Augie Ratner, March 7, 1920
A boxer that participated in a post-World War I tournament in London, Augie went on to found Augie’s Theater Lounge and Bar in Minneapolis.
His great-grandnephew Neal Karlen has written a book about Augie for Minnesota Historical Society Press. Hennepin County Library has ordered multiple copies, you can get your name on the hold list here. The above photo is another discovery from our Times Morgue Newspaper photo file.
From the MHS website:
Neal Karlen Author of “Augie’s Secrets: The Minneapolis Mob and the King of the Hennepin Strip”
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis MN
Dates: April 18, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Join author Neal Karlen for an illustrated presentation and book signing to celebrate the publication of “Augie’s Secrets: The Minneapolis Mob and the King of the Hennepin Strip” (MHS Press, April 2013). Augie Ratner, the proprietor of Augie’s Theater Lounge and Bar on Hennepin Avenue, was the unofficial mayor of Minneapolis’s downtown strip in the 1940s and ’50s. Augie Ratner knew everyone and everyone knew Augie and they told him everything. Mixing careful research with long suppressed family and community stories, Neal Karlen, Augie’s great-nephew, tells the real story of the seamy underside of Minneapolis, where mobsters, celebrities, comedians and politicians including Jimmy Hoffa, Henny Youngman, Kid Cann, John Dillinger, Jack Dempsey, Peggy Lee, Groucho Marx, Lenny Bruce and Gypsy Rose Lee mingled.
Following his presentation, Mr. Karlen will sign copies of the book which can be purchased in the Mill City Museum store. A cash bar— including Manhattans, an Augie’s favorite- will open at 6 p.m.