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Here is an entry for you...
I thought of the Long Branch Haunted Mansion last
night. I had taken my 7 year old son to a local haunted trail near
Seattle where I live.
While in line I was telling him all about the
Haunted Mansion, the boardwalk, and all the cool stuff there. I told
him it wasn’t there any more after he asked if we could go.
When he asked why, I told him the story of when I
was 17 and JUST got my driver’s license. I drove to Deal to pick
up my girl friend and we drove on a date to the Haunted Mansion.
I will refrain from the details of the date of
course, but I will never forget the next morning when I heard it
Yes, I was amongst the last to walk through it.
So, in a way, the mansion is STILL haunting me...
Jon Doranz, Pompano Beach, FL
|THANK YOU FOR
THIS SITE! My whole childhood was just revived!!!! I went nuts when
I found this link. I laughed, and I cried remembering all the good
times I had there with my Dad. I cannot wait to share this site with
my entire New Jersey family, especially my dad.
My grandparents lived in Monmouth Beach, and my
Dad and I went to the Long Branch Pier/Boardwalk every summer from
the 70s to the 80s. So many stories I played the Sea Wolf video game
for the first time at the arcade, ski ball, and those
"Parachute" games where it was tons of coins and you hoped
that it pushed all the coins off for the big prize, the air gun
gallery (where I remember shooting bear that growled) and of course
the legendary Haunted Mansion. I will never forget the bumper boats
and the mini golf my dad and I played, which you so thoughtfully
captured in the photos, brochures and the videos.
One story I hold close to my heart as a child: My
dad and I walk up to the pizza place to get a slice or two (I recall
it to be a slice of Sicilian which was heavy for a little kid). The
guy at the counter hands it to me and says be careful... Not two
seconds later I drop it on the ground, and I was in tears. The guy
at the counter was a big guy, kind of intimidating looking to a kid
of my size... He saw how upset I was, and he gave me another slice
at no charge! He brought a smile to my face and I remember his
smile. I remember the taste of pizza perfection, and getting it all
over my face and clothes. The smell of the salt air... Take me back!
I saw a small photo of the pizza place in a brochure on your site
and I smiled as I brushed away the tears.
It breaks my heart to know that the boardwalk
arcade/pier is gone as we knew it, but glad to see a new generation
is around the corner! I will most likely venture up there when I
have kids someday and share the stories.
Thank you again for the memories!
my email for those that are still getting in touch with me to firstname.lastname@example.org
or www.marypalmrealtor.com to see what I have been up to since we
last hung on the good old boardwalk. Times have changed & for
any that haven't been back it is well worth taking a trip. Long
Branch has changed so much some say for the better some say the old
way was the way to go. Love the memories & always looking to
make more in LB!!
|Wow I was
amazed to see this website, it took me back so many years ago.
I talk about the boardwalk a lot these day because where I live now
there is none, never have been, and I tell the local folks how much
I would look forward to summer because I knew I would be hitting the
boards, between Long Branch & Asbury Park. But for the
Long Branch pier, I'll never forget the Haunted Mansion. It
scared the daylights out of me..LOL. I had to keep going in
every time I was there. It was a sad moment when I heard it
& the pier burned but all of us who have ever visited Long
Branch will have our memories. I was born in Long Branch and raised
in Oceanport. My parents owned an Italian Restaurant in Asbury
Park. Man I could tell you some stories. If anyone reads
this and knows any investors please send them my way. Our town
here on the coast of North Carolina really needs a boardwalk.
guys....this is Debbie Wasson Tantarelli here. I just wanted to give
all of you my "NEW" email address in case someone wants to
reminisce about the good ole' Haunted Mansion Days or whatever is
going on in your life now. My new email address is email@example.com.
