|Dear DMFC : I have been a true Dean Martin fan my entire life.
Today I turned 65 years old and spent the entire day listening to Dean's
music, including his Christmas songs. My wife gave me a huge cake with "That's
Amore" written on it, and my gifts included The Dean Martin Bear Family
Box Sets and many DVD of the best of his variety show.
Now I have to worry. If this is what I got for my birthday from
my family, what will I get for Christmas? I'm hoping for both a renewal
in the Dean Martin fan club, and an autographed copy of Jerry's book about
Dean (they are on my wish list).
I am also hoping that the new year will bring more Dean Martin
releases in music and movies (and hopefully TV). I can't live without my
shot of Dino every morning!
Thanks for everything and Happy New Year to all the other Dean
Martin fans out there!!!
(Dan Farber - New York)
Dear DMFC : I wish a very Merry Christmas to all Ye Dinopallies
out there! I want to thank the elves at the DMFC for all the great work
you do to keep Dino's legacy alive. Be safe, be good and sing along with
Dino to Marshmallow World! Thank you.
(Marie Macchiarella - Florida)
Dear DMFC : It's Christmas Day... the day our beloved Dean Martin
passed away. Dino, we are still thinking of you!
(Jack Jarvis - Utah)
Dear DMFC : I can't believe it's been 15 years since Dean Martin
had died. It only seems like yesterday, we were watching him slide down
that firepole and chase the bad guys who were after Matt Helm. We know you
don't have any bad guys to chase where you are - in heaven. We also know
that your firepole reached from the clouds to the earth, and we know you're
sliding down all the time when we hear your songs on the radio or see one
of your movies on the television.
Here's to you Dean Martin - Merry Christmas 2010!
(Bob Scott - Florida)
Dear DMFC : It's a Marshmallow World
(Terry Grassion - Texas)
Dear DMFC : Santa - All I want for Christmas this year are the
four Dean Martin Bear Family box sets!
(Lynne Carter - Ireland)
Dear DMFC : Thanksgiving marks my celebration of the life of Dean
Martin. He died on Christmas Day in 1995, and every year I put everything
aside to remember Mr. Martin by playing his records and watching his movies
every day. Thanks for allowing me to express my thought to all the Dean
Martin fans who come here to read about the greatest entertainer in the
world - EVER!
(Tom Lean - Georgia)
Dear DMFC : I am so amazed that the world has moved on and seems
to have left Dean behind. They seem to have taken Elvis and The Beatles
with them, but forgot to let Dino on the "future bus".
(Sally DellaMarie Stafford - New York)
Dear DMFC : This Thanksgiving I will give my thanks to the one
person that helped me through the rough times. That person was Mister Dean
Martin. Whenever life had handed me some bad news, and I was depressed and
down-and-out, Thursday nights were my days of enlightenment because I looked
forward to ten o'clock when the Dean Martin Show would be on. Dean always
made my troubles a little lighter. It was his smile, and the way he sang
a song that simple took me away to a better place.
Thank you Dean Martin. I'll always be your number one fan!
(Kevin Grubbins - Maryland)
Dear DMFC : Dean Rocks!
(Albert Wallis - California)
Dear DMFC : I always loved to listen to Dean as a kid when I didn't
even know who Jerry Lewis or Frank Sinatra were! I was a Beatle fan but,
I thought he was a great singer too! And then as I got older and watched
him on TV and in the movies and thought it would be great to be him with
all of the girls; I loved his style and even thought Elvis tried sing and
be like him too, but in a rock and roll way.
I still didn't know his history with Jerry Lewis and thought Frank
Sinatra was just his pal that tagged along... I grew up and realized his
association to these other giants and legends in their own right and still
I thought he was the best of the best.
Now that I'm able to put it all into perspective, I still think
he was the best of the best of the best!!! Everybody loves somebody... I
love Dean's style to the end!!!
Thanks to all of the others, but especially to Dean for inspiring
me to be my best and remain cool to the end! What a voice and what a guy!
I wish I could appear as cool and relaxed as Dean...
With much appreciation...
