Wednesday, May 14, 2008

5/14/2008: The 10-year anniversary of Frank Sinatra's passing

WHERE WAS I on May 14, 1998? I was 19 when Frank died and a week later I was going to attend a Sons of Italy benefit with my family because my brother was being honored. Bill Clinton, Tony Bennett and Regis Philbin were all going to be there but I was most excited by another scheduled guest...Barbara Sinatra. She was supposed to give a speech on behalf of her husband who was being presented with a lifetime achievement award.

Obviously she could not make it...I remember feeling empty inside. Not because I felt any connection to or pity for the man, he had lived a hundred men's lives, but because I would now never get to see him perform. It was a selfish feeling but I couldn't bring myself to feel sorry for Frank...I'm certain he squeezed every last drop out of his 82 years and at the end it was better to see him go than fade farther away. He didn't quite reach the 100 years that he wished for everyone else but his story and voice will survive forever.

WHERE WERE YOU on May 14, 1998?

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