Ike Eisenhower Vs. Joey Ramone: Secret History or Historical Secret?
Joey Ramones brother, Mickey Leigh is writing a memoir entitled,
"Surviving Joey Ramone" to be published by Simon and Schuster. He is
working with legendary "Punk" journalist, Legs McNeil. "Its weird thinking about all this
stuff it kind gets you, you know?" Mickey bemusedly stated one day, "I remember stories
like when we were kids." Mickeys crooked smile warms at the memory. "Joey was eight and
I was like, five and we were playing on the bridge that is over the highway, near our apartment
in Forest Hills, Queens. All of a sudden the cars stop driving and we see this motorcade drive
up with the motorcycles and police cars, lights flashing, you know...Its President Eisenhower. Were watching
this when Jeff (Joeys real name) picks up a little rock and drops it off the bridge and it hits the
limo with the Presidents seal on it. Joey actually dropped a rock on the Presidents car! Well, we get
all scared and run back home as fast as we could. Were like hiding." Mickey laughs. Even now the look of
fear glimmers in his eyes.
"A couple of days later our Uncle takes us to Bear Mountain State Park for a day of
nature. As we come into the park, theres like a crowd with barricades and a helicopter and who is
standing there but President Eisenhower. And he points at me and Joey and gestures for us to come to him.
Well we shit. Now were in trouble. So Jeff freezes and so do I but our Uncle he starts pushing us through
the barricades and we are taken to the President. I was afraid he was going to have us arrested." Mickey
leans back in his chair shaking his mop of unruly hair. "Man, I thought for sure it was over for us. President
Eisenhower bends down and tells us to be good boys and listen to our parents and then he sends us back to our
uncle. We were free! We werent on our way to Sing Sing." George Seminara Q
This is a sample of what you might find in Mickeys upcoming book. But he is much more than just Joey Ramones
brother. Mickey played guitar in two legendary New York bands, Birdland (featuring rock-n-roll journalist, the
late Lester Bangs) and The Rattlers. Both bands reissued CDs are available at a record store near you. He has
written for many newspapers and magazines, acted in movies, and was Johnny Ramones first and arguably best Guitar tech.