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Mystery Picture: August 14, 2012

Tony Pilla Knows Oyster Bay

We wondered if anyone would recognize the mystery photo in the Aug. 9 issue of the Enterprise Pilot, but we felt we left enough of a clue for someone to ID it. We were delighted to find an email from Tony Pilla with the answer.

“I am going to take a wild guess,” said Tony Pilla in an email.  “The building in the window looks like the railroad station, so the picture must have been taken from a building or house across from the station.  It’s been many years since I have been there so I don’t know what buildings are across from the station.  For years, Coil Winding was across from the station but I don’t know if it is still there.”

It’s amazing that that little corner of Oyster Bay is still the same. The building is still owned by Coil Winding, William Rogers. The photo was taken at the recent Teaching Studios of Oyster Bay art exhibit. We thought it was worthy of being a mystery picture and are grateful to both Tony and Billy Minicozzi who guessed the location correctly.

Billy Minicozzi said, “It’s a window facing the Oyster Bay train station.” As for sports, Billy was delighted with the Americans earning gold medals at the Olympics including the American women’s win in soccer.

The Americans won 46 gold medals, 29 silver and 29 bronze for a total of 104. The Chinese – who came over with a large contingent of young people - came in with 38 gold medals, 27 silver and 23 bronze for a total of 88. The British won their most medals ever in an Olympics – someone said on TV that they had the home court advantage – which made everyone happy.

We really enjoyed the opening and closing ceremonies. Queen Elizabeth showed her great sense of humor in “skydiving” out of a plane with James Bond. We loved seeing Prince Harry enjoying himself at the closing ceremony. He even sang along with Monty Python star Eric Idle. A camera caught him whistling in a moment he thought was private. But we loved to see him relaxed and being part of the crowd. His sister-in-law the Dutchess of Cambridge, was there too, and she was also enjoying herself. We love the Royals. We adored her red “fascinator” hat when she was on board the boat at the Queen’s Royal Jubilee.

But back to America, a commentator mentioned that Title IX, the federal legislation that has provided equal sports education to women as to men in this country, is responsible for the great performances of the American women in the Olympics.

Of course there would be no Olympians without the great parents who are the support teams of their athletes.

When the parents in this country put their heart into something, the whole country benefits. I recently read that we are not doing well in science and math. It will be the parents who change those results. Just watch and see all the math and science fairs that will spring up everywhere. We can do it – we can close the gap.

Back to Billy Minicozzi, he commented on Michael Phelps winning his 16th gold medal. We saw a photo of Michael on holiday with friends after the Olympics. He and many other athletes didn’t stay around for the closing ceremonies but like someone said to Tallulah Bankhead when she said she hadn’t been on a subway for 10 years, a sarcastic voice answered, “We missed you.” There were enough people there without him, actually.

We also received a call from John Jarvis of East Norwich who recognized the photo in the Aug. 2 issue. “It’s next to the town tennis courts,” said John, as relayed by his dad, Jake Jarvis whose parents and sister in Atlanta read the paper.

We also received a call from a young lady whose name we didn’t get correctly [Lenore Penriello]. She knew the photo from Aug. 9 was “TR beach/park near the tennis court and the volleyball court.”

There you are – lots of great people with whom to share our little part of the world.