His strength was his humility. His stature was his dignity. He was just over 5 feet in height but was a giant of a man. 1010 WINS senior correspondent Stan Brooks died peacefully at his home on Monday afternoon. He was 86 years and 11 months old. He worked until he was 86 years and 10 months old.
They don’t make reporters like Bronx-born “Brooksie” anymore. From his favorite song lyric (Neil Young) to his recollections of calling some bank robbers later immortalized in Dog Day Afternoon, the WINS remembrance by Mevorach and CBS New York VP, editor-in-chief Mark Mason has it all:
On August 22, 1972, John Wojtowicz, along with Salvatore Naturale and Robert Westenberg, attempted to rob a branch of the Chase Manhattan bank on the corner of East Third Street and Avenue P in Gravesend, Brooklyn. Wojtowicz and Naturale held seven bank employees hostage for 14 hours. Wojtowicz, a former bank teller, had some knowledge of bank operations.
However, he apparently based his plan on scenes from the movie The Godfather, which he had seen earlier that day. The robbers became media celebrities. Wojtowicz was arrested and Naturale was killed by the FBI during the final moments of the incident. Wojtowicz answered the phone and gave Stan the interview.