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LXX, No. 1
Samuel J. Tilden High School, Brooklyn 3, N. Y.
October 28, 1964
Changes in Faculty and Courses
Instituted for Fall Semester
Ten Teachers Welcomed to Staff
As Three Take Leaves of Absence
With the opening of the 1964-65 school year, Tilden finds itself with
many changes. Among these are the new teachers who have been added to
the faculty and different courses that have been added to the curriculum.
Two teachers have been added to the English Department. They are
Mr. Theodore Levesen and Miss Carol Balitsky. Mr. Wallace Chamedes,
formerly of the Social Studies Department, has also joined the English De¬
partment while Mr. Ben Stambler and Mrs. Phyllis Gormazano are English
teachers on leave.
Joining the Social Studies Department is Mr. Saul Kaufman. Mr. Mau¬
rice Tandler is on leave. The Math Department has added Mr. Norman
Lab Techniques Offered
Miss Jane Davis, a new biology teacher has been added to the depart¬
ment. Also, laboratory techniques is open to all academic and commercial
students who have completed one year of biology. Academic students must
be taking or have taken one year of physical sciences. This is a one year
course which studies clinical laboratory technology.
Although not entirely new to Tilden, “Food For Boys” is being offered
by the Home Economics Department. This course will be given during the
spring semester for major credit and aims at exploring different foods
through preparation of a great variety of them.
Joining the ranks of the Speech Department are two new teachers,
Miss Janet Bavetta and Miss Toby Talesnick. Mr. Joel Dick is now acting
head of the Speech Department replacing Dr. Sol Berlin who is on leave.
Secretarial Studies Altered f
The Secretarial Studies Department has made changes in its curriculum.
^Typing 5 will now be given with secre¬
tarial practice. Those commercial girls
majoring in merchandising or ac¬
counting, as well as those who have
dropped stenography can take cler¬
ical practice and rapid writing which
will be offered in the spring term.
Departments Add Teachers
Miss Eugenia Flanagan has re¬
turned from sabbatical leave to the
girls’ Health Education Department.
Mrs. Alvinia Pointer has joined the
staff of the Music Department.
The Language Department has
added Miss Rosalie Rossi and Miss
Sharon Lazar. Mr. Robert Robinson
is a new addition in the Art De¬
For the first time in Tilden’s his¬
tory, elections for Senior Class offi¬
cers have been called off. In view of
the fact that no other students ap¬
plied for candidacy, Mr. Benjamin
Diamond, faculty adviser of senior
activities, was forced to appoint the
officers. JoEllen Wortman, 8G, who
was the only candidate for president,
was appointed to that office. Ellen
Sperung, 8C, is the new vice-presi¬
dent. Glenda Stall, 8G, and Penny
Saperstein, 8C, will be sharing the po¬
sition of secretary-treasurer.
Low School Spirit
Mr. Diamond expressed disappoint¬
ment that so few seniors have taken
enough interest in their own elec¬
tions to provide an ample selection of
candidates. “It is an honor to be nom¬
inated, even if not elected, to any
senior post. Colleges, especially Ivy
League schools, look favorably on stu¬
dents holding positions in the govern¬
ment of their high schools,” he ad¬
Jo Ellen has an average of 86.2%;
Ellen, 87.2%; Penny, 86%, and Glen¬
da, 83.5%. All have “A” averages in
citizenship. They addressed the stu¬
dent body in the assembly October 14.
A candidate must have an outstand¬
ing record before he may be consid¬
ered fo*£ iffice. The scholastic require¬
ment is an average of no less tnan
85%. Thj^ must be accompanied by at
least a gating in citizenship, no less
than 40 service credits and a petition
with the signatures of 10 teachers.
Senior officers perform many duties
for the class. The president and sec¬
retary inform the Seniors of all activ¬
ities, including the Prom. The vice-
president traditionally assumes the
office of editor-in-chief of the Senior
News while the treasurer handles sen¬
ior dues and all finances. All the offi¬
cers act as hosts or hostesses at the
Change of Editors
On Topics Staff
NeW editorial positions on
Tilden Topics for the fall 1964
term are as follows: »
Emily Spieler has the top po¬
sition of Editor-in-Chief. News
Editors for this term are Elise
Gordon and Linda Spitzberg.
New Feature Editors are
Elaine Blumner and Schuyler
Metlis. Armand Gazes and Mar¬
ilyn Levy have been appointed
as new Editorial Editors, while
David Glickman and Paul Ler-
ner are now Sports Editors.
The job of Art Editor is be¬
ing taken by Steve Deutch, and
in charge of circulation is Den¬
nis Goldberg. Carol Feinstein
and Scott Neistadt are now
Caravan and Polyglot
Seeking Fresh Talent
Polyglot, the foreign language mag¬
azine and Caravan, the literary mag¬
azine, are resuming publication once
Caravan is published by the English
Department under the advisorship of
Mr. Everett Kerner. Judith Tropian-
sky, 7J, is the new Editor-in-Chief
while Robert Speilberg, 7Y becomes
the Art Editor, and Linda Stern, 7M,
is the Literary Editor.
The cost of the magazine is 50^.
It contains poetry, photography, art
work, short stories, and literary cri¬
All students interested in writing
for Caravan may leave material in
Mr. Everett Kerner’s mailbox, with
name and official class. Material can
also be left in room 211 during pe¬
riods 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, and PM official.
Poly got is sponsored by the Foreign
Language Department. Last spring,
the publication was awarded a 1st
place certificate by the Columbia
Scholastic Press Association.
Completion Date -1966
NO, IT’S NOT THE MONORAIL! At upper right is newly installed fluorescent
lighting shining brightly on workmen setting ceiling panels in the cafeteria
Newly Elected Guild Officers
Planning Fall and Spring Plays
DRAMA GUILD OFFICERS: From left to right
Kleinberg, Joel Litsky and Marjorie Friedman.
-Susan Marcus, Charles
Tilden’s one million dollar renovation, which began early last spring,
is ahead of schedule. Only minimal changes have been necessary, even though
many departments of the school are being worked on. Completion of work
is expected within a year and a half.
