told them, in front of all these people, ‘If you’ll
all look at each other, I don’t see one woman here!’
and the place was hysterical with laughter. There was nothing
really they could say.
I think that was pretty dramatic.”
Favorite Issue: Women’s Rights
Jawin is the first to tell you that she’s willing to fight
for what’s right. But has she ever told off a politician
to get what she wanted? “If I have, I wouldn’t tell
you!” she joked.
A former guidance counselor for the New York City Department of
Education, the Brooklyn-reared, Douglaston resident has spent
much of her life fighting for equal rights and helping women.
She started the Center for the Women of Queens (formerly the Queens
Women’s Center) 18 years ago and has volunteered countless
hours of her time to services for down-and-out women. She’s
run for public office, fought the Dept. of Education on its hiring
practices and still found time to raise a family.
Most recently, she worked to secure funding for a new home for
her center at Fort Totten.
“I’m a very, very, very busy person,” she sighed.
“But it’s worth it.”
If you ask her, Jawin will tell you her greatest achievement
is the creation of Women’s Center itself.
Over the years it has offered crisis support groups, family
daycare classes, legal clinics and several other programs for
women. That it’s still going strong - and still growing
- after 18 years is what she’s most proud of.
She’s faced several obstacles throughout the years, including
having to find a new building two years ago after her lease
at Fort Totten expired, forcing her to operate out of limited
space at Borough Hall.
“We’ve kept right on going,” she said. “We’re
still here helping women every single day and I know people
Jawin admits she’s not afraid to go to whatever lengths
that are available to her to get her voice heard.
She says, “you have to be active to get people’s
attention,” and she means it. She went to court when she
lost the use of Fort Totten the first time and the judge ruled
in her favor.
“That made a lot of noise,” she said. Now, two years
later, with the help of Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carozza and
the New York City Council, she was able to secure $1.2 million
to renovate an abandoned building at Fort Totten for a new,
And in the 1970s, while still working as a guidance counselor,
she took on the Dept. of Education when she noticed a lack of
women holding principal and assistant principal positions in
Most Outrageous Act
While fighting the board of education, which eventually became
a class action lawsuit, Jawin stood before the all-male board
and began reciting statistics of the number of men to women
working in higher-up positions.
might find it strange I have no fear. Most people are afraid
of power and can’t understand why I don’t go along
with the program.”
Neighborhood: South Ozone Park
Councilman Allan Jennings has been the center of a lot of discussions
for the past year, he has also managed to find the time to sponsor
community empowerment programs, console individuals who have
lost family members and encourage homeowners to file for their
rebate. All while fighting cases of harassment brought against
him by former employees.
Although many of Jennings’ actions have been frowned
upon by fellow elected officials, his main goal has been to
have the trust of the people in his community, and according
to Jennings, he’s got it.
He is well known in the heavy Asian-populated areas of Flushing
and Fresh Meadows, two Queens cities outside of his district.
Jennings also helps out in District 28, where he recently
started an anger management program based out of his office.
Jennings has compared himself to Jesus Christ, saying “Two
thousand years ago, there was a man from Galilee who did not
agree with Caesar and he too was sacrificed and punished.”
His off-the-cuff antics and actions against Mayor Michael
Bloomberg have left him in a league of his own and caused
many of his colleagues to keep their distance.
Jennings is also the first serving politician in the history
of the city to be knocked off the ballot by his own party.
According to Jennings, when the Queens Democratic Party removed
him, the race was no longer against him and the Republicans,
it was against him and the Queens Democratic organization.
Although there is a long list of unbelievable things that
Jennings has done, there are two that are really unforgettable.
One of Jennings’ most shocking moments is when he released
the names, badge numbers and job titles of undercover cops
at an oversight hearing at the City Council. Jennings said
his reason for divulging the names was because the police
department was avoiding using civilians to do work assigned
to uniformed officers.
Jennings is also known for taking out ads in two Chinese language
newspapers broadcasting his love for an Asian woman. His announcement
made the front page of a daily newspaper and headlines in
another daily. This was Jennings’ way of letting the
world know that he has a romantic side.
When it comes to working with Jennings, many people have opted
not to. According to Forrest Miller, spokesperson from Speaker
Miller’s office, Jennings had to be removed as chairman
of the Civil Service and Labor Committee because “he
performed miserably and didn’t live up to rules.”
