2019 Shows

Mindele's Journey: Hiding from the Nazis during World War II

November 02, 2019

This week on Ask the Lawyer Mike Connors explores the life of Mariette Bermowitz who, named “Mindele” as a little girl, escaped and hid from the Nazis during World War II. Ms. Bermowitz documented her struggle and remarkable life in her memoir, “Mindele's Journey: Memoir of a Hidden Child of the Holocaust.”

Ms. Bermowitz tells Mike about how she was separated from her mother and siblings who died in concentration camps, hiding in a convent and later in rural Belgium, reunitin...g with her father, coming to America, teaching languages and journeying to the near and middle east to help others.

Also, Mike welcomes Larry Korczyk, Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park, who will talk about the book he co-wrote: “Top Ten at Gettysburg,” revealing some interesting facts about the famous Civil War battle which may have been left behind by the history book.

Larry Korcyk will be the speaker at the November 13th Civil War Roundtable Dinner Event at 3 West Club in Manhattan. For reservations and information, visit cwrtnyc.org.

In addition, Connors and Sullivan attorney Josias Carrion Rivera joins Mike to answer your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at askmikeconnors@gmail.com.

Sebastian Gorka on The Fight for America's Soul & Ron Rappaport on Ernie Banks

October 26, 2019

At a time when math and peanut butter sandwiches offend people, symbolism reigns over substance and mainstream media pushes conspiracy theories, Salem Network Radio Host Sebastian Gorka looks at ways to fight against and reverse this regressive trend in his book “The War for America’s Soul.” Gorka talks with Mike Connors this weekend on Ask the Lawyer.

Also, as the World Series intensifies, Mike looks at arguably the greatest baseball player who never got to play in one: Hall of Famer Ernie Banks. Mike welcomes sports writer Ron Rappaport, whose definitive biography of the legendary infielder titled “ Let's Play Two: The Legend of Mr. Cub, the Life of Ernie Banks,” reveals the man behind the player. Was he always as cheerful as he was on the ball field? How bad was Banks’ relationship with manager Leo Durocher? How did he take narrowly missing a good chance to play in the World Series in 1969? Ron answers those questions and more.

In addition, Connors and Sullivan attorney Josias Carrion Rivera joins Mike to answer your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at askmikeconnors@gmail.com.

Gordon Chang on US-China relatoins & Michael's appearance on The Joe Piscopo Show

January 01, 2020

There is much more to the trade talks and tariff battles between the U.S. and China than the media and both nations’ presidents have been telling us. What is at stake for both nations? Why can’t a more balanced agreement be reached as relatively easily as President Trump has done with some of China’s neighbors? What are President Xi’s political motivations? China expert and commentator Gordon Chang talks with Mike Connors this week about the trade discussions, why they go back and forth, China’s economic rise to power despite a poor financial infrastructure, how the Hong Kong protests may come into play and what the potential endgame could be.

Also, Mike, Patrick Wayne and Dr. Janie Grumley of the John Wayne Cancer Institute recently joined Joe Piscopo on his AM 970 The Answer Morning Show to talk about JWCI and raising money for cancer research with the Fashion Footwear Association of New York. We will broadcast the segment on Ask the Lawyer this weekend.

In addition, Connors and Sullivan attorney Shuai Zhang (张帅 ) joins Mike to answer your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at askmikeconnors@gmail.com.

Lt. Joseph Petrosino & The Black Hand PLUS plife in Nazi-occupied Norway

October 12, 2019

Lt. Joseph Petrosino, NYPD, made it his mission to take down the notorious extortion and crime ring known as “The Black Hand,” which infiltrated New York City’s immigrant communities and others across the nation, having roots within the Sicilian Mafia. After arresting some of the major organized crime figures of the 1890s and 1900s, Lt. Petrosino went undercover to Sicily to weed out major crime leaders there, only to be assassinated after then-NYPD Commissioner Theodore Bingham told the city press about the mission.

Author Stephen Talty chronicled Lt. Petrosino’s exploits, leadership, arrests and investigations in his 2017 book, “The Black Hand.” A movie based on the book has been commissioned, potentially to star Leonardo DiCaprio. Stephen Talty talks about the life and career of Lt. Joe Petrosino with Mike Connors on this week’s Ask the Lawyer.