Please email me if you remember me.
|Hi my name is
Little Mary Murtagh (That was my name down at the boards between the
ages of 77-83. I spent countless hours at jobs on the
boardwalk. Bob's Balloon Bust 1st, then THE FUNNEL CAKE
FACTORY!!I I opened & closed & managed kids. I
was a KID back then but I don't think anyone told me! I opened
at 6:30 (what was I thinkin?) What was Vito thinking?
The trust & faith that man had to give me a key & money
power. I wasn't even 16. Stuffing cannolies & making
espresso & cappuccino coffees, hiring people, firing
people!! Shopping at San tropez or takin a break at wizard
world. Getting many many Italian ices at FALVO'S OMG..when
were we NOT at the boardwalk!!! Drooling over Jerry..or Nono &
the Viallanos!!! Jimmy Johnson doing back flips off the bars on the
boardwalk,,beach access...Someone slipping & falling off the
high dive at chelsea pool (probably didn't even think to sue back
then). Pistol Pete's , Crammers. Going thru the
tunnel!!!I Use to hang with Mr Cicolese's son Lewis both on
& under the boardwalk back in the good old days.. lol... when
holding hands meant you were dating!!..Jerrylyn & god what was
her name so many people from up north (manny) geeze. The names
this site has brought back to my mind, I am a teenager again if only
for a few minutes Mike, Vinny, Jerry, Camille Sullivan, Alice
Zoppi, Carmen Cundiff, Janice Biesser, Donna Woods, Karen Murtagh,
Anthony Falvo, Gloria Falvo, Lisa. I am 42 now, married and
now known as Mary Palm. I am a real estate agent in Bricktown.
and the mother of 2 grown daughters soon to be a grandma in 3
weeks. This site made me feel soooo young again. I
Graduated the class of 1982 LBHS! When we weren't working at
the boardwalk or going to school we were getting dolled up to GO to
the boardwalk to hang out!! Back to the MANSION. I was in it &
remember all the sites & sounds & rats at your calf grrr
yuk!!! Lizzy Boarden had an ax, gave her mother yuk...yuk..yuk
wacks & waks. It's so true no matter how many times I went
thru, it scared the shit out of me EVERY TIME... This site brought
back a flood of old names, faces memories running thru my mind. I
still have a painting of a unicorn made by an unknown artist I think
BASS a painter that used a paint brush (that paints the outside of a
house) to paint this delicate looking unicorn scene. Anyone know
what happened to him or have any of his paintings also?. Email
me anytime firstname.lastname@example.org any one that remembers me & this
time period!! I would love to reminisce. Mary Murtagh from Dunbar
Mansion, Ah yes, great memories. Summer
of 79 at the young age of 16. That's right, 16 years old. I had to
fake my birth-certificate just to get the job. But once I got in what
a great time I had.
Leanne you were the best. Dusty, Jane L., Leslie Z.
you haven't been forgotten. I still have a lot of Love in my heart
for the great times we had.
Everyone was the tops. I myself was more then a bit
immature, but then again I was only 16 and never experienced this much
When the Pier burned down I remember being able to
see the flames for miles. I stood on the boardwalk in West End and
just cried. A
lot of memories just burned down right in front of my eyes. I felt bad
for everyone who were still carrying on the insane Mansion traditions.
Pier Pub was the site of many fun days and nights
with the gang. I remember the Mansion Party we had there, ( Hey Dusty,
Thanks for The Kiss ) Love your little brother.
All in all, it's great just to have these
memories. Thanks for having this Website. Long
Branch has a big hole in that area now that can never be filled with
anything as great as what was there.
Lot's of Love to the Summer of 79 and it's Cast.
of the Haunted Mansion! The best and most scariest for me was, when
you first came into the Mansion...it was pitch black and you couldn't
even see your hand in front of you.
Someone or something in the corner called me by
name...when the lights started to flash...I could see a figure with
a knife coming toward me...calling me by my name and stating, "I
am going to kill you..."
Turns out it was a friend from school working
there...I knew that in the back of my mind...but let me tell you...to
this day I remember it sending chills down my spine! The
friend was Jimmy Hornung from Oceanport.
