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January 2007 Guest Book


January 29, 2007
This is for Jeff Saul-
    Howard and I were happy to hear your memories of school and the old neighborhood. We are living in Florida too and Howard wants to know where you are. He said he would like to get together with you if not too far away.
Linda Widder Wiesner
[To contact Linda Widder Wiesner, click here]


January 29, 2007
    This message is for Shelly Reiss,
    I tried to email you this morning but somehow I got an error so I decided to respond in this format.
    I was suprised to hear from you and of course I remember you and Gary and certainly remember playing stickball with Gary at the PS99 schoolyard.I have many happy memories of KG and have come in contact with a many old friends via this site.
    I moved from KG in 1991 to East Meadow LI where I am today.I am retired,have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.
    I hope you are well, send special regards to Gary.
Roger
[To contact Roger, click here]


Looking for Old 99 Graduates
January 29, 2007
Hello to the Old gang
  [Name]  Marc Chernin
  [Dates you lived in Kew Gardens]  1962-1973
  [Date you graduated P.S. 99]  Graduated 99 in 69/70
  [How you found this site]  My college age son
Marc E. Chernin, CPM
Director of Management
Rudd Realty Management Corp.
641 Lexington Avenue
New York, New York 10022
[To contact Marc Chernin, click here]


January 29, 2007
Hi;
    I've been reading the postings on this website for a couple of years but lately they contain so many familiar names that I just had to write and say hello.
    I lived at 83-26 Lefferts Blvd from about 1948 until 1958 when my parents bought a house on Audley Street. A few years later, when my sister Thea and brother Marshall had grown and left home, my parents moved back to 83-26 and my mother still lives there. I visit there a couple of times a year.
    Hi to my 83-26 neighbor Roddy Nalven, I hope you and your family are well.
    Franklin Goldberg was one of my brothers best friends. Hi Frank.
    It seems that from my first day in PS99 (1947 or '48) Roger Sabot sat in front of me and Howie Weisner and Linda Widder were behind me. I'm happy to see that Howie and Linda are together. And to see a post from my old friend Roger "the locksmith" Sabo(t). I hope you are all well.
    We all went to Russell Sage together and were among the first American kids to experience a Junior High School. Mike Sheilds (may he rest in peace) and I used to catch black widow spiders behind Sage and keep them in the science lab. Unfortunately we only had one pair of gloves (one each) and the spiders use to run up our arms.
    I had the lead role in one of the Sage Christmas plays and, I remember that I had something like 1488 lines to memorize. I did really well through about the first 1440 but just went completly blank at the end and couldnt remember how to end the play.
    I remember Steve Radin (may he rest in peace) and Bob Minsky and John Carlson practicing doo wop.
    I lived on the wrong side of Metropolitan Ave and was unfortunately assigned to Richmond Hill High School, whereas most of my classmates from PS99 went to Forest Hill. At Richmond Hill I compiled one of the worst academic record possible but somehow, I managed to recover and graduate from City College. I can only imagine that it was the good foundation that PS99 and Yussell Sage gave me that enabled me to recover.
    I've spoken to Marty Marks a few times and seen a few of our friends down here in Florida.
    I look foward to hearing about more of our old friends.
Jeffrey Saul
[To contact Jeffrey Saul, click here]


January 28, 2007
Joe:
    This is for Roger Sabot.
    It is good to know that you are still out there. It has been years since I last heard from you. Hope all is OK with the family.
    Now living in Poinciana just south of Kissimmee with Howard. We have been together for four years.
    Say hi to your children for me. They were very nice to me when I was last there.
    Are you planning to come to Florida again? I am sure Howard woud love to see you. Will not tell him in case you do and it would be a surprise.
Regards to all,
Linda Widder Wiesner
[To contact Linda Widder Wiesner, click here]


