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Vol. LXIX, No. 3 

Thespians Perfect Springs 
As Performance Time Appn 

vTiJLeten High School, Brooklyn 3, N. Y. 


April 30, 1964 

Thespians rehearse wild scene from play. Standing (1. to r.) Gina Gross- 
man, Jack Lefkowitz, Robert Ellman and Michael Tennenbaum. Seated: 
Richard Kantor and Beverly Sherman. 

Evening rehearsals have begun for You Can’t Take It With You f which 
is to be presented by the Drama Guild, under the direction of Mr. Joel Dick, 
Friday evening May 22 and Saturday evening May 23. Charles Deutsch the 
Guild's president, will assist Mr. Dick. 

Tickets for this year’s spring play went on sale April 29 in English 
and speech classes, at $1.50 each. 

Performances Being Perfected 

Cast and director are working to perfect the play and individual roles. 
Robert Ellman is learning to walk, talk, and act like a 75-year-old man 
while Gina Grossman must become a dabbler. Michael Tennenbaum is trying 
to look and sound like an illiterate, while Sandy Karp is working to turn 
herself into a sloppy maid. Marjorie Friedman is perfecting her portrayal 
of an intoxicated actress, and Marsha Berkowitz is striving to look like an 
elegant Russian duchess. 

Marriage Scene Important 

Charles Kleinberg and Jack Lefkowitz will do their best to present 
themselves as “nutty firecracker fiends.” Meanwhile, David Qstrovc will be 
portraying the role of a pompous tax collector. Steve Levinson has to learn 
to play the xylophone; Lane Matican must be a clumsy ballerina; Joel 
Litsky and Esther Dyzenhaus will become rich socialites; Ronald Zuckerman 
must master a Russian accent, and Michael Berman, Paul Goldenberg, and 
Fred Leiter must act like tough FBI men. 

An important scene is one in which 
Tony Kirby, played by Richard Kan¬ 
tor, proposes marriage to Alice Syca¬ 
more, portrayed by Beverly Sherman. 
Mr. Dick has been working with both 
performers to perfect this scene. 

Caravan To Be Sold 
In English Classes 

Caravan, Tilden’s literary-art mag¬ 
azine, will be available to students 
this year by subscription only, accord¬ 
ing to a recent announcement by its 
faculty advisor, Mr. Everett Kemer. 

The eighth annual issue, which will 
be published in early June, will be is¬ 
sued to students through their respec¬ 
tive English and speech teachers for 
fifty cents. 

Format Remains Same 
The format of the magazine will be 
basically the same as that of last 
year’s issue, which won a second place 
award in the Fortieth Annual Colum¬ 
bia Scholastic Press Association com¬ 
petition. However, this year a personal 
interview with Isaac Asimov, well- 
known science fiction author will be 
included with the poetry, essays, short 
stories, art, and photography by Til- 
den students. 

Included in the poetry will be the 

three poems which were awarded 
prizes in this year’s Poetry and De¬ 
clamation Contest. The poems are 
And May We Truly Sing, by Francine 
Geraci, 7 Stand Upon the Salty Quay, 
by Linda Stern, and Mother Courage, 
by Sharyn Friedman. 

Mr. Kerner Explains Purposes 
Mr. Kerner points out that it was 
for the purpose of publishing the 
original works of students that Cara¬ 
van was first begun seven years ago. 
He feels that the function of a liter¬ 
ary-art magazine in a high school is 
to provide an outlet for the creative 
endeavors of the students and to en¬ 
able others to see the finest creative 
works of their classmates. 

Editor-in-chief of this year’s staff 
is Francine Geraci, 8K. Her assistants 
are Noam Siegel, 8F, and Rose Vizner, 
8M. Noam and Rose are Associate 
and Art Editors, respectively. 

Spani sh Co ntest 

“ Tilden students participated 
in a poetry recital contest spon¬ 
sored by Sociedad Hispanica of 
Brooklyn College in commemo¬ 
ration of Pan American Week, 
Thursday evening, April 23, 
1964 at Brooklyn College. 

Beverly Sherman, 81C, who 
represented Tilden, recited a 
poem by the Chilean poetess 
Gabriela Mistral entitled El 
Nino Solo. The alternate was 
Gloria Fein, F61, whose poem 
was Tan Rubia Es La Nina, by 
Amado Nervo. Mrs. Jenny 
Stanger was the advisor. 

A pre-contest was held to se¬ 
lect these two students. Other 
orators were Gina Grossman, 
8T, Susan Lefkowitz, 8B, and 
Carol Seid, 8M. 

Events For Members 
Arista P lans S ocial 

Arista, Tilden’s honor society, has 
increased its number of social activi¬ 
ties this term. Events thus far in¬ 
cluded a bicycle trip and picnic at 
Brookville Park April 11. 

Arista’s basketball team has scored 
two victories over Lincoln’s team. 
However, Tilden’s team was beaten by 
Wingate in March at a charity game 
which was followed by a dance at 
the East Flatbush YM-YWHA. 

Boy Leader Alan Stoll presided at 
a meeting of the Association of 
Brooklyn Aristas which took place at 
Tilden Wednesday, March 25. This 
meeting was attended by the largest 
number of representatives from the 
borough’s high schools ever at a gath¬ 
ering of this kind. An executive com¬ 
mittee, composed of three members, 
was elected to remedy the lack of 
continuity of the meetings. Discus¬ 
sions were held for the exchange of 
ideas to improve high school honor 

Tilden Victor In North Brooklyn's 
Third Annual Chemistry Competition 

North Brooklyn’s Third Annual Chemistry Competition, sponsored by 
the American Chemical Society, was won by Samuel J. Tilden High School 
March 21 at Long Island University. Harvey Schwartzberg was highest 
individual scorer in the contest. 

