I grew up on the same block as Dom Deluise. In one of his comedy routines, he talked about the pushcart and donkey right near his house. I’d get a kick out of his story because I would pass that donkey almost everyday. Well after he moved to California, I remember seeing his mom always sweeping the front yard. She was also very religious and would often sit near my mom in the church Regina Pacis which was right across the street. Whenever Dom Deluise came back to visit people would always see him buying vegetables on 11th avenue. Also I went to HS with his niece, Jean Dorio. I remember going to a party at her house on 75th Street.
I REMEMBER GOING TO SCHOOL WITH COLE POWELL IN THE SOUTH BRONX IN J.H.R. PS. 52 ON KELLY STREET. WE HUNG OUT TOGETHER AFTER SCHOOL. HE WORK IN A CHILDRENS FURNITURE STORE ON WESTCHSTER AVE IN THE SOUTH BRONX.I ALSO REMEMBER PLAYING STICKBALL WITH WILLIE MAYS ALSO JOE TORRE OF THE N.Y. YANKEES.PLAYED A GREAT DEAL OF STICKBALL ON THE STREETS OF THE SOUTH BRONX. MOST OF ALL STICKBALL GAMES WERE PLAYED FOR MONEY.I AM 75 YEARS OLD NOW AND HAVE GREAT STORIES OF THE SOUTHBRONX,IT WAS LIKE WESTSIDE STORY MOVIE.WELL SO LONG FOR NOW,IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO CONTACT ME,I WOULD VERY PLEASED T0 REMENESE WITH THEM OF THE SPECIAL YEARS OF THE 40S, 50S,& 60S.I NOW LIVE NEAR SAVANNAH GEORGIA. RESPECTFULLY, JERRY GRINGER
i forgot!!! i also went to another private school in downtown brooklyn on joralamen street off of court st called packer collegiate institute. me and uma thurman’s old beau, Ethan Hawke were in the same classes in 5th and 6th grade. i remember him coming to a bitrhday party of mine, my mom took me and a few of my friends to a movie and then to Junior’s on Flatbush for dinner. one of the best birthdays i ever had.
In the mid 70’s i went to a small private school in Brooklyn called Boro Hall academy…stephanie mills went there as well…the school had grades k-12. but being that it was so small most of us young kids were all grouped in the same class anywhere from age 8 – 10 learning advanced math and reading etc. i think she was a high schooler at the time. i remember i was one of the little kids at the school who got kisses from the older girls there and she was one of them…i think it was right before she got the role on broadway for the wiz.
I went to Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn. One girl in my graduating class, and at least in a couple of my daily classes later played Jimmy “JJ” Walker’s Kid Sister on Good Times. Bernadette Stanis(she shortened her name). Another kid who was in some of my gym classes became a midget professional Wrestler called the Jamaica Kid/Haiti Kid. Although I didn’t know him, Gabe Kaplan was about 2 years ahead of me at school, and I knew a guy who I think he created Welcome Back Kotter with years later, Alan Sacks(Who’s kid sister I had a mad crush on.). He’s listed in the show credits, and I wish I knew if it was the same Alan Sacks, but I think it was, based on age and location. Welcome Back Kotter was based on Erasmus, not “Buchannon” high.
Back in the mid 60’s I started high school. I went to a certain prep school for about the first half of the 9th grade,being a tad rebelous I wasn’t making the kind of grades the adults thought I should. I was taken out of private school and sent to Englewood to live with relatives and attend the local high school (Dwight Morrow H.S.). There I stayed until 11th grade.In my class was one Joey Travolta, his brother John was one grade behind. It doesn’t end there, I went back to Brooklyn to finish the 11th and 12th grades. The school I attended was Sheepshead Bay H.S., two or three grades behind me was a girl named Donna Pescow. For those of you too young to remember a movie called “SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER”, they were the two stars of the movie.
Jose Feliciano went to P.S. 40 (Manhattan) same years as me. He of course was in special class for Blind students.
I, who has been known to have a memory like an elephant, still do not recall EVER playing sandlot baseball with BOBBY BONILLA in the Bronx. Yet two of my closest friends (Will & Tony)and Tony’s mother insist that I did.
Well, this isn’t exactly someone who was a friend, but my brother went to high school with Chris O Donnell, who played Robin in the movie Batman and Robin and Batman Forever. He said he didn’t know him that well, but he did sorta know him. I think he was one grade above or below my brother.