I have no idea where he is today and probably haven't seen him
since that night at the Haunted Mansion. Would love to know what he's doing.
|My name is
Valerie, and I grew up on that pier. My aunt worked at the haunted
mansion, Mary Fornino. I can remember countless hours in the mansion
and at Kid's World and the infamous water slide! When the pier
caught on fire it broke my heart. My father fought that fire and it
was a total loss as we all know. I miss those days. I notice a quote
from a person named Debbie who stated that Mary was a foster
child. You couldn't have been more wrong. She is from a family
of 5 siblings and she is also a twin. Definitely not a foster kid
although I am sure she wishes she was! To all of you who grew
up in Long Branch or Sea Bright and the surrounding towns, that pier
was a huge part of all of our lives. I was too young to work
on the pier but it was nice to have family working on it. I remember
on an Easter Sunday my mother, Edie Fornino, took my brother (Eddie
Wells) to the mansion. We always got the EXTRA fright when we
went. Anyway, when you walked in if you all remember the
fireplace that the witch would come out from, well she stepped on my
brother's shoe knocking it off and well he socked her one! I
will never forget it and he also told her to back off! Too
funny. Anyway, good memories. I am glad my husband found this
site, very good memories. Thanks for them!
|My name is
John, I am 30 years old. Back when I was a kid living in Keansburg,
I'd go to Monmouth Park with my parents every Monday in the summer,
them to bet on the races, me to watch the horses run around. After
we got done there, we'd go to the Long Branch pier and have a good
time. I've been inside the Haunted Mansion a few times. I also loved
the rides there, especially going in that thing where you just
jumped around nonstop. We continued going there after the changeover
to Kids' World. In fact, the last time we went there, I was 11 years
old in 1987, just one day before the fire. When the fire broke out,
it broke my heart. It's too bad the catastrophe happened, because
people my age would've had something to take their kids to today.
They'd get to enjoy what we did, heck, who knows, the pier may have
actually been expanded and even more amusements may have been added.
We'll never know, however. The Long Branch Amusement Pier was miles
ahead of the Keansburg Boardwalk. My memories of the pier will live
||I am 41 years
old. And believe it or not I just found out about the long branch
fire that destroyed the pier. I grew up in Bloomfield New Jersey,
and every summer for 18 years, I spent the summers in long branch
with my grandmother, I have the fondest memories of the board walk.
I moved away in 1984, so I did not know about the fire. I felt such
and empty feeling knowing the one place I have the best memories
does not exist anymore. My sister and I would go to Chelsey pool
during the day, then at night we would go to the boardwalk with my
grandmother. Once the music from the haunted mansion started to
play, you knew it was open, I loved that music, as scary as it was,
that is what made the boardwalk so great, I only went in the mansion
one time, if you want to call it going in. I got so scared I could
not finish, and one of the monsters had to take us out through a
side door. In which some of the staff were having their lunch
outside, and enjoyed teasing us about not being able to make it
through. We may not have the boardwalk anymore, but we will always
have our memories.
am 31 years old and I remember Kids World and the ever frightening
Haunted Mansion just as if it was yesterday. At the mere age of 7 or
so, I ventured into that creepy place only to scream my way
immediately out. Of course every one else went inside but I was
content seeing their reactions when they came out. My family and I
went every single week to both parts and tears formed in my eyes
when I came across your website. You have no idea what role this
establishment played in my life. Countless memories, so many laughs
and a part of my childhood that I will never forget. I was too young
to understand the fire but I definitely felt the impact of not
having a place to go every week with my family. I cried often
because I couldn't understand why it just couldn't be rebuilt.
Foolish me. I remember meeting Miss Molly there and I still have the
pictures from that day. I was sooooo happy. She was my hero and
having her say my name threw the "Magic Mirror" made that
experience just that much better.