January 28, 2007
Joe,
    The photos of Talbot Street brought back memories of my first apartment in Kew Gardens which at that time was called Talbot Gardens. The super was Karl Fritzl who was my dear friend for many years after I moved away.Millie Ziffer lived on the corner of 83rd Ave and Talbot, Mike Locasio lived on Talbot St. next to the apartment house and Joe Lundy lived across the street. All theses houses were torn down to make way the multi family houses you have pictured this week.The neighborhood has changed from the time I grew up there from 1942 to 1991 but the happy memories will be there forever.
    I thank you for your time and effort in creating and maintaining a very well done web site.
Roger Sabo
[To contact Roger Sabo, click here]


Dr. Footsie (Part 3)
January 28, 2006
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Hi Joe:
    Frank thanks for the kind words and remembering of the Kew Rec Bowling alley on Metropolitan Avenue - the incidence you described - there is some recollection, and with you being a witness, then Danny owes me some money with interest. I'll let you handle the Accounting and Joe the Legal issues.
    I spent many days and nights in that bowling alley - I set pins there and in the other bowling alley on the next block west on Metropolitan Avenue - owned by Marty Spolan - he also had a sporting goods business and owned the apartment house where Bobby and Lenny Fox lived. I set pins to earn some free games and bowling shoes - and if you ever thought there was a fungus among us - they were in the shoes. I swore to myself I was going to buy my own ball and shoes.
    I remember a couple of incidences when I was working in the back pits - you would work two lanes - (a pair) 1-2, 3-4 etc. - jumping back and forth to pick up the pins, retrieve the ball and send it back - and two pretty young girls came in to bowl. It was so frustrating to see them struggle to even roll the ball down the alley without it ever going into the gutter - so I grabbed a couple extra pins while sitting unseen in the back and when the ball came close to the pins - it was time to play hero and knock over some pins - even though that day their scores were inflated - brought some smiles to their faces. The other incidence was when I stuffed brillo in the thumb hole of an abusive drunk guy with his girlfriend/wife. Now if you wondered why I would keep brillo with me - it was used to clean the bottom of the bowling shoes so that you would slide instead of coming to an abrupt stop while approaching the lane.
    The other incident that comes to mind was in the Kew Rec Bowling Alley - it was probably on a Saturday about midnight - when the owner Walt decided to close - and we were drinking beer -(we were of age) when with friends Frank Spottke, Jack Carlson, Roger Levitz and maybe a couple other guys - I can't remember - we were going to see what kind of scores we could get with all the lights out in the place, except for the lights of the automatic pinsetting machines .Now if you thought it was hard to bowl with the lights on, and looking at the diamond arrows on the alleys as a guide to where to roll your ball over - take another guess. We might have been on lane 3 but the ball was rolling down lane 4 or 5 - I don't remember the scores - but would have thought we did'nt make 50.
    See what you get Frank for bringing up the bowling alley incident.
    Good Night my fellow Kew Gardeners.
Marty (Harpo) Marks
www.drfootsie.org
drfootsie@drfootsie.org


Larry and the Gray Lady
January 26, 2007
Editor's Note:  Kew Gardens alumnus, Larry Gross, is quoted on page 1 of today's New York Times in an article entitled, "Hollywood, the Sequel: Less Shabby, More Chic." Click on the link below to read the story. Larry appears in the third last paragraph.

