Frank Sinatra Retro

SOME ARTICLES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

We have been asked to explain our new alliance with Jim Mahoney:

Jim will represent the entity, Sheffield which is Frank Sinatra. When we say Frank Sinatra we are talking about his children as well.

Susan Reynolds represents Barbara and the Children's Center. The information she puts forward is either from Barbara, the Center or Barbara speaking for herself and Frank.

In the past few years, this process has not presented a fair picture of our family and Sheffield's activities. Also, we believe the stories have instigated the notion that the family is divided. In the publicity sense, it might seem to be, but it really isn't.

A good example of how the truth has been manipulated is this week when Frank went to the hospital. It was announced on CNN that Frank's wife, Barbara was with him.

That was absolutely true, but the rest of the story was not mentioned. The whole truth is that Frank's two daughters, Tina and Nancy were also there and spent many many hours at the hospital - well into the wee hours - with their father.

In making the kids look disinterested or worse, only interested in financial gain, (which is as far from the truth as one can get,) the press and the public have been made to think there is a major problem where there is none.

Now, with Jim Mahoney on board, the world will know the whole truth, not just part of it.

Frank is okay. The reports are exaggerated, unfair and uncalled for. FYI: On the way to the hospital, before Dad had traveled 3 blocks, a photographer who was stalking him jumped out of his car and tried to take pictures. Thanks to the quick thinking of our security men, Frank's privacy was protected and preserved. We are very grateful to them.


(Deleted portion of the Letter from Bob Finkelstein)

I am writing on behalf of Frank Sinatra and his various related companies ("Sinatra") on matters involving the unauthorized reproduction, distribution and/or sale of pirate and bootleg phonorecords, including pirate and bootleg compact disc and video recordings. We are extremely concerned about the proliferation of unauthorized Sinatra recordings offered for sale in the marketplace, and to that end we have adopted a policy of zero tolerance for unauthorized recordings. The purpose of this letter is to inform you about the unauthorized recordings that have been observed in the marketplace and the consequences of engaging in illegal activities related to the manufacture, distribution, sale or offering for sale of such recordings.

Over the years, the foregoing record companies have entered into contracts with Sinatra, related to the manufacture and distribution of phonorecords (including compact discs, audiocassette tapes, and phonograph records) embodying his performances: Warner-Reprise, Capitol-EMI, Columbia-Sony, and RCA-BMG.

Record companies generally enter into exclusive contracts with recording artists whereby the record companies have the sole right to manufacture and distribute phonorecords embodying performances by the particular recording artist. The artist also grants the record company the exclusive right to the use of the name, photo and/or likeness of the artist in connection with the advertising, promotion, exploitation, distribution and sale of such phonorecords.

The record companies pay substantial sums for these rights and they are, therefore, valuable property rights. Accordingly, the recording, manufacture or sale or an artist's public performance and the use of the name, photo and/or likeness of the artist in connection with such sale, without authorization by the record company, constitutes unfair competition and an infringement of the record company's exclusive rights. Civil suits on these grounds have been successfully maintained throughout the U.S. by record companies and artists against individuals and businesses violating these rights..

This letter does not constitute a waiver of my clients' rights to recover damages incurred by virtue of any unauthorized duplication or sales, and such rights as well as claims for other relief are expressly retained and reserved.


Regarding Frank's ties: They are now in our custody and we are working on a way to get them to you. As soon as they become available we will post the information here. Thank you for your patience.


Occasionally we are asked if Frank's recordings can be used in a student film. The answer is yes, but to accomplish this there are three necessary steps to take before permission can be granted:

1. Send us an outline of the film which includes the context in which a particular song will be presented.

2. Clear the rights with the publishers.

3. Send us a license for a limited use.

If the context is acceptable, we will give you a quit claim.

Thank you all for thinking of Frank's music for your projects and for your understanding in the matter of quality control.

You may submit your projects to us C/O:

Boots Enterprises, Inc.
Post Office Box 10236
Beverly Hills, Ca. 90213


We are asking for your prayers for Dean Martin's daughter Gina whose husband, Carl Wilson of the Beachboys, has passed away. Our sincere sympathy and love to the entire Martin family who once again have to cope with a tragedy. Carl was only 51 years old. We are heart broken for all of you.

The following is a review from Charles Granata of the album "Sinatraland". Our thanks to Chuck for his time.

