Wednesday, 21 September 2016
WPIX-FM DJ Jerry Carroll & Crazy Eddie.
Eddie Antar, retailer and felon who created ‘Crazy Eddie’, dies at 68
By NIRAJ CHOKSHI
11 September 2016
Eddie Antar, the Brooklyn-born man who created the chain of Crazy Eddie electronics stores only to watch it collapse when an underlying fraud was exposed, died on Saturday, 10 September 2016. He was 68.
His death was confirmed by the Bloomfield-Cooper Jewish Chapels in Ocean Township, N.J., which did not say where he died or the cause.
Mr. Antar, who was born on 18 December 1947, grew his business from a single Brooklyn store, founded in 1969, into the largest consumer electronics chain in the New York metropolitan area, fueled in large part by the spread of the VCR. At its peak, the chain had 43 stores, with locations as far north as Boston and as far south as Philadelphia.
As it expanded, Crazy Eddie also became famous for a memorable series of commercials starring an exuberant, fast-talking man many falsely believed to be Mr. Antar himself.
The real star, a radio disc jockey named Jerry Carroll, performed in more than 7,500 radio and television commercials that ran for nearly 14 years, starting in 1975. The commercials always ended in the same way, with a signature touting of Crazy Eddie’s “in-s-a-a-a-a-ne” prices. The comedian Dan Aykroyd lampooned the advertisements on “Saturday Night Live.”
In 1984, Mr. Antar took the business public at $8 a share. Within two years, its stock price would hit $79 per share. At its peak, Crazy Eddie reported annual sales of more than $350 million.
But that success was illusory. In 1987, dissident stockholders staged a takeover of the company. Within two weeks of the acquisition, they said they had discover that $45 million in merchandise was missing. At the same time, federal prosecutors were building a case against Mr. Antar, charging that he had defrauded shareholders through stock manipulation.
In the end, the authorities accused him and two brothers of skimming cash and infating the value of the company. Even before going public, Mr.Antar would fly to Israel with cash strapped to his body as part of the skimming scheme, they said.
In 1990, Mr. Antar fled the country. He was found and arrested in Israel two years later, then extradited to the United States.
Sam E. Antar, a cousin of Eddie’s, was the company’s chief financial officer. He pleaded guilty to fraud and testified against Eddie, describing how the company inflated inventory and sales figures. He later became a consultant to government agencies investigating accounting fraud.
In a plea bargain, Eddie Antar pleaded guilty to one charge of racketeering conspiracy and served nearly seven years in federal prison. His brother, Mitchell, pleaded guilty to a count of conspiracy and a count of making false statements and also served time in prison.
In 2001, Mr. Antar joined with some former associates to remake Crazy Eddie as an internet company, but the effort ultimately fell apart.
Despite its demise, the Crazy Eddie chain became an enduring symbol for bargain-basement retail. “Futurama,” the animated series about a New York City pizza deliveryman living a thousand years in the future, for example, features a car-dealing robot named “Malfunctioning Eddie” known for “insane” prices.
The crimes aside, Mr. Antar had his admirers. On Sunday, several people posted comments to a Facebook page for former Crazy Eddie employees acknowledging his flaws, while remembering him fondly.
Larry Weiss, who helped create the chain’s iconic commercials but left years before its collapse, remembered Mr. Antar as a complex man.
“He was a character. He was very charming, charismatic, very powerful, very decisive. He was an incredible leader,” Mr. Weiss said in an interview. “Really everyone in the company idolized him. He was a very cool guy. And then there was the dark side that got him into trouble.”
Mr. Antar is survived by four daughters, Simone, Nicole, Noelle and Gabrielle; a son, Sammy; two brothers, Mitchell and Allen; and a sister, Ellen Kuszer.
