From adolescence to my teens, the Steel Pier provided lots of fun for me and my friends. One admission price bought a full day spent enjoying the Dancing Waters (fountains with lights), and movies. Tony Grant's Stars of Tomorrow was my favorite. Most memorable was the Jackson Five and little Michael Jackson be-bopping and singing. We held our breath as the Diving Horse plunged from a high platform into the huge pool outside, and we crowded into the Diving Bell to see the ocean below The Pier. The many arcades attracted our attention as we tossed balls into a target, hoping to win the big stuffed-animal prizes, but we never won. We thrilled at seeing the big names onstage - we clapped and jumped up and down with the other teens, shouting and swooning as the stars crooned their tunes. Following the acts, we raced to wait outside the dressing rooms to see them exit - Fabian, Ricky Nelson, Bobby Vinton, Bobby Rydell, Paul Anka, Lesley Gore. Once my step-sister, Marylou, tried climbing on the roof to see Fabian. We watched, hearts pounding, screaming, "Fabian! Oh Fabian!" Just one glimpse would make our day! - Marguerite Heaton-Colella, Egg Harbor Township

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