The "Dart Guy" Robert Vetrano....2007
While reading your article on
Vetrano "The Dart Guy" I realized you were writing
about my husband Bob. We have relocated to "Summertree"
in New Port Richey, Florida.
The article was written by P.J.
Merola of Middlesex, New Jersey. It meant an awful lot to
be remembered after all these years by someone and know you
had an impact on their life. Bob remembers him well.
Bob had also worked thirty-two
and a half years with the State of NJ before retiring. He
had open heart surgery and is now doing fine.
We still try to visit Asbury
Park at least once a year.
There is only one Asbury
Robert and Aneva Vetrano
New Port Richey,Fl
From "Flint" Bud Adams and his
memories of work and John Bass
I graduate Asbury Park High School
in 1976. My first job was at a pizza place on the boardwalk. The
managers name was Tony. Sorry but I cannot remember the name of
the place. I remember John Bass. He hired me to help him sell
painting on the boardwalk. The Easter Parade, the Waffle ice
cream, the arcades. I spent from 8th grade to high
school always at the boardwalk and of course the circuit. The
best years of my life was at the Jersey Shore. From when a was a
baby my parents would take be to Bradley Beach and we always
walked the boardwalk to Asbury Park. We moved to Bradley Beach
when I was in the 8th grade.
I am so happy I have these
Michaels, Joey Dee, The Four Seasons and
the min-golf - whew!!
remember the restaurant Michael's that had the greatest food
& a fun appetizer of Hawaiian punch with orange sherbet
floating in it. It was near the Albion Hotel where I
stayed & 1 year met Joey Dee at the pool. He was
performing with the Starlighters in the lounge. There was
also a good restaurant very near Ocean Grove right by the ocean.
It had a pretty view, especially at sunset. My parents
& I would play miniature golf twice a day either on the
boardwalk or down one of the side streets. That one had 36
holes instead of playing the holes a second time. For
stores my mother bought lots of costume jewelry from these 2
elderly women on the boardwalk past the Convention Center. On
the outside of Palace Amusements was a wonderful shell shop.
At the Convention Center I saw the Righteous Brothers & the
Four Seasons perform at the peak of their popularity. Some
of my best memories are of Asbury Park.
on Bruce's Album....
grew up in Ocean Township. Our Sundays were passed
"going to the boardwalk". I remember the
riots, my brother having to go to a different Temple for his
Bar Mitzvah lessons. I remember the late 70s, early
80's, riding my bike to the beach. My fondest memory
(though I have no actual proof) is hanging out at the beach
when I was 14 or 15, and these guys saying they were taking
pictures for "Bruce's new album 'The River'". Most
of us from the area had heard the album was going to be a
single album called "The Promise." After
that afternoon signing a release, I rode my bike down to 4th
Ave. at 7 AM. Danny and Max were there. I went to the
pay phone on Asbury Ave., by Casino, across from the Empress
and called my friends. Three weeks later I receive a
check for "150.00, model services rendered"
Three weeks later Hungry Heart comes out in a picture
sleeve, girl on the phone in the background....And so, some
30 years later, I still have the sleeve, and still know it's
me! For the last 18 years, my daughters have seen the
spot and have always been told, "Asbury will rise
again, but be so special, no one will catch us!" I
still believe that, as I go to 7th-8th Ave to buy my condo!