In the Hamptons: My Fifty Years with Farmers, Fishermen, Artists, Billionaires, and Celebrities

Dan Rattiner, Author . Harmony $24.95 (348p) ISBN 978-0-307-38295-5

As publisher of the Montauk Pioneer in the early 1960s, which branched into the longtime Hampton free newspaper, Dan’s Papers , Rattiner knows his territory and shares a collection of charming early memories of the people among whom he lived and worked. Most of the recollections are from the 1960s, when the author, a Harvard graduate student in his 20s, having been introduced to Montauk when his father moved the family there to take over White’s Pharmacy in 1956, runs the press largely by himself, borrowing a thousand dollars from local banker Merton Tyndall. While knocking door-to-door to sell ad pages and drum up stories, he meets the remarkable seasonal denizens of the Hamptons, such as the lovely daughter of Harrison Tweed III, Babette; the drinkers at Jungle Pete’s, tightlipped about their dead crony Jackson Pollock; artist Balcomb Greene; the sun-bathing lady proprietors of the Memory Motel; reclusive John Steinbeck; and the real-life shark hunter Frank Mundus. As the Hamptons change from sleepy beaches to celebrity enclaves, the likable Rattiner boasts (modestly) about refusing an interview with then nobody Richard Nixon and playing baseball with notables such as George Plimpton and Bill Clinton. (May)

Reviewed on: 03/31/2008
Release date: 05/01/2008
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