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"What If" Frank Sinatra Had Not Been a Terrific Singer?

Updated on August 19, 2016
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Sinatra: not just a singer, but a true lyracist
Sinatra: not just a singer, but a true lyracist | Source

A "what if" reprisal

Have you ever in your life played the addictive game of "What If?" It requires no cash to be spent by you unless you take your friends out to dinner. This game does not require a lightning-fast thought process. In fact, a lot of people on their break at work play this game. Like I said in the first sentence. This game is "addictive."

Since there are no rule books, referees, or time limits (measured by those egg timers with sand), the game is so simple that anyone can get in on the fun that can last way into the night. All you do is start by saying, "What if . . .Hulk Hogan had not been a wrestler. Where would he be now?" Then your partners chime in with their replies. And on it goes.

Sinatra and his personable album covers
Sinatra and his personable album covers | Source
Sinatra in "From Here to Eternity"
Sinatra in "From Here to Eternity" | Source
Memories of Sinatra's celebrity days
Memories of Sinatra's celebrity days | Source
Can you believe this? Yes. This is an early mug shot of Frank Sinatra
Can you believe this? Yes. This is an early mug shot of Frank Sinatra | Source
Love that smile
Love that smile | Source
A typical pose for Sinatra in numerous photo shoots
A typical pose for Sinatra in numerous photo shoots | Source

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"That's life"

A night ago Frank "Ol' Blue Eyes" Sinatra came across my mind and then I had my own private game of "What if," and this hub is the end result of that event.

Everyone in the world knows Frank Sinatra, an American entertainer icon in music, theater, film, and in his nightclub antics. To say nothing about his political clout. I would have loved to have been one of Sinatra's close friends as he quickly rose to fame. I would probably be well off and living a private-but-good life in Palm Beach right now.

But "What if" Sinatra had not been at his time and place in the universe? Ever thought of that? Hey, that is one of the best lead-in's to a hub headline that I've had in a few weeks. So for your reading entertainment, I respectfully present . . .

"What If" Frank Sinatra Had Not Been a Terrific Singer?

Note: How would he have fared at these jobs . . .

Farm hand - - can you see Frank in overalls shoveling manure in the barnyard for "Mr. Buckerman," an area farmer Sinatra's parents knew?

Cab Driver - - he might have made a decent living at driving a "hack" in The Big Apple, but who would remember him?

School Teacher - - sure, the young girl students would love to look upon his toothy smile, but as a successful job, I do not think so.

Truck driver - - not for someone with Sinatra's talent. I will throw in Dean Martin, Sinatra's buddy in this job selection. Martin would have also flopped.

Animal Trainer - - Oh, Frank would, due to his upbringing, give this and all of the jobs I have listed his all, but people like Sinatra, I believe were destined for fame and while there is nothing wrong with an animal trainer or the other jobs, Frank Sinatra would not last long training the powerful lions for Barnum Bailey Circus.

Auto Mechanic - - ladies, can you just picture Frankie under the hood of a 1955 Chevy with grease on his face? Okay. Fantasy's over. Please finish the rest of this hub.

Professional Baseball Player - - maybe. Let's think about it. Naaaah. He would not look good (in his day) with a chew of tobacco in his jaw.

Telephone Repairman - - not really. I cannot see Frank Sinatra dressed in company cover-all's and a hard hat checking some lonely lady's phone. Wait. Yes, I can. But the fame would not be there as it would be with his singing.

Personal Trainer - - this one's a toss up. Sure, the ladies would love for Frank to train them on how to do a few thousand sit-up's, but let's fact it. Sinatra did not go in for that much manual labor.

Hairdresser - - not on your life. Only if he were facing starvation.

Jockey - - nope. Sinatra was way too tall and his frame was much too heavy to sit atop a horse and ride in the Kentucky Derby.

Short Order Cook - - are you kidding me?


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      Kenneth Avery 15 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama ,

      Amazing comment you left me. I am really without proper words of thanks, but a sincere thanks to you for your well thought-out comment. I appreciate it so much.

      And "what if," I had not checked my mail tonight? I would not have received a blessing from your comment as well as Dreamer Meg's insightful thoughts.


      Both of you write anytime.

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      Kenneth Avery 15 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, DreamerMeg,

      Thank you so much for stopping by. I am glad that "What if," the topic of this piece is JUST a game.

      Frank? A choir boy? Anything's possible, but I truly believe we are born with certain abilities, talents that if used correctly and wisely, can carry us to various levels of living.

      I cannot prove it, but I like to believe it.

      Write me anytime.

    • profile image 15 months ago

      Frank was also pretty good with a rifle. That might have led to something. Hunting guide or Maybe army Instructor. He may also have been a Comedian he had a very good and spontaneous sense of Humor. There were a lot of facets to "Frank" that I believe he would have fared well no matter the choice. I have seen and heard the "what If" or as DreamerMeg has called it the "If only....." game played in many Forms. some from regrets others from a position of power musing over the turn of events and examining results of past decisions. Post-Mortems so to speak. I imagine that in some manner or way we all do play it From time to time. I found this a thought provoking piece bringing some enlightenment to a lot of us. I will be consciously playing "What If" more from this forward. Very well written and supremely READABLE. There is wisdom here. Keep up the good work.

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      DreamerMeg 15 months ago from Northern Ireland

      Many a game of "what if "is played by those regretting past mistakes, or maybe they would call it, "if only....". It would be fun playing it your way. Maybe Frank would have been a choir boy and then a music teacher.