Hyman Pressman never, ever got in front of a podium without reciting a poem," Szablya said. "There was [Councilman] Mimi DiPietro, who was this straight-out-of-the-movies, central casting — he was just a character. And he would say whatever was on his mind, and it was never politically correct. [State Comptroller] Louis Goldstein, who had coins made for him that said, 'God bless you all real good.' People had a style about them. Schaefer really did."