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Miami Beach Senior High School Alumni Association eMail Bulletin

Miami Beach Sr. High School Alumni Association Newsletter
Volume 2, Number 9


President's Message:

     After a short hiatus for a summer break, our alumni association's Board of Directors is back at work on various programs, including the planning of our TWELFTH ANNUAL HALL OF FAME LUNCHEON to be held on Friday, November 12, 2010, at the Biscayne Bay Marriott in Miami.  On behalf of the Board of Directors, I wish to congratulate each of the nominees who were selected for induction into this year’s Hall of Fame.  We had a record number of nominations and the selection process was grueling.   Please read the feature article about the nominees included in this newsletter.

We have decided to keep the price to attend the luncheon at the same amount as the last few years:  $75.00 each for advance reservations.  Tables of 10 seats are available for $750.00.  In case your party consists of more than ten people, there will be many tables of twelve available, too.  Reserve your space by mailing your check, made payable to: 'MBSHS Alumni Association.'   Send it to:  1575 Ives Dairy Road, Miami, Florida  33179.   Seating is limited and once the seats are sold, they are gone.  So make your plans and mark your calendars to attend!

Our next Board of Directors meeting will be tomorrow evening at 5:30 PM in the home of our immediate past president, Rosalind Merritt. It is open to all members of our Association who might wish to attend.  If you would like to join us, please call Rosalind at 305-651-0222 for directions.  Refreshments will be served.

We are continuing to work on the revitalization of the MBSHS Debate Program.  The Alumni Association raised $2,400.00 at the end of the 2010 school year, which will be used as seed money to help fund our debate program for the coming year.  My thanks to all the alumni who answered the call with their support by writing a check to help our forensic league students.  A committee has been organized to work with them in the coming year by serving as coaches, judges, and a fund raising arm for our school's debate program.  We need more volunteers who are interested in participating in this worthwhile endeavor.  Remember how the debate program helped you and your career development?  Then step up to help our students who, without our support, may not have the same opportunities as we did when we were teenagers.  Please let me know and I will put you in touch with like-minded grads for additional information.  If you can't devote time to participate as a mentor or judge, and would like to send a donation instead, checks may be sent to the MBSHS Alumni Association -- to be placed specifically in our newly developed fund-- to be used  for enabling our students to compete in future competitions.

     I am sorry to report that Howard Fabian, our Treasurer, has regretfully resigned due to other business commitments.  As a result, there is a vacancy on our Board of Directors.  If you are interested in serving on our Board, please let me know by sending me an email at scottjay@gate.net or calling my office at 305-249-8000. We hated to lose Howard who was a very integral part of our Executive Committee and wish him well.      

The newly formed Legacy Society steering committee had its inaugural meeting on Monday, June 21, 2010, at the office of Jeffrey Rynor.  The steering committee consists of Irving “Red” Heller, Jeffrey Rynor, Richie Berger and Neal Sonnett, with Rosalind Merritt, our past president, acting as their secretary.   The Legacy Society will be comprised of all members of our alumni's Hall of Fame.  The steering committee is working on developing goals for the Society, which will include mentoring our students while they are still attending Beach High. 

            This year the Alumni Association gave $17,000.00 in scholarships to graduating seniors at Miami Beach Senior High School. The scholarships are funded by monies raised at the annual Hall of Fame luncheon, donations acquired from social events, and proceeds from dues paid by members.  

     It is interesting to note that signups on our website have been strong in the past two months.   We now have over 4,925 alumni in our database.  If you are reading this email, you obviously have registered either by signing up or registering at one of the Alumni Association functions.  Please spread the word of our Association’s website among your friends and fellow graduates, and ask them to register at  HYPERLINK www.beachhigh.com, the ONLY official Alumni website for Miami Beach Senior High School.   

     Membership in the Alumni Association continues to grow but there are so many more alumni who have not yet joined us.  I urge all of the readers of our newsletter who have not yet joined to please do so.  Membership dues are only $60.00 for 3 years or $100.00 for 6 years.  Lifetime membership is only $300.00, with half price for the spouse if both are Miami Beach Senior High School alumni.    

