It Happened in the Catskills: An Oral History in the Words of Busboys, Bellhops, Guests, Proprietors, Comedians, Agents, and Others Who Lived It

It Happened in the Catskills: An Oral History in the Words of Busboys, Bellhops, Guests, Proprietors, Comedians, Agents, and Others Who Lived It

by Myrna Katz Frommer, Harvey Frommer

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ISBN-13: 9781438427485
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 03/05/2009
Series: Excelsior Editions
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 2.30(d)

About the Author

Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a husband-and-wife team specializing in oral history. The authors of such notable books as It Happened on Broadway and Growing Up Jewish in America, they live in Lyme, New Hampshire, and both teach at Dartmouth College.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Cast of Characters
2009 Introduction
Prologue

1. A Place in the Country
Getting there on the O & W and Old Route 17, from kochalayn to country club, and the birth of the tummler

2. The “G”
The seven decades of Grossinger’s Hotel and the “Good Gracious Grossinger Guests”

3. The 10 Percenters
How the agents and talent bookers took over-from social staffs to Charlie Rapp, King of the Catskills

4. The Era
Midcentury: There’s a Small Hotel, mountain love stories, Neil Sedaka as Esther Manor, and mambo time!

5. Only at the Concord
Arthur Winarick’s vision of Romanoff royalty, and Philly Greenwald, King of the Opening Acts

6. That’s the Flavor
Show time: Shtiks and stars-from cozy casino to imposing Imperial Room

7. Order Everything
Maitre d’s, waiters, busboys, and food, glorious food-from pickled herring to chocolate croissants

Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Select Bibliography
Picture Credits
Index

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