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Celebrate Ol’ Blue Eyes Today!

Per my daily almanac, today is the birthday in 1915 of Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra.

Whether or not you love or hate the guy, his music, his style, and his connections made him a force to reckon with in both the entertainment industry and politics.  My high school choral teacher said he had the best phrasing, except for the whole “do be do be do” thing.

He came from nowhere, got ‘connected’, and the Mob allegedly paid girls to scream when he first performed live.  He went to Hollywood, and it was thought his career had tanked.  Then, he showed he could act.  And he was renewed.

He was friends with mob guys like Sam Giancana, politicians like Jack Kennedy, and beauties like Marilyn Monroe.  After Bogie passed away in 1957, he assumed chairmanship of The Rat Pack – a group of cool dudes including a black guy, Sammy Davis, Jr.  This integration was unheard of in 50’s Hollywood.

He was a loyal friend.  When Sammy got in trouble with the IRS, he didn’t tell the guys.  Frank found out and called him, and asked, “How much are you in for?”  $15 million was the reply.  “I’ll write you a check.” said Frank.

He passed in 1998.  Way too soon for my taste.

He did it his way.

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I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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5 thoughts on “Celebrate Ol’ Blue Eyes Today!

  1. Watched a ‘behind the scenes’ show about the Rat Pack a long time ago.
    They said the real leader, and “head writer” of the on stage gags and jokes was…….

    Joey Bishop.
    That guy was a genius and didn’t waste the opportunity of working with world class talent.

    Posted by KM | December 12, 2013, 11:28 am
  2. Re: “Today’s Funny”
    They gave up on your gun safe; now they need help.
    Q

    Posted by Quizikle | December 12, 2013, 4:24 pm
  3. Yep, good ‘front’ man… not much behind the scenes…

    Posted by Old NFO | December 12, 2013, 5:56 pm

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