The historic period was referred to as the "Reign of Terror".The cities eventually merged into Union City, but when the merger was found illegal, the cities split. Life is great - we are both retired and having fun in our Venetian Isles adult community. Helene Kuskin Currently living in Coral Springs, FL. Though I was not close with almost any of these kids, you can see how vivid are my memories of this time. My neighbors were Grace and Herb Pomfrey and my other neighbors were two brothers Stu and David and their sister Wendy. Would love to know what happened to Jerry Sobel and others. Ronnie and I were bathroom monitors, and someone stole our pocketbooks with our collection of bus passes. The boy-next-door was Neal Dreznin, and I sat on the bar of his bike and we rode all over town. Schneider, the 3rd grade teacher, lived on our block.
I will never forget Laurelton and all the great experiences that came with growing up there. I was involved in the movement in the 60's & early 70's. After high school, I went to Antioch College, then got a Ph. in political science from the University of Chicago. from 1952 (age 1) til about 1962 then, 137-14 228th St. To this day I talk about growing up in such a wonderful place. There's so many times I say I wish I could go back and spend one day of my childhood and see everything once more and all my friends I had, because Laurelton was the greatest town to grow up in. I moved from Laurelton before the end of high school but have maintained friendships from there to this day. All the kids would play games in the street till the lights came on: I Declare War, Scully, Ringo Levio, Ghost.
Miss all my friends and "hanging out" at Bert and Dave's on FLB. Laurelton was one of the best places to be at, the right place, at the right time. I returned to teach at Antioch, 1975-95, then was hired by Macalester College in Saint Paul to Chair the Polsci. My time in Laurelton were the happiest years of my childhood; no community I resided in since matched the warmth and nurturing I so fondly recall. Our block, 124th Street & 137th Ave., was loaded with kids and definately the best place for a "punch ball" game....stoop ball was at my house! Clair's in Rosedale in 1964 then went to SGHS and graduated in 1968. I remember when I walked to Green Acres, I remember La Tasca Pizzeria and The Pizza King. Then we'd sit on the front porches and play "Cars." Whoever picked white or black was sure to win.
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