postcards

Forgotten warriors

While the Vietnam Wall across from the Convention Center in Wildwood has been getting all the ink — U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez laid a wreath there recently with the usual media fanfare — the Forgotten Warriors Vietnam Museum at the Cape May Airport in Rio Grande has been quietly going about its business of keeping alive the memory of the sacrifices made by our fighting forces in Vietnam since its opening two years ago.

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An evening with Billy Ruth

There is a lot of free outdoor music every week on Five-Mile Island. The most venerable venue is the open-air Lou Booth Theater on Second Street in North Wildwood. There is music there at 8 p.m.Thursdays and Saturdays.

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Michelle and the vuvuzelas

My friend Michelle Rutkowski, retail queen of the Wildwoods Boardwalk, had a problem. She has the two of the niftiest variety stores on the Boards, but so far this season sales weren’t exactly going through the roof, even though she was doing OK. Trouble was, she’d promised her mom, Kathy, and her 7-year-old daughter, Sylvia, a trip to Japan this summer to visit her brother, Mitchell, who is in a doctorate research program in physics there, and the bucks just weren’t there for the trip — up until a couple of weeks ago.

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A Philly writer’s Wildwood tap dance

My friend, the Philadelphia writer Thom Nickels, kicked up some sand in the Wildwoods recently. Seems he didn’t want to pay a trespassing fine and wiggled every which way to get out of it, and caught a lot of flak from the folks hereabouts for his squirming.

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High Diver

It is 1954 and America is still mostly its old self. Television has not yet gotten our culture fully in its relentless electronic stranglehold and the Beatles are still restless schoolboys in the quays of grimy old Liverpool. Rock and roll hasn’t yet loosened its marauding hordes on the land and drugs are what you buy from the pharmacist.

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What’s new in Wildwood?

The most moving addition to the Wildwoods is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, an exact half-size replica of the original Vietnam Wall in Washington.

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Oh, them changes

Ahoy again from Wildwood By-the-Sea where since last season the landscape has undergone major changes, both literally and politically.

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