by G. Jack Urso
Fading Memories: Happy days at the Metro Diner, circa 1959.
Left to right: Joe (Pop) Sr., Maria, Fran, Joe Jr.
"Metro Diners" were ubiquitous throughout mid-century, post-war America.
This image resembles the original look of the Metro Diner in Albany, NY
(Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York).
On more than one occasion, the old man paid for the funeral of one of the cooks or dishwashers — jobs often occupied by a string of nameless men with various levels of substance abuse or mental problems and whose presence or absence on this planet was rarely enjoyed or missed.
|Fran and Joe Sr. (Nan and Pop) at the Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas, late 1950s.|
and Joe (Pop) Sr. with two unidentified patrons, circa 1959. |
Notice the juke box and black marble countertop.
Metro Diner, circa 1985. The aluminum sliding long gone. |
A shadow of its former self.
graduation from Siena College, 1958.
Left to right: Uncle Jim, Dad (Joe Jr.), and Pop (Joe Sr.).
|Joe "Pop" Urso, at his favorite booth in the Metro Diner, circa 1960.|
Date: Tuesday, September 9, 1986
Grace O'Connor Staff writer
Section: LOCAL, Page: B4