Monday, October 24, 2011

Howard Polskin Honored at NPHS Alumni Hall of Fame Ceremony

Howard Polskin (above), NPHS class of 1969, was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame, Oct. 15, at the Italian American Club in the Business and Journalism category.  He is shown here receiving his plaque with North Plainfield School Superintendent Dr. Marilyn Birnbaum (left) and Gerry Burns who introduced Polskin.  Polskin said, "I need to thank teachers everywhere tonight.  Teachers are the true keepers of the flame of knowledge.  Without that flame, mankind sits in the dark cave of ignorance."  He also took time to reveal a little about his career path.  "After graduating college...I got a job as a bus boy at a restaurant in Maine," he said.  "That summer was characterized by record-breaking heat in Maine and frost at 69 Willow Ave. (his home address at the time)."    Among Polskin's friends who attended the dinner were Joe Ricci (below) and Jeff Tobey and his wife Ginny.