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8037) Shirley Kerrigan 
shirleyk226@gmail.com
Location:
Hawley PA
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8-9-2016 02:30 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Francis, I watched a documentary on where & when the Star Spangled Banner was written, its an amazing story.

I pray that patriotism and love of our fellow man return to America.

So many gave their lives for this country, we owe it to them to respect it and keep saying The Pledge of Allegiance. I have hope for America and I'm not depending on any politician to revive it.

Ken 8-26-2016 07:36 PM
Went to the World Trade Center, Shopping Mall yesterday. The new mall is spectacular.I can see why it cost so much. It was the first time I have been there since 9/11. Still a sad site but, it is beautiful.
Ken
8036) Ken 
Location:
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7-19-2016 05:28 PM  Write a comment

Shirley,
I met Connie Nucieto at a party this past weekend. Showed her the old photos. She remmebers you well.
Ken

Shirley Kerrigan 7-22-2016 04:45 PM
Ken,she lived across the street from me on King St,two sisters, nice parents,

Shirley Kerrigan 7-24-2016 10:04 AM
Nice family! I used to stare at her father because he was a Yankee fan and you know it had to be the Dodgers (I hated baseball anyway but couldn't tell anyone; lol).

Ken 8-1-2016 08:47 PM
Shirley, I didn't like baseball very much either. I always played left out when picking a team. You see I lived in Park Slope 1946 to 1949. That's when the other guys started teams. Life is strange.

Shirley Kerrigan 8-2-2016 03:06 PM
Ken, I was born in Park Slope, Prospect Ave, we moved to 8th ave & 13th st, near my cousins (Bill Peterson's mother was my cousin) it was a great time, a great place to live. then we moved to Hamilton Ave under the highway (ugh) then to King st. I didn't know you were from Park Slope; where?

Ken 8-8-2016 07:20 PM
Shirley,
I lived on King St( two doors up from Redmond's, Funeral Home) as a baby then at 56 Wolcott St. 1942 to 1946. Then 120 Garfield Place ( apartment house just below 6th ave) 1946 to 1949. Then back to Red Hook 391 Van Brunt St until 1960. Then we move to 455A Prospect Ave. It seems that we lived on the same Streets at different times.But, we did cross paths as teenagers. Small world.

Shirley Kerrigan 8-9-2016 02:27 PM
Ken,that is amazing small world in Red Hook, actually in Brooklyn
8035) Francis V Pirrone 
compro@compro7.com
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Staten Island, USA
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7-4-2016 08:45 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

SOUTH BROOKLYN NETWORK
::::7580) Francis V. Pirrone
compro@compro7#@*%!
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Staten Island, United States
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7-3-2013 09:46 PM Write a comment Send E-mail


GOD BLESS AMERICA
there is nothing, nothing, nothing like
INDEPENDENCE DAY
in the hook

hot town, summer in the city
been down, isn't it a pity
doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city

goodbye, disneyland, great adventure
adios to freedomland, coney island
in the hook
we were all yankee doodle dandies
born on the fourth of july
Born in the u.s.a., I was born in the u.s.a.
Born in the u.s.a., I'm a long gone daddy in the u.s.a.
Born in the u.s.a., born in the u.s.a.
Born in the u.s.a., I'm a cool rocking daddy in the u.s.a.
we're staying in the hook
to celebrate america's revolution
to the tune of a 10 cent pack of fireworks

I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy

Francis V Pirrone 7-4-2016 08:50 AM
Yankee Doodle, do or die
a real live nephew of my Uncle Sam
born on the 4th of July
frankie 7-3-2013 09:47 PM
it started earlier
but
once school was out
we started pledging allegiance
to the united states of fireworks

“I pledge allegiance
to the Flag of
the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one Nation under God,
indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all.”

we would get together early in the morning
and
sooner or later
you could tell it was him
walking slowly up the block
with a big, crumpled brown grocery bag
the only thing he didn't have was a sign that said
“fireworks guy”, lol

