Arrive at Toots Shor's, 1 p.m. Toots gives royal treatment. Introduces us to Ford Frick, and everybody congratulates Mama that Rocky retired.
"I'm very hap'," she kept repeating. Toots sends over Italian waiter to take Mama's order in Italian, and she beamed with delight.
" Joe DiMaggio's on his way over," Toots told her. "I hope he gets here before you leave."
He did, and Mama was thrilled. "DiMag-g-g," she called him. She told him she has a son, Louis, who plays baseball.
"You very handsome fella," she said, and DiMaggio looked better than I ever saw him.
3:30 p.m. Arrived 30 minutes late at Bill Leonard's ( CBS) office where Mama was to do a transcription for his This Is New York
program. Told Bill that Mama wanted to meet Perry Como, had tried to get tickets to his program but couldn't. Leonard got Como on the phone for Mama.
"I want to meet you so many time," Mama said. "I enjoy your television show so much."
Perry kept repeating: "I'm so happy he retired. I used to suffer too much when he used to fight. I was afraid he would get hurt."
"Lotsa luck, Per," Mama said, "Don't work too hard. I pray for you." When she hung up, she was blushing like a schoolgirl. "Wait till I tell them at home I talk to Per Como," she said.
After taping the show, Mama wanted to go to Lane Bryant's to buy a bathing suit, but we didn't have time. "Let's go to St. Patrick's church," she said. "I want to light candle."