LODI — No one swore Robert Stack to secrecy about the big-name guest he hosted last weekend at Suzanne Fine Regional Cuisine on Route 414. Nonetheless, he kept quiet about meeting conservative radio host Glenn Beck, whose daughter got married at the lakeside restaurant.
Until Wednesday, that is.
“Just like anybody else, we wouldn’t divulge information that we think is a private affair,” Stack said. “Whether you’re famous or not famous, it’s pretty important when it’s your daughter’s wedding.”
Beck’s visit to the area featured highs and lows.
In addition to giving away his daughter’s hand in marriage, he lost his rented SUV to one of the area’s steep hills. The unoccupied vehicle rolled away and flipped four times before it came to a stop. No one was hurt.
Beck has since spoken about the wedding and the accident on his radio show, leaving Stack free to spill a few beans himself.
Stack didn’t want to say how many people attended the wedding, and he wasn’t sure how Beck or his daughter learned about Suzanne Fine. He thought they might have relatives in the area who told them about it.
“Political views aside, because I know that’s obviously his business ... he and his family and the business partners that were with him [were] incredibly respectful people, helpful people, nice people,” Stack said. “It was truly a pleasure.”
Following the wedding, Beck and his family drove to a rented cottage on Willow Point Road in Hector. After they emerged from the SUV, it began rolling downhill. It traveled about 100 feet before it came to rest, the Schuyler County sheriff’s office said.
According to a transcript of Beck’s radio show, Beck was hugging his daughter when the SUV began to move.
“I see my wife dressed in her evening gown from the wedding, and she’s holding onto the door handle of the car as the car is starting to slide down the hill, and I just said, ‘Let it go honey,’ ” Beck said, “and the car rolled down the hill, and rolled. And flipped.”
The Schuyler County sheriff’s office said the SUV came within 20 feet of rolling into Seneca Lake.
No tickets were issued.