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Curtis Sliwa & The Guardian Angels

Curtis Sliwa (born March 26, 1954 in Canarsie, Brooklyn, New York) founded the Guardian Angels in 1979, a volunteer anti-crime organization with which he has remained closely identified. Image File history File links NYC_group. ... March 26 is the 85th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (86th in leap years). ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A typical street in Canarsie. ... Brooklyn (named after the Dutch city Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. ... NY redirects here. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

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Career

Sliwa originally created the organization to combat widespread violence and crime on the New York City subways. At the time, New York City was suffering a double burden as the crime capital of the nation and broad cutbacks in municipal services to reduce huge debt. The New York City Subway is a rapid transit system owned by the City of New York and leased to the New York City Transit Authority, an affiliate of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority as MTA New York City Transit. ...


The Guardian Angels' vigilantism drew strong reactions, both positive and negative, from the public and the media. Sliwa later admitted that, in order to attract favorable media attention for the Guardian Angels, he had fabricated a series of criminal incidents "that clearly had not taken place" in the late 1970s and early 1980s. [1] Throughout the early 1980s the group's distinctive uniform, a red beret and white insignia t-shirt, became instantly recognizable as the group grew. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ... Basque style Beret Black beret with military emblem A beret (pronounced in English, except in American English in which it is pronounced ) is a soft round cap, usually of wool felt, with a flat crown, which is worn by both men and women. ...


In the early 1980s, he was also active in Buffalo, New York and was often critical of local police policies and practices.[2] The Guardian Angels are currently organized in nine countries and eighty-two cities around the world, with approximately 5,000 total members. Nickname: Location of Buffalo in New York State County Erie County Government  - Mayor Byron Brown Area  - City 52. ...


Sliwa later became a populist conservative radio talk show host, although his political views are less noticeable than his "gift of gab" rapid-fire speaking style. In the early 1990s, Sliwa was co-host with his then-wife Lisa Evers on WABC-AM in New York City. Populism is a political ideology or rhetorical style that holds that the common person is oppressed by the elite in society, which exists only to serve its own interests, and therefore, the instruments of the State need to be grasped from this self-serving elite and instead used for the... This article deals with conservatism as a political philosophy. ... Talk radio is a radio format which features discussion of topical issues. ... WABC AM (770 kHz New York City) NewsTalkradio 77 is the flagship station of the ABC Radio Network. ...


Assassination attempt on Sliwa

On June 19, 1992 Sliwa was ambushed by two gunmen after getting in the back of a taxi in New York City. Sliwa was shot multiple times and underwent surgery for internal injuries and leg wounds. John A. "Junior" Gotti, son of the late Mafia boss John Gotti, and two members of the Gambino crime family were charged with conspiring to murder Sliwa in retaliation for comments about the elder Gotti that Sliwa made during his radio program. June 19 is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... John A. Gotti AKA Junior Gotti John A. Gotti (born 1964) is an American mobster and is the son of John Gotti. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... John Gotti, The Dapper Don The Gambino Crime Family is one of the Five Families that controls organized crime activities based in New York City, United States, within the nationwide criminal phenomenon known as the Mafia (or La Cosa Nostra). ...


On September 20, 2005, the case against Gotti was declared a mistrial after the jury became hopelessly deadlocked. A retrial on the same charges was declared a mistrial on March 10, 2006, again due to a deadlocked jury. The third trial was declared a mistrial on September 27, 2006, once again due to a deadlocked jury.[3] On October 20, 2006, prosecutors announced that they will not re-try Gotti, and dismissed the charges against him. Sliwa was outraged by the decision and announced that he will sue Gotti for the kidnapping attempt. September 20 is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... March 10 is the 69th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (70th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... September 27 is the 270th day of the year (271st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


According to a November 13, 2006 New York Post article[4], Sean Yannotti was convicted by a jury of racketeering and loan sharking. Yannotti was apparently ordered by "Junior" Gotti to intimidate Sliwa, however Yannotti shot Sliwa instead of beating him. The injuries resulted in a life of debilitating pain for Sliwa. Yannotti's sentencing Judge said that she found the evidence regarding his involvement in Sliwa's shooting "quite credible" and cited that when she sentenced him to twenty years in federal prison. November 13 is the 317th day of the year (318th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 48 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The New York Post is the 13th-oldest newspaper published in the United States and the oldest to have been published continually as a daily. ...


The TV series Law & Order dramatized these events in the 15th season episode "Cry Wolf". Jose Zuniga played Sliwa's fictional counterpart, called "Cristof". Law & Order is an American television police procedural and legal drama set in New York City. ... Jose Zuniga is an actor. ...


Current media presence

After his attempted murder, his WABC (AM) program was cancelled. Through his friendship with Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Sliwa landed a radio program on the then city-owned and operated WNYC. WABC AM (770 kHz New York City) NewsTalkRadio 77 is the flagship station of the ABC Radio Network. ... Rudolph William Louis Giuliani III, (born May 28, 1944) is an American lawyer, prosecutor, businessman, and Republican politician from the state of New York. ... WNYC are the call letters for two public radio stations in New York City. ...


