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This is a place to post comments, photos, whatever...about growing up in the Hialeah Area...or anything else that is on your mind. In the past, we've been using our individual webpages for this purpose, but now we have a dedicated forum on our website. Please note that this forum is "not secure" and that comments you make are available to anyone that visits this website.  

If you post a comment about a deceased classmate in this section, please also post one on the classmate's "In Memory" page. Your comments here get lost in the many other comments over time while whatever you post on a classmate's "In Memory" page can easily be found by our classmates and family members of the deceased. 

Vince "Vinny" Rusinak

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02/09/23 04:47 PM #648    


James Ward

On trip to Australia that week

02/09/23 06:18 PM #649    


Melvin "Jack" Krouskroup

OH-OH, Bike Week conflict, not being a biker I forgot about the mass of riders that visit our Daytona-Ormond area early March. Nancy Blizzard is working on a venue we gathered at a few years back "Aunt Catfish" in Port Orange she will post the details here, the date will be the same (I guess the bikers don't go that far south) I hope this works for everyone, thank you, Jack

02/10/23 04:31 PM #650    


James Ward

Aunt Catfishs has an upstairs room that we used to get during bike week. It's a busy place at night, but lunch or brunch might be easier to get.

02/10/23 04:33 PM #651    


James Ward

The bikers love Aunt Catfishes , like I said it's a busy place.

02/10/23 04:34 PM #652    


James Ward

Sorry to miss the roundup I will be on vacation in Australia & New Zealand.

02/11/23 05:31 PM #653    

Marilyn Harris (Rolfs)

Sorry, I will miss this year's get together as I leave for my vacation, with my sister-in-law, Gloria Rolfs Medina (class of 64), to Egypt, Greece, and Rome.  Maybe next.  Have a wonderful time and I hope someone takes lots of pictures. My best to all, Marilyn Harris Rolfs


02/12/23 01:00 PM #654    


Bill Coffeen



For the Ormond Beach Round Up kindly recommmend a few good hotels,


Bill Coffeen

02/12/23 04:44 PM #655    


James Ward

Bike week and Spring break expensive time of year and packed ,Any chain hotel , bike week  collage-spring  break expensive time try Deland the Artisan Hotel downtown .


04/12/23 12:20 PM #656    

Sue Mellen (Porretto)

Patty's Pizza is the place where we always ate after games... Diane, Sonia, Carolyn, and others.  Think that Karen Wolgast and I ate there as well.  SOOO many great memories!


04/12/23 05:08 PM #657    


Diane Kasten (Edmunds)

Patsy's Pizza - E 4th Ave about 25th St.  Pat Settembrino HHS '63 parents owned it.  Yes, Sue we all had a blast - no matter where we were!  Gee we've all  had a lot of conversation about a pizza place - must have made a lasting  impact in our lives - or just good memories.


04/13/23 09:40 AM #658    


Paul Korry (HHS 1963)

Patsy,s Pizza was a grea place & Pat Settembrino was in my class of '63. The restaurant was located across from Hialeah Hospital & between 7th & 6th avenue. 

04/17/23 05:13 PM #659    


Richard Powell


06/10/23 02:35 PM #660    

Cathy DePrado (HHS 1963) (Tufts)

 Hi Youngsters! I am writing on behalf of Sherry Lund who has planned our 1963 HHS reunion. She would like to include anyone from the class of '64 who may be interested . She would like to have as many football players and cheerleaders there as possible ( don't worry girls, you won't have to do a split and guys, you won't have to dive for a pass) and of course, as many from your class as possible. The reunion will be held on Sept. 22 and 23 at Cap't Hiram's in Sebastian, Fl.. Nothing is planned for Friday but the festivities start on Saturday at 11:00 am and go until midnight ( let's see how many are still awake). Cap't Hirams is very laid back, nothing fancy but very nice. She is having a Hawaii themed luau. So put on your tropical shirt or dress and join us. We would love to have you. If interested, call 772 388-8588, press 0 for operator and ask for KATIE ( she is in charge of our group). Tell her that you are with HHS class of 63. Our code is HH60.  Hope to see many of you there.🌺🌺🌺🌺 Aloha  >/p>

