Exactly 20 years ago today, April 1 fell on a Thursday. Then, as now, Thursday was publication day for the Martha’s Vineyard Times. I was the Times Calendar editor. The synchronicity was too much to resist. In the following years, nearly everyone credited and/or blamed my colleague Gerry Kelly for the April Fool’s issue. He was capable of such a thing, people thought; I surely wasn’t. They were right about him but wrong about me. I dunnit — but I didn’t dunnit alone.
Gerry devoted his regular food column to piping plover recipes. As you can guess from the illustration below — by Omar Rayyan, who early in his illustrious career was a regular contributor to the Times Calendar section — piping plovers were very much in the news back then. Plovers on the supper menu? The horror, the horror! Island environmentalists went ballistic. Piping plovers were an endangered species. Endangered species were not a laughing matter. Etc.
I don’t have a copy of the plover recipes. If I did, I’d be including it here. If anyone out there does have a copy, please, pretty please, let me copy it?