Team members were Andrew Auerbach, Steven Leshaw, and Harvey 
Schwartzberg with Keith Bernstein as an alternate. Mr. Jacob Pasternack, 
Chairman of the Chemistry Department, prepared the team for the compe- 

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Victorious Chemistry team (left to right) : Harvey Schwartzberg, Andrew 
Auerbach, Steve Leshaw and alternate Keith Bernstein. 

tition. Eleven schools participated in the North Brooklyn run-offs. The 
winners were chosen on the basis of a two hour examination consisting of 
seven essay questions. Questions dealt with laboratory demonstrations and 
explanations of various chemical phenomena. 

After the examination students were conducted through a brief tour of 
the facilities of Long Island University. A luncheon followed at which Dr. 
Guggio, head of the Chemistry Department at LIU, delivered a lecture 
emphasizing the qualities of motivation, ability, and dedication in a good 
scientist. Awards and prizes were then presented. Harvey Schwartzberg, 
highest individual scorer, received a $25 bond. Each member of the Tilden 
team received a copy of The Handbook of Chemistry and Physics. 

Placing second and third in the individual and team competition were 
Brooklyn Technical High School and Brooklyn Preparatory, respectively. 

Tilden participated in the run off examination, April 18 at Hofstra 
University, among the district winners of Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau, and 
Suffolk. The highest individual scorer received a $100 bond and each member 
of the winning team received a $25 bond. No Tildenite won an award. 

G. O. Candidates Begin 
Campaigning for Office 

G.O. presidential candidates (I. to r.): Howie Stravitz, Mike Berman, 
and Bruce Schiffman. 

Campaigns for G.O. office have begun as Mike Berman, Bruce Schiffman, 
and Howard Stravitz; Dean Foster and Leo Najman; and Marsha Falescky 
and Steven Goldberg have been, selected by the Tilden Board of Governors 
April 13 to run for the positions of President, Vice-President, and Secretary, 
respectively. The actual balloting will take place May 20 in the official classes. 

Mike Berman, 6X, a member of the Drama Guild and of the cast of the 
spring play, has an 87% average. Besides being an active member of the 
Student Parliament, he was secretary to many teachers and president of 
his official class. Among his campaign promises is the formation of an “inter¬ 
school sing.” 

Varied Backgrounds Prevalent 

Bruce Schiffman, 6X, is a member of Arista, the basketball team, and 
has an average of 94%. He would like to see Tildenites getting more from 
the $1.50 dues they pay each year to the G.O. 

A member of the football team and president of his official class, Howard 
Stravitz, 3B, advocates a student lounge, a campaign against student vandal¬ 
ism, and a greater number of G.O.-sponsored formal and informal dances. 

^ Dean Foster, 6X, is a member of 
the Drama Guild, and has an 85% 
average. He has great interest in mu¬ 
sic and art and is a professional gui¬ 
tar teacher. His classes include Ex¬ 
perimental Biology and Major Art. He 
intends to work closely with the pres¬ 
ident and to discourage student 
apathy toward the G.O. as well as 
increase G.O. publicity. 

Various New Courses 
Available For Fall 

Several new courses have been 
added to the curriculum at Tilden 
High School this term. In addition, 
other courses have been announced 
for next term by the chairmen of the 
various departments. 

Home Economics Courses Vary 

Boys’ Foods is the new course of¬ 
fered by the Home Economics Depart¬ 
ment. It is designed for boys with an 
interest in knowing more about foods 
as a hobby and as a useful vocation. 
Boys who complete the course will re¬ 
ceive a certificate which they may 
use as a job reference. 

Human relations is a co-ed course 
planned to give the teenager insight 
into his relationship with family, 
friends, and dating companions. 
Group discussions on all areas of in¬ 
terest to the adolescent are conducted 
to give teenagers an opportunity to 
discuss and express their feelings. Ap¬ 
proximately one-third of the Human 
Relations classes is made up of boys. 

New Hebrew Course Offered 

Beginning next term an advanced 
placement Hebrew course will be of¬ 
fered by the Language Department. 
Those students who are interested in 
a fifth year of Hebrew should see Mr. 
Charles Snow, Chairman of the Lan¬ 
guage Department. In addition the 
usual accelerated language courses 
will be given where two terms of a 
language may be taken as one. 

Another subject which will be avail¬ 
able next term is Laboratory Tech¬ 
niques. This subject will be offered 
by the Biology Department and is 
open to general, commercial and aca¬ 
demic students. Laboratory Tech¬ 
niques teaches practical clinical la¬ 
boratory tests to students interested 
in such careers as laboratory tech¬ 
nician, bacteriologist, medical secre¬ 
tary, dental technician, and other com¬ 
parable careers. Laboratory Tech¬ 
niques .carries major credit and may 
be taken for one year or one term. 

For further information concerning 
these courses, see the guidance coun¬ 
selors and department heads. 

For a discussion of 
major issues with 
candidates , see page 3. 

Leo Najman, AB, a member of the 
football team, will be running on the 
same ticket as Howard Stravitz. Their 
platforms, therefore, will be identical. 

(Continued on Page 3, Col . 3) 

Rights and Economics 
Discussed By Forum 

“Urban League of Civil Rights”, 
“Capitalism vs. Socialism”, and “De¬ 
bunking Myths of History” were 
three topics discussed by speakers be¬ 
fore Tilden Forum meetings in room 
238 during the P.M. long official per¬ 
iods late in March. 

