THE BORSCHT BELT by Marisa Scheinfeld

Book by Marissa Scheinfeld

To All the Ships at Sea

My studio manager heard me talking about a book by Marisa Scheinfeld. Suddenly what appeared under my tree was Marissa’s book which was a wonderful gift. Now to give you a little background.  Marissa’s dad Barry has been my sports medicine Doctor for the last three decades.  A great Doctor and aka Dr. Blues.  What I find unbelievable is that last week was Hugh Brodie’s birthday and my next blog is going to be what transpired at this party.  You can’t make this up.  Marisa as an aspiring photographer who came to my studio and delivered Jazz man Hugh Brodie for a portrait session for his new album.  It is a small world.  Here it’s many years later and she’s not only an accomplished photographer but now has a great book of her own as well.  It’s all about history.  Here is a link to an e mail I just received

This was part of an e mail from Marisa – On this very snowy East Coast winter’s day, I hope this finds you well! I am happy to announce a second leg of book talks extending through July of 2017. Dates are still being added including a series of events slated for the Catskill region this summer and a major exhibition in 2018. More to follow in my spring/summer newsletter.

Chromogenic Prints from the entire series are available in multiple sizes. For more information about print sales, book events, and exhibitions please message me.

Until then, stay warm and well and I hope to see you at a book talk!


February 12: JCC Manhattan, New York, NY
February 15: JCC Mid-Westchester, Scarsdale, NY *
March 17: Temple Israel, Lawrence, NY
April 2: Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, MA

Book by Marissa Scheinfeld
April 3: Archaeological Institute of America, Scarsdale, NY
April 29: Orangeburg Library, Orangeburg, NJ
April 30:  Congregation B’nai Tzedek, Potomac, MD
May 17:  New York Public Library, New York, NY
June 7: JCC Central NJ, Scotch Plains, NJ
July 16: Catskill Center, Arkville, NY



Happy Birthday

© Joe DiMaggio

© Joe DiMaggio


It’s obvious to me that the person that came up with the concept of closure never lost a child. Closure does not exist it will never exist. The only thing that exists is pure unadulterated love and burning guilt forever.  I may live to be 200 and you’ll never have closure. I hope I don’t offend anyone by these thoughts.

For a lighter moment, somewhere around 1969 I was stringing for ABC news while attending Yale University. Well, not exactly attending. .. I was covering the Black Panther Party – Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, Jerry Rubin and of course the very vocal Abbie Hoffman were there. Four of the Chicago Eight, or Seven if you were a Republican, were there. After an evening’s confrontation between the National Guard, the students and the Black Panther Party I learned first hand the expression “Lock & Load.”  The next day on the Student Green there was a rally. I worked my way up underneath the group of microphones. I decided that morning it would be interesting if I took my first son Joseph with me at the time he was 5 years old.  In retrospect it was probably not the smartest thing I’ve done but thank God it turned out okay.  Each speaker became more dedicated to the cause of what they considered freedom of speech, freedom of purpose, and freedom of liberty. Abbie Hoffman ended his speech by pointing to people in the audience and shouting out. “What will you do when the revolution comes?” He repeated it maybe four times.  He repeated it one more time and pointed to my son & with a big smile on his face Joseph said “eat ice-cream.”  The microphones picked it up and 20,000 people laughed. For the balance of his short life Joseph made a lot of people very happy and laugh. Happy Birthday Joseph.  I love you as much as the first day I saw you. My guilt will never go away because I never did enough for you.


National Guard at Yale University Black Panther Rally

© Joe DiMaggio All Rights Reserved

Abbie Hoffman Black Panther Rally at Yale

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June 6 1944

©Chief Photographer's Mate Robert Sargent Into_the_Jaws_of_Death_23-0455M_edit

Chief Photographer’s Mate (CPHoM) Robert F. Sargent

To All The Ships at Sea,

Seventy years ago today my friend Jess Weiss stormed the Omaha Beach along with tens of thousands of 18-30 year old Americans.  Jess explained to me (and he did not like talking about it) he watched thousands killed or wounded that day. He came home with a silver and bronze star, two oak leaf clusters and two purple hearts. He was one of the most beautiful men I’ve ever known and a true visionary.  I’m genuinely blessed to have called him a friend.

The above black and white I believe to be a public domain photo.  I marked copyright unknown.

While sailing off the coast of France this is what Normandy looks like today.

© Joe DiMaggio

© Joe DiMaggio

The Silver Star

The Vestibule Cover

One of Jess’s Books

This blog should have been put up June 6, 2013

There are many people who judge their wealth by how much money they have in stocks, bonds, bank accounts, the size of their automobiles and how many summer homes they have. I’m not going to question them for the simple reason I am one of the richest men in the world. There are only 8 or 9 people who can verify that.  I became this wealthy because of great friendships.  The oldest living friend I have , since  Will Barnet has gone onto his studio in the sky at 101 years old. It now brings me to Jess Weiss my second oldest friend. The great part is he’s alive and well.  The first time I stepped into his office I noticed there was a letter from President Franklin D. Roosevelt thanking him for his bravery and next to the letter was the Silver Star, Purple Heart and several other Medals which unfortunately, I’m not familiar with.  That was approximately 20 years ago.  I said to Jess, “my God you’re a hero” and he looked at me and said,  “no I’m a coward.”  Like most true heroes they never speak of the war. They lived it and bled with it and it’s imbedded in every fiber of their being forever and probably will remain with them to the next level of consciousness. He explained he saw 3,000 men die that day and during the balance of the war about another 7,000 men.  He never elaborated on why he received all the medals he did. Jess was there for me when my mother, father, my son and my brother died. His words of wisdom, his teaching allowed me to go on and not give up. That translates into an infinite amount of money. Obviously the money is meaningless but the friendship is worth everything. So on the 69th Anniversary of the D Day Invasion I take my Beret off to my dear friend Jess Weiss. Monday he will be attending a dinner held by the French consulate and will be giving a short speech on Omaha Beach. I hope they’re not disappointed because Jess is not only one of the bravest men I know, but one of the humblest as well . God is truly in him. The French Government has just bestowed this Medal for Jess’s outstanding service 69 years ago on Omaha Beach.  Thank you my friend.  All Americans and all Frenchmen thank you.

Knight Medal of the French Legion d'honneur

Knight Medal of the French Legion d’honneur



David Lynch and  Jess Weiss (Transcendental Meditation Conference)

David Lynch and Jess Weiss (Transcendental Meditation Conference)