Legend has it that in the spring of 1971, a spark
of friendship ignited among several teenagers from
different towns around Long Island, NY. A cohesive
and diverse group started to form, and daily gatherings
at Jones Beach began.
spread about this friendly, fun-loving and openhearted
group of teenagers. By the end of that joyous summer,
the group had grown by leaps and bounds, and by unanimous
proclamation came to be known as the Jones Beach
Bums - the Bums, for short.
The Bums did not allow summer's end to interfere
with their intense desire to see each other. Although
separating into at least a dozen different high schools
around Nassau and Suffolk County, the large and continuing-to-grow
group managed to maintain contact not only all year,
but all through high school, growing and growing.
Thanks to the well-known address book of one of our
original members, the final number of individuals
who hung around with the Beach Bums for some (or all)
of their adolescence totaled 211!
The memories of the Jones Beach Bums are long ago.
We are a group no more; we have our own families,
different friends, careers, and many of us moved far
away. But adolescence is a very special time in every
So this website is dedicated to remembering the heady
time of the Jones Beach Bums. And it is dedicated
to helping us to reconnect once more, even if we are
Why? Because, as in the words of a popular song at
that time - "Long ago I reached for you, and
there you stood..."