My Mother’s Christmas cookies became the unofficial official cookies of the Boston Celtics.
My Mom was famous for her Christmas butter cookies.
As kids, my sister Anna and I would help to make them and we would deliver lots of tins of cookies to friends and family.
When I started with the Celtics, there was a small office staff and I thought that it would be nice to bring everyone a box of my Mother’s cookies.
After a season or two, I decided that it would be nice if the players could have some of my Mom's cookies. The front office had grown considerably, as well, and I had no appreciation of how many hours my Mom spent baking until I took over cookie production when she became ill.
Come Christmas time, the game was incidental to the Celtics staff's anticipation of my Mother's cookies.
I had the opportunity to spend some time with the artist, Leroy Neiman in Boston and in his New York studio when he was working on a portrait of Larry Bird for Larry’s retirement. I was helping with photographs for him to use as reference.
We kept in touch afterward, and one day, I facetiously mentioned to him that I’d like him to do a label for my Mother’s Christmas cookies. He asked me for photos of my Mom.
My mother was very ill at the time with what was to be her final illness.
I framed and presented the picture to my mother and later, did put it on her cookie boxes. I sent Leroy Mary Lipofsky's cookies for years as a royalty.