Peter Oluff Carlsen and Ane Jensen | The Family Stump
Carlsson AO1 AO3 – PSYCHOLOGY WIZARD
Ok, I guess it's my turn to reminisce. I lived on BayParkway btwn Bath and Benson from 1955 until 1974 when I moved to Seagate. PS 101 where I played punchball from 56-59. If you could hit the ball over the "wall"(handball court) you were considered good. If you could hit it over the wall and into the fenced "garden" you were considered great. I remember a guy named "Whitey" young kid with white hair...who could hit it into the garden anytime he chose. There were a few other great players, but there was one guy who everyone knew, but would never play...hardly never. His name was Jasper. I couldnt believe my eyes when he punched the ball which traveled the entired width of the school playard and landed in the gutter on the other side of the block!! WOW.
Jasper was like a legend since after he did that, he wouldnt play for another four months.
Then, JHS 128 was next. I dont have many memories of that. I only remember that a few of the guys I knew died too young. Robert West I think committed suicide. I liked him. He took me to see the Perry Como show in Manhattan. Kenneth Miller shot himself(by accident I think) during the Vietnam War, ( I think).
Afterwards was Lafayette HS. All I remember was that any chance I had I was singing doo wop in the bathrooms, outside the school and in the open door fronts of the stores on 86th St btwn Bay Parkway and 21st Ave. I sang in the Lafayette talent show with Pat Perri, Leone, Mike and Bruce Johnson. What a rush that was. I thought I had a future until I heard a group called the Four Evers sing. They were the best harmony group I ever heard. Their hit was Be My Girl and If I Were a Magician was on the flip side. As great as they were, they never made it big. I decided I had no shot.
I was a handball player. I played in Coney Island by the boardwalk regularly and also in Cropsey Park. My best friend was Joel Hessel who was called "the Hess". HE was the most talented player I ever saw play and while he played you, he would taunt you and laugh continuously. If you played handball in those days, you knew him. Joey Durso who became the champ years later learned from the HEss.
I use to play a lot of stickball/basketball. Jerry Eagle was one of the most talented players around. HE just ran faster, jumped higher and played smarter than everyone else.
The tough guys from that time were all over, but the few that I remember the most were Jimmy Emma and his gang. If you remember Jimmy, you had to remember him BW and AW. (before working out and after working out) He was a small guy, but eventually became super muscular. There was another super tough guy called Dollanne who hung on KingsHwy. The legend goes that he and Jimmy faced off and Jimmy took a baseball bat and hit Dollanne over the head. The bat broke and Dollanne smiled. I wasnt there, so the rest is hearsay....which I would rather not comment on.
I worked at the Shorehaven Luncheonette and also at Harry and Mortys which was the soda joint next to a Jewish deli under the el on 86th st off of Bay Parkway. I played pool upstairs, I think that was Albas. There was also another poolhall next to Chevys Mens shop which was in basement, also on 86th St. off of 21st Ave.
I remember Woolworths where I would buy 25cents worth of candy during my lunch breaks from JHS 128 which later became Jahns. Of course everyone hung out at Famous Cafeteria. I was there when Kennedy was assasinated having my coffee and Marlboro. That brings back the memory of kids at Lafayette discussing what they were going to do during the Cuban missle crisis, thinking that the world was about to end. It didnt, but our innocence surely did end.
Yes, the pizza stores were the best and going to Coney Island to have a Nathans hotdog was special.
Taking the B train into the city was also cool.
My favorite moments were when all the guys who could harmonize would meet on 86th St and sing Gloria, In the STill of the Night; Zing went the strings/Dear when you smile at me; etc., and everyone would enjoy the free entertainment. I remember also doing the same on Tuesday nights on the Boardwalk in Brighton Beach off of Coney Island Ave. (shatzkins knish?)
If you lived in the area, I probably made you an egg cream at least once. I never spit in a drink once, even if I didnt like you, but Harry did wash his false teeth in the cleaning water..LOL.
I worked at Korvettes in the pet dept. I had a friend Paulie Weisbard who always had a crazy idea. He once had an idea of how he was going to build a rocket ship to the moon. He was dead serious. He once told Arnold Frankel about this and Arnie agreed to build it with him. One day as we were approaching 86th st, (we must have been around 13 or so) Arnie told Paulie he changed his mind about building the ship and Paulie turned around and hauled off on Arnie punching him in the face and then walking off. I walked Arnie back to his home where he iced his face.