The review:

*** Why is it that almost every Frank Sinatra "tribute" album to come down the pike is replete with instrumental solos that attempt to repeat, virtually note for note, the unmatchable vocal recordings they so desperately seek to imitate? Save for a handful of truly outstanding nods to the Chairman (Oscar Peterson, Joe Lovano and Count Basie come to mind), and bona-fide sentimental waxing (such as those of dedicated Sinatra accompanists Tony Mottola, Irv Cotter and Charlie Turner, who certainly earned the right to offer their spin on the man's music), most instrumental tributes are mediocre at best.

With "Sinatraland," however, Patrick Williams has captured the essential spirit of Sinatra, presenting a balanced orchestral portrait that strikingly combines both traditional big band and contemporary jazz elements. While the selection of songs is predictable (the only things missing are "My Way" and "New York, New York," which might well have been among the most interesting contenders), one feels that this is less of a "tribute" to Frank, and more an album of good songs played well.

What set Sinatra's art apart from the meanderings of all other artists was the purity of his interpretation, and the deliberate, concentrated focus that he brought to the melody and lyric lines that composers intended for their songs. The Patrick Williams arrangements for "Sinatraland" defer to that purity, but are not so confined as to limit the potential to bring fresh perspectives to some of the most memorable Sinatra tunes. Take, for example, the "Sinatraland" version of "You Make Me Feel So Young." While flute played a supporting role as an accent instrument in the classic 1956 Nelson Riddle orchestration, Williams wisely capitalizes on the familiar and extends Riddle's notion by prominently featuring a breezy Hubert Laws flute solo, which serves as the basis for the arrangement. The arranger wisely allows each soloist plenty of room to stretch out and improvise freely on the melodic lines, without impinging upon the integrity of the original compositions, or the sacred charts created for Sinatra by his small band of dependable arrangers.

The respect that Williams has for the genius of Riddle and the other key Sinatra collaborators is evident in his judicious use of their signature instrumental voicings throughout the album. In the opening to "Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night In The Week)," it's Riddle again (bass trombone solo, courtesy of Phil Teele, and a run that is right out of the lead-in to the instrumental bridge of the classic "Skin"), while later in the song, Williams counters the Riddle style with Billy May, cleverly incorporating a sample of May's patented slurping sax phrases in counterpoint against the bass trombone lines. "I Hadn't Anyone 'Toil You" and "Where Or When" are decidedly Basie (alto sax solos by David Sanborn and Phil Woods, respectively), while "All The Way" is performed as a straight, understated ballad show casing Bill Watrous on trombone. My vote for killer tune-of-the-album is the seductive, explosive "In The Still Of The Night," which emerges as the perfect forum for drummer Pete Erskine's tight, dazzling stick work.

With Patrick Williams coming to the game so late in Sinatra's career, and being saddled with such an imposing volume of tunes and beloved orchestrations, it is a wonder that he was able to breathe new life into the Sinatra touring "book" that ultimately became "Duets." As we sadly know, there will be no more "new" Sinatra records. With "Sinatraland," a small void is filled, as we are afforded the opportunity to revisit some time-honored classics with renewed interest. (Chuck Granata) ***


Feb. 11, 1998

To help us continue to get the truth out there, we are delighted to announce that we have once again formed an alliance with Frank's old friend, and former publicist, Jim Mahoney. Jim is 100 percent on your side - and ours - and he will carry on our crusade to get the facts to you.


Feb. 4, 1998

Frank's accompanist, Bill Miller, celebrated his 83rd birthday Tuesday. If you'd like to send him a belated birthday message, please send it to the guestbook under Frank's name. Thanks!


FYI: On February 4th Frank and Nancy Sr. would have, under other circumstances, celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary! Can you believe how the years have flown by?

January 26, 1998

Accompanied by his wife and daughters, Frank underwent his routine yearly physical last Friday afternoon and Saturday morning at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, returning home before noon. He is fine and looking forward to watching the American Music Awards tonight.


If you are interested in the Sinatra Swooners please read Sean Brady's story on our Sports Page.


We are sorry to report that circumstances have forced us to remove some pictures of Frank's grandchildren from our web site. We must protect their privacy.


The Franklin Mint is producing two more musical plates for Frank following the "My Way" edition: "Strangers In the Night" and "Witchcraft". Other available plates are: "All the Way", "Radio Days", "Frankie" "The Crooner". Plus the "My Way" music box. To order please call

1 800 THE MINT


Dick Clark's American Music Awards web site is featuring pictures from the show.

