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Happy 75th, Merritt!

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I learned a lot at the Westport Public Library reception for the opening of its exhibit honoring the 75th anniversary of the Merritt Parkway.

I never knew, for example, that all the bridges — each one unique — were designed by the same person.

I also did not know that the reason there is no Exit 43 is the Greenfield Hill residents did not want the intrusion. And had enough juice to stop it.

The most fascinating factoid I did not know, though, was that whenever John Lennon felt stressed out by life in New York, he would rent a car and drive up the Merritt Parkway to the Sikorsky Bridge, then back to the city. It calmed him down — and probably inspired his songwriting.

Imagine!

John Lennon

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