Oh My 06880 — Photo Challenge #13

Sure, last week’s photo challenge was easy: the “foot washer” drain at the Compo Beach showers, next to Joey’s (click here to see.)

I figured after the winter we had, everyone deserved a break. And a glimpse — however fleeting — of summer.

This week’s photo challenge is waaaay harder. Alert “06880” reader Adam Stolpen had the idea; super “06880” photographer Lynn U. Miller took the shot.

Click “Comments” if you know where in Westport this image is (and the sculpture it refers to). If you’ve got any memories of the late Jerry Kaiser — send those along too.

(Photo/Lynn U. Miller)

(Photo/Lynn U. Miller)

11 responses to “Oh My 06880 — Photo Challenge #13

  1. Jerry Kaiser and his family were neighbors of ours and his widow remained a family friend as did his children right up to this date. I saw Roslyn Kaiser two years ago in D.C., along with her two daughters, my daughter and my two grandchildren. I used to baby sit for his three children. It was a wonderful visit and sadly our last, Roslyn died not long after our visit. I have many wonderful memories of Jerry and among them centers around when he took me and some other “young people” to hear John Kennedy speak during the campaign of 1960. It was at the Bridgeport train station, outside and it was like going to a rock concert, thrilling, exciting, feeling like one was in the presence of something very important. Jerry was influential in Democratic politics. Besides all that, he was a warm, wonderful man, he always made me smile as a child. The plaque is at the Westport train station and I believe you posted the story of the plaque and the piece of Penn station on which it resides a few years ago. Yes?

  2. Randy Hammond

    To the left of the Westport train station… right at the intersection of Riverside Ave and Railroad place…

  3. He also was instrumental in having Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speak at Temple Israel in 1964.

  4. Anne Parnas Skandera

    Jerome Kaiser was a friend of my parents and he officiated at my marriage in 1966.

  5. Dorothy Abrams

    I think it was from the old Pennsylvania station. A great family

  6. The stone commemorates the piece of the frieze of Penn Station that Jerry got from the workmen he befriended who were tearing it down in the early 1960’s. It was donated to the town by his widow Ros after it had stood in the yard of their spectacular Riverfield Drive home. Jerry was my uncle, the youngest of ten children, and the funniest, greatest and most loving man I have ever known. He cared deeply about Democratic politics, and started opposing the War in Vietnam in 1965. Besides bringing Martin Luther King to Westport, he was also a close friend of Eugene McCarthy, the anti-war presidential candidate in 1968. Jerry died at the age of 50 on January 14, 1968. I have missed him every day since then, but I remain in constant touch with his children and grandchildren.

  7. It is lovely to be reminded of those times. Some of my most vivid memories of Westport include those times spent with the Kaisers, at both of their Westport homes. Tema and I were very classmates and good friends through high school, and Charles and I became friends when I moved to New York after college. I remember, even today, the way in which Jerry’s absence loomed in the Kaiser home, and the slow grieving that ensued. It was my first experience of loss, years before I would lose my mother to cancer as well.

  8. Joan Brodax

    jERRY WAS OUR BELOVED BROTHER-IN-LAW–ERUDITE,LOVING,SUPPORTIVE WITH A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR–WE MISS HIM STILL–JOAN&ALBRODAX