To the Editor:
It dawned on me yesterday that the death of Patti Page Tuesday at 85 was an occasion to propose that one of the 3 bridges across the Cape Cod Canal honor Patti Page! My twin brother Joe and I were raised in a Catholic orphanages in Philadelphia. We arrived at St. John's Orphan Asylum in the back of a black Chrysler station wagon in August 1957. The car radio had "Old Cape Cod" on the radio, under the plastic Blessed Mother statue on the dashboard.
The only folks to visit us on visiting day, one Sunday a month were my mother's neighbors and friends Edie & Bob Mearns. The would come and visit us, and they would bring back color slide shows of their vacations on Cape Cod. They stayed in Eastham at Cranberry Cottages which is still in business today.
The Boston Globe also has an article about the Patti Page connection to Cape Cod. When Edie & Bob showed us these slides they showed Cape Cod in the summer, with images mixed with "Old Cape Cod" being played in the background.
"Old Cape Cod" was the song which drew me to Cape Cod after becoming an adult. The church bells but very little else reminds me of a place where I was born - Philadelphia.
Later my sister Debbie would play this song and asked me to call the local radio station DJ because her boyfriend and future husband Dick Brooks was stationed at Camp Edwards with his NJ National Guard for training.
When Aunt Edie was in her 80s after Uncle Bob died, Edy then moved to Old Cape Cod (Brewster) to be near her twins. So as I look back and think about the Globe's article, I bet many oldsters have a found memory of Miss Patti Page, the pontiff* of who brought many of us to the winding roads of Cape Cod.
Let's rename the bridge which brought many of us washashores to the Cape The Patti Page Bridge.
Olde Cape Cod
* The English term derives through Old French pontif from Latin pontifex, a word commonly held to come from the Latin root words pons (bridge) + facere (to do, to make), and so to have the literal meaning of "bridge-builder". This may be only a folk etymology, but it may also recall antique tasks and magic rites associated with bridges.