Also, as October 9th was Leif Erickson Day, Mike invites Helene Bakke, who is the mother of Connors & Sullivan’s Arlene Rutuelo. She discusses her years as a little girl in Norway while under Nazi occupation between 1940 and 1945. Mrs. tells of her family’s struggles, living under Nazi rule, her neighbors and her learning of the resistance movement.

In addition, Connors and Sullivan attorney Josias Carrion Rivera joins Mike to answer your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at askmikeconnors@gmail.com.

The War on History & a Civil War Pinhole Project

October 05, 2019

Why are so many self-proclaimed activists bent on taking down statues, banning books and eliminating the namesakes of our nation’s (and continent’s) founders? Might it be that people are increasingly ignorant of American history? If so, why?

Commentator and writer Jarrett Stepman says there is an all out assault on the history of our nation, what we have seen in the news is only on the surface and the movement needs to be challenged. Stepman goes in-depth on this in his new book, “The War on History: The Conspiracy to Rewrite America’s Past.” He joins Mike Connors on this week’s Ask the Lawyer.

Also, Mike welcomes photographer Michael Falco, who embarked on a Civil War Pinhole Photography project comprised of artistic pictures he took of battlefields and reenactments. They are featured in his book, “Echoes of the Civil War: Capturing Battlefields through a Pinhole Camera.” Falco will be the featured speaker at the October 16th Civil War Roundtable Dinner Event at 3 West Club in Manhattan. For tickets and information, visit www.cwrtnyc.org.

In addition, Connors and Sullivan attorney Rosamaria Defrancisco joins Mike to answer your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at askmikeconnors@gmail.com.

Dr. Keven Menes and Michelle Malkin

September 28, 2019

On October 1, 2017, a gunman opened fire into a crowd attending the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in #LasVegas leaving 58 people dead and 851 wounded. Working the late shift at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in the city that night was Dr. Kevin Menes, the Attending in charge of the Emergency Department at the time. With the mass influx of casualties, Dr. Menes took important measures to increase the efficiency of his Emergency Room and staff while tending to those suffering.

Since then, Dr. Menes designed a plan for Sunrise and other hospitals to prepare for any future tragedy involving mass casualties, which he teaches doctors at medical facilities across the nation. Dr. Menes discusses how to handle such an emergency and the events of that fateful night in Vegas with Mike Connors on this weekend’s Ask the Lawyer.

Also: for decades politicians running for office on both sides have campaigned to strengthen our nation’s #borders, yet done little. Now that President #Trump has worked to act on the situation, much of the Democrat party has been advocating not only to allow illegal immigrants into the U-S, but to open the borders altogether. Why the quick change from only a decade ago? Is there a well-funded concerted effort to try and open up U-S borders? Nationally-known commentator and columnist Michelle Malkin says “yes” in her new book, “Open Borders, Incorporated."

In addition, Connors and Sullivan attorney Adriana Lima joins Mike to answer your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at askmikeconnors@gmail.com.

The Original Catwoman: Julie Newmar

September 21, 2019

The original #Catwoman, Julie Newmar, is Mike Connors’ special guest this weekend on Ask the Lawyer. Newmar, who has played the iconic character as recently as a few years ago in animated movie features , is a Tony Award-winning star of stage and screen who broke into show business as a dancer and choreographer under her real name, Julie Newmeyer.
Recently, Newmar celebrated her 86th birthday with a special portrait taken by photographer Sean Black (seen in this post) inspired by the portrait that fellow actress Olivia De Haviland had done for her 103rd birthday on July 1. Also, the quintessential Catwoman is working on a new memoir, authors a blog and is an avid gardener.
Also, in the wake of the New York Times and other media’s continued blunders when attempting to demonize Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, National Law Journal reporter Ryan Lovelace exposes the people, strategy and money behind the efforts to destroy the character of the Trump-nominated High Court judge in his new book, “Search and Destroy: Inside the Campaign Against Brett Kavanaugh.
In addition, Connors and Sullivan attorney Josias Carrion Rivera joins Mike to answer your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at askmikeconnors@gmail.com.