Urban League Discussed 
Mr. Ira Asherman of the New York 
Urban League spoke about activities 
of the League and the Negroes’ fight 
for equality. He explained that the 
League is not primarily a civil rights 
organization but a social work agency 
in the fields of education, housing, and 
job opportunity . 

Mr. Gilbert Herman of the Henry 
George School of Economics evaluated 
capitalism and socialism in the light of 
Henry George’s philosophy. Georgists 
favor a single tax on the profits which 
accrue to realty owners. 

Myths of History Bared 
Mr. Maurice Tandler of the Social 
Studies Department of Tilden ex¬ 
posed some of the common myths of 
history. Mr. Tandler explained that 
oversimplification of complex issues 
can lead to later misconceptions about 
them. He cited as an example the 
political administration of the South 
during Reconstruction. 

Page Two 


April 30, 1964 

Topics Talks : 

"Peace Through Understanding" 

Two weeks ago, what is probably to be the greatest exhibition of man’s 
achievements to date was opened to the public. The New York World’s Fair 
promises to be an exciting and culturally enriching experience for all those 
who view it. 

Through its many international pavillions and the tremendous influx 
of visitors from abroad, the Fair will help to further its theme, '“Peace 
Through Understanding.” Meeting these people and sampling exhibitions of 
their nations will provide insight not available by simply reading a textbook. 
A greater understanding of others will enable us to realize that people 
are the same all over, and most of them desire Peace. 

If some of the many pavillions of the New York World’s Fair are not to 
be converted into a college campus (and we feel that they most definitely 
should), then in two years’ time the Unisphere will be almost all that remains 
of the first billion dollar fair. 

But now is not the time for memories. It is perhaps the start of a new 
era; one that we should look forward to with the greatest of enthusiasm, and 
one which will derive its life from the New York 1964-1965 World’s Fair. 

Topics Visits the World’s Fair; 
Views General Motors’s Futurama 

Editors view Bell System Pavillion from across the Fountain of the Planets . 

Need For Education Legislation 

Another session of the New York State legislature has just ended after 
another demonstration of ill-advised action in the field of education. 

It is unfortunate that the bill to allow acceptance of New York State 
Regents Scholarships in out-of-state colleges, did not pass. Not only would 
it have opened up increased college facilities, but it would have helped to 
alleviate some of the financial burden placed on New York State institutions 
of higher education. The bill would have helped to increase support of those 
students with the greatest scholastic potential. 

Proposal of a system by which a lower minimum award would be made 
to students who need little financial support, and a greater maximum stipend 
to students unable to subsist on the relatively small $850 per year, went 
practically unnoticed. 

The Legislature did not adapt its appropriations to eliminate the im¬ 
mense lack of good educational facilities, which are needed to raise the level 
of education in the Empire State. Money that could be used for increases 
in teacher’s salaries, that would attract even more capable personnel to 
the, school system, is supposedly unavailable. 

Although the legislators no doubt agree that education is the key to 
our nation’s future, they have not demonstrated their faith in that ideal to 
the utmost. Their inability or lack of desire in furthering tuition-free higher 
education in the City of New York is another step backward. 

It is the students of today who will become the teachers, doctors, 
lawyers and legislators of tomorrow. They expect and deserve the best edu¬ 
cation possible—education which could be greatly improved by immediate 
passage of these bills. 

The opinions expressed by this newspaper are not necessarily those of 
the Board of Education or the school administration. 

Letters to 

In response to Michael Baron’s 
letter in the March issue of Topics: 

Athletic team members receive pins, 
medals, letters, and are eligible to 
compete for trophies in recognition of 
their service. Also, they are honored 
at an annual awards assembly. Team 
membership is entered on the pupil’s 
service record and is accepted for 
Arista membership. 

G.O. and Arista officers are required 
to attehd meetings and serve at after¬ 
school functions in addition to fulfill¬ 
ing their school obligations. The stu¬ 
dent who holds a one-period a day 
term job contributes only 25-30 min¬ 
utes of service on the days when he 
is not absent. Regent week service 
credit may not exceed the 5 credit 

One must remember that the service 
credits for any given job vary with 
the quality of service rendered. There¬ 
fore, an elected G.O. or Arista officer 

the Editor 

receives credits ONLY if given an 
“A” rating. 

Mrs. Rita Lindquist 
Director of Service 

The Negro’s struggle for equal 
rights has taken on new militancy. 
He is no longer satisfied with second- 
class citizenship; ergo, picketing, sit- 
ins, school boycotts. Those who con¬ 
demn this direct action would have 
him wait calmly for the white power 
structure to move with “all deliberate 
speed” toward equal rights. They call 
for “responsibility,” “maturity” lest 
the Negro hurt his cause. They point 
out how far he has come from slavery. 
But how much farther has he to go! 
Violence or no, the Negro’s just de¬ 
mands for equal rights must be met. 
How patient can a man be after 100 
years of waiting? 

David Gorelick, 81B 
Friends of the Student Non-Violent 
Coordinating Committee 


Tilden Avenue, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

AbraJham Margolies, Principal 

Vol. LXIX, No. 3 April 30, 1.964 


News Editors . Marilyn Schwartz, Emily Spieler 

Editorial Page Editors .Lynne Feinstein, Janet Haynes, Anna Stem 

Feature Page Editors . Andrew Auerbach, David Gorelick 

Sports Editors . Steve Flax, Jerry Meyer 

Circulation Manager . Barry Hartman 

Art Editor . Steven Levine 

Photography Editors . Carol Feinstein, Jeffrey Fox 

Editors-in-Training .-.—Beth Bird, Jerry Bleiberg, Ira Cohen, Dave Glickman, Elise Gordon, Paul 

Lerner, Barry Spitz. 

