From the Founders II

Of Archives and Anecdotes



Bob Capazzo

Historical researching is tough. I hugely admire those dogged people, like Anne Young of the Historical Society, who do it as a profession and keep their good humor in the process. We are reminded of that every time that contributing editor Muffin Zoubek, a lifelong Greenwich resident, helps me dig into the Moffly Publications archives to come up with another edition of “Scraps from the Past.”


But it’s not wading through all that detail that slows us down. It’s the memories triggered as we turn the pages of those old Nutmeggers and Greenwich Reviews. The generations of gossip. The surprises, the hilarity, the wonder of it all.


“You’re kidding!” we’ll say, looking at a picture of two guys inside Mianus Tavern celebrating the end of Prohibition by feeding a big bowl of beer to a horse. Today the ASPCA would be after us. Or, “That’s amazing,” reflecting on the 1951 photo of Harold Russell, the famous handless veteran who starred in Best Years of Our Lives, lighting his wife’s cigarette with his steel hooks.


Sixty years’ worth of bridal announcements never fails to bear fruit. In 1950, there was Ethel Skakel who married Bobby Kennedy, with all his brothers and sisters coming to Greenwich to help him down the aisle. (We ran across a 1962 photo taken by Mrs. Charles Spalding of her friend President Kennedy in a Palm Beach pool, his famous shock of hair considerably trimmed to make him look older, according to the caption.) In 1951 came Lanie Moore who once turned down a chance to be Miss America. Remember? In 1958, Mrs. James Edelin Bourne, née Miss Nancie Magee, graced a page. Everybody in Riverside remembers what devils those Bourne boys were, especially the frazzled former manager of the Riverside Yacht Club, who couldn’t believe it when he saw Jimmy walk into the Nantucket Yacht Club with his proper young fiancée for their engagement party. In 1970, there was Mrs. Cabot Wade, née Miss Glenn Close. “Well, that didn’t last,” Muffin and I nodded, knowingly.


Muffin found her own wedding portrait in 1967, and I spotted myself with Bobby Short at the Whiteheads’ house in 1987, at a fundraiser for Senator Lowell Weicker. Not knowing what to say to the musical icon of Manhattan, I recall blurting out: “Oh, my children will be so thrilled to know I met you!” And he said: “Why?” Good point. Ann Landers was there, too.


We giggled over a picture of Jane Seel and Isabel Malkin dressed as nuns for a walk-on in Tosca at the Met in 1987, then sobered up reading Cornelia Jahncke’s 1965 “Case for Planned Parenthood,” in which she pondered whether or not birth control would finally be declared legal in Connecticut.


A picture of two Greenwich couples in Dutch costume in Holland in 1970 triggered a personal memory. When we were teenagers, my brother Mike and I visited friends of our parents who lived in the Hague; and we, too, had gone native for a photograph in Vollendam. Months later, driving other guests into Vollendam, our hosts were startled to see a giant billboard featuring Mike and me proclaiming the delights of the city.


Naturally, we marveled at the showstopper real estate ads — like the spacious five-bedroom house on two acres of waterfront property in Old Greenwich going for $125,000 in 1965.


Muffin and I can’t wait for the next session. Come join us, but not when you’re in a hurry. You’ll have a wonderful time.

— Donna Moffly

 

Greenwich Agenda

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    2014.06.21
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

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  • Exhibit: Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing | Greenwich, CT

    2014.05.03
     @ Bruce Museum

    May 3 – August 31, 2014 Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing This exhibition focuses on two of the world’s leading...

  • Saturday Vals Free Weekly In-Store Wine Tasting | Greenwich, CT

    2014.05.10
     @ Val's Putnam Wine And Liquors

    We will feature an array of new and different International wines that are selected by our staff as “Staff Picks Favorites” in...

  • Happy Hour | Greenwich, CT

    2014.01.26
     @ Morello Italian Bistro

    Refresh yourself with our famous Red & White Sangria! Don’t forget that during happy hour every day 4:30pm-6:30pm your 2nd drink...

  • Polo Benefit for Hope

    2014.08.31
     @ Greenwich Polo Club

    For the second year in a row, Virginia's House of Hope is having a fundraiser at the Greenwich Polo Club! Join us on Sunday, August...

  • 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!...

  • Animal Meet and Greet

    2014.06.22
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Sundays, June 22 - August 31, 3:30 - 4:00pm Stop by for a chance to meet one of our Overbrook Nature Center or Heckscher Farm animals up...

  • Bar: Live Music | Greenwich, CT

    2014.03.09
     @ Barcelona Greenwich

    Join us in Greenwich every Sunday for live music and half-priced bottles of wine!

  • 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...

  • Exclusive Tour of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Yale University Art Gallery

    2014.09.09
     @ Yale University Art Gallery

    Join JCC Greenwich for an exclusive tour with museum curator Elizabeth Manekin. The collection is noteworthy for exemplary works from the...

  • Understanding the Gaza War: Strategic & Political Implications

    2014.09.09
     @ Greenwich Library, Cole Auditorium

    Dr. Efraim Inbar is a Professor in Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University and Director of its renowned Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic...

  • Bruce Museum: Look and See - Into the Deep

    2014.09.10
     @ Bruce Museum

    A program especially designed for children ages 3-5 years and their adult caregivers, who will explore the Museum’s exhibition through...

  • College Admissions Boot Camp | Greenwich, CT

    2014.09.13

    College Prep 360 will be offering two college admissions “boot camps” in their Greenwich office over the summer. The first workshop...

  • 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...

  • Greenwich Area Newcomers Annual Lobster Fest

    2014.09.14
     @ Tod's Point Clambake Area

    This is our kickoff event each year-held at Tod's Point Clambake area. The event is scheduled for Sunday September 14th starting...

  • Information Fair

    2014.09.16
     @ YMCA

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


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