Who was your best friends in high school and what were they like?

We’ll, because I went to a Catholic high school on 73rd street in Manhattan, called De La Salle Institute, with all French Christian Bothers as teachers, it was hard for me to make friends as all the students attending were Irish and from Riverdale, N Y, a very rich community!! However, having to take the subway and elevated trains daily, I noticed a boy like myself get off the train at the same station and walk to my same school as I walked! One day as we walked to school, I stopped him and told him that we both went to the same High school and got on at the same train
station, that maybe we could do it together! From that day on we became close friends! His advantage was he was Irish, and as I was the only Italian in the school it was hard for me to make friends. His name was Henry, but I can’t remember his last! I helped him in the French class, as I was able relate many words I learned in Italian from my grandparents! Actually, my math was unbelievable just like my fathers, so during recess, I would have a group of boys that needed help in math! Henry and I did everything together in school, but never socially! At that age, 14/15/16, I was under 5’ and about 70 Lbs., not good for a Italian boy in an Irish school! However, I was left handed and never ever lost a fight no matter how big another boy might be! My reputation was eventually learned by the Brothers and they would have me meet them in The park about a mile away from school alongside the Hudson River! Then proceeded to try to beat me up! They did it for fun, but they learned it was not so much fun, cause as big as they were, they could never put me down! Henry and I graduated together when I was only 17! But the next year
when we went to the second annual graduation party, I was 6’2” tall.

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Sal Bianco Jr

Born in a fifth floor cold water apartment on Mulberry Street in Manhattan, NY, Have 3 very successful sons, Created a business called White Knight Ad Ventures LLC that had offices in Hong Kong, Manila, Seoul, Bangkok, Canton, China. Formed a Company called "Made in America" traveled 300,000 miles in a RV I made myself on a Peterbilt truck. Fly a powered parachute,and planning reaching 100. .

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