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Touring Newport Mansions

Aimee Ruzicka graduated from UT Knoxville in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in history and in 1974 with a master's degree in library science. A retired law librarian, she now lives in Nesquehoning, Pa., in the southern Poconos.

Ruzicka and her husband, Richard, spent a week touring Newport mansions, hiking the Cliff Walk and enjoying other sights of the area during the summer of 2008. She sent three photos:

In the first, she's at the Breakers, the summer "cottage" of Cornelius Vanderbilt II, chairman and president of the New York Central Railroad. The Breakers, in Newport, R.I., is a 70-room Italian Renaissance-style palazzo inspired by the 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin.

In the second, she's at the Brightman Street Bridge over the Taunton River in Fall River, Mass. The bridge was named for Richard's grandfather, removed seven times. George Brightman was named constable of Fall River in 1747. The area recently was in the national news because the river was named a "scenic waterway."

"On the way back to our Pennsylvania home, we decided to stop in Connecticut at Mystic Pizza for lunch," Ruzicka wrote of the third photo. "Mystic Pizza was the inspiration for the 1988 movie by the same name, starring Julia Roberts. Not well know is that this was Matt Damon's very first screen role. He had only one line: 'Mom, do you want my green stuff?'

"P.S.  The pizza was yummy!"

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