Sunday, December 21, 2008
happy birthday, Nonno!
It's your Nonno's birthday today!
Your grandfather was born in 1916 in a cold-water flat in South Boston. He was a very studious kid and never got in trouble (unlike his brother Uncle Joe who once got in a buckle fight with Whitey Bulger, the notorious bank robber and murderer). He studied at Boston Latin, then went to Mass College of Art, RISD, NYU and Arizona State University. He served some time in Panama, driving Jeeps around and sharpshooting when they needed him to. He married your Mimi in 1965 at St. Edward's in New Fairfield, CT (when you were baptized and your dad and I were married too). He was a professor at Western Connecticut State University, teaching painting, drawing, watercolor & art history for a LONG TIME and still teaches there actually.
He's the most generous, loving Papa ever and I'm glad you got to spend his birthday with him today. Happy Birthday Nonno! We love you so much!
PS The fourth picture down is actually Al Pacino in The Godfather, but I had you there for a minute, didn't I?