Archive for October 25th, 2002

25th October
2002

First Published in The New York Sun,  October 25, 2002
By Andrew Wolf

Years ago, I was familiar with the city of Providence, Rhode Island, only by reputation. My late father was in the jewelry business, and at one time he represented a manufacturer of watchbands located there. Jewelry was a big industry in Providence. Since a check would arrive every week postmarked “Providence R.I.,” I assumed that this must be a rich, magical, wonderful place. My dad set me straight. “Providence? It’s a dump!”

Thirty years ago, my wife and I were driving up to Boston to spend the weekend. As we passed through Providence on I-95, my wife wondered whether there was anything worth seeing there. “Providence? My father says it’s a dump.” (more…)