Kittatinny’s Totem Pole

January 15, 2011 at 5:03 pm (Kittatinny Camp)

From the internet comes this terrific picture of  KLC alums, Lori Beck and Wendy Marcus, at the Totem Pole:

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Kittatinny Camp’s Gary Gross Passes Away

December 11, 2010 at 3:37 pm (Kittatinny Camp)


Garry Gross in the 2010 Legacies Photo GalleryNEW YORK (AP) — Garry Gross, a fashion photographer known for his 1970s nude images of Brooke Shields, taken when she was 10 years old, has died in Manhattan, his sister said Tuesday. He was 73.

His sister, Linda Gross, said he died Nov. 30 from a heart attack at his home in the Greenwich Village neighborhood. “He’ll be sorely missed by family and friends alike,” his sister said when reached by The Associated Press by telephone at his studio.

Though Garry Gross earned his reputation as a celebrity image-maker — his pictures graced the covers of albums by Whitney Houston and Lou Reed — in 2002 he switched careers and became certified as a dog trainer.

Most recently, he had turned to photographing portraits of canines, including such notable dogs as talk show host Rachael Ray’s pit bull Isaboo.

But it was the 1970s images of Shields that marked his career most significantly.

In 1975, the actress’ mother, Teri Shields, consented to allow her daughter, then a child model, to be photographed nude for a Playboy Press publication. She and her mother earned $450 for the shoot, which included a full-frontal nude image of the girl standing in a bathtub. When Shields’ acting career took off years later, she said she was embarrassed by the continued circulation of the images. At 17, Shields sued Gross in New York to stop him from selling the images, arguing they were an invasion of her privacy and caused her embarrassment.

But after a lower court granted her an injunction, the state’s Court of Appeals decided 4 to 3 that the teenager could not break the contract signed by her mother that allowed Gross to take the pictures.

The court said Gross could continue to market the photos except to pornographic publications.

The photo shoot continued to make headlines decades later. In 2009, one of the images, appropriated by American artist Richard Prince for a work, had to be withdrawn by the Tate Modern museum in London after Scotland Yard warned that the image could break obscenity laws.

Jane Feldman, who managed the studio on Broadway and East 20th Street where the photographs of Shields were taken, said they were part of a series intended to explore young women coming of age.

“Garry saw it as art,” she said. “It’s an exploration, but it was done with great respect,” she added. “Yes, it’s intriguing, it’s provocative.”

But she said the protracted court battle cost him his career, saddling him with legal fees and marring his reputation among art directors.

“He went through periods of times where he was really angry about it,” she said.

Gross was born in New York City on Nov. 6, 1937. After college, he studied under photographers Francesco Scavullo, Lisette Model and Richard Avedon.

After winning the court case against Shields in 1981, Gross went to Italy, where he worked for an agency. Upon returning to the U.S., he left the fashion industry and became a dog trainer in 2002.

It was while training dogs that he became interested in photographing them and soon grew interested in the plight of senior dogs, his sister said.

“He was very concerned about the destiny of old dogs,” Linda Gross said. “When their owners die, they end up in shelters. But people don’t typically want to take them home.”

She said he had hoped to produce a book about aging dogs and had taken many photographs for the yet-unpublished work.

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press

Here’s Brooke:


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Helen Does Chicago

December 6, 2010 at 10:51 am (Kittatinny Camp)

KLC”s Helen Pearson Friedman readies for winter in Chicago.

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KLCers Meet In Arizona

August 16, 2010 at 2:50 pm (Kittatinny Camp)

Helen Pearson contributes this picture of her, and Fran Ehrenberg, taken a few months ago.

It occurs to me that this blog is the closest thing to The Klarion, going. Gawd, I love re-connecting with ya’ll!!

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Kittatinny’s Craig Pearson…

July 5, 2010 at 4:15 pm (Kittatinny Camp)

… with his terrific Grandchildren.

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KLC Mini Reunion

June 27, 2010 at 4:06 pm (Kittatinny Camp)

Five decades later, Dick Berk and Helen Pearson Freidman recently got together for a mini reunion. Very cool.

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KLC’s Barbara Burton Stewart And Dick Berk

June 12, 2010 at 2:53 pm (Kittatinny Camp)

Theses pictures warms my heart.

