to honorRonald Marzlock Ronald's childhood was filled with detailed stories of early QueensCounty life provided by his grandfather who had been Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Rego Park Democratic Club and had saved all the ledgers covering their meeting back to 1929. Ronald eagerly read all the minutes and, by the age of 13, had become a walking encyclopedia on Rego Park history. As a little boy Ronald walked around grammar school with a small Kodak brownie bullet camera. He graduated to a Kodak Instamatic when he entered Forest Hills High School and recorded local history as it unfolded. Ronald noted that much attention had always been given to older neighborhoods of Queens like Long Island City, Flushing and Jamaica while areas of central Queens like Rego Park, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens and Kew Gardens Hills had been sadly neglected so Ronald and his Benjamin Cardozo High School History teacher Jeffrey Gottlieb started a grass roots movement to change things. In 1988 The Central Queens Historical Association was charted as an official non-profit historical society (it was later incorporated in 2004) and Ronald Marzlock was made Vice-President. Ronald and Jeff conducted street walking tours of Forest Hills Gardens, Kew Gardens and Rego Park, bringing to light much of these neighborhoods' rich history. Ronald and Jeff also produced cable TV photo history talk shows on Queens Public Television. In 1990 the editor of the newspaper The Queens Chronicle, Betty Cooney, asked Ronald to write a local history column on the popular culture and history of Queens County touching on all facets of Queens’ unique history each week. A weekly column "I HAVE OFTEN WALKED" was born and been running each week for 23 years. Ronald has never taken a cent for the hundreds of stories he has written. In the early 1990's, as older New York photographers retired and photo studios closed up, Ronald purchased their negatives. In a short time he had accumulated over 10,000 images and launched Icon Archives in October 1996. Ronald's library of local New York history images was represented by New York City photo stock house PHOTOFEST who leased the images which have since appeared in television documentaries, magazines and books. In 2007, in response to repeated requests for a book from his fans, Ronald combined his passions for writing and photography and composed a book titled: The NEW YORK WORLDS FAIRS 1939-40 and 1964-65. In next few years Ronald toured the senior centers and libraries with the book and a 200 image power point presentation on our New York Worlds Fairs. The "TOP ADVOCATES FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION & EDUCATION" AWARDS RECEPTION takes place on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 6pm to 8pm, at The Mansion at the Woodlands at Woodbury, One Southwoods Road, Woodbury, NY.To register or for more information, call Tracey Gittere at (516) 222-0550 or TGittere@LegendaryEvents.net Proceeds support the Oyster Bay Historical Society's important programs and services! The Oyster Bay Historical Society, http://www.oysterbayhistorical.org/, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a broad public interest in and awareness of the rich and distinctive history of the Town of Oyster Bay, to collect, preserve, and make accessible to everyone artifacts, books, documents, records, photographs, and other materials pertinent to the history and development of Oyster Bay and to stimulate and educate the community through exhibitions, programs, and publications designed to interpret our past, to reflect on our future, and to bring our history to life in the present.
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