Where are they now — the Roosevelt Jovens

Roosvelt Jovens

Top row left to right: Mike Minsky, Elliot Kalina, Jerry Lazar, Lenny Nachbin, Marty Hordetsky, Kenny Keer, Larry Beck, Al Goodman, Shelly Chaplik.
Middle row: Gary Silverman, Woody Wallace, Al Levy, Richie Feldman, Gary Morgan, Stu Fishman, Paul schrager, Gene Jackson.
Bottom row: Al sperling, Arnie Bernard, Mike Lowy, Jerry Handel, Herb Singer, Albie Wagner and Gary Hoffman.

This photo was taken 1954-55. Earlier this year, Jerry Handel left a comment on this website, and I’m going to quote some of what he wrote about when the Jovens were formed in case you missed it:

“Gary Hoffman, myself, and the Lawndale Sluggers played softball at Jensen Park against the Central Park Flashes almost every day we could and finally merged and became the DeRons and eventually became the Jovens.”

Jerry Handel lived at 4720 N Lawndale. He was Maury’s 3rd employee at the shack behind Stu Fishman and Al Bers. His job every Saturday morning was to peel and cut two 100-pound bags of potatoes. He was paid $3 and got to eat lunch for free whenever he wanted.

According to Jerry, “Maury’s hot dogs were great but his fried salami sandwiches were even better. Many of us Roughriders would meet on Fridays around noon until the day he was forced to closed.”

And here’s a shout-out to a member of Jovens not in this photo–Ron Shapiro, Roosevelt class of 1953. Ron contributed his recollections of the Deborah Boys Club–the one on Division, before the move to Albany Park–to a previous blogpost.

My thanks to Gary Hoffman for sharing the photo.


8 Responses to Where are they now — the Roosevelt Jovens

  1. Bob Urbon June 24, 2016 at 12:26 pm #


  2. Bob Urbon June 24, 2016 at 12:28 pm #

    These are all Guys I went to school and hung out at the “J” with.

    However, I was a Chevron.

    Bob Urbon

  3. Bob Urbon June 24, 2016 at 1:25 pm #

    “Wonderful, wonderful Gary Morgan,
    Oh what a Mayor he’ll be,
    If you’ll just take note and then cast your vote,
    He will serve you loyally”………

    From the mayoral election at Haugan Grammar School

  4. Mike Wolstein June 24, 2016 at 3:11 pm #

    Paul Schrager lived next door to me on St. Louis av. between Lawrence and Leland. His two nieces, Judy and Mindy, lived in the same building. They were about my age. It’s been 57 years or so since I last saw them, and I’d love to contact them. Paul?

  5. Frances Archer June 24, 2016 at 6:09 pm #

    Whoa. That is going back. Good memory!

  6. Brenda Wolin Terry June 27, 2016 at 2:29 am #

    Thanks, Frances, for posting this picture. I went to Von Steuben but I knew some of the boys at Roosevelt. It was fun to see them as they were!

    Thanks again,
    Brenda Wolin Terry

  7. Tybee Fishman Chaplik September 20, 2016 at 10:12 pm #

    I wrote the song..wonderful, wonderful Gary Morgan. He was running for mayor of Haugan School! Great memories !

  8. Bob Urbon September 29, 2016 at 12:27 pm #

    ‘Ah, I remember it well’

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