Daily News from New York, New York on June 21, 1972 · 374
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Daily News from New York, New York · 374

New York, New York
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Wednesday, June 21, 1972
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00 CO ONLY HUMAN CROSSWORD PUZZLE CI I- 3S w Q W Q W W Q By SIDNEY FIELDS Once. Jack Gasnick relieved the day's pressures by creating such original jingles that he was known as the Limerick Laureate. Now he find? relief, and gets exercise and rare treasures to boot, as a backyard archeologist. Jack and his brother, Walter, run the busy Gasnick Hardware and Plumbing Supply shop at 9!2 Second Ave., founded by their father some fiO years ago. One day a leak from the cellar flowed into the backyard and Jack had to remove the shrubs to get it cleared up. He dug around, came up with bits of leather bridles, metal harness rings, a tremendous horseshoe with a cross bar, which he guessed was used on draft horses pulling big beer wagons, and hinged hand tongs, now decorating his own fireplace. "I got very curious about local backyards," said Jack, 54, gentle, handsome, with a store of nervous energy. "A neighbor, Charles Speiss, Jr., whose family lived around here for over 100 . years, had maps of the area, showing -where there were old stables, old breweries, sheds, kitchens, where artisans had their shops. I xeroxed the maps and began digging and learning." When Jack was jingling he won 250 out of 270 contests. His best known rhymes included: "Cross at the green, not in between . . . Pause at the red, in safety you will tread . . . Careful glances cut accident chances." He created the word "underlie" for flat females and rhymed, "Beautify with underlie. Falsify with underlie," thus adding "falsies" to the language. "The prizes were cash, bonds, candy, TV set3, radios, trips to Nevada and once a big Thanksgiving pudding," said Jack. "But they don't mean as much as digging up history. I've found hand forged tacks, a fine pocket watch, cruets, old tiles, a two cent piece, Indian head pennies, an 1880 quarter, jars, Indian arrow heads, fine cut glass, and a sausage stuffer. And just a few duors from the store here I found this." He held up a brace. "It's 100 years old, used for augers. From our maps I learned that 80 years ago there was a shed there where a man made decorations for churches and chapels. He made hand forged copper and iron nails, rasps and gimlets and gave me my best find. Twelve brass cast cherubs." Kight across the street from his shop he dug around a building while it was being remodelled and gathered old knives, a pie cutter and a pitter Tor pitting cherries, with Oct. 5, 1897 stamped on it. , "It was a home for newsboys back in the 1880s," Jack said. "The kitchen was in the backyard." On what was once an old picnic park on Second Ave. between 50th and 51st, he found cuff links, Jack Gasnick From hinges to sausage stuffers keys, and old coins. In the yard of a 150 year old house on E. 53rd, he harvested enough old bottles to make a rare collection.: patent medicines, whiskey, kitchen cordials, and a squarish seltzer bottle. "It was once a rooming house for musicians and singers," Jack said. In what was once a sausage factory between E. 45th and 46th Sts. Jack uncovered 12 agateware mugs marked U.S. Navy and dated 1870. He gave them to a neighbor who runs a seafood restaurant. His biggest find was five granite slabs taken from the site of the U.N. by a considerate builder who brought them to Jack's basement. When he found a sack full of Flit cans, Humble Oil added them to their "Americana" collection. When a house is being remodelled or one of Jack's construction firm customers, Fuller, Mitchell, Turner, Tishman, Uris, Kranichfeld, start excavating they tell him when they'll start and the next weekend Jack is off on a foray into history with his nephew Cary Cohn, 20. Cary has worked every summer in the shop since he was 14 and is now an anthropology major in State University at New Paltz. Jack's daughters are too busy to dig. Debbie, 21, is just married. Ellen, 24, ' is about to get her Master's in art therapy. - Jack and Cary make up to eight excursions every summer, from E. 10th St., to the 70s, and as far as Staten Island, where they've unearthed rusty pitchforks, wheels, cogs anil World War I