Archive | 2011

In the beginning ….

… there was Henry Beirne (later Byrne) professing his love in a way that shamed all of us that “was to folla”  wearing his genes. Translation of the message: “This is to certify I willingly profess that Ellen Kiernan is the only girl I love, and have ever loved purely and sincerely; and in professing [...]

You are Pierre La Mure !!!

This is about a woman who, once  her two boys were old enough to not need her guidance,  went to work as a telephone operator in Curtis Brown Ltd., famed British-owned literary agency. And, with less than a complete high school education,  became literary agent to Pierre LaMure, Ogden Nash, S. J. Perleman and others. Her name? [...]

Going Gaga!

This is the story of my younger son, Kareem Devlin and of a father’s pride watching his  work effort lead him to be “Jesus”, lead guitarist for Lady Gaga. (Story to come)

The Rich and the Famous

Here are people I have known well enough to be worth a story. I hope to write about all of them in posts to come: Ray Abruzzi (Bachelor’s III), Joey Adams (Columnist), Debbie Allen and Phylicia Allen (sisters with separate success paths), Woody Allen (sometime clarinetist), Fran Allison (Kukla, Fran & Ollie), Hardy Amies (Designer), [...]

The Hostile Takeover!

In 1995, the company I headed, Eastern Holdings International, had two partnerships in the Former Soviet Union. One was headquartered in St. Petersburg, Russia, with agreements covering all Former Soviet Union territories except the Baltic’s. The other was in Latvia with agreements covering the three Baltic nations (Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia) and was headquartered in Riga, the [...]