The woman at the heart of the photo speaks
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For the past two weeks, we ran this undated photo from our archives of a group of people standing on top of the Panorama at the Queens Museum, asking readers if they could help us put some names to the faces.

More than a few readers reached out to us and helped us identify many of the elected officials pictured, but that still left us wondering about the woman at the very center of the photograph and the man on the far right.

Well, this week the “mystery” woman at the center of the photo reached out to us! She is Janet Schneider, and here’s some of what she wrote to us:

“My good friend, the ever-vigilant Susan Lacerte, executive director of the Queens Botanical Garden, sent me your page six article and photo. 

I was the executive director of the Queens Museum when the photo was taken, my guess sometime between 1987 and 1989.

Yes, indeed, we are standing on the Panorama of New York City. You'll note everyone is wearing the same footgear, special galoshes with a thick foam sole.  This is what the workers from Ray Lester Associates used when maintenance or updates were made to the Panorama.

The trick was to walk in the waterways and try not to step on the bridges. I'm happy to say that we never had any accidents, although I did hold my breath every time. 

Keeping the Panorama up-to-date was, and is, quite a challenge. We were always trying to raise money for this, and we may have been seeking funds from the Queens Delegation. 

Anyway, thanks for the memory.  It is a great moment in time.”

Ms. Schneider was also able to identify the man on the far right as William R. Blake III, a member of the Queens Museum board of directors.

One last note: there was some discrepancy as to the identity of the man standing second from the left. Some readers were sure it was former assemblyman Ivan Lafayette, while others couldn’t identify him but were convinced it was not the former Jackson Heights assemblyman.

Ms. Schneider cleared that discrepancy up as well. He is in fact Donald Miller, also a former Queens Museum board member.

If you missed last week’s issue and are curious about the elected officials, visit queensledger.com and click on the “Pol Position” link.
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