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Michael M Durand wrote on October 28, 2012:
I cut my public relations wisdom teeth working briefly in Joe's shop, on the ill-begotten Moscone for Governor campaign. The experience and the memories have not been forgotten.

Thank you, Joe.
Steve Bullock wrote on June 19, 2012:
I think of Joe all the times. He inspires me for my work and my personal life. If I can get near what he achieved....I will be one happy man. Joe - I love you for all you taught me and for the person you were! Happy birthday today....you would be starting your 78 year today. :)
Margaret Farnum from Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission wrote on June 6, 2011:
Every person should be fortunate enought to have a Joe Cerrell in their life......a mentor, a confidant, and a friend with whom to enjoy a great working relationship and time to share the joys of life.... all filled with much caring, love and LAUGHTER. Joe Cerrell was a rare jewel indeed.
Mariano Gnecco from Buenos Aires, Argentina wrote on February 8, 2011:
Well, this is sad news.

I only met him for a few days during his trip to Argentina in 97'.
He came here for a political summit and decided to pay my grandmother a visit (who was his aunt).

He was such a funny man, he kept telling tales and jokes. I'll never forget how my name sounded strange to him. After a few months, he sent me a newspaper with a story about a politician called Mariano, along with this, came a small baseball bat for his annual party at Santa Barbara.

I still have it in my bookshelf!

May he rest in peace, and to his wife and family, all our love.

Que el SeƱor lo guarde en su gloria
Ann Reiss Lane from Los Angeles wrote on January 11, 2011:
So many sweet/funny memories...

I was an eager, naive member of the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles, probably around 1960, and for the national LWV organization I was asked to find out how delegates were selected to presidential conventions. I made an appointment with the L.A. County Republican party executive director, who peered down at me from behind a massive desk, barely hiding his scorn.I have no idea what he told me but it was laden with snobbery.

I then set out to learn about the Democrats and the call was return by Joe Cerrell. I told him my mission and he asked where I lived and before I knew it, he arrived to chat with me at my home. He was friendly and warm, and if I hadn't been before, I instantly committed myself to the Democratic Party, assuming if Joe was a prototype, the choice was clear.

And so I remain.

And one more memory, of his birthday party at Perinos, when the USC band came marching in! Bert (my husband) and I agree: it was a Joe Cerrell party to remember.

And so many other nice memories.

Rest in peace, Joe. You were definitely one of the good guys.
Thomas P Cacciatore from San Marino, California wrote on December 17, 2010:
This is a sad day in Los Angeles.

The passing of Joe Cerrell brought me back to many great memories. I met Joe in 1971 during the Vincent Bugliosi campaign for district attorney. I believe Joe was not directly involved in that campaign but remaind neutral because the major players in Los Angeles supported his opponent, Joe Busch, who was also a fine guy.

It was during one of those political events could 1971 that I met Joe, and we became immediate friends. He was interested in my background, where I had been, what I was doing and whether I wanted to make politics a career.
In 1977 Joe was kind enough to invite me to a USC game at the Coliseum and meet San Francisco Mayor George Moscone who was his houseguest. It was a great opportunity to have a lively conversation with two brilliant thinkers.

During the eight 1980s it was great time to talk to Joe about current events, political campaigns, judicial elections and the emergence of The National Italian American Foundation, of which I had been a charter member. Joe of course became very active, and became a national leader of that organization bringing insight and dignity to their national and regional events for many years. Joe was instrumental in bringing Italian-American officeholders and Supreme Court justices to California so our community could meet them.

And it was Joe who told us about a little-known candidate for Arizona governor that we should support, Janet Napolitano. We did, and she won.

And, during the earliest years of the Italian-American lawyers Association and The National Italian American Foundation it was Joe who always found time to help us get a distinguished speaker from government, the press or industry-Governor Brown,Speaker Willie Brown, Connie Chung, Tricia Toyota, Sen. Dennis Diconcini, Tommy Lasorda, Joe Montana, sportswriter Jim Murray, fitness guru Jack LaLane, actor Nicolas Cage, Hollywood writer and producer Garry Marshall, United States Atty. Gen. Benjamin Civilletti, and many many others. His contacts knew no limits.
But even with his unbelievable schedule, he always had time to take a personal phone call, to discuss an idea, and to give good advice.
Joe will be missed by all who knew him.
It truly is a sad day

THOMAS P. CACCIATORE
ATTORNEY AT LAW
99 SO. LAKE AVE., SUITE 501 PASADENA, CA. 91101-2429
TEL. (626) 795-0200
FAX. (626) 795-1626
Robert Davi from California-orginally New York wrote on December 13, 2010:
There are those who make a difference in the lives of others -- those who share who they are and what they can do to help - those who whenever called upon never say why but only how - those who do not think of their success but celebrate yours -those who freely give of their wisdom and experience -those who cherish friendship and family - those who make one feel less alone in a complex difficult world- those who do not let you know how much they may be suffering but go on while facing their own mortality -those who are selfless and when their work here is finally completed -- leaves not a void - but a momument-- a monument that says- this life made a difference- a monument of lives who were touched by this life- the life of Joe Cerrell -- Rest in Peace my Dear Friend- you are loved by many
BJAMES LIEBERMAN from CENTURY CITY,CALIFORNIA wrote on December 13, 2010:
WHERE DO I START?/ AT RANDOM MEMORIES... ATTENDING THE 1ST CERRELL PARTY & THEN ALL THE OTHERS--EATING AT GREAT RESTAURANTS {OWNING ONE TOGETHER..LA PLACE IN CENTURY CITY}--POKER PARTIES--ROUTE SLIPS--STOCK MARKET--WORKING ON CAMPAIGNS.. TRIPS TO LAS VEGAS JUST TO NAME A FEW IN THE LAST 50 YEARS...LOOK HOW LUCKY I WAS TO SHARE THIS WITH JOSEPH R... .......LOVE TO HIS FAMILY....BJAMES
William Bagley from San Rafael, CA wrote on December 8, 2010:
Let me tell you yet another Joe Cerrell story. As is known Joe managed Hubert Humphprey's campaigns. I was in DC as a California traveling friend of * * * Nixon. Joe invited me into a Hubert Humphrey event, for free. I was most impressed.

Then Humphrey was invited to speak to a Joint Session of the California Legislature. He was escorted into the Assembly Chamber by a few appointed legislators. One was San Francisco's Milton Marks who resembled Humphrey. World-wide, AP photos identified Marks as Humphrey, walking into the Chambers. That's the only time Joe managed not to "manage" the media.

PS: For years, I asked Milton "How's Muriel?"
Jodi Balma from Fullerton College wrote on December 8, 2010:
I had the pleasure of meeting Joe Cerrell at my first CCEPA meeting to plan the Annual Sacramento Legislative Seminar. Walking into his conference room and seeing the 1960 photo of Joe and John Kennedy set the stage for me. It was my sincere pleasure to work with him and see him operate in Sacramento - walking down a hall with him in the Capitol could take an hour as each person we passed wanted to shake his hand, say hello, or just acknowledge him. One of my all time favorite memories was of Joe and John Burton (then President pro tem of the CA Senate) kidding each other as 200 college students enjoyed the show. Thousands upon thousands of college students were blessed to attend the Sacramento seminar and their lives were better for the experience. I still have former students come back 8-10 years later to tell me it was the single best experience they had in college. Many became active in state politics as a result of the seminar. All because of a man named Joe Cerrell. My thoughts are with all of you who knew and loved this man. To his family, thank you for sharing him with the rest of us.