To the Editor:

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This article was prepared for the January 16, 2002 edition of U.S.

1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Between the Lines

It seems like just yesterday that we at U.S. 1 were

always the jokers. To illustrate a cover story on yuppie dating we

dressed a young businessman in a suit and tie, equipped him with a

briefcase, and then had two 20-something women in business outfits

throw him — fully clothed and clutching the briefcase — into

a swimming pool. The headline: "Are U.S. 1 Men All Wet?"

To tackle the thorny subject of gridlock on Route 1 in June, 1985,

our cover showed a photograph of a convertible — top down —

sitting at the head of a long line of Route 1 traffic. In the backseat

were a professional man and woman reading their newspapers and opening

their mail. The front seat caused a double take — the car had

no driver. But if rush hour traffic was so bad, our cover story

argued,

why not just sit back and enjoy it. Our headline: "What’s the

Rush?"

To be the renowned joker usually requires a little help from your

friends. For that 1985 driverless car photo we needed a convertible

— quickly. Since no one we knew owned a convertible, it seemed

like an unsurmountable obstacle. But Michele Samaroo, U.S. 1’s summer

intern, had a solution. Her friend and neighbor, Carol Wojciechowicz,

was active in the Princeton Hospital Fete, which at the moment was

selling raffle tickets for a gleaming new convertible. The car itself

was on display at Palmer Square. A few phone calls back and forth

and Wojciechowicz had made it happen.Furthermore, her daughter

Katherine

("Didder"), Samaroo’s contemporary and good friend, would

be able to drive the car — and scrunch down out of sight so our

photographer could create the illusion of a driverless car in the

middle of Route 1 at rush hour.

Those were the days. This January 5 Carol Wojciechowicz lost her

husband,

Alex, daughter Katherine, grandson Heath Gnagy, 4, son-in-law Mark

Angrick, and Mark’s mother in the crash of Alex’s twin engine plane

in Puerto Rico.

Like lots of other people these days, we sorely wish we could turn

back the clock.

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To the Editor:

I am reading the article about the play "Waiting

for Tadashi" at George Street Playhouse (U.S. 1, January 9). Since

I watched the show last evening I would like to comment on the

paragraph

about Tadashi and his relationships. Magdelena to my understanding

was not his surrogate mother. That was a significant other. His

adoptive

mother (Goddess) was always known as not being his real mother. His

natural mother was an image he had developed in his mind (the

Dazzler).

The woman at the orphanage he knew was not his real mother but that

relationship ended when he was taken from there to come to the U.S.

This article makes it sound as if Tadashi was having an unnatural

relationship with a woman who he viewed as a mother.

This write up was confusing to me. I tend to question if the writer

of the article had indeed seen the entire performance or had just

written this from notes that were not entirely articulate.

"Waiting For Tadashi" is a well written and enjoyable play

in which the audience is gently lifted through time and comes full

circle. Thank you for allowing me to elaborate on what sounded like

an error in the description. This play is indeed a cross-culture

journey.

Gail Mooney

Editor’s note: It is true that, in preparing a preview of

"Waiting for Tadashi," our writer Simon Saltzman had not yet

seen the play, which opened on January 11. The expression

"surrogate

mother," to describe Tadashi’s long-term relationship, belongs

to the playwright, not our writer. A review of the opening night

performance

of "Waiting for Tadashi" appears on page 17 of this issue.

Required Reading

I LOVED Elaine Strauss’s piece, "New Tune for the Old Organ"

(U.S. 1, December 19, 2001). I think it should be required reading

for all organ students, and students studying the fine art of writing

as well. Your writing is stunning. Heartfelt thanks to you

Joan Lippincott

Happy Endings

AFTER DRAGGING myself into the office the day after Christmas, laden

with the still-present "afterglow" of a holiday spent with

the flu, my morning brightened after seeing The Children’s Home

Society

of New Jersey listed in U.S. 1 (December 19) about the 100 top

charities

as defined by Worth Magazine. In checking the magazine’s website,

however, I could not bring up CHS’s name, no matter how hard I tried.

Assuming the flu has not left my eyes in as bad a shape as the rest

of me, I am afraid we did not get the honors.

Oh well, easy come, easy go. However, there is a side to me that sort

of glad that our name, phone number and URL are listed; perhaps

somebody

who is thinking of adopting will explore our site and who knows, yet

another family will result. We are active throughout New Jersey,

including

the greater Princeton area. Maybe something will come out of the

listing.

Gil Phillips

Children’s Home Society of New Jersey

"mailto:gphillips@chsofnj.org">gphillips@chsofnj.org

Editor’s note: Mr. Phillips and his agency deserve the

credit.

The website for the Child Welfare League of America, cited by Worth

Magazine, lists the Children’s Home Society of New Jersey as a member

agency. Not a bad connection to have.


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