Another source said that Jennings’ attendance at committee
meetings was poor, and he is an embarrassment to the Council.
Jennings considered his attendance to be an improvement from
the previous chairpersons. “The councilman prior who
held that committee never had a committee meeting at all.
Lucy Cruz never had meetings in four years… maybe one.”
–Raynelle Cerica Bull
know that limitations are just obstacles that I can get around.
You can tell me ‘no,’ and I can take a ‘no’
for now, but it’s not going to be ‘no’ forever.”
Nickname: The Pitbull
Neighborhood: Bay Terrace
Favorite issue: Smoke-free society
When Konigsberg was eight, a doctor told him
that he would never be able to get out of a wheelchair, due
to childhood polio that Konigsberg contracted when he was
three. He did get out of a wheelchair, and realized while
he was still a child that, with enough commitment, anything
was within reach. While he admits to having physical limitations
and pulmonary difficulties, it has not prevented Konigsberg
from, well, anything.
Konigsberg’s greatest achievement may be not in civic
action but in his personal triumph, but he did not stop
there. Konigsberg is ad hoc chair of the transportation,
public safety and parks committees of Community Board 7.
For the past five years, Konigsberg has served as president
of the Bay Terrace Community Alliance, where he recently
successfully fought the installation of parking meters along
The one thing Konigsberg is known for citywide is his battle
for a smoke-free world.
“If anything, I am constantly writing to public officials
about smoke free legislation. If the subject ever comes
up all, eyes immediately turn to me,” he said.
Konigsberg seems to come to the aid of anyone who asks him,
even on issues that he has absolutely no personal interest
in. He is the only male board member at the Center for the
Women of New York, an organization that helps women entering
the work force.
When the center was being threatened with eviction from
their Fort Totten offices, Konigsberg’s community
alliance came to their aid, and he has been a board member
ever since, recently helping them get a $900,000 grant from
the City Council.
The scary thing about Konigsberg is that no matter how outrageous
his behavior may seem, he almost always ends up being right,
by virtue of the fact that he wins his battles – and
history is written by the victor. When Konigsberg moved
into the co-op he now lives in, during the smoking allowed
everywhere days, he immediately started pressing for banning
smoking in public areas of the building.
“I pursued a smoke free environment with the board,
and they were opposed to it,” he said. But he pursued
the issue with such tenacity that his parents had to be
called in as if Konigsberg was still in high school. “The
president of the board knew my parents and she told my father
to tell me to quit with the smoking stuff, that I was too
much into this. But I proved I was right, and I’ve
been on the board of the co-op ever since.”
As Councilman of the 20th District, John Liu is familiar
with Konigsberg’s persistence, citing his “passion
for preserving the community” as Konigsberg’s
“Phil is very tenacious,” Liu said, referring
ceaseless pursuit of local issues.
very difficult to stay true to your principals and bring
things home for your community.”
Electing Insurgent Democrats
Behind a number
of insurgent Democrats who ran without the approval of the
borough’s powerful Democratic party, there has been
Lois Marbach. Short, with round cheeks and a whisper-soft
voice, Marbach has been the brains behind some of the most
progressive politicians who sought to raise the profile
of disenfranchised and under-represented communities.
“People have tried to bully me, [and] coerce me,”
Marbach recalled. “This is not an easy place to be.
Sometimes you’re public enemy number one.”
First came the laugh, then the thoughtful silence. It
isn’t easy to name the greatest achievement for
the political consultant who carried petitions for the
borough’s first gay candidate, and helped elect
the first Queens Hispanic council member, Hiram Monserrate.
Eventually, Marbach settled on the 2001 election of a
Sara Gonzalez, a Hispanic woman who ran against the Brooklyn
Democratic organization. Recalling a similar scenario
closer to home, Marbach recalled, “When Hiram won
the first time, the people were literally on their knees
kissing the floor.”
“My consulting comes out of activism,” Marbach
said. “My goal is to work with people who are progressive,
For a political operative working outside the party’s
mainstream, the inspiration for her life’s work
is, by her own account, “cliché.”
“I met John F. Kennedy as a teenager. He came down
the street. It was October; we were freezing. He came
out [of his car], shook all our hands, and talked about
changing the world.”
