Sam “Bookie” Stewart

Bookie Stewart pic

October 15, 1909 – March 19, 1984

The son of a Russian junk peddler, Sam “Bookie” Stewart worked as manager of his brother-in-law’s bar the Silver Dollar in Detroit in the 1940s and 1950s.  In 1959, Stewart opened the Diplomat, famed for his female impersonators, and from 1970 to 1984 operated Bookie’s Club 870 on West McNichol’s.

Metra, March 28, 1984

One thought on “Sam “Bookie” Stewart”

  1. Hello To all of you loyal Bar lovers. Who enjoyed going to Club 870. For all of you who new Samuel Bookie Stewart.In my time it was a great place to go. My name is Rick Dembinsky. I worked for Bookie from 1969 to 1971. Bringing up liquor, and Beer to the main bar,with my friend Rex. Rex done all kinds of work for Bookie for number of years. If you know if Rex is still alive, drop me line at my Email Address, at Best Regards, Rick.


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