Monday, December 14, 2015

Celebrating Frank Sinatra's Centenary

As you no doubt are aware, December 12 marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of Frank Sinatra.

In honour of the occasion, Mark Steyn has been busy treating us to lovely, warm, insightful essays on Sinatra's top 100 songs. If you haven't been keeping up, you can catch up here.  Episode 3 of the audio specials is here. 

I'm no expert on Sinatra, no expert on music at all, but I do enjoy humming a few bars now and again.

However, I am an expert on people, and what I can add to the discussion is that Frank Sinatra was a very good friend of Israel and the Jewish people. He was a giant of a philosemitic gentile, and was profoundly moved by his trip to Israel. This says something about him and his humanity.

As I wrote earlier this year, "Mr. Sinatra adored Israel and Israel  adored him back."

So, here is a nice little bit that I spotted on line over the weekend, courtesy of the Israeli Air Force.


Frank Sinatra in "Tel-Nof" Airbase 1962
He did it "his way": In 1962, Sinatra visited the IAF's "Tel-Nof" Airbase, where he sang to Flight School cadets.
Posted by Israeli Air Force on Sunday, December 13, 2015