With the utmost respect and gratitude, I thank
you for opening up
your heart, your home and your life as Dean Martin's
I found your book refreshing in that you told
it like it was. Your
descriptions of all the characters involved in your
father's and your life were so honest and so typical of all human
reaction to different and trying situations. However, I was intrigued
by your father's will - who got what and why did her leave some
children more money than others? Did he think these children
were less protected or more vulnerable? Anyway, thank you
for a great book, I'd recommend it to anyone for its down to
Hi Deana, just wanted to say I just finished
your book and its remarkable its so loving, caring, honest
and when I was reading it I can kind of picture the life you had.
I especially like how you give credit
to your dad for a lot of things but are also honest enough
to say the not everything was perfect in the martin family
just cause your father was dean martin. I think its something
that a lot of us people born out of parents
that are not famous should realize, is that just cause your
dad is dean martin or frank Sinatra doesn't mean you have a
Your book and Tina Sinatra's book on her dad are 2 of my favorite
And your quote that "my father was a good
man but not a good
father" is I think a quote lots of us children can honestly
say about our own parents. I would like to know if you will be
signing books anytime in the near future, I live in New York?
I was also curious how many grandchildren your father has? From
what I read in the book I counted 7 from you, Craig, Claudia,
and Gail. And 4 from Dino, Ricci, and not sure if your sister
Gina had any. Thanks for the great book...it was a pleasure to
My father has 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
As for the book signings, my very first one was in Manhattan,
and yes, I am definitely coming back to several cities in New York
to do more. Thanks for asking.
I just wanted to thank
you for the great book. It helped me threw a lonely Christmas day.
I have been a fan of your Dad all my life have all his albums
and most of his movies.
You had it tough as a Child but came threw
it quite well.
God Bless you ,
I just finished your book and had to
tell you that I loved it. It was such a fabulous insight into your
father. I must tell you that I idolize my father. He has always
been my number one man. Your father is number two in my book for
so many reasons. Again, thanks for your wonderful book. I really enjoyed
All the best,
Are you planning to attend the Dean Martin
Festival in June 2005?
We wouldn't miss it. Hope to see you there.
I am 17 years old and just recently finished "Memories
Are Made Of This". I am doing a book report on your father.
When my teacher told us we could pick anyone, the first person
that came to mind was Dean Martin. I have grown up watching
a lot of the old western films and love the one's with your
father in them. I just wanted to ask, if your father spent
most of his time with the Rat Pack?
Reading this book let me see him in a different light
and I hold great respect for him and everyone who is related to
him. Thank you for opening my eyes to the real Dean Martin.
Wow! Your passage through the years growing
up in your multitude of families, with the mix of a full blender
of life's events was simply a golden read. Your Pop was
wonderful. And, you turned out 'good'. Thanks for the walk
through a special lifetime.
All the best,
Sorry, more of a statement than question. I
started and finished reading your book in two days, which is
good for me, being a pizza man and working 60 hours a week. I
really liked the book very much but feel you could have told
us more. So please write another book and I will read and tell
all my friends to read it to.
All the best,
Wanted to say your book (Memories are made
of this) was great, sad, and funny, I couldn't put it down.
I've just read your book and would like to say thanks for sharing
your memories with us ...... a fantastic read you should be very
very proud. I would just like to know, who did Dean like to listen
Hi Ms. Martin,
I received your book from my son for Christmas.
I am half way through and love it. I would like to ask you if
the Dean Martin Festival is an annual event. If it is do you
have any information for the festival in 2005. I would love to
Yes the Dean Martin Festival is an annual
event and this year it will be held on June 17, 18 & 19. You
can find all the information at http://www.deanmartinsteubenville.com.
I hope to see you there this year.
I received your book as a Christmas present.
I finished reading it today, it was great. I am also a subscriber
to the TV show CD's in which I get every other month. Again,
Thank You for writing your book. I've watched your father growing
up and it has brought back many memories. Some good some bad. After
reading what your Dad was really like I found it funny because
my father is the same way. He’s also a Dago; a name we've
referred to him as for years. Hearing your Dad was also called
a Dago made me laugh. My father right now is very ill and stays
in his room watching movies in-between naps. Like you I sometimes
go into his room and sit on his bed, only talking during commercials.
Maybe this behavior is generational with the Italians of their
time. Either way it's sad. And when I read Dean was like this I
cried; something I don’t do often. So again thank you and
as you know already we ALL love your Dad. Hope the rest of your
family is well.
