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Rudolph R. Resta, 77, walked out of a wintry rain recently, through the revolving door of a largely empty Times Square office building, and into his distant past.
He found his two sons, now in their 40s, when they were small enough to fit into the same lawn chair, side by side. He found his wife, Angela, posing before a knife-sharp Pontiac Grand Prix in Prospect Park, looking very sultry in a jaguar stole; “real jaguar,” he said, “not the stuff they have today.” He found a picture of his father, Nicola, that he once worried he would never see again. He found a Social Security card issued by the Federal Security Agency (the office hasn’t existed since 1953) and an American Express card so old that it wasn’t green, it was purple and white. (Member Since 64.)
In fact, Mr. Resta found just about everything with which a well-stocked wallet would have bulged in 1970. Except, of course, the cash he carried on the day he carelessly left the wallet in a jacket pocket in an unattended coat closet on the second floor of The New York Times headquarters at 229 West 43rd Street, where he worked as an art director in the promotion department.
When Mr. Resta went to fetch his jacket at lunchtime on that long-ago day, the wallet was gone. He wasn’t to see it again for 40 years. The reunion was made possible by José Cisneros, 46, a security guard who works in the former Times building, now called the Times Square Building. He came across the wallet last fall when he was investigating a void between an old unused window on the second floor and the masonry seal behind it. The wallet had apparently been stashed there after a thief found it in the coat closet and pulled out the cash.
Here’s what Mr. Cisneros did. Recognizing that the wallet would surely have value to someone, he turned it over to Rafael Rodriguez, 38, the fire safety director at the Times Square Building. Because the wallet held several pieces of Times-related identification — including Mr. Resta’s membership card in The New York Times Employees’ Blood Bank — the two knew immediately that it had belonged to someone who had once worked in the building. “This is very good,” Mr. Rodriguez recalled saying to Mr. Cisneros. “We could give it back to him or his family. That would be a fantastic satisfaction.”
But how, exactly, does one make such a connection? Mr. Rodriguez tried calling The Times, but was stymied by the message: “To reach a particular department or person directly, press 0, then speak the name when prompted. For all other requests, please select from the following — ”
“To return a stolen wallet to a retired employee, press 9,” was not among the options. (We closed that division years ago as an economy measure.)
Enter — literally — Gordon T. Thompson, formerly the manager of Internet services for The Times. One night, waiting for a movie to begin in a nearby theater, Mr. Thompson wandered into the renovated lobby of the Times Square Building, where he’d spent many years. He explained who he was and asked if he could look at some architectural renderings that were on display.
Mr. Rodriguez happened to be on duty at the security desk and seized his opportunity. He showed the wallet to Mr. Thompson. Mr. Thompson called this reporter, who’s something of a Times historian. This reporter called Mr. Resta, who retired in 1999 but still lives in New York. Mr. Resta, laying aside his understandable suspicions, agreed to meet all of us at 229 West 43rd Street, share some memories and get his wallet back.
When Mr. Cisneros handed the wallet to him, Mr. Resta opened it gingerly and turned away for a moment, overcome by the tide of memory. After composing himself, he gave Mr. Cisneros a grateful kiss. And he didn’t lose a moment showing off the glamor-puss shot of Mrs. Resta from 1963. “She still is glamorous,” he said, with evident pride and pleasure.
Before coming into Manhattan on the morning of our meeting in November, Mr. Resta told his wife that he knew he’d find a clipping in the wallet from 1968 — Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s eulogy for his brother, Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Mr. Resta can still recite the phrase that meant so much to him: “Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not.”
The clipping was indeed in the wallet, as were pictures of two boys squirming in a lawn chair and gamboling on the lawn at their old home on Avenue J in Brooklyn. Christopher is now 47 and deals in stock options. Paul, 42, repairs and sells bicycles. He has two children of his own. Both Christopher and Paul live in Belle Harbor, Queens, not far from where their parents now live.
Nicola Resta, the very picture of Old World probity, has been dead 45 years. He came to the United States from Bernalda, in southern Italy, where he knew Francis Ford Coppola’s father. The elder Mr. Resta transferred his skills as a cabinetmaker to an industrial setting, becoming a pattern-maker for the Sperry Gyroscope Company. “My father always said, ‘Stick with a company,’ ” Mr. Resta recalled, which certainly turns out to be sensible advice if you’re going to lose your wallet for 40 years.
