Ed McMahon owned a brick house on 18th street, right on the dunes, in Avalon NJ for a time in the 60s. My parent's house is on 17th street and Dune Drive. Dad still lives there.
Ed was not always there during the summers but we always peeked at his house when we walked to the beach. Once, Ed drove a Budweiser-decorated golf cart on the beach, greeting people and giving out sodas and beer. I got to shake his hand and I said I lived up the street from him. On labor Day, Ed had a big BBQ party and on this holiday I remember being on the beach and hearing Ed laugh. It boomed across the dunes and made me laugh.