(CNN) - Among the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy is a stretch of coast known simply as the Jersey Shore.
Before this area became synonymous with a hard-partying reality show, it was a place where countless families made memories. One of those families was David Vigilante's:
[1:19] "The shore was more than just a beach. It was carnival rides and boardwalks and the remnants of what entertainment looked like in the Victorian era. It was the birthplace of Miss America and the land of Springsteen."
Vigilante is the Senior Vice President of legal for CNN and as the news of Sandy's devastation came in, Vigilante sat down and wrote about all of the memories he made on the shore growing up:
[:46] "The word "vacation" always conjures up images of the Jersey Shore. It was grid-based towns that went right up to the beach-capped off with boardwalks that stretched for miles. We all knew those towns. We knew which had the best piers with the best rides, we knew that the best sausage and pepper sandwich was at a boardwalk stand in Seaside Heights. We knew that Lucy the Elephant was actually a hotel in Margate and that the places on the Monopoly board really existed."
Vigilante also recalled the first time he took his wife to the shore:
[3:03] "I could finally show her that place was real. And that imagery was the imagery of my memories. And my parents' memories . . . and their parents' memories. And that was my Jersey Shore."