Ah, Wahlwood, "where the goys are." I was off in Allanic City, with the rest of the Jews.
I used to take the train down to the shore when I lived in NYC (tho not Wildwood.) Once, there were a few hookers on their day off, with a cooler of beer at the train station in Newark. It made for an interesting ride.
White trash knows no borders! The accents just change.
Wildwood is the place for neon. Also the only free beach in NJ.
Of course, I remember the OLD Atlantic City, pre-casinos. My grandparents and their siblings had apartments overlooking the boardwalk since the 1920s, and my sister and I spent time there in the '60s, when that era was still alive. The wax museums, dinner clubs, amusement-park piers, Edwardian hotels, all gone now. Steel Pier and Million-Dollar Pier are shopping malls now!
Free beach? I used to go to Seaside Heights ... I don't remember paying.
Bobby Rydell is a great guy. Very friendly and still belts out the tunes. I met him at the Suncoast Hotel in Las Vegas. He was with his (only)wife who was his high school sweet heart. We had a nice chat after his show.I told him I had seen him in Dick Clarks rock n roll revival at the Tropworld Casino in N.J.and described to him from my audiance point of view how the croud of 5000 went nuts when he sang and danced the Bye Bye birde hit song.His wife Carmella told me he had just come out of back surgery 6 weeks earlier.He still tours with Frankie Avalon and Fabian. Go see then when you can.They are lots of fun. I am glad they still do the shows.Vince
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