Jim Proser

Mr. Copacabana

An American History by Night

Mr. Copacabana is the outrageous life story of Monte Proser, creator and operator of the famous Copacabana nightclub in New York City. Monte’s life story is a sweeping epic of the early 20th century through the eyes of one of the most colorful characters in American history. Because he was the involuntary partner of a series of the most powerful gangsters of the era, Monte's story is also a keyhole view of the struggle between crime and conscience in America. It is a history of America by night.

Keynote Speaker

Posted on Mar 03, 2014

I’ll be the keynote speaker at the Coeur D’Alene Charter Academy in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho on April 12th.

I’ll be speaking on The Writer’s Life and Work to the students and faculty of this “Top 100” high school in the US.   My brother, Dr. Bill Proser, is now the renowned educator behind the academy but I remember him as the doting older brother who recited “Call me Ishmael.” and “T’was brillig in the slithy toves…” to my younger brother Timmy and me.

We thought he was jabbering nonsense to confuse and torment us, but soon came to realize he was just delighting in the sensation of genius on his own tongue.  Not only were we safe during his reveries, we were soon enchanted as he rolled snippets and soliloquies out in front of us with obvious delight.

Sonnets of love “..how shall I compare thee to a summer’s day…” came soon after and soon he was himself in love with a young girl of summer, his now wife, Dee.

Timmy immediately caught the emotion of ecstasy and developed a running and flapping bird dance while shouting, “Blue JAY!  Blue JAY!”  He was 9 and enthralled with his first love of words.  He lifted us all into childhood ecstasy with him as he ran in circles, twirled and sang his heart out, in his little boy’s sonnet to the birds.

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