Read the article


January 26, 2007
    I have been reading the Old Kew Gardens site for years, and have posted a letter or two in that time: but this morning was the first time that someone mentioned me Rod (Roddy in my youth) Nalven, by name. I am thrilled. Thank you Ron Issaac. Your letter just made my day. I lived the apartments at 83-26 Lefferts until 1963 at which time my family moved to a house on Abingdon Road. Your address was actually 83-14 Lefferts. I remember all of the things you mentioned. Rassler's which became Kinitsky's, then Lerner's (?) with Helen there though all the new owners. King George with fat Moe and his brother. I rode the same buses to PS 90 and then to RHHS.
    Most of all I remember the endless baseball games in your backyard between the apartment house alleys and the back of the King George Grocery. Stuart Fieldman and his younger brother Johnny, Marshal Saul, Kevin Gordon, Paul Lockner, Andy Newman, you and your brother Ernie. We only needed infielders because anything in the air ended up on the roof of your garage or over the fence into the court yard between the buildings. I vaguely remember a large tree in the center of the yard that we had to play around.
    By the way, you can see your old house in the 1930's photo of the Kew Lefferts Apartment in the "Kew Gardens Apartments" section of the web site.
    Ron, thanks for the memory. You made my day. And thank you Joe for a great web site. I have lived in Florida since 1980 but my roots and fondest memories are in old KG.
Rod Nalven
[To contact Rod Nalven, click here]


January 25, 2007
If anyone has a school picture of the third grade from Miss Reese' class that I am in, please post it on the KG Site.
Thank you,
Linda Widder Wiesner
[To contact Linda Widder Wiesner, click here]


January 24, 2007
CALL FOR KEW GARDENS ARTISTS
to participate in a wonderful Community Project: Designing & Painting Murals on 2 brick walls in Cinemas Park (on Austin Street near Kew Gardens Post Office)

While scoping out the neighborhood last Spring, in preparation for Kew Gardens' first annual Kew Gardens Spring Into Summer Community Day, our committee spent a lot of time discussing how to improve the look of Cinemas Park (the little park on Austin Street, near the Kew Gardens Post office, around the corner from the Kew Gardens Cinemas) The Girl Scouts cleaned it up at the end of March and did a great job painting the benches bright purple and green. A vast improvement but the park was clearly not finished! What would finish it? Definitely a fabulous mural for the two brick walls!! We did not have the time to launch the project in 2006 but we are ready now and would like to invite you, as a Kew Gardens artist, to a Brainstorming Meeting on Saturday, February 10th, 11:00, at Bliss Cafe (by the Kew Gardens LIRR). If you are interested in participating or if you have any questions, please E-mail CarolLacks@aol.com. We would appreciate it if you'd tell any and all KEW GARDENS artists about this new project.Many thanks!
Carol Lacks
CarolLacks@aol.com
PS. Kew Gardens Spring Into Summer Community Day 2007 is scheduled for Sunday, June 10th (rain date June 24th) We will be having an Art and Crafts Show again at the LIRR. Posters and contracts will be ready soon


January 24, 2007
    Responding to Marty (Harpo) Marks, he was certainly a neighborhood "celebrity."
    I vividly recall an incident in which he played a major role. As was customery for a Friday night in winter, circa 1963, a large group of us was hanging out at the Kew-Forest bowling alley. The alleys were down a flight of stairs on Metropolitan Avenue, below the KeyFood supermarket.
    At around 10 PM a couple of strangers entered the premesis, one an overweight guy who walked with a limp, and the other, a loud and obvious drunk. While we ranged in age from about 17-21, these guys were much older; probably around 30. The drunk got a lane and started to throw a few balls down it when suddenly he called out, in a very slurred voice, "I'll take on any one down here." Danny Metz, who fancied himself as the second coming of Paul Newman, quickly took on his best Fast Eddie Felson persona, and accepted the drunk's challenge. He proposed that his buddy, Harpo, would be the opponent.
    As I recall, the first game was for $20 and Harpo, who I didn't know was a pretty good bowler, rolled a game of about 180 to defeat the drunk by about thirty pins. The drunk and his friend then asked to raise the ante, and I believe they played that second game for $50. Suddenly the "drunk" seemed quite sober, and he proceeded to roll a score in low 200's. Undaunted, Harpo responded with a score of about 230. The hustlers had been outhustled by Danny Metz and Harpo.
    Those were the days.
Frank Goldberg (AKA Link)
[To contact Frank Goldberg, click here]


