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It Happened in the Catskills: An Oral History in the Words of Busboys, Bellhops, Guests, Proprietors, Comedians, Agents, and Others Who Lived It Paperback – October 24, 1996

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An oral history of the good old days, when the Catskills served as a training ground for Broadway.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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“The truth about the Catskills—unexpurgated tales of heartache and laughter. This book will touch all who read it."—Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Harvest Book
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Softcover Ed edition (October 24, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156002388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156002387
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,726,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mark K. Mcdonough VINE VOICE on February 12, 1999
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This is one of the best history books I've read in the past decade -- and I read a lot of history books. I don't think I've ever read a better pop culture history about any subject. And what's more, it's great great fun -- I've probably read it cover to cover 3 or 4 times. A thousand thanks and a tip of the hat to Myrna & Harvey Frommer!
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In their heyday in the 1940s and '50s, the Catskills, in New York's Sullivan and Ulster counties, were less a place than a state of mind, according to the Frommers. In their wonderful collection of reminiscences by those who worked and played the mountains, anyone who ever vacationed there will find something between nostalgia and heartburn - or, perhaps, just hunger for borscht, the red-beet soup that became a staple at the region's most famous resort, Grossinger's.
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I love love love this book and can't put it down. Not only the entertainers but the food, the place, the agents, the managers = the stories. A great picture (small but still great) of David Brenner whom I love to bits! You will be laughing and laughing. The hair, the clothes !
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Brought back fond memories of working at Sha-Wan-ga Lodge. All the hotels operated the same way.Rough on the help,but at all costs"Make The Guests Happy" Worked as a Bar-Boy,serving drinks and food to guests at "The Casino"
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The magic of the Catskills comes back vividly in this lively collection of memories from those who were there when it was the place to be. Just "ninety minutes from Broadway," the Catskills were a training ground and showcase for some of the biggest musical and comedic talents ever. In this oral narrative, more than a hundred voices share stories spanning nearly a century and evoking an experience that in many ways exists now only as a memory. Oversized and bountifully illustrated, It Happened in the Catskills, will delight and inform anyone who knows of the Catskills only through Hollywood portrayals such as Dirty Dancing and Broadway Danny Rose--and will be treasured nostalgia for all those who may have spent a summer or two of their own in the Mountains
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By A Customer on December 11, 1998
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"The definitive story of a time and a place..."
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By A Customer on December 9, 1998
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" Fascinating history of the period..."
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Love it good memories
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