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Michelle-Marie Heinemann and Michael TravinMichael Travin is the co-founder of Resident Publications, Manhattan’s largest weekly community newspaper and Magazine….a must read for savvy New Yorkers who crave luxury travel coverage, reviews of top dining destinations, exclusive interviews, and the latest on Art and Culture.

He is also the Co-Founder of Encompass Media Group, one of the leading companies for non-traditional out of home advertising. He is actively involved in the day to day operations and still finds time to be a devoted Father to his three children.

Over a delicious lunch at Sirio, I listened with enthusiasm as Michael spoke about the importance of being actively involved in your children’s lives. He has coached baseball, basketball, and football and has managed and organized entire sports programs. Keeping his family close and spending quality time together is essential. The family loves traveling together and are preparing for an upcoming excursion.

Michael is wonderfully charming and has a gracious relaxed manner that exudes confidence in his beliefs. One of them being, that traditional values are the cornerstone for todays generation of youth. He serves on the board of several privately held companies and leads by example.

How nice it was to spend time with a true family man that is successful in both his private and public lives and adores his family!

We here at Old Fashioned Mom are proud to introduce Michael Travin as our 4th Celebrity Father!

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1. How would you describe yourself?

I’m a hard worker but fun guy who puts his family first. My family is my priority and we actually all really enjoy spending time together!

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2. Can you tell us about your children?

My oldest child Chelsey has now graduated last spring from Syracuse… Go Cuse’ and has a fantastic job with Horizon, a digital media company. So far she’s really enjoying working there and all the perks.

My middle child, Courtney is at the college of Charleston and she’s really loving every minute of living in Charleston and college life in general. She’s living it up right now!

Brandon our youngest, is getting ready for moving up to high school next year. He loves sports; basketball is a main sport. I’ve coached all his sports teams and take him to his travel basketball games every weekend. We have a lot of fun either playing sports together, or just hanging out watching our favorite teams together.

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3. What is a typical day for you?

My typical day is anything but typical. Because I run a company with many people there are always challenges and things going on that vary from day to day. No one day is the same. Right now I’m concentrating on building my social media with The Resident and bringing the magazine completely upscale which means networking at all the social events that are on going in the city. We hit every major party that is important for us to be a part of.

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4. Parents need to be active participants in the lives of their children, I know you have been very involved. Please tell us about some of the activities you have been involved with?

I think it’s crucial not just to be involved with my children during certain events, but to be involved in their lives on a daily basis. Just knowing what’s going on with them and staying connected by listening and being there for them everyday.

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5. What family vacations to you have planned this summer?

We all love traveling and that is big part of our lives together as a family. Now that everyone is older and goes in different directions, the family vacation is so important. We are planning on going to Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand this summer. We are very excited about this trip!

6. A large part of our job as parents is to teach our children…. what is the greatest lesson you have taught your children?

I pride myself on being the dad who taught them independence and self reliance. So far all three of my kids are incredibly independent… They don’t need us anymore (sadly)!

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On a gorgeous afternoon in historic Murray Hill at Villa Berulia, I sat down with award winning television producer, Jeff Devlin…to discuss the wonderful joys of Fatherhood. Riding horses and the love of horses are a family pastime and Jeff serves on the Board of Directors and Board of Advisors of the United States Equestrian team. He is also a senior TV Executive with Ride TV, the first and only 24-hour, high definition cable television network and website dedicated to the horse culture and lifestyle. My children are avid equestrians so it was wonderful to share stories of eventing, trainers, and the unconditional love one has for his/her horse.

Jeff has won over 60 awards in his industry and is considered a star, however he is very modest when the talk turns to himself….focusing primarily on the love and support he has for his four children. Being a good Father, spending time with your children and listening are essential for Jeff….we couldn’t agree more!

We here at Old Fashioned Mom are proud to introduce Jeff Devlin as our 3rd Celebrity Father!

1. How would you describe yourself?

First and foremost I consider myself ‘Dad’. I’m that loyal and dedicated knucklehead dad, like Chevy Chase playing Clark Griswold in Christmas Vacation. By profession, I’m a TV Producer and do try to pursue creative excellence in all aspects of my professional life. I’ve worked hard my entire life, and am blessed with a strong work ethic I inherited from my artist/writer parents. I’ve served on many public and philanthropic boards, but consider fatherhood my biggest accomplishment.

