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This is the story of my father, Angelo Speziale, a very ordinary and unremarkable man. Born into poverty in Sicily; transported across the Atlantic as a young boy in the steerage of a freighter;... More > raised in childhood and youth as a coal miner in central Pennsylvania's impoverished Appalachia; never reaching beyond 4th grade in formal schooling; resettling in small-town Rochester, NY in a modest, crowded household; working on his feet as an hourly wage-earner for the same company for 46 years; never taking home more than $6000 a year; passing away at the early age of 66 just a year after his retirement, without ever fully enjoying the frits of his labor. Such was the life of Angelo Speziale, a very ordinary and unremarkable man. And yet, in his very unremarkability, he was truly remarkable. He never enjoyed much luxury but led a frugal, thrifty existence. Instead, he managed to save what he could, paying off the mortgage on his modest home and giving his children an education and lifestyle he never had.< Less
"I Could Write A Book..." By Michael S. Speziale
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Millie Speziale was the American-born daughter of south Italian immigrants who nearly died shortly after childbirth in 1904. Defying the odds, she would live on for the next 103 years, finally... More > passing away in late 2007. In her later years, she would exclaim: I COULD WRITE A BOOK!" But sadly, she never found the time, or ambition, to do so. That challenge has now been undertaken by her son, Michael S. Speziale, in the form of an illustrated 122-page memoir. Millie's life story is full of fascinating details about growing up in a large, poverty-stricken family, experiencing two world wars and the Great Depression, and suffering the tragic loss of her first husband, Mario, while enduring the early death of her second husband, Angelo-- only to live on independently for another 3+ decades. Despite the tragedy and heartbreak, the book is full of lighter moments, embellished by memorable "Millie-isms," Millie's oftentimes humorous sayings, stories, and observations.< Less

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