Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Dean Martin Festival in Steubenville, OH (2017)

Hey pallies, as our  Dino-bro Eddie-o continues to share bits and pieces of his pilgrimage to the hometown of our most beloved Dino for the cool centennial celebration of Dino-fest 2017, we are proudly pleased to have come 'cross a beautiful blog post from a fellow traveler to Stubenville who has creatively chronicled their Dino-journey.

From the pad "Christmas TV History,"  comes blogger Miss Joanna Wilson's June 20 prose 'n pix post, "Dean Martin Festival in Steubenville, OH (2017)."   Likes, back in December of 2016, ilovedinomartin has featured Miss Wilson's huge homage of our Dino's 1968 Christmas Special  HERE.

Likes as you read this post, all youse Dino-holics will discover that Joanna not only has powerful passion for our Dino's wintery special, but was deeply deeply delighted to spend some time in Steubenville where our Dino spent his growin' up years.  Miss Wilson only got to spend Friday, the first full day of Dino-fest in Dino-town, but as you will read she enjoyed seein' the room of Dino-history at the local museum and made sure, as our Eddie-o did, to seek out the site of our Dino's birth.

We thanks Miss Joanna Wilson for sharin' her interestin' impressions of journeyin' to place of our Dino's descent to earth and partakin' of at least some of the awesome activities of the 20th anniversary of Dino-fest.  To checks this out in it's original source, likes simply clicks on the tag of this DIno-report.

We remain,

Yours in Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dean Martin Festival in Steubenville, OH (2017)

It's summer time and I've traveled to another to pop culture destination while on vacation. You may remember some of my earlier destinations: Rosemary Clooney House in Augusta, KY;  The Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana, PA; It's a Wonderful Life Museum in Seneca Falls, NY; The Waltons-Hamner Homestead in Schuyler, VA; The Lucille Ball museums in Jamestown, NY; and A Christmas Story House Museum in Cleveland, OH. I love traveling and sharing my adventures. What pop culture destinations have you visited?

Last weekend I journeyed to Steubenville, OH, the hometown of crooner Dean Martin. Two weeks ago, it was (what would have been) Martin's 100th birthday. So his hometown's celebration, the annual Dean Martin Festival, was planned to be bigger and better than ever. Most of the special events were scheduled for Saturday, June 17th but I was only able to make the trip on Friday, June 16th. I knew I would be missing out on most of the fun--but I decided to go anyway, to take in and enjoy what Martin's hometown has to offer.

Spotted this marker from the freeway and was able to find it again after exiting. (Click on image to enlarge).

Steubenville is a Rust Belt city in the Midwest. Like so many others, its peak in population (and industry) was many decades ago but the city and its people move forward to redefine themselves. One of the more fascinating aspects of visiting Dean Martin's hometown is discovering the vibrant and rich history of the city at the time Dino Crocetti lived there. I love history so visiting the local Historical Museum was a must.

The historical museum's collection on Martin includes photos and memorabilia of his music, television, and film career.

The Jefferson County Historical Association Museum is a frequent stop for Dean Martin fans. There's an entire room in the historical home-turned-museum dedicated to Martin's lengthy career. Steubenville residents are especially proud of Martin's acknowledgement of his hometown--there are many newspaper clippings and photos of his return visits.

Who could forget Martin in the car rally movies Cannonball Run and Cannonball Run 2?

Getting a photo of the entire room at the historical museum was too difficult but I found one piece of memorabilia to pose with!

The historical museum is a typical small-town museum but I appreciated its attention to detail and they way it captured the city's rich history. I also learned here that actor Robert Urich is also from the area--he's from Toronto, OH which is right up the road from Steubenville.

Although the Dean Martin Festival website didn't recommend a stop at Dean Martin's Steubenville home, we decided to look up the address on-line. Now we know why. Here's the field bearing the address.

The Dean Martin mural is on the wall of a local grocery store.

Steubenville is also known as The City of Murals. Wonderfully detailed, painted murals line many of the downtown buildings. Of course, there's a Dean Martin one. His mural includes a central image of Dean singing as he descends carpeted stairs. This is surrounded by four sepia-toned tableaus.

Top right quadrant: Dean and Jerry Lewis.

Bottom right: Dean and his musical director from TV's The Dean Martin Show.

Top left: Dean and his Rat Pack buddies, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra.

Bottom left: Dean and Jerry riding in a car during a hometown parade.

The mural is quite a tourist attraction! Everyone at the grocery store was used to seeing people like me stopping for photos.