Dr. Footsie (Part 2)
January 24, 2007
Hi Joe:
    If we can fast reverse back to the early 1950's remembering my first post - (NO not the lst Post Position - that's another story)- from sunrise to sunset I literally lived in the park - during the summer - up by 6:00 am - run up Metropolitan Ave to Forest Park - come home 7-8:OO PM - playing Softball, Basketball, Handball and Running around the oval - relay races - guys like the Spindells - Alan and Howie, Rosie, Minnie (Bob Minsky), Billy Gearhart, Dave Gluck, etc.
    I spent many hours at PS 99 school yard - playing stickball with my arch rival - Bob Serkey. Since we were both die-hard Dodger fans we couldn't pretend to represent them - he chose the Cleveland Indians and I chose the Chicago White Sox - because we both had a tremendous dislike for the Yankees. We kept winning and losing records over the years.
    I remember that my mother had recently bought a heavy duty broom with a thick handle - my Dad's hand saw came in real handy - and of course his hand became real handy on my backside, when my mother found out about my surgical techniques. Needless to say that bat crushed a lot of balls - spaulding and tennis - we lost quite a few - over the schoolyard fence - where at that time you could see way down to Queens Blvd and we'd go through the hole in the fence and look for the balls that were in the shrubs.
    When I first came to Kew Gardens I was into AA - (Art and Athletics) - the only thing that stuck was the fungus - until I got back into the arts. - Speaking of art - I found at an early age - 8-9 - the best brushes were NOT camel hair - but Human - that's why inkwells were put in the desk behind those girls with the longest ponytails or braids - the ink flows real smooth - I apologize to those classmates that sat in front of me. With all my shenanigans I was still able to move on to the next level of education - Russell Sage here I come.
    I remember Winston (Winky) Coleman and myself always doodling and drawing (on paper) on the park bench tables for hours and hours. Paul Stillman had recently told me that Winky had passed away - Rest In Peace my friend.
    Joe, you put a lot of time and effort in to building this great website - I want to hear from people who knew me, and have them respond in any way, shape and form. My keyboard's running out of ink - my eyes are tired and I'm going to sleep.
    Good Night Mrs. Oliver wherever you are.
Marty (Harpo) Marks
www.drfootsie.org
drfootsie@drfootsie.org


January 20, 2007
Hi Joe-----the next music and poetry show will be held at the Theater Cafe, 103-06 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills, on Thursday, February 1st, beginning at 7:15 P.M. Thanks again Joe.
Aaron
[To contact Aaron Adler, click here]


January 16, 2007
Anyone remember Kathy McGrath???? (the McGrath’s) Patty, Kathy and Mary? The mousey kid in P.S.99 what a wonderful life!!!!!! Some were nice and some weren’t so nice. And now I have been shaped by all my experiences and my life is good!
Kathy McGrath
mominnj2006@yahoo.com


