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Hackensack Discussion / Coast Automotive
« on: May 22, 2008, 01:28:56 AM »

Before it moved to S. State St, it was on Main St across from the court house. Around the corner a few doors up on Essex St was the best car wash around, but I don't remember its name.

Anybody know it (or even remember it)?

Hackensack Discussion / Anybody remember this car?
« on: May 03, 2008, 01:37:27 AM »
"Prix-fection" - a jacked-up, customized 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix - was my baby and was ALWAYS cruising up and down Main St. This was taken in the Fairmount Diner parking lot in the summer of 1968.

Hackensack Discussion / Hackensack/YouTube
« on: February 28, 2008, 01:40:13 AM »
Go to YouTube and enter "Hackensack". There are over 700 videos. There's a lot of Fountains of Wayne and School of Rock to wade through, but you can find some interesting nuggets, such as a boat rescue during the flood on North Main (with a laughing commentator), the dancing guy on Anderson & River, fires and the HFD, Pascack Valley Line trains, high school stuff, the Main St Festival, etc.

Hackensack Discussion / The Hunger Site
« on: November 22, 2007, 12:51:49 AM »
Each year on Thanksgiving, I post this request at the various groups/lists/forums I belong to.

For the last 6 or 7 years, the first site I visit each day is I hope you will too, if you don't already.

Just click on the "Click Here For Free" button once a day and you donate food. That's it - there's nothing else you have to do and no one will ever contact you. It takes two seconds.

If it was a hassle, I wouldn't bother. This is the easiest and laziest way I've ever found to do some good for those who need it.


"The Home Afloat or The Boy Trappers of the Hackensack"

Local life on and by the Hackensack River about 140 years ago:

or just search eBay item number: 130145900004   
It's written for the younger reader, but adults will find it interesting too............well, at least I did. It's a good deal for a buck (current price).

Hackensack Discussion / Humor on the Hacky
« on: June 24, 2007, 01:25:15 PM »
At about 11am today, I could see the sun glistening off the low-tide sandbars of the Hackensack River at Kipp's Bend, just north of Foschini Park. At noon, I watched from my living room as a couple of rocket scientists (2M, 1F) spent a half-hour trying to free their 2 Skidoos from the barely-covered muck.

I had never seen anyone walk nearly across the river before. And while one guy was doing that, the woman, who was in water that was barely up to her shins, had problems maintaining verticality..........often.

Lots of frustration and glop on their end and lots of YouTube-worthy moments viewed on this end.

Free Classifieds and Announcements / Coming Soon...........
« on: June 12, 2007, 12:36:02 AM » a former Fairmount Diner near you:

"Fairmount Eats"

Hackensack Discussion / The Hunger Site - Just Click a Button
« on: November 22, 2006, 07:02:07 PM »
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

Every year I post this on the lists I belong to. This is something I do first thing when I get online every day and it's the easiest thing in the world to do.

Just make a daily visit to and click on the "Help Feed The Hungry" button - that's it!

By doing this, you donate 1.1 cups of food to feed the hungry. There's nothing else to do, nothing to join, no expenses, and no one connected with this site will ever contact you.

What could be easier?

Hackensack Discussion / Hackensack Fireworks' 15 Minutes of Fame
« on: July 02, 2006, 07:59:58 PM »
Was it my imagination or were the fireworks, abbreviated?

Perhaps it was so much fun that time just flew by.

Hackensack Discussion / Today's "Education"
« on: June 13, 2006, 01:35:01 PM »
This was forwarded to me by someone employed by the Hackensack School system:

<< Remember when our grandparents, great-grandparents, and such stated that they only had an 8th grade education?

Well, check this out.

This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 in Salina, KS, USA. It was taken from the  original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society and  Library in Salina, KS, and reprinted by the Salina Journal.


Grammar (Time, one hour)

1. Give nine rules for the use of Capital Letters.
2. Name the  Parts of Speech and define those that have no Modifications.
3. Define Verse, Stanza and  Paragraph.
4. What are the Principal  Parts of a verb? Give Principal Parts of lie, lay and run.
5. Define Case, illustrate each Case.
6. What is  Punctuation? Give  rules for principal marks of Punctuation.
7. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

Arithmetic  (Time, 1.25 hours)

1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
2. A wagon box is 2 ft deep, 10  feet long, and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it  hold?
3. If a load of wheat weighs 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, deducting  1050lbs. for tare?
4. District No. 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
5. Find cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.
6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7  percent.
7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12  inches wide and 16 ft. long at $20 per meter?
8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10  percent.
9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance around which is 640 rods?
10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt.

U. S. History (Time, 45 minutes)

1. Give the epochs into which U. S. History is divided.
2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus.
3. Relate the  causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
4. Show the territorial growth  of the  United States.
5. Tell what you  can of the history of Kansas.
6. Describe three of the most prominent battles  of the Rebellion.
7. Who were the following:  Morse, Whitney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn, and Howe?
8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, 1865.

Orthography  (Time, one hour)

1. What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication?
2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?
3. What  are the following, and give examples  of each: Trigraph, sub vocals, diphthong, cognate letters,  linguals?
4. Give four substitutes for caret 'u'.
5. Give two rules for spelling words with final 'e.' Name two exceptions under each rule.
6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate  each.
7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: bi, dis, mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, sup
8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last.
9. Use  the following correctly in sentences: cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane, vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.
10. Write 10 words frequently  mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication.

Geography  (Time, one  hour)

1. What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?
2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas?
3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?
4. Describe the mountains of North America.
5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall &Orinoco.
6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S.
7. Name all the republics of Europe and give the capital of each.
8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?
9. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.
10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give the inclination of the earth.

Also notice that the exam took five hours to complete. Gives the saying "she/he only had an 8th grade education" a whole new meaning, doesn't it?

What happened to us? It is kind of humbling, isn't it? >>

Hackensack Discussion / Oddservation
« on: May 10, 2006, 03:51:46 PM »
This will only apply today and maybe tomorrow, but I just glanced at "Recent Posts" and noticed these two startling subjects:

"211 Passaic Street DESTROYED by ericmartindale"

"211 Passaic Street DESTROYED by Editor"

Shame on both of you two pyromaniacs!  ;)

Hackensack History / Main St. Memories
« on: February 01, 2006, 05:11:14 PM »
I used to cruise the drag from about 1964-1969 and remember when it was PACKED on Thursday nights from the court house to Sears and beyond, with many cars having New York plates. Generally, we'd make a bunch of orbits (two-way street then) between the library and the court house and after every dozen or so, it was time to go to McDonald's in River Edge. This process was repeated over and over, finally ending with my friends finishing the evening by hanging out at the Fairmount Diner (Fran the waitress!). Of course, we wore our Nicky Newark jackets from Kartch's.

I had (among others) a jacked-up, customized '63 Grand Prix with a name painted on the sides of the front quarters ("Prix-fection") AND a '64 Chevy Impala Super Sport at the same time.

One night, a Hackensack cop stopped me for a loud glasspack muffler on the Prix and yelled that he "didn't want to see this car on Main St again tonight". "Yes sir, officer", as I went home and came back with the Super Sport and smiled at the cop.

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