About This Website
From Bob Dallow:
This website was originally built by Bill Schnakenberg. The following paragraphs explain some of the amazing effort he put into building this site. Thoughout the site, many of the first person references refer to Bill, especially the previous reunion pages. I would like to also thank Bob Merkert, who has maintained this site and supported the site hosting. Effective 2015, I have taken over managing updates of the website, with the help of my daughter Kathy VanDyke, a web designer who is providing the site hosting now. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any updates.
From Bill Schnakenberg:
About the Nyack HS Class of '55 website.
When I first received the letter about the Class of '55 reunion from Bob
Merkert back in August, I decided that I would go to this one since I hadn't
been to any of the previous ones due to shift work and/or lack of interest.
I sent in my highlights page to Bob, and in it, mentioned that I did web
pages as a hobby. Bob immediately jumped on that and asked if I would design
a web page for the reunion. His suggestion was that we register the site
and get a web hosting service. Bob then registered Nyack55.com and we decided
to go with a pay as you go web hosting service. He signed up with A1webserver.com
to host our site and I uploaded all the pages to them on the 13th of October.
About the design and images.
The pages were designed for viewing at a display size of 800 x 600 and up.
They are viewable by either Netscape or MSIE as far as I know. I don't know
how they might display with Opera or other browsers. Since I use Netscape,
I design for Netscape and check in MSIE to see that everything works. The
only thing with MSIE that I can see is that the rollover buttons do not change
fast enough when clicking on them as they do in Netscape.
I created most of the images on the pages which include the banner, link
buttons, the 1955-2000 animation, the carved 'In Memoriam' title image, the
yellow notebook backgrounds on the highlights pages and the pen and pencil
with the "Nyack High School Class of '55" lettering. I put the pencil on
the guys pages cause we're not as neat as the gals and we make more
About the banner.
I created the banner from a collage of yearbook photos. I tried to select
pics of groups of classmates which were closely bunched to fit within the
banner. I selected the pic of Allison and Stephanie at the bonfire mainly
because of the saddle shoes! I also included some pics of cars of the period
to date the collage (as if the saddle shoes weren't a hint!).
About the Indian patch.
Bob sent me a picture of the "Nyack Indians" patch which had GO, for General
Organization on the headband. I removed the GO to make the patch more
non-specific to any organization or team. I don't know how politically correct
the image is today, but it was the emblem of the day so I included it. I
see that the current Nyack HS patch is less cartoonish and more like the
Indian head on the Nickel.
Current Nyack HS emblem.
About the background of the page.
The home page background was created by scanning the yearbook cover and selecting
some footprints and sand from the scan to make a small image that tiled when
placed on the web page. I then reduced the brightness and contrast of the
image and made another background image for the documents pages.
About the Highlights pages.
If you sent in your 'Highlights since 55' document and/or a 'Now' picture,
I made a page for you and colored your yearbook photo and included it on
the page. If you sent in neither then I didn't make a page. I didn't want
to just include a yearbook photo and have nothing else, otherwise I might
as well make a page for every graduate in order not to cause hard feelings
for those that weren't coming to the reunion or didn't know about it and
then came across the page. As it stands now, any web site on the world wide
web is there forever unless taken down by the author.
About the colored yearbook pics.
I restore and colorize old photos as a hobby. When I started putting up the
Highlights pages, I thought it would be a good idea to put the yearbook photo
on each highlights page. The first photos I put up were the B&W yearbook
photos of the deceased classmates. I thought I would do something special
in their case and colorize their yearbook photos. As I starting getting the
'Now' pictures, I decided that the B&W yearbook pictures didn't look
that great next to the colored 'Now' pictures, so I decided to color those
too. I also removed some imperfections in the photos such as dark or light
spots, seams along those pictures that were next to the book spline, etc.
If you had a mole on your face in High School, you don't have it now. No
charge for the plastic surgery. Colorizing these small yearbook pictures
doesn't take too long, 15-20 minutes at most for each photo. The boys took
a little more time since they had suits, shirts, and ties. The girls were
easier since they all had sweaters and pearl necklaces. Deciding the colors
for the clothing was a little difficult since you can't tell colors too well
from B&W photos. I found that the shade of grey sometimes gave me some
clues about the original color so I went with that. It appears that the majority
of the girl's sweaters were white or a very light shade of color. I decided
that I would use various pastel colors for the sweaters. If you see your
colored yearbook photo and remember that you never had a suit, tie or sweater
of that color, or hate the color I gave you and you think it important enough
to change the color, then drop me a line. I have the colored photos in a
layered format (each colored item has its own layer).
I originally placed the colored yearbook photos as they were displayed in
the yearbook with the blurbs either underneath or above the photos. Bob suggested
that I make them all the same with the blurbs underneath the photos which
I then did. 2/3's of the photos have the blurbs on top. The other 1/3 with
the blurbs underneath are the photos near the outside edge of the page.
A side note: As I started colorizing your yearbook photos, I had to zoom
in real close to paint along the edges of faces, eyes, clothing, etc. As
I got up close and personal with your pictures, I suddenly realized how beautiful
all you girls were (...are!), and how handsome we guys were back then.
About the Old Pictures.
Bob sent me some old pictures and Martin Roberts sent me some more. The old
pictures album was created with a software program I haven't used in a while
but it did a good job.
I left the original pictures at full size and without compression, so they
are slow to display, but I wanted them as big as possible so you could download
and save them if you wanted. If you click on one of the thumbnails, an
intermediate picture will display. Wait for that to load completely and then
click on it and the full sized image will display in a pop-up window. If
you want to download any of the large pictures, right click on them and then
select 'Save As...' or 'Save Image as...' or whatever your browser uses to
I need a little help! Some of the pictures came without names and although
I was born in Nyack Hospital, I moved to the Bronx shortly thereafter (2
years old). My education started in PS 46 in the Bronx and up through the
first semester of 9th grade at Evander Childs HS, when I moved back to Nyack.
I had nothing to do with, nor any input, into the moves so I never had
the opportunity to spend my formative years growing up with the rest of you
in Nyack, including my many cousins; the Parietti's, the Petry's, the Van
Houten's, the Keenan's, and the Smalley's, so if you can, please provide
names to pics or correct any of the pics I have misnamed.
If anyone has pictures taken around Nyack during our HS years, I would love
to see them, especially of the HS or 'Schmitt's' (now the Skylark Restaurant).
About the Nyack links.
I put in some links to happenings around Nyack for those of you that have
moved away and have an interest in reading about current events in Nyack
and the surrounding area.
By The Way: If you haven't been back to Nyack in a while and want to see
it as it looks now, you might want to tune in to NBC on Sunday nights and
watch the new comedy show "Ed". The series is filmed in Nyack and surrounding
areas, called 'Stuckeyville' in the show. The key setting in the series is
called the 'Runcible Spoon' (ala "Central Perk" in 'Friends') and is the
actual 'Runcible Spoon' located in Nyack ( the artsy crowd in Nyack likes
weird names). The Stuckeyville Bowling Alley is the Northvale Lanes.