The Donald And I

By Mike Maddaloni on Saturday, December 06, 2008 at 07:55 PM with 0 comments

Just a short walk from my home in downtown Chicago is the new Trump International Hotel and Tower. When it is completed, it will be the second tallest building in the Windy City. Along the Chicago River on the former site of the Chicago Sun-Times, it is gleaming tower with amazing views.

Throughout its construction, its owner and namesake, Donald Trump, has made many visits to Chicago. But has he called me? No. I don’t know why, as we go way back, as the following photo shows.

photo of Donald Trump and Mike Maddaloni

This photo appeared in the Hartford Courant back in May, 1989 following the launch of “Trump: The Game” by Milton Bradley. It was taken at Milton Bradley’s headquarters in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, my hometown. As a college student, I was a fan of Trump and his capitalistic quests. When the game was launched, I was able to get a press pass to Trump’s visit thanks to connections through my college radio station, WNEK-FM. In this photo I am directly to the right of him. We both had much, much more hair then as now.

Ok, so the Donald may not remember me. I did ask him what advice he had for college students, but I never recorded his response as there was a short in my microphone cable. I am sure he has been asked that question a few times since. But the next time you’re in town Mr. Trump, I am sure I can clear my schedule to meet you for coffee, entrepreneur-to-entrepreneur.

And did you know the Hartford Courant is a Connecticut institution since 1764?

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