From the Founders

Of Pom-Poms and Passing Batons



Bob Capazzo

It’s January, and Cristin Marandino has taken over the helm of Greenwich Magazine. On Friday, October 19, she moved lock, stock and computer out of our Westport office, where she was executive editor of Westport Magazine, and into the Greenwich office — sitting herself at my desk.

“We should do something to celebrate,” I told Rosemarie Anner, our longtime executive editor, the week before, “like bring in some pizza for lunch.” “Sure,” said she, and ran with the ball. Little did I know in what direction.

So I returned from my sacrosanct hair appointment that Friday, grabbed Jen Danzi’s pom-poms to accompany my welcoming speech and wondered why Rosemarie was grabbing my arm and telling me to go get Jack and Cristin — fast. I also wondered why things were so deadly quiet in the office. “Hurry,” she told us. “Let’s find the pizza.” Opening the conference room door, she peeked in and said: “Uh-oh. It’s not in here. Better follow me.” And, coatless, we trailed her outside like ducklings, past Penang Grill (“Nope,” she said: “it’s not in there.”) and into — guess where? — Jean-Louis! I should’ve known not to trust a food editor with a simple request.

Inside to greet us — some twenty strong — was our whole Greenwich Magazine staff, lovely round tables, an elegant buffet and multitudinous bottles of Champagne. “What the h—?” said I, with my usual charm. “This is for you, and Jack, too!” someone announced. I stood there stunned, still holding my pom-poms. There was even a baton to pass, in truth Bob Capazzo’s martial arts short stick. So I gave a little speech, led a rousing cheer (“Give me a C, give me an R,” …. ) for Cristin (probably the first of its kind in Restaurant Jean-Louis) and passed her the baton; Jack borrowed it back, gave a little speech and passed it to son Jonathan, the new Greenwich publisher who, bowing, received it ceremoniously in both hands, shades of his five years in Tokyo; and everybody toasted everybody. Then we plowed into the chicken Giannone, Mediterranean rouget, and sponge cake with Chantilly cream, berries and Sauvignon Blanc sauce. The cake by Black Forest featured Jack’s and my portraits inside life rings, and a little sailboat crewed by Jonathan, Lena and Cristin — a tribute from our art department.

It was one of life’s great moments, and the new helmsmen will do a superb job. Jack and I, of course, are working harder than ever (“at half the pay,” adds Jack); I will still operate as editorial director of all our magazines.

So welcome to From the Founders and our first pages of the new year. Keep reading! And may 2008 bring you all joy, good health and success.

 

Greenwich Agenda

  • Information Fair

    2014.09.16
     @ YMCA

    Our Annual Information Fair - This event showcases non profits , community businesses, schools and  services in the Greenwich...

  • Nigh Season: New Paintings By David Konigsberg

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM  Public Invited   NIGH...

  • Undulate: Paintings By Julie Gross and Margaret Neill

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    GALLERY II Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM Public Invited...

  • Parties at the JCC Center

    2014.09.02
     @ Stamford JCC

    A place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. Be a guest at your own party! The JCC offers a wonderful space for you and your guests to...

  • Greenwich Harbor Sunset Wine Cruise | Greenwich, CT

    2014.06.05
     @ Delamar Hotel Dock

    The boat "Prudence" departs from the Delamar Hotel Dock on 500 Steamboat Rd. All the wine is sponsored through VALS with food...

  • Laurel House Family Seminar Series

    2014.09.18
     @ Laurel House

    Thursday evenings, September 18, October 2, 16, 30, 6:30-8:00 pm Join us Thursday evenings for this four part Family Seminar Series as...

  • Isaia Fall Trunk Show

    2014.09.19
     @ Richards

  • The Many Faces of Multi Media

    2014.09.20
     @ Meli-Melo of Greenwich

    Dr. Julia Trebing, Director Creative Therapies in Stamford, CT exhibits her paintings at Meli-Melo Creperie & Juice Bar  during Sept...

  • SoulCycle GWCH for Make-A-Wish CT

    2014.09.20
     @ SoulCycle

    Make-A-Wish Connecticut is thrilled to be partnering with SoulCycle's Greenwich location for a charity ride on Saturday, September 20th!...

  • Wall Street Tennis Challenge

    2014.09.20
     @ Greenwich Country Club

    The goal of The Wall Street Tennis Challenge is to support the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation’s efforts while spreading awareness...

  • Nam Cho Trunk Show

    2014.09.20
     @ Richards

  • Arts & Crafts on Bedford

    2014.09.20
     @ Bedford Street

    Shop at over 100 craft and artisan boutiques on Bedford Street, which will be closed to traffic for the weekend. Dine in our extended sidewalk...

  • Puttin’ On The Dog Festival

    2014.09.21
     @ Roger Sherman Baldwin Park

    Puttin’ On The Dog Festival Greenwich, Connecticut the place to be on September 21st for dogs and their owners...

  • Candy Fairies Book Reading

    2014.09.21
     @ Imagine Candy

    SCARSDALE, NY, Imagine Candy brings the acclaimed children's author Helen Perelman, the writer of the wickedly sweet Candy Fairies book...

  • Chizi's Tale Book Launch Party

    2014.09.21
     @ Tudor Investment Campus

    You and your family are invited to join Diane's Books of Greenwich and TUSK USA to celebrate the launch of Chizi's Tale: The True Story...

  • Chizi's Tale Book Launch Party

    2014.09.21
     @ Tudor Investment Campus

    You and your family are invited to join Diane's Books of Greenwich and TUSK USA to celebrate the launch of Chizi's Tale: The True Story...

  • SM&NC Farm Market

    2014.06.15
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Sundays, June 15 – October 5, 10am – 2pm We're thrilled to bring back the SM&NC Farm Market — now on Sundays!...

  • "Israel and the U.S."

    2014.09.22
     @ New Canaan Library

    The public is invited to attend a World Affairs Forum Great Decisions event featuring Seth Anziska, Columbia University. Mr. Anziska will speak...


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