     As you read this edition of the MBSHS Alumni Association newsletter, the high school students will be getting ready for the first day of school tomorrow, August 23rd.  Please drive extra carefully during the first week of school as kids of all ages will be returning from summer vacations and tend to be less careful at the beginning of the school year.  Traffic enforcement in school zones will be in effect so watch for the speed limits.  We wish our school kids to have a great school year.

Beach is Dynamite!

Scott R. Jay ’70


From your MBSHSAA editor, Rosalind Merritt, ’66:    rosalindmerrittinc@me.com

Our selection committee has chosen this year’s newest Hall of Fame Inductees! 

We encourage you to RSVP and attend our Hall of Fame Luncheon Event, described in our president’s message above.  This year we’ve chosen a prominent attorney/Philanthropist, two very different types of medical doctors, a Restauranteur/Charity organizer, a Circuit Judge/Historical renovation expert, a Businesswoman/media celebrity, and a Pro-athlete/media celebrity.  Listed here in alphabetical order, our winners span graduation years from 1943 through 1996, as their brief biographies describe below:


     Born in Jackson Hospital, Pepi Granat recalls her first memories: wartime blackouts and singing alongside soldiers marching on Miami Beach.  While in school, her peers knew she was something special, especially when she was chosen Queen during her senior year at Beach High. She practices Family Medicine, maintaining the same office in South Miami for 40 years. Also involved in medical education, her medical students inducted her into AOA, the medical honor society, by awarding her as their Teacher of the Year.  Family Medicine colleagues bestowed the nationwide award from the American Academy of Family Physicians as Part-time Academic Teacher of the Year, after the same award from the Florida Academy.  Pepi’s professional service includes hospital committees, medical boards, medical journal boards and volunteerism in clinics. Her activism included debating trial attorneys where she was instrumental in getting a law repealed during the malpractice crisis.  Later, she was appointed to organize the physician-community’s cooperation for successfully defeating Mercy Hospital’s merger with other non-Catholic hospitals in South Florida.  She has published articles, book chapters and opinion pieces.  She wrote monthly editorials as editor of a Medical Association Journal.  Dr. Pepi Granat Cuadrado has recently completed a book, The Real Drama: Incredible Medicine,  which collects patient stories, essays, and activism accounts, with emphasis on the generalist's role in medicine.  Married 50 years, Pepi and Raul have 3 children and 7 grandchildren... and she still sings.


     Tory Johnson is all about spark and hustle at work, dating back to Miami Beach Senior High School 1988 where she joined the mostly-male debate team—and became the first girl to win a state championship.  Tory’s parents, Leslie and Sherry, are also prominent Beach High alumni.  She dropped out of Emerson College to work at ABC News and then jumped to NBC News, only to be fired unexpectedly a couple of years later. The permanent scar from that experience inspired her to shift from employee to entrepreneur when she founded Women For Hire. Now in its 11th year, the company hosts high caliber career expos across the country, attracting talented women and leading employers, as well as conferences for small business owners.  As the weekly workplace contributor on ABC’s Good Morning America, she is a favorite among viewers who appreciate her no-nonsense career segments. Glamour dubbed Johnson the “fairy godmother of raises' for her ability to help women ask for—and get—more money. Popular programs from The View to Larry King Live frequently tap her for job advice.  She’s a New York Times bestselling author and her fifth book is called Fired To Hired. She and her husband live in New York City with their children. 


