To Polish Guy:
Here is the first entry of a thread you started on February 11th, 2006:
Many years back I can remember reading that when Pizza first came to the U.S.A. it was in two cities, somewhere in New York, and the other in Gary, Indiana.
Does anyone, along with me, remember this.
Fill me in.
This was great Pizza, but that was in the past, and kids today will never know.
Now, this thread has been kicking around since November 8th. So far, no one has been able to corraborate the statement that Gary was the second or fifth or tenth city in America to have a pizzeria. In fact, I doubt anyone ever compiled a list of when each of the top 10,000 local entities in the US got their first place that made pizza.
You have a couple of problems here. First, most of the people that ate at the earliest pizzerias in Gary are now dead. I think Gary also experienced "white flight" - correct me if I am wrong about this. I was in the service with a guy from Gary. I talked with him a year after we both got out of the service. He told me he bought a farm a long distance away from Gary. If anyone reading this forum had parents in Gary, the topic of good pizzerias in Gary would not come up because - who cares - you are not living in Gary anymore. Internet search engines are not pulling up anthing about the history of pizza in Gary.
Now, what I am about to suggest does require you to access personal safety concerns. However, Gary has three library systems, and I guess, as a legal resident of Indiana, they would assist you. Here is an article describing them: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libraries_of_Gary,_Indiana
Of particular interest is the Indiana Room at the Gary main library. If you are looking for obscure data from 40 or 50 years ago, you still need to go to a library and perform research. So, if you are seeking to document when pizza was first available in Gary, you would have to go through old newspapers and books on or about Gary.
Unfortunately, this website is a dry well on this subject.