Updated November 7, 2006
Mackay Stories, p.14
May 20, 2006

    Your site is fabulous and I have no doubt it will add tremendous enjoyment to many Roslynites who discover it.

    I got lost in your site for a very pleasant afternoon of reminiscing over my childhood, which included many happy days spent on the Mackay Estate.  I lived on Salem Road, in Strathmore and my house backed onto Harbor Hill Road directly across from the estate.  My brothers and I still have a great deal of nostalgia for it.  I know several of the people that have posted messages here, and even took the time to get back in touch with Peggy Regan Castle, who graduated from RHS the same year I didn't.  I say didn't, as I was a '66 grad, but not from RHS, as I got kicked out the prior year.  Peggy's uncle, the much revered Renny Witzig, was a strong influence on my life and was one of the reasons I made it as far as I did at RHS.  Bill Martin has often told me of his adventures on the estate, and we all have talked of many memories in its regard.  Another one that pops into my mind is one of the horse statues, which have been more than adequately detailed on your site.  The statue at RHS which is in such disrepair now, had been restored to its full glory by the sculptor father of Peter and Sue Gach, denizens of Roslyn Heights for many years.  I could go on for days with my reminiscing over the Mackay Estate, but my fondest memory is of the day we took our babcha (grandmother) up to the estate and tried to loose her.  She actually beat us back home and then proceeded to beat us at home.  I think my brother Carl got the worst of that encounter.

                                                                                                                           Ken Merena, Draper, Utah
What follows will be of particular interest to present and former residents of Roslyn, New York.
Left to right: 1. Cynthia Shub, 2. Ken Merena, 3. Herb Slutsky and 4. Merri Hollander shown during the first Roslyn High School  gala class reunion at the Roslyn "Duck Pond" in 2000.
Cynthia Shub has featured this Clarence Mackay website on the lead page of this Roslyn High Alumni page. Click here to view:  www.roslynhigh.com/ Thanks Cyn!
Ken Merena has written a story that will amaze you. Ever thought about going 30 miles in 9 minutes? How about on a motorcycle?  Click here for the details.
    Ken (see his comment at top of this page) has been one of the primary organizers of the big, multiple class gala reunions that have been successfully held beginning in 2000 down at the "Duck Pond" as most of us called the Roslyn Park when we were growing up in Roslyn.  According to one of the Roslyn News accounts of the reunions, Ken arrives on the first day of each reunion at dawn on his motorcycle, fresh  from a ride in from his home in Utah.  Ken says he's always willing to pass along his telephone number and email address to anyone wishing to contact him.  Telephone: (801) 495-0811.  Email: Ken Merena at:  club_omni@juno.com 
May 22, 2006

     Thank you for the review of Harbor Hill.  I lived at 9 Sinclair Martin Drive between 1940-1945.  This street parallels Route 25A (Northern Blvd).  The street we lived on was part of the estate that was sold off.  We visited the estate many times and used to go into the empty mansion.  It still had the old chandeliers.  The bathroom showers had wrap around plumbing.  Mr. Mackay's bedroom had a secret door that he could use to the bedroom next door without walking in the hallway.  We saw the kitchens and boiler rooms.  We used to go underground, underneath the garden.  That was scary too.  It was a fascinating place for kids.

     Concerning the picture of the young girl and man standing in front of the down town Roslyn store
(click here for reference),  I believe the store sat on the south side of the street next to the Tea House.  I believe it was owned by the Pickering or Buck family. which are old Roslyn families.  I used to go out with Anne Claire Buck of East Broadway in Roslyn.  Roslyn in the late 30s and early 40s were ideal times.  Thank you for the website.  It brought back many memories...all good.
                                                                                                                                        Jerry Doyle, Edina, Minnesota
July 5, 2006

Your site is fascinating!  I have been thoroughly engrossed in it for hours...

     I am taking a long shot here, but here goes.  My G-GF was William Alexander Mackie, b. 1863 on the Isle of Man, England.  His father, William, b. circa 1830-1840 had three brothers, Joe, James and John.  The story passed down is that John was the Comstock Lode silver mines millionaire.  We have made contact with our cousins still living in England and Ireland and have been told that around the turn of the 20th century their Dad, our G-GF had a visit from John Mackay on a visit from the US.  Apparently John had also written several letters to our G-GF over the years.  We believe that John Mackay is the brother of our G-GF, William Alexander Mackie.  The story passed down also mentions that we are related to Irving Berlin, who was of course John's son Clarence's son-in-law.  If anyone has any information they would like to share with us we would really appreciate it.
                                                                                                                                         Deb White
August 6, 2006    In keeping with the practice of keeping email addresses off this site, unless specifically asked to publish them, if anyone would like to contact Deb White above, send me an email through my contact page and I will forward your request to Deb. I know she will follow up on all worthwhile genealogical leads.  Keeping email addresses private does wonders for keeping spammers from flooding your mail box with junk mail.
August 3, 2006

    Wonderful site, I enjoyed my visit.  I would like to visit Roslyn, N.Y. sometime.  I have been researching John W. Mackay for a few years.  I also enjoyed reading Marc Mackay's comments (#30 / p. 12). Would you have Marc Mackay's email address?  I would like to compare notes.  Thank you.
                                                                                                                                         Bob Shanley