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    Re: Boardwalk Empire – A real life connection

    Today just may be one of the most exciting days so far on this journey. The Producer, Scott Rosenfelt, called as arranged at 3:15 this afternoon. After the formalities, my wife told the details as pertaining to the topic, the friendship and other relevant facts to support the theme of the movie. It is not a Gangster Movie, or all about the Celebrities because that has already been done. This movie is about the little people and Skinny's life from a teen running a Gambling Room to how he helped push Legalized Gambling thru the paces in order for Atlantic City and Resorts to be first. It's a more personal movie and Scott wanted to include Skinny's friends and the more normal things that went on besides what has already been done. The uniqueness of Atlantic City in that era, and the 500 Club, is that Skinny provided an atmosphere, the back room, where Mobsters, Politicians, Sports Greats, Cops, and regular people could all be in the same room.

    Now the good news, it is not yet chiseled in stone, but from the conversation and what is already written into the script, the producer came up with several ideas in order to fit Uncle Dominic into the movie. It sounds like it will happen by the way it all ended. And that was Scott asking us to meet with him. Turns out he lives in both Margate, next to AC, and Los Angeles. His children go to school here to be more normal. We were just planning a trip in May to meet the woman we found the other night who worked for Uncle Dom for many years. So we have arranged to meet him when we go down to AC to meet Dom's employee Diane.

    So even if it's a very short part, my wife's Uncle Dominic Pinto will be depicted in the movie.

    We are on such a high right now it's hard to describe. We never dreamed our journey would lead to a part in a Hollywood Produced movie.
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    Re: Boardwalk Empire – A real life connection

    Last night we connected with another woman who worked for Uncle Don right out of High School. She told us a few more stories and details. One of them was that she got a brand new car when she graduated HS, and was already working for Don. He didn't drive so he had this woman teach him and then he went out and bought a nice car too.

    We made arrangements for her to meet us and re-unite with her former co-worker to see our pics and share more stories when we go to Atlantic City next month.
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    Re: Boardwalk Empire – A real life connection

    Just a teaser to bring this back to the top. Tomorrow we are heading to Atlantic City again. We plan to meet and have lunch with an original employee of Uncle Don. On Monday morning after we check out, we head to the AC Library to meet with the Director and Archivist. They will be taping my wif's memories of Atlantic City and her Uncle. When that is over, we will be joined by the Producer Scott Rosenfelt to further discuss the film and the part he has planned for Uncle Don.

    Major update to come next week.

    Cheers and thanks for following along whoever is still reading this!
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    Re: Boardwalk Empire – A real life connection

    Update from trip to Atlantic City May 13-14 2018

    On Saturday when we tried to make final arrangements to take Diane, a former employee of Uncle Don out for lunch, she said she was not up to it. The other gal Ida, decided to duck all our calls and emails after the first conversation where she appeared to be elated and offered to help. That meant we did not have to rush leaving Sunday morning. But we decided to stop at Brighton Towers where Diane Amoroso lived, to drop off a bag of goodies, some flowers, and copies of a few pictures she hopefully can identify. We will call her in a week to give her time. Then we headed to The Back Bay Ale House and had an awesome burger& fries with some local beers. We ended up taking half back to our hotel and did not need dinner.

    After sitting on our balcony sipping a few beers and a whiskey, we decided to walk next door to the Tropicana and people watch about 9pm. If you want to see everything, Walmart and Casinos is your place. There was a real good band playing in the Quarter. After strolling the floor for a while watching the Zombies, we ducked into Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar. Never been a Rum drinker and no idea what to order. The bar tender was good and we ended up with a few Mojitos, a Rum Punch and some awesome humus and chips appetizer somewhere around 10. Since our first appointment at the Atlantic City Library was for 930, and we had to have breakfast and checkout by 9 we headed back. We walked back to the Trop to eat in the Tequila bar before checkout. Great Omelets.

    At the Library we were first met by the former Archivist Heather Perez, who we met with 2 years ago, and the current Archivist Jacqueline Siver-Morillo. They took us upstairs to what looked to be the Board Room next to the Library Director Robert Rynkiewicz's office, who we were then introduced to. After some pleasantries, Robert left us to Carolyn's taped memories of her childhood and her Uncle Don, in Atlantic City NJ. Carolyn spent many hours this past week preparing her memories, timelines, places and people. In the end, she mostly read what she had typed which was a good 20 minutes of great memories. One being how her Uncle saved her Grandmothers life from the fire that burned at Brighton Towers when they both lived there, had us stopping to clear our thought so to say. Unfortunately, 3 people did die in that fire because they took the elevator and it failed. Don lived on the 5th floor and the fire was between his and the 11th floor where his mother lived.

    After the taping we went into the Heston Room downstairs to look thru some archives while we waited for our second meeting. At 11:30, Scott Rosenfelt arrived as planned. The Director gave us the conference room for this meeting too and we introduced everyone. We all looked at the pictures and talked to the stories. Then Scott gave us a rundown of the story line for the movie. We also talked about the rich history of Atlantic City and other common acquaintances we have met and talked to along the journey. One is Paula Jane Diamato, Skinny's daughter who we met with last year. Scott is also in contact with Paula Jane's brother and we will soon be introduced and hopefully find out a few things from his memories. Guys remember things the girls do not, or didn't even know. We also discussed more in detail how Scott intends to work Uncle Don into the movie and we gave him pointers on dress and style for the character who plays the part.

    That meeting lasted an hour and a half and then we again sat down with Library Director Robert Rynkiewicz and talked about the city, the funds and loss of funds and employee loss due to how they re-characterized where the Casino money goes, and it isn't the Library. He also told us of the in-process plans to rebuild part of the Museum that was on the Boardwalk but wiped out by Sandy. It won't be as big as it was again due to funds, but he intends to have one of the display cases represent Entertainment History of Atlantic City. He asked if we would share a few of the pictures for that display. We are already planning to supply copies of all the pictures to them along with all the details that they will be cataloging on-line in the near future.

    This day was all set in motion by an earlier contact, Vicki Gold Levi. She put Scott Rosenfelt in touch with us. Then she coordinated our whole day by setting everything up thru the Library Director. He had the former Archivist join us and also had the current Archivist come in to do the taping and research on her day off. We were very fortunate and grateful how all this developed.

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    Re: Boardwalk Empire – A real life connection

    The Atlantic City Library is involved in the new project for the new Atlantic City Museum in the Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall lobby.
    The Director of the Library who we met with on our last trip to meet Scot Rosenfelt has agreed to uses some of my wife's photos for one of the exhibits in the Hall Lobby. They will have several glass cases with themed exhibits in each. My wife's pictures will be in a case that showcases the Entertainment History of Atlantic City.

    There has been an ongoing Fund Raiser for the Library Foundation and this year for her birthday, Vicki Gold Levi has setup a Facebook Fund Page where she will match donations.
    https://www.facebook.com/donate/2146...6857961622472/

    You can also donate directly to the Foundation
    http://www.aclf.us/donate

    If anyone would like to donate, that would be awesome. And once the project is complete, I hope if any of you visit Atlantic City, you will stop by and see the exhibit.

    Here is a teaser

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    Re: Boardwalk Empire – A real life connection

    So another door has opened for us. We procrastinated for some time, but just recently contacted Paul D'Amato, Skinny's Nephew and son of his brother Willy. He is a Lawyer just outside of AC. We are going to spend a week at the Marriott Seaview Villas next week and have an appointment scheduled to meet Paul next Monday. Since he is a guy, and we have mostly met and spoke to women, he is sure to remember a few things more or differently.

    In the short call my wife had with Paul, he told her a nice story about her uncle we did not know. When he was in college, he had an opportunity to go to Rome for his studies but could not afford it. His dad, Willy went to Skinny and asked for the money but he didn't have it at the time either. Skinny then went to Uncle Don to ask for the money and he was able to provide the money for Paul to go to Rome.

    We are hoping he can help us identify some of the unknowns in the pics we have plus tell us more great stories.

    I will update this blog after our meeting next Monday.
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    So our meeting with Paul D'Amato went very well. After he talked with my wife on the phone, he spent hours going thru old photos at home. Paul knew Uncle Don personally and filled in more blanks. He remembered vividly that the child Don had was a girl and remembered seeing him holding her awkwardly. He also remembered Aunt Arlene as well as my wife's father.

    When we arrived, he gave us a copy of his mother's book about Nucky, Skinny, and Atlantic City called Chance of a Lifetime. We had him sign it with a small paragraph. We did already have a copy of the book but Paul insisted we take another copy from him. Without us even asking, Paul offered to use his investigation team to try and track down Aunt Arlene and Uncle Don's child and the mother. He said to give them a week and he will get back to us.

    He told us lots of good stories and like I suspected, being a guy, he saw things and heard things that all the women we already spoke to were not privy to. Paul worked in the 500 Club from the time he was in the 8th grade in the kitchen, til he had graduated college. When he was old enough, he became a bar tender at the 500 and along with all the other mobsters, he became friendly with Nicky Scarfo. When he was practicing law, he went to Nicky and asked when he would get some work from him or his boys to defend them. A few days later Nicky came back and said absolutely No. Nicky had gone to Skinny for permission which was denied as Skinny did not want Paul mixed up inn defending the mob because when things went south, the lawyers went south with it all.

    Paul spent about an hour and a half out of his busy schedule to talk with us. We are now anxiously awaiting the outcome of his investigation. I am pretty sure they know where to look and how to find info us regular Googlers just can't easily find.

    We are hoping to find a long lost cousin on my wife's side so now we wait for the results. This is about the last real lead we have to work with, but Paul is also tracking down a few old timers that should also shed some info on some things. He also took copies of a few pics to try and figure out who they are.

    Paul was a real class act and seemed almost as happy to walk down memory lane with us as we were in talking to him.

    Hopefully a happy ending is coming for this blog.
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    Your posting is a book in itself, thanks for sharing!


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    Quote Originally Posted by UltraFast69 View Post
    Your posting is a book in itself, thanks for sharing!
    I had not thought of that, but thanks for reading along.
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    Well unfortunately the databases that the private investigators had only went back to 1975 so we found out nothing more.

    But, we did just get an email from Vicky Gold Levy asking for one of our original pics of Uncle Don with Jayne Mansfield to go into the new Atlantic City Museum on the Boardwalk. It won't make it into the display case for the 500 Club, so it will be in a showcase of Atlantic City Working Class.

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