Freedomland, U.S.A.

September 14, 2019

A theme park rivaling the size of Disneyland once stood in the Bronx: #Freedomland, USA. It featured attractions where visitors could enjoy carnival snacks while stepping back in time to Old Chicago, the early days of New York, 1906 post-earthquake San Francisco and other historical scenarios. Alas, it was doomed from the start as political interests and less customer traffic contributed to an abrupt end to Freedomland. Author Michael Virgintino looks back and reveals what re...ally happened to the amusement center where Co-Op City currently stands in his book, “Freedomland, USA: The Definitive History.” He talks with Mike Connors this weekend on Ask the Lawyer.

We all know Political Correctness and “Wokeness” has slithered into virtually every aspect of out culture with disastrous results, but perhaps the damage is particularly destructive to our military. From “Safe Space” rooms at the Naval Academy to presentations on Male Pregnancy to lowering physical standards at Rangers school and other Special Forces instruction units to ensure more gender-based participation numbers, retired U.S. Army Captain James Hasson reveals the devastating effects the Obama Administration’s “progressive” policies have had on the Armed Forces in his new book: “Stand Down: How Social Justice Warriors are Sabotaging America’s Military.” Hasson also talks with Mike this week.

In addition, Connors and Sullivan attorney Michael Tannousis joins Mike to answer your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at askmikeconnors@gmail.com.

Judge Janine Pirro & Crisis Magazine's Michael Warren Davis

September 07, 2019

In the age of the easily-offended, why is it still acceptable for society to insult Catholics and the Church? Catholic-Bashing has been quite a popular M.O. for Hollywood writers, media pundits and some politicians in recent history. Discussing this with Mike Connors on this week’s Ask the Lawyer is #Crisis Magazine Editor-in-Chief Michael Warren Davis.

Davis also looks into the case of Cardinal George Pell of the Diocese of Melbourne, who the editor believes is being railro...aded in a case where the clergyman is accused of sexual abuse with, according to court papers, no forensic evidence. Is this another example of anti-Catholic bias or is justice being served?

Also, #Fox News Channel’s Judge Jeanine Pirro joins Mike to discuss her new book, “Radicals, Resistance, and Revenge: The Left's Plot to Remake America ,” which delves into the conspiracy theorists of the Anti-President #Trump #resist movement and the people behind it.

In addition, Mike continues our series of conversations with doctors and researchers at the John Wayne Cancer Institute with Dr. Trevan Fischer, Assistant Program Director of Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship.

In addition, Connors and Sullivan attorney Nick Khalifeh joins Mike to answer your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at askmikeconnors@gmail.com.

Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers Project & Gerry Conney on Youth Consultation Services

August 31, 2019

After interviewing #boxing great Gerry Cooney a while ago Mike met the Gentleman at a recent book signing event. While his new memoir reveals Cooney’s life story and struggles, we invited him back to Ask the Lawyer to talk about Youth Consultation Services, the charity with which he works.

YCS helps children throughout New Jersey with special needs; Cooney teaches the teens there about life, how to box and overcome their own adversity. Mike and Cooney also reveal upcoming charity events for #YCS.

Also, Mike talks with historian Jake Wynn, Director of Interpretation at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, who discusses a not-so-well-known effort by Red Cross founder, Suffragette and Civil War field nurse Clara Barton: her Missing Soldiers Office. After the Civil War ended, Barton launched an effort to locate the whereabouts or remains of soldiers who were missing in action. Wynn describes the project, Barton’s efforts and legacy. He will be the featured speaker at the September 11, 2019 Civil War Roundtable of New York City dinner event at 3 West Club in #Manhattan. For tickets and information, visit www.cwrtnyc.org.

In addition, Connors and Sullivan attorney Mel Jose joins Mike to answer your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at askmikeconnors@gmail.com.

John Dockery

August 24, 2019

Dockery would wind up having not only a nice NFL career, he became a sports analyst after retiring, ran a football camp with Joe Namath and now own...s his own business support company. John Dockery joins Mike Connors on this week’s Ask the Lawyer.

