2003-06-06 / Columnists

Looking Backward

What The Wave said 20, 30, 40 and 50 Years Ago This Week
Looking Backward

Looking Backward

What The Wave Said 20

Years Ago...

The President of the New York City Transit Authority, John Simpson, submitted a proposal supported by the local population to slash the price of the JFK Express so that it becomes affordable to the average commuter.

Harbor Police removed a man's body from the south side of Long Bar Island in Jamaica Bay. Reports indicate that the body was spotted by an unidentified motorman.

Dallas Fried Chicken, a new business on Beach 116 Street, was broken into within thirty-six hours of its grand opening. Sources say the loss was substantial.

Legislation to prohibit nude bathers at Jacob Riis Park has been passed by the New York Senate. The bill was introduced by State Senator Jeremy Weinstein.

Rockaway Playland is being sold. Bob and Eileen Demner and Peter Horowitz are in the process of taking over the amusement park that has been part of Rockaway since 1901.

Judy Allen, a sixth grade pupil at St. Francis de Sales School will be presented with the United Nations Peace Medal for her essay on "Peace in Our World." Her essay was titled "The Whole World is in Our Hands."

Showing at the Surfside Cinema: E.T. and War Games.

Transit Police Officer Joseph Canestro was bruised recently when he tried to help a Rockaway Beach Man who had thrown himself on the floor of a locker-room at the Howard Beach subway station.

A fire destroyed Henny's Candy Store, which had been a landmark in the Breezy Point area for more than thirty years. The cause of the fire was never determined.

30 Years Ago...

Whenever the opportunity comes, don't miss seeing the Jamaica Bay film, prepared and narrated by Maxwell Cohen, who is due to head the Marine Biology Department at Beach Channel High School.

Governor Rockefeller signed a bill that renamed the Cross Bay Bridge the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge. The name change was supported by Rep. Frank Brasco, State Senator John Stantucci and District Leaders Seymour Sheldon and Gerdi Lipschutz.

One old-time tradition that was not
on the Memorial Day agenda this
year was the regatta held at the
Belle Harbor Yacht Club, in which yacht clubs from all of the sections
of Rockaway were invited to take part.

The city has learned that it does not pay to pump sand onto the beach unless there are sufficient jetties to protect if from storms. The fill costs a lot of money, and washes away too quickly.

40 Years Ago...

A new form of hitchhiking surprised local residents as several boys were spotted on the roof of a subway car as the train sped along the elevated train heading east.

Contractors hauling sand from out of state to add to building materials at a significant cost were wondering, along with locals, why they couldn't just take some off the beach.

When Matthew E. Walsh, instructor of St. Camillus' Band, was introduced at the big parade prior to the Indianapolis 500 last week, spectators applauded and uniformed servicemen threw him a salute. They thought he was Matthew E. Welsh, the governor of Indiana.

During a big downpour, some full garbage cans along the curb on Rockaway Beach Boulevard near Beach 65 Street began floating on the water that had built up in the storm. They drifted into the path of cars, and became a safety hazard.

50 Years Ago...

Radarman Third Class Owen Kelly of 231 beach 108 street was home on leave last weekend from the U.S.S. Libra, the ship on which he is stationed.

Margaret Marsden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sweeney of 318 Beach 74 Street, was married to Henry Zezulinsky, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Zezulinsky of 237 Beach 80th Street, in St. Rose of Lima Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Gustav Olsen have returned from Annopolis where they visited their son, Midshipman Robert Olsen, prior to his departure on the U.S. Naval Academy's summer cruise to South America.

Mr. and Mrs Robert Kimmell, of 168 Beach 83 Street, gave a dinner party in honor of their daughter Dorothy Ball, of Gibson, Long Island.


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