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Asbury Park High School
Class Of 1962 - Fifty-Five Years and Counting


WelcomBlue Bishops!!!




Jeff Phillips

We learned this morning, from Jeff's long-time friend Bob Benson, that Jeff Phillips passed away yesterday.  We send our sincere condolences to Jeff's family and friends for their loss.

Additional information will be shared as it becomes available in the days ahead.



Clifford M. Sofield, Jr.

We are saddened to report that Cliff Sofield passed away this past Saturday, October 17.  He was 75.

Cliff was our Senior Class Vice-President who always had a welcoming smile and wonderful character to match.

We send our sincere condolences to his family and many friends at the Jersey Shore.

For information about funeral services click here.

(Thanks to Nancy Vaiti, Bob Armstrong & Steve Castello for letting us know.)


May I have this dance?  Imagine, we've lived to see all this and more...what no Mashed Potatoes!  

Many thanks to Tom Willingham for sending this our way.


All in the Family


Sasha Wexler, Ira’s daughter, has aspired to be an actress since her early years.  When she was eleven, she asked dad to take her to an audition at Glen Echo Park’s Children’s Theatre.  They were putting on “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.”  Sasha was selected to fill one of two female leading roles which triggered a series of successful performances at community theatres spread across the Maryland, DC, and Virginia area. She played Helen Keller in the “Miracle Worker”, the lead character in “Secret Garden” and the youngest daughter in “Fiddler on the Roof’s” national touring company.

When 19 Sasha went to LA for the “pilot season” and is still there to this day.  She has accrued several commercial and theatrical credits through the years while along the way marrying Matt and together raising their 5-year-old son Wyatt.

You can see Sasha HERE in one of her latest commercial gigs for Apple…she is the gal near the end with the bullhorn.  She’s also done commercials for Bud Light, Progressive and Totinos which can be viewed HERE.

Wonder where Sasha's contagious ebullience comes from??? And Yuvi, are you taking notes?

Edition 14


How many can you name from this collage of vintage high school senior pictures?  


The past eight months or so have been challenging for our country and the world.  COVID-19 has changed our lives in many ways while testing our resolve to overcome personal hardships in order to return to pre-COVID norms.

Conflicting information has added to our consternation and made circumstances even more difficult.  As is too often the case reason and common sense seem to take a backseat to special interest agendas.  The following lends an informative view about COVID-19 followed by a video that may help to better put our current state-of-affairs into perspective.


The Wisdom of Dr. Bonnie Henry*

1. We may have to live with COVID-19 for months or years. Let's not deny it or panic. Let's not make our lives useless. Let's learn to live with this fact.

2. You can't destroy COVID-19 viruses that have penetrated cell walls, by drinking gallons of hot water you'll just go to the bathroom more often.

3. Washing hands and maintaining a two-meter physical distance is the best method for your protection.

4. If you don't have a COVID-19 patient at home, there's no need to disinfect the surfaces at your house.

5. Packaged cargo, gas pumps, shopping carts and ATMs do not cause infection. If you wash your hands, live your life as usual.

6. COVID-19 is not a food infection. It is associated with drops of infection like the 'flu. There is no demonstrated risk that COVID-19 is transmitted by food.

7. You can lose your sense of smell with a lot of allergies and viral infections. This is only a non-specific symptom of COVID-19.

8. Once at home, you don't need to change your clothes urgently and go shower! Purity is a virtue, paranoia is not!

9. The COVID-19 virus doesn't hang in the air for long. This is a respiratory droplet infection that requires close contact.

10. The air is clean, you can walk through the gardens and through parks (just keeping your physical protection distance).

11. It is sufficient to use normal soap against COVID-19, not antibacterial soap. This is a virus, not a bacteria.

12. You don't have to worry about your food orders. But you can heat it all up in the microwave if you wish.

13. The chances of bringing COVID-19 home with your shoes is like being struck by lightning twice in a day. I've been working against viruses for 20 years — drop infections don't spread like that! 

14. You can't be protected from the virus by taking vinegar, sugarcane juice and ginger! These are for immunity not a cure.

