Tony started driving at the age of 12. He learned to handle “heavy ordinance” before he was 20.
Tony is a gentleman; he learned that from his father who fought in World War I. At age 9, Tony became the man of the house after Dad passed away from a stroke. Tony began caring for his mother, brother and sister and became the breadwinner by picking up a paper route and shining shoes. After he and his siblings arrived home from school, Mom would then work an evening shift. One night after work, she came home crying; strangers had accosted her while she waited for the bus. Tony immediately took his paper route money and bought a car. Thereafter, he vowed to pick up his mother every night – Tony was only 12.
For the next three years, Tony kept his vow. However, over that time span, he was stopped three times by police. After the third occasion, he was forced to attend reform school, but the authorities never took away his car or his desire to drive.
Tony continued with his education through high school, and upon graduating, honored his father and country by serving. The Air Force trained Tony to conduct “heavy armament demilitarization” in the Vietnam War – most of his entrenched activities are confidential.
Upon returning from Vietnam, Tony regularly volunteered stateside and exercised his arms knowledge. While traveling across the country, he treated dynamite that had been stored for decades (thus exceeding its shelf-life) in military bunkers and commercial facilities.
The thrill of driving as a kid, while being able to help Mom, was a rush for Tony. He felt the pressure to respond and he excelled in those situations, the same feeling he experienced while embedded in the war. Now at the age of 55, Tony has forgotten the number of times he has traversed America while being behind the wheel.
He drives daily for the carnival and his colleagues enjoy recounts of his growing up as a gentleman in New York. Tony states, “It is all about taking care of your precious cargo. Badda Bing!”
What series of events strongly influenced what you love doing today?