The Mystery of NYFLAKAGNEW!

Yesterday I re-posted a piece about the two Christmases I spent at Kagnew Station during 1964 -65.  It included the photograph above, taken in front of the PX located at the base.

That photo has appeared several times in the past on this blog along with the first names of the 3 guys other than me, one of whom passed away several years ago.  I identified myself as Toritto.

Well there is a group of guys out there who served in Asmara during the early sixties and I receive e-mails from many of those who were members of D-Trick.

About 8 months ago there was an e-mail in my in-box attaching the picture, copied to many others, wandering if anyone remembered a guy named “Toritto” at the base.  Who was that cute young man on the left?  The picture was apparently making the rounds of ex-ASA men!

I immediately fessed up  and stated it was I – Frankie S – the real Toritto of WordPress.

The mystery was settled.

And another arose.

Shortly thereafter, 7 months and 3 weeks ago according to my stats, I got a new follower.


My mystery follower visits regularly, likes posts but never leaves a comment.  He uses a thumb print as his Gravatar signature.

I haven’t a clue as to his identity.

Now I am a NYFLAKAGNEW by definition – I am from New York, now live in Florida and served at Kagnew.

But obviously its not me – but someone who purposely picked that Nom de Plume.

So give me a hint NYFLAKAGNEW!

Who are you?  Do we know each other from Kagnew?  Are you one of those who asked about the picture?  Are you one of those in the picture?

Who ever you are, thanks for following and best wishes for Christmas and 2020!


About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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8 Responses to The Mystery of NYFLAKAGNEW!

  1. GP Cox says:

    This guy sure has you on the hook, doesn’t he?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. beetleypete says:

    Well, if it’s any consolation, it is definitely not me. Hopefully, he will identify himself one day.
    It’s a shame, because if he is in Florida, you could meet up and chew the fat about ‘old times’.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

    • toritto says:

      I don’t think it is any of my regulars Pete. No one is going to bother to get a 2nd identity if they are already reading this blog. No – this is someone who came here without prior knowledge after the picture incident and after I identified myself as the Toritto blogger.


      Liked by 1 person

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