Hampton Jitney and My Distant Uncle

Eddie Duque shows his award-winning design for the Hampton Jitney 40th Anniversary Coach

The Hampton Jitney is celebrating its fortieth year of bussing people from New York to Long Island. For those of us who don’t have access to a car or helicopter to whisk us off to the Hamptons, we must make do with the Jitney or the Long Island Railroad, provided I don’t elect to bike there.

To commemorate the anniversary, they held a design contest for the 40th Anniversary Jitney Coach.

The results of the content were announced last week, but I didn’t see the message because it ended up in my spam folder. The winners were:

  1. Lynn Mara
  2. Eddie Duque
  3. Stephanie Baloghy
  4. Francis Quigley

I mention this because the second winner on this list is a distant family member. He is my mother’s half-brother’s brother-in-law. I think it makes him an uncle, despite being a bit younger than me.

It’s unlikely I’ll be out on Long Island again before the summer ends, but if you see the bus wrapped with a design that features the city skyline, the beach, and I-495 (i.e., the Long Island Expressway), that’s his design.

Way to go, tio!

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