Dr. Footsie
January 16, 2007
Hi Joe:
    This is one great website. It brings back so many memories. I lived in Kew Gardens from 1951 - 1966 - Lived in the Alt-Green Towers at 118-40 Metropoltan Avenue. We moved from Brooklyn - my parents said we were going to a better place - I think the real reason was they wouldn't let me stay - I think I was already a rebel. Being a life long Dodger fan - that was the year they blew the pennant to the hated Giants - God works in strange ways. My first encounter with another person of my age (8 yrs old) was Steve Speier - I don't what actually transpired but the next moment Steve is pummeling me on the lawn in front of the house - enter my HERO - John (Donovan) Davidson - why he changed his name - he still looks Irish - he broke up the mismatch and we have been friends ever since.
    John and sister Lana lived in 2K, Steve lived in apt. 4K and right above him in 5K was Bob and Richard Serkey - I lived in 6L and we always talked to each other through our windows - we had a common courtyard. Steve if your out there and happen to get on the website - I apologize for the demise of your goldfish that were in the tank sitting by the window and were easy picking with paper clips loaded in rubber bands.
    PS 99 was another experience - I remember it was a 4th grade assembly and I decided to light off a firecracker - someone snitched - who I don't know - I was in Mrs Olivers' office and had to bring my mother up to school and was suspended for I think 2-3 days. Big Girls Don't Cry (*Frank Valle and the 4 Seasons) but Little Boys Do. I got better over the next few years - just did'nt get caught. I hope I did'nt shorten Mrs. Oliver's life.
    If you don't mind, I would like to fast forward to 1966 - (if your interested,will go back to those other creative, fun-filled years which had caused havoc amongst my fellow Kew Gardeners) Someone said Go West Young Man, Go West - now going back to Brooklyn is West - I at least learned something. Five Days later I asked someone - What's that weird looking think coming out of the ground.- He said Palm trees - a few missed exits, a couple turns here and there - walla - Southern California.
    Having kept in contact with my good friend John D over the years - and he had informed me of this website - which brought back many great memories of growing up in an area where the weather might not have been the best - but the people sure were. To my friend Paul Stillman who had a picture of our 6th Grade Class - 1954 - I said make me a copy - He said no when you come to NY - I'll give you the picture. Well 40 years after being in the desert - I was going home - via Washington DC - where I set up a booth at the W.H.O. Conference on Tobacco or Health - July 12-14, 2006 - I just had to drive into NY - visit the old neighborhood,go to PS 99, eat a slice a Pizza (2) at Dani's and go to the old apartment house - and surprise Danny (Mouse) Metz and just happened to see Bob Serkey as I was leaving. Spent the rest of the day and evening with John and his lovely wife Beverly and Paul came over with the picture - expensive - but worth it. Thanks for posting the picture Joe. John barbecued Turkey Burgers - tasted great. Paul still keeps asking about those burgers. Beverly thanks for the fried cauliflower although driving back home in an old pick-up truck 1979 - no air conditioning - somewhere between Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis there was a distinct aroma that was coming from the passenger seat - price of gas the way it was - maybe should have put it in the tank.
    As Bob Hope said - Thanks for the Memories - they were fantastic.
    My name is Martin (MARTY) Marks
    I had several nicknames growing up - It started in PS 99 - RED - went perfect with my report card. RED Marks Russell Sage - the Gym teacher - called me HARPO Now it's Dr FOOTSIE, FOOTSIE or FOOTS - whatever you choose to call me - Don't call me late for dinner.
    STEP into my website - www.drfootsie.org or email me: drfootsie@drfootsie.org
    SPAM does'nt bother me - I tasted enough of it going to Sage and Richmond Hill H.S.
    I would like to hear from old friends, enemies, those that remember me and those that would like to forget me.
GOD BLESS.
Martin (MARTY) Marks
drfootsie@drfootsie.org


