Issues
Should the U.S. resume the testing of
atomic weapons above ground?
Do you favor the “Freedom Ride” tech¬
nique to win recognition of civil rights
Would you approve your family’s pur¬
chase of an atom bomb shelter?
Do you favor Federal Gov’t aid to local
communities for building more schools
and paying teachers* salaries?
Should Americans pay taxes to finance
economic aid to neutralist nations?
For the 1961 fall semester, the Social Studies Department has con¬
ducted its third Student Opinion Poll on current events.
Students participating in these polls are those who have one or more
subjects classified under the heading of social studies. The results were a
representative sampling of the thinking of Tilden pupils, with some 2,500
of Tilden*s 5,000 students being polled.
Mr. Abraham Venit, Social Studies chairman, and sponsor of the proj¬
ect, expressed the opinion that this poll was beneficial to students because
he felt that the poll helped to stimulate thinking and bring about discus¬
sions of world affairs both in classrooms and outside. He also stated that
those who had no opinion were either uninformed or were undecided.
The results of question five were very close, as shown above. Mr. Venit
thought that if the question were phrased differently so as to read, “Should
Americans extend economic assistance to underdeveloped nations?,** the ma¬
jority of votes might have been swayed to the positive.
The question concerning atomic weapons tests had the least number of
“no opinion’* votes which probably shows that it was the most widely spoken
about of the five questions.
This poll, formulated by a committee of Social Studies teachers, was
composed by Mr. Max Brodsky, chairman; Mr. George Howitt, and Mr. Al¬
December 20, 1961
Pride in Tilden’s Achievements
All Tilden students possess, to a certain degree, pride in their school
and its accomplishments, both in the intellectual and physical areas of
‘ Pride, for the most part, in an institution of learning on the secondary
level, is a desirable condition. Yet it can be stretched until it reaches dis¬
dainful proportions and its usefulness is entirely destroyed.
Reasons for Pride in Tilden
Every Tildenite should be impressed by the recent accomplishments of
his fellow students. Last year's graduates received the not insignificant
number of one hundred and thirty-nine Regents 'Scholarships in addition to
fifteen other awards and citations. The various athletic teams have pro¬
duced commendable records including the first undefeated and untied season
ever posted by the football squad.
Students should be extremely proud of their school's alumni, many of
whom have compiled records which are worthy of emulation by the student
body of today and by those individuals who will attend Tilden in the future.
Former Tilden Students who have attained success in various fields of un¬
dertaking include Earl Ubell, Science Editor of the New York Herald Trib¬
une , and Eugene Ferkauf, the owner and founder of E. J. Korvette, the huge
discount department store chain. Even today, many students are compiling
records that will be respected by future students long after today's students
have sung Hail Tilden High for the last time.
Disadvantages of Excessive Pride
However, many students extend this pride, particularly in sporting
events, to extremes where it becomes supercilious and arrogant to those who
are confronted with it. An excessively emotional exhibition of dislike or
disapproval of the opposing team does little to aid the team for whom you
are rooting and it will force neutral bystanders to lower their esteem of
both you and the school that you represent. We also myst understand that
the whole concept of playing a game is not to have one team win and the
other lose, but to have as many people as possible participate in order to
entertain and add to the enjoyment of the viewers. All participants in any
sport are trying to achieve basically the same goals. They are all interested
in obtaining a good education for themselves, improving their abilities in
various sports, and, although they might never have thought of it, extending
the democratic system until it prevails throughout the world.
Tilden students should resolve themselves to furthering attitudes to¬
wards their school which would be beneficial to themselves, their school, and
all those around them.
To the Edit or;
Each term, towards its end, we are
besieged with, among other things,
innumerable term reports. We are
told that if we wish to receive a mark
of 90% or above, these reports are
necessary. If one is in an honor class,
it is necessary anyway.
What do these reports give us? We
spend a lot of time and effort, but
if we are not interested in our topic
and if we are doing it only because
we must, is there much merit to it?
