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This is not just a South Shore High School newsletter. It is for all greater South Shore area schools from 1940-1970.

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Coming to you since 2005 –  I received hundreds of emails from South Shoreites after the book was released and I felt compelled to reunite old friends. It seems to be working.

The South Shore News Spot Newsletter, a free, monthly, multi-page email only newsletter currently has over 1,800 readers from all over the world who write in seeking former friends and classmates. Many people looking for classmates are featured, famous former South Shoreites are profiled, memories and stories are shared about life in that era in Chicago and South Shore in particular. Many amazing personal reunions have taken place because of this newsletter, some after 50 years and people are reconnecting at class reunions because of the newsletter.

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33 Responses to “South Shore Newsletter”

  1. 1 Mizpah31 November 9, 2007 at 5:45 pm

    Hi Caryn, This blog is a great idea. I’ll assume that growing up in South Shore in the 1930’s qualifies. I started in Miss Weed’s kindergarden class in 1936 and graduated from SSHS in ’49. But I gotta say I’d still sign your dance card at a Tri Hi Y dance. I hope your pen never runs out of ink. Best regards, h27tiff

  2. 2 Richard J. Chroman November 27, 2007 at 11:17 pm

    I graduated from Hyde Park High School in 1957. I lived in South Shore and am interested in the newsletter that I recently heard about.

  3. 3 Mizpah31 December 17, 2007 at 5:52 am

    Back in the late 40s when I attended South Shore High one of my friends was Pete Bachorous. Pete’s family was Greek, very nice people, and his grandmother , who lived with them had never learned English. She was a friendly lady and I asked Pete to teach me a few words in Greek so I could greet her and thank her and respond in some way to her friendliness. He did, along with a few other words that were not appropriate for his grandmother. Now, many many years later I can still recall some of these words and when I go into a Greek establishment I sometimes greet them with the Greek greeting or thank them in Greek. If they ask me how my dinner was I might say, “olakala”. If they ask me where I learned this I tell them about my old friend from high school who taught me so I could greet his grandmother and I recall SSHS and the football team and my friendship with Pete and his family. Mizpah31

  4. 4 Phil Shapiro January 3, 2008 at 7:08 am

    For Mitzpah 31:

    I lived in South Shore in the ’50’s. My best friend was Peter Nashis (spelling) I believe his family name was Noshopoulos. He also taught me some Greek and I went to his church, St. Constatines.

  5. 5 Harry Tiffany April 5, 2008 at 5:11 am

    Another great newsletter, Caryn. Memories are funny things. I was sitting in front of the TV tonight, kinda half watching the news, when they showed a picture of an active volcano in Hawaii. and it brought back a memory of watching them dump molten slag out on Torrence Ave at Wisconsin Steel. Sometimes we’d drive out and sit in the car and watch because it was similar to watching a volcano erupt. I recalled one evening when some of us who hung around Gene’s Shell gas station on the corner of 75th and Jeffery decided to ride out and see if they were dumping so 3 others and myself got in my car, well my Dad’s car, and headed out. It was probably a little after 8 in the evening and it was dark, probably late September or October. It was a nice night, not real cold. When we got there we found they had already started so we sat and watched ’til they were done and someone noticed that it was almost 9:00, the time when the strip clubs opened in Calumet City so we decided to drive on out and watch a couple of shows, have a couple of $.75 beers and be home before 11:00. One of the guys objected. We’ll call him “Joe”. He couldn’t explain why but he just didn’t want to go there but the vote was 3 to 1 so we headed to Cal City. We did as we had planned and about 10:15 or so decided to head home, well 3 of us did, Joe wanted to stay a little longer. We finally got him to leave but as we were walking to the car he was heard to say,”Hey, tomorrow night I’ll get my dad’s car and we’ll come back”. That had to be 1948, 60 years ago and I hadn’t thought about that night in years.I can’t recall who the other 2 guys were but I remember Joe because he didn’t want to go…. out or back home. I’m thankfull for this blog and your newsletter so there’s a place to share these old momories when they pop up. HT

