Frank Sinatra Keepers
The keeping of the Frank Sinatra flame is a huge responsibilty. It is serious and advanced friendship.
It means fighting back with the truth when everyone around you is spreading gossip and lies about Frank and making fun of him or his family.
It means giving something to those less fortunate than you.
It means sacrificing ones own desire to collect anything and everything at Frank's expense.
Some people get it and some don't. Those featured on this page get it! We say thank you to them and to those keepers we have yet to meet.
LETTERS OF SUPPORT FOR THE TIMES SQUARE STATUE
As a true fan of this great American treasure, what a better way to keep his memory alive than with this beautiful gesture of paying tribute to this man with a statue in his honor in the great city of New York.
He has given the world so much and it seems like such a humble and obvious way to keep his music and spirit alive.
His music will always live in our hearts, but I would love to have the chance to be walking down the streets of your great city and have my little three and four year old daughters ask me, "Daddy, who is that man?" Boy, would they get an ear full. What a wonderful way to introduce an entire new generation to this man and his music.
With music literally disappearing from our public schools, we have to find new and creative ways of letting our children learn about this incredible musician who brought so much love attention to your city by recording the song "New York New York," and what a better way of saying thank you than to present his family and fans with this statue of this generous loving man.
I was lucky enough to have New York embrace me and my music with a fabulous tribute at Radio City on Mar. 29, 2001, while I am still alive to participate and enjoy it. Please open your hearts to Frank's family and fans by this eternal statue that we would all love to visit when we come to the great city of New York. No one said it better than the man himself with his song New York, New York. It's the right thing to do.
Most Kindest Regards,
To The Honorable Mayor Of New York City, Rudolph W. Giuliani: Hi: I'm writing in reference to the planing of the statue of the late Frank Sinatra in Times Square. I speak as an Italian-American, as well as a fan and a student of history. There are two reasons why this honor to the late great entertainer is merited. And especially in a world class city that has been home to more citizens of Italian descent save Italy itself. One, it is safe to say that his countless love ballads may well have helped create romantic relationships, reunite loved ones or even save lives throughout his reign at the top of the music world, which incredibly spanned some 6 decades. Two, he has been well documented to have raised a billion dollars or more for charity. I know of no other entertainer or showbiz statesman, living or dead, who can lay claim to a humanitarian record of such epic proportions. If he is not deserving, then a dark olive-skinned shadow of blatant cultural disenfranchisement will be cast on the Great White Way forever. Indeed, there are heroes of humanity who have done as much for mankind who have been symbolically and ceremoniously sanctified in the eyes of the Catholic Church. A bronze tribute to Mr. Sinatra in Time Square would be equivalent to Lincoln's statue in Washington or David's in Rome as much as it would be welcome in our own living rooms. Why? Because we know the haunting voice attached to it. A simple reading of his daughter Tina's poignant memoir of her father painted him in brash, vivid brushstrokes as a flawed family man who turned his loneliness into musical art to help the world cope with love, lost and found. There will never be another of his timeless kind on this finite planet. For such innocence is gone forever in America. A statue would not resurrect or embody it. But it would reaffirm that it once existed in the heart, mind and soul of a man flawed like the rest of us who proved that he could use the freedom to be himself in order to become one of our best and brightest. And, of course, we could too. Even in the midst of a society that still to this day sees a vowel at the end of a surname as an excuse for ongoing and unrelenting stereotypes, Francis Albert Sinatra shrugged it all off and became our father of popular song despite it all. Now that America's musical romantic consciousness for more than half a century is crooning in Heaven, no man-made likeness can reproduce the emotional giant he was among men on earth. And lest we forget and not remember, emotional giants must encompass the full spectrum of human experience---the good and bad, the happy and sad. The flawed public character, the selfless private persona. For this is the truth of what it means to be human that we fear to expose or listen to. This is why when we are lonely we need to listen to his songs to get us though the night. When they do, the neon lights in New York should glisten and twinkle off his tilted fedora. For his American Dream began there. And there it should be immortalized for the dreamer in all of us. If not out of awe and respect, then at least as a proud perch for pigeons who like his music... Most Sincerely, Enrico Festa Studio City, CA
Enrico Festa from Studio City, CA USA
The following is my proposed letter to Commissioner Rosemarie O'Keefe in reference to the statue. I'll post it first, then hold it in draft until Thursday evening, checking the guestbook for edition/alteration suggestions. There are sharp and subtle minds here who can guide me if I render awkwardly. Here goes: Dear Honorable Rosemarie O'Keefe; This letter is addressed to you and the Honorable Rudy Giuliani in support of the Francis A. Sinatra statue proposed for Times Square. Of course, he comes to all our minds at the end of the games when they play "New York, New York" and in many other recorded songs like "Autumn in New York." And, as a young man in the movie walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, he clearly has devoted much of his studio time to bolster the pride of the natives, as well as heighten the awareness of outsiders as to the City's depth, dynamic opportunities, and open arms to those with little more than hope and their willingness to contribute their civic participation. I'm due for a visit to my friends in Chelsea. I'll drive up through Jersey City and Hoboken, and arrive in a wonderland that Mr. Sinatra did much to make me appreciate. I appreciate your approachability on this matter and urge you both to support the proposed statue. Yours very truly, John Havrilchak
John from Philly
Honorable Madam Commissioner:: Thank you for considering erecting a statue of FRANCIS ALBERT SINATRA as proposed by the SINATRA FAMILY.
This E-mail is a sincere effort to add support to the cause from way out here in OHIO, where, believe it or not, there's lots of SINATRA FANS.
Thank you for your consideration,
Respectfully, DOUG MARTIN
Forever Frank...Attention Guestbook friends...Nancy knew how much we all wanted to be a part of Frank Sinatra in Times Square...I wanted to go and represent all of you...The best of the best you "ALL"are...Nancy and Jake tried real hard to get me there....Now I am asking you all please write your letters of support do what you do best..WRITE...Let The Times Square people read from all over the world why this "Statue" belongs in Times Square..How a Man had a dream and that dream came true right here in Times Square October 12 1944 when hundreds of thousands of bobbysoxers went to the New York Paramount to see Frank Sinatra..My mother was one of those bobbysoxers...He had a dream from across the river.. like many young dreamers who travel to get here from all over the world..Frank Sinatra's Statue represents a dream for all of you ...."Frank's Statue"I am here, look at me, and yes dreams do come true amen..Luv, June....Thanx nancy
June1Lenny from New York City
Dear Commissioner O'Keefe,
I have been following the progress of the Frank Sinatra statue in Times Square for some time, and would like you to know that as a long-time admirer of Mr. Sinatra, I believe the inclusion of such a statue in New York City cannot help but to burnish the image of the world's greatest city, as well as recognize the many contributions of a truly great man.
Donald B. Lydiksen
February 6, 2001
Dear Mayor Giuliani:
I write this not as a Frank Sinatra fan but as a caring and sincere American.
I offer my words of support to make the Frank Sinatra statue in Times Square a reality. The approval is long overdue, and I feel that Mr. Sinatra deserves to be recognized in such a tribute.
Who other than Mr. Sinatra, has given so unselfishly to others. I don't mean only his music to the world, but his humanity. The part of him he kept hidden so well so others would not be able to thank him for a helping hand. True, he gave concerts and benefits that raised enormous amounts of money for organizations but he also gave so freely of himself...reading articles about families in need for example and sending money to assist in their needs...anonymously.
How anyone could not recognize his efforts to make this a better place to live and to lend a helping hand is unthinkable to me. I do not understand the delay in the approval of this tribute that we are hoping, no, fighting for.
With your continued support and words of sincerity from fellow citizens such as myself, I hope to one day soon be able to walk down Times Square and see the statue of Mr. Frank Sinatra, entertainer, father, humanitarian...a man.
Thank you for taking the time to read my letter and I hope to hear good news concerning this project in the near future.
Mr. Danny Bohin
Dear Honorable Rosemarie O'Keefe;
This letter is addressed to you and the Honorable Rudy Giuliani in support of the Francis A. Sinatra statue proposed for Times Square. Of course, he comes to all our minds at the end of the games when they play "New York, New York" and in many other recorded songs like "Autumn in New York." And, as a young man in the movie walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, he clearly has devoted much of his studio time to bolster the pride of the natives, as well as heighten the awareness of outsiders as to the City's depth, dynamic opportunities, and open arms to those with little more than hope and their willingness to contribute their civic participation. I'm due for a visit to my friends in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. I'll drive up through Jersey City and Hoboken, and arrive in a wonderland that Mr. Sinatra did much to make me appreciate. I appreciate your approachability on this matter and urge you both to support the proposed statue.
Yours very truly,
a Sinatra fan for
perhaps 37 of my 47 years,
Dear Commissioner O'Keefe and Mayor Giuliani,
I am writing in regards to the statue of Frank Sinatra that is planned to stand in Times Square.
It is plainly obvious to me that such a statue should be welcomed in such a location.
Francis Albert Sinatra has embodied entertainment ever since his days at the Paramount Theater, when his being there prompted line-ups of fans the likes of which have never been seen before. The first major pop star, if you will.
