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First Christmas Lights Were In New Jersey
Thomas Alva Edison was called "The Wizard Of Menlo Park."  And, this prolific inventor certainly wasn't afraid to enhance his reputation through attention-getting stunts!
Edison created the incandescent light bulb in 1879.
During the Christmas season of 1880, he assemb…
Craig Allen's neighbors: Christmas Lights Competition
It's on.
Every year, everyone in my neighborhood looks forward to the "Friendly Christmas Lights Competition" that lights up our Jersey winter nights.
"FedEx Pat" and "Cornershow Bob" share their holiday spirit in a most public way...
Craig Allen says: 'Meet Lou Monte and Dominick the Jersey Donkey'
Lou Monte, the guy who sings about the little donkey climbing the hills of Italy, lived in Lyndhurst, New Jersey.
Lou Monte (born Louis Scaglione, April 2, 1917) was an Italian-American singer, known for his Italian-themed novelty records, recorded in the late 1950's, and early 1960's.…
Craig Allen's neighbors: Christmas Lights Competition day 2
The annual "Friendly Christmas Lights Competition" is on.
Welcome to the afternoon of Day 2. (to see yesterday's post, click here)
For the last few years, I have been writing about my neighbors, "FedEx Pat" and "Cornershow Bob" and their displ…
The Annual Friendly Christmas Lights Competition has begun!
For the uninitiated, THIS is something that my whole neighborhood looks forward to each year!
The Christmas Holiday season has officially arrived, when "FedEx Pat" and "Cornershow Bob" start "stringing up the lights!"
Tradition states&nbs…
All Christmas music, all the time...Craig Allen's stories
Its Christmas in "radio land!"
On the weekends, at New Jersey 101.5, we "Jingle Bell Rock!"
And, I LOVE it!
As it happens, I was born on Christmas Day.
I love Christmas! Its religious meaning, its goodwill for all, and the hope and promise of the new year to come...
Craig Allen's Kindergarten Thanksgiving Masterpiece
I could not wait to get home!
I ran all the way from the bus door to my front door.  I couldn't wait to show my mother the picture that I had drawn (and colored) at school, that day before Thanksgiving!  You see, I was the oldest child, so everything I did at school was exciting and ne…