by Dan Gibson
Nello Ferrara, who died at the age of 93 near Chicago on Friday, wasn't just the man behind Lemonheads and Atomic Fireballs, but also just seemed incredibly cool, based on his obituary in the Chicago Sun-Times:
In his free time, Mr. Ferrara enjoyed playing cards and golfing at Ridgemoor Country Club. But his lifelong passion was singing.
In fact — after a few duets with Frank Sinatra — he deemed himself the better singer, his son said.
Mr. Ferrara helped build Villa Scalabrini nursing home, where the then-Italo-American residents would be treated to shows by stars like Jimmy Durante, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra....
Mr. Ferrara often phoned his daughter Nella at another family business, the Ferrara bakery, to serenade her with “Wind Beneath My Wings.”
“I’d say [to a customer] ‘Sweetie, can you just give me a minute? I can’t tell my dad not to sing to me,’ ” she said.