Central Park Bench Dedication-
October 25th, 2002
Mary greeting Janice and Guy, jr.
Mary was a wonderful master of ceremonies.
She told the history of the bench effort, of Guy's and Janice's ties to
the Park and the city. Then there were readings of poetry.
Contributions were from Jo, SueZZZ, Mary Lou. There were
contributions by SueZZZ, and I felt privileged to be able to read a lovely
haiku from Karla. I was
surprised and embarrassed when Mary asked me to help her and Wendell
unveil the bench. There are
so many who have done so much more. Someone
reminded me of the mugs, but without Pat’s exquisite drawings, and
without Sue2's support, there would have been no mugs.
I am totally amazed at what friendships I have made in the last
four-plus years. I am amazed,
no, I am very grateful for the caring, loving relationships forged because
I rediscovered Guy Williams. Thank
Ginger, Maureen and Pat
"Out of the Night Came Magic
Guy Williams (1924-1989)
The Friends of Zorro and John Robinson
Salute the park Guy and Janice loved."
We then converged on an Italian restaurant named Putanesca's (yes, Mary, this was my first New York City cab ride), where we laughed, talked and enjoyed the wonderful food. (In my case, I over-enjoyed the wonderful food!) It was wonderful sitting elbow to elbow celebrating that special morning. Afterward, most of the group went back to the hotel to rest and get warm, but Jill and I decided to go to Ohlinger’s and see what pictures were available. (Forget eBay, Ohlinger's is the mother of all photo collectors stores.) On our way back, we stopped at a deli and picked up some goodies for the evening’s get-together. I got to ride my first subway. Jill was incredulous. “You mean you have never ridden a subway before?” she asked. No, said I, because I don’t think that the subway at Hartsfield International Airport in Atlanta counts. No ambience. But I felt transported back in time to the Victorian era when we entered that station and all I could think about was how Guy and Janice rode those subways together so many years ago.
We congregated in Mary’s hospitality suite at the hotel where we enjoyed videos of you-know-who. We indulged in Italian salami and cheese and crackers, laughed and talked some more and generally had a good time. What a wonderful, beautiful, memorable day!
In the hospitality suite. Kathy G., Julia, and Alize watching videos.
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