Our Retro Pic of the Day is a sort of retro prequel (oxymoronic as that is) to the Tiki Haven fundraiser in Fair Haven on Saturday.
This shot is of what was left of the Tiki Bar at the iconic Donovan’s Reef in Sea Bright in the winter of 2012 right after Hurricane Sandy flattened the bar. It was the summer spot where all Rumson-Fair Haven area people flocked for some Tiki fun, sun, food and drink.
Donovan’s was expected to reopen last summer, but that did not happen.
In honor of that, in our own Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect way, our Retro Pic of the (George) Day honors past presidents — of Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) classes of the past.
Yes, we do have many pictures from the 1970s. That’s, obviously because your editor is from that era (Ouch. Did I say that?).
So, we’ve decided to hone in on the first president of the Class of 1978 — Ward Tietz.
In these pics, again courtesy of the amazing George Day, the prez, in his freshman year, is ending the Freshman Follies and playing ball. Oh, yes, Ward was also a star in the show in this editor’s version of South Pacific’s ‘Honey Bun.’ The guilt is still there from the coconuts I made him wear that caused a major rash. Sorry, Ward!
Who was your favorite class president at RFH? Hail to which chief? Send us your pics at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Retro Pic of the (George) Day is a Valentine of sorts.
It takes us back to the stage of the 1975 Freshman Follies when Ward Tietz, class president, got all dolled up with a hula skirt, coconut shell top and a festive cigar to help your own Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect editor and best friend, since deceased Stephanie DeSesa, do a rendition of South Pacific’s “Honey Bun.”
Considering the regalia, spirit and setting, this one’s a warmer upper on yet another chilly day.
Though, poor Ward Tietz ended up with a very itchy rash from those coconuts.
Who’s your Honey Bun?
Oh, and many thanks, again, to the fabulous George Day for yet another treasure of a photo.
Yes, thinking warmer thoughts is a salient motif of the Retro Pic of the Day lately.
So, in keeping with the warm wishes of many, we decided to, again, remind everyone in the Rumson-Fair Haven area that there’s no time like the present to think some crabby thoughts about the coming spring — in particular, visions of crabbing at the Fair Haven Dock.
This was the scene last year during a more balmy season at sunset.
Count the days until it’s time hang your own “Gone fishin’ at Fair Haven Dock” sign on the office!
With all the post-Superbowl talk about the grandiose pop star-studded halftime, we figured our Retro Pic of the Day should be an ode to simpler, well, high school halftimes.
So, that in mind, our featured photo is of the 1976 RFH Marching Band.
No, there were no myriad costume changes, acrobatics, flying people or gigantic glass tigers (that was a tiger, right?) toting pop star Katy Perry, but these guys had a following of their own and their time to shine on the field.
We won’t editorialize on the Katy Perry popularity contest.