I recently discovered that comedian Donald Jay Rickles turned 86 on May 8. He is a real funny comic and a child lived in Jackson Heights.
This news brought back memories of my one experience with Don Rickles on stage at the Resorts Casino in Atlantic City. In the late 70's I would go with my girlfriend to Atlantic City, and one evening got tickets for Rickles' show.
At the beginning of the show he picked myself and one other young man to be in one of his skits. He made fun of us and got the audience to laugh a lot, and at the end of the skit slapped me on the butt for being a good sport. He also bought my girlfriend and I a big magnum of champagne.
He was and still is a very funny guy, and at age 86 shows no sign of slowing down. He truly is one of a kind and has made Queens proud.
Frederick R. Bedell JR.
Glen Oaks Village