When I see myself stretched thin, trying to do things beyond acting, I know it is genetic.” Not much has changed in suburban Massapequa since Sander, as Alec was called, left for college in September 1976.In the lower-middle-class Nassau Shores neighborhood where the Baldwins grew up, tidy little houses sit on quarter-acre lots in neat rows on streets with names like Pocahontas, Algonquin, and West Iroquois, the last where the Baldwins lived in a small shingled Cape Cod house.Had you known Alec’s dad, you’d see very strong similarities.” Al Baldwin’s politics didn’t help.“At first glance, you would have thought he was the classic right-wing football coach,” says teacher Joe Mc Partlin, “but his leanings were liberal.” When John F.
Four years later, he became a Democratic committeeman.
THERE’S A TV NEWS CREW LURKING IN A VAN outside Jesse and Polly Rothstein’s modern house in the bucolic burg of Purchase tonight.
Across the street, two women in towering hair and Lurex sweaters twist under a car’s dome light, working their Revlon in the rearview before heading up the Rothsteins’ driveway convulsed in laughter.
My father grew up in downtown, working-class, bad-ass Brooklyn, and he didn’t have a racist bone in his body.
He wouldn’t oppose them, but he wouldn’t be one of them.