Trudi’s Corner: “Too Soon Old And Too Late Smart”

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By Trudi Cunningham

Recently, there was an article in the Star-Ledger about the Bamberger Thanksgiving Day Parade. That I do remember, having gone with my children to see it. It has been a long time since I thought of it, and some good memories. Over the years, I had really expected to be able to attend the one in New York, but sadly it never happened.

I’m one of those who totally loves a parade. How many can remember the Fife and Drum competitions from years ago? That was definitely a favorite with so many bands involved. How about the formations and originality involved in their presentations? I may be behind the times, but it was an opportunity for young people to participate in a great program. I don’t want to forget the cheerleaders and their marvelous physical abilities and presentations. Absolutely “far out,” wouldn’t you agree?

From the time I was able, or may I say, I had the opportunity to be into programs such as this. How many can remember Madame Eugenie, a dance teacher? She was excellent, and would give you a quick tap with a cane if you did not pay attention. Then there was Jessie Lloyd, although she was not too well known to me.

I can also remember being in several shows, at the then-Liberty theater and the Ritz as well. How many can remember the amateur shows at the Liberty? I do, as I tried out with a song, but was not familiar with what was required. Just think where I could have gone, had I had some good contacts. Oh well, as I’ve said, “too soon old and too late smart.”

Before I do forget, how many remember the Turn-Verein on High Street in Elizabeth with a gymnastic program? That was another endeavor on my part. A comment I tend to make is that I will come back in my next life as an entertainer. Oh yes, those were the days, my friends.

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