Although I'm not a huge Alan Alda fan I do know he lives in New Jersey and his real name is Alphonso D'Abruzzo. Since he and I had the Italian New Jersey connection I figured, "What the hell?" Which in New Jersey speak means, "Why not check it out?" So I picked up his book, sat down at a two-top, opened it up to the very first page and there was this quote;
"Act One: Get your hero up a tree.
Act Two: Throw rocks at him.
Act Three: Get him down out of the tree.
- attributed to George Abbott, on playwriting"
This is great advice to keep in mind anytime you're about to tell a story whether it's in the form of a play, screenplay, book, or even verbally. It'll work for them all. The best advice is always simply stated. But how it gets to me is nothing short of miraculous. So for this one, thank you Starbucks for being closed for renovations, thank you Rumor Mill Cafe for being the only convenient option available that day, thank you Ed Biagiotti for showing up late, thank you who ever you are for donating Alan Alda's autobiography to the Rumor Mill, thank you George Abbott for putting this great advice so bluntly and thank you Alan Alda for just happening to be an Italian New Jersey-ian living your entire life to get to the point where you decided it was worth putting all together in a book to share, and for some reason feeling so strongly about George Abbott's advice you decided to quote him on the very first page where I would find it.
BTW, the coffee at the Rumor Mill Cafe is great, too.
Oh, and get this, when I went back to the Rumor Mill Cafe the next day to meet Ed again for coffee I searched for the book and it was gone.
-From the book, Alcoholics Anonymous