2006-10-20 / Community

Rockaway Club From 50's Holds NYC Reunion

By Bob Nesoff, Special To The Wave

Members of the 1950s Rockaway club, KAR, got together for their first reunion in a half century.  The group celebrated their enduring friendship with a luncheon cruise on the Spirit of New York at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan.  Those attending are: front row (r-l) Bob Nesoff, Sandy Nesoff, Dave Schrager, Marcia Gross, Emily Ehrlich, Carole Schrager, Steve Gross, Aaron Wise.  Back row (r-l) Dan Ehrlich, Jane Ehrlich Wise, Fern Lore, Dave Gross and Aaron Wise.Members of the 1950s Rockaway club, KAR, got together for their first reunion in a half century. The group celebrated their enduring friendship with a luncheon cruise on the Spirit of New York at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. Those attending are: front row (r-l) Bob Nesoff, Sandy Nesoff, Dave Schrager, Marcia Gross, Emily Ehrlich, Carole Schrager, Steve Gross, Aaron Wise. Back row (r-l) Dan Ehrlich, Jane Ehrlich Wise, Fern Lore, Dave Gross and Aaron Wise.

Former Rockaway resident Bob Nesoff is the publisher of a New Jersey community newspaper.

Fonzie couldn't make it but it was Happy Days for members of KAR, the popular 1950s club whose members came from throughout the Rockaway peninsula.

The gathering brought together club members, some of whom hadn't seen each other in nearly a half century and, amazingly, most recognized each other.

They came from Nassau County, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New Jersey to Chelsea Piers' Spirit Cruise Lines for several hours of reminiscing and food as the luncheon cruise wended its way down the Hudson to lower Manhattan, serving up views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and other sites that the partygoers missed while they caught up on each others lives.

Nesoff is amazed that he can still wear his club jacket after nearly 50 years as he models what may be the last KAR jacket in existence.Nesoff is amazed that he can still wear his club jacket after nearly 50 years as he models what may be the last KAR jacket in existence. They all laughed at the reminder that "KAR" stood for absolutely nothing.

"It was whatever we wanted it to be at the moment, laughed Dave Schrager, a Far Rockaway attorney. "We just liked the sound of the letters."

Over the years several of the members had seen each other but in nearly 50 years there had not been an opportunity for all of them to get together. In the past year several of the club members discussed the possibility of a reunion and it was finally pulled together for this past weekend.

Dave Gross, now a Pennsylvania resident, and space scientist, began to research through the internet and located several of the men with whom the others had lost contact. He provided the information to Bob Nesoff of New Jersey, a journalist and former city council president in his town.

Those attending were: Dave Gross (Rockaway Bach) Philadelphia; Steve Gross (Edgemere) Chelmsford, MA; Jane Ehrlich Wise (Edgemere) West Orange NJ and sister of member Dan Ehrlich (also Edgemere) Barnegat, NJ; Dave Schrager (Belle Harbor) Valley Stream; Bob Nesoff (Arverne) New Milford, NJ.

Also attending were spouses or significant others Marcia (Steve) Gross (Arverne); Carole Schrager (Belle Harbor); and non-Rockwayites: Sandy Nesoff; Emily Ehrlich; Aaron Wise; and Fern (Dave Gross) Lore.

Out of towners who were unable to attend were Marty Carr (Howard Beach) Florida and Nat Reznikoff (Arverne) California.

The KAR members are seeking the location of three members they could not locate and would appreciate help from any one who might know their whereabouts. They are looking for Carl Kaiserman, Morty Leiberman and Lou Akereisen. Anyone who might have information is asked to write to Bob Nesoff ( Botmetnews@aol.com ) or at 626 McCarthy Drive, New Milford, NJ 07646-1029.

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