Thoughts from Nancy on the American Music Awards:

L.A.'s Shrine Civic Auditorium is a special place. As I stood backstage waiting to go on to accept Dad's Award of Merit, I remembered being in the same spot when I was campaigning for Hubert Humphrey against Richard Nixon. My daughter A.J. graduated from U.S.C. at the Shrine because her class was too big for a spot on the campus. Sammy Davis was honored at the Shrine. The memories there are many and fond.

Dick Clark is a fine producer and if he can keep up with the trends, so can we. He put together a wonderful fast-moving show. I appreciate being brought up to date on the music scene once a year, thanks to him.

His stage crew and talent handlers were all extremely courteous and efficient.

The most fun part of the evening is not televised. During the commercial breaks the "seat fillers" scramble all over the place to fill in the places made vacant by presenters and recipients. It's a riot! Dick's voice on the P.A. system pleading with everyone to clear the aisles and sit down, as he counts the seconds 'til the cameras are on again, is funny and soothing as well. Just hearing his voice is a sense memory.

When I asked Dick Clark what people were wearing for the show, he said, "You know, rock and roll black tie."

I didn't know exactly what that meant but I knew I wasn't about to wear a leather mini-skirt to a black tie event. I figured I would be out of place, but the void I expected to feel was in my imagination and not a reality. The clothes at the Shrine were as ecclectic as the faces but the spirits were as one.

When Frank was the big force in popular music In the '40s, most of us were babies or children. The teenagers loved him and their parents didn't get it.

Now our children are cheering for hip hop artists and we don't get it. Based on lessons I had learned from my own kids about their music I tried to find something to enjoy in the acts that performed and I actually found myself getting into the live performances more than I had when seeing the same acts on television and videos. There was an extremely powerful energy in the room when Janet Jackson and her dancers were on. Their precision is like that of a military drill team and fascinating to watch. Janet is much prettier in person than television allows her to be.

Matchbox 20 is a good band. They never hit a bad note and sounded fuller and bigger than most alternative groups. Speaking of sound - wow! The Shrine has great acoustics!

Enrique Iglesias and his band had a catchy infectious sound and I even found myself dancing in my seat a little bit. He and his father, Julio, being part of the same show added to the feeling of diversity and unity of the evening.

Reba McEntire was flawless as usual although I questioned her choice of material. But since she is working and winning awards and I'm not - what the hell do I know? I missed Michael Bolton's operatic presentation and Garth Brooks' turn as I was in the press room..

Puff Daddy just knocked me out. There was never a bad move - never a mis step. They were positively riveting in their energy and excellence. These kids are warm and sweet and, like poets, they bespeak their times of chaos and violence eloquently. They are helping to bring people together and this is a good thing.

I finally understood something emotionally I had known intellectually for years. Young people must have their own sounds. It's their job to come up with something new and different and unlike their parents' music. Every generation must contribute something special and unique to them. Whether it's Frank in the '40s or Puffy in the '90s, there is plenty of room for all to express themselves and, if we keep an open mind, be appreciated.

Last night there were no spaces between the genres when Frank's award was presented. Pop, rap, ska, punk, r&b, soul and country music lovers were as one in honoring him. There were some in the audience dressed in leather and fishnet with tears in their eyes. There were those in satiny tuxedos and business suits who were crying. The big brawny gangsta rappers cheered as passionately as Frank's middle aged and older contemporaries. This man bridges all the gaps - spans all the decades.

Ironically Frank, who caused the first generation gap, brought the generations together again. He is the one person we all have in common.

It was a shame that the cameras were not able to capture the emotion in the audience. The viewers at home would have seen what we have known for decades: Frank's presence brings people together. It's that simple.


In preparation for our first museum exhibit we are searching for a Cavanaugh Hat! If anyone has one, or information about one, we would appreciate hearing from you. Please contact us so we can "make a deal".




The Way You Wear Your Hat is a warm, wacky, irreverent and almost always true look at Frank's take on and philosophy of life, by an author who understands what it means to be Frank Sinatra.

With a little help from the man's own words, Bill Zehme captures the contradictions: the simplicity and the style, the passion and the ice, the party and the pain, the backbone and the funny bone, the winner who loses and the loser who wins, the rigid rules and the free spirit. This little book with pictures presents stories that capture the nature and the essence of the man who invented cool.


From November

We hope you had a very happy holiday with your families and friends around you. The Sinatra family celebrated at Frank and Barbara's house.

There was a warm fire, a beautiful autumn centerpiece of flowers and dried corn and a welcome feeling all around.

