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They Call Me Baba Booey

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  1,086 ratings  ·  122 reviews
One of pop culture’s great enduring unsung heroes: Gary Dell’Abate, Howard Stern Show producer, miracle worker, professional good sport, and servant to the King of All Media, for the first time tells the story of his early years and reveals how his chaotic childhood and early obsessions prepared him for life at the center of the greatest show on earth.

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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Spiegel & Grau (first published October 26th 2010)
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Khris Sellin
So I've lived in the city for almost five years now and have read probably hundreds of books on the subway, and how many times have people asked me what I was reading or commented on what I was reading??? ZERO times. Soooo here I am with the Baba Booey book, trying to be oh so discreet about it because, well, you know... So onto the G train walks a guy, stands next to me and says, "And what are we reading today?" I very reluctantly show him. "Baba Booey? Oh, Howard Stern, right??" Yeeeees. Then...more
Tony Bertauski
Pulls up short. And understandably so. No need to read this unless you're a Howard Stern fan. So when Dell'Abate glosses over his relationship with Howard, professionally and personally, it's disappointing. But, again, I understand why. The show is still a success and Howard is still his boss. Not much incentive to be candid when you've been the show's punching bag for 20+ years.

However, the first half of the book is well down. Great insight into an Italian family growing up in NY that avoids st...more
Jamie
There is no way anyone who is not a Howard Stern fan would care at all about this book. So why the four stars? Two reason: I AM a Stern fan, and I love Gary, and this book is the most Gary. More importantly, Gary has made no secret of his love of audiobooks on the show, and it shows in this production. He's a good reader, he elicits real sympathy as well as humor, but more importantly, he made the book stand on it's own. By ad-libbing to the lists, and including interviews with some of the un-fa...more
Cynthia
So one day around ten years ago, I got into the car for a half-hour drive. My husband had been in the car before me, and the radio was tuned to Howard Stern. I don't think I'd listened to the show but once or twice, and only for a few minutes each time. Anyway, it was these random guys commenting on a videotape that Gary, the show's producer, had sent to a girl, I think to get her back. It was one of the funniest things I'd ever heard on the radio. Plus, I'd always had a bit of an obsession with...more
Tom Croom
Baba Booey, Baba Booey, Howard Stern's penis.

Yup, I'm a Stern fan. While I type this, I am listening to Howard talk to former governor Jesse Ventura and guest announcer George Takei is with them this week. Thank you Sirius XM on teh Interwebz.

Gary has been in the background of the Howard Stern Show as far back as I remember (NOTE: I started listening in the early nineties.) When I heard he was putting out a book, I figured it could make for an interesting read but it wasn't on my "must read" lis...more
Corene
Several reviewers have stated that you should be a fan of the Howard Stern show to read this book written by his long time producer. I am not a fan, and while I've heard of Howard Stern, and saw the movie "Private Parts" years ago, I have never listened to him on radio. What drew me to this title while looking for a downloadable audio was the fact that it was a memoir, written by someone born around the same time as myself, who grew up Italian American on Long Island, (like Ray Romano's fictiona...more
Phyllis
I recommend this for Stern fans (duh), radio geeks, and anyone with a mentally ill parent. Gary is my favorite "cast member" on the Stern show. I learned a lot about his work ethic in this book. The take-away about his career is that hard work, a positive attitude, and a willingness to overlook slights can get you far in life if you have a goal. That may sound like pap, but if you know someone who could benefit from that message, have them read _They Call me Baba Booey_! I also like his message...more
Todd Nemet
Of the two books I read this week by people in radio and that the New York Times didn't deign to review, this was the more satisfying book though not what I expected. I am a big fan of the Howard Stern show, and I generally have it on unless I need to concentrate on something work-related or the kids are close by. I am also a big fan of radio in general, and The Howard Stern Show is either the pinnacle of this medium or I've just heard Howard say it so many times that I have been brainwashed int...more
Evanston Public  Library
I recently took a 2-week vacation and needed a light read while traveling. I chose the recent memoir of minor celebrity Gary Dell’Abate, also known as “Baba Booey,” the producer of the Howard Stern Show. Whether or not you like or watch Howard Stern, it’s hard not to like Gary. In his both humorous and sometimes wrenching memoir, Gary tells of growing up in a working-class Italian family on Long Island in the 1970’s. With a protective, but manic-depressive mother, a World War II vet for a father...more
SenoraG
I am a huge, long time fan and listener of The Howard Stern Show. I've always held a special place in my heart for Gary. He takes tons of crap and keeps on going, like the energizer bunny! I never thought he got enough credit for what he does and he never asks for it. Very humble guy.

