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This Is Page 6 of the Camp Shoshana Guestbook!

We're No Longer Taking New Messages - But Read What's Already Here!

Entry of Mar 5, 2002 at 11:02 [EST]
From:Steve Kolodny - sgkolodny@aol.com

Steve Kolodny writes:
This starts page 6 of the guestbook. I see that my local PBS station is having a membership drive. Perhaps we should do the same? Let's try to find all those yet unrediscovered friends from the group shots on the site and get them on board for the August 10th reunion.

Entry of Mar 5, 2002 at 14:32 [EST]
From:jyll - jyllk@powerlist.com

jyll writes: I haven't checked in for a while, but I wanted to just say hi to all of my old friends. I may not have contacted some of you directly, but I think about you often. I am truly looking forward to the reunion (wherever it may be) and the chance to re-connect. And just to weigh in on the NJ thing, I don't think there is anything wrong with NJ, it's a beautiful state, my brother lives there as do most of my family, but it is about as connected to camp as my new home state of CT. - let's keep the reunion as close to the old camp as possible! Hope to see everyone at the reunion!

Entry of Mar 5, 2002 at 22:00 [EST]
From:Roni Goodman - ronihead@yahoo.com

Roni Goodman writes: Hi everyone, 1st I
want to say I'll go anywhere to see everyone again and would love to have camp for at least one day and share that day with my children. I am coming from Florida so no one should fight where to go... let's just get together, would anyone want to come to Florida? :) It is a long way..... my dear camp friends I will be there with bells on or is that a custom form some play we always put on. And why is it no one else in my whole life knows about newcomb, only volleyball? Did we invent it? God Bless

Entry of Mar 10, 2002 at 15:49 [EST]
From:SUE RACHLIN - Susanrachlin@aol.com

SUE RACHLIN writes: Dear Friends: In recent weeks I have been contacted by some of our oldest staff, circa the 1960's. Just to name a few...Arthur Albstein, Bradley Bleefeld and Marvin Wurtzelman. I am beginning to really feel my age when Bradley tells me that he has a grandchild. Please everyone, get on the ball and locate more of our hidden friends...there are hundreds of them...so that this once-in-a-lifetime reunion will be the most successful ever. Many people shun going to their high school or college reunions, but this one has to be unique. Ira will have more to tell you but in the meantime please let him know that you are planning to attend and will bring your children. *I spoke to Janet Albstein today to offer my condolences on the recent death of her husband, Alan. The Albsteins and Rachlins go very far back in history. She said that every time she passes the old camp grounds she calls out, "Sue, where are you?" *Whenever I speak to one of you I think in terms of when you were teen agers even though I realize that you are all grown up (maybe). It gives me pause to realize how quickly life moves on and how so many of us are guilty of not taking full advantage of being alive, having good health and appreciating the good things in life that are denied to millions of people around the world. *I can hardly wait to meet you all at the reunion and see how many of you I recognize. *Best wishes for a sweet Passover holiday to you and to your families.

Entry of Mar 13, 2002 at 11:45 [EST]
From:Stacey Halio - slh245@optonline.net

Stacey Halio writes: Hi everyone. . . It's been some time since I've written, and Roni, you are so right about Newcomb!!!! No ever knows what I'm talking about. To all my dear friends -- does it really matter WHERE the reunion is????? What matters is that we'll all get to see each other again and hug each other again. Home is where the heart is, not where the land is. :> ) Stacey

Entry of Mar 13, 2002 at 14:21 [EST]
From:Jyll - Jyllk@powerlist.com

Jyll writes: Well put Stacey - I am just looking forward to seeing everyone. I can also vouch for the fact that nobody in CT has any idea what newcomb is either - should we write to ESPN?

Entry of Mar 14, 2002 at 20:58 [EST]
From:Steve Kolodny - sgkolodny@aol.com

Steve Kolodny writes: Steve Diane and IraWe had lunch today at T.K.'s Pub at the Double Tree Hotel in Somerset, NJ. That's Diane Margolin with Ira and myself. Some fun we had and good food too! Check out the NEWCOMB court in the background! My goodness - how nice to still be able to gossip about the same people after all of these years.

Entry of Mar 22, 2002 at 12:15 [EST]
From:Stace Frank Thea - sfrank@sybra.com

Stace Frank Thea writes: Hi all. I've been out of touch for a little while and wanted to say hello.
Diane- Sorry, take it as a compliment that I (a) remembered your song and (b) thought I wrote it!!!
Hope everyone out there is doing well and you all look great! Chat soon.-Stace

Entry of Mar 23, 2002 at 08:32 [EST]
From:Steve Kolodny - sgkolodny@aol.com

Steve Kolodny writes: Updated news about the location of the August 10th, 2002 reunion has been posted on the reunion page. Link there now!
Entry of Apr 14, 2002 at 22:36 [EST]
From:roni goodman - ronihead@yahoo.com

roni goodman writes: I say let's tell espn about newcomb. It is the most fun I had as a child except for some mud hockey playing. I sure miss everyone, I just turned 42 today and can't believe the times that have gone by and the people still in our lives. Steve Solomon's father is 718-225-9545, if anyone wants to try and call. I have called several times and this man Eli born in 1912 is still pretty active, the phone co confirms the # to him, he can lead us to Steve Solomon. See you guys soon, Roni

Entry of Apr 15, 2002 at 21:22 [EST]
From:Barbara Judin Bonfigliio - bjbnf@aol.com

Barbara Judin Bonfigliio writes: First let me say how happy I am that Ira was able to find me through my folks who moved to Florida last year. I have so many memories of Camp Shoshana and reading through the guestbook brought back even more. The highlight of camp for me was NEWCOMB. No one ever knows what that is. They always want to play volleyball. We must play newcomb at the reunion. How about square dancing at Bear Mountain? Walks down the Indian Path? I also remember when we'd return from a newcomb game from Quakerhill or Rosemarins everyone cheering as we'd pull into camp. I can't wait to hear from all my old friends and to seeing them at the reunion.

Entry of Apr 16, 2002 at 23:05 [EST]
From:roni goodman - ronihead@yahoo.com

roni goodman writes: I told you guys, no one ever heard of NEWCOMB,the best game ever and I would love to play a game at the reunion. :) remember we always beat blueberry hill!!!! Camp was the best. I went bowling every Friday instead of horseback riding wish I could do yhat over, now that Florida living has horses on almost everyone's property. :) oh well

Entry of Apr 17, 2002 at 00:36 [EST]
From:Ellen Stockwell - EllenStockwell@aol.com

Ellen (Rachlin) Stockwell writes: Hello all. It's been a while since I've written but life has been very hectic lately. First, I'd like to thank everyone who sent me birthday wishes. Second, HAPPY BIRTHDAY RONI - 42 is a wonderful age, ofcourse, I'm bias, lol. Third, I found a Steve Solomon via classmates.com, but he wrote back to me that he is not THE Steve we are looking for, I will therefore try that phone number from Roni and see if I get anywhere. Fifth, Roni, I believe that you and I can take on the world in Newcomb and win!!! We did it back in the day, didn't we. Sixth, I am happy to announce that on June 11th I am moving from this g-d forsaken state of Virginia, back to New Jersey, where I belong. And Seventh, PLEASE everyone, keep trying to locate as many old campers as you can, so that this reunion will be a huge success. REMEMBER, SUE IS COUNTING ON US AND HARRY IS UP THERE SAYING THINK STAFF--YOU'RE NOT HELPING ME FIND MORE CAMPERS!!! My love to you all, Ellen.

Entry of Apr 17, 2002 at 14:30 [EST]
From:Jyll - Jyllk@powerlist.com

Jyll writes: Happy Birthday to all of you Aprilites! I remember the toughest Newcomb team - Ellen, Roni, Lori, Marion, Geraldine Pomerantz, Janie Cohen etc. I look forward to getting our 42 year old bodies out on the court. See you all soon - PS Ellen - welcome back to "civilized" surroundings.

Entry of Apr 17, 2002 at 15:40 [EST]
From:Barbara - bjbnf

Barbara writes: Wow!!!! This is fun. Who remembers camping out with Steve Kushner on Seven Springs mountain? Barry Sussman reminded me of that. And let's not forget what his sister Debbie reminded me of again...Teay bonasure and a honey kashatuh,teay bonasure and a honey kashatah, kattah zorah zany yiskaroo(sp?)..the pass around the shoe game. Talk again soon.

Entry of Apr 18, 2002 at 12:09 [EST]
From:Steven Kolodny - sgkolodny@aol.com

Steven Kolodny writes: Last night Sue Rachlin and I attended a memorial service in Caryn Heyman's honor. Needless to say emotions ran high for all who were there. I did get a list of charities that were close to Caryn's heart - visit her page on this website for details.


Entry of Apr 19, 2002 at 23:45 [EST]
From:roni goodman - ronihead@yahoo.com

roni goodman writes: Thank you guys for remembering newcomb and that I was good, now I will even risk breaking a nail (back then I had none), Yes you got the team right!! Ellen we can take them all on and thank you for your birthday wishes!!! MY mom & daughter (18) went gambling and won $100 and ran, :) My daughter got to go to a very similar type of camp and made it to staff a year early, it is in her blood. See you all soon.

Entry of Apr 20, 2002 at 16:32 [EST]
From:Barbara - bjbnf@aol.com

Barbara writes: I just got back from signing Carly up for camp. The highlight of the camp[which is in a bungalow colony in Putnam Valley] is color war!!!!!!!!! The director told me that she went to Camp Monroe[a sleepaway] in the catskills. I only hope that Camp Floradan is as well run as Shoshana. They also have inter-camp sports and they knew what NEWCOMB was. The director even showed me the newcomb court. They also do an all camp show at the end of the year. Wouldn't it be funny if they did Peter Pan and Carly is Mrs. Darling and sings Tender Shepard like I did. At least she has a better voice than me. Harold Moroknek told me that he found a copy of video performance and Steve threatened to put it on the website. Egads!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Entry of Apr 20, 2002 at 22:58 [EST]
From:Lisa Weinstock Golden - lbgolden209@aol.com

Lisa Weinstock Golden writes: Ok, at the risk of sounding very foolish, I'm going to share a memory I have of that legendary newcomb group - Ellen, Jyll, Roni, Lori, etc.
When you guys were TAs and I was still a Senior, I remember you all took your earrings and put them in weird (well, back then it was considered weird, now it's normal) places on your faces, like your noses, to freak out the other teams. Am I crazy, or does anyone else remember this?

Entry of Apr 21, 2002 at 22:26 [EST]
From:roni goodman - ronihead@yahoo.com

roni goodman writes: OH MY GOD.... I remember the when we did the earing thing very vaguely, wow!!! Newcomb was the best time of my life and we were a great team!!!! and a great camp!!!!

Entry of Apr 23, 2002 at 13:42 [EST]
From:jyll - jyllk@powerlist.com

jyll writes: YES! We did all put our earrings in our noses, etc. I can't believe that you remembered that! I want to thank the members of the reunion committee for giving me a most wonderful birthday this past weekend - a chance to see some old and dear friends. It was great to see you all and you all looked great (we haven't aged a bit)! My heart was just filled, and I can't wait until I see EVERYONE - only 4 more months!
Love to all!

Entry of May 2, 2002 at 23:41 [EST]
From:Steve Kolodny - sgkolodny@aol.com

Steve Kolodny writes: I was dropping my daughter off at nursery school the other morning and was approached by another parent who said "Are you Steve? I have a funny story for you." She identifies herself as Tracy Rosenblum - former camper at Shoshana, sister of Jan and Corey and cousin of Mike and Jennifer Blau. Small world!!!

