[Excerpt] Families of immigrants are all different and all the same. They face the hardship of assimilation in a new culture while clinging to the values they left behind. Such was the case for a baby born in the South Bronx in 1946. His mother wrote Francesco on his birth certificate. In his home, which was a small piece of Italy in the New World, he had one name but when he stepped out the door into the world of Americans, he had another. In the enclave in New York City of people from the island his parents immigrated from he was known as Francesco; in the United States he was often called, “Frankie.”

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