Ron Marzlock’s I Have Often Walked column last week, “The mysterious death near the Rainy Nighthouse,” was quite interesting. I was saddened by the death of the good Samaritan named Frederick Pirone, whotried to help a young girlwho was being beaten. It is truly a tragedy that those involved were not charged.
As for the wine and cheese bar called the Rainy Nighthouse, I knew it well. I lived at the time at Alley Pond Apartments in Bayside, which was not far from the nightclub,and in the middle ’70s my girlfriend at the timeand Iwould go there from time to time. They had very funny and promising comics.
I remember one night the comic was goofing on the two of us during one of the shows. “Well, how about that?” he said. “We have in the audience Fred and Ethel Mertz from the ‘I Love Lucy’ TV show.” Of course the audience laughed.
Thanks for the memories, Ron, and for the history of a crime that should not have happened.