We listened to some of Frankie's music and A.J.'s version of "I'll Be Home For Christmas." It's hard to believe that there are now three generations of recording Sinatras. It boggles the mind!

Barbara hosted the most delicious Thanksgiving dinner for all of us. We had turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, red cabbage, green beans, peas, yams, fresh corn on the cob, ham and of course, pasta.

Seated between his grand daughters A.J. and Amanda, Frank didn't waste a minute, going directly for the pasta which he thoroughly enjoyed. Big Nancy made his favorite cocoanut cake. He saved a slice of it by his bed for later.

We all made our Thanksgiving prayers in silence, but I think most of us were thinking the same thing: That we are grateful for every moment we share with each other. That we will, please God, have more Thanksgivings, birthdays and Christmases with Dad. We realize he has been through a lot in his 81 years and that God may have a schedule other than what we would like, but he is tough and who's to say that he won't "get back in the race"?.

We appreciate your prayers as well as your messages. Maybe we can make a small miracle together.

Gracie Sinatra Lambert

August 10, 1989 - November 21, 1997

There are no words and there is no comfort.




Halloween 1976

From the New York Post:

BOBBY-SOXERS GET A NEW FRANKIE OUTLET

By LISA ROBINSON

CYBERFANS who want to e-mail happy 82nd birthday wishes to Frank Sinatra this Friday - or to order his spaghetti sauce - can now go to an extraordinary Sinatra family web site. The surprisingly candid site also features news of the family's holiday celebrations, discusses the singer's health and even displays a photo of the family's beloved deceased dog.

In other cybernews: Go to individual artists' web sites to find out more about the staggering assemblage of musicians appearing at tomorrow night's Gift of Song concert at the Beacon Theater (to be broadcast live on TNT), and tonight's Z-100 Jingle Ball '97 at Madison Square Garden.

Sinatra: This site reaches out to Sinatra fans with news about the Sinatra family's Thanksgiving; a plug for Bill Zehme's terrific (and obviously authorized) new book, "The Way You Wear Your Hat: Frank Sinatra and the Lost Art of Livin'"; photos of Frank Sr. with his grandchildren (although some of the photos were removed to "protect their privacy"); an e-mail address for birthday greetings and to order the spaghetti sauce and a Sinatra calendar; and all sorts of other Sinatra info. A must for any Sinatra cyberfan, it's

www.sinatrafamily.com

Many thanks to Lisa from the Sinatra Family


From December 13, 1997

It was a wonderful day!

Larry King was warm and generous with each of us and the President's birthday greeting to Frank was the highlight of the program. Thank you so much, Mr. President!

Mia was forthright and lovely, as usual and A.J. handled her first real interview as though she had been born into public life. She passed her baptism of fire with great charm and aplomb!

Amanda, who was taking a final exam at the time of the taping, wrote a wonderful letter which Larry read. She lovingly wished her grandpa a happy birthday and expressed her devotion to her parents by remembering that "if my father were still alive, my mom and dad would be celebrating their twenty-seventh wedding anniversary today."

Sometimes young people are more sensitive and insiteful than their elders. They seem to have a better grip on reality. Maybe they are just closer to God. A.J. and Amanda proved this tonight by speaking their hearts in a most eloquent and succinct manner.

Larry made it possible for us to celebrate with all of you. Thanks Larry!

When we got to Barbara and Dad's for the birthday party, the program was already on and Barbara, Tom Dreeson and George and Jolene Schlatter were watching it. Frank came into the den in time to see his grand daughter. He said, "Look at that little face?" When President Clinton spoke to him, Frank was very moved and whispered, "Isn't that something!"

After the show we enjoyed a wonderful dinner of three kinds of pasta, meatballs, sausages and salad. Barbara had not one but three wonderful birthday cakes! Dad blew out the candles and we wondered what he wished...

For the first time since the sketches were drawn, Frank saw the model of the Congressional Gold Medal: A dinner plate sized, gold painted, apoxy version of the real thing.

All of the people at the U.S. Mint offices in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia worked night and day and over last weekend as well, to make it possible for Frank to see the mock-up on his special day.

The President and Congressman Serrano made it possible for Nancy to bring it home in time. Frank was thrilled and delighted and joins us in saying thanks so much to all of you for service above and beyond the call.

Speaking of thanks, may we also take a moment to thank each and every person who has written to Dad for his birthday. Please try to read some of the letters and messages on the birthday wishes pages and in the guestbook. They are thoughtfully written and need to be shared.

