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
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