The major amount of completed work has been in the installation of
fluorescent lighting throughout the school. Enlargement of some rooms, ac¬
complished by breaking through walls, has also been completed or is pres¬
ently being worked on.
Among the changes necessary because of the renovation, is the creation
of a thirteenth period which commences at 4:30 (two minutes later on as¬
sembly days) and ends at 5:10 P.M. Also, the junior class has again been
split into early and late sessions.
Included in the renovation are the installation of a public address sys¬
tem, new stage facilities in the auditorium, new office machines, and improved
fixtures for the Home Economics, Biology, and Physical Science departments
and the cafeteria.
The class room area in the rear of the library will be enclosed by shelv¬
ing, yet to be installed. Also, new lighting is expected for the stackroom.
Mrs. Margaret McGreevy, head librarian, speaking for the library staff
said, “We’re simply delighted with what has already been done, and we can’t
wait for the rest.” Speaking about bulletin boards, she stated, “We were
hoping for more and we really need a new one in the! first floor and third
Some Changes Made
The music department is getting
enlarged rehearsal and practice rooms.
New closets and lighting are also ex¬
pected. As of now, the work done has
been only on room enlargement.
Changes are also planned for the
Boys’ Health Ed. department. What
was previously the Boys’ Corrective
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Before the footlights again, the Tilden Drama Guild, under the direction
of Mr. Joel Dick, has already planned another full year of theatre. New
officers and committee chairman for this fourth season were chosen and a ten¬
tative selection for the fall play has been made. Charles Kleinberg, 71A,
Joel Litsky, 7F, Susan Marcus, 7H, and Marjorie Friedman, 7U, are the
present president, vice president, secretary and treasurer, respectively.
A new committee has been created, besides the present seven, which will,
under the chairmanship of Fred Leiter and * laine Zitrin, be in charge of
presenting short skits and such to the members of the Guild at their alter¬
nate weekly meetings in room 238. Heading the publicity committee are
Martha Macaluso and Marilyn Goldstein; props, Dean Foster; costumes,
Ellen Grossman; makeup, Eileen Weiner; Editors-in-Chief of Spotlight,
the Guild’s organ, are Nancy Freni and Barbara Knyper; script and play¬
bill, Victoria Hashmall and Susan Kessler; stage crew, Steve Haber and
press representative, Elise Gordon.
October 21, the Guild will begin the season with the annual accounting
plays. November 4 and 18, the one-act play, tentatively scheduled to be
“A Thurber Carnival,” by James Thurber, will be presented. A decision con¬
cerning the play selected for the three-act presentation in the spring has
not yet been made. Also included in the Guild’s repertoire is the Poetry-
Declamation Contest, in which the thespians will take part in the declaiming.
Mr. Dick, now Acting Chairman of the Speech Department, has chosen
Miss Carol Laub to be assistant faculty adviser to the Guild.
Radlow , Berg Lead
New Arista Year
Elected this term as the new Arista
officers are Adriane Berg, 8E, as Girl
Leader and Steve Radlow, 8G, as Boy
Leader. Sheila Samuels, 7S, has been
elected secretary while Neil Macy, 8B,
becomes treasurer. Elections took
place in the late spring.
Duties of Officers
Adriane and Steve preside over
meetings and are in charge of all
Arista interviews. Sheila, as secre¬
tary, is responsible for typing up
minutes, membership lists and letters
of correspondence. She is in charge
of attendance at meetings and assigns
Arista’s members to Open School
Week responsibilities. Neil’s duties as
treasurer are to collect money for
dues, pins, keys, sweaters and out¬
side activities and to keep the books.
All the officers decide on activities
and attend meetings of the association
of Brooklyn Aristas.
Requirements for Office
Names of the candidates were cir¬
culated among and approved by the
faculty and all members of Arista.
All Aristonians are eligible for offices
of secretary and treasurer. However,
boy and girl leaders must be seventh
or eighth termers. Officers serve for
Requirements for Membership
To be accepted in Arista, fifth term¬
ers must have an overall average of
ninety percent, no failures, a good
character rating and twenty-two serv¬
ice credits. Sixth termers must have
all the above requirements, but with
twenty-seven service credits. Seventh
termers must also meet the above re¬
quirements plus thirty-two service
credits. Eighth termers must have an
eighty-eight percent average, no fail¬
ures, good character rating and thirty-
seven service credits.
Neophyte induction will be con¬
ducted in March. Mrs. Mary Bern¬
stein is the faculty adviser.
Student Poll Held;
With the national elections almost
at hand, Tildenites are carefully
weighing the facts. The Social Stud¬
ies Department, under the direction
of ! Mr. Abraham Venit, conducted a
poll during the week of October 12
to determine Tilden student opinion
on these elections.
Johnson and Kennedy Victorious
The results were the following: for
President, Lyndon Johnson over¬
whelmed Barry Goldwater 2,230 votes
to 223 votes. Sixty votes were cast
for other candidates. As for the'Sen¬
atorial ivjice, Robert Kennedy defeat¬
ed the incumbent Kenneth Keating
1,828 votes to 705. Twenty-eight. Vo s es
were cast for Henry Paolucci, the
Conservative Party candidate, and 19
votes for other candidates. *
Results Not Typical
These results, according to Mr.
Venit, probably do not reflect the out¬
come of the actual elections. In his
judgment, President Johnson will win,
but not by as large a majority as the
poll indicates. Also he believes that
the Senatorial race will be so close
that Keating may beat Kennedy. A
marked discrepancy exists between
the strength of Keating and that of
Goldwater, for a larger proportion
voted for the Republican Keating
than for Barry Goldwater, probably
due to the fact that Keating never
endorsed the Republican presidential
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October 28, 1964
My dear students:
Now that a new school year is well under way, it is pertinent to ask the
question, “What makes a good student?” Psychologists inform us that aside
from the enjoyment of good health there is no greater satisfaction than that
which comes from a job well done. Think of the pleasure a surgeon gets in
performing a delicate operation successfully, or a lawyer in winning a diffi¬
cult court case, or an engineer in solving a complex technological problem.
At this stage of your lives your job is that of a student. Whether you derive
pleasure or frustration from the pursuit of this depends on you. And so
back to the question, “What makes a good student?”