Reportorial Staff ..Daniel Belgrain, Steve Chamoff, Steve Deutsch, Robert Ellraan, Beverly 

Friedman, Gary Hass, Alan Reinstein, Keith Rolhmd, Fran Safransky. 

Vacuity Adviser _Mr. Arnold Schwartz G.O. Adviser .....-Mr. J. D. Smallberg 

Eastern Press, Inc., B’klyn 17, N.Y. 


Soon after opening day, a small contingent of Topics editors viewed “the 
fairest of all fairs.” Robert Moses, president of the New York World’s 
Fair 1964-1965, was certainly correct in saying that the Fair aims to be 
universal; to have something for everyone.” 

Although the segment of the Topics' editorial board was unable to 
visit every pavillion, we saw the exterior of most and the interior of many. 
Probably the most exciting exhibit of all is the General Motors Futurama. 
Patterned after its 1939 counterpart, the Futurama provides graphic 
descriptions of things to come, including an insight into life in the jungle, 
underseas, and the metropolis of the future. We then proceeded on a 
moving sidewalk to an entertaining display of G.M. products. 

Inside the architecturally magnificent United States Pavillion, one sees 
an informative film, “Voyage to America”, depicting the continual waves 
of immigrants to this country. 

After an exotic meal at the South Korean Pavillion, with exclusive use 
of chopsticks, we entered the exhibit of International Business Machines. 
The suspenseful ride up the “people wall” into the I.B.M. “egg” is some¬ 
thing that must be experienced. 

In order to obtain an over-all and thrilling picture of the Fair, one 
should take an exciting trip across the International Area on the Swiss 

^Sky Ride, or ride up a bullet-shaped 
elevator 220 feet to the Fair’s highest 
point, atop the New York State 

At about 8:00 P.M., the Word’s 
Fair is transformed into a spectacle 
of color. Purple lights playing on 
the magnificent Fountain of the 
Planets, the beacon and multi-colored 
building of Electric Power and Light, 
and the dome of General Electric’s 
Progressland , are perhaps the best 
examples of this rainbow-like spec¬ 

A visit to the World’s Fair is 
an experience that will be enjoyed 
immensely, and one that will never be 
forgotten. Sam Roberts 


By Marilyn Schwartz 

“Instructive” is the word Gore 
Vidal, author of The Best Man , has 
used to describe the movie adaption 
of his novel. It also proves an enter¬ 
taining drama about the sordid game 
of behind-the-scene politics . 

The plot concerns itself with the 
rivalry between the two top conten¬ 
ders for their party’s Presidential 
nomination. These two contenders are 
Senator Joe Cantwell (Cliff Robert¬ 
son) and William Russell (Henry 
Fonda). The setting is the Los An¬ 
geles Presidential nominating con¬ 

Convention Setting 

Cantwell, the more ruthless of the 
two, uses personal information about 
the mental health of Russell to try 
to force the latter’s withdrawal from 
the race. When Russell’s campaign 
manager (Keven McCarthy), learns 
of this scheme, he brings misconduct 
charges against Cantwell. Russell, 
however, is reluctant to use his op¬ 
ponent’s smear tactics; he is greatly 
pressured and surprises all by his 
final solution of the problem. 

Henry Fonda’s portrayal of the 
principled William Russell is brilliant, 
as are the performances of Cliff 
Robertson and Lee Tracy (the crafty 
former President). 

Cast Is Outstanding 

Edie Adams, as the wife of Joe 
Cantwell; Ann So them, as the politic¬ 
ally ambitious woman; Margaret 
Leighton, as the wife of William Rus¬ 
sell, and Gene Rayburn, as Cantwell’s 
campaign manager, provide an excel¬ 
lent supporting cast. Unfortunately, 
Shelly Berman, as the informer, fails 
to maintain the decorum his role 

Released through United Artists, 
The Best Man is an intense and in 
teresting drama. It presents a vivid 
account of the harsh and extremely 
competitive atmosphere that is pre¬ 
sent at a Presidental nominating con¬ 
vention. In view of the approach of the 
November Presidential election, this is 
a film not to be missed. 

Ancient Japanese Art 
Practiced by Tildenite 

A new member of the growing cult 
of followers of Jiu-Jitsu, the ancient 
Japanese art of self defense, is Bob 
Taiani, 81B. After studying Karate 
for a year, he was forced to drop it 
because of a foot injury, but his ex¬ 
perience enabled him to learn Jiu- 
Jitsu quickly at the International 
School of Self-Defense. 

Bob is currently trying to obtain 
the honorary title of brown belt. He 
has seen several Jiu-Jitsu experts of 
both sexes and knows girls are not 
as helpless as they seem for they are 
capable of overpowering heavier, 
stronger opponents. 

Bob Taiani, bottom, demonstrates 
how to throw an opponent. 

Jiu-Jitsu, which consists mainly of 
throwing an opponent and grasping 
or striking him so that his own 
strength and weight are used against 
him, is commonly confused with either 
Karate, composed of punching, and 
kicking, or Judo, a refined form of 
Jiu-Jitsu which uses special applica¬ 
tions of movement, balance and lever 

Bob points out that anyone, regard¬ 
less of weight, size, age- or sex, can 
learn Jiu-Jitsu and use it successfully 
—with sufficient experience, of course. 

One day, while on a guided tour 
through Mexico, Mrs. Mary Bernstein 
and a companion met an elderly 
gentleman from Lyon who spoke very 
little English. When Mrs. Bernstein 
spoke to him in his native language, 
the elderly gentleman was both 
pleased and stunned by the fluency of 
the French she spoke. 

