“Frank Sinatra Has a Cold”

1. “Frank Sinatra Has a Cold” is an article that is trying to describe the life of Frank Sinatra and give the audience a peek into Sinatra’s life without ever actually interviewing him. This article uses specifically anecdotes and descriptors from the people close to Sinatra to convey the type of person that Sinatra is to the audience.

2. One thing that is very special about this article is how clearly they made Sinatra in the audience’s mind. Sinatra is a very complex character throughout this article and conveys many different sides of him through stories of others. Sinatra is respected, sometimes has a temper abrupt, and blunt when he gets angry, but then also can be gentle and loved by the people around him.

He is respected and loved by the people around him, he is described as the, “uomini rispettati — men of respect: men who are both majestic and humble, men who are loved by all and are very generous by nature, men whose hands are kissed as they as they walk from village to village, men who personally go out of their way to redress a wrong.” This is something that is a huge complement, and also a bit of a shock to read because in the first part of the article, Sinatra seems to be cold and disinterested and the people around him described as almost being afraid of him. But then he is described like this, and that is something that is a very big complement and not something that is given lightly.

He has a bit of a temper however; he is described on multiple occasions about his outbursts. One example that particularly stuck out to me, was when he erupts when he finds out someone brought him his frankfurter with catsup on it and he hates catsup. “When one of his men brought him a frankfurter with catsup on it, which Sinatra apparently abhors, he angrily threw the bottle at the man, splattering catsup all over him.” Most normal people tend to not have a burst of emotion like that, but you could say Sinatra was passionate in many facets of his life.

Lastly, Sinatra is gentle and kind, and this is shown through multiple examples throughout the article. For example, when Miss Hoag knocked an alabaster bird onto the floor causing it to shatter and the room fell silent not knowing how Sinatra would react, and he knocks the other one onto the group and says, “That’s okay, kid.” But the one example that I personally love the most and to me shows his character is when one of the musicians friends’ house was destroyed in a mud slide and his wife was killed, “Sinatra personally came to his aid, fining the musician a new home, paying whatever hospital bills were left unpaid by the insurance, then personally supervising the furnishing of the new home down to replacing of the silverware, the linen, the purchase of new clothing.” This is a wonderful example to show how gentle and kind Sinatra was to the people around him.

This article does a fantastic job at exploring the depth behind the personality of Sinatra by using anecdotes from friends, family, and colleagues. I feel, as though we get a very clear vision of the type of person Sinatra, truly was, a very complex man.

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