Augie's Secrets

Augie's Secrets

Neal Karlen

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 0873519329

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Augie's Secrets

Neal Karlen

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 0873519329

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


“Karlen offers a colorful and impressively researched account of the Minneapolis underworld and his fascinating relative that feels right out of Damon Runyon’s Guys and Dolls.Star Tribune
“Deliciously snappy.” American Jewish World

“Karlen brings back the days when Peggy Lee walked into Augie’s straight off the bus from North Dakota, when mid-century celebrities like Frank Sinatra visited Hennepin Avenue, and when the most powerful crime lords in the land checked their guns at the door when they visited Augie’s.” MinnPost

Augie’s Secrets is filled with stunning, stylish prose that captures the flavor of the Jewish underworld of downtown Minneapolis down to its last rubout and pastrami sandwich.” Paul Maccabee, author of John Dillinger Slept Here: A Crooks’ Tour of Crime and Corruption in St. Paul, 1920–1936

Neal Karlen, who has written for the New York Times, Newsweek, and Rolling Stone, is the author or coauthor of six books. 

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sell a betting service around the country—the famous ‘Minneapolis Line.’ Hecht and his partner [Hirschfield] were the first to put executive ability into bookmaking.”6 It was obvious why Minneapolis was such a good spot to locate this curious business, beyond the fact it was where Hecht and Hirschfield lived. First, since it was in the middle of the country, the two masterminds could be reasonably sure their publications would reach their readers nationwide through the mail in time for the games

take a look at that time roughly between Prohibition and the death gasps of the Jewish gangster in the 1960s. Now, the black sheep and shanda is the hero of this book, as well as the prism through which to see a different part of Minneapolis that has been obscured by time and silence. Augie knew everybody and everybody’s secrets, and enough time has passed to air out what used to be. This is a book about Augie’s secrets, but first I’ll give you a quick once-over. *** Augie was no gangster, nor

An important ruling concerning tavern license revocation was made here last week by Richard Wiggin, city attorney, in the case of Augie Ratner, operator of Augie’s Bar, who was convicted February 11 and fined $100 for selling liquor to minors. As to the question of suspension of Ratner’s license, Attorney Wiggin ruled that if violation were committed with the knowledge, consent, and acquiescence of owner, license revocation was mandatory. When it was testified that Ratner was not present at the

was in Minneapolis for a fundraiser at the old 620 Club, as he traveled the country after his playing days, making a living simply existing as “Joe DiMaggio,” it was Augie who knew to introduce the immortal centerfielder known by his teammates as “Dago” to the audience, instead, “as the greatest living New York Yankee.” Since the day Babe Ruth died in 1948, it meant a lot to Joe to be granted the moniker, and the introduction on the dais was the difference between him showing up to a gig (and

I must have made thousands of friends. Nobody could ever say of Augie Ratner that he let someone back into the joint if they robbed a customer.” So why, Augie asked, if one could make a guest list for a wedding, bar mitzvah, or political bean feed, couldn’t he do it for a funeral? “Advertise,” Fliegel advised. “A man who is loyal enough to be at your funeral deserves to be congratulated in advance.” “So Augie Ratner, ex-boxer, pal to the crestfallen, and for twenty-five years operator of one

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