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Over 60 ... And Getting Younger: September 27, 2012

1951

I was a freshman at CCNY (City College of New York). I had just graduated from high school and was 16-and-a-half years old. Honestly, I was not very worldly and my education was vastly underwhelming in both social aspects and in the knowledge department. However, I had been accepted to this great learning academy and I was determined to do my best.

Lunchtime at CCNY turned out to be an experience I had to conquer. I took my brown bag lunch that my mother had prepared for me, with its obvious oil stain on the outside. I was about to enter the lunchroom at the college.

As I opened the door, a whole cacophony of sounds emerged as I peeked sheepishly into the huge eating hall. A symphony of guitars and bongo drums almost split my ears. Students were dancing atop the lunch tables and everyone seemed quite happy and comfortable with the spectacle that I observed. Only I was frightened and somewhat terrified by the fact that everyone in the room was relaxed and contented at the proceedings.

I immediately closed the doors and sought a quiet place in the park where I could devour my tuna fish sandwich in peace. I vowed never to enter that insane asylum again.

Three years later, during my senior year, I became one of those bad actors in the lunchroom. I never danced on the tables and my musical abilities were slight, so I never picked up a guitar. But in the last three years, I had developed a series of friends and acquaintances that I could meet in the lunchroom and feel quite comfortable with. I also think that I had matured along the way. Even the girls paid attention to me.

Why am I dredging up this experience and writing about it at this time? I have grandchildren who are taking the SATs and will soon be entering schools of higher learning. Maybe my story will be of comfort to them.

News

Eight students from Jericho High School, the largest number of students from any school on Long Island this year, are among the 300 semifinalists picked from 1,800 entrants nationally and overseas in the annual Intel Science Talent Search.

Brookville’s Green Vale School students were featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Sport Rocketry, the official journal of the National Association of Rocketry.

The seventh-grade students competed nationally at the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) last May in Virginia and were the youngest rocket scientists competing. They were also the only team from Long Island that qualified to enter the competition and one of only two teams from New York State.


Sports

The Syosset Braves 11-year-old football team recently won the Superbowl Championship Game against the Rosedale Jets with a final score of 13 to 0.

The Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho 5-Kilometer Run started and finished at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage on Dec. 21. The top local finisher was Tim Mahony of Syosset, who scored in 11th place overall and third in the 15 to 19 age group.

Other locals winning awards in this year’s Ho Ho Ho Run were Gina Ferraro of Syosset (2nd woman, 35-39 age group), Patty Santella of Syosset (3rd woman, 45-49 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (2nd woman, 55-59 age group).


Calendar

Jericho Wheelchair Basketball

January 17

Reality Check on America’s Economy, Health Care & Budget

January 17

Open Forum: Now What Do I Say?

January 21



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

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Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com