15. Wearing a mask for long periods interferes with your breathing and oxygen levels. Wear it only in crowds.

16. Wearing gloves is also a bad idea; the virus can accumulate into the glove and be easily transmitted if you touch your face. Better just to wash your hands regularly. Immunity is greatly weakened by always staying in a sterile environment. Even if you eat immune boosting foods, please go out of your house regularly to any park/beach. Immunity is increased by EXPOSURE TO PATHOGENS, not by sitting at home and consuming fried/ spicy/sugary food and aerated drinks.

Be smart and stay informed!  Live life sensibly and to the fullest.

Be Kind, Be Calm and Be Safe!

Dr. Bonnie Henry

* Dr. Henry serves as the Provincial Health Officer for British Columbia and is the first woman to do so.  Henry is also an associate professor at the University of British Columbia. She has a background in epidemiology and is a specialist in public health and preventive medicine.

(Thanks to Jed Gaines for sending Dr. Henry's recommendations to us to share with classmates.)


And's a fascinating histoical perspective on America's resilence.



All in the Family

Nancy Vaiti's granddaughter, Yuvi, recently performed in her eleventh play with Riverdale Children's Theater!  She plays Carlos in Disney's Descendants.  Check out the video link below...Yuvi's wearing the blue hat and multi-colored shirt.  

CONGRATULATIONS Yuvi on a wonderful performance...including lots of singing and dancing.

14th Edition


All in the Family

My greatest joy is creating with my grandchildren. In 2010, I proposed to my two grandchildren, Josie and Nathan, that we write a children's book on the topic of their choosing. We saw a need for early learners to have more enjoyable reading materials to develop a lifetime love of books. We set out to author a concise story kids would never want to stop reading! After many brainstorming sessions, we began writing this book about a unique dog who communicates with humans, but only under very special circumstances. I was excited to see my grandchildren as enthusiastic about this endeavor as when we had started our greeting cards company. During that time, they learned the processes of a functioning business.

While writing this book together, we learned so much about the many puzzle pieces required to write, illustrate, and publish this book for you! Each step along the way was borne out of a passion for and the love of fostering the imaginations of little ones learning to read. Although I wrote their ideas on paper, the creativity and endless revisions were definitely a team effort. This book would not exist without Nathan’s and Josie’s ideas, energy, perseverance and commitment to the project. After 10 years of hard work and dedication, our book is now ready for young readers. I hope all who read this will learn about the importance of friendship, diversity and communication. Most of all, I hope it motivates you to create something special with those you love the most. – Bob

13th Edition

Click here for Amazon and to check out Bob's book.



Bob Benson

Reprinted from FACEBOOK without the author's permission...

Not too long after the Covid thing started I resorted to my way of addressing things of a serious nature and that is with rhyming poetry. It's never meant to be good, but it is my way of thinking about things. So I will share this poem with you.

Corona Virus Poem
Corona beer…good…Corona virus bad
So many people dying…so so sad

Seems very few have any resistance
And the only known action is to socially distance

Scientists busy trying to develop a cure
But this virus just wants to endure

Most people have hunkered down at home
Would put themselves at risk if they were to roam

Most of us bored out of our mind
Who would have thought we could be so confined?

Can’t go to a ballgame or watch sports on TV
Instead we’re becoming an expert on the CDC

And spending so much time in just one room
Might be too hard to bear if we didn’t have Zoom

Just imagine, one of our most important tasks
Is that when leaving our home, we must wear a mask

And only weeks ago when we saw that friendly mug
Instead of a wave we would give a hug

Flattening the curve is discussed every day
From this concept were told not to stray

If all we have to do is hunker down
Then best we not be seen wearing a frown

Because many are in situations that are so much worse
And not just those who end up in a hearse

Many will lose their shop or their store
All because of this horrible war

And many others will be without a job
And if that doesn’t make you want to sob

A man may not be able to visit his sick wife
And never see her again before the end of her life

The effects of this virus will never go away
It will remain with us day after day after day after day

But out of this horror will come some good
For those who are anxious, this needs to be understood

Many of us have learned to talk to each other
Father to son, daughter to mother

Children who got bored when there was nothing to do
May now have a somewhat different view

Many went walking to get away from cake and pies
Some will continue to walk just for the exercise

Still some will continue to order on line
Their groceries, their shampoo, their beer and their wine

And finally, we thank those who risked their health
For each of them, we pray for great wealth




...a much needed break from our daily news headlines.

