My Dad was a bus driver and my Mom was a homemaker. My Dad was a veteran of World War II (Okinawa) and typical of his generation I believe, in that emotionally he was very guarded.
The household consisted of my parents, my grandmother (on my Mom’s side), my brother Lou and the occasional pet; parakeets, Butterscotch which to this day we believe to be one of the longest living guinea pigs of all time and fish. My brother Lou is a few years older than I am.
Overall my childhood was uneventful but enjoyable. Many times it’s not until you have kids of your own do you begin to realize the decisions that your parents had to make regarding vacations, gifts, overall spending and discipline. One of life’s great lessons I think. At the end of the day, I do believe my folks instilled in me a solid set of values.
I grew up in Uniondale, NY on Long Island. I went to St. Martha’s Elementary School, a Catholic school associated with the church we belonged to. All of my neighbors attended public school. Sadly I have no friends from the old neighbor.
I went to Chaminade High School in Mineola. Fortes in Unitate! Chaminade is run by the Marianist (Society of Mary) Brothers. As my parents had hoped, I received a great education at Chaminade and what I was taught and what I learned certainly built upon the foundational values from my youth. I’m happy to report that I remain in contact with a number of my classmates from Chaminade!
I’m a proud product of the State University of New York (SUNY) higher education system. I earned my undergraduate degree at SUNY Oneonta and my graduate degree at Binghamton University. At Oneonta I ran track and cross-country. I ran for the legendary coach (legendary to those who ran for him) John Hurley. It was a great time in my life and I remain in contact with many of my fellow Red Dragons. In both Oneonta and Binghamton I honed my winter driving skills!
I meet my wife Diane at Oneonta and followed her to Binghamton when she got a teaching job in the small town of Harpursville.
We have three children and two grandchildren.
Considering my family and friends, I count myself among the very fortunate and blessed.