Monthly Archives: July 2011

CHAPTER 5: CAMP ST. JOSEPH

My school year at the military school traditionally ended during the first week of June. After a couple of weeks at home, in which I inevitably got into trouble with my cousins, my dad shipped me off to a summer … Continue reading

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CHAPTER 25: GROWING OLD CALABRESE

I’m 59-years old as of this writing and a few years from retirement from my university. What’s next? My wife and I have talked about living half the year in Italy and half in Mexico. My dream is to buy … Continue reading

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CHAPTER 20: U PUGILATU

U pugilatu–boxing in our native dialect was the national sport for us calabresi, and for all Italian Americans. The forties, fifties, and sixties were the Golden Age of boxing for Italian Americans. Jake LaMotta, Rocky Graziano, Carmen Basilio, and Rocky … Continue reading

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CHAPTER 13: THE CLAMPETTS ARRIVE IN MIGLIERINA

I finally got to Italy for the first time in June 2000! I actually traveled to Italy twice that year. During the first trip, I brought my family to Italy as part of an overall European trip. We traversed Italy … Continue reading

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CHAPTER 12: THE CALABRESE CLAMPETTS REDISCOVER THEIR ROOTS

In 2000, at the age of 48, I made plans to travel to Italy for the first time. Why did I wait almost a half century to visit my family’s homeland? I was a dedicated French teacher and later professor … Continue reading

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CHAPTER 10: THE CALABRESE SPARTANS

In 1962, Twentieth Century Fox released the movie The 300 Spartans with Richard Egan and Sir Ralph Richardson. Though critics thought the film sucked, we thought, as ten-year olds, that the movie was the greatest movie since Ben-Hur. As we … Continue reading

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CHAPTER 1: GRAND AND PULASKI

I am a fifty-nine-year old professor of French and Italian at San Diego State University. I was born in Loretto Hospital on March 23, 1952. Loretto Hospital still overlooks the Eisenhower Expressway, formerly known as the Congress Expressway. I lived, … Continue reading

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