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

  • Meet Bestselling Author Ayelet Waldman

    2014.10.30
     @ Organic Planet

    On October 30 at 10am, JCC Greenwich will present New York Times bestselling author Ayelet Waldman, who will discuss her latest novel Love and...

  • Exhibit Ira BARKOFF

    2014.10.11
     @ Canfin Gallery

    “The beauty of the physical world becomes a metaphor for the capacity of the spirit to reveal itself". Ira Barkoff Evocation of...

  • 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...

  • SPLURGE Matches Scarf Donations for Cancer Patients

    2014.10.01
     @ SPLURGE

    SPLURGE and the Cancer Institute at Greenwich Hospital are partnering to bring comfort and encouragement to cancer patients.  From October...

  • Flinn Gallery Art Opening

    2014.10.30
     @ Flinn Gallery 2nd floor

    FLINN GALLERY Opening Reception 'IN FOCUS' Thursday October 30, 6 - 8pm Seven artists share their visions - Carolyn Conrad,...

  • 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...

  • Flower Power

    2014.10.08
     @ SM Home Gallery

    SM Home Gallery show featuring two Greenwich based artists: Margaret Bragg and Penny Putnam. The art show runs thorough November 22nd....

  • IMAGINE CANDY- SWEET TASTINGS!!!

    2014.10.24
     @ Imagine Candy

    Imagine Candy located in Scarsdale Village- Winner of 2014 Best West of Westchester by Westchester Magazine- holds a Belgian Chocolate and Candy...

  • Harvest Fair and Gift Show

    2014.11.01
     @ Second Congregational Church

    Event Will Include Hay Mazes, Games, Crafts, Food, Holiday Shopping The community is invited to a Harvest Fair and Gift Show on Saturday, Nov....

  • New Fitness Class: SalsaTone

    2014.11.01
     @ Latin Moves Dance Studio

    Starting November 1st ~ Every Saturday morning 10 to 11 AM Instructor: Melissa Lopez Start your weekend off right with this exciting cardio...

  • Lynne Scalo Design Opening

    2014.11.05

    Please join Lynne Scalo, Greenwich Magazine and athome Magazine to celebrate the Greenwich showroom opening of Lynne Scalo Design Cocktails...

  • Breast Cancer Alliance Benefit Luncheon & Fashion Show

    2014.11.06
     @ Hyatt Regency Greenwich

    Breast Cancer Alliance to Host Branching Out, Coming Together, Aspiring to a Cure 19th Annual Benefit Luncheon & Fashion Show: November 6,...

  • Free Screening of Documentary ' Children of the Inquisition'

    2014.11.06
     @ Bush-Holley House

    Join filmmaker Joseph Lovett as he presents his documentary film and multi-platform project of personal exploration and...

  • P.A.L.S. 2nd Annual Soarin' Soiree~ November 7, 2014

    2014.11.07
     @ Greenwich Country Club

    You are invited to join our State Senator, L. Scott Frantz and our First Selectman, Peter J. Tesei, for an awe-inspiring evening to benefit Patient...

  • John Hardy Event

    2014.11.08
     @ Bloomingdale's

    John Hardy One of a kind. One at a time. Each by hand. Bloomingdale's is inviting YOU to meet the head designer Guy Bedarida as he presents...

  • Olivine Gabbro Opening

    2014.11.08

    Olivine Gabbro invites you to join them for their Opening Party! DJ | Cocktails | H'Orderves | Gift Bags Made to Measure Beautifully...

  • Meet Joshua Safran, Author of "Free Spirit: Growing Up On the Road and Off the Grid"

    2014.11.11
     @ YWCA Greenwich

    Meet the author of this powerful memoir. Joshua Safran is an author, attorney, occasional rabbi, and nationally recognized advocate for...


Show More...

Most Popular Articles

  1. Henry & Me
    Greenwich
  2. Go For Pink
    Greenwich Avenue
  3. Joie Shopping Event
    Joie Greenwich
  4. 100th Annual Hunt Ball
    Conyers Farm
  5. 6 Ways to Practice Mindfulness
    Simple steps to get the most out of each moment