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eager, ambitious boys arrived at the
main building of East New York with
but one desire-to become expert aviation
mechanics and perhaps eventually pilots.
'-IVHREE LONG YEARS AGO, a group of
lt took us a few days to find our way
around the building and to learn all the
tricks of the trade. Soon, however, we felt
like old timers, and when we entered the
fourth term, we were able to look down on
the new comers from our superior heights.
The engine work we encountered in fifth
term seemed at first fairly simple. We hadn't
realized how our appearance would suffer
as a result of the grease. But speaking of
appearance, we weren't allowed to forget it
for a moment when we met Mr. Migge in the
sixth tterm welding shop. Woe betide any of
us who appeared without a tiel
Our last summer vacation ended in a
happy note, surprisingly enough, for our
hopes of years were at length realized and
we were returning as seniors. Seventh
termers, it's true, but entitled to wear the
buttons of our rank and feeling terribly sorry
for ourselves when we weren't able to buy
the huge ones because of the shortage of
metal. This term, we again worked on
fittings with varying degrees of success until
finally lanuary thirtieth arrived and we
reached the last milestone.
Of course, at that stage of our careers, we
felt that our diplomas were practically in our
hands and that we could just sail along
blithely, concentrating on the social rather
than the scholastic aspects of life. What a
rude awakeningl Probably never in our high
school years did we work so hard. Theres
no question now about our diplomas being
hard earned. But it wasn't all grind and there
were plenty of funny episodes to break the
Oh, well, it's all but over nowl ln a few
short weeks, we'll be taking our places in
the world and, we hope, filling them compe-
tently and happily because of our experi-
ence and training at East New York.
-.ii S DOJSSOJO
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UST three short years ago, in September
of '42, East New York was blessed with
the arrival of the zaniest, wittiest and
cleverest class ever to enter its portals. lt
seems like yesterday that we first entered
this mighty structure, where knowledge and
contentment revolve like the ever-moving
hands of a grandfather's clock. When we
came, others went, and as we go, others will
come to take our places. But we are content
with the knowledge that we have left our
East New York will never forget us. Our
championship teams, cheered on to victory
by enthusiastic crowds of solid supporters,
will always linger in the memory of those
who knew us. Often did we taste defeat, but
never were we humbled. Always we Came
back fighting, and never for a moment did
our opponents lack respect for us. Each term,
our teams brought added glory to East New
York. Our trophies in the hall showcases are
proof of that.
Scholastically we also led the pack. Never
for an instant did we falter on the road to
knowledge. No field was too vast to conquer,
no task too difficult to perform. Our member-
ship in the Honor Society is a shining exam-
ple of our success in academic ways. Per-
fection is their aim, and work is a joy rather
than a burden.
Of course, there were many times when
school was pretty difficult and when the
teachers seemed to get a bit out of hand,
despite our best efforts to manage them.
Homework and marks were their weapons,
and they were experts with them. But, to be
honest, we also remember the days when
the teachers showed themselves to be pretty
good guys. Those were the days when
school was a joy and the hours flew by.
But the hours turned into months and the
months into years, and here we are, ready
to leave. We all stand on the threshold of
days more significant than school days can
ever be. Nevertheless, we shall never forget
our Alma Mater and everything that she
signifies in our lives. The poet never said
truer words than, Parting is such sweet
sorrowl GERALD ROSENTHAL, 8El2
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