Joe DiMaggio The Long Vigil by Author Jerome Charyn

Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of attending literally hundreds of gallery openings, book signings and great cocktail parties for no particular reason.  It’s a New York City thing.  Tuesday evening I attended one of the greatest book signings I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending.  The party was staged at Goldman McCormick PR firm.  One of the principals is a young entrepreneur by the name of Ryan McCormick. I have a dear friend by the name of Bill McCormick and we go back to my Sports Illustrated Days and a mutual friend by the name of Gerry Cooney.  As luck would have it Ryan turns out to be Bill’s son.  Talk about a small world.  Ryan’s partner is Mark Goldman and the two of them are setting New York on fire. 

So let’s get to the meat of the party –  Peanuts, popcorn, Cracker Jacks and beer.  It doesn’t get better than that and the hot dogs were Kosher.  It’s another New York thing. The two hosts of the party – Lenore Reigel is a charming, intelligent, and talented woman and her life partner author Jerome Charyn is not only a brilliant writer but a very lovely person as well.  Jerome has just finished a book titled Joe DiMaggio The Long Vigil which I can’t wait to read. The party was hopping and jammed to the hilt with a lot of great writers and other artists. Like the man said “it’s all good…”

Studio Photo © Joe DiMaggio

                                                             Author Jerome Charyn & Myself © J. Kalish

with Lenore Riegel  © J. Kalish
with Ryan McCormick © J. Kalish

Sometimes good things happen with no particular rhyme or reason. I have a good friend by the name of Victor Goretsky. Victor had an opportunity to work with a very talented, powerful young lady by the name of Lenore Rigel. Her life partner  is author Jerome Charyn, an absolute brilliant writer,. I received an invitation to the reception celebrating his new book Joe DiMaggio: The Long Vigil. Of course, I will absolutely be there. Now just for the record, it will be held at Goldman and  McCormick Studios. How many people out there believe in bizarre coincidences? Normally, I would not click on the studio web page, but I did and noticed that one of the principles looked very familiar. The reason he looked familiar is because his dad, Bill McCormick and I have been friends for over 35 years. You know, you can’t make this stuff up. I haven’t seen Ryan since he was 5 years old. It should be one hell of a party! I’m really looking forward to it.