Good evening Manchester.
Earlier today I drove by a beautiful enormous mountain way up North that I remember I used to drive by when I was a kid, when my parents loaded us all up in the station wagon. That mountain was actually our destination back then.
And I can remember when I was a kid, when I looked up at the top of this mountain, I’d see this amazing profile of an old man’s face, naturally embedded in the granite that the mountain was made of. It was amazing. It was thousands of years old. People from everywhere were pulled over taking pictures on their Polaroids or Kodak Instamatics.
I can still hear the sound of the cameras.
And when I drove by it today, I realized that even though The Old Man of the Mountain been gone now for 14 years… even though Polaroids have been replaced with Androids… even though I was the only car on the road this morning, as I looked up and saw a faceless mountain… my memory will always see him up there.
This video remembers things right here in Manchester that no longer exist… like the original Livingston Pool, The Ledge… and the endless theaters and department stores that filled this city with entertainment and shopping… and future memories.
Ones that can never be taken away.
Paul Cormier is a videographer, DJ, radio personality and lifelong resident of Manchester, NH. You can reach him at email@example.com