Reservations can also be made at the Best Western. Ask for JENNIFER and use the same code! 772 348-0361






06/11/23 04:54 PM #661    


Larry King

To: Marilyn Harris (Rolfs)


06/14/23 09:28 AM #662    


Nancy Lundblom (Blizzard)

Tim and I will be attending the '63 reunion in Sebastian, and I would love to see some of our "64 crowd there.  I have heard that several classes have held successful reunions there, and I really want to check it out as a possible place for us to hold our 60th!  Everyone pays for their own food and drinks, and it is right on the beach.  They have a Tiki Bar and live music every night.  We are staying at the Best Western since it is cheaper and we wanted the class of '63 to get first dibs on the rooms at Captain Harrems.  Hope to see some of you there!

07/07/23 10:39 AM #663    


Toni Canonico (Nasco)


DOB  22  Jun  1940
DOD  23  Jun  2023
NAL DOH 1965
William Vits Ott (Billy) peacefully and gently slipped away the morning of June 23, 2023 at his home in the Village of Golf.  He gracefully and valiantly endured a 17 year struggle with Parkinson Disease.
Billy was born in Milwaukee, WI on June 22, 1940 to Norman Harlow Ott and Kathryn Vits Ott.  He was the third of four children, having been born eight minutes before his twin brother, Bobby.  "The Twins", as they were referred to in Milwaukee, grew into little terrors.  Frustrated teachers required Billy to wear blue and Bobby brown in order to tell them apart.  One year they were made to attend separate schools.  Finally, Billy was sent away to Berkshire Academy where, as an underclassman, he first dipped his toe into the entrepreneurial pool by charging to polish shoes and wax the laces of the upperclassmen's shoes.  He played Taps on his trumpet each evening; and was Captain of the Midget football team. After a year in Sheffield, Mass., Billy was happy to be allowed to return home where he enjoyed tennis and became the Wisconsin State Champion in his age group.  Having added piano to his musical repertoire, Billy, his brother and a friend formed a trio to play at his parent's and friend's parties.  Successful with their combo, the twins moved to Aspen, CO where they played jazz at the Red Onion and Golden Horn. They enjoyed a lot of snow skiing, and occasionally dropped in to Aspen High School for classes. As their friends graduated and went on to college, they realized the need for a diploma and procured GEDs.  They graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Business, but not before opening a business of their own, the campus beer and burger joint which they named The Varsity Inn.  Subsequently, they opened another V.I. on Key Biscayne.  Soon they expanded, opening steak houses which they named Brothers Two; two in Miami, one each in Atlanta and Milwaukee. A friend offered Billy a flying lesson, and the hook was set.  He loved flying.  He, his brother and Don Burnside opened Burnside-Ott Aviation Training Center at the Opa Locka and Tamiami Airports.  BATC evolved into the largest civilian flight training school in the world, with students from 100 foreign countries.  BATC got the first civilian contract for the US Military initial flight training, with centers in Pensacola, FL and in Texas at Corpus Christi, Beeville and Kingsville. Ultimately, the business was sold to United Nuclear Corporation, but not before starting yet another adventure--this one in the Put and Call business in the early days of the CBOE.  Because of his love of flying, Billy decided to become an airline pilot.  He joined National Airlines where he flew 1965-68.  During that time, a co-worker, knowing of his entrepreneurial spirit, asked Billy to advise her husband in his quest to open an executive search company.  Always up for a new challenge, Billy, along with Bobby and Herb Hertner opened Ott-Hertner-Ott. When Billy and Mary married in 1973, he was a dynamo, juggling steaks and stocks, executives and airplanes.  With boundless energy and businesses open around the clock--restaurants closing at 5am and airplanes taking off at dawn--he was always on the go.  But it wasn't all work and no play. Billy enjoyed waterskiing, snow skiing and tennis.  He loved his airplanes, boats and motorcycles.  And he absolutely adored his children: Katie, born in 1974 and Bill, Jr, born in 1978. Having become a family man, and retiring at age 48, Billy turned his focus towards volunteering in the church and the community.  He also served on the Board of Directors at St. John's Military Academy in Delafield, WI while Bill, Jr was a cadet.  He particularly enjoyed visiting residents in nursing homes; giving financial support to families in need; and, taking care of tuition for students less fortunate.  Humble in his generosity, he did these things anonymously. Billy was loved and admired by many; and he deeply loved his family and many friends.  There was no shortage of friends, evidenced by the 500 in attendance at Billy and Bobby's 50th birthday party.  We have heard from so many who have expressed their remembrances of him as "a Renaissance man", "a role model", "the ultimate cool guy".  Although diminutive in stature, he left a very large footprint in the creation of many and varied businesses, in the magnitude of his selfless generosity, in the depth of his faith and in his loving compassion for others.  Billy had a zest for life; he loved to laugh; and, particularly enjoyed making others laugh.  He had a mischievous grin and there was always a twinkle in his eye.  Even as Parkinson’s slowly robbed Billy of his ability to do the things he enjoyed, he braved obstacles with his extraordinary and devoted caregiver, Sasha, by his side.
Billy is survived by an adoring family: his wife, Mary; his daughter, Katie (Jimmy); his son, Bill, Jr.; his two granddaughters, Finley and Addison; two sisters, Barbara and Shelley (Chuck); and his brother, Bobby.  There will be a celebration of his life in late October.


