Noteworthy grads

October 18, 2012

Noteworthy graduates: Scott Adler, Merchant Marine officer

His rank — Second Mate Unlimited Tonnage Upon the Oceans — entitles merchant mariner Scott Adler to ship out on any size vessel anywhere in the world, as long as his union, the Marine Engineers Benevolent Association, approves the job and clears it with the U.S. Coast Guard.

September 6, 2012

Noteworthy graduates: John Eric Parker, Broadway actor/singer

John Eric Parker’s journey from Crown Heights to the bright lights has been as difficult as that of any actor trying to make it on Broadway. But Parker had a big advantage. He connected with teachers who believed in him.

June 14, 2012

Noteworthy graduates: Antonio Fargas, actor

Antonio Fargas, who graduated from Manhattan’s HS of Fashion Industries in 1965, helped raised close to $10,000 for a scholarship fund at the school. His career has spanned more than 40 years, including a host of roles in film (“Shaft,” “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” and “Car Wash”) on stage and on television, including “Everybody Hates Chris” and as Huggy Bear on “Starsky & Hutch.” 

May 10, 2012

Noteworthy graduates: Lloyd Gayle, reconstructive plastic surgeon

In Dr. Lloyd Gayle’s lexicon, a padded envelope means grafted muscle wrapped around bone with a cushion of healthy tissue, a procedure that must be done before an orthopedic team can get to work. He will soon make such an envelope on a Haitian boy whose leg was crushed in the 2010 earthquake.

April 5, 2012

Noteworthy graduates: Ken Kobland, indie filmmaker

He wears black, lives and has a studio in the Bowery, has shot films in Europe, has more than a dozen edgy films to his name and many film festival awards to his credit — yet Ken Kobland just can’t escape his Bronx roots. Not that he’s trying to anymore.

March 8, 2012

Noteworthy graduates: Betty Lugo, founder, first NY law firm run by Hispanic women

Her first job was doing piecework at home with her mother, gluing rhinestones on buttons. Today, she has proclamations from the state and city on her office walls, recognizing Pacheco & Lugo as the first New York law firm owned by Hispanic women.

February 2, 2012

Noteworthy graduates: Pastor Horace Michael

Jordan’s river “is deep and wide,” as the African-American spiritual goes. Pastor Horace Michael’s roots in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant are also deep and wide, touching many families and several generations. A student at PS 93, then at JHS 194, Michael graduated from Boys and Girls HS in 1979 and won a UFT Shanker Scholarship award.

December 22, 2011

Noteworthy graduates: Audrey Vernick, children’s book author

“I have a freakishly clear memory of elementary school. It’s a sickness, remembering all the kids’ names and even their size order in line; only the tallest boys were in the color guard, and I, who was small, thought it was so the flag wouldn’t droop on the ground. I remember every teacher and what made each one unique.”

November 10, 2011

Noteworthy graduates: Scott Ian, guitarist

Living out many dreams in his long career, Scott Ian, the lead and rhythm guitarist of Anthrax, has sold over 10 million albums, received multiple Grammy nominations, played for audiences worldwide and hosted shows on VH1. But in September, 30 years after founding the seminal heavy metal band, Ian got to fulfill a childhood fantasy when he took the stage at Yankee Stadium for a homecoming concert in front of 50,000 fans.

October 13, 2011

Noteworthy graduates: Richard Steier, editor, The Chief

Investigative reporter and editor at The Chief for over 20 years, Richard Steier is the city’s go-to guy for all things labor, a walking encyclopedia of the city’s unions, their histories and current struggles.

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