CORRECTION: Where I typed Benny [in two posts] as one of Jimmy's siblings, it should read Henry. He [Henry] was the youngest brother of the family. My bad... my apologies. For some reason, Henry's name escaped me confusing him with Benny. So sorry.
Note to self: Do not post when brain cells are chasing one another! LOL
CAUTION: The people who own this website > www.jimmygrippo.com
are very suspicious to me. They claim to be "family members", yet they know so little about him. They have little information or material about him. I contacted them about Jimmy, yet when I confronted them with facts about him, they stopped corresponding with me.
HOLY #$%&! Wait a moment!
---> looking in the dark recesses of my mind and a quick internet search <---
Okay, I am back.
OMG! I think I figured out who these people are. Elementary my dear Watson. If I am right about these folks, Jimmy was not close to this particular family clan. Not that he had negative feelings about them, because Jimmy was not made of that kind of character, he just did not spend much time with them. The audacity they have to take a domain in his name. He was so much more they ever had the opportunity to know.
They state on their webpage, The owners of this site are a couple of interested family members of Jimmy Grippos with the goal of informing people who in anyones mind that has ever watched him perform would say was one of the best that ever did it! (scratching head) They cannot inform since they do not know.
They [also] state, If anyone has any stories, pictures or info. on Jimmy Grippo and would like to be a part of assisting us in building this site please contact us They obtained jimmygrippo.com almost two years ago. Anywho in two years nothing has become of this website. It is a disgrace to Jimmy Grippos name. It expires on 01 November 2008. [hint]
Being family members, they should know [at least] from other family members about his life.
Jimmy was famous for sending his family photographs of himself, friends and celebrities. He sent articles from magazines and newspapers. He sent his business cards, decks of cards and other souvenirs from Caesars Palace. He entertained his family with his magic during family reunions. He gifted us with many treasures.
I was fortunate enough to have family members tell me stories about him and his life of the days before I was born and when I was too young to remember.
This man was a phenomenal human being not only for his talent, but more importantly, for who he was as a person in his mind, heart and soul.
I cherish my times with him and my memories of him and I cherish the very thought of a man named JIMMY GRIPPO.