That’s Amoré. Rat-pack daughter Deana Martin, in town to tout her book “Memories Are Made of This,” hobnobbed with the mighty and powerful on Capitol Hill Friday, including Joe Q, everyone’s favorite barber, who has a rather bizarre connection to the late great Deano.[IMGCAP(1)]
The House Barber Shop’s Joe Q, officially Joe Quattrone, was a friend of Dean Martin. Deano used to work for Joe Q’s Uncle Cosmo at Rex’s Cigar Store in Steubenville, Ohio, in 1925 and 1926. Or more specifically, in the smoke-filled “secret” gambling room out back.
“He was a dealer,” Martin told HOH, giggling about her dad’s younger, even wilder days.
Joe Q, with perfect rat-pack inflection, said, “Yeah, Deano used to work for my uncle before he went into the movies.” Ehhhh, baby.
Martin, who has the mysterious dark eyes of her father, writes about the Deano-Cosmo connection in her book, which she was promoting Saturday night with a concert and book signing at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. A crooner just like dear old dad, Martin was slated to perform “Everybody Loves Somebody” and “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head,” which — ehhhh — is “always a favorite.”
Joe Q is not your average barber; he arranged a lunch in Statuary Hall for Martin with several Members, including Rep. Ted Strickland (D-Ohio), who represents her father’s old haunts.
Strickland is helping Martin with her quest to get a U.S. stamp commemorating Deano. “That’s why I’m here,” Deana said. It’s a pivotal time: No one can be considered for a stamp until 10 years has passed since their death.
Deano died on Christmas Day, 1995.
Old Baldy. No, Sen. John Sununu (R-N.H.) is not a lighthouse in North Carolina. He’s just gone bald, sort of.
In a selfless act of solidarity with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), who is completely bald because of chemotherapy treatments for his Hodgkin’s disease, Sununu shaved his head the week before last — though not entirely, on account of his kids’ hard-line protest.
Hard to tell the young ‘uns (as they don’t say in New Hampshire) why you would shave your head out of love for Arlen Specter. Sununu had been touched when he saw a couple of Specter staffers with shaved heads on the Senate floor recently. He wanted to show his support as well.
Sununu’s three children, ages 5, 9 and 12, were horrified at the thought of being seen in public with their cue-ball dad. He’s no James Carville, after all. He’s no Kojak, either. Plus, he can’t carry off the lollipop thing.
The precocious Sununu bunch even made a pamphlet to argue their case. They doctored-up a photo of their nicely coifed father from his Senate office Web site, making him bald, to show Dad just how bad he’d look sans hair. “They were mortified. They did not want me to do this,” the Senator told HOH.
In an exceedingly rare act for a Senator these days, Sununu compromised. Instead of going totally bald, he went down to the Senate barber shop and settled on a “one and-a-half” razor. The kids have accepted the super-short buzz cut, and the new ’do has helped the Senator slog through Washington’s dog days of summer.
Sununu now raises this challenge to the only two men on Earth who love their hair more than Cher loves hers: Sens. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.). “I’ve been strongly encouraging them. I think they would be a very strong bipartisan duo.”
Stay tuned for blow-dried bipartisan dodging of the dare.
Rocket Man. It was your typical lazy last-vote-before-the-weekend scene on Friday in the House Speaker’s Lobby when a very large man with no coat (gasp!), no tie (double-gasp!) and, horror of horrors, a baseball cap on strode through the room looking like a lost tourist.
The Lobby staff were all set to pounce on the big stranger for violating about 12 different rules of etiquette until they realized who he was: Houston Astros’ ace Roger Clemens.
The fire-balling righty, who was in town to face the Nationals, got a tour of the Capitol from Texas Rep. Ted Poe (R), the same lawmaker Clemens hosted a fundraiser for on Friday.
Before long, a handful of lawmakers, aides and even some star-struck reporters gathered around to bow down before the Mighty Man on the Mound.
Asked if he was enjoying his tour before taking the mound at RFK that evening, the future Hall of Famer said, “We’re having a good day, and I hope it continues tonight.”
Sorry, Roger, but we don’t Roger that. Our good-luck wishes go to the Nats!
Ben Pershing contributed to this report.