During the eight years that I spent at university in the United States, I only heard of my home town of Tralee mentioned on the American news on one single occasion.
And that was on this day 50 years ago - when Dr Denis Moynihan, the Bishop of Kerry, asked the people of Kerry to boycott the public appearance that night of movie star Jayne Mansfield at the Mount Brandon Hotel, Tralee.
Seamus Mc Conville, the editor of The Kerryman, had informed the bishop of the appearance of the busty starlet, who boasted of her vital statistics - 40-21-35.
He actually played down the controversy in the subsequent issue of The Kerryman.
Wearing a simple yellow dress, brown sable stole and carrying a tiny Chihuahua dog, the glamorous actress said it wouldn't be proper for her to say if she has a romantic interest in anyone right now."The reason is, I'm still married," she said.
Sardelli, who was described as her announcer, was extremely attentive to Miss Mansfield. But others in the party hinted that Sardelli is indeed a current romantic interest.
Peers and Miss Mansfield’s stepfather, Harry Peers. Miss Mansfield was greeted at the airport by American Airlines officials, Sales Manager Dan Dengart of the Hilton Hotel and newsmen.