I am a 62 year old guy. I loved your dad from
the mid fifties. I always thought that he was the coolest
and best looking entertainer (I'm straight) and no ones voice
could compare to his. He brought numerous hours of joy
to my life and still does. I miss him, as I know you do. He
was the greatest.
I do not have a question, I just want to say
the pleasure and fulfillment I received from reading” Memories
Are Made of This" was over whelming. When I heard you were
writing this, I told my girlfriend I have to get to Barnes and
Noble and buy this, he was my idol. At Christmas this year it
was one of my presents from her and one that I really cherished.
I started reading it Christmas Eve when my children and everyone
left and I finished it New Years Day. It was so well written
that it felt like you were talking or listening in the first
person to your Dad when he spoke. Not only in his jokes but also
in is love for his children. When I got to the chapter on his
passing and how he expressed his love for your Mom Betty and
how he spoke of his children I completely broke down and started
crying. I'm sixty years old so I'm no kid. I was overwhelmed.
I grew up with him and everyone use to tell me I looked like
a young Dean Martin when I was in high school. I have to say
there was quite a resemblance-I was so lucky! It was like I felt
connected in some way. My parents emigrated from Italy in 1902.
There use to be seven of us, now there is just two, my sister
and myself. I'm still considered the baby! My Mom passed away
two years ago at age 99 still living by herself and making the
sauce every Sunday. ”Memories Are Made of This" holds
a special place in my heart. In the "old" days in high
school, we would have Friday night parties and play spin the
bottle. The first time I ever kissed a girl your Dad's song was
playing. It was 45-rpm record we had bought. I was 14 and I never
forgot the words or the kiss. He just seemed like the kind of
guy you could connect to. Just one of the
"boys" so cool. The day he passed, on Christmas 1995,
I had was making Christmas dinner for my children Gina and Ray.
They came in the kitchen and said Dad "what’s the matter"?
I said, "Dean Martin died." I had tears in my eyes; "he
was my idol”. I told my son that he was the only person I
really ever wanted to meet in my live time and I never got a chance
to. My son bought me a CD-Dino "The Essential Dean Martin" which
we take to our little Italian restaurant here in Batavia, NY and
the owner is kind enough to play it while we have dinner. When
we play golf my foursome consists of two "Dagos" a Jew
and an Irish guy. We all exchange our usually greetings which are
mostly insults. When they ask me how I'm doing I always say great
and don't forget "When the Moon hits your eyes like a big
pizza pie and they all join in and sing ‘That's Amore' and
we tee it up and go. This has been going on for years and they
all know the words now even the Jewish guy. Thank You for taking
the time to read this, I didn't mean to ramble, but he was just
such a great guy. Keep up the good work of keeping your Dad's memory
alive. God bless you and your family. I’m coming to Steubenville
Thank you sharing your wonderful story.
I look forward to meeting you in Steubenville in June.
My wife and I had the pleasure of meeting you
and your husband and having dinner with both of you at the Naples
Restaurant. We would like to know if you will be back in town
in 2005 for the Festival.
Yes we will be back in Steubenville in 2005 and you can count on
seeing us at the wonderful Naples Spaghetti House...it's one of
Your mother Jeanne was always so beautiful! I'm wondering
how she is doing. And has your sister Gina remarried? I
really enjoyed your book!
My beautiful mother Jeanne is doing fabulously.
My sister Gina has married a wonderful man named Jason and
they are very happy. It fills me with joy that you liked my
Are you planning any book signings anywhere
near Reno, Nevada? We would love to meet you and introduce
you to our 8 year old son, Dino. Named after your dad,
of course. We are big fans.
Ray and Debbie Mota
Hi Ray, Debbie and Dino,
Yes, Reno is definitely on our list for
future book signings. I look forward to meeting all of you
then...especially little Dino.
Did your dad have a notepad with logo "Dino" that
he used in the late sixties?
Yes he did.
I enjoyed your book so very much. Your dad
was a joy to watch and listen to. Just a note to tell you this.
God Bless. That's Amore.
I have read your book and loved your honesty.
I work in the local public library in Steubenville, OH and would
love to show you our library's collection of info on Dean Martin.
Please contact me prior to next year's Dean Martin Festival and
we will see if we can set up a meeting.
I hope your Dad would be proud of you and your
I would love to see your library's collection.
Let's plan on it this coming year and thank you for your invitation.
