Other than Sal and Tony Bennett both hailing from the boroughs of New York (Brooklyn vs. Queens – respectively) it turns out there are a ton of similarities between “Just Getting Started” and “Boys of Brooklyn”- right down to the fact that both Sal and Tony’s family are descended from Calabria, Italy… just add in a little Hollywood “Who’s Who” list of characters (and well respected civil rights leaders) for Tony and you’ll agree with Sal when he says that Tony “gives insight, not only to himself and New York- but to the contribution to humanity itself”.
Sal’s childhood neighborhood of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn was home to the largest population of Italians in the Five Boroughs. In this post, Sal discusses everything from tangling with bullies from the Genovese crime family, to the struggles that many families from many different backgrounds had coming out of the Great Depression, and everything in between. One thing is for sure though- every one of the “Boys” of Brooklyn came home for dinner when the streetlights came on- especially Sal… who’s Mother had a powerful whistle the whole neighborhood could hear.
In this, the 2nd installment of “Sal’s Book Reviews”, Sal recounts Rutherfurd’s points that the political history of New York- even down to early settlers in then “New Amsterdam”, has always been a hotbed for corruption- just as much as innovation. This book takes the reader on an EPIC journey through the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the explosion of immigration through Ellis Island, the hardships of the Great Depression, the Wall Street Stock Market Crash, WW1 and WW2, right up to 9/11. Sal says it was like a “fact check for his memory- while filling in the blanks vacated by time.”
Sal hilariously reminisces to his High School American History Class teacher’s “boring” lectures… but looking at today’s Electoral College, Sal realizes that Old Man Walbaum may have had a point!
Introducing the first of “Sal’s Book Reviews”! Sal references points from “The Great Bridge” that the “The Boys of Brooklyn” have related to in their journey of life. See how unknowingly, The Brooklyn natives joined together in building what would become an indelible triumph for American engineering: the (Great) Brooklyn Bridge.
Join Sal as he lays out the “hard-knock” life lessons learned from his Baby Boomer generation. See how he effortlessly guides readers to apply wisdom, manage stress, and capitalize on their life experiences in today’s ever changing society from the perspective of an Italian Baby Boomer himself!
The Story of 5 lifelong friends; Italian boys who grew up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn during a time when life never sucked.
Until the election of 1901, when President Theodore Roosevelt was voted into office, most of the U.S. population never had…