If all we do is rattle off four fifteen
page reports, are we really gaining
Why should a student who shows
an aptitude for the subject be de¬
prived a mark of 90% because he
doesn’t compile 10 pages of worthless
As a substitute, wouldn't one or
two short reports, during the term,
that could be thoroughly discussed
and understood, be of much more
We hope this letter will provoke
some thought among both <the teach¬
ers and the students of Samuel J.
Tilden High School.
Cynthia Harrison, 5S
Mark Mutchnik, 5H
This letter seems to be a very ex¬
treme statement of an activity that
most teachers and scholars through¬
out the country would regard as very
valuable: independent research on a
topic of interest and value to the stu¬
dent. (Students are not asked to do
“innumerable” reports in English;
generally they are expected to do
one . If the reports are “of little in¬
terest, filled with information gath¬
ered from obscure texts,” they are
certainly not fulfilling their purpose.)
Students are usually given some
leeway as to type of project and
topic. No student is expected to do an
excessive amount of research or to
turn in a paper of excessive length.
The practice students get in prepar¬
ing a paper of reasonable length based
upon a reasonable amount of research
is invaluable in many ways—prepara¬
tion for college, among others. If stu¬
dents are really overburdened, they
should discuss matters with their Eng¬
lish teachers. Teachers can and will
make reasonable adjustments.
Chairman, English Department
By Anita Locke
The other day, I decided to visit
my Guidance Counselor. No special
reason—just a friendly social call.
After waiting three days, I finally
reached her office, and she asked me
to make myself comfortable while we
chatted for a while on little inconse-
quentials such as College, Pink Cards,
and the six Failure Forms I had just
received (a new record, since I am
only taking five subjects).
Then we got down to important
things. She asked me if I had any
plans for the future.
“Future?” I was shocked. I had
always considered the future to be
a gray mist hanging far off in the
distance—something too distant to be
considered (like Term Papers).
“Aha!” smirked my counselor, mov¬
ing in for the kill. “Have you ever
considered being a Writer?”
A Writer! I had thought of lots
of things, but never a Writer! I
could already feel a churning deep
within me. No, it wasn't nausea—it
was the beginnings of Deep and Flu¬
ent Thoughts which would soon come
bubbling through my Bic Click in a
steady stream of Unending Wit and
And jobs! Why, Random House
and Simon (not to mention Schuster)
would beat a path to my door! It
might be hard on my lawn, but it
would do wonders for my prestige!
Or I could get a job on a real news¬
paper! Like The New York Times!
Or The Jefferson Liberty Bell!
Naturally, my first book would be
an autobiography, filled with humor¬
ous, exciting, warm and real inci¬
dents (some of them true).
When it does come out, you'll rec¬
ognize it by the clever, catchy, and
original title—“Under Locke and
Sing Curbs Bloodshed
In French Revolution
How easily the world's problems could be solved if the class struggle
could be settled as it is in Tilden. One can picture the violent French Revo¬
lution resolved by a peaceable Sing. . .
France was divided, as is Tilden, into three main classes. The upper
class, the Nobles, had been the traditional winners of Sing for uncounted
centuries. Although a few members of the lower class always believed they
could win, it was in 1789 when fate first made it possible.
The Second Estate, as usual, was half-hearted about the entire affair;
they were sure they couldn't win and equally sure they could beat the peas¬
ants. Some people were drafted from the Royal Honor Society by a high-
strung radical who monopolized court meetings with recruiting speeches.
Sing leader for the Nobles was Louis XVI, a football captain. Once
*when his steady, Marie-Ann Toinette,
an influential noble, was asked to
relieve the tuna-fish problem, she re¬
plied, “Let them eat cake,” This fired
the commoners with unprecedented
enthusiasm and they decided to or¬
ganize the greatest Sing drive ever.
The first rehearsal, at the Bastille,
got slightly out of hand, but did mar¬
vels for membership.
The real force behind the revolu¬
tion was the Phi Sigma Jacobin frat.
headed by Rock Robespierre. Rock
brought a radical change to Sing; he
used humor, imagination, style, and
even good voices.
