PUBLIC RELATIONS: A Night for Colombo

The $125-a-plate testimonial dinner on Long Island last week began with an invocation by Father Louis Gigante, a Bronx priest who ran unsuccessfully for Congress last year: "Dear God, bless this food, bless this night, and God bless Joe Colombo and all the good deeds he has done."

As the evening wore on, Joe's deeds were extolled by the master of ceremonies, dais guests, and men and women seated at the nearly 100 tables scattered across the auditorium. A retired barber from Coney Island: "All Italians look up to him. He's a wonderful father—he always tells his son Anthony to...

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