On the Occasion of the Chairman’s 100th Birthday

My father was a huge Frank Sinatra fan. Since he was born 100 years ago today, I thought I might put up a portion of an interview he did with Playboy magazine in 1963. In response to the question “Do you believe in God” he replied:

I think I can sum up my religious feelings in a couple of paragraphs. First: I believe in you and me. I’m like Albert Schweitzer and Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein in that I have a respect for life — in any form. I believe in nature, in the birds, the sea, the sky, in everything I can see or that there is real evidence for. If these things are what you mean by God, then I believe in God. But I don’t believe in a personal God to whom I look for comfort or for a natural on the next roll of the dice. I’m not unmindful of man’s seeming need for faith; I’m for anything that gets you through the night, be it prayer, tranquilizers or a bottle of Jack Daniel’s. But to me religion is a deeply personal thing in which man and God go it alone together, without the witch doctor in the middle. The witch doctor tries to convince us that we have to ask God for help, to spell out to him what we need, even to bribe him with prayer or cash on the line. Well, I believe that God knows what each of us wants and needs. It’s not necessary for us to make it to church on Sunday to reach Him. You can find Him anyplace. And if that sounds heretical, my source is pretty good: Matthew, Five to Seven, The Sermon on the Mount.

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6 comments
  1. I like My way. That was a great song

    • fojap said:

      Yes, it is. I was looking for an early recording with Tommy Dorsey. I have a couple of records that used to belong to my father, so my initial thoughts of Sinatra are always of the early years.

      My parents were only five years apart in age, but they were on the opposite sides of the rock and roll divide. My father still listened to swing, although he did like some newer popular music that wasn’t rock and roll. My mother on the other hand, definitely liked rock and roll.

      • You must have had a great childhood, musically speaking

      • fojap said:

        I never really thought about it – probably because I don’t have much talent myself. Besides that, my mother’s father’s family had some classical musicians. Her grandfather and uncle were violin makers and that uncle played in the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Tried to teach me violin – poor fellow.

        I think my sister might have gotten more out of it. She was a dancer and for a while worked with some electronic musicians at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.

      • You have so much talent. I love your drawings, your writing.
        Each with their own

      • fojap said:

        Thank-you. I wasn’t digging for compliments. I just meant musical talent. I wish I could sing because I really enjoy singing. I wait until I think I’m alone. 🙂

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