“Wow, this book should be made into a movie. We all went through this phase of high school days when we were so innocent. It pretty much mirrors the real-life experience of growing up in the Bronx with a bunch of Italian and Irish boys. I was not Irish or Italian but I was accepted into the group and I am so thankful for being part of that cherished moment of our lives. . . Boys from the “Prep” are a special bunch and it really defines who we are today.” —Paul Okura
John B. Dolgetta:
“My experiences include early years in the Little Italy neighborhood of the Bronx, kept honest by tough nuns and an even tougher mother. As a teen, we moved to Southern Italy to start a new life which ran out of steam after five years. I traded baseball for soccer, graffiti for oils on canvas, comic books for Greek and Roman Mythology and ham and cheese on white bread for prosciutto panini.
I came back to the States a very changed young man, forced to jumpstart an almost forgotten lifestyle. It was 1969 and I was a fifteen-year-old being shaped by all the social upheaval of that period. I continued to live in the Bronx, attending Fordham Prep and Fordham University on the Rose Hill Campus, absorbing and doing battle with authoritarian, unyielding Jesuits.
I stayed with Fordham Graduate to complete my MA in American Government and Comparative Politics and went back to the Prep to teach Italian and Political Science. I decided to stay in the teaching field, eventually landing in a suburban school district.
My passions have always been to travel, read as many books as I can, and to write.”
—John B. Dolgetta