I had a lot of fun writing My Amityville. The most fun was discovering all the interesting, important and evil people that lived or worked on Ocean Avenue. During my research I remember writing a note to my childhood friend, John Bousquet, saying about the research, "I think there is another book in here somewhere." This is that book.
The book will be about 40% history and 60% biography with my thirteen years there as the embarcation point.
I will devote chapters to Lawrence B. Sperry, aviation pioneer, the boat builders of the Amityville River, ferries and ocean beaches, the grand hotels, the Prohibition years, the Unqua Corinthian Yacht Club, the Cross Island Trolley Line, Annie Oakley, Walter O'Malley and the Brooklyn Dodgers, the Gamblings of WOR Radio, Ed Nezbeda and Grumman Aircraft, Republic Aviation and Phil Brice, Bruce Parker, first American water skiing champion, Lebert Lombardo and the Royal Canadians, Christine Riley/Belford and the elephant in the room, Ronald DeFeo, mass murderer.
I am fortunate that a large quantity of Amityville related post cards exist to illustrate many of my topics. The postcards go back as early as 1900. I have been collecting these for the last two years.
I am also using photographs, both vintage and current, from our family archives as well as from friends and other sources.
As of Feb 1, 2018 I have 16 of 20 chapters completed and anticipate having the book in a position to publish by mid-year. I still have to make the decision to self-publish again or try the traditional publishing route. This decision will likely revolve around how the manuscript is received by the publishing community. There are a number of publishing houses that focus on regional histories and biographies such as this and they will be my starting point.
You can stay up to date with my progress in the blog section of this web site.