Wednesday, December 17, 2008
iReport memories of 2008: Coney Island

One of my favorite iReport memories of 2008 was a sad time for us and many iReporters, but a good time to reflect on the history and future of one of the world's most treasured amusement districts. The beloved Astroland amusement park closed in September, and I can't get enough of iReporters' pictures of Coney Island or stories about the hot dogs and oddities. I'm not sure if I'll ever get to visit the area, and if I do, what will it look like? iReports are probably the only way I'm going to see the old version of Coney Island, and they provide a wonderful window onto this amusement Mecca. We heard from generations of people who remember spending time there as younger folks, like dallaspanda, who recalls hearing stories of her Vaudeville heritage. Why, her grandfather was a ventriloquist, even. On the flip side, we heard from maddogza, a young student who also feels connected to this strange, wacky and weird place. For me, it was interesting to see several generations of people coming together to celebrate this piece of offbeat Americana. I thoroughly enjoyed trying to make sense of all the content we received, and the iReports eventually turned into a video for CNN. My love of the so-called "freak show" extends to other areas and I have to admit I'm a sucker for anything offbeat and weird. For example, WayneB caught my eye with videos about a zombie walk and a man seeking a Guinness record for the world's tallest Mohawk haircut. Hey, it's all for a good cause. Just a couple entries down, you'll find me musing about ice-covered flamingos. We just got an icy gargoyle the other day, and a mass of Santas. You can bet I'll be heading out on Saturday to seek out Santacon's scheduled meeting in Atlanta. So thank you, iReport, for showing me things I would never otherwise see.

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December 18, 2008
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I have uploaded some pictures but they are still pending from a long time now, the report has not got posted

December 18, 2008
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none of my photos are getting uploaded, I have uploaded for the 2nd time, and they are still pending

December 21, 2008
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Go to my stories and comment and rate them please.

 

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