On Friday, October 11, 2013, at the old Purdys Central School building located on Route 22, Purdys, NY, the Bob Field '63 produced, written and narrated video "One More Day - Central Remembers" had its premiere in the school's auditorium.
An estimated 150-180 people from North Salem Township (NY) and alumni from both Purdys Central High and North Salem High schools attended. Great applause and appreciation was expressed by the audience, with kudos to both "masters of ceremony": Bob Field '63 and Purdy Outhouse '59. Purdy was a co-producer and a force behind locating people to be interviewed on-camera. Although not present at the premiere due to previous commitments, kudos must be given to Ned Juengst '60 who originated the idea (at the combined Purdys Central and North Salem High all-classes-to-1967-or-so 2012 Reunion) as reported in the North Salem Voice article of Feb. 2013 - a video to capture some of the spirit of the 1940s and 1950s that lives on in the alumni of Purdys Central High and the residents of North Salem.
Bob Field holding his prized two school (Purdys Central High & North Salem High) sports jacket. Only 6 ever existed.
The exceptionally engaging narration written and narrated by Bob Field painted vignettes of life in North Salem through the 1940s and 1950s and included selected interviews with Purdys Central High students of that period. Photographs from the school memorabilia web site www.PurdysCentralHigh.com, created by Pier "Peter" Guidi's '62, helped bring life to the film as many in the audience lived through and had fond memories of those years which were now on-screen.
The video was funded by donations from Purdys Central High alumni, others with an attachment to North Salem, and a more-than-significant personal grant from Bob Field himself. We are most grateful to Bob for his talents, and, especially to Bob and all others who contributed in many ways to make this video possible.
In his closing remarks, Bob enticed the audience with the idea that another, longer, more historically oriented video is lurking in his and other's minds, and that work may begin soon collecting histories, stories and other materials from the residents and students of North Salem.
Text and photos by Pier "Peter" Guidi '62 (Nov. 2013)
Courtesy of Pier "Peter" Guidi '62 (Nov. 2013)
All photos at this event by Pier "Peter" Guidi '62
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