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Frank Hagan Los Angeles, CA
great aunt and uncle were Frances and Leon Minogue of Leon's
Amusements -- the arcade that was in the Long Branch Haunted Mansion
long before it became haunted!
Leon also owned a smaller arcade in
the Asbury Park Convention Center -- and for you local trivia buffs
-- both he and Frances were also involved in The Atlantic Highlands
Amusement Park, a place that folded up in the mid 1930's.
I am very appreciative of all the
kind thoughts I saw posted about Leon -- who indeed was a very
special and kind man -- and married to an equally grand lady.
Frances and Leon moved to Palm Beach County full time in the mid
1970's, having sold the big place in Long Branch to the Macke Coin
Operated Machine Company. He died in the early 1980's and Fran
followed him in 1990. I can assure you, they would both enjoy
knowing how fondly remembered they and their business are being
remembered by the various posters on your site.
I have attached a few photos of them
and the arcade interior that I hope you will use on your site. It's
good to know they will now be a part of cyber history in regard to
the Jersey Shore and that long forgotten pier!
Leon and Frances Minogue
Leon Minogue, 1950
Merry Go Round, Leon's Amusements
Finally -- the near riot in 1970 that
almost caused a disaster inside the Long Branch Arcade was avoided
by a typically fast thinking Leon. They used to have white uniformed
change makers on the floor. Inside the upstairs office there were
hundreds of bread pans filled with quarters, dimes and nickels to
dispense to the change makers. When the crowds started to gather out
in front that night and it looked like they were moving inside, Leon
grabbed a few of the floor guys and some of those pans of coin. On
queue - the guys went outside and tossed a few of these pans of
quarters and dimes into the air -- in a direction AWAY from the
front of the arcade then began shouting "free money." When
the crowd went after the scattered change....he quickly closed those
large garage doors! No one got in! That's how clever he was.
"It cost a hundred bucks in coin to prevent any of my boys
being injured -- and it prevented my facing thousands of dollars in
riot damages..." That was Leon's type of thinking -- he worried
about his employees first!
- memories just flooded over me. Needed to write this catharsis of
my childhood! I am 49 now and remember the Mansion as the
"new" thing on the pier! I just remember skee ball and
bumper cars, and the tilt a whirl, and Wizards World pinball! I read
Joe Donato's recollections about walking into Mikes Pizza from
Cranmers Beach Club and buying a slice for a quarter, and Mr.
Cittadino giving us a coat hanger to try to fish out the quarters
that we dropped through the cracks!
guys, ran across your website and must write. I worked the mansion
in 81-82 as an actor. Most of the time I was Dracula in the
foyer just inside the front door. And other times Jack the Ripper
where I'd cut an actress and lay her head on a pillow. They were fun
times, but low paying and long hours. I remember most of the cast
there, a fun but nutty bunch. Thanks for the visit for a former
for one, always love to reminisce on my past as a child. All the
great places that my family would plan up to visit for that summer
are my best memories. Kid's World was one of them. But three decades
had past, and I never really knew whatever had become of this place.
I decided to do some searching on the internet, just to find out
that it had completely been wiped off the map. It's just so sad.
Especially because I really was looking forward to taking my
children to Kid's World just so they could have experienced exactly
what I had, as a child. Although its no longer, the memory of this
place will always stay embedded in my mind...always
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