     As The Forge was approaching its 40th anniversary in May 2009, owner and MBSH grad Shareef Malnik had a vision: To take his culinary grande dame into a new era with a high-style nip-tuck. A dynamic entrepreneur whose principal desire is to redefine the dining experience, Malnik has succeeded in creating yet another world-class bastion of food, wine and entertainment.  The Forge Restaurant and Wine Bar re-opened in the Spring of this year.  Malnik’s commitment to excellence is reflected in the countless awards and accolades The Forge has received from the hospitality industry and culinary media over the years.  A graduate of the University of Miami’s School of Law, Malnik received his degree in 1982 and is an active board member of numerous arts and civic organizations. They include: Miami City Ballet, Miami Symphony and the Police Athletic League.  Malnik has also been Gala Chairman of the highly regarded InterContinental Make-A-Wish Ball since 2005.  Malnik got involved as the Gala Chairman to reinvigorate the image of the Ball and ensure its continued success. His motivation to continue his involvement comes from seeing the happiness that Make-A-Wish is able to bring to deserving children’s lives.  Malnik was presented a Heroic Action Award from Miami’s Chief of Police for helping save a man’s life. He has also been presented the Key to Miami Beach three times for The Forge’s contributions to the city.  Malnik’s continuous support of the South Florida’s community is superlative.


     Chad is arguably one of the NFL’s most prolific wide receivers.  The Cincinnati Bengals drafted him from Oregon State in 2001.  In his 9th season with the Bengals, he holds the franchise record for most receiving yards in a season, most receiving yards of all time, most receptions, most receiving yards in a game, most seasons with over 1,000 receiving yards, and most touchdowns in a single game.  He is a six-time Pro-Bowler and named All-Pro three times.  He made headlines in 2008 when he legally changed his name from Chad Johnson to Chad Ochocinco to match his jersey number: “85”.  Off the field his name continues to make headlines as well.  In 2009, Motorola jumped on board to make Chad Ochocinco the face of their new Motoblur line of products and ultimately created OCNN The Ocho Cinco News Network.  On ABC-TV’s Dancing with the Stars, Chad made it to the semi-finals; the only celebrity with no dancing background to ever make it that far.  This summer, VH1-TV debuted Chad Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch; a reality dating show where “85” women from all over the USA are competing for the chance to date and ultimately fall in love with Chad.  More recently he signed a national endorsement with Proctor & Gamble to promote their line of NyQuil/DayQuil products. Perhaps Chad’s popularity can best be seen by his use of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, where Chad has over 1,000,000 followers.  Alternatively, Rock Software has produced a cell phone application that gives users the ultimate “Ocho Cinco Experience.”  Raised in the inner city of Miami, Chad never forgets where he’s from.  Whether it is teaming up with Motorola to give away hundreds of seats to a Bengals game or racing a thoroughbred for a charity fundraiser, Chad understands the importance of giving back and staying grounded to his roots. Worldwide, Chad has partnered with Feed The Children to raise awareness for the worldwide epidemic of hunger and poverty facing children around the world.  


     During his high school days, Jerome Sheldon participated in athletics, became a Varsity Letterman as Co-Captain of his team, and was named to All City Football.  Also while in high school, he met his future wife Rita Kamm, MBSHS ’58.  “My high school years are a blur of positive memories, an excellent faculty and wonderful classmates; which ultimately yielded lifelong friendships.”  Later, he was a Varsity Letterman in Swimming at University of Florida, where he received his bachelor’s degree.  Dr. Jerome Sheldon went on to attend the University of Miami School of Medicine, had internships at the University of California, San Francisco General Hospital, and did his Radiology Residency back home at the University of Miami School of Medicine.  At Jackson Memorial Hospital, he received a Fellowship in Cancer Research, with both the Department of Pathology and Radiological Pathology, AFIP.  Society memberships included the National Honor Society, A.E.D Premedical Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and Fellow American College of Radiology.  Dr. Sheldon was given University of Miami Medical School’s Alumnus of the Year award and received the Department of Radiology’s Golden Apple Award for outstanding teaching.  Professionally, he served as Director Sections of Neuroradiology, CT and MRI.  Dept. of Radiology, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Vice Chairman Dept. of Radiology, Clinical Professor of Radiology, U.M.  He trained residents and medical students, had multiple publications, was invited for numerous guest lectureships, organized CME courses and was President of University of Miami’s Medical Alumni Association. Jerry and Rita have raised 3 sons, Danny, Paul and Allen; and have 5 granddaughters.


