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Hackensack History / Re: WWI memorial at Foschini
« Last post by irons35 on October 09, 2018, 11:51:39 AM »
Grapentine is not a common surname, and there is a family in Paramus with that last name.  they are on FB.
Hackensack History / Re: Essex St pizzeria
« Last post by johnny g on October 09, 2018, 07:12:30 AM »
As suspected, the pizzeria was in that little strip of stores, which at the time included a barber shop. As it turns out, my future father-in-law owned that pizzeria. And a relative of his owned the barber shop. And yes, they did sponsor little league baseball in town. Such a small world...he also told me a funny little story that his one time delivery car was a Chevy Vega, which dies going up Essex St and they decided to just leave it on the side of the road! Haha
Hackensack Discussion / Re: Hackensack schools, facilities upgrade, new school
« Last post by vsasson on October 07, 2018, 02:06:34 PM »
Since I've photographed the 389 Main site in sunlight, darkness, rain and snow, I decided that I wanted to get a shot of it illuminated by lightning. Sunday night's rain/lightning storm gave me that opportunity.

Since it's not easy to guess when lightning's about to go off and shoot stills, I took the simple way out and just shot video of the dark site. After a few flashes - one of which I thought would make a killer shot - I pulled stills from the video. When I found the "good" one, I also pulled a dark still from one-tenth of a second before the lightning for the "before" shot.

Here are the results:

1. The before shot

2. The "sort-of-what-I-was-hoping-to-get" shot

3. What I actually got

Not exactly blinding, but it's my first attempt.

I'll learn.

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Hackensack Discussion / Arthur Godfrey's "Teterboro Tower" 45rpm record
« Last post by BLeafe on October 03, 2018, 03:40:54 PM »
Just found my old "Teterboro Tower" 45 by Arthur Godfrey (the Recordvelope sleeve is not the original). This was a real incident that took place at Teterboro Airport in 1954.

From Wikipedia:

In January 1954, Godfrey buzzed the control tower of Teterboro Airport. His certificate was suspended for six months. Godfrey claimed the windy conditions that day required him to turn immediately after takeoff, but in fact he was peeved with the tower because they would not give him the runway he requested. He later recorded a satirical song about the incident, "Teterboro Tower," roughly to the tune of "Wabash Cannonball".

The song:

Hackensack Discussion / Re: House of Pizza
« Last post by Editor on October 03, 2018, 12:46:22 AM »
Just learned of Mike Dembo's passing.

Mike was last making pizza at "Late Night" on Main.

He was as genuine as they come and loved by many, many people.


Hackensack Discussion / Re: My favorite paper is not having a good day
« Last post by BLeafe on October 02, 2018, 02:02:07 PM »
FIVES & FLUBS (continued):

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Hackensack Discussion / Re: 9/11 sticker from The Record
« Last post by vsasson on September 30, 2018, 08:32:09 PM »
Of course, Tom Franklin, the photographer, probably would have won a Pulitzer Prize for the flag-raising photo, if the editors had put it on the front page the next day. Unfortunately, Frank Scandale, the paper's new editor, caved it to the bean counters, who told him it would be "too expensive" to remake the front page for the photo, so The Record, like so many other newspapers, ran the stock photo of the smoking towers on A-1. Franklin's photo ran on the front of an inside section on Sept. 12, and his flag-raising photo was sent out by The Associated Press and landed on the front of The New York Post the next day, and the tabloid credited AP. That forced Rich Gigli, The Record's photo director, and Franklin to go on the "Today" show the next day and claim credit for his unique image. What a disgrace. I was a copy editor at the time, and was called in to put out an Extra in the afternoon and then worked into the night putting out the next day's paper, with the column of smoke from the Twin Towers framed in the big newsroom windows of The Record's headquarters at 150 River St. until dark.

1. At the site: on the right is Max Dorne, Director of Development for Claremont Companies (site clearers/buiders) with bankers.

2. The 80-ton crane heads down State St.


3,4. We've seen these guys before - taking pictures of each other and spray-painting graffiti on the jobs!

5. Trucks line up to dump dirt. Red is backing down to dump and blue is waiting for him to finish and leave so he can do the same.

6. 300 loads were needed to raise the floor 11 feet. The video shows a few of them.


7. Saturday morning. No one was around and then I saw this guy climbing a wall, tiptoe-ing through the tulips and then just hanging out. Turns out he was talking to another worker who was behind a wall.


8. Flattening out the dirt

9. Workers peel paper from the sticky side of anti-moisture wall liner - kinda like wallpaper.

10. Sub-standard fill that was too sandy for good compaction with the roller gets scraped up to be sent back.

11,12. Eight truckloads of that fill were returned.


13,14,15. The rain just got worse as the day went on.


16. Still too wet to get any work done


17,18,19. Twice a year - from my view - the sun strongly reflects off the river. Sometimes it's blindingly bright, but mostly it's a gorgeous sea of a zillion shimmering sparkles. It's so bright that you really have to limit the exposure, so the rest of the picture is dark. It occurs next in April, but I'm told my river view will disappear probably in December or January, so, unfortunately, this is it after 30 years. And after looking at the real thing, the pictures are comparatively dull.

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