Dinner with DiMaggio
Imagine being a part of the great Joe DiMaggio’s inner circle for the final ten years of the New York Yankee Hall of Famer’s life.
It was a remarkable situation for the unsuspecting Dr. Rock Positano to find himself in. And now he’s written a book.
Dinner with DiMaggio goes behind-the-scenes with the Yankee Clipper, relating personal accounts about sports superstars like Ted Williams, Lou Gehrig, Sandy Koufax and Muhammad Alito pop culture titans like ex-wife Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and Woody Allen.
According to Positano as told to Fox News, DiMaggio would share his most intimate thoughts during the final years of his life in the mid-90s while over dinners in New York City, including those involving his ex, Marilyn.
“He made an allusion to the fact that when they would get together [in the bedroom] it was like the gods were fighting,” said Positano. “There was thunder and bolts of lightning. Of course, he never got graphic because let’s face it, Joe was a gentleman. He wasn’t going to discuss certain things with our group or anybody else for that matter. So I think he was just speaking as one man to a group of men that were listening to him.”
On another matter regarding Monroe, Positano shared the following, “I think the biggest reason why, from what we gathered in our conversations with him, was that you had two iconic people,” he said. “He was the most famous American sports star… She was the most famous iconic Hollywood actress. And let’s face it, there’s always competition that goes on between two people like that, regardless of how much they love each other or even care about each other.”
As far as other women were concerned with DiMaggio, he definitely had a type, “He had a crush on [model] Elle Macpherson,” Positano claimed. “He also had a crush on [TV journalist] Elizabeth Vargas. Joe liked intelligent, active, pretty women.”
So where is Positano coming from with the book? What’s the reason for it at this time and place?
“I think the problem that we’re finding is America’s youth… Kids do not know who Joe DiMaggio is or was. I think this is a way to reintroduce Americans, especially American kids, to Joe DiMaggio, who’s really our last American hero.”