I grew up in Fort Wayne and now live north of Detroit. I recently visited my aunt, Mildred Oswalt, in Fort Wayne, and we had lunch at Coney Island! She sent me Ryan Duvall’s Coney Island article (July 6).
I am 76 years old and have so many fond memories of Coney Island when my friend Chris Litchin’s family were part owners. When I was at South Side High School many, many years ago, we used to pull up in the alley after a game or whenever, and Chris would run in and come out with a box of coneys for everyone.
It made me very sad there was no mention of the Litchin family history and the years they were part of the Downtown Coney Island. I also noticed in the restaurant the many pictures and memorabilia. The Litchin Family was a big part of the 100-year history of Coney Island.
On a side note, before my aunt and I went into the restaurant, I wanted a picture of me with the sign on the outside. A very kind gentleman, on his lunch break, I think, said, “Let me take the pictures!” I told him my story and memories of Coney Island, and when Mildred and I went to pay our bill after lunch, we were told that someone had already paid our bill. We assume it was this nice man who took our pictures, and we have no way to thank him. How nice that there are still people out there who “pay it forward.”
We have National Coney Island here in the Detroit area, but they sure can’t compare to Fort Wayne’s Coney Island dogs!
Clinton Township, Mich.