The Third Estate Sing went over
triumphantly and the Courtesan Razz
was the hit of the day. The Courte¬
sans were criticized as being mental
bops although socially they were tops.
Then the Nobles were sent to the in¬
famous guillotine in which their
heads were placed and the ominous
blade chopped off their “noble” hats
and buttons (very important status
Despite obvious bloodshed (caused
by curious people sticking their noses
into things like the guillotine), if
the French Revolution been settled
in this way, many advances could
have been made: The Third Estate
would be the traditional winners;
their Sing leaders all egg-heads, and
sudden death from the mob would be
replaced by sudden death from the
term paper. Arthur Weinstein
Change in Currency
In these times of national emer¬
gencies, every American must discover
ways to save the government money.
Our scheme calls for the replacing
of old fashioned one dollar bills with
modern two dollar bills. Thus, the
government has to print only half as
After careful searching, Topics
found a two dollar bill (which isn’t
easy) to discover why it is so un¬
popular. The reason is that the two
dollar bill pictures Sammy Tilden's
arch rival, Tom Jefferson. Topics
has petitioned Congress to put our
Sammy on this bill but Congress pre¬
fers to stick with two time winner
Tom than one-time loser Sam. How¬
ever, Tildenites must do their part
to support the New Frontier. Topics
is urging all Tilden students to for¬
get football rivalries (we won any¬
way) and use the two dollar bill.
Use it when you pay for your foot¬
ball tickets, G.O. dues, and in place
of nickels which Jefferson is already
on. In this way, this school will cut
down on Jefferson High School's pres¬
tige at the same time we aid the two
dollar bill cause.
So the next time you buy a stick
of bubble gum, pay the man with a
two dollar bill and tell him before he
explodes figuring out the change,
you're doing it for your country!
Students Suffer Daily Agonies
In the Process of Awakening
When one has to get up at 6:30,
one often finds oneself behaving in
this unusual manner:
Step 1—Dawn's very early light
creeps between the slits in the blinds,
and finds the culprit. The hunted
one retreats underneath the covers,
but, alas, to no avail.
Step 2—After praying that it's
really 3:30 in the
morning, the cul¬
prit looks hope¬
fully at the clock
—it must be fast.
Step 3—A long
The slippers win
and the culprit
finds himself un¬
der the bed chas¬
ing after them.
ly emerged, the culprit makes his
way to the kitchen, purposely making
noise on the way so that some other
culprit will join him in his misery.
But nobody does. Wishing to de¬
termine the state of the weather, he
scrapes the ice from the window. Joy¬
ously, he sees faint traces of life and
warmth amid the wind-shaken trees.
O glorious morning!
Step 5—While blindly rubbing his
eyes, he comes into close contact with
the point on the side of the dish
washer. Suppressing a cry of pain,
he realizes that he
owes the dish
washer a debt of
gratitude. He is
Step 6—W i t h
this new aware¬
ness, he manages
to get the toast
into the toaster.
But his alertness
soon vanishes, and
he feels that drow¬
siness soon envel¬
ops him. Or maybe
it wasn't drowsiness which enveloped
him. Maybe it was the smoke from
the burning toast. Meanwhile the cof¬
fee finished waking him; boiling water
is very hot . . .
By Mark Ginsburg
Outstanding pieces of literature
can be attacked from different angles.
Most students merely read those
books that are assigned to them or
those books which they feel interest
them. High school students are ma¬
ture enough to tackle literature ac¬
cording to a definite plan formulated
by the individual student.
This plan can take on many differ¬
ent designs. Somebody interested in
history can take a period such as the
1920's and read An American Trag¬
edy by Theodore Dreiser and Main
Street by Sinclair Lewis. One can
then compare these books to see if
any similarities result from their be¬
ing written at the same time. One
can also take an event such as the
Civil War and read novels about it
written at different times. In this
case, Stephan Crane's The Red Badge
of Courage , published in the 1890's,
and Margaret Mitchell's Gone with
the Windy published in the 1930's,
could be compared to see how time
affects an author's treatment of a
particular topic. History is not the
only topic from which literature can
be approached. Those not attracted
in history can read novels by the
same author to see how they compare
as to style, characterization, and
theme. Novelists like Mark Twain
and Jack London wrote on different
fields of human endeavor. The time
and setting of The Prince and the
Pauper is different from that of Tam
Sawyer, yet the keen reader will be
able to discover that both books were
written by the same author. Also,
Jack London's Call of the Wild and
White Fang are so utterly different
from The Iron Heel that one would
never believe they are the product of
the same mind.
