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Surfing the Waves of an Old Fella's Memory



2:40 PM on April 19, 2012

Uncle Jack, I am a fan of all the archives posted....Thanks for continuing to teach/share-Love You, Julia Rutter

Paula Meechan Tshudy

9:43 AM on May 10, 2010


Charlie Meechan was my father! I saw his name on the site & was thrilled. I was born in Kearny & lived in Bloomfield until the early 70's. My father passed away in October 2001. My mother was Dot Brown from Harrison.

Anything you remember about my dad would make my brother David & I very happy!

Thanks for a lovely surprise in finding this.

Very nice site!

9:20 AM on October 2, 2009

Very nice site!

Kathy Santos

1:11 AM on September 11, 2009

I'm going to send the link to your memoir archives to my friends in Kearny. Your vivid recollections are inspiring. I'm going through many things right now but I know that someday I will have a story of my own to share. Thanks again.

Kathy Santos

12:22 AM on September 11, 2009

Hi! I stumbled upon this website looking for photos of Kearny back in the 80s. I love the MJandJACK photos and song. Bye thank you.

Jack Mason

5:15 PM on September 2, 2009

Thank you very much, Stuart...and indeed may you have a good life, as I pray you will. All the best...


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Stuart Midgley

9:59 PM on August 18, 2009

I stumbled on your site via an errant Google search... and I'm glad I did! Thanks for putting something so wonderful up - it just made me stop a moment and check that I'm making as good a job of my life as you have.

All the best from Australia!


3:44 PM on August 16, 2009

Thank you for sharing this with me and the rest of the world.

May you read this in good health.


Richard Kenyon

9:57 PM on July 24, 2009

Hi from another old "Kearny kid". I'm 5 years younger than you (1938 model), but perhaps you knew one or more of my older siblings, Jerome, 1930-1986, Marie (1932-2003) or Ann (1934 present) We lived in a rented house on the NW corner of Oakwood and Hickory until Dec. of ;41 when we moved to 100 Stewart Ave., the only house my parents owned. I stayed there until Feb. of '59 when I was first married. I, and all four of my siblings, went to St. Stephens grade school, and four of us went to Queen of Peace High Thanks Jack, for such a pleasant trip along memory lane that I enjoyed tonight. Hey, remember when the Regent theater burned on Labor Day, 1952? Bet you can't tell me even one of the attractions that night.


7:27 PM on April 14, 2009

Hi Jack,

I stumbled on to your website by googling Roselle NJ. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the Pictures of you and Mary Jane. It is so apparent by the photos how much you two loved eachother. You must miss her very much. She had such a great smile! I was raised in Roselle and was married in St. Joe's church in 1987. I know exactly where the Hasting's home is. It's been a real treat viewing all the pics. Thank you for sharing!

Patrick O'Keeffe

10:30 PM on December 27, 2008


Just found your website (and saved it to "my favorites").

The family spent time looking at the pictures. We hope to see you at the Jersey Shore soon.

Happy Holidays to you and all the family!


Patrick, Linda & Christopher.

Bev Kozel

2:56 PM on October 2, 2008

Dear Jack,

I just want to say that I think this is such a wonderful and beautiful memoirs of someone who is caring and loving as the person who conspired all of it. I don't know this person personally but I would like get to know him What a wonderful idea of someone's recollections of his life with the person he loved and lost and the tribute to her memory. I was beginning to think that all was lost, that there are not too many loving and caring people, but I have come to know one and it makes the world a little brighter.

Thank You, Jack, for allowing me to a part of your life and what a wonderful like it was and still is for as long as you love.

My Compliments and deepest regards,



10:05 PM on July 26, 2008

Thank you for sharing your labor of love! It brings a favorite prayer to mind:

"Rejoice in the remembrances of the past,

Hold on to the joy of the present,

Reach out with hope to the future,

For every day is a gift from God!"

Deborah Finney Prive

5:53 AM on July 24, 2008

I was saddened today to hear from my mom that Mary Jane passed 6 mths ago. She introduced ny parents to each other and was my God Mother. Though I never really knew her, she was a great friend to my mom and was responsible for a couple who truly loved each other and was married for almost 50 years, (my dad passed 3 years ago).... with six kids.....I am so sorry for your loss..the pictures show that you had a wonderful life together enjoying each day..God bless you .... Deborah Finney Prive


12:37 PM on May 28, 2008

I enjoyed your many photo memories. Beautiful memories last forever. We must look forward for "Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; They will run and not grow weary, They will walk and not be faint." Sunflower888


9:50 PM on May 11, 2008

what a beautiful loving life in blessed and what treasures.


