A part of a Hoboken legend has returned home.
Two golden microphones used by Frank Sinatra were given to Ed Shirak for the museum he founded, From Here to Eternity, the Hoboken Frank Sinatra Museum, located at the birthplace of Sinatra on Monroe Street.
"The microphones were sent to me by Sinatra's sound man and light man," said Shirak. "They have been all over the world."
Sinatra used one of the microphones during all of his performances, while the other was kept in a desk drawer, Shirak said. Shirak uses one of the microphones during his performances of Sinatra classics. He said that each microphone is valued at $100,000.
The newest additions to the museum now join an array of old photographs, posters, and Sinatra memorabilia that Shirak has collected over the years.
"They are back in Hoboken, where they belong," Shirak said.
Shirak for mayor
Shirak also announced recently that he will run for mayor during the 2005 election.
Shirak is a former business executive and co-owner of Lepore's Chocolates on Garden Street.
Shirak said that his campaign message will be simple: "Let's preserve what's left of Hoboken, and implement zero base budgeting and pay for performance." He said he "now has the funds to run through the success of the Sinatra Museum and [my] new album, soon to be released, entitled 'I'll Leave A Memory,' honoring Sinatra."
Shirak said that if former councilman Anthony Russo runs, he will step out of the race. He said Russo helped Shirak by commissioning a song in honor of Sinatra.