Phil Keane Jr. on:
How Meegan and Me Almost Altered the Course of New York City History
by Phil Keane, Jr:
I've been starting to write down my stories lately. As they come back to me I'm reminded of more stories, and so on and so on. My kids have told me I had so many stories I should get them down, while I can. Nice huh?
But I just have these "adventures" as such, some no great shakes, just things that stayed with me over the years.Things I saw or happened at different times in different places. Some, maybe many, that I'm sure have been embellished with bullshit as time goes on. Like my neighbor who buried his car, a big old 40's something, in his back yard in the late 50's. (This I have confirmed with my brother and sister).
This is one:
Mike's was one of these stories that came about because something else that I remembered brought this episode back to mind.
Mike had a boat. A 16 foot aluminum or fiberglass boat. Nothing fancy, 3 bench seats, and an outboard motor. It was great for running around in, fishing, crabbing all that stuff. One Sunday morning we were heading down towards Sunken Forest, Mike, myself and Allen Aherne. Staying pretty close to shore and avoiding the flats. We were cruising along at a good clip, Mike at the stern holding on to the throttle, leaning far forward, and squinting to beat the band. I was sitting in the bow, leaning over keeping an eye out for sand bars and shallow water that was flying by fast Out east that way it's a pretty deserted area, there were no houses or beach access to the ocean.
It bugged me for a while that I couldn't place the face but some time later, I dont remember when, I saw a picture in the newspaper. There was our man standing next to his boat, all smiles. He was Robert F. Wagner, then the Mayor of New York City. We had almost killed the Mayor of New York City!
I dont know Mike or Allen will remember this, but its still a great one in my Saltaire memories.
---Phil Keane, Jr.