“O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea! “

some of us had a dime to buy a pack
and
that kept us going for the morning
in the afternoon
some of the big, big guys would come around with the hard stuff
ashcans or cherry bombs
at night, there was always one of the men who had a roman candle

but at night, it's a different world
go out and find a gal
come on, come on and dance all night
despite the heat it will be alright

sorry, gals
fireworks were number one

and you had to be a rocket scientist, too
“ma, I need 10 cents for the softball game”
“grandma, do you need a loaf of bread”
chalk up 5 cents
“frankie, where's the change from the gallon of milk?'
“grandpa, thanks for the quarter”
cashing in 2 cent coca cola deposit bottles
fireworks weren't a sin
but
it put “Saturday confession” on the agenda, lol
and
then, as the fourth was rolling around
you had to start the hoard,
saving some for the big night

the weirdest thing was no one complained
it wasn't like someone would tell my mom I had fireworks
“frankie, don't step on Mrs. Palumbo's tulips”
but fireworks were ok
mom always rang in with a horror story
but that was it
if you had a pack of fireworks in your hand
and asked a stranger for a match
he would give you the whole book
but
it was a great part of growing up in the hook

Despite the heat it'll be alright
And Babe, don't you know it's a pity
That the days can't be like the nights
In the summer, In the city, In the summer, In the city

one day, a friend happened to have a white mouse on him
no kidding
needless to say, to further our education
in propulsion and quantum leap theory
we, not me, I swear
tied him to a 6 oz. Rocket
he was the first mouse to go to the moon, lol

now, relax, calm down, pull up a chair
but
moooooooooooooooooooove overrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
macy's,
you got nothing on the hook
it was all about boom, bang, bam, badabing

Francis V Pirrone 7-4-2016 08:51 AM
the british may be coming
we got red hook lane covered
but they aren't staying
three cheers for the red, white and blue
and we, SONS OF THE REVOLUTION delivered

Far
We've been travelling far
Without a home
But not without a star

Free
Only want to be free
We huddle close
Hang on to a dream

On the boats and on the planes
They're coming to America
Never looking back again
They're coming to America

Home, don't it seem so far away
Oh, we're travelling light today
In the eye of the storm
In the eye of the storm

Home, to a new and a shiny place
Make our bed, and we'll say our grace
Freedom's light burning warm
Freedom's light burning warm

“and now for the weather forecast with Tex Antoine
Thursday will be a hot, hot hot 4th of July
with lots of sun, very humid and muggy”
yippppppeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

we were always out real early on the 4th
we would shoot the fireworks off by the johnny pump
and
that was it for the whole day
fireworks this, fireworks that
all day long all you heard from other blocks, too, were fireworks
my mom would buy the franks from the sabrett hot dog guy on
fourth place and court street
and it was a real hot dog 4th family barbecue in the backyard
and then, after dinner
it was like all the parents and grandparents came out to sit on the stoops
or stand by the gate for the show

as soon as it got a little dark
the big guys and the big, big guys came around
and it started
sometimes there were a dozen guys by the johnny pump
and they meant business
ashcans, mats, cherry bombs, rockets, helicopters, whistlers,
bottle rockets, chasers, roman candles
up the block was a cop
so there was a blast going there, too
(who said they were fireworks he confiscated)
then, out of nowhere, every so often
you would hear fireworks going off for about 15, 20 minutes non stop
of course, since I was a big guy, too
I stayed real close to my mom, lol
dad or big brother mike always had a few boxes of sizzlers
that we would light for our younger sisters

the next morning we would look for the ones that didn't go off
with all the spent rockets, etc and firecracker paper
you could tell it was another great
FOURTH OF JULY

honorable mention to clinton street and president street
the real guys were there
if you know what I mean
and
their fireworks went on to 2, 3 in the morning, nonsrop

it was great having 2 kid sisters
I took them to the macy's thanksgiving day parade
oh, that's another story

O say can you see,
by the dawn's early light,
what so proudly we hailed
at the twilight's last gleaming,
whose broad stripes and bright stars,
through the perilous fight,
o'er the ramparts we watched,
were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY EVERYONE

Marie 7-3-2013 10:36 PM
Frankie, thank you, thank you, thank you. That was wonderful. Fond memories that put a smile on your face. Have a great fourth!
Anna 7-3-2013 11:44 PM
July 4th 2010 we were sitting in deck chairs watching the firework displays in the neighborhood. There were several women and about a dozen kids watching the guys shooting them off. As the night drew on the guys got a little careless and decided to put a few roman candles and some other big bang gizmos in an old paint can, when I say to you HOLY S**T it would be an understatement. That thing blew up and tipped over shooting roman candles horizontal in all directions. TG no one got seriously hurt, just a few bruises from falling jumping out of the way.

Have fun and be careful.
Louise**Red Hook** 7-4-2013 03:57 PM
I remember they would do them in PS30s school yard..the next morning you would see all the paper from the fireworks...those were the days in Red Hook!!!!

