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.



27 Responses to About Toritto

  1. anna mosca says:

    Nice intro, clear and to the point. Life hasn’t spared you loss and pain but is also generous to you… nice to read you! Thanks for the follow. Wish to inform you that my blog is bilingual. I’m doing my best to keep the posting between the two languages balanced. Be patient please when you get the foreign language notice 🙂


  2. toritto says:

    Anna – Io so. Mi dispiace ma non parlo Italiano molte bene.


  3. Chagall says:

    I look forward to following you here. —–Chagall


  4. Aisha Q says:

    Your poems are beautiful, please do keep it up 🙂


  5. toritto says:

    Aisha – thank you. I appreciate your kind remarks.



  6. Misirlou says:

    Was wondering where you’d gone! Found you via libbyliberal. Glad to see you’re still at the writing game.
    Fond regards,


  7. toritto says:

    Hi V! Yes Libby contacted me and insisted she be allowed to post “Hysterical Lefties” at the other place so I said she could go ahead. All I want to do is write quietly when the urge strikes and stay out of trouble and controversy. I must admit she pushed my “hit” counter way up!!

    Best wishes for 2014. Regards.


  8. Sir, I am sorry for your losses you have had in your life. That is one of the things about age though, with it comes not only great joys but much heart ache. I am very glad for you that your two daughters are nearby an that they love you enough to call you each day. I hope the new year brings you much happiness.


  9. toritto says:

    Ted – Thank you for the kind words. I have family and friends, live comfortably in the sunny South, am invited to every occasion and want for nothing. I am a lucky man.



  10. I very much enjoyed reading about the reunification of Italy and looking forward to reading more your posts. Thank you so much for following First Night Design.


  11. Your post on motion is awesome.


  12. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for following. I’ll be following you as well here!


  13. Thank you very much for the “like” of my recent guest post on First Night History. I read and enjoyed your blog, Toritto.

    As you may know, I am working on a book-blog of my own, which can be seen at [one word] theoryofirony.com, then clicking on either the “sample chapter” or “blog” buttons at the top. My Rube Goldberg brain asks with an odd, well-caffeinated kind of logic: Why is there an inverse proportion between the size of the print and the importance of the message? Science. Commerce. Art. Literature. Military. Religion. I call this eccentric thinking the Theory of Irony and if your busy schedule permits, give a read and leave a comment. In any event, best of luck with your own endeavor.

    Erik Von Norden


  14. DesertAbba says:

    Thanks for your visit to Sanchismos!


  15. iku2e says:

    nice to meet you


  16. Danica Piche says:

    Hi! I nominated you for The Creative Blogger Award. If you’re interested please accept this award, and if you’re unable to for whatever reason, please accept the recognition and my sincere thanks.
    Here is the link: https://danicapiche.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/creative-bloggers-award-thank-you/


  17. sojourner says:

    Wonderful! You deserve it!


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  19. LaraHentz says:

    We are so honored to have found you Torrito! And we hope everyone visits THE MIX blog today.


  20. dougstuber says:

    One of my brothers and my sister also died before my father passed away. Life can be very taxing, but you seem to have a good grip on it. I lived in Tarpon Springs for five years and currently am buying and “flipping-to-rent” in Pasco county, though I am in North Carolina. Have a great day.


  21. toritto says:

    Hi Doug – thanks for coming by. I’ve always liked Tarpon and will make the trip south on occasion. I used to go more often but as I get older (I’ll be 73 in Sept) my daughters yell at me!

    You might enjoy :


    My eldest daughter was born in Charlotte. I worked for First Union a long long time ago!



  22. It was your piece on Labor Day..or lack of…that did it for me. You have a new follower.


  23. swo8 says:

    I do love your poetry Torrito.


  24. DesertAbba says:

    I do so wish we could have coffee! I have seldom read anyone who so nearly mirrors my own thoughts. Frank, you may suggest that your poetry lacks something (about that I have no knowledge or opinion), but your prose and insight are unsurpassed. I really count it a privilege that we can communicate and agree!


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