The Dean Martin Festival also recommended eating at Dean's favorite restaurant in Steubenville: Naples Spaghetti House. On Friday evening, the old-school eatery was already filled with locals and people from out of town for the festival.

Maybe I'll get another chance to eat here next year :)

Again, I missed most of the special events planned for the festival but that's okay. They had a parade through downtown, a marathon street dance, many concerts, contests--even a 5k race! Dean's daughter Deana even came to Steubenville for the celebration. Maybe I need to come back next year.

It turned out to be a nice day trip for myself and my friend. We listened to several Dean Martin albums on the drive down--including a Christmas one! And, I got to share with my friend my passion for the Christmas episodes of The Dean Martin Show and the numerous '70s Christmas specials too. Remember I wrote about the 1968 Christmas episode here.

from the 1968 Dean Martin Christmas show.

Have you ever visited a pop culture destination? What are you plans for this summer?

Joanna Wilson is a TV researcher and book author specializing in Christmas entertainment. Her latest book "Triple Dog Dare: Watching--& Surviving--the 24-Hour Marathon of A Christmas Story" was released in 2016. Her books can be found at the publisher's website: 1701

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Ed's Epistle - 2017 Dean Martin Festival News & Notes

Good morning Dino-pallies!

I hope the week is off to a good start for everyone here who visits the BEST Dino blog on the internets!

Today I have a note worthy document to share with you. I happened to pick this up in the Dean Martin room at the Jefferson County Museum in Steubenville.

I note this as particular interest on account of it being 'new' to me. It's a document noting all of Dino's Steubenville residence's starting from birth through his house with his first wife Betty.
I find it interesting because some of these residences aren't noted in any of the other Dino books or references that I remember reading. Not to say that this information isn't unknown, it's just that I don't recall ever such a listing of details relating to Dino and his home town.

Some personal notes that I took while traversing Stu'ville trying to locate these homes.
- Birth home 319 S. 6th St. is an empty lot
- 425 Slack St is now a new building development
- 118 Brady seems to have been lost in urban street sprawl, not able to be located
- 1210 Riverview may have been lost also, however it looks like the street has been rerouted?
- 313 N 7th is now an empty lot
- 2130 Sunset seems to have been lost to urban sprawl

Please take a look and enjoy!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Ed's Epistle - Dean Martin Festival Pictures Continued

Good Monday pallies! 
So I've concluded the wonderful Dino-cation and now I'm settlin' down on the home front.

Reflecting on the trip to Stu'ville and going through the wonderful moments and images captured. This image hits home hard to what Dino means to Stu'ville.

I'm always taken aback at certain images or pictures, but seeing this one on an empty store front on a now desolate street allows you time travel to the days where this was very real. It breaks the heart while it warms the soul. Enjoy...

......and “Murderer’s Row” with Dean Martin and Ann Margaret.

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Hey pallies, likes once 'gain we interupt our regularly scheduled postin's from the coolest of cool Centennial Celebration of The Day That Coolness Came To Earth for 'nother historical Dino-note that came our way from our pallies at google Dino-'lerts.  Likes as we were goin' through our email we came 'cross a part of a postin' from the Green Bay Press-Gazette (WI) sharin' happenin's round the Green Bay area, 10, 25, and 50 years 'go.

Likes we couldn't resist sharin' with all youse Dino-holics that 50 years 'go in June of the year of our Dino 1967 that famous flick, "Murder's Row" was part of a double billin' at the Skyway Drive-in in Fish Creek.  And, likes those close to the Dino-action here at ilovedinomartin knows that we deeply deeply digs our most beloved Dino as swingin' spyster Matt Helm and our most fav of fav of the quartet of Helmers in numero duo, "Murder's Row."

So, likes we couldn't pass up this Dino-op to share our awesome adulation of Dino as Helm with a terrific trio of gifs from the swankest of swank scene early in the film, a incredible image of an original poster that we have not seen exactly likes this before and a beautiful bevy of youtube vids amazin'ly accentin' potent portions of this coolest of cool classic Dino-epic.  Likes, not to worry pallies we gots tons and tons more Dino-grams comin' your way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of our  Dino's descent to our stay tuned for the on-goin' Dino-action right here at ilovedinomartin.

We remain,

Yours in Dino,

Dino Martin Peters




50 Years Ago

June 27-29, 1967

Skyway Drive-in, Fish Creek: “Walk Don’t Run” with Cary Grant and Samantha Eggar and “Murderer’s Row” with Dean Martin and Ann Margaret.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Danny G's Sunday Serenade with Dino: "Off Again, On Again"

Welcome to Summer 2017, my friends!

Hot, sunny days are here! Yay!!!

