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Steel Pier memories: Visitors saw celebrities early and often

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Posted: Saturday, March 10, 2012 4:17 pm

My father worked for the Hamid family for many years on Steel Pier, and managed a garage they owned in Atlantic City. When Ricky Nelson came to the Pier, my Dad offered to take me to meet him at a press conference behind the Ballroom stage. The Pier was packed with people, and as we entered the windowless room, I remember wall-to-wall people laughing and talking, but no Ricky Nelson to be seen. Wait, there he was, sitting on a chair in the corner all by himself, staring down at the floor. My knees were shaking as my father walked me up to him. and introduced me. He looked up and with a sullen look on his face and said, “Hi,” or, “How are ya?” — or something I don’t remember. What I do remember is that he didn’t even smile and how sad he looked sitting by himself, and how he just looked like he wished he was somewhere else. In my 10-year-old mind, I felt very sorry for him, and was certain that if I ever got to meet my real idol, Elvis, he would never behave that way to a fan. — Marion Haas, Somers Point

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