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Magoos was a unique bar in Tribeca in the seventies and eighties. Just about every person that hung out there was an artist. My apologies to those whose names I can't remember, and to those whom I never got around to photographing. I know I'm really pushing it with some of these images but I wanted to include as many regulars as possible. At the time, I thought my own photo was awful but thirty plus years later I'm thinking I look pretty good. Hopefully, everyone will see it the same way.

Hand held exposure time

Hand held exposure time

Magoos 1978

Magoos 1978

Magoos Bar

Magoos Bar

Cathy Slewinski on right

Cathy Slewinski on right

Claudia Schaub

Claudia Schaub

Diana Asceti

Diana Asceti

Connie Gray

Connie Gray

Carla Jackson

Carla Jackson

John Van Saun - Deceased

John Van Saun - Deceased

Magoos back room

Magoos back room

Paula Narbutowski

Paula Narbutowski

Ron Edson

Ron Edson

Sally Cummings

Sally Cummings

Porfirio Didonna 1942-1986

Porfirio Didonna 1942-1986

Nathan Farb

Nathan Farb

Ken Nadle

Ken Nadle

Rob Pollock

Rob Pollock

Wayne Miller

Wayne Miller

Art Guerra

Art Guerra

Guestbook for Magoos Bar circa 1980
5.Al Yelvington(non-registered)
Time fuddled my mind, and Betsy is actually Robin. I really wish I had gone into the bar, but such is life. So glad that Ken put this page up.

If anyone knows where Robin is, let her know that she's remembered as the nicest person in NYC.
4.Al Yelvington(non-registered)
I was a Coast Guardsman on Governors Island that took refuge at Magoos as often as possible for several years. My favorite waitress was Betsy (photo #25?), and I regret never getting to say "goodby" when I had to leave town. I didn't venture out of the dining room much, but I wish I had. All of you look like the kind of people that I need to balance my brain out! What wonderful memories.

I owe it to Betsy and Magoos that I'm starting a cider orchard in retirement. Betsy offered me a hard cider (French) to go with my pork chops one evening, and I've been forever hooked. Used to go up to De'Roma's Deli on W. Broadway to smuggle bottles back to the barracks on The Rock.

If anyone knows what became of Betsy, please tell her she brightened the life of a wandering soul back in the day.
3.Steven Locurcio(non-registered)
Ken.. I was a regular patron (Im a musician) at Magoo's from the spring of 1979 till 1983 ...I knew Tommy (the owner) and his son and would sign checks and pay at the end of the month....I remeber a few of the The waitresses that worked there, a few of the regulars and I remember the faces of Quite a few of these people....! Mick Stevens I met and helped with a picture of an alto clef for a cartoon for the New Yorker, I also met Mr Bill Hellerman , Cedric; and a lot of musicians there and at the Ear Inn On Spring St in those years...TYhrtough a lot of folks i met there and Pufffy's ; Prestcotts, and the I met; he introduced me to a few soho Composers; and I was involved with the downtown art / music scene in tribecca during those years... I tell people all the time about this restaurant/ bar....So great that someone documented it !!
2.Frank Owen(non-registered)
Ken, I just had dinner at a mountainside eatery up here in the Adirondacks with Nathan Farb. He told me about your pictures. I have just looked at them and they are wonderful. I was something of a regular in the '70s and many of faces of friends appear in this group plus others I knew of but did not 'know.' Magoo's was a moment and I am delighted to revisit my young adulthood's hangout through these wonderful images. Thanks.

Frank Owen
1.Sally Cummings (I don't use Jannelli)(non-registered)
Hi Ken--I still have the letter you wrote me a few years ago; I've been meaning to answer it.
Quite the stroll down memory lane! And no apologies necessary. Some of the photos are really wonderful; Rob's, for instance. And Pro's, god bless him. James's last name is Gingerich. He's still painting; you can see his btfl work online. Karla's last name was Jackson.

Thanks for this!
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