Students who undertake one of the
programs described above will gain
for themselves a new outlook on lit¬
erature which will be of immeasur¬
able value to them in the future or
when they enter college and are re¬
quired to attack literature in a man¬
ner similar to that described above.
Even those students who do not go
to college will find that this plan will
aid them in the enjoyment of any
good book which they happen to read.
SAMUEL J. TILDEN HIGH SCHOOL
Tilden Avenue, Brooklyn, N. Y.
Abraham Margolies, Principal
Vol. 64, No. 4 December 20, 1961
Assistant Managing Editor
Neivs Editors .David Chester
Feature Editors .Daniel Cohen
Sports Editor .Robert Silver
Copy Editors .Gladys Zussman
Art Editor .Andrea Smernoff
Reportorial Staff .Sheila Albinder, Alan
Abrams, Robert Bernstein, Charles Biderman,
Sharon Burnston, Joni Cm cotta, Ira Cohen,
Mary Di Massi, Martin Cohen, Robert Cohen,
Susan Feinblatt, Naomi Feller, Douglas Ga¬
briel, Ruth Goz, Ira Kay, Louis Korman,
Elaine Lapidus, Irving Messik, Martin Messik,
Martin Paris, Ira Pollins, Leo Sheer, Audrey
Smith, Rhona Statland, Bob Stein, Arthur
Weinstein, Sheldon Widelitz, Claire Wisoff,
Art Staff .Gary Lowe, Richard Lefcourt
Judith Greenberg, Paul Zelevansky.
Photography Staff .Sam Aaron,
Robert Traum, Harry Schwartz, Jeff Goldin.
Circulation Staff .Paul Goldberg, Sanford
Kaplan, Marc Schles.
Faculty Advisor .Mr. Arnold Schwartz
G.O. Advisor .Mr. J. D. Smallberg
Eastern Press, Inc., B’klyn 185
December 20, 1961
ON THE SIDELINES
By Robert Silver
When Tilden linemen Milch Katz, Steve Mendelson, and Vinnie Locurto
buried Jefferson quarterback A'l Goldman on the last play of the Thanksgiv¬
ing Day Classic and forced him to fumble, it locked up for this year’s out¬
standing Blue Devils football squad an undefeated and untied season. If any¬
one were to look at the 6-0 record that Tilden compiled in the rugged Brook¬
lyn Division, he would be inclined to say that this is a team that has an ex¬
cellent chance of copping the city title. However, there is one drawback to
that statement. The Blue Devils of Tilden High School, undefeated record
and all, were not even in the city championship game, thanks largely to an
archaic P.S.A.L. ruling which does not determine who the best team really is.
Perhaps a little background information is needed to explain exactly
what happened. Tilden and Brooklyn Tech both swept all six of their league
battles and finished in a tie for the division title. However, on a point sys¬
tem derived by the P.S.A.L., which takes opponents’ records into considera¬
tion, Tilden lost out to Tech by the scant total of two points, and this would
have, ended exactly even, too, if John Jay had defeated New Utrecht, instead
of losing by just one touchdown. Since John Jay is on our schedule, while
Utrecht is on Tech’s schedule, a Jay win would have added one point to our
total and taken one away from Tech’s, thereby creating a tie.