I spelled your name right! I just finished your book and was totally
enthralled with another source of information on your really wonderful
father. I have so much respect for you and your father. In fact
I opened a restaurant in my hometown and decorated the entire place
with pictures, some of which I purchased from Sid Avery, whom I
found to also be a fascinating individual.
I am interested in attending "The Dean
Martin Festival" and would also love to meet you. How can
I get the meeting events and agenda for the next festival?
Thanks so much for your courage and grace.
Sid Avery was one of the Masters and a very
All the information concerning the Dean
Martin Festival can be found at http://www.deanmartinsteubenville.com/.
I look forward to see you there this year.
This is more of a comment. I had the honor of meeting your father
and mother (Jeannie) at Ciro's nightclub in 1953 when I was just
18. Your father gave me permission to dance with your mother, a
very beautiful lady, because my mother and I were sitting at the
next table to your father. I am now 69 and I have been a loyal
fan all these years. Also your father's death really saddened me
to the point that his songs mean even more to now. Deana, I adored
I'm 19 years old from Connecticut, Big Fan of Dean, what Italian
kid isn't, ha-ha? I think its great you continue to dedicate your
time, showing everyone what a great man he was. I personally know
Ava Franchi, husband of late performer, Sergio Franchi. We both
actually live in the same town, Stonington, Conn. My question is
what was Dean's main feature? Like for example, if he were to walk
into a room if he WASN"T famous, what would people acknowledge
about him first? Thanks for your time.
My father was a gorgeous man with a wonderful
smile, and very charismatic.
I have already read your book twice; I am now
on my third time through. It is truly fascinating. You make the
reader feel as if they were there with you all your life!!! At
every performance I tell the audience your book is a must read
for anyone who has even only heard of your father. Thank you
so much for signing my book the way you did. This time of the
year I’m sure, is very bittersweet for you and your family.
My Grandfather passed away on Dec. 24th 1995. Exactly 23 and
1/2 hours before your father. We can relate. I always think that
your dad and my grandfather are in heaven playing cards and watching
over their families. Merry Christmas and have a very safe new
P.S. I still think you look like Susan Lucci
Thanks for the kind words.
My sister Natalie and I live in Europe and
we are fans of your father since 35 years and we love him very
very much. He was and still is the greatest artist in the world.
We wonder if your book "Memories are made of this" is
already available in French? Thanks a lot for your answer.
I wait it with impatience.
Hi Laurence and Natalie,
I agree with you...Dad is the greatest artist.
And yes, my book will be published in France later in 2005.
I am almost finished reading your book now. It is great!! I
have two questions: 1. What exactly did you mean when
you said you sold Jeanne's house with
"disastrous results"? 2. What is your relationship
with Jeanne today? Thanks.
Real estate is at best a complicated business.
My relationship with my mother is warm and loving.
My husband gave me your book for Christmas & I could not put
it down. I'm going to try your Pasta Fagioli recipe. As
a teenager, I thought Lewis was obnoxious, trying to upstage your
I just finished reading your book, "Memories...... It
was a wonderful Christmas gift! Who on God's green earth
could say they did not love your Dad? I am two years older than
you and his voice was so familiar to me, that he seems like
"family." I grew up on a steady diet of Dean Martin
records, which today pleases me more than back then. I am truly
sorry that the nature of his business forced him to be less of
a dad than you would have liked. I especially loved the "leather
jacket" story!! That was precious. I could have
just pictured him in your description of how uncomfortable he was
in that store. There is not a Christmas since his death that I
don't think of him and say a special prayer at mass. And tomorrow
I intend to make his favorite, Pasta Fagioli! Cinnamon?!! Wow!
come to Tampa, Florida one day.
Happiest of New Years to you and your family.
I just want to express my appreciation and admiration for your
Father's contribution to our lives. He was such a charming
and wonderful entertainer, and a great man. Words just cannot
do justice in describing all that he has done to enrich our lives,
and to express the enormous sense of gratitude we have for him. I
am a 31-year-old high school librarian from central California,
and I have introduced so many of my students and coworkers to Dean,
for he is ALWAYS playing on my CD player in my office, and it's
truly amazing (but not at all surprising to those of us who "know" Dean)
how everyone, even today's teenagers, think of him as the epitome
of "cool", as he projected such a casual yet sophisticated
elegance and charm in all that he did. He was the essence
of greatness, and so many have endeavored to be like him, though
none have really ever come close, for God only made one Dean Martin,
and he lives on forever in our hearts. God bless you!
Memories are made of this...
What a terrific letter. Thank you for your
kind words. Now That's Amore.
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