Filmmaker recalls collection-shy Newsday subscribers
The other element of my Friday newspaper column concerns the film "Big Fan," which opens today and was written and directed by Rob Siegel, who grew up in Merrick, attended Bellmore JFK and later Michigan (where he was a classmate of Newsday baseball scribe Ken Davidoff) and wrote last year's acclaimed film, "The Wrestler."
(In the original version of the item in the newspaper I wrote that Mr. Siegel is 31. I have no idea why I did that. That is nearly a decade on the low side. I apologize for the error.)
Like an amusingly high percentage of successful media types, Siegel delivered Newsday as a kid.
"I was like the last of the paper boys," he said. "After me it was the guys in the van. It was a good way to make money."
I mentioned that CBS poobah Les Moonves said he hated collection day in Valley Stream in the early 1960s.
"Yeah, you'd have to hear all the stories. You'd see the people in the window and they wouldn't answer the door. I'm like, I know you're home."