The obvious answer that a good student should be “smart” is not always
the correct one for many “smart” boys and girls turn out to be failures as
students and many who register on I.Q. tests as just “so-so” turn out to be
top-notchers. The answer lies more in the “I will” than the “I.Q.,” that is,
in your desire to lay in the necessary store of knowledge and to build up the
intellectual foundation upon which your future will rest.
Being a good student involves a command of the fundamentals of read¬
ing, writing, number work, and clear expression. It calls for intellectual
curiosity. The truly good student is more interested in asking questions
than in just accumulating the answers given by teachers. Having asked the
proper questions, he makes every effort to dig out the answers or to speculate
about the relevant hypotheses if no ready answers are available. The good
student is aware of the world around us and is never isolated from his fellow
man. Current affairs fascinate him. He is alive to the importance of develop¬
ing his social and emotional nature, as well as the intellectual. Beware of
the arid bookworm who lacks social compassion.
It is our job as educators to help you develop these attributes. It is
your job as students to cultivate them conscientiously and systematically.
Let us hope that you will be able to derive the same pleasure from a job well
done as a student that a skilled professional gets from the exercise of his
ABRAHAM MARGOLIES, Principal
Apathy Displayed; Democracy Betrayed
It creeps into our hearts and numbs our minds, leaving us as mere
automations, ready to follow the will of the majority. It denies the feasibility
of the democratic system and robs us of the worth of centuries of struggle
for human rights; it is called apathy.
It is evident in the failure of a large percentage of people to cast their
ballots for elected representatives in government. In the past, it has appeared
in student activities in Tilden, as evidenced by lack of support for both
athletic events and a senior prom, and this term flagrantly exposed itself
in senior class elections; for the first time in this schooPs history, only one
student applied for any one of the senior posts of president, vice-president,
secretary, and treasurer.
When an opportunity exists both to serve one’s school and to gather
prestige for oneself, it is reprehensible that only four students of the three
hundred ten scheduled to graduate in January availed themselves of it.
The job of senior class president, including membership in the Student
Cabinet, is one of the most powerful student positions within the school; the
fact that Mr. Benjamin Diamond, senior class adviser, had to appoint these
officers robs the eighth termers of the privilege to exercise freedom of
choice in selecting their leaders.
The senior class will continue to function, but it has lost an outstanding
characteristic that makes it such an important force within the school. It has
suffered as a result of the apathy of its members; with this loss the entire
concept of student government within the school has been negated, and,
above all, democracy has lost. It is each individual’s responsibility to act
as a positive force within the workings of the school; “if liberty and equality
. . . are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when
all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.” (Aristotle)
The opinions expressed by this newspaper are not necessarily those of
the Board of Education or the school administration .
SAMUEL J. TILDEN HIGH SCHOOL
Tilden Avenue, Brooklyn, N. Y.
Abraham Margolies, Principal
VoL"LXX, No. 1
October 28, 1964
Editor-in-Chief .EMILY SPIELER
News Editors .....Elise Gordon, Linda Spitzberg
Editorial Editors . ......Armand Gazes, Marilyn Levy
Feature Editors .Elaine Blumner, Schuyler Metlis
Sports Editors . ..Dave Glickman, Paul Lerner
Circulation Manager ..Dennis Goldberg
Art Editor .Steve Deutch
Photography Editors .....Carol Feinstein, Scott Neistadt
Editors-in-T raining -Beth Bird, Jerry Bleiberg, Janet Haynes, Lola Nalen, Elaine Paris,
Fran Safransky, Meryl Sohnis, Barry Spitz.
Reportorial Staff -Daniel Belgrair, Judie Brines, Elaine Brodsky, Charles Carroll, Steve Chamoff,
Abner Fisch, Bruce Kantor, Jeffrey Lane, Nancy Lefkowitz, Alvin Schulman, David Sherman.
Faculty Adviser -Mr. Arnold Schwartz G.O. Adviser _Mr. J. D. Smallberg
Eastern Press, Inc., B’klyn 17, N.Y. 185
Shakespeare and Science Result
In Miserably Mixed Up Metaphors
SlTiiOe^ Chismstry Oe.pT J^
“All the world’s a stage,” stated Jacques, in “As You Like It.” But
perhaps this epigram is applicable to the jumbled sentiments of the science
student, suffering from microbial delusions, resulting from infinite adjust¬
ments made to that little microscope platform.
“Double, double, toil and trouble,” the chemistry “victim” whispers
vehemently to his lab partner, while the former tries laboriously to draw
iron filings from BOTH magnetic poles. Meanwhile, the remainder of the
^class is hoping, with futile optimism,
that through some unscientific abnor¬
mality in nature, an errant electron
will escape its circuit and reach the
bell prior to its customary ringing
Newt or Frog
“Eye of newt” or “toe of frog”
are mistaken identities on dissection
examinations. They are attributed to
lack of study or to severe myopia.
Discolored dissection specimens can
cause “Bio . Blues” which, in turn,
are indirectly related to the wearing
of similarly-tinted spectacles (an al¬
leged protection from fluorescent
“To be or not to be” in physics
class is the profound decision made
by ex-chemistry-ites, staring medita¬
tively into the abysmal space on the
option cards. The somewhat hazy
form of another lab period looms pon¬
derously over a summer’s horizon. If
systems are “Go!”, and the shaken
applicant is overcome by the forces of
gravity, thrust, and so forth, which
take the form of a series of “Problem
Sheets,” the problem’s being under¬
Water, Water, Everywhere
At the termination of a year of
scientific advances, the student, dis¬
regarding his instructor’s protests, is
about to pour a beakerful of water
into a container of sulfuric acid. How¬
ever, his career is salvaged by a
rhyme summoned from the depths of
his cerebrum: “Willy was a chemist/
Willy is no more/ What he thought
was H20 was H2S04.” Although the
student’s day didn’t end in a bang,
he DID live “happily ever after.”
By Armand Gazes
“Math makes you think.” Although
this is not what motivates many stu¬
dents to study the subject, Mrs.
Gladys Pines, who has been teaching
for seven years and who is now start¬
ing her third year at Tilden, feels
that this is the most important as¬
pect of mathematics.
