Irish American Writers & Artists

November 27, 2010

SPOTLIGHT ON: Pete Hamill

Filed under: Events,Literature,Social Activism — by tjenglish @ 5:59 pm

Very few writers have had the kind of career PETE HAMILL has had. He was born in Brooklyn of immigrant Irish parents from Belfast. In the mid 1960s, he began his journalism career as a reporter with the NY Post, and over the following decades he would establish himself as one of the most powerful journalistic voices in the city. As a columnist for the NY Post, the NY Daily News, the Village Voice, and Esquire magazine, Pete wrote about everything — politics, crime, music, cultural affairs. His point of view has always been that of a humanist and a poet, and he never lost touch with the rhythm of the streets and the soul of the common man. Pete served as an editor for both the Post and the News. He has published over 20 books: memoirs (A DRINKING LIFE) non-fiction books (WHY SINATRA MATTERS) and best-selling novels (FOREVER). As a writer, Pete is a true Renaissance Man, and as a human being, he is, as they say in the Old Country, a real mensch.

Of Hamill’s many interests, one of his most enduring subjects is his affection for Mexico. As a young man, he studied art in Mexico, and for a time in the early-1990’s he was editor of an English-language newspaper in Mexico City. He continues to live in Mexico for extended periods of time and has written often in travel magazines and other publications about his bond with the place.

Which is partly why we at IAW&A are so excited to have Pete Hamill as one of the featured speakers at THE IRISH-MEXICAN ALLIANCE, an evening of Celtic & Mexican music, Chicano & Irish poets, all to raise money for THE COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS. To learn more about this event please check out previous posts on this blog page….

We hope that you and your friends will turn out to hear Pete Hamill speak, to experience some great Irish and Tex-Mex music, and contribute to a worthy and important cause.

WHEN: December 8, 2010, Weds., 7-11 pm.

WHERE: Connolly’s Pub, 121 W. 45th St., Manhattan

PRICE: $30 (suggested donation)

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2 Comments »

  1. Mr. English:

    Just in case your group is looking for something a little different in the future, would you please be so kind as to read the material I have left below. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    Plant me close to God, boys, in this land we chose to roam.
    Plant me close to God, boys, I’m a long, long ways from home.
    High upon some river bluff, so my spirit roams the sky,
    But plant me close to God, boys, for I know I’m gonna die.

    (Chorus to The Lament of Charles Floyd)

    My name is Michael F (MAC) McDonald and I live in Yankton SD. I have written a program of songs and stories primarily based on the Stephen Ambrose book, Undaunted Courage, the story of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery exploration of the Missouri and Columbia river systems. My program is a celebration of the American work ethic. If you would please be so kind as to read the spiel I have pasted in below, perhaps your organization might consider hiring me to perform my program for your organization or one of its corporate functions. Thank you very much for your time!

    Michael F (MAC) McDonald

    In the July of 1804 the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery met up with the Otoe and Missouri Indians near modern day Council Bluffs IA/Omaha NE. While they “parlayed” with the Otoe and Missouri people, the Corps of Discovery were told stories of a band of “little devils” or little people who guarded a sacred mound a few miles north of the mouth of the Vermillion River in the Dakota territory. Legend had it that these little people were armed with bow and arrow and could kill from afar. When the Corps of Discovery arrived at the mouth of the Vermillion River in mid-August of 1804, a contingent of their company traveled up the Vermillion River to see if they might come across these little people. Why?

    When one considers that a good portion of the Corps of Discovery were of Irish and Scotch-Irish descent, could it be that men like Paddy Gass, Charles Floyd, and George Shannon had heard some of the old Irish legends from their local seanachees, the story-tellers of their particular region, when they were boys? Had they heard of the stories of Finn MacCool and his Fianna — how the warrior-poet, Oisin, had crossed the western waters to a land of grapes and plums — to Faelynn, the land of the ever young? Could it be that the stories of their youth combined with the Indian campfire stories they were now hearing along the Missouri River, with its banks infested with wild grapes and plums in the last days of summer — might the men of the Corps of Discovery have been looking for something as frivolous as leprechauns and pots of gold? Such speculation must have generated stories that were nothing more than some damn fine lies amongst the men of the Corps of Discovery — lies that propagated and entertained them for the duration of their long and arduous journey.

    This is just a sample of the story-telling and music you would receive if you should choose to hire me to perform my program, “Travels of the Corps – 1804”. My program is pretty much a “straight-talking” affair with a mix of stories and tunes (guitar and vocals) that I have written about the Corps of Discovery coming up the Missouri River in 1804. Should your organization be in need of entertainment for a state or regional convention, customer appreciation supper, festival, banquet or corporate event, please consider contacting me. My contact information is listed below. Thanks very much for your trouble!

    Sincerely,

    Michael F (MAC) McDonald
    Roisin Dubh Productions
    2609 Mulligan Drive
    Yankton SD 57078-5306
    605 664 7672 (after 6PM Central Time)
    oisins_remnant@yahoo.com

    P. S. My program is a part of the Nebraska Humanities Council Speakers’ Bureau program. I am a Vietnam-era veteran, serving with VAQ-136 aboard the carrier USS KITTY HAWK during the first half of my enlistment and finishing my enlistment as a bass/baritone vocalist with the US Navy Band Sea Chanters in Washington DC.

    Comment by Michael F McDonald — December 19, 2010 @ 7:46 pm |Reply

  2. Top of the morning.

    Comment by patrick — October 7, 2011 @ 8:43 pm |Reply


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