Thursday, October 15, 2009

What Sucks…The Reaper


Sorry for the back to back reaper posts, but the Reaper took Al Martino, or as he was known in the Godfather, Johnny Fontane, this week and if I didn’t say something about it, I think it would send the wrong message. As a matter of fact, if I thought it would do any good, I’d make sure that the reaper would be waking up with a horse’s head in his bed with him this morning, ‘cept that the reaper is a sick fuck who would probably enjoy that.

Anyway, Al Martino had a 50-year singing career where he had to play ball with the Mafia, appeared in one of the greatest movies of all time and served as a marine in World War II, getting wounded in the battle of Iwo Jima. So yeah, put it this way not sure you can any of those things about Michael Bublé.

On a quick, personal, note which makes this entry all about me, when I was a younger person just getting his start in show biz (I’m “26” now, this was when I first started in the biz at 16) I worked as the receptionist at a pretty big comedy talk show (brag). Part of my job was to answer the phone for the talent department and one day the representatives of Al Martino called to see if they could get him on the show. True story. While taking the message I had a wonderful idea, I would tell the publicist on the other end of the phone, once I finished taking her number, that “Al Martino would be perfect for this gig” and that furthermore it would “make him a big star” but that he wasn’t going to get it because I, as a receptionist, was going to “run him out of the business”.

After an awkward moment she tried to speak but I cut her off saying “You don’t understand- Al Martino never gets this spot!” And I offered to tell her why- adding that Martino tried to “make me look ridiculous” and that “a man in my position can’t afford to look ridiculous!”

Silence on the other end of the phone. Later, I was called into the talent director’s office and told to “just take the message.”

Al Martino, RIP.


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