Throughout his solo career, Frank returned to New York to record many of the great songs we listen to or hear every day. When, in the late 1940's, the American pop culture was starting to flirt with novelty tunes, those "here-today-gone-tomorrow" songs, Frank vehemently resisted singing them as much as he could in favor of the high quality Broadway-, and off-Broadway songs. He revived some great Broadway songs that would have been lost or forgotten: whenever you enjoy "Ol' Devil Moon" from "Finian's Rainbow", for example, thank Frank.
Listen to "Autumn in New York" by Frank Sinatra and Billy May from the "Come Fly With Me" album released in 1958. When Frank sings about "canyons of steel", look down Broadway from Times Square during sunset.
Frank Sinatra brought together a group of singing stars and produced a four album set of Broadway show songs called "The Reprise Repertory Theatre" comprising of "Finian's Rainbow", "Kiss Me, Kate", "South Pacific", and "Guys and Dolls". This was done in a period in the Sixties when it would have been more lucrative to do something different with such a group than sing Broadway. Once again, Frank decided on quality, the kind of quality to be found at Broadway. Need I mention Frank's "My Kind of Broadway" album from Reprise?
How many shows did Frank do in the New York region? How Deep is The Ocean, How High is The Sky! Frank sang songs from many of the great Broadway writers: Irving Berlin (who wrote the above mentioned song), the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Richard Rogers, Lorenz Hart, Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern, etc, etc, etc. Frank Sinatra "just keeps rolling along".
Madison Square Garden was the venue of one of the most popular Sinatra shows: "The Main Event" Now what would have happened if Frank had "Theme from New York, New York" at his disposal in 1974 when he did the show? I have a pretty good idea that we would see that video clip at every game and celebration from here to eternity. Although Liza Minnelli and Shirley Bassey among others do a great rendition of the song, it's Frank's rendition that is always played because in addition to singing it well, he embodies the New York spirit. I remember the Times Square New Year's celebration of 2001 when we see Mayor Giuliani and Muhammad Ali start the countdown, then the 2001 "Auld Lang Syne", and right then "New York, New York" as sung by Frank Sinatra. The first sung song of the new millennium at the world's Square played out to the masses... and they all joined in! Now if that's not a sign of appreciation and gratitude for a man's work, I don't know what is. In the end, that's all Frank ever wanted: a song well sung and the honesty that is brought out when doing just that.
All these points, spanning a time period of 60 years (now that's longevity!), and many others I haven't touched for the sake of not writing a book when writing an e-mail message shows that a statue of Francis Albert Sinatra in Times Square is merited and should be made a reality.
Thank you for your attention and support, and greetings from Switzerland.
Jacob L. Kollegger, age 25.
The main subject at the moment is, as it should be, the statue in Times Square. I have read the letters written by JAKE and ANITA on the message board, and the one by JOHN here on the guestbook. I think that they, along with the recent one by ENRICO, can only be described as excellent, and I can't imagine what else could be said to persuade those who seem to be against the idea of a statue to the greatest entertainer of our times - or any time. I will write a letter to identify myself as one in complete agreement with the messages you have conveyed. If your words do not penetrate the minds of those against the statue, then I fear that nothing could. I hope all of our guestbook family are sending letters. It is hard to know whether sheer numbers could have an effect, but we can try. Anita's words about the statue being an "embarrassment" for the city are so true. The embarrassment for the city lies in the fact that it wasn't done in Frank Sinatra's lifetime. And the other fact is that embarrassment lies in the very idea that there are those in the city who are actually fighting against this and are putting up roadblocks to defeat it. We who know what the name Frank Sinatra defines - excellence in all things - are used to these hurdles. We have been over them many times. If we don't succeed in winning this time, we will know that we at least tried. And we know that New York City, those who live there, and all who come there as visitors - and all the rest of the world - will be the losers.....Mary
Mary S. from Silver Spring, Md.
I am sending this letter in an attempt to explain why a Frank Sinatra statue in Times Square would not only be a fitting tribute to the legacy of one of the greatest entertainers to ever grace this planet, but also a fitting tribute to the Times Square Area in New York City.
First of all, Francis Albert Sinatra's career spanned at least 5 decades, proving he had a tremendous, long-lasting effect on American entertainment, in particular, and American society, in general. His career represents the epitome of entertainment and is symbolic of a time when entertainers had true, God-given talent. Mr. Sinatra was not a technology-assisted, public relations created phenomenon, but as he was appropriately nicknamed, he was THE VOICE, and THAT VOICE got its start in Times Square. THAT VOICE created the very first recognizable American pop idol, and the first true and deserving object of fan hysteria in America - namely the Bobbysoxers.
