About the Book

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This book is a collection of Michael DeMasi’s favorite stories from his journalism career in upstate New York.

The 241-page book includes 40 stories and interviews, photos and updates with some of the people he has met while working as a newspaper reporter.

You’ll read about:

An Irish priest lifting spirits at a maximum-security prison.

A wealthy socialite whose 40 dogs eat organic chicken.

A mayor who became the Pied Piper of Guyanese immigrants.

A friendly clock enthusiast named Smiley Lumpkin.

A successful real estate developer who was fired from his job as an attorney — three times.

And the salvager who bought downtown Albany’s biggest, ugliest building.

The photo on the home page of this website is of Michael on the roof of the former Central Warehouse cold storage building interviewing the owner, Evan Blum. Also in the photo is Mike DeSocio, digital editor at Albany Business Review. [Photo by Donna Abbott-Vlahos, courtesy of Albany Business Review]