One more sincere thank you to the press waiting outside CNN and Frank and Barbara's house. Everyone was very polite and respectful. All of us understand that you have a job to do and that it isn't easy waiting around outside in the cold for a chance to take a picture or ask a question.We are so grateful for your patience and understanding of our situation. Thanks again.

Today it seemed that people were united in their celebration of one man's life and It was a peaceful feeling.


From November 1997

Frank has been having slight aches and pains in his back. He says this is because he's "not drinking enough whiskey". But he is eating well, not smoking (hooray!) and resting well. Once again he has asked us to say "thank you" for all the wonderful messages.

Thanksgiving, Frank's birthday and Christmas will be family affairs. All the kids and grandkids will be together at Frank and Barbara's.


From November 1997

EDITORIAL

The Art of Good Reporting is Dying

Frank is fine. He had a very good day yesterday and we hope he will not see any of the reports running rampant on our local news channels about "last rites" and "a priest" and "failing health" and "death bed" and "Frank's biographer spoke to him on the phone" and so forth.

For the record, the so-called biographer doesn't even exist for Frank, but IF Frank God forbid, were on his "death bed",

HE WOULD NOT BE CHATTING ON THE PHONE!!

The local and national media have access to Tina, Nancy and Frank Jr. and could have asked for real "inside information" but did not.

One reporter, who spoke with our lawyer Robert Finkelstein, insisted the story had to be true because "all three of the Sinatra kids were in Los Angeles at the same time"! To which, an incredulous Robert after a pause said, "They LIVE here."

The usual suspects chose to run with rumors and blatant lies again.

A local Los Angeles news channel said when questioned, "we ran it to refute it".

Really? As their reporter stood outside the gate of Frank's home hoping to nab a visitor, they ran file film footage and repeated rumors from unamed sources and tabloids, making a big story out of a non story.

If this were not so frightening to people who care about Frank, (when he heard the report on the radio this morning, Army Archerd almost cut his throat shaving,) these lies would almost be funny. They seem to occur once every few weeks, perhaps when somebody gets the idea they need to up their ratings or sales?

When and if something happens good or bad to any of us, you can be certain that we will post the information here, and you will know the sources. They will NOT be unidentified.

It seems we should add one more item to the list of things we can count on in life: death, taxes and irresponsible journalism.


From November 26, 1997

Frank is okay, but feeling a little blue with the holidays coming. He would much rather be out celebrating than hangin' around the house.

Since he can't come to you, you come to him with your messages. He loves hearing from each of you. It keeps him connected to the world he misses so much and it makes his long days more fun. Thanks for caring.

We are all looking forward to our family reunion tomorrow. Bob is coming in from New York and so is A.J.

Frank Jr., Nancy, Tina, Nancy Sr. and Amanda will also be joining Frank and Barbara for Thanksgiving dinner. We are all counting our blessings every minute of every day that we are together. Each moment is dear and precious.




Our family album will soon be moving to its new home at keyword: "sinatra" We are looking forward to becoming part of the Entertainment Asylum.

You can visit the inmates (below) now at keyword: "asylum".

Some non-AOL visitors have expressed concern about this. Please don't worry. If you are not an AOL subscriber you can still access our family album at www.sinatrafamily.com




A bad picture of some very good people. Some of the talented inmates at Entertainment Asylum.


IN CASE YOU HAVE NOT FIGURED IT OUT YET, THERE IS NO BATTLE IN OUR FAMILY! PERIOD.


We are sorry to report that circumstances have forced us to remove some pictures of Frank's grandchildren from our web site. We must protect their privacy.


The answer to the FAQ: Where can I buy "Concert for the Americas" is
1-800-760-7979 It is packaged with "Portrait of an Album"
Thank you for asking!




THIS IS GEORGE SPORTELLI'S MURAL OF NANCY
completed in 1996

November 1997

To Joe Castillo,

CONGRATULATIONS and WELCOME HOME!


All gave some - some gave all

Click below to send a message to Joe Castillo and Indio.

http://www.henderco.com/vet/

Congressman Jose Serrano put Joe and his pilgrimage into the Congressional Record and then presented a copy of the tribute to Joe at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

It seems the Sinatra Family is indebted to Jose for more than just the Congressional Gold Medal!

See the congressman's report on his meeting with Joe Castillo on our Veterans page.


Last summer

from Nancy:

Dad was in good form at the beach house yesterday. We spent a few hours alone, just chatting, while Barbara, Steve and Eydie, Dolly and Dick Martin and Rita and Jerry Vale played cards on the patio.