Mrs. Bernstein’s interest in the 
French language began when, as a 
youngster, her friend’s mother taught 
her three words, out, Vencre , and la 
table. With such a firm background 
in the language, it seemed only na¬ 
tural to continue it in high school, 
n’est-ce pas? 

Mrs. Mary Bernstein 

A member of Phi Beta Kappa in 
her junior year at Hunter College, 
Mrs. Bernstein had intentions of be¬ 
coming an actress. She realized this 
ambition by taking part in the French 
plays that were presented at Hunter. 
It was on the strength of these per¬ 
formances that a stock company of¬ 
fered her a part in a play. While 
attending college, she won a scholar¬ 
ship to go abroad and toured France, 
Switzerland, and Italy. 

Today, Mrs. Bernstein, a member 
of the Foreign Language Department, 
is fluent in French, Spanish, and 
Italian. Since 1961, she has been the 
faculty advisor of Arista, Tilden’s 
honor society. She is pleased that 
Tilden’s Arista is considered to be 
the most active and influential Arista 
in Brooklyn. 

Our Teacher of the Month believes 
that there is much good in today’s 
adolescents and that juvenile delin¬ 
quency is “blown-up” beyond its true 
proportions. She feels it is the posi¬ 
tive side of adolescence that should 
be stressed. “I am aware of the good 
quality of scholarship, character and 
willingness to serve as is readily 
noticeable in my classes and in Arista. 
I also feel there is a direct relation¬ 
ship between intelligence and beauty, 
as is exhibited by the charm, bright 
eyes and quick smiles of a majority 
of our students.” 


Student Committee 
Strives for Change 

If the Student Improvement Com¬ 
mittee can secure the support of the 
Tilden student body, new innovations 
may be made in the school adminis¬ 
tration. This newly formed committee, 
a branch of the G.O., is concerned with 
changing certain policies so that the 
students will benefit from them. 

One of this group’s goals is the se¬ 
curing of two-way traffic in the hall¬ 
way near room 109 at all times. At 
present, such traffic is prohibited. The 
tentative establishment of a student 
lounge, to be designated as the Ken¬ 
nedy Memorial Lounge, is another im¬ 
portant topic being considered. This 
lounge, similar to those in Erasmus 
Hall and Midwood, could be used by 
the students for their enjoyment and 
recreation. The Committee will ac¬ 
tively participate in the anti-smoking 
campaign also. 

Jeff Fox, 8B, is chairman of the 
committee, which is under the auspices 
of Mr. Max Brodsky, faculty advisor 
of the G.O. The committee was formed 
a short time ago; therefore, its aims 
are conditional and subject to change. 

April 30, 1964 


Page Three 

Apathy and More Activities Are the 
Principal Issues in G. O. Campaign 


General student apathy in school affairs will apparently be the dominant 
issue in the upcoming G.O. elections, as Mike Berman, Bruce Schiffffman and 
Howard Stravitz compete for the office of president; Dean Foster and Leo 
Najman for vice-president; and Marsha Falescky and Steven Goldberg for 

Due to the alleged lack of school spirit, Mike Berman intends to publicize 
G.O. activities greatly, in the hope of securing intense student interest. 
He would like to establish an inter-scholastic sing, in which the sings from 
other schools would compete against Tilden’s. In addition, the formation of a 
greater number of athletic teams, such as soccer, will be sought. 

More G.O. Benefits 

How the G.O. can work further for the benefit of Tildenites is the 
campaign platform of Bruce Schiffman. He intends to plan more important 
social functions and renew the senior celebrities of Class Wit and Most 
Popular Pair. Bigger and better schoolwide campaigns, such as the current 
anti-smoking campaign, will also be his goal. 

Student Apathy an Issue 

Howard Stravitz and Leo Najman are running in tandem for the presi¬ 
dential and vice-presidential vote. They advocate a student lounge, to be fur¬ 
nished with elaborate equipment, an intensive campaign against student van¬ 
dalism to protect this equipment, and also more informal and formal dances. 
The posting of the next day’s menu in the cafeteria, and a G.O. Store that 
would be open for all periods are among their other goals. In addition, they 
promise the use of student polls, like those conducted by the History Depart¬ 
ment, to determine the opinions of the students in relation to G.O. activities. 

Foster’s main objective is to assist the president in promoting student 
interest in G.O. activities. He also would like to formulate a student court, 
where students can lodge complaints and offer suggestions for the improve¬ 
ment of the G.O. 

“The G.O. needs a woman’s touch,” says Marsha Falescky, “and I have 
experience and a desire to give service to the school.” 

Steven Goldberg intends to “do his best,” as secretary, for he “knows 
his job.” 

G.O. (Continued) 

(Continued from Page 1, Col . 5) 

Marsha Falescky, 6D, is a member 
of Arista. With a 93% average and 29 
service credits to her name, Marsha 
types and has been secretary of her 
official class for two terms. 

Steven Goldberg, J4, has been secre¬ 
tary to many teachers. Steven has a 
knowledge of typing, and a 94% ave¬ 
rage, besides being a member of the 
chemistry and library squads, and 
president of his official class. 

Eligibility for any G.O. office de¬ 
pends upon having met the following 
qualifications: the candidate must 
have a cumulative average of at least 
80%, satisfactory citizenship, the sig¬ 
natures of three members of the 
school administration and 50 signa¬ 
tures of students, and proof that the 
candidate will have sufficient time to 
carry out the responsibility of the 
office. The Board of Governors, who 
makes the final decision in the selec¬ 
tion of candidates, consists of various 
members of the faculty and admini¬ 
stration. Elise Gordon 

We'd Rather Fight 
Than Smoke! 