Some who oppose the Times Square statue tribute argue that Mr. Sinatra did not perform that much in New York City. I would suggest that those who are of this mistaken belief, take a closer look at Mr. Sinatra's career to verify the venues in which he performed. While it is true that THE VOICE which started at Paramount in Times Square went on to be recognizable and celebrated world-wide, it is also true that Mr. Sinatra returned countless times to perform in the Times Square and New York City area, which many recognize as the international mecca for entertainment. In addition, Mr. Sinatra filmed several of his 60-plus movies in New York City (including "On The Town", "Come Blow Your Horn", "First Deadly Sin" and "Contract On Cherry Street").
Others argue that putting a statue in the suggested location would prove to be a "distraction". Not only does this notion serve as a great injustice to the career and legacy of Francis Albert Sinatra, it also insults the intelligence of those who frequent The Times Square Area. If Mr. Sinatra could ever be deemed a distraction, then he is a distraction in the most positive sense of the word. He distracted America and New Yorkers by providing it with some of the most beautiful music in the history of popular music, reviving countless old and forgotten Broadway tunes making them time-tested and honored standards. He distracted America with an impressive acting career including many film message firsts, proving his talents extended beyond his uncanny and unmatched ability to put across songs that touched millions and continue to bridge generation gaps. He distracted America and New Yorkers by standing up against racial and religious intolerance long before it was fashionable or politically correct to do so, and his reputation in the media has suffered as a result ever since and even now! He distracted America by performing for various charities in New York and all over the world, tirelessly giving to those less fortunate. If this is what is meant by a distraction, then I submit that such a distraction is, at the very least, warranted and much deserved!
Finally, Times Square would definitely benefit from such a tribute to Francis Albert Sinatra. The Times Square area in New York City represents the highest standards. Visitors the world over deem this a must-see location, as it is, simply put, the epitome of excellence in entertainment. Such a statue would only serve to highlight that excellence. At a time when entertainment now seems to be more synonymous with 'shock value' than with true, innate, God-given talent, Times Square would be very much complimented by a statue honoring one of the greatest and last symbols of clean and appealing entertainment in the finest sense of the word.
To "entertain" means to "hold the attention of; to amuse; to divert". I submit that Francis Albert Sinatra has done this for decades and continues to do so even after his passing. One simply cannot think of Times Square without thinking of Mr. Sinatra! I DARE SAY that if Times Square can house and host MTV and the WWF, then a mere statue taking up relatively little space, honoring an entertainment legend, should hardly warrant such negative opposition. Such a tribute to Mr. Francis Albert Sinatra would NOT serve as an embarrassment to the Times Square area. Quite frankly, it is embarrassing that this honor was not bestowed upon Mr. Sinatra BEFORE he left us!
THANKS FOR LISTENING! Respectfully, Ms. Anita Marie Brown,
35-year-old Sinatra fan from the NYC area.
This is what I said to the Commissioner, in New York: The honorable Rosemarie O'Keefe: I wish to state my support for the man, Frank Sinatra, and a proposed statue site at Times Square. It is is almost impossible not to feel some kind of emotions for this man. If there is a misunderstanding, let me say those emotions are not just from myself. I shed a tear of thanks to the man who raised hope and dignity to all humans- To the many causes he supported, and reaching to those who were on the streets; strangers in fact who didn't know who helped them even. Is it remarkable how many lives he affected, also. Instead of staying 'in the clouds' above it all, so to speak, he related to the most personal levels of communication. How can I speak for him but to say he was such a kind, honorable, giving, supportive person. His music means a lot around the world. The Times Square I believe is a spot of entertainment, too. Isn't it? So, let the man who traveled so much enjoy his spot. If the Times Square appreciates today's music, let Frank Sinatra have a place of respect..in Times Square. The highest levels of communication are interpersonal. Well, that's what he was all about. And that is most impressive..Thank you, Mike Cruz
Mike Cruz from Tustin, California
hello! i just wrote a letter to the mayor of new york. i want to contribute! Dear Commissioner O'Keefe! I am a 25 year old German student, and a Frank Sinatra fan. Sinatra did much for your city in the minds of people abroad. To many Europeans, New York is synonymous with the song of the same name and the singer. He helped raise my interest, and still does it to others through his powerful entertainment personality. I know he never did appear personally in a cast Broadway show, but speaking for myself, who has never been to New York, I know the Broadway songs, shows and composers because he sang those songs. He spread the American cultural heritage. when i come to visit New York, I would appreciate very much to see his statue standing in this prominent place in the heart of the city. Sincerely yours, Steffen Meyer