Also, Mike welcomes National Review writer Kevin Williamson, whose new book: “The Smallest Minority,” looks into how social media mobs have shouted over the landscape of our nation’s political discourse.

In addition, Connors and Sullivan attorney Josias Carrion Rivera joins Mike to answer your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at askmikeconnors@gmail.com.

Mollie Hemmingway on the Kavanaugh hearings and Nicole Malliotakis on her Congressional run

August 17, 2019

Consensus among many American thinkers and quite likely anyone who saw the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearing is that it was a disgraceful circus filled with false accusations, personal attacks and the deliberate smearing of someone nominated to sit on the nation’s highest court.

Mollie Hemmingway and Carrie Severino compiled research from documents and interviews with several insiders, revealing what happened behind the scenes of the nomination process and me...dia spectacle in their new book, “Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court.” Mollie Hemmingway talks about it with Mike Connors this weekend on Ask the Lawyer.

Also, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis joins Mike. She is running for #Congress in New York’s 11th District. Malliotakis discusses top issues facing both the nation and the region.

In addition, Connors and Sullivan attorney Shuai Zhang (张帅 ) joins Mike to answer your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at askmikeconnors@gmail.com.

The Trial of the Century... The 19th Century

August 10, 2019

Over 130 years before the O.J. Simpson #trial, another murder case was the talk of the nation: that of Rep. Daniel Sickles.

How was it that a man who shot and killed Philip Barton Key II, with whom his wife was having an affair, in broad daylight in front of several witnesses at Lafayette Square in 1859 got away with the crime? How did the case become a #media circus and fascinating conversation for people all over the country? How did Sickles’ “temporary insanity” defense co...nvince the jury to acquit the future Civil War hero and change the course of legal history? Historian Chris DeRose, author of “Star Spangled Scandal: Sex, Murder, and the Trial that Changed America,” talks about this astounding case with Mike Connors on this week’s Ask the Lawyer.

Also, noted commentator Victor Davis Hanson discusses how President #Trump has performed in the office, how he handles his critics and potential for re-election with Mike as they look at the principles in Hanson’s new book, “The Case for Trump.”

In addition, Connors and Sullivan attorney Kelly Decker joins Mike to answer your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at askmikeconnors@gmail.com.

Staten Island History

August 03, 2019

Staten Island is intertwined with various aspects of American #history. Several of the nation’s wealthiest families lived there, initial Republican Presidential candidate John Fremont resided on the island, #Fenian leaders came there to raise money for their cause for Irish independence, as did General Antonio López de Santa Anna of the Alamo fame for his efforts. New York City Council Member and Public Advocate candidate Joe Borrelli joins Mike Connors this week on Ask the L...awyer to look at Staten Island’s prominence through its centuries of existence and some of its historic sites.

Bill Marco of Marco Wealth Strategies Group, INC will also talk with Mike Connors about how #financial planning works hand-in-hand with estate planning.

In addition, Connors and Sullivan attorney Nick Khalifeh joins Mike to answer your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at askmikeconnors@gmail.com.

The Missionary of Wall Street

July 27, 2019

How difficult is it to discuss one’s faith in public these days? Before answering that question, how tough might you think it would be to talk about it in New York City at night? Finance industry titan Stephen Auth has been a leader of a street mission in New York City where he and the group do this evenings to talk with people about the Catholic religion and the word of God. Auth, the author of “Missionary of Wall Street,” joins Mike Connors this weekend on Ask the Lawyer.

Auth discusses everything from bringing people back to the Church through the mission, bringing a message of hope to those who need it as well as the verbal abuse he and his fellow street missionaries get from some people.

Also, as a national debate rages on about whether biological male-to-female transsexual athletes should be allowed to compete with girls and women in professional, amateur and scholastic sports, Julie Gunlock of the Independent Women’s Forum discusses the issue from the standpoint of fairness to the girls and women who work and train hard to compete and find their contests dominated by such participants with male DNA.

As always, Mike answers your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at askmikeconnors@gmail.com.