Rioting in major cities across the U.S. has spread to The Villages, a Florida retirement community of 100,000+



Looters in Florida’s friendliest hometown have especially focused on breaking into stores that sell items like laxatives, vitamins, hearing aids, reading glasses, energy drinks and surgical stockings.

The thugs were easily caught and arrested since they were using their walkers and golf carts to flee.

The protests have been limited to the evening hours because most of the lawbreakers either had doctor’s appointments during the day or rioting would have interfered with their naps. 

The marches did not last long because many of the demonstrators had to get home to pee. In many cases, the demonstrators simply forgot why they were even there. 

Officials considered a curfew starting at 9 p.m. but since that’s the time when most of the residents go to bed anyway, it was decided that it wasn’t needed. 

Community leaders concluded that part of the problem was that residents were restless because they had too much time on their hands since the recreation centers, pools, theaters, boutique stores and especially the bars were closed due to the COVID-19 virus. 

Community officials considered forming a committee to look further into the problem, however, the next day no one could remember why they needed a committee.





- Due to COVID-19 Restrictions - 

Event Rescheduled to Thursday, November 5, 2020

R.S.V.P. by October 21, 2020

Ninth APHS Distinguished Alumni

Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Hank , Lorraine and Children

On Thursday, May 14, 2020 our own Class of '62 Hank Nonnenberg
will be inducted into
APHS's Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.
CONGRATULATIONS to the entire family for this
well-deserved recognition. 
All of us are proud of you Hank and will forever be grateful to have shared four years with you at APHS.

Click here for event details and to print Reservation Card.

Send Reservation to:

A.P.H.S. Hall of Fame
c/o Paul Chaiet
401 Port-au-Peck Ave.
Oceanport, NJ 07757

*** R.S.V.P. by April 17, 2020 ***


All in the Family 

For some reason, this picture really struck home with me. 

Hand and Hand

Our two granddaughters on one of many daily walks with mom…and yes, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

12th Edition



All in the Family

Happy Birthday Anna...despite COVID-19 restrictions a community finds a way to come together to celebrate a special occassion for a special girl.

   Note: Betty Ann Moore Mela's son Jeff is Curtis Middle School's Principal.

Eleventh Edition


Tired of "Stay at Home" retrictions? 

Let's take a ride...

Thanks to Steve Adler for sharing.


Tired of the daily barrage of COVID-19 warnings and shut-downs?  If so, go here for a welcome break.



So Much Happening Day-to-Day

One of the most important defenses encouraged by health professionals is to regularly wash our hands. This practical demonstration may be helpful as we all do our part to reduce the virus spreading and to avoid contagion.




All in the Family

Check out latest All in the Family edition..."Lunch with Larry." 

Tenth Edition


Here's a perfect example of the old new math.  Somehow I envision Bob Armstrong masterfully presenting the theories behind this complicated system.  Something tells me though, that Mmes. Ross and Meserve would likely take exception despite Army's stellar explanation.  Hope you enjoy!!!


Howard Daniel

Meet Our 75,000th Site Visitor

Howard joins the distinguished ranks of these fellow classmates who themselves set milestones since our web site's launch.

65,000th -Peggy Newman Vegosen

50,000th - Steve Castello

45,000th - Jerry Spechler

40,000th - Irene Naris (Stamatogianis)

35,000th - Bonnie Bromberger (Collier)

30,000th - Sammy Siciliano

25,000th - Beth Greenhill (Lucero)

Congratulations and many thanks to Howard, and to all our previous honorees, for being such faithful classmates. 

