Seal Beach’s Mark A. Thompson has written an interesting book, “Sinatra’s Tailor.” It’s a biographical novel about longtime Long Beach clothier Umberto Autore, who was orphaned and raised by Italian nuns during World War II. It describes the struggles the lad had growing up, including being shot in the face by a German soldier; how he was reunited...

Sanremo occasione di incontro anche per gli amministratori regionali. In occasione del Festival, infatti, gli assessori al turismo di Liguria e Sicilia Gianni Berrino e Manlio Messina hanno dato il via ad un percorso che porterà ad un’intesa di promozione turistica comune tra le due regioni e i comuni di Lumarzo e Lercara Friddi nel nome di Frank S...

If you have $2,000-$4,000 lying around and an interest in owning Frank Sinatra’s Italian marble toilet with a golden clamshell lid, make your way to Swedesboro this Sunday. S&S Auction will be auctioning it off, alongside roughly 200 other items from the crooner’s “Chairman’s Suite” at the original Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City,...

Aakenbaaken & Kent Publishers is pleased to announce the release of Sinatra’s Tailor-An Italian Immigrant’s Story, available for purchase at bookstores, directly from the publisher at Aakenbaakeneditor.com, and online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and everywhere books are sold.  Sinatra’s Tailor, by Mark A. Thompson, is the remarkable coming-of-age sto...

When most people think about Hoboken they think of Ol’ Blue Eyes — Frank Sinatra; the “kid from Hoboken who got the breaks,” as writer Bruce Bliven coined him. All over the Mile Square, tributes pay homage to this musical and historical legend, as Hoboken was his birthplace and where he found his fame. The city is decorated with all things Sinatra...

Sal "The Voice" Valentinetti has been one of the most popular singers to come out of Long Island. Rightly so, he has one of the best voices in the world. When the girls hear him sing they act like the ones who screamed for Frank Sinatra in the 1940s. In 1977, I met the great Sinatra at Patsy’s Italian Restaurant when I was there with the world cham...

What better way to celebrate Italian-American heritage month than to dance to the great melodies made famous by Frank Sinatra. Local radio personality Don Giovanni is presenting the Fly Me To The Moon Dinner Dance this Saturday evening. It will showcase Sinatra tunes performed by the Ralph Muro Quartet featuring Al Hamme. Plus the guitar music of R...

On Dec. 12, Frank Sinatra would have been 104. In those 100-plus years, few people in modern history have been as iconic, with as much influence on popular music as he had. Sinatra's songs are timeless and his persona was legendary. I recently came across some vintage pix of "Ol' Blue Eyes" and it reminded me just how much he was a part of my "inne...

When an abrupt cut-to-black concluded one of the most eminent series in the history of television, turmoil erupted among millions of viewers.  In the moment, bewildered fans might have blamed the blackout on faulty TVs, cable boxes or HBO subscriptions. But, every last bit of silence and blank screen was deliberate.  More than a decade later, the e...

“Here at Patsy’s, there’s four generations of the Scognamillo family,” said Sal Scognamillo, the owner and chef of Patsy’s Italian Restaurant on 56th Street, right in the middle of New York City. Scognamillo’s got reason to be proud. This year is the restaurant's 75th anniversary and there is much to celebrate. Not the least of which is that one of...