Entry of May 6, 2002 at 23:49 [EST]
From:Ellen Stockwell - EllenStockwell@aol.com

Ellen (Rachlin) Stockwell writes: Hello all! Roni, Jyll, count me in for the Newcomb game! I don't have the power in my arm that I used to, but I'll give it my best shot! YES, I do remember putting a large ring through the middle of my nose at a newcomb game, gee, I'm surprised that I haven't done that for real yet, lol, considering the 11 tattoos and 2 piercings that I already have! I guess we were ahead of the times back then, these days, it's no big deal. I can't wait to see everyone and I hope you are all doing your best to find other campers as well. Take care everyone and I'll see you soon. Please remember to send your reunion money to Ira Presser. Love, Ellen.

Entry of May 12, 2002 at 11:02 [EST]
From:Steven Kolodny - sgkolodny@aol.com

Steven Kolodny writes: The printable Camp Shoshana Reunion R.S.V.P. form is up on the site. Your assignment: Print out, fill in, cut out, send in. There's also a Word.doc version downloadable from that page. Go do it now!

Entry of May 18, 2002 at 13:58 [EST]
From:Diane Margolin - dimike@bellatlantic

Diane Margolin writes: Now that it is time to begin preparing for the reunion--which could mean anything from sorting through old pictures to liposuction--this website has quieted down. I find myself checking it every few days to see who has checked in with a hello or an anecdote and am disappointed when there is no new message. So I'm writing in to say hello and encourage all of you to make plans to come to the reunion. Also, if anyone else has been checking in and then clicking off, stay for a minute and say hello.

Entry of May 19, 2002 at 10:44 [EST]
From:Ira Presser - Ira818@aol.com

Ira Presser writes: A funny story. Janet was looking at some camp pictures and in the 1978 staff picture she came across Marilyn Masonson. It turns out that she is my younger sons teacher.A few months ago we met with her at open school night and didn't make the connection. I am giving my son a copy of the RSVP page to give to her. It just goes to show you what a small world it is. So let's keep searching out all of our old friends from those days not so long ago. Look forward to seeing all of you in August.

Entry of May 19, 2002 at 23:43 [EST]
From:Sue Rachlin - Susanrachlin@aol.com

Sue Rachlin writes: Listen up, everybody: Now isn't the time to get lazy or to procrastinate about sending in your reunion reservations for yourselves, your spouses (if you still have one or if not, you can probably find one on August 10th), your children (if you have any) and anyone else you would like to bring to liven up the event. We have to know how many tee shirts to order...the design is going to be great. I have already extricated the BIG box of slides from the depths of my closet and plan to begin reviewing them and rearranging them chronologically. Print out the order form and survey NOW and mail them together with your check. And while you're in the mood, call your old camp friends and remind them to do the same. I'm looking forward to August 10th with great anticipation. All the best, Sue

Entry of May 20, 2002 at 18:45 [EST]
From:Steve Kolodny - sgkolodny@aol.com

Steve Kolodny writes: This is a very low res. version of what the logo on the shirts will be like. The printing on the shirts will obviously be much clearer with blue lettering over white fabric. Many kudos to Karen Weissman for the deisgn/layout and font selection. I'd also like to thank the program Adobe Photoshop for helping me with the sketch of the camphouse. Are there any volunteers to help Sue with the slideshow preparation? This promises to be the most nostalgically rewarding part of the reunion. Please let her know now so that work can begin.

Entry of May 22, 2002 at 14:24 [EST]
From:jyll - jyllk@powerlist.com

jyll writes: I've been checking in also every few days, maybe everyone has just gotten busy (I know I have) but I've been thinking about all of you a lot. I really am looking forward to seeing all and to re-connecting with everyone. Just remember, this is not like High School, these fellow campers were more like family! See y'all there!