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Offline Avela

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Re: Famous JH Residents
« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2008, 08:25:07 PM »
There were many famous residents that lived in The Towers in the day. Alfred Hitchcock lived there. There were others too. It was very close to Astoria Studios. You have to remember that at that time Jackson Heights was like the Park Ave of Queens.

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Re: Famous JH Residents
« Reply #17 on: May 24, 2008, 12:55:01 PM »
Remember Chip, the young son from the comedy Kate & Allie starring Jane Curtain and Susan St. James?  Chip was played by Frederick Koehler.  My brother claims to have seen him many times roaming the neighborhood.


"Chip" or Freddy as I knew him, did indeed live in Jackson Heights, he was in my kindergarten class and  I was often over at his house on 73rd St.

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« Reply #18 on: May 24, 2008, 06:30:51 PM »
The history of Jackson Heights includes residents named Mary Picford and Douglas Fairbanks (in the Towers). There was also talk about the Marx Brothers. This was in the days of Kaufman Studios and actors lived here while shooting films at the studios.

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« Reply #19 on: May 25, 2008, 11:04:05 PM »
It was already mentioned that Lucy Liu grew up here.  Just to add, she attended both PS 69 and IS 145 (we were in the same classes).  I remember when Ally McBeal was on and she joined the cast I was like "I know her ..." then when I saw the name I was like "ahhhh."

Another notable local (notability arguable I guess to some) is Gene Simmons of KISS fame.
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Re: Famous JH Residents
« Reply #20 on: May 26, 2008, 01:01:23 PM »
Susan Sarandon would not put up with ctown!

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Re: Famous JH Residents
« Reply #21 on: May 27, 2008, 09:57:26 AM »
According to this page, Gene Simmons' band "Long Island Sounds" played at the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights 42 years ago today.


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Re: Famous JH Residents
« Reply #22 on: May 27, 2008, 10:07:32 AM »
Gene Simmons graduated from Newtown High - like many of us who grew up in Jackson Heights.

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Re: Famous JH Residents
« Reply #23 on: July 05, 2008, 05:37:36 PM »

Anybody remember this dude?

http://www.mikehammett.com

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Re: Famous JH Residents
« Reply #24 on: July 05, 2008, 10:56:50 PM »
Alfred Eisenstaedt was the famous Time Life photographer who snapped the infamous Time Square V day photo. he lived in the Salem on 37th Ave.

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Re: Famous JH Residents
« Reply #25 on: July 10, 2008, 01:12:49 AM »
No wonder Gene Simmons guest-starred in Ugly Betty, pretending to be Amanda's biological father.

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Re: Famous JH Residents
« Reply #26 on: July 16, 2008, 11:31:06 AM »
Wow!  Great finds here - I guess we all had to do a little digging.  I've also found that Les Paul and Mary Ford lived in Jackson Heights in 1953 and in fact, invented the 8-track tape recorder (not the 8-track tape player)

Now, that is news to me!  For all those out there who may not know, Les Paul also invented the solid-body electric guitar.

I came across the following PBS video of Les Paul reminiscing about the "homemade" radio station, Booger Brothers Broadcasting System, he put together and operated out of an apartment located in Jackson Heights.  He talks about jam sessions with Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Fred Waring and other notable musicians of the 1930s and 40s.

Follow the link and then click on Booger Brothers Broadcasting.

American Masters:  Les Paul

The building address as shown in the video would indicate that the building was located in Elmhurst rather than Jackson Heights.  Anyone know the boundaries?
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Re: Famous JH Residents
« Reply #27 on: August 13, 2008, 10:54:57 PM »
Not sure this guy qualifies as "famous" ...

The "Jewish Mayhem" blog interviews "heavily tattooed underground hip hop recording artist Danny Diablo a.k.a. Lord Ezec" who is proud to say he is from Jackson Heights.

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Re: Famous JH Residents
« Reply #28 on: August 14, 2008, 11:13:49 AM »
Good friend of my sister and he used to jam in my basement, John Genzale aka Johnny Thunders (R.I.P.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Thunders

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Re: Famous JH Residents
« Reply #29 on: August 16, 2008, 09:02:38 PM »
Don Rickles.  Also in regards to Gene Simmons, he was in a few classes with my brother at IS145 circa 1964-1966 or so.  He lived across the street from us.

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« Reply #29 on: August 16, 2008, 09:02:38 PM »