This picture was taken at homecoming game, I think, at Longwood High School in Suffolk County, New York, in the very early 1980’s. This would have been the site of the “old” high school, at the end of Smith Road on Longwood Road, and not the “new” school building to which we moved in the late 80’s.
The furry fella is our school mascot, the Longwood Lion; that off-putting lily-white waif you see is me. (God does not equally bless all children with pleasing appearances.) I think I still remember that gray sweatshirt, and the oversized black digital watch. (In the age before home computers, those cheap little doodads were considered a bit fancy.)
It’s a good thing I wasn’t smiling here. Roughly half my body weight at the time resulted from my oversized teeth and gums, and that was not a pretty thing to look at. My school picture could have redefined the term “Gummi” in a categorically horrible fashion. I looked like somebody had cross-bred a “‘Nilla Wafer” with Ridley Scott’s “Alien.” Or maybe crossbred John Carpenter’s “Village of the Damned” with David Cronenberg’s “The Fly.” I’m serious.