     Both on and off the bench, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Judge Scott J. Silverman epitomizes professionalism. Born in Silver Spring, Maryland in 1957, Scott J. Silverman moved to Bay Harbor Islands in 1971.  A 1975 graduate of Miami Beach Senior High School, Judge Silverman largely credits his entry into the legal field to his participation in the school’s Court Observer Program.  After high school, he graduated from the University of Miami with a B.B.A., magna cum laude, and with a Juris Doctor degree from the College of Law at University of Tulsa, in Oklahoma.  He later served as an Assistant  Attorney General for the State of Oklahoma.  Elected to the bench in 1990, Judge Silverman has distinguished himself as one of South Florida’s most respected judges.  Whether serving as the chair of the Florida Supreme Court’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee; chair of the Florida Bar’s Committee on the Rules of Judicial Administration; or as his court’s designated historian; Judge Silverman has consistently demonstrated his commitment to the judiciary and our community. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the American Judicature Society’s Herbert Harley Award, its premiere state honor; and the Harvey Ford Leadership Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Conference of County Court Judges.  Most recently, he led the effort to restore courtroom 6-1 of the Dade County Courthouse to its original 1928 splendor, while serving as founder and as a trustee board member of the 11th Judicial Circuit Historical Society.  Judge Silverman is now preparing for the 11th Circuit Court’s upcoming Centennial Celebration in 2011.


     Harry B. Smith moved to Miami Beach in 1942 where he attended Miami Beach Senior High School and was elected to the National Honor Society.  After graduation, during the height of WWII, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  Following his honorable discharge, he enrolled in the University of Miami and graduated Magna Cum Laude from its Law School.  At the university, he was a Founder and President of AEPi, a member of Iron Arrow Society, a Justice on the Appellate Court, a member of the Order of Orange, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and the Comment Editor of the Miami Law Review.  Harry created the law firm of Smith Mandler, and in 1984, he merged with Ruden McClosky, where he helped it become a total of eight offices in Florida.  Harry was involved in numerous community activities, including the Presidency of the Miami Bar Association, National President of AEPi Fraternity, President of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, National Vice President of the Council of Jewish Federations, President of the Endowment for Jewish Philanthropies and the President of the Civic League of Miami Beach.  He was a Founding Member of the Holocaust Memorial Committee of Miami Beach. In addition, he served on the Board of Directors of Temple Beth Sholom, the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, and United Way of Dade County.  Honors bestowed on him were the Judge Learned Hand by the American Jewish Committee, the Distinguished Service Award of Temple Beth Sholom, a Fellow of Brandeis University, the Silver Medallion of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and an Honorary Degree from Hebrew Union College.  For nineteen years, Harry was elected to Best Lawyers in America. Harry B. Smith is married to Joan Peven Smith.  He has three children, Lou Ann, Joseph, and David-- who all attended Miami Beach Senior High.  His highest honor, however, is enjoying being a grandfather of eight.




     Dan Gelber, Class of ’78 and currently a Florida state legislator, is campaigning for Attorney General of the State of Florida.  His father, Seymour, is a former Mayor of Miami Beach.  In addition, the Gelber family supports our students at Beach High by giving a scholarship each year in memory of Edith Gelber, Dan’s mother and a beloved teacher at Beach High during the 1960’s and 1970’s.  

      Judge Ed Newman is running for re-election to keep him as County Court Judge.  Although not a graduate of Miami Beach High, this former Super Bowl Champion was among our attendees at last year’s Hall of Fame luncheon to honor our Beach High Hall of Fame Member, Stephen Ross, Class of ’58 and owner of Miami Dolphins and Stadium.  

Let’s be sure go to the polls to vote in the Primary on Tuesday, August 24th!

Dr. Barry Katzen, Class of ’63:  Medical Pioneer joins FIU College of Medicine:

Our Hall of Fame Member continues to make inroads!  His many career 'firsts' include pioneering angioplasty, and now he has joined Florida International University's Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine as Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs for Baptist Health in South Florida.  Katzen is a founder and medical director of Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, and will coordinate the clinical education of FIU medical students there.  Katzen:  'I am excited to have the opportunity to shepherd and optimize this evolving relationship between FIU and Baptist Health.  By combining resources and maximizing our effort in areas such as patient care, medical education and research, we can build a partnership that will greatly benefit both institutions and our community.'

