CC Capsule: Italian-American Civil Rights League Company Car

The IACRL was front for the five families of New York City.

It was the brainchild of one of the bosses, Joseph Colombo, in response to the arrest of his son on conspiracy charges, and cried victim at the racial profiling of people of Italian descent. In 1970 this cause managed to get a crowd of 5,000 picketing outside the FBI headquarters, and then 100,000 protestors to a gathering at Columbus Circle.

When The Godfather needed permission to film around New York, negotiations had to take place between producer Albert S. Ruddy and Colombo. The sticking point was the use of the word mafia in the script.

An agreement was made; one mention only of the word was to be permitted – used when Jack ‘What’s this thing in my bed?’ Woltz tells Tom Hagen; “I don’t care how many dago guinea wop Mafia greaseball goombahs come out of the woodwork!.

Another find from my brother in NYC.

Bummer about this Cadillac is that it has a good-looking face and a kickarse rear. It’s just that the profile is grotesquely disproportioned. And that roof nappy is a shocker.

If I was in charge of things, I’d legislate it that all Cadillacs must always have vertical slit-type rear light language.

Always and forever.

In 1971 at another Columbus Circle protest, Joseph Colombo was shot dead. The five families had grown tired of his grandstanding.