PRICELESS PIC - Rockland County, NY (Back in the Day)

Henry Frederick holding his newborn son, Henry IV, at Nyack Hospital on Oct 16, 1993 / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer photo / Polaroid snapshot of Henry Frederick, holding his newborn son, Henry Michael Frederick IV, just minutes after his birth at Nyack Hospital in Nyack, NY, hours before sunrise on Oct. 16, 1993. The pic was taken by a nurse in the delivery room.
 
Henry Frederick / Headline SurferBy HENRY FREDERICK
Column: People, Places & Things
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SANFORD, Fla. -- This is the most precious, and indeed, most prized photo of mine to this day - a snapshot in time taken in the early morning hours of Oct. 16, 1993, at Nyack Hospiital in Nyack, NY.

One of the RNs shot this pic on a Polaroid camera within moments of my only child's birth: That of Henry Michael Frederick IV. Look at how he's looking up to his Dad. I can't think of a more priceless image that means everything to me - a bond from from birth.

One of the RNs shot this pic on a Polaroid camera within moments of my only child's birth: That of Henry Michael Frederick IV. Look at how he's looking up to his Dad. I can't think of a more priceless image that means everything to me - a bond from from birth.

I had turned 31 on Feb. 4, of that year. He was "Little Henry" or "HIV" as he was called in those early days by the late Richard Gutwillig, columnist for The Rockland Journal-News, and his godfather...
Henry's birth certificate was filled out by Nancy Kriz, a dear friend, who was a spokeswoman back then with Nyack Hospital.

My time in Rockland County was short: mid-1989 to mid-1996, during which I worked as a cops & courts reporter for the above-named newspaper. Henry's mother, Sandra, worked for the Rockland County Girl Scouts.

I was on deadline just hours before my son's birth, having covered a homicide from the scene in Spring Valley. I then drove to the hospital where I wrote wrote the story on my laptop on deadline and emailed it to the city desk for final editing and placement in the morning's paper.

Little Henry's first home was in Stony Point, the Old Shankey House on West Main Street; next door to the Stony Point Presbyterian Church where he was baptized withi his first year of life...
We moved to East Central Florida when Little Henry was 3.

BTW: I still have the blanket Little Henry was wrapped in.

Henry Frederick Picture

Short Bio

Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.