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The Richard & the Young Lions Story
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Bronx Gangs Documentary Diary

December 20th, 2006 entry - "Black 47, Pat St John, Chess Sets & a Deal"

Not a lot has been happening with the documentary that is exciting... That doesn't mean that nothing is happening tho - far from it -- just a lot of "non-glamorous" stuff like researching, transcribing interviews and organizing everything into a flowing story. It's not pretty, but it needs to get done...


A few exciting things worth mentioning tho...

The Bronx Gangs soundtrack is coming together!

I was listening to a show called "Celtic Crush" on Sirius Satellite Radio last night, and the host Larry Kirwan of the great Bronx Irish rock band Black 47 surprised me with a mention of me and my documentary on-air.

Luckily I was taping his show like I do every week and have a copy of it to share with you: Click to hear Larry's on air mention

Larry, having strong Bronx roots, has been a great supporter of this documentary project and has offered some relevant Black 47 songs for the soundtrack - which I am VERY appreciative of...

In addition to Black 47's input, we have been building up the soundtrack to the documentary with musical commitments from other heavy hitters such as:

It's looking to be a great soundtrack!


And this is what you call top quality narration!

James Hannon and Pat St John
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On another great note, we've locked in the super-cool Pat St John as our narrator and we are VERY appreciative of Pat's involvement in this, as well as all the support and great advice he has given over the years... You may remember the outstanding job he did on our "Out of Our Dens - The Richard and the Young Lions Story".

Pat is also a legendary NY Disc Jockey who is now on quite a few channels over at Sirius Satellite Radio.

Check out his website: www.PatStJohn.net for a lot more about him!

 


A request for my current and ex-Bronxite Readers

I'd also like to put out a request for any old video clips or pictures from the Bronx -- particularly if it relates to the following:

  • Belmont & Arthur Ave
  • Botanical Gardens & Bronx Park
  • The Fordham Road to Gun Hill Road section between Webster & Jerome Avenues.
  • Anything related to Bronx Gangs of the 1950's and 1960's - particularly the Ducky Boys or the Fordham Baldies

Heres the deal: We're poor independent film-makers and really can't pay you for these clips & photos, but if you contribute something that I can use in the final product and you are willing and able to sign the proper release forms, heres what you will get in return:

  • Two passes to the premiere of the documentary to be held in NYC.
  • A DVD copy of the final Bronx Gangs documentary.
  • Your name prominently displayed in the credits of the documentary as a contributor.

A very cool Bronx Chess set

One of the common questions I am asked is "Why do a documentary on Bronx Gangs?" and while I wrote a long-winded article for Back in the Bronx magazine detailing exactly why I'm doing this, the short answer is that while looking for a project to work on, I happened to come across an advertisement for a Bronx Chess Set with the Fordham Baldies as pawns. This re-awakened a childhood obsession with the movie "The Wanderers" and the rest was history... It goes a lot deeper in the article (which can be found here).

Anyhoo, this chess set was one of those things that I've had my eye on all year. And when my wife asked me what I wanted for Christmas this year, the answer was obvious. So, we took the drive up to Elmsford, NY to see Steve Samtur of Back in the Bronx, and purchased the set which fortunately was on sale for $129 ($70 less than I was expecting based on last years price)

 


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We got it home, and of course I had to check it out before it got wrapped and put under the tree. And it was even cooler than I imagined... The Fordham Baldies were there with bats hidden behind their back, as well as other great Bronx memories of my youth -- Loew's Paradise, the Bronx Zoo, the Botanical Gardens, Kingsbridge Armory, and Yankee Stadium.

The pieces are very cool, and the presentation is excellent.


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Now I know this is starting to sound like an advertisement for this thing, and I guess it is... But this chess set is related to my project directly and is important to me for so many reasons that I just had to talk about it... And if it helps Steve sell a few of these, all the better -- He's a good guy who has helped inspire and support this project. Plus he has some REALLY excellent books, videos and posters for sale on the Bronx too..

The website there is http://www.backinthebronx.com

Well thats about it for this journal entry -- I know there are quite a few of you who read this and I just want to say "thank you" for doing so, and I appreciate all the e-mails, stories, questions and comments that you send me. Keep em coming!

-=James



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