2010-01-15 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said

20 Years Ago...

Cultures clash hilariously when the leader of a tribe of bushmen must travel to the edge of the world to return a troublesome gift—in a movie, “The Gods Must Be Crazy,” that the Penin - sula Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library will show.

While Governor Mario Cuomo is complaining that he wants to defer the promised tax cut for this year, newly elected Mayor David Dinkins is also complaining about the dire straights that New York City is now finding itself in. Our new mayor has promised to tell us all by February 1 how he wants to sock it to us.

Lou Romas of Rockaway Beach is wishing a special “Happy Birthday” to his brother, Peter Romas of College Park, MD, and his sister, Pauline Tobin of Boynton Beach, FL, on the 60th anni - versary of their birth (on January 19, 1930) when they were the first triplets ever born in the Rockaways.

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital’s Pre - natal Care and Assistance Program is providing prenatal care services free to eligible pregnant women. The new school chancellor has been asked by the new mayor to cut about $40 million from this year’s school budget to help cut the massive budget deficit created by the city’s economic slowdown.

How time flies: Disneyland is 35 years old. Funny thing is that Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck don’t seem to get any older… Kim Novak, as beautiful as ever, is making her first picture in years since she retired to her upstate Cali - fornia ranch to rest and paint her oils of birds and nature. She is appearing op - posite Ben Kingsley in “The Chil dren.”

Dead ducks, soaked in oil, were spotted on the beach last Sunday, victims of the oil spill on Staten Island.

Rockaway’s team took citywide second place last month when the New York City Transit Police Department held a Holiday Hoops Basketball Tournament for the School Outreach Program which they run every year.

30 Years Ago...

Although we have had rewards offer - ed, there are no clues to the vandals at Gateway’s wildlife refuge. An other attack on the refuge was made last Saturday night.

Three weeks ago one of our staff mailed three letters to himself from different locations in Far Rockaway. The two letters he mailed from outdoor mailboxes arrived within a week. The letter that he mailed from inside the Far Rockaway post office never ar - rived.

The two new shopping centers proposed for Rockaway seem to give new life to the community. Casinos or not, there are some people who see a future in the peninsula.

More than five months have elapsed since the manhole cover disappeared on Beach 116 Street, near the boardwalk. Isn’t it about time that a new one was placed over the hole?

40 Years Ago...

Nine cars collided on the Freeway’s pavement early New Year’s evening. There were no injuries but plenty of property damage.

Rockaway is going through another season without an outdoor skating rink which could so easily be arranged by the Parks Department in local schoolyards or parks.

Skating rink or no, many youngsters enjoyed themselves on the athletic field at Jacob Riis Park last weekend, when they made use of the heavy crust of snow. It did not make for the best skating but it sure looked like a lot of fun.

Steve Schmeelk of Belle Harbor was chosen most valuable player in the recent basketball tourney of the Catholic Youth Organization in which 18 teams participated. Steve is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Schmeelk and the grandson of the late Gary Schm - eelk of New York Nationals fame. Basketball is in his blood.

50 Years Ago... 

Monday morning’s freezing sleet play - ed havoc with traffic in many places nearby, missing the Rockaways almost entirely. Traffic here moved freely, but some local people had trouble coming from distant points.

After 25 years of existence, the Rock - away Park Businessmen’s Bowling League has a unique problem. More businesses are seeking to sponsor a team in the league than there are teams to be sponsored.

City Councilman Eric Treulich was famous for starting his day very early when he was constantly spotted in Far Rockaway before 8 a.m. However, it turned out to be Councilman Erwin Steuer of Long Beach, who resembles the Queens Councilman somewhat.

The Rotary Club of Far Rockaway is con sidering a bid to hold one of its meetings at Floyd Bennett Field to afford some of its members their first visit to the New York Naval Air Station.

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