When we heard the card players laughing, Dad grinned at me and said, "Isn't that a wonderful sound?"

Frank looks stronger than he did two weeks ago. The further away we can get from his hospital stay, the safer he is.

Once again, he expressed his love for all of you and his thanks for all of your letters.

I wish you could see his eyes when I show him an especially warm or funny message. You would think he had never been ill at all.

I asked him if he still had any dreams for the future and he said, "A few."

Of course I asked, "What are they?"

He said, "I would like a great grandchild - but not now." Meaning he doesn't want A.J. or Amanda to marry yet.

"And," he said, "I would still like to teach people what I know."

We went for a walk outside to visit the card players, and Barbara pointed out the new moon. It looked like a sideways smile - like smiles on the net.

The evening sky was exquisitely beautiful, different shades of blue with a little yellow glow left by the sun,at the bottom, previewing autumn. The heat of the past several nights seemed to have broken at last.

Then Dad and I made wishes on the evening star. We were silent. I think we both wished the same thing. I heard him take a very deep breath, inhaling the evening breeze, and when I turned to look at him, he had tears in his eyes and a smile on his face. So did I.

Dinner was an absolute riot. This motley crew made a Friar's roast seem like kindergarten. The jokes were flying around the table so fast, we could hardly put a fork to our lips because we were laughing so hard.

The conversation went from camping in the redwoods, to the Copacabana in the good old days, to Dick Martin and yours truly in a "nudist colony" sketch on Laugh-in, to Jerry Vale's recent knee surgery, to Henry Kissenger, to Joe E Lewis, who gave Eydie her first Las Vegas job, and her first co-star billing, at the old El Rancho Vegas.

Edyie told a funny story about Jerry Lewis driving his Cadillac up the steps into one of the ancient bungalows at the El Rancho. The "bungalows" were so dilapidated that the entire structure came down around Jerry and his car.

After dinner, Dad and I went to watch a little television (wrestling matches,) and the crew went back for one more round of poker.

I told Dad about your 1999 New Years Eve notes, and the fact that it seems most of you would like to spend that particular midnight hour in a saloon - with Frank, Bill Miller and a bottle of Jack Daniels.

So Frank said, "Great idea. Tell everybody to do that - and I'll pick up all the tabs!"

And I said, "Why don't we have one television camera and broadcast the toast at midnight - all over the world?" Which led to a discussion about whose 12:00 are we talking about? New York's, Brazil's, California's?

Tom Dreesen came in and said, "I don't think we should celebrate New Years at midnight. I think we should wait until a quarter to three."

Frank said, "Well, that'll be a quarter to twelve somewhere in the world so it's okay with me."


A poem for The Princess of Wales

by Robert Burns:

But to see her was to love her,
Love but her, and love forever.
Had we ne'er lov'd sae kindly,
Had we ne'er lov'd sae blindly,
Never met - or never parted -
We had ne'er been brokenhearted.

If you, too have loved her, try to continue her good work.

This was read by her sister at Diana's service:

If I should die and leave you here awhile,
Be not like the others, sore undone, who keep
Long vigil by the silent dust and weep.
For my sake turn again to life and smile,
Nerving thy heart and trembling hand to do
That which will comfort other souls than mine;
Complete these dear unfinished tasks of mine,
And I, perchance, may therein comfort you.


If you would really like to honor the people you have admired, this is how you can show them respect and gratitude:

PLEASE DO NOT BUY TABLOID PAPERS.

Please give the money you would have spent on these to one of the charities so loved by Princess Diana and Mother Teresa, and other people of note.

PLEASE WRITE TO SENATE MAJORITY LEADER TRENT LOTT

AND YOUR STATE'S REPRESENTATIVES IN THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE.

TELL THEM YOU WANT A FEDERAL RIGHT OF PUBLICITY.

It is the good and fair thing, and just might be the only way to protect Frank, the other people you admire - and yourselves and your children and grandchildren! There is a lot to be faced regarding technological advancements and the First Amendment, so please try to be a part of it.

END OF LECTURE!!


From September 5, 1997

From Nancy:

On the telephone yesterday (September 4th) with Dad, the topic of discussion was: What shall we do on New Years Eve 1999.

He said, "We have to think about that. It's sneaking up on us pretty fast. I wonder what other people are planning."

So, I said I would ask that question. If you have made plans you'd like to share with him, please let us know.

I will be going to the beach on Sunday and I will take your letters with me.




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