Read Frank Sinatra’s Letter to Mike Royko | Antiques Roadshow


Through ANTIQUES ROADSHOW’s check out to Madison, Wisconsin, in 2009, a guest named Vie brought in a letter prepared and signed by Frank Sinatra on Might 4, 1976, to newspaper columnist Mike Royko.

Sinatra wrote a scathing letter in response to Royko’s post in the Chicago Everyday Information accusing him of hiring a personal Chicago Law enforcement Drive depth though there were harmful crimes happening in the metropolis.

When Royko realized there was community interest in the letter, he published it in the Every day News and put it up for auction with the intent of donating the proceeds to the Salvation Army. Vie, a longtime admirer of Royko’s work, procured the letter with a $400 bid. At our 2009 function, Sports activities Memorabilia and Collectibles appraiser Simeon Lipman gave the letter a conservative auction estimate of $15,000. “I conferred with some of my colleagues right here, and we all concur that it is the most effective Sinatra letter we at any time examine,” Lipman states.

Equally Vie and Lipman observe the humorous and uniquely “Sinatra” tone of the letter, which goes as considerably as to say, “Quite frankly, I don’t fully grasp why folks never spit in your eye three or 4 moments a day.”

In December 2021, ROADSHOW attained out to Lipman and gained an updated auction estimate of $20,000.

Browse the full letter below:

Letter prepared to Mike Royko, May possibly 4, 1976, by Frank Sinatra

May possibly 4, 1976

Mr. Mike Royko
“Chicago Everyday News”
401 No. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Enable me commence this note by declaring, I really don’t know you and you never know me. I believe that if you understood me:

Very first, you would locate promptly that I do not have an military of flunkies.

Next, neither myself, nor my secretary, nor my stability guy set in the ask for for police defense. It is some thing that’s considerably from essential.

It’s fairly apparent that your resource of information stinks, but that by no means surprises me about folks who publish in newspapers for a dwelling. They seldom get their details straight. If the law enforcement determined that they wished to be generous to me, I respect it. If you have any beefs with the Chicago Police Power, why not get it out on them instead of me, or is that far too big a job for you?

And thirdly, who the hell provides you the correct to choose how disliked I am if you know nothing at all about me. The only trustworthy factor I study in your piece is the actuality that you admitted you are disliked, and by the way you write I can understand it. Fairly frankly, I don’t have an understanding of why people today don’t spit in your eye 3 or 4 situations a day.

Pertaining to my “tough reputation” you and no one else can confirm that allegation. You and tens of millions of other gullible Americans go through that sort of crap composed by the exact same woman gossip columnists that you are so gallantly trying to secure the rubbish dealers I get in touch with hookers, and there’s no question that is accurately what they are, which can make you a pimp, mainly because you are employing persons to make money just as they are.

Last of all, definitely not the minimum, if you are a gambling person:

You show, with out a doubt, that I have ever punched an elderly drunk or elderly anybody, and you can decide up $100,000.

I will allow you to pull my “hairpiece” if it moves, I will give you a different $100,000 if it does not, I punch you in the mouth. How about it?


The Honorable Richard J. Daley
Supt. James Rochford

Mr. Marshall Area, Publisher
Mr. Charles D. Fegert, Vice Pres.


This material has been copyrighted and could not be reproduced until made use of in its entirety and sets forth the following copyright recognize:

(c) Frank Sinatra 1976

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