I met Bob and his wife Jackie in Florida in 1954.
They were vacationing at a hotel on Miami Beach. I was running a
yacht that was docked at the hotelís pier. The owner of the yacht
invited Bob and Jackie fishing. While trolling in the Gulf Stream,
Jackie and I sat on the bridge talking. We became good friends.
When I brought the yacht to New York for the summer, they invited
me to visit them at their home in Leonia, New Jersey. I did and we
remained friends throughout their lives. They showed me New York
and the night life there. Jackie came to New York frequently and
picked me while she did her shopping.
When the season was over I returned to Miami Beach and didnít
see them again until a few years later. I was walking down Collins
Avenue on the Beach when I heard my name being called. Sammy!
Sammy! Finally I located the voice in a car, driving down the
street. It was Bob. He motioned me into the car and we greeted
each other. He had a car phone and called Jackie. He put me on the
phone with her and she wanted me to come up with Bob.
They were staying in the Northern part of the Beach
around 79th street, we were on 18th Street.
They insisted that I come up to the hotel. When we got there Bob
took me to the lounge, where Jackie was waiting. It was a grand
reunion. The took me to the Juke box and played Bobís latest hit
MOONLIGHT GAMBLER recorded by Frankie Lane.
At that time, I had a small cabin cruiser and we went fishing.
They were wonderful. Each season if I was in New York I would
visit them. Then I moved to San Francisco. I didnít see them for a
few years. Then I moved back to New York, and while visiting some
friends, I met Maria de Aragon (Later to become Greedo in "Star
Wars.") During a conversation she mentioned Bob and Jackie - she
was a close friend of theirs. She re-connected me to Bob, who came
to New York and drove me to their home in New Jersey. They were
moving, Jackie was at their new home in Hollywood. In 1969 my
family (wife and two children) moved back to Northern California.
Once settled, I went to Hollywood to visit Bob and Jackie.
When visiting Los Angeles, I always stayed at their home up in
the hills of Hollywood. I met many interesting people there,
including Shelly Winters and many musicians. I moved to Hollywood
and helped Bob promote his new songs. I will always remember those
days and the fun we had. I was with them till they both passed
away. I have some beautiful memories of those times.