Charles Carlini
Charles Carlini

P eople have always fascinated me, particularly those who have carved out a special niche for themselves by being very good at what they do. How they were able to achieve extraordinary things and the circumstances that allowed them to do it is endlessly intriguing. In today’s world, one can become famous or even rich by simply posting pictures of themselves on social media, which is a sad commentary on society in general. Those social media engines, I believe, thwart and hinder achievement, and distract us from being the best versions of ourselves.

This site is dedicated to those remarkable achievers. They are my reminiscences of a life spent as an itinerant New Yorker forging a career in the restaurant and music industries during a special slice of my life and the remarkable people that have crossed it. Sometimes, I go back even further to my time growing up in Miami Beach, where I encountered some colorful people who crossed my mother’s path, and hence me. It’s been fun recollecting some of these memories, as I have been privileged to meet some extraordinary people. I credit this largely to the time and place where I chose to be. There is no city quite like New York, as it is truly the melting pot of all melting pots. And for this, I’m grateful for all that it has given me, and God willing, will continue to do as time goes by.

I have called this blog Close Encounters because that’s just what they are—special moments with some of history’s greatest movers and shakers. The site will offer me a chance to expand what I had started on my Facebook wall a little more, as details lost to an aging memory may surface unexpectedly. Read these random posts at your leisure. If you enjoy them, please say so, as your feedback fuels me to continue recording these episodes and brief encounters that have garnished a life worth living.

Charles Carlini
New York, NY