"If you saw Humphrey Bogart's last picture, The Harder They Fall, you'll remember him playing a tough newspaperman. Budd Schulberg tells us in his introduction that the Bogart charcter was modeled after a particular newspaperman, Harold Conrad. In his early days, Conrad, always a writer or promoter and never a gangster, worked for such underworld luminaries as Joe Adonis, Frank Costello, Meyer Lansky, and Bugsy Siegel. He palled around with the likes of Mike Todd, Max Baer, Joe Louis, Muhmannad Ali, Serge Rubinstein, Evel Knieval, Al Capp, lent a jacket to Howard Huges, and they all became great friends or friendly enemies. If you'll turn to the table of contests, you'll see why it is said that some people know other people, but Harold Conrad knew practically everybody, including Bob Musel, UPI's legendary correspondent, who was called Muffo."
"What makes Dear Muffa a book you want to read three times is not the characters in it, but the way their stories are told..."