About Those Cufflinks...
Have you ever noticed the cufflinks Mark wears? Well, they
used to belong to Ol' Blue Eyes himself - that's right - "The
Chairman of the Board"!
Mark has a friend who, at Nellis AFB in May of 1964, won a raffle
ticket for his gunnery high score. The prize was being Nancy
Sinatra's escort to a black tie VFW dinner dance in Tucson. That
evening he was to go to the affair with the base commander, his
wife, and about 20 other base officers. So, the entourage
boarded a limo and a bus on the base, and off to Tucson. When
he got to his room, he discovered that the shirt with the tuxedo
outfit he was to wear had French cuffs but no cufflinks!
So, he improvised with one large paper clip for each cuff folded
over. When they go to the penthouse for cocktails with everone
- including Frank Sr., Frank Jr., and Nancy - and 20 or 30 other
dignitaries, Nancy spotted the paperclip cufflinks, laughed, and
said "let me get a pair of dad's". She told him
that the cufflinks in the little leather pouch had originally belonged
to "Mr.Davis", but they were now her father's. At
the end of the evening, he forgot to give them back and tried to
contact Nancy but couldn't find her. Eventually he did and
she told him to keep them "as a gift from dad".
The friend told Mark - "Mark, these have been in my drawer
for 40 years and I wore them once...not my style. I wanted
to have them end up with the ultimate Sinatra fan, and I want you
to enjoy them!" Mark took them to a jeweler to have
them appraised for insurance. The jeweler said that they were
worth about $50 to $60. When Mark told him that they were
owned and worn by Sinatra he replied... "Priceless" -
Goodbye and have a nice day! The design is petrified wood
on sterling silver. Anyone can get an autograph or a picture,
but to actually own something that was part of an outfit that your
"Idol" actually owned and wore, is really a thrill!