Barbara Burton Stewart and family…

… and Dick Berk and grandchild:

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KLC Pictures From Chuck Rait

March 7, 2010 at 8:07 pm (Kittatinny Camp)

These arrived this week from Chuck.

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Kittatinny Camp [West]

February 1, 2010 at 9:34 am (Kittatinny Camp)

I spent a terrific day Sunday with my ol’ Kittatinny Camp mate, Chuck Rait!!

I got to meet his lovely wife, Suzanne, and two of his children, Ben and Liz.

Bob Ramsey’s tattoos, “The Dell,” Joel Mulyava Day… and scores of  campers, waiters, CITs, busboys, councellors, and camp administrators were discussed.

Here are some pics. Many more, from back in “the day,” to follow.

Back row , L to R is Tillia Segal, Bruce Neustadt, Gary Kauffman, Irv Klein, (?). Middle row L to R : (?) Dick Berk, Stave cabot, Bob Berk. Front row Craig Pearson and Herbie Wollowick. Most of these are from Bunk 36 in 1957

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‘Tis The Season… Here’s The Reason

December 18, 2009 at 12:55 pm (Kittatinny Camp, Unzipped Thoughts)

This was forwarded to me by the good Dr. Richard Berk, of Kittatinny Camp fame :-). It so captures it all!!


If anyone asks you what the difference is between Christmas and Chanukah, you will know what and how to answer!

1. Christmas is one day, same day every year, December 25. Jews also love December 25th . It’s another paid day off work. We go to movies and go out for Chinese food and Israeli dancing. Chanukah is 8 days. It starts the evening of the 24th of Kislev, whenever that falls. No one is ever sure. Jews never know until a non-Jewish friend asks when Chanukah starts, forcing us to consult a calendar so we don’t look like idiots. We all have the same calendar, provided free with a donation from the World Jewish Congress , the kosher butcher, or the local Sinai Memorial Chapel (especially in Florida) or other Jewish funeral home.

2. Christmas is a major holiday. Chanukah is a minor holiday with the same theme as most Jewish holidays. They tried to kill us, we survived, let’s eat.

3. Christians get wonderful presents such as jewelry, perfume, stereos….Jews get practical presents such as underwear, socks, or the collected works of the Rambam.

4. There is only one way to spell Christmas. No one can decide how to spell Chanukah , Chanukkah, Chanukka, Channukah, Hanukah , Hannukah, etc.

5. Christmas is a time of great pressure for husbands and boyfriends. Their partners expect special gifts. Jewish men are relieved of that burden. No one expects a diamond ring on Chanukah.

6. Christmas brings enormous electric bills.Wax candles are used for Chanukah. Not only are we spared enormous electric bills, but we get to feel good about not contributing to the energy crisis.

7. Christmas carols are beautiful…Silent Night, Come All Ye Faithful….Chanukah songs are about dreidels made from clay or having a party and dancing the hora. Of course, we are secretly pleased that many of the beautiful carols were composed and written by our tribal brethren. And don’t Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond sing them beautifully?

8. A home preparing for Christmas smells wonderful. The sweet smell of cookies and cakes baking. Happy people are gathered around in festive moods. A home preparing for Chanukah smells of oil, potatoes, and onions. The home, as always, is full of loud people all talking at once.

9. Parents deliver gifts to their children during Christmas mornings. Jewish parents have no qualms about withholding a gift on any of the eight nights.

10. The players in the Christmas story have easy to pronounce names such as Mary, Joseph, and Jesus. The players in the Chanukah story are Antiochus , Judah Maccabee, and Matta whatever. No one can spell it or pronounce it. On the plus side, we can tell our friends anything and they believe we are wonderfully versed in our history.

11. Many Christians believe in the virgin birth. Jews think, “Joseph, you shmuck, snap out of it. Your woman is pregnant, you didn’t sleep with her, and now you want to blame God. Here’s the number of my shrink.”

12. In recent years, Christmas has become more and more commercialized. The same holds true for Chanukah , even though it is a minor holiday. It makes sense. How could we market a major holiday such as Yom Kippur? Forget about celebrating. Think observing. Come to synagogue, starve yourself for 27 hours, become one with your dehydrated soul, beat your chest, confess your sins, a guaranteed good time for you and your family. Tickets a mere $200 per person.

Happy Chanukah!

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