8:47 PM on May 10, 2008

Lakeside Toys...

You might be interested in the W3log: "", dedicated to the Cheetah riding toy from Lakeside Toys. I came across your W3 site while searching for Cheetah information.

Have a good 'un!

Rose (Cain) Callinan

9:04 AM on May 5, 2008

please e-mail me at [email protected]


9:02 AM on May 5, 2008

please e-mail me at [email protected]

Jack Mason

8:41 AM on May 5, 2008

Hi Maryann! This is Jack Mason Tryon NC, but formerly Kearny NJ. Yes my Mom's name was Catherine Rogan, she married John Mason, and I came along in 1933. My GrandDad was also John Mason who had a sone John mason who was born in 1893, but Grandpa Mason's wife was not a was his son John who married Catherine Rogabn in 1932. Please tell me more at my e-mail address [email protected]

Jack Mason


2:07 AM on May 5, 2008

Jack: I have just read some of your memoirs. My parents are from Kearny/Harrison NJ. I think we may have relatives in common. The ROGAN's. If your Annie Rogan's husband was John & they married in 1893. Children: (?) Annie (Hocky) Catherine (Mason),Denis & James PLEASE EMAIL ME!!!

Donna Harkness

12:54 AM on April 25, 2008

Dear Jack,

I LOVED all the photos! I am also looking forward to reading through the "archives". Thanks so much for putting this all together. I had hoped to see some pictures of Mary Jane from when she was a girl and these pictures are treasures.

With love, Donna and Dale

Rose (Cain) Callinan

12:24 PM on April 18, 2008

To: Jackie Mason

Did You know my brother Stevie "Spook" Cain? He went in the Marines around the same time as you but had bad asthma and had to leave. Would love to know how he got the name "Spook."


8:09 AM on April 15, 2008



Bill Kinney

10:56 PM on April 14, 2008


This is my first visit. Doris and I spent the better part of an hour browsing through your photographs. You have stacked a lot of memories in thse pages. I will visit again.


Kathy Bigelow

12:25 PM on April 14, 2008

Jack --

Loved looking through the pictures of you & Mary Jane. I see you were able to date the photo of MJ besides my parents pool on Marco Island, FL.

Great website!

Take care, Kathy

Jim Stewart

9:23 AM on April 14, 2008

Jim Stewart:

Hi Jim...sorry my 'ol man memory doesn't recall a good Scottish name like Stewart on Belgrove Drive...but I did go to Fairleigh Ridiculous with Roger Wiseman fron NA

Jim Stewart

8:06 AM on April 14, 2008

Hi Jim...sorry my 'ol man memory doesn't recall a good Scottish name like Stewart on Belgrove Drive...but I did go to Fairleigh Ridiculous with Roger Wiseman fron NA

Jim Stewart

2:39 AM on April 14, 2008

My wife and I both had Rip Collins at North Arlington High School

My grand parents lived at 316 Belgrove Drive. Did You know dad's younger brother? George Stewart. There were six of them and must have been quite a group of terrors.

I was pre-school and my grannie hat five gold stars on a little flag right near the yellow D sign for the Dugan man.

I recognized all of the Scottish bakeries and didne have one to match till I went to ebra. I remember most of the good pipers in the fifties were Irish.

I was in DeMolay and spent a lot of time in Kearny, although we lived in NA.

But I am younger than you. Graduated HS in 1957.

Dad and Grandpa worked for Duponts by Arlington Station.

Fine men, all of them

Jim Stewart

Jim Bardine

3:28 PM on April 13, 2008

Jack- Great web site. Looking forward to visiting it frequently. Hope all is well with you.

Great photos of Mary Jane and you. Some bring back fond memories that I have from visiting Mary Jane and you.. Stay well...... Jim

Arnold Evans

2:18 PM on April 13, 2008


Great web site. Brings back a lot of fond memories of your family and Rose street.


Mike Fadell

11:52 AM on April 13, 2008


Great web sight. Looking forward to seeing you this summer.


dick baker

8:33 PM on March 26, 2008

Jack-- I've read some of your stories before and really enjoy your writing. Terrific job Jack.


5:49 AM on March 24, 2008

Hi Uncle Jack,

Very nice web site.

I hope to spend lots of time on it real soon. I am sure my son, wife and daughter will love reading this too.

I'll write you on my personal email.

Jim, Kristina, Rebecca, Jacob the Rutter family