A group of former and current Paterson residents gathered at Libby’s Lunch, the place that invented the Texas Weiner, on McBride Avenue to reminisce about the old times.
The event organized by Karen Kanis Pomante and Barbara Pisanti brought about 100 people into the famous eatery on Saturday afternoon. Ms Pomante runs a large Facebook page with more than 2,000 followers which she used to organize the get together.
The old friends – most of them – gathered to talk of the days when they lived in Paterson. When Paterson was a much different place – affluent, the cultural center of North Jersey. Many of them graduated together from the same high schools. Both Ms Pisanti and Ms Pomante went to John F. Kennedy High School in the 1970s.
When speaking to former Paterson residents who have since moved out of the once great city, they often speak of the city’s past with an intense nostalgia that is difficult to describe in words.
This intense affection for the city is often heard in the speeches of Frank Lautenberg and Bill Pascrell junior. There is some lure, something very strange, that pulls former Patersonians back to their home city, and that pull is no less apparent in the 2nd Annual Libby’s Lunch gathering.
CORRECTION: In our original publication, it said Ms Pisanti and Ms Pomante graduated from Kennedy High School; it has been corrected. [5/29/2013]