Re: Mermites – New pictures of 104

yes, he’s the guy in 208 and 220 (that would be george ruch. he needs to be memorialized too…). 202 is maryann zygmonski and isn’t 219 also steve hague?

ahh, Pete’s gems and junk. i put some time in there the summer of 104. sold all my friends discounted, bootleg records. there’s nothing like a job you can wear your bikini to!  that was after a short stint at the sunview hotel on the boardwalk where a group of us also worked. i hated that job so much, i never went back for my last paycheck!  then george and harry swept me up and i advanced to the likes of Pete’s!  i loved the walk from 104 to the boardwalk, seeing all the blue hydrangeas blooming along the side streets… it was always sunny at the beach, wasn’t it?!? 

Re: Mermites  – web site update

Dear Lou and Men of Mermaid friends,

These new photos are great – interestingly they are a mix of the summer of 1973 at 104 Rehobeth Avenue and summer of 1974 at the apartments around the courtyard behind Muffie’s Bag boutique on First Street, between Wilmington and Delware Avenues.

Image 195  is Steve Hague from Carlysle, PA in the tree at Muffie’s Bag

(He is now a Professor of Theology in Baltimore)

Image 196 is Cricket (Joanne Glanden) in the kitchen of one of the apartments at Muffie’s Bag

Image 198 is Cricket in bed with 2 unknown guys (you can get the rest of the story from her!)

Images 200 and 201 is Pete’s Gems and Junk, where a lot of people worked both summers (on the Boardwalk 2 blocks south of Rehobeth Ave.)

Image 207 is Betsy Wariner in pink shirt – don’t remember the other person’s name

Image 210 is George Fisher (deceased) on chair – can’t identify other person on bed

Image 211 is Digger Dave Burke on floor and Luke (Jimmy Lucatamo – deceased) on footstool

Image 212 is Kim Brown and Chris Bowen on deck at back apartment of Muffie’s Bag

Image 213 is Richard Sterling – same deck

Image 216 is Chris Bowen – same deck

Image 218 is Kim and Richard walking between Muffie’s Bag and the fence with the Grape Vine (a dude named Connie from Annapolis, who played the guitar and knew the whole Bob Dylan catalogue of songs, whose father owned a Greek restaurant) used to make stuffed grape leave dolmates that were awesome with these and some rice!)

Image 219 is Steve Hague again at Muffie’s Bag That’s all I can remember other than the great shots of the radical Louis Zettler and Harry Manley, who are already legends in our own minds!

With lots of thanks for the memories!


Re: Mermites – web site update

Hey Billy,

Thanks; got it, sent it on to Willard Glenn, too.   Funny how small Wilmington really is.  And funny how a lot of the players haven’t really changed a whole lot since high school.  In one of Lou’s pictures I can see myself standing in the background next to you, near Peggy Burke.  Still picking the safe corners after all these years!!  Whatever happened to John Manley?  And Debbie Mullen?  Has anyone seen Leslie Noyes?  I coincidentally ended up on the phone with her former sister-in-law (she’d separated from Leslie’s brother prior to his death) in a work related call and she was very reticent about putting me in touch with Leslie, despite my appeal.  Leslie was my first friend in DE when we moved here.  Having both lost our siblings, I thought it might be good to reach out to her.  Hoping if someone sees her they’ll send her my love.

xoxo and see you soon!


Re: Fwd: Mermites  – web site update

I was not at Frogtown, Paul D’Amico and Joanne were – I didn’t really know those guys.  Paul D’amico came to Summit Farm after Frogtown.  I think he is correct about the names but I don’t know if I ever even went to the Muffies bag apts.  Were they in Rehoboth?  That was before 104, yes?  My parents had a tight rein on me.  Paula and I rented 104 I think in the summer of 1973.  I had just graduated.  And I knew that there had been a summer I never saw before that and I wanted very much to get away from the “rents” and start getting a life.   I barely knew Paula then really.  So that would be the summer of 1972  when she and others rented a place in Reho.  I only went there (where ever that was) for one weekend that summer in 1972.  Maybe that was Muffies bag?  Joanne (Cricket) knows those times better than I, she was the wild woman.  I can ask her.  I do know one person at 104 that hasn’t been ID’d.  The carrot top guy’s name was George – Peggy might know his last name.  He died from Leukemia a couple years after 104.  Wow those pics are amazing!  From the looks of the Muffiies bag photos, everyone looks younger than 104.  What a difference one year makes at that time of life.  They all look about 16 -17.  Makes me miss them and those times. 

Have a good New Year Lou Lou!  Sounds like you’re on to something good…

Life is Grand

Looks like a great turnout for the reunion!  Lot’s of people crawled out of the wood work – like Neil Uniacke, Bill Boucher, Jeff Valentine and Marlene too!  Yeah, we’ve all changed over the years, but I could feel the love.  

I had a really fun trip to the Grand Canyon. Thought I’d send a little snapshot of me since I couldn’t be there with you guys.  Was thinking of you!

(I’m getting too old to carry a 40lb pack around anymore.  Next time I’ll be there!)


BTW – the “Harry, Scott, Gary, Lou photo also has a pic of Billy U.  (He’s the one sitting).  Didn’t he go to the Vineyard with Marlene?  (you call her “Marla” in the reunion shots).

Please ask around.  Does anyone know where Jeff Bow is?   I’ve got something from AI  that belongs to him.