Anna 7-4-2013 04:45 PM
Louise, you could still smell all the gun powder the next day. We kids liked to burn "punks". They were better than nothing when we ran out of sparklers. My family would have big pails full of clams, oysters, and a few beer kegs. We kids had soda of course. Loud radio music, fireworks and no worries. I miss those days.
Ken 7-5-2013 12:18 PM
I remember after the fourth we would get cherry bombs. They would burn underwater and explode. We would tie a rock to them and drop them in the water at Pier 38. When they exploded you would sometimes see dead fish come up to the surface. I regret doing that. At pier 38 they kept a 55 gal drum filled with water on the railroad tracks. This was for fire use. One time some one did the same thing and dropped the cherry bomb in the drum. When it exploded it blow the bottom seam out of the drum and the water came out. A long shoreman saw this and came after us. If you got caught he would have let us have. No complaining to your parents - they would say you deserved it and give you more punishment. In those days it really was a village that watched the kids and kept us in line. Now a days you can't look at a kid where the parents want to bend a bat aver your head.

Shirley Kerrigan 7-16-2016 05:33 PM
Francis, you are one grateful person. You are rare in today's time.

May the Lord continue to bless you making new memories!!!
8034) Bob 
Location:
Siny
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6-19-2016 05:54 AM  Write a comment

Hello red hook I miss this site
8033) does it matter? 
doesitmatter@nowhere.com
Location:
does it matter?
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5-26-2016 05:02 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

I was watching a tv show about the FBI and sirens were going on and I remembered when in the 50's the station would "mute" the sirens because of the Cold War threat with Russia. They had the bomb and we were so scared.
Our practice runs were hiding under our desks in case Russia dumped the bomb on us. Question? how could a small wooden desk keep us from the bomb or even fallout?
Maybe it was just to make us feel better. lol
8032) Paul Monroe 
Location:
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5-23-2016 08:29 AM  Write a comment

Looking for help in locating an old friend from the Red Hook projects. His name is Herman Smith and he lived on Columbia Street. He also went by Smithy and Worm.

Loretta battiloro 5-25-2016 11:16 PM
Does anyone know Jerry Brown. If so what happened to him. I am trying to get in touch with him. He was married to Pam
8031) Shirley Kerrigan 
shirleyk226@gmail.com
Location:
PA
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5-22-2016 07:06 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Did anyone see the movie "Brooklyn"? It is amazing. it takes place in the time of "The Quiet Man" movie with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.
The Irish girl moves to Clinton St Brooklyn.

Ken 5-24-2016 08:30 PM
I READ THE BOOK. iT WAS OK BUT, NOT TO WRITE HOME ABOUT. mAYBE THE MOVIE IS BETTER.
8030) Bklyn 
bklyn@bklyn.com
Location:
bklyn
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5-2-2016 11:08 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.[2]

bklyn 5-2-2016 06:28 PM
Tale of two cities

Ken 5-12-2016 04:41 PM
True words. The comparision is brilliant.

bklyn 5-12-2016 06:17 PM
Thanks Ken (Brown?) I was hoping someone would get the comparison. Should have known you would

Ken 5-13-2016 07:57 PM
Curious, do we know each other?

bklyn 5-16-2016 06:13 AM
Yes Ken. i don't like using my real name here. Probably should, no one knows me on here anymore.

Ken 5-17-2016 04:35 PM
How about your first name and last initial? For example John R.

bklyn 5-18-2016 05:51 PM
Shirley K

Ken 5-21-2016 03:25 PM
Nice to hear from you Shirley.
Are you still in NJ or PA?
Ken

Shirley Kerrigan 5-22-2016 12:25 PM
Ken, I'm back in PA, went to Florida for 1.5 years, nice but boring. I can't sit still. I minister to abused women (Mainly in prisons). I did some prison work in Florida but NY & PA is the place for me.
I love it!!! How are you and your family?

