There was this local politician named Jim Coyne who as Albany County Executive had the Knickerbocker Arena (now known as the, ugh, “Pepsi Arena”) built, went to jail for misappropriation of funds regarding the same, and is now back, renovating the Washington Armory, and bringing back pro (continental Basketball Association) basketball to the city in the form of the Albany Patroons, a team he supported back in the 1980s. Fitzgerald was wrong- there ARE second acts in American lives.
And what does this have to do with Frank Sinatra, you ask? Ol’ Blue Eyes was the first performer at the Arena.
Artist/Band: Francis Albert Sinatra (b. 12/12/1915, d. 5/14/1998)
Are you male or female: Mack the Knife
Describe yourself: High Hopes; Good Life
How do some people feel about you: Call Me Irresponsible
How do you feel about yourself: Deep in a Dream
Describe what you want to be: The Best of Everything
Describe how you live: Nice ‘N’ Easy
Describe how you love: Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart; Tell Her That You Love Her Every Day
Share a few words of wisdom: When You’re Smiling (the Whole World Smiles With You)
Now, it’s also friend Gladys’ birthday. She HATES Sinatra, but is OK with Dionne Warwick, who also has a birthday today. Happy birthday, GC.