Ten Downing Street
January 15, 2007
Hi Joe,
    Stumbled across your site and was absolutely knocked out. Detailed, comprehensive and very, very interesting.
    Though I never lived in Kew Gardens, I worked at a bar there in the mid 70's,while I was in college. It was called Ten Downing Street-- on Metropolitan Avenue, and hmmm, can't recall the corner street, but I think the next major intersection was Lefferts Blvd.
    A few doors down was a deli called Joe Pepitone's (did he really own it? I don't know). Across the street was The Salty Dog, which drew, I believe, a slightly older, possibly more savory crowd than 10 Downing St.
    The bar was like something out of Goodfellas. The owner was named Johnny (rumors were rampant about his "connections" and partners.) Johnny owned another place a few blocks away -- he wanted it to be his "class joint". I think it was called Sir Thomas Moore's Steakhouse and it never did very well until he brought in gay management -- then it became popular and profitable.
    Ten Downing Street drew an eclectic clientele. There were leg-breakers for loan sharks, a Mafia hit-man (who actually used to check his guns under the bar), a fence who visited twice a month, selling cashmere sweaters and Nikons, the occasional JFK pilot or stewardess (they weren't "flight attendants" back then), off-duty cops, miscreants, kooks, rogues and characters of every stripe.
    While I worked there, it drew huge crowds every weekend. I never understood why -- the only entertainment was the wacky staff, a juke box, a pinball and a Pong machine. Many nights (in deep winter) there would be a crowd outside waiting to get in. (Had there ever been a fire, tragedy was a certainty. The red rear EXIT sign hung over a closet door. There was only one escape - the front door. The windows had padlocked iron gates on them.)
    No doubt the residents hated it. It was a vector of noise, traffic congestion and many dangerous people. (I quit the night someone shot out the front windows - Godfather style) While there, I witnessed world-class brawls, hi-jinks and debauchery I wouldn't describe to a stranger.
    While working there, I had loaded guns pointed at me 3 times. Nope, not by the mob hoods. Every time, it was a drunken cop.
    Do you know whatever became of 10 Downing Street and it's denizens? I recall many of the guys I worked with - Jimmy Kelly (the de facto manager), Omar Garcia (a 6'5" Argentinian schoolteacher), Joe Pellitier (Lugano's Cousin - Joe commuted in from the Bronx), Ray Ziti (Zito?). There was a bouncer named Kenny who was psychotic (he actually started many fights), Billy Tilly, Andy whatsisname, and guy we called Shakey Jake. Most of all, I recall the cook, Scotty Evans. He was one of the finest people I have ever known. Scotty's wife was a NYC schooolteacher. Besides teaching me to make the perfect hamburger, Scotty taught me a lot about life. (I was only 19 or 20 when I worked there).
    Early one Friday evening, I poured drinks for a guy who looked a lot like Manuel Noriega and his pretty blond girlfriend. That Monday, I again saw his face -- on the front page of the Daily News. He had murdered the blond the very evening I saw them. NYPD had him in custody rather quickly.
    There was always something eerie about that part of Kew Gardens. Last call was at 3:30 or 4 am. I was rarely out of there before 4:30 and the solitary walks to my car were chilling.
    I remember stopping in the Old Baily (of Kitty Genovese fame) a few times. Seems there was another Tudor-themed joint next door - was it the Sheffield something?
    I've lived in California now for many years and the weather and scenery beats the hell out of NY. But the people back east were a LOT more colorful and interesting -- especially the crew from 10 Downing Street.
    If some other 10 Downing alumnus wants to reminisce, would you kindly let me know?
    Thanks, Joe. And again, a fantastic site.
[Name withheld]
[To contact this poster, click here]


January 10, 2007
    Yesterday I posted in Where Are They Now, and in the hopes of reconnecting with long lost childhood friends I'm now signing the guest book as well. I lived in Kew Gardens from 1959 through 1962 and graduated from PS 117 in June 1962. I made an error in yesterday's posting. My building was called the Griswold not the Pershing Crescent (that was another building nearby). I'd love to hear from, or about, Barbara Eisenberg who would be about 55 today (see the Where are They Now for details). I'd also love to hear from or about Constance Collins (who also attended PS 117). She came from a large family and was gutsy, very much her own person and a real tomboy. My first friend who lived on the same street was Patricia Companioni (not sure of spelling), we took our first communions together. When I initially moved to Kew Gardens I was 8 years old and had been in the United States for about 6 to 8 months. I probably still had a bit of a French accent for the first year. I also remember a girl called "Cookie" who was living with her grandmother in a small private house. Like me, she was one of the "outsiders" who didn't quite fit in with all the other kids. Her family origins were Turkish and she was the first person I ever knew who talked about reincarnation. Guess what Cookie, I do pretty much believe in that today. I'd love to know how her life turned out. Back then, I was on the short side, had short blond hair and was very talkative. I seldom hesitated to say what I thought....not necessarily a quick path to popularity. I remember Hurricane Donna and being kept in school (with no lunch as I usually went home for it) until my mother could come and get me. I do remember feeling totally safe going trick or treating on Halloween and being thrilled with this new to me custom. I know live in a very unusual small town amidst the redwoods in Northern California and have not been back to Kew Gardens in close to 40 years. I remember it well and can still see it in my mind. It was my first real home in the United States.
    I'd also love to know about my 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Wright. She taught her first class at PS117 in Sept. 1961 and couldn't have been older than her mid twenties.
Christine Laporte
rrpsychicatrrpsychic.com
(Replace "at" with @ when emailing)


