Friday, February 1, 2008

Fox Business Guinan's Story

In addition to the many print stories written about Guinan's closing over the past few weeks, Fox Business Network visited Garrison a few days ago to shoot a farewell piece about Guinan's. They even got a clip of Jim singing "Danny Boy" and used it at the end of the segment.

Since we don't get FBN up in this neck of the woods yet, here's a link to a digital clip of the story.

If you know of any other stories about Guinan's, let us know through the comment section here and I'll try and post a link.

3 comments:

Meg Wolff said...

I just finished the book and didn't want it to end ... then heard of Guinan's closing. Glad to hear that Jim was still around to sing Danny Boy!! Thanks Gwendol.

johnmac said...

Another person moved by Wendy's book! In the last days, I met "first timers" who were there because they read the book and then heard it was closing -- an Ironworker and his nurse daughter from Newark and a woman from Massachusetts stand out in memory. Just as we .. and Wendy .. owe much to Jim and the Guinans, Jim and many of us (myself included) owe much to Wendy whose wonderful book brought so many of us into "the chapel" family.

woods-hick AKA lee said...

guinan's was one of my only 'homes'. as I said to margaret and june: "I am the flavor of the summer that did not leave". that was a summer when I needed money and jim hired me as his 'MRE' (marine refueling engineer) when we lost one of the 'lost boys' (cliff) and my mother (92) moved to my home, I never returned. so to jim and everyone else: "may the wind be always at your back. I will never say good-bye but always fare thee well"---lee.

the following is an excerpt from a post that I wrote on a forum. it needs no further comment other than please pass it on.........

the' hudson valley leprechaun'
by WOODS-HICK - 7/18/06 11:28 AM
In reply to: Never had Murphys from the Tap... by grimgraphix

one of my mentors, seamus, james to strangers, but a real irish immigrant, brought his family of five to our shores in 1955. started a small deli/pub and lived upstairs which is common in ireland I believe. he would call it going 'overseas' when we crossed the river to the west point football games. he and few of us local lads were known as the 'lost boys'. which meant they knew where to find us.

the irish are well known for their gift of having a chat. we would tease him that the irish would rather fight than (use appropriate 4 letter word here). somethings that he defended without retreat. irish mist for irish coffee. jameson for regular events. tullamore dew for the finest sipping whiskey. taking it in one shot was a reason for excommunication.

harp was his regular beer. guinness you would drink or eat depending on the time of day. on tap was mandatory, and pour over the thumb for the perfect head. his black & tan (harp/guinness) was a picture perfect irish parfait.

he is 80 now and this 'energizer bunny' has slowed a wee bit. his rendition of 'danny boy' still brings a salty drop to your cheek. he taught me the true meaning of family and that life should be lived more with laughter than tears.

''-Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.''- emerson