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23rd Reunion - We Honored JERRY STILLER

Once again, it was a fantastic evening as Fran and Lou Zigman staged their 23rd New York Alumni Night of nostalgia “Keeping the Spirit Alive.” This annual even brings together transplanted New Yorkers living on the Left Coast giving them the opportunity to get together and talk about growing up in New York, reconnect with old friends and perhaps meet some new ones.

Held at Beverly high, we started outside enjoying hot dogs, pastrami sandwiches, Carvel ice cream and all the delicious goodies we used to devour as kids without counting calories… Some things never change…

Various schools had booths where the alums checked in and registered.

As a graduate of Taft High School in the Bronx, I wandered over to check out who signed up and the year they graduated…. And luckily reconnected with Carol Slavin, who was in the same class… She looked fabulous and we talked and talked about Taft and the recent reunion they just had…. We will not discuss the number as it’s painful enough just to think about it. long term loans for bad credit

The program in the auditorium began with Robbie Britt singing a stirring rendition of America while the U.S. Joint Military Services Color Guard surrounded him. As mentioned many times before, he has one of the most beautiful voices ever … I could listen to him sing all day and all night. The evening honored New Yorker Jerry Stiller (he grew up in Brooklyn and attended Thomas Jefferson High) while each year someone from Hollywood is adopted by the New York alumni as a New Yorker. This year it was Jack Klugman becoming a cherished son of “The Big Apple.”

Garry Marshall spoke about his pal Jack and introduced a video of his incredible body of work. Knighting him as a New Yorker was Monty Hall with Connie Stevens assisting. A complete surprise was the honorary doctorate degree presented to him by Dr. Hillary Robinson, dean of the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University.
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Before Jerry Stiller was brought on stage, the very funny Renee Taylor did a bit on having a crush on Jerry when they were young and working together and how she could have been Amy’s mother (Jerry’s daughter). After a video showing Jerry at his best, his children Amy and Ben, along with their mother Anne Meara joined on stage… The children talked about when their parents sent them to camp… Very funny as was the “I Hate You” sketch Anne and Jerry did… Needless to say, the audience was in hysterics. They are definitely one of, if not the best, husband and wife comedy teams around.

Sheryl Kirschenbaum, associate director of Surprise Lake Summer Camp, in Cold Harbor, NY, (which jerry attended 70 years ago) presented him with its first lifetime award and membership jacket from the camp which Jerry and Anne are very supportive. Joe Bologna and Lainie Kazan joined in. personal loan lenders.

Also on hand was Dr. Ann Clarke, dean of the College of Visual and performing Arts at Syracuse University who presented Jerry with a photo of him and his mentor, Professor Sawyer Falk.

Now for the entertainment… co-emcees Sal Richards, Budd Friedman and Freddie Roman were so funny as were comics Stewie Stone, Sammy Shore and Mal Z. Lawrence… I never laughed so hard.

Singers Jordan Bennett, Tony Orlando and Ed Ames (accompanied by composer Ben Lanzarone) sang some of their wonderful hits … with John Setar conducting the orchestra. Lance LeGault was the announcer and the show was directed by Jon Alexander. small loans bad credit

Thank you again Fran and Lou Zigman for producing such an exciting fun-filled event. We spotted past honorees Sid Caesar, Martin Landau, Dick and Patti Van Patten and Charles Durning. Former adopted New Yorkers, Ed Asner, Theodore Bikel, Mitzi Gaynor, Peter Lupus and Arthur Hiller. Also, Hector Elizondo, Estelle Harris, Doris Roberts, George Segal, Michael Lerner, Mike Burstyn, Len Lesser, Rosemarie, Stephen Macht, Robert Gossett, Aliza Kashi, Ilene Graff, George Chikaris, Paul Mazursky, Charlotte Rae, Allan Rich, Marvin Kaplan, Barbara Minkus, Ed Lauter, Chuck McCann, Patty McCormick, Marvin Paige, Stan Irwin, Norby Walters, Hark Garrett, Janet and Max Salter and Hank Garrett.

After the show, it all continued at factors Deli on Pico, where many alums met up for a post party celebration. Can’t wait for next year’s reunion! illinois installment loans

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