Great words of support from great people.
Great words of support from great people.
As a former member of F.O.A. and a long time Conservative Republican who swims in the same liberal sea, I can absolutely identify with and support Mr. DeMartini in his goal to unseat Maxine Waters.
Bklyn. NY to L.A.
Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Bob Conti is a World class Percussionist, Producer, Writer and Vocalist best known for his double platinum compositions and performance works with Donna Summer, Diana Ross and decades of performing with Jose Feliciano. Conti also served as record producer on TheGenius of Jose Feliciano Vol 1 & Vol 2, albums he produced on his own label, Joyfull Productions.
On tour and in the studio from the early 70’s with Buck Ram’s Original “Platters” group until present day, Bob has performed, traveled and recorded with Artists including Diana Ross, Donna Summer,Wilson Pickett, Karen Carpenter, Ritchie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Earth Wind and Fire, Jose Feliciano,The Temptations, Helen Reddy, Blue Mitchel, Jack Sheldon, Carla Thomas, and many more.
Bob has recorded on over 150 albums, earning at least a dozen gold and platinum albums in the genres of Pop, Jazz, Latin Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Disco, New Age and experimental music.
Performing in shows from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl, to the Sydney Opera House and at the foothills of the Egyptian Pyramids, not to mention the Tonight Show and the Academy Awards.
Most recently Bob Conti was sworn-in as Commissioner of the Thousand Oaks, California Cultural Affairs Commission/Alliance for the Arts, and has just established his own 501(c)3 Not-for- Profit “We Celebrate US” , dedicated to “giving back”, and focusing on bringing people together through the Arts.
I am pleased to endorse Frank DeMartini for election in California’s 43rd Congressional District.
Whether it was listening to “Stella Dallas” and other soaps with his Mom after school, pretending to be Gene Autry’s Sunday sidekick on “Melody Ranch”, or getting lost in the prosecutions of “Mr. District Attorney”on Wednesday nights,Wink Martindale’s fascination with radio began during childhood. Playmates may have aspired to being doctors,firemen or policemen. Wink just wanted to be a radio announcer. His journey from Jackson Sun paper carrier to soda jerk at Baker’s Drug Store to legendary status in radio and television began in his small hometown, Jackson, Tennessee – then, population 25,000.
Following graduation from high school in 1951 Wink’s former Sunday school teacher managed a 250 Watt radio station. He gave Wink his first on-air job. $25 dollars a week. With persistence he advanced to the town’s two larger stations. And in short order he found himself on Memphis’ number one station WHBQ where Wink soon became one of the Bluff City’s most popular radio and television personalities. Work never hindered Wink. While hosting the morning show on radio, a TV show in the afternoon and beginning to raise a family, he still found time to complete his college education at the University of Memphis – majoring in Speech and English, minoring in Journalism. A shining example of what happens when one envisions a goal and acts upon it.
In 1959 Wink ventured West to Los Angeles where he was alternately featured on KHJ, KRLA, KFWB and KGIL. His radio dream was fully realized in 1971 when he began a 12 year run as the midday personality on Gene Autry’s flagship “Station of the Stars”, KMPC. Along the way there was his teen oriented “Dance Party” from Pacific Ocean Park, a gold record, the narrative “Deck of Cards”.an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. And 21 game shows that Wink either hosted or produced, including “Trivial Pursuit”, “Can You Top This”, “High Rollers”, “Debt”, “Gambit”, and the long-running “Tic-Tac-Dough”.
To whom much is given, much is expected. Wink has always followed his Mom’s admonition to “give back”. Among his fondest memories are the 12 years he co-hosted and helped produce the local Cerebral Palsy Telethon in his hometown. In recognition of this he was given the 2009 Tigrett Award by the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation.
For years Wink and his wife Sandy were on the Los Angeles Board of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Currently Wink is a spokesperson for Dream Factory, a volunteer organization which grants dreams to children diagnosed with critical or chronic illnesses – 3 to 18 years of age. He has also been affiliated with Ted Baher’s Movie Guide Awards both as host and contributor.
When fortitude is evident fame and fortune are sure to follow. In 2006 Wink received his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2012 he was a career inductee into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame.
Wink even has his name and likeness on a soda pop bottled by Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shops!
Social media is a part of Wink’s daily agenda as well – Twitter and Facebook.
Wink is the father of 4 children. Lisa, Lyn, Laura and Wink, Jr., 7 grand children and 4 great grand children.
He and Sandy, his wife of 41 years live in Calabasas, CA. When asked about retirement, his answer never wavers, “Why retire? I’m not tired!”
“I know and love members of the African-American community well (including those in our own intimate family circles), and I can tell you that our mutual values are not reflected by Maxine Waters who is on the wrong side of the big issues of our day like abortion, gay marriage and the rush to embrace cultural norms that aren’t normal at all. She’s also on the wrong side of economic growth and taxation… and thousands of Hispanic and Asian-Americans are right to ask why she pushes for policies that hurt small businessmen and women in her district. Though I’m sure she’s a fine woman personally, Maxine Waters is the classic example of the politician who spends too much time in Washington and among the wealthy liberal elite.. and loses sight of her own upbringing. Looks like she’s more concerned with challenging President Trump in 2020 than taking care of her district. Her latest TV appearances, all dressed up on “The View”, for example, exhibit an almost irrational ranting for the impeachment of our duly elected President!
I believe that Frank DeMartini is on the right side of all of these issues. We need to send to Washington citizen politicians who will help their district. Some politicians like Maxine Waters are against everything Donald Trump stands for just because he’s Donald Trump. Others are for him blindly. We need people like Frank DeMartini to go to Washington and stand up for the President when he’s right and course correct him when he’s wrong. That’s the kind of independent minded leader we need and I support Frank. If he can represent us in Congress as well as he can produce a movie, we’ll be in great shape.
I’m not a drinking man, but I’ll raise a toast to this Martini!
I think Frank is great. I have known Frank DeMartini for almost 10 years. In that time, I’ve grown to know an extremely honest man who has integrity and compassion. He also has much intellect, but he doesn’t use that intellect to make you feel inferior in any way. He is not an elitist and not a globalist. He cares about people and is willing to put people over politics. He also cares about America. His love for this country knows no bounds. It’s time for Maxine Waters to leave Congress. Since she won’t go voluntarily, Frank DeMartini has agreed to help remove her by running against her, albeit in a very Democratic district. Now it’s our turn to help Frank win and beat the odds. We need to support him in any way we can. Let’s get the job done. Let’s force Maxine into early retirement and help make her district great again!”
Chris Widener is a public speaker, author, businessman and the founder of Positively Republican, the largest Republican page on Facebook with well over one million followers.