’71 — my father’s car appeared in a NYC police surveillance photo

Back in ’71, my father took me to see The Anderson Tapes when it opened over in Times Square. Early in the summer evening, he parked the car — a distinctive black and white Buick Wildcat — on 47th St. As we were walking away, scantily clad street walkers started running down the block headed towards a hotel across the street. As the crowd of hookers bottle-necked the doors, an equal number of similarly attired — and seemingly employed — gals started trying to push their way out. Shrieks and yells drowned out the usual cacophony of summer in the city sounds. Then, the block became filled with uniformed New York City Police — all smiling and laughing. Each of the cops, gently grabbed on of the women. Unresisting, they allowed themselves to be directed into the building.

In a strange Mobius strip twisting of reality and flickering film illusion, my father’s car appeared in a police surveillance photo. A little while later, some Jersey City Detectives stopped by the bar and asked my father what he was doing on 47th Street that day. When he told them that he was there to see a movie, the officers chuckled, saying that that was as good a story as any.

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About Anthony Olszewski

Anthony Olszewski has written on a wide variety of topics: cage birds, tropical fish, popular culture, the poetry of Amiri Baraka and a chapter on genetics for a veterinary text book, as a small sample. He worked as an editor at a magazine produced by TFH, the world's largest publisher of pet books. Anthony Olszewski is the author of a booklet on Hudson County history, Hudson County Facts, and a book of short stories, Second Thief, Best Thief, that are sold on Amazon. Anthony Olszewski established PETCRAFT.com in 1996. A pioneer on the Web, the Site continues to provide unique information on a range of companion animals, focusing on birds and fish. As a community service, he operates Jersey City Free Books. Anthony Olszewski was born in Jersey City, NJ (Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital, 1956) and is a member of Mensa.
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