Michael Alan Young, Class of 80 RIP

From Kenneth Rubin:
Michael Alan Young-Cleveland Hts High Grad Class of 1980–Passed away in April of 2011.
Any further info would be appreciated.

MICHAEL ALAN YOUNG, age 48, of Cleveland Hts., OH. Loving son of the late Alvin and Sabine Young; dear brother of Marilyn Y. Moore (Jeff) and Linda Colen (Jeffrey); uncle of Matt, Mike, Jeffrey, Justin and Kaitlyn. FRIENDS AND FAMILY MAY CALL AT BROWN-FORWARD, 17022 CHAGRIN BLVD., SHAKER HTS., OH 44120, FROM 6 – 8 P.M., ON MONDAY, APRIL 11. Private family interment, Knollwood Cemetery. –
See more at:http://obits.cleveland.com/obituaries/cleveland/obituary.aspx?pid=150187240

Sandy Kugelman, Cleveland Heights class of 1980, Obituary

Sandy Kugelman lost her battle with cancer.

SANDRA MARLI KUGELMAN, age 51, beloved daughter of Sylvia Kugelman and the late Walter Kugelman; dear sister of Ida Bergson (Howard), Harvey Kugelman (Karen Rubin-Kugelman); loving mother of Yoni, Eliana and Ezra Hankin; aunt, niece and cousin of many. Passed away December 6, 2013 in Austin, Texas. Family will receive visitors at the residence of Sylvia Kugelman, 2468 Windy Hill Drive, Pepper Pike, OH 44124 on Wednesday, December 11 and Thursday, December 12, between 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and on Friday, December 13 between 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Donations may be made to METAvivor.org.

via SANDRA MARLI KUGELMAN Obituary: View SANDRA KUGELMAN’s Obituary by The Plain Dealer.

Susan (Innenberg) Roth RIP

We lost another classmate last, Sue Innenberg died after a year-long battle with a rare adrenal cancer.

From the Plain Dealer Obituary:

SUSAN I. (Innenberg) ROTH
ROTH SUSAN I. ROTH (nee Innenberg) beloved wife of David M. Loving mother of Jessica L. and Alex Roth. Cherished daughter of Rose (nee Klionsky) and the late Daniel Innenberg. Dear sister of Louis (Beth) Innenberg and sister-in-law of Linda Gagliano. Devoted daughter-in-law of Elaine and Daniel Roth and adored aunt of Brian, Kari, Robert, Steven, Emily and Stefani. Services will be held Wednesday, May 23 at 2PM at the BERKOWITZ-KUMIN-BOOKATZ MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1985 S. Taylor Rd., Cleveland Heights. Interment Mt. Olive Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the residence 3373 Belvoir Blvd., Beachwood, WEDNESDAY FOLLOWING SERVICES UNTIL 8PM, THURSDAY 1-5PM and 7-9PM, FRIDAY 1-4PM. Friends who wish may contribute to the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, 27501 Science Park Dr., Beachwood, Ohio 44122.

via SUSAN I. (Innenberg) ROTH Obituary: View SUSAN ROTH’s Obituary by The Plain Dealer.

Bob Rosenbaum said this on facebook:

Sue was not much of a Facebooker, but she and her family did blog about the ordeal at the link below. (It’s password protected, but someone in the family is approving registrations). It’s sad, touching and wonderfully human. My deepest condolences go out to her family.

Here is the link: https://www.mylifeline.org/sroth18/?page=myupdates.cfm&pg=6&start=1&sort=DESC

As most of us turn 50, I’d like to add every time one of our class dies it makes our circle of friends a bit smaller. We should all make every attempt to connect with the people that are important to us- and say how much we appreciate them in our lives.
To the rest of the Class of 1980 at CHHS- thank you for the most amazing experiences growing up- the stories, the friendships- how we’ve spread out all over the country and yet are still connected.

Craig Baskin- RIP

I just got a note that, once again depresses me.

Dear Friends:
I am Donald Russell, Craig Baskin’s life partner.  I just wanted to share with all of you that Craig passed away unexpectedly on March 18, 2011.  I had a tough time getting to his contact list, so thus the delay in sending this sad news.  If you would like to visit his remembrance website, please go to the link below.  Also, feel free to add an note in the book.  Craig will always live on in our memory and our hearts.
Peace be with all of you.
PS:  Craig’s artwork may also be seen at www.craigbaskin.com

For those of you who knew Craig well- you know we’ve lost a force in the world.