And kudos to all of you who help keep our site vibrant and allow it to play a small part in our lives some 55 Years and Counting since graduation!




Remember the original Mouseketeers and Disney’s The Mickey Mouse Club in the mid 1950’s. How many Mouseketeers can you name? 

Some 65 years later, Disney is still at it with its latest project “Encore” … a reality series that reunites high school classmates to perform the same musical they’d performed as kids. 

Imagine Irene, Harry, Steve, Roz, Hal, Carol, Jules, Beth, Toby, Judy, Diane, and our entire senior play cast coming together for one more production.

Go here for a glimpse of how that may play out while looking back at our high school days and all that has happened since.


(Thanks to Ron Taft for bringing this to our attention.)


Asbury Park...One of the Country's Coolest Shore Towns

Our favorite town that holds so many fond memories from our glory days at APHS continues its incredible revival.  Check out the latest in a series of events that has returned Asbury Park's stature to where we all know it belongs.


(Many thanks to Betty Ann Moore Mela and Steve Adler for tuning us in to the latest Asbury Park happenings.) 

APHS Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame

~Inducts Class of '62 Members~

Click  [  ] on bottom right screen after starting video for best view.


Can you believe it's been almost four years since Lou Mueller opened Mainstreet Pharmacy in his small hometown in Florida!  And not long thereafter, he opened a second pharmacy nearby.

As you might imagine Lou has not rested on his laurels.  Check out here his latest goings-on.

Way to go Lou!


Money Magazine confirms Asbury Park has regained its stature as the Jersey Shore's preeminent beach hotspot for locals and tourists alike.  Click here to read all about it!

For even more information go here for the Garden State's take on Asbury's rejuvenation and selection as the the SECOND BEST BEACH RESORT in the COUNTRY.

WOW !!!


Thanks to Steve Klitzman for bringing this to our attention and to Phil Schein (Class of '57) who alerted his APHS classsmate Linda Ben-Zvi, Steve's sister who lives in Israel and alerted Steve.  Did you get all that?




Main Street Pharmacy 

After countless months of meticulous planning and dealing with onerous government regulations Main Street Pharmacy opened its doors for business on March 26, 2015. 

Low Mueller and his partner were joined by state, county and town officials along with local residents to mark the special event.

CONGRATULATIONS LOU...the Class of 62 wishes you the very best! 



Grab a bag of popcorn and a cup of soda...make yourself comfortable and enjoy this brief glimpse into Lou Mueller's latest venture involving a small, quaint town in southwest Florida.   


Video courtesy of Lou's grandson, Tyler, who produced the film as part of an assignment for his studies at the University of Florida.


First Annual Steven C. Rubin APHS '62 Memorial Scholarship...

is awarded to junior Jaedon Stephens.  The full scholarship covers Jaedon's participation in MAC Testing's SAT Group Program and its Senior Writing Workshop for SAT prep.  MAC is a leading provider of student-centered teaching and learning college and graduate preparatory services and programs in the greater Shore area.

Valued at $5600 the scholarship allows Jaedon to participate in the same program Steve's three children attended when preparing for college entrance exams.  During the presentation Steve's wife, Helene, remembered how much Steve loved going back to APHS and telling the family about all the great friends and times he enjoyed there.  She went on to say that the scholarship is a wonderful way to memorialize Steven who passed away in November 2014.

Dr. "Mac" explained that to be named a Rubin Scholar "entails a lifelong obligation to do all in your power to reach out, to assist and to uplift those in your community who genuinely need help."  These and many more praiseworthy traits embody the spirit of Steve Rubin and of the scholarship celebrated in his honor.

Steve's fellow classmates are proud to call him one of our own and will always fondly remember him as will future generations of APHS students honored to be designated Rubin Scholars

Pictured with Jaedon are (l to r) Helene Rubin, his proud dad and mom George and Teresa Stephens and sister Georterra. 


Support Class Web Site Campaign...



You did it again...the Class of '62 is without doubt the "Leader of the Pack" especially when it counts the most.  Because of the generosity of many of our classmates the class treasury now has sufficient funds to continue for several more years.  In just seven days you pledged a little over $3000.

