Every once in a while,,, we have a 'brush' with greatness.
One of mine was Bert!!
Bert Randolph Sugar was a character's character!!. He was a frequent customer at my restaurant , and we developed quite a friendship. , I had been to his offices next to Madison Square Garden on several occasions,, and once we went to lunch [ without a reservation],, to his fave place, and they actually MOVED two people AND their lunch from a table , so he and i could sit at his favorite table. .
He traveled with some big names,and he was the first to drop those names, but not bragadociously,, thats just the way it was. It would be not uncommon for me to get a phone call from Bert,, at 3Am when it was midnight in LA,,, and tell me he was taking a break from playing poker with Diniro,,,,, or Jimmy the Greek.
His cigar ,hat, and that amazing personality lit up every room he ever walked into in a matter of seconds.
Above all, Bert was always a gentleman.
Im proud to have known him,, and proud to have had the opportunity to have him call me 'friend'