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On this Memorial Day weekend Rosemary and I spent Sunday afternoon at the Westside Theatre in Manhattan enjoying the magnificent play "Cagney" which celebrated the life and times of famed actor James Cagney and featured patriotic tunes such as "Grand Old Flag," "Yankee Doodle Play" and "Over There" which he had performed so memorably in his films. Sunday marked the final performances of Cagney which closed after an extremely successful 15 month run.

In so many ways Jimmy Cagney represented the American Dream -- growing up in the tough streets of the lower East Side to become an American icon. My favorite Cagney films were "Public Enemy," "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "The Fighting 69th." But you couldn't go wrong with any film featuring this great artist.

The music, the tap dancing and the acting in this Off Broadway play captured the Cagney spirit and drew overwhelming applause from the capacity audience. After the play I had the opportunity to meet and talk with Freddie Kimmel who played Cagney in yesterday's show. Kimmel, who was actually the understudy to Robert Creighton, gave an absolutely magnificent performance and in our conversation he could not have been more pleasant or gracious. Freddie Kimmel is also a brave and proud survivor of testicular cancer.

Leaving Manhattan after the play, Rosemary and I then headed to Pearsall's Station in Lynbrook for hamburgers and sandwiches with my high school classmate (and Fordham Track Coach) Tom Dewey and his wife Grace. They had seen Cagney last week and also appreciated its patriotic and uplifting spirit -- a fitting prelude to Memorial Day. God Bless America!

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