Now, friends o' it just me...or does Summer seem to be flyin' by already?!!! Hahaha!!!
I must be crazy!
It just stared & I'm already afraid of it slippin' through my Dino-diggin' fingers! Haha!!

 I thinks its 'cause Spring just FLEW by me this year...SO SO damn fast! 
Oh well, pals...we'll hold onto these long, muggy days...extra tight!

OK, pallies...let's gets to some tunes!

I'm thinkin' this is the PER FEC TO time to kick off the season with one of Dean's laid back...balmy type jams.

Real slow & sultry, mi amici.

Just the way we likes it.

Now who says "Summer chillin" better than Dino?

No one.
He's the chill-master! Ha!

Well...I guess the best place to start is ALWAYS with  my FAVE summery Dino-al b um..."The Lush Years".

Yes, pals...this little vinyl Frisbee is JAM-PACKED with HOT HOT & yet VERY VERY COOL Dino-tunes.

Let's grab a little "Off Again, On Again" to set the mood.

 Picture this, pallies...It's a hot...sweaty...Summer night.
A little breeze keeps it tolerable, though.
Youse grabs some yummy...icy...drinky of choice.
Put the needle on the vinyl...& melt away with Dean.

Ahhhhhh. That's good stuff, mi amici.

Cheers to 'nother Summer with Dino, pals!


Off again on again off again on again)
Off again on again it's here and then it's gone again
Oh this is some romance
In again out again it's with and then without again
Let's give it half a chance
It's cold and then hot again you're mine and then you're not again
You're always playing peek-a-boo
I'm in a stew about blue about what am I going to do about
Off again on again you
(Off again on again it's here and then it's gone again)
(Oh this is some romance)
(In again out again it's with and then without again)
(Let's give it half a chance)
It's cold and then hot again you're mine and then you're not again
You're always playing peek-a-boo (peek-a-boo)
I'm in a stew about blue about what am I going to do about
Off again on again you
(Off again on again you)
Off again on again you

Saturday, June 24, 2017

"Dean Martin, the wheel of fate".

Hey pallies, likes welcome back for 'nother day of our Centennial Celebration of The Day That Coolness Came To Earth, the 100th anniversary of our Dino's descent to our planet on June 7, 1917.
Likes, while tons of the Dino-faithful gathered in our Dino's hometown of Steubenville, Ohio last weekend for the 20th anniversary of Dino-fest, which our own Eddie-o has been and will continue to coolly chronicle for all us Dino-holics, the pallies in the land of Dino-heritage, Montesilvano, Italy are hugely homagin' our Dino with energetic events as well!

From the internet pad, "ILPESCARA" comes the noteworthy news that this very Dino-day,  Saturday, the 24th of June in the year of our Dino 2017 will be a provocative presentation of the new Dino-homagin' tome, "Dean martin, the wheel of fate," by scribers  Gerardo Di Cola and Andrea Mosca.    From what we have read below, the book appears to be a work of fiction, but based mucho on the life, times, and teachin's of our Dino.   As shared in this powerful prose this reconstructin' of the Dino-tale is "
"through a hazy mix of historical and narrative dimension, the dawn of the myth Dean Martin, starting from the earliest origins."

Likes, oh how we wishes that we coulda  jet to the land of Dino-heritage for Saturday's coolest of cool celebration and grab ourselves a copy of this new Dino-tome.  We're supposin' that the book is scribed in Italian, but perhaps it has been, or will be translated into English for the larger Dino-world to relish.  We'll try and do a bit more Dino-searchin' to see if we can get any more facts and figures on "Dean Martin, the wheel of fate."

We were most grateful to the pallies at "ILPERSCARA" for sharin' the news of this incredibly intriguin' Dino-celebration and to checks it out in it's original source, likes simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-report.

We remain,

Yours in Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

A Montesilvano the presentation of the book "Dean Martin, the wheel of fate"

Di Palazzo Baldoni James Hall


From 24/06/2017 to 24/06/2017 ONLY TOMORROW


22 june 2017 15:57

Continuing appointments arranged by Dean Martin Foundation , in collaboration with the Municipality of Montesilvano, to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the world-famous artist montesilvanesi origins. Saturday, June 24 will be presented the book "Dean Martin, the wheel of fate".

In the work, the authors explain Gerardo Di Cola and Andrea Mosca, is reconstructed "through a hazy mix of historical and narrative dimension, the dawn of the myth Dean Martin, starting from the earliest origins. The encounter between the grandparents (projectiles Giovanni Maria Crocetti and Dashing), to the suggestion of a dreamy and romanticized arrival of Dean in Montesilvano. In between, including archival documents, ideals photocompositions and reportage on Italian emigration, the departure of his father (Gaetano) to Ellis Island, the adolescence of Dean in the back room of Steubenville and unpredictability of certain meetings called by " wheel of fate ", a true leitmotif of this novel non-fiction."

