Long Island celebrity yearbook pictures: The '70s
In the 1970s, "style" was defined as loosely as bell-bottom hems. We'll let you decide how Long Island celebrities who reached adulthood during that time fared by their yearbook pictures. Be gentle!
This 1978 Sachem High School senior seems to be a relatively drama-free fellow.
Vince Russo became head writer for WWE and was one of the main cogs in the "Attitude Era" of the late '90s that helped vault WWE over World Championship Wrestling in the notorious "Monday Night War." Russo later joined WCW, a stint that was less heralded creatively but did feature an on-air role that included an improbable brief stint as WCW World Heavyweight Champion in 2000.
As a student at Alfred G. Berner High School in East Massapequa, he performed with the drama club, but also was a member of several sports teams. His 1979 senior yearbook indicates that he competed on the varsity football, golf, wrestling, baseball and winter lacrosse teams, as well as intramural basketball and football, and team handball. He found time to serve on the school's youth council, too.
Actor Daniel Baldwin, brother of Alec Baldwin.
This 1972 Great Neck North High graduate told News 12 Long Island in 2013 that he could never have imagined the life he ended up leading while he was in school.
Fashion designer Kenneth Cole celebrated the 30th anniversary of his iconic brand by holding a show at New York's City Fashion Week in February 2013, following a seven-year hiatus from the event.
This 1977 Central Islip High School graduate said he liked "Football, Basketball, Football, and Girls," in that order.
Mike Tice joined the NFL in 1981 as a tight end with the Seattle Seahawks. He played in the league until 1995. In 2002, he became the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. The team earned a wildcard playoff berth in 2004 under his leadership. Tice is a Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame inductee. (May 10, 2013)
This 1975 Lawrence High School graduate worked at a shoe store to make extra money.
Steve Madden went on to build a self-named shoe empire. In recent years, he's reclaimed his life after substance-abuse issues and a prison stint for stock fraud, now serving as the creative force behind the company he once ran.
This Brentwood High School star center and co-captain had a record-breaking year for the 1971-72 varsity basketball team with a 30.5 per game average, which made him second in the county, and he out-rebounded every other player in Suffolk, 23.5 per game, setting the county record with 516 for the season. He was chosen for the All-League, All-County and All-Long Island teams and was named MVP in Suffolk County for the second successive year, but the 1972 Brentwood grad's hoops career still had a lot of highlights ahead.
Mitch Kupchak is among a rare group of NBA players to win world titles with more than one team as a player -- the Washington Bullets (now Wizards) and L.A. Lakers. He also won a gold medal with Team USA in 1976. But he's had even more success as a team executive. The Los Angeles Lakers GM has won an additional seven titles as a team executive and has served as the team's GM since 2000.
This Massapequa High School alum apparently wasn't much of a joiner. His 1977 senior yearbook didn't list a single club or activity next to his name.
Musician Brian Setzer is known for his rockabilly songs. He started touring in the 1980s with his first band, The Stray Cats, and in the 1990s with The Brian Setzer Orchestra, helping to popularize swing music again with hits like "Jump, Jive an' Wail."
She left Long Island after the ninth grade, but not before getting her picture snapped for the East Northport Junior High 1975 yearbook. She went on to competitive and front-office athletic success -- in rather divergent arenas of competition.
Former Women's U.S. Open golf champion Jane Geddes left an executive role with the LPGA to join WWE, and now is the wrestling company's senior vice president of operations.
While attending East Meadow High School, this 1978 graduate was captain of the varsity baseball team. As a pitcher, he tied the school's record for most strikeouts in a single game. He also played on the basketball team, averaging more than 20 points a game, according to his senior yearbook.
Major League pitcher Frank Viola played for the Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds and Toronto Blue Jays through the 1980s and 1990s. During his time with the Twins, he earned the Cy Young Award and helped the team win the World Series in 1987, earning MVP honors in the process. Recently, the Mets' Triple-A Las Vegas affiliate named him pitching coach.
This 1974 Walt Whitman High School graduate won a Golden Gloves tournament during his prep days, earning him a free heavy bag from a Huntington Station sporting goods store.
Heavyweight contender Gerry Cooney earned iconic status in boxing despite losing his famous 1982 title fight with Larry Holmes.
While attending Massapequa High School, this 1977 graduate played football and basketball, ran track and was a member of the National Honor Society, Class Council and Varsity Club.
Former NFL player Brian Baldinger played offensive line for the Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles. He also worked as an NFL color commenter for Fox from the late 1990s until 2009 and now works for NFL Network.
In high school, this 1972 Massapequa High School graduate was on the junior varsity track team and doubled up on classes to graduate a semester early.
Comedy legend Jerry Seinfeld is best known for his role playing himself on the series "Seinfeld," which he co-wrote and co-created. The series, which ran for nine seasons, topped TV Guide's 2002 list of the "50 Greatest Shows of All Time." After the show ended in 1998, Seinfeld returned to his stand-up comedy roots.
This 1977 Massapequa High School graduate was a member of the Future Homemakers of America and Student Office Club. She also participated in the school's Health Careers program.
Jessica Hahn went from church secretary to tabloid icon after being involved in the sex scandal that took down televangelist Jim Bakker in 1987. She subsequently posed for Playboy and was cast in a smattering of acting roles.
