So on the way to Atlantic City, we stopped in Paterson, New Jersey and got another stamp for our Parks Passport book. All the way down — as I mentioned in my last post on Paterson, I kept thinking “Lou Costello was born in Paterson, New Jersey! I wonder if they’ll have anything in his honor?”
We stepped into the Parks office and right there was a map with “Lou Costello Memorial Park” on it. I became a ridiculously giddy little girl again. I’m a huge Abbott & Costello fan. I have a life-size cutout of the duo in my family room. I have an Abbott & Costello coffee mug and a “Who’s on First?” t-shirt. I also found out that there was a Lou Costello exhibit at the Paterson Museum (who knew there was a Paterson Museum? LOL) and I knew I had to see that too.
The waterfalls were cool, but as soon as we were done I bolted to find that park. It was a very short drive, but I have to admit, however, that it’s not in the best part of town and the park isn’t really maintained well. But there it was.
and I took a photo with Lou Costello’s statue!
Seriously if you don’t know who Lou Costello is right now, please go back and watch some of the old Abbott & Costello clips on You Tube. Like this one.
After the park, we went over to the exhibit. It was small, but you have to understand how much I love this guy. Seeing his photos and memorabilia from his personal collection is like baseball fans seeing Babe Ruth memorabilia.
Right in front of me at the exhibit was a 1940s script that belonged to Lou. A script!
So far in my travels this year, I have really tried hard to combine film and entertainment in my virgin traveler adventures. At Ellis Island, I found an exhibit about Bob Hope and now this one on Abbott & Costello. My tickets are also booked for the Lucy Comedy Fest in August in Jamestown, New York. Lucille Ball was my idol growing up. I can’t wait to see the exhibit and the town that she grew up in. It should be a blast!
Have you gone to a favorite celeb’s hometown and toured it? If so, who?