CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2010
Johnny Maestro '16 Candles' singer with the Crests Johnny Maestro, 70, a singer who performed the 1958 doo-wop hit "16 Candles" with the Crests and enjoyed a decades-long career with the Brooklyn Bridge, died of cancer Wednesday in Florida, according to Les Cauchi, a friend and original Brooklyn Bridge member. Maestro was born John Mastrangelo on May 7, 1939, in New York City and grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He began his career in 1956 as lead singer of the Crests, an integrated doo-wop group that had a No. 2 single with "16 Candles."
June 5, 1989 |
A handicapped daredevil calling himself "Megaman" and wearing a cape today dangled from the George Washington Bridge, throwing smoke bombs and causing a massive rush-hour traffic snarl. After about two hours, police hauled the man up by the ropes he used to hang from the bridge and arrested him. The daredevil, identified as Raymond Mohammad of the Bronx, was the same man who last August dangled from a wheelchair from the Brooklyn Bridge, his Megaman nickname emblazoned on his socks, police said.
January 10, 1993 |
Who's killing prime-time television's quality shows, the networks or the viewers? The networks say it's the viewers--bombarded with options, remote control at the ready and impatient for entertainment. Viewers, especially those deeply attached to well-crafted programs that fall into the ratings margins, say it's the networks that are impatient, catering to the whims of the lowest common denominator.
June 22, 2003 |
When the Brooklyn Bridge was approaching its 100th birthday in 1983, a committee of dignitaries spent years planning the celebration, then threw a party to remember, with fireworks seen for miles. That bridge remains such a beloved landmark that even its 120th birthday last month became an occasion for festivities, capped by a laser light show. "It's the bridge to the world," Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said.
August 28, 1994 |
Gary David Goldberg is thrilled that Bravo has chosen his acclaimed 1991-93 CBS series "Brooklyn Bridge" as the latest offering on its "TV Too Good for TV" showcase. (During the past year, "Twin Peaks" and "Max Headroom" have found a new home on the cable channel.) "Brooklyn Bridge," which premiered to great acclaim in September, 1991, is a semi-autobiographical comedy-drama based on creator-executive producer Goldberg's childhood in Brooklyn, N.Y., circa 1956.
October 12, 1991 |
It's been almost an axiom in network TV that weekly series with a distinctly ethnic Jewish flavor will be tuned out because of limited appeal. So imagine the delight of CBS as initial episodes of "Brooklyn Bridge," a warm and witty comedy about a distinctly Jewish family in 1950s Brooklyn, have registered higher ratings nationally than in the big cities where many Jewish people live.