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Lifestyle Legends

Top right, Strollers on the boardwalk near Million Dollar Pier in 1942. Photo courtesy of Atlantic City Public Library, Fred Hess, photographer. Middle, Atlantic Ave. near Tennessee Ave. in 1945. Homberger’s, M.E. Blatt Building and McCrory’s 5 and 10 are visible. Photo courtesy of Atlantic City Public Library. Bottom, an Atlantic City Jitney when service was 10 cents. of dollars needed to fully restore the massive instrument, which is so big it has four listings in The Guinness World Records. The organ’s home, now known as Boardwalk Hall but originally built in the 1920s and opened as the Atlantic City Auditorium before becoming Convention Hall, had a remarkable run of its own. When it opened in 1929, it was the world’s largest building without roof posts or pillars. With a vaulted barrel ceiling that topped out at nearly 140 feet, a 13-story building could fit inside the hall. In fact, the room was big enough to actually accommodate a helicopter, and indeed a Bell Jet Ranger helicopter took off, made a short flight around the room and then landed inside the hall. And for those who thought the Astrodome in Houston was the first indoor stadium for football, think again. The 1964 Liberty Bowl between the University of Utah and the University of West Virginia was played inside Convention Hall. (Utah won, 32-6.) Not all of Atlantic City’s claims to fame are mired in the past, either. The longest craps roll in the history of gaming happened in 2009 at Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa. A Morris County, N.J. woman broke the world record when she held onto the dice for a staggering four hours and 18 minutes. Patricia DeMauro bought into a game for $100 at about 8:15 PM and didn’t “seven out” until just after 12:30 AM the following morning. All told, she tossed the bones 154 times. In a sense of true Atlantic City irony, DeMauro beat the previous record for the longest craps roll — which was three hours and six minutes — that had been set in 1989 at the California Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, which just happens to be owned by Boyd Gaming, which owns Borgata. Finally, one of the most enduring records in broadcasting — and one that’ll likely stand forever — was set in Atlantic City. Prior to his final broadcast last May, each time Pinky Kravitz fired up his WOND-AM 1400 microphone, he merely added to his own record of America’s longest-running daily radio show on one station. Kravitz, who was 88 when he died in October, spent 59 years on radio, with the final 57 at WOND, where he literally logged tens of thousands of hours on the air. n Sherry Hoffman is the owner of Sherry Hoffman Public Relations and has been a contributing Lifestyle writer since its first issue. njlifestyleonline.com

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