Bobby Rydell Talks About Second Chances In Ocean County

Bobby Rydell at the Ocean County Library on May 7th, 2017 (Photo by Bob Vosseller)
TOMS RIVER – Susan Toms of Forked River spent a few hours at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library on May 7 awaiting the arrival of her idol, singer, actor and more recently, author, Robert Ridarelli, better known as “Bobby Rydell.”

Toms had first met the performer in 1965 at the Suntan Hotel in Wildwood Crest, N.J.

“I was 17 at the time,” Toms said while looking at a poolside photograph of Rydell and her.

“The last time I saw him was a few days before 9/11 at the Garden State Art Center in Holmdel so I was looking forward to this,” she added.

Toms was among more than 200 people who came to the branch’s Mancini Hall in the library to hear the former teen idol speak about his life and to have him autograph his book “Teen Idol on the Rocks: A Tale of Second Chances.”

Many in the audience asked Rydell about his experiences in show business, and his life growing up in South Philadelphia. Continue reading

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