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Frank Sinatra~ Walter Cronkite

I never got to interview Frank Sinatra, but I did get to spend a couple of hours with “The Most Trusted Man in America,” the late, Walter Cronkite in 2000. It was just me and Cronkite on the stage at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut talking about his extraordinary life.

This series on Sinatra was put together in 1965 and reported by Cronkite along with his successor, Dan Rather. I came upon this on You Tube and didn’t want it to get away from me, or you, so I put it here forever on my website.

Sinatra, the kid from Hoboken, New Jersey that became a mega-watt star. You still hear Sinatra crooning everyday somewhere when you’re out and about, there will never be another Frank Sinatra.

I know he passed through Connecticut many times, in his life. One of his friends knew what a huge Sinatra fan I was and asked him to sign a photograph which he did and it hangs in my home. When you push the lower left had corner of the frame it plays “My Way.” Fun, right?

If any of you have stories about “Ole Blue Eyes” share them here, it’ll be fun to read them. I just love the old Hollywood stars and Sinatra, will always remain high on the list

Fairfield, Connecticut’s, John Mayer, a huge star himself, did one of Sinatra’s songs on Thanksgiving night of 2008 on The David Letterman Show. It’s one of  my favorites, “In The Wee Small Hours of The Morning.” By the way, that’s when I wrote this post, in the wee small hours of the morning.


  1. Helen
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    I got to see Frank sing at the Hartford Civic Center – I was either in high school or college – and it was amazing. We thought he was so wonderful and we could not believe what a chance it was to see such a legend. And lucky you Ann to have spent time with the newsman of newsmen!

  2. DorisC
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    I had the honor and pleasure to see Old Blue Eyes live at Foxwoods, his last show he ever did there. Don Rickels was the opening act. It was the BEST performance I have ever witnessed!!!

  3. Ann Nyberg
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    Wow, Doris, that was a power house of a show, you were very lucky to see that!

  4. DorisC
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Don was hilarious, ruthless, crass and had us rolling in our seats. Then Frank came on and I felt like I was witnessing history, and something I would always remember. His voice was just as amazing as it was in his younger years.

  5. Posted August 31, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    I knew The Chairman of the Board very well. He was very close to my father, S. Sylvan Simon, the producer who died during FROM HERE TO ETERNITY…and then with my mother and stepfather, Harriet and Armand Deutsch. Let’s talk sometime…