Needless to say, its been over 20
years and I am still very heartbroken over the loss of such a
wonderful place. I just hope that the children of this generation
have a place that they can consider their second home just as I did
so long ago.
moved away from NJ in 1979, and now live in Puyallup, WA. I have
countless memories of the pier. My whole family would fish there,
sometimes all night long........in the dead of winter. It was great.
When I got old enough to drive my buddy and I would drive down from
Elizabeth and play arcade games, eat and of course, fish. The Long
Branch pier was more than just a place it is part of my youth. Those
were very different times. It was safe, good wholesome fun and
people were helpful and friendly. Looking at your website almost
brought me to tears remembering the good ole days. I guess I will
always hold those memories near to my heart.
|My name is Tom
Marinelli, Hey Jimmy (email@example.com). What he said is true! I
first worked on the boardwalk in 1973, yea sure I was old enough,
lol. And even before that lived there playing skee ball, pinball
etc, I can still beat any crane game!. Worked the candy wheel, drown
the clown, and the plate's that you could never get the coins to
just quite stop on. Went to Wizards world more then school. Working
in the Haunted Mansion was a blast, we took great pride in torturing
the Bennies that came down. Then went and had more then a few at the
pier pub. Well sometimes before we went to the Mansion. Hours were
long when you had make up, thanks Elaine, hope this finds you all
well, Lil G., Anne and all the rest. I could go on and on, but
although that time will never return, I lived it! Great site and
keep it going!!!
|I am 55 &
moved away from NJ in 1973. But I have lots of memories to share! My
dad used to work for Leon Minogue in the 1940's, as one of the
white-capped men who roamed around the penny arcade, with a metal
change-making thing on his belt. Dad was also a lifeguard at Chelsea
pool, which is how he met my mom, who was from Newark. It seems the
entire Italian population of Newark emigrated to Long Branch every
summer! Remember the tunnel to the beach? Remember the smell of the
wooden changing lockers? And the locker keys with an elastic to put
around your wrist or ankle? Fresh seawater was pumped into the pool
every day. Remember "last licks" on Labor Day weekend?
Leon was a good friend to my dad. In the early 60's Leon would give
my sister and I rolls of nickels, dimes & quarters to play for
free all day in his arcade!! It was a kid's dream come true!! The
pinball machines cost 5 cents for 5 balls back then--my favorite
machine was "Miss Annabelle"...I now have her (one that I
fully restored myself) in my basement! One time, Leon took us into a
loft where he stored the prizes for the machines & gave my
sister and I one of each thing! He was a saintly, generous man. He
had the BEST prizes! The merry-go-round was world class!! What ever
happened to it? Remember saving your tickets to cash in at the end
of the summer for a really BIG prize? My relative, Lena Fabiano,
owned a bar/restaurant that opened both onto the pool & onto the
street--french fries--yum! The Four Seasons played there before they
became famous! Then later, maybe a hotdog at Max's or Danny Mahr's.
Fishing on the pier with my dad brings back so many good memories!
We stayed at Costabule's rooming house or Victoria Gardens (next to
the pool). In the basement at Costabule's there was a long counter,
with a row of cooking stoves & refrigerators, for all the
Italian women to make their great dishes. Franks Sinatra had stayed
there before he became famous. One night we stayed at the
"Paddock" motel--what a dump! The last time I was in Long
Branch was 1999. I was really depressed to see what had happened to
my beloved landmarks. I felt like an archeologist in the ruins of a
once great city. Asbury was even worse--looked like a bombed-out war
zone. But the memories of those summers will live forever in my
Mary (McMurray) Fluherty
sent me this website! What memories it brings back! I was Mary
McMurray, Annie used to call me “Scary Mary,” or “Mary Mc.”