Jeff Devlin

2. Can you tell us about your children?

I am blessed. I have four amazing successful kids. My son Matthew is a Wall Street guy, turned stay at home Dad to his two young boys, Jack and Lucas. His beautiful wife Nina is a globe trotting, senior pharmaceutical executive, and they made the smart decision that one parent would stay home.

Jeff Devlin

My beautiful daughter Elizabeth is a research scientist working in medical research and truly important life saving stuff. ‘Lizzy’ has two awesome small children, Thatcher and Kathryn. Lizzy is a remarkable wife, mom, sister who seemingly makes it all look easy. I’ve always been in awe of how she balances her busy life with such grace.

Hayley DevlinMy daughter Hayley followed my footsteps into the media world. Hayley works at famed ad agency, BBDO where she is the Account Director, on Guinness and Johnson & Johnson. Hayley is engaged to a talented young attorney, who we adore. Since early childhood, Hayley James, as I call her, has been a passionate equestrian. She has won many events, including a state championship. She recently adopted a thoroughbred off the track, and working diligently to rescue horses that desperately need safe havens.

My youngest daughter Annabelle, recently graduated from SMU’s prestigious Cox School of Business. She landed a terrific job in the marketing department of the movie business company, Deluxe. Annabelle is blessed with beauty on the inside and outside. She is smart, caring, and cherished by all that know her. Like all my children, Annabelle has always been a pride filled joy to me.

3. What do you love most of being a father?

I love being Dad because it is such a privilege to invest in my children. The fact that God would entrust these 4 impressionable children to me is a daunting and humbling responsibility. I love watching my children learn to be gracious, be kind, and how to take care for one another. Being Dad (or Mom) is the most important thing you’ll do in your life. Your parenting skills will impact generations of children to come. If you fail at this, you fail at everything.

Jeff Devlin

4. What valuable lessons did you learn from your parents?

If I mess up in life, I can’t blame my parents. I had a awesome childhood. My parents, Harry and Wende Devlin were amazing people. They met at Syracuse University, fell in love, raised seven children in Mountainside, New Jersey, became famous artists and writers of 27 classic children’s books. They were always home, and beloved by all.

Jeff Devlin

5. What advice would you give today’s generation of Fathers?

Be there! Show up! Be involved in all ages and stages of your child’s life. Read to your children every night for thirty minutes. We must love our children unconditionally, and they must know it. And make your home a fun place to be, and have a great sense of humor, the kids will love it. I know my kids have healthy humor in there lives because they always are making fun of Dad. And that’s fine with me, as I see it as a sign of love.

Jeff Devlin

Tony LoBianco, Michelle-Marie Heinemann 
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I first met Tony Lo Bianco at a party for John Catsimatidis, he was warm, friendly and extremely charismatic. Shortly thereafter a mutual friend of ours invited my husband and I to see Tony’s performance in “The Little Flower.” He was absolutely amazing, completely brilliant….in this one man show he wrote about Fiorello H. La Guardia on his final day as a three term Mayor of New York City in 1945.

Some people can do it all, and Tony falls into this category. He is an award winning Actor, (he has been in over 102 films ) Writer, Producer, Director, Father of three beautiful daughters, National Spokesperson for the Order Sons of Italy in America, and a true Humanitarian. He cares deeply for our Country and is a proud and noted supporter of our Military. A true American devoted to making the world a better place.

We here at Old Fashioned Mom are proud to introduce Tony Lo Bianco as our Second Celebrity Father!

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1. How would you describe yourself?

I would describe myself as a fellow who never forgot where he came from. Someone who has been influenced by family life. I have been influenced by my uncles, my mother, my father, and the close relationship I have with my two brothers, John and Joseph. I think I’m influenced greatly by family and uncles. I had eight uncles, my mother had eight brothers. All of the great stories that have been told about their hardship, it is so dramatic. I think I’ve kept that going in my life. Maybe that’s why I’m an actor and love the theatre so much. When I was in acting school, Josh Logan was my directing teacher. He used to always say that he goes around and “fixes the hits.” I always think of that. I look at shows or performances and think about how I can make them better. When I see an actor or an actress or a director, I always think, “What is he or she missing?” That is where my mind goes. How I can get to the depth of what is being said or being told? That is part of the artistic side of my life, and I think it transfers into me as a human. I care very much about people. I care very much about our country and the direction that we’re going in. At the moment I’m not very happy about that, so I’m active in trying to get us back on the right track. Fixing the hits.

Tony Lo Bianco

2. Can you tell us about your children?

I have three daughters. Miriamne, we call her Yummy. The middle daughter is Nina, and my baby is Anna. Unfortunately, I lost my youngest daughter to breast cancer some eight years ago. She was quite a young lady. She was very very strong in her beliefs, and she never took anything from anybody. If she believed in something, she went after it. She worked in the education system, always helping out in the schools with poorer kids. I have two grandchildren by her, Ruby and Darielle, who are doing very well. Her husband remarried to a very nice lady, and they had a baby themselves. So everything is good. Now, my daughter Anna. I remember when I was in Hawaii with her when she was just a little one.
I said, “Hey Anna, want to climb that mountain?”
And she said, “Sure, pop.” We started climbing the mountain, and we got quite a bit up there.
I said, “Oh look. Why don’t we go up there, too?”
And she said, “Okay, pa.” We went up there, and there was a fence in the distance.
I said, “Let’s go up there.”
She said, “Hey, pa. I’m just a little kid.”
She was always a fighter. She was a big protestor, too much to my chagrin, but I admired her. The best thing about Anna was that I could always make her laugh. We went to baseball games and basketball games. She was a big Knicks fan, and we were able to sit at the floor at the Garden. Her favorite player was John Starks, number three. My daughter Nina, the middle daughter, she went to Yale. First she went to Columbia and graduated there with 4.0 average, then she went on to Yale for another three years and graduated with all kinds of honors there, and then she went on to LAMDA to study acting. God help us all. She became a Shakespearean scholar, and now she’s not an actress. But she was always a great, great writer. She wrote a play, and she was looking for a director and asked me to read it. Not for me to direct it, but just because she wanted someone to read it. I couldn’t even understand it. Then she wound up directing it herself, and it was very clear. She really knew her stuff. In fact, I rely on her now every time I write something, I generally send it to her. She’s very smart. She has two boys herself. Lucien and Twilo. Brilliant kids. Then my daughter Yummy, or Miriamne. She has two daughters, Maggie and Annie. Maggie is ready to go to college, and Miriamne is a very efficient mom. I think she’s the voice of the family, basically. She has common sense and logic, you can take a situation or a problem to Yummy and she will solve it. She has a wonderful home that her husband built in Westchester, and we’re all as close as we can be. My daughter Nina lives in Oregon, unfortunately, so she is very far away, but we do get to see them now and then. We certainly see them on Christmas, and we always have a party here for the family. They’re quite wonderful kids.

Tony Lo Bianco

3. Your humanitarian efforts have earned multiple awards. Can you please tell us about them?

That, again, is common sense and logic. As a person who is interested in communicating with an audience about issues and about life itself, the more communication help that you can give to worthy causes the better. It only makes sense. To tell you the truth, you’re only doing it for yourself. You’re the one who feels great about doing it. Everything that you do for somebody else makes you feel good. It’s almost a selfish act. I do my one man show The Little Flower, about the life and times of Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. We do it for everybody, but my ideal audience is students, college kids, the military, and then the politicians. I want them to understand what is needed to get people back on the right track. As I said before, our country needs to be fixed. The biggest honor I have ever received was when they allowed me to put the wreath on the tomb of the unknown in Washington. They asked me to do that and I was stunned. I am now going off to Rome and Aviano on May 9th to do a show for the air force and military base. I am going again to Vicenza to perform the show again for the military base, and then I return to Rome and perform it again at the theater below the Spanish Steps. Again, that will be for students, for politicians, for the military, for police officers, you know, for the people. When I did the show in Russia back in 1989 when they were first getting their freedom, the American ambassador said to me, “You have done more for our country in these two hours than I have done in two years.” That’s pretty heavy stuff. I have been getting invites from the council general of Egypt to do my show in Cairo, and we have been talking to the council general of Israel to do the show there. My objective is to get the word out. Foreign countries who have seen this show realize that this show is not just for America. This is for the world. I am trying to fulfill that opinion.

Tony Lo Bianco

4. How important is it for you to share this with your children?

I try to instill that not only in my children, but in everybody. It is very important to me that they see what I’m doing and understand what I am doing it for. Everybody has got their own life, and their own way, and their own thinking, and you hope that you can penetrate that and influence them. It is extremely important that they see what I’m doing and they listen to me about what I am trying to do in this world. Again, maybe it is a selfish act, but doing something for somebody else fulfills me. I don’t like to receive presents, I like to give presents.

5. You were absolutely brilliant in The Little Flower. What inspired you to write this one man show?

Doing The Little Flower is like a life’s work for me. When I first came to it in 1983, somebody had asked me to do it. Patricia Schneider and Paul Shyre asked me to do it in Albany at The Egg for WNET, channel 13. So we were doing the play, and we filmed it. It was more of a pleasant look at this man than having some true understanding of what this man was about andDoing The Little Flower is like a life’s work for me. When I first came to it in 1983, somebody had asked me to do it. Patricia Schneider and Paul Shyre asked me to do it in Albany at The Egg for WNET, channel 13. So we were doing the play, and we filmed it. It was more of a pleasant look at this man than having some true understanding of what this man was about and what he accomplished. Now I’ve taken the play and rewritten the whole thing, I do it without an intermission and it’s funny, and it’s poignant, and it has a lot of parallels to what is going on now in our country. That to me is key. Then all of these revelations come. “Oh, gee, that’s a lot like what’s happening now.” That’s my point. That’s why I do the play, to give the audience that revelation. So that we can fix this country and see where we’re going wrong. To me, history is a very important aspect of that. We should be the smartest people ever, because we have all of the history behind us. You know, we’re not inventing the wheel. We have history in everything. You name it, we have it. We see where other countries have made mistakes, in going this way, in socialism, and so on and so forth. Why are we going downhill? I don’t get it. We are heading downhill. All of that inspired me to keep this alive and keep these parallels in front of an audience so that it will make a difference. I have had many politicians who have seen this show say to me, “This is the way the country should be run.” That’s politicians on both sides of the aisle, which is rather remarkable in this political climate. John Catsimatidis, who is a dear friend, he was running for mayor and he bought quite a few shows out because he wanted to run the city the way my show is written. With the messages of LaGuardia. John invited many people to the performances and he attended every one, and he told the audience exactly that. “This is why I’m running for mayor. This is the way I want to run this city.” what he accomplished. Now I’ve taken the play and rewritten the whole thing, I do it without an intermission and it’s funny, and it’s poignant, and it has a lot of parallels to what is going on now in our country. That to me is key. Then all of these revelations come. “Oh, gee, that’s a lot like what’s happening now.” That’s my point. That’s why I do the play, to give the audience that revelation. So that we can fix this country and see where we’re going wrong. To me, history is a very important aspect of that. We should be the smartest people ever, because we have all of the history behind us. You know, we’re not inventing the wheel. We have history in everything. You name it, we have it. We see where other countries have made mistakes, in going this way, in socialism, and so on and so forth. Why are we going downhill? I don’t get it. We are heading downhill. All of that inspired me to keep this alive and keep these parallels in front of an audience so that it will make a difference. I have had many politicians who have seen this show say to me, “This is the way the country should be run.” That’s politicians on both sides of the aisle, which is rather remarkable in this political climate. John Catsimatidis, who is a dear friend, he was running for mayor and he bought quite a few shows out because he wanted to run the city the way my show is written. With the messages of LaGuardia. John invited many people to the performances and he attended every one, and he told the audience exactly that. “This is why I’m running for mayor. This is the way I want to run this city.”

6. What old fashioned traditions did your parents pass down to you that you then passed down to your children?

When I was younger, every Sunday everybody would come over my mother and father’s house for dinner, like a traditional Italian family. Eating in an Italian family goes on forever, you know. We just keep eating, sleeping, getting up and playing the guitar, kids running all over the place, it’s really a joy. I’ve always tried to keep that going as best I can. I have my annual Christmas party both for my family and then for my friends, and I enjoy tremendously cooking for people and making them feel at home. Making them feel like a part of a family. Talking about the traditions of all of the things that I believe in, trying to be an example of that, I hope that my children will pick up on that and they will not throw away the past.

7. What advice would you give to today’s generation of fathers?

You know, this is a tough time to say the least. The best advice one can only give to a father, it’s cliché to say, but you need to keep loving them and keep showing them how much you love them. Give them incentive to earn. We have a habit of spoiling our kids today, with television advertising this game and that game and so on and so forth. All of this independence without understanding of what it costs to get those things. We’re all guilty of it, certainly I am, just giving our kids things or money or whatever it is. I would say, in this particular stage of life to only give an allowance that they earn, that they are not entitled to. In this country we have 51% or so people who are getting entitlements, and that is not an incentive to work. When you can get something for free, you don’t work. I say, help those who really cannot help themselves, but there are a lot of people on that list that can work and don’t. It’s more convenient for them to not work because they’re making the same amount of money as if they were working. They can figure that out. It’s the same thing with kids, you need to teach them what it takes to earn something. That’s the key. That and to keep loving them.


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Ballet Royalty and Principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, Maxim Beloserkovsky, is one of the greatest male dancers of all time. His repertoire is so long I don’t dare even to attempt….but I will say that when he and his wife, our Celebrity Mother, Irina Dvorovenko, performed leading roles in Swan Lake I was so moved I wept. Max is a brilliant combination of discipline and hard work, he is serious yet relaxed and extremely funny…a quick wit. A wonderful Father with a beautiful wife and daughter, a true family man….this is Maxim Beloserkovsky.

We here at Old Fashioned Mom are proud to introduce Maxim Beloserkovsky as our First Celebrity Father!

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1. How would you describe yourself?

Well, this is hard for me as I prefer to be modest about what I do and who I am, however my friends would say I have a sense of humor…I am funny. I consider myself a happy person and try to find good in all situations. I think it is important to project positive energy in everything we do. Sometimes we can get caught up in small matters that are really quite pointless at the end of the day. I am outspoken and passionate about the things I believe in.

Maxim Belotserkovsky Interviewed by Michelle-Marie Heinemann

2. Has becoming a Father changed the way you dance?

I don’t think as a dancer, but as a person…yes, most definitely. I am now responsible for another person and she is constantly on my mind. I am also more grounded now and less selfish. My thoughts are always about my family and how I can be instrumental in helping them in any capacity that I can.

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3. What activities do you and your daughter enjoy together?

You know I travel often …Tokyo, Singapore and Africa, just this month. So when I am home my undivided attention is given to Emma. We enjoy swimming together, she is a great swimmer and we have a pool in our building which makes it very convenient. We swim laps and play games in the pool.
We also enjoy going to the gym together, lifting weights and especially running on the treadmill. It’s amazing how fast she can run and she really loves this. Movie nights are big at our house as well and of course doing homework together. I am learning with her at times and this is a great feeling, to grow together…understanding a new concept or theory as well as discovering new philosophies about life.

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Emma Beloserkovsky – photo by Vital Agibalow

4. What old fashioned traditions do you have as a family?

Spending as much time together as possible, really respecting the family as a unit and enjoying every second of it.

Maxim Beloserkovsky and Irina Dvoronvenko

5. Please tell us what a typical day is for you?

When I am not traveling I usually awake by 7:00 a.m., spend breakfast with my daughter, then take her to School. I then have another cup of coffee and head off to class….which is very important. I may give a private lesson if time allows then join the nanny at 3:00 to pick up my daughter….this of course all depends on my daughters after school schedule. Once we are home we will do her homework together and anything else she needs to do.

Maxim Beloserkovsky and Irina Dvoronvenko

6. What do you love most about being a Father?

Seeing my daughter grow daily. I see her beauty from my wife, I see myself with respect to her character. When she brings me her report card and I see A, A, A…..I feel so proud, I feel like I have accomplished something great knowing my daughter is thriving and doing well. When my daughter runs into my arms and says ” I love you Dad, I missed you ” after a long trip, my heart is full and filled with the greatest amount of love.