A Better System Proposed
This rule was put into effect because there" is a New York State Board
of Education ruling that no football can be played in December, and, as a
result of this ruling, no time is left for playoff games between the two teams
tied before the city title game is played. But surely there must be some
other way of determining the champion of a league, rather than on a point
system which does not at all clearly demonstrate who the superior team really
is. A possible solution to the problem would be a points for and against sys¬
tem, and the team with the best ratio over their opponents would be declared
title winner. To be perfectly honest, I don’t advocate points for and against
as a true measure of a team’s ability in all respects, but it certainly is
stronger than the point system handed down by the P.S.A.L. which has
caused the Tilden powerhouse to be bypassed in favor of Tech without a
playoff game between the two squads.
What I do advocate, however, is a solution which would be feasible to
all the PSAL teams concerned. Unfortunately, the plan I support was aban¬
doned two years ago. In 1959, the year Tilden went to the city title game,
the PSAL established a four division set-up, with semi-final playoffs and the
city championship. Every team in each division played everyone else in their
own division. There was no chance of league campaigns ending in deadlocks.
Now with eleven teams situated in one league, it is impossible for each squad
to meet each other during the course of the season, and this is what created
The four-division set-up had Tilden Coach Bemie Mars’ approval, but
was turned down and the present division developed. If the PSAL had visual¬
ized this situation, they would have realized it was eminently fair, and that
any tampering would weaken it. There should be no controversy over playoff
matters and less room for justifiable arguments from the students of a school
who feel that glaring inequities have befallen them.
Though the PSAL decision went against the Marsmen y 1961 will go down
as a memorable season. The Blue Devils developed into a tremendously co¬
hesive unit and topped off their brilliant campaign with a victory over
A key man in this year’s Tilden
basketball team’s plans for a Garden
berth is backcourt and corner man
Len is a strong
6-footer who com¬
with experience to
form one of the
| i- §£Rt Goldmen’s top play¬
ers. He excels on
defense and is espe¬
cially strong under the boards.
Another addition to Len’s assets
is his effectiveness under pressure
which wa§ exhibited in last year’s ex¬
citing Jefferson game when, with 30
second left to play, Len popped in
two foul shots which proved too much
for Jefferson to overcome.
This year Coach Jerry Gold has
been playing Len at backcourt and
corner positions. Although a versa¬
tile ball player, Len has found the
adaption to a backcourt position dif¬
ficult, but he started to find the range
when he scored 12 points against
Eastern District on fine outside
Rated as one of the top men <
Tilden’s five, Richie Eigen has ce
tainly proved to be a great asset
Tilden’s hopes for a playoff bert
Richie is a lanl
6' 2" senior forwa
with a deadly or
Richie feels th
Tilden has a fi:
team and has
^ good chance for
playoff berth. In Richie’s opinio
the roughest opponents will be t
Boys High and Erasmus teams. I
respects Mr. Gold as being a fi:
coach who has helped the team ti
Richie’s worth to the team
clearly shown in this year’s Sheep
head Bay game. He scored 19 poin
and copped 14 rebounds in a gar
which Tilden won 75-63. In last yeai
Midwood game, he paced Tilden to
60-50 victory by scoring 18 poin
and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Thus far this season, Richie h
maintained a fine average of 15 poin
per game, and has been largely i
sponsible for the Goldmen’s succes
Tilden’s swimming team is ap¬
proaching the end of another success¬
ful season. Its record now stands at
4-2 with only one more meet to go;
that meet will be against Erasmus.
This year’s team had no really out¬
standing swimmers, but possessed
good balance. Richard Rothbard, free
style captain, Eddie Morgano, back-
stroke captain, and Donald Forster,
breaststroke captain, were three main
reasons for the team’s winning rec¬
ord. Other contributing swimmers
were Paul Irgang and Larry Handel-
man, butterfly, and Sal Balistreri,
Looking ahead to next year, the
team’s future looks bright as many
fine juniors will be returning. They
include Jon Glick, free style; Paul
Irgang; Dennis Withner and Jackie
Gelband, backstroke; and divers Mark
Lewis and Mark Sellinger. This
serves as the nucleus for a powerful
aggregation that will once again
carry on in the past tradition of fine
Tilden swimming teams which Coach
Tony DeFronzo has constantly turned
Tilden’s bowlers again came up
with a victory over Alexander Hamil¬
ton High School. The boys from Til¬
den showed their consistency as they
won three consecutive games. The
starting foursome is comprised of
Norm Feidenberg, Bob Shumer, Gary
Weissbrot and Ernie Saccone. All
regular bowlers on the team are con¬
fident that future meets will continue
to be just as successful as the Hamil¬
ton meet, for the team demonstrated
their true potential as they displayed
outstanding bowling form. This year,
as in past seasons, Coach Herman
Ginsberg has come up with a power¬
ful outfit that will be tough to beat
in league competition as the season
progresses into its final stages where
the championship will be decided.