This advertisement was designed 
and placed here by the General Organ¬ 
ization and the Student Improvement 
Committee. It is one of many posters 
submitted by students to spearhead 
the anti-smoking campaign, under the 
direction of G.O. President Jeff 



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The fairest Fair of all is here 
For a great two year stay; 

And after having seen it once 
You’ll come day after day! 

My Sun, the Editor 

Robert Kessler, Tilden Class of June 1961, was recently elected Editor- 
in-Chief of the Cornell Daily Sun. Bob, who while at Tilden was a member 
of the Bio. Squad and Feature Editor of Topics , was preceded to his 
admirable position by Richard Denenberg, also a former Tildenite. 

Will Wonders Never End? 

Harvey Rubin, who graduated from Tilden in 1961 
after having participated in the Football team, Arista, 

Math Team, and as Senior class president, was awarded 
the Class of 1913 Football Cup as top scholar among 
the Columbia University team. Harvey, a junior end, 
received this award at the forty-third annual Varsity 
C dinner of Columbia University . 

For Art’s Sake 

Warren Goldberg, P4, Steve Levine, 8F, and Louis Parness, 60L, were 
the three Tildenites who were recipients of Certificates of Recognition in a 
state-wide poster Contest, “What America Means to Me,” sponsored by the 
Department of the New York Ladies Auxiliary Jewish War Veterans. 
The awards were presented Friday, April 17, in the Board Room at 110 
Livingston Street. Presenting the awards was State Comptroller Arthur 
Levitt, former President of the New York City Board of Education. 

With the U.S. Army in Berlin . . . 

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United States Army. Sal, who joined the Regular Army one year ago, was 
named recently in the Berlin Observer as one of two top potential swimming 
stars. He graduated from Tilden in January of 1963, and is now stationed 
with the armored division in Berlin. 

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Page Four 


April 30, 1964 




with Steve Flax 
and Jerry Meyer 

Starting upon their most successful outdoor season, the Cindermen 
over-ran their first four opponents. Jefferson, Madison and Sheepshead in 
succession were the victims of a superior Tilden team. The most exciting 
meet was against Sheepshead, April 2. Tilden nipped the fleet footed Skippers 

Dennis Elkin, Tilden’s newly elected outdoor captain, displayed his 
ability by remaining undefeated in the 220 yard dash so far this season. 
The tall, lanky runner feels that this is probably the strongest Tilden track 
team ever assembled and owes most of its success to the fine coaching of 
Mr. Joel Hochheiser. 

Key man in the field events is versatile Phil Blaustein. Phil excels in 
the broad jump and the hop, step and jump with high scores of 21 feet and 
41 feet respectively. He is optimistic in his outlook, feeling that he will top 
these marks in the near future. 

Could Be One of The Best 

The Cindermen are well stocked in X A milers. They have an abundance 
of talent in this event with Irv 
Schoenfeld, Sheldon Chaplin and Ron¬ 
nie Brummel. Co-Captain Bob McKeon 
and Abner Fisch are running well in 
the % mile. The recent addition of 
the 2 mile run, however, seems to pre¬ 
sent a serious challenge to the team. 

Dennis Elkin Thus far, Mitch Edison and Jan Gott- Phil Blaustein 
lieb have been unable to put forth a winning effort in this event. However, 
in all-around depth the team does look stronger than ever before. 

Although the season is not yet half over, the Trackmen are anticipating 
their best yet. The team that will probably give them the most trouble 
is East New York Vocational High. As of now, Coach Hochheiser is pleased 
with everything except the poor turnout at the home meets. 

Swimathon Scheduled 

Mr. Sheldon Spielberg, coach of the Mermen, is sponsoring the second 
annual Swimathon in Tilden’s history. The Swimathon , which is Mr. Spiel¬ 
berg’s “brainchild”, will be held in late May. 

Last year, it was a big success and is expected to be even bigger this 
year. The Swimathon serves a number of purposes other than being an enter¬ 
taining spectacle for the viewers. Its main goal is to give the team members 
the chance to win medals and trophies. It also serves as an “eye opener” for 
Mr. Speilberg. He will have the opportunity to discover new talent for the 

Anyone wishing to enter the Swimathon must get in touch with Mr. 
Speilberg. Trophies will be awarded to the top five contestants, and medals 
to the winners of each event. Separate medals will be awarded to those not 
on the swimming team. Mr. Spielberg will act as chief official with the 
other health education teachers acting as referees. 

Large Turnout Expected 

The Swimathon will be held on two days. On the first day, the events 
will include the 50 yd. free style, the 400 yd. distance free style, the 100 yd. 
breast stroke, the 100 yd. back stroke and the 100 yd. individual medlay. 

The second day will be highlighted by the underwater swim for dis¬ 
tance. The other four events scheduled are the 200 yd. individual medley, 
the 100 yd. free style, the 100 yd. butterfly and the 200 yd. free style. 

A large crowd is hoped for since all G.O.. members will be allowed in 
without charge. 

Honorable Mentions 

We wish to congratulate Richie Knel and Fred Kornblith, stars of the 
Goldmen , for being chosen by several newspapers as honorable mentions for 
the All-City high school basketball team. Hot-shot Knel is the only Goldman 
to win a basketball scholarship. He is going to Massachusetts University, 
where he hopes to play a great deal of basketball. Richie had a good 
field goal percentage and foul line percentage and led the team in scoring, 
averaging over 15 points a game. Fred Kornblith was the playmaker of the 
team as well as a fine shooter. Freddy averaged over 12 points a game and 
starred on defense. 

