|I'm the "little Italian kid" on the steps |
in Butch Minds the Baby (1942),
co-starring Virginia Bruce.
|Yes, that's little Al at the extreme lower-|
right edge of the frame. Co-starring (with me)
were, left to right, Fuzzy Knight. Broderick
Crawford, and Dick Foran.
Long past fitting the description of "little Italian kid," I treasured my Central Casting card. Life has taken me on a winding journey, since those bright-light and good pay days ($25 per diem in post-Great Depression dollars). I went from sound stage to peddling peanuts on Santa Monica beach. From there to the Catholic priesthood, followed by marriage and parenthood. In my forties, I launched a career as a professional writer/editor, beginning with features for periodicals. I then got more ambitious, moving to book-length fiction and nonfiction. Not until my tenth book and most recent novel (my sixth), The Saint of Florenville: A Love Story, did my work attract any broad-based attention.