Baby Boomers were much like the Generation-X of the 1960s and 1970s. Caught between the Hippie Counterculture, the Vietnam War, higher education, and everything in between… Sal reflects on the influence that politics at the time has continued into today’s society, and all the insights learned along the way. Not to mention some pretty darn good music!
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.