Longtime New Jersey resident Harvey Bell has maintained licensure as a financial advisor since 1981. In addition to his work in finance, Harvey Bell maintains membership with organizations such as the Friars Club.
The origins of New York City’s Friars Club can be traced back to 1904, when a group of press agents banded together to root out corruption among Broadway theater representatives. Today, the club, which consists mostly of comics and other celebrities, is best known for its ribald roasts. A roast involves friends and professional comics making jokes (typically risqué or excessively mean in nature) at the expense of the “honored guest.” Proceedings are managed by the roastmaster and are held in good spirits, with each roast ending with a few kind, sincere words to the guest.
The first official Friars Club roast was held in 1950, in honor of comedians Sam Levenson and Joe E. Lewis, though the tradition extends back as far as the 1911 Friars Club Frolics. A Friars Club roast has been held every year since, with roasts being televised on Comedy Central from 1998 through 2002 (at which point the television channel began arranging its own roasts). Friars Club members roasted during this period included Drew Carey, Jerry Stiller, Rob Reiner, and Chevy Chase.
More recent Friars Club roasts have featured Jack Black (with roastmaster Bob Saget) and Betty White (with roastmaster Barbara Walters).
Harvey Bell is an active member of the Friars Club in New York City and an avid fan of the New York Knicks.
Harvey Bell’s other hobbies include listening to the music of Frank Sinatra.
Hailed by the Wall Street Journal as “the finest vocal album of American popular songs ever recorded,” In the Wee Small Hours is also the highest ranking (#101) Frank Sinatra album on the Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” Universally regarded as one of Sinatra’s greatest achievements, it is also hailed as the first “concept album” in history.
The product of an era in which 7-inch vinyl singles were far more prevalent than 12-inch albums, In the Wee Small Hours was a revelation upon its 1955 release. No previous LP recording had sustained a single, specific mood throughout its entire duration. Furthermore, Sinatra and his producer Nelson Riddle designed In the Wee Small Hours to flow from song to song in a way that asked listeners to consume the whole album in a single sitting.
Dealing with themes of loss and isolation, In the Wee Small Hours was likely inspired by Sinatra’s state of mind during the recording process. Many contend that the album was profoundly shaped by his recent breakup with Eva Gardner.
A longtime resident of New Jersey, Harvey Bell earned his MBA from Texas A&M University. Outside of work, Harvey Bell supports charities including the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
Children who are confined in hospitals are often in pain, fearful, and stressed. The nonprofit’s mission is to provide these children as well as their families with joyful moments because, despite their life-threatening conditions, they are still children. Starlight’s latest program is the Starlight Xperience.
This pioneering new technology initiative, utilizing virtual reality, provides millions of children who are ill with a captivating and fun way of seeing the world and beyond. Starlight Xperience consists of a hospital-customized and cutting-edge headset preloaded with content that is age-relevant and designed to entertain and provide a distraction for children who are hospitalized.
Lucasfilm and The Walt Disney Company collaborated to create the Starlight Xperience. It will be made available to over 800 children’s hospitals throughout the US courtesy of funding from Walt Disney, Niagara Cares, and grassroots donors.
New Jersey resident Harvey Bell is actively involved with several nonprofit organizations and has headed multiple fundraising campaigns. When not engaged in professional or charitable pursuits, Harvey Bell enjoys reading the latest release by his favorite author, Daniel Silva.
Best known for his gripping spy novels, best-selling author Daniel Silva began his writing career as a journalist. While enrolled at San Francisco State University, he was offered a temporary position covering the 1984 Democratic National Convention for United Press International (UPI). After accepting a permanent position with UPI, Silva left his master’s program to become a full-time journalist.
He wrote from UPI’s San Francisco office for one year before being transferred to the news agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. He later relocated to Cairo to cover the Iran-Iraq War as UPI’s Middle East correspondent. While on assignment, he met his future wife, NBC correspondent Jamie Gangel.
Upon returning to the US, Silva became an executive producer for CNN and worked on high-profile series like Reliable Sources and Crossfire. He remained with CNN until the success of his first novel, “The Unlikely Spy,” encouraged him to work as a novelist full time.
An MBA graduate from Texas A&N, financial professional Harvey Bell has nearly four decades of experience. When the New Jersey resident is not consulting with clients, Harvey Bell enjoys rooting for the New York Knicks basketball team.
The Knicks began in 1946 as part of the American Basketball Association, which became the National Basketball Association three years later. Their name derives from pants rolled at the knee, which were fashionable among descendants of the city’s original colonists.
The Knicks competed for the league finals from 1951 to 1953, coming up short each time. Faring poorly for the next 10 years, their fortunes improved with the arrival of star center Willis Reed.
They won their first championship in 1970, propelled by Reed and other NBA Hall of Famers Bill Bradley, Walt Frazier, and Bill DeBusschere. After going into overtime twice in the championship series, the Knicks overcame the Los Angeles Lakers in the seventh game, highlighted by a dramatic appearance by an injured Reed.
Led by first-round draft pick Patrick Ewing from 1985 to 2000, the Knicks had more than 10 winning seasons and were runners-up in two league championship series. They maintained a strong rivalry with the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan.
Since 2000, the team has compiled a less-than-stellar record, brightened somewhat by the addition of Amer’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. Although the Knicks took their division title in 2013, they fell back into sub-par performance. In 2018, they finished with a 29-53 record.
Longtime New Jersey resident Harvey Bell is a graduate of Texas A&M University. Supportive of community organizations, Harvey Bell donates to Covenant House, an organization that provides housing and long-term support for young people facing homelessness.
According to a 2017 study by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, 4.2 million young people experience some form of homelessness every year. While the reasons for this differ and include abandonment, mental health issues, and abuse, the physical and mental effects on the children are the same.
Covenant House uses a three-part process to help kids get off the streets. In the first part, outreach teams are sent to connect with young people living on the streets. The outreach teams offer warm blankets and food to the children in need while telling them about Covenant House.
The second part of the process is crisis care. At shelters, children are offered warm meals, medical care, showers, and safe beds. The goal is to address their immediate needs and earn their trust.
The final part of the process is long-term support. Once the urgent needs of the children have been met, long-term support leads them to self-sufficiency. This support includes continuing education, job readiness, and transitional housing programs.