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Of Wonder Women, Wilders and Wizards



Bob Capazzo

Welcome to February, our season of love. But unlike the song “Seasons of Love” from the musical RENT, with its measure of 525,600 minutes, we’ve only been allocated one day — February 14 — to celebrate love. Hardly seems enough, what?

As for this staff, we haven’t exactly kicked back after producing our big sixtieth anniversary issue in January. We bring you a full plate of editorial once again. For two years in a row, U.S. Banker Magazine has named former Greenwich resident Peyton Patterson the second most powerful female banker in the United States. We can see why she has been one of the chosen few. So can the Greenwich YWCA, who just made her a BRAVA Award winner. And so will you after reading Steve Sawicki’s article.

There are only a few movies I’ve ever wanted to sit through twice. One was Rain Man with Dustin Hoffman. Now I’ve added The Illusionist to my list. It was directed by Greenwich–grown Neil Burger, who also wrote the screenplay — the same Neil Burger who graduated from Yale intrigued with film, leaving his parents to wonder what would ever become of him. Not to worry. If I were on the Academy Award committee, he’d get an Oscar for this tale of mystery and royalty, starring Edward Norton as a magician in Vienna in 1900. Our writer Tim Dumas met with Neil over cheeseburgers and lemonade in Tribeca and tells us all about it.

And finally, finally, we nailed down Stamford neighbor Gene Wilder for an interview, mostly because his good wife Karen is into conservation and we were happy to help her spread the word about the Bartlett Arboretum. But capturing Willy Wonka — or young “Fronckensteen,” if you prefer — took years. The actor used to buy vegetables at the little produce market (now Penang Grill) on Lewis Street across the driveway from our offices; and when our executive editor Rosemarie Anner, a huge fan, saw him coming, she’d throw open her second-floor window and yell: “Mr. Wilder! Mr. Wilder!”

I happened upon him once in the market and asked: “Is my executive editor bothering you?” “Not a bit,” said he with a chuckle. So at last we can offer you Bill Slocum’s article on a remarkable pair of Wilders.

We hope you made it last month to the Greenwich Arts Council exhibit of our GREENWICH Magazine Photo Contest winners. In any case, here they are, chosen from over 200 entries. Our special thanks to each of you who submitted your work. 

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     @ Bruce Museum

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