Robert Fuller talks with Mike

July 20, 2019

Robert Fuller only wanted to act in #Westerns for the majority of his career. That was until the “#Laramie” star was summoned by #Hollywood legend Jack Webb to play a lead character in “#Emergency.” Webb told him the Western genre was in its twilight and the “#Dragnet” star wanted only Fuller to play the part of Dr. Kelly Brackett. Robert Fuller tells the story and much more from behind the scenes of the many #television shows and movies in which he performed with Mike Connors on this weekend’s Ask the Lawyer.

Fuller talks with Mike about why he only wanted to do Westerns, some of the people he worked with, his first TV series starring role in “Laramie,” having a ranch in #Texas today, his military service and his work with #WoundedWarriors.

Also, Mike begins the first in a series of conversations with doctors and researchers at the John Wayne Cancer Institute as he talks men’s health and prostate cancer research with Dr. Mehran Movissaghi, Director of Men’s Health at #JWCI.

Mike answers your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at askmikeconnors@gmail.com.

Gentleman Gerry Cooney and Brent Bozell

July 13, 2019

Star heavyweight boxer “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney is known for his exploits in the ring, but the fighter tells his inspiring life story in his new book, “Gentleman Gerry: A Contender in the Ring, a Champion in Recovery.”

Joining Mike Connors this weekend on Ask the Lawyer, Cooney discusses his tough upbringing, dealing with verbal abuse as a youngster, later becoming a New York Gold Gloves champ, his pro career, giving back and how he learned early it was important to plan for... his life after boxing.

Also, Brent Bozell, founder of the Media Research Center, Parents Television Council, and CNSNews.com, talks with Mike about the media’s rabid attacks against President #Trump as opposed to their coverage of past presidents. Bozell goes in-depth on all of that in his new book, “Unmasked: Big Media's War Against Trump.”

In addition, Connors & Sullivan attorney Ismael Jose joins Mike as they answer your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at askmikeconnors@gmail.com.

Clu Gulager

July 06, 2019

Clu Gulager has been acting for 73 years and is not only still working in front of the camera, he continues to impart his decades of industry wisdom on the next generation of talent. The talented actor talks with Mike Connors in this week’s Ask the Lawyer.

Gulager is best known for his co-starring roles in television series including Billy the Kid and The Virginian as well as films “The Killers,” “The Last Picture Show” and “McQ.” Today, he teaches aspiring talent leading the... Clu Gulager Acting Workshop. The longtime on-camera performer talks about his workshop, unique and effective instructional method, his career and some stories from behind the scenes.

As always, Mike answers your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at askmikeconnors@gmail.com.

Ron Swoboda: The Catch

June 29, 2019

The New York #Mets are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1969 World Series Champion Miracle Mets as stars from the team will be honored with a series of events at Citi Field. Ron Swoboda, who will forever be remembered for making “The Catch,” is one of them and he will talk with Mike Connors once again this weekend on Ask the Lawyer.

Swoboda talks about the 1969 season, his big defensive play, his team mates, his career and his early days on the less-accomplished Mets t...eams of the 1960s all as revealed in his new book, “Here’s the Catch.”

Also, Tony Minopoli, Chief Investment Officer at Knights of Columbus Asset Advisors, will talk about a new service from K of C aimed at helping clients donate money to their favorite charities.

As always, Mike answers your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at askmikeconnors@gmail.com.

Gen. John Scales on Gen. Nathan Bedfort Forrest

June 22, 2019

He is controversial and considered historically notorious, but the military intelligence of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest can not be denied or minimized. General John R. Scales dissects the military genius of the Civil War tactical legend in his book, THE BATTLES AND CAMPAIGNS OF CONFEDERATE GENERAL NATHAN BEDFORD FORREST, 1861-1865, with Mike Connors on this weekend’s Ask the Lawyer.

Also, Mike answers your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at askmikeconnors@gmail.com.

