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IT ALL STARTED WITH A GUY NAMED ROGER
Vinnie Rotondaro expands on the colorful cast of characters he met over his two years researching former Red Hook pizzeria owner Roger Dean Fischer.
Writing about Roger Fischer wasn’t easy. He was and is a complex character, a man of many angles.
There was a cocky, waggish side to him. In reviewing my notes and interviews, I was struck by the sheer number of priceless things he said, lines that sometimes reminded me of the comedian Danny McBride. For instance, in talking about “getting out” of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, he once remarked: “There was a couple who got out, but they’re not really doing anything. They’re just n…
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