In Arlene Alda’s upcoming Just Kids From the Bronx, vivid oral histories reveal what it was like to grow up in the place that bred influencers in just about every field of endeavor today. Alda’s own Bronx memories were a jumping-off point from which to reminisce with a nun, a police officer, an urban planner, and with Al Pacino, Mary Higgins Clark, Colin Powell, and many more.
One such contributor is Regis Philbin. The media personality didn’t just lend his story to the book, but he also lent his voice to the audiobook edition. “In The Studio” may be a misnomer for the title of this post because in reality our producer Bob Van Kolken (pictured above with Regis) headed uptown to Philbin’s apartment to record his essay. Philbin read his part expertly and even made time to laugh, joke, and make a short video for Van Kolken’s mother-in-law (making Bob hands down “Son-In-Law of the Year”).
Philbin’s narration joins that of Majora Carter, Milton Glaser, Robert Klein, Gabrielle Salvatto, and Carlos Serrano, plus Alan Alda, Arlene Alda, and Christina Delaine.