BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Vol. LXIX, No. 3
Thespians Perfect Springs
As Performance Time Appn
vTiJLeten High School, Brooklyn 3, N. Y.
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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
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-
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¬
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
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
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
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.
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
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
receives credits ONLY if given an
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
SAMUEL J. TILDEN HIGH SCHOOL
Tilden Avenue, Brooklyn, N. Y.
AbraJham Margolies, Principal
Vol. LXIX, No. 3 April 30, 1.964
Editors-in-Chief .SUSAN GITLIN, SAM ROBERTS
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¬
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
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,
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,
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
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.”
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
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
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
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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
This advertisement was designed
and placed here by the General Organ¬
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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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After giving up our new-found hobby of writing quotations, we are
turning to an activity that is, perhaps, more poetic. One of our numerous
“primitive” masterpieces is reproduced below:
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 . . .
Formerly a member of the now-retired Mr. De Fronzo’s swimming team,
Pfc. Salvatore Balistreri has advanced to the Berlin Brigade Team of the
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.
Topics ’ editors humbly apologize to Judy and Lois Ahrens for the mis¬
take in our last issue. It seems we put Lois’ name under a picture of Judy.
As per our request in the previous edition of this column, we are sorry
to report that we have received no “quotes from the quotables.” Contribu¬
tions will be graciously removed from the Topics letterbox by the editors.
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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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Nick is an all
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.
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
last year where
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.
was a 2 letter-
m a n at Somers
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
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
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