Being one who appreciates logic,
Mrs. Pines has always been interested
in math, especially in algebra which
she believes is the “most fascinating
aspect of math.”
Mrs. Gladys Pines
Despite her love for math, Mrs.
Pines excelled in all her studies at
Cornell University and was a member
of Phi Beta Kappa. Proof of her aca¬
demic abilities may be found in the
fact that she finished first in three
Upon her graduation from Cornell,
Mrs. Pines decided to devote her time
to home life and did not start teaching
until after her three children had
grown up. During this time she en¬
joyed, and still does, a well rounded
schedule of extra curricular activities.
Pels to Pythagoras
One of her favorite pastimes, before
becoming a teacher, was raising her
Persian and alley cats. She also raised
chinchillas, having at one time twenty-
eight of them. She was ,80 successful
at this that in 1956, one of her ani
mals won an international champion¬
The task of raising her children ac¬
complished, Mrs. Pines turned her at¬
tention toward the teaching profes¬
sion. Her teaching career started at
Junior High School 203 where she
taught for four years. She then went
to John Wilson Junior High School
where she remained for one year, and
then on to Tilden.
Although she emphasizes mathe¬
matics, Mrs. Pines feels that foreign
language studies are important too,
She is interested in Latin and Span¬
ish and believes that Latin should be
taught in the city’s high schools.
That math makes you think is ir¬
refutable; that Tilden’s math depart¬
ment is fortunate to have Mrs. Pines
on its staff is just as irrefutable.
By Marilyn Levy
“Though thi3 be madness, yet there
is method in ;.t,” quoted from Ham¬
let, might have been Max Young-
stein’s thoughts when he produced
Thp. viewers of Fail-Safe see N.Y.C.
as it appears today, the only differ¬
ence being in the Military Commun¬
ication Center. However, the ad¬
vanced mechanisms shown weren’t
“far fetched” to the audience, and
we might conceivably have them in
the near future. If this is the case,
we will likewise be “blessed” with the
problems such machines create.
Power Promotes Problems
The plot of Fail-Safe is a morbid
one. A false alarm sends an Amer¬
ican bomber off to destroy Moscow.
Futile attempts are made to bring
this plane down.
A prominent character in the movie
is General Black, finely portrayed by
Dan O’Herlihy. General Black is a
“wise old soul” who realizes that the
power of the nation rests in the hands
of a select few, he being a member
of the “fortunate” ones. One pull of
a lever, and this man could demolish
During the crisis, Henry Fonda,
the President of the United States,
calls the Russian Premier to warn
him of our bombers.
Two Separate Worlds Unite
These scenes between our President
and the Premier, whom we never
see, are the highlights of the movie.
Throughout the phone conversation,
the words “trust” and “faith” are
thrown around and sneered at by the
Finally, in a moment of extreme
terror, both men believe in each other,
combine forces and try to destroy
The pilot of the runaway bomber,
portrayed by Edward Binns, demon¬
strates true dedication to his coun¬
try. He never hesitates to follow
what he believes to be his orders
even though he faces an emotional
chaos within himself.
The terrifying dangers of atomic
weapons illustrates that the world is
far from being a “home sweet home.”
Perhaps Fail-Safe won’t fail to in¬
fluence us in finding a safer world.
Foreign Students Recollect Their
Childhood in European Countries
Mark Sternberg an d Joseph Zackerman pose for Topics cameramen.
Each year approximately 300,000 aliens enter the United Spates. Of
these, about 126,000 remain to become citizens. Tilden High School has its
share of foreign born students. Among them are Mark Sternberg, and
Joseph Zacherman, 7B. *
Mark, now eighteen years old, came to the United States fronA Austria.
He has lived in and traveled through Greece, Italy, France and GibOltar. In
1959, he emigrated to the United States With his family and has attended
Tilden for the past two years. Next year he hopes to attend City College and
study electrical engineering.
When asked what aspects of life here differ from those of the country
in which he previously lived, Mark pointed out, “Studying here is done to
compete with others and not for one’s own knwledge.”
Joseph Zacherman, Polish by birth, previously lived in Isreal. He is
now seventeen years old and has lived here for four years. Joseph, who
hopes to attend college and study dentistry, says that his favorite subject
When asked how Israel’s educational system differs from ours, he said
that foreign language instruction begins in the fifth and sixth grades.
Required courses include Hebrew and World History. Science is greatly
stressed in Israeli schools.
Mark and Joseph both feel that their school lives here would be complete,
if only Tilden High School would organize a soccer team.
October 28, 1964
By EMILY SPIELER and ELISE GORDON
With kazoo and brass band one sees the candidates marching off into
the twilight of destiny, and we, as perturbed, occasionally amused bystanders
of the presidential campaign, would* like to advance Alfie Aleman as the
ideal candidate for the American people* A newcomer.to the political arena,
Alfie has the proper glasses in front of properly twinkling eyes, a ready
quip, a reassuring smile, an out-thrust chin. In addition, he is a follower of
Down-with-Communism!, experience-counts philosophy, and has firm economic
backing for his amicable indistinguishability. Aspiring presidential managers
should apply for work at campaign headquarters, Room 120.
For the Glory of the Press . . .
It has been brought to our attention that the Tilden graduating class
of 1961 now has at least five editors of college newspapers. These include
Alan S. Kay, editor-in-chief of the King smart of Brooklyn College; Robert
Kessler, editor-in-chief of the Cornell Sun; Seymour Safransky, editor-in-
chief of the Phoenix of Queens College; Jerold S. Rosenbaum, co-editor of
the Columbia Engineering Pulse , Columbia School of Engineering; and Edwin
Goodgold, feature editor of the Columbia College Spectator . In addition, Paul
Nussbaum, class of January 1964, has been named news editor of the Buffalo
College paper, the Spectrum . Congratulations to all!
