Roundup: Lynsey Addario, Kowalsky Farm, Moon Gazing …

Before next month’s School of Visual Arts solo exhibition, Pulitzer Prize- and MacArthur “genius grant”-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario sat with NPR’s “The Takeaway” for an interview.

The 1991 Staples high School graduate spoke yesterday about her long career capturing intimate, human moments during devastating wars and disasters.

She discussed too why photojournalism is important, how she keeps her cool in unspeakable danger, and why she is such a positive person (spoiler alert: her parents and sisters help).

Click here for the story. (NOTE: An ad about “quicksand” may precede the interview.)

Lynsey Addario (2nd from left) says sisters Lauren, Lisa and Lesley keep her smiling.


“06880” has reported on the gradual teardown of 117 Morningside Drive South — the famed Kowalsky farm.

Now it’s complete:

(Photo/Wynne Bohonnon)

Wynne Bohonnon lives nearby. His kids are now grown, but he remembers taking them often to see the goats, sheep and llamas there.

The new owners may not be putting up a parking lot. But, in Joni Mitchell’s famous words: “… ’til it’s gone.’


“06880” readers sent plenty of moon photos — particularly special full ones, like harvest, wolf or strawberry.

But why watch from your back yard or Compo Beach, when you can gaze at the moon through the Westport Astronomical Society’s powerful telescope?

The public is invited to the observatory for International Observe the Moon Night. It’s next Saturday (October 1, 8 p.m.).

Green cheese is optional.



Westport native James Backiel died last Sunday in Norwalk Hospital. He was 81 years old.

Son of Stanley and Mary Backiel. Jim grew up on Old Road, and graduated from Staples High School.

He was a US Navy veteran, and an avid bowler. In the late 1950s and early ’60s he worked at Westport Lanes and the Westport Batting Cages, which was connected to the Westport Golf Range.

Jim also worked at Nash Engineering in Norwalk.

He was predeceased by his wife Joyce,, and brothers Stanley and Michael. He is survived by his son Christopher, and cousins Jack Backiel, Barbara Cieplinski, Janet McGoldrick and Irene Hubbard.

Calling hours are Tuesday (4:30 to 6 p.m., Edmund Dougiello Funeral Home, 36 South Pine Creek Road, Fairfield). A committal service with military honors are at noon on Wednesday, at Willowbrook Cemetery.


This guy — or perhaps it’s a gull — posed for a “Westport … Naturally” photo at Sherwood Island State Park.

(Photo/Beth Berkowitz)


And finally … Wynne Bohonnon reminded us of the prophetic song, “Big Yellow Taxi.” Here are 3 great versions:

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One response to “Roundup: Lynsey Addario, Kowalsky Farm, Moon Gazing …

  1. Peter Gambaccini

    Nice to hear Joni