Looking for a perfect holiday gift for family, friends, teachers, past neighbors or anyone eager to learn more about Pound Ridge? Since it’s sellout release in 2006, POUND RIDGE PAST: Remembrances of Our Townsfolk — by Bonni Brodnick, with photographs by Fran Collin and graphic design by Gina Federico — has continued to be in demand. The book features historical and personal recollections that span from the rural 1920s to the swinging 1970s. New anecdotes from former Pound Ridgers across the country share humorous memories about growing up here, and their brushes with such celebrities as Lauren Bacall and Jason Robards (who once summered on Old Stone Hill Road) and renowned jazz and swing musician Benny Goodman (whose home still graces Long Ridge Road).
The collection of more than thirty interviews with the town elders includes charming first-hand stories about the one-room school houses scattered about town, the day World War II ended, raising children, basket making, fishing, farming, partying and more. Actors Tallulah Bankhead, Frank Morgan (“The Wizard of Oz” himself), Buster Crabbe, Shirley Jones, Eli Wallach, and Ann Jackson; writer Westbrook Pegler; radio sports legend Howard Cosell; “Tom and Jerry” cartoonist Jack Zander; violinist and TV personality Florian ZaBach were just a few of the screen, musical and literary celebrities dazzling the calm of the countryside.
“My hope is that readers of Pound Ridge Past gain insight into the rich heritage of our town,” said Bonni Brodnick. “By listening to the stories of our elders who remember the places, sounds and activities of days past, we are able to preserve, honor and treasure the history of Pound Ridge for future generations.”
POUND RIDGE PAST: Remembrances of Our Townsfolk (www.PoundRidgePast.com) is a terrific gift for folks who love Pound Ridge history and embrace what continues to make our town so special.
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