Boys Of Brooklyn

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04 Dec: “Ok Boomer” & Generational Smack Talk: The Youth of Today Are the Boomers of Tomorrow, and We’re Actually On Your Side

The life cycle from young to old is filled with challenges and rewards. The “OK Boomer” movement, like other past generational movements, creates generational identity and solidarity but also distracts from necessary conversation. As a boomer, I recognize the need for ushering in a New America; we did the same in the 1960’s. Let’s show some respect for our humanity, enjoy the ride into progress, and remember that the youth of today are the boomers of tomorrow.

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23 Oct: A Republic vs. A Democracy: The Great Educational Divide

Left-leaning citizens often say: “I’m a proud supporter of democracy”… but what does that really mean? Are they aware that the intention of our Founding Fathers was for this nation to be a representative republic and utterly detested the idea of a proper “democracy”? Did you know that the word “democracy” is not even mentioned in the Declaration of Independence OR the U.S. Constitution? Why? Because the United States was founded as a republic… NOT a democracy. Read this blog to learn more about what our current “democracy” really is, and what it can be when citizens are fully informed.

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08 May: Sal’s Book Review #3: Just Getting Started – Tony Bennett

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”.

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01 May: Lessons Learned: What About That Neighborhood?

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.

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24 Apr: Sal’s Book Review #2: New York: A Novel – Edward Rutherfurd

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.”