07/17/23 01:56 PM #664    


Toni Canonico (Nasco)

My apologies to all who commented on my Billy Ott post as I did not give credit to the author! That beautiful tribute was found on my FB Group, "Original National Airlines Crew Room", & posted by Mary Cahill Daniel. Who among us "Hialeah/Miami-ites" don't remember the Ott brothers' many endeavors!!! I'm glad you enjoyed it!


07/29/23 07:37 AM #665    


Nelson Rodriguez

My favorite was the pizza palace. From there we would go race our cars on chrome Avenue unfortunately over 100 of us were caught and spent the night in jail. Lord knows, I do it all over again. Nelly 

07/30/23 02:04 PM #666    


Lyn Curry (Craver)

Went to Pizza Palace, but never raced!!

07/30/23 05:21 PM #667    


Margaret Meister

Chrome Ave was waaaaay out there. Too many mosquitos! :-D

08/01/23 07:35 AM #668    


James Ward

Kroger Ave is a 4 lane divided highway all the way from US 27 South to Homestead 

08/01/23 07:36 AM #669    


James Ward

KROME AVE, dam auto correct 

08/01/23 04:25 PM #670    


Margaret Meister

OMG, don't even think we knew what 4 lanes meant back then? I don't even think I-95 went past Ft Pierce. :-D Thanks for the picture, James.

08/04/23 05:06 AM #671    


Nelson Rodriguez

Are there any plans for a 60th anniversary reunion ?

08/04/23 11:49 AM #672    


Vince "Vinny" Rusinak

No formal plan yet for a 60th Reunion, but a lot of thinking about it going on. 

Check out posting 660 and 662 below. The Class of 1963 is having their 60th in Sebastian, Fl the end of September. They have invited everyone who wants to attend from our Class. Nancy Lundblom Blizzard and Tim have made arrangements to attend...to see friends and to see how this venue might work out for our class if we were to hold it there next year. 

This is a good time to provide your thoughts on a 60th Reunion. What do you think would be a good place to have it. We'll need a place easy to get to (airport not far away), hotel cost is a major factor; time of year (cooler is better, but hotter is cheaper);... .  Can you help with organizing the reunion or with the things that need to be done during the reunion?



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