(Kelly Tippett - Arizona)
Dear DMFC : How come someone doesn't think about re-releasing some
of the older Dean Martin movies back into theatres? They could have a Matt
Helm festival (since Dean did 4 Matt Helm adventures) - or how about a Martin
and Lewis double bill? Bring back a couple of their movies for the big screen.
I'll bet being able to see Hollywood or Bust or The Caddy on the big screen
would attract a lot of moviegoers, and the cost of distributing the movie
would be very inexpensive since the films have already been made and all
they would have to do is re-master them for the theatre (and new DVD release).
Just like some of the fans have posted to this bulletin board in
the past, we need some NEW Dean Martin things to keep his flame alive and
satisfy us fans out here! Can ANYONE HEAR ME?!?!
(Sean Matthews - Oregon)
Dear DMFC : Does anyone know how much Dean Martin was actually
worth at the height of his career, and at the time of his death?
(Leon Raischmidt - Germany)
Dear DMFC : This has been one long hot summer here in Las Vegas.
Our economy has tanked... houses that were once selling for $400,000 are
now on the market for $100,000 ! Everyone is hurting. The casinos are laying
off restaurant help. Some hotels are even asking their guests if they can
do without having their beds changed and rooms made up!
I often wondered why someone in town doesn't start some sort of
gimmick to get people to visit? I would think that a hotel would start a
museum or have a "Rat Pack Month".. You guys could really furnish
a casino with all the memorabilia and even with guest speakers.
I think it would even make the national news and get tourism back
in full swing.
Just a wild thought... the ones in charge never seem to have an
imagination on doing something like this.
(Jerry Tremaine - Nevada)
Dear DMFC : I know that I'm a little late in finding your Website
for Dean Martin, but the wait was well worth it.
Thanks to Regis Philbin for always talking about Dean Martin and
telling us about your fan club. There will never be another entertainer
like Dean. We miss him, but he lives on in movies, recordings and your fan
(Mark Price - New York)
Dear DMFC : At the wax museum located in Harrah's Imperial Palace
in Las Vegas, there is a wax figure of Dean Martin (along with Frank Sinatra
and Sammy Davis, Jr.). They allow you to pose and touch the figures. It
is a Dean Martin fan's fantasy!
(Julie Highlander - Oregon)
Dear DMFC : Dean Martin was the quintessential star. He really
could and did do it all. Most Importantly, his smile was infectious and
we laughed with him.
There will never be another Dean Martin. It all continues on...
Thank you Dean
Dear DMFC : Thanks to Regis Philbin, I was able to find your Website
and wonderful tribute to Dean. Wow, you have everything. I just wanted to
say "hi" to all the other Dean fans out there!
(Cindy Strey - Texas)
Dear DMFC : Your last fan club magazine issue was fantastic! The
rare photos you showed put such a light on all that we as fans have read.
Thank you for such a wonderful magazine. I am glad I joined, and that is
not a commercial to sell others on joining (but you should!)
(Cameo Singulan - India)
Dear DMFC : I just saw that the Elvis Presley Estate (Enterprises)
is going all out to celebrate Elvis' 75th birthday this August. Not only
did they have a special one-day-only screening of Elvis' last film/documentary
"Elvis On Tour", but they also opened the screening with a 25-minute
documentary hosted by Priscilla Presley describing the 38-year-old film,
and how life was with Elvis back then.
They also advertised the fact that Elvis' home in Tennessee (Graceland)
will be open to the public in August, they are having an "Elvis Cruise",
they are releasing a huge CD box set of EP's greatest hits, and the movie
"Elvis On Tour" is being released for THE FIRST TIME on DVD and
My question is: Why can't someone do this with Dean Martin? Is
someone "missing the boat here?!?" Most Elvis fans are Dino fans
too --- after all, Elvis loved Dean Martin and Dean was a big influence
on Elvis' singing .
Let's go! Let's get something started for Dean!
