book tremendously. It was nostalgic all the way. My parents always
played your Dad's (and Frank's) albums. We knew all the words
by heart. My dad was handsome and had that same look, so we used
to call him Dino! We would also always look forward to Thursday
evenings to watch you Dad's show. What talent! They just don't
make talent like that anyone. He was one of a kind. I listen
to your Dad's CD's in my car and it takes me back in time! Thank
YOU for the wonderful memories! Your Dad was a wonderful person
and will live on forever! Thanks again!
I want to say
that I love your book and get sentimental when I read it.
have a question I just had to commend you on an amazing read.
I’m 37 years old and have been a huge fan of your Father
since I was 7 once I finished your book I missed reading it and
had to start reading it again. It is that wonderful. I also wanted
to let you know that my wife and I recently had our first baby
after years of trying and we named him Dean. We hope he grows
up to be as special as your Dad.
Thanks for sharing your life, your stories and most of your entire
father with the world.
P.S. Will you
be coming to New York? I would love to introduce you to My Dean.
on your new baby Dean and thank your for your wonderful thoughts
about my book and. I am sure baby Dean will grow up to be very
special…how could he miss…especially being raised
on Dean Martin music. I will be performing in New York the
weekend of December 8th. Please check the web site for dates
and time. I look forward to meeting our new Dean then.
First of all just read your book -got thru it in record time- I
can only repeat what others have said, sad and funny, but most
of all such a personal touch that at times I felt like I was
re-living your close personal memories with the incomparable
Dino. You have to be taken aback at times at just how much
your dad was loved by his fans and friends- a quick question,
my son Danny, insists years ago he saw your dad on an advertisement
that said he was going to be on the "Muppets show”
I was not aware of him ever doing that show- please verify if he
did and if so - is his appearance available on DVD. Thanks again
for the wonderful warm feelings that filled my heart and even the
tear or two that fluffed my eye reading about my favorite entertainer
of all time- your beloved dad.
sorry to say that I do not recall my father ever doing the
Muppets show. I wish it would have taken place…it would
have been cute.
Mine is not
a question. I just feel the need to tell you that I have never
been a fan of your fathers, unlike my husband, who has been a
fan as long as he can remember, he is 58 years. After I read
your wonderful account of your life as Dean Martin's daughter,
I am hooked. I ran out the very morning after I finished the
book and bought my very first Dean Martin cd. I know you get
thousands of emails but I just had the need to let you know how
moving your words were to me. Thank you!
Louise A. Fontanella
I am 45 years
old and ever since I was a teenager (12) I loved your father.
His singing, his acting and his great looks. That love never
died and I still play his music in the car, at home and at the
radio station I work at as a hobby. At the station I always get
lots of response to his music from my older listeners. I would
love to have the book you wrote about your father. Do you know
if it is for sale in Holland?
Thank you for keeping the memory of this fantastic man alive.
Rina from the Netherlands
publisher is currently in negotiations and I hope to have good
news for you shortly.
I really don't have a question, just want to say (like so many
millions of others have probably said to you through the years)
that I absolutely loved your dad. I am in my 40's, grew up
in Weirton and now live about 4 hours away in Ohio. Every time
we travel down we take a cd of your dad, and when we get to
the sign for Dean Martin Boulevard, we put in "That's
and sing in honor of "Dino." (My family would probably
not admit to this, but they love it just as much as me). I know
you had some very sad events in your life, but it certainly seems
that your dad would have been a wonderful man to have for a father,
and I'm glad to see you're keeping his memory alive with the festivals
(one day I'm going to get down there!)
God Bless you
and your family,
I would like to thank you for writing such an excellent book on
your father. It is very well written and I enjoyed it very
I am sixteen
and I live in the Southwest. I have been a fan of your fathers
for about a year and a half. I enjoy his music, movies, and everything
else he did so much. Every time I hear him sing, it just makes
I am so sorry
to hear about Dean-Paul's passing. However, from the various
books I have read on your father, very little information is
shared about Dean-Paul. Can you share some information about
Thank You very
brother Dean Paul was so very handsome and talented. We miss
It is an honor
to have this opportunity to communicate with you. I thank you
for that. I have always been a fan of Dean Martin but it was
recently with the infomercials on your Dad's TV shows. I would
like to get many of his CD's but it's boggling my mind as I search
the sites for a complete listing of Dean's albums and the songs
contained on each. Can you help me by steering me in the "definitive" site
where I view all the CDs? I would really appreciate it Deana.
Again, thank you for this opportunity and hopefully someday you'll
come to Buffalo NY!
Did your Dad ever realize how much he was loved by his fans? Our
family, "The Petrillis, gather every New Years' Eve and
blast Dean Martin. 3 generations of us are still singing his
I have always
been a huge fan of your father. I'm from Steubenville and my
uncles grew up with your father. He is sadly missed. What a singer
Deacon Jeter, SSG (Ret)
I loved your
We met at the book signing on June 17th at the festival. My wife
Susan and I told you that I grew up in Atlantic City Near where
the 500 Club used to be. We suggested that maybe some type of Dear
Martin festival could be held in Atlantic City. I'm good friends
with a couple of casino executives at the Borgota and Trump as
well as the president of the Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce.
If you would ever want to do something in Atlantic City I would
be honored to help. It was great meeting you and John and I wish
both of you the best.
I am an Italian/American
gal from the Midwest who was raised with the music and movies
of your dad. He was my mom's favorite and now he is mine also.
I think your book is great! You have wonderful way of writing,
I felt as though I was part of your family! I will be in CA in
August, are you still doing any book signings? Is his favorite
restaurant still open?
sharing your memories,
happy to announce that my publisher has asked me to do another
book tour. I will be traveling across the country November
and December and will hopefully be at a bookstore near you.
I will post the dates and locations on my website shortly.
My father's favorite restaurant is still open and still wonderful.
It's called Da Vinci's Ristorante, and it's located at 9737
Santa Monica Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Enjoy.
Not a question,
but a note of thanks. When I was being treated for cancer some
20 years ago, Dean Martin's songs were the ones I used to listen
during my hard days of chemo for keeping my spirits up high.
Now I have just finished Deana's book, "Memories Are Made
Of This". I just want to thank Dean Martin for the sun he's
brought to my life and to Deana for that wonderful book.
Professor of Urology
Dear Dr. Erozenci,
happy to hear you are doing well and that my fathers music
brought the sun into your life. I wish you continued good health
and thank you for your kind words.
coming to Steubenville, Ohio and thank you so much for giving
a signed book to my daughter. This meant a great deal to her
and to me. It also demonstrated your compassion and humility.
I look forward to seeing the two of you next year. Now for my
question. How can I purchase one more signed book by you to my
daughter Kayla? Thank you. You two make a great looking couple.
Jefferson County Commissioner,
Dr. Thomas E. Graham
Hello Dr. Graham,
you for your kind words. My husband John and I are honored
to come to Steubenville each year to help do our part on behalf
of the "Dean Martin Festival." I know my father would
be very proud that the Dean Martin Scholarship helped 4 more
Steubenville students attend college this year. Please tell
Kayla that I am starting another book tour in November and
we will be passing through Ohio. I look forward to seeing you
Hi, how are
you? I love Deana!
She should come to Australia, they love her here!!
mate for the invite. My publisher in England has requested
I make the trip down under to visit you blokes, especially
since my book was #6 on your best seller list. So crank up
the barbie Travis.
We now have
access to your morning radio program in Memphis, TN (121.0 AM)
and am so thankful for the wonderful music (classic Pop). You
and Les Brown are doing a wonderful job. Keep up the good work!!!
Just curious, what city and state are you broadcasting from?
to you and all our friends in Memphis, TN listening to 121.0
AM. I'm glad to hear you are enjoying our show the 'Music Of
Your Life'. Isn't Les cute? We have a great time playing our
favorite music and sharing our stories. We are doing the show
in Branson, MO and it's syndicated nationally. Happy listening.
I spent about 6 hours a day with your dad, 5-6 days a week. You
guessed it...golf at Riviera CC.
I met you once at your dad's second funeral service. You were
kind enough to recognize that there were many people that wanted
to show their respects. I gave you, a very tearful thank you
at the time. My dad joined Riviera in 1944 and I was born in
1951. I have played Riviera since I was 7 years old. When I was
about 10 my dad introduced me to your dad. Weeks later, Dean
saw me and said "Hi
Chris, how's your game?"
I never forgot how special it made me feel that he remembered me.
When I was 15 or 16 I started caddying in Dean's group. First for
Art Anderson and then Bob Falkenburg. In 1969, I started caddying
for Glen Campbell who also played with your dad. I went to San
Diego State on a golf scholarship and when Barry Jaeckel (who caddied
for your dad for about 3 years) turned professional, I asked Dean
if I could have the job. Not only did he say yes, but also he told
me that he would sponsor me on the tour when I was ready. The Crosby,
Andy Williams' San Diego Open, The Bob Hope Classic, and of course
Dean's tournament in Tucson were always special times.
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