May 07, 2003
Time wounds all heels

A few years back, I was visiting the family in New York. While there, I had the opportunity to attend a Yankees game, along with my sister and her then-boyfriend. We scored some tickets from my dad's old law firm, who had season tickets on the field level, between home plate and first base, about fifteen or twenty rows back. We took the 4 train to the Bronx for a day of baseball on a beautiful summer afternoon.

Midway through the game, I noticed that a bunch of people around us were standing up and looking at something farther back in the stands. Usually, that meant that a fight has broken out. I turned to look, but didn't see any of the regular signs of a scuffle, so I asked the guy next to me, who was peering through a pair of binoculars, what was up.

"It's Joey Buttafuoco," he replied.


"Can I borrow your binoculars for a second?"

And sure enough, there he was, wearing a multicolored 'do rag, signing autographs for the crowd that had gathered around him. I took a deep breath and sighed, knowing that I had just experienced a Genuine New York Moment.

I'm telling you this story as a lead in to the sad news that the Buttafuocos are calling it quits after 26 years of marriage.

"It's OK. To move on you've got to get a divorce," Buttafuoco said in a telephone interview. "She's with another guy. His name is Stew. I've been with a girl for awhile, too."

Buttafuoco's attorney, Leon F. Bennett, said the two remain friends and are "trying to work out an amicable resolution."

Mary Jo Buttafuoco, who filed divorce papers in Ventura County Superior Court on Feb. 3, did not list an attorney in her filing and could not be located for comment.


Buttafuoco, who owned a Long Island auto body repair shop at the time of the shooting, moved to Los Angeles in the mid-90s to pursue an acting career. He said he's since returned to the car repair business, and now works with his adult son.

"I do all the Ferraris," he said. "I do a little TV and movies but that doesn't put a lot of butter on my bread."

Aren't you glad you're caught up on his life now? Of course you are.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 07, 2003 to Society and cultcha | TrackBack

I for one am shocked, yes, shocked to find out that this lovely couple is getting divorced.

Actually, I'm shocked that anyone would care about this moron.

By the way, were you able to write this entry and keep a straight face?

Posted by: William Hughes on May 7, 2003 7:14 AM

By the way, were you able to write this entry and keep a straight face?

Not even close. :-)

Personally, I'm shocked to realize that the Buttafuocos hadn't divorced years ago. That MJB stuck with Joey after being shot in the face by Amy Fisher has always weirded me out.

Posted by: Charles Kuffner on May 7, 2003 8:00 AM

I think the fact that MJB stuck around may have more to do with her religious beliefs than anything else.

As for Joey himself, it couldn't happen to a nicer guy! He is the perfect example of the fine upstanding citizen we all need to look up to and admire in American society.

Posted by: William Hughes on May 7, 2003 10:04 AM

Thanks to this selfish and inconsiderate man, not only did he cheat on his wife, but he also took advantage of a adolescent girl. And on top of everything else, his wife gets shot. I dont understans why his wife did not divorce him back then.

Posted by: MELISSA on January 9, 2004 12:34 PM

Every thing that Joey has done has been for his own selfish purposes. He is what many would call the devil.In response to William Hughes comment, no one should put up with any dickhead because one has religious beliefs. is it fair to suggest people who are less fortunate should live at the mercy of others?

My message to williams is, that if joey is a decent american citizen, he is giving a very bad name to those american people who do have dignity.

William keep your thoughts to yourself and
FUCK OFF!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: MELISSA on January 9, 2004 12:45 PM