Di Cola and Moscow in their work accurately describe some places between Pescara and Montesilvano, where lived the Crocetti, the journey of Gaetano and before that of his brothers headed to Ellis Island, then the meeting with Carlo Di Pietro and again the meeting Jerry Lewis until today the best and luckiest of his career in Hollywood and Las Vegas and the melancholic sunset in alcohol and forgetfulness. The journey through the history of the Dean Martin Family is described through a meticulous search in the Abruzzo state archives and Emigration Museum in New Yok and sometimes oscillates between reality and imagination of the person in the story of some characters creators of cultural development and artistic Pescara.

A Montesilvano la presentazione del libro “Dean Martin, la ruota del destino”

Sala Di Giacomo di Palazzo Baldoni


Dal 24/06/2017 al 24/06/2017 SOLO DOMANI



22 giugno 2017 15:57

Proseguono gli appuntamenti organizzati dalla Fondazione Dean Martin, in collaborazione con il Comune di Montesilvano, per celebrare il centenario della nascita del famosissimo artista di origini montesilvanesi. Sabato 24 giugno verrà presentato il libro “Dean Martin, la ruota del destino”.

Nell’opera, spiegano gli autori Gerardo Di Cola e Andrea Mosca, viene ricostruita «attraverso uno sfumato intreccio di dimensione storica e narrativa, l’alba del mito Dean Martin, partendo dalle primissime origini. Dall’incontro tra i nonni (i proietti Giovanni Crocetti e Maria Focoso), fino alla suggestione di un trasognante e romanzato arrivo di Dean a Montesilvano. Nel mezzo, tra documenti d’archivio, fotocomposizioni ideali e reportage sul fenomeno dell’emigrazione italiana, la partenza del padre (Gaetano) verso Ellis Island, l’adolescenza di Dean nei retrobottega di Steubenville e l’imprevedibilità di certi incontri voluti dalla “ruota del destino”, vero e proprio leitmotiv di questo romanzo-non romanzo».

Di Cola e Mosca nel loro lavoro descrivono accuratamente alcuni luoghi tra Pescara e Montesilvano dove vissero i Crocetti, il viaggio di Gaetano e prima ancora quello dei suoi fratelli diretti ad Ellis Island, poi l’incontro con Carlo Di Pietro e poi ancora l’incontro con Jerry Lewis fino ai giorni migliori e più fortunati della sua carriera tra Hollywood e Las Vegas e al tramonto malinconico nell’alcol e nella dimenticanza. Il viaggio nella storia della famiglia di Dean Martin è descritto attraverso una meticolosa ricerca tra gli archivi di Stato abruzzesi e il Museo dell’Emigrazione di New Yok e a volte oscilla tra la realtà e la fantasia degli autori nel racconto di alcuni personaggi artefici dello sviluppo culturale e artistico del pescarese.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Ed's Epistle - Dean Martin Festival 2017

Hey pallies! Happy Friday!
My vacation is coming near the end, which means more in depth Dean Fest 2017 posts are just around the corner.

Today is another Dino-pic to keep the Dino Month of June going.

This pic looks to be in a classroom in front of a chalk board with Jerry Lewis. Jerry is of course goofing around as Dino looks at what appears to be a character drawing..

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Ed's Epistle - Dean Martin Festival 2017 Report

Good day pallies.

I'm still "Out of the Office", however I do have time to add another rare pic to share.

This one from the Jefferson County Museum where they have a room dedicated to Dino.

Enjoy, and feel free to discuss!

This pic seems to be either a magazine or newspaper article. I don't believe I've ever seen this one.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Scotty's Sharin' still does not compare with the timeless beauty and elegance of Dean's former home.

Dean Martin...great show of the man of cool who knew how to dress...classy! - web source -MReno

Hey pallies, likes today we are goin' to take 'nother  bit of a break from our centennial celebration of The Day That Coolness Came To Earth that keeps fabulously featurin' the hugest of huge homage of our most beloved Dino on the 100th anniversary of his descent to our planet for a immensely important reason.  Our deepest of deeply devoted to Dino pallie, Scotty has shared his first Dino-centric post in nine months over at his beautiful blog "BlueisKewl" and we wouldn't think of waitin' 'nother day to share it with all youse Dino-holics.

