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Caren Rovics
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posted: 11/29/2005 at 12:11:49 PM ET
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Responding to the 69-72 attendee. I too was there during that time. Have no recollection of most of the extra cirricular activities, though it was apparent to all that drug usage by students was an open activity. Frank Mosier also had a life impacting influence on my life. By taking the time to read my writing and care about the the person I was struggling to become, I took from that experience an identity that resulted in steering my life to a road of success and personal fulfillment. I too would not recommend the school to my children, but, for a money strapped teen looking for an alternate way to a new future, Quintano's certainly fit the bill.

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Fav. BP Character: Rose/The Witch
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posted: 2/5/2006 at 1:11:04 PM ET
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Here's Bernadette's bio from the Mack & Mabel playbill:

Bernadette Peters (Mabel Normand) recieved the most glowing of imaginable critical notices for her tap dancing and singing as Ruby in the original New York production of Dames at Sea. She went on to win acclaim for her performance as the tragicomic waif in La Strada and as Hildy, the sexy cab driver, in the recent production of On the Town, winning a Tony Award nomination for that portrayal. Bernadette made her debut on-and became a regualr of-the Horn & Hardart Children's Hour at the age of five and has been performing professionally ever since. Her first stage apperance was in the New York City Center prodcutions of The Most Happy Fella, followed by the role of Agnes in the national company of Gypsy. In 1966, Bernadette was nominated for the Vernon Rice Award for her New Yrok performance in the musical, The Penny Friend, and was voted one of the "most promising new actresses of the season" by the New York Drama Critics for her contribution to Johnny No-Trump. She created the Alice Faye role in the off-Broadway production of Curly MeDimple, then returned to broadway as Josie Cohan in George M! Her first motion picture, Ace Eli and Rodgers of the Skies, was released last spring and she recently completed The Longest Yard with Burt Reynolds, Bernadette has stared on many television shows, most recently with Carol Burnett in Once Upon a Mattress. She appeared last season as Doreen in Tartuffe at Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre. In New Yrok she studies acting with David Legrant.

"Oh no, you won't. No, not a chance. No arguements, shut up and dance." -You'll Never Get Away From Me

"And if it wasn't for me then where would you be Miss Gypsy Rose Lee?" -Rose's Turn

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posted: 3/19/2006 at 1:35:14 PM ET
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I invite you to visit the new web site for Quintano's alumni.
We are trying to organize an online community for old friends with the hope of a reunion in 2007. I hope to hear from anyone who attended or has information.

Quintano's School for Young Professionals

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posted: 9/26/2008 at 7:51:08 AM ET
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I also went to Quintano's SFYP in,1969.The band members (some I guess)from the Left bank(walk away Renee)were attending at that time

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Fav. BP CD: Sondheim etc. etc.Live At Carnegie Hall

posted: 10/5/2008 at 1:57:40 PM ET
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    To futuremamarose87:
    I know you probably asked your question about Bernadette's "hangouts" in all youthful innocence and exuberance, but we really are quite sensitive to the appearance of stalking or other improprieties that we may read about on this board.

    We are her fans, not here to annoy or otherwise scare her but to support her. Please take this advice to heart and be careful about asking inappropriate questions.

    I am also copying from the FAQ section of this site:

    "Where's the best place to meet her?
    Posted by stacy122685; last updated 7/8/2003.

    The very best place to meet her is at the stage door after her performance. Many fans gather there after performances to get autographs, pictures taken etc. When posting on the message boards, it is strongly recommended that questions that invade Ms. Peters' privacy--must not be asked.--We thank you in advance for your cooperation."
Now if you want to see a great invasion of privacy
check out this Helena Bonham Carter fansite:
some of the thing said on this sight are quite creepy and stalkerish.

bernadette kisses regis.
regis flinches.
"regis you're atwitter"

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posted: 4/11/2009 at 2:11:21 AM ET
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It was a great school. Francine's was the best greasy spoon around and overall it offered what you wanted. If you wanted to learn, you could.

There is a lot to say about Quintano's.
The place was surreal. There were ashtrays in some classrooms and the recreation area which consisted of a ping pong table 2 bathrooms and some chairs was where people gathered, played music, ping pong (very serious) and smoked pot.

It was not a free for all. There were rules and everyone pretty much got along.

The teachers spanned from world class (Frank Mosier) to the bizarre Prof Smith who openly dated many young girls and went to jail for the largest Hash bust in history, a barge on the Hudson with tons of Hash on it.

It was a different age. My graduation was at "Tavern on The Green" and I know for sure at least 1/4 lb of Cocaine was consumed that afternoon by the students, parents, and some teachers.

At the school 3 guys were allowed to control the "soft" drug market in exchange for acting as an unofficial security detail. I was one of the three.

Our Senior class trip was to Rye's Playland an amusement park about an hour away from midtown. It took us 4 hours to get there because the bus driver was overcome by the fumes from a mixture of grass, hash, coke, and Heroin that was being smoked on the bus by the Senior class. He had to pull over a few times and straighten up.

One teacher "now a prominent Attorney" took the class to Central Park for a day nature walk and brought a brown paper bag with about an ounce of pot rolled into joints that he distributed as soon as we entered the park which was only a few blocks away.

Prof Donahue was dating a female Senior and a male Junior who were best friends to this day and did not know they were both dating.

That male Junior is now an artist in soho. Jis then girlfriend who was the daughter of the CEO of General motors is now a Judge in a high circuit court in the North East.

Three of Abbie Hoffman's unofficial wives attended Quintanos, as did Andres Segovia's daughter.

The School was upstairs from a Yamaha Piano store and Segovia's storefront.

One final story.
In 1971 about half the school went to a 3 day concert in Puerto Rico "Mar y Sol"
There were about 40 bands, many greats, and about 100 thousand young people in Vega Baja Puerto Rico. Almost nobody came back to school that year. The concert was in late spring. I stayed with anumber of people there for 3 months some are still there.

The father of one student was the promoter and he absconded with a bunch of money from the concert.

Even with all that I managed to get an academic Diploma and had an 88 avg. I went on to different Colleges and wound up in Market Research and later Computer Science Computer Science. I now do research in Physics and I'm the inventor of a sound enhancement technology.

I attribute my success in life in part to Frank Mosier who turned his classroom into a life preparation lab for those who would listen to him. He pulled me aside one day and spoke with me for about an hour about my plans for life and choice of friends.

The three lucky guys I mention above were, Me, a now very influencial baptist preacher and congregation leader, and the third was a cabbie last I heard.

Quintano's was a place where you went if you did not do well in traditional schools and your parents (or you) could afford 2 - 3 k per year.

It originated as a correspondance school for actors in the 1800's.

Mr. Quintano was a kind and gentle aristocrat with very progressive ideas. The teachers were all qualified and all worked very hard.

I know today this school would be razed and the faculty thrown in the klink, but I know that at least for me it was a life saving alternative, and a first step toward becoming an effective adult.

Would I send my kids there today? No not today, but back in the 70's I would have sent all my 5 kids there.

Best to you all
....(You figure it out)

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posted: 4/11/2009 at 2:14:46 AM ET
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I went there the same years as you did. I remember all the things you said. But, if you look up the school information it says that it was called Jose Quintano's . Who was Jose? Also the school was less expesnive than you said. It was more like $500.00 a year.

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posted: 6/11/2009 at 4:04:54 PM ET
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I would like to interview people who went to Quintano's for a book. I'm especially interested in the relationship between the school and the early glam scene. If anyone has photos of Syl Sylvain, Billy Murcia, Dorian Zero, Stephen Tyler, Rick Derringer or any of the other musicians that went to Quintano's, I would love to see them and hopefully, publish them.



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posted: 10/13/2010 at 12:50:54 PM ET
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I graduated Quintano's in 1971 and have the fondest memories of "Francines" greasy spoon across the street from school. I traveled three hours a day, round trip, to attend two and a half hours of classes. When I tell a story about my high school experience, I feel as though the listener thinks that I am embellishing. I really appreciated Mr. Frank Moser and will never forget his ceremony of getting his cup of tea ready. My diploma actually has my "stage name" on it....during school hours I went by a stage name, once back home to Staten Island, I reverted back to my given name....a little schizo, but it worked for me. I passed geometry because me and all my classmates chipped in and gave the teacher a dime bag of pot. There were a lot of students that went on the roof to sniff glue....I wasn't one of them. I did the Garbo thing and hit Francines every day and sat by myself with my cup of tea, my Antonio and Cleopatra little cigars, and a grilled corn muffin. I had a few friends in my last year of school and would enjoy knowing what became of them. I myself never pursued a career in "Show Biz"...I have explored my entrepreneurial side, more often than not, and in my 50's decided to retool myself and went on to school to train as a Barber. I opened my own two chair Barber Shop a little less than 4 months ago and am as happy has a clam. I still have that Garbo thing going, and although I no longer smoke, I can still feel that first drag of an A and C little cigar.

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posted: 10/21/2014 at 10:00:30 PM ET
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I also went to Quintanos in 1967 on. I did NOT fit in the mainstream. And although I had/have a high IQ, I did have Dyslexia which hampered me in mainstream schools. I went from failing all subjects to at the top of my class once at Quintanos. Their teaching methods were far more creative and visual, which was synergistic with Dyslexia.

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I went there from 65 - 66, my senior year of high school. I had gone to PCS (Professional Children's School) before my father transferred me to Quintano's where I did much better as a student than at the more formal PCS. I love going there (Q's). I had Mr Mosier for English and excelled in his class where he encouraged independent study. I also had Mr Q for History and like him a lot as a teacher, person and administrator. Also there was Mr. Gunderson and Mr. Gamberessi (sp?) who taught French and was a real tightass. The other students were great; we ran the gamut from the studious to the rebellious. We all fit in!!! Graduation was at Tavern on the Green as others have mentioned but nobody was obviously high. I miss those days. Now I am a 67 year old college teacher (visual and performing arts) in CUNY and am about to retire. I have not worked in show biz for decades but did follow acting with some talent agency and casting work. Oh Brooke Adams was in my class and she was nice but we weren't friends. It has all gone by very quickly!!!!!

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