Steffen from Germany
Dear Commissioner OÕKeefe: I am writing this letter in order to urge Mayor Giuliani to support the proposed statue of Frank Sinatra outside the Paramount Theater in NYC. I was born in the borough of Queens in 1967 and my parents were both born in raised in Brooklyn during the 1940Õs. I am proud of my NY Italian American roots and also happen to be a great admirer of Frank Sinatra. Although Mr. Sinatra was not a New York native many of his most popular songs reflect the tone of this great city and bring New York City to mind. How can we ignore the contributions of this great artist and his obvious ties to NYC? A Frank Sinatra statue would be a fitting tribute appreciated by both New Yorkers and non New Yorkers alike. In closing I respectfully voice my support for the construction of the Sinatra statue. Please do not ignore this tribute to an artist who has greatly influenced 20th century music and popular culture. Respectfully, Lucille Guinta-Bates Keep Swingin'Folks! Love to everyone Lucille
Lucille Guinta-Bates from Bellefonte, PA USA
Mayor Giuliani, I am a fan..October 12th 1944 my mother was at the New York Paramount among thousands of Bobbysoxers...Over the years Sinatra music played on New York radio...Make Believe Ballroom hosted by William B Williams, crowned Frank Sinatra "CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD"...Frank Sinatra was so much a part of New York...So much a part of this planet...I cannot understand why anyone in the "ARTS", would not support such a vital gift to my native home...He belongs among the melting pot of people...I watched you transform this city into the best it has ever been...HONOR HIM...Make his wonderful family happy and proud of their gift to us all..God Bless you Mayor Giuliani and thank you for what you have done to my New york....Respectfully yours, June
June1lenny from New York City
Commissioner Rosemarie O'Keefe,
Please forward this letter to Mayor Giuliani,
Kris Sparrow of Salt Lake City, Utah
Dear Mayor Rudy Giuliani,
Here are my reasons why I would like to have a statue of Frank Sinatra placed in Times Square. New York City...
Since the 1800's New York City has been the new beginning for many people of all countries...A dream Land.
We all know about the music, the entertainer. Sinatra...but there's more, what did he stand for?
Frank Sinatra is Compassion, Equality, Honesty, Patriot, Hope, Love...
Sinatra is all that America should be and could be.
Sinatra and New York City go hand-in-hand. A statue of Francis Albert belongs in Times Square...A great American, never to be forgotten.
Please do all you can to make the statue of Frank Sinatra in Times Square a reality.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Feb 12, 2001
To The Honorable Mayor Of New York City, Rudolph W. Giuliani: Dear Mayor Giuliani, I am writing to you to express my support of a Statue of Frank Sinatra in Times Square, and to Thank You for your support of the Statue.
On December 12, 1915, a Star was born to Italian Immigrants, who settled in Hoboken, New Jersey, across the Hudson River from New York City. The Star's name was Francis Albert Sinatra, and he would become the greatest Entertainer of the Twentieth Century. As an adolescent with a dream, Frank would sit at the docks, looking across the Hudson River, at the "City That Never Sleeps".
His dream would begin to come true when he won "The Major Bowes Amateur Hour" in 1935 in New York City. Eventually, Frank would perform at the Paramount Theater in New York City, to crowds of screaming and swooning Fans, who would become known as "Bobby Soxers". On October 11, 1944, 30,000 Fans waited outside the Paramount Theater to see Frank Sinatra perform, however, an additional 5,000 Fans, already inside the Paramount, refused to leave the theater. This resulted in what would become known as "The Columbus Day Riot".
Frank made his first recordings at the Columbia Recording Studio in New York City. There, he immortalized the music of Composers Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Rodgers and Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, as well as the songs they wrote, from numerous Broadway Musicals.
In addition, Frank immortalized New York City, in many songs: "The Brooklyn Bridge", "Autumn In New York", "Meet Me At The Copa", Harlem, in "The Lady Is A Tramp", "New York, New York (It's A Wonderful Town)", "Theme From New York, New York", The Statue Of Liberty, in a song about "The Lady In The Harbor", "I Like New York In June (How About You?)", "Don't Sleep In The Subway", "The Oldest Established (Permanent Floating Crap Game In New York)", and And in Albums titled "The Main Event" and "My Kind Of Broadway".
Frank's first Movie was filmed in New York City, and it premiered at Radio City Music Hall in 1935. Other Frank Sinatra Movies followed, with New York City as the backdrop, as an essential ingredient within the plot, or as the main character of the story: "Step Lively" (1944), "The House I Live In" (1945), "Till The Clouds Roll By" (1946), "It Happened In Brooklyn" (1947), "On The Town" (1949), "Young At Heart" (1955), "Guys And Dolls" (1955), Madison Square Garden, in "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962), "Come Blow Your Horn" (1963), "Contract On Cherry Street" (1977), and "The First Deadly Sin" (1980).
