Who Is Caruso’s Mystery Statue?
Palisades residents are really lucky. A statue will soon be unveiled at Caruso’s Palisades Village.
When my children were small, we traveled standby. With a pilot for a husband, we indeed did receive free airline travel, but it was on a space-limited basis. That meant that if the plane was full, we often stayed at the airport and waited for the next flight or had to wait until the next day.
I adopted the Pollyanna game with my kids, always looking on the bright side. “Aren’t we lucky? We didn’t know we’d get to spend more time in this airport.” Or “Aren’t we lucky? We get to stay overnight at a hotel.” One particularly problematic time, we were turned away as we boarded, but our suitcases made it. “Aren’t we lucky, we get to wear the same clothes tomorrow when we get up at 4 a.m. to try for the next plane.”
I invite Palisades residents to share my optimistic view. “When construction was first proposed, we didn’t even know we were going to get a statue. What a great bonus! Our town doesn’t have any statues.”
A resident sent a photo of the hooded statue as it was being placed, just off Swarthmore, and I am awaiting permission to reprint the photo.
Someone speculated that the statue might be Mort Farberow, the late owner of Mort’s Deli on Swarthmore, but Mort rarely wore a suit and the statue seemed to be of a man in a suit. Another person predicted that it represents Rick Caruso’s dad, Henry. Another person thought it might be Will Rogers.
Circling the News is not in favor of speculation, so we contacted Mary Fontamillas, Caruso’s senior VP of marketing and communications, and asked for more details. By the end of the business day on Monday, we still had not received a response. As soon as we do, we’ll update the page.