2012 endings: What we'll miss most
It's so hard to recall in December things that happened in January. Don't believe me? Look at the Oscars; filmmakers and distributors try to cram their new releases into the last two months of the year, fearful that January is as distant as 1776 in the minds of Oscar voters. So here's a little trolling through spotty memory lane to note and lament some matters of heft and moment that we will say goodbye to along with 2012 itself. -- Patt Morrison
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Jersey Shore, the actual place( Wayne Parry / Associated Press )
California has "the beach," New Jersey has "the shore." The haunts of Springsteen and the Sopranos and the denizens of "Boardwalk Empire" were devastated by Superstorm Sandy, which was an equal-opportunity disaster, everything from homes to the man-made attractions of roller coasters, boardwalks and seaside hangouts. And of course the Miss America pageant, long since migrated south, began in Atlantic City as a boardwalk tourist attraction in 1920.
Above: An American flag blows in the breeze in front of one of the largest piles of storm debris along the Jersey shore on Nov. 15.