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Helen-Chantal Pike -- Author & Asbury Park Historian

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If you want to discuss the history of Asbury Park, local expert Helen-Chantal Pike might be the best person to contact. She’s written more than a few books on the subject including Asbury Park’s Glory Days; Images of America: Asbury Park; and she edited Asbury Park: Where Music Lives. Yeah, Helen knows a thing or two about this resort town that has seen it’s share of ups and downs since it’s beginning days in the1870’s. Named after the first American Methodist bishop, Francis Asbury, this city by the sea has a fascinating history that’s included everything from celebrities such as Bud Abbott and Danny De Vito, writers like Stephen Crane, and a legendary music scene. So much to talk about. And the show is only 30 minutes!

Helen’s first newspaper job was at the Asbury Park Press. In 1991, she launched her freelance career, becoming an international travel writer and photographer, mainly for The Boston Herald. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications from the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor and Washington Post to magazines like Vermont Life, Northern Woodlands and New Jersey Monthly. Asbury Park: Where Music Lives is Helen’s tenth book; she was chosen to manage the editorial direction and publication of a volume to complement the Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibit New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music. On March 6, 2011 the book debuted with a "book jam" of the musicians whose memoirs now are a part of our nation's cultural history. This will definitely be an interesting interview, and please check out After Hours at Jersey Coastal Live after the show for additional information.