"Connecticut bootlegger queen nellie greeN"©
FOREWORD BY CHARLENE GREEN MASSEY (NELLIE GREEN'S GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER)
Known as the “Queen of the fastest rum runners on the East Coast,” Nellie Green led a captivating life full of bootlegging adventures. Nellie was an extremely successful bootlegger during the entire Prohibition Era (1920-1933.
She fearlessly stood up to all those who tried to stand in her way, receiving respect and financial support from many influential people.
Nellie built an underground empire in a business world dominated by men. Her rum runners were men of intrigue who assumed aliases such as “Blackie,” “Wing,” and “King Tut.”
This book recounts the life and times of the legendary bootlegger Nellie Green, set against the historical backdrop of the Prohibition era, the women's movement and the Roaring Twenties.
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"CONNECTICUT SOFTBALL LEGEND JOAN JOYCE" ©
FOREWORD WRITTEN BY GOLF GREAT JANE BLALOCK!
"CONNECTICUTSOFTBALL LEGEND JOAN JOYCE"
Joan Joyce is the real deal, a fierce competitor and one of the greatest athletes and coaches in sports history. Tony Renzoni’s moving tribute to Joan shows us why she is a champion in sports and in life.
— Billie Jean King, sports icon and equality pioneer
Joan Joyce is truly the greatest female athlete in sports history. And a great coach as well. Tony Renzoni’s well-researched book is a touching tribute to this phenomenal athlete. I highly recommend this book!
--- Bobby Valentine, former MLB player and manager, current athletic director at Sacred Heart University (Fairfield)
Joan Joyce has to be one of the most incredible female athletes of all time. She has left an indelible mark on women’s athletics—creating a legacy that has been instrumental in bringing women’s athletics into the public spotlight ------ ConnecticutWomen’s Basketball Hall of Fame, 1994
We both started out really young and we stuck with it and made something of our lives. With great admiration, Brian. PS: Joan, Let’s have a re-match someday, bowling for dollars!
—Brian Hyland, singer, songwriter, publisher, international recording artist
There are fascinating human beings, then there’s Joan Joyce. For my money, there’s never been a more talented, more accomplished, more transcendent female athlete than Joan. She captured the imagination young girls, women AND men alike before the advent of the twenty-four-hour news cycle, the sports- only television networks and social media. What couldn’t she do? The greatest softball player who ever lived. Represented the United States on the hardwood in basketball. The least number of putts ever in a professional round of golf.
Not to mention nine NCAA Regional appearances as the head softball coach of Florida Atlantic University (that’s how I know her best). I’ve never met a better storyteller than Joan because, well, she lived all of her stories! I feel fortunate to know the single most influential and unique female athlete who has ever walked the planet...Joan Joyce.
—Ken laVicka, ESPN, Voice of FAU
As a young man participating in athletics in school I can only marvel at the accomplishments of our girl, Joan Joyce. Her list of participation & accolades in athletics are the stuff of dreams to me! God bless and keep her, and her life as teacher and role model.
—Johnny Mathis, Grammy-nominated recording artist
Is Joan Joyce the greatest athlete ever from the great city of Waterbury, Conn.? YoU bet. Is Joan Joyce Connecticut’s greatest female athlete? Absolutely—by a city and country mile. Is Joan Joyce the greatest female athlete of all time, period? Tony Renzoni sets out to prove just that in Connecticut Softball Legend Joan Joyce
—Joe Palladino, Waterbury Republican-American
The story is all true. Joan Joyce was a tremendous pitcher, as talented as anyone who ever played. [responding to a newspaper account of his early 1960s match-ups against Joan Joyce]
—Ted Williams, Hall of Fame MLB and Boston Red Sox great, December 30, 1999
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tony Renzoni is a rock 'n' roll enthusiast. He has been an avid collector of over ten thousand vinyl records. One of his hobbies has been researching the national and local rock 'n' roll music scene, in Connecticut.
Tony had a thirty-eight year career with the Federal government. As district manager in Connecticut's Fairfield County, he oversaw the operations of four field offices, serving over 100,000 beneficiaries. Tony wrote over one thousand weekly columns that were published in the Connecticut Post newspaper and on the Connecticut Post website. Tony was a recipient of more than forty awards, including his agency's highest award.
A lifelong resident of Connecticut, Tony lives on the Connecticut shoreline with his wife, Colleen. Tony Renzoni is a graduate of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.