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Big Chuck

September 24, 2012

Senator's farm was all I imagined

Many years ago, when I first arrived in Oneonta, Daniel Patrick Moynihan was the senior senator from New York state. His top aide, Ross Frommer, used to come into the radio station for interviews and to tell my audience about the various legislative efforts involving “their senator.”

One day, Ross took me for a drive past the senator’s farm in Pindars Corners. Being a political nut, I always dreamed about what it was like inside.

I imagined the tall, lanky white haired senator ambling about the farmhouse, perhaps with a drink in one hand and a book in the other. I pictured him in the one-room schoolhouse on his property where he wrote his books. I could see him in my mind crouched over the old manual typewriter, pounding out an important document. I always tried to imagine was it was like inside his home out in Prosser Hollow, just up from the firehouse.

Well, I can now say that I have seen the inside of the senator’s farmhouse. About 50 times, in fact!

About a decade ago, my childhood friend from Sidney, Steve Wade, bought the Moynihan property after Pat and Liz moved on to retirement.

Steve has been one of my best friends for a half century. We lived together in our college years in Albany in the ‘60s and were members of each other’s weddings.

Steve has done very well for himself. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area. He is a professor of finance at San Jose University in California and sits on the boards of many non-profit organizations. His wife is a prominent financial adviser. Yes, he has done very well for himself.

Me? I play Patsy Cline records.

But we have a lifetime in common with each other, and I always enjoy his thrice-yearly visits to the farm out in the hollow.

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