Long Island celebrity yearbook pictures: The '60s
What do you get when you combine a longtime Daytime Emmy snub, a Howard Stern disciple, a boxer-turned actor, two champion basketball coaches and a daytime talk show icon? You have just some of the famous Long Islanders who graduated in the 1960s, and we have the yearbook pictures to prove it.
This 1960 graduate of Wellington C. Mepham High School seems fairly straight-laced and no-nonsense.
Fred Travalena was a successful actor who received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005. Known for his comedy and skillful impressions, he was a fixture on network television between the 1970s to 1990s, appearing regularly on game shows, talk shows and other programming. He died in 2009 at the age of 66.
This 1967 Great Neck North High School had no activities listed under his name and maintained a C-minus average.
Before his untimely death at age 35 in 1984, Andy Kaufman made a name for himself as an eccentric comedian appearing on shows including "Saturday Night Live," "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" and "Van Dyke and Company." He is best known for his role as "Latka Gravas" on "Taxi," which he played alongside fellow Long Islander and Malverne High School graduate, Tony Danza.
You can see some Long Island influence in this 1962 Elmont Memorial High School grad's current career.
Thriller novelist Nelson DeMille has set several of his books in Long Island, including "The Gold Coast" and "Plum Island."
This Northport High School Class of 1967 graduate's ability to be "dramatic" was noted in her high school yearbook.
Tony Award-winning actress Patti LuPone has starred in classics such as "Gypsy" and "Evita" on Broadway.
This 1964 Garden City High School graduate described herself as "short and sweet," "always ready with a helping hand," and "bubbling with talent" in her senior yearbook. During her time in high school, she was a varsity cheerleader, chairman of the Orientation Committee and publicity chair for the school's magazine drive. She also performed in the concert choir and belonged to Masquers, a national honor society for theater students.
Actress Susan Lucci, called "Sue" by her high school classmates, is best known for her role as Erica Kane on the soap opera "All My Children."
This 1961 graduate of West Babylon High School went by "Gerald" in his senior yearbook. He's listed as a member of the Boys' Leaders Club and participated in basketball and wrestling.
Investigative reporter Geraldo Rivera found fame in the '80s and '90s as host of his self-titled daytime talk show. He's now the host of "Geraldo at Large" on Fox News Channel.
This Oyster Bay High School alumnus was popular among his classmates. In his 1966 senior yearbook, he was crowned "Wittiest," "Most Talented" and "Class Actor," and shared the title of "Cutest Couple" with Patty Sposata. He also juggled a busy schedule, participating in varsity gymnastics, track, soccer, drama club, the chorus play and the school newspaper, "The Harbour Voice."
Comedian, actor, writer and radio personality Jackie "The Jokeman" Martling, shown here in the studio of his Bayville home, is best known for his 15-year run on "The Howard Stern Show" from 1986 to 2001. Today, Martling hosts "Jackie's Joke Hunt" on Sirius XM radio, performs live standup and has been filming movies. He also continues to run his dirty joke line — (516) 922-WINE — which launched his career.
Before he became known for flexing his writing muscles, this 1964 Massapequa High School graduate was quite the athlete. He was a four-year wrestler, soccer player and member of the school's track team.
Ronald Kovic, a Vietnam veteran and anti-war activist, wrote the best-selling autobiography "Born on the Fourth of July," which was published in 1976 and later turned into a movie of the same name. The 1989 film was directed by Oliver Stone and starred Tom Cruise as Kovic.
While attending Island Trees High School, this 1967 graduate, who still used Mahoney as his last name, played on the school's soccer team, performed in the senior play and was a member of the audio visual club.
Eddie Money quit his job as a New York City police officer in 1968 and became a popular rock musician in the 1970s and 80s with hit songs such as "Two Tickets to Paradise" and "Baby Hold On." He earned a Grammy nomination in 1987 for "Take Me Home Tonight," a song he wrote and performed with Ronnie Spector. The song hit No. 4 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.
At Malverne High School, this 1968 graduate performed in the musicals "Kiss Me Kate," "Bye Bye Birdie" and "South Pacific," and planned to go on to study sociology in college.
Before his acting days, he was Anthony Iadanza. Now, Tony Danza is best known for his roles on "Taxi" and "Who's the Boss?," though he has also been a professional boxer, starred in the comedy series "The Tony Danza Show," the reality show "Teach" and appeared on Broadway, among other roles.
The classmates of this 1965 Long Beach High School graduate crowned him "Williest" and "Best Personality." He also played on his high school's basketball team and was captain of the varsity baseball team. He performed in the school's swing and marching bands, and had a starring role in its production of "Best Foot Forward," a musical comedy.
Comedian, actor and author Billy Crystal has had many roles on TV and film, including a stint on "Saturday Night Live" and starring roles in the blockbusters "When Harry Met Sally," "Analyze This" and "Monsters Inc."
During her time at Rockville Centre's South Side High School, this 1960 graduate served as vice president of both her junior class, and the sophomore girls glee club, as well as homeroom treasurer. She was also a member of National Honor Society, played badminton, volleyball, basketball and softball, and was a dance captain for "Red and Blue."
Doris Kearns Goodwin became a New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner, writing about United States presidents including Lincoln, Taft, Kennedy and both Roosevelts. Her book, "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln," served as the basis for the Academy Award-winning film "Lincoln."
While attending Seaford High School, this 1963 graduate was a leader on and off the field. He served as captain of the football team, and vice president and president of Student Council during his junior and senior years, respectively. He also played four years of basketball and baseball. In his yearbook, he expressed his affinity for Italian food, his distaste for waiting and "Bob Schweiger," and his ambition to be a teacher.
Jim Valvano did become a teacher, giving his players lessons on perseverance that helped ignite a magical 1983 national championship run as head coach of the N.C. State Wolfpack -- aka the "Cardiac Kids." But Valvano's biggest legacy was his fight against cancer. He died in 1993, but not before helping to found the V Foundation, which has since raised more than $100 million for cancer research.
As a student at Levittown's MacArthur High School, this 1968 graduate managed a packed schedule. He served on the yearbook staff, and participated in ski club, "mathletes," the science fair and the constitution competition. He also belonged to three different honor societies. Surprisingly, his long list of extracurricular activities didn't include any athletic teams.
Sports agent David Falk's client list has included NBA icons Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Dominique Wilkins, John Stockton, Dikembe Mutombo and Alonzo Mourning. He negotiated Jordan's first contract with Nike for a cool $7 million plus stock, and landed Ewing the then-largest contract in NBA history in 1985 with the New York Knicks.
In her 1960 Freeport High School yearbook, this graduate was described as "a slender classical beauty" and "one of Freeport's aspiring young actresses" whose "poise and sophistication would assure her success in the theater."
Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated actress Susan Sullivan began her career on the stage, starring opposite Dustin Hoffman in Broadway's "Jimmy Shine." She is best known for her roles in the soap operas "Another World" and "Falcon Crest," and the TV series "Dharma and Greg" and "Castle." Her film credits include "My Best Friend's Wedding."
This 1969 Brentwood High School graduate was on the academic honor roll and played basketball.
Actor Jack Scalia has starred on iconic TV shows "Dallas" and "All My Children."