Shirley Kerrigan 5-22-2016 07:08 PM
Did anyone see the movie "Brooklyn"? You will love it. The girl from Ireland moves to Clinton St.
It takes place during the time "The Quiet Man" was playing with John Wayne.
8029) Eileen Coughlin 
GMCeileen@aol.comVA
Location:
VA
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4-29-2016 01:03 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Thank You Mark. I been so lucky to
find some of my old friends
on this site

Ken 5-21-2016 03:26 PM
Eileen, Did you ever locate Pat McDonnell?

frank c 8-8-2016 07:11 AM
Hi Shirley, Frank c From the old redhook! been living in allentown pa. on and off for the last ten yrs.I Go into bklyn and hook up with some of my old pals from time to time

Shirley Kerrigan 8-8-2016 11:37 AM
Frank, did I know you? Have you adjusted to PA? I finally came to like it here. Shirley

Frank c 8-21-2016 12:28 PM
Hi shirley, I like pa. Living in Breinigsville now. Also lived in Fort myers fl. for two years, loved it but missed my kids and grandkids tooo much

Frank c 8-21-2016 05:15 PM
PS I think I may be a wee bit older then you
8028) mark administrator 
Location:
Brooklyn
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4-11-2016 04:57 PM  Write a comment

After working on this guestbook, and reading some of the remarkable information it contains, I have decided to leave it up and open. Please do not abuse it. Do not post advertisements, foul language, etc because it will be removed.

bklyn 4-11-2016 06:40 PM
You are the best Mark, thank you so much, it has brought so much joy to all of us.
God Bless You
8027) Roget kenneke 
Rkenneke@yahoo.com
Location:
Spring hill,fl
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3-15-2016 05:29 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Sad to report the passing of sonny balzamo

Owner of Sonnies bar mar,11
8026) Frankie Nerves 
im@nervous.net
Location:
Brooklyn
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2-23-2016 01:48 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Perhaps this website will stir up some find memories. It's The Old Time Candy Company. You can browse candy by the decade starting from the 1920's to 1990's.

Since HTML code is disabled on this site I can't post a link so you'll have to type the address into your broser manually.

Frankie Nerves 2-23-2016 01:50 PM
oldtimecandydotcom

bklyn 3-17-2016 07:06 PM
Just saw on Facebook that they are putting in a ferry to go to Van Brunt St or something as close.
8025) Djmal Najib 
Djmal@yahoo.com
Location:
Atlantic Avenue
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2-23-2016 07:54 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

We are laughing at you! Your ways are laughable!

real person 2-23-2016 08:01 AM
You are incongruous
8024) Chris 
Location:
Bensonhurst
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Ha...South Brooklyn? Get real...the real South Brooklyn are places you hipster doofuses wouldn't venture.

There is more to Brooklyn than the Slope, Carroll Gardens etc.

FYI, I was born & bred in Brooklyn.

You want real Brooklyn? Travel further south than the Slope, Hook, Heights etc...

bklyn 1-21-2016 08:34 PM
Home is where the heart is; Frank loved his neighborhood and friends, you can't get better than that.

Red 6-7-2016 06:37 PM
Plz dont tell the newbies to venture farther into bklyn.....they will only wanna move in!
8023) Francis V Pirrone 
compro@compro7.com
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1-16-2016 04:47 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

wow, i can't believe it's
201idontbelieveit
but
i have to say
growing up in the hook
was a wonderful experience
i still tell my sister
we were so lucky to have mom and dad as examples

never in a zillion years
could i imagine
the things that go on today

love ya everybody

frankie
8022) johnny perna 
Location:
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12-25-2015 08:30 AM  Write a comment

merry Christmas everyone .this is my only day off of the year so I truly look forward to it every year .hope everyone is fine .

Louise**Red Hook** 12-29-2015 07:31 PM
Hi my friend...hope you have a great New Year!!!! Miss you....
8021) Eileen Coughlin 
GMCeileen@aol.com
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Hello
It may cool down here
I can't ever remember it this warm
this time of year always
so cold on New years.
8020) Francis V Pirrone 
compro@compro7.com
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12-6-2015 06:00 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

and now, it's christmas time,
in the hook
8019) Francis V Pirrone 
compro@compro7.com
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING
to all in the hook
now and way back when

Oh, the glory of it
yesterday was Halloween
so the candy abounds
November 1st, All Saint's Day
really paved the way to Thanksgivng
and
Thanksgiving in the hook was the greatest
except if you were a turkey, lol

november was a great month in the hook
yeah, there was school
but
after school was another story

Thank Yor, Mary Hopkin

Once upon a time there was a tavern
Where we used to raise a glass or two
Remember how we laughed away the hours
And think of all the great things we would DO
Chorus:

Those were the days, my friend
We thought they'd never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose
For we were young and sure to have our way
La la la la la la
La la la la la la
frankie 11-27-2014 10:13 AM
you always wanted a pair of skates the Christmas before
so the following Fall
we could make a scooter
from an old pair of skates, a slat of wood
and a milk crate
and
go down suicide hill in the heights
a really steep street (don't tell mom)
then there were carpet guns
with a piece of wood, a rubber band
and, of course, someone's old carpet, linoleum

K

Francis V Pirrone 11-26-2015 07:07 AM
then, came election day
and back then,
we collected wood all day
people would actually move their cars for us
we had a great fire under the lamp post
and
did it to the dummy hanging from the street lamp
then there was skellsie (corks)

Veteran's Day was like,
if you say “no school”, i'll stay home
it was like a free holiday
we knew our dad's were in the big one
but we got the day off
yipppeeeeeeeeee!

a game of two hand touch football
was always a lot of fun
even with just two on a team
the fall was a bit different from the summer
as you had to be home for supper
family dinner, a great part of growing up
and after dinner, since it was dark out
daylight savings time ended
you stayed in and did your homework

after homework
we would watch the million dollar movie
or a sitcom with mom
dad worked nights
honorable mention to
Father Knows Best, The Donna Reed Show,
Leave it to Beaver, (grrr, darn you eddie haskell)
I Love Lucy, remember the Vitameatavegamin episode,
it's on youtube#@*%!
“Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive!
Able to leap tall buildings with a single bound”, George Reeve, Superman
(I always wondered how he could disguise himself simply by putting a pair of glasses on, lol)
Perry Mason, Maverick
then there was always a “abbott and Costello meet frankenstein”, etc
on the million dollar movie
The Abbott and Costello Show was the best with Sidney Fields
“Who's on first, What's on second, I Don't Know is on Third”
and, of course, "America's oldest teenager", Dick Clark
got us roclin' and rollin' on Saturday's with American Bandstand

Then the busy years went rushing by us
We lost our starry notions on the way
If by chance I'd see you in the tavern
We'd smile at one another and we'd say

Those were the days, my friend
We thought they'd never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose
Those were the days
Oh, yes, those were the days
La la la la la la
La la la la la la

I remember when I started school we would bring the tuition envelope in every 3 months
$5.00
sunday was a mandatory 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. Mary's of the Sea
of course it was in Latin
(they took attendance, lol)
some “big guy hanging out” till early 2 p.m.
Big pasta dinner
maybe a visit to grandpa's on Kane street
Aunt Katy and Uncle John lived there , too
with cousins Rosalie and Paula
sometimes, Uncle Tom and Aunt Santa were there, too
or grandma would come down stairs for a cannoli

and

7:00 p.m. was the Walt Disney hour
with Swamp Fox, Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
(Fess Parker was the best)
followed by ed sullivan hour
sometimes a sunday snack from red's pizzeria
with a giant baked calzone
and The G.E. Theather (with Ronald Reagan)
then “The Alfred Hitchcok Show
yeah, those were the days
the Lone Ranger with Tonto, Ozzie and Harriet,
Have Gun Will TraveL” with Palladin,
Roy Rogers and Dale Evans with Trigger,
Sugarfoot
I mean, these people were like family members, lol
YIPPPPEEEEE!!!!! Bozo the Clown, Mr. Greenjeans, Soupy Sales,
Captain (Outrageous) Kangaroo
of course, I had my Micky Mouse ears for the Mickey Mouse Club
with Annette Funicello
Frankie the, I mean, Dennis the Menace, lol
drat you, Eddie Haskell
of course, there were 8 million stories of the Naked City,
good ol', “he had a cane and derby hat, his name was Bat, Bat Masterson”
Wanted : Dead or Alive with the coolest star ever, Steve McQueen
Sea Hunt, Gunsmoke with Matt Dillion and Miss Kitty,
we were good kids, basically pranksters, nothing serious
because you didn't mess with Elliot Ness (Robert Stack) and The Untouchables,
or Sgt. Joe Friday of Dragnet
and the Many Lives of Dobie Gillis with Manard G Kreps
not to mention 77 Sunset Strip, (Cookie, Cookie, lend me your comb)
and who knew it then?
but with the Twilight Zone Marathon on cable now
Billy Mumy, William Shatner, Charles Bronson, Elizabeth Montgomery,
Peter Falk, Lenoard Nimoy, Agnes Moorehead, etc all starred
the closest we got to a reality show was Candid Camera with Allen Funt

of course, there is the day I will always remember where I was
it was November 22, 1963, Friday, 2:00 pm
and our teacher, Brother Claver announced we were being released early
but didn't tell us why
I was a few steps from home
in front of 99 First Place and a friend told me
May he Rest In Peace, John F. Kennedy
“Ask not what your country can do for you
but what you can do for your country”

