In his six previous books, William O’Shaughnessy, one of the nation’s best known and most beloved community broadcasters, has told the tales of the power brokers and visionaries of politics, government, business and industry, the arts, fine living—world famous figures like Joe DiMaggio, Fred Astaire, Nelson Rockefeller, the Bushes, Kennedys, and so many others.
He elevated each encounter with his wisdom, wit, insight … and compassion, and what emerged through words that carried the weight of authority as they danced with the delight of Nijinsky was nothing less than transformative for both subject and reader. In O’Shaughnessy, we have our modern day Plutarch, whose prose has run across the decades like a power strip illuminating the lives of the nation’s most incandescent leaders from every arena.
Henry Kissinger, Rush Limbaugh, Mario Cuomo, Jacob K. Javits, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, John V. Lindsay, Dan Rather, President Richard Nixon, President Donald J. Trump, Jimmy Breslin, Pope Francis—his list of on-air guests and from-the-notebook subjects is the broadcasting world’s premier who’s who list.
A “vivid man about town” known for his blazers, Belgian loafers, and the Yankees World Series ring given to him in appreciation by George M. Steinbrenner, O’Shaughnessy shared the gift of vividness not only with the great and powerful but also with the local characters who made their mark “about town,” the “Townies” of Westchester, a/k/a the “Golden Apple,” and beyond.
Folks who may have been touched by fame, they were devoutly invested in the fortunes of their home heath, and O’Shaughnessy amplified their passions, priorities, quests, hurdles, and triumphs as a friend and champion who wielded the most respected and influential “megaphone” in the Eastern Establishment … and far beyond. He shared the counsel and companionship of political influencers, and leading lights from the media, the arts, the sporting world, and the constellation of fine living … who all were blessed with the heart and soul of a Townie.
The Townies derives its power to inform and captivate from the radiance of these good people, their good will, and their good deeds, which shine brighter than the lights of Broadway on a Saturday night. Enjoy!