From Ron Ruthfield, Class of ’58:  SAVE THE DATE!!

     On Saturday, October 30 at 2 PM, Mitch Kaplan, one of our Hall of Fame Members and owner of Books & Books, is sponsoring a book signing in his Bal Harbour Shops location on the second floor near Neiman Marcus. It will feature author Ron Ruthfield, who will be there to talk about and read portions from his new book: 

“The Capital Underground.”   Be sure to attend this most fascinating and lively talk.  Ron, a resident of Washington, DC, can be reached at Ph: 858-355-9310, and/or visit his website: www.thecapitalunderground.com

From Sid Morris '47:  MY EARLY DAYS ON THE BEACH.....      Jailai52@aol.com

     “In 1944, After my father spent 7 months in a Boston hospital, our family moved from Revere Beach to Miami Beach. Taking the overnight train trip on the FEC's Champion, “Exhilaration” was the word at the sight of that first palm tree in mid-Georgia, and again on that first whiff of an ocean breeze in Florida.

     Our first home on the Beach was in a four-plex on Alton & First Street, a $30 per month rental, about 1% of what it might cost today.  On Sundays, the family walked to George's (the best Southern-Fried Chicken I ever had) Chicken House on 5th Street, two blocks from the Famous Restaurant.  I either rode my bicycle or hopped a bus to Beach High on 14th St. The school consisted of 90% ex-New Yorkers, and most students would call me by my new nickname, 'Boston,' because of my ‘strange’ accent.  

     In 1945, we moved uptown to 1330 Penn. Ave.  After school, I worked as a 'soda-jerk' at Lee's Health Bar.  The place could not exist without Joe, the 20 yr. old guy in the back room.  Joe made the ice-cream, fruit salad, coconut and pineapple juice for the tasty pina-coladas.  He was always in good humor and called himself 'Joe the schvahtzah', kidding around in Yiddish with the elderly patrons while they slurped their fresh squeezed orange juice.  Here was a guy who taught a lot of people how silly prejudice was.  

     We were mobbed on weekends when the air force recruits had a pass; went to the movies, and then to Lee's for their hot fudge sundae, banana split, or ice-cream laden milk-shakes.  In the late 40's and 50's, the Beach was small town America.  My parents never had a car, and didn't want one. We could walk to Washington Ave. to pay our utility bills, shop, or go to the post office. We knew Rocky Pomerance, the cop on the beat, (later, a famous police chief) and most shop owners knew our names.  When I got a car, I parked it on the street, placed the keys under the front seat, and went into our one bedroom apartment.  With no A/C, we left all the doors open, including the one that led to the alley.

     I studied at the Univ. of Florida, but my real 'public relations' education came during summers when I worked Beach hotels as a bellhop.  I worked at the South Seas, Royal Palm, Sands, and the International. When an Ocean Drive hotel raised their rate to five dollars a day, hotel managers scoffed, and said people would never pay that much for a room.  Since we were paid fifty cents an hour, our income depended on tips from hotel guests. Tips depended on customer-service skills. 'Here is your luggage, extra towels, pitcher of ice, and your car is parked and secured, thank you very much!'

     Never would I’ve imagined that I would meet my future bride across the street in the iconic Club Deuce.  My dad worked as a bartender at the ocean-view White House Hotel cocktail lounge, and later filled in at the Deuce.  The Club Deuce is still at 222 - 14th Street. No gentrification here - the dimly lit bar is a fifty year time warp. The interior is the same except for some neon 'girlie' statues leftover from a Miami Vice shoot. Anthony Bourdain of Travel TV stops in for a drink whenever he is in Miami. The Deuce still features a unique 'happy hour': 8 AM to 7 PM.

