I lived on Ocean Avenue, Amityville, New York from age 8 (1953) to age 21 (1963). It was a wonderful place to grow up; on the water with easy access to boating, fishing and all the adventures afforded by a coastal setting. Our two sons grew up hearing stories of growing up in Amityville but having never been there.
I decided to chronicle my time there and illustrate the book with personal photos. The result was My Amityville, self published in March, 2015
The book is a collection of stories and memories grouped around common themes; our house on Ocean Avenue, my school years, sailing, fishing, tennis, my good buddies and the Amityville folks I remembered the most.
I went back to my contemporaries to help fill in the many memory gaps thanks to my 70 years. It is amazing how much detail erodes with the yearly tides.
The first edition was printed in color, to highlight the photos, and on quality (read expensive) paper. It was intended to be a gift, after all, so I wasn't concerned about the commercial realities of a high priced tome.
Thanks to the Amityville Historical Society and Jim Wandell (a contemporary of mine and past mayor of Amityville) my total sales are approaching 20. But I have given copies to all those mentioned in the book and to every family member still on our Christmas card list.
As of February 1, 2018 I published a second edition of My Amityville in black and white with standard paper. It is available on-line through Amazon and from Lulu.com for the terribly reasonable price of $15.
My Amityville is also available directly from me. Just send a check for $15 to Doug Robinson at 1205 Red Barn Road, Lower Gwynedd, PA 19002. If you include a note with directions for an inscription I will be happy to sign it for you.