To the Editor:
Peter Bart trivializes the entertainment industry with his column on Frank Sinatra five years after his death (“A black eye for Old Blue Eyes,” Daily Variety, June 16). He mixes his own unfortunate personal remembrances with the imperfect memories of a valet who wants his piece of the action and 15 minutes of fame.
I have worked with Frank Sinatra and his family for the past 30 years and the Sinatra you describe is certainly not the Sinatra I knew. Frank was a gracious, hard-working, dedicated professional with a heart that has yet to find a boundary.
Certainly, in the interest of fairness, you could have done a little more research into the man other than recounting what the butler said in his new book almost 50 years after leaving Mr. Sinatra’s employ.
You seem particularly resourceful in portraying Sinatra as a racist. You may want to recall that he would not play at the Sands unless Sammy Davis Jr. could stay there as well. Sinatra was not an apologist or politically correct, but he was color blind to talent and individuals and would do everything in his power to right what he perceived as an injustice.