700 Sundays by Billy Crystal

By Billy Crystal

To aid his relatives, Billy Crystal's father, Jack, labored jobs, having just one day per week to spend together with his kinfolk. in response to Crystal's one-man Broadway exhibit of an analogous identify, "700 Sundays"--referring unfortunately to the time shared by way of an adoring father and his dedicated son--offers a heartfelt, hilarious memoir. pictures all through.

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I always felt extremely close to her. Uncle Berns was the baby, all six foot four and 250 pounds of him. He was a true eccentric, bigger than life. He had the mime ability of a circus clown, and he could do magic tricks, and would always use one of us as his assistant. He seemed more like our older brother. He was the uncle you could play with. He was an artist, who had actually been ordered by Eisenhower during World War II to interpret the war on canvas. His first assignment was D-Day. His life story would later become a docu22 7 0 0 Sundays mentary film directed by my daughter Lindsay, for HBO.

Everyone looked so happy to see him. I was getting to know him, in a different way. He seemed important to them also. Later Pop took me out to lunch, just the two of us for the very, very first time. We stepped out of the store and headed west on 42nd Street. We passed the Commodore Hotel, which is how the store got its name. We went into Grand Central Terminal, past the Oyster Bar, up the ramp into the Great Hall with all of those people waiting. And I’m thinking, Why is he bringing me here on my birthday?

38 7 0 0 Sundays “Hey. No dogs allowed in the store. What? I don’t care if you’re blind! ” There were booths, so you could listen to the records and decide if you wanted to buy them or not. Everybody was listening or talking jazz. ” That day, my fifth birthday, Dad gave me a broom and let me sweep the floor with him before the first customer came in. I loved doing that with him. He took me into one of the soundproof booths, sat me down and put on the recording of Peter and the Wolf. I listened and watched him through the glass as he waited on customers.

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