I just ordered your book
and I'm so excited to get it. I have been fascinated with your Uncle's
story for years now. He was good friends with Cab Calloway. Cab's
grandson Christopher (he runs the Cab Calloway Orchestra) is a very dear
friend of mine and Chris often tells me how wonderful your uncle was to
the black community and treated black entertainers with courtesy,
respect and paid them what white performers were getting paid. I think
perhaps the reason your uncle was considered an enemy of the state was
because he was for helping the every day man. I live in NYC right now.
They have recently begun tearing down your Uncle's old haunt in Gowanus
to make luxury apts. That seems to be the way NYC is going right now.
But I have always enjoyed the stories from the old vets talking about
the good ol days when respect was in and Capone lived down the block.
These guys have to be in their mid to late 90's now. This must have been
right before he went to Chicago.
Needless to say I want
to thank you for writing the book. I can't wait to read it and get
insight from people who knew him personally and not on a glamorized
Hollywood level. I've always loved that he set up the first soup kitchen
Anyway I hope to meet you one day and once again I am so excited to read your book. Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend.