When I won the matzoh ball contest there was a sea of reporters maybe a 100 to say the least , it was over whelming. for the next month and a half I didn’t leave my house as I was doing radio interviews for Ben’s Deli for the contest.click to view!
I saw my local newspaper Newsday ran a story about the upcoming 2001 Matzah Ball contest it mentioned Charles Hardy who has yet to go to a qualifier and the former defeated champ Russel Macover was interviewed and the focus of the article…. I saw RED as I was the champ Not Macover …I immediately called Hawlleis office to voice my displeasure, Hawelli gets on the phone YELLING , you f-n ingrate what I did for you , I fired back Steve you did nothing for me you did everything for Ronnie (Ronnie Dragoon Bens Owner) not me and I did this public service interviews for no pay or compensation out of the goodness of my heart, He then said take your matzoh Ball trophy and put it in your F-n matzoh ball pipe and smoke it the rest of the conversation would make a sailor blush so for the sake of decency , Ill omit it from this article.
The next morning I was in Bens for a shoot with Larry Hoff. I told Ronnie I will not be spoken to in this fashion and if I don’t get an apology Toot Sweet from Hawelli , I’m walking and that I wont defend my title . After the big Bens Meeting with all the suits Hawelli and Ronnie emerge Haweli says here is the photo of you and mayor Giuliani and as a Bonus I’m going to get you an interview won the Curtis Slywa radio show. I was sick all week with 103 fever and influenza & to make matters worse I fell getting off the Railroad and broke my left index finger (my eating hand)
The first thing out of Curtis’ mouth was “Whe’re going to have Black champ the Jews are finished , no more sons of Moses” . I was stunned I never thought of Myself as The white or the Jewish champ , I was the peoples champ for all the people. I was deeply hurt that he had injected Race into the contest ,and mind you this was seconds before the contest was to begin.I would only speculate that at that big meeting with all the suits it was decided to make it from contest mostly made up of Jews to open it up so to speak to every one , Guess what no one was ever turned away before 2001 based on ethic or racial or religious background so why the move and insult me and the Jewish people? Ronnie should be ashamed for himself for letting this happen ..Next MY branching out to other food s entering the Nathans contest and creating the sport of competitive eating.. in instalement #3