To the unknowing, this heiro-
glyphic is merely an artifact from
some ancient, antideluvian civiliza¬
tion. It is otherwise the well known
symbol of the Tilden Forum, and the
observant student has found it scrib¬
bled on blackboards throughout the
school with the inquiry, “Have you
joined Nedlit Murof ?”, meaning, of course, the Tilden Forum—spelled back¬
New officers have been elected. Richard Nadler, 8G, is the president;
Gary Prince, vice-president and David Weiner, secretary. Mr. Murray Meisel-
man, faculty adviser of the Forum, urges all those interested in joining to
come to the meetings held every Wednesday during the P.M. official in Room
. . . For the Performing Arts
The annual Lincoln Center Student Award has been granted to five
students in the present senior class. They are Jerry Hyman, David Posner,
and Herbert Slusher of the orchestra, and Rose Feiler and Edward Pincus
from the chorus. The award includes six tickets to Lincoln Center perform¬
ances—four to Philharmonic concerts, one to the Repertory theater, and one
to the ballet.
Anyone For Tea?
Patricia Fine who graduated from Tilden June 1962, has been granted
the Kappa Omicron Phi award given to the highest ranking home economics
freshman at Bradley University. As a senior at Tilden, Patricia was the
recipient of a special trophy as the outstanding student in home economics.
Future Scientists of America
The Westinghouse Science Club has resumed meeting during the long
A.M. official periods in Room 340. Supervised by Mr. Bohensky of the biology
department, the members of the club, in addition to preparing for the exam¬
ination sponsored by the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, hope to invite
speakers to address them on various current scientific topics.
Genius At Work
Martin Rosenman, Tilden class of 1961, was graduated from Harvard
College last June with the rating of Magna cum laude. In the previous year,
he had been elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the national honor society. As a
graduating senior from high school, he received eight scholarships and four¬
teen awards from the various departments.
The Long and the Short of It
The Longfellow Society has elected new officers for
the fall term. They are Mike Maltzman, president;
Jay Fox, vice-president and Russell Wakal, secretary.
Planned for the coming year are basketball games
against Arista and other Longfellow societies from vari¬
ous schools. They also will usher at Sing and at the
Celebrity Hop. Members of the Longfellows act as
color guards during assemblies. Those interested in
becoming numbers of the society should see Mr. Arthur
Stracher,. faculty adviser.
» Mr. Chairman!
Steph^jL Levine has (been elected President of the Executive Council, the
student g.^>rnment of the Brooklyn College of Arts and Sciences. A Tilden
graduate of January 1962, he will serve a term of office beginning in Sep¬
tember and extending through June. He also served as President of the
Democratic Club of Brooklyn College last year.
Tilden Topics represents the voice of the student body. This function
can only be served, however, if students express their suggestions and opin¬
ions, on anything from bicycling to the philosophy of life and everything
in between. Letters, tirades, and tidbits of information will graciously be
called for from the Topics letter box by the editors.
Among the historical monuments still left standing in Tilden in spite
of the rehovation is the Topics ’ morgue, which holds all back issues of the
paper and bears the signatures of previous editors since 1938. All interested
students are invited to take a look in the very near future; this memorial
is on the agenda for painting and conversion into a non-historical closet.
1. Jay Fox
r. Mike Maltzman
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Gym, where two dance classes were
held, is now a temporary kitchen.
Therefore, the dance classes have
been discontinued for at least one
Also, the old Boys’ Emergency
Room no longer exists. A new one
is under construction near the girls’
locker room. The Health Service Office
is presently serving as the emergency
To Revamp Cafeteria
Tilden’s cafeteria will have a com¬
pletely new -kitchen and new serv¬
ing counters,’the latter to be enclosed
by huge picture windows. Mrs. Yvonne'
Mathes, school dietician here for 20
years, said that she was “very happy,”
because her staff was getting new
and more equipment.
In the future, service will be much
faster. Previous service was slowed
up because of 35 year old facilities.
In 1944, approximately 570 students
per period were served in the cafe¬
teria. Now, 20 years later, although
the same number of students eat
there daily, the volume of sales has
increased nearly 3 times. Beth Bird
Tilden Sing '64 Raring To Go Ahead;
Planning an d Produc tion Under Way
Operations for “Tilden Sing ’64” are already underway. Central Sing
Commission met with Mr. Alfred R. Weil, faculty adviser to Sing, September
24,1964 in the bandroom office.
Pearl Roth and David Posner were chosen as Sing co-commissioners,
Herbert Slusher as sophomore adviser, David Ostrove as treasurer, and Lola
Nalen as secretary. During this meeting, suggestions were made to improve
Dates designated for Sing ’64 are: dress rehearsal Thursday night,
December 17, with the performances Friday and Saturday nights, December
18 and 19.
This year there will be three Sing bulletin boards. In addition to the
one outside the girls’ gym, there is now one in the girls’ gym and one in the
'G. O. Aims To Be Met”
Promise New Officers
Hoping to fulfill their campaign promises, G.O. President Mike Berman,
Vice President Lee Najman, and Secretary Steven Goldberg are hard at
work with the help of Mr. Max Brodsky, faculty adviser. Their aim is
to make this year’s G.O. the best it has ever been.
Smoking Campaign Continued
Heading the Student Welfare Committee is Howie Stravitz. This com¬
mittee is in charge of the anti-smoking campaign. Posters are being made
and prizes will be awarded in the assembly for the winning poems written
last term. Petitions asking celebrities to support the anti-smoking campaign
are being circulated throughout the school.
The Student Welfare Committee is also trying to start a driver educa¬
tion course which was a promise in the last election.
Glen Gumpel, chairman of the School Improvement Committee, has sug¬
gested that a resolution be adopted which, if agreed upon, would provide
that the G.O. store be open every period of the day. One of the main prom¬
ises made during the election was to have a student lounge set up. The lounge
would be open throughout the day and could be used by the students at any
time. Present plans include establishment of such a lounge.
Social Activities Planned
Another committee formed is the Social Activities group headed by Jeff
Kaplan. This committee will be in charge of planning school dances for both
the early and late session students. All day outings and other social activ¬
ities will be taken up for discussion by this group.
❖ Celebrities Asked to Support Projects
In charge of the Public Relations
Committee is Elaine Blumner. This
committee will be in contact with the
papers and do any necessary cor¬
responding with celebrities, asking
them for their support.
Taking care of the money will be
Sidney Abramowitz, head of the Bud¬
get Committee. This committee will
be in charge of seeing that the G.O.’s
money is being used properly.
G.O. Board Wants Better G.O.