Our pallie of pallies Scotty-o is one of a select few cooler then cool commentators postin' potent patter on many many of our ilovedinomartin offerin's for which we are greatly greatly grateful, and we completely cherish his stellar support of our eager efforts in lovin'ly liftin' up the name of our one and only Dino.  So when we happened 'pon his recent Dino-offerin' we simply had to stop the presses to share it with youse Dino-philes.

Likes we gotta 'fess up that the ol' net has been sharin' post after post on the remake of our Dino's last estate tagged "Trousdale" and we have completely resisted postin' any of 'em 'cause of our on goin' celebration of our Dino's beloved birthday...and truth be told, we ain't appreciate of or impressed by the dismantlin' of our King of Cool's last our way of Dino-thinkin' it's a desecration of our Dino's legacy...but, then, we ain't in the position of havin' the bread to have saved it from the wreckin' ball either.

So, likes in absolute appreciato of our Scotty-o's super support of ilovedinomartin, we share with you 16 images that Scotty has assembled of the new mansion followed by a powerful pix of the original Dino-mansion and of course we absolutely 'gree with these thoughts that Scotty's has valiantly voiced..."While the new home is very ritzy and is sure to have every single bell and whistle, it still does not compare with the timeless beauty and elegance of Dean's former home."

Hats off to our Dino-devoted pallie Scotty for this Dino-gram with the hugest of hope that this will be the return of many many marvelously delightful Dino-grams to come soon from his pen.  To checks this out in it's original source, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-gram.

We remain,

Yours in Dino,

Dino Martin Peters

Dean Martin's Former Trousdale Estate for Sale at $27.95 Million Dollars

Dean's former home.

(While the new home is very ritzy and is sure to have every single bell and whistle, it still does not compare with the timeless beauty and elegance of Dean's former home.)

By Rebekah Bell.

Entertainer Dean Martin rose to fame in the 1950s and ‘60s with hits such as That’s Amore, Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime, and Ain’t That a Kick in the Head? as well as for his involvement with the hard-partying Rat Pack, the renowned group of entertainers that also included Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford. In his later years, Martin resided in a posh Beverly Hills estate that was frequented by his famous friends. Though Martin’s former home has since been dismantled, a newly constructed spec mansion now occupying the site pays homage to the Rat Pack with a slew of glamorous amenities and entertaining options.

Perched above the canyons in the coveted Trousdale Estates neighborhood in Beverly Hills, the home features hints of mid-century modern architecture that recall the original structure as well as state-of-the-art amenities worthy of a modern dwelling. A 200-foot-long driveway leads to the ultra-modern, glass-walled home. A floating entryway surrounded by water features and stunning marble walls leads into the open-concept home. Spread across more than 10,000 square feet, the five-bedroom home features 12-foot ceilings, skylights, and walls of glass that blur the lines between inside and out-of-doors.

Outfitted with modern appliances and a large island, the gourmet kitchen is adjacent to a dining room with a striking glass wine cellar. A floor-to-ceiling fireplace serves as the focal point of the living room, and sliding glass doors lead to an outdoor oasis. In the backyard, amenities such as a pool, fire pit, deck with built-in seats and a fire pit, and an outdoor kitchen with a barbecue, refrigerator, and beer tap make it easy for residents to host parties that would have made the original Rat Pack proud. The glamorous home is currently listed for $27.95 million. (Inquiries: Coldwell Banker. Jade Mills, 310.285.7508;

Dean Martin (born Dino Paul Crocetti; June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995) was an Italian-American singer, actor, comedian, and film producer. One of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the mid-20th century, Martin was nicknamed the "King of Cool" for his seemingly effortless charisma and self-assurance.

He and Jerry Lewis were partners as the immensely popular comedy team Martin and Lewis, and afterwards he was a member of the "Rat Pack", and a star in concert stages, nightclubs, recordings, motion pictures, and television. He was the host of the television variety program The Dean Martin Show (1965–1974) and The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast (1974–1984).

Martin's relaxed, warbling crooning voice earned him dozens of hit singles including his signature songs "Memories Are Made of This", "That's Amore", "Everybody Loves Somebody", "You're Nobody till Somebody Loves You", "Sway", "Volare", and "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?".

Martin, a heavy smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in September 1993, and was told that he would require surgery to prolong his life, but he rejected it. He retired from public life in early 1995 and died of acute respiratory failure resulting from emphysema at his Beverly Hills home on Christmas Day, 1995 at the age of 78. The lights of the Las Vegas Strip were dimmed in his honor.

Martin's body was interred at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles. The crypt features the epitaph "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime", the title of his signature song.