  6. 6 Harry Tiffany June 13, 2008 at 6:20 am

    HI Caryn, thanks for the invitation. That’s a good idea.
    Well, as I explained on The Overflow I got tapped to MC the monthly senior luncheon at church and I began trying to come up with some nostalgia stuff I could use to have some fun with the group while we’re waiting for the food.
    I started recalling some of the old band leaders from the 30’s and early 40’s and Ben Bernie, The Old Mystro, as he called himself, came to mind. He called his Band members The Lads and he used the expression, “yowser, yowser”. His music included “Sweet Georgia Brown” and “It’s a Lonesome Old Town”. His signoff was,”Au Revoir, pleasent dreams”.
    Then I remembered Ted Lewis who wore an old top hat he reportedly won from a cab driver in a dice game. His greeting was,”Is everybody happy?” His music included,”When My Baby Smiles At Me” and “Me and My Shadow”.
    In the days before TV,long before TV,kids could listen to 15 minute adventure shows on the radio for entertainment. There was Jack Armstrong the All American Boy with his friends Billy and Betty Fairfield. Captain Midnight was an aviation adventure show. I enjoyed a western about Tom Mix. The show was sponsored by Ralston breakfast food and the “Old Wrangler” nightly assured us that it’s chuck full of good things for boys and girls.
    I figure that should be good for the June luncheon and if I get invited back for the next one in July some of the old South Shoreites might help me out with some other memories from that era. They’ll have to be memories that go beyond South Shore because I’m up here in Wisconsin and I’ve only met a few who’ve known the happiness of growing up in South Shore, Chicago in the 30’s and 40’s. Well, Caryn if you can get this in the July Spot News I’ll have about 3 weeks to see what comes in. As always, Caryn, Thank you for The South Shore Spot News. Stay well. Hi to Bill. Harry

  7. 7 Louise E Burg July 10, 2008 at 6:19 am

    My family moved to South Shore in 1959 when The Faulkner School for Girls moved from 48th & Dorchester. My mother taught kindergarten and my sister, Mary, and I attended the school pre-k through 12. One of my classmates was Irene Manus whose dad was tickled that Irene had taught me a couple of words. Mr. Manus was so delighted that he bought me a booklet of Greek phrases, and he taught me a few words and phrases. Later, I loaned it to another classmate, Phyllis Georgini, who was dating and later married a Greek man. She never returned my booklet! Whenever I go to a Greek restaurant, I too always say thank you in Greek. One of my favorite haunts was Mitchell’s Ice Cream parlor. Helen Mitchell was a Faulkner girl too; when George, her brother, moved the business out to Homewood, I and hundreds (probably thousands) of others drove from all over Chicagoland and beyond to partake of their to-die-for treats. Though I have lived in Colorado for many years, I visit Mitchell’s and other memorable spots in Hyde Park and South Shore. Huge disappointment about Marshall Field’s though!! Can’t believe Macy’s changed the name. It will take at least a generation before Chicagoans get over that. I have so many happy memories of my home town and don’t get back often enough. Louise, Faulkner ’66

  8. 8 Jack Manasek July 13, 2008 at 10:01 am

    Where are Faulkner grads: Sara White, Jeannie Maurey(sp?), Janice
    Marks? Graduated about 64-66.

    • 9 john maurey August 6, 2009 at 6:02 am

      Jeannie Maurey is my cousin. Last I heard from her she was alive and happy in northern California. Pebble Beach, I think.

      John Maurey

  9. 10 Bruce Behrstock October 22, 2008 at 7:01 am

    Please put me on your mailing list.
    I heard about a reunion on 11/1/08 at the South Shore Country Club. Can you send me information about it.
    Some freinds and I would like to attend.
    Bruce Behrstock Class of January and June 1965.
    Go Tars.

  10. 11 carynamster October 23, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    I will be glad to add you to the list Bruce

  11. 12 Tom Gibertini December 6, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Caryn, Add me to the list. I stubbled upon this website by accident. My family lived and worked in South Shore for over 30 years. My family owned South Shore Cleaners and Taylor Shop 2442 E. 79th Stret, next to Tews Funeral Home.

    Tom Gibertini

  12. 14 Dan Harris '67 January 4, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Would love to receive newsletter. Please add me to the list.

    Dan (Danny) Harris Guess I’ve fibnally grown up.

  13. 15 Tom Murphy June 3, 2009 at 3:43 am

    I was sent a picture that I believe is me when I was a child….standing on the tracks on 79th & Paxton ave…..Do you have that picture?

