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Albert Zayat; born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1950, raised just outside of Manhattan in North Jersey. His father, Arthur, supported the family working for Ballantine Beer as a salesman, then manager. Ballantine Beer was one of the New York Yankees principal sponsors so if you see Al wearing that cap, you’ll understand. His mother, Victoria, an editor and author, insisted on literacy for her children. The Webster’s dictionary was always at hand.
Al attended Webster Academy for few years, a New England prep school. He likes to describe his experiences there as a cross between “Animal House,” and “Dead Poets Society.” For awhile Al lived in Manhattan’s ‘rocking’ lower East side, aka the ‘East Village.’ It was the late sixties then. While there he worked for the famed rock concert hall, ‘the Fillmore East,’ and later the company that filmed and produced the documentary film about ‘Woodstock.’
At age twenty-one Al recounts the surprising and unusual loss of his hair. A condition defined as Alopecia that affects a relatively small segment of the population in various forms. Al laughingly says he never did anything half-way citing the proof that he has the most severe form of the condition. For the last nearly 30 years Albert has been a professional in the investment community. He is an avid fan of cars, motorcycles, various genres of music, baseball, stout, good Scotch or Irish whisky, and of course- his two kids.
Al say’s-‘One Rode In’ started with the development of one character on a snowy evening. A shoot of very green grass rooted and grew, and grew. Thanks Mom, thanks Webster, thanks Alopecia, thanks life!