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Memoirs of an Immigrant

There is a book titled "Memoirs of an Immigrant" that was published in 2001. It was written by Theodore Buzzeo who had been born in Settefrati in 1905. Buzzeo was the maiden name of Concetta Massarella. Since the town only had about 800 citizens at the turn of the century, the likelihood that they were related is very high, although I haven't found the connection yet. I did find the name Pellicci mentioned in the book:
 
"Pasqualino met my first cousin's daughter, Marietta, who was living with her uncle and her brother Pat Pellicci. Pat was a wonderful person, so intelligent, gentle and kind to everyone and a very hard worker. He attended Columbia College on scholarship. He had to give up his studies when he was drafted into the Air Force to fight in WW II. He became a captain on a Flying Fortress. He was stationed in England. I am saddened when I think about him. He was so unlucky. He was flying his final mission, which meant that he would have a leave and would finally see his infant baby. His plane crashed in heavy fog on their return flight to England."
 
This is what is written on the back cover of the book: "In some ways Theodore Buzzeo was a typical immigrant; born in a poor mountain village in Italy, poorly eduacated, and eager to follow in the footsteps of relatives who had gone to America to make their fortune. Theodore was not yet sixteen when he crossed the ocean in the usual miserable conditions experienced by immigrants. He could speak no English. Born in 1905, he was destined to live for practically the entire 20th century. He died in 1997 at the age of ninety-two.
 
It was not until he was eighty-eight years old that he began to write these memoirs, and he didn't finish the book until shortly before his death. What is revealed here is that Theodore was not merely a poor Italian peasant; he was an extraordinary person with a sharp mind. He had a passion for culture and the insticts of an animal. He was, above all, a survivor, a stranger in a strange land, a hunter with courage and cunning. He was a laborer, a truck-driver, a boxer who weighed only 120 pounds and had a missing thumb. A gun had exploded in his hand in Italy. Later on, he was a butcher and a business man who sold meats to restaurants. He was also a professional hunter, who worked on a game farm in upstate New York. Teddy knew all about opera and guns. He read Dante and he raised and trained hunting dogs. He could talk to anyone from a homeless tramp to the Governor of New York. One of his good friends was Edward R. Murrow., the famous journalist. Even in his broken English, Teddy can entertain us with stories that are sometimes tragic, sometimes amusing, and often confessional."
 
Some of what he wrote is so interesting that I've decided to copy excepts from it. Everything he experienced was most likely experienced by Tomaso Pellicci and Gaetano Massarella.
 
 
 
 
Theodore Buzzeo from the cover of his book.