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Retro RFH Basketball Boys

RFH Boys Basketball of the 1970s Photo/George Day
RFH Boys Basketball of the 1970s
Photo/George Day

Yes, it’s basketball season.

And while some things never change, including family names still involved in the sport at RFH, there are also many changes — like uniforms and, of course, the audience.

So, the Retro Pic of the (George) Day offers a glimpse back to a game in the 1970s at which there were some familiar family faces on the court and several popular teachers on the bleachers.

While the photo is, granted, black and white, the colors are probably pretty similar, it looks like these guys are wearing warm-ups with uniforms underneath. Hmmm.

And, well, the guy right in the middle with the aghast look on his face is Andrew Davidson, Class of ’78. What the heck had just happened?

And, we definitely see a Reevey in there and a Scarrone. OK, his uniform gave it away. Who else?

What teachers can you spot in the bleachers. We see Mr. Lee, Mr. Young … Who else? There are quite a few.

Really. Take a guess at what just happened.

Thanks, again, the the wonderful George Day for sharing this moment in retro time!

Retro Fair Haven Snow Day Creation

Photo/Picture of Register photo clip by Dave Kingston

With the big blizzard recently came a lot of chatter about snow days and how to get creative with the white stuff. Well, in the 1970s, a few R-FH area kids took their creativity farther than most would be allowed to these days. And that chatter could have well been the chattering of teeth in the freezing weather.

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P House: Retro Snow-Covered RFH Paradise

 

Peninsula House in Sea Bright in the 1970s. Photo/George Day
Peninsula House in Sea Bright in the 1970s.
Photo/George Day

This Retro Pic of the (George) Day is a reprise. Sometimes you just can’t get enough of this kind of view and the memories it stirs … 

If you’re winter daydreaming of snow-capped visions of warm paradise memories, your thoughts may drift to the iconic Peninsula House. It’s as if it was still there. Sometimes, if you close your eyes, like any good memory, you can see it. It all comes back — blankets you in a Tsunami of heart smiles.

The bitter chill of the blustery winter air is on the wane. So, our Retro Pic of the (George) Day is about the thaw that a soul full of cozy reminiscing brings. It hones in on a snow-capped view of the long gone but hardly forgotten favorite historic beach club turned bar/restaurant by the sea at night.

It was the Peninsula House, or P House for short, and it was the Rumson-Fair Haven area go-to hangout — especially for RFH grads.

It was huge and magnificent. The old historic hotel in Sea Bright used old hotel rooms as cabanas. Its wrap-around porch with rocking chairs was an outdoor lounging area seemingly perfectly tailored to locals catching up. There was a backgammon room, a formal dining room. Outside, bands played in a tent near the pool, the beach only a dance step away. It was always bustling, brimming with good vibes.

Tim McLoone played there frequently; and, everyone who took Giff’s RFH ballroom dance class tested their light (and heavy) feet (or whatever you could call those moves) on the dance floor to his music.

What are your memories of Peninsula House? And what was your favorite Tim McLoone rendition to dance to?

Many thanks, again, to the fabulous RFH grad, George Day, for the photo!

 

Retro RFH Staged Bathing Beauties

RFH girls on the beach at the Freshman Follies circa 1975. Photo/George Day

In light of most everyone’s wish for warmer days and a big ol’ thaw for brighter, beachier times, we have decided to give you an encore of this classic look back … 

Our Retro Pic of the (George) Day is one of warm wishes — for sun-filled, fun beach days ahead.

This crew of RFH girls entertained people with their own version of the Beach Boys’ Girls on the Beach at the RFH Freshman Follies in 1975.

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A Retro RFH Snow Day

Snow day fun for RFHers in the 1970s. Photo/George Day
Snow day fun for RFHers in the 1970s.
Photo/George Day

Snow days due to the recent blizzard bring back memories of winters past and how RFHers of yesteryear found some simple fun pretty fast when the school bell didn’t ring.

So, the Retro Pic of the (George) Day takes us back to one of those days of simple fun on some Rumson slopes — or something like that.

When the snow fell in the Rumson-Fair Haven area, RFH students were always out snowboarding, sledding, skiing and, well, doing just about anything that seemed right to get down a snow-packed hill.

RFH grad and yearbook photographer George Day captured this scene in the 1970s.

We don’t know who these guys dotting the hill are, but people could probably hazard a very good guess.

It’s not Tower Hill, so where was this? Do you know?

Many thanks, again, to the fabulous George Day for this pic!

A Retro RFH Basketball Cheer

 

The boys of RFH's cheerleading squad for the Student-Faculty Basketball Game in 1976. Photo/RFH yearbook screenshot
The boys of RFH’s cheerleading squad for the Student-Faculty Basketball Game in 1976.
Photo/RFH yearbook screenshot

Yes, it’s basketball season at RFH. But, have you ever seen a lovelier bunch of cheerleaders?

OK, you just may have — like the guys who cheered for that 1977 RFH Powder Puff Football game.

Well, this Retro Pic of the Day features a different bunch from a different class and for a different game — the RFH Student-Faculty Basketball Game. But do you know exactly what year it was? And who are those faculty photo bombers in the background?

Here’s a clue: It looks like John Kirman is the tallest one in the photo above of the “girls” getting set and standing for a new routine.

— Elaine Van Develde

A Retro RFH Basketball Score

A 1970s RFH basketball moment Photo/George Day
A 1970s RFH basketball moment
Photo/George Day

It’s basketball season at RFH.

It’s no secret that RFH has had some slam dunk success with the sport. In 2014, the RFH Boys Basketball team made history with its first Shore Conference Tournament (SCT) victory when the team toppled Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) with a 50-24 final score.

So, to honor the basketball season and victory scores, the Retro Pic of the (George) Day offers a look back at the RFH basketball sidelines and the young players, photographer and scorekeeper of an early 1970s high school game.

The uniforms are quite different now. They’re black, not purple, longer sleeved and, yes, the shorts are longer. Hey, that was the trend back in the day: purple, sleeveless and short (shorts).

Who wears short shorts? Wait, that was the iconic line in that Nair commercial.

Well, these guys wore short shorts. And they played a good game. Aside from the old uniforms, that may have us a bit captivated, all the guys in this photo are fixated on something.

All eyes are looking in one direction. And the scorekeeper is staring and poised to push that button and the photographer (Andy Koch?) is focused and ready to shoot.

Anyone remember this moment and what the focus was on? Come on, zoom! Anyone? Now, about those uniforms … black or purple? Preferences?

Thanks again, George Day, for this priceless score in RFH photography history!