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Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Jan 31, 2010 at 07:18 PM





Last Updated ( Jan 31, 2010 at 07:28 PM )
Christmas in Ocean City PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Nov 28, 2009 at 02:18 PM

Christmas in Ocean City

Free Horse Drawn Carriage Rides Asbury Ave. Every Sat & Sun. 

Pictures with Santa Ocean City Music Pier

Visit the Cape May Lighthouse PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Oct 02, 2009 at 06:27 PM


Visit the Cape May Lighthouse during The Lighthouse Challenge Oct. 17 - 18

36 Fun Things to Do at the Jersey Shore PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Jul 16, 2009 at 09:57 AM

36 Fun Things to Do at the Jersey Shore

1.      Leaming's Run Gardens Rt 9 Swainton, Cape May County

2.      Historic Cold Spring Village Cold Spring Cape May County

3.      Cape May County Zoo Rt 9 Cape May Court House-  See Neverland's Flamingoes (above)

4.      The Wetland's Institute Stone Harbor

5.      Tuckerton Seaport Tuckerton Ocean County

6.      Stone Harbor Art Galleries

7.      The Pier at Caesar's Shops and Restaurants - Free Water Show at the end

8.      The Walk Shopping Outlets Atlantic City

9.      Amusement Rides - Steel Pier, Ocean City, Sea Isle,  Wildwood & Beach Haven

10.  Luau @ Harrah's  Hawaiian Luau Monday nights

11.  Miniature Golf Courses

12.  Water Parks - Ocean City & Wildwood

13.  Surf board lessons

14.  Farmer's Markets - see Jersey Shore Events link 

15.  Bike and Surrey rides on the boardwalks

16.  Cape May Winery - Sat. Wine Tours

17.  Lucy the Elephant Margate 128th Birthday July 18 & 19

18.  Jet Ski Rentals & Parasailing

19.  Baby Parades Ocean City Sea Isle & Wildwood

20.  Boat Parades Ocean City & Wildwood

21.  Pirate Ship Ride Ocean City 10th & the Bay

22.  Lighthouses Cape May, North Wildwood, Atlantic City & Barnegat

23.  Take your dog for a walk @ Dog Beach on Longport Blvd between OC & Longport;  80th St. Pedigree Beach in Stone Harbor Before 9am after 7pm; & Ocean City Dog Park 45th  & Haven Access Card @ City Hall

24.  Tours in Cape May - Trolley & House tours

25.  Designer Showhouses - Ventnor & Cape May

26.  Historic Museums in Ocean City, Cape May County on Rt 9, Atlantic City

27.  Play Tennis 6th & Atlantic or Shuffleboard 5th & Beach, Skate Park 6th Buy pass @ Civic Center

28.  Marine Mammal Stranding Center

29.  Atlantic City Aquarium

30.  Rolling Chair Ride on the boardwalk in Atlantic City

31.  Atlantic City Air Show Wed. Aug 19th Thunder Over the Boardwalk

32.  Ocean City Pops and other concerts throughout the area.

33.  Watch the sunset at Sunset Bay in Cape May or the Deaville Inn in Strathmere.

34.  Bay Village & Schooner's Wharf(gift shop in a schooner) - 9th & Bay - Beach Haven, Long Beach Island Exit Parkway

35.  Exercise on the beach every M W & Fri 8 am 6th St. Beach Ocean City Free Bring towel

36. Doo Wop Tour in Wildwood


Last Updated ( Jul 16, 2009 at 11:09 AM )
Gidget Goes to Long Beach Island Film Festival PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Palermo   
Jun 14, 2009 at 01:50 PM

Gidget Goes to Long Beach Island Film Festival

Kathy Kohner Zuckerman, "the Original Gidget", was at the Jersey Shore last weekend to participate in the Lighthouse International Film Festival on Long Beach Island. The weekend event included films viewed throughout the island. Kathy spoke at the Surflight Theater to an enthusiastic crowd about her life as an early female surfer in Malibu. The audience bombarded her with many questions about her life and Kathy was eager to talk about her past.


Footage from the documentary film The Accidental Icon: The Story of the Real Gidget by Brian Gillogly was shown. The film answers the question: "Who is Gidget?" including comments by Sally Field and James Darren. The film shows the life Kathy led as a surfer and how her father wrote a fictitious story based on her life as a young female surfer. William Morris Agency was the agent for the book Gidget which became the film "Gidget" at Columbia with Sandra Dee as Gidget.  Many sequels followed including Gidget Goes to Rome.  Kathy showed pictures of all the actresses that played her life. The book was later picked up as the TV Show starring Sally Field, according to Kathy the tv show had little to do with surfing. Sally Field talked in first person just like Gidget did in her book. Her father received a lot of fan mail about his book from young girls. Kathy showed a copy of the original book (below) and a photo of her with Sandra Dee (pictured left).


Kathy then told the story of her life with original pictures she displayed on stage. She also read excerpts from her diary and shared unique glimpses into what it was like to have your teenage years brought to the big screen and television. Amazingly she shared her intimate thoughts with her father with whom she had a close relationship. She didn't seem too impressed and felt a little strange with the fame her book had become. She eventually went off to Oregon State College and gave up surfing, got married and raised a family. Her husband Marvin Zuckerman was a Dean and was a college professor. They have 2 sons and grandchildren.


Her father was a screen writer in Hollywood and her mother loved to go to Malibu in the summer (pictured left). Kathy loved the beach and at 15 began to hang out with the older boy surfers who gave her the name "Gidget" for "girl midget." In real life she had a crush on Bill Jensen, her Moon Doggie. In real life there was no love triangle between Moon Doggie, The Big Kahuna and herself. She also went home every day at 4:30 so there was no real beach party at night as depicted in the movie.






All the surfers had funny names like "The Jaw", "Turtle", "Thrifty Phil", "Tube Steak" and "The Fencer". "Tombstone" lived in the shack, the character that Cliff Robertson portrayed, "The Big Kahuna." Terms they used included "all jazzed", "what a scud", "bitchin'" (good waves), "kooks", (novice surfers), and "stoked". Her first surf board was a long board weighing 22 pounds.


The book became a Best Seller in 1957 in the top ten along with Peyton Place and Atlas Shrugged. Kathy also made it on the cover of Life Magazine. Originally Debbie Reynolds and Elvis were to play the leads in the movie. Later Sandra Dee and James Darren were given the roles. Kathy told me she grew up listening to Elvis as she was a surfer before the Beach Boys existed!!


It wasn't until more recently that she got back into surfing and the surfing community has really embraced her. She was named "One of the Top 10 Influential Surfers" by Surfer Magazine in 1999 and a Surf Legend in 1996.  She got back on a board at 60 after some coaxing and has had her story told on NBC and has traveled across the country to many charitable fund raising events to tell her story. Kathy works at Duke's Restaurant in Malibu as a hostess. The restaurant got its name from Duke Kahanamoku, the famous Hawaiian surfer born in 1890. Kathy goes to Hawaii for the Duke's Ocean Festival every year. She recently was invited to Hawaii for the opening of Jimmy Buffet's new restaurant.

College student Susannah Gora (pictured holding photo at top)is writing a book about teenage girl films and was on hand to meet and interview Kathy. Gora's book will be coming out next year. There was a play written and shown in Chicago about her life. Time will tell if her story will make it to Broadway? I for one hope it does!


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