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Vol. 64, No. 4 

Samuel J. Tilden High School, Broo 

December 20, 1^61 

Brooklyn public I ib ary 
Grand a ray Plaza 

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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. 

“The Matchmaker” 
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¬ 
ton Wilder. 

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 
States Adopt?” 

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 
Class Wit. 

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 
Deborah Karp. 

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- 

College Conference 
Describes Programs 

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 
General Studies.** 

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¬ 
art Brink. 

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. 

Scoring Distribution 

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? 





No Opin 


Do you favor the “Freedom Ride” tech¬ 
nique to win recognition of civil rights 
of Negroes? 




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? 




1 . 




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¬ 
bert Gordon. 

Page Two 


December 20, 1961 

Topics Talks: 

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 
human endeavors. 

‘ 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. 

Respectfully submitted, 
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. 

Martin Blum 

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 
Wisdom. "S 

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 

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4 J)j?£r! 

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 

Tildenites Advocate 
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 
many bills. 

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 
struggle ensues. 

The slippers win 
and the culprit 
finds himself un¬ 
der the bed chas¬ 
ing after them. 


Step 4—Having 
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 
finally half-awake. 

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. 


Tilden Avenue, Brooklyn, N. Y. 
Abraham Margolies, Principal 

Vol. 64, No. 4 December 20, 1961 

Editor s-in-Chief 
Mark Ginsburg 
Anita Locke 

Managing Editor 
David Abraham 

Assistant Managing Editor 
Lewis Bobroff 

Neivs Editors .David Chester 

Marvin Wasserman 

Feature Editors .Daniel Cohen 

Carol Fingerroth 
Sandra Rabinowitz 

Sports Editor .Robert Silver 

Copy Editors .Gladys Zussman 

Marilyn 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, 
Grace Zolfo. 

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 


Page Three 


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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 tie. 

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 Kamin. 

Len is a strong 
6-footer who com¬ 
bines aggressiveness 
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 
side shot. 

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 
ful st^rt. 


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, 
breaststroke. s 

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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December 20, 1961 




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 
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nothing before us. In other words, it is a day like all days in the Topics 
office, except you may be here, but we don’t know where the Dickens we are. 
Tilden Represented at Forums 
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Youth Forum chose 30 students out 
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pate in the Forum. Among those 
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Sanford of official class 7H. Charles, 
who serves as treasurer of Arista, 
and is a member of Tilden Topics ., 
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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. 

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representative to the run-off for U. S. Delegate to the N. Y. Herald Tribune 
Youth Forum. His selection was on the basis of an autobiography. 

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