My Autobiography by Michael Normandy, Sr.
Aunt Josie was a happy-go-lucky sort. I remember her singing all the latest popular songs hits of the day. Like the other 93.5% of the women of that era, she was in love with the famous actor, Rudolph Valentino, who died when he was only 31. When he died in 1926, 50,000,000 hearts stopped beating...for awhile anyway. Most of the 50,000,000 were women.
But Valentino had some effect on the men. All the "gigolos" of the day wore their hair slicked down and coated with some sort of hair pomade. Long, pointed sideburns were grown to keep with the "Valentino" look. Black patent pointed shoes, tight fitting dark suits, white stiff collar shirts, and a silk tie (with a "diamond" stick pin) completed the Valentino look for the would-be gigolo. (Gigolo - a name given to those egotistical males who imagined themselves to be the "Cock of the Walk." Today we would say they were trying to make a statement!
I sound a little envious. I never had the "moxie" to attempt anything so blatant. Wait a minute! I remember a gangly boy of seventeen wearing the "Zoot Suit and Pork Pie Hat." Letís move on!
On the third floor of 181 Maujer was my second home. Thatís where Aunt Margaret and Uncle Mike lived, with their children "Lou Lou" (She hated the nickname. She was really Louise), "Louie" (Louis), and "Sugar" (Beatrice). Very few days passed without a visit to Aunt Margaretís house. People didnít live in apartments. They lived in "their" house.
Now Playing: "The Sidewalks of New York"
By Wurlitzer 146 Carousel Organ
From the Album: Good Old U.S.A. Wurlitzer Carousel Music, Vol. 1
East Side, West Side, all around the town
The kids sang "Ring around Rosie," "London Bridge is falling down"
Boys and girls together, me and Mamie O'Rourke
We tripped the light fantastic on the sidewalks of New York
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