In the December 1974 Kojak episode, Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die, Frank Sinatra is mentioned several times by Greg (George Shannon), the soon-to-be-murdered victim, while in his apartment attempting to seduce his date. He then puts on a Sinatra record but the music is not heard. In an attempt to solve the crime, Kojak (Telly Savalas) mentions Sinatra several more times during the episode. Halfway through the program, he enters the police department holding a copy of Some Nice Things I've Missed and throws the record on a desk as he begins a conversation with others officers. Meanwhile, Sgt. Stavros (Telly's real-life brother George Savalas) sits on the desk without paying attention to what's underneath. Before leaving the office, Kojak turns to Stavros as says "Fatso, you're sittin' on Old Blue Eyes". Unnerved, Stavros picks up the vinyl and hands it over to Kojak before walking out. In the next scene, Kojak arrives at the apartment of Lisa Walden (Andrea Marcovicci), still holding the album, and tells her "I brought you a Frank Sinatra album". Coincidentally, Telly Savalas also recorded a cover of the song "If" (as Sinatra did on this album), which was released as a single only three months later.
Yes, my Grandfather Nonno Filipo Bellino was a Shoemaker in the town of Lercara Friddi, Sicily,
40 minutes south of Palermo. Frank Sinatra's father Saverio Antonino Martino Sinatra was born in Lercara Friddi and his father was a shoemaker in the town. You might recognize another famous name of someone born in Lercara Friddi, and that would be Salvatore Lucania, better known to millions as Charles "Lucky" Luciano.
Anyway, my grandfather was born and raised in Lercara Friddi where he was a shoemaker, and you can bet money that Frank Sinatra's Shomaker Grandfather knew my shoemaker Grandfather
Filipo Bellino. They were both around the same age, give or take a few years.
My grandfather immigrated to America through Ellis Island, New York in 1902. Filipo then
settled in Lodi, New Jersey where he set up a Shoemake Shop on Main Street, marrying
Giuseppina Salemi. Filipo and Giuseppina lived upstairs from the Shoemaker Shop and had 4 children, my Aunt Lilly was born first, then Uncle Jimmy (James) veteran of WW II and recipient of the Purple Heart in The Battle of The Bulge, Uncle Frank was the 3rd child. Frank Bellino was in
The United States Marine Corps during World War LL, in the Pacific Theater. Then came Uncle Tony who was also in the US Army in WW II where he was head of The Officers Club at
The George V Hotel in Paris after the Allied Forces Liberated the city.
My mother Lucia (Lucy) was the youngest, born in Lodi 1923 ...