Tag Archives: Rocky Graziano

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), [...]

Cast of Thousands!

This is story of how Jack Byrne and Rocky Graziano cooked up a scheme to get a couple of thousand “actors” to work 12 hours for a Lee Myles Tee Shirt. (Story to Come with photos by Julius Spedale) m

Show Me da Money!

Rocky Graziano, middleweight champion of the world, was born New Year’s Day 1921. Sixty-five years later, in December 1986, at about 4:15 in the morning, he couldn’t sleep. Deciding “not to fight it”, he got up, slipped on a pair of sneakers and a raincoat and went out to get an early newspaper. Rocky lived [...]

Billy, Mickey and Me.

Creativity is where you find it. And the more limited the budgets of your clients, or the more adventurous the levels of impact you wish to achieve, you better find it in places other than the client’s reserve fund. The synthesizing of unrelated elements is often the key process in creative “inventions”. (When opportunity knocks, [...]

The Greatest Impressario since Flo Ziegfeld.

When I first met my wife, Christian Cooper, she was an actress. My early courtship included shuttle flights between New York and Boston where she was appearing in the pre-Broadway run of Prettybelle, an Alexander Cohen production, directed by Gower Champion and starring Angela Lansbury. However, prior to her acting career, she had been a [...]