Ask the Lawyer airs at 6pm Saturday and 11am Sunday on AM 970, plus the following Saturday morning at 8 on AM 570 The Mission #CivilWar #NathanBedfordForrest #Generals

Dr. Roger McGrath corrects the common narrative about reparations

June 15, 2019

he large field of 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary candidates have spent quite a bit of time discussing the issue of slavery #reparations. The tern has been thrown around in left-leaning circles over the past few decades and has gained steam among the nomination hopefuls, yet the issue is shrouded in hyperbole and misinformation. Dr. Roger McGrath, noted historian and editor for The Chronicle, recently published an analysis of the calls for reparations and clears up the debate through both historical and contemporary perspectives; he talk about it with Mike Connors on this week’s Ask the Lawyer.

Also, George Schwartz, whose company manages Ave Maria Funds, discusses how to invest with adherence to one’s morals and religious teachings as covered in his book, “In God We Trust: Morally Responsible #Investing.”

In addition, Mike answers your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at askmikeconnors@gmail.com.

D-Day Anniversary and an inspiring tale of survival

June 08, 2019

As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the push leading to the defeat of Germany during World War II, Mike turns out attention to a story about a brace holocaust survivor as told by her son, Loyola Professor and Media Personality Stan Goldman.
Having lost her husband, kids and siblings at the hands of the Nazis, Goldman’s mother was imprisoned at Ravensbrück. While there, SS leader Heinrich Himmler struck a deal that would spare the lives of her and many other women at the camp. She later moved to the U.S. Goldman reveals what happened with is mother and the agreement in his book: “Left to the Mercy of a Rude Stream: The Bargain That Broke Adolf Hitler and Saved My Mother.”
Also, Award-Winning Actor Tony Lo Bianco reveals another story of survival as told to him by the son of a man whose father was a mayor in France during the time of the Nazi occupation and how his parents had to deal with the Reich to survive and protect the lives of others around them – all while finding ways to handicap them from within.
In addition, Mike answers your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at askmikeconnors@gmail.com.
Ask the Lawyer airs at 6pm Saturday and 11am Sunday on AM 970, plus the following Saturday morning at 8 on AM 570 The Mission #WW2 #DDay #RememberDDay #HolecaustRemembrance

Debunking Antietam myths and PC double standards.

June 01, 2019

The Battle of Antietam lives on as the bloodiest day of the Civil War. Over 22,000 were left dead wounded or missing as forces under Generals George B. McClellan and Robert E. Lee squared off. To this day, some myths are still believed about the altercation and historian Dennis Frye, who was the Chief Historian of Harpers Ferry National Park before recently retiring, will dispel them as he talks with Mike Connors on this weekend’s Ask the Lawyer.

Dennis Frye will be the featured speaker at the June 10th Civil War Roundtable Dinner Event at 3 West Club in Manhattan. For reservations and information, please visit cwrtnyc.org.

Also, Mike and Media Analyst James Hirsen look at politically correct double standards in the wake of the alarmism over singer Kate Smith’s participation in a couple of satire songs which compelled the New York Yankees to stop playing her performance of “God Bless America” at the stadium and the Philadelphia Flyers to pull down a statue of the singer near the Spectrum.

In addition, Connors & Sullivan attorney Nick Khalifeh joins Mike to answer your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at askmikeconnors@gmail.com.

Our 2019 Memorial Day Special

May 25, 2019

Our Ask the Lawyer Memorial Day Special airs this weekend as we remember those who gave their lives for our nation, our freedoms and to protect others. Host Mike Connors welcomes a variety of special guests:

Joe Montegna previews the annual National Memorial Day Concert in Washington, DC. He continues to co-host PBS’ live broadcast of the event.

Tony LoBianco will talk with Mike about the significance of Memorial Day; we will also play his reading of “Just a Common Soldier.”

Brooklyn’s 152nd Annual Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 27; organizer Ray Aalbue will tell us about it.

Also, Loretta Swit tells Mike about the Switheart Animal Alliance, which she founded to prevent animal cruelty and suffering, help rescue efforts, , which includes a program reuniting combat dogs with their veteran handlers

Dr. Yakov Smirnoff/Why the Irish Invaded Canada

May 18, 2019

“What A Country” was a part of the American Lexicon in the 1980s thanks to comedian #Yakov Smirnoff, who was born in Ukraine under the former Soviet regime and came to America to perform, where he would achieve comedy stardom, movie appearances and his own television show. Now, the comic has earned his doctorate in Global Leadership at #Pepperdine University.

