Thank you very much for your comments about my Grandpa. I think that you must be very discerning because your perception of my Grandpa is accurate. He was a lonely person in his later years. So that you are aware, He had a wife and 3 children who lived in Yonkers. His wife was full-blood Italian (maiden name "Eletto"). He was separated from my Grandma until he died but they were never divorced. Unfortunately his two sons fell into a lifestyle of drug addition. My Mom's oldest brother, Bobby, died in the early 80's of HIV from intravenous drug use. Her youngest brother, Craig, is still dealing with this addition and the damage that it has done to his body and mind. The good news :) is that my Mother, Georgetta, and Grandmother, Marietta, Grandpa's wife, are doing very well. Marietta ("Nanny" as she is known by me) lived in our home during my childhood and teenage years. My mother married the best guy in the whole world, my dad. They had 3 boys, two in Yonkers and one in Missouri after they relocated.
My Mother and Father met and married in Hawaii. After 3 years they moved to Yonkers (my dad was originally from West Friendship, MD, just outside of Baltimore). This was a crucial period in my Mom and Grandpa's relationship. They were able to completely reconcile. During this period is when I have very dear memories of my Grandpa. He was always so loving and lively. He adored our family and helped us out in every possible way. Shortly after my parents moved us to Kansas City my Grandpa ("Ding Ding" as he was known by us) became ill. My mother traveled back to NYC and spent some final moments with him, affirming their love for one another. He was cremated and some of his ashes were sprinkled in the ocean. His headstone is located in Blue Springs, Missouri.
This may be more information than you'd care to know but I felt it was important to share. I'm sure others, like yourself, picked up on things in my Grandpa's life and I think it's important to note that in his last days he had a reconciling with his family and with God.
The book that he was writing is in my Mother's possession. I presently work in the computer industry and am helping my Mom to convert this book into electronic form. The thought of trying to have it published has been discussed for years. I'm not sure how or when that will take shape but we would definitely want to have it reviewed by his friend and associates, such as yourself.
I'd also like to add that Grandpa's grandchildren have inherited much of his amicable, humorous nature, and some of his artistic ability. I am the oldest of 3 brothers. My middle brother, Matthew (whose middle name is George) looks strikingly similar to Grandpa. We all have a special place in our heart for him and greatly miss the time that could have been spent with him had he not passed away when we were so very young.
Thank you again for this invaluable information. I can't describe how appreciative I am of the response I've received from Tony Cucurullo, yourself, and hopefully others. These are truly gifts; special insights into the life of our Grandpa.
I hope that this is not the last communication we will have. Take care and be sure and pass on more of these types of wonderful memories to your loved ones. When you have passed on they will be priceless gifts that can be shared over and over again.
Mark R. Winston
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From: CMar48@aol.com [mailto:CMar48@aol.com]
Sent: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 9:12 AM
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My name is Cal Marotta.
I worked on the Ed Sullivan show with your grandfather. I remember him vividly because of his dry sense of humor. He had a knack of reading "between the lines" of company announcements, and found the humor in them.
He was a very good artist and edited current events giving a funny and outlandish view with his cartoons.
After every show, we would visit local pubs, having only one drink before leaving for the next one. After the third drink we would all go home. I felt that when he left work he became a lonely man and didn't want the day to end. I found him very entertaining but first a very good friend, and yes, he never wore a coat, just a scarf around his neck. He said he got tired of buying coats because he always left them behind and never could remember where.
There is a famous drawing of the earth as seen from the moon. George drew it and sent it to Life Magazine.( He called it life on the moon with a copy of Life Magazine resting on the moon in the foreground.) They never gave him credit but used it many times in their ads. I believe he also wrote or was writing a book on the Ed Sullivan show but Sullivan would not give permission to publish.
George was very secretive about his personal life. I never knew he had children.
I hope my little tale helps you.