In addition to Frank Sinatra's concerts, recording sessions, and movies in or featuring New York City, there were Radio Shows: "Your Hit Parade" and "Lucky Strike Light Up Time" at CBS Studio in New York, and the "Broadway Band Box" Radio Show. In addition, Frank performed at the World War II Bond Rally in Central Park. In 1957, Frank Hosted his weekly "The Frank Sinatra Show" on ABC TV in New York City. In 1958, he appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in New York City. In 1961,
Frank performed in a Carnegie Hall Benefits Concert for Dr. Martin Luther King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference. In1963, Frank performed at The United Nations Building. In 1974, Frank performed "The Main Event" Concert in Madison Square Garden. In 1983, he received The Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Award. It should also be noted that in 1985, he was awarded The Presidential Medal Of Freedom, and later, The Congressional Gold Medal.
In addition to making his home at The Waldorf Hotel in New York City, Frank's Palm Springs compound included a "New York, New York" house.
Frank Sinatra believed in New York as a beacon to all Immigrants in search of Freedom and Liberty. He lived the American dream, and that dream was brought to fruition in New York City. His great voice immortalized the great composers and show tunes of Broadway, and New York, making them beloved and familiar to all people, around the Globe, and beyond, since the United States Apollo 11 Astronauts brought Frank Sinatra's music with them to their historic First Landing on the Moon.
In his lifetime, Frank Sinatra raised in excess of one billion dollars in charity. Frank Sinatra was the greatest Entertainer of the Twentieth Century, an American Diplomat for Peace in the Middle East, a Patriot and Political Activist, a great Humanitarian and Spokesman for Civil Rights, and a Philanthropist extraordinaire. Frank Sinatra, Broadway, and New York City are synonymous. His voice is the "The Voice" of Humanity, "The Voice" of America, and "The Voice" of the American Dream. His Music, Movies, and Legacy are continuously being re-discovered by new generations, because they are Timeless. What better place for a Statue in Tribute to this one, great, incredible life, than in Times Square, to be enjoyed, like his Legacy, for all Time?
PS:As an important addendum to my previous message expressing my support of a Statue of Frank Sinatra in Times Square, I would like to add that in December of 1995, New York City lit up the Empire State Building in blue lights in honor of Ol' Blue Eyes' 80th Birthday. That was quite a show of love, respect, and support for this great man, and demonstrates that his Statue should be welcome to stand in Times Square.
To The Honorable Mayor Of New York City, Rudolph W. Giuliani:
I am writing in support of erecting a statue in Times Square honoring the greatest entertainer of the 20th Century Francis Albert Sinatra. His voice has stirred the hearts and souls of so many people around the globe for over 6 decades and his acts of charity are still felt in New York City and so many other places throughout the world. Who can forget the lines of bobbysoxers waiting outside the Paramount Theater in NYC in the 1940s and later for countless concerts and the Main Event telecast. His songs were composed by the best of Broadway...Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, the Gershwins, Oscar Hammerstein, Jerone Kern, Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart. A recent re-issue of the Reprise Repertory Theatre celebrates some of the best plays on Broadway....South Pacific, Kiss Me Kate, Guys and Dolls, and Finian's Rainbow. There was also the wonderful "My Kind Of Broadway" album/cd. New York City's anthem has to be "New York, New York" as sung by Frank Sinatra. It's always played at the Yankees baseball games and New Years Eve celebrations. Even his films reflect New York City at its best as in "On The Town" where he sings "New York, New York Its A Wonderful Town" atop the Empire State Building. Then there's the beautiful song "Autumn In New York". I could go on and on about why Frank Sinatra deserves to be honored with a statue in Times Square. He epitomizes the American Dream and as the saying goes...if you build this tribute his fans will come.....from all over the world. Thank you for your time.
Portland, Oregon USA
To Honorable Mayor Rudy Giuliani,
Having lived and worked in New York my entire life, I am still amazed at the hundreds of thousands of tourists who walk along Broadway. I can't begin to imagine what percentage of Broadway ticket sales are made by these same tourists who come from not only our great states but from abroad. It is obvious that Broadway does not belong to just a few but to the entire world. I wonder how many of these tourists were influenced over the last 6 decades to visit New York by Mr. Sinatra. How many Broadway songs were recorded , sold and performed to millions of people over all those decades. Mr. Sinatra not only represented Broadway and New York, but also America - The House I Live In- that's America to me! It's said that George M. Cohan was one of Broadway's greatest stars. Mr Sinatra was Americas brightest star of song, New York and America. A statue of Francis A. Sinatra in Times Square would be a lasting tribute to the "Entertainer of the Century". He has no equals!
