To add to the legend of the Gibsons; the family lived in Verplanck, the only town on the Hudson where the tracks do NOT run along the river's edge. the people there are referred to as "Pointers" and to be a Pointer, you have to have been born there or in nearby Peekskill hospital.
Verplanck was originally settled by the Dutch and you can still see Dutch faces there to this day. For being so close to NYC, there's a lot of intermarriage in the place and homes remain in the same family for generations, they don't leave. A big joke there is if you try to put the Christmas Tree anyplace but the same corner by the window that it's been put in for the last 75 years, there's a major family feud over it. Most of the people have good union jobs if not working for Metro North, and without a mortgage and with a low tax base, everybody has a nice car, a boat, a jet ski, a truck and another home in the Adirondacks. They seem to live the good life in small homes.
Gibsons; after the family left for Australia, they left lots of relatives behind. I had to laugh one night when watching a guy get off at Cortlandt (the new station between Crugers and Montrose) and he was a dead ringer for Mel Gibson, clearly a relative.
On the $140K Gibson's dad supposedly earned -- what you guys left out was Dick Clark's Ten Thousand Dollar Pyramid. Mel's Dad went on the show and took the grand prize. When Dick Clark asked Ralph what he was going to do with it, he said he was moving his family to Australia because he didn't like the way things were going in the States. Fact was, he wanted to keep is boys out of the draft and Vietnam.
I always wondered how 10K would get one started in Australia but now seeing he got 140K from The Central, it clears up how he got started down there. 150K back then would do the job quite comfortably. I think Mel moved Ralph to California to have him closer while Mel does his movies in the States.
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