I come from a poor Italian immigrant family, my mother is of Greek descent, and my father is of Apulian origins.
From my childhood I only remember poverty, I am the second born, and I remember that my parents gave us boiled potatoes and onion to eat, there was no money, and the difficulties in those years were many.
My father, who came from a family of Italian tailors, who handed down this art from generation to generation, tried to set up his own business, were the 80s, and in Italy they were the golden years of the economy.
He was very successful with his work, and things for our family started to get better and better.
My father, however, was a master father, a father with strict rules, which no longer exist today, and which still accompany me in my life, and which in fact helped me to overcome the most difficult moments of my existence.
I was a rebellious son, yes, they were the golden years of the economy, but they were also the years of great organized crime, and my country was going through a very complex moment from that point of view.
There were no things that exist today, I talk about technology, and we small kids were always in the middle of the road, we grew fast, and every day many things happened, good things and bad things, that very quickly and without realizing, changed my life.
I have not studied, to be more precise I have only done compulsory schooling, which until my time was up to the eighth grade.
After the study, there were not many choices, or you continued to study by enrolling in high school, or you went to work.
I obviously opted for work, studying it was not for me, I liked working, creating, which is why, without the possibility of opposing it, my father simply told me: “from tomorrow you are in the laboratory to work” and so I did.
It was not at all easy, as I was a rebellious son who did not like rules and impositions.
I had a very stormy childhood, which is why, at some point, my father turned me away from Italy, so that I could better understand some things in life.
I was 15, and I found myself in America without even knowing the English language, it was really difficult …