About Lennie Grimaldi
My career in journalism dates back more than 30 years to when I was a teenager working for the Telegram (a predecessor paper of the Connecticut Post) where I was exposed to all things Bridgeport—the strange, unique and unforgettable—as a general assignment and backup police and fire reporter.
I became fascinated by the city’s ethnicity, neighborhood life and political curiosity as a series of twists and turns led to a recurring mantra. When the city built a fire house on private property someone said “only in Bridgeport,” when the mayor wore a bulletproof vest during his reelection another proclaimed “only in Bridgeport,” when the legendary Superintendent of Police Joseph Walsh turned the tables on an FBI informant who tried to coax him into a bribe, still another shouted “only in Bridgeport!”
The first of my five published books was named Only In Bridgeport. The other books also included a piece of the city in some fashion such as Chased: Alone, Black and Undercover, the life of mob infiltrator Billy Chase and Bow Tie Banker, a biography of David Carson, retired chief executive of People’s Bank.
I love the Yankees, red wine and politics, and I’ve served as political consultant to a variety of candidates through the years that’s caused both exhilaration and anguish. I also moderate the daily blog www.onlyinbridgeport.com, write biography and legacy projects on behalf of retired executives and run a public relations company called Momentum Communications www.momentumtime.com