A few months later, Arnie and I were having a catch in the big circle in Cropsey Park. The ball escaped Arnie and dribbled into the basketball court area. Phil Cantor picked up the ball and Arnie kept screaming for him to throw the ball back. Phil threw it way over his head. Arnie got upset and told Phil a thing or two....and u guessed it...Phil approached Arnie and punched him in the face.
I saw my first porno at the Jewel theater on Kings Hwy. I remember the guy in the audience screaming out.."thats a speecy spicey meataball"....What a laugh.
Of course there were the Chinese restaurants of whose names I forgot that were on 86th. I remember the one that allowed u to look out the window and see the trains go by. The first time I went to have Chinese food, my dad got me some water to drink and I started to fuss and cry that I wouldnt drink it because it was Chinese water!!
Hey...if u remember.....there was some funny kind of smell.....but, I guess that was the white table cloths that were just washed....lol...
If u went to PS 101, do u remember Miss Mesmer?
She was mean and she made you use a special notebook to write in called the Mesmer book. She still hit u with a ruler.
In JHS 128, our science teacher was Mr. French. Franky Carretta was a real class clown. When he was asked who discovered the atom...he yelled out in his real Italian voice..." Pope Pippy Pius da Toid".....I still remember the class rolling on the floor.
Back in PS 101, there was my third grade teacher Ms. Talkin or Talken. It was my first day in class transferring from a school I went to when I lived on Bay 8th st. She introduced me to the class and asked me the name of my former teacher. I told her it was Mrs. Di Martini. Ms. Talken started laughing crazily and said..Class....his teacher was a drink!!!
In those days, there were transom windows at the side of the room which would be open. So, if you were bad and tossed out of the room, you would be standing in the hallway outside the room and then start throwing things thru the windows and the kids inside would throw them back out. Ms. Talken would never see this or say one word. But, if you were super quiet and then spoke one soft word, she would toss u out of the room. She was off her gord!!
One day she punished me by having me stand in the corner. My pants were ripped by my butt and she said...Class...everyone look..Richards pants are ripped!!!!!...I remember a few of my other PS 101 teachers now: Ms Leventhal: Ms. Klages: Ms. Larkin.
IN JHS 128 I remember, Ms. D'Aleva; Mr. Littman; Ms Brady or OBrady, was one tough lady. One day I had to enter her class to deliver her a message and she screamed at me in front of her entire class. The very next day, I had to deliver another msg and this time she told the class what a well respected young man I was!!! Nutz! Also, Ms. O'Rourke...another scary lady....and of course, Mrs. Long my 7th grade teacher...but, she was very very short.
IN Lafayette, Mr. Nazer was the music and glee club teacher. I told him I wanted to quit and he wouldnt let me. I told him day after day I wanted to quit but he wouldnt let me. Then, when we were singing the Star Spangled Banner in harmony, I would end it like a doo wop song and he threatened me if I did that again he would throw me off the glee club. Problem solved!!! LOL...
I graduated Lafayette in 64, went to Kingsboro CC and then Bklyn college. I have few memories of that. I do remember playing skully on the streets with the bottle cap; chinese handball; and setting thread. We had a group of guys who would get off on using sewing thread and set up "traps" like spider webs and then laugh as unsuspecting folks would hit the trap and begin trying to get the "stuff" off of them. It was harmless and funny. But...one day...Paulie...the guy with the rocket ship idea decided to use monofiliment (fishing line). He set it up so that when Michael Heit came racing down the street full speed on his bike, the cord hit his neck. Mike stopped..the bike continued. That was a very scary moment. I dont know if he still has the scar, but more importantly, he lived.
I took karate lessons from Robert Golumb. One day while I was walking home with him and Neil Manganaro, Robert wanted to show Neil a karate move. It involved throwing a punch at Neils face.
Neil had just had plastic surgery/nose job and was concerned. Robert told him that there was nothing to worry about. You guessed it...I think there are still blood stains on Bay Parkway by Beth Shamlom Synagogue. Does anyone remember that man with the super large head who would walk with his head revolving back and forth?
It was nice thinking back to my youth..those were good times....simple times...as compared to today....Brooklyn was a special place.
Ahh..just remembered the names of the other guys who I sang in the talent show with....Paul Leone, Carmine D'Angelo and Bruce Johnson
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