Mike’s Building at Willowbrook

This is me with my Brownie camera:


Maybe I was 8 years old.  My Dad had a 1957 Chevy, but I don’t think that’s it in the background. Dad probably took this picture in the parking lot somewhere. It might have been at this public park near Willowbrook[1] where we used to go when we visited Michael. There was a lake there, and a lot of crunchy rock.

I took this picture of Dad bringing Mike out of his building on one of our visits:

It’s funny, because I always remembered the number of Mike’s building as 17, like Stalag 17, the movie I saw about the prison camp.

I was wrong. It was 13, lucky number 13.

[1] Willowbrook was a state mental institution on Staten Island, NY.

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