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Mike Saltzstein, B&B Carousel Operator, Dies
By Jeff Alterman

I wish to add another correction concerning Mike Saltzstein who
operated the B&B Carousell at Coney Island for many years.  I spoke to
Al O'Hagan, who is with the Coney Island Chamber of Commerce, over the
telephone late this morning, and he told me that Mike Saltzstein had
just turned 60 years of age at the time of his death.  He informed me
that the cause of death was most likely a massive heart attack which
occurred during the early morning hours on the 4th of July.

Al O'Hagan told me that people were waiting for the B&B Carousell to
open up for business late in the morning on the 4th of July and, when
Mike Saltzstein failed to arrive to open the building which houses the
B&B Carousell, someone was sent to his place of residence and found him
apparently dead.  The ambulance was called and either a doctor or the
emergency medical technicians determined that Mike Saltzstein was
actually dead.  The B&B Carousell remained closed through Friday, July
6th, 2001.

Mike Saltzstein's death sent a shock wave throughout Coney Island since
he had worked there starting in the late 1950s and almost everyone who
had worked at Coney Island knew him.  Believe it or not, there is the
possibility that the B&B Carousell might be set aside as a memorial to
Mike Saltzstein since he had worked there for so long and almost
everybody at Coney Island knew him quite well.

In spite of the fact that Mike Saltzstein was known to have been a
curmudgeon he helped to bring joy into millions of children's and
adult's hearts when they rode on the B&B Carousell.  I certainly had
plenty of good times on the B&B Carousell over the last few years and
especially this year since the 65-key Gebrueder Bruder "Elite Orchestra
Apollo" organ playing 66-key B.A.B. rolls seemed to have been playing
a little better than it has in recent years.

If you wish to contact Al O'Hagan, try to do so through Coney Island
Chamber of Commerce, 1015 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224, tel.:
718-266-1234  fax: 718-714-0379  He'll be glad to answer any questions
that you have concerning Mike Saltzstein's death.

Jeff Alterman

(Message sent Thu 12 Jul 2001, 20:45:26 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

Key Words in Subject:  B&B, Carousel, Dies, Mike, Operator, Saltzstein

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