Sunday, October 11, 2020

ICYMI: New song by Rick Reyes, composed for Louis the Coin Zoom extravaganza, premiered Oct. 6, 2020 @morrislibraryct @RickReyesMusic @CosmicJibaros @LOUIStheCOINbio w/ Testimonial by Louis daughter, link to complete program

Testimonial by Louis daughter Susan:

I would like to thank everyone for being “here” virtually to memorialize my dad. He considered many of you his close friends, and at times shared with me some stories of the interactions he had with each of you. My father to me was always that “happy go lucky” guy who was hard not to love. His gregariousness and “I can do anything” attitude kept him moving throughout his life. He was a man that truly lived his life to the fullest with his countless life experiences, which I can assure you some never made it to paper. He was still composing ideas for story lines only a year ago. To some he was the infamous “Louie the Coin,” to others he was a brilliant guy who could do just about anything, creative and talented, but to me he was my Dad, the father that would be impossible to forget for so many reasons. I cherish all of the memories forever embedded in my heart, both in health and in sickness. Rest in peace Dad (Papa Lou) and thank you for watching over me every day.

You thought it was more?

Complete event video posted at Louis book site

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

updated -- KING LOUIS DE LA PROVVIDENZA: 4 NEW VIDEO Previews of original composition by Rick Reyes of The Cosmic Jibaros @LOUIStheCOINbio @CosmicJibaros @RickReyesMusic @morrislibraryct


Did I really sit at the right hand of Raymond?
Did I really soak the sheets with red wine?

My Lamborghini is always in the news

My chips in casinos everywhere

Machines working night and day 

Find my way around the law

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Louis The Coin’s Garage of Magic: Some of the Equipment He Used To Create Undetectable Slot Machine Tokens




Learn more about Louis The Coin's escapades Oct. 6 during ZOOM event 

at Morris Public Library

Finished product

“So much sets this book apart – the extraordinary tales it tells, its insider’s look at organized crime, and Louis Colavecchio's enormous affection for his characters. But the biggest surprise? I was held in total suspense by the technical sections. I never expected to be riveted by metallurgy . . . but I was.”

-Novelist Pam Lewis, author of “Speak Softly, She Can Hear” and “Perfect Family.”

Strip after coinage blanks have been punched out, 

dies and rubber impressions of tokens 

Electrical Discharge Machine used to reproduce the token dies 

- also known as a spark erosion machine 

Rolls used to produce strip of the required thickness 

Press to produce coinage blanks 

A press to strike the tokens 

Electro plating equipment 

VIDEO Previews / News Reports, @LOUIStheCOINbio ZOOM Extravaganza 


Registration Required @morrislibraryct

Sunday, September 13, 2020

VIDEO Previews / News Reports, @LOUIStheCOINbio ZOOM Extravaganza 10-6-20: Registration Required @morrislibraryct

Videos shot @ #DogWatchCafe Stonington, CT

Videographer: BOB THIESFIELD

Reporter Karen Ziner of The Providence Journal, retired, dishes on Louis the Coin's chatter about missing persons and bodies in Providence.

Reporter Karen Florin of The Day recalls Louis the Coin's tale of his sophisticated marijuana growing operation.

 Louis the Coin's priest brother and his wife at the time had an understanding about his counterfeiting activities. Providence Journal reporter Karen Ziner, retired, recalls seeing the brother's photo and feedback from Louis and spouse.


So long, Louis

KAREN ZINER: Louis Colavecchio's death leaves me strangely bereft. He was my all-time favorite interviewee and favorite character in 45 years as a journalist. Over the years we became friends - from a careful distance. I spent time with Lou while preparing for a teensy bit part in a History Channel documentary, "The Counterfeit King." Two of my favorite Louie stories: "We sold One-Lung-ers at the train station. What's a One-Lung-er? It's a watch. It takes one breath, and then it dies." He bragged that he made "more Gucci belts than Gucci." Knock-offs, of course. Once he showed up for coffee in an Italian butter-yellow leather jacket; blue suede shoes with snake-skin inserts, and a diamond-encrusted gold watch. Sheepishly regarding his sartorial splendor, Lou said, "I was thinking, she's [me] gonna think my outfit's too Guido, even for me." Ha ha. He'd engraved his prison number on the back of his gold watch, "to keep me humble." Another time Lou failed to show up for coffee. He called me later in the newsroom to say, "Guess you noticed I didn't show up for coffee. I got busted," again for fake coins. Polite of him to call, though by then I'd already heard the news. Before his last stay in the slammer, he told me he had some sort of neurological wasting disease and he was having trouble walking. If I needed a cheer-up, I'd call Lou periodically because everything that came out of his mouth was hysterical. ["I'm gettin' acupuncture. They put needles in my ass."] I knew he was a bad guy in so many ways, but hey - no one's perfect. So long Lou. You were an endearing piece of work.


Louis the Coin’s assessment of the History Channel show: 



Morris Library presents talk on Louis ‘the Coin’ Colavecchio



Reflecting on the Career
of “The World’s Greatest Counterfeiter”