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Marie Maynard Daly, a pioneer in the chemistry field

Ivan Coakley Daly was born in Plymouth, Montserrat in the West Indies on July 3, 1897, a place that today no longer exists — made a ghost town after a volcano erupted in 1995.He immigrated to America, settled and married Helen Page on June 21, 1919, in Corona. Ivan, a postal clerk, was able to buy a house at 104-06 32 Ave. in Corona. Helen gave birth to a girl, Marie, on April 16, 1921. In December 1924, she gave birth to twin boys, Ivan Jr. and Arthur.

The Queens teen idol, Astoria’s ‘Kookie’ Byrnes
Posted: February 06, 2020

Augustus “Gus” Breitenberger Jr. married Mary Katherine Byrnes on July 3, 1932 — both only 20 years old. She gave birth to a son, Edward, less than three weeks later on July 20. Another son, Paul, followed in 1934.

Life was very hard for the boys as their father could not hold down a job, being affected with alcoholism.

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‘Maverick’ Jack Kelly began his ride in Astoria
Posted: January 30, 2020

The son of Irish immigrants, John Augustus Kelly Sr. was born in Lowell, Mass. on May 28, 1898.

After working as the caretaker for the famous Vesper Country Club, he came to New York City and met and married Annie Walsh, who was three years his senior, in June, 1920 in Queens.

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Pinup Marilyn Hanold, from Glendale to Hollywood
Updated: January 27, 2020 - 6:23 pm

Before becoming a Playboy playmate and a centerfold for the magazine, Marilyn Hanold grew up at 71-32 69 Place in Glendale. She was born on June 9, 1938, the second of six children, to Margaret Bannach and George Charles Hanold Jr.

Her father was born on July 8, 1906, on Bleecker Street in Ridgewood. He was the only son of German immigrant parents, and they and his three younger sisters lived crammed together in a small apartment. Upon graduation from high school, he joined the NYPD, where he eventually rose to the rank of detective lieutenant. After marrying Margaret in 1932, he bought the Glendale home for his family of eight.

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Robert Moog’s love was ‘synthesized’ in Flushing
Posted: January 16, 2020

George Conrad Moog was born in Brooklyn on Nov. 10, 1904. After graduating college, he entered the National Guard in April 1926 and was honorably discharged in May 1929. Back in Brooklyn, he met and fell in love with Shirleigh Jacobs. They married in September 1930 in Brooklyn. She gave birth to a baby boy, Robert Arthur Moog, on May 23, 1934.

George worked as an electrical engineer for Con Edison in Queens and moved his family to a brand-new 1,475 square-foot Cape Cod style bungalow at 51-09 Parsons Blvd. in Flushing in 1936.

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Thursday 01/09/2020
Former CIA Director Tenet grew up in Little Neck
Posted: January 09, 2020

John Tenet was born in Albania on May 5, 1907. He toiled in the La Houve coal mines in France before immigrating to the United States in 1928.

Tenet discovered he had a talent for cooking and became a chef. U.S. Census records show he had an eighth-grade education, and his options were limited.

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Thursday 01/02/2020
Singer Melanie started off in Tudor-style Sunnyside
Updated: January 02, 2020 - 1:52 pm

Frederick Safka, the 22-year-old son of Ukrainian immigrants, married Pauline (though everyone called her Polly) Altomare, 20, the daughter of an Italian fabric-pattern cutter, in 1946.

A year later, on Feb. 3, a baby girl they named Melanie — named for Frederick’s mother, Melainia — was born. The new family moved into a beautiful English Tudor building at 48-17 39 Place in Sunnyside, on a dead-end block where it would be safe for kids to play.

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Thursday 12/26/2019
DKNY founder Donna Karan’s life in Kew Gardens
Posted: December 26, 2019

Fashion designer Donna Karan’s story begins with her grandfather, Israel Faskowitz, who was born on May 20 1874 in Russia. He came to America in 1891, but didn’t become a citizen until 1923, years after he and his wife, Bella, had two children — a daughter, Miriam, and a son, Gabby. Gabby, born in 1900, loved the clothing business and became a successful haberdasher in Manhattan. He shortened his last name to Faske, and married one of his models named Helen, known in the industry as “Queenie,” who was 20 years his junior.

They moved to a new luxury building with wraparound brick balconies at 123-35 82 Road in Kew Gardens. They were blessed with abeautifulbaby girl in October 1948 whom they named Donna Ivy Faske. Gabby suddenlydied in May 1952 at age 52. Public records show Donna’s mother remarried Harold Flaxman in 1953, and Donna joined the two in moving out to Woodmere, LI.

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