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  •  For a time, about a dozen or so years ago, (9+ / 0-)

    I lived in an apartment in Montclair. There was a guy who lived down the street who used to chat with me every time we passed one another. Eventually, he asked where my parents were from. I said, "Paterson." Then when he asked what area I said that my mother came from South Paterson and my father came from the Totowa section. He said, "My family was the first black family to move into the Totowa section."

    Wow, I just wrote that and realized that if you're not from that area of New Jersey and over a certain age you probably have only a vague idea what I'm describing. But if you're from Newark, you probably do. I remember reading Goodbye, Columbus in high school and we all had a good laugh over the references to various locations which were all nearby.

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