(Lawrence Trull - California)
Dear DMFC : Thanks to Regis Philbin for letting us know that there
is your wonderful fan club for our favorite (and very much missed) performer/singer,
Mister Dean Martin. Thanks for your Website and fan club, which I am joining
(Michael Goodwin - Virginia)
Dear DMFC : Except for the videos that were being sold on television
for Dean Martin's roasts and best of variety shows, we haven't heard much
else at all. How come? Isn't there enough material, like "out-takes"
or unreleased material in the vaults to put out a new CD or two? Can't there
be some sort of "Dean Martin Movie Festival" on TV, maybe around
the time of his birthday or when he passed away? Where's Dean?
(Steve Grayson - Oregon)
Dear DMFC : How come there isn't any Dean Martin museum in Las
Vegas? I can understand there being nothing in Beverly Hills because there
would not be the tourist traffic, but Las Vegas is nothing BUT tourists
looking to see so many exciting things. Come on Vegas: do more than just
name a street on the edge of town after Dean - showcase your past stars!
(Linden Albertson - Arizona)
Dear DMFC : We just joined your fan club for Dean, thanks to hearing
Regis Philbin talk about you on his show. The first issue of the magazine
arrived today and we were blown away. We just wished we knew about your
fan center years ago. Thank you for such a memorable issue and we can't
wait until the next one.
(Greg and Karen Morrison - New Jersey)
Dear DMFC : Here in our town they had a 4th of July Fireworks show
last night and besides playing all the patriotic songs like "God Bless
America" and "The Star Spangled Banner", they also included
Dean Martin's songs, "That's Amore" and "Memories Are Made
of This". Dean went out in a bang and everyone was still singing the
lyrics after the show ended!
(Judy Fabone - Pennsylvania)
Dear DMFC : When The Moon Hits Your Eye Like a Big Pizza Pie...
WE LOVE DEAN!
(Carpenter Family - Georgia)
Dear DMFC : Regis Philbin showed a couple of Dean Martin magazines
on his show "Live with Regis and Kelly" this morning.
I grew up on Dean Martin's music and watching all of his movies
and television shows. How do I go about getting the magazines that Regis
(Chris Latten - Rhode Island)
Hi Chris - It's easy to become a yearly member
of the Dean Martin Fan Center's Fan Club. You can join either by using Visa
or MasterCard with PayPal or we even have a mail-in form if you want to
join by check or money order. We publish between 3 to 4 issues a year (closer
to 4) and each magazine is devoted entirely to Dean!
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON JOINING
- Web Director (DMFC)
Dear DMFC: My husband and I returned from a trip to Las Vegas and
was stunned and happy to find that they have an entire street named Dean
We saw Dean's show in Las Vegas at the MGM six times in the past.
There was nothing like him and by the looks of it, will never be again.
Las Vegas just isn't the same as when Dean, Frank and Sammy played there.
(Sharon Purchlak - California)
Dear DMFC : Just saw Regis on his show mention that you have the
best Dean Martin fan magazines. I'll be looking forward to getting them.
I have been a life long fan.
(Shawn McWeirter - New York)
Dear DMFC : Thank you guys for all you do to keep Dean Martin's
memory alive and going!
(Sue Landry - Michigan)
Dear DMFC : I remember the ‘Moonraker’ films as a kid
... I didn’t get (then) how trulycool Deano (if I may) was ...
‘til later in life that is ... I would love to share various recollections
... if anyone’s interested ... in a Kelowna, B.C., Canada kid’s
take on the Martin era from where I was ... then ...
(Kevin McIntosh - Canada)
Dear DMFC : Happy Birthday this June 7, 2010. We all still miss
you but know that you are looking down with the rest of the pack. I hope
your golf game is going well!
(Haspin Wellsham - England)
Dear DMFC: Happy Birthday #93, Dino!!!!! I know they are throwing
you a heckuva party up there!
(Marie Macchiarella - Florida)
Dear DMFC: Reading the posts from people who wonder what happened
to Dean after he passed on, you would not believe what we hear over here
in Germany. Dean is still highly regarded and often heard on Germany radio.
Even his old movies are shown once in a while and most people attribute
Dean Martin to one of the good things which came from America.
Even The Bear Family, a German record and CD company, released
four huge box sets incorporating every song ever recorded byt Mister Martin,
year ago. I hear that there is nothing like these sets in your country.
I just wanted you to know how much Dean Martin in loved over here.
(Greta Rumburg - West Germany)
Dear DMFC: A Big Happy Birthday to the coolest guy ever - Dean
(Gary Havochek - Oregon)
Dear DMFC: It's so funny that a man as powerful and known the world
over has been forgotten by his own team that surrounded him. One wonders
why everything ceased to continue as compared to Elvis Presley or The Beatles.
At least they try and keep their mortality in check. What's the story behind
Dino? A Cover-Up?
(Jonathan Maratti - New Jersey)
Dear DMFC: As I look back over the past posts (from many years
ago, in fact) I see that you guys were working several times on getting
the United States Postal Service to honor Dean Martin with a commenorative
stamp. The idea keeps popping back up on new Dean Martin blogs. Thanks for
your continuing efforts. From a loyal Dean Martin fan...
(Janet Brimley - Texas)
Dear DMFC : In answer to – Mrs Anne Mulrooney: I can only
assume that you have seen Dean and Perry perform together to have asked
your question. Who wouldn’t think they were related- they were
absolutely perfect together. Although they are not related in the traditional
sense their families did come from the same part of Italy called the Abruzzi
so maybe many many years ago you could find a link.
This area is interesting , a story in itself & may explain
why the two men are the way they are. If I am wrong & you have never
seen them together, you must.
Dean guest starred on Perry‘s Kraft show at least twice. One
was available on VHS some years back & most or all of it can be
seen on the Internet . Both shows were available for viewing at the Broadcasting
Museums in Chicago & New York.
There is also a clip on the Internet which I recently found of
the two men doing a duet of "Return to Me" which is simply BEAUTIFUL.
It appears that Dean came on right at the end of one of Perry’s shows
to plug a telethon.
In closing may I say that if you wish these two men did more together,
you have exquisite taste.
(Tom Geigner - Wisconsin)
Dear DMFC : Does anyone out there have any recordings of Dean Martin
that have never been released? That's audio or video or anything.
(Chu Wang - China)
Dear DMFC : Do you know what Dean Martins favorite fragrances were?
(Carlo Di Febo)
Dear DMFC : We love Dean Martin and his music over here. Thank
you for having this forum and information.
(Gan Kreskin - Germany)
Dear DMFC : Our kids have grown up and are out of the house now.
My husband has become very weary of his surroundings and the new neighbors
that have moved in around us. All we hear is rap music pouring out of their
automobiles late at night, or we see some mighty desperate looking souls
with a lack of social skills learking around the neighborhood.
To combat the problem, my husband has decided to start playing
HIS generations music loud with all the windows and doors wide open. The
neighbors get an earful of Dean Martin, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, etc.
One of the neighbors threatened us because they hated our loud
music, but when the police showed up, all they did was laugh and told us
that we had good taste.
We're thinking about having a huge party where everyone can come
dressed in fine clothes and chauffered cars. Can you imagine the look on
the neighborhood punks that don't have a dime or a future for themselves?
Maybe we'll convert a few of them.
(Mrs. Cooley - West Virginia)
Dear DMFC : I agree with a previous post about losing interest
in Dean Martin. Everyone today, no matter what age, knows who Elvis Presley
is because they continued keeping him in the spotlight even after his death.
What has anyone (with the exception of you guys) done to keep the Dean Martin
legacy alive? Where are all the unreleased songs? Where are the TV Shows?
I think the time has passed and it's beginning to be too late to capture
his memory for the generation of today. Sad.
(Julie Lohan - Texas)
Dear DMFC : In answer to- Don Barone. The movie was Robin &
the 7 hoods. Classic Rat Pack.
(Tom Geigner - Wisconsin)
Dear DMFC : Why does the support and interest in Dean Martin seem
to be waining today? Have we come so far and forgotten to take Dean with
us? Please tell me it isn't so! His people have left him behind.
(Robert Severce - Oklahoma)
Dear DMFC : Wonder if you could answer a movie quote question for
me...what movie was it where Dean was palying cards (I believe) and he said
to a woman something along the line of , "I like a bank with strong
assets…" as he was eyeing her up and down? Thanks!
Dear DMFC : My son made his own Valentine Day cards for his 4th
grade classmates using pictures of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis from the
Internet. They are adorable. The funny thing is... I don't have a clue how
he knows who Martin and Lewis is !?! (We never showed him any of the Martin
and Lewis movies).
(Gail Bressler - Oregon)
Dear DMFC: I just purchased a box set of Dean Martin music that
the Bear Family Company in Germany put out. It is such a beautiful box with
over 120 songs, and this is onkly volume number one of four!
I love the way it also came with a hard cover book that measures
about 12" x 12" and has a lot of colour photographs and lots of
information. I can't wait to aquire the other three sets now. Thank you
for producing and making this available to us fans!
(Roger Hakus - Germany)
Dear DMFC : In answer to - Mrs Anne Mulrooney: I can only assume
that you have seen Dean and Perry perform together to have asked your question.
Who wouldn't think they were related- they were absolutely perfect together.
Although they are not related in the traditional sense their families
did come from the same part of Italy called the Abruzzi so maybe many many
years ago you could find a link. This area is interesting , a story in itself
& may explain why the two men are the way they are.
If I am wrong & you have never seen them together, you must.
Dean guest starred on Perry 's Kraft show at least twice. One was available
on vhs some years back & most or all of it can be seen on the Internet
. Both shows were available for viewing at the Broadcasting Museums in Chicago
& New York. There is also a clip on the Internet which I recently found
of the two men doing a duet of Return to Me which is simply BEAUTIFUL. It
appears that Dean came on right at the end of one of Perry's shows to plug
In closing may I say that if you wish these two men did more together,
you have exquisite taste.
(Tom Geigner, Wisconsin)
Dear DMFC : I would agree with Deborah Tarin of Oregon, that it
would be a blast to see older movies cleaned up and put out on the big screen
again. Also, how about another documentary/movie like "That's Dancing"
or "That's Entertainment". Maybe "That's Funny!" or
"That's Dean and Jerry"?!
(G. Latham - Nevada)
Dear DMFC : I just saw that the Grammy's gave young country singer
Taylor Swift the award for "Album of the Year". Wow... it's about
time someone who sings "Main-stream" wins! Dean... your type of
music may not be dead!
Dear DMFC : Can any other fan out there tell
me if Dean Martin was ever related to Perry Como? I know this question probably
gets asked a million times.
(Mrs. Anne Mulrooney - Florida)
Dear DMFC : Has anyone thought of restoring and re-releasing a
couple of the older Martin and Lewis movies to movie theatres? Don't you
think that this might work? I mean, the cost would be relatively inexpensive,
since the movies are already made, and it might give a whole new generation
something to go see and have a fun night over.
(Deborah Taring - Oregon)
Dear DMFC : Aren't there any new UNreleased Dean Martin songs in
the vaults? All we are getting is a cd here or there, once or twice a year,
with the same old stuff.
(Craig Bastille - Canada)
Dear DMFC : My wife and I are in our early 60's, and we were invited
to a New Years Eve party thrown by my son and his family tonight. There
were over 60 people in attendance, and it was wonderful meeting a lot of
their friends. We couldn't believe how many of them knew who Dean Martin
was, and one couple even gave us your Website address. Wow, we are not only
impressed but we are so ever grateful to have a place to go to see Dean
Martin, knowing that he still has many people who love him.
(Terry & Linda McCallister - Connecticut)
Dear DMFC : The letter from Kanada was weird. Why would anyone
who had a dislike for Dean Martin spend so much time writing a letter as
he did? I think this person has some real social or educational problems.
It is interesting to see that there are all kinds of people out there.
Anyway, I am keeping my fingers crossed that 2010 will be much
better for all of us, and maybe some of us "normal" people will
start standing up once again and start taking control of our own futures.
It seems like the Dean Martin years were a much better time to be living
in compared to the changes that are being created a such a fast rate today.
Happy New Year everyone!
(Carmine Clarkson - Nevada)
Dear DMFC : Happy 2010! I hope this is going to be a good year
for Dino fans. We would sure like to see more of our hero. Thanks to you
guys for always being there for us fans!
(Jasmine Taylor - Canada)
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