I was sooo fond of her! Punkface always looked out for us. I worked
there starting in ’83 until after it turned into Kid’s World, I
guess ’86. I remember Brenda, Heidi, Debbie, Jon, Larry, Dave
B.(great parties!), Kat, Jim MacDonald, Sean/Pat Smith, Brett,
Donnie Day, Mark McAvoy, on and on! I lied about my age when I got
the job. I would spend the spring and fall weekend openings hanging
out in the Brighton Bar, going to parties at “The House,”
(remember the coffin table?) then getting into my Catholic school
uniform on Monday morning and going to Red Bank Catholic! I remember
Punk bringing me down to the Pier Pub in full makeup on a leash! I
dribbled pea soup out of my mouth and smeared it all over the front
door! I loved being at the front door. But it could be REALLY hot!
Ugh! Some heat wave mornings you’d see that was your station and
you KNEW Lil was punishing you for something! I still tell people
that the HM was the funnest job I ever had. I remember going to Long
Branch soon after the pier burned, running into Dave, who was a
security guard down there. Took me down as far as it was safe to go.
There was serious grieving after the fire. I saw Kat and Larry, both
in 1994. I can’t believe how much time has gone by.
I credit the Haunted Mansion for giving me a place
to go the summers my mom was sick and later died. I still have my
“Secret Syde” album.
I ended up becoming a drug/alcohol counselor for
adolescents in Fairfax County, VA, where I met and married Mike who
is a Lt. Col. in the Air Force. We live in Hampton Roads and we are
moving to Shaw AFB in SC this summer when Mike gets his squadron
A shout out to Liver, I hope you are doing well.
Anthony Margiotta, Long Island, NY
|I remember my
dad promising he'll take me and my friends to the Haunted Mansion in
Long Branch New Jersey for my birthday which happened to fall on the
Gas Shortage in the 70's. My dad didn't let me down he got up at 4
in the morning to wait on line for 3.5 hours to fill our station
wagon up to take us from Bklyn, NY to Long Branch N.J. it was by far
the coolest scariest place on earth. Your commercials was so true to
what you saw when you went in. It took us about 45 minutes to
Jimmy Liu JR
|My name is
Jimmy Liu JR. I ran the cafe bar and Jimmy's Jetty. I can still hear
the haunted mansions music that was on a loop. I miss the old
boardwalk! As you may know, My family owned the South end of the
boardwalk. Unfortunately the city of Long Branch robbed Our family
run business under the disguise of eminent domain. It saddens and
confuses me to understand how the city of Long Branch can take
property in the name of emanate domain and sell it to the applied
group so they can make millions! Anyway Big Al was a good friend of
mine and he had the best pizza and shrimp cocktail in the state! I
hired his services to incorporate his spot light in the sky business
to hype many special events. that the Cafe Bar was producing at the
time. God bless and cherish all the good times! Unfortunately I am
currently in litigation with the city of Long Branch to receive just
compensation! But the fact of the matter is They can never put a
price on the blood, sweat and dedication that we put in to every
aspect of our unconditional loyalty to the community of Long Branch
Only to be chewed up and spit out! Corruption, conflict of interest
and back door politics will be the demise of our constitutional
rights as Americans Respectfully J.R. LIU
|You asked for
any memories of the Haunted Mansion....and I went back to being 14
in 1978 again! I typically stay away from scary stuff but that night
all my friends were going in and I didn't want to wait outside alone
so I joined them. It was a truly horrific experience but it got
worse when I got separated from my friends and one of the ghouls
started following me around with her arms over her head like the
monsters in Scooby Doo calling out my name! Caaaaaaathyyyyyyyyy she
said over and over and I thought, "oh my gosh, how could she
POSSIBLY know my name???" Well then she started saying my last
name as well and I thought this is it, I'm gonna die right here! My
last name was 3 syllables long so for her to continually repeat
Caaaaaaathyyyyyy ************************ in that ghoulish voice was
maddening! I started to cry! I later found out that this ghoulish
girl was my little sister's friend's older sister who worked there
and happened to know my name. It was a night I'll NEVER forget! P.S.
I've never been in a haunted mansion since then!
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