Still in the Hamptons

More Tales of the Rich, the Famous, and the Rest of Us

By Dan Rattiner

Subjects: Autobiography, Biography And Memoir, Autobigraphy, Memoir, New York/regional
Series: Excelsior Editions
Imprint: Excelsior Editions
Hardcover : 9781438444130, 386 pages, July 2012

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Table of contents

Driving Out
The Tycoons
Carl Darenberg Jr.
Werewolf Path
Lazy Lucy
Dick Sandford
Charlie Vanderveer
David Willmott
Nell Robinson
Grey Gardens
Marty Shepard
The Cannon
Chris Johnson
J. J. Johnson
Manny Quinn
The Little People
Block Island Scam
Mort Zuckerman
Frank Perdue
Alastair Gordon
Odeda Rosenthal
Colin Powell
Paul Sidney
Kim Cattrall and Mark Levinson
Peter Jennings
The I Survived the Winter Party
Leon Uris
Tate King and the Survivor Chickens
“Whipped Until Bloodied”
Paul Jeffers
Brenda Siemer
Peter Beard
King of the Hamptons
Alec Baldwin

More encounters with sometimes rich, sometimes famous, but always quirky residents of the Hamptons, by the editor and publishers of Dan's Papers.


Yes, Dan Rattiner is still in the Hamptons, and after fifty-plus years on the eastern end of Long Island, most of them as publisher of the region's free weekly newspaper, Dan's Papers, he still has a lot of stories to tell. Here, offered in his signature dry, observant, and self-deprecating wit, are Rattiner's further encounters with the billionaires and celebrities, the farmers and fishermen, the eccentric artists and ordinary folks, who together make the Hamptons one of the most fashionable, exclusive, and entertaining communities in the United States. As Tom Wolfe once noted, "If a guy says it happened in the Hamptons, and Dan Rattiner doesn't know about it, it didn't."

The people he writes about are presented in chronological order from 1959 to today, just as Rattiner lived it and has remembered it. Still in the Hamptons will help you understand what the Hamptons used to be and what it has become, and will provide an entertaining read along the way.

Praise for Dan Rattiner

"If you pick up the East Hampton Star, you'll learn the who, what, and where. The why and how are more likely found in the pages of Dan's Papers … If you want to understand the crazy quilt of art, sand, money, farmland, literature, golf clubs, divorces, sea spray, and the area's remarkable blend of ego, generosity, and dedication to historic preservation, read Dan's book, In the Hamptons, and its sequel, In the Hamptons Too." — Alec Baldwin, from the Foreword of In the Hamptons Too

"Dan Rattiner has been chronicling the people and events of the Hamptons for as long as I've been going there (since the sixties). If anyone wanted some insight into what made this area such an interesting place, all they'd need was a copy of In the Hamptons. It's as close to rubbing elbows as you can get. Enjoy!" — Billy Joel

"If there was an honorary mayor of the Hamptons it would have to be Dan Rattiner … a raconteur with a wicked sense of humor and an eye for detail." — Long Island History Journal

Dan Rattiner is an award-winning writer and the editor and publisher of Dan's Papers, the free newspaper he founded in 1960 when he was twenty years old. He is the author of In the Hamptons: My Fifty Years with Farmers, Fishermen, Artists, Billionaires, and Celebrities and In the Hamptons Too: Further Encounters with Farmers, Fishermen, Artists, Billionaires, and Celebrities, also published by SUNY Press. He lives on Long Island.


"Dan's memoirs are like Dan's newspapers: charming, whimsical, fun, and filled with insightful knowledge of the East End conveyed with a twinkle in the eye. Come to think of it, that describes Dan in person as well! Buy this book!" — Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs