Around 1981-83, there used to be a guy who’d take his place right outside the door to the Food Giant – he’d refer to himself as the “Mayor of Wallingford” and he was a repository of the things going on in the area.
who was he really?
what happened to him?
So, we asked our resident historian, Paul Dorpat, who gave us this thoughtful response:
Since Wallingford has never been a class-anything incorporated municipality on its own it has never had a mayor. There have however been a few persons who, because of their wisdom or activism and often capacity for their conversational skills, have received the name “Mayor of Wallingford.” One of these is Mayor Doug Wilson. This Mayor is also an electrician, is married to Helen (a lawyer who probably gives him advice in many matters) and has two children, both of whom have grown up and left the nest. Hope this helps.
It did, Paul, it did! But when we e-mailed Doug, his response was that he’s known as “Mr. Wallingford” and as such, he has not been elected as Mayor. So this left us to investigate further–and so far, all we’ve come up with is:
Oddly enough, those are two different Janets! So now we ask you, dear reader, if you have any knowledge of the Mayor of Wallingford you’d care to impart. We know we’ve got some neighbors who’ve been here for 30 years and more, as evidenced by our wonderful stroll down memory lane in the comments of our real estate post last week, so help us rediscover our esteemed Mayor of Wallingford!