Mario Cuomo: Remembrances of a Remarkable Man

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APPENDIX: COLLECTED NOTES FROM
“PROFESSOR” A. J. PARKINSON

Mario spoke often of a mysterious desk drawer that was a repository for the wise and pithy sayings of the legendary “A. J. Parkinson,” his favorite philosopher. “Doctor” Parkinson, of course, was, in reality, a nom de plume for a “failed baseball player with too many vowels in his name,” which is the affectionate appellation I conjured up for him many years ago.

A few years ago, his daughter Maria Cuomo Cole put together a little booklet with some of A.J.’s musings. Here are a couple of highlights: I can see and hear the governor in every phrase and word. Mario used these same words in the Christmas cards he and Matilda sent out over the years.


“LOVE”

No word is more discussed, written about, thought about or misunderstood.

Everyone seeks it, and when it’s found, it makes everything else seem no longer worth seeking.

It costs nothing to give and it can’t be bought.

It’s best when graciously received and then passed on.

It brings with it warm smiles, deep contentment—sometimes tears of joy—and even a sense of justification.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Preface- This Is Personal xv
  • 1 - Whence He Came 1
  • 2 - Public Service 17
  • 3 - Mario’s "Music" 27
  • 4 - Mario’s Legacy 53
  • 5 - Who Was Mario? Personal Stories 77
  • 6 - The Best of Mario Cuomo 103
  • 7 - Echoes of Greatness 121
  • 8 - Wvox Radio Interviews 163
  • 9 - Early Commentaries about Mario 231
  • 10 - Letters to a Friend 255
  • 11 - Andrew’s Eulogy 271
  • Appendix- Collected Notes from "Professor" a. J. Parkinson 291
  • Afterword 295
  • Author’s Note 303
  • Acknowledgments 307
  • Index 313
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