Both your financial support and active participation on the site help to ensure that we stay connected and the many friendships that were renewed during and since our 50th Reunion Celebration will be preserved for years to come.

It is our fervent hope that the site will continue to grow and present an entertaining forum where classmates can share stories about personal experiences, interests, family and the good times we had "cruising" the hallowed halls of APHS.

Thanks to all those who are the VERY BEST!


Did You Know...

that the Seahawk kicker featured in this story was a former student and long-time neighbor of a distinguished member of the Class of 1962 who spent Saturday's leading the Blue Bishops on the gridiron. Can you tell us who it is?  Send your answer here and we'll divulge who it is after the game. 

PHOENIX -- The framed, autographed picture of Adam Vinatieri from the kicker's greatest performance — against the Oakland Raiders in the 2001 divisional round — tells you all you need to know about Steven Hauschka's childhood fandom.

Haushcka is the 29-year-old placekicker for the Seahawks who happened to grow up in Needham, Mass. an enormous fan of the Patriots and of Vinatieri. He will see his former favorite team across the way Sunday, when he tries to win his second consecutive Super Bowl — and maybe replicate one of Vinatieri's other famous kicks to win the game.

"It's very fitting to play your childhood team. I grew up rooting for the Patriots," said Hauschka Tuesday. "When they won that first Super Bowl on Vinatieri's foot, that was the craziest thing."

Hauschka was a 16-year-old high schooler then, who hadn’t even started to play football seriously, and the idea of a Patriots dynasty seemed laughable.

"They're incredible, what they’ve done with different players every year," he said. "There's really only a couple of key guys that have been there. It shows you how important those key guys are and just the environment they have there."

In his fourth season in Seattle, Hauschka was 31-of-37 on the season, a step back from a 33-for-35 performance a year ago. Hauschka is 12-for-12 in his career in the postseason.


And the answer is...


Betty Ann Moore (Mela) who...

in addition to many other senior year activities was the Drum Majorette for the award-winning Blue Bishop Marching Band that so admirably performed at many school and community events including our popular Saturday afternoon football games.

Photos courtesy of Sue Umstead


Open for Business...Check out the new Classifieds and More section of the web site.  A place where you can post items for sale or where we can chronicle meaningful stories of events you'd like to share with your classmates.

So don't be shy - click here to see the initial entries to your new Classifieds.  


"Oh What a Night"...on second thought...Oh What a Year...then again...OH WHAT A CLASS!!!



...the GOOD, the Bad, and the Ugly 

Click here for a moving journey down memory lane.  Our generation's good times happily fostered good memories...while those that followed strive to recapture the "magic" that has sadly faded over time.

(Thanks to Gene Catalano, Howard Daniel, & Diane Fischer for bringing this poignant video to our attention.) 


United Kingdom's London Times touts Asbury Park as a Recommended Travel Destination 

Billed as "one of the birthplaces of American music" the writer encourages readers to visit the Jersey Shore and to take in its many attractions including Frank's Deli, the Stone Pony and Jimmy's Italian Restaurant on Asbury Avenue. 

A big thanks to Larry Wigdortz's wife Judy and son Brett, who currently resides in London, for bringing the article to our attention.  Imagine Brett's surprise when he came across the Times' article featuring his dad's hometown back in Jersey some 50 years plus since graduation and 3400 miles across the Atlantic.  A small world indeed!

Click here to read the May 11, 2014 London Times article.


...and if there was ever any question that the Jersey Shore is "one of the birthplaces of American music" as claimed by the London Times article and many other music industry sources -- check out this collage (and it's not all inclusive!!!) of Jersey performers through the years.

(Thanks to Lou Mueller for sending us the video.)


Have You Seen the Latest Addtions to Our Memorabilia Page???

