• WILD BILL VORHIS / OLDEST PILOT IN NJ

    WILD BILL VORHIS / OLDEST PILOT IN NJ

    92-year old Wild Bill Vorhis claims to be the oldest active pilot in the state of New Jersey. He trained pilots back in WWII and still gives lessons at the Sussex Airport. In 1992 he was inducted into the NJ Aviation Hall of Fame in Teterboro.

  • MAKING THE HEADS

    MAKING THE HEADS

    Dave Haskins carves heads out of old propane tanks at Haskins Propane in Ridgwood.

  • GOLDMAN'S GARDEN

    GOLDMAN'S GARDEN

    James Goldman stands in his densely gardened front yard in the Hillcrest section of Paterson, where he grows a dizzying array of flowers, fruits, vegetables, herbs, and nuts -all grown organically

  • FOOT BEAUTY CONTESTANT

    FOOT BEAUTY CONTESTANT

    Alexandra Barzvi, reads a magazine with Britney Spears on cover, she she gets her feet manicured by Tina Jing at the Nail Emporium in Edgewater. Barzvi is a finalist in a foot beauty contest.

  • A SINGING TELEGRAM

    A SINGING TELEGRAM

    Laurie Ross sings a singing telegram to Michelle Priolo on Valentines Day morning, sent to her by her boy friend.

  • LA APARACION

    LA APARACION

    Enelisa Izrarry points out to two visitors the piece of wood that locals claim looks like the Virgin Mary. Izrarry maintains the shrine with fresh flowers and candles, and welcomes new visitors each day to the roadside shrine.

  • THE BRUSH TRUCK

    THE BRUSH TRUCK

    Port Authority maintainence worker Joe Tannen operates the "Brush Truck" as it cleans the walls of the Lincoln Tunnel. The cleaning takes place during the early morning hours.

  • A SPRAY TAN

    A SPRAY TAN

    Shawn Daiany wipes on a spray tan in the tanning booth at Hollywood tans in Carlstadt.

  • WEB CATCHER

    WEB CATCHER

    Rocky Fiore catches a spider web on a sheet of glass coated with clear varnish -tacky enough to pick up a large spider web he found in a boat yard. Fiore considers himslef to be a spider web artist , after he captures the web he will then apply black paint and a backing to complete the artwork.

  • THE PINK LADY

    THE PINK LADY

    Irene Barnas lives in a world of pink that she has created, including her 1950's kitchen. She is obcessed with the color pink, and virtually everything in her house in Wallington, NJ is PINK!

  • THE WOW BUS

    THE WOW BUS

    Ted Sutter's self-styled Wow Bus, an old school bus he has glued tens of thousands of objects to the surface. He runs a parking lot painting company out oif this van.

  • APACHE JOE

    APACHE JOE

    Joe Savignano, known as Apache Joe, claims to be the last true metal junk yard operator in Bergen County, NJ.

  • SIDEWALK CHALK POET

    SIDEWALK CHALK POET

    Molly Fitzpatrick of River Edge uses chalk writing on her driveway as a way of appreciating poetry and sharing with others.

  • BULL-FIGHTER

    BULL-FIGHTER

    800-pound Steve DeProspo lays in bed in his West Paterson apartment, under a painting of a bull-fighter. Recently, boro firefighters had to cut a huge hole in the side of his house and construct a giant sling to help transport DeProspo to thehospital.

  • PLAID MOBILE

    PLAID MOBILE

    Artist Tim McNally lies on his plaid-painted car.

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  • OFFICER VOO-DOO

    OFFICER VOO-DOO

    Belleville police officer Paul Long is an expert in the occult, and is known as "Officer Voo-Doo" in the police community.

  • GOTH'S

    GOTH'S

    Damian Vargas and his wife Veronica live a Goth lifestyle.

  • THE TURTLE HUNTER

    THE TURTLE HUNTER

    Rich Saporito is a turtle lover, and he and his dog Chippawa ofen take a boat rides in the Ramapo River where many Red Belly turtles habitat.

  • THE BAT ROOM

    THE BAT ROOM

    Jerry Polizzotti has an extensive Batman toys collection he keep in his attic. He has over 10,000 pieces on display.

  • THE BOOK GURU

    THE BOOK GURU

    Tom Downs, the owner of Shaws Book Shop in Westwood, is known to many as the Book Guru, for his keen book recommnedations.

  • GRADUATION CEREMONY

    GRADUATION CEREMONY

    Graduates from the class of 2005 throw their caps into the air and celebrate after Commencement ceremony ended at Pequannock Twp. High School.

  • CHECK-MATE

    CHECK-MATE

    Longtime friends Jack Bienstock and Jerry Berkin bicker while playing chess on the beach at the Memorial Park lake in Fair Lawn.

  • CASINO NIGHT

    CASINO NIGHT

  • SENIOR EXERCISE

    SENIOR EXERCISE

    99-year old Annabelle Williams exercises with other seniors during a group class at Hackenseack's Martin Luther King, Jr.Senior Center.

  • NJ CLAMMERS

    NJ CLAMMERS

  • STICKBALL

    STICKBALL

  • HIKING OVER THE HIGHWAY

    HIKING OVER THE HIGHWAY

    Two hkers make their way along the Cannonball Trail that crosses over I-287 in Oakland, NJ.

  • ICE FISHING

    ICE FISHING

  • WATER HYDRANT FOLLIES

    WATER HYDRANT FOLLIES

    9-year old Richie Vargas plays in the water spray of an open fire hydrant.

  • JULY 4TH CELEBRATION

    JULY 4TH CELEBRATION

  • KIWI FRUIT

    KIWI FRUIT

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