Sandra McCarthy - The Ballard Methodist
My mother's(born 1914)parents, grandparents and assorted kin were
Asbury Park residents. My paternal grandfather, Harry M. Steelman,
was an architect/builder who worked on or built many buildings in
Asbury Park including one of the Theatres, possibly the Mayfair. My
paternal great grandfather, Ezekiah Steelman, founded the the
congregation which is now the Ballard Methodist Church. My maternal
great grandfather, Henry Herbert, owned a paint store.
My grandparents built their home on Fifth Ave when the lakes were
still tidal. My grandmother held a lantern so he could build at night
after work (we now think but are not sure that the house was/is a kit
house brought in by train).
I spent my first ten summers (born 9/41 - 42 - 52) in Asbury during
the war and after. Those summers were wonderful. Even after '52 we
always spent Easter at my grandparents and participated in the Easter
Anyhow I have many memories and some photos I could share BUT, most
importantly, my aunt (born 1912) is still alive and could tell many
tales of the old Asbury Park including when it was the summer White
Please let me know if you have any interest.
Debbie Gibson Video Shoot
Hi! My name is Charleen Frankie and
I was in a video which was the first video that Debbie Gibson
ever filmed for the song, "Only in my Dreams". I
played her mother in the video and I have a copy of it. IT was
filmed in Asbury on the beach with saxaphone sections filmed in
the Casino and a large portion of the video was filmed in the
Merry-Go-Round next to the Casino while Debbie Gibson sang the
song, "Only in my Dreams". Also, I remember skating in
the Casino with my Dad and catching the brass ring on the
Merry-Go-Round in the Palace Amusements. The Video is from 1987
when Debbie Gibson was 16 and so was my daughter. So Debbie is
now 32 and so is my daughter. She and her friends watched the
Video being taped and there was also a Priest in the Video with
whom I still keep in contact. It might be nice to have a reunion
of the people in the Video. Also, I just published an article in
the "Coaster" about saving the Casino because it was
such a beautiful landmark. Please let me know if I can be of any
help. I live in Interlaken
and want so much to help with the revitalization of Asbury
Park. Also, I was Miss NJ-World in 1966 and made several
appearances in Asbury Park. Sincerely, Charleen M. Frankie
Norma Jackson -
recalling the 40's
was a paradise for young people in the 40s a great evening
could be had for a little money. Bumper cars carousel
rides and lots of sounds from the boardwalk and laughter too.
Its a sad sight for anyone with memories however I like
the walk and the only thing left is that big cement slab by
the casino that lets me enter a world of bygone days in my
memory. Hope it becomes a new stepping stone for future
memories to others.
Nancy on the Boardwalk in the 60's
Hi! I remember going to AP
with my Aunt Helen and cousin, Judy. I was born in 1959,
so I guess I was around 7 or 8 years old. I remember
riding the carousel and reaching for the brass ring!
Don't know that I ever got one...I think I was too short!
I remember the bumper cars. Mostly, I remember an
"auction house" somewhere along the boards.
Aunt Helen used to take us there. They would pass out
paper bags and you would bid on stuff. If this jogs
anyone else's memory, please remind me in detail. I was
young and not sure I remember it all. As far as
concerts, I saw The
Carpenters at Convention Hall. I also saw Bobby
Goldsboro. I haven't lived in NJ for 7 years.
I was raised in Toms
River. You have no idea how much I miss the
boards, especially Seaside.
is beautiful, but, they just don't have boardwalks.