After two years of retirement and at the age of 59, Frank Sinatra returned to the stage at Madison Square Garden. It was October 13, 1974, and it was billed as The Main Event. The Main Event was his brilliant comeback, and he would continue to sing majestically to the world for 20 more years.On January 26, 1980, Mr. Sinatra sang to 180,000 people at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to then the largest paying audience ever assembled for a solo performer. He announced to the people, which was four times the population of Hoboken, the following statement: "This is the greatest moment of my professional career."
On May 16th, the Main Event will be recreated in Hoboken when the Hoboken Main Post Office will officially become the Frank Sinatra Post Office. I thank Assistant Post Master Thomas Corrado and Post Master Arthur Tate from the Main Post Office entrusting me with the task of ascertaining the necessary petitions from Mr. Sinatra's fans and people before we could approach the United States Congress with ultimate approval by the President of the United States. The petition read: We the undersigned petition the Congress of the United States of America with ultimate approval by the President of the United States, George W. Bush, to rename the Hoboken Post Office the Frank Sinatra Post Office. Over 400 petitions were ascertained at the Frank Sinatra Shrine at his birthplace, 415 Monroe St., as well as at my business, Lepore's Homemade Chocolates. I coordinated the petitions with former Senator Torricelli's staff aide as well as with Congressman Bob Menendez's aide in Washington, Mike Araglin, for resolution by both Houses of Congress. I then coordinated with Hoboken City Hall and a City resolution was adapted unanimously by the City Council August 15, 2001. Mr. Sinatra would then pitch the ultimate shut-out. The House vote was 427 to 0. The Senate vote was 104 to 0. The President of the United States signed the bill passing into law The Frank Sinatra Post Office in December 2002.
I believe Mr. Sinatra would be proud that the initial activity began at his birthplace, at his Shrine/Museum From Here to Eternity, as the petitions were signed by numerous fans and the people of the City of Hoboken. I am proud of my Mother, Betty Shirak, and my business partner Mario Lepore who also ascertained numerous petitions at our business Lepore's Homemade Chocolate, 537 Garden St. From Here to Eternity has now existed at his birthplace for more than three years and has welcomed hundreds of people throughout the world, who love Mr. Frank Sinatra. It has endured harsh attacks from the previous administration with threats of fines and closings. It has believed the false promises of the current administration even with a written resolution by the City Council supporting the efforts of From Here to Eternity making the Frank Sinatra Post Office a reality for the world. If From Here to Eternity were to close in the near future because of false promises, it will have fully exceeded the purpose of its existence. The purpose was to help reserve the legacy of the greatest singer who ever lived and one of the great humanitarians of the world. May 16th will once again become The Main Event through the Frank Sinatra Post Office. God Bless the Chairman of the Board from here to eternity.
Ed Shirak, Jr.
Founder of Sinatra's From Here to Eternity