Saturday, 30 April 2016
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2. Swearin' to God - Frankie Valli
3. Get down tonight - KC & the Sunshine Band
4. Philadelphia freedom - The Elton John Band
5. Cat's in the craddle - Harry Chapin
6. Mandy - Barry Manilow
7. I'm not in love - 10 cc
8. Poetry man - Phoebe Snow
9. Chevy van - Sammy Johns
10. Run Joey run - David Geddes
1. Rocky - Austin Roberts
2. Jackie Blue - Ozark Mountain Daredevils
3. The Rockford Files - Mike Post
4. Sky high - Jigsaw
5. Brazil - The Ritchie Family
6. Get dancin' - Disco Tex & the Sex-O-Lettes
7. Long train runnin' - The Dobbie Brothers
8. My eyes adored you - Frankie Valli
9. Dynomite - Tony Camillo's Bazuka
10. Black Superman (Muhammad Ali) - Johnny Wakelin & the Kishasa Band
1. (Shake shake shake) Shake your booty - KC & the Sunshine Band 1 9 7 62. Right back where we started from - Maxine Nightingale
3. Moonlight feels right - Starbuck
4. Summer - War
5. When will I be loved? - Linda Ronstadt
6. Happy days - Pratt & McClain
7. Our day will come - Frankie Valli
8. You're having my baby - Paul Anka
9. Love really hurts without you - Billy Ocean
10. Disco Duck part I - Rick Dee & his cast of Idiots
1. Island girl - Elton John
2. A fifth of Beethoven - Walter Murphy & the Big Apple Band
3. Let your love flow - Bellamy Brothers
4. Welcome back - John Sebastian
5. Evil woman - The Electric Light Orchestra
6. Take a hand - Ricky Springfield
7. Rock and roll all nite - Kiss
8. I'm not Lisa - Jessi Colter
9. Who loves you - Four Seasons
10. Disco lady - Johnny Taylor
1. Fly Robin fly - Silver Convention 1 9 7 6
2. That's the way (I like it) - KC & the Sunshine Band
3. Why can't we be friends? - War
4. Pick up the pieces - Average White Band
5. Part time love - Gladys Knight & the Pips
6. Only women - Alice Cooper
7. Please come to Boston - David Loggins
8. The air that I breathe - The Hollies
9. Frankenstein - Edgar Winter Group
10. I want to do something freaky to you - Leon Haywood
1. Sky high - Jigsaw
2. Chevy van - Sammy Johns
3. The last game of the season (A blind man in the bleachers) - David Geddes
4. Swearin' to God - Frankie Valli
5. Doctor's order - Carol Douglas
6. Help me Rhonda - Johnny Rivers
7. Caribbean festival - Kool & the Gang
8. Peace pipe - B.T. Express
9. Slippin' into darkness - War
10. I'm on fire - 5000 Volts
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2. Shannon - Henry Gross
3. More more more - Andrea True Connection
4. Sing a song - Earth, Wind & Fire
5. Love really hurts without you - Billy Ocean
6. Sweet thing - Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
7. Get closer - Seals & Crofts
8. Tell me - Air Lift
9. Star baby - Guess Who
10. I love music - O'Jays
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2. Living for the weekend - O'Jays
3. Misty blue - Dorothy Moore
4. Love is the drug - Roxy Music
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6. You girl
7. Sara smile - Hall & Oates
8. Lorelei - Styx
9. Wake up everybody - Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
10. Paloma blanca - George Baker Selection
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2. Fly Robin fly - Silver Convention
3. From the inside - Marcia Hines
4. Born to run - Bruce Springsteen
5. Once bitten twice shy - Ian Hunter
6. Feelings - Morris Albert
7. Star song - Marty Rhone
8. Julia - Pavlov's Dog
9. World of make believe - Stylus
10. Lady in blue - Joe Dolan
1. Gonna make you a star - David Essex
2. Too much fandango - Ritzi
3. Barbados - Tipycally Tropical
4. Heading in the right direction - Renee Geyer Band
5. Elizabeth - Normie Rowe
6. Raised on rock - Doug Parkinson
7. Put another log on the fire - Bill ¨Boyd
8. Lady lay - Pierre Groscolas
9. Come and get your love - Roger Dautrey
10. Help me Rhonda - Johnny Rivers