Netmen Place Fifth in Tourney; 
Woilmen Beat Utrecht in Opener 

Devils End Spring Games; 
Victims of 9-0 No-Hitter 

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GOING MY WAY? Tilden’s Bob Levine scrambles back to first safely after 
being caught in a rundown. Tilden romped over Fort Hamilton, 7-1. 

Scott Handelman and Alan Polen 
led the Raquetmen to a fifth place 
finish in the Bishop Loughlin Meet, 
April 3. Of the three teams entered 
in the doubles, Scott and Alan formed 
a powerful combo and weren’t beaten 
till the semi-finals. 

Top Six Are Top Caliber 

The Netmen opened the exhibition 
season with a 3-2 loss to Erasmus, 
March 31. Several other exhibition 
games are scheduled to be played be¬ 
fore the season’s opener against Eli 
Whitney, April 21. 

Coach Nick Farkouh considers his 
starting six to be top caliber high 
school players. As of now, Scott 
Handelman and Alan Polen are the 
one-two men on the roster and figure 
to be the starting singles players. 

Mr. Farkouh, who won renown as 
coach of Brooklyn College’s baseball 
team, is very pleased with the capa¬ 
bilities of the team. However, con¬ 
servative in his outlook, he refuses 
to make any predictions. He feels the 
team does have possibilities, but it 
will be difficult to beat Midwood, the 
defending division champs. 

In its first exhibition match of 
the season Tilden’s handball team tri¬ 
umphed over New Utrecht at Tilden 
Field, April 8. Although Coach Mur¬ 
ray Adler is pessimistic about the 
team’s chances for the 1964 season, 
the boys in his tentative starting 
lineup performed well enough to win 
themselves berths in the starting line¬ 
ups of any school in the P.S.A.L. 

Starting Lineup 

Captain Harold Weiner will play 
first singles while second and third 
singles will be played by Joel Glober- 
man and Lenny Roth respectively. Mr. 
Adler has a lengthy list of candidates 
for the first and second, doubles. 
Among the numerous, if not experi¬ 
enced, candidates that Mr. Adler may 
choose from are seniors Albie Skol- 
nick, Joshua Teitelbaum, David Basa- 
vick, Mike Goldstein, David Dercher, 
ancl Alan Mehr. There is also one 
freshman on the team, Sol Falchek. 

As the P.S.A.L. season approaches, 
the team is sharpening up for its 
opener against Fort Hamilton. After 
Fort Hamilton. Mr. Adler views the 
matches against Midwood, Madison, 
and John Jay as the most important. 

Track Results 

Eyeing their first Division Cham¬ 
pionship, the Cindermen have won 
their first four dual meets and have 
won the first part of the meet against 
highly rated East New York Voca¬ 
tional High, 23-12. 

Tilden displayed all-around depth 
in the first four meets, mauling Jef¬ 
ferson, Madison, Sheepshead Bay 
and Brooklyn Tech respectively. East 
New York Vocational is the team 
Tilden must beat in order to clear the 
way to the division title. The two 
teams weer scheduled to clash April 
20; however, only the field events 
were compltd beaus of rain. Although 
East New York’s strength is in their 
running, they need 45 out of the 73 
remaining points in order to topple 
the Cindermen. 

Three new Tilden field records 
have been set so far this season. Phil 
Blaustein holds the broad jump rec¬ 
ord with a 21 foot jump as well as 
the hop, step and jump record with 
a mark of 40'9 1 /6". The other new 
Tilden record was set by A1 Cedar 
when he high jumped 5'8". There 
are five remaining meets this season 
and everyone is invited to come down 
free of charge. 

Besides the dual meets, the Cinder- 
men participate in several P.S.A.L. 
meets where many schools partici¬ 
pate in the events. In the Queens-Iona 
Relay Meet, April 18, Tilden cap¬ 
tured the silver cup with a second 
place finish. The winning team con¬ 
sisted of Sheldon Chaplin, Irv Schoen¬ 
feld, Paul Schier and Mitch Edison. 
In the Penn Relays, April 25, the 
team was unable to retain its win¬ 
ning form and did not win any 

Coming back for his second year on 
the varsity will be David Cook, 8L. 
Dave is a husky 5'10", 190 pound 
right-handed pitcher who will surely 
see much action this year for Coach 

Dave is an al¬ 
umnus of Somers 
Junior High 
School where he 
played on the 
basketball as well 
as the baseball 
teams. Last year, as a junior at Til¬ 
den, he pitched a total of 8 innings in 
relief, allowing no runs and compiling 
a 1-0 record. At bat, Dave was the 
hero of the Fort Hamilton game, driv¬ 
ing in 2 runs to break a tie. Early 
this year against Hamilton, he pitched 
3 shutout innings while striking out 
6 men. 

Dave keeps in shape by playing bas¬ 
ketball and baseball. He has an 80% 
average and hopes to attend L.I.U. 
where he’ll continue playing baseball. 

Shading the infield at shortstop is 
Nick Rimpici, 8C. Standing 5'11" and 
weighing 160 lbs., Nick can also be 
utilized at third where he played all 
last season. He 
will be starting 
his third year on 
the squad. 

Nick is an all 
around sports 
buff. In the off¬ 
season he enjoys 
football and basketball. He hopes to 
attend Pace College and become an 

Looking back at last season, Nick 
remembers his clutch batting against 
Midwood which he feels was his best 
performance of the season. This year, 
Nick did well in the exhibition games, 
In the Seward game April 10, Nick 
drove in the winning run in the last 
inning of play. 

Nick rates the team’s pitching and 
defense good and feels that the team 
is good enough to go all the way to the 
top of the division. He feels that the 
toughest teams to beat will be Win¬ 
gate and Erasmus. 

