“He employed performers that the other agents would never use.”

From the 1940s through the 1960s, the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York were a popular summer escape from the city.

Boasting more than 500 hotels, resorts, and bungalow colonies, the region hosted nearly a million yearly visitors at its peak.

The resorts called for entertainment, and talent agents like Jack Segal made their living booking comedians, singers, and novelty acts there.

Jack’s son, Mort Segal, and daughter, Joan Feldman, came to StoryCorps to remember their dad.

Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by Michael Garofalo
Facilitated by Michael Garofalo
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