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Last Updated 3/9/2009
JOE BOLOGNA & RENEE TAYLOR

On a beautiful September afternoon, the sound, the energy and the vitality of another era reappeared at Beverly Hills High School. This posh public school in the center of the "California dream" took on the appearance of a typical New York City schoolyard many years ago. The strange dialects, the infamous street games, the tasty culinary delights and most of all, the wonderful people from America’s historic "melting pot” joined together for another of those nostalgic days and nights of "auld lang syne.
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After shaking off the years with a few good whacks at the Spauldeen, jumping over the rope, and finding old high school and neighborhood friends, the crowd bustled into the auditorium to salute one of the most prolific and versatile teams in show business history. The mantle once held by George and Gracie, Lucy and Desi and Ozzie and Harriet has now been assumed by our own Renee and Joe.

And what’ an evening it was...guided by our three masters of ceremonies, Budd Friedman, Jerry Cutler and Johnny Francis, the SRO crowd was treated to another spellbinding opening of America the Beautiful" by singer Robbie Britt, who was followed by one of Evander Childs’ greatest gifts to comedy, Red Buttons. Norm Crosby tickled the crowd with his observations from his high-brow Bostonian, perspective. Everyone was thrilled by the charm and wit of our two past honorees, Sid Caesar and Steve Allen.

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Backed up by the music of the Manny Harmon Orchestra, famed international onal songstress songstress, Aliza Kashi, and Broadway’s Donna Theodore, captivated the audience ncee with their with their own trips down memory lane. Alumni chairmen Milton Berle and Jon Voigon Voight Voight chimed in with warm personal greetings to Joe and Renee. And, as a
special treat, one of treat one of Hollywood’s most revered lawyers, our own
Fyvush Finkel, of "Picket Fences Picket Fences showed his comedic and musical talents in song and dance.
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In an evening of highlights, our growing, burgeoning and spirited New York Chorus led by choral director Reparata Mazzola and arranger Charlie Schlotter, along with Dave Barry, Mr. Blackwell, Dane Clark. Hank Garrett. Shelly Goldstein, Robert Gossett, Stan Irwin, Martin Kove. Ed Lauter. Thelma Lee. Len Lesser, Steven Macht, Eddy Lawrence Manson, Barbara McNair, Barbara Minkus, Stanley Ralph Ross, Robert Walden and Jesse White sang our own New York-California version of Eastside/Westside.

"They were followed later on by our smaller and more intimate chorus, "the Five Boros,” who sang a special tribute to our honorees. The chorus was led by Reparata Mazzola and lyricist Charlie Schlotter, together with Barbara Minkus, Shelly Goldstein, IleneGraf and composer Ben Lanzarone.
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After a day and evening of fun and merriment, producers Johnny Francis and Buddy Arnold welcomed Renee and Joe to the stage. Flanked by family and
friends, Renee was given an honorary degree from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts from alumnus Robert Gossett.
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Joe was presented with a replica of one of those "knuckle-cracking" rulers from his days at St. Rose of Lima Parochial School in Brooklyn. direct loan lenders for bad credit

As a personal gift, the Alumni Association presented a portrait from our resident artist Cara Marks. online payday loans in arizona

Not to be outdone by the out poring of affection and talent, Renee and Joe beguiled everyone with their own interpretation of the song, It Had To Be You," as they sand and danced to close a very memorable and nostalgic evening. 1500 payday loans

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