Inner Circle Member Bill Federici Dies

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Bill Federici

Inner Circle member and past president Bill Federici is remembered by all of us for his friendship, baritone singing voice and legendary exploits as a reporter and editor at the New York Daily News.

Bill died April 22, 2014 at his retirement home in Longboat Key,  Fla. from lung cancer. He was 82.

Bill was a top crime reporter and had a thrilling adventure in 1965 when he exclusively recovered the priceless DeLong Star Ruby  stolen from the American Museum of Natural History.

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Click here to read the NY Daily News obituary on Bill Federici:
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/daily-news-legend-bill-federici-dies-82-article-1.1765330#ixzz30OhylCGF

On stage, Bill was a sizzling talent, a Sinatra-wannabee who electrified his performances for the Inner Circle.

Cilck here to see Bill in one of his Inner Circle numbers from 1984: 

“Animal Farm: Who’s Zoo in ’84?”   Please go to 1:11:35 on the video.

Bill became a member of the Inner Circle in 1968 and president in 1980.

Many of us when we were young reporters learned more than a thing or two about reporting, writing and interviewing from Bill. His advice was never offered as a braggart; only in response to a young reporter’s request, and always with no strings attached.

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Bill Federici, right, interviewing mobster Frank Costello in 1964.

 

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Bill Federici interviews actor Alec Guinness in 1963.

After a long career at the News, Bill became the public relations chief for Brooklyn Union Gas. He retired in 1996. Bill was a veteran of the Korean War.

A memorial service is planned for May 10 in Princeton, N.J.

 

 

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