To help all these committees is the
job of the Publicity Group headed by
Mark Gilwit. It will display posters
and try to stress the activities going
on in the G.O.
All chairmen have already started
working to fulfill the aims of their
committees. Fulfilling them will be
an important step in the betterment
of the G.O.
Mike Berman is determined to make
this G.O. a greater part of the stu¬
dent’s school life instead of a “mere
obsolete machine which only produces
15$ reduction tickets to the movies.”
Any suggestions will be welcomed
by Mr. Max Brodsky or any of the
members of the G.O. board in room
322 during period 8.
NEW SING OFFICERS: front, left to right—Joseph Abate and Steven Zwickel;
rear—Estelle Levy, Andrea Zweiffler, Barbara Leicht and Sharman Meade.
In order to boost class spirit and to keep the classes well informed about
Sing news, there will be publicity committees within each class. The Sing
leaders will appoint students to be on these committees.
An attempt has been made to improve the system for timing Sing this
year. In previous years, the time rule was not strictly enforced. Each class
will have forty minutes and five minutes’ grace. If this time rule is neglected,
points will be deducted by the judges.
Central Sing interviewed all applicants for Sing offices October 1. Since
there was only one applicant for each office in Junior Sing, there will be
no election in that class.
Registration took place for the Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors Octo¬
ber 6, 7, and 8, respectively. The Sing leader and choral leader elected by
the Sophomores are Stephen Zwickel, A3 and Sharman Meade, Z3; for the
Juniors Joseph Abate, 5B and Estelle Levy, N51 and for the Seniors Barbara
Leicht, 8E and Andrea Zwieffler, 7H.
Central Sing Commission of ’64 extends its personal invitation to all
students of Tilden to join and participate in the forth coming Sing.
1,123 Tilden Seniors in June Graduation
Commencement exercises for 1,123
Tilden graduates, the largest grad¬
uating class in Tilden’s history, were
held June 26, 1964 at 11:00 A.M,. in
the Loew’s Kings Theater.
The program began with the proces¬
sional mlirch of the graduates, fol¬
lowed by the salute to the flag, and
the singing of “The Star Spangled
Banner” and “America.” Ira Cohen,
president of the senior class, then de¬
livered the address of welcome and
presented the class gift to Tilden’s
principal, Mr. Abraham Margolies.
After several band selections,
played by the Tilden High Symphonic
Band, Nancy Landweber gave the val¬
edictory address. This was followed
by Mr. Margolies’ address to the class
in which he told of the importance
of fighting to preserve the values
that students take for granted.
Recipients of honors and awards
were announced by Miss Rebecca F.
Grand, Administrative Assistant in
charge of guidance, and Mr. John J.
Eustis, Chairman of the Fine and
Industrial Arts Department. Mr. Ben¬
jamin T. Diamond, who is in charge
of Senior Class activities, presented
the candidates for diplomas and Mr.
Margolies proceeded to confer them.
The loyalty pledge, led by Ira Cohen,
“Hail Tilden High,” and the reces¬
sional march concluded the program.
'"'DC ' 3
Admiral Koch Sees
School Jou rnalists
Rear Admiral George P. Koch,
Chief of Naval Air Reserve Training,
held a high school press conference
during his Annual Military Inspec¬
tion of the Naval Air Station, New
York, Saturday, September 26.
This press conference was held to
inform student journalists about the
Naval Reserve Program. Admiral
Koch described all of the different
programs and the training received
in each if one decides to fulfill one’s
military obligation in the Navy.
Reserves a Good Investment
Admiral Koch spoke of the readi¬
ness of the Selective Naval Air Re¬
serve; it can be alerted in a matter
of hours and be in operating condi¬
tion in about a day. He also pointed
out in his speech that, in answer to
opponents of the reserve program, it
is a very cheap investment for such
a degree of complete readiness. The
Navy is able to keep 6 men in the
reserve program for the same cost of
keeping 1 man in the regular Navy.
Following Admiral Koch, Com¬
mander James Hahn, Procurement
and Recruiting Officer of the Naval
Air . Station, New York, also spoke,
expanding on some things that Ad¬
miral Koch said, and then answering
additional questions asked by the
Review of Squadrons
When the press conference was
completed, there was an extensive re¬
view of the Selective Reserve Squad¬
rons by Admiral Koch with the as¬
sistance of Rear Admiral Magruder
H. Tuttle, Commander Fleet Air
Quonset and Commander Naval Air
Bases, First Naval District.
October 28, 1964
By Dave Glickman
and Paul Lerner
L2& . %
Baseball may be the national pastime, but it is football which generates
unmatched enthusiasm and interest among high school students. This fall,
a new group of gridders under the direction of Coaches Bernie Mars and
Murray Adler, will write another chapter in the long and glorious history
of Tilden football.
End to End
Since Knute Rockne introduced the forward pass it has grown to be¬
come one of the most dangerous weapons in a football teams arsenal. On
the receiving end of many of Tilden’s forward passes will be ends Jerry
Guber and Alan Solomon.
Jerry is returning for his third season. This 6 foot 1 inch 190 pounder
is a fine receiver and an excellent blocker. In the season opener against the
Curtis Indians , Jerry threw many key blocks which sprung our speedy backs
loose for long gainers.
On the other end of the forward wall one can usually find reliable num¬
ber 85, Alan Solomon. A1 is one of those gifted players who can go both
ways with equal proficiency. His bril¬
liant defensive play has harassed many
opposing ball carriers.
Jerry and A1 will play a big role in
Tilden’s bid for a successful 1964 cam¬
paign. If the Curtis game is any indica¬
tion of things to come, this daring duo
will help lead Tilden to great heights.
The very capable combination of Mike Beck and Walter Parezo are also
available for duty at the end position.
“Desire” Conquers All
A great philosopher once said, “A chain is only as strong as its weakest
link.” Tilden is fortunate to have a power packed front five which shows
no weak points. It is a quick, strong, hard hitting line, which makes up in
desire what it lacks in size. They will lead the way for our fleet-footed
backs, and provide the quarterback with better than adequate protection.
This combination should prove to be a winning one. Names of linemen which
should be remembered are Barry Salow, Jay Schwartzberg, Captain John
Marvul, Steve Hochman, Howie Stravitz, Calvin Levy, and Barry Geier.