Rick Porrello, Class of 1980- and now Hollywood

Cheech and Chong did a bit about Santa Claus- as a musician- “yeah, I played with that dude”- well, many of us in the Class of 1980 played with Rick Porrello- who was the superstar drummer- and now is the Lyndhurst police Chief- and the writer behind the coming movie “The Irishman”

From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

The film stars Irish actor Ray Stevenson as Greene, Vincent D’Onofrio as Nardi, Paul Sorvino as mob boss Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno, Val Kilmer as a Cleveland detective, and in a stroke of inspired casting, Oscar-winner Christopher Walken playing Birns.

it is based on the book “To Kill the Irishman: The War that Crippled the Mafia” by Lyndhurst Police Chief Rick Porrello. A new edition of the book will also hit stores next March….

Porrello, who grew up in Cleveland Heights, had his own colorful past. He toured the world as a drummer for Sammy Davis Jr., and later became an author with the book “The Rise and Fall of the Cleveland Mafia,” which featured his own grandfather and great-uncles as players in the bootleg wars of the 1920s and 1930s.

But Porrello was also a kid who longed to be a cop, ever since his parents gave him a police scanner for Christmas when he was 10. His day job for the past 22 years has been on the Lyndhurst police force.”

As Reid pitched his movie dreams in Los Angeles, Porrello waited. And waited.

“There were times when I was on the road on the midnight shift, I’d go sit on that spot where Danny was killed and have coffee and I’d wonder, ‘Will that movie ever get made? Will they be filming right here in this parking lot?’ ”

via Cleveland gangster Danny Greene’s explosive life captured in ‘The Irishman’ and two docs | cleveland.com.


The Heights High Class of 1980 30th REUNION

September 3, 2010 Jillian’s Meet & Greet (FREE)

*September 4, 2010 Progressive Field* ***September 4, 2010 7:00pm – Midnight*** attire is “casual”

Terrace Club

Great Dinner Buffet, Cash Bar, Unlimited Soft Drinks, Parking in the attached garage (can park overnight if needed)

ALL are welcome and encouraged to attend

$95.00 per person August 1st or later

September 5, 2010 Family Day Forest Hills Park (FREE) Canceled Aug 25 2010

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Downtown

The rate is $95.00 and can be reserved by calling the hotel directly @ 216-658-6400

Ask for the Cleveland Heights 1980 Class Reunion Room Block- MENTION CODE – CHTS

For updates and info go to www.chhsreunion.net, visit us on Facebook at

“Cleveland Heights High, Class of 1980 Reunion” or email map888@aol.com

Make Checks payable to:     “Cleveland Heights High School 1980 Reunion”

Mail Payments to:     CHHS 1980 Reunion

Martin Davidson

P.O. Box 780

Lakewood, Ohio 44107

Class of 1980 – 30 Year High School Reunion

Mark your calendars!!

The 30th re-union committee is pleased to announce that Saturday September 4, 2010 is the day. This is Labor Day weekend which hopefully will allow for more people to attend that may traveling from near and far.

The committee has met on numerous occasions to discuss, plan, argue (a little), taste test, etc. In addition to the “big event”, we are planning other events during the weekend that will allow for families to attend (or you can leave the kids and spouses at home)

In an effort to keep the cost at a level that makes it palatable for everyone, we are planning a bowling fundraiser this winter. Date and time TBA.

Any one interested in joining the committee is welcome.

RIP Gary Gordon

Paul Adler just informed me of this. I’ll be sending an update e-mail blast this weekend.

Gary S. Gordon
Gordon, Gary S., 47, of Sunrise, Florida passed away on November 22, 2008. Born to Edward and the late Judith Weltman Gordon in Cleveland, Ohio, he was employed by the City of Sunrise, Florida. He is survived by his father, Edward Gordon, and sister, Deborah Gordon of Tamarac, Florida. Graveside services today, Monday, November 24, 2008 at 1:45 pm at the Star of David Funeral Chapel, 7701 Bailey Road, North Lauderdale with Rabbi Jonathon Kaplan presiding. Interment follows on the grounds of Star of David Memorial Park Cemetery.
Published in the Sun-Sentinel on 11/24/2008

If anyone wants to share memories of Gary- please use the comments.

The clocktower needs a few more hands

Just trying to keep our tigers informed: The clock tower is in need of a facelift- and the alumni foundation is looking for donations- click the link to read more:

From several blocks away, the clock tower atop Cleveland Heights High School seems frozen in 1926, when builders raised it 92 feet above the farm fields and new subdivisions of one of Cleveland’s outermost suburbs.

The landmark is forever young, too, in the simple and graceful line drawing of the logo that graces the letterhead, Web pages and other officialdom of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District.

Get closer, though, and you will see the face is aged, and the venerable is vulnerable.

via Cleveland Heights alumni try to save school clock tower – Cleveland.com.

If anyone from the Cleveland Heights High School class of 1980 is donating or working on this- please comment below and fill us all in.

Me, I still remember when it had Mickey on the main face- and the time someone added a third leg to him for Senior Crazy Day.