They Call Me Baba Booey is not about Howard or a behind the scenes look at the show, it is Gary's book about Gary. I never knew how hard he had it growing up but he overcame all the blocks that were put in his path,...more
Lauren
This wasn't a memoir about being on the Howard Stern show, but about a guy who had a rough childhood and made the best of it. Gary talks honestly about his family and his relationships with them. I had the audio version, and it included interviews at the end of some of the chapters that added a really nice touch. My only complaint is that we never really learned much after his life in the 1980s, and the stuff we did learn was in asides. The book felt a little disjointed because of this.

Still, Ga...more
Lee Anne
If you're looking for behind-the-scenes information on the Howard Stern show, please go elsewhere, as this book is truly just Gary Dell'Abate's life story. There's actually very little Stern show stuff here, relatively speaking, although all Gary's "biggest hits" (Hello, hello!) are covered in detail.

As far as memoirs go, it's a mildly interesting tale of a young Italian boy with a bipolar mother, a gay brother, and a love of pop music. It's a little dull and earnest in parts, but Gary comes ac...more
Emily G
huge stern fan so i have to give it a 5.... I am probably an outcast fan for saying this, BUT, I enjoyed how the book wasnt all about his life on the show and gave some insight into his past. I would have enjoyed a FEW more stories- but it was a good book. I didn't think it read the same way as artie lange's, meaning as I read his book I felt like it was written in the way Artie talked- Gary's book definitely had the undertone of a ghost-writter!

Very good and quick read
Lauren
I am a huge Howard Stern fan so I had to read Gary's book. It was very good and interesting to see how Gary grew up and how he started on The Howard Stern Show. He has had some hard times in his life that either made me cry or laugh. If you are a fan of Howard then you'll love this book.
Christine  Mann
I really enjoyed this book. I've been a loyal Howard Stern fan since 1998 and this book was an interesting look into Gary's life. I felt the book was extremely well written and that I learned a lot about Gary even as someone who thought they "knew" him after listening religiously to Howard for so many years. The book had lots of great insights and made you laugh and cry at different times. I listened this the audiobook and loved that it was read by Gary and that it was different from your typica...more
Frances O'Neill
Loved the book. Read it because I love the Howard Stern show. However, it is a moving book that tells Gary's life story including his challenges with a mother who suffers from mental illness, and a brother who died of aids. He is a good guy and it comes through this book.
Barbara
Okay, truth time: years ago I used to occasionally listen to Howard Stern during my long commutes to work. Not so much into the strippers, but the man does celebrity interviews better than anyone. I picked this one up as an audiobook and found it entertaining.
John
very interesting read, that is if you like the howard stern show.
Melanie
I originally got this book for free with an order of cupcakes from Crumbs. Figured the husband would like it so I gave it to him to read. It's one of the (very) rare books that he started AND finished. (He usually quits them halfway through.) So then *I* had to read it too. This is primarily a book about Gary's struggles with his bipolar mother, his gay and ultimately AIDS-stricken brother - when we didn't yet understand anything about AIDS - and coming of age in the 70's and 80's in a particula...more
Ruth
This book was pretty good as far as these dumb biographies go. Gary does an adequate job telling his story, including some painful stuff such as his mother‘s rage infused mental illness. Also, one of his brothers died of AIDS. He is able to laugh at himself and covers even embarrassing issues such as his teeth or old relationships. He was the youngest brother in his of several boys -- that explains why he has always been able to take getting mocked on the H.S. show.

