Sunday, October 11, 2009

Summer (and fall) in Asbury

And if you didn't take my word that the Asbury Park Boardwalk came back in a big way this summer (and continues to this fall), here's another Shore native to give it his endorsement. That's the Wonder Bar behind him. No word if he stopped in for a cold one.

Also, to update the availability issue, signed first editions of both THE BARBED-WIRE KISS and THE HEARTBREAK LOUNGE are now available at the Asbury Galleria, inside the Grand Arcade between Convention Hall and The Paramount Theatre.

The Galleria also has an ongoing Morro Castle exhibit, in honor of the 75th anniversary of the fire that claimed 137 lives on the passenger liner. The smoking hulk beached just outside Convention Hall on Sept. 8, 1934 and remained there for six months until it was hauled away and cut up for scrap metal. A monument to the disaster was unveiled on the boardwalk last month, along with some rare home movie footage (below) shot from the beach after the ship came to rest.
Home movie footage of the luxury liner Morro Castle disaster


Jmags said...

Well, let's see if undefeated Heavyweight Kevin "The Kingpin" Johnson, who's from Asbury Park, can beat Vitali "Dr Iron Fist" Klitschko Dec. 12 for the WBC Heavyweight Championship. That would be something. He's the heavy underdog.

Wallace Stroby said...

Asbury has a rich wrestling tradition, especially at Convention Hall. Helen-Chantal Pike's book "Asbury Park's Glory Days" has some vintage posters.

Jmags said...

Yes, including Bam Bam Bigelow.