“Run to Daylight”
Running into the daylight which these linemen hope to provide will be
a host of speedsters capable of superior broken field running. Lee Najman,
Mike Kraft, Joe Puleo, Mike Katz, and Tony Camisa are the speed mer¬
chants Tilden will count on. Buddy Jaworniker and Jackie Berkowitz will
provide the power necessary in the short yardage situations.
A quarterback is as important to the success of a football team as a
pitcher is to a baseball team. Tilden is blessed with three gifted quarterbacks
in Stu Bokser, Mike Frozitta, and Artie Levine. These backs will put Tilden
in the scoring column.
The 1964 version of the Tilden Bine Devils is a team which any school
could be proud of. Offensively, it has the potential of being one of the power¬
houses of the city. Defensively, they can be compared to the undefeated 1961
Football helps support most of the worthwhile activities in Tilden. They
need and deserve the support of the entire student body. The writers of this
column urge all Tildenites to attend all games and help cheer their team
Devils Beat Curtisl 8-10;Tech 34-0;
Lose Heartbreaker to Midwood 6-0
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Harriers Run Over Grady 35-20;
Mermen Set; Beat Wingate 73-22
Once again, Tilden’s cross-country
team, the Hochharriers, are raring to
go. Coach Joel Hochheiser expects the
team to outdo last year’s fine record.
The schedule for the season con¬
sists of 11 meets. Seven of these will
be all-city competition, while the other
four will be experimental dual meets.
They will all be run over the gruel¬
ing 2 V 2 mile course at Van Cortlandt
Gottlieb Leads Team
Leading the team this year will be
Captain Jan Gottlieb, who unfortu¬
nately has not fully recovered from
an automobile accident. Last year,
Jan broke the all-time Tilden record
for 2 V 2 miles with the excellent time
of thirteen minutes, forty-one seconds.
Outstanding performances are also
expected from Tom Brown, Sheldon
Chaplin, Irv Schonfeld, Marc Forman,
Bruce Miller. Two impressive juniors,
Abner Fisch and Marc Streisand
Off and Running
The NYU Invitational Meet was
held October 10. Outstanding times
of the meet were: Tom Brown, 13:46;
Abner Fisch, 14:25; Sheldon Chap¬
lin, 14:38; Irv Schonfeld, 14:51; and
Steve Sobel, 15:07.
Tom Brown took 12th place out of
420 entrants, earning a bronze med¬
al. Out of 60 teams, Tilden finished
in 14th place.
In the first dual meet, Tilden beat
Grady 35-20. Once again the same
boys did very well.
“Sinking the opposition,” in the
words of Coach Sheldon Spielberg,
will be the Mermen’s main objective.
Summer long practice indicates that
they are fully prepared for the up¬
This year Coach Spielberg hopes
to avenge defeats inflicted by Boys
High and Jefferson. He considers the
meet against Brooklyn Tech, defend¬
ing city champs, to be the most im¬
portant encounter. They have proven
difficult for Tilden in previous years.
Returning regulars this year are
the Miller twins, Mark and Harv,
Jay Sokol, Carl Kirshner, Marc Levin¬
son, and Jerry Link, brother of last
season’s captain. Bruce Kaiden and
Ken Klein were recently elected team
captains. Coach Spielberg feels con¬
fident that they will help Tilden swim
Coach Spielberg has his eyes upon
improving last year’s 3-3 record. With
Eastern District High School drop¬
ping out of the league, Tilden will
engage in five meets instead of the
former six encounters.
Tilden’s Mermen defeated Win¬
gate, 73-22. The meet, held at the
Brownsville’s Boys Club, saw Tilden
flood the pool with points, by winning
ten out of the eleven events.
Ken Klein and Harv Miller estab¬
lished new Tilden records in the 40
yard freestyle and 100 yard breast¬
stroke, respectively. Ken swam the
400 yard, free-style event in 5:20,
while Harv broke the 100 yard breast
stroke record with a 1:15 clocking.
Mike Kraft fumbled the opening
kickoff against Curtis High School to
provide a most unusual beginning for
Tilden’s 1964 football season. But the
situation improved as the Blue Devils
rolled up an 18-0 victory over Curtis.
Brooklyn Tech tried the Blue Raider
defense a week later with similar re¬
sults, Tilden 34-Tech 0.. This set the
stage for the game against Midwood
which the Hornets won 6-0.
Devils Rip Curtis
Tilden’s Blue Devils won the open¬
ing game of the 1964 season by de¬
feating Curtis 18-0 under bright sun
and blue skies at Port Richmond
Field, October 3.
In this, their first victory, Tilden
struck in the air and on the ground,
gaining a total of 344 yards. The
Blue Raiders , Tilden’s defensive unit,
held the opposition to 76 yards and
only 3 first downs.
Early in the game Curtis twice
had the ball inside the Tilden 10 yard
line, but the Raiders held firm. In
the second quarter, quarterback Stu
Bokser threw a forty yard scoring
strike to end Mike Beck giving Tilden
a 6-0 lead at halftime.
The opening moments of the third
period saw halfback Lee Najman find
a gaping hole in the Indian’s line
and the “Jet” galloped 60 yards for
a score. Jerry Guber delivered the
key block which helped spring the
Barry Salow picked off a Curtis
pass late in the game and Tilden
took over, first and ten on the Cur¬
tis 27 yard line. Four plays later Lee
Najman once again found daylight
JET PROPELLED: Tilden’s Lee Najman (note arrow in foreground) races
23 yards upfield after latching onto a Mike Frozitta pass as Buddy Jaworniker
(23) and Alan Soloman (85) prepare to block. Tilden romped to 34-0 win
as Najman tallied twice.
and scampered 14 yards for the final
score of the day.
Raiders Wreck Tech
Tilden remained undefeated, untied
and unscored upon by wrecking the
Engineers of Brooklyn Tech 34-0 at
the victor’s home grounds October 10.
On the first series of plays from
scrimmage, Mike Frozzitta picked off
a John Spiezia pass and scampered
30 yards for the first Tilden score.
