December 06, 2006

Lucy's Grave Featured in New Book

Author, Chuck D'Imperio was inspired to write his book "Great Graves of Upstate New York" when he came across the grave of Samuel Clemens - better known as Mark Twain. He wanted to know after coming across Twain's gravesite in an Elmira, NY cemetery nearly 20 years ago why he was buried in upstate New York.

D'Imperio's curiosity led him to search out for other famous Americans buried in upstate New York, which led to his book.

In between hosting the morning show on a country music radio station in Oneonta, NY (WDOS), D'Imperio traveled across the state seeking the final resting places of notable Americans buried north of the Tappan Zee Bridge.

His book includes 70 entries, from film and TV sitcom star Lucille Ball in Jamestown to the man credited with inventing the potato chip - George Crum, who's buried outside Saratoga Springs.

As for Mark Twain, he's buried in Elmira because that's where his wife was from.

For more information or to order the book, visit D'Imperio's web site.


  1. I have read this book and it is excellent. Mr. D'Imperio treats "our Lucy" with a gentle hand. Everyone should read it!

  2. I stood in line for 1/2 hour in Albany to get a signed copy of this book. After reading it, I've come to the conclusion I'd stand in line for an hour to get another copy.This book is fasinating!

  3. I liked this book a lot. The author is clearly a Lucy fan! I was amused at his research as to where "the gang" is buried too. Desi, Bill, Vivian, Gale, etc. It'll amaze you. Great cover photo of Lucy's grave, also. A nice tribute.