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#1 2013-10-22 23:06:42

ed d
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cutting class in High School

Where did you go....what did you do??

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#2 2013-10-23 00:38:32

mango
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Re: cutting class in High School

Cut to go to see a Broadway matinnee with special entertainers like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Back in the early 50's they had great
live shows and it cost less for the matinees.

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#3 2013-10-23 07:28:01

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Re: cutting class in High School

Rock n Roll shows @ the Paramount in Times Square. We'd go into the city early, get tickets when the box office opened, & spend a few hours having fun.

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#4 2013-10-23 11:20:49

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Kinda giving away my age now as my buddy Marty and me cut school and went to Manhattan to see the ticker tape parade for General MacArthur. It was a day I'll always remember.

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#5 2013-10-23 12:01:22

Sal
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Re: cutting class in High School

I never cut classes since I had a afternoon job. I recall the adventurous stories told by my homeroom classmates of their visist to a Times Sq. movie.


Times Square turns 100 yrs. old this month!

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#6 2013-10-23 12:12:42

Pomonoker
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Re: cutting class in High School

Cut school fairly often, and amazingly, never got caught. Often times we'd just hang out in someone's apartment who's parents worked. I recall going to the Polo Grounds to see the Mets, amongst other places.

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#7 2013-10-23 16:04:34

DrSteve
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Re: cutting class in High School

I really never cut classes in Francis Lewis High School (1967-69); however I did cut out for lunch on a regular basis to the "Island Diner" which was on the southeast corner of Horace Harding Expressway and Utopia Parkway. I remember a grouchy old waitress named Annie who would practically throw the food at you. I ate a lot of hamburger deluxes back then along with Cokes and finished off with a piece of chocolate pudding pie. DrSteve

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#8 2013-10-23 18:18:15

ed d
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Re: cutting class in High School

GREAT POSTS...especially Dr. Steve, who knew quality way back then

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#9 2013-10-23 19:20:28

reege
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Me, too, enjoying all the posts. Especialy mango seeing all those great entertainers and Olivia's Rock n Roll at the Paramount which must have showcased the terrific early RnR acts.

I didn't cut, but often arrived late to get a coffee and Danish at Bickford's. Cost me "jug" - a walking punishment for half an hour after school.

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#10 2013-10-23 19:28:53

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Dr. Steve, I see that you were a regular at the Island Diner with the fake palm trees out front. My friends and I were also regulars stopping off after doing some bar hopping on Friday and Saturday nights. We would always manage to piss off Tony the Greek, one of the owners with our loud and boisterous language, although he sure liked our business.

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#11 2013-10-24 10:03:59

Jack
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Re: cutting class in High School

We had a scheme that worked very well, but could only  be used occasionally or it might be picked up by the admin.  By chance we found out that our official class teacher's policy on being marked absent by mistake was to get a note from your first two period teachers confirming that you were in class the day of the marked absence. So we would miss official class and be marked absent. We would then go to our first two periods and be marked present before cutting out and having the shank of the day free. The next day, when our official class teacher asked us why we were absent, we'd protest and she would follow her policy, our classroom being in constant tormoil, with kids moving to different seats, etc. We'd get the note from our first two period teachers and she would amend her report and mark us present. The other period teachers probably wouldn't see the amended report so they wouldn't mark us as cutting since we were initially marked absent. We would not be marked absent or cutting in the final analysis.  Our first stop would usually be at Times Square - arcades, movies, etc. before heading back to Queens to beat everyone to our hangout.

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#12 2013-10-24 11:29:33

ed d
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Jack..I cut many a class and went to Times Square.. A friend and I got "hooked" on that silly game  Fascination and we would spend all day there rolling the ball and winning cheap prizes.

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#13 2013-10-24 11:59:23

DrSteve
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Re: cutting class in High School

Jimbo: As I always have said "it is indeed a small world." I can't get over how often many of us board buddies crossed paths but never knew it! DrSteve

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#14 2013-10-24 12:36:20

ed d
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Re: cutting class in High School

DR. Steve...Jimbo and I have so much in common, its amazing we never knew each other..As for you and I, we lived right near each other for a while.  I lived in Alley Pond Apts on 224th off Springfield Blvd, in the 80s.  My Doctor lived in your complex on 73rd ave.

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#15 2013-10-24 13:07:12

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My gal Judy, (straight A student) frowned upon me and my buddy Marty cutting classes together. She said he was a bad influence on me and I now realize she was somewhat jealous of our friendship. Marty was a restless soul and I was his accomplice. Many a time after cutting classes we would hitch a ride with a trucker heading for NJ, Manhattan or some other place just to be on the go. Then after we got there we would try to figure out a way to get back home.

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#16 2013-10-24 13:18:18

CharlieP.
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Re: cutting class in High School

Only cut class one time in H.S. Just simply didn't want to go to school that day for some reason.I believe I killed the day walking around Rockaway Beach.

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#17 2013-10-24 16:07:04

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Re: cutting class in High School

My way of going uncaught for playing hookie, was as follows. Whenever you were absent at Newtown HS, they sent a postcard home, and a letter explaining the absence was required to be brought into school. Living in Pomonok(a housing project), the mailboxes required a key to open. I borrowed the key once and fashioned a duplicate for myself. So whenever I played hookie, I would get the mail before my parents did, and trash the postcard. I would get a buddy of mine, the same one every time, to forge my fathers signature on a letter, as it was always my mother who signed the letter when it was a legit absence. Managed to never get caught. Not really sure I should be proud of that, but it did work.

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#18 2013-10-26 08:51:53

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Re: cutting class in High School

Ed, I vaguely remember a tall thin kid who worked for the Carvel store on The Hill serving the custard cones we loved so much... Was that you?

Dr. Steve, the Island Diner served some damned good hamburgers. I would usually order a burger with the works and fries with gravy on them. They would always question the gravy on the fries but that's how I liked them.                                                                                                                        I'm sure we ate burgers together... I just didn't know you back then.

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#19 2013-10-26 17:17:35

ed d
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Re: cutting class in High School

Jimbo,  I have never been accused of being thin,  tall yes, but never thin. It must have been one of my co workers.  I don't know why I never mentioned this before, but I also had a best friend named Marty..He looked exactly like Paul Newman, so it  served well for us with the girls.

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#20 2013-10-26 17:24:52

ed d
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Re: cutting class in High School

we used to frequent the diner on the hill after the bars closed..One night about 15 of us went there to have breakfast about 4 AM..The night mgr. was an old cranky Greek named Tony and he refused to serve us.. We were all sitting together and when the waitress advised us that we could not get any food, we took all the live plants they had for decoration and ate them..We left the a nice mess and something to consider for the next time.

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