January 1, 2007
    Great to find this website-
    I loved KG... 1964-1972/1979-1985 -Danny's pizza ... Spiros checken soup!!!!! and back when a pizza pie was just $3.25... there were some really great ppl in KG... my father lived with his parents on Talbot street -"the Vickers" and we later lived into the spolan buildings on metropolitan ave. my friends were Peter Vesey, Peter Marlboro, the Guggenheims... Lisa and Melanie... Erika Silverman, Jane Roth, a kid with a last name of Bronson, Peter Milius and his sisters.. I remember baseball at Forest Park... and Dead mans rock... and the pervs who would hang out there. I remember going to the sprinklers with mommy... there was an element about KG that seemed to isolate it from the outside... getting "out of kew gardens" became a priority as I grew older, 17,18,19... unfortunately many of my friends were not ready to move on... they spent too much time at the handball courts. I remember a very long walk to Union Turnpike, and after coming out of the shower my head was iced up by the time I got there. I went to PS 99 in 71-73... moved to connecticut then california, then back... then out. I also went to Russell Sage... -that was a great school!!!
Damon Vickers -
vickers@damonvickers.com


January 1, 2007
    To Joe De May, our most capable and astute guide to Old Kew Gardens, and to all our fellow past and present Kew Gardenites;
    Mrs. Linsky and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year, and to leave you with this one thought;
    May you all live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live! (courtesy of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello)
A. Linsky
[To contact A. Linsky, click here]


Bigger Images
January 1, 2007
Editor's Note: Since more people now have broadband connections and higher resolution screens, I am beginning to bump up the size and resolution of the images I display here. So, instead of averaging 20 - 35 KB, images will start to average 60 - 80 KB. If enough dial up users find these file sizes make viewing the web pages too slow, let me know and I will reduce the file sizes.



Get a Gmail Account Free
January 1, 2007
    Editor's Note: As of February 1, 2005, Old Kew Gardens [.com] got a new email address with Gmail, which is the Google web based email service. You've probably heard that Gmail offers two gigabytes [2,000 MB] of free storage. It's free, but available by invitation only. Invitations are so sought after that they are being offered for sale on eBay. I have invitations I can distribute to friends. I'm not selling them, I'm giving them away. They are available on a first come first serve basis. Just send me an email telling me you'd like one.
    Update: Unless I know you, your request must come from a bona fide working ISP email address. To prevent abuse, email requests coming from free web based email services like Yahoo or Hotmail will not be honored.
    Update: I will remove this post when I run out of invitations. If you're reading this, then there are still invitations left to give out.



Posting Messages Here
January 1, 2007
[Ed.'s Note: The reason each guest book posting does not appear here immediately is that I review each message individually before posting to eliminate spam or unwanted adult content. Email me if you want to make a correction to a message you have already posted or if you would like a message removed.]




How to contact Guestbook signers

Some Guestbook signers choose not to publish their email addresses. If you wish to contact one of them, send me an email identifying the guestbook signer you wish to contact and giving me the date his or her message was posted. Your email to me must contain your full name, and may also include anything else you wish to tell the signer. I will forward your email to the Guestbook signer you wish to contact, but with no cc or bcc to you. It will be the signer's decision whether or not to make contact with you. Any emails which contain spam, adult content, or appear suspect for any other reason will not be forwarded. ~The Editor.


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