When Milton (Also known as Mr. Television) moved to Los Angeles his most ardent fan his mother Sarah, didn’t want to leave her beloved home in New York. Every day after rehearsals or filming he would call her at a precise evening time. She always made sure to receive his call, by sitting and waiting by the phone to ring.
This evenings phone conversation would be different. Sarah was very upset and in a fit of crying, as she related to Milt that a certified letter arrived from the State of New York. It said her home has been determined to be in way of the new highway construction project. That she will be offered a market valued price for her property and even cost of relocating. The official letter went on to say that this must be accomplished by October 1st of this year. A representative of the road commission will be making an appointment to appraise the home and have you sign the paperwork to transfer your property title to the State with full payment at the signing.
“Milt, I don’t want to move and give up my home, can’t you do something?”
“Wait mom, I don’t know much about this situation, let me make some calls. Mom, maybe it’s time you move to California, I have a great big house, you’ll have your own wing and enjoy the beautiful weather. Remember you can be part of the audience again, I sure can use your boisterous laughter at my old jokes.”
“No way Milton my love, your papa bought this house for me before you were born, and I want my grandchildren to inherit it one day.”
“Let me see, I recently made a new acquaintance who happens to be a lawyer coming off his first dramatic win. I’ll call him to see how we should proceed.”
“Hey Vinny, this is Milt, we met last week at the Friars Club. Congratulations on your court win down South. I have a problem to discuss with you and I believe you are license to practice in New York State.”
“Sure, I remember you, who doesn’t know Uncle Milty, a big shot like you, I really enjoyed your jokes at the Friars’ dinner. How can I help you?”
Vinny calls Milt later in the week. “Milt, this is Vinny, I been investigating your mother’s case against the State Of New York and the NY Highway Commission. We’re up against some mighty tough opponents. We’re going to need for you to call in all your resources to win this case.”
Milt living in New York over the years made many friends, making large amount of contributions to charities and local politicians. He starting making his phone calls.
The phone rings, its Milt’s Mother Sarah. “Milty, I have a great idea, how about I contact my League of Women Voters and have them demonstrate inside and in front of the court house.”
“That’s a great idea, I having the mayor come with a few of his political friends.
From the first day of the trial, because of Milton’s popularity, it was telecast across the nation. The LWV women picketed every day of the trial and help fill up the visitor’s section to standing room only. The judge constantly had to use the gavel to keep order.
Even before the final verdict came in, the publicity over this trial, was a major factor for the Highway Commission to decide to re-route the freeway further out of the city limits.
Another win for Vinny and Sarah celebrated with all the League of Women Voters.
He is now running for District Court Judge in the 70th precinct.
“LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS”
Special note: Milton Berle’s movie and television career span from 1914 to the year of 2000. As a child actor at six years old, his first silent movie was “The Perils of Pauline”. In 1930’s he was a successful standup comedian in Vaudeville.
I had an accident in my training pants and my lawyer Vinny got me one thousand dollars. “You can trust Vinny to win your case every time!”
Copyright 2017 Summerlin's Writers & Poets Workshop. (Jerry Silvers)