Years later, Marbach recalled the direction she thought
her life would lead. “He made such an impression
on me. I was going to join the Peace Corps, or be a diplomat
at the United Nations…”
That idealism seems to have been realized. Along with
Monserrate and Gonzalez, Marbach is on the verge of another
victory. In Flushing, where Marbach’s office is
located, there are three Chinese candidates for the Assembly.
Whoever wins, they will make history by becoming New York
State’s first Asian-American state legislator.
Some would consider Marbach’s entire career an outrageous
act: supporting candidates whose platforms are based on
their independence from party leaders. Never was independence
from the party needed more than in 1986, after the suicide
of Donald Manes, the then-Borough President and Queens
Democratic Party leader.
“I ran for Borough President after Manes,”
Marbach recalled. “The idea was we needed someone
new in borough hall.” Her opponent was Claire Schulman,
who was appointed to fill Manes’ term when he died.
Marbach’s election would have severed the ties in
Borough Hall from Manes’ entourage.
“I was walking a beat for a street festival, I was
still a cop when I met her,” said Monserrate. Working
with Marbach, Monserrate defeated an incumbent district
leader, then won his city council race, all without support
from the county’s Democratic party. “She was
a very big part of both victories.”
business is responsible for the community.”
Neighborhood: College Point
Favorite Issue: Business
away from his 83rd birthday, Fred Mazzarello is a College
Point institution whose history of civic activism predates
the vast majority of newcomers to this thriving and changing
neighborhood on the northernmost waterfront of Queens.
Today, College Point remains a neighborhood in flux, and
Mazzarello is one of the few residents who have witnessed
nearly every step in its evolution over the decades.
“I lived here all my life,” Mazzarello said.
“The population has changed dramatically.”
Originally a neighborhood of German, Italian and Irish
immigrants, College Point has continued to welcome new
residents—but the scale and pace of neighborhood
life has become bigger than it was in the old days.
“Years ago, you used to know everyone in your
neighborhood. People used to never move away,”
Mazzarello said. “Now we find that the younger
people move out of the community and we don’t
have the camaraderie we used to have.”
A businessman who owned the College Point Bowling Center
for 31 years, Mazzarello has been a fixture in the local
merchant community. But while most business people have
passionate interests that begin and end at their own
storefront, Mazzarello has consistently labored to make
the well being of the entire neighborhood the foremost
concern of all area merchants.
College Point Boulevard, the main business drag in the
old section of the neighborhood, still has its old Main
Street USA-type charm despite its remarkable growth.
Thanks to Mazzarello, however, the business community
today has a degree of integration and community spiritedness
that did not exist in the old days.
That cohesion is due, in no small part, to the College
Point Board of Trade, which Mazzarello founded in 1969.
Before he started the board, “we had various merchants
organizations, but they never lasted,” Mazzarello
recalled. “When I first organized the businesses,
the old timers told me they’d tried for 20 years
and it never succeeded.
Mazzarello found a new model, empowering a full-time
board executive to free the merchants from the mire
of endless meetings. The formula was a success and the
Board of Trade grew. What began as an alliance of 30
businesses now boasts over 210 today, with big names
such as Pepsi Cola, Verizon, Time Warner and Crystal
Windows playing a part.
Most Outrageous Act
A steady and unifying leader, Mazzarello does not often
indulge in the bold, outspoken antics used by many activists
to draw attention to local issues. He is not afraid,
however, to bring his grievances to the streets when
he feels that the needs of College Point are being ignored.
When Mayor Bloomberg and city economic officials planned
a massive wholesale center for the site of the former
Flushing Airport, an open plot of land at the gateway
to College Point, Mazzarello saw past the official justifications
for the economic proposal.
“It would have had no benefits for the community,
no recreational areas for the kids in the area—and
that was what we wanted,” he said of the proposal.
Not normally a demonstrator, Mazzarello took his frustration
to the street—while also bringing his years of
experience to bear on high-level meetings with politicians
and city officials.
To his community’s relief, the wholesale plan
was recently dropped.
lot of people would prefer that the woman stay quiet,
but that’s not me. It’s about saving mankind,
that’s what it’s about.”
Favorite Issue: Pedestrian Safety/Child Welfare
Like many do-gooders
of her generation, Loretta Napier can trace her awakening
as an activist to the day she heard the stirring words
of Martin Luther King, Jr.
“My activism began in the Civil Rights movement,”
she said. “I did hear Martin Luther King’s
‘I Have a Dream’ speech in Washington. I
have been on the road a long time.”