Smirnoff joins Mike Connors on this week’s Ask the Lawyer as he discusses what is was like as a #comedian in the former Soviet Union, his journey to America, becoming a citizen and standup star in the US, what he is doing today and his philosophy about how all relationships sincerely need laughter to remain strong (the subject of his dissertation: “The Law of Laughter.”

Also, author Christopher Klein and Mike look at the post-#CivilWar Irish-American raids on Canada in an attempt to win their mother country’s freedom from the United Kingdom as detailed in his new book, “When the #Irish invaded Canada.”

In addition, Connors & Sullivan’s Galyna Korchak joins Mike to answer your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at askmikeconnors@gmail.com.

Debra Paget

May 11, 2019

Debra Paget is best known for her roles in Cecil B. DeMille’s epic “The Ten Commandments” and opposite Elvis Presley in “Love Me Tender.” Debra joins Mike Connors on this week’s Ask the Lawyer. Debra talks with Mike about her career, her first big movie, “Broken Arrow,” in which she played James Stewart’s love interest, the many characters she portrayed both on screen and on the radio, the real story behind when Presley asked her to marry him and how important her faith and the teachings of God have been throughout her career and continue to be today.

Connors and Sullivan Attorney Josias Carrion also joins Mike to discuss estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs.

General Winfield Scott Hancock and Marion Ross

May 04, 2019

General Winfield Scott Hancock was one of the Union Army’s heroes of the Battle of Gettysburg. “Hancock the Superb,” as he was referred to by his peers, had a stellar military career spanning from the Mexican-American War through the aftermath of the Civil War. He was a key leader in the Reconstruction Era and a candidate for U.S. President. Historian Perry D. Jamieson joins Mike on this week’s Ask the Lawyer to revisit the life of General Hancock, which he also did in his bo...ok: “Winfield Scott Hancock: Gettysburg Hero.”

Jamieson will be the featured speaker at the May 13th Civil War Roundtable of New York City Dinner event at 3 West Club, 3 West 51st Street in Manhattan. For tickets and information, please visit www.cwrtnyc.org

Also, one of America’s favorite TV moms, Marian Ross, visits Mike. Ross, best known as Mrs. Cunningham on “Happy Days,” has a long list of varied credits in show business and has earned several honors for her work.

In addition, Mike answers your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at askmikeconnors@gmail.com.

George Papadopoulos, Legally Correct Fairy Tales and Lincoln's Last Trial

April 27, 2019

A redacted version of the #MuellerReport has been released, revealing there was no evidence of collusion between President Donald #Trump and the Russian government. Still, there was quite a bit of collateral damage involved including the jailing of Mike’s guest this weekend: George Papadopoulos.

The former energy sector advisor to the 2016 Donald Trump Presidential Campaign who prefers to stay out of the limelight and do his work quietly was sent to jail for 11 nights after ...being questioned not about his involvement with Russian operatives, but on his alleged association with members of Israeli intelligence. Papadopoulos tells his story to Mike Connors on this week’s Ask the Lawyer and in his new book: Deep State Target: How I Got Caught in the Crosshairs of the Plot to Bring Down President Trump.

Mike also talks with renowned author David Fisher, looking at many of his array of books including Lincoln’s Last Trial and Legally Correct Fairy Tales.

In addition, Mike welcomes Filcro Media CEO Tim Filson who, with his wife Helene, founded KissMyKite, a photography site showcasing Kitesurfing, Fashion and Street as a philanthropic endeavor to facilitate children's sports initiatives.

In addition, Mike answers your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at askmikeconnors@gmail.com.

Special Easter Program with Father Paul

April 20, 2019

Capuchin Friar and Medical Doctor Father Paul Bielecki joins Mike Connors for our special Easter Weekend broadcast of Ask the Lawyer.

Father Paul and Mike delve into the continued plight of Christians persecuted in the Middle East, the politics of Islam and the West, immigration, the state of ISIS, Holy Week and the importance of #NotreDame Cathedral to both the Catholic Church and Western Civilization.

