Well I arrived on May 20, 1964 at Cooper Hospital in Camden, NJ. The 4th and final child of Anthony and Marianne Gallo, we resided in Pennsauken, NJ along with my three brothers. My father was an administrator at Parkview Hospital in Philadelphia and my mother was a devoted housewife.
I remember my brothers, Tony and John, with their neighborhood friends building forts that were two stories tall in the open fields behind our home. It was inspiring to watch them work and successfully construct a sound structure with windows and stairs. Tragically, vandals from other neighborhoods would set them ablaze at night. But this never deterred them from building another one.
In August 1972, my father passed away from lung cancer. This forced my mother to seek employment to provide for her four sons. Unfortunately, he did not have life insurance, let alone significant savings. Within a few years, she was able to establish a successful career in real estate and property management.
Her responsibilities required that she move frequently throughout the greater Delaware Valley area to manage different condominiums for her employer. This resulted in me attending four different high schools where I finally graduated from Atlantic City High School in 1982.