“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Freeport in Nassau County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Freeport Legends

Freeport Legends Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 20, 2018
1. Freeport Legends Marker
Inscription.  "You know, this job could be pretty dangerous." ~ Reggie Jones 1996

We all know people who are legendary, either through the force of their personalities or their accomplishments, or a little of both. These memorable characters were known worldwide but called Freeport their home.

Guy Lombardo, Orchestra Leader (1902-1977)

Guy Lombardo, the world famous orchestra leader best known for his New Year's Eve countdowns at Times Square, lived on Guy Lombardo Avenue at the end of Woodcleft Canal from 1940-1977. He owned the popular East Point Restaurant. Lombardo was an avid boat racer and owned a succession of racing boats named Tempo. He also operated the nearby Jones Beach Marine Theatre from c. 1952 -77, producing Broadway shows, water spectacles and other events, ahways arriving in spectacular fashion on a boat from Freeport. Lombardo was considered the “Mayor” of Freeport and was beloved in the community.

Reggie Jones, Jones Beach Lifeguard (b. 1927)

"It was the closest thing to military camp you could ever imagine."

Reggie Jones was the longest working lifeguard at Jones Beach until he retired in 2009. Reggie started the summer of1944 at age 17. He kept watch over thousands of swimmers, a tradition passed on to his sons Gavin and Reginald. Reggie faced danger on a daily basis, and came close

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to death many times. His stories brought him to the David Letterman show, The New York Times and countless audiences on Long Island.

Cory Weyant, Bayman and Fish Smoker (1957-2011)

"You need to know a variety of skills, to make a year-round living. I learned through trial and error. After working in the fish market, I decided I could make a living in the bay."

Cory Weyant was also known as "Horsefoot" because of the horseshoe crabs he used for bait. A knowledgeable bayman, he was a master storyteller, expert eeler and crabber, dragger mate and fish smoker. Cory believed that as long as there were enough fish to catch he would work on the water. He was also an expert educator, teaching thousands of students and adults about the life of baymen and the challenges they faced.

Carmine Marinaccio, Charter Boat Captain (1912-2003)

"Here was an expanse of sea and sky and open space that was intoxicating to a city-reared youngster like myself. It was love at first sight."

"Captain Carm" grew up in Long Beach and established his charter boat business by the time he was 15. He took passengers on board The Duchess, chasing tuna, sharks and fish. Carmine pressured elected officials to combat water pollution, the major threat to his livelihood. An avid storyteller and fisherman, he inspired generations of charter boat captains and students with his quick wit and passion for protecting the bay.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsArts, Letters, Music

Freeport Legends Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 20, 2018
2. Freeport Legends Marker - wide view
CommunicationsEntertainmentIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1996.
Location. 40° 37.96′ N, 73° 34.902′ W. Marker is in Freeport, New York, in Nassau County. Marker is on Woodcleft Avenue south of Suffolk Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 255 Woodcleft Avenue, Freeport NY 11520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Boat Builders of Freeport (within shouting distance of this marker); Guy Lombardo's House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Al Grover's Spirit of Freeport (about 500 feet away); Freeport's Nautical Mile (about 600 feet away); Woodcleft Canal (about 700 feet away); Two Shipwrecks and the Life Saving Service (about 700 feet away); Freeport Point Shipyard (approx. 0.3 miles away); "The LIGHTS Club" (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Freeport.
Marker inset photo:<i>Guy Lombardo aboard his Tempo</i> image. Click for full size.
Photo courtesy of the Freeport Historical Society, circa 1962
3. Marker inset photo:Guy Lombardo aboard his Tempo
Marker inset photo: "Captain Carm" with his catch image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Photo courtest Bill Marinaccio, circa 1938
4. Marker inset photo: "Captain Carm" with his catch
Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 14, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California. This page has been viewed 322 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 14, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Lamorinda, California.

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