medals with rotted ribbons. So much for the paths of glory. Cary, who seems to worship his uncle, whispered, "Jack bought about 28 little lots all around the city, some on Staten Island, so we can dig. "For a better reason," Jack said. "So I can have a tree on them and see leaves and, if I'm lucky, watch a squirrel running around." ACROSS 1 Color 6 Quirt 10 Market speculator 14 Bromide Eastern university Siouan Twelve Insect Legend Shrewd Settled Word of choice 25 Mystie poem 26 Florence's river 27 Water-logged 31 Handles 35 Workman 36, Clutter 38 Convened 39 Heraldic border 40 Whltecap 42 Prong - 43 Shoshonean Snge Each , Linger Atom smasher Italian city Hawaiian seaport 44 45 47 49 51 S3 51 Layer? of rock "7 Temple 5H Abstract being 61 Airplane naneuver 62 Flounce M Proverb 6G Poker Stake 67 Dossier 6 Sillv 69 lry 70 Cnter 71 Curved mo'dings DOWN 1 Youths 2 Image 2 Slow-moving 4 21 plus 5 Reprimand 6 Young swan 7 Degree 8 Palm leaf 9 Bib.irai fisherman " 10 The Hub 11 45th State 12 Theater box 13 Tragic king 22 Despot 21 Blackens 25 Domain 26 Bevt rages 27 Ale 28 Large artery 29 Doorkeeper 30 Corundum 32 Dogwood 33 Italian financial hou.se 3 1 Dutch painter 37 Former Russ:an leader 41 Nation 42 Bro 41 Small sac 46 Argumentative 48 Harvester 50 Place of ' worship 52 Pully candy 54 Strike 55 Inflection v 56 Repetition 57 Season 58 School test 59 Historic caravel 60 Pintail duck 63 Position of a golf hall 65 Some (Answer to puzzle on page 126) P P I4 I5 I6 I7 Is I 1 10 III 112 u 14 ' Ti i r 17 ii J5 " 21 22 23 24 27 2B 29 ' 30 " Ti 12 33 134 35 34 W J? 3 T IT """" T" j IT" 44 47 43 "" 49 SO " 51 52 "" 53 1 1 i 54 ST 56 sT St 5 IM M " 62 63 64 65 66 67 M I 69 70 71 I 1 1 1 L I I r?j FAMILY DOCTOR Mot All Children Are Suitable for Summer Camp By DR. THEODORE R. VAN DELLEN About 8 million American youngsters go l. camp every summer. A vacation of this type provides an adventure in fun, outdoor living, and a way to learn how to get along with other children. Boys and girls learn new skills and have the opportunity to observe the wonders of nature in fields and forests. Not all children are suitable camp material and not all camps are worthy of consideration. Parents must use their judgment after a thorough investigation of the program offered and the personnel operating the camp. Individual differences make one camp better than another. Parents must be conscientious about the selection; otherwise, the child might as well stay home. Resident and day camps for handicapped children offer treatment and advice, in addition to the usual camp activities. Few jobs are as rewarding and satisfying as working with these youngsters during the summer months. Invaluable Training - The child diabetic, for example, receives a liberal education on the disease he must live with for the rest of his life. This training is invaluable because the more he knows about his condition, the better he can care for himself. There are camps for children with orthopedic defects, cerebral palsy, heart disease, blindness, obesity, loss of hearing, or mental and emotional problems. The majority are careful in accepting candidates because they do not have the staff to care for.jthe more seriously handicapped. Some camps will take children with orthopedic handicaps provided they do not need a wheelchair. Others limit enrollment to youngsters who can climb one flight of stairs, dress themselves, and take care of their personal needs. . Camps for the exceptional child are found in almost every state. In this country, there are facilities also for diabetics, those with heart disease, the emotionally disturbed, victims of mental re tardation, and epileptics. There are resident camps for children with orthupvJic or neurologic disturbances, with speech and or hearing disorders, for the visually handicapped, and the socially maladjusted. ILL NOURISHED F. O. J. writes: Can a person who is fat be suffering from malnutrition? . REPLY: Yes. Obesity is considered a form of malnutrition. Dr. Van Dellen will answer questions regarding health and hygiene in this column and by mail. He will not make diagnoses or prescribe for individuals. Enclose stamped, self-addressed envelope and ad. dress to DR. THEODORE R. VAN DELLEN. THE NEWS. P.O. BOX 1452. GRAND CENTRAL S ' TI0N. NEW YORK. N.Y. 10017: ft to &mm) j L,

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