The Crazy Life of a Kid From Brooklyn
The book starts with my family & my best friend Louie, who constantly got me in trouble both in and out of school. In spite of this we remained the closest of friends throughout his relatively short life. I then go into exploits at Stuyvesant H.S. in N.Y., doing things that would not be tolerated in this day and age. From there on to the University of Alabama, which among other things was known for it's practical jokes. One of the funnier ones (not to me) was played at my expense. Later, I was to get a little revenge by playing a famous joke on the ROTC staff. After joining a fraternity, (AE pi) which is where I met my wife of many years. We then go through the trials & tribulations of opening a small business while still in school. Upon graduation I go to work selling shoes in the Hillbilly Country of TN. It was there that I met some of the finest people, learning some great life lessons, and savoring those memories to this day.
After 5 years of ROTC I was drafted into the army as a buck private. After basic training I was stationed in Ft. McClellan, AL. That doesn' last long however as I am suddenly sent to Korea. I write about the unusual experiences aboard ship and some of the funny and not so funny non combat experiences in Korea.Those included an army acting career, teaching some wonderful young Koreans, some close calls, & then how I lost a couple of stripes.
After being discharged from the army we returned to Brooklyn where I was offered a job as a Mgt.Trainee for Thom McAn shoes. I managed to rise up the ranks in various divisions and locations when I am offered a position as Executive V. P. of Kitty Kelly Shoe Co, with the idea of becoming President within six months. I wanted to fullill my dream of becoming a president of a company before I was 35 years of age. After 2 1/2 very profitable years I had to leave due to internal family problems. After a couple more high position assignments, learning the import-export business, and traveling to over 48 countries I started Marquesa International and Marquesa Import company. This became a very successful operation until a vicious scam, that was perpertrated on us made me decide to retire.
I quickly realized (after 2 weeks) that retirement was not for me and so I went into a new field; banking. My first assignment was selling direct to businesses for Advanceme until I worked my way up to Senior V. P. of Sterling. When the market crashed in 2008 I formed my own commercial loan brokerage..
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