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/20/a-wallet-lost-40-years-ago-now-is-found/Rudolph R. Resta, 77, walked out of a wintry rain recently, through the revolving door... more
I have compiled a list of the 25 best wallet designs. These designs include retro, pop art, classic, comic, artsy, weird, graphic, horror and funny. These are the wallets that you must have unless your going into an important meeting then you need to walk yourself down to MACYS and purchase a CALVIN KLEIN wallet.I have compiled a list of the 25 best wallet designs. These designs include... more
To mark the thirtieth anniversary of everyone's favorite pellet muncher, Namco Bandai is releasing a commemorative wallet in Japan this May. It comes in three colors and is priced at ¥14,800 (US$158).
http://kotaku.com/5506191/pac+man-in-leather-in-your-back-pocket/gallery/To mark the thirtieth anniversary of everyone's favorite pellet muncher, Namco... more
REMEMBER THE MOVEMENT!
365 Days of Marching-The Amadou Diallo Story
Friday, February 26, 2010
@ The Maysles Cinema - 343 Malcolm X Blvd./ Lenox Ave. - Harlem, NYC (between.127th &128th Street)
365 DAYS OF MARCHING: THE AMADOU DIALLO STORY
Length: 90 min Documentary
Director: Veronica Keitt
Two Showings 7PM & 9PM
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“365 Days of Marching” - The Amadou Diallo Story, recounts the bitter and yet compelling part of New York City history—documenting the series of marches and protests that was set into motion after the death of Amadou Diallo. It’s a story that’s told through the eyes of the marchers (the protestors) exploring the history of New York City Police Department, police - community relations and how Diallo’s death galvanized a city to fight for justice—not only for Diallo, but for all injustices plaguing New Yorker’s during that time.
WRITTEN, PRODUCED & DIRECTED by Veronica Keitt
CO-PRODUCED by Michael Drake, Ozzie Thompson, and Nat Wood,
with SPECIAL APPEARANCES by Rev Al Sharpton, Seiko & Kadiatou Diallo— the parents of Amadou Diallo, David N. Dinkins—former NYC Mayor, US Congressmen Charles Rangel, Gov. David Paterson, Assemblyman Keith Wright, Councilman Charles Barron, Chairman Percy Sutton—Inner City Broadcasting, Norman Siegel—ACLU, family members of victims of police brutality, community activists, and others . . .Limited Engagement! REMEMBER THE... more
A range of handmade Lego wallets by a Newcastle design company ColorByNumbers are showing that anything made out of Lego has legs. They've sold out quickly, but if you have 57 bricks, some glue and a steady hand you might be able to make them yourself..
Designer Ryan Chapman said "Hopefully they will appeal to the adults that loved Lego but don't get a chance to play with it any more".
Some of the wallets were covered with a baseplate so you could put your own designs on top
http://www.colorbynumbers.bigcartel.com/A range of handmade Lego wallets by a Newcastle design company ColorByNumbers are... more
This Mighty Wallet story comes from Abel of Switzerland who purchased his Mighty Wallet 3 years ago in New York. Check it out and also hear about how your Mighty Wallet can protect you from theft.
We LOVE OUR FANS! Please fan us on Facebook and get special discounts and sneek peeks of new products.This Mighty Wallet story comes from Abel of Switzerland who purchased his Mighty... more
Draw your own Mighty Wallet and win a $500.00 online holiday shopping spree at www.dynomighty.com! Use pens, Sharpies, highlighters, colored markers, ink, paint, add stickers, rubber stamps, use stencils, whatever gets your creative juices flowing. Show us your Drawing and have a chance to win a $500.00 online holiday shopping spree at www.dynomighty.com!http://www.dynomighty.com/blog/?p=236 Draw your own Mighty Wallet and win a $500.00... more
When you look at your reflection in your business card holder, I know you want to see a "killer" but not a Christian Bale/Patrick Bateman kind of killer. Not a PSYCHO. You want to see a killer of a person. An ace of a guy or gal. Not someone's pain in the ass. Disperse them carefully. Don't become that person whose card lies at the bottom of a purse where in a year's time a woman, when cleaning it out says, "Who the hell is this?" and trashes it. Watermarks, embossing--it doesn't matter--choose wisely my friends. Choose wisely.When you look at your reflection in your business card holder, I know you want to see... more
The English gent is back making a hilarious appearance lost soul in a country where they don’t serve pints and they think cricket is only a noisy bug. He is having real trouble understanding how to figure out the currency here—and he’s been in the United States for months! Much to the chagrin of our blogger he marvels at the money taking time to count out his dimes, stack his quarters and polish his pennies as if they were some sort of rare bullion. She doesn’t understand this fascination or confusion and in this hilarious piece about his figuring out “the moola” she decides the BUCK stops here. She is going to help him once and for all! Hilarious and very well-written with a great image.
