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A Family Holiday

Life Story Club Contributor

Nov, 22, 2019

Yeah, my typical one, we’d go to church in the morning and we’d be thankful for everything that we had. And, you know, go to mass and hear the homily from the priest and tell us how fortunate we are. And we go home and my mother would be cooking everything, which should be usually a turkey, a ham and a pasta. You always had to have pasta.

But, you know, we would have mince pie, apple pie, all these different pies, but we got so, we ate so much. You had to make it to the sofa and find a place to sack out. While you were watching the football game, you have a beer after that. Forget it.

Big Risk

Life Story Club Contributor

Nov 15, 2019

My huge risk that I took with both my first wife and I got married, because we had a child on the way. And we both didn’t want to get married. We both had plans after graduating from college to go elsewhere.

She have an abortion?

Well, we’re both Catholic. We’re both Catholic. Roman Catholic. You wouldn’t dare.. So we got married and it lasted a year and a half and… But Christine was the huge payoff because she is now 49. She’s an electrical engineer in Dallas. So that was my huge risk.

You would say marriage was the risk that you took?

Yes, because we were in college. We had plans. We didn’t know each other, really. And things happen.

Joyful Day

Life Story Club Contributor

Nov 15, 2019

My most joyful day was in 1954. I received my first Holy Communion. I had my white suit on, I went to confession, and I told God my sins. Then I was drilled by my mother on what I told God. Did you forget this, this, and this and all these things that I didn’t remember.

But, it’s very happy moment because I was with all my friends at church, we’d had our white suits on and all my relatives came over, you had a dinner, and it was really a lot of fun. But, I was glad to get it over with because there was remembering a lot of prayers and a lot of church theology, which, after church, you wanted to get out and play. It was two hours, after church. So, I was glad to get it over with. So, that was about my most joyful moment.

Yeah was it getting over it was the most joyful part?

Yeah, it was grueling. When you were eight years old, you know. That’s how you make… that’s the age. As far as Communion and then confirmation. Everyone was pretty much the same age. So add about the eight or 10 other kids and girls there, we got our first Communion. It was nice.


Life Story Club Contributor

Nov 8, 2019

Oh, I was married twice. I wasn’t planned on getting married, but a baby’s coming on the way. It was unplanned, but welcome. So I was sleeping with my two exes and that’s what happens. So I don’t remember.

Well, I was living with my wives, and then we got divorced. But that’s about it, guys.

So you never really fell in love?

No, I don’t think so. Not after the Psycho movie…

First Date

Life Story Club Contributor

Nov 8, 2019

Yeah, my first date was in 1960. I took my neighbor to see the movie Psycho. Right? So we walked up to the movie theater, we saw it, and then when Norman Bates was stabbing that woman in the shower, my date screamed and she ran out of the movie theater and said that I was sick and she didn’t want to go out with me no more. That was it. It was my neighbor, you know?

She ran out of there screaming. It was a violent, violent movie. So that was… We didn’t get married.

Extraordinary Day

Life Story Club Contributor

Nov 1, 2019

My extraordinary day was when I worked at Earth Satellite Communications, West Orange. We had a 400 foot tower, microwave tower. I was at the site, I was watching my favorite program, and that’s Regis Philbin, and then the screen went out. That’s the day the planes went into the tower.

September 11th.

People were coming all over the place because we’re at the high point in West Orange, and they were looking at the towers. So that was my extraordinary moment. That’s it.


Life Story Club Contributor

Nov 1, 2019

What was something that you discovered you were good at?

Sitting at Coney Island, having a cold beer, watching the women go by in their bikinis or their… the ones that cut off in the back. So I found I was very good at that, doing nothing. Watching girls. I didn’t have to connect with anybody, right?

Well, that’s okay because I did something I was lazy at and I enjoyed myself. It didn’t require very much skill.

Okay. That’s it, guys.

Young Trouble

Life Story Club Contributor

Oct 25, 2019

When I was three I tried to burn the family house down. I went down to the basement and started a fire. 

And I used to watch Howdy Doody and Puck Your Magic Twanger Froggy, I don’t know where I got that from.. next thing I found my mother’s wine that she had hid. I drank a lot of wine and I was on my neighbors’ swing, drunk, singing. So that was about it. 

Why did you set fire to your house?

I don’t know why. I used to watch Howdy Doody and I don’t know where I got that from. I went down there and I took hot coal out of the coal bin and threw it in the coal and put wood on top, and started a fire. 

Family Tradition

Life Story Club Contributor

Oct 25, 2019

Since I was half Italian and half Polish we would have on the major holidays, on Christmas especially. On Easter we had the family over for a big dinner. So we’d have two tables we had the adult tables and the kid table. There was more actually going on at the kid’s table which I sat on than the adults table. But the vino and the pasta and the ham and so forth. So it’s really a lot of fun. I miss that because I don’t have that any more. My mother had five sisters so we had a lot of kids – a lot of kids and I miss that. I think about that a lot. That’s it.

My neighborhood

Life Story Club Contributor

Oct 18, 2019

I grew up in the neighborhood after the GIs came back from World War … They wanted to father kids, and there’s a million kids on my block. They’re all white. There’s no blacks, there’s no Puerto Rican, there was no Asian, nothing. And that’s what I grew up with.

This was in Levittown, PA. It’s in Southern Bucks County. My father was a millwright in a steel mill. We had a million kids in our block. I’d come home from my school, I’d do my paper route, ride, throw my newspapers, about a hundred customers, and then when I did my collections we had … There’s all white people. I never saw, any blacks till I started to work in the steel mill before I went to college. I didn’t go on the Concorde. I didn’t live in France…

I have three brothers. They still live in Pennsylvania. Yeah. It was kind of boring for me out there, but I have one brother never left home. He’s lived with my parents till they died. He has the house. Yeah.

I moved to New York when I started work in the city. I lived in New Jersey, started working in the city at W. R. Grace across from Bryant Park and Standard brands and then Nabisco. I went and I got various degrees. I loved the city. It was diverse, not what I grew up with, a sheltered life. It’s just all white people, you know? Really, it was good to see everybody different. Yeah, it was. But that’s what I was exposed to. After World War II, that’s the way it was. So that’s about it, guys.

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