Readers' Letters

The Hot Dog Controversy

I just devoured the Spring 2013 Edition of Huntington Quarterly. You all never disappoint.

I have read every edition you have published, thanks to the generosity of my parents Bob and Jacquie Jennings of Huntington. My subscription is a regular Christmas present from them, and one I count on. Quarterly, you now find me living with my family in Fairfield, Conn.  But you have followed me faithfully from Louisville, Ky. to Clearwater, Fla., to St. Louis, Mo. and now here to New England.

The Best of Huntington edition not only reintroduced me to my childhood barber, Frank Fuscardo, but also reminded me of my sledding hill, my park, my YMCA, my friend Nick Svingos’ family business, my jogs past Memorial Arch, my dad’s golf course, and my movie theater. This reminiscing was good for the soul. For me it was nostalgic, of course.

But then, bam! Right there on page 32. You hit me right between the eyes with the hot dog controversy.

Now I have nostalgia conflicted with the Huntington hot dog debate. And to make matters worse you even added the new comers like Hillbilly to the list. This entire debate conjured up intense memories, some from the 70s and some from as recently as this past Thanksgiving 2012. You see, I love and perpetuate the Midway vs. Frostop vs. Stewart’s arguments. I start them on purpose. And I even worked for several summers at Stewart’s.

When I meet someone anywhere in the country claiming to be from Huntington, it is seriously the first thing I ask them – it is my failsafe one question assessment tool to authenticate a real Huntingtonian. What is the best hot dog?

So thank you for yet another entertaining and informative Best Of edition.  Thanks for the nostalgia – but most importantly, thanks for NOT DECIDING on the hot dog. Let’s keep the arguments going.

William M. Jennings
Executive Vice President
Yale New Haven Health System

Great Sports Teams

Your article on the 1939 Marshall Basketball team brought back a lot of memories. I was 14 at the time and was a regular customer at “Vanity Fair,” where Marshall played their games. Rivlin was not only a great all-around player but a master of the fake shot. He would fake a shot and his defender would go up in the air and when he was coming down Rivlin would be going up for the shot. I love the stories of Huntington’s great sports teams, and we have had our own share. Keep up the good work.

Bill Cravens
Canton, Mass.

Our Lovely Jewel City

Thank you so much for including us in your garden feature. We are so honored to be in a fine magazine like you produce. Keep up the good work in keeping us informed about the people and places in our lovely Jewel City.

Ervin and Susie Jones

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