Blogger has an amazingly eclectic site with everything from beauty, fashion, diary style entries, poetry, life in the magazine world----this girl has everything. Already winner of the prestigious “Blog Of The Day Award” (some people take years to earn this—she’s only had her blog up 6 weeks!) and on top level blog rolls of awesome bloggers, this girl is amazing. A+++++The English gent is back making a hilarious appearance lost soul in a country where... more
Chuck out your Mastercard, this is all you'll ever need:
Also one for nuclear isotopes, in case you forget them:
http://www.nndc.bnl.gov/wallet/Chuck out your Mastercard, this is all you'll ever need:... more
The folks over at Design Boom have put together some rather creative retro wallets hand-made from old cassette tapes. Since every cassette wallet is hand-made, each is unique and the number produced limited.The folks over at Design Boom have put together some rather creative retro wallets... more
Saturday's edition of my three times a week talk show.Watch the show here on CURRENT TV on Tues, Thurs & Sats.
In today's show :
Someone has been very naughty.
More pigeon news.
A cloudy summer.
How can I show my face in public.
You think they don't know.
You don't want to get the red paper.
I don't like waste.
Not enough ticks.
The karaoke night.
Wrong coloured pens.
Anyone want a lift home ?
What bad things did you do at school ?
2 years of no smoking in clubs.
Lunch at Asda.
What punishments did you get ?
One long soap opera.
Hiding in the cloakroom.
Returning to your home town.
I don't recognise anyone.
Talking at the back.
Hold on to your wallet.
A plume of smoke.
WWW.UNITEDKINGDOMTALK.CO.UKSaturday's edition of my three times a week talk show.Watch the show here on... more
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – More than 60 years after Mary Ruth Justice's wallet disappeared, her family returned to Georgia College & State University to claim it.
Her niece, Majorie Williams, and nephew, Sterling Justice, went to campus Thursday to get the alligator-skin wallet of their aunt, who died two decades ago.
Construction crews renovating the university's theater found the wallet a few weeks ago on the ledge of a wall in the basement. It contained five black-and-white photographs, a Social Security card and a Georgia state employment card bearing the woman's name.
Campus officials tracked down her family and told them about the wallet, which disappeared in the 1940s.
Jutice was born in 1920 in Sparta, but eventually moved to Buffalo, N.Y., where she died in 1978. She is buried in Milledgeville.
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – More than 60 years after Mary Ruth Justice's wallet... more
Ten days before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, lead vocalist Natalie Maines publicly criticized U.S. President George W. Bush. The ensuing controversy cost the group half of their concert audience attendance in the United States as chronicled in the 2006 documentary Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing.
At the 49th Grammy Awards Show in 2007, 'the Chicks' - as they are informally known - won all five categories for which they were nominated, including the coveted Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Album of the Year, in a vote that Maines interpreted as being a show of public support for their advocacy of free speech.Ten days before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, lead vocalist Natalie Maines publicly... more
Bored.com thought that they would test the honesty of the nation by conducting a Lost Wallet Test. They dropped 100 wallets containing $2.10 in real money, a fake $50.00 gift certificate, some miscellaneous items and a clearly written ID card identifying the lost wallet's rightful owner. They then sat back and filmed the results. How many people do you think gave the wallet back? Well, to find out and see videos of each 'drop', then click on the link.
So would you return a lost wallet.....honestly?Bored.com thought that they would test the honesty of the nation by conducting a Lost... more