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Welcome to my 'hood
June 10, 2002
What do you know about Long Island? The Great Gatsby? What you've seen in glossy magazine photos? Take it from me, FDNY battalion chief Dan Melia, that's not the real Long Island. I grew up in Plainview, a couple of miles from Farmingdale, N.Y., home to next week's U.S. Open, and caddied at Bethpage Black...
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June 10, 2002

Welcome To My 'hood

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Jessica Hahn
She had a famous tryst with televangelist Jim Bakker—in Florida.

Wally Szczerbiak
A class act. He went to Cold Spring Harbor High. I still see him around—I reffed a game he was playing in last summer.

Baldwin Brothers
One of them, I think it was Stephen, nearly ran me over in a cart at a celebrity golf event to benefit the victims of 9/11.

Grumman Corp.
A lot of my friends' fathers worked here. Grumman made the lunar module that put Neil Armstrong on the moon.

Eddie Murphy
He went to Nassau Community College. We'd see him on open-mike night at Gerry Cooney's brother's place in Huntington.

Amityville Horror House
Where Ronald DeFeo Jr. killed his parents and siblings. They made a movie about it.

Erik Lindbergh
Last month Erik flew to Paris from Republic Airport in Farmingdale to commemorate his grandfather's '27 flight.

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

The telephone call-in system is rigged, they all say, so they come here, to the Bethpage State Park car line, trying to nab one of the 10 to 15 tee times reserved for walk ups at the famed Black course. Those in line must heed the rules (right) or risk the wrath of the other waiting golfers. SI got in line on a recent Friday and stayed until Saturday morning to document the quest to play the host course of the 102nd U.S. Open.
—Cameron Morfit

5:49 p.m.
Brian Fortune (middle) had pole position but loses it when he leaves his car for more than an hour. He nearly comes to blows with Bethpage veteran Louis Pow (left).

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