The writing style is just min...more
Owen Scott Verde
I'm a Stern Show lifer. I have always liked and respected Gary. A lot of the crew members, both on and off the air, say kind, genuine things about him. After reading his book I like and respect him even more. His story, like everyone else's, proves once again - we all have our crosses to bear, some greater than others. This being said, Baba Booey is a strong man.

Critique - the book should've wrapped up with a visit to his shrink's office - some nice story telling closure.

Ta Ta Toothy.


Scott
The much ridiculed and harried radio producer Gary Dell'Abate tells his story here and it is a very nice book. Gary has a nice conversational style, often funny and occasionally moving. This is not just a chronicle of Stern stories, it is mostly composed of his life leading up to joining Howard and the gang at WN-N-N-N-N-BC and some personal stories afterwards. Any Stern fan knows that Gary can't have any privacy in his life, so Gary appropriately spills his guts here very honestly and without a...more
Jonathan A Buckner
Entertaining

Entertaining

Good book to read, for those who do not listen, or like, anything or anyone, on Howard Stern's radio show. These people are human, and have great stories to share. Even Gary Dell'Abate.

Well done Gary.
Chris
Aug 29, 2011 Chris rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Howard Stern fans
A quick and thoroughly enjoyable read, although not necessarily a light read. Gary’s memoir does have some depth and sadness to it, especially with regard to his family and most notably his mother. I found the chapter dealing with the death of his brother Steven to be very touching and heartfelt, along with the part of Chapter 22 handling his father’s death. Sure, true Howard Stern fans will know most of the stories relating to the show contained in the book but at least here Gary gets to elabor...more
Eirik Hafskjold
I guess good old toothy fafa foohay Gary monkey-lips Dellabate had a life before being a producer on the Stern Show. A lot of juicy behind the scenes details and a look into the personal life of the Booey. I liked it. Fun read.
Laurie V
This is by far the best of the Stern show biographies I've read and that includes Private Parts. Gary's life story is truly interesting, and there are some touching parts that give his book a certain warmth that isn't present in Too Fat to Fish, Private Parts, or Miss America. I think anyone would like this book even if they aren't Stern Show fans. Howard and the crew actually don't figure too heavily into the story. Gary isn't a comedian so he doesn't rely on jokes or schtick to make the book i...more
Christine
Of course, I'm a fan of Gary-- have been for years. He has earned a place on Howard's show in his own right! I never realized, however, how Gary became who he is. Wow, how much he endured as a child! Kudos, Gary, for telling your story on such an honest, yet humorous way. I'm even more of a fan now.
Jay
Disclosure, I am not a follower of Howard Stern but I have listened on occasion. I was not familiar with Gary on the show, but I did recognize the name. I am interested in radio, and this gives some good radio stories, but it is more anecdotes from Gary's life. The radio stories are about his start working at a robot station and doing traffic through working with Howard. He also discusses his life as a well known radio personality. I liked the lists he had - especially after reading Rob Sheffiel...more
Melissa
NOTE: I listened to this on audio

I can't believe I waited so long to read/listen to this! I have been listening to Howard Stern for almost 25 years and Gary is my favorite person on the show. I understand now how Gary takes the abuse (joking and otherwise) from Howard and the rest of the group - he grew up with a mentally ill, unstable mother, and knows how to deal with chaos. He is also incredibly generous, hard-working, and loved by everyone who knows him. Yay Gary!

Like Bossypants, I think I a...more
Mike Panic
I've been a stern fan for over 20 years, parts of this book read like the highlight real of the stern show, other parts are deep and make you look at Gary and his big teeth differently. The book is an easy and casual read, but very spacey. There are too many time-jumps, one chapter will start in 1982 and finish with a piece of info from 2002, the next chapter starts on 1983 where the 2nd page of the previous chapter left off.

If your a stern fan, read it. If your not, it will be very confusing a...more
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Gary Patrick Dell'Abate, also known as "Baba Booey", is an American radio producer, known for being the executive producer of The Howard Stern Show. His autobiography, They Call Me Baba Booey, was released on November 2, 2010.
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