In the dawn of a new century, I, Lou Costello, was born Louis Francis Cristillo. Okay I might be over exaggerating, this is the fact, I was born on March 6, 1906 in Paterson, New Jersey. I was an okay student but that did not prevent me from dropping out of Paterson High School. From this point on I had many jobs in show biz. In the 1920s, I was a carpenter in Hollywood trying to make a name for myself. Around the same time I was an undignified extra in movies, that gave me no glory and did not make a name for myself. However, in the movie The Battle of the Century, I was in the biggest pie fight ever filmed. Weary and tired, I quit Hollywood for comedy and headed back east.

I went into Vaudeville as a comedy man where I was taught the tricks of the trade. One night in 1931, as the story (at least my story) goes, my straight man, like most comedians of the age I used one, was ill. A straight man is someone who helps set up jokes and stops the comedian from losing his audience. I then asked the theater manger, who also worked as a straight man to fill in. That man was Bud Abbott. Voila! Perfect chemistry. The act became more popular as we toured the state. In 1934, while performing Abbott & Costello, I met the woman of my dreams, literally, Ann Battlers. In 1938 Abbott and I were on the Kate Smith Radio Show; this was our first national experience and a good one too. In 1940, we started to film our first movie, One Night In The Tropics. In that movie was the classic routine Who's On First. That routine led to us being inducted into baseball's National Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. This movie was just one of the first of many great movies to come. Our movies were part of a deal signed with Universal.

An interesting fact about me that even Abbott might not have known is that before becoming a carpenter in Hollywood, I had a brief stint of being a boxer and fought with some of the greats of the day. Other facts that Abbott knew but you might not is that during World War II, I raised $89 million in three days on a bond tour and got rewarded by NYC's Mayor LaGuardia. In 1943, I contracted Rheumatic fever and was bedridden for 9 months which led to heart complications. Later in life these complications were a nightmare. Sadly, I had a son who died when he fell into the pool. This was a very tragic event and it happened the day I came back to broadcasting on the radio after recovering from Rheumatic fever. On a happy note, in each radio and t.v. show I was in I mentioned my hometown of Paterson, New Jersey. I should not know this but there is a statue of me in Paterson. No one can be immortal; I died in 1959 from those heart problems three days before my 53rd birthday.

The reason I think New Jersey loves me is because of my dedication to the state and my home town of Paterson. As I said before, in every show or movie I broadcast or filmed, I mentioned my home town. This is why I think the people of New Jersey love me. Another reason could be that I loved my home town like every patriot should. Maybe New Jerseyians love me because I brought great fame to our wonderful state. Another guess is that I was so funny and made people laugh that they adored me.

Raymond,Tom "Lou Costello" Clown Ministry N.D Web
15-17 December 2010

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Skanda Says:
There is a lot of description in your writing, Max. I don't have any questions about Costello since they have all been answered. You also have a lot of humor in your writing, and that really reflects his personality. 'Who's on First' represents all of the Abbott and Costello movies. It is classic!