Sliwa is now the co-host, with Ron Kuby, of the "Curtis and Kuby in the Morning" program aired weekdays from 5 A.M. to 10 A.M. on WABC (AM). Sliwa and Kuby also co-hosted a television version of "Curtis & Kuby" on MSNBC in the afternoons for a time in 2002-2003. The "Curtis and Kuby" radio show has won many broadcasting awards and is produced by Frank Morano. Ronald L. Kuby (born in 1492 in Oxfield, India) is a criminal defense and civil rights lawyer, radio talk show host, and at the age of six was arrested for burglarizing a Carvel and TV commentator. ... WABC AM (770 kHz New York City) NewsTalkRadio 77 is the flagship station of the ABC Radio Network. ... MSNBC, a combination of MSN and NBC, is a 24-hour cable news channel in the United States and Canada, and a news website. ...


He occasionally fills in for Sean Hannity and Mark Levin on the The Sean Hannity Show and the Mark Levin Show. . Sean Patrick Hannity (born December 30, 1961, in New York City, New York) is an American conservative talk radio host, an executive producer of Fox News Channels program Hannity & Colmes, and the author of two books. ... Mark Reed Levin (b. ... The Sean Hannity Show logo The Sean Hannity Show is a nationally syndicated talk radio program featuring the conservative host Sean Hannity along with a mix of listener call-in and guest segments. ...


Sliwa has more recently been active in forming chapters of the Guardian Angels in New Orleans and Boston. New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ...


Personal life

Sliwa attended Brooklyn Prep, a Jesuit Catholic high school, and graduated from Canarsie High School, a New York City public high school located in Canarsie, Brooklyn.[1] Prior to founding the Guardian Angels, he was night manager of a McDonald's restaurant on Fordham Road in The Bronx. [2] The Society of Jesus (Latin: Societas Iesu), commonly known as the Jesuits, is a Roman Catholic religious order. ... Canarsie is a neighborhood in the eastern portion of the borough of Brooklyn, in New York City, USA. Its name is Algonquin for fenced land or fort. ... Brooklyn (named after the Dutch city Breukelen) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. ... McDonalds Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is the worlds largest chain of fast-food restaurants, primarily selling hamburgers, chicken, french fries, milkshakes and soft drinks. ... Fordham Road is a major street in The Bronx, one of the boroughs of New York City. ... The Bronx is New York Citys northernmost borough. ...


In 2004 Sliwa married for a third time and became a father.


Trivia

Sliwa is known for his connection to the New York City local community and frequently participates in local events. He is an active proponent of the game of stickball and sometimes refers to himself as the "Stickball Commissioner" of New York City. He is also a former host and participant in competitive eating events. His achievements in those events include four reigns as the world pickle eating champion. Sliwa is a former McDonald's restaurant manager. Stickball is a street game related to baseball, usually formed as a pick-up game, in large cities in the Northeastern United States (especially New York City). ... Stickball is a street game related to baseball, usually formed as a pick-up game, in large cities in the Northeastern United States (especially New York City). ... Kristen Coleman and Tim Janus at the 2005 Midway Slots Crabcake Eating Competition Competitive eating involves the consumption of large quantities of food in a short time period – typically 15 minutes or less. ... McDonalds Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is the worlds largest chain of fast-food restaurants, primarily selling hamburgers, chicken, french fries, milkshakes and soft drinks. ... Toms Restaurant, a restaurant in New York made familiar by Suzanne Vega and the television sitcom Seinfeld A restaurant is an establishment that serves prepared food and beverages to order, to be consumed on the premises. ...


Sliwa has taken to wearing his red beret at all times during the last few years. He also wears his red jacket at all times, trying to look as though he is in Guardian Angels Uniform. Most people know, however, this is merely an attempt to cover his baldness.


Notes

  1. ^ Lambert, Bruce. "Guardian Angels Lose Home Base on Restaurant Row", New York Times, 1995-10-29, p. 13.1. Retrieved on 2007-04-03. 
  2. ^ JamesCunningham,68,Dies; Buffalo Police Commissioner
  3. ^ Gotti Jurors Hear Closing Arguments
  4. ^ Avenging Angel

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External links

  • WABC Profile
  • 2004 video (on YouTube) of Sliwa introducing stickball to Cuba
  • Curtis Sliwa at the Notable Names Database
  • Curtis Sliwa Guardian Angels' homepage.
  • Sliwa, a Gotti Antagonist, Is Called by the Defense This Time

  Results from FactBites:
 
Curtis Sliwa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (557 words)
Curtis Sliwa (born March 26, 1954 in Canarsie, Brooklyn, New York) founded the Guardian Angels in 1979, a volunteer anti-crime organization with which he has remained closely identified.
Sliwa later became a populist conservative radio talk show host, although his political views are less noticeable than his "gift of gab" rapid-fire speaking style.
Sliwa and Kuby also co-hosted a television version of "Curtis and Kuby" on MSNBC in the afternoons for a time in 2002-2003.
News Talk Radio 77 WABC-AM (598 words)
Curtis Sliwa, who founded the Guardian Angels and leans to the right is paired with Ron Kuby, the radical left wing attorney for 5 hours of right vs. left commentary on that days news and current events.
Curtis and Kuby were nominated in 2003 and 2004 by Radio and Records magazine as top talk show hosts of the year for their work on WABC, finally winning the honor in 2004.
Curtis and Kuby were also nominated in 2003 by the NAB for a Marconi as local talk show hosts of the year.
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