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Re: Squiggy of Shirley and Laverne

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Posted by Sammy on Sunday, December 6th 2020:

In Reply to: Squiggy of Shirley and Laverne posted by Steve F on Sunday, December 6th 2020:

David Lander (Landau) grew up on Thwaites Place, a block north of Pelham Parkway, and a few blocks southwest of my home on Cruger Avenue in the Allerton/White Plains Road neighborhood. I was saddened to hear of his passing as I KNEW him when he was an 8 year old camper during the summer of 1955 at Camp Merrimont in the Catskills where I worked as a counselor. His older brother, Robert, was also a camper. Their father, Saul Landau, worked there as the director of all the camp musical shows. For those of you who attended James Monroe High School during the 1950s and 60s, you may have had Mr. Landau (Squiggy`s father) as your math teacher!

I have a huge photo of "Camp Merrimont 1955" showing all the campers, counselors and staff members. Little David "(Squiggy") is among the youngest campers sitting in the first row with their legs crossed. I am standing further back in the photo with everyone else.

Rest In Peace, David Lander, and may your memory be for a blessing. I am proud to have known you and your family!

Sammy L. Schwartz

Reference ID: BX89256


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