Berton Miller recently retired from his New York advertising agency where, for almost 30 years, he served as president and creative director. Prior to founding his company, Bert was Features Editor of the Riverdale Press, Director of Public Relations for Adelphi University, and held senior creative posts in several advertising agencies. Born and raised in the Bronx, he wrote the main page one article for the inaugural issue of "Back in the Bronx" magazine and contributed several other pieces to that publication. Bert now lives in Manhattan and Sag Harbor with his wife, Ivy, and their Labrador Retreiver, Bravo.
It’s 1957, and the three of us, Jacky,Vinnie from 19th Street, and me, are doing this Brooklyn strut sort of a walk down Eastern Parkway. Vinnie is a thief. He will steal anything he can get his hands on, doesn’t matter who owns it. That’s just the way he is. But there’s something cool and […]
A group of Asian teenage boys with shaved heads slows down in front of me. It is around 7 pm, not yet dusk, not really day, and we’re passing by a series of low brick row houses with bar-covered windows on 73rd Street in Jackson Heights. The boys look kind of tough, but they are polite as […]
In a school full of hard cases, Theresa Fulife was the hardest. She looked like the oldest kid in the eighth grade because at 16 she was. Her scarred, nearly six-foot muscular frame looked like it had been tattooed by a drunken sailor. Her face resembled the pitted surface of some foreign planet. Her hair […]