50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY
China downed two U.S. Navy bombers that had strayed into its airspace following a raid on North Vietnam and the only survivor was held by China until 1973.
Muhammad Ali, at age 25, married his second wife, Belinda Boyd, then 17, and she converted to Islam taking the name Khalilah Ali and bore four children before the couple divorced in 1977.
Judy Garland was on Broadway in “At Home in the Palace” that played a limited engagement of 24 performances at the Palace Theater.
“The Trip,” a psychedelic movie written by Jack Nicholson and starring Peter Fonda and Susan Strasberg, was pulling in audiences throughout the United States.
And on Shelter Island . . .
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Gary Gerth at home on Shelter Island.
On a quiet evening a few years after he moved to Shelter Island, Gary Gerth’s phone rang. The caller, who identified himself as Leon, had misdialed. This was in the days before apps, when people made a local phone call to a friend to find out the weather, but Leon got Gary instead, so Gary stuck his head out to check the cloud cover, came back to report, and 45 minutes of conversation later he asked Leon his last name.
“Leon Uris? You wrote ‘Exodus!’”
“I know. I did!” (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Two intrepid Islanders on one leg of their circumnavigation of Shelter Island.
This time last summer, two active and curious locals circumnavigated the Shelter Island shoreline and thanks to Fit Bit technology, we now know it’s an 83.41-mile trip! (more…)
BEN SMITH PHOTO
We all know how long it takes to drive across Shelter Island from north to south on Route 114. Some of us know there are 21.5 miles of trails meandering in and around Mashomack Preserve.
But have you ever wondered how big Shelter Island really is?
Glenn Waddington certainly did, and it’s a question that he puzzled over for quite some time. (more…)
PETER WALDNER PHOTO Former South Ferry Captain Glenn Waddington might need a bigger boat.
This great white shark (or a reasonable facsimile) was spotted in West Neck Creek, giving Glenn Waddington an unholy fright. (more…)