Viet Nam Veteran's Memorial dedicated
November 13, 1982
Washington, D.C., United States
so a big shout out to my childhood friends in the service, John S. and Steven S.
to all our Viet Nam vets who returned, mia's
and all out service men and women
now and way back then for their commitment
to protecting us and our country

the wednesday before Thanksgiving was quiet
but
you knew when you woke up on Thanksgiving morning
to the smell of mom's cooking
it was, like, “let the feast begin”

mom always bought borden's canned egg nog
(I saw it at pathmark yesterday
it's now in a regular milk carton)
so it was a great way to start the day
we had a light breakfast
and
mom had the turkey cooking,
stuffing going, yams with brown sugar

we would watch tv
go check out the kitchen
dad, who worked nights
would get up early to help mom
the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade would be on

me and mike would go out front for a while
hang out with friends
go upstairs to wish grandma a “Happy Thanksgiving”
then we would come in about 1:00 pm

Rosalie was born 7/1958
Carmela was born 12/1960
and it was such a treat having them at the dinner table
you know, with the high chair
then they got old enough to sit in regular chairs
mom, dad, mike, me made sure the girls got attention

(one year, I was, like 21, my sisters 8 and 10
I came in about 10 am
and said
“come on, we're going to the macy's parade”
it was a great time, I got them to the front to see everything across from Macy's
we got home about 2 pm
just in time for dinner)

the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade would go back on till dinnertime
so, move over mcdonald's, bye bye burger king
when I grew up, it was a sin to eat out, plus there was no fast food
microwave? The only wave we knew was at coney island
then

we would all sit down
Dad would say a Thanksgiving prayer
and he would always slice the turkey
Mom would chime in with “frankie boy likes the drumstick”
then mom would put on the appetizers
stuffed mushrooms, Finochio (vegetable), turkey gravy,
a whole tray of stuffing, yams with brown sugar, cranberry sauce, biscuits

Just tonight I stood before the tavern
Nothing seemed the way it used to be
In the glass I saw a strange reflection
Was that lonely woman really me?

Those were the days, my friend
We thought they'd never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose
Those were the days
Oh, yes, those were the days
La la la la la la
La la la la la la

after dinner, it was like, “wow, did I eat all that”
and some relax time and some “that was delicious, mom”
as she put the roasted chestnuts on the table
and besides pastries from cioffi's, momteleone's, court pastry
there was always a homeade pumpkin pie or cheese cake for desert
or Mom's famous delicious rice pudding

“Babes in Toyland” with Laurel and Hardy was a treat in the afternoon

by saturday, my dad would finish slicing the turkey
once he found the wishbone
it went over the kitchen entrance till next year8
white meat, dark meat
and then he would make his famous turkey salad
so it was a great week of leftovers

you know a big shout out to “dads who help mom”
our dad would always help out mom
whether he was dicing celery, doing the dishes, doing the laundry, hanging the laundry
vacumming, washing the yard, etc
mom and dad were a team

"frankie boy, i need the parsley",
"ok, grandma",
my grandmother lived on the parlor floor,
we were in the basement,
so we would use the dumbwaiter to send up what she needed
by putting a shopping bag on a string and having her pull it up

a big shout out to my Aunt Lu and Uncle Carl
you always knew they were here
because Aunt LU would whistle on the way in

Through the door there came familiar laughter
I saw your face and heard you call my name
Oh, my friend, we're older but no wiser
For in our hearts the dreams are still the same...

Thanksgiving night was a standard
get the dishes done, playing with our sisters
some tv, and, of course, a turkey leftover snack

Those were the days, my friend
We thought they'd never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose
Those were the days
Oh, yes, those were the days
La la la la la la
La la la la la la

and, wala
just like All Saints Day
Thanksgiving Friday opened the floodgates to
CHRISTMAS
and you all know
you know, you know, you know
there is no Christmas like
CHRISTMAS IN THE HOO
8018) Linda 
Casfam160@aol.com
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Staten Island
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Just wondering if anyone remembers my mom, Jean Cambria? She lived on 3rd street.

pvc 11-23-2015 12:41 PM
there was a cambria in my class at st marys.

Linda 11-23-2015 06:44 PM
What year?

pvc 11-24-2015 06:46 PM
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