Ending the exhibition season with 
a 3-3 record, the Blue Devils have 
learned their strengths and weak¬ 
nesses. Thus far, they lost their first 
two league games. 

Play Ball! 

Opening the exhibition season on a 
rainy afternoon, the Blue Devils nip¬ 
ped Adelphi 2-0, March 26. The game 
was called after three innings be¬ 
cause of rain. Tilden won its second 
game against Ft. Hamilton, March 30. 
The team exploded with a four run 
first inning and then picked up three 
more, making the final score 7-1. The 
next day, Jefferson came in and 
whipped the Devils , 8-0. Boys High 
then played April Fool with Tilden 
and routed them, 7-2 April 1. Their 
third loss of the exhibition season 
came against New Utrecht, April 16. 
The Utes shut out Tilden, 1-0, behind 

Starting his second season with the 
Diamondmen is 6'1", 196 pound Shelly 
Markman, 8Y. Because of the gap at 
first base, Shelly, formerly playing the 
outfield, has become the team’s start¬ 
ing first baseman. 

The b i g g e s t 
thrill of Shelly’s 
career was in an 
exhibition game 
last year where 
he contributed 
several key defensive plays to help 
win the game. Shelly then went on 
to participate in 18 errorless games. 
Besides being an all around fielder, 
Shelly is a constant threat at the 
plate. If Shelly learns to pull the ball, 
he should hit his share of home runs 
this year. Thus far this season, Shelly 
has gone 1 for 3 at bat against Win¬ 
gate in the season’s opener. 

Hoping to become a lawyer, he in¬ 
tends to go to L.I.U. and continue to 
play ball there. 

Dave Sherman of 8K will be the 
Diamondmen's catcher this year. The 
5'6", 150 pounder has a tremendous 
arm that has prevented anyone from 
stealing a base so 
far this year. 

Versatile Dave 
was a 2 letter- 
m a n at Somers 
Junior High 
School. He played 
on the P. A. L. 
borough championship team in both 
basketball and baseball and was se¬ 
lected to the all-star teams in both 
sports. His greatest thrill came in a 
P.A.L. game when he tripled home 3 
runs to win the Brooklyn champion¬ 
ship for his team. 

Last year at Tilden, as a utility in¬ 
fielder and catcher, Dave starred in 
the Sheepshead game by scoring the 
tying run in a game Tilden went on 
.to win. Because of this he was made 
the starting catcher for r the Blue 

After graduation Dave might go to 
L. I. U. or an out-of-town college. 
There he would like to continue his 
athletic career. 

strong pitching. 

dutch Hit Beats Seward 

In their final exhibition game of 
the 1963 season, the Tilden Diamond- 
men nosed out Seward High, 2-1, at 
the victors’ home field. 

The hard fought contest was strictly 
a pitching duel until the last inning, 
when the Blue Devils struck for two 
runs. With the bases loaded and one 
out, Bob Levine drew a base-on-balls, 
and A1 Limmer crossed the plate, ty¬ 
ing the score. Immediately following, 
Nick Rimpici singled Alan Werner 
home with the game winning run. 

Although it was a fine victory for 
the Diamondmen , they lost the serv¬ 
ices of Marty Mayer. The outfielder 
broke his leg while attempting to steal 
second base in the fourth inning. 

The team ended its exhibition sea¬ 
son with a 3-3 record. 

Generals Whip Devils 

Opening the ’64 season on the wrong 
foot, the Blue Devils lost to Wingate 
8-1, April 13, at Erasmus field. The 
game was hampered by intermittent 
rain and cold weather. 

Eric Ruskin was the losing pitcher 
and the star hitter. Eric got by the 
first three innings giving up only 
one run, but lost his control in the 
fourth and gave up three more. Steve 
Smith started the fifth and allowed 
four more in two innings. 

The sole run came in the fourth 
when Bob Levine singled in Eric 
Ruskin, who had reached second on a 
tremendous clout of over 350 feet. 
Nick Rimpici also hit the ball well, 
singling sharply in the first and flying 
out deep to right in the third. 

Jack Pucycolosky, Wingate’s top 
hurler, also scattered hits to A1 
Limmer, Shelly Markman and Tony 
Augusta. Tilden hit the ball well, but 
left the men on the basepaths. Frank 
Tepidino, former Tilden star, was the 
big bat for the Generals with a triple 
and a single. 

Highwaymen No-Hit Devils 

Steve Katzman pitched Madison to 
a 9-0 victory over Tilden at Madison 
field, April 16. He started by fanning 
Bob Levine and went on to whiff 13 
more Blue Devils in a nearly perfect 
no-hit game. 

Madison capitalized on sloppy field¬ 
ing in the first inning for four un¬ 
earned runs. They added two more in 
the third, knocking out starting pitch¬ 
er Dave Cook. Bill Byrne relieved 
Cook and pitched three scoreless in¬ 
nings until the sixth frame when he 
was belted for three more runs. 

Katzman had a perfect game going 
for 5 and 1/3 innings. Bob Jacilla be¬ 
came the first Tilden base runner 
with a walk in the sixth. The only 
other Blue Devil to reach base was 
Dave Sherman when he led off the 
seventh with a walk. 

Two Blue Devils were thrown out of 
the game for protesting a third strike 
call. A1 Limmer got the thumb in the 
fifth and Shelly Markman in the 


Behind the two-hit pitching of 
Billy Byrne, the Blue Devils nipped 
Midwood, 1-0, April 23. The lone run 
was scored in the last inning on an 
error by the Middies’ second baseman. 


By Barry Spitz and Steve Chamoff 

Dave Cook 

Nick Rimpici 

Shelly Markman 

Dave Sherman