Father Paul established a missionary hospital in Lebanon to provide medical care to #Christian #refugees. He also helps relocate them to safer areas.

In addition, Mike answers your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at askmikeconnors@gmail.com.

Life and Why it is important: Matt Birk and Sister Maris Stella

April 13, 2019

This weekend on Ask the Lawyer, Mike Connors welcomes former #NFL star lineman and Harvard Graduate Matt Birk, who is now an inspirational speaker and pro-life activist. Matt and Mike discuss the current trend of coastal stat governments’ easing of abortion laws, some allowing terminating unborn children in the late third trimester.
Mike also welcomes Sister Maris Stella of Sisters of Life, discussing the organization and how she found her calling to the Catholic Church after... graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy at Anapolis.
In addition, Connors & Sullivan attorney Harris Papas joins Mike to answer your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at askmikeconnors@gmail.com.

Art Shamsky and Gary Gentry look back at the 1969 Amazin' Mets

April 06, 2019

The New York Mets were known as the city’s lovable losers when they were a young franchise in the early and mid-1960s. That all changed when Gil Hodges took over as the team’s manager in 1968. The legendary manger would change the culture of the team into one that believed in itself by the time 1969 went into full swing.
The Amazin’ Mets would go on to win 100 games in 1969, dispatch the Braves in the National League Playoffs and take down the great Baltimore Orioles team in the World Series.
Two very important members of that team, Outfielder Art Shamsky and Gary Gentry talk with Mike about that special season on this week’s Ask the Lawyer.
Gentry was a rookie pitcher whose shutout on September 24th against the Cardinals would clinch the Mets their first playoff berth. Gentry also earned to Game 3 World Series victory with a solid zero-run effort against the Birds.
Shamsky was a star power-hitting outfielder who platooned with Ron Swoboda and excelled throughout the season and playoffs. His new book about the comradery and continuing brotherhood of the ’69 Mets, “After the Miracle” is now available.
Also, Mike talks with World War II Veteran Pilot Dino Cerutti about his experiences during the historic world fight against the Axis powers.
In addition, Mike answers your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at askmikeconnors@gmail.com.

The Real Horse Soldiers

March 30, 2019

One of the most beloved movies directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne was “The Horse Soldiers,” but who, really were these brave men?
General Ulysses S. Grant assigned Col. Benjamin Grierson, a musician who did not like horses, to lead 1700 Union soldiers on a huge raid over six hundred miles through enemy territory from southern Tennessee, through Mississippi and into Union-held Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They destroyed railroads, strategic locations and frees slaves du...ring their successful mission.
Historian Timothy Smith delves deep into Grierson, his men, the campaign and the aftermath in his book, “The Real Horse Soldiers: Benjamin Grierson’s Epic 1863 Civil War Raid Through Mississippi,” and with Mike Connors on this week’s Ask the Lawyer.
Smith will also receive the Fletcher-Pratt Award from the Civil War Roundtable of New York City at their next dinner event on April 8th. For details and reservations, visit www.cwrtnyc.com
Also, Mike talks with Anthony Minopoli, President and Chief Investment Officer for Knights of Columbus Asset Advisors, about the KOC and its insurance arm’s investment philosophy.
In addition, Connors & Sullivan Attorney Justin Daley joins Mike answer your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at askmikeconnors@gmail.com.

Don Maynard and Pete Lammons on the 1968-69 NY Jets

March 23, 2019

The New York #Jets pulled off what was to be the city’s first sports miracle of 1969 as the team fulfilled quarterback Joe Namath’s guarantee of a win over the powerhouse Baltimore #Colts in Super Bowl III.

Two integral players on the team, Tight End Peter Lammons and future Hall of Fame Wide Receiver Don Maynard, will talk about that incredible season, the AFL Championship game against the Oakland #Raiders and the stunning Super Bowl win against the Colts with Mike Connors on this weekend’s Ask the Lawyer.

In addition, Mike answers your questions about estate planning, elder law, #probate, #wills and how to protect your assets from probate and nursing home costs. Send us your questions at askmikeconnors@gmail.com.