The New York Times has long been the benchmark for newspaper obituary stories. When I go, I’d prefer my life would be chronicled by Paul Grondahl, a former colleague at the Albany Times Union who also has published biographies of the likes of Teddy Roosevelt and Erastus Corning 2d, Albany’s iron-rule mayor for more than 40 years. When Grondahl does your obit, you know you’re going to be interesting reading.
His latest ode is to Fran Zyglewicz, a free-living gal who, as he writes in today’s edition of the Times Union:
” … was a maternal presence, always ready with an ice-cold beer and a warm heart, a surrogate mom who befriended scores of born-again Christians, members of the Hells Angels and Harley-Davidson devotees of all stripes who live to ride and ride to live. She was the wild-maned mama who ran Mother’s Roadhouse, a Route 4 honky-tonk beloved by bikers that eventually expanded to include bars in Watervliet and Troy under the Mother’s banner. Mother’s was the kind of joint where the proprietor, at 5-foot-2 and 160 pounds of tattooed bulk, with beefy biceps unencumbered by sleeves, did not require the services of a bouncer.”
I heartily recommend you click here — now! — to read the rest of Grondahl’s appreciation of a one-of-a-kind hangout owner.
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