Friday, March 27, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Sinatra 100




New York Public Library

Sinatra takes a selfie:

“May you all live to be 100 years old and may the last voice you hear be mine!” – Frank Sinatra

The exhibit is phenomenal!!! 

The Themes: Gold Records, Marty O'Brien's, The American Living Room, Hoboken, The Early Years, The Rustic Cabin, The Columbia Years, Early Influences, The Big Band Years, Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, The First Teen Idol,  The House I Live In, The Early Films, Herman Leonard, Frank Sinatra in the Studio, The Capital Years, Capital Studios: Studio A, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, Al Hirschfeld, Activist and Humanitarian, From Here to Eternity, Chairman of the Board, The Rat Pack, Later Films, Frank Sinatra: Artist, Tamarisk Country Club, Nancy, Frank Jr, and Tina, Frank and Jack, In Concert, and Last Years. 

There are many displays of posters, records, music, articles, clothing, videos, and there are interactive features as well. There is an old jukebox and even Sinatra home movies. And during the entire exhibit Frank is heard singing so many of the songs he recorded during his life.

The end features a Frank Sinatra concert and I was mesmerized and filled with emotion. Frank Sinatra passed away in 1998 and it truly was the end of an era.

art by Al Hirschfeld

photo by Terry O'Neill

The Rustic Cabin

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Mob Wives Panel... that got away

I was planning to go. I wanted to go. I really really really wanted to go. I wanted to buy the books! I wanted to have my books signed! And... think of the great photo ops!

Darn snow! Darn ice! Darn slippery sidewalks and subway steps. Darn, darn, darn!

OK... so it wasn't like the blizzard of 1947, but that was the year I was born! It is one thing to look at snow through tired eyes and quite another thing to walk in snow and fall and break a hip! 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Early Professional Headshots

 about 1992:

about 10 years later:

and this one from 1994, taken at the 30 year high school reunion which was on an uber bad hair day: