An Internet website (www.northjersey.com) that covers news and features about northern New Jersey recently lamented that the city of Paterson has not enjoyed its fair share of publicity for its role in Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 trans-Atlantic flight.
John Cichowski, a columnist for The Record complains:
Roosevelt Field on Long Island enjoyed decades of publicity as the origin of the flight. The euphoria helped promote Pittsburgh, where the propeller was made. It rubbed off on San Diego where most of the plane was built. And St. Louis, whose businesses paid for the flight, scored a huge public relations coup.
But, not Paterson, NJ - where, according to Cichowski’s column, the engine of Lucky Lindy’s Ryan monoplane was made.
To address what it regards as an important slight, the Paterson Museum will begin displaying a replica of N-X-211 RYAN NYP on Sunday. That’s the anniversary of the solo flight that caught the imagination of the world.
MayorSlay.com wishes The Silk City well. We certainly don’t mind that the new star attraction of the Paterson Museum is called Spirit of St. Louis. Even after 80 years, that name still has a great ring to it.