Sunday, July 28, 2013

Life under the Thunderbolt

 Life under the Thunderbolt -

Joan Finkelstein expected the nervous shakes. She had agreed to marry Edwin Howard just after meeting him in March 1952. By July of that year, she was headed to his aunt’s house in Coney Island to meet his family for the first time.

When she got there, she noticed it wasn’t she that had the shakes. It was the walls. She looked frantically around the house and, while the china hanging on the walls was rumbling, nothing was crashing to the ground and no one else was batting an eye. Either this is an earthquake, she thought, or I’m losing my mind.

“Oh, that’s just the roller coaster,” Howard reassured her, as her daughter Janine Gorell recalls. “It’s going to go over a lot because it’s July.

The shaken bride-to-be eventually relaxed, accepting that she was about to become a part of this strange family that lived under Coney Island’s Thunderbolt roller coaster.

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