Jerry Giacobone Bronx New York
I AM WRITING THIS IN MEMORY OF MY MOM JILL GREENWELL WHO LOVED FRANK SINATRA WITH ALL HER HEART .I AM ASKING YOU TO PLEASE PUT THE STATUE OF THE LATE FRANK SINATRA IN TIME SQUARE. FRANK SINATRA WAS NEW YORK. FRANK SINATRA DID THINGS FOR ALL AMERICANS. FRANK SINATRA WAS A LEGEND WHO WILL SHINE FROM EARTH TO THE HEAVENS. NANCY HIS DAUGHTER IS A VERY SPECIAL LADY TO US. PLEASE WITH ALL YOUR HEART PUT THE STATUE UP OF MR. FRANK A. SINATRA FOR ALL OF US WHO LOVE HIM. THANK-YOU, LARETTE GREENWELL
Dear Mayor Giuliani,
I am writing to you in hopes that a Statue Of Frank Sinatra will be put in Times Square. There are a million reasons I could list, as to why this would be such a wonderful thing. Mr. Sinatra was a performer, for over six decades. I honestly, can not think of another entertainer who's career spanned that long. He continues to be loved and idolized by millions, the world over. His was a great humanitarian and this alone, would make him a perfect candidate for such a tribute. He means so much, to so many people. My Mother passed away in October and when I told her they were planning a Statue of her idol in Times Square, she was thrilled at the idea. She wanted so badly to be here, to see that Statue. For all of the bobby soxers living and who have passed on,what a wonderful sight for them to see. Their idol, Frankie, in Times Square. This would be a wonderful thing for the city of New York, too. Frank performed there many times and the city meant a lot to him. In closing, Mr. Mayor, I hope that everyone can see all of the benefits and good that such a tribute to Mr. Sinatra would mean. Not only, for the Sinatra family but for all of the fans who love him and for all of the people who's lives he touched in his lifetime. Thank you, for reading my letter.
Anita L. Hanson
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Dear Mayor Giuliani - Commissioner Rosemarie O'Keefe I am writing to you on behalf of the Frank Sinatra Statue tribute, that is to be built in Times Square, New York, (Hopefully soon). I would just like to say that I am in much favor and fully support the project, It's a wonderful idea that something is to be done to remember our much loved singer of all time by. I have been informed by other Frank Sinatra fans that there is a few problems surrounding it, which is something that I can not understand, I've have had a lot of emails from my good friends over the last few weeks that have also written in to you, saying how much they would love to see this fine figure stand in New York and that they back the project all the way, it's a lovely idea from the Sinatra Family. As you well know, Frank Sinatra was a very major icon of America, in fact all over the world, he was someone who touched our lives in a way that was never thought possible, by one man alone, that's hard to do, at least that's what I have thought, He was gifted with so much talent, I think the Statue is the best idea I have heard in a very long time where Mr Sinatra is concerned, and it's such a lovely way to keep the singers memory alive. I my self come from the United Kingdom, but I do spend a lot of my time in New York on business, and some pleasure, also I might just say that most people I meet and have met in the past are mostly Tourists that come to see the beauty that is the Big Apple, I seriously think that by having a part of New York donated to a man that I think changed America would be a warm welcome to tourists, and above all something that Sinatra fans can remember Mr Sinatra by. Frank Sinatra did so much for charities and much more, it would just be nice if we all gave something back in return for his kindness and wonderful music that he has given us over the last 5 decades, it's nice to see a man that was in showbiz who cared more about his fans and world over, than just care for him self, it's something that is not seen much in a showbiz stars knower days, it's a great shame, I might just add, anyone who disapproves of the Statue, is someone with out a heart, who never has a real appreciation of beautiful music, above all the voice of polished mahogany of which is Frank Sinatra, Well I'm quite sure that this will be another letter that will be put on the pile with the rest, but like so many Sinatra fans we all like to have our say, nothing would please me more than to see the Frank Sinatra Statue take it's rightful place, for all of us to see, and enjoy, it also give a chance for the younger people among us who are interested in him and sadly never got the chance to see or meet him, at least with the Statue they can see what the man looked like that popularized so many great anthems like the famous and much loved (New York, New York) and other well known songs. Well thank you very much for listening to what I have to say, and I really do hope that the Statue goes to plan.
