Meeting at Bamberger's Department Store
Some time in the 1960's (not sure of the year), I was
listening to the radio when I heard the disc jockey announce that Vaughn
Monroe, major singing star of the 1940's and early 50's would be appearing
at Bamberger's Department Store in Newark, NJ in the afternoon.
Being a long-time fan of Vaughn's (since the mid 40's) I picked myself up
and took the train to Newark from New York. I went up to the home
entertainment department and saw Vaughn Monroe, wearing a tweed sports coat
seated at a desk promoting RCA products.
I waited my turn, and said hello and talked for a while. I mentioned how I
had enjoyed him over the years, and had see him perform a few times in the
1950's. He mentioned that he was doing RCA commercials, and making
promotional appearances as well as singing appearances.
I asked about Massachusetts, and he replied that he was no longer living
there. He had moved to Florida which he liked very much. We talked another
minute or so and then I left, very happy to have had the opportunity to meet
I do regret that some years later, I did not go to see him when he performed
at the elegant St. Regis Hotel, perhaps his last appearance in New York.
Submitted by: Herb Wasserman