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They Call Me Baba Booey by Gary Dell'Abate
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Jul 30, 2011

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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, a rebellious brother, and a secretive, quiet brother, Gary describes how growing up in a somewhat frenetic family and his hard work as a radio intern prepared him for his long-standing gig with Stern. While this is no deep or profound read, I found Gary’s memoir to be fun, compassionate and surprisingly inspiring. (Russ K., Ref.)

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