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Song of the Day #86

Song of the Day: An Affair to Remember, a 1957 Academy Award nominated song, music by Harry Warren, words by Harold Adamson and Leo McCarey, recorded by such singers as Vic Damone and Nat King Cole. "Our love affair is a wondrous thing. That we'll rejoice when remembering. Our love was born with our first embrace. And a page was torn out of time and space." Well, believe it or not ... that's exactly how I feel when I take my bike and ride along the bike path that sweeps under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Boy, you know you're getting a little older when you're older than a bridge. Today just happens to be the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, still the longest suspension bridge in the United States. Happy Birthday! The bridge is so long that the tops of its towers are 1 5/8 inches further apart than their bases ... to allow for the curvature of the Earth. I remember being overwhelmed by its majesty from the time when E.J. Korvettes was a stone's throw away. I've seen the QE2 and the QM2 pass under its span. It has welcomed Tall Ships into New York harbor in celebration of the U.S. Bicentennial. It's one of my great loves in my hometown. Oh, and listen to a clip of this pretty song at amazon.com from the original soundtrack album of the romantic film, "An Affair to Remember," starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. For those who are "starving for stars," as my colleague David Hinckley puts it, those were the days. (The film was made even more famous by references to it in the 1993 film, "Sleepless in Seattle"). Ironically, another great love of mine, The Empire State Building, figures prominently in the plot.