BY LUIS GRONDA
A Forest Hills resident and historian is coming out with a book highlighting the famous natives that have come out of the central Queens neighborhood.
Michael Perlman will release a book next year titled “Legendary Locals of Forest Hills and Rego Park,” taking a look at several well-known people that have called those areas home at some point during their lives.
Among the most notable people that have come from Forest Hills include Jerry Springer, who wrote the foreward to the book, and Ray Romano, an actor and comedian who is most known for his leading role in the hit sitcom series “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
While he did not speak to those two for his book, he was able to get answers to his questions through their publicists. Perlman said he had the chance to interview other well-known people from the area including comedian Marty Ingels, composer Danny Troob and actor and comedian Rick Overton.
“I asked them about their memories of the neighborhood and if any of their experiences while living in Forest Hills or Rego Park impacted their careers,” Perlman said in an interview about his upcoming book, which will be released in March 2015.
A large part of the book focuses on these celebrities that are not as well known because he wanted to publish thoughts and facts about people and places in Forest Hills that may not be as familiar to readers before checking out his book.
He also discusses the history of the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium and the many famous tennis players and musicians that used to grace that facility. The stadium was the host of the U.S. Open tournament until 1978, when it was moved to Flushing. In the past year, the concerts have made a return to the stadium and have prestigious acts such as The Who playing in the stadium next summer.
Perlman said, by reading his book, he hopes people will learn more about the two neighborhoods’ histories and become motivated to become successful in their lives just like those celebrities.
“It shows how Forest Hills and Rego Park is a breeding ground for knowledge and creativity,” he said.
The 128-page book is set to come out on March 2 and it will cost $21.99.
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