In a copy of his Baldwin High School yearbook, this 1973 graduate, known then as Daniel" or "Danny," wrote a message to "Mrs. Gill," who worked in the school nurse's office. Calling her "the friendliest lady I know," he confessed that "sometimes when I was feeling down, I'd poke my head in the door, say hello, see your smile and feel better again."
Dee Snider broke out of his shell after high school. He's most famous for being the frontman of the heavy metal band, Twisted Sister, which became popular in the late '70s and '80s. He's also ventured into radio, reality television, movies, theater, books and charitable endeavors.
This 1975 Valley Stream Central High School graduate was a member of the school's wrestling and soccer teams, and belonged to its Varsity Club.
Character actor Steve Buscemi currently stars in HBO's "Boardwalk Empire."
This 1976 Alfred G. Berner High School graduate spent his high school days studying drama and playing football and lacrosse, according to his senior yearbook. He was also voted class president, served on the youth council and the student activities committee.
Alec Baldwin is a Golden Globe- and Emmy- winning actor who has starred on film, stage and television. The "30 Rock" star, the eldest brother of the four Baldwin brother actors, has had other memorable roles on "Knots Landing" and "Beetlejuice." He holds the record for most times hosting "Saturday Night Live." He is also hosts the podcast "Here's the Thing."
This 1970 Garden City High School graduate was a member of the varsity soccer and track teams, the All-American Band, Chef's Club, Physics Club and International Committee, according to his senior yearbook. He was also photo editor of the school's newspaper, "Echo." In the yearbook, he stated that he "enjoys playing the piano and organ, photography and donkey basketball."
After high school, John Tesh became an anchor for "Entertainment Tonight," a radio host and a musician.
While attending Hicksville High School, she worked on her talents as a member of the thespians club, according to her senior yearbook. The 1972 graduate was also an athlete, competing on Hicksville's track and volleyball teams, and hitting the slopes with the ski club. She also found time to work on the school's yearbook and newspaper, and serve on student government, sophomore hop committee, junior prom committee and senior ball committee.
Lorraine Bracco earned an Oscar nomination for her role in "Goodfellas," and four Golden Globe nominations for playing Dr. Jennifer Melfi in HBO's "The Sopranos."
Patti Andrzejewski graduated from Lindenhurst Senior High School in 1971. "We had no money. We spent our lives at the beach," she said of her and her friends. "And some of our friends had little boats with motors on them. Everyone was smoking pot and having a great time." This yearbook photo was shown at the exhibit "Growing Up on Long Island" in 2009 at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook.
Singer Pat Benatar, a Lindenhurst native, went on to become a four-time Grammy Award winner, with Top 10 hits “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “Love is a Battlefield,” “We Belong” and “Invincible." Benatar released the memoir "Between a Heart and a Rock Place" in 2011.
This celebrity yearbook picture is of a 1979 Roosevelt Junior-Senior High School graduate who was voted "most popular," but had to repeat the 10th grade. The Roosevelt native took night classes to catch up and graduated only a few months late.
After first breaking out as cast member of “Saturday Night Live" at age 19, Eddie Murphy found box office success starring in movies such as "48 Hrs," "Beverly Hills Cop," "The Nutty Professor" and "Dr. Dolittle." In addition to his repertoire of comedic film roles, the Roosevelt High School graduate co-starred in the film musical "Dream Girls," which earned him an Oscar nomination.
This 1972 graduate of Rockville Centre's South Side High School was a member of the Key Club, according to a 1995 New York Times article.
Longtime "shock jock" Howard Stern hosts a show on Sirius-XM Radio and is a judge on "America's Got Talent."
This All-Long Island quarterback led his East Islip High School teammates to the 1978 Rutgers Trophy as the best team in Suffolk County before graduating in '79 and heading to the University of Maryland.
Boomer Esiason found success in the NFL, leading the Cincinnati Bengals to a Super Bowl XXIII appearance and after retirement settling into a busy sportscasting career with jobs on WFAN Radio and CBS' "NFL Today."
While attending Plainedge High School, this 1976 graduate had the lead role in his senior class production, "Applause." The show was directed by Plainedge drama teacher Gerald Kirby, who told the New York Times in a 1991 interview that this alum "had a sense of timing and an ability to interpret character that cannot be taught."
Steve Guttenberg starred in the popular 1980s "Cocoon" movies, all four "Police Academy" films, "Three Men and a Baby" and its sequel, "Three Men and a Lady." The actor, producer and director also has been featured in TV shows such as "Veronica Mars," and on Broadway in "Prelude to a Kiss" and "Relatively Speaking," a one-act play by Woody Allen.
Before he was christened with a famous nickname on the radio, this 1979 Uniondale High School graduate spent his teen years competing on his school's football and bowling teams.
Gary Dell'Abate is best known for his role as executive producer of "The Howard Stern Show." Since 1984, Dell'Abate has been producing the show, which can now be heard on Sirius Satellite Radio. In 2010, he released his autobiography, "They Call Me Baba Booey", and now co-hosts a show on VH1 Classic called "For What It's Worth," about pop culture collectibles.
Sports have always been a passion for this 1977 John F. Kennedy High School Bellmore graduate, but life led him to an even more important calling.
Artie Kempner directed Super Bowl XXXIX and XLII for Fox Sports and is the lead director for NASCAR on Fox. But Kemper has stepped out from behind the camera to advocate for autism awareness. Kempner, whose son Ethan is autistic, is the founder of Autism Society of Delaware and has been a board member of the Autism Society of America.