I have many memories of the pier. For about 50 cents, you could pack a lunch and enter The Pier for the first show. My dad had a large market and supplied lemons for Ms. Ratte's interviews of celebrities appearing on The Pier - Ms. Ratte was the hostess who conducted them while serving tea and cookies. You might call her a Barbara Walters type, in the 1930s. I would deliver the lemons, walking from the store on Atlantic Avenue to the entrance to The Pier. The guard would admit me to deliver the fruit to Ms. Ratte's studio, located on the top of the Casino Theater. I then just forgot to leave, and would stay to view all of the movies - there were three theaters. I remember the Abbott and Costello shows, the minstrel show, Eddie Cantor, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby's brother's band. They had a World War I museum with a replica of the Red Baron's tri-plane, and many other artifacts from that war. - Dr. Earl Kanter, Margate
I have fond memories of the Steel Pier and the Atlantic City Boardwalk. As a wedding present, we were given a week's stay on Long Beach Island.
My godmother owned a small resort there and since my husband, James, had just returned from Vietnam, it was a welcomed honeymoon stay for us - our funds were limited.
We walked the Boardwalk and enjoyed the Steel Pier. It hardly seems like it was so long ago, but we are now married for 44 years.
We are both from North Jersey and never thought we would one day be living in south Jersey permanently. But after owning a townhome here and being weekend commuters for years, we did decide to move here permanently eight years ago.
Atlantic City and Steel Pier put the "sand in our shoes," and we are very happy!
For our anniversary each year we always return and celebrate by walking the Boardwalk and seeing all the changes and improvements. I remember taking our two sons there to see the shows and enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of Steel Pier.
Now, as senior citizens, we really enjoy our trips to Atlantic City. We love the shows, food, and all the resorts have to offer. We look forward to the opening of the new casinos and thoroughly enjoy our trips there, whether just for dinner or overnight to meet friends.
All I can say is, "Thank you, Steel Pier." - Bonnie Egyud, North Wildwood