Born and raised in Pitney Village in Atlantic City, I have fond memories of the Steel Pier. At 13, I worked on The Pier as a stock boy and at a popcorn stand. When I finished work, I would hang around and watch Carl Fontaine perform a magic show focused on card tricks and other sleight of hand. I was there so often that he eventually asked me if I would like to learn his tricks. I was elated, and soon I began working for him as well. I gave a 20-minute presentation, which included a variety of tricks with what appeared to be an ordinary deck of cards, but if I flipped the cards one way, they were all different and if I flipped them the other, they were the same. While doing the card tricks, I would continually pour water into a bowl that always appeared empty. Between tricks I would stick my finger under a miniature guillotine and slam it down, which didn't cut my finger but did cut through a piece of wood underneath. Each of these products - the cards, the bowl and the guillotine - we sold for $1 When I wasn't demonstrating, I would be in the audience as a shill and pretend to stumble through a trick to start the first sale. When I finished work, I remember going to the Marine Ballroom to listen to my father, Angie Marrandino, who performed with the Alex Bartha Band. Steel Pier was the place to go for fun, entertainment and to procure a job. - Paul "Dino" Marrandino, Absecon
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