  14. 16 Gayla Levinson Neikrug June 29, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Caryn, please sign me up for the newsletter. I recently learned of it, and would love to get it regularly. I graduated from SSHS in June, 1962, and now live in Skokie. Gayla

  15. 17 Diane Butler January 25, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Caryn, I already receive your newsletter. I graduated from Bowen in 1958, but had friends at South Shore and am always interested in the goings on among the grads.

    I have a question someone asked if we know whether there is a 50th reunion being planned for the class of June, 1960 at Bowen, how do we find out?

    Diane Butler (Calloway)
    8020 Forest Avenue
    Munster, In.


  16. 18 nancy brachfeld June 24, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    I understand there is a reunion of the class of 1962 from South Shore High School. What are the details? When, Where, any respondents yet. I graduated in Jan. 1962. My last name then was Cuburnek.

    • 19 Bob Potter January 18, 2012 at 3:17 am

      The thought (or was it a dream?) that this is the fiftieth anniversary of our graduating class came to me last night, so I decided to Google SSHS 1962. Strange…I was not socially active in high school, but memories of that time of life are meaningful now. If a reunion materializes, I would be interested.

      Bob Potter, Class of ’62

  17. 21 nancy brachfeld June 24, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    please email to me any information about the reunion of south shore high school of class of 1962. I am also looking for any friends from my class (where they are now).

  18. 22 Ruediger Muench November 16, 2010 at 8:32 am


    I grew up in South Shore and lived at 7840 Kingston, next to my classmate Philip Kirschbaum. We were both the Class of 1964.

    What ever happened to him and many others: Walter Hathaway, Mike and Pam Kelsch, Caroline Zaglifa……



    Rudy Munch

  19. 23 Lita Perna December 23, 2010 at 1:47 am

    I’m a Bradwell-ite and attended SS. I welcome any and all news.I just read Chicago’s South Shore and I’m sitting here with a lump in my throat. If I had millions of dollars I’d buy up all those three flats and make them sing again.
    Thank you for all you are.

    Lita Perna

  20. 24 Elaine Neal January 9, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I was from the class on the last few months of my 8th year. I went on to s. shore h.s. for 2 yrs. until my family movded yet again and I had to go to c.v.s. I loved the south shore neighborhood. My family lived at 2726 E. 76th St. We used to walk to Rainbow beach just about every day in the summer and stay all day. It was great. Does anyone remember a gym teacher at s.s.h.s. named Patricia Cox? What ugly suits we had to wear.

  21. 25 Elaine Neal January 12, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    My previous email should have read that I was from the Bradwell 1958 graduating class.

  22. 26 Laura Schaller January 29, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Fun to review comments. Haven’t seen anyone hailing from Aquinas High School (72nd n Clyde). Grew up on South Side of Chicago on Dorchester Avenue. St. Ailbe’s Parochial School on Harper Avenue.

    Anybody from mutual area, please reply.

  23. 27 Laura Schaller January 29, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    oops, I was Laura Althoff back then

  24. 28 Jason June 19, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Why did all of you folks leave South Shore?

  25. 29 Marianne Ignacek April 12, 2012 at 1:19 am

    I’m interested in a reunion of Aquinas class of 1962.
    Do you have any info?
    Thanks, Marianne Ignacek

  26. 30 dorothy levin August 19, 2012 at 10:01 pm


  27. 31 Linda J July 30, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    I grew up in South Shore, 1960-1970 and have been living here, 2007- present. Please email me if you would like to share your story.

  28. 32 Jim Brown August 30, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    I just attended the 60th Birthday party for the class of 69 from Coles Elementary School at 84th & Yates. It is a great group who are scattered all over the country who still get together once a year. 2 years ago we met downtown Chicago and took a bus back to Coles for a revisit of our old school and then had the bus driver drive by and stop at each of our old houses near Eckersall Stadium. Each home owner remembered who they bought their houses from and many were from the parents of the kids on the bus that day. Several homeowners invited us in to reminesce. It was an amazing experience.

  29. 33 phil einhorn July 4, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    I’m Phil einhorn. Not a,great communicator but thought today of an old friend, roe roman ….. has anyone had contact with her?

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