February 25, 2012
COPA CLOSED AS RICARDO PEGGED A RED
Local bandleader Enrique Alberto Fernando Ricardo y de Acha, III, a.k.a. Ricky Ricardo, has hung up his bongos and is due to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in Washington on Monday, there to answer charges he is a Communist or Communist sympathizer.
Meanwhile, the Copacabana, Mr. Ricardo’s longtime lair, has been closed to the public, and likely will not reopen, its owners said.
Through his landlord, Mr. Ricardo, of 623 E. 68th St., vehemently denied on Friday any involvement in anti-American activities, and vowed to fight to clear his name.