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From: Russell Friedman
Date: 14 Jul 2000
It's been great visiting this site (great job, Gary!)and remembering back to simpler times at a fantastic bungalow colony with a wonderful group of people. I long to be able to once more look out the window of my Brooklyn apartment to watch my mom (Audrey) and dad (Mac) put the finishing touches on the loading of the car, my excitement building as I realize we are about to go "up to the country" to Lapidus. I couldn't wait to see who was there at our "second home" and join in the fun.
Things I remember with great fondness from the years (1958-59, 61-64, and 67-68) we summered at Lapidus. The greatest films at the Ritz Theatre (Hard Day's Night, To Sir with Love, Bye Bye Birdie and Dr. No) Fireman's Festival (coins into the shot glass in the fish bowl) Monticello Raceway (They let us bet at twelve, but try to collect) Gene's Boat Yard ( Rent a motorboat!) Diaco's Pizza (mmmmm good!) FunFare (Go Karts) Daitch Shopwell (always seemed nicer than the one's at home) The Ball Field (My Dad knocking ball after ball "over the bungalows") The Luncheonette (battles for the privlege of announcing a call over the loudspeaker) Frog Pond (Freddy was an amzing frog catcher) 17B signs (we're almost there) Citgo Gas (We made it!) The Saturday Night Show (Mickey Shore, Borscht Belt comedians, motown style girl singing groups, strippers) White Lake ("cement shoes") Weeknights with just Mom, my brother and me. Friday afternoons when my Dad would come up from the city. All my friends and the friends my mom and dad looked so forward to hangin with every summer!
I honestly thank my lucky stars very often that I was able to experience such a special era in a one of a kind place. I wish everybody good luck, health, happiness and peace.