            Diane drove down from Detroit with two girl-friends, and they stopped in at the Deuce for a draft beer.  The patrons knew each other and welcomed strangers as they entered the neighborhood bar.  Diane and I clicked at this fated chance meeting, and we have been married for 54 years.  She became a realtor and mother of two.  I sold Office Products; and as a free-lance writer, published 72 articles in horse-racing magazines, Miami News, Tropic, and assorted trade publications.  My article on a Coast Guard rescue was the basis for a chapter in THE FINEST HOURS by Michael Tougias. (Google up to:  'uscgc acushnet - sid morris' for details.)

     Thank you Miami Beach- for shaping my life, and giving me a wife!”


Announcing the Class of 1951’s 60th Reunion!  From Mel Silverberg, ’51:

     The Class of 1951 will hold its 60th anniversary reunion on April 29, 30, and May 1, 2011.  The Grand Beach Hotel will be reunion headquarters, while the La Gorce Country Club will be the venue for a Fri. night (Apr. 29) barbecue and a sit-down dinner and dance on Sat. night.  A getaway brunch will be available on Sun. at the Grand Beach Hotel. If you haven’t received your email invitation, please contact Mel Silverberg at  msilverberg@netscape.net. You will also be added to the class’s mailing list to get other classmate news.  Members of other classes who have friends in the 1951 class who would like to attend the reunion are also welcome. Let us know and we’ll email you an invitation.

Class of 1960 announces plans for 50th Reunion:

The class of 1960 will hold its 50th Reunion to be held on the weekend of October 8th--10th, 2010, at the Eden Roc Hotel.  The committee needs our help to locate missing classmates. Please contact Blanche 'Cookie' Weiss, committee member, at  blanchecookieweiss@gmail.com  Further information will be given in upcoming issues.


Where:  Grand Beach Hotel:  4835 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

http://www.miamihotelgrandbeach.com  Beautiful suites start at $143 per night.

Fri & Sat events will be informal -- jeans, khakis, no ties, comfy shoes - whatever suits your fancy. Cost for both nights' events is $130. Make your plans to attend now, and please see our website: http://www.beachhigh65.com  for more information and regular updates.

Class of 1966:  Nov. 11, 2011:  SAVE that WEEKEND for our 45th REUNION!

We had so much fun at our 40th that we’re meeting again next year for an even greater fun time... At the Miami Beach Resort (The old Doral Beach Hotel) on Collins Avenue.  Friday nite on the pool deck overlooking the ocean, Saturday nite in the Starlight Room overlooking the city lights.  Saturday nite we will revive our own coast-to-coast Jazz/Rock/Oldies band made up of our own 1966 classmates who jammed together for us as the highlight of our 40th Reunion celebration!  We promise the decibel level will be at a reasonable level ...being kind to our ears.  Go to our website for more details, RSVP, and signing on with your latest contact information:  http://www.beachhigh66.com 

CLASS OF 1970:  40th REUNION

The Class of 1970's 40th Reunion Committee is planning their event for the weekend of November 19 - 21, 2010.   It will be at the Deauville Hotel.  There will be a Friday night cocktail party followed by a formal dinner and dance on Saturday and a pool party/barbecue on Sunday, according to Steve 'Bubba Cohen' Reunion Spokesperson. For more information please contact Steve 'Bubba' Cohen' (305) 674-1799 or visit http://www.miamibeachhigh1970.com/

Class of 1981:

From Stacey Spector Hipsman, ’81:

Class of 1981 will Celebrate their 30th reunion in 2011. For details, contact Leslie Schermer Glaser Leslie63@bellsouth.net


      The Classes of 1990 - 1999 have formed several committees to plan a 'Mega Reunion' to be held the weekend of September 3 - 5, 2010.   The planning is not yet formalized and more plans will be announced as they firm up.  For more information on this exciting event, please contact Rosanne Amira '97 at beachhigh97@gmail.com

Editor’s Note:  If you are involved in a class reunion committee or class get together, please send your information of inclusion to rosalindmerrittinc@me.com

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