Born in Bayside, Napier is part of a proud family that
has been active in the neighborhood for five generations
and has watched a small village morph into a quasi-suburban
According to Napier, her neighborhood remains strong
— but one that has changed over the decades.
“Today, I don’t know all of Bayside,”
she said. “There are so many people here that
are clannish. Where I grew up, it was a little United
Nations. We had Jews, Hispanics, Blacks, Italians—everyone.
And everyone knew and loved one another.”
As her neighborhood evolves, Napier remains a fixture,
consistently advocating for the causes she believes
in. A recent addition to Community Board 11, she now
practices her outspoken activism both inside the formal
leadership organization of the community and outside
on the streets, where she works to keep the neighborhood
as inclusive and welcoming as ever.
Napier is a champion of social justice who was able
to combine her community spiritedness with her career,
spending decades as a social worker and psychologist
working with juvenile delinquents for the state.
But the battle to save children took a deeply personal
turn for Napier after a car killed her 12-year-old
grandson, Christopher Scott, while he was biking across
the Clearview Expressway in 2000. After a rash of
similar deaths in the area this summer, when two young
bikers were killed by cars after using pedestrian
overpass bridges, Napier stepped up her demands on
the Department of Transportation (DOT) to install
pervasive safety measures on all pedestrian bridges.
Her activism paid off. Just weeks after joining with
other members of CB11 in petitioning the DOT, stop
lights and safety fencing materialized at expressway
crossings throughout the borough. After four years
of frustration in the wake of Christopher’s
death, Napier and other community activists achieved
success out of tragedy.
Best of all, Napier’s tireless spirit is a model
for those around her. During her years of frustration
fighting with city officials over pedestrian safety,
her young granddaughter sought to console her.
“My nine-year-old granddaughter, who was seven
at the time her brother died, turned to me and said,
‘Don’t worry grandma. If you can’t
do it, I will.’”
Napier is normally a soothing figure, and she tends
to be more outraged by indifference then “outgrageous”
in her tactics.
In the aftermath of her success in the safety campaign,
Napier looked back on her anger at the four-year impasse
on the issue. “I tried to get the DOT to look
at the issue, and I felt I was being ignored. I didn’t
think they were doing enough to protect the children
in this neighborhood. The politicians were fantastic,
but the DOT gave me a lot of nos.”
And when Napier is working for something she believes
in, she does not like to hear nos. “
is searching the website for Americas Most Wanted,
because we were both on it.”
Favorite Issue: Public Housing
Lot of noise comes out of the Queensbridge
Houses, but it isn’t just kids. It is also Ray
Normandeau, an actor who moved into the nation’s
largest housing project 31 years ago.
His years of complaints have coincided with three
decades of changes in how the city operates its subsidized
housing projects in the five boroughs.
Normandeau’s voice was part of the chorus screaming
for change. But when he screams, it’s not at
some faceless operator answering 311 phone calls.
When asked if he used the city’s 24-hour quality
of life hotline, he said, “No, because I have
the email to the chairperson [of the NYC Housing Authority].
311 is for people who don’t know who to turn
Changes big and small have swept through the city’s
housing projects. Normandeau’s greatest accomplishment
enabled him to simply lock his front door. Years
ago, Normandeau said the NYCHA’s policy was
not to lock lobby doors, leaving residents without
the most basic level of home defense.
In response, Normandeau turned to The Queensbridge
Inquirer, a free weekly newspaper he helped publish
at the time.
“We had an ad run pro bono from a lawyer ready
to sue the Housing Authority,” he said. The
policy was later changed. “I’d like
to think I had something to do it.”
Normandeau has garnered a reputation for lampooning
the Housing Authority and demanding them to fix
every streetlight, broken window, unhinged door
and obsolete radiator. Normandeau fills the void
left by those with no time to log complaints and
chase down whoever is supposed to respond to it.
As a landlord, the City has to do more to serve
those in NYCHA units, which are reserved for those
earning below $31,000.
“Considering it is subsidized housing, there
should be a more socialized interaction between
tenants and landlords. [NYCHA] should do more outreach
with tenants,” he said.
Part of Normandeau unique character is his telephone.
After one ring, an automated voice tells the caller:
“If you are not a tellemarketer, fundraiser
or someone wanting us to vote one way or another,
press five right now.”
