Last weekend I traveled to the town of Cairo, NY for the Temperance and Tommy Guns Festival. The event was inspired by the Prohibition Era and gangster Legs Diamond, who owned a home in the area. Also, one of the assassination attempts on Legs happened at a local tavern, the now-defunct Aratoga Inn.
True crime author (and regular Nobody Move! commenter) Pat Downey was on hand to sign copies of his book Legs Diamond: Gangster. I handled security for the book-signing. The crowd was well-behaved and everything went smoothly, except for the elderly woman with the walker who apparently can’t follow instructions (“Please do not touch Mr. Downey’s hat!”). I guess she learned her lesson.
During the lulls, Pat and I had the opportunity to discuss the important issues of the day: history, true crime, books, TV, movies, and the cholesterol content of Lady Gaga’s wardrobe. The weather was great, turnout was good, and the bacon cheeseburgers weren’t too shabby. Other than a lack of actual moonshine and a shooting range with real Tommy guns, it was a great day.