Interview with Bob Sorrentino on Italian Genealogy

Interview with Bob Sorrentino on Italian Genealogy

I’ve written here before about Angela Grizzaffi and my Cascio ancestors from Corleone, and about the olive oil business my great-grandparents ran from their kitchen in East Harlem. This past week, in preparation for an interview with Bob Sorrentino of the Italian Genealogy blog, I took another look at the immigration records of the Soldano side of the family and found a chain of migration that led to two distinct enclaves of mafiosi from Corleone: one in the New York City neighborhood where my Cascio and Soldano ancestors lived, and another in the Little Sicily neighborhood that once existed in Chicago.

I’ll write more about this soon. Meanwhile, if you want to read more about the early Mafia in Chicago, check out my last post on Joe Aiello. If you’d like to see me talking with Bob Sorrentino about what spurs my genealogy research, and what distinguishes old school gangsters from the New Mafia, you can listen or watch here.

Northampton, MA: Nerd Nite Noho presentation on the origins of the Mafia in Springfield on 8/13/18

Northampton, MA: Nerd Nite Noho presentation on the origins of the Mafia in Springfield on 8/13/18

If and only if you’re near the Pioneer Valley, plan to hang out with nerds on Monday night. I’ll be there!

Mafia nerds, rejoice and be refreshed! I’ll be speaking Monday evening, August 13th, at Nerd Nite Noho, a monthly gathering at the World War II Club in Northampton, Massachusetts. Join us! I’ll be in a double header: the other half of the evening will be on feminist comics. So much cool, they turn off the A/C. (Just kidding. It’s very comfortable. And there’s a bar!)

Nerd Nite Noho

13 August 2018

7-9 PM

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Be there and be square!

The WWII Club is at 50 Conz St., Northampton. Admission to Nerd Nite Noho is $5. See the Facebook event page for more information.

Northampton, MA: Free presentation on Stonewall and the Mafia on 5/2/18

Northampton, MA: Free presentation on Stonewall and the Mafia on 5/2/18

What is the connection between the Stonewall riots and organized crime?

On Wednesday, 2 May at 7 pm, I’ll be delivering a presentation at Forbes Library in Northampton, Massachusetts. My subject is the little known history of the Mafia’s involvement in the LGBT community in New York City, and how this culminated in the uprising at the Stonewall Inn, in 1969, where a new and powerful wave of LGBT activism was unleashed. Northampton’s own Pride Parade, which happens this year on the Saturday after my talk, has its roots, like all similar pride events worldwide, in the Stonewall riots.

This lecture is suitable for teens and adults. (I mention, but do not discuss, charged subjects including prostitution, drug use, and violence.) Admission is free.

Stonewall and the Mafia at Forbes flyer

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