Cagers Rip E. District,
Ft. Hamilton; Bow to Jeff
Not to be outdone by their gridiron counterparts, the Tilden cagers
opened their 1961 P.S.A.L. season in almost perfect fashion, sweeping by
four of their first five opponents in non-league games.
After downing Jamaica, Goldmen won their second straight game by
defeating the Skippers of Sheepshead Bay High 75-63. Highlighting the
game and perhaps offering a portent of things to come for Coach Gold, were
Captain Bob Kranz, who poured in 26 points in a great showing; Len Kamin,
whose tremendous shooting kept Tilden ahead in the first half; Richie Eigen
who excelled on offense, scoring 19 points, and Larry Roth, who chipped in 12.
Once again playing away from home, the cagers suffered a 63-41 defeat
at the hands of Lane High. Severly handicapped by their lack of height,
Aiming High: Bob Kranz hits for two points against Ft. Hamilton.
Marsmen Topple Jefferson 14-12;
Finish League Season Undefeated
In a stirring battle of offensive and defensive strength, Coaches Bernie
Mars and Murray Adler’s Tilden football squad won their sixth straight
league game and finished the season undefeated as they knocked off arch¬
rival Jefferson 14-12 in their traditional Thanksgiving Day game.
After a rather uneventful first period of action, Jeff received the first
break of the game mid-way through the second period when they recovered
a fumble at the Tilden 15. On fourth down from the six, halfback Cary
Lipmann went off-tackle to score, making it 6-0, as the conversion failed.
However, the Blue Devils stormed^
back. Mike Elman tore off a 15 yard
gain which brought the ball to the
Jeff 42, and three plays later, Richie
Garcia unloaded a touchdown bomb
which enabled the Marsmen to take
the lead. Rich fired over the middle
to Elman at the Jefferson 30, and
Mike then turned on his vaunted speed
to race untouched into the end-zone.
Mik’s conversion made it 7-6 Tilden,
at the half.
In the late moments of the third
quarter, Jeff put on a march which
drove to the Tilden one. But, once
again, the Blue Devils’ remarkable
defense rose to the occasion, as they
stopped the Orangemen cold without
allowing a score. Being deep in their
own territory, Tilden was forced to
punt out, and as the fourth period
commenced, Mike Graff of Jeff scored
on a 21 yard run to send them back
in front, 12-7.
But the Blue Devils failed to quit;
instead, they fought even harder. A
sustained drive moved to the losers’
36 yard line, from where Garcia arid
halfback Ron Foresta teamed up on
a tremendous 35 yard pass play
which carried to the one. On the next
play, Garcia followed Mitch Leven-
thal’s blocking for the score that
turned out to be the winner. Elman’s
second conversion made it 14-12 and
iced the verdict.
the Goldmen stayed close to Lane at halftime (down 29-27) due largely to
the shooting of Richie Eigen, and Wayne Rosen, before Lane, paced by big
men Gerry Davis and John Donaldson, pulled away in the second half.
The Goldmen then bounced back by trouncing Fort Hamilton High
School 69-58. The Blue Devils jumped off to an early lead, led at the ha^f
by the score of 38-25, and were never seriously challenged. Highlighting
the game on offense for Tilden were Bob Kra*^. who fired in a game high
of 27 points, and Richie Eigen and Wayne'Rosen, who netted 16 each.