Yours Sincerely Mr Al Channing
Please, make Times Square more classy with a statue of FRANK SINATRA! The WWF and MTV will FADE away, probably before the end of this decade - but what about the guy who sings "NY, NY" after every Yankees win? Frank Sinatra makes me PROUD TO BE A NEW YORKER, and I'M NOT EVEN FROM NEW YORK!!! Frank Sinatra...a first-generation Italian-American who lived the American Dream and contributed so much to 20th Century American culture. He started his American Dream in NYC, and has made NYC a symbol of hope to so many aspiring artists and creative, innovative people. Frank Sinatra IS NYC...rough, yet classy!!! His recordings span nearly the entire century, and DEFINE The Great American Songbook. He is one of the few ARTISTS of any type who have kept ROMANCE alive in this country. For the sake of your children and their children, etc. and for the ESSENCE of Classic Broadway Music and to keep ROMANCE alive, you won't regret that beautiful statue who "knows how the Lady in the Harbor feels". All roads in Sinatra's music lead to NYC. FRANK SINATRA and NYC belong to each other - they have for 60 years, and will continue to be an exciting and inspiring connection!
With Passion for the Great City of New York, Sincerely, Coleen Toews, a 38 yr old female from near D.C., in Virginia.
Dear Mayor Giuliani - Commissioner Rosemarie O'Keefe
I am writing to you on behalf of the Frank Sinatra Statue tribute, that is to be built in Times Square, New York, (Hopefully soon). I would just like to say that I am in much favor and fully support the project, It's a wonderful idea that something is to be done to remember our much loved singer of all time by.
I have been informed by other Frank Sinatra fans that there is a few problems surrounding it, which is something that I can not understand, I've have had a lot of emails from my good friends over the last few weeks that have also written in to you, saying how much they would love to see this fine figure stand in New York and that they back the project all the way, it's a lovely idea from the Sinatra Family.
As you well know, Frank Sinatra was a very major icon of America, in fact all over the world, he was someone who touched our lives in a way that was never thought possible, by one man alone, that's hard to do, at least that's what I have thought, He was gifted with so much talent, I think the Statue is the best idea I have heard in a very long time where Mr Sinatra is concerned, and it's such a lovely way to keep the singers memory alive. I my self come from the United Kingdom, but I do spend a lot of my time in New York on business, and some pleasure, also I might just say that most people I meet and have met in the past are mostly Tourists that come to see the beauty that is the Big Apple, I seriously think that by having a part of New York donated to a man that I think changed America would be a warm welcome to tourists, and above all something that Sinatra fans can remember Mr Sinatra by. Frank Sinatra did so much for charities and much more, it would just be nice if we all gave something back in return for his kindness and wonderful music that he has given us over the last 5 decades, it's nice to see a man that was in showbiz who cared more about his fans and world over, than just care for him self, it's something that is not seen much in a showbiz stars knower days, it's a great shame, I might just add, anyone who disapproves of the Statue, is someone with out a heart, who never has a real appreciation of beautiful music, above all the voice of polished mahogany of which is Frank Sinatra.
Well I'm quite sure that this will be another letter that will be put on the pile with the rest, but like so many Sinatra fans we all like to have our say, nothing would please me more than to see the Frank Sinatra Statue take it's rightful place, for all of us to see, and enjoy, it also give a chance for the younger people among us who are interested in him and sadly never got the chance to see or meet him, at least with the Statue they can see what the man looked like that popularized so many great anthems like the famous and muched loved (New York, New York) and other well known songs.
Well thank you very much for listening to what I have to say, and I really do hope that the Statue goes to plan.
Mr Al Channing
To the powers to be, ref to the proposed statue of Frank Sinatra. I believe this would be a great thing for New York and the whole world. This man Frank Sinatra means so much to so many of us, that have been listening to his music for years, which gives us all so much pleasure. Lets honor this man, by supporting erecting a statue in Time Square, for all us to visit. Thanks in advance George Hameetman and Family Pembroke Pines Florida
The following letter was written by a Keeper of the Flame who resented an article that appeared in his local newspaper, the Palm Beach Post. It was a rehash of the recent Wall Street Journal article which was extremely offensive and hurtful to Frank and his family.
Mr. Ernie Ciferri wrote to us asking if there was something he could do to help Frank. We answered his question with a suggestion that he write to the paper. This is what Ernie wrote to the newspaper:
I have admired your newspaper for quite some until just recently when you ran the story about the Sinatra family. The main thrust of your story was to bring out internal problems with the family. I'm here to tell you without hesitation and support from the family itself, that many of your facts are not only distorted, but some are not at all true. Its a shame that you feel the need to print this sort of material without a good foundation for the truth. In my opinion, your integrity has been reduced to tabloid level.
If you were to print, and you should, what Frank Sinatra has done for this world with his music and his very fine charitable heart, you could write forever, and those would be the real facts. So lets see if we will hear from you on that basis and just maybe more of the press will spread to good word.
From all of us in the Sinatra Family, thank you for keeping the flame.