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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. :-)

Toritto in the Garden Lahore

hi Fifty two year old Toritto in front of the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore. So its 1994 and Toritto  is on the road for the international banking arm of the great American travel company.   As a Managing Director I … Continue reading

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How Young Is Too Young?

So its the middle of 1963 and the 20 year old Toritto is dating the 17 year old JoAnn.. We were in love; geez were we in love.  I took her to her prom when she graduated high school and … Continue reading

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The Introduction – From The Archives – 2015

“Comrade Balabanoff! There is someone here I would like you to meet!” Angelica turned around to face the voice. It was Franco, one of her colleagues on the Central Committee of the Italian Socialist Party. “Good evening! How are you!” … Continue reading

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Immigration – Italian Americans and Fascism

   A young Benito Mussolini  I swear to my honor To serve with fidelity and discipline the Fascist idea of society – based on religion, the Fatherland, and the family, and to respect the authority of the League and of … Continue reading

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Immigration – The Great Depression and Fascism in New York

The great stock market crash of 1929 brought an abrupt end to the “roaring twenties” and brought us the Great Depression of the 1930s.  Unemployment rates reached 25% and immigration, both legal and illegal plunged.  It was the only time … Continue reading

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In Memoriam – September 11, 2001

Climbing out from underground ride a giant escalator then turn right and right again join the rush passed drug store chain “National Bank of Who Knows Where” flower carts and coffee vendors through the great revolving doors transported to the … Continue reading

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Running With Stars – From The Archives For My Birthday

Today is my 77th birthday.  I never thought I would live this long, being a Type 1 diabetic virtually all of my life.  I  survived a burst appendix in 1965, a heart attack in 1995, a stroke in 2004 and … Continue reading

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