Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Stoop - 30 Years - August 25, 2001

Amazing what a difference 10 years makes! In August of '91 none of us were fathers...but on August 25, 2001, between me, Witz and Errol we had six kids on the stoop!

In the top picture we tried sitting the boys in our classic positions: that's my son Jonathan on the left, Witz's son Jake in the middle, and Errol's son Doug on the right.

The next photo is my daughters Kayleigh and Melanie, and Errol's daughter Maggie on the right.

For the first time, a non-resident of the block -- but a good friend -- joined us on Decatur to mark the 30th anniversary. That was long-time Bronx native Mike Weiser. Errol and I first met Mike in the summer of 1967 at Camp Kinder-Ring. In the summer of '70, Errol, Witz, Mike and I shared a cabin when we were all in KR's "Work Group." Mike went to Lehman College, as did I. He moved to the Chicago area after college, but is Bronx-through-and-through. You can just about make out his Bronx t-shirt in the photo below; Mike is sitting on the bottom step, far right.

Speaking of that shot, Steve's brother Lew also joined us in 2001, and you can see the "extended" Decatur family in the last picture. On the top row from left to right is me, Witz and Jake, Maggie and Doug with Errol.

Then Lew standing next to the stoop, with Jonathan and Kayleigh sitting together, and Mike and Ken filling out the shot.

I wanted to end this page with another shot of me, Witz and Errol, the way the first page starts. I chose this shot because it shows us as we're getting ready for the posed shot, and I love the way we're all cracking up about something.

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