The ensuing kickoff saw Mike Katz
recover an onside kick on the Tech
40 yard line. Four plays later, Mike
Kraft powered his way over potential
tacklers and went in for the second
touchdown. The Frozzitta to Kraft
combination teamed up for the conver¬
sion, putting the Blue Devils ahead,
Hymie Zuckerman, who had a busy
afternoon, kicked off and the Engi¬
By Barry Spitz
Captain of the 1964 Tilden foot¬
ball team is 5' 9", 195 pound John
Marvul, 71C. As an outstanding guard,
John started in half of Tilden’s games
last year, and should see regular ac¬
tion in the upcom-’’
John is a tirelessU
worker. He could belli
seen at Tilden field, i ft
nearly every day*
last summer keepings .1
himself in top con- John Marvul
dition. Besides football he enjoys
weightlifting and basketball. After
graduation, John plans to continue
his football in college. Coaches Bernie
Mars and Murray Adler feel that
John is a very capable leader.
Captain Marvul says that this
year’s squad “really wants to win.
They have the desire to go all the
way. I think the Midwood and Brook¬
lyn Tech games will be the key en¬
counters of the season.”
Billy Johnson, a junior, will see
much action for the Blue Devils this
year. Versatile Billy has played de¬
fensive end, half- F*
back and runs back
punts and kickoffs,
and he has excelled
in all of these.
Billy stands 6 feet
tall and weighs 170
pounds. The blond- Billy Johnson
haired speedster builds his ’strength
by doing isometric exercises regularly.
Billy is active at many sports but
football is his first love. H^ kept in
shape over the summer by working
on a farm in Iowa. After graduation
he would like to go to college and
major in physical education.
Tilden fans may remember Billy’s
brother, Carl Johnson, guard on the
undefeated Tilden team of 1961. Billy
would like nothing better than to
play on another unbeaten Tilden
squad. He feels bad about not play¬
ing against Jefferson this year.
In the Curtis and Tech games,
Billy’s defensive play has been a great
asset to Tilden’s success.
Mike Kraft weighs a modest 154
pounds and stands but 5' 8" tall but
he is one of the hardest runners
around. Mike, of 7A, will be back
for his third year of f
football and this
promises to be his
besst season. He has
scored a touchdown
in each of Tilden’s
games. Mike Kraft
Mike’s football story has been
amazing. Two years ago he made the
Junior Varsity at 4' 11" and only 93
lbs. Weightlifting has transformed
that 93 lb. weakling into a quick,
powerful back. In the opener against
Curtis, Oct. 3, Mike showed his run¬
ning ability averaging 6.5 yds. per
He takes major art in school and
is also proficient in music, playing
the saxophone, clarinet, and guitar.
He hopes to attend the University of
Southern Connecticut and afterwards
become a football coach. Mike’s
brother Barry cap-| jglli
tained the Blue
Devils team of 1960.
Steve Hochman of §
71F is one of the §
five returning start- K
ers from last year’s L
team, who earned Steve Hochman
his letter as an outstanding guard.
He packs 195 pounds into a rugged
5' 11" frame.
Steve is a diligent weightlifter and
has built up a reputation as the
strongest player on the team. Oppos¬
ing players long remember his hard
tackles. Steve is looking very sharp
in the pre-season exhibitions and
looks forward to attending Southern
Illinois University where he will play
football and major in business ad¬
Looking at the season’s schedule,
Steve feels that Midwood will be Til¬
den’s toughest opponent but the team
will be most keyed for the Lincoln
game, seeking revenge for last year’s
neers had possession of the ball, but
not for long as John Marvul hit Tech
quarterback John Spiezia hard jar¬
ring the ball loose and Steve Hoch¬
man recovered deep in Tech terri¬
tory. The Marsmen capitalized quickly
with a 20 yard aerial from Mike
Frozzitta to Lee Najman. The suc¬
cessful conversion gave Tilden a
commanding 22-0 lead at the half.
Lee Najman’s 9 yard run, and Mike
Katz’s 1 yard plunge put the icing
on the cake,- giving Tilden a 34-0
triumph over the Engineers .
Tilden suffered its first defeat of
the 1964 season by dropping a tough
6-0 decision to the Blue Hornets of
Midwood October 19 at Tilden’s field.
The decisive blow came early in the
game as Midwood’s Bruce Rupert in¬
tercepted a Mike Frozzitta pass and
raced 40 yards for the only score of
the game. The remainder of the first
half was strictly a defensive battle.
Neither team was able to penetrate
deep into the opposition’s territory.
The fine tackling of Midwood’s Larry
Getto and Tilden’s Jerry Guber, John
Marvul and Steve Hochman con¬
tained the opposing offenses.
The second half was dominated by
the Tilden Blue Devils . Midwood had
the ball only three times and lost 7
yards rushing in the second half of
play. On the opening set of plays,
Tilden started its first march of the
day. They moved the ball 41 yards in
13 plays only to stall at the Hornet
37 yard line.
The Last Attempt
The Blue Devils once again started
to move late in the fourth quarter.
The rushing attack brought the ball
to the Midwood 16 yard line, with less
than 30 seconds remaining. Shooting
for all the marbles, Stu Bokser’s
third down pass was intercepted by
the Middies in the end zone as the
gun sounded, ending the game.
The loss was even more disheart¬
ening since statistically Tilden out¬
classed their opponents in every as¬
pect. The Blue Devils had 11 first
downs and 154 yards rushing while
the Blue Raiders held Brent Kauf¬
man and company to 2 first downs and
only 47 yards rushing. The Raiders ,
led by the outstanding play of end
Jerry Guber, didn’t allow the Hornets
to penetrate deeper than midfield
stripe offensively. Buddy Jaworniker
T ed the backs by rushing 41 yards in
lu carries and Lee Najman ran con¬
sistently well all game. \
n Big Ones Coming:
Tilden still has a long hard road
to travel before this 1964 season
comes to an end. Lincoln, Boys and
Madison, top contenders for the city
title, are on the Devils’ schedule. Lin¬
coln, in particular, has developed into
a bruising club spearheaded by the
passing of Mark Herschman to Joe
Pistoia. This should be a terrific bat¬
tle November 7 at Tilden Field and
will indicate how well the Devils can
rebound after their tough Midwood
Dave Glickman and Paul Lerner