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Charlie Carillo is a producer for the TV show "Inside Edition." Before that he was a reporter and a columnist for the New York Post. All seven of his novels are available on Amazon Kindle and five of them are just 99 cents - “God Plays Favorites,” “Found Money,” My Ride With Gus,” “Shepherd Avenue” and "The Man Who Killed Santa Claus: A Love Story."

Entries by Charlie Carillo

A Thanksgiving Tale, Served With Punch

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 6:33 AM

It all began when this nasty kid was picking on me in electric shop class, shoving me from behind and laughing when I didn't fight back.

I didn't fight back because the teachers at Junior High School 67 in Little Neck, New York warned us that anyone caught...

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If Only You'll Believe In Miracles, So Would I....

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2014 | 10:06 PM


The bride wants children right away, and the groom is on the same page. That's how they feel about it. You get married, you have kids.

Why wait? Let's do it while we're young and strong.

She's delighted to get...

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Tips From My Trips Around the Sun

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 4:38 PM

I'm about to turn 59, which means I'll be starting my 60th voyage around the sun, a mind-blowing truth for a person who's still a child between the ears.

In this time I've been a son, brother, husband, ex-husband, father, stepfather, uncle and friend, and I couldn't help picking...

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He Gave Me a Chance

(4) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 10:18 AM

I was a year or two out of college, miserable the way only an English major can be miserable when he's working a job that offers no daylight for his dubious talents.

That job was running copy at the New York Post -- bringing coffee to editors, running layout...

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The Girl Upstairs and the Boy Next Door

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 9:44 AM

The first time he saw the girl upstairs, his heart jumped.

Big blue eyes, wide cheekbones, and that catlike way of moving some girls are born with.

Yeah, you're born with it, all right. It's one of those unteachable things, and Charlotte Simonson had it.

Suffice it to...

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A Race at My Pace Is No Disgrace

(4) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 9:14 PM

Every fighter thinks he's got one more victory left in him, and every runner thinks he's got one more great race. Usually, they're both wrong.

Many presidents ago I won a road race in my old neighborhood of Douglaston, Queens, the only moment of glory I ever had as...

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The Little Ballgirl Who Could

(13) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 4:01 PM

With the U.S. Open tennis tournament in full swing my heart is always gladdened by my favorite tennis story of all time, which involves my sister.

No, not that one! My other sister, Gina.

When she was a teenager she worked as a ballgirl at the U.S. Open, and...

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Good to the Last Drop(cloth)

(2) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 9:20 PM

All my life I've tried to find a suitable gift for my father, a guy who asks for nothing and means it when he says he doesn't want anything.

But this past weekend, in my 59th year as his son, I figured I'd finally found the perfect gift for...

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Head-on Collision with a Ford

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 12:09 PM

It was one of those puff-piece New York Post assignments that landed in my lap once in a while back in the day, and that was fine by me -- no crime, no chalk outlines on the street, no survivors to interview.

Instead it was Eileen Ford, the force...

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Pop Culture - My Pop, That Is

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 9:44 AM


My father is sitting in his office, leaning back in his chair and staring at the ceiling. This is an office he's just been moved into toward the end of his long career as an art director at the Young and Rubicam advertising...

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The Years Just Run Away

(2) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 5:35 PM

I wasn't really expecting him to show up, but there he is in shorts and running shoes, a handsome man doing stretching exercises on the steps of a Village brownstone, waiting for me.

"Hey," I say, "you made it."


"Sorry I'm late."

"You're not late," he says. "I'm early."

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Psst! Look Who's Sitting At That Table!

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 3:20 PM

We're at a crowded restaurant on the Upper West Side waiting to be seated when I spot a familiar-looking man at a table near the front.

It hits me with that same tingle I get across my shoulders every time I recognize someone famous in New York -- it's...

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Know Who Died?

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 6:52 PM

Growing up in my family, the most suspenseful words any of us could hear were, "Know who died?"

Whoever spoke those words had the drop on the rest of us. We'd hold our breaths until the name of the newly deceased was revealed, then exhale slowly as the cause and...

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Miracle, Schmiracle

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 5:31 PM

It's hard for someone who's worked in newspapers and TV as long as I have to feel any sense of wonder over miracles, because we peddle miracles faster than McDonald's slings Big Macs.

As a prefix in the media, the word "miracle" is Type-O universal: Miracle weight loss! Miracle rescue!...

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Mickey Rooney, Up Close and Personal

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 4:53 PM

I wouldn't tell my parents where I was taking them. That would have spoiled the surprise. It was my mother's birthday, and I wanted to do something special.

So after dinner we walked to the Irish Repertory Theatre on West 22nd Street, where Mickey Rooney, then just shy of...

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A Good Tenant Is Hard to Find

(1) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 11:23 AM

They both heard it -- a strange scraping noise from above, just days after their new tenants moved in.

Oh boy. What the hell was this?

The old Brooklyn couple, Mr. and Mrs. Gruber, wondered if they'd goofed by renting the upper level of their two-family house to those...

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Love on the BMT, or One "L" of a Courtship

(2) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 4:29 PM


She sees him standing there on that jam-packed train, and she says to herself:


A black-haired guy with big brown eyes, obviously Italian. Well-dressed and beautifully groomed, with shoes buffed to a high shine.

He looks a...

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Give Me Your Honest Opinion, As Long As It Coincides With Mine

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 10:59 AM

LONDON -- We're going to a wedding and my British wife needs a new dress. I'm with her for the purchase and for reasons I'll never understand, she's asking my opinion about the two finalists -- one gold, one black.

As a heterosexual male, my fashion opinions carry absolutely no...

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Santa's Divorce "Claus"

(2) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 9:47 AM

When a story sounds too good to be true, it usually is - especially around this time of year.

But when Christmas carols fill the air and Jack Frost is nipping at your nose, even the hardest-bitten reporters can let their guards down for a real whopper.

This one...

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Strangers on a Train

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 12:37 PM

This actually happened. I hardly ever believe people when they begin a tale with a line like that, but at the risk of losing your attention right off the bat, I'll dare to repeat myself:

This actually happened.

I'm riding an uptown subway train with my wife on Saturday afternoon...

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