  • Back in the 50' Video (Vinnie Gorman)


  • Those Were the Days (Lou Mueller)


  • Oldies but Goodies from the 1950's & 60's  (Vinnie Gorman)


  • NJ Stars - New Jersey & Jersey Shore's many contributions to the music world (Serge Rey)


  • The "Circuit" - how many times have you cruised Asbury's famous "Circuit" (Pat Boyd Thorne)


CLICK HERE To BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY...many thanks Serge and Pat for sharing -- do YOU have any nuggets to share with your clasmates??? 



  • Great turnout for all events
  • Camaraderie and friendship flourished
  • Wonderful memories rekindled





SURVEY Says...

GREAT RESPONSE!!! - 58% Classmate Participation


What did we learn about the Class of 1962...

  • Well-educated -- over three-quarters enrolled in college full-time after graduation and another 11% part-time
  • About 18% are VETERANS
  • Over half (55%) are retired while a quarter work full-time and 22% part-time
  • Wide range of occupations with strong emphasis in education
  • Three-quarters are married...a quarter of whom married high school sweethearts; 4% are single, 15% divorced and 9% widowed
  • Ninety percent have children and two-thirds are grandparents
  • After graduating 20% continued to live in NJ; while 26% lived in at least one other state and 43% have lived in two to five states
  • We're a mobile group...almost two-thirds lived or traveled outside US
  • Generosity comes natural---two-thirds (67%) volunteer for community service with 28% putting in 20 hours or more a week;  half are willing to gift APHS
  • Over half (53%) had never returned to APHS since graduating
  • Nearly half (48%) have a Facebook page

-Survey Results Confirm APHS Experience Prepared Class of '62 Graduates for Success-   

To see detailed responses for each question CLICK HERE and select View Survey Results.


Many thanks to Roy Kaplan for analyzing the survey responses and providing these highlights. 


Certainly, thanks to all those who submitted your survey response.  For without your participation this would not have been possible.  Hope you had a little fun and enjoy viewing the results. 


  • We’re extended!!!
    • You asked for it, and -- now it’s here! license extended through 11.30.16
    • Goal is to stay online until our 55th Class Reunion if demand merits
  • New Home Page Features...
    • “This Day in History” …times gone by at your finger tips…
    • “Suggestion Box” - we want to hear from you…click it and share your thoughts (Bottom of Home Page)
  • New Classmate Chatter Forums for SIGs (Special Interest Groups)...
    • Are you involved in unique hobbies, e.g., photography, gardening, gourmet cooking, classic automobiles, oldies music, hiking, travel, kayaking, civil war buff, golf or how about a ”Book of the Month Club?”
    • Want to share your knowledge/experience and hear from classmates who also share your interest(s)?
    • Willing to serve as a Forum Facilitator (FF) in Classmate Chatter for a new “Special Interest Group" or simply to promote conversation in the General Forums?  
    • CLICK HERE to tell us about your favorite SIG topic(s) and/or if you are interested in becoming a Forum Facilitator...
  • Reunion Photos Reminder...
    • Please share your reunion photos on the Reunion Weekend page – CLICK HERE
  • Got News???
    • Update your Personal Profile – show off new grand kids, recent travel adventures, wedding anniversary or ??? --  share the good news with your classmates – select Edit Profile on the Home Page
  • Got Ideas???
    • We have a great forum with our site – got things of interest to share with our special community?  We’d love to hear from you – CLICK HERE
  • Watch the Web Site...
    • We plan to continue to update and add features – send us your ideas and suggestions - CLICK HERE



TIP OF THE DAY: "Stay in the Know"
Select  Notify Me under the Member Functions on the Home Page.  Check the options that best fit your needs.  STRONGLY RECOMMEND selecting at least the personal message (#1), profile comment (#2), new announcement posted (#6), pages on the site have been added or updated (#9) and an administrator email sent (#13) options.



Sandy Relief Fund - Final Result


We are pleased to report that a check for the sum of $1758 was delivered, prior to Christmas, on behalf of the APHS Class of 1962 to the American Red Cross Jersey Coast Chapter to aid Sandy relief efforts in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

BIG THANKS is extended to the TWENTY CLASSMATES who participated for their geneorsity and support for this worthy cause.