A Wilton resident and former Hollywood screen star, Cerasani capture their first-hand experience in this book, "Love Letters From Mount Rushmore: The Story of a Marriage, a Monument, and a Moment in History." It has already won "Mom's Choice Awards" honors and recently has won the "Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal during ceremonies in New York.
Mount Rushmore's designer-sculptor Gutzon Borglum personally
invited Arthur Cerasani to join him in South Dakota after Arthur did a
a bust for him of media mogul Frank Gannett, founder of the
Rochester-based Gannett newspaper chain.
Most people who visit Mount Rushmore see only the figures of four famous presidents---George Washington, Thomas Jefferson,
Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.
Richard Cerasani see his parents, Arthur and Mary, and the heroic sacrifices they made and obstacles they overcame to work at this national landmark shortly before World War II, which left the huge
sculpture in its still-unfinished state.
Before he became an award winning author, Dick Cerasani was known as Richard Caine, the man who spent nearly 50 years making television dramas and commercials. Caine was probably best known as the villian Bill Watson on the dynamic soap opera "General Hospital". When in 1979 the show introduced America to Luke and Laura, Richard Caine became famous during a three year run as a Mafia heavy.
Richard Cerasani, the author of "Love Letters From Mount Rushmore", is also know as Richard Caine. Richard, a graduate of
Northwestern University, first started a career in NYC and then Hollywood working with all of the big and small screen greats of the 20th Century including Tim Conway, Burt Reynolds, Gene Hackman, Peter Faulk, Jerry Orbach and Liza Minelli to name a few. He's appeared in many episodes of Law and Order, Quincy an Columbo and he's performed in hundreds of TV commercials. His stage career included performing with Celeste Holmes, Ann Sothern, and Joan Bennett as Donny Dark in the play "Butterflies are Free."
Finding an unknown steamer trunk in the family attic was to bring about a metamorphosis into the role of "author". Richard's discovery
of a trunk full of historical objects pertaining to the Great Depression, the building of Mount Rushmore and the events running up to the
start of WWII. In addition, he found love letters from Mount Rushmore shared between a young sculptor and his wife through their
adventures and struggles with separation during an historical time in our country.