In their last non-league encounter before entering into league competi¬
tion, the Goldmen , in a fine team effort, easily defeated Easter District
72-63. Richie Eigen tallied 17 points to lead the Blue Devils in scoring, and
was closely followed by Bob Kranz, who scored 16, all in the first half, and
Ira Weohsler and Len Kamin, who notched 14 and 11 respectively.
The defense was so overpowering that Eastern District could not sink
a field goal throughout the entire first quarter, and a 29 point scoring spree
by Tilden in the second period sent them 13 up at the half and iced the
The Goldmen then dropped their league opener to Jefferson in a heart¬
breaking double overtime thriller by the narrow margin of 62-61.
Although they lacked Jefferson’s height at practically every position,
a problem very evident under the boards and in the jump-offs, the Goldmen f
Spaced by superb offensive play from
Bob Kranz, Richie Eigen, Ira Wechs-
ler, and Wayne Rosen, battled game¬
ly only to lose a six-point halftime
advantage and have Jeff equalize the
Following their upset at the hands
of Jefferson, the Blue Devils dropped
a 73-55 verdict to Boys High. With
Richie Eigen and Ira Wechsler hit¬
ting with unerring accuracy from the
floor, the Goldmen jumped out to a
quick 10-6 lead. Soon, however, Boys’
height started to tell, and the Kanga¬
roos assumed a 19-17 first quarter
In the second period, Boys’ guard
Butch Murdough got hot from the
floor, and popped in several long
jumpers to accumulate 10 of his 22
points. With this spree, Boys took a
36-21 lead, and withstood a Tilden
rally at the outset of the second half
to take the verdict. Bob Kranz and
Ira Wechsler, with 17 and 16 points,
respectively, paced Tilden.
Then, the Blue Devils lost their
third straight league contest as they
were defeated in a hard-fought con¬
test by Erasmus Hall, 74-65. With
Ira Wechsler and Bob Kranz in out¬
standing form in the first half, the
Goldmen rolled to a 36-30 lead.
At the outset of the third period,
Len Kamin, who tallied 16, fired in
four straight 25-foot jumpers to keep
the Goldmen ahead. But a late Dutch¬
men spurt, led by Charley Donovan,
sent Erasmus in front to stay.
score in the third period.
The Orangemen then proceeded to
mount a seemingly insurmountable 8
point lead with but 3 minutes to play.
Nevertheless, the Goldmen , although
handicapped by the loss of Ira Wechs¬
ler and Wayne Rosen as a result of
five fouls, fought back to tie it up,
only to lose in the second overtime
after Len Kamin had apparently won
it for Tilden with two clutch field
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By David Abraham and Lewis Bobroff
Carl Bellows, 7A
C. Sanford, 7H
A Brief Reflection on the Domestic Situation
.This is the best of columns, it is the worst of columns, we are at the
age of wisdom, we are at the age of illiteracy, it is the season of midterms,
it is the season of midterm results, it is the winter of Darkness, it is the
spring of paying over-due light bills, we have everything before us, we have
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Tilden Represented at Forums
Recently, the New York Mirror
Youth Forum chose 30 students out
of 150 who were selected from the
high schools of New York to partici¬
pate in the Forum. Among those
chosen was Tilden student Charles
Sanford of official class 7H. Charles,
who serves as treasurer of Arista,
and is a member of Tilden Topics .,
was selected as a discussion leader on November 25, at a luncheon held for
900 delegates at the Hotel Astor. Guests at the luncheon included Arthur
Dean, representative to the Geneva Conference on disarmament, and fifteen
delegates from foreign countries.
Carl Bellows of official class 7A has recently been chosen as Tilden’s
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has recently received official sanction
in Tilden. Although there was a
similar organization last year, it was
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this year. The Board of Education
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the direction of the chairman, Bruce
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the meeting place. Any student who
wishes to join may do so by coming
to any meeting and signing up. It
is not compulsory for a member to
attend these meetings, but he will
be required to make contributions as
long as he is a member. During these
meetings, members of the club will
select a needy country from a list.
Then a child is selected by the main
agency. The child usually lacks one
or both parents. The club will re¬
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to increase the number of children
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