09/13/15 11:00am
BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO Eye on the Ball assistant columnist Robby Neis with Jerry Cohen.

BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO
Eye on the Ball assistant columnist Robby Neis with Jerry Cohen.

This week my 10-year-old cub reporter, Robby Neis, and I traveled to the home of Jerry Cohen for an interview. Robby, who alleges he would like to write, wanted to see what interviewing and writing is all about.

For a first time in that situation, he could not have handled himself any better. He not only sat and listened for an hour and a half, but when he had a question for Jerry, he would always say, “Excuse me.” His questions impressed Jerry, who said that they were usually spot-on.

On the ride home, I explained that usually it’s more difficult to get a story. I told him that although I find most folks interesting, Jerry was easy because he was more exciting than most. (more…)

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02/24/14 8:00am
PETER BOODY PHOTO |  Jack Monaghan in his waterfront condo at the Dering Harbor Inn.

PETER BOODY PHOTO |
Jack Monaghan in his waterfront condo at the Dering Harbor Inn.

It’s said of certain Irish gentlemen that they have the “gift of gab.” That crude phrase with its notes of blarney and baloney does not apply to Jack Monaghan, a former Brooklyn schoolteacher who worked across the U.S. and Europe as a speech and language consultant for ITT and other corporations. (more…)