Norman Siegel, former head of the New York Civil Liberties Union, had been busy planning a major event for the past eight months — the 50-year reunion of his alma mater, New Utrecht HS.
“When we were making those plans, it brought back a lot of fond memories,” said Siegel, who graduated from the Bensonhurst school with the class of ’61, a golden group which tossed its mortar boards in celebration the year that John F. Kennedy was elected president, “West Side Story” debuted in movie houses, Soviets divided East and West Berlin with a wall, and alcohol was legal for high school seniors.
On Saturday, it seemed that hardly any time had passed at all for the former school chums who gathered at the school to see how it has changed over the years, then made their way to Sirico’s restaurant to swoon over the days when school was a home away from home, and a $1.50 got you a full breakfast at the local luncheonette plus the diet aid of the day — a pack of butts.
“Many of us came out of poor homes, and a lot of the nurturing we got was from the students and the teachers.” said former cheerleader and biology squad captain Judi Berliner Eisenberg.
Overjoyed alums relived those days by dancing to doo-wop ditties, and washing down egg creams with fond memories crafted half a century ago.
The school, which is on 80th St. between 16th and New Utrecht avenues, boasts an impressive alumni.
Its famous roster includes actor and school valedictorian Gene Barry, former Assembly Speaker Stanley Fink and two of the Three Stooges — Moe and Curly Howard.
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