To convince the NYCHA to do more for its tenants,
Normandeau seems to use his actor’s uncanny
sense of drama. His most notable issue of The Queensbridge
Inquirer documented a child abuse case involving
a crack-addicted mother, under the headline, “Mother
Eats Baby Alive.”
The Queensbridge Inquirer has been replaced with
www.queensbridge.us, dedicated to the daily trials
and travails Normandeau undergoes in his activism.
The site links directly with the NYPHA’s insurance
company, enabling Normandeau’s audience to
log complaints with the little-known entity that
could exert some leverage on NYCHA.
Unlike the NYCHA lobby doors, Normandeau’s
website isn’t open to just anyone. The site
is “only available to those we have met in
Someone who work with Normandeau use the work “crazy,”
but those who’ve benefited from his advocacy
call him “helpful.”
– Azi Paybarah
don’t like to analyze myself. I let other
people talk about the things that I do.”
“I’d rather not say.”
Neighborhood: St. Albans
Favorite ISSUE: Community
Rev. Charles Norris, pastor
of Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church, has lived
in Southeast Queens for over 60 years. He is at
every town hall, community board and civic association
meeting in his area, and he is extremely vocal when
it comes to issues that affect his neighborhood.
Norris does not like to toot his own horn, so
he does not define any one achievement as his
greatest. One of Norris’ achievements that
made headline news across New York City is keeping
deceased white Police Officer Edward Byrne’s
name off of the new Police Athletic League (PAL)
Center in Jamaica. Norris said it would be wise
for the PAL not to put the name up on the building
because he will take it down. Norris doesn’t
think Byrne embodies the spirit of Southeast Queens.
Norris also announced recently that the Southeast
Queens Clergy for Community Empowerment, an organization
that he is a member of, will be assisting the
House of A Million Earrings, an afro-centric boutique
in Springfield Gardens. The store has been in
the community for over 40 years and Norris said
he would hate to see it close down for good.
Norris is probably one of the only people in Southeast
Queens who will walk out of a meeting before it
begins because he does not like the format. “I
saw how they were going to run the meeting. Nothing
was going to get done, so I left,” Norris
said about a recent town hall meeting in St. Albans.
Norris is usually the first person to arrive at
a protest in favor of the community, and the last
one to leave a community board meeting. He is
usually probing someone for answers or an explanation
for what is happening in Southeast Queens—and
if his questions are not answered there will be
hell to pay.
What seems outrageous to other people is only
normal to Norris. He will interrupt Community
Board 12 Chairperson Gloria Black if she is tiptoeing
around his question, and he has walked out of
a New York State Senator’s town hall meeting
without thinking twice.
Norris also protested against the building of
a statue of Queen Catherine in Queens because
she benefited from the slave trade. If there is
an issue that will negatively affect blacks, Norris
will be sure to stop it before it turns into a
monster in the community.
Norris is known by every elected official in Southeast
Queens, and according to Richard Gibbs, president
of the Queens Community Democratic Club in Jamaica,
he is an all-around alright guy to work with.
Norris is known as a community activist with a
focus on morals. “I’m about doing
what is right for the people, I’m doing
the right thing.”
–Raynelle Cerica Bull
something is developed and it’s bad, where
do people file their hardships afterwards?”
Nickname: The Florist
Favorite ISSUE: Removing Trucks
own friends will admit that when the florist goes
to a meeting, he is “a pit bull.”
Peering out of the windows of Nunziato Florist
in Maspeth is the store’s namesake: a florist
who doubles as a community activist. His activism
against over development and excessive truck traffic
leave him fighting for Maspeth into the wee hours
of the night. Combining his day and night jobs
helped him become the Chairman of CB5’s
Nunziato believes Maspeth residents have the same
needs as the flowers he looks after: fresh hair,
clean water, and an undisturbed piece of Earth
in which to lay their roots.
Speaking of roots, Nunziato’s cousin is
Councilman Eric Gioia. The Nunziato family tree
extends into the Elks Club, Queens Chamber of
Commerce, St. Sebastian’s, the Long Island
City YMCA, and numerous other civic organizations.
“It must be something in the Nunziato blood,”
Nunziato rejoiced when Mayor Bloomberg said
a park will be created on the 6.5-acre site
of the old Elmhurst Gas Tank. Those plans blocked
a private developer from bringing to Grand Avenue
a Home Depot, Commerce Bank and other stores.
Another project Nunziato is hopeful about is
Grand Avenue Truck Bypass Route.
For some time, Nunziato has lamented the condition
of the street where his store is located. “Grand
Avenue’s not so grand anymore,”
because of heavy truck traffic, he said. He
and the late Frank Principe, former CB5 Chairman,
proposed for westbound trucks on the Long Island
Expressway to exit one stop early, and used
Maurice Avenue instead of Grand Avenue.
A firm hired by the City’s Department
of Transportation is now reviewing the plan.
If approved, it would virtually eliminate oversized
trucks from the main thoroughfare of Maspeth,
retuning it not quite to the days of the horse
and buggy, but sedans and SUVs.
When the weather dipped below zero, and the
wind blew snow down a deserted Grand Avenue,
Nunziato tucked his head into his chest, and
walked into a nearly deserted meeting held by
the Department of Transportation earlier this
year. The topic: truck traffic on Grand Avenue.
Queens Commissioner Connie Moran of the DOT
admitted it was “one of the coldest days
of the year,” as she greeted Nunziato
His hair is slick-backed and graying, his stomach
protrudes slightly. His speech is unhurried
and whimsical, like a storyteller. But below
his affable demeanor, is a seemingly indestructible
“My wife says that when I die, she’s
going to look to see where I hide my battery,”
“A pit bull,” is how Councilman
Dennis Gallagher described Nunziato. He is “dedicated
to his community and stops at nothing to fight
for what he believes in.”
Not even bricks hurled through the windows of
his flower shop have stopped Nunziato. That’s
what he found after speaking out against a project
popular with some unions. “I was testifying
against The Cross Harbor Project. That night
my windows were smashed,” he said. No
charges were ever filed, and Nunziato hasn’t
slowed down for a second.
"Saw Lady" Paruz
I have 17 different saws, each one has a different
register and different amount of
notes on it.”
Natalia Paruz, known
throughout New York City as the “Saw Lady”
and throughout the world as one of the most
accomplished musical saw performers of her generation,
just got back from Paris where she judged the
International Saw Competition and performed
the saw with the Moroccan Philharmonic Orchestra.
At 29-years-old, Paruz has an impressive resume.
Although playing the saw is a very specialized
skill, it is also a fairly rare instrument
to be included in orchestras around the world.
Yet Paruz plays in orchestras around the world.
There is no music school for the saw and there
aren’t even saw musicians who teach
the saw. It is a tradition of the instrument
that someone who wants to learn will learn
it on their own or by watching others perform.
Although not really interested in music when
she was young, she took piano and guitar lessons,
but not seriously, Paruz saw someone perform
and became fascinated by the craft.
“I was in Europe and there was one performance
where one guy was playing the saw and I thought
it was so cool,” she said. She asked
the guy for lessons but he said no. “He
said the tradition of the instrument is that
you pick it up and figure it out.”
The result is that every saw player has a
different technique and each person reinvents
the instrument for themselves.
Paruz, who has lived in Astoria for 13 years,
borrowed a saw from her landlady to get her
“It was a rusty saw and it only had
a few notes,” she said. “So I
went out and purchased a new saw and it had
almost two octaves.”
Now she has many, many different kinds of
saws that she uses to play. She even has one
saw that is so rare very few people know it
exists – it is from the beginning of
the 20th century when saw playing was popular
in vaudeville acts. This particular saw was
only made between 1921 and the beginning of
World War II. “It is a really fancy
saw,” she said.
Paruz got her start performing at the local
Salvation Army. At the time its community
center was having some financial hardships,
they had no funds to provide people with anything,
so Paruz volunteered to perform for them.
“They liked it so much they asked me
to come back and they recommended me for other
senior centers and I started performing for
all these senior citizens,” she said.
And so her career was born.
Now, in Astoria, Paruz holds whole gatherings
of saw players at her house.
The most unique performance Paruz said she
ever took part in was in Paris at a famous
cemetery where a number of famous people are
buried, including the vocalist Edith Pilaf,
one of her favorite artists.
“I played at this big cemetery, I did
a tribute to Edith Pilaf there,” she
said. “I played it for her on her grave,
it was a very touching moment, it was a ceremony
that people were watching, people had tears
in their eyes, it was very moving.”
— Peter Gelling