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         In the earliest days ... before Tommy and Laura took over ... Mickey ran the joint ... and Andy Warhol's scene ran supreme ... Recently finding that Elda has a son, Branch Emerson, and that Eric Emerson was his father puts another bright spotlight on the amazingly exciting and fun life she was living ... For the encounter I had with Eric was without doubt the epitome of the wildness that ran rampant in that famous "back room"... I was sitting in a large corner booth with Roger Richman, Frank Zappa and Alice Cooper ... Alice had his girlfriend sitting on my lap ... it was crazy ... she was trying to persuade me to sell Alice the original Beatle sweatshirt I had cut the sleeves off and was wearing ... but to no prevail ... it was just not for sale !!! ... I was also wearing a pair of gold lamee jeans that I got from Darryl DeLoach (singer in Iron Butterfly) for a tab of LSD ... So happens Eric had on the same gold lamee jeans ... This sparked his already sky high behavior ... He climbed up on our table and stood right in front of me saying "You got my pants on ... let's see you match this !!!", as he unzipped his fly and pulled out his dick ... I was mortified and sunk down in my seat as the whole place roared with that certain Mad Magazine mental institution laughter ... Frank and Alice quickly disappeared and Roger Richman was left to pay the enormous tab ... Things I've seen and read about Eric Emerson since then were super impressive and I come to find we share an obsession with glitter.       Years later I met Natasha Adonzio ... The original punk rock fashion designer from St. Marks ... Natasha was exotically beautiful, fabulous and dressed the best ... like Blondie, The Ramones and everyone who was anyone ... I met her at Parkside Lounge where they were having her St. Valentines Day Massacre Fashion Show ... I went with another knockout, Donna Destri, who was to be featured on Natasha's Cat Walk as "Guest Model" ... I had met Donna when she was cashier at Max's and sister of Jimmy Destri, Blondie's drummer ... I hadn't seen Donna in centuries ... Natasha was Elda's best friend and roommate ... She always spoke so highly of her ...  My ears would perk up ... It was always "Elda, Elda, Elda!!!" ... When I read the obituary I saw Elda's funeral services were taking place in Patchogue at Robertaccio's Funeral Parlor ... only a ten minute walk from where I was at my Aunt's place ... something instantly came over me ... I felt compelled to go, and I did ... After seeing Elda lying there like that I felt I had a Universal obligation to take whatever steps it might take to honour this special lady whom I identified with emphatically ... I needed to see this wonderful girl ... so tremendously giving of herself ... in spirit and in life ... go off with all the respect and recognition she so deserves in this world so void of consideration and appreciation ... I needed to see Saint Elda's star placed up on top of the tree where she belongs. from Elda's sister Diane Gentile:       Elda Stiletto Gentile was my older sister by a decade. When I was 9 years old, she was living in Manhattan and the family lived in Flushing Queens. Elda had a extraordinary imagination. She was intensely passionate and one of the most inclusive people I know. When she was living with us, she would come home from SVA with records. She turned me on to the Animals, the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Mott the Hoople, Janis Joplin, The Mommas and the Poppas, Richie Havens, Bob Dylan, Donovan . I remember sitting in the living room of our house looking at the oil portraits she painted of the Young Rascals that my parents so proudly hung on the walls,

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