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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. :-)

Death of a Playboy – from the History Archive

  She wasn’t a teen beauty but she had a personality to make up for it. She was bold and confident. She looked directly into men’s eyes when she spoke with them. She was one of the first women in … Continue reading

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Laughing at Mussolini – From the History Archive

It is easy to laugh at Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini today. We see him in those old black and whites. Kind of fat. Bald. Overly dramatic and theatrical.  Silly. Chin thrust out. Arms folded. We can laugh at the thought … Continue reading

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Still Men – From the Poetry Archive

They looked up and saw her  a body electric fashioned by Eros coming through the door tall, with a perfectly turned ankle worthy in itself of worship limbs formed by the gods a sculptor’s deft touch to hip and breast. … Continue reading

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Guess Who’s 45 Today!

. \.. . . . . . . . . Seems like only last week I held a baby girl in my arms as we danced to our song.  We danced it as well at her wedding. Happy birthday sweetie. … Continue reading

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Being Eliza Doolittle – From the Archive

Toritto, channeling Buddy Holly, soon to be Eliza Doolittle with a cup O’joe – 1959 Toritto graduated from Lafayette High School in Brooklyn in June 1959. Lafayette was one of the crown jewels of NYC public education at the time. … Continue reading

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Finland and Ukraine – from the archive 2014

On March 9, 2014 I put up a post entitled “Finlandization” which is reposted below: “Finlandization”. Any of you younger folks ever heard of that word?  I’ll bet not. You know about Finland.  It is that small country that borders … Continue reading

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Frank’s Chair

. Seventeen years old and worthy of entry into the National Historical Registry! .

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86, via Condotti – #23 from the Poetry Archive

Crisp and clear it was that day befitting Roman January strolling down the Spanish steps to buy the International Tribune. Planned a quiet morning out to share a moment with the gods a coffee and the Sunday post  to sit … Continue reading

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You Have A Republic – If You Can Keep it.

Well today is the first anniversary of the attempted putsch by the former Duce of America, Donald Trump.  It might have succeeded had he been able to muster a bigger mob but he came close.  As his minions were invading … Continue reading

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Coming to America – Circa 1905

My grandfather Francesco at the wedding of his grand daughter – circa 1950.  He was a 33 year old widower in 1905 with 3 young children, no wife to care for them and no future in the new Italy.  He decided to … Continue reading

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