ATLANTIC CITY — Frank Ferry’s relationship with the late, legendary Atlantic City powerbroker Enoch “Nucky” Johnson grew out of a 1964 legal case in which Ferry, then a young lawyer appointed assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New Jersey, helped Johnson beat an attempt by the U.S. Department of Justice to collect $20,000 from a tax-evasion conviction 23 years prior. The two remained close friends for the next four years, until Johnson’s death in 1968.
It is nearly a certainty that nobody still alive knows more than Ferry about the life of Nucky Johnson, who bestowed his memoir upon Ferry and is the subject of his book Nucky: The Real Story of the Atlantic City Boardwalk Boss. Ferry began writing the book 13 years ago and just released it in January during a book signing at A.C.’s historic Knife & Fork Inn.
Along with Johnson’s memoirs and a close personal relationship with him, Ferry researched his life through transcripts of FBI interviews, trial testimony, and recollections from stories told to him by his mother, who also knew Johnson well. This Saturday, March 9, at 11am, Ferry will discuss his book at the Atlantic City Free Public Library’s second-floor meeting room (1 N. Tennessee Ave.) The discussion is free and open to the public, and registration is not required.
Call 345-2269, ext. 3112, for more information, or to learn more about Nucky Johnson (whose fictionalized character in the award-winning HBO series Boardwalk Empire, Nucky Thompson, is based on Judge Nelson Johnson’s 2002 book Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City), visit the library’s Atlantic City Experience Web site at atlanticcityexperience.org.