Flying Frankie set to sing for Hubert
FRANKFURT — "You do what I think everyone ought to do: Pick a man and then try to get him elected. If he's not elected, you wait until the next time."
Not a civic leader or civics teacher, but Frank Sinatra it was who laid these words on newsmen Friday at Frankfurt International Airport as he explained why he was jetting back to New York to "get ready to do some campaigning for Mr. (Hubert) Humphrey."
Sinatra, 52, had just finished a 48-hour winging to Europe, which included a short stop in London Wednesday for a meeting with estranged wife Mia Farrow ("We have no plans for a reconciliation.") and a surprise visit to daughter Tina in Munich to celebrate her 20th birthday.
Tina's first move in show business is a two-part TV show, "The Year of the Joker, or Romeo and Juliet 1970," now being filmed in the Bavarian capital. She was "astounded when I showed up at her Munich hotel last night. It wasn't easy to keep it a secret with all the people involved," said the man show business calls "The Chairman of the Board" or "The Boss."
Asked what his work for Humphrey involved, Sinatra explained that they have appeared together. "I sing and he speaks. The money is used to get people to register to vote. That's the only way you get a truly free election — when as many people as possible go to the polls."
Back to Munich and Tina: "It was a simple party. We just had a cake with some of the cast. Tina's very happy and Michael (the director of the show, Michael Pfleghar) thinks she's doing very well."
Will she sing, make records? "Not at the moment, at least. When she's in a joking mood, she claims the reason is that there's too much competition in the family. She wants to be an actress — but she does sing a little."
For the non-American press "Yes, she likes Germany and the Germans and she's trying to learn the language."
He was equally enthusiastic about his two other children and emphatic about both singers having made their own way in show business:
"Both Nancy and Frank (Jr.) have had little advice from me. I think it's just great. They had their own ideas and are doing their own things. Frank's working in Las Vegas — if you happen to be around there."
When asked if Bing Crosby had had any influence on his singing, and on his career, a relaxed, laughing Sinatra answered:
"Yes, he did. He had a very basic influence. When I heard him, I thought: `If he can do it, so can I.'"