Note: This article has been updated since it's original post date December 29.
Two years ago while Andrew Cella was flipping through a collection of his dad's papers he came across an envelope storing two "golden" tickets, figuratively (not colorfully) speaking.
Cella was cleaning out the attic of the Margate home that he inherited from his deceased parents when he made his discover: two tickets to the 1953 inauguration--the start of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s first term in office.
And, get this. The 1953 tix have a face value higher than those for the upcoming 2009 inauguration, as reported by the Press of Atlantic City. Back then, the tickets cost Cella's father $6 bucks . Now, tickets are free (or atleast their supposed to be free). Read: Margate man scores tickets to inauguration - of 1953
Cella’s father who retired as a General in the Army, was stationed in Washington D.C. at the time of the 1953 Inauguration.
Cella